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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 10:43:39 AM

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Yeah, I like the idea. (People on Mars)



Show me a prodigy.


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anton exobio
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 1:54:34 PM

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Cameron Carpenter is a pipe organ prodigy/virtuoso (American, born in 1981). He's the most eccentric pipe organist on this planet up to now.


Here's Chopin's Etude Op.10 n.12 "Revolutionary" (originally for piano):
https://youtu.be/a48WtHabh8E

Here's Carpenter's adaptation of it for organ (a more challenging way to play it):
https://youtu.be/pQxyQktNFwc


Show me another eccentric living person.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:18:34 AM

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Most living people are considered 'crazy' - they only become 'eccentric' when they die!

I would have chosen Terry Pratchett . . . Ah well.



Show me a film which is better than the book.


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black alonso
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:07:39 AM

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Jaws (the book) was originally more focused on a sexual affair than an exciting shark hunt. When it was adapted to film, the action was heightened, along with a climactic ending no one saw coming.




You are able to steal any object in the world, but you have to replace it with an object you value. What are the two objects?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 11:10:40 AM

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Took a bit of thinking here . . .

The title of ownership of all Reserve Banks (FRB, NRB, IMF etc)



To replace it with a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



EDITED to add
Show me the first concrete noun which you think of.
Don't change your mind, the first one.


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anton exobio
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 1:39:23 PM

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( Thank you :) )

Reading "EDITED to add" has spontaneously made me think of (Denis) DIDEROT /didʀo/: eDIteD aDD(ED)

Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784) was a French writer, philosopher, novelist, playwright, storyteller, dialogue writer, art critic, literary critic and translator.

From him:
“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”




Show me something you have hanging on your wall.


Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:09:04 PM

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Very good quotation.



Show me something you still find funny - even though it's years since you saw it first.

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anton exobio
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 5:11:20 PM

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Show me an antihero you like.
black alonso
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:58:06 AM

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Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood)



Show me a movie in which the good guys win but the Big Bad doesn't die.
anton exobio
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 4:45:12 PM

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
Still living big bad guys = 2 competing secret agencies.


Show me a genius who is not really famous.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 1:15:18 PM

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Vivian Maier (photographer)

Show me the way to a happy life.


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anton exobio
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:01:23 PM

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Show me something that makes you think there's still hope for the planet we live on.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:32:00 PM

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Don't know exactly what happened in 1991 which would cause this in the USA. Bush and Gorbachev signed a new nuclear disarmament treaty. Freddy Mercury died. The first web browser was released. Operation Desert Storm. The USSR disappeared. Apartheid in South Africa was cancelled.
Probably the most noticed one at the time was Freddie Mercury!

Show me some really good news.


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anton exobio
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018 5:26:58 PM

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:)



https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/21/climate-change-fossil-fuel-industry-never-been-weaker


Show me an inspiring person who experienced many failures until they succeeded. (except J.K. Rowling)

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 9:52:14 AM

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Attended elementary school but he felt alienated there and struggled with the institution's rigid pedagogical style. He also had what were considered speech challenges and was described once as 'not having learned to speak' at age five.
Had to have a private tutor in his early teens, and eventually persuaded a doctor to label him as having 'nervous exhaustion', so that he could drop out of school legally.
He finally managed to get through school to 18-year-old level by the time he was twenty-three.
As a Jew in Germany in the early days of National Socialism, he couldn't get a job in sciences or academia due to his awful record at school, and became a clerk.

Three years later, he had four papers published on three separate subjects in the field of physics and fifteen years later won the Nobel Prize for Physics.



Show me THE best act/performance you can think of.

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anton exobio
Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 2:20:27 PM

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Inspiring, indeed ^



Not "the best performance" but a great one I can think of: Matt Damon's monologue in Good Will Hunting (1997):
https://youtu.be/hGlciBe4ibE


And this one, the pitch black scene from The Silence Of The Lambs (1991):
https://youtu.be/ovQk7fd4_Co



Show me something you often think about.
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