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by trackstar
Yesterday, 4:01 pm
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Topic: Nobel Price 2016
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Re: Nobel Price 2016

I'm increasing the word count for Trackstar's annual summary. I'll vor- and nach-ski with Hylgefellas next month ;-) Well it has been quite a few years since we had the W Forum Annual Awards But for Paul’s FAQ on Frequently Used Words (FUW) and careful now lol Brexit Johnson Trump Idiot and more pr...
by trackstar
December 1st, 2019, 5:12 pm
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Topic: Ich bin der operator mit meinem pocket calculator
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Re: Ich bin der operator mit meinem pocket calculator

Imagine a techno version of Carmen

Carmen: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Elina Garance)

and then you can add a little Tarantella in your best Black Widow dress and long spidery hair.  

That would really knock them out at O2 down in the dockyards!
by trackstar
November 29th, 2019, 2:10 pm
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Topic: Ich bin der operator mit meinem pocket calculator
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Amazing stuff - adrenaline mainlined.

Don't Think (from Black Swan) - Chemical Brothers 

Indeed - every now and then, don't think, just dance. : )
by trackstar
November 29th, 2019, 2:08 pm
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Topic: Ich bin der operator mit meinem pocket calculator
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Re: Ich bin der operator mit meinem pocket calculator

I've been listening to techno while I work and would you believe
The Chemical Brothers are playing two shows - one in Birmingham UK tonight and tomorrow night in London.

Another World - The Chemical Brothers

Is the rave scene alive and well (or reviving?)
by trackstar
November 28th, 2019, 5:42 pm
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Topic: Happy Thanksgiving !
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving, you miserable lot! Thank you, Your Grace. If you had not taxed stamps (and Tea!!) so severely, we would probably still be yours. But here we are in TrumpMAGA-land and there you are in Brexitannia ...and so it goes.... ~~~ BTW, it really ought to be "Leif Erikson Day." 1000 AD an...
by trackstar
November 25th, 2019, 1:46 am
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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Yes, the youngest one in particular - two years old and runs goats and sheep like a pro.

And likewise, I have decided to wrangle some of my content away from here, so farewell to the photos.

But it was colorful and fun while it lasted!
by trackstar
November 24th, 2019, 1:28 pm
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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William Morris is a more recent English name to mention here. He was a local emanation of the international sentiment to destroy all industry and go back to Middle Ages in the second half of the 19th century (and a son of a rich industrialist, afair - what a hypocrite). English version of Bauhaus o...
by trackstar
November 24th, 2019, 12:43 am
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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And even decorative art can be quite subversive.  The V&A Museum has nice resources on needlework in general and a particular section on Mary, Queen of Scots, involving embroidery that she completed while in prison.  Interesting stories and a way to communicate without words. Prison Embroideries of ...
by trackstar
November 24th, 2019, 12:30 am
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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Thank you all.  Yes, I was "lost" in the woods, then I was found.  Now I am home safely, but a bit chilled. Time for a little taste of cognac!  To address bearish: I would only be crewel by request. Though if called upon, my needles are sharp and straight... : ) But seriously, some of the most intri...
by trackstar
November 23rd, 2019, 1:55 pm
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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And finally, for those who know (and those who don't!) - a cult classic from SNL.

More Cowbell - SNL

Enjoy the weekend!
by trackstar
November 23rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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Here is just one pile from the collection. The more colors, textures, and thicknesses the better.

I was at a shop in the lovely, quaint town of Damariscotta, Maine last summer and they were thinning their inventory. 

My lucky day!

See one skein against a pen for scale.
by trackstar
November 23rd, 2019, 1:47 pm
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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Salaam, Trackstar joon! :-) The cookbook looks interesting! Have fun! People get discouraged from Arabian kitchen, because they aren't used to using spices in such amounts and reduce the quantities. The spices are supposed to help digest and break down all the carbs - disarm the bomb so to speak (:...
by trackstar
November 22nd, 2019, 3:32 pm
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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The year-end is coming fast, so two last things before I go. A very good Persian cookbook - this culinary culture has it all - hot, cool, sweet, sour, and so many exotic spices.  I can get some things locally and have a few on order. And second - another scarf in very soft merino - the colors are de...
by trackstar
November 21st, 2019, 7:57 pm
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Topic: High Performance Computing Content Repository
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High Performance Computing Content Repository

As a start - from the SC19 conference this week - the ACM is now running an "Open TOC" feature, where you can access the technical papers online. Here is the link - some of you may find this worthwhile and interesting. SC19 ACM Open TOC " The ACM OpenTOC is a unique service that enables Special Inte...
by trackstar
November 19th, 2019, 2:54 pm
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Topic: trackstar's Needle Exchange
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We are chatting here a few nights ago about travels and natural phenomena and I wound up posting this picture from Iceland. I'm not reading anything crazy into it - but that is pretty cool.  I am knitting an Aurora Borealis over a frozen waterfall (and I didn't even know it!). : ) It's going to get ...
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