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Old 10-06-2016, 01:09 AM
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:46 PM
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I don't know where we talked about it before, but TCM and Criterion have named their joint streaming service Filmstruck and I'm a beta tester! :squee: :cheer: They don't have many movies on yet, but they chose well for the sample. A ton of Kurosawa, some older American films, some cult and some other foreign. I like the interface so far, but haven't watched anything yet as I only signed up last night. I will definitely be signing up as soon as it becomes available.
OK, so it's launching on October 19, and they'll be adding the Criterion premium on November 11. The price for both will be $11/month, but I don't know how much for the basic subscription. We sainted beta testers get it free through the end of the year.

And they're saying the Roku app is coming soon, which it better be.

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I'm concerned about the depth of their library. The intro on the website says there will be "hundreds of movies" which ain't a lot, frankly, and I don't see anything about TCM's programming being available. I get the feeling that it's just Criterion plus a limited selection of old movies curated by TCM.
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I'm mostly in it for the Criterion collection and the independent movies, so I wasn't looking for that specifically but I don't remember seeing a super big collection of old Hollywood movies. It's hard to tell, though, because just before they shut it down, they'd started adding a bunch of new stuff.
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Damn I miss this type of view:

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I can almost smell the crisp leaf crackle in the air. That view and being able to sleep at all hours are the only things I miss about college.
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I was watching The Philadelphia Story last night on TCM and noticed that Dinah (Virginia Weidler) was playing with a yo-yo in a couple of scenes. That was so cool. The movie was made in 1940 and that has to be the earliest appearance of a yo-yo in a film. At least it is the earliest that I am aware of.
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Hey pea. I'm p sure the lone muffin wanted you to make one of these for him this Hallow's Eve.
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A good thing and a bad thing happened today.


While driving home, I saw a Box Turtle in the middle of the busy State Highway. On the side of the road the turtle was heading toward was a sheer rock face, so even if the turtle managed to survive to get to the roadside, it would have had nowhere to go. Realistically, its chances of surviving the trip across the road were pretty close to zero -- especially since it would've had no choice but to turn around and go back across the road.

So, I quickly found a place where I could safely get off the road, walked back, and got the turtle. I figured I'd take it to the campus and release it on the mountainside above the main campus, where the Faculty Housing is located.

As it's Spring Break, just-about everyone is gone, but I wasn't going to let a little thing like that interfere with my on-going campaign to convince everyone on campus that snakes, lizards, and other "creepy" creatures aren't "bad" and that they shouldn't be persecuted. As it happened, my favorite 8-year-old was home, so she petted the turtle for awhile, then I took it on up the mountainside to a nice area near the Faculty Housing, where I could set it free.

After I set the turtle free, I encountered a Chipmunk. Unfortunately, it was dragging its hind legs behind it. I've seen this sad situation before; sometimes a squirrel or chipmunk will dart out in front of a car and hit one of the tires hard-enough to break its own back. There was nothing I could do for it, so I figured that the kindest thing would be to put it out of its misery. I returned to my car, because I normally keep a pair of work gloves in the trunk. But they weren't there. Dangit. I must have taken them out to use for something or other, and forgotten to put them back.

I had been intending to give the poor Chipmunk a quick, painless death via cervical dislocation. I don't exactly enjoy doing that sort of thing, but I know how to do it, and I have occasionally dispatched some unfortunate animal that way. But I wasn't going to do it without a pair of gloves, since the poor animal would almost-certainly have bitten me.

So, I pushed the Chipmunk off the path and left it in the woods. It wasn't kindness on my part, it was cowardice. It's just a question of whether the poor creature dies of starvation before a predator finds it. I could have given it a quick death, but I wasn't willing to risk being bitten by an animal that might have an infectious disease and I certainly wasn't willing/able to kill it by smashing it with a rock or some such thing.


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I certainly wasn't willing/able to kill it by smashing it with a rock or some such thing.

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Is that bad? Because the couple sad times I have had to kill an animal out of mercy I have done it that way, smashing it with something large and heavy like a rock or brick. I assumed it was one of the kicker ways to do it... should I have done something else?

When we first got the dogs Alice caught a pigeon but she didn't shake it, she just held it in her mouth. It was bleeding and damaged, so we pried her jaws open and it fell out... and Bryn promptly scooped it up in his mouth :sadno:
we were so worried about Alice we forgot about Bryn! He didn't shake it either, so we pried it out of his mouth and I killed it as quickly as I could.
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No, it's just that I didn't have a rock or stick handy that would have been big enough to do the job with one quick strike. And I certainly wasn't going to beat the poor creature to death. ...
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After I set the turtle free, I encountered a Chipmunk. Unfortunately, it was dragging its hind legs behind it. I've seen this sad situation before; sometimes a squirrel or chipmunk will dart out in front of a car and hit one of the tires hard-enough to break its own back. There was nothing I could do for it, so I figured that the kindest thing would be to put it out of its misery. I returned to my car, because I normally keep a pair of work gloves in the trunk. But they weren't there. Dangit. I must have taken them out to use for something or other, and forgotten to put them back.

I had been intending to give the poor Chipmunk a quick, painless death via cervical dislocation. I don't exactly enjoy doing that sort of thing, but I know how to do it, and I have occasionally dispatched some unfortunate animal that way. But I wasn't going to do it without a pair of gloves, since the poor animal would almost-certainly have bitten me.

So, I pushed the Chipmunk off the path and left it in the woods. It wasn't kindness on my part, it was cowardice. It's just a question of whether the poor creature dies of starvation before a predator finds it. I could have given it a quick death, but I wasn't willing to risk being bitten by an animal that might have an infectious disease and I certainly wasn't willing/able to kill it by smashing it with a rock or some such thing.


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This is why I will never use a glue trap for mice ever again.

Though I folded the trap over and crushed the critter with my boot in a single strike. I will never forget the animal's eyes as it looked up helplessly from that trap.

Quick kill or no kill traps from here on out. Sadly, I've had precisely zero success with a no kill trap despite trying numerous different ways.

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Tomahawk makes very good live traps. Like practically every other Field Biologist in the U.S. and Canada, I use Tomahawks to live-trap critters for population studies and whatnot.

I have also, on occasion, used them to trap "pest" animals for relocation. (I also once used one to recapture a friend's escaped Gerbil.)

Indeed, Tomahawks are so widely-used by Field Biologists that we typically use the term "Tomahawk" to mean "live trap" -- much the way people use the brand name Xerox to mean "photocopier."
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Sadly, I've had precisely zero success with a no kill trap despite trying numerous different ways.[/QUOTE]

I kinda like this one. Or, at least the idea of it. I don't know if it works as advertised though.
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I kinda like this one. Or, at least the idea of it. I don't know if it works as advertised though.
lol, that's cute. I tried some with spool rollers and five gallon pails and various and sundry, but not that one.
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OMG it's Dr. KevBORTian!
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Indeed, Tomahawks are so widely-used by Field Biologists that we typically use the term "Tomahawk" to mean "live trap" -- much the way people use the brand name Xerox to mean "photocopier."
Good to know. I would not have envisioned that if you had simply said you catch animals with a tomahawk.
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