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  1. ABay

    Pet Peeves

    Aren't children taught anymore that if you have to walk in the street, walk so that you can see oncoming traffic and oncoming traffic can see your face? People are hard-wired to see faces (sometimes even when they aren't there, thanks to apophenia) so drivers are more likely to see you and think "hey, that's a person!" than if all they see is a vaguely human-like shape. And, of course, you can dodge out of the way if oncoming traffic means some asshole with his eyes on his phone instead of the road.
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    "Hell Yeah!" TV Moments

    Even before I knew the context, I thought it was funny. "Ta da!"
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Isaac Walton and Kit Carson are the official mascots of this forum.
  4. ABay

    Drunk History

    Loved the stories this week but disliked both narrators.
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    @AgentRXS, I would've completely lost my shit at finding out I was pregnant at all, let alone at 37. You have no doubt already run through all of the pros and cons. You are a wonderful woman, as proven by your ability to keep on doing your job without murdering pet owners who really deserve it, and the world could use more like you. However, 37 and unplanned, yikes! What a tough call to make. To echo everyone else, whatever you decide, we're here for you.
  6. @shapeshifter, 32. And I have 7 rather than 8, purchased in 2013 and going strong: Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB It has no file manager of its own so you need to download one from an app store. Otherwise, trying to find things can be a bitch.
  7. @shapeshifter, it's an 8 and I do watch Netflix on it (don't have Hulu). I haven't noticed any particular problems with the image quality, if anything, it's sharper than my TV. Of course, the screen in very small so watching anything with subtitles is difficult.
  8. @shapeshifter, I have an HD Fire Kindle that's a few years old and have no problem reading and posting to the forums on it.
  9. ABay

    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Lieder is a German song style from the 19th century. I knew it was Jean Claude Killy but all I could think of was Claudine Longet. Free association, gotta love it.
  10. ABay

    Pet Peeves

    I was venting a peeve, not soliciting opinions on whether my feelings about the matter were valid.
  11. ABay

    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    @isalicat, my Grumpy Old Man cat had terrible matting during the last few years of his life because he couldn't groom his lower back and he was semi-feral so I couldn't brush him. At first, I could gently tug at one or two while he was eating, but over the last few years there were more and more mats and no way to keep up. Toward the end of his life, his lower back was one big mat and I asked the vet to groom him. On the one hand, I think the stress of going to the vet and getting shaved contributed to the timing of his death--he was a very sick old cat by then with various issues and I was surprised he made it as far into the year as he did. On the other hand, it was really uncomfortable, possibly even painful, when he moved. So...I don't know. One of my previous cats also had chronic matting and got the lion cut every late summer/fall for many years without a problem. She was an exceedingly fluffy indoor/outdoor cat who really did not want me drying her off when she came in from the rain.
  12. ABay

    Pet Peeves

    Peeve of the week: People from work who email you even though you're on vacation and they KNOW you're on vacation because the autoreply pops up as soon as you enter an email address. Fuck you. Most of them are teaching faculty who either have the summer off or get paid every time they step foot on campus. I work 12 months a year unless I use up precious vacation time. Not to mention I spent an hour on the phone Tuesday going over an appeal I now have to present the Monday I get back because the person who was supposed to do it is teaching faculty and will be away. So that's the final weekend, at a minimum, of my vacation shot because I have to prepare for that.
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    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    Dylan McDermott Mulroney.
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    Drunk History

    They've done a great job of finding new material. The only story I've known in the last couple of episodes is about Hedy (that's Hedley...) Lamarr and I didn't know everything they covered.