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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
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Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
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About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Can you see the mans smiling face? Psychologist shows off incredible illusion

It took me a few seconds to see it. There really is a face hidden there.

A Japanese psychologist with a fondness for optical illusions has baffled the internet with his latest – a picture of a man’s smiling face, which just looks like a blank grid.

But there really is a face in there: you just have to work a bit harder to see it.

Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan, produced the image with a grid layered over a low-contrast image.

There’s various tricks you can use to make the image clearer, Kitaoka says – including standing at a distance, viewing the image at an angle or simply scrolling up and down with a mouse.


I hear Trump is proposing a replacement for the Meals on Wheels program

The replacement program will have federal employees going around needy families' houses, where they'll take the food off their tables and then run over it with a truck.

It's called Wheels on Meals.

DA: Program Encourages Students to Eat Together at Lunch

Today's Dear Abby:

DEAR ABBY: Schoolchildren, especially middle school or high school students who may not be socially adept, often eat lunch alone because they don't know what to do when it comes to joining other kids at the lunch table. My grandson, who is on the autism spectrum, is one of them.


It's lonely to eat lunch by yourself. Please encourage your readers to consider this. -- SOMEONE WHO CARES IN SAN DIEGO

DEAR SOMEONE WHO CARES: I'm glad to do that. The pain of social isolation can last far beyond the elementary and middle school years and color a person's expectations of rejection into adulthood. Much of it could be avoided if parents took the time to explain to their children how important it is to treat others with kindness.

In recent years, attention is finally being paid to this. A national organization, Beyond Differences, started a program called "No One Eats Alone" that teaches students how to make friends at lunchtime -- which can be the most painful part of the school day. It's their most popular program, and schools in all 50 states participate.

Popular with whom? Not with us loners! For Christ's sake, what an absolutely awful idea! I suspect I would have gone stark raving mad had this sort of thing been in place when I was in school. I used my lunch breaks to unwind and read, not to to be forced to socialise with kids I didn't want to be with. I had more than enough of that during class.

Adults, please let kids be kids and work out their own social order.

It's the common, everyday prejudice of the extroverted speaking here. At least a lot of the commenters below the line get it.

PSV keepers own-goal blunder picked up by Hawk-Eye to crush title hopes

You've got to feel for the keeper here. His is a perfectly natural reaction after making a brilliant goal-line stop and no human eye could have spotted this. To add further insult to injury, this is the only such technology in Holland and has been at this stadium for only half the season. Of all the ways to potentially lose the title...

The PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet has claimed he could not have done more to prevent his side from conceding the goal – given by goal-line technology by the finest of margins – in the 2-1 defeat by Feyenoord that all but ended PSV’s title hopes.

With the score 1-1, Zoet saved a close-range header from the Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden in the 82nd minute, but as he clutched the ball to his chest a screen on the referee Bas Nijhuis’s wrist lit up.

Nijhuis looked down, saw the word “goal” flashing on the screen and awarded the Dutch league leaders the winning goal in a 2-1 victory. The result on Sunday brought Feyenoord within reach of their first league title since 1999 and likely ended the two-times defending champions PSV’s title aspirations.

“This is seriously fucked up,” Zoet told the Dutch broadcaster NOS. “The goal-line technology made the difference and things could have been different if it had not.


An NPR Sunday Puzzle-type puzzle I just thought up

Q. What two word phrase found on a common household appliance becomes the name of a well-known CEO if you remove one letter?

Too Easy?

Leicester City sack Claudio Ranieri nine months after Premier League title win


Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City less than one year after he led the club to the Premier League title, it was announced on Thursday. The Italian leaves the club fighting for survival in the league this season. But he will always be remembered for the incredible 2015-16 campaign and Leicester’s astonishing rise to the summit of English football

Ingrates! I hope you go down now.

Grandfather Clock (NSFW!)

Proud Wiener Dog Takes Adorable Maternity Photos With Six Puppies

A smile for you this morning in these uncertain times.


Singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt dies aged 75


My sister used to play this all the time and thus I've got a sentimental attachment to it.

P.S. Why do youtube videos start taking so long to start playing lately? It's very noticeable.

Serbian survivor of fall (of 33,000') from plane explosion dies at 66

Flight attendant Vesna Vulović set record for highest fall survived without a parachute, said to be 10,000 metres

A Serbian woman who survived what was said to be a 10,000-metre (33,000ft) fall after a plane exploded in mid-air in 1972 has died aged 66.

In January 1972 she was working as a flight attendant a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 plane when it blew up over the snowy mountain ranges of what was then Czechoslovakia. All of the other 27 passengers and crew on board died.

Trapped in the plane’s tail, Vulović plummeted to earth in sub-zero temperatures and landed on a steep, heavily wooded slope near a village. The fuselage tumbled through pine branches and into a thick coating of snow, softening the impact and cushioning its descent down the hill, crash investigators said at the time.


I remember this case. Truly remarkable, although there's now apparently some doubts about the facts in the case.
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