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  1. about 8 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Like anything it can be overdone.

    Having people staring at the “pop tart” is much less intrusive and annoying than those who are talking loudly to an invisible person over their phone. I can’t count how many times I’ve turned and asked, “Did you say something?” only to be met by a glare from someone talking to their phone or seemingly to thin air and with a Bluetooth headset sticking out of their ear.

  2. 2 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I communicate almost exclusively through text. It’s less intrusive and keeps the communication to the essentials. If I want person to person interaction that’s best done face to face with no intervening electronics.

  3. 2 days ago on Pearls Before Swine
    “There was a time when phones stood on desks and were attached to wires. … people were able to conduct their daily lives without constantly looking at them”

    But those phones did have this annoying habit of making a loud ringing sound until you answered. That could make it hard to conduct your “daily life” without either talking to the person who was calling or enduring the noise until they gave up.

    I prefer text or email and almost never answer a call. Let them use voice mail.

  4. 4 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    Air horns are carried with intent to use them. The opposite is the case with sidearms. The problem is with how they are used, not with having them.

  5. 5 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    Orange, mango, shark repellent …

  6. 5 days ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    Just go with “bee” and use the preceding word to keep the rhythm.

  7. 6 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    It’s basically arbitrary. Pieces can be almost any contrasting colors. As long as the queens (and kings) are on the same file the game is the same. I suppose it would be affected if the queens were on different files (both on their players’ right or left).

  8. 7 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    But then how do you know how many squares to move?

  9. 9 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    Some would argue a “sport” requires more physical activity than chess. I was reading one comment section where a troll claimed golf wasn’t a sport because … Well I was never sure but it seemed to have to do with the spectators not being able to yell at the golfers as they hit the ball and the fact that the ball wasn’t moving when hit. Or maybe that the golfers weren’t allowed to tackle or hit one another.

  10. 9 days ago on Sherman's Lagoon

    Checkers: thick tiddlywinks.