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Watch: Mantis Tries To Cheer Up A Dog, Internet Says "Coolest Insect Ever." This is the second cool mantis video in just a few days. I found them pretty terrifying as a kid, but I'm beginning to appreciate just how cool they actually are. You know, except for the whole sex/murder scenario.

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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 19, 2022, 11:49
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 19, 2022, 11:49
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RedEye9 wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 19:07:
I chased a rabbit, it went down this hole.

Plainly Difficult https://www.youtube.com/c/PlainlyDifficult/videos
from the about: Short(ish) Educational Videos on Subjects that I think are interesting!
Mainly General Interest history, focusing on disasters, scientific discovery and transportation

I've watched "The San Salvador Radiation Event 1989", "The Ronan Point Tower Disaster 1968" and "A Brief History of: The Demon Core (Short Documentary)"

I like his pacing, the 10 minute length, his voice and delivery.

I subscribe to his channel. Good stuff. Also, if you like that kind of stuff like I do, check out these Youtube channels: Qxir (especially his Tales from the Bottle series - love his cartoons he uses to explain things), Fascinating Horror, Dark Footage and Today I Found Out. All well done, good voice work, and short 8-15 minutes. I don't have time to watch them sometimes, so I just send myself the link, download them, and put them on the file server for later so i can watch them on TV.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 19, 2022, 02:58
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 19, 2022, 02:58
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Prez wrote on Sep 19, 2022, 01:19:
I loved the mantis video. That bulldog was beautiful.

Disclaimer: I am a huge dog lover but I'm not particularly good at recognizing a lot of the more specific breeds, so sorry if I got the breed wrong.

You got it right, Prez. It is a bulldog. A French bulldog to be exact about the breed. Bulldog is close enough, however.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 19, 2022, 01:19
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 19, 2022, 01:19
Sep 19, 2022, 01:19
 
I loved the mantis video. That bulldog was beautiful.

Disclaimer: I am a huge dog lover but I'm not particularly good at recognizing a lot of the more specific breeds, so sorry if I got the breed wrong.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 19, 2022, 01:09
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 19, 2022, 01:09
Sep 19, 2022, 01:09
 Jivaro
 
I prefer to write in cursive, but it's so rare that I write anything besides my signature these days. In addition, in terms of cultural evolution, it makes sense that people would commonly write in the same way that the keyboard is labeled. I am glad I learned it though, and I didn't realize that it wasn't being taught at all anymore. I never thought of it as "needed", more like a bonus skill gained from a decent education.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 19, 2022, 00:25
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 19, 2022, 00:25
Sep 19, 2022, 00:25
 
i use cursive because good penmanship is beautiful and i refuse to let it die out. and it's not about speed. it is faster but if i rush it, it looks terrible. i'll go slow just to make sure it looks good.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 19, 2022, 00:08
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 19, 2022, 00:08
Sep 19, 2022, 00:08
 
Glad Garry is doing so well after his amazing time at PC Gamer.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 23:50
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 23:50
Sep 18, 2022, 23:50
 
Rogue One's Gary Whitta on His Unconventional New Sci-Fi Gundog.

Hollywood is risk averse given the amount of money they spend. Doing your new IP as a novel or comic or audiobook and building a small but loyal audience is the way to get to TV show/movie.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 22:08
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 22:08
Sep 18, 2022, 22:08
 
While I learned cursive, I almost never use it. I never saw the advantage; I always wrote faster using block-text than I did cursive (the latter not having all those superfluous loops and links probably has something to do with that) and I always found block text to be more legible. I think it looks nicer too; I always thought cursive text to be rather unsightly (but, again, maybe that's just because I hate the waste of all those needless loops).
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 21:28
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 21:28
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PHJF wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 16:20:
I was taught cursive somewhere in 3rd-5th grade then told not to use it anymore around 8th grade. Great use of school resources.
Better that than the period when they were teaching "the new math". Whatever it was. I have two good friends who I know are smarter and more educated than I am. It is simply a fact that they are. Yet neither one of them can quickly do (what I consider simple, basic) arithmetic due to they way they were taught math in grade school. Always amazes me, whenever something comes up where we need to do a bit of arithmetic, I sit there and watch them try to figure it out when I basically know the answer a few seconds after it was postulated... so weird.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 19:07
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 19:07
Sep 18, 2022, 19:07
 
I chased a rabbit, it went down this hole.

Plainly Difficult https://www.youtube.com/c/PlainlyDifficult/videos
from the about: Short(ish) Educational Videos on Subjects that I think are interesting!
Mainly General Interest history, focusing on disasters, scientific discovery and transportation

I've watched "The San Salvador Radiation Event 1989", "The Ronan Point Tower Disaster 1968" and "A Brief History of: The Demon Core (Short Documentary)"

I like his pacing, the 10 minute length, his voice and delivery.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 18:42
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 18:42
Sep 18, 2022, 18:42
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 17:35:
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 16:02:
I use it for checks -- for those of you who understand what checks are.
I can't remember the last time I wrote a check. Even when we purchased this house, we used an EFT in to an escrow account for it.
I'll gladly switch to electronic transfers over checks for any vendor who gives me a monthly $1 credit for doing so. Otherwise, screw them.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 17:35
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 17:35
Sep 18, 2022, 17:35
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 16:02:
I use it for checks -- for those of you who understand what checks are.

I can't remember the last time I wrote a check. Even when we purchased this house, we used an EFT in to an escrow account for it.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.
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Gen Z Never Learned to Read Cursive
Sep 18, 2022, 16:26
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Gen Z Never Learned to Read Cursive Sep 18, 2022, 16:26
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I still use cursive in long texts... Otherwise I write too damn slow.

Altho that's a rarity nowadays with computers, internet and co.

It's mostly typing.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 16:20
PHJF
 
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 16:20
Sep 18, 2022, 16:20
 PHJF
 
I was taught cursive somewhere in 3rd-5th grade then told not to use it anymore around 8th grade. Great use of school resources.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 16:02
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 16:02
Sep 18, 2022, 16:02
 
Gen Z not learning cursive isn't exactly something new. In 1989 or so, while in the USAF I was filling out some form which had been given out to everyone to complete. I collected a coworkers' form with the intent of delivering it a couple of offices down for her since I was taking mine anyway. But I noticed for the signature field she had used block lettering. I went back to her and told her, "You are supposed to put your signature here." Her response? "That is my signature." She did not know cursive. So.. that was 33 years ago...

I use both. Sometimes I write in cursive, sometimes I write block lettering. When I am making notes to myself, I normally use cursive. It is my default when I'm not thinking about it because that's the way I was schooled (graduated HS in 1980). Assuming you learned cursive, the readability of my cursive is highly variable, it is dependent on the speed and care I take to write it. I use it for checks -- for those of you who understand what checks are.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 15:10
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 15:10
Sep 18, 2022, 15:10
 
FloodAnxiety wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 14:36:
This is an odd flex.

Do you prefer to write that way because you like the way it looks? The speed at which you can write it? Or because you know that many people will be unable to read it?

Not a flex, more NFG.

I prefer the fluidity, rapidity, and ease of use.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 14:45
Kxmode
 
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Sep 18, 2022, 14:45
 Kxmode
 
Let's not forget the Mantis scene from Robin Hood: Men in Tights. 😄
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 14:36
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 18, 2022, 13:19:
I grew up learning to read and write cursive as well as calligraphy. I will probably handwrite in cursive until the day I die. If others can't read it, that's their problem.
This is an odd flex.

Do you prefer to write that way because you like the way it looks? The speed at which you can write it? Or because you know that many people will be unable to read it?

I learned to read and write cursive in elementary school, but I still found that 99% of adult's cursive with still illegible. It never seemed like they did it because they preferred the way it looked it; it always came off to me as them being too lazy to take the time to write it well: like they didn't care whether or not I could read what they gave me. Almost like they took offensive to having to write anything for me and thought they would "win" the exchange by hastily scribbling their words.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 13:19
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I grew up learning to read and write cursive as well as calligraphy. I will probably handwrite in cursive until the day I die. If others can't read it, that's their problem.

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The article on cheetahs in India is incorrect on a point. Cheetahs aren't considered part of the "big cats" because they have a hyoid bone which allows them to purr, something big cats do not have and therefore cannot do. Cheetahs are more closely related to the common house cat than lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards.

"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer
Sep 18, 2022, 12:38
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Re: OotB: Pray for cheer Sep 18, 2022, 12:38
Sep 18, 2022, 12:38
 
Every statement where a virus is said to take some action is a mis statement. Viruses can't locomote, can't use, generate, or store energy. It's all anthropomorphism. They can't even die because they were never alive to begin with.

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