You two are finally out of the closet, eh? <wink>
I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people
who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
-- Anna Quindlen
LOL. Speaking of which ...
You seem to have the skill set necessary to put it together. WTF are you
Just kidding, I would love to do that again, and participate in a
fiduciary way, or otherwise, particularly if we can get Rob and Han, and
C_less this time, and anyone else here who wants to participate.
For you Luddites, this is Google Hangout territory, Honk if you ken ...
Mike, is there a limit on a Hangout?
If it helps, I have a keg of an Irish red ale that I brewed a couple
weeks ago in the kegerator...and I'll be brewing more after I get home
from vacation...come on over...the beer will be served in the correct
glass AND at the correct temp!
Oh...southern Wisconsin, BTW
the OTHER mike
Whassa beer summit? And why would an ex-drunk like me want to
<knock, knock> Whassat?
On a hangover, the limit is one per person per day. (Any more and
you're either still drunk or doing something very, very wrong.)
The most decisive actions of our life - I mean those that are most
likely to decide the whole course of our future - are, more often
than not, unconsidered.
-- Andre Gide
I don't have a problem with big markups. As pointed out, on low cost
items it is needed to cover the cost of stocking them. What does bug
me though, is when you see something re-purposed. A tool in the
hardware stores goes for $5, but the same exact tool in a kitchen or
craft shop may be selling for $15.
I don't drink, smoke, wear fancy clothes, chase women, drive or buy
fancy cars, go to restaurants (not by choice), or own any green tools.
And I don't have any children (not bragging, by any means), I don't have
a dime of debt and I haven't paid any interest to anyone in 25 years.
Being value-concious and being able to afford things are two entirely
separate matters, sir. I'm giving up cable-tv this week. Do you have
the balls to do that?
I wouldn't give up cable, but if you do, it may help you with your
woodworking because you might have more time for it.
Despite some of the critical language that goes on here and I'm
certainly not exempt from using it, try to look past it if the topic
is woodworking related... There's a whole lot of knowledge here for
the taking if you choose to do so.
You didn't see me run for the door. Sharing a little tidbit with you
(and the group), you might be surprised how much a little knowledge of
woodcarving can make a difference in one's wood working technique. It
enhances ones appreciation of the structure of the wood and how to best
cut (wood fibers). I'm not a know-it-all, just sharing my personal
Balls? Wow. So, you're preference to be entertained in difference ways
than another person means you have balls? Get over yourself.
We like to eat out, partly because we like to support our local economy.
I guess I don't have the balls to eat in.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
It's not a matter of preference. It reminds me of when I gave up smoking.
Get over yourself.
That's not a problem. I'm humble.
I would love to be able to eat out on occasion, but I can't due do
dietary restrictions (food additives, artificial flavors and
preservatives). It makes travel inconvenient. But it eliminates my need
to consider whether I can afford to pursue woodworking, as Leon
suggested I might do.
Well my wife and I sent our son through college and masters degree
school. He graduated in the Spring of 2010. LOL. We have been debt
free since 1997. I was 42 at the time and retired. We pay cash for
everything, including the house we bought 20 months ago, unless the
interest that is offered is zero percent interest. I am not giving up
Uverse and choose not to. BTY our son owns his home and will have it
paid for by the end of next year if all goes as planned. He bought the
house almost 2 years ago. Not bad for a 25 year old.
I did not study economics in college.
I started off with that, and felt the need to finish it even though I
ened up doing more in computer science. My parents helped me get that
far, at least for tuition.
Then after working a few years, I put myself through a MS and PhD in
math. My hiring institution encouraged me to pursue a MS in computer
science in my spare time (one of the busiest periods of my life).
You and I are about the same age. I could not retire at 42! (nice...)
If you were a Comcast customer instead of a U-verse customer you might
feel differently. Of course, I remember when ATT charged me about $80
to turn on my phone service. Comcast tries to charge all of their
customers differently--complain about pricing and you'll find that they
are "running a promotion". You would notice that they just want to keep
"raising those prices", charges for this, charges for that. They are
even inventing new (home security) services. In cancelling my service,
I am just reaccessing my needs. I ordered a linkstick (usb device) for
my tv yesterday in case we wish to try downloading a video. I
anticipate buying a "leaf indoor antenna" to get the local stations and
PBS (which is mostly what we watch anyway!).
I'm saying, to heck with Comcast's incessant price increases. I don't
appreciate the "pressure". I'll tell them that it's "just business",
which is close to what they tell me when they send out their new prices
every February, or so. Incidentally, thats the only chance you gets to
see all of their prices. At least, they are not available online
anywhere. I expect they are required to disclose their prices by law.
I don't want to send my money to a company that does business in that
fashion. I'm cutting them back to $62.95/mo, plus taxes! : )
I'm giving up cable-tv this week.
I installed the new Samsung USB LinkStick (wireless device) ($31) on my
Samsung TV, and immediately found a CNBC App for real-time business
news, a YouTube App, and even a ESPN App (I'm not sure how that one
works yet), among others (like NetFlix and Hulu). By the way, Samsung's
web site indicated my TV required their (old model) $99 model linkstick,
but it didn't. I apologize for all of the parenthesis.
I think I'd encourage any friend to consider
cutting the cable cord (especially if they could get decent over-the-air
reception), as I would want them to encourage me to do so.
It feels a little "liberating", but old habits aren't broken without a
Evidently DVRs are only available by Tivo--and they think a lot of them,
wanting $400-500 per each. That seems like alot for what is basically a
I've already learned plenty about antennas (at least 6-8 hours worth).
Some of you folks surely know a great deal more than I do about them.
Suffice to say that a lot of companies seem to be selling "$16 glue
bottles" for indoor antennas! And "No", I've never tried a $16 glue
bootle... ; ) Recall the $99 LinkStick--who can you trust??? Your
fellow reviewers, that's who!!! : )
You can build your own DVR for maybe half that if you've got a
reasonably modern system. A decent tuner card with hardware encoder
($100), a big hard disk ($100), and DVR software (free) and you're good
My antenna cost only time. We're only about 10 miles from the
transmitters (at most), so a folded dipole made out of 300 ohm cable
works quite well. I'd like to put up a better antenna for those times
when reception is spotty, but considering there's only 2 channels I
actually watch it's not a high priority.
Hmmm.. Thank you very much for the suggestion! I've already got a cable
tv card (circa 2000). It took me quite a while to find a driver for it
for WindowsXP, so it would be fun to try to make it work again under
Windows7. Oh, and satisfying! : ) And I've got a 1 TB external HDD I
used for backup, so I'm almost there. Instead of moving things around I
maybe should just spring for a second antenna (see my related-comments
After all my antenna research, which spanned multiple evenings, reading
reviews, etc., I went to BestBuy and bought an RCA-111--basically "a set
of rabbit ears with a loop", for $10.99. While it is not as pretty as
most of the other choices, by being bigger it can draw those signals,
like VHF, which are most easily obtained by a "directional" antenna.
After repositioning it to get the "pixel noise" out of a PBS station, by
soft of pointing it towards a window, we received 28 stations, all with
clear reception, including 1 Spanish station, 2 Christian stations, 3
PBS stations, and the major networks. After watching for 5 minutes, my
wife and I both were like "Wow, why didn't we try this sooner?".
[Afterthought: Hmmm... marketing? We were schnookered! ;) ]
And with YouTube as an App on my TV now, there is more woodworking there
than before! I watched the end of the Michigan vs Notre Dame football
game in over-the-air HD, and couldn't tell the difference!
Over the air reception is, of course, very much location dependant.
Things are pretty flat here in central Indiana. Good luck to anyone
else who wants to "cut the cable cord"!
It occurs to me that even at best my tune would not save me any HD
recordings. There seem to be a few choices out there. When in doubt, go
with Hauppauge huh?
And I've got a 1 TB external HDD I
Before buying a new card, I'd hit the compatibility pages for whatever
software you plan to use. My tuner card is supported partially in
MythTV, but not totally. The recording part works, but the infrared
remote does not. (I also had to seek out and find drivers for it.)
The old tuner card was completely supported, and the installation just
found the card and worked.
FWIW, I used Hauppauge's WinTV app with Windows XP for a year or so when
I was getting in to this. It might be nice if you had one computer to
use, but for a dedicated DVR there's better software out there. GB-PVR
comes to mind on Windows and MythTV on Linux. (Last I knew, MythTV had
a Windows frontend, but it didn't do recording. Once set up, however,
you don't have to mess with the OS.)
Considering what your antenna cost, it's probably cheaper to get a
second one. The splitter and cable will easily total $10.
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