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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo 9 hours ago. 98 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

Daniel, Qiana, thanks for the heads-up.

Randy, I just tried some numbers for the probability of two people in a group sharing a birthday.

For a rough calculation, we can ignore leap days, and pretend that people were equally likely to be born (and prospective parents equally likely to have gotten busy) on any day of the year. You can calculate the probability of everyone having different birthdays: 364/365 (for the second person) times 363/365 (for the third not matching either of those) times 362/365 (fourth different from first three) * 361/365 * 360/365 * ...  Subtract that from 1 to get the probability that at least two people have the same birthday. Multiply fractions by 100% to get percent.

Turns out that in a group of 14, there's a 25% chance two will share a birthday; 50% in a group of 22; 75% in a group of 31, and 90% in a group of 40, practically 100% in a group of 60.

(And absolutely 100% only in a group of 366 or more. :-)

Comment by kathy: ky on December 26, 2016 at 11:55pm
I was in elementary school with five others named Kathy.We were called our first name and last initial.
Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2016 at 8:31am

I think that happens quite often.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 26, 2016 at 7:32am

Along the same lines (as identical names), I once heard that in a school class of about 30, two children will have the same birthday. Probably a falsehood, but it happened to me.

Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2016 at 3:40am

You're kind, Chris, but don't worry, it will sort itself out.

Keyboard and mouse were dead without warning this morning, now I'm writing on old ones from the basement. I wonder what this pc will do next...

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2016 at 1:31am
Comment by Plinius on Friday

You and I have the same first name.

Since I'm new here and people are used to calling you Chris maybe Chris G. would be a good way for people to refer to me.

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2016 at 12:08am

I forgot about the Sandbox group.

Ning has some strange oddities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWJfH25ozKA

Who's going to purchase Ning next?

Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 10:45pm

Thanks for the information with the HTML block and <blockquote>  Grinning Cat.

About a month ago I installed Mac OS 10.12 which hung as it was downloading.  Apple techs have been helpfull getting the thing working again. I ended up reformaing the hard drive and reinstalled the OS.  This computer hasn't worked as well as it did before 'upgrading' from OS 10.11.There are still some goofy problems.  One of the most annnoying is the 4000 character limit error when posting to Ning forums.

I'm glad I have a backup hard drive or I'd have lost twenty years of information.

Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 10:29pm

It's interesting how names become popular for a while. When I was in elementary school there was a class I attended with two other Chris'.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 25, 2016 at 10:26pm

Here on AN, I've seen the blockquote button in the editor bar in group and forum discussions and blog posts, but not on a group's comment wall (like here).

To get the same effect in a comment, you can use the "blockquote" tag in HTML mode.

  • Click the HTML button on the right end of the editor bar:
    The editing area will turn yellow, and you'll see all kinds of tags like <p>...</p> surrounding paragraphs, complicated-looking tags for images and for links, and so forth.
  • Put <blockquote> before the text you're quoting, and </blockquote> after.
  • Click the HTML button again to return to the regular what-you-see-is-what-you-get editing mode.

And that should do it!

Here are a few words before manually blockquoting them.

Here are a few words before after manually blockquoting them.
 

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