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online Portrait Gallery updates


Hello old chums. Our friendly TubaDiva sent me an email asking me what's up with the picture pages. As you may have noticed I haven't been hanging around the message board of late. But there are some updates that should be done with the picture pages, and I will try to do it myself or of course someone could take it over.

It will take me a while because the program I wrote to automatically generate the HTML pages (the online picture pages are straight HTML) depends on a MySQL database on my machine that hasn't been restarted since 2012 and I have to figure out how to start the DB (getting errors right now) and/or upgrade it to current mySQL and/or move the data into another relational DB like PostGres.

Believe it or not, I still have a bunch of emails in my inbox with requests to changes to the page, and once I get the database running I will try to go through those. But it will take time so don't expect anything right away.
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Very cool of you to take this on.

Thank you.
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Welcome back. I think I'll send you a picture once you get caught up.
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WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!! I like the two I have but may add a third/newer at some point if its permitted. I haven't looked at it for a month or two but I still find myself checking back on it for familiar faces and memories.


PS -- for ones that we know have passed, any thoughts of a Memorial section or status?

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Thanks for doing this.
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I'm glad to hear you're okay!


I may even send a picture later on.
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I was fiddlin' around the Dope and saw the picture pages, just 2 days ago.
I'm beginning to think I have precognitive powers, or something.
I'll send a pic later when you're all caught up.
(I predict that will be 6 weeks from now, dang I'm good!!)

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I, for one, am just tickled to see that Arnold and TubaDiva are well and involved in life.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:34 PM
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I remember you! Arnold Wrinkled Weed! Or something like that!
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TD I wasn't worried about but I was getting a little frightened for Arnold. I was afraid he had been hijacked into some super-secret government conspiracy to overthrow muntiple enemies of the United States.

With a portrait gallery.

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No I'm still alive. Hi guys! So what have been missing for the past few years?
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No I'm still alive. Hi guys! So what have been missing for the past few years?
Not very many meals by the looks of you.
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You missed me().
Nice to meet you, Arnold.
Can't wait to see new pics.
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So what have been missing for the past few years?
It was the best of times it was the worst of times.
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No I'm still alive. Hi guys! So what have been missing for the past few years?
We solved world hunger and war but ignorance still abounds.

In other words SOD-DD

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No I'm still alive. Hi guys! So what have been missing for the past few years?
" Who's the President? "

" Ronald Reagan. "

THE ACTOR???



Not much. The usual.

Oh- Cecil left.
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:47 PM
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Cecil is not gone. He's lurking. He's still a board member.
Where ever he is hiding I bet they have internet service.
I just know he wants to know me. 'Cause why wouldn't he?
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Woah. Figured you'd long since rode off into the sunset. I'll send you mine, when you get caught up. Which will probably be about when I figure out how to upload a photo to the interwebz.
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Cecil is not gone. He's lurking. He's still a board member. Where ever he is hiding I bet they have internet service. I just know he wants to know me. 'Cause why wouldn't he?
Beck, let me craft a reply that suits your post:

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Beck, your online friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their own minds. All minds, Beck, whether they be adults' or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours a human is a mere insect, an ant, in his or her intellect, as compared with the boundless world, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Beck, there is a Cecil Adams. He exists as certainly as questions and answers and just plain curiosity exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Cecil Adams. It would be as ignorant and dreary as if there were no Becks. There would be no childlike fun in Thread Games, no poetry or music or movies in Cafe Society, no Dopers seeking answers in General Questions, and no serious discussions of the events of the day in Great Debates, to make tolerable this existence. We would have no knowledge, except that which comes from our own sense and sight and experience. The eternal light with which others' answers and experiences fill the world and inform us would be extinguished.

Not believe in Cecil Adams! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your husband to hire men to watch all the computers in Chicago to catch Cecil Adams, but even if they did not see Cecil Adams composing a reply to a question, what would that prove? Nobody sees Cecil Adams, but that is no sign that there is no Cecil Adams. The most real things in the world are those that nobody can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only discussions about weather, faith, sports, fancy, politics, poetry, movies, love, cats, romance, cars, and so many other topics, can fight ignorance; and in doing so, can push aside that curtain in order to view and picture the supernal knowledge and learning beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Beck, in all this world there is nothing else so real and abiding as the Straight Dope that Cecil built.

No Cecil Adams! Thank goodness he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Beck, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to inform the minds of curious people who are proud to call themselves Dopers.
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Thank you, My faith is restored☺️
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I may be trying to put my thumb in the pie in hopes of pulling out a plum, but I think if there ever was a reason for Uncle Cecil to make an appearance this is it.
Spoons lovely recitation proves how we all feel about the enigmatic Master. He lives in the hearts of all Dopers, past and present.
The dream will never die....

(And ignorance must be fought, just sayin')
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Glad to see you back, Arnold! And thanks so much for doing this.
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I've been looking at pics that are there.
Can't wait to see more of the newer members.
I'm excited!!
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Just because I cruised through there on the way here -------- should you update the current stickie-thread about it all or consider having that locked or sent to the corn-field and starting a new one? Like I really need to heap any more volunteer work on to your volunteering but some of the folks I know here confuse easily.
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I like Noodler, better.
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Arnold! You’re back!

Who cares about pictures! Arnold’s back!
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Arnold! You’re back!

Who cares about pictures! Arnold’s back!
Yes! We were worried about you … don't do that again, young man!

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Dude, you haven't posted since 2012. Coming back after an eight year absence, that's just crazypants.
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Nearly 10 years is pretty cray-cray as well
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Nearly 10 years is pretty cray-cray as well
Say what now?
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Say what now?
Umm, I looked at your profile and pulled up your statistics. Seems your last post was in Nov. 2010.
I thought you were being facetious.
I thought I was making a little joke.
Sorry, if I offended you.
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Umm, I looked at your profile and pulled up your statistics. Seems your last post was in Nov. 2010.
I thought you were being facetious.
I thought I was making a little joke.
Sorry, if I offended you.
Oh THAT. Yeah. That's normal for me, though
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Woah, a person who's willing to try to resurrect an ancient mySQL DB out of the goodness of their heart?

On behalf of others who have gone where you have, we salute you! (Checks the oldest mySQL downloads of the community server...mmm, as old as 2005 is available). Your chances are good, hopefully you can find a distro to run a compatible version and dump the DB!
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Glad to see you back, Arnold! And thanks so much for doing this.
I really can't say much more than this so: Glad to see you back, Arnold! And thanks so much for doing this.

Thanks for doing the hard work for me, panache45!
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Arnold !!!

Wowzah!! You come sailing back into Port Au Dope....and the sun burns a little bit brighter.
Hmm....then again that could be the hole in the ozone.

Regardless- welcome home!
Will submit a pic soon.



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Oh THAT. Yeah. That's normal for me, though
This is the Dope. We don't do normal here.

Regards,
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PS - Good to hear from you, Arnold.
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Yay! Arnold's back!

I guess this means I have to send in an updated picture? 😀
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Eight years is kids' stuff.
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