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Weekend Open Thread
by Karl Bode 10:08AM Saturday Dec 28 2013
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miataman

join:2010-10-27
Chelmsford, MA
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First Stringer

Finally. Searching Amazon with a handful of gift cards !!
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Jim_in_VA

join:2004-07-11
Cobbs Creek, VA
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I saw a

albino deer today near my house ... those are rare
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gaforces
United We Stand, Divided We Fall

join:2002-04-07
Santa Cruz, CA

Re: I saw a

Ghost of the White Deer

Chickasaw

Native American Indian Lore

A lore of the Chickasaw People of Oklahoma

A brave, young warrior for the Chickasaw Nation fell in love with the daughter of a chief. The chief did not like the young man, who was called Blue Jay. So the chief invented a price for the bride that he was sure that Blue Jay could not pay.

" Bring me the hide of the White Deer, : said the chief. The Chickasaws believed that animals that were all white were magical. "The price for my daughter is one white deer." Then the chief laughed. The chief knew that an all white deer, an albino, was very rare and would be very hard to find. White deerskin was the best material to use in a wedding dress, and the best white deer skin came from the albino deer.

Blue Jay went to his beloved, whose name was Bright Moon. "I will return with your bride price in one moon, and we will be married. This I promise you." Taking his best bow and his sharpest arrows Blue Jay began to hunt.

Three weeks went by, and Blue Jay was often hungry, lonely, and scratched by briars. Then, one night during a full moon, Blue Jay saw a white deer that seemed to drift through the moonlight. When the deer was very close to where Blue Jay hid, he shot his sharpest arrow. The arrow sank deep into the deers heart. But instead of sinking to his knees to die, the deer began to run. And instead of running away, the deer began to run toward Blue Jay, his red eyes glowing, his horns sharp and menacing.

A month passed and Blue Jay did not return as he had promised Bright Moon. As the months dragged by, the tribe decided that he would never return.

But Bright Moon never took any other young man as a husband, for she had a secret. When the moon was shinning as brightly as her name, Bright Moon would often see the white deer in the smoke of the campfire, running, with an arrow in his heart. She lived hoping the deer would finally fall, and Blue Jay would return.

To this day the white deer is sacred to the Chickasaw People, and the white deerskin is still the favorite material for the wedding dress.

»ilhawaii.net/~stony/lore128.html
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Jim_in_VA

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Re: I saw a

wow, interesting. I feel fortunate to have seen one then
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backfeed
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join:2002-12-16
Peru, IN

Happy Friday

I believe it is the last one of this year!!!
Happydude32
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UFC 168

Been waiting for this since it was announced, been counting down the days since the season finale of TUF 18. Go Rousey!


BosstonesOwn

join:2002-12-15
Wakefield, MA

Re: UFC 168

My fios account had a credit for this, regrettably I was not able to watch this
Happydude32
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Re: UFC 168

Why are you talking in past tense? It doesn't start for another 11 hours with the prelims at 8 EST on FS1
BosstonesOwn

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Wakefield, MA

Re: UFC 168

Outside the US away from FIOS
Happydude32
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Poirer by TKO in Round 1
Miller by tapout Round 1
Browne by TKO Round 1
Rousey by tapout Round 3
Weidman by injury/TKO Round 2
Secyurityet
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untied state

unfiltered sake!

You've got to try it!!!

IowaCowboy
Iowa native
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Springfield, MA
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Weather Channel now has competition

The Weather Channel now has competition, it's called WeatherNation and it's on DirecTV channel 321.

24 hour live weather coverage. None of this documentary garbage that the Weather Channel has become.

I personally think The Weather Channel should be split into two feeds, one for the documentaries and one for 24 hour live weather coverage. We're not in 1986 where cable has only 40 channels.
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I have not and will not cut the cord.

RyanThaDude
Indiana's No. 1 Zero

join:2004-01-24
Walkerton, IN

Re: Weather Channel now has competition

I don't mind some of the shows they have on since a lot of them can be informative. However, those shows like Coast Guard Alaska, Prospectors, and even Wake Up with Al! have to go.

guy54435
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I believe that would be Channel 361

IowaCowboy
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Re: Weather Channel now has competition

Must have been real tired as it was 11:12 PM last night when I posted it but you are correct it is 361.

Wait until TWC viewers go to WeatherNation and TWC buys WeatherNation. Then they'll get Jim Cantore and Mike Bettes. Then they can have two feeds.

chip89
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Independence, OH
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TSA vid

This Vid about how the TSA is missed up is really good!

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNfghUnvFg
timcushing

join:2013-12-27
Freeman, SD

Remember that guy who sued Apple because he could access porn on his iPhone?

He's back. Suing A&E and President Obama for harshing his mellow religion-wise by punishing Phil Robertson for his anti-gay remarks. There's a whole lot of crazy in the filing, including the fact that his legal argument hinges on a satirical article that he perceived to be an actual real thing that happened.

»www.documentcloud.org/documents/···int.html

Packeteers
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Forest Hills, NY
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I taught myself window screen replacement

to fix 7 of my own shredded window screens. it was exasperating at first, but with trial and error I discovered some subtle techniques to make the work go faster with less error risk, waste, and without leaving my own mess behind (it's actually a lot like preparing your own sushi consistently and perfectly).

then I realized there are apartment buildings full of people who all had their windows replaced the same time as me 25 years ago so their screens may be dissolving as well. i wonder if i should go into the "window screen replacement" trade just to serve the people within a few blocks of me.

I have all the tools, know how to get more quality consumables cheap, and think people would trust a neighbor in their home to do this a lot more than some yellow pages contractor or craigslist handyman. sure there will be headaches whenever you deal with weird people surrounded by their own filth, but I think I'm mature enough to deal with it properly.

this might get interesting

I may start by offering this service half-price just to neighbors on my floor of the building who see me around and know me. that way I can get exposure to various people, scheduling, floor plans, windows facing different facades and directions, etc. I'll ask them to give me constructive criticism on how I could improve my demeanor, the work, and impact it may have on their home and schedule. If all goes well I'll have a good referral base from these jobs. I'll gain confidence and hone my craft before deciding if it's worthwhile to advertise it to my entire building and eventually other nearby buildings.

cb14

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Miami Beach, FL
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Re: I taught myself window screen replacement

Never figured out how to get the screen mesh properly tight in a home/garage setting. To make a new frame is a piece of cake. But around here they charge $ 30 for mesh replacement in an average size window and you wait 2 weeks for it, so you might have discovered a niche.

Packeteers
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Re: I taught myself window screen replacement

thanks for the encouragement, guys.

you raise a good point CB. I can do the work right in the person's home with minimal space, mess and time. since I live nearby, if they prefer I do the work "offsite" I'll simply carry these light aluminum screens home and do it there. either way, they'll get their new screen mesh in old but clean frames back in place by same or next day.

BTW for screen tightness what type of spline (that tube around the edges) you use matters. rubber gives the tightest results, while foam will leave the screen more relaxed. if you use foam spline a size thicker than usual, you will also get tighter results. either way, tighter means more effort by the installer. tighter is not always a good idea here in NY with our higher temperature variance between Winter and Summer. Down in Florida tightness may not be so desirable during Hurricane season.

workablob

join:2004-06-09
Houston, TX
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I used to work in a window factory and had to do the screens. I have forgotten most of my skills from those days. The most fun was cutting the rails and stiles with a pneumatic miter circular saw. Got my fingers pinched a few times by the grabbers. Good times and at 5 bux an hour WOOT!
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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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Window screens decay and/or get mutilated through abuse, but they're absolutely essential. Don't sell yourself short with the half-price stuff. Screens are cheap enough.

School yourself in hanging screen and security doors. Not as easy as it looks, but an absolute complement to window screens. Many doorframes are pretty beat up, and not quite square or level, so there is some carpentry involved, especially to get a bug-free seal.

After that, you can add window air conditioner mounts, seasonal installation and removal if your local climate or building rules so require.
davidhoffman
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Warner Robins, GA
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To add to elray's additional work possibilities. Window and door seals. Replacement or addition of weather stripping or caulk. Take a close look at the whole area immediately adjacent to where the screens you work on come from. These door and window areas often could use some repairs, maintenance, or lubrication. If you have mastered the art of excellent screen repair, you can probably master these other repair areas as well.

Packeteers
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Forest Hills, NY
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·Time Warner Cable

Re: I taught myself window screen replacement

very good advice to "keep my eyes open" while in customers homes for other repair service opportunities. what i hope to do is focus on the screen work because it's low overhead, least disruptive and in high demand here, but develop a mailing/email list that i can market other services to down the road.

in these buildings the windows are generally fine, but I noticed most apartments could really use better seals around and under common hallway doors, not so much for hot & cold insulation into the similar temperature hallways, but rather to keep other apartment sounds smells and folded menus away
davidhoffman
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Re: I taught myself window screen replacement

Ah, the folded menu under the door "problem". I am imagining the great variety of food choices such an issue implies. I remember having such an issue back in Chicago. The only ones I get today are Chinese and pizza. I miss the delivered hot roasted chickens, Italian beef, Italian sausage, corned beef, and pastrami sandwiches in addition to the usual pizza and Chinese.

Duramax08
To The Moon
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join:2008-08-03
San Antonio, TX

From last week, Dogecoin mining

Last week I posted that I started to mine for Dogecoin. Since I stared, I mined more then 80K DOGE. Browsing ebay, 1k DOGE sells for $3-$3.50. I have decided to keep mining due to the potential of Dogecoin.

To the moon.

Tamarisk

@arkomnet.eu

Re: From last week, Dogecoin mining

Enjoy it while it lasts...

»www.animalnewyork.com/2013/dogec···-killed/

Duramax08
To The Moon
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San Antonio, TX

Re: From last week, Dogecoin mining

rip in peace.

Duramax08
To The Moon
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San Antonio, TX
So I actually decided to read the post. They are saying that these new scrypt miners will kill dogecoin. Look at bitcoin. They released asic miners. Did it kill bitcoin? Nope. If anything, it thrived. Asic miners just mine faster, making the difficulty harder in a faster time. But just like bitcoins, videocards were the first to arrive to the mining party. Now its not even profitable to mine bitcoins with a videocard but other cryptocoins such as litecoin, you can still make it in time to make a profit.

Also, these new scrypt miners dont even exist yet. They are sold out of preorders. Just like butterfly labs, it took forever to ship out their first miner because they had to do all the R&D and whatnot. By the time the first scrypt miner comes online, we'll be way past the moon, heading to mars.

IowaCowboy
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I think Best Buy is starting to see the light






Amazon and Best Buy have the same price on the same router. I think I'll go the Best Buy route as I can unbox it the same day I buy it.

Netgear

@comcast.net

Re: I think Best Buy is starting to see the light

For $200

»www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Nighthawk···0F0DD0I6

IowaCowboy
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Re: I think Best Buy is starting to see the light

Same price at Best Buy, minus the shipping cost.

michieru
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Miami, FL

Question.

Western Governors University for I.T. certifications.

Any thoughts anyone?

amenite
The Soylent - It's People
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Ridgewood, NJ

Re: Question.

From what I've seen it may be the best deal going in online post secondary education. I didn't know they did anything but degrees. If it doesn't work out for you you've burned about $3,000 for one term to find out. If it does work out you get an accredited degree for around $25k or less. It's all very clear up front how they operate, what the charges are and no one is making a commission off you signing up. No reason not to try it.
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michieru
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Miami, FL

Re: Question.

Been trying to find someone who has actually gone to get a better idea of course work and requirements and overall experience. So far haven't found anything really showing them to be negative other than the education degrees.

IowaCowboy
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Bye-Bye incandescent light bulbs

I've been using energy efficient bulbs for years due to the high utility rates in Massachusetts. And I'm going from CFL to LED.

It's time to get rid of those energy hogs once and for all. I'd rather spend my money on fine dining and gadgets as opposed to sending it to WMECo for wasted electricity.

But I made the decision on my own without big government intervention. I just don't like paying more than I have to for utility and housing costs.
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Sarick
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Chances are your computers and smart phones are already 100% infected.

Check this breaking Cnet link. Dated on 29th

»news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-576163···uipment/

Scary stuff. This makes our security software/hardware kinda USELESS if true.
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