Out of the Blue

Today is a holiday here in the US, as it's the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I'm one of the many who share his dream of a better future, so I'm on board. The occasion should make it a little easier in the aftermath of this weekend's winter storms, as there will be fewer cars on the road. But it's not so bad in these parts. We were threatened with a "blanket of snow," but the single-digit cold snap broke when the snow started, and the snowfall turned to rain, so it's not nearly as treacherous as it could have been. We lost power for an instant, but it came back. It seems we are in luck, as the storm definitely left a lot of people on the East Coast without power. Hopefully everyone is safe and things will be back to normal soon.

Obituary: Fable art director Paul McLaughlin dies at 57.
Obituary: Shinji Mizushima, Known For His Baseball Manga, Dies At 82.
Obituary: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta- Ousted Mali president dies aged 76.

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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 12:26
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 12:26
Jan 18, 2022, 12:26
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:31:
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:10:
My bests are in 3.
I lost today's, for the second time. I had 3 greens in the second turn, but still didn't get it. The last two had a LOT of potential combinations.
Same, my best is 3. Ouch that had to hurt, three greens on the second guess and you didn't get there? My guesses (in secret text to avoid spoilers): taser, round, crock, broil, proof, proxy I definitely got a bit lucky, there were other valid words I had not eliminated. Third guess was weak sauce -- should have thought harder about it.

For me: orate, proud, prowl, proms, prong, proof
That 4th one seems dumb, but...
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 11:09
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 11:09
Jan 18, 2022, 11:09
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:43:
My buddy needed the first two letters of Shire his first two choices were Zaire and quire.
Proper nouns are allowed? *ugh* Did not know that.

Edit: Apparently it is their currency also, so not necessarily a proper noun...
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 10:43
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 10:43
Jan 18, 2022, 10:43
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:31:
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:10:
My bests are in 3.
I lost today's, for the second time. I had 3 greens in the second turn, but still didn't get it. The last two had a LOT of potential combinations.
Same, my best is 3. Ouch that had to hurt, three greens on the second guess and you didn't get there? My guesses (in secret text to avoid spoilers): taser, round, crock, broil, proof, proxy I definitely got a bit lucky, there were other valid words I had not eliminated. Third guess was weak sauce -- should have thought harder about it.
Mine (hidden)
arise proud proxy
First being a good starter word, second word i needed more vowels and third almost immediately popped into my mind , which is weird.

My buddy needed the first two letters of Shire his first two choices were Zaire and quire.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 10:31
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 10:31
Jan 18, 2022, 10:31
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:10:
My bests are in 3.
I lost today's, for the second time. I had 3 greens in the second turn, but still didn't get it. The last two had a LOT of potential combinations.
Same, my best is 3. Ouch that had to hurt, three greens on the second guess and you didn't get there? My guesses (in secret text to avoid spoilers): taser, round, crock, broil, proof, proxy I definitely got a bit lucky, there were other valid words I had not eliminated. Third guess was weak sauce -- should have thought harder about it.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 10:18
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 10:18
Jan 18, 2022, 10:18
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:13:
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:10:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 09:47:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 08:57:
My ex got SOLAR in 2. Talk about lucky.
I came close to not getting it at all when i had the correct letter placement of so*ar after guess 3. 4th was sofar and 5th sowar. If i had guessed SONAR on the 6th try...
sowar? Not in dictionary.com... sofar is there, but I had never heard of it before.
Solar I got in 3, but I haven't been recording all my guesses, pretty sure I started with tears for that.

My bests are in 3.
I lost today's, for the second time. I had 3 greens in the second turn, but still didn't get it. The last two had a LOT of potential combinations.
My buddy got it in five today also but I learned something.
His fourth choice used the same letter twice, I didn't know you could repeat letters.
That just added a whole nother level of complexibility.

My final one used the same vowel twice, thinking I was being tricked.
I still can't believe I had 5 straight green green green black black tries.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 10:13
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 10:13
Jan 18, 2022, 10:13
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 10:10:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 09:47:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 08:57:
My ex got SOLAR in 2. Talk about lucky.
I came close to not getting it at all when i had the correct letter placement of so*ar after guess 3. 4th was sofar and 5th sowar. If i had guessed SONAR on the 6th try...
sowar? Not in dictionary.com... sofar is there, but I had never heard of it before.
Solar I got in 3, but I haven't been recording all my guesses, pretty sure I started with tears for that.

My bests are in 3.
I lost today's, for the second time. I had 3 greens in the second turn, but still didn't get it. The last two had a LOT of potential combinations.
My buddy got it in five today also but I learned something.
His fourth choice used the same letter twice, I didn't know you could repeat letters.
That just added a whole nother level of complexibility.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 10:10
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 10:10
Jan 18, 2022, 10:10
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 09:47:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 08:57:
My ex got SOLAR in 2. Talk about lucky.
I came close to not getting it at all when i had the correct letter placement of so*ar after guess 3. 4th was sofar and 5th sowar. If i had guessed SONAR on the 6th try...
sowar? Not in dictionary.com... sofar is there, but I had never heard of it before.
Solar I got in 3, but I haven't been recording all my guesses, pretty sure I started with tears for that.

My bests are in 3.
I lost today's, for the second time. I had 3 greens in the second turn, but still didn't get it. The last two had a LOT of potential combinations.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 09:55
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 09:55
Jan 18, 2022, 09:55
 
Both were in Wordle's approved list. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sowar
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 09:47
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 09:47
Jan 18, 2022, 09:47
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 08:57:
My ex got SOLAR in 2. Talk about lucky.
I came close to not getting it at all when i had the correct letter placement of so*ar after guess 3. 4th was sofar and 5th sowar. If i had guessed SONAR on the 6th try...
sowar? Not in dictionary.com... sofar is there, but I had never heard of it before.
Solar I got in 3, but I haven't been recording all my guesses, pretty sure I started with tears for that.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 08:57
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 18, 2022, 08:57
Jan 18, 2022, 08:57
 
My ex got SOLAR in 2. Talk about lucky.
I came close to not getting it at all when i had the correct letter placement of so*ar after guess 3. 4th was sofar and 5th sowar. If i had guessed SONAR on the 6th try...
- At this point, Windows is the OS equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome. -
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 08:43
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Jan 18, 2022, 08:43
 
Well done, I was sweating this one...

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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 18, 2022, 01:18
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Jan 18, 2022, 01:18
 
Wordle 213 3/6

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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 23:52
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Re: OotB: MLK Jan 17, 2022, 23:52
Jan 17, 2022, 23:52
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 17, 2022, 23:34:
Fuck Australia! This should have never got to this level in the first place. They should have kicked his ass out moment he landed. I'm sure the Aussie elites pleaded for it but what the fuck are a few tennis matches compared to the grand scheme of things?
As I was saying, this is kind of the problem. Tennis Australia and the Victorian government for some reason thought they had the power/ability to override the federal immigration rules. Why? Were they just ballsy and stupid? Did they actually negotiate this ability with the federal government and then the feds backed out on it due to bad PR? This is the part of the situation which has not been sufficiently explained/investigated.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 23:46
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Jan 17, 2022, 23:46
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 17, 2022, 23:26:
and yet there are elite athletes who aren't scumbags. i'd say most actually. to equate vaccines with routine professional suffering is just a failure of reasoning; one has nothing to do with the other if you think about it even semi-seriously. i would bet most professional athletes are vaccinated and train very nearly as hard as he does if not harder, even if they lack his talent. suffering for one's profession isn't unique to the 1%. djokovic is just an asshole pure and simple. i believe it has nothing to do with his profession except that he has yesmen in his ear pushing him towards the worst of his nature. but at least the french are on board too - no french open now unless he gets vaccinated.
I wasn't attempting to provide an excuse for Djokovic, just indicating the idea that his thinking fits within a pattern which is essentially required to be an elite athlete. Yes, you can have the required mindset without becoming a jerk or worse -- but the thought process makes that bad result without recognition of it, possible. And in case you hadn't noticed, there are more than few elite athletes who are jerks. Although granted, I have no idea if the percentage is better or worse than it is in the general population.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 23:34
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Jan 17, 2022, 23:34
 
Fuck Australia! This should have never got to this level in the first place. They should have kicked his ass out moment he landed. I'm sure the Aussie elites pleaded for it but what the fuck are a few tennis matches compared to the grand scheme of things?

It was like when I was in Florence in the Bargello Museum. All these little kids were in there being explained what things were - and they were adorable little bastards - but they knew the rules are important.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 23:26
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Jan 17, 2022, 23:26
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 17, 2022, 22:27:
Frankly, I think the Victorian government and Tennis Australia deserve a lot more of a public beating than they seem to have gotten. What the hell made Tennis Australia or the Victorian government think they could run roughshod over the Australian federal government's immigration rules? While I think Novak Djokovic is an idiot and was rightly deported, the mess this was isn't completely his fault.

As far as Djokovic's beliefs go, this WP article raises some interesting points. It talks about how the top 1% of athletes in all the sports really don't think like regular people. If they did, they wouldn't be in the top 1% of their sport.

... to talk to Djokovic, who seeks skills in defiance of physical laws through brutal training and solitary suffering, about the danger of going unvaccinated is naive. Our conversations with athletes about dangerous practices fail because of what renowned bioethicist Thomas Murray has called “the you’ll-put-your-eye-out argument.” You can’t tell a quarterback who gets hit by 300-pound linemen or a cyclist who rides up an Alp not to take a steroid because “you might hurt yourself.” The argument has no force for them.

There is an inevitable price to pay for outer-edge mental and physical explorations. Andre Agassi had wrist tendinitis, sciatica and a brief flirtation with crystal meth; Jimmy Connors had terrible back pain, bone spurs and a gambling addiction. But maybe the biggest toll is the slow creep of narcissism. Some 1-percenters manage to maintain their connection to the audience. Rafael Nadal, for instance. For others, performance trumps everything, and it can carry them to a very remote — and lonely — place. Chris Evert once remarked, “I didn’t like the characteristics that it took to become a champion.” She also said: “Winning was a need.”

and yet there are elite athletes who aren't scumbags. i'd say most actually. to equate vaccines with routine professional suffering is just a failure of reasoning; one has nothing to do with the other if you think about it even semi-seriously. i would bet most professional athletes are vaccinated and train very nearly as hard as he does if not harder, even if they lack his talent. suffering for one's profession isn't unique to the 1%. djokovic is just an asshole pure and simple. i believe it has nothing to do with his profession except that he has yesmen in his ear pushing him towards the worst of his nature. but at least the french are on board too - no french open now unless he gets vaccinated.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 22:28
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Jan 17, 2022, 22:28
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 17, 2022, 18:18:
I've got 4 episodes of Station Eleven to go, it's been a believable blast along the lines of The Stand.
The airport and minefield episodes were a great roller coaster.
I especially enjoy the part about not trusting any stranger, ever. And barely trusted those you know.
I'm at my best when I'm escaping.
Danielle Deadwyler was also a standout, especially her standalone episode. I hope this leads to bigger things for her.

Let me know when you finish.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 22:27
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Jan 17, 2022, 22:27
 
Frankly, I think the Victorian government and Tennis Australia deserve a lot more of a public beating than they seem to have gotten. What the hell made Tennis Australia or the Victorian government think they could run roughshod over the Australian federal government's immigration rules? While I think Novak Djokovic is an idiot and was rightly deported, the mess this was isn't completely his fault.

As far as Djokovic's beliefs go, this WP article raises some interesting points. It talks about how the top 1% of athletes in all the sports really don't think like regular people. If they did, they wouldn't be in the top 1% of their sport.

... to talk to Djokovic, who seeks skills in defiance of physical laws through brutal training and solitary suffering, about the danger of going unvaccinated is naive. Our conversations with athletes about dangerous practices fail because of what renowned bioethicist Thomas Murray has called “the you’ll-put-your-eye-out argument.” You can’t tell a quarterback who gets hit by 300-pound linemen or a cyclist who rides up an Alp not to take a steroid because “you might hurt yourself.” The argument has no force for them.

There is an inevitable price to pay for outer-edge mental and physical explorations. Andre Agassi had wrist tendinitis, sciatica and a brief flirtation with crystal meth; Jimmy Connors had terrible back pain, bone spurs and a gambling addiction. But maybe the biggest toll is the slow creep of narcissism. Some 1-percenters manage to maintain their connection to the audience. Rafael Nadal, for instance. For others, performance trumps everything, and it can carry them to a very remote — and lonely — place. Chris Evert once remarked, “I didn’t like the characteristics that it took to become a champion.” She also said: “Winning was a need.”
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 21:36
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Jan 17, 2022, 21:36
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 17, 2022, 20:18:
Djokovic was finally deported for lying, not being inoculated against the coronavirus and for being a vocal vaccine skeptic. Australia rules baby. Thumbsup
It helps being an "island," much like my state. But it's much more than that: they've had good policies and good unity adhering to them. Hats off to the Aussies (among several other countries) who have put on a clinic on how to handle a pandemic. Not just in pandemic handling, but on a lot of fronts I've been pretty impressed with Australian competence.
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Re: OotB: MLK
Jan 17, 2022, 20:18
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Jan 17, 2022, 20:18
 
Djokovic was finally deported for lying, not being inoculated against the coronavirus and for being a vocal vaccine skeptic. Australia rules baby. Thumbsup
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