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Title: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on May 25, 2010, 12:31:56 AM
Remember when you were a kid, and you wanted to know how to spell a word, so you'd ask an adult, and they didn't know, but they wanted to disguise their lack of knowledge in the form of giving you a life-skill, so they told you to look it up, and you'd get out the dictionary and realize you didn't know what to look up because you didn't know how to spell the word? The Internet can be like that sometimes, so I thought I'd open up this thread for those answers that the Internet can't help you with because you don't know the question.

Like, for instance, there's an instrument that shows up in a lot of Japanese video games and anime that sounds kind of like a Cuckoo Clock being rhythmically strangled. It's often paired with whistles whenever the music is trying to capture a tropical vibe. You can hear it kick in with the drums at about the 56 second mark in this Mario Galaxy song:

http://www.youtube.com/v/h0EiX-Kq_BY&hl=en_US&fs=1&

Now it's not just a computery-noise because I've heard it in orchestrated music before. Does anyone know what's making that noise?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on May 25, 2010, 09:46:00 AM
Rhythmically Strangled Cuckoo Clock. Sounds like a band name.

Hmm, sorry what was your question? Oh, sorry, don't recognise the instrument.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on May 25, 2010, 02:25:11 PM
I'm not sure which one it is, I didn't hear something matching your description in that vid, do you have another example?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on May 25, 2010, 09:05:12 PM
I think I know the noise you are talking bout, and am going to say xylophone.

Or just steel drums I guess...that is what they use for a lot of tropical music.

http://www.youtube.com/v/hDzmNYd_eaA&hl=en_US&fs=1&

Hmmmm...I can give you an example and rick roll you at the same time :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on May 26, 2010, 12:01:10 AM
Not the percussion noise. The kind of chokey whistley noise in the background. I'll see if I can find a better example..

UPDATE
http://www.youtube.com/v/rEclFoG2pBI&hl=en_US&fs=1&

OK. Here in the goron song you can hear it kick in around the 8 second mark. Not the bongos, and not the steel drums.

And here's the live version. It starts at 10 seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/v/g1iprzH121M&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: TTYT on May 26, 2010, 06:44:13 PM
...it's some kind of electronic pad or percussion thing. There's a sound just like it in the percussion bank on my ancient Casio keyboard.

EDIT: According to the manual, it's a "Computer Game Sound."
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on May 26, 2010, 07:00:19 PM
I think TTYT may be partially correct, it's more likely than not an electronic representation of an actual instrument, but I'd venture to say it's perhaps a Sho.*

I can't actually write the name properly since it requires a character the forum code doesn't recognize.



Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 26, 2010, 07:11:09 PM
Medeski Martin and Wood use it a bunch.  It's an actual instrument.  I think it's the same thing anyway.  Try looking in the song Partido Alto at around 2:40. 

The music video is here.  http://www.mmw.net/av.jsp (http://www.mmw.net/av.jsp)  Or you can just search for the song on grooveshark.  Going to do a little more research when i get a chance
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Nunyerbiz on May 26, 2010, 09:14:31 PM
My best guess at this point:

The Cuca

The live version you linked sounds alot like the same instrument from this Beastie's instrumental.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ar1xWzxutl4&hl=en_US&fs=1&

From about 1:10 onwards, you can hear the Cuca quite clearly.

(And no, I had absolutely no idea what the Cuca was prior to stumbling on this thread... but once it reminded me of this Beastie Boys song, I worked backwards from there and noticed one of the session musicians on the album was credited with playing it... then cross referenced that against some other youtube videos... it seems to fit.)

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 26, 2010, 09:27:03 PM
My best guess at this point:

The Cuca

The live version you linked sounds alot like the same instrument from this Beastie's instrumental.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ar1xWzxutl4&hl=en_US&fs=1&

From about 1:10 onwards, you can hear the Cuca quite clearly.

(And no, I had absolutely no idea what the Cuca was prior to stumbling on this thread... but once it reminded me of this Beastie Boys song, I worked backwards from there and noticed one of the session musicians on the album was credited with playing it... then cross referenced that against some other youtube videos... it seems to fit.)



You bastard... stealing my thunder.  Couldn't get it off my mind so I spent a good 45 minutes looking as well, and just found it.  I'm pretty sure it's the Cuica as well.  Here's a good video.

http://www.youtube.com/v/PU-hfkxljKQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on May 26, 2010, 11:08:58 PM
We have a winner! I've spent years wondering what the thing that made that sound looked like. And now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

So yeah, if anyone else has any hard-to-search-for questions feel free to throw them on here.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Nunyerbiz on May 27, 2010, 06:43:46 AM
You bastard... stealing my thunder. 

Sorry for the thunder theft... Once I heard that live version that Pac had linked... I knew I was only one degree of separation away via that Beastie Boys song, so I ran with it. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on May 27, 2010, 07:13:36 AM
Awww man....I liked the idea of a Cuckoo Clock being rhythmically strangled better. >:(
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 04, 2010, 10:43:20 PM
I like this thread, so I'm going to bring it back with another question that is bugging me.  Posted this in the onion thread too, but maybe this will get different traffic.

Did anyone see the onion news network a few days ago about this new hot artist who had a show at a gallery, which was just all her drawings on the backs of notebooks she did because she was bored in class?  Maybe I'm going crazy and I didn't actually see it on the onion, but I can't find it anywhere anymore.  Did they take it down for some reason?  Did it ever exist?  Anyone know what I'm talking about?  It's weird how stuff can just disappear on the internet.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 10, 2011, 08:00:41 AM
Once upon a time, my aunt had this device which sort of cored and spiral sliced apples.  You would sort of impale the apple on this core sized plug, then turn a crank.  The apple would rotate and push forward, while a knife would press into the side of the apple and slice it.  It's tough to describe.

Any idea where I could find one of those?  I asked my aunt where she got hers, but it was a long time ago and she can't remember.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on April 10, 2011, 08:06:38 AM
Here you go (http://www.applesource.com/peeler.html) :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on April 10, 2011, 09:17:07 AM
Wow. That's engineering for you! We can make even the most mundane practices of eating an apple, complicated.


P.S. Yes, I am an engineer myself, and I do want one of those.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on April 10, 2011, 11:29:18 AM
I have one. It's great when t comes to making stuff like apple pies.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on April 10, 2011, 12:56:21 PM
huh. never seen one that slices while it peels and cores.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on April 10, 2011, 01:20:26 PM
My mother had one of those.  I used it a couple of times when making pies for Thanksgiving.  Good for apple pies; just cut the curley-cue cored/pealed apple one from top to bottom.  Nice uniform slices.

That's the good, the bads are that it's not particularly easy to use until you get the hang of it, and it's a bitch to clean.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 10, 2011, 02:24:22 PM
Wow. That's engineering for you! We can make even the most mundane practices of eating an apple, complicated.

That Krusty is amazing.  He can take an ordinary activity like eating a bicycle, and make it funny.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on April 10, 2011, 03:59:29 PM
Kind of an odd one.

I've been trying to track down one (or more) of these:

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/89cc137d.jpg)

It's a musical snow globe from some company called International Bazaar (according to the box).  And it needs to be identical to the one in the picture.

A few years ago I saw a pile of them at a Christmas Tree Shop out here but had no $ to get any.  Wondering why I want to track one of these hideous things down?  There are currently 2 floating around my family.  The first was originally given as a "oh you'll love this!" from a now ex-girlfriend of my uncle to my grandparents.  One surfaced a year or 2 later at a White Elephant swap & has been making the rounds at various family events (weddings, baby showers, etc.) as a gag gift.
Damn! So close!  :(

http://cgi.ebay.com/Nativity-Scene-Snow-Globe-/260765957969?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb6dcbf51
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 10, 2011, 04:53:02 PM
Okay here is one that I don't think anyone one can answer.

Where was the first Library of all time built?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 10, 2011, 07:11:11 PM
im sure we can point to some REALLY old libraries but somehow i get the feeling that it owuld be conjecture. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on April 10, 2011, 07:44:22 PM
Pretty much, also how are you defining a library?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Scribblesense on April 10, 2011, 08:49:53 PM
Okay here is one that I don't think anyone one can answer.

Where was the first Library of all time built?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Ashurbanipal

Would be my first guess.

Second guess: That city in Antarctica founded by the Elder Ones in At The Mountains of Madness.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 10, 2011, 09:27:01 PM
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Pretty much, also how are you defining a library?

I define it as a type of tree that produces orange colored orb type fruit that is quite tasty.

When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.  - Humpty Dumpty (and sarcasm_made_easy as it turns out)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 10, 2011, 10:01:55 PM
Logically, if any room that holds written documents can be called a "library" (people have them in their homes), then it follows that the first person in ancient Mesopotamia to put a bunch of cuneiform tablets in a room made the first one...  That would also be the first place where records were kept in a central place and people went to look them up, also one of the definitions of a library.

For a public library like the ones we have today?  That must be online somewhere but I'm not interested enough to do a search.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 10, 2011, 10:09:17 PM
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Logically, if any room that holds written documents can be called a "library"

Does this mean that the letter magnets on my fridge have turned my kitchen into a library?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on April 11, 2011, 04:27:04 AM
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Pretty much, also how are you defining a library?
I define it as a type of tree that produces orange colored orb type fruit that is quite tasty.
When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.  - Humpty Dumpty (and sarcasm_made_easy as it turns out)
Yeah though I was wondering how the Doc was defining it really.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 11, 2011, 04:31:39 AM
Well I never really thought about it but i guess I would define a Library as a place that keeps books for members of the public to read.  I don't think my book shelves are a library because people are not free to just come in and read them.

That looks interesting.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on April 11, 2011, 04:35:28 AM
OK so the first public library, because Libraries started as private things.

If you don't count official archives (places where edicts and the like were kept). I'd say probably around the end of the 5th century BC but that's really just an estimate, things like that tend to be fairly vague. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 11, 2011, 04:37:12 AM
OK so the first public library, because Libraries started as private things.

If you don't count official archives (places where edicts and the like were kept). I'd say probably around the end of the 5th century BC but that's really just an estimate, things like that tend to be fairly vague. :)

That is why i asked,i figured it would spark some interesting posts and links to some interesting facts.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 11, 2011, 07:43:22 AM
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Yeah though I was wondering how the Doc was defining it really.

And i just wanted an excuse to post an Alice quote, so its win/win
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 11, 2011, 08:29:07 AM
Can I just point out that there is nothing silly about the apple peeling/slicing device I mentioned?  I can't? 

Screw you, I'm pointing it out anyway.

There is nothing silly about the apple peeling/slicing device I mentioned.

When you eat an apple, you have to peel the toxic skin off first.  This is much easier than using an apple peeler or a toe knife.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on April 11, 2011, 08:59:01 AM
I have one of those apple peelers. It is a thing of beauty but, as someone pointed out already, a bitch to clean.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 11, 2011, 09:30:01 AM
Eating the skin has never don me any harm,so yes it is a silly device :P
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on April 11, 2011, 09:31:02 AM
Can I just point out that there is nothing silly about the apple peeling/slicing device I mentioned?  I can't? 

Screw you, I'm pointing it out anyway.

There is nothing silly about the apple peeling/slicing device I mentioned.

When you eat an apple, you have to peel the toxic skin off first.  This is much easier than using an apple peeler or a toe knife.
Apple skin isn't toxic.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 11, 2011, 09:35:05 AM
Yeah since when is appleskin bad?  I love it personally. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 11, 2011, 09:56:02 AM
Yeah since when is appleskin bad?  I love it personally. 

Yea, I've never taken the skin off an apple before eating one...

They probably should have said before you bake with an apple you have to take the skin off, but mostly more for texture reasons than taste.  But I think the time saved peeling and coring with that device is killed by the time needed to clean it, but if you were making a lot of pies it would be time saver.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on April 11, 2011, 09:57:31 AM
Yeah anything that processes pulpy things is a bitch to clean, that wood chipper never got perfectly clean after I...

I've said too much.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Invader_quirk on April 11, 2011, 09:58:12 AM
(http://i340.photobucket.com/albums/o355/Invader_quirk/Harrisonappleskin.jpg)

On a side note, I love how that needless apple peeler is the "back to basics" apple peeler. I think just eating an apple is the basics.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 11, 2011, 10:56:21 AM
Four people missed the apple skin joke.  I guess there aren't a lot of fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia here.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 11, 2011, 11:00:33 AM
Four people missed the apple skin joke.  I guess there aren't a lot of fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia here.

I've watched a few episodes, keep meaning to watch more but keep forgetting about it, I guess I didn't see the one(s) that apply here.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on April 11, 2011, 11:41:54 AM
Four people missed the apple skin joke.  I guess there aren't a lot of fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia here.

I forgot about that joke. Don't forget to eat the sticker.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on April 11, 2011, 02:04:12 PM
Okay here is one that I don't think anyone one can answer.

Where was the first Library of all time built?
I don't know. My local library is pretty old.

Here are some signs  to let you know if your library is really old..........

5. The only audio book is a wax cylinder of Mary had a little lamb.

4. You have a late fee for a scroll that you have yet to return.

3. They use the "Do we" DECIBEL system, which consists of someone yelling "DO WE HAVE A COPY OF WHO MOVED MY CHEESE!?"

2. The New York times is still considered relevant

 AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN THAT YOUR LIBRARY IS REALLY OLD...... :rimshot: :rimshot: :rimshot:

1. Three  words.....REGULAR SIZED FICHE  :rimshot:

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 11, 2011, 02:06:18 PM
thank you letterman. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on April 11, 2011, 02:16:01 PM
thank you letterman. 
hey hey....Ya got any gum?




if ANYONE gets that.....I want to hang with you  ;D
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 11, 2011, 02:20:19 PM
thank you letterman. 
hey hey....Ya got any gum?




if ANYONE gets that.....I want to hang with you  ;D
Can you sell me a hot dog?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on April 11, 2011, 02:37:23 PM
thank you letterman. 
hey hey....Ya got any gum?




if ANYONE gets that.....I want to hang with you  ;D
Can you sell me a hot dog?
DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS!?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 11, 2011, 02:59:28 PM
thank you letterman. 
hey hey....Ya got any gum?




if ANYONE gets that.....I want to hang with you  ;D
Can you sell me a hot dog?
DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS!?
Are you enjoying your shrimp, sir?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 11, 2011, 03:04:17 PM
thank you letterman. 
hey hey....Ya got any gum?




if ANYONE gets that.....I want to hang with you  ;D
Can you sell me a hot dog?
DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS!?
Are you enjoying your shrimp, sir?

No,seafood makes me ill.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on April 11, 2011, 03:46:46 PM
Something I've been looking for for years: does anyone know where I could find either a video or the audio from when Patrick Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, and he talks about being a huge Star Trek fan, but he keeps getting all the names wrong?  I found a transcript of it here:  http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml), but it's just not the same as the real thing.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on April 11, 2011, 04:01:07 PM
Something I've been looking for for years: does anyone know where I could find either a video or the audio from when Patrick Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, and he talks about being a huge Star Trek fan, but he keeps getting all the names wrong?  I found a transcript of it here:  http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml), but it's just not the same as the real thing.

I had it on VHS, but I think I either taped over it or threw out the tape a couple years ago.   :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on April 11, 2011, 04:19:06 PM
Something I've been looking for for years: does anyone know where I could find either a video or the audio from when Patrick Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, and he talks about being a huge Star Trek fan, but he keeps getting all the names wrong?  I found a transcript of it here:  http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml), but it's just not the same as the real thing.

I've got it on SuperBeta. As soon as I get my VCR working again, I'm gonna transfer some of my stuff to digital.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on April 11, 2011, 07:36:55 PM
Something I've been looking for for years: does anyone know where I could find either a video or the audio from when Patrick Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, and he talks about being a huge Star Trek fan, but he keeps getting all the names wrong?  I found a transcript of it here:  http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml), but it's just not the same as the real thing.

I've got it on SuperBeta. As soon as I get my VCR working again, I'm gonna transfer some of my stuff to digital.
I do believe that every season of SNL is on netflix streaming. Take the month free trial. soooo much SNL.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 11, 2011, 10:33:49 PM
Something I've been looking for for years: does anyone know where I could find either a video or the audio from when Patrick Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, and he talks about being a huge Star Trek fan, but he keeps getting all the names wrong?  I found a transcript of it here:  http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93lmono.phtml), but it's just not the same as the real thing.

I've got it on SuperBeta. As soon as I get my VCR working again, I'm gonna transfer some of my stuff to digital.
I do believe that every season of SNL is on netflix streaming. Take the month free trial. soooo much SNL.

Yes, season 19, show #12, just watched it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 11, 2011, 10:36:39 PM
Which one has the classic cheeseburger cheeseburger cheese thing with belushi?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on May 10, 2011, 07:06:36 AM
Why is crap like this considered news?

http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/justin-bieber-was-a-brat-shooting-csi-according-to-marg-helgenberger--2923

One actor says something about another actor.... Who finds that shit interesting?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on May 10, 2011, 08:11:22 AM
Idiots
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 10, 2011, 11:48:05 AM
Which one has the classic cheeseburger cheeseburger cheese thing with belushi?

They did that one a bunch of times, the place was called The Olympia Restaurant.

I think the first was season 3 episode 10.

One actor says something about another actor.... Who finds that shit interesting?
Can't help but think of this scene from Blazing Saddles:
http://youtu.be/ZZvT2r828QY
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 01, 2011, 12:54:13 PM
Anyone know of a good electric shaver?  For some reason, recently the one I use keeps snagging the hairs.  I don't get a really thick beard.  You can see the skin.  But it's definitely something beyond a simple five o'clock shadow.  I guess it'd probably be like in this photo (http://thrifty.f2s.com/karenina_and_me3.jpg). It takes me 5 days to get to that, which is about my optimal length.

But the end result is that shaving is a painful ordeal.  If I go after it with a regular disposable safety razor and shaving cream, what I get is that all the hairs get bunched up and the blade becomes "full" after every swipe.  I need to clean it off by running it under the faucet and banging the blade on the sink.  I have to do this 3 times for every column of face/chin hair I'm trying to get clean.  Do you guys get what I'm saying?  It's really quite a bother.

What is really getting to me is that I did fine for years with a system of dry shave with the beard trimmer attachment of an electric shaver, shower, then do a single pass with the disposable razor to get rid of the remainder.  About a year ago, and I can't figure out why, the beard trimmer just kept snagging the hairs.  It feels like it's trying to pluck them out.  Unless I get just the right angle.  The top side, I guess you would call it the foil, seems to do nothing whatsoever.

Anyone use an electric shaver they can reccomend?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 01, 2011, 01:18:47 PM
What is really getting to me is that I did fine for years with a system of dry shave with the beard trimmer attachment of an electric shaver, shower, then do a single pass with the disposable razor to get rid of the remainder.  About a year ago, and I can't figure out why, the beard trimmer just kept snagging the hairs.  It feels like it's trying to pluck them out.  Unless I get just the right angle.  The top side, I guess you would call it the foil, seems to do nothing whatsoever.

I've tried a lot of electric shavers and never found one that worked well for me.  Rotary or foil my beard it just too tough for them and they all wear out quick and start pulling the hairs.  Only one that ever worked half way decent was the foil type that you could use wet, but even that only lasted a little longer.

Anyway, it sounds like your trimmer blades got dull.  Those trimmers that pop out on an electric razor are usually not that good, you should get a dedicated trimmer with good blades, that should do a better job at the first pass you describe above and last a long time.  

Something like this:

http://www.wahl-store.com/detail/WAH+9906-717

I've actually been using a little one I got for my horse, but it was too weak for his hair, been using it on my own beard for several years:

http://www.wahlanimalstore.com/product_detail.asp?T1=WAH 9861-600 (http://www.wahlanimalstore.com/product_detail.asp?T1=WAH 9861-600)

Love the description for the horse trimmer "Great for trimming face, ears, and paws.", hmmm, a horse with paws, I'd like to see that......
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 01, 2011, 03:54:59 PM
Yeah definitely sounds like dull clipper blades.

Just do what I did & join the club of bearded men!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 01, 2011, 04:57:11 PM
Yeah definitely sounds like dull clipper blades.

Just do what I did & join the club of bearded men!

I've tried, but after about 10 days the itchiness drives me crazy.

Thing is, I bought a new shaver back in March and I'm still getting hairs snagged on it.  I guess I'll try the one MartyS suggested, though Gromit can just go to Hell.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 01, 2011, 05:05:16 PM
Did you try putting conditioner in your beard? Sometimes that helps with the itch.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: spaceforarent on June 02, 2011, 05:06:46 PM
Did you try putting conditioner in your beard? Sometimes that helps with the itch.
I second this suggestion.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on June 02, 2011, 06:34:41 PM
I've used coconut oil from time to time.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 03, 2011, 09:49:08 AM
Did you try putting conditioner in your beard? Sometimes that helps with the itch.
Next time I get in the mood to try and cultivate a bearded look, I'll try that.  For now though, I prefer the clean-shaven look, for those few days when I can maintain it between shavings.

Actually, conditioner?  You mean like the stuff you rub in your hair in the shower then rinse out?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 03, 2011, 01:29:10 PM
Did you try putting conditioner in your beard? Sometimes that helps with the itch.
Next time I get in the mood to try and cultivate a bearded look, I'll try that.  For now though, I prefer the clean-shaven look, for those few days when I can maintain it between shavings.

Actually, conditioner?  You mean like the stuff you rub in your hair in the shower then rinse out?

Yep.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on June 03, 2011, 07:59:13 PM
Here's a question: why is it that you can't find packages of t-shirts, underwear, and socks with the same number of units?  For instance, you can find packages of socks with 10 pairs, packages of underwear with 7 pairs, and packages of t-shirts with 5 shirts.  Why is this?  Why can't they make packages of socks, t-shirts, and underwear that all have, say, 10 units of each? 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 04, 2011, 06:15:23 AM
Same reason hotdogs & hamburgers come in a different number than the packs of buns?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on June 04, 2011, 08:03:27 AM
Same reason hotdogs & hamburgers come in a different number than the packs of buns?

Except that if you shop around a little bit, you can get a package of hotdogs that has the same number of hotdogs as there are hotdog buns in the package.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 05, 2011, 11:40:25 AM
Same reason hotdogs & hamburgers come in a different number than the packs of buns?

Except that if you shop around a little bit, you can get a package of hotdogs that has the same number of hotdogs as there are hotdog buns in the package.

True. Although the same might work for clothes. Although you might have to hit up a couple stores to make it work.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on June 05, 2011, 03:13:27 PM
Same reason hotdogs & hamburgers come in a different number than the packs of buns?

Except that if you shop around a little bit, you can get a package of hotdogs that has the same number of hotdogs as there are hotdog buns in the package.

True. Although the same might work for clothes. Although you might have to hit up a couple stores to make it work.
My question is, where can I find a  package with the same number of hotdogs as I have socks!? JUST NEVER YOU MIND WHY!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 05, 2011, 04:24:12 PM
Same reason hotdogs & hamburgers come in a different number than the packs of buns?

Except that if you shop around a little bit, you can get a package of hotdogs that has the same number of hotdogs as there are hotdog buns in the package.

True. Although the same might work for clothes. Although you might have to hit up a couple stores to make it work.
My question is, where can I find a  package with the same number of hotdogs as I have socks!? JUST NEVER YOU MIND WHY!

You should try Farmer John's cock socks.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on June 05, 2011, 07:13:28 PM
Okay, so I'm writing a story that starts out with a bank robbery.  Has anyone here ever worked in a bank?  If so, what's the bank's procedure for an armed robbery?  Like, in my story, the robber, who is wearing a hood and sunglasses, pulls a gun on a teller when the teller asks him to remove the hood and sunglasses, and shoots him in the shoulder when the teller moves to hit the alarm.  So what would the bank instruct the other employees to do at this point? 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on June 05, 2011, 07:26:41 PM
one of the employees should pick up a shotgun, walk towards the bank robber and say "you have any idea who you're stealing from?! you and your friends are dead!"
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on June 05, 2011, 07:35:08 PM
one of the employees should pick up a shotgun, walk towards the bank robber and say "you have any idea who you're stealing from?! you and your friends are dead!"

Nice thought, but my story is a ripoff of an homage to a completely different franchise.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: mike5150 on June 05, 2011, 08:36:12 PM
one of the employees should pick up a shotgun, walk towards the bank robber and say "you have any idea who you're stealing from?! you and your friends are dead!"
and then Val Kilmar should put on a Ronald Regan mask  and  shoot a machine gun in there air, and when the cops come, he screams  that he is an F.B.I. agent!! and then demands that all ATMs stop asking if he would like to conduct his transaction in english, cuz his finger was already poised to enter his pin number! Aw man, I would go see that!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on June 05, 2011, 08:53:59 PM
one of the employees should pick up a shotgun, walk towards the bank robber and say "you have any idea who you're stealing from?! you and your friends are dead!"
and then Val Kilmar should put on a Ronald Regan mask  and  shoot a machine gun in there air, and when the cops come, he screams  that he is an F.B.I. agent!! and then demands that all ATMs stop asking if he would like to conduct his transaction in english, cuz his finger was already poised to enter his pin number! Aw man, I would go see that!

No that's not what I'm ripping off either.

Actually, the story is supposed to be a science fiction/cyberpunk(even though I hate that term) mystery/thriller/adventure story.  It's sorta like Ghost In The Shell.  To the point where it could be an episode of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, except I wanted to write an original story with original characters created by me and not Masamune Shirow.  So instead of being part of a special pseudo-military swat team, the main characters are just regular detectives working for the regular police department. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 06, 2011, 06:48:34 AM
Why do people think the question "Why is there braille on drive-up ATMs?" is an interesting question or even a funny joke?  Is the answer really that hard to figure out?  I can think of two very obvious reasons.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 06, 2011, 09:25:18 AM
Why do people think the question "Why is there braille on drive-up ATMs?" is an interesting question or even a funny joke?  Is the answer really that hard to figure out?  I can think of two very obvious reasons.

Where did you hear someone making that joke?  I could see doing a bad driver joke that ends with "that's why they put braille on drive up ATMs".

Obviously they don't make different machines for the drive up, it's a walk up machine mounted up higher...

And every once in a while at my bank I've had to walk up to the drive up one because the walk up one in front was out of order (it's only 3 blocks away so I walk to the bank ATM quite often).  Of course that might be a tricky move for a blind person, I could see that there were no cars at the drive up...

I've often wondered what you hear when you plug headphones into the jack?  Does the machine have recorded help messages?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on June 06, 2011, 09:51:19 AM
Maybe it plays "Money" by Pink Floyd.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: spaceforarent on June 06, 2011, 05:05:53 PM
On a similar note, and a sort of serious one as well, but why is the braille on vending machines?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2011, 05:09:48 PM
As in soda and snack vending machines?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on June 06, 2011, 05:23:03 PM
Okay, so I'm writing a story that starts out with a bank robbery.  Has anyone here ever worked in a bank?  If so, what's the bank's procedure for an armed robbery?  Like, in my story, the robber, who is wearing a hood and sunglasses, pulls a gun on a teller when the teller asks him to remove the hood and sunglasses, and shoots him in the shoulder when the teller moves to hit the alarm.  So what would the bank instruct the other employees to do at this point? 

When I was a teller, it was give them anything they want (including the dye pack they don't want) and hit the alarm as soon as they are out the door. The money is insured. The bank can't afford the lawsuit from a person getting shot because they were directed to try to hit the alarm while the robber was there with a gun. So if you want realistic, the robber just has to shoot for no reason.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: spaceforarent on June 06, 2011, 05:39:48 PM
As in soda and snack vending machines?
Precisely. Sure, they can tell that they are pressing E5, but how do they know what is in E5? Or even how much it costs?
I think it might be due to some law that they technically need to follow, that or the buttons are made from a different company and they can be used in other things.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on June 06, 2011, 07:02:24 PM
I think it's mostly a legally related thing.

It does make me think of a really cool thing you can see if you visit Hitsville: outside the main studio there is a five or six selection candy dispenser. What was avalible changed all the time, except for one (the second from the left I seem to recall) which was always always filled with Baby Ruth bars. And that was because those were Stevie Wonder's favourites when he was Little Stevie. I always think how nice it must have been for a little kid who grew up in poverty to not only be making music but have people care enough about him to make sure he could always find the candy he loved. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on June 07, 2011, 11:56:20 AM
My youngest daughter, Anna, wants to go to art school when she graduates college. She'd like to go to the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland OR, and I'd like her to go there too because of the music scene. PNCA has a summer program for a few weeks in July, and she sent off a portfolio for a scholarship. Well, she won the scholarship. They just called and said she won $1400 and had the top portfolio. They mailed her a letter on May 24 to let her know but it was returned to them, so they called us to let us know.

I don't know how I feel about it. I'm pleased for her but it's only a partial scholarship and we frankly don't have the money to make up the rest, which comes to $1600 (and doesn't include airfare). Plus it's only about two or three weeks, and I don't even know if it's worth it. On the other hand, I'd like to encourage her and want to support her in her music and art career. So I really don't know what to do.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on June 07, 2011, 12:01:33 PM
Well firstly, well done to Anna, can I say that on her wall or will that embarrass her?

Maybe time for a fund raiser of some sort.  :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on June 07, 2011, 01:07:55 PM
You can say that, I think. She's pretty happy about it.

A fundraiser sounds interesting, I'd have to give that some thought.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on June 07, 2011, 01:13:54 PM
I mean she could possibly auction ofd some art pieces or something like that. Or maybe auction of a performance or two. Something lile that. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 07, 2011, 02:57:19 PM
You can say that, I think. She's pretty happy about it.

A fundraiser sounds interesting, I'd have to give that some thought.

Start up a Kickstarter fund.  Offer "prizes" for the various donation levels.

For a look at examples on what you can do with it:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Showbread/showbreads-free-fifth-album

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on June 07, 2011, 03:18:32 PM
You can say that, I think. She's pretty happy about it.

A fundraiser sounds interesting, I'd have to give that some thought.

Start up a Kickstarter fund.  Offer "prizes" for the various donation levels.

For a look at examples on what you can do with it:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Showbread/showbreads-free-fifth-album
That's a better approach. A friend of mine has a vampire web series, the top donors to their kickstarter page get custom fangs. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on June 07, 2011, 06:13:37 PM
You can say that, I think. She's pretty happy about it.

A fundraiser sounds interesting, I'd have to give that some thought.

Start up a Kickstarter fund.  Offer "prizes" for the various donation levels.

For a look at examples on what you can do with it:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Showbread/showbreads-free-fifth-album



This is awesome! Thanks, k1, I will tell her about it!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 15, 2011, 11:57:09 AM
I've often wondered what you hear when you plug headphones into the jack?  Does the machine have recorded help messages?

I wondered this too.  This past Saturday, I drove up to an ATM cause I needed some cash.  It had one of those jacks.  I didn't have any headphones, but it did occur to me that the jack matches the jack on my Ipod and the AUX port of my car stereo, and the cable I use to connect the two is long enough to reach the ATM (comfortably too, there was still plenty of slack).  So I plugged the ATM headphone jack into my car stereo. 

What I heard was a recorded explanation in a computerized voice explaining how to operate the ATM, and describing the relative positions of everything on it.  The idea I guess was to assist the blind.  It spoke these instructions in English, then in Spanish, then repeated.

In case people hadn't realized it, blind people can use drive up ATMs.  Nothing says you have to be in the driver's seat to use the ATM.  If you're blind and have someone driving you around, you can sit beind the driver, roll down the window, and the driver can just pull forward a little further.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 15, 2011, 11:59:49 AM

I've tried a lot of electric shavers and never found one that worked well for me.  Rotary or foil my beard it just too tough for them and they all wear out quick and start pulling the hairs.  Only one that ever worked half way decent was the foil type that you could use wet, but even that only lasted a little longer.

Anyway, it sounds like your trimmer blades got dull.  Those trimmers that pop out on an electric razor are usually not that good, you should get a dedicated trimmer with good blades, that should do a better job at the first pass you describe above and last a long time.  

Something like this:

http://www.wahl-store.com/detail/WAH+9906-717

This arrived in the mail on Monday, and I gave it a try today, even though my beard hadn't reached full thickness yet (it probably needed 2 more days for that).  First impression is that it's very good.  I just ran it along and it cut the hairs down.  You could still see stubble very clearly, so at first it seemed like it wasn't working.  However, it was short enough that I was able to comfortably follow it up with a close shave with cream and a disposable razor.

I'll have to try again in a week when I have peak beard growth.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 19, 2011, 02:41:47 PM
Can someone explain the punchline of this video?  I keep deconstructing it in my head.

http://www.theonion.com/video/green-lantern-to-fulfill-americas-wish-to-see-lant,20741/

I guess what I keep taking away from this is that the Green Lantern movie is a movie nobody really cares about or knows anything about, even people enthusiastically going to see the movie and people reviewing it, but everybody is just faking it.  You get the sense that secretly everyone is like "Shit, another comic book movie.  Here we go again.  Let's just go through the motions."

What do you think?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on June 19, 2011, 10:15:38 PM
Oh, crap, that was funny.  "Green Lantern?  Sure!  Why not?"  "They put out this fancy trailer, who am I to say I won't go see it?"

Okay, the punch line is that Green Lantern is pretty far down in the comic book food chain for the average person.  Most people know who Superman, and Batman and Spiderman are, but who the hell is Green Lantern?  Same kinda goes for Thor.  (Even though I really enjoyed the movie, I didn't know crap about Thor the comic book going in.)

So, they are poking fun at 1) the movie studio's releasing Green Lantern as though a beloved character was finally being put on screen and 2) the way people are responding to the advertising blitz as though they are long-time Green Lantern fans, and not just guys who saw the trailer, then went home and checked out the Green Lantern Wikipedia page to learn the backstory.

The thing about The Onion is that their approach to humor is to illustrate absurdity by being absurd.  They see something that they think is silly, then they find an even more ridiculous way to present it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 20, 2011, 04:16:48 AM
The thing about The Onion is that their approach to humor is to illustrate absurdity by being absurd.  They see something that they think is silly, then they find an even more ridiculous way to present it.

Yeah I think that's one of their approaches.  Another which I see a lot more is taking the mundane and using that absurdity to make it seem newsworthy. 

Anyway, thanks for your analysis.  Maybe now I can stop turning that over in my head.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 20, 2011, 04:35:18 PM
Speaking of The Onion, did anyone else notice that they're doing another one of their "theme weeks"?  The current theme seems to be "bitching about not winning any Pulitzers".  As expected, it is hilarious.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on July 14, 2011, 04:45:59 PM
Here's something I've been wondering about recently.  First some background.  In grade school, to save money, they never turned on the air conditioning until May 1st.  Never.  Under any circumstances.  It didn't matter if it was 100 degrees.  The air conditioning stayed off no matter what until May 1st.  Naturally, a lot of kids got really hot and sweaty in the classrooms.  And a lot of us would fan ourselves with our notebooks or folders or a sheet of looseleaf or whatever we had available.  But our teachers told us not to do that, because according to them, the effort of fanning ourselves off would actually make us hotter.  So what I was wondering is this: is there any scientific basis to that claim?  Does the effort of fanning yourself off when you're hot actually increase your body temperature?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on July 14, 2011, 05:07:15 PM
Sounds like a good test for Mythbusters.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 15, 2011, 07:04:44 AM
Here's something I've been wondering about recently.  First some background.  In grade school, to save money, they never turned on the air conditioning until May 1st.  Never.  Under any circumstances.  It didn't matter if it was 100 degrees.  The air conditioning stayed off no matter what until May 1st.  Naturally, a lot of kids got really hot and sweaty in the classrooms.  And a lot of us would fan ourselves with our notebooks or folders or a sheet of looseleaf or whatever we had available.  But our teachers told us not to do that, because according to them, the effort of fanning ourselves off would actually make us hotter.  So what I was wondering is this: is there any scientific basis to that claim?  Does the effort of fanning yourself off when you're hot actually increase your body temperature?

Well there's a discussion on the topic over on Snopes.

http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=31654
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on July 15, 2011, 08:51:58 AM
Yeah, I found that after I posted the question here, but it doesn't look like anyone's ever tested it under scientific conditions.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 25, 2011, 08:44:50 AM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 25, 2011, 08:48:32 AM
richie rich and friends?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on July 25, 2011, 09:11:53 AM
Fat Albert!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 25, 2011, 09:24:39 AM
richie rich and friends?

Don't you mean "job creator"ie "job creator" and friends?

Sorry, couldn't resist ripping off The Daily Show...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 25, 2011, 09:27:36 AM
I am pretty sure faning yourself makes you cooler,at least that is how it feels to me when I do it and I work outside in the heat a lot.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on July 25, 2011, 11:45:17 AM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Duck Tales.  (I'm 99.98% sure.)  If I remember correctly, the ducks were Scrooge McDuck's great-grandkids, and The Beagle Boys were always trying to steal the McDuck fortune.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on July 25, 2011, 11:54:37 AM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Duck Tales.  (I'm 99.98% sure.)  If I remember correctly, the ducks were Scrooge McDuck's great-grandkids, and The Beagle Boys were always trying to steal the McDuck fortune.

Yep.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 25, 2011, 12:14:48 PM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Duck Tales.  (I'm 99.98% sure.)  If I remember correctly, the ducks were Scrooge McDuck's great-grandkids, and The Beagle Boys were always trying to steal the McDuck fortune.
No I don't think that's it.

There was also this one other anthropomorphic duck named Fenton and he could count real fast and he had this robotic suit that he could use to become a superhero.  And Huey Dewey and Lewey were in it too.  I think K1 had it, must've been Fat Albert.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on July 25, 2011, 12:23:55 PM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Duck Tales.  (I'm 99.98% sure.)  If I remember correctly, the ducks were Scrooge McDuck's great-grandkids, and The Beagle Boys were always trying to steal the McDuck fortune.
No I don't think that's it.

There was also this one other anthropomorphic duck named Fenton and he could count real fast and he had this robotic suit that he could use to become a superhero.  And Huey Dewey and Lewey were in it too.  I think K1 had it, must've been Fat Albert.
Have you ever had that strange feeling that someone was messing with you?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on July 25, 2011, 12:30:59 PM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Duck Tales.  (I'm 99.98% sure.)  If I remember correctly, the ducks were Scrooge McDuck's great-grandkids, and The Beagle Boys were always trying to steal the McDuck fortune.
No I don't think that's it.

There was also this one other anthropomorphic duck named Fenton and he could count real fast and he had this robotic suit that he could use to become a superhero.  And Huey Dewey and Lewey were in it too.  I think K1 had it, must've been Fat Albert.
Have you ever had that strange feeling that someone was messing with you?

I don't know what you're talking about.  By the way, does anyone remember a show back in the 90's about this guy who was trapped in space and he had to watch movies with these two obnoxious little puppets, and first there was one guy doing it and then for no reason they switched to another guy?  Does that sound familiar to anyone?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on July 25, 2011, 01:13:09 PM
I used to watch this cartoon when I was a kid.  It was about a bunch of anthropomorphic ducks and one of them was rich and had a big bin of money.  There were also some anthropomorphic beagles that were criminals.  I can't remember the name of the show.
Duck Tales.  (I'm 99.98% sure.)  If I remember correctly, the ducks were Scrooge McDuck's great-grandkids, and The Beagle Boys were always trying to steal the McDuck fortune.
No I don't think that's it.

There was also this one other anthropomorphic duck named Fenton and he could count real fast and he had this robotic suit that he could use to become a superhero.  And Huey Dewey and Lewey were in it too.  I think K1 had it, must've been Fat Albert.
Have you ever had that strange feeling that someone was messing with you?

I don't know what you're talking about.  By the way, does anyone remember a show back in the 90's about this guy who was trapped in space and he had to watch movies with these two obnoxious little puppets, and first there was one guy doing it and then for no reason they switched to another guy?  Does that sound familiar to anyone?
Power Rangers.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 25, 2011, 01:25:51 PM
No no, it was called Newhart.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on July 25, 2011, 01:47:39 PM
No no, it was called Newhart.
And in the last episode the second guy wakes up and goes to the bathroom to find the first guy taking a shower, right?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on July 25, 2011, 03:14:29 PM
No no, it was called Newhart.
And in the last episode the second guy wakes up and goes to the bathroom to find the first guy taking a shower, right?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on July 25, 2011, 06:46:21 PM
No no, it was called Newhart.
And in the last episode the second guy wakes up and goes to the bathroom to find the first guy taking a shower, right?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Dammit!  Now you've spoiled the ending!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on July 26, 2011, 04:20:47 AM
No no, it was called Newhart.
And in the last episode the second guy wakes up and goes to the bathroom to find the first guy taking a shower, right?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Dammit!  Now you've spoiled the ending!

well, at least it's no longer soiled. :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on July 26, 2011, 02:19:38 PM
I don't want to get into the reason I ask this question, but I have been trying to search it out and I'm getting nowhere.  Maybe someone here can help me out.

Is the site where the World Trade Center buildings once stood, and where the 9/11 memorial will be located, government owned (City,State, Federal) or is it private property?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 02:24:20 PM
The site is mostly owned by the Port Authority though some of the areas of the site are privately owned.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 03:51:06 PM
Not that i doubt you man but how did u find that?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 04:22:25 PM
Well at first it was something I simply assumed since the Port Authority owns a bunch of land in Manhattan and many of those who lost their lives on 9/11/01 worked directly under the auspices of the Authority. But before I posted I did a quick search on "Ground Zero Site Ownership" and the very first page was 1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_site)the wiki page which starts thusly:

Quote
The World Trade Center site (ZIP code: 10048), also known as "Ground Zero" after the September 11 attacks, sits on 16 acres (65,000 m2) in Lower Manhattan in New York City.[1] The World Trade Center complex stood on the site until it was destroyed in the attacks; Studio Daniel Libeskind, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Silverstein Properties, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation oversee the reconstruction of the site. The site is bounded by Vesey Street to the north, the West Side Highway to the west, Liberty Street to the south, and Church Street to the east. The Port Authority owns the site's land (except for 7 World Trade Center). Developer Larry Silverstein holds the lease to retail and office space in four of the site's buildings.[2]
While the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is often identified as the owner of the WTC site, the ownership situation is actually somewhat complex and ambiguous.[3] The Port Authority indeed owns a "significant" internal portion of the site of 16 acres (65,000 m2), but has acknowledged "ambiguities over ownership of miscellaneous strips of property at the World Trade Center site", going back to the 1960s. It is unclear who owns 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of the site, being land where streets had been before the World Trade Center was built.

Since the site is, mostly, Authority owned, my best guess would be that the Memorial itself will be run by some sort of QUANGO style entity.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 05:08:47 PM
i was just curious man.  hope it didnt come across as an attack, that and we are trained to ask for a source.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 05:19:28 PM
Perish the thought :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 05:23:38 PM
looking at that description you have to wonder about the finances of people named specifically like larry silverstein.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 26, 2011, 06:08:03 PM
Well at first it was something I simply assumed since the Port Authority owns a bunch of land in Manhattan and many of those who lost their lives on 9/11/01 worked directly under the auspices of the Authority. But before I posted I did a quick search on "Ground Zero Site Ownership" and the very first page was 1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_site)the wiki page which starts thusly:

Quote
The World Trade Center site (ZIP code: 10048), also known as "Ground Zero" after the September 11 attacks, sits on 16 acres (65,000 m2) in Lower Manhattan in New York City.[1] The World Trade Center complex stood on the site until it was destroyed in the attacks; Studio Daniel Libeskind, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Silverstein Properties, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation oversee the reconstruction of the site. The site is bounded by Vesey Street to the north, the West Side Highway to the west, Liberty Street to the south, and Church Street to the east. The Port Authority owns the site's land (except for 7 World Trade Center). Developer Larry Silverstein holds the lease to retail and office space in four of the site's buildings.[2]
While the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is often identified as the owner of the WTC site, the ownership situation is actually somewhat complex and ambiguous.[3] The Port Authority indeed owns a "significant" internal portion of the site of 16 acres (65,000 m2), but has acknowledged "ambiguities over ownership of miscellaneous strips of property at the World Trade Center site", going back to the 1960s. It is unclear who owns 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of the site, being land where streets had been before the World Trade Center was built.

Since the site is, mostly, Authority owned, my best guess would be that the Memorial itself will be run by some sort of QUANGO style entity.



I am having flashbacks to that one episode of Yes Minister and imagining it applied to ground zero.  It's not a pretty thought.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 06:47:29 PM
Oh yeah they've been a perennial joke in Britain since the 60s though they really exploded, both in existence and as a source of comedy, under Thatcher. Blur even did a song about them which pretty much sums up the popular view of those who work for/run them:

http://www.youtube.com/v/opoOcYqLHl4

but, in fact, there are a number of organizations that are essentially QUANGOS that people might not think of as such, here are a couple

(http://www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ResourcesForCourses/images/Movies&Television/cpb.gif)

(http://www.rawstory.com/rs//wp-content/uploads/2011/05/blackwater_logo.jpg)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 06:54:59 PM
pardon my ignorance but whats a quango
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 07:22:26 PM
It's a

QUasi-
Autonimous
Non-
Governmental
Organization

Essentially a corporation that exists to do some function in the stead of a Government department or on the behalf of the Government and operates like a private company but receives public funding in some way.

So CPB is a very easy to recognize QUANGO as it has a ton of public money in its budget, Blackwater (which isn't Blackwater any longer but I forget it's new name) is a little more complicated but it has funding from the defense budget and it's employees carry out duties that might otherwise be performed by members of the armed services.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 07:30:00 PM
Heh i can actually intelligent refute part of the your statement on blackwater :)  it does not receive defense money, it receives state money, some of their duties MAY be carried out by military but not many really.  They work for the state dept not the DOD
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 07:33:23 PM
Heh i can actually intelligent refute part of the your statement on blackwater :)  it does not receive defense money, it receives state money, some of their duties MAY be carried out by military but not many really.  They work for the state dept not the DOD

OK sure, different section of the budget, but you see what I mean. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 27, 2011, 06:56:07 AM
Oh my silly little joke about Ducktales was, as I'm sure you all realized, me messing around.  It was inspired by this Kids in the Hall sketch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3-LxmrFm40
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 30, 2011, 06:56:18 AM
Can someone explain this MST3K riff?  In Pod People, there's a scene with Trumpy the long snouted alien looking at a bunch of objects in the kid's room.  One of the bots is talking in a funny voice calling the things "potatoes".

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

There was another riff, but I forgot.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on July 30, 2011, 07:01:48 AM
Can someone explain this MST3K riff?  In Pod People, there's a scene with Trumpy the long snouted alien looking at a bunch of objects in the kid's room.  One of the bots is talking in a funny voice calling the things "potatoes".

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

There was another riff, but I forgot.
I've never seen the movei The Elephant Man, but I've seen other parodies, and I was under the impression that the funny voice was based on that movie. Anybody else know if this is accurate.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on July 30, 2011, 07:19:13 AM
I always just thought they were giving Trumpy a funny voice & him calling everything potato was because he was an alien & thought everything was food.  But then again that was a long time ago when that aired.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 30, 2011, 07:46:59 AM
Oh yeah they've been a perennial joke in Britain since the 60s though they really exploded, both in existence and as a source of comedy, under Thatcher. Blur even did a song about them which pretty much sums up the popular view of those who work for/run them:

http://www.youtube.com/v/opoOcYqLHl4

but, in fact, there are a number of organizations that are essentially QUANGOS that people might not think of as such, here are a couple

(http://www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ResourcesForCourses/images/Movies&Television/cpb.gif)

(http://www.rawstory.com/rs//wp-content/uploads/2011/05/blackwater_logo.jpg)

So in other words they exist all over the world and are not of much use to anyone.  I mean like PBS as much as the next guy but surly the government could just run it and cut out the middle man and save some money.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 30, 2011, 09:54:17 AM
huh i thought PBS was a television station and black water was private military group. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on July 30, 2011, 06:37:34 PM
I always just thought they were giving Trumpy a funny voice & him calling everything potato was because he was an alien & thought everything was food.  But then again that was a long time ago when that aired.

I always thought it was supposed to be a reference to some low budget British children's show.  Trumpy kinda looks like a character from a low budget British children's show.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 31, 2011, 09:54:55 PM
Okay I remembered the other riff I was confused about.

It was from Wild World of Batwoman.  Batwoman looks to the camera and someone (Servo I think) says something like "Dweezil dweezil dwazzle dwome.  Time for zis one to go home."   What does that mean?  Also, wasn't it used in some other episode?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on August 01, 2011, 06:09:02 AM
I looked this one up a few years ago.  It's a reference to an old early 60's cartoon named "Tooter Turtle."  It starred, of course a turtle who was always getting into trouble and a wizard who would help him out of the predicament by waving his wand and saying that phrase.  There was a kind of spiral effect as Tooter disappeared from one location and appeared in another.

The MST3K guys kinda showed their age with the reference, I guess.  They were referring to the effect that was happening onscreen, though.  They also said the wizard's "Dreezle, drazle" incantation in Cave Dwellers, in the sceen where and fog mysteriously lifted and Ator and "Gomez" appeared out of it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 22, 2011, 02:09:31 PM
Ok im not sure if i asked this before but this is a good place to put this i think.  Year and years ago when i was in community college i took a history of cinema class.  We watched metropolis.  Which is not surprising but the teacher had got a hold of score done by adam ant.  I thought it fit the film so well.  Or at least it connected with me more than the original score.  I have always wanted to own this score yet i havent been able to track it down.  Anyone have any ideas on this?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2011, 02:28:31 PM
You just want the score (http://www.amazon.com/Metropolis-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B00000260Q), or the version of the movie that uses that score (http://www.kino.com/video/item.php?film_id=1232)?

Incidentally the bloke who put that all together is the bloke behind the soundtrack to  Nastassja Kinski version of Cat People, and, er, The Neverending Story
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 22, 2011, 02:34:15 PM
Im confused on those links.  I see the amazon link to the soundtrack but it doesnt look like the dvd with the soundtrack is out yet.  But thanks thats totally what i was looking for. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2011, 02:39:34 PM
Yeah if you want to watch it right now you might have to look through ebay or try, ahem, other methods. Kino owns Metropolis and they'll be releasing the '84 version sometime soonish, not sure exactly when though.

Kino is pretty good for interesting and obscure movies in general though.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on August 25, 2011, 11:55:45 PM
OK. If anyone's been watching The Hub's "Hub-Boom" programming block, you're probably familiar with the commercial bumps they have about the dialogue that takes place between a copy machine and a fax machine.

Now I know the Copier is totally Townsend Coleman, of The Tick fame, but who is the fax machine? I'm sure I've heard the voice somewhere before, but I can't put my finger on it and it's been driving me crazy.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on August 26, 2011, 05:21:44 AM
It doesn't even say in the wiki...
http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Huboom!

That's going to bug me now too...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 27, 2011, 03:12:11 PM
So you know how there are like, those little gate thingies you can put in a doorway, or at the bottom or top of a stairwell.  They're about 2 feet high and they stop small children from going past, but adults and older children can step over?

Do they make anything like that which screws into a doorway and retracts?  As opposed to the portable ones that you just sort of lean in the doorway.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2011, 03:43:33 PM
yep (http://www.dogcratesbeds.com/store-products-G32-Kidco-Wood-Safeway-Angled-Mount-Pet-Gate_1096615902.html)

(http://www.dogcratesbeds.com/image_manager/attributes/image/image_87/1096615902_4240346347_full.jpg)

And, if you're the handy sort, or you know someone who is, it's a pretty easy project (http://custom-wood-gates.gatestoyou.com/build-a-gate-preview.html). :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 27, 2011, 04:48:45 PM
Thanks.  I was thinking of getting one for my parents.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on August 27, 2011, 05:08:59 PM
Thanks.  I was thinking of getting one for my parents.

Have problems with stairs, do they?  ;)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on August 27, 2011, 09:39:15 PM
Thanks.  I was thinking of getting one for my parents.

Have problems with stairs, do they?  ;)

i'm thinking non-stop grandchildren like that nutrigrain ad.

five hundred babies! i feel GREAT! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6rE0EakhG8)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 28, 2011, 04:02:41 AM
Thanks.  I was thinking of getting one for my parents.

Have problems with stairs, do they?  ;)

i'm thinking non-stop grandchildren like that nutrigrain ad.

five hundred babies! i feel GREAT! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6rE0EakhG8)
Yes.  They have 9 grandchildren with 2 more en route.  There have been babies at all family gatherings since 2003.

They love 'em.  I never see Mom happier than when she's with those kids.  I used to think that it was amazing that she raised us 7 kids despite the emotional problems of her clinical depression and the emotional scars of 2 of my brothers dying.  Now I'm starting to see that we were actually a help and she might have done much worse in life without children.  I can't for the life of me understand it, but I just shrug and go along with it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 28, 2011, 04:08:57 AM
Thanks.  I was thinking of getting one for my parents.

Have problems with stairs, do they?  ;)

i'm thinking non-stop grandchildren like that nutrigrain ad.

five hundred babies! i feel GREAT! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6rE0EakhG8)
Are they sure it's the Nutrigrain bars and not the crystal meth?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 30, 2011, 04:05:33 PM
Here is something I really need to know and I hope someone here can help me. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 30, 2011, 04:15:19 PM
San francisco
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on August 30, 2011, 04:16:14 PM
Is there a gps or an iPhone/iPad app that will allow you to plug in a bunch of addresses and have it plan the most efficient route to reach them in?  It would be really helpful for the data collection I'm doing.

Ideally if I can do it with an iPhone app or on my TomTom that would be best.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 30, 2011, 04:19:04 PM
San francisco

Okay great,I sure hope i can get to her before she fences the great wall of China.

Hey since you knew where she was I don't suppose you could tell me where Waldo is?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 30, 2011, 04:29:05 PM
Inquiries are in progress
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 30, 2011, 05:39:55 PM
Is there a gps or an iPhone/iPad app that will allow you to plug in a bunch of addresses and have it plan the most efficient route to reach them in?  It would be really helpful for the data collection I'm doing.

Ideally if I can do it with an iPhone app or on my TomTom that would be best.

How many addresses?  I don't know about an app but I know on most GPS units you can put in "via" points, so if the total number of addresses isn't that large you could put them into the GPS in different orders and find out the best route by the one with the shortest overall time.  The larger the number the more possible combinations so it might get crazy, but you should be able to guess at a general order just by the distance to each location and just swap around ones that are close to each other.

Fedex and UPS have computer programs that they have written to do this for them, but I haven't seen anything for home or small business use.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on August 30, 2011, 05:51:00 PM
Is there a gps or an iPhone/iPad app that will allow you to plug in a bunch of addresses and have it plan the most efficient route to reach them in?  It would be really helpful for the data collection I'm doing.

Ideally if I can do it with an iPhone app or on my TomTom that would be best.

How many addresses?  I don't know about an app but I know on most GPS units you can put in "via" points, so if the total number of addresses isn't that large you could put them into the GPS in different orders and find out the best route by the one with the shortest overall time.  The larger the number the more possible combinations so it might get crazy, but you should be able to guess at a general order just by the distance to each location and just swap around ones that are close to each other.

Fedex and UPS have computer programs that they have written to do this for them, but I haven't seen anything for home or small business use.

Well usually I have a stack of about 75 or so per day, but I only get around to about 25 or 30 of them.  Once I start working more than one or two days a week the number will be higher, but they'll generally be in somewhat the same area.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on August 30, 2011, 05:57:33 PM
i just checked googlemaps, and you can enter 25 addresses there.

edit: though, there's no efficiency option there. :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 30, 2011, 06:01:13 PM
I guess there is now home software available, and some online options that may be free.

Try googling "delivery routing software"
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on September 13, 2011, 12:00:17 PM
Does anyone know of a good free program for ripping DVD audio?  Or just for ripping DVD's in general?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 13, 2011, 12:08:45 PM
What form do you want to rip the DVDs to?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on September 13, 2011, 01:04:13 PM
For audio, mp3.  For video, probably wmv.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 15, 2011, 08:04:21 AM
Because it really represents "tch" but with the emphasis on the second and third letters, so it does sound very close to "ch" but really there's a slight difference in the sound and I think they went with q in Pinyin for reasons of economy. Also because people have an odd reaction to tch, years ago the author of The Cherry Orchard used to have his name written as tChekhov but that's fallen out of favour for that reason.



Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 15, 2011, 08:14:30 AM
Yes, it is, though possibly that's don't pecause to write

Qin (pronounced tChin) would be more confusing. I agree that to people who don't use Pinyin it's needlessly confusing.

But then's so's Gaelic.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 15, 2011, 08:27:06 AM
Oh yes I agree.

Pinyin is also responsible for annoying changes in spelling of formally accepted words. "Oh it's not Peking, it's Beijing" oh no it's not, I can't write what it is on this forum due to character display issues but neither Peking or Beijing are really the name of the place and neither was the author of the Little Red Book really called Mao Zedong or Mao Tse-tung, all of those are rough transliterations and I still think the older version of Mao is closer. A friend of mine uses her maiden name as well as her husbands name and doesn't swap the Ts for a Z because Ts isn't representative of the same sound. Her name isn't Zune, it's Tsune.

Anyway, yes it's annoying but not without reasoning behind it. The high school textbook probably is giving more info than necessary really (a footnote on the accepted spelling might be better).

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on September 16, 2011, 09:30:43 AM
I may start a new "gift finding" thread for this, but figured I would put it in here, too.

  I am trying to find a ON AIR sign for phones. It would just be a small, inexpensive light up sign that looks like the ON AIR sign in a radio station. And it would hook up to a phone (a regular phone, not a cell phone) to light up when someone is using the phone.
  I want to get one for one of my coworkers. Yeah, it would just be a cool gag gift. But it would also serve an actual function. Because nearly everyone in my office uses either a headset with just an earpiece or worse one of those damn Blutooth headsets. And it is difficult to tell if they are on the phone or not. I have often walked into someone's office and started talking to them only to find out they are on the phone or on some crucial conferance call (sometimes using  speakerphone).

It seems like a natural novelty item for some company to have already made. Yet I have searched (limited, admittedly) and can't find anything.

Does anybody know of where I can get something like this?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on September 16, 2011, 12:54:41 PM
Wow. Inexpensive might be tough based on some prices for just normal On Air type lights.

My great grandfather had something that lit up when his phone rang, let me see if I can find something like it.

** this  (http://www.hellodirect.com/hellodirect/Shop?Dsp=30100&PCR=1%3A1%3A5%3A25%3A260&IID=8440&itemskuid=8440&actn=addkeycodetocart&keycode=53400560&cm_mmc=Google-_-MISC-_-PhoneStrobe-_-deaf%20light%20for%20phone|-|100000000000000074137&cm_guid=1-_-100000000000000074137-_-623980523)**
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on September 21, 2011, 09:28:38 AM
Is corn grass?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 21, 2011, 10:51:16 AM
Wow. Inexpensive might be tough based on some prices for just normal On Air type lights.

My great grandfather had something that lit up when his phone rang, let me see if I can find something like it.

** this  (http://www.hellodirect.com/hellodirect/Shop?Dsp=30100&PCR=1%3A1%3A5%3A25%3A260&IID=8440&itemskuid=8440&actn=addkeycodetocart&keycode=53400560&cm_mmc=Google-_-MISC-_-PhoneStrobe-_-deaf%20light%20for%20phone|-|100000000000000074137&cm_guid=1-_-100000000000000074137-_-623980523)**

A ring indicator is way easier to make than a light that would tell you when a phone was off hook.  The ring signal is a 90V pulse on the line, when you pick up the phone the change in the line is much more subtle.

Is corn grass?

How dare you post a searchable question in the unsearchable thread. harumph...  >:( :angry: :grr:
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on September 21, 2011, 11:00:23 AM
Is corn grass?

How dare you post a searchable question in the unsearchable thread. harumph...  >:( :angry: :grr:
This isn't "the big thread of rhetorical questions"?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 14, 2011, 12:22:35 PM
Does anyone know the legal reason that sometimes people guilty of serious crimes will get, instead of a life sentence or life without parole, a sentence longer than the human lifespan like 200 years?  It seems like an odd choice.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on October 14, 2011, 12:24:01 PM
Nice question, and I do not know.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on October 14, 2011, 12:25:05 PM
Does anyone know the legal reason that sometimes people guilty of serious crimes will get, instead of a life sentence or life without parole, a sentence longer than the human lifespan like 200 years?  It seems like an odd choice.

I believe that's generally used to circumvent the possibility of parole in states that don't have "life without parole" as a sentencing option.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on October 14, 2011, 12:37:49 PM
I always think of that as a death sentence, Instead of lethal inject, the state is going to kill you by attrition. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on October 14, 2011, 12:44:00 PM
Does anyone know the legal reason that sometimes people guilty of serious crimes will get, instead of a life sentence or life without parole, a sentence longer than the human lifespan like 200 years?  It seems like an odd choice.

I believe that's generally used to circumvent the possibility of parole in states that don't have "life without parole" as a sentencing option.
That is one reason.  Not all states have "life without parole" as an option.  

Also, generally, parole is available after 1/3 of the sentence is served.  For a 200 year sentence, one would only expect to serve 66 years.  The math on that is that, if someone were 18 when sentenced, they would be 84 when getting out, and most likely no longer a danger to society.  (I guess the old folks home is cheaper than prison.)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 14, 2011, 12:48:08 PM
I guess those explanations make sense.  What about a sentence such as "two life sentences" or "life + 40 years"?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on October 14, 2011, 01:37:25 PM
I guess those explanations make sense.  What about a sentence such as "two life sentences" or "life + 40 years"?
I read somewhere recently that, In CA at least, "Life" basically means parole at 25 years, because that is the "majority of an adult life".  So life X2 + 40 would come out to parole at 62 years.  Basically, it works out to make sure someone is damned old when they get paroled.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 08, 2011, 06:59:46 AM
Okay these are all television related.

There are two episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation that I remember vaguely.  One involves Ferengi hijacking the Enterprise.  The other involves everyone getting addicted to some kind of video game that is basically an eyepiece strapped on the player's head, and a ball goes into some kind of cone.  Did these exist or am I imagining them?  If they existed, what were the episode names and what season were they in?

Also, there's an episode of The Wonder Years where Kevin befriends a fat kid.  I seem to recall there was a fantasy sequence in which someone drowns in a pit full of candy.  Again, is this real or am I misremembering?  And if real, what was the episode name?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on November 08, 2011, 07:14:03 AM
Yes, they existed.  The Ferengi take over the Enterprise in Rascals.  Picard, Guinan, and Ensign Ro get turned in to kids.  The other episode you were talking about is apporpriately titled The Game.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 08, 2011, 07:22:25 AM
There are two episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation that I remember vaguely.  One involves Ferengi hijacking the Enterprise.
 
Rascals (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Rascals)

The other involves everyone getting addicted to some kind of video game that is basically an eyepiece strapped on the player's head, and a ball goes into some kind of cone.
 
The Game (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Game_(episode))

Also, there's an episode of The Wonder Years where Kevin befriends a fat kid.  I seem to recall there was a fantasy sequence in which someone drowns in a pit full of candy.  Again, is this real or am I misremembering?  And if real, what was the episode name?
I think, The Yearbook (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0750390/).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 08, 2011, 07:57:56 AM
Yes, they existed.  The Ferengi take over the Enterprise in Rascals.  Picard, Guinan, and Ensign Ro get turned in to kids.
I remembered an episode where some of the crew got turned into kids.  That was the same episode?  I thought O'Brien got turned into a kid too.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 08, 2011, 07:59:13 AM
No, his missus does.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 08, 2011, 08:56:27 AM
No, his missus does.
That's probably what I was remembering.  I just remember seeing this when it was first run, and there was some sort of conflict between Keiko and Miles over the sudden age difference.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 08, 2011, 08:59:24 AM
Yeah he has to deal with the fact hat his hectoring shrew of a wife is now an adorable but still hectoring and shrewish lil girl.

I really don't like Keiko.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 08, 2011, 11:27:25 AM
I just pulled up that Wonder Years episode on Netflix streaming.  Holy crap, is that Donkeylips as Peter?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on November 13, 2011, 03:14:40 PM
Here is an unsearchable question for you. My brother is a huge fan of Muppets Tonight, and they really only made plush toys of a very few characters from that show (mainly Pepe). I would love to have a custom plush toy made of Clifford, the purple rastafarian catfish host of the show.

(http://images.wikia.com/muppet/images/f/f3/Cliffordglamourshot.jpg)

I don't suppose there is anybody here who does that sort of thing, is there?

I looked up silentorchid on deviantArt that made my awesome Tom Servo and Crow plushies a few years ago, but I haven't gotten a response. I noticed that it seemed like a lot of the other people on there also weren't really using it anymore. So I don't know how to know who to get a hold of, and who would be trustworthy to deal with.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: shodan on November 13, 2011, 05:11:58 PM
what is the initiating force that causes a photon of light to move from resting, to go in a certain direction at its speed (c)?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on November 13, 2011, 05:41:10 PM
what is the initiating force that causes a photon of light to move from resting, to go in a certain direction at its speed (c)?
It's parents getting sick of it in their pasement and booting it out?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on November 13, 2011, 09:19:18 PM
What's the square root of -1?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: shodan on November 13, 2011, 09:35:13 PM
What's the square root of -1?
i
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 14, 2011, 06:38:31 AM
The Star Trek episodes were right, but the episode of The Wonder Years wasn't.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 14, 2011, 08:16:39 PM
what is the initiating force that causes a photon of light to move from resting, to go in a certain direction at its speed (c)?

photons are never at rest; they will always move along straight lines* at speed c**. you can see this from newton's second law, F = ma. if you try to divide by the mass, you will end up with infinite acceleration (instantaneously reaching their maximum speed) regardless of the force applied.

* technically: geodesics.
** technically: c/n where n is the index of refraction of the material.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on November 14, 2011, 08:22:54 PM
what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: shodan on November 14, 2011, 08:25:16 PM
what is the initiating force that causes a photon of light to move from resting, to go in a certain direction at its speed (c)?

photons are never at rest; they will always move along straight lines* at speed c**. you can see this from newton's second law, F = ma. if you try to divide by the mass, you will end up with infinite acceleration (instantaneously reaching their maximum speed) regardless of the force applied.

* technically: geodesics.
** technically: c/n where n is the index of refraction of the material.
sorry i misspoke in that question i mean at the point where the photon doesn't actually exist, at the point of the photon's inception.
which is another interesting question, how exactly is a photon "created"?
also another question comes to mind, what would the 3 dimensional image of a large wavelength electromagnetic wave look like, like a radio wave. cause i've got a weird picture of it in my head but i dont know if it's right.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on November 15, 2011, 11:25:08 AM
what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

http://style.org/unladenswallow/ (http://style.org/unladenswallow/)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on November 15, 2011, 01:39:05 PM
Kind of an odd one.

I've been trying to track down one (or more) of these:

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/89cc137d.jpg)

It's a musical snow globe from some company called International Bazaar (according to the box).  And it needs to be identical to the one in the picture.

A few years ago I saw a pile of them at a Christmas Tree Shop out here but had no $ to get any.  Wondering why I want to track one of these hideous things down?  There are currently 2 floating around my family.  The first was originally given as a "oh you'll love this!" from a now ex-girlfriend of my uncle to my grandparents.  One surfaced a year or 2 later at a White Elephant swap & has been making the rounds at various family events (weddings, baby showers, etc.) as a gag gift.

Bringing this one up again since I'm starting to see Christmas junk in stores.  Seriously, if you come across these things, let me know.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 15, 2011, 01:56:46 PM
Look them up under "International Bazaar Water globe".
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 15, 2011, 02:11:21 PM
I looked and then I looked some more but nothing that's an exact match so far.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on November 15, 2011, 03:36:32 PM
Look them up under "International Bazaar Water globe".

Yeah I've tried.   :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on November 16, 2011, 06:30:45 PM
Ok sure with a lot more effort than I want to expend I could find this answer but I am betting you guys know the answer.

I am watching gamera mst3k for the first time ever and saw something odd.  

The drunk near the beginning of the movie, was he one of the peasants in seven samurai?


Edit:  Call off the search.  That was easier than I thought.  Yes the guy who played Yohei was the drunk. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on November 18, 2011, 06:48:34 AM
If someone stayed up all night to write a paper on the benefits of a good night's sleep, could that correctly be called irony?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 18, 2011, 06:49:16 AM
Nope.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 18, 2011, 07:16:10 AM
What about if someone stayed up all night to write a paper on the benefits of a good night's sleep, but instead wrote a screed about how sleep is for the weak?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 18, 2011, 11:31:59 AM
Or what about this?  What if I needed a chair, but all I could find was a plastic milk crate which was strong enough to support my body weight, so I sat on the crate?  Wouldn't that be ironic?  Since the crate is being used in a manner other than its literal intention (to store milk bottles).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on November 24, 2011, 08:43:09 AM
Okay, I have known someone for a long time who makes really bad decisions, then blames others for the consequences.  She is incapable of taking responsibility for her actions.  She gets defensive - sometimes violently - when people tell her she needs to be more responsible.  We aren't talking about drugs here or "normal" addictions.  She doesn't even drink.  The main things she does are lying, keeping unnecessary secrets and entering contracts she can't keep her end of.  She never pays her bills and is always calling on friends and family to bail her out.

Okay, the question is this:  Does anyone know if these are symptoms of some psychiatric condition or behavioral problem?

I'd like to do some research and try to help her.  I refuse to give her money, because she never uses it to solve her overall problem, just to get through the current crisis.  Money is all she ever wants when she calls me.  I kind of feel sorry for her, because she just can't seem to change and I think she needs real help.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 28, 2011, 07:23:44 PM
Okay so after watching every episode of The Wonder Years until I found the one I was looking for, I figured out the correct answer to my earlier question.  The episode in question is actually the season 3 episode "Odd Man Out". 

Kevin and Paul have a fight and split up for a bit, and each finds a new friend.  Kevin befriends a kid named Doug, who had been a mutual friend of both of them.  Doug is overweight because his mother supplies him with a lot of junk food, which he passes on to Kevin in gestures of friendship.  Doug is a nice guy, and very agreeable.  The chemistry between Kevin and Doug is not very good, to the point where, after Doug breaks his arm and asks Kevin to help him out, Kevin snaps at him.  Kevin feels terribly guilty about this, and has a nightmare in which Doug and Kevin are in a tent filled with junk food.  Doug offers him a Twinkie, Kevin yells at Doug, and then Doug is consumed by the pit of candy, like a quicksand trap.

It's really quite a sad scene.  You should check it out if you have Netflix streaming,
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Asbestos Bill on February 04, 2012, 01:04:53 PM
I know there are either movies or music videos with someone dancing in front of raining sparks, but I can't search for it because I get a bunch of people named Sparks or "sparks fly when..." I thought Flashdance, but I guess that's not it...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on February 04, 2012, 01:33:14 PM
You know how whenever honey is featured in a commercial, you're always show this weird wand thing being pulled out of the jar?  Is there a name for that wand thingie?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on February 04, 2012, 01:46:33 PM
You know how whenever honey is featured in a commercial, you're always show this weird wand thing being pulled out of the jar?  Is there a name for that wand thingie?
My mother called it a Honey Dipper, or, alternately, "a bitch to clean."  They are also called Honey Wands, or Honey Drizzlers.

Their only real use is for drizzling the honey evenly when you need to do that.  Well, that, and looking nifty in commercials.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: shodan on February 04, 2012, 07:29:49 PM
why  do many beer commercial advertise how cold their beer is rather than how their beer tastes
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2012, 07:33:01 PM
Because those are generally ads for larger that is produced in massive quantity and therefore a) needs to be searved cold a b) doesn't taste very nice even when it is.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on February 04, 2012, 07:35:39 PM
How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2012, 07:43:45 PM
Rather depends on the importance road traversing has in relation to rites of passage in a given culture.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: shodan on February 04, 2012, 07:56:45 PM
Because those are generally ads for larger that is produced in massive quantity and therefore a) needs to be searved cold a b) doesn't taste very nice even when it is.

Yep. The colder a beer is, the less you taste the beer. 
considering the beer I've drunk abroad.... that makes sense. the really good German beer i tried was actually warm. not room temp but actually warmed a bit.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on February 05, 2012, 06:25:45 AM
How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?

42.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: daltysmilth on February 07, 2012, 06:27:53 PM
Because those are generally ads for larger that is produced in massive quantity and therefore a) needs to be searved cold a b) doesn't taste very nice even when it is.

There's probably also legal limitations on what qualities of a beer you can talk about in advertisements.  I know in some states you can't even use the word "beer" in a commercial.  Instead you have to use phrases like "frosty long necks" or "cold ones" or "daddy's happy juice" or "barley piss" or "f*cking corn!"
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 15, 2012, 10:32:42 AM
Someone on these boards posted a great article on the definition of a theory and hypothesis and how it's different than how it is generally used by the religious who are trying to prove a point about something being "just a theory".  I can't seem to find that article again.  Anyone remember it?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on February 15, 2012, 04:59:28 PM
http://notjustatheory.com/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 15, 2012, 11:05:40 PM
http://notjustatheory.com/

Thanks!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on February 22, 2012, 08:11:43 PM
In MST3K: The Movie, during the beginning airplane scene, when Cal says, "I hope you boys don't mind", the Riffers exclaimed "We do!"  It is the perfect reaction that I need to finish my current project, but the audio doesn't work because of the chatter and laughing from the film track.

Does anyone know of a similar reaction that the guys have made on a Rifftrax?  I have about 70 of them, so chances are I'll own the one that has the audio, but I've been wracking my brain and can't think of an instance where it's happened.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Asbestos Bill on February 22, 2012, 08:59:06 PM
I know there are either movies or music videos with someone dancing in front of raining sparks, but I can't search for it because I get a bunch of people named Sparks or "sparks fly when..." I thought Flashdance, but I guess that's not it...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on March 02, 2012, 03:57:15 PM
Could one of the resident Brits explain this joke?  It's from The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.  Bumbling temp Todd Margaret is transferred from Portland, Oregon to London to sell some energy drink.  In this scene, an English diner owner he has befriended is embarrassed and ardently insists that he cover up his shirt.

(http://mstabosz.com/toddmargaretshirt.jpg)

I guess I shouldn't classify this as "unsearchable" since Googling the words on the shirt yielded some results.  So near as I can tell, this BNP is some sort of hate group in the United Kingdom?  Maybe someone more familiar with the UK can explain more succinctly than Wikipedia.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 02, 2012, 07:23:51 PM
British
National
Party


The quasi legitimate wing of the National Front, an bunch of nasty little white power bastards, spiritual if not direct, heirs to Mosley's black shirts and equally in need a of good kerb kicking every man jack of them.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on March 05, 2012, 03:33:19 PM
Anyone happen to know where I can find a recipe for candy play dough? Used to make it as kids. It was made with marshmallow fluff.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on March 05, 2012, 03:43:04 PM
Never heard of such a thing, but if you find it please share. It sounds fantastic.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on March 05, 2012, 04:16:17 PM
I used to make playdough for my kids with Koolaid powder. It still didn't taste especially nice but it smelled pretty.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 05, 2012, 04:18:15 PM
And we don't just mean marzipan with food colouring added?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 05, 2012, 04:44:01 PM
Haven't a clue, we played with plasticine round my parts.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on March 05, 2012, 04:45:07 PM
I'd like to make a dirty joke there but I just can't put my finger on it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on March 05, 2012, 04:49:49 PM
Anyone happen to know where I can find a recipe for candy play dough? Used to make it as kids. It was made with marshmallow fluff.
My sister used to make this for kids to play with back in the 80's, when she was babysitting.  It's basically pure sugar, but there it is.

Marshmallow Fondant

4 cups miniature marshmallows (8 ounces)
1 pound (500g) powdered/icing sugar (4 cups)
2 tbsp water

This recipe does involve some cooking, but tastes delicious.

Melt the marshmallows with the water, either in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop. Stir regularly until the mixture is smooth. You can add color now, or knead it in later.

Add the powdered sugar and mix as much as you can. Then tip out onto a surface dusted with more powdered sugar, and begin to knead in any loose powdered sugar. It will be sticky at first, but then will become a smooth dough.

If you want to save your marshmallow fondant for later, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on March 05, 2012, 04:51:50 PM
Hm. Maybe this is it?

http://www.birthdaypartybabble.com/marshmallow-fondant.html
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on May 21, 2012, 08:52:08 PM
There's a famous piece of music that's frequently used in TV and movies to note someone falling in love.  It's a short piece, probably about 10 seconds long, which is I think all violin.  I'm sure it's a snippet of something longer.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  And what is the name of that tune (or the full piece if it is indeed just a snippet of a larger work)?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on May 21, 2012, 09:28:33 PM
Sure dont.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 21, 2012, 09:31:09 PM
There's a famous piece of music that's frequently used in TV and movies to note someone falling in love.  It's a short piece, probably about 10 seconds long, which is I think all violin.  I'm sure it's a snippet of something longer.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  And what is the name of that tune (or the full piece if it is indeed just a snippet of a larger work)?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_2jKeYuPvjM#t=474s
Maybe?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on May 22, 2012, 06:43:33 AM
There's a famous piece of music that's frequently used in TV and movies to note someone falling in love.  It's a short piece, probably about 10 seconds long, which is I think all violin.  I'm sure it's a snippet of something longer.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  And what is the name of that tune (or the full piece if it is indeed just a snippet of a larger work)?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_2jKeYuPvjM#t=474s
Maybe?
Yeah that sounds like it, albeit played with different instruments.  Thanks.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 05, 2012, 10:21:50 AM
I am moving into a new apartment. Given the layout where they have the cable coming out, I would like to have my TV on a different wall, where I would have to run the cable across a doorway and a walkthrough. So I am looking at getting a WiFi capable TV. Currently I have a Panasonic TQFD765, which I don't think is wi-fi capable. Can I just buy a dongle for a TV and that takes care of it, or something?
I do have my own Wi-Fi that I use for my laptop. It is a Cisco Linksys E1200 that gives me 130 Mbps. Is that going to be good enough to do the laptop and the TV? Can I do streaming Netflix with that much?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 05, 2012, 10:56:57 AM
I am moving into a new apartment. Given the layout where they have the cable coming out, I would like to have my TV on a different wall, where I would have to run the cable across a doorway and a walkthrough. So I am looking at getting a WiFi capable TV. Currently I have a Panasonic TQFD765, which I don't think is wi-fi capable. Can I just buy a dongle for a TV and that takes care of it, or something?
I do have my own Wi-Fi that I use for my laptop. It is a Cisco Linksys E1200 that gives me 130 Mbps. Is that going to be good enough to do the laptop and the TV? Can I do streaming Netflix with that much?

They charge an arm and a leg for the stupid Wi-Fi dongles. And each company makes them propitiatory so they only work with their TVs.  The one for my Samsung TV is $80.  And the TV will not work when the Ethernet is plugged into a wireless bridge, don't know if Panasonic is that bad.  My Apple TV and Panasonic Blu-Ray didn't have a problem working on the wireless bridge when I was testing stuff so maybe your Panasonic TV wouldn't.  I eventually moved my modem and router over to where the TV was so all that stuff is now wired and the wireless bridge lets me run everything in the other room.

If I were you I'd get a Roku or AppleTV box, or a Wi-Fi Blu-Ray player.  Both of those options would be cheaper.  Between my AppleTV and Blu-Ray player I can do streaming of the big 3: iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.  If I didn't have a lot of iTunes shows on my PC I would have gone with Roku (AppleTV does Netflix but not Amazon).

I take it you are not going to plug the TV into the Cable TV?  I wouldn't be surprised, with all the streaming options I rarely watch anything on regular TV anymore, dropped down to limited basic cable over a year ago.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 05, 2012, 10:59:43 AM

I take it you are not going to plug the TV into the Cable TV?  I wouldn't be surprised, with all the streaming options I rarely watch anything on regular TV anymore, dropped down to limited basic cable over a year ago.


I do want to have Cable TV on the TV via Wi-Fi, as my roommate watches a lot of cable TV.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 05, 2012, 11:03:29 AM

I take it you are not going to plug the TV into the Cable TV?  I wouldn't be surprised, with all the streaming options I rarely watch anything on regular TV anymore, dropped down to limited basic cable over a year ago.


I do want to have Cable TV on the TV via Wi-Fi, as my roommate watches a lot of cable TV.
Can you even do that?  I thought the idea of cable TV was that you needed cables.

MartyS is right (although as always I think Gromit is full of shit).  You can do streaming through a Roku box which has wireless functionality built into it.  No need to modify your TV.  I have a Roku and love it (although I don't like wireless so I use the hardwired connection).  I think they cost about 70 bucks.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on June 05, 2012, 11:12:30 AM
I just stick with Netflix.  I'll wait for a show to be established instead of getting into a show only to have it canceled after 1 season.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 05, 2012, 11:22:45 AM
I just stick with Netflix.  I'll wait for a show to be established instead of getting into a show only to have it canceled after 1 season.
Most of what he watches is all sports.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 05, 2012, 11:36:05 AM

I take it you are not going to plug the TV into the Cable TV?  I wouldn't be surprised, with all the streaming options I rarely watch anything on regular TV anymore, dropped down to limited basic cable over a year ago.


I do want to have Cable TV on the TV via Wi-Fi, as my roommate watches a lot of cable TV.
Can you even do that?  I thought the idea of cable TV was that you needed cables.

Maybe something like Slingbox?  But those are meant for taking Cable TV and streaming it to a PC, so getting it on the TV would be a challenge.  I don't think I've seen anything that can take the output from a cable box and stream it over Wi-Fi.

I think the only way will be to string the cable over the doorway/walkway.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 05, 2012, 11:40:39 AM
Well, I have cable internet, so the cable comes from my wall, into the router, and then goes into my Wi-Fi, and I use it for my laptop for Internet. There are TVs with Wi-Fi internal receivers. I thought I could use that to get the cable TV through the Wi-Fi as well. Or doesn't it work like that?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 05, 2012, 12:08:00 PM
I think I get what you're saying.  Basically you want to have the cable come in (from outside) into your cable box, then from the cable box to some sort of WiFi where you bounce the signal over to the TV so you can watch as if it was plugged in directly to the cable box right?

Maybe something on here would help?
http://pcpowerzone.com/howtochwitve.html


Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 05, 2012, 12:27:36 PM
I think I get what you're saying.  Basically you want to have the cable come in (from outside) into your cable box, then from the cable box to some sort of WiFi where you bounce the signal over to the TV so you can watch as if it was plugged in directly to the cable box right?

Maybe something on here would help?
http://pcpowerzone.com/howtochwitve.html



Yes, that is what I want. As long as I can use my laptop for internet at the same time with the wi-fi.

That article looks interesting, although I am not sure if what they are calling a "wireless cable TV entender" is the same as my Wi-Fi that I have.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 05, 2012, 12:53:09 PM
I know I saw something somewhere that looks like 2 units that both had RCA or Component cables on it.  I really wish I could remember where it was...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on June 05, 2012, 01:18:01 PM
Are you using a box for your cable?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 05, 2012, 01:24:43 PM
Are you using a box for your cable?

I have a cable router that the coax chord from the wall goes into, and then ethernet cables go from it to the wi-fi.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on June 05, 2012, 01:35:38 PM
What you'd be looking for is some kind of wireless HDMI extender. As you can see, they're not cheap. (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011011&p_id=8087&seq=1&format=2)

In my experience, unless you've got a portable gaming device or laptops in your house, wireless is more trouble than it's worth. If you want to hang your TV on the wall with no cables showing, a drill, fishtape and extra-length cable would probably be more economical.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on June 05, 2012, 01:40:19 PM
In my experience, unless you've got a portable gaming device or laptops in your house, wireless is more trouble than it's worth. If you want to hang your TV on the wall with no cables showing, a drill, fishtape and extra-length cable would probably be more economical.

I agree, though I think he's renting, so that's probably out of the question.  I like to run the cables along the walls and over the doorways.  You can tie them together with strips of velcro (you can buy a big coil of velcro and use scissors to cut your own lengths), then put some of those peel and stick hooks every 5 to 10 feet to hold the cables up.   I think there are other solutions to run the cable up against the corner where the ceiling meets the wall, and hide them behind this raceways which can be installed with minimal damage to the wall (a few screw marks here and there, and the raceway can be removed).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 06, 2012, 07:10:07 AM
Are you sure you're paying for cable television right now?  It sounds to me like you just have cable Internet. There needs to be a cable box that you can plug your TV into with HDMI or component or composite cables. Unless there are HDMI ports on what you are calling the 'router' (which is more like a modem).  If you can plug your TV into the modem then it's a cable box / modem, and you can continue with your plan. Otherwise you are either not paying for television service, only Internet, or they didn't install the TV portion and you should call them about that.

I'm correct, aren't I?  The cable has to go through a proprietary box where it's descrambled and sent to the tv. It can't just go to a router and sent over wifi or else anyone could steal cable. Or am I wrong and it's done differently now?  I'm fairly positive that the cable company has to supply you with a box that you can connect the tv to with conventional cables. What's your cable company?

EDIT: This is the quote I was referring to.

Are you using a box for your cable?

I have a cable router that the coax chord from the wall goes into, and then ethernet cables go from it to the wi-fi.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on June 06, 2012, 07:26:14 AM
have they made it so you have to have a box again? i haven't had cable tv in well over a decade, but i remember way back when tvs didn't have a tuner built-in and you had to have an external box.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 06, 2012, 09:19:32 AM
have they made it so you have to have a box again? i haven't had cable tv in well over a decade, but i remember way back when tvs didn't have a tuner built-in and you had to have an external box.

This is actually an important point.  I assumed he was talking about cable TV from a provider like Road Runner something like that.  If it's an antenna you are talking about, Darth Geek, then you can ignore my previous post.  But I do think you're talking about cable because you have it hooked up to a modem, something you don't do with an antenna.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on June 06, 2012, 09:35:34 AM
have they made it so you have to have a box again? i haven't had cable tv in well over a decade, but i remember way back when tvs didn't have a tuner built-in and you had to have an external box.

This is actually an important point.  I assumed he was talking about cable TV from a provider like Road Runner something like that.  If it's an antenna you are talking about, Darth Geek, then you can ignore my previous post.  But I do think you're talking about cable because you have it hooked up to a modem, something you don't do with an antenna.

but for a while you could connect your tv directly to the wall outlet, no box required. it's only recently with dvr's and digital cable that you needed a box.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on June 06, 2012, 09:37:51 AM
I do have cable TV (via Comcast) as well as Internet. All the people I have talked to so far say that cable TV can't go over Wi-Fi, just Internet. SO that puts the kibosh on the whole thing anyway.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 06, 2012, 10:17:55 AM
have they made it so you have to have a box again? i haven't had cable tv in well over a decade, but i remember way back when tvs didn't have a tuner built-in and you had to have an external box.

Most cable TV markets now are all digital, and the ones that aren't will be going that way soon.  So, yes, if you want anything more than limited basic (over the air channels) you need a box, limited basic is still sent out over clear QAM so if you have a newer TV you can get those channels without a separate box.  They are currently pressuring the FCC to kill the requirement that OTA channels be broadcast on clear QAM, since the cable companies pretty much own the FCC I'm sure it will be granted, and then they will start scrambling all the digital channels.  They have already been granted waivers in some cities where cable theft is very high.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on June 08, 2012, 08:46:42 PM
have they made it so you have to have a box again? i haven't had cable tv in well over a decade, but i remember way back when tvs didn't have a tuner built-in and you had to have an external box.

Yeah, digital cable, coupled with the rise of DVRs, have made boxes mostly necessary again. You can get digital cable without one (HDTVs mostly have the right kind of tuner), but there will be limits on the channel selection.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on July 27, 2012, 04:42:34 PM
Does anyone recognize the woman Jessica in this video (http://www.theonion.com/video/horrible-couple-really-wants-wedding-to-reflect-th,28925/)?  I swear I've seen her somewhere.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on July 27, 2012, 05:03:48 PM
No clue but she's delicious.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on July 27, 2012, 05:57:35 PM
dunno. she looks like a younger version of ray's sister on due south.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 02, 2012, 06:11:59 AM
Darn.  I'm positive I've seen her SOMEWHERE.  Maybe it was on some small part, like a commercial, or another Onion video.

Different question... is there a formal name for those wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on August 02, 2012, 06:14:47 AM
Sweet Dee.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on August 02, 2012, 09:55:34 PM
Does anyone recognize the woman Jessica in this video (http://www.theonion.com/video/horrible-couple-really-wants-wedding-to-reflect-th,28925/)?  I swear I've seen her somewhere.

She reminds me of Meredith Bishop, the gal who played Alex Mack's sister, Annie, in the old Nickelodeon show, "The Secret World of Alex Mack." Here's what she looks like more recently.:

(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTM2NjcyNTg0M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzMwOTk4Ng@@._V1._SX214_CR0,0,214,314_.jpg)

It COULD be a match, but I'm bad with faces...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Compound on August 02, 2012, 11:23:30 PM
Different question... is there a formal name for those wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men?

An airdancer, sky guy or flyguy.

No, really.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airdancer)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 25, 2012, 03:53:53 PM
What is the point of the 9-digit zip code when the 5 digit one seems to work for all intents and purposes?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on August 25, 2012, 03:57:15 PM
so you can divide the usa into 1000000000 parts.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on August 25, 2012, 04:00:00 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on August 25, 2012, 04:01:56 PM
so you can divide the usa into 1000000000 parts.
I can see that, but if that were the case, then the 5-digit ZIP wouldn't be good enough.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on September 01, 2012, 03:57:01 AM
OK here's one (I wonder how long it will take me to get a straight answer for it...)


What in the name of Criminy does RVR stand for?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on September 01, 2012, 05:22:52 AM
OK here's one (I wonder how long it will take me to get a straight answer for it...)


What in the name of Criminy does RVR stand for?
Those are his initials.  His real name is Richard Van Renmen or Remen (I can't quite remember the last name).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 01, 2012, 06:00:29 AM
We actually have a (long dormant?) thread where people explain the origins of their forum names.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on September 01, 2012, 06:02:37 AM
Also, did RVR get a name from Bill way back in the day?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 01, 2012, 06:04:41 AM
Roving
Vampire
Rocket

I think
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on September 01, 2012, 06:32:30 AM
I thought it was Retro Viral Rocket?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 01, 2012, 10:08:19 AM
Also, did RVR get a name from Bill way back in the day?

Unless he used a different name when requesting one I don't think so.  The archive doesn't display the posts the way it did when it was live, so it's hard to tell which posts Bill is responding to, but here is the blog page:

http://blog.rifftrax.com/2007/12/14/nicknames-get-yer-nicknames-here/#comments

Luckily I remembered it was within a month or two of my registration here that he did this, so didn't take too long to find.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Steve-O on September 01, 2012, 10:14:32 AM
It's "Roving Vampire Rocket".  Not sure why it isn't in the blog comments anymore, but it shows up several times in a forum search.

UPDATE: Here's why it's not in those comments: RVR missed the nickname post as he was -- shocker! -- in Mexico.  He got his nickname a week later in another thread:

http://blog.rifftrax.com/2007/12/20/talk-to-me-people/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: lassieface on September 01, 2012, 11:04:39 AM
This is really reaching out there. Sometimes I hear music or sounds and become completely fascinated by them. On this segment of John Hodgman's "Today in the Past" there is this creepy, strange, and compelling piece playing in the background. I have no idea what it is. It's most likely from one of those composers that makes music for podcasts and indie films.

http://castroller.com/podcasts/TodayInThe/1733546

I've had this file on my computer for 2+ years and keep pulling it up.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on September 01, 2012, 12:38:22 PM
Also, did RVR get a name from Bill way back in the day?

Unless he used a different name when requesting one I don't think so.  The archive doesn't display the posts the way it did when it was live, so it's hard to tell which posts Bill is responding to, but here is the blog page:

http://blog.rifftrax.com/2007/12/14/nicknames-get-yer-nicknames-here/#comments

Luckily I remembered it was within a month or two of my registration here that he did this, so didn't take too long to find.

Damn it, why did they stop blogging and shunt to Farcebook, where there should be user interaction, but there is none? All we get are updates, basically tweets.  I like the Cinematic Titanic guys better, frankly.  They still interact with their audience. Tho' they put out fewer VODs I have bought all of them and love them. The humor is not quite as constantly dark, either. (CT doesn't AVOID dark humor, it just has a more even spread of it and other kinds.)

That said, they don't blog these days either.  But unlike the RT guys who ran off after Manos, the CT people have meet-and-greets after the shows.  You get more than your money's worth.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on September 26, 2012, 07:46:33 PM
Anyone know what species this is?
(http://i.imgur.com/WN6Vs.jpg)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 02, 2012, 07:13:30 AM
I'm trying to acquire a taste for wine.  I usually hate the stuff.  Tastes like bug spray, I think.  But I had a glass once upon a time that had a fairly sweet, fruity taste.  I'm pretty sure it was a red wine.  Any idea what sort of wine might match that flavor?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 02, 2012, 07:28:29 AM
MD? Or Manischewitz?

Failing that it could have been:

Zinfandel
Primotivo
Certain Ports
Pedro Ximinez

A few others but those would be my best guesses, given the description you gave. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 02, 2012, 09:26:48 AM
Manischewitz?  Isn't that a traditionally Jewish wine?  I don't know any Jewish people, so I don't think that's it.  But I could just be stereotyping.  Still, I might put that toward the bottom of the list of stuff to try.

Are all the others that you listed available in red?  I'm pretty sure it was a red wine.

Thanks for the leads.  I'll hit the liquor store later today.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 02, 2012, 09:39:54 AM
It is indeed kosher wine but it's readily available at most liquor stores and because it's made from concord grapes, it's not unpopular amongst people who want wine but also want sweet. (same goes for Mogen David though that has a more down market appeal I think).

All of the others I listed are reds except the Pedro Ximenes which is technically white but so concentrated the actual wine is an amber -brown colour which could be remembered as red possibly, it also has a lot of body so doesn't seem like a white in that regard either.

Here's a glass I had a little while ago:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/7675980814_91cd10fa4b_o.jpg)

Even if that wasn't what you had, if you like sweet, you'll probably like it, so it's something else to try. :)

Oh another one it might have been.

Wild Irish Rose. (http://www.bumwine.com/wildirishrose.html)

A general safe assumption to make is that if it's red and sweet it's either kosher or fortified in some way. And fortified wines can run the gamut from utter shite to really high quality so there's lots to explore. :)

The first two I listed after the kosher wines however are just sweet though (they're actually two versions of the same grape one New World, one Old sort of like Caribou and Reindeer) but most, by availability and volume produced, sweet and red is going to be kosher or fortified.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 02, 2012, 09:52:57 AM
Well it's not important that I find exactly what I had.  Obviously, it would be impossible to find out what that was.  But something close enough will work.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 02, 2012, 09:55:09 AM
OK well most of those would work, if I were you, I'd try the kosher wines first.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 02, 2012, 06:25:10 PM
MD? Or Manischewitz?

Failing that it could have been:

Zinfandel
Primotivo
Certain Ports
Pedro Ximinez

A few others but those would be my best guesses, given the description you gave. :)

I forgot to write this down before going to the liquor store today, so I took my best guess.  Got a bottle of something called "Cherry on Top" red wine which describes itself as "a luscious blend of syrah, zinfandel, merlot, tempranillo, and granache".  It's described as "soft and smooth".  It definitely goes down easier than most wines I've tried (Karenina is fond of white merlots and chardonays, and I've tried some of those when I was at her place).  Close, but no cigar.

Well I had the entire bottle..... and I didn't want it to go to waste...

I guess I'll try again some other day.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2012, 10:33:04 AM
I've not heard of that one, but a look at the website does suggest it's certainly not dry. It's an interesting mix of grapes really, I'll have to try it at some point. :)

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 03, 2012, 11:05:48 AM
In my haze last night after sampling too much wine, I sent Karenina a series of bizarre texts complaining about the excessive gravity, and asking how the gravity was up at her place.  I think after that I'll wait a week or two before I continue my search.  Then I started watching Law and Order and yelling at Briscoe for trying to extort a confession out of a suspect by turning up the gravity too high.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2012, 11:49:02 AM
The bloke that sold you that wine, was he carrying a stick with a pine cone on it? Or riding a leopard? ;)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 05, 2012, 03:08:33 PM
I went to Total Wine today.  It's this chain of, basically, supermarket sized wine stores.  They have some other alcohol in there too (decent assortment of beers), and some food and sodas too.

This time, I remembered to write down Tripe's suggestions.  I bought two bottles of red wine.  One bottle Caleo Primitivo, and one bottle Oak Ridge Zinfandel.

Time to give these a try (but in moderation this time).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 05, 2012, 04:16:21 PM
I know and have drunk both of those. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Riffman for Hire on October 06, 2012, 09:15:18 AM
How do you pronounce "Podkayne" from Robert Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars?  I need it for a joke I'm doing on my Total Recall iriff.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on October 06, 2012, 09:28:10 AM
That joke is sure to be a hit.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 06, 2012, 10:26:39 AM
How do you pronounce "Podkayne" from Robert Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars?  I need it for a joke I'm doing on my Total Recall iriff.

It's pronounced "Throat-Warbler Mangrove".
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 06, 2012, 02:13:53 PM
The Primotivo has a much smoother taste than the stuff I tried a few days ago.  The Zinfandel is a little stronger, and a little bit more tart than the Primotivo.  Both are definitely preferable to the chardonnays that Karenina favors (she's very much into white wines).  Still, neither are quite as sweet as the stuff I remember.

But a thought occurred to me.  Perhaps what I am remembering was not actually wine, but actually one of those sparkling grape juices served in a wine bottle.  I suppose only God knows the true answer to that question.  I have no conception of when it was or who else was there.  For all I know, it never actually happened.  But the Primotivo I think will work as my red wine of choice.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 06, 2012, 02:29:28 PM
Before you settle on primitivo, try the kosher wine. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on October 10, 2012, 02:14:48 AM
i think your pathological avoidance of walmart may be at fault: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Solid-Kitchen-Towel/20897639
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on October 10, 2012, 03:14:39 AM
Or there's this:

http://www.amazon.com/Bardwil-Pique-Terrycloth-Kitchen-Towels/dp/B003981NSI/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1349864018&sr=1-1&keywords=terrycloth+towels (http://www.amazon.com/Bardwil-Pique-Terrycloth-Kitchen-Towels/dp/B003981NSI/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1349864018&sr=1-1&keywords=terrycloth+towels)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on October 15, 2012, 05:19:31 PM
Have there been any people with the last name "Hitler", since the famous German one we all know about?  Or did that one just ruin the name for everyone?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on October 15, 2012, 07:21:24 PM
That's a good question. There had to have been other Hitlers in the world. Do we just not hear about them or did they all change their names?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on October 17, 2012, 08:00:07 PM
Last year, I think, there was a Rifftrax contest wherein people were encouraged to take jokes from existing Rifftrx mp3's, and use them to riff whatever they like.

Anyone know where I can find some of the videos?

I miss the fan art section of this forum.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 18, 2012, 08:25:45 AM
Have there been any people with the last name "Hitler", since the famous German one we all know about?  Or did that one just ruin the name for everyone?

I think this fella (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Patrick_Hitler) was the last of the line.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on October 18, 2012, 08:36:38 AM
So Adolf and Alois were the only two Hitlers in the entire world (save the sons, William and Heinz)?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 18, 2012, 08:47:56 AM
Welllll, the little Austrian water colourist's dad wasn't really called Hitler at birth, his last name was Schicklgruber, he later changed his name via a sort of deed poll process to Hitler. However that was intended to reflect the name of his step-father, whose name was Heidler. So the name is sort of a phantom name really. The name it was supposed to be however does still exist. There weren't many Hitlers to begin with.

There were other kids of Alois not just Adi and Alois II, I think the last one (the baby sister) made it to the '60s but none, except for the Liverpudlian made it past the '70s I don't think.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on October 18, 2012, 09:03:52 AM
Interesting. I have always wondered about that.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on October 18, 2012, 09:08:36 AM
Last year, I think, there was a Rifftrax contest wherein people were encouraged to take jokes from existing Rifftrx mp3's, and use them to riff whatever they like.

Anyone know where I can find some of the videos?

this? http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rifftrax+remix+contest
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Danecho1967 on October 18, 2012, 09:44:11 AM
Last year, I think, there was a Rifftrax contest wherein people were encouraged to take jokes from existing Rifftrx mp3's, and use them to riff whatever they like.

Anyone know where I can find some of the videos?

this? http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rifftrax+remix+contest
Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on November 05, 2012, 04:35:45 PM
Comcast, Dish or DirectTV? I can't really see any difference from what I can find online and I just need to pick one so I have one less thing to obsess about with this move.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on November 05, 2012, 05:05:53 PM
Comcast is the devil. Really and truly it is.

We have had Directv for years and we've been okay with it, other than the ugly satellite dish on my roof.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 05, 2012, 07:08:21 PM
Anything but Bastardcast, not sure which of the other two is better but I'd definitely advise you to avoid Bastardcast.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 20, 2012, 07:19:33 PM
OK, after I finish this post, I will be nine posts away from my 'level' raising from Magneto-cent to Big Montana.


I know these are all based on RiffTraxes.  But which one is "Big Montana" referring to?


Not "Buffalo Rider" - it pre-dated that, and Buffalo Jones hung out in Wyoming.


But I have just about every RiffTrax and can't think of one that this could refer to.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on November 20, 2012, 07:51:33 PM
Well the Big Montana is an Arby's sandwich, and I know Arby's is one of the Riffers' big go-tos when it comes to bad food jokes, but I don't recall if it came from a certain riff or not..
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on November 20, 2012, 10:00:38 PM
It was baconators for a while too.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 21, 2012, 02:55:49 AM
Well the Big Montana is an Arby's sandwich, and I know Arby's is one of the Riffers' big go-tos when it comes to bad food jokes, but I don't recall if it came from a certain riff or not..

Ah.  I've never been inside an Arby's in my life, so it figures I'd not have known that.

I don't think San Francisco even HAS an Arby's.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 21, 2012, 03:47:09 AM
Well the Big Montana is an Arby's sandwich, and I know Arby's is one of the Riffers' big go-tos when it comes to bad food jokes, but I don't recall if it came from a certain riff or not..

Ah.  I've never been inside an Arby's in my life, so it figures I'd not have known that.

I don't think San Francisco even HAS an Arby's.

Ohhhhh...you are missing out... (http://i.minus.com/ib1aDkHz6ZnKEy.gif)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on November 21, 2012, 03:55:01 AM
I swear I thought there was a bug on my tablet...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 21, 2012, 04:57:36 AM
Well the Big Montana is an Arby's sandwich, and I know Arby's is one of the Riffers' big go-tos when it comes to bad food jokes, but I don't recall if it came from a certain riff or not..

Ah.  I've never been inside an Arby's in my life, so it figures I'd not have known that.

I don't think San Francisco even HAS an Arby's.

Ohhhhh...you are missing out... (http://i.minus.com/ib1aDkHz6ZnKEy.gif)

I checked their website and the closest Arby's is in a zone called "South San Francisco" which isn't really part of the City, and the place is actually closer to San Bruno.

I love that we don't have a Walmart, either. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 21, 2012, 04:59:24 AM
Incidentally...there's no such thing as a "Big Montana" served there any more.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 21, 2012, 06:12:55 AM
I thought it had a more salacious meaning too....
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 21, 2012, 10:21:40 PM

I don't think San Francisco even HAS an Arby's.

I love that we don't have a Walmart, either. :)

How is it we able to read the posts originating in this strange utopian alternate Earth of yours??

Who is president in your timeline? Did the colonies even break off from Britain??

Do they ride unicorns where you are???
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 21, 2012, 11:11:39 PM

I don't think San Francisco even HAS an Arby's.

I love that we don't have a Walmart, either. :)

Do they ride unicorns where you are???

Yeppers.  They just LOOK like Muni buses.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 22, 2012, 06:07:32 AM
Those unicorns might want to think about changing their diet a little.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 22, 2012, 06:16:51 AM
Those unicorns might want to think about changing their diet a little.

but they love arby's too much.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 22, 2012, 07:05:37 AM
Those unicorns might want to think about changing their diet a little.

Half of them feed on electricity. Not too bad.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 22, 2012, 07:06:54 AM
Those unicorns might want to think about changing their diet a little.

but they love arby's too much.

Just that one that keeps making trips to South City and back.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on November 22, 2012, 11:13:13 AM
I just saw Feline Pine in the Target last night. It looks promising, so I want to give it a try. Slightly more expensive than Fresh Step or whatever, but it might work for us, particularly in light of the fact that the dog seems to think litter-covered cat poop is a delicacy. I'm hoping the pine might discourage him.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on November 22, 2012, 11:40:57 AM
I thought it had a more salacious meaning too....

According to Urban Dictionary, it does, though I've never heard it used that way before. Maybe that's why they no longer serve the Big Montana. :^)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on November 22, 2012, 12:00:33 PM
I just saw Feline Pine in the Target last night. It looks promising, so I want to give it a try.

For some reason I totally misread that as Feline Pie at first...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: eegah on November 22, 2012, 01:40:09 PM
I just saw Feline Pine in the Target last night. It looks promising, so I want to give it a try. Slightly more expensive than Fresh Step or whatever, but it might work for us, particularly in light of the fact that the dog seems to think litter-covered cat poop is a delicacy. I'm hoping the pine might discourage him.

We used it a few years ago. It works fine, but expands quite a bit in "liquid". Can't remember exactly why we quit using it... ???
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 22, 2012, 05:03:22 PM
I just saw Feline Pine in the Target last night. It looks promising, so I want to give it a try. Slightly more expensive than Fresh Step or whatever, but it might work for us, particularly in light of the fact that the dog seems to think litter-covered cat poop is a delicacy. I'm hoping the pine might discourage him.

We used it a few years ago. It works fine, but expands quite a bit in "liquid". Can't remember exactly why we quit using it... ???

At that point it's usually time to change it.  If you have multiple cats and only one litter box, this will be obviously more frequent. 

Cost might have had something to do with it - though Safeway sells a bag large enough for a month's worth for one cat for $3.99.

And I think there's been some improvement in the product in the past few years.  Ages ago I tried a different product - Litter Green - with my former cat, Waa, and it didn't do what FP does.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on November 22, 2012, 07:14:09 PM
Is there a reliable way to get, like, grease stains out of... shirt fabric?  Cotton I guess.  See, it seems like every time I spill any sort of oily food on any of my shirts, it takes 2 or 3 washings to get the stain out.  I'm not washing the shirt alone, at least not the first time.  It's with a full load.  If the stains remain, I sometimes try again.  I've had mixed results with Shout! stain remover pre-treater gel.  But really I'd just like to get the damn stains out on the first try, and my normal detergent aint cutting it.  I use powder, I can't remember which brand.  Might a liquid detergent help?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MerryWanna on November 23, 2012, 08:09:56 AM
Is there a reliable way to get, like, grease stains out of... shirt fabric?  Cotton I guess.  See, it seems like every time I spill any sort of oily food on any of my shirts, it takes 2 or 3 washings to get the stain out.  I'm not washing the shirt alone, at least not the first time.  It's with a full load.  If the stains remain, I sometimes try again.  I've had mixed results with Shout! stain remover pre-treater gel.  But really I'd just like to get the damn stains out on the first try, and my normal detergent aint cutting it.  I use powder, I can't remember which brand.  Might a liquid detergent help?

From my experience, definitely.  Plus, you never get those annoying accidents where the powder gets caught in a fold of clothing and doesn't quite dissolve all the way.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on November 25, 2012, 09:12:12 AM
Is there a reliable way to get, like, grease stains out of... shirt fabric?  Cotton I guess.  See, it seems like every time I spill any sort of oily food on any of my shirts, it takes 2 or 3 washings to get the stain out.  I'm not washing the shirt alone, at least not the first time.  It's with a full load.  If the stains remain, I sometimes try again.  I've had mixed results with Shout! stain remover pre-treater gel.  But really I'd just like to get the damn stains out on the first try, and my normal detergent aint cutting it.  I use powder, I can't remember which brand.  Might a liquid detergent help?

Dawn dish soap will get out any grease stain from clothes. Put it on and let it sit a little while before throwing it in the wash.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on December 12, 2012, 02:22:29 AM
Anyone know the name of the musical piece playing in the background of the first half of this segment from Ren and Stimpy?

http://www.divshare.com/flash/audio_embed?data=YTo2OntzOjU6ImFwaUlkIjtzOjE6IjQiO3M6NjoiZmlsZUlkIjtzOjg6IjIxNDExMDAyIjtzOjQ6ImNvZGUiO3M6MTI6IjIxNDExMDAyLTJhMSI7czo2OiJ1c2VySWQiO3M6NzoiMjc1MDg5MSI7czoxMjoiZXh0ZXJuYWxDYWxsIjtpOjE7czo0OiJ0aW1lIjtpOjEzNTUzMDc0NzI7fQ==&
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on December 12, 2012, 05:43:00 AM
Happy-Go-Lively by Laurie Johnson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Johnson)
http://www.youtube.com/v/xELDqIyrtNA

If you were asking because you like the tune (I do), rather than just wanting to know the title, you might also like the work of Ronald Binge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Binge).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on December 12, 2012, 07:33:42 AM
You can also download all the awesome production music from Ren and Stimpy here:

http://secretfunspot.blogspot.com/2006/11/ren-stimpy-production-music.html
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on December 12, 2012, 07:42:33 AM
Happy-Go-Lively by Laurie Johnson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Johnson)


If you were asking because you like the tune (I do), rather than just wanting to know the title, you might also like the work of Ronald Binge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Binge).
Thanks.

Actually, the tune had been in my head forever, and I wanted to ask this question before, but I couldn't very well ask it without some sort of sample.  There are no lyrics, and you can't really describe a purely instrumental piece.  Well maybe some people can, in that intricate language of musical jargon, but I sure can't.  It wasn't until I was watching some Netflix streaming Ren and Stimpy and I heard it that I realized I had a sample I could record and use.  Of course, the R&S bit is just background and is tainted by the other dialogue.

I wanted it about 4 years ago actually, when I started doing menus for Rifftrax reauthors.  I thought it would make great background menu music for the shorts compilations.  Lacking this, I used some of the stock music in DVD Lab; some piano piece that is okay, but not as good as the R&S thing.  I MIGHT go back and redo them.  It's not a tremendous amount of work, but it is kinda tedious and there are 14 volumes to redo.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on December 16, 2012, 07:11:39 AM
I'm still in Amsterdam until the start of the new year, but I'm continuing to try and pack in as many movies as I can before I leave. However, as everything here is subtitled in Dutch, this sometimes leaves me in the awkward situation of going into a movie not knowing fair-sized segments aren't in English, and I am left out fo the loop as to what was being said. I managed to get through Argo, Seven Psychopaths, and The Hobbit well enough, but I'll need to rewatch all three when I get home to know exactly what I missed.

Anyway, to save myself a little trouble, I'm going to ask in advance this time: to anyone who's watched Life of Pi already, are there any parts that aren't in English and, therefore, subtitled, and if so, how long are these parts? If they're just a few quick lines or whatever, then I should manage fine, but if it's whole conversations I'll wait until I get back (I will say I already know that there's a song not in English, and I can put up with that).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on December 22, 2012, 09:23:38 AM
So pregnancy and labor....

I have 4 nieces and 6 nephews, but I have never been present for the actual labor and giving birth part.  I would always hear from my mother that the baby had been born and eventually I'd see it at some family function.  So I've never seen a birth in real life.  I've seen plenty on TV though.  And whenever it happens on TV, it seems to happen with the urgency of a guy with a stomach bug who needs to get to the toilet OMG SUPER FAST or else he'll shit his pants.  The woman always has to be rushed to the hospital like she was having a heart attack. 

So is it like that in real life?

Also, what is the point of horseshoes?  I mean, outside of the context of the yard game.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 22, 2012, 09:53:28 AM
You see, in the wild horses don't have to run to the hospital to have their babies, civilized horses need the shoes to stop their hooves from wearing down as they run panicked to the hospital, and the inevitable detours that always happen to make the trip longer don't help, so you see why they need the extra protection, don't you?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on December 22, 2012, 11:36:19 AM
Well Tyrant was induced, so I didn't get to do the mad dash to the hospital, but everything everyone told me beforehand indicated that the rush to the hospital is pure Hollywood. What happens 90 percent of the time is that the water breaks and the woman still has several hours to get to the hospital. They even ask that you wait it out at home until a few hours later when the contractions start getting closer together, just because it's more pleasant to go through early labor at home than it is in a hospital room. They reccomend taking a leisurely walk beforehand.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tyrant on December 22, 2012, 09:18:40 PM
I'll add that one of my coworkers' water broke and she went almost 24 hours before she delivered. Some women have gone even longer before delivery. Every woman is different but, yeah, the whole thing where the water breaks and active labor starts immediately after with no transition is pretty unrealistic. It's not impossible but it would be rare if it does happen.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on December 23, 2012, 04:32:22 AM
I watched the episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia where Dee gives birth (appropriately titled "Dee Gives Birth") last night.  They seemed to have fun being one of the rare cases of averting this trope.  The gang is at the bar when Dee's water breaks at the beginning of the episode.  They rush her to the hospital where she is casually escorted to a room.  For most of the rest of the episode, she is casually walking around the hospital or waiting in her room, and actually leaves the hospital to get fast food at some point.  Eventually she does go into labor while at the hospital and delivers.

Why is labor induced in some cases?  Won't the kid come out on its own eventually?  Unless you were attached to a specific birthday, I don't see what the advantage would be.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on December 23, 2012, 05:57:11 AM
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Why is labor induced in some cases?
Usually because of medical necessity.
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Won't the kid come out on its own eventually?
No, or yes but not alive. Pregnancy is incredibly complex and can go horribly wrong in lots and lots of ways, a fair number connected to the final stages of the process.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 23, 2012, 09:52:09 AM
Because we have big ol' heads. Makes the birthing process dangerous for humans. And we have to come out so early before our heads are any more developed so we can fit, which is why we have such a long adolescence compared with other animals. The price we pay for being smart.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 23, 2012, 10:06:52 AM
Oh yes, that's right. I forgot that piece. Thanks.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on December 23, 2012, 10:29:06 PM
In this case, our son had stopped getting nourishment from the placenta and he wasn't going to make it another 2 weeks to his due date. He's doing fine, now. Thanks, medical science!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on December 28, 2012, 10:59:33 AM
Quote
Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.

I keep seeing this quote as being attributed to Karl Marx. Is that correct?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on December 28, 2012, 12:29:05 PM
Yes.

However it's not that Karl Marx. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx_(composer))
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on December 28, 2012, 12:33:31 PM
Thank you. I kept seeing this floating around tumblr and I just couldn't imagine the author of The Communist Manifesto saying what basically amounts to "Live, laugh, love."
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on January 19, 2013, 06:59:35 PM
So, here's weird-ish question:

Does anyone here live in, or have experience living in, Panama City, Florida? My partner and I are moving down there later this year, and I'm trying to find out about rental houses that AREN'T priced for the tourist market; my web searches in this area have been spectacularly unhelpful.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on January 19, 2013, 07:20:47 PM
How do I get rid of my friend that refuses to leave my house? She is completely oblivious to hints but its not at the point where its bad enough that I flip out and yell at her to leave. Is prefer it to not get to that point.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: lassieface on January 19, 2013, 08:25:38 PM
How do I get rid of my friend that refuses to leave my house? She is completely oblivious to hints but its not at the point where its bad enough that I flip out and yell at her to leave. Is prefer it to not get to that point.

Option 1: Tell them you have to wake up early in the morning for "x"
Option 2: Start hitting on them until they get uncomfortable and leave
Option 3: "Hey, I have some stuff I need to get done before I go to bed. We could hang out again on "x day"
Option 4: Murder
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on January 19, 2013, 08:33:48 PM
How do I get rid of my friend that refuses to leave my house? She is completely oblivious to hints but its not at the point where its bad enough that I flip out and yell at her to leave. Is prefer it to not get to that point.

Option 1: Tell them you have to wake up early in the morning for "x"
Option 2: Start hitting on them until they get uncomfortable and leave
Option 3: "Hey, I have some stuff I need to get done before I go to bed. We could hang out again on "x day"
Option 4: Murder

Tried 1 and 3. Contemplating 2 right now. My power is flickering which would make a normal person leave. She has decided that its windy enough that there might be a tornado. I think I have a skwatter on my hands.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on January 20, 2013, 07:53:55 AM
So, here's weird-ish question:

Does anyone here live in, or have experience living in, Panama City, Florida? My partner and I are moving down there later this year, and I'm trying to find out about rental houses that AREN'T priced for the tourist market; my web searches in this area have been spectacularly unhelpful.

The answer for Panama City might be no, but coincidentally I was looking up information about Tallahassee the other day (just for fun) and Panama City isn't too far from there. Maybe you could get in through the back door -- start searching out Tallahassee (which is a college town, I had no idea) and work your way westward from there.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 20, 2013, 02:50:16 PM
OK, so I'm playing the part of music detective, it seems.  A friend of my parents is looking for an electronic music group from Toronto called Antelope in Apacheland that had 2 albums: A Story Unfolds and For Lack of a Better Term.  The band was active in the mid-eighties.  Google and Bing turn up nothing.  Armed with this knowledge, where should I start looking.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 21, 2013, 09:05:58 AM
I'm starting to experiment with baking bread. It's my favorite food group so I want to better understand the thing I love so dearly. My first loaf was ok, better than I thought it'd be, but it was a little dense. Found a new recipe that promises fluffy bread, so today I'm going to give it a shot.

At one point the recipe says to give the dough a business letter turn.  I can find pictures of the end result, but I'm still not quite sure how to do it. Any ideas?  I re-watched the short "cooking terms" with no luck, though I keep picturing that lady scooping up the dough with a piece of stationery.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 21, 2013, 10:21:26 AM
 I think they mean fold the dough in thirds, like a business letter is folded.  That's how I always did it, on the final rise when you put the dough in the bread pans.

 Kneading by hand takes forever, when you think you have kneaded it enough keep going....

 Finding a good place to let it rise can also be tricky, ideally it should be 80 to 90 °F with no drafts.  Too cold and it will take forever to rise, too warm and it will rise too fast (too fast is worse since it breaks the gluten bonds that hold the bread together).

 And it takes a while to get a feel for consistency, a few tablespoons of water off and it's either too dry or too sticky, either way you don't get a good final rise and then don't get the proper extra rise when it starts baking.

 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 21, 2013, 11:29:11 AM

 Finding a good place to let it rise can also be tricky, ideally it should be 80 to 90 °F with no drafts.  Too cold and it will take forever to rise, too warm and it will rise too fast (too fast is worse since it breaks the gluten bonds that hold the bread together).
 

I use the microwave with the surface light on.  It works perfectly.

Surface light? 

I now use an old bread machine that the bearings wore out for rising hand made dough, I use a new bread machine for everyday bread, but don't use that for doughs that are too stiff, like pizza dough.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 21, 2013, 01:38:21 PM
It's a hanging microwave above the stove, and it has a vent and surface light options. Since the light is in the bottom of the microwave, it gently heats the interior while it's on.

Definitely stealing this idea.  Thanks for the advice guys.  Hopefully I can time it out right.  I want it to be in the oven when my wife gets home so that at least one of us can appreciate the smell of the baking bread (I haven't been able to smell since I was 6). 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on January 21, 2013, 01:39:37 PM
Yeah, never thought of the microwave, that's an excellent idea, definitely better than the laundry room, which is what I've been using.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on January 21, 2013, 04:02:45 PM

 Finding a good place to let it rise can also be tricky, ideally it should be 80 to 90 °F with no drafts.  Too cold and it will take forever to rise, too warm and it will rise too fast (too fast is worse since it breaks the gluten bonds that hold the bread together).
 

I use the microwave with the surface light on.  It works perfectly.

I use this, too! I use it to speed up defrosting anything frozen, although if I'm defrosting butter I have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't melt all over the microwave. I have been using solidified coconut oil in some things, and recipes always call for heating it in a pan rather than microwaving it, because the microwave does something bad to it or something, who knows. So I just stick some in a measuring cup, put it in the microwave, close the door, turn on the light and walk away. In an hour my coconut oil has melted.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 21, 2013, 07:09:56 PM
Sooooo I burnt the shit out of it.  But I know what I did wrong.  I didn't have a big enough loaf pan, so I split it in half and used two loaf pans, but didn't adjust the oven temperature or baking time.  Under the rock hard crust it was nice and fluffy and delicious though, so I'm on the right track.

Probably going to try again tomorrow.  But here's my new question: does sandwich bread need a loaf pan?  Or can I just cook it on a flat surface and let it be a round loaf?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 21, 2013, 09:11:44 PM
Yeah, for a boule you need a fairly firm dough if you want it to have some height.  So if you are making soft sandwich bread it would just go flat. 

Since you burned your loaves I have to ask, are you watching them the last 10 minutes or so?  You have to keep an eye on them, can't just set the timer and come back when it goes off.  Every time you make bread it's a little different, so you've got to peek in there every few minutes as they get close to the end.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 21, 2013, 09:23:26 PM
Here's the portion of the recipe dealing with the oven

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Bake the bread by gently placing the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn the loaf around to encourage even browning and continue to bake for 30 minutes until deeply browned.  If the bread seems to be getting too brown, tent with foil.

I took that to mean an hour total of baking, though the wording is a little vague.  But when I turned the loafs at 30 minutes they were already burned.  I'll make sure to keep a much closer eye on it next time, and try to find a better pan. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 21, 2013, 10:51:40 PM
Here's the portion of the recipe dealing with the oven

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Bake the bread by gently placing the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn the loaf around to encourage even browning and continue to bake for 30 minutes until deeply browned.  If the bread seems to be getting too brown, tent with foil.

I took that to mean an hour total of baking, though the wording is a little vague.  But when I turned the loafs at 30 minutes they were already burned.  I'll make sure to keep a much closer eye on it next time, and try to find a better pan.

Yeah, seems like bad wording, or they put the wrong temperature, to bake for an hour it would have to be low temp, something like 300 or 325.  Even then an hour is a long time for any bread.  I think they meant to say turn the pans half way through the 30 minute baking time.

The foil tent thing is a pain, I would always just live with less browning on the bottom.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 22, 2013, 08:11:02 AM
I've never done no-knead bread, must have a lot more water in it if it doesn't burn at 450 in that much time.

350 to 375 °F and 30 to 45 minutes is what I use for white kneaded bread, using about 1 1/2 cups water for 4 cups flour.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 22, 2013, 01:30:26 PM
Mission: Make a perfect loaf of bread to keep my mind off work being slow and not having any money.
Status: Success! 

Thanks for your help MartyS and Imrahil.  Turned out fluffy and delicious. Evidence bellow.  The recipe was definitely supposed to read 30 minutes, not an hour. 

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on January 22, 2013, 02:09:28 PM
Mission: Make a perfect loaf of bread to keep my mind off work being slow and not having any money.
Status: Success! 

Thanks for your help MartyS and Imrahil.  Turned out fluffy and delicious. Evidence bellow.  The recipe was definitely supposed to read 30 minutes, not an hour. 

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Go over to the Food Thread. wurwolf posted an awesome recipe (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=17780.msg714850;topicseen#msg714850) there you should try.

Gosh, I forgot about that bread. That really was good, I need to make more of that. I've got my baking project for this weekend now. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 07, 2013, 04:29:07 AM
I know very little about cars. Just signed up for zip car so me and my fiancé can take a day trip this weekend. Which do you guys recommend for driving in light snow: Honda Insight, Honda Civic, or a Nissan Sentra.  None of them sound great for that, but maybe someone here has a favorite.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on February 07, 2013, 07:05:47 AM
I've only ever driven a Nissan Sentra (put 150,000 miles on mine). It was okay in the snow. Not very good at turning but alright if you were careful and didn't cowboy it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 07, 2013, 09:02:29 AM
I know very little about cars. Just signed up for zip car so me and my fiancé can take a day trip this weekend. Which do you guys recommend for driving in light snow: Honda Insight, Honda Civic, or a Nissan Sentra.  None of them sound great for that, but maybe someone here has a favorite.

 Try to find out if any of them have traction control.  That works amazingly well in snow.  The Civic I had sucked in snow, but that was 14 years ago.  If you can't find out if there is traction control go with the heaviest one, probably the Sentra, but all 3 are small cars so there's probably not going to be much difference.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on February 07, 2013, 09:22:32 AM
There was this series of movies, 6 of them to be precise.  It was about a bunch of people who explored the stars, and they were fighting a series of wars.  I can't remember or find the name of that movie series.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on February 07, 2013, 12:21:49 PM
Hot Celebrity Cat Fights 1 - 6?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2013, 01:44:59 PM
I know very little about cars. Just signed up for zip car so me and my fiancé can take a day trip this weekend. Which do you guys recommend for driving in light snow: Honda Insight, Honda Civic, or a Nissan Sentra.  None of them sound great for that, but maybe someone here has a favorite.
Ann's Civic is fairly decent in the snow but the fuel gauge is dicky.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on February 27, 2013, 05:53:12 AM
How can sitcom characters be so stupid yet not drown in their own drool?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 14, 2013, 10:00:44 AM
Okay so a question I searched for an answer on but couldn't find. You see this:

(http://www.mathsisfun.com/data/images/cartesian-coordinates.gif)

I want to make an empty one of these to illustrate a philosophical point but I can't seem to find a generator for them (other graphs yes, but not that particular kind).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 14, 2013, 10:29:06 AM
Would this work?

http://www.softschools.com/math/graph_paper/generator/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on March 14, 2013, 10:30:17 AM
you just want a blank cartesian plane? or you mean something with quadrants, origin, and axes labelled?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 14, 2013, 10:37:18 AM
The latter and Marty's link should, with a bit of tinkering, work fine. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 14, 2013, 10:40:44 AM
There was this series of movies, 6 of them to be precise.  It was about a bunch of people who explored the stars, and they were fighting a series of wars.  I can't remember or find the name of that movie series.
I saw a great movie last night, but can't remember what it was called. It's a classic about a newspaper tycoon and he's dead and everyone is telling stories about him.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on March 14, 2013, 10:57:16 AM
There was this series of movies, 6 of them to be precise.  It was about a bunch of people who explored the stars, and they were fighting a series of wars.  I can't remember or find the name of that movie series.
I saw a great movie last night, but can't remember what it was called. It's a classic about a newspaper tycoon and he's dead and everyone is telling stories about him.

the answer to both: what about bob?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on March 14, 2013, 11:11:23 AM
The latter and Marty's link should, with a bit of tinkering, work fine. :)

i can do ya this: http://i.imgur.com/gzfL7Am.png in any image format (pdf is probably best) with many options.

edit: gawd, imgur, what does your pdf->png conversions? a blind rat?  ???
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 14, 2013, 11:13:10 AM
Nope, Marty's link is fine. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on March 15, 2013, 02:25:37 PM
if you had to spend three days at either brookhaven national lab or university of pittsburgh in early may, which would you choose?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 15, 2013, 02:30:55 PM
On site the entire time?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on March 15, 2013, 02:31:31 PM
yup.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on March 15, 2013, 02:39:16 PM
Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: lassieface on March 16, 2013, 08:11:37 PM
Don't know if this goes here, but what the hell. I have a $25 gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond. I have no idea what to get there. Everything is cheaper on Amazon anyways. Anybody have some amazing recommendations?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on March 16, 2013, 08:17:53 PM
I don't think men are allowed in Bed Bath & Beyond.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on March 17, 2013, 03:16:38 PM
Maybe you can find some sort of stuffed white elephant.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 18, 2013, 06:53:10 AM
I keep getting calls from "516".  I don't mean the area code, I mean that's all it says on my phone, is "516".  The first three times it left an automated message saying "Please hold momentarily for an important call"  Which is a little silly considering that's all that was in the voice mail message.

But this last time a real person left a message saying he was from network recovery services early out division representing patient accounting for new york Presbyterian hospital.  Now I did recently go to that hospital and even more recently paid the bill for the visit.  He also knew my name.  But the call back number he left was garbled and I can't make it out.

I'm sure they will call back, but what do you guys think?  I've never seen three digit numbers before.  Is it a new routing services to hide a call origin?  Is that normal?  Is it sleazy?  Am I being taken on a ride? 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on March 18, 2013, 08:41:56 AM
Sounds pretty sketchy to me.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: BiteMe316 on March 20, 2013, 01:52:53 PM
Any one know how to get rid of moles?  They're leaving their tracks all over the backyard and it's starting to become a real hazard for the dog.  He's already hurt himself a few times stepping on their hills.  Is there an inexpensive way to get rid of those pests?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on March 20, 2013, 02:44:07 PM
Any one know how to get rid of moles?  They're leaving their tracks all over the backyard and it's starting to become a real hazard for the dog.  He's already hurt himself a few times stepping on their hills.  Is there an inexpensive way to get rid of those pests?

http://www.amazon.com/The-Giant-Destroyer-Gas-Bomb/dp/B000BQLWCS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363815759&sr=8-1&keywords=Giant+Destroyer (http://www.amazon.com/The-Giant-Destroyer-Gas-Bomb/dp/B000BQLWCS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363815759&sr=8-1&keywords=Giant+Destroyer)

My dad used these. Very effective.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: wurwolf on April 05, 2013, 02:29:14 PM
Why do women seem to mostly take their shirts off with the crossed-arms-at-hips method? Seems unnecessarily complicated.

I tried to think of doing it some other way, but it seemed impossibly awkward. Men don't do this?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 05, 2013, 02:37:55 PM
I typically pull from the top of my back, though sometimes I'll pull my arms back through and lift from there. Then again, I don't have boobs.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on April 05, 2013, 02:43:18 PM
collar-grabber here, too.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 05, 2013, 03:04:26 PM
I do have issues doing it that way with tighter shirts though. End up like Cornholio with t-rex arms.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on April 05, 2013, 03:13:53 PM
And again I am faced with the possibility that, despite the ample evidence to the contrary, I may actually be a girl.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on April 05, 2013, 03:25:38 PM
I am a Skeksis. I wear a shirt until it disintegrates and add more as needed over the remnants.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on April 05, 2013, 03:41:33 PM
Here's an unsearchable question:

Has anybody made a giant monster movie from the monster's perspective? I mean like huge monsters fighting, destroying cities and the humans are NEVER shown other than little ants running and screaming out of buildings being destroyed.
The closest thing I can think of is Big Man Japan. Which, while fun, still had plenty of human sized scenes.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 05, 2013, 03:50:43 PM
I pull my left arm out of the sleeve, pull the shirt up a bit, then pull the right arm through the sleeve, bunch it up, and then over my head.  Complicated I suppose, and could potentially stretch out some sleeves, but it doesn't mess up my hair and the shirt isn't inside out after I take it off, which is important for me because I often reuse shirts.

It's also about the least sexy way I can think of to take off a shirt; 'arms crossed' ranking in at second sexiest, right under 'being torn off in lust'.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on April 05, 2013, 03:54:32 PM
See, this is why I wear breakaway clothes at all times.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on April 05, 2013, 05:55:08 PM
pardon me, boys, is that the chattanooga choo choo?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on April 05, 2013, 06:19:56 PM
Track 29! Can I give you a shine?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on April 21, 2013, 12:57:47 PM
So my parents are having trouble with their cellphone. I think it is a Virgin Mobile. In that they can't use it when they are at their house. I've also had trouble with my Sprint phone when at their house (although my new Galaxy 3 has some reception) in the past as well. But if you go anydirection away from their by less than a 1/4 mile, it's fine. They live on a hill, so you'd think that would help. But they have barns with metal roofs around them, not sure if that would make a difference.
Is there any website that shows what cellphone carriers have good or bad reception in in a very detailed, localized way?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on April 29, 2013, 11:55:05 AM
how do you americans (without passes or tickets) pay for the bus? do you carry around rolls of quarters? do they accept singles?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on April 29, 2013, 12:12:58 PM
how do you americans (without passes or tickets) pay for the bus? do you carry around rolls of quarters? do they accept singles?

In Chicago the busses take singles. You can get tickets at any currency exchange though and since there's one of those about every 100 feet, most people opt for that rather than having to have exact change. I'd assume the other major cities are the same way.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on April 29, 2013, 12:27:20 PM
the pittsburgh transit site didn't list the airport as having them in their confusing pdf.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 29, 2013, 01:58:23 PM
how do you americans (without passes or tickets) pay for the bus? do you carry around rolls of quarters? do they accept singles?
It varies from area to area.  The DART buses in Delaware accept bills.  One way fare is $1.15, though for $2.40 you can buy a daily pass which lets you ride as many buses as you want that day.  If you don't have exact change, like you have a 5 or a 10 or a 20, you can pay, and it'll accept that for the fare, but you don't get any change.

I think that there's some sort of pass you can get from SEPTA, the transit system in the Philadelphia area, that will let you ride the bus for free if you've purchased a ticket for one of their commuter trains (the SEPTA R2 runs into northern Delaware).

Also if you put on some sunglasses, carry a stick, and pretend to be blind, you get to ride for free.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on April 29, 2013, 02:15:18 PM
holy shit, a buck fifteen?! delaware sounds like some sort of utopia.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on April 29, 2013, 02:22:17 PM
holy shit, a buck fifteen?! delaware sounds like some sort of utopia.
Yeah but I carry a fare card, so it only comes out to like 70 cents for me.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 29, 2013, 02:30:34 PM
the SEPTA R2 runs into northern Delaware).

They trashed the R numbers a while back, now that line is called the Wilmington/Newark Line.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 29, 2013, 02:43:43 PM
They changed how you pay for the express bus in NYC a couple years ago.  It's a really weird honor system now.  Each bus stop has a little ATM-ish thing where you swipe your metro card and then it prints out a receipt that you take, which is your ticket.  Then you get on the bus at any of the 3 doors and.... that's it.  No one ever checks your ticket. 

I guess they figured the money they would lose from people who would stop paying would be outweighed by how much faster it is to get on the bus, because you don't have to wait in line to pay, everyone just piles on at the same time, which keeps the buses running on time. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on April 30, 2013, 09:11:14 AM
I'm wondering if there's a specific term for a villain that disguises himself as a regular person through his actions, but is so unsubtle about it that you're left wondering why the heroes didn't notice it sooner.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on May 02, 2013, 03:44:31 AM
So in this upcoming movie "The Purge", all crime is sanctioned for a 12 hour period once during the year.
Could I set off a dirty bomb in New York and not suffer any accountability? Or would I be held accountable for the lingering effects and property damage after the 12 hours?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MUD CRICKET on May 02, 2013, 05:32:32 AM
So my parents are having trouble with their cellphone. I think it is a Virgin Mobile. In that they can't use it when they are at their house. I've also had trouble with my Sprint phone when at their house (although my new Galaxy 3 has some reception) in the past as well. But if you go anydirection away from their by less than a 1/4 mile, it's fine. They live on a hill, so you'd think that would help. But they have barns with metal roofs around them, not sure if that would make a difference.
Is there any website that shows what cellphone carriers have good or bad reception in in a very detailed, localized way?

http://opensignal.com/
the bad news is it was searchable
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MUD CRICKET on May 02, 2013, 06:04:43 AM
I used to spend all day and night wondering, until they invented the internet.  I miss wondering.  I miss living in a society that all wondered.  How the hell can you fall in love any more?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on May 02, 2013, 07:56:05 AM
the SEPTA R2 runs into northern Delaware).

They trashed the R numbers a while back, now that line is called the Wilmington/Newark Line.

Did they?  I didn't notice.  I haven't ridden in a while.  I hopped the train up to Philadelphia last April.  I didn't notice anything had changed. 

Well it will always be the R2 to me.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on May 02, 2013, 08:05:13 AM
I used to spend all day and night wondering, until they invented the internet.  I miss wondering.  I miss living in a society that all wondered.  How the hell can you fall in love any more?

I don't understand how more open access to information would impede love.  Learning some basic facts about a person through research isn't falling in love.  That's closer to stalking, or to use a less severe term, it's more like falling in love with an idea instead of a person.  It's like some guy who thinks he's in love with Zooey Deschanel because of the endearing and accessible characters she plays instead of the person that she is.  He does that because he doesn't KNOW Zooey; he knows ABOUT Zooey, which are different things.

Falling in love is the process of connecting with a person on an emotional level via a gradual process of mutual discovery (even if the love itself is not mutual the discovery process is). 

I think a great illustration of this is in the movie Groundhog Day.  Phil Connors tried to use his repetition of the day to gather information about Rita and know her and trick her into loving him.  But it didn't work.  It didn't work until Phil just gave up this chase and let things happen.  He grew as a person and let Rita get to know him as a person and form an opinion.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 08, 2013, 10:21:02 AM
I have an old TV with only one place to hook your vcr/bluray into.  For a while I was unplugging them from the TV and it was annoying.  Finally bought a switch that you plug into the back of the TV, then I hooked my blu ray and vcr into that.  And voila!  Hit a button and switch from one to another.

My question, my VCR tapes have horrible sound now.  Have to turn up my TV all the way to hear anything, blu rays sound fine though.

Any ideas?  Anything I can do to fix this or is it just something I'll have to put up with?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: vultar on May 08, 2013, 10:54:44 AM
What kind of input does your tv have, and what kind of outputs do the VCR and Bluray have?  I'd guess that the VCR has a composite (yellow, red, white) output or maybe S-video, while the Bluray should have somekind of HD output like HDMI or component (5 colored jacks).  I'm not familiar with the switch you're using so I'm not certain what's plugged into what.  Do you have a link to the switch?

Is the cable in connection free on the back of the tv?  You should be able to run the VCR through that and get rid of the switch entirely.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 08, 2013, 11:08:39 AM
it looks just like this, only black made by RCA

http://shop.willyselectronics.com/browse.cfm/lkg-5-input-2-output-audio-video-selector-switch-rca-svhs-/4,3140.html

all connections are composite.  My Sony blu ray only has a composite hookup as well.  Bought a composite cable to go between the RCA switch box and my TV.  The box itself has enough room to hook 4 devices into it.  Currently just have my VCR and blu ray hooked into it.

Couldn't figure out a different way to do it, did try hooking my blue ray into my VCR (VCR has two connections, one on front and one on back like this

http://www.plasma.com/dvdplayer/dv6t955b.htm

But it didn't work.  I'm horrible at this kinda stuff.  More of a right brain type.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 08, 2013, 11:51:03 AM
Try moving the VCR to a different input on the switch, the input it is on now might be bad, or the cable from the VCR to the switch is bad.  I guess to check the cable you could swap it with the blu-ray player since that one has good sound.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty on May 08, 2013, 12:02:19 PM
It's probably the port on the switch if it worked okay before you hooked it up.  Try swapping the positions of the VCR and the Blu-Ray wires on the switch to see if the VCR improves and the Blu-Ray gets worse.

Usually if you have really quiet sound like that it means that the connection of the audio cables is weak.  I sometimes get that if I plug my eardbuds into my MP3 player but don't push hard enough on the connection.  You can also try tightening the cables (just reach back and shove 'em in harder).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 08, 2013, 12:27:50 PM
Thanks, I'll try the switch thing when I go home
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on May 20, 2013, 08:37:26 AM
So I ordered some things online the other day and just went to check when they were coming. While looking for the tracking number, i noticed that my billing address has the unit # but the shipping address doesn't. It was one of those check the box if the addresses are the same but somehow, it didn't pull over the unit #. My name is clearly on the mail box. Anyone know if I'm going to get the package or will it all depend on my horrible mail lady? Also, they gave me a tracking number that is for smartpost. No record of it on fedex or the post office's website. It just shipped on Friday. I assumed it would be in the system by now but maybe I'm just worrying more since I know the address is incomplete.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 20, 2013, 08:57:18 AM
Smartpost is pretty slow, don't think I've ever gotten anything shipped that way in less than a week.  And the tracking is minimal, so you might not see it show up until it gets handed over to the local post office.

As for the missing unit number, it is going to be up to your mail lady.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on May 20, 2013, 02:07:28 PM
Any time I have stuff that is coming via SmartPost it gets to my town and then sits for about 2 days before they sort it and then it's another day or two before the USPS drops it off at my house. 

And SmartPost has "lost" several packages of things I've ordered from Amazon.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on June 26, 2013, 04:11:30 AM
There's this show on TNT but I can't remember its name.  I remember that it was a police procedural, and the commercials featured the lead characters walking slowly towards the camera.  I think the show is an hour long.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on June 26, 2013, 05:31:02 AM
that sounds a lot like law & castle: nypd csi shield blues.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on June 26, 2013, 02:33:54 PM
There's this show on TNT but I can't remember its name.  I remember that it was a police procedural, and the commercials featured the lead characters walking slowly towards the camera.  I think the show is an hour long.

A show that's on now? Or an older one?  Was it Wanted? (The show with Gary Cole, Rashida Jones, & that guy from the band Saliva)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2013, 07:23:56 PM
OK, I have a friend that was telling me about a sci-fi story that she wanted me to track down.

Basically, a bunch of people end up trapped on an island overrun with a grey spongy material.  Some people start eating it and become addicted to it.  Slowly the material starts growing over their body and can be easily scraped off.  Eventually, one person becomes a monster made out of grey sponge.  Does anyone know what this story is?  It sounds sort of like a John Wyndham story.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2013, 07:39:32 PM
It's not a movie, but she didn't make it clear if it was a short story or a novel.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 26, 2013, 08:02:17 PM
I think it is.  I sent her the link.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 07, 2013, 06:02:56 AM
Does anyone have any tips on getting grease stains out of clothes?  I dunno if grease is the correct term.  Maybe oil is more appropriate?  Anyway, I was eating pizza yesterday and some of it fell on to my cotton t-shirt.  I ran it through the wash and it got the deep red sauce stains out, but there are still blotchy grease patches.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 14, 2013, 02:34:11 PM
Who's a good doggie?  Who's a good doggie?? ?? ??
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on July 22, 2013, 08:57:38 AM
Please explain to me how a person can be so delusional as to call his ex girlfriend from jail over and over and over and not take a hint that she isn't going to EVER accept the charges.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on July 22, 2013, 09:14:45 AM
  • It's the only number he knows?
  • He doesn't want to be the only guy who isn't standing in the phone line (it's really the only social activity there)?
  • He's an eternal optomist?
  • He's a moron?

Thanks. Now my need to make everyone happy has me feeling horrible for him if #1 is the truth. I know #4 is the real answer but there is always a tiny chance #1 is the truth and that makes me feel really sad.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on July 22, 2013, 09:54:30 AM
Or, he has nothing better to do and wants to annoy her.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on July 25, 2013, 08:56:32 AM
I'm having trouble searching for this solution because I'm having trouble putting it into words, but I'll give it a shot here.

I have a Motorola DVR given to me by my cable company. Like many DVR owners, I have several TV series set to automatically DVR new episodes. Recently, some of my scheduled series stopped recording. It's not all of them, and I don't see any rhyme or reason to it. Furthermore, if I skip ahead in my schedule to view one of the shows that wasn't recording, the normal trail of red dots that indicate the show is scheduled to record is replaced by a red circle with a slash through it.

Anyone have any clue why my DVR decided to not-record these shows?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on July 25, 2013, 09:07:02 AM
I'm having trouble searching for this solution because I'm having trouble putting it into words, but I'll give it a shot here.

I have a Motorola DVR given to me by my cable company. Like many DVR owners, I have several TV series set to automatically DVR new episodes. Recently, some of my scheduled series stopped recording. It's not all of them, and I don't see any rhyme or reason to it. Furthermore, if I skip ahead in my schedule to view one of the shows that wasn't recording, the normal trail of red dots that indicate the show is scheduled to record is replaced by a red circle with a slash through it.

Anyone have any clue why my DVR decided to not-record these shows?

Do you have a limit on how many episodes of a certain show you want recorded? If I don't change it, my DVR defaults to never deleting an episode of a show AND only having 5 episodes of a show on the DVR at one time. Thus, after 5 episodes recording, it won't record any more of them until I delete some of that show.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on July 25, 2013, 09:12:49 AM
I'll have to double-check the recording settings, but in every case, I'd already watched and deleted the previous episode when it decided not to record...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 25, 2013, 09:16:52 AM
Thanks. Now my need to make everyone happy has me feeling horrible for him if #1 is the truth. I know #4 is the real answer but there is always a tiny chance #1 is the truth and that makes me feel really sad.
No need to feel bad.  #4 is, of of course, the right answer.

The thing is, you can't make everyone happy.  Further, some people don't deserve the effort.

Why is everyone assuming that he is a "moron"? He is very much still attached to someone and that hope is probably the only thing helping him through the discomfort that is jail.

But, I guess "hope," is a moronic concept. Should he stop? Probably, but who are we to judge. I am sure we have all done some pretty repetive and fruitless things when it comes to someone we feel the "love" attachment too.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on July 25, 2013, 09:19:55 AM
Thanks. Now my need to make everyone happy has me feeling horrible for him if #1 is the truth. I know #4 is the real answer but there is always a tiny chance #1 is the truth and that makes me feel really sad.
No need to feel bad.  #4 is, of of course, the right answer.

The thing is, you can't make everyone happy.  Further, some people don't deserve the effort.

Why is everyone assuming that he is a "moron"? He is very much still attached to someone and that hope is probably the only thing helping him through the discomfort that is jail.

But, I guess "hope," is a moronic concept. Should he stop? Probably, but who are we to judge. I am sure we have all done some pretty repetive and fruitless things when it comes to someone we feel the "love" attachment too.
Eh, I still say he just doesn't have much else to do, and wants to get back at her, however mildly, because he's in jail.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on July 25, 2013, 09:29:21 AM
Thanks. Now my need to make everyone happy has me feeling horrible for him if #1 is the truth. I know #4 is the real answer but there is always a tiny chance #1 is the truth and that makes me feel really sad.
No need to feel bad.  #4 is, of of course, the right answer.

The thing is, you can't make everyone happy.  Further, some people don't deserve the effort.

Why is everyone assuming that he is a "moron"? He is very much still attached to someone and that hope is probably the only thing helping him through the discomfort that is jail.

But, I guess "hope," is a moronic concept. Should he stop? Probably, but who are we to judge. I am sure we have all done some pretty repetive and fruitless things when it comes to someone we feel the "love" attachment too.

I see where you are coming from but I can assure you that what he's doing is moronic. Even when we were technically together, I refused to ever accept charges when his drinking got him locked up. If he wasn't a moron, he would realize that someone who wouldn't accept charges from their boyfriend, isn't going to accept charges from their ex-boyfriend either. Also, the fact that after me not accepting charges for 2 days, the calls got so frequent that I've had to block 3 different numbers is just completely moronic. I get maybe trying a few times a day thinking I may be busy but after 20 calls over 2 days, you should get the hint it's not gonna happen, not start calling every half hour.

The guy did some horrible things to me while we were dating and all the while, I really thought I could make him grow up and be an adult. I even stayed with him when he was homeless thinking I could help him get back on he feet. He has no desire to help himself or change. He just wants to find a girl that will support every thing he wants to do and not mind when he gets drunk every night and occasionally violent. He has no trouble finding girls that will put up with it but unfortunatly, most of them are in the same wanting to be a child position he is so he keeps trying to backslide to me because I'm the only "adult" he's ever dated and thus the only one that could support him if I had a desire to which I don't.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: jasimon1 on July 25, 2013, 09:31:51 AM
Thanks. Now my need to make everyone happy has me feeling horrible for him if #1 is the truth. I know #4 is the real answer but there is always a tiny chance #1 is the truth and that makes me feel really sad.
No need to feel bad.  #4 is, of of course, the right answer.

The thing is, you can't make everyone happy.  Further, some people don't deserve the effort.

Why is everyone assuming that he is a "moron"? He is very much still attached to someone and that hope is probably the only thing helping him through the discomfort that is jail.

But, I guess "hope," is a moronic concept. Should he stop? Probably, but who are we to judge. I am sure we have all done some pretty repetive and fruitless things when it comes to someone we feel the "love" attachment too.
Eh, I still say he just doesn't have much else to do, and wants to get back at her, however mildly, because he's in jail.

I'm not the one who put him in jail so I doubt it's anything about getting back at me. We haven't talked in about a year. A few texts here and there but no talking and I haven't seen him in about 2 years since he randomly decided to move two states away one day. He's very much a grass is greener type person.

I've been checking the court's website to see what his outcome was and it looks like he was given a year's probation and will be let out some time today. So now I either will have more numbers to block or he'll drop off the face of the earth again for a while.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on July 25, 2013, 11:07:44 AM
I'm having trouble searching for this solution because I'm having trouble putting it into words, but I'll give it a shot here.

I have a Motorola DVR given to me by my cable company. Like many DVR owners, I have several TV series set to automatically DVR new episodes. Recently, some of my scheduled series stopped recording. It's not all of them, and I don't see any rhyme or reason to it. Furthermore, if I skip ahead in my schedule to view one of the shows that wasn't recording, the normal trail of red dots that indicate the show is scheduled to record is replaced by a red circle with a slash through it.

Anyone have any clue why my DVR decided to not-record these shows?

Both my Motorola DVR boxes have done this. Typically after they push out a firmware update to the box. In one case it actually DELETED the series recordings for a random handful of shows (maybe 7 or 8 of the 50+ shows on there).  I also have run into things where I tell it "only new episodes" and it insists on recording every rerun as well. Again only on a few of the series recordings.

There's definitely times where there's only 1 show scheduled to record (DVR at 24% full, no other recordings of that show on the box and it just decides nope! And sets it to not record for whatever reason.

Deleting the series recordings and creating them again fixes it temporarily for me.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on July 25, 2013, 11:55:52 AM
Yeah I've had luck with that too, but I was hoping there was a thing that was causing it that I could make stop causing it. A websearch for "Motorola DVR Red Slash" has turned up a handful of people who've also had the problem with the response usually being, "No clue."
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on July 28, 2013, 09:06:53 PM
Someone here mentioned a long time ago a movie starring Dick Miller as a, I think, bar fighter. Almost Wolverine-ish without the mutant powers or claws, but in attitude. Considering that he has an IMDB page a mile long, and I have no idea what it was called, does anybody know what it is?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on July 30, 2013, 12:14:55 PM
Not so much an "unsearchable" question, but does anyone happen to have a Premium DASH account at http://www.collector-actionfigures.com ? I'd really like to use the price guide to look up a bunch of things but don't really want to pay the $25.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 22, 2013, 10:12:31 PM
I keep hearing ads on the radio for this:

http://www.harrahsresort.com/shows/epic-saturdays-hosted-by-paris-hilton.html#.UhbsD3_m61w

I have yet to find WTF this is?  Sounds like there is a DJ, but not her as the DJ.

The radio ads say Hilton will be dancing?  What?  Like on stage?

Oh to be famous for no reason what so ever, no talent, no personality, nothing....
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on August 23, 2013, 02:06:15 AM
Where did I leave my keys????
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on August 23, 2013, 04:44:57 AM
I keep hearing ads on the radio for this:

http://www.harrahsresort.com/shows/epic-saturdays-hosted-by-paris-hilton.html#.UhbsD3_m61w

I have yet to find WTF this is?  Sounds like there is a DJ, but not her as the DJ.

The radio ads say Hilton will be dancing?  What?  Like on stage?

Oh to be famous for no reason what so ever, no talent, no personality, nothing....

Is it one of those "celebrity DJ" things? Where she's the "DJ" meaning she hits play on a playlist and stands there dancing and pretending like she's doing something?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on August 23, 2013, 08:06:30 AM
I keep hearing ads on the radio for this:

http://www.harrahsresort.com/shows/epic-saturdays-hosted-by-paris-hilton.html#.UhbsD3_m61w

I have yet to find WTF this is?  Sounds like there is a DJ, but not her as the DJ.

The radio ads say Hilton will be dancing?  What?  Like on stage?

Oh to be famous for no reason what so ever, no talent, no personality, nothing....
Are those the same people broadcasting those obnoxious commercials about "The Pool After Dark" featuring "Brody Jenner -- stepbrother to the Kardashians", David Faustino, and "Tara Reid, star of Scrubs and Sharknado"?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 23, 2013, 08:30:14 AM
Are those the same people broadcasting those obnoxious commercials about "The Pool After Dark" featuring "Brody Jenner -- stepbrother to the Kardashians", David Faustino, and "Tara Reid, star of Scrubs and Sharknado"?

Yes.  It seems this summer all the ads for stuff at the Jersey shore have been awful.  It's like they panicked in the spring because of Sandy and went nuts ordering crappy commercials.

I guess it is one of those celebrity DJ things, but the one with Hilton says there is a DJ with her.  Being the solo DJ is just too much work for her I guess?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2013, 09:30:27 AM
A Tibetan mastiff (http://www.akc.org/breeds/tibetan_mastiff/index.cfm).

Beautiful dogs, would love to own one.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on August 27, 2013, 09:32:08 AM
huh. looks like a lion to me.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2013, 09:33:57 AM
Not sure, is the one in that pic actually the "lion" in the recent story? :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2013, 09:39:36 AM
You can actually see why, especially in pics like this:

(http://newdogsite.com/dog_pictures/red_tibetan_mastiff_201123201610437778011.jpg)

Or this, though the colouration is wrong:

(http://onpuppies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Biggest-Tibetan-Mastiff-5.jpg)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2013, 09:56:29 AM
Yes that's the trouble with Mastiffs and Bully breeds; they're powerful dogs and they attract people who think power and aggressiveness are the same thing, douches basically.

Here's a nice pic where they look like the pets they are:

(http://www.panasianbiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Mastiff-f.jpg)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on August 27, 2013, 02:29:10 PM
From the photo riff thread...  What kind of dog is that?

(http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/CrXXOWgTj8OtOgT9OOFJmw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/news/2013-08-15/b1608245-b52e-4739-9668-3496a93d31fb_DogLion.jpg)

Edit :  Turns out I'm better at searching than I thought.  It's referred to here in the west as a Tibetan Mastiff.

So, never mind.


I used to work as a Dog Groomer and my worst experience ever was with a Tibetan Mastiff, the dog was sweet but it was neglected and had an armor of dreadlocks and horrible lesions all over its body. Every time I think about that dog it makes me so sad people do these kind of things to animals. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on August 31, 2013, 08:02:54 AM
I saw a movie a long time ago.  It was a fantasy movie.  All I can remember about it was a scene in which the protagonists arrive on an island where they are warned "if even one drop of blood falls on this island, the whole thing will sink into the sea".  Eventually, that's exactly what happens and the island sinks into the sea.

My question: What the Hell is chicken fried steak?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: UncleDesmond on August 31, 2013, 08:21:29 AM
I googled "island drop blood movie" and got this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_the_Viking
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on August 31, 2013, 08:29:58 AM
My question: What the Hell is chicken fried steak?

(http://i.imgur.com/P33mOug.jpg)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on September 05, 2013, 08:18:39 AM
Where did I leave my car keys?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on September 05, 2013, 08:43:00 AM
Where did I leave my car keys?

up your bum and around the corner.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 05, 2013, 09:17:41 PM
I saw a movie a long time ago.  It was a fantasy movie.  All I can remember about it was a scene in which the protagonists arrive on an island where they are warned "if even one drop of blood falls on this island, the whole thing will sink into the sea".  Eventually, that's exactly what happens and the island sinks into the sea.

My question: What the Hell is chicken fried steak?

It's delicious!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on September 07, 2013, 04:07:26 AM
I used to live by a place that had a chicken fried sandwich, inside it had chicken fried steak, chicken fried pickles, chicken fried bacon, nacho cheese and french fries all in a hoagie bun. Probably could kill you if you ate the whole thing but it was damn good.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 10, 2013, 08:43:32 AM
I wonder if the current tour of Spamalot is any good?  Searching reviews and they are all over the place from awful to fantastic.

It's going to be at the theater a few blocks from me in a few weeks, not sure if it would be worth spending $50 to go see it....

Edit:  Well, seems the national tour is done, so the production in Media is a local one, with one award winning broadway actress in it.  Finding this out was not easy, needed to search local newspaper websites for articles on it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on September 11, 2013, 02:33:16 PM
I wonder if the current tour of Spamalot is any good?  Searching reviews and they are all over the place from awful to fantastic.

It's going to be at the theater a few blocks from me in a few weeks, not sure if it would be worth spending $50 to go see it....

Edit:  Well, seems the national tour is done, so the production in Media is a local one, with one award winning broadway actress in it.  Finding this out was not easy, needed to search local newspaper websites for articles on it.

I saw it a few years ago with my dad on Fathers Day. We both enjoyed it quite a bit. But seeing as it's a local one I suppose it depends on the local talent.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 11, 2013, 02:52:09 PM
I wonder if the current tour of Spamalot is any good?  Searching reviews and they are all over the place from awful to fantastic.

It's going to be at the theater a few blocks from me in a few weeks, not sure if it would be worth spending $50 to go see it....

Edit:  Well, seems the national tour is done, so the production in Media is a local one, with one award winning broadway actress in it.  Finding this out was not easy, needed to search local newspaper websites for articles on it.

I saw it a few years ago with my dad on Fathers Day. We both enjoyed it quite a bit. But seeing as it's a local one I suppose it depends on the local talent.

Yeah, the theater website conveniently leaves out the local part, making it seem like it's a stop for the national tour (that did it's last show in August).  It's showing from 9/25 to 11/3, so I'll have to look up local reviews after the first few weeks.  Ann Crumb is the only "big" name it, but I don't know anything about her.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on September 18, 2013, 04:42:59 AM
So I caused a small fire on Sunday.  Not really a fire so much as a blaze.  While attempting to deep fry something, the oil got too hot, boiled over, hit the burner of my gas stove, which led back to the oil filled pan and "FWOOSH!" big jet of flame just belched out about 2 feet high.  Nothing caught fire and the flames went away pretty much instantly, but it did belch a lot of smoke which caused some black streaks to form on the lightly colored cabinet and ceiling above.  Anyone know a reasonably easy way to clean that up?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on September 18, 2013, 05:33:41 AM
(http://www.simplegreen.com/images/prod_all_purpose_lg.jpg) (http://www.simplegreen.com/home.php)

Click on the bottle for the product page.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 18, 2013, 08:54:36 AM
If it's soot and not scorch marks then lots and lots of soap and water washing might get rid of it.  If it's a smooth surface it should go well, any rough or porous surface and it will be much harder.  Lots of sponges or those microfiber cloths will be needed, soot will spread like crazy so clean in small areas and you might have to toss the sponges once they get soot in them.  Get a big package of cheap sponges, so you can throw them out instead of spending a long time getting the soot out of the sponges.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 18, 2013, 07:33:25 PM
Having phone trouble. I'm pretty sure I just have to take it in to get fixed (IE told I need a new phone. They can't ship it to china to fix it too, so they'd actually have to pay people which isn't cost effective) but I figured I'd list my symptoms, see if anyone has a suggestion.

I have an iphone 5. It looks like water was spilled on it while charging. Black mark on the charging cable contacts seem to point to a short.

I thought the phone was fried and dead, but was able to turn it back on by holding the home button and power button for about 5 seconds. Phone works, but now it will shut off when charging after a random increment of time, after which I have to hold the home and power button again. When it shuts off this way it stops charging. Once turned back on I have to power cycle the phone the normal way for it to start charging again, otherwise it doesn't recognize the power cable.

My guess is the charging port is fucked up. Any chance it's internal?  And if not, any chance it can be fixed without just replacing the phone?  I don't have much hope.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 19, 2013, 08:37:04 AM
Have you tried a different charging cable?
The connector on the cable has more delicate parts than the contacts on the phone, so maybe those are bad.

If you have a good strong magnifying glass check the port on the phone for any black marks.
If the contacts on the phone are messed up it would cost almost as much as a new phone to repair it.

Other possibility is the battery is bad, and "puffing" or overheating while charging.  Older iPhones and iPods you could buy 3rd party kits for taking them apart and replacing the battery, not sure if that's still possible.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 19, 2013, 09:43:18 AM
I did try a different cable. I'll try and look for damage. Could be overheating. I'll try taking it out of the case to charge.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on September 26, 2013, 04:20:49 PM
well, does he like butter tarts?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2013, 01:21:59 PM
Why won't my grill lighter spark thing light my new butane micro-torch/soldering iron?  It lights every other kind of torch, with gasses that are supposed to have a higher ignition temperature than butane...

Guess I need to keep a bic lighter in the box with the thing...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: UncleDesmond on October 07, 2013, 03:45:42 PM
Why won't my grill lighter spark thing light my new butane micro-torch/soldering iron?  It lights every other kind of torch, with gasses that are supposed to have a higher ignition temperature than butane...

Guess I need to keep a bic lighter in the box with the thing...
Pure butane won't ignite. Try cutting back on the butane flow to let air in.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2013, 03:49:28 PM
Why won't my grill lighter spark thing light my new butane micro-torch/soldering iron?  It lights every other kind of torch, with gasses that are supposed to have a higher ignition temperature than butane...

Guess I need to keep a bic lighter in the box with the thing...
Pure butane won't ignite. Try cutting back on the butane flow to let air in.

It lights fine with a flint based sparker, or a flame, just not the piezoelectric sparker I want to use with it...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 22, 2013, 08:17:01 PM
So I'm getting married and all that.  I have a nice venue picked out, and they have an event organizer who is going to take care of a lot of things, but there are still a few things I have to do. 

Right now I need to find a DJ.  Mostly just for the sound equipment and maybe some lights.  If he was mute that would be perfect.  I really don't want him or her to say anything.  Keatyn will have one of her friends do any announcements if necessary.  The DJ just needs play the songs we give them and make sure the speakers work.  I don't need any help getting the party started, or getting people on the floor, or to tell jokes. 

But so far I haven't found anyone who advertises a willingness to shut up (something I wish all DJs would do), so I've come here.  Anyone know any DJs in NYC?  Or someone with some speakers and a microphone?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on October 22, 2013, 08:30:45 PM
Rent a PA system and do a test run at home to make sure you understand everything, or pay a nephew or something to do it. If the venue your using holds events often there is a good chance they have a PA system there. I used to do wedding photography and on one occasion I took on the "DJ" responsibility. It was easy because like you they didn't want anyone talking and they just made a playlist on their Ipod, I went to a music store and rented a PA system. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on October 23, 2013, 04:40:10 AM
Couldn't you just shop around for DJs as normal, but when speaking with one on your initial meeting, make your wishes known?  I'm sure they'd cut down on the chatter if you just asked them nicely.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on October 23, 2013, 08:51:18 AM
Rent a PA system and do a test run at home to make sure you understand everything, or pay a nephew or something to do it. If the venue your using holds events often there is a good chance they have a PA system there. I used to do wedding photography and on one occasion I took on the "DJ" responsibility. It was easy because like you they didn't want anyone talking and they just made a playlist on their Ipod, I went to a music store and rented a PA system.
For real VoC, you don't have any sound guys in your circle? I find that hard to believe, I mean if it wasn't a slog to get there, I could set up the system for you, you'd just have to rent the components. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 23, 2013, 10:03:16 AM
Rent a PA system and do a test run at home to make sure you understand everything, or pay a nephew or something to do it. If the venue your using holds events often there is a good chance they have a PA system there. I used to do wedding photography and on one occasion I took on the "DJ" responsibility. It was easy because like you they didn't want anyone talking and they just made a playlist on their Ipod, I went to a music store and rented a PA system.
For real VoC, you don't have any sound guys in your circle? I find that hard to believe, I mean if it wasn't a slog to get there, I could set up the system for you, you'd just have to rent the components. :)

Haha, yeah. One would think so. I know sound people, but they record sound, they don't project it. It's like how people expect that I would be good at doing the lighting for my wedding, but I don't know much of anything about event lighting. The lights I use are big and ugly and are ment to be put just out of frame. I don't know where to get cute little sconces and what not, save paper lanterns.

I'm hesitant to rent a PA system and have a friend figure it out because I want the gear to work and not have to worry about it. I don't want to have to coordinate a checkout and then have something go wrong and not have a backup or what not. I'm willing to pay a bit of a premium for that piece of mind.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on October 23, 2013, 10:21:32 AM
This might belong in the tech area, but my efforts to search online for an answer have proven futile.

Is there a wireless keyboard that does both Bluetooth AND regular 2.4Ghz (with dongle)? It can be switchable, but I'd like to have both capabilities so I could use one keyboard for my XBox and DISH receiver (having two seems excessive).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on October 26, 2013, 07:56:03 PM
Why, with actual cat beds around, does my cat prefer to sleep on crinkly plastic bags?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on October 26, 2013, 08:38:35 PM
Cat beds aren't for cats, silly.  They're for small dogs.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on October 26, 2013, 11:46:42 PM
I have a question about finding a movie, my memory is vague (it was a lot of drugs and alcohol ago). The movie is a horrorish movie made in the 2000's maybe late 90's. In the movie a group of people are in the woods for some reason and they end up getting lost. While in the woods they keep hearing old music in the distance and try to follow it to no avail. There is also a dude driving this weird six wheeled amphibious ATV. I also recall dismemberment and eating poison berries if that helps. I was describing this movie to my friend and she thinks I'm crazy so I really want to find out what it was called to get back at her.

(http://www.travelizmo.com/archives/argo-6x6-frontier-480-atv-2008.jpg) 

They were driving around in an ATV that looked like this
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on October 27, 2013, 01:28:07 PM
I have a question about finding a movie, my memory is vague (it was a lot of drugs and alcohol ago). The movie is a horrorish movie made in the 2000's maybe late 90's. In the movie a group of people are in the woods for some reason and they end up getting lost. While in the woods they keep hearing old music in the distance and try to follow it to no avail. There is also a dude driving this weird six wheeled amphibious ATV. I also recall dismemberment and eating poison berries if that helps. I was describing this movie to my friend and she thinks I'm crazy so I really want to find out what it was called to get back at her.

(http://www.travelizmo.com/archives/argo-6x6-frontier-480-atv-2008.jpg) 

They were driving around in an ATV that looked like this

Is it "Yellowbrickroad" (2010)?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398428/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1398428/)

It stars: Cassidy Freeman, Anessa Ramsey, Clark Freeman

Plot:

1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind.
2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/v/RfX78jrrmi8
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on October 27, 2013, 09:09:06 PM
Thanks Lembach, that is the movie.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on October 28, 2013, 06:21:40 PM
Why don't car alarms just send an alert to the car owner? Why honk and wake up the neighborhood? Do they really think random strangers are going to rush outside and go "Halt malefactor! Hands off that citizen's automobile!"?

If anything, people do their best to ignore them, in essence becoming the opposite of what their designers intended.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on October 28, 2013, 06:36:12 PM
Why don't car alarms just send an alert to the car owner? Why honk and wake up the neighborhood? Do they really think random strangers are going to rush outside and go "Halt malefactor! Hands off that citizen's automobile!"?

If anything, people do their best to ignore them, in essence becoming the opposite of what their designers intended.
Just because people aren't rushing over there themselves, they are noticing that something is, or may, be going on with a car. Which is exactly what a car thief doesn't want, to alert people to where they are committing a crime. So it still does serve the intended purpose. It's just a shame most of the time car alarms go off for pointless reasons. And even the people who wouldn't rush over to the car just from the alarm, are still likely to at least call the cops if they did notice someone actually trying to break into a car.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on October 31, 2013, 01:41:41 PM
Why don't car alarms just send an alert to the car owner? Why honk and wake up the neighborhood? Do they really think random strangers are going to rush outside and go "Halt malefactor! Hands off that citizen's automobile!"?

If anything, people do their best to ignore them, in essence becoming the opposite of what their designers intended.
Just because people aren't rushing over there themselves, they are noticing that something is, or may, be going on with a car. Which is exactly what a car thief doesn't want, to alert people to where they are committing a crime. So it still does serve the intended purpose. It's just a shame most of the time car alarms go off for pointless reasons. And even the people who wouldn't rush over to the car just from the alarm, are still likely to at least call the cops if they did notice someone actually trying to break into a car.

The main question, though, is: why cause noise pollution instead of notifying the owner and/or security directly? Hell, having the car state "The owner and police have been notified of an intended break-in and are responding." in reasonable tones instead of wailing like a banshee would be scarier.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 01, 2013, 02:47:24 PM
Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2013, 08:17:18 AM
It's now the mash.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 02, 2013, 08:54:36 AM
is it really better to be the owner of a lonely heart, rather than of a broken heart?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on November 02, 2013, 09:07:41 AM
is it really better to be the owner of a lonely heart, rather than of a broken heart?
The exchange rate has varied quite a bit over the years. And the collectors market has changed everything. Best to go to some auctions and see how each are selling.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 02, 2013, 10:35:15 AM
It's now the mash.
The Monster Mash?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2013, 11:15:02 AM
The monster mash.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 02, 2013, 02:29:13 PM
The monster mash.

I understand that it was a graveyard smash.

Furthermore, it caught on in a flash.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 02, 2013, 03:00:26 PM
I want to find a huge poster for the German pop/disco group "Dschinghis Khan" (that is the correct spelling). Ever since I heard the song "Moskau" on the Spoony Experiment, I've become kind of obsessed with their flamboyant style.

Can anyone find a poster from a reputable source? The campier the better. Price is not really an object.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NvS351QKFV4

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2013, 04:24:14 PM
Do you mean "is not an object"?

I could ask some of my German friends.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 02, 2013, 04:45:19 PM
he wants it for free. he's spent too much time listening to his amazon customers.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Space version 2.0 on November 02, 2013, 05:14:12 PM
The monster mash.

Starring Alan Alda as Dr. Hawkenstein
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 02, 2013, 07:21:49 PM
Do you mean "is not an object"?

I could ask some of my German friends.

Irregardless, you know what I meant.  ;)

(see what I did there?)

But seriously, thank you Tripe.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 02, 2013, 08:47:54 PM
Actually I didn't so thanks.

Are they popular (I don't really keep up with the German charts) or will I need to explain who they are?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 02, 2013, 11:45:38 PM
Actually I didn't so thanks.

Are they popular (I don't really keep up with the German charts) or will I need to explain who they are?

Didn't what?

And yes, you probably will need to explain. They were a one or two hit wonder from 1979. However, if I can expect any results, it would be from Germany.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 03, 2013, 05:12:36 AM
I didn't know if you meant you wanted it gratis or if you were willing to pay whatever it took. :)

Alright I reach out to some people today. :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 05, 2013, 04:28:08 AM
who put the bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoop-bop?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 05, 2013, 05:22:28 AM
I want to find a huge poster for the German pop/disco group "Dschinghis Khan" (that is the correct spelling)

4000 RUB (about $125.00) to you Squire. (http://www.magicgrooves.ru/product/dschinghis-khan-dschinghis-khan/)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on November 05, 2013, 02:50:12 PM
who put the bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoop-bop?
I did.  Sorry about that.  The lid wasn't screwed on tight enough and I dropped the bottle into the bop-shoo-bop-shoop-bop/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on November 06, 2013, 03:46:37 PM
I want to find a huge poster for the German pop/disco group "Dschinghis Khan" (that is the correct spelling)

4000 RUB (about $125.00) to you Squire. (http://www.magicgrooves.ru/product/dschinghis-khan-dschinghis-khan/)

Thank you, Tripe! Is this a reliable source?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 06, 2013, 03:48:32 PM
it's russian, so... doubtful. :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on November 06, 2013, 04:03:42 PM
it's russian, so... doubtful. :-\

My uncle brought me his computer once to get rid of a virus. He said He got the virus from a Russian site. I looked at his history and he had been visiting various "Russian bride" websites which gave me a good laugh. The virus was particularly difficult to get rid of. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on November 06, 2013, 06:19:28 PM
I want to find a huge poster for the German pop/disco group "Dschinghis Khan" (that is the correct spelling)

4000 RUB (about $125.00) to you Squire. (http://www.magicgrooves.ru/product/dschinghis-khan-dschinghis-khan/)

Thank you, Tripe! Is this a reliable source?
It pretty much the only site we could find, they have an official site with a link to a shop that is dead. Though I suppose you could contact them through the site and they might be able to help.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: lassieface on November 06, 2013, 09:43:21 PM
Figured I'd post this here. I'm trying to find out what this music is. It's ripped from an episode of Top Gear so Clarkson is talking over it.

https://soundcloud.com/walterwoods/unknown-music (https://soundcloud.com/walterwoods/unknown-music)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on November 07, 2013, 05:05:03 AM
Figured I'd post this here. I'm trying to find out what this music is. It's ripped from an episode of Top Gear so Clarkson is talking over it.

https://soundcloud.com/walterwoods/unknown-music (https://soundcloud.com/walterwoods/unknown-music)

http://forums.finalgear.com/top-gear/piano-song-from-worst-car-in-the-history-of-the-world-54791/
http://forums.finalgear.com/top-gear/why-no-whats-that-song-for-new-top-gear-dvd-54763/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: lassieface on November 08, 2013, 06:32:34 PM
Yeah, I already checked on there. No official thread on music from that episode.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on November 09, 2013, 07:40:46 AM
Off topic, but I'm loving the Mantzoukas "Next Level Bonkers" pic.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: lassieface on November 09, 2013, 12:13:15 PM
He has a wonderful way with words, doesn't he?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on November 09, 2013, 08:09:34 PM
Why do baby clothes have pockets?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on November 09, 2013, 08:48:25 PM
Watching the MST3K episode Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders. Love this episode! They made a Killdozer reference, and it got me to wondering, did they ever explain why they never riffed it? It seems like something they could have gotten the rights to.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 09, 2013, 09:53:05 PM
Who wrote The Book of Love?
Miss American Pie.  But she's gone bye-bye now....
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on November 10, 2013, 01:51:46 AM
Watching the MST3K episode Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders. Love this episode! They made a Killdozer reference, and it got me to wondering, did they ever explain why they never riffed it? It seems like something they could have gotten the rights to.

One of my top 5 for sure.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 01, 2013, 04:44:41 PM
Does anyone else have an issue with your sense of smell being strange if you only get a couple hours sleep?
Happens to me quite often, if I get less then 4 hours sleep everything has a slightly strange smell I can't really describe, it lasts until I get 5+ hours sleep.
Funny thing is if I get no sleep at all it doesn't happen.

Tried searching for it but only found one other person asking the same question on a board somewhere, and they never got an answer...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on December 01, 2013, 05:49:20 PM
I have insomnia and I personally cannot attest to this. Sleep deprivation does effect different people differently. Maybe your answer is in this http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/7/611.full (http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/7/611.full) there us some information in there about "Phantom Smells" in relation to sleep deprivation if you want to go digging through it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 01, 2013, 06:39:57 PM
I have insomnia and I personally cannot attest to this. Sleep deprivation does effect different people differently. Maybe your answer is in this http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/7/611.full (http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/7/611.full) there us some information in there about "Phantom Smells" in relation to sleep deprivation if you want to go digging through it.

And I have anosmia, which, while sounding similar to insomnia, means I have absolutely nothing to add to this discussion. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 01, 2013, 07:19:52 PM
I looked through a bunch of the "phantom smell" stuff, none of it really matches.  They use sleep deprived testing to check for other conditions like seizures that sometimes occur in people with the problem, but no mention of sleep deprivation causing the phantom smell.

Only thing close was the mention that a very small percentage of people with migraines have it, and sometimes I still get headaches due to my insomnia (when I've ruled out accidentally eating soy).

Must be a chemical thing, getting just the right number of minutes of sleep sets it off, like I said, it only happens if I sleep for 2 to 3 hours, don't think it's ever happened with no sleep or more than 5 hours. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on December 01, 2013, 09:53:54 PM
Phantom smells are a sensory hallucination, it is a known fact that sleep deprecation causes visual hallucination so it wouldn't be much of a stretch.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: UncleDesmond on December 02, 2013, 04:58:40 PM
Phantom smells are a sensory hallucination, it is a known fact that sleep deprecation causes visual hallucination so it wouldn't be much of a stretch.
I think the effect of merely being rude about somnolence has been overstated here.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on December 02, 2013, 05:45:49 PM
Phantom smells are a sensory hallucination, it is a known fact that sleep deprecation causes visual hallucination so it wouldn't be much of a stretch.
I think the effect of merely being rude about somnolence has been overstated here.
???
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on December 24, 2013, 03:27:17 AM
I'm trying to remember a specific Rifftrax based on a joke from one of them. No one go through too much trouble trying to find it, it's just one of those things that irks me trying to remember it.

The joke was Mike describing an incident from his past where he and his brother (or cousin) threw a chicken (or a rabbit) into a pig pen and watched it get torn apart. Bill and Kevin then ask Mike, in a concerned fashion, if that was true and then all three sit in silence.   
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: UncleDesmond on December 24, 2013, 08:05:00 AM
Phantom smells are a sensory hallucination, it is a known fact that sleep deprecation* causes visual hallucination so it wouldn't be much of a stretch.
I think the effect of merely being rude about somnolence has been overstated here.
???
I think*deprivation was the word you were looking for.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2013, 08:46:47 AM

The joke was Mike describing an incident from his past where he and his brother (or cousin) threw a chicken (or a rabbit) into a pig pen and watched it get torn apart. Bill and Kevin then ask Mike, in a concerned fashion, if that was true and then all three sit in silence.
Wow!  :o I don't remember that!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2013, 08:48:14 AM
Also in the unsearchable Rifftrax questions, which one has the line where Mike 'accidentally' calls Bill "Crow"?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on December 24, 2013, 09:49:25 AM
Thats a trick question, bastard!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on December 24, 2013, 10:57:28 AM
Thats a trick question, bastard!
?

I distinctly remember one of the early ones where Mike calls Bill crow, and Bill says "Crow?"
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on December 24, 2013, 04:29:09 PM
I remember that happening in one of the WAY early ones. It might have been Bill's first performance on X-Men.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on December 24, 2013, 10:45:47 PM
I remember that happening in one of the WAY early ones. It might have been Bill's first performance on X-Men.

Can anyone confirm this? Because I can swear Kevin was there too, maybe it was the second or third one.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Thrifty Version II on December 26, 2013, 04:15:19 PM
There's a song, and I don't know much about it, except for a part where it sounds like they're singing, very loudly and exhuberantly, something that sounds like "VALDER-ALL!  VALDER-EEE!!"

I've tried several different variations of spelling in Google but none of them return relevant results.  Can anyone identify the song?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: UncleDesmond on December 26, 2013, 04:21:47 PM
You mean THIS: from the Sound of Music?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruIt_iSqLXI

or this Polka tune?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wcq5lxOnzY
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 18, 2014, 07:32:49 AM
So the two year old my friancee looks after stabbed her in the eye with a playing card on Thursday. Took her to the doctor yesterday. Her cornea was scratched, but didn't require an ER visit (and shouldn't unless it gets infected). But apparently it hurts like a bitch. She can't keep her eyes open and is all sorts of miserable.

Has anyone here had a corneal abrasion before?  How long until it started to feel better?  The doctor said about 24 hours, but she keeps saying the pain is getting worse (has been about 12 hours from treatment). I hope she feels at least a little better when she wakes up.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on January 19, 2014, 05:10:16 PM
So the two year old my friancee looks after stabbed her in the eye with a playing card on Thursday. Took her to the doctor yesterday. Her cornea was scratched, but didn't require an ER visit (and shouldn't unless it gets infected). But apparently it hurts like a bitch. She can't keep her eyes open and is all sorts of miserable.

Has anyone here had a corneal abrasion before?  How long until it started to feel better?  The doctor said about 24 hours, but she keeps saying the pain is getting worse (has been about 12 hours from treatment). I hope she feels at least a little better when she wakes up.

I had a corneal abrasion when I was a kid (10-12ish) from a splinter of wood, I remember it hurting like hell but healing fast. My eye was red for a while. There was another time a few years ago I got a tiny piece of glass in my eye (my friends and I were drunk and smashing glass globe like the geniuses we were) it came out by itself but I still have a tiny red spot on my eye.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on January 21, 2014, 11:18:31 AM
I had a small one when I was 5 after I got hit in the eye with a paper airplane. I don't remember too much about it other than it not being fun.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on January 22, 2014, 08:43:44 PM
I'm trying to find a specific episode of MST3K that I can't remember the title or season of.

The movie is about an important man (politician I think, maybe business man) his family is out of town for whatever reason. Early in the movie he decides to help a young women by buying her clothes and taking her home. She eventually turns out to be evil and holds/blackmails the protagonist in his home. I'm kind of blurry on the rest but I remember her beat neck friends coming and they go to Mexico and crash into a fence at some point.

I haven't seen it in years and it just popped in my head and I want to watch it tonight.     
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on January 22, 2014, 08:55:07 PM
It's episode 615, Kitten With A Whip.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on January 22, 2014, 09:20:22 PM
Thanks Darth Geek, I will watch it in a a little bit.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on January 22, 2014, 09:21:31 PM
Enjoy. Personally, it's one of the very few that I find intolerable. But that's just me.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on January 23, 2014, 11:32:13 AM
Which MST3K episode is the one where in a scene on the Moon (or some planet like that) you can see a guy hiding in the shadows in the back of the set? They even riff about it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on January 23, 2014, 06:21:37 PM
Enjoy. Personally, it's one of the very few that I find intolerable. But that's just me.

Yea I found the non movie sections and the riff quality to be pretty weak overall, but the movie itself I enjoyed.

Which MST3K episode is the one where in a scene on the Moon (or some planet like that) you can see a guy hiding in the shadows in the back of the set? They even riff about it.

Was the moon scene in the movie or in one of the the SOL sequences? 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on January 23, 2014, 07:02:34 PM
In the movie. There's a guy (presumably a grip) that is in the back, supposed to be hidden in the shadows, but he's clearly not.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: vultar on January 23, 2014, 07:31:42 PM
I think that's 12 to the moon, just after they land.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 31, 2014, 06:49:02 AM
My fiancée came up with the idea of using some images from a particular children's book for our wedding invitations. I'm going to try and contact the publishing company again today just to see what they say about us using the images, but there's a good chance they will be too busy to deal with my request.

So, if I don't have the publisher's official consent, would it be wrong for me to use the images?  I ask because the invitations are for a private wedding, and they are not for commercial use. I am not profiting from this party (other than gaining the love of my life), so I don't believe my use of the images is technically illegal.  I would feel better if I had the publisher's consent, but that may not be an option.

Also, my fiancée is at the end of her wits trying to find appropriate invitations, after being frustrated with the selection available online, then having her dreams crushed after finally finding one she loved that turned out to be ridiculously expensive.  My wife's happiness, and therefore my happiness, hinge on this idea working.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 31, 2014, 07:57:03 AM
So, if I don't have the publisher's official consent, would it be wrong for me to use the images?  I ask because the invitations are for a private wedding, and they are not for commercial use. I am not profiting from this party (other than gaining the love of my life), so I don't believe my use of the images is technically illegal.  I would feel better if I had the publisher's consent, but that may not be an option.

Hmmm, you might be in a grey area there.  It might be covered under fair use, but the tricky part is that you are giving away the invitations, fair use is generally considered personal use.  Fair use for websites (public viewing) generally means the images have to be unusable for publication (too small, highly altered...), if you are using them as a background with text on top of them that could be altered enough but the size would be too big, so again grey area.

If you are using a printing service they probably won't print them without permission (since they are making a profit from them they could be sued).

You might have better luck contacting the artist, sometimes they don't sell the copyright to the publisher so they might be the one to say yes or no on using the images.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on January 31, 2014, 12:59:21 PM
My fiancée came up with the idea of using some images from a particular children's book for our wedding invitations. I'm going to try and contact the publishing company again today just to see what they say about us using the images, but there's a good chance they will be too busy to deal with my request.

So, if I don't have the publisher's official consent, would it be wrong for me to use the images?  I ask because the invitations are for a private wedding, and they are not for commercial use. I am not profiting from this party (other than gaining the love of my life), so I don't believe my use of the images is technically illegal.  I would feel better if I had the publisher's consent, but that may not be an option.

Also, my fiancée is at the end of her wits trying to find appropriate invitations, after being frustrated with the selection available online, then having her dreams crushed after finally finding one she loved that turned out to be ridiculously expensive.  My wife's happiness, and therefore my happiness, hinge on this idea working.

If you have a lawyer friend just ask him/her.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 31, 2014, 01:50:55 PM
My fiancée came up with the idea of using some images from a particular children's book for our wedding invitations. I'm going to try and contact the publishing company again today just to see what they say about us using the images, but there's a good chance they will be too busy to deal with my request.

So, if I don't have the publisher's official consent, would it be wrong for me to use the images?  I ask because the invitations are for a private wedding, and they are not for commercial use. I am not profiting from this party (other than gaining the love of my life), so I don't believe my use of the images is technically illegal.  I would feel better if I had the publisher's consent, but that may not be an option.

Also, my fiancée is at the end of her wits trying to find appropriate invitations, after being frustrated with the selection available online, then having her dreams crushed after finally finding one she loved that turned out to be ridiculously expensive.  My wife's happiness, and therefore my happiness, hinge on this idea working.

If you have a lawyer friend just ask him/her.

I do not.  But I have a sister who is aspiring to be an illustrator. 

I got in contact with the publishing company.  They were nice to me, but they said flat out no.  My fiance very much wanted to do it anyway, but it'd be tricky to get it printed without connect, and honestly I felt bad about stealing the image.

So we're going to steal it the legal American way, and pay my sister to draw something very similar.  She's quite good.  She did this for me a while back if you guys remember.   

spoilered for size.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

So I feel she'll be able to provide us with something reminiscent of the book, but not copyright infringing. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on February 01, 2014, 08:37:59 PM
Watching the 12 to the Moon episode now, thanks Vultar. It has the great Design For Dreaming short in front of it. Which brings me to another unanswerable question. WHO is the guy in the mask? When he takes it off we're clearly supposed to recognize him, but I have no idea.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on February 06, 2014, 10:05:34 AM
Here's an unsearchable question. What episode of MST3K was it where Tom Servo is reading a letter (I think written by Dr. Forrester) in a funny way. He is reading each line of a paragraph as if it's it's own sentance eve though it isn't.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: BiteMe316 on February 06, 2014, 10:40:25 AM
Here's an unsearchable question. What episode of MST3K was it where Tom Servo is reading a letter (I think written by Dr. Forrester) in a funny way. He is reading each line of a paragraph as if it's it's own sentance eve though it isn't.

I believe that one is "The Creeping Terror".  I am trying to get on Satellite News to verify it, but that site is not working right now.  :o  I'm going to Google and double check that way. 

Never mind.  It's "Bloodlust".  The "letter reading" Tom does is because Dr. Forrester wants to impress his mother during her visit.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on February 06, 2014, 05:19:56 PM
Thanks! I always loved that bit.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on February 17, 2014, 08:06:37 PM
So all of a sudden this song popped into my head randomly from a commercial I saw for a tv show that was on a channel that doesnt even exist anymore.  Remember Planet Green?  I think it was from a show called "Blood Sweat and T-Shirts" and the song went something like "All of this.."  I cant remember what that damn song is called or who performed it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 21, 2014, 07:32:39 AM
It's pissing me off that this question is un-searchable, but how much does time warner cable Ultimate internet cost after 12 months in NYC?  I've called them and they won't fucking tell me. They keep saying "at the end of your 12 month promotional period we will send you an email with normal pricing options". I asked the guy five times, even asking what people are paying right now for ultimate service understanding that it might change, but he wouldn't fucking tell me.

So does anyone have any idea?  Even if you don't live in NYC?

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 21, 2014, 07:56:05 AM
You might try asking people in the Time Warner forum at broadbandreports:

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/twc

It is messed up they won't tell you the normal price, comcast at least gives you a range of what it will go up to after the promotional price ends.  But I do remember having to click on a link and reading the fine print for the promotion on the website to get that much.

Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on February 21, 2014, 09:11:25 AM
It's pissing me off that this question is un-searchable, but how much does time warner cable Ultimate internet cost after 12 months in NYC?  I've called them and they won't fucking tell me. They keep saying "at the end of your 12 month promotional period we will send you an email with normal pricing options". I asked the guy five times, even asking what people are paying right now for ultimate service understanding that it might change, but he wouldn't fucking tell me.

So does anyone have any idea?  Even if you don't live in NYC?

After the merge with Comcast they get to name there price, not to mention the one more huge step away from net neutrality, good old murican monopoly.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 21, 2014, 10:13:16 AM
It's pissing me off that this question is un-searchable, but how much does time warner cable Ultimate internet cost after 12 months in NYC?  I've called them and they won't fucking tell me. They keep saying "at the end of your 12 month promotional period we will send you an email with normal pricing options". I asked the guy five times, even asking what people are paying right now for ultimate service understanding that it might change, but he wouldn't fucking tell me.

So does anyone have any idea?  Even if you don't live in NYC?

After the merge with Comcast they get to name there price, not to mention the one more huge step away from net neutrality, good old murican monopoly.

Just went through text chat to upgrade my service and they finally told me the price after the promotional period.  This was after I called for a second and they wouldn't tell. (And after I called verizon just to check and make sure they didn't provide to my building)

Text chat tech support is vastly superior to phone tech support in every way.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on February 22, 2014, 03:15:22 PM
Why did Constantinople get the works?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on February 22, 2014, 03:17:15 PM
Why did Constantinople get the works?

that's nobody's business but the turks.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on February 22, 2014, 04:05:43 PM
I thought their business was making nice cushions to rest your feet?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on February 23, 2014, 01:07:18 PM
Why did Constantinople get the works?

that's nobody's business but the turks.

I've had that song stuck in my head all week. It started when I ordered some Turkish Delight and ate it on a moonlit night.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on February 23, 2014, 01:40:30 PM
Why did Constantinople get the works?

that's nobody's business but the turks.
And are they giants or not?!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on February 23, 2014, 01:42:00 PM
Why did Constantinople get the works?

that's nobody's business but the turks.
And are they giants or not?!

they might be; we can't be certain.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on February 23, 2014, 02:00:18 PM
Don't, don't, don't let's start. I've got a weak heart.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on February 23, 2014, 02:20:30 PM
aww, lemmy, you're the only bee in my bonnet. :D
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on February 23, 2014, 04:08:44 PM
aww, lemmy, you're the only bee in my bonnet. :D

Is that not a bad thing?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: gbeenie on February 24, 2014, 08:36:45 PM
Why did Constantinople get the works?

that's nobody's business but the turks.
And are they giants or not?!

What are we gonna do unless they are?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Malt on February 25, 2014, 08:23:01 PM
Why do my cats always start sparring before they eat? As soon as I grab their dishes they just start slapping each other, not maliciously or anything, it's like some game they play, but why?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Nobody on February 26, 2014, 01:32:07 PM
I'm really curious about this, and it is really unsearchable, because it is kind of a psychological assessment sort of question.

A person openly states that his intelligence quotient (IQ) is 170, higher than Stephen Hawking (160), on par with Einstein (somewhere between 160 and 180), and the same as Judit Polgar, who beat Kasparov (190) at chess...  Why would this person spend large portions of his day (and life, really) posting mostly unimportant stuff on a forum devoted to a comedy team he almost never shows any interest in?  Shouldn't he be out changing the world?  Or running it?

I mean, if I were in the top 1000 intellects in the world, I'd have better things to do with my time.  But I'm just an average guy.

It's just a curiosity to me.  An almost unanswerable question.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on February 26, 2014, 01:45:57 PM
I definitely consider it inappropriate to boast your IQ score. But some of us have high IQ's but are 'underachievers'. If your referring to this forum I haven't seen anyone brag about their IQ.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Nobody on February 26, 2014, 01:50:58 PM
I definitely consider it inappropriate to boast your IQ score. But some of us have high IQ's but are 'underachievers'. If your referring to this forum I haven't seen anyone brag about their IQ.
Stated, not bragged, to be fair and honest.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on February 26, 2014, 04:45:46 PM
My IQ is eleventy-billion give or take a few.  :)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on February 27, 2014, 05:45:56 AM
Nobody knows what Hawking's IQ is, he's on record as thinking the whole thing is stupid, and it is; it's borderline eugenics thinking and utterly meaningless, it's not even useful as a predictor of educational performance.

I got the 170 when I took the test around the time I was 15, it was a pointless result then, it's a pointless result now.

The other reason it's meaningless is because it fluctuates through a persons's life and dependant on the test taken. People have this notion that IQ is static, that it's like some sort of power level from DBZ, but it's not.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Quirk on February 27, 2014, 03:33:34 PM
In the MST3K episode Danger! Death Ray, each time the camera zooms in on a character, they say "THIS man will compete!" I assume this is a reference to some gameshow, but I can't find it with Google. Anybody know what this is a reference to?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on February 27, 2014, 03:42:46 PM
HEY! Welcome back, Quirk.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Tripe on February 27, 2014, 05:19:30 PM
Bless you Malt Dismal for making my like level 9000 on a post mentioning DBZ. :D
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 27, 2014, 05:52:32 PM
Bless you Malt Dismal for making my like level 9000 on a post mentioning DBZ. :D

I want to like this, but I don't want to ruin the moment. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on February 27, 2014, 06:01:43 PM
look around your world, pretty baby, is it everything you hoped it'd be?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Malt on February 28, 2014, 07:06:27 PM
Bless you Malt Dismal for making my like level 9000 on a post mentioning DBZ. :D

The weird thing is I wanted to make a lvl 9,000 joke but instead I just clicked 'like.'  :o

'What's his IQ?' 'It's over 9,000!!!!!!'  :scared: ;D
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 01, 2014, 11:04:36 AM
How the fuck are you supposed to tie a cord on sweatpants or shorts when it's a single loop?  Fucking useless.

The name of the knot is on the tip of my tongue, so can't even search for it, it's the kind of knot you'd put on a line to make a loop to attach stuff to.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 01, 2014, 12:19:13 PM
How the fuck are you supposed to tie a cord on sweatpants or shorts when it's a single loop?  Fucking useless.

The name of the knot is on the tip of my tongue, so can't even search for it, it's the kind of knot you'd put on a line to make a loop to attach stuff to.

Bowline?  Truckers hitch?  Clove hitch?  Square knot?  Half shoelace?  Those are the only knots I know how to tie.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 01, 2014, 02:53:41 PM
Found it!  Butterfly Knot:

http://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/butterfly-knot/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 01, 2014, 07:26:05 PM
I just tried that knot and it untied fairly easily by pulling the loop back through.  But making it tighter it did take longer to work the loop back through.  Depending on the string it could tighten up pretty badly I guess.

I don't think there is a quick release way of doing it, well, it is possible to make quick release knots pretty much anywhere by putting a loop inside another loop that squeezes down on the first one, but you need quite a bit of slack to do that so it wouldn't work as a belt...

I'd say go with the cutting, put little knots on the ends to prevent unraveling and tie the string like normal.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on March 01, 2014, 09:23:18 PM
Not sure why, but for some reason I can't find the thread I made a few years ago about the few good things I could say about the Transformers movies.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Malt on March 20, 2014, 02:09:06 AM
What the hell is up with Imrahil's post:like ratio? It defies logic.  ???
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 20, 2014, 04:53:03 AM
What the hell is up with Imrahil's post:like ratio? It defies logic.  ???

He goes through purges every now and again where he deletes all his posts.  But you can't delete likes.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Malt on March 20, 2014, 05:58:52 AM
Well that explains it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on March 20, 2014, 10:09:54 AM
So he has likes for posts that no longer exist?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 20, 2014, 12:04:39 PM
So he has likes for posts that no longer exist?

Yes, poor orphaned likes.  :'(
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on March 20, 2014, 01:48:22 PM
No, people just really, REALLY like his posts.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on March 21, 2014, 07:13:07 AM
Can anyone with the Blu-Ray of Fantasia confirm if it's from the 2000 cut that digitally removes the zebra centaur from Bacchus' scene?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on March 21, 2014, 08:36:59 AM
Can anyone with the Blu-Ray of Fantasia confirm if it's from the 2000 cut that digitally removes the zebra centaur from Bacchus' scene?

Yes, no black centaur girl.
Darn.  I was hoping they'd put that back in for the Blu-Ray.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on March 21, 2014, 08:52:39 AM
I think so, but I feel like a little Fantasia, so I'll confirm it shortly.

EDIT: Didn't see the question had been answered. Yes, no Buttercup, but the Zebra Centaurs accompanying Bacchus remain.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on March 21, 2014, 02:30:36 PM
Why do hunters wear camo to blend in, but then wear a bright orange vest over that to stand out?

Doesn't the vest defeat the purpose?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 21, 2014, 03:22:24 PM
Why do hunters wear camo to blend in, but then wear a bright orange vest over that to stand out?

Doesn't the vest defeat the purpose?

Because states had to make laws forcing them to wear a certain percentage of orange, to stop the woods from being filled with hunters blending in and blasting away at each other.  ;D

Seriously, most states have actual percentages in the laws.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on March 21, 2014, 03:29:50 PM
Why do hunters wear camo to blend in, but then wear a bright orange vest over that to stand out?

Doesn't the vest defeat the purpose?

Because states had to make laws forcing them to wear a certain percentage of orange, to stop the woods from being filled with hunters blending in and blasting away at each other.  ;D

Seriously, most states have actual percentages in the laws.

Then why wear camo?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on March 21, 2014, 03:36:19 PM
I always assumed that the orange didn't make a difference as far as to the animals. Aren't most animals partly color blind?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 21, 2014, 03:43:50 PM
True, a deer wouldn't see it as orange, but it would stand out if in a solid block like a vest.  I've seen hunters wearing coats that had orange in the camo pattern, so they stand out to another person but to an animal the orange squiggles would be gray and blend in.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on March 21, 2014, 04:35:38 PM
True, a deer wouldn't see it as orange, but it would stand out if in a solid block like a vest.  I've seen hunters wearing coats that had orange in the camo pattern, so they stand out to another person but to an animal the orange squiggles would be gray and blend in.

Oh ok, the orange camp pattern is what I was talking about.  That's what I mainly see around here.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on March 22, 2014, 11:33:25 PM
Then why wear camo?

Obama can take our guns but he'll have to pull our camo off our cold dead bodies!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on March 23, 2014, 05:03:39 AM
True, a deer wouldn't see it as orange, but it would stand out if in a solid block like a vest.  I've seen hunters wearing coats that had orange in the camo pattern, so they stand out to another person but to an animal the orange squiggles would be gray and blend in.

Oh ok, the orange camp pattern is what I was talking about.  That's what I mainly see around here.

Orange camp?  Hel-LO sailor!

Ha! Damn you autocorrect!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on May 25, 2014, 04:00:55 PM
how do you steer a buffalo?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: BiteMe316 on September 05, 2014, 10:27:21 AM
Can someone in Southeast Pennsylvania/South Jersey please tell me where I can find RetroTV?  I've been looking and looking ever since they announced MST3K being shown on there, but I can't find it at all.  Their site says I'm in the viewing area, but all I can find is a channel that doesn't have ANY MST3K in their schedule. Is it just a Comcast thing?  Getting really desperate here!!!   :'(   
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 05, 2014, 11:08:08 AM
If you've got an antenna that can pick up 69-4 that is where it's supposed to air, MST3K sundays 5-7pm.

According to the WFMZ website comcast doesn't carry the channel:

http://www.wfmz.com/Station/cablelistings/168158
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: BiteMe316 on September 05, 2014, 01:38:16 PM
If you've got an antenna that can pick up 69-4 that is where it's supposed to air, MST3K sundays 5-7pm.

According to the WFMZ website comcast doesn't carry the channel:

http://www.wfmz.com/Station/cablelistings/168158 (http://www.wfmz.com/Station/cablelistings/168158)


Dammit!!  :'( [size=78%]  [/size][/size]I don't have an antenna. That's what I get for switching over to digital.[size=78%][/size][size=78%]  [/size] ::)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on September 05, 2014, 02:30:57 PM
You can watch pretty much every MST3k episode on youtube.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Miku Fan on September 05, 2014, 03:29:06 PM
how do you steer a buffalo?

Watch Buffalo Rider, if you dare.  I don't dare.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on September 05, 2014, 03:33:33 PM
Break your gun on a stump, guy on a buffalo oh!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on September 05, 2014, 04:09:50 PM
If you've got an antenna that can pick up 69-4 that is where it's supposed to air, MST3K sundays 5-7pm.

According to the WFMZ website comcast doesn't carry the channel:

http://www.wfmz.com/Station/cablelistings/168158 (http://www.wfmz.com/Station/cablelistings/168158)


Dammit!!  :'( [size=78%]  [/size][/size]I don't have an antenna. That's what I get for switching over to digital.[size=78%][/size][size=78%]  [/size] ::)

You can always get a digital antenna (http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=digital%20antenna%20for%20hdtv&linkCode=ur2&sprefix=digital%20ante%2Caps%2C165&tag=onewacom06-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=4KVDFMAWVVGL5ESK)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Miku Fan on September 05, 2014, 07:22:00 PM
True, a deer wouldn't see it as orange, but it would stand out if in a solid block like a vest.  I've seen hunters wearing coats that had orange in the camo pattern, so they stand out to another person but to an animal the orange squiggles would be gray and blend in.

Oh ok, the orange camp pattern is what I was talking about.  That's what I mainly see around here.

Orange camp?  Hel-LO sailor!

Ha! Damn you autocorrect!

Campy hunters, eh?
Squad!  Camp it...up!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0dWo31hwpI
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 12, 2014, 10:22:20 PM
Any one here flown air New Zealand?  Wife and I want to take our honeymoon out there and I'm looking into flights. Anyone have recommendations on the best way to get out there from NYC?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on October 12, 2014, 11:46:55 PM
Any one here flown air New Zealand?  Wife and I want to take our honeymoon out there and I'm looking into flights. Anyone have recommendations on the best way to get out there from NYC?

Use a jet ski like a man.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on October 13, 2014, 04:06:22 AM
What about his wife, who I am assuming is a woman?  Does she need to man up as well?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Miku Fan on October 13, 2014, 04:54:47 AM
Never flown Air New Zealand.  But, I intensely hate Peter Jackson, for what it's worth.  That's not worth much at all, is it?  :speechless:  Ah, well, at least I didn't trash The Lord of the Rings like that kiwi bastard Peter Jackson! :clap:
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on October 13, 2014, 04:58:59 AM
Some nerd with rubber feet is going to stab you with a plastic sword for that.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Miku Fan on October 13, 2014, 05:01:03 AM
Some nerd with rubber feet is going to stab you with a plastic sword for that.

And  I shall beat him/her senseless with a turkey leg.  Huzzah!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Sideswipe on October 13, 2014, 05:05:30 AM
You are a very violent person, you should get counseling to deal with that rage.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 13, 2014, 09:19:48 PM
Well despite all your 'help' I was able to find tickets I was happy with. Still quite expensive, but within reason. The key was moving the trip from January to February, which cut about $1,500 off the price.

And my pewter sword will take your chicken leg any day.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Miku Fan on October 13, 2014, 09:38:25 PM
Wow!  I had no idea it was that expensive to travel overseas!   I hope you have a great time, NZ is one heck of a beautiful country.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: BathTub on October 13, 2014, 11:51:31 PM
Any one here flown air New Zealand?  Wife and I want to take our honeymoon out there and I'm looking into flights. Anyone have recommendations on the best way to get out there from NYC?

A very long time ago. From what I recall Air NZ shares routes with other airlines, so you're just as likely to actually be on a Qantas flight.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on October 14, 2014, 12:26:07 AM
Wow!  I had no idea it was that expensive to travel overseas!   I hope you have a great time, NZ is one heck of a beautiful country.

It's rarely that expensive to fly over seas. Australia and New Zealand about as pricy as it gets flying from the US, it's also about the longest flight on earth. If you shop carefully or fly stand by, New York or Toronto to London can be surprisingly reasonable. If I was flying "down under" I would probably look for a layover in Hong Kong or Thailand or something, I could be completely wrong about that though.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on October 30, 2014, 12:01:38 PM
anyone really up on their bash scripting?

i have a large number of files that look like

Quote
DECAY 9000007
x
y
z
DECAY 9000008
a
b
DECAY 9000009
r
s
t
u

and i would like to add the number after DECAY to the end of each line, where the number of lines per block changes in each file. i'm not having much luck figuring it out. :-\
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on December 26, 2014, 10:52:59 AM
Trying to track down the model/year/whatever for this Philco radio cabinet that I inherited from my Great Grandfather in Canada.  I'm hoping to clean it up and get replacement knobs & whatnot and put a bluetooth speaker inside.

Anyone have any ideas? I've found some that are somewhat similar, but not an exact match to the cabinet style.  The radio that used to be in it looks like the 22L or model 71 based on the label on the inside. (It's empty)

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/th_FED6472F-BCA3-4236-BDB8-B39D33142212.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/k1posterchild/media/FED6472F-BCA3-4236-BDB8-B39D33142212.jpg.html)(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/th_D977A449-F104-4DC8-83E7-04DD16B47392.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/k1posterchild/media/D977A449-F104-4DC8-83E7-04DD16B47392.jpg.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/th_350DB025-A923-4029-9AA8-7943A8A27A3B.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/k1posterchild/media/350DB025-A923-4029-9AA8-7943A8A27A3B.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on December 26, 2014, 11:10:15 AM
And of course after spending a couple hours looking & giving up to post that the very next page I stumble across is this:
http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/philco_71d.html

(http://www.radiomuseum.org/images/radio/philco_philadelphia/71d_160_726874.jpg)

Looks like mine is similar to the 71D with shorter legs.

Model 71D

The seven-tube version of Philco's 1932 highboy with doors. It uses twin speakers; one faces forward while the other faces down towards the floor.

Original selling price: $79.95

Number made: 9,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 36D, 47D & 91D)


So I looked up the 91D and the top part where the dial is looks more like that one.
http://www.philcoradio.com/gallery/1932b.htm#ae
(http://www.philcoradio.com/gallery/images/1932/91d.jpg)

Model 91D

A nine-tube 1932 Philco highboy with doors. A great-looking radio as well as a great performer.

Original selling price: $99.50

Number made: 9,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 36D, 47D & 71D)




So the label inside leads me to believe it's the 71D, but the dial part is different so I'm not sure.  The label on the inside of the 91D's I've come across online say 91, not 71.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Lembach on December 26, 2014, 02:11:45 PM
Dude, I went through this whole site:

http://www.philcoradio.com/gallery/index.htm

And could not find one that had those exact stubby feet and cabinet doors. So wtf? Is it a customized job?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: k1 on December 26, 2014, 03:44:51 PM
Dude, I went through this whole site:

http://www.philcoradio.com/gallery/index.htm

And could not find one that had those exact stubby feet and cabinet doors. So wtf? Is it a customized job?

Yeah I did the same thing.  It's really bizarre.  I'm thinking my great grandfather may have sawed the legs off, but I can't be sure until I go dig it out of my parents basement & look.  The inside of the cabinet appears to be fairly uniform which makes me think if it is custom it's a really well done job.  The only way I'd really ever be certain is if I can track down which great uncle is the one who took the radio out of it before it made the journey from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts.  (They shouldn't have since it was inside when it became mine around 15 years ago.)
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 26, 2014, 07:23:54 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if a store did a custom combination of cabinet and chassis.  If someone wanted the nicer dial but couldn't afford the more expensive electronics.  And people often modified them because they were a piece of furniture in the home so it's also not surprising to see legs cut down.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Quirk on September 07, 2015, 05:15:25 PM
I need to find a screenshot from Pokemon Red or Blue of what it says to you when you try to ride a bike indoors. I cannot find such an image.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 07, 2015, 05:27:59 PM
I need to find a screenshot from Pokemon Red or Blue of what it says to you when you try to ride a bike indoors. I cannot find such an image.

Worst comes to worst you could download a rom and take a screenshot.  Though I guess you'd have to play the game for a while until you get the bike, if I remember correctly. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on September 07, 2015, 06:09:08 PM
Huh. For a game moment that's been so completely memed, the screenshot of Oak's disembodied voice letting you know it's not the time to use that is really hard to get a hold of...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on September 12, 2015, 05:26:21 PM
there does not appear to be a travel thread, so: anyone been to inverness? thinking of going for a week at the end of october.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Nobody on December 03, 2015, 07:17:26 AM
So, my friend is starting a small business as a confectioner.  She knows I'm obsessively trying to lose weight, but asked me to taste her latest creation.  So I tasted, but didn't swallow it.  :)

Her candy tastes exactly like a Butterfinger.  Chocolate covered crunchy peanut butter.  Frigging amazing, honestly.  She wants to add it to her lineup of items she will be selling, but can't think of a name for it.

So my question is this:  if you were gonna sell something that tastes a lot like a Butterfinger, and wanted people who are shopping at your place know that...  And didn't want to break any copyright laws...  What would you call it?

She asked me.  I'm stumped.  There are some very creative minds here, so I thought I would ask here.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 03, 2015, 07:30:18 AM
Margarine Toes?  Look, I'm not the best guy to go for this.

How about Whoopsies?  You know, both are accident related and it's the kind of cute name a candy can have.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Nobody on December 03, 2015, 07:54:14 AM
That's clever, and I agree, it's a cute name.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 03, 2015, 07:58:23 AM
Thanks.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 06, 2015, 10:25:01 AM
Does American Airlines charge you for not showing up for a flight? 

I just booked an earlier flight home than my original round trip ticket to Pittsburgh for Christmas using miles I had with Delta, because it turns out I don't need to spend that much time with my in-laws. 

Anyway, I call up American Airlines to cancel my return ticket.  Figured I should be nice and let them sell that seat to someone else even though I won't get a refund (non-refundable ticket).  Yeah, I'm a real nice guy like that.  Except instead of saying thank you, they try and charge me $200 just to cancel my flight.  At which point I ask, "Well wait, what happens if I don't show up for the flight?"  To which she stuttered and said "Ah, well, umm, I can't answer that question sir."  So to quote a friend of mine: fuck that noise.  I said thanks, I'll keep the ticket, and then hung up. 

I'm pretty sure nothing happens if you're a no-show.  And I'm half inclined to be a dick about it and check-in for my flight so they don't sell it to someone else.  Assholes, trying to charge me $200 to let them make more money.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on December 06, 2015, 11:12:34 AM
don't they take the money when you originally buy the ticket? that's what it looks like on my credit card statement whenever i've bought a ticket. and i'm sure they'd definitely charge you if you've checked in.

edit: as per https://www.aa.com/i18n/reservations/faqEtsMcla.jsp

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Q: When will the ticket value be charged to my credit card?

A: It will be charged when the ticket is issued*.

* In some countries, any credit card payment will be charged in the local currency at the IATA exchange rate of that day. For specific information about your country, contact your local Reservations office.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 06, 2015, 12:03:50 PM
don't they take the money when you originally buy the ticket? that's what it looks like on my credit card statement whenever i've bought a ticket. and i'm sure they'd definitely charge you if you've checked in.

edit: as per https://www.aa.com/i18n/reservations/faqEtsMcla.jsp

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Q: When will the ticket value be charged to my credit card?

A: It will be charged when the ticket is issued*.

* In some countries, any credit card payment will be charged in the local currency at the IATA exchange rate of that day. For specific information about your country, contact your local Reservations office.

You don't quite grasp the stupidity of the situation. I've already lost the money for the ticket. You're right, they charged me upon purchase. I know that, and I'm fine with biting the bullet. It was my choice to buy a non-refundable ticket.

But the airline wants to charge me ANOTHER $200 just to cancel my ticket, for the whole minute it will take them to press a couple buttons. So I reiterate: fuck that noise.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Parker_Hylton on December 07, 2015, 09:41:31 AM
Yes but...are they going to REFUND the first ticket with the cancellation?  Because then it might be worth it, say if the ticket was 600, they charge 200 and give you 400 back. 
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 07, 2015, 09:55:43 AM
Yes but...are they going to REFUND the first ticket with the cancellation?  Because then it might be worth it, say if the ticket was 600, they charge 200 and give you 400 back.

Nope. No chance of any sort of refund. They just wanted to charge me $200 for the hell of it, because they can.

And plus, my round trip ticket was like $260. They would have basically sold one ticket 3 times if I was a little more gullible.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on December 07, 2015, 12:24:25 PM
Yes but...are they going to REFUND the first ticket with the cancellation?  Because then it might be worth it, say if the ticket was 600, they charge 200 and give you 400 back.

Nope. No chance of any sort of refund. They just wanted to charge me $200 for the hell of it, because they can.

And plus, my round trip ticket was like $260. They would have basically sold one ticket 3 times if I was a little more gullible.
Those ivory backscratchers don't buy themselves.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on December 14, 2015, 10:18:40 PM
So the other day, the Sprout Network (The channel for parents who need their kids to just be quiet for a little bit) was showing the old Christmas special, The Snowman. I was trying to remember how old that special was, so I hit the info button. What I got was:

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(1957) John Carradine - A monster has awakened in the foothills of Japan.

So, obviously, that was the info for a different movie (Turns out the Snowman was in '82). It left me wondering, though. What movie WAS it? I skimmed his IMDB listing and none of the 1957 movies I could find sound like monster movies...
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 14, 2015, 10:36:49 PM
So the other day, the Sprout Network (The channel for parents who need their kids to just be quiet for a little bit) was showing the old Christmas special, The Snowman. I was trying to remember how old that special was, so I hit the info button. What I got was:

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(1957) John Carradine - A monster has awakened in the foothills of Japan.

So, obviously, that was the info for a different movie (Turns out the Snowman was in '82). It left me wondering, though. What movie WAS it? I skimmed his IMDB listing and none of the 1957 movies I could find sound like monster movies...

My guess would be: Half Human (1958).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on December 14, 2015, 10:39:05 PM
That does line up pretty well.

Ha! So they mixed up The Snowman with a movie about The Abominable Snowman.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 22, 2016, 12:09:43 PM
So I'm in Ireland with my wife hiking over some hills. Three bros walk past us carying a bunch of Coca Cola and ask "You guys got any sandwiches?"  Not in a serious tone or anything. We laugh and say no, and then they loudly say "fuck you!" after we pass them, which my wife returns.

While its entirely possible that they were just being idiots, or maybe it's an inside joke, we can't help but wonder if it was a reference to something, or an insult maybe?  A comment on my wife's weight?  Any insight would be appreciated.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on May 27, 2016, 08:29:39 PM
Is there a word for being hungry and nauseous at the same time?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 27, 2016, 09:04:41 PM
Is there a word for being hungry and nauseous at the same time?

If there is, I bet it rhymes with the word for being thirsty but also really having to pee at the same time.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 30, 2016, 07:20:16 PM
In America we have frat boys, douchebags, and many other nicknames for this particular type of person.

In Europe there are a lot of guys that will walk around in groups with sports jerseys on, usually football jerseys. They all look the same and act the same, so there must be some sort of derogatory name for them. Anyone know any?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pak-Man on May 30, 2016, 07:40:47 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/dh3vsDjhY_8

So this is an old Pluto cartoon. In it, Pluto's really tired. There's a recurring gag that you can see at about the 2:42 mark where a Chinese stereotype looking version of Pluto comes in and knocks him out. I'm pretty sure that's old-school casual racism, but I have no idea where that particular stereotype is coming from.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on May 30, 2016, 08:46:15 PM
In America we have frat boys, douchebags, and many other nicknames for this particular type of person.

In Europe there are a lot of guys that will walk around in groups with sports jerseys on, usually football jerseys. They all look the same and act the same, so there must be some sort of derogatory name for them. Anyone know any?
Hooligan?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Miku Fan on May 30, 2016, 09:11:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/dh3vsDjhY_8

So this is an old Pluto cartoon. In it, Pluto's really tired. There's a recurring gag that you can see at about the 2:42 mark where a Chinese stereotype looking version of Pluto comes in and knocks him out. I'm pretty sure that's old-school casual racism, but I have no idea where that particular stereotype is coming from.


Well, at least he didn't put pee-pee in his coke.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 30, 2016, 11:30:12 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/dh3vsDjhY_8

So this is an old Pluto cartoon. In it, Pluto's really tired. There's a recurring gag that you can see at about the 2:42 mark where a Chinese stereotype looking version of Pluto comes in and knocks him out. I'm pretty sure that's old-school casual racism, but I have no idea where that particular stereotype is coming from.

Well, I thought it was a different stereotype but when that search failed I found this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Japanese_Sandman
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 31, 2016, 04:45:25 AM
In America we have frat boys, douchebags, and many other nicknames for this particular type of person.

In Europe there are a lot of guys that will walk around in groups with sports jerseys on, usually football jerseys. They all look the same and act the same, so there must be some sort of derogatory name for them. Anyone know any?
Hooligan?

Perfect!  Looks like that's it.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on September 07, 2016, 06:42:44 AM
I'm trying to figure out how to do something with the PC that I cannot find any information on. I'm trying to teach myself to be a better digital illustrator. I want to open small windows of reference photos or tutorial videos over Coral Painter without covering them while I work within coral. For some reason I'm having a hard time describing what I'm trying to do. By default in windows, when you open a small window it gets hidden the second you click on in the full screen program (Coral Painter in this example).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: goflyblind on September 07, 2016, 06:54:43 AM
I'm trying to figure out how to do something with the PC that I cannot find any information on. I'm trying to teach myself to be a better digital illustrator. I want to open small windows of reference photos or tutorial videos over Coral Painter without covering them while I work within coral. For some reason I'm having a hard time describing what I'm trying to do. By default in windows, when you open a small window it gets hidden the second you click on in the full screen program (Coral Painter in this example).

http://www.howtogeek.com/196958/the-3-best-ways-to-make-a-window-always-on-top-on-windows/
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: d00hickey on September 07, 2016, 07:00:38 AM
I'm trying to figure out how to do something with the PC that I cannot find any information on. I'm trying to teach myself to be a better digital illustrator. I want to open small windows of reference photos or tutorial videos over Coral Painter without covering them while I work within coral. For some reason I'm having a hard time describing what I'm trying to do. By default in windows, when you open a small window it gets hidden the second you click on in the full screen program (Coral Painter in this example).

http://www.howtogeek.com/196958/the-3-best-ways-to-make-a-window-always-on-top-on-windows/

Thanks goflyblind. You found a solution minutes after I posted this. Your Google-foo is legendary.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 26, 2017, 08:49:43 AM
The recent AVGN episode of Polybius reminded me of a TV show I saw once.  At least I think it was a TV show.  I'm fairly sure it was one of those Sci-fi or Horror anthology series like The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, The Scary Door, or The Outer Limits.  I saw this long ago, probably in the early 90s.  The plot was that there was this teenager who was obsessed with some popular arcade game.  Nobody could get past a certain level in this arcade game.  I think the game was some sort of Galaga-esque space shooter.  Eventually this kid broke into the arcade after it was closed and did manage to get past that level.  But after that, all the game characters broke out of the game and leaked into real life.  Then more stuff happened and by the end the kid was sucked into the video game.

Anyone have any clue what this show is?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: The Lurker on October 26, 2017, 08:57:46 AM
The recent AVGN episode of Polybius reminded me of a TV show I saw once.  At least I think it was a TV show.  I'm fairly sure it was one of those Sci-fi or Horror anthology series like The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, The Scary Door, or The Outer Limits.  I saw this long ago, probably in the early 90s.  The plot was that there was this teenager who was obsessed with some popular arcade game.  Nobody could get past a certain level in this arcade game.  I think the game was some sort of Galaga-esque space shooter.  Eventually this kid broke into the arcade after it was closed and did manage to get past that level.  But after that, all the game characters broke out of the game and leaked into real life.  Then more stuff happened and by the end the kid was sucked into the video game.

Anyone have any clue what this show is?
There was a similar episode to what you were searching for on Are You Afraid of the Dark?, only it involved a pinball table.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 26, 2017, 09:01:00 AM
Looking at some lists of movies with video games in them it sounds like: NIGHTMARES (1983)

Horror anthology movie, 4 stories and one fits that description.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 26, 2017, 09:13:15 AM
The recent AVGN episode of Polybius reminded me of a TV show I saw once.  At least I think it was a TV show.  I'm fairly sure it was one of those Sci-fi or Horror anthology series like The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, The Scary Door, or The Outer Limits.  I saw this long ago, probably in the early 90s.  The plot was that there was this teenager who was obsessed with some popular arcade game.  Nobody could get past a certain level in this arcade game.  I think the game was some sort of Galaga-esque space shooter.  Eventually this kid broke into the arcade after it was closed and did manage to get past that level.  But after that, all the game characters broke out of the game and leaked into real life.  Then more stuff happened and by the end the kid was sucked into the video game.

Anyone have any clue what this show is?
There was a similar episode to what you were searching for on Are You Afraid of the Dark?, only it involved a pinball table.

I'm familiar with that episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark.  I had a strong feeling someone would mention that.  Although you're right, it's definitely not what I was thinking of.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 26, 2017, 09:19:51 AM
Looking at some lists of movies with video games in them it sounds like: NIGHTMARES (1983)

Horror anthology movie, 4 stories and one fits that description.

Just looked that up on IMDB and that definitely sounds right.  The user reviews bolster my confidence, where the one reviewer quotes the film saying "There IS a level 13. I heard some kid out in Jersey got it twice.". 

I will have to seek out a copy of it when I get home, although I don't think it will be easy.

Thanks Gromit!
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on October 26, 2017, 09:42:39 AM
Well I found a copy on Youtube, but it's one of those stupid videos where they reduce the actual content to a little rectangle 2/3 the size of the actual viewing window.  Hopefully I can find a torrent with better quality.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2017, 01:32:10 PM
I would like to find an old humor article that I remember from a long time ago. I think it was in the Saturday Evening Post, probably twenty years ago or more. It was about a husband who's wife liked to hang her plants all over the house. But because she was shorter then him, she would hang them too high for her to hit but right at his head level. It was a very funny, all about him hitting his head on plants all over the house until his head "was the shape of a hubbard squash".
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 24, 2017, 03:25:00 PM
I would like to find an old humor article that I remember from a long time ago. I think it was in the Saturday Evening Post, probably twenty years ago or more. It was about a husband who's wife liked to hang her plants all over the house. But because she was shorter then him, she would hang them too high for her to hit but right at his head level. It was a very funny, all about him hitting his head on plants all over the house until his head "was the shape of a hubbard squash".

That happened to me at my wife's old apartment.  Her roommate screwed these branches into the ceiling, which was cool for all the 5'4" people that lived there, but I'm 6'4" with long hair that kept getting caught.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on November 24, 2017, 07:34:28 PM
I would like to find an old humor article that I remember from a long time ago. I think it was in the Saturday Evening Post, probably twenty years ago or more. It was about a husband who's wife liked to hang her plants all over the house. But because she was shorter then him, she would hang them too high for her to hit but right at his head level. It was a very funny, all about him hitting his head on plants all over the house until his head "was the shape of a hubbard squash".

That happened to me at my wife's old apartment.  Her roommate screwed these branches into the ceiling, which was cool for all the 5'4" people that lived there, but I'm 6'4" with long hair that kept getting caught.
I'm in a similar situation. My Dad is several inches shorter than both me and my brother. He would always have things hanging down from the ceiling in his woodshop that were all dusty and cobwebby, that I would brush my head against. He always thought it was funny when I complained.
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 14, 2018, 07:19:01 AM
On set the actresses performed The Lonely Goatherd a whole bunch of times for a scene so it’s stuck in my head. But what is also stuck in my head is “Up in the hills there’s a chewy cheese dog.”  But I can’t remember what the hell it’s from. I know it’s some movie or tv show I’ve seen a bunch of times as a kid. Feels kind of like Rocko’s Modern Life, but I’m not sure. Anyone have any ideas?
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: Darth Geek on August 27, 2019, 07:46:19 AM
I've been trying to find out about an audio book I remember having as a kid. It was a record with a picture book to it. It was a horror story about going into a scary woods with creatures and living trees. I remember it creeping me out a lot when I was a kid, so of course I would listen to it a lot. The woods were either called The Dire Woods or The Briar Woods, I can't remember which. I remember that it had a very familiar, freindly sounding narrator. Which made the creepy stuff all the creepier. I think the narrator might have been Fred MacMurray (most famous for The Absent Minded Professor).
Title: Re: The big thread of unsearchable questions
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 27, 2019, 08:51:13 AM
Frank Luther was the king of children's records, search out one of his recordings to see if that is the voice you remember.  I have one of his 78s from the 30s but all of his hundreds of kids stories were put on vinyl eventually and reissued many times.