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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Our President continues to be the best on: October 21, 2014, 03:34:40 pm
look at the poles prior to the election in 2012

I like looking at poles from time to time, don't you?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following sock accusations have you believed? on: October 21, 2014, 03:22:06 pm
Which of the following sock accusations have you thought about long enough to decide whether you care about it?

___ all of them

___ some of them

_X_ none of them

3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 21, 2014, 11:50:42 am
Ebola hazmat costumes!  Just in time for Halloween, boys and girls.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how much is your cable package a month? on: October 21, 2014, 10:04:10 am
After Comcast wouldn't lower our rate we switched to FIOS......glad we did.....no issues, fast internet, crystal clear HD TV

I think we'll look into that next summer.  The internet+TV rate they advertise now is $74.99 but requires a 2-year agreement.  I think we'll move over the summer and at that time I'll consider the options. 
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how much is your cable package a month? on: October 21, 2014, 09:51:10 am

Comcast was similar.  We had $95 for the first two years, then it went up to $149, so I called and they said that if I did the "triple play" option it would decrease to $129, so that's what I have now.  Cable TV with some premium package and HBO; BLAST internet; telephone.  We got the telephone over the summer.  How is it cheaper if I get the telephone line?  It's a promotional deal, sir.  But it's 149 with cable and internet, 129 with cable, internet, and phone.  It's a promotional deal, sir.  I don't need a phone.  I don't think I own a phone that plugs into the wall.  We just give you a phone number, sir, and you don't have to use it.  I have no idea what that phone number is.  I have it written down somewhere but I've forgotten it.  I've never even plugged a phone into the wall to see if it works.  Somewhere, in a box in the basement there's an old touch-tone phone and if I ever run across it I may plug it in to see if I get a dial tone. 

I think we'll lose HBO after the holidays.  That'll make it $115.  We'll keep the BLAST.  (I'm sure that stands for something but I'm not sure what.)  They claim that it's 50 Mbps but the fastest test speed I ever got was 34, and it's typically more like 20 or 21.  Still, it's probably faster than the alternatives.

6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "All About That Bass" on: October 20, 2014, 07:41:38 pm
Interesting.  I haven't heard it at the gym yet.  (outside this forum and the one time at the skating rink, I haven't heard it at all.)  My gym also goes through cycles.  For a while there was song about there not being enough rain in Oklahoma which played at least twice each time I went there.  I always thought of Bushie when that song came on.  Then they went through an 80s period.  Not sure what they're doing now.  I'll be there for about an hour tomorrow evening, so I'll listen for All about that Bass.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Am I really such a bad person? on: October 20, 2014, 11:35:48 am

8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is coming ! on: October 20, 2014, 10:37:21 am
Shingles too, for you.  Smiley
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is coming ! on: October 20, 2014, 10:25:50 am
Yep, I'm definitely aware that winter is coming here. I'm home sick with flu-like symptoms.

We had our first frost of the season last night.  This morning there was a bit of ice still on the rooftops as I drove to work.  Yesterday I got all the plastic shovels and pails out of the sandbox and brought them into the basement.  We had already harvested our garden and brought a few plants in side.

I got a flu vaccination a couple of weeks ago.  You should consider doing it.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "All About That Bass" on: October 20, 2014, 09:35:39 am
Also, did I just read someone in this thread doesn't like bass? What even is that?

Nah, he just wants his trombone score written in the treble clef so his brain will stop hurting.

11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Electric Light Orchestra on: October 19, 2014, 07:08:39 pm
I can't name any songs of the top of my head.

Can't get it out of my head

It's funny.  I used to hear ELO on the popular radio all the time in the 70s and early 80s, then they went away for a long time.  Then, starting in about 2001, they came back with a vengeance.  I couldn't walk into a Target or Wal-mart without hearing Evil Woman or Sweet Talkin' Woman or Blue Sky.  Even Strange Magic was popping up in elevators and shopping malls by about ten years ago.

You probably hear them all the time in certain venues and just don't realize it.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Electric Light Orchestra on: October 19, 2014, 06:41:45 pm
Evening!  Today's forecast calls for blue skies!

13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Recreational Outrage thread on: October 19, 2014, 06:40:24 pm
This is the thread to rage against things that don't matter.  I'll start....

What?  You already started with the Swing Nazis.  You want a do-over now?
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 19, 2014, 06:38:39 pm
back in paradise (Oklahoma)!

Is it okay if I quote it in my signature like this?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you consider yourself morally superior to the average Atlas poster? on: October 19, 2014, 06:18:25 pm

Actually, that's no so true, anymore.  I used to think that, not just on this forum but about everyone.  The older I get the more I understand that the world is full of ultra-moral people who all think that their morality is superior to everyone around them.  I think that adds to the excitement on this forum, of course, so I'm not mocking the condition.  I'm just saying that I'm ripening enough to reckon that I may not actually be morally superior to all the other people on here.  (The tacit assumption, of course, is that all posters will evolve in this way, which--now that I think about it--may in itself be a manifestation of my perceived moral superiority.  Hmm.  I'll have to think about that a bit more.)
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "All About That Bass" on: October 19, 2014, 03:36:47 pm
I heard this song in real life today!

I took the boy to a skating rink.  Against his mother's advice, I bought him a pair of in-line skates a few months ago.  I decided not to fight that battle, rather to surreptitiously buy him a pair and present them.  Sure, there have been some bruises and abrasions, but he has enjoyed them on the asphalt trails and sidewalks.  He has been asking me for months to take him to a proper indoor skating rink with polished wooden floor.  Finally, there was a buy-one-get-one-free admissions coupon to Overlook Park Skate so I took him.  He insisted that I rent a pair and go skating as well.  It has been at least 30 years, and probably more, since I've been roller skating, and I've never tried the in-line skates.  Nevertheless, I was a good sport.  It took me about 30 minutes to get the hang of it, but I was persistent and I don't mind saying that I soon became quite proficient with them.  By the end of the three-hour episode, I was drenched in sweat and had received a decent cardiovascular workout.  Most of the parents sat on the sidelines, but there was one other old guy besides me.  Other than the two of us, it was all children, ages 6 through 14 I'd estimate.  Anyway, at some point "All about that bass" started blaring through the speakers and all the kids, including my son, got excited about it and started singing along.  The crowd's reaction was delightful.  Evidently it's a popular tune.

I was very sore afterward, and immediately went to the jacuzzi and just stewed for half an hour before I did anything else.  I think I'll just rest this evening and enjoy a nice stiff drink.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Lockheed says it's close to nuclear fusion on: October 18, 2014, 09:45:01 pm
Lockheed Martin is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American taxpayer.

Like us on facebook.

Actually, that's not entirely accurate.  Or at least it wasn't a decade ago.  I don't like to bash Lockheed Martin, since they paid one hundred percent of my salary for a three-year period, but they do have an sickenly sweet deal with Uncle Sam.  Nevertheless, LMT is a publicly-traded company, and anyone can buy it  The last time I checked, only about 75% of their shareholders come from the United States.  
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of turtles on: October 18, 2014, 06:56:32 pm
I've kept two turtles and one snake.  The turtles were okay, assuming you select the appropriate habitat for the species you choose.  Most will not be happy with a small dish and a plastic palm tree.  Take some time to figure out how to make your turtle happy.  Also, if you get a big turtle it can make huge turds, so be ready for some cleaning.  Filtration of the water helps, but is not absolutely necessary.  Wash your hands often, because they can be infected with the nasties.  The North Museum on the corner of President Avenue and College Street employs a few turtle geeks who can answer just about any question you have, if you're in Lancaster.  If you're in Phila, I'm sure you can find folks there who are just as geeky.  Mostly, just be sure not to ignore its basic needs.  Food, drink, shelter, and a good host to clean its shit are very important to all animals, including turtles.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you like going through a car wash as a kid? on: October 18, 2014, 10:44:04 am
Every time I get a free car wash coupon I always make sure to take my son with me.  Of course, I don't often get the free coupons and I have no intention of paying eight dollars for a car wash so it doesn't happen often.  About once a year or so.  It is too loud and too claustrophobic for my tastes, but the boy really seems to enjoy it.  I guess children are into that sort of stuff.  I really can't remember if I was.  In fact, I can't remember going through any of those as a child. 

Generally, if the car needs washing he and I put on our swimsuits and get a big bucket and sponges and back the car out of the garage onto the driveway and make a big game of it.  I'm pretty sure that is also what we did when I was a child, although when I was a young adult I did what Branson does.  I'd drop two quarters in the slot and get the wand out and start spraying like mad.  I did thoroughly enjoy those.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are gas prices where you're at? on: October 17, 2014, 08:27:01 pm
I paid $3.159 yesterday when I filled up, and already today it was about 2 less at the same store. 

Double dip? 

I guess somebody's job most be on the line.  Nevertheless I'm pleased to pay less for the fuel.  I remember it being over $3.50 not that long ago.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is hating hip-hop racist? on: October 17, 2014, 12:39:08 pm
you make the weirdest polls, dude.
22  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Is America A Natural GOP Gerrymander? on: October 16, 2014, 08:23:09 pm
This is my district and I had absolutely no clue how gerrymandered this was. What an utter embarrassment. I would've figured at least everything south of the Main Line would be part of this district (namely Paoli/Malvern) and probably expected up northward to the PA Turnpike. Here I was complaining for months about how my state assembly district was gerrymandered because Freshman year I was one of three dorms put in a Solid Democratic district before finally switching into the Solid Republican district this year. Didn't even think the US reps from PA were this bad. Should've known since there are never any tight races in this state. This and Fitzpatrick's district up near Bucks County are two of the most competitive in the state!! Should've realized the gerrymander wasn't completely natural, but I figured it was reasonable to have slightly Republican districts just outside of 99% D Philly (especially in Delaware County moreso than Montgomery and Bucks). Boy, this is disheartening.

I'm glad you're feeling it.  You're tomorrow's state senator, or at least tomorrow's voter.  Make it change.
23  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Is America A Natural GOP Gerrymander? on: October 16, 2014, 08:15:27 pm
Ha.  Ye of goode faith.  I hope that it would work out so well, owing to netizens and bored scientists.

Of course the state lege would have to go for it.  What would be the odds of getting your colleagues in the state assembly to go along with such a plan?
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Is America A Natural GOP Gerrymander? on: October 16, 2014, 02:04:42 pm
I noticed that the spline ignored populated areas.  I think there are advantages and disadvantages in doing that, but I liked the commission route as well.  muon's suggestion about crowdsourcing is intriguing, but it has the disadvantage of potentially making itself for sale to the highest bidder, whereas a commission of highly-vetted, thoughtful people might be less susceptible to marketing.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 16, 2014, 01:52:57 pm
It was good for Smith to say this.  It took me a while to warm up to him (and Cooper Anderson, a very similar style).  Those who like to feign empathy while wading around in T-shirts in the New Orleans muck after Hurricane Katrina strike me as ratings-hogs.  Eventually, I became that Smith and Anderson were on the level.  I still don't like their reporting style, but I've gotten used to it.  Anyway, this was wise and responsible journalism.  Good for him.
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