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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: Yesterday at 07:49:38 PM
It's formic acid which can be found in ants mixed with ethanol spirit. There must be the official medical name. We say what can be translated as ants' spirit.

Which breeds the cats look like?
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 07:40:26 PM
Sure. Merely say people in surveys answering general question didn't say anything positive about it.
I like snow fall in the evening & it's starry sky. It's been childhood dream to acquire telescope to see big stars, their structure but they don't sell it here, I don't believe online shopping, what with charlatans & crooks. That said, no big deal. Besides, living isn't about dreams getting real. Say, if any dream doesn't realize - it's cool.
About hating cold in the house: didn't you say that your house is very stuffy you brought the air conditioner? I figured in the U.S. central heating works whole year. Is it not right?

Tasted recently dish I didn't b4 - restaurant specialty expensive mushroom called truffle. To tell the truth, it isn't bad but imo it isn't especially unique to pay big money to taste it. Would like to taste special dessert fried ice cream.

Why double-breasted costume is dubbed like it? I fail to see the link. Double-buttoned fits better.

When I read blogs, many in "About blogger" page tell that they study, studied creative writing. Is it necessity to study it or sth. pupils can select or don't? What kind of subject it is?

Should say I'm mainly question asker than answerer. Which is good. Thus next question - anybody wishes to live by the sea, as well as ocean, shore? Or live in special houses-boats or special houses standing in, surrounded by water?

In sides of Russia, summer day continues 24 hours, i.e. it's light even in twilight. It's not dark-esque as in usual twilight. Winter day is 9 am-3 pm (we don't divide it am/ pm, 3 would be 15 o'clock).

Is there such thing as louisianian/ minnesotan accent? Judging by listening to singers/ actors in films born/ raised in these states, there isn't any. Well maybe French accent in New Orleans some got. But definitely didn't detect anything in the way Minnesotans speak. To my ears, it's neutral typical American accent, with maybe less aggression in phrasing words, telling consonant sounds. Is it right?
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: Yesterday at 06:12:55 PM
Al Jolson singing inofficial California state song.
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 05:58:53 PM
It's 1st time when I see smb. using "invigorating" in relation to cold weather (well air, it's basically the same). I surveyed people here, FB & random street people - surveying is sth. I like to do - & everybody unanimously said they feel hibernated, slow, like zombie when it's cold. For the record, I hate summer.
Living with pets is fun & funny. They cheer up the mood.
Is it light in summer in MN? F.ex. in some locations in Russia, including St. Petersburg, there's white nights.
In Welcome thread, thorgil, NOLA BB Fan et al said that when driving car, various small animals can jump to road & NBBF said she tries not to step them with car tyres. Is there such animals to be seen in the driveway in MN? Do you too save them lives when they run/ jump?
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: Yesterday at 05:37:29 PM
It's difficult to imagine lego constructor-made anything to be interesting to see.

Fun time question - who would you choose being similar to you by character in "Wizard Of Oz"? Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Wizard, Toto?
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: Yesterday at 06:56:10 AM
Cab driver can be shortened cabbie? Nice. Cheesy

List fave oldest & newest films. To me, it's 1910s silents starring Lillian Gish & "Crooked House" (2017). Honorable mention: Hal Roach's shorts starring funny gal wisecracker Patsy Kelly & glamorous beauty who is subtly funny Thelma Todd. Too bad not many available to see via youtube.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: Yesterday at 06:28:28 AM
I didn't like any "The Grudge", quite frankly.

There's horror films with funny scenes. Is there any comedy/ drama which frightened you? F.ex. in Imdb boards smb. cited "Home Alone 2" scene in the park where you see the cab driver's mug slowly turning around to Kevin. You got any examples?
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: Yesterday at 06:05:09 AM
Seems like you were scared stiff. American "The Ring" is definitely better than Japanese. I find Asian horrors to lack the "it" factor.

Which scene would you describe as the best depiction of patriotism? In which film?
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 12:52:33 AM
I think it was all a misunderstanding back then, too. I think certain phrasing and "bluntness"(as NOLA BB Fan put it) of one culture, while well meaning, can translate differently in another culture and language. Perhaps people didn't pay attention to that ffact because of agd being here, and wanting to side with him.
Well. Too bad this realization is everytime after the fact. Hope the times are a-changing, as Dylan whose voice I can't stand aptly said.

Precisely, lotsa people & then some followed agd, looked forward to everything he said - what is he, saint? Father figure? Santa Claus? BBs mesage board idol? I rmbr lame poster kittykat really showed worship for ay-gee-dee. It amuses me still, haha. Such dork. Never liked that poster. Let's be happy that she or he's banned. Wise decision, mods.

Anyhoo, we're cool.

Btw, this next thing isn't directed to Billy/ Jay/ anybody but in case readers missed it, in Reply #213 is good well-written reasonable & especially logical edit, complete with thread post example.

To continue bringing views in this insignificant thread. Edit: views as in opinions ofc. No stupid moronic "rocky pamplin 100,000 views" braggety gobbledygook. Anyhoo, I dislike cussing. When at times people irl start cussing, I jolly dislike it. They must be polite with strangers. They should use it in reply to buddies at the table or girl/ boyfriend or relatives, I don't care. With strangers, if they speak politely with you, you must be polite in return. Or else there'll never be maintained civil society. People must understand it by now.

Sure, it isn't technically cussing but it sounds like it - the 3-letter s-word & its derivatives. The s-word meaning the same as "gender". People seem to freely use it in English-speaking places, yet nobody's got any problem with it. It doesn't make sense it's deemed acceptable & nobody assumes if anybody uses it in ANY context, just any, that that individual is vulgar. I find it little bit too easy-going attitude towards such people. But maybe it's me & few people who look at it like that.

I'm not sure why I write down these things. The single explanation is I like the process of writing/ typing. Maybe I should be writer. & I like discussing.

Anybody look fwd to winter? I def. do. Many hate blizzard & feel depressed about it. I believe halblaineisgood said sth. along the lines at PS. Me, I really like blizzard. It's cozy to sit in the house whilst outdoors it's heavily snowing. Isn't it instead cool? & unpopular opinion time, I like shoveling snow. I shoveled it since about 10 yrs old. Speaking of, said it before, will say again - the noise in "Wake The World" that fans say they hear is venetian blinds everytime sounds to me like snow shovel.
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 12:27:41 AM
People knew even then that I didn't speak English originally. They could've cut me slack. There's been lotta times at Smiley when people defended some poster against the other. But never when it was I vs. poster X. They usually told ME to quit it & the other went scott-free. It isn't fair if you ask.

As to Agd's fan & late to the party - OK, I'll save these observations in brains, I stand by them. To be honest, I still don't see anything bad in saying it. & it WAS over & done with before Jay chimed in. As I said, NOLA BB Fan did explain it to me. That could do.
Tbh, I'm not sure why Jay liked Agd's posts at PS if you know both "what kind of person Agd is". Then, in my logic, his posts shouldn'be liked. Paging Jay, I know you're friend, it's understandble you support Jay but I'd like if Jay replies to it as I talk to him.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 12:01:29 AM
2Billy: I'm not sure where you see "attacking" in that post. I said what I see. Jay is Agd's fan, even "liked" his posts at PS. How is it "attacking"? & I merely state that when Agd dubbed me "despicable" for calling Surfer "cute", nobody ever even dared to stand up for me when it should've been the case. Everybody suported Agd. Nobody for bizarre reason told him it's "attacking", "offensive", "hurtful". I didn't insult or call Jay names as you see. Besides, NOLA BB Fan did explain it few hours ago before Jay. There was absolutely no need for Jay to tell me once more that I misused that darn word. It's like he emphasizes that it's MY fault & not Agd's. Understand it, please.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: September 23, 2018, 11:43:49 PM
Louis Armstrong "Hello Dolly".
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: September 23, 2018, 11:18:40 PM
I noticed you're always late to the party. It's settled. Case closed. Question answered. NOLA BB Fan kindly explained to me what's wrong with it few hours back. I advise you to read the other posts before replying as you don't add anything new to discussion. If you side with Agd being his huge fan - just say it. If it's perfectly fine with you that he dubbed me "despicable" for calling Surfer unknowingly "cute" - again, say it directly.

I suspect if it were the other way around, i.e. me calling posters "despicable", you'd say it's very rude to address people like that. Double standards at play.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: September 23, 2018, 06:45:54 PM
Well what do you know. It puts quite different light. In fact, it clarifies everything. Still doesn't justify "despicable". Thank you, valuable info.

Yes, zero intent to belittle Surfer. In the videos Surfer posted, he looks very young, like indeed teenager, with youthful voice. He genuinely looked to me cute & I said as much. Sth. about people with Down's syndrome is cute, to my eyes anyhow. That's really about it.
Bottom line: b4 hallucinating that ANYthing I say is *every*time bad, think that it could be, in fact, good.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / Other Solo Albums / Re: Carl Wilson (Carl Wilson) on: September 23, 2018, 05:46:02 PM
It's inferior to his next album. 2.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: September 23, 2018, 05:38:55 PM
That reply's main point is to get the definitive answer if it's indeed "despicable" in the States/ English-speaking places to tell people with Down's syndrome "You're cute" or it's nice way to address, i.e. it doesn't differ than you'd call average people "cute". Nobody answered it.

& negative re: that's maybe the way you talk. Typically, in Russian I'm polite. Diplomatic even.

Let's face it, everybody now & then says some blunt speech. F.ex. it's folks like I.Spaceman who said various rude/ blunt/ harsh things yet for bizarre reasons got respected by many, even got "cult status". Or Becca at PS. Nobody's got any problem with sth. she said. Or TRbb.
That reply's just sth. that annoyed me at the time big time. I frankly thought it was too much ado about nothing (OK. I dubbed Surfer "cute". Big friggin' deal). Noisy blah blah reactions.

Btw, your "Little Children" Sandbox thread/ speech is sth. I'd describe blunt as well. The point being, again, anybody can be blunt, harsh, disregarding language aspect. Yet it's usually I who people single out. Your OP in that thread got woots, wows, respect. Nobody raised any problem with what you stated. People both in the Internet MB's & irl seem to give better reception to respected people, smb. in the cool kids' table, with social "credentials", smb. in the in crowd. But if pretty much the same stated by smb. else who doesn't fit any such category, they'll get negative replies. Here's case in point which accurately illustrates what here I talk about, read quotes within:

It's funny - "Holy Man" is nothing special yet beats many tracks in POB. Btw, could Kalinich be the least interesting BBs collaborator? I would say yes.

This post is bordering on trolldom.

As much as it pains me to say so, I mostly agree with RRA1 and disagree with you entirely. I agree that Holy Man is nothing special (though I'm not sure about the POB part), and consider Kalinich's lyrics pretty bad on the whole.

Holy Man may not be the most complex track in the world but its vibe is fantastic. Kalinich's lyrics were cliched but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts when combined with Dennis's music (Little Bird, Be Still)  or Brian's (California Feeling).

See the drastic change in attitude by poster Dove Nested Towers. It's taken usually for granted, it's "fair". Interesting.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Discuss & Rate Brian Wilson Songs Day by Day on: September 23, 2018, 05:01:28 PM
The LEGENDARY OSD 3D, looks like you forgot to checkmark "4" when rating song. I just checkmarked "4" & mine is the single 4 vote. Add yours.

It's good song indeed, hence 4.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: September 23, 2018, 04:54:15 PM
Ta. I like what's written there too. I'd tell me "Well said".
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 23, 2018, 01:54:17 PM
Back to dialog with KDS - KDS, answer this new question - What's the scariest scene to you in the scariest film you'd seen?
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: September 23, 2018, 12:50:20 PM
Dana "All Kinds Of Everything", hands down the best Eurovision winner (1970). Let's be happy Mary Hopkin didn't win with stupid "Knock Knock Who's There".
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Book recommendations on songwriting, lyric writing, and music theory? on: September 23, 2018, 03:19:18 AM
Ray Harmony "Hack Music Theory" series. F.ex. "12 Music Theory Hacks To Learn Scales & Chords". To buy/ preview it, check the site Hack Music Theory.

NB - used to check this subboard, zero interest now.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: September 22, 2018, 10:08:40 PM
Looks like it's difficult to answer the Nico question. I figured if you say you like "a lot of" Nico's stuff, it would be easy to answer which song you like the best in her albums you obviously listened to ("a lot of Nico's stuff").

You should check Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gorme duets. &/ or Steve solo. He's among favorite male singing & speaking voices (he & Eydie his wife appeared frequently in U.S. TV game "What's My Line?"). Successful singer by his lonesome like Eydie. But the duets better. Check 'em out (or don't, am used to people not checking my music recommendations by now, hence quit posting youtube links to songs/ albums).

Which Nico song you like the best in her albums?
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: September 22, 2018, 06:13:25 PM
F. Rabelais "Gargantua & Pantagruel" - reading few pages. Eccentric. We'll see if it's good.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: September 22, 2018, 06:08:46 PM
'lright, double thanks.

Edit. Looks like to answer the below with at minimum yes/ no is twice difficult.

Edit 2. Monday wisdom: Donuts inferior to Russian "baranki". Dull human being is defined by bragging about their resume when in fact nobody cares about it. As in haha, epic fail. & last but not the least wisdom - hate moon, sun's better miles away. :D
Don't thank me. police

I shall bring up sth. that's got sth. to do with Surfer, as he posted today. Few yrs back, Agd dubbed me "despicable" due to such tiny reason as me telling Surfer he's cute. Anybody rmbr such laughable incident? I'm still puzzled by people's reactions at the time. Once Agd said it, the others agreed instantly & began doing this weird "let's sympathize Surfer to make him forget such bad thing told towards him" favor.

1stly, anybody ever thinks with their brains or do they quickly blindly agree with everything smb. they treat as god says? Surely, only bcuz you respect poster VERY MUCH, doesn't mean you HAVE to agree with them about everything on molecular level, right? Roight? Then, doesn't anybody sane - read: really sane - actually think this is waaay overblown & calling people with Down's syndrome "cute" is indeed OK, zero despicability about it, in fact? What say you, current folks?

Here, where I live, when people with Down's syndrome, esp. young like Surfer, appear in TV shows as guests, the other guests don't receive boos from the audience when they'd comment he/ she is cute & when they're visibly shown to be charmed by adorableness of Down syndrome people. No big deal, no problem there AT ALL. It's literally 1st time when I said it at Smiley where I discovered, to the endless puzzlement, that it's taboo.
You, foreigners, really don't make sense to me at times.

I found Surfer cute. Is it TOO bad? Can't people with Down's syndrome be cute, for pete's sake? Tell.

In advance I'll say it seriously baffled when people without knowing Surfer & initially thinking he's just troll, spammer, IMMEDIATELY changed their attitudes when they'd seen his vids & - WOWZERS - began to bring apologies (!) to him for their "mean" treatment of him! What. Is. This.

I'm usually skeptical when people in the Internet start defending people they never met, never will, basta (hey, it's cool! Be glad you'll never meet any, even your fave posters, consider yourself lucky as the whole idea is cringeworthy & cheesy as hell. But hey, am a-OK if anybody/ all disagree, ha). When people feel bizarre impulse to show off kindness (keyword "show off"), it tells me right away they fake it - to set the record by getting plentiful of likes, to get woots, to have people looking amazed AND up to them with clear devotion. I may be cynical as Mikie dubbed me in emails in different case but this is the way I see it.
Rules are for everybody. It takes seconds to use search function & bump your, the other poster's thread on the subject you wish talk about. Then there is such useful thread as "Insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread". Type questions there anytime you like to. Instead, Surfer (& to bigger extent, MaryUSA) started new threads about really old subjects they raised before numerous times. & yes, am aware it's not exclusive to him & her but they're kinda classic examples, if you will, albeit in different subboards.
I'm glad Billy banned him few yrs back for week. It's called being fair & balanced. But, iirc, he got backlash due to such mod decision. I laughed when few folks got annoyed with it (as if Surfer is 1) their kin 2) bosom buddy they knew/ grew up with since 2 yrs old 3) long-time dear neighbor).

Just like I laughed when people asked Rbb resign the mod duty, then when he resigned, the other camp of people started whining about it AND blame publicly people who made said Rbb resign. The latter's especially hilarious! Hello? Anybody home (I mean, it's Rbb's decision, it was up to *him*, NOT *people* asking him to resign. Anybody reading Rbb's various posts will agree it's not characteristic that he'll obey what people tell him to do. Nope, it's not Rbb. You got it wrong, folks, ha. & regarding Surfer, he got banned JUST for 7 days, Billy didn't ban him fo-re-ver. What, 7 days without Surfer's end of the world? He didn't post much anyway, what's the big deal?)?

But, people turned 360 degrees at Surfer as soon as they'd seen his face. It strikes me as lame. Yep, it sure does. Either be consistently kind from get-go or don't be at all. What's the sudden special treatment anyway? Surfer CLEARLY didn't care EITHER way.

Frankly, it makes things worse. We must treat everybody equally & not be extra kind/ polite to specific group if they differ in some way. It isn't fair to everybody *else*. Besides, you create pity & trigger self-pity in these people. It ain't good. I treat my dwarf friend Daiana like she's normal height. If we quarrel big time, I don't step back & walk in eggshells. She doesn't remind that she's dwarf, doesn't play this card & answers cooly back during quarrel. I'm 100% sure Surfer's just like that, doesn't care one bit. Yet people started obsessing over him. If anything, it's creepy. Or if not creepy, stupid, bizarre, what you've got.

Anyhoo, rant ends. Everybody did these kinda rants, musings, ramblings now & then here & elsewhere. Some rants even got huge respect, at the very least were allowed to be. Then I believe it's OK to write mine. At least I didn't start special separate thread, did I? I'm glad re-reading back this reply. Stand by everything. I'm sure at least few people - posters, mere readers - secretly agree completely with it. People rarely admit publicly agreeing with smb. like I.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: September 22, 2018, 09:57:17 AM
Listened to the other artists this past week. In addition to previous list, didn't like The Pretty Things, CSNY (as in The Band's case, dislike each vocalist's voice, esp. Nash's), Dusty Springfield, Jefferson Airplane/ Starship, Kingston Trio, The Seekers, Mamas & Papas' songs didn't impress either (Cass solo discounts), John Denver, Donna Summer + myriad disco songs/ artists which I listened via youtube, Cream + anything with Clapton, Janis Joplin, Elvis Costello, The Doors, The Tradewinds, Neil Diamond, Bryan Ferry/ Roxy Music, Mary Hopkin, Mary MacGregor, Sting/ Police (plain dull), The Platters, whiny-voiced-channeling-desperately-cutesy-cheerful-lass Joanna Newsom, The Pretenders, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards' solo, Fairport Convention, The Grass Roots, Lovin' Spoonful, laughably bad Rod Stewart/ The Faces, The Raspberries, The Monkees.

Frankly, am glad I dislike everybody in the list. It's the least bit smb. should be upset or lose sleep about. It doesn't make sense when people desperately try to like the artists, songs, albums, esp. critically acclaimed & which got positive reviews by listeners.

The artists I did like - Tony Orlando, Sylvie Vartan, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Sandie Shaw, Dana, Marlene Dietrich, Nico (of course), Laura Nyro, Barbara Streisand's jazz/ music film material, various new to me 60s-70s names in Larry's blog. Maybe forgetting smb.
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