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    Just back from baby sitting house for daughter - to wait for plumber and to be annoyed by her witless dog.

    She loves him but he's hopeless.
    What breed? Pets need to be trained!! That includes HUSBANDS!
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    It's a pug. Which is responding to training - but not fast enough, well enough for my liking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    It's a pug. Which is responding to training - but not fast enough, well enough for my liking.
    Puppies take awhile for sure. I trained 5 dogs...3 St. Bernards, and two mixed breeds. I was not particularly successful with one of the mixes....the other was really really smart. I am done with having animals.
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    I know that I can't give everything to everyone. I did give a bit too much though, heh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Pancakes View Post
    I know that I can't give everything to everyone. I did give a bit too much though, heh.
    Try smiles. They are never diminished by giving. Each of us has a nearly inexhaustible supply from birth. Have you ever laughed and smiled so much that your face muscles actually needed a rest?

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    Right now, I'm trying to de-stress from one of the worst commutes I've ever had.

    Anyone else have a problem with road rage? I'm a really nice, calm guy in person, but in my car it's like I've been exposed to gamma radiation. I'm downright dangerous and I realize it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Right now, I'm trying to de-stress from one of the worst commutes I've ever had.

    Anyone else have a problem with road rage? I'm a really nice, calm guy in person, but in my car it's like I've been exposed to gamma radiation. I'm downright dangerous and I realize it.
    My anxieties behind the wheel are usually caused by the dangerous driving and roadside activities of others. Things that literally cause my heart to beat faster in preparation of evasive action are:

    1) People cutting into the traffic flow from the feeder side roads when the highway is too icy for quick application of brakes. What part of 'two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time' do they fail to comprehend? IDIOT.
    2) Passing in an unsafe manner, on the right or on a solid line, especially when there is a string of traffic ahead of me and I am not impeding your progress at all. You ain't going nowhere because there be no where TO go. DAMN IDIOT.
    3) Vehicle ahead of me driving at erratic speed and wandering because the driver is obviously using some type of electronic device. DOUBLE DAMN IDIOT.
    4) Bicycle traffic on the road makes me edgy, summer or winter, because too many of them do not obey the proper rules of the road and some do not have adequate reflective markings for driving in the dark. WORRISOME IDIOT.
    5) Pedestrians who pay absolutely no regard to where/when they decide to dart across the road, frequently occupied with a hand-held device. CLUELESS IDIOT.

    To date, I have never been the cause of an accident although I was struck by a drunk driver two years ago while at a complete halt at a signal light which resulted in significant damages to my vehicle and my psyche. There is absolutely no safe place to be, apparently.

    So, Flick, why do you suppose you go ballistic behind the wheel? Do you not leave yourself sufficient time to reach your destination, allowing for the potential number of variables involved in any commute? Time pressures are a big problem for many, in my observations. They start out late, thinking to gain time on the drive and we all know that such is an unrealistic expectation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    So, Flick, why do you suppose you go ballistic behind the wheel? Do you not leave yourself sufficient time to reach your destination, allowing for the potential number of variables involved in any commute? Time pressures are a big problem for many, in my observations. They start out late, thinking to gain time on the drive and we all know that such is an unrealistic expectation.
    Well, I am not the one who acts initially. I'm actually a very considerate driver under normal circumstances. I don't tailgate or speed (too much) or cut others off (on purpose). But when someone acts disrespectfully toward me (in this case, cutting me off across 3 lanes and brake-checking me when I honked) I don't let it go. I followed this lady through traffic and even got out of my car on the street. Why? What was I going to do? Hurl myself onto her hood? I need to learn to just let things go. Even now, I'm worried that she may have vandalized my car since she watched me park. It quite extensively ruined my entire day and the whole thing happened before 7am...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Right now, I'm trying to de-stress from one of the worst commutes I've ever had.

    Anyone else have a problem with road rage? I'm a really nice, calm guy in person, but in my car it's like I've been exposed to gamma radiation. I'm downright dangerous and I realize it.
    Long time ago when I lived and worked in Southern California, traffic was almost always bad and I actually enjoyed raging at other drivers. I would swear up a storm at the drop of a hat. I felt that it was a good outlet for the stress of driving in bad traffic and other drivers. First problem is when your rode rage meets another road rage. Bad things can happen. Second, is when you are riding shotgun in a car with someone that acts just like you do. It's a real eye opener as to how really bad it looks to others who may be in the car with you. The trouble is if you get into the habit of doing it when you drive by yourself, it's not easy to turn it off just because you have a passenger or more in the car. Anyway, that one event cured me of that habit.

    Also, if you just take it easy and don't let other drivers pull your chain while driving your stress level will go down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
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    So, Flick, why do you suppose you go ballistic behind the wheel? Do you not leave yourself sufficient time to reach your destination, allowing for the potential number of variables involved in any commute? Time pressures are a big problem for many, in my observations. They start out late, thinking to gain time on the drive and we all know that such is an unrealistic expectation.
    Well, I am not the one who acts initially. I'm actually a very considerate driver under normal circumstances. I don't tailgate or speed (too much) or cut others off (on purpose). But when someone acts disrespectfully toward me (in this case, cutting me off across 3 lanes and brake-checking me when I honked) I don't let it go. I followed this lady through traffic and even got out of my car on the street. Why? What was I going to do? Hurl myself onto her hood? I need to learn to just let things go. Even now, I'm worried that she may have vandalized my car since she watched me park. It quite extensively ruined my entire day and the whole thing happened before 7am...
    Oh, Dear! I think I would be more concerned about her reporting your action as perceived aggression than worrying about vandalizing your car, but that is just where my mind goes, living in this country. It is the season of the year where people's attention is even more distracted than usual with thoughts of approaching Christmas and all of the attendant expectations. I completely hear you where our reaction is concerned, when we have the realization that we have very nearly become a statistic and not a damned thing more that we could have done to prevent it! So many inconsiderate and downright STUPID people survive their own folly and kill innocent people by their actions. Apologies or an insurance cheque can never atone for a life or potentials lost.

    I really try not to let my mind go there sometimes because I would either become completely fearful to function or end up in prison for unleashing my completely justifiable (to me) rage upon those deserving of it.

    Breathe, Flick, just breathe and be thankful that you are okay, and the stupid woman also, and maybe, just maybe, she will give more thought to her driving going forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I awoke in advance of the alarm half an hour ago, starving, so hubby lost out on the last piece of pecan pie, lol. Stoked the wood fire, which will hold now until after hubby wakes up, sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. As I was outdoors feeding the horses, the wind blew the scent of woodsmoke to my nostrils and I could distinctly smell the piece of Balsam Poplar that I put in the stove with the two pieces of pine. Poplar has such a completely different smell from the resinous pine or spruce.The midnight sky was devoid of clouds and the stars hung bright like precious stones against a jeweller's cloth of black velvet. I would have stayed longer in the enjoyment of them but the jealous wind soon chased me back indoors, to be embraced by the warm efforts of the wood stove.
    I've always liked the smell of white birch. We often sit outside around the fire pit in winter. Not a lot of pine here, mostly burn spruce, aspen and balsam poplar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I think I would be more concerned about her reporting your action as perceived aggression than worrying about vandalizing your car
    I have a history of anger issues, too. My fuse is long, but when it's burnt, I explode.

    I actually did a self-prescribed series of Lego castle building exercises to reduce my stress levels. It helped a lot, but I ran out of castles and I can't bring myself to tear them apart. Now, I just have a bunch of Lego castles sitting around and my wife complains about them so my stress levels go up...

    Sometimes, I wish I just lived out in the middle of nowhere with a horse, a snowboard, and a mountain.
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    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
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    Happy Birthday, old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
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    I think I would be more concerned about her reporting your action as perceived aggression than worrying about vandalizing your car
    I have a history of anger issues, too. My fuse is long, but when it's burnt, I explode.

    I actually did a self-prescribed series of Lego castle building exercises to reduce my stress levels. It helped a lot, but I ran out of castles and I can't bring myself to tear them apart. Now, I just have a bunch of Lego castles sitting around and my wife complains about them so my stress levels go up...

    Sometimes, I wish I just lived out in the middle of nowhere with a horse, a snowboard, and a mountain.
    I quite agree. Life is just a series of puzzles to solve and castles to build, imaginary, Lego or otherwise.
    It's those damned interactions with others that cause the majority of needless stress, in my opinion, yet the need to earn an income does rather take priority though I will admit that for me, working graveyard shift has been a real boon because it gives me a lot more control of my time, considerable autonomy, commuting at low traffic times and less competition for jobs because very few people WANT to work nights as they are more socially oriented than I am.

    To compensate for the lack of such 'drivers', I compete with myself and continue to learn new skills at work, in effect subtly creating a reliance upon my skill set, which I teach to many others, so that I can take the occasional day or week off going forward. There's plenty of people that can do each of the aspects of my job, but I seem to be the only one that knows them all. It's quite humorous really, because now I have almost created the expectation that I know things that are beyond my pay grade, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    What flavor is your green soda? Does it have the same or similar taste to the reddish kind of North America?

    Happy 'Green Soda Day' to you, anyways!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    Happy birthday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    Hell yes mention it! Gives all the chance to wish you a happy birthday. Make sure you enjoy it, you deserve it yourself, hey have copious amounts of alcohol, do several night clubs and find lots of pretty girls to go and snog. 35 is still young make the most it and enjoy it
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    Happy Birthday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
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    I think I would be more concerned about her reporting your action as perceived aggression than worrying about vandalizing your car
    I have a history of anger issues, too. My fuse is long, but when it's burnt, I explode.

    I actually did a self-prescribed series of Lego castle building exercises to reduce my stress levels. It helped a lot, but I ran out of castles and I can't bring myself to tear them apart. Now, I just have a bunch of Lego castles sitting around and my wife complains about them so my stress levels go up...

    Sometimes, I wish I just lived out in the middle of nowhere with a horse, a snowboard, and a mountain.
    I quite agree. Life is just a series of puzzles to solve and castles to build, imaginary, Lego or otherwise.
    It's those damned interactions with others that cause the majority of needless stress, in my opinion, yet the need to earn an income does rather take priority though I will admit that for me, working graveyard shift has been a real boon because it gives me a lot more control of my time, considerable autonomy, commuting at low traffic times and less competition for jobs because very few people WANT to work nights as they are more socially oriented than I am.

    To compensate for the lack of such 'drivers', I compete with myself and continue to learn new skills at work, in effect subtly creating a reliance upon my skill set, which I teach to many others, so that I can take the occasional day or week off going forward. There's plenty of people that can do each of the aspects of my job, but I seem to be the only one that knows them all. It's quite humorous really, because now I have almost created the expectation that I know things that are beyond my pay grade, lol.
    Well, you're aces in my book. Some of your pictures make me think about the Oregon wild and how much I miss it.
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    Thank you very much for your kind endorsement, Flick. Should your travels ever bring you to my neck of the woods, be sure to get in touch and we'll give you a tour of our little hide-away and I'll show you how to get the horses to bow, as I am showing this gentleman, the hubby of a friend who bought the sister to the mare in this photo back in June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
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    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    What flavor is your green soda? Does it have the same or similar taste to the reddish kind of North America?

    Happy 'Green Soda Day' to you, anyways!!!

    That's it! Not sure about the flavour, maybe vanilla? I have never tasted the red version, but I imagine it would probably taste similar. Our green variety is also made by Coca Cola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    What flavor is your green soda? Does it have the same or similar taste to the reddish kind of North America?

    Happy 'Green Soda Day' to you, anyways!!!

    That's it! Not sure about the flavour, maybe vanilla? I have never tasted the red version, but I imagine it would probably taste similar. Our green variety is also made by Coca Cola.
    In that case, I am going to hazard a guess that the taste is quite similar and that Coca Cola has gone with the green color for some reason of regional or cultural preference. Thank you for the feedback. It has been years since I tasted a Cream Soda but somewhat vanilla like (and sweet) seems to ring a bell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    Happy birthday. I rarely drink pop but now in Mexico so not drinking tap water....ordered an orange pop and they call it ''Fanta'. In the US they call pop 'soda' or soda pop and my relations in England called it fizzy drink.

    35 Years old...is that metric or imperial?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fossilborealis View Post
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    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    Happy birthday. I rarely drink pop but now in Mexico so not drinking tap water....ordered an orange pop and they call it ''Fanta'. In the US they call pop 'soda' or soda pop and my relations in England called it fizzy drink.

    35 Years old...is that metric or imperial?
    Metric!

    We just call it cold drink and we have a variety of flavours of Fanta (drink's name, also made by Coca Cola), including orange, grape and pineapple, with a few discontinued flavours.
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    Here in the UK "Fanta" is a brand name for a nasty, overly sweet fizzy drink made by the Coca-Cola mob. Originally it was orange flavoured (allegedly) bu there are now more flavours of "fanta" available.

    KALSTER beat me to it! PS Happy Birthday!
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    I loathe driving, but I'm pretty good at it. When it comes to being upset at other drivers, I generally can only really be upset at people who intentionally do something to be a jerk. I once had a guy who was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse pull ahead of me, and then drive directly beside a car in the slow lane ahead of me, intentionally trying to piss me off, because his penis felt smaller, having been passed by me, in a Honda Accord. I wasn't even paying attention to the fact that I had passed him, I was just driving normal. I don't think I've ever been so upset at another driver. Drivers who do stupid things are something I just accept, and expect, so I don't really let them bother me. Everyone generally tries to do the best they can with the information they have.
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    I'm now just finishing off a bullshit presentation I have to give as part of a job interview on Wednesday. I have to do 15 mins on "How would I contribute to teaching and research in the Department of XXXX at the University of XXXX" (I'm not saying where it is, you'll see why). Why is it bullshit? Because they have given me no information about the courses they do (aside from the obvious basic chemistry degree) and there is next to no information available except the names of the courses on their website with no information about content so how in the hell am I supposed to make an intelligent presentation about what I would contribute to teaching! The research part of the website is equally sparse with a few bullet point headings, they don't even give a faculty list so I can find some papers published from the department to see how my work might fit in. I'm basically going to be waffling on without really knowing whether what I'm saying is relevant or not... [/rant]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Pancakes View Post
    I loathe driving, but I'm pretty good at it. When it comes to being upset at other drivers, I generally can only really be upset at people who intentionally do something to be a jerk. I once had a guy who was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse pull ahead of me, and then drive directly beside a car in the slow lane ahead of me, intentionally trying to piss me off, because his penis felt smaller, having been passed by me, in a Honda Accord. I wasn't even paying attention to the fact that I had passed him, I was just driving normal. I don't think I've ever been so upset at another driver. Drivers who do stupid things are something I just accept, and expect, so I don't really let them bother me. Everyone generally tries to do the best they can with the information they have.
    Interesting assessment, Ninja Pancakes. What empirical evidence can you provide that the guy in the Eclipse was indeed suffering penis envy? On second thought, I'll just take your word for it, lol... This is a 'general' rated thread and forum, after all. Neither would it explain the number of female drivers who at times display incredibly bad judgement.

    In this part of the country, I credit a lot of the problem to new arrivals who lack winter driving experience. Also vehicles with automatic transmissions which may be geared too high for the driving conditions and drivers distracted by all of the latest gadgets to be found incorporated in the newer vehicles. My boss rents a vehicle on his monthly trip to the north and I have seen an incredible change in the design and function of the automobile especially in the last two years.

    It's a freaking transportation system, people, not the flaming holodeck. Screw ups at the controls result in REAL injury, death and destruction.
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    I'm now just finishing off a bullshit presentation I have to give as part of a job interview on Wednesday. I have to do 15 mins on "How would I contribute to teaching and research in the Department of XXXX at the University of XXXX" (I'm not saying where it is, you'll see why). Why is it bullshit? Because they have given me no information about the courses they do (aside from the obvious basic chemistry degree) and there is next to no information available except the names of the courses on their website with no information about content so how in the hell am I supposed to make an intelligent presentation about what I would contribute to teaching! The research part of the website is equally sparse with a few bullet point headings, they don't even give a faculty list so I can find some papers published from the department to see how my work might fit in. I'm basically going to be waffling on without really knowing whether what I'm saying is relevant or not... [/rant]
    This sounds like the absolutely most brilliant interview test in the world, a true test of your 'talent', and how much you are willing to spin the facts in exchange for their financial compensation. I think that right about now I would be getting just a tiny bit apprehensive about whether I wanted my name associated with this establishment. Then again, I am very independent minded and easily 'spooked'. I have probably passed up many a good opportunity in my life but the universe seems to look after fools like me and occasionally places opportunities where I literally fall into them.

    An interesting conundrum, PhDemon. Keep us appraised of the outcome, please.
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    Yeah, this afternoon I got quite close to calling them and withdrawing my application! Having said that the job would be a big promotion so I'd be a fool not to go for it after being offered an interview. I'll just talk about what I know and hope for the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Yeah, this afternoon I got quite close to calling them and withdrawing my application! Having said that the job would be a big promotion so I'd be a fool not to go for it after being offered an interview. I'll just talk about what I know and hope for the best.
    Which is probably a good call...
    The playing field will be the same for all applicants, I am thinking, so perhaps what they are genuinely interested in assessing are your personal strengths and weaknesses. Just 'do your thing' and all the best, PhDemon.
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    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
    Happy one more trip around the sun!
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    Yeah, this afternoon I got quite close to calling them and withdrawing my application! Having said that the job would be a big promotion so I'd be a fool not to go for it after being offered an interview. I'll just talk about what I know and hope for the best.
    As this is a teaching job, in addition to what you know, maybe you could waffle about inspiring minds, Carl Sagan and shit.
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    I'm now just finishing off a bullshit presentation I have to give as part of a job interview on Wednesday. I have to do 15 mins on "How would I contribute to teaching and research in the Department of XXXX at the University of XXXX" (I'm not saying where it is, you'll see why). Why is it bullshit? Because they have given me no information about the courses they do (aside from the obvious basic chemistry degree) and there is next to no information available except the names of the courses on their website with no information about content so how in the hell am I supposed to make an intelligent presentation about what I would contribute to teaching! The research part of the website is equally sparse with a few bullet point headings, they don't even give a faculty list so I can find some papers published from the department to see how my work might fit in. I'm basically going to be waffling on without really knowing whether what I'm saying is relevant or not... [/rant]
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    seems really odd that information is not readily available. (I mean really really really odd......)
    Most Universities seem to be into giving course catalogues and bragging about their professors' accomplishments.
    How long have they been in existence?
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    Right now, I'm trying to de-stress from one of the worst commutes I've ever had.

    Anyone else have a problem with road rage? I'm a really nice, calm guy in person, but in my car it's like I've been exposed to gamma radiation. I'm downright dangerous and I realize it.
    We are pretty laid back in Hawai'i'.....mainland I resort to cussing when appropriate and hand gestures.
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    So, Flick, why do you suppose you go ballistic behind the wheel? Do you not leave yourself sufficient time to reach your destination, allowing for the potential number of variables involved in any commute? Time pressures are a big problem for many, in my observations. They start out late, thinking to gain time on the drive and we all know that such is an unrealistic expectation.
    Well, I am not the one who acts initially. I'm actually a very considerate driver under normal circumstances. I don't tailgate or speed (too much) or cut others off (on purpose). But when someone acts disrespectfully toward me (in this case, cutting me off across 3 lanes and brake-checking me when I honked) I don't let it go. I followed this lady through traffic and even got out of my car on the street. Why? What was I going to do? Hurl myself onto her hood? I need to learn to just let things go. Even now, I'm worried that she may have vandalized my car since she watched me park. It quite extensively ruined my entire day and the whole thing happened before 7am...
    Realize the idiot, recognize the fact that you were aware enough to prevent an accident. Say a few expletives and then take 3 deep breaths..............and then walk out of sight of others and scream on the top of your lungs. Once finished...you will feel much better. I promise..
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    It is 21h00 and I am still waiting on my brother to finish preparing his dish. I am starving! Only had a pie and some cream soda earlier (ours is green; the cream soda).

    It is my 35th birthday today (debated whether I should mention that...).
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    I think I would be more concerned about her reporting your action as perceived aggression than worrying about vandalizing your car
    I have a history of anger issues, too. My fuse is long, but when it's burnt, I explode.

    I actually did a self-prescribed series of Lego castle building exercises to reduce my stress levels. It helped a lot, but I ran out of castles and I can't bring myself to tear them apart. Now, I just have a bunch of Lego castles sitting around and my wife complains about them so my stress levels go up...

    Sometimes, I wish I just lived out in the middle of nowhere with a horse, a snowboard, and a mountain.
    I quite agree. Life is just a series of puzzles to solve and castles to build, imaginary, Lego or otherwise.
    It's those damned interactions with others that cause the majority of needless stress, in my opinion, yet the need to earn an income does rather take priority though I will admit that for me, working graveyard shift has been a real boon because it gives me a lot more control of my time, considerable autonomy, commuting at low traffic times and less competition for jobs because very few people WANT to work nights as they are more socially oriented than I am.

    To compensate for the lack of such 'drivers', I compete with myself and continue to learn new skills at work, in effect subtly creating a reliance upon my skill set, which I teach to many others, so that I can take the occasional day or week off going forward. There's plenty of people that can do each of the aspects of my job, but I seem to be the only one that knows them all. It's quite humorous really, because now I have almost created the expectation that I know things that are beyond my pay grade, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I'm now just finishing off a bullshit presentation I have to give as part of a job interview on Wednesday. I have to do 15 mins on "How would I contribute to teaching and research in the Department of XXXX at the University of XXXX" (I'm not saying where it is, you'll see why). Why is it bullshit? Because they have given me no information about the courses they do (aside from the obvious basic chemistry degree) and there is next to no information available except the names of the courses on their website with no information about content so how in the hell am I supposed to make an intelligent presentation about what I would contribute to teaching! The research part of the website is equally sparse with a few bullet point headings, they don't even give a faculty list so I can find some papers published from the department to see how my work might fit in. I'm basically going to be waffling on without really knowing whether what I'm saying is relevant or not... [/rant]
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    Yeah, this afternoon I got quite close to calling them and withdrawing my application! Having said that the job would be a big promotion so I'd be a fool not to go for it after being offered an interview. I'll just talk about what I know and hope for the best.
    As this is a teaching job, in addition to what you know, maybe you could waffle about inspiring minds, Carl Sagan and shit.

    I do not think that waffling about shit is recommendable, unless it is in the context of fecal transplants (also known as fecal bacteriotherapy).
    However, dressing up like Carl Sagan is always an option.
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    Yeah, this afternoon I got quite close to calling them and withdrawing my application! Having said that the job would be a big promotion so I'd be a fool not to go for it after being offered an interview. I'll just talk about what I know and hope for the best.
    As this is a teaching job, in addition to what you know, maybe you could waffle about inspiring minds, Carl Sagan and shit.


    I do not think that waffling about shit is recommendable, unless it is in the context of fecal transplants (also known as fecal bacteriotherapy).
    However, dressing up like Carl Sagan is always an option.

    I talk about aerosols a lot (which sounds a bit like arseholes) but that's as close to shit as I want to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I talk about aerosols a lot (which sounds a bit like arseholes) but that's as close to shit as I want to get.

    And we both know that you have an extensive knowledge of both subjects.
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    LOL @ sir ir r aj and babe.

    Take it outside you two. I'll do the smacking on this thread.

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    I talk about aerosols a lot (which sounds a bit like arseholes) but that's as close to shit as I want to get.

    And we both know that you have an extensive knowledge of both subjects.
    By 'both', to whom do you refer? Yourself and .... your 'other self'? How can any of us 'know' that which is 'known' to another?
    We can only infer at best, in my opinion.
    Your homework assignment is to supply references to your comment, as opposed to inferences, LOL...
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    I talk about aerosols a lot (which sounds a bit like arseholes) but that's as close to shit as I want to get.

    And we both know that you have an extensive knowledge of both subjects.
    By 'both', to whom do you refer? Yourself and .... your 'other self'? How can any of us 'know' that which is 'known' to another?
    We can only infer at best, in my opinion.
    Your homework assignment is to supply references to your comment, as opposed to inferences, LOL...

    Aerosols (subject 1) and arseholes (subject 2).
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    I talk about aerosols a lot (which sounds a bit like arseholes) but that's as close to shit as I want to get.

    And we both know that you have an extensive knowledge of both subjects.
    By 'both', to whom do you refer? Yourself and .... your 'other self'? How can any of us 'know' that which is 'known' to another?
    We can only infer at best, in my opinion.
    Your homework assignment is to supply references to your comment, as opposed to inferences, LOL...

    Aerosols (subject 1) and arseholes (subject 2).
    LOL...Well played! In exchange you have earned a bad joke related to your two selected subjects.

    A fragrance saleslady got on an elevator. She was the only person on the elevator and as she gave a deep sigh of relaxation, she also 'broke wind'. To her consternation, she suddenly saw one of the buttons on the panel light up. She quickly riffled through her products, found and discharged a hefty spray of 'Heavenly White Pine' room deodorizer.

    When the elevator stopped, an obviously inebriated fellow stepped in and selected his destination. As the elevator continued it's journey, he took several deep breathes with a look of puzzlement on his face.

    "What do you smell?" asked the saleslady.

    "I'm not quite sure, but it resembles when the puppy had an accident under the Christmas tree." he replied.
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    <------ is wondering why the new year and christmas do not happen on the winter solstice?
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    <------ is wondering why the new year and christmas do not happen on the winter solstice?
    Various cultures and religions had differing beliefs and celebrations. There were also two different calendars to add to the general confusion.

    Most of the world uses the 'Gregorian Calendar' implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Before that the 'Roman' or Julian Calendar was used (named after Julius Caesar). The Gregorian calendar is more accurate that the Roman calendar which had too many days in a year! When the switch was made 10 days were lost, so that the day that followed the 4th October 1582 was 15th October 1582. In the UK the change of calendars was made in 1752. The day after 2nd September 1752 was 14th September 1752.
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    Right now, I'm trying to de-stress from one of the worst commutes I've ever had.

    Anyone else have a problem with road rage? I'm a really nice, calm guy in person, but in my car it's like I've been exposed to gamma radiation. I'm downright dangerous and I realize it.
    We are pretty laid back in Hawai'i'.....mainland I resort to cussing when appropriate and hand gestures.
    I don't doubt it. Last time I was on the big island, I was stopped by several people trying to sell me weed.
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    <------ is wondering why the new year and christmas do not happen on the winter solstice?


    It probably was but the Romans/Christians had a really crappy calendars.

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    LOL @ sir ir r aj and babe.

    Take it outside you two. I'll do the smacking on this thread.

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    I don't doubt it. Last time I was on the big island, I was stopped by several people trying to sell me weed.
    When I was there I kept getting offered "ice", took me a while to work out it was meth they were trying to sell me!
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    We saw a pod of killer whales yesterday only about 15 meters off shore. They were fishing for their supper. Apparently they are not common along this stretch. ( unlike up in B.C.)Faith in humans boosted.

    An old man had a bucket of 52 baby sea turtles today. He is going to release them at 7 pm when the predatory birds are not around. Every time a child came up and looked in the bucket he would ask his or her name. He would then reach in the bucket and pull out a baby turtle and say it had the same name. This is ' Miguel ', 'Julio', etc. Anyways, nice that they are all now eager to help preserve sea turtles. When any of them see an adult turtle 30 years from now, they may think it is the same one they met as a child.
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    Whales haven't arrived yet....late this year....had weed offered but never meth...ugh....and yes we are laid back ......it's all about having nookie on a beach.....ya do it right and ya don't get sand in the wrong places!! *chuckle*
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    I am pulling the first 'fire watch' tonight and working on Christmas cards, the list steadily getting shorter. I shall likely retire in an hour, after stoking the fire to hold until midnight, get up to feed the horses and tend the fire and then catch another several hours sleep until 5:00 a.m. There is considerable research to indicate that this was a more normal pattern of sleep until the advent of electric lighting.

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    I just got a brand new phone (Galaxy S4). My wife tells me it's a good one. I'm kind of an old man and my previous phone had a slide out keyboard and people seemed to think that wasn't okay anymore. Now, I'm just trying to find some Tron and Star Trek sounds to nerd it up so people will look at me askance when I use it in public.
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    As I sit here with this thing that I find myself oddly perplexed at "needing" just to get by in the world, I can't help but wonder what 8 year old me would have thought of such a thing. When I first experienced a computer in school, I pretended to tap the screen while I used the mouse because I thought a touch screen like they had in Star Trek would be the most amazing thing. Now, I have one in my pocket capable of calling other people, taking pictures, playing games...and what do I think of it? "Why would I ever need that?"

    I need to summon up that little kid again. This phone is actually pretty amazing technology that I never could have dreamed of owning just a couple decades ago.
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    I have an older cell phone that I never enabled for internet because of the prohibitive costs at that time. It is purely for emergency communication and has served it's purpose seldom, but well. Now I have been researching for several weeks, contemplating getting a smart phone and our sole ISP is in the process of transferring all of it's wireless business to Bell Mobility and I can't even find out where one should go to look at phones and service plans at this time.

    I shall take that as an indicator that I should wait just a bit longer before making this commitment. New legislation regarding plan terms and overcap fees has just come into place as well so the technology is slowly coming more into line with prices elsewhere. Soon...but maybe not quite yet...
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    several years ago, my beloved spouse bought for me a trac phone(cell phone) for when I was on the road for a multi part extended installation in northern wisconsin. It's the kind where you buy minutes in advance------and I never come close to using the minutes. I now have a 2 year extension with enough minutes unused so that I could talk for 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week for one year.................
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    most of what i do happens in and about my shop which is attached to the house via the garage and greenhouse-----------damned easy commute
    I usually only use the cell for long distance calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I just got a brand new phone (Galaxy S4). My wife tells me it's a good one. I'm kind of an old man and my previous phone had a slide out keyboard and people seemed to think that wasn't okay anymore. Now, I'm just trying to find some Tron and Star Trek sounds to nerd it up so people will look at me askance when I use it in public.
    Have you tried searching on ringtones? Many links can be found, but if you really want some attention when your phone rings try some x-rated ringtones.

    Download Free Ringtones for Android (Android)

    http://www.sammobile.com/2013/03/26/...-for-download/
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    My boss has a couple of tones set on his phone, depending on whether it is a text or a phone call. His phone alternates between a bird call and a "Sherwood Forest, Call To Arms."

    He has embraced technology, lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I just got a brand new phone (Galaxy S4). My wife tells me it's a good one. I'm kind of an old man and my previous phone had a slide out keyboard and people seemed to think that wasn't okay anymore. Now, I'm just trying to find some Tron and Star Trek sounds to nerd it up so people will look at me askance when I use it in public.
    I know exactly what you mean regarding hardware keyboards. I still have a Nokia E7 with slideout keyboard and even though it is slow, it still has many of the features one would need in a good phone. But that keyboard for me is one of the biggest pluses. I can't imagine why manufacturers are not bringing out business oriented phones with hardware keyboards AND top notch other bits as well.

    The best I know about at the moment is the Motorola Photon Q, but it is a year old and only duel core.
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    One thing you could do with a smartphone is take a picture of everyone you call and then set the picture to come on screen when they call you. That's a real nice touch, also, if you have enough ringtones you can assign a different one to each caller, which can be nice when your phone is not close by, but you can still hear it ring. On most smartphones you have an on screen keyboard, so the bigger the screen the bigger the keys will be, which is better for those of us with large hands and fingers. But for you old guys that haven't owned many phones, you just have no idea what you might really want and while the Galaxy S4 has a lot going for it, it may not be the one you would like best.

    I have a friend that didn't even like cell phones, but he had an old clamshell that he used every once in a while, or let a current girlfriend use. Then he went to California to visit his brother who had a Galaxy S4, and after his brother showed him a few things he could do with it, he was hooked and got one as soon as he got home in Tucson AZ.

    PS- I hated those slide out keyboards.
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    I find it absolutely hilarious that those mature people who have embraced technology are just as bad as the younger generation in poking fun at the Luddites and dinosaurs. My good fortune came in marrying a man who has been dabbling in technology since it's inception and two brothers-in-law are computer programmers as their occupation.

    My needs are exceedingly simple but at least I can usually trouble-shoot the issues at home and at work, the majority of which trace back to our monopoly ISP. I am currently considering getting a smart phone because of the many opportunities to save money through various 'Loyalty programmes.' Sometimes the exceptionally good offers are only one day deals and if I don't find out until I am at my computer at home, no way am I turning around and driving 24 km back to town save for a family emergency.
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    Hey if anyone does come up with a quality phone with a physical keyboard could please post it as I'm also looking. The only one even relatively upto date I've been able to come across is the Blackberry 9900. I can't say I'm overly fond of a iphone 5, the galaxy S4 you've got looks pretty cool. Flick let us know how you get on with for typing, cheers.
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    I can't type for crap on a phone. I've seen some people who type faster with two thumbs than I can on this laptop. I fat-finger pretty much everything.

    I really preferred my slide out keyboard for texting. I like haptic feedback, but there is nothing quite like having the texture of the key under your fingers to tell your brain where they are.
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    Was just scanning through the phones on the T-mobile, took a break popped on here and serendipitously discovered everyone's discussing phones, which is cool.
    Coverage for the internet is well patchy out in the country so I'm pretty much stuck with t-mobile for any kind of internet :-(
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    Just browsing and found this guys art work. The pictures in the link below can be enlarged for a better look at the detail. What an amazing thing to do.

    Edouard Martinet's mechanical insects - Bing Images
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I can't type for crap on a phone. I've seen some people who type faster with two thumbs than I can on this laptop. I fat-finger pretty much everything.

    I really preferred my slide out keyboard for texting. I like haptic feedback, but there is nothing quite like having the texture of the key under your fingers to tell your brain where they are.

    I've seen some of the phones with a digital keyboard and you have to use the stylus to type the keys, small keys, I'm guessing with the S4 you can at least get a finger on a letter or number without catching other characters, that's like my real concern here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I can't type for crap on a phone. I've seen some people who type faster with two thumbs than I can on this laptop. I fat-finger pretty much everything.

    I really preferred my slide out keyboard for texting. I like haptic feedback, but there is nothing quite like having the texture of the key under your fingers to tell your brain where they are.
    I forgot to mention my friend said the voice to text function on the Galaxy S4 made a big impression on him. He said you can dictate a text message then view it before sending it, also said there's an app to read text to you if you want. Can make any old person look like a texting demon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    Just browsing and found this guys art work. The pictures in the link below can be enlarged for a better look at the detail. What an amazing thing to do.

    Edouard Martinet's mechanical insects - Bing Images
    Hey cool, I'm kind of now wondering what made him discover he had a talent for making model insects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
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    Just browsing and found this guys art work. The pictures in the link below can be enlarged for a better look at the detail. What an amazing thing to do.

    Edouard Martinet's mechanical insects - Bing Images
    Hey cool, I'm kind of now wondering what made him discover he had a talent for making model insects.
    The link below has more information about him and other links that might help explain more.

    New Animal and Insect Assemblages Made from Repurposed Objects by Edouard Martinet | Colossal
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    Hey as artwork I was just wondering what you could really do with them, then it hit me. It would be quite cool to actually have them archived in a wooden display case, just like the Victorians did for insect classification. You could then have a whole collection both on display and serving as a standalone piece of art in it's own right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I am pulling the first 'fire watch' tonight and working on Christmas cards, the list steadily getting shorter. I shall likely retire in an hour, after stoking the fire to hold until midnight, get up to feed the horses and tend the fire and then catch another several hours sleep until 5:00 a.m. There is considerable research to indicate that this was a more normal pattern of sleep until the advent of electric lighting.

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    "Fire watch" caught my eye, perused the post twice, wondering if only the terminology was different. Our stint in Northern Arizona's woods in a completely uninsulated framed cabin at 6700 ft. alt., required several times nightly to go "pee", (which was outdoors, WOW! Cold!), then stoke the two woodstoves, one on ground floor level, the Elmira cookstove being upstairs beneath the gambrel roof. This process stayed with me over the years, even while living in Phoenix, where NO stoves prevail! You may be right about the electric lighting thing; we had no utilities in the cabin place, light was secured by burning propane in a Coleman lamp! joc
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    I am reading the Sony Xperia Z1 owners manual and possibly picking one up after night shift. Was going to wait a bit longer until I could transfer my current cell phone number as they are still in the process of merging those companies when hubby said he was kind of missing having a cell phone and would take over my current phone so I shouldn't wait to get a new one.

    Pushy fellow, that hubby, but sometimes I needs a bit of nudging.

    The phone has an excellent camera and runs Android Jelly Bean OS which is apparently quite intuitive and user friendly by all reports. 5 inch touch screen. Waterproof to one meter and dust proof which are good considerations for my location and activities.

    http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/...nes/xperia-z1/
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I am reading the Sony Xperia Z1 owners manual and possibly picking one up after night shift. Was going to wait a bit longer until I could transfer my current cell phone number as they are still in the process of merging those companies when hubby said he was kind of missing having a cell phone and would take over my current phone so I shouldn't wait to get a new one.

    Pushy fellow, that hubby, but sometimes I needs a bit of nudging.

    The phone has an excellent camera and runs Android Jelly Bean OS which is apparently quite intuitive and user friendly by all reports. 5 inch touch screen. Waterproof to one meter and dust proof which are good considerations for my location and activities.

    Xperia Z1 | Best Smartphone - Sony Smartphones (Global UK English)
    Looks like it might do the job. I have an LG smart phone that uses the same operating system you mentioned. I like it, but I've had that phone for a year and a half and they will only offer $7.00 for it on an upgrade deal. It doesn't take very long for a good smart phone to be worth next to nothing. Those new no contract phone deals are bad deals at least with Verizon they are, as they tie you up with a much higher monthly payment depending on the phone you get. It really helps if your phone uses a USB cable to charge it and connect it to your PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
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    I am reading the Sony Xperia Z1 owners manual and possibly picking one up after night shift. Was going to wait a bit longer until I could transfer my current cell phone number as they are still in the process of merging those companies when hubby said he was kind of missing having a cell phone and would take over my current phone so I shouldn't wait to get a new one.

    Pushy fellow, that hubby, but sometimes I needs a bit of nudging.

    The phone has an excellent camera and runs Android Jelly Bean OS which is apparently quite intuitive and user friendly by all reports. 5 inch touch screen. Waterproof to one meter and dust proof which are good considerations for my location and activities.

    Xperia Z1 | Best Smartphone - Sony Smartphones (Global UK English)
    Looks like it might do the job. I have an LG smart phone that uses the same operating system you mentioned. I like it, but I've had that phone for a year and a half and they will only offer $7.00 for it on an upgrade deal. It doesn't take very long for a good smart phone to be worth next to nothing. Those new no contract phone deals are bad deals at least with Verizon they are, as they tie you up with a much higher monthly payment depending on the phone you get. It really helps if your phone uses a USB cable to charge it and connect it to your PC.
    This phone uses a cable which can either plug into a wall charger or a computer USB. The phone trade in credit is not even an option up here. Talk time is up to 14 hours and Standby time is up to 36 DAYS. Service plans run $55.00 - $75.00 month, phone is $199.00 with a plan or $649.00 outright. Plain voice cellular (No data) is $44.10 with our other phone. We currently have just the one ISP and while competitors can now enter the territory, they have to rent their bandwidth from this ISP which makes it hard for any real competition. We are less than 40,000 in the entire territory.
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    I've heard of "hands free" phones, but not "hands down"
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I've heard of "hands free" phones, but not "hands down"
    C'mere Mr. PHDEMON!! HOWLING!! I think I need to *cough* give ya a cell phone lesson...on hands down!! Sorry that was just to too tooo hard to resist!
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    Doing some work while listening to the radio as they pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. What a great man he was. His legacy will forever inspire and teach.
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    Nelson Mandela - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I realy really respect this statesman.
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    Watching this outside:





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    I am about to go to sleep. MY SI is so horribly bad bad bad..and has been for about two weeks.....I took half a muscle relaxant....will try some stretches......I am hoping I can sleep...but...last four days...sleep has not been my friend...and since I have.been there for the last almost 14 years and I'm a bull dog anymore when it comes to pain. Problem is....this...I have made myself achieve such a high pain threshold, that when I hurt myself...I don't know I did. *laughing*...not kidding!! I broke my toe canning but my focus was so much on my task that as usual.....I just don't acknowledge it. How is that? Husband knows if I say I hurt.....I am past 9 on the 1=10 scale.....I'm currently an 11....Anyhow...rehearsal tomorrow night...and got a FB message from a former MD....saying could you please do this musical......told her if we could Skype rehearse.....I could...but don't know if this theatre is up to that yet......I miss my theatre's..and nice to know they still miss me ....though did get a fix with my show last summer and still working on producing it here..
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    Hey Mac, this is on The Omni Hotel in Dallas in remembrance of Nelson Mandela (the South African flag):




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    That must suck! I hope you feel better soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
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    I can't type for crap on a phone. I've seen some people who type faster with two thumbs than I can on this laptop. I fat-finger pretty much everything.

    I really preferred my slide out keyboard for texting. I like haptic feedback, but there is nothing quite like having the texture of the key under your fingers to tell your brain where they are.
    I forgot to mention my friend said the voice to text function on the Galaxy S4 made a big impression on him. He said you can dictate a text message then view it before sending it, also said there's an app to read text to you if you want. Can make any old person look like a texting demon.
    I was very impressed by the voice text as well.
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