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  1. What are you listening to right now?

    'Shallow Brown,' Percy Grainger's version
  2. The 'big cigar in the sky' otherwise known as Oumuamua is making astronomers and just curious people like me scratch our heads. What is it really? Where did it come from? How did it end up in our solar system or was it 'sent' here? Is it just a piece of space trash from some other system or what? How could it speed up while in our solar system? Is there someone/thing driving it or is it on auto pilot or is it a ship of some kind at all? Astronomy magazine has an article here: but I open this thread for people to both have fun speculating about it or also to try and have a serious look at it, and wonder about it. 
  3. What are you listening to right now?

    Uptown Funk! Eat another Easter chocolate and get your funk on.        
  4. What are you watching right now?

    An interesting short documentary about the women who were part of Bauhaus. I never really liked Bauhau architecture but I do like some of the furnature and textiles! Moreover I found it really interesting to hear about women who studied and worked at Bauhaus in the 1920s. I'd never heard about them before. 
  5. I came here thinking I could pick up everything quickly (new language, good job, friends), only to discover I suddenly had some limitations and those have not all improved with time here, so I have come to accept the limitations and focus on the things I have (be thankful I have a job at all, that I can get by ok in daily life auf Deutsch, that though I have no friends nearby but at least I don't have the troubled friends I had back in the old country!)   Today I am thankful for anything good in my life in Germany. I can't say that I was so thankful in my old life in America, I was always hoping for 'more' somehow, and this 'more' thinking was prevalent in my first years in Germany too: it only led to self-disappointment and a looming sense of regret, so I dumped it.    
  6. Are people with tattoos stupid?

    Ex-prisoner tattoos are about as aesthetically disturbing as the scars on forearms of 'cutter' teens (1980s). There's a loaded story behind both sorts; a story you probably don't ever really want to hear. 
  7. Being the outsider in a village

    Beats dodge ball, the all-American subburban street game where two teams take turns throwing a large rubber ball at one another's bodies. When you get slugged by one of these, the other team gets the ball so you better dodge it! 
  8. What are you cooking today?

    ''s what's for dinner'
  9. What are you listening to right now?

    Aaron Copeland's 'Billy the Kid' The part that brings the first a smile to my face comes around 5:15, giddy up!  
  10. What made you laugh today?

    2,750 Oreo cookies used to re-create the opening sequence from 'Game of Thrones' how Or(eo)iginal.       
  11. What are you watching right now?

    The barn dance from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  
  12. What are you listening to right now?

    Whistling in the Dark sung by Julie Andrews   
  13. The Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua

    When they pick up a message along the lines of, 'Dave, what are you doing?' or the song 'Daisy' emitted from that thing, we'll know that HAL 9000 is back. 
  14. All Things Wales

    After recently watching the series 'The Story of Wales,' I felt that the 5 part overview of the history of Wales was missing something, mainly much of any mention of women.    Here are some interesting links I found today that gave me pleanty to help fill in some of that missing information:   Welsh Women's History 1900-1918:  (audio interviews with accomanying text and photos) Welsh Women's History: Women's Archive Wales:    
  15. How many colds can one get in a season?

    @sos-the-rope...about 15 days. Maybe the sunshine and end of the windy and rainy days helped? It is a nasty sort of endurance test of a cold.    At our house, the worst days of this particular bug were around the 3rd, 5-6th with broken sleep due to the stuffed nose/that cough that followed. After that the concrete mask of snot started to loosen up and the cough was less frequent and yet more productive.   Possibly helpful if anyone is just coming down with this:  *For the few days scratchy throat, I liked the Anginetten red bon bons (the strongest ones) (found at REWE, DM, Rossmann) *Drank lots of hetrbals teas found at DM and Aldi for coughs and colds and otherwise lots of plain water *Personally liked the Aldi bottle of Krauter Bronchial Tropfen (think it's 30 drops in a glass of water) in a bedside glass of water (sort of a minty taste) for help coughing up the crap and helping reducing the garbage mouth effect of all that post nasal drip *rest, rest, rest be a total lazy ass     
  16. Ok, here's a map about the various accents in Manchester and some more info about the differences. I don't personally know any of them so I went to my favorite source, You Tube's Accent Tag Challenge to try and get a comparison by sound. Here is what I found, @HEM please correct me if I got it wrong.    North: South:    
  17. Smell of Origami paper

    Sometimes packaging of products is what produces a horrible smell. Or damp itself. Damp cardboard or paper can also just really smell bad. With all this rainy weather perhaps damp is an issue? Thinking of the horrible smell that comes from paper/pulp factories.
  18. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Upcycling gone wrong. 
  19. I'm for the safety issue of E-Cars when it comes to pedestrians and bicyclists. Ok, you can see them from far off usually, but there are occassions where they are around a bend in the road and not so visible.    People are part of the environment and pedestrians (and bicyclists) are at a bit of a risk in some situations where an E-Car is involved. We are encouraged to get out and partake of exercise and that in fresh air but the E-Car could be a hazard to some who are trying to do those very things. Of course, walkers and bicyclists could just stay on the paths in parks and woods where E-Cars have no access but at some point they may come in contact with an actual E-Car use road, as in, need to get back off the path and onto the road to their office/home. It's important to develop and intigrate sensors for E-Cars to signal them that people on foot and bikes are up ahead and around those corners but there must also be some development of a divise to allow the pedestrian and the cyclist to also be forewarned in those particular situations.    Ok, you should look both ways before you cross the road, but sometimes where the crossing is, there is a bend in the tree lined road and you can only go on the headlights shining from a distance or stepping out in front of said oncoming E-Car before you know it's coming round that bend. With a 'normal' car you can also hear the car's motor running and that's a warning not to cross the road too. Same for pedestrians who live in rural areas with no sidewalk. Usually you can hear the 'normal' car coming and squish over to the very edge of the roadside, if not onto a patch of turf, if there is any, to avoid the E-car that is hogging the middle of the road and coming up behind you. Without walking at night, dusk or dawn or in inclimate weather to see the shine of the E-Car's headlights, you may not be able to hurry to the very precipice to avoid the E-Car as it blithely rolls at you.    
  20. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Good way to conceal your weapon of choice AND your hip flask.
  21. How many colds can one get in a season?

    Time to mention this head cold going around at my work, seemingly rampant amoung cafe customers, and now invading our home as well.   Starts with lots of sneezing, progresses to two days of sore throat, day three you have a dry unproductive cough and the nasal congestion sets in, day 4-5 you have some energy and sometimes can breathe through your nose, days 6 and beyond (up to 12) you have the mainly clear gluelike snot that just keeps needing to be blown out and coughed up. It's not the flu, has no fever with it but it HANGS ON despite all home remedies of teas and herbal bon bons, steam, chicken soup, spicey foods,  rest, etc. It sucks. I had it in December  for 12 days and now a thicker snottier version of it came along last week. Round and round it goes. My sympathy to anyone in NRW that is draging around with this one. I'm calling it 'The Elmer's Glue Non-Flu.'  
  22. What are you watching right now?

    The Story of Wales because I wanted to learn more about the history of Wales. All 5 episodes are simply online to enjoy!
  23. Since someone liked this post, I have to say, the link gives all of the film but, oh no, to my own surprise, cut off the last few minutes, which was, of course very disappointing. It's based on a short story by the same name, by Edward Hale.