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One of the most requested features for {boQwI'} is the ability to speak the entry out loud. As of the latest version, this is now possible...

... sort of. It requires a TTS engine which accepts "Klingon" as a language, and none exists so far. But I'm working on one.
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Good one. I love the Steve Carrel inclusion.
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Yep. Quite right about the mathematics of it.

I've actually decided not to vote this time. I'm not campaigning for people to join me in not voting, but I do feel fairly strongly about my reason for it: I don't think the ANC can be trusted to hand over power if it were to lose the the election.

Cynical, sure. But not without reason, I don't think.

Having discussed my concern with a couple of people, the responses I've had have been along the lines of "Just wait and see what happens if the ANC tried to steal the election. The people would rise up and blah blah blah."

That smacks to me of wishful thinking. The last 20 years of history have shown us one thing: The ANC does whatever it wants and always gets away with it. They presided over a genocide of HIV+ South Africans under Mbeki's reign, and there weren't even criminal charges filed. Most people have already forgotten that it even happened. Mbeki is still remembered as a national hero.

Scandal after scandal, crime after crime, and they continue to get away with it (Nkandla and SANRAL are merely the current ones). It's what they do. How would stealing an election be any different?

In short: I'm sceptical that our 'democracy' is any such thing. Playing along with it by standing in the queues and casting a meaningless vote feels like endorsing the whole enterprise. No thanks.
There's a national election here on the 7th of May. That'll be fun, I always enjoy the process. I never reveal who I vote for, but I also definitely won't vote for the two leading parties (ANC and DA) on principle; I think a ...
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Thanks, Laven, glad to be appreciated. And I like your point about making an effort to change things. I wouldn't say democracy is a cure-all, there are too many other important things that fall outside of it (like education), but it is a useful tool for a lot of things that I wouldn't want to trust to a dictator/king/despot/CEO/grand lugnut. I get the impression (based solely on a handful of comments) that Gregory has no idea what to do, and rather than admit to feeling helpless, he's instead aggressively condemning those who do act (rightly or wrongly).

It's not easy to know how to solve every single problem in the world, but deer-in-headlights is seldom a useful reaction. Voting is difficult (if done right), but unlike a lot of actions you might take, it has a clearly measurable immediate consequence, and we can map out indirect implications from that. For example, in 2009, I skewed the election results by 0.00000006%, which was actually more than I'd like. I would rather have had that effect than no effect at all.
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My rag-tag fleet of assorted aliens just returned from their trip to the Delta Quadrant, with a shiny new Tactical Borg Cube in tow!
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Yup.The flash distorted the colour a bit, but the lighter orange is in fact a Ferengi D'kora Class Marauder (specifically the Krayton) and the darker one is a Vulcan Surok Class Heavy Cruiser (the Ti'mur).
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That's no moon.
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This counts double for selfies when you're pretending someone else is taking them...
We do what we do for the good of the public.
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Ooops daughter not impressed i want to print it out and put it on her door.
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My current big project is the DeeTwenty Geeking Venue. I do all kinds of stuff there including:
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  • Chef
  • Sales rep
  • Marketing guru
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  • Buyer
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Education
  • STARFLEET Academy
    Command, 2004 - present
  • Jeppe High School for Boys
    1993 - 1997
  • Leicester Road School
    1986 - 1992
  • Boston Media House
    Media Studies, 1998 - 2000
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