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Re: [trinity-users] TOTALLY off-topic - got a puzzle meets dinosaurs & dragons

From: Gene Heskett <gheskett@...>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 02:10:49 -0400
On Wednesday 13 June 2018 01:32:13 William Morder wrote:

> I was thinking the same thing. TDE is a little like a dinosaur that
> has been resurrected; but it's a dinosaur that deserved better. The
> old KDE3 desktop suffered from a kind of artificial extinction from
> unnatural selection.
>
> There is of course T. Rex.
>
> Then again, maybe we ought to just make up our own dinosaur? It could
> be both a dinosaur, and mythical.
>
> Bill
>
I like that idea, something like a cross between a teradactyl and a 
velociraptor? The velo ran down its lunch so its considered fast, and 
the tera flew, which would also be fast. And so is TDE in comparison to 
the KDE its developed from because the guys have taken the time to clean 
it up and optimize it. A lot. We ought to play pin the tail with all the 
parts till we find the one config thats all around good. 

Unforch my ideas are not accompanied by the artistic talent to draw the 
critter.

> On Tuesday 12 June 2018 22:05:39 elcaseti wrote:
> > Hmm, triceratops does seem awfully appropriate, with its three
> > horns.  Of course, we'd have to put up with jokes about being old
> > fashioned dinosaurs, which might have a little truth to it :)
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 9:50 PM, William Morder
> > <doctor_contendo@...>
> >
> > wrote:
> > > T stands for?
> > >
> > > turtle, tortoise
> > > turkey
> > > tarantula
> > > Tricerotops (sp?) it's got "trinity" in it
> > > T Rex
> > >
> > > Just riffing on possibilities for animal mascots.
> > >
> > > Bill
> > >
> > > On Tuesday 12 June 2018 21:33:45 elcaseti wrote:
> > > > 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
> > > > >
> > > > >
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