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  1. Any of you older nerds out there remember these?  And care to admit it? :D


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    2. Otaking66lives
    3. viruxx


      Ahh... 56k....... Those were the days. Although, I think I came in at the tail end of the dial-up days. 😅

    4. Animedragon


      I never had an acoustic modem, but do have a 300pbs modem and that picture of all the Sportster modems brings back memories I had the 14K4 and the 28K4 models my 56K modem was a US Robotics unit.  I have a couple of other modems but I can't remember the details and speeds of them.
      And yes, I did say "have" there's lots of old computer bits somewhere up in my loft. 😃

  2. OMG.. I'm agreeing with something a Congresscritter is saying about nuclear power . What is the world coming to? Beware low-flying porcines.


  3. Somebody - an anime virgin - saw the picture below on my computer, provoking the remark that "70% of the world's weirdness comes from Japan".  I could not refute this objectively, but neither do I accept the premise that such a situation - should it be proven factual - is necessarily a Bad Thing.  :)


    1. Dimitrios


      So what?! I mean...weirdness is what makes this world go round' ! 
      Let's not talk about the dubbing of older anime too..now THAT is weird...BUT AMAZING!

  4. So now we here in the southwest US are having to choose between water or electricity.  Over in Utah they said they're going to be stopping the water flow out of Lake Powell because if they don't then they'll have to shut down the Glen Canyon hydro plant there as well.  Lake Powell water levels are currently at 3527ft and they have to shut down Glen Canyon at 3,490ft.  Here in S. California we get a lot of power from Lake Mead's "Hoover" dam - which is downstream from Powell on (what used to be) the Colorado river - but Mead is itself already at the 1050ft the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says is needed to keep the generators going there and we're already past the January peak in rainfall.  (And every foot drop in water level has already meant 6MW less electricity for the grid even before we get to full stop on the turbines.)  The Hyatt power plant in northern Calif. was shut down from August to January last/this year due to low levels in Lake Oroville but at least then we still had flow on the Colorado river keeping Glen Canyon and Hoover going.  With Powell shutting its outflow gates so early this year it is only a matter of time before water and power both become hard to find around here.  It looks like they're prioritizing electricity for now but either way it seems this summer is going to be "Bad" around here.  Word of advice for anyone looking to move to S. California - or anywhere in the US southwest really... don't.  At this rate we're going to wind up like Venezuela.  😱

  5. Somehow wound up on a tiger-team to troubleshoot/fix James Webb telemetry latency issues they've had since launch.

    You know that old gag where everyone lines up and then someone asks for volunteers and everyone but one slow guy takes one step back.  I *think* that's what happened.  Either that or I was volunteered in a secret meeting that I wasn't invited to.   Either way... just shoot me now.  😭🔫

  6. Went over to the "SAF" - spacecraft assembly facility - today at lunch & saw NISAR being built in the bay. 


    Also saw the color-by-numbers version of the first picture of another planet from space, and the crayons that were used to color itFun bit of history on display there. :D 



  7. I like being alone. I have control over my own shit. Therefore, in order to win me over, your presence has to feel better than my solitude. You're not competing with another person, you are competing with my comfort zones. — Horacio Jones

  8. Looks like I have to go out to Goldstone on the 10th.  Damn.. I thought I was done with that when I switched jobs.  :(  

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    2. Wodahs


      think i drive thru places like that regularly


    3. efaardvark


      @Wodahs Yes, it is very much a drive through (and hope you don't have to stop) sort of place.  :D

    4. Hällregn


      @Wodahs Mad respect for your line of work! What do you normally end up hauling if you don't mind me asking?

  9. Can't fool me!  I know what's in the green.. and it isn't "mint chocolate"!


    1. Hällregn


      I love that movie. 😆 

      You never know. 👀 Haha.

    2. Animedragon


      Makes you wonder how much research companies put into their product names.

    3. efaardvark


      @Animedragon I wonder too.  I think companies just look at a table of names vs sorted by the %age of people who recognize that “brand” and go with the top entry.  Otherwise, yeah.  Why pick that one?

  10. Being in a rush resulted in a dinner of oatmeal and a can of soda.  Not a good combination.  PSA.

  11. "10 .. 9 .. 8 .. 7 .. 6 .. 5 .. 3 .. 4 .. 2 .. 1"
    Wait. What is this, Monty Pythom Space? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 
    1. Hällregn


      That was... something. 😆 Love the dramatic music as well. 

  12. Just realized that Konosuba's Darkness has the same VA as Pet Girl's Shiina Mashiro.  🤯

  13. And another weekend disappears without even stopping to say, "hi".  :(


  14. Blorg => new nickname for Blue Origin.
    I like it.  :)  
  15. Got a new refrigerator.  Strangely, that had higher priority this weekend than getting my car fixed or doing my taxes.  :) 

    At least the deed is done.  I can only hope that I get enough of a tax return to pay for it.  :D  When I finally get around to filing of course.

  16. So I hear the gates to the Taihe Dian blew down in a freak windstorm.  Maybe someone is trying to tell the Chinese leadership something?

  17. Asking for a friend.  🤣


    1. Animedragon


      I don't think this one is going to 'end', it'll always be with us. As more people are vaccinated and gain a degree of immunity it will slowly join the list of other infections like the flu, we'll get our yearly jab and carry on with our lives. Like flu some will catch it and just be ill for a couple of weeks, others be hospitalised or sadly die from it.

    2. Wodahs
    3. Wodahs


      im up for a orgie , i mean party


  18. To this day I associate Wagner with the phrase, "Kill the waaabit!".  There was also Rossini's(? heh, probably) "shave and a hare cut (.. two bits!)", among others.  Truly classic(al).


    Yes, we were that bored before the 'Net came along.  🐰:D

  19. \me is pondering the possibility of both Starship and SLS fully stacked on 2 separate pads at the Cape.  Simultaneously.  Talk about a photo op!  It could happen.

    Only thing better would be having both of them launch at the same time.  Probably never happen but wouldn't that be awesome?

  20. Crap.  My crunchy list was about a kilometer long already, now it seems like the merger has brought in a ton of "new" (to crunchy) stuff as well.  Wish I could quit my job to focus on my anime backlog.


    1. Wodahs
    2. Soramee_


      Pain (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`)

  21. You know what Putin is missing?  Baghdad Bob.  I miss Baghdad Bob.  The anchors for the state-owned Russian "news" outlets are quitting en-mass, but BB - pro that he was - stuck around until the end.  Putin needs someone like Baghdad Bob.

  22. Doing some connection testing with “SUNRISE_JET” this morning.  :)  

  23. And the hits just keep coming...

    Went to get gas for the first time in about a year.  😱  Can you say "sticker shock"?  OMG!  Nearly $50 for barely 8 gallons!  I'm talking "regular" too.  They want an arm AND a leg for the high-test stuff.


    1. Wodahs


      Hmmm that all

      my jeep takes 24 gallons to fill (of diesel the cheap fuel not even gas) and the cost here to fill currently is just over $186 if it were a gas motor that would cost around $204 to fill 😱

  24. I haven't even paid for my car repairs yet and now I need a new refrigerator as well.  💢

    Got to do taxes sometime soon as well.  😱

    Just shoot me now.  :(

    1. Ohayotaku


      Car maintenance, home maintenance & taxes.  No spring or summer break. Adulting sucks 😞

    2. Wodahs


      just wait till you get to health issue's expenses on top of all them

      ill tell ya thats when life really sux and you go back to just wishing it was just all the other things that break and need maintenance

      i think i need to stop working before i become to broken

    3. efaardvark


      @Wodahs Already there.  Not so much recently but I did spend a few years beating cancer that left me without a thyroid and on hormone replacement for the rest of my life.  That was a rough patch but is now history, or at least stable and manageable.

      My big problems now are my mother who is aphasic (degenerative frontal-lobe disease similar to Alzheimer’s) and my sister in law who is disabled and diabetic.  My brother never really got the hang of the adulting thing and is .. not a big help.  He has a part-time job but he and SIL can’t even meet their own expenses.

      In the old days the social pact was you worked your ass off until you were 55, then you retired to enjoy the rest of your life on whatever pension and savings you’d been able to arrange.  Instead I’m already 57 with no possibility of retirement in sight.  My income is all we’ve got and I’m basically a single parent to 3 special-needs kids.  Unless I manage to win the lottery I’m gonna have to work till I drop. :( 

  25. Are there any animes that ARE NOT isekai anymore?  Okok, I know there must be.  But jeez!  WTF?

    1. Ohayotaku


      Only 2 of the 15 series I’m currently watching are isekai, though  I dropped several from this season :P And both my keepers are more comical, one being an outright parody. That number is almost certain to increase with the upcoming season as Shield Hero & Bookworm are pretty much locks for me, not taking into account any new series.

      Part of the problem is that isekai has pretty much become synonymous with the fantasy/D&D genre. Many times the isekai aspect being tacked on for little discernible reason.

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