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  1. Got shot two yesterday.  I'm right at what is supposed to be the worst point for side effects now. Wiped out tired, muscles are weak and got a headache - which is about what actual Covid was for me since I only had a mild case.  I'm assuming the muscle weakness won't go on for months like it did with the actual disease.  Glad to have it done, and ready to ease up a little bit on our family Covid protocols, though we'll still be careful.

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  2. I went online last weekend to buy a new pocketknife. I already knew what to expect, but still got annoyed about instantly because every damn knife has to be called “tactical” or the mall ninjas won’t buy it.

    Anyway, my six year old heard me grumbling and came over to check out what I was doing. Then he wanted to what made something tactical.  I told him that mainly it’s just gotta be black. Unfortunately, he and I have the same sense of humor, so he spent the next thirty minutes running around pointing at things and shouting “tactical television!” “Tactical mud!” “Tactical cat!”

    His momma came home in the middle of that and I had to explain what was going on. Fortunately she already knew she married an idiot  

    I ended up getting something that said not just tactical but also extreme ops, though the most extreme op I’m gonna use it for is opening Amazon boxes. 

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  3. 2 hours ago, RIPPA said:

    EA posted a blog going over all the gameplay tweaks they are making


    Next week they will focus on the visual changes

    Most important update

    The blog also talks about how they will handle the Galactic Readiness issue in ME3 since I know folks asked about that

    I'm assuming that inventory thing pretty much applies to ME1 only.  Even there I never had much trouble, at least once I had the money for Spectre gear.  My simple (possibly incorrect) rules

    - every gun you pick up is trash.  

    - every omni-tool and/or amp that doesn't say "Savant" on it is trash.

    - Every armor that  doesn't say "Predator" (except for one Krogan one that I can't remember the name of) is trash.

    - The system breaks down a bit with mods, or course, but even there I only went with a couple things and and chucked the rest.

  4. 6 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

    Fellow paranoid luddite here!  And I work in IT.  Maybe that's why?  

    Could be.  Confession time here.  I'm a design engineer for a large chipmaker.  Worked in a number of divisions over the years including, briefly, the IoT group.

    Since refrigerators were nearly impossible to find last year, it looked for a while like we'd have to get one with that crap.  I told my wife that was fine as long as we let our five year old disable it with a hammer.

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  5. 10 hours ago, Curt McGirt said:

    Okay, I saw an ad for what I know deign the most useless and anger-inducing piece of technology ever. 

    A smart refrigerator. 

    It's a fridge with a giant cell phone/computer screen on it. Like the Mirror, the giant cell phone/computer screen you hang on your wall and exercise in front of.

    You tag your groceries within and it shows you what you have inside on the screen. 

      Reveal hidden contents


    Phew... had to get that out of my system. 

    In ten years you’ll probably struggle to find a fridge that doesn’t have that. I’m a paranoid Luddite, and I had to go out of my way to get one that didn’t have that tech last year. 

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  6. 1 minute ago, RIPPA said:

    Yeah - apparently what happened with the Walmart drop is the West Coast people were able to get into the system before the stock dropped to fill out their applications (since they were only selling the All Access versions). So when the stock actually went live, everyone who already filled out their stuff were able to zoom right through.

    I finally got the out of stock message after about a hour of trying

    I was able to get an XSX through them back in December. Missed one drop as I didn’t have an account with the credit card set up but got it on the next drop or the one after. Nice thing was they said it would arrive sometime in January, but I got it before Christmas 

    now if I just had time to use it

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  7. We got our first (Pfizer) shots yesterday.  All I got was a sore arm.  My wife is having a rougher go of it. Don't know if the side effects are worse if you've had the virus before, but she's feeling a lot of the same symptoms from when we had our fairly mild cases back in December.  

  8. On 3/1/2021 at 10:26 AM, Dolfan in NYC said:

    The "Eyes of Texas" thing going on in Austin feels like a controversy from a simpler time.  


    Unsurprisingly, Texas has decided that all is well, and that they can go back to playing that hideous tune every time they get positive yardage on offense or don't give up a first down on defense.

    Also, racism was a terrible thing, but they're all better now and they're glad to announce it's been consigned to the history books.

    I might actually read the next alumni fundraising letter I get from them instead of chucking it in the shredder, just to see how they spin this shit.

  9. 16 hours ago, J.T. said:

    Yeah, apparently it's old school because the kids these days hate turn based combat in RPGs

    Does hating turned based RPGs work like the fountain of youth?  The arthritis in my right foot is flaring up something awful (turns out breaking every bone in there at least once is bad - who knew?), and I could use that fountain right about now.  I already hate most of em, and I guess I could train myself to hate KOTOR.

  10. 6 minutes ago, Technico Support said:



    On the rare occasion we use that, we'll get a couple minutes at best.  But they're a blissful couple minutes.

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  11. 37 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

    If you have a kid on the way, get ready for a million questions, some really nonsensical, usually at the end of the day when you're exhausted and definitely not in the mood for it 😄

    Oh Lord, this.  If they're anything like my son, they don't care about the answers. He won't even wait for the answer to end before asking the next question.  Sometimes we have to have a question moratorium just to keep the parents sane.

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  12. 2 hours ago, twiztor said:

    you've never seen any full match from any WrestleMania?

    i literally can't even comprehend how that is possible. what do you watch? how did you dive into wrestling when your fandom turned full blown? how have you avoided Hogan/Andre?

    (Warning before reading - my memory is pretty hazy on a lot of this, so it's quite possible I've got some of it wrong.  Mostly it was a very long time ago.  I'm old and didn't spend as much of the time period I'm describing sober as I probably should've)

    As far as seeing a full Wrestlemania match - not that I know of.  It's possible, but I certainly don't remember it.  The only time I watched WWF, as it was at the time, on a regular basis was roughly 1990-1992.  Before that I doubt I'd seen a dozen hours of their programming total, mostly due to lack of opportunity (parents didn't have cable).  I'm not sure I've seen a dozen hours since, mainly due to lack of interest.  I don't have anything against em, I just don't feel like watching for whatever reason.  The last WWE match I saw was Bryan/Orton on Raw maybe seven years ago.  I remember liking it, but I haven't watched since.  Those two, and Goldberg if he's still around, might be the only folks on their current roster I've seen wrestle a full match.  (Googled it.  Mysterio's still around?  I did not know that.  Yeah, I've seen a bunch of his matches.)  I really dunno why I haven't watched them outside of that time in the early 90s, though part of it is that I've watched next to zero television over the last ten years or so.

    Also, I'm REALLY cheap.  Irrationally so.  PPVs cost money to watch, so even when I was watching a lot of wrestling I never saw the PPVs.  The only time I can remember watching any PPV was one time when a couple buddies and I rented some old ones from a knockoff Sam's Club type place.  Don't remember what they were, but I'm pretty dang sure none of em was a Wrestlemania.  The only thing I do remember was Kevin Sullivan being on one of the shows.  And maybe the Road Warriors.  Of course I've seen the big Andre gets slammed thing from WM3 a few places over the years, but never the whole match.

    What I have watched is all over the place.  First I remember watching was roughly around 1980 - whatever showed up on one of the three stations we got in central Texas at about midnight Saturday night.  Could've been more than one promotion over the next few years.  I remember a few of the folks on the shows.  Scott Casey had the belt for a good while, I think.  I remember Matt Borne, Manny Fernandez, the Mongolian Stomper, the Grapplers, and a skinny Eric Embry.  I remember seeing at least one Flair interview, but never saw him wrestle back then, I think.  A quick Google search says that at least some of that was Southwest.  I know I saw a decent amount of World Class at some point too.

    I took a few years mostly off, then watched a bunch of stuff in the early 90s, not just WWF.  Watched a fair amount of WCWSN.  Watched whatever was on ESPN back then - GWF I guess?  I know there was something else I watched on a lower tier sports channel, but don't remember what it was.

    Took a few more years off, then watched a lot from maybe 1995-2000.  Mostly WCW at that point - Nitro, Thunder, Worldwide and to a lesser extent WCWSN.  I also watched WOW and a little ECW.  That's how I wound up here, reading Dean's stuff on RSPWM starting in the summer of 1997.  Eventually just slowly lost interest.  I think I had mostly wound down watching before WCW went under, though I did watch the last show. 

    After that I just haven't watched much.  I've seen a few random things here and there.  Seen a bit of ROH occasionally.  Saw a little bit of old AWA.  Watched some old stuff I hadn't seen online, but never really any WWF/E.  That's about it.  I'm kinda curious about AEW, but not enough to actually turn on the TV, apparently.

    So to tie this back to Dolfan's stuff, I read this with just almost zero foreknowledge.  I knew a few things - the aforementioned Hogan/Andre thing, Hart/Austin from WM 13 (I've seen the last minute or so of that somewhere along the line), Eddie and Benoit winning at WM 30, though I haven't seen that, and the existence of Taker's streak - that's about it.  It's been a fun read.

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  13. Dolfan, I wanted to add my thanks for this.  Best I can remember, I've never seen any full match from any Wrestlemania, and I've never seen a bunch of the WWF/E folks from the last 20 years wrestle at all (I know I've never seen a Cena match, and I don't think I've ever seen a full Rock match, for example).  Despite that I read and enjoyed the whole thing.  A lot of it got read in my son's room at night while trying to get him to go to sleep, and helped me to stay awake till he was out.  Good stuff.

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  14. I can’t sneak or scan for shit.  And I probably have a low cool stat, but I really don’t know. I don’t need those things. I have ammunition. 

    I really don’t get having trouble with the game unless you’re maybe playing on higher difficulty or just damned and determined to do missions a certain way.   I’m far from good as a gamer and I barely felt challenged by this. I died occasionally, but the only mission I couldn’t beat by running headlong into danger and blasting everything in sight was the one you start buck naked and unarmed. 

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  15. 30 minutes ago, odessasteps said:

    One of the guys ar work was telling me he saw people on the news saying the snow in Texas was fake and/or man-made. 

    So who's behind that, some sort of Rosicrucian/plumbers union cabal?  It's funny, but when I first heard Stuart by the Dead Milkmen back in 1988, the conspiracy theory sounded ridiculous.  I'm not sure that's true any longer.

    On the positive side, we've actually got running water, and it's apparently drinkable, though it looks like watered down milk.  

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  16. 2 hours ago, Zimbra said:

    "Don't try to fight a short dude with visible cauliflower ear" should be taught in school.  Those dudes ignored all the warning signs that they were about catch a beating.

    Thats right there with the make sure the short guy Isn’t in the UFC lesson Rashad Bobino learned. 

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  17. If you smell an unpleasant body odor wherever you are, don’t panic - it’s probably just me. 

    City announced we’ll be one of the last areas to get water back.   Ugh. At least my parents got it back this morning. 

    There were lines at car washes yesterday because people are stupid assholes. 

  18. That's why you put a 2-4 hour battery backup in place, so you have an instant bridge supply available until the generator comes online.  And you do a test run on the generator every week, even in summer.  Our little (by tech company standards) site has had that in place forever, even when we were in a leased building.  Scale might be an issue I suppose, since data centers eat huge amounts of power.

    Update for today:

    We've got power (mostly) and water (barely).  Still have our houseguests.  Kid's having a great time with somebody to play with, so taking them in has been a Godsend.  Parents still melting ice to flush toilets, but at least their power has been on for a record 5 hours straight.  In-Laws have power but also no water.  A friend of mine lost his roof yesterday in the ice storm.  It's supposed to start snowing again any minute, but at least it's supposed to get into the 40s tomorrow.

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