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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:21:17 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 07, 2013, 10:11:53 PM

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AOL (America On-Line): You could pave the nation with the free discs these people send out, call 1-800-605-4297 (24 hours a day) to get off the list.

Thanks, Default!  Now I'll never have to get one of those again. 

But where will you get free floppy disks from????? crybaby
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:20:05 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 06, 2013, 11:39:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 06, 2013, 03:44:47 PM

I think they should take it one step further and go ahead and cease delivering packages that day as well...

They can't, at least not easily, just closing on Sunday creates a huge backup in packages. The occasional national holiday weekend where they are closed two days makes it even worse and the transportation networks had to press on anyway. (Source: I managed a post office last year.)

Also, the carriers getting pummeled with two days worth of mail on Monday is bad enough. God only knows what three days worth would be like. And the parcel end is exploding. Between Ebay and online shopping, it's like what the Christmas rush used to be, only every day. We have a couple of people injured and one guy out with cancer. In order to cover the routes, I was out delivering til 7 PM. I've heard of stations where guys are out til 8:30 every night because it's preferable to run people into the ground than hire temporary workers. That situation will be exacerbated when Obama care kicks in and it's noticeably cheaper to work me 12 hours a day than to pay healthcare costs for another employee.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:07:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 07, 2013, 03:05:43 AM

I just wish there was a way to opt out of getting all of the junk advertisements from the grocery stores, Penny Saver, etc.  Those come every week in my mail and I personally never look at it.  When I lived in an apartment I also saw a ton of it go directly into the garbage can such that they were overflowing on that day.  What a complete waste of time and resources.

[giyf]http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/ [/giyf]
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:04:55 PM
 Note the bolded statements in the quote. Just think where your finances would be if you were mandated to pay for your kids' college expenses, your grandkids' expenses, your greatgrandkids' college expenses and their children's college expenses as well. Oh, and since we don't know how many children they'll have, we'll set it at six per generation.


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The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue first class Saturday mail delivery, marking another milestone in the decline of the once-ubiquitous government service. But it isnít a switch to online mail thatís causing the postal demise ó itís Congress.

Under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Congress has for years forced the USPS to pre-fund 75 yearsí worth of pensions for its employees, a requirement not made of any other public or private institution. That means that the Postal Service is footing the bill for employees it hasnít even hired yet.

The USPS doesnít actually receive money from the government, but still needs Congressional approval to make any changes to its structure. An analysis in July showed that the USPS, without its pension requirement, would have a $1.5 billion surplus.


But Congress has repeatedly failed to address the issue. Last year, the Postal Service defaulted on a pension fund payment for the first ó and then second ó time in its history, and political infighting stopped Congress from bringing any remedy to the floor.

Postal access is, ultimately, a rights issue for rural Americans; since they live in areas where internet coverage is inconsistent, post office closures and slowed-down delivery can mean big limitations on communication. A lack of access to postal services can lead to a growth in economic inequality. The new rules for Saturday delivery, set to take effect on August 1, 2013, will continue delivery of packages, but discontinue basic first-class mail.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/06/1547551/postal-service-saturday-delivery/?mobile=nc
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Typical Evening Like? on: January 29, 2013, 01:18:55 AM
Beer. Bang on the guitar for a while. Eat. Go to bed.



Yes, I'm a wildman. crybaby
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lance Armstrong to be charged with doping by USADA on: January 15, 2013, 04:33:50 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on January 15, 2013, 04:16:25 AM

I would much rather have rooted on a drug-free athlete who doesn't ever win than some cheater with zero integrity and 7 bogus jerseys.

His name is Clyde Finaker and he works in the Walmart in Paramus.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My dirty little secret. Reading posts at ign. on: January 13, 2013, 10:17:35 AM
Quote from: Vic
   

the debate about balanced people is difficult for drugs are sold by who? who control the drug cartels in the first place? CIA ? go ask Oliver Norton and the Nixon scandle? why is military invaded afganistan? they want the drug control over there no?

a fight of dictators who want it all??

CIA and military have been working on mind control manshurian candidates????
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings on: December 30, 2012, 04:46:03 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 29, 2012, 08:15:14 PM



Exactly.  I don't think anyone is arguing that it would ever go away completely, but with Countries that have gun control laws in effect, it has been reduced quite a bit. The big thing is with how Americans view guns in general, which is something that will need to change over time. I think it's the only Country I've seen that is so adamant about gun rights, with those owning guns so proud of it. Both the attitude and the perception towards guns need to change in order for the country to change.

I've been arguing quite a bit about this with my son, the 19 year old neo-con. After bringing up the example of the Chinese guy who stabbed 22 children, his reply was "He wasn't very good with a knife."  retard Guns make it insanely easy to kill a lot of people in a very short time with high capacity magazines. The point is taken about bombs, but there isn't the cultural imperative to own explosives.

The perception toward guns can and will change, but it with take time. There is hope and I point to the change in attitudes toward smoking. Most smokers accept that they have to light up outside if they want a cigaret. When I was a kid, there was cigaret smoke everywhere...
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: ebay issue - buyer says it never arrived on: December 06, 2012, 12:17:27 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 05, 2012, 11:55:08 PM

In the US do they just leave something sitting outside the door if you're not at home? In Japan, if it doesn't fit in the mailbox or is any kind of package then they'll leave a slip of paper with the details on how to arrange for them to come again and when they do you have to sign for the package.
Policy is, leave it if the parcel can be left in a door. If the label contains a disclaimer "leave if no answer" then it has to be left if there is some sort of concealment. You never leave a package in an apartment building. Normally, a letter carrier will know where it's safe to leave parcels on his/her route and where it's not safe to.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ebay issue - buyer says it never arrived on: December 04, 2012, 02:04:30 AM
Delivery confirmation proves that it was delivery to the address. Not sure what you mean by abysmal performance. $200 of insurance is less than a dollar, iirc. Signature confirmation proves that somebody signed for it, and I would use that if I were shipping something pricey. If you were shipping something with a very high value, register mail is the most secure.

I would take the position that the nexus was delivered and it was either stolen from the residence, or palmed by the buyer.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 09, 2012, 12:53:38 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 06, 2012, 08:53:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 06, 2012, 07:54:42 PM




Lol, are those objects from the planet Krypton?

Kmart's new "Chuck Norris" collection.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another musical project... on: October 24, 2012, 02:14:15 AM
Social mediaed.

Good stuff! nod
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Apologies on: September 21, 2012, 11:09:07 AM
Congratz to your lovely wife too!
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NGD! on: July 06, 2012, 03:08:16 AM
"new guitar day"

Left is my '90's Starfire 4, right is my limited edition Starfire 6. Yes, it looks too much like a Gibson, but it truly kicks ass! Cost a bit, but you only turn 50 once. icon_wink

55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best way for newbie guitar player to progress? on: June 27, 2012, 04:27:05 AM
Also, windows media player has a half-speed option. Rightclick on the play button. Makes learning riffs much easier.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Helloooo! on: June 19, 2012, 03:28:17 PM

Quote from: WarPig on June 19, 2012, 03:51:04 AM

Wot?

The CeeKay bot gets confused when the first three letters are the same. 'tarded!

Glad to see that things have straightened out, Wargus!
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best way to fly with guitar on: June 07, 2012, 11:40:06 PM
If it's a bolt on neck (2 bills, it should be), take the neck off, box it up and you should be able to carry it on the plane and stow it in the overhead bin.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just saw the Beach Boys in concert at St Augustine FL on: May 04, 2012, 09:43:15 PM
I saw them in 2005 and was impressed at how they played 45 minutes straight, one song right into another.

Happier days!
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (1st Round) on: April 19, 2012, 03:28:39 AM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 19, 2012, 12:59:34 AM

Ahahahahahahah, glad you did the whole shirt thing Philly?

Karma's a bitch.

Yeah, but we always have the Consol Energy Center to look forward to. icon_wink
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning to play guitar - (5 month update) on: April 06, 2012, 10:26:10 PM

Quote from: kratz on April 06, 2012, 03:48:41 PM

Is a husbend when you are married to Gumby?

I don't remember there being an E7 in that song either! retard
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning to play guitar - (5 month update) on: April 06, 2012, 03:10:26 AM
Do a search for a song [chords]. Plenty of websites that offer them.


 House of the rising sun

      Am    C        D          F
There is a house in New Orleans,
      Am        C      E7
They call the "Rising Sun",
      Am       C       D           F
It's been the ruin of many a poor girl, (boys?)
     Am     E        Am    E7
And God, I know, I'm one.

My mother was a tailor,
She sewed those new blue jeans,
my husbend he's a gambling man,
(drinks) down in New Orleans.

My husbend in a gambler,
He goes from town to town,
The only time, he's satisfied, is when
He drinks his liquor down.

Oh, mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done -
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of Rising Sun

One foot on the platform,
The other's on the train,
I'm going back to New Orleans,
to wear that ball and chain.

Going back to New Orleans,
My race is almost run,
I'm going to spend the rest of my life,
Beneath that "Rising Sun".
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tipping retiring mail carrier? on: December 16, 2011, 03:47:56 AM
Because we have to fund the next 75 years of retirees. No joke. If it weren't for that, we'd be breaking even. Roll Eyes
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tipping retiring mail carrier? on: December 14, 2011, 01:55:00 PM
It's a great way to help him use up that sick leave! I'd do it if I were you.



64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tipping retiring mail carrier? on: December 14, 2011, 03:34:48 AM
"Screw him and give him a dollar."

That's what you tell your hot wife/girlfriend. Cooking him breakfast should be her idea.


People tip their carriers at Christmas, if they want to. It's not going to get anybody fired. At one point in time the PO was buying million dollar houses for relocating postmasters. Now, I think it's only half a million, max.



Ten or twenty bucks is appropriate, if the guy did a good job and you want to give him cash and a card.

In reference to the above poster, we are quasi-govermental. we pay into the same retirement plan as the rest of the g'vment, but we take no taxpayer's money to fund or operations - haven't for decades. The USPS receives no sponsorship of any sort from the states.  
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "what should I ask for the holidays" thread on: December 10, 2011, 05:28:53 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 07, 2011, 05:20:17 PM

Bumping this one - no one has any favorite gadgets, tools, other that they'd recommend?

66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Want to share cool stuff about my dad (military stuff) on: November 30, 2011, 03:52:09 AM
Absolutely! I would be honored to hear more about your Dad.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "what should I ask for the holidays" thread on: November 29, 2011, 12:21:36 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 28, 2011, 05:10:52 PM



Personally, I just bought a house, so I could use guidance on tools or other items that every homeowner should have.



How handy are you, what are you planning on doing, what shape is the house in? I have enough tools to build a house, but that might not be what you are getting into.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harrisburg, PA on: November 24, 2011, 08:09:40 PM
Surprised that no one dragged Sandusky into the equation, but not many people are from the area either.
The cost of living is low and that is a good thing.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harrisburg, PA on: November 24, 2011, 01:34:22 AM
Which is really apropos of nothing. Roll Eyes

Bankruptcy or not, Harrisburg is a pleasant, if boring (compared to LA, NY) place to live. You are not going to have the crimerate of Pittsburgh or Philly and you have the advantage of being at the crossroads of the state.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harrisburg, PA on: November 22, 2011, 04:16:05 AM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on November 20, 2011, 11:06:29 PM

Anyone live in Harrisburg?

I might be moving there for a year or so, and am looking for advice on good neighborhoods (preferably near the Capitol). I'd really like to rent a house so that my dog can have a yard.

Um, Harrisburg is a pretty small "city". It is also pretty damned rural once you get past the city limits - you are within 20 minutes of fishing and hunting nirvana. Also hiking, if you want to carry a camera instead.  icon_razz Yards won't be a problem, it's not urban enough to have blocks of concrete wastelands.



Looks like this is the ghetto.



The Senators play minor league baseball on an island next to downtown H'burg. Nice park. Gettysburg is a short run down 15. Also down 15 is Brothers, a diner- if I'm in the area, I always stop in. Go north and you hit wilderness (and PSU). Poe Paddy State park is pretty amazing. Shoot northwest and you'll hit Allegheny National Forest, which is 800 square miles of forest.

OTOH, if you are looking for a vibrant nightlife, you may find it a bit lacking.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Have at thee, Tiffany! on: October 22, 2011, 08:30:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 20, 2011, 06:02:40 PM

Damn, here I was expecting a thread about you finally being one with Tiffany...

Tiffany?

I thought his hands were Gretchen and Amy?

<runs>
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Insert Your Name Here on: October 20, 2011, 10:28:06 PM
Default IV 3D: More Of The Same
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a new hat on: October 14, 2011, 12:20:19 AM
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Playing Music - What's giving you GAS? & Current Gear on: October 09, 2011, 08:08:23 PM
It's either focus or thread necrophilia, but...


I visited the New Hartford, Connecticut, Guild Guitar factory with members of my guitar forum. We toured the factory and were pleased to see the expansion of the brand.  Afterwards, we were treated to a get-together at a local firehouse banquet hall, where Fender sprang for lunch and dinner and where we also could play the entire US-built Guild product line. It was more fun than I can remember having in years  icon_biggrin Afterwards FMIC had a giveaway and I won the grand prize, a D-50 cocobolo dreadnaught, one of 20 in the entire world. It is a fabulous instrument.






















75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2011, 11:57:36 AM

Quote from: Hiccup on October 06, 2011, 02:47:57 AM

Haven't posted in this thread for a while.  I'll just put this here...

76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rock and Roll Hall of Shame 2012 Nominees announced on: September 28, 2011, 02:45:01 AM
The complete list:

∑ Beastie Boys  thumbsdown

∑ The Cure  thumbsup

∑ Donovan  thumbsup

∑ Eric B. & Rakim  (who?)

∑ Guns 'N Roses  (eh, sold a lot of product)

∑ Heart  thumbsup

∑ Joan Jett and The Blackhearts   thumbsup (for reasons stated)

∑ Freddie King  thumbsdown (Blues yes. Rock and roll? an influence, I guess)

∑ Laura Nyro   thumbsup (influence female singer/songwriter)

∑ Red Hot Chili Peppers  (sold a lot of product)

∑ Rufus with Chaka Khan (? Know who they are, but...)

∑ The Small Faces/The Faces  thumbsup

∑ The Spinners (if you're around long enough...)

∑ Donna Summer  thumbsup She epitomized disco, which at least got some stale acts off the radio for a while

∑ War  thumbsup Fuckin' A right!
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If I could have dinner with anyone on: September 19, 2011, 11:43:23 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 19, 2011, 08:36:49 PM

Martin Luther King


My great, great, great, great grandfather who was slave and fought in the Civil War after he escaped

I vote for your 4xG Grandfather. He risked being martyred every time he went into battle. Plus, you would get a far better look into your heritage talking to a guy with balls as big as stopsigns. Hell, I'd put him on for MY dinner guest.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 5.9 Earthquake hits Virginia (!) on: August 25, 2011, 04:18:04 AM
More from the five martini lunch. retard
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 5.9 Earthquake hits Virginia (!) on: August 24, 2011, 08:32:42 PM
More devastation in DC.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 21, 2011, 02:37:05 PM
Let's lighten things up, shall we?
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