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It's GOOD that you didn't read it until years later... :)
And then came the Simpsons Halloween segment.
"It's good that you made that awful thing, Bart."
200 is not enough.
I have users in my block list with names such as:
If you want to communicate with such users, go ahead, I don't plan to.
One account has been closed, and the other set up their account Sept. 25, 2009 and their last log-in was Sept. 25, 2009. Not much to fear from these people. In any case, if someone has an inappropriate user name, why not just report it to chess.com?
Or post in on the forums for everyone to see?
lol...like all those drug education classes and TV shows (which just told everybody how to do the stuff)...
I am certainly not going to waste my time reporting something like this, I just don't want to communicate with such persons. The user names were chosen because they were obvious enough to make the point.
But you wasted your time blocking the person who probably wouldn't have ever contacted you. Mlle. Enorme has certainly never come across my screen until you posted here.
Do you imagine that I was searching the site for these user names and then blocked them, of course I spotted those persons in Live chat and their comments were probably what you would expect from their user names.
I never saw that Zone episode, but I loved the original short story by Jerome Bixby way back when I first read it (although I didn't read it until more than 20 years after it's 1953 publication).
That reminds me of when I first read it way back in 1970...in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol 1 (which I got for signing up with the SF Book Club). That story and "Flowers For Algernon" and--my favorite of all--"Coming Attraction" (probably still my favorite scifi story). And "A Martian Odyssey" (though I think I now like Weinbaum's "Mad Moon" even better). And "The Cold Equations"...I have a hard time even rereading that one because I keep hearing that girl's voice ("But I didn't do anything"). Of course, if you think about it it's a bit implausible for two reasons: 1) there's really no way she can be put onto another flight or something?; and more importantly 2) despite the official secrecy, it's pretty likely I would think that what she did would be something that everybody just knows is a suicidal act, through gossip and whatnot. At least, those thoughts serve to give me some comfort whenever I think about her voice again...
I probably had (maybe even still have, somewhere . . . ) that same collection volume, as I recall all of those stories, although they are all famous enough I'm sure they've each appeared in multiple sources over the years. I started exploring science fiction about when I was in junior high school, which was 1972-1974 for me, so I had lots of great material available. That was when published collections and anthologies of earlier sci fi stories were just starting to become common, and there was beginning to be easy access to older short stories by Clarke, Heinlein, and lots of others.
1972-74 were my junior high years as well.
You know, this thread title is one of the best ever for the forums here. I laugh everytime it pops up on the latest comments board
Do you see O-O-Opps...?
You know that was a long time ago because it's probably been 30 years since they stopped calling it junior high and began using the term middle school! At least that was the case in Michigan. Wikipedia says the middle school configuration now outnumbers the junior high configuration in the U.S. by 10:1 .
Say, I just learned an interesting tidbit-- Wikipedia says the first use of the term middle school in the U.S. was in Bay City, Michigan, in 1950. The term wasn't used in my home town until somewhere around 1980, and middle school added another grade (6th) to the 7th and 8th grades that were originally junior high.
Yep, I was actually in 6th grade when they made the changeover, so fortunately I went right into 7th and didn't have to be on the bottom of the heap (although it certainly felt like that anyway much of the time, junior high being junior high). It was a "middle" by then, but everybody still called it junior high. I understand they now have "intermediates" too (I actually hadn't realized that the term "junior high" was even used anymore--even if it is outranked 10 to 1).
Having just 7th and 8th graders together, as it was for me, was bad enough. When I was in 7th grade the 8th graders used to torment and beat the hell out of us on a regular basis. Seems like a mass-scale sacrifice to toss 6th graders into that mess and expect them to survive. Oh well, not my problem.
Yep, soon enough we all had 9th grade to look forward to... :)
So on the new comments board is:
-Why do people post pictures of themselves here?-I want to be your friend.-How about ban EVERYBODY?
I am still waiting to be given my allowed list...
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