Comment #3370 by: Adam at about 22:18 on December 6, 2008
For those interested, here is a link to a very different kind of screensaver: Electric The screensaver is actually rendered offline by others and delivered to your pc by mpeg file. Very cool!

  Comment #3369 by: gB at about 21:17 on December 1, 2008
Gayle and I would love to come to a dinner party item. We're scheduled to birth an infant on the 29th so before that would be good. Earlier in the evening (or afternoon) is better for us. Gayle's bedtime is pretty much 8 PM.

  Comment #3368 by: Adam at about 10:19 on December 1, 2008
Well -- I'll probably stay in Chicago this New Years, but I have yet to make any plans. If there was some sort of dinner-thing before the Holidays, I could be talked into making the trek. That being said, Saturdays are probably best. Do post here if something is planned, even if on short notice.

-- Adam --

  Comment #3367 by: Translator Joe at about 18:42 on November 29, 2008
Good Takkefest! Hello at Norway! I do be about no matter depart at USA for Christmas. But I reading functionbox on and off , and becomes glad. Along with affable bow ,

I becomes glad too, Jason. I becomes glad too.

  Comment #3366 by: 2 day late Thanksgiving Jason at about 13:46 on November 29, 2008
God Takkefest!

Hei fra Norge! Jeg skal ikke reise til USA for Jul. Men jeg leser functionbox av og til, og blir glad.

Med vennleg hilsen,

  Comment #3365 by: Festivus Dave at about 09:56 on November 26, 2008
So what are everyone's plans for the holidays? We would like to have another holiday party, whether that is our traditional betwixt Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner party or New Years or both or neither. I know that with marriages, babies and blended families comes more stuff to work in around the holidays. I think well-in-advance planning is the key to keeping us all in touch. Our at least the six people that still read this forum.

  Comment #3364 by: gB at about 21:09 on November 25, 2008
Those Fox cartoons are fucked up. Biker Mice From Mars? The one with the kids who turn into Dinosaurs? I like tossing in my Herculoids DVD-R or the Ed Grimley DVD (thanks Adam!) on Saturdays.
I still maintain that there has never been a funnier Saturday morning cartoon than The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley. That show was so off the wall and seemed to speak directly to our particular sensibility. At the time, I was surprised they canceled it. Now, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.

"Where's your most comfortable chair? I'm sore from horseback riding all day... if you know what I mean."

"Because some people, boys mostly I assume, fail to appreciate how great a musical instrument can be!"

"If this were not a cartoon I bet they'd look for your car!"


  Comment #3363 by: Mitchell at about 11:08 on November 25, 2008
Up until 2 years ago I would wake up at 7 a.m. to watch Fox's catoon block. They still run from 6:30 to 10 but the other networks barely run anything. Kinda sad.

  Comment #3362 by: Adam at about 08:37 on November 25, 2008
Has anyone else noticed that the broadcast networks no longer show a block of cartoons on Saturday mornings?

  Comment #3361 by: Adam at about 13:28 on November 13, 2008
My friend Christian is getting married.... In Hawaii! He's getting married there because it is half-way for both families, as Christian's fiancee is from South Korea. I was on-the-fence as to whether to go or not because of the expense. I've been watching prices fall from $1,400 to $1,000 to $740 where it hovered for weeks. This week, however, the bottom fell out and I found a deal I couldn't pass up. Northwest Airlines has round-trip airfare from ORD to HNL for $399.95! Yeah, less than $400... It comes to $470 with taxes and fees. How could I pass that up? (

There are myriad travel-sites out there, but one lesser-known site that I'm found of is It's a little different that other travel-sites in that it searches the airline-sites proper, and the discount sites. When it finds the lowest price, it directs you to that vendor's website. Check it out!

  Comment #3360 by: Adam at about 13:00 on November 7, 2008
If you're talking about something like this: HP No-Moving-Parts Laptop from Target

I can say these are the future. PC's have a remarkable number of moving parts (Hard Drives, CD ROMS and the like). Accenture expects that the price of flash memory will be less than that of an equivalent hard drive. I suspect we'll look back and wonder why our computers had so many moving parts.

I have not seen the $350 version, but even with limited functionality (the above is a full-on PC), that sounds like a steal to me. A full browser is actually a fairly complicated beast. If you don't believe me, try out an old WebTV device, and you'll see what I mean.

- A -

  Comment #3359 by: Dave at about 11:43 on November 7, 2008
Does anyone have any experience with these mini netbook computers? The one I have been looking at just runs on 8g of flash memmory, basically just for surfing the net and doing word processing from the couch. Seems pretty perfect for our use. No moving parts seems like a good idea. Target has them for around $350. Seems a little overpriced for a 9" screen and limited functionality.

  Comment #3358 by: gB at about 08:46 on November 7, 2008
Attention peoples!

Ben Lohman will be in town this weekend. He suspects that he will be available Sunday PM for hanging out.

More info as the story develops.

  Comment #3357 by: MItchell at about 16:31 on November 6, 2008
Tomorrow is going to be nasty; I welcome the "bad" weather.

  Comment #3356 by: Adam at about 14:25 on November 6, 2008
Oiy, crappy weather has begun... And will probably continue through the weekend. Oiy.

  Comment #3355 by: Stephen A. Douglas at about 18:36 on November 5, 2008
Abraham Lincoln ran on a third-party ticket. "Alternative" parties can be viable, it just hasn't happened in a while.

  Comment #3354 by: gB at about 08:24 on November 4, 2008
Furthermore, Brian Stocking was in line behind me.

  Comment #3353 by: gB at about 08:09 on November 4, 2008
I voted Green! I feel pretty good about that. I got to support the notion of a third party (or better yet: no parties, just candidates) and now I can sit back and watch Obama (whom I supported monetarily) turn Virginia blue for the first time in ages and win without Ohio. Awesome.

When they abolish the Electoral College, I'll take my vote more seriously. Living in IL, my vote is something like 1/3 of a vote. Contrariwise, were I to move to Utah, my vote would be closer to 3 votes. This is ostensibly to force candidates to campaign in the smaller states but they only ever really campaign in Ohio, Florida and Iowa anyway. There is absolutely no reason why we can't move to a big ol' show of hands. We have the technology.

  Comment #3352 by: Mitchell at about 22:14 on November 3, 2008
Nader never won a state even with 15%(?) of the votes; third party candidates do not affect the real outcome. They don't really steal votes; the "undecided" do not know enough about alternative parties, they are worried about finding one reason to vote D. or R. And if you are voting for just one reason please vote on foreign policy. Most other issues are on a Federalist level anyway.

If too many people say "my vote doesn't matter" then someday your vote will matter.


  Comment #3351 by: gB at about 18:13 on November 3, 2008
Oh I know. If I lived in a swing state, I'd be more cautious.
And anyway, further reading on Bob Barr has convinced me that he's no good. I'll vote for the Muslim guy instead. This will my first vote for a D or R prez. It's a bit exciting.

I really don't see a third party candidate doing too much damage this time around though. I don't think this race is anywhere near as close as the Dubya ones. McCain has pretty much shred all sense of dignity and reason and has run a disgusting campaign and brought all manner of wretched racist Republicans out of the woodwork and into the spotlight. I think (and hope) that the majority of America sees how ugly hatred can be and moves past it.

  Comment #3350 by: Adam at about 11:22 on November 3, 2008
Hey gB... Since you're an Illinois voter, it largely doesn't matter... But if you were in any other state, this would be addressed to you: No time for Nader: A letter to Nader McKinney voters

  Comment #3349 by: gB at about 16:52 on October 31, 2008
A quick perusal of Ron Paul's platform tells me that he's a nutjob with some interesting ideas about economics.

This Bob Barr character seems less kooky but only just barely. I'll tick his box in my ongoing battle to abolish the two-party stranglehold.

  Comment #3348 by: bo8b at about 07:22 on October 31, 2008
Bob Barr will be on the ballot as a Libertarian candidate. He doesn't seem too crazy, by Libertarian standards.

There's also the write-in option. Up the Ron Paul Revolution!!

  Comment #3347 by: gB at about 19:32 on October 30, 2008
Your computer doesn't allow you to see YouTube? Weird.
It's a pretty brilliantly done mash-up of Electric Six and Kylie Minogue.

Dave - have you researched local politics and reached opinions about the nominees? Your vote for Obama is fairly meaningless given the Electoral College but your votes for local positions actually have some sway.

If there's a non-Nazi 3rd party presidential candidate on the ballot, I'll vote for them simply because the idea of a two party system is disgusting and insulting and until the Electoral College is abolished and my vote actually matters, I shall, as Kang put it, "throw my vote away".

  Comment #3346 by: Dave at about 15:21 on October 30, 2008
I can't see it. I demand that you describe it to me in vivid detail.

In other news, I plan to vote on Tuesday for the first time since the 1992 election of Bill Clinton where the novelty of the process outweighed the deep contempt I carry for the American political system. This is the first election since becoming politically aware that I can say I have a strong enough preference to get to the polls. While my confidence remains low, I have not completely ruled out the possibility that Obama and an overwhelming Democratic majority may be able to exact some meaningful change in our political system and the country.

And it only took a vastly unpopular and unjustified war, the failure of FEMA in New Orleans, soaring commodity prices and the entire US economy teetering on the verge of collapse to shift the vote a few percentage points toward social change. It is precisely this reason that I feel optimism is unfounded. Unfortunately, the "American Dream" is an extremely attractive an endearing fairy tale that many people find difficult to let go of.

Apparently, a vote for Obama is a vote for socialism and Islam. Don't know too many Shiite hippie communes, but I think it might make for a good situational comedy.

  Comment #3345 by: Adam at about 10:49 on October 30, 2008
Strange, interesting.

  Comment #3344 by: gB at about 13:20 on October 29, 2008
Poor neglected forum. Here... have some awesome.

  Comment #3343 by: gB at about 14:06 on October 18, 2008
Gayle and I are going to the 7 PM show.

There was a nice write-up / interview with Josh in the paper regarding this flick. I hope it draws in some peoples.

  Comment #3342 by: hahaha at about 13:51 on October 18, 2008
i have been drinking caffinated drinks all day...

  Comment #3341 by: OOOHHHH at about 12:30 on October 18, 2008
and linda and erik's...if anyone has it...THANKS!

  Comment #3340 by: Adam at about 12:29 on October 18, 2008
Caciona: Isn't your bed time 9:00? How the heck are you going to stay up for a late show?

  Comment #3339 by: C at about 12:28 on October 18, 2008
and yes bob i would like that...and adam i know i have asked u 50x but what is your address...

  Comment #3338 by: the late late show.... at about 12:27 on October 18, 2008
dave and caciona r going to the later show.

  Comment #3337 by: bo8b at about 10:38 on October 18, 2008
Actually, I don't, no. I'm sure I can get it from her if you need it, though.

So, tonight's Pickman viewing... what's the plan? Are people going to the 7:00 or the 9:15 showing?

  Comment #3336 by: Caciona at about 08:20 on October 18, 2008
hey...does anyone know vanessas mailing address?

  Comment #3335 by: Adam at about 10:56 on October 13, 2008
"Tony Clifton's" show last night was an absolute blast. I was shocked at how much entertainment $25 bought - the show lasted over 3 hours. As expected, the humor was extraordinarily crass. Had the audience not been in an advanced state of intoxication (and me, too), then I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. I was in the VIP section (first 5 rows) and watched with glee as Tony assaulted the audience, both verbally and physically! He was throwing booze onto people as well as lit cigarettes!

The singing, if you can call it that, was terrible. But it was ridiculously entertaining because of the song choices. A Sinatra tune or two and a pop tune like "3 AM." were performed.

The surprise, however, was Tony's "Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra." The music was superb! They had three horn players who were well showcased. Three songs by Chicago were played, and as you may recall, they are a fat-horn-band. A couple of times the horn players would walk through the audience as they played. In spite of this show's intentions, the music was high-energy, performed flawlessly, and really first rate.

Rating for the show: I would definitely go see again!

  Comment #3334 by: gB at about 08:46 on October 7, 2008
Yesterday, Gayle had a Dr appt and scheduled the C-Section by which Willow Rain Eberhardt will enter this world (unless her name is Willow Rain Durbin instead) for 7:15 AM on December 29th.

  Comment #3333 by: gB at about 07:53 on October 6, 2008
Tony Clifton!
That's awesome. I'd totally go were it feasible.

Hey Adam, please email me at GrahmUSM at gmail at your earliest convenience to further discuss my recent hard drive woes.
I'm gonna ask my tech guy at work if he can help me retrieve anything.


And thanks for the Ed Grimley cartoons! YAY!
"I bet if this were not a cartoon they'd look for your car."

  Comment #3332 by: Adam at about 22:53 on October 3, 2008
Oh my God, I am totally, totally going to this: Tony Clifton!!! in Chicago! Yes!

  Comment #3331 by: gB at about 12:06 on October 2, 2008
Candy bar, eh? Count me in!
Congrats, you guys.

And thank you, Adam. My birthday is this Saturday. (Today is Darcy's, btw.) I plan on spending it unpacking a great many boxes and eating up a taco and a candy bar at Dave/Caciona's joint.

For those who are interested, I've created a new Hacienda game at It's titled Manowar Kills. Password: rocktober

  Comment #3330 by: Dave at about 08:39 on October 2, 2008
Sam is back at home on complete bed rest doing well but extremely bored. Sitting on her ass is obviously not her thing.

Thanks to everyone who made our wedding day so special. Caciona confided inme later that evening that she could not have asked for anything more perfect and I concur.

Festivities for the rest of you begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday. Tacos, a candy bar, beer and wine will be provided. If you desire other sustenance or beverage feel free to bring it along. Hope to see everyone there.

  Comment #3329 by: Adam at about 10:30 on October 1, 2008
Congratulations to Dave and Caciona!

And Grahm, I believe you have a birthday coming up. Have a happy one!

  Comment #3328 by: gB at about 19:42 on September 25, 2008
I called her today.

She's in Peoria, heavily drugged and feelin' fine. She may be confined to bed rest for the next 6 weeks. The boys are fine. She's fine. They're just keeping her to make sure they don't pop out early. She's at 28 weeks. Vanessa's sister had Mac at 26 weeks and he's fine so I'm sure everything will go okay.

  Comment #3327 by: Adam at about 08:00 on September 25, 2008
I've not heard anything about Sam -- Is everything okay? What's going on?

  Comment #3326 by: bo8b at about 20:04 on September 24, 2008
Any word on Sam? Everything ok?

  Comment #3325 by: Adam at about 15:26 on September 24, 2008
Unless you've been in a hole for the last eight months, I'm sure you're aware of the United States economic problems. I'm sure you've heard the term "sub-prime mortgage," and that it is largely being blamed for our current situation.

NPR did a really, really nice piece on how exactly we (and the world) got into this mess. It explains (and is titled) "[how the] Global Pool of Money Got Too Hungry."

Go here to listen: NPR's story: Global Pool Of Money Got Too Hungry

It's both entertaining and informative.

-- Adam --

  Comment #3324 by: George Lucas at about 04:46 on September 24, 2008
Been there. Done that.

  Comment #3323 by: The Wedding Planner at about 22:03 on September 23, 2008
Slave-girl Leia outfits. For everyone.

  Comment #3322 by: Adam at about 18:40 on September 23, 2008
Okay - Sure thing. Any more guidance on dress code?

  Comment #3321 by: bo8b (as The Impressive Clergyman) at about 16:58 on September 23, 2008
Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam...
And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva...
Have you the wing?


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