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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Well, this little thread hasn't been so popular, but I'll see if I can get it going again, if just for an afternoon.

    Alrighty then, I absolutely adore Carl Sagan, and I watch these inspirational videos every now and then when I need a quick CS fix. Some of y'all have seen these, I'm sure, but if not, enjoy ...heck, you'll enjoy them even if you have seen them. I love 'em more and more each time.


    Just wonderful E , wonderful.


    It reminds me of the time when Ruskie and American astronauts could finally co-operate and the Americas asked about the problems of pens in space and the Ruskies said we used pencils!

    My fiancee also adores Carl Sagan but not sure if he has seen this........this was a first for me......and there is something sad about that. How is this not watched as much as it should be?

    Oh I forget myself we have TOWIE to watch!
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    I started a NFL group for anyone that wants to chat about football. All are invited, so please go over and check it out in the Groups area.

    hednic, I couldn't send you a PM about it so this was the next best way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Roses View Post
    Just wonderful E , wonderful.


    It reminds me of the time when Ruskie and American astronauts could finally co-operate and the Americas asked about the problems of pens in space and the Ruskies said we used pencils!

    My fiancee also adores Carl Sagan but not sure if he has seen this........this was a first for me......and there is something sad about that. How is this not watched as much as it should be?

    Oh I forget myself we have TOWIE to watch!
    Thank you so much, Sea Roses - you're a darling to not leave me hanging that way. It sometimes feels like speaking to a room full of people to be met with a bunch of blank stares, lol! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    You should appreciate this little follow-up regarding the "space pen" - http://mentalfloss.com/article/13103...-pencils-space
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Thank you so much, Sea Roses - you're a darling to not leave me hanging that way. It sometimes feels like speaking to a room full of people to be met with a bunch of blank stares, lol! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    You should appreciate this little follow-up regarding the "space pen" - http://mentalfloss.com/article/13103...-pencils-space
    Actually Mrs E I am stunned that nobody has commented on this incredible link.

    My Pasha is a huge Carl Sagan fan as is his grandfather.

    Thank you so much for putting this up.

    When and how did you come across Carl Sagan? Do you remember how old you were?

    There are no blank stares here.........just wide opened amazement and listening to those such questioning but soothing words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Roses View Post
    When and how did you come across Carl Sagan? Do you remember how old you were?

    There are no blank stares here.........just wide opened amazement and listening to those such questioning but soothing words.
    Again, thank you! I don't remember exactly, but I was small enough to think that Carl Sagan and Mr. Rogers were the same person for a while, lol! We own the entire Cosmos series, but I love that you can find so many other of these types of videos on YouTube ...as well as Richard Dawkins, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Stephen Hawking, among other extremely brilliant and very well-spoken scientists. Brian Cox, Michio Kaku ....they're all right there at your fingertips!
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    Actually thank you Mrs (((E ))) for putting this up........that's something that you were that young......did your family educate you in this way?

    As for the other scientists YES YES YES!

    If ever you can work your way through the tome that is Opppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin I think you would find his very interesting and troubled life fascinating!

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    Well, I watched a lot of PBS as a youngster so I was exposed to Sagan et al. from an early age. My parents aren't exactly "into" science the way I am, but they always did a good job of encouraging my and my brother's interests.

    Thanks for the rec - another to add to my list!
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    WOW.....you constantly surprise (and impress) me......after the ballet and your knowledge of tennis.......I would never have guessed you were so interested in science until I came across your post on Carl Sagan!

    Explains your knowledge of perfume now.......before finding this Carl Sagan post and you just telling me about your interest in science it didn't *click* , now it does!

    Personally I have such STRONG STRONG views on science (and funding) that I will not comment anymore for fear of breaking the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Roses View Post
    Personally I have such STRONG STRONG views on science (and funding) that I will not comment anymore for fear of breaking the rules.
    Hehe, I know what you mean, and I'm sure we're in complete agreement on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Well, this little thread hasn't been so popular, but I'll see if I can get it going again, if just for an afternoon.

    Alrighty then, I absolutely adore Carl Sagan, and I watch these inspirational videos every now and then when I need a quick CS fix. Some of y'all have seen these, I'm sure, but if not, enjoy ...heck, you'll enjoy them even if you have seen them. I love 'em more and more each time.

    I didn't comment on this when I saw it in the thread, but I did watch it and loved every minute. Somehow this series escaped me though I know it was produced 15-20 years ago (I think). Thanks for sharing.

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    ^^ Thanks for saying so, Curly! It's very gratifying and fun to know when I've shared something the community here can enjoy. Reid Gower produced The Sagan Series from edited clips from various Sagan shows to promote scientific literacy, specifically through social media - he posted them to YouTube in 2011. I would have given y'all the direct link to his page - http://www.youtube.com/user/damewse?...c4-overview-vl - but I wanted to post the whole series in one video.

    You're welcome, though it was my pleasure!
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    Breathtaking...Beautiful...

    Thank you so much Evangeline! I had forgotten just how powerful and uplifting Dr. Sagan's programs were, and are.


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    I am happy to see this new version of the OFF TOPIC FORUM but somewhat sad to see it as a Thread, one that can be, is, and will most often be buried out of sight and probably off the radar screen. Will old members, new members and visitors find it? Probably only by an old Thread search 'accident' or if it is bumped by new posts. Out of sight is often out of mind, both by accident and by design.

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    Cool cat. Cool ad.

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    Good points, Kbe
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    So...who is going to watch the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who tomorrow?

    It's being simulcast around the world; 2:50 pm Eastern time on BBC America.



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    Cool cat. Cool ad.

    Boy did he get old! Still can do those splits though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    So...who is going to watch the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who tomorrow?

    It's being simulcast around the world; 2:50 pm Eastern time on BBC America.
    We settled down to watch it together, but we both fell asleep about halfway through! We were warm & comfy on the sofa after a hearty dinner & a bottle of wine. Good job we recorded it; we'll attempt another viewing later. What we did see looked about as confusing as Dr Who often is...
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    I can't help wondering how much actually got eaten and how much went straight into the bin.
    I suppose it was no more cruel than what goes on in any slaughterhouse but I got the impression these animals were killed as a novelty.

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    Have a look at Dan Marbaix' photos of abandoned buildings.

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    That function at the Waldorf Astoria by the Explorers Club is very famous. Always find it amazing how they try to outdo the selections from the previous year. Don't think I would ever want to partake though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graphite View Post
    Have a look at Dan Marbaix' photos of abandoned buildings.

    Thank you - was considering a spot of SoJin.....

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    So...who is going to watch the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who tomorrow?

    It's being simulcast around the world; 2:50 pm Eastern time on BBC America.
    I watched this last night on BBC iPlayer. Cannot begin to tell you how bad I thought it was; badly written, bad story, bad acting, bad dialogue (NOT funny, NOT clever, NOT witty) and irritating companion (GOD I had forgotten just how annoying she could be). And it destroyed a basic theme running throughout Dr Who from the very beginning; the Doctor is the last Time Lord and he was responsible for the destruction of his on planet. Turns out, this never happened but he won't remember. Utter, utter tosh. Don't know why I stuck with it; maybe the small hope that it couldn't continue being as lousy as it turned out to be.

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    Ewwwww.


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    This thread isn't getting much traffic, is it?

    I guess cause there is no specific topic, idk.

    Sooo, what is your favorite Turkey Day dish or side? What do you like to make? I love cranberry sauce, don't make it..just eat it from the can..though there has to be better ways to eat it/recipes out there! Stuffing, who doesn't like stuffing? I recently met someone from the South and she said, 'I don't get your Stove Top dressing stuff up here. It's just nasty, we make homemade cornbread stuffing.'. Kind of agree on the Stove Top, just kinda bad, imo! Once I had this Italian friend.. who also had some Americans in the family.. it was the best of both worlds..one table was all homemade Italian pasta and other goodies, one table was American, with turkey, mashed potatoes..that was the best T-Day spread ever! Homemade ravioli...sooo good.
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    Love stuffing - even Stove-Top! Stove-Top really raised the bar on stuffing, IMO. People who used to make OMG horror-show stuffing that resembled The Blob, now give up, much to my relief!


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    My favorite for Turkey Day is to go one of the local gourmet buffets and have a delicious little of everything, plus mimosas!

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