mersenneforum.org  

Go Back   mersenneforum.org > Fun Stuff > Lounge

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 2020-10-22, 16:10   #1508
Dr Sardonicus
 
Dr Sardonicus's Avatar
 
Feb 2017
Nowhere

17×223 Posts
Default

Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle became friends, but Doyle was a Spiritualist, and their friendship ended over Houdini's campaign against phony Spiritualist mediums.

Houdini was James Randi's inspiration, as he was Penn and Teller's.

The two sisters who gave rise to Spiritualism eventually admitted their deceptions. It didn't do a thing to stop Spiritualism.

I saw Penn and Teller on stage many years ago. After the introduction, they performed a "seance" using every trick in the book.

Randi's death comes just before the 84th anniversary of Houdini's (October 31, 1936).
Dr Sardonicus is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-22, 20:37   #1509
jwaltos
 
jwaltos's Avatar
 
Apr 2012

1010111102 Posts
Default

The Amazing Randi..I always had his books in my bookshelf (now mainly virtual) and his stance against pseudoscience and the whole quackery business has influenced my thinking ever since I was a kid.
RIP.
jwaltos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-26, 07:14   #1510
robert44444uk
 
robert44444uk's Avatar
 
Jun 2003
Oxford, UK

111011011112 Posts
Default

Kenneth Conrow RIP died 28 March 2019, - he is credited in the bibliography relating the search for prime gaps, but his prime gap records have all been superseded so that none of the current prime gap records bear his name.

https://www.friendsjournal.org/kenneth-conrow/

Last fiddled with by robert44444uk on 2020-10-26 at 07:19
robert44444uk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-28, 14:08   #1511
Dr Sardonicus
 
Dr Sardonicus's Avatar
 
Feb 2017
Nowhere

17×223 Posts
Default

TaB, diet soft drink introduced in 1963. Announcement made October 16. Very moving eulogy from the company:
"We're challenging ourselves to think differently about our brands to accelerate our transformation to a total beverage company"

"This isn't about paring down to a specific number of product offerings under our brands. The objective is to drive impact and growth. It's about continuing to follow the consumer and being very intentional in deciding which of our brands are most deserving of our investments and resources, and also taking the tough but important steps to identify those products that are losing relevance and therefore should exit the portfolio."

"We're prioritizing bets that have scale potential across beverage categories, consumer need states and drinking occasions"
-- Cath Coetzer, global head of innovation and marketing operations, Coca-Cola company

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Hicks
By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing... kill yourself.
Dr Sardonicus is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-28, 16:05   #1512
kriesel
 
kriesel's Avatar
 
"TF79LL86GIMPS96gpu17"
Mar 2017
US midwest

470610 Posts
Default

The rumors of Cath Coetzer's death from cocaine overdose resulting from attempts at self medication to counter the soul-killing hypocrisy of working in an environment that requires a manic deception level producing such statements, leading to a high speed impact in a sports car with a concrete bridge abutment, attributed to COVID19, are unsubstantiated and may be premature.

Last fiddled with by kriesel on 2020-10-28 at 16:06
kriesel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-31, 12:35   #1513
xilman
Bamboozled!
 
xilman's Avatar
 
"π’‰Ίπ’ŒŒπ’‡·π’†·π’€­"
May 2003
Down not across

237228 Posts
Default

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824
xilman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-31, 12:46   #1514
pinhodecarlos
 
pinhodecarlos's Avatar
 
"Carlos Pinho"
Oct 2011
Milton Keynes, UK

10010101001012 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xilman View Post
Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824

Oh...
pinhodecarlos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-31, 12:49   #1515
firejuggler
 
firejuggler's Avatar
 
Apr 2010
Over the rainbow

2,473 Posts
Default

Really, 2020 is a year which I would like to forget.
Maybe some good news will come in the coming week.

Last fiddled with by firejuggler on 2020-10-31 at 12:50
firejuggler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-31, 12:54   #1516
thyw
 
Feb 2016
! North_America

2×37 Posts
Cry

Quote:
Originally Posted by xilman View Post
Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824

I cannot believe it, watched some of his famous movies at the beginning of the year i haven't seen before, then searched for his age... i had a bad feeling about it, I-i am devastated, he seems so eternal. Rest In Peace Sir
thyw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-31, 14:07   #1517
Dr Sardonicus
 
Dr Sardonicus's Avatar
 
Feb 2017
Nowhere

ECF16 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xilman View Post
Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824
From Scotland The Brave - Highland Bagpipes traditional tunes' stories by Stephane BEGUINOT

Quote:
"Scotland the Brave" is a patriotic song and one of the main contenders to be considered as a national anthem of Scotland. In June 2006 the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted an online poll on their website, asking visitors to choose a favourite to be Scotland's national anthem. With over 10,000 votes cast, "Flower of Scotland" came first with 41% of the votes, followed by "Scotland the Brave" with 29% - "Highland Cathedral" 16% - "A Man's A Man for A' That" 7% - "Scots Wha Hae" 6%.

It is of surprisingly recent origin, as it was published first around 1911 in a Boys' Brigade pipe tune book. But the tune appears to date from about 1891-5 when it was published in Norman Macdonald's Gesto Collection of Highland Music under the title "Scotland for Ever” although the sentiment dates back to at least the 1820s. It was probably originally a flute solo.
It is always listed as "Traditional". In other words no one knows for certain who actually composed the tune.

The lyrics to Scotland The Brave were written by Scottish journalist, writer, author, songwriter, raconteur, after dinner speaker, historian and broadcaster Cliff Hanley (1923-1999) in 1951 for performer, producer and music shop owner Robert Wilson who needed a song to close the act of his performance at a Christmas Scottish review musical show at the Glasgow Empire Theatre. Robert Wilson, who was at the time at the peak of his career, paid Β£25 to Hanley but refused to get the copyright. "Naw, naw son, this is far too good. I'd be cheating you if I took the rights to this" said Wilson. The song soon became popular with Scots people and was quickly adopted as an unofficial national anthem.
The last verse seems especially fitting somehow...

Quote:
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE LYRICS

The version below is from The Chieftains.
Chorus

Hark when the night is falling
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits
of the old Highland men.


Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards
gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines
from fair maiden's eyes.

Chorus

Far off in sunlit places,
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the kiss
Of sweet Scottish rain.
Where tropic skies are beaming,
Love sets the heart a-dreaming,
Longing and dreaming for the homeland again

Chorus
Dr Sardonicus is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-31, 20:21   #1518
xilman
Bamboozled!
 
xilman's Avatar
 
"π’‰Ίπ’ŒŒπ’‡·π’†·π’€­"
May 2003
Down not across

27D216 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus View Post
Hark when the night is falling
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits
of the old Highland men.[/color]
Up where the hands are clapping,
Up where the feet are tapping,
Up where the Jocks are strapping:
Scotland the brave.

Last fiddled with by xilman on 2020-10-31 at 20:21
xilman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


All times are UTC. The time now is 23:03.

Wed Nov 25 23:03:33 UTC 2020 up 76 days, 20:14, 3 users, load averages: 1.09, 1.26, 1.37

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

This forum has received and complied with 0 (zero) government requests for information.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
A copy of the license is included in the FAQ.