Shy IT Guy


At work we have an IT guy, mid thirties, tall and slim.  At a meeting recently, it was suggested that he go talk to person X about some important matter.  Well, he didn’t want to do that.  It came out that he had no clue as to how to talk to the person on such a matter, as he didn’t know person X.   There was plenty of evidence that he was shy, as he buried himself in his work, but this was unexpected from my perspective.

So how did something like this come to be?  It is somewhat difficult to imagine this happening in days past, in the era of the Evil Patriarchy.  Of course, things back then were not necessarily as they are sometimes portrayed, but men were not normally shrinking violets.

For boys and young men there seems to be a gauntlet, one that designed to make most of them fail.  They are cowed, shamed and shunted aside from school age onward.  Many retreat into a shell, for this seems easier.  Furthermore, it also seems more productive that battling the odd system that they encounter.

What men such as this need is to have explained to them what has happened.  Ideally they could make changes before it is too late.  But how to explain it?  How to approach such a fella?  Ideas?

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111 comments on “Shy IT Guy
  1. BuenaVista says:

    If he worked for me I’d ask for a ‘pre-meeting’ briefing, shoot the shit for an hour, and casually invite myself to the meeting. At the meeting I’d do the intro and sum-up, he would do the substantive discussion, and then I would take him out to lunch and start a process of discovery and improved socialization. All this presumes he’s good at his job. We should not forget that being able to discuss work is a necessary aspect of the job he has chosen to take.

    But net, if this is a contributing member of his unit, he has a bad boss (or a series of them) imo for letting this get to this point. The guy is being tortured.

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  2. BuenaVista says:

    I once took two Ph.D mathematicians to Europe to promote some rocket science to the financial vertical, and boy howdy, was that interesting. You’re eating with the senior staff of modest places like Credit Suisse in the firm’s private dining room and your colleagues don’t wait for everyone to be served and that thing that was on your plate when you sat down? That’s a napkin. Put it in your lap.

    We’re already scorned as barely toilet-trained semi-literate survival monkeys by these guys in their $10,000 Hermes jackets. We were just doing our part to sustain the image.

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  3. BuenaVista says:

    One thing I learned early and still believe: you can make a *lot* of money with misfits who are brilliant and ill-suited to the corporate meat grinder. But these are guys who might start crying if you tell the wrong joke or remind them to take a shower. Extraordinarily bright people can extraordinarily vulnerable.

    We sold that company successfully and almost every one of the staff moved on and up, many working middle management or research jobs in conventional corporations. One blew his brains out.

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  4. Ame says:

    4 Out of 5 Husbands Can Tell You What Megxit Is All About

    RUSH: A lot of people are asking me — ’cause people ask me what I think of everything — “So, Rush, what’s the real reason for this Megxit, this Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the royal family?” Come on! Every husband… Uh, four out of every five husbands can tell you what this is all about. This one’s not hard to figure out in any way, shape, manner, or form.

    But there’s no advantage to me in explaining it to you. So I shall leave you to your own imaginations and conclusions. I did explain it in great detail to Snerdley, and I had him rolling on the floor in laughter as I’m… (interruption) I can’t. There’s no way I can. (interruption) I can’t! I can’t. I cannot explain it. There’s no way. I wouldn’t survive if I did. I wouldn’t…

    (laughing) Anyway, let’s see. (interruption) Okay. (sigh) I’ll guarantee you this. After the vows were repeated, she said to him, “If you think that I’m gonna get stuck over here in some little cottage that your grandmother gave us and we’re gonna run around sipping cocktails and go to horse races wearing top hats, you’ve got another thing coming.”

    And he said, “You could have told me that before we got married!”

    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/01/10/4-out-of-5-husbands-can-tell-you-what-happened-with-harry-and-meghan/?fbclid=IwAR2jwBeDi_G1f2ekHmTv2uDUOnakX3QeR8RYxMG8Ouk8n8C4HTwA8ARmH94

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  5. Ame says:

    One blew his brains out.

    😦

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  6. Sharkly says:

    Shy Guy … LOL
    I might be the last person to ask how to overcome shyness. I sent the CEO of the 18,000 employee company I work for another email today, reminding him to wise up already, and a nice “I told you so” since the prediction in my last email to him played out exactly as I called it. They’ve been trying to fire me for three years straight, but I have solid documentation of their unethical operations, and they don’t want to face my documentation in court. They trumped up enough bogus minor infractions to fire me, but then their legal team wouldn’t let them. LOL

    I fear God, but nobody else. I’m not afraid to die. I am the very image and glory of God, so I don’t even get how any other man could ever leave me speechless. If I don’t want to talk to somebody, it is only because I really don’t want to waste my breath on such a reprobate.

    Perhaps I could share some of my perspective with the shy guy and it might help him, but I wouldn’t have a clue about being bashful, or any understanding of how it feels.

    I do like shy women however. With women, I like to do most of the talking. Seriously, of the two of us, I should be the one doing most of the talking. Nothing more annoying than a mouthy woman!

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  7. Ame says:

    my bff from college are very different. she’s liberal; i’m conservative. we don’t talk much. but if anything comes up, she’s the one i call. she was the one who confirmed my first husband had died as we heard thru the grapevine. she must tell her assistants that if i ever call to put me straight thru. i know i can trust her and count on her friendship, and that is rare.

    she and her sister both have sons. since i don’t talk to her often, i don’t know all the things. but i recently learned her son has all these mental health issues – serious MH issues, and will likely never be able to hold a full-time job. i thought her sister’s son was in college, but i noticed her sister hasn’t mentioned him on fb in a long time but raves about the daughter, so w/ a little digging, it looks like he’s moved back home and is doing weird things. both young men have gained tons of weight.

    and … i’m heartbroken for these guys.

    two token feminist mothers who rule their worlds. wimpy fathers. and the mom’s don’t know what happened.

    i’m heartbroken for these guys.

    she had some time off between high-level, high-stress, jobs. she said her son did so much better when she was home … cooking meals … just being there. but she doesn’t get it.

    men like BV who take these intelligent guys under their wings are priceless.

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  8. h0neyc0mb says:

    Two words for a mouthy wimmimz .. Ball Gag ..

    Thank Me (as Mark La-Vin would say).

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  9. One thing I learned early and still believe: you can make a *lot* of money with misfits who are brilliant and ill-suited to the corporate meat grinder.

    One place I worked briefly was a Fortune 100 insurance company with a large local office. Their IT dept was a complete clusterfuck. Headcount was over 100, but the whole thing was basically kept running by two guys. One, an English guy, who flew in from London every week for 4 days, and then flew home every weekend. Seemed a little nerdy but otherwise normal. Rumor was he was getting over 300k/yr and the company had to pay for his travel. The other guy was a 6’8″ former basketball player who looked like Morgan Freeman with dreadlocks.

    He apparently was the only guy who could keep the mainframe from going tits up on a daily basis. He was very much on the spectrum, but got along with 2-3 people who knew how to talk to him. When the local dept heads heard that the Head Office goons were coming to visit, with the idea of possibly selling the company, they gave the guy 3 days off (mandatory) during the visit. The whole time keeping their fingers crossed that the mainframe wouldn’t choke.

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  10. Liz says:

    I think a lot of the students at Colorado School of Mines are “out there” on the spectrum.
    Several of our friends sons are there. All (with the exception of one) are normal, just super-smart. The one who is “out there” is majoring in math and wants to be a math professor at Mines some day (he started college at 16 and had already finished math through Diffyscrew (not its real name, the one I give for Differential equations, aka Diff EQ…which comes after calc 1,2, and 3…engineers know it. He’d also finished linear algebra)
    Any way, I’ve heard lots of stories about the weirdness there.
    One of the moms came to visit one day and asked a kid in the hall where her son’s room was. He stared at her like a deer in the headlights and started stammering. I’m not sure he had ever said hi to a woman who wasn’t his own mother.
    Any way, I’m going to visit some friends with two boys at the school tomorrow ad they will probably have more anecdotes (and hopefully some advice I can relay)

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  11. LarryG says:

    well I hate to admit it, but I have worked in IT at a company since 2000. A few years ago some very insightful managers determined that my soft “people skills” and empathy for client issues being total shit-for brains were somewhat lacking. My technical skills are adequate so I was invited to work from home, talk to no one ever, attend no meetings and answer virtually no IMs or emails. Suits me perfectly, happy campers all

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  12. We have to have social skills at my job. I have seen the asperbergs sh*t hurt “smart” people big time. (The whimpy types are easy to push around, dont let them think that they can put viruses on everyone’s computer. Lack of people skills=boss forces me to do unethical things).

    When they hit 40, they get puzzled that many of their colleagues are doing better or living a semblance of lives.

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  13. The nice lady I shared an office with would look over my emails for me if I asked her so I would not get fired for telling people not to be so stupid. We’re most likely going to work from home 5 days/week this year so I’ll just have to muddle along without her. I’m thinking of getting an egg timer to make me wait before replying.

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  14. h0neyc0mb says:

    I found .. what works for me anyway .. is to type the email .. save the email .. re-read the email .. then delete the email. Wash, rinse and repeat.

    It’s kept me out of the bread lines thusfar.

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  15. Cill says:

    I’d like you Americans here to know what a man from the Antipodes thinks of your President.

    I’m in my mid thirties. Trump is the best President in my lifetime. He is the only effective President in my lifetime. The rest were a bunch of pathetic gutless wonders. That darling of the media, Obama, was the worst President ever. Which says a lot about the quality of your media.

    Trump has dealt to China. For that alone he would have my respect. He deserves respect for a lot of other achievements as well. Y’all know what they are.

    Trump has been a breath of fresh air for my part of the world. Thank you for Trump.

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  16. I worry I’ll fat finger it and hit send, but sounds good otherwise.

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  17. Gunner Q says:

    “What men such as this need is to have explained to them what has happened. Ideally they could make changes before it is too late. But how to explain it? How to approach such a fella? Ideas?”

    The problem is simple. There aren’t any rules to social interactions anymore. It’s all emotion-driven. Men who prize their logical reasoning enough to spend entire days in the server room will not have the emotional development to survive in Current Year.

    That’s not a slam on them. That’s the consequence of a day having only 24 hours in it. One cannot do well at literally everything and math is at the opposite end of the brain from women.

    When there are rules to social games, nerds do well. This is why roleplaying games like D&D are so popular with them, because they’re social environments defined by lots of rules that you can look up in a book. Now that there aren’t any rules, (thanks to behaviors such as false accusations and termination for unintended offenses,) the guys who need them are the first to suffer.

    Remember Matt Taylor, the European Space Agency astronomer whose career was ruined because he wore an “inappropriate” shirt while giving a briefing on the Rosetta comet project?

    He never saw it coming. Had no reason to expect it. Doesn’t take many incidents like that until the nerds begin their disappearing acts in order to protect themselves from they don’t even know what.

    My own physiognomy research is a way to figure out the social rules. Nobody is going to tell me who they really are, least of all the real bad apples, so I try to work with what I have… selfies on the Internet.

    Burn one nerd, scare a hundred, because they need those social cues to know what’s appropriate. Unfortunately, what’s not appropriate today is being a nerd in the first place.

    They need rules. They need innocence to protect them. They need society’s respect, and our society would rather replace them with incompetent foreigners.

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  18. Gunner Q says:

    Is there a shy IT guy in the house who can teach me the secret to embedding pictures? I copy the URL but it only works randomly and temporarily.

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  19. Cheque d'Out says:

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  20. Liz says:

    Mike suggests it might be helpful for boys and men who are like that to do something that will build confidence in all aspects of life. He suggests jujitsu.

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  21. RichardP says:

    I’m experimenting with two images here:

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  22. RichardP says:

    First image above has “.jpg” extension.
    Second image above has “png” extension.

    The consistent thing about these two links is that they are images stored at a single organization. AmericanHumane.org and Wikimedia.org respectively.

    Gunner’s link that he was trying to post started at “i.guim.co.uk” and then pointed to “Guardian” in the same link. The distinction between my posts and Gunner’s is that my image is stored at the organization identified at the beginning of the link. Only one layer here. Gunner’s link started at one organization and then pointed to a second where the image is stored. Maybe that is the distinction between why an image will show up here and why it won’t (mine versus Gunner’s)? Image must be stored at the first orgnaization in the link?

    Thinking that “Guardian” was maybe the British news organization, I did a third link above, where no picture showed up, using “guardian” as the organization where the image was stored. Didn’t work. Probably the address for “guardian” was incorrect.

    I went to Google Images and searched on Gunner’s address (Dr-Matt-Taylor-012.jpg). I came up with this: Dr. Matt Taylor at the Guardian

    The first image there seems to share the same link that Gunner posted, except that there are some additional characters after “.jpg”. To conclude this experiment, I am going to post that link, with the extra characters included, below. Note that his link, like Gunner’s, has the first organization in the link pointing to a second organization where the image is stored. I’m thinking that no image will show up, for the reasons discussed above. If an image does show up, perhaps it is because of the extra characters after “.jpg” that were not included in the link Gunner posted.

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  23. David Foster says:

    Here’s a story that I believe was related by George Marshall…in World War I, an American soldier was receiving an award (from a French general, for some reason) for extreme courage demonstrated in combat.

    The soldier later remarked that he had been much more nervous during the medal-presentation ceremony than during the battle in which he earned it.

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  24. Cheque d'Out says:

    Oh.

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  25. RichardP says:

    I think this is the picture Gunner was trying to post. If you right-click on the picture and click on “view image”, the image that comes up has the address that Gunner initally posted, minus the characters after “.jpg”.

    So – my question still remains unanswered in my head: how does one (can one?) come up with a link that will post here or elsewhere an image posted in an article somewhere else?

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/14/rosetta-comet-dr-matt-taylor-apology-sexist-shirt

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  26. “Technical issues” made the wheel fall off? Bullshit, it was gremlins.

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  27. Farm Boy says:

    This is now a thing

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  28. Farm Boy says:

    “Young people are being let down by older generations and those in power,” wrote the Swedish teenager in the Guardian. “To some it may seem like we are asking for a lot. But this is just the very minimum of effort needed to start the rapid sustainable transition. The fact that this still — in 2020 — hasn’t been done already is, quite frankly, a disgrace.”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/a-disgrace-greta-thunberg-slams-older-generations-for-inaction-on-climate-change

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  29. Farm Boy says:

    No matter–Ward’s Twitter account, The Naked Philanthropist, continues her offer of a free nude to everyone who can prove he sent at least $10 to an Australian wildfire charity

    https://blogstupidgirl.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/global-warming-made-me-take-my-clothes-off-female-porn-site-models-sending-nude-photos-to-men-who-donate-to-australian-fire-relief/

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  30. Farm Boy says:

    Gratuitous images

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  31. Mid-20th century documentary about gremlins.

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  32. Ame says:

    KH – perhaps leave the TO address empty and not fill in until ready to send? you can put it at the top of the email and cut/paste when ready to send.

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  33. Liz says:

    Bullshit, it was gremlins.
    Like this one? 😆

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  34. Cheque d'Out says:

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  35. Lithgow is good, but as science has proven, you can’t beat Shatner.

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  36. Headhunter growls in an approving manner.

    “Look like Suzy Parker. Me want.”

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  37. h0neyc0mb says:

    Yes .. they fed the gremlins after mid-night ..

    YOU.NEVER.FED’EM.AFTER.MIDNIGHT!

    😂

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  38. h0neyc0mb says:

    Truly radiant .. but she gets a minus 1 for short hair.

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  39. h0neyc0mb says:

    Story time ..

    As a young man .. and Forst Officer for the largest regional air carrier at the time (American Eagle; Owned by AMR .. which owned American Airlines) ..

    The line mechanics were well seasoned. The shop had lots of experience.

    Until our competitors came to DFW .. they promply paid our folks more and hired 80% of them in short order.

    We got very junior mechanics on the line and in the shops at DFW.

    Well we picked up an airplane that had been thru a nightly PM (preventive maint.). It seemed okay. Logbook said a compressor wash had occured on the maint. card.

    Thought nothing of it until we pushed up the thrust levers and had two (out of two) engines on fire. Or so said the alarms

    We had a great time doing an ex-po-dish-us deplaning .. fire trucks .. the whole she-bang.

    It appears that the young man whom was tasked with the compressor wash forgot half of the ignitors. So .. in effect we dis have an engine fire .. it wasn’t a false alarm.

    It was his first day on the job.

    Some days you’re the windshield .. and some days .. you’re the bug.

    That’s just one of many .. tooooooo many .. airline stories .. I don’t fly the airlines unless you can’t do it by sea or ground.

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  40. Ame says:

    ice fishing:

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  41. LarryG says:

    How I do it, grabbing a nice picture off a web site.

    1. go to https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/border-collie/
    2. find the pic of the border collie which is embedded into the web page (not linked to another page)
    3. RIGHT click on the image and select “Open image in new tab”. IF the image is linked to another page, select “Open link in new tab” after RIGHT clicking the image, THEN again RIGHT click the image in the new tab and select “Open image in new tab”
    4. now my border collie image is isolated from the previous web page with this URL in the browser:

    5. Any thing after .jpg is deleted leaving a long image only URL. In this case there is already nothing after .jpg. .PNG and .JPEG and .GIF are all treated the same way.
    6. highlight and copy (CTRL C, or RIGHT click COPY ) the entire URL
    7. RIGHT click the target page and select Paste. The IMAGE URL should paste
    8. IMPORTANT to place the cursor directly behind the “g” in .jpg and hit ENTER to place a hard break after the URL string
    9. if inserting multiple images, make sure to hit ENTER to place a hard break between each pasted URL

    Seems like a pain in the ass but not all that difficult with some practice

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  42. Liz says:

    That’s just one of many .. tooooooo many .. airline stories .. I don’t fly the airlines unless you can’t do it by sea or ground.

    Mike says if they say the weather is too bad to fly, you should be glad they aren’t flying…they’ll go through a lot of weather.
    He was on a trip a few months back (I hope I haven’t told this story already), there were two large thunderstorms next to each other, with a little gap in between. Guy on the radio said they could “shoot the gap”, Mike refused. Right after a different airliner shot the gap. They lost radio contact with him for about ten minutes. When he came out the other side, he said on the radio, “Don’t let anyone go through there!”

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  43. Ame says:

    in the 80’s we were on a flight out of miami. we weren’t far out (maybe 10 min in the air) when we heard some kind of mechanical thing, and then the pilot came on and said in a really pi$$ed voice, “Well, we have ____ (i forget what it was), and the company is making us turn around and go back.”

    all i could think was just get us on the ground.

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  44. LarryG says:

    “all i could think was just get us on the ground.”

    wus

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  45. LarryG says:

    Back in 1999 when I came back to the States I flew from Milan, Italy to JFK on El AL airlines. Israeli security screening can be a little intense and time consuming to say the least. Once on board I did notice that on that particular aircraft there were a sum total of 4 passengers. They moved all four of us to first class (guess so they could keep a better eye on us).

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  46. Ame says:

    LOL, LARRY!!!
    Yep!

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  47. LarryG says:

    My Mrs. and I were commenting and kinda amazed that it’s been 20 years since we came back to the US…time flies when you are working your ass off for some company, eh? If we had stayed out of country like we first thought to do I could have had different a citizenship by now, raised a boat load of kids and be retired growing fruit trees…something about the plans of mice and men comes to mind..

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  48. LarryG says:

    From Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse, 1786. It tells of how he, while ploughing a field, upturned a mouse’s nest. The resulting poem is an apology to the mouse:

    But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren’t alone]
    In proving foresight may be vain:
    The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
    Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]
    An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
    For promised joy.

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  49. RichardP says:

    @LarryG – what browser are you using? i’m using Firefox.

    1. At your Point 1, I right-clicked on the link and opened it in a new tab.

    2. Your Point 2 is a little unclear: find the pic of the border collie which is embedded into the web page (not linked to another page). How does one do that – determine what picture is imbedded and what picture is linked to another page? Need to know how to do this in order to complete your Point 3.

    3. On the page that opened from your link at your Point 1, I saw the collie that looked like the collie you posted here, and right-clicked on it. My only choice relevant to this exercise was “View Image”. I had no choice to “Open Link in a New Tab”.

    4. I clicked on “View Image” – and the image of the collie opened in a new window. Right-clicking on that new picture of the collie gave me no option to open or view again in a different tab / window. Which leaves me with only the link to the image in the address bar to work with.

    5. I’m wondering if different browsers give different options in this process. If so, that would be part of the problem with different folks getting different results.

    6. The address for the picture of the collie contains two different organizations within the same link – which I demonstrated upthread does not work for posting the picture, at least not with Gunner’s link. I will post that link immediately below Point 7 and see if we get an image or a place-holder like Gunner got.

    7. Larry – can you do with Gunner’s link what you just did with the border collie? I’ll place it in the next post below. Depending on the browser you are using, maybe your instructions will work on Gunner’s link. They don’t work when using FIrefox.

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  50. RichardP says:

    OK. I put a hard break after the “.jpg”. I think I did not put that hard break upthread in my experiment with Gunner’s link.

    So here is that link again, with a hard break after “.jpg”:

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  51. RichardP says:

    Nope. Put the hard break and it still does not show the image.

    My experiment upthread is now irrelevant. There are two organizations in the link to Larry’s link to the collie, and it worked when I posted it. There are two organizations in the link to Gunner’s image, and it did not work when I posted it.

    So we still don’t know what is going on here – other that some links will display the image and other links, that seem to be in the same format, won’t.

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  52. LarryG says:

    I use multiple browsers, my primary being Avast Secure Browser, also Chrome and IE when I have to.

    2. Your Point 2 is a little unclear: find the pic of the border collie which is embedded into the web page (not linked to another page). How does one do that – determine what picture is imbedded and what picture is linked to another page? Need to know how to do this in order to complete your Point 3.

    If you left click on an image and it takes you to another page or file, it’s linked. If it doesn’t redirect, it’s not. FYI I trashed FireFox awhile back due to the clunkiness of image manipulation

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  53. LarryG says:

    “https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/14/1415997502957/Dr-Matt-Taylor-012.jpg”

    I have never had much success getting linked pics from the Guardian to show up. Notice the bitching about “no signature”

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  54. LarryG says:

    Just for fun I reran the URL “https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/14/1415997502957/Dr-Matt-Taylor-012.jpg” through the search engine DuckDuckGo and the image of a bearded man in glasses popped right up

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  55. LarryG says:

    https___i.guim.co.uk_img_static_sys-images_Guardian_Pix_pictures_2014_11_14_1415997502957_Dr-Matt-Taylor-012.jpg

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  56. LarryG says:

    try copy/paste the URL above and see what happens

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  57. LarryG says:

    welp, time for bed…enough fun n giggles for one day.

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  58. RichardP says:

    Thanks for the feedback Larry.

    As I stated above, I searched Google Images on ” Dr-Matt-Taylor-012.jpg “, and got the page at the link below. If you right-click on the first image, and open in a new tab / window, the verbage in the address bar is the same as you find at Gunner’s image placeholder that started this experiment stuff. Which makes me think that the first image at the link below is what Gunner wanted us to see.

    All of this experimenting has detracted from the point of the thread. Gunner’s image is directly tied to the point of the thread. But we don’t know that unless we remember the story, or click on the Guardian link that I gave – which tells part of the story.

    Dr Taylor was part of the Rosetta mission team giving an update on that mission (landing a probe on a comet). He wore a shirt with half-naked ladies on it to the press conference. Brilliant scientific mind. Absolutely clueless social awareness. That was the point of Gunner’s picture that didn’t show.

    Dr. Matt Taylor at the Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/14/rosetta-comet-dr-matt-taylor-apology-sexist-shirt

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  59. Sharkly says:

    The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
    Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned and saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.

    If a good heart, a good head, and strong industrious hands, always brought success, I wouldn’t be here bitching online with the rest of you peons. Nor would the rest of you probably be here to hear me moan.

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  60. Cheque d'Out says:

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  61. Farm Boy says:

    The actual problem that the left sees more clearly than the right is Trump’s complex idiosyncrasies and style conceal a simple truth; declare the left’s shibboleths so much bullshit masquerading as fairy dust and their mystique and, more importantly, their political advantage goes poof! Trump shows that the Republicans have CHOSEN to play on the Dems’ tilted field for 100 years and have always had only to walk off of it to end the prog advantage. Of course it has happened for so long most of the GOPe like spoiled brats refuse to do the right thing and act like grown-ups. But the curtain has been pulled back and might not be put back in place and hence all the screaming.

    Trump isn’t Mussolini or Hitler. Neither is he Abe Lincoln or Daniel come to judgment. Donald Trump is Toto.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/trump_is_toto.html

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  62. Cheque d'Out says:

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  63. Liz says:

    then the pilot came on and said in a really pi$$ed voice, “Well, we have ____ (i forget what it was), and the company is making us turn around and go back.”
    all i could think was just get us on the ground.

    OMG Ame! 😱
    That’s awful.
    Mike is really considerate toward the passengers when he flies. He tries to let them know when to expect turbulence, and how much and all that. It helps to know what to expect…I remember going through pretty bad turbulence…lightning all around, and lots of those negative Gs where the plane feels like it’s in free fall. Went on for a long time. The pilots never said a thing before they hit that stuff. The boys were on the plane too…they were laughing and cheering like it was a rollercoaster ride. LOL

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  64. https://www.rightminds.nz/articles/my-house-was-raided-over-22lr-lever-action-rifle

    SAD!

    I was also confused because the picture in the post is of a model that doesn’t have a magazine receiver (terminology may be incorrect).

    Any-who, SAD!!!

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  65. LarryG says:

    General Solemani did’nt kill himself….neither did Epstein

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  66. Just my opinion, but I think Jimmy John’s is getting carried away with the “Freaky fast delivery” stuff…

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  67. Farm Boy says:

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  68. Farm Boy says:

    Barack and Michelle Obama are advising Meghan and Harry on their new life outside the Royal Family… with Duchess set to copy their use of ‘star power’ to promote ‘humanistic projects’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7874861/Barack-Michelle-Obama-advising-Meghan-Harry-new-life-outside-Royal-Family.html

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  69. LarryG says:

    Liz playing with the Iranian air defense system…

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  70. Farm Boy says:

    Actually published by Iran for promotional purposes

    [Note Jar-Jar you should]

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  71. LarryG says:

    Delusions of grandeur….the Supreme Leader of Iran….Ayatollah Kittymani

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  72. LarryG says:

    Blessing on all you peons, degenerates and cat ladies from Pope Pug the First

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  73. LarryG says:

    Disney World’s newest ride opens “Der Fuhrer”…with age and height restrictions of course

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  74. LarryG says:

    So true, Sir

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  75. LarryG says:

    Must run, kids…today is Gun Cleaning Day from 10 AM till 3 PM with occasional beer breaks

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  76. Cill says:

    I have never had much success getting linked pics from the Guardian to show up. Notice the bitching about “no signature”

    I think those URLs are generated by the Guardian to be interpreted by the Guardian’s own coding. The “signature” comes after the “jpg”. They are not intended for external use.

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  77. Farm Boy says:

    By the time Trump made his restrained public statement Wednesday, the entire media script was flipped upside down. World War III was on hold because the Iranians blinked, and the president, seizing a potential opening, was inviting the mullahs to negotiate.

    Some crazed warmonger he is

    https://nypost.com/2020/01/11/trumps-peace-through-strength-philosophy-on-iran-is-what-america-needs-goodwin/

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  78. Cill says:

    FWIW here is the XPath:

    [I deleted it because (a) it’s too long (b) it doesn’t help -Cill]

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  79. Farm Boy says:

    https://pushingrubberdownhill.com/2020/01/11/stunning-and-brave/

    [Endorse Diane Abbott to be Labour Party leader she does]

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  80. Cill says:

    Use Independent

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  81. Ame says:

    Liz – The boys were on the plane too…they were laughing and cheering like it was a rollercoaster ride. LOL

    LOLOL! that’s hilarious!!! i can see a plane full of tense, scared people … and three little boys laughing and cheering! lolol! did you just wanna say, “Ummm … Dad’s a fighter pilot … no fear here!” 🙂

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  82. Ame says:

    LarryG
    2h ago
    Disney World’s newest ride opens “Der Fuhrer”…with age and height restrictions of course

    LOL!

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  83. Ame says:

    flew to bermuda once … my only experience flying to an island … where the runway begins and ends with the ocean – no room for error there. i was glad i’m a good swimmer 🙂

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  84. Ame says:

    The Complex History of Yellow, a “Mediocre” Color

    this whole piece is short and very interesting – BV might especially find it interesting. i love the psychology of color, and this is a very brief overview of the color yellow and how it has been perceived in history.

    however, for Spawny’s, where hair is a BIG deal 😉 … i thought this little bit was fascinating:

    Blondness, however, is a kind of yellow that has maintained prestige from antiquity through the present day. Many Greek and Roman gods were blond. Roman women lightened their hair or wore blond wigs. In the Age of Chivalry, blond hair signified nobility, honor, beauty, and goodness. Arthurian heroines were often blond, with the notable exception of Guinevere, a brunette who was appropriately “capable of adultery and treachery.”

    https://hyperallergic.com/529864/the-complex-history-of-yellow-a-mediocre-color/?fbclid=IwAR293H4cYIxEgjrSX8bu3jDI0jcS2PY9cou70mFCFnnGWNxnZw5jc3Co1Es

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  85. Gunner Q says:

    Kentucky Headhunter @ 2:38 pm:
    “I was also confused because the picture in the post is of a model that doesn’t have a magazine receiver (terminology may be incorrect).”

    It’s a tube-feed. The magazine is the lower “barrel”. You pull out a spring-loaded rod to manually reload it.

    They’re popular in California because not having a detachable magazine makes them exempt from many of our stupid gun laws. They come in a few other calibers, too… calibers with non-pointy bullets such as the .30-30, because a pointy tip can trigger the primer of the next round in the tube when the recoil goes through the frame.

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  86. Gunner Q says:

    It worked! RichardP and LarryG are awesome!

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  87. LarryG says:

    In case anyone needs a super image viewer and basic editor this is one handy free tool. I took Photoshop off my machine due to it’s enormous footprint, IrfanView does 95% of the minor editing I need.

    https://www.irfanview.com/

    Kinda like using Photoshop to do simple image cropping…….

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  88. Gunner,

    I saw that the rifle was a tube feed, so I was confused about how it could possibly being fit with an illegal magazine. I think the post author might have posted the wrong image, or maybe I just had a reading comprehension error.

    My 10/22 came with a 10 round rotary magazine, but I picked up a several of these to help keep range time with my boys fun and productive.

    https://gunmagwarehouse.com/ruger-bx-25-magazine-ruger-10-22-22-long-rifle-25-round-polymer-black.html

    They work pretty well, but loading the last 5 rounds can be a pain.

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  89. Stephanie says:

    “Blondness, however, is a kind of yellow that has maintained prestige from antiquity through the present day. Many Greek and Roman gods were blond. Roman women lightened their hair or wore blond wigs. In the Age of Chivalry, blond hair signified nobility, honor, beauty, and goodness. Arthurian heroines were often blond, with the notable exception of Guinevere, a brunette who was appropriately “capable of adultery and treachery.””

    LOL… maybe Larry should take a look at this (we know he loves those blonde jokes)!!!!!

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  90. Farm Boy says:

    An Indiana school district is under fire for writing a policy that parents and the ACLU say is a violation of their First Amendment rights and an attempt to shield the board from legitimate criticism. The North West Hendricks School Corporation’s “Parent Code of Conduct ” says parents shall not “use Facebook or any other Social Network to make rude/offensive comments towards individual staff members or the school in general.”

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/shut-up-indiana-school-tries-to-silence-parents-on-facebook-with-draconian-policy/

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  91. Farm Boy says:

    He was a terrorist and a bad dude, but…

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  92. LarryG says:

    Gunner Q,
    glad it worked for you. You know much about the Coonan Classic .357 automag 1911 style pistols?

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  93. Farm Boy says:

    A Thursday evening software update at Facebook accidentally allowed anyone to view exactly who is posting under the accounts of public figures, businesses and other entities, according to Wired.

    The result? For starters, some 3 million followers of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg have been reading posts written by her father, Svante Thunberg, and a climate activist in India who serves as a delegate at the UN’s Climate Change organization, Adarsh Prathap. Thunberg, Inc. claims Greta is still the one writing the content.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/youve-scripted-my-childhood-facebook-glitch-reveals-greta-thunburgs-father-posting

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  94. BuenaVista says:

    Only Don Everly was born in Kentucky. Phil, Chicago. The parents wised up and move the boys to Iowa where they were raised.

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