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1521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 02:40:14 AM
Then it appears you may prefer the iPod mini.

I kinda like the random idea, so long as you can turn it off and just play linearly through your list. But with random, it's like a radio station with no announcer which always plays songs you like.


And hey, Think Secret isn't letting that lawsuit slow 'em down. Go, Nick, go!
1522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 10, 2005, 09:58:45 PM
Laner, you could also argue that they have to charge a bit more because of OS X. They have to recoup investment costs that a parasite company like Dell doesn't have to shoulder.
1523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 09, 2005, 06:14:02 PM
Yes, I would rerip instead of import. Just offering a suggestion.

I reripped all my physical CDs from which I had produced MP3 files to AAC last year. Saved space and improved the audio quality, so it was win-win all around.
1524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 09, 2005, 05:27:56 AM
Warning, you can import your WMA files into iTunes in as Apple Lossless, which won't degrade the quality, though it may take up way more space.
1525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 03, 2005, 07:13:05 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
ok i checked out napster but i see it costs $9.95 a month plus the .99 or whatever a song.  does everyone require a monthly fee or is this just napster?  if this is the case, i'll be passing.  i'm disappointed i would have to pay a monthly fee and a fee for each song.
any that don't require a monthly fee?


Napster only costs $9.95 a month for their all-you-can-download plan, which lets you download many of their songs without a per-track cost and play them on your computer. However, these songs cannot be synced to a portable player or burned to a CD. Microsoft's Janus technology will make the syncing possible in the near future, but only through Windows Media Player 10 (and for $14.95 or $19.95, I'm not sure which, to Napster).

You can use Napster just like the iTunes store, browse, pick and buy for 99¢ without a subscription fee.

The problem with Napster's hybrid approach is that some songs are subscription only, others are download only, so you end up with a hodgepodge of songs which may not have similar usage rights. If you're going to offer the two models, I think that you should be sure that all songs are availlable under both. Napster wasn't willing to stand up to the labels and push that, I guess.
1526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 02, 2005, 08:42:27 PM
Napster is now like any other download store: it's songs are encoded professionally at a set bitrate, so the quality is consistent. I belive they use 128 kbps for their Windows Media Audio files. They also offer streams of various bitrates.

Playing the same songs off of iTunes (128 kbps AAC) and Napster (128 kbps WMA), I couldn't really tell the difference between the two. I use iTunes because it's got the best interface for the store, and it's been my media player software for years. I've not found any other program where building playlists is as easy as in iTunes. They also tend to have most of what I want, which isn't always true for the WMA stores.

The MSN Music store is pretty much the exact same as iTunes or Napster in terms of quality/DRM, and has a very good selection as well. It's built into Windows Media Player 10, so if anyone's not going to be using iTunes I think they should check out MSN as well as Napster and maybe MusicMatch (which uses 160 kbps WMA files).
1527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Surprise! I got an extra $150 for Christmas! How to spend? on: December 31, 2004, 02:47:23 AM
What you really want is a VHS copy of my student films from New York. The Special Autographed Edition, no less. And it just so happens my list price is $149...
1528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for thoughts on an MP3 player on: December 29, 2004, 07:30:38 PM
Apple's purchase of a ton of flash memory is not a rumor. Whether or not they're going into iPods is supposition, but it is a logical one.
1529  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Issues setting up Fedora Core 3 on hp laptop on: December 29, 2004, 05:39:09 PM
I'm attempting to set up Fedora Core 3 on my hp pavilion zt3101 (a model in the zt3000 family). It's a Pentium M system with the 802.11b Intel wireless card (full Centrino system) and a 15.2" widescreen display and CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive.

I'm fairly inexperienced with Linux (installed it a few times, played with it every now and then but never used it as a primary operating system), and I'm having a few issues with getting set up. I've searched through the archives, but didn't see precisely what I was looking for, so I thought I'd turn to the kind folks on this list.

Everything installed all right. But I'm sure that my ignorance is what's causing me a few problems.

My LCD's resolution is 1280 x 800, but that's not an option listed in my Display system settings. I've set my video card to the proper card (ATI Radeon Mobility 9200), and set my display to Generic LCD Display 1280x800, but to no avail. Do I need to figure out precisely what brand of monitor HP has included with my laptop?

Also, how do I put the system to sleep so that I can safely close the lid and move it about? I've been able to get a nice little battery monitor to show up in the top corner, but that's about as much as I've been able to do. Double clicking it produces an error that '/usr/bin/apm -s' was unsuccessful. Eh?

I'm very new at Linux, but I'm pretty impressed so far. This is by far the most polished looking and usable Linux I've ever seen -- I never used to feel like I had any ownership over my computer when I tried previous releases, but I do now.

Any suggestions for a very newbie-friendly resource to walk me through all this sort of stuff?

Next I need to see if I can get my wireless card working.

Thanks in advance.

Kirk
1530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for thoughts on an MP3 player on: December 29, 2004, 04:02:16 PM
If you need more than 5 gigs, you're also welcome to borrow my 15 gig iPod. The neat thing is that since it syncs to a computer, you can plug it into your PC, it'll wipe away my music and sync on yours, and when you give it back, the reverse'll happen when I connect it to my Mac.
1531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm convinced Steve Martin is no longer funny on: December 28, 2004, 06:11:57 PM
Parenthood is a classically well-written film. It was one of the key examples we used in my screenwriting courses to analyze proper cinematic storytelling. Great movie.
1532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / trivia for fans of LOST on: December 28, 2004, 05:06:14 PM
Lost is on ABC...
1533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm convinced Steve Martin is no longer funny on: December 28, 2004, 05:04:56 PM
Steve Martin's choice in scripts of late has been terrible. He's fallen into that Nice Guy Syndrome that killed my respect for Robin Williams. Way too much sentimentallity, way too clean. I hate family films, but I really hate to see people who I know can be great cynical comics lowering themselves to do family films.

He's still funny in every single other venue, from his essays to his novels to his hosting of the Oscars. In fact, he's the only decent Oscar host we've had this century. Chris Rock will suck. God, will he suck.

I'd like to see Martin play another grouch, another character who could go off on a tirade of profanity like his character in Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Stop being the sappy nice guy, Steve.
1534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / There oughta be a test on: December 27, 2004, 07:24:20 PM
On a global scale the large family/rampant poverty ratio is even worse. A lot of it has to do with religion, specifically Catholicism (before anyone lights a flamethrower, I'm Catholic). Many of the poorest regions of the world are predominantly Catholic (the two facts have next to nothing to do with each other, aside from which areas were colonized by majority-Catholic Empires like the Spanish, which collapsed in a very bad way). The bans on birth control which the Church promotes are often made law in many of these countries, cutting off any access to simple means of family planning, producing a tragic situation of large families growing larger as the economy continues to drift of slide, creating an almost inescapable poverty cycle.

In the United States, there appears to be a correlation of education/prosperity to family size that has no basis in religion. Condoms aren't exactly cheap (about $1 a pop or so, right?), but they're hardly so expensive to be out of reach. So I would really like to see a study on why these birthrate trends might be the way they are.

It does scare me that the people I respect the most amongst my peers are the very ones who either don't want children, only want to have one child, can't have children or are gay. But then, I'm not going to have kids, so I guess I'm not helping the situation, either.
1535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GMail Invite search on: December 20, 2004, 07:04:39 PM
I have five invites if anyone would like them.
1536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / War of the Worlds - Cool! on: December 10, 2004, 05:25:39 PM
Okay, the trailer got to me. Using an updated take on the opening paragraph of the novel, and the literary sort of typeface they're employing for the logo, I'll admit that it's gave me shivers.

I'm no longer vowing to hate this movie.

But I still don't know if I'll like it.

I think I'll reread the book. It's public domain, so it's free on the Web. Yay.
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / War of the Worlds - Cool! on: December 04, 2004, 05:37:19 AM
I'd be excited if this was going to be a movie actually based on the book. But it's just going to be another modern day alien invasion movie. Nothing special there.

Tripod machines with heat cannons burning down 1890s London? That would be worth seeing on the big screen. This movie, I have little hope for.

EDIT: Also, judging by the poster, this movie is more a remake of the 1940s flick. The hand with three fingers is from the movie. In the book, the aliens were octopus-like lumps with lots of tentacles.
1538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harvard Law to Bar Military Recruiters on: December 01, 2004, 07:50:43 PM
A local community college, not being a private organization, may be less free than Harvard to bar government officials such as recruiters from acting on campus.
1539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [R] Again with the Intelligent Design! on: December 01, 2004, 07:44:22 PM
Evolution is a fact, there is no denying that. There is no true debate over this among the informed.

Religious nonsense has absolutely no place in science classes. Want to teach the Genesis story in a class about creation myths? Knock yourself out. But anyone who supports polluting our science classes with "intelligent design" or any other sort of bullcrap along those lines is precisely the sort of religious fanatic who is a tangible danger to this nation.
1540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 07:48:09 AM
Better off Dead is the source, but I'm blanking on context.

Here's a new one: "How do you think we fund this little operation? We're not exactly the March of Dimes."
1541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 07:19:04 PM
No, I work with the media as in "I regularly work with reporters of the Dallas Morning News and other publications" as part of my position within the Democratic Party.
1542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 06:57:37 PM
Gryndyl, that's nonsense. I work closely with the media, and in an abstraction work within the media. "Government press releases" are not routinely just regurgitated. You malign millions with your petty ignorance.
1543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 06:01:36 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
For me i find it much more sad, that the country decided to base thier votes on abortion and gay marriage.  I mean really lets pick the 2 lest important issues avalible to us, and route our countries future based on them.


In the final calculus, it seems unlikely that gay marriage and "moral values" actually provided the inertia behind Bush's victory. First, the "moral values" option was one of those provided to respondents, it wasn't one people offered themselves, and so you have to factor out some of that as "well, this is what I think should be important, so I should check this."

Voters who truly cited "moral values" as their number one issue were mostly non-persuadables. These are people Kerry could never have reached, who were going to vote anyway and who were going to vote for Bush almost regardless of other matters. There were equal numbers in other groups who were likewise locked in for Kerry.

The battleground group of persuadables was folks for whom terrorism was the number one issue. Kerry persuaded those who viewed the war on terror and the war against Iraq as two separate entities to vote for him -- but he didn't pass the defense bar for those who for some unfathomable reason see the two as sides of the same coin. And that's where he lost the election. In the end, terrorism was the final deciding factor.

Also, while moral issues undoubtedly helped Bush turn out his base, the fact is that the GOP was, in general, better at base politics this year. In the war between two distinctly different takes on the notion of base motivation, the GOP won big.
1544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the hell would you take this stuff? on: November 30, 2004, 05:49:04 PM
I particularly enjoy the ad where the woman runs around carefree and happy that she has genital herpes. "I'm spreading a terrible disease, but thanks to Hypoglaximatacore my life is still so much fun! Watch as I water ski!"
1545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the hell would you take this stuff? on: November 30, 2004, 05:11:22 PM
Pharmaceutical ads on television should be stopped. We don't need people pestering their doctors about whether or not they need drugs that they saw on television. And so many of the ads are totally unspecific as to what they treat or what the drugs do that anyone might think that they need the damn things.

Cancel the damn ads and roll the savings down to customers in the form of lower prices. Win-win all around.
1546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 04:46:39 PM
Quote from: "Qbert"
I personally find others naive if they believe something is not so, simply because they don't have "proof".


I'm not asking for proof, I'm asking for credible evidence from the mainstream media before I throw into doubt an election in which the results were well within the predicted range of outcomes. That's not being naive, it's being incredulous.
1547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 04:40:34 PM
Quote from: "Qbert"
I don't know why they waste their time with exit polling either.  It's a waste of man time considering that the results are known in a few hours anyway.


That's not what exit polls are for. Exit polls are used to examine questions regarding who voted for Bush or Kerry, why they voted for Bush or Kerry, what sort of issues made an impact in the election, what sort of candidate qualities drove voters to or from candidates, what sort of partisan trends are emerging, etc. They're not really for public consumption. They're for political scientist types like me to dig into and roll around in, to answer such questions as "how did Bush assemble his majority coalition?"

For years people in and out of the media have misused the exit polling data, trying to use it on election day to predict the looming winner. The data can be used for this purpose, but only when elections are not going to be close. Exit polling "problems" have only been an "issue" in 2000 and 2004 because since exit polling first came into wide use in the 1960s there's only been a few close elections -- 1968, 1976, 2000 and 2004 -- and it wasn't until the mid-80s that the media really made much out of these surveys.

I'm sure that the exit polls could be used to predict the winner in nearly every state in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. Those elections weren't close on any level. So when the data was misused to this end in those cycles, no one noticed any discrepancies. But in close elections, any poll, even an exit poll, is going to have trouble "calling" states correctly. The Ohio statewide exit poll predicted a Bush win with 51% over Kerry with 49% -- so on the state level the poll was, in fact, "right." But it could have easily predicted a 50% - 50% tie, or a 52% - 48% Bush win, or even a 51% - 49% Kerry win, and still have been "right" for the purpose of the poll itself.

Within the political science world we use these polls to analyze voter trends. In the next few months, rebalanced versions of the polls will roll out amongst academics where all data will have been reweighted to match the official results of the election, giving us a generally spot-on accurate portrait of the voting day electorate, and what motivated and enthused them in this cycle. That's what exit polls are for -- after-the-fact analysis.

They're a political science tool. That they were misused in the past during easy-win elections for one side or the other and could "predict" statewide results at that time doesn't mean that such misuse will always pan out. Clearly, it doesn't.
1548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 04:29:46 PM
Quote from: "Qbert"
I'm sorry Fireball, I didn't know that I couldn't comment without official links to back up what I've heard on the news.


Oh, give me a break. You're calling me names because I don't froth at the mouth over all this so-called "fraud" and then can't even show any evidence of it. Pardon me for being incredulous. If you're going to try to call me on the carpet for something, you best be able to prove your allegations have some merit.

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I'm sorry that I think that we are *gasp* capable of fraudualant behavior (heck, it happened before, but why would it happen again).


No one is arguing that Americans are somehow immune to fraudulent behavior. But being capable of it and it being likely are two different things. America in general and Ohio in particular have long histories of running clean elections.

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I'm sorry that since exit polls in the past have proven near accurate, and this time they didn't (well, at least with the stations using the machines instead of paper ballots).


It doesn't matter if exit polls at the county level have been "accurate" in the past. They are still not representative at that level, and therefore cannot be used as a predictor for final results. There were 2,020 people polled for the 2004 Exit Poll in the entire state of Ohio. That's about as low of a sample as you can have and still have the results be representative. County level exit polls will not have a broad enough sample, numerically or geographically within a specific county, to be scientifically useful for predicting results at that level. You may as well argue that the results are suspicious because your Aunt Mabel lives in one of the counties in question and "she doesn't know ANYONE who voted for Bush." That'd be just as scientifically predictive of a survey as the county level numbers from the exit polls.

And that's putting aside for a moment that exit polls aren't even designed to be predictive regarding who will or won't win a state, much less a county. The exit poll is a statistical tool used to measure the reasons why people vote the way they do, not to predict the final outcome.

Is it possible that the Ohio results were brought about by fraud? Sure. It's also possible that George W. Bush will tomorrow come out in favor of gay marriage. But given the evidence I've encountered, I see no reason to believe either is remotely likely.
1549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 04:11:06 PM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
3) While I find that there has been a lot of just plain bizzare cases brought on by the left-wing groups... I find it troubling that many people (I'm not using this forum, I'm drawing from all sources) are using this election as some sort of vindication against a left-wing agenda.


Particularly when it was so close. Three percent does not a landslide, or even a real mandate, make. I think people believe this was a landslide for the right based on the Senate results, which are much more about regional repositioning that began 40 years ago than about the particular issues of the day today.

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The way some people are talking, you'd think we were living under the oppression of universal health care and forced to have homosexual relations with multiple partners.


God, I wish.
1550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 03:55:47 PM
Quote from: "Qbert"
Unfortunately, I don't have links because I don't care enough to keep track of everything that has been reported.


If you can't back up allegations, then I don't see any value in discussing them.

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As for exit polls, your wrong there, exit polls showed Kerry ahead in counties that Bush won.


At the county level, exit polls are not representative samples and therefore are worthless when it comes to determining who should win said county.
1551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 02:52:43 PM
Got a New York Times article detailing this rash of problems? Washington Post? Hell, the LA Times? I've been moving and travelling a lot these last weeks, so I could have missed it.

And an error is harmless if it is caught and corrected by the people who are supposed to review the results immediately after the election, as the error that was widely reported was. Wheres your credible evidence of errors that have not been corrected?

Do not call me naive. I am a very cynical person. But just because I don't wear a tinfoil cap and go apeshit over stuff printed in weblog or by those should-be-dragged-out-and-shot embarassments at Democratic Underground doesn't make me unserious when it comes to protecting our election processes. I've been a vocal and early agitator against allowing Deibold to make voting machines and for requiring user-verified paper trails.

But based on the available polling data, both pre-election and exit polls, there is no firm reason to believe that the 2004 presidential election was stolen. And until a serious journalistic entity publishes compelling evidence of such malfeasance, I'm not going to find Internet ranting persuasive.
1552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 30, 2004, 04:07:12 AM
Quote from: "Qbert"
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I've yet to see a credible source detailing the so-called major voting discrepencies.


Have you not heard on the news (no, not blog websites…actual news), that there have been more votes in some counties than registered voters?  
No, your right, there’s nothing fishy going on.


Thanks for the condescension, it does wonders for your case.

I've read about the county where the voting was all out of whack, and caught by election workers the next day. It was a fairly harmless goof, and was quickly recognized. Such accidents happen in all voting systems. I suppose if I wanted to go hunting for conspiracies I could get all paranoid that the voting officials recognized and corrected an error.

When a credible print publication does a study that shows a systemic pattern of voting errors in areas that use electronic ballots, then I'll be all up in arms. For now, I think I'll play it cool.

Bush won. It's not the end of the world, it's just the end of an election.

We'll get them next time.
1553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 29, 2004, 02:54:40 AM
I've yet to see a credible source detailing the so-called major voting discrepencies. As to the machines themselves, I support electronic voting, but only if confirmed paper receipts are printed and stored for all recount purposes. Elections are too important to leave in the hands of Microsoft Access (which Deibold machines use for tallying vote data).

We have in the country a crisis of legitimacy regarding our elections. This recent election helped that scenario a bit, but I don't think we'll truly be where we need to be until we have one national standard. The "Help Americans Vote Act" did little of the sort. We need a Federal standard for electronic voting machines, one which mandates openly available source code for the systems so that members of all parties can inspect it, and which also requires the creation and retention of user-verified paper trails. This will be costly, and clearly the only entity capable of picking up such a nationwide tab is the Federal Government. However, the legitimacy of our elections is the most critical element to the continuing of our democratic culture, so I think such money would be well spent.

It bothers me that Republicans seem so disinterested in this issue. I do not buy into conspiracy theories. But their nonchalance regarding the core of our democratic system is disturbing to say the least. One would hope that this could be a point of unity and bipartisanship upon which to build a less acrimonious governing situation in Washington. One would hope in vain, it seems.
1554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 28, 2004, 07:04:20 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
The country is becoming more conservative, but I wouldn't consider it any more religious than it normally is.


This isn't reflected in any data. On actual issue questions, which deterime the left/right lean of the public politically, Kerry beat Bush in every category but the war on terrorism and taxes. Kerry, the not-really-left-but-more-left-than-not candidate, won political independents and political moderates. The share of the electorate that is conservative rose in 2004, but because the GOP won the turnout ground war, not because of any major swaying of the electorates political leanings.

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Bush is a guy that stands up for what he believes and follows through on what he says


Oh. What. Ever.  Bush has "flip flopped" on countless scores of issues during his presidency. Free trade. Education. The proper use of American military forces. Just this past week he switched positions on overhauling the intelligence system. Bush is at least as inconsistent as the caricature conservatives drew of Kerry was.
1555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 10:07:17 PM
Mitch, I got your back.
1556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 07:58:31 PM
The complex itself softens the water as it comes in. They filter it (I hope they're not also taking out the flouride, I like having strong teeth). It tastes funny out of the tap.

There's no resident's association, and I'm not sure if our lease allows us to set one up. In any case, the building is only 11% occupied so far (80% leased out, though), so there aren't many of us to go complainin' and I don't have many immediate neighbors.
1557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 07:25:55 PM
If it comes out of a well it is almost certainly hard water.
1558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 05:28:49 PM
I've lived in Dallas for most of my life, actually. But most of that was up in the (ahem) Park Cities. I used to live in the Village off of US 75. Now I'm down at 1001 Ross Avenue.

Yay, my swank new bed from Crate & Barrel just arrived. This makes me happy enough to ignore the limp water in this place for a few days. When in doubt, surround me with pretty new things.

And for the record, if you're a gay man complaining about soft water, don't describe the water you like as being "hot, hard and strong," because people will look at you funny.
1559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 05:04:31 PM
The water in Lawrence, KS, is definitely soft.

Soft water is, basically, water that has a low levels of mineral content, while hard water includes more minerals. Hard water can dry out your skin (so it's bad for my exema), but it is also much better at getting things clean since it has a bit of "grit" to it. With soft water, I feel like I have to scrub to get soap off my body.
1560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 03:55:39 PM
So I moved into my new apartment in downtown Dallas. I love the view. I love the new floor layout. I love that I'm the first person to live in my unit.

But I hate my bathroom. Not only is the bathtub too shallow to take a bath in (it's like sitting in a not-quite-waist-deep puddle), not only does water get EVERYWHERE when I shower (am I supposed to spend 15 minutes sopping up water every morning?), not only does water puddle up and not totally drain out of the tub -- but every day I've felt a bit less clean that I should after my shower.

And then last night I noticed that my clothes had a ... greasy ... feel when coming out of the washing machine.

And today I learned the truth: the bastards soften the water. They take Dallas' beautiful, hard, deliriously perfect water and ruin it by stripping it of its strength and vigor. The water in my apartment is a tepid, slimy mess. Soft water. I hated living in Kansas because of the soft water, and now I'm paying for the "luxury" of water that doesn't do the job.

I could put up with the structural inanities of the bathroom -- layer up towels on the flat surfaces, squeegee quickly, keep the water running while taking a bath -- but the soft water is unbearable. Had I known about this (I wish I had known to ask) I would never have signed a lease at this place. I love taking showers, or at least I did. But what good is a shower that doesn't really make you feel warm, doesn't really get you clean, and that leaves you feeling slimy?

My new place is fabulous. Beautiful. But I because of this, I wouldn't recommend the complex to anyone. Ever.
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