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#1 2016-11-24 17:38:09

Marian
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QM- the Big Bang

Where we return to where it all began....

 

#2 2016-11-24 17:38:45

Marian
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

I will try to add something more creative later. :)

 

#3 2016-11-25 00:07:31

Olaf
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait
The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool
Neanderthals developed tools
We built a wall (we built the pyramids)
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries
That all started with the big bang! Hey!

Since the dawn of man is really not that long
As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song
A fraction of a second and the elements were made
The bipeds stood up straight, the dinosaurs all met their fate
They tried to leap but they were late
And they all died (they froze their asses off)
The oceans and Pangea, see ya wouldn't wanna be ya
Set in motion by the same big bang!
It all started with the big bang!

It's expanding ever outward but one day
It will cause the stars to go the other way
Collapsing ever inward, we won't be here, it won't be hurt
Our best and brightest figure that it'll make an even bigger bang!

Australopithecus would really have been sick of us
Debating how we're here, they're catching deer (we're catching viruses)
Religion or astronomy (Descartes or Deuteronomy)
It all started with the big bang!

Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology
It all started with the big bang!
It all started with the big bang!


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#4 2016-11-25 01:16:37

Merenwen
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

:-D

 

#5 2016-11-25 04:12:59

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

We're selling more wreaths than last year. Didn't expect this, so we only made as many as we sold last year, and now I'm scrambling to keep up with making more. Pretty much as soon as I finish one, I sell it again!
And we're running out of materials - branches and hoops to tie the branches to. I mean, we got more branches this morning, but I'm down to one hoop in the size we sell the most of, and they're sold out everywhere, so we can't buy more.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

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#6 2016-11-25 05:00:47

Peter
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

2016 - Wreath of Khan?

If everything's sold out everywhere, I guess it's a good year for these things, for no particular reason I can think of? Hope you don't make more next year and then can't sell them... I don't see any way to fix that problem. Maybe you can overstock the hoops since they will last, if you have enough storage space, but that's about it.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#7 2016-11-25 09:41:55

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Yeah, how much to make is always a risky thing...

Anyway, I also think we should buy lots of hoops next year, and even more candles (ran out of the red ones, which sell best, just before I went home today).

And we should also look up how many bundles of fir branches we bought, because we kept underestimating how much we would need.


I don't have the final numbers yet, since they'll probably sell a few more tomorrow, but it looks like we're selling 50% more than last year. (Not talking about huge numbers, 40 wreaths last year and 57 so far this year.)

And I think I've mentioned this before - last year there were four of us working on the wreaths, and we still bought half of them ready-made. And didn't manage to keep up with any of the other work, either.

And this year, there were just two of us working on the wreaths (and one less person in the nursery in general), and we made all of them ourselves, and the other work never even seemed stressful, either.

It makes no sense to me at all.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#8 2016-11-25 09:44:21

Peter
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Pity you don't need another Meisterarbeit. You could observe the whole process for a couple years and analyze it throughly :D


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#9 2016-11-25 09:50:48

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Urgh, don't mention the M-word. I really need to work on that tonight. Let's see if our plan works, which is going over to LG's place so he can watch tv and I can write.

And then tomorrow, baking gingerbread.
And Sunday, maybe, visiting one of LG's friends, but I hope that'll end up being cancelled, because I really need a hibernation day...


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#10 2016-11-25 10:16:16

Peter
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Sounds like you are already spending a lot of time together :)

I'm being brilliant today. Managed to buy the wrong type of pizza. I am pretty sure they didn't move around, so I have no idea how I did that. Bought more green stuff, but by now I've noticed that I forgot ingredients for all the dishes I want to cook. Oh well...


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#11 2016-11-25 10:30:42

Marian
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Thanks, Olaf! That will do. It shows how tired I was that I didn't think of that, considering I was watching The Big Bang Theory when I created the Mint!  :-)

 

#12 2016-11-25 10:32:19

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Yeah, with his cousin's death, we have been spending quite a bit more time together than we'd expected. I do think we need to dial it back a bit again (and he has said the same), because this was rather sudden.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#13 2016-11-25 13:33:05

Kenan
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

If you're going to start over I'll get in on the ground floor.


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#14 2016-11-26 00:33:36

Sahi
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Maen mint! Survived the conference. Workshop went well. 18 people came, and 15 stayed till the end (and the other three apologized for leaving). Most of the stuff they built was working in the end, and we learned a few more things about how to give the workshop.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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#15 2016-11-26 11:55:00

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

The rest of today and all day tomorrow is time for some serious introverting.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#16 2016-11-26 12:00:18

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

But it's been a fun day, making pizza and gingerbread with LG and my best friend.

And I got a big box of chocolates from my neighbours - I let one family use my parking space, since I don't have a car, and when I knew I would get a visitor with a car, I could ask them to park somewhere else. And recently I left them a note asking them to park somewhere else from now on so that LG can use the space. And today they came over to say thank you for being able to use it for so long.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#17 2016-11-26 13:12:08

Peter
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Yay to nice people saying thank you for what you gave them, instead of complaining about the favour being retracted :)


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#18 2016-11-26 13:36:49

Magpie
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Posts: 32895
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Yeah, I really didn't expect it either!


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#19 2016-11-26 13:50:28

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Best friend called Trump a "Trampeltier" today. So that's what I'll call him from now on. Das Trumpeltier.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#20 2016-11-26 14:09:50

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

(For those who don't speak German, it literally means trample-animal, and is a type of camel, but "Trampel" could also mean something like "clumsy oaf".)


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#21 2016-11-26 16:09:10

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Interesting day today... Woke up to freezing temps in my caravan.... Decided to quickly turn on heating and go back to bed until it had warmed up a bit... Then when it was less cold turned on kettle and everything went "zap"... No electricity no nothing... As everyone was out and I have no clue I stayed cold for most of the day... Until we figured out (after testing every single fuse and calling C's dad) that it was the fuse in the extension cord to the kitchen....
(C by the way is my manager, landlady and friend)

Spent the rest of the day trying to get warm again in the house watching tv and making silly comments about the people on tv... Ate some pizza with the whole family and brownies!!


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#22 2016-11-26 16:12:54

Magpie
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Looks like it was pizza day today!


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#23 2016-11-26 18:00:44

Ad1tu
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Tired now... back from our trip to Frankenmuth. Had fun! We didn't stay terribly long. We got in last night, had dinner, went back to the hotel, had breakfast today, and shopped for maybe 3 hours before coming home. BUT. That was much more enjoyable than going in every. single. shop. and spending 10-15 minutes in each, which is what happens when MiL comes along. Too much stuff/people leads quickly to sensory overload... But I got ornaments, and cupcakes, and fudge, and popcorn, and cheese, and... yeah, ok, this trip pretty much revolves around food...


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

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#24 2016-11-27 00:37:51

Sahi
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Hurray to food trips!

Celebrated saint Nicholas last night and got a bunch of nice presents.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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#25 2016-11-27 05:37:40

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: QM- the Big Bang

Oh I miss Sinterklaas!!!!


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