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patmurris wrote:
Back on topic…

Yoink!

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… ever read Homer? … after this much time has passed, it doesn’t even matter if I reveal the truth. Nobody’s going to believe a silly girl on the internet, right? I leave it up to the audience to decide; it’s more fun that way.


I suppose, if I’m going to do this right, I should probably tell you all what really happened.

Some of you may be familiar with a certain goddess who likes to hang out at forums and tell stories, no? You can probably see where this is going.

Maybe this is just nostalgia speaking, but the Greeks had the best forums. The didn’t call it that at the time, of course; it was an “agora”… but it was the same thing.

So, historians have been debating for ages who Homer was and whether he even existed… and with good reason. But why is he so mysterious?

Anyone? … Anyone? … Bueller?

That’s right — because I made him up. Well, sort of. I did actually get a conspirator to help out with an occasional appearance in the forum, to lend credibility, but he wasn’t a blind poet, he was just a guy who appreciated a good joke. He’d pretend to be blind and recite the scripts I made for him, and then we’d LOL over drinks after the crowds left for the night.

Now, this was back in my early days, but I still consider it one of the best pranks of all time. See, one of the perks of living so long is the jokes. I can’t even explain how hilarious things get when an inside joke keeps snowballing for centuries or millenia and still nobody sees the punchline. I mean, sure, it’s fun trolling people on the internet once in a while… but you really haven’t lived until you’ve trolled historians.

So I took a bunch of old myths and legends and a bit of recent news and wove them together into a big epic story with Homer at the center, told in a way which suggested I was just passing along what he told me, or passing along a story I had heard third-hand from another fan or a scholar. I’d go out to entertain the people in the forums with this story, some of whom were gullible enough to take it seriously… and then they would go off and re-tell it back in their home towns. They’d even memorize it word for word to make sure they got it right.

And nobody suspected what I was doing, even after I started adding obvious hints like “Selene of Toy Helen of Troy”. They all just assumed I was doing the same thing they were doing — sending information down the grape vine.

It wasn’t until pretty recently that anyone of note started to seriously suspect that Homer himself was part of the myth, that the whole blind poet thing wasn’t real, that his works were actually a story within a story. Nobody even had a concept of “meta” at the time.

And so it went on… and on… and it became history. After a while it really took on a life of its own. And I still giggle every time I check in on the historians, every time a teacher assigns a Serious Essay Due Next Monday on the meaning of Homer’s tales. And I cringe when they make movies about Helen, completely missing the point by actually showing her face. Facepalm

But the historians are finally catching on, so I guess I can finally spoil the joke. And I must say… Good job guys! Maybe next time it won’t take you twenty-eight centuries.

As I said though, the fun part is in the incredulity, letting the audience decide. Douglas Adams understood this well:

In the Hitchhiker's Guide, Douglas Adams wrote:

“Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.

The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,’” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”

“But,” says Man, “The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”

“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

“Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.”

He wasn’t the only one though. Others also have sometimes appreciated this concept:

The Usual Suspects wrote:

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

So, ask yourself… do you believe?

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Aha! Suspected something was up when Pheidippides ran 42 kilometers, thanks for finally giving some clarity!

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The Miller wrote:
Aha! Suspected something was up when Pheidippides ran 42 kilometers, thanks for finally giving some clarity!

Oh, that one is actually not my fault… it’s just the universe expressing its sense of humor. But I’m glad Douglas Adams picked up on it, so more people can appreciate the universe’s jokes.

* 101010, LOLOL

Not many people have noticed this, but old UNIX geeks and some of the folks who made the American Standard Code for Information Exchange (ASCII) also picked up on the universe’s humor and embedded it into the codes we’re using right now on the internet. See, 42 is the answer, right? To Life, the Universe, and Everything?

In ASCII, character 42 is the asterisk, * , also known as “star” or “splat” or “glob” or “wildcard”. It is typically used in UNIX and related systems to mean “everything”. It will expand into whatever space is available, like how in Windows a *.* is used to match literally every file with a dot in it.

So they got in on the joke by representing the universe’s favorite pun as a star, defined to represent… Everything. And now the universe’s “LOL” is permanently embedded into the very fabric of the internet.

But I can’t take credit for this one. I just appreciate the joke. Big Smile

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Thanks Tom. I’ll write myself a note.That’s the only way I’ll remember. Just too much stuff going on.

Brian, you can buy them right now I believe, from ChilePlant and not have to wait for seeds.

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I am only a few days member and the thread is now very long.
Can someone please tell me when it is time with the order?
I hope I have not interrupted the discussion with this question.

OOps sorry did not answer this (so good to have to work through all posts when udating lists, 352 post checked just now and a shame I missed this before
It was answered though, but here goes:

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tracerfire thanks
A few changes and it is done:
one bigger spring , no more double, improving long term stock reliability
Latest Narsil to get rid of some bugs
A set of spare orings in box
A manual in box

No need for a new proto

Loose ends, DEL and Pilotdog68 have not received their Q8 yet

Pretty short list
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Lol. 500 posts behind but decided to jump to the end, I have no idea what is going on. All I can say is nice banter and keep up the good work! Silly Grad

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Thanks Rob’B. I just checked it out, minimum $36 worth of plants. That’s too expensive for an experiment. Not everything grows well up here in Maine with our short growing season. I’ll wait for the seeds and just grow habaneros this year.

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OT: loads of hot pepper seeds avail on eBay. /OT

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Do you know the energy unit the “millielen”?
That’s the energy required to launch one ship.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/millihelen

It’s encouraging to see that the same kind of collaborative design effort happening here happens elsewhere around the net.
e.g. http://forums.marineinsight.com/forum/naval-architecture-ship-design

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mapache wrote:
Lol. 500 posts behind but decided to jump to the end, I have no idea what is going on. All I can say is nice banter and keep up the good work! Silly Grad

What you didn’t read all?!?
Heheh I had no idea small parts like resistors and now springs could be so exciting, these discussion and education rampages have proven more exciting then blockbuster movies for me Wink
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OT: loads of hot pepper seeds avail on eBay. /OT

Yes. Big Smile Did I mention how we have a short growing season? They needed to be started in February to have a chance for this season. Next year I can plant seeds. If the plants hadn’t been so darn expensive and I needed to buy a 6 pack I would have gone that route. If Tom doesn’t want to send me a few seeds he’s under no obligation to.

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Plan on making a nice small nursery
Or better, wanted to use the elevator since we don’t use it except for heavy stuff and it is a nice 1*1*2,50 box in the center of house with its shoot and thick metal door and power available for the aquarium pump and heating and grow light
My wife won’t have it so we plan on making a relatively south facing part of the old side shed a small greenhouse.
About 5 meter long, 1,8m deep in a lot of sun when the trees have shed leaves.
For the citrus plants in winter and for me to make the nursery there
That roof needs work, beams need replacing so why not make it all glass the October job Wink

But I agree seeds are too late now and it is cool to have seed from friends
But is this pepper not a hybrid F plant? Then seed might not work right.

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I don’t know. The hybrid thought did go through my mind. I know nothing about them. If it is a hybrid then the seeds will be useless.

I’d like to put in raised beds that I can cover with a cloche (sp?) that’ll give me an additional month or so of growing season.

Yes, it’s a hybrid.
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screw the girl, I’m itchy for the light, Can I order the light please ? Big Smile

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BrianK wrote:
I don’t know. The hybrid thought did go through my mind. I know nothing about them. If it is a hybrid then the seeds will be useless.

I’d like to put in raised beds that I can cover with a cloche (sp?) that’ll give me an additional month or so of growing season.

Yes, it’s a hybrid.
But, seeds aren’t “useless”, obviously, because places sell the seeds, including the website linked above. So, you should still be good. Wink

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David you are right chances are something useful will grow but buying the hybrid seeds ensures you get what you want and not a yellow sweet paprika or something in this case. Tom what else is growing in the same family?

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screw the girl, I’m itchy for the light, Can I order the light please ? Big Smile

Heheh Wink
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I got seeds direct from Pucker Butt Pepper Company, all this talk made me remember the packet clipped to my calendar so I planted them yesterday along with some Bolivian Rainbow Peppers. The seed packet had 8 seeds in it! So generous! We have a Very Long growing season, so I should have a lot of peppers if all goes well. I’ll get the plants started then move em outside in full sun so they can absorb a couple of months of 100º Texas sunshine. Y’ll remind me later and I’ll send some peppers… these are a cultivar of the Habanero and should yield way more peppers than I can use, for sure!

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mapache wrote:
I have no idea what is going on.

Don’t worry, that’s common when I’m having fun. Big Smile
I might have an overdeveloped appreciation for the surreal.

TL;DR: Only a few little details remain before the Q8 should be ready to ship.

… and speaking of “surreal” and “ship”:

hank wrote:
Do you know the energy unit the “millihelen”?
That’s the energy required to launch one ship.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/millihelen

Are you familiar with the fanfic meaning of the word “ship”?
It’s short for “relationship”, a romantic pairing of characters who are not involved in that manner in the original work. Normally used as a verb, as in “I ship Draco/Hermione” to imply that one wants or may even be writing a fanfic about a relationship between two Harry Potter characters. The slash often refers to “slash fic”, defined as “A work of fiction (especially fanfiction) based on celebrities or fictional characters involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship, especially where the sexual orientation of a (usually straight) canonical character has been changed.”

In this context, one millihelen would be the amount of beauty required to launch one “ship”, as in one romantic fanfiction.

In a BLF context, one millihelen is the amount of energy required to launch one romantic BLF fanfiction “ship”, such as “I ship Tom E / BrianK, a couple of pepper penpal buddies whose relationship developed over time into something a little spicier.” Or perhaps a “ship” involving JasonWW and parallel-universe-JasonWW, whose mutual love for longer, harder, um, springs, motivates them to explore the bleeding edge of increasingly greater compression ranges in order to fight the evils of sagging over time from old age. Of course, none of this would be an issue if people would just use protection.

hank wrote:

It’s encouraging to see that the same kind of collaborative design effort happening here happens elsewhere around the net.
e.g. http://forums.marineinsight.com/forum/naval-architecture-ship-design

… Wow, that’s one sad forum. It appears that the entire thing exists for advertising purposes — an English-language forum targeted at aspiring sailors in India, using the allure of answers and education to sell some guy’s e-books. The linked sub-forum is almost entirely SEO spam from third parties.

It really reminds me of how good we have it here. I <3 BLF.

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I think TK just wrote the top post in this thread, quite the feat nearing 8K Wink

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screw the girl, I’m itchy for the light, Can I order the light please ? Big Smile

Thats not nice, its called make sweet love to her, and then abandon her.

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David, seeds from hybrid plants don’t breed true. I’m not positive, but I think they revert back to the parents which in this case would be ghost peppers and habaneros. Not exactly junk, but not what’s desired. A fresh habanero has a wonderful fruity flavor for those who can tolerate the heat. I love to slice them paper thin and put them on a sub’ sandwich, but the wife gets tired of the overpowering flavor (I don’t mean the heat). I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a more flavorful pepper. There I go, salivating at the thought.

Dale, if they’re anything like the parent habanero they can be frozen whole and they’ll last for a very long time. Just wash and leave the stems on, the skin protects the flesh from freezer burn. Or make hot sauce. A lot of stuff can be added to it, but I just use vinegar and salt, peppers too of course. And hot oil, can’t forget hot oil that keeps a long time in the refrigerator and it’s the best way to make spicy hot fried chicken and get it hot enough.

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sparkyDK wrote:
digitaltc wrote:
screw the girl, I’m itchy for the light, Can I order the light please ? Big Smile

Thats not nice, its called make sweet love to her, and then abandon her.


Hey now, play nice.
Don’t make me write slash fiction about you two.


… “Digital sparks flew as the two men bounced misogynistic boasts back and forth with a titillating air of excitement, for they each recognized the coded communication for what it was — covert mating calls for like-minded men.” …
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PayPal…. hmmmm….. probably not. No paper trail ya’ know. Wink . I might be better off to take a road trip. Big Smile

OMG Teacher! We are NOT sending you to China!! Big Smile
Darn Lazy-R-us… I had forgot all about the “Send Teacher To China Campaign” …. Facepalm

It may be time to renew my efforts along those lines. There might be a bit of extra incentive………. Big Smile

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DB Custom wrote:
I got seeds direct from Pucker Butt Pepper Company, all this talk made me remember the packet clipped to my calendar so I planted them yesterday along with some Bolivian Rainbow Peppers. The seed packet had 8 seeds in it! So generous! We have a Very Long growing season, so I should have a lot of peppers if all goes well. I’ll get the plants started then move em outside in full sun so they can absorb a couple of months of 100º Texas sunshine. Y’ll remind me later and I’ll send some peppers… these are a cultivar of the Habanero and should yield way more peppers than I can use, for sure!

Dale, I read somewhere that pepper plants will live year round if kept from too cold temperatures. Also, if they’re kept above 80F, they keep producing peppers year round! They can make great house plants. Wink Oh, one more thing. If you want them REALLY hot, water them just enough to keep them alive. If they get too much water, the peppers aren’t hot at all.

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If they get too much water, the peppers aren’t hot at all.
If I had them then they would think they were living in a swamp….. Big Smile

The well pump would be working overtime………… Wink

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Ha I think you are right David, I placed a pot indoors during the winter in the hopes of letting a pepino survive (it didn’t)
A large pot and last summer we had a bunch of paprika and pepper plants growing in it, I had cut the when I harvested the last peppers. From one of the stems now a new plant is growing.
Cool ti about not watering too much!

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Brian, David… Carolina Reaper isn’t a hybrid it’s a Cultivar. In order to make the Guiness Book of World Records the plant had to be able to reproduce and sustain the level of heat in question.

Edit: Worthy to note, perhaps, and of special interest to us here… This month one Mike Smith with Nottingham Trent University claims to have bested the Carolina Reaper with what he calls “Dragon’s Breath”. He is currently having Guiness Book of World records try to establish it’s 2.4 million Scoville units as the new record.

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I love hot peppers, but never had a Carolina Reaper. I’ve had ghost peppers, which I love. They actually had a delicious flavor. I suppose all of these vary in heat a bit, even within the same strain.

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