Out of the Blue

I recently described the realization that our smoke detectors were past their effective use dates, and were long overdue for replacement. A trip to the Home Depot was eye-opening, as there's a development in the field I don't recall when last shopping for a smoke alarm, as they now have sealed ones with ten-year batteries designed to last the life of the unit. I wish I'd known of these years ago, as they would have saved Hudson the wonder dog considerable agita over the years, as she used to freak out at the chirping our old ones made when low on batteries. Oh well, The Gunnar-man isn't fond of the chirping either, and the batteries always seemed to go in the middle of the night, so this is a positive development.

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Creston wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 12:59:

*opens faucet*

"Hey look! Water!" :)

Haha! Good come-back! Thumbsup
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BobBob wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 13:07:
Creston wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 12:59:
I have a nest thermostat. Great little device. The amount of times I've left home, been halfway to work and thought "Shit, I didn't turn the heat/air down" have been too many to count. Used to be I'd sit at work irritated at heating/cooling my house for no reason. Now I just do a few taps on the phone and voila.

I don't think I'll need the thermostat. Open window, cool, close window, warm.

*opens faucet*

"Hey look! Water!"
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Apr 24, 2015, 22:57
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Apr 24, 2015, 22:57
 
My three favorite Trevor moments: (in secret text)

1) Transitioning to him, and he's on a little Faggio scooter, chasing another guy who is also on a Faggio, and keeps yelling out at him "You're my Scooter Brother! SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTER BROOOOOOOTHER!"

2) When he finally kills the dock worker and his girlfriend in their apartment, and walks out with the walls and windows just covered in blood, and he just looks so weary and shakes his head as if even he himself can't believe he just went that fucking nuts. I dunno, it just made me laugh.

3) Transitioning to him, and he wakes up a tiny little island just off the coast, wearing nothing but tighty whities, and he's surrounded by empty bottles and dead bodies. I mean, let your imagination run wild.


And then of course there's the time that Michael calls Trevor a Hipster.
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Apr 24, 2015, 14:09
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Apr 24, 2015, 14:09
 
Man, GTA 5 is just the gift that keeps on giving. Heh. I love those scenes with Trevor when you transition between characters. The best one so far that had me pissing my pants laughing is switching over to him and he's wasted inside the strip club spinning around yelling "Titties! Titties! Titties!"

Edit: Found that golf gives good RP for lower levels - 1500 - 2000 per round. And it's enjoyable. And I'm also leading the Blue's Crew at -1 under so far.

Also snagged a copy of TESO for $20 from G2A. There were a few copies there going for that price if anyone was still looking to grab the client.

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"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Apr 24, 2015, 13:07
 
Creston wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 12:59:
I have a nest thermostat. Great little device. The amount of times I've left home, been halfway to work and thought "Shit, I didn't turn the heat/air down" have been too many to count. Used to be I'd sit at work irritated at heating/cooling my house for no reason. Now I just do a few taps on the phone and voila.

I don't think I'll need the thermostat. Open window, cool, close window, warm.
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WoodroweBones19 wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 12:52:
Someone asked earlier about smoke detectors that can connect to the internet. Yes there is the Nest detectors (both Smoke and CO). I have 2 in our home. You can also go all out and get a Nest thermostat. The devices will work with each other to determine when people are home or not and adjust temps accordingly. The thermostat is next on my purchase list

EDIT: There are 2 versions of "Nest". Wired and battery. The wired version does still have batteries in the event of a power outage and will even alert you when power outages happen!

I have a nest thermostat. Great little device. The amount of times I've left home, been halfway to work and thought "Shit, I didn't turn the heat/air down" have been too many to count. Used to be I'd sit at work irritated at heating/cooling my house for no reason. Now I just do a few taps on the phone and voila.

I also like their pretty smart system where if the airconditioning is going, it'll turn off the compressor but leave the fan going for about another 2 minutes or so, to blow all the cool air that's in the pipes into your house rather than letting it go to waste.

Finally, because it's connected to the internet, it knows what the temperature is outside, and thus I can have it automatically switch between the heat pump and the emergency/auxiliary heat, where before I'd have to switch my system to emergency heat and if it got warm enough during the day where it could switch back, I wouldn't be home to flip the switch.

It cost me ~350 bucks to install, and I'm pretty sure I made that back in a year in electricity costs saved.

(Only warning: They're not great with heat pumps. If you have a heat pump system, just configure the thing manually rather than letting the nest system do it itself, because it's terrible. It'd run the heat pump when it was 5 degrees F outside, let it run for an hour, thus blowing frigidly cold air into my house for an hour, before finally realizing "Hey, it's not getting any warmer. Maybe I should turn on the auxiliary heat?" Then the aux heat would need to run for three hours to get the temperature back up to where I'd set it, after which the cycle would repeat. Fucking terrible system. Just program it yourself to use heat pump above a certain temperature and auxiliary below a certain temperature.)
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Apr 24, 2015, 12:52
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Apr 24, 2015, 12:52
 
Someone asked earlier about smoke detectors that can connect to the internet. Yes there is the Nest detectors (both Smoke and CO). I have 2 in our home. You can also go all out and get a Nest thermostat. The devices will work with each other to determine when people are home or not and adjust temps accordingly. The thermostat is next on my purchase list

EDIT: There are 2 versions of "Nest". Wired and battery. The wired version does still have batteries in the event of a power outage and will even alert you when power outages happen!
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Apr 24, 2015, 12:01
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Creston wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 11:46:
Also, hint to airline captains: If you're diving 20000 feet because you're worried about a loss of cabin pressure, ANNOUNCE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING! That way the people on board your plane don't think they are plummeting to their deaths and pass out from fear.

This really doesn't seem that hard to frikkin' comprehend.

They must have made a quick announcement, otherwise this story would be about the 30-40 people hospitalized for head and neck injuries sustained due to lack of seat belts. The article and video are a bit sketchy and seemingly wrong on details, but if they were at 7,000 feet a minute at any point, everybody would have had to be strapped in, or stuck to the ceiling.

Also, TV news reporter, 7,000 feet a minute for 8 minutes = 56,000 feet, they would be several thousand feet below ground. (Starting altitude 37,000 )

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Apr 24, 2015, 11:58
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That is not a hoverboard!
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:49
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Creston wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 11:46:
Also, hint to airline captains: If you're diving 20000 feet because you're worried about a loss of cabin pressure, ANNOUNCE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING! That way the people on board your plane don't think they are plummeting to their deaths and pass out from fear.

This really doesn't seem that hard to frikkin' comprehend.

Just pay attention when the captain extinguishes the no pants-shitting light.
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:48
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Huh, I had no idea. Thanks, Blue!
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Creston wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 11:41:
Smoke detectors have an expirated date...?

How do I find out what that date is? Is it on the unit somewhere?

Both our old and new units have a sticker where you are supposed to write the installation date and the projected replacement date. Even if you didn't fill it out, there may be a sticker on your indicating its projected lifespan. Seems 10 years is typical, but YMMV.
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nin wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 11:26:
Another good pet adoption story:

Dog Who Interrupted MotoGP Practice Session Has Found A Loving Home




I actually drove a hundred miles a couple of weekends ago to adopt a new pet. She's two or three, and extremely even tempered and loving. It baffles me why someone didn't want her around. But their loss is my gain!

ADOPT, PEOPLE!

Amen. We have two dogs and a cat that we've adopted, and we're thinking about adopting two more puppies in a few years when our current dogs are in their senior years.
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:46
 
Also, hint to airline captains: If you're diving 20000 feet because you're worried about a loss of cabin pressure, ANNOUNCE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING! That way the people on board your plane don't think they are plummeting to their deaths and pass out from fear.

This really doesn't seem that hard to frikkin' comprehend.
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:41
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:41
 
Smoke detectors have an expiration date...?

How do I find out what that date is? Is it on the unit somewhere?

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Apr 24, 2015, 11:18
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:18
 
I used to work in a call center. The number of callers I'd get who had chirping smoke detectors in the background was surprisingly high. Some people just tune it out.
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Apr 24, 2015, 11:10
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RoboNerd wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 10:46:
BobBob wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 10:34:
Are there any kind of smoke detectors that connect to the Internet so that you can get an alert over your phone -- like a security camera's motion detection?


I can see it now, your phone alerts you to your smart smoke detector going off, you log onto your ip camera in time to see your house burning to the ground. Fireman

The idea is to call the emergency number (or a neighbor if you have that kind of relationship) so that the fire can be stopped ASAP. Thumbsup
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Apr 24, 2015, 10:57
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Hahaha I was thinking the same thing. I can just see someone stopping to retweet their smoke detector message and not making it out of the house.
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BobBob wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 10:34:
Are there any kind of smoke detectors that connect to the Internet so that you can get an alert over your phone -- like a security camera's motion detection?


I can see it now, your phone alerts you to your smart smoke detector going off, you log onto your ip camera in time to see your house burning to the ground. Fireman
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