Out of the Blue

I've been kind of miserable with a bit of a cold the past couple of days, and I'm still under the weather. I first started feeling it Sunday night, and right now I think I'm feeling better than I did yesterday, and I'm hopeful this means it's a brief one. But I tend to be an optimist, so we'll have to see. We ate at a neighbor's home on Sunday, and at first I suspected I got this from one of the kids there, but I realize it showed up too quickly for that to be the case. So I'm guessing it was from one of the twins when they dropped off Jedi the Jindo for the weekend. That's because you always have to blame children for being little virus incubators, right? Anyway, those little ones are the apples of my eye, so I can't hold it against them. But I sure do hate being sick.

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Re: Out of the Blue - Library
Jan 29, 2020, 06:46
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Re: Out of the Blue - Library Jan 29, 2020, 06:46
Jan 29, 2020, 06:46
 
Incoming - movie industry lobby to push hard for more cuts to libraries in the federal and state legislatures.
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000
Jan 28, 2020, 23:44
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000 Jan 28, 2020, 23:44
Jan 28, 2020, 23:44
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 14:21:
"Oh, Richard... you shouldn't have..."
"Happy Father's Day, dad"
"What is this piece of crap?"
"I thought I told you I wanted a Rolex! A ROLEX!"

"Hey! Hey, I know you! You're the guy that gave me that double dye Denver Mint penny! Thanks a lot, mister! That thing was worth a fortune! After I cashed it in, I had enough money to buy a whole bunch of shares... plus, I got this neat watch. It's a Ro-lex. See?" Grin
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Ooh, UHF!!!! A great movie which gave us such classic comedy scenes like Spatula City and Conan the Librarian. Oh, and Karate
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 23:19
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2020, 23:19
Jan 28, 2020, 23:19
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 23:10:
I'm not worried about the coronavirus. By the time it becomes both virulent enough and widespread enough to reach me, care facilities will be so overrun that it'll be untreatable from the perspective of actually having the resources to treat every patient fully.
I've quit eating Chinese food and will only occasionally have sweet n sour chicken, eggrolls, egg foo young, fried rice, #14 with 3 hot pepper symbols and beef w/broccoli.
Other than that I still cover my mouth when I sneeze.

At this point the only thing we can prey for is a meteor during a volcano while in a pandemic. A turducken of biblical proportions.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 23:10
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Jan 28, 2020, 23:10
 
I'm not worried about the coronavirus. By the time it becomes both virulent enough and widespread enough to reach me, care facilities will be so overrun that it'll be untreatable from the perspective of actually having the resources to treat every patient fully.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 22:28
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2020, 22:28
Jan 28, 2020, 22:28
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 19:48
Kxmode
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2020, 19:48
Jan 28, 2020, 19:48
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RedEye9 wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 18:53:
Sorry, but we're all out of gold stars so here is a very stale cookie.

Already predicted Project Titan would be Blizzard's first MMOFPS. It turned into Overwatch, a multiplayer FPS.

A few days after TBC launched, I wrote a post on the WOW forums stating the next expansion would be Northrend and the Lich King. The response was brutal. I posted a copy on this site (I even correctly predicted how the content would appear in a Northrend expansion). And then a follow-up a few months later in August after Blizzard trademarked "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King."

The point is my forward-thinking projections should be taken more seriously, especially when I talk about Epic Games Store being heavily reliant on Fortnite's success.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 18:54
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2020, 18:54
Jan 28, 2020, 18:54
 
Ahumado wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 15:04:
Internet is free at the library, movies are expensive and generally very bad

This. Going to the library doesn't necessarily mean reading books. Some even lend out video games these days.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 18:53
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Jan 28, 2020, 18:53
 
Sorry, but we're all out of gold stars so here is a very stale cookie.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 18:47
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2020, 18:47
Jan 28, 2020, 18:47
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"The iPad and iPhone were soundly existential threats to Microsoft's core platform business," explains Sinofsky. "Without a platform Microsoft controlled that developers sought out, the soul of the company was 'missing.'" The iPad clearly unnerved Microsoft and the Windows team, and Sinofsky reveals that knowing Apple's tablet ran a full, robust OS "had massive implications for being the leading platform provider for computers."

What Sinofsky doesn't reveal is how, exactly, Microsoft responded to the iPad. Windows 8 was the response, an operating system that attempted to bring many of the clever user interface elements of Windows Phone over to laptops and PCs. While it worked relatively well on pure tablet devices, it confused laptop and PC users who weren't used to the way Windows 8 worked.
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I remember telling my coworkers after Microsoft revealed 8 something like, "Windows 8 is Microsoft's response to Apple's iPad." They didn't believe me. Well, now there's proof.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 15:04
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Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2020, 15:04
Jan 28, 2020, 15:04
 
Internet is free at the library, movies are expensive and generally very bad
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000.
Jan 28, 2020, 14:26
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000. Jan 28, 2020, 14:26
Jan 28, 2020, 14:26
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 13:17:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 12:39:
So, the lesson here is... if you buy a watch which costs an entire month's worth of your income, never wear it, keep all the paper work, put it all in a safety deposit box for 35+ years, profit!

Sounds like a solid retirement strategy to me. Problem, financial advisers?

Was about to say I've heard worse retirement plans. Like trust all of your retirement savings in the stock market.
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000
Jan 28, 2020, 14:21
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000 Jan 28, 2020, 14:21
Jan 28, 2020, 14:21
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"Oh, Richard... you shouldn't have..."
"Happy Father's Day, dad"
"What is this piece of crap?"
"I thought I told you I wanted a Rolex! A ROLEX!"

"Hey! Hey, I know you! You're the guy that gave me that double dye Denver Mint penny! Thanks a lot, mister! That thing was worth a fortune! After I cashed it in, I had enough money to buy a whole bunch of shares... plus, I got this neat watch. It's a Ro-lex. See?" Grin
Bigcry
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 13:29
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Jan 28, 2020, 13:29
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I still go to the lieberry all the time. Don't recall the last time I was in a movie theather. Gotta' be a decade at least.

No, you don't need 8 glasses of water of day. People have known that's a myth for decades now. The misinformation came from the press who misread the American Food Council's dietary recommendations in the 1950s. What they actually said was the average adult needs to imbibe 64oz of water per day in order the stay hydrated. Something easily achieved in what they eat and drink on a daily basis. And somehow someone screwed up and turned that into 8 8oz glasses of water per day. Virtually everything you eat and drink has water in it.

Well the Coronavirus is in NYC and Toronto now so it's only a matter of time before its everywhere. Maybe this is the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Should brush up on my skills with a little Dying Light and Dead Island I guess. I wonder if this has impacted sales of Corona beer. I imagine they're not very happy with the name of the virus.

I own a Fossil watch I really like. Needs repair though. Have to send it back to Fossil one of these days. Also have a wooden one made out of sandalwood that's pretty spiffy. Lots of cheap wooden watches on Amazon that look nice. I couldn't imagine dropping coin on a high end even if money were no object. I don't get jewellery at all. It all just a waste of money IMO. And have a couple digitals for the gym.

Green lanes. For cities that want to increase electric car use, special lanes should be created for electric cars, providing an incentive for their use.

And as electric cars are generally quite a bit more expensive that just ends up screwing over the poor once again. And nowhere in that article do they mention the most obvious solution to traffic jams, increase mass transit!

Good, fuck Marty right up his pharma bro ass!

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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 13:27
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But a traditional watch movement is like a mechanical work of art.

Yeah it really is. It kind of astounding if you ever look at what watchmakers do.
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000.
Jan 28, 2020, 13:17
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Jan 28, 2020, 13:17
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 12:39:
So, the lesson here is... if you buy a watch which costs an entire month's worth of your income, never wear it, keep all the paper work, put it all in a safety deposit box for 35+ years, profit!

Sounds like a solid retirement strategy to me. Problem, financial advisers?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 13:08
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Jan 28, 2020, 13:08
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 12:53:
Prez wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 11:53:
Beamer wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 11:34:
Rolex is in a really obnoxious bubble right now. Most stainless steel models are completely unpurchaseable at the moment. They release very few of those, and they go to authorized dealers. Those authorized dealers sell them to their best customers, or to their brother in law. Do you want one? You can either buy a $5k watch or two, in order to have the privilege of buying a $10k watch, or you can turn to the secondary market. The MSRP has gone up 50% since 2015, and the secondary has gone up an additional 50%, so that watch that was $7k in 2015 is now $10k but can only be found on the secondary market for $17k.

My $20 Casio from Walmart tells time just as well.

Significantly better, haha. While I adore handmade mechanical watches, my most-worn watch of 2019 was a $20 Casio Royale with a $50 strap I bought. Like this guy's, but a better strap, and the all-black case, which I think works better than the faux steel (and is $3 cheaper!) Plus, it was super useful in December, when I spent nights in 7 different time zones.
https://i.imgur.com/TF4m4Yz.jpg

This is 100% right, the quartz will be much more accurate. COSC certification for mechanical watches is -4 to +6 seconds variation per day. Rolex adheres to their own higher standard of +2 to -2 per day. I have some mechanical watches, but by far the most accurate watch I own is a Seiko quartz chronograph that gains 0.1 seconds per day. I also have a 25 year-old Fossil watch that's off by well under a second per week as well and a Casio that's always spot on because it resets from a signal from an atomic clock every night.

But a traditional watch movement is like a mechanical work of art.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jan 28, 2020, 12:53
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Jan 28, 2020, 12:53
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Prez wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 11:53:
Beamer wrote on Jan 28, 2020, 11:34:
Rolex is in a really obnoxious bubble right now. Most stainless steel models are completely unpurchaseable at the moment. They release very few of those, and they go to authorized dealers. Those authorized dealers sell them to their best customers, or to their brother in law. Do you want one? You can either buy a $5k watch or two, in order to have the privilege of buying a $10k watch, or you can turn to the secondary market. The MSRP has gone up 50% since 2015, and the secondary has gone up an additional 50%, so that watch that was $7k in 2015 is now $10k but can only be found on the secondary market for $17k.

My $20 Casio from Walmart tells time just as well.

Significantly better, haha. While I adore handmade mechanical watches, my most-worn watch of 2019 was a $20 Casio Royale with a $50 strap I bought. Like this guy's, but a better strap, and the all-black case, which I think works better than the faux steel (and is $3 cheaper!) Plus, it was super useful in December, when I spent nights in 7 different time zones.
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000.
Jan 28, 2020, 12:45
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Jan 28, 2020, 12:45
 Prez
 
That library statistic is really surprising. I lived at my local library through high school and what college I did attend, but I haven't gone in decades. I just get my books online like I *thought* everyone else did. I suppose being the least expensive of all leisure activities gives it a big advantage.
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Re: Veteran Is Shocked to Learn His $345 Rolex Is Worth $700,000.
Jan 28, 2020, 12:39
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Jan 28, 2020, 12:39
 
So, the lesson here is... if you buy a watch which costs an entire month's worth of your income, never wear it, keep all the paper work, put it all in a safety deposit box for 35+ years, profit!
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What is the coronavirus and how worried should we be about it
Jan 28, 2020, 12:02
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What is the coronavirus and how worried should we be about it Jan 28, 2020, 12:02
Jan 28, 2020, 12:02
 

Has a mortality rate of 2% according to some sources. For comparison's sake, Spanish flu was between 10 and 20% depending on estimates and killed from 3% to 6% of the world's population, so an infection rate of 33% of the population.

Typical flu is less than 1%.

So how worried? More than a typical flu, much less than the Spanish flu.

If the infection rate is the same as the Spanish flu ( 33% of world population ), upto 50 million people could die. Doubtful tho, current containment measures are much more effective than a hundred years ago.
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