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    10/06/2012 5:36:35 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 35 replies
    Andy williams was not my favorite. But he was awesome. There was at least one song we did as a marching band in High school that was his. I'm sure there were a few movies he did the theme song to. I do not know what they were. You guys tell me.

    08/29/2012 12:37:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 65 replies
    I've been closely following recent technology advances in automobiles for the last 2-3 years. Some very interesting technologies are beginning to make it into regular production vehicles that ordinary people can buy. The first is direct injection for gasoline engines. The second "big deal" is the dual-clutch transmission. These are cutting edge technologies for cars right now. Guess what? There is no Japanese brand car available with both of these technologies. In fact, both Honda and Toyota seem to be ignoring dual clutch transmission entirely. It appears to me Toyota is coasting on its reputation right now and isn't doing...
  • ethnic stereotypes

    08/24/2012 5:25:10 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 31 replies
    I was just remembering a discussion I had with my international buddies while working in the grad student office on my grad assistantship and thought I'd share the memory here for your amusement. My major was in the engineering field and I was the only American citizen in my office. Most of the other students were Asians...either middle east, India/Pakistan, China, or south east Asian. There were one each of south american and sub saharan african. Late one friday night we started talking about various cultures around the world and began to debate who was the smartest, richest, handsomest, best...
  • movie list

    08/11/2012 6:45:33 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 19 replies
    The Gambler, starring Michael Gabon, 1997 Intimate Affairs, starring Neve Campbell, 2007 Ghost World, starring Thora Birch, 2001 Lola, starring Charles Bonson, 1969

    08/11/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 21 replies
    Ever notice how the people most obsessed with championing abortion are grouchy women past child bearing years who never had a baby? Just curious if anyone else noticed this.
  • I don't need any advice, I'm just blowing off steam...

    07/27/2012 5:38:33 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 87 replies
    Here's the scenario: Mom and Dad come to visit. Dad is not doing so well. Dementia has set in very rapidly over the last year and he's barely functional now. You can still get meaningful dialog with him if you are patient, slow, and interrupt him when he goes off on strange tangents. But its easy to confuse him by talking fast or being even a tiny bit confrontational. Also you have to leave certain topics alone for awhile and come back later after he's had time to let it sink in. If he answers a question too soon his...

    07/23/2012 8:02:35 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 16 replies
    When I learned world geography, the nation of Syria-Iraq was a single country like Czecho-Slovakia. I think its time to unify Syria-Iraq again.
  • Do I ignore or do I do what he does?

    07/19/2012 10:09:05 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 64 replies
    I sick of this obama tool relative of mine. In the last 3 months he has been flooding his facebook account with pro obama, anti conservative, anti libertarian, anti constitution, pro socialism, anti religion, pro gay military, anti capitalism, quasi commie sympathetic bullshit. I'm on the verge of de-friending him. My extended family is of very diverse political beliefs. We generally do not talk about politics much because of this, unless we are certain everyone within earshot is of like politics. Yet this little peon thinks its time to break the age old family mores and go all out for...
  • Here's my solution to the Penn State fiasco...

    07/17/2012 10:11:38 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 93 replies
    <p>No more sports *PERIOD* for the entire university for 50 years!</p> <p>Seriously. Shut it all down. I'm sick of this BS. I don't even care who is to blame anymore. Paterno, Sandusky, Larry, curley, or moe...I really don't give a sh*t. Fire all current staff and shut it down...from the very tipity top all the way down to the towel boy and the cheerleading squad. I don't give a damn if the problem is only in the football program either. Shut down every goddam sport at Penn state. Bulldoze the sporting complex and plow up the fields. All of it.</p>
  • Rage

    07/05/2012 10:05:58 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 49 replies
    I've heard people use the expression "out of my mind", "temporary insanity", "I wasn't myself", etc. I've never paid much attention to these expressions and always believed them to be BS. Then I experienced it this 4th of July. No point in going into too many details leading up to the event. It did not end in violence or damage to personal property. I received a series of threats via voicemail, phone calls, and text messages. And then something changed in my brain. It was like a switch was turned on. The rage was so intense and powerful and instantaneous...
  • Tell me about Wisconsin...specifically the south east corner. What should I know?

    06/21/2012 9:45:39 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 56 replies
    I am considering leaving iowa and going to wisconsin. But other than cheese, beer, dairy cows, and harley davidson motorcycles I know nothing about it. I was in wisconsin one weekend about 25 years ago. What I remember was the towns and neighborhoods reminded me of ohio. Climate, economy, cost of living, politics, crime, wildlife, any unusual laws, taxes, gun rights, recreation, night life...whatever you can think of. If close to the great lakes I assume the climate will be mild. I hope they don't have mosquitoes like in Minnesota.

    06/18/2012 7:14:05 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 20 replies
    top 500 supercomputer sites ^ | june 2012 | top 500
    MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—For the first time since November 2009, a United States supercomputer sits atop the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers. Named Sequoia, the IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved an impressive 16.32 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 1,572,864 cores.
  • Selling zip guns to cops for $300 apiece

    06/14/2012 6:47:01 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 26 replies
    boingboing ^ | 6:00 am Thursday, Jun 14 | Mark Frauenfelder
    Hecho in Switzerland (1995) - was an actual working homemade gun. Sachs and his assistants would make similar guns and sell them back to the city as part of New York's gun buyback program (for up to $300 each).
  • We're all cheering for the victory of public sector unions, but...

    06/05/2012 8:52:57 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    ...what we should be worried about is the democrat/union retaliation for this blow they were just dealt. I don't know how, when, or where, but there will be a retaliation. My guess would be that they will try to do something at the federal level to limit state's ability to stand up to unions. All unions, not just public sector.
  • "Flame" virus a creation of the U.S. Government?

    06/01/2012 11:18:38 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 3 replies
    Check the comments for links to various stories that popped up on the internet this morning.
  • REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you

    05/30/2012 9:15:43 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    drudge ^ | 04:32 EST, 26 May 2012 | Daniel Miller
    Revealing: A list of keywords used by government analysts to scour the internet for evidence of threats to the U.S. has been released under the Freedom of Information Act The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'. Released under a freedom of information request,...

    05/25/2012 8:35:56 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 82 replies
    I became hyper-interested in canids awhile back when I read something about coy-wolf hybrids in the northeast part of the US. I've been reading about them lately. I know there is an ongoing effort to "re-introduce" wolves into certain parts of the united states. This upsets a lot of folks and makes others giddy with excitement. So, I am sharing my only personal wolf story I can because it is the only one I have. It isn't much since they've been extinct in these parts for a very long time. My cousin used to tell me stories about the old-timers...
  • attn: Freepers Its time to start watching Intrade.

    05/15/2012 3:15:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 84 replies
    Obama appears to have started his freefall. It started today.
  • This is maddenning...where does a guy go to rent a truck with a minimum 20,000 lb tow rating??

    05/14/2012 11:40:10 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 82 replies
    I can't even find anyone that is bright enough to tell me over the phone what make and model trucks they have for rent, much less what the tow rating is.

    05/13/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 189 replies
    I can't figure it out. I was just looking at my previous articles and looking at the number of comments for each. There seems to be no rhyme or reason. The things I thought were amazing garnered pathetic comments quantities. The things I considered to be frivolous garnered popularity. Click my name and look at my articles and subsequent comment numbers and tell me I'm wrong. If I'm wrong make me understand. Please.