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Living Room / Re: Laptop monitor screen to box pc via cables?
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:41 AM »
Thank you everyone. I guess a new plug & play monitor is indeed the best non-tech way to go.   :Thmbsup:

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Living Room / Laptop monitor screen to box pc via cables?
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:17 AM »
Is there any basic plug-in -non soldering- way to connect my old dead laptop's presumably good screen to my box type Pentium computer? I can think of two basic things -as in 'specialized' cables- it needs; data, and power cables.

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Living Room / Re: Best Programming Jokes
« on: December 15, 2017, 04:53 PM »
^Deozaan & IainB -- OK I suppose an apology is in order for the taped clock joke. I kind of imagined the unfixable wall clock as sort of a mutually common denominator between computer programming and time. But I realize I left out some helpful hints, such as that the clock would need to be hanging on a wall in someone's residence, or garage, or business, or say, a college professor's typically cluttered office, to be seen as a sort of 'standing joke', a teaser to invoke friendly conversational overtures. Even at that, I have to admit it's a bit of a stretch. The 'ha ha' part could at least be left out, to help avoid offending anyone. By the way, I broke our kitchen wall clock about a month ago while replacing the AA battery. It slipped through my fingers and fell about one foot or 1/3rd meter onto the kitchen table; really not far at all. But after resetting the time and finally getting it to stay put on the wall, there the clock hands stayed stuck 'forever' at eight minutes to twelve.

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Living Room / Re: Best Programming Jokes
« on: December 11, 2017, 01:36 AM »
What to do with a non-functioning irreparable wall clock--
Write the following mssg on a piece of one-inch masking tape and stick it to the clock face:
'HA HA MADE YOU LOOK'

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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:38 PM »
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aK6JnyFmk

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Living Room / Re: War Dogs – This brought tears to my eyes.
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:34 PM »
Thank you mouser, IainB, Shades, and tomos for your replies. I had also tried to imagine what psychological trauma might still be harbored deep in the 'war dogs' psyches. But the picture of what was presumed to be a war dog with his tough but slender female handler, and especially when coupled with supportive statements of actual handlers, caused me to at least give them a fair and impartial report. But your input is invaluable and I agree with you wholeheartedly.
My wife and I used to go past a certain house on our daily walks. Beside the house was a vacant yard with a few large bushes but no fence. There in the yard was a dog house and a massive, surly dog on a chain to a steel anchor spike. The chain allowed the dog to come to about five feet from the concrete curb. Every time we would walk past, the dog would bark at us and lunge his chain as he charged us and was brought up short.
I bought some doggie treats and began tossing him one each time we went past. Over the next few days, the dog's demeanor was transformed from anger and surliness to something far more civilized and noble. One day I missed my shot and the treat landed just beyond the dog's reach.
I can only conjecture what happened next. The unseen owner must have seen the treat, and given the poor dog a most wretched verbal threatening and chewing out "...never to go near those treats again!"
From then on, that big huge dog just lay there, pretending not to notice us, with the most awful look of defeat in his eyes. Within a few days -or was it weeks; it's been ten years ago by now- the dog disappeared. Then after a few weeks or months, an energetic little yapper appeared to take its place, the kind of nervous high-strung little animal that usually fails to respond favorably to doggie treats.
With my wife's willing agreement, we altered our route through the neighborhood to avoid walking past that house.

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Living Room / War Dogs – This brought tears to my eyes.
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:16 PM »
WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW Veteran dogs which saved thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan both face being put down — because Top Brass claim they can’t be re-homed

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5039355/hero-army-dogs-face-being-put-down/
Both face lethal injections after chiefs ruled them unsafe for new homes. One angry handler said as a rescue campaign began: “We’ll do anything to save them.”

A distraught handler has slammed the decision to destroy Army dogs Kevin and Dazz — saying: “This is such a cruel way to treat these animals that have given us so much.”

The two Belgian Shepherds, retired after dozens of life-saving missions as specially-trained search dogs in Afghanistan, are due to be put down next week after chiefs ruled they can’t be re-homed.

Former soldiers and handlers who worked with the pair — and with an ex-police hound named Driver which is also doomed to die — have written to the commanding officer at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leics.

More Belgian Shepherd pix at duckduckgo:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Belgian+Shepherd&t=seamonkey&iax=images&ia=images

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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: November 18, 2017, 09:50 PM »
Slaughterbots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkpZOieuIjA

Edit: Can someone please tell me what the musical score is to the following video?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg4HAJz8APA
BTW, I do -not- endorse the website he is promoting; truereality.org; I only enjoy playing the vid for the music and video showing the 'helical motion' of our solar system.

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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:37 PM »
Karate Girl 12 minute condensed version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzVfzAel2Qo

Edit: PS - In reference to the recent thoroughly deplorable and despicable Las Vegas concert massacre, someone should do either a compilation of short vids, or a sidebar stack of dynamically linked YT vids, and title it 'Vegas Has Fallen'.

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Living Room / Dubai Police Hoverbike
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:23 AM »
Dubai Police Hoverbike music vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivvwBM5h_Y

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DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Quick Website Blocker
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:21 PM »
So far, quickwebsiteblocker.exe downloaded & installed okay. The app accepted and listed a site for blocking. But when I tried to revisit the unwanted website's home page, it was not blocked. This was in WinXP Home w/Pale Moon, and Seamonkey.

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Living Room / Trappist-1 System
« on: September 24, 2017, 03:50 PM »
Vid about the Trappist-1 System, 'only' 40 light years from here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTPfYxE9c2U
I watched the vid, and woke up the next morning to the realization that Trappist-1 could be a preview of our Sol-Earth system, after our sun turns 'red giant' and smokes all its planets and degenerates their orbits, then turns 'white dwarf'.

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Living Room / Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017
« on: September 18, 2017, 12:21 AM »
Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017)
I don't know how many times I've watched Alien (1979), or will yet watch it again, but it wouldn't be the same without him; nor a host of other flix. He was an awesome, low-key, enduring character actor who never failed to deliver, out of the sheer unquantifiable essence of a magnificent stage presence. His career spanned over 60 years.


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Living Room / The F4U Corsair Ceiling Fan Caper
« on: September 03, 2017, 07:26 PM »
(I was feeling bored, so I thought I would whip up a 'quickie'; please x-cuse the length):  :D
We had gone with 'Fred' (all ficticious names) to look at an F4U Corsair -you know; the legendary World War Two fighter plane- he had bought that supposedly needed 'a little work', and towed it home backwards behind his pickup, detouring down a labyrinth of back roads to his suburban home with a red flag on the big four-bladed, thirteen-foot two-inch propeller's hub with the navy blue wings folded up and out of the way. Later that same day, he gave us the bad news over the phone; the Pratt & Whitney 2800 'Double Wasp' 18-cylinder air cooled 2,000 horsepower engine was badly in need of an overhaul and exceeded by far the wear and tear its total hours on the hour meter and fancy price tag should have indicated.
Next day, while he drove back alone to argue with the seller, we rounded up the few still-active members of the old crew, and told them the whole sad tale. Turns out, one of them knew of a 'low hours' Double Wasp that had been salvaged from a Corsair that some luckless barn-stormer had flipped on landing in a cow pasture and cartwheeled, resulting in a totally wrecked and unsalvable airframe and a good engine that was a 'Don't want'er'. We all pooled our spare change, and the spare Double Wasp was obtained for a song and dance and handed over, and as we trucked it to Freddie's home and private airfield with a hanger in the back, the gang was asked to keep it on the mum to surprise Fred.
Meanwhile, Fred called long distance to moan and groan that he'd had no luck being reimbursed by the seller for the swindle, and he was headed back and would be home later that afternoon.
Fred had one of those fancy 'aircraft propeller' ceiling fans in the den that opened out onto the cement patio, hanger, and mown grass strip, and the gang decided to play a leetle trick on ol' Freddy boy. We got the house roof opened up and had replaced the piddling ceiling fan motor with the Pratt & Whitney, and bolted it all down to the joists up there in the attic crawl space. Fred's wife was away for the week visiting her sick younger sister, so we were able to pull it off -literally- without a hitch.
We were just getting everything put back together, just in time to wave sympathetically to our dearie Freddie boy as he arrived in a foul mood.
"Join me for a beer?" Fred groused unhappily to us, as he dragged several six packs out of the back of his truck.
"Sure," we all nodded, trying real hard not to crack smiles. Actually, it pained every one of us royally, to see the state he was in. Why, he hadn't even noticed -or bothered to ask- what the whole crew was doing there at the house! That was bad; real bad.
"Well, come on in, boys," Fred said, leading the way through the back sliding door. "We'll be along in just a minute," someone said; "so why don't you kick your shoes off and get settled in. And, oh by the way, could you give the ceiling fan cord a tug and see what's the matter with it? It doesn't seem to sound like its old self, somehow."
"What? Well, criminy!" Fred groaned, looking up at the original fan blades and not noticing the shining Pratt & Whitney engine hub. "Seems like there ain't nothing been working right lately!"
Everyone held back and listened, until we'd heard the shoes tumble to the floor, followed by the unmistakable sound of the ceiling fan cord being pulled.
"Surprise!" we all called out, as the engine caught, and all 2,000 horsepower of the mighty Double Wasp erupted in a full throttle roar.
The sliding tempered glass door shattered into a million bits as the side table lamp got sucked up and pieces of it thrown in every direction. This was followed by the paintings of galloping wild mustangs getting sucked off the walls and following the table lamp in bits and pieces. Fred stared up at the roaring ceiling fan, and dived off the couch just in time to dig his fingers into the deep pile shag carpeting and hang on for dear life as the couch rose up into the whirling blades and met the same fate as the pictures.
By this time, all the rest of the furniture in the room had followed suit, and our grins had turned to awe.
Someone shouted, "I thought you set the throttle to idle!" as someone else replied, "I thought YOU did!"
Then the roof took off straight up into the air and hooking over like the space shuttle doing a 'roll maneuver' on liftoff, did a three-and-a-half gainer, and narrowly missed Dorothy and Toto flying past, and the Wicked Witch of the West riding on her broomstick, and I watched the roof come sailing back down straight onto the house, as I heard Fred shouting, "It ain't funny, you guys!"
Then I woke up on the couch and Fred was staring out of the sliding glass doors at the shining Double Wasp mounted on the engine stand in the cement patio. "You could'a told me in advance," Fred stammered, looking happier than I'd ever seen him and trying to act angry at the same time and failing miserably at it. "Saved me a long haul talking to that chisler, and all for nothing, would have, when you had this beaut in your back pocket and all. And-- and gee, thanks a lot, guys." He tried to hold back tears. Big boys don't cry, unless it's an F4U Corsair.
"Don't mention it," someone said happily. Then, looking over at me, "Hey, Jack, you alright? You look a bit green around the gills there, somehow."
But all I could do was lay there on that magnificent old sofa and stare up past the galloping wild mustangs in the gilt frame on the wall, at the imitation aircraft propeller ceiling fan.
"Now Jack," the other said, "I see that evil glint in your eyes, and you better not be thinkin', what I THINK you're thinkin'."
"Naw," I replied. Then I let a long, slow grin spread across my five o'clock shadow. "Jist don't go giving me any funny ideas, is all I got to say."

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Living Room / A Girl Named 'Nurse'
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:10 AM »
There once was a girl named 'Nurse'. As a child, everyone -teachers, hall monitors, librarians, summer camp counselors, and especially medical personnel, all had a terrible time trying to correct her name on all their forms; "...but, 'Nurse' is my name!"
"Oh no; you're joking, aren't you?"
Those were awful times for her. But when she grew up, she became -what else?- a nurse!
A typical day went something like this;
New D (doctor); "Nurse, your name tag needs correcting..."
N (the girl -now grown-up- named 'Nurse); "No, it doesn't..."
Round and round the conversation would go, until finally the HN (head nurse), was told by one of the other N's;' "Ma'am, she's (i.e. 'Nurse') doing it again..." Except, she wasn't doing anything wrong!
Then the HN would wade into the 'confrontation'; "Doctor, her name is 'Nurse', and she's an excellent one, I might add."
D "You--, You're not joking. Are you? Oh!, but that's so odd! Have you thought of changing your name?"
Finally, he (or she) would whirl about and storm off, looking flustered, and leaving Nurse 'Nurse' almost in tears.
Then one day, she was assigned to the Children's Ward, full of frightened, depressed, and overwhelmed little faces.
Full of terrible memories of her own victimization and mistreatment as a little girl, she reported to the Ward, and was sent to care for an acute leukemia patient; a little girl; "Hi there; my name is 'Nurse'. See? It's even on my name tag."
The confused girl patient (G) stared, and then smiled; "Does everyone call you that?" She smiled merrily because she'd gotten the 'joke'. Except, Nurse 'Nurse' was still wondering what was so funny about something that had made her feel so bad for all of her childhood years.
N "Uh-huh." And she thought, 'What the heck' and cracked a big smile in return.
G "Hello, nurse-nurse. I'm pleased to meet you," and giggled loudly.
Moments later, the distracted and confused D confided in an aside to N, "That kid has refused to cheer up or say a word to anybody ever since she came here! What'd you do, give her a shot of 'happy juice'?"
N "Nothing. I just showed her my name," and Nurse 'Nurse' showed D her name tag.
D "Oh. You're the one!" He smiled, although it clearly took an effort. "Now I get it. Well, we need you in this ward. Badly!"
N was a hit, scoring points with almost every kid on the ward, and it even became a favorite 'joke' for the juvenile 'old timers' there to 'break in' new kids who didn't know the 'joke' yet.
Then one day, a new doctor (ND) came sweeping grandly into the Children's Ward and went straight up to Nurse 'Nurse' and the Ward Doctor.
ND smiled grandly at D, and said, "Hi Doc! I'm Nurse Nurse's twin brother."
D "I'm Doctor --. I don't believe I caught your name--"
Just then, ND leaned slightly forward as he fingered his name tag; where the name should be, it read 'Doctor', as in; Doctor 'Doctor'.
As Nurse 'Nurse' smirked, D groaned theatrically; "Oh no. Another one!"

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Living Room / Tomaso Albinoni Concerts
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:02 PM »
Albinoni: Complete Oboe Concertos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMLSwqAOzHo

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (8 June 1671 – 17 January 1751)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomaso_Albinoni

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: July 13, 2017, 01:43 PM »
There are a lot of 'seconds to disaster' and 'air crisis' films, so I will try to limit myself to only posting a few overwhelming favorites. Here is one of them;
Mayday Air Crash Investigation ~ S01E03 Flying On Empty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wI-d3NVx9Q

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I like and use Stickies. You can keep them on top, attached to different pages/URL's, on timers. But wait, there's more...  it's free ;D
-cranioscopical (July 12, 2017, 02:22 PM)
tnx, I'll definitely check this out.  :Thmbsup:
@wraith808; it would depend on price & features. tnx! :)

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In Windows XP, is there some way to create temporary digital Post-It notes that are always on top of everything else? I mean; like, 3 or 4 word notes of temporary but extreme importance, like for example, 'FEED PKNG MTR 3PM', or similar temporary warnings. Maybe even with options like 'grab & move', fluorescent green or orange colors, flashing mssgs, variable font size.

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: July 08, 2017, 10:14 AM »

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My wife and I like to leave each other 'love notes' on the kitchen table, usually once a day, on 3x5 inch index cards, with x's, o's, hearts, and music note symbols. Here's one I wrote to her recently;
Sweetheart--,
Your land, my land, beautiful days in smile-land, Thinking of you, is all I can do, so long as I'm here in sigh-land.
...and dream of you...
Love--

We never throw them away, unless one gets accidentally spoiled by food, and so we end up with little piles of them that eventually get stacked up and sealed away in sandwich size ziplock baggies. :)

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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: June 25, 2017, 08:17 PM »
SR-71 Blackbird Giant Remote Control Turbine Jet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lYGUROZ_Pg
I usually like to watch documentaries on the real thing, so I'm really crediting this r/c vid on superior quality & excellence.

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Mouse Trap
^^Love it.  :-*

^ha ha haa!  ;D  :Amazing! Who could have guessed?  :D

In a Bering Sea battle of killer whales vs. fishermen, the whales are winning
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2017/06/18/in-a-bering-sea-battle-of-killer-whales-vs-fishermen-the-orcas-are-winning/
But they're just clever animals! Why could they possibly be doing this?
Maybe it's just for the halibut.



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