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Our other January birthday has rolled around as we wish a happy birthday to Ant. On this occasion last year I mentioned the first of Ant's many submissions here. That actually dated back to before we switched to a database for news, so I couldn't even link to the story at the time. Since Frans completed his marvelous HTML conversion since then, I can do so now. Thank you Ant for this story from July 21, 1997 about the resemblance between the Quake Marine and Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan died in 2004, so we can no longer follow this up with a paternity test) as well as all the pointers to interesting and relevant content since. How much content? Searching for the phrase "thanks ant" in our database yields over 24 thousand results! Happy birthday Ant!

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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 11:24
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 11:24
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Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 09:24:
All my wife and I seem to do is talk about and plan for retirement, which is extra funny because she's only 31.
Our plan had been pacific northwest, somewhere that we can easily see whales. But we're doing a trip to Sedona in a few months, and looking at the restaurants in Phoenix, and thinking that could be an option. I never wanted to be landlocked, but the food there sounds so good.

Living in the NJ suburbs of NYC for 6 months has been painful. While this place is a step above parts of the country that are all chains, the food selection is still pretty dire. Good chefs all go the extra 20 minutes into NYC. What's left is a bunch of Italian places with identical menus, Asian fusion places that tone down their menu for white people, and a lot of stragglers with menus leftover from 1992.
Don't recall you being such a foodie, Beamer. Sounds like your preferences are more delicate than mine. While I can enjoy a good ethnic dish as much as anyone, I'm just as happy with a medium rare New York strip and a baked potato.

As far as Phoenix goes, one of my sisters lives there and the real estate market there is even crazier than most places. To the west of where she lives they are putting up new housing, and people are putting up large down payments for homes which will not be completed for three years. Read a while back some real estate "experts" think the current large shortage of single family homes will not be resolved for at least ten years.
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 09:24
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 09:24
Jan 12, 2022, 09:24
 
Greentiger wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 04:11:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 23:01:
Greentiger wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 22:56:
I think I may actually end up moving to Hawaii or Mexico.
I suggest you have good finances if you want to live in Hawaii. Also, if you have any kind of wanderlust being "trapped" on an island can be an issue for some. Hard to beat the weather though, not sure what level of problems they are facing with the issue of rising water levels. Nothing major probably, but wouldn't be shocked if there were "danger" areas.

It's not so different price wise than living in Alaska, other than housing/land but if we go from house to condo it might cost us a little less. The first time I visited I seriously considered just staying and not going back.

All my wife and I seem to do is talk about and plan for retirement, which is extra funny because she's only 31.
Our plan had been pacific northwest, somewhere that we can easily see whales. But we're doing a trip to Sedona in a few months, and looking at the restaurants in Phoenix, and thinking that could be an option. I never wanted to be landlocked, but the food there sounds so good.

Living in the NJ suburbs of NYC for 6 months has been painful. While this place is a step above parts of the country that are all chains, the food selection is still pretty dire. Good chefs all go the extra 20 minutes into NYC. What's left is a bunch of Italian places with identical menus, Asian fusion places that tone down their menu for white people, and a lot of stragglers with menus leftover from 1992.
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 08:31
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 08:31
Jan 12, 2022, 08:31
 
Greentiger wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 04:11:
It's not so different price wise than living in Alaska, other than housing/land but if we go from house to condo it might cost us a little less. The first time I visited I seriously considered just staying and not going back.
Ah, didn't remember/know you were in Alaska. Yeah, some of the costs are probably similar. Wow, that would be a serious reversal of your local environment. Yeah, it is definitely an attractive location...
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 08:25
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 08:25
Jan 12, 2022, 08:25
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 00:58:
File under Woot!
James Webb Space Telescope should have fuel for about 20 years
"because of the the efficiency or the accuracy with which Ariane 5 put us on orbit, and our accuracy and effectiveness implementing our mid-course corrections, we have quite a bit of fuel margin"
I did see that. There is one burn left however, so lets hope they still feel that way after the burn to insert the JWST into its orbit around the L2 point has been completed
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 07:08
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Jan 12, 2022, 07:08
 
Greentiger wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 03:51:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 20:44:
Dr Fauci calls a moron a moron at 27 seconds. Turn up the volume to hear the most intelligent thing ever uttered about this senator. https://youtu.be/q2kU0845bgk

I saw that on Jimmy Kimmel and oh God that made laugh out loud ... "What a moron! Jesus Christ"
Just wait until what they air tonight.
"Pressed on his election lies, former president cuts NPR interview short"
What was supposed to be a 15-minute interview only lasted 9 when 45 wasn't allowed to ramble on like he frequently did on fox so he abruptly exited the interview.
Truly moronic stuff.
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 04:11
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 04:11
Jan 12, 2022, 04:11
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 23:01:
Greentiger wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 22:56:
I think I may actually end up moving to Hawaii or Mexico.
I suggest you have good finances if you want to live in Hawaii. Also, if you have any kind of wanderlust being "trapped" on an island can be an issue for some. Hard to beat the weather though, not sure what level of problems they are facing with the issue of rising water levels. Nothing major probably, but wouldn't be shocked if there were "danger" areas.

It's not so different price wise than living in Alaska, other than housing/land but if we go from house to condo it might cost us a little less. The first time I visited I seriously considered just staying and not going back.
"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." ― Arthur C. Clarke
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 03:51
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Jan 12, 2022, 03:51
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 20:44:
Dr Fauci calls a moron a moron at 27 seconds. Turn up the volume to hear the most intelligent thing ever uttered about this senator. https://youtu.be/q2kU0845bgk

I saw that on Jimmy Kimmel and oh God that made laugh out loud ... "What a moron! Jesus Christ"
"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." ― Arthur C. Clarke
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Jan 12, 2022, 03:36
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Jan 12, 2022, 03:36
 
When fear of needles trumps fear of death. Awesome stuff.

Also, happy birthday Ant.
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Jan 12, 2022, 01:23
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RedEye9 wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 14:45:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 14:40:
Gotta love the ... SNP
Awesome of you to mention what article you're referring to. sigh 🙄

Awesome of you to leave a snarky comment instead of politely mentioning I forgot to say what article it was.
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 00:58
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 00:58
Jan 12, 2022, 00:58
 
File under Woot!
James Webb Space Telescope should have fuel for about 20 years
"because of the the efficiency or the accuracy with which Ariane 5 put us on orbit, and our accuracy and effectiveness implementing our mid-course corrections, we have quite a bit of fuel margin"
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 00:32
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 12, 2022, 00:32
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Greentiger wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 22:52:
I thought you always had the option to not disclose the donor information (other than general qualities of the donor).

That doesn't stop anyone, today, from using 23andMe or other such sites/services from eventually tracking you down through some dumbass relative who decided to participate.
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 12, 2022, 00:10
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Happy Birthday Ant! Thank you for contributing to this place in all the ways you have. I really appreciate it.
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 11, 2022, 23:01
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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day Jan 11, 2022, 23:01
Jan 11, 2022, 23:01
 
Greentiger wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 22:56:
I think I may actually end up moving to Hawaii or Mexico.
I suggest you have good finances if you want to live in Hawaii. Also, if you have any kind of wanderlust being "trapped" on an island can be an issue for some. Hard to beat the weather though, not sure what level of problems they are facing with the issue of rising water levels. Nothing major probably, but wouldn't be shocked if there were "danger" areas.
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Jan 11, 2022, 22:56
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WannaLogAlready wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 17:41:
And, my generally very mild climate city, winter or summer, Buenos Aires, today has 104 F at the moment, highest after 27 years.
Warned yesterday I closed all this morning like it was frigid winter and spent all day ok, not even a fan on, didn't need air conditioning at all.
Night should get much cooler.

I'm jealous. Although I'd still like to move to Canada (London), I think I may actually end up moving to Hawaii or Mexico.
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Jan 11, 2022, 22:54
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Jan 11, 2022, 22:54
 
Happy birthday Ant.

I've always loved etymology and development of alphabets behind it.
My favorite alphabet is still the FUTHORC but mostly because I studied Old English.
The development of Korean is also pretty fascinating.
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Jan 11, 2022, 22:52
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 15:54:
When I was a younger man, I made the decision to never donate to a sperm bank no matter how broke I was. I reasoned that future me wouldn't want to deal with some rando showing on my doorstep X years later saying "Surprise! You're my biological father!" It is not a decision I have come to regret as I am not currently legally aware of any children I have fathered.

I thought you always had the option to not disclose the donor information (other than general qualities of the donor).

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Re: OOtB: Happy Ant Day
Jan 11, 2022, 22:00
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Jan 11, 2022, 22:00
 
Happy Birthday Ant!
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Jan 11, 2022, 21:42
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 15:54:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 14:45:
Awesome of you to mention what article you're referring to. sigh 🙄

It's the vegan felony story.


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When I was a younger man, I made the decision to never donate to a sperm bank no matter how broke I was. I reasoned that future me wouldn't want to deal with some rando showing on my doorstep X years later saying "Surprise! You're my biological father!" It is not a decision I have come to regret as I am not currently legally aware of any children I have fathered.


Well sperm donation isn't a "show up shoot get paid and leave" thing.

So I have to ask.. what sorta kids WOULD a burrito have?
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Jan 11, 2022, 20:44
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Jan 11, 2022, 20:44
 
Dr Fauci calls a moron a moron at 27 seconds. Turn up the volume to hear the most intelligent thing ever uttered about this senator. https://youtu.be/q2kU0845bgk
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Jan 11, 2022, 20:03
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Jan 11, 2022, 20:03
 
Gifts of DNA tests are leading to more family surprises — and lawsuits, lawyers say

The article focuses on fertility clinic screw ups.

A much bigger issue that wasn't really dealt with in the article is the supposed fact that (from the last numbers that I saw years ago) up to 10% of children don't know that daddy isn't really their biological father. Often daddy isn't aware of this either. I haven't seen any numbers about whether nonpaternity is decreasing now that home DNA testing is becoming more common. However, that number was always under debate and may be as low as 1 to 5 percent.

A side issue is that some medical genetics studies don't double check. That can make a real mess out of the statistics when they're looking for hereditary DNA traits linked to a genetic disease.

Edit: I looked it up. Best guess now is that nonpaternity is at about 2 or 3 percent. It has been dropping for decades. Especially after contraception became more widely available.

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