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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: April 25, 2015, 04:18:04 AM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2015, 11:58:36 AM

Just a quick update here.

While I have not been directly asking the questions every day, they have become a part of the unspoken ways in which I engage with her and I am grateful to God that we are enjoying an incredible season in our marriage now.  It is a sweet sweet time.


Throwing a little salt in Eel Snave's wounds? You ain't the OP, nor are you the one hurting. finger

Eel, I went through this shit myself and it sucked bigtime for a long, long time. I can promise you that the sun WILL shine shine for you again, like it's shining for me. It shines brightly my friend, just as brightly as it will shine for you one day.  smile
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: March 18, 2015, 03:18:58 AM
I just spent 15 minutes with car salespeople trying to convince me that a CVT is the way to go with my new Forester.

Saying that a six-speed manual made driving more fun did not compute with them.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 27, 2014, 07:13:36 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on November 27, 2014, 06:05:23 PM

99 bottles of beer on the wall....................

Harvey Wallbangers for meeeeee!!!!!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 30, 2014, 10:50:43 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 13, 2014, 09:16:00 PM

ugh. i suppose the walls were 'marked' as well.

Yup. Entire house.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 13, 2014, 08:43:04 PM
Yup. using the shellac base, because I can't live with the oil.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 13, 2014, 03:51:59 AM
I haven't ever hit a deer, but I was riding in a car that a friend was driving. Not fun!

I just moved into a house in May, after I got the settlement from my ex. All the electrical sockets need to be changed, it needs a new kitchen and a ton of wall repairs and a repaint. Worse of all, the previous owners had 3 cats and no sense of smell. Every rug has to be torn up, the padding removed and the floors primered.  mad
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I fixed my iPad on: August 15, 2014, 11:23:39 PM
That's about the going rate for a laptop screen too. Pretty easy to fix.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Played my first gig in 8 or 9 years last night. on: July 14, 2014, 01:51:54 AM
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: July 14, 2014, 01:51:03 AM
Love that Tone King! The new house and helping a friend out with some legal bills has killed my extra cash for a while. I have to do some selling of my own.  crybaby
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: June 14, 2014, 11:29:23 PM
Sounds like inadequate shielding to me. The control cavities should have copper tape or at least conductive paint shielding the controls. At least you know the ground wire is doing it's job.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: June 02, 2014, 02:08:35 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 01, 2014, 06:57:38 PM

Wattage for guitar amps always crack me up. My one guitarist has a 50watt Mesa boogie head and cab. Crazy nice and loud. 50 watts! Ha! Just funny how much more watts are needed to push all that air for bass.

Tubes distort but get louder as you crank it up. Transistors fail not much past the point of clipping. Say you have a 50 tube amp and a fifty watt transistor amp. At full volume, the tube amp is putting out roughly 100 watts of distorted power. A fifty watt transistor amp will start to distort at fifty and the power transistor will burn out at 60 watts.
It also takes more watts to drive the groove than it does for something in the vocal range.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: June 01, 2014, 03:12:21 AM
Haven't tried a Vox yet.  crybaby
Once I finish getting the house livable, the plan is to build a Berkley clone.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 31, 2014, 08:45:22 PM
oddly enough, I've just been playing through a 5 watt Gibson amp with no effects lately. I should drag out the wah or something. retard I'm not worried about resale. These will be graveyard guitars!

Kratz, I think relicced guitars are bs anyway. Except for some sanding, they are standard parts. P-90's ae cool though. What's the amp, a tweed Deluxe?
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 30, 2014, 11:26:40 AM
Yeah, I'm broke. Roll Eyes

What's your effects chain?
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 30, 2014, 02:56:42 AM
And who composes the board of directors of the NRA? The owners of all the major gun manufacturers. Why does the NRA want what it wants? Because hunting is a slowly dying sport and the gun manufacturers want to stay in business. Hence, all the crap about 2nd amendment rights and jackbooted gub'ment thugs coming for your guns. This nonsense didn't exist exist twenty years ago. Why does it exist now? To sell guns to people who would never hunt.

16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 30, 2014, 02:35:45 AM
You know Fender Musical Instrument Corp had a huge debt come due this year, right? As a result, they sold off Guild Guitars, which was the most valuable asset they had. Unfortunately, they closed the factory in Connecticut. I'm hoping the new owners will pick up as many of the workers there as possible. thumbsup Anyway, they had a clearance run on Guild guitars, so I bought, <cringe>

An F-50 Standard (maple jumbo)

The mackdaddy of ALL 12 string guitars, an F-512 (Indian rosewood)

A couple of special run guitars.

A T-400, which is a reproduction of Duane Eddy's original signature model, which the Guild factory repaired after he lost all his other guitars in the Nashville flood a couple years back.

And an M-75 Aristocrat/Bluesbird. It's a hollowbody, weighs about 3 pounds.

Damn good thing I'm divorced, otherwise I would be! Paid much, much less than MSRP.

17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 29, 2014, 11:52:18 AM
Considering that I dropped 7K on guitars in the past month icon_eek, tell your wife to cherish you and your fiscal responsibility!  thumbsup
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, let me explain how the Internet works... on: May 29, 2014, 11:45:24 AM
CeeKay exposed himself for all of us... crybaby

19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 12, 2014, 09:42:55 PM
I know a few gigging bassplayers and they generally use Hartke Kickbacks, so I don't know too much about the Rumble series. I fake being a bass player only occasionally, so an Ampeg BA 108 works ok for me.

Give us a review when it gets in! icon_biggrin
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 24, 2014, 11:11:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 24, 2014, 10:13:33 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 24, 2014, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:39:48 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on April 24, 2014, 06:28:39 PM

Well it's pretty much confirmed that net neutrality is dead. Hooray for closed door promises and lobbyists becoming policy makers and policy makers becoming lobbyists.

Yep, I am pretty liberal, but honestly with this, f*** Obama. No different than any other politician, appointing a lobbyist to the head of the FCC was BS, now we the consumers get the brunt of the costs yet again while the businesses prosper.

I've long been of the opinion that the majority of our elected officials across the board on both the local and federal levels have been bought and sold for years.

This is the truth.

More here.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Countdown to 40 on: March 15, 2014, 08:44:41 PM
Get off my lawn, you kids!
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 05, 2014, 12:14:45 AM
The mattress I bought took almost an hour to pick, because I tried every one at the store. If you have one side where it's uncomfortable to lay on, use that side to check the mattress out. Take your time and don't be rushed. Avoid mattresses that are too hard - they cut off the circulation in your arms and you end up smacking yourself in the face when you roll over.  icon_eek
23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Microcenter powerspec PC? on: January 19, 2014, 12:43:44 AM
Isn't it nice to get a computer that isn't half full with bloatware too? icon_biggrin
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 04:16:54 PM
I'm curious as to how the mail is transported. Is it handed off to MATS? Does it go through the local po?
As far as the lack of insurance, we offer that option for the cheapskate. Again, why should we be dunned because the customer chooses that option? It is always offered at the retail b&m level, whether it's at a station or one of those mailbox stores. If you don't understand the phrase, "Would you like tracking or insurance" and English is your only language, I don't know how to help you.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 07:31:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 09, 2014, 05:59:50 AM

Quote from: Default on January 09, 2014, 05:30:56 AM

And two reasons why Amazon uses the USPS, a: we are cheaper and b: we have a greater capacity than UPS does by far.

But a lot less reliable and slower. Granted I worked on the military side of things, but I lost a lot of fiath with USPS while doing so. At least all UPS shipments include decent tracking and insurance while USPS does not. I had to deal with numerous customers daily who never received their packages but since the sender neglected tracking/insurance there was nothing we could do.
Ok, that explains a lot. You were on the military side, not the actual USPS. Overseas? That's a nother kettle of fish. Were there more losses shipping to the soldiers or from the soldiers?
 FWIW, I'm not happy about the tracking system myself. There is a definite gap between postal facilities, when it is in the hands of the contractors and the airlines. About the insurance... We do offer insurance, but if the customer don't want to pay for it, that's on them. I don't see how you can blame the PO for the customer's lack of foresight. icon_confused
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 05:30:56 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 09, 2014, 12:48:48 AM

Like some others here, I order tons of stuff from Amazon and rarely have had issues.  But I also live in an area where I think there are quite a few delivery hubs.  

I have also noticed Amazon has started using USPS more lately, which certainly is a concern for me.  I hate to bad mouth the USPS, but I have had some absolutely horrible service from them in the past at my current address.  Getting other neighbors' mail regularly, getting my own mail lost, late deliveries, ignored posts to leave packages, and the best was when they totally stopped delivering my mail for a week or two with no explanation.  Needed multiple calls and trips to the local office to finally get the mail delivered again.  

My recent mailman seems pretty good, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  But anyway the point being that in my experience the USPS does whatever the heck they want, and acts like you should just be thankful to bend over and take whatever they decide to shove up your ass.  No bitterness here though  ninja  So while I agree it's Amazon's responsibility, I also think they have limited ability to influence the USPS.  I'm actually quite curious why they started using them more now, is it significantly cheaper for them?

Hard to know what the issues are but it sounds like you had an open route, i.e. no carrier assigned to it.
Getting other people's mail, getting your mail lost and late deliveries are all signs that the route was being carried by a CCA or as overtime by a regular. Late deliveries are an indication that the route is definitely going out as overtime and is being delivered after the carrier finishes his regular route. Why don't they get it to you earlier? Because it's cheaper to pay people overtime than to hire people.
As for the non-deliveries- are you a house or an apartment dweller? Do you have a place to leave the mail or parcels? Were they items of obvious value(tvs, computers, etc)? Did they require a signature?
If you have a mailbox, do you pick up the mail every day or do you let it build up? If I deliver an apartment building and the mail builds up over the course of the week, that's 95% of the time somebody that skipped out on the rent.(IMHE, of course) In that case, you bring the mail back and hold it for ten days, waiting for a change of address.

Not trying to be snotty, just trying to troubleshoot the issue without any first hand knowledge.

And two reasons why Amazon uses the USPS, a: we are cheaper and b: we have a greater capacity than UPS does by far.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 05:07:34 AM
Just so you know how Amazon Prime works via the USPS. Amazon ships to the individual stations, Amazon Prime parcels already shrinkwrapped onto a skid. These packages have a higher priority than any other packages we handle. They are sorted to the carrier routes at the station before any other packages. The station manager will hold the carriers at the station if a late truck is coming up with AP packages. They go out the same day that they are received.
 UPS smartpost is dropped off at the bulk mail center to be sorted and we also have UPS drivers dropping off parcels to be delivered at the individual station. Smartpost sucks because they intentionally place their internal tracking stickers over the address and delivery confirmation number. I then have to very carefully peal the sticker off or the address and tracking become unreadable. Most delays and delivery failures are due to that.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2013, 08:06:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 20, 2013, 11:19:03 PM

That kleenex story is hilarious.  Also, I will refer to it as "journaling" from now on.

No love for "hoeing your own corn" anymore? crybaby
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 14 on: December 10, 2013, 11:30:00 AM
Eagles have been a pleasant surprise this year. Quite a transformation from the team that quit playing last year. Chip Kelly inherited a horribly drafted, badly constructed team and somehow managed to get them winning.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday: GTFO!!! on: October 05, 2013, 11:15:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 04, 2013, 04:09:18 PM

damn, we're at 75 here in Northwesternish Ohio, and it is kinda humid.  we're supposed to get up in the mid 80's today and tomorrow.

Ohio? It all starts to make sense...
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: September 17, 2013, 01:25:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 16, 2013, 09:01:27 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 16, 2013, 08:41:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 03, 2013, 04:13:56 PM

it's a harsh reality in Kirkman's world.  any one who's read the books knows not to get attached to anyone in particular.

I've been keeping up with the series and I have to say, it's not quite that good anymore.  He seems to be attempting to recreate the Governor storyline over and over again.  I hope he gets off that kick and isn't turning out to be a one note writer.

I don't read the comics beyond the blurbs that show up on news sites, but it sounds like he has a big shake-up coming soon.
Problem is, this is tv. Too many fans alienated and and it's history.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on: September 12, 2013, 09:35:52 PM
I like guitars.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: September 11, 2013, 10:36:31 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 11, 2013, 05:56:02 AM

The MMO will be great!

Free to play, but you only have the protoceratops at first.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 30, 2013, 12:15:14 PM

Quote from: KKBlue on August 30, 2013, 03:05:30 AM

Default! Gross!

Cheetos lotion is a well respected and time honored OO meme. It's part of our heritage!
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 11:36:18 PM

Quote from: KKBlue on August 29, 2013, 10:59:51 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 29, 2013, 09:52:09 PM

... Unless the old OO server comes online this weekend, I probably won't much around much until Monday is what I'm getting at aside from letting these jobs run in the background and checking results after the fact.
FishPants, I honestly hope you don't feel any pressure from us. We are fine. Do what you can and expect many cheers in the near future. XO

What are you talking about KK? I'm almost out of

36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 01:26:49 AM
This is what happens when I lie to a woman in yoga pants. crybaby
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-Sequitur (aka CeeKay's Playhouse) on: July 04, 2013, 02:59:54 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 03, 2013, 03:34:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on July 03, 2013, 02:34:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 24, 2007, 06:55:14 PM I says to the guy, forget the funnel. I'll just take the 3 boxes of Ex-Lax, a sack of beets and that Elmo colouring book.

Emo coloring book?  (you spelled coloring wrong, btw)  Isn't that just black crayons?

In Canada, where Moose roam the streets waiting for buses, we spell colouring, colouring.

Where the hell is my bous?

And "clunk" went the chicken!
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 04, 2013, 02:51:01 AM

Quote from: Enough on July 03, 2013, 10:24:54 PM

Way to kill the brand, Oldsmobile!
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 25, 2013, 10:57:18 PM
I look forward to the sequel, where they fly their seaplane into Montana to enlist the the aid of Bigfoot. This sequel will be called,


Should be awesome! It'll pull in the teenage boys and menopausal women too!
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 23, 2013, 12:39:58 AM
Saw it last night. I will see it again with my sons. Then we will spend an entertaining hour and a half ripping it to shreds for being relentlessly stupid. 
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