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    Nah, I'm good. Doesn't take me long to adjust to Daylight Savings.

    TNP hates almonds.

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    WHAT?????? I want to hear from what sumbitch hates almonds!

    TNP demands to know who hates almonds! (Well, granted, there are some environmentally sound reasons to take issue with the amount of water required and so forth....)

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    Oh, I love 'em! But I just thought I'd ask if someone here didn't.

    TNP particularly likes Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds.

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    Every day of the week and twice on Sunday, Cap'n!

    TNP has been eating quite a bit of fast food (McDonald's, Wendy's, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, whatever) recently for reasons.

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    No, I haven't, actually. I like McDonald's, Wendy's and Taco Bell, but have never had Jack in the Box. My go-to guilty pleasure for fast food is actually Arby's. Eating there was a rare treat when I was a kid, and I still like it.

    TNP could go for an Arby's Beef and Cheddar, curly fries and jamocha shake right about now.

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    Well, I just ate some microwave popcorn and am swilling done some (swill but acceptable) beer, so I'd pass on that right now. But, in principle, yeah!

    An Arby's isn't on my regular route to and from work (well, I know there is one just a quick zag from my usual route, but I can't be bothered), but the last time I went into one, a few weeks ago, this jaw-droppingly beautiful young woman was at the window who had the most genuinely friendly smile and attitude I think I've ever seen. Wow. Cue Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" indeed! At least I was discreetly seated in the car!

    TNP should get off his or duff soon and put up some small bookshelves, with the aid of a good stud finder, a drill for pilot holes, and a screwdriver of some sort. Or something similar to that kind of useful tomfoolery.

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    Yes, if we had any wall space, we could definitely do with more bookshelves around here. But I have no skills at household tomfoolery more complicated than changing a lightbulb.

    TNP has at least three stacks of books in the room with him or her right now.

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    That's hilarious! Ha ha. So many stacks of books....ran out of bookshelf space years ago. And, no, I don't particularly like the sight of books...just what happens.

    TNP would go so far as to say he or she actively dislikes looking at stacks of books, or their spines, or whatever. However, values having information at glance or an arm-reach away, which in his or her opinion is not possible with other digital alternatives.

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    If I could have them all neatly arranged on shelves, that would be better, yes. But I wouldn't say I actively dislike the sight.

    TNP is concerned about the implications of AI for humanity's future.

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    Well. Not really. Recent experiments have been a complete disaster, and even the happy little LLM-based toys are not all that impressive.

    (I've not heard one respectable researcher say otherwise, nor anyone else in a paper in a professional, peer-reviewed journal).

    TNP has pretty loose criteria for general AI, and even then finds it hilarious to look at the current face of A"I" without bursting into laughter.
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    No, and although I'm not an alarmist, I am a bit worried. Computing power has been growing exponentially in recent years, and in a decade or two I wonder if humanity will be at risk from its own cybernetic creations.

    TNP will be going to church today.

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    No, not today. I figure the cross, the St. Mary and St. Ignatius medallions (which I am not wearing....have the day off for a change), and the rosary hanging off the rear view mirror (on the car I'm not driving today) is fine. I have plenty to confess for, anyway, so failure to observe mass on days of obligation is just a minor grave sin to add to the pile.

    TNP would not be worried about being interpolated while on the roads for having the rosary device hanging about the rearview mirror, since all police in the US are ethnic devout Catholics. The movies say.

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    Well, sure - when has Hollywood ever lied to us, after all?!?

    TNP has ended a sentence with three punctuation marks in the past week.

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    In writing???? Like, how many times, I say you? More than three is excessive, perhaps. but I could see annotating a very surprising move in, say, chess, in three. An extra exclamation point perhaps between brackets within parens.

    The answer is probably 'yes," BTW. Probably.

    TNP has met (or encountered) a judge in the past week who was extremely funny. And will explain "funny, how?" In his or her professional capacity, as in presiding over his or her court. Not just funny like a clown, or a Patch Adams: adept at his or her craft, but amusing within some professional limits.
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    Well, I heard a judge not too long ago, when someone offhandedly said "That's cool," respond, "Justice and coolness, those are always my goals." I thought that was kind of funny.

    TNP is listening to Christmas music this weekend.

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    What?

    Lalala. I didn't hear that!

    TNP is relatively unhappy when certain people aren't at work on any given day, because those people (he or she) give an extra bit of camaraderie.

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    Yes, there are certainly people I prefer to avoid at work if I can. Not as many these days, fortunately.

    TNP has recently been seated next to a boring person at a meal.

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    No. I eat alone in silence, like a desert hyena devouring my prey.

    TNP has, however, been very recently stuck behind someone in line at a convenience store who insisted on haggling over the price of some....I think it was vaping products or something....and was most displeased.

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    Not quite, although not long ago I was stuck in a pharmacy line behind an older person who took forever to buy just a few items.

    TNP still has some non-food holiday shopping to do.

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    Sure. Depends how one understands "holiday" shopping, but I need some plywood cut at Home Depot, and some toilet paper, as well as fill a prescription for Chantax (smoking-cessation drug that is supposed to antagonize nicotinide recepters).

    TNP is absolutely not on board with Xmas decorating, despite being a practicing Xian.

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    Oh, I am totally on board, even though my wife enjoys decking the halls more than I do, and does a lot more of it than I really think is necessary.

    TNP will be going to church tomorrow night.

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    Christmas Eve? Negative. I will attend mass on Christmas Day, though.

    TNP would rather go sit in a bar drinking after mass on Xmas Day in a Santa Claus costume, or a regular coat and tie.

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    Santa, for sure, if I owned such a costume. But IRL, I'm more likely to be in a regular coat and tie.

    TNP got a new tie over the holidays.

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    No. I was not so fortunate.

    TNP is happy that either or all the Ravens, the Bills (arguably...but they found their groove), the Browns, and the Lions are kicking so much ass this season.

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    The Browns especially, yeah, baby!

    TNP has big plans for New Year's Eve.

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    Well, already came and went here.

    I did like three or four loads of laundry, and washed a bunch of dishes.

    Then at about 2200 or so I started drinking my usual Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity Lager. Played some piano....a really long Bach fugue, and did kind of a fonkified version of "Auld Lang Syne" with some nice gospel-style chords using secondary dominant leading to the submediant with the fifth on the bass and added some diminished seventh chords to add flavor.

    So, actually a pretty mellow night. Haven't touched the keyboard in months, so that was fun.


    TNP's NY Resolutions are on the order of: "Probably get a haircut this year, and likely read a book or something."

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    Yeah, I'm not a resolution guy. I try not to commit to stuff that may just be unattainable. But I did get a haircut this afternoon, and have several books going.

    TNP is reading a particularly good novel at the moment, and will share the author and title.

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    Sure. Still on Tarkington's *The Magnificent Ambersons*, which is a delight (believe it or not, BoothTark was once one of the most celebrated, popular authors in the US), as well as still very slowly *The Queen's Gambit*. I started up Stendhal's *The Charterhouse of Parma* (an old "pocket paperback" in French with a lot of undergrad scribbles in it and some amusing notices of who owned the book, and who loves whom, and so forth, in the flyleaf.

    Fortunately, the underlining and scribbles only last up until page 63, so I can tough it out! I'm a Stendhal fan, but I haven't read this very famous one, although apparently I had acquired a copy a long time ago. Spoiler alert: it sort of involves Napoleon who did some stuff in Italy a while ago. At least that's my guess. And I think Parma is involved, but probably not much about food (although "Stendhal" [pen name] himself was a known connoisseur of many sensual habits).

    TNP has a favorite Rolling Stones original tune, and will both name it and explain why it is tops. Or, you know, top three or so.

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    Oh, definitely. "Gimme Shelter" is far and away my favorite Stones song. Sheer musical awesomeness:



    I like "Street Fighting Man," "Undercover of the Night" and "Ruby Tuesday," too, but they're not nearly in the same league for me. The rest of the Stones' songs I could pretty much take or leave ("Satisfaction" is a great song but i've heard it a gazillion times and never need to hear it again).

    TNP loves "Gimme Shelter," too.

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    Yep. That is one of the great epics of rock and roll, to me. Everything went right there, from soup to nuts, however it happened: an elevation of the form. I don't listen to it all the time, because, you know, heard it a million times, and it is intense. Recently was enthralled by the guitar parts to "Tumbling Dice," which I never had much zest for. But some nice clean motion in the guitars I didn't get the first hundred or so times heard it.

    TNP, in his or her experience, has a tremendous zeal for seeing operations conducted correctly and efficiently, and even finds satisfaction, in terms of progress made, in the disciplining of those who violate standards for safety and efficiency.

    (Probably a shorter way to say that: let's say TNP doesn't mind a bit opening up a can of whup-ass on people who are obstacles). Whichever.

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    Yes, I do like "seeing operations conducted correctly and efficiently," but have never gotten any satisfaction from disciplining anyone. I'm more likely to quietly take someone aside if they botch something and speak with them privately, or simply forgive and forget.

    TNP is already looking forward to the weekend.

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    Hmmm....yeah, probably. I'm retiring in a few weeks, so weekends are taking on a different flavour.

    TNP is looking forward to retirement.

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    Not particularly. I like being engaged and getting stuff done - not sure I'll ever fully retire (but I hope you enjoy yourself, RET!)

    TNP has cold feet right at the moment.

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    Not any more. I think there is some slight tissue damage from a somewhat lengthy power outage at my place recently about the toes. Despite the use of socks, and strong tactical deployment of various warming techniques in the battle against cold feet.

    TNP strongly prefers punching rather than kicking. You know, things and stuff, if it came down to it.

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    I do so little of either, but sure, I guess punching is maybe the better option.

    TNP has listened to some Vivaldi today.

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    No, not on "that" today nor in the interim. Just didn't occur to me.

    TNP last week had a number of weather-related issues which made for "interesting" (read: .... well, dealer's choice) times.

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    Yes, we went from 12" of snow, to rain, to a warming trend, to heavy fog yesterday and today, and then a light drizzle tonight.

    TNP drank a beer tonight.

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    Had 3.6 this morning....and 5.2 "hard" seltzers at lunch at work (sort of like beer, except without much merit....but doesn't leave a scent on one's breath!) None since.

    TNP should probably wear a Devo "energy dome" hat sometime soon. Yes, in public.

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    Heh. I think my sister had one of those, back in the day, but I never wore it, and I haven't seen one in many a year. Holy shit, there's a Wiki article about 'em!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_dome

    TNP has at least three silly hats in the closet, ready for the right (or wrong) occasion.

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    No, not really. The "energy dome" was to have been my one indulgence since childhood years. I liked the fancy hats back in the younger days, but last really nice fancy hat I had was a Hoquy brand beret, since lost or stolen, which I would not have the moxy to wear today.....and a nice French-style "casquette" (kind of like a driving cap....a cheap one, but still made of wool and with a stout small visor and so forth...) that was stolen when in a Parisian bar (some of the locals started a game of "keep away" from me, tossing it back and forth...I knew these people as a regular of this place....sort of having fun, but also with a bit of "stump the chump" added in since I was pretty intoxicated at the time). Either way, 100% my fault.

    Have a large sunhat and a few plain ballcaps (latter difficult to get in 7 " size, but is possible, if one finds a good seller who doesn't gouge one for shipping) that I never wear, because they just don't give enough shade to the face. One needs full coverage, I find, to avoid the Big Casino....he says as he continues to smoke cigarettes while into his second month of Chantix (Verenicline).

    TNP can think of no finer way to cut a large pack of bacon one tossed without much forethought into the freezer into, say, thirds than to use a circular disc "cut-through" (a small circular sawblade, really, either with jagged edges or coated in diamond powder, etc.....it's complicated!) attachment attached to a high-speed hand held power tool, such as a Dremel-style rotary tool.

    If TNP can, then TNP should name it, by all means! And none of that defrosting crap, neither, unless it involves a heat gun or a blowtorch.
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    Hmm, no, never heard of that, or done it. The only funny bacon trick I know is the author Robert B. Parker's suggestion to cook bacon in the nude, so that you never overcook it because you don't want to get burned by hot grease splatters. (I've never done that either, I confess).

    TNP has cooked bacon in the nude.

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    Actually, yeah....most likely multiple times. I don't remember why, except I was in a state of mind that was confident in my abilities to avoid injury, which I did. (True fact: it does not require much effort to avoid pain and injury performing such an act!) Despite statistics showing an alarming number of deaths caused by frying bacon in the UK.

    TNP is unwilling to make things easier for people who make foolish, lazy, inept decisions at the workplace, and in practice actively triages those who behave correctly and with sense in accordance with their level of compliance and orderliness.

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    Definitely. I'm a patient man but I won't go out of my way to reward or cover for those who make "foolish, lazy, inept decisions" at work.

    TNP can define the slang term "chooch" (as in, "Don't be a chooch").

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    Yeah. It means a fool. As in "I don't be flying in no airplane, and I ain't drinking none of that crazy chooch Murdock's milk, neither, sucka!"

    TNP would not drive two minutes out of his or her way to see Amelia Whatserface's final resting place, were it discovered and her remains were interred, even if symbolically.

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    Earhart? Sure, I would. I remember reading about her mysterious disappearance when I was in my teens, and have tried to learn more about her since.

    TNP would like to fly around the world someday.

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    Sure. Maybe like on a giant bird or something. That would be pretty cool.

    One question for TNP, and he or she *must* answer truthfully: llama or alpaca! Final answer only! And give reasons. Name names.

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    I like 'em both. If I must pick one, I'll go for Llarry the Llama over Alphonse the Alpaca.

    TNP actually knows a person (if not an alpaca) named Alphonse.

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    Not spelled that way exactly, but yes. Several regular drivers for my company have at least one of their names as a variant, but always spelled with an "f" instead of the "ph." And the terminal vowel varies. So, I guess not really, but sort of. Seems to be an extremely popular name, though, probably among people under, say, thirty or so.

    (Actually, the correct answer to the age old question about llamas and alpacas is, "it could be the llama, because it is stronger, but in fact it is the guanaco that is really liked!" According to a Peruvian woman I work with, anyway. Sort of a "cite" for that very important question, I suppose! Actually, she preceded her response by telling me that in her accent, "llama" is pronounced like "jahma," not "yama," and replied in Spanish, but pretty sure that's what she said.

    So, yes, your answer is acceptable by at least one Peruvian.)

    TNP has recently been (privately) shocked and offended when a chum's dog barked at him or her, despite TNP's innate ability to dog-whisper.

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    It hasn't happened to me, but our dog Dewey sometimes barks at people he already knows, and in a not-very-friendly manner. He's never bitten anyone, but it's kind of embarrassing.

    TNP has kissed a dog in the past month.

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    Well, that's kind of a personal question!

    No, absolutely not. No "dog" of any sort.

    TNP thinks a perfectly adequate way to address derelict behavior among one's managers at work is to keep filing detailed, accurate, insult-free reports with the company's "ethics hotline" (or whatever the equivalent might be....in my case...not HR....because IMHO they are weenies).

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