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  1. Now retired early after 22 years of Science teaching.  Emotional farewell to classes last week. No time for leisure - bills still have to be paid!

    1. zapatos

      zapatos

      Congratulations! Hope you enjoy this next phase of your life!!

    2. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Thank  you zapatos. I went back to the school today just to look at it and remember all the fun experiments I did there.  It was my chance to say goodbye but I still felt a tug to the heartstrings.  I will be now hanging my "arse out of the window" as they say in Scotland by going into the tutoring business. 

       

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Congratulations Jimmy! Retirement is always bitter sweet... 

  2. I am sure you will make many friends here if you are sincere. 

  3. HOORAY - I AM A GRANDAD! Three years of gloom are pierced by a light in the form of my granddaughter.  I am over the moon with joy!

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    2. zapatos

      zapatos

      Congratulations Jimmy. I am seriously jealous. I hope to join the 'grandparent' club soon myself. :)

       

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Really glad to hear it, I hope it happens soon for me, age is just a number dude, it's what's inside that counts! 

    4. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Thank you guys - I feel positive and happy.  Age is a number and I don't feel like I am an old grandad and the best part is that I get to hand her over to her real parents after playing with her.  Bliss! Zapatos and Moontanman, good luck when you join the grandad club, I cannot describe this feeling completely. 

  4. Instead of giving a hungry geezer a few coins, I bought him a week's shopping - and I feel good!

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    2. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Thank you guys. I'm no saint. I used to walk past these guys but have now lost my fear and engage them instead. I ask their name and why they are out on the streets. Most of the problems tend to be due to mental instability from my straw poll, but they tend to be OK people.

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I have no shame in admitting it makes me feel good to help out others. I bought dinner and a hotel room for a woman and her child a awhile back. I ran into her at a local fast food place and she was trying to get them to let he work for some food. She had been brought down from several states away by her boyfriend and he abandoned her and her daughter to the streets a month later. I put her in tough with locals to get a bus ticket back to new jersey. She couldn't understand why I would he...

    4. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Love that Moontanman. I believe that the good we do comes back to us somehow and be sure that, when you need help, this act of charity will help you in turn. Great job man!

  5. “Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

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    2. Sriman Dutta

      Sriman Dutta

      Hey, that is true. Happiness and sadness are just complementary to each other as sine and cosine are. Lol

  6. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

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    2. zapatos

      zapatos

      So responding to an ad hominem attack with an ad hominem attack of your own is preferable to simply not responding at all?

    3. zapatos

      zapatos

      This is why I don't like platitudes...

    4. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      That is not what I meant. Responding to an ad hominem attack with a placatory or calm response normally makes the other guy look silly.

  7. An end of an era. Now weaned off metal tunes.

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    2. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      My mood did change after my heart attack in July. I think that is the event that precipitated my move to more gentle music.

    3. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      A personal signal to chill more.

    4. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      I think I find it difficult now to listen to tunes which have the heart beating at over 100bpm

  8. First week of school is over. It starts again! I did go easy on the pupils and ate lots of chocolate...

  9. I am slowly getting into prog rock as well as reggae and dub now. I haven't given up on metal yet.

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      You're getting mellow in your old age. :)

    2. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Do you like Fifth of Fifth by Genesis -great prog rock track

    3. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      I have never heard that song. Will look it up and yes I am getting very mellow and fearful in middle age

  10. I am giving up metal and rock and now listening to dub and gentle tunes

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    2. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Ha! Don't worry, just a passing phase then back to Blackfoot (amazingly loud live), Skynyrd, AC/DC, UFO and some good, good rockin'.

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I am an old school audiophile, Infinity speakers, yamaha amp.

    4. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      You lucky man. On a teacher's wage, a cheap music centre thing is all I can make do with. Bills take up all my time.

  11. Simplicity, Patience, Love - surely these are the keys to a harmonious life.

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    2. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Enough for me, my friend. I had to learn this the hard way.

    3. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      I agree Jimmy, and I would add the freedom that comes from peace of mind

    4. Theoretical

      Theoretical

      I'd add balance to that.

  12. Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones

  13. Dude, best wishes for the Christmas/New Year season. Take care of yourself and those you love! Jimmy

  14. You need to seek help

  15. I have to speak to you. Give me your telephone number and international code. It could help you.

  16. I meant very bad wo(man) :)

  17. You are a very nad man - you also look a bit mad:)

  18. Hey - happy birthday to you tomorrow old boy!

  19. You are a Sufi mystic. Well done mate.

  20. Thanks man. I sppreciate it.

  21. An absolute pleasure to have you as a Forum friend Moontanman.

  22. Sure Theo - you are welcome, mate. I am a teacher and I normally welcome good questions.

  23. Interesting that you have taken an interest in tensegrity doc. I can accept that mechanical stresses will change nuclear or cytoplasmic gene expression. However, what does the gene expression do? Is it to oppose external stresses or do the genes affect a whole subset pleiotropically? Sorry I was late with the response but I had to mark exam papers with a short turnover time.

    Jimmy

  24. I'm glad you voice your opinion. That is very important,. Please read the private message I have sent you as well.

  25. Hi mate - you seem to have a lively intelligence and interest in many topics

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