Comment #3716 by: Adam at about 12:44 on October 22, 2010
Oh man, I wish I was there to just spend a day car shopping, because this is a tough one. I buy cars for pleasure rather than for a bonafide need -- an entirely different beast. Craigslist is an option -- Here are a couple that might be just right:

http://quadcities.craigslist.org/cto/2018955658.html

http://quadcities.craigslist.org/search/cta?query=&srchType=T&minAsk=1400&maxAsk=2100

http://quadcities.craigslist.org/cto/2010606844.html

TEST DRIVE any car worth considering. Don't buy a car that doesn't have everything working. If the air-conditioning, radio, or anything isn't working, don't buy it. If the owner didn't care enough to keep EVERYTHING working, who knows what they may have neglected? I know your no mechanic, but peak under the hood, and under the car. You're looking for obvious puddles, either oil or collant leaks. A "little" dribble of oil is okay, the bottoms of engines are typically dirty. But if the whole thing is just filthy, walk away. Same thing with the interior. A clean interior is indicative of a car that has been well maintained. When you go for a spin -- if something seems wrong, it probably is. Brakes should be smooth and quiet, engine should be smooth and quiet, and there shouldn't be any weird pulls or vibrations.

That Lumina at the top of the list above might be excellent.

Ebay, too..

Ugly - but VERY usefull for a family: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/4door-Taurus-Wagon-Tan-/150509830447?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item230b15c12f (And professionaly servied)

A drive down Moline's "Lemon Lane" might be in order. (Don't let that name scare you -- they often have some great deals, cash talks!)


Comment #3715 by: gB at about 20:11 on October 18, 2010
Attention Adam: Since you've owned more cars than everybody I know put together, I'm asking your advice. Due to recent events, I find myself in the market for a vehicle. I'm looking for something similar to the dearly departed 1995 LeSabre - 4 doors, roomy, a bit of power under the hood, etc. Do you have any recommendations? Are there any used car finder websites you've had particularly lucky times with? I have about $2000 to work with. It ain't much but I just need a solid "gettin' to work" car, preferably that gets decent mileage since I work up in Camanche.

Thanks!


Comment #3714 by: Adam at about 09:52 on October 15, 2010
Was that a student project? That required lots of work.


Comment #3713 by: WadeMS at about 09:40 on October 14, 2010
This is super cute:


Comment #3712 by: bo8b at about 13:52 on October 12, 2010
The "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" book craze journeys on... this time, into the last frontier.


OK, yeah, I know, I know. I still want it.


Comment #3711 by: Adam at about 09:11 on October 11, 2010
Three October days in the eighties! So far, it's been a pretty good Fall.


Comment #3710 by: Adam at about 15:22 on September 18, 2010
Iím pleased to announce that I just placed an order for a 2011 BMW 135I. (This will be car number 18 if you donít count past parts-cars.) I test drove an A5 before placing my order, but the turbo-4 in that car doesnít have the grunt I desire. The S5 does, but is 15 large over my comfort zone. So, in roughly 8 weeks, Iíll have a Montego Blue BMW 135I with the N55 (Single, dual-scroll turbo) 300 HP engine, the trick dual-clutch seven-speed transmission, M-Sport, Navigation, etc, etcÖ. Itís going to be a rough 8 weeks. My friend Scott ordered a Mini when they first came out, and I think he had to wait six months for his car, not sure how he did it!

Past cars:
1978 LeBaron
1984 Diplomat
1979 Newport
1982 Cordoba LS
1983 Imperial
1992 Firebird
1972 Coronet
1985 LeSabre
1989 Camaro
1994 Firebird
1975 Newport
2003 Marauder
1977 Cordoba
2004 Marauder
1975 Cordoba
1981 Cordoba
2008 135i
Coming Soon:
2011 135i


Comment #3709 by: Adam at about 13:47 on September 14, 2010
I kinda want to watch it: Melody In Love


Comment #3708 by: Jr. High Memories at about 12:08 on September 14, 2010
Exploding flowers!


Comment #3707 by: Adam at about 18:56 on September 13, 2010
Yeah, I'm all good. Looking forward to your party!


Comment #3706 by: Dave at about 09:29 on September 13, 2010
Sobering experience, yeah? Have you settled yet?


Comment #3705 by: Mitchell at about 11:52 on September 10, 2010
Holy shit!!

The new Concern looks good. May I suggest - if it's possible on your end -that vertical icons be changed to horizontal icons.


Hope no creeping aches and pains make their way to the surface.

Caio!


Comment #3704 by: Adam at about 08:56 on September 10, 2010
While being driven by a designated, sober, driver; we went around a corner only to find a drunk driver approaching us in our lane. We veered off the pavement to miss the oncoming car only to strike a tree. There were four of us in the car and all six airbags deployed. The car is a total loss, but there isn't a scratch on any of us! Viva la safety systems! (Or in this case, since the car was German: Viva Sicherheitssysteme!)


Comment #3703 by: Dave at about 07:21 on September 10, 2010
What happened to the beamer?


Comment #3702 by: Mitchell at about 21:47 on September 8, 2010
That was my point to the nice young man.


Comment #3701 by: Adam at about 18:59 on September 8, 2010
Getting Votes IS part of getting your agenda completed. All presidents do it.


Comment #3700 by: Mitchell Pilon at about 11:32 on September 8, 2010
Anybody take a social stats class while in school? It's pretty cool but the simple homework is insane. 4 hours!!!

Anybody see Machete yet? I was supposed to see it Monday with kris but it fell through, so I told myself that I would see it for sure on Tuesday well, STATS got in the way of that. Does anybody want to do a weekend thing, preferably a matinee?

Some idiot at work the other day was talking about Obama being in Ohio for the 4th time to, "get votes." He said, "it must be nice to travel to Ohio whenever you want and not deal with real problems." I told him to shut up!What a goon.


Comment #3699 by: Adam at about 08:13 on August 31, 2010
This is comment number 3700.


Comment #3698 by: It's a Trap!! at about 21:00 on August 29, 2010


Comment #3697 by: Adam at about 13:11 on August 10, 2010
This is really quite good, "Slap Chop Rap."



Comment #3696 by: Adam at about 12:23 on August 10, 2010
Cordoba = Sold

On another matter, Why can't I own a Canadian?


Comment #3695 by: Adam at about 13:31 on August 9, 2010
I'm over it, it's time. If it had a V-8, I'd keep it.. But it runs out of breath on the interstate and is simply no fun to drive over 60. You can be sure that I'll find another toy and go back to being a two-car family. And when it's time for the BMW to go, I think I'll start leasing so I can have a Jaguar or other car I couldn't otherwise afford!


Comment #3694 by: Mitchell at about 10:54 on August 9, 2010
I don't think you should sell the 'doba.


Comment #3693 by: Adam at about 10:28 on August 6, 2010
I'm very likely going to sell my Cordoba: Pictures If anyone wants it, make me an offer. (It's not worth as much as it looks.)


Comment #3692 by: gB at about 07:30 on August 3, 2010
You said it, Mr. Pilon!


Comment #3691 by: Pilon/AdamV at about 00:20 on July 24, 2010
Making (or using clips to make) faux film trailers is lots of fun. Wade, Grahm and I figured that out when we made three trailers for "The Port Byron Macha Project.

By the way: They are called the "trailers" because they were originally shown at the conclusion of a film.


Comment #3690 by: Costanza at about 13:46 on July 22, 2010


Comment #3689 by: Dave at about 08:00 on July 13, 2010
Hey Adam, what e-mail are you using these days?

I sent you an email to your love***gre@yahoo.com account.


Comment #3688 by: Adam at about 15:35 on July 12, 2010
This guy really loves rainbows.





Comment #3687 by: Adam at about 13:01 on July 11, 2010
On the front page, i've posted a short film by Charles Eames. He's a 1950's artist from California who worked with many forms: photography, furniture, textiles, and film, amoung others. Perhaps you've heard of the Eames Lounge Chair, or his Chaise. (Google it) He's responsible for lots of 1950's to 1970's modern art and furniture. We can also blast him for the molded plywood for which he was a pioneer. Remember the wood desks with the molded seats and seat-backs? Eames!


I'm very fond of his films -- I'll post some of my favorites in the coming weeks. Keep on the lookout for a new video page here at Functionbox. I have a ton of storage and bandwidth that I'm not taking advantage of!


If any of you need webspace, I'd be happy to setup a sub-domain like I did for Wade. I can setup your own FTP credentials so you can upload or change your site as you see fit. Free for the asking!


Comment #3686 by: Lt. Commander Uhura at about 12:54 on July 7, 2010
http://planetwaves.net/pagetwo/2010/01/18/martin-luther-king-mlk-uhura-nichelle-nichols/


Comment #3685 by: WadeMS at about 11:16 on July 2, 2010
There are devices now long forgotten by the mouth-befrothed tech adopters which may indeed meet your requirements. These appear to be nothing more than a finely pleathered binder with an ordinary notepad inside, but they record digitally on internal memory your handwritten notes. Presumably from there OCR could take this capture and make it useful. When next I'm at work I'll track down one of these and give it a whirl (or bring it to the QC and you can give it your very own whirl).


Comment #3684 by: Dave at about 08:23 on July 2, 2010
Gentle and wise denizens of the Function Box, lend my your ears. I am in search of some techno advice. I desperately need to improve my efficiency at work. I carry with me a three ring binder to my sessions and take fairly brief notes, a few short paragraphs per session. At the end of the day or week I take those notes, alter them slightly and type them into our billing database as contact notes. I spend roughly 8 hours a week doing this. I think that if I had a device where I could enter this information digitally with fairly decent accuracy and then copy and paste this info over I could save a lot of time. I really wish I could just bring a laptop, but while handwriting notes does not seem to put people off, typing really does. I've tried it a few times and it's distracting for me and the client.

The options I've considered are:

A tablet style notebook, but these are pricey. Does anyone make a netbook version?

A palm pilot, but I'm not sure if this would be too small and don't really want to learn their shorthand.

I've seen ink pens that somehow record the stroke, but have never seen them in operation. Not sure if these really work or how much they cost.

Unfortunately, the Ipad seems like a good option, but I'd rather not give apple money if I can help it. I heard Microsoft may be coming out with one soon.

I'm leaning toward option one at the moment, but not sure if I can justify the expense. Any options I haven't thought of. Does anyone known anything about the various recognition software these devices utilize?


Comment #3683 by: gB at about 22:39 on June 29, 2010
I remember watching this. A bunch of space wizards from a parallel universe full of magic came to Earth a gazillion years ago and were persecuted as witches and demons, which is where we got the Lucifer myth (Asmodeus is an old demon name too) and after the Salem witch trials, they said "Fuck this!" and went back home. No big. They chose to manifest as pilgrims as a metaphor for the benefit of the human crew.

Fun Fact: Lucien is voiced by TV's James Doohan.
Fun Fact: The writer also wrote episodes of 80's cheesy television legends: Manimal and Automan.
Fun Fact: The voice during the wacky LSD scene with the smoke made of skulls sounds very like Ed Grimly, I must say!

Thanks Adam!


Comment #3682 by: Mitchell at about 11:50 on June 26, 2010
I layed in bed last night thinking about the episode. I cannot for the life of me figure out why the Salem Witch burning scene is significant. Why the hell is that pilgrim looking dude playing God? And why, why in heavens does Kirk defeat God and save Satan? I did watch this on a low volume, and I was a bit tired, but I don't think I missed THAT much.


Comment #3681 by: Adam at about 22:17 on June 25, 2010
It's very, very, very, very strange, isn't it?


Comment #3680 by: Mitchell at about 22:03 on June 25, 2010
I suppose that a bunch of Satan appoligist got together and wrote a Star Trek cartoon. What's the big deal with that? I would love to know who approved this script. What a crazy bastard!


Comment #3679 by: Adam at about 12:35 on June 24, 2010
There's an episode of Star Trek the Animated Series on Functionbox's main page... 24 minutes. Watch and comment, please. WTF?


Comment #3678 by: Adam at about 23:33 on June 23, 2010
A bunch of pictures I've taken over the last 6 months from my 42nd story window, from Winter sunsets to beautiful spring days to vigorous spring storms:


Winter Sunset:












A Cold Winter evening:










An orange-cloud sunset:














A crappy Winter day:








A Winter morning, mid-altitude cloud deck, with super clear air underneath -- I was able to photograph Michigan and Indiana:










A severe Spring Storm, followed by some cool clouds and the biggest rainbow I've ever seen:














A superb, Chicago, late Spring Saturday:








These last two pictures taken from Montrose Harbor, facing West, October 2009. Meteorologically speaking, this sky is ďsevere clear.Ē







Comment #3677 by: gB at about 06:06 on June 23, 2010


Comment #3676 by: gB at about 09:28 on June 21, 2010
I like the one where Data puts his message in a modem and throws it into the cyber-sea. Wait. That wasn't Star Trek. That was Rush. And I didn't like it at all.
Never mind.


Comment #3675 by: WadeMS at about 09:17 on June 18, 2010
Fun story, and true.

I'd love to add that golfer wipe to just about all footage I've ever seen, if we can get our hands on a video toaster...


Comment #3674 by: Adam at about 12:17 on June 17, 2010
There's another episode, which I really like, where something "happens" to him, and all the sudden he's just super smart -- and he gets smarter as the story goes along -- and he goes in the Holodeck to create an interface to the ship to solve some problem. Barclay becomes "part" of the ship, and the crew is scared of him. He then proceeds to take the enterprise on a crazy-impossible-long-distance journey by bending space, or something. At the end of the journey, we learn that the "Cytherians" "zapped" Barclay with the knowledge to bring the Enterprise to them. Instead of leaving home to explore the galaxy, they give the knowledge to other races that allows them to come to them. Fun story.


Comment #3673 by: gB at about 09:37 on June 17, 2010
Wait. I don't think it was a time loop. I think it was that only he could see the Transporter Monsters they ripped off from Lovecraft's From Beyond.
I never realized he was Murdoch.


Comment #3672 by: gB at about 08:39 on June 17, 2010
I love Barclay. Wasn't there an episode where he saved the day because only he realized they were in a time loop or something?

I would love to have a Camcorder Party and re-watch all that old crap. If you have the capability to digitize it all, I'll happily toss it all on YouTube or something. That would be great! We could even do some fancy digital Director's Cut editing with cheesy wipes and dissolves and stuff!

Taco Jesus Died For Your Salsa
Slicko Wade's Adventures In Botany World
Badly Dubbed Basement Kung Fu
Jumping The Admiral
and many more!


Comment #3671 by: Adam at about 22:37 on June 14, 2010
I only made this connection today. I watch re-runs of Star Trek the Next Generation on a local Chicago station. They also show re-runs of the A-Team, so I see the commercials. One of the "B" charecters I like on TNG is Lieutenant Reginald Barclay. On the A-Team, he played Murdock. My curiosity was piqued after seeing one of the commercials, so I looked it up on the 'Net.. Turns out he reprised his Barclay charecter in several of the Star Trek spin-off shows, as well one of the TNG movies.




Just thought you should know.


Comment #3670 by: Adam at about 16:51 on June 14, 2010
I was day dreaming the other day thinking about how much freaking fun it would be to throw Autumn a graduation party....

Oh, and Grahm: I stopped at Dave's the other night and were talking about how much freaking fun it would be to get together and to watch a selection of videos from the "camcorder" years.

Have you considered converting them to a digital (and shareable) format?


Comment #3669 by: gB at about 10:22 on June 14, 2010
Nothing to do with karate or kids but thought I'd mention that I ran into Mike and Marla Skelton this weekend. That was fun and surreal. Marla fed me home-made iced cream which I can only assume was somehow made of apples.


Comment #3668 by: bo8b at about 08:10 on June 14, 2010
I have an 8-year-old boy in my household now, and seeing the disasterous results of children being exposed to the Star Wars prequels before the real movies (i.e. he seems to like and identify with whichever one he sees first), I took it upon myself to show him the original Karate Kid movie a few months back, before he knew a "modernization" was coming out this summer. He loved it.

Now he's really super eager to see the one with the 11-year-old. We'll probably have to take him in the next few weeks. It's getting generally positive reviews (70% on rottentomatoes), so here's hoping that it doesn't suck.


Comment #3667 by: Adam at about 08:28 on June 11, 2010
Karate Kid (2010) is receiving generally good reviews. I really like the original. It was on TMC this winter and I gave it a revisit. Itís still quite watchable to this thirty-something. But at over two-hours long and starring an eleven year old, Iíll pass.


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