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  1. That’s the one. They come out with a new version...

    That’s the one. They come out with a new version every year, and every year I throw my money at them and get it.

    A couple years back Bok and I co-managed the Texas Rangers for a season. Lot of fun.
  2. That computer baseball game I play allows you to...

    That computer baseball game I play allows you to GM/manage in the Negro Leagues. I've never taken a crack at it although I would like to. Maybe I'll give that a shot this Spring as part of my protest...
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    Bok, Look At This Game

    During my YouTube safari last night I came across the channel of one of the developers of this game. I seem to recall you are into rebuilding cars, or maybe just one car, so I thought this might be...
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    Of course you have the right to criticize people...

    Of course you have the right to criticize people in the service. Everyone has that right. They don't get issued halos when they join up.
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    Sign stealing is fine by me, it is a matter of...

    Sign stealing is fine by me, it is a matter of human cleverness. But the use of the brute force of technology to the level that the Astros organization, including all those players, is a whole other...
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    Baseball Is Dead To Me

    I love baseball. Always have, at least for as long as I can remember. It’s the only sport apart from rugby that I have any interest in watching in person. Field of Dreams is one of my top two or...
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    Those Crazy Japanese

    On another double shift today and as usual am wasting some time searching YouTube. This is the kind of odd shit that I usually find. Can't decide if I like it or not.


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    Purged? Did he remove him from the Army or...

    Purged? Did he remove him from the Army or something? On the bright side, maybe now he can take that gig as Ukrainian defense minister. Seems like a step up.
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    No sense of timing at all. If he’d waited a week...

    No sense of timing at all. If he’d waited a week they could have billed it as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
  10. Thread: Tweets

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    I wonder if he gets a serviceman’s discount on...

    I wonder if he gets a serviceman’s discount on Haagen-Dazs. If not, the next few weeks could get expensive.
  11. A Few Good Men, Gone In 60 Seconds and Snatch are...

    A Few Good Men, Gone In 60 Seconds and Snatch are three more movies that I can’t seem to pass by if I run into them while surfing.
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    Ha! Instead of a giant boulder we will chain that...

    Ha! Instead of a giant boulder we will chain that bronze to your ankle. I will also put blades on the wheels off my motorbike like those Ben Hur chariots....
  13. I will give a list of movies that I think are at...

    I will give a list of movies that I think are at the top end. Both Das Boot and Bridge Over the River Kwai would be on my list so I won’t go over them again.

    Gettysburg If I had to pick only one...
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    For my part, I am looking forward to starring in...

    For my part, I am looking forward to starring in an episode of Monday Night Rehabilitation, hunting you through the deserted streets off Dallas from the back of a Suzuki dirt bike while wearing a...
  15. How are we judging “greatest war movie”? The...

    How are we judging “greatest war movie”? The actors’ performances? The technical aspects of the film (cinematography, score, etc.)? The authenticity of the material and historical accuracy? I need to...
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    That’s “God Emperor Donald” to you, whiner.....

    That’s “God Emperor Donald” to you, whiner.....
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    Now he and Tony Curtis can once again argue over...

    Now he and Tony Curtis can once again argue over who really is Spartacus.
  18. Thread: Iowa Caucuses

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    Math is hard.....

    Math is hard.....
  19. Undercover Boss: Where Are They Now? - Kylo Ren

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brbrdnh74yA
  20. Thread: Rave On

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    I will beat you like a gong, kid. Here's a little...

    I will beat you like a gong, kid. Here's a little something off my iPhone playlist. Sit down, Boomer.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoCOg8ZzUfg
  21. Thread: Rave On

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmS0qi6IqB4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmS0qi6IqB4
  22. Thread: Chess Question

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    Well this won't insult your gameplay and there is...

    Well this won't insult your gameplay and there is no little hand to shake afterward. It's kind of pricey, and I just found it a little creepy but it's still cool.


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  23. Thread: Chess Question

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    Well considering the fact that I work alone in an...

    Well considering the fact that I work alone in an extremely secure facility, there will be no face-to-face play :)
  24. Thread: Chess Question

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    Chess Question

    This question is aimed at Bok because I know he plays, or at least played, a lot, but anybody should feel free to chime in...

    Does anyone have any experience with electronic chess boards over the...
  25. The Martian

    The Martian
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    Indeed. Also, I finally sat down and read Old...

    Indeed. Also, I finally sat down and read Old Man’s War. You were right, it was kind of meh. I thought the story was interesting but his writing technique was jarring. Apparently nobody ever...
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    Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan Science Fiction....

    Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan

    Science Fiction. The kind Bok hates.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soo6oi-6OQ4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soo6oi-6OQ4
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    What I Am Listening To Tonight....

    Listening to these guys at work tonight. The beatboxing guy is a little weird, but if I don't look at him it isn't so bad.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ew_bfFvros


    ...
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    Also with full hearts, the Seattle Seahawks have...

    Also with full hearts, the Seattle Seahawks have suspended their campaign to win the Super Bowl...
  31. It was really savage stuff, but funny.

    It was really savage stuff, but funny.
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99IoN2pymfE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99IoN2pymfE
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    I texted my friend. The ones we drank didn’t use...

    I texted my friend. The ones we drank didn’t use gin, they had cognac. But if they had used gin it wouldn’t have mattered because I didn’t taste the liquor at all. Like I said, too much work for me...
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    The only mixed drink that I care for is a mojito,...

    The only mixed drink that I care for is a mojito, but I have to tell you that friends got me to try two different mixed drinks while I was at that gaming convention in Chicago last March. I can’t see...
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    I would have a lot more neon lights out front and...

    I would have a lot more neon lights out front and girls twerking on the roof. I might occasionally have a Ladies Night and climb up on the roof myself.
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    Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Justice For Juicy

    Still a genius.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZXoErL2124
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    I probably will not succeed, because the vast...

    I probably will not succeed, because the vast majority of the stuff I read is non-fiction and it takes me longer to plow through that so I can keep names, places and such straight in my head. For...
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    I have a new audible suggestion for you. After...

    I have a new audible suggestion for you. After you listen to Six Frigates pick up Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell. Outstanding book although probably less so if you have no interest in Napoleon’s time.
  40. Thread: The Gentlemen

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    I definitely want to see this

    I definitely want to see this
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    Dude that is fantastic. Congrats!

    Dude that is fantastic. Congrats!
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    New Year’s Resolutions

    What are yours, if you have any.

    In addition to the perpetual “Lose weight and get healthy” resolutions that I seem to make every other year or so, this year I am making a resolution to read (or...
  43. Well you can call it a trial or anything else...

    Well you can call it a trial or anything else that you want, but a proceedings where the rules can be changed on the fly would not be something that I would associate with a trial.
  44. It’s not really a trial. I don’t even know what...

    It’s not really a trial. I don’t even know what to call it. The senate can handle it pretty much any way they want. They can hand it off to a committee and have those members handle all of the...
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    The control room I work in has to be staffed 24/7...

    The control room I work in has to be staffed 24/7 and we have some operators who have small children so I usually volunteer to cover shifts for them on holidays aimed more at kids. It's kind of sucky...
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    Worked doubles on Christmas Eve and yesterday, so...

    Worked doubles on Christmas Eve and yesterday, so my nice Christmas will come on payday :)
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    The reviews are magnificent! ""I am not a...

    The reviews are magnificent!


    ""I am not a cat person. After watching this frankly mortifying film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, I'm not altogether sure I am a movie person anymore...
  48. Thread: Landslide

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    I think Labour is shattered, at least for the...

    I think Labour is shattered, at least for the near future. Jeremy Corbyn all but resigned, said he won't lead Labour into another election. They will need to regroup, but I think Brexit is going to...
  49. Thread: Landslide

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    Landslide

    Bend the knee to Boris, Fuckers! LOL
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    On the plus side I will be able to watch football...

    On the plus side I will be able to watch football for most of the day, and after a year of hearing my friend rant about the show for the past year on the way to work last night I stopped at Best Buy...
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    Working a double.

    Working a double.
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    I was never a cat person growing up, we always...

    I was never a cat person growing up, we always had dogs. Every once in a while when I was a kid we would take in a stray cat, but dogs were a constant from the time I was old enough to remember...
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  54. Thread: Moneyball

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    Moneyball

    I saw the movie with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill a few years back and enjoyed it, but haven’t thought about it much since. The other day I saw Michael Lewis’s book at a library sale and picked it up for...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LbLySbHLYE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LbLySbHLYE
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    It will be loud.

    It will be loud.
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    No, but that would be awesome. This model may...

    No, but that would be awesome.

    This model may be complex, but it's a plastic model. Very detailed, but still plastic. Because this will probably be a once in a lifetime build for me, I am...
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    I think it will probably be a bit of both for me....

    I think it will probably be a bit of both for me. I built some models when I was a kid but it was never something I really got into all that much. Lately, for some reason, I have gotten bitten by...
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    Happy Birthday! :jump::jump::jump::jump:

    Happy Birthday! :jump::jump::jump::jump:
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    I have a visor that I wear for my miniatures...

    I have a visor that I wear for my miniatures painting that has a light and magnifier on it, but I will definitely look into the fly tying tools. Anything that makes the job a little easier is a...
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    As an update, I did a little digging and found a...

    As an update, I did a little digging and found a reference from 2015 that the model has been loaned to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
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    It may be necessary to contact the museum for...

    It may be necessary to contact the museum for information on the model. I did a quick check online and the only information I have been able to find is 13 years old. The model is part of the Natural...
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    I didn't realize the model made by the sailors...

    I didn't realize the model made by the sailors back in 1813 was so large until I sat down and did the math. When you think of somebody building a model to give as a going away present, you generally...
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    I Finally Have It

    I have been looking for this kit for months.

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    I have been very interested in the USS Constitution since I read a book called Six Frigates which I have recommended in at least one...
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    How long exactly do they need? This is from 10...

    How long exactly do they need?

    This is from 10 months ago.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-troops-leave-syria-president-trump-declares-victory-over-n949806
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    "I don't understand your easily turned back on...

    "I don't understand your easily turned back on our allies as well so we are even."

    In that part of the world, Allies are a thing of convenience. Wasn't Al Qaeda our ally at one time? The...
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    I'm not branding anyone as anything. I am...

    I'm not branding anyone as anything.

    I am asking if the Turkish claims of terrorist attacks by Kurdish extremists associated with the PKK and/or SDF are all fabricated by the Turks. You clearly...
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    It would indeed. Although I am given to...

    It would indeed. Although I am given to understand that the "SDF are terrorists" thing is just spin. So maybe not.
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    That doesn't look like Angela Merkel's letterhead.

    That doesn't look like Angela Merkel's letterhead.
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    Early days? How long does it take for the "Leader...

    Early days? How long does it take for the "Leader of the Free World" to take strong, decisive action against genocide? Not just talk, but action? And is this the Angela Merkel who "Condems Turkish...
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    "Really? You think the United Nations is...

    "Really? You think the United Nations is concerned about a little ethnic cleansing? Let's ask Roméo Antonius Dallaire. "


    Yeah, yeah, I have his book.

    I generally consider the UN to be a...
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    It sounds super serious. Curious that the United...

    It sounds super serious. Curious that the United Nations hasn't done anything about it if it's that bad. How about NATO? Any NATO members suggesting that Turkey be stripped of its membership. I would...
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    A great old movie that requires absolutely no...

    A great old movie that requires absolutely no thinking to enjoy.
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    You can call the war "Chuck" for all I care, but...

    You can call the war "Chuck" for all I care, but I find the notion of calling something a war for independence when one of the central tenets of the "independence" side is holding other people as...
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    The Civil War didn't have anything to do with the...

    The Civil War didn't have anything to do with the federal government. It had everything to do with the fact that Southerners wanted to keep their slaves, they wanted to be able to bring slavery into...
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    If by “states’ rights” you mean their belief that...

    If by “states’ rights” you mean their belief that they had a right to keep other people as slaves, then yes, you are correct.
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    You are only a few hours drive from Antietam, so...

    You are only a few hours drive from Antietam, so could make a short overnight trip if you could swing a weekend off. I am going out to visit my buddy in Harrisburg again next Spring/Summer and hope...
  80. Sorry, but no. This place is all politics all the...

    Sorry, but no. This place is all politics all the time. It works its way into every other thread. Compare the longevity and activity in a cooking thread or history thread to something like the...
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    Lanie, I can't quote you either :) I'm not...

    Lanie, I can't quote you either :)

    I'm not trying to talk you out of carrying, only you can decide if that is something that you want to do. It sounds to me like you have a reasonable concern for...
  82. I am unable to write cursive, I can only print....

    I am unable to write cursive, I can only print. If I try to write cursive I end up writing English words using Russian letters.
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    Are you sure that you want to carry? Because that...

    Are you sure that you want to carry? Because that is a whole different animal than getting a firearm for home protection.

    If it’s just for home protection then a shotgun is a much better, and...
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    “In The Kingdom of Ice - The Grand and Terrrible...

    “In The Kingdom of Ice - The Grand and Terrrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette” by Hampton Sides
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    An Important Day in American History

    September 17 marks the anniversary of two of the American military battles that I have studied most of my life.

    In 1862, Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North was ended at Antietam Creek...
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    My last suggested reading for this thread,...

    My last suggested reading for this thread, although I may be wasting my time since seven of this guy's novels were nominated for the Pulitzer. Allan Eckert was an amazing author who specialized in...
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    You could have just stayed quiet. Now I have hate...

    You could have just stayed quiet. Now I have hate in my heart.
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    Well if you like mysteries and possibly alternate...

    Well if you like mysteries and possibly alternate histories, I read this when I was working as a carny. It was pretty good. I liked the movie better, but I think that was just because I like Rutger...
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    So terribly sad to think that he went from that...

    So terribly sad to think that he went from that role to Dumb and Dumber.

    He was perfect as Chamberlain, who is on my shortlist of historical figures that I would most want to meet.
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    Then we shall speak no more for you are dead to...

    Then we shall speak no more for you are dead to me.

    Are you allergic to Pulitzer Prize winners or something?
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    What?

    What?
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    It is quite good. I got the Audible version to...

    It is quite good. I got the Audible version to listen to in the car, it is read by the actor Stephen Lang.

    Did you ever get around to reading The Killer Angels?
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    Or this if you want fiction. 2340

    Or this if you want fiction.

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    Well, she did stab me

    Well, she did stab me
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    My mom believes that I am a communist because I...

    My mom believes that I am a communist because I loved the show “The Americans.” True story.

    Now I could try to figure out why exactly she thinks that way, try to reason with her and explain that...
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    The guy is obviously a moron. It’s pointless to...

    The guy is obviously a moron. It’s pointless to try and figure out why a moron does what he does because morons don’t think like real people. So there’s no bank in it.
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    So much idiocy in one column is breathtaking. ...

    So much idiocy in one column is breathtaking.

    However, I feel like the father is probably pretty open about his feelings on the subject of guns, and if she is living under his roof she should have...
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    After discussing it we will just had back to his...

    After discussing it we will just had back to his place each night. It’s less than an hour drive, he said. Lancaster is the birthplace of John Reynolds, and he was taken there and buried after the...
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    I feel like there is an allegory in there about...

    I feel like there is an allegory in there about us being able to land a man on the moon 50 years ago but unable to quote each other on a message board in this day and age. Where have you gone, Steve...
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