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  1. AT&T FINALLY has fiber in my neighborhood so next weekend we're upgrading our 'net connection from ~10Mb DSL ("up to 27Mb") to 300Mb fiber.  At the risk of jinxing it, I'm looking forward to the ~10x speed bump! 

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    IF SANTA’S GIVING YOU THAT LOOK, YOU MAY AS WELL SLEEP IN CHRISTMAS MORNING

  3. Woke up early Saturday so dizzy I could hardly stand.  Turns out there's a loose stone in my head (who knew?) that's rattling around in my inner ear and affecting my balance.  Got some medicine from the doctor, but it knocks me out.  So my choices for this weekend have been either sleep or feeling like I just got off a slightly too-long ride on a playground merry-go-round. 

    On the plus side, it is quite a bit better today than yesterday.  This morning the room was not spinning when I woke up like yesterday, and in fact I've found that if I keep my head still then I'm pretty much ok.  It is only when I tilt or rotate my head that I get in trouble.  I managed to - carefully - do a bit of laundry today and I'm watching TV, but unfortunately the xmas shopping and decorating I'd had planned for this weekend was not to be.  Things like driving a car and climbing on ladders don't sound like things I should be attempting at the moment.

  4. My runescape account was hijacked over the past few months. I just got it back, and it turns out that the guy who hijacked it put in 41 million gold and leveled a lot of my skills. (For reference, I only had around 1 million gold when I was hijacked.)

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    To the guy who hijacked me: thanks I guess. You lost my graceful set though, idiot. At least you didn't lose my pets.

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    Thanks for the fire cape. You just lost hours of progress grinding it for me, but I guess it's even because you lost my graceful set.

  5. NOTE TO SELF;

    DON'T EAT TRASH!

    TRASH = FOOD POISONING!

    FOOD POISONING = NOT-HAPPY TUMMY

    EXEDRA, EXEDRA

  6. NOTE TO SELF;

    DON'T EAT TRASH!

    TRASH = FOOD POISONING!

    FOOD POISONING = NOT-HAPPY TUMMY

    EXEDRA, EXEDRA

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      They really don't enforce proper food handling guidelines in most junk food joints. It's the top reason besides trying to be somewhat healthy that I avoid them. Employees rarely wash their hands as much as they should, change their gloves, or even adequately cover their hair. Gloves are often wiped on aprons rather than changed--aprons I've also seen taken with them to the toilet or outside for a smoke or garbage haul. Their equipment is used and reused and seldom cleaned or sanitised. Food containers are frequently stored in areas rife with dust (see: human skin) and the kitchens can often be so hot and with such high activity that there are some employees who sweat more than usual, which can also become surprise ingredients in your lunch. 

      Burger patties, chicken breasts, nuggets you name it-- they all sit in holding cabinets and time out only to be retimed by an employee who doesn't feel like cooking a new batch. Food which may not have been temped in the first place, let alone with a clean thermometer. Food which is cooked in or on appliances which likely aren't cleaned daily, with their grease traps running over. Food stored in walk-in coolers which haven't been cleaned in 5 years and have mold spots on the ceiling and under the shelving. 

      Its just a good idea in general to be in charge of your own food as much as possible. 

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  7. Sick of this snowstorm already. First sleet so everything is literally ice then the snow... ugh.

  8. Sick of this snowstorm already. First sleet so everything is literally ice then the snow... ugh.

  9. The more anime I watch the more disdain I get for the word "definitely." It's definitely overused. 

  10. I'm 'reading' (audiobooking) my first book in what feels like forever. I heard about 'Unfollow' from an interview with its author Megan Phelps-Roper- yes, that Phelps-Roper- on TDPS podcast and I've never been sucked into a book so fascinating. It's a memoir in which she opens up about her life growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church, and how she subsequently left the church and by extension her family. I'm always interested in the stories of people who have escaped cults, and at first that's what I thought this was. But the more I learn about the family's origins and Megan's recollections of her childhood, I'm seeing a slightly different framing of it all (though I still find their messages highly revulsive.)
    If you're looking for a new book to pick up, I'm recommending this one! 

  11. I'm 'reading' (audiobooking) my first book in what feels like forever. I heard about 'Unfollow' from an interview with its author Megan Phelps-Roper- yes, that Phelps-Roper- on TDPS podcast and I've never been sucked into a book so fascinating. It's a memoir in which she opens up about her life growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church, and how she subsequently left the church and by extension her family. I'm always interested in the stories of people who have escaped cults, and at first that's what I thought this was. But the more I learn about the family's origins and Megan's recollections of her childhood, I'm seeing a slightly different framing of it all (though I still find their messages highly revulsive.)
    If you're looking for a new book to pick up, I'm recommending this one! 

  12. I'm 'reading' (audiobooking) my first book in what feels like forever. I heard about 'Unfollow' from an interview with its author Megan Phelps-Roper- yes, that Phelps-Roper- on TDPS podcast and I've never been sucked into a book so fascinating. It's a memoir in which she opens up about her life growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church, and how she subsequently left the church and by extension her family. I'm always interested in the stories of people who have escaped cults, and at first that's what I thought this was. But the more I learn about the family's origins and Megan's recollections of her childhood, I'm seeing a slightly different framing of it all (though I still find their messages highly revulsive.)
    If you're looking for a new book to pick up, I'm recommending this one! 

  13. Just found a place that has "Science Fiction and Fantasy", and "Sword and Sorcery" genres.  WTF??  Why bother to have two separate categories if there's no meaningful separation?  "Science Fiction" IS NOT the same thing as "Fantasy", and it is annoying as heck to have to dig through the one to find the other!

    No name or link because I don't want to risk sending them any clicks.   :veryangry::veryangry:

  14. Looks like Spitzer project has set the date to end operations.

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  15. Looks like Spitzer project has set the date to end operations.

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  16. Looks like Spitzer project has set the date to end operations.

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  17. Please explain why, despite never hearing how it is actually said, I always say "Washija!" like the Chinese food lady in Dude Where's My Car. 

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      When we were kids my brother thought he knew better than me and often chose to end an argument by basically lifting me on to a high surface (ie. Laundry shelf or high table/counterspace) and give me head a pat like I was a naïve child. Sucked cause I found it a bit demeaning and also it was a long way down... 

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  18. Please explain why, despite never hearing how it is actually said, I always say "Washija!" like the Chinese food lady in Dude Where's My Car. 

  19. Please explain why, despite never hearing how it is actually said, I always say "Washija!" like the Chinese food lady in Dude Where's My Car. 

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      Depends how wholesome you consider being put up on a shelf and head pat is. 

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  20. Please explain why, despite never hearing how it is actually said, I always say "Washija!" like the Chinese food lady in Dude Where's My Car. 

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      The other outcome is usually embarrassing 

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  21. Please explain why, despite never hearing how it is actually said, I always say "Washija!" like the Chinese food lady in Dude Where's My Car. 

  22. Back home from the Blueridge Mountains. Had some fun, saw beautiful sites and had good ol apple cider from the hills. gathered around the campfire and shared some of your 2 sentence horror stories... The crowds were pleased. Smores were made and memories were too. Im glad to be back home. I'm gonna find some anime to watch now 😘

  23. Did not smell smoke this morning.  That's always good.  AND we still had power!  Even better.

    The clothes dryer was not feeling well however.  Started the laundry and discovered it was taking forever to dry the clothes.  Gave it a once-over but this is a (very) old dryer that has been repaired many times already so it could be pretty much anything.  The dial to set the heat and one of the mode selector buttons don't stay attached.  The lint trap bracket is cracked.  The bearing for the drum that tumbles the clothes rattles and probably needs replacing.  So does the blower.  Etc.  Etc..

    So a not-so-quick trip to the nearby Lowes (hardware/housewares/appliance chain store) and I've got a new dryer set to be delivered and installed in a couple weeks.  New washer too, since it has a number of issues as well.  Got it at the same time as the dryer and it too has been repaired at least as many times.  Expensive (isn't everything these days) but a new washer/dryer every couple decades isn't so bad.  At least this way I hopefully won't have to deal with any laundry-related issues for another decade or so. 🤞

    Meanwhile I also upgraded Ubuntu to 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" last night in a fit of madness.  I was a little worried since 19.10 had depreciated 32-bit software support and updated the kernel from 4.18 under cosmic to 5.3.0 under eoan.  Bash went from 4.4 to 5.0.  Gcc went from 8.2 to 9.2.  Bumps on the 3d and AMDGPU gfx driver(s) too.  Lots of moving parts, several critical for the things I do.  Net result:  Looks like my local server running the RLCraft modpack is down for good.. probably a java thing.  (1.8 -> 11.0.. yeah.)  KSP is still fine however (checked that much before upgrading), as is my minecraft client/launcher (once I updated to the most recent version that is).  Spotify, Discord, and everything else I've checked also seems ok.  So far, so good.

    Can't tell if I'm winning or losing this week.

  24. Whelp, gonna be buisy-buisy over the next few months, got a lot of life to re-organise and a load of goals to strive for, but I'm going to do them all, achieve them all, then come back to tell the tale 😜

    Will still be around though, so if anyone needs me, just give me a shout! ^^

  25. So there's this gadget in the mall down the hill a bit from my office.  It consists of 3 poles, atop which sit 3 arrows.  The arrows have an LED matrix on the side that displays names of random stars, planets, and spacecraft.  The poles spin around their long axis, and the arrows can spin as well, allowing the arrows to point at the named celestial body.  Every 30 seconds or so the name changes, and the arrows on their poles do a little whirl which ends up with the arrow pointing in the direction of the celestial body currently displayed thereon.  Kind of a mechanical performance-art thing.

    Today I happened to be wearing my InSight hat (I have many hats :D) and noticed as I walked by that one of the arrows was pointing at the InSight spacecraft (currently on the Martian surface), so I took a pic.  The sun angle was wrong so I had to fiddle with the pic to make the names on the sides of the arrows visible and it turned the whole pic a little weird.  But here you go:

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    (my cap ==> IMG_4782.thumb.JPG.323495382949cd1ae7e8bb3d445f2e6e.JPG)

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