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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-30 15:52:26 Reply

On Christmas getting stuff: I got some locking carabiners, a few quickdraws, and a few books. My parents gave me a pasta rolling/cutting attachment set for my kitchenaid mixer, which is pretty sweet. Also my girlfriend's brother and his wife got me a red t-shirt. Nice!

On politics forum: Anyone doing an awards thread this year? I remember there not being one last year, but that could be indicative of a general lack of interest.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-30 15:59:58 Reply

At 12/30/10 03:52 PM, Elfer wrote: On politics forum: Anyone doing an awards thread this year? I remember there not being one last year, but that could be indicative of a general lack of interest.

Nobody has stepped up to do it but I suppose there's still time if they want to.

I think it's just general lack of interest. I think after a couple of tries we all realized that Poli generally has a smaller userbase so even with fewer awards than General has still leaves almost everyone being awarded with something.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-30 16:17:45 Reply

At 12/30/10 03:59 PM, Malachy wrote: I think it's just general lack of interest. I think after a couple of tries we all realized that Poli generally has a smaller userbase so even with fewer awards than General has still leaves almost everyone being awarded with something.

I agree with this. When it comes down to it, there's maybe, what, 25, 30 people here that post regularly. So to have an awards thread means that practically half the users here will win something.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-30 20:07:03 Reply

September 30, 2011.

Got the wedding date and the venue. Got the party (though there will probably be drama from those I left out). Need an officiant and a DJ, first of all. I'm barely in and all the details are starting to overwhelm me.

There is one girl I'm leaving out of my bridal party though she seems to automatically assume I'm putting her in. One, she's in a terrible financial situation so I can't ask her to drop money on stuff like a dress. Two, my fiance can't stand her, for justifiable reasons. Three, I'm not so sure she's reliable. I just know there will be a meltdown and it won't be pretty.

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At 12/30/10 12:44 PM, lapis wrote: Question: why is MoralLibertarian living in South Korea? Because of the scarcity of (legal) dog meat stew in his home country?

I'm teaching English here. Initially, the reason was "why not?" but now that I'm here I've found a lot of things I like about the country. Like the food. And the women. Not the beer though. North Korea makes better beer than South Korea, if you can believe that. It's a nice place to be. I may stick around for a while.

I remember some of these people. Wow!

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-30 20:35:11 Reply

While meandering Lowe's today I saw something that looked promising. It's an electric fireplace and/or TV stand. it says the "flame" works with or without heat.

...I do need a TV stand in my bedroom since we're using an antique little bench that belongs at the end of the bed that my grand grandfather built as a TV stand now.

Proteas, is this thing legit and/or will it burn down my house...also, can I just stick it wherever I want and plug it into a normal 120v outlet or do I need to install it?

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-30 23:28:44 Reply

At 12/30/10 08:35 PM, Malachy wrote: Proteas, is this thing legit and/or will it burn down my house...also, can I just stick it wherever I want and plug it into a normal 120v outlet or do I need to install it?

I work in paint, man, I couldn't tell you for 100% sure, but I'm as confused by that bit of signage as you are. But, from what I can tell, it's this model of fireplace if you want to read the technical specs on it. I'd call them up in the morning and ask for an explanation.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 01:24:57 Reply

At 12/30/10 11:28 PM, Proteas wrote:
At 12/30/10 08:35 PM, Malachy wrote: Proteas, is this thing legit and/or will it burn down my house...also, can I just stick it wherever I want and plug it into a normal 120v outlet or do I need to install it?
I work in paint, man, I couldn't tell you for 100% sure, but I'm as confused by that bit of signage as you are. But, from what I can tell, it's this model of fireplace if you want to read the technical specs on it. I'd call them up in the morning and ask for an explanation.

Thanks for the link, I tried searching the name in the pic earlier but it kept saying no results. Looks like it plugs into a standard outlet, although I'm unsure how it will do with carpeting to sit on top of. Also, $679 is a bit much, I could just as well buy a bigger TV or a new couch or 3/4 of my rent. But that would be a pretty awesome thing to just have wherever you want in a cheap ass apartment like mine


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 08:44:01 Reply

At 12/31/10 01:24 AM, Malachy wrote: But that would be a pretty awesome thing to just have wherever you want in a cheap ass apartment like mine

;;;
1300+ watts...pretty damn expensive Malachy.
I don't know what you pay for electricity...I know its going up again here tomorrow (Jan 1) 6th increase in 9 years & my consumption is right around where it has always been, yet my bills 10 years ago were under 75 dollars, now they're over 100.
So if you have no other choices, electric heater it is...still 1300+ watts an hour is going to add up in a hurry !
For that amount of earnings...one would think the power companies would be giving these away !


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 09:32:03 Reply

Aren't electric fireplaces just eyecandy? You'd get more efficiency out of a standard oil heater paired with an imitation fireplace made from spare bricks, ceramic gas logs and some tealights I reckon.

There's a certain "Bling" factor to be considered when making these sorts of purchases however... Tealights, as adorable as they are, don't go high on the "Bling" scale I'm afraid.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 11:46:37 Reply

At 12/30/10 08:35 PM, Malachy wrote: While meandering Lowe's today I saw something that looked promising. It's an electric fireplace and/or TV stand. it says the "flame" works with or without heat.

...I do need a TV stand in my bedroom since we're using an antique little bench that belongs at the end of the bed that my grand grandfather built as a TV stand now.

Proteas, is this thing legit and/or will it burn down my house...also, can I just stick it wherever I want and plug it into a normal 120v outlet or do I need to install it?

I've seen one of those things recently, they're pretty bizarre. I'm not sure how the fake flames work, but I kind of want to look into it now that it's come up again. (Just looked it up; the flames are produced by a light bulb refracted in a random three-dimensional pattern. That doesn't tell me much about the actual mechanism, but it's certainly not hazardous.)

In terms of a fire hazard, I'd say you should take the same precautions you would with any electric heater. They're basically a heating coil and a fan with a box of special effects around it.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 13:42:58 Reply

At 12/31/10 09:32 AM, zephiran wrote: Aren't electric fireplaces just eyecandy? You'd get more efficiency out of a standard oil heater paired with an imitation fireplace made from spare bricks, ceramic gas logs and some tealights I reckon.

There's a certain "Bling" factor to be considered when making these sorts of purchases however... Tealights, as adorable as they are, don't go high on the "Bling" scale I'm afraid.

Exactly. Obviously at that price I am just daydreaming. If I really wanted a fake fireplace, I'd probably pick up the $300 one or one that doesn't give off any heat.

I was simply struck by how strange it was that they have these fireplaces you can just plug into the wall and place wherever you want. It's more of a "that's pretty awesome" than "oh man, that'd be a great idea for heating my house"

At 12/31/10 08:44 AM, morefngdbs wrote:
At 12/31/10 01:24 AM, Malachy wrote: But that would be a pretty awesome thing to just have wherever you want in a cheap ass apartment like mine
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1300+ watts...pretty damn expensive Malachy.

pfft, I moved to Florida this summer, My electric bills are like 75 a month with the central A/C running pretty much all day long. I'd doubt that I would ever turn on the heating feature of the unit.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 19:05:25 Reply

Happy New Year!


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At 12/31/10 07:05 PM, ThePretenders wrote: Happy New Year!

Silly brits and your jumping the gun. Don't you know that the only "new year" that counts is the one in Eastern Time?


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 20:04:14 Reply

Well, while we're on the subject of winter heating, I found something morefngdbs (and a few others) might like; newspaper log roller. I know you chop your own wood to put in your stove, but I figured you might get some use out of that as a way to both effectively dispose of newspaper and get your fires started.

I actually made something of a ghetto version of that this afternoon. While as previously mentioned in the wikileaks topic, I don't read or buy newspapers, my folks, however, do. And since we don't have trash pickup, I'm forced to burn these damn things with the rest of our garbage, so... this little log roller should make my life a bit easier.

I think total I spent on making this was about... $15? End product sitting in front.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 20:05:46 Reply

Forgot pic.

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 20:52:25 Reply

Agh, I left a window open before I left and now my house smells like gunpowder. Bad omen for the rest of the year. Or will it help to scare away evil spirits?

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 22:44:39 Reply

At 12/30/10 08:07 PM, RydiaLockheart wrote: September 30, 2011.

Got the wedding date and the venue. Got the party (though there will probably be drama from those I left out). Need an officiant and a DJ, first of all. I'm barely in and all the details are starting to overwhelm me.

Don't stress out over it, take it slow. Do a little at a time.

There is one girl I'm leaving out of my bridal party though she seems to automatically assume I'm putting her in. One, she's in a terrible financial situation so I can't ask her to drop money on stuff like a dress. Two, my fiance can't stand her, for justifiable reasons. Three, I'm not so sure she's reliable. I just know there will be a meltdown and it won't be pretty.

Oh well, it's your day and if she can't drop the drama, she's not really a friend you need to have around anyway.

At 12/30/10 08:30 PM, MoralLibertarian wrote: I'm teaching English here. Initially, the reason was "why not?" but now that I'm here I've found a lot of things I like about the country. Like the food. And the women. Not the beer though. North Korea makes better beer than South Korea, if you can believe that. It's a nice place to be. I may stick around for a while.

That is awesome to hear, hope you stick around here as well sir.

At 12/30/10 08:35 PM, Malachy wrote: While meandering Lowe's today I saw something that looked promising. It's an electric fireplace and/or TV stand. it says the "flame" works with or without heat.

Does it come with a bear skin rug?
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Happy 2011 to all you people and remember, this marks one more year until we all die in 2012.
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At 12/31/10 08:52 PM, lapis wrote: Agh, I left a window open before I left and now my house smells like gunpowder. Bad omen for the rest of the year. Or will it help to scare away evil spirits?

vrolijk nieuwjaar iedereen en het beste in 2011

Completely unrelated tangent: As a person who is fluent in English and can get by in German, Dutch is a really interesting language to me. It strikes a mid-point between the two that is remarkable, in that as a speaker of English only in the (late) 90s, on my trip to Amsterdam I could mostly understand the tour-guides who only spoke Dutch, and now that I have learned German, I can practically read Dutch, too. Granted some of the minutiae of the grammar and the words that don't have easy cognates still get by me, but on a purely etymological level, it's kinda cool.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 22:56:05 Reply

At 12/30/10 08:35 PM, Malachy wrote: While meandering Lowe's today I saw something that looked promising. It's an electric fireplace and/or TV stand. it says the "flame" works with or without heat.

i work i a furniture store and we sell these things.

the flame is an illusion. its not a real fire.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2010-12-31 23:11:38 Reply

At 12/31/10 10:44 PM, SevenSeize wrote: Happy 2011 to all you people and remember, this marks one more year until we all die in 2012.

About two years actually.

*sigh* another new year by myself, *sniff*


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-01-01 00:07:38 Reply

NEW YEAR! YES! FIREWORKS! BACKSTREET BOYS AND NEW KIDS! HAPPY BE ME!

I get excited. Happy new year to everyone.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-01-01 00:28:53 Reply

At 12/31/10 11:11 PM, LordJaric wrote:
At 12/31/10 10:44 PM, SevenSeize wrote: Happy 2011 to all you people and remember, this marks one more year until we all die in 2012.
About two years actually.

*sigh* another new year by myself, *sniff*

Oh, do we die on the last day of 2012?

I'm not keeping up with this, I guess I should be.

I'm alone on my new year too, and sick. :-(

At 1/1/11 12:07 AM, stafffighter wrote: NEW YEAR! YES! FIREWORKS! BACKSTREET BOYS AND NEW KIDS! HAPPY BE ME!

I would have watched that if I knew it was on.

I get excited. Happy new year to everyone.

Are you wearing a hat? It's not REALLY excited unless you're wearing a hat.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-01-01 00:51:24 Reply

Hey, at least I get my wedding in before 2012. XD

Yeah, I was looking at the fireplace Malachy had...I think a space heater would do the trick just as well, but in Florida, unless you had one of those odd cold snaps, I doubt you'd need one. When I was living in Ohio, some people used those Amish wood-burning stoves. Seems they're decorative and functional as well. At home, we either use our heater or our fireplace. Here in my apartment I just rely on the central heat. Only problem is during blizzards it works overtime.

Seems my wedding stuff is coming together. A DJ is available and has expressed interest, I just need to make sure he can play ceremony music too. We decided on the menu at least.

My only problem with the new year: I will be signing things like checks 2010 for a while.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-01-01 00:54:59 Reply

At 1/1/11 12:28 AM, SevenSeize wrote: Oh, do we die on the last day of 2012?
I'm not keeping up with this, I guess I should be.

December 21, 2012, based on you math it would of been Januray 1, 2012

I'm alone on my new year too, and sick. :-(

That sucks, don't get Malachy's kid sick now :p


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-01-01 01:08:29 Reply

Happy New Years, all!! I've had an eventful year what with moving and starting new things in life but I am glad that I was able to spend it in the virtual world with you lot.

At 1/1/11 12:51 AM, RydiaLockheart wrote: Yeah, I was looking at the fireplace Malachy had...I think a space heater would do the trick just as well, but in Florida, unless you had one of those odd cold snaps, I doubt you'd need one. When I was living in Ohio, some people used those Amish wood-burning stoves. Seems they're decorative and functional as well. At home, we either use our heater or our fireplace. Here in my apartment I just rely on the central heat. Only problem is during blizzards it works overtime.

I'd never need the heat feature in Florida. Good god, I'm plenty comfortable during those "cold snaps" because I was used to cracking a window slightly at night to get the bed room nice and cool at night when I lived in New England. Then again, the stats on the fake fireplace mentioned being able to heat 400 sq. ft. which is like half my apartment, so if I stuffed it in the bedroom, I'd cook myself with that thing going with heat. I could probably make my own fake fireplace by putting a wood box around an old TV and putting a DVD of a real fire on loop.

My mom has this big old cast iron fire place in her tiny little house. She puts just 1 or 2 logs in it in the morning and it heats her house all day, often it gets so hot she has to open a bunch of windows. On the flip side, for my brother's small house in the middle of nowhere he got a wood stove that was a bit too small and it couldn't fit more than 1 or 2 logs and it didn't heat his place very well at all. At my last place I lived in we had this little gas fireplace with little iron fake logs inside that could heat the house and you could adjust the flame to look pretty but it would go through over $1000 of propane in a winter if you used it for primary heat. It did have a couple of slabs of soap stone which looks pretty and retains heat very well.

Seems my wedding stuff is coming together. A DJ is available and has expressed interest, I just need to make sure he can play ceremony music too. We decided on the menu at least.

I had a celtic band for my ceremony and while they were setting up and after they did their thing we just plugged an iPod up to the speakers. Just pick a loud and egotistical family member to handle the microphone for introductions and speeches before the entres and you're good to go. Don't sweat it though, I'm sure you'll be happy no matter what you choose.

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Almost on cue, the New Year hits and Ann Arbor is hit with a completely seasonally normal thunderstorm...

...wait, what?


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At 1/1/11 01:37 AM, Ravariel wrote: Almost on cue, the New Year hits and Ann Arbor is hit with a completely seasonally normal thunderstorm...

...wait, what?

Weather has been pretty messed up in the Midwest hasn't it.


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At 1/1/11 01:42 AM, LordJaric wrote:
At 1/1/11 01:37 AM, Ravariel wrote: Almost on cue, the New Year hits and Ann Arbor is hit with a completely seasonally normal thunderstorm...

...wait, what?
Weather has been pretty messed up in the Midwest hasn't it.

And how. Considering the fury with which winter has pimp-smacked New England and the plains states over the past couple weeks, that we've had a grand total of about 2" of snow is beyond weird. Outside of last years completely fucked up 40-degree February, this is the oddest winter I've yet seen in my... geezus... 14 years in the area.


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At 12/31/10 08:05 PM, Proteas wrote: Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

;;;
Happy new year all.
Proteas I use my newspaper to start the kindling for my wood stove.
So rolling it might be nice if you had a shitload of newsprint, i don't & I sometimes run out....which means my next visit to the city I go hit severl of the free newspapers, like the Coast to get more fire starter.

Malachy I have just under 6000sq ft...yes that is 6 t h o u s a n d
My main downstairs area that I heat is about 2000 sq ft.
Upstairs of my place is under renovations, with me hoping to put a new steel roof on my place next summer. That will then mean i finish insulating the living room (approx 40 x 16 & my kitchen under it, about 36 x 16
My present woodstove (Vermont Castings) is about 35 years old & heats about 1700 sq ft, with a fan ( I have 2 actually) one that runs off differential temperature & doesn't need an outside electricity source & one that does. When I'm burning wood, like right now, I put about 3 sticks an hour when its really could outside & about 2 an hour when its just freezing out. It takes 16 inch long logs.
My new one which is upstairs, & not yet hooked up takes 22 inch logs & will heat 2500 sq ft.
400 sq ft wouldn't be practical for me as I would need 4 or 5 of them !
On the plus side I don't need airconditioning here even in the summers hottest month , which is usually August.

Rydia >>>>>hug<<<<< just elope & save you & your lover the trouble !


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