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sammyk, January 15, 2008
Posted June 26, 2012
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true ... true.
Posted June 28, 2012
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Well howdy doody folks! Seems an age since I last said hi.
And hello fellow weather geek, Zubie#8. Thunderstorms are frickin awesome indeed. Weird thing, since moving to Australian, seen way more hail in 3 years than I did in my 7 years in Albany! Including golf to tennis ball size stuff thst beat the coral out of my car while I was eating Christmas dinner. The car is now also a fully fledged weather geek.
But this is all pointless because here in the Northern hemisphere lower level circulations only spin counter clockwise. Only upper level highs can spin clockwise.
So I have to correct you on one point there. Anticyclonic tornadoes (ones that spin clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere) are rare, but not impossible. In fact an F4 anticyclonic tornadotore through Sunnyvale-Los Altos, CA in 1998.
And anticyclonic storms (mesoscale convective systems) do form as the right hand book-end vortices on bow echoes, although they usually don't develop to the extent the left hand cyclonic one will, ie. the one often associated with non-showered tornadoes.
But I am no tornado chasing meteorologist, so check my facts!
And god damn this was challenging to do on my phone.
Posted July 4, 2012
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This thread isn't as active as it used to be and that makes me sad.
Posted July 5, 2012
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Is it just me, or has vodka officially gone full retard with the number of flavors you can buy? Don't get wrong, I do really like some of it. Van Gogh's Double Espresso vodka is friggin ridiculous, and Sweet Carolina's Sweet Tea vodka is dangerously good (almost killed a handle of it over the last two days making John Dalys). But Pinnacle is out of control. Atomic Hots? Cookie Dough? What the hell do you mix that with? And I'm pretty sure I saw Three Olives with a flavor called Dude. "Dude" and "flavor" should never exist in the same sentence unless you're trying to induce vomiting.
wtf i just found i been drinking Kool-aid in Brazil my entire childhood and never realized, because unstead o been called Kool-Aid they are called "Ki-Suco" in Brazil LOL
Posted July 6, 2012
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Is it just me, or has vodka officially gone full retard with the number of flavors you can buy? Don't get wrong, I do really like some of it. Van Gogh's Double Espresso vodka is friggin ridiculous, and Sweet Carolina's Sweet Tea vodka is dangerously good (almost killed a handle of it over the last two days making John Dalys). But Pinnacle is out of control. Atomic Hots? Cookie Dough? What the hell do you mix that with? And I'm pretty sure I saw Three Olives with a flavor called Dude. "Dude" and "flavor" should never exist in the same sentence unless you're trying to induce vomiting./rant
It's 100% women. Specifically college-aged women who don't actually like alcoholic beverages but need something to get them drunk. I've watched it for two years now. What pushed it over the top for me was whipped cream vodka. Absolutely disgusting.
I thought the Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka flavor was a stretch. Then they came out with Cherry Whipped Cream and Chocolate Whipped Cream flavors And last time I went to the liquor store I saw actual whipped cream in a spray can, like Reddi Wip, but with alcohol in it. Enough's enough.
Like I said, I actually like a select few so I can't be too harsh a judge without being a hypocrite. But even the ones I like take a firm back seat to a glass of Irish whiskey and some ice. The day Bushmills comes out with a blueberry pancake flavor, I officially lose all faith in humanity.
I thought the Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka flavor was a stretch. Then they came out with Cherry Whipped Cream and Chocolate Whipped Cream flavors And last time I went to the liquor store I saw actual whipped cream in a spray can, like Reddi Wip, but with alcohol in it. Enough's enough.Like I said, I actually like a select few so I can't be too harsh a judge without being a hypocrite. But even the ones I like take a firm back seat to a glass of Irish whiskey and some ice. The day Bushmills comes out with a blueberry pancake flavor, I officially lose all faith in humanity.
Dustin Penner Pancake Vodka?
Posted July 7, 2012
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Why does FOX have to screw up the Formula 1 Schedule on Speed???
Speed does a great job with Formula 1 always shows the Practices, Qualifying and the Race Live.
But Fox Been Fox decide that they want to Broadcast four races on FOX. Nothing wrong with that except that they air the race 4/5 hours after the race took place. So the only way to watch those four races live is on FSN. But FSN are regional channels and not everybody got them( my case).
fvck you FOX.
Posted July 9, 2012
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Time to bitch about my apartment.
I live on the third and top floor of my building. A year ago, a wind storm came through and ripped off the vinyl siding that covered the underside of the roof hanging over my kitchen windows. I called maintenance and it never got fixed.
Birds then made a nest in the roof's now-exposed soft underbelly. I called maintenance to fix it and it never got fixed. Dealing with those birds and all the other birds loudly trying to steal their nest slowly became an accepted part of our everyday life here.
Then several weeks back, I came home for work on a Monday and heard scratching and squawking coming from inside our kitchen wall. There was a bird stuck in there somehow. I called maintenance, but it was after their normal hours so I had to settle for leaving a voicemail.
The next morning, I heard the same scratching and squawking while getting ready for work. I called maintenance from work and was told that it sounded like a bird was stuck in a dryer vent that runs through that part of the wall. Fixing that requires a ladder, and because it was raining that day, it was unsafe for anyone to be climbing a ladder. I was assured that as soon as the weather cleared, our wall bird would be removed. When I came home from work, the bird was still making noise.
The next morning, more scratching and squawking. I called again from work and got a new, but similar, excuse. The ladder is a two-man job -- one to hold and one to climb the thing -- and because most of their guys were at some maintenance meeting, only one was available. I was assured that as soon as two guys were available, out wall bird would be removed. When I came home from work, the bird was still making noise.
The next morning, more scratching and sqawking. I called again from work and got a whole new excuse. Apparently now clearing out this vent required access to the attic, and for some reason our maintenance people can't access the attics they're paid to maintain. I was assured that as soon as they could access the attic (whatever bullsh!t that meant), our wal bird would be removed. When I came home from work, there was silence. The bird was dead.
The next day was Friday, and I took the day off to deal with this. Finally, someone actually came to the apartment. All he did was hook up a modified leaf-blower to our dryer vent to "blow out the lines". He said it didn't sound like there was a bird in the line, so he'd be back later to try something else. He never came back. I called maintenance and was assured someone would come by. No one did. So I went to the office and found the head of maintenance. He dropped what he was doing and came straight to our building.
Within second of seeing the building, he knew what the problem was. It had nothing to do with vents or attics. It was our roof birds. One fell through a crack in the wall and died. He promised to hire a roofing contractor to get the nests out of there and seal up the roof. The next day I left for a two-week business trip.
When I came home, the roof had been fixed but nothing had been done to remove the bird carcass from our kitchen wall. That Thursday night ... two weeks from the day the bird died ... we saw beetles in the apartment for the first time since moving in about a year and a half ago. I killed 'em and thought nothing of it.
Saturday my fiancee and I went to Jersey to visit some family and friends. When we came back Sunday evening, we found flies. They had gray stripes on their backs and wide-set red eyes. A quick Google search revealed that they're called Flesh Flies, and -- surprise! -- their maggots are laid in the corpes of dead animals. In a matter of about two hours, I killed 12 of these flies. I called maintenance and left a message.
Today I took the day off again to deal with this, and haven't seen a single fly yet. I wanna get back on the horn with maintenance and shove my foot up thier asses, but if they came by they'd see nothing. And apparently, once an animal corpse has been used to feed maggots, there isn't enough left for another batch of maggots to be laid there, so it could be that this nuisance has already run its course.
Believe it or not, that's the quick version of the story.
Sounds like being a grown up sucks man. Luckily still have a few years to crash at home.
And I'm not even a homeowner!
One of my favorite Mitch Hedberg jokes was, "I went to a Home Depot the other day, which was unnecessary. I should have gone to Apartment Depot, which is a warehouse full of people saying 'I ain't gotta fix sh!t!'"
Posted July 11, 2012
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Yer lucky the maggots ate the decaying bird carcass. As I read I figured you were heading towards a stench of death engulfing your kitchen. Glad to see the hungry, hungry maggots took care of that for you. I do think you are in the clear though.... that is as long as while the siding was gone the under belly didn't get real wet and cause mold to get a foothold. wonk wonk.
Yeah, I think we were saved by the fact that it was probably a baby bird, so there wasn't much for the maggots to feed on. It was also the smaller of the two types of birds we had living in our roof (I think I forgot the detail that we actually had two nests within eight or so feet of each other). If it was the bigger birds, and an adult, we'd be totally screwed.
Posted July 15, 2012
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Finally gave in and got an iPhone. Any app suggestions?
Posted July 16, 2012
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Probably shoulda waited for the iPhone 5!
Anyways, what do you have so far?
I was thinking about waiting for the 5. But my contract was up, old phone was doing some seriously screwy things (like changing my alarm at random times), and decided I just didn't wanna wait any longer. The best part so far is that I don't have to use my iPod in the car anymore. The iPod interface with my Forester's stereo absolutely blows, but using the bluetooth to listen to iTunes from my phone is friggin outstanding.
So far I've got: Find iPhone, Instagram, Camera Awesome, MapQuest, Urbanspoon, Yelp, Wi-Fi Finder, GasBuddy, ShopSavvy, PNC Virtual Wallet, Facebook, Twitter, Flixter, sudoku, Wikipedia, Dictionary, Urban Dictionary, CNN, ESPN ScoreCenter, B'More Happy Hour, Embark DC, Go Out DC, DC City Guide, Embark Philly, Philly City Guide, Embark NJ Transit, Embark NYC, NYC City Guide.
I'm trying to focus more on the utility of it rather than use it as a game machine, but if there are must-have games then, well, I guess I must have 'em.
SoundHound & Shazam for song ID
Tapatalk (to read this site, among others)
Redbox (if you use it)
HBOGo (if you have HBO)
Netflix, Hulu if you have them
Starbucks, Walmart, Amazon if you frequent them
News apps...CNN, Fox, etc...plus NJ.com
Sports apps, Fire & Ice, CBC, TSN, NHL
Airline/travel apps if you travel
For Games, right now I'm playing Flow, Words with Friends and Draw Something.
The second I read it, I started downloading the app for Gulitti's blog. The fact that it has its own app is friggin outstanding. Thanks for the heads up, and for the rest of the suggestions too. Gonna go through and check 'em out.
Posted July 17, 2012
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Whatknot (what knot to tie in the great outdoors) - very fun! but it's a little hard to figure out how to tie the knots on the fly based on their instructions -- you have to practice.
Spyglass - coolest compass EVER!
GoSkyWatch - you can look at the heavens inside your house even - but outside you can see EXACTLY what you're looking at -- or shoudl be as the case me be with cloudcover etc. massively fun.
I have the free owls audubon guide - and I have their North American bird guide because I'm to cheap to pay for Sibley's (edit: too cheap to use two os there too I guess).
and Alltrails is really cool if you hike.
Stuff only I like: Wallace and Gromit chat-o-matic - my daughter has fits over this - it gives you wallace's mouth (you hold the phone up to your face) and you say phrases like the bounce has gone out of his bungie and other famous lines from the shorts.
I actually like the Hockey News app best for hockey. Maybe because I haven't used anything else once they updated it. just downloaded Fire&ice though - it'll ease my board retirement some! I'm obviously not doing well. At least I didn't post about Stevens penchant for gum chewing.. or did I just?
I use loseit for calorie counting -- it's just fastest and I have my whole family addicted - we're all buddies - very funny and keeps my 75year old hyper competitive Dad active hahaha. My FitDay crap just is too much of a hassle now -- and I used to love that stupid site.
Love SciFri now that I work full time and miss the show.
OH! Cooking apps
Allrecipes dial a dinner (free)
Locavore is interesting not sure if I like it though - guide to shopping for local foods
Whole foods for healthy recipes
I like ShopShop list making app -- but I hear there is better out there
Oh and Cook's Illustrated - which I feel like always wants me to pay to be a member... but it's free and if you can ignore all that stuff it's cool as is even.
I also love Distance - it's step calculator but more than that. I'm too lazy yo describe. Good for running etc. I HATE running... HATE HATE HATE... I get to look at Distance and say "Eff YOU!" to my phone when I'm done... it makes me feel better.
I have every angry birds except Rio - I have the free version of that only. I too have Sudoku - and Crossword and I use Solebon solitaire. One of my faves is gone now and i only had the free version Moosentration... I dont think you can get it --- when I can't match everything in under a minute I make myself go to bed.
anyhow... so that's my input
Posted July 18, 2012
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Whipped Cream is actually really good with Orange Soda. But I am a women, however not exactly college aged. Also Gummy vodka absolutely amazing especially when you soak said gummies in it. UGH SO GOOD.
Oh yah, get the The Chive app.
I second PK's recommendation of Solebon. If you're a fan of solitaire card games, this is the app for you. The free version isn't bad (7 games, covers the basics), but it's definitely worth the 2 bucks to get the paid version (42 games). Regular and easy versions of Free Cell, two variations (one-card draw and three-card draw) of Klondike (the "classic" solitaire that comes with Windows), four variations of Spider Solitaire, Golf, Baker's Dozen, Monte Carlo... basically, if it exists and is somewhat popular, it's probably in here.
Honestly, I've got so many apps on my phone that I don't even use or I use rarely. Luckily, most of those are free; I only have a couple paid apps that I ended up not using.
Lately I've been getting the most use out of:
So yeah, there's a lot of games. Sue me.
I don't need it that often, but I second Sammy's recommendation of Flashlight. I have a 3GS so I don't have a flash, but in addition to lighting up your screen, Flashlight will allow you to use the camera flash as a light.
As I was going through my inventory, I remembered I have Tiger Woods '12. It's one of the few major sports titles that translates well to mobile platforms, probably because golf doesn't require incredibly complex controls. I've had the demo versions of NHL 2K11 and NBA Jam, and they're much harder to control.
If your TV provider has an app (I think all the major ones do), get it. You can set up recordings on your DVR and most of them will let you watch live TV on your phone, though the channel selection tends to be limited. (I actually can't do that on my phone because I jailbroke it and, ummm, Time Warner doesn't like that.) WatchESPN lets you watch the two major networks, ESPNU, and ESPN3.
Let's see, what else? Most major credit card companies have their own app. If you use PayPal and/or eBay a lot, their apps will be of use to you. If you subscribe to SiriusXM and you have Internet listening enabled, there's an app for that.
Oh yah, I have Tom Tom too. However, iOS6 is supposed to have turn by turn I think so I would wait before buying Tom Tom to see how it is.
Forgot about mentioning Paypal. It's a nice app. You can even deposit checks to your Paypal account with it.
Also, if you are a Slingbox user, you can buy their app and watch TV on your phone.
Holy app suggestions, Batman! Friggin awesome, thanks! When I get home and jump back on my wifi (so I don't kill my data), I'll look into a lot of these.
One I found that's been ridiculously cool is MyFitnessPal. I'm not looking to shed a ton of weight and I'm no lunkhead, but this satisfies my inner geek by showing me just how healthy I eat. (I think I'm filling my addiction to hockey stats with food stats in the offseason ) The food database seems to cover pretty much everything. On my first day, I ate ghormeh sabzi, a traditional Persian dish that I figured wouldn't possibly already have nutritional info loaded in the database. Lo and behold, they had two different recipes in there.
The only downside is that, as I've learned I need more fiber in my diet, I've been farting like crazy as my body adjusts to the nutritional shift.
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