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Apple Talk / Re: Brit Spags! So Jim fixed it...
« on: April 19, 2013, 05:15:50 pm »
Rolf Harris?? FUCKING HELL.

Apple Talk / Re: On Hyphenated-Americans.
« on: April 17, 2013, 08:35:55 pm »
I realize it may be too late now to back to the OP, but I wanted to add something.

I think the truth is inbetween the idea that Americans have a severely abbreviated culture and Hyphenated-Americans are Really Really Hyphenated People.

America was colonised in waves, and those waves often consisted of people from distinct linguistic and cultural groups, usually settling in similar areas to each other.  The parents bring the culture with them, from their homelands, but the children born there...well, they exist in a different geographical, legal, political and economic climate to the one their parents did, alongside other emerging or distinct foreign cultures as well.

Thus you have a case of divergent cultural evolution.  Much like the way Canadian French is different from Modern French, but related historically and linguistically, you have an Irish Tradition with an offshoot - the American-Irish tradition, and the Irish one.  Conditioned by outside factors and the course of history, there is inevitably going to be a major difference in how those traditions are percieved and what kind of behaviour they result in.

The only reason Irish Irishness is considered more legitimate than American Irishness is because the former controls the state of Ireland, and thus the percieved homeland of Irish Tradition by both sides.

Thanks Cain. Your five concise paragraphs spared me an hour of typing, getting logged out and losing an hour's worth of typing.
Nicely put.

Apple Talk / Re: Things go boom
« on: April 15, 2013, 08:29:13 pm »
Boston Marathon today.

The finish line is in Copley Sq, where I work.

Just now, there were two explosions near the finish line.

No word on what's going on.

Updates will most likely follow.

I just saw this  :sad: Glad you're ok dude!


Apple Talk / Re: Word Salad
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:55:27 pm »
For added crazy, try a spot of bibliomancy.

Think of a question, flip through the pages of text without looking. Stop suddenly. Open pages and then stick your finger on a page. Read the text where your finger lands. This is most definitely the voice of God giving the correct answer to your question:eek:

Apple Talk / Re: Attn LMNO
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:48:27 pm »
torterra_maztergod has no idea what he is talking about. Guns n' Roses was not a glam band. They did not wear make-up or do any glam stuff. It's just so disrespectful and rude that it's unbelievable.

I can't believe I am responding to this. But, NO WAY WOULD AXL & CO EVER WEAR MAKE UP. NUH-UH.

Apple Talk / Re: Word Salad
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:38:02 pm »
1) Remove a page. Fold it in half length wise.
2) Remove another page & do the same.
3) Take folded pages 1 & 2 and find interesting ways to line up the text.
4) Copy the most interesting word combos and sentences.

(W S Burroughs' "fold in" method)

PS What is the book and who wrote it? (Morbid curiosity).

Apple Talk / Because I've not been around much lately...
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:05:22 pm »
...I brought you all the gift of British culture.

Apple Talk / Re: ATTN: UK SPAGS, I need your help
« on: February 22, 2013, 11:08:01 pm »
A good friend of mine went to Manchester in the early 90s and stayed for 10+ years. In fact, I think he would of stayed there but personal and economic circumstances forced him to move.

I don't know what it's like there now, but he assured me that while there were certainly problems, a lot of the tabloid headlines were overstated (aren't they always?). It's a major city, so you get all the pros and cons of that. (And there are significantly worse cities you could live in eg: Detroit)

Anyway, he was a skinny, long haired, alternative looking, architecture student type and he survived there without any problems. That's not to say people didn't drive past in cars and yell "ORANGE TWAT" at him because of a coat that he used to wear but, I don't think he was ever in any real physical danger that I know of.

One of his big regrets in leaving Manchester was missing out on the Indian food.

Apple Talk / Re: Quotes of the Moment II
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:31:49 am »
[explaining the paperwork I had to fill in for my new part-time gig]

Me: So, they took a copy of my green card and my social security.
Mrs Mang: Why did they want your SS?
Me: To prove I am legal to work here.
Mrs Mang: THEY TOOK OUR JOBZ!!!!!!!!

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:28:03 am »
Iron Maiden shirt? Clearly a "Vato Loco". I must have broken his heart knowing that I stole another white wimmenz away.
The only way he could have hated me anymore was if I was black,had a thug life tattoo on my knuckles, and reeked of menthols, and cocoa butter. Because to him all black people love them some cocoa butter.

Black people love cocoa butter? This is a strange new stereotype I've never heard of. You're going to have to explain

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:11:56 pm »
Long hair, leather jacket, heavy metal shirt. You don't look like a bogeyman so much as absolutely everyone I hung out with in the 80s.

Apple Talk / Re: The Checklist
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:05:19 pm »
"My racist* humor makes me edgy and more liberated than you!"

*Can also be substituted for sexism, or paedophillia.

Apple Talk / Re: Snow.
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:59:01 pm »
Hah, Mang, if you want a thought to help keep you warm....just imagine how people in England would react to 3 feet of snow.

True! The UK usually grinds to a halt for an 1" of snow, let lone 3'. For me, the snow isn't really much of a problem. My early life was spent in Newfoundland, so huge snow drifts was business as usual. Hell, they didn't ever used to call it a 'storm', it was just 'snow'. It was never an 'if' only a 'when' and 'how many feet'.

Don't know what it's like in other states, but in Connecticut, just about anything that falls from the sky is called a 'storm' even if you get a few tiny flakes gently drifting to the ground. For me, storms imply violence so, if I don't see trees bending over or high-speed debris taking flight, it ain't a storm, it's just winter.

We did have some gusts but nothing like what was promised, at least not where I am in the middle part of the state. The shore got hammered yet again.

My concern wasn't the snow so much as losing power or running out of oil (or both) because I didn't want the pipes to freeze. That would've been the death blow to our rather anemic finances, hence me seeking extra employment.

Apple Talk / Re: Snow.
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:34:46 pm »
The Territories of Mangville.

About 3ft of snow. No loss of power which is a friggin' miracle. Managed to avert a running out of heating oil disaster with an 11th hour purchase of 5 gal. of Kerosine.



Apple Talk / Re: I just put oil in the pasta water...
« on: February 09, 2013, 02:08:59 am »
Why must you all Ragu(f) off? This is a serious topic!

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