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5 REM Something completely pointless
10 HOME : ? CHR$(4) “PR#0″ : LOOP = 0
20 LOOP = LOOP + 1 : IF LOOP = 10 THEN END
30 FOR A = 1 TO 40 : HTAB(A) : ?”@” : FOR X = 1 TO 50 : NEXT : HOME : NEXT
40 FOR A = 39 TO 2 STEP -1 : HTAB(A) : ?”@” : FOR X = 1 TO 50 : NEXT : HOME : NEXT
50 GOTO 20

Quack (for Mark)

I tried to just say “Quack” but it said I’d already done that before and wouldn’t let me do it again. Stupid WordPress… ;-/

Is it even POSSIBLE to have spam in the Padded Room?

Dealt with it…

Also, there was even more, but as they had links in the body, all were awaiting approval from me, and I marked them as SPAM too.

] STOP
] END

10 PRINT CHR$(7):GOTO 10

I see Facebook is losing members. Just a fad like so many other BBS-like entities. People will discover that Warp Six is the REAL and ORIGINAL social network, and start flocking here.

– Jim

Losing? Are you sure? I thought the story was that the month to month GROWTH had slowed.

Does my Grvatar show up?

Looks good!

How do I get my own gravatar?

First, get a registered account at http://www.wordpress.com/ (choose not to make a blog when asked). You can then edit your profile and one of the things you can do is choose an avatar (what they call a gravatar). After that, you will post with your chosen image like Jim and I now have. Actually, you could choose to go straight to http://www.gravatar.com/ and just get your image set up there. It should then work here even if you never register with an account at WordPress.

Hmmm… I debated whether this might have been more appropriate to be in “Politics”…

A warning ( http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6991177.ece ) that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC’s 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.

I can’t seem to get this darned Gravatar thing to work. Perhaps it will update after a few days. I keep getting a generic one or the old one I did and not the new one assigned to my account.

Sigh!

What’s a Gravatar?

The company handling user ID icons for WordPress and other sites is a 3rd party company called http://en.gravatar.com/… It’s really your “Avatar” or mini face icon.

I’m learning how to manage my gravatar icons, I think… It’s all quite bizarre. I’m trying to stick to just the two identities of Calgary Guru (Mark) and W6 Admin and hopefully it is now seeing a different gravatar (cripes, I’m just going to call it an avatar because that is what it is supposed to be called) for each account.

I guess I just have too many identities that I’ve used when making various WordPress sites and I’m losing track of which identity is associated as the administrator with each site.

I also suspect that the gravatar people are somehow tracking me via cookie file and that is also messing things up. I also cleared my browser cache to try and clear things up.

As long as I use my Calgary Guru email address when posting here if I’ve forgotten to log in first, it should also use the same avatar. We’ll see, I guess!

Why do some cars have the fuel tank refill cap on the right and others on the left?

– Jim

Most put it on the left ’cause that is the side you get out of when you are the driver. A few companies such as VOLVO did put it on the other side as a “safety” consideration… the filler pipe could act like a spear into the gas tank during an impact from a car coming in the other direction and side swiping your vehicle. I think that is the only reason it is ever on the passenger side.

My Ford Focus has it on the passenger side. First car I owned where that is the case. A pain. But I see lots of other cars that way, too. Inconsistency causes chaos at small filling stations like the local Pioneer station in Cobourg. You get cars lined up (because it’s the lowest price in town) in both directions waiting to get in, and blocking the car currently filling up.

The hose at the stations is long enough to do a reach over to the far side of the car… Folks with passenger side fill pipes should go in the “wrong” way only when the station isn’t that busy and others won’t be pissed off at them.

You are, of course, excepted… ;-)

I’ve done the “long reach” in a pinch. It’s a real pain. You must make sure the car rear in in front of the pump. If not, you end up with contortions over the top of the car, or catching it on a bumper or whatever as you try to get around. And after a certain distance, there is a wire connected to the pump that can catch on things and tends to spring the hose back. In short, it can be potentially dangerous. Let go of the handle while filling up and the whole hose could spring back.

At the risk of nesting this thread even deeper… ;-)

There’s a joke in here about doing a reach around, but that might be in violation of the Warp Six policy. I leave it to the reader to google “reach around” OR NOT!

It’s late… only read posts like this after 11 PM.

Of curse, the solution to the fuel cap is to legislate he side it goes on: always on the driver side. I can just see 25% the cars in North America with right-hand drive.

Robert, things do happen more than once every 10 years.

Ahh, but it’s been only NINE years since the last change. It was at my “Little Taste of Summer” barbecue in early February 2001 when Robert, as sysop, made the “last post” on the IIgs, and Jim Ferr pulled the plug.

We’d better regard this change as “in test” and keep the other newsgroup one going for another year.
1985 – 2001 (15+ years). First generation: Apple IIplus/IIe/IIgs dialup.
2001 – 2010 (9 years). Second generation: newsgroup.
2010 – 2100? Third generation.

I see there was THREE new posts here when I got up… and NO new posts on the normal news server location.

It sure is easier… and also it’s much easier to see older posts. It may not take a year, before a decision is made.

Change again!! It’s happening now every ten years or so. I can’t get used to the pace.

Quack!

Trying out message threading…

Quack! Quack!

This threading can go ten levels deep… but I won’t go that nutty!

Oh, almost forgot: Quack! Quack! Quack!

…or should that be:

>> Quack!

Works O.K. from out here in the west, eh!

was I suppose to say Quack!

Only if you feel like a duck.

Quack (long lost echo from the states…)


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