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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 20, 2014, 07:55:42 AM
My all time favorite sign was found in the Bird Watcher's General Store in Orleans on Cape Cod many years ago.

In addition to a goodly selection of other bird-related stuff, they sold some 'outdoorsy' clothing.

Thumb-tacked on one of the fitting rooms in the back was a neatly lettered sign on an old piece of cardboard that read:

(There are some people you just DON'T want to see naked.)


The place is run by a real character by the name of Mike O'Conner. His description of the place is priceless: "Bird Watcher's General Store is the original birding store, the first ever. Located on beautiful Cape Cod in MA, we are a tourist destination for non-birding folks ..."

Check out the store tour on their website. It's a trip.  Grin
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazyload on: July 20, 2014, 07:45:15 AM
^Thx 4wd!

You beat me to the punch. smiley Thmbsup

(I also didn't know about nolazyload.)  tellme
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazyload on: July 19, 2014, 08:32:21 PM
I believe there is a Greasemonkey plugin that will disable Lazyload. Look here.
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 19, 2014, 08:51:20 AM
@Giampy - that Danse Macabre vid was great! Thmbsup Thmbsup
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The real problem with unlimited data collection and retention on: July 19, 2014, 08:46:08 AM
When everything is taken down - everything can, and will be used against you.

306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 19, 2014, 07:06:41 AM
Fun Fact:[/b] The post on alcoholic ginger ale I did in large part because it undermines the state. Alcohol is heavily taxed and regulated, and I wanted to put out a method by which people could get around the state and taxation. That post was purely for the sake of undermining the establishment/state. I blogged about it a while back here. But, you probably already figured that one out as it's pretty obvious.

Must have missed that bit of 'obvious' because homebrewing in the US is a legal non-issue. But thanks just the same. smiley

On the federal level (and in most states) making your own wine has been completely legal since prohibition was repealed in 1933. Beer was inadvertently left out of the wording of the 21st amendment so there was some question about it in certain places up until 1978. However, home brewing was officially made legal in 1979 thanks to Jimmy Carter. Some states dragged their feet about reconciling their local laws with the federal rule, which unfortunately left homebrewing in a legal gray area in a few places. Primarily in the deep south (i.e. Mississippi and Alabama). But that changed in 2013 when those last two holdouts formally legalized home brewing. In theory production is restricted to an 200 gallons per household annually for personal consumption. But as long as you're not selling any of it, nobody pays that rule much attention.
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 19, 2014, 05:51:34 AM
I need a little taste of smooth cool jazz to go with these hot summer nights we've been having.

Y'know, I've followed you so far, even when going deep into prog territory, even when you invoked the infernal name of Windham Hill, but this is the line in the sand.  Obviously great musicians, tight as the pocket they're playing in, but... I just can't follow you into Smooth Jazz territory.

What can I say? Some of us march to the beat of a different drummer. (Come to think of it, the entire band is pretty weird.) tellme

 Wink Grin
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 18, 2014, 08:54:04 PM
^Like that ironically ironic example he employed:

You and I know, of course, though other less intelligent mortals walk benighted under the midday sun
    Oddly enough, or it's a rum thing that
    Oh hell! I've run out of words to start a sentence with."

309  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: EaseUS & SoftMaker Office on: July 18, 2014, 08:45:52 PM
^ @Curt: LOL! Grin Thmbsup
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird Router Issue Hoping someone has seen before on: July 18, 2014, 08:43:15 PM
A couple of things:

1) Check your subnet mask setting. Although you're on a 10.x.x.x network (which implies a /8), you're only using 10.0.50.x (which makes it effectively a /24 network) so your subnet mask should be set to

2) I've seen many consumer/SOHO grade routers where their DHCP server has trouble with anything other than the 192.168.x.x range of addresses. If you don't need the huge address space a 10.x.x.x/8 network provides, use 192.168.x.x/24 for your address range.

3) SJ's note about the default gateway is super important. Run an ipconfig /all on any machine that's having a problem and see if they're picking up a strange gateway.

4) Don't always trust your wiring if you're in a shared office space. I went bonkers for about three hours trying to run down a network connectivity issue at one of my client's offices. Some client machines could get the web, but suddenly could not see the servers. Turned out their telco people had installed a router over the weekend for their new VoIP phones and commandeered some of the existing network wiring so that the router I thought some of my user's PCs were connecting to was the telco's rather than theirs. Having the exact same address on the box plus the same DNS entries and DHCP scope served from both routers hid the culprit pretty effectively. It wasn't until I noticed two PCs had the exact same IP address (and the network hadn't crashed) that I realized what was up. Changing the router configuration and DHCP scope confirmed my suspicions. That didn't fix the actual wiring, which needed to be redone. But at least it identified who screwed it up.

311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 18, 2014, 10:11:13 AM
@Ren - perhaps nobody in the Bitcoin social club thinks much of NY. However, in the international business finance and banking world, it looms very large, and its voice is heard. Right up there with London, Zurich, and Hong Kong. Like it or not. Please don't let your bitterness cloud your thinking so much as to think wishing it weren't so changes anything.

Regarding Mr. Ver

I've said before the way things seem to work is you can either say whatever you want to people - or get what you want from them. But you never get both.

Ver is playing right into the opposition's hands making toothless and naive comments like the one you quoted. Lovely of him to publicly make a statement to the effect that the real intent (and therefor threat) of Bitcoin is to undermine the rule of law and disrupt government worldwide. Thanks dude! You can be sure remarks like his will be quoted and figure prominently in the justifications given for tougher regulation or abolition.

Sorry, but his constantly polishing his "street cred" with soundbytes to the already converted accomplishes nothing even if it is an "ego-boo" for him. It's a shame so many self-proclaimed Libertarians just can't resist putting in that sarcastic jab or snarky little dig every time they open their mouths. It will likely be their downfall.

Maybe someday they'll realize being a smartass isn't the same thing as being smart or clever.

Just sayin' smiley
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You like science fiction, don't you? Of course you do! on: July 18, 2014, 07:54:59 AM
Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff VanderMeer.


I'll say it up front - you will either love or hate this book. You'll either read the first 20 pages with a growing sense of frustration and toss it - or you'll read the first twenty pages with a growing sense of frustration and not put it down until it's finished.

I'm in the second group.

Jeff VanderMeer has a weird style and approach to telling a story that I find absolutely hypnotic. Without handing you much, he has the ability to conjure up the most amazing images and symbols in your mind's eye and invoke eerie moods in your subconscious. Like his earlier works City of Saints and Madmen, Finch, and the (sadly out-of-print) Shriek: An Afterword, Annihilation continues in the same tradition - but in a new storyline which doesn't take place in his brooding city named Ambergris. Pretty neat feat for someone using only the printed word.

So here's the deal:

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

     The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

     They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Not for everyone. But, as the saying goes, "If you like this sort of book, this is a book you'll like."

Amazon's page has an extensive sampling of the first part of the book. Or you can read an excerpt of the first few pages here. I'd suggest you check them out first before buying it.

One review I saw that IMO nailed what this book is about can be found here.

Recommended - but with caveat. Thmbsup


Note: if anybody has a copy of Shriek: An Afterword (either paperback or hardcover) they'd be interested in selling, please PM me? I need a second copy for a project I'm working on. Thx. smiley
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 18, 2014, 07:13:10 AM
Yet another fly in the ointment. This from Wired:

New York’s New Bitcoin Rules Are Going to Kill Its Startups

    By Robert McMillan 
    07.17.14  |  2:15 pm  |


New York State has released a first draft of its much-anticipated plan to regulate bitcoin and other virtual currencies, and at first blush, they look like they were written for the 19th century banking industry, not the modern fast-changing world of crypto currencies.

The guy responsible for the rules, Benjamin Lawsky, has a fine line to walk. Bitcoin, after all, came of age as a lubricant for illegal activity on the Silk Road. But today, a new generation of bitcoin startups are coming of age with millions of dollars in backing from legitimate venture capital companies. Is New York about to drive these startups out of town by clubbing them with onerous regulations before they can walk? Quite possibly. The New York regulations introduce a new level of reporting rules that cover a wider swath of businesses and require more work than the current federal guidelines.

The guidelines ask bitcoin businesses to keep track not only of the physical addresses of their customers, but also of anybody who sends their customers money using the bitcoin network. That undermines the fundamental value proposition of bitcoin, which works very much like the internet’s version of cash. But there’s more. Bitcoin businesses must also file frequent reports to Lawsky’s organization, the New York State Department of Financial Services, or DFS, to detail changes in ownership, financial forecasts, even strategic business plans. <more>

A complete copy of the NYC-DFS draft regulation discussed above can be downloaded here.
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 05:46:29 PM
something about them is not yet perfect.

If you want font perfection, look no further (IMO) than Hermann Zapf 's Optima (as well as almost all his other typefaces); Robert Slimbach's Minion and Myriad; and Rudolf Ruzicka's Fairfield, Lake Informal, Transitional 551, and Ruzicka Freehand.

 Cool Thmbsup
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 05:35:01 PM
Sometimes when posting I feel like I'm using the font of the future.  The typos don't show up until after I hit the Post Button. 

LOL! However, on an iPhone that would be considered a feature. Their spellcheck has a mind of its own. tellme
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 05:29:31 PM
Thank you, Ed, for giving the right link for Android users. However, it is not my impression that these fonts will do well in a textual document on a large desktop monitor - they look so awful here, that I already am planing to remove them again.

I guess it's one of those YMMV things. Running under Linux on a laptop @ 1600 x 900 screen resolution, it looks more than acceptable to me. Here's a screenshot from LibreOffice Writer. It's running default style with no text format tweaking. This is RobotoRegular at 12pt:


The screenshot is noticeably fuzzier than the text displays in Libre. Inside the wordprocessor it's very sharp and clear. I coud see using it in FocusWriter or Libre for drafts. Haven't seen what it looks like printed since I'm out of toner right now. I'd better do an office supplies run real soon... Grin
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 17, 2014, 04:36:43 PM

Now we know! tellme tellme tellme
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: July 17, 2014, 04:30:47 PM
Although.. come on lady, sticks are free, it wouldn't hurt for you to have more than one.

But then it wouldn't be a game! huh

Our dogs would chase a ball (and each other) around for hours. But of you give each of them a ball they'd either stop playing, or decide among themselves which was the "play" ball and ignore the rest. Wink

Dogs get games. Cool
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 12:10:49 PM
Wha? What does Stephen Elop, Microsoft, or Nokia have to do with Google or the Roboto font?

Absolutely nothing. It's obviously a bad link I had that is now corrected. Thx. Wink
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The coldest company layoff notice ever written on: July 17, 2014, 11:26:35 AM
Well, in fairness, that's not the notice they are sending to tell people they are being let go -- that would be evil.
But yea, this is what we call "burying the lead".

Out of curiosity...do they send written notices regarding one's impending layoff to an employee?

My experience with corporate layoffs has been that the people being laid-off get escorted (singly or in very small groups) to a room where an HR person collects your ID, has you sign some COBRA and other paperwork, hands you a check, speaks briefly about how to apply for you State's unemployment benefit, passes out an info packet about whatever layoff counselling and assistance will be provided (usually by an outside speciality firm - and never on company property), does not apologize for what has happened, wishes you the best - and then has HR and/or security personnel escort you out the door.

In some respects, I guess it really doesn't matter how sensitive they try (or don't try) to be. A mass layoff is a bad scene to either be caught up in - or to witness if you're "one of the survivors." Nobody, including the company, emerges unscathed from one of those.

321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google, designing the font of the future on: July 17, 2014, 11:08:44 AM
I love typography. Kiss

That said, anything that increases readability is laudable in my book.

Some of the aesthetes and designers may be offended by placing readability ahead of art - or not paying sufficient homage to long tradition and those children of lesser gods who design typefaces. It's true that beauty and readability aren't mutually exclusive goals. But when push comes to shove, letters and text are meant to be read. Everything else comes second to that.

Unfortunately, there's a growing tendency on the part of some designers (many of which don't - or won't read ) to see type as "just another graphic element." Which is a perfect example of the tail wagging the dog.

IMHO, if Droid was anything to go by, I welcome Google's latest foray into type design. My only question is: where I can download it? Thmbsup


You can download it here.
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The coldest company layoff notice ever written on: July 17, 2014, 10:25:19 AM
How do you announce a massive layoff to your employees?

If you're a new Microsoft senior exec, like Stephen Elop, you do it with an e-mail that opens with "Hello there" - and then buries the announcement down toward the bottom of a very long and rambling buzzword-laden memo on corporate strategy. Like so:

How lovely is that? undecided

323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 17, 2014, 10:06:32 AM
I need a little taste of smooth cool jazz to go with these hot summer nights we've been having. And who better than Hubert Laws and quintet to deliver it with Land of Passion?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBrl4ujR8I8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBrl4ujR8I8</a>

Don't know about anybody else, but flute instrumentals are my favorite background music whenever I'm doing something. And fortunately for me, there's been a lot of them recorded over the years.
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 17, 2014, 09:21:44 AM
Katie isn't naturally that colour and currently has black/blue hair...I'm fairly sure (but not 100%) that she is naturally brunette...but who the hell knows these days haha

We don't. Which makes them that much more interesting and lovely regardless of their hair color. Grin

Besides, my lady Alexis (who is a natural auburn) maintains that: "'Redhead' is a state of mind, not a state of grace. If it's you  - go for it!" Thmbsup

325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 09:09:57 PM
Hello Mr. S!

It's been too long since you graced us with your company. Glad to see all is well.

Nice photo too. There can never be too many redheads in the world AFAIC. Thmbsup (Got one of my own many years ago and never looked back!) And such a noble dog!...(Got one of those too!) Life is good. smiley
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