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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby dhkendall » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:36 pm

Bamaman wrote:So, dave, what did you think of the show last night? Did you ace Sheldon's quiz? I knew the one about the non-rectangular flag, but that was it. didn't know the bit about Oregon, Andorra or any of the others.

And was that story about Haiti and Liechtenstein true? Wikipedia says it was, but it also does not list Haiti as being in the 1936 Olympics.


Aced the quiz, although took me a while to get Andorra (got it a fraction before Sheldon said it - using J! rules, I count it. ;) )

The "only non-rectangular flag" is a bit of a misnomer - first of all, is a square a rectangle? (Some say yes, some say no). Also, Sheldon didn't specify national flag, residents of the Buckeye State (like Robert KS and others) would protest. "World's only non-quadrilateral national flag" is an epithet that more suits Nepal's flag. So, Sheldon's wording is close enough for J! but, as we all know, sometimes isn't *precisely* right.

The Haiti/Liechtenstein thing I have heard, but honestly I haven't seen any concrete evidence about it, but it is oft-repeated by vexillologists as well (such as here on my favourite vexillological site). (My favourite side anecdote of one person I came across mentioning the 1936 incident likened it to "two women who showed up for a party in the same dress.)
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Paucle » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:29 pm

dhkendall wrote:The "only non-rectangular flag" is a bit of a misnomer - first of all, is a square a rectangle? (Some say yes, some say no).

Well, the ones who say no would be wrong. :)
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Postby dhkendall » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:02 am

Bamaman wrote:And was that story about Haiti and Liechtenstein true? Wikipedia says it was, but it also does not list Haiti as being in the 1936 Olympics.


Oh, and did a bit of research on the second half of this, apparently Haiti announced its participation, but didn't appear at the Games.
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Rex Kramer » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:12 am

My first mobile blog post (which means it's mercifully brief):

Only What You Take With You
I am writing this from a Times Square hotel — the nice kind, not the kind that charges by the month. Or the hour. Staying in Times Square is like trying to sleep in a casino. . . .Figuring Out Fulfillment: Stories of Career Satisfaction.

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Sometimes, censoring is OK ...

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Postby Rex Kramer » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:55 am

Oops! Reretaken Down has slid down to page 2. Better do something to bump it back up . . .

Interviewing as a law school student for a new associate position in a large firm, as I did back in the late 1990s, is not normal. Typically in the interview process, I would get passed around like a serving dish at Thanksgiving: the recruiting coordinator would first make sure I was warmed up and ready to serve, and then a half-dozen or so attorneys – usually a few partners and a few associates – would each get a taste of me for 30 minutes, so they could decide whether I was palatable enough for the firm to devour me entirely. . . . Find out who not to invite to the table in A Recipe for Disaster.

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Postby Volante » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:23 pm

$20,584,000

That's how much The Artist has brought in over the past 11 weeks.

And it's the frontrunner.
At least it's passed The Hurt Locker... :roll:

I don't expect Best Picture winners to also (regularly) be box office blockbusters, and simply being widely seen by the public doesn't mean it has any critical value...but if the public ignores it, can it really be classified as the 'Best' either?
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Rex Kramer » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:22 am

Change of pace. Nothing you will laugh at in this one.

Strike that. Nothing you are supposed to laugh at.

That's Why They Call It Work

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Postby econgator » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:50 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Change of pace. Nothing you will laugh at in this one.

Strike that. Nothing you are supposed to laugh at.

That's Why They Call It Work

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Good read, Bill. Something tells me that that's -- by far -- the norm and not the exception.
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Postby billiej » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:24 am

Rex Kramer wrote:Change of pace. Nothing you will laugh at in this one.

Strike that. Nothing you are supposed to laugh at.

That's Why They Call It Work

Thanks,
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Crap, now I want to cry. But I have to get ready for &#)@ work.
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Rex Kramer » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:09 pm

econgator wrote:Good read, Bill. Something tells me that that's -- by far -- the norm and not the exception.

billiej wrote:Crap, now I want to cry. But I have to get ready for &#)@ work.


Wow, usually I only make my children cry. :)

Thank you both for reading my story and for your generous comments.

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Postby alietr » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:19 pm

I've seen those children. I have trouble believing they ever cry given their sunny dispositions.
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Rex Kramer » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:04 pm

. . . And now my usual Friday contribution. This is one I'm calling Murphy's Law School.

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Re: Reretaken Down

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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Paucle » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:02 am

Rex Kramer wrote:. . . And now my usual Friday contribution. This is one I'm calling Murphy's Law School

good column, Rex. And don't forget the corollary! "(Murphy's Law here)... and at the worst possible time."

I also firmly believe in Hofstadter's Law
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby Peggles » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:41 pm

Paucle wrote:
Rex Kramer wrote:. . . And now my usual Friday contribution. This is one I'm calling Murphy's Law School

good column, Rex. And don't forget the corollary! "(Murphy's Law here)... and at the worst possible time."

I also firmly believe in Hofstadter's Law


I thought Hofstadter's Law might be Leonard's corollary to Sheldon's "Roommate Agreement."
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby barandall800 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:36 pm

Peggles wrote:
Paucle wrote:
Rex Kramer wrote:. . . And now my usual Friday contribution. This is one I'm calling Murphy's Law School

good column, Rex. And don't forget the corollary! "(Murphy's Law here)... and at the worst possible time."

I also firmly believe in Hofstadter's Law


I thought Hofstadter's Law might be Leonard's corollary to Sheldon's "Roommate Agreement."


:D

(When I clicked on the link, I totally thought it was something related to that too. :))
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Re: Reretaken Down

Postby dhkendall » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:50 pm

Whereas I firmly believe in Cole's Law.

Spoiler: show
thinly sliced cabbage

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