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Old 10-13-2017, 04:21 PM
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Knowing what Wall-e is, I started to giggle. Maybe we should go for more a Wall-e crossed with a Terminator though...it's so awkward that it's cute(ish), but it's also programmed to relentlessly pursue the objective. The little match girl always horrified me, whilst sometimes children's stories are too sugar sweet, I thought the death of a child who no one cared about was probably going a bit too far. We used to sing a song called "My Grandfathers Clock" and the last line was, "and the clock stopped, never to go again, when the old man died". I could manage that one quite well.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:29 PM
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It did make me think of my favourite movie description.

"Transported to a surreal landscape, and young girl kills the first person she meets and teams up with three strangers to kill again".
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:33 PM
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Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales are often quite sad. Like the original of the Little Mermaid where she doesn't get the prince and turns into sea foam instead. Oscar Wilde's tales (the Happy Prince for example) are similarly melancholy. Better stick to Grimm's fairy tales where nothing happens to the protagonists while evil stepmothers are routinely murdered in horrible ways, as is the way of the world.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:47 PM
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My kids have a teacher that looks a lot like Ursula from the Disney version of The Little Mermaid crossed with the Roz from Monsters Inc. Not really a fairytale.
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Old 10-14-2017, 05:44 AM
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It seems like most fairy tales (Grimm's & otherwise) have been somewhat cleaned up over the years. (By the way, in Little Red Riding Hood, does the woodsman still kill the wolf at the end by cutting him open (rescuing the grandmother in the process, I think), sewing rocks into his stomach, and dumping him into a pond?)
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:10 PM
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In the modern grown ups version of Little Red Riding Hood, turns out that Little Red's Dad is the wolf, who eventually bites the Woodcutter, who just happens to be Little Red's love interest.

In the original fairytale (decidedly sans faries) the Woodcutter became the poster boy for overkill. In the version that kids are told these days, the kids are told only that Grandmother is retrieved from inside the wolf, no worse the wear. Ummm....
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:09 AM
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I feel like this thread is becoming relevant again.

Flops, what news of the land down under?

Spike, lalatan, Brisul, anyone, any news of your pets or ideas on how to deal with pesky spambots?
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:48 AM
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Hi kate,

This does seem relevant again. I can't really put my finger on why, although I do feel strangely compelled to write (or buy) an essay. (Or to buy black market guns, tanks & ammo, although they seem to have deleted that thread.)

Spike & Joey are pretty good. Spike's getting older & doesn't have the mobility he used to. To get on a bed or sofa, he grabs the fabric with his front paws & kind of pushes off/pulls himself up. His mother (who belonged to my brother in Kansas) died recently. When I told Spike, he took it pretty well. For Joey, it's apparently puking season. That's generally OK, except for the other day when he was on my lap & got my jeans, my boot, a piece of paper & the rug.

How are things there?
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:38 AM
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Sorry kate, we have no pets. Our landlords have 2 dogs so anytime we feel the need to pet a furry animal they are just a call away. It's a great arrangement: no vet fees, no dog food expense, no cleanup (except when their hair gets carried into our car on the soles of our shoes), no destructive or gruesome behaviors we have to deal with.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:47 PM
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I was actually just about to make my first reply to a post yesterday about my annoyance with boolean (I mean, Boolean) not being in the dictionary, but then discovered I was going to reply to spam, and then further discovered that oh my goodness, one of the few things I'd seen in the forums that I felt strongly enough to post about had been talked to complete and utter death (I read the stackexchange link someone else had linked to). 24 more hours of lurkerdom until I logged back in and behold, repopulating the thread with things not spam is yet another topic that I feel strongly enough to post about. Yay.
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