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Michael Hopcroft

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Michael Hopcroft last won the day on October 24 2019

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  1. Sciwnces! The best marthmeticians, medyerologitsts, physicists, biologists, and s forth, come to Tokyo and show off their work on the topic selected by the Judges. Think of it as Top Chef for researchers. Medals will be awarded for great leaps forward in the respective disciplines, with the Gold coming for truly momentous discoveries like how to man ipulate the climate in order to providethe best conditions possible for chuman life. Heroism at the Olympics that could save the lives of everyone on te planet. NT: Okynmpic events that would be possible medals for the Fictional Central Asian Republic of Gathchistan.
  2. I was worried for a second that some idiot had smashed it though with a brick. Glad it was something else.
  3. All the progress at my mother's senior apartment complex has been erased with a "Breakthrough" case of Covid that got past the Pfizer vaccine. The buildign is under a sort of quaranitn and Mpm is in a self-imposed lockdown for the next two weeks, regardless of what happens. I don't have Covid fatigue so much as outrage. I know there is no consciousness behind a virus and cannot be assigned blame or praise. It mutates because that's what viruses do. I'm just scared that this might never end, and thjat the consequences of its not ending are potentially terrifying. What if people decide "If it' going to mutate soon, why vaccinate now?"
  4. The Seattle Keraken, the newest franchise in the National Hockey League, completed its expansion draft, collecting one player each from 30 other teams (Vegas was left out). The last time a draft was run for expanding the league, Vegas took the players they drafted and cobbled together a team that came closer than any expansion team ever to winning the Stanley Cup. While the Kraken could have gotten future Hall of Fame goaltender Carey Price, they for the most part passed on the bigger names available. Instead, as is traditional in expansion drafts, they most selected young pl;ayers that hopefully have strong upsides and can blossom with more ice time. It's hard to guess what will come of this team -- theoretically they are going to be bad their first few seasons, but they (and I) said that about Vegas too and -- well, if you are a hockey fan you know how THAT turned out. Seattle has literally weeks to finish the upgrades to Key Arena before the team begins play.
  5. You should see the beautiful stop-motion version of Wind in the Willows produced by Britian's Cosgrove-Hall studios (most famous in the US for the brilliant spy satire Danger Mouse). Aside from the superb voice work (Sir David Jason inhabited Toad), the art was a combination of precision and inspiration that may have inspired some of the people who went on to work for places like Laika. It is underseen, difficult to find today, and worthy of being seen. There wasn't just the traditional sections used to make movies; they also made a full season of TV episodes that started with the original novel and moved in other directions. ("Wayfarers All", for example, concerns a seagoing relative whose stories of the sea utterly seduce Ratty's imagination and compel him to go to sea himself. Suddenly the tables are turned and Toad has to help save Ratty from himself.)
  6. When I hear that song, I always hear the book's writers description as an oudated slur for Muslims. The verse becomed a direct reference to the Necronomicon, as I have no doubt that David Bowie had read at least a little Lovecraft. The rest of the song suits the Mythos theme as well. Then again, I once was covinced for all the world that Geroge Harrison's :Devil's Radio" included the phrase "God Sinned", so maybe that's just me. And this song is quite disturbing enough on its own.
  7. Q: Can you whip up a metric ton of the most poweful lubricant in the world to trip up the Flash? A: Here are the promised superpowers. I hope you're ready to ignore them completely during 80% of your waking hours.
  8. Although the Finals have sio far not gotten good TV ratings, those who are not tuning in are missing out on some great drama. Game 5 in Phoenix was one of the best games of basketball I've seen in years. The score belies the fact that it waqs a great defensive game -- both defenses did a very good job of forcing their opponent to take bad shots -- but ttose bad shots went down. The defenses were both able to get some impressive stops, from outright steals to forcing attackers out of bounfs To spectacular block and denials. The outcome was decided by pure grt. For basketball lovers, Game 5 was like a gift from Heaven.
  9. IRRC, as a non-cannabis user (it's legal in Oregon, but I'm just not interested), cannabis is effective for the control of pain and stress after a hard contest. It is used by many athletes, even if leagues or the IOC have rules against it. NBA playersd still get suspende for cannabis, which seems silly. It is more based on an idea of morals (players are considered role models, in spite of Charles Barkley's powerful protest), and the presumption is that NBA players using without consequences would encourage young fans to do the same. Yet there are no rules against nicotine and alcohol which are just as detrimental to health. This may be because the league partly exists to sell alcoholic beverages. So the IOC ban is based more on outdated moral qualms than on competitive advantage, and they have no qualms about destroying careers and lives in the name of not offending their sponsors. Final note: Japan is paranoid when it comes to drugs. That has not much changed since the period where Paul McCartney was arrested, jailed, and finally deported during a world tour, all over a few grams of marijuana on hid person when he went through customs.
  10. Q: What ia the motto of our typical 400-point Valdorian Age wizard? A: That is not what we meant when we said "Brainwash this guy"/
  11. Tracy died soon after a long fought civil war Just after I'd wiped away his last tear I guess he's better off than he was before A whole lot better off than the fools he left here I used to cry for Tracy 'cause he was my only friend Those kind of cars don't pass you every day I used to cry for Tracy 'cause I wanted to see him again But sometimes sometimes life ain't always the way Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad Sometimes I wish that life is never ending All good things, they say, never last Springtime was always my favorite time of year A time for lovers holding hands in the rain Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy's tears Always cry for love, never cry for pain He used to say so strong "Oh I'm not afraid to die I'm afraid of the death that left me hypnotized" Now, staring at his picture I realize No one could cry the way my Tracy cried Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad Sometimes I wish that life was never ending All good things, they say, never last I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy's there I know that he has found another friend Maybe he's found the answer to all the April snow Maybe one day I'll see my Tracy again Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad Sometimes I wish that life was never ending But all good things, they say, never last And all good things they say, never last And love, just isn't love until it's passed **** Could you be The most beautiful girl in the world It's plain to see You're the reason that God made a girl When the day turns into the last day of all time I can say, I hope you are in these arms of mine And when the night falls before that day I will cry I will cry tears of joy 'Cause after you all one can do is die Could you be The most beautiful girl in the world, could you be It's plain to see You're the reason that God made a girl You're the reason that God made a girl Oh yes, you are How can I get through days when I can't get through hours I can try but when I do I see you and I'm devoured, oh yes Who'd allow, who'd allow a face to be soft as a flower I could bow and feel proud in the light of this power, oh yes (Bow down) Could you be (Could you be) The most beautiful girl in the world Could you be It's plain to see You're the reason that God made a girl Oh yes, you are And if the stars ever fell one by one from the sky I know Mars could not be too far behind 'Cuz baby, this kind of beauty has got no reason to ever be shy 'Cuz honey, this kind of beauty the kind that comes from inside Could you be (Could you be) The most beautiful girl in the world (So beautiful, beautiful ) It's plain to see (Plain to see) You're the reason that God made a girl, oh yeah Oh yes, you are Could you be
  12. Miles Morales, life-long Mets fan, scored tickets in a school raffle. His parents were afraid to let him go because it's expensive to fly to Colorado during a Pandemic, but a mysterious benefactor who claimed he was with the school offered to pay for the airfare. What nefarious purpose does this mystery person have for getting the new Spider-Man in to see Jacob DeGrom? Excelsior!f
  13. Can you win the Tour de Frabce even if you do not win a single competitive stage?
  14. The PGA's attempts to enforce a dress code have gone horribly, horribly wrong.
  15. Three infantry squads, a Medium Machine Gun, and a Demolition charge, hoping I can manage to get past what I think is a Tiger Tank in D2. NT: What the time-traveling future you was trying to warn present-day you about before they took that bullet in the back.
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