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    Observing the heavens since 1951.
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  1. Cringing... Outer darkness might be preferable...
  2. Well, you'd know more about this than I! This made me think of a couple of YouTube channels focusing on language, NativLang and LangFocus. I thought you might find them of interest... In particular, this video on NativLang about asymmetric intelligibility: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E042GHlUgoQ
  3. I was under the impression that deseret was pre-Babel, or in other words, Adamic. Unless I am mistaken, the Jaredites retained their language (Ether 1:34-37). Thus it would not be a case of the Jaredites using an Egyptian word, but the Egyptians using a modified Jaredite/Adamic word. Or if Adamic was stripped from the Jaredites, that the Jaredite and Egyptian words have a common root. The way language changes over time, sometimes we think that a word originates in one place when it actually originates in another. For example, when Humphrey Davy discovered aluminum, he first called it alumium, but getting pushback from scientists in Europe, he changed it to aluminum. It was at this point that the element came to the attention of the Americans and Canadians, and that is how it went down in North America. After this, however, having gotten pushback again because European scientists didn't like how aluminum ended, since everything else ended with -ium, Davy changed it to aluminium, and that is how it went down in Europe, and later everywhere except North America. And now the Brits think it was those darned Yanks who screwed it up by making up their own word for the metal. The same thing happened with soccer. In the early days, soccer was the word coined in certain British universities for the sport (an abbreviated form of "association football"), and the word then found its way over to North America, which is how it became known there. Later, the abbreviated form was dropped in the UK, and the sport became known simply as "football". And of course, the Americans get blamed for changing things, which they didn't.
  4. Well, yes, that does happen, perhaps even most of the time. But I've "heard" words on a few occasions.
  5. I remember being woke up by one of my kids who were up and getting ready for school. He said, "Dad, wake up! One of the twin towers in New York has collapsed!" I got up and wondered "What the heck?" and headed downstairs. On the television was this frantic-but-calm news reporter describing what was going on, with the camera pointing at the tower that was still up. I watched and listened for a few minutes when suddenly I saw the second tower collapsing. I delayed going in to work for about an hour, but since nothing else seemed to be going on, I went ahead and drove to work. When I got there nobody noticed that I was late, and I saw that they had brought out the televisions and had them playing on the news channels. A little while later while I was trying to get some work done, I needed to ask one of my co-workers a question, so I went to her cubicle. I found that she had been crying and seemed very shaken up, so I gently asked her why. It turned out that her brother, who lives and works in San Diego but for an investment house based in NYC had gone to the company headquarters for a meeting in one of the twin towers, and was there on that day. I offered her some fairly useless reassurance, and really felt inadequate to the task, and then went back to my cube. I thought to myself that she probably hadn't confided in anyone else so far, so went to track down our department head, Dennis, and explained the situation to him. He promised to go talk with her. Dennis was a very good manager with great people skills (unlike me), and later she thanked me for telling him about it, because he really had gone to her and comforted her. It turned out that her brother had been in a meeting above the level where the plane hit the building, but he had volunteered to go downstairs to a cafe to get donuts. And it was while he was picking up the donuts that the plane hit. So he got out safely, which she found out later that day. An acquaintance of mine who is a retired Army sergeant major was at that time working for the Dept of Defense as a civilian employee. His office was at the Pentagon, but on the opposite side of the building from where the third plane hit. Too many people were in the wrong places at the wrong time that day.
  6. Nice! I just signed up at nauvoo.site. Now I can waste even more time online! Yippee! I'm Stargazer over there, too.
  7. Didn't they try having a women-only thread once here? I seem to recall something like that.
  8. I have a workaround for you: instead of the "porn" use "p0rn". That's a Zero substituting for the Oh. I just experimented and it let me post it. That's the new topic This is a test. When I first posted it I used p0rn in the title.
  9. If you want some dreary reading, here's a link to the various HTTP Error codes that one might get when web surfing. This being part of my profession, I find this highly interesting, but not everyone is like me! Probably a good thing. Anyway, status codes starting with 4 are client status codes -- you being the client, and if the server doesn't like you or what you submitted for a particular reason, you get one of these. Here's the most common codes one runs into: 401 Unauthorized - Similar to 403 Forbidden, but specifically for use when authentication is required and has failed or has not yet been provided. 403 Forbidden - The request was valid, but the server is refusing action. (Like @Calm said, here on MDDB it's because you've put some forbidden thing into the post and the server has been configured to toss you out on your ear. 404 Not Found - The requested resource could not be found but may be available in the future. Subsequent requests by the client are permissible. Servers can be configured to display special pages to be more "friendly" in case of these, but sometimes aren't so configured. I once spent a couple of hours sanitizing a post here to remove objectionable content, so I know whereof I speak. For @Glenn101
  10. I suppose so, if we were in the same circumstances as the Catholics, i.e. no prophetic leadership. But Pope ≠ Prophet
  11. As to primacy, I'd count the Book of Mormon as very important, but more important is the Doctrine and Covenants, and at the tip top of all that is continuing revelation. That's how I see it, anyway. Did Mormon understand the relationship between the father and son better than Russell M. Nelson does now? A good question. I do know that Nephi (the first) was told a lot more than he was allowed to write. He was shown much, "But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them." Did Mormon know more than he was allowed to write? I tend to hold the prophets of old in great esteem and regard, but to give primacy to an ancient scripture over continuing revelation seems more like a Catholic or Protestant practice. "A Bible! A Bible!" they say, "We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible." To which the Lord responds "Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word?" and "Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written." And I dare to paraphrase as follows: "...neither need ye suppose that I shall not cause more to be written." Does the Book of Mormon contain a complete and ultimate statement of doctrine of the nature and relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? To which nothing more can be added? I say not. I also say that the 1916 declaration is not false doctrine. Your mileage may differ, but that is how I roll with regard to this matter.
  12. Thanks for that. I had not seen that thread before (that I remember anyway). @MustardSeed, did you have a look, and can you still say you don't believe in demon possession after doing so?
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