Rich Engle

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  1. It is my contention that highly-talented people tend to gravitate to different disciplines, and that is a good thing. Although, as I believe Heinlein said, "specialization is for insects." Now, that is a very mean thing to say, or take, but there is some truth in it. When people develop profuse talents in certain areas, they develop a certain type of communication. This works well with like-minded individuals, more-or-less, but even then, problems occur. Still (at least in my case), one has to bridge gaps and attempt to communicate back. No criticism, just expressing lack-of-full-understanding<tm>. The premise of this thread is built upon an assumption, and I do believe there is some frustration backing it. What I would say to the writer is that there are other people reading it that have undergone similar frustrations, but live outside the world of math. For instance, were I to say something like "There are a lot of guitar players that are inundated by their obsession with vintage gear; they think that only if they had the perfect instrument they might play better (and they might, for that matter). . " and so on and so forth, it would relate to guitar people, but only in a highly-limited way to others. In forum writing, this just happens, and then (as it already has), others with similar skill-sets will begin sharing their equal frustrations. My interest tends to lie outside of those boundaries, because, well, I don't think it relates to any kind of built knowledge from any discipline. Meaning, I think the frustration is more of a general type. Meaning, the next step, frustration being what it is, find a way to convey this in a way outside of math (in this case). best, rde
  2. The best part is watching a clearly-aroused Johnnie Cochran trying to get O.J. all horned up. He starts with a gentle back rub, then moves on to huggies and kissies. You can't see it from that camera angle, but I'm guessing he was humping his leg a little bit, too. So in the end, Justice has Spoked<tm>, meaning that O.J is. . .
  3. I had NO IDEA I was doing a service with him on Sunday until I got the order of worship. This ought to be quite interesting. I'll be playing guitar on all the hymns, and a duet with a bowed psaltry player during the offertory. I can feel the weirdness already, but it should definitely be an experience. Here's who he is (Wikipedia): Michael Dowd (Born, 1958 - ) is an American evangelist minister, evolutionary theologian and religious naturalism advocate. His 2008 book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, has been endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists[who?] and a host of religious leaders, Protestant, Jewish, Catholic and Unitarian.[who?][citation needed] Its initial success prompted Penguin to purchase the worldwide rights in 2008. On April 2, 2009, Dowd at the United Nations addressed the lack of an evolutionary worldview which he maintains has resulted in a global integrity crisis that requires a deep-time view of human nature, values and social systems to provide a solution for going forward.[1][2] He maintains a Christian perspective and, like many who others who maintain the same, he accepts the theory of evolution. Some who take the Bible literally have criticized his point of view. www.thankgodforevolution.com I'll let y'all know how this turns out. Will be doing it this Sun. at my church, the Unitarian Unitarian Church of Fort Myers (www.uucfm.org) rde
  4. "They?" What is a "religionist?" For instance, by that do you mean anyone who is not an atheist? Hope you are enjoying OL! rde
  5. Well, yeah, and it bears saying that the truth of it is that this has no bearing on sexual orientation, which is meaningless. It's just a really gay thread.
  6. Do your parts--keep the heat off of Professor Bob!
  7. Yeah, yeah--that's the ticket! Like he just did.
  8. It wouldn't surprise me if Bob gets a very private message sometime soon, what with all these goings-on.
  9. Whether Kimmler be G,B,L,T, or even pre-op T doesn't matter, at least outside of troll social networks. But it is fair to say that he appears strangely comfortable-- practiced, even, with some of the more advanced lingo. Whether or not he likes gladiator movies, or has been to a Turkish prison, these things remain unproven. rde
  10. That seems to be his modus operandi, pointless though it surely is.
  11. What about ghee? You don't refrigerate it, for one thing. But it comes from a (sacred) cow and is used much the same way. And, is ghee Evil<tm> because it can be associated with Hindu spirituality? rde If you think it's butter, but it's snot. . .it's a KimmlerPost<tm>.
  12. Hire the handicapped: they're fun to watch!
  13. And MSK pitches a RED HOT HEATER! An uber-shitbomb! The deadly Sack of Flaming Poo<tm>. Ah, and I bet that just rolled right out, too, didn't it? SWEET! Excellent, excellent, excellent! So you must be rewarded! To amplify your description: r Might be borrowing that one some day for one thing or another. NICE. Two thumbs up: WAY up.
  14. If you mean like that, no big deal--we've all been there. It might be useful as a good name for a rock band, or something. rde
  15. How much for the dirty stuff? You know, like that thing with the donkey and the leather strap. I think your idea is really bold and interesting. I hope that people take advantage of your offer. Good idea! Oh, and that set of black and whites with the birdcage and the monkey, I would be interested in that; it would look great in the guest bedroom. Regards, rde
  16. Big giant honkin' Happy BD, J.R.! Always have enjoyed reading you over the years. I hope you did something Most Excellent<tm> today. Heck, make a weekend of it! Regards, rde
  17. <object width="446" height="326"><param name="movie" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"></param><param'>http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff"></param> <param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/dynamic/CharlesLimb_2010X-medium.flv&su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/CharlesLimb-2010X.embed_thumbnail.jpg&vw=432&vh=240&ap=0&ti=1046&introDuration=15330&adDuration=4000&postAdDuration=830&adKeys=talk=charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv;year=2010;theme=the_creative_spark;theme=a_taste_of_tedx;theme=new_on_ted_com;theme=spectacular_performance;theme=how_the_mind_works;event=TEDxMidAtlantic;&preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;" /><embed src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" bgColor="#ffffff" width="446" height="326" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" flashvars="vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/dynamic/CharlesLimb_2010X-medium.flv&su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/CharlesLimb-2010X.embed_thumbnail.jpg&vw=432&vh=240&ap=0&ti=1046&introDuration=15330&adDuration=4000&postAdDuration=830&adKeys=talk=charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv;year=2010;theme=the_creative_spark;theme=a_taste_of_tedx;theme=new_on_ted_com;theme=spectacular_performance;theme=how_the_mind_works;event=TEDxMidAtlantic;"></embed></object> Fascinating!
  18. I really enjoyed this! How kewl are those graphics? Hard to say. Conventional wisdom would say Chuck Norris is behind it, as in most things. However, Phil seems to be giving it a bit of a run these days. I suppose if he ate too much Taco Bell we could make a case for him being the cause of the phenomena.
  19. I wonder if I should turn him on to all the big boy video tools. . . George+You Tube=Big Fun!! No wonder he's been somewhat quiet lately. Up to hijinks and shenannigans(sp?).
  20. I think this is a pretty good talk: <object width="446" height="326"><param name="movie" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"></param><param'>http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff"></param> <param name="flashvars" value="vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/dynamic/AlaindeBotton_2009G-medium.flv&su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/AlaindeBotton-2009G.embed_thumbnail.jpg&vw=432&vh=240&ap=0&ti=605&introDuration=15330&adDuration=4000&postAdDuration=830&adKeys=talk=alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success;year=2009;theme=not_business_as_usual;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=speaking_at_tedglobal2009;event=TEDGlobal+2009;&preAdTag=tconf.ted/embed;tile=1;sz=512x288;" /><embed src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" bgColor="#ffffff" width="446" height="326" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" flashvars="vu=http://video.ted.com/talks/dynamic/AlaindeBotton_2009G-medium.flv&su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/AlaindeBotton-2009G.embed_thumbnail.jpg&vw=432&vh=240&ap=0&ti=605&introDuration=15330&adDuration=4000&postAdDuration=830&adKeys=talk=alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success;year=2009;theme=not_business_as_usual;theme=unconventional_explanations;theme=speaking_at_tedglobal2009;event=TEDGlobal+2009;"></embed></object>
  21. I knows yew were's Macon a funnie, McFrock. Now get back into that ether--no need for a rag, just stick yer nose in it is fahn, boah.
  22. I don't do drugs, Phil, and quite frankly I think you should be ashamed of yourself for asking around for them on a public forum. The last thing you need are hallucinogens, take my word on this. Some of us are already thinking that you might be experiencing flashbacks. That goddamn correction fluid is retched stuff. Chinese Dwarf Hamster: