Competition01: Win a Prize Worth £100!

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Welcome to NerdZone Forums Competition 01


The first member to hit post 1000 in this thread wins a prize worth £100!


Competition Details
  1. Entry to the competition is free.
  2. NerdZone Forums account registration is required to post.
  3. The prize is yours to do with as you please, no strings attached.
  4. The winner will be notified by a message from me in this thread and also by PM.
  5. The prize will be awarded in one of the following ways:
    1. £100 Steam digital gift card. Steam account and friending with my Steam account required for transfer, but you can unfriend immediately afterwards.
    2. £100 amazon.co.uk digital gift card. This can only be redeemed with an email address registered to your amazon.co.uk account.
    3. £100 amazon.com digital gift card. This can only be redeemed with an email address registered to your amazon.com account. I will pay the equivalent of £100 in US dollars at the exchange rate current on the day of payment.
    4. £100 amazon.ca digital gift card. This can only be redeemed with an email address registered to your amazon.ca account. I will pay the equivalent of £100 in Canadian dollars at the exchange rate current on the day of payment.
    5. £100 amazon.com.au digital gift card. This can only be redeemed with an email address registered to your amazon.com.au account. I will pay the equivalent of £100 in Australian dollars at the exchange rate current on the day of payment.
    6. These are the only ways to receive your prize. Don't try to win if you can't accept one of the above gift cards as you won't receive a prize.
  6. Payment will be made within 14 calendar days at the latest, but is likely to be sooner than that.


RULES
  1. You may register an account specifically to enter this competition and start posting in this thread right away, no restrictions. Even if you only ever post in this thread for the prize, that's fine.
  2. All members must follow the Forum Rules when posting here, just like any other area of the forum. Feel free to refresh your memory if necessary.
  3. In a one-off exception to the Forum Rules, you can make as many sequential posts as you like in this thread only. Want to stay up all night to win that prize and build up your post count as well? Feel free!
  4. Inappropriate / trolling / harassing etc posts will be edited or deleted. Anyone found to be making such adverse posts will attract Moderator Attention, may be disqualified from this competition and perhaps more. Same with misbehaviour in other parts of the forum. Spammers will be summarily banned and all of their posts deleted, no appeal possible. We encourage positive interaction here at NerdZone Forums.
  5. Please keep it clean and family friendly. Absolutely no swearing, in particular.
  6. Keep the posts short, just a few words at most, about anything. The text may be formatted, have smilies, or consist only of smilies if you like. You don't have to say anything either, just a link to a website, picture video etc. Just ensure it's not illegal / objectionable etc. Don't upload any pictures, only link to them. Please keep the post content to a minimum to minimise the load on the system. Longer posts might be pruned or deleted and those with uploaded pictures definitely will be. One thousand posts in one thread isn't trivial.
  7. The above posting limits don't apply to admins and mods, but please don't go crazy.
  8. Don't post random text or in a language other than English. Such posts will be deleted and Moderator Action may result if repeated.
  9. All posts must be created by hand in the normal way by a real hardware keyboard (regular or mobility), a virtual touchscreen keyboard, or a virtual mobility keyboard, eg Windows virtual keyboard that can be clicked with the mouse, or similar. Absolutely no scripts as they're cheating and might adversely affect operation of the site. Anyone attempting this will be disqualified from the competition and attract Moderator Attention, at the minimum.
  10. Your posts will count towards your overall posting total, just like any other thread.
  11. If you don't wish to enter the competition, then you may still post as much as you like, but avoid making the 1000th post.
  12. Forum staff are excluded from the competition.
  13. There is no competition end date since the date and time of the 1000th post cannot be predicted. However, we reserve the right to close the competition at any time for any reason before the target 1000 posts is reached. Especially so for a technical issue with this thread affecting the site in some way, but the aim is to avoid closing it as far as practically possible.

If you have any questions about this competition, then please ask them here:


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:):) HAVE FUN! :):)
 

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What is your favourite animal?


Mine? well, once it was the Lion, then the Harpy eagle, then the Elephant, oh and what about the little Quolls?
and the Wolf, just listen to that lonesome howl...but then when I watch programs about predators hunting, why do I seem to root for the prey?

Truth is I love them all!!!!
 

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Nice. That's the same paradox as "this statement is false". 😁
Which reminds me of something I read: "A riddle. A man sets out to fail, and he succeeds. So what did he do, fail or succeed?"

It seems there is a whole gamut of this type of ambiguities. It is a play on words, open to interpretation, like "is the glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty", when in reality it is both, of course.
A bit like the qubit, here there and everywhere; see you catch it if you can....
 

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What is your favourite animal?


Mine? well, once it was the Lion, then the Harpy eagle, then the Elephant, oh and what about the little Quolls?
and the Wolf, just listen to that lonesome howl...but then when I watch programs about predators hunting, why do I seem to root for the prey?

Truth is I love them all!!!!

Oh cats, cats easily. Especially when they show their clear superiority over mankind, like this one:

Superior cat knows.png


Or this one:

Surprise me.jpg

Which reminds me of something I read: "A riddle. A man sets out to fail, and he succeeds. So what did he do, fail or succeed?"

It seems there is a whole gamut of this type of ambiguities. It is a play on words, open to interpretation, like "is the glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty", when in reality it is both, of course.
A bit like the qubit, here there and everywhere; see you catch it if you can....
Oh yes, there's a whole raft of glorious contradictions like this in science. Great way to get a headache trying to figure them out!
 

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Demonstrating that multiple sequential posts are allowed in this thread.
 

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Oh cats, cats easily. Especially when they show their clear superiority over mankind, like this one:
Cats....once worshipped as Gods, they have never forgotten it. And when we forget their glorious past, they soon let us know.

But jokes apart, after all, they are small animals and individuals vary in character.

One thing is for sure, they will let you know when you make a pest of yourself; they usually start with a hiss, some proceed to go into a corner and hide, others pee on your bed....What I'm saying is they don't subscribe to 'suffer in silence'!
 

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I have to admit I love their smallness and the cuteness that goes with it. But, just how does the world's apex predator manage to look so cute? And play Catch & Kill all the time so adorably?!

And oh yes, everything you get back from a cat is Subject to Approval. There's no daft unconditional love lol. The Deposit Method in your example goes a long way to keeping us humans in check and obedient.
 

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Can oobleck stop a bullet?

Not quite a liquid, not quite a solid, oobleck is weird stuff. Try and guess in your mind before watching it and without Googling it.

 

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champybear.jpg


Adding to the conversation on pets. This is my Champy Bear. He's a 3 year old Pom. He's always with me where ever I go and matter of fact he's also with me while I'm at the computer.
 

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Hey, he's so cute. ❤️ I love all animals and I'm a cat person myself. Here's a picture of an excessively cute kitten:

Kitten-with-Balls-of-Yarn.jpg
 

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Oh...such a great pic! Totally captures this kitten at it's best!! Love cats too. I had two cats years ago, a black and white, I called Phantom, and a Ragdoll, named Ming. Sweet cats!!

After I posted the pic of my dog, I thought, jeez, I should have reduced the size, but hey, this kitten pic works...can't think of anything better then splattering our screens with total cuteness in a big way!!:)
 

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Cuteness all the way, damn right! Don't worry about the picture size.

I think Phantom is a really cool name for a cat. Will keep that one in mind.
 

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Phantom was all black except for the white paws....oh and I think his whiskers where white. He escaped one day after I took him to the vet. I posted signs everywhere and three months later, someone called and said they think they found my cat, which was in the neighborhood where I lost him from the vet's parking lot. Sure enough, it was Phantom. Couldn't believe it. He truly was a Phantom cat...lol😁
 

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I'm so glad you got him back. We've permanently lost a couple and it was awful. This was all back in the 80s. Cats are indoor cats now whether they like it or not (Sandpaper is actually oblivious, bless him) and is nice and safe.

Oh, why Sandpaper? Because it's almost impossible to cuddle and fuss over him. Starting a fussing session makes him terribly happy at which point, he absolutely insists on licking my hand as part of bonding and there's nothing I can do to stop him! It's terribly cute of course and I just put up with my hand being sandpapered by that rough tongue of his. When it gets too painful, I just let him lick another part, or the other hand...

I can of course caress him with the other hand, but there are limitations when the other one is having the skin carefully and lovingly scraped off. 😂
 

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Animals are great, aren't they? Even with some of their annoying quirks....lol...Pom's are well known for the same form of expression, though minus the sandpaper effect....😁Cute name for your fur-baby!

I'm sorry you have lost some fur-babies. It is terribly painful, they're family. I actually prefer my dogs to people, well that is the not-nice people. :cautious: I have lost several of my pom's over the past few years, not exactly due to age, but due to a collapsed trachea condition. It's awful, and I won't detail it. The pom in the above picture has a minor condition of it already. It's heartbreaking. It's like the dog version of COPD.

Our family, lost Isabella, last March, 2021. Her color was parti, hence the flamed head and multi-colors. In Texas, in both February of 2021 and February of 2022, we had snowmageddon and icemageddon, respectively. We lost power for days both years; zero degree temps. Our Isabella was a cancer surviver but already a successful senior, but the cold was too much for her. She also had open heart surgery when she was a 6 month old puppy. She was an amazing dog and we miss her. Here's a pick from our snow storm in 2015.

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Animals are indeed great. I care very much about their welfare and I really hate to see cruelty to any animal of whatever species. In fact, in my Forum Rules, paragraphs 5.20 & 5.21, I explicitly ban people from expressing a pro hunting view on this forum. Sure, talk about it and the horrors of it, but don't big it up. I'm pretty tolerant and easygoing for many things on NZ, but someone wilfully breaking this rule would see another side of me.

And yes, losing them can hurt alright. After losing our first cat in 1989 to oldish age at 13 and sickness, I grieved for so long (many years, haven't fully stopped, really) that I now have a sort of mental shutter that comes down to minimise that horrible feeling of loss. That applies to losing people too and helps to keep me sane. It's an unfortunate fact of life that the longer one lives, the more people and animals die around them, so we must have some sort of psychological defense against this pain.

I'm so sorry about your Isabella. It must have been pretty frustrating to know that she could have lived had it not been for that power cut. I can see that she was a beautiful dog and no doubt with a beautiful personality to match.
 
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