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It depends on the Stanta... I have always revealed myself because I am not good at keeping secrets and want to ensure packages don't get lost or porch pirated.

Took me a second to realize what "Stanta" meant and realize I wasn't having a stroke or something.

In other news, my apartment is going to cause me to have a mental break, because I have the windows open and it is currently 37 degrees outside...

...but due to the fact that I A.) Don't get good ventilation and B.) my apartment is on the top floor and the building is well-insulated enough to trap heat well, it is literally 80 degrees inside my apartment.

It is late November and I have a fan on and am wearing shorts, with the windows WIDE open.

Get the management to clean your air filters and check the compressor and fan and such. Your HVAC should be able to handle that.

I wish we had HVAC Robear. This is an old, just-outside-of-NYC apartment building that still uses radiators. I don't even have my own thermostat.

Get a window fan, I guess? Swamp cooler? Portable AC with window vent?

I actually have a portable AC already, the summer would've been unlivable without it.

I'm mostly just laughing at going from "I need a fan and an AC to make it even moderately tolerable to live here" this summer to "it's below freezing outside, and I'm sitting in my apartment in a t-shirt and my underwear with the windows wide open, wondering if I should turn the AC back on."

I swear to God, we're going to get hit with a snowstorm this winter and I'll be sitting in my living room with a box fan on and a pack of frozen peas on my neck.

I can see it already, in what remains of my mind...

Robear wrote:

I can see it already, in what remains of my mind...

Does it look like this?
IMAGE(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fb/b9/5b/fbb95b978f54066519d9c9a9708c3d0f.jpg)

...it does now, thanks Hrdina!

Does it irrationally bother anyone when people refer to an adaptation of something as "the original," e.g. referring to the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films as "the original trilogy" (as opposed to the live-action Hobbitses or the new Amazon series), or the David Lynch Dune film as "the original Dune"?

It feels incredibly pedantic to point it out, and I always know what they mean, but like... the Jackson trilogy aren't even the first Lord of the Rings movies, and the "original trilogy" is the books. I don't mean to gatekeep, the Jackson films are great films and great introductions to Tolkien's work and it's fine if they were a lot of folk's first exposure and it's even fine if they never get around to reading the books, I'd just like to be surer that people know that there are books.

I think it just an elision of "The original insert format here".

hbi2k wrote:

Does it irrationally bother anyone when people refer to an adaptation of something as "the original," e.g. referring to the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films as "the original trilogy" (as opposed to the live-action Hobbitses or the new Amazon series), or the David Lynch Dune film as "the original Dune"?

It feels incredibly pedantic to point it out, and I always know what they mean, but like... the Jackson trilogy aren't even the first Lord of the Rings movies, and the "original trilogy" is the books. I don't mean to gatekeep, the Jackson films are great films and great introductions to Tolkien's work and it's fine if they were a lot of folk's first exposure and it's even fine if they never get around to reading the books, I'd just like to be surer that people know that there are books.

This reinterpretation of the word 'original', brought to you by the people that literally don't know that 'literally' and 'figuratively' are each their very own words!

Sorry, my first attempt at the vanished the important part of the phrase lol.

I ate brownies that had chocolate chip cookie tops for breakfast.

I also found a new way to stir peanut butter. You turn the peanut butter upside down for two days. This forces the oil to run through the peanut butter as it is pulled down by gravity. So it kind of turns itself. Then it will only need a little stirring. At this point you should put it in the refrigerator so it wont separate as fast but you could always turn it upside down again as needed.

I bought a PS5 controller but don't own a PS5. I bought it because I misplaced my xbox controller and I also don't own a xbox. Using the controller on the PC for a game that for some reason doesn't have mouse and keyboard controls.

Got interested in blackberries and it was said they were easy to grow. My idea of easy is apparently completely different from these maniacs.

I tried cranberry spiced sprite. Not good, the spice ruins it. The regular cranberry sprite is still okay but not as good as just mixing cranberry juice and sprite.

Grampa Joe told Charlie to try the fizzy lifting drink, Charlie didn't say "I want it." Maybe that's why the other kids received some sort of punishment for their greed. But what was the punishment for that evil Grampa Joe, telling Charlie they should try it and it would be OK..

Robear wrote:

Sorry, my first attempt at the vanished the important part of the phrase lol.

You had me Googling "elision" like, "I thought I knew what it meant, but maybe there's an alternate meaning that would make sense here?" (:

Robear wrote:

I think it just an elision of "The original insert format here".

Gonna double down on my pedantry, but... the first adaptation into a new format is still an adaptation, not an original work.

That is, part of what would be the phrase (say, "the original movie") is elided to "the original". But that creates ambiguity, which the speaker resolves by mentioning the content they mean. "The original Hobbit was the Bakshi one, not the Peter Jackson one." The speaker assumes that the listener knows from that that the context is clearly films. It would be surprising indeed if they were not aware of the books... But they're talking about the films, the first one released being "the original".

Almost every film is based on a written work. "Oh man, I loved the film adaptation of The Warriors script, didn't you?" just seems... Extra pedantic. Why can't films be original, even if they were adapted from books? They are an entirely different form. Sure, they usually hang on the skeleton of a story, but we don't usually watch them with our eyes closed like we are listening to an audio-book. We want to see someone's *original* vision of what the author was doing in the text, condensed down into a few hours of non-reading.

The original story "Who Goes There?" is not, and was not intended to be, a movie. Nor is the "John Carpenter's The Thing" intended to be a novel that somehow replaces the story. Each of the zillion adaptations of "Cinderella" is an original, in spite of the fact that they are all based on the same story. And then there are stage plays and operas too...

It seems very limiting to chide someone for referring to a movie version of a book as "original" if it was, in fact, an original film version, because clearly the author of the book did not make it a film. In short, adaptations can be original art pieces too.

I know this question's been done but... honestly, who was the first person who looked at a cow or a goat and was like "If it's good enough for the calf..."

I mean, it was probably first done as a substitute for human breastmilk for babies.

Prederick wrote:

I know this question's been done but... honestly, who was the first person who looked at a cow or a goat and was like "If it's good enough for the calf..."

I think somebody saw a bunch of cows eating Cheerios, and saw the white stuff the put in the bowls. Taking a chance that it might be a male cow, they decided to try it.

A Hot Mom Story.

When little Baron was a wee lad he and his friends would always be at each other's houses. All except one friend. He never had us over. We found this to be very odd so decide to invite ourselves over one day. We were greeted by his mom and she was wearing lingerie. She also was one of the most hottest women I have ever seen in my life.

So it became clear why young Tommy never had us over to his house. His mom was nice but always dressed like she was getting ready for sexy time or going out to the club. She caused or was the subject of much drama when she showed with food for the football team. I don't recall the event but it was something with a bunch of parents. The skirt she had on didn't cover her lower butt cheeks and her top was showing off the girls. You could feel the dad's eyes on her and the wives just boiling. Tommy had the sad why me look on his face.

Baron's wee friends tended to be jerks so it was surprising when they all agreed not to go over Tommy's house anymore or speak about his mom. I suspected they would do the exact opposite. I can't stress this enough. This lady didn't just dress inappropriately but looked like she shouldn't exist. Even if she wore normal clothes or garbage bag she would still look like a 12 out of 10. I mean here I am still thinking about her 40 plus years later.

And no I never did anything with myself thinking about Tommy's hot mom this week so get your minds out of the gutter.

Exhibitionism *is* a thing....

I often will put on Spotify to help me sleep or as background music while I'm at work, so my Spotify Wrapped is just a total disaster.

I need them to add a "When I'm actually listening" button.

Prederick wrote:

I often will put on Spotify to help me sleep or as background music while I'm at work, so my Spotify Wrapped is just a total disaster.

I need them to add a "When I'm actually listening" button.

I'd like an "excluding stuff my kids listen to while we're in the car".

Yes, so far today I have seen at least 3 40-something dads whose top 5 songs are just Encanto or Frozen.

My personal YouTube and YouTube Music experiences got so much better once my son got his own separate accounts.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

Does it irrationally bother anyone when people refer to an adaptation of something as "the original," e.g. referring to the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films as "the original trilogy" (as opposed to the live-action Hobbitses or the new Amazon series), or the David Lynch Dune film as "the original Dune"?

It feels incredibly pedantic to point it out, and I always know what they mean, but like... the Jackson trilogy aren't even the first Lord of the Rings movies, and the "original trilogy" is the books. I don't mean to gatekeep, the Jackson films are great films and great introductions to Tolkien's work and it's fine if they were a lot of folk's first exposure and it's even fine if they never get around to reading the books, I'd just like to be surer that people know that there are books.

This reinterpretation of the word 'original', brought to you by the people that literally don't know that 'literally' and 'figuratively' are each their very own words!

Too late.

In common English usage, "figuratively" now means just metaphorically, and "literally" is the hyperbole of "figuratively". Once it's in common usage...that's how it works now.

Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood teacher of English as a foreign language (at the college level, not the beginners).

See the 0:50 mark below...