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Post by Bluebottle on Wed May 20, 2015 3:30 pm

"rise"? Shocked

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Post by Bluebottle on Wed May 20, 2015 3:32 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:I fear Blue you have still not grasped the subtleties or power of crabbit. Mad

You worry about what the thing is in order to improve upon the thing- but to improve a thing you first must crabbitly and loudly point out all the things which are wrong about the thing.
This should ideally be done with carefully calculated doses of buckie, violence, ranting and crabbit.
Amateurs may get into some trouble at this point getting the balance correct. drunken
But when done successfully strategically applied crabbit can make any thing better. Nod

So, what you are saying is I've created a new form of crabbit? Shocked A crabbit without care for it's object, without want to improve upon it, without moral foundation and goal? A crabbit that might one day destroy the world?

What monster have I created? affraid *faints theatrically*

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Post by azriel on Wed May 20, 2015 8:00 pm

Sailing stones, sliding rocks, and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.

Stones with rough bottoms leave straight striated tracks while those with smooth bottoms tend to wander. Stones sometimes turn over, exposing another edge to the ground and leaving a different track in the stone's wake.

Trails differ in both direction and length. Rocks that start next to each other may travel parallel for a time, before one abruptly changes direction to the left, right, or even back to the direction from which it came. Trail length also varies – two similarly sized and shaped rocks may travel uniformly, then one could move ahead or stop in its track.

Tracks of sliding rocks have been observed and studied in various locations, including Little Bonnie Claire Playa in Nevada,[1] and most notably Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, where the number and length of tracks are notable. At Racetrack Playa, these tracks have been studied since the early 1900s, yet the origins of stone movement were not confirmed[2] and remained the subject of research for which several hypotheses[3] existed. However, as of August 2014, timelapse video footage of rocks moving has been published, showing the rocks moving at low wind speeds within the flow of thin, melting sheets of ice. The scientists have thus identified the cause of the moving stones to be ice shove.[4][5]



Thanks to Wiki' Very Happy there's a load more to read about this but, I thought this was enough ?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed May 20, 2015 9:00 pm

So, what you are saying is I've created a new form of crabbit?- Blue

Sadly no, what you have stumbled upon there is the danger to unwisely applied crabbit, the result of which is the Scottish Common, and Greater NED.
These are Scotshobbitlands lowest form of mammal. They are distinguished by their distinctive nasal whine, with which they call to each other and the Common NED, which is largely harmless on its own, hunts in packs. This is when they are at their most dangerous.
They can also be unsuspectingly cunning, and use a form of banter which is both brutal and cutting.
The Greater NED can usually be found at the head of groups of Common NEDS, in their natural abode of a council house watching SKY tv.

So you see the proper practise of crabbit is essential to avoid the fate of just using it to be a wee NED.


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Post by Bluebottle on Wed May 20, 2015 9:12 pm

You couldn't let me revel in my megalomania for five minutes, could you. You know, this is the sort of thing that turns people into superheromovie villains. Mad

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed May 20, 2015 9:35 pm

You couldn't let me revel in my megalomania for five minutes, could you.- Blue

NO, I bloody well couldn't, not if I am going to help you become a proper crabbit. Mad
And then one day, if you learn all the lessons of crabbit Ways you will reach a moment of revelations- and find fault in absolutely everything I have taught you and how I taught it, and by doing so you will honour your teacher by turning your crabbit upon them.
And when you come to pass on the Ways they will be improved teachings, improved by your crabbit decimation of your teachers methods. Crabbit is self improving and self-refining. Nod
Its the magic of crabbit, just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye Sad

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Post by Bluebottle on Wed May 20, 2015 10:15 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote: and by doing so you will honour your teacher by turning your crabbit upon them.

I thought I just did. Very Happy

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Post by halfwise on Wed May 20, 2015 10:20 pm

NED = "Not Even Drunk" ??

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Post by azriel on Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:45 pm

This is the Mir Mine in Russia, and it is the world's largest diamond mine.
Imagine falling down it Shocked


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Post by halfwise on Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:00 am

Didn't we see that in Return of the Jedi? You know, with some tentacles sticking out.

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Post by azriel on Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:37 pm

Quote=" The two World Wars had a huge number of friendly fire incidents. During WWI, C.S. Lewis was wounded by shrapnel from a British shell. In 1917, the British submarine G9 attacked its fellow British submarine Pasley with torpedoes after mistaking it for a German U-Boat. Pasley survived the attack, only to ram G9, resulting in G9 being cut in half and sinking, leaving only one survivor. At the start of World War II, one British submarine sank another after mistaking it for a German U-Boat, resulting in 52 friendly fire deaths. In 1942, an RAF raid resulted in the deaths of many New Zealanders in Egypt. In 1943, a German blockade runner was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, resulting in 364 deaths. James Doohan, the guy who played “Scotty” on Star Trek, was mistaken for an enemy soldier and shot six times on D-Day by his fellow countrymen. This is just a small sample of the huge number of friendly fire incidents that took place throughout the wars." = Unquote
And we are supposed to trust these people to save us & country Razz

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Post by Bluebottle on Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:56 pm

Yaeh, like the Joint Chiefs of Staff who counselled a first strike against Cuba during the Cuba crisis. Rolling Eyes Odd how military decisions seems best left out of military hands..

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Post by azriel on Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:11 pm

Thumbs Up Laughing

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Post by azriel on Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:27 am

quote " all clear windows, originals blown out during the war. A Luftwaffe pilot running for it dropped his load, if you are in Dorset, please visit, every window is etched/engraved. The grave of Lawrence of Arabia is just over the road." unquote.
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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:22 pm

that's superb! Razz

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Post by Eldorion on Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:10 pm

So pretty. Quite an interesting idea to put a new spin on the church window thing as a result of the war, too.
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Post by azriel on Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:14 pm

Im fond of stained glass with all the vibrant colours & intricate detailing but this, is just as lovely, like a frost on a winters morning.

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Post by chris63 on Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:24 am

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Post by azriel on Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:06 pm

That is such a lovely watch !!

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:54 pm

Odo's hole seems suspiciously absent from that list.  I suspect an Archet Bugle pay-off. Suspect
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Post by azriel on Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:02 pm

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Post by Eldorion on Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:52 am

Found this picture quite relevant to the title of this thread. Smile



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