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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 10:51:38 PM
I don't like superhero movies, but it looks like a fun goofy sf comedy that one can enjoy without being in on all the usual Marvel insider stuff. Theoretically might see this in a theater if a movie works its way into our schedule.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 10:43:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 01, 2014, 01:40:40 PM

Ehhhh, I'll go the other way.  Cats only get expensive if they have health issues, but health issues aren't that common if your cat isn't that old.  If you have absolutely no way you could pull together some money if there was a surprise health issue, I'd agree with the above posters about getting an income first.  I also completely agree that you have to think of this is as a long term commitment, no returns.

Aside from vet bills, cats are cheap to maintain.  I don't think I spend more than $20/month on food and litter.   Food/water dishes and litter boxes are cheap.  Scratching posts can get ultra fancy and expensive, but my cat ignores anything nice and will only scratch the cheapo $5 cardboard ones.  Toys also get expensive, but most cats ignore that stuff and just want you to give them more cardboard boxes and pieces of string.  If you want to go all out, you could tie a string to a yardstick and your cat will think you are amazing.

I'll second this. Vet visits typically run $200 a year for routine checkups and shots, but will balloon for an elderly cat. We're closing in on $1,000 for our 16-year-old...which means he's nearing the limit of what we agreed to spend to keep him alive. You reach a point of diminishing returns and vets will absolutely exploit someone who doesn't set limits. They're in business to make money like anybody else.

Food and litter together cost around $10 a week.

The best thing about cats is their independence. As long as his food and water towers are full, we never thought twice about leaving Iggy alone for 2 or 3 nights. Again, though, that changes when they get old. He's become clingy and needy over the past year.

IMO cats are great pets for most of their lives. I've had three that have lived 15+ years, which is pretty typical, and some can live 20+ years. The last year of life, though, gets expensive and unpleasant. Bear that in mind if you adopt an adult cat.

As Iggy's life runs out we've been debating whether we eventually want to get another cat. On one hand we've always had cats and it's hard to imagine living without one, and we own all the necessary cat paraphernalia. OTOH we're 57 years old and starting to think about retirement, ideally including some travel. If we got a kitten next year and it lived the usual 16 years, we'd be dealing with a sick and needy pet when we're 74 years old. And it would limit our mobility at a time when we'd like to migrate to warmer climes 4 months out of the year, not to mention taking week-long vacations here and there. I'm not sure I want to restrict myself like that. We've toyed with adopting an older cat that would die at a more convenient age (for us), but then we'd miss out on the fun and deep bonding of kittenhood. So we're conflicted.

All of our cats have been outdoor cats, so none of my advice pertains to indoor-only cats.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 12:12:11 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 31, 2014, 07:40:03 PM

Chikungunya has made it here, and has a confirmed case that doesn't originate from Caribbean travel.  A bribe in the right place to let someone get on an international flight, and we've got serious problems.  The big thing keeping Ebola from being truly terrifying is that it's spread by fluids, not through the air.  That, and it's acquired from African animals.  It would be quite difficult for it to obtain a foothold here in the US, and then migrate to a wild animal population repository.  It's a bit different when your society doesn't require the eating of wild animals.

Ebola is no threat to North America currently, but viruses evolve quickly. It could adapt to domesticated animals or become more transmissible. 'Course, it could become less virulent in the process; viruses that kill their hosts quickly don't spread rapidly. And it can evolve as easily in Africa as anywhere else. For now, though, it deserves a pretty low spot on our list of things to worry about.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 31, 2014, 03:12:05 AM
I don't know my credit score. It would be perfect if not for my wife, a charge-first-and-worry-later type who's now on a short leash after having dug herself a deep grave some years ago. My credit probably took some splash damage from that. Visa keeps trying to sell me a black metal credit card with a ridiculous price tag so I guess it can't be too bad.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 28, 2014, 02:04:55 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 25, 2014, 10:24:36 PM

So I've been at my job for coming up on three years now.  In that time I've had 8 bosses, 6 VPs, and 4 CIOs.  



When your life becomes a Dilbert cartoon, it's time to make a change.
46  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 24, 2014, 07:27:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2014, 06:54:48 PM

When I moved from Boston to Albuquerque, I had an initial culture shock adjustment period to the different level of public friendliness between strangers.  The level of inquisitiveness and smalltalk you get from, say, a grocery bagger in ABQ, is just alien weirdo bizarre in Boston culture.  What does this person want?!  Why are they so curious how I'm going to cook these steaks?  Should I hand over my wallet?!

I'm always wary of this when I travel outside of New England, or even just to western Mass. Friendly strangers creep me out. Takes a few days to realize they aren't after your money or your soul.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 11:48:15 PM

Quote from: Crusis on July 21, 2014, 10:27:21 PM

I used to have a horrid case of this. Even woke up a few times gasping for air as acid worked it's way up my esophagus. I've lost 35 lbs this year and the problem is completely gone.

Same with me, except that I lost the weight 9 years ago and regained a lot of it. Started having heartburn again when my weight topped 190, and it's gone away again since I've dropped a few pounds. At least I know right where my trigger point is now.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: July 21, 2014, 11:45:20 PM
Nah, a preview that I read before it started warned that it's over the top on blood and gore. I don't care for that so I decided to give it a pass. If that turns out to be a bad call I'll catch it on DVD later on.
49  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 05:21:07 AM
Hypothetically, I wouldn't patronize an aggressively religious business, but I can't name any locally. I'm fine with leaving it hypothetical.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 05:08:59 AM
Stomach acid destroyed my wife's teeth. If it's reaching your mouth very often you've got a serious problem aside from the horrible taste.

I get it once or twice a year when I drink too much. It was worse when I was fatter and less-worse when I was skinnier.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 09:49:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 17, 2014, 04:15:26 PM

Why fly over an active combat zone? Seems risky.

That was my first thought, too. Do airlines routinely do this? I suppose there would never be any air service anywhere in the Middle East if they didn't...and it's not something that happens often.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 17, 2014, 09:46:13 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 17, 2014, 03:53:41 PM


I only made it halfway through that one. The original song must be horrible if the parody makes my ears bleed.

Also, I hate music players that hide the volume control.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 17, 2014, 09:41:28 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 17, 2014, 07:31:43 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 16, 2014, 01:39:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2014, 12:29:42 AM


Still, I have never had a cable company that I did like. We need competition.

What you need is a municipal internet provider. I get mine (cable tv, too!) through our electrical utility. It's taxpayer owned and the payments stay in the community; any profits get turned over to town government. They have fewer than 10,000 customers and when I have a problem I know I'm going to be speaking to either Donna or Chris.

That's right: communism. I'm glad our utility was chartered in 1892 because the conglomerates have made it next to impossible for communities to establish them now. Internet service should be a public utility like electricity and water. Duh.

I have something like this too, internet and tv through the electric power board here in Chattanooga.  They claim
We have the fastest internet in the country and I couldn't wait to switch from comcast to them 2 years ago, not because of the speed, but because of my feelings towards comcast, which are enormously negative.

In addition to our local company (BELD), we have access to Verizon and Comcast. I know it's highly unusual for any market to have that much competition as the conglomerates normally carve up the country into exclusive zones. Comcast routinely has the cheapest come-on rates, and they routinely go door-to-door trying to poach BELD's customers. Comcast's reputation precedes them and I will never switch (although they almost tricked me once by masquerading as "Xfinity" without using the Comcast name anywhere). BELD isn't innovative, and their email service is embarrassingly unreliable, but I like to spend my money in my community whenever I can.

Quote from: hepcat on July 17, 2014, 07:34:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 17, 2014, 02:25:26 AM

House just passed a bill today to make it harder for towns to provide internet themselves. I really just want more choices. A dish isn't suitable in a lot of apartments I have lived. DSL just isn't fast enough.

I'm constantly amazed at how much power cable companies wield when it comes to television and internet. 

I'm constantly dismayed at how they use that power to screw over customers.

But never, ever surprised.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 16, 2014, 01:39:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2014, 12:29:42 AM


Still, I have never had a cable company that I did like. We need competition.

What you need is a municipal internet provider. I get mine (cable tv, too!) through our electrical utility. It's taxpayer owned and the payments stay in the community; any profits get turned over to town government. They have fewer than 10,000 customers and when I have a problem I know I'm going to be speaking to either Donna or Chris.

That's right: communism. I'm glad our utility was chartered in 1892 because the conglomerates have made it next to impossible for communities to establish them now. Internet service should be a public utility like electricity and water. Duh.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 15, 2014, 10:58:01 PM
I'm about as unplugged from mainstream pop culture as anybody you'll ever meet, yet these songs somehow manage to worm their way into my consciousness. I heard that "Happy" song when I watched the video of the wrap party for the latest Star Trek Continues episode, for example.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 14, 2014, 10:18:25 PM
I'm a housewife.

In my spare time I'm the Chief Executive Overlord of Kraken Enterprises, the corporate parent of Curio City Online.

But mostly I'm a housewife, and I have to go get dinner started.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 12, 2014, 10:50:58 PM
That's a good song. Never knew before who did it but I've heard it on the radio a time or two.

I've had this one stuck in my head ever since reading about the guy who choked to death at a hot dog eating contest last week.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 12, 2014, 06:55:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 10, 2014, 11:52:01 AM

I think the problem is that he's stuck with a do nothing congress and he's forced to do whatever he can through executive orders.  I believe his use of the latter is what's testing the bounds, but WTF else is he supposed to do?  I mean I don't agree with many of his policies but if we had a congress that actually did it's job...
Yeah, remember that he spent most of his first term trying to compromise with Republicans, often offering unilateral concessions that made Democrats blanch. Republicans responded like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. If you land on your back enough times you eventually wise up.

That said, Obama has a notoriously imperious governing style and plays the political schmoozing game poorly when he plays it at all, so I don't think Washington gridlock is completely one-sided.
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 10, 2014, 04:02:30 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 02:47:05 AM

But isn't that every president? Seems like they all, left and right, do whatever they can to get what they want done with little regard for congress or anyone else.

Anyway, if SCOTUS says it's constitutional, it is, case closed, no?

The law is constitutional, yes. No question about that after SCOTUS rules. The manner in which it's being implemented stretches boundaries. Had the law been enforced strictly as written it likely would have crashed and burned the healthcare system, which is exactly what the Republicans were hoping would happen.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 10, 2014, 03:50:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 02:42:38 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 10, 2014, 02:26:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:50:30 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 09, 2014, 10:38:06 PM

Every day I have a ham-and-cheese on rye with a handful of potato chips and a glass of skim milk. When I'm feeling wild I change up the ham with turkey or roast beef, but I don't think the excitement is good for me.

I guess you haven't read the studies that say whole milk is better for you. icon_neutral

I have. They are specifically about children and weight control, but you can reasonably generalize to adults. Milkfat makes you feel fuller so you eat less; those who drink low- or nonfat milk tend to eat more and often overcompensate for the "missing" calories. However, I benefit from the calorie savings in skim because I always eat the same lunch. Apart from the fat, skim milk is nutritionally equivalent to whole milk in vitamins, calcium, etc.

Take that, science.

Sorry, was making a joke referring to the Zeke thread.

 icon_lol I got that, and this is the answer that I would have posted there if I ever made a serious reply to a Zeke thread.
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 10, 2014, 02:42:33 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:58:39 AM

I think you guys might be underestimating her fame. When I worked with 99% conservative, they all loved her. I still see the occasional thing on Facebook quoting her. I think she's still pretty popular in Jesusland.

Yeah, but not so much outside of Jesusland according to a new poll: "Fifty-four percent of voters in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll say they would prefer the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee to be less outspoken in political debates.

"The voters who are over Palin come from across the political spectrum: Nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents and nearly 4 out of 10 Republicans in the poll say they’ve heard enough."

So it's not just us.

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:58:39 AM

I don't understand how the president doesn't respect the Constitution because of the whole healthcare thing either.

The President takes an oath to "faithfully execute" the laws that Congress passes, but Obama has taken it upon himself to fudge certain deadlines and other details without the consent of Congress. I don't know enough about constitutional law to judge just how flexible faithfully executing should be, but the objections have some merit. Calling a law "Obamacare" doesn't mean that Obama gets to define it as he goes along.

Impeachable? I doubt it, but impeachment is at least as much about political power as it is about legal merits.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 10, 2014, 02:26:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:50:30 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 09, 2014, 10:38:06 PM

Every day I have a ham-and-cheese on rye with a handful of potato chips and a glass of skim milk. When I'm feeling wild I change up the ham with turkey or roast beef, but I don't think the excitement is good for me.

I guess you haven't read the studies that say whole milk is better for you. icon_neutral

I have. They are specifically about children and weight control, but you can reasonably generalize to adults. Milkfat makes you feel fuller so you eat less; those who drink low- or nonfat milk tend to eat more and often overcompensate for the "missing" calories. However, I benefit from the calorie savings in skim because I always eat the same lunch. Apart from the fat, skim milk is nutritionally equivalent to whole milk in vitamins, calcium, etc.

Take that, science.
63  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 09, 2014, 10:48:54 PM
Eventually she's going to have to get herself elected to something if she wants to keep the limelight. As it is, she's in the same category as the Kardassians -- pointless celebrities who are easily ignored.
64  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: July 09, 2014, 10:44:45 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 09, 2014, 02:48:07 PM



Quote
'm banning Zekester for 3 months.  This is his 3rd incident. He's not here to add to the community, he's here to get a rise out of people.

Thanks, Obama!


Damn Obama and his hippie loving army of "fags". It's all their fault that Zeke is banned, it's a liberal conspiracy for sure, if people would just let him use his "alternative" and "non-traditional" meanings of the word fag then he could be in conservative bliss right now. Instead his 1st amendment rights have been violated. (Or something like that, I think?)
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As often as he taunts the Ban Hammer, it must be satisfying when it finally comes down.

I mostly enjoy Zekester's talent for livening the place up but hope he works up some new material before he comes back. Repetition gets tedious.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's for Lunch Today? on: July 09, 2014, 10:38:06 PM
Every day I have a ham-and-cheese on rye with a handful of potato chips and a glass of skim milk. When I'm feeling wild I change up the ham with turkey or roast beef, but I don't think the excitement is good for me.
66  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: July 09, 2014, 05:31:15 AM
I'm just trying to figure out what any of this has to do with the Syrian opposition.
67  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 08, 2014, 03:10:57 AM
The last word on skim milk.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 08, 2014, 03:04:42 AM
I was going to say that my habits haven't changed very much, but...

Quote from: Lee on July 08, 2014, 01:04:57 AM

What bothers me most in the way I have changed with gaming is my unwillingness to learn how to play new game, ... And forget reading manuals, I never do it anymore. Back in the golden days when games came with hefty manuals that was one of my favorite things to do, sit down and read through it (

...This. And I even had a job writing game manuals for a few years. Nowadays I gravitate to games that use the conventions I already know. I'm willing to do tutorials in a new game if they're well done, but that's about it.

I seldom stray outside of my single-player turn-based strategy comfort zone, though, and those conventions are pretty well set in stone.

I don't have any games on my phone. I ought to get one for those occasions when I unexpectedly find myself with time to pass, like when I had to wait an hour to donate blood today. But every smartphone game I've ever seen is either lame or costs money. Granted, I haven't seen very many.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 01, 2014, 06:26:16 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 01, 2014, 06:16:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 01, 2014, 05:34:58 PM

After seeing the second episode the fragmented storylines are starting to gel. I still don't know how Moon Bloodstain came back from the presumed dead, though, and I especially have a hard time buying the "Hitler Youth" arc.

lol!  Are you having more success than I am buying the Daenryshybridmagik storyline lol? 

No, that's terminally silly, too.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 01, 2014, 05:34:58 PM
After seeing the second episode the fragmented storylines are starting to gel. I still don't know how Moon Bloodstain came back from the presumed dead, though, and I especially have a hard time buying the "Hitler Youth" arc.
71  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 30, 2014, 10:25:48 PM
We need a higher appeals court. Maybe the President can just overturn them with an executive order.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: June 30, 2014, 10:22:20 PM
That season premier was kind of a train wreck, wasn't it? Hard to figure out what was going on.

I don't have the best memory or attention span, so these questions might have been addressed already. When did Blood Moonshot's character come back to life? I thought she was written out last season. Suddenly she's a badass terrorist chick? Wha...? Similar question about Lorax -- didn't we leave her as a manchurian candidate, or did they rehabilitate her?
73  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 26, 2014, 09:29:41 PM
It is not clear that Assad's enemies are preferable to Assad for anybody other than the Syrians. Assad is at least fighting ISIS and al Qaeda along with groups that might be more pro-Western. Iraq is disintegrating. Libya is in the hands of warlords. Sometimes the devil you know....

At the same time, if our best intelligence says that Assad's days are numbered, then we do want to ingratiate ourselves with, and help to choose, his successors.

Pouring money and weapons into the region hasn't worked out very well, so I'm inclined to save the money and leave them to their own fate. If one bad outcome costs half a billion and the other bad outcome is free, take the freebie. But I don't exactly have inside intelligence, so who knows? It seems that we are fated to meddle whether we want to or not.
74  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: June 26, 2014, 05:21:36 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 26, 2014, 04:50:56 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 29, 2014, 02:51:24 PM

I gave up on the concept of banning guns ages ago.  But I support reasonable applications of gun control.  One of the more reasonable applications would be allowing a business to tell you NOT to bring firearms into their establishment.   

And before it comes up, that's NOT the same as allowing a business owner to refuse service to gays, blacks or jews.  Guns you can leave in the car.  Your color or sexual preference can't be.

Unless you have a detachable penis. Remember that 90's song? Anyone? paranoid

I really hate having to sit down every time I have to take a leak.
75  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 23, 2014, 03:43:57 AM
One could make a case that wealthy congressmen have more luxury of independence than those of modest means. Or that they represent the interests that made them wealthy. One can likely find examples for all points on that spectrum.

But the point was made about the SCOTUS being a millionaire's club, and SCOTUS theoretically doesn't represent anybody.
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 05:11:29 AM
I don't care about football. When I hear "redskins" I think of peanuts.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: June 12, 2014, 07:37:02 PM
Sorry, but no Star Trek future until replicator technology abolishes war and economics. 3D printing is a good start.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to plan a last minute vacation on: June 07, 2014, 03:42:19 PM

Quote from: Drazzil on June 07, 2014, 03:12:24 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 07, 2014, 01:35:47 AM

What kind of things do you like to do? When I travel I'm looking for museums, performances, and historical attractions. Other people like sports, or night life, or beaches, or even (shudder) shopping.

Never been to Portland myself (except the one in Maine) so I got nuthin.

museums performances and historical attractions sounds like my thing too.

That should be easy to research. Check to see if there are any upcoming concerts or plays that you want to see and plan your trip around that.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to plan a last minute vacation on: June 07, 2014, 01:35:47 AM
What kind of things do you like to do? When I travel I'm looking for museums, performances, and historical attractions. Other people like sports, or night life, or beaches, or even (shudder) shopping.

Never been to Portland myself (except the one in Maine) so I got nuthin.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 06, 2014, 03:29:20 AM
I wonder what was the ratio of "whoopdie-fucking-doo" reactions to "ooooo shiny!" people.
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