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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by Morvis13 on Today at 08:06:13 AM »
I think they are too many poeple you won't convience right now, so, at least temporary, we have to make vaccine mandatory for kids.

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 08:00:28 AM »
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. 5/10. The action and special effects were fine and the acting was acceptable and the story line was interesting, but I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters. I think the only character I really cared about was the little armadillo that shits pearls. Oh, and Bubbles. Bubbles was hot when she was in human form.

Also, the Valerian character was just not believable as the super-soldier he's supposed to be. It's like somebody said "We need a teen-age soldier-hero so we can draw a comic book for teen boys." (Which maybe is what happened. I didn't realize until I watched the movie that it's from a comic book.) I like comic book movies more often than not, but this one fell flat for me.
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 07:54:50 AM »
Yeah, the faint-hearted gets a bit overwhelmed there. Patrick's monster will out live him.

I am curious on something with war movies - I really liked Das Boot but not U-571. I have only seen U-571 once and wonder what your thoughts are?

Tempted to start a new thread called "War Movies?"
Someone complained that "U-571" didn't have enough Tom Cruise.  :D ("Mission Impossible: 571")

"Das Boot" was about as realistic as we're going to get in a U-boat movie. Thank Buddha it didn't include smell.

Maybe Genre threads?  "Movie Genre: War Movies". It would separate the sheep from the shepherds, hopefully.

I've seen Das Boot, but so long ago I don't remember much about it. I've put it on my NetFlix queue again.

I liked The Hunt for Red October. Having never been in a submarine except that tourist one that takes you down 100 feet to see the reef fishes, I neither know nor care how realistic or unrealistic it is. (Okay, I am curious, if any of you guys cares to comment, but if it's utterly and completely unrealistic it won't spoil the movie for me.) But my favorite submarine movie at the moment is Down Periscope with Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, and William H. Macy. Probably unrealistic enough that if I actually knew anything about submarines I'd call it fantasy  :D, but a great movie. It's not even ruined by the fact that I cannot dissociate Grammer from Frasier Crane, who I could never stand in Cheers, or Macy from that slimy car salesman in Fargo.
If an object could “jump” from one position to another in the universe - via wormhole or whatever... would this “break time” and what does that mean?
Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by unixTechie on Today at 07:38:43 AM »
Might be they got the mild flu-like symptoms you can sometimes get from the vaccine and assumed that was the flu.

So many people think it's just a bad cold, similar to how they think measles is basically chickenpox

Could be, but I think she was just flat-out lying. Note that she claims that she NEVER gets sick. If she was not lying, then the only time she ever got sick (whether with a cold or a mild reaction to the vaccine) was when she got the shot. When people make impossible or very unlikely claims (alien abduction, psychic powers, or that they got sick from something that cannot make you sick or were cured by something that cannot cure you) we should always keep in mind the possibility that they are simply lying.
General Discussion / Re: US 100-dollar bills
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 07:26:41 AM »
Its got to be more of a cultural thing.  I knew some old timers in the Navy that were sure the mandatory direct deposit was ripping them of somehow.    :-\

For me it is just a budgeting thing. I budget a certain amount for day-to-day expenses, and this is easy to spin out of control with a debit card. Mrs. Beagle and I survived hard times when we were younger by stuffing a weekly budget of cash in envelopes for different expenses and making the cash stretch. The reward was pizza at the end if there was still cash left.

I contend most people with money problems could still make things better by this method.

It's not necessarily the putting money into envelopes, although having it physically there may have some psychological benefit. The real money saving comes from looking at exactly what you're spending, identifying areas you can trim the fat and planning how much to spend on non essentials. All of that can be done with a spreadsheet just as well as a load of envelopes

When I first went off on my own, my father insisted that I set aside a certain amount every month for certain kinds of expenses. Computers did not exist, so spreadsheets were out. I had a checking account. I just kept track of how much money was in each "fund" within my account. You might say that I kept several virtual accounts within one actual bank account. And with this system, and by living simply, I have always lived within my budget. I'm quite well off now, but for most of my life I lived simply. I've only had a credit card for about a decade and I pay it off in full every month. I don't buy things I don't have the money to pay for.
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