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Re: Cool little things

Post by Pham Nuwen » 16 Jul 2017, 18:03

Warren wrote:
16 Jul 2017, 16:27
I meant the movie. Not everything is about you. :)
I meant the movie as well .... and joked about why I didn't send you info on it ....nevermind.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Eric the .5b » 16 Jul 2017, 18:11

Very cool, Pham. My appreciation of wines is still very limited, so I'm boggled by that degree of recognition.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Jennifer » 03 Aug 2018, 18:02

I'm currently rolling the coins in the loose-change bowl, and found a silver dime from 1961.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Hugh Akston » 18 Aug 2018, 16:20

When you type 'password generator' into DuckDuckGo it will generate a password for you.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Eric the .5b » 18 Aug 2018, 18:56

Hugh Akston wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 16:20
When you type 'password generator' into DuckDuckGo it will generate a password for you.
And now DDG has your password.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Aresen » 18 Aug 2018, 19:36

Eric the .5b wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 18:56
Hugh Akston wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 16:20
When you type 'password generator' into DuckDuckGo it will generate a password for you.
And now DDG has your password.
*hand waves* Pooh! Pooh! The seven NSA agents on their staff would never share your information.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by JD » 20 Aug 2018, 13:18

Perhaps even more interesting, you can specify various things about the DDG-generated password, for example:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=password+16+s ... &ia=answer
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Jennifer » 25 Aug 2018, 23:29

Jeff and I went to a festival in Atlanta's Grant Park (circa 1880s according to a sign posted by the entrance; IIRC the oldest park in Atlanta's parks system) today, and parked on a residential street a few blocks away. The residential neighborhood surrounding the park is an old one and very nice (except that the sidewalks -- especially the brick-paved sections -- are in pretty bad condition), and on our way back from the festival we were admiring various features of the houses and yards -- most of which were more "cobblestone and shade trees" than "grass in need of mowing," which Jeff especially liked. At a corner where we had to turn to get to our car, we saw an absolutely gorgeous Victorian with elaborate details -- amazing gingerbread work all over the place, stained-glass windows, window with etched panes, a fairytale turret, all that kind of stuff. So instead of turning at that corner, we actually walked a bit further down the street so we could pass the house, and get a better look at the turret and other features.

When we finally did turn the corner, passing the side of the Victorian, we dawdled a little to take in more features of the house -- I noticed some very old-looking concrete planters with embossed fleurs-de-lis matching the patterns of some of the stained glass panes -- and Jeff pointed out that behind the house was a carport with gingerbread scrollwork matching the house. And I pointed out some other detail, and we spoke for another moment or two before we realized there were two older men in the backyard who'd heard us talking. The four of us got to talking and then they invited us into the backyard to point out a couple other details and tell us a bit about the history of the house (which was built in the 1880s, presumably when or shortly after Grant Park itself started), and said that the stained-glass panels were original to the house, but the etched glass panels were made by the older of the two men. (Their names were Tom and Tony; I forget which one I mostly spoke to, but it was the younger of the two men). They pointed out a few more original/historic details outside, and then offered to take us inside and show us around. Of course we both protested that we couldn't possibly put them through such trouble, and they protested it wouldn't be trouble at all, so we went inside and holy crap that place is gorgeous.

Unsurprisingly, the glass-etcher turns out to be a member of a "Cut Glass and Crystal Society" or something like that, and the house was outfitted with glass and crystal lamps and chandeliers everywhere (only not in a tacky way). Many antique oil lamps that are still functional as oil lamps but also work with electricity, a few newer lamps which I think he made himself. Any one lamp would've been a showpiece, but the effect of so very many of them together as the house's primary lighting motif was stunning.

Turns out the older man bought the house forty-something years ago -- at the time, it had been a boarding house and on the verge of being condemned -- and he restored it to what it is today (including making all the gingerbread work by hand). The younger man has lived there for twenty-something years. Every room downstairs was gorgeous enough to be a museum piece. There was even one music room equipped with various instruments including a working Victrola and a Cobb organ, among other amazing pieces I can't currently recall. There was a pump organ, I remember, and a mechanical music box with the interchangeable metal song disks. In another room, against one wall was a lovely vintage sofa flanked by two marble-topped end tables which, apparently, were the belongings of the house's original 1880s owner (and the only such pieces of furniture to never leave the house since).

The doors separating the kitchen from the dining room were the kind that slide into the walls rather than swing out on hinges, and when our host showed us that I mused that perhaps such doors made for better air flow through the house, in the days before air conditioning or even fans. And he said yes, but that the main reason these doors were so popular was for tax purposes: he said in those days taxes were assessed partially based on how many rooms were in a house, and with sliding doors like this, you could open them and have the two rooms count as only one. He also said that's why not many people had closets then -- because a closet was considered another room.

Long story short, we had a lovely time talking about antiques and Old Atlanta and Atlanta in general -- Jeff and the older guy spent some time talking about the reasons why and why not Amazon might want to open a new headquarters in the area --and, near the end of our impromptu visit, I was not particularly surprised when the younger man told me their house was listed on the "Parade of Homes." I sent them a thank-you email when Jeff and I returned home.

With all the really horrifying and unpleasant crap going on in the country, it's cool to get reminders there's still a lot of nice people in the world, and much beauty too.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Jennifer » 05 Sep 2018, 16:24

Jeff and I bought a Blu-Ray player a couple days ago (mainly to replace our broken DVD player). Since we once again have the ability to play DVDs, we got our collection out of storage ... and I was pleasantly surprised to discover a LOT of good stuff I'd completely forgotten about. Back in Loudoun County, there was a bimonthly library sale we'd frequently visit. I remember making some good book scores there, but largely forgot that sometimes they had good DVD bargains too -- entire seasons of shows like South Park, Chappelle's Show and Futurama for only two or three bucks apiece (I know these were the prices because in addition to forgetting I even owned these collections, I'd also forgotten to remove the price stickers after I bought them).
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Jennifer » 08 Jun 2019, 23:22

This guy was the voice actor for Master Shake on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Granny Cuyler on Squidbillies, and this photo he tweeted is of a dinner-sized porcelain plate decorated with pictures of all the major Adult Swim shows from 2001 through 2017; apparently it was a swag-gift Christmas present which Adult Swim executives and actors got that year.

I found this photo when I did an image search for "Adult Swim Original Shows" plus the word "plate"; in addition to this image I found a few from people attempting to sell these plates on eBay for prices ranging from $150 to $400. And the reason I did such an image search is because in a Goodwill today I found a set of four of these plates, plus three wire plate-hangers still on their original cardboard backings, for $5.99. (The plates were stacked and taped together, as thrift-store plate sets often are, and because of the cardboard I couldn't see the center of the plate -- I had no idea what it was until I recognized Squidbillies, Home Movies and Lucy, Daughter of the Devil on the edges and realized "Huh, so... this has something to do with Adult Swim cartoons?)

This was also the first time in YEARS I bought something for which I have no use for, not even as a decorative tchotchke, but bought it anyway because it was so cheap and so odd.

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Re: Cool little things

Post by Jennifer » 08 Jun 2019, 23:26

It's impossible for me to hold my phone steady enough for the picture to come out crisp rather than blurry. The four plates are currently in the dry sink along with the ACTUAL good china:

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Re: Cool little things

Post by dead_elvis » 10 Jun 2019, 00:00

Very cool find!
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Post by Jennifer » 10 Jun 2019, 17:28

Thanks!

Verily, my home and decor would be the coolest and most magnificent amongst all my friends ... if I were still an undergrad.
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Post by dead_elvis » 02 Jul 2019, 09:51

Last night got a perfect view of Saturn including the rings through our puny li’l telescope. Much better view than I thought it was capable of.
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Post by JD » 03 Oct 2019, 15:25

There's a new bar near my house that I really like. I was talking to the owners the other day, and they mentioned wanting live music, and a backline for it, but they didn't have much money or much experience setting one up, so I offered to help. I managed to find both a 4x12 guitar cab and a 2x15 bass cab on Craigslist for only $90 combined, went and got them, and traded them to the bar for credit. And it does not hurt that when my band needs a place to play, now there is a venue near my house that I know has a good backline and owes it to me!
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Post by Jennifer » 11 Oct 2019, 15:57

About a week ago I mentioned to Jeff that I was toying with the idea of getting a second slow cooker, only I was reluctant to add yet another appliance to our already cluttered kitchen. Two days later, one of Jeff's local friends from his writing group mentioned that she and her wife are moving out of the area and discarding certain things of theirs, including some never-used Crock-Pots (they got three as wedding gifts). So not only did I get a second slow cooker absolutely free, it's much nicer than the one I already had -- this is an officially branded "Crock-Pot" rather than an off-brand slow cooker, same size and shape as my old one but of obviously better quality.
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Post by dead_elvis » 16 Oct 2019, 20:22

My view for tonight’s Who concert:
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Re: Cool little things

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 16 Oct 2019, 20:29

I'm surprised they're not drawing larger audiences.

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Re: Cool little things

Post by Hugh Akston » 16 Oct 2019, 22:21

Retirement homes usually lock the doors after dark.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by nicole » 16 Oct 2019, 23:10

Ahhhhhh how was it
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 16 Oct 2019, 23:35

We saw (what's left of) the Who several years ago and they were remarkably good. I'll say this for the rockers of my generation who've manage to keep performing: they've got a hell of a lot more stamina than I have.

Speaking of which, the Billy Joel concert the other night was good, too. A bit too flashy-lights for my tastes, which would be okay if you're the Stones but not so much if you're "the piano man," but we had a good time.

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Re: Cool little things

Post by dead_elvis » 17 Oct 2019, 03:56

Townshend did some windmills, Daltrey twirled the mic, and the audience had a good time. As much as I'm skeptical of nostalgia acts it's hard to begrudge everyone having a good time, and like everybody else they were an important band to teenage me so I was ecstatic to be onstage with them even though I know it's not the same as having seen them in the 70s. I felt like Daltrey was pretty inconsistent, sometimes he sounded good and sometimes bad but he did manage a good scream in Love Reign. Townshend is still totally great, both singing and playing.

Speaking for myself trying to play onstage, it was... weird. They only gave click track headphones to one player on each stand so I was without. But I wasn't that worried for the concert because the drums were 10 feet away. There was a conductor that I couldn't really see but who cares when you're just going to play with the drummer anyway, amirite? But it turns out the drums were fake midi drums, which I've never encountered before (while I understand why they might want to use them, I thought those things were just for practicing without annoying the neighbors). So I was unable to hear any rhythm; other than an occasional moment when I could hear a plastic 'thwack-thwack' from the drummer, I could only hear drums coming back from the arena speakers after reverberating in the bathtub. Between that and my own earplugs (because duh), drums and bass together just sounded like mush. But it probably sounded good in the audience, and I imagine it's better for playing if you're in the band and get the special earplugs with your own mix piped in.
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Highway » 17 Oct 2019, 07:15

E-drums are actually pretty great onstage in my experience. Our band switched to them a couple years ago, and it really makes a difference as far as overall noise floor on stage. Especially playing little tiny bars like we do, it means that our minimum volume for backline and monitors doesn't have to be loud enough to overcome the drum set. Now we still have guys turn backline amps up too much, but that's a different issue.

And I'm sorry if I missed it, but what accompaniment were you playing there?
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Re: Cool little things

Post by Tuco » 17 Oct 2019, 07:19

That really is cool. Good on ya.

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Post by dead_elvis » 17 Oct 2019, 12:31

Highway wrote:
17 Oct 2019, 07:15

And I'm sorry if I missed it, but what accompaniment were you playing there?
I play viola; they were hiring a backing orchestra each stop on the tour.
E-drums are actually pretty great onstage in my experience. Our band switched to them a couple years ago, and it really makes a difference as far as overall noise floor on stage. Especially playing little tiny bars like we do, it means that our minimum volume for backline and monitors doesn't have to be loud enough to overcome the drum set. Now we still have guys turn backline amps up too much, but that's a different issue.
I can see how that would work great, as drummers (at least in my experience) tend to have no fucks to give about the size of the space or proximity of people, and have a tendency to play 50% louder in concerts than they did in the rehearsal. Taking volume out of the drummers' hands sounds like a great idea overall.

Saw this at a gig a few years back and had to take a pic because this is my idea of the ideal drum set up: ;)
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