> This post got me thinking. since Konqui the dragon is the KDE community's > animal mascot, has anyone given thought to Trinity DE having an animal > mascot? I nominate Corvus Corax (raven). I did get to eat alligator once, > but it was such a small piece, I didn't notice anything distinct about it. > It may very well taste like chicken, but I can't say for sure unless I get > a chance to eat a larger amount someday. Cheers > > On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 12:01 AM, William Morder <doctor_contendo@...> > wrote: > > > > > > > On Sunday 10 June 2018 20:36:31 dep wrote: > > > weird. as i was reading this just now, alton brown on "good eats" was > > > speculating whether dinosaurs would have tasted like chicken. and no, i > > am > > > not making this up. the episode is entitled "a bird in the pan," and the > > > discussion is about three minutes in. amazing coincidence. > > > > > > dep > > > > Now that is funny! I am just riffing off the top of my head. I didn't see > > the > > show, and only vaguely know it. I watch a several cooking shows, but > > that's > > not one of them. > > > > Don't they say that the crocodilians (including alligators, caimans, etc.) > > are > > basically living fossils, that haven't changed much since the time of > > dinosaurs, except to get smaller on the whole? There are people, I know, > > who > > have eaten them, so maybe there is a clue. > > > > *SNIP* > > > > > > > > > This reminds me of a DOS game I bought (for I think $5 at a > > > > computer > > > show) back in the late 1980s. It had a small install > > > > routine that > > > copied the program to the hard drive and overwrote > > > > autoexec.bat with > > > the name of the executable file. In those days > > > > autoexec.bat could > > > run to a couple of pages, with us all trying > > to > > > > make our machines a > > > little faster and getting use of memory above > > > > 640k, which was a > > > delicate thing. To say nothing of the TSR > > > > programs many of us ran. > > > Setting comspec right after we copied > > > > command.com to a RAM drive. > > > That kind of thing. So autoexec.bat > > was > > > > a nontrivial thing, and > > > turning a well-tuned machine into a > > > > single-game console was > > > troublesome. > > > > I swear, this > > mailing > > > > list is sort of like Jurassic Park: a place > > where dinosaurs still > > > > roam the earth. > > > > Bill > > They still roam the earth, Bill, > > except > > > > now we call them birds. :) I wonder if they tasted like chicken or > > > > turkey, or more gamey like pheasant? Bill > > > > And here I was, ready to pounce on the first person who was itching for a > > fight, who would try to say that mythological dragons, for instance, were > > some kind of dim memory of dinosaurs, or creative attempts to explain > > dinosaur fossils. > > > > Yes, in fact I do know that many dinosaurs (we now discover) had feathers. > > Also, humans and dinosaurs were never* living at the same time. > > > > [* At least, "never", as far as current science know. But then we also > > used to > > say that Homo sapiens never interbred with other humans, such as > > Neanderthals; and we now know that they did, and that all non-Africans > > (Europeans and Asians, mostly) have some Neanderthal genes; and that > > Neanderthals often had red hair.] > > > > Most attempts to explain mythological dragons by the backwards logic of > > referring to dinosaurs are, we find, unconsciously influenced by later > > literature - mostly science fiction and fantasy. Again, since humans were > > never around at the same time as dinosaurs, they could have no memory of > > them > > to feel the need to explain them away; and enormous dinosaur fossils, when > > they were discovered, were usually thought to be the bones of the Giants > > (that is, the Titans of Greek myth, the Vanir of Norse myth, and so on). > > > > Mythological dragons are altogether different; but if I go there, we will > > need > > to start not just a new thread, but a separate forum! > > > > It will be interesting, if we all survive long enough to witness such > > events, > > whether we can actually succeed in cloning and resurrecting extinct > > species > > from their recovered DNA. I don't know about dinosaurs as such; but I > > think > > it would be great to have woolly mammoths and some other species. And dodo > > birds would make an excellent food source, it seems. > > > > When the human race is forced to evacuate the wasteland of our future > > earth, > > and a lucky few will get to colonize other planets, maybe we can take some > > of > > our animals with us. > > > > Bill > > > > > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- Platypus, an impossible creature. Many said TDE would be dead within a year. Now, it's gaining ground to the point, I think, that some are nervous. Kate The Platypus Wrangler. PS it would be a Borg Platypus of course.