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 Post subject: Re: It's just Thursday, MKF! 1/29/04
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Hey, MKF! Happy Thursday! And Happy Thursday to Artemis! I don't know how many times I've read one of your posts and wanted to write something ... but didn't because it wasn't Thursday. "Oh, I'll do it next Thursday!" I always said, but I never did. Shame on me, MKF, shame on me ...

I don't know shit about Cricket, but I like hearing about it. Don't they stop for tea while they're playing? That kind of thing always intrigued me - not so much the sport itself, but the culture around it, if that makes sense. I really got into watching Curling this Olympics, and it all started with some story I saw about how they take a break in the middle of the match for snacks.

Anyway, a big thanks to Artemis for keeping this thread alive - AND with genuinely interesting posts, no less! It warms my heart every time I pass by and see this thread up.

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It's Thursday, MKF! I couldn't find any amusing bits of Australiana for today, but going worldwide it's World Water Day, which according to the wikipedia page relates only to fresh water. The oceans must feel so left out - although they had seaQuest DSV, it's not like the world's rivers have ever had a sci-fi show made about them. (Although they did provide the names for all the runabouts on Deep Space Nine, starting with the Rio Grande, Yangtze Kiang, and Ganges, and progressing through various others; as Kira noted, 'the rate we go through runabouts, it's a good thing Earth has so many rivers.' Except the Rio Grande, which for some reason was indestructible. And speaking of Star Trek, it's William Shatner's birthday.)

Cricket does indeed stop for tea, as well as lunch and drinks, but they do go on for a long time, so it's understandable. I did some quick research just now, and found out that there used to be 'timeless' tests, as well as the normal five-day sort, where they'd just keep going until there was a result one way or the other. The longest was between England and South Africa, which went on for ten days, before they agreed to call it a draw, because the English team had to leave in order to get their boat home.

If you enjoy the flavour of cricket, Flashman's Lady is a great novel to have a look at (although most of the cricket stuff is at the start, after which it shifts to Flashman's more traditional pastime of fleeing for dear life, in this case from Borneo pirates and the Queen of Madagascar).

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 Post subject: Re: It's just Thursday, MKF! 1/29/04
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Another Thursday, MKF! Is it really Captain Kirk's birthday today? It's mrs. gorn's birthday today, too! In all the years I've been married to her, I don't how I missed this connection ...

Ten days playing cricket? That's awesome! Does the crowd really stay engaged after the first couple of days? Is there a lot of drinking involved when watching cricket? Again, I know next to nothing about the sport beyond what you've already written, but it strikes me as a sport with a few moments of frantic activity bookended by a lot of standing around.

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It's Thursday MKF! Right before Easter (i.e. four days off work) too, plenty to celebrate - including the birthday of none other than Lucy Lawless! (And happy birthday last week to Mrs. Gorn as well.)

I've never actually been to a cricket match, but I've watched a few on tv - I feel like it's kind of an ingenious balance, with a bit of standing around, then a bit of activity, then a bit more standing around, bit more activity, and so on. It's very measured, most of the activity isn't really dramatic - just another couple of runs, or a decent bowl, or whatever - but it's just enough to trick you into watching the next little bit of boredom while the commentators talk about some match from thirty years ago, or try to identify the species of bird meandering around the outfield. (The commentators themselves have their moments - the set who were active when I was young were memorably immortalised in parody by Billy Birmingham - look up The 12th Man on youtube.) There is drinking (not by me, but generally), although just the kind of Australian baseline drinking, not hooligan drinking - that's reserved for the players themselves when they're packed onto a Sydney-London flight and have nothing better to do that try to break David Boon's record (52 cans).

Kind of awkward for me, as an Aussie, to be talking about cricket at the moment - does the rest of the world know about that whole ball tampering thing, or was it only our newspapers who devoted the first fifteen pages to it, and everyone else is looking nervously at me and wondering what happened with someone's balls and why am I talking about it? To find the silver lining to the whole episode, though, it should give us confidence that the Australian cricket team doesn't cheat routinely, because wow they suck at it. Not only did they lose anyway, their method of cheating seemed to hinge on nobody pointing a tv camera at the players during a test match, which as mentioned, slow enough that they'll point the camera at and analyse literally anything that's happening. As Tony Stark would say, "not a great plan".

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Chris I think it's only cricket playing nations who are bothered. But this after last decade's match fixing scandal is a real problem for the national team. Oh man!


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Hey MKF, it's Thursday! And sticking with the Star Trek theme for the moment (everyone loves the Gorn), today is also First Contact Day, celebrating the day Vulcans decided to have a peek at what was going on on Earth, and found out what it's like when you open the window because there's a puppy outside and before you know it you've been adopted and there's nothing you can do about it and the puppy's in the bathroom unwinding the toilet paper. (It's okay when kittens do that, though, because that's adorable.)

For the benefit of the non-Trekkies in the audience, see The United Federation of "hold my beer, I got this" for a pretty accurate summary of what happened over the next couple of centuries.

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It's International Human Spaceflight Day, MKF! And Thursday! Back in 1961 (which was a Wednesday, but it was humans doing this, not kittens, so they were ignorant of some important details of how things should properly be done) Yuri Gagarin strapped himself into Vostok 1 and went for an orbit of the planet. We never really covered the space race at school, so I first heard about this from Doctor Who - Second Doctor, 'The Seeds of Death', which begins with the Doctor landing the TARDIS in a space museum on future Earth.

Speaking of stuff that happened in space, it's also the day - quite a way off in the future - when the Psi Corps gets founded, to regulate human telepaths, although in hindsight letting the ones in charge go around in black uniforms might have been a sign there were certain flaws in the plan. But it wasn't all bad - a lot of telepaths (including Willow, in one of my early short fics) weren't fascist secret police, or reprogrammed with evil sleeper personalities, and just got on with living normal lives using their gifts as part of business negotiations and making out with Tara (Willow specifically, that last one, not all of them).

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Hmmmm.... been a while. Happy Thursday!
I am doing the same sort of thing I've been doing for years. Greenhouse, high tunnel, veggies, dirt. Otherwise... yeah. Thursday. It's a good thing.

Gorn.... I dimly recall I still need to drink a whiskey at 12th and Vine for you. Will try to get on that....

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It's Thursday MKF! And the anniversary of us down here choosing our national anthem in 1984, at the end of a typically long and drawn-out process of deciding what ought to replace God Save The Queen, when Advance Australia Fair was selected as suitably boring for a national anthem. I remember being a bit confused when I was young and hadn't figured out that you can put the adjective last, and was unsure what an Australia Fair was meant to be; so far as I can recall, based on it apparently being able to advance, I imagined it had to be literally a fair, like maybe a big top circus tent, mounted on a parade float so it could move around. I did say this was when I was quite young? It did teach me what 'girt' meant, though, by way of a late-night comedy show where they complained about how outdated the lyrics were and pointed out that you never hear anyone saying "I was just down the pub, it was girt with pissed blokes."

Waltzing Matilda was the second choice in the plebiscite to choose the anthem, and pretty much ever since the subject of complaints that it's more Australian and should have been chosen instead. Since it's about a ne'er-do-well who steals a sheep, gets chased by the police, and defiantly drowns himself rather than be caught, it's generally felt to be a) not pompous enough or b) too accurate for how the country is run.

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@ MKF - It's just Thursday!

@ Boschi - Welcome back! I thought about you during this long, long winter, wondered how the Hoop Houses were doing. One of these days I will be standing on the corner, corner of 12th Street & Vine ...

@ thespian_phryne - You found me! I have the fondest memories growing up watching old Star Trek episodes with my brother & dad, and the episode with the Gorn was far and away our favorite.

@ Artemis - I always thought Waltzing Matilda was Australia's national anthem, and - outsider's perspective - if it isn't it should be.

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Hey MKF, it's Thursday! And as it happens, on this particular Thursday while your mommies were down at the park for their annual Under Your Spell anniversary singalong day, they got a backup dancer. (I'm in the process of moving house, so I had a play around while I was packing everything up for transport.)


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