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I don't really expect many people here to be at all interested in what this guy has to say, so why post this?  Well, here is someone who speaks English really well, and that is rare, therefore worth remembering.   I just wanted to record it for my own benefit.

He speaks, off the cuff, in complex but not overly convoluted sentences, which so far as I can tell are almost always nearly flawless grammatically and perfectly understandable.    I don't detect him using any of the flawed constructs, gibberish or mannerisms that I've spent so much time complaining about here.   It's a joy just listening to him speak.

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For anyone who doesn't know,  HP is the Hewlett Packard corporation, maker of printers, computers and other high-tech gear.

Debian is a well-known distribution of Linux.   The name stems from the names of the husband-and-wife team who started it, Deborah and Ian.
We're now headed into that time of year which, for me, has always been the most hateful and agonizing, unless I happened to be in a position to ignore it altogether.

It was time to receive gifts for which I was expected to express gratitude, though I hated them and didn't want them, except that I wanted them out of my sight.   It was a time to give gifts I couldn't afford, to people I knew wouldn't want them, because I had no way to know what they might want, nor any desire to know.

For other people, as I had heard through the medium of television and otherwise, it would be a time to travel via dangerously overcrowded highways or rails or airways, to see people they scarcely knew any longer, if they ever had.  It was a time to go into debt.   It was a time to gain unwanted pounds, at feasts the preparation of which I knew would have been onerous beyond my ability to imagine.

And, in the midst of all that, there would be a day or two when it would be impossible to buy anything one needed, no matter how desperately, because all the stores would be closed.

All this in the name of a holiday which, two centuries ago, nobody cared much about, except the devoutly religious, who might put themselves out to the extent of attending Mass or special church services.   Since then we have been taught that we ought to care about it, mainly by certain works of fiction or poetry or commercial announcements.
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But perhaps in time we will all come to our senses.   Meanwhile I will continue, to the extent possible to me, to observe the occasion by passing a Silent Night.
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It's a crying shame that this is how I heard from Edward Snowden himself for the very first time -- via telepresence  robot in a TED talk in Canada, rather than in an interview on NBC/ABC/CBS/PBS/BBC etc.   That tells me bad things about the state of our nation.

I find him to be intelligent and articulate, and he has his head screwed on straight.  And I agree with his evaluation of himself -- neither a hero nor a traitor, but merely an American citizen who did what needed to be done.


by Malcolm Arnold

featuring three vacuum cleaners, a floor polisher, assorted ordnance etc.
Quoting from Wikipedia:

9 (2009 animated film)



9 is a 2009 American computer-animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film, which was directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.

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Prior to the events of the film, a scientist is ordered by his dictator to create a machine in the apparent name of progress. The Scientist uses his own intellect to create the B.R.A.I.N., a thinking robot. However, the dictator quickly seizes it and integrates it into the Fabrication Machine, an armature that can construct an army of war machines to destroy the dictator's enemies. Lacking a soul, the Fabrication Machine becomes corrupted and pursues one goal: to exterminate all life on Earth. The Fabrication Machine reprograms the other war machines to turn against humans by using toxic gas and chemical weapons. On the verge of destruction, the Scientist uses alchemy to create nine homunculus-like rag dolls known as "Stitchpunks" using portions of his own soul via a talisman, but dies upon finishing the last one.

Some time later the last doll, 9, awakens in the Scientist's workshop. Taking the talisman with him, 9 ventures out into the devastated city and meets 2, a frail inventor who gives him a voice box and is surprised when 9 reveals the talisman. The last surviving machine, the Cat-Beast, attacks the pair and kidnaps 2 and the talisman. 9 collapses, but awakens in Sanctuary, a cathedral that is home to the other dolls,...


There is much more, but perhaps that is enough to quote.

The film is a tour de force of computer animation.  Having watched the movie several times, though, I find that I cannot condone the story it tells.  The blurb for the movie on Xfinity characterizes Acker, the director of the movie, as a "mystic", and that may be accurate.   He is certainly not a scientist.   The opening monolog of the movie rails against the "blind pursuit of technology", which is probably a statement of Acker's own view.   The central reliance on a phenomenon based on a "talisman" and recalling Medieval magic and alchemy, and the climactic event of the deceased heroes literally arising from the dead and ascending into heaven rules out any interpretation of the film as "science fiction".

The major disappointment of the animation is that the "rag dolls" are just that.  They are very convincingly animated and given endearing  personalities,  but no actual means to move -- i.e. nothing to correspond to muscles -- and no means to control movement -- i.e. nothing to correspond to nerves.   They are literally skin and bones.

Overall the plot of the film is a tired rehash of Hollywood's done-to-death Frankenstein Cliche.   I.e. Hollywood seems incapable of portraying a computer or robot that does NOT turn on its creator and go on to destroy all of humankind that it can reach, and as much of the rest of life on Earth as it can.

[Science fiction author Isaac Asimov debunked and did away with the Frankenstein Cliche, but when Hollywood got around to producing its version of Asimov's I, Robot they betrayed his vision and stood it on its head, turning it into yet another Frankenstein story.]

Still, the "rag dolls" are wonderfully drawn and animated, and their adventures sufficiently exciting to keep me coming back to watch.   Despite its flaws, 9 is a wonderful movie.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNrJmM…

I don't really expect many people here to be at all interested in what this guy has to say, so why post this?  Well, here is someone who speaks English really well, and that is rare, therefore worth remembering.   I just wanted to record it for my own benefit.

He speaks, off the cuff, in complex but not overly convoluted sentences, which so far as I can tell are almost always nearly flawless grammatically and perfectly understandable.    I don't detect him using any of the flawed constructs, gibberish or mannerisms that I've spent so much time complaining about here.   It's a joy just listening to him speak.

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For anyone who doesn't know,  HP is the Hewlett Packard corporation, maker of printers, computers and other high-tech gear.

Debian is a well-known distribution of Linux.   The name stems from the names of the husband-and-wife team who started it, Deborah and Ian.

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Do you think that this illustration about procrastination is correct? :D
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LOL this late reply is not an instance of procrastination. Really.  I just don't often read my front page, I usually go straight to the Messages menu.

I don't understand the illustration, maybe because part of it is cut off.

The mechanism of procrastination in my case is usually the "But first --" ploy.   I set out to do what I know is important, but first there is this other little thing, which ends up taking all the time I have to spare that day.    It may go several levels deep, thus:      X1 butfirst(X2 butfirst(X3 butfirst(X4 butfirst( ... ))))
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