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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby nakatago » Wed, 11 May 2016 7:30 am

Ever wondered why can't dentists ask you questions that are answerable by yes or no while you're on the chair?

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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 11 May 2016 8:43 am

nakatago wrote:Ever wondered why can't dentists ask you questions that are answerable by yes or no while you're on the chair?


Mrrummumupparrhmmh!

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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby Wd40 » Wed, 11 May 2016 9:00 am

The last time I remember going to a dentist was when I was like 6 yrs old and had my first milk tooth to be removed. Lol.

I know there are several issues with my teeth, at least 4 root canals and 1 impacted wisdom tooth.

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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby nakatago » Wed, 11 May 2016 9:33 am

Wd40 wrote:The last time I remember going to a dentist was when I was like 6 yrs old and had my first milk tooth to be removed. Lol.

I know there are several issues with my teeth, at least 4 root canals and 1 impacted wisdom tooth.

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That's not how time works. ;)

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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Wed, 11 May 2016 12:55 pm

JR8 wrote:Was she that comforting and gentle? ;)


two reasons
1.) she was really comforting & gentle

2.) my other problems at work, life,sleeplessness etc outweigh the mild pain and discomfort that i would have to possibly endure, i chose the latter and that put me to sleep on the chair :lol:
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 12 May 2016 3:31 pm

Part 2 - aka dental sitting complete

7/11 procedures, pretty relaxed setting, there were moments where i knocked off completely or lay there oblivious to the equipments that were inserted.

so far I've spent a grand total of 574 dollars on this, I think thats a good price considering what was done.
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 12 May 2016 3:33 pm

nakatago wrote:
Wd40 wrote:The last time I remember going to a dentist was when I was like 6 yrs old and had my first milk tooth to be removed. Lol.

I know there are several issues with my teeth, at least 4 root canals and 1 impacted wisdom tooth.

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That's not how time works. ;)


quiet heathen! how dare you question the Singaporean concept of last time?
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 12 May 2016 3:33 pm

An interesting article on Generation Anthropocene

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/a ... t-for-ever
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 19 May 2016 11:39 am

given the insurmountable task of watching TV shows and all their episodes,I still trudge on, like a TV jesus carrying the burden of unfinished seasons
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby JR8 » Mon, 23 May 2016 3:02 am

Austrian Presidential elections this w/e; a 2nd round today since the first was indecisive. The two centrist parties (previously in coalition) were earlier knocked out, leaving just the [pretty?] 'far right', and the loony green/left. So much for the EU uniting Europe.
First count tonight has them neck and neck. They're counting postal votes now which might take a day/+ to reach a verdict.
A comment...
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'Austria’s grand coalition is a political casualty of Merkel’s inept decision to welcome refugees with open arms.
https://mishtalk.com/2016/05/22/austria ... ll-decide/
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Tue, 24 May 2016 8:37 am

In other European news I am scheduled to visit Budapest and Paris in my next two weeks. I'll be on work 9-5, any suggestions as to what to do in the evenings?
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby JR8 » Tue, 24 May 2016 4:25 pm

I hear that Mount Sinabung in Sumatra has erupted. The weather maps show the wind heading almost due east... almost right for KL :o
Maybe one to watch if you have a flight routed via that way...
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/05/1472 ... t-malaysia
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Tue, 24 May 2016 4:48 pm

oh and i am flying out on may 26th :|
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby JR8 » Tue, 24 May 2016 6:28 pm

I was trying to post this earlier but the connection was continually timing out... [good job I now draft any longer replies in e-mail!]

You lucky lucky 'bar-steward'! :)
From a Brit view-point...
Paris. We have that 1,000 year old 'friendly rivalry' thing going on. So ask a Brit and expect responses to vary. The first place most young Brits go abroad might well be France, likely Paris, hence for most adults it can be a bit 'Been there done that (several times)/sigh'. The French can have a reputation for being quite snobby, and in Paris it can be haughty verging on in your face rude. I'm not saying that'll be your experience, but that's how a typical Brit might see it. Example: Someone might be fluent in English but they'll refuse to speak anything but French, esp. if you're English. Then they'll laugh at your schoolboy level of French... love/hate :-)
But there are some things you should do. Have a look at TripAdvisor for their ranked suggestions, and LonelyPlanet too. Things like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral likely come out in the top few.
Many visitors seem to have a drive to see the Mona Lisa. Well I don't know. In a way you might consider the frenzy it creates more of an interesting thing to witness.
Go to the meat section of a supermarket and stare in wonder at some of the weird stuff they eat :) Horse, sheep's brain, frogs legs, snails, and so on...
Do some precautionary reading up on how cafes charge, as it used to be very confusing. Example: Walk into a cafe, order a coffee, get handed the coffee and take it the counter by the window and sit and drink it and it costs X, but if you sit outside at a table and a waiter takes your order and brings it to you it used to/still does? cost considerably more, plus the waiter will expect a tip. Understanding this is especially important if you happen to be in a touristy area (esp the main-drag of the Champs Elysee etc) where it's notorious for tourists to get stung even say S$50 for sitting outside a cafe and having a coffee and piece of cake.

Again from a Brit-perspective... Budapest.
Worth reading up briefly on the history before going, as it'll give useful context for what otherwise might be a place not so simple to immediately understand. Became very powerful and wealthy right through to WW1 - hence some amazing architecture that remains etc. Got invaded and/or annexed by both the Germans and Russians. Was part of the super-powerful Austro-Hungarian empire, and so on. Was communist/'Eastern-block' until independence in the late 80s. This was around the same time as the fall of the Berlin Wall etc...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungary
Hungary have now understandably had enough of external rule by others, so they have a somewhat arms-length relationship with the EU. They are a member, but they have their own currency, the Forint. Similar to how the UK retains the Pound, and for many of the same reasons.
When I was young Hungary wasn’t a place I could have or would have chosen to visit. It was closed, then had a lingering ‘commie’ taboo hanging over it. Now with budget airlines it’s being rediscovered, esp by long-weekenders visiting Budapest. So your experience can be one pitched at such fast-money, but do a bit of reading up and the real Budapest is not hard to find.
As it happens we visited just 6 months ago, and found it to be really great. It has a huge old castle, cobbled streets, street-markets and so on. There are loads of city river cruises which is a nice lazy way to see some of the core buildings and districts and hear the historical context given. Summer is the best time to go, it got pretty bitter in winter I can tell you! Paprika is the star food ingredient in Budapest, so go and seek a great offering of beef/other stroganoff (spicy meat or veggie stew, it’s like 1/2-way to a curry :)).
You can spend hours browsing in the street markets. Lot’s of offerings like sausages, beer-stalls, fresh funnel-cakes... no end of F+B options, plenty of veggie options too. There is an awesome historic cake/ice-cream shop on the main square too, my wife+SGn visitors went nuts there Smile
Again do a bit of background reading on TA and LP. I’d happily return at the drop of a hat.
If you’re not being picked up at the airport, you need to figure out how taxis work. IIRC you need to go and buy something like a taxi-coupon from the proper booth, if you take a taxi and pay the cash fare you might find a few extra zeros on the end. ps. Some great beer there too, worth researching a short-list on Beer-Advocate!
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Re: Random thoughts thread

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Tue, 24 May 2016 6:56 pm

haha typical JR8 post :D, thanks for the suggestions and

1.if the French are going to be dicks, i'll be dicks back to them.
2. thanks for that tip on self service vs waited service.
3. After seeing plenty of weird stuff in Asia, I think what the French eat pale in comparison LOL
4. Plan to do the usual Eiffel tower, some major landmarks but Mona Lisa LOL no
5 Hungary is probably more interesting of the two, I hope they do accept Euros in addition to whatever currency they use.
6. playing chess in a giant spa/bath seems to be a major pass time there so i think i'll do that
7. eat / drink / check out some new beer and food
8. get on a hop on hop off bus or a boat tour on the Danube maybe.
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