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  1. People around here are very water oriented, so someone who owns a sailboat is a "ragbagger" and someone who owns a powerboat is a "stinkpotter". A farmer is a "dirtbuster" or a "clodhopper".


    Gang-bang means group sex.


    It's funny that slang means radically different things across the Atlantic.


    We say, "I'm stuffed" after we've eaten too much - I gather in England and Australia it means to be pregnant.


    I also understand that you "knock someone up", if you visit someone and knock on their door - here it means to get someone pregnant.


    My all time favorite is "Keep your pecker up." My cousin, who is a clone for Hyancinthe in "Keeping Up Appearances" told me to do that when my husband died. Apparently in England it means to keep your chin up. In the states a "pecker" is a strictly male appendage located below the waist.


    I told my cousin, "Sheesh Liz, I would if I had one."

  2. I'm in agreement with Bettina. It takes a ship going that fast a distance of 5 miles to stop. With all that mass behind it, if it had struck the iceberg head on it would have probably crushed a fourth of the ship. Also, many of the passengers would have been seriously injured. Anyone in the forward area of the ship would have been killed, and others would have been thrown down companionways, or had things fall on them.


    The only advantage I can think of is that is would have probably enabled more of the life boats to be lowered, because the ship wouldn't have listed to one side. The boats were on davits, and when the ship started to list, the ones on the lower side swung away from the ship, making it difficult for people to board, but the ones on the high side swung inwards over the deck, making them impossible to launch.


    They learned something from that - many ships now have bulkheads that run longitudinally, so that water from a hole in the side can't flow all the way across the ship.

  3. My 99 Chevy van just has an AM/FM Radio and a tape player. I would like something that gives me more options. I was thinking about getting a CD player, but I don't see any vacant slot, so I'm wondering if I would have to replace the whole audio system presently installed.


    I'm intrigued with the idea of satellite radio, and wondering if anyone has any experience with one. I've read that there are models that you can take out of the car to the house, or even a personal model. I like a wide variety of music, I hate commercials, and I frequently drive almost 400 miles a weekend. On the road trips I have a hard time finding stations I like.


    Does anyone have one of these gadgets? Do you like it? Do you think it's worth the cost and the monthly fee?

  4. If you wanted a mouse to express a human gene you would need to transfer your vector containing your human gene to a mouse egg cell or stem cell. You would need to use a mouse egg cell or stem cell instead of a mature cell because a) you want more than one cell to express your gene and b) its easier to insert DNA into growing cells and there are other reasons as well.


    The part about "you want more than one cell..." is what I have always questioned about curing genetic diseases in adults. There must be ways to make small numbers of cells affect the whole organism, or bone marrow transplants wouldn't work, but how do they do it?

  5. All is steel. The screw is steel' date=' and also its bolt.

    And, yes. it is wingnut.


    Thanks all. And sorry for my English[/quote']


    Tighten it until it is snug, then a half-turn more. Tightening it further than that weakens the threads.

  6. Ruby & sapphire are both corundum. They are number 9 on the Moh's scale of hardness - the only thing harder is a diamond, which is a 10. http://www.24carat.co.uk/hardnessmohsscaleframe.html


    When you use the hardness scale as a test, you see if your suspected mineral will scratch something of a known hardness that is lower on the scale.


    Quartz is #7 on the scale, topaz is #8, and ruby is #9. Topaz is not generally red, so if your stone will scratch a piece of quartz, it is either a ruby or a red topaz. (Natural red topaz is rare, but it can be colored by a heating process.)


    Of course, synthetic rubies are also made from corundum, so they would scratch quartz too. Then you look at it through a jeweller's loop. If there are no inclusions (small pieces of "dirt"), it is either a very fine natural ruby or a synthetic.

  7. In looking for websites on pigeon care, I've come across several about the diseases they carry, including salmonella, psitticosis, and "pigeon breeder's lung".


    I've also read that pigeons, including feral ones that have been raised in captivity, are good companions because while they imprint on you, and are your friend for life, they don't have to be caged. They can be allowed to fly free and they will return to their home coop.


    So - I'm wondering whether my wild pigeon is carrying anything nasty. He doesn't seem to have any external parasites, and he (I don't know whether it's male or female) seems quite healthy.


    I'm being reasonably careful when I handle it. I have a bunch of old towels and when I feed it I put one in my lap and cover it with paper towels then toss the towels. I have 2 nesting buckets (old litter buckets) which I line with a plastic bag (stretched tight so he can't smother in it. It has balled up newspaper in the bottom and softer paper towels on top of that. When he poops, I move him from the dirty bucket to the clean one, pick the bag up, tie a knot in it and throw it all in the dumpster.


    Anyway - is there anything else I should do disease preventative wise. I was wondering if he should be treated with antibiotics just to make sure he isn't carrying anything.


    The saga of Dirty Bird continues....

  8. This has nothing to do with going to bed' date=' just when you have to be off the streets.


    This is an age-driven phenomena. All I can say is that it's nearly impossible to tell a human being they're doing something stupid [i']when they're doing it[/i]. It only sinks in when you can look back in a few years to see just how stupid it was.


    When you're 10 you can look back at the crap you used to do when you were 7 and just shake your head. When you're 14 your actions are perfectly justifiable but you can ackowledge you were a complete goober when you were 10. When you're 20 you know everything, including what a dangerous late-night street-walking idiot you were when you were 14.


    And it really never ends. I look back at some of the things I was doing when I was 35 and wonder how I'm still alive....


    It never ends - I think the same thing about what I did when I was 45 - ie, took a boat out in a major northeaster, just because I wanted to go somewhere.


    To me, the curfew laws serve 2 purposes - they attempt to keep the juvenile delinquents off the streets, but people bent on mayhem don't obey laws anyway. More importantly, they keep innocent kids out of the hands of those who would do them harm.


    Also - if kids have school the next day, they have no business out past 9pm. And - before you go running me down as an old fuddy-duddy, my memory is extremely clear about some of the mischief I got into.

  9. There are other sources of protein that are inexpensive. Eggs are one example. On the vegetarian side, beans have protein and are far better for you than pasta. Salmon may be a little more expensive than tuna, but it doesn't have the mercury problem. I also eat sardines.


    Another way to save money is to go to the grocery store and look at the "past its prime" meats and fresh veggies. They mark them down on the last day they can be sold. They are fine if you are going to cook them that night and are generally less than half price.


    If you have a decent size freezer, I can give you recipes for some meals that are quite inexpensive to make in bulk. You can freeze them in individual freezer containers or bags, and zap them when you get home.


    For example - Brunswick Stew. Use bulk chicken thighs and legs for the meat - you should be able to get them for around fifty cents a pound.


    The vegetables that go in it are canned crushed tomatoes, frozen lima beans, corn, and green beans (family size bags) - you can add other veggies you like - I always put onions and peppers in mine.


    Nuke the veggies to give them a head start on cooking - if possible, grill the chicken - if not, bake it. Pull most of the meat off the bones and set it aside. In a large pan simmer the bones with enough water to cover - you can add spices of your choice - I like plenty of white pepper and some garlic. This makes the stock, and the marrow from the bones is a source of additional protein.


    Add a large can of crushed tomatoes and the nuked veggies and simmer uncovered to reduce the water. Take you fingers and pull the chicken meat into fine shreads and add it to the mixture.


    Freeze in individual containers. You have a meal of meats and vegetables that tastes good and only takes a few minutes to reheat.


    If you're interested, I can give you recipes for 15 bean ham soup, chili, and "everything but the kitchen sink" spaghetti sauce.


    It does take a little initial investment, and some time, but it sure beats eating the same thing night after night.

  10. Jealousy is not limited to humans. Pets, especially dogs and cats, feel jealous too. My office assistant sometimes brings her dog to work - my lab, Sadie, is always in the office. Sadie likes Dixie, and will play with her, but if I pet Dixie, Sadie will run over and push Dixie's head away from my hand, and put hers there, whilst giving me a "How could you?" look.


    Therefore - I think it is definitely a "hardwired" emotion.

  11. DB seems to be thriving. He is standing on his own and eating mostly mooshy grits with a little canned dog food mixed in for protein. He doesn't have to be hand fed, I have taught him to eat out of a plastic cup that's been trimmed down to where he can't bury his beak in it and get food up his nostrils. When I let him stand on the edge of my hand, he flutters his wings. I can see the gray feathers coming through on his back, and he is losing his down.


    He knows my voice and starts to squeak and flutter when I ask him if he is hungry. He sits in his bucket at my feet and cocks his head and watches me.


    He's learned to preen himself too - it's only been a couple of days, but I'm amazed at his development.

  12. So you really need someone to tell you this?


    With great respect I think it's clear that

    Christianity' date=' Judaism, Islam, Hinduism,

    Buddhism, and the other major world religions out there


    have little to do with the philosophers,


    [b']Hobbes[/b]: great modern materialist and political theorist (social contract).

    Locke: moderate empiricist and political theorist, influenced American "Founding Fathers".


    Hume: Radical empiricist,

    Critic of religion; also famous during his lifetime as a historian.

    Kant: Famous for his argument that mind shapes reality, and his ethical theory that emphasized reason, duty and rights over desires (major rival to Utilitarianism). Also famous for his jargon, formidable writing style.


    Hegel: German system builder, emphasized historical development of thought.


    Mill: English genius who wrote about logic, language and math, political theory, science, ethics . Known for development of Utilitarian theory in ethics and his arguments on behalf of freedom of press/speech.

    Nietszche: famous relativist, critic of Christian ethics.

    William James: great American psychologist and philosopher, proponent of pragmatism and concept analysis.

    Russell: worked in all areas of philosophy. Famous for emphasizing analysis; influential critic of Hegelian philosophy, important philosopher of logic and mathematics. Political activist. Prolific writer.


    Wittgenstein: brilliant student of Russell, focussed on language and knowledge (also aeronautical engineer and amateur architect)


    Carnap: influential scientific empiricist. Emigrated from Austria to U.S.


    Sartre: French Existentialist, novelist, became a Marxist


    Quine: influential Harvard empiricist, logician, behaviorist and pragmatist. Polished writer.


    Jerry Fodor (CUNY, Rutgers): focusses on philosophy of language; famous for his Language of Thought theory. Entertaining writing style.


    Saul Kripke (Princeton): has focussed on philosophy of language and modal logic. Very clear writer.


    John Searle (Berkeley): works in philosophy of language and mind; critic of French "deconstructionism" and of artificial intelligence. Also very clear writer.


    So what do you think?

    Are they the same?


    We're not even scratching the surface of the differences.

    Not even the surface of the surface. LOL. :D


    But is that fair enough?


    Eon - don't go away yet... I've always wanted to study philosophy, but never had the opportunity. I have some questions - perhaps you would reply if I started a thread in the "Religion and Philosophy" section.


    For example:

    "Nietszche:[/b] famous relativist, critic of Christian ethics."


    I think I've heard Nietszche quoted more than anyone else - what does "relavist" mean?


    What exactly is "philosophy"? I have always thought it entailed learning to think and analyze, is that right? How old must a person be before s/he can understand rudimentary concepts? (I always thought teaching a person to think was more important that throwing a lot of information at them to memorize - if they can think, they can read and learn many things on their own.)

  13. Coquina' date='


    My Uncle has raised several orphaned pigeons and he recommends a product called 'growers crumble'. You mix it with a little water and feed the pigeon 4 times a day with an eye-dropper, you have to squirt the food into the birds mouth.


    The end result is a healthy pigeon which thinks you are its Mother. Hope your ready for a serious emotional commitment :P[/quote']


    Thanks for the advice -


    I wonder where you can get "grower's crumble"? Is it commercial chick feed? (We used to call it "scratch"). "DB" (short for "Dirty Bird") likes grits with a little milk mixed in. He has learned to suck them up out of a plastic cup - I trimmed the top off so it is only about a half inch deep.


    Emotional commitment is nothing new. Several people have sworn I should be committed - I've have been "momma" to many orphaned animals. "Pip-squeak" was a mallard duck I hatched out of his egg when his mom got hit by a car - he was the only one that survived, but he imprinted on me and followed me around like a dog all summer. "Rocky" was a squirrel I raised from about 3 days old - he was hairless and his eyes and ears were closed. I raised him with an eyedropper. It was early spring and I wore a sweatshirt with a pouch in front, wrapped him in a washcloth and stuffed him in the pouch to keep him warm.


    I've also raised baby songbirds and rabbits, as well as kittens. Never raised a pidgeon before - we never had them around here until there got to be more commercial buildings. They certainly are opportunistic creatures, and seem to depend on human habitats for their survival.

  14. Bird has learned to eat oatmeal out of a plastic cup, but it doesn't seem to like it much. At anyrate, it slurps up a fair amount, so at least it is hydrated. I think I'll stop at Petsmart and see if there if a commercial feed, since people raise pigeons.



  15. My friend just got off work and she asks a couple of questions...


    (23:16:12) Annie: what color?


    (23:16:00) Annie: but how big?

    (23:16:04) Annie: i mean like in inches and whatnot


    and she says


    (23:18:52) Annie: dont feed it bread


    and a little more


    (23:19:47) Annie: umm' date=' it depends on how big it is

    (23:19:56) Annie: if cottage cheese is working, then keep feeding it that

    (23:20:04) Annie: &as it grows add seed little by little[/quote']


    It weighs 4 oz and it looks like this: http://www.speedpigeon.com/10-Day_Old_baby_racing_pigeon.jpg I think mine is a little older. It's larger and it has more feathers - however, it still has the gold colored down on its head. It's about 5" long.


    When I got it, it's crop was very full - it certainly isn't stopped up. I know I need to get more food into it - last night it didn't seem to be able to figure out how to eat. I got a little food into it by accident. It pecks, but it won't open its mouth. It's going to have to eat more or it won't make it.


    Oh - yeah- I was surprised at how warm it is - it must have a very high metabolism.

  16. An important non-food thing is try to keep it out of areas where it could be exposed to a draft' date=' and try to provide soft blankets or handtowels, but balled up in a corner of wherever you have him. (eighty-ish degrees is optimal.)


    You said it was near fledgeling, so seed should be fine; I don't think there's a problem with cottage cheese, but you should also offer lightly soaked bread for hydration. (Wild pigeons stop producing the milk after only two weeks, so yours should have been "weaned" by now)[/quote']


    He's in a plastic bucket with a lot of soft white rags in the bottom - paper towels over them - he poops a lot, and it's easier to throw out the paper. there's a big terry cloth towel covering the majority of the bucket. I mixed cottage cheese and oatmeal made it very runny and pushed it through a fine seive - he ate a little. I'll have to go get some bread in the morning, I don't eat it so have none in the house. He doesn't act like he would eat seed, but we will see.

  17. Thanks. It ate a little mashed up cottage cheese. I figured that would be similar to what its parents feed it, and would have a high protein and moisture content. I read not to give them plain water, it causes aspiration pneumonia.

  18. Most people despise them, and they are a nuisance, but...


    I work at a dry storage marina part time. We have a huge building in which we store the boats. Pigeons have taken up residence, and the owner hates 'em because of the mess they make.


    One of the owners requested that his boat be put in the water for the first time of the season. No one knew there was a pigeon nest in the canvas, and when the boat was being readied for the owner, they found a single partially fledged pigeon. They put it in a bucket and brought it to me.


    Does anyone have any experience raising pigeons? I read that the parents produce a kind of "milk" in their crop that they feed the baby. What could I use as a substitute?


    Putting it back for its parents to care for it is not an option - the marina owner wanted it killed and will not tolerate its presence there.


    Are there any pigeon lovers here?

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