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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 15, 2014, 01:17:39 PM
Moonrise Kingdom.

All star line-up in one of the best send-ups of a small-town-young-lovers-runaway-coming-of-age flick ever.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s</a>

Dry surreal humor. If you like this sort of thing it's well worth a watch. Recommended. Thmbsup Thmbsup
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2014, 12:30:41 PM
@crabby3- LOL! It's beginning to look a lot like Kris missed, huh? Wink
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 15, 2014, 08:07:10 AM
@Ren - from the The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce Wink

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Liberty

n. One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.

   The rising People, hot and out of breath,
    Roared around the palace: “Liberty or death!”
   “If death will do,” the King said, “let me reign;
    You’ll have, I’m sure, no reason to complain.”
                                                            - Martha Braymance

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Freedom

n. Exemption from the stress of authority in a beggarly half dozen of restraint’s infinite multitude of methods.
A political condition that every nation supposes itself to enjoy in virtual monopoly. see: Liberty. The distinction
between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen
of either.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: December 14, 2014, 08:11:16 PM
Raed Khashoukgi on Megatar performing A Days Cycle

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9v0lxTSzMA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9v0lxTSzMA</a>

Especially checkout Daniel Schmidt on saxophones. Incredible tone!

 Thmbsup

And the Rebecca Johnson Band doing the Pastorius/Herzog funk number Come On Come Over


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0WyOIZij2A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0WyOIZij2A</a>

I don't know too many bassists confident enough to tackle a Jaco Pastorius bass line let alone do vocals at the same time.

Hey Rebecca! Go Girl!! Thmbsup Thmbsup
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 14, 2014, 06:05:14 PM
I'll man up. I only bothered with Ultraviolet to get my dose of Milla. embarassed
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 14, 2014, 04:42:38 PM
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^ That shop looks handy just for the cigar boxes.

They have some fun stuff. Nothing too expensive - plus some things you won't find most other places. I've bought from them before and have been very happy with their products and service.

BTW, it's amazing how good some people can make these little 3-string cigarbox guitars sound. Like Brook Williams when he does the old blues standard On Top of the World:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSoIOyOOJBw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSoIOyOOJBw</a>

 Cool
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 14, 2014, 02:11:39 PM
BTW - Am I the only one here who wasn't impressed by Equilibrium?
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / In Memoriam: SHS 14-December-2012 on: December 14, 2014, 01:47:18 PM
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Not forgotten.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 14, 2014, 11:10:39 AM
@tj - same here! Thx for the heads-up. Thmbsup

And here's the schematic in case we miss it: Grin

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If you're into tenor or cigarbox guitars, G.B. Gitty Crafter Supply now offers 3 and 4-string adjustable hardtail chrome  bridges for very reasonable prices:

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"Changes everything" doesn't begin to describe what this will do for this sort of project.

GB is a good source for inexpensive parts for homebrew instruments. Thmbsup
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 14, 2014, 08:22:58 AM
Agree with Ren. The last dystopian flick I saw that really did it for me was Michael Radford's 1984.

When pickins is lean, ya takes what ya gets.

(Note: FWIW I thought Hunger Games was pretty lame and vastly over-hyped. Nothing new there either. The theme of a government sponsored death match has already been done several times too many in scifi. Haven't seen The Giver. But I read the book and thought it was a little too contrived and obvious about where it was going. Veteran scifi fans can figure the reveal out pretty quickly.)
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 14, 2014, 02:25:32 AM
^Actually it's just a lame joke on my part. I was inferring they're mutants. Sorry. Wink
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 13, 2014, 08:05:33 PM

I'm also observing that those who claim to hear things that I can't are also more *superstitious* than I am as well.

At least you were polite enough not to mention their webbed feet. Grin
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website Find: 7CupsOfTea.com on: December 13, 2014, 01:22:20 PM
Not trying to be cynical, but what are they selling? Or what do they plan on selling? Who is the paying customer and what is the product?

This is a for profit company, with investors. People don't invest unless they think they are going to make a profit. And profit doesn't come from pouring in investment cash and having no plan for generating income from something else.

So, they must plan on selling something, whether it's

  • ad space
  • user info
  • additional services
  • offline therapist referrals
  • something else

I am just curious how they plan to do it. And I saw nothing on the site that hints at the answer.

From a write-up on Y Combinator:

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7 Cups of Tea’s team is still working on monetization strategies. Listeners can currently elect to charge a fee and if they do, the site takes a commission. Moriarty says the site’s current focus, however, is recruiting listeners to ensure users get their calls answered as soon as possible.

Apparently they haven't quite decided yet and are more interested in getting their infrastructure in place before they decide to reveal it. That's a standard start-up strategy to prevent copying before you're set to do your big roll out. And from the sound of it, it's nowhere near as altruistic as it would at first appear - or as Brunner's Hearing Aid was.

Capitalism. It's a grand thing! So long as you don't get sick, old, or die. Wink

They are oddly secretive about their funding sources to date. Possible reason why below.

They will definitely need to be very careful how they set things up since non-pastoral and/or paid counselling (and related mental health services) are strictly regulated (and require a license) in many places. I don't see state regulatory agencies that license clinical psychologists and licensed social workers giving 7CoT carte blanche to just start offering services online. (And despite what some 'free market' warrior types may think, those regulations are in place for very good reasons.)
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website Find: 7CupsOfTea.com on: December 13, 2014, 12:51:51 PM
Interesting. In John Brunner's prophetic pre-cyberpunk dystopian novel The Shockwave Rider (published in 1975) there was a free service called Hearing Aid. You could dial a number ("Need somebody to listen? Just dial ten nines.") that would connect you with somebody who would do nothing other than to listen to you for as long as you wanted to talk.

From Wikipedia:

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Precipice is ... the home of "Hearing Aid", an anonymous telephone confession service accessible to anyone in the country. Hearing Aid is also known as the "Ten Nines", after the phone number used to call it: 999-999-9999. People call the service, a human operator answers, and they simply talk while the operator listens. Some rant, others seek sympathy, still others commit suicide while on the phone. Hearing Aid's promise is that nobody else, not even the government, will hear the call. The only response Hearing Aid gives to a caller is "Only I heard that, I hope it helped."

This book also predicted the global data network (i.e. the Internet), computer virus/worms, the "plug-in" lifestyle, Libertarian economics, the American surveillance state, reality television and many other things that don't seem very much like science or dystopian fiction nowadays.

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Highly recommended, along with his two other unrelated dystopian masterpieces: The Sheep Look Up and Stand on Zanzibar. Thmbsup
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 13, 2014, 11:41:30 AM
One of my client's employees (20-something female) ran this one by me last week. Definitely NSFW, or if you're easily offended:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCLi6vSIuPE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCLi6vSIuPE</a>

Giggles aside, she then showed me a very brief txt exchange she had the night before with an equally scary creep. Apparently the exchanges in the above video aren't all that uncommon.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 13, 2014, 09:03:30 AM
@ Ren - Divergent looks very good. Adding it to my list.  Thmbsup

Note: the trailer also has what I suspect might be a spoiler scene in it. So probably best skip that too. huh

@Shades - adding Open Window to my list too. Thx! smiley
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 13, 2014, 08:05:50 AM
Who knows? Linus may just be right after all... Wink

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43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 13, 2014, 07:14:01 AM
Just came across Systemback via this article.  Anyone given this a try with Linux Mint?

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Systemback makes it easy to create backups of system and users configuration files. In case of problems you can easily restore the previous state of the system. There are extra features like system copying, system installation and Live system creation.

It installs. Pretty easily via a PPA if you'd rather:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/systemback
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install systemback

I've played with it a bit. Seems to do what it says. I have yet to try any real emergency recovery tasks with it however.

One part that seriously interests me is the feature to create a live image from your system. The Unixmen blog mentioned it a few months ago:

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Live System Create:

This is one of cool and notable feature of Systemback. Unlike other system backup and restore tools, Systemback will let you to create a live CD/DVD of your current system with or without the users data files. Later, you can use this Live CD/DVD on other system, also you can install it if you want.

Starting with a minimal NIX installation, this might be an extremely quick and easy way to roll a custom live distro for yourself. Especially now that "Mr. Clem" has seen fit to kill off the official remastering utility Mint used to provide. There's been some bug reports filed about it for Systemback. But it seems to work well for most people who've tried it.

Unixmen had a write-up (with pretty pictures!) if anybody is interested in learning more about it. You can find it here.
44  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: About signing up to download freeware license keys - READ IN PLEASE on: December 13, 2014, 06:19:11 AM
I always appreciate the "lost donation" kicker some people feel obligated to add before flouncing off. undecided

@IainB - probably be best if we all just leave any responses on this thread to Mouser and the moderators. Cool
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 12, 2014, 03:02:35 PM
^+1 on trusting that type of hunch. I've learned I ignore them at my peril. My track record for them being correct is pretty good. I don't think it's anything psychic. I just think it's experience combined with backburner analysis of your environment coupled with some half-conscious odds calculations. "Educated anticipation" I guess you'd call it.

Whatever. Works for me. And I've learned to trust it. Thmbsup
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 12, 2014, 01:31:07 PM
Do they allow lane splitting in CT?? ...Remember I'm on a motorcycle.

No. (I think CA is the only state that does - or used to if my biker day memories are correct.) But people do it here anyway. Unfortunately, in slowdowns where I am we have an uncommonly large number of lane switchers and breakdown lane runners. They cause more than their share of accidents. They smear more than a few unfortunate lane splitters too. Problem here is the splitters tend to fly in order to get through as quickly as possible. In the meantime, almost anybody can be expected to suddenly lug out of their lane at any time without signalling. They do this to "get a better look ahead" because they're stuck behind an 18-wheeler; switch to a lane they think is moving faster; or they're just trying to get off one of the too many exits we have to take local roads. In a dinky state like CT nothing's that far away from anything else so local roads aren't anywhere near the hassle they are in some places. And with entrances to '95 only (at most) a few miles apart, it's easy to get back on if you change your mind.

FWIW, if I were still riding I wouldn't take my bike up on I-95 around here. Not even on a bet. In the 70s, my buddy and I would ride our bikes all the way up to Boston for school in September, and back home again in May, and not think twice. But these days? I wouldn't even consider trying it. tellme
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 12, 2014, 12:10:20 PM
If you have enough time to average 50,000 miles a year...that traffic can't be that bad.. Wink

Beg to differ. Come up here and give it a try. Or just google for info about I-95 in CT. Grin
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 11:32:04 AM
Oops. *never mind. smiley
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 12, 2014, 10:33:31 AM
That's totally within the normal if those are highway miles.  Stop and go around town is much tougher on everything than get on the highway and engage cruise control type driving.

Good point! Thmbsup However, where we are (SW-CT) our highways are so congested that stop & go and highway crawl (typically between 5 and 40mph) is the rule rather than the exception during the work week. Poor planning, too few lanes (three on average), never-ending road work, and far too many entrances for a highway makes I-95 one of the worst routes in the country. CT is almost famous for it.

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On I-95, the main N-S route through the state, traffic crawls from Porchester on the New York state line all the way through and past New Haven CT. That's roughly 55 miles of unpredictable speeds. On a Sunday morning I can easily go from where we live to Stamford in 22-23 minutes doing the speed limit. On a weekday between 7:00am and 8:30am, or 4:00pm till about 7:00pm, it takes at least an hour.

And cruise control? We don't get to use that much on the roads around where we live. I usually only engage it once we enter Massachusetts, Rhode Island or  New York north of The City. Grin
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 06:11:47 AM
Odd.  Grep is usually in /bin/grep rather than /usr/bin/grep from my experience.
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