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The Individual Midnight Thread

Jerry Smith Re:Slashcott for a week... Dice-cott forever! (40 comments)

Yep, pretty much that.

Oh, and AC, in case I don't see you again, let me thank you for your contributions to /. over the years. You've been by far the most prolific poster, and although you often troll or spam or just don't make any sense, you've also written some of the best posts I've seen anywhere. Honestly, I don't know how you do it, but wherever you end up, keep up the good work. Take care of yourself, okay?

I hope AC stops by at soylentnews: it wouldn't be the same without him.

about 8 months ago
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Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough

Jerry Smith Re:No progress at all... (160 comments)

Sorry, but that's just Double Dutch to me.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

It's a genuine sentence. A VERY typical one, but a correct one.

about 8 months ago
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It's lights out for the National Security Agency

Jerry Smith No. (2 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

They might rename it, like was done with the KGB, but the "lights will not go out".

about 8 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Jerry Smith Re: 82 years old (401 comments)

So ... why did they smoke until they became addicted? What do you think happens anyway? "Wow, this does nothing for me! Better keep at it until I'm addicted!"

Try thinking before posting.

Peer pressure and social contagion. Youngsters see older people smoking and feeling good about it (the older ones being addicted, and really liking it), and there you have it.

about 8 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

Jerry Smith Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

generally on the order of 1/100000000000 000000000 000000000 0000000 0000000 0000000 00000 00000

So basically, one molecule of the thing in a gallon of water?

No. It's much, much less than that. The quoted value there is one part in 10^60. A mole is 6.02x10^23. There's about 200 moles of water molecules in 1 gallon (3.8 liters and 55 moles per liter for water). So one molecule of water in one gallon is one part in 10^26. To get one part in 10^60, you'll need about 10^34 gallons of water. Wikipedia indicates this is the volume of Betelgeuse (a massive star that's about a million times the volume of the sun.)

And this is why I don't skip AC's.
*stands up and applauds*

about 9 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Jerry Smith Re:So what happens to the hydrogen? That's usable. (375 comments)

nothing happens, its NOT a product, its a pretty 3D render and a VC bait,

Exactly. This is a DESIGNER at work, not a scientist. It's about selling pretty pictures, and interesting ideas, but nothing more.

about 9 months ago
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US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

Jerry Smith Re:Holy Biased Presentation Batman! (466 comments)

But were they Bald Eagles? Cuz let's be honest, no one gives a fuck about sea gulls.

In all fairness: most of the world doesn't give a fuck about bald eagles.

about 10 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

Jerry Smith Re:What a bunch of idiots (462 comments)

As a conservative, religious man, I find the religious anti-vaccination crowd a bunch of blind ninnies. I have a few at my church like that, and I want to smack them as they put my children who are too young to receive these vaccination at risk of catching a deadly disease.

Yet you still go that church? Might as well stop that, for your childrens' health.

about 10 months ago
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Bye Slashdot 2

Jerry Smith Re: modpoints (3 comments)

Done. Sent to 4 known addresses so I hope one of them hits your bullseye!

about a year ago
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Bye Slashdot 2

Jerry Smith modpoints (3 comments)

You got my 5 recent ones. They're given out like cheap candy, who cares.

about a year ago
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Bye Slashdot

Jerry Smith Yup (1 comments)

It used to be good before they sold out, several years ago. Live long and prosper, good sir!

about a year ago
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Death and the NSA: A Q&A With Bruce Schneier

Jerry Smith obligatory quote (149 comments)

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." Helen Keller

Schneier is right,

about a year ago
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Yet America was stupid enough to re-elect the guy

Jerry Smith Re:black intellectual facepalm (7 comments)

To err is human, but nothing quite fucks things up like a nigger.

He quite literally niggered up the country. And he's not done yet with his niggering.

You know he did. You won't admit it in public, though. But I know you agree.

One doesn't have to be a nigger to fail niggerlike.

about 10 months ago
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Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

Jerry Smith Re:Is it a phone ? (310 comments)

No, it's not a phone. It's a pocket-sized computer that can also make phone calls. We call it a smartphone for historical reasons. Do you also complain that we say 'computer' as shorthand for 'electronic computer', when we all know that a computer is a person who prepares logarithm tables?

Yes, yes, so much yes. My smartphone is hardly used in the phone-kind of way (not much of a caller anyway, hardly touch those 'free' minutes) but as an internet-computer/pdf-viewer/musicplayer/calculator/watch SO much more. It doesn't do any of those functions really well, but just good enough and the fact that it's all in one single handheld device makes me happy.

When I ONLY want a good mobile phone I'll get my old trusty Siemens.

about a year ago
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

Jerry Smith Re:Why is he special? (180 comments)

For the record, the pictures are available here. They were infamous long before anyone knew it was this Mosley guy (he's nobody to me).

Nobody in the right mind clicks a lemonparty link.

about a year ago
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A lighter moment

Jerry Smith Re:Oh come on (3 comments)

You forgot "liberate" :)

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Jerry Smith Re:NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

would have turned into the OK Corral

Prove that. .. The most effective deterrent to actual violence is a credible threat of retaliatory violence. That is how humans actually work in the real world. Widespread gun ownership reduces violence.

Majority of shooters are willing to die, or even kill themselves. That's how shooters ACTUALLY work.

about a year ago
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A lighter moment

Jerry Smith hungry now (3 comments)

Thank you, Obama!

about a year ago
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Rodeo Clown Economics

Jerry Smith not suprised (28 comments)

Half the world was expecting this, and when Obamalamadingdong said that the US needed to bail out the car industry because the car was a US invention, only politeness kept the rest of the world from laughing their pants off.

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Welfare states have this appetite thing

Jerry Smith Re:bailing out is the trend (6 comments)

Well, now, that's just 'fairness' for unspecified wrongdoing on the part of your ancestors.

I already guessed there would be a biblical theme to this.

1 year,14 days

Submissions

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"Images reveal 'lost' Roman city "

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8177529.stm tells of a lost Roman city called Altinum, found underneath the ground by aerial photography. From TFA:"This was assembled using visible and near-infrared aerial photographs of the farmlands that currently cover the region, along with a computer model of the local terrain." Link contains movie that might work better with AdBlock disabled."
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Sophos now available in Klingon

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "What can I add to the title? One of my students pointed me to the site, from TFA "Now even Klingon speakers can scan their computers for security threats. Use Sophos's Klingon Anti-Virus to quickly perform an on-demand scan and find viruses, spyware, adware, zero-day threats, Betazoid sub-ether porn diallers and Tribbles that your existing protection might have missed."
It is comforting that these guys have a kind of humour that I appreciate. Even with very bad seventies disco-music (...yes... thát bad)."

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New Doctor Who actor is Matt Smith

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "FTFA: "Matt Smith had that 'Doctor-ness', says BBC Wales' head of drama. Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who — making him the youngest actor to take on the role. " The BBC-page http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7808697.stm shows us a photograph of him posing next to the T.A.R.D.I.S.: a wise choice choosing him as the next Doctor?"
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New Doctor Who actor to be announced

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "After several good episodes and e few minor, David Tennant steps away towards Shakespearian drama. But who'll be the successor? From the article: "Tennant said in October that he would stand down from the show after filming four special episodes in 2009. His replacement — the 11th Doctor of the TV series — will be revealed in a Doctor Who Confidential programme on BBC One at 1735 on 3 January. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7807742.stm" Hopefully it'll be one with a good sidekick!"
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European Online Library offline and censored

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://europeana.eu/portal/ The European Online Library is closed for maintenance, a few days after launch. http://www.betanews.com/article/Europes_ambitious_single_access_point_for_cultural_media_provides_porn/1227198858 mentions that the powers that be also will make sure that not the most looked-up subjects will show up on the frontpage, just the subjects that are approved by censorship. From TFA: "Other items from this particular front page that are also being hosted by INA.fr include, simultaneously: more scans of the Mona Lisa, pages from Gutenberg bibles, an exhibit of various Levi's jeans ads that feature nudity, examples of softcore porn shown on French television through the ages (another exhibit), and excerpts from that gripping peace of European folk literature, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf."

If culture contains nude artistry, should a cultural library block the showing of said artistry?"
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McEliece-encryption broken, ánd fixed

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "TU-scientists from the Dutch University of Eindhoven have succeeded http://w3.tue.nl/nl/nieuws/artikel/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=7152&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=361&cHash=e71874e762 to break the code of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McEliece_cryptosystem McEliece-ecryption. This encryption is a possible candidate for securing the internet-traffic in the quantumcomputer-era, the supposed hyperfast computer of the future. At the same time the scientists presented a new key."
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How to build a beowulf cluster 101

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "I teach at a media-college a class of 15 mediatechnology-students (age 18 to 22). Programming is taken care of by 2 collegues: one for actionscript, one for php/mysql. The teaching is project-based, and I take care of OS-stuff. Last period I taught a bit of Active Directory, before that Ubuntu with Bash, and technical things like hardware, subnets and other IP-related topics.
Next period (starting in a few weeks) I intended to build a Beowulf-clusterwith with these students.

Avialable hardware is :
-Asus A8 Terminator P4 533 (as shown in http://www.hwupgrade.it/forum/showthread.php?t=1377109 but with 768 megs of RAM), for client as for server -3Com 1100 switch
It's not the best hardware but it ought to be sufficient for these purposes.
Does anyone have suggestions what distribution to use (assuming it will all be linux-based)?
What is the most straightforward way to setup communications between clients and server?
And what would be clear test to determine whether a job initiated on the server had been dispatched to the clients to be processed, and the results returned?
I am aware of live-cd's that are able to take a lot of these things out of my hands, but from an educational point of view my guess is that self-building will be better."
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Simon Pegg to play Scotty

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 7 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/12/scotty_role/ Simon Pegg will be the young Scotty in the latest Star Trek movie. From TFA: "Pegg joins Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu and Zachary Quinto as Spock in the film which reportedly, and logically, "chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew". Leonard Nimoy will also put in an appearance, while Eric Bana signed up this week as the movie's villain, Nero.""
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The breathalyzer: to the source, for great justice

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "Our good friends at Ars have an interesting story: suppose you commit a crime or fellony, and computers play an important part in proving you did what was claimed you did... are you then entitled to have a go a the sourcecode or specific technical properties to make sure you won't be convicted because of an aparatus that decided you were guilty? http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070809-im-n ot-drunk-officer-you-just-have-poor-source-code.ht ml gives an example."
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mathematical model about freeloaders

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://www.sciam.com/print_version.cfm?articleID=7 88CF452-E7F2-99DF-3EBC599C3A9F1C6FScientific American reports about a mathematical model, describing rather common social behaviour: "When humans live together, they work together — whether they are building cities or just trying to snag some grub for dinner. But if you can still reap the benefits of contributions to the greater good without lifting a finger yourself, why would you not choose that option? Chances are you tow the line out of fear of being punished." A very interesting read, and one of the findings was that "...the punishers must dominate to sustain the success of a collective activity." http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=788CF45 2-E7F2-99DF-3EBC599C3A9F1C6F&pageNumber=2&catID=1 for the non-print-version."
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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "Apple releases Safari 3 Beta for Windows and MacOS, go to http://www.apple.com/safari for more info and downloads. Plain and simple as that... Two poits: PithHelmet is not loaded, GreaseMonkey might complain too, and the 'olde' Safari will be overwritten, so better back that one up."
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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "A Senior Virus Analyst from Kaspersky Lab writeshttp://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=2 04791938: "It's also likely that there will be a significant increase in the number of malicious programs for other operating systems, primarily for MacOS, and for other *nix systems. Gaming consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo are also likely to be targeted, as the increasing number of such devices and their ability to connect to each other and the Internet will make them a juicy potential target for virus writers." I guess there's software waiting to be sold?"
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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2577 471,00.html reports that Americans are no longer the longest people in the world. Junk food and worse access to healthcare are the most probable causes. From TFA: "Today, the two authors say, young white American men are 4.7cm ( just over 1¾in) shorter than Dutch men, and white American women are 5.7cm (just under 2¼in) shorter than their Dutch counterparts." Well, it's not size that matters, does it?"
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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 8 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/technology/19sof t.html?_r=1&em&ex=1161403200&en=6d95c61af8557b8a&e i=5087%0A&oref=slogin The New York Times reports, that Microsoft might turn their attention to development of chips. From TFA: "For more than two decades, Microsoft's software and Intel's processors were so wedded that the pairing came to be known as Wintel. But as that computing era wanes, Microsoft is turning to a new source of chip design: its own labs." My guess is (as also mentioned in the article) its emphasis will lie with the Zune, Xbox and other appliances, not with the desktop-machines."
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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 8 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "The http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6057734.stmBBC as an interesting article about the genetic developments of the human race. Mentioned are the changes in physique, phychology and social skills. From the fine article: "Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals. (...) Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect." But no worry: it's not to be expected in the near future."
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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 8 years ago

Jerry Smith writes "http://www.theregister.com/2006/10/17/galactic_col lision/The Register reports that the Hubble Space Telescope is still going strong, and took snapshots of two colliding galaxies. That is GALAXIES, sizes average between thousands and hundres of thousand lightyears, containing ten million to one trillion (107 to 1012) stars (as in 'suns', each posibbly with planets and planetoids). Direct link: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/ releases/2006/46/image/a, link to big picture: http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/2006/46/images/ a/formats/xlarge_web.jpg . The proces took hundreds of millions of years, and will take more hundreds of millions of years."

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Last log entry

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 8 months ago

I'm leaving my excellent karma here (probably worth shit nowadays, anyone has now excellent karma but I had it before it was cool): I've seen beta and it is what pushed me over the edge. /. had been going bad for a while now but beta added the rotting smell.
Goodbye, thanks for all the fish, and hop by at http://soylentnews.org/~Jerry+Smith.
Signing off.

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Pointing someone at their own paranoia comes with rewards

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 2 years ago

"0111 1110 (518466) has made you their foe."

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Cheap DVD

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 4 years ago There I was, cleaning up my HD because I wanted to 'evaluate' a torrent of Buckaroo Banzai, when I decided whether it was for sale an lo and behold: EUR 6.99 for the DVD, including free P&P. Why bother the download then? Now I only have to convince the she-boss that it's a bargain, and then I'm a happy bunny :) I wish they did that for more movies from a certain age, I would do things way more legally.

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Hidden comments

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I always browse at -1, that's what I do and I'm fast scroller enough to skip through the copypasta of for instance the GNAA. Since a couple of weeks though I notice abou 10 in 350 comments are hidden (on average) and there is no way I can un-hide them. Any suggestions or explanation?

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going going going

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 6 years ago Gone to Greece, be back within a fortnight. (no, no internets, no keyboards, just a petite Java-book hidden between the Penthouses)

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career move

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago Having worked in a school as a servicedesk-employee, after the holidays I'll start a job as teacher in MediaTechnology to 17+-yr olds. Already for the last 3 months I've filled a position there, to add a 'tech' odour to the classes, and it appears they appreciate it. Oh well. And the G3 had been replaced by a G4 1gHz, so that problem has been solved. Still not installed Ubuntu though. BSD is very likeable too, pretty live-cd's..

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Eeerm: help (only interesting for techies, really, I guess)

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Imagine a G3 233 rev A, 384 MB, Ati rage pro 128 (16 MB), 40 gig HD (firmware is 2.0f1, I think). What linux-distro to install, and how to @$£$£%@$@ install it?! Helpful links are very welcome.

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iPhone?

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 8 years ago http://www.pdafrance.com/news/2006-09-12/id7496/iPhone-ou-Macphone-sur-20minutes-ce-matin/ shows a picture of an iPhone. Now there are some things that are a bit... weird:
- the name on the back, should not be necessary
- the red an the green button: too generic, not quite apple-like
- headphones? No option to hold the thing against your ear? Bluetooth headset? Dunno...
- memory-slot on the side: looks a bit smallish

Resuming: nice try, but too ipoddish. By the way: do I read '20GB' on the lower back?

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Accepted entry!

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 8 years ago http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/03/151252 Forgive me for not being able to stop grinning.

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Haute cuisine

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 8 years ago Simpel question: what ingredients belong in an Irish stew? Not a quiz, just want to know how to make an original stew that would be recognised as such by an Irishman. Can't find convincing stuff on this subject on the internot.

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Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 8 years ago When children of young age don't drink at least two pints of liquid a day, within 2 days they might end up in a hospital with nose-probe and IV.

After 2 days the child may die, or be lucky.

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Wanna see an Acadamy-Award-winning documentary?

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  more than 8 years ago Try "Chariots of the Gods". It's dated yet entertaining!

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again: no googling!!

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 9 years ago Two this time: yes weekend started early for me :-) No multiple choice, and 'Celine Dion' is none of the answers.
1)Remember 'The Doors'? Where does the name come from?
2)The United States of America: where does the 'America'-bit come from?

Nothing to lose, nothing to win, just some satisfaction.

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never mind the buzcocks!

Jerry Smith Jerry Smith writes  |  about 9 years ago

guess without googling:

From the coast of gold, across the seven seas,
I'm travelling on, far and wide,
But now it seems, I'm just a stranger to myself,
And all the things I sometimes do, it isn't me but someone else.

I close my eyes, and think of home,
Another city goes by, in the night,
Ain't it funny how it is, you never miss it til it's gone away,
And my heart is lying there and will be til my dying day.

Chorus:
So understand
Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years,
Face up...make your stand,
And realise you're living in the golden years.

Too much time on my hands, I got you on my mind,
Can't ease this pain, so easily,
When you can't find the words to say, it's hard to make it through another day,
And it makes me wanna cry, and throw my hands up to the sky.

Chorus:
So understand
Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years,
Face up...make your stand,
And realise you're living in the golden years.

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