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by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 48
Views: 541

Re: Cummings and goings

Tangentially, don't you love it when someone gets into a heated discussion and then says they're going to stop responding to anything anyone says? Because if you continue to try to change their mind, you look stupid for talking to someone who has said they aren't going to talk to you, and if you sa...
by Callum Todd
Wed May 27, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 48
Views: 541

Re: Cummings and goings

Dominic Cummings is the most senior adviser to the cabinet. This isn't some unknown junior aide we're talking about. He would have been heavily involved in deciding on the lockdown rules and how they were communicated to the public, e.g. "you must stay at home", "this is not a request, it is an ins...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 48
Views: 541

Re: Cummings and goings

Ah, thanks. Perhaps you're right, without claiming to have read every single word of the actual legislation around travel, it would appear the Barnard Castle trip (but not the London-Durham and Durham-London) trip was probably illegal. Feel free to substitute "and probably even illegal" for the word...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 48
Views: 541

Re: Cummings and goings

Ultimately, the guy's actions were the irresponsible but legal behaviour of a private individual. Perhaps it's reasonable that a private individual who also sometimes operates in a public role is subject to more scrutiny of their private behaviour than most others. But what's the absolute cap on a ...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 48
Views: 541

Re: Cummings and goings

Jono - I can understand why people are galled by it. I just don't agree with that reaction. I do appreciate what people are going through. I just don't think that a fixation of the witchhunt of one nobhead who's broken some rules will help them. It shouldn't feel like a personal affront, because it'...
by Callum Todd
Tue May 26, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 48
Views: 541

Re: Cummings and goings

Whatever you make of the guy's actions (you could have the strongest opinions either way) the persistent obsession with this story is so depressing. It's been the first item on every news bulletin I've heard for two days. That's an eternity in modern news. In this time, the government has announced ...
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 295

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

Has nobody said The Simpsons yet? Surely they must have.
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)

Maybe I'm a hardened sceptic. But I reckon that all of the changes that would have happened in the next ~10 years or so (but have been accelerated by the pandemic) will remain, and everything else will fairly rapidly reset to exactly how it was before. I think the social attitude changes I predicte...
by Callum Todd
Mon May 18, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And How Will We Feel Fine?)

Cash will still be a thing but probably used less frequently. The contactless limit will probably remain at £45 rather than £30. Banks will probably move as much of their services as possible online, likely leading to far fewer high street bank branches. Working from home will probably take off big ...
by Callum Todd
Sun May 17, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird stuff that's happened to you
Replies: 24
Views: 3130

Re: Weird stuff that's happened to you

So did you get into the car or not?
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 30BC - a better way of drawing the contestants?
Replies: 10
Views: 309

Re: 30BC - a better way of drawing the contestants?

I believe Tom is posting the description of a meat feast pizza to imply that a hypothetical match-up between Jack and Kirk would be 'meaty'.
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Countdown Puzzle Magazine #1

bout tree fiddy
by Callum Todd
Wed May 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Co Blackpool Saturday October 10th

Definitely in so long as it's safe and legal at the time.
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

The one-guest formula could work, I suppose. It would be interesting to hear if people preferred Episode 3, in which we had just one guest, to other episodes.

Quite rude of you to imply that Jack is a troll there.
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

But why not have one per podcast? We could release each guest chat separately. But if we were to do that, I would like to then stitch the chats together, with the intro and outro that Paul and I do, into a 'this month on the Podcast' anyway. In which case, why bother going to the effort (which is h...
by Callum Todd
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

Hi Mark! Thanks for the feedback, and don't worry: it comes across as very constructive. The length is the most common point of feedback, but as I've said to it every time: the entire point of this podcast is to have unrestricted and not contrived conversations. I just don't think this is possible w...
by Callum Todd
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Focal Talk podcast Episode 5 out now! featuring Gavin Chipper and Jack Worsley

The fifth episode of the Focal Talk podcast, and the first one in full video, is out now here.

Hope you all enjoy!
by Callum Todd
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 46498

Re: Religion

However, religious beliefs are prevalent in every single human society ever found. If a new isolated population were found on some remote island today that we'd never known about before and we studied their culture to find they didn't have religion, every scientist in the world would be flabbergast...
by Callum Todd
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 46498

Re: Religion

I'll address your replies to my points here Gavin. But first just a clarification: none of what I said was in defence of religious belief, which I do believe to be unnecessary (and in some circumstances positively harmful) in the modern age. This is all just to attempt to answer your question as to ...
by Callum Todd
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 46498

Re: Religion

I find it interesting how different forms of unscientific / delusional / superstitious etc. (delete as appropriate) beliefs are seen very differently by society. If you're a climate change denier or you're anti-vaccine, you're not just wrong, but you're some sort of baddie. If you think the Earth i...
by Callum Todd
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 726
Views: 144872

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Could be wrong, but I think it's because F isn't grade, it means Fail (so no grade at all). This is probably why there is no E, as it would make F look like the next grade along, but it isn't a grade at all. When I was at school there were no Fs anymore, you got a U (Ungraded). This move was possibl...
by Callum Todd
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 66
Views: 3754

When Countdown episodes run out

I just looked on on the wiki to see if there was any information on how many pre-recorded episodes of Countdown are left to broadcast, and learned that As a result of the filming disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, this series is expected to take a break after episodes run out on 1 May. Whil...
by Callum Todd
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Top Tens
Replies: 10
Views: 527

Re: Top Tens

Top ten things that I am able to do during lockdown. 8. Sleeping until I wake up naturally. This might be the best part of lockdown for me - I can actually get some proper rest and don't have to conform to some schedule. If you conform to a sleeping schedule for long enough, with sufficient discipl...
by Callum Todd
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 654
Views: 208689

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Best one for a while.

For what it's worth, if Damian or the CCP is reading this: I'm in.
by Callum Todd
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 4 out now!
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Focal Talk podcast Episode 4 out now!

Episode 4 of the Focal Talk podcast, presented by myself and Paul Anderson, is out now! You can listen to it here . We have moved to YouTube for this podcast, as we haven't found a free site able to host the podcast. If you would like to download the audio to listen to it offline, you can either use...
by Callum Todd
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1234

Re: NHS-worship

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:47 pm
This sort of thread is what makes C4C great, regardless of whether one agrees with the specific content. I can't imagine a discussion like this appearing in my Facebook feed without getting shut down immediately.
So true. I'll gladly partake in a moment of communal applause for c4c.
by Callum Todd
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 3882

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Carol Vorderman on BBC Coronavirus newscast last evening. Brief Countdown chat at the start.
by Callum Todd
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 244
Views: 59580

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I like the TMNT one. I now can't hear 'stronger' by Kanye West without hearing the lyrics 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' instead.
by Callum Todd
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 726
Views: 144872

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

This helps a lot. I tried Wikipedia years ago and it wasn't nearly as helpful. After a brief skim of that page I still have a few questions. Will read it more thoroughly later. Thanks Ian!
by Callum Todd
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 2143

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

I don't think that's an accurate use of the word "need" there and I am not going to e-mail you about it. For anyone reading this to whom my regrettable history is news: I won't discuss it at length or make any fresh revelations about a 6 year old story (you'll have to wait until my book release for ...
by Callum Todd
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 726
Views: 144872

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

My question was not supposed to be funny. I really want an answer. I have asked it many times, to biology teachers and to the Internet, and am yet to receive an answer.

Tom's response was supposed to be funny, and it succeeded.
by Callum Todd
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 2143

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

The answer is indeed yes, unfortunately. Although in future Gavin may I request you just ask me directly rather than using the ghost of Elvis Presley as an intermediary. That thread certainly is quite something. For me it's too strong a point of shame to take too much else away from it, but I'm glad...
by Callum Todd
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 726
Views: 144872

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Thomas Carey wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:37 pm
Callum Todd wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:57 am
What is grass?
baby don't hurt me
Hahaha absolute gold.


Srsly though. I have never understood exactly what grass is.
by Callum Todd
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 2143

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

100% Callum Todd. He fucked the system by cheating on Apterous to make his opponents think he was way better than he was, intidimidating them into underperforming just enough so that he could narrowly beat them as his true (still quite good) self. Shove that up your apto arses This is going straigh...
by Callum Todd
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 3 out now (featuring Innis Carson)
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 3 out now (featuring Innis Carson)

Abridged version is now available from the podcast site.

It'll be on the player fm site once that feed updates.
by Callum Todd
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 2143

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

Yeah, taking this thread seriously: I guess it depends on what your criteria are. If it's just which of these people is/has been the best at countdown, and the fact they won a series in the past decade is just a circumstantial entry requirement into this vote, then it's obviously Jack W. No debate n...
by Callum Todd
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 726
Views: 144872

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What is grass?
by Callum Todd
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 2143

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:46 am
At Countdown, or morally and ethically?
Or just purely in terms of size. T-Cap and Dinos are both pretty tall but I'm not sure which is taller so am going to abstain from voting until I've had chance to measure all the nominees.
by Callum Todd
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 726
Views: 144872

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:06 am
I particularly hate it when you're on the train feeling a bit tired and you want to have a nap but there's no plug socket to lean against!
Maus's bed:

Image
by Callum Todd
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

Listened to Episode 1, now on number 2. This is great Phil! Even got some Leeds chat in :)
by Callum Todd
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

Any hints and tips for a chess rookie? - Do the interactive lessons and practice modules under the Learn tab on lichess.org - Repeat - Play online at a reasonable pace but probably no faster than 10 minutes each until you’re zoned in a bit more - Don’t shy away from material aimed at children. They...
by Callum Todd
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 3 out now (featuring Innis Carson)
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Focal Talk podcast Episode 3 out now (featuring Innis Carson)

The full, uncut version of Episode 3 of the Focal Talk podcast (hosted by Paul Anderson and myself) is out now and available to listen to here . An abridged version will follow shortly (haha, shortly, get it?) In this episode we speak about the state of Countdown today, and we have a good long chat ...
by Callum Todd
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)
Replies: 13
Views: 1735

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)

Episode 3, featuring Innis Carson in the sole guest slot, will be released soon (hopefully this week). We will probably release long play as soon as its ready, with short edit to follow some time over the next week or so.
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 22876

Re: You Are The Ref

I think everyone should use a pen to tap the table.. it's a sharper sound which makes it much easier to adjudicate. I've been using a pen on conundrums forever and it's definitely a competitive advantage to simply twitch your fingers than move your whole arm to bang the table, so I don't know why m...
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 22876

Re: You Are The Ref

Have just replayed the slow motion replay on 0.25 speed - it is a dead heat. +1. Callum moves first. His hand goes up, then down. But if you are judging by when the hands actually hit the table, it could not be more simultaneous. My initial thought was that Tom was just quicker. After watching the ...
by Callum Todd
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 22876

Re: You Are The Ref

If you include Rob's additional scenarios, then 3 of the things on this list happened in co:event finals last year featuring me. I am clearly a controversy magnet. Just a note on scenario 3: when I was hosting a game between Jack and Maus at CoMan in which Maus was 1 or 2 points ahead: Maus buzzed i...
by Callum Todd
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th February 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Spoiler for 19th February 2020.

Just seen this game on the wiki. Ryan is decent!
by Callum Todd
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 22876

Re: You Are The Ref

Ah excellent, I love these. Was talking about You Are The Ref with someone last night. 1) c 2) b 3) I'm steering well clear of this one 4) b 4.1) maybe if the letter had fallen off BEFORE the buzz, as it could have distracted the opponent and hampered them from solving it. Although really the round ...
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Chess - advice for a beginner?

I have recently endeavoured to take up chess. Not as a serious pursuit - I don't have a lot of time to put into it - but I'd like to start playing it a bit as a side-hobby and see if I can become halfway decent at it. I imagine there's a fair few chess aficionados among you lot. Any hints and tips f...
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best lexico example sentences
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Best lexico example sentences

Came across a few corkers when trawling ODO for dictionary updates back in 2014 or whenever it was. The one that I can still remember is from the defintion of gack (meaning cocaine): ‘Everyone not playing with their toes in a crib, or drooling down themselves in a care home, is fully aware that mode...
by Callum Todd
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]
Replies: 12
Views: 1518

Re: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]

Yeah, go team 69. Happy to have made my contribution to such a high max %.
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 1350

Re: Internal monologue

I voted for 'yes' but I don't feel 'voice in [my] head' is a fully accurate description. It's more of a feeling than a voice. A voice is just the medium I imagine it into when trying to process my thoughts as words rather than feelings, images, sounds etc. So the 'voice in [my] head' isn't my though...
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 2097

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

Okay, so as promised I've gone away and done some thinking. And here's what I've come up with thusfar: First of all, this thread asks if Countdown is worthy of respect as a game, and in its opening post makes reference to 'proper' games like Scrabble or Chess As Gevin has correctly pointed out, I've...
by Callum Todd
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 2097

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

Well, I think using Conor's 30th birthday win is a bit of a straw man, because I would definitely not argue that it was artistry, and I was more arguing for a more complex game like chess. And as I say, you could get more complex turn-based games than chess if you really wanted - so when I talk abo...
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 2097

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

Artistry isn't it? That's the word I was looking for! Thanks. I stand by my comment about Countdown/Scrabble/Chess vs. Football/snooker/martial arts in these terms. Countdown, Scrabble and Chess are effectively turn-based games (I know Countdown's 'turns' occur simultaneously, the conundrum especia...
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)
Replies: 13
Views: 1735

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)

It's very good. i really enjoyed it. Some sound quality issues with Conor unfortunately. In 2020 it seems like these should be solved by now but sadly not. An idea might be to get your guests to record the call as well then you can use their recording of them and your recording of you. Cheers Jono....
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown set porn
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Re: Countdown set porn

These clickbait headlines have reached a new low.
by Callum Todd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 2097

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

I think it is worthy of respect as a game. It is perhaps a bit weird that there's this community of us that give so much of a shit about it, but I'm sure there are weirder hobbies. I think it's certainly what you call a 'proper' game on a par with Scrabble and Chess, although without knowing too muc...
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mental health accessibility at FOCAL events - ideas/suggestions please
Replies: 1
Views: 817

Mental health accessibility at FOCAL events - ideas/suggestions please

Hello. Last year, FOCAL remarked on World Mental Health Day that FOCAL events are a great way to spend time playing an enjoyable and mentally stimulating game with like-minded people. This year, we're looking at ways we can ensure all FOCAL events are accessible to people who suffer with anxiety. Ob...
by Callum Todd
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 23
Views: 4178

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

Geaton is a verb coined by Eddy Byrne. As you may have guessed either from the context in which you have seen it used or simply by the identity of its author, its defintion is graphically sexual. I shan't post it on a public forum although if you feel it's important for you to understand its definti...