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  1. I started off learning BASIC on my ZX Spectrum 48k when I was 4 or 5 years old. (The 'peek and poke around' joke earlier mainly makes me think of that - the buttons on the keyboard had all the commands on, so I knew them all even if I didn't know how to use them. I'd know how to use them all know of course, but lots of them were constantly calling out to be explored at that age.) I didn't like the hard keyboard when I got a 128k as a replacement - I felt keys should be made of rubber! I programmed on my Dad's TRS-80 model IV as well, and the 128k spectrum had a great 'PLAY' command from which I learned (via the manual) evefything I knew about music for the first few decades of my life. When I got an Amiga A1200 I learned AMOS, which was like BASIC but which more graphical capabilities for making games, and we enjoyed playing around with that. Once I got a PC, we soon got Borland C++ on a magazine cover CD and learned to make text programs with that, but making anything Windows based or graphical was more difficult - I managed a bit of it, but it felt like a step back from what we'd been able to accomplish in the past. At some point we got Blitz Basic, Dark Basic and Visual Basic which were more what I was used to, and made the games at anastasei.co.uk back in my teens, and then started learning C#, though it was years later that I also discovered Unity and was able to make an Android game with that, Hamsterball Sports, thoguh I don't know if that's available anymore since I got tired of Google asking for more forms to be filled in every few months without really getting anything from them in return. I know at some point I learned python as well, but I didn't like it, and I learned the basics of html, css, and javascript - enough to fiddle around with a webpage. And at this point, any C-like language usually is fairly quick to pick up. I'm familiar with assembler - I haven't written in it, but I can read disassembled code when occassionally useful.
  2. Here in Britain we've had some severe weather warnings this week because the temperatures were in the high twenties. Hey, we're not used to it like the rest of you!
  3. 1.Genesis 2. Bible Teach Book 3. Israel 4. I'm not interested 5. David/Esther 6. Matthew
  4. Just worth noting that, if you're going to the door, it's usually recognized that you aren't trespassing, regardless of 'do not trespass' signs. "In reaching this conclusion, the court took an exhaustive look at well over twenty appellate court decisions. The court recognized that a number of courts have held that the posting of no trespassing signs has the effect of rescinding the invitation to the public to approach one’s front door without a specific invitation. However, the court noted that a much larger number of cases have held to the contrary. More importantly, the court found these latter cases better reasoned than the former group of cases." - https://www.radford.edu/content/cj-bulletin/home/june--2017--vol-2--no--2-/do-_no-trespassing-signs-rescind-the-invitation-to-the-public-to.html That's just a random response to a Google search, maybe elders have given you information more specially relevant to your country or state, but since this forum is read by brothers everywhere, I thought it should be noted that 'do not trespass' signs are usually of no consequence, because the legal view in most places is that a path to the front door constitutes an implicit invitation to members of the public. To start camping in the garden or parking your car on their drive may be trespassing, but walking to their front door isn't - not here anyway (we were told that at pioneer school, for one thing).
  5. I've mainly played Civilization IV - I have Civ III and Civ V too (I got them all in a bundle) but haven't played them. I've been so busy lately I don't see myself playing any long games like that for a while!
  6. I can read music. That doesn't necessarily mean I can sing to the notes, my voice isn't that well trained, but I have a reasonable understanding of theory, of notes, keys and chords, if it's helpful for devising a harmony or anything.
  7. http://people.com/books/leah-remini-talks-embracing-catholicism-after-scientology/ She's decided that true religion is supposed to be about not doing anything - no requirements, no morals, no hard work, just 'finding peace' and all that wishy washy stuff. If she starts off her program by drawing her listeners into that premise - that it's bad for a religion to have any moral requirements or involve any hard work - not difficult to persuade her audience of because most will already believe that - she doesn't even have to lie to make true religion sound bad. Probably will anyway, of course.
  8. I'm not certain, but I think when trying to sing along, my estimation is often an octave off. Apparently it's not uncommon to have difficulty telling a C in one octave from a C in another. And when I've tried generating a sine wave tone in Audacity, and then singing along to it and taking the spectrogram of what I was singing, I found my singing to be an octave above the notes that I was actually trying to sing along to, which explained why it was so difficult to hit any notes much above a G. But you've heard my attempt so far - if you think it's OK the way it is, you can leave it like that. I may not have been doing it at the time, I'm not sure I do that so much when singing along to another male voice. (I think it's a habit largely picked up because until my late teens, most of my experience singing was from the Kingdom Hall, where the only really audible voices to sing along with were sisters!) I don't see it either - I see a page with a OneDrive header at the top, but apart from that it just says 'Sorry, an error has occurred'.
  9. Interesting. I likewise think 'Heavenly Father' seems like a title of grandeur, but to me, that's exactly what I dislike about it. I feel like prayers are supposed to be said in natural language, and I find it hard to imagine that Jehovah is impressed by fancy titles. You suggest an interesting possibility that people's feelings about the terms 'dad' or 'daddy' are connected to what their own fathers are like. You're not the first to say it seems demeaning, and if it were being suggested to be demeaning to the person saying it - because it makes them sound more like a child - that could be understood, though why it's a bad thing for us to be humbled while speaking to Jehovah still wouldn't be entirely clear. But why it should be considered in any way demeaning to Jehovah has never really been explained by anyone making that argument, as far as I recall. But if the argument is primarily being made by people who grew up using that term for people who displayed unlovable personalities that they wouldn't want to associate with Jehovah, well then, the argument is more understandable. Now I think about it, we've kind of heard that point before. In the Imitate Their Faith book, in the chapter on Joseph, it points out, "By that time in his life as a boy, Jesus already had warm feelings about the word “father”—feelings shaped largely by his years with Joseph." In most of our cultures today, the way we come to understand the word 'Dad' will similarly be quite subjective depending on our upbringing - for some that word will invoke trust and warmth, an implication of a totally trusted provider, for others it will be equally emotionally associated with the idea of someone begrudging or even negligent in their responsibility and may well seem insulting. It's a word that can mean very different things to different people, which is perhaps why some find it appropriate and some not. 'Dad' is probably therefore inappropriate for public prayers, even if you find it appropriate for private prayers, just because you can be quite sure not all of your audience are going to understand the same meaning from that word as you do. 'Father', though, not usually being the term we used to address our Dads as children, perhaps doesn't have that same emotional connection, whether positive or negative depending on our childhood, so it's a more neutral and objective term.
  10. I think I might find it helpful just to hear the melody and maybe try listening to it transposed down an octave - could you just post the midi file to play around with? (I tried making a file of the melody myself, but only got through the first few lines.) There's a link on your YouTube page, but the links are all dead, they just go to an IIS default page. I tried practising a few deeper songs today - I know I used to be able to sing deeper, but after a time a few years ago when I had a chest-infection for a year or so and basically had to learn to sing from scratch again afterwards, it's a skill I never quite got back into, so I've been practicing it again now!
  11. Although you need iron and may need to be supplemented with it if you don't have enough, like many things you need, even water and oxygen, it's still toxic if you have too much of it. That's probably a better explanation. It is true that some bacteria mainly feed on iron though - it just depends on the species. I've never heard of any of those species living in our bodies though, it's hard to imagine there being enough iron for them to survive.
  12. Funny, I was having the same idea at about the same time this thread was posted, but didn't see this thread until now. Admittedly I was thinking it about a Kingdom Song rather than one of the 'original songs', one of the ones that's still arranged as a four-part harmony. When I fill in the form, am I supposed to just select one song, like a vote, or just click any song I'd be willing to participate in? I'd be willing to participate in any really.
  13. Ferb

    Kim of the North

    I think this just shows how distrustful we should be of what we hear from the media of our own countries. I was looking at TASS the other day, the Russian news service, and reading about how bad America is, and how jealous American's are of Russia's strength, and how America is trying to start a new cold war - knowing that the Western media equally points out how bad Russia is, and how Russian citizens want to emulate the West and have more freedom, and how Russia is trying to start another war. There's no unbiased media in any country.
  14. I'm not sure I understand since this is described as a home phone and yet at some points in the conversation it seems to be essentially a mobile phone rather than a landline. Since at some points you're discussing the differences between what works on Apple and Android, I'm getting the impression that it's a mobile device, but set up to work as the home phone. (I've never seen such a setup, but I could imagine it's more common in other countries.) For a mobile phone, I just block the numbers one by one. I think any device supports blocking individual numbers, doesn't it? At least you only have to deal with each caller once. It's surprising how much the same few call centres are used for all different types of calls, at least in this country, and how quickly the number of calls diminishes once you start blocking a few numbers as they call. I disallow numbers that that don't show the numbers - one sister in the congregation does this so her calls don't get through, but if she will insist on a practice that is mainly used by phone scammers... For a landline phone, I have no particular advice - this is just why I would choose not to have a landline, if given the option. (Since I'm not the only one in my house, it isn't really up to me - but I do unplug the phone if I'm the only one here for a week or so.) I suppose you could get a phone service that provides caller ID and a phone that provides most of the same service as a mobile, potentially allowing for the same solution - but it seems easier to me just to have a mobile. When you can see the phone number before picking up, then even if it isn't someone in your address book, and the call hasn't been blocked, you can fairly reliably tell which calls are genuine - people wanting to buy your hay will probably be from fairly local area codes (I presume you have those where you live) whereas junk calls will come from call centres in big cities (in this country, usually London, hence the number starts with 020). You can also then let a number ring a bit and then decide whether to call back - type a phone number into Google, and the first thing to come up will be websites reporting whether the number is connected with any nuisance calls, and if it is you can block it. (A note of caution - my phone has no setting to block calls but not texts - often the same numbers used for making bulk calls for phishing will sometimes by used for bulk calls for more legitimate purposes, like 'here is your authorisation code...' when confirming a bank transaction, but fortunately I still have the capability to sort through my blocked texts and find the text I know I should have just received.)
  15. At least it doesn't say it's happening yet, only that it's authorized. It seems like something they would have a hard time doing en masse, they wouldn't want to have to invest the resources in actually doing this - there's no advantage in it. Much like Satan could kill us, but he doesn't want to, he just wants to threaten it. (A bit more in-depth information here: http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/171115a.html ) Maybe it will happen to a few, to try to scare people, but I suspect they're more interested in this to use as a threat than as a real option. Similar to the imprisoned brothers - they think by imprisoning several well-known brothers they can break the spirits of the rest, but they wouldn't want to imprison all witnesses - telling people their taxes are paying for such a large cost, for no real benefit, in a country already under economic strain, would just give the population further incentive to revolution, which Putin already fears. And such intimidation tactics, even with children, isn't really that different from anywhere else. I've seen court cases right here in Britain where a judge threatened to take someone's children away because they were a witness, and placed a court order on them to prevent them from taking them to meetings or teaching them about the Bible. The law doesn't really allow that here, but judges can usually act illegally - who's going to stop them? 'Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?' But this is why they're called critical times.

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