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  • Southern Humor

    12/17/2018 10:03:19 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 54 replies
    email from a suthun frend | 12/17/2018 | unknown
    *Georgia The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, "Y'all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. *If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?" The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everthang but my earrings." Louisiana A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying ... "When the end of the world comes,* *I hope to be in Louisiana ." When asked why,...
  • Beards: Manly or Impossible.

    12/16/2018 4:30:13 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 152 replies
    I have had a big bushy gray beard for the last 6 months...my women friends like it (or so they say) and the rest of my friends seem to stand in awe. It is certainly an expression of an inner self...but what is that inner self saying?I have learned to groom this bush without the help of barber. I did go to a beard barber once, but he never asked me where I was headed re: my beard.We need a thread here on FR about beards.Folks who have never had one cannot know the joy...and the pain.
  • Live from Thailand: Miss Universe Pageant - 7PM Tonight on FOX - First Trans Contestant Ever

    12/16/2018 4:23:38 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 36 replies
    Miss Universe Official ^ | 12/16/18 | N/A
    LIVE! Pageant starts at 7PM through 10PM ET tonight on FOX. First Trans contestant, Angela Ponce of Spain, expected to be a Semifinalist (ugly as a toad, and she has a d*ck, but Las Vegas bookies have places her odds as winning the whole thing to be quite high). Look also for a lot of "TRUMP BASHING" if any Central or South American contestants make it to the Q&A round. Enjoy!
  • Every Man Should Have a Roll-Top Desk

    12/16/2018 4:04:18 AM PST · by vannrox · 106 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 16DEC18 | Editorial staff
    Here I would like to discuss a long standing dream that I have had since I was a small boy; the possession of a large roll-top desk complete with a multitude of tiny drawers, chubby-holes, and spaces for all my personal junk and treasures. I have had this dream for a long… long… long time. With that in mind, let’s discuss this work of art; this magnificent idea and concept of the roll-top desk. During the last century, the idea of a Roll-Top desk was appealing and very popular all over America. Many American homes had these styles of desks...
  • US Mint Marks 'First Strike' of Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Curved Coins

    12/14/2018 4:21:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | December 14, 2018 12:15pm | By Robert Z. Pearlman,
    The coins, which will be sold to the public beginning Jan. 24, 2019, in gold, silver and clad metal, are only the second in the Mint's history to be curved — one side is domed, the other side shaped like a bowl. "These coins are a bit unique, with a distinct curve that you will be able to see and feel," said Ryder. The coins' reverse, or tail's side, is convex, resembling the outward curve of an astronaut's helmet and feature a design based on an iconic photograph of Buzz Aldrin's visor, showing the Apollo 11 lunar module "Eagle," the...
  • Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

    12/13/2018 1:42:01 PM PST · by dayglored · 65 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 13, 2018 | Richard Speed
    All your activity are belong to us Updated A feature introduced in the April 2018 Update of Windows 10 may have set off a privacy landmine within the bowels of Redmond as users have discovered that their data was still flowing into the intestines of the Windows giant, even with the thing apparently turned off.In what is likely to be more cock-up than conspiracy, it appears that Microsoft is continuing to collect data on recent user activities even when the user has explicitly said NO, DAMMIT!First noted in an increasingly shouty thread over on Reddit, the issue is related to...
  • Golf Giggles

    12/13/2018 6:56:39 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 4 replies
    azquotes & email from a friend ^ | 12/13/2018 | David Feherty
    CBS GOLF ANNOUNCER David Feherty He said one day, "It would be easier to pick a broken nose, than a winner in that group." Feherty is a CBS and Golf Channel announcer, who finds very unique, colorful and uninhibited ways of explaining or describing whatever is on his mind ... (probably always on time delay these days). Feherty Quotes: "Fortunately, Rory is 22 years old so his right wrist should be the strongest muscle in his body." "That ball is so far left, Lassie couldn't find it if it was wrapped in bacon." "I am sorry Nick Faldo couldn't be...
  • In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

    12/12/2018 6:23:57 PM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 11, 2018 | Kieren McCarthy
    How things change Well, it's official. For years, at El Reg offices we have commented on how Facebook is the new Microsoft – and not in a good way.Time passes and so while most people can remember that the Zuckerberg-front ad machine was once a beacon of all that was great and wonderful about social media, few recall that Microsoft wasn't always the dull but worthy corporate software company. It was once a hulking, malevolent bully-monopolist that dared the US government to take it on.Well, on a conference stage in Silicon Valley this morning, the Facebook-as-Microsoft transformation became accepted reality....
  • Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems: how to fix them

    12/12/2018 12:29:41 PM PST · by fireman15 · 46 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | November 23, 2018 | Matt Hanson
    Update: After pausing the rollout of the update and extensively testing the software to make sure most issues have been fixed, Microsoft has now made the Windows 10 October 2018 Update once again available to download. We will keep updating this guide with any new issues we find. Some people have reported that they have encountered Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems since downloading and installing it. If you’re running into Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems, we have you covered and have gathered up all the Windows 10 October Update problems and fixes right here in this convenient guide....
  • My beautiful death

    12/11/2018 11:15:11 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    torontolife.com ^ | November 28, 2018 | Gillian Genser
    I spent 15 years sanding and grinding mussel shells to create my sculptures. Then I was diagnosed with heavy-metal poisoning
  • An Illinois Company is Building Brand New Ford-Licensed First-Gen Broncos

    12/10/2018 9:35:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    jalopnik.com ^ | 12/09/2018 | David Tracy
    Everyone’s excited about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco, in part, because of what the nameplate means to American culture: adventure, ruggedness, and fun. It was the first-gen model that created this meaning, so it’s cool that one Illinois company is now building those old Broncos from the ground up as a Ford-licensed product. But they’re not cheap. A company out of Illinois, Gateway Bronco has been finding pristine early Broncos and restomodding them for a couple of years now, getting its start in 2016. Recently, the outfit that “reimagines” Broncos announced that it’s the first builder officially licensed from Ford...
  • Warning to Christmas Shoppers

    12/09/2018 12:51:48 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 72 replies
    email from a friend | 12/09/2018 | uniknown
    After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target, her store of choice. Unfortunately, like most men; I find shopping boring and prefer to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter, from the local Target: Dear Mrs. Harris: Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a few commotions in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your...
  • Wood carving supplys

    12/09/2018 5:22:43 AM PST · by mylife · 71 replies
    Hi all, Long story short, I am looking for carving blanks or roughouts. I don't have time to do this stuff from scratch no more. my eyes are weak, my fingers are thin.. the old band saw aint been fired up in a long time and I might lose a finger... Anyhow I am looking for a good source on carving roughouts or blanks, so I don't spend a ton of time on hogging out a hunk of wood on the band saw. I recall a place in Trumbull Co Ohio called Beaver Dam Decoys, I was in their shop...
  • The Outer Worlds – Official Announcement Trailer

    12/06/2018 11:50:36 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    youtu.be ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Obsidian
    Watch the official announcement trailer for The Outer Worlds, a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division.
  • Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    12/06/2018 9:25:36 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Got a Surface Book 2 on 1803? You should probably uninstall last week's update Users of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, rejoice! Microsoft has slung out a hefty patch to, er, fix a whole bunch of stuff that was broken in the Update of the Damned.Released last night, KB4469342 is packed full of updates, with two notable changes lurking at the end of the list of tweaks. The failure of mapped drives to reconnect after starting and logging into a Windows device – which was a showstopper for many enterprises and consumers with home servers – has been fixed,...
  • It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

    12/06/2018 9:19:13 PM PST · by dayglored · 67 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Thomas Claburn
    RIP: The Edge is dead... as in the EdgeHTML layout code Microsoft on Thursday said it intends to use the open-source Chromium browser engine in the desktop version of its Edge browser, promising the two per cent of global internet users who favor Edge an improved web experience.Joe Belfiore, corporate veep of Windows, announced the plan, which was reported earlier this week. "Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences," he said. One of those audiences may be macOS users, who despite not clamoring for Edge should have access to Microsoft's browser at some point:...
  • I.e vs. E.g. (short refresher course with test)

    12/05/2018 12:19:28 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 88 replies
    wordcounter.io ^ | Riley Thompson Manning
    Ready to learn a little Latin? The abbreviations i.e. and e.g. are two of the most mistakenly-used words in the writing world. Even highly-educated professionals mix up i.e. and e.g. in their technical writing all the time. (I wonder what “no brainer” is in Latin?) The short versionI.e. stands for “id est,” which means “in other words.” Use i.e. when taking a complex idea and restating it to make it easier to understand. It can also be used to signify a clarification or making something more specific. E.g. stands for “exempli gratia,” which means “for example.” Use e.g. to follow...
  • Animal lovers slam a fisherman for catching and killing a fish

    12/03/2018 12:08:20 PM PST · by Simon Green · 98 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/02/18 | Kelsie Wilke
    ] Animal activists are fuming after a group of fishermen caught and killed an enormous black marlin. Outrage was sparked when pictures were posted online of the massive 650 kilogram black marlin, which was caught off the Fraser Island coast in Queensland this week. Social media users slammed the group, calling them 'cruel' for killing the creature. 'Good work heroes! Another animal killed for a photo op, well done,' one person said. 'This is so wrong, so many people trying to justify that it's okay because it died in the fight to get it in.. why can't you see how...
  • NFL: Packers fire head coach McCarthy after 13 seasons

    12/03/2018 11:46:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    OAN ^ | December 3, 2018 | (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Nick Mulvenney/Peter Rutherford)
    (Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, ending his 13-season tenure in charge of the storied National Football League (NFL) team. McCarthy guided the Packers to a fourth Super Bowl triumph in the 2010 season and the franchise won their division six times and made the playoffs nine times under his command. However, a 20-17 home loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday proved to be the final straw in a disappointing season for the Packers, who look set to miss the playoffs. McCarthy’s axing also comes amid reports of tension between the...
  • Monthly Cooking Thread - December 2018

    12/01/2018 3:04:20 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 159 replies
    We will be away this Christmas and probably won’t be cooking a big holiday meal. But one thing I’ve always wanted to try is a crown roast of pork – just because it’s so beautiful. Especially this time of year, you can often purchase a crown roast that is already boned, trimmed, frenched and tied. Depending on where you are, you may have to order well ahead, and will certainly pay a pretty penny, but it will save you a lot of work – and this is definitely a Very Special Occasion or Holiday dish. Here from Taste of Home...