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June 30, 2020

TUESDAY NIGHT OPEN THREAD

We'll keep these threads going for a while, because some people seem to like them. We were getting tired of coming up with themes,  because that was starting to feel like work, and we are morally opposed to work. So unless a theme randomly occurs to us, we'll just have open threads. At least for a while. Or not. That is our commitment to you.  

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OK, I'll start:
As we all remember from school, when a vampire bites a man, that man becomes a vampire.
Also, when a zombie bites a man, that man becomes a zombie.
So what happens if a vampire bites a zombie?

Isn't that known as a Santa Clarita low-carb diet?

There are lots of random theme generators online, but they tend to produce nonsense combinations, like Federal Duck.

Why would a vampire bite a zombie?
Vampires feed on the life force within the blood, A zombie is the walking dead. So the vampire would 'die' of starvation. JMHO

BTW If you're looking for themes, lets try to find words that rhyme with colors:
Purple
orange
etc.

"Roses are red and violets are purple
"Sugar is sweet, and so's maple surple."
-- Roger Miller

Tonight's theme for nightly open threads: The best open thread themes.

On a more personal note, I find moral opposition to be too much like work, but still, it's comforting to know the blog is committed to something.

@ImNotDave - "Purple" and "Orange" do not rhyme with "colors"; however, "mullers" does.

Tonight's theme, like so many themes lately: write Dave's blog for him.

If this works, the books are next.

What we need is some large corporations to sponsor the nightly themes like they do with the nightly news cuz who doesn't like to listen to all those drug disclaimers, or on Sesame St. such as: "tonight's theme is brought to you by the number 4 and the letter Q".

Tonight's lesson is brought to you by the penis Walter.

Judi should be fired for not coming up with themes for Dave.

I think Judi has the next two weeks off as it's her summer vacation, so she's no doubt at the beach, where in Miami Baech if you don't wear a mask you risk a $50 fine, so maybe it's time for a gofundme on her behalf.

So I get the impression, in the end after all considerations, Open Threads was thought up along the same lines as the idea of opening a brand new one of these enterprises.


...remember: there's always money in the banana stand

"Do you expect me to talk?"

Even though I don't post on these often, I do find them comforting. Thank you.

Are oranges called oranges because they're orange, or is orange called orange because of oranges?

From Wiki:
The word orange refers to a fruit and a color, and has other related meanings.
The word is derived from a Dravidian language, and it passed through numerous other languages including Sanskrit and Old French before reaching the English language. The earliest uses of the word in English refer to the fruit, and the color was later named after the fruit. Before the English-speaking world was exposed to the fruit, the color was referred to as "yellow-red" (geoluread in Old English) or "red-yellow".

Not sure why a theme is necessary; just post what ever comes to mind (especially if it's funny)- that's what this blog does, isn't it?

Qaz--I once had (but seldom drove because it seldom ran) a Yugo. When it left Yugoslavia I believe it was some shade of orange. When I mistakenly bought it at an IRS auction, the color had morphed from orange to rusty yellow blended with orange mottled rust. Do you know what color that would be in Old Yugoslavian?

man tom--Do you remember what the Fotomat attendant
told Snow White? "Someday your prints will come."

Travel's such a hassle now I just got an email from Trip Advisor that recommended LSD

Blood oranges are red, but I don't know why.

If you find these posts comforting, perhaps you should seek out a professional?

I appreciate your dedication :)

Why is blueberry syrup always purple, while grape juice is sometimes clear, but they insist on labeling it white?

On tripadvisor doesn't LSD mean "Lost Somewhere in the Dakotas"?

on a really sad note, oranges that aren't tree ripened are painted orange.

I'm not even going to get into driving on a parkway vs. parking on a driveway.

Permanent theme suggestion - Today's news or whatever other ridiculous thing strikes you."

I love being here on Katy Perry's blog site. Her open threads are the best. Awaiting the next *BULLETIN* which could involve, I'm so excited, sparkles under her armpits. Katy! I love you Katy!

I have recently looking at the early days of personal computers. E.g. the TV series "Halt And Catch Fire" (four seasons, 8.4 at IMDB). It was an amazing time, with new developments coming almost daily.

My first computer was an IBM brand machine, bought at an IBM office products store, for about $3,000. Two disk drives, an 8088 processor at 4.77 MHz , and DOS 3. something I think. An added Hercules monochrome graphics card let me run Flight Simulator (not MS then).

Good times. What was your "first"?

My first processor was a 100 MHz, Intel. No name computer. Learned from my neighbor, Alfred a mechanical engineer from Denmark, how to build computers. Have built dozens and dozens of PC's over the decades for family, business and friends. Many years ago a large E-tailer asked if I would like to receive computer components from various manufactures and test them then write articles the company would display to potential buyers. I have been doing that for years. Tested and reviewed motherboards, RAM, hard drives power power supply's, personal cloud servers, just all kinds of computer components, etc. Last Christmas season I reviewed a great state-of-the-art notebook. Got to keep all of the items I reviewed over the years. The company offered me a cozy job a few years ago testing and writing articles. If I had been 20 years younger, I may have taken it. I had to take Networking classes at the Community College in recent years to keep up to date with all the office equipment we have on our network. Yesterday, I installed a new router in our network. Today I had Spectrum out and test their modem. I got a new modem this afternoon and my problems of this day are apparently solved. So, I am constantly 'messing' with computers just about everyday. I still have my 100 MHz. processor and all kinds of old computer parts. Some day a museum may ant it and pay like what that guy paid at auction for Kurt Cobain's electric guitar.

So yeahm I'm all for a discussion of computers, old and new.

More themes.

I was there when the very first computer generated animation was transmitted from Illinois. It was stick figures of a male and female (I'm guessing) having sex. Literally every person in the room I was watching it with was a guy. I presume the people responsible were also all guys, as this was in 1975 or so.

Q: Why does the Yugo have a rear window defroster?


A: To keep your hands warm when you push it.

The first computer I used was a PDP-8. It had a paper tape reader and a yellow-paper terminal. I recall manually toggling in the boot sequence. Once it was up, it ran a language called FoCal (for formula calculator). I remember playing Moon Lander. Great fun in 1969-1970.

How about the open thread theme from Star Wars?

staticjoeage: I have a PDP 11 front panel key still sitting on my desk.

I find myself still longing for a VT-100 (With AVO!) as these terminals were "only" $2200 new.

ESC[2J to modern technology! There is nothing that beats the rhythm of an old ASR-33 paper tape termial and reader.

Also TICO is still my favorite editor.

Man Tom: I helped arrange the application for Africa to become registered on the ARPANET back in the early 80's. One of my professors hauled an Apple IIe there, and it turns out it was possibly the first computer on that continent, I believe I had the 11th Internet account in California, and for years I had a complete Class B".net" domain.

I also went to both of the "Us" festivals, sponsored by Apple Computer.

@staticjoeage--What color was your Yugo?

My first PC was an Apple II +
The only apple I ever owned.

The only "storage" you could
use was a cassette tape recorder.

1995 - traveled across the U.S. with my guitar buddy stopping at pawn shops along the way looking for old Fender Stratocaster's. Found one in Hollywood, they wanted a ridiculous price, like $13K. Beat up early 60's but original, original pickups had lost all their magniticity, essentially dead, giving off that warm 'tone' everyone looks for. Instead of a Stratocaster, I found coins. I went into a small town pawn shop in MO. during that trip and found a bunch of old coins, I still have the 1838-O dime I bough there. I was fascinated by coins. Within one year I was on my computer asking my neighbor if He knew anything about computers, Im was doing business online. I had teamed up with 100 other rare coin dealers and an additional 100 stamp and antique dealers and we were online! I was slow, but online. Auctioning our coins and stamps. There was no EBAY then, or at least EBAY was not a household name then. So my neighbor showed how to upgrade my computer. He install a 300 MHz processor and doubled my RAM. I was online with this system doing business. It took all day to load Microsoft Office. I photographed all my coins and loaded the images up along with my descriptions via FTP. I don't want to on and on about my first experience with computers and the web, but around 1998 I got a letter from the President of our online company writing,

"Congratulations. Although we have been in business only a few short years, our sales topped 5 million last year! Thank you for being a part. greater things are yet to come."

I was floating around on air for a couple of years. Then came.....................................................................EBAY!

So, what did the President of our company do? Took on Ebay - Head on! Before long we went from selling 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cents to offering airplanes for sale. Cars, machine guns, you name we had it. I think we were offering under arm sparkles well before Ebay, but that did not stop Ebay from crushing us. Eventually the President auctioned off all the company's office furniture including his desk and went out of business.

So you are talking with a guy who 'almost' defeated Ebay before they even got started. I was that close to ruling the world. I'm thinking if my girlfriend from high schoo, the one who made $3.625 million last year heard this story, she may forgive me for dumping her.

PirateBoy - Back in the early 80's I knew nothing about computers. Strippers. I knew a lot about strippers.

There’s nothing like a closet full of classy threads. Thanks, Dave, for keeping our minds well dressed.

Somewhere along the way there was a popular saying: "If a cluttered desk top is a sign of a cluttered mind, what is an empty desk top a sign of?"

The first dime I ever made singing was a very worn Barber dime from 1914 someone left in the tip jar many years ago. I have kept it ever since.

Commodore VIC-20
Really a game console that used BASIC and connected to your TV antenna.
I added a 'Super-card' that plugged in to the cartridge slot. That added a 80 character display (in Monochrome) and 5 expansion slots. I plugged in a memory expansion cartridge, a Wordstar cart and several games.
Next I bought a Toshiba laptop, it had a plasma (orange/black)screen and no battery, it was AC only.
Then I started buying parts and built several Clone computers.

The first 'program' I wrote was a version of 'BattleShip'

When I think of “threads” I could be thinking of clothing.

I would hope that people continue to wear clothes, especially if they’re on the same Zoom or Microsoft Teams meeting with me.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm schizophrenic
and so am I

Prosecutors will be violated...

Getting back to fruit colors,
If an orange is called a 'orange', why isn't a lemon called a 'yellow' or a lime called a 'green'?

Coming up with daily themes isn't so hard:

Monday: The entire Country has gone barking mad.
Tuesday-Sunday: the same theme
The rest of the month: Etc.

July first is Canada Day.
A round of maple syrup for the bloggers.

man tom, thanks for the link to the best entrance ever. he was hilarious!

Yesterday (6/30) was the 112th anniversary of the Tunguska Event, and also crullers rhymes with colors.

Isn't lime white?

meyer lemons are mustard colored.

Why isn't there a color called "banana black"?

My first PC was a Commodore 64. I still have one in a closet, along with some programming books. I can't bring myself to throw them out. I taught myself BASIC and assembly language on that machine, and I actually sold a few simple utility programs to the old RUN Magazine.

I remember RUN magazine.
A hacker* wrote "I'm going to buy a modem, what can I do with it?" Those were much simpler times.


*Way back when hacking was a good thing.

PirateBoy, I worked at the first US festival, in lovely Devore, for the late, great Bill Graham. It was one of my first backstage jobs. Bill wanted the backstage to be pristine, so we would crawl around on our hands and knees and pick up cigarette butts. One time I was doing this and a green limo pulled up and asked if I wanted to get in and "go party." I always wonder what would have happened if I'd gotten in...

We loved spraying the hoses on everyone!!

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