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International / Re: Good thing I'm staying home from the Olympics
« on: July 15, 2021, 03:37:17 AM »
Japan is now in the midst of an infection spike.

The fully-vaccinated percent of the total population as of yesterday was 48% in the US and 19% in Japan. The dropping rate of new vaccinations in the US can be at least partly explained by the 5% of Democrats and 30% of Republicans that are saying they don't intend to ever get vaccinated, but what's the problem in Japan? Is there a vaccine supply shortage? The number of doses administered as a percentage of the population in Japan is only half that of the US. It seems unlikely to me that it's a political issue there too.

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: May 22, 2021, 09:27:17 PM »
I agree with RYou, but sometimes would look in on an MLB game when one of the better-known players from OkState was on. (Mickey Tettleton, Pete Incaviglia, Robbie Wine, Robin Ventura)

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: May 22, 2021, 07:37:12 PM »
Good day to watch NCAA softball on ESPN2 and ESPN3 (after a nap). Six Regionals in progress. I'm focusing on the Stillwater Regional.

Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Michael Collins
« on: May 01, 2021, 08:13:55 AM »
Not exactly. But he looked like someone who might have looked like that 20 years earlier.

Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Michael Collins
« on: April 29, 2021, 07:09:57 PM »
The one who signed my book was sitting beside the mat before the start of a wrestling meet at UC Davis in 2009, so I assumed he was the John Smith mentioned in the book. I hope I didn't get the wrong one. Anyway he looked like the guy in the picture on the book cover.

Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Michael Collins
« on: April 29, 2021, 04:42:51 PM »
The only other one I have is that of John Smith, on the flyleaf of my copy of Cowboy Up. Would he count as a famous person?

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: April 29, 2021, 04:36:27 PM »
To avoid fungus, one has to be really picky about the kind of bread he eats. (Stick to the unleavened stuff--no yeast.)

Off-Topic / R.I.P. Michael Collins
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:51:43 PM »
Michael Collins (October 31, 1930 – April 28, 2021) was an American astronaut who flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the Moon in 1969 while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, made the first crewed landing on the surface. Along with his Apollo 11 crewmates, Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2011.

In 1979 at Andrews  AFB, I noticed Mike Collins sitting alone having lunch at the snack bar of Air Force Systems Command Headquarters, where I was stationed. He was in uniform, since at that time he was a Brigadier General (one-star) in the Air Force Reserves. In later years I regretted that I hadn't had the nerve to approach him and ask for his autograph in my pilot's logbook, where I had previously gotten the autograph of another well-known Collins, the long-time editor of Flying Magazine Richard Collins.

College / Re: Missouri Back to Big 12 in Wrestling
« on: April 26, 2021, 04:30:38 PM »
In case you haven't been to the TOM home page lately, here's an article about the Missouri move.

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: April 24, 2021, 01:41:09 PM »
Wisdom from a Peanuts cartoon.

Lucy: "Do all fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time...'?"

Charlie Brown: "No, many of them begin with 'If I am elected, I promise...'"

College / Missouri Back to Big 12 in Wrestling
« on: April 23, 2021, 04:00:13 PM »
What does anyone else think about Missouri returning to the Big 12 as an affiliate in wrestling? I call it good news for Missouri and the Big 12.

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: April 21, 2021, 10:22:18 PM »
The word for today is borborygmus. It's worth learning about.

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: April 21, 2021, 04:47:16 AM »
Wild, wired, weird, and sometimes warped.

Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: April 06, 2021, 04:28:28 AM »
Brew, you should be in bed asleep. Did you stay up just to get in the last word?

Polls / Re: How will Trump's Presidency End?
« on: March 24, 2021, 11:46:18 PM »
I just took another look at this poll. As RYou pointed out, the wording of the question allowed more than one correct answer. To avoid that, the question could have been, What will cause Trump's presidency to end? It's true he got impeached (twice), but getting impeached didn't cause his presidency to end. However, would that question ensure the correct answer could always be determined? Yes, but only if the exact moment during the new president's inauguration could be known at which Trump's presidency ended. If Trump died ten minutes before that moment, the vice-president would take over for ten minutes and "He dies in office" would be correct. If Trump died at that exact moment, I would rule that serving four years rather than dying was the cause of his presidency ending, but others might argue that both were correct.

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