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    Yeah, 10% is about the highest I like in cheap beer in cans — anything much above and I just get wasted way too quickly.

    Although some brewers are able to make beers with rather a lot of alcohol in it that are very delicious; I've found they tend to serve the super-high ABV ones in smaller glasses, and pretty much discourage people from having seven pints of their imperial stout or whatever in a sitting.

    Here's an ODD QUESTION: Does anyone know off a good free online source for a basic English translation of the book of Psalms that can be easily formatted to fit onto 3x5 index cards?

    I suppose Guttenberg Project is the one that's going to have a text-only format that I'd probably get a chance to write a little script (in Python or just BASH+GNU utilities) to format it for me, but my abuse of technology to create a little set of cribs to help me with the vulgate-latin Liber Psalmorum has so far left me very frustrated by my lack of ability at typesetting things using word processors and so forth.

    I'm certain I'm not the only person in history, even recent history, who has had to improvise some ugly-looking-but-functional solution for this.

    The whole idea is so that I can keep using my edition of the Liber psalmorum, which is a very handy, thin paperback with easy-to-read text, and sort of intersperse the pages with some of the English text.

    The specific translation doesn't really matter very much to me, just for use as a crib when I get stuck on a word or a specific use of a word which I can't quite remember. I just hate the method of pencilling in little translations by hand above each word, like you see in 99.9999% of the Latin texts at any given library.

    And no phone apps. That just won't do.

    WELL, I don't think that question is really going to have any answerers, but this is a site that puts the Latin verse-by-verse with, I think, the Douay-Rheims English translation. It's not formatted or anything, for my needs, but maybe it would be a good programming challenge to scrape the website, process the text, and come up with an output more-or-less useful to me.

    That's an awful lot of programming for such a limited task, but it might come in handy later to have that as a tool I can use for other things later.

    Probably just end up copying and pasting in the end, a LOT, but that's OK, I guess.

    I've done worse laborious tasks for similar tasks, like cribbing out Horace or Homer, and the Psalms are pretty entertaining to me as literary statements.
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    HERE'S a REAL QUESTION: What's the best way to measure voltage potential from across a standard .... actually, not standard TRS stereo/balanced 1/8" jacked cabled — the output is from a notebook computer, and it's a combined mic/output 1/8" connector.

    So, I have problems with clipping on the small outboard speakers (not anything good — they were about ten dollars us, but still good enough for portability/disposability)

    I don't think smplayer as a front-end to mplayer2 or mpv is causing any problems.

    Nah, I was just playing some Aretha albums with a lot of dynamic range, and even a a low (to me) volume, when I go the fifteen feet to the keys, there's major clipping and digital artifacts that seem to correspond to when the tune "heats up" and I amble over to my front room.

    SO, what I'd like to do is measure the (three-or-four-channel) voltage of this little phone jack, and I wonder if (i) I should bother and (ii) yeah, I guess I'm about an EET level of formal training, and I think I can look up dB and distance and run the numbers, although not easily with so many connections.

    I ask the viewer at home: What would you do? Live with it (I have lots of big speakers and amplifiers at my place, it's just a matter of convenience). Fix it/troubleshoot it? Or go live in a cave or whatever.

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    QUESTION

    Now here this, citizens.

    I'm dead serious.

    So when I ask Nat__ie out this week (if there's a good chance to, which there may not be), let's say on our way out to the parking lot I say "I've only got forty bucks cash until payday — had a bunch of bills this week — and condoms are pretty pricey. Should I get those first, or are you good to go?"

    No, I'm not joking. That's something I would say, and she would get the humor in it, being not a nerd.

    It would be a better conversation if we were sharing a ride together — that's the only scenario that seems appropriate — but I don't trust her to get me back to the warehouse parking lot, and unless she's an idiot, which I don't think she is, she's likely not riding off in some guy's panel van Toyota Camry to go get liquored up at a dive bar.

    I think it's a funny line, and I'm keeping it in reserve. She is cool and has a wicked sense of humor, so IMHO, it's fine. Sort of a joke, but also absolutely true.

    IMHO she's cool enough to know that there's a good chance the day/evening might end up that way, but also cool enough to know it's a bit of a spoof on what bullshit square shit dating is.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    Oh, same question, but different spin, different girl.

    What could possibly go wrong with my saying to Natalie, "Hey, I'm going to breakfast after work, and I think you should probably come with."

    I don't have a problem with asking women out, it's just making them say "Yes" that's no so much probably good.

    Should probably bring a change of clothes.
    I'll answer my own question.

    The appropriate question to Na___ie is: "you're coming out for some beers and shoot some pool after work, right?"

    That bastard shift supervisor keeps us on opposite sides of the warehouse, I know it.

    But, still, that is the correct answer.

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    NEVER MIND ALL THAT SHIT WTF IS WRONG W U PEOPLE ARCHER IS ON!!!!!!

    Yeah, so my question WTF is wrong w u people b/c Archer is on...well, it's been on. Or up. We're not doing phrasing.

    And it's fucking awesome. Alien and Aliens into one.

    Well, the season is young.

    So I must defer my questions about tie-rod ends and proper shade-tree sway-bar repairs until...

    ARCHER!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh, same question, but different spin, different girl.

    What could possibly go wrong with my saying to Natalie, "Hey, I'm going to breakfast after work, and I think you should probably come with."

    I don't have a problem with asking women out, it's just making them say "Yes" that's no so much probably good.

    Should probably bring a change of clothes.
    I'll answer my own question.

    The appropriate question to Na___ie is: "you're coming out for some beers and shoot some pool after work, right?"

    That bastard shift supervisor keeps us on opposite sides of the warehouse, I know it.

    But, still, that is the correct answer.
    Turns out that was the correct answer. I think I said that verbatim. She said, "Hell yeah, sounds like fun!" Me: "It is fun!"

    And I'm pretty sure the shift supervisor is a little perceptive, so on her last day, indeed, Na___ie and I worked the same side of the warehouse.

    Otherwise it would have been difficult — she didn't really ever "hang out" in the break room with a bunch of the rest of us at the appropriate time, so I might not have had the chance.

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    Why are the five years till retirement the longest years of your life?

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    Good question. I'm guessing that it seems like a long time because you're just waiting for an agonizing death of the mind and the body on the wrong side of the finish line?

    Maybe not. It could be a slight error in perception on your part, or perhaps some of the milestones of life have been overloaded with a bunch of preconceptions that aren't necessarily accurate, or at the least, sufficiently optimistic.

    I wonder why it is that it seems so difficult to stop thinking about texting or calling this girl.

    Now, I made my blunder already and I dutifully refrain. But, I feel like a dog reaching the end of its chain, or Dr. Strangelove suppressing his German roots.

    Patience.

    Patience.

    Now it sounds like I'm a damned serial killer just waiting for my prey. Bring out the gimp!

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    Sorry, Rube if I didn't quite give the definitive answer to your question. To be fair, while it is an interesting observation, I'm not sure a second party could really answer that for you. Short of cracking open your brain pan and running some super-sketchy tests involving electrodes, or some of the other penetrative but less drastic imaging techniques (PET, fMRI) and making a few guesses.

    It's a legitimate question, which seems to have many possible interpretations as to possible answers, but clearly I can only offer some best guesses in an off-the-cuff manner.

    Here's a fun question which, I suppose will be equally lacking in a definitive answer, but just how far did I screw up my budding relationship with my girl du jour by unloading on her via text with complaints about my gimp leg while pretty toasted on whiskey?

    I could try to copy over some of the actual texts, but it just involved a string of profanities and general bitchiness. Nothing about her or anything insulting directed at anyone. Just being a drunken ass venting via text.

    Seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Of course it wasn't, but it seemed OK — you know, none of my friends whom I know better IRL are immune from me occasionally ranting like a foul-mouthed mental case. Not regularly, but once in a great while.

    On the one hand, if one observes that during the beginning stages of getting to know somebody, everybody is on his or her best behavior, I'd prefer the brass tacks honesty. There's no surprises for her in the future, and I've made peace with myself that I can just be a little outrageous verbally.

    If that's the nail in the coffin of my love life, then that's fine: we wouldn't have had much of a future together anyway.

    And I apologized and said it won't happen again. Which is true. I think if she reads very literally my last apologetic text, she'll likely notice that I fully intend to respect her privacy and to be protective of her time and energy, to the extent I'm involved in that aspect of her life and work.

    OTOH, while that is a good last impression to make on her, as well as having started off with very good first impressions, that doesn't cancel out, I'm sure, the intermediary phase of a controlled chaos or morass.

    If anything, that's one more reason for her to approach with caution: and, she is, quite rightly, a little cautious about revealing too much about her personal details besides what is normal for casual conversation. Very wise of her: after all, she doesn't know me that well, and she knows from work that I am plenty strong and capable of doing some serious physical damage, if I were inclined to.

    I'd hope she would know that could never happen, but it's still a reason to be circumspect and, at a minimum, see me again a time or two more in public, just to observe for any red flags. You know, being rude to wait-staff or getting shit-faced and then getting behind the wheel, or saying unkind things about others in general.

    In that respect, I'd pass any of those metrics with flying colors, being not a complete asshole. Just a part-time one. A friendly ass! A talking ass! A regular Baal's donkey!

    All signs are "go," as in green-light, when she's done with some horrific long days taking care of some short-term projects.

    And, she did reply to me via text, concerned that I would think she was "ghosting" me, or just giving me the hi-hat.

    At least when we last met, she was not giving me the old "Yeah, we should totally hang out again sometime." It was a genuine, "Yes, I had fun and I'd like to see you again." Lots of eye contact. She could have been lying, but I don't think so.

    But, tying this back to the perception of time: you know, I'm not so sure if next week or the week after she's going to remember that we had a good time just talking for three solid hours, and that it wasn't a one-sided conversation at all.

    Well, I'm just going to have to chill out and wait. Pretty much it's her move, since I think I abused my texting privileges (according to my standards).

    Oh well, at least we had a good first date, and it's certainly her prerogative to continue with me or not. Wouldn't make me happy if the latter, but it's certainly not my decision to make, and that would be the end of that. Without any prejudice or ill-will directed at her at all. I mean, in many respects, I can be mature and emotionally aware, as well as empathetic.
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    WHAT in the motherfucking shit is THIS motherfucking bullshit?

    I shlep out to Walmart to buy a new 2TB HDD, using Microsoft Rewards gift cards, and I think...hmmm, this "bicycle" pump looks better than that shit at Target and is the same price.

    Excuse me.

    What fucking arcane trick am I missing, when trying to pump up my Marine Air Horn to 100 psi, using a bog-standard Schrader valve (same as on a car tire or a bike tire and so forth).

    This shit is fucking ridiculous.

    Seriously. Am I missing something here?

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    Hey! Here's a good fucking question: whatever happened to Froody Blue Gem?

    I was kind of proud that she might have found an alternate spot for her unique contributions.

    And, no, I didn't creep on her or anything: I took her at her word that she was a college student in her twenties, but, still, I valued her contributions and she and I traded a shit load of PMs (not of a salacious nature).

    What did you people do to her, anyway?

    I blame you!

    Well, I'm sure she's just moved on from MBTI to enneagrams or something, but it was nice having someone new to play with.

    Feh, now I'll have to subdue and coerce some others to join this coven.

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    Here's a real QUESTION:

    I know nobody will know for sure, but somebody must have a gut intuition about this.

    So, obviously, on the job, I've developed severe tendonitis of one of the tendons holding my right foot together, basically.

    Swelling, internal inflammation, nearly constant pain.

    Yet, I still come into work, thanks to a massive dose of ibuprofen and a muscle relaxant in the morning.

    I bought some athletic tape at the drug-store today, and asked for a separate receipt.

    And I am seeing my internist doctor next week for recommendations and treatment — perhaps a prescription for high-dosage ibuprofen, or a different muscle relaxant. Whatever he suggests.

    I want my company to pay my doctor, and to pay for associated equipment.

    What do you think the chances of that are?

    I'll sue them if necessary: they certainly have a team of lawyers, but they'd be foolish to think I do not have access through family connections to excellent counsel.

    If they say "fuck off," I can certainly suggest to a few people I know who still have their hand in local journalism that the general manager of my location will be named in the local press, and given an opportunity to repeat his dismissal for the press.

    Basically my attitude is: "Fuck you, pay my health care costs, and I don't want any bullshit about it, you fucking white stain pieces of innumerate, illiterate shit."

    Of course, language will be moderated, and I insist on every promise made in writing, preferably with a notarized signature.

    Good idea?

    Likely to work?

    Likely to get me accidentally "disappeared" from employment?

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    N.B., I am not asking for any legal advice — I'm just polling here and among some RL friends and coworkers for their opinions.

    I'm pretty well fixed on what's what with an employer's WC insurance, and all that, and what I'd have to do, I'm just unsure if it's worth the effort, the red-tape, and being put on "this guy better not shit sideways on the job or we're going to fuck him on the sidewalk in broad daylight" list.

    A couple hundred bucks for a doctor's visit, some athletic tape — if they're not stupid (which they are), they'll just pay the bills I send them.

    So, tomorrow, I'll file an incident report, and, since it's been a few weeks, note the progressive nature of the tendonitis and the date it began.

    And they'd better fucking sign it and give me a copy, or else...or else....well, they'd just better do it, because I said so.

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    So, I found what I was looking for at Walmart today.

    Part of my genius plan to avoid depending on the false security of a so-called slip-proof mat for use in the shower.

    Namely, some "flip-flop" style sandals, constructed of some kind of rubber and with a hard plastic thong that secures the sole to the spot between the largest toe and the one adjacent to.

    Feeling frisky, I decided to triage my mailbox outside and grab something from the car.

    REMIND ME AGAIN how in the fuck is a human being supposed to walk in these horrors?

    They are fucking awful.

    I suppose if it were a choice between burning coals barefoot and these, they could be helpful.

    Otherwise, no.

    Bad shoes.

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    Well, this is a weird synchronous event: I've been thinking for the past few days about what a PITA it is to deal with the dust from Flamin' Hot Cheetos (or perhps other vairieties) that gets stuck on one's fingers. I usually rinse my hands in water.

    HOWEVER, on some other board apparently certain deviants want to know what the

    residue should be called. I don't care about that — it's just crumbs in quantity.

    HOWEVER I submit as a QUESTION to you: several days ago I came up with the ultimate solution. The Vernichtung, if you will, of sticky fingers.

    Put the bunch of stuff in a bowl, and use a spoon and perhaps another utensil.

    I'm not a super genius, but QUESTION that is still the geniusest idea. Ne serait-il pas?

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    Simple, but brilliant. Yes indeed.

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    I agree! However, now I wonder if this is not the sort of food for which one designed chopsticks.

    Think about it, won't you?

    Yes, indeed. Roland Barthes and others mainstreamed nipponophilia, and yet, the Caustic Empire only seems to have fans among certain Western groups — linguists, historians, nerds, historians, gamers, historians.

    It would be very good to use Chinese chopsticks to daintily manfully grasp each Cheeto and bring it to one's mouth.

    Spoon and other spoon seems not as delicate....er....manly....er....correct.

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