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Title: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 28, 2009, 05:41:46 PM
This is a thread for anybody to ask questions to which they want answers, and for anybody to answer those questions.   

I'm going to start off with two questions of my own:

1.  What is a mother-in-law suite?

2.  What's the quickest way to soothe a sore throat?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 28, 2009, 06:39:57 PM
Mother in law suite is a separate apartment in your house with complete kitchen, bath, living space and bedroom and a private, separate entrance. 

Since you mentioned house hunting a while back, this is an excellent feature.  Its a great place for a guy to have his 'own space'.  Or you, whatever, you know what I mean.  Furnish it with the basics, let a friend crash there for a week while they're in town, etc. 


Sore throat = warm salt water gargle, and lozenges with benzocaine.  Cepocol or Cepostat, check the ingredients.  One has it, the other doesn't. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on January 28, 2009, 06:40:11 PM
1.  What is a mother-in-law suite?

A small apartment with kitchen on a separate floor of the house or over the garage.

2.  What's the quickest way to soothe a sore throat?

Tea with lemon and honey.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on January 28, 2009, 06:41:55 PM


1.  What is a mother-in-law suite?


Basically a self contained part of a house that has a bedroom bath and kitchen all of its own. That way grandma does not have to go near your ass if she does not want to. But is still close enough to watch the kids.

Shown in the upper right corner of floor plan.

(http://www.architecturaldesigns.com/plans/5906ndf1.gif)

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on January 28, 2009, 06:42:53 PM
What does Rillion look like?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 28, 2009, 06:59:14 PM
What is a "Rillon" and why do Chupacabra's only suck the blood from goats?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 28, 2009, 07:15:23 PM

How did Janine Turner turn into such a fuckin wreck?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on January 28, 2009, 07:16:15 PM
What is a "Rillon" and why do Chupacabra's only suck the blood from goats?

Chupacabras do not just suck the blood of goats, they will suck the blood out of any type of livestock or small animal.

They especially like kids. *rimshot*
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: WallyC33 on January 29, 2009, 03:11:52 AM
This is a thread for anybody to ask questions to which they want answers, and for anybody to answer those questions.   

I'm going to start off with two questions of my own:

1.  What is a mother-in-law suite?

2.  What's the quickest way to soothe a sore throat?

Huge man-loads
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 29, 2009, 03:43:02 AM
How is is possible that the massive Sun stays stationary in space?

I actually think it is moving (if the universe is expanding, that is), but that has nothing to do with its size. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 29, 2009, 03:49:50 AM
What does Rillion look like?

(http://www.bullshido.org/w/images/thumb/a/a3/Rillion_Gracie.jpg/150px-Rillion_Gracie.jpg)
http://www.bullshido.org/Rillion_Gracie (http://www.bullshido.org/Rillion_Gracie)

That's not me, though.  I had no knowledge of that guy's existence when I picked the name oh these many years ago.  I am kind of annoyed that he has the balls to be born with my screen name, but I'm sure not going to say that to his face because he'd probably kick my ass. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 29, 2009, 08:24:36 AM
For a sore throat, I always did a combo punch to make it go away - this is before, when I had to sing a lot.  There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.  It's not the greatest tasting stuff, but you can get it at GNC, Vitamin World, any health food store, and even most regular grocery stores.  The lemon variety that is a bit better tasting is a little harder to find.  It's wacky, but it helps.  Also, the Cepacol lozenges or spray, or Chloraseptic (same thing), since they contain a local anesthetic and numb the area.  Also, if you stick to room-temperature and warmer beverages it will feel better.  I hated that part, because I looove massive amounts of cold water, but it does help.  And finally, if you have a humidifier, use it.  If not, stay in a hot, steamy bathroom for a while. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on January 29, 2009, 08:29:31 AM
For a sore throat, I always did a combo punch to make it go away - this is before, when I had to sing a lot.  There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.  It's not the greatest tasting stuff, but you can get it at GNC, Vitamin World, any health food store, and even most regular grocery stores.  The lemon variety that is a bit better tasting is a little harder to find.  It's wacky, but it helps.  Also, the Cepacol lozenges or spray, or Chloraseptic (same thing), since they contain a local anesthetic and numb the area.  Also, if you stick to room-temperature and warmer beverages it will feel better.  I hated that part, because I looove massive amounts of cold water, but it does help.  And finally, if you have a humidifier, use it.  If not, stay in a hot, steamy bathroom for a while. 

I always imagined you would have a good singing voice, you just have that look :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 29, 2009, 08:35:01 AM
For a sore throat, I always did a combo punch to make it go away - this is before, when I had to sing a lot.  There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.  It's not the greatest tasting stuff, but you can get it at GNC, Vitamin World, any health food store, and even most regular grocery stores.  The lemon variety that is a bit better tasting is a little harder to find.  It's wacky, but it helps.  Also, the Cepacol lozenges or spray, or Chloraseptic (same thing), since they contain a local anesthetic and numb the area.  Also, if you stick to room-temperature and warmer beverages it will feel better.  I hated that part, because I looove massive amounts of cold water, but it does help.  And finally, if you have a humidifier, use it.  If not, stay in a hot, steamy bathroom for a while. 

I always imagined you would have a good singing voice, you just have that look :)

Haha.  I'm not too bad.  I sang at Carnegie Hall once with strep throat.  That fucking blew.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on January 29, 2009, 08:39:59 AM
For a sore throat, I always did a combo punch to make it go away - this is before, when I had to sing a lot.  There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.  It's not the greatest tasting stuff, but you can get it at GNC, Vitamin World, any health food store, and even most regular grocery stores.  The lemon variety that is a bit better tasting is a little harder to find.  It's wacky, but it helps.  Also, the Cepacol lozenges or spray, or Chloraseptic (same thing), since they contain a local anesthetic and numb the area.  Also, if you stick to room-temperature and warmer beverages it will feel better.  I hated that part, because I looove massive amounts of cold water, but it does help.  And finally, if you have a humidifier, use it.  If not, stay in a hot, steamy bathroom for a while. 

I always imagined you would have a good singing voice, you just have that look :)

Haha.  I'm not too bad.  I sang at Carnegie Hall once with strep throat.  That fucking blew.   :lol:

Oh sheet mang, that's awes0me. I wanna hear you sing!!!

I think I can sing, so try...and fail miserably.

My mom once asked me if I could lip synch because I was giving her a migraine.

Bitch.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on January 29, 2009, 08:49:36 AM
Huge man-loads

I've heard there is some truth to this..but salt water gargle is the best that I know of.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 29, 2009, 08:51:18 AM
Huge man-loads

I've heard there is some truth to this..but salt water gargle is the best that I know of.

This also works too.  It's disgusting, though.  Also, antiseptic Listerine or other similar mouthwash is somewhat effective as well, for those who refuse the salt water. 

For a sore throat, I always did a combo punch to make it go away - this is before, when I had to sing a lot.  There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.  It's not the greatest tasting stuff, but you can get it at GNC, Vitamin World, any health food store, and even most regular grocery stores.  The lemon variety that is a bit better tasting is a little harder to find.  It's wacky, but it helps.  Also, the Cepacol lozenges or spray, or Chloraseptic (same thing), since they contain a local anesthetic and numb the area.  Also, if you stick to room-temperature and warmer beverages it will feel better.  I hated that part, because I looove massive amounts of cold water, but it does help.  And finally, if you have a humidifier, use it.  If not, stay in a hot, steamy bathroom for a while. 

I always imagined you would have a good singing voice, you just have that look :)

Haha.  I'm not too bad.  I sang at Carnegie Hall once with strep throat.  That fucking blew.   :lol:

Oh sheet mang, that's awes0me. I wanna hear you sing!!!

I think I can sing, so try...and fail miserably.

My mom once asked me if I could lip synch because I was giving her a migraine.

Bitch.


Hahahahaha, that sucks.   :(
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on January 29, 2009, 12:19:52 PM
How is is possible that the massive Sun stays stationary in space?

I actually think it is moving (if the universe is expanding, that is), but that has nothing to do with its size. 

^She's right.

In addition, the Sun is orbiting around our galaxy's center of mass, as the universe expands.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on January 29, 2009, 12:21:23 PM
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Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on January 29, 2009, 04:51:37 PM
1: mother-in-law sweet

a hot middle-aged milf, who happens to be your wife's mother, and she lets you fuck her when her daughter's not aro.....
oh, s-u-i-t-e....as in "room".....never mind

2: sore throat

 1-1/2 oz. whiskey +  1 oz. honey + 1/2 squeezed lemon....heat in micro fo 20 sec.


sooo glad i could hep.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on January 29, 2009, 05:59:57 PM
     I know redistribution of wealth is frowned on by a Libertarian.  I heard Ian say FSP had 655 members, so it may be awhile til New Hampshire is set free.  Meanwhile in the U.S.A. Bruce Williams overnight suggested any stimulus payments to the American people should be made in the form of a prepaid debit card w/ 6-mo. expiration.  He believes this would be the fastest way to get commerce moving.  Done in this way people could not save the cash or pay down existing debt.  thoughts?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 29, 2009, 07:21:00 PM
There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.   

I cannot stand this stuff, but Mr. Joy swears by it. Alternates between mugs of Throat Coat and Cold Care when he gets sick. I stick with the Cold Care tea with a touch of honey. Or hot lemonade.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 29, 2009, 08:32:12 PM
There's a tea called Throat Coat that soothes for me really well.   

I cannot stand this stuff, but Mr. Joy swears by it. Alternates between mugs of Throat Coat and Cold Care when he gets sick. I stick with the Cold Care tea with a touch of honey. Or hot lemonade.

I have not tried Cold Care.  The throat coat IS kind of...unique.  I know there's another lemon variety in addition to the original, but I've not seen it anywhere else besides Vitamin World and the internet.  I didn't get it the one time I saw it because I felt fine.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: MasterShake on January 30, 2009, 04:34:05 PM
Why do you never find relish on a relish tray?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on January 30, 2009, 04:44:18 PM
Anyone know anything about Dave Henderson or Lawrence Samuels in California?

I just had coffee with Lawrence and wanted to know if anyone knew anything about either one of these guys.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 30, 2009, 08:30:32 PM
For immediate relief of a sore throat, use Chloraseptic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloraseptic).  The only problem with it is that it is imprecise, numbs anything it touches, and doesn't last as long as I would like.  Ricola cough drops are my favorite (honey lemon...I eat those things like candy when I have sore throats).  Tea is also good.

If you have a doctor friend, you can also get yourself a prescription for steroids.  That's more for if you've got something long-term like Mono.  I only know that because I did this when I got Mono while I was in a musical.  Strangely, a very low fever and the sore throat from hell were my only symptoms.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 30, 2009, 11:22:11 PM
Why do you never find relish on a relish tray?

You'd have to eat it like poi. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 30, 2009, 11:45:56 PM
For immediate relief of a sore throat, use Chloraseptic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloraseptic).  The only problem with it is that it is imprecise, numbs anything it touches, and doesn't last as long as I would like.  Ricola cough drops are my favorite (honey lemon...I eat those things like candy when I have sore throats).  Tea is also good.

If you have a doctor friend, you can also get yourself a prescription for steroids.  That's more for if you've got something long-term like Mono.  I only know that because I did this when I got Mono while I was in a musical.  Strangely, a very low fever and the sore throat from hell were my only symptoms.

I sang at Carnegie Hall once with strep throat.  That sucked.  The doctor wanted to give me steroids, but I declined on account that I'm hairy enough.  That and he made them out to be way scary.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 30, 2009, 11:59:20 PM
For immediate relief of a sore throat, use Chloraseptic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloraseptic).  The only problem with it is that it is imprecise, numbs anything it touches, and doesn't last as long as I would like.  Ricola cough drops are my favorite (honey lemon...I eat those things like candy when I have sore throats).  Tea is also good.

If you have a doctor friend, you can also get yourself a prescription for steroids.  That's more for if you've got something long-term like Mono.  I only know that because I did this when I got Mono while I was in a musical.  Strangely, a very low fever and the sore throat from hell were my only symptoms.

I sang at Carnegie Hall once with strep throat.  That sucked.  The doctor wanted to give me steroids, but I declined on account that I'm hairy enough.  That and he made them out to be way scary.   :lol:

I saw no ill effects from taking the prescribed steroids.  I had a month-long course I think.  Sure, if I'd taken them for years it probably wouldn't be great, and I'm sure you can get higher doses than what I had.  Despite what they tell you in DARE, steroids will not magically turn you into a stupid, violent, sweaty ape.

I used to get strep throat a lot in Middle School--multiple times in a year.  Without fail, 24 hours after starting antibiotics I was fine.  Of course, I tend to be disease-resistant in the first place.  I never had much more than a sore throat and low fever with strep (sometimes almost no fever at all...I think I built up a pretty high resistance to it).  I'm still somewhat conditioned to get a strep test at the first signs of a sore throat.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 31, 2009, 12:03:24 AM
This isn't a question, but a rant (taken from today's LJ).  Hopefully it will prevent people from doing stupid things when trading stocks.  If anyone isn't sure what I mean in the following, feel free to ask :P

Quote
Today was an odd day for my company's stock, and I'm a bit embarrassed by the stupidity of a trade by one of my fellow, low-level coworkers. There were 0 trades all day until almost the end of the day (which is particularly strange, we usually have over 10k trades in a day). Asks were around $4, bids must've been around, oh, $3.02. Well, someone, I'm not sure who, decided to sell his or her Employee Stock Purchase Plan shares from Q4...all 114 of them (I'm almost certain it was a coworker who bough shares through the ESPP because 114*$2.20, the strike price for Q4 shares under the ESPP, is $250...nice and round). This trade, while stupid for many reasons (seriously, you paid a $13 commision on a $344 trade? ...and you either asked $3.02 or put in "market price" without checking volume and bid/ask?), singlehandedly dropped the stock $0.10 for the day (a bit over 3%) to $3.02.

Now ask is $5.73 and bid is $1.01. It's almost comical. Scratch that, it is comical. I guess we'll see what happens when earnings are released. My guess is the person who sold today will not be too happy.

Idiot.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 31, 2009, 05:12:32 AM
If you have a doctor friend, you can also get yourself a prescription for steroids.  That's more for if you've got something long-term like Mono.  I only know that because I did this when I got Mono while I was in a musical.  Strangely, a very low fever and the sore throat from hell were my only symptoms.

You are one lucky guy, then.  I got mono in college and was bed-bound for days....felt like death had warmed over. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: NHArticleTen on January 31, 2009, 06:35:12 AM
This isn't a question, but a rant (taken from today's LJ).  Hopefully it will prevent people from doing stupid things when trading stocks.  If anyone isn't sure what I mean in the following, feel free to ask :P

Quote
Today was an odd day for my company's stock, and I'm a bit embarrassed by the stupidity of a trade by one of my fellow, low-level coworkers. There were 0 trades all day until almost the end of the day (which is particularly strange, we usually have over 10k trades in a day). Asks were around $4, bids must've been around, oh, $3.02. Well, someone, I'm not sure who, decided to sell his or her Employee Stock Purchase Plan shares from Q4...all 114 of them (I'm almost certain it was a coworker who bough shares through the ESPP because 114*$2.20, the strike price for Q4 shares under the ESPP, is $250...nice and round). This trade, while stupid for many reasons (seriously, you paid a $13 commision on a $344 trade? ...and you either asked $3.02 or put in "market price" without checking volume and bid/ask?), singlehandedly dropped the stock $0.10 for the day (a bit over 3%) to $3.02.

Now ask is $5.73 and bid is $1.01. It's almost comical. Scratch that, it is comical. I guess we'll see what happens when earnings are released. My guess is the person who sold today will not be too happy.

Idiot.

this "someone" decided for themselves when to "get out"...no shame in making that call for yourself...a person must know his or her limitations...

what if the stock dies...or lies at a few cents for a year or two...then this person's decision becomes more "acceptable"...

your assertion that their choice to sell at a buyer's price has shown that the stock was/is over-valued is correct...


it's called the free-market...


and for those who are "into" over-valued "anything"...some will get "bailed-out"...some will get fucked...

guess your co-worker didn't want to get fucked anymore...

go figure...

enjoy!

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on January 31, 2009, 07:56:48 AM
Anyone know anything about Dave Henderson or Lawrence Samuels in California?

I just had coffee with Lawrence and wanted to know if anyone knew anything about either one of these guys.

one's a magician, the other's a fag.
not sure which is which, tho.
hope i was helpful.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on January 31, 2009, 08:04:20 AM
This isn't a question, but a rant (taken from today's LJ).  Hopefully it will prevent people from doing stupid things when trading stocks.  If anyone isn't sure what I mean in the following, feel free to ask :P

Quote
Today was an odd day for my company's stock, and I'm a bit embarrassed by the stupidity of a trade by one of my fellow, low-level coworkers. There were 0 trades all day until almost the end of the day (which is particularly strange, we usually have over 10k trades in a day). Asks were around $4, bids must've been around, oh, $3.02. Well, someone, I'm not sure who, decided to sell his or her Employee Stock Purchase Plan shares from Q4...all 114 of them (I'm almost certain it was a coworker who bough shares through the ESPP because 114*$2.20, the strike price for Q4 shares under the ESPP, is $250...nice and round). This trade, while stupid for many reasons (seriously, you paid a $13 commision on a $344 trade? ...and you either asked $3.02 or put in "market price" without checking volume and bid/ask?), singlehandedly dropped the stock $0.10 for the day (a bit over 3%) to $3.02.

Now ask is $5.73 and bid is $1.01. It's almost comical. Scratch that, it is comical. I guess we'll see what happens when earnings are released. My guess is the person who sold today will not be too happy.

Idiot.

this "someone" decided for themselves when to "get out"...no shame in making that call for yourself...a person must know his or her limitations...

what if the stock dies...or lies at a few cents for a year or two...then this person's decision becomes more "acceptable"...

your assertion that their choice to sell at a buyer's price has shown that the stock was/is over-valued is correct...


it's called the free-market...


and for those who are "into" over-valued "anything"...some will get "bailed-out"...some will get fucked...

guess your co-worker didn't want to get fucked anymore...

go figure...

enjoy!




"WHEN E.F. HUTTON RAD-ROB TALKS, PEOPLE LISTEN."
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 31, 2009, 08:11:39 AM
What the fuck is the purpose of canned potatoes?  Seriously. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: NHArticleTen on January 31, 2009, 08:16:19 AM
What the fuck is the purpose of canned potatoes?  Seriously. 

ever tried to store a raw potato for a few years?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 31, 2009, 08:17:23 AM
What the fuck is the purpose of canned potatoes?  Seriously. 

ever tried to store a raw potato for a few years?



Why would one need to  store a raw potato for years?  Canned potatoes cannot possibly taste good.  I'm sure they have a completely different texture, making them unusable in a lot of standard potato recipes. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 31, 2009, 10:39:19 AM
Canned potatoes work just fine when making a small pot of soup or stew.  I usually keep the following on a shelf to make soup.  1 can each of potatoes, green beans, corn, sliced carrots, diced tomatoes.  A thingy of beef bullion, and a chunk of beef in the freezer.  Thats a fresh pot of beef veggie soup on a saturday without leaving the house.  Whole thing costs maybe $9. 

The potatoes are no different than what you'd get in a can of soup. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: mikehz on January 31, 2009, 10:44:59 AM
     I know redistribution of wealth is frowned on by a Libertarian. 

Wherever did you get that idea? I redistribute my wealth all the time. Tomorrow, I'll be redistributing some of it at Costco. There's nothing wrong with passing your wealth around--so long as it's YOU doing the distributing, and you're doing it of your own accord.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 31, 2009, 05:47:18 PM
This isn't a question, but a rant (taken from today's LJ).  Hopefully it will prevent people from doing stupid things when trading stocks.  If anyone isn't sure what I mean in the following, feel free to ask :P

Quote
Today was an odd day for my company's stock, and I'm a bit embarrassed by the stupidity of a trade by one of my fellow, low-level coworkers. There were 0 trades all day until almost the end of the day (which is particularly strange, we usually have over 10k trades in a day). Asks were around $4, bids must've been around, oh, $3.02. Well, someone, I'm not sure who, decided to sell his or her Employee Stock Purchase Plan shares from Q4...all 114 of them (I'm almost certain it was a coworker who bough shares through the ESPP because 114*$2.20, the strike price for Q4 shares under the ESPP, is $250...nice and round). This trade, while stupid for many reasons (seriously, you paid a $13 commision on a $344 trade? ...and you either asked $3.02 or put in "market price" without checking volume and bid/ask?), singlehandedly dropped the stock $0.10 for the day (a bit over 3%) to $3.02.

Now ask is $5.73 and bid is $1.01. It's almost comical. Scratch that, it is comical. I guess we'll see what happens when earnings are released. My guess is the person who sold today will not be too happy.

Idiot.

this "someone" decided for themselves when to "get out"...no shame in making that call for yourself...a person must know his or her limitations...

what if the stock dies...or lies at a few cents for a year or two...then this person's decision becomes more "acceptable"...

your assertion that their choice to sell at a buyer's price has shown that the stock was/is over-valued is correct...


it's called the free-market...


and for those who are "into" over-valued "anything"...some will get "bailed-out"...some will get fucked...

guess your co-worker didn't want to get fucked anymore...

go figure...

enjoy!



I'm not sure what your point is.  Our stock has done quite well since the beginning of the year when those shares were purchased (currently 37% higher than the purchase price).  This person only go screwed by his or her lack of knowledge of how to trade.  Even if you want to dump a stock, there's a smart and a stupid way to do it.  This was the stupid way...unless s/he was absolutely desperate.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 31, 2009, 06:52:54 PM
Canned potatoes work just fine when making a small pot of soup or stew.  I usually keep the following on a shelf to make soup.  1 can each of potatoes, green beans, corn, sliced carrots, diced tomatoes.  A thingy of beef bullion, and a chunk of beef in the freezer.  Thats a fresh pot of beef veggie soup on a saturday without leaving the house.  Whole thing costs maybe $9. 

The potatoes are no different than what you'd get in a can of soup. 

Thank you for the best answer I have received in many years. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on January 31, 2009, 07:23:34 PM
2.  What's the quickest way to soothe a sore throat?

Ibuprofen suspension, 100mg per 5ml. Gargle two to three teaspoons for thirty seconds to one minute, then spit out (or swallow, as long as you haven't taken a bunch more ibuprofen that day.)

And for one of my own.

What's a sure-fire way to make a good impression on a future mother-in-law? (I have a record with boyfriends' mothers reaching epic disaster level.)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on January 31, 2009, 08:06:43 PM
What's a sure-fire way to make a good impression on a future mother-in-law? (I have a record with boyfriends' mothers reaching epic disaster level.)

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Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on January 31, 2009, 08:13:43 PM
HAHA!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on January 31, 2009, 08:15:43 PM
How is is possible that the massive Sun stays stationary in space?

It doesn't. The universe is hurtling apart, and the sun is traveling at millions of miles per hour as part of one of the massive rotating arms of the milky way galaxy. The relative motion of bodies in space is similar to how you can sit in a car going 80 MPH and feel stationary relative to the driver but not the road signs.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on January 31, 2009, 08:19:42 PM
     I know redistribution of wealth is frowned on by a Libertarian.  I heard Ian say FSP had 655 members, so it may be awhile til New Hampshire is set free.  Meanwhile in the U.S.A. Bruce Williams overnight suggested any stimulus payments to the American people should be made in the form of a prepaid debit card w/ 6-mo. expiration.  He believes this would be the fastest way to get commerce moving.  Done in this way people could not save the cash or pay down existing debt.  thoughts?

I would immediately by a gun. Just sayin'...
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 31, 2009, 10:39:21 PM
     I know redistribution of wealth is frowned on by a Libertarian.  I heard Ian say FSP had 655 members, so it may be awhile til New Hampshire is set free.  Meanwhile in the U.S.A. Bruce Williams overnight suggested any stimulus payments to the American people should be made in the form of a prepaid debit card w/ 6-mo. expiration.  He believes this would be the fastest way to get commerce moving.  Done in this way people could not save the cash or pay down existing debt.  thoughts?

I would immediately by a gun. Just sayin'...

Good choice.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 01, 2009, 05:02:02 AM
And for one of my own.

What's a sure-fire way to make a good impression on a future mother-in-law? (I have a record with boyfriends' mothers reaching epic disaster level.)

Find something about her to compliment-- something you actually like, so you don't have to fake it.  But don't do it right after meeting her; wait a little bit.  That way it won't look like a blatant attempt to get in her good graces.

Also, this is going to sound weird, but reading about biases suggests to me that it might work: ask her for a favor.  To borrow a book, or something.  You would think that giving somebody something or doing something for them would be the more promising way to get them to like you, but actually people can come to like you because of something they  did for you.  The reason it works is because people like to justify their own actions in their head.  If she did something for you (her mind will say), that must be because you deserve it because you're somebody she cares about. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 01, 2009, 05:19:53 AM
Have you seen Jessica Simpson lately?   portly.

          (http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/44199/2186709120103321708S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2186709120103321708LiNHRp)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 01, 2009, 09:59:01 AM
Have you seen Jessica Simpson lately?   portly.

          (http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/44199/2186709120103321708S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2186709120103321708LiNHRp)

She is not portly at all.  She's just wearing REALLY ugly clothes.  The grandma jeans, and the fug belt cut her off in the middle.  It's horrendous. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 01, 2009, 10:03:19 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't say she's fat.  She's just wearing some incredibly unflattering clothes and she's not thin.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 01, 2009, 10:23:36 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't say she's fat.  She's just wearing some incredibly unflattering clothes and she's not thin.

This. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on February 01, 2009, 10:28:03 AM
And for one of my own.

What's a sure-fire way to make a good impression on a future mother-in-law? (I have a record with boyfriends' mothers reaching epic disaster level.)

Find something about her to compliment-- something you actually like, so you don't have to fake it.  But don't do it right after meeting her; wait a little bit.  That way it won't look like a blatant attempt to get in her good graces.

Also, this is going to sound weird, but reading about biases suggests to me that it might work: ask her for a favor.  To borrow a book, or something.  You would think that giving somebody something or doing something for them would be the more promising way to get them to like you, but actually people can come to like you because of something they  did for you.  The reason it works is because people like to justify their own actions in their head.  If she did something for you (her mind will say), that must be because you deserve it because you're somebody she cares about. 

Thanks, those are some very good ideas. I appreciate it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 02, 2009, 11:17:01 AM
Sara Jean Underwood: What not to do when meeting her parents

                              http://www.spike.com/video/what-not-to-do-when/3058873
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 02, 2009, 12:50:55 PM
I would immediately by a gun. Just sayin'...

I wouldn't get the card cuz I don't file but if I did, gun.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 02, 2009, 07:26:00 PM
And for one of my own.

What's a sure-fire way to make a good impression on a future mother-in-law? (I have a record with boyfriends' mothers reaching epic disaster level.)

Find something about her to compliment-- something you actually like, so you don't have to fake it.  But don't do it right after meeting her; wait a little bit.  That way it won't look like a blatant attempt to get in her good graces.

Also, this is going to sound weird, but reading about biases suggests to me that it might work: ask her for a favor.  To borrow a book, or something.  You would think that giving somebody something or doing something for them would be the more promising way to get them to like you, but actually people can come to like you because of something they  did for you.  The reason it works is because people like to justify their own actions in their head.  If she did something for you (her mind will say), that must be because you deserve it because you're somebody she cares about. 

Thanks, those are some very good ideas. I appreciate it.

If Josh takes you over there for dinner or something, and you like something she makes for dinner you could ask her for a recipe.  That could work too. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 02, 2009, 07:55:17 PM
And for one of my own.

What's a sure-fire way to make a good impression on a future mother-in-law? (I have a record with boyfriends' mothers reaching epic disaster level.)

Find something about her to compliment-- something you actually like, so you don't have to fake it.  But don't do it right after meeting her; wait a little bit.  That way it won't look like a blatant attempt to get in her good graces.

Also, this is going to sound weird, but reading about biases suggests to me that it might work: ask her for a favor.  To borrow a book, or something.  You would think that giving somebody something or doing something for them would be the more promising way to get them to like you, but actually people can come to like you because of something they  did for you.  The reason it works is because people like to justify their own actions in their head.  If she did something for you (her mind will say), that must be because you deserve it because you're somebody she cares about. 

My 2c. 

Do not pander to a mom.  It sounds extremely basic, but be yourself.  Relax a LOT.  If she thinks you're trying to put on a show, her radar will go off.  Put a little "Hey, how ya doin'?"  into your game.  That'll make the dad think you're cool, too.  Most men like a woman who has a slight 'one of the guys' streak in her, like a chick who is comfortable wearing a blazer casually instead of girly shit.  Girly-girls are high maintenance, and that worries the folks bigtime.  You strike me as that sort anyway, so roll with it. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 02, 2009, 10:25:55 PM
Have you seen Jessica Simpson lately?   portly.

          (http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/44199/2186709120103321708S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2186709120103321708LiNHRp)


Holy crap! Is this a picture of her Thanksgiving Day parade balloon?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 02, 2009, 11:33:42 PM
I call fucking bullshit on all you motherfuckers. Jessica Simpson may be dumb as fuck, and she may need to fire her stylist for that double gold belt, but fat she is not.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 02, 2009, 11:42:29 PM
I call fucking bullshit on all you motherfuckers. Jessica Simpson may be dumb as fuck, and she may need to fire her stylist for that double gold belt, but fat she is not.

THANK YOU. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 02, 2009, 11:43:26 PM
How much body fat does one have to have before being correctly categorized as fat?

When did white guys start finding big Jennifer Lopez type butts pleasing to the eye? 1992, 1993, or later?

What caused the shift, in societal terms, for male caucasian's desire for big butts?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 02, 2009, 11:47:36 PM
How much body fat does one have to have before being correctly categorized as fat?

When did white guys start finding big Jennifer Lopez type butts pleasing to the eye? 1992, 1993, or later?

What caused the shift, in societal terms, for male caucasian's desire for big butts?

I still don't digg the big butts.  round firm athletic butts = good.  Large for it's own sake?  no

Also, to be considered 'fat' one must be noticeably fatter than me.  I'm about 13% over my ideal weight.  My ideal weight isn't ideal on a height/weight chart but is the next lower Judo weight class and about 4 lbs under where I naturally sit with a regular running regimen.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 03, 2009, 05:13:51 AM
Do not pander to a mom.  It sounds extremely basic, but be yourself.  Relax a LOT.  If she thinks you're trying to put on a show, her radar will go off.  Put a little "Hey, how ya doin'?"  into your game.  That'll make the dad think you're cool, too.  Most men like a woman who has a slight 'one of the guys' streak in her, like a chick who is comfortable wearing a blazer casually instead of girly shit.  Girly-girls are high maintenance, and that worries the folks bigtime.  You strike me as that sort anyway, so roll with it. 

This.  Except for the blazer thing-- this is not the early 90's. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 03, 2009, 06:28:10 AM

     Is Judd Gregg departure from Senate good or bad for New Hampshire?

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/02/01/Judd%20Gregg%20at%20Capitol.jpg

Does it matter?  Either way, he's an alien.   :shock:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 03, 2009, 12:57:09 PM
Do not pander to a mom.  It sounds extremely basic, but be yourself.  Relax a LOT.  If she thinks you're trying to put on a show, her radar will go off.  Put a little "Hey, how ya doin'?"  into your game.  That'll make the dad think you're cool, too.  Most men like a woman who has a slight 'one of the guys' streak in her, like a chick who is comfortable wearing a blazer casually instead of girly shit.  Girly-girls are high maintenance, and that worries the folks bigtime.  You strike me as that sort anyway, so roll with it. 

This.  Except for the blazer thing-- this is not the early 90's. 

Really?  I see this pretty often.  I guess I just don't speak the fashion language, y'all are calling 'em pant suits nowadays. 

(http://womensfashion365.com/uploaded_images/Women%27s-business-fashion-750455.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 03, 2009, 01:11:37 PM
Do not pander to a mom.  It sounds extremely basic, but be yourself.  Relax a LOT.  If she thinks you're trying to put on a show, her radar will go off.  Put a little "Hey, how ya doin'?"  into your game.  That'll make the dad think you're cool, too.  Most men like a woman who has a slight 'one of the guys' streak in her, like a chick who is comfortable wearing a blazer casually instead of girly shit.  Girly-girls are high maintenance, and that worries the folks bigtime.  You strike me as that sort anyway, so roll with it. 

This.  Except for the blazer thing-- this is not the early 90's. 

Really?  I see this pretty often.  I guess I just don't speak the fashion language, y'all are calling 'em pant suits nowadays. 

(http://womensfashion365.com/uploaded_images/Women%27s-business-fashion-750455.jpg)

Sooo... did you type 'pantsuits' into google images to get this? Or do you have a copy of the Coldwater Creek catalog?

and yes I'm being a smartass.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 03, 2009, 01:13:59 PM
I call fucking bullshit on all you motherfuckers. Jessica Simpson may be dumb as fuck, and she may need to fire her stylist for that double gold belt, but fat she is not.

WTF is she doing wearing the high waisted pants? Those things can make anyone that isn't a popsicle stick look fat. AAACK!
The belt is a whole 'nuther horror story.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 03, 2009, 01:34:18 PM
I call fucking bullshit on all you motherfuckers. Jessica Simpson may be dumb as fuck, and she may need to fire her stylist for that double gold belt, but fat she is not.

WTF is she doing wearing the high waisted pants? Those things can make anyone that isn't a popsicle stick look fat. AAACK!
The belt is a whole 'nuther horror story.

I'm not trying to be a smart ass here. I like you Joy. :wink:

But is 'nuther a word? I guess it could be used as abbreviation for  "another". But in the context that you used it, another cannot be substituted in. However I completely understand, and use this "word" in conversation just like you did.

Therefore I'm going to declare "nuther" a word. 

So let it be written. So let it be done!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 03, 2009, 02:35:19 PM
I call fucking bullshit on all you motherfuckers. Jessica Simpson may be dumb as fuck, and she may need to fire her stylist for that double gold belt, but fat she is not.

WTF is she doing wearing the high waisted pants? Those things can make anyone that isn't a popsicle stick look fat. AAACK!
The belt is a whole 'nuther horror story.

I'm not trying to be a smart ass here. I like you Joy. :wink:

But is 'nuther a word? I guess it could be used as abbreviation for  "another". But in the context that you used it, another cannot be substituted in. However I completely understand, and use this "word" in conversation just like you did.

Therefore I'm going to declare "nuther" a word. 

So let it be written. So let it be done!

Congratulations then on an absolutely pointless post your majesty. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 03, 2009, 02:39:36 PM
I call fucking bullshit on all you motherfuckers. Jessica Simpson may be dumb as fuck, and she may need to fire her stylist for that double gold belt, but fat she is not.

WTF is she doing wearing the high waisted pants? Those things can make anyone that isn't a popsicle stick look fat. AAACK!
The belt is a whole 'nuther horror story.

I'm not trying to be a smart ass here. I like you Joy. :wink:

But is 'nuther a word? I guess it could be used as abbreviation for  "another". But in the context that you used it, another cannot be substituted in. However I completely understand, and use this "word" in conversation just like you did.

Therefore I'm going to declare "nuther" a word. 

So let it be written. So let it be done!

Congratulations then on an absolutely pointless post your majesty. 

:lol:

If the post got you to call me "your majesty" I would hardly call it worthless.  :P

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 03, 2009, 03:57:03 PM
Do not pander to a mom.  It sounds extremely basic, but be yourself.  Relax a LOT.  If she thinks you're trying to put on a show, her radar will go off.  Put a little "Hey, how ya doin'?"  into your game.  That'll make the dad think you're cool, too.  Most men like a woman who has a slight 'one of the guys' streak in her, like a chick who is comfortable wearing a blazer casually instead of girly shit.  Girly-girls are high maintenance, and that worries the folks bigtime.  You strike me as that sort anyway, so roll with it. 

This.  Except for the blazer thing-- this is not the early 90's. 

Really?  I see this pretty often.  I guess I just don't speak the fashion language, y'all are calling 'em pant suits nowadays. 

(http://womensfashion365.com/uploaded_images/Women%27s-business-fashion-750455.jpg)

Sooo... did you type 'pantsuits' into google images to get this? Or do you have a copy of the Coldwater Creek catalog?

and yes I'm being a smartass.

No.  Fashion woman.   The word "pantsuit" is not part of my lexicon. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 03, 2009, 04:53:15 PM
 I read a book on existentialism by Jean Paul Sarte.  I had no idea what he was saying.  Can anyone explain this philosophy in

 laymen's terms?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 03, 2009, 04:57:30 PM
Wherever you go, there you are.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on February 03, 2009, 04:58:56 PM
Wherever you go, there you are.

You leave Dr. Banzai out of this.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 04, 2009, 07:02:40 AM
Wherever you go, there you are.

Even reading Wiki definition is confusing.  It sounds like what you do is who you are, not what you think.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 06, 2009, 06:38:01 AM

Playstation3, Xbox360, or Wii ?  I like XboxLive for online multiplayer such as "CALL of DUTY."  Opinions ?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 06, 2009, 06:58:45 AM

Playstation3, Xbox360, or Wii ?  I like XboxLive for online multiplayer such as "CALL of DUTY."  Opinions ?


I prefer Playstation 3

- MGS4 is so fucking awesome looking
-ResEvl 5 is gonna look sick as shit, on pre-order baby!!
-Bioshock has extra material
- It's never given me the red ring of death ;)

I own all 3, and I couldn't live w/o my blue rays...or my Folklore...or my Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe ;) 

but if you ever wanna play me at Uno on Xbox live I will kick your ass....my tag is: kikkibubbles

I miss my Sega, it died 2 months ago :(
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 06, 2009, 09:39:18 AM
Why do guys who are in a relationship attract more women than single guys?
Short answers:
If a guy has a girlfriend or wife, then he's obviously relationship material, and has qualities necessary to attract a mate.

He's less likely to be acting like a predator, meaning women will just feel more at ease around him (this one is easy to see in a friendly gathering, where the women have no idea the guy is already involved).
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 06, 2009, 09:46:59 AM

Playstation3, Xbox360, or Wii ?  I like XboxLive for online multiplayer such as "CALL of DUTY."  Opinions ?


I prefer Playstation 3

- MGS4 is so fucking awesome looking
-ResEvl 5 is gonna look sick as shit, on pre-order baby!!
-Bioshock has extra material
- It's never given me the red ring of death ;)

I own all 3, and I couldn't live w/o my blue rays...or my Folklore...or my Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe ;) 

but if you ever wanna play me at Uno on Xbox live I will kick your ass....my tag is: kikkibubbles

I miss my Sega, it died 2 months ago :(

PC games system > Everything.

Fact.

Boooooooo...


Where the hell are you geting your facts from?   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 06, 2009, 09:57:32 AM
Where the hell are you geting your facts from?   :lol:

My ass, mostly. :P

Though technically the PC handles better performance than any console can. You just have to fork out a wee bit more for it.


Yah the nerdos in my old dorm used to pimp out their PC's and play some tweaked out version they messed with of some weird ass Japanese Mario Bros. game.

I was going to ASU for computer science, so they put me with all the dudes that smelled like Doritos and loved to talk about Perl code theories. I didn't get it at the time, but that was some crazy future shit they were doing. It looked like they slaughtered 30 pc's to create one badass monster machine. I wish I was as cool then as I am now, I totally would have been all over it.

I bet they are cash money millionaires, chillin with hoes, and making bank creating PC games.



Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 06, 2009, 10:50:51 AM
Why do guys who are in a relationship attract more women than single guys?
Short answers:
If a guy has a girlfriend or wife, then he's obviously relationship material, and has qualities necessary to attract a mate.

He's less likely to be acting like a predator, meaning women will just feel more at ease around him (this one is easy to see in a friendly gathering, where the women have no idea the guy is already involved).

Obviously Joy is right. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 06, 2009, 12:18:00 PM
After catching myself twisting a pencil into my hair yet again, to keep it out of my face while working, I'm wondering...
Should I get my hair chopped off?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 06, 2009, 12:54:40 PM
After catching myself twisting a pencil into my hair yet again, to keep it out of my face while working, I'm wondering...
Should I get my hair chopped off?


A hair clip would be less drastic. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 06, 2009, 01:01:48 PM
After catching myself twisting a pencil into my hair yet again, to keep it out of my face while working, I'm wondering...
Should I get my hair chopped off?


A hair clip would be less drastic. 

This.  No hair choppage. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 06, 2009, 01:25:27 PM
Where the hell are you geting your facts from?   :lol:

My ass, mostly. :P

Though technically the PC handles better performance than any console can. You just have to fork out a wee bit more for it.

An X-box is just a PC in console drag.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 06, 2009, 03:09:20 PM
Go with PC! My favorite. You can get pretty much any of the good games for the other systems on the PC (if possibly a bit later) plus many more good games. You can get on the internet and play those online games...free.  Also, PC's can be continually upgraded over time and used for more than just gaming.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 06, 2009, 03:35:13 PM
After catching myself twisting a pencil into my hair yet again, to keep it out of my face while working, I'm wondering...
Should I get my hair chopped off?


A hair clip would be less drastic. 

This.  No hair choppage. 


It's gotten long enough that it I'm always accidentally pinning myself when I lean back in a chair, even if it's in a ponytail. I have oodles of hair clips, clasps, and bands. Can never find them, as they are often used for lego man slingshots, or to form the monsterous jaws of a k'nex robot, etc. I do always have a pencil though. Maybe I can offer a short term amnesty for the return of all stolen hair thingies.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 06, 2009, 03:40:26 PM
After catching myself twisting a pencil into my hair yet again, to keep it out of my face while working, I'm wondering...
Should I get my hair chopped off?


A hair clip would be less drastic. 

This.  No hair choppage. 


It's gotten long enough that it I'm always accidentally pinning myself when I lean back in a chair, even if it's in a ponytail. I have oodles of hair clips, clasps, and bands. Can never find them, as they are often used for lego man slingshots, or to form the monsterous jaws of a k'nex robot, etc. I do always have a pencil though. Maybe I can offer a short term amnesty for the return of all stolen hair thingies.

Give the kids brownies in exchange for your hair accessories.  I know it'll work.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 06, 2009, 03:48:25 PM
After catching myself twisting a pencil into my hair yet again, to keep it out of my face while working, I'm wondering...
Should I get my hair chopped off?


A hair clip would be less drastic. 

This.  No hair choppage. 


It's gotten long enough that it I'm always accidentally pinning myself when I lean back in a chair, even if it's in a ponytail. I have oodles of hair clips, clasps, and bands. Can never find them, as they are often used for lego man slingshots, or to form the monsterous jaws of a k'nex robot, etc. I do always have a pencil though. Maybe I can offer a short term amnesty for the return of all stolen hair thingies.

Give the kids brownies in exchange for your hair accessories.  I know it'll work.   :lol:

Resorting to bribes to achieve desired behavior from children? What am I, a mom?
 :P
You're probably right. Time to pull the apron off the hook & get baking. 

Hope Mr. Laetitia gets home before I've redeemed the clips. He's rather fond of the pencil/k'nex/paintbrush updos. Be a shame if he missed the last one. (Granted, it will only take a couple weeks for the clips all to disappear again. Darn kids.)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 06, 2009, 07:19:49 PM
Why do guys who are in a relationship attract more women than single guys?
Short answers:
If a guy has a girlfriend or wife, then he's obviously relationship material, and has qualities necessary to attract a mate.

He's less likely to be acting like a predator, meaning women will just feel more at ease around him (this one is easy to see in a friendly gathering, where the women have no idea the guy is already involved).

This is true.  At least, I've been told this many times before.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 06, 2009, 07:26:03 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on February 06, 2009, 08:31:19 PM
Is there any correlation between emergence on one layer of any substrate to that of preceding layers n - 1 below it? (Note: it's a strange question that came to mind when I considering emergence of the nervous system and that of the brain...)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 06, 2009, 09:11:42 PM
Why do guys who are in a relationship attract more women than single guys?
Short answers:
If a guy has a girlfriend or wife, then he's obviously relationship material, and has qualities necessary to attract a mate.

He's less likely to be acting like a predator, meaning women will just feel more at ease around him (this one is easy to see in a friendly gathering, where the women have no idea the guy is already involved).

Its because the woman can dabble with their flirtatious nature around a decent guy, but with an emergency brake.  It feels good to be themselves without expectations.  


Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 06, 2009, 09:13:09 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 06, 2009, 09:50:28 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 06, 2009, 11:23:58 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 

I'm flattered, but lets just live together for a while and see how that works. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 07, 2009, 01:17:56 PM
Is there any correlation between emergence on one layer of any substrate to that of preceding layers n - 1 below it? (Note: it's a strange question that came to mind when I considering emergence of the nervous system and that of the brain...)

I'm not afraid to say that this either went completely over my head, or it just doesn't make any sense.  :?

I think it is the former.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 07, 2009, 01:25:00 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 

I'm flattered, but lets just live together for a while and see how that works. 

I think my boyfriend might take issue with that.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 07, 2009, 02:54:46 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 

I'm flattered, but lets just live together for a while and see how that works. 

I think my boyfriend might take issue with that.

fuck him, he don't even look at you when you get out of the shower............
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 07, 2009, 04:03:11 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 

I'm flattered, but lets just live together for a while and see how that works. 

I think my boyfriend might take issue with that.

fuck him, he don't even look at you when you get out of the shower............

FTFY
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 08, 2009, 02:18:15 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 

I'm flattered, but lets just live together for a while and see how that works. 

I think my boyfriend might take issue with that.

You're right.  Lets not.  I don't need the problems.

Have him drop you off around the corner and wait. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 08, 2009, 02:20:11 PM
Men who are attached are attractive because they can show that they're capable of being  attached to someone, and you can see what their relationship style is like.  But even more attractive are single men who don't hate their exes and whose exes don't hate them. 

Translation:  window shopping. 

Well, mainly it's like the idea that you should marry a person that you would want to divorce. 

I'm flattered, but lets just live together for a while and see how that works. 

I think my boyfriend might take issue with that.

You're right.  Lets not.  I don't need the problems.

Have him drop you off around the corner and wait. 

 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on February 08, 2009, 02:35:56 PM
What is the best "low fantasy" novel that any of you have read?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on February 09, 2009, 08:00:55 AM
What is the best "low fantasy" novel that any of you have read?

Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar books.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 10, 2009, 11:15:19 AM
Not sure what "low fantasy" is, but I loved the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series, the One Tree and all those.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on February 10, 2009, 11:48:52 AM
The Merchant Princes series by Charles Stross.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 10, 2009, 03:28:02 PM
Why has no one responded to my post on the post pictures of your pets thread?

Chico demands positive feedback!

Ok, whining over. :?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 10, 2009, 03:31:25 PM
Can I borrow 20K?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: atomiccat on February 10, 2009, 03:38:53 PM
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck was smoking pot
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 10, 2009, 03:41:16 PM
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck was smoking pot

A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck, if a woodchuck had the munchies.
 :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 10, 2009, 03:43:10 PM
Why has no one responded to my post on the post pictures of your pets thread?

Chico demands positive feedback!

Ok, whining over. :?


Because some of us are lazy bastards, who don't always bother to turn to the 2nd, 3rd, etc., page of the list of unread posts.

I will go comment now.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 10, 2009, 03:46:01 PM
Why has no one responded to my post on the post pictures of your pets thread?

Chico demands positive feedback!

Ok, whining over. :?


Because some of us are lazy bastards, who don't always bother to turn to the 2nd, 3rd, etc., page of the list of unread posts.

I will go comment now.


HAHA ty. I knew I could count on you! Superwoman :)

I spent like 10 minutes on that damn post. LOL.  :)

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 11, 2009, 01:22:05 AM
Not sure what "low fantasy" is, but I loved the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series, the One Tree and all those.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_fantasy

Thanks! Turns out, the books I recommended would apply. Thomas Covenant is certainly a sort of "anti-hero." He's a leper and morally, uh. "ambiguous," he even sort of rapes a chick in the first book, but redeems himself later by saving the whole realm, even while believing the whole experience is an elaborate hallucination.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on February 11, 2009, 02:21:15 AM
Alright, I have a question:

Why is it that every time I sit down to take a dump, a cat has to run into the room and get into my business? I'm truing to take a dump, here.

*Sits*

Cat: WACHOO DOIN WACHOO DOIN WACHOO DOIN?

Me: Poopin'

Cat: RUB MAH BUTT!!! *Wiggle*

Me: *Sigh*
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 11, 2009, 10:39:58 AM
Alright, I have a question:

Why is it that every time I sit down to take a dump, a cat has to run into the room and get into my business? I'm truing to take a dump, here.

*Sits*

Cat: WACHOO DOIN WACHOO DOIN WACHOO DOIN?

Me: Poopin'

Cat: RUB MAH BUTT!!! *Wiggle*

Me: *Sigh*

Answer:  Because cats know when you don't want to pay attention to them, and that is their favorite time to pay attention to you.  I would suggest the obvious-- close the bathroom door-- but we all know that would simply result in little kitty paws being stuck under the door for the duration of your bathroom visit, possibly accompanied by plaintive meowing.  Or at least, that's the way it was in my house when I was a kid. 

My question: I'm moving to Dallas on Saturday, and am looking for a house to share with my boyfriend.  He's allergic to cats, although for the past year or so he's bought two bowls and many bags of cat food and has been feeding a couple of cats that took up residence on the back porch, and happily pets them when he goes out for a smoke, although he washes his hands when he comes back in afterward.  I'm slightly allergic to cats, in that if I rub my eyes after petting them I get itchy red eyes.  Yet I feel that life will not be complete unless I can adopt and raise two kittens.  How to arrange this? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 11, 2009, 10:42:26 AM
Zyrtec.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 11, 2009, 03:17:43 PM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: NHArticleTen on February 11, 2009, 04:08:29 PM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



hey...either they're your kids...or they're the state's...can't be both ways...

it's not so much about the shots...it's about choice...and who's choice it is...

for example:
if the shot makes your kid a vegetable for the rest of their life...does the government that demanded the shot and perhaps even administered it without your consent...does that government then bear the full responsibility of full-time life-long care for the kid...and if they do accept that responsibility...then do they also get to decide when to euthanize their ward...

we just don't do enough "do-diligence" and it shows when they give your kid shots without your permission(except that you probably did give them permission via some obscure fine-print somewhere...)

and it should also be noted that one of the main reasons for these "immunizations" is to dispel one of the previous objections to public schooling(which was mass exposure to viruses and diseases, of course)

again, I'm not telling anyone else what they should...or shouldn't do...Everyone should be free to choose...

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 11, 2009, 04:13:01 PM
Question: I have to prepare a statement for the police about an event I didnt really witness a while ago and I need ideas on some total BS to put in there. Any ideas?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 11, 2009, 08:02:25 PM
Question: I have to prepare a statement for the police about an event I didnt really witness a while ago and I need ideas on some total BS to put in there. Any ideas?

jus tell 'em you were in vegas, burying a crooked cop in a corn field....(check to see if there are cornfields near vegas)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 11, 2009, 08:04:59 PM
Question: I have to prepare a statement for the police about an event I didnt really witness a while ago and I need ideas on some total BS to put in there. Any ideas?

Exaggerate the hell out of it and make your story discredible.  He was seven feet tall.  The wind was a hundred miles per hour.  You heard at least fifty gunshots.

They'll throw your story right in the garbage. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on February 11, 2009, 08:06:52 PM
Question: I have to prepare a statement for the police about an event I didnt really witness a while ago and I need ideas on some total BS to put in there. Any ideas?

jus tell 'em you were in vegas, burying a crooked cop in a corn field....(check to see if there are cornfields near vegas)

There aren't cornfields, but plenty of desert.  Just make sure you dig the hole before you show up with a package.  Otherwise anyone could show up and then you have to dig more holes.  You could be there all fuckin' night.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 11, 2009, 08:11:23 PM
Question: I have to prepare a statement for the police about an event I didnt really witness a while ago and I need ideas on some total BS to put in there. Any ideas?

jus tell 'em you were in vegas, burying a crooked cop in a corn field....(check to see if there are cornfields near vegas)

There aren't cornfields, but plenty of desert.  Just make sure you dig the hole before you show up with a package.  Otherwise anyone could show up and then you have to dig more holes.  You could be there all fuckin' night.



heh...i didn't think so...it's all desert.....i just harken back to the "casino" thing w/ joe pesci....they musta gone on a road trip
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on February 11, 2009, 08:14:55 PM
Question: I have to prepare a statement for the police about an event I didnt really witness a while ago and I need ideas on some total BS to put in there. Any ideas?

jus tell 'em you were in vegas, burying a crooked cop in a corn field....(check to see if there are cornfields near vegas)

There aren't cornfields, but plenty of desert.  Just make sure you dig the hole before you show up with a package.  Otherwise anyone could show up and then you have to dig more holes.  You could be there all fuckin' night.



heh...i didn't think so...it's all desert.....i just harken back to the "casino" thing w/ joe pesci....they musta gone on a road trip

Well for that particular scene it was after the shit hit the fan and the mob got booted out of vegas.  A few guys then invited Pesci and his brother to discuss heading back out there to reestablish some roots.  Since the bosses were mostly stationed in KC, I assume that's where the rest of 'em went to regroup.  I would think there's lots of corn out that way.

Note that the holes were already dug in that scene.  Smart guys.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 11, 2009, 08:17:21 PM
How many times do I have to tell you?  The victim digs the hole. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on February 11, 2009, 08:20:02 PM
How many times do I have to tell you?  The victim digs the hole. 

That could take a while.  Plus then you'd run the chance of someone wandering by wondering why one dude is diggin' the hole while the other one is holding a gun doing nothing.  Then you gotta have another victim dig another hole.  That could take a while.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 11, 2009, 08:20:56 PM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



My personal opinion is that the vaccine-autism link is bullshit.  That seems to be supported by most science.  The guy who supposedly showed a link has also been discredited: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

I also just don't see the evidence in my everyday life.  There are tons of people who are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases and those vaccinations work.  We have seen growing numbers of children with autism, but we're also better at diagnosing it and there's a lower infant mortality rate than there used to be.  So, IMO, vaccination-autism fears belong somewhere very close to homeopathy, which I believe is complete bullshit.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on February 11, 2009, 08:56:20 PM
I'm slightly allergic to cats, in that if I rub my eyes after petting them I get itchy red eyes.  Yet I feel that life will not be complete unless I can adopt and raise two kittens.  How to arrange this? 

Allergies to cats have a tolerance factor for most people. (Not all)

If you're around a cat for long enough, you build up a resistance to cat dander, in most cases.

Mel is allergic to cats, and we have seven. She almost never has a problem. Maybe once or twice a year she'll get stuffed up and have to take some over the counter stuff.

YMMV though.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on February 11, 2009, 09:17:23 PM
Is having the cats live outdoors an option?

We have 3, all outsidies, but they like to come in long enough to nap a bit and then they're happy back outside.

Now a question for Rillion..

Why have you decided to come back to the US? (maybe it's been covered in another thread somewhere, I dunno..)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 11, 2009, 09:47:44 PM
What does YMMV mean? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 11, 2009, 10:04:09 PM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



My personal opinion is that the vaccine-autism link is bullshit.  That seems to be supported by most science.  The guy who supposedly showed a link has also been discredited: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

I also just don't see the evidence in my everyday life.  There are tons of people who are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases and those vaccinations work.  We have seen growing numbers of children with autism, but we're also better at diagnosing it and there's a lower infant mortality rate than there used to be.  So, IMO, vaccination-autism fears belong somewhere very close to homeopathy, which I believe is complete bullshit.

THIS.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on February 11, 2009, 10:38:16 PM
What does YMMV mean? 

Your millage may vary.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 11, 2009, 10:44:19 PM
What does YMMV mean? 

Your millage may vary.

HOORAY! 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 11, 2009, 11:14:33 PM
How many times do I have to tell you?  The victim digs the hole. 

That could take a while.  Plus then you'd run the chance of someone wandering by wondering why one dude is diggin' the hole while the other one is holding a gun doing nothing.  Then you gotta have another victim dig another hole.  That could take a while.

I got a while. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 11, 2009, 11:17:45 PM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



My personal opinion is that the vaccine-autism link is bullshit.  That seems to be supported by most science.  The guy who supposedly showed a link has also been discredited: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

I also just don't see the evidence in my everyday life.  There are tons of people who are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases and those vaccinations work.  We have seen growing numbers of children with autism, but we're also better at diagnosing it and there's a lower infant mortality rate than there used to be.  So, IMO, vaccination-autism fears belong somewhere very close to homeopathy, which I believe is complete bullshit.

THIS.

Nobody is allergic to bees either. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 12, 2009, 12:00:56 AM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



My personal opinion is that the vaccine-autism link is bullshit.  That seems to be supported by most science.  The guy who supposedly showed a link has also been discredited: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

I also just don't see the evidence in my everyday life.  There are tons of people who are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases and those vaccinations work.  We have seen growing numbers of children with autism, but we're also better at diagnosing it and there's a lower infant mortality rate than there used to be.  So, IMO, vaccination-autism fears belong somewhere very close to homeopathy, which I believe is complete bullshit.

Why do the Amish have a much lower statistical amount of autism?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 12, 2009, 01:13:00 AM
Why do you confuse correlation with causation?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 12, 2009, 01:16:27 AM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



My personal opinion is that the vaccine-autism link is bullshit.  That seems to be supported by most science.  The guy who supposedly showed a link has also been discredited: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

I also just don't see the evidence in my everyday life.  There are tons of people who are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases and those vaccinations work.  We have seen growing numbers of children with autism, but we're also better at diagnosing it and there's a lower infant mortality rate than there used to be.  So, IMO, vaccination-autism fears belong somewhere very close to homeopathy, which I believe is complete bullshit.

Why do the Amish have a much lower statistical amount of autism?

Well that could be from any of the differences between their society and ours (assuming you're not Amish). Also assuming it is such a simple reason why they have less.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 12, 2009, 01:30:52 AM
Here's my statement (names have been changed in order to protect those involved of course).
Background: Supposedly Female 1 was fondled up whilst passed out by Male 1 at a party I was at. Both people are friends of mine but now Female 1 is filing rape charges apparently. The party was at Male1's apartment he shares with a bunch of people. Also, we are all underage at the time of this incident so I cant mention us drinking alcohol (it is assumed we are of course), if we were.
The statement :

First I have some questions I need to ask you before I can give my statement:
1.  My friend Male 2 got subpoenaed as a witness, does he have to go to court, if so why?
2. How did you get this number? Could you please never contact me without me having contacted you first ever again.
FYI this call is being recorded for my records.
I'm Joe Schmo and this is my statement as to what happened the night in question. I was at that house for a significant amount of time that night. It was longer than I expected because I didnt know that someone was going to be bringing Mario Party and that game changes everything. I dont know what time I left, I know it was dark when I got there and dark when I departed. I believe it was cloudy too. Also, outside their house was a girl who I didnt know who had a broken cell phone. It was missing aproximately the entire top half of the phone.  I didnt arrive with Male1 or Female1 nor did I leave with them. I dont know when either of them left or if they did leave where they went or if they returned. I dont know how much, if anything at all they had to drink in the way of alcohol that night. You would have to be an idiot if you thought that anyone other than them knew that.  I do remember that Male1 was playing some tunes on his laptop. It was some sort of hip-hop new crap that I dont enjoy listening to.  Also, Female1 seemed to enjoy sitting on his couch, I dont think she was bothered by the music nearly as much as me but she really didnt seem interested in the fact that a really cool Rob and Big re-run was on t.v.. In the back I'm pretty sure was a crazy cool parrot that could say several phrases in spanish. Also the more sluttier girls, I have no idea who they were, briefly played a rather erotic game of spin the bottle with each other. Once I left I do not know what happened in that house. Anything I think may have happened there beyond that time was told to me through Female1. I never have had an opportunity to talk about the night with Male1.
That is all I have time to say because now I have to go to work: most citizens have to provide a valuable service to put bread on the table and do not have the luxury of demanding our pay with a gun! [hang up]
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 12, 2009, 03:36:00 AM
Now a question for Rillion..

Why have you decided to come back to the US? (maybe it's been covered in another thread somewhere, I dunno..)

Because I finished my PhD-- the defense was on Jan. 29th.  We applied for a post-doc grant, but it didn't go through so I need to look for work in the states. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 12, 2009, 07:56:15 AM
This video fucking pissed me off...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=11992076&ch=4226723&src=news)

So called "free thinkers" ...as if it is a bad thing. WTF!

How many of you immunize/d your kids?

My little one was immunized at the hospital, without my consent and then her pediatrician told me that I was risking her life if I did not get her the recommended shots at the recommended ages.

I feel like a shithead for not researching it more... just curious if any of you haven't, and if so why?



My personal opinion is that the vaccine-autism link is bullshit.  That seems to be supported by most science.  The guy who supposedly showed a link has also been discredited: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

I also just don't see the evidence in my everyday life.  There are tons of people who are vaccinated against all sorts of diseases and those vaccinations work.  We have seen growing numbers of children with autism, but we're also better at diagnosing it and there's a lower infant mortality rate than there used to be.  So, IMO, vaccination-autism fears belong somewhere very close to homeopathy, which I believe is complete bullshit.

Why do the Amish have a much lower statistical amount of autism?

The Amish also have much, much higher rates of genetic disorders than the rest of the US population.  Maybe that's because they don't get vaccinated!  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/08/60II/main700519.shtml
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 12, 2009, 07:58:49 AM
How many times do I have to tell you?  The victim digs the hole. 

That could take a while.  Plus then you'd run the chance of someone wandering by wondering why one dude is diggin' the hole while the other one is holding a gun doing nothing.  Then you gotta have another victim dig another hole.  That could take a while.

if you own the cornfield, this changes everything.....no wandering of anyone that doesn't want a dirt nap
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 12, 2009, 08:25:48 AM
I finished my PhD-- the defense was on Jan. 29th.

Congratulations :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 12, 2009, 05:00:53 PM
I'm going to a party Sunday and want to bring a decent wine.  Any recommendations/favorites?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 12, 2009, 05:04:29 PM
I'm going to a party Sunday and want to bring a decent wine.  Any recommendations/favorites?

Since it's winter I assume you're going for a red.  And if it's a party, I'm assuming you want something that has popular appeal.  That taken into account, my recommendation would be a shiraz.  There are a lot of good ones for the money from Australia, particularly Jacob's Creek.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 12, 2009, 05:14:59 PM
I'm going to a party Sunday and want to bring a decent wine.  Any recommendations/favorites?

Since it's winter I assume you're going for a red.  And if it's a party, I'm assuming you want something that has popular appeal.  That taken into account, my recommendation would be a shiraz.  There are a lot of good ones for the money from Australia, particularly Jacob's Creek.


winter-shminter.....what's wrong w/ a nice chardonnay???
 i drink that shit year round
although, you could splurge & bring a nice bottle o' port....def. a winter beverage for me. it's more an apres-meal-type wine...sweet & heavy
sandeman 20 yr old tawny @ $35.00
that'll warm your cockles
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 12, 2009, 05:32:29 PM
I'm going to a party Sunday and want to bring a decent wine.  Any recommendations/favorites?

Since it's winter I assume you're going for a red.  And if it's a party, I'm assuming you want something that has popular appeal.  That taken into account, my recommendation would be a shiraz.  There are a lot of good ones for the money from Australia, particularly Jacob's Creek.

Billi Billi Shiraz is great. Don't get it at Whole Foods though, 'cause where they sell it for $23/bottle, the farmers market has it for $13.
For a nice Chardonnay around $10, you can get Sustainable White @ Whole Foods. Pretty good, and has the amusing conversation starter of being "carbon neutral".
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 12, 2009, 05:56:37 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll be sure to look for those.  It's always fun trying out new wine :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 12, 2009, 07:54:05 PM
I got a Jacob's Creek Reserve 2005 Shiraz, and since I was in a store specializing in drinks, was also able to pick up some Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1146/10672) (2008).  That stuff is crazy good.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on February 12, 2009, 08:12:43 PM
How many times do I have to tell you?  The victim digs the hole. 

That could take a while.  Plus then you'd run the chance of someone wandering by wondering why one dude is diggin' the hole while the other one is holding a gun doing nothing.  Then you gotta have another victim dig another hole.  That could take a while.

if you own the cornfield, this changes everything.....no wandering of anyone that doesn't want a dirt nap

The truth, you speak it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 12, 2009, 10:48:30 PM
Speaking of wine...

What's everybody's favorite champagne? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on February 12, 2009, 11:07:12 PM
Martini & Rossi. It's like 7-UP.  :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: atomiccat on February 12, 2009, 11:07:38 PM
Are you gonna party like its 1234567890?

http://www.1234567890day.com/
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 13, 2009, 12:17:04 AM
Davann - Why do the Amish have a much lower statistical amount of autism?

Dylboz - Why do you confuse correlation with causation?

Why do you think that by asking a valid question I do not understand the difference between correlation and causation? Why are you attempting to redirect from the question?

anarchir - Well that could be from any of the differences between their society and ours (assuming you're not Amish). Also assuming it is such a simple reason why they have less.



I can go with that answer.

Why does that community of 40,000+ (their name is escaping me) in Illinois that live a modern life just like everyone else but choose not to vaccinate have a much lower statistical rate of autism?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 13, 2009, 06:59:56 AM
I don't know what community you're talking about or the autism rate there.  Since the rate of autism according to Wikipedia is about 0.1-0.2%, in a population of 40k random people you'd expect, on average, to find 40-80 autistic people.  Of course, not every group is random and you will definitely see variations (which are especially noticeable at the extreme ends such as a disease that affects a tenth of a percent of the population).  Autism appears likely to be linked to genetics, especially since 4.3 males have it for every female.  Given that males are much more likely to have genetic issues because they lack two X chromosomes, that explanation would make sense.  I don't see 4.3 males getting vaccinated for every female getting vaccinated.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 13, 2009, 08:18:12 AM
I think that things like women being older when they get pregnant can cause autism as well.  I'm not sure though.  Thought I read it in one of those women's magazines though. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 13, 2009, 08:21:58 AM
I think that things like women being older when they get pregnant can cause autism as well.  I'm not sure though.  Thought I read it in one of those women's magazines though. 

Wired Magazine printed an article about the rise in Autism & Asperger's, which places some of the blame on the rise in the number of nerds, and their increased chances of spawning children. Kids have so much going on in their heads that they have difficulties processing outside stimuli in the "normal" ways.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 13, 2009, 08:25:27 AM
I think that things like women being older when they get pregnant can cause autism as well.  I'm not sure though.  Thought I read it in one of those women's magazines though. 

Wired Magazine printed an article about the rise in Autism & Asperger's, which places some of the blame on the rise in the number of nerds, and their increased chances of spawning children. Kids have so much going on in their heads that they have difficulties processing outside stimuli in the "normal" ways.

I guess I'm not really concerned that she will develop Autism, I just don't like people telling me what to do with my own child or calling me a freak/crazy/a threat to the community if I decide I don't want to vaccinate her. It's set up now that you must have a religious belief not to do so, and I think that is bullshit. People are forced to lie about it, its craziness.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 13, 2009, 09:04:33 AM
I think that things like women being older when they get pregnant can cause autism as well.  I'm not sure though.  Thought I read it in one of those women's magazines though. 

Wired Magazine printed an article about the rise in Autism & Asperger's, which places some of the blame on the rise in the number of nerds, and their increased chances of spawning children. Kids have so much going on in their heads that they have difficulties processing outside stimuli in the "normal" ways.

See...I thought of it because a friend of mine's mom has a 13 year old son and he has Asperger's.  She was 38 when he was born.  Also, their father is a nerd.  Hmmm.   :shock:

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 13, 2009, 04:56:06 PM
I don't know what community you're talking about or the autism rate there.  Since the rate of autism according to Wikipedia is about 0.1-0.2%, in a population of 40k random people you'd expect, on average, to find 40-80 autistic people.  Of course, not every group is random and you will definitely see variations (which are especially noticeable at the extreme ends such as a disease that affects a tenth of a percent of the population).  Autism appears likely to be linked to genetics, especially since 4.3 males have it for every female.  Given that males are much more likely to have genetic issues because they lack two X chromosomes, that explanation would make sense.  I don't see 4.3 males getting vaccinated for every female getting vaccinated.

I will try and find the name of the community. I believe I may read about them on Lew Rockwell.

Is there a close enough (+/- .5 of 4.3) rate of male to female rate with other genetic defects? If not the rates between the two sexes are negliable would it be scientifically acceptable to rule out the lacking X chromosomes as a cause?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 13, 2009, 07:36:34 PM
I don't know what community you're talking about or the autism rate there.  Since the rate of autism according to Wikipedia is about 0.1-0.2%, in a population of 40k random people you'd expect, on average, to find 40-80 autistic people.  Of course, not every group is random and you will definitely see variations (which are especially noticeable at the extreme ends such as a disease that affects a tenth of a percent of the population).  Autism appears likely to be linked to genetics, especially since 4.3 males have it for every female.  Given that males are much more likely to have genetic issues because they lack two X chromosomes, that explanation would make sense.  I don't see 4.3 males getting vaccinated for every female getting vaccinated.

I will try and find the name of the community. I believe I may read about them on Lew Rockwell.

Is there a close enough (+/- .5 of 4.3) rate of male to female rate with other genetic defects? If not the rates between the two sexes are negliable would it be scientifically acceptable to rule out the lacking X chromosomes as a cause?


I'm not sure what the prevalence of other genetic disorders among males and females is, only that there are definitely more genetic disorders among males than females.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on February 13, 2009, 07:49:38 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on February 13, 2009, 07:52:02 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?

Beans + water + celery + bouillon + carrots + noodles.

Boil it. (Serious) Maybe add some tomatoes or tomato soup mix.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 13, 2009, 07:57:25 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?

Beans + water + celery + bouillon + carrots + noodles.

Boil it. (Serious) Maybe add some tomatoes or tomato soup mix.
+ ham
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 13, 2009, 10:30:43 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?

Package of 3 beans

A ham bone from a butcher or from left overs

salt + pepper to taste

ham cut into cubes smaller then a thumbnail

water

mix together in a crock pot, on high for one hour, on low over night (at least 12 hours on low)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 14, 2009, 12:22:30 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?


whatever soup you make, use chicken stock for maximum yumminess
it's the base of most soups
less'n you make a french onion (beef stock, or boiled baby cow bones)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on February 14, 2009, 09:58:33 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?

Beans + water + celery + bouillon + carrots + noodles.

Boil it. (Serious) Maybe add some tomatoes or tomato soup mix.

Canned beans? or raw?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on February 14, 2009, 10:00:05 PM
Does anyone have a simple bean soup recipe?

1. soak dry pintos overnight to soften them up and reduce the amount of gas you'll have after eating them.
2. sautee two ham hocks in oil with one chopped onion, get them really charred
3. add water and boil for awhile to make a good base
4. add pintos & salt
5. keep an eye on the soup- the beans will soak up a lot of water, so add water & stir
6. eat with Texas Pete or any other non-exotic hot sauce, and cornbread
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on February 14, 2009, 10:02:09 PM
Here's a nice home video of me enjoying my beans.

[youtube=425,350]XrQ3L6Pt4lM[/youtube]
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on February 14, 2009, 10:24:33 PM
Speaking of wine...

What's everybody's favorite champagne? 

When I was 18 and a Senior in High School, I paid for a 1961 Rolls limo, tux, corsage and dinner with money I had earned. My mom kicked in with a bottle of champagne since I wasn't driving. I got spoiled on several counts that night and the champagne was one of them. For 25 years, every time I drank champagne, I thought, "This stuff is CRAP."

Finally a few years ago I asked mom what brand it was, as if she could remember. She remembered -- Dom Perignon. Between that and the Rolls, I have been spoiled beyond my means to support such tastes. :-/
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on February 15, 2009, 04:00:38 PM
Why must Diogenes The Cynic makes me want to hate Jews so much?

Is he a troll from Stormfront?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 16, 2009, 09:05:50 PM
Here's a nice home video of me enjoying my beans.

[youtube=425,350]XrQ3L6Pt4lM[/youtube]

manly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on February 16, 2009, 10:56:47 PM
 :)

Ya gotta watch those movies..
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 17, 2009, 02:24:45 AM
:)

Ya gotta watch those movies..

I've never seen any of those old westerns. They were not popular in my culture.

I'll take you up on your advice since I liked the trucker ballads thread.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 17, 2009, 02:33:21 AM
:)

Ya gotta watch those movies..

I've never seen any of those old westerns. They were not popular in my culture.

I'll take you up on your advice since I liked the trucker ballads thread.

The Best western movies ever IMHO:
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
and
The Magnificent 7

Basically all the best parts of every western (minus the sex) all wrapped into one.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 17, 2009, 02:58:11 AM
:)

Ya gotta watch those movies..

I've never seen any of those old westerns. They were not popular in my culture.

I'll take you up on your advice since I liked the trucker ballads thread.

The Best western movies ever IMHO:
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
and
The Magnificent 7

Basically all the best parts of every western (minus the sex) all wrapped into one.

Noted. Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 17, 2009, 09:09:46 AM
Does anyone have the inside scoop on when Dexter season 3 will be released?

I’ve heard conflicting info…I just re-fucking-netflix’d season 2 because I needed a fix.  :(
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 17, 2009, 10:57:28 AM
Does anyone have the inside scoop on when Dexter season 3 will be released?

I’ve heard conflicting info…I just re-fucking-netflix’d season 2 because I needed a fix.  :(


Dunno. For a fix, have you tried the audiobooks? Is rather good, plus, it's fun to find out which storylines were woven together to become each season.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 17, 2009, 11:02:24 AM
Does anyone have the inside scoop on when Dexter season 3 will be released?

I’ve heard conflicting info…I just re-fucking-netflix’d season 2 because I needed a fix.  :(


Dunno. For a fix, have you tried the audiobooks? Is rather good, plus, it's fun to find out which storylines were woven together to become each season.

ooooooOOOoooo...no! I didn't even think of that. :)

I became addicted to Dexter when I ran out of my "Roswell" TV series DVD's. I usually don't watch TV, but my dad who turned me onto Deadwood, mentioned that it was really good.

Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 17, 2009, 11:13:24 AM
...Deadwood...

One of the few shows I actually felt like mourning the end of.
 :(
Partly because it ended without a wrap-up - left far too many loose ends.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 17, 2009, 11:42:57 AM
Does anyone have the inside scoop on when Dexter season 3 will be released?

I’ve heard conflicting info…I just re-fucking-netflix’d season 2 because I needed a fix.  :(



http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4381045/Dexter.S03E01.DVDScr.XviD-NOTYOU
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 17, 2009, 12:10:48 PM
Does anyone have the inside scoop on when Dexter season 3 will be released?

I’ve heard conflicting info…I just re-fucking-netflix’d season 2 because I needed a fix.  :(



http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4381045/Dexter.S03E01.DVDScr.XviD-NOTYOU

annnndddd I love you.  :)

I didn't even think about a torrent site. DUH.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on February 17, 2009, 08:01:18 PM
:)

Ya gotta watch those movies..

I've never seen any of those old westerns. They were not popular in my culture.

I'll take you up on your advice since I liked the trucker ballads thread.

If you go to Youtube, you'll see a lot of clips of Trinity movies dubbed in Spanish.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 17, 2009, 11:13:57 PM

I'm trying to think of the next series I should grab.  Someone (Eco) mentioned Firefly.  I was thinking Twin Peaks.  Now I see Deadwood mentioned.

I have a few prerequisites.  It must be completed, finished, series over.  Nothing I've seen much of, if at all.  Nothing sci-fi.  No Dr. Who. 

Suggestions? 

I think I'll make a new thread for this, then a sister-thread poll to vote when I've had some good suggestions. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on February 18, 2009, 07:53:12 AM
...Deadwood...

One of the few shows I actually felt like mourning the end of.
 :(
Partly because it ended without a wrap-up - left far too many loose ends.


the wife n' i were addicted to deadwood....
i just don't understand the series vanishing into thin air????
i demand an explanation....
loopy cunts
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on February 18, 2009, 08:26:31 AM
...Deadwood...

One of the few shows I actually felt like mourning the end of.
 :(
Partly because it ended without a wrap-up - left far too many loose ends.


the wife n' i were addicted to deadwood....
i just don't understand the series vanishing into thin air????
i demand an explanation....
loopy cunts

My favorite was when Jane would say "cucksuckers"

oh

and Swearengen's mustache. :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 18, 2009, 10:24:31 AM
I really like doing the same thing, Brasky-- find a series that people say is awesome but finished, and then get the entire thing on DVD and watch it over the course of a weekend (or multiple weekends, depending on how long it is).  We did that with both Firefly and Deadwood.  Both are absolutely worth it.

Firefly takes place on a spaceship and involves all sorts of futuristic technologies, so technically it IS "sci-fi," but Star Trek it definitely ain't.  Don't let the space aspect put you off, as it's mainly just a setting for a story that could take place anywhere. 

The word I would use for Deadwood is "gripping."  There are places in it that are very fucked up, and one episode in particular that I just wish I hadn't watched, but every single character in it is priceless.  (Developing a minor crush on Doc Cochran didn't hurt)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on February 18, 2009, 10:28:01 AM
I always thought of Firefly as more of a Western than a SF show. I love that show.

I've been up since 5 AM (Pacific). I'm exhausted already, but now I'm not sure I'll be able to go to sleep. I don't have anywhere to be so I can go back to sleep whenever. Ideas?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 19, 2009, 12:40:47 PM

     Are facial tats attractive or are they a statement ?  What's the symbolic gesture here ?

                (http://www.geocities.com/nplestenjak/siddharta_val_202_001.jpg)

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 19, 2009, 12:53:03 PM
Are facial tats attractive or are they a statement ?

They can be both, or one, or neither.  And I would say it depends entirely on the tattoo in question. 

Quote
What's the symbolic gesture here ?
(http://www.geocities.com/nplestenjak/siddharta_val_202_001.jpg)

No idea.   I just know it looks stupid.  I hope for his sake that was actually done in Sharpie. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 19, 2009, 12:55:48 PM

     Are facial tats attractive or are they a statement ?  What's the symbolic gesture here ?



I do not find facial tats at all attractive. It would take a hell of a great personality to overcome my dislike of them

Tribal markings on the face, whether in the form of permanent ink or henna dyes, such as those in some pacific island cultures, are exempted from this opinion. As long as they're on a person who is actually a member of the tribe.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 19, 2009, 12:58:51 PM
Tribal markings on the face, whether in the form of permanent ink or henna dyes, such as those in some pacific island cultures, are exempted from this opinion. As long as they're on a person who is actually a member of the tribe.
(http://www.brownpages.co.nz/Portals/0/mau_moko02.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 19, 2009, 01:00:53 PM
Exactly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 19, 2009, 09:25:36 PM
Tribal markings on the face, whether in the form of permanent ink or henna dyes, such as those in some pacific island cultures, are exempted from this opinion. As long as they're on a person who is actually a member of the tribe.
(http://www.brownpages.co.nz/Portals/0/mau_moko02.jpg)

IMO, this is about the only acceptable form of facial tattoo (being defined by me as tattoos on your face, not neck, etc.).
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on February 19, 2009, 09:27:46 PM
Depends on the design and style. Something that reflects the nature of the person is very nice.. unless it's that sort of tribal stuff like Mike Tyson got.. that too comical. I knew a girl who had a bullseye on her temple, I liked it and her.

Agreed on authenticity too.. a Maori tattoo belongs on Maori people.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: wile-e-coyote on February 21, 2009, 10:32:50 AM
I really couldn't give a fuck. I know that i look to someone’s eyes and face to get an idea of what they are thinking. when what I expected to see is something else entirely, i now why i wince because i know that it's idiocy to think i can get an idea of what someone is thinking by looking at their face. Half of what a facial tattoo accomplishes, is to cause that wince in you. You who have been taught since infancy to unconsciously display your thoughts on your own faces while looking to each others faces for each other’s thoughts, still remain unconcious to this truth that i've found for myself.

But i do like authenticity, myself. Giving yourself a scare, across a cheek or over an eye, seems pretty foolish. Such things are best when achieved through survival. Tattoos can’t be achieved through survival.

Just because someone is from a peer pressure group that mandates facial tattoos ,or used to, gives no more legitimacy in my eye. In fact, mawy, mewi, missouri, or wtf ever facial culture tattoo, legitimate or otherwise, is dumber than the kid down the street who gets one because he wants one with no peer pressure involved. But just as a scar doesn't explain how it got there, tattoos don’t display the reasons why someone got them. So it’s just prejudice to hold someone with one in any regard at all for having just seen it.

In the same way I don’t support peer pressure to get one, I don’t support prejudice style peer pressure not to. But just like you, I think you’re a dumbfuck for thinking any different about it than I do. So I do not claim to be entirely without hypocrisy :)

I’ve got zero respect for jumping off bridges to be like everyone else but there's no reason why you shouldn't if you really want to :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 21, 2009, 11:41:49 AM
That one with the tattoo on one side of his head, sure looked like a sharpie.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: wile-e-coyote on February 21, 2009, 02:25:30 PM
yeah, or maybe a glue on.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 21, 2009, 06:42:54 PM
I really like doing the same thing, Brasky-- find a series that people say is awesome but finished, and then get the entire thing on DVD and watch it over the course of a weekend (or multiple weekends, depending on how long it is).  We did that with both Firefly and Deadwood.  Both are absolutely worth it.

Firefly takes place on a spaceship and involves all sorts of futuristic technologies, so technically it IS "sci-fi," but Star Trek it definitely ain't.  Don't let the space aspect put you off, as it's mainly just a setting for a story that could take place anywhere. 

The word I would use for Deadwood is "gripping."  There are places in it that are very fucked up, and one episode in particular that I just wish I hadn't watched, but every single character in it is priceless.  (Developing a minor crush on Doc Cochran didn't hurt)

Its funny you mention Firefly and Deadwood in the same comment.  I think those are my next tryst.  Normally I'd focus on one at a time, but the Firefly is western-themed and I can segue into deadwood from there.  Also, its only 11 episodes long so it'll be over in a few days of watching. 

I has a plan. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 21, 2009, 09:22:04 PM
We've been dog-sitting this puppy for two weeks now, and sometimes she aggravates the hell out of me and sometimes I think it might actually be a good idea to keep her.  Her owner can't keep her, and is looking for someone to take her.

http://bbs.freetalklive.com/index.php?topic=25593.msg516704#msg516704 (http://bbs.freetalklive.com/index.php?topic=25593.msg516704#msg516704)

Problem:  I've never raised a dog, and neither has my boyfriend.  This dog is half husky, half wolf, so she's going to be big.  She's already big, as far as I'm concerned.  She knows what "sit" means, though she hasn't mastered "fetch" yet (doesn't want to return anything).  She can amuse herself by chasing things around on the floor, reminding me of a cat.  Boyfriend gave her a slice of carrot earlier, and she played hockey with it for about 20 minutes. 

I just really don't know whether it would make sense to keep or, or whether it would turn out to be a terrible decision. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 21, 2009, 09:27:03 PM
No reason it can't be a good dog if it's still young.  Do the obedience training at Petsmart, it'll be good for both you and the dog. 

Never mention again that it's half wolf lest the goons take it away.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 21, 2009, 09:55:33 PM
No reason it can't be a good dog if it's still young.  Do the obedience training at Petsmart, it'll be good for both you and the dog. 

Never mention again that it's half wolf lest the goons take it away.

Petsmart is good for basics, and is a great place to start. Some of the local boarding and doggie daycare businesses may have something along the lines of basic agility training, which gets the dog running obstacle courses. There's people who take it seriously, and those who do it just for the fun of it. The extra challenge might be great for channeling excess puppy energy. Didn't interest Peter T. Dog, who just loves to run really fast, taking the shortest route possible between two points, and leaping anything in the way.

And keeping the dog's breed "husky mix" is important. Even if there's no restrictions on specific breeds in your area, you never know if you'll be moving later to someplace where that "part wolf" on official paperwork becomes a liability.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 21, 2009, 10:23:17 PM
I would stress that you make sure you can take care of a dog before you get one.  You don't want to be stuck a year or two or three down the road and realize that you really shouldn't have gotten the dog in the first place.  People tend to prefer puppies to adult dogs, so it will be harder to find it another place later.

I don't mean to be all negative.  I just don't like to see animals suffering because people don't think through decisions to take them in, etc. and end up essentially neglecting or abusing them.  If you're sure you'll be able to properly take care of the dog, then go for it.  It looks like a nice one :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 21, 2009, 10:40:50 PM
I can certainly see that keeping her wolf heritage private would be a good thing, although luckily Texas law doesn't seem to have a problem with that.  But if anyone here happens to know about any problems that might present in terms of raising and training her, I'd really appreciate it. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 22, 2009, 12:38:34 AM
I can certainly see that keeping her wolf heritage private would be a good thing, although luckily Texas law doesn't seem to have a problem with that.  But if anyone here happens to know about any problems that might present in terms of raising and training her, I'd really appreciate it. 

I had the same type of breed when I was young (husky and wolf). The dog was great with us, but was extremely territorial. She would jump the fence some nights and go out hunting, and bringing back chickens from I don't know where. Feathers would be all over the front and back yard, bloody carcase in her dog house. We would go outside in the morning and see them all over the front yard and quickly have to pick them up before the person whose chicken coop she got into came by to see it. Other times we would come home to find her sitting on the lawn in front of our house. I suppose she felt like she was protecting it. Despite being tied down and fenced in, she jumped into the neighbor's yard and killed their cat!  Another occasion she jumped into the neighbors yard and bit a woman who lived there. Not good. It was a fatal mistake on her part.  :(

We tried to do everything we could to keep her fulfilled by taking her for walks and playing fetch, but her will was too strong to be fully submissive to anyone in our family. We would tie her up in the back yard but she was too smart and would always find a way out.

But believe me she was never violent with any of us kids. She was the best dog I had ever had. Smart, loyal, and loving. But if my dad or another adult pushed her too hard to do something, she wouldn't take it.

After she bit the neighbor we had to put her down.  :( I was about 12 years old and I loved that dog. It was a extremely sad.

Unfortunately, I would advise to not keep this dog if it is the first one you have ever had. IMO this dog will have a strong will, be tough to keep in a confined area, and will fight you to lead the "pack". All of these traits are difficult things for any dog owner to have to deal with, let alone newbies. I wish you the best of luck. You could overcome all of these things but we were not able to.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 22, 2009, 03:28:40 AM
We've been dog-sitting this puppy for two weeks now, and sometimes she aggravates the hell out of me and sometimes I think it might actually be a good idea to keep her.  Her owner can't keep her, and is looking for someone to take her.

http://bbs.freetalklive.com/index.php?topic=25593.msg516704#msg516704 (http://bbs.freetalklive.com/index.php?topic=25593.msg516704#msg516704)

Problem:  I've never raised a dog, and neither has my boyfriend.  This dog is half husky, half wolf, so she's going to be big.  She's already big, as far as I'm concerned.  She knows what "sit" means, though she hasn't mastered "fetch" yet (doesn't want to return anything).  She can amuse herself by chasing things around on the floor, reminding me of a cat.  Boyfriend gave her a slice of carrot earlier, and she played hockey with it for about 20 minutes. 

I just really don't know whether it would make sense to keep or, or whether it would turn out to be a terrible decision. 


I would avoid the wolf moniker, even if you know.  People remember stuff like that, and if the dog ever bites someone (FSM forbid) you could be liable in ways you never dreamed of. 

Its best forgotten, anyway.  Dogs are dogs.  Little yappy things are like chaos that barely fit into the canis familiaris family.  Disregard those. 

What you have appears to have potential.  These animals think and comprehend.  Bloodline has a small piece of the pie chart, but not enough to invalidate the larger aspect of intelligent humans interacting with intelligent beast.  This dog can be trained, and you can train it.  I absolutely guarantee it. 

If you intend to keep this animal, I suggest you crate train it, and immediately identify yourself as the Alpha.  Since its a puppy (semi-grown) the past few weeks can be waived as a get-to-know-ya period. 

Dogs are den animals, and family pack-animals.  The crate provides the den, you feed the dog in the den.  Its his place.  Leave it open, he will go in and out because of the food. 

You need to establish the command "no" and live by it.  As the Alpha, when he acts improperly, you firmly command him with NO and physically put him down, with his head pinned to the floor.  Repeat the command NO.  Then stand and walk away. 

Repetition is the key, as he learns NO, he will eventually react to the command and not the action.  When he goes in and out of the crate, you periodically lock him in it.  When he barks, you say NO and walk away.  As time goes on in the house, he will associate NO with being commanded down, your Alpha, and the cage locked will become NO without even saying it.  He will simply lie down inside the cage.  If you command him NO, he will probably go to the cage and lie down inside it. 

People confuse dogs with too many words.  They have to be monosyllabic and very few to start, thats why I use NO exclusively and build from there.  Next comes CAGE, and he will go there as a command.  This will replace NO when NO is not actually appropriate, and you're just telling him to fuck off for a while, CAGE is the word. 

Outside, when the leash training begins, you add one word a week.  Sit, stay, heel, and come.  If you can train a dog with those six words properly, he will be better behaved than 95% of all dogs. 

Since you haven't begun yet, you could use the German words.  This freaks people out.  When people hear a dog being commanded in German they think he can do all sorts of shit, like he's been to attack training.  Its totally intimidating to onlookers.   But you have to stick to it.  (sit should remain in English, though, because children use it when meeting dogs). 

Thats a beautiful dog, Rillion.  You should consider keeping it if you and Boyfriend are gonna be a permanent thing.  Some dogs appear to have a little extra spark of something going on inside their head, he had that look in the photos.  That dog is a keeper, I'm telling ya. 


(also, I didn't note the gender when seeing the pix a few days ago, so I vacillated between he and it.  I seem to want to recall it being a female, though.  Whatever it is, have it neutered if you keep it.  It mellows 'em out and prolongs their life.  Thats one of the very few times I think its okay to fuck with nature.) 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 23, 2009, 06:21:43 PM
I can certainly see that keeping her wolf heritage private would be a good thing, although luckily Texas law doesn't seem to have a problem with that.  But if anyone here happens to know about any problems that might present in terms of raising and training her, I'd really appreciate it. 

I had the same type of breed when I was young (husky and wolf). The dog was great with us, but was extremely territorial. She would jump the fence some nights and go out hunting, and bringing back chickens from I don't know where. Feathers would be all over the front and back yard, bloody carcase in her dog house. We would go outside in the morning and see them all over the front yard and quickly have to pick them up before the person whose chicken coop she got into came by to see it. Other times we would come home to find her sitting on the lawn in front of our house. I suppose she felt like she was protecting it. Despite being tied down and fenced in, she jumped into the neighbor's yard and killed their cat!  Another occasion she jumped into the neighbors yard and bit a woman who lived there. Not good. It was a fatal mistake on her part.  :(

We tried to do everything we could to keep her fulfilled by taking her for walks and playing fetch, but her will was too strong to be fully submissive to anyone in our family. We would tie her up in the back yard but she was too smart and would always find a way out.

But believe me she was never violent with any of us kids. She was the best dog I had ever had. Smart, loyal, and loving. But if my dad or another adult pushed her too hard to do something, she wouldn't take it.

After she bit the neighbor we had to put her down.  :( I was about 12 years old and I loved that dog. It was a extremely sad.

Unfortunately, I would advise to not keep this dog if it is the first one you have ever had. IMO this dog will have a strong will, be tough to keep in a confined area, and will fight you to lead the "pack". All of these traits are difficult things for any dog owner to have to deal with, let alone newbies. I wish you the best of luck. You could overcome all of these things but we were not able to.

Some more information from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf-dog_hybrid
Quote
Temperament and Behavior

Wolf-dog hybrids are a mixture of genetic traits, which results in less predictable behavior patterns compared to either the wolf or dog.[1] This is not to say that the behavior of any specific hybrid is erratic. It would, however, be unlikely that someone unfamiliar with an individual animal would be able to predict that animal's behavior with reasonable certainty. The adult behavior of hybrid pups also cannot be predicted with comparable certainty to dog pups, even in third-generation pups produced by wolfdog matings with dogs or from the behavior of the parent animals.[1] Thus, though the behavior of an individual wolf hybrid may be predictable, the behavior of the type as a whole is not.[1] The majority of high wolf-content hybrids are very curious and are generally more destructive than dogs.[26]
According to the CDC and the Humane Society of the United States, the wolfdog ranks sixth in the number of dog attack fatalities in the U.S.; with 14 hybrid-related fatalities between 1979 and 1998 in the United States.[27] [8] In 2000, DEFRA and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released a lengthy study that attributed much of the reported aggressiveness of wolfdogs to the characteristics of the breeds of dogs the wolves are bred with. With both wolves' and dog's social habits revolving around a pack structure, wolfdogs may not show the dog's natural acceptance of humans as the dominant pack members, possibly resulting in physical confrontations.[1] Some purport that attacks may not even be caused by typical behavior patterns of aggression and dominance present in either parent species, but instead may be related to predatory instincts, as the majority of attacks involve small children.[1] Between 1981 and 1999, there have been 38 severe attacks and 13 fatalities caused by wolf hybrids in North America, with all victims being children.[28]
The probability of aggressive behaviour from a hybrid peaks at the onset of sexual maturity, when the animal attempts to achieve dominance over other pack members. This aggression tends to peak during the winter months when hormones run high. Attacks may also be spurred by people becoming suddenly and conspicuously vulnerable due to either injury, disease or fear. Some half-hearted test attacks may be misinterpreted as play, and result in the owner failing to discourage such behaviour.[26] An officer in the South African Defence Force once commented that it was very difficult to dissuade wolf hybrids from pressing an assault once an attack was initiated.[6]
Most wolf and wolfdog rescue organizations maintain wolfdogs retain many of the traits and requirements of their wild relatives and therefore may be inappropriate as domestic pets.[29][30] The view that aggressive characteristics are inherently a part of wolfdog temperament has been contested in recent years by wolfdog breeders and other advocates of wolfdogs as pets.[31][32] Proponents of wolfdogs as pets say that the animals are naturally timid and fearful of humans, but that with proper training and responsible ownership wolfdogs can become good pets.[33] [32] Even in cases of wolfdogs displaying consistently dog-like behavior, they often retain the wolf's natural curiosity; driving them to dig ferociously, chew up household items such as furniture, and, to varying degrees, display considerable difficulty in housebreaking.[1] [34]

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 24, 2009, 01:04:56 AM

I think you'd find theres a significant correlation between the number of dickheads who buy "tuff" dogs and the way they're treated and raised. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: wile-e-coyote on February 24, 2009, 02:57:29 AM
Is gun powder and hamburger what you feed yours brasskey?

bite them niggers faggots, good.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 24, 2009, 03:22:08 AM
I can certainly see that keeping her wolf heritage private would be a good thing, although luckily Texas law doesn't seem to have a problem with that.  But if anyone here happens to know about any problems that might present in terms of raising and training her, I'd really appreciate it. 

I had the same type of breed when I was young (husky and wolf). The dog was great with us, but was extremely territorial. She would jump the fence some nights and go out hunting, and bringing back chickens from I don't know where. Feathers would be all over the front and back yard, bloody carcase in her dog house. We would go outside in the morning and see them all over the front yard and quickly have to pick them up before the person whose chicken coop she got into came by to see it. Other times we would come home to find her sitting on the lawn in front of our house. I suppose she felt like she was protecting it. Despite being tied down and fenced in, she jumped into the neighbor's yard and killed their cat!  Another occasion she jumped into the neighbors yard and bit a woman who lived there. Not good. It was a fatal mistake on her part.  :(

We tried to do everything we could to keep her fulfilled by taking her for walks and playing fetch, but her will was too strong to be fully submissive to anyone in our family. We would tie her up in the back yard but she was too smart and would always find a way out.

But believe me she was never violent with any of us kids. She was the best dog I had ever had. Smart, loyal, and loving. But if my dad or another adult pushed her too hard to do something, she wouldn't take it.

After she bit the neighbor we had to put her down.  :( I was about 12 years old and I loved that dog. It was a extremely sad.

Unfortunately, I would advise to not keep this dog if it is the first one you have ever had. IMO this dog will have a strong will, be tough to keep in a confined area, and will fight you to lead the "pack". All of these traits are difficult things for any dog owner to have to deal with, let alone newbies. I wish you the best of luck. You could overcome all of these things but we were not able to.

You dont live  near me do you? (you dont, thats not a serious question) Our neighbor used to have 2 wolf-husky hybrids that would get away and kill our chickens. I know I could have handled raising one but they sure couldnt.  They were unsteady when walking the pets and were not good at being the pack leader.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on February 24, 2009, 04:18:34 AM
FSM forbid
May his noodly appendage touch you! I am the head honcho for my local area's Pastover celebration this year aka Flying  Spaghetti Monster Feed held on that Sunday Christians call Easter Sunday. We'll be having a Pirate costume contest, door prize, music and entertainment. I highly recommend holding one in your area too.

For those who have no idea what I am talking about, check out http://venganza.org/
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 24, 2009, 03:17:20 PM
FSM forbid
May his noodly appendage touch you! I am the head honcho for my local area's Pastover celebration this year aka Flying  Spaghetti Monster Feed held on that Sunday Christians call Easter Sunday. We'll be having a Pirate costume contest, door prize, music and entertainment. I highly recommend holding one in your area too.

For those who have no idea what I am talking about, check out http://venganza.org/

RAmen.


"A grail?  Oh, we've already got one.  Its quite nice!"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SubGenius
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: wile-e-coyote on February 24, 2009, 03:33:32 PM
Look, I've been posting on this forum for two years plus, and I've seen a lot of trolls come and go.  You're no different. Additionally, the next time Brasky comes to the forum, I give even odds that he'll just delete your posts. So, whatever.


I'm not kidding about this.  I don't expect any official endorsement by any group.  But I would like someone who knows official procedure to hook me up with a few links, so I can officially submit my application for presidency to the United States Government.  Once that is officially recognized, I will submit it for endorsement to the various things like the FSP. 


I appreciate any comments. 










I will not delete trolls from this thread.








nothing would bring me greater satisfaction :D

I put that there specifically for him.  I knew he was gonna do this right from the start.  We can't have nice, civilized discussions with people like him around, and this once again proves it.  He hasn't really broken any 'rules', he's just a tenacious annoyance with way too much time on his hands to derail and destroy the continuity of any thread.  Hansen did this exact pattern. 

I give John or Lindsey permission to delete all his posts in this thread.  I have the delete button at my disposal, so I could do it myself.  So technically, that absolves them of overstepping any Mod bounds. 

Anyhow, enough time has been wasted discussing the child.  He's as predictable as sunrise. 

Thanks for your vote Vandal. 
what kind of people is that brasskey? NIGGERS?
answer the question brasskey

Hey, nigger.  That is not a direct quote.  So stick it up your gay fucking asshole. 

You can quote me on that.
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You very clearly said you were interested in this kind of thing. (http://xhamster.com/movies/76603/twins.html)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on February 24, 2009, 04:12:43 PM
What is something original to say on a "Get well" card that has been passed around the office. I get it last and everyone else has signed it and said "get well", and "hope you feel better" and all that stuff already. Now I have to say something to a guy who I barely know except for exchanging the occasional friendly nod and "good morning".

Is there something in the order of light humor or general warmth without feigning an undue level of familiarity?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: wile-e-coyote on February 24, 2009, 04:21:45 PM
Are you asking what to write? If you don't know anything of this person, at all, write of a common human thing. Apple pie is a good one. In some places it's illegal for a restaurant to charge extra for a slice of cheese with a piece of apple pie. Heartwarming anecdotes go a long way.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: sterlingnickle on February 24, 2009, 05:38:48 PM
What is something original to say on a "Get well" card that has been passed around the office. I get it last and everyone else has signed it and said "get well", and "hope you feel better" and all that stuff already. Now I have to say something to a guy who I barely know except for exchanging the occasional friendly nod and "good morning".

Is there something in the order of light humor or general warmth without feigning an undue level of familiarity?

How about "Get your chin to the wind, and your knee's to the breeze." or "Fun is not fun without you."
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 24, 2009, 07:42:38 PM
Keep your fly zipped and don't play in traffic.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 24, 2009, 08:42:32 PM
What is something original to say on a "Get well" card that has been passed around the office. I get it last and everyone else has signed it and said "get well", and "hope you feel better" and all that stuff already. Now I have to say something to a guy who I barely know except for exchanging the occasional friendly nod and "good morning".

Is there something in the order of light humor or general warmth without feigning an undue level of familiarity?

Don't die. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 24, 2009, 08:47:45 PM
What is something original to say on a "Get well" card that has been passed around the office. I get it last and everyone else has signed it and said "get well", and "hope you feel better" and all that stuff already. Now I have to say something to a guy who I barely know except for exchanging the occasional friendly nod and "good morning".

Is there something in the order of light humor or general warmth without feigning an undue level of familiarity?

Don't die. 

 :lol: I'm gunna use that one.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 25, 2009, 02:49:41 PM
What is something original to say on a "Get well" card that has been passed around the office. I get it last and everyone else has signed it and said "get well", and "hope you feel better" and all that stuff already. Now I have to say something to a guy who I barely know except for exchanging the occasional friendly nod and "good morning".

Is there something in the order of light humor or general warmth without feigning an undue level of familiarity?

Don't die. 

 :lol: I'm gunna use that one.

I tend to sign just my name then switch writing utensils and write something bat-shit crazy like
"Dont let THEM get you." or "Remember those summer nights ;)"
"Pay up by next thursday." or "Three purple yes."
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 25, 2009, 05:49:40 PM
I hate to say it, but it looks like we're not going to adopt the dog.  Primary reasons:

1. Too smart, ironically.  Unfortunately intelligence leads to boredom.   She's destroyed flower pots, flung her food bowl under the fence, and you can play with her for quite a while only to have her come up to you whining when you sit down to do other things.

2. Bad use of teeth.  She snaps at your hands when you pet her-- not hard, but that sets a really bad precedent.

3. Boyfriend and I are both laid back people, and we're basically making a new start.....packing up to move to a new house, one with a good fence but a relatively small backyard, and we're both going to be working full time.  Not a good atmosphere to have a puppy in.

4. Wolf hybrid.  Commitment for the next 10-15 or so years.  Two people who have never owned a dog.  It would be like adopting a furry, snappy child.  It's just too much for us to handle at this point.

She might be a good dog for us to own five years from now, but not now.  It really sucks. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 25, 2009, 06:02:05 PM
I hate to say it, but it looks like we're not going to adopt the dog.  Primary reasons:

1. Too smart, ironically.  Unfortunately intelligence leads to boredom.   She's destroyed flower pots, flung her food bowl under the fence, and you can play with her for quite a while only to have her come up to you whining when you sit down to do other things.

2. Bad use of teeth.  She snaps at your hands when you pet her-- not hard, but that sets a really bad precedent.

3. Boyfriend and I are both laid back people, and we're basically making a new start.....packing up to move to a new house, one with a good fence but a relatively small backyard, and we're both going to be working full time.  Not a good atmosphere to have a puppy in.

4. Wolf hybrid.  Commitment for the next 10-15 or so years.  Two people who have never owned a dog.  It would be like adopting a furry, snappy child.  It's just too much for us to handle at this point.

She might be a good dog for us to own five years from now, but not now.  It really sucks. 

Sorry to hear that, but I think you are making the right choice. If you can't find anyone to take him maybe try this wolf-dog rescue program in Texas:

http://www.saintfrancissanctuary.org/
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on February 25, 2009, 07:08:22 PM
I agree with your choice. I have 3 dogs ( I did have 4, but my oldest just died last week). I had 5 once, the 5th was a stray I took in on Christmas day, obviously either an abandoned or escaped fighting dog. A mastiff/pit mix, covered with little scars, he was big and tough looking but sweet as pie to me. The longer I kept him and the nicer I was to him, the more attached he became. Over time, he went from being a big goof, to an absolute terror. I was completely safe with him (well, except if he was eating, he bit me once when I took a corn cob he stole from the trash away), but no one else was. He would try and protect me from my other dogs, my wife (at the time, ex now), my neighbors, people on the street, etc. He was very scary, too. I took him to a trainer, I had her come and work with him in my home, I eventually had him in a muzzle and a shock collar just so I could move around the house without fearing what he'd do. Even that didn;t stop him from trying to bite my other dogs when they got too close. I searched for people who would take him, but since he had bit me, bit my other dogs, and basically showed a lot of food aggression and other bad behaviors, no one would take him. I thought he might even be a decent police dog, figuring that he'd get a lot of attention and one on one training, and would eventually be with someone pretty much constantly, which seemed like what he wanted, and his aggression might be a plus to them (yes, my desire for him to live surpassed my loathing of the police at that point). But, in the end, I had to put him down. My blood pressure and stress level went down considerably, but it was still very sad, extremely difficult to do, and even today it makes me feel guilty. I watch the dog whisperer and wonder if I gave up to soon or if maybe I had done something different, he could have been rehabilitated. I would not want you to be in the same situation with this wolf hybrid. Find someone who has the time and inclination to handle her, you'll both be better off.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 25, 2009, 07:16:10 PM
I wouldn't do anything with an ex-fighting dog 'cept kill it.  Not worth the risk.  There's too many dogs that need a home and won't eat you or your friends or your kids or your friends kids.


Why did the price of rice double?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 25, 2009, 08:55:49 PM


Why did the price of rice double?

Dow crashed, gold went over a thousand.  Everybody panic, etc.


I was in the army-navy supply store yesterday, wanted a field jacket.  Not panicking, just wanted a jacket.  They seemed a little low on most things my size, and I'm average.  You'd think a store thats been around for fifty years would know enough to keep Large in stock.  Which, I'm sure, they do.  I can only say this leads me to believe a higher number than normal of grown men have been buying stuff that fits. 

I bought a Medium.  Last one in black that wasn't "vintage".  I could wear both, but like Large because you can put heavier layers under it.  Mediums okay. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 25, 2009, 11:03:54 PM
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry intriguing.  We were thinking GPS company or something.  Since we thought one was based in Atlanta.  We were way off, but yours sounds cooler to me. 

It's quite a bit of fun for me. Plus, I usually only work 10-15 hours a week. Could do more, but I don't wanna.

But, I'm about to tell my clients that I'll be officially quitting. As much as I enjoy doing this, we're bumping up against the edge of our tax bracket. If we go over, the additional tax bill after the phase out of deductions and credits will eat up everything I currently keep after today's taxes.  :x

I'll then be officially unemployed, and eligible for tax credits on tuition. Wonder what I should train for - that I won't actually be able to do anything with, unless I want to hand the paycheck over to the government each month.

Any thoughts on which direction I should take with my future career as an "unemployed" student?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on February 25, 2009, 11:42:59 PM
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry intriguing.  We were thinking GPS company or something.  Since we thought one was based in Atlanta.  We were way off, but yours sounds cooler to me. 

It's quite a bit of fun for me. Plus, I usually only work 10-15 hours a week. Could do more, but I don't wanna.

But, I'm about to tell my clients that I'll be officially quitting. As much as I enjoy doing this, we're bumping up against the edge of our tax bracket. If we go over, the additional tax bill after the phase out of deductions and credits will eat up everything I currently keep after today's taxes.  :x

I'll then be officially unemployed, and eligible for tax credits on tuition. Wonder what I should train for - that I won't actually be able to do anything with, unless I want to hand the paycheck over to the government each month.

Any thoughts on which direction I should take with my future career as an "unemployed" student?

In reference to what you wrote in the "what are you wearing thread" ( that was locked  :roll:)

I create the blueprint maps. 8) We use GIS data sometime for existing utils and such.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on February 26, 2009, 12:22:18 AM
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry intriguing.  We were thinking GPS company or something.  Since we thought one was based in Atlanta.  We were way off, but yours sounds cooler to me. 

It's quite a bit of fun for me. Plus, I usually only work 10-15 hours a week. Could do more, but I don't wanna.

But, I'm about to tell my clients that I'll be officially quitting. As much as I enjoy doing this, we're bumping up against the edge of our tax bracket. If we go over, the additional tax bill after the phase out of deductions and credits will eat up everything I currently keep after today's taxes.  :x

I'll then be officially unemployed, and eligible for tax credits on tuition. Wonder what I should train for - that I won't actually be able to do anything with, unless I want to hand the paycheck over to the government each month.

Any thoughts on which direction I should take with my future career as an "unemployed" student?

Go to Liberty university. Or study whatever you have always thought was really cool to know.

Maybe teaching would be a good use of your time - not public school of course, I wouldn't wish that upon someone I like.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 02, 2009, 05:24:13 PM
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry intriguing.  We were thinking GPS company or something.  Since we thought one was based in Atlanta.  We were way off, but yours sounds cooler to me. 

It's quite a bit of fun for me. Plus, I usually only work 10-15 hours a week. Could do more, but I don't wanna.

But, I'm about to tell my clients that I'll be officially quitting. As much as I enjoy doing this, we're bumping up against the edge of our tax bracket. If we go over, the additional tax bill after the phase out of deductions and credits will eat up everything I currently keep after today's taxes.  :x

I'll then be officially unemployed, and eligible for tax credits on tuition. Wonder what I should train for - that I won't actually be able to do anything with, unless I want to hand the paycheck over to the government each month.

Any thoughts on which direction I should take with my future career as an "unemployed" student?

Go to Liberty university. Or study whatever you have always thought was really cool to know.

Maybe teaching would be a good use of your time - not public school of course, I wouldn't wish that upon someone I like.

Did you just suggest that someone go to the university founded by Jerry Falwell? :shock:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 02, 2009, 05:32:23 PM
Did you just suggest that someone go to the university founded by Jerry Falwell? :shock:

That is a good question. I thought there was a different online university, but I'm thinking now it might actually be the online presence of Falwell's institution.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 02, 2009, 08:34:06 PM
Did you just suggest that someone go to the university founded by Jerry Falwell? :shock:

That is a good question. I thought there was a different online university, but I'm thinking now it might actually be the online presence of Falwell's institution.

I thought there was only one, but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 03, 2009, 03:18:38 PM
Did you just suggest that someone go to the university founded by Jerry Falwell? :shock:
I know someone who went to Liberty University... can't remember if he graduated or not. He's now an atheistic gay activist. LOL
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 03, 2009, 07:37:29 PM
Did you just suggest that someone go to the university founded by Jerry Falwell? :shock:
I know someone who went to Liberty University... can't remember if he graduated or not. He's now an atheistic gay activist. LOL

That's awesome :lol:

Making Falwell proud...
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 04, 2009, 01:47:36 AM
Stupid fight: 

Boyfriend: *blasts Nick Cave*

Me: I don't like Nick Cave.  Please stop playing it loudly.

Boyfriend:  If you listen to the lyrics, you'd like it.

Me:  I've listened to the lyrics of about six songs, and the music sucks, and his voice is annoying, and I don't like it.  I wouldn't blast music that I know you hate.

Boyfriend: *sulk*  I didn't know you hate it (lie; I've said it before). 

Me: Well, now you know.   And there's plenty of music we both like.  (We are, by the way, in the same room by circumstance beyond our control)

Boyfriend:  *More sulking*
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 04, 2009, 01:55:37 AM
Time for headphones?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 04, 2009, 02:01:03 AM
Time for headphones?

Yeah, I tried that.  He was offended by the headphones. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on March 04, 2009, 02:14:19 AM
Stupid fight: 

Check. Been around this issue myself with the ol' lady.

She likes those folksy/artsy guitar playing, raspy voiced sitting in a coffee shop female singer type stuff.

I do not.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 04, 2009, 07:39:27 AM
Time for headphones?

Yeah, I tried that.  He was offended by the headphones. 

Sounds to me like he probably shouldn't be complaining about being asked to turn the music off/down in that case.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 04, 2009, 08:10:54 AM
Nick Cave blows. Not a fan, so I totally support you on this one.

Same thing happened to me with my BFF, he is still trying to convice me Bright Eyes is the best band ever. Connor's voice makes me want to peel off my own skin.  :?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: John Shaw on March 04, 2009, 08:13:38 AM
I dig Nick Cave, but subjecting other people to the music you like, like some enforced show and tell, is kinda, you know, the tiniest bit TOTALLY LAME.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 04, 2009, 08:21:52 AM
I dig Nick Cave, but subjecting other people to the music you like, like some enforced show and tell, is kinda, you know, the tiniest bit TOTALLY LAME.

Agreed.

My old man was once on a "business trip" to get MANDATORY fingerprinting done with his boss.

He works part time at Ganmestop for the discount and so he can try before we buy deal, and they made him get fingerprinted because any store that accepts “trades” are considered pawn shops. Since we have fucked up gun laws and rules, he had to get fingerprinted to sell Nintendogs to 8 yr olds.

Anyhow, his boss was playing Slightly Stoopid they ENTIRE ride downtown. He thought he was going to puke… but then the old boss man pulled out a fat J, and lit it up. He said it made the tunes sound slightly better. He felt obligated, free weed and all, to say he really enjoyed the music his boss was pounding into his ears.

To this day his boss still buys him SS gear, cd’s, and has even offered him concert tix…It drives him crazy. I will sometimes queue it up on the old iTunes when I'm cleaning the house just to annoy him.

Might be a bit off topic, but still funny to me.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 04, 2009, 10:51:26 AM
I dig Nick Cave, but subjecting other people to the music you like, like some enforced show and tell, is kinda, you know, the tiniest bit TOTALLY LAME.

Yeah....I don't think I've ever known somebody to develop an appreciation for a band by having it played loudly at them against their will.

Boyfriend and I were drunk off our ASSES last night.  That's the only time we are occasionally somewhat shitty to each other. 

The new house is about twice as big as this one, though, and I will have my own office!  That is 40,000 kinds of awesome.

In the meantime, hangover.   
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 04, 2009, 11:34:33 PM
I dig Nick Cave, but subjecting other people to the music you like, like some enforced show and tell, is kinda, you know, the tiniest bit TOTALLY LAME.

Yeah....I don't think I've ever known somebody to develop an appreciation for a band by having it played loudly at them against their will.

Boyfriend and I were drunk off our ASSES last night.  That's the only time we are occasionally somewhat shitty to each other. 

The new house is about twice as big as this one, though, and I will have my own office!  That is 40,000 kinds of awesome.

In the meantime, hangover.   

Back in the winter of '01, things were going not-so-well with my soon-to-be ex-wife.  (hyphenate much?)  I had this great Onkyo stereo, and a killer set of Infinity's to go with it.  Loud, this thing was the stuff of legend.  This was Spinal Tap's "goes to eleven" in the flesh.  I've since then upgraded and downsized for more clarity, but nevermind that. 

My X got this bootleg disc from some asshole that I have a burning desire to harm, a very long disc of Reggae that was downloaded form Napster1, and fairly shitty quality.  Live Marley, Bunny, all sorts of shit.  I'm a music fan, and this was obscure shit, individual tracks that took him weeks to download to completion because everyone was on Dial-Up. 

She played this fucking disc one too many times.  Things were not good between us.  I told her to turn it off, it was loud and static-y and it was fuckin' Reggae, I had had enough.  She turned it down a hair, bopping around.  I ejected the disc, scratched a deep groove from hole to edge on the corner of my stereo tuner, and put it back in.  NOM NOM NOM NOM MON MON MON MON VARK VARK VARK VARK .   Oh, now you want to turn it down?  No, I think not.  We listened to that for a while, good stuff. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 06, 2009, 12:14:48 AM
My question is now how to avoid killing my boyfriend's brother.  He lives with us because he's 36 and completely lacking in any concept of responsibility. 

Poked his head in the room and said "Hey, you guys know how to lose weight?  Poverty.  I've lost like 20 pounds over the last six months or so." 

No, dumbshit, you did not lose 20 pounds due to "poverty."  You're broke, yes-- because you can't be bothered to get anything better than a part time job that pays $10 an hour, you've got debt all over the place, and you spend all of your earnings on pot.  But Boyfriend has been buying more than enough groceries for all of us (yes, I contribute).  That kitchen is always  full of food.  It's not that he's "poor," it's that nobody prepares his meals for him.

Broke?  Yes-- self-inflicted.  Poverty-stricken?  No, you fucking ungrateful dickhead. 

It's like living with a perpetual teenager.  I kind of wonder if he's retarded. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 06, 2009, 12:34:12 AM
My question is now how to avoid killing my boyfriend's brother.  He lives with us because he's 36 and completely lacking in any concept of responsibility. 

Poked his head in the room and said "Hey, you guys know how to lose weight?  Poverty.  I've lost like 20 pounds over the last six months or so." 

No, dumbshit, you did not lose 20 pounds due to "poverty."  You're broke, yes-- because you can't be bothered to get anything better than a part time job that pays $10 an hour, you've got debt all over the place, and you spend all of your earnings on pot.  But Boyfriend has been buying more than enough groceries for all of us (yes, I contribute).  That kitchen is always  full of food.  It's not that he's "poor," it's that nobody prepares his meals for him.

Broke?  Yes-- self-inflicted.  Poverty-stricken?  No, you fucking ungrateful dickhead. 

It's like living with a perpetual teenager.  I kind of wonder if he's retarded. 


Dealt with lots of family who have issues of self-reliance. There's no cure other than making them fend for themselves. There is no way to prepare them for self-reliance and there is not "simulator" for it. They must be cut off from help and allowed to fall before they learn anything from it.

I was pretty bad with money until age 25. I feel bad for my roommates up to that point who had to deal with my money issues (like rent day on Tuesday but I don't get paid until Friday). Finally, I got my own place (again, age 25) and learned within 30 days EXACTLY what I needed to accomplish and how to do it. Of course the key for me was that there was nobody to help me.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 06, 2009, 04:52:32 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

As terrible a question this is I somehow didnt notice until last week that my GF falls into the crazy religious type category.
(I havent been dating her too long but really I've known her for years)

Problems:
She claims to believe everything in the bible.
She thinks that if you go to a "psychic", any professional one will do, and they "curse your family" bad things will happen to your family.
          example: her alcoholic drunk/drug user mom supposedly went to a psychic and the psychic told her her next born would die, and the kid died stillborn
She is horribly superstitious of the number 666 AND 999...
She says she is "christian." Just that, not a specific denomination.
She forcibly claims that Catholics are NOT Christian, and gets mad when I try to explain to her that yes, they are.
She says that the Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ 0_o




I'm just a raised Lutheran, Universal Life Church Minister, now an Atheist.
Whatcha think ya'all?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 06, 2009, 04:58:21 PM
This is my all-purpose relatInship advice: accept her completely as she is or walk away. There is no changing of people - and it would be disrespectful to try.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 06, 2009, 05:00:11 PM
This is my all-purpose relatInship advice: accept her completely as she is or walk away. There is no changing of people - and it would be disrespectful to try.

Yes, and the internal debate is,
Can I handle such nonsense?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 06, 2009, 05:01:26 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

You can't. If she's going to stop being so religious, it'll happen when she's ready.
If you want her to stay your girlfriend, the best you can do is to agree to stay away from religious issues.
You're not going to convert her, and she's not going to preach salvation.
Granted, if she's a zealot, she may dump you under the "be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers"
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 06, 2009, 05:06:37 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

You can't. If she's going to stop being so religious, it'll happen when she's ready.
If you want her to stay your girlfriend, the best you can do is to agree to stay away from religious issues.
You're not going to convert her, and she's not going to preach salvation.
Granted, if she's a zealot, she may dump you under the "be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers"

We figure on just not talking about it, her with the religiousness and apathetic towards political science, me the atheist anarchist...
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 06, 2009, 05:11:18 PM
My question is now how to avoid killing my boyfriend's brother.  He lives with us because he's 36 and completely lacking in any concept of responsibility. 

Poked his head in the room and said "Hey, you guys know how to lose weight?  Poverty.  I've lost like 20 pounds over the last six months or so." 

No, dumbshit, you did not lose 20 pounds due to "poverty."  You're broke, yes-- because you can't be bothered to get anything better than a part time job that pays $10 an hour, you've got debt all over the place, and you spend all of your earnings on pot.  But Boyfriend has been buying more than enough groceries for all of us (yes, I contribute).  That kitchen is always  full of food.  It's not that he's "poor," it's that nobody prepares his meals for him.

Broke?  Yes-- self-inflicted.  Poverty-stricken?  No, you fucking ungrateful dickhead. 

It's like living with a perpetual teenager.  I kind of wonder if he's retarded. 


Does he have any incentive to change?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 06, 2009, 05:18:22 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

As terrible a question this is I somehow didnt notice until last week that my GF falls into the crazy religious type category.
(I havent been dating her too long but really I've known her for years)

Problems:
She claims to believe everything in the bible.
She thinks that if you go to a "psychic", any professional one will do, and they "curse your family" bad things will happen to your family.
          example: her alcoholic drunk/drug user mom supposedly went to a psychic and the psychic told her her next born would die, and the kid died stillborn
She is horribly superstitious of the number 666 AND 999...
She says she is "christian." Just that, not a specific denomination.
She forcibly claims that Catholics are NOT Christian, and gets mad when I try to explain to her that yes, they are.
She says that the Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ 0_o




I'm just a raised Lutheran, Universal Life Church Minister, now an Atheist.
Whatcha think ya'all?

Why do you think you have a right to change her?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 06, 2009, 05:21:44 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

As terrible a question this is I somehow didnt notice until last week that my GF falls into the crazy religious type category.
(I havent been dating her too long but really I've known her for years)

Problems:
She claims to believe everything in the bible.
She thinks that if you go to a "psychic", any professional one will do, and they "curse your family" bad things will happen to your family.
          example: her alcoholic drunk/drug user mom supposedly went to a psychic and the psychic told her her next born would die, and the kid died stillborn
She is horribly superstitious of the number 666 AND 999...
She says she is "christian." Just that, not a specific denomination.
She forcibly claims that Catholics are NOT Christian, and gets mad when I try to explain to her that yes, they are.
She says that the Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ 0_o




I'm just a raised Lutheran, Universal Life Church Minister, now an Atheist.
Whatcha think ya'all?

Why do you think you have a right to change her?

I dont have a "right" to change her. But I can present her with rational ideas and set a spark in her mind perhaps.
Like when she says a psychic can curse her family, I can say, "No, really I dont think it can."
Then offer ideas of why the bible is full of BS.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 06, 2009, 05:24:56 PM
Does he have any incentive to change?

No, and there's nothing I can do about that. 

My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

As terrible a question this is I somehow didnt notice until last week that my GF falls into the crazy religious type category.
(I havent been dating her too long but really I've known her for years)

How the hell  did you not recognize that if you've known her for years?

Answer: You can't change her.  She is an idiot.  If you can't tolerate her idiocy, then break up with her. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 06, 2009, 05:26:15 PM
I dont have a "right" to change her. But I can present her with rational ideas and set a spark in her mind perhaps.
Like when she says a psychic can curse her family, I can say, "No, really I dont think it can."
Then offer ideas of why the bible is full of BS.

If that is your attitude, then you are just as much of a missionary as she and any of her family members, church friends, etc., who try to preach conversion to you. You'll just be quoting scientists and philosophers instead of scripture.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: therealritasue on March 06, 2009, 05:31:17 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

You can't. If she's going to stop being so religious, it'll happen when she's ready.
If you want her to stay your girlfriend, the best you can do is to agree to stay away from religious issues.
You're not going to convert her, and she's not going to preach salvation.
Granted, if she's a zealot, she may dump you under the "be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers"

We figure on just not talking about it, her with the religiousness and apathetic towards political science, me the atheist anarchist...

This isn't really healthy, IMHO. It sounds like a big part of her life, and there shouldn't have to be big issues that you just have to skate around and pretend don't exist. A good relationship is where everyone is honest, communicative, and not afraid to talk to their partner if there's a problem that needs resolving.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 06, 2009, 05:32:19 PM
I dont have a "right" to change her. But I can present her with rational ideas and set a spark in her mind perhaps.
Like when she says a psychic can curse her family, I can say, "No, really I dont think it can."
Then offer ideas of why the bible is full of BS.

If that is your attitude, then you are just as much of a missionary as she and any of her family members, church friends, etc., who try to preach conversion to you. You'll just be quoting scientists and philosophers instead of scripture.

Maybe so, but a missionary devoted to critical thinking is just a tad better than a missionary for bullshit, wouldn't you say? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 06, 2009, 06:44:18 PM
My question is now how to avoid killing my boyfriend's brother.  He lives with us because he's 36 and completely lacking in any concept of responsibility. 

Poked his head in the room and said "Hey, you guys know how to lose weight?  Poverty.  I've lost like 20 pounds over the last six months or so." 

No, dumbshit, you did not lose 20 pounds due to "poverty."  You're broke, yes-- because you can't be bothered to get anything better than a part time job that pays $10 an hour, you've got debt all over the place, and you spend all of your earnings on pot.  But Boyfriend has been buying more than enough groceries for all of us (yes, I contribute).  That kitchen is always  full of food.  It's not that he's "poor," it's that nobody prepares his meals for him.

Broke?  Yes-- self-inflicted.  Poverty-stricken?  No, you fucking ungrateful dickhead. 

It's like living with a perpetual teenager.  I kind of wonder if he's retarded. 


He hasn't been run through the meat-grinder yet.  People are propping him up like the Weekend At Bernies guy.  As you're aware, this is 'enabling' in the parlance of the head-shrinky types.  Some people don't learn 'til they hit the jagged rock-bottom.  From what you've already mentioned, I can sympathize with a few months of being adrift on his part, lots of people take a temporary flake-out after their life fucks up.  But eventually, they're supposed to do the 'ol pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps thing, wipe off the dust from the implosion, do a line off a hookers ass, realize thats destructive, balance their checkbook, buy some new underwear, stop sleeping past noon, pay their car insurance, get an apartment that isn't a piece of shit, date a chick that isn't an asshole, get dumped by her, say fuckit, and repeat the process until success isn't accidental. 

And he's not gonna because its too easy to shuffle around like a schmuck and make excuses. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 06, 2009, 08:26:52 PM
I don't think there's much you can do about the religion thing.  It's not a logical or rational belief.  If someone is ok with that, then she is ok with that.  You probably aren't going to be able to change her mind because the only way to make someone give up that kind of irrational belief.  I wouldn't say you need to break up, though.  If you and she can deal with it and it's not a problem, then good for you.  Maybe she'll come around at some point, but I wouldn't necessarily count on it or actively work all that hard to bring about that change unless you want to introduce conflict into your relationship.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 06, 2009, 09:44:49 PM
I would like to know why I got an e-mail from Capital One saying that my online statement is ready when I paid the card off, canceled the account, and shredded the card almost a month ago.  Do I need to be concerned? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on March 06, 2009, 09:48:41 PM
I would like to know why I got an e-mail from Capital One saying that my online statement is ready when I paid the card off, canceled the account, and shredded the card almost a month ago.  Do I need to be concerned? 

It depends what the email says.  Does it have a link where you "log in" using your credit card number?

It's most likely automated so even if the balance were zero you'd still get an email.  I did for 2 or 3 months after closing the account.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 06, 2009, 09:58:14 PM

My question is:  Why are people so stupid on "Deal Or No Deal"?




Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on March 06, 2009, 10:23:21 PM
rillion should just fuck the brother, let the boyfriend find out, problem solved......
unless he's crazy-jealous & might kill her...
never mind.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 06, 2009, 10:30:18 PM

My question is:  Why are people so stupid on "Deal Or No Deal"?


My question is: why are you watching Deal or No Deal?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 06, 2009, 10:36:45 PM
I would like to know why I got an e-mail from Capital One saying that my online statement is ready when I paid the card off, canceled the account, and shredded the card almost a month ago.  Do I need to be concerned? 

It depends what the email says.  Does it have a link where you "log in" using your credit card number?

It's most likely automated so even if the balance were zero you'd still get an email.  I did for 2 or 3 months after closing the account.

Well, it's a User ID and password, but they had the last four digits of the account number listed, and it's the only one I ever had with them.  I finally got through to the website (it said borked), and it says the balance is zero - which I knew - and that the account is restricted with a credit limit of zero.  I'm wondering if I need to call and scream at someone. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on March 06, 2009, 10:38:53 PM
I would like to know why I got an e-mail from Capital One saying that my online statement is ready when I paid the card off, canceled the account, and shredded the card almost a month ago.  Do I need to be concerned? 

It depends what the email says.  Does it have a link where you "log in" using your credit card number?

It's most likely automated so even if the balance were zero you'd still get an email.  I did for 2 or 3 months after closing the account.

Well, it's a User ID and password, but they had the last four digits of the account number listed, and it's the only one I ever had with them.  I finally got through to the website (it said borked), and it says the balance is zero - which I knew - and that the account is restricted with a credit limit of zero.  I'm wondering if I need to call and scream at someone. 

Probably not.  I'd think the regular login on their website would be enough to confirm that the account is closed.  They're a little slow to stop the emails though.

Have you gotten emails from them before?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 06, 2009, 10:43:47 PM
I would like to know why I got an e-mail from Capital One saying that my online statement is ready when I paid the card off, canceled the account, and shredded the card almost a month ago.  Do I need to be concerned? 

It depends what the email says.  Does it have a link where you "log in" using your credit card number?

It's most likely automated so even if the balance were zero you'd still get an email.  I did for 2 or 3 months after closing the account.

Well, it's a User ID and password, but they had the last four digits of the account number listed, and it's the only one I ever had with them.  I finally got through to the website (it said borked), and it says the balance is zero - which I knew - and that the account is restricted with a credit limit of zero.  I'm wondering if I need to call and scream at someone. 

Probably not.  I'd think the regular login on their website would be enough to confirm that the account is closed.  They're a little slow to stop the emails though.

Have you gotten emails from them before?

Well, it said "restricted", not closed.  But I called on the phone and closed it.  I did normally get an e-mail informing me when my statement was ready, yes.  My mother's husband kept opening my mail "by accident", so I stopped any and all paper bills coming to the house since I wasn't too happy about my mail being opened by someone other than me. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on March 06, 2009, 10:48:43 PM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

As terrible a question this is I somehow didnt notice until last week that my GF falls into the crazy religious type category.
(I havent been dating her too long but really I've known her for years)

Problems:
She claims to believe everything in the bible.
She thinks that if you go to a "psychic", any professional one will do, and they "curse your family" bad things will happen to your family.
          example: her alcoholic drunk/drug user mom supposedly went to a psychic and the psychic told her her next born would die, and the kid died stillborn
She is horribly superstitious of the number 666 AND 999...
She says she is "christian." Just that, not a specific denomination.
She forcibly claims that Catholics are NOT Christian, and gets mad when I try to explain to her that yes, they are.
She says that the Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ 0_o




I'm just a raised Lutheran, Universal Life Church Minister, now an Atheist.
Whatcha think ya'all?


EJECT! EJECT!!! PULL THE FUCKING CORD! GET OUT, WHILE YOU STILL CAN! FUCKING AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 06, 2009, 10:55:55 PM
rillion should just fuck the brother, let the boyfriend find out, problem solved......

I would rather stab my eyes out with a fork.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on March 06, 2009, 11:01:53 PM
rillion should just fuck the brother, let the boyfriend find out, problem solved......

I would rather stab my eyes out with a fork.

Then you could put a secret spy cam in there!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 06, 2009, 11:03:36 PM
rillion should just fuck the brother, let the boyfriend find out, problem solved......

I would rather stab my eyes out with a fork.

Then you could put a secret spy cam in there!

If I ever lose one or both of my eyes, I will definitely install spy cams in the sockets.  And wear an eyepatch. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 06, 2009, 11:54:40 PM

My question is:  Why are people so stupid on "Deal Or No Deal"?


My question is: why are you watching Deal or No Deal?

Anya Monzikova

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on March 06, 2009, 11:58:23 PM
rillion should just fuck the brother, let the boyfriend find out, problem solved......

I would rather stab my eyes out with a fork.

Then you could put a secret spy cam in there!

If I ever lose one or both of my eyes, I will definitely install spy cams in the sockets.  And wear an eyepatch. 

If I ever lose an eye, I'm going to get an eyepatch and become an arms dealer.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 07, 2009, 12:47:09 AM
Quote
How the hell  did you not recognize that if you've known her for years?

My thoughts exactly! How did I miss something so blindingly obvious?

Meh, I'll give it time. Cures a hangover, why not this?


And yes, spy-camera eyes are cool, but make sure you can see infrared or nightvision and have an on-off switch of sorts.
Why become an arms dealer? Become a politician, but hopelessly attempt to become one of those that the youth vote for while saying things such as
"I think America is beyond its prejudice of people with eye patches!"
"Wow, our society is a great one where a one-eyed man can run for office!"
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 07, 2009, 01:31:18 AM
My Question: How can I get my girlfriend to stop being so religious?

As terrible a question this is I somehow didnt notice until last week that my GF falls into the crazy religious type category.
(I havent been dating her too long but really I've known her for years)

Problems:
She claims to believe everything in the bible.
She thinks that if you go to a "psychic", any professional one will do, and they "curse your family" bad things will happen to your family.
          example: her alcoholic drunk/drug user mom supposedly went to a psychic and the psychic told her her next born would die, and the kid died stillborn
She is horribly superstitious of the number 666 AND 999...
She says she is "christian." Just that, not a specific denomination.
She forcibly claims that Catholics are NOT Christian, and gets mad when I try to explain to her that yes, they are.
She says that the Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ 0_o

I'm just a raised Lutheran, Universal Life Church Minister, now an Atheist.
Whatcha think ya'all?

You can try to talk sense to her. Give her the quiz, but I don't give it much of a chance. You best bet is to part ways. I know someone like her from your description and I've been debating religion with her for years now with no luck. She was never my girlfriend, but we did hook up once a long time ago.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 07, 2009, 01:46:57 AM
In fairness, there are ways to live with someone with different beliefs. I was raised catholic. My whole family is catholic. I married a catholic woman. Before we got married we knew each other for about 10 years. We had many, many talks about what we believe and don't believe, how we would behave after married, and - most importantly - how we would raise our children.

We've now been married > 9 years and are happy with our life. We don't argue about religion because there are no surprises and we don't feel the need to persuade each other of anything - because we've already talked it all out.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 07, 2009, 12:01:06 PM
In fairness, there are ways to live with someone with different beliefs. I was raised catholic. My whole family is catholic. I married a catholic woman. Before we got married we knew each other for about 10 years. We had many, many talks about what we believe and don't believe, how we would behave after married, and - most importantly - how we would raise our children.

We've now been married > 9 years and are happy with our life. We don't argue about religion because there are no surprises and we don't feel the need to persuade each other of anything - because we've already talked it all out.

Different beliefs, yes.  But different attitudes about belief?  I don't know.  I think there's a difference between having different ideas about how the world came into existence, whether there's a god and an afterlife, and so on, and one person being chronically superstitious while the other is not.   Imagine living with somebody who is going to freak out if her new license plate or telephone number happens to have a 666 or even a 999 on it.  I'm thinking sooner or later you would probably want to beat that person over the head with their own bible.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 07, 2009, 02:53:37 PM
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Imagine living with somebody who is going to freak out if her new license plate or telephone number happens to have a 666 or even a 999 on it.

That's really whats freaking me out the most. Everybody seems to have slightly different religious/spiritual beliefs, but she saw a storefront the other day whose address was 999 and she flipped out. I did a literal "lolwut?" (same as with the psychic curse thing) and just went "um, really?".
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on March 07, 2009, 03:06:56 PM
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Imagine living with somebody who is going to freak out if her new license plate or telephone number happens to have a 666 or even a 999 on it.

That's really whats freaking me out the most. Everybody seems to have slightly different religious/spiritual beliefs, but she saw a storefront the other day whose address was 999 and she flipped out. I did a literal "lolwut?" (same as with the psychic curse thing) and just went "um, really?".

Differing religious beliefs are really tough. However, my wife went to catholic school and was fairly religious when we met. I experienced a few episodes like you just mentioned, but they were not as bad. I just let her be who she was and over time she became agnostic just like me. :) If you want to be with her, my advice is to let her be who she is, so long as she lets you do the same.

Put yourself in her shoes, not everyone can be as "rational" as you. However think about it this way...as an atheist, how are you so sure there is no god? Both of you are making very specific claims that neither one of you can prove. So I could make the argument that you are just as crazy as her for thinking there is no god. But that is another debate.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 07, 2009, 05:38:41 PM
Put yourself in her shoes, not everyone can be as "rational" as you. However think about it this way...as an atheist, how are you so sure there is no god? Both of you are making very specific claims that neither one of you can prove.

Uh, when did anarchir claim there's no God?

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So I could make the argument that you are just as crazy as her for thinking there is no god. But that is another debate.

Thinking there is no god-- even if you're wrong-- is nowhere near as crazy as freaking out over the number 666 and believing that psychics can curse you.  Bad comparison. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 07, 2009, 10:47:09 PM
Thank you for affirming my sanity Rillon.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: MasterShake on March 07, 2009, 11:27:42 PM
   Imagine living with somebody who is going to freak out if her new license plate or telephone number happens to have a 666 or even a 999 on it. 

I will say this.. the number 666 is a great marketing tool in fast food.

I used to work at an A&W in a food court.  ON several occasions the bill came out to $6.66.  I had a lot of people upsize the drinks because of that number.

Capitalism + 666 = profit for you!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 07, 2009, 11:30:04 PM
So, if she sees either 666 or 999 she gets freaked?

What if she sees a combination of the two numbers?

Whats her reaction to 6969?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on March 07, 2009, 11:31:21 PM
13-14 years ago McDonald's value meals came to 3.57 and 4.54 and 4.27 in certain combinations.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 08, 2009, 12:10:36 AM
anarchir, this sounds pretty serious to you. It is probably best to move on then. I don't see how you can have any kind of relationship without respect. I mean, you always have to expect little idiosyncrasies, and the like, but if you reach the point where you think the person you are with is a nut then it isn't worth trying.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 10, 2009, 07:36:50 PM
We shall see. She does love me so  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 12, 2009, 08:20:42 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on March 12, 2009, 08:51:18 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



1. Maya Herrera - Heroes
(http://iphonetoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/heroes-maya-herrera-f.jpg)

2. Chicago style pizza

3. Beating the crap out of someone for physically hurting a close family member.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 12, 2009, 10:11:13 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



Sorry its not TV, but Anj Jolie from Mrs+Mrs Smith really turned me on the other day.  I really did like the character, sultry and..  just mmm. 

Veal Francais.

Being extradited back into the country for tax evasion. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 12, 2009, 11:00:57 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 
  Nancy on Weeds - She uses sex as a stress release and she has a LOT of stress ;-)
2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?
  Sushi at Nobu in Vegas - I've eaten there once and it was worth the $100 per person pricetag.
3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 
  It would have to be something that led to an huge increase in liberty.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 13, 2009, 01:36:46 AM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 
2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?
3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 

1. Inara
(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/firefly/images/thumb/c/c3/Inara02.jpg/250px-Inara02.jpg)
2. Tri-tip Santa Barbara style bar-b-cued with broccoli and a walnut-goronzola-cranberry salad
3. Winning back stolen property or righting a wrong in the style of The Saint or Ragnar Danneskjold
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 13, 2009, 07:47:56 AM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

Howard "TJ" Moon. He is the funniest actor alive. (the one in the brown hat)

(http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/alphafascination/Boosh.jpg)

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

My grandpa's stuffed bell peppers. He died of cancer, and took his recipe with him. He used to make it all the time for us kids  :(

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 

Throwing a shoe at George W. Bush
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 13, 2009, 08:10:54 AM
1. I would go with Ziva David of NCIS or Kaylee on Firefly though I could settle for both at the same time.

2. Filet mignon with lobster tail.

3. I don't really think any crime would be worth that time in jail, except possibly if someone hurt (raped, murdered, etc.) someone I cared about.  Retaliation may be worth it in some circumstances.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 13, 2009, 09:09:05 AM
Probably Seeley Booth from Bones, or Dr. Chase from House.  Oh lawd. 

Hmmm...probably filet mignon and garlic mashed potatoes and some fresh steamed veggies (don't mean to copy you freeAgent...but it does sound damn tasty).  Either that or romano and parmesan-crusted chicken with pasta in a white sauce.  Damn...all that and I'm still not drooling.  I'm defective.

Murder.  Definitely murder.  My mom's husband. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Njal on March 13, 2009, 09:15:19 AM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



Pam on the Office, Nulclear Spaghetti, Training an Unlicensed Rat Army
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on March 13, 2009, 10:54:57 AM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



Pam on the Office, Nulclear Spaghetti, Training an Unlicensed Rat Army

Pam is a good one. Add her to my list.  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on March 13, 2009, 12:44:56 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



Pam on the Office, Nulclear Spaghetti, Training an Unlicensed Rat Army

Pam is a good one. Add her to my list.  :)

Same here.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 13, 2009, 05:01:58 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 


1. The new Starbuck from the new BSG. Crazy as hell = good in sack.

2. Korean BBQ Ribs.

3. Tax evasion. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 13, 2009, 07:52:41 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



Pam on the Office, Nulclear Spaghetti, Training an Unlicensed Rat Army

Pam is a good one. Add her to my list.  :)

Same here.

(http://editorial.sidereel.com/Images/Posts/office_JAM2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on March 13, 2009, 07:57:56 PM
FAAAT HALPERT!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jackson on March 15, 2009, 12:27:29 AM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

Max Guevara on Dark Angel, (the adult version played by Jessica Alba).

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2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

Damn near anything, as long as it was served on Jessica Alba's naked body.

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3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 

Licking the platter clean, after eating my meal in question 2.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 15, 2009, 01:04:43 AM
3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 

Throwing a shoe at George W. Bush

I really LOVE that answer! +1
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: mountainlion on March 16, 2009, 03:44:49 PM
1.  Name one person-- character, not actor-- on a TV show that you would have sex with.    Any TV show, throughout time. 

2.  What would you have for dinner tonight if it could be anything, prepared instantly, by an excellent chef?

3.  You go to prison for five years.  What crime would make it most worth it?  "No crime" is not an acceptable answer. 



1. Pierce Brosnan when he was in his prime on Remington Steele. (Closely followed by Bruce Campbell.)

2. Seared diver scalloped in a Chavignon Blanc cream sauce, capers, and young vegetables.

3. Cover every single elected official in America with peanut butter and jelly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 17, 2009, 02:33:31 PM
So… I just finished a photo shoot for a friend. It was her wedding present for her soon to be husband and it turned out really good. I even got paid for it, so I guess you could say I am a professional photographer… (Not really). She did a 15 month calendar, with monthly appropriate themes, really cute.

I know a lot of dudes/gals on this forum are into video games (as am I), and I was wondering if you had a gf and she wanted to do something nice for you, like a gift, would you like a video game themed calendar of your girl dressed up like your fav female characters?

I was thinking of doing this for my guy, not nude, but racy. I am not sure if I can think of 12 female video game characters that I could easily portray, so my other thought was doing a video game “magazine.”

Kind of like a sexier, shorter version of “Game Informer”?  Pics of me dressed as Jill Valentine, Chun Li, Ivy, Lara Croft etc…, Vg review articles, vg jokes, just silly shit like a real magazine, but with me in it and on the cover. I'm pretty creative with Photoshop so I know I could pull it off. I have a lot of props and wigs from other shoots I have done. It won’t look exactly the same, but I'm pretty good with make-up so I know it won't be complete shit.

Just looking for some more ideas, or suggestions…or if you think this is a bad idea.  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 17, 2009, 02:56:02 PM
So… I just finished a photo shoot for a friend. It was her wedding present for her soon to be husband and it turned out really good. I even got paid for it, so I guess you could say I am a professional photographer… (Not really). She did a 15 month calendar, with monthly appropriate themes, really cute.

I know a lot of dudes/gals on this forum are into video games (as am I), and I was wondering if you had a gf and she wanted to do something nice for you, like a gift, would you like a video game themed calendar of your girl dressed up like your fav female characters?

I was thinking of doing this for my guy, not nude, but racy. I am not sure if I can think of 12 female video game characters that I could easily portray, so my other thought was doing a video game “magazine.”

Kind of like a sexier, shorter version of “Game Informer”?  Pics of me dressed as Jill Valentine, Chun Li, Ivy, Lara Croft etc…, Vg review articles, vg jokes, just silly shit like a real magazine, but with me in it and on the cover. I'm pretty creative with Photoshop so I know I could pull it off. I have a lot of props and wigs from other shoots I have done. It won’t look exactly the same, but I'm pretty good with make-up so I know it won't be complete shit.

Just looking for some more ideas, or suggestions…or if you think this is a bad idea.  :)

I think it's a great idea. The only video games I play are call of duty and gran turismo so there aren't a lot of females there, so it wouldn't work for me as much as someone who was, but even I know who Lara is, and I think I know who Chun Li is.

It seems to me, stuff like this would sell pretty well. Maybe you should start advertising on craigslist. Come up with a few themed projects like that which would be easy to reproduce. Green screening and one-size-fits-most costumes it seems would be essential.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 17, 2009, 03:06:41 PM

I think it's a great idea. The only video games I play are call of duty and gran turismo so there aren't a lot of females there, so it wouldn't work for me as much as someone who was, but even I know who Lara is, and I think I know who Chun Li is.

It seems to me, stuff like this would sell pretty well. Maybe you should start advertising on craigslist. Come up with a few themed projects like that which would be easy to reproduce. Green screening and one-size-fits-most costumes it seems would be essential.

Thanks for the advice, I wasn’t thinking of “marketing” this, but it is a good idea. ;)

My bff and I are started a photography “business” but it still isn’t fully functional. We are still setting up studio, and are just doing little projects here and there. The people we are trying to market to are the body mod community, pin-up girls, and bands. My partner is going to school for naturopathic medicine/weight management…so we are going to try and market as a package. So if a client gets on the weight management counseling program and loses weight and reaches their goal, we will do a photo shoot for them as a self-esteem booster.  So that is another route we are going to try…

I have so many ideas in my head, its constantly spinning. I def. think I could make this a lucrative venture if I/we can offer unconventional photo shoot themes. I think I will use my shoot as a “practice” run to get some experience.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 18, 2009, 11:36:30 AM
If this were your kid, what would you do?

(http://www.cuteoverload.com/images/2009/03/14/picture_7.png)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on March 18, 2009, 11:52:03 AM
Put down a drop cloth
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 18, 2009, 11:59:16 AM
LMAO - and snap photos, while trying to keep the tears from blurring the view through the lens.

It's crayola markers, for goodness' sake. Nobody's getting sick, and simple soap & water will take care of the mess.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 18, 2009, 12:36:51 PM
If this were your kid, what would you do?

(http://www.cuteoverload.com/images/2009/03/14/picture_7.png)

Call the SPCA and turn his ass in? (And hope someone doesn't call CPS on me)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 18, 2009, 12:39:27 PM
I'd be totally stoked that my kid had artistic ability.  :)

Did you notice the sweet facial coloring? Very tribal.

Then, I'd probably make him give the dog a bath.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on March 18, 2009, 03:59:54 PM
I'd be totally stoked that my kid had artistic ability.  :)

Did you notice the sweet facial coloring? Very tribal.

Then, I'd probably make him give the dog a bath.

This.

Plus, give the dog extra treats to show my appreciation for his tolerance. Bull terriers are not exactly known for that sort of thing, so good on him her for letting the kid "dress him up" a bit. Good boy (whoops) girl!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on March 19, 2009, 11:20:33 AM
Was it just me, or did anyone else get immense amusement when Ian was cursing on last night "internet only" part of the show?

It's kind of like hearing your grandma curse. You know she does in private, but it’s always a treat to hear it, especially when it's unexpected.  :)

I am easily amused I guess.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 19, 2009, 11:22:53 AM
That dog looks like Chico from Next Friday. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on March 19, 2009, 11:24:14 AM
That dog looks like Chico from Next Friday. 

 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 19, 2009, 11:29:56 AM
That dog looks like Chico from Next Friday. 

 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Negroe, he DOES. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on March 19, 2009, 11:46:19 AM
That dog looks like Chico from Next Friday. 

 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Negroe, he DOES. 

I didn't disagree.  :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 22, 2009, 09:29:01 PM
A family from two houses down the street actually came by this evening to introduce themselves, say hello, and give us a chocolate pie.  Seriously.  Boyfriend is from southern California, and has never had anything like this happen to him in his whole life.....I think he's going to trip out over it all night. 

What's tripping me  out is that the dad is from Denmark.  What are the odds of that?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 22, 2009, 10:14:51 PM
What's tripping me  out is that the dad is from Denmark.  What are the odds of that?

Is there significance to that? Are you from Denmark?

Actually coincidences are far more common than people usually think. I belong to Michael Newdow's FACTS church (First Atheist Church of True Science) and we have a little thing we do at each meeting called IMBEGORs. IMBEGOR is an acronym for "It Must BE GOd Reasoning." Everyone recounts an instance of high coincidence that occurred to them since the last meeting, usually about one month prior. It is amazing how highly coincidental the anecdotes are. Usually they involve several incidents of coincidence in the same story.

One of mine from the past involved a case of mistaken identity where someone else with my first and last name had a room for rent for the same exact price, at the same time as me. He was described as having the same exact height and the same hair color as me. We both attended the same college but lived on opposite sides of town which was how we finally determined the person calling me had called the wrong person.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 22, 2009, 10:21:12 PM
What's tripping me  out is that the dad is from Denmark.  What are the odds of that?

Is there significance to that? Are you from Denmark?

I lived there for the past three years, before moving to Dallas mid-February.  Not a lot of Danes in north Texas, so far as I know. 

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I belong to Michael Newdow's FACTS church (First Atheist Church of True Science)

Sounds like a great to way to make it clear that atheism and science are not religions. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 22, 2009, 11:31:56 PM
Further discussion:

Boyfriend: Man, things are different now.  Different neighborhood, different atmosphere, all of my friends are having babies (one of his good friends is having a baby next week). 

Me: Yeah, and.....that's good, isn't it?  Well, except for the baby thing.  I mean, it's great if they want babies.  But you don't, right?

Boyfriend: Uh, no.  If all of my friends were doing heroin-- do I want to do heroin?  If they're jumping off bridges, do I want to do it?

Me: So...nothing's changed there?

Boyfriend: Hell no.  You don't have anything to worry about, babe.

Me: Yay. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 22, 2009, 11:42:24 PM
I've got to say, it is really creepy knowing people from high school, etc. who are now having children.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 23, 2009, 12:09:55 AM
Sounds like a great to way to make it clear that atheism and science are not religions. 

I view it more as a way to provide an example of what a religion should really be like.
We don't have commandments, just 3 suggestions:
 Think
 Question
 Do What's Right
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 23, 2009, 12:19:42 AM
Sounds like a great to way to make it clear that atheism and science are not religions. 

I view it more as a way to provide an example of what a religion should really be like.

Like trying to show what Christmas should really be like by inventing Science Claus. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: jeffersonish on March 23, 2009, 01:31:24 AM
Sounds like a great to way to make it clear that atheism and science are not religions. 

I view it more as a way to provide an example of what a religion should really be like.

Like trying to show what Christmas should really be like by inventing Science Claus. 

Pagan Claus? Shopper Claus?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on April 03, 2009, 04:24:42 PM
I need to get a new cell phone.  I've never had a regular cell phone in the states-- just a cheap top-up one from Virgin that is slowly dying. 

I probably won't use it much-- hate talking on the phone.  I do like to text, though, and would like to be able to take and send photos.  I also need to get service, but vastly prefer the top-up thing to getting a set amount of minutes to use per month, because I'd have no idea how much to get and wouldn't pay attention to how many I use. 

Any suggestions? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on April 03, 2009, 05:38:08 PM
I just got these for my girls, and they love them.  The phone itself is about $119, and you get 50 back.  Verizon.  A single plan is $55/mo, you can include Boyfriend on Fam Plan for $79 (I think).  Unlimited text plan, 700 minutes per month, and Verizon callers call each other free, it doesn't deduct minutes if you're in-network with the other caller. 

The screen is touch/drag.  QWERTY, all sorts of slick features, the phones are very underpriced IMO.  It requires no 'data plan' which Blackberries do.  It includes a quality camera (quality for phones, anyway). 

(http://mobile.dpszone.com/images/Samsung-Glyde-Touch-Screen-Phone-from-Verizon-1.jpg)

They are approximately as long as a CD jewel case, which is roughly 4.5 inches, it remains flat when you use it as a phone.  They're very solid, not cheap or flimsy at all.  I like it a lot. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Dylboz on April 03, 2009, 07:19:21 PM
Further discussion:

Boyfriend: Man, things are different now.  Different neighborhood, different atmosphere, all of my friends are having babies (one of his good friends is having a baby next week). 

Me: Yeah, and.....that's good, isn't it?  Well, except for the baby thing.  I mean, it's great if they want babies.  But you don't, right?

Boyfriend: Uh, no.  If all of my friends were doing heroin-- do I want to do heroin?  If they're jumping off bridges, do I want to do it?

Me: So...nothing's changed there?

Boyfriend: Hell no.  You don't have anything to worry about, babe.

Me: Yay. 


This made me really sad in an Idocracy kind of way. Sure, let the immoral, stupid, hyper-religious, statist, military worshipping assholes outbreed the intelligent, decent human beings. I'll do my best to make up for it, though.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on April 03, 2009, 07:44:59 PM
Further discussion:

Boyfriend: Man, things are different now.  Different neighborhood, different atmosphere, all of my friends are having babies (one of his good friends is having a baby next week). 

Me: Yeah, and.....that's good, isn't it?  Well, except for the baby thing.  I mean, it's great if they want babies.  But you don't, right?

Boyfriend: Uh, no.  If all of my friends were doing heroin-- do I want to do heroin?  If they're jumping off bridges, do I want to do it?

Me: So...nothing's changed there?

Boyfriend: Hell no.  You don't have anything to worry about, babe.

Me: Yay. 


This made me really sad in an Idocracy kind of way. Sure, let the immoral, stupid, hyper-religious, statist, military worshipping assholes outbreed the intelligent, decent human beings. I'll do my best to make up for it, though.

Thank you for thinking I'm an intelligent, decent human being.....and don't worry.  I have two nieces who are bright girls, and who live less than five miles away.   I don't take it upon myself to indoctrinate them, but when they ask my opinion on things (which they frequently do) I'm only too happy to give it.   :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on April 07, 2009, 02:32:19 PM
My mother wants to get a tattoo in honor of her 65th birthday.  It will be her first, and probably only, tattoo.  I just got off the phone with the tattoo artist.  I want it to be great, and searched carefully for which artist to do it.  I just hope she's not shocked at the price or how long it will take to do it, because I think he can really do a work of art on her leg. 

Now I have to decide if I want the same thing.  It would be really cool to get one with her, but a) I don't have much money, and b) I don't know whether to try and get the same thing because it wouldn't be exactly  the same.  She wants one kind of flower-- her favorite.  Maybe I should get another kind. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on April 07, 2009, 02:44:08 PM
My mother wants to get a tattoo in honor of her 65th birthday.  It will be her first, and probably only, tattoo.  I just got off the phone with the tattoo artist.  I want it to be great, and searched carefully for which artist to do it.  I just hope she's not shocked at the price or how long it will take to do it, because I think he can really do a work of art on her leg. 

Now I have to decide if I want the same thing.  It would be really cool to get one with her, but a) I don't have much money, and b) I don't know whether to try and get the same thing because it wouldn't be exactly  the same.  She wants one kind of flower-- her favorite.  Maybe I should get another kind. 

I think that's pretty cool, even if you're not ready for your own tattoo. Hang out and talk about the milestones in your lives, and what flower or other design you will get when you hit the birthday or event you wish to mark. Probably be a good way to keep her mind occupied during the time.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on April 07, 2009, 03:02:15 PM
My mother wants to get a tattoo in honor of her 65th birthday.  It will be her first, and probably only, tattoo.  I just got off the phone with the tattoo artist.  I want it to be great, and searched carefully for which artist to do it.  I just hope she's not shocked at the price or how long it will take to do it, because I think he can really do a work of art on her leg. 

Now I have to decide if I want the same thing.  It would be really cool to get one with her, but a) I don't have much money, and b) I don't know whether to try and get the same thing because it wouldn't be exactly  the same.  She wants one kind of flower-- her favorite.  Maybe I should get another kind. 

I think that's pretty cool, even if you're not ready for your own tattoo. Hang out and talk about the milestones in your lives, and what flower or other design you will get when you hit the birthday or event you wish to mark. Probably be a good way to keep her mind occupied during the time.

To be clear, I already have three tattoos-- they're not a new thing for me.  And each has marked an important occasion in my life.  My mom turning 65 and deciding to mark the occasion with a tattoo is actually an important occasion for me as well, because it's something she wants to do with me and that means a lot.   

A tattoo done right, I think, is partially made up of two factors-- the "looks good" factor and the "meaningful" factor.    You don't want to exclude either one, or else you end up with an unwanted eyesore.    Maybe I'll go in with the full intention of getting something nice for my mom....and if I end up walking out of it with a daffodil on me somewhere, then so be it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on April 07, 2009, 03:36:54 PM
To be clear, I already have three tattoos-- they're not a new thing for me.  And each has marked an important occasion in my life.  My mom turning 65 and deciding to mark the occasion with a tattoo is actually an important occasion for me as well, because it's something she wants to do with me and that means a lot.   

A tattoo done right, I think, is partially made up of two factors-- the "looks good" factor and the "meaningful" factor.    You don't want to exclude either one, or else you end up with an unwanted eyesore.    Maybe I'll go in with the full intention of getting something nice for my mom....and if I end up walking out of it with a daffodil on me somewhere, then so be it.

Makes perfect sense.

A daffodil? Is your favorite flower, or is it one of the things symbolized by the daffodil from the history of sending messages with blooms?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on April 30, 2009, 09:49:45 PM
[A daffodil? Is your favorite flower, or is it one of the things symbolized by the daffodil from the history of sending messages with blooms?

I don't know; I'm not much into flowers.  You know how relatives can care a lot about your favorite color, favorite animal, and so forth so they can just get you something in line with those and believe you'll like it?  My sister-in-law said that she likes cows once or twice, and she's been getting cow-themed presents for the past ten years or so.  That's why I don't express a preference for any particular animal.  I sometimes feel sorry for my father, who gets golf-themed anything because people don't know that he likes anything but golf.  That's mostly his fault, though. 

I like daffodils.  I also like orchids, irises, poppies, hibiscus, and sunflowers.  And dandelions.  My experience has mainly been with dandelions. 

My mom got her tulip tattoo last Tuesday the 21st....she took it like a champ, and it looks beautiful.  The artist, who has done a lot of flowers, said he'd never done a tulip.  He's normally done more exotic flowers, like lotuses and lately stargazer lilies.   I bet he's never done a daffodil either, just like a tattooist who has done loads of bald eagles and birds of paradise has probably never done a cardinal or a bluejay.  That's part of the appeal. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on April 30, 2009, 10:23:22 PM
I just got these for my girls, and they love them.  The phone itself is about $119, and you get 50 back.  Verizon.  A single plan is $55/mo, you can include Boyfriend on Fam Plan for $79 (I think).  Unlimited text plan, 700 minutes per month, and Verizon callers call each other free, it doesn't deduct minutes if you're in-network with the other caller. 

The screen is touch/drag.  QWERTY, all sorts of slick features, the phones are very underpriced IMO.  It requires no 'data plan' which Blackberries do.  It includes a quality camera (quality for phones, anyway). 

(http://mobile.dpszone.com/images/Samsung-Glyde-Touch-Screen-Phone-from-Verizon-1.jpg)

They are approximately as long as a CD jewel case, which is roughly 4.5 inches, it remains flat when you use it as a phone.  They're very solid, not cheap or flimsy at all.  I like it a lot. 



i can't stand this 'blackberry' type shit.
it looks like you're talking into a fucking calculator
*back to the ''brick phone''*
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on April 30, 2009, 10:36:23 PM
i can't stand this 'blackberry' type shit.
it looks like you're talking into a fucking calculator
*back to the ''brick phone''*
Do you have a Jitterbug (http://www.jitterbug.com/)?


Even old people can use my cell phone.

(http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/images/products/PortORotaryBLK-01-L.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on April 30, 2009, 10:41:58 PM
I just got these for my girls, and they love them.  The phone itself is about $119, and you get 50 back.  Verizon.  A single plan is $55/mo, you can include Boyfriend on Fam Plan for $79 (I think).  Unlimited text plan, 700 minutes per month, and Verizon callers call each other free, it doesn't deduct minutes if you're in-network with the other caller. 

The screen is touch/drag.  QWERTY, all sorts of slick features, the phones are very underpriced IMO.  It requires no 'data plan' which Blackberries do.  It includes a quality camera (quality for phones, anyway). 

(http://mobile.dpszone.com/images/Samsung-Glyde-Touch-Screen-Phone-from-Verizon-1.jpg)

They are approximately as long as a CD jewel case, which is roughly 4.5 inches, it remains flat when you use it as a phone.  They're very solid, not cheap or flimsy at all.  I like it a lot. 



i can't stand this 'blackberry' type shit.
it looks like you're talking into a fucking calculator
*back to the ''brick phone''*

Jizz and I have Blackberries.  We look like bitches fucking typing in to our calculator looking phones, talking in to them, and taking pictures with them.   :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 01, 2009, 03:14:43 AM
Actually, those phones slide closed.  So it looks like you're talking to a flat, oblong piece of black glass. 

I'm still pretty impressed with them. 

I actually prefer my phone, but I don't text. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on May 01, 2009, 08:15:26 AM
Actually, those phones slide closed.  So it looks like you're talking to a flat, oblong piece of black glass. 

I'm still pretty impressed with them. 

I actually prefer my phone, but I don't text. 



I think one of my employees at work has that one you bought for your girls.  I saw another one of them with one that opens two different ways.  It flips open like a regular flip phone and then flips open sideways with a whole keyboard and stuff. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on May 01, 2009, 08:25:05 AM
Do you have a Jitterbug (http://www.jitterbug.com/)?




no.
i have a man's phone.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 01, 2009, 02:31:45 PM
Actually, those phones slide closed.  So it looks like you're talking to a flat, oblong piece of black glass. 

I'm still pretty impressed with them. 

I actually prefer my phone, but I don't text. 





I think one of my employees at work has that one you bought for your girls.  I saw another one of them with one that opens two different ways.  It flips open like a regular flip phone and then flips open sideways with a whole keyboard and stuff. 

Yea, I donno who makes it, but theres one that looks very similar, and it opens sorta like a teeny laptop.  X has one, so it must be all the rage. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 07, 2009, 07:31:40 PM
Is there any direct correlation between your singing ability and what kind of music you like to listen to? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 07, 2009, 09:23:09 PM
Is there any direct correlation between your singing ability and what kind of music you like to listen to? 

I don't know about other people, but I prefer something I can sing along to.  I listen a lot less to the lyrics than I do the voice itself.  I doubt there's a correlation to genre beyond a preference for stuff that includes voice.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 10, 2009, 12:16:30 AM
Boyfriend's computer is fucked up.....

First, his external hard drive took a dump last week.  Took it to the local data recovery place; they agreed to recover the data and transfer it to a new external hard drive which he supplied for them.

He's been transferring files to the new external hard drive all afternoon.  Says he finished a few hours ago, but the new hard drive was still hooked up the computer. 

Then he got the Blue Screen of Death.  So far as I know, he rebooted and things were working fine.

Then later I come downstairs, and he's very unhappy.   I ask what's wrong, and he says "Go start up my computer and see."  What happens is that the computer goes to the start-up menu, but it's all fragmented-- the words are chopped in half and repeated all over the screen.  If you tell the computer to go through its normal start-up process, what you see is the start-up loading screen splattered all over the place. 

I unplug the external hard drive from the computer, make sure nothing else is attached to it except the mouse and power cord, and restart it.  Same thing happens.  No "safe mode" is offered.  No error messages are given.  The end of my very limited trouble-shooting ability has been reached.

Any ideas? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on May 10, 2009, 12:31:35 AM
The only time I've had messed up graphics like that was on a PC with a dying video card. Hopefully it's something simple like that rather than more corrupt data, etc.

I'm still doing the data recovery thing myself.. bleh.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 10, 2009, 12:35:26 AM
The only time I've had messed up graphics like that was on a PC with a dying video card. Hopefully it's something simple like that rather than more corrupt data, etc.

I'm still doing the data recovery thing myself.. bleh.

If it's the video card that would still be pretty screwy since it's a laptop, and one that is less than two years old.  Still, I guess it could be worse.

Edit: Plus, that still wouldn't explain why it went into the set-up menu on start-up. 

I hope the data recovery project is going okay for you. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 10, 2009, 01:07:45 AM
Boyfriend's computer is fucked up.....

First, his external hard drive took a dump last week.  Took it to the local data recovery place; they agreed to recover the data and transfer it to a new external hard drive which he supplied for them.

He's been transferring files to the new external hard drive all afternoon.  Says he finished a few hours ago, but the new hard drive was still hooked up the computer. 

Then he got the Blue Screen of Death.  So far as I know, he rebooted and things were working fine.

Then later I come downstairs, and he's very unhappy.   I ask what's wrong, and he says "Go start up my computer and see."  What happens is that the computer goes to the start-up menu, but it's all fragmented-- the words are chopped in half and repeated all over the screen.  If you tell the computer to go through its normal start-up process, what you see is the start-up loading screen splattered all over the place. 

I unplug the external hard drive from the computer, make sure nothing else is attached to it except the mouse and power cord, and restart it.  Same thing happens.  No "safe mode" is offered.  No error messages are given.  The end of my very limited trouble-shooting ability has been reached.

Any ideas? 

rabidfurby

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on May 10, 2009, 03:31:47 AM
Bad RAM.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on May 10, 2009, 08:18:47 AM
Boyfriend's computer is fucked up.....

First, his external hard drive took a dump last week.  Took it to the local data recovery place; they agreed to recover the data and transfer it to a new external hard drive which he supplied for them.

He's been transferring files to the new external hard drive all afternoon.  Says he finished a few hours ago, but the new hard drive was still hooked up the computer. 

Then he got the Blue Screen of Death.  So far as I know, he rebooted and things were working fine.

Then later I come downstairs, and he's very unhappy.   I ask what's wrong, and he says "Go start up my computer and see."  What happens is that the computer goes to the start-up menu, but it's all fragmented-- the words are chopped in half and repeated all over the screen.  If you tell the computer to go through its normal start-up process, what you see is the start-up loading screen splattered all over the place. 

I unplug the external hard drive from the computer, make sure nothing else is attached to it except the mouse and power cord, and restart it.  Same thing happens.  No "safe mode" is offered.  No error messages are given.  The end of my very limited trouble-shooting ability has been reached.

Any ideas? 

rabidfurby

I deny all responsibility for fucking up Rillion's boyfriend's computer.  :D

BJ's probably right, bad RAM would do that. You can download Memtest86 (http://www.memtest.org/), burn it to a CD or thumbdrive, then boot his computer from it and it should fail pretty quickly if the RAM is that fucked up.

Since it's a laptop, it's also possible that the cable connecting the screen to the guts is fucked up. If the display is fucked up even in the BIOS menu right when you start the machine, that's more likely the problem.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 10, 2009, 08:59:31 AM
I'm thinking either the RAM or video card is bad.  It may be the video card, especially if it's an nVidia.  nVidia built millions of bad video chipsets for a few years until recently, some of which have been quietly recalled.  The problem is more likely to occur in laptops and usually takes a year or two to happen (at least).  The chips basically destroy themselves with time.

One fairly easy way to test the RAM is Memtest86+, as rabidfurby mentioned.  There are also a bunch of testing tools on the Ultimate Boot CD (http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/).
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on May 10, 2009, 09:58:55 AM
I would check the manufactures support website to see if there are any customer advisories for that make/model of laptop.

If you want to try to force safe mode, tap the F8 key during windows startup.

Lots of times you can also do a memory test in BIOS. Most of the time you can get into BIOS by pressing one of the F keys during POST, but what F key it is depends on the specific computer.

What was he doing before the issue started happening?

Is it just the boot screen that is messed up?

I have seen similar issues when there is a resolution miss match, and the monitor can't handle what the OS resolution is set to.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: mikehz on May 10, 2009, 10:39:51 AM
If I were to get a phone with a data plan, I'd go for the iPhone. It's like having a computer in your pocket.

As it is, I don't need/want a $30 data plan, since I never send text messages. Instead, I have an iPod Touch, which works great. The cell phone, which I carry everywhere but seldom use, is a VX 8300.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Equilibrio on May 10, 2009, 07:25:43 PM
Do blind people listen to pornography?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on May 10, 2009, 10:54:04 PM
I hope the data recovery project is going okay for you. 

Thank you.. good news to report actually. I found the missing backup that holds 90% of all my family pics and vids! So while I haven't yet recovered my work and artwork, at least I have almost all the good stuff.

Any progress on your end?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 11, 2009, 12:31:33 AM
I hope the data recovery project is going okay for you. 

Thank you.. good news to report actually. I found the missing backup that holds 90% of all my family pics and vids! So while I haven't yet recovered my work and artwork, at least I have almost all the good stuff.

Any progress on your end?

Well, we went with the "bad video card driver" theory and tried downloading a new driver, which seemed to work just fine upon restarting....until he tried to play WoW again.  Then the same thing happened-- the screen froze, then went to black, then the startup screen was all wonky.  That happened a couple of times, and then he left it alone for about an hour-- off, not on.  Then he started it up again, and then cautiously started WoW again, and....it seems okay.  He played for a couple of hours or so without incident.  So we're cautiously optimistic, without really understanding what happened.  Meanwhile, I'm going to investigate whether his Nvidia card was actually recalled, and if anything can be done about that. 

I'm very glad you found most of your family pictures....be sure to back that up on an external drive now, or possibly two.  In fact, especially when you (hopefully) get the rest recovered as well, invest in a good and roomy external hard drive and back up the entire system.  I spent this afternoon doing that on a 160 gig drive, and feel so much safer. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on May 11, 2009, 02:09:17 AM
Well, we went with the "bad video card driver" theory and tried downloading a new driver, which seemed to work just fine upon restarting....until he tried to play WoW again.  Then the same thing happened-- the screen froze, then went to black, then the startup screen was all wonky.  That happened a couple of times, and then he left it alone for about an hour-- off, not on.  Then he started it up again, and then cautiously started WoW again, and....it seems okay.  He played for a couple of hours or so without incident.  So we're cautiously optimistic, without really understanding what happened.  Meanwhile, I'm going to investigate whether his Nvidia card was actually recalled, and if anything can be done about that. 

Yeah, this sounds like the video card. Starting up WoW would easily overheat one of the defective chips. You should be able to call Dell and have them repair it, even if it's out of warranty - Nvidia shipped a shitpile of defective laptop chipsets that were prone to overheating.

You can probably make it work a little better by buying a can of compressed air and spraying the dust out of all the fans, but that won't be a permanent fix, and it'll may still crash if he tries to fire up WoW.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 11, 2009, 09:03:57 AM
Yeah...definitely sounds like one of the nVideo chips that was bad.  The Inquirer has the best coverage of the issue IMO: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1004378/why-nvidia-chips-defective
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 11, 2009, 10:26:51 AM
Cool, thank you.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 11, 2009, 11:57:38 AM
Do blind people listen to pornography?

You mean pornographic movies?  I don't know.  I bet they call phone sex lines, though.  For the right amount of money, you could probably get someone to give play-by-play on the porn movie you're listening to.  "Now she's lying down on the pool table, and he's hiked up her skirt.  He's pinching her nipple...now he's licking it....."
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 11, 2009, 07:52:09 PM
Do blind people listen to pornography?

You mean pornographic movies?  I don't know.  I bet they call phone sex lines, though.  For the right amount of money, you could probably get someone to give play-by-play on the porn movie you're listening to.  "Now she's lying down on the pool table, and he's hiked up her skirt.  He's pinching her nipple...now he's licking it....."

obaby..
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on May 11, 2009, 08:16:02 PM
Do blind people listen to pornography?

You mean pornographic movies?  I don't know.  I bet they call phone sex lines, though.  For the right amount of money, you could probably get someone to give play-by-play on the porn movie you're listening to.  "Now she's lying down on the pool table, and he's hiked up her skirt.  He's pinching her nipple...now he's licking it....."

Can you do an audiobook of this instead of that boring Mary Ruwart shit?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 11, 2009, 08:40:42 PM
Do blind people listen to pornography?

You mean pornographic movies?  I don't know.  I bet they call phone sex lines, though.  For the right amount of money, you could probably get someone to give play-by-play on the porn movie you're listening to.  "Now she's lying down on the pool table, and he's hiked up her skirt.  He's pinching her nipple...now he's licking it....."

Can you do an audiobook of this instead of that boring Mary Ruwart shit?

Depends on how much you want to pay for it.  ;-)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 11, 2009, 09:44:31 PM
He's been on the phone with various persons from Dell for more than two hours.  Here's what the issue turned out to be: http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2008/09/12/nvidia-gpu-update-limited-warranty-enhancement-details.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage (http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2008/09/12/nvidia-gpu-update-limited-warranty-enhancement-details.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage)

If you have bought, or know someone who has bought a Dell within the past couple of years, check that link to see if it is one of the models whose warranty is being extended (very, very reluctantly apparently) to allow for the replacement of the faulty video card and motherboard. 

Boyfriend's comments are as follows:

Quote
Well, I'm working on hour 2* of my quest to get this problem handled.  At the moment I am on hold with a rep named Henry who has assured me that Dell will take care of the problem, at their cost, and that I'll get a box I can use to return the laptop (Vostro 1400) to them.  He has said that it should take 2-3 days for the box to arrive.

When I first started this process I followed the directions laid out in this post.  That first led me to the extended warranty site, then I was transferred to hardware troubleshooting, then customer care (disconnected).  After that, I called customer care again where they assured me that the warranty was expired so they transferred me back to warranty sales.  Warranty sales quoted me a price of roughly $250 to purchase the extended warranty.  At that point, I said thank you to the woman I was speaking with and told her that I would have to call back once I had my emotions under control.

After having a smoke and a drink and after thinking about taking the little Vostro out back for a serious encounter with some buckshot I calmed down enough to call tech support again.  That's where I'm currently at in my saga.  Please hold for 5-8 minutes until Henry comes back on the line.

<silence on line>

Henry came back on the line, apologized profusely and assured me that my return shipping box would arrive in 2-3 days.  He said it would be 5-8 days after that before I got the computer back (note:  I was also instructed to remove the hard drive and the battery and to send the AC adapter back with the machine).

I'm assuming Henry has been honest with me although I reserve total judgement until 1.) the box arrives and 2.) the machine is returned in working order.  As it stands right now, Henry has restored my faith in humanity and also preserved my opinion of Dell.  If any Dell manager needs Henry's rep id, please contact me and I will provide it.  Assuming everything goes as promised, Henry's outstanding service will lead to more orders from me in the future.  Give him a raise because his help, understanding and knowledge did more for Dell's reputation than any commercial on TV.

*This does not count the 4-6 hours I spent yesterday attempting to get anything but a black screen when I booted my system (boot disk, after updating the nVidia drivers and the BIOS).
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 11, 2009, 10:17:22 PM
Boyfriend seems like a decent chap.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on May 13, 2009, 11:18:45 AM
Is platinum blonde hair attractive...on young women?  :?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 13, 2009, 11:49:02 AM
Is platinum blonde hair attractive...on young women?  :?

Yes:
(http://www.style-hair-magazine.com/image-files/largeblondehaircolor1.jpg)

...and No:
(http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2009/2/89%20Platinum%20Blonde%20Babe.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rookie on May 13, 2009, 12:00:40 PM
I'm confused, rillion.

is the difference you're alluding to in the way the hair is styled?


one looks simple and chic.  the other just looks like its been preened, krimped, pulled and teased a tad too much.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 13, 2009, 12:11:09 PM
I'm confused, rillion.

is the difference you're alluding to in the way the hair is styled?

one looks simple and chic.  the other just looks like its been preened, krimped, pulled and teased a tad too much.

Yep.  Plus length, complexion, and makeup.  The second girl looks like a wannabe porn star, and not just because she's in her underwear. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on May 13, 2009, 12:12:54 PM
I'm going Platinum this weekend, and some people have been saying I'm going to look weird because my skin is really pale.

This is what it looks like now:

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/SNV35150-1.jpg)

It still has a yellow-y tinge. I want it to be all white (on top) I’m keeping the bottom brown.

This is what I want it to look like:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/3108042961_569150f948_m.jpg)

There are many ways to fuck it up and make it look really over processed and fake.  :?

I like the cut on that first pic…maybe I will cut my hair too?? hmmm??
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 13, 2009, 04:26:45 PM
Boyfriend seems like a decent chap.

He is.  Eminently.

Although today he received in the mail a copy of a book called "Getting the Love You Want."  I gave him an incredulous look, until he explained that while drunk one night he had bitched in an email to a friend that I don't wash dishes enough.  This friend, a native Californian, then sent him this book in the mail.  Boyfriend says he will never, ever read it, and feels kind of bad that his friend spent the money on it.  Apparently the friend is in therapy with his girlfriend of a year and a half-- no kids-- and thinks everybody else needs therapy too. 

My response: "I bet the only valuable advice in that book amounts to saying what you want."  I'm sure not going to read the thing to find out, though. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 13, 2009, 04:31:09 PM
I'm going Platinum this weekend, and some people have been saying I'm going to look weird because my skin is really pale.

This is what it looks like now:

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/SNV35150-1.jpg)

It still has a yellow-y tinge. I want it to be all white (on top) I’m keeping the bottom brown.

I say go for it, except that I understand all that bleach can be hard on your hair over time.  Pale skin doesn't seem to be a problem at all!   A chin-length cut might be, though...I've been told all of my life that you're not supposed to go chin-length unless you're about 90 pounds, because it tends to broaden the face. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 13, 2009, 07:31:38 PM
Boyfriend seems like a decent chap.

He is.  Eminently.

Although today he received in the mail a copy of a book called "Getting the Love You Want."  I gave him an incredulous look, until he explained that while drunk one night he had bitched in an email to a friend that I don't wash dishes enough.  This friend, a native Californian, then sent him this book in the mail.  Boyfriend says he will never, ever read it, and feels kind of bad that his friend spent the money on it.  Apparently the friend is in therapy with his girlfriend of a year and a half-- no kids-- and thinks everybody else needs therapy too. 

My response: "I bet the only valuable advice in that book amounts to saying what you want."  I'm sure not going to read the thing to find out, though. 

I agree, communication is the key.  

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on May 13, 2009, 07:46:10 PM

This is what it looks like now:

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/SNV35150-1.jpg)



whoa....hold the phone...
is there some lesbo stuph goin on w/ the exotic-lookin chixa??!!
inquiring minds want to know...
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 13, 2009, 08:04:22 PM
Is platinum blonde hair attractive...on young women?  :?

Yes:
(http://www.style-hair-magazine.com/image-files/largeblondehaircolor1.jpg)

...and No:
(http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2009/2/89%20Platinum%20Blonde%20Babe.jpg)

I dig the bob.  Also, I agree with the yes and no.  It really depends.  The Daphne character on Heroes was pretty good looking all around, but her hair was particularly good, IMO:

(http://www.heroesfanatic.com/images/gallery/daphne-photo.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on May 13, 2009, 09:17:19 PM
Boyfriend seems like a decent chap.

He is.  Eminently.

Although today he received in the mail a copy of a book called "Getting the Love You Want."  I gave him an incredulous look, until he explained that while drunk one night he had bitched in an email to a friend that I don't wash dishes enough.  This friend, a native Californian, then sent him this book in the mail.  Boyfriend says he will never, ever read it, and feels kind of bad that his friend spent the money on it.  Apparently the friend is in therapy with his girlfriend of a year and a half-- no kids-- and thinks everybody else needs therapy too. 

My response: "I bet the only valuable advice in that book amounts to saying what you want."  I'm sure not going to read the thing to find out, though. 

My wife and I read that book together about a year ago. It is actually really good...

No one thinks they need thearpy until shit hits the fan, and by that time it is usually more difficult to fix than if you do some preventative maintenance.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 13, 2009, 09:23:33 PM

Some relationships aren't meant to be fixed. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on May 13, 2009, 09:24:39 PM

Some relationships aren't meant to be fixed. 

This is true.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on May 13, 2009, 09:42:07 PM
Although today he received in the mail a copy of a book called "Getting the Love You Want." 

Great book. My girlfriends and I read it together regularly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 13, 2009, 10:08:59 PM

You have to be dumber than your therapist for therapy to work. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on May 13, 2009, 10:18:06 PM
There may or may not be lesbian stuph happening between her and I. She is my drinking buddy...we were pretty wasted when this was taken. So use your imagianation...yah Rill i think i will avoid the bob my face is too round. I am gonna bleach it ...i made up my mind.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 16, 2009, 04:45:12 PM
I haven't done this, but I can imagine that sometime it might happen so I'm asking:

Let's say you live on a narrow street.  People routinely park on both sides of the street, meaning that if someone in one of those cars should someday open their car door suddenly, you could easily hit it.  If that happens, who is at fault?

Yes, in driver's ed I was taught that if you see parked cars you should always look to see if there's a person in them, and not drive too close to them in case of just such an event.  But driving down these streets regularly, that's just not realistic.  When I get out of my  car, I always check to make sure there's no one coming.  But if in the future somebody should forget to do the same and I hit their car door, is it my fault? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 16, 2009, 06:25:52 PM
Moving vehicle has the right of way in a thoroughfare. 

Pedestrians and operators of non-moving vehicles are required to yield to oncoming traffic. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 16, 2009, 08:27:55 PM
When opening your car door, you should always check your side-view mirror.  It's the fault of whoever opened the door, within reason.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on May 19, 2009, 12:26:41 AM
Should I shave my head?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 19, 2009, 12:10:11 PM
Should I shave my head?

Depends on what your head looks like.  If it's bumpy, pointy, or has a skin disease, don't. 

Also, I would recommend going fuzzy instead of shiny bald unless you have the muscles to pull off the Mr. Clean look. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on May 19, 2009, 03:26:04 PM
Should I shave my head?

Depends on what your head looks like.  If it's bumpy, pointy, or has a skin disease, don't. 

Also, I would recommend going fuzzy instead of shiny bald unless you have the muscles to pull off the Mr. Clean look. 

Agreed.

It's a good summer look.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on May 19, 2009, 03:31:28 PM
Oh...and my hair is platinum. Fuck the naysayers....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/09e67c9d.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/31013944.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v92/kgeymont/ce8289a3.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 19, 2009, 05:55:21 PM

If you shave your head, people might think you're an asshole dickface scum-sucking douchebag off-duty cop. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 19, 2009, 09:03:12 PM

If you shave your head, people might think you're an asshole dickface scum-sucking douchebag off-duty cop. 

Boyfriend's head is shaved (fuzzy, not shiny) and I don't think people assume that about him.  Of course, that might have something to do with the t-shirts that say things like "Modern Drunkard Magazine," and "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws-- Tacitus."   

Oh...and my hair is platinum. Fuck the naysayers....

Dig it. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 19, 2009, 09:07:31 PM
(fuzzy, not shiny)

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 19, 2009, 10:35:22 PM
Do highlights (of any kind) in guy's hair make you assume he is gay?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on May 20, 2009, 02:38:39 AM
Yyyyyyep.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 20, 2009, 12:49:55 PM
Do highlights (of any kind) in guy's hair make you assume he is gay?

No.  Of course, I won't necessarily notice them in the first place. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on May 20, 2009, 04:53:06 PM
Do highlights (of any kind) in guy's hair make you assume he is gay?


c'mon agent...you really had to ask?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on May 20, 2009, 04:53:43 PM

If you shave your head, people might think you're an asshole dickface scum-sucking douchebag off-duty cop. 


UNLESS, you are the Humungus


(not so much a shaving of the head, but the result of post-apocalyptic nuclear fallout..)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on May 20, 2009, 08:03:20 PM
Do highlights (of any kind) in guy's hair make you assume he is gay?


c'mon agent...you really had to ask?

Well, there are certain highlights which are like an "I'm gay" billboard to me.  I was just curious given the other hair discussion going on.  I have natural-looking highlights and I get hit on at an acceptable rate, so I'm not too concerned.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on May 21, 2009, 01:20:17 AM
     I know redistribution of wealth is frowned on by a Libertarian.  I heard Ian say FSP had 655 members, so it may be awhile til New Hampshire is set free.  Meanwhile in the U.S.A. Bruce Williams overnight suggested any stimulus payments to the American people should be made in the form of a prepaid debit card w/ 6-mo. expiration.  He believes this would be the fastest way to get commerce moving.  Done in this way people could not save the cash or pay down existing debt.  thoughts?

Thats not really a question but I say that "any stimulus payments" are a bad idea. Where does the government get this money? Through printing out more or raising taxes. Thus people who are earning money get that much poorer due to the loss in value of the dollar, and those who are taxed lose out too. And not saving money/using it responsibly is partially the problem with people in the U.S.  We just havent learned our lesson yet that we dont need to be constantly in debt and having way too many credit cards.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 21, 2009, 12:24:29 PM
Last night I had a very bad dream.....so bad I woke up crying.  It was worse than any horror movie I've ever seen. 

Is there really any connection between what you eat/drink during the day and the dreams you'll have that night, or is that just an old wife's tale?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on May 21, 2009, 03:37:05 PM
Last night I had a very bad dream.....so bad I woke up crying.  It was worse than any horror movie I've ever seen. 

Is there really any connection between what you eat/drink during the day and the dreams you'll have that night, or is that just an old wife's tale?

Combo. I think the food you ate may cause a change in sleep patterns, adding to the cocktail of "stuff" your brain blends together for your dreams. That the food by itself caused the dreams, not so much. You may have had the dream anyway, but being more restless caused you to wake up more easily, making the dream images stick with you.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 23, 2009, 09:29:49 PM
Ever been so angry that you just don't know what to do with yourself?  What do you do then?

(No, it's not Boyfriend....)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on May 23, 2009, 10:10:00 PM
Ever been so angry that you just don't know what to do with yourself?  What do you do then?

Go out to a shooting range, or find a completely deserted road and drive down it at 110mph while listening to speed metal.

Edit: also, fire. Fire and explosions.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on May 25, 2009, 01:24:50 PM
Ever been so angry that you just don't know what to do with yourself?  What do you do then?

(No, it's not Boyfriend....)

kill a small animal....
(torture it 1st)
that seems to help.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on June 03, 2009, 05:06:40 PM
What the fuck are those stretchy ropes with the hooks on either end called?  The ones you use if you have something in the trunk of your car that doesn't quite fit, and you want to keep it in place and hold the trunk door down?

I think I'm becoming senile. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on June 03, 2009, 05:32:08 PM
What the fuck are those stretchy ropes with the hooks on either end called?  The ones you use if you have something in the trunk of your car that doesn't quite fit, and you want to keep it in place and hold the trunk door down?

I think I'm becoming senile. 

bungee cords / tie-downs?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on June 03, 2009, 05:41:32 PM
What the fuck are those stretchy ropes with the hooks on either end called?  The ones you use if you have something in the trunk of your car that doesn't quite fit, and you want to keep it in place and hold the trunk door down?

I think I'm becoming senile. 

bungee cords / tie-downs?

Bungee cords!  Yes!  Thank you thank you thank you. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on June 03, 2009, 06:00:40 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on June 04, 2009, 01:54:43 AM
Why is it that many women who attend festivals for women are the more masculine type of gal?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on June 04, 2009, 01:57:16 PM
Why is it that many women who attend festivals for women are the more masculine type of gal?

Probably because they are looking for women to...ya know...hump.

The same reason I go to "insert sports team here" games. I like the kind of dudes that attend sporting events, not the douchey type with the popped polo's that spill their $8 coors lights down my top while wearing their hats sideways. The regular dude in khaki’s and a T-shirt.

It's like you know what you’re going to find if you go to a certain place, so you go there looking for it.

Now, I have a question that's OT.

Does anyone know where I can buy a cheap airbrush machine? Like for cosmetic use? The usual places are turning up nada. I'm only willing to spend about $150.00…
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on June 04, 2009, 04:52:32 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy a cheap airbrush machine? Like for cosmetic use? The usual places are turning up nada. I'm only willing to spend about $150.00…


Hobby store.  Or even Kmart.  People use 'em for building model cars.  Testers brand enamel paints, probly get a decent little kit for fifty bucks. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on June 04, 2009, 05:54:20 PM
A search for "air brush kit" on eBay turned up a bunch of them currently priced at under $50. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on June 04, 2009, 06:41:25 PM
A search for "air brush kit" on eBay turned up a bunch of them currently priced at under $50. 

Ahh, the magic of knowing how to use the internet.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on June 04, 2009, 07:04:14 PM
Was it that easy? I tried that and the kinds im looking for are all over 250... Am i that much of an rtard???
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on June 10, 2009, 02:12:42 PM
I just upped the bandwidth for video conferencing over IP but cannot find anyone to connect to live with a speed over 512kbps. Does anyone here have IP video conferencing that can connect with me at a speed of over 512kbps? Preferably over 1mbps.

I want to see what kind of quality I get at these speeds. The bonus is that you get to see an authentic SoCal IT nerd at work.  :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on June 10, 2009, 02:57:36 PM
I just upped the bandwidth for video conferencing over IP but cannot find anyone to connect to live with a speed over 512kbps. Does anyone here have IP video conferencing that can connect with me at a speed of over 512kbps? Preferably over 1mbps.

I want to see what kind of quality I get at these speeds. The bonus is that you get to see an authentic SoCal IT nerd at work.  :P

I have a fat pipe.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on June 10, 2009, 03:28:19 PM
I have a fat pipe.

This refers to:

A) Your internet tubes
B) Your anatomical features
C) Your pharmaceutical paraphenalia
D) All of the above
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on June 10, 2009, 03:31:02 PM
I have a fat pipe.

This refers to:

A) Your internet tubes
B) Your anatomical features
C) Your pharmaceutical paraphenalia
D) All of the above

E) Your plumbing? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on June 10, 2009, 04:20:56 PM
That sounds bad....no matter what you are talking about.

and question:

Anyone wanna be friends with me on Flickr? I could use the feedback...

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on June 10, 2009, 04:30:03 PM
I have a fat pipe.

This refers to:

A) Your internet tubes
B) Your anatomical features
C) Your pharmaceutical paraphenalia
D) All of the above

Well, my dick is small and I don't own a bong, so obviously A.

I have a 20/5 megabit connection.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on June 10, 2009, 04:33:10 PM
I have a fat pipe.

This refers to:

A) Your internet tubes
B) Your anatomical features
C) Your pharmaceutical paraphenalia
D) All of the above

Well, my dick is small and I don't own a bong, so obviously A.

I have a 20/5 megabit connection.

Do you have IP video conference on that pipe? If so, send me a PM and we can connect.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on June 10, 2009, 04:46:06 PM
YOURE MAKING THIS TOO HARD
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on June 10, 2009, 05:22:38 PM
YOURE MAKING THIS TOO HARD

The pipe?!?!?! Dude, you take this internet thing too seriously.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on June 11, 2009, 03:26:50 PM
Will someone PLEASE tell me how this can even compute in someone’s head rationally?

"Every day that we don't act, 3,500 American kids — children — will light up for the first time. That is enough to fill 70 school buses." - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill

WTF GOVT???

My head is going to explode up!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on June 11, 2009, 03:40:17 PM
Will someone PLEASE tell me how this can even compute in someone’s head rationally?

"Every day that we don't act, 3,500 American kids — children — will light up for the first time. That is enough to fill 70 school buses." - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill

WTF GOVT???

My head is going to explode up!


Wait a minute, am I missing something?  Can a school bus hold 50 kids? 

(It took me a couple of readings to understand what "child lighting up for the first time" meant.  I was imaging kids with glowing heads)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on June 11, 2009, 03:55:15 PM
Will someone PLEASE tell me how this can even compute in someone’s head rationally?

"Every day that we don't act, 3,500 American kids — children — will light up for the first time. That is enough to fill 70 school buses." - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill

WTF GOVT???

My head is going to explode up!


Wait a minute, am I missing something?  Can a school bus hold 50 kids? 

(It took me a couple of readings to understand what "child lighting up for the first time" meant.  I was imaging kids with glowing heads)

HAHA…sorry Rill, it was an article I was reading on yahoo news about the new fed regs passed today to restrict smoker’s/seller’s rights.

They are all happy about it and making sure that everyone knows…IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN.

Quote

Wait a minute, am I missing something?  Can a school bus hold 50 kids? 

 

That’s what I was thinking about as well, among other things like if a kid – child – lights up for the first time, does that automatically make him a chain smoker who will be an addict for life? When I was a kid I smoked one or two and I was done with it. I didn’t like them… and I still don’t. It’s so absurd, they just say things that sound dramatic to get a reaction even if they are total non-sense.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on June 11, 2009, 09:53:03 PM
They have a thing called Blu, its an e-cigarette.  Its a cartridge that has nicotine suspended in flavored water, and a vaporizer in the stick of the cigarette.  No tar, you only inhale nicotine and water vapor. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jetfire on June 11, 2009, 10:43:44 PM
anyone ever have a wet dream? it's been like 7 years but I've never had one... I've come close but I wake up just before climax and pissed off haha
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Zat on June 11, 2009, 10:49:25 PM
anyone ever have a wet dream? it's been like 7 years but I've never had one... I've come close but I wake up just before climax and pissed off haha

Been 7 years since what?  Since you've gotten laid or since the first time you've ejaculated?

Also, if you wank enough, you probably won't have one either.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jetfire on June 11, 2009, 10:55:17 PM
No 7 years since i've come close to having a wet dream. It was just random curiousity.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Zat on June 11, 2009, 10:58:07 PM
No 7 years since i've come close to having a wet dream. It was just random curiousity.

Don't think they are common w/ adults.

Yet one more thing to suck about getting older.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jetfire on June 11, 2009, 11:03:21 PM
Too bad some of the most amazing dreams I had but could never finish completely. The most torturous fantasies I had going through puberty.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on June 12, 2009, 02:40:18 PM
I should have posted this question here:

Anyone know if they still have a Donkey Kong machine at the Luxor hotel arcade in Las Vegas? They had one two years ago.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on June 13, 2009, 12:46:19 PM
I should have posted this question here:

Anyone know if they still have a Donkey Kong machine at the Luxor hotel arcade in Las Vegas? They had one two years ago.

Luxor totally redid the arcade/non-gambling section.  I think it was to fit that whole Titanic exhibit in there.  When I walked by the arcade it looked like all new machines, but I'm heading back in December so I'll look for it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on June 14, 2009, 08:38:26 PM
I should have posted this question here:

Anyone know if they still have a Donkey Kong machine at the Luxor hotel arcade in Las Vegas? They had one two years ago.

Luxor totally redid the arcade/non-gambling section.  I think it was to fit that whole Titanic exhibit in there.  When I walked by the arcade it looked like all new machines, but I'm heading back in December so I'll look for it.
Those fags. I think the arcade is gone. I didn't see it. Fuckers.

There is a Donkey Kong at the pinball museum. I may have to go there.

http://www.pinballmuseum.org/games.php
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on June 14, 2009, 08:59:42 PM
the question:
why are there SO MANY JEWS in this forum?
inquiring minds want to know.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on June 14, 2009, 10:01:31 PM
the question:
why are there SO MANY JEWS in this forum?
inquiring minds want to know.

Three is many?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on June 14, 2009, 10:20:29 PM
Anyone know where I can buy thermonuclear weapons on credit?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on June 14, 2009, 11:43:20 PM
Anyone know where I can buy thermonuclear weapons on credit?

Cash, Grass, or Ass
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on June 15, 2009, 01:15:19 AM
Anyone know where I can buy thermonuclear weapons on credit?

Cash, Grass, or Ass

(http://image24.webshots.com/25/2/17/86/132521786ZQonFw_fs.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jetfire on June 15, 2009, 03:23:19 AM
so what jew bag you wanna fuck with me jus cuz i jewish?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on June 15, 2009, 12:43:51 PM
so what jew bag you wanna fuck with me jus cuz i jewish?


i thought you were a jap
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on June 15, 2009, 12:44:28 PM
the question:
why are there SO MANY JEWS in this forum?
inquiring minds want to know.

Three is many?

they'll be coming out of the woodwork, fore you know it......
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jetfire on June 15, 2009, 12:45:14 PM
so what jew bag you wanna fuck with me jus cuz i jewish?


i thought you were a jap

does my avatar look jap to you punk? bow down to ur messiah!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on June 15, 2009, 11:11:27 PM
so what jew bag you wanna fuck with me jus cuz i jewish?


i thought you were a jap

Jap, or JAP?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on June 16, 2009, 09:26:19 AM


Jap, or JAP?



he said he wuz japaneee
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Jetfire on June 16, 2009, 11:05:04 AM
I never said that. I have spoken in japaneeee before as you put it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Keels on June 18, 2009, 11:45:55 AM
I'm learning Danish, and I was wondering if anyone here speaks it and would like to help me? I would like to know some slang words or conversational phrases. I have only been studying for 2 weeks, so I will need a lot of help.

Tak for det.  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on June 18, 2009, 11:48:58 AM
I'm learning Danish, and I was wondering if anyone here speaks it and would like to help me? I would like to know some slang words or conversational phrases. I have only been studying for 2 weeks, so I will need a lot of help.

Tak for det.  :)


I think Rillion probably speaks some, if not fluently.  She lived in Denmark for a few years. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on June 26, 2009, 02:45:08 PM
Question: My new business is nearly complete.                Should I reveal the name of the business/its web site to ya'all?
Benefit: Receiving constructive criticism, support, marketing, sales.
Cons:    My online username (anarchir) and all it is connected to will get attached to my business and thus my RL full actual name and information.

If I were answering this question towards someone else I would say "yes." I think that's due to my own curiosity though.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on June 26, 2009, 03:17:16 PM
Question: My new business is nearly complete.                Should I reveal the name of the business/its web site to ya'all?
Benefit: Receiving constructive criticism, support, marketing, sales.
Cons:    My online username (anarchir) and all it is connected to will get attached to my business and thus my RL full actual name and information.

If I were answering this question towards someone else I would say "yes." I think that's due to my own curiosity though.

Maybe you could ask that anyone interested let you know, then you can PM it to them?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on June 26, 2009, 08:40:45 PM
Question: My new business is nearly complete.                Should I reveal the name of the business/its web site to ya'all?
Benefit: Receiving constructive criticism, support, marketing, sales.
Cons:    My online username (anarchir) and all it is connected to will get attached to my business and thus my RL full actual name and information.

If I were answering this question towards someone else I would say "yes." I think that's due to my own curiosity though.

Maybe you could ask that anyone interested let you know, then you can PM it to them?

I'd go with this approach.  I definitely wouldn't want to put out my employer's name on public sections of this BBS.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on June 26, 2009, 11:19:45 PM
Question: My new business is nearly complete.                Should I reveal the name of the business/its web site to ya'all?
Benefit: Receiving constructive criticism, support, marketing, sales.
Cons:    My online username (anarchir) and all it is connected to will get attached to my business and thus my RL full actual name and information.

If I were answering this question towards someone else I would say "yes." I think that's due to my own curiosity though.

Maybe you could ask that anyone interested let you know, then you can PM it to them?

I'd go with this approach.  I definitely wouldn't want to put out my employer's name on public sections of this BBS.

Also, I am sole the proprietor, the only employee.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on June 27, 2009, 09:03:23 AM
Question: My new business is nearly complete.                Should I reveal the name of the business/its web site to ya'all?
Benefit: Receiving constructive criticism, support, marketing, sales.
Cons:    My online username (anarchir) and all it is connected to will get attached to my business and thus my RL full actual name and information.

If I were answering this question towards someone else I would say "yes." I think that's due to my own curiosity though.

Maybe you could ask that anyone interested let you know, then you can PM it to them?

I'd go with this approach.  I definitely wouldn't want to put out my employer's name on public sections of this BBS.

Also, I am sole the proprietor, the only employee.

Yeah, if you're comfortable with the sort of attention that having your business show up on this website might bring, then go ahead.  Given the nature of this forum, I wouldn't want random people associating my business with it--especially without a lot more context than a Google search.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on June 28, 2009, 10:21:10 AM
            Should I reveal the name of the business/its web site to ya'all?

Cons:    You'll have asshats like the gay wrassler, dick 3, libman, & other such cunts attached to you.


Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on June 28, 2009, 12:35:02 PM
Ok, you've convinced me, I wont.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: digitalfour on June 28, 2009, 05:02:40 PM
What is the business about?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on June 29, 2009, 03:44:30 AM
Selling hidden cameras, surveillance systems, diversion safes, pepper spray, child protection gear, some small self-defense weapons, etc.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on July 07, 2009, 05:11:37 PM
My dog is mopey. Has been for last three weeks, since we got back from vacation, when he had two weeks staying with a friend & his two dogs. We're doing normal walks and playing in the yard, but I think he's missing doggie companionship. I know that getting a 10 yr old dog a younger companion can help keep him active an healthier for a longer life, plus gives me a running buddy when Petey's arthritis gets the better of him but...
Starting with a youngster is a big commitment for time and money.
Kids say they'll take care of and train, but we all know how that works.
I don't want a baby! 2 month old dogs are a ton of work, and you can't tell much about personality yet.

There's the info., now for the question:

Should we get a young, but not infant dog, like maybe the one in the photo below?
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_SaqwbscCzYU/SlO5plH6OVI/AAAAAAAABZQ/raoF1kKhrxg/s400/potential_moppet.jpg)
This is Annie, who is a 5-6 month old terrier mix. Her temperment is good. Playful, but not rough. Only barked once or twice during 15 minutes with kids, and that was while chasing up & down hall. She seems to get along well with Petey dog, and he was pretty good about having his ears tugged and leash wrestled. (Tail kept wagging and he didn't try to walk away from her like he does with itty bitty puppies.) She's spayed and microchipped already and up on shots, so just normal checkup would be required when we take Petey to the vet later this month.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on July 07, 2009, 05:31:38 PM
Dogs need friends too. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: JWI on July 07, 2009, 07:38:17 PM
My first dog was being mopey a couple years ago so I adopted a brother for him.  Now they're as happy as can be.  Dogs are pack animals so if most of the pack is gone all day (work, school, etc) I think they get bored.  Just having another dog around seems to perk them up.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on July 09, 2009, 03:58:06 PM
Dogs need friends too. 

My first dog was being mopey a couple years ago so I adopted a brother for him.  Now they're as happy as can be.  Dogs are pack animals so if most of the pack is gone all day (work, school, etc) I think they get bored.  Just having another dog around seems to perk them up.

Well, my dog has a dog of his own now. Not the dog we went in to adopt from the earlier photo. That small to medium female beagle/terrier mix, already six months old, with a semblance of bladder control. No... children (thanks to dad) and dog clicked with a lovely two month old who is already considerably larger than my choice of mutt. Meet Clifford:
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SaqwbscCzYU/SlZKK4j_jvI/AAAAAAAABak/HcBrdzdedHI/s320/clifford-n-pete.jpg)
Collie/Shepherd, sweet and fluffy. Don't let my grumble mislead you, I like him just fine. I'm just cranky from lack of sleep after a 12 midnight and 6:00 am walk. 'Sides, just like Petey, it appears he's picked me as his person.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on July 10, 2009, 08:46:07 PM


...it appears he's picked me as his person.

I don't blame him.


Good luck with him, even through the regretful moments when he chews the wires.  You did a good thing. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on August 02, 2009, 02:12:39 AM
Is molecular gastronomy bullshit?  Is it just cooking with a fancy name or fancier equipment?  Or is it something fundamentally different from cooking-- and if so, why?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: YixilTesiphon on August 02, 2009, 05:09:00 PM
I've got to say, it is really creepy knowing people from high school, etc. who are now having children.

Sister had a baby on Thursday.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rookie on August 02, 2009, 07:16:16 PM
if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it....can you still make furniture out of it?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on August 02, 2009, 08:07:11 PM
if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it....can you still make furniture out of it?

Some of the finest wood for making furniture is dredged from swamps, ancient logs of enormous size buried in the mud, and exhumed.  I guess they cure somehow in the muck.  Nobody was around to hear them fall thousands of years ago. 

If it was here in the States, they'd probably call a halt to it, examine the site for arrowheads and declare the wetlands off-limits to submerged log harvesting.  But its in South America, where they welcome large earth-moving machinery into the wilderness with unparalleled joy. 

So yes.  Absolutely.  And it is furniture of the highest order, fit for kings. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on August 02, 2009, 11:07:07 PM
This may seem out of place, but you just reminded me of it. I went to the Orange County Fair last week. It was kind of cool. We saw "Al's Brain" and enjoyed it, but one of the best displays was the woodworking area. First, I saw a bunch of well-made stuff that impressed the hell out of me. In a time of mass-produced plastic stuff it was really awesome to see hand-crafted work with careful detail. At the very end of the building there was a group of guys just carving ducks out of wood and spinning wooden bowls, or carving tops on a lathe. Cool stuff. It makes me wish I was better making stuff with my hands.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on August 03, 2009, 12:49:32 AM
This may seem out of place, but you just reminded me of it. I went to the Orange County Fair last week. It was kind of cool. We saw "Al's Brain" and enjoyed it, but one of the best displays was the woodworking area. First, I saw a bunch of well-made stuff that impressed the hell out of me. In a time of mass-produced plastic stuff it was really awesome to see hand-crafted work with careful detail. At the very end of the building there was a group of guys just carving ducks out of wood and spinning wooden bowls, or carving tops on a lathe. Cool stuff. It makes me wish I was better making stuff with my hands.

I have a small, old-time amusement park here.  Well, I don't have it, I just attend it once every ten years.  Its about a hundred years old.  Very cool stuff.  Its got an old Merry-Go-Round, with hand carved horses.  It probably one of the ten-best old-time permanent regional parks in the nation, as far as I'm concerned.  Its clean as a whistle, and its got a whole bunch of those idiotic baby rides for toddler kids, that go up and down on a hydraulic arm, like jeeps, Red Barron planes, and what-have-you. 

Way off in one corner, they have a village of craftsmanship that blows me away every time I see it.  They have a guy pounding horse shoes, a guy who runs a steam tractor (it has a boiler that works like an antique locomotive) and cuts lumber with it, various and sundry candies and goodies like popcorn cooked in a kettle with a wooden paddle.  Its a great place.  I had half a notion to document my last visit, but those sorta things are often trash-talked, so I don't often make the effort. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Riddler on August 03, 2009, 09:02:01 AM


If it was here in the States, they'd probably call a halt to it, . 



there was a documentary on discovery about an american co. that does this very thing.
back in the day, when they floated logs down rivers to the mill, there would always be a certain amount lost to sinkage.....
lack of oxygen preserves the wood, etc...
these guys harvest the sunken logs......150+ yr old wood...big money
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on August 03, 2009, 09:35:29 PM


If it was here in the States, they'd probably call a halt to it, . 



there was a documentary on discovery about an american co. that does this very thing.
back in the day, when they floated logs down rivers to the mill, there would always be a certain amount lost to sinkage.....
lack of oxygen preserves the wood, etc...
these guys harvest the sunken logs......150+ yr old wood...big money

I'll bet you PETA is all over that one, disturbing the bottom of riverbeds.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on August 04, 2009, 09:03:22 AM


If it was here in the States, they'd probably call a halt to it, . 



there was a documentary on discovery about an american co. that does this very thing.
back in the day, when they floated logs down rivers to the mill, there would always be a certain amount lost to sinkage.....
lack of oxygen preserves the wood, etc...
these guys harvest the sunken logs......150+ yr old wood...big money

Yeah, I saw that show.  It's pretty interesting.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: fatcat on August 05, 2009, 02:47:28 PM
Is molecular gastronomy bullshit?  Is it just cooking with a fancy name or fancier equipment?  Or is it something fundamentally different from cooking-- and if so, why?

Real gastronomy is utterly brilliant. Theres plenty of bullshit being passed off as gasto-food at the moment, but cut the wheat from the chaff and you can find some really amazing stuff going on.


Heston Blumenthal making 4 separate flavors in one drink

[youtube=425,350]3nyVrGFFkLY[/youtube]


Heston Blumenthal on Salt Myths
[youtube=425,350]nlFJVvqgY7k[/youtube]


Heston Blumenthal in search of perfection
[youtube=425,350]P-GJCAogmZk[/youtube]
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on August 05, 2009, 05:52:21 PM
Anyone know who are the investors of General Fusion?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on August 05, 2009, 06:15:18 PM
Anyone know who are the investors of General Fusion?

Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, a Vancouver-based venture capital firm, led a C$1.2 million seed round of financing for General Fusion in 2007.[2][4][5]

In 2009 a consortium led by General Fusion was awarded C$13.9 million by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to conduct a four-year research project on "Acoustically Driven Magnetized Target Fusion";[6] SDTC is a foundation established by the Canadian government. [7] The other members of the consortium are Los Alamos National Laboratory and Powertech Labs Inc.[6]


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Fusion
refs/links/sources at bottom of page




Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on August 05, 2009, 07:20:39 PM
Real gastronomy is utterly brilliant. Theres plenty of bullshit being passed off as gasto-food at the moment, but cut the wheat from the chaff and you can find some really amazing stuff going on.
(Heston Blumenthal clips)

Neat!  Thanks so much for the clips....I'm going to have to go on to see if he makes the perfect Baked Alaska. 

The reason I asked was that there was an episode of Top Chef Masters which featured Wylie Dufresne, who is apparently into molecular gastronomy, and all of the judges were making these comments about "scientific cooking" and how they distrusted it.  And I was thinking "Well, cooking is  science....it's manipulation of temperatures, physical pressures, and chemical contents to achieve a desired result."  It seems more like a difference of perspective to me than an actual difference of method. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 27, 2009, 06:15:40 PM
Need some new speakers for the laptop.  Prefer maximum sound for under $80 or so.  Any suggestions? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 27, 2009, 06:21:00 PM
Bose 3 series, I think they connect with the little headphone 3.5mm chrome prong.  Its basically a home system with a little bass cube, ac powerd.  If they need to be totally transportable, it wont work. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 27, 2009, 08:30:56 PM
M-Audio makes good stuff: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836127010
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on October 27, 2009, 08:38:26 PM
Yeah, how portable you need them to be matters a lot. If you want to be able to throw them in a laptop bag, get these:

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-970155-0403-Notebook-Speakers-Black/dp/B0009WKBGC/ref=pd_cp_pc_0

They plug in through USB, which means you get built-in play/pause/volume buttons, and there's no extra power cable.

If you're going to have them plugged in at a desk where portability doesn't matter, there are a bunch of good 2.1 systems in the $50-$100 range. I'd get one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Bose-Companion-Multimedia-Speaker-System/dp/B00062QY5W/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=172282&s=electronics (the little brother of the ones Brasky mentioned, which are $200+)

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speaker-System-Subwoofer-Black/dp/B000AM6QHE/ref=pd_cp_pc_1

http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-VS4121-Powered-System/dp/B000TMI07O/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=172282&s=electronics
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 27, 2009, 09:03:41 PM
I don't need them to be portable at all.   Extra power cables aren't a problem-- better sound is the preference, with budget as the constraint. 

Thanks for the suggestions....looks like I'll need to decide from amongst the three that rabidfurby suggested.  Bose, Logitech, and Altec Lansing are all reliable brands so far as I know....
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 27, 2009, 09:15:11 PM
Don't let the size fool you - those microspeakers pack nice sound.  And opt for a system with the bass cube, it makes an enormous difference.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: rabidfurby on October 27, 2009, 11:12:30 PM
Yep, you want a subwoofer. It sounds like you're tired of your laptop speakers, and a huge part of their tinny sound is the lack of bass.

Those 3 I posted aren't your only choices, just a couple that jumped out at me. Your best bet is to look here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/559928/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_4_last

Those are the bestselling 2.1 speakers (2 speakers and a subwoofer, which for what you want is the best setup) on Amazon. Pick one from that list with a lot of positive reviews and you most likely won't be disappointed.

If you're willing to go a bit above your price range, these are #2 on the list above, and have 423 reviews, 90% of which are 4 or 5 stars. And they look damn cool.

(http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/6206/4116yt828dlss500.jpg)

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-SoundSticks-II-Multimedia-Speaker/dp/B0001DBEM4/ref=dp_return_2?ie=UTF8&n=172282&s=electronics
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 27, 2009, 11:15:32 PM
If you're willing to go a bit above your price range, these are #2 on the list above, and have 423 reviews, 90% of which are 4 or 5 stars. And they look damn cool.

Reminds me of a jellyfish.  Yes, they do look very cool, but I ended up going with these (http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speaker-System-Z523-Black/dp/B002FU5QMK/ref=dp_ob_title_ce), which are a newer version of the Logitech speakers you recommended.  Thanks for the advice.   :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: fatcat on October 28, 2009, 10:20:32 PM
My brother works as an audio engineer and he says these are about the best you can get for amateur budjets.

http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipment/alesis-m1-active-520-active-studio-monitors-pair--30394 (http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipment/alesis-m1-active-520-active-studio-monitors-pair--30394)

Subwoofers are an audio false economy. You might get alot of bass out of them, but you're not actually getting a real good depth of frequencies. If you actually isolate each speaker, all you're getting from the subwoofer is dull thuds, and all you're getting from the little speakers is the same tinny shit you get with a $10 pair of budjet shit, though brought together they can sound somewhat passable.

There really is no substitute for size when it comes to good speakers. The size of the speaker is directly proportional to the range of frequencies it can (clearly) produce at one time.

Granted, most people can't tell the difference between a high grade system, and something thats just made to sound like a high grade system, but if you really care about sound quality, specifically for music listening, you want a good quality pair of active monitors like the ones I linked to, with a decent speaker size and a decent amount of power drain.

If you just want cinema style booming audio, then .1 subwoofer systems are great. Logitech are generally for the gaming / home cinema crowd, who really don't want much more than something that sounds impressive.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 28, 2009, 10:49:46 PM
Dude.  Those are monitors.  You'd need to jack them into a receiver-amp, and run a patch cord from the lappy audio-out and treat it like a stereo component. 

She just wants to hear the computer play some tunes and vids on a 17 inch screen.  Not that big a deal.  You need to be sitting five feet from the screen, or less.  Microspeakers and a bass cube works fine for that. 

If it was a home stereo set-up with big screen, 5.1 surround, I'd agree with you.  Those would probably make decent rears.  But that is not a practical application for a laptop. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on October 28, 2009, 11:02:07 PM
I love my Yamaha MSP5's:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-MSP5-STUDIO-Powered-Studio-Monitor?sku=600116
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 29, 2009, 04:24:55 PM
Incidentally, the speakers showed up today.  So, two days after order.  Way to go, Amazon!  Pretty sure I ordered through the freetalklive link, too...

Umm, am I supposed to put the subwoofer on the desk or the floor?

(http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u29/Rillion12/newspeakers2.jpg)

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 29, 2009, 04:28:48 PM
Sub goes on the floor, it'll drown out the highs when watching/listening stuff with more delicate sounds, dialogue and twinklebells will be borked.  

Nice desk.  

Also, you're a lefty, eh?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 29, 2009, 04:49:51 PM
Sub goes on the floor, it'll drown out the highs when watching/listening stuff with more delicate sounds, dialogue and twinklebells will be borked.  

Nice desk.  

Also, you're a lefty, eh?

Cool, and thanks.  The desk belonged to the stripper who lived in the last house before we did.  Can't believe she didn't want it!  Only thing is that it doesn't have much storage, so I use the silver box and hooks for camera, scanner, tripod, headphones, etc. 

Yep, lefty.  I can use the mouse with my right hand, but would rather lift a drink with it.   :)  Left hand is better for taking notes on whatever. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 29, 2009, 05:15:18 PM
New question: I got a marriage proposal today (http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/10/texas-law-you-can-show-porn-to.html) for defending the legality of showing porn to children.  Is that awesome or terrible?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on October 29, 2009, 05:26:12 PM
New question: I got a marriage proposal today (http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/10/texas-law-you-can-show-porn-to.html) for defending the legality of showing porn to children.  Is that awesome or terrible?

I hope that means he loves your capable mind - as do the rest of us. If he is inappropriately showing porn to children then I suspect he would fail to win your heart and succeed in getting himself ostracized.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on October 29, 2009, 05:47:11 PM
Gretchen? Why am I not surprised?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 29, 2009, 07:04:34 PM
Gretchen? Why am I not surprised?

Yeah, I've got a name.  What?  What? 

 :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 29, 2009, 08:42:20 PM
Dude.  Those are monitors.  You'd need to jack them into a receiver-amp, and run a patch cord from the lappy audio-out and treat it like a stereo component. 

She just wants to hear the computer play some tunes and vids on a 17 inch screen.  Not that big a deal.  You need to be sitting five feet from the screen, or less.  Microspeakers and a bass cube works fine for that. 

If it was a home stereo set-up with big screen, 5.1 surround, I'd agree with you.  Those would probably make decent rears.  But that is not a practical application for a laptop. 

They're powered so you don't need an amp/receiver.  All you have to do is convert the 3.5mm stereo plug from your laptop to RCA (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GUTP2S/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000A3GPIS&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=04BK4WPDGKPX28PF1JCK) and then get RCA->TRS cables (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TRS202).  I do this with my M-Audio BX-5a/BX-10s monitors/subwoofer (though they use TS cables, not TRS like those Alesis apparently do).  It takes a couple minutes to track down the cables, but the sound and quality is worth it, IMO.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on October 29, 2009, 08:56:42 PM
Gretchen? Why am I not surprised?

Yeah, I've got a name.  What?  What? 

 :lol:

It just seems so...fitting. I don't know why. Not in a bad way.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 29, 2009, 11:35:08 PM
Dude.  Those are monitors.  You'd need to jack them into a receiver-amp, and run a patch cord from the lappy audio-out and treat it like a stereo component. 

She just wants to hear the computer play some tunes and vids on a 17 inch screen.  Not that big a deal.  You need to be sitting five feet from the screen, or less.  Microspeakers and a bass cube works fine for that. 

If it was a home stereo set-up with big screen, 5.1 surround, I'd agree with you.  Those would probably make decent rears.  But that is not a practical application for a laptop. 
...the sound and quality is worth it, IMO.

It's still 2.1

A modest improvement on something that is sufficient and adequate.  

I'm sure you've seen the wicked shit, lets not confuse the two.  If you want premium sound, you need to do it a little differently.  

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 30, 2009, 12:45:04 AM
Dude.  Those are monitors.  You'd need to jack them into a receiver-amp, and run a patch cord from the lappy audio-out and treat it like a stereo component. 

She just wants to hear the computer play some tunes and vids on a 17 inch screen.  Not that big a deal.  You need to be sitting five feet from the screen, or less.  Microspeakers and a bass cube works fine for that. 

If it was a home stereo set-up with big screen, 5.1 surround, I'd agree with you.  Those would probably make decent rears.  But that is not a practical application for a laptop. 
...the sound and quality is worth it, IMO.

It's still 2.1

A modest improvement on something that is sufficient and adequate. 

I'm sure you've seen the wicked shit, lets not confuse the two.  If you want premium sound, you need to do it a little differently. 



I wouldn't trash 2.1.  That's what they use in recording studios and unless you're watching movies and have really thought and effort into your speaker placement, room size, and seating position you get no real benefit from 5/6/7.1.  My M-Audio monitors and subwoofer are the low-end of professional-grade equipment, but the sound quality is noticeably better than my old Logitech 5.1 setup.  The Logitechs were the top of the line computer speakers (5.1, 500-watt, THX, all that jazz) but they are on a different plane from my M-Audio monitors which, even though they're "low-end", cost twice as much as the Logitechs.  The the monitors are made out of better material and produce a much more balanced sound.  Even though I lost 120 watts, each of the 3 speakers I do have is more powerful than its corresponding speaker on the 5.1 system...and they're physically larger and just better at reproducing sound.

I'd say that if you're not going to put a lot of time and energy into designing a home theater setup, 5.1 is probably a waste of space and you'd be better off getting a better quality 2.1 system.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 30, 2009, 02:03:29 AM

I'd say that if you're not going to put a lot of time and energy into designing a home theater setup, 5.1 is probably a waste of space and you'd be better off getting a better quality 2.1 system.

Snort.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on October 30, 2009, 08:14:07 AM
I've been running 5.1 since I bought my first computer speaker system, and I still use the same system.  Cheap Altec setup but I wired in my own 4 speakers.  The sub is the center and the sub.  It works great.  I can crank it to oblivion and it still sounds great.  If these things break I can't see myself going back to 2.1, no matter how good they are.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 03, 2009, 02:26:21 PM
Bow hunting: is there a point, when you could be using a gun? 

[youtube=425,350]wt9pUraM4u4[/youtube].
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on November 03, 2009, 02:45:41 PM
Yes, because states won't allow you to hunt with a gun during certain times of the year.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on November 03, 2009, 02:46:36 PM
I think those arrows are cool because it enables a hunter to see where his shots go and thus improve his aim, determine where his arrow went, judge whether the shot was enough to kill the animal...

Yeah, hunting with a gun is more humane, but do people not argue that hunting with a bow is more of a sport?

Keep in mind that if you shoot with a bow or gun either way you can kill the animal or merely injure it.  I saw a lot of great shots in that video, as well as a few they shouldnt have attempted from what I could see. It was amazing the number of arrows that actually went straight through the animal.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 03, 2009, 02:56:37 PM
I have very little knowledge of hunting in general.  But:

Yes, because states won't allow you to hunt with a gun during certain times of the year.

That's a good reason, in my view.

Yeah, hunting with a gun is more humane, but do people not argue that hunting with a bow is more of a sport?

That's a bad reason, in my view.

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Keep in mind that if you shoot with a bow or gun either way you can kill the animal or merely injure it.

Yes, but if you're a lousy shot then you probably shouldn't be hunting in the first place.  They make targets for that sort of thing. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 03, 2009, 02:58:18 PM
Bow hunting: is there a point, when you could be using a gun? 

[youtube=425,350]wt9pUraM4u4[/youtube].

Yes. Bow hunting in general takes much more base level hunting skills. Depending on the quarry hours can be spent tracking, approaching, waiting and learning it's habits. A gun is crude. A bow is art.

While that video might appear shocking, even a hit from a rifle can send many animals running. It is the shock of getting shot. They usually will drop dead within a few feet if it was good clean well placed shot.

It is the worst feeling to have to track an injured animal over long distances. For me it is actually emotionally draining. That is why is it vital to be the best one can be by practicing with what ever you'll be hunting with prior to the actual hunt.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 03, 2009, 03:06:26 PM
It is the worst feeling to have to track an injured animal over long distances. For me it is actually emotionally draining. That is why is it vital to be the best one can be by practicing with what ever you'll be hunting with prior to the actual hunt.

Never tracked an animal, but I can thoroughly agree with that.  I just think that, on the whole, "sport" or "art" are not good justifications for torturing an animal that you're hunting.  If you have a more effective way of hunting them that is also more humane, it seems like a no-brainer to use it.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 03, 2009, 04:14:03 PM
It is the worst feeling to have to track an injured animal over long distances. For me it is actually emotionally draining. That is why is it vital to be the best one can be by practicing with what ever you'll be hunting with prior to the actual hunt.

Never tracked an animal, but I can thoroughly agree with that.  I just think that, on the whole, "sport" or "art" are not good justifications for torturing an animal that you're hunting.  If you have a more effective way of hunting them that is also more humane, it seems like a no-brainer to use it.  

I hear what you are saying in regards to humane but on the flip side the animal has a far better chance of never getting killed when a hunter uses a bow. In my mind, a bow shows the animal more respect. I don't know it is hard to explain.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 03, 2009, 04:49:04 PM
I hear what you are saying in regards to humane but on the flip side the animal has a far better chance of never getting killed when a hunter uses a bow. In mind, a bow shows the animal more respect. I don't know it is hard to explain.

If you want to honorably engage in combat with an animal, then I think you should fight a bear while armed with a dagger.  Animals for the most part do not possess projectile weapons, which means that shooting an animal is never the equivalent of besting them in combat, regardless of how inefficiently you do so.  The concern is not about animals dying; it's about their suffering-- you don't respect an animal more by making it suffer. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on November 03, 2009, 05:01:54 PM
If you want to talk about what is humane, factory farming is far worse than bow hunting.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Changed My Mind on November 03, 2009, 05:04:06 PM
it would be dishonorable to fight an animal without using every single bit of ingenuity that your species has created.   Deer are more advanced than other animals at certain athletic abilities.  Some species of animals are much smarter and have created tools to help them to survive.  A human denying the ability to use a gun is akin to a deer deciding not to use its antlers. 

If the deer could shoot a gun, it would. . . someday if it evolves enough, it will.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 03, 2009, 05:09:02 PM
Most of the people I know who are really "good" hunters - meaning they have an appreciation and respect for it - use a bow.  They may also use a rifle, but thats just so they can get an extra deer and more time in the woods.  Ask them all, most will answer they prefer the bow season.  Around here in Appalachia, the main quarry is deer.  Turkey comes a close second.  Boar is not really indigenous, you have to go into hunting preserves for that, where they are released for the hunt.  

The bow is practiced quite a bit before its taken out into the woods, unless the hunter is a fuckhead.  

When you sight in a bow, you use these little elevation pins on it, and put your target out about 20 to 40 yards.  40 is pushin' it, most hunters will sight for the 20ish yard range.  To put it into perspective, the trailer part of a tractor trailer is normally about 55 ft, about 20 yards.  You have to be pretty stealthy to be within that range from a deer.  A good shot with a bow could hit you in the face at that distance.  Thats a pretty good shot, staying well-inside a dinner plate.  The hunter will sit still, slowly draw, and fire.  They don't sneak up on it.  (boar are different, you have to chase them - theres no way you could ever chase down a healthy deer)

Anyway, it takes a bit of practice to do that.  They spend quite a few hours in their back yard.  A buddy 'o mine can hit targets consistently at 60 yards - albeit slightly larger, pizza box size.  His yard is an acre square, 200x200 - he can go out near the road and hit targets near his back fence.  In the woods, he still uses ~20+ yards.  Any further than that is not cool, in his opinion.

I don't hunt.  

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 03, 2009, 05:18:58 PM
If you want to talk about what is humane, factory farming is far worse than bow hunting.

Oh, I agree.  However, I'm thinking about the most humane way to get meat, and don't really understand why somebody wouldn't hunt in the most humane way possible. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 03, 2009, 05:29:59 PM
I hear what you are saying in regards to humane but on the flip side the animal has a far better chance of never getting killed when a hunter uses a bow. In mind, a bow shows the animal more respect. I don't know it is hard to explain.

If you want to honorably engage in combat with an animal, then I think you should fight a bear while armed with a dagger.  Animals for the most part do not possess projectile weapons, which means that shooting an animal is never the equivalent of besting them in combat, regardless of how inefficiently you do so.  The concern is not about animals dying; it's about their suffering-- you don't respect an animal more by making it suffer. 

Humans are at the top of the food chain due to their ability to think and use tools.  The bow is a link to the old ways, even though its technologically superior to traditional bows.  Some guys do use a recurve bow, which hasn't changed in two thousand years.  Before there was written language, man was advancing away from brute force.  Using a hand-held tool would be stupid.  The projectile was developed to prevent injury to the hunter, which could often kill him through infection or trauma.  Severe injury to the primary hunter was a serious threat to the entire family group. 

Even the most primitive tribes on earth use projectiles.  Blow guns, spear-chucking sticks, sling-shots.  Sport is a carry-over of that skill.  Men like the competition of besting each other, as well as the animal.  If you want to use the sport argument, soccer was probably developed by conquering armies kicking around severed heads.  I see no reason to revert to tradition on that one, either.   
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 03, 2009, 05:39:14 PM
Umm, I didn't make an argument against hunting with projectiles.  I just think it's silly to consider it sport, since I think of sport as a voluntary engagement between individuals or groups of similar abilities.  

No, that's not true.  I think of worthwhile  sport as being like that.  The Predator alien hunting humans was sporting, but he was still a douche.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 03, 2009, 06:14:56 PM
I hear what you are saying in regards to humane but on the flip side the animal has a far better chance of never getting killed when a hunter uses a bow. In mind, a bow shows the animal more respect. I don't know it is hard to explain.

If you want to honorably engage in combat with an animal, then I think you should fight a bear while armed with a dagger.  Animals for the most part do not possess projectile weapons, which means that shooting an animal is never the equivalent of besting them in combat, regardless of how inefficiently you do so.  The concern is not about animals dying; it's about their suffering-- you don't respect an animal more by making it suffer.  

Yeah, I did not explain it right. Getting shot by a gun or an arrow is the same. Both with make an animal bolt if the shot does not hit the spinal system and make that impossible. Both hurt equally. The video is graphic and shows hunting in a bad way due to the fact each shot is follow in quick repetition with another. That does not happen when hunting. With bow hunting the shots are even more spread apart then when hunting with a gun.

Bow hunting sort of levels the playing field for non aggressive type animals and puts the sport back into the hunt. If the people that nearly wiped out the buffalo were armed with only bows, the carnage would have been far far less. A gun is a crude but extremely efficient way to hunt.

And a dagger vs. a bear is would not be much sport for the bear. How about a dagger, a pack of Jack Russells, some bear mace and heavy blunt long weapon? Now that would be sporting!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on November 03, 2009, 06:45:24 PM
And a dagger vs. a bear is would not be much sport for the bear. How about a dagger, a pack of Jack Russells, some bear mace and heavy blunt long weapon? Now that would be sporting!

LIBMAN!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on November 03, 2009, 07:03:05 PM
I also dont hunt but I took the hunter education/safety class and I live in WI and grew up shooting guns and on a farm. I think hunting is a waste of time, when we could be setting snares and dead-fall traps instead.  In a survival situation, which would you end up doing? Shoot animals and you will be wasting energy and time.

When you sight in a bow, you use these little elevation pins on it, and put your target out about 20 to 40 yards.  40 is pushin' it, most hunters will sight for the 20ish yard range.  To put it into perspective, the trailer part of a tractor trailer is normally about 55 ft, about 20 yards.  You have to be pretty stealthy to be within that range from a deer.  A good shot with a bow could hit you in the face at that distance.  Thats a pretty good shot, staying well-inside a dinner plate.  The hunter will sit still, slowly draw, and fire.  They don't sneak up on it.  (boar are different, you have to chase them - theres no way you could ever chase down a healthy deer)

I thought that in this video they made some excellent shots, but also some poor ones from way too far away that obviously missed.


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While that video might appear shocking, even a hit from a rifle can send many animals running. It is the shock of getting shot. They usually will drop dead within a few feet if it was good clean well placed shot.

Yep. I only saw one deer in the video that went straight down. Typically they run a little bit and the internal damage kills them. Other times they bleed out and you follow the blood (which would suck).

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the most humane way to get meat

Smash in its head with a log, or raise it on a deer farm.
(http://www.rewild.info/fieldguide/images/1/1d/Figure_Four.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on November 03, 2009, 07:16:42 PM
I haven't been listening much to FTL lately. If I was going to introduce somebody to the show is there a really good episode that has been on recently that one might share with a newcomer to get 'em hooked?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: mikehz on November 04, 2009, 09:22:30 AM
Should cows be bred and then released into the forest for those who like to hunt for sport?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 04, 2009, 10:47:27 AM
Should cows be bred and then released into the forest for those who like to hunt for sport?

I'm pretty sure hunting a domesticated livestock animal in the forest would be even less sporting than hunting a deer. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 04, 2009, 11:00:59 AM
Should cows be bred and then released into the forest for those who like to hunt for sport?

If there is a market for it why not? Although, cows are rather stupid. I would not have an interest in "hunting" an animal that is used to being around people and not smart enough to raise its head out of the water after getting a drink.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 04, 2009, 12:28:16 PM
Did anybody watch "Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment"? 

That was an interesting show as hardly any of them had experience hunting, and they were set down in the middle of Alaska with winter coming and had to work their way to civilization.  By the end of it, the survivors (people had the option of dropping out if they couldn't take it) were all pretty good shots, but some days they had to settle for a ground squirrel or nothing.  Their snares didn't work, but I'm not sure if that was due to not using them correctly or not.  They hunted for bears, but the best they ever got were a couple of porcupines....apparently not that sporting, but when you're starving you'll take what you can get.  They had a "bear gun" and a .22, but I don't know what the "bear gun" was. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on November 04, 2009, 12:46:52 PM
Did anybody watch "Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment"? 

That was an interesting show as hardly any of them had experience hunting, and they were set down in the middle of Alaska with winter coming and had to work their way to civilization.  By the end of it, the survivors (people had the option of dropping out if they couldn't take it) were all pretty good shots, but some days they had to settle for a ground squirrel or nothing.  Their snares didn't work, but I'm not sure if that was due to not using them correctly or not.  They hunted for bears, but the best they ever got were a couple of porcupines....apparently not that sporting, but when you're starving you'll take what you can get.  They had a "bear gun" and a .22, but I don't know what the "bear gun" was. 

I watched it. Liked it. Came up in a discussion at my folks' over the summer. My mom had watched some and thought it was interesting, but my dad was so annoyed by the whole thing that he actually interrupted my mom to rant about the &*%$!# idiots... Said the most sensible two were the ones who actually knew what they were doing in the woods, and opted out early.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 04, 2009, 01:12:44 PM
I watched it. Liked it. Came up in a discussion at my folks' over the summer. My mom had watched some and thought it was interesting, but my dad was so annoyed by the whole thing that he actually interrupted my mom to rant about the &*%$!# idiots... Said the most sensible two were the ones who actually knew what they were doing in the woods, and opted out early.

I thought that was pretty cowardly, actually, considering that the others were for the most part listening to what they had to say.  "You guys don't know what you're doing, and I'm fed up" is a good cover for "I'm not as good at this as I thought I'd be." 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on November 04, 2009, 01:55:33 PM
I watched it. Liked it. Came up in a discussion at my folks' over the summer. My mom had watched some and thought it was interesting, but my dad was so annoyed by the whole thing that he actually interrupted my mom to rant about the &*%$!# idiots... Said the most sensible two were the ones who actually knew what they were doing in the woods, and opted out early.

I thought that was pretty cowardly, actually, considering that the others were for the most part listening to what they had to say.  "You guys don't know what you're doing, and I'm fed up" is a good cover for "I'm not as good at this as I thought I'd be." 

That's what I thought, but my dad said, especially in the case of the older lady, that it was a case of not being responsible for a bunch of yahoos who didn't even have the decency to save her a nibble of the field mice they caught while she was out hunting. That knowing what to do meant they'd be expected to carry everyone else in the group... and that the remaining members learned faster without the experienced two there, because they had no choice.

I don't know if I agree with him. I understood it, as it made me think about how tough it is to get my kids to do things for themselves while I'm around.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 04, 2009, 03:00:00 PM
That's what I thought, but my dad said, especially in the case of the older lady, that it was a case of not being responsible for a bunch of yahoos who didn't even have the decency to save her a nibble of the field mice they caught while she was out hunting.

Yes, that was really rude of them. 

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That knowing what to do meant they'd be expected to carry everyone else in the group... and that the remaining members learned faster without the experienced two there, because they had no choice.

I don't know if I agree with him. I understood it, as it made me think about how tough it is to get my kids to do things for themselves while I'm around.

I think they really had no choice anyway-- they were desperate from the start.  Just because people can learn by doing doesn't mean a teacher won't help.  It would suck to be a good hunter and have to share your kills with people who are not good hunters, but on the other hand, the experienced people didn't actually catch or shoot anything, from what I recall.    I guess I would buy your dad's position more if the experienced people had shot a bear or something and then everybody else had eaten off it while not getting any food themselves. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 16, 2009, 01:11:07 PM
My city council member (that is, the city council member for my district) has resigned. (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/11/special-election-to-decide-pla.html)  That's kind of unfortunate because she was probably the best member of the council....which, yes, is not saying much at all.  It basically means that she was the only one to respond to me when I contacted the entire council about an issue of concern, and then later wrote a blog post (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/06/guest-works-urban-chickens-inv.html) about it supposedly inviting discussion from the community.  

I'm thinking maybe I should run for her spot.  There's no way in hell I would win, of course, but it might be fun.  I'm thinking something like:  

"Hey everybody, I live in Place 3, and you should vote for me.  I'm 31, libertarian bordering on anarcho-capitalist, and have a PhD.  If elected, I hereby promise to vote for absolutely no tax increase that comes before me, ever.  When given the opportunity, I will vote in favor of any measure which reduces....any other measure.  You might ask why a person opposed to government would run for office, but I think Plato was onto something when he said that one of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  If that's not enough to convince you to elect me, then you don't deserve to have me elected."
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on November 16, 2009, 01:15:54 PM
My city council member (that is, the city council member for my district) has resigned. (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/11/special-election-to-decide-pla.html)  That's kind of unfortunate because she was probably the best member of the council....which, yes, is not saying much at all.  It basically means that she was the only one to respond to me when I contacted the entire council about an issue of concern, and then later wrote a blog post about it supposedly inviting discussion from the community. 

I'm thinking maybe I should run for her spot.  There's no way in hell I would win, of course, but it might be fun.  I'm thinking something like: 

"Hey everybody, I live in Place 3, and you should vote for me.  I'm 31, libertarian bordering on anarcho-capitalist, and have a PhD.  If elected, I hereby promise to vote for absolutely no tax increase that comes before me, ever.  When given the opportunity, I will vote in favor of any measure which reduces....any other measure.  You might ask why a person opposed to government would run for office, but I think Plato was onto something when he said that one of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  If that's not enough to convince you to elect me, then you don't deserve to have me elected."

What are you gonna do if you do win?   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 16, 2009, 01:21:34 PM
My city council member (that is, the city council member for my district) has resigned. (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/11/special-election-to-decide-pla.html)  That's kind of unfortunate because she was probably the best member of the council....which, yes, is not saying much at all.  It basically means that she was the only one to respond to me when I contacted the entire council about an issue of concern, and then later wrote a blog post about it supposedly inviting discussion from the community. 

I'm thinking maybe I should run for her spot.  There's no way in hell I would win, of course, but it might be fun.  I'm thinking something like: 

"Hey everybody, I live in Place 3, and you should vote for me.  I'm 31, libertarian bordering on anarcho-capitalist, and have a PhD.  If elected, I hereby promise to vote for absolutely no tax increase that comes before me, ever.  When given the opportunity, I will vote in favor of any measure which reduces....any other measure.  You might ask why a person opposed to government would run for office, but I think Plato was onto something when he said that one of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  If that's not enough to convince you to elect me, then you don't deserve to have me elected."

What are you gonna do if you do win?   :lol:

I have no idea.  That's probably why I won't actually do it.   :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on November 16, 2009, 01:28:59 PM
My city council member (that is, the city council member for my district) has resigned. (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/11/special-election-to-decide-pla.html)  That's kind of unfortunate because she was probably the best member of the council....which, yes, is not saying much at all.  It basically means that she was the only one to respond to me when I contacted the entire council about an issue of concern, and then later wrote a blog post about it supposedly inviting discussion from the community. 

I'm thinking maybe I should run for her spot.  There's no way in hell I would win, of course, but it might be fun.  I'm thinking something like: 

"Hey everybody, I live in Place 3, and you should vote for me.  I'm 31, libertarian bordering on anarcho-capitalist, and have a PhD.  If elected, I hereby promise to vote for absolutely no tax increase that comes before me, ever.  When given the opportunity, I will vote in favor of any measure which reduces....any other measure.  You might ask why a person opposed to government would run for office, but I think Plato was onto something when he said that one of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  If that's not enough to convince you to elect me, then you don't deserve to have me elected."

What are you gonna do if you do win?   :lol:

I have no idea.  That's probably why I won't actually do it.   :)

Darn.  I was kind of hoping you would do it and document it for us.  Kind of like Julia did when she ran for whatever in New Hampshire.  Oh Well.  If it helps any I'd vote for you if I lived there.   :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on November 16, 2009, 07:38:11 PM
My city council member (that is, the city council member for my district) has resigned. (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/11/special-election-to-decide-pla.html)  That's kind of unfortunate because she was probably the best member of the council....which, yes, is not saying much at all.  It basically means that she was the only one to respond to me when I contacted the entire council about an issue of concern, and then later wrote a blog post (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/06/guest-works-urban-chickens-inv.html) about it supposedly inviting discussion from the community.  

I'm thinking maybe I should run for her spot.  There's no way in hell I would win, of course, but it might be fun.  I'm thinking something like:  

"Hey everybody, I live in Place 3, and you should vote for me.  I'm 31, libertarian bordering on anarcho-capitalist, and have a PhD.  If elected, I hereby promise to vote for absolutely no tax increase that comes before me, ever.  When given the opportunity, I will vote in favor of any measure which reduces....any other measure.  You might ask why a person opposed to government would run for office, but I think Plato was onto something when he said that one of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  If that's not enough to convince you to elect me, then you don't deserve to have me elected."

Fight the good fight I say. The outcome is not as important as long as you tried to cross along the high road.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on November 16, 2009, 07:46:13 PM
Today a guy approached me while in line to check out at the supermarket, axes me if I will be paying in cash. I say no. He pauses, then leans in really close and tells me that his car has run out of gas, that he needs some cash and would like to pay for my groceries with his food stamps card if I'll give him the cash. I repeat that I have none and wish him luck. He axes me again, more aggressively, so I say no again, more aggressively. He leaves, approaching none of the billions of others there doing their Thanksgiving shopping.

I did have cash, but I also had my daughter with me. With her there I didn't want to make any sort of deal that would probably lead us to meet the guy out in the parking lot where I hand him money.

Even though it's fraud I suppose, I wouldn't mind swapping cash for groceries- none of my business what the other person needed the cash for. Could be that the card was stolen and he wanted me to swipe it- dunno. I didn't make the deal because he was sketchy and pushy.

Would any of you made a deal like this?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on November 16, 2009, 08:09:11 PM
Today a guy approached me while in line to check out at the supermarket, axes me if I will be paying in cash. I say no. He pauses, then leans in really close and tells me that his car has run out of gas, that he needs some cash and would like to pay for my groceries with his food stamps card if I'll give him the cash. I repeat that I have none and wish him luck. He axes me again, more aggressively, so I say no again, more aggressively. He leaves, approaching none of the billions of others there doing their Thanksgiving shopping.

I did have cash, but I also had my daughter with me. With her there I didn't want to make any sort of deal that would probably lead us to meet the guy out in the parking lot where I hand him money.

Even though it's fraud I suppose, I wouldn't mind swapping cash for groceries- none of my business what the other person needed the cash for. Could be that the card was stolen and he wanted me to swipe it- dunno. I didn't make the deal because he was sketchy and pushy.

Would any of you made a deal like this?



Entrapment if he is a cop.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on November 16, 2009, 08:18:05 PM

Would any of you made a deal like this?



I don't trust people off the street like that, as a general rule. He is up to something sketchy to begin with and you are taking somewhat of a risk by being a part of it. With no real benefit to you, except a warm fuzzy feeling inside that you helped someone out. He could have been a good guy, but it is too bad for him that others have taken advantage of people's general kindheartedness.

It is too bad really. I hope I'm never in that situation.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on November 16, 2009, 08:18:19 PM
My city council member (that is, the city council member for my district) has resigned. (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/11/special-election-to-decide-pla.html)  That's kind of unfortunate because she was probably the best member of the council....which, yes, is not saying much at all.  It basically means that she was the only one to respond to me when I contacted the entire council about an issue of concern, and then later wrote a blog post (http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/06/guest-works-urban-chickens-inv.html) about it supposedly inviting discussion from the community. 

I'm thinking maybe I should run for her spot.  There's no way in hell I would win, of course, but it might be fun.  I'm thinking something like: 

"Hey everybody, I live in Place 3, and you should vote for me.  I'm 31, libertarian bordering on anarcho-capitalist, and have a PhD.  If elected, I hereby promise to vote for absolutely no tax increase that comes before me, ever.  When given the opportunity, I will vote in favor of any measure which reduces....any other measure.  You might ask why a person opposed to government would run for office, but I think Plato was onto something when he said that one of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  If that's not enough to convince you to elect me, then you don't deserve to have me elected."

That's probably not going to get people to vote for you, so why not? :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on November 16, 2009, 08:19:28 PM

Would any of you made a deal like this?



I don't trust people off the street like that, as a general rule. He is up to something sketchy to begin with and you are taking somewhat of a risk by being a part of it. With no real benefit to you, except a warm fuzzy feeling inside that you helped someone out. He could have been a good guy, but it is too bad for him that others have taken advantage of people's general kindheartedness.

It is too bad really. I hope I'm never in that situation.

I'm with you.  I would not do this.  You have no idea what their reasons are and it's best to just stay uninvolved.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 16, 2009, 08:47:22 PM
Shoulda told him 4:1 for the deal.  A hundred on the card equals $25 in cash.  Most fraudsters are fine with 2:1 and 3:1 is not uncommon with drug dealers.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 16, 2009, 10:12:23 PM
I bet he was either a cop looking for entrapment or a crackhead looking for his next fix.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 16, 2009, 10:31:09 PM
I bet he was either a cop looking for entrapment or a crackhead looking for his next fix.

I donno man, probly a scummer.  Welfare has their own cops, they're suit investigator guys.  They get sent on assignment to investigate people who are ratted out for fraud-type stuff, like having extra people living in the house which changes the income ratio in the household. 

Trolling for people to agree sounds very extreme, I've never heard of that.  Not saying it couldn't happen, though. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on November 17, 2009, 01:00:34 AM
He didn't appear poor at all, the opposite actually- matching outfit, snazzy hat.. the whole get up. He didn't look like he was jonesin' either.. beats me.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on November 17, 2009, 01:03:30 AM
Maybe he's buyin them from the Jonesin crowd at 3:1 and trying to sell them at 3:2 to make a profit. This could be a whole business for him.

Still, best not get involved. At the very least, you are assuming potential risk and helping along transactions in your stolen money.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 17, 2009, 01:13:07 AM
Guns.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 17, 2009, 01:14:59 AM
Shoulda stabbed him a few times quick in the belly, propped him up against the candy rack, paid for your shit with his card, then put it back in his hand and went on your merry way.  He had it comin'.  

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 17, 2009, 01:15:54 AM
He didn't appear poor at all, the opposite actually- matching outfit, snazzy hat.. the whole get up. He didn't look like he was jonesin' either.. beats me.
lol @ the snazzy hat.  I've always wanted one of those.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on November 17, 2009, 01:52:12 AM
Shoulda stabbed him a few times quick in the belly, propped him up against the candy rack, paid for your shit with his card, then put it back in his hand and went on your merry way.  He had it comin'.  



Hindsight!

I think Tuttle hit it with his stolen money comment.

He wore something like this:
(http://www.urbanboundaries.com/v/vspfiles/photos/hipf07-dice-2T.jpg)

Me.. I wear one like this, have had the same one since the 90's:
(https://earlandbrothers.co.uk/images/BrownOvercheck3543.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 17, 2009, 01:59:58 AM
Andrew Dice Gay.  

I never could pull off your kind, H.B.    I'm more of a vietnam crush hat kinda guy.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on November 17, 2009, 01:19:25 PM

Me.. I wear one like this, have had the same one since the 90's:


Ew!

 :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 17, 2009, 01:50:50 PM
I like flat caps.  I don't wear one, because it would look stupid on me-- all hats look stupid on me.  But they can look pretty good on some people. 

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2241/2162134195_1748d02877.jpg)

Hot.

How To Wear A Flat Cap And Not Look Like A Twat (http://www.daveknapik.com/2007/12/14/how-to-wear-a-flat-cap-and-not-look-like-a-twat/comment-page-2/)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 17, 2009, 03:04:10 PM
My step son came home with a "man purse". Does this mean he is gay?

Any advice on controlling by inner bully to keep from punching him, taking the purse and throwing it in the mud?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 17, 2009, 03:12:44 PM
My step son came home with a "man purse". Does this mean he is gay?

What needing additional storage space for one's stuff while walking around has to do with attraction to people of the same sex, I'll never know.  It's a mystery to me why men haven't always carried purses. 

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Any advice on controlling by inner bully to keep from punching him, taking the purse and throwing it in the mud?

Wear a straight jacket, I guess?  Seek psychiatric help?   Throw yourself in the mud instead?  Play Grand Theft Auto for a while? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 17, 2009, 03:47:53 PM
It's a mystery to me why men haven't always carried purses.  

Real men can fit everything they need in life into 3 pockets.

Bosh.  

Contents of my purse: pens (3), small notepad, passport (sometimes), wallet, small bottle of hand sanitizer, packet of tissues, mirror, iPod classic, Advil, Immodium, keys, 40mg propranolol (anti-anxiety medication), voter registration card, compact umbrella, tampons (3), packet of fruit snacks, dental floss, Leatherman micra (http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools/keychain-tools/micra.aspx), hair ties, chapstick, magnesium fire-starter, toothbrush, USB drive, coins of various currencies (hmm, should clean the purse out), pretty marble, sturdy plastic bag.  On occasion, a small paperback.

Now you try and tell me that any of that is anything other than absolutely necessary!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: gibson042 on November 17, 2009, 04:03:32 PM
Contents of my purse: pens (3), small notepad, passport (sometimes), wallet, small bottle of hand sanitizer, packet of tissues, mirror, iPod classic, Advil, Immodium, keys, 40mg propranolol (anti-anxiety medication), voter registration card, compact umbrella, tampons (3), packet of fruit snacks, dental floss, Leatherman micra (http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools/keychain-tools/micra.aspx), hair ties, chapstick, magnesium fire-starter, toothbrush, USB drive, coins of various currencies (hmm, should clean the purse out), pretty marble, sturdy plastic bag.  On occasion, a small paperback.

Now you try and tell me that any of that is anything other than absolutely necessary!

I question the necessity of the voter registration card.  And the chapstick.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 17, 2009, 04:05:58 PM
Contents of my purse: pens (3), small notepad, passport (sometimes), wallet, small bottle of hand sanitizer, packet of tissues, mirror, iPod classic, Advil, Immodium, keys, 40mg propranolol (anti-anxiety medication), voter registration card, compact umbrella, tampons (3), packet of fruit snacks, dental floss, Leatherman micra (http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools/keychain-tools/micra.aspx), hair ties, chapstick, magnesium fire-starter, toothbrush, USB drive, coins of various currencies (hmm, should clean the purse out), pretty marble, sturdy plastic bag.  On occasion, a small paperback.

Now you try and tell me that any of that is anything other than absolutely necessary!

I question the necessity of the voter registration card.  And the chapstick.

I get chapped lips easily.  Guilty on the other one-- I wanted to vote for Kinky Friedman for governor.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 17, 2009, 05:19:13 PM
It's a mystery to me why men haven't always carried purses.  

Real men can fit everything they need in life into 3 pockets.

Bosh.  

Contents of my purse:
pens (3), -[ Men remember what needs remembering with no need to write it down for future reference.  
small notepad, - Same as above. Women's phones numbers can be written on ones palm. The symbolism is obvious.
passport (sometimes), - Only need that when traveling. Can be carried in hand.  
wallet, - - Back or in questionable environments front pockets.
small bottle of hand sanitizer, - Real men have no fear of germs.
packet of tissues, - Snot on the floor in quick focused blow.
mirror, - Bathroom mirrors are enough.  
iPod classic, - Attach to belt.
Advil, - Headaches can be endured until gone or near a medicine cabinet.  
Immodium, - Not even sure what this is.
keys, - Front pocket or attached to belt via chain.  
40mg propranolol (anti-anxiety medication),
voter registration card, - Wallet.
compact umbrella, - It's only water. Real men scoff at umbrellas.
tampons (3), - Never a need to carry.  
packet of fruit snacks, - Nearest vending machine.  
dental floss, - Good to have near but does not need to be carried until needed.
Leatherman micra (http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools/keychain-tools/micra.aspx), - Again, not even sure what this is so is not needed.  
hair ties, - The Roman centurion is popular these days so need for these.  
chapstick, - Can be obtained via transference kissing cheerleader types.  
magnesium fire-starter, - Good one. Lighter in the front pocket or breast pocket along with smokes.
toothbrush, - Good to have nearby, only carried on way to restroom.  
USB drive, - Front pocket.
coins of various currencies (hmm, should clean the purse out), - Pockets.
pretty marble, - Less attracted to pretty shinny objects so less likely to have need to carry one.  
sturdy plastic bag.  - In cabinet or drawer.  
On occasion, a small paperback. - To busy doing something manly to read.  

Now you try and tell me that any of that is anything other than absolutely necessary!

Mostly I am joking about the whole subject. 90% joking / 10% concerned.

While I can see a woman needing these things in your purse, men have been conditioned to move about with less. Might be the reason why men seem better at attapting to and making use of thier enviroment.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 17, 2009, 05:28:31 PM
Mostly I am joking about the whole subject. 90% joking / 10% concerned.

And it was funny!  But why be concerned?  Also, I included a link to what a Leatherman micra is, you lazy git.

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While I can see a woman needing these things in your purse, men have been conditioned to move about with less. Might be the reason why men seem better at attapting to and making use of thier enviroment.  

Riiiiiiggghhht.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on November 17, 2009, 06:36:35 PM
It's a mystery to me why men haven't always carried purses.  

Real men can fit everything they need in life into 3 pockets.

Bosh.  

Contents of my purse: pens (3), small notepad, passport (sometimes), wallet, small bottle of hand sanitizer, packet of tissues, mirror, iPod classic, Advil, Immodium, keys, 40mg propranolol (anti-anxiety medication), voter registration card, compact umbrella, tampons (3), packet of fruit snacks, dental floss, Leatherman micra (http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools/keychain-tools/micra.aspx), hair ties, chapstick, magnesium fire-starter, toothbrush, USB drive, coins of various currencies (hmm, should clean the purse out), pretty marble, sturdy plastic bag.  On occasion, a small paperback.

Now you try and tell me that any of that is anything other than absolutely necessary!

My wife carries a HUGE purse. I often tease her and call it her luggage.  :) But she does not have much stuff in it.  I think it is in case of an emergency, she could use it as a life raft.

I carry my phone (left pocket), keys (right pocket), and wallet (right back pocket).  If I did carry a bag everywhere I went I would likely put a bunch of crap I don't really need on a day to day basis in there. You know... man stuff, repel rope, straight razor for 5 o'clock shadow, Micky Mantle Rookie card, a pretty marble...  :P :)

What would be in your Man Bag?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 17, 2009, 06:52:09 PM
What would be in your Man Bag?

Well, here's the purse:
(http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u29/Rillion12/greenpurse.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on November 17, 2009, 07:06:53 PM
A man has to know when its appropriate to carry more shit, or he will devolve into a poofball.  

I carry my wad of money in a clip, no wallet.  Cell phone.  Smokes and lighter.  Keys with my little micro-flashlight (Michigan trip).  Shades.  Cyanide capsule.  

I will procure other necessities as the situation demands.  If the need arises to carry more shit, I may carry a metal briefcase just because it looks totally awesome and manly. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 17, 2009, 07:24:46 PM
A leatherman is a nice knife that has multiple tools on it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on November 17, 2009, 07:26:30 PM
Pen in one side pocket, phone in other, wallet in back, keys in jacket.  If I cant carry in my hands whats left then it goes in a backpack or briefcase.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on November 17, 2009, 10:01:31 PM
Sometimes I wear a jacket just so I have extra pockets and don't have to stuff everything into my pants pockets and create bulges/uncomfortableness.  I always carry my wallet, keys, and cell phone.  The keys are annoying, but that's doable with pockets alone.  However, if I add my MP3 player, and work ID/access cards, pockets don't do the trick.  Sunglasses are also annoying when you only have pockets to use.  The only thing to do is to put them up on your head when not in use.  I refuse to clip them to my shirt.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on November 17, 2009, 10:29:17 PM
I carry a Gerber Multi-Plier 600 Demolition Explosive Technician Tool (http://toolmonger.com/2007/10/24/dealmonger-gerber-demolition-explosive-technicians-tool-for-79/) on my riggers belt (http://www.tacticaltailor.com/riggersbelt.aspx), cus you never know when you will need blasting cap crimpers, or a C-4 punch. There is also a handcuff key and several small rare earth magnets on the belt. Inside the waistband holster would be on the belt if I was going to carry.

I carry my cash in a knife money clip (http://www.premiumknives.com/ShopSite/CRKT_Columbia_River_Knife_Tool_K_I_S_S_in_the_Dark_Plain-Partially_Serrated.html) in the back left pocket. I also keep receipts and notes in that pocket, and sometimes a safety pin or paper clip. Keys go in the other back pocket if I go from the car into a store or some shit like that. I only use sunglasses in the car, so they stay there.

Front right pocket has a 4" blade folding knife clipped to it. Front left has my wallet (http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=86&idcategory=11)(it's pretty small, has my DL, credit/bank cards and a spare car key), a couple USB keys, any coins I have, a pen, and maybe a sharpie.

I usually have a couple dog-shit bags (http://1085427100.) in the left leg cargo pocket if I have cargo pants on.

I carry a laptop in a backpack when I go to "work". Lots of shit in the backpack. Work badge, passport, analog notebook, pens, USB to serial DB-9 thingy, ethernet cable, some other computer shit, trail mix. I think it still has a t-shirt and some marketing material in it(free backpack from a "trade show").There used to be a small video camera, but I let my kids use it, and they broke it. I haven't had to wear a jacket in TX, so whatever was in my jacket is now in the backpack.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on November 18, 2009, 02:05:02 AM
Sunglasses are also annoying when you only have pockets to use.  The only thing to do is to put them up on your head when not in use.  I refuse to clip them to my shirt.

Oh crap, is clipping sunglasses to a shirt a dork move?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on November 18, 2009, 03:55:19 AM
It's a mystery to me why men haven't always carried purses.  

Real men can fit everything they need in life into 3 pockets.

Bosh.  

Contents of my purse: pens (3), small notepad, passport (sometimes), wallet, small bottle of hand sanitizer, packet of tissues, mirror, iPod classic, Advil, Immodium, keys, 40mg propranolol (anti-anxiety medication), voter registration card, compact umbrella, tampons (3), packet of fruit snacks, dental floss, Leatherman micra (http://www.leatherman.com/multi-tools/keychain-tools/micra.aspx), hair ties, chapstick, magnesium fire-starter, toothbrush, USB drive, coins of various currencies (hmm, should clean the purse out), pretty marble, sturdy plastic bag.  On occasion, a small paperback.

Now you try and tell me that any of that is anything other than absolutely necessary!

Bah! All you really need is your towel.

No pockets needed for a towel. Thats what shoulders are for. It is truly the essential item.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on November 18, 2009, 05:06:15 AM
 



Bah! All you really need is your towel.

No pockets needed for a towel. Thats what shoulders are for. It is truly the essential item.

Quite right. I don't know what I would do without my shoulders.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 29, 2009, 01:50:48 AM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on November 29, 2009, 02:02:28 AM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

That's tough because there are so many variations on a good burger. I really like the Whiskey River BBQ burger at Red Robin. I am also very fond of the burgers at Ruby's here in SoCal - my favorite there is the "Bleus Burger".
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on November 29, 2009, 04:24:52 AM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

The restaurant I work at  : D

Stinky burger recipe:

Burger meat, salt and pepper'd, grilled to perfection, lathered with minced garlic, then topped with melted blue cheese, warm onion rings, lettuce tomato onion, and a toasted bun.

Cowboy burger recipe:

Burger meat, salt and pepper'd, grilled to perfection, one layer of crispy hot bacon, a hidden layer of barbecue sauce, melted cheddar cheese to hold in and conceal the bbq, then LTO and a bun.

YUM
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on November 29, 2009, 10:55:23 PM
Is the fact that I can win a game of Jeopardy! at home bad?

I think knowing stuff is fun but to the point where I can beat the contestants on TV might be too far. Your thoughts.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 30, 2009, 10:21:59 AM
Is the fact that I can win a game of Jeopardy! at home bad?

I think knowing stuff is fun but to the point where I can beat the contestants on TV might be too far. Your thoughts.

I think you should go on Jeopardy. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on December 04, 2009, 09:54:28 PM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

Five Guys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Guys).  It's a small chain in DC, though there are now two (that I know of) in Chicago and there may be others elsewhere.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 04, 2009, 11:11:44 PM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

Five Guys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Guys).  It's a small chain in DC, though there are now two (that I know of) in Chicago and there may be others elsewhere.

Theres one a few miles down the road.  Everybody raved.  I'm not really interested. 

The best burgers I've had usually came from places I liked to go.  One was a corner bar I used to haunt, I'd dream of those burgers.  Nothing special in the wide-world of burgers, as far as burgers go, but they were my burgers.  They came in a little plastic basket, with a nice pile of fries.  You'd probably hate them.  I got mine for free, sometimes.  Tom probably wouldn't sell you one for double, bust ya over the head with a Mag-Lite, throw ya out for askin'. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 04, 2009, 11:12:53 PM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

Five Guys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Guys).  It's a small chain in DC, though there are now two (that I know of) in Chicago and there may be others elsewhere.

There are tons of them around.  A girl that worked for me a few years back ended up leaving the company to work for them in Florida.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on December 05, 2009, 11:07:39 AM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

Five Guys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Guys).  It's a small chain in DC, though there are now two (that I know of) in Chicago and there may be others elsewhere.

There are tons of them around.  A girl that worked for me a few years back ended up leaving the company to work for them in Florida. 

Interesting.  Wikipedia says they started franchising them, so I guess that explains it.  I have never been to any of the non-original ones, so I don't know how different they are.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 05, 2009, 09:12:24 PM
What restaurant made the best (restaurant) burger you've ever had?

Five Guys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Guys).  It's a small chain in DC, though there are now two (that I know of) in Chicago and there may be others elsewhere.

There are tons of them around.  A girl that worked for me a few years back ended up leaving the company to work for them in Florida. 

Interesting.  Wikipedia says they started franchising them, so I guess that explains it.  I have never been to any of the non-original ones, so I don't know how different they are.

I'm not sure, I didn't investigate it too much, but I've also never eaten there. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 06, 2009, 01:05:56 PM
Oh of course, vastly different at each one.  Everyone knows when you buy a franchise, you just buy the name and start serving whatever the fuck you want.  The one here is built like a native american sweat lodge, and all they sell is ham salad on a cracker.  I don't think its gonna last. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on December 06, 2009, 01:34:38 PM
Oh of course, vastly different at each one.  Everyone knows when you buy a franchise, you just buy the name and start serving whatever the fuck you want.  The one here is built like a native american sweat lodge, and all they sell is ham salad on a cracker.  I don't think its gonna last. 



Well, the three that I have been to in the NoVA area are fairly different as far as the atmosphere is concerned.  The food is mostly the same, though one of them doesn't offer the unlimited in-shell peanuts that you can eat/throw all over the floor.  One also has a really cool message board (a combo of a real-life version of Craigslist and comment cards/whatever), and a scary bathroom.  The food was pretty much the same at all three of them, though.  As you said, atmosphere matters.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 06, 2009, 08:05:41 PM
Innovative. 

I was at a restaurant/bar once where the barmaid blew me in the bathroom.   And they had ice in the urinals!  Couldn't throw your peanut shells around, though.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 06, 2009, 08:09:53 PM
And they had ice in the urinals!

What's the point of that, now?  Is body temperature piss verboten?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 06, 2009, 08:25:04 PM
When they fill one of those big buckets, then come out front and fill the ice wells under the chrome lids, they just dump the rest in the pissers.  If you throw a half-bucket of wet ice back in the icemaker, it'll freeze in a big chunk. 

But it looks fancy, and guys are endlessly amused with penis games.  Melting cubes and whatnot.  We're apes, you know this.  Its a natural fit.  I don't know a single guy who wouldn't be privately delighted to find the xanadu of ice in the pisser. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 07, 2009, 03:39:48 PM
What's a good Christmas gift for an anarcho-capitalist male?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: gibson042 on December 07, 2009, 04:32:18 PM
A stateless society.  Or possibly a urinal.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 07, 2009, 06:51:58 PM
What's a good Christmas gift for an anarcho-capitalist male?

Great question.  I'm having a hard time finding something for teh Jizzy. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 07, 2009, 08:25:18 PM
If he's into guns and you have a few normal ones like most people do, shotgun, deer rifle, and a pistol or two.. 

Get him a tactical urban weapon, like a mini-14 with the plastic stocks and all that.  The regs would probably know better prices $600 is about right, I believe.  I'm not a gun nut, but if my chick got me that, hooboy.  I'd be blown away.  That may be more than you might want to part with, but its not really insane.  Its just kinda, not cheap.  First year in the new house if I recall, its been a big year.  Something like that may be in order, if you'll excuse my sayin' so.  Besides, its just completely badass, and flies in the face of religious holiday conformity. 

This one is brand new, ships from a dealer with good feedback.  You'd have to get it shipped to a licensed firearm guy on your end, show ID and fill out a paper.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/978293734/Guns/Rifles/Ruger-Rifles/Mini-14-Type/GB_RUGER_MINI_14_GB.htm
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 07, 2009, 08:36:08 PM
If he's into guns and you have a few normal ones like most people do, shotgun, deer rifle, and a pistol or two.. 

Get him a tactical urban weapon, like a mini-14 with the plastic stocks and all that.  The regs would probably know better prices $600 is about right, I believe.  I'm not a gun nut, but if my chick got me that, hooboy.  I'd be blown away.  That may be more than you might want to part with, but its not really insane.  Its just kinda, not cheap.  First year in the new house if I recall, its been a big year.  Something like that may be in order, if you'll excuse my sayin' so.  Besides, its just completely badass, and flies in the face of religious holiday conformity. 

This one is brand new, ships from a dealer with good feedback.  You'd have to get it shipped to a licensed firearm guy on your end, show ID and fill out a paper.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/978293734/Guns/Rifles/Ruger-Rifles/Mini-14-Type/GB_RUGER_MINI_14_GB.htm

That's a good suggestion, but I should've mentioned that I do not have much money right now.  I was thinking of something under $100 or so.  He's definitely into guns though, so I'll have to file that away for his birthday next year. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 07, 2009, 08:48:40 PM
Understood. 

I'll be honest, I draw a blank when I think for myself.  I don't really want anything in the normal realm of "stuff".  However, we don't look at tools like chicks do.  We actually like them.  Get a chick a vacuum and you're a fuckinasshole, get a guy a cordless Makita drill, genuine happy.  But these are the things we each need to do our self-appointed home tasks. 

Hows he in the rechargeable drill department?  Someone got me one two years ago, and it had a layout of about fifty bits included, all sorts of wizardry tips.  Great gift.   
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 07, 2009, 09:06:23 PM
Understood. 

I'll be honest, I draw a blank when I think for myself.  I don't really want anything in the normal realm of "stuff".  However, we don't look at tools like chicks do.  We actually like them.  Get a chick a vacuum and you're a fuckinasshole, get a guy a cordless Makita drill, genuine happy.  But these are the things we each need to do our self-appointed home tasks. 

Hows he in the rechargeable drill department?  Someone got me one two years ago, and it had a layout of about fifty bits included, all sorts of wizardry tips.  Great gift.   

Haha, I want a vacuum cleaner for Christmas.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 07, 2009, 09:42:54 PM
Understood. 

I'll be honest, I draw a blank when I think for myself.  I don't really want anything in the normal realm of "stuff".  However, we don't look at tools like chicks do.  We actually like them.  Get a chick a vacuum and you're a fuckinasshole, get a guy a cordless Makita drill, genuine happy.  But these are the things we each need to do our self-appointed home tasks. 

Hows he in the rechargeable drill department?  Someone got me one two years ago, and it had a layout of about fifty bits included, all sorts of wizardry tips.  Great gift.   

Haha, I want a vacuum cleaner for Christmas.   :lol:

Cool. 

Well, asking for one eliminates the fuckinasshole lashback that typically accompanies gifting a chick with a vacuum.  We as men seek to eliminate the fuckinasshole lashback from the gifting process. 

We've had meetings on the subject.  Spontaneous gifting of household appliances in lieu of frivolities is discouraged under manlaw.  In gifting of household appliances, the subject must be broached by the female, and at least two separate affirmations must be extracted prior to gifting. 

This was unanimously ratified under manlaw in the cohabitation accord of 1982, and passes unchallenged each revisit on a biannual schedule. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 08, 2009, 03:26:31 PM
Hows he in the rechargeable drill department?

Rechargeable drills have always failed me. They always run out of juice or don't have enough power.  I'm in the market for a plug in since I'm usually near an outlet when working.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 08, 2009, 04:28:55 PM
Hows he in the rechargeable drill department?

Rechargeable drills have always failed me. They always run out of juice or don't have enough power.  I'm in the market for a plug in since I'm usually near an outlet when working.

I've always had good luck with 'em if you get 18v and don't buy junk like B+D.  My last Craftsman lasted me ten years, and the new one (also Craftsman) is sick for the money.  I avoid brand names that are supposed to be good in the middle of their product-line, like affordable priced DeWalt and Makita.  Those make good contractor grade, but their weekend warrior stuff is meh. 

Also, don't leave the batts on charge, it fucks 'em up.   
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 08, 2009, 07:45:25 PM
Hows he in the rechargeable drill department?

Rechargeable drills have always failed me. They always run out of juice or don't have enough power.  I'm in the market for a plug in since I'm usually near an outlet when working.

I've always had good luck with 'em if you get 18v and don't buy junk like B+D.  My last Craftsman lasted me ten years, and the new one (also Craftsman) is sick for the money.  I avoid brand names that are supposed to be good in the middle of their product-line, like affordable priced DeWalt and Makita.  Those make good contractor grade, but their weekend warrior stuff is meh. 

Also, don't leave the batts on charge, it fucks 'em up.   

Interesting you say that. I had a Makita and switch to a DeWalt because I didn't like it (both 14V).

I helped a friend a couple of weeks ago build a gazebo in his backyard.  His corded drill had more power than I could have wanted. The first screw I put in went deeper and faster into the redwood than I was used to and I had to back the mo-fo down a couple of power notches. I was zipping screws and bolts in faster than ever before. The extra power was real nice and I didn't mind the cord whatsoever.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 08, 2009, 07:53:25 PM
I would appreciate a cordless drill for Christmas much more than Boyfriend would, to be honest.  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on December 08, 2009, 08:10:49 PM
I've always had good luck with 'em if you get 18v and don't buy junk like B+D.  My last Craftsman lasted me ten years, and the new one (also Craftsman) is sick for the money.  I avoid brand names that are supposed to be good in the middle of their product-line, like affordable priced DeWalt and Makita.  Those make good contractor grade, but their weekend warrior stuff is meh. 

Also, don't leave the batts on charge, it fucks 'em up.   

Had a B+D years ago, that couldn't handle anything at all. Total waste of money, as far as I'm concerned. (Plus all the time and frustration over the two years before going out to buy something with actual power.) Will not purchase anything less than 18v again. I think ours is going on 7 years or so now. Ryobi, 18v. Quite happy with it, and with the other 18v products we bought from them. Having only one charger for the 2 batteries which swap between 4 things is convenient. Need to pick up a couple of new batteries, as the two we have aren't holding a charge so well these days.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on December 08, 2009, 08:12:11 PM
Black&Deckers are known for being garbage.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 08, 2009, 09:11:12 PM
@ all

Yep.  18v min.  Ryobi is nice, with the caveat of buying up the line.  I always go for the big bulky fuckers.  Bigger motor in there.  The bigger the better. 

B+D is shit.  I think I have a hate thread floating around here.  They're on it. 

My corded is a 1/2 inch chuck.  Handle on the side.  Not for pussies.  Not the kind of thing where you can squeeze the chuck and spin the bit shut.  It'll rip your whole fuckin arm off like a rag. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 08, 2009, 09:29:23 PM
Man, I've only used Makitas.  Have a Makita on my Amazon wishlist.  Maybe I should get a deWalt instead? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 08, 2009, 09:42:40 PM
Compare the user reviews. 

I like my trusty old Craftsman.  She's a trooper.  Hundred bucks, you could build anything.  I used mine to construct a shed (none of this prefab shit, I'm a freestyle builder) 8x16, and a deck that would knock your socks off.  Plus all the normal stuff guys do. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on December 08, 2009, 11:13:16 PM
If he's into guns and you have a few normal ones like most people do, shotgun, deer rifle, and a pistol or two.. 

Get him a tactical urban weapon, like a mini-14 with the plastic stocks and all that.  The regs would probably know better prices $600 is about right, I believe.  I'm not a gun nut, but if my chick got me that, hooboy.  I'd be blown away.  That may be more than you might want to part with, but its not really insane.  Its just kinda, not cheap.  First year in the new house if I recall, its been a big year.  Something like that may be in order, if you'll excuse my sayin' so.  Besides, its just completely badass, and flies in the face of religious holiday conformity. 

This one is brand new, ships from a dealer with good feedback.  You'd have to get it shipped to a licensed firearm guy on your end, show ID and fill out a paper.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/978293734/Guns/Rifles/Ruger-Rifles/Mini-14-Type/GB_RUGER_MINI_14_GB.htm

That's a good suggestion, but I should've mentioned that I do not have much money right now.  I was thinking of something under $100 or so.  He's definitely into guns though, so I'll have to file that away for his birthday next year. 
God damn I would cream myself if my girlfriend got me one of those for x-mas.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: BonerJoe on December 08, 2009, 11:28:18 PM
I have a $30 black and decker cordless drill. It does what I need.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 08, 2009, 11:30:56 PM
<tears grooves down face
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 08, 2009, 11:35:24 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 08, 2009, 11:37:02 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 08, 2009, 11:38:32 PM
@ all

Yep.  18v min.  Ryobi is nice, with the caveat of buying up the line.  I always go for the big bulky fuckers.  Bigger motor in there.  The bigger the better.  

B+D is shit.  I think I have a hate thread floating around here.  They're on it.  

My corded is a 1/2 inch chuck.  Handle on the side.  Not for pussies.  Not the kind of thing where you can squeeze the chuck and spin the bit shut.  It'll rip your whole fuckin arm off like a rag.  

That is why I'm in the market for corded drill. You get all the power without the awkward weight distribution in the big bulky fuckers and you don't have to deal with changing out the battery. Just keep plugging along. Besides, my property is small enough that I can run a cord from an outlet to anywhere I would need it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 08, 2009, 11:40:13 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 

Indeed.  I love it, but I'm ready to get the big stand mixer.  I just have bills to pay instead.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 08, 2009, 11:42:12 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 

Indeed.  I love it, but I'm ready to get the big stand mixer.  I just have bills to pay instead.   :lol:

You are in for a treat. We got one as a wedding gift back when we were young. I don't know how we did without it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on December 08, 2009, 11:42:43 PM
@ all

Yep.  18v min.  Ryobi is nice, with the caveat of buying up the line.  I always go for the big bulky fuckers.  Bigger motor in there.  The bigger the better.  

B+D is shit.  I think I have a hate thread floating around here.  They're on it.  

My corded is a 1/2 inch chuck.  Handle on the side.  Not for pussies.  Not the kind of thing where you can squeeze the chuck and spin the bit shut.  It'll rip your whole fuckin arm off like a rag.  

That is why I'm in the market for corded drill. You get all the power without the awkward weight distribution in the big bulky fuckers and you don't have to deal with changing out the battery. Just keep plugging along. Besides, my property is small enough that I can run a cord from an outlet to anywhere I would need it.
I'm with you there.  Cordless drills always give me issues anyways.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 08, 2009, 11:45:16 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 

Indeed.  I love it, but I'm ready to get the big stand mixer.  I just have bills to pay instead.   :lol:

You are in for a treat. We got one as a wedding gift back when we were young. I don't know how we did without it.

I've used them quite often at friends' and family's houses.  I love them, and I've wanted one for sooooo long.  I told Jizz we should get married because people will give us stuff.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 08, 2009, 11:54:27 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 

Indeed.  I love it, but I'm ready to get the big stand mixer.  I just have bills to pay instead.   :lol:

You are in for a treat. We got one as a wedding gift back when we were young. I don't know how we did without it.

I've used them quite often at friends' and family's houses.  I love them, and I've wanted one for sooooo long.  I told Jizz we should get married because people will give us stuff.   :lol:

Haha! Do it! I'd buy you one.  :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 08, 2009, 11:56:46 PM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 

Indeed.  I love it, but I'm ready to get the big stand mixer.  I just have bills to pay instead.   :lol:

You are in for a treat. We got one as a wedding gift back when we were young. I don't know how we did without it.

I've used them quite often at friends' and family's houses.  I love them, and I've wanted one for sooooo long.  I told Jizz we should get married because people will give us stuff.   :lol:

Haha! Do it! I'd buy you one.  :lol:

Well, you know.  I also told him it's because we love each other and junk.   :lol:

But all of my friends keep telling me about all the stuff they got when they got married... :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 09, 2009, 12:03:15 AM
<tears grooves down face

I had a Black & Decker hand mixer before.  I left it with Ann & Whorehay and now I have a KitchenAid.

Words that heal. 

Indeed.  I love it, but I'm ready to get the big stand mixer.  I just have bills to pay instead.   :lol:

You are in for a treat. We got one as a wedding gift back when we were young. I don't know how we did without it.

I've used them quite often at friends' and family's houses.  I love them, and I've wanted one for sooooo long.  I told Jizz we should get married because people will give us stuff.   :lol:

Haha! Do it! I'd buy you one.  :lol:

Well, you know.  I also told him it's because we love each other and junk.   :lol:

But all of my friends keep telling me about all the stuff they got when they got married... :P

Yeah, yeah, all that mushy lovey dovey stuff.  :P I'm happy for you guys.

Tell Jizz I said hi and I miss his antics on here.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 09, 2009, 12:05:27 AM
He's studying for finals.  He says he's conquering Mexico.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 09, 2009, 12:17:43 AM
He's studying for finals.  He says he's conquering Mexico.   :lol:

 :lol:

He would not be the first.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 09, 2009, 12:19:01 AM
He's studying for finals.  He says he's conquering Mexico.   :lol:

 :lol:

He would not be the first.

By conquering Mexico he means blabbering bullshit and eating an apple, I think.  He's a freak, don't ask.   :P

He wants to know how your wife is doing with the bun in the oven and all.  And to name the baby Ruslan after him.   :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 09, 2009, 02:24:30 AM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 09, 2009, 08:04:33 AM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: NHArticleTen on December 09, 2009, 09:02:37 AM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:

interesting factoid:  most womenz can...if they are so inclined...out-perform menz...in luvin the womenz...

.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on December 09, 2009, 09:03:45 AM
I bet Rob could out perform the ladies at pleasuring the men too....   In prison.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on December 09, 2009, 12:47:55 PM
He's studying for finals.  He says he's conquering Mexico.   :lol:

 :lol:

He would not be the first.

By conquering Mexico he means blabbering bullshit and eating an apple, I think.  He's a freak, don't ask.   :P

He wants to know how your wife is doing with the bun in the oven and all.  And to name the baby Ruslan after him.   :lol: :lol: :lol:

Tell him to get in line. :lol: Everyone wants the baby named after them.  :roll:

My wife is doing really well. Handling the pregnancy like a champ. We are having a girl, we are thinking of name her Adele Hanna, but we are not 100% yet.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 09, 2009, 07:13:18 PM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:

interesting factoid:  most womenz can...if they are so inclined...out-perform menz...in luvin the womenz...

.

That's because we know what having a vag is like, and what makes it feel good.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 09, 2009, 07:14:06 PM
He's studying for finals.  He says he's conquering Mexico.   :lol:

 :lol:

He would not be the first.

By conquering Mexico he means blabbering bullshit and eating an apple, I think.  He's a freak, don't ask.   :P

He wants to know how your wife is doing with the bun in the oven and all.  And to name the baby Ruslan after him.   :lol: :lol: :lol:

Tell him to get in line. :lol: Everyone wants the baby named after them.  :roll:

My wife is doing really well. Handling the pregnancy like a champ. We are having a girl, we are thinking of name her Adele Hanna, but we are not 100% yet.

Haha, not me.  I wouldn't wish the name Lindsey on anyone!  I think that's a pretty name.  Unusual.  Is it a family member's name or did you just like it?   :D
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on December 09, 2009, 10:13:36 PM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:

Doesn't want MMF or MFF?

Theres a big difference.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on December 10, 2009, 12:05:52 AM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:

Doesn't want MMF or MFF?

Theres a big difference.

He doesn't want either.   :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on December 10, 2009, 12:29:54 AM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:

Doesn't want MMF or MFF?

Theres a big difference.

He doesn't want either.   :P

He may not be aware that Richard is near. 

Would he not love to practice the Magikal Tantric arts, now, with the living embodiment of Hermes himself!  Who is free of Herpes, and knows Secrets!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on December 10, 2009, 12:39:31 AM
The best gift you can ever give your man is a reason to stick around.

A threesome is a pretty close second.

Mine doesn't want one.   :shock:

Doesn't want MMF or MFF?

Theres a big difference.

He doesn't want either.   :P

He may not be aware that Richard is near. 

Would he not love to practice the Magikal Tantric arts, now, with the living embodiment of Hermes himself!  Who is free of Herpes, and knows Secrets!
:lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 06, 2010, 05:12:54 PM
You know what's frustrating?  Saying something very complicated to one group of people, and they say "Hey, good point!  We hadn't thought of that; that's very useful."

And then saying something very basic to another group of people, and they're like "What?  You think cows are secretly Nazis who dance in the moonlight and eat clowns for breakfast?"

*bang, bash, boom*

(Not really a question.  Just an expression of frustration.)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 06, 2010, 06:14:22 PM
I've always had good luck with 'em if you get 18v and don't buy junk like B+D.  My last Craftsman lasted me ten years, and the new one (also Craftsman) is sick for the money.  I avoid brand names that are supposed to be good in the middle of their product-line, like affordable priced DeWalt and Makita.  Those make good contractor grade, but their weekend warrior stuff is meh.  

Also, don't leave the batts on charge, it fucks 'em up.  

Had a B+D years ago, that couldn't handle anything at all. Total waste of money, as far as I'm concerned. (Plus all the time and frustration over the two years before going out to buy something with actual power.) Will not purchase anything less than 18v again. I think ours is going on 7 years or so now. Ryobi, 18v. Quite happy with it, and with the other 18v products we bought from them. Having only one charger for the 2 batteries which swap between 4 things is convenient. Need to pick up a couple of new batteries, as the two we have aren't holding a charge so well these days.

I'm probably late on this drill thing, didn't read the rest of the thread but....

A quality 14v has more battery life both per charge and lifespan, power, torque and is lighter weight and ergonomically more comfortable and easy to use.  Heavier drills cause more fatigue, wear on joints (which can lead to increased risk of tendonitis and other aches and pains) and consequently less productivity.

Craftsman sucks, Black and decker sucks.  My Dewalt and Ridgid and Bosch 14 volts were/are (the Dewalt and Ridgid were stolen, never broken) plenty strong to handle 99% of what I do and for the rest there is power cords.  I have an 18volt cordless but it's typically used by my helper or when I need a light weight hammer drill ( by lightweight hammer drill I mean I use it to set tapcons 3-6 inches into concrete),cuz it does that.)  NO ONE on this BBS has ever come close to putting power tools what I put them through and no one here needs a good 18V drill, if you require 18 volts you bought a piece of crap and by upgrading you're only going to get a bulkier and more awkward piece of crap.  Dewalt makes a 9.6V screwdriver that does light weight drilling just fine and is a far better choice for 90% of homeowners than a crappy cordless drill.

I have two main drills:
-14V Bosch
-Corded Bosch Hammer Drill (Don't take this to infer a preference for Bosch over Dewalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, Makita.  Just happened that way.  My current 18V set is Ridgid and I hate the sawzall)

Homeowners should probably take a step down on each.
-9.6V screwdriver or 12V drill from a Quality manufacturer (My uncle has used his 12V dewalt to hang drywall for several years, I'm jealous, it's much lighter than my 14v)
-Corded drill.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on January 06, 2010, 06:22:27 PM
Ecolitan- are there any Harbor Freight tool shops in your area? If so, what's your take on their stuff.. junk or OK ?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 06, 2010, 06:44:00 PM
My Dad once picked up three of those commercial electric or general appliance or whatever they call those things.  With the angle grinder I ground on a concrete pipe for hours and it kept breaking and I'd have to cut it farther back, then I gave up and let him try til I saw the thing come flying out the hole and he left and came back with a dewalt that did the job in 4 minutes and we were all glad cuz we could flush the toilet.  The sawzall broke on it's first use cutting a fence post and the drill went to smoking on it's first use when I tried to mix mud (All Purpose Joint Compound) but if it hadn't ended up in the trash it might still be spinning weakly today.  I have occasionally heard good things about them from residential handymen types but never commercial professionals.  

When a tool breaking means time, fuel, wages, reputatiuon, etc. I buy top end tools, I've never had one fail.

Black and Decker and those commercial appliance things are the worst, Craftsmen are awful to use when you're used to better but homeowners seem to be happy with them, the battery life sucks.  If top tier just isn't in the budget, Ryobi is probably your best choice.  It's what's used by the minority of pros that don't use professional grade.  I judge them.  I haven't tried the Hitachi line yet, they sure look cool.

I have a friend who bought a couple of weed eater brand weed eaters for his landscaping business just to see.  It lasted almost 8 hours.  So, he did the math.

A homeowner mows their lawn 8 months a year twice a week 16 times for 15 minutes each time.... Two years = 8 hours of rarely if ever working hard.  So maybe it makes it 4 years, 16 total hours running time and the homeowner thinks that was a good weed eater, got 4 years out of it.  Meanwhile the echo is running 8 hours a day 6 days a week for 5 years.  It's not slightly better, it did not last 25% longer.  The performance is incomparable.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 06, 2010, 07:05:38 PM
Craftsman is my choice because of the cost versus quality, not quality alone. 

A comparatively priced "better name" usually isn't better in the low-end price products.  Meaning, you probably couldn't get a better cordless than Craftsman for the $70 they charge for 'em.  If you use it once a month to put together a swingset, or fasten a porch rail, it'll last you a long time. 

I have a 20 year old Craftsman circular saw, its rusty on the metal parts, cuts crooked, the blade wobbles, and will probably catch fire.  It was like $39 in 1990.  I've left it in the rain, under tarps, in the mud, and thrown it off decks.  If you have a $39 DeWalt that will handle that, I'll buy it right now. 

Homeowners who pay $270 for a Bosch to do that stuff are snoots.  If I was running them 50 hours a week, I'd buy the better names.  They're probably more comfortable ergonomically, the little adjustments probably more accurate after much abuse, and the motors provide better torque after long periods of service where cheaper stuff gets tired. 

I'd do the same with hand tools.  If I wanted a set of wrenches and sockets, I'd go with Craftsman.  If I owned a car shop, I'd have Snap-On or whoever makes good shit. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 06, 2010, 08:38:59 PM
Craftsman is my choice because of the cost versus quality, not quality alone.  

A comparatively priced "better name" usually isn't better in the low-end price products.  Meaning, you probably couldn't get a better cordless than Craftsman for the $70 they charge for 'em.  If you use it once a month to put together a swingset, or fasten a porch rail, it'll last you a long time.  

I have a 20 year old Craftsman circular saw, its rusty on the metal parts, cuts crooked, the blade wobbles, and will probably catch fire.  It was like $39 in 1990.  I've left it in the rain, under tarps, in the mud, and thrown it off decks.  If you have a $39 DeWalt that will handle that, I'll buy it right now.  

Homeowners who pay $270 for a Bosch to do that stuff are snoots.  If I was running them 50 hours a week, I'd buy the better names.  They're probably more comfortable ergonomically, the little adjustments probably more accurate after much abuse, and the motors provide better torque after long periods of service where cheaper stuff gets tired.  

I'd do the same with hand tools.  If I wanted a set of wrenches and sockets, I'd go with Craftsman.  If I owned a car shop, I'd have Snap-On or whoever makes good shit.  

20 year old craftsman circular saws are good, most old craftsman corded tools are strong.  I don't have 270 dollar Bosch but I got mine for 149.95 and it came with the coolest radio ever and a flashlight and a carry bag.  Everyone comments on my radio, it is cool.  Ryobi is a better cordless than craftsman for 70 dollars.  My dad has a newish craftsman set, Ryobi is superior in every way.  I got a 18V dewalt circular saw used for less than 39 bucks.  

I am sometimes willing to accept a bargain brand is ok for some people but not an 18V ever.  If you need an 18V you need something that doesn't suck and a high end 12V is just as strong or stronger and you won't be buying batteries every year.  I've only bought new batteries once and that was just cuz I wanted more of them.

My dad has this (http://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-DieHard-Cordless-Drill-Driver/dp/B001NYUW28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1262827677&sr=8-1-fkmr1) one and it's crap.  I was mistaken that his set is 19.2V  

$78.99

An extra 10 bucks gets you this (http://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-DieHard-Cordless-Drill-Driver/dp/B001NYUW28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1262827677&sr=8-1-fkmr1)

Pictures are worthless but you don't even have to squeeze the trigger to know which is better, just hold it in your hand, if you want to squeeze the trigger well... be prepared to never buy another craftsman power tool again.  

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 07, 2010, 02:49:25 AM
Thats fancy.  They don't even sell ones that look like mine.  Mines got a square chunky batt, like a squared off baseball. 

I couldn't believe how long the old one held a charge, I could drive deck screws a long while with it, at least a few hours of constant work.  If anything slowed me down, it was the fuckin bits shattering.  Never built anything good with the new one.  The old one was the one I did all my damage with. 

I used a DeWalt the other day, doing some fuckaround on a girls car I know.  It fit the hand nice and had a smooth trigger, no complaints.  I donno what he paid for it, but it was probably a lot. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 09, 2010, 09:56:56 PM
I spent three or four hours  cleaning my desk today, and 90% of the junk cleared away belonged to the other four people in the house... or the dogs.

Does anyone know of a small electrified barbed wire enclosure I can install to keep away the cluttering rabble?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 10, 2010, 11:39:29 AM
http://www.pet-super-store.com/pet-supplies/dog-training-collars/
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 12, 2010, 04:30:10 PM
(http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d811121b84b5b1082b55b15f9/images/crochetninjaandcthulhu.JPG)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WBKmJXjWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

I've made bunnies, penguins, angels, bears and even coral snakes, but there's a super cute book of monsters my kidlets want me to start making. There's only so much of zombies, ninjas and medeusas they "need", so... just wondering... would you guys ever buy things like these?

I'm putting together my first batch of stuff for Etsy, most of which wouldn't interest anyone here at all - aforementioned animals, aprons, clothing for American Girl dolls, things made from felted wool sweaters & "upcycled" clothing - yeah, I'm green like that  :roll:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 12, 2010, 07:30:08 PM
Advertise 'em as talismans to ward off the sickeningly evil-sweet soccer moms, for cool moms only to hang from the rear-view mirror of their Ram Quad Cab or similarly non-wimpy kid-hauler.    "I retain the right to refuse sale to soccer moms with e-mail names that make me want to barf"  $5 each, 3 for $10

You'll sell 'em by the bushel basket.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 12, 2010, 07:38:38 PM
Advertise 'em as talismans to ward off the sickeningly evil-sweet soccer moms, for cool moms only to hang from the rear-view mirror of their Ram Quad Cab or similarly non-wimpy kid-hauler.    "I retain the right to refuse sale to soccer moms with e-mail names that make me want to barf"  $5 each, 3 for $10

You'll sell 'em by the bushel basket.

I agree, except the price point is too low.  Make them $7 each and three for $18.  I'm not even a mom and I'd buy one. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 12, 2010, 08:01:49 PM
I'm just the marketing guy.  If Rill would click 'Buy' with Paypal for that price, might be on to something.  Its an impulse item.  Tag it with "rear view mirror" "car accessory" "bauble". 

Hit 'em with a buck-fortynine shipping, too.  You might have to eat about fifty cents shipping, but so what.  You want to get them to kick in something, but not too much or it'll deter a buyer of a cheapo trinket. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 12, 2010, 11:32:44 PM
Make a cthulhu and I'll give it to my ferrets.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on January 13, 2010, 12:28:56 AM
Ok FTL, I am putting myself on the chopping block here.

How would you rate my intelligence level?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 13, 2010, 12:32:06 AM
132, slightly above average for the neighborhood.

You could be a really smart guy if you lost all the superstitious false information clogging up your thinking patterns.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 13, 2010, 02:58:59 AM
About a starfish.
 :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 09:27:48 AM
132, slightly above average for the neighborhood.

I think 131 is the cutoff to get into Mensa.  You consider that "slightly above average"?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on January 13, 2010, 11:05:31 AM
132, slightly above average for the neighborhood.

I think 131 is the cutoff to get into Mensa.  You consider that "slightly above average"?
"for the neighborhood". Most libertarians are geniuses.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 11:09:50 AM
132, slightly above average for the neighborhood.

I think 131 is the cutoff to get into Mensa.  You consider that "slightly above average"?
"for the neighborhood". Most libertarians are geniuses.

 :lol:

HAHAhahahaha......good one.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 13, 2010, 11:48:27 AM
145 or higher   Genius
130 - 144   Gifted
125 - 129   Superior
115 - 124   High Average


Most liberty oriented types fall into high average or better I expect.  Average people believe what the government tells them.  We're not even average libertarians here.  There are some really smart folk here and as a community we tend to strongly discourage people dumber than us.  I wouldn't be the least surprised if around here we averaged in the 120s, 125 actually was my thought when posting.

MENSA is not impressive.  Most people I respect enough to think they have something to teach me could join if they were pompous assholes with something to prove.  None have.

<120=noticeably slower than me through casual observation.  What'dya think Rillion?  Have I made a mistake assuming you and most here aren't slower than me in a blatantly obvious way?  

Statistically I know In RL I don't run into anyone smarter than me in an average week.  I expect to be the smartest person in the room wherever I go.  Here I don't expect to be the smartest person in the thread.

My apologies if I over estimated you but since you decided to mock me while I'm having my coffee I'll tell you straight that while emotionally you seem healthier than some here so your brain functions relatively clearly I don't think it does so at great capacity.  You're a 120.  It's probably served you much better than being 132 with a background of jewish extremism.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 01:02:14 PM
Most liberty oriented types fall into high average or better I expect.  Average people believe what the government tells them.

From what I can tell, intelligence doesn't actually seem to have much to do with how people feel about government.   A lot of libertarians are just contrarians who don't want anyone telling them what to do, and that is the entirety of their political philosophy.   Not that that's a bad position to take, but it sure doesn't require genius-level IQ.   And a lot of very intelligent people believe that government is the best way to improve the world.  Having a misguided belief doesn't make you stupid-- not by any stretch of the imagination.  

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<120=noticeably slower than me through casual observation.  What'dya think Rillion?  Have I made a mistake assuming you and most here aren't slower than me in a blatantly obvious way?  

I think that the average IQ level of people who post here is probably not radically different from that of a typical college student.  Higher than the average for general society, but by no means "genius."

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My apologies if I over estimated you but since you decided to mock me while I'm having my coffee I'll tell you straight that while emotionally you seem healthier than some here so your brain functions relatively clearly I don't think it does so at great capacity.  You're a 120.  It's probably served you much better than being 132 with a background of jewish extremism.

I have found that, without exception, people who throw their IQ around tend to be assholes who are most likely liars as well.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 13, 2010, 01:54:47 PM
You attacked my statement.  I don't know how to defend it w/o explaining how I came to it.  I still avoided putting a number on myself though I couldn't properly describe how I came to my conclusions w/o betraying my perspective.  AND.;...  DID you just call me a liar?  FUCK YOU BITCH.  I'm engaging in open and honest discourse and you can go STRAIGHT TO FUCKING HELL.

why do you keep saying "genius"?  You used that word, not me.  I said I think Diogenes is slightly into the gifted range and put the average around here at 'superior'.  Why are you making shit up?  There's a clear record that I never used that word nor meant it but you still want to pretend otherwise and I don't see how that can be anything but intentionally dishonest.  YES,  I AM calling you a liar.  I'm not insinuating or suggesting.  I'm saying very specifically what you said and how it is an obvious attempt to deceive the reader into attributing to me a view I very clearly have never espoused. 

About he average IQ of liberty people.  I'm pretty sure there's scientific numbers to dispute that and they've been posted around here before but it doesn't matter to me.  I know my observations.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 02:34:02 PM
Errr.....excuse me?

Let's recap:

Ecolitan: [I think that Diogenes' IQ is] 132, slightly above average for the neighborhood.
Me: You consider 131 "slightly above average"?
blackie: Most libertarians are geniuses.
Me: HAHAhahahaha......good one.
Ecolitan: You're a 120.  It's probably served you much better than being 132 with a background of jewish extremism.
Me: Wow, that's a really asshole thing to say.
Ecolitan:  FUCK YOU BITCH.

See, the "genius" thing was a reference to blackie's statement.  And when you estimated my IQ and compared it to 132, I thought you were claiming that was your  IQ.  It's only slightly less of an assholish thing to say, however, if you really were referring to Diogenes' IQ.   Estimating someone's IQ unprovoked is generally not a nice thing to do, especially if you compare it negatively to someone else's. 

I didn't "attack" any statement of yours either, Mr. Anger Management Issues. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 13, 2010, 05:46:28 PM
Did you even read the thread?  Diogenes asked how smart we thought he was.  I answered.  Now you're talking about things I said unsolicited.

Jesus fucking christ. You are a stupid cunt.  Go home.

It's true about me being angry on occassion.  I'm out of pot for 2 days now.  I smoke pot mostly every day. Out of a one hitter so a quarter/wk pretty much keeps me stoned morning to night.  I'm a pretty angry and anxious guy when I don't and, I don't like you.  You rarely have anything nice to say.  You never respond to me except to make some silly contradiction about a statement you probably misunderstood in the first place.  Like here when you didn't even know I was responding to the post above me.  Naturally, I have no patience for it.

as far as your reference to 'genius' being toward blackie... bullshit.  It directly follows a quote from my post.  

  I decided long ago you don't hold truth and honesty in anywhere near the regard I do, makes me wonder why you want to hop in this thread after me and say obviously slanted things, like its not something I'm going to call you on.  Not believing you held yourself to a high standard of truth when you typed something comes very easy to me.

Of course it was an assholish thing to say, you jumped in the thread and insunuated I am a liar and an asshole when you didn't even understand the topic, you should thank me for making you at least half right.  You had a little asshole coming.  AND...  You're a 120, that's a fact, it is entirely relevant when responding to how smart you think people are since our perceptions of intelligence are greatly influenced by our own.  

I think it was very brave of Diogenes to ask what he did.  I'm interested in other responses.  I would never ask that question.  I don't want to know.

Are college students really higher than average?  I wouldn't think so.  If I were going to pick particularly smart people by education level I'd say PhDs and HS dropouts.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 06:15:17 PM
Jesus fucking christ. You are a stupid cunt.  Go home.

It's true about me being angry on occassion.

Ya think?

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as far as your reference to 'genius' being toward blackie... bullshit.  It directly follows a quote from my post.  Are you calling me stupid now?

No, dumbshit.  I was explaining that I had attributed blackie's statement (erroneously) to you, since it quoted and elaborated on what you'd said before. 

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I decided long ago you don't hold truth and honesty in anywhere near the regard I do

And I decided about two hours ago that you're batshit crazy. 

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Of course it was an assholish thing to say

Glad you acknowledge that.  It's always good to hear assholes cop to being assholes. 

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you jumped in the thread and insunuated I am a liar and an asshole

Because I was incredulous about calling an IQ of 132 "slightly above average"?  I repeat: batshit. 

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You're a 120, that's a fact

You are wrong; that's a fact. 

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I think it was very brave of Diogenes to ask what he did.  I'm interested in other responses.  I would never ask that question.

Which should make you understand that somebody else might not want that opinion unsolicited, but apparently not.   

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Are college students really higher than average?

I estimated that they are based on sheer literacy and test-taking ability.  You can't get into most colleges without those, and yet a good proportion of the country doesn't have them. 

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If I were going to pick particularly smart people by education level I'd say PhDs and HS dropouts.

Guess who's got a PhD, motherfucker? 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 13, 2010, 06:28:44 PM
Normally, my better sense would tell me to stay out of this and mind my own GD business based on where this conversation has been going, but I do want to comment one thing, Rillion:

I estimated that they are based on sheer literacy and test-taking ability.  You can't get into most colleges without those, and yet a good proportion of the country doesn't have them. 

I would have thought this too, until I actually went to college.  I was quite surprised to see what constituted 'literate' even in my final years of college by supposedly learned individuals.  I will freely admit however, that my sentiments fall dangerously close to the Fallacy of Personal Experience and readily concede this could be the exception rather than rule.

Good to read your stuff again, by the way.  :)

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edit: Removed a prepositional phrase that causes a redundancy in my paragraph, thus weakening my own position of literacy as a point of comparison.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 13, 2010, 06:29:58 PM
It took you til two hours ago... :/  That's not very impressive.  Just cuz you have a PhD doesn't mean you're not a 120.  I know a fucking idiot who is an MD.  I didn't really read the most of it.  I don't care what you have to say.


Why are you still on about calling 132 slightly above average?  That's been clarified.  wait....

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you jumped in the thread and insunuated I am a liar and an asshole....

Because I was incredulous about calling an IQ of 132 "slightly above average"?  I repeat: batshit. 

NO IT WASN'T  you called me a liar and an asshole because you thought I was calling myself a 132, you said that yourself in a previous post and now you're changing your story and I have no idea why.  about calling 132 slightly above average "for the neighborhood" you just called me wrong.  You really DON'T give a damn about communicating accurately even when it's the topic of conversation.  I'm really done now.  You are the suckiest.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 06:38:56 PM
Point well taken, Celestrian.  I have actually read and graded some appallingly illiterate college essays.  

Ecolitan, I don't especially care.  That post was fun to write, and I had no further reason to actually take you seriously, so I figured "What the hell?" It amused me whether you read it or not.   :)

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 13, 2010, 06:46:44 PM
Really Celestrian.... why?  Maybe you haven't been paying attention.

Quote from: me
you jumped in the thread and insunuated I am a liar and an asshole

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Because I was incredulous about calling an IQ of 132 "slightly above average"?  I repeat: batshit.


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NO IT WASN'T  you called me a liar and an asshole because you thought I was calling myself a 132, you said that yourself in a previous post and now you're changing your story and I have no idea why.  about calling 132 slightly above average "for the neighborhood" you just called me wrong.  You really DON'T give a damn about communicating accurately even when it's the topic of conversation.


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Ecolitan, I don't especially care.  That post was fun to write

Why would anyone give a damn what she has to say when she herself doesn't care if it's truthful.  She gets a lot mileage 'round here for being female.  Is that what it is Celestrian?  Cuz she's not a particularly truthful person and that's OK with her, people who don't care that they say true things are not worth listening to.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 13, 2010, 10:11:10 PM
Really Celestrian.... why?  Maybe you haven't been paying attention.

Ecolitan. I understand that things are a bit heated at the moment, but I'll be more than happy to answer your question:

It's been about a year and since I was last on the BBS with any measure of consistency.  Rillion happens to be one of the few names that's still present and unchanged.  I have reason to believe Drifter is Brasky, but if that's mistaken - he's an individual I already miss hearing from.

My parting statement was not intended either as an endorsement or condemnation of either of your positions.


Why would anyone give a damn what she has to say when she herself doesn't care if it's truthful. 

My experiences with Rillion have in the past been to the contrary; generally in our exchanges she has been as far as I'm aware, honest and up-front.  In fact, she has made it clear to me in the past the at times my posts got on the far side of ridiculous to the point of requiring a level of focus to maintain reading.


She gets a lot mileage 'round here for being female.  Is that what it is Celestrian? 

<smiles> Insinuating that I'm not exercising the proper level of chastisement because she is in possession of a vagina?

If so: clever.  However, I will also chalk this up to me incorrectly interpreting your honest question for an implied insult, for reasons I will delineate further later.

As I mentioned before, it's been a while since I've posted on here with any regularity, so I understand why my motivations/reservations could potentially be suspect, and in regards to that I will endeavor to clarify:


Cuz she's not a particularly truthful person and that's OK with her,

Again, I would need to see evidence where she was unilaterally caught in a lie beyond all shadow of a doubt/misinterpretation, for her to acknowledge that it was a deliberately false statement, and her actions or comments to show an indication of the indifference.

Should Rillion make the same accusation of you, I would also require the same of her.

people who don't care that they say true things are not worth listening to.

I am assuming you meant untrue things, and even then I'm reminded of the Axiom, Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.  While I understand that one must always wiegh a pathological liar's statements with a fair amount of skepticism and caution, simply and categorically disregarding everything one says as 'all lies' may sometimes prevent you from hearing that one bit of truth that could be very informative.

Again, I think given the circumstances, I understand that some things probably were misread all around.  It's just unfortunate that the tenor had to turn so sour.




oh. One last thing:  Calling anybody, but a woman in particular, a cunt:  never classy. :/



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edit: cleaned up some typos and grammar, but I'm sure there will be more as I re(re)read.
edit: yep, cleaned up a little more garbage. : /
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: gibson042 on January 13, 2010, 10:19:23 PM
<well-reasoned peacekeeping effort>

This forum has been impoverished by your absence.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 13, 2010, 10:24:29 PM
<well-reasoned peacekeeping effort>

This forum has been impoverished by your absence.

That's just what I was thinking.  Even if the Celestrian's well-crafted analysis had concluded that I was in fact an irredeemable villain in the exchange, it couldn't have been more fun to read.  

And yes, Celes, the Drifter is Brasky.  I don't know why he switched identities, but don't think it's any big secret that he did. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 13, 2010, 10:35:50 PM
I genuinely appreciate the sentiments - though I'm not sure if my "peace-keeping effort" really will be that or simply the opening salvo into a more protracted confrontation, despite my intentions  :?

...and thanks for the confirmation.  I'll have to PM him.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 14, 2010, 12:34:10 AM
Wow that was a lot of words.  I'm glad to have you back even if I'm yet to read one of your posts since returning cuz they are all far too long for me.  

Peace keeping efforts... I appreciate it but I disliked her long before she claimed in one post that her remark was in response to Blackie and later confessed to having falsely attributed Blackie's comment to me when making that same remark and then pretended as if the words she says can be at all relied upon.  That's a great idea about making it protracted, maybe I'll stalk her posts for awhile and point out how she's full of shit.  She probably usually is, I don't much read them in general.  I'm awfully bored here these days and I do think she's a callous holier than thou cunt with far more moral flexibility than qualifies one as an honest person.  I'm pretty sure she already knew that.  To my knowledge she and I have never exchanged kind words except that one really wierd time she kinda half offered to drive some porn to OKC as if we had ever been anything but antagonistic toward each other in the past.  That was wierd.  Point being since she and I are never kind to each other she must have been looking for a fight or she wouldn't have jumped in a conversation w/ me.  I'm OK w/ that.  She can bring it anytime.  She's a stupid bitch.  I'm more than happy to be abusive to her.  If you're REALLY bored you can find every time over the years someone has suggested that I'm being deliberately untruthful and see that it pisses me off a LOT.  It's quite an explicit request to meet angry Royce.

She didn't know what I was talking about with the 132 in the first place as if I just up and said "132, average for the neighborhood" entirely in a vaccum then she responded to Blackies comment as if I had said it, then she said she was responding to Blackie and then later admitted she had thought the comment had come from me.  Clearly she made no effort at all to follow the conversation so I can only assume she was there to pick a fight w/ me.  She does that every 6 months or so.

here's your proof not that she deliberately lied but that she makes no sense and isn't worth listening to.

She went on too long about the genius thing so I called her deliberately deceitful.  She defended with.

See, the "genius" thing was a reference to blackie's statement.

feeling good about having won that part and it being over with she later forgot and said this:

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No, dumbshit.  I was explaining that I had attributed blackie's statement (erroneously) to you, since it quoted and elaborated on what you'd said before.


Which is it?  Really..  you were explaining that?  When?  You claimed to refer to blackie's statement and you did... erroneously attributing it to me.  The next time you mention it you call me a dumbshit and tell me how your were explaining your error.  Oh yeah... where?  Fucking bitch.  If you don't care to accurately communicate I don't care to talk to you.


And no.  I meant true things.  Doesn't care if they say true things, Doesn't care if they say untrue things.  Means the same thing.  How about, doesn't care about the truth of what they say, the truth of what they say in unimportant to them etc.  I mean really, you needed to include that little nitpick.

And I didn't mean to insinuate anything about your level of chastisement.  I wasn't even really talking to you even though I used your handle.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 14, 2010, 01:03:19 AM
A lot of people are still here, a lot of people changed their names.  I'm Roycerson, I felt left out with all the name changing so I changed mine too.  I can't keep track.  I just realized today that Admiral Naismath might be Joelberg.  If so I'm probably the last to know.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 14, 2010, 10:02:15 AM
How to Throw a Maximally Effective Hate Parade in 5 Easy Steps:

1. Make sure to not accidentally understand or identify with anything your opponent has said or done.  Empathy is the quickest way to kill a good rage-on.
2. Make things personal: everything your opponent has said or done that can be perceived negatively, he/she has done specifically to you  because he/she is evil and hates you.
3. Paint the situation in the strongest possible terms: there are no mitigating factors.  Your opponent's behavior is always deliberate, and it is always done to hurt, offend, or mock you. 
4. Use the most explicit words to condemn your opponent's words and actions-- we don't want any misunderstanding about who is to blame here.
5. Speak at length, don't leave out any detail, and feel free to repeat yourself for emphasis.  That's the best way to show you really mean business. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 14, 2010, 11:11:52 AM
Was that an answer to this?


She didn't know what I was talking about with the 132 in the first place as if I just up and said "132, average for the neighborhood" entirely in a vaccum then she responded to Blackies comment as if I had said it, then she said she was responding to Blackie and then later admitted she had thought the comment had come from me.  Clearly she made no effort at all to follow the conversation so I can only assume she was there to pick a fight w/ me.  She does that every 6 months or so.

here's your proof not that she deliberately lied but that she makes no sense and isn't worth listening to.

She went on too long about the genius thing so I called her deliberately deceitful.  She defended with.

See, the "genius" thing was a reference to blackie's statement.

feeling good about having won that part and it being over with she later forgot and said this:

Quote
No, dumbshit.  I was explaining that I had attributed blackie's statement (erroneously) to you, since it quoted and elaborated on what you'd said before.


Which is it?  Really..  you were explaining that?  When?  You claimed to refer to blackie's statement and you did... erroneously attributing it to me.  The next time you mention it you call me a dumbshit and tell me how your were explaining your error.  Oh yeah... where?  Fucking bitch.  If you don't care to accurately communicate I don't care to talk to you.


Or just trying to get the last word while avoiding the fact that you jumped in the conversation with someone you know doesn't like you at all having no idea what it was about and then lied about what you said when it was discovered what you said was a lie and then changed your story back when you forgot how important the lie was to your position cuz you're a mean spirited fucking cunt who doesn't give a damn about truth?


Maybe a different question.  Why did you even get in this thread at all when you had no idea what I was talking about with the first 132 post?  I can't imagine a reason other than to pick a fight from someone you knew was willing to give it.  You didn't even know the fucking topic on the table.  Now you're whining cuz when you came looking for a fight you found one. boo fucking hoo
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 14, 2010, 11:31:22 AM
Wow that was a lot of words.  I'm glad to have you back even if I'm yet to read one of your posts since returning cuz they are all far too long for me.

A fair point - and one that you are not the first to make, and likely won't be the last.  In that mind, I'll place concessions first, elaborations next.

And I didn't mean to insinuate anything about your level of chastisement.   

Excellent. Exactly my point in my earlier post.  You do see how it could very easily be read this way, don't you?

For my part, I apologize for incorrectly assuming the worst even if it was for only a moment.

I wasn't even really talking to you even though I used your handle.

That's the tricky thing about using someone's name/handle when posing a question:  They tend to think the question is directed at them.

And no.  I meant true things.  Doesn't care if they say true things, Doesn't care if they say untrue things.  Means the same thing.  How about, doesn't care about the truth of what they say, the truth of what they say in unimportant to them etc.  I mean really, you needed to include that little nitpick.

It was not a nit-pick, apologies if it seemed so.  What I was doing was assuming you meant the point that was most compelling to your cause from my point of view.  There's a reason I chose the untrue tac rather than what I now realize was your originally intended construction.  Your construction, through the mention of "true things" implies to the reader (me) that the person says things that are true to a point that it is worth mentioning.  If we are to talk about "truth" as that which is objectively verifiable and quantifiable (fact) - then whether or not a person has an emotional attachment to the truth they speak, or indeed that they are in fact speaking the truth is irrelevent.

Because it's the truth - and therefore truth is always worth at least listening to.

Conversely, when changing the sentence to "untrue things" - the inverse connotation applies:  the individual speaks untruths or falsehoods to the extent that it must be mentioned (i.e. more than a couple by a bunch).  With this reading, it a far more compelling point that if the person does not care or have an emotional attachment to the fact that they are speaking falsehoods - then this person should be largely ignored.

Summary: It was not me being malicious or looking for "easy points" against you, I was simply looking to respond to the best possible point you made that I could infer.

Peace keeping efforts... I appreciate it but I disliked her long before she claimed in one post that her remark was in response to Blackie and later confessed to having falsely attributed Blackie's comment to me when making that same remark and then pretended as if the words she says can be at all relied upon.

Fair enough, but I said previously it's context and information that I am unaware of, and would therefore be imprudent of me to use as context for judgment.

That's a great idea about making it protracted, maybe I'll stalk her posts for awhile and point out how she's full of shit.  She probably usually is, I don't much read them in general.

Fair enough.  I nor anyone else can prevent you from doing otherwise if you choose to do so.  My only question to this is: Is the vindictiveness and time/emotional investment really worth it to you?

I'm awfully bored here these days and I do think she's a callous holier than thou cunt with far more moral flexibility than qualifies one as an honest person.
I'm pretty sure she already knew that. 

Again, these are your personal feelings which are 100% fine and acceptable for you to have - even if they are 100% true or 100% off-base.  Personally, I don't even think it's a bad thing for you to let her know that you don't like her.  I think the honesty is far better than smiling through your teeth.

With that said, at some point, I have to imagine there's a point of diminishing returns.  When I read statements like the above, I just can't help but ask myself if this is how you deal with all issues where conflict arises.  My guess is, obviously, no - the Internet and a BBS allows the individual some liberties that generally are not considered acceptable in a more corporeal social context.  I guess my only point here is that on this BBS, where (at least the last time I was here) issues and points of view are often debated - I would be extremely reticent to engage in a protracted discussion of a potentially controversial nature if I have a good suspicion that should it turn south this is what awaited me.

If you're REALLY bored you can find every time over the years someone has suggested that I'm being deliberately untruthful and see that it pisses me off a LOT.  It's quite an explicit request to meet angry Royce.

Understandable. I don't know many people who enjoy being called a liar - explicitly or implicitly.  As I said in my previous post - both of you used ad hominems.




At this point, I see that during writing this that you have already posted another response - and I think that further involvement on my part here would be inappropriate.  I will summarize that I still maintain the belief that there has been some mis-interpretation of some of the original quotes on your part - and that happens, so it's not really a mark of right/wrong.  Similarly I think Rillion has at least 1 misinterpretation, which I mentioned previously as well.

I also still think the veracity of the vitriol (perhaps on the part of both parties) is unfortunate.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 14, 2010, 12:39:10 PM
Memo to Ecolitan, since he didn't get it the first time:  I am not taking you seriously.  I am laughing at you, because you took a misunderstanding about IQ and turned it into a burning tower of rage and then accused me of trying to pick a fight, and that's hilarious to me.   Probably not good for your health, though, so you might want to smoke a joint or something. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on January 14, 2010, 07:07:10 PM
I might have asked this before. If so, I must not have gotten an answer.

Is it bigoted to only accept medical services from people that can clearly speak English if you live in the U.S.?

My thinking is that my health is far to important to trust that the dude from India was able to to get through medical school with only a basic grasp of English with out some how gaming the system. Or maybe he was trained in some far inferior country. Either way, it has to be an issue with the English speaking staff.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 14, 2010, 07:18:22 PM
I might have asked this before. If so, I must not have gotten an answer.

Is it bigoted to only accept medical services from people that can clearly speak English if you live in the U.S.?

My thinking is that my health is far to important to trust that the dude from India was able to to get through medical school with only a basic grasp of English with out some how gaming the system. Or maybe he was trained in some far inferior country.

Yes and no.

No - it is not bigoted to accept medical services only from people that speak your language.  That's common sense - what happens if you have questions?  What happens if the Interpretor says something you don't understand. 

In on regard having a translator/interpretor just adds one extra-step for dealing with issues.  When I lived in Japan, I had to research to ensure my doctors spoke English to a degree that I was comfortable with for this reason - it was also another reason that I had to bone up on my Japanese.  However, sceintific/medical Japanese is extremely difficult, and something I would still consider myself illiterate in to this day.

Yes - it is bigoted to accept medical services only from people that speak your language because of some of the reasons you're citing:

...my health is far to important to trust that the dude from India was able to to get through medical school with only a basic grasp of English with out some how gaming the system.

This is likely improbable since English is an official language in India, my guesses are an Indian that spent approx. 11 yrs in college in the US is unlikely to not being able to speak English fluently.

Even if he/she didn't speak English fluently, your conclusion that they "some how gamed the system" is ultimately unprovable and overgeneralized.  Sure some doctors might have, but probably not all.

Or maybe he was trained in some far inferior country.

I'm assuming you mean the Medical Schools in <India> are far inferior, correct?  This is possible, but at the same time an over generalization/categorization.  A similar statement might be as follows:

"All High School graduates who went to public school are inferior to those who were privately schooled."

Sure, it might be true for a good portion of individuals, but it is certainly not true of all.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 14, 2010, 11:17:20 PM
Medical schools in India are not bad at all.  I have been considering going to one eventually.  And yes, they are typically taught in English from what I understand.  I just really am not interested in living in India.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 15, 2010, 12:20:21 AM
Medical schools in India are not bad at all.  I have been considering going to one eventually.  And yes, they are typically taught in English from what I understand.  I just really am not interested in living in India.

A lot of Indians come here for their education, and it costs a lot more. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 15, 2010, 11:51:55 AM
Advertise 'em as talismans to ward off the sickeningly evil-sweet soccer moms, for cool moms only to hang from the rear-view mirror of their Ram Quad Cab or similarly non-wimpy kid-hauler.    "I retain the right to refuse sale to soccer moms with e-mail names that make me want to barf"  $5 each, 3 for $10

You'll sell 'em by the bushel basket.

I agree, except the price point is too low.  Make them $7 each and three for $18.  I'm not even a mom and I'd buy one. 

Thanks for the thoughts. I'll need to figure out the pricing after I've tried making a couple. The last 3 animals I made went pretty quickly, during the LOTR New Year's Eve/Day marathon. I think the creepy cute creations might be a little smaller, so would go at least as fast, even with the greater detail. I'll take better photos before setting up shop, but I'm currently keeping track of which patterns/items work out pretty well on Flickr:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4276180335_6075f0fce1_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4276180217_098ef614a8_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4270890471_3b16f1b48b_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4271645362_eed546a8cd_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4271645286_a26e967346_m.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/89027102@N00/sets/72157623201737012/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/89027102@N00/sets/72157623201737012/)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 15, 2010, 12:07:12 PM
Medical schools in India are not bad at all.  I have been considering going to one eventually.  And yes, they are typically taught in English from what I understand.  I just really am not interested in living in India.

A lot of Indians come here for their education, and it costs a lot more. 
That is true as well.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on January 15, 2010, 07:37:51 PM
Laetitia, if you created them with Organic Bamboo Thread, or other "greenie" type stuff, you may rouse a little more interest.

I know a gal who makes these little things, bought one for my daughter (Bunny & carrot). She loves it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 15, 2010, 08:58:28 PM
Is it ever a good idea to discuss your IQ or that of others on the internet?



That was rhetorical.  There's no need to answer.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 15, 2010, 09:35:33 PM
Laetitia, if you created them with Organic Bamboo Thread, or other "greenie" type stuff, you may rouse a little more interest.

I know a gal who makes these little things, bought one for my daughter (Bunny & carrot). She loves it.

To some extent, yes. But the prices for supplies to able to put the organic label on a product are much higher, and I'd have to charge more. The etsy crowd will be sticklers for any little detail, and you don't want to get it wrong, or you get a bad reputation right off the bat. By going with upcycling and recycling, I have more flexibility, and can have a slightly higher profit margin. Plus, there's the added perk of me not needing "perfect", so I'm getting merchandise off the rack at goodwill that would otherwise have gone unsold. Doesn't matter to me if buttons are missing, there's a rip in the cuff, or a coffee stain at the neck... I can chop enough material out of it to make a doll or child's clothing item, which is a part of the treehugger code I am actually quite happy with. Environmentally aware doesn't have to mean moonbat; I'll settle for thrifty. Thrift has character.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on January 15, 2010, 09:45:40 PM
Well when it's described like that, it sounds even better than organic!  :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 15, 2010, 09:46:07 PM
Great stuff Joy


My question for the thread is:

Do you like Swing music?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 15, 2010, 10:39:44 PM
My question for the thread is:

Do you like Swing music?

Yes, yes I do.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 16, 2010, 12:05:01 AM
My question for the thread is:

Do you like Swing music?

Yes, yes I do.
Awesome, I saw these guys tonight: http://www.myspace.com/thestilettosmusic
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 16, 2010, 12:07:01 AM
Is it ever a good idea to discuss your IQ or that of others on the internet?



That was rhetorical.  There's no need to answer.

Oh hey, look at that.  Good to see another familiar face. . . and unchanged avatar picture.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 16, 2010, 12:14:47 AM
Is it ever a good idea to discuss your IQ or that of others on the internet?



That was rhetorical.  There's no need to answer.

Oh hey, look at that.  Good to see another familiar face. . . and unchanged avatar picture.

Nice to see you back around these parts, too :)  I'm not really into changing my avatar.  First, because Milton Friedman is/was awesome.  And second, because I usually recognize people by their avatars more than usernames, I like it when they stay relatively constant.  Of course, neither avatars nor usernames stay fixed for very long on most of the accounts around here :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 18, 2010, 01:45:04 PM
Memo to Ecolitan, since he didn't get it the first time:  I am not taking you seriously.  I am laughing at you, because you took a misunderstanding about IQ and turned it into a burning tower of rage and then accused me of trying to pick a fight, and that's hilarious to me.   Probably not good for your health, though, so you might want to smoke a joint or something.  

the burning tower of rage is long overdue and was brought on by you calling me a liar... NOT the misunderstanding (read, complete lack of attempt to understand what the conversation was about before deciding to disagree with it).  You're a cunt.  You never answered.  Why did you post in a conversation you were clueless about if not to start a fight?  WHY?  What did you want to accomplish by disagreeing with a statement you made no effort to understand?  Is it reasonable to expect that would be met with anything but contempt?

It's true, probably not good for my health, that's why I've long avoided you and threads you're involved in.  Because once upon a time you said something awful about a demographic you had no idea applied to me or anyone else here.  It struck me in a profound way.  I produce more than I consume and don't hurt anyone and anyone for whom that is not good enough reason to refrain from disparaging or spreading hate towards the harmless person is someone to be avoided.  So I do.  Because I know even if you don't that when you say "Hi Royce" you mean "Hi Royce you complete waste of space I wish you would quit sucking up my oxygen and I hope awful things happen to you".  I try to avoid that.  it effects me.  I will continue to be upset and abusive when you make that difficult for me.  Leaving the board entirely is even less desirable so I will continue to encourage you to stay the fuck away any way I can.  I hope I've made some progress toward that. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 18, 2010, 01:58:14 PM
the burning tower of rage is long overdue and was brought on by you calling me a liar...

I have found that, without exception, people who throw their IQ around tend to be assholes who are most likely liars as well.  

If this statement does not apply to you, I did not, in fact, call you a liar.  If you think it does apply, then it is most likely true for you and therefore there's no reason for me to regret saying it. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 18, 2010, 02:00:42 PM
You, I and every reader in this thread knows you very much intended it to apply to me.  I am again calling you intentionally deceitful.  It also further illustrates how you came in the thread disagreeing w/ me w/o having any idea what the conversation was about?  Clearly your intention was no to participate in the conversation since you didn't even know what it was about.  That leaves disagreeing w/ me as your intention.  That's what you did, came here just to disagree w/ me regardless of what the conversation was about.. i.e. to pick a fight.  Cuz you're a cunt.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 18, 2010, 02:14:35 PM
You, I and every reader in this thread knows you very much intended it to apply to me.

Yes, because I thought you were claiming that your IQ was 132, and that it's 12 points higher than mine, which is a douchebag thing to do.  As I believe I've said....a few times.

Quote
Cuz you're a cunt.

Holy fuck, I give up. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 18, 2010, 02:36:26 PM
You, I and every reader in this thread knows you very much intended it to apply to me.

Yes, because I thought you were claiming that your IQ was 132, and that it's 12 points higher than mine, which is a douchebag thing to do.  As I believe I've said....a few times.

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Cuz you're a cunt.

Holy fuck, I give up. 

It's probably best, even though he'll now add "quitter" to all the other terribly lovely things he has to say about you. Or, maybe he'll use his genius to come up with more creative ways to challenge you than by simply shooting back one word insults worthy of a middle school spat.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 18, 2010, 03:15:36 PM
Quote from: Rillion link=topic=27003.msg584693#msg584693 date=1263842075

Yes, [i
because I thought you were claiming that your IQ was 132, and that it's 12 points higher than mine[/i], which is a douchebag thing to do.  As I believe I've said....a few times.


I know you thought that.  I've understood that all along because I read what you had to say and understood it before I ever responded.  YOU did not because disagreeing with me is what was important to you, NOT participating in the conversation.  Because you're a cunt.  

Quote from: a couple of pages ago when you read this and STILL didn't realize that I've known all along that you THOUGHT I was saying something that I was not
as if I just up and said "132, average for the neighborhood" entirely in a vaccum

I won't call you a quitter.  It would be more than I could possibly hope to accomplish to have you stay the fuck away from me as I try to do with you.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on January 18, 2010, 10:39:44 PM
Advertise 'em as talismans to ward off the sickeningly evil-sweet soccer moms, for cool moms only to hang from the rear-view mirror of their Ram Quad Cab or similarly non-wimpy kid-hauler.    "I retain the right to refuse sale to soccer moms with e-mail names that make me want to barf"  $5 each, 3 for $10

You'll sell 'em by the bushel basket.

I agree, except the price point is too low.  Make them $7 each and three for $18.  I'm not even a mom and I'd buy one.  

Thanks for the thoughts. I'll need to figure out the pricing after I've tried making a couple. The last 3 animals I made went pretty quickly, during the LOTR New Year's Eve/Day marathon. I think the creepy cute creations might be a little smaller, so would go at least as fast, even with the greater detail. I'll take better photos before setting up shop, but I'm currently keeping track of which patterns/items work out pretty well on Flickr:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4276180335_6075f0fce1_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4276180217_098ef614a8_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4270890471_3b16f1b48b_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4271645362_eed546a8cd_m.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4271645286_a26e967346_m.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/89027102@N00/sets/72157623201737012/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/89027102@N00/sets/72157623201737012/)


You sexy hippy you!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 18, 2010, 10:45:36 PM
You sexy hippy you!

just because I'm not wearing a bra does not make me a hippie  :P
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 25, 2010, 12:16:06 AM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on January 25, 2010, 12:18:03 AM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?

Performing acts of gluttony and watching funny commercials.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 25, 2010, 12:54:47 AM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?

I will be working!  I think I'd rather watch football... :x
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on January 25, 2010, 01:13:32 AM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?

Drink yourself into a stupor. Always works.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 25, 2010, 01:25:59 AM
Does anybody have any tips for fighting utility bills that are too high?

I live in a one bedroom apartment and got an electric bill for $230 for the past month.
The only things that use any significant electricity are my laptop, a lamp, a few small ceiling lights, the microwave and the fridge. Thats it. My heating is through gas.

My parents have a monstrous 2 story house with many electronics plugged in/running at any given time. Multiple computers, 2 tv's, a well that takes in water based on electricity, 4 or more different people turning on lights, etc etc...and their bill was 110 for the same time period with the same company. WTF

I dont recall what the "units" were but basically the statement said that last years usage was 20 for the past tenant during this time frame. Mine was 2000.  My bill has been rising exponentially since Aug. when I moved in.

First call to them resulted in them denying any wrong-doing, tomorrow morning I am going to their physical location and demanding answers. If they do not compensate me I will refuse to pay it.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 25, 2010, 02:24:36 AM
Does anybody have any tips for fighting utility bills that are too high?

I live in a one bedroom apartment and got an electric bill for $230 for the past month.
The only things that use any significant electricity are my laptop, a lamp, a few small ceiling lights, the microwave and the fridge. Thats it. My heating is through gas.

My parents have a monstrous 2 story house with many electronics plugged in/running at any given time. Multiple computers, 2 tv's, a well that takes in water based on electricity, 4 or more different people turning on lights, etc etc...and their bill was 110 for the same time period with the same company. WTF

I dont recall what the "units" were but basically the statement said that last years usage was 20 for the past tenant during this time frame. Mine was 2000.  My bill has been rising exponentially since Aug. when I moved in.

First call to them resulted in them denying any wrong-doing, tomorrow morning I am going to their physical location and demanding answers. If they do not compensate me I will refuse to pay it.

Usually they don't physically read the meter every month, they do estimates based on history of the location then do an "actual" which will adjust.  Rate hikes will effect this too, and they've all been doing rate hikes in the last year, so it may be a combination of the two - applying the rate hike (if any) on top of the estimated period.  

Air conditioners are usually the guilty culprits, if it jacked up rapidly in the fall and you're new there even a small AC unit can suck down the wattage.  

Sometimes there is a baseboard heater in a bathroom that is turned to "low" and its just running forever and you don't know about it.  

If you're living in an apartment, make sure where your meter location goes straight to your breaker box, and all the switches control shit inside your pad.  Sometimes in old houses theres a rogue switch that goes to a porch light or something weird, like an outside porch plug, and if the neighbors know about it, they may run a cord off it to power a heater.  You must be aware of where all wires go, and what they power.  So you'll need to turn all your lights on, plug stuff into all your outlets, the go to the breaker box and shut everything off.  Then, 1 by 1, come back and turn each switch on, and check what it powers.  Its really the only way to get familiar with the routing of the wiring.  If you have extra switches in the box that don't seem to power anything in your pad, leave them turned off.  

If the water heater is electric, check the dial and turn it down to as low as you can comfortably tolerate the warm water.  

Put a thermometer in your fridge for a few days and keep turning the cold setting down (less cold) until the fridge reads 36 degrees.  

The measure of 2000 kw/h versus the last tenants usage of 20 is not normal.  Ask them to audit the other accounts in the place with similar features (you probably know which others have 1BR and a single guy living in it)  Yours should be approximately what theirs is, give or take for personal habits.  They may say its confidential information, ask for a manager.  Tell the manager you have no interest in anyones personal information, but would like him/her to compare your account to others in the building.  They should be similar.  

If they insist the 2000 kw/h is correct and everyone else is using about 20/30ish, tell them you want the meter socket replaced.  You have legitimate grounds to believe there is something wrong with their meter.  (the meter socket is the glass dome part that covers all the whirly dials, and the mechanical junk inside it)  This piece just pops out of the gray box, simple.  The socket belongs to the electric company, it is their property and must be checked if it is disputed.  

My last electric bills were in the $60-70/mo range and I ran central air all summer long at 73*, and everything was electric.  I have no idea how many kw/h I was using, but it sure as fuck wasn't 2000, it was more like 100ish.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 25, 2010, 02:57:54 AM
Air conditioners are usually the guilty culprits, if it jacked up rapidly in the fall and you're new there even a small AC unit can suck down the wattage. 
Its the middle of winter here (WI) so no AC units have been used since Aug. And even then my bill was less than 50 bucks.

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Sometimes there is a baseboard heater in a bathroom that is turned to "low" and its just running forever and you don't know about it. 
We dont have anything like that. Literally there is nothing else that can be plugged in in the place. Maybe a phone charger, a printer, and occasionally my gal's hair straightener.

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If you're living in an apartment, make sure where your meter location goes straight to your breaker box, and all the switches control shit inside your pad.  Sometimes in old houses theres a rogue switch that goes to a porch light or something weird, like an outside porch plug, and if the neighbors know about it, they may run a cord off it to power a heater.  You must be aware of where all wires go, and what they power. 
I may have to go scouting around outside then. Maybe the plugs the landlord (I live in the upper half of a house, shes downstairs) uses to power Christmas lights are wired to my meter?
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 So you'll need to turn all your lights on, plug stuff into all your outlets, the go to the breaker box and shut everything off.  Then, 1 by 1, come back and turn each switch on, and check what it powers.  Its really the only way to get familiar with the routing of the wiring.  If you have extra switches in the box that don't seem to power anything in your pad, leave them turned off. 
I dont think I have access to a breaker. I think it is in the landlords basement, and when I have called her about the ridiculously high bills (other bills are unreasonably high too, but thats a different story) she says she wont do anything, I just have to talk to the utility companies.

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If the water heater is electric, check the dial and turn it down to as low as you can comfortably tolerate the warm water. 
I have about 5 minutes of warm water before it is completely gone when I take a shower. I've timed it at about 6 if I keep it lukewarm and turn the water on when I'm standing directly under the spout. I havent seen the water heater, but if a smaller version for homes exists I'd be very surprised.

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Put a thermometer in your fridge for a few days and keep turning the cold setting down until the fridge reads 36 degrees. 
I'm not sure how that helps? Turn the temp down?

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They may say its confidential information, ask for a manager.  Tell the manager you have no interest in anyones personal information, but would like him/her to compare your account to others in the building.  They should be similar. 
If they insist the 2000 kw/h is correct and everyone else is using about 20/30ish, tell them you want the meter socket replaced.
When I talked to them on the phone they said multiple things which necessitate me storming their physical turf. First off, they refuse to give me a past history of any data beyond the small amount that gave me the 20 vs 2000. They claimed it was "illegal" for them to do so. Second, I wanted to speak to a manager, but they would not let me. >:( Finally, they said that the meter was actually recently replaced. This was something I had noticed on my own because the first electric bill I received was reasonable, all the rest just got outrageous as they grew and grew and grew. The first bill I noticed said meter #XXXXXXX but all the rest after that said #YYYYYYYY. I pointed this out to them thinking perhaps they were reading someone elses house or something but nope, they claimed the whole town got new meters at that time.
 
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My last electric bills were in the $60-70/mo range and I ran central air all summer long at 73*, and everything was electric.  I have no idea how many kw/h I was using, but it sure as fuck wasn't 2000, it was more like 100ish. 
I kept the AC off and stripped clothing off when it was hot, I almost always have the heat at 55 F unless my gal is around for a few days during which I temporarily crank it up to 65. I dont have anything really in my apartment that does anything and I dont even do many dishes or cooking since I work as a cook and eat the majority of my meals at work.

I was really really shocked when I saw my parents bill. If you combine their bill for the house with theirs for the barn (which uses a lot due to poor heating, heating water, lights, freezers, etc.) it still barely breaks 200 bucks.

In sum I am mostly pissed because I was told utilities (gas, water, elec, water, sewer, etc.) would come to about 150 per month when I signed the lease. Actual total last month for those: 400+.  Thats an entire paycheck, or half my total pay each month straight to these bills.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 25, 2010, 04:52:41 AM
If your breaker panel is in the basement, and you have no access to switches, check on the outside of the house and see how many meter sockets there are.  If there are two residences in the house there should be two glass-domed meters, one is yours and one is the landlords.  If there is only one, you are paying the electricity for the entire house. 

When you rent a duplex, the electricity is supposed to come inside in a straight line from the meter to the residence, so you have access for blown circuits - or to shut the whole fucker down in an emergency.  It shouldn't be in the basement.  Ask the landlord to see it, even if there are two glass domes - you'll be able to tell if both are active by just looking at them. 

Inside the basement, it'll run into two panels - one should power her house, and one should power your stuff.  Trace the wires, just open the doors and look.  If theres only one box, you're getting fucked.  It'd be a good reason to refuse to show you, it'd be my immediate suspicion.  (there will actually be one small box and one large box in each set-up, a master with a primary kill-switch and then that goes into the big box)  So in the properly designed rig, there would actually be four  boxes in total, small-into-big for hers, and small-into-big for yours.  Get it? 

If your water is running out that quickly, I suspect the whole house is running off one water heater.  When the utilities are all mixed up like that, its usually that the upstairs (or whichever is the renters side) is given utilities included wit the rent, and they're all the landlords responsibility.  She would charge you 600 (or whatever) and you'd have no other bill - and fueling the upstairs could be zoned off her one electric box, and one furnace.  If you're paying elec,gas,water, and have no access to any of the shit, she could've switched everything over in a situation like that into your name when you accepted the tenancy. 

There should be two furnaces, two gas meters, two electric meters, two water meters, two water heaters - all on separate utilities in the situation you describe.  Nothing should be shared.  Not one water heater, not one furnace.  Two.  No excuses.  I would tell her since the bills are so much higher than expected, you demand to check the settings on the water heater to make sure its properly adjusted.   

Even if there are two gas meters, and only one electric panel, the gas could be on the up-and-up and she's augmenting her heat with your electricity, thinking she won't get caught by a rube, since the gas is technically the primary heat source.  Maybe a little personal-sized space heater to keep the chill down, so her furnace doesn't kick on as often.  I am very suspicious of this large rise in kw/h consumption. 

Ask how many accounts are active in the house if ALL those meters are not visible or located outside.     

Don't take any shit from these people.  Know your shit and be certain of your accusations.  Wait til they're not home downstairs and give everything a thorough look.  Take pictures.  Christmas lights aren't enough to make much of a difference, if she just has a few strands like normal people. 

--

The fridge controls, down is actually warmer in many fridges = less cold, and up is colder = more cold.  It varies.  But in this case, its probably not the problem.  I was just saying to turn everything to its more efficient directions. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on January 25, 2010, 12:04:35 PM
Does anybody have any tips for fighting utility bills that are too high?

I live in a one bedroom apartment and got an electric bill for $230 for the past month.
The only things that use any significant electricity are my laptop, a lamp, a few small ceiling lights, the microwave and the fridge. Thats it. My heating is through gas.

My parents have a monstrous 2 story house with many electronics plugged in/running at any given time. Multiple computers, 2 tv's, a well that takes in water based on electricity, 4 or more different people turning on lights, etc etc...and their bill was 110 for the same time period with the same company. WTF

I dont recall what the "units" were but basically the statement said that last years usage was 20 for the past tenant during this time frame. Mine was 2000.  My bill has been rising exponentially since Aug. when I moved in.

First call to them resulted in them denying any wrong-doing, tomorrow morning I am going to their physical location and demanding answers. If they do not compensate me I will refuse to pay it.

I'd suggest unplugging any and all little gadgets when not in use. Like the microwave. It is still drawing power for the clock when you are not using it. Multiply that by all the electronics you might have plugged in. Also, electric has been going up regular for awhile. Double check with your parents and verify what they are paying.

You might want to get a hold of the power company and see if they have a free home check up program.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on January 25, 2010, 12:13:32 PM
You could try one of these things.

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2003/12/23/kill_a_watt_electric_usage_monitor_review/ (http://the-gadgeteer.com/2003/12/23/kill_a_watt_electric_usage_monitor_review/)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on January 25, 2010, 12:47:23 PM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?

If the weather is nice go for a bike ride with your man. Take along a little food in a backpack and stop at a park for lunch.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on January 25, 2010, 12:55:57 PM
I'm I being picked on by my boss?

Set up scenario.

I had a picture of von Mises for my desktop wallpaper. The boss did not like it because he associated Mises' mustache with Hitler. I replaced it with a wallpaper of a close up of a common house fly. I thought it looked interesting since how often does one see a house fly that close up. It was neat. The boss must have come in after hours and removed it. I can sort of see the Mises one, but it boggles me that he was offended by a house fly.

Note:  I will honor his wishes as he is the boss and it is a company computer.  I just thought this was strange. Also, I thought a Mises picture would be ambiguous enough as to not offend anyone. I was right at least in the political encomic way.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 25, 2010, 02:49:52 PM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?

If the weather is nice go for a bike ride with your man. Take along a little food in a backpack and stop at a park for lunch.

Great idea, though not during super bowl, unless you have proper gear for riding at night.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on January 25, 2010, 03:06:05 PM
I'm I being picked on by my boss?

Set up scenario.

I had a picture of von Mises for my desktop wallpaper. The boss did not like it because he associated Mises' mustache with Hitler. I replaced it with a wallpaper of a close up of a common house fly. I thought it looked interesting since how often does one see a house fly that close up. It was neat. The boss must have come in after hours and removed it. I can sort of see the Mises one, but it boggles me that he was offended by a house fly.

Note:  I will honor his wishes as he is the boss and it is a company computer.  I just thought this was strange. Also, I thought a Mises picture would be ambiguous enough as to not offend anyone. I was right at least in the political encomic way.


It sounds like you are being picked on. Once your desktop got onto his "radar" he has come to pay way too much attention to it. It is now like a gnat bugging him. If I were you, I would go completely in the other direction now to disarm him. Put up one of the following:

1) a blank wallpaper
2) your company logo
3) something that represents something to do with your company's industry
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 25, 2010, 03:19:03 PM
Does anyone want to run a half marathon through lovely Calloway Gardens this coming weekend... pretending to be me?

It's supposed to be right around freezing Sunday morning, and I don't wanna go. (I will, but don't wanna.)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on January 25, 2010, 03:57:52 PM
I think your boss sounds like a douche, since the last time you mentioned him he was being an ass about upgrading to a current version of IE.  He should concentrate on more important things, micromanagement is a sign of incompetence and indicates an inability to prioritize.  In other words, those things don't matter. 

It doesn't mean he's not a Decent Chap, and slurping the morning coffee with him is a valid reason for suicide.  People are multi-layered.  But those quirks, very douche. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 25, 2010, 04:17:30 PM
It sounds like you are being picked on. Once your desktop got onto his "radar" he has come to pay way too much attention to it. It is now like a gnat bugging him. If I were you, I would go completely in the other direction now to disarm him. Put up one of the following:

1) a blank wallpaper
2) your company logo
3) something that represents something to do with your company's industry

Going with blank screen might be seen as smart ass. Company logo, or industry related image is better, unless your industry is food. In that case, you should avoid white bread, vanilla ice cream, and things like that.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on January 25, 2010, 07:33:58 PM
It defaulted to the theme color I had it on so it is basically blank. So far he has not done anything to the forest scene I have on my main/desk PC. Very odd.

The version of I.E. is determined by our Information Services department so the boss was not being a douche there. I could go get firefox but I've made it a point not to mess with the setup Info Service has configured. It is tempting but I wont.

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 25, 2010, 07:44:55 PM
What is the best way to spend February 7th if you don't give a shit about the Super Bowl?

Come to Chicago and go to see the Best Church of God: http://www.bestchurchofgod.org/.god/?72
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 25, 2010, 07:48:55 PM
It defaulted to the theme color I had it on so it is basically blank. So far he has not done anything to the forest scene I have on my main/desk PC. Very odd.

The version of I.E. is determined by our Information Services department so the boss was not being a douche there. I could go get firefox but I've made it a point not to mess with the setup Info Service has configured. It is tempting but I wont.



At my company we're all supposed to have the exact same (company logo) wallpaper.  It's kind of dull, but I don't really spend any real amount of time staring at my desktop so it doesn't bother me all that much.  I would think a closeup of a fly should be fine.  Perhaps you could try something abstract like neat architecture or a landscape.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 28, 2010, 06:29:46 AM
Question:

Why do assholes with shitty cars have to have the most annoying and over sensitive alarm systems?  I just got home and set off this damn shitty civic's alarm system for the 4th time this week.  I put a Flowmaster 50 SUV series muffler on my Suburban just so that it would have a good sound but not be too loud!  It's really not that loud!  I got the quietest damned Flowmaster muffler they make that's designed to eliminate drone just so it could have a good sound but be relatively quiet.  And this fucker who just moved into my apartment complex has to have the most RIDICULOUSLY sensitive alarm system on their shitty ass early 90's Honda Civic!  NOBODY WANTS TO STEAL YOUR POS CAR!  TURN THAT SHIT OFF so I don't keep waking up the entire complex when I get home at 3AM.

I think I'm going to try and teach this person a lesson by repeatedly setting off the alarm as many times as possible in one day so it kills their damned battery.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 28, 2010, 08:06:49 AM
I once had flowmasters on a chevy truck.  It was loud.  I hated driving through residential areas at night.  I never would have bought them myself but they came with the truck.  Over a couple of years I set off 3 alarms total and none at idle.  It was not quiet with good sound.  It was loud and obnoxious and rude.  If you're setting off his over-sensitive alarm you're waking up at least part of the complex anyway.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 28, 2010, 08:16:33 AM
I once had flowmasters on a chevy truck.  It was loud.  I hated driving through residential areas at night.  I never would have bought them myself but they came with the truck.  Over a couple of years I set off 3 alarms total and none at idle.  It was not quiet with good sound.  It was loud and obnoxious and rude.  If you're setting off his over-sensitive alarm you're waking up at least part of the complex anyway.
The Flowmaster 40 series I had on my last Suburban was super loud and obnoxious.  The 50 series SUV is much quieter believe me.  I couldn't deal with another 40 series, but the 50 series isn't very loud, especially when the truck is just idling.

It sounds like this exactly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXWBqnbmgzE

Vs. the 40 series that sounds like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqlgo41ELZ0  Far more obnoxious.

Trust me, my truck is only loud when I open the throttle wide open.  It's their quietest muffler.  This person just moved in, and they have an oversensitive alarm system.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 28, 2010, 01:39:46 PM
I used to date a guy who lived near downtown Dallas, across the street from a parking garage.  Unfortunately, the part of the parking garage right across from his bedroom window contained some sort of speed bump.  And somebody with a highly sensitive car alarm regularly parked right next to that bump.  This meant that when somebody else was working late at night (or whatever they were doing) and drove down the ramp and over that bump, it would set off that car's alarm.  It was the typical variable alarm:  WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO etc.  Every time somebody went over that bump.  Cue lack of sleep, murderous rage.

We went into the garage, located the car, and put a note under the windshield wiper.  Not "Fuck you, asshole," but just explaining what was happening and requesting that he park somewhere else.  And he did-- after that night we never heard the alarm again.   I'm a note-leaver by nature, and I know that's a passive aggressive thing to do, but in this case there really wasn't any choice-- it wasn't as if we could track the guy down and explain things to him in person, because we didn't know where in the area he actually worked or was hanging out.  To be honest I would've gotten some satisfaction out of shooting out his windows, but he probably had no actual idea of how much his car was disrupting the sleep of two very pissed off people across the street.  Sometimes people just need to be made aware, politely, of how much of a dick they are being and they'll cut it out.  Problem solved, everyone's happy. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: gibson042 on January 28, 2010, 02:03:05 PM
WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO

Wonderful. :D
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 28, 2010, 02:12:45 PM
WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO

Wonderful. :D

This.  Personally I would like video of Rillion making these noises.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 28, 2010, 02:26:09 PM
WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO

Wonderful. :D

This.  Personally I would like video of Rillion making these noises.   :lol:

Sorry, I only make those noises during sex, and I'm not showing you video of that.  

"Having sex with her is incredible. It's just like a concert, I swear it is.  We throw Frisbees around the room. And when she wants more, she lights a match." -- Steven Wright
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 28, 2010, 02:38:03 PM
WOOOOOP  WOOOOOP  WOOOOP EH EH EH EH HHHEEEOOOO HEEEOOOOO

Wonderful. :D

This.  Personally I would like video of Rillion making these noises.   :lol:

Sorry, I only make those noises during sex, and I'm not showing you video of that.  

"Having sex with her is incredible. It's just like a concert, I swear it is.  We throw Frisbees around the room. And when she wants more, she lights a match." -- Steven Wright

Car alarm noises during sex...this sounds like an awesome prank I would pull.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on January 28, 2010, 03:54:39 PM
... I'm a note-leaver by nature, and I know that's a passive aggressive thing to do, but in this case there really wasn't any choice--...

Really? I don't think note-leaving is passive aggressive. Notes are practical tools that serve a useful purpose. It is not like you were using it to be malicious, manipulative, or secretive. I'm glad it got you a result.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 28, 2010, 04:01:42 PM
... I'm a note-leaver by nature, and I know that's a passive aggressive thing to do, but in this case there really wasn't any choice--...

Really? I don't think note-leaving is passive aggressive. Notes are practical tools that serve a useful purpose. It is not like you were using it to be malicious, manipulative, or secretive. I'm glad it got you a result.
Notes are probably a much nicer thing to leave than the dead battery I'd like to leave this person.

It's a good idea and I think I'll do it.  Just a suggestion to get their alarm system tuned so it isn't so sensitive.  It's not like I'm backing into my parking spot revving my engine or anything, it just idles as I roll into the spot very slowly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 28, 2010, 04:08:14 PM
... I'm a note-leaver by nature, and I know that's a passive aggressive thing to do, but in this case there really wasn't any choice--...

Really? I don't think note-leaving is passive aggressive. Notes are practical tools that serve a useful purpose. It is not like you were using it to be malicious, manipulative, or secretive. I'm glad it got you a result.

I really, really hate confronting people.  And I read Passive Aggressive Notes (http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/) a lot (it's hilarious, by the way, you should check it out).  So I don't think that leaving a note is always passive aggressive, but sometimes have a hard time telling when it is and when it isn't.  It's certainly better than screaming at someone, but it's not likely to make you their best friend either. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 28, 2010, 04:15:44 PM
... I'm a note-leaver by nature, and I know that's a passive aggressive thing to do, but in this case there really wasn't any choice--...

Really? I don't think note-leaving is passive aggressive. Notes are practical tools that serve a useful purpose. It is not like you were using it to be malicious, manipulative, or secretive. I'm glad it got you a result.

I really, really hate confronting people.  And I read Passive Aggressive Notes (http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/) a lot (it's hilarious, by the way, you should check it out).  So I don't think that leaving a note is always passive aggressive, but sometimes have a hard time telling when it is and when it isn't.  It's certainly better than screaming at someone, but it's not likely to make you their best friend either. 

I'm a note person too.  I have a problem with talking to people, like my employees when they've done something that isn't exactly acceptable.  Either because I'll get mad or ask them why they did something so stupid, and to me that's crossing a line and it's just easier to leave them a note on occasion. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on January 28, 2010, 07:27:00 PM
... I'm a note-leaver by nature, and I know that's a passive aggressive thing to do, but in this case there really wasn't any choice--...

Really? I don't think note-leaving is passive aggressive. Notes are practical tools that serve a useful purpose. It is not like you were using it to be malicious, manipulative, or secretive. I'm glad it got you a result.


In some scenarios, it is, but in this context, its the easiest way to get a point across, and not really passive-aggressive.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on January 30, 2010, 07:12:19 PM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 30, 2010, 08:18:46 PM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

I swear more in real life.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 30, 2010, 08:28:22 PM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

I'm more agreeable in real life :)

Aside from that, I'd say I'm pretty similar.  I don't really try to put off a different persona online than I do in real life.  I say I'm more agreeable in real life because I would rather stay friends with people in real life than be "right", at least most of the time.  There's much less personal connection to people I only know through online mediums.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on January 31, 2010, 01:00:08 AM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

When I get angry, I start turning green and become increadibly strong. Most of my arguments end with me yelling out "CAL DAVE SMASH!!!! RRRRAAAAHHHH!!!"

Then my wife has to buy me a new shirt.  :?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 31, 2010, 11:19:44 AM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

I swear more in real life.

I swear less in real life. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: theCelestrian on January 31, 2010, 11:37:15 AM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

Tough.  I try to make my online persona in the BBS as close to "me" (that's why I sign w/ my real name, my avatar pic is one of me, etc...)  I think the main difference is going to be that my body language, look on my face and tone of voice is missing here - which because I have no inner monologue, tends to play poorly when people say ignorant things in my general direction.

My team of developers that I lead often call me, "the jerk/asshole (affectionately - because they realize my personality directly makes their jobs easier)" - with the two terms used interchangeably, and that's because especially at work, I say what I mean, mean what I say and if something is stupid or a person has demonstrated themselves as being incompetant I have zero compunctions with proclaiming as much.

However, I'm still just as verbose in real life.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on February 01, 2010, 03:38:11 PM
I think I tend to come of angry in this board. I talk the same in real life, but it is easier to see sarcasm and a smile in real life so I come off a lot more personable. I'm quite a regular guy (a bit gregarious) and I feel safe saying that if I sat down for a coffee or a beer with anyone here, we would get along famously.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 01, 2010, 03:56:31 PM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

In real life I am Ellen DeGeneres.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 01, 2010, 06:03:20 PM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

In real life I am Ellen DeGeneres.

I knew it!  :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 02, 2010, 01:58:15 AM
How does your online persona differ from your real-life persona?

In real life I am Ellen DeGeneres.

I knew it!  :lol:

Well, I guessed the gender wrong, but the haircut correctly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on February 02, 2010, 02:07:26 AM
The person's car alarm went off again today when I slammed my truck's door.  :shock:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 02, 2010, 10:24:27 PM
Not a question, but an answer...and a very thorough one: How to poach an egg (http://www.b3ta.com/features/howtopoachanegg/).  It covers several different methods, but I've done the recommended one a few times and can definitely vouch for it. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on February 02, 2010, 11:03:00 PM
I've never had a poached egg, and I'm glad.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 02, 2010, 11:09:56 PM
I've never had a poached egg, and I'm glad.

I never thought I could deal with the runny yolk thing....ate exclusively scrambled or hard boiled eggs until I was 25 or so. Then one morning a friend made me an egg over easy on a toasted English muffin with bacon and cheese.....holy bejeezus.  Mouth orgasm.  Changed my whole perspective.  A poached egg can achieve the same effect, and if done correctly can be the easier, cleaner, and (most importantly) tastier option. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 02, 2010, 11:11:54 PM
I cant stand egg (like eating melted rubber YUCK) but I need to make them at my job.

What is your method for boiling an egg (or more than one)?

I've heard many ways, and many of the recommended "work every time" ones suck.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 02, 2010, 11:29:51 PM
I cant stand egg (like eating melted rubber YUCK) but I need to make them at my job.

What is your method for boiling an egg (or more than one)?

I've heard many ways, and many of the recommended "work every time" ones suck.

For the longest time I thought the best method was to get the water to a boiling point and then add the egg(s), and leave them in there for 20 minutes or so.  But recently I watched a video on raising and cooking chickens and eggs which said that the best method is to not actually allow the water to boil, but to come just short of it.  This allows you to basically steam the eggs if you want a more creamy, less rubbery texture to them.  Eggs are notoriously hard to cook well.  When they want to mess with the contestants on Top Chef, they tell them to cook eggs.  But it takes time and trial and error to do properly....which is probably exactly why they would demand that people do it in a cooking competition. 

Note: I am no chef....not at all.  I just know what tastes good to me.  I think a soft-boiled egg in an egg cup is less than optimal, yet that's what a lot of European restaurants serve standard for breakfast. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 02, 2010, 11:38:04 PM
I've never had a poached egg, and I'm glad.

I never thought I could deal with the runny yolk thing....ate exclusively scrambled or hard boiled eggs until I was 25 or so. Then one morning a friend made me an egg over easy on a toasted English muffin with bacon and cheese.....holy bejeezus.  Mouth orgasm.  Changed my whole perspective.  A poached egg can achieve the same effect, and if done correctly can be the easier, cleaner, and (most importantly) tastier option. 

Poached and over-easy eggs are the way to go.  The runny yolk has so much more flavor than it does when it's hard.  It is definitely a mouthgasm.  I've never heard of wrapping the egg in plastic wrap, and I'd be slightly worried about it melting, particularly if the plastic hits the side or bottom of the pot for any length of time.  I usually try to keep the water just above simmering heat, add a bit of vinegar, and break the egg very gently into the water.  It works decently when done properly, but it's never perfect.  I'm intrigued by the plastic wrap thing.  Maybe I'll try it :)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 02, 2010, 11:50:27 PM
I've never heard of wrapping the egg in plastic wrap, and I'd be slightly worried about it melting, particularly if the plastic hits the side or bottom of the pot for any length of time.  I usually try to keep the water just above simmering heat, add a bit of vinegar, and break the egg very gently into the water.  It works decently when done properly, but it's never perfect.  I'm intrigued by the plastic wrap thing.  Maybe I'll try it :)

The egg in the plastic wrap will float, but you can try twining the plastic wrap around a spatula or something to keep it suspended in the middle of the pot.  I didn't find that necessary, however, and the plastic wrap didn't break open.  Once I did leave it in too long and the yolk solidified, but if you time it right that shouldn't be a problem. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 03, 2010, 12:22:59 AM
Put eggs in cool water and bring to full boil.  Maintain for five minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 03, 2010, 10:45:08 AM
Not a question, but an answer...and a very thorough one: How to poach an egg (http://www.b3ta.com/features/howtopoachanegg/).  It covers several different methods, but I've done the recommended one a few times and can definitely vouch for it. 

I've tried many of those. The only problem with the plastic wrap was that it looked icky when I put it on the plate. It tasted great, but I was sure the texture was funky because of plastic. It was all in my head, but still ruined it for me.

I do the egg cup drop thing, but use a ladle. The ladle goes in the water & I wait less than a minute for the egg to start to set around the outside, then let the egg slide into the water and drop the next one. When they're ready, I scoop out with a slotted spoon.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 03, 2010, 10:52:11 PM
I asked the maid how she does it, she said "Twan toshade, kom fup twok nom nom hashakazumi, kipkip wan urrrrshwa kuzuku, Brasky-san." 

Whatever that means. 

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on February 04, 2010, 12:19:26 PM
I asked the maid how she does it, she said "Twan toshade, kom fup twok nom nom hashakazumi, kipkip wan urrrrshwa kuzuku, Brasky-san." 

Whatever that means. 



 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on February 05, 2010, 04:52:24 PM
If a home goes back to the bank, does the bank have to pay the property taxes still?

I'm trying to understand why so many local govs are talking about budget shortfalls.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 05, 2010, 04:57:56 PM
If a home goes back to the bank, does the bank have to pay the property taxes still?

I'm trying to understand why so many local govs are talking about budget shortfalls.

Businesses are posting lower revenues. Sales taxes are dropping. The federal government is handing out "stimulus" for some things, but cutting back on other payments to state & local agencies, and with higher unemployment rates, people are using those state & local government services.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on February 05, 2010, 05:08:02 PM
If a home goes back to the bank, does the bank have to pay the property taxes still?

I'm trying to understand why so many local govs are talking about budget shortfalls.

Yes the bank pays the property taxes.  Most times they have already collected the money from the borrower and placed it in an escrow account.  In addition most of the banks have an emergency surplus fund they borrower paid as well.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Turd Ferguson on February 05, 2010, 05:11:58 PM
If a home goes back to the bank, does the bank have to pay the property taxes still?

I'm trying to understand why so many local govs are talking about budget shortfalls.

Its a little complicated, but basically the banks are being given a break on the property tax, yes, they have to pay it if they take the house back but the local govts are allowing to pay a small percentage of whats owed through monthly payments that are less than the averaged monthly tax on that property. The reason the local govs are doing this is because they dont want the banks to just put all those homes out on the market at once, thus driving property values down even more and screwing the local govt in the process....... it wont work in the end though.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 06, 2010, 04:39:56 PM
Read an article in the NY Daily News about these. Would you wear Pajama Jeans?
http://www.pajamajeans.com/Default.aspx?bhcp=1 (http://www.pajamajeans.com/Default.aspx?bhcp=1)
(http://www.pajamajeans.com/images/side_shot.jpg) (http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/02/06/alg_pajama_jeans.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 06, 2010, 05:02:16 PM
Read an article in the NY Daily News about these. Would you wear Pajama Jeans?
http://www.pajamajeans.com/Default.aspx?bhcp=1 (http://www.pajamajeans.com/Default.aspx?bhcp=1)
(http://www.pajamajeans.com/images/side_shot.jpg) (http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/02/06/alg_pajama_jeans.jpg)

I wouldn't (though it looks like my gender is not the target audience).  If I want to look like I'm wearing jeans, I'll wear jeans.  I'm sure that these would look "off" since the fabric is too light, stretchy, and uniform to look like real jeans.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 07, 2010, 06:12:08 PM
Read an article in the NY Daily News about these. Would you wear Pajama Jeans?


They look alright, man. 

(http://www.daveandthomas.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/thedude-lebowski.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on February 11, 2010, 01:09:31 AM
Why do some guys flush the urinal before they start to pee? Is it to deflect back-spatter? Does hearing water run help them to go? Do they just prefer the fresh water?

Also, I always hear that thing about running water making people want to pee. What the hell is that all about?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 11, 2010, 02:29:41 AM
Why do some guys flush the urinal before they start to pee? Is it to deflect back-spatter? Does hearing water run help them to go? Do they just prefer the fresh water?

Also, I always hear that thing about running water making people want to pee. What the hell is that all about?

Sometimes I do that if the pisser is stinky. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 11, 2010, 07:52:45 AM
Why do some guys flush the urinal before they start to pee? Is it to deflect back-spatter? Does hearing water run help them to go? Do they just prefer the fresh water?

Also, I always hear that thing about running water making people want to pee. What the hell is that all about?

Sometimes I do that if the pisser is stinky. 

I also frequently flush it if the person before me hasn't done it.  That's the only reason I do it, though.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 11, 2010, 08:35:01 PM
It has snowed about 8 inches in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area last night and today, and is still snowing.  They're predicting 10 or so, in total, but predictions have been going up by two inches at a time all day. 

Not being used to snow, we didn't think to lower or remove the umbrella on the backyard table patio....that table being glass. 

At about 10am I heard a loud KeeeeRACK from somewhere, and ran to the window:

(http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u29/Rillion12/BrokenTable21110.jpg)

Oops.

That's smashed glass underneath.  The umbrella is broken too, I'm pretty sure. 

Guess we need some new patio furniture now!  Not a big loss....the umbrella was pre-used.  Actually, the whole thing was pre-used, and a couple of those chairs are in seriously bad shape.  This is just the final blow, I guess. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on February 11, 2010, 08:53:36 PM
It snowed in Texas?


The suckery  exists here in upstate NY too.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 11, 2010, 10:10:26 PM
It snowed in Texas?


The suckery  exists here in upstate NY too.

Yeah, I had a call with someone in the Dallas area today and she was talking about how everyone was so amazed that there was enough snow to make a snowman the size of a person.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 11, 2010, 10:20:41 PM
Yeah, I had a call with someone in the Dallas area today and she was talking about how everyone was so amazed that there was enough snow to make a snowman the size of a person.

I read that it was the largest amount of snow we've gotten in 25 years.  It snowed on Christmas Eve, and it has snowed/sleeted other years-- in 2001 (I think) my car's door lock froze and the windshield wipers did too.  But in terms of actual inches of snow mass, this is a big one.  They've canceled school tomorrow, so I'm sure there will be snowmen going up everywhere and the park will be a hot spot for sledders.  Woe to the child who stays home sick today/tomorrow. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on February 13, 2010, 11:08:33 AM
Why are nekos (catboys or catgirls) so adorable? :3

Exhibit A:
(http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/482/picturehq.jpg)

Exhibit B:
(http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/8356/12079615307235242.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 13, 2010, 11:10:29 AM
Cute animal + cute girl = cuteness twice over?

I always figured that was the rationale behind slapping bunny ears and tails on Playboy models. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on February 14, 2010, 08:26:38 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 14, 2010, 08:35:50 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

Depends if the cost of the trailer and the seasonal lot rentals are more expensive than the loan.  Lot rental will cost about $3,000 per year.  Trailer is however much you pay for it.  Then you need a truck to tow it, and keep it legal.  When you're gypsy, you may not make enough income to support the costs of living. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on February 14, 2010, 09:43:04 PM
Prostitutes park free at truck stops.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on February 14, 2010, 10:12:17 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

Depends if the cost of the trailer and the seasonal lot rentals are more expensive than the loan.  Lot rental will cost about $3,000 per year.  Trailer is however much you pay for it.  Then you need a truck to tow it, and keep it legal.  When you're gypsy, you may not make enough income to support the costs of living. 

Probably not even going to have a trailer at this point, just a largish van with some stuff to keep me in electricity.

I know some people whose houses or at least driveways I could stay at, but they're all a fuck of a long way away from where I am. I may as well just take the van and squat in a national forest or wilderness land.

Always aiming high, that's me.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 15, 2010, 02:22:33 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

Depends if the cost of the trailer and the seasonal lot rentals are more expensive than the loan.  Lot rental will cost about $3,000 per year.  Trailer is however much you pay for it.  Then you need a truck to tow it, and keep it legal.  When you're gypsy, you may not make enough income to support the costs of living. 

Probably not even going to have a trailer at this point, just a largish van with some stuff to keep me in electricity.

I know some people whose houses or at least driveways I could stay at, but they're all a fuck of a long way away from where I am. I may as well just take the van and squat in a national forest or wilderness land.

Always aiming high, that's me.

I still dont understand WHY you would want to do this.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 15, 2010, 02:49:01 PM
If a Paralympian is as good or better at an Olympic sport than an Olympian, are they allowed to compete in the Olympics or required to participate in the Paralympics only?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on February 15, 2010, 03:51:29 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

Depends if the cost of the trailer and the seasonal lot rentals are more expensive than the loan.  Lot rental will cost about $3,000 per year.  Trailer is however much you pay for it.  Then you need a truck to tow it, and keep it legal.  When you're gypsy, you may not make enough income to support the costs of living. 

Probably not even going to have a trailer at this point, just a largish van with some stuff to keep me in electricity.

I know some people whose houses or at least driveways I could stay at, but they're all a fuck of a long way away from where I am. I may as well just take the van and squat in a national forest or wilderness land.

Always aiming high, that's me.

I still dont understand WHY you would want to do this.

For the same reason Libman wants to live in a trailer. I want to be as far away from what the government can do to me as possible.

If I'm asked to move along in a park or wilderness land, I can just move along. If I have a house, then they can find me. I'm paranoid like that.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 15, 2010, 04:17:18 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

Depends if the cost of the trailer and the seasonal lot rentals are more expensive than the loan.  Lot rental will cost about $3,000 per year.  Trailer is however much you pay for it.  Then you need a truck to tow it, and keep it legal.  When you're gypsy, you may not make enough income to support the costs of living. 

Probably not even going to have a trailer at this point, just a largish van with some stuff to keep me in electricity.

I know some people whose houses or at least driveways I could stay at, but they're all a fuck of a long way away from where I am. I may as well just take the van and squat in a national forest or wilderness land.

Always aiming high, that's me.

I still dont understand WHY you would want to do this.

For the same reason Libman wants to live in a trailer. I want to be as far away from what the government can do to me as possible.

If I'm asked to move along in a park or wilderness land, I can just move along. If I have a house, then they can find me. I'm paranoid like that.

I think you would be better off renting a place, off the books. I know someone who does that. He shovels snow, does maintenance, etc. for a local business, and so they let him stay in the attached apartment for free. Pretty sweet setup, but you have to know the right person, be in the right place at the right time.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on February 15, 2010, 05:46:53 PM
If a Paralympian is as good or better at an Olympic sport than an Olympian, are they allowed to compete in the Olympics or required to participate in the Paralympics only?

It's a good question. I'm not sure, but I think they're only allowed the Paralymics. I remember there being a big controversy about an amputee running... something about the prosthetics giving him an advantage over runners on their own feet. Less impact & more push off.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: gibson042 on February 15, 2010, 07:42:42 PM
It's a good question. I'm not sure, but I think they're only allowed the Paralymics. I remember there being a big controversy about an amputee running... something about the prosthetics giving him an advantage over runners on their own feet. Less impact & more push off.

Yeah, Oscar Pistorius (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius). But they ultimately got a final dodge on the question when he came just short of qualifying. Personally, I think the Paralympics are perfectly positioned to become an alternative that allows enhancements banned in the current games. They've traditionally hosted "disabled" athletes overshadowed by "natural" counterparts, but—human ingenuity being what it is—that state of affairs is temporary. I'd love to see what's possible beyond the constraints of biological history, and I'm not alone (http://dvice.com/archives/2008/08/shift_why_the_o.php).
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 15, 2010, 07:45:05 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

That sounds like a horrible way to live to me.  I would rather declare bankruptcy and attempt to get the loans discharged than live as a gypsy fugitive.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on February 15, 2010, 08:01:49 PM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

It seems to me that you are going to have to keep this van registered so that you can operate it. That means you are going to need a mailing  address, at least. I don't know what lengths the gov't will go to in order to collect a debt or if that's what you really want to get away from, but I think that becoming a gypsy is either way too much of a precaution or way too little.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on February 16, 2010, 01:03:21 AM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

That sounds like a horrible way to live to me.  I would rather declare bankruptcy and attempt to get the loans discharged than live as a gypsy fugitive.

Nope, can't do that with bankruptcy.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 16, 2010, 01:05:41 AM
Good idea or bad idea: living in a trailer and moving around the country to evade the Feds when they come after me for student loan nonrepayment? (Long story there.)

That sounds like a horrible way to live to me.  I would rather declare bankruptcy and attempt to get the loans discharged than live as a gypsy fugitive.

Nope, can't do that with bankruptcy.

True, government student loans are excluded. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on February 16, 2010, 07:36:39 AM
I've heard it's possible to do it if your situation is bad enough (ie, if it would cause "undue hardship").  If your income puts you at or below poverty, then I think you can make that case.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on February 16, 2010, 09:03:03 AM
How much do you owe?

Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on February 16, 2010, 02:16:05 PM
1. around 11k

2. I'm sort of a shutin who gets deep panic attacks whenever I go out beyond a block or so from my house by myself. If I could see a psychiatrist to diagnose me I can see how I'd be able to make some kind of excuse to them about it, but it'd also be nice to have a car to go there, also money to buy a car and put gas in it. So you can see the van thing was sort of a pipe dram.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on February 16, 2010, 02:20:57 PM
Get a loan to payoff the 11k, then go bankrupt.

Seems a little bit silly to go on the run over 11k.

How nuts do you have to be to get SSI?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: anarchir on February 16, 2010, 02:53:56 PM
Quote
gets deep panic attacks whenever I go out beyond a block or so from my house by myself.

Then I doubt you can handle going off in a van.

I have about 3 grand in student loans to pay off right now, which I cant, so I'm just going to chip away at it forever when I can.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on February 16, 2010, 03:07:04 PM
TimeLady. Is there any possibility of you getting over your discomfort with humans? I mean, do you have that interest - or have you accepted that as your life?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on February 16, 2010, 03:08:12 PM
Get a loan to payoff the 11k, then go bankrupt.

Seems a little bit silly to go on the run over 11k.

How nuts do you have to be to get SSI?

Around here, pretty god damn nuts. The only people who seem to be able to get it for being crazy are schizophrenics.

While I am crazy, I'm not THAT crazy.

TimeLady. Is there any possibility of you getting over your discomfort with humans? I mean, do you have that interest - or have you accepted that as your life?

I honestly don't know, but I'd obviously have to get over it if I want to get a job. Which I do. But I can't get one until we move to somewhere else from where we are now, fuck fuck fuck. *Is in the living with parents BASE*
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on February 27, 2010, 12:38:37 AM
How do you link a word to a url so that the url is hidden but you can click the word and visit the site?

In yahoo mail I highlight the word and click on url then paste the link in a pop up box.

I can't figure out how to do it here. 

Guess I'm a tard.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 27, 2010, 12:53:33 AM
How do you link a word to a url so that the url is hidden but you can click the word and visit the site?

In yahoo mail I highlight the word and click on url then paste the link in a pop up box.

I can't figure out how to do it here. 

Guess I'm a tard.

Reply to what I'm saying (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Keller) while quoting it, and you'll see the code. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on February 28, 2010, 01:59:05 AM
How do you link a word to a url so that the url is hidden but you can click the word and visit the site?

In yahoo mail I highlight the word and click on url then paste the link in a pop up box.

I can't figure out how to do it here. 

Guess I'm a tard.

Reply to what I'm saying (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Keller) while quoting it, and you'll see the code. 

In before Dan Brown. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on February 28, 2010, 03:09:44 AM
How do you link a word to a url so that the url is hidden but you can click the word and visit the site?

In yahoo mail I highlight the word and click on url then paste the link in a pop up box.

I can't figure out how to do it here.  

Guess I'm a tard.

Reply to what I'm saying (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Keller) while quoting it, and you'll see the code.  


 Thank You Rillion (http://www.funmunch.com/comments/thank_you/thank_you_comment_graphic_02.gif) I really appreciate it.  

Is that  you? (http://static.squidoo.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/lens6045152_1248276353thank-god-im-an-atheist.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 28, 2010, 11:31:42 AM
Am I an internationally-known male French chef?  Uh, no. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on February 28, 2010, 01:17:06 PM
Am I an internationally-known male French chef?  Uh, no.  

You didn't click on the  you (http://static.squidoo.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/lens6045152_1248276353thank-god-im-an-atheist.jpg), silly.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 28, 2010, 02:10:40 PM
Am I an internationally-known male French chef?  Uh, no.  

You didn't click on the  you (http://static.squidoo.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/lens6045152_1248276353thank-god-im-an-atheist.jpg), silly.

Because it wasn't a link before.  I notice it is now....sneaky, you.

No, that isn't me.  I favor this t-shirt (http://www.tshirthell.com/funny-shirts/atheist/?fdo=n&productid=1204&style=w&color=2%3A+CHOOSE+COLOR&size=3%3A+CHOOSE+A+SIZE&stype=&is_fivestar=), which I'm wearing right now actually:
(http://www.tshirthell.com/shirts/products/a1204/a1204_w_72.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on February 28, 2010, 05:58:38 PM
Not that it's significant, but my last edit was at 3 a.m. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on February 28, 2010, 06:03:50 PM
Not that it's significant, but my last edit was at 3 a.m. 

See, just what I was saying.  You found a clever way to bend space and time, and that was terribly sneaky of you. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 01, 2010, 11:55:02 AM
Not that it's significant, but my last edit was at 3 a.m.  

See, just what I was saying.  You found a clever way to bend space and time, and that was terribly sneaky of you.  

Wouldn't saying he's bending space and time imply that time and space are straight or at least angluar?

Are you suggesting that they are gay or at least bi?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on March 01, 2010, 12:00:59 PM
Not that it's significant, but my last edit was at 3 a.m.  

See, just what I was saying.  You found a clever way to bend space and time, and that was terribly sneaky of you.  

Wouldn't saying he's bending space and time imply that time and space are straight or at least angluar?

Are you suggesting that they are gay or at least bi?

Curved space-time is totally gay. Everyone knows it's cubed.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 01, 2010, 01:54:41 PM
I've seen rule 34 on space, and its a big goatse in the center of the universe.  So draw your own conclusions.  I'm not into labels, but its very filthy and crude, and heterosexual doesn't exactly leap to the front of the line when you're trying to choose a word. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on March 01, 2010, 02:11:32 PM
Does anyone know the title of the song by Phil Collins that happens to be played on the GTA IV radio?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 01, 2010, 02:33:15 PM
Not that it's significant, but my last edit was at 3 a.m.  

See, just what I was saying.  You found a clever way to bend space and time, and that was terribly sneaky of you.  

Wouldn't saying he's bending space and time imply that time and space are straight or at least angluar?

Are you suggesting that they are gay or at least bi?

I thought he was implying that space and time are white angluaro-saxon.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 01, 2010, 08:25:08 PM
Does anyone know the title of the song by Phil Collins that happens to be played on the GTA IV radio?

Probly this, guessing.  It was made popular in Miami Vice. 

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Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: ForumTroll on March 01, 2010, 08:36:45 PM
He looks fucking freaky.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 01, 2010, 08:46:08 PM
He looks fucking freaky.

I thought so too.  Intense. 

A lot of people kinda forget Genesis was one of the biggest bands ever.  So he's totally got all the bells and whistles of the rockstar world under his belt.  He's probably seen more debauchery than Tommy Lee. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 01, 2010, 11:17:30 PM
Phil Collins rocks pretty hard.  That was a good performance of that song, too.   :D
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 02, 2010, 12:23:42 AM
Phil Collins rocks pretty hard.  That was a good performance of that song, too.   :D

Ya.  I like him.  I never was a huge Genesis fan, but they're on the classy side of rock.  They're really tight and proficient, professional musicians. 

Good version of Abacab. 

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BTW, that enigmatic bearded fucker in the previous video, playing bass is Leland Sklar. 

I guarantee the two seconds he appeared, anyone who watches will wonder "who da fuck!!?"  He plays on all of your albums.  Seriously. 

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Leland_Sklar_August_2007.jpg)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on March 02, 2010, 12:39:55 AM
When I was watching the first video you posted before, I accidentally yelled "HOLY FUCK DUMBLEDORE ISN'T DEAD".  Also, the only reason I have any idea who Dumbledore is, is because of that t-shirt that TShirtHell put out a while back.   :lol:
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 02, 2010, 01:06:03 AM
When I was watching the first video you posted before, I accidentally yelled "HOLY FUCK DUMBLEDORE ISN'T DEAD".  Also, the only reason I have any idea who Dumbledore is, is because of that t-shirt that TShirtHell put out a while back.   :lol:

He certainly is noticeable. 

His wiki article says his nickname among friends is Father Time. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 02, 2010, 01:19:45 AM
Wearing right now:

(http://media.typetees.com//product/636x636/2075-tee_large.png)

(http://campsockmonkey.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/sockmonkeypj.png) (lower half)

Those pajama pants, by the way, are the best ever.  I'll wear them until they wear out.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 02, 2010, 07:47:41 AM
The shirt is great!

I have a pair of sock monkey PJ pants - and they will be worn until the fibers disintegrate in the wash. Mine are fuzzy microfleece with 3 large sock monkeys sew on applique... and they make me wish it was acceptable for almost 40 year olds to wander about town in PJs.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 02, 2010, 11:24:25 AM
Wearing right now:


Those pajama pants, by the way, are the best ever.  I'll wear them until they wear out.

You don't go online from work, do you?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 02, 2010, 11:41:22 AM
Wearing right now:


Those pajama pants, by the way, are the best ever.  I'll wear them until they wear out.

You don't go online from work, do you?

Look at the time that post was made.  And I didn't post it in gay time, or even bisexual time. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 02, 2010, 11:59:40 AM
If you can't work in flannel jammy-pants, your job blows. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 03, 2010, 01:04:05 AM
Wearing right now:


Those pajama pants, by the way, are the best ever.  I'll wear them until they wear out.

You don't go online from work, do you?

Look at the time that post was made.  And I didn't post it in gay time, or even bisexual time. 

Your reply is bizarre and incomprehensible.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on March 03, 2010, 07:57:57 AM
Question: An anarchist, a revolutionary, and a Communist walk into a bar. What does he say?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 03, 2010, 08:26:57 AM
Question: An anarchist, a revolutionary, and a Communist walk into a bar. What does he say?

One guy is all three of those things, or three different men?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on March 03, 2010, 10:21:24 AM
Question: An anarchist, a revolutionary, and a Communist walk into a bar. What does he say?

One guy is all three of those things, or three different men?

thatsthejoke.jpg
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 03, 2010, 02:18:08 PM
Wearing right now:


Those pajama pants, by the way, are the best ever.  I'll wear them until they wear out.

You don't go online from work, do you?

Look at the time that post was made.  And I didn't post it in gay time, or even bisexual time. 

Your reply is bizarre and incomprehensible.

Read more.

Is gay time like happy hour?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 03, 2010, 07:12:55 PM
I've heard of people putting their dogs on a raw meat diet. I was thinking doing so myself. Question is; wouldn't raw meat greatly increase the odds of them getting worms?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 03, 2010, 07:36:31 PM
I've heard of people putting their dogs on a raw meat diet. I was thinking doing so myself. Question is; wouldn't raw meat greatly increase the odds of them getting worms?

Nah, they're built for it.  Their digestive systems are pretty tough, they can eat spoiled stuff that would make us extremely sick because they have a comparatively high acid content.  That would kill the majority of parasites.  Dogs do get worms but usually from exposure to other animals feces who are infected. 

I had a special breed of cat that we were supposed to feed raw chicken twice a week, vet recommended.  It kept the urge to kill at bay, he'd tear through the window screens to get outside. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 03, 2010, 08:43:53 PM
I've heard of people putting their dogs on a raw meat diet. I was thinking doing so myself. Question is; wouldn't raw meat greatly increase the odds of them getting worms?

Nah, they're built for it.  Their digestive systems are pretty tough, they can eat spoiled stuff that would make us extremely sick because they have a comparatively high acid content.  That would kill the majority of parasites.  Dogs do get worms but usually from exposure to other animals feces who are infected. 

I had a special breed of cat that we were supposed to feed raw chicken twice a week, vet recommended.  It kept the urge to kill at bay, he'd tear through the window screens to get outside. 

Hah! I'm reading a book all about human evolution & cooking of food. (Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human) The last few chapters included talk about how a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (yes, BARF) Diet is a very good option for helping household pets shed extra weight. (I've heard about switching dogs/cats over to raw food for dealing with health issues before, but not with the official name.)

You should ease them into it, just like you would do with switching between foods. (old to new - 3:1, 2:2, 1:3) Cooked/processed foods are much easier to digest, and they won't be able to pull as many nutrients as quickly as from the food, so it's going to be a bit of a shock to the system.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: ForumTroll on March 03, 2010, 09:48:20 PM
Our cats won't touch anything raw. God knows I've tried.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 04, 2010, 12:11:14 AM
I've heard of people putting their dogs on a raw meat diet. I was thinking doing so myself. Question is; wouldn't raw meat greatly increase the odds of them getting worms?

Nah, they're built for it.  Their digestive systems are pretty tough, they can eat spoiled stuff that would make us extremely sick because they have a comparatively high acid content.  That would kill the majority of parasites.  Dogs do get worms but usually from exposure to other animals feces who are infected. 

I had a special breed of cat that we were supposed to feed raw chicken twice a week, vet recommended.  It kept the urge to kill at bay, he'd tear through the window screens to get outside. 

Hah! I'm reading a book all about human evolution & cooking of food. (Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human) The last few chapters included talk about how a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (yes, BARF) Diet is a very good option for helping household pets shed extra weight. (I've heard about switching dogs/cats over to raw food for dealing with health issues before, but not with the official name.)

You should ease them into it, just like you would do with switching between foods. (old to new - 3:1, 2:2, 1:3) Cooked/processed foods are much easier to digest, and they won't be able to pull as many nutrients as quickly as from the food, so it's going to be a bit of a shock to the system.

Barf, thats pretty good.

Ya, in fact I don't think I'd go with a total raw meat diet at all.  As a supplement, yes, but you probably wouldn't want to go more than 50/50 just because keeping a supply of raw meat is not easy and you want to default into some friggin kibble when you don't feel like screwing around with raw meat. 

My kids have an older kittay and she pukes when you switch her food.  Its just a regular brand like 9Lives or something, but she's used to it. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 04, 2010, 11:06:29 AM
I've heard of people putting their dogs on a raw meat diet. I was thinking doing so myself. Question is; wouldn't raw meat greatly increase the odds of them getting worms?

Nah, they're built for it.  Their digestive systems are pretty tough, they can eat spoiled stuff that would make us extremely sick because they have a comparatively high acid content.  That would kill the majority of parasites.  Dogs do get worms but usually from exposure to other animals feces who are infected.  

I had a special breed of cat that we were supposed to feed raw chicken twice a week, vet recommended.  It kept the urge to kill at bay, he'd tear through the window screens to get outside.  

Hah! I'm reading a book all about human evolution & cooking of food. (Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human) The last few chapters included talk about how a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (yes, BARF) Diet is a very good option for helping household pets shed extra weight. (I've heard about switching dogs/cats over to raw food for dealing with health issues before, but not with the official name.)

You should ease them into it, just like you would do with switching between foods. (old to new - 3:1, 2:2, 1:3) Cooked/processed foods are much easier to digest, and they won't be able to pull as many nutrients as quickly as from the food, so it's going to be a bit of a shock to the system.

Barf, thats pretty good.

Ya, in fact I don't think I'd go with a total raw meat diet at all.  As a supplement, yes, but you probably wouldn't want to go more than 50/50 just because keeping a supply of raw meat is not easy and you want to default into some friggin kibble when you don't feel like screwing around with raw meat.  

My kids have an older kittay and she pukes when you switch her food.  Its just a regular brand like 9Lives or something, but she's used to it.  

From what I've been reading going cold turkey is the way to go, lots of raw meat with a carrot or some sort of raw vegetable thrown in everyday. The reason being you don't want to confuse their digestion system. That can get hard to clean up in the back yard.

Many people that have switched also suggest adding a little fish oil every now and then to get a nice coat. Every time my dogs get any sort of fish the end result was impossibly messy. I'm a little leery of adding this.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on March 04, 2010, 11:17:04 AM
You should put your dog on a diet of stray cats.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 04, 2010, 12:44:28 PM
You should put your dog on a diet of stray cats.

Unfortunately there are many Asian restaurants in Vegas. No stray cats to be found. Not a bad idea otherwise. A meal would only cost the price of a .22 round. Wonder if they would like desert tortoise.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 04, 2010, 02:18:17 PM
I've heard of people putting their dogs on a raw meat diet. I was thinking doing so myself. Question is; wouldn't raw meat greatly increase the odds of them getting worms?

Nah, they're built for it.  Their digestive systems are pretty tough, they can eat spoiled stuff that would make us extremely sick because they have a comparatively high acid content.  That would kill the majority of parasites.  Dogs do get worms but usually from exposure to other animals feces who are infected.  

I had a special breed of cat that we were supposed to feed raw chicken twice a week, vet recommended.  It kept the urge to kill at bay, he'd tear through the window screens to get outside.  

Hah! I'm reading a book all about human evolution & cooking of food. (Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human) The last few chapters included talk about how a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (yes, BARF) Diet is a very good option for helping household pets shed extra weight. (I've heard about switching dogs/cats over to raw food for dealing with health issues before, but not with the official name.)

You should ease them into it, just like you would do with switching between foods. (old to new - 3:1, 2:2, 1:3) Cooked/processed foods are much easier to digest, and they won't be able to pull as many nutrients as quickly as from the food, so it's going to be a bit of a shock to the system.

Barf, thats pretty good.

Ya, in fact I don't think I'd go with a total raw meat diet at all.  As a supplement, yes, but you probably wouldn't want to go more than 50/50 just because keeping a supply of raw meat is not easy and you want to default into some friggin kibble when you don't feel like screwing around with raw meat.  

My kids have an older kittay and she pukes when you switch her food.  Its just a regular brand like 9Lives or something, but she's used to it.  

From what I've been reading going cold turkey is the way to go, lots of raw meat with a carrot of some sort of raw vegetable thrown in everyday. The reason being you don't want to confuse their digestion system. That can get hard to clean up in the back yard.

Many people that have switched also suggest adding a little fish oil every now and then to get a nice coat. Every time my dogs get any sort of fish the end result was impossibly messy. I'm a little leery of adding this.


I'm just going by my experience and what the vet recommended.  Age and size of the animal is an important factor as well.  The veggies are obviously important because pure meat doesn't provide the complete balance of nutrients and roughage.  You could probably use rice for the fiber bulk and a liquid vitamin in place of spending an hour per day making dog stew.  

If the consistency of the dog waste becomes problematic, it can be adjusted with training methods.  You administer six to eight rapid kicks to the ribs when the dog is making a bowel movement, this will teach the dog to hold the shit longer and the bowel will absorb the excess moisture.  You can usually expect positive results within a month.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 04, 2010, 03:39:18 PM

If the consistency of the dog waste becomes problematic, it can be adjusted with training methods.  You administer six to eight rapid kicks to the ribs when the dog is making a bowel movement, this will teach the dog to hold the shit longer and the bowel will absorb the excess moisture.  You can usually expect positive results within a month.  

Hehe, think I will try a little natural pumpkin mashed into some softer meat product first if the stool becomes to messy for Jose, our yard guy, to clean up. Feeding them raw meat and then kicking them might get them to thinking bad thoughts when I am sleeping.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on March 04, 2010, 04:30:30 PM
You should put your dog on a diet of stray cats.

Unfortunately there are many Asian restaurants in Vegas. No stray cats to be found. Not a bad idea otherwise. A meal would only cost the price of a .22 round. Wonder if they would like desert tortoise.
Desert tortoise... YUM.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 25, 2010, 01:37:45 PM
I bought two pairs of shorts yesterday.  Both of them came with a belt.  Why?  Does anybody actually wear the belt that comes with the shorts or pants they bought?

And is this just a girl thing, or do guys' pants come with them too?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on March 25, 2010, 02:28:30 PM


And is this just a girl thing, or do guys' pants come with them too?

With guys, its usually the youth sizes - and some of the hipster trendy shit. 

Big boy pants come sans-belt. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 25, 2010, 02:35:51 PM
I bought two pairs of shorts yesterday.  Both of them came with a belt.  Why?  Does anybody actually wear the belt that comes with the shorts or pants they bought?

And is this just a girl thing, or do guys' pants come with them too?

You know, I never do. At first, my answer would have been "sure", and then I realized the only things I wear with original belt or sash are dresses and a couple of skirts. My regular belts for slacks/jeans/shorts were separate purchases.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 25, 2010, 02:48:04 PM
You know, I never do. At first, my answer would have been "sure", and then I realized the only things I wear with original belt or sash are dresses and a couple of skirts. My regular belts for slacks/jeans/shorts were separate purchases.

If they were nice belts, I'd consider it.  But belts that come with pants seem to be uniformly some kind of pleather nonsense, and in this case they're freakin' gold.   A gold pleather belt on a perfectly good pair of Levi's shorts.  Ridiculous.  I'm offended.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 25, 2010, 02:53:05 PM
You know, I never do. At first, my answer would have been "sure", and then I realized the only things I wear with original belt or sash are dresses and a couple of skirts. My regular belts for slacks/jeans/shorts were separate purchases.

If they were nice belts, I'd consider it.  But belts that come with pants seem to be uniformly some kind of pleather nonsense, and in this case they're freakin' gold.   A gold pleather belt on a perfectly good pair of Levi's shorts.  Ridiculous.  I'm offended.

They're treating us like the 10 & under crowd, using sparkly & shiny objects to get our attention.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on March 25, 2010, 02:59:21 PM
Why is Firefly so ridiculously overhyped? I mean, it's not a bad series . . . it's just not as good as the Internet's legions of fanboys make it out to be.

According to some, I should have ten orgasms just from watching Summer Glau do something crazy. (Yes, I say this with at least two people on this forum who have Firefly quotes in their sigs.)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 25, 2010, 03:09:29 PM
Why is Firefly so ridiculously overhyped? I mean, it's not a bad series . . . it's just not as good as the Internet's legions of fanboys make it out to be.

According to some, I should have ten orgasms just from watching Summer Glau do something crazy. (Yes, I say this with at least two people on this forum who have Firefly quotes in their sigs.)

When it was originally on Fox, it was the best option out there. There was no Battlestar Galactica, no Lost, Dollhouse, Pushing Daisies, Fringe, Caprica, Heroes, etc... It might not be as much of a standout when put in the context of the programming on television now. More & more "quirky" series are being given a shot - if not on standard primetime, then on cable.

That being said, I still think it was/is a great series, and wish Fox had given it a bit more time.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 25, 2010, 03:58:05 PM
I bought two pairs of shorts yesterday.  Both of them came with a belt.  Why?  Does anybody actually wear the belt that comes with the shorts or pants they bought?

And is this just a girl thing, or do guys' pants come with them too?

In the maniverse, pants never come with belts.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: blackie on March 25, 2010, 04:36:06 PM
I wear the same belt every day.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 25, 2010, 04:36:51 PM
And is this just a girl thing, or do guys' pants come with them too?

In the maniverse, pants never come with belts.

I've purchased pants & shorts for teenager & spouse which have come with belts. Usually funky canvas things, with lots of grommets and frayed edges. Not terribly sturdy. Neither of them use those belts.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on March 25, 2010, 04:54:30 PM
You know, I never do. At first, my answer would have been "sure", and then I realized the only things I wear with original belt or sash are dresses and a couple of skirts. My regular belts for slacks/jeans/shorts were separate purchases.

Me too.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 25, 2010, 05:17:44 PM
Is Dollhouse over?

If you watched it what did you think of it?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 25, 2010, 10:12:56 PM
Is Dollhouse over?

If you watched it what did you think of it?

Yes, it's over.  I thought it was a great concept, and it had some good episodes.  However, it was disappointing overall due to trying to speed up the story development by ridiculous amounts in order to tell the whole story before the show was canceled.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on March 26, 2010, 05:21:52 AM
Why is Firefly so ridiculously overhyped? I mean, it's not a bad series . . . it's just not as good as the Internet's legions of fanboys make it out to be.

According to some, I should have ten orgasms just from watching Summer Glau do something crazy. (Yes, I say this with at least two people on this forum who have Firefly quotes in their sigs.)

When it was originally on Fox, it was the best option out there. There was no Battlestar Galactica, no Lost, Dollhouse, Pushing Daisies, Fringe, Caprica, Heroes, etc... It might not be as much of a standout when put in the context of the programming on television now. More & more "quirky" series are being given a shot - if not on standard primetime, then on cable.

That being said, I still think it was/is a great series, and wish Fox had given it a bit more time.

I honestly don't remember it being on Fox at the time, and at the time I was watching a LOT of TV.

I guess that shows just how much Fox fucked it over if someone like me didn't even know it was out there.

Also - unrelated - I was listening to Rollye James on WWCR the other day and there was a commercial that had the instrumental theme to Firefly in the background, It had to be bar none the WEIRDEST commercial I'd ever heard on domestic shortwave.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: ForumTroll on March 26, 2010, 09:47:54 AM
Firefly and the movie were good enough to watch once. I don't get the fanatics either, it just never really drew me in.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 26, 2010, 04:21:13 PM
I think Firefly was great. That's it. I don't have an a life-size cardboard cutout of the characters or walk around with a jacket like Mal's. I mean, opinions aren't cumulative. Even if everyone rates it a 9 or 10, you don't say the show rates a 100 million, you just say that the average rating is 9 or 10.

When it was originally on Fox, it was the best option out there. There was no Battlestar Galactica, no Lost, Dollhouse, Pushing Daisies, Fringe, Caprica, Heroes, etc... It might not be as much of a standout when put in the context of the programming on television now. More & more "quirky" series are being given a shot - if not on standard primetime, then on cable.

You remind me of one day when I was flipping through the TV channels with my 15-year-old nephew. I came across the old Batman tv series and showed him. His response was "how could anyone watch this garbage?"

I had to point out that back then we had 3 TV channels and your alternatives were a game show and the news (or something like that).

You should in know way take this as a connotation that Firefly is equivalent to Batman.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 26, 2010, 05:23:16 PM
You remind me of one day when I was flipping through the TV channels with my 15-year-old nephew. I came across the old Batman tv series and showed him. His response was "how could anyone watch this garbage?"

I had to point out that back then we had 3 TV channels and your alternatives were a game show and the news (or something like that).

You should in know way take this as a connotation that Firefly is equivalent to Batman.

 :lol: I'd not thought of it that way, but...

So, by the time my children sit down with their kids to watch Firefly, Stargate SG-1 or any of the other shows they enjoy now, they should get the same reaction that I've seen from them when we've watched Batman, ST:TNG, A-Team, Buck Rogers, Voyagers, etc...
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: yamnuska on March 26, 2010, 05:24:52 PM
Do pornstars really enjoy their jobs or are they just faking it?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: yamnuska on March 26, 2010, 05:29:33 PM
Has anyone ever made a THC slurpee and if someone got brainfreeze while drinking it would they really care?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 26, 2010, 05:32:17 PM
Do pornstars really enjoy their jobs or are they just faking it?

Why should porn actors be different than any other profession?
Some love the job. Some are there for the paycheck.
And some, both - just depends on the day.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 26, 2010, 05:36:58 PM
Does anyone else think the American Movie Classics channel has dropped their standards lately? Lots of examples, but today.... Pitch Black!

Don't get me wrong - I really liked the movie - but a "Classic"?!
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on March 26, 2010, 08:01:15 PM
I think Firefly was great. That's it. I don't have an a life-size cardboard cutout of the characters or walk around with a jacket like Mal's. I mean, opinions aren't cumulative. Even if everyone rates it a 9 or 10, you don't say the show rates a 100 million, you just say that the average rating is 9 or 10.

When it was originally on Fox, it was the best option out there. There was no Battlestar Galactica, no Lost, Dollhouse, Pushing Daisies, Fringe, Caprica, Heroes, etc... It might not be as much of a standout when put in the context of the programming on television now. More & more "quirky" series are being given a shot - if not on standard primetime, then on cable.

You remind me of one day when I was flipping through the TV channels with my 15-year-old nephew. I came across the old Batman tv series and showed him. His response was "how could anyone watch this garbage?"

I had to point out that back then we had 3 TV channels and your alternatives were a game show and the news (or something like that).

You should in know way take this as a connotation that Firefly is equivalent to Batman.

I love that show.

You should have thorwn your nephew out the window. Then sodomized his corpse.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on March 31, 2010, 02:29:00 PM
Do pornstars really enjoy their jobs or are they just faking it?

I bet the vast majority are faking it. Many were abused as children and tend to be screwed up in the head some. Their main motivation is drug money, I bet. Of course, I really have no idea other than the info I get from local prostitutes and strippers which is kinda the same profession minus the camera.

It is a rare thing to find a whore that really gets into her work and enjoys it. Once you do though, she is a keeper. Jenna Haze appears to be such a creature.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: alaric89 on March 31, 2010, 04:16:12 PM
Do pornstars really enjoy their jobs or are they just faking it?

They do it for the money. Looks like one of the more enjoyable occupations to me.
They look a hell of a lot happier then I do at work and I do it for the same reason.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on March 31, 2010, 05:53:37 PM
Do pornstars really enjoy their jobs or are they just faking it?

They do it for the money. Looks like one of the more enjoyable occupations to me.
They look a hell of a lot happier then I do at work and I do it for the same reason.

Do you get paid to look like you're having an orgasm?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: hellbilly on March 31, 2010, 10:00:01 PM
Do bar sluts really enjoy giving it away for free or are they just doing it for the drinks?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on March 31, 2010, 10:01:31 PM
yes
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: alaric89 on April 05, 2010, 03:08:54 PM
Do pornstars really enjoy their jobs or are they just faking it?

They do it for the money. Looks like one of the more enjoyable occupations to me.
They look a hell of a lot happier then I do at work and I do it for the same reason.

Do you get paid to look like you're having an orgasm?

Make me a offer.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: davann on April 06, 2010, 12:02:23 PM
Speaking of orgasms, has anyone ever broken up with a person due to the their ridiculous orgasm face?

Better question, what is the most minor insignificant reason you have ever ended a relationship over?

So you get the idea, mine was I broke up with a very nice nurse lady for the simple reason she liked to watch Bob Saget shows. Like that one with the Olson twins when they were little and the goofy home video one.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: gibson042 on April 06, 2010, 12:37:54 PM
Better question, what is the most minor insignificant reason you have ever ended a relationship over?

We go now to the master (http://seinfeld.wikia.com/wiki/Jerry_Seinfeld#Breakups):
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Lindsey on April 10, 2010, 01:54:01 AM
Speaking of orgasms, has anyone ever broken up with a person due to the their ridiculous orgasm face?

Better question, what is the most minor insignificant reason you have ever ended a relationship over?

So you get the idea, mine was I broke up with a very nice nurse lady for the simple reason she liked to watch Bob Saget shows. Like that one with the Olson twins when they were little and the goofy home video one.

You know what...Full House IS a dealbreaker.  It's not even the Bob Saget thing.  It's the Bob Saget COMBINED with those alien monkey twins from Hell.  And Uncle Jessie's hair.   :x
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on April 10, 2010, 02:26:48 AM
Full House makes more sense when you're high.

One time I was high and I watched it and I figured out that Becky and Vicky were beards for the gay threesome of Danny, Joey, and Jessie; DJ and Kimmy were secret lesbians; and Michelle was a demon summoned by Steve Urkel.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: mikehz on April 11, 2010, 03:15:54 AM
They do it for the money.

Of COURSE they do it for the money. Everyone does their job for the money. I do my job for the money, and so does the kid working at McDonalds.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on April 11, 2010, 01:13:18 PM
Full House makes more sense when you're high.

One time I was high and I watched it and I figured out that Becky and Vicky were beards for the gay threesome of Danny, Joey, and Jessie; DJ and Kimmy were secret lesbians; and Michelle was a demon summoned by Steve Urkel.


Very Freudian.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on April 13, 2010, 12:35:43 AM
Speaking of orgasms, has anyone ever broken up with a person due to the their ridiculous orgasm face?

Better question, what is the most minor insignificant reason you have ever ended a relationship over?

So you get the idea, mine was I broke up with a very nice nurse lady for the simple reason she liked to watch Bob Saget shows. Like that one with the Olson twins when they were little and the goofy home video one.

I didn't have a second date with a girl whose taste in books I didn't like.


Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 17, 2010, 07:29:46 AM
What would you do for $5 that you wouldn't do for free?
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Laetitia on May 17, 2010, 07:40:24 AM
What would you do for $5 that you wouldn't do for free?

Every 3-4 weeks I go through my own personal version of hell - shopping in wal-mart - to save $5 on dog toys & treats. (I did the math, so I know that it's a few cents either side of $5)

I definitely would not wander the Supercenter & wait in the horrible lines for free.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on May 18, 2010, 01:18:22 PM
Am I an internationally-known male French chef?  Uh, no.  

You didn't click on the  you (http://static.squidoo.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/lens6045152_1248276353thank-god-im-an-atheist.jpg), silly.

Out of curiosity, how did you find this image?  I ask because someone is using it on their newly made Facebook account (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atheist-A-Thoughtful-Honest-Ethical-Intelligent-Skeptical-Thinker/123456317673917?v=wall).  That person's Facebook name is "Atheist: A Thoughtful, Honest, Ethical, Intelligent, Skeptical, Thinker!" which just so happens to be a slogan that Surly Amy has been using on her necklaces (http://www.etsy.com/listing/46943083/atheist-ceramic-necklace-in-green) for two years.  The Facebook account owner (I suspect it is not, in fact, that girl) denies taking it, and says "she" came up with it on "her" own.  

I suspect the girl in the photo is a t-shirt model, but I can't find the source.  Either way, it kind of belies the "honest" and "ethical" parts of that slogan.  
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: The ghost of a ghost of a ghost on May 18, 2010, 02:43:29 PM
I think I did a Google image search for atheist red head or something like that?  Not really sure, It's been a long time since I posted that.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://skepacabra.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/thank-god-im-an-atheist.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.dvorak.org/blog/2010/05/04/atheist-declares-god-is-punishing-us/&usg=__F3Lp4CTGfkMRnY9B97gT0jQ7VXU=&h=432&w=288&sz=91&hl=en&start=18&sig2=5EjbSUhF-_26Nb5cb5X6pg&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Dge69Ye_07bh-M:&tbnh=126&tbnw=84&prev=/images%3Fq%3Datheist%2Bredhead%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=Tt_yS8SfF8SblgeZ67GoDQ (http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://skepacabra.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/thank-god-im-an-atheist.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.dvorak.org/blog/2010/05/04/atheist-declares-god-is-punishing-us/&usg=__F3Lp4CTGfkMRnY9B97gT0jQ7VXU=&h=432&w=288&sz=91&hl=en&start=18&sig2=5EjbSUhF-_26Nb5cb5X6pg&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Dge69Ye_07bh-M:&tbnh=126&tbnw=84&prev=/images%3Fq%3Datheist%2Bredhead%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=Tt_yS8SfF8SblgeZ67GoDQ)
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on May 18, 2010, 05:56:20 PM
What would you do for $5 that you wouldn't do for free?

I would tuck in my shirt if told to tuck my shirt in.  Five bucks.

I would pump approximately 1.8 gallons of gas into a car.

I would wash George Clooney's hair, towel-dry it, and comb it with minor attention to detail.

I would walk the neighbors dog and return it unharmed.

I would refill the ice cube trays.

I would make someone a sandwich, if the necessary ingredients were supplied.

I would put the seat down.

I would give accurate directions to any destination.

I would hang two pictures properly, horizontally aligned. 

I would change your windshield-wiper blades.

I'd turn the TV down to a reasonable level. 

I'd trip someone down a concrete flight of stairs for absolutely no reason. 

I would run one hundred yards, or one hundred meters if in Europe.

I would give you one of my disposable Bic lighters if I had two - but you'd get the one with less juice.

I'd arrange your spice rack by height or alphabetically.

I'd tie a windsor knot on your necktie perfectly.

I'd skim the pool and empty the filter basket - except on July 5th.

I would tidy up the wires behind your computer, with velcro wraps.

I'd water your plants - (ten plant maximum - indoor)

I'd put the butter away.

I'd change the chain on your chainsaw.




Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on June 01, 2010, 06:35:39 PM
Is there a reason why you can't get Berkey water filters in Iowa?

I imagine this big business smuggling Berkey filters in under cover of darkness.
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: Rillion on June 15, 2010, 10:35:44 PM
Is there a reason why you can't get Berkey water filters in Iowa?

I imagine this big business smuggling Berkey filters in under cover of darkness.

You can order them through Amazon, which I assume delivers to Iowa. 
Title: Re: The Question Thread
Post by: TimeLady Victorious on June 15, 2010, 11:57:57 PM
Is there a reason why you can't get Berkey water filters in Iowa?

I imagine this big business smuggling Berkey filters in under cover of darkness.