Out of the Blue

I was very dubious about Xfinity as a provider after moving, but things have gone pretty well so far (knock wood). In fact, I got a present from them this morning, as I was informed that my download speed was bumped by 50% to 300 Mbps and my upload speed is doubled to 10 Mbps in a free upgrade. Ever the nerd, I am quite pleased about this, even though I know the difference will rarely be evident. But I think those of use who lived through accessing the internet using dial-up and modems will always be extra obsessed with high-speed access. I don't think someone who grew up with broadband can ever appreciate that. Sort of the way my grandparents were obsessed with stocking canned food after living through the depression. But you know, just a trifle less dramatic.

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Re: £740,000 painting is ruined after security guard draws eyes on faceless figures at Russian
Feb 11, 2022, 16:31
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Re: £740,000 painting is ruined after security guard draws eyes on faceless figures at Russian Feb 11, 2022, 16:31
Feb 11, 2022, 16:31
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 15:30:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 12:10:
Ruined seems a bit strong seeing as:

The painting is being restored, the damage, according to the restoration expert at State Tretyakov Gallery, can be eliminated without any long-term damage to the artwork.

My local museum has an original Van Gogh. Some kid poked a hole in it with a pencil. Now it's in a glass case, however I was able to view it before they put it in a case. It was awesome to see the 3D-ness of it, as the paint was layered on quite thickly. A shame we can't have nice things. I'm willing to bet vodka was involved with this damage.

I was utterly amazed at how many paintings of great value were not ensconced behind glass in my tour of the world's great museums. Only the hyper valuable stuff is so protected. And it wasn't so much I was amazed because people might damage them so much as protecting them from the heat and humidity and dust of all the people in said museums. The real annoying thing is how most of the protected works were in reflective glass making it much harder to view or take snaps of because of the overhead lighting.

Btw, I've uploaded all my snaps of Europe to Google Photos. They're not in order or titled properly yet but if you'd like to see them I can upload the links if anyone cares to view Europe and it's art. Here's Venice including my shots from Peggy Guggenheim's museum, including Jackson Pollock's Alchemy because you mentioned you love that piece.

"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 16:29
Kxmode
 
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 16:29
Feb 11, 2022, 16:29
 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 15:35:
3D printed titanium chest implant saves cancer patient's life.

Wolverine is real.
Technically it was adamantium, a fictional metal, but I get your point.
"Listen, Peter... with great horsepower comes... the sickest drifts..." - source
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 16:09
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 16:09
Feb 11, 2022, 16:09
 
Quite pleased with my xFinity EWAN, too. I have 105Mb/ps down & ~95MBps up. Very reliable. Embarrassed to say how little it costs!...;) Oh, man--how I remember dial up...;) So happy it is a distant memory....! Movies are always immediately dated when you hear that familiar modem squeal-and-squelch handshaking across telephone lines. I recall '98 being the year I moved to broadband cable, and the absence of the ubiquitous modem squeal took awhile to get used to. So nice...;)
It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 15:36
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 15:36
Feb 11, 2022, 15:36
 
What's the over/under on the Superbowl?

Not the outcome, but the chance of terrorism?
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 15:35
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 15:35
Feb 11, 2022, 15:35
 
3D printed titanium chest implant saves cancer patient's life.

Wolverine is real.
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 11, 2022, 15:31
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2022, 15:31
Feb 11, 2022, 15:31
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 12:11:
Blue wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 11:53:
I've seen reports that the transition to the NY Times website wiped out Wordle stats. I just played and my stats were there, so this seems to have been fixed.

Wordle 237 4/6

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Oops, but check your settings... I didn't realize until I shared my result here that while the game left Dark Mode on, it turned Hard Mode off.
Quick question to nerdlers out there.
Do you think it's ok to display the colored squares since the position of the =equal= sign can be easily determined?

A friend of mine asked me not to send him the colored squares because he knew my starter words. I told him to get out of my mind and that I changed my starter words. I also quit sending the colored squares.
My question, "I think he's still in my mind, what should I do?"
These aren't the squares you're looking for. You can go about your business.
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Re: £740,000 painting is ruined after security guard draws eyes on faceless figures at Russian
Feb 11, 2022, 15:30
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Re: £740,000 painting is ruined after security guard draws eyes on faceless figures at Russian Feb 11, 2022, 15:30
Feb 11, 2022, 15:30
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 12:10:
Ruined seems a bit strong seeing as:

The painting is being restored, the damage, according to the restoration expert at State Tretyakov Gallery, can be eliminated without any long-term damage to the artwork.

My local museum has an original Van Gogh. Some kid poked a hole in it with a pencil. Now it's in a glass case, however I was able to view it before they put it in a case. It was awesome to see the 3D-ness of it, as the paint was layered on quite thickly. A shame we can't have nice things. I'm willing to bet vodka was involved with this damage.
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 13:47
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 13:47
Feb 11, 2022, 13:47
 
Tom wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 13:39:
Steele Johnson wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 13:08:
I'll be moving in the next few years and this time I'm going to choose a location that has some competition. Geeze
Got any countries in mind yet?

Just one town over from me has 4 different options for high speed Internet. My town has 1. It's ridiculous, and so obvious that our city officials have worked out a "deal" to not let other providers in (i.e. $$)
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 13:39
Tom
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 13:39
Feb 11, 2022, 13:39
Tom
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 13:08:
I'll be moving in the next few years and this time I'm going to choose a location that has some competition. Geeze
Got any countries in mind yet?
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 13:30
Kxmode
 
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 13:30
Feb 11, 2022, 13:30
 Kxmode
 
Nerdle 8 13/37!

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"Listen, Peter... with great horsepower comes... the sickest drifts..." - source
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 13:12
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 13:12
Feb 11, 2022, 13:12
 
Yeah, Comcast simply sucks. I finally escaped them when my town's fiber project finally got to my neighborhood in May 2018. Was so happy when I didn't have to give them money any longer.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: The need for speed
Feb 11, 2022, 13:08
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Re: OotB: The need for speed Feb 11, 2022, 13:08
Feb 11, 2022, 13:08
 
I think Xfinity (Comcast) has started to be a little more supportive of their customers now that everyone is dropping cable. I've submitted 3 different BBB issues against them blatantly ripping me off, but of course, the BBB was totally useless. Out of all the companies I've had to deal with over the years, Xfinity has to be the worst. Their dominant control of the wires going to your house is worse than a monopoly. For the past 20 years, my town has no other option when it comes to cable or Internet. You have no choice but to go with Xfinity (I'm sure the city officials get a nice chunks of $$ for that kind of deal). I'll be moving in the next few years and this time I'm going to choose a location that has some competition. Geeze

This comment was edited on Feb 11, 2022, 13:43.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 11, 2022, 12:11
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2022, 12:11
Feb 11, 2022, 12:11
 
Blue wrote on Feb 11, 2022, 11:53:
I've seen reports that the transition to the NY Times website wiped out Wordle stats. I just played and my stats were there, so this seems to have been fixed.

Wordle 237 4/6

⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛
🟨⬛🟨🟨⬛
🟨🟨⬛🟨⬛
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Oops, but check your settings... I didn't realize until I shared my result here that while the game left Dark Mode on, it turned Hard Mode off.
Quick question to nerdlers out there.
Do you think it's ok to display the colored squares since the position of the =equal= sign can be easily determined?

A friend of mine asked me not to send him the colored squares because he knew my starter words. I told him to get out of my mind and that I changed my starter words. I also quit sending the colored squares.
My question, "I think he's still in my mind, what should I do?"
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Re: £740,000 painting is ruined after security guard draws eyes on faceless figures at Russian
Feb 11, 2022, 12:10
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Re: £740,000 painting is ruined after security guard draws eyes on faceless figures at Russian Feb 11, 2022, 12:10
Feb 11, 2022, 12:10
 
Ruined seems a bit strong seeing as:

The painting is being restored, the damage, according to the restoration expert at State Tretyakov Gallery, can be eliminated without any long-term damage to the artwork.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 11, 2022, 12:07
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2022, 12:07
Feb 11, 2022, 12:07
 
Biomechanical hybrid fishes? What can possibly go wrong!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 11, 2022, 11:53
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2022, 11:53
Feb 11, 2022, 11:53
 
I've seen reports that the transition to the NY Times website wiped out Wordle stats. I just played and my stats were there, so this seems to have been fixed.

Wordle 237 4/6

⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛
🟨⬛🟨🟨⬛
🟨🟨⬛🟨⬛
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Oops, but check your settings... I didn't realize until I shared my result here that while the game left Dark Mode on, it turned Hard Mode off.
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, El Presidente for Life
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