alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
11/28/21 5:13 p.m.

Cell phone companies suck.  Right now, all of them are offering some "amazing" deals on new phones, but only if you trade in a new-ish phone.  If you are responsible, and have kept your phone for 5 years- because it works fine, you don't get a deal at all.  So the older the phone you have, the less incentive to get a new one.  

Talk about backwards.

Unless making phones has gotten so bad that they need new used phones just to keep up with demand.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
11/28/21 9:03 p.m.

It turns out that Subaru EJ20 engines are a wide and varied lot.  I thought they were simple.  But no, there's all sorts of different screwy things going on with single AVCS and dual AVCS and of course the cheap engine management option requires a NON-AVCS engine.  And converting an AVCS to non AVCS requires more work than it really should.

 

It makes sticking turbo pistons in a SOHC engine look reasonable.

Nick Comstock
Nick Comstock MegaDork
11/28/21 9:07 p.m.
Scotty Con Queso said:
Nick Comstock said:
Beer Baron said:

Moved to Columbus, OH seven years ago. This whole Michigan rivalry thing still makes me think people are crazy.

Do they still play the " We don't give a damn about Michigan " song on the radio before the game? Because they should. 

O-H-I-O

Go buckeyes!!!

This didn't age well. 

Yeah

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
11/29/21 6:02 a.m.

In reply to Nick Comstock :

Go Blue!

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa PowerDork
11/29/21 9:20 a.m.

Gods above and below, save me from incompetent people.

Friday before Black Friday I sent off a pair of DXF files to get a bunch of jig plates cut for work.  For ease of quoting I included a PDF for each with the basic dimensions, and stuff that a DXF doesn't show like thickness and material.

Today they get back to me and say that their CAD people can't get all the required dimensions from the files I sent and ask for more info and I'm just like... what?

They must have someone brand new on the machine over there as I've never had this issue with them before.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
11/29/21 10:12 a.m.

So much ranting, so little time...

1. Today starts one of the least-fun weeks of the year for my household- tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and thus the start of the local Good Giving Challenge, where The Dancer's non-profit raises the most money of the year. Which is good- but it's outstripped in how much it stresses her out only (possibly) by the week of the annual show. She has to almost constantly be posting about it and sending reminders to people.

2. After a reasonably relaxing Thanksgiving, I was really looking forward to getting in to the pool this morning and swimming laps. Got up on time (give or take 5 minutes) and as a precaution called the Y to check if the pool was open- they were supposed to be done with the annual maintenance and deep-cleaning by now, but I didn't want to drive in and find it was closed and have to drive back and have wasted like 40 minutes. Sure enough- the pool is still closed indefinitely because they're waiting on a part thanks to the supply chain problems. I suppose this should also be a minor win in that I went back to sleep for another 45 minutes... I should have put on my biking clothes and ridden for that time, but a) it was 25 out and I wasn't psyched up for that nor did I have all of my biking clothes ready to go and b) the bike is kind of buried in the garage and would have taken half of that time to get out and ready to ride.

3. Scanning through some of Amazon's Cyber Monday deals and seeing if there were any on the Bosch 18V tools that I already have a number of, I came across this: BOSCH GLI18V-4000CN 18V Lithium-Ion Bluetooth Connected 4,000 Lumens LED Floodlight (Bare Tool) . It's a bluetooth-connected floodlight- that even with their sale is still $180. I get that it's pretty powerful- but really, what the berk is the point of a bluetooth controlled floodlight?

4. The Dancer's grandmother is annoyed with The Dancer and I- because we're the only ones in her family who have not gotten her suggestions to get for us for Christmas. Our one suggestion- a fondue pot, since we've been making a lot of fondue for some reason- was met with, "Oh, you can have mine- it's been years since I've used it and I want to get rid of things anyway," and since it's not something new she's not counting that (even though it's a cool, vintage fondue set that we would be perfectly fine with just getting that from her). We run into this problem every year- we never have much in the way of suggestions for things we want for Christmas since we are relatively practical people and don't really need much- and anything that comes up that we actually need is usually just bought right away or planned and saved for.

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
11/29/21 12:02 p.m.

I broke both of my arms. This is slowing everything down.

If I hadn't been wearing a helmet during the unplanned dismount from my bike, I'd probably be dead. Wear a helmet, folks!

Randy, Streetfighter Supreme, level XI
Randy, Streetfighter Supreme, level XI MegaDork
11/29/21 12:12 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

Jay and DMC approve of the B-boy stance. Run is dumbfounded it's not worse.

CAinCA
CAinCA HalfDork
11/29/21 12:32 p.m.

We're going to Maui for the week of Christmas. We haven't had a real vacation in 2+ years and it gets us away from the family drama. Double win.

The rant? I booked a couple snorkeling trips back in September. I got a call this weekend from the tour company. Apparently the 80' BOAT that they ordered won't be available in time. OK, fine. They tell me that I can book a trip on any of their other boats for the same price even if the new trip is more expensive. Great, but there aren't any other trips AVAILABLE in our time frame. I'll be lucky to book a trip with any other company too since it's so close to Christmas now. Minor rant/first world problem for sure. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
11/29/21 12:35 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

How were you typing that?

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
11/29/21 1:02 p.m.
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) said:

I broke both of my arms. This is slowing everything down.

If I hadn't been wearing a helmet during the unplanned dismount from my bike, I'd probably be dead. Wear a helmet, folks!

No-wank December...

That looks quite unpleasant. 

Karacticus
Karacticus Dork
11/29/21 2:12 p.m.
Streetwiseguy said:
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) said:

I broke both of my arms. This is slowing everything down.

If I hadn't been wearing a helmet during the unplanned dismount from my bike, I'd probably be dead. Wear a helmet, folks!

No-wank December...

That looks quite unpleasant. 

Wanking would be the least of your problems-- who's on deck to wipe your ass?

dculberson
dculberson MegaDork
11/29/21 2:21 p.m.

YIKES! I'm glad you're still with us. Good job on the gear, now try staying on the bike.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
11/29/21 2:28 p.m.

In reply to Karacticus :

Made me laugh.  

mtn
mtn MegaDork
11/29/21 2:28 p.m.

Whoa, glad it was your arms and not your skull! 

New York Nick
New York Nick HalfDork
11/29/21 2:30 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

That sucks, I am glad you aren't worse off. Impressed you are still typing. This will help you with one of the two aforementioned issues, not sure about the other, consider it a Seinfeld episode.

Seinfeld-No soup 4 U ! | seinfeld, jerry seinfeld, seinfeld quotes

APEowner
APEowner SuperDork
11/29/21 2:39 p.m.
Ashyukun (Robert) said:

So much ranting, so little time...

1.

4. The Dancer's grandmother is annoyed with The Dancer and I- because we're the only ones in her family who have not gotten her suggestions to get for us for Christmas. Our one suggestion- a fondue pot, since we've been making a lot of fondue for some reason- was met with, "Oh, you can have mine- it's been years since I've used it and I want to get rid of things anyway," and since it's not something new she's not counting that (even though it's a cool, vintage fondue set that we would be perfectly fine with just getting that from her). We run into this problem every year- we never have much in the way of suggestions for things we want for Christmas since we are relatively practical people and don't really need much- and anything that comes up that we actually need is usually just bought right away or planned and saved for.

Would The Dancer's Grandmother think that a donation to the Dancer's charity in your names was a good gift suggestion?  My siblings and I are all doing charitable donations in each other's names this year instead of gifts.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
11/29/21 3:11 p.m.
Karacticus said:
Streetwiseguy said:
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) said:

I broke both of my arms. This is slowing everything down.

If I hadn't been wearing a helmet during the unplanned dismount from my bike, I'd probably be dead. Wear a helmet, folks!

No-wank December...

That looks quite unpleasant. 

Wanking would be the least of your problems-- who's on deck to wipe your ass?

Your significant other becomes more significant.  So remember to eat well so that the mess is only nominal.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
11/29/21 3:12 p.m.

So driving though a school zone, a parent came out of the school and then raced up and tailgated me.....  Come on, I'm doing the lower speed limit for the explicit reason of your kids.  Can't you bother to do the same?

mtn
mtn MegaDork
11/29/21 3:21 p.m.
alfadriver said:
Karacticus said:
Streetwiseguy said:
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) said:

I broke both of my arms. This is slowing everything down.

If I hadn't been wearing a helmet during the unplanned dismount from my bike, I'd probably be dead. Wear a helmet, folks!

No-wank December...

That looks quite unpleasant. 

Wanking would be the least of your problems-- who's on deck to wipe your ass?

Your significant other becomes more significant.  

This applies equally to both the comment from Karacticus as well as Streetwiseguy.

Karacticus
Karacticus Dork
11/29/21 3:33 p.m.

In reply to mtn :

This reminds me of a story I was told by a guy who flew bush in Alaska after WWII-- you can end up in dire straights with only a single broken arm.

He had to fly a patient with a broken arm from a remote community in to an area with a hospital.  Along the way, the patient's need for a rest stop was becoming rather urgent.  In that it was a float plane, finding somewhere to stop and do the necessary business was not a problem.  However, the maneuver requires a good arm to hold on to the plane while you squat off the side of the float.  With only one good arm, you're in a bit of a bind as far as getting your pants down.

The way the story turns out, the pilot says he's probably the only bush pilot in the state to have pantsed a nun!

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
11/29/21 6:35 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

How were you typing that?

one key at a time. i am going to have massive delts after this, since i have to lift my arms up to move from key to key.

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
11/29/21 6:43 p.m.
alfadriver said: Your significant other becomes more significant.  So remember to eat well so that the mess is only nominal.

Yes, exactly. Though she was in charge of one thing mentioned (and more) we had no plans to ever incorporate poo play. We're keeping that strictly business.

While not being able to wipe your own butt is humbling, not being able to eat on your own is equally so.

It's given me new appreciation for caregivers AND those they care for.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
11/29/21 7:08 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) :

Glad you are ok enough to take the hard time- as you posted, could have been a lot worse.  Now you just have to deal with someone else wiping your rear... and the resulting closeness to whoever that ends up being.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
11/29/21 7:19 p.m.
Karacticus said:
Streetwiseguy said:
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) said:

I broke both of my arms. This is slowing everything down.

If I hadn't been wearing a helmet during the unplanned dismount from my bike, I'd probably be dead. Wear a helmet, folks!

No-wank December...

That looks quite unpleasant. 

Wanking would be the least of your problems-- who's on deck to wipe your ass?

I was gonna make that comment, but figured, nah, I won't go there smiley

Something along the lines of, just think: if you weren't wearing a helmet, you wouldn't need someone to wipe your ass for the next two weeks.

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