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by trackstar
May 5th, 2022, 12:25 pm
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Topic: Art de vivre in the World after
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Re: Art de vivre in the World after

A random selection of mismatched cutlery etc., perhaps from a garage sale? Including snail/lobster fork, and, my favourite, the marrow spoon.  Good to have that one identified! I have indeed been buying some lightly used stuff, but mainly things for my studio, like pottery wheels and most recently ...
by trackstar
May 4th, 2022, 8:10 pm
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Topic: Art de vivre in the World after
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Re: Art de vivre in the World after

In support of the new thread - two quizzes!

A special one for Paul and an easier one for everyone else.  : D

Please identify the items in these place settings and provide some simple rules for navigation.
by trackstar
May 4th, 2022, 2:09 am
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Topic: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread
Replies: 382
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Re: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread

Tue May 03, 2022 8:28 pm But she's American! Which rather limits the advice she can give. Anything involving top hats, tails, use of knives and forks, speak to me not a yank! Yes, I will defer to you on how to address various members of the peerage properly and what finger bowls are for..., Your Ex...
by trackstar
March 14th, 2022, 5:14 pm
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Topic: What car do you drive?
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Re: What car do you drive?

Very cool.  Congratulations on that. My sister and her husband both have Jeeps and *love* them.   There is a nice community around too - a lot of Do-It-Yourselfers. With that and super long road trips in mind - you might like this book.  I've had Haynes or Chilton's Manuals for all of my vehicles ov...
by trackstar
March 9th, 2022, 12:56 pm
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Topic: Amundsen Calling - Antarctica
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Re: Amundsen Calling - Antarctica

Shackleton's ship, Endurance, has been found - BBC March 9 The wreckage of the Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship has been found at a depth of three kilometers in the Weddell Sea. The ship sank nearly 107 years ago in the region after the crew abandoned it as it was stuck in the dense ice in e...
by trackstar
March 9th, 2022, 12:07 pm
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
Replies: 472
Views: 38031

Re: Russia земля борца самбо

List of Sanctions - National Law Review, March 7

Russia and Belarus Targeted With Comprehensive Economic Sanctions
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/ru ... rt-control

And thanks, honey. I love you too. : )
by trackstar
March 9th, 2022, 12:09 am
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
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Re: Russia земля борца самбо

1) Sanctions take time, but working. Default in T-33? Unless some other country steps in to loan money at some % of foreign frozen reserves. 2) Gamal points out another aspect of the banking situation though. 3) Disarray within Russia even directly around Putin? There are some extreme hard elements ...
by trackstar
March 8th, 2022, 10:40 pm
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
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Re: Russia земля борца самбо

ukraine-road-signs.jpg As promised. Looks like some MiGs could be going out for a little test drive soon. One answer to the question "Why?" "Ukraine's military already flies Russian-made aircraft, making them the best choice for Ukrainian pilots who already know how to operate them, ...
by trackstar
March 8th, 2022, 8:01 pm
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
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Re: Russia земля борца самбо

So, indeed many interesting situations unfolding now. Also, while it is very tragic what is happening to people, there have been a few laughs - I saw some replacement of major highway signs - by Ukrainian local government workers showing similar instructions for all three directions - go straight (a...
by trackstar
March 8th, 2022, 5:58 pm
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Topic: Sovereign Default Research
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Sovereign Default Research

A collection of papers, data, and news. Some more academic than others.  Critiques are welcome, as are constructive comments and additional resources. A Primer on Quantitative Models of Sovereign Default on External Debt - UPenn Computing sovereign debt models: Why so hard? - Mark Aguiar, Manuel Ama...
by trackstar
March 8th, 2022, 3:48 pm
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
Replies: 472
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Re: Russia земля борца самбо

Adding a quant finance theme here. Naturally, the discussion of Russian default has started - just one sample article here: Russian Economy Could Default in Just a Few Weeks—Morgan Stanley - Newsweek March 8 "A default, which happens when a government is unable to service its national debts, ma...
by trackstar
March 6th, 2022, 2:43 pm
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Topic: Local and International Aid for Ukraine
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Local and International Aid for Ukraine

A thread from Vox on Twitter with a list of organizations focused on helping the people in the Ukraine and the refugees who have left the country. Listed by type of aid.  First pages do not give contact information/links, but easy to look them up.   Aid Organizations for Ukraine - VOX A second neste...
by trackstar
February 25th, 2022, 12:25 pm
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
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Re: Russia земля борца самбо

I also read that some Russian troops were more or less surrendering when they got into the Ukraine, saying this was supposed to be recon, not shooting people.  And you, what would you say taken captive by Ukrainian troops? All elderly Germans were cooks as well when you ask them about the war. Be s...
by trackstar
February 24th, 2022, 10:55 pm
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Topic: Russia земля борца самбо
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Re: Russia земля борца самбо

I will make one comment and maybe I will get nuked for it, but worth noting that thousands of Russians are protesting in a number of cities now. And one would imagine quite dangerous for these individuals to take a stand against the government. Attack on Ukraine brings rare sight in Russia: Protests...
by trackstar
February 24th, 2022, 12:56 am
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Topic: norway
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Re: norway

Ah - this is a common problem of mistranslation. The American blueberry is a fundamentally different thing: it grows on trees! Or, at the very least, bushes. Norwegian blåbær properly translates to huckleberries. They are smaller, sweeter, more intense in flavor, and, yes, altogether better. No dis...