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Monday, December 11 2017 @ 03:10 AM CST

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Which incarnation of The Doctor are you?

For you Doctor Who fans--a quiz to determine which Doctor you are:
The Doctor... a renegade Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, roaming time and space in his stolen TARDIS, crusading for liberty, individuality, and civility wherever his adventures take him. This quiz will tell you which of the first seven Doctors (sorry, folks, I'm only using the ones with established bodies of televised stories) you most resemble.
Filbert discovers he's the Fourth Doctor:
You are the Fourth Doctor: A walking Bohemian conundrum with a brooding personal magnetism and a first-rate intellect concealed somewhere beneath your charmingly goofy exterior. You are perhaps the most terribly clever of all the Doctors, though your occasional bouts of childishness get you in trouble. You never go looking for a fight, but when someone messes with you... good heavens, are they ever sorry they did.

via De Doc.

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Stress test

I received this via e-mail--it was sufficiently amusing to post:

I'm not sure exactly how it works, but this is amazingly accurate. Read the full description before looking at the picture.

The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress level at St. Mary's Hospital.

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical; a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. If there are many differences found between both dolphins, it means that the person is experiencing a great amount of stress.

Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences you may want to take a vacation.

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The Stones sell out

I've never particularly cared for the Rolling Stones. Now I've got one more reason:
They haven't had a No. 1 album since "Tattoo You" in 1981.
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But the most searing moment, on a song called "Sweet Neo Con," isn't personal but political. "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of st." "It is direct," Jagger says with a laugh. "Keith said [he breaks into a dead-on Keith imitation], 'It's not really metaphorical.' I think he's a bit worried because he lives in the U.S." Jagger smiles. "But I don't."
Ooh, how edgy, how daring. No rock band has ever done anything remotely like this before. The same people who huff "don't question my patriotism" will undoubtedly line up around the block to buy this groundbreaking work of art. The Stones are like, so hip and relevant. I'm suitably impressed.

Via Reason Hit and Run.

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Current TV

The Houston Chronicle was not impressed:
Repeating segments on a cable station isn't unusual, but what is surprising is that the material isn't that current.

The hacking of Paris Hilton's Sidekick in February prompted a segment that also introduced host Justin Gunn. Most of the pods appeared as though they were produced in the spring.

I may attempt a liveblog of this thing later today. Stay tuned.
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Terry Pratchett v. J.K. Rowling

Rowling apparently has said that when she started writing the Harry Potter books she didn't realize that she was writing fantasy.

Pratchett, in typical form, replies:

"I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, hidden worlds, jumping chocolate frogs, owl mail, magic food, ghosts, broomsticks and spells would have given her a clue?"
Over the long run, my money's on Pratchett. The Potter books are mildly diverting at best. I have all of Pratchett's books on my bookshelves, where they all get re-read every year or so. I sold off the first three Potter books at a garage sale, and I might someday go to the library to check out the newer ones. If you want more and better, read Pratchett's Discworld books.
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Kansas City's Fringe Festival

Kansas City is holding a Fringe Festival this weekend. What's a fringe festival? kcfringe.org has the answer:
Our roots trace to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, which spontaneously erupted in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947. Eight groups, not invited to perform in the larger Edinburgh Festival of the Arts, created makeshift theatres on the outskirts - or "fringe" - of the established festival. Soon the Fringe Festival gained a large and loyal following, outstripping the mainstream festival.

Fringes around the world have adapted a simple formula that was created in Edinburgh. The main principles were to provide all artists (both emerging and established) with the opportunity to produce their play no matter the content, form or style, and to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for the members of the community, empowering audiences with the ability to decide for themselves the truly great productions from the good, the bad, and the gloriously disastrous.

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How To Move A Hippo

From the US Postal Service (hat tip fark.com):

Hippos

You'll need:

* 1,000-gallon tank per hippo
* 1,000 gallons of water
* Crane
* 1-pound sedative
* Soothing hippo music
* 2 Aspirin (for you)

How to pack:

1. Fill your tank with 800 gallons of water. Start yesterday. Remember, a medium-sized hippo takes up at least 200 gallons. (Just out of curiosity, why do you have a hippo, anyway?)

2. Apply sedative. Take two Aspirin.

3. Hold it, hold it - put the hippo in the tank, first. Start with soothing hippo music, followed by a large winch and crane.

4. Now go relax in a hot bath before the forklift arrives.

WAIVER: We in no way advocate moving a hippo or any animal without the express advice and consent of your local vet or zoo keeper. If you'd like advice from a veterinarian on moving with pets click here.

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The Slinky Song

Something a little less serious . . .

We were sitting around my sister's kitchen table and trying to remember the lyrics to the Slinky Song.

They're here.

A .wav of the song is here.

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The Kansas City Marching Cobras

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you:

The World Famous Kansas City Marching Cobras!

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Comcast, Time Warner Talk Cable Swap

Comcast and Time Warner are talking about trading customers in Kansas City and Houston.

This Kansas City Business Journal gives the details--if it goes through, the swap will happen in mid-2006, leaving Comcast the dominant cable comany in Kansas City.