Author Topic: Checking in from California  (Read 2921 times)

Offline SGOS

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2018, 04:37:19 PM »
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I've had issues with understanding other people and being understood due to different uses of the same word.

I talked with a guy who used "fallacy" to describe widely held beliefs that aren't true rather than invalid logic.

And my brother refuses to switch over to nautical terminology.  At sea, I say starboard and east.  He says right for both.  :*[
An interesting note on the derivation of starboard and port:  The earliest sailing ships did not have rudders.  Instead, they used a permanently attached board that hung over the side of the boat.  It was called the steer board.  Since it was always in the way when docking at port, the other side of the boat was the only side available to tie up to the dock, and became the port side.  Since language and pronunciation changes over time, steer board ended up as starboard.  And that's how the cockamamie nomenclature got started.  I assume it must have been traditional to put the steer board on the right side of the boat.  Or maybe not.
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Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2018, 11:26:41 PM »
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An interesting note on the derivation of starboard and port:  The earliest sailing ships did not have rudders.  Instead, they used a permanently attached board that hung over the side of the boat.  It was called the steer board.  Since it was always in the way when docking at port, the other side of the boat was the only side available to tie up to the dock, and became the port side.  Since language and pronunciation changes over time, steer board ended up as starboard.  And that's how the cockamamie nomenclature got started.  I assume it must have been traditional to put the steer board on the right side of the boat.  Or maybe not.
I had honestly wondered about this from time to time... It was one of those things that I promised myself I would look up - - later. Thanks for the info.

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Offline Baruch

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2018, 12:35:49 AM »
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I had honestly wondered about this from time to time... It was one of those things that I promised myself I would look up - - later. Thanks for the info.

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Of course, most people are right handed.  The steering board (aka rudder) was naturally on the right rear location.  It wasn't until the oceans were crossed by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers that a properly centered rudder, and steering wheel, were invented.
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Offline Draconic Aiur

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2018, 03:55:43 AM »
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Hiya ~looks like a good group of people and idea(l)s being shared on this forum. Happy to be on board. The atheist nature here caught my eye (raised Irish catholic ~ emancipated in early 2000's), but have moreso been impressed by the width of topics, intellect and good nature here.

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We don't want any! Sit down son a nd have a cigar. Don't you start smoking in here! Welcome my son to the machine!

Offline Cavebear

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2018, 02:56:08 AM »
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We don't want any! Sit down son a nd have a cigar. Don't you start smoking in here! Welcome my son to the machine!

You do realize that made little sense, right?
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Offline SGOS

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2018, 06:37:43 AM »
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You do realize that made little sense, right?
Then I wasn't the only one who had that reaction.

Offline Baruch

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2018, 09:06:47 AM »
Gilgamesh might not be the only one using recreational substances ...
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Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #37 on: April 16, 2018, 01:06:35 PM »
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You do realize that made little sense, right?
I've just been keeping my mouth shut... Didn't want to offend any "special" members :)

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #38 on: April 16, 2018, 01:28:35 PM »
We're all "special," and hence, none of us are.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #39 on: April 16, 2018, 09:54:19 PM »
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We're all "special," and hence, none of us are.

Cavebear isn't into Absurdist poetry.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2018, 12:22:15 AM »
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We're all "special," and hence, none of us are.

We are not all equally "special".  Therefore, some of us are.
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Offline SGOS

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2018, 07:20:40 AM »
Everyone is special.  Some are just more special than others. 
                                                           - Animal Farm
                                                          (Kind of.  I took some liberties with the quote)
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Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2018, 01:35:51 PM »
Urgh!   You're all individuals!
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Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2018, 01:37:17 PM »
What, you mean to tell me we're not part of the Borg Collective!?
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Offline Baruch

Re: Checking in from California
« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2018, 06:27:17 PM »
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What, you mean to tell me we're not part of the Borg Collective!?

There are only 9 members in that group, Ernest Borg-Nine ;-) 7 of 9 was a member.
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