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Old 01-03-14, 06:31 PM   #351
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I gave it a shove.
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sorry, i know vague posts are vague... but i'm not sure i want to talk about it yet. we'll see after the weekend.
Eff talking - let's just drink. I'm out of beer and I'm not in the mood for wine, so I guess it's the rye for tonight.
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Eff talking - let's just drink. I'm out of beer and I'm not in the mood for wine, so I guess it's the rye for tonight.
Double oaked Woodford Reserve and a bowl of chili as soon as I finish PT.
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Double oaked Woodford Reserve and a bowl of chili as soon as I finish PT.
That's a goddamned man's dinner, right there. Your real name Ron Swanson, by any chance?
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Eff talking - let's just drink. I'm out of beer and I'm not in the mood for wine, so I guess it's the rye for tonight.
the friends i'm staying with over the weekend have a case of MGD they'll never drink. i'm all set.

(not that i like MGD, but ****, beggars can't be choosers)
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For clarity, you have used **** twice now. Does it rhyme with **** or ****? That would help understand magnitude, in a vague non-commital way.
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In other news, I severed all links to Windows last weekend, and updated my Linux Mint 10 to 16 XFCE. Today a good friend of mine bought me Skyrim on Steam. Nuts.
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That's a goddamned man's dinner, right there. Your real name Ron Swanson, by any chance?
It's either that or a risotto milanese and a nice Chardonnay.
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I've donated some hardware to my 14yo nephew and we're building him a Steam box. Should be fun - he's never built before, but he's enthusiastic. Oh, unfortunately he has an almost non-existent budget. This means that I may be forced to buy an AMD 290 for myself so that I can gift him my 5850.
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OK Addictites, tell me if this would raise red flags to you:

My wife, one semester from being a NP, is on a church sponsored medical mission to the Amazon (think river not .com). They travel by boat to villages that receive no medical care but once a year when this boat pulls in. The group is very excited to be in a new village today, that has not been previously visited, because they want to diagnose an illness that has KILLED 30% OF THE TRIBE IN A YEAR. Call me crazy, but I don't get positively excited by that. I get zombie apocalypse excited by that.

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The best lecture I ever heard was given by one of the first researchers of the Ebola virus. The virus literally killed everyone in the village. The team sent in to figure it out thought they were dealing with "a virus with the contagiousness of chickenpox and the case-fatality rate of rabies".

Turns out that even though Ebola is pretty bad ass, some infected serum had gotten into the reusable glass syringes in use, and they sisters had inadvertently inoculated the entire village with Ebola.

The lecture sounded like something Steven King would have written.

Anyway, I'm sure your wife is where she should be right now.
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An astonishing, dangerous cold snap is about to descend on the U.S.

.....it came from the North Pole, descending in the dark of night. Beware the Polar Enchilada.
I love the winter.













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Incorrectamundo!! Real men go out and shovel the driveway by hand, eschewing the wussy trappings of affluence and privilege, adding hours to our lifespan, and eliminating centimeters from our waistline with each storm.

High five to NY studs @RollCNY and @BillyD!!
It takes me 45 mins after a storm like last night just to shovel out the walks here. I rode the bike AFTER that fatso.
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0.5° again today. Heading to the negatives. Oh my!
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The chili came out pretty well. Too spicy for the wife, but the FiL is getting acclimated to a bit of heat and went for seconds. It's hard to make a mild chili that has any flavor.

To complete the manliness of the scene, we ate while watching football on TV with a cat on my lap. Wait, scratch that last part.
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I've donated some hardware to my 14yo nephew and we're building him a Steam box. Should be fun - he's never built before, but he's enthusiastic. Oh, unfortunately he has an almost non-existent budget. This means that I may be forced to buy an AMD 290 for myself so that I can gift him my 5850.
For Christmas, I put together an FM2 based box for my 13 year old, and have been very pleased with the graphics power of the A8 for a middle of the road gamer. I got him a stand alone graphics card, but have yet to install it as the APU is doing well on its own.

As a pleasant surprise during that process, I found out that 3 of the 5 existing processors in AM2+ motherboards are actually AM3 chips, so could be reused. What I recalled as Athlons were actually one Phenom and two Athlon IIs, all black editions.

Oops, my nerd came untucked. Sorry.
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To complete the manliness of the scene, we ate while watching football on TV with a rabid pitbull on my lap.
Now we're talking.
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The tentacles are already here.

Sign below if you are a hardcore cyclist who rode today anyway:
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Bleah. I had my fill of canines in December. My late sister had two dogs, my other sister has two dogs, my mom has a dog and my mom's friend whose shooting party I attended has five dogs.
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Me.

The snow was mostly unmelted on el sector de MUP, but I rode on it anyway. On some roads they dumped about as much salt/brine on the surface as there was snow. By afternoon, all that was left was the layer of salt. What a mess.

I didn't see any other cyclists out there. Big surprise.
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The snow was mostly unmelted on el sector de MUP, but I rode on it anyway. On some roads they dumped about as much salt/brine on the surface as there was snow. By afternoon, all that was left was the layer of salt. What a mess.

I didn't see any other cyclists out there. Big surprise.
...do you think you absorbed enough salt through your skin to give yourself transient hypertension ?
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...do you think you absorbed enough salt through your skin to give yourself transient hypertension ?
I could have if I took off the snowsuit, got down on the road, and rolled around in it.
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We're already there here.
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The troll threads are coming fast and furious now, and they're bleeding into each other.
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...bleeding into each other.
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For Christmas, I put together an FM2 based box for my 13 year old, and have been very pleased with the graphics power of the A8 for a middle of the road gamer. I got him a stand alone graphics card, but have yet to install it as the APU is doing well on its own.

As a pleasant surprise during that process, I found out that 3 of the 5 existing processors in AM2+ motherboards are actually AM3 chips, so could be reused. What I recalled as Athlons were actually one Phenom and two Athlon IIs, all black editions.

Oops, my nerd came untucked. Sorry.
Cool. Yeah, those little chips are great for efficiency and noise, too. My wife's computer, which also doubles as a movie/music server, now has a pretty low TDP triple core... wanna say that it's an A4-3500 or some such. Anyway, it's in a pretty small case and two previous mobo/cpu iterations used to spin up and whine very audibly when watching blu rays and whatnot (needed a dedicated GPU). Not this one - never hear a thing out of it except for the HDD scanning (need to get an SSD for her).

Yeah, the upgrade path was one of the things that I loved about AMD. The stuff that I gave the kid was a DFI mobo (they ROCKED in the day) that had seen three generations of of CPUs, the last of which, a 940 Phenom II, went along with it.
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