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  • JJ123
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    My random thought: I was thinking that maybe a good idea for a book or novella (if I was to write it, probably would be more like a short novella or short story, as I probably don't have the science chops for this) would be someone (or perhaps a man and woman) is sent to Mars to die. In other words, the technology doesn't really exist to bring the person back, so the goal is to take a volunteer and rocket him/her/(them) off to the planet to gather some video and send back reports to Earth, and maybe talk to classrooms/students, etc. (I really like the idea of the person(s) talking to students because in my rendition of it the students would be bored and sneaking peeks at their phones, etc., in a clear comment on today's society). The reason for doing this would be because a billionaire wanted to see this happen before he died (or it could be a she, certainly, but everyone probably knows who I'm thinking of...or maybe the two/three I'm thinking of, and they're all male...then again, it could be a she based on that famous as of late investor who invents all those ETFs)....and it could also be for non-selfish reasons such as powering the imagination of the world as the moon landings did. In the end, the person pops the cyanide pill that astronauts supposedly have (is that an urban legend?) but gives a speech supposedly on a private line...but a group interferes with that and shares it with the world. (One note: it has to be a healthy person who goes so the stakes are upped, and of course, that would make sense anyway)

    So, as I sometimes ask in these parts because I am not as well-read as the majority here...has this been done before? I assume, as usual, that it has, but just curious if anyone happens to know. I probably won't write this out anyway as I have no real connections either in publishing or Hollywood - and that's what I really would see for this as a dream sort of thing, a rights-selling situation for film or episodic - and if I did it probably would just be a short story that basically skips to the suicide speech (thinking about it, maybe it could more realistically be a short film under that condition? Hmmm...that actually gives a little hope). Nevertheless, I sort of saw this in my mind as starring someone like Matt Damon (he obviously came to mind), but I suppose something like this could already be in development somewhere...

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  • mhatchett
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    It's always surprising to me how low people can get in this world. Not sure why I am surprised but I am.
    You turn 60 and every dirt bag scammer in the world seems to know. Literally, everyday somebody tries something, either by mail, email or online. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been "arrested" and lost my Social Security (which I'm not drawing, by the way). I don't use debit cards at all. I would be super pissed at PP if my account got hacked. Good luck, hope this gets resolved soon.

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  • Ben Staad
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    It's always surprising to me how low people can get in this world. Not sure why I am surprised but I am.

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  • mhatchett
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    That is some BS!

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  • Ben Staad
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    Ughh. My paypal was hacked today and some scumbags racked up $600 in charges quickly. Thankfully it was to a CC and not my bank account and I am sure this will be resolved quickly by PP.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Happy 4th of July.

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  • mhatchett
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    Originally posted by c marvel View Post

    I have more books than I thought I would own. My reading tastes/habits changed dramatically about 20 years ago. I am still refining my "collection". I do know that compared to other posters here I am a small timer in that regard. Many posters in just this forum have 3X, 5X or 10X the number of books (As opposed to me).

    Cap
    Remember, it's never about size, it's how you use your collection! LOL sorry!

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  • c marvel
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    Originally posted by mhatchett View Post
    That's a lot of Books! LOL!
    I have more books than I thought I would own. My reading tastes/habits changed dramatically about 20 years ago. I am still refining my "collection". I do know that compared to other posters here I am a small timer in that regard. Many posters in just this forum have 3X, 5X or 10X the number of books (As opposed to me).

    Cap

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  • mhatchett
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    That's a lot of Books! LOL!

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  • c marvel
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    We are short handed, to put it mildly, in the park. The unit where I work was on OT (Overtime) 6 day weeks for approx. two months. Practically every dept is short employees. So I haven't been here much at all. I still am buying books. I really need to do another eBay auction---When I have the time. Now the concessionaire here is cracking down on OT. No OT! I need an Incredible Hulk emoticon or one that has a gun with the Bang! flag. lol

    Cap

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  • Dave1442397
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    Ahh, the blessed coolness returns...afternoon's just about over, and we'll be lucky if we break 80 degrees today.
    Still 93F here at 6:30pm. I was thinking about mowing the grass before the storms roll in, but eh...

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  • RonClinton
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    Ahh, the blessed coolness returns...afternoon's just about over, and we'll be lucky if we break 80 degrees today.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by taost33 View Post

    I just had a similar issue with my central air. Fan started banging in the middle of the night, had to shut it off. Took it apart this morning, spun the fan wheel and a dead mouse fell out. Removed dead mouse and put it back together and am back up and running. Hope your fix goes as smoothly Martin (Well smoothly for me, not the mouse)
    I am pretty sure an electronic switch rather than an execution. When on I here the in the unit but the fan is not turning. I sprayed the fan with water and it spins freely. I have a reasonable degree of confidence that the Contactor that sends power to the fan crapped out. Fed Ex texted me last night that they had the item in hand and I should have it no later than 8 PM. Should take 10 to 15 minutes to swap out and then I will know if I have fixed it or if it is a much more expensive issue.

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  • taost33
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post
    Well this is not good. It is only supposed to be 95 today and my air conditioning has gone out. I have checked the unit out and diagnosed (Guessed) the issue and ordered the part I need to replace (maybe). $18 part and $28 to overnight it to me. If my diagnosis (Guess) is correct I will have A/C again tomorrow but for now it is rather hot in here!
    I just had a similar issue with my central air. Fan started banging in the middle of the night, had to shut it off. Took it apart this morning, spun the fan wheel and a dead mouse fell out. Removed dead mouse and put it back together and am back up and running. Hope your fix goes as smoothly Martin (Well smoothly for me, not the mouse)

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  • Ben Staad
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    So sorry. I really hope you can have the unit back up in running quickly.

    Originally posted by Martin View Post
    Well this is not good. It is only supposed to be 95 today and my air conditioning has gone out. I have checked the unit out and diagnosed (Guessed) the issue and ordered the part I need to replace (maybe). $18 part and $28 to overnight it to me. If my diagnosis (Guess) is correct I will have A/C again tomorrow but for now it is rather hot in here!

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