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This is a link post Final spin


(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Good night sweet prince
4 eva in r ❤'s

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:42, Reply)
This is a normal post hang on
that's off /board
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 23:09, Reply)
This is a normal post Oh no he's crossed the streams!

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 23:13, Reply)
This is a normal post of the Styx?

(, Mon 22 Feb 2021, 8:21, Reply)
This is a link post Dig out your old Minidisc
I still think Minidisc was an under-rated format, and I've doggedly held on to my 200+ discs, 2 x portables and hifi separate. I can still rip CDs to MD, but stuff I've downloaded digitally can't be directly transferred, until now. Link above is to a blog where a bloke has made a browser-based thing to transfer music to a MD player. It's a bit slow, but very easy to use.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 19:17, Reply)
This is a normal post It can’t be as slow as the original Sony software!

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 19:56, Reply)
This is a normal post No indeed!

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:10, Reply)
This is a normal post how much faster was usb than optical or analogue anyway?
there is a mechanical process that requires time - the laser heating a spot of material to the curie temp and then the magnetic head transferring the data the spin of the motor etc
half way thru archiving to hd before my last machine gave up the ghost a few years ago but never had a usb model so dunno - does it transfer both ways? disc to usb would be more useful to me and maybe even worth an ebay if it works surely reading from is faster than writing to?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:22, Reply)
This is a normal post No, doesn't transfer in both directions.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:03, Reply)
This is a normal post boo
cheers - saved me a google. had enough trouble trying to rescue dodgy discs in the past so glad to avoid another md rabbit hole
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:07, Reply)
This is a normal post You used USB for putting ATRAC files on the MD.
You used optical for recording in real time.

At the time you could get MD drives to hook up to a computer like a Zip drive, but hardly anyone bought them outside Japan.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:10, Reply)
This is a normal post but analogue or optical real time recordings being transcoded to atrac
is a function of processor time not mechanical was my point i think - usb transfer is only shaving a few cycles from the process?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:18, Reply)
This is a normal post We're getting wires crossed.
ATRAC3 was used to fit vastly more audio on an MD than recording lossless PCM or original ATRAC. This effectively turned a Minidisc player into an MP3 player with removable storage.

If you wanted to do this you had to connect USB (before USB 2.0, mark you), and you had to use Sony's ATRAC3 format as well as their slow, shitty and generally unpleasant software.*

If you were hooked up to the optical in, you could only record in realtime but the quality was much better.
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 1:00, Reply)
This is a normal post ah - old skool md here
bailed way before atrac3 - before 'lp' even
i fink i geddit now
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 1:06, Reply)
This is a normal post Very glad I skipped straight from CDs to my Archos jukebox. Minidiscs were for blobbing birds and woofters.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:34, Reply)
This is a normal post I think it's rated about right given that it had worse sound quality than the medium it was trying to replace.
Bring back OGG.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:01, Reply)
This is a normal post Hey! Happy Candles!

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:02, Reply)
This is a normal post wooo cankles

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:35, Reply)
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I can remember my boss buying one decades ago (worked in a nightclub at the time) "its the future" he repeatedly said. It lasted about a day in that sweatbox of a club.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:40, Reply)
This is a normal post Smoke machines aren't particularly kind to optical-based media players either...
If the fog itself doesn't interfere with playback, then the residue build-up over time traps dust.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 23:57, Reply)
This is a normal post I loved and still love MiniDisc
Recorded all the basic tracks for a Pretty Popular Film Soundtrack on it and it stands up very well when bumped up to Super Dooper Dolby 5.1
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 19:17, Reply)
This is a normal post I loved my minidisc player

Given I could record five or six albums on a disc, I could carry about thirty albums on me. With the extra battery bolted on I could get about 60hrs play, too.
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 22:52, Reply)
This is a link post B:dum B:dum Sound - Istanbul
If you still have your vinyl copy of this, I don't, apparently it's worth about £300.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 15:30, Reply)
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(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:17, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah, weird
The link will take you there.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:46, Reply)
This is a link post Space, no you're wrong
may bear passing resemblance to various tv shows
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:40, Reply)
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The first half of that is very good indeed. "Then we shall leave", cut to credits, job done. No need for the weak second joke.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 18:17, Reply)
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I enjoyed all the jokes, and didn't think it was really labouring things at just over a minute! Good stuff.
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 1:53, Reply)
This is a link post Bent robots


(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:14, Reply)
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of course the first thing i drew was teh magenta :)
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 1:09, Reply)
This is a link post draw an iceburg and watch it float
ronseal

I think I can guess 99% of the first picture from the people on this site (cos I did one as well)

Iceberger


(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 8:21, Reply)
This is a normal post This is great

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 10:17, Reply)
This is a normal post That's really annoying
No matter what ratio I have between my cock and balls only 5-20% is visible from the surface, and I'm still trying to access what proportion of tits are a danger to icebreaker shipping.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 10:28, Reply)
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Mount your sculpture on top of a large block, and it'll stand to attention like a good 'un.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:42, Reply)
This is a normal post I don't seem to be able to change the ratio between my cock and balls.
I'm quite jealous.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 17:50, Reply)
This is a normal post Like that

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:42, Reply)
This is a normal post and that's the way it is

(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 2:52, Reply)
This is a normal post Brill stuff
Can easily get cock into erect position. Would draw again. 5/7
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 12:25, Reply)
This is a normal post Comedy vulvas are really difficult.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 18:59, Reply)
This is a normal post just the tip of my iceburg poking out

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:34, Reply)
This is a link post Activision Talking Televisions
35mm HD film scan

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 1:23, Reply)
This is a normal post That is fucking madness.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 12:19, Reply)
This is a normal post From a time when Activision
Hadn’t heard of loot boxes...
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 13:29, Reply)
This is a normal post They actually gave out free stuff back then:
sew-on patches when you sent in a photo of the TV screen if you achieved a high score.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 18:43, Reply)
This is a normal post Was that
Patricia Routledge?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:36, Reply)
This is a normal post I can see what you mean, but don't think it is.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 15:27, Reply)
This is a link post The Lookey Likey Game
Burnley FC manager Sean Dyche decides not to do a pre-match interview about football
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 21:50, Reply)
This is a normal post He's being a dyche.
How not to respond to silly questions.
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 22:09, Reply)
This is a link post No one would have believed I made this!
they were dancing tango on Mars
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 20:37, Reply)
This is a link post Unnecessary detail
Audio.
Almost all of the coal in the entire world was made during the carboniferous period. 60 million years - a blink of the eye, in terms of Earth history.

Why? 'coz before trees, it was mostly grass short-arse plants [Edited]. One plant figured out how to make lignum - which is trunks and branches and stuff. The bacteria and fungi didn't know how to eat it, so dead trees lay for long enough to fossilise.

60 mill years later, the detritivores figured out how to eat it.

If you find this kind of thing interesting, you'll enjoy Matt Parker. If you don't, fair enough - this is an incredibly geeky rabbithole.


(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 19:41, Reply)
This is a normal post That looks rather cool
The book is now on my shopping list - cheers!
I can't believe I've never seen the "double domino" effect before.
youtu.be/EYkBctqyKic
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 7:47, Reply)
This is a normal post Trees evolved from ferns.
300 million years ago. Grasses didn't arise until about 55 million years ago.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:25, Reply)
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Fair point, thanks.
I think it might've arisen about 100 mya or so though.[1]

Still, way after the carboniferous, sure.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:55, Reply)
This is a normal post Great book!
Loved it and his YouTube channel is pretty fine also.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 16:34, Reply)
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Welcome to the rabbit-hole.
24 Hour Maths Magic Show - Part 1
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 19:23, Reply)
This is a link post Daevid Allen on stage in 1991
The one-man show

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 19:21, Reply)
This is a normal post I am in the middle of reading the EXCELLENT biography of Robert Wyatt
So this is of interest thanks
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 8:30, Reply)
This is a normal post Shaggy's really odd without Scooby
I have a couple of early 'gas' tapes somewhere.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 23:12, Reply)
This is a link post A storm trooper is no match for Luke Skywalker...
...surely?

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 17:29, Reply)
This is a link post Some of you may find this amusing NSFW
The song is fun too

NSFW if plastic toy porn is NSFW otherwise - -is you pervert?
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 16:33, Reply)
This is a link post How animals reclaimed Chernobyl
A documentary about animals and a tale about a cat family and a wolf.
Including the bear brothers.

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 15:41, Reply)
This is a normal post I enjoyed the beginning but the narrative became overwhelmingly annoying after 30 minutes.
Pretending to know the mind and motivations of cats, wolves and bears, and telling a story made from cobbled and obviously contrived footage, it's not exactly a scientific documentary.

Skipping to the credits to find out which McGann was doing the narration (Paul), I came upon this quote: "nature can triumph even when man has done his best to destroy it." WTF? Nuclear power is A) natural, B) not designed to destroy anything, and C) very far indeed from man's best attempt to destroy nature, which I would say is probably golf.
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 19:47, Reply)
This is a normal post nuclear decay might be natural, nuclear power a little less so
"son, I like to go the wild, untouched places on earth, see herds of ibex grazing next to pristine fission reactors. you feel like you're in the garden of eden"
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 21:13, Reply)
This is a normal post We owe our lives to a giant nuclear fusion reactor in the sky. Nuclear fission is also a naturally occuring process:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_nuclear_fission_reactor

Perhaps the common ancestor of the ibex grazed in Gabon.
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 23:44, Reply)
This is a normal post well yes, that's fascinating and revelatory, but claiming nuclear power like the chernobyl station is natural, as you did, is stretching the definition of the word "natural"
generally, if something requires you to build a giant power plant, cooling towers, mine and enrich uranium, then initiate a controlled thermal fission reaction to drive a turbine, we'd tend to define that as a man-made or artificial rather than a natural process or something you're likely to stumble across in nature. I mean, I don't want to belabour what I thought was an uncontroversial correction, but if everything is natural according to the brb definition (ipads? just atoms, mate. Totally natural), it's somewhat pointless to use it as a defence of nuclear power as you have
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 0:26, Reply)
This is a normal post well no - if something exists in the universe then it is natural
or are you arguing that the universe is unnatural?
anything else would be supernatural - and that is just silly.
like, do you imagine human beings as somehow existing and operating outside of nature?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 1:32, Reply)
This is a normal post So the opposite of supernatural is subnatural.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2:12, Reply)
This is a normal post playing with semantics i know but i really don't get it
what underlying concept is being hinted at? sub or super both are outside the realm of human experience?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2:13, Reply)
This is a normal post repeating, myself, if your definition of the term "natural" is "everything", which isn't a widely held one in this context or any other, than it's fatuous to use it as a defence of nuclear power like the Chernobyl plant
And by fatuous I'm using the dictionary definition of "silly and pointless", but feel free to substitute in your own definition as you have want to do.

"Nothing wrong with nuclear power plants"
"Why not?"
"Well, they're made of stuff that's found in the universe. Same as ox tongues and supernovas and ak47s and anthrax bacillus. all natural. Need I say more?"

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 3:35, Reply)
This is a normal post nope - try again
hint: less fiction - more science
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 3:37, Reply)
This is a normal post well, I was hoping to draw brb out to double down again rather than concede to an obvious but minor error
because we all know the sky falls on your head when you admit to saying something wrong or stupid
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 3:54, Reply)
This is a normal post Artifus is exactly correct.
Things are either natural and in existence (or potential existence), or they're supernatural and they're not.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:45, Reply)
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the opposite of natural is artificial, not supernatural

happily, language is democratic: it's not that you're wrong per se, just that very, very few people will agree with you.

perhaps there's a facebook group you can join :)
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:10, Reply)
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cool - now tell us all what pedantic means
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:14, Reply)
This is a normal post is it like
bending the runners in a three-drawer filing cabinet, so that the drawer doesn't stop when it's pulled out? or filling the stationery tray with thumb tacks?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:34, Reply)
This is a normal post not quite

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:46, Reply)
This is a normal post oh wait,
add lead weights to the drawer-fronts and super-glue the stationery tray first?
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 4:10, Reply)
This is a normal post there ya go
not that hard this thinking thing, is it?
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 4:41, Reply)
This is a normal post 'the opposite of natural is artificial, not supernatural'
Nice, we're nearly in agreement. We're close, I promise.

Artificiality is an illogical conceptual throwback to a time when it was common to think of mankind as special and separate from nature (because God made everything for us, and nature must be tamed). But man is not special, separate, artificial, contrived, or fake. We exist entirely within nature. We are as natural as the other tool using animals, and the stuff we make is as natural as the stuff they make.

Why should a birds nest, termite colony, or beaver dam be considered natural, but something built by a human is artificial? What exactly is the distinction being made?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:37, Reply)
This is a normal post "If something requires you blah blah blah"...
No ifs, no nands, what you said about fission reactors and ibex has been shown to be bollocks.

You can get increasingly specific if you like, but that will only make you slightly less wrong, it won't make me less right.

Fission is natural, it's happening all the time. Exploiting it is no less natural than exploiting any other resource or process.

Ask yourself this, is tool use demonstrated by animals natural or not? Assuming you agree it's natural, what is it in your mind that makes human tool use unnatural?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:47, Reply)
This is a normal post oh dear
i hope you're not in charge of anything
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 19:18, Reply)
This is a normal post shhh!
no one else wants to look after the crayons!
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 20:17, Reply)
This is a normal post Crayons are 100% natural.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:41, Reply)
This is a normal post and well worthy of custodianship
plus they taste great
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:07, Reply)
This is a normal post Imagine being the idiot in charge of the artificial crayons.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:13, Reply)
This is a normal post *looks sheepishly at shoes whilst kicking up dust and whistling wistfully*

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:20, Reply)
This is a normal post I agree with the anthromorphism and golf comment.
Nuclear fuel is orders of magnitude more dangerous than native materials.
Doesn't mention the numerous animals that starved.
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 22:27, Reply)
This is a normal post It said that the rodent population dropped, in fairness.
What's a native material? Are radioactive elements foreign materials?

Fear of radioactive materials is orders of magnitude more harmful to your health than the radioactive materials themselves.
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 23:49, Reply)
This is a normal post I meant the fuel is vastly more concentrated than occurs in nature.
Some are synthetic, like the various isotopes of plutonium.

When the people were bussed out of the area, I doubt they took pets, most of which would starve.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2:05, Reply)
This is a normal post >more concentrated than occurs in nature.
where on earth is it occurring then, and how?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2:10, Reply)
This is a normal post You are using an excessively strict interpretation of natural.
Far more than would be usually expected in such a milieu as this.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2:16, Reply)
This is a normal post less science more fiction - got it
might start my own religion soon
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2:18, Reply)
This is a normal post your personal definition of words outside accepted norms ≠ science
The oxford definition gives the condition in the definition: "not made or caused by humans". this is the one that is widely accepted. if you were to ask ordinary people whether a nuclear power plant, a tree, uranium ore dug up, or processed uranium, were natural, they'd say, no, yes, yes, no, because unlike you and brb, they have a good grasp on what the term means. however, if brb wants to hold on to this all-encompassing personal definition of natural, then why use it defend nuclear power plants?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 4:07, Reply)
This is a normal post ...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFaN9_n_7Uw
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This is a normal post haha

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 4:32, Reply)
This is a normal post good point
well made
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 10:00, Reply)
This is a normal post *moons*

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 17:45, Reply)
This is a normal post *howls*

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 21:30, Reply)
This is a normal post 'vastly more concentrated than occurs in nature'
I bet you there's at least one star out there with even more refined isotopes in its core than we've ever produced.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:53, Reply)
This is a normal post Now you’re just being silly
Did Alexander Litvinenko die of polonium poisoning or the fear of it? Did all those people who went into the Chernobyl reactor room have their bodies break down out of fright?
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 9:21, Reply)
This is a normal post My point is that stress over radioactivity causes more harm to the human population that the radioactive materials themselves
not that an individual exposed to lethal radiation won't die.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:41, Reply)
This is a normal post Nuclear power is less damaging than climate change?

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 18:00, Reply)
This is a normal post Holy shit yes.
It's one of the cleanest and least harmful methods we have, and our best hope at surviving the next couple of centuries.

It is green energy because it emits zero carbon, just steam. The waste products make more fuel, the associated waste (such as used PPE, metals, glass, water, concrete, etc) and what's left over from the depleted fuel can and should be stored in such a way as to produce useful energy too (the stuff is literally hot, so chuck it down a sufficiently engineered hole and stick a geothermal power plant on top), or make a fucking huge RTG to power your Van Neumann probe or whatever).
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 19:01, Reply)
This is a normal post So all the natural oil refineries will go extinct.

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:10, Reply)
This is a normal post Isn't a natural gas deposit the result of natural refinery, from a certain point of view?
Fossil fuel deposits would certainly go extinct if all life on Earth went extinct first. It would take a while, but we wouldn't care.
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 22:40, Reply)
This is a normal post That point of view changes as you need it too.
It's nearly off the page so I'm damned if I'll let you have the last word.
*raspberries*
(, Sun 21 Feb 2021, 1:48, Reply)
This is a normal post That's some Trump level batshittery you got there pardner

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:30, Reply)
This is a normal post That's some Corbyn level comprehension you got there chum

(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 14:57, Reply)
This is a normal post Ooook. Never thought you had recognised his intellect as superior to yours
Well done, you're coming along nicely with your therapy
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 23:16, Reply)
This is a normal post There's a bear in the house
With the kittens. Without their mother.
I can't watch.
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 22:45, Reply)
This is a link post Six degrees of Marty Feldman
For those of you who like that sort of thing

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 14:30, Reply)
This is a normal post
excellent!!
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 21:05, Reply)
This is a link post Yusuf's 'Lady D'Arbanville' ('Dear Sandy Duncan' version) I made this!
Let's hear it for Sandy Duncan, the Julie Andrews of television and owner of the key to my heart.

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 14:05, Reply)
This is a link post It seems that too much lycra will fracture time.

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 7:03, Reply)
This is a normal post someone needs a new graphics card

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 15:26, Reply)
This is a normal post I'm not so impressed with
Adam Curtis latest
(, Sat 20 Feb 2021, 7:59, Reply)
This is a link post life on mars?


(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 1:04, Reply)
This is a normal post Hard to imagine a time when he had to do demos
or phobos for that matter

Bit of astronomical humour there folks! I will be here all weekend!
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 1:10, Reply)
This is a normal post have you not heard the laughing gnome?

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 1:14, Reply)
This is a normal post You hum it and I'll play it

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 1:22, Reply)
This is a normal post mmm...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SQdBxVjZx4
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 1:25, Reply)
This is a normal post No way am I clicking that
Haha heehee
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 2:01, Reply)
This is a normal post haha hehe hoho
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 2:05, Reply)
This is a normal post yes, confirmed ten years ago
link
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 12:01, Reply)
This is a link post Bayeux Tapestry now viewable online
Not a tapestry, and wasn’t made in Bayeux.
(, Thu 18 Feb 2021, 22:24, Reply)
This is a normal post Fake News
We won by a lot.
(, Thu 18 Feb 2021, 23:33, Reply)
This is a normal post Crazy Kiwi made this out of metal cog teeth
medievalmosaic.com/
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 0:30, Reply)
This is a normal post Amazing piece of work

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 0:53, Reply)
This is a normal post they missed a trick not calling it ebayeux

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 9:34, Reply)
This is a normal post Great. More doomscrolling

(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 13:33, Reply)
This is a normal post Why are they using
latin text, but arabic numerals?
(, Fri 19 Feb 2021, 13:48, Reply)
This is a link post Sequel to Coming to America leaked


(, Thu 18 Feb 2021, 21:54, Reply)
This is a normal post But that means no Square Pegs
starring Sarah Jessica Parker
(, Thu 18 Feb 2021, 22:06, Reply)

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