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  1. Snargfargle

    Good bye Windows 7... and hello Windows 10?

    I had no problems migrating from Win 7 to 10. I did buy a little app that made the Start Menu act more like the one I was familiar with though -- it's called Start10 and is pretty good. You also can get an open-source program that will add a start menu but for five bucks I think that Start10 is well worth the price. Start10 https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/ Open Shell https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu
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    A prince no more

    When I was teaching I had to watch what I said and did because I was a representative of the university. It was much the same when I was in the military. The "Royals" are expected to act as representatives of the Crown at all times. I think this is why Harry wanted out of it all.
  3. Snargfargle

    A prince no more

    While the "Royals" do have a lot of ceremonial service and are undoubtedly looked after, they do actually serve. Flying helicopters is dangerous work. Weather and mechanical problems care little if you are a "normal" pilot or a "Royal." However, Harry saw active combat in Afghanistan both on the ground and as a helicopter pilot.
  4. Snargfargle

    A prince no more

    Say what you will about the British Royals but they do serve their country. The Queen served as a military driver in WWII. Charles was a military pilot who flew for twenty years, both active and reserve; he also commanded a minesweeper. His son, William, also was a military pilot and flies civilian rescue aircraft as well. Harry served in the military for ten years, including a tour in Afghanistan.
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    My Cat is Dying

    By the scientific definition of "animal," humans are no different than other animals because we too are animals. That is, we are members of the Kingdom Animalia. Of course, in the vernacular, it's different and "animals" are non-human things that seem alive and move. Those that see species as "nothing more than evolutionary meatbag accidents" know very little about science. Because some people have heard scientists say that randomness plays a role in genetics they jump to the conclusion that scientists believe that everything in nature is random, which is far from the case. The species we see today are not just "a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters for a million years" but the end result of billions of years of iterations and selection based on genetic code, introduction of genes by viruses and duplications, recombinations and mutations, epigenetic effects, symbiosis, predation, competition, energy budgets, and many other biotic and environmental factors. Life as we see it today could not just appear randomly out of thin air; it is the end result of nearly four billion years of biotic evolution, which itself is based on many billions more years of cosmic evolution, which is based on the way that energy works in our universe.
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    My Cat is Dying

    The idea that humans are somewhat different from all other animals in their ability to think and feel emotions has been ingrained into western thought for a couple thousand years. However, this is a false dichotomy. It may be a necessary one though as it allows us to eat other animals without too many thoughts as to exactly what we are doing. My dad has a little black and white cat that pretty much ignores everyone else other than when she's hungry but absolutely adores him. I've never seen that cat more than ten feet away from him when he's in the house. Usually, she's either right behind his head on the couch or on the arm of his chair. If he goes somewhere she will look out the window until he returns and then run to the door to greet him. Every night, she sleeps at the foot of his bed.
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    Funny Thing Happened at the Hardware Store

    Rode on a lot of those when I was in the Army. I remember that they were so noisy that we had to wear earplugs. Our range earplugs weren't meant to be worn for ten hours at a stretch so the Air Force guys gave us moldable ones to wear. Once, I caught a ride on an empty C-5 that was going back the the States. There were only eight of us on that plane and it was like flying in a barn. We flew into Dover and parked beside over a dozen other C-5s. That was a lot of big aircraft all in one place.
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    Funny Thing Happened at the Hardware Store

    My Dad, who served in the Army in the 50s, called the little can openers P-38s, as did everyone I knew in the Army. America had the P-38 planes and Germany had the P-38 pistol in WWII so the name may have something to do with a bullet opening things up. I need to research the name. OK, here are some interesting facts about the P-38. First issued in the early 1940s. The P-38 was not named after the German pistol. Marines called it “John Wayne,” either because of its toughness or because the actor demonstrated it in a training film. Could open a can faster than a P-38 Lightning could fly. Is 38 mm (1 1/2 inches) long (but WWII GI's would not have used the Metric System much). It took about 38 punctures to open a C-Ration can. The larger P-51 was developed for bulk rations but I've never seen one. Supposedly it took 51 punctures of one to open a no. 10 (3 quart) can. Or, it may have been named after the P-51 Mustang.
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    Funny Thing Happened at the Hardware Store

    I was at the hardware store today getting some plywood and was taking my shop key off the key ring to get a copy made when a fellow asked "Where did you get that P-38? Now, if you served in the military back "in the day" you will probably know what a P-38 is. If not, here is a picture of one. A few of them were issued in each case of C-Rations. They are great little can openers to keep handy and they work better the older and smoother they get. I told the guy that I got it in the Army and that I'd been a medic in the Artillery. He said "Don't move! Wait right there!" and took off. A couple of minutes later he returned with a wooden flag that he had made. He said "Here, take this -- I'm giving one to every veteran I meet." His flag looked a bit like this one but with a 3-D eagle head. I thought that was pretty nice of him. I found a place in the woodshop for it. It adds a bit of color to the place.
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    My Cat is Dying

    Sorry to hear of your cat; we do get attached to the little things.
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    Darn it to Heck! A triple CV match!

    I know, that's why it would be newsworthy if three showed up.
  12. Snargfargle

    Darn it to Heck! A triple CV match!

    Now show that in a tier X match and we've got something newsworthy!
  13. Snargfargle

    Solo Warrior!!!!!

    Good Job!
  14. GJ. I've got a couple more battles if I'm successful. Mostly I played my Massy but I also played the Atago, Charles Martel, Akizuki, Edinburgh, and Cleveland.