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Title: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on July 06, 2007, 07:12:58 PM
I went out shopping today to Steve & Barry's.

A) Their sizes run small. As in, an XL t-shirt (a babydoll style one, I guess) didn't fit me. Whatever. Also I know I am overweight, but I am NOT that much above average, and it's disappointing to not be able to wear cute things because the biggest size they have makes you look like a string of sausages.

B) I spent $84 and got the following: 2 pair of jeans ($11 each), 2 "boxer-style" shorts, 2 leather belts, a polo, another top, a UVA hoodie (for only $12.98!!), and a pair of athletic pants.

C) My concern with this is that I'm sure some small child somewhere made my clothes for like $.50/month. I've looked but I can't seem to dig up any dirt on Steve & Barry's online. I guess that's a good thing, but I'm still uneasy about how this stuff is so cheap when it looks like decent quality.

Overall it was pretty good. I'd definitely go back to get more jeans if I lose, like, 25lbs. :P

Find any good deals lately?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on July 06, 2007, 08:28:39 PM
Funny, I just read about this a little bit ago. You might find these links interesting:

http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/20/q-a-sarah-jessica-parker/ (context - SJP's line for Steve & Barry's)
http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/22/sjp-follow-up-labor-and-costs/ (the ethics of the cheap clothes)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 07, 2007, 06:10:00 AM
I generally buy jeans through Sportsman's Guide.com.  I've heard their manufacturing processes are OK, but I've never seen anything much either way about that.  I do buy their in-house jeans, which last about 3-4 years and cost me about $13 a pair (plus, alas, S&H), but they mostly carry other manufacturers (close-outs, overstocks, discontinued styles).

SG is like any bargain catalog company.  You're best off if you have a pretty good idea of what you're buying, since you can't examine it much yourself and can't necessarily trust the description 100%.  You also want to be prepared to send something back if it doesn't fit, isn't as described, etc.  Their return policy is pretty good (you can return anything, at any time, for any reason), but you have to pay return shipping in most cases.

Their S&H is way too high, if you ask me, but it's definitely comparable to a lot of other online places, and they're generally still very competitive once you calculate the overall price.  Still, just as with being sure of what you're buying, it's worth researching the price.  Some of their bargains are OK, and some are massive steals. 

Of course, one reason I like them is that they do government and military surplus, which is not a factor for everyone.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on July 09, 2007, 06:45:35 PM
I've been shopping for clothes lately because when I pulled out my "summer wardrobe," everything was either too big for me or was past its expiration date (not in the fashion trend sense, but the "been washed too many times" sense).

So there's a new Target and a Kohl's about 10 miles from my house (it's becoming less and less "the boonies" out here, which is a topic for another time). Target has really gone downhill in its clothing, IMHO. Not even really that cheap anymore, and the quality has gone down. But Kohl's is acceptable, especially when it comes to their sales. I just wanted some cheap summery clothes I wouldn't feel bad about downsizing next summer (when hopefully I've lost more weight).

The first time I went into Kohl's I went through the women's section and was lucky -- I got a pair of cotton knit mid-calf length yoga pants and some spaghetti strap tank tops.

But my experience has always been that since I'm tall and have a long torso, I find better suited clothes in the men's section, which I did -- cargo shorts and nice short sleeve button-up shirts. I find that men's clothes always seem to be less expensive and better made.

Women's clothes have always driven me crazy. Why can't women's pants (and blazers) have pockets? Why do women's shoes have no support in them to speak of? And why are there so few out-layer type options (like coats, light jackets or cardigans) in the women's section? Are women not supposed to wear jackets?

Most of my shoes come from the men's section, too, because some stores don't always stock sizes larger than 10 in the women's section. Invariably, my men's shoes outlast similar styles in women's shoes in durability (and comfort).
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2007, 10:02:00 PM
If I were a woman, I'd wear men's clothes.  As it is, the vast majority of clothing sold to men in this country is too fashionized and not functional enough to please me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Ljdjr on July 14, 2007, 02:28:31 AM
Find any good deals lately?

Damn if I'm not obsessed with online shopping right now.  Addicted to this SlickDeals (http://slickdeals.net/) website.  Found these speakers (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/rebates/B000ARD9PG/ref=dp_rebates_1/105-8213881-9619604?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=electronics) which I ordered on Tuesday.  Anyway they got here today and they sound great for $35. (after two $20 rebates, one online).  Here's the thread (http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?t=551885)  Shipping was actually free this time!  Usually Free Ground means $20 to here, otherwise I'd have boughten a bunch more by now.

I'm building my first computer right now and I've been having fun obsessing over the choices.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Ljdjr on July 22, 2007, 03:28:46 AM
FREE cigar.  No shipping.  If you're into that kinda thing.

http://www.freehupmannsample.com (http://www.freehupmannsample.com)

Supposedly a reputable company.  Slick Deals thread (http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=228993&t=565035)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: gomichild on July 22, 2007, 10:24:29 PM
Guh trying living in the midget land where the majority of women have no hips and little boobage.

It was only 5 years ago that I could buy pants long enough. Most foreign women wait until they go overseas and shop and do it online.

At least I'm Japanese shoe size though.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: sm0k4 on July 26, 2007, 06:08:34 AM
I'm gonna get this (http://www.noisebot.com/dark_side_of_the_moon_t-shirt) for my nephew's birthday in a few weeks. He's turning 17.

He probably won't get it quite yet, but he'll grow into it.  ;) 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: DM on October 11, 2007, 09:42:58 AM
My new toy:

Intel 2 Duo Processor E6700 (2.66GHz,1066FSB) with 4MB cache
4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Desktop Solution
22 in (22 in viewable) E228WFPWide Aspect Digital Flat Panel
256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
Serial ATA 2 RAID 0 With Dual 500GB Hard Drives
3.5in Floppy Drive
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition,Service Pack 2,English
56K PCI Data Fax Modem
16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW
Sound Bar with power adapter for all Enrty Flat Panel Displays
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 11, 2007, 10:19:57 AM
Fax modem eh????

Welcome to 1989 my good friend!!!

Tell me, where is the beef???

hahahaha.

;) :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: DM on October 11, 2007, 10:29:12 AM
I have no idea why that was included.  I'll never use it.  I did pay $10 to get a floppy drive though. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on October 11, 2007, 10:34:34 AM
Nice little beastie. Backups are going to take a while.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: DM on October 11, 2007, 10:51:48 AM
I'm going to try to limit the use of it to school, so it shouldn't be too bad.  I have enough power and space to last me for a while though. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 11, 2007, 10:57:38 AM
I have no idea why that was included.  I'll never use it.  I did pay $10 to get a floppy drive though. 

My laptop supposedly has fax-modem capability but I never use it. When Carrie and I got our mortgage the broker at the bank wanted to send me a document and asked me if I had a fax machine at home. I joked to his face that it wasn't 1985 - that he could email me the document. He looked kind of hurt at the 1980s fax jab - and the fucker is probably younger than me...   :eyeroll: :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 11, 2007, 11:20:11 AM
I have no idea why that was included.  I'll never use it.  I did pay $10 to get a floppy drive though. 

My laptop supposedly has fax-modem capability but I never use it. When Carrie and I got our mortgage the broker at the bank wanted to send me a document and asked me if I had a fax machine at home. I joked to his face that it wasn't 1985 - that he could email me the document. He looked kind of hurt at the 1980s fax jab - and the fucker is probably younger than me...   :eyeroll: :shrug:

Hah. This happened to the wife this week. She was buying some shelf units to display her art, and the salesman had his asshole bit set when he learned she couldn't receive faxes -- ultimately he told her to "get her shelves somewhere else" ... ! So she did (cheaper, and better, and in the same town, so it was like yanking down the guy's pants, pushing him into a ditch, and peeing on him -- awesome).
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Stoater on October 11, 2007, 11:45:45 AM
Damn.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 11, 2007, 11:50:30 AM
... so it was like yanking down the guy's pants, pushing him into a ditch, and peeing on him -- awesome).

Indeed. It is certainly more fun to do this to someone than to have it done to you.

Metaphorically speaking of course.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 11, 2007, 11:56:37 AM
Right.

It's okay, you can tell us.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: bit zero on October 11, 2007, 01:52:09 PM
Find out what chipset the 56K modem is.  If it's Motorola or Intel you might be able to put it in an old PC and run Asterisk on it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on October 11, 2007, 02:43:30 PM
Find out what chipset the 56K modem is.  If it's Motorola or Intel you might be able to put it in an old PC and run Asterisk on it.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on October 11, 2007, 03:11:59 PM
Isn't it odd that the fax is the one technology that hasn't changed a bit since 1985?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 11, 2007, 03:13:24 PM
Read through the Wheeler Dealer today.  Solid crap.  This is such a bad area for used cars.

Had this listing, though, reproduced in its entirety:

LARGE Dense Thick Woods, 1 mile north of the city, $800 each person

I see.  Are you looking for modern primitives or offering to hide bodies?

Well, since you forgot to include your phone number, I guess I'll never know.  (Or was I supposed to already know how to contact you . . . .)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 11, 2007, 03:24:45 PM
Isn't it odd that the fax is the one technology that hasn't changed a bit since 1985?


Our fax at work just pours out spam content. We rarely (to never) use it - and we probably churn out 100 pages a day of unsolicited junk faxes.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Stoater on October 11, 2007, 03:33:22 PM
Isn't it odd that the fax is the one technology that hasn't changed a bit since 1985?


Our fax at work just pours out spam content. We rarely (to never) use it - and we probably churn out 100 pages a day of unsolicited junk faxes.


There's a guy who makes a living - a good one - at suing those clowns. Represents himself in court and everything. I forget the name, but I've seen him on the news tons of times.

There ya go.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on October 11, 2007, 03:59:30 PM
I've seen that guy. I've often thought of doing that myself.  :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Irish on October 15, 2007, 12:17:46 PM
I must be a girl as I'm not up to 40+ pairs of shoes. Gues have it easy...you buy 3 - 4 pairs of shoes and bam! you're done. I bought a new skirt and realized I now needed shoes to go with it as none of my current shoes really worked. And now that winter is coming up I need winter dress shoes in all the various shapes and colors.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on October 15, 2007, 12:22:02 PM
Winter dress shoes are an oxymoron, and merely one of the things I hate about winter.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 15, 2007, 05:40:49 PM
About two-thirds of women's shoes are a lie.  And, for that matter, 90% of fashion is a crock.  I say, don't buy into it.  Form follows function.  Beauty is utility, too, but it's not the majority component.  If your shoes make your feet hurt, cold, wet, or whatever else you don't want, you're doing it wrong.

I know . . . social pressure . . . outfits . . . conditioning . . . limited choices . . . but it's worth the extra effort and go-it-your-own-way.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 15, 2007, 05:54:56 PM
 :nuts:

I'm stealing that, though.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on October 16, 2007, 10:16:54 PM
(http://www.skechers.com/images/productimages/large/4477_BPFG.jpg)

This shoe is all I need for this winter. Casual, work, dress. I don't give a flying fuck. I'm NOT breaking any more bones, thank you.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on October 16, 2007, 10:30:14 PM
That's very, very like the pair of Dr. Martin's I wear to work most of the time.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on October 16, 2007, 10:47:24 PM
I had that exact pair of shoes (in brown, so not "exact") a few years back.

In fact, those shoes were the ones LordCrank barfed on.

Other than that memory, I loved those shoes.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: suitep on October 16, 2007, 11:13:42 PM
That wacky LordCrank. My first meeting was memorable.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Stoater on October 16, 2007, 11:47:09 PM
Crank is the lightest object that leaves the deepest impression.
The man weighs, what, 90 pounds soaking wet?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mrcookieface on October 17, 2007, 01:18:53 AM
Those are nice shoes. And I'm on the market for nice, black shoes myself, but those are common.

Hold out for better.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 17, 2007, 10:04:12 AM
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Casual, work, dress. I don't give a flying fuck.

You are teh winnar.  I hope your feet will be dry and warm in those, too.  Don't feet deserve that?  In the 2effing1 century?


[is moving into the 2effing1 century]

[is considering adding removable battery-powered electric heating pads to leather jacket]

[but it's supposed to be a mild 'state warming' winter this year anyway]
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: DM on October 17, 2007, 10:07:43 AM
I just ordered and Enron hat that I plan on wearing around the Houston area.  Is that wrong of me?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 17, 2007, 10:21:11 AM
I don't know that it's wrong, but it's unusual.  Most people would wear it around their head.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Irish on October 17, 2007, 10:39:50 AM
Eh, I like shoes. I have the standards that I wear most the time but I like having lots of different pairs and styles. I do admit most of them I don't wear very often but they're there in case I need them.

I'm certainly not a slave to fashion but I do know that a good outfit needs to go well together. All of it. It just doesn't look right wearing a skirt with tennis shoes. Or wearing my standard green roos with a red dress.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 17, 2007, 10:52:29 AM
Wear what you like, you know?  My personal feeling is that you don't wear it because it's right; it's right because you wear it.

There is a possibility of being wrong, but most people don't have to worry about that too much. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on October 17, 2007, 12:09:30 PM
Deep down, I'm probably envious of my women friends because most of them are size 6-10 and have size 7 feet, so they have no trouble finding clothes and shoes that fit them.

If I find a pair of pants that are long enough, or shoes that are big enough, I'll buy multiple pairs. Because I never know if I'll be able to find replacements down the road.

That's the real reason the 50-foot woman was so pissed off. She couldn't find stylish clothes that fit her.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Irish on October 17, 2007, 12:27:41 PM
I have trouble finding clothes as well. I can be anywhere from a size 0 - 4.

I'm so small that I fit best into Junior size clothes but they're often to young looking for me. I feel a 30 year old shouldn't have the word Juicy written across the ass (although I do own a pair of underwear that say it). Also, I guess my body shape is a bit different so the clothes sometimes fits overall but a little odd in some places. If I go to a misses or petites department the clothes seem to old for me.

I'm also short so almost everything needs to be hemmed. I have a big stomach so tight fitting clothes down't always look so good, which is what the junior department sells. And i'm so cheap that I don't shop at nice places so my options are even more limited. And no matter what department I'm shopping in or for what age group the clothes are made for my funpatches are just too small.

I have a size 6 shoe and don't have too many problems with that though.

I think most people have a problem with their bodies in some form. My neighbor has a hard time shopping for clothes cause his torso is longer than his legs or something like that.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 17, 2007, 12:34:03 PM
The best boots I've ever owned are made by Roots. They are an iconic Canadian brand but they have stores outside the country. They make several kinds of boots but I have owned probably 10 pairs of Roots Tuffs in my lifetime. I wear them every day of the year that I'm not wearing shorts. AND Roots re-soles them for $20 when the soles wear out, which takes me about 1-2 years of constant wear. AND they're made of horse leather which means they are much tougher than cow skin and Roots horse leather is cultivated from horses who die naturally (or racehorses who are shot I guess) so there are less ethical issues for us vegetarians.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on October 17, 2007, 12:40:58 PM
That's interesting, watson ... I should check those out.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 17, 2007, 01:24:12 PM
That's interesting, watson ... I should check those out.

I half the flattest feet ever, and the only reason I got this far without orthotics was the good design of Tuff boots. They're pricey though - you have to use a coupon or get them on sale, full retail starts around $140 CDN.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on October 17, 2007, 04:01:23 PM
When are the sales? I have to start finding "more ethical" leather since I don't seem to be able to go without purchasing small amounts (shoes, belts).
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Encino Man on October 17, 2007, 08:02:02 PM
When are the sales? I have to start finding "more ethical" leather since I don't seem to be able to go without purchasing small amounts (shoes, belts).

I don't know when the sales are. Generally in Spring I think, though you can get 10-25% off coupons anytime if you keep a lookout...
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on October 17, 2007, 09:11:23 PM
Here's a Roots coupon code for 25% off: ENJOY25

In theory it should be valid.

Someone told me awhile back that there are websites that collect the coupon codes online retailers offer. I was skeptical until there was a pair of shoes I wanted to buy but didn't want to pay the full retail + shipping to get them. The least annoying site I've found is coupons dot smarter dot com. I've actually saved a decent amount of money by searching on that site.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on October 17, 2007, 09:12:41 PM
Try RetailMeNot.com for coupon codes, they're my favorite. Gotten some GREAT deals.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 31, 2007, 07:30:36 PM
After Xmas is the time to buy LEDs -- cheap.  A few days ago, I bought four strands of astonishingly bright-for-the-price all-white LEDs for $5 each at CVS, marked down from $15 each.  Those aren't the dimmer and less general-purpose candelabra style but the simple flat-tip lights, 50 to a strand.  If you buy a $5 7-LED flashlight, these are about the same brightness-level LEDs.

Today, CVS had a big get-rid-of-it display of strange bargain and As Seen On TV swag meant as holiday gifts.  (Weirdly, their leftover Xmas lights are no longer on special sale, although they're still up on the shelves.  :shrug:  Their Channukah stuff is 90% off . . . but their LED menorah is laughably useless, except maybe for making Elijah :spittake:.)

One thing they had was . . . Bed Effects lights.  These are odd.  Here's a Walgreens' page:

Bed Effects (http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?id=prod3430801&CATID=303412&skuid=sku3429641&V=G&ec=frgl_wic&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=sku3429641)

Um . . . whatever.  Each light is basically a slightly S-shaped stick with 21 LEDs, two different on/off switches (one on the unit and one on the cord), a transformer, and five properly S-shaped colored plastic gels so you can make the light red or blue or etc.  CVS had them marked down to $3.50, and they had four of them, so now I have four of them.  Seemed worth the risk.  But are they crap?

Actually, the units are sufficiently high-quality to really surprise me at first.  After two hours of being plugged in, the transformer isn't even warm -- but the voltage for the LEDs is so low, that's not so astonishing; a really cheapo transformer would've been a disappointment, though.  And these LEDs are bright, brighter than bargain-flashlight LEDs.  Each S-stick is about as bright as a little halogen reading light.  They're nice!  :thumbsup:

I was originally thinking under-cabinet lighting for my eventual new kitchen (these things are lower-profile than those little stick-up fluorescents -- and a lot brighter, as it turns out), but they're so nifty that I almost want to put all four of them side by side, or in some funky configuration, and use them as a room light. 

Hell, I'm almost tempted to buy more.  But . . . not quite, not at $15 each.  If I find more at closeout prices, though . . . :hmm:.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on January 01, 2008, 09:10:12 AM
I'm a sucker for dirt cheap clearance lights too. I've got boxes and boxes of the stuff, but I don't think I've ever seen any of those things you're describing. I would have had to buy them whether I had a use for them or not.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 07, 2009, 05:03:19 PM
I was at Menard's Bewildering Warehouse of Stuff the other day, as I am still pissed off at Lowe's, and they had Dirt Devil Swift Stick vacuums on sale for $16 each.  We recently broke the vacuum we had here at work (which was also technically my vacuum), so I picked one up. 

So far, I really like it -- it weighs almost nothing and it works fine.  It's basically a 'dustbuster' vacuum with a stick handle and a detachable floor nozzle with wheels.  It's bagless, but unlike the Black & Decker bagless handheld vac I have at home, the filter doesn't clog instantly.  It's not cordless, but it has a long cord and, also unlike my B&D vac, it has real suction.  Quiet, too.  It also has a much larger capacity and is easier to empty. 

It seems to be basically identical to this vac (http://www.target.com/Dirt-Devil-Swift-Stick-Wedge/dp/B000QE5KE6/sr=1-10/qid=1231365014/ref=sr_1_10/178-1480754-7751868?ie=UTF8&index=target&rh=k%3Adirt%20devil&page=1), except that it has a straight (not triangular) head.  That vac has impressively bad reviews, though, so I'm curious to see how this one holds up.

Speaking of handheld vacs . . . does anyone have a cordless one they actually like?  The last three or four dustbuster-style cordless vacuums I've owned have all been complete crap.  They have very poor suction, clog way too fast, run out of juice too fast, and the batteries rapidly lose their meager ability to hold a charge.  When I was in high school, my mother bought an actual Dustbuster that really (really!) worked -- and she still has it, and it still works great.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on January 08, 2009, 03:56:54 PM
Try RetailMeNot.com for coupon codes, they're my favorite. Gotten some GREAT deals.

Holy crikey.  I just tried them for an online purchase from Borders and it worked!   :shock:   :detta:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on January 08, 2009, 06:01:47 PM
This reminds me of something I was reading a while back that I've never heard of - Virtual Credit Cards:

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9. Use virtual credit cards for iffy online buys.

Buying a DVD from Amazon is usually a pretty standard, safe transaction, but that cutesy little shop with the clever T-shirt? That's when you should take a few minutes and get a virtual—or "one-time," "secure," or "online"—credit card. Most major banks, PayPal, and Discover offer them, even if they're not widely used. If you're not quite sure about a site, or even if your own computer might be watched, it can't hurt to try a card made for only one purchase.

http://lifehacker.com/5113886/top-10-ways-to-lock-down-your-data

I had to get a new credit card because of a Paypal screwup, and ever since, I've been reluctant to make online purchases. This sounds like a good idea - have any of you ever done this? Hassle?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: bit zero on January 08, 2009, 06:07:17 PM
I've done it.  It's a bit of a hassle, but not too bad -- just the loading the bank up in another window and logging in.  The bank's actual widget for generating the throwaway numbers is a piece of cake, just put in a max dollar amount and an expiration date (usually 1-3 months in the future).  If you want to get really anal, write down which vendors you gave which card #'s to, then when your card number gets stolen again, you can easily figure out which vendor's the one with the crap security.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: First Post on January 08, 2009, 06:33:25 PM
Or those Green Dot burners you can get at CVS and etc.

This is the kinda stuff ya gotta do when you're poor and yet they still want your money.


Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on January 08, 2009, 06:59:16 PM
I use a virtual acct number when buying stuff from sites that I don't really know all that well. My bank (citibank) offers them for free, and the expiration date is usually the following month from when I generate the number. It takes a minute or so to go over to citi and generate a number, but it's totally worth it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 02, 2009, 01:06:28 PM
I cannot go to a book show without buying something.  Usually, I wind up buying stuff from our shops, stuff that I haven't seen before.  This is mildly retarded, in a way, but also much cheaper than buying the stuff the other dealers bring.  We had one dealer who had an incredible collection of Edward Gorey stuff.  He actually knew Gorey, and in addition to have Gorey stuff I'd never even heard of, and in addition to many signed items, he had Gorey books that Gorey had given him out of his own collection of his own books.  :trance: 

One dealer who regularly hits our show has truly amazing small-poster-sized reprints of old pulp and magazine covers, which he sells for just $13 each (which is, frankly, a steal), and I would like to buy about 200 of them.  I already have lots of stuff that I never manage to hang on my walls, though.  Partly because my walls still need work.  We talked a bunch, though, and he may cut me a deal, especially if I can get him any pulps / magazines that he wants to scan the covers of.  He needs stuff that has the covers in really primo shape, of course.  Amusingly, after he found out who I worked for, he told me that most of the stuff he currently has scans of is stuff he bought from my boss about fifteen years ago.

BUT.  The things I did buy at this show (from our shop's and the other shop's booths):

- Volumes 3 and 4 of the collected Boy Mechanic.  Unbelievable.  These were printed in the 1920s by Popular Mechanics from a column in their magazine, and they are hiliarious.  Many wonderful illustrations.  As is typical of the pre-1950s, teenage boys were expected to attempt all kinds of insane projects, with articles like "Home-made Steam Motorcycle" on the one hand and "Velvet Handbags" on the other.  There's a tremendous ice sled project, the illustration of which shows a boy lying prone on a speeding Flexible Flyer that has a small gasoline engine and a front-mounted (inches from his face!) sawmill blade as the drive wheel.  It does have a fender, but . . . .

Naturally, many of these projects lend themselves well to End Times or mad science.  But I just love this crap anyway.  One can dream.  The volumes were priced at $45 and $50 (they're in very nice shape), and theoretically we have vols 1 & 2 around . . . somewhere.

- and Blake Harper, City Surgeon #1, a comic book that, oddly, has not persisted into the present.  It's in so-so ("Good") condition and was only $5.  Pure kitsch from 1963.  We have even better comics, but most of them cost too much for me to buy as a joke, although I do have The Secret House of Sinister Love #1 at home somewhere.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on April 02, 2009, 02:30:14 PM
The Secret House of Sinister Love

I may have to have this carved into a plaque for my home.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 02, 2009, 03:39:48 PM
I know!  We have a second issue around here . . . somewhere . . . and every time I see it, I'm tempted to buy it.  I think it's $25, but how awesome is that?  I'm always amazed that no one's bought it yet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on April 03, 2009, 05:57:23 AM
One dealer who regularly hits our show has truly amazing small-poster-sized reprints of old pulp and magazine covers, which he sells for just $13 each (which is, frankly, a steal), and I would like to buy about 200 of them.  I already have lots of stuff that I never manage to hang on my walls, though.  Partly because my walls still need work.  We talked a bunch, though, and he may cut me a deal, especially if I can get him any pulps / magazines that he wants to scan the covers of.  He needs stuff that has the covers in really primo shape, of course.  Amusingly, after he found out who I worked for, he told me that most of the stuff he currently has scans of is stuff he bought from my boss about fifteen years ago.

My dad has an enormous collection of old pulp magazines, hundreds... he has all three issues of Dr Yen Sin, as an example. They are by no means in "excellent" condition, but well enough preserved that we were looking into the idea of doing poster reprints of them.

The problem of course is with copyright. Some of course have just hit the 70 year mark and fallen into public domain, but you'd be surprised at who's still asserting copyright on some of them. At this point the only way you could get away with reprinting and selling most of them is if you were the fellow at the book fair, selling them under the radar. Good luck selling them on eBay or anywhere online.

We were so disappointed, because we could make a killing on that investment.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 03, 2009, 09:43:15 AM
Quote
you'd be surprised at who's still asserting copyright on some of them

Well . . . not I, but a lot of people would.  The Shadow series has been illegally reprinted several times by people who were sure it must be out of copyright, not to mention people who were just sure they could get away with it.  A couple of years ago, some guy just up and reprinted them, planning to argue in court, if necessary, that the estate had no good excuse for keeping them out of print.  They did sue, and his argument didn't hold up, but the judge did tell the estate's attorneys that they really should look into licensing the property . . . .

Anyway, this guy got slapped with an injunction, so he took his entire stock and dumped it super-cheap at a big show the day before it became illegal for him to sell them.  :lol:  And now there are nice licensed reprints, which are better quality anyway.

Keep those pulps away from sunlight, unshielded fluorescent lights, and any kind of dampness.  Pulps in decent shape (no major tears to the covers, etc) can routinely range from $10 to $50 an issue, but some of them, yah, are far more valuable.  I have no idea how much an original Dr Yen Sin goes for, but the 1975 reprint usually goes for $20 to $50.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 03, 2009, 10:11:03 AM
The problem of course is with copyright. Some of course have just hit the 70 year mark and fallen into public domain, but you'd be surprised at who's still asserting copyright on some of them.

Yeah. Walt Disney. Motherfucker's been dead for 40 years, yet still finds his way to court.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on April 03, 2009, 11:05:47 AM
He's controlling all the litigation from his cryo-preserved head.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 06, 2009, 02:49:52 PM
Went to a bunch of Habitat for Humanity stores (all three that are in this area) recently, looking for stuff that I need for the house.  Kind of one of those things -- you see tons of cool stuff that you don't need at killer prices (New dishwasher for $40?  Yes.) but not the stuff you do need.  Of course.  Also, they have tons and tons of stuff that isn't priced, and trying to buy the unpriced stuff is sometimes a snap and sometimes a never-mind ordeal.

But naturally I wind up buying things on impulse.  I bought a big tube of pure silicone sealant, a finishing sander, an adjustable table-mount drill press stand with a flat and an angle table (for doing fancy kinds of drilling), a bit brace, a really nice hand drill, a drill sander kit, and . . . a 1940s art deco infrared / ultraviolet adjustable floor lamp.  :lol:

Total cost:  Just over $32.

I actually wanted a set tub.  About two years ago, I saw an old double-basin soapstone set tub for something like $30, but I had no way to possibly transport it.  Now, I can't even find a cheapass extra-deep kitchen sink.  :thumbsdn:  The last Habitat store I went to had a beautiful ginormous weird ceramic sink (about 1'x2'x18" deep, with no slope or curves) that probably weighed 150 lb, but it was unpriced, and the girl wasn't willing to make something up.  C'est la vie.

I also helped this older guy move some donation sliding patio doors out of his trailer, and when he almost dropped his end of one of them . . . I wrenched my back.  Ugh.  But the Habitat girl gave me $10 off for helping him unload his doors.  Won't fix my back, but it doesn't hurt, either.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 07, 2009, 11:55:42 AM
:lol: 

The lamp is like this (http://www.jimmylegs.com/lamp.htm), except that mine is in considerably better shape.

Mine's almost this nice (http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-SPERTI-FLOOR-LAMP-Eames-SPACE-AGE-Atomic-Art_W0QQitemZ220435687568QQcmdZViewItem), except without the safety cage or UV bulb.  But it only cost me $12.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on August 07, 2009, 01:34:44 PM
Sperti. Uhh huhuhuhuhuh. Srsly, that thing looks like a house fire waiting to happen.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 07, 2009, 02:19:38 PM
Yeah, srsly.  The cord is in . . . OK shape . . . but it's an old cloth-insulated type, so I'd want to replace it anyway, and I figure I'll snip the wires to the heating elements while I'm at it.  I mean . . . yah.

I'll probably just turn it into an adjustable floor lamp.  That'll kill its collectible value, but I want to use it, not just collect it.  (I figure I already collected it, after all.)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 07, 2009, 03:12:22 PM
That lamp is cool nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 14, 2009, 03:00:06 PM
http://thewandcompany.com/index.html
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 14, 2009, 04:14:42 PM
http://thewandcompany.com/index.html

And now, bash.org style, Page 1:


Quote
It is clear that the wang is not a toy, it is an instrument of control and in order to use it properly and become an expert, you will have to practise. Once you are the wang's master, you will need to train it to control things in your home. Only then will you be ready to perform your magic.

Practising magic

Your wang tells you what it is doing by pulsing. When you first get your wang it is automatically in Practice Mode. Whenever you leave the wang for one minute it falls asleep. Picking up the wang or moving it, wakes it up and it pulses with three heartbeats. Then you know you are ready to begin practicing.

In Practice Mode the wang pulses a set number of times for each gesture, to help you to get used to using the wang and make sure that you are doing the gestures correctly. For the best results, hold the wang lightly in the hand, steady and level, and make short, positive movements. After each gesture count the pulses to see if the wang recognised what you were trying to do. Pause for half a second between gestures. With a little bit of practise you will be easily able to amaze and delight your friends and family, by working your incredible magic.

The magical gestures

Rotate clockwise and anticlockwise, great for adjusting the volume
Flick up and flick down are just about perfect for channel up and down
Flick left & right could be used for track skip, but notice that all of the gestures can be used for any function of your choice. In fact there are 13 gestures inall including Big Swish, Push Forward, Pull Back and two single and double taps; which all goes to make your wang a very versatile and magical remote controlling device.

The wang will learn the functions of almost any infrared remote control, and is very simple to programme.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 15, 2009, 10:42:37 AM
:spittake:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 15, 2009, 11:00:14 AM
It occurs to me that maybe not everyone has read the source: it's here.

 http://bash.org/?111338
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 15, 2009, 12:12:19 PM
Wow.

I like that more than I expected.  Which is not, I hasten to add, something I usually say about wang.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 28, 2009, 06:25:00 AM
So, this whole late-night crazy-crazy-rush Black Friday thing.  Do any of you folks do it?  I'm curious because it gets SO MUCH stupid press, but I don't actually seem to know anyone who goes to Best Buy at 4 AM, etc.  There was much discussion of the craziness at my SIL's Thanksgiving party, but no one there was planning to go out in the dark for amazing bargains.

For me, the main thing is that if I get Xmas shopping done early, that means 'by October', so this would already be too late, and the whole point of early shopping is missing the crazy rush.  And because I'm single there isn't anyone I'm dropping a huge amount of money on (regardless of what the hellniece thinks is appropriate), so all the Black Friday deals mean is that things that were way out of my price range come down to merely out of my price range.  :shrug:

I guess it would be a good time to buy tools I need, or that new stove, except that this is about the worst possible time of year, financially, for me to be buying stuff for myself.  You know? 

And are people really that excited about the robot hamster?  The media's been flogging that thing at least since July, promising it would be the news story this Xmas season, and now they're sure enough going on and on about it, but . . . seriously?  Why, because they said so?


In semi-related news, I see that the new Call of Duty game sold $550 million worth IN FIVE DAYS.  Suck that, Hollywood.  In your effing dreams.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on November 28, 2009, 08:29:33 AM
Quote
So, this whole late-night crazy-crazy-rush Black Friday thing.  Do any of you folks do it?

No, I've never done it and don't know anyone that has. I've done some early morning xmas shopping to avoid crowds, but not on BF. Getting in the middle of a stampeding herd of shoppers is a nightmarish thought to me.

Quote
I guess it would be a good time to buy tools I need, or that new stove, except that this is about the worst possible time of year, financially, for me to be buying stuff for myself.  You know?

Yeah, I always want to buy stuff for myself this time of year, but I feel guilty about doing it and usually don't go through with it. I was at my mom's for Thanksgiving, and I was looking at all the sale papers that came with the newspaper on Thursday. There's so many things I need, or I'm on the verge of needing - for example, my washing machine is over 20 years old and has recently started making a disturbing noise. I also have to use a pair of vise grips to set the cycle on it, because the knob broke off. Maybe it will keep on working for years, or it might die tomorrow, so I'm checking the ads for that, just in case. I didn't know Samsung was making W&Dryers now  :hmm:

I've gotten myself out of having to do the xmas shopping thing though, my siblings have all agreed to not exchange gifts, so my mom is the only one that I might have to buy for. And last year I was the one who went out and found and bought the Dishwasher for her, so it's somebody else's turn this year as far as I'm concerned  :P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 28, 2009, 11:32:56 AM
here the crowds are much less. i foresee many retail closures
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on November 28, 2009, 01:03:49 PM
Stoats don't like crowds. Even if I could get something at 80% off, there is no material thing in this world I need so badly that I would willingly throw myself into a throng of super-concentrated stupidity. HELL NAW.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on November 28, 2009, 05:20:00 PM
We went to the big mall here in Spokane today.  It was fucking dead.  It was like a slow weekday at our mall.  I wonder if it was busier yesterday.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Psidefect on November 30, 2009, 10:37:49 AM
Went to Toys 'R' Us in Times Square on Sunday.

:stbm:

On the upside, I never have to do that again.

Then it took me SIX FUCKING HOURS to get back to Philly (normally a 1.5 - 2 hr drive).

If I ever find out who runs shit on the Jersey Turnpike, they will die a slow and painful death.

...several times if possible.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on November 30, 2009, 05:41:20 PM
Friday is buy nothing day for me.  My wife however did wake up at 4:30 and went to Target at 5am with some friends.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Tripper on December 04, 2009, 02:23:50 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header (http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header)

The product is real and so are the customer product images.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 04, 2009, 02:51:00 PM
Best. Comments. Evar.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Tripper on December 04, 2009, 03:00:48 PM
Oh, Mr. Verizon Wireless? Mr. FCC has some questions about what you're charging customers.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/04/fcc-gives-verizon-the-third-degree-over-350-advanced-device-e/ (http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/04/fcc-gives-verizon-the-third-degree-over-350-advanced-device-e/)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on December 04, 2009, 04:40:06 PM
Best. Comments. Evar.

Quote
Also, i am now dating a midget and she fits nicely on the steering wheel desk which allows us to experiment sexually while driving. This thing is like WD-40 or duct tape, it is a million and one uses!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on December 04, 2009, 05:34:34 PM
Best. Comments. Evar.

:clap:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 04, 2009, 06:17:02 PM
Best. Comments. Evar.

Quote
Also, i am now dating a midget and she fits nicely on the steering wheel desk which allows us to experiment sexually while driving. This thing is like WD-40 or duct tape, it is a million and one uses!

DOGBONE ... !
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 06, 2009, 08:14:26 PM
OK, seriously, I want one of these (http://www.epiloglaser.com/product_line.htm).  In fact, I know lots of people who should have one.

It's a laser printer that can 'print' (by heating / burning), engrave, or cut -- on almost any object, any material, that will fit in the bed -- from text or images on your computer.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 12, 2009, 07:27:46 PM
Went to Habitat for Humanity and got the lamp parts I need for my niece's Xmas present.  I needed three or four sockets arranged in a circle and knew I could get an old and now unstylish ceiling fixture with the right setup and the wiring already in place.  It took a while to find one with good sockets and wire, but less time than to assemble one from scratch, and it only cost $3.

A terra cotta pot for the lamp body / shade, though, cost $7 at Meijer.  Seems expensive to me, but, then, so do most things.

At Habitat, though, I also got two V-belt pulley assemblies (possibly for my bike, someday, but I've also been thinking of building my own table saw or panel saw), a fullsize hand saw ($20 new at Home Depot, but they donated a couple dozen to Habitat, for resale at $7), and some odds and ends, including a big roll of replacement lawn chair webbing.  Which, I realize, may seem like a strange thing to buy, but it's 2.5" wide plastic strapping with a breaking strength of at least a couple hundred pounds, and I already know it'll take polyester and fiberglass resin (from Bondo to the paint-on kind) about as well as fiberglass cloth tape will, except that it was $2 for 50 yards instead of $1-$5 a yard.  It's too bulky for fine work, but I'm not planning to buy a kayak, or anything.

But I get up to the register, and the woman rings me up, and she says, "Have fun with your hot water."

I said, "Excuse me?"

And she said, "Hot.  Water."

Um . . . OK.  I was just leaving.  :bolt:  I love the Habitat stores' prices, but their personnel is chust a tad peculiar.  And, actually, they've recently raised their prices on appliances by double or more.  :thumbsdn:  I should've bought a dishwasher a few months ago and just stashed it in my garage until I redo my kitchen.  Could've had a like-new one for $40, but now they're $75 and up -- the good ones are $100 or more.

I was at a different Habitat store last week, and one of the things they had was a 1.5" thick (maybe thicker) piece of acrylic larger than a large door.  It was easily the size of the top of a typical dining room table.  They wanted $15 for it (!), and it wasn't even really scratched up at all or anything, but I couldn't have gotten it home.  I asked the guy there if he had any idea where it came from or used to be, but no.  :shrug:

I know, it seems crazy to buy such a thing regardless of the price, but a huge sheet of industrial acrylic like that is not cheap.  Um . . . Froogle turned up this probably comparable sheet (http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/1UNX5?cm_mmc=Google%20Base-_-Raw%20Materials-_-Plastics-_-1UNX5).  $2000 new.  I almost want to rent a van and go back for it, but that way lies madness.  I don't have the time or money to be a random-crap eBay speculator.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Ljdjr on December 13, 2009, 01:49:13 AM
Funny.  Urban dictionary puts "Hot water" as type of weed.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hot+water

So that might make sense if you're buying light sockets, pulley assemblies for the automated gravity fed irrigation system, and your saw to cut it down??  :D
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 13, 2009, 09:55:52 AM
:hmm:  Anything's possible.  Maybe there's a use for the web strapping that hadn't occurred to me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Tripper on December 14, 2009, 04:19:26 PM
Rule 34.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 14, 2009, 06:37:41 PM
No, that leaps to mind quite readily.

Unless you're thinking of the belt pulleys, too.  Never tried anything like that, myself.  Possibly because I have gotten fingers caught in the damned things while working on lawn mowers, etc.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 14, 2009, 07:02:35 PM
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1230ihj&s=4

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on December 14, 2009, 07:20:30 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on December 14, 2009, 07:42:52 PM
If that scene wasn't the funniest thing evar, you're saying I can have it put on a baseball cap?  :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on February 23, 2010, 01:34:29 PM
My Parents Never Taught Me Arabic (http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TO&Product_Code=WON-ARABIC&Category_Code=WON)

I'm not sure if I want one, myself, but I like the idea.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on February 25, 2010, 11:28:51 PM
not sure how practical it is, but i'd sure like to own one.

http://www.martinjetpack.com/

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on February 25, 2010, 11:45:41 PM
It is pretty cool.  It's not really a jetpack, says a jetpack snob.  I'm not making a ducted-fan objection, because that's a hair I wouldn't split, but it's too big to be a jetpack.  It's more of a tiny aircraft that you strap yourself into and maneuver partly like it was a powered hang glider.  It needs another name, but the one I see most -- 'personal aircraft' -- doesn't really do much for me.

A number of companies have built essentially that same beast, but I never saw a company claim they were going to start selling them that soon.  I'm not sure how the FAA would feel about it, but maybe they'd classify it as an ultralight.

They built one of those on MythBusters from scratch in a weekend, and it worked well enough to lift Buster.  Damned impressive.  They machined the ducts out of styrofoam, and I thought it would just blow apart when they revved up the fans, but nope. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 26, 2010, 12:40:09 AM
Ducted fans. Heh. That reminds me:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/sbialko/fireflygtfo.gif)

Made of win.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on February 28, 2010, 08:46:32 PM
 :lol:

I think i just sat here for a full two minutes watching that loop.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 05, 2010, 05:36:56 PM
Deep Discount DVD sent me an email saying they were having their 25%-off sale.  :hmm:

Real Genius
Top Secret!
Kentucky Fried Movie
Popeye
(the live-action musical)

$22.08, free shipping.  Alas, they don't have Remo Williams, so my clerks will have to wait to see that one.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 21, 2010, 08:29:18 PM
There's something that I really want, and more or less need, but that I can't figure out how to find online.  I sent off an email to a hardware place, but my hopes aren't high.

What I need is a little shelf clip for 1"-board shelving.  The clip looks like an 'S' or '5' with all square angles, no actual curves.  It's usually made of maybe .25" steel rod.  You slide it over the side of the bookcase and over the shelf, and gravity holds it (and the shelf) in place.  You need four per shelf, I mean -- one for each corner.  The more weight you put on the shelf, the more tightly it grips the uprights.

I was thinking of building fancy shelves, but realistically I just have too many necessary house projects and work too slowly.  And if I'm just knocking bookcases together, I might as well do ones that can be collapsed easily if you have to move, since I might very well have to move at some point in the next few years.  And a zillion of those clips would make my life so much easier, but I can't figure out how to google them. 

I could live without them.  In theory, I could have them specially made, but it probably wouldn't be worth the cost.  Making them myself would take me much longer than just building simple bookcases.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 29, 2010, 04:40:17 PM
for all your shelving needs (http://www.mcmaster.com/#)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2010, 05:27:28 PM
Wow . . . they have a lot of stuff.  I can't find the kind of bracket I was looking for, though.  And their shelving is too expensive for me.


Right now, I'm trying to decide whether or not to drop almost $250 on an extension ladder.  I really need one, but they're so damned expensive, and I have to have the thing delivered to the house.  I could get a 24' aluminum extension ladder for as little as about $170 (without delivery), but I'm not 100% sure if it would be tall enough to get me onto my roof.  It might just barely be too short.  A 28' ladder would be a good bet, but the prices are such that, at that point, I might as well get a fiberglass one, especially since there are all kinds of wires draped near my house.

Meh.  Feh!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 29, 2010, 05:58:57 PM
I hate how ladders cost so much. I need an orchard ladder but am really, really resistant to paying $300 for one barely higher than my head. C'mon, I'm picking fruit, not checking my kid's part for nits!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2010, 08:25:04 PM
:hmm:  I've never bought or owned an orchard ladder.

The googles seem to find 'em in 7' and 8' sizes for under $200, although that may not include shipping.  But if they're as expensive as all that, I'd just buy a step ladder (you can get an 8' one for under $100) and, if necessary, modify it.  Making a removeable tripod leg for it, and possibly lateral stabilizers for the front, could easily be a one-day project.

Ladders are so stupidly expensive that I was seriously considering just making my own from lumber and pipe.  I also considered the plausibility of buying two 16' extension ladders -- which you can do for well under $150 -- and, as needed, putting the two wider sections over one of the narrower sections to make a three-piece 24' extension ladder.  It would be a lot more utility for less money, although it would be unwieldy for a single person. 

Also, my insurance company wouldn't like it if they knew, although in theory it's even sturdier than a regular extension ladder.  Still, it's a design not usually used for general contractor and homeowner applications.  For some reason.  More opportunities for mechanical failure; more user attention required.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 29, 2010, 09:23:12 PM
I've thought about modding a cheap ladder, but the single 'back' leg is only half the deal: the other half is the curved-out rails. They're supremely stable. I should just shell out. Damn. The big deal is hte HUGE price step between the 8' and 10' ladders. You know the materials are a few pennies different, but they want $50 more. MOTHER FUCKERS.

Grr.

:angry:
:irate:

:cyber:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2010, 09:37:33 PM
If that's the issue, I'd say get a short extension ladder and regular extension-ladder base stabilizers, which are way cheaper than the difference in price for an orchard ladder.  Then all you need is the tripod leg.

It must be the curved rails and relatively low volume sold that jacks the price way up. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on June 30, 2010, 11:20:47 AM
Since lumber is so expensive how about a PVC ladder?  I wonder how much weight one of those could handle?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 30, 2010, 11:34:13 AM
Since lumber is so expensive how about a PVC ladder?  I wonder how much weight one of those could handle?

My guess is not too much.  It would splinter, I would think.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 30, 2010, 11:54:23 AM
There are a few kinds of PVC, but none of them are meant for that kind of stress.  They're designed not to rupture from internal pressure, and that's about it.  The flexy type would bend and then shatter, and the granulated type would crumble.

You could make one from aluminum bits, but it would be so much trouble it'd be more of an art project than anything else.  It might be possible to make one from glue lam I-beams, which are engineered wood and lighter than simple lumber, but you'd have to be careful how you did it (no attachments to the webbing), and those are meant to mostly resist stress perpendicular to the beam.

There's an AWESOME ladder technology that alas has been 'lost' since 1940 or so, although, really, it's a crime that fire departments don't use it.  You know those triangular cross-section metal derrick radio towers?  They're basically a link of squares or triangles on three sides.  Back in the 1930s, an engineer came up with a system where one edge is linked together, not welded, and the other two are hinged, so you can unlink one edge and unfold the thing so it lies flat.

Then he also hinged each vertical course, so that when it's unlinked and unfolded, it can bend -- and he rolled it up on a reel.  Now it's tiny and portable.  Then he built a 'zipper' mechanism so that the tower automatically folds and links itself into a rigid tower as you unreel it.  He made a 100' demonstration model that you could put in the back of a full-size pickup.  Now you've got a heavy reel of metal; now you've got an extensible tower / ladder.  It's extremely strong and could be almost any length. 

The same tech would also be good for, say, military use -- putting up a comm tower or extending a bridge across a river from one side.  I've never seen it outside of ancient Popular Mechanics and such, but maybe it's in specialized use somewhere.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 30, 2010, 12:01:22 PM
Yeah, those are used all the time for temporary towers for aerosol sampling (http://ushydro.ucsd.edu/virtual_cruise/video_pages/Science_at_Sea/Aerosol_Tower.html) and whatnot. You can't see it too well in the video but one of the edges is some kind of flanged connector and the others hinge.

Edit, no, not like the one you describe, sorry. That sounds more like an extendable antenna thing used on spacecraft.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 18, 2010, 08:10:56 PM
I got used to years of going grocery shopping in the middle of the night, and now I really, really hate going when the store's crowded.  But since I have to get up reasonably early every morning now and have trouble getting enough sleep, I generally can no longer go to Meijer at 2 AM.  Consequently, I tend to put off grocery shopping as long as I can.

Well, at this moment I have oatmeal, egg noodles, coffee, and bouillon.  I had oatmeal and coffee for breakfast.  I'll make egg noodles in broth for dinner, but I guess I'll go grocery shopping tomorrow.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 23, 2010, 06:54:22 PM
Here's what I want:  Solar-powered turntables for houseplants.  I've seen vaguely-right-idea products made for hanging plants, but they turn too fast, anyway.  Ten degrees per hour would be fast enough for me.

I could rig something up -- and for cheaper than the hanging-plant ones, which seem to run around $25 -- but realistically I know I probably won't get around to it.  Meanwhile, half my plants need to be turned at least every other day, and the bigger ones maybe twice a week.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on August 24, 2010, 01:06:21 AM
Been a little eBay crazy for the past month. Tonight I scored some hawt bright green heels, and a denim pencil skirt (that I hope fits). Happy happy sun revolution to me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on August 24, 2010, 09:45:46 AM
I need a black straight skirt and some new heels - a pink pair and maybe a purple pair.  Some stranger has taken over my wardrobe, but she's doing a great job.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on August 24, 2010, 10:53:04 AM
Talix in pink heels!  :knotty:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 24, 2010, 10:58:34 AM
Talix in pink heels!  :knotty:

Sounds like a good way to update that Velvet Underground song
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 24, 2010, 11:21:59 AM
We need a new cheap all-in-one printer, as our behated Epson crapmachine has finally died the death of death.

Any recommendations?  $100 is certainly out of my budget.  It mostly needs to be a reasonable color inkjet, and it should be a reasonable scanner, too.  We don't need to scan anything in high resolution.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on August 24, 2010, 12:57:56 PM
We have completely bailed on HP and our Canon all in one has served us great for over a year now.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2010, 09:46:57 AM
Two flat tires on the handtruck.  New wheels:  $12.95 each.  New identical handtruck:  $28.  This is one of those heavy-duty 600 lb-rated steel-framed jobs, too.

WTF.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on August 27, 2010, 09:51:03 AM
Well it only stands to reason that the metal frame is worth $2. It's the least important part, after all.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on August 27, 2010, 10:10:28 AM
Damn that's cheap,,,where did you get it for only 29 bucks?  I pay way more for mine, even the folding kind that only rate like 275-250 lbs
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 27, 2010, 11:47:40 AM
I have noticed that, about the wheels.
However I paid extra and got the fancy solid-ish ones. They'll never go flat again.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2010, 11:48:56 AM
Harbor Freight.

They sell good stuff cheap and crappy stuff even cheaper.  You gotta watch out for the crap, but their crap is cheap.

The only thing I ever got screwed on was a hole saw set I bought there on sale for like $3 where the center bit is hilariously out of true.  Er, that is, it's a drill bit that has circular saw blades (in various sizes) that you can attach so you can drill big holes (like upto 4" across).  But the drill bit is at maybe a 30 degree angle.  WAY crooked.  Useless.

I could have brought it back, but I didn't even open the box for like six months.  My error.  But $3 . . . no big deal.  The blades are still good, so when I eventually need a hole saw and buy another cheapass kit, I'll have replacement blades.

Really good hole saws are sold individually, by size, and can be like $25 and up.  The cheap kits aren't very good, but they're a lot cheaper.  They also make dial-a-size ones that are really really really really slow for cutting through wood, and sometimes won't cut through wood at all, but which are brilliant for glass, plexiglass, cardboard, pressboard, etc.  I just borrow my brother's, though.

Anyway.  Harbor Freight.  Their shipping is pretty cheap, if you buy online, but their shipping is fairly crappy, so do inspect the box before you sign for it.  They're cheap for a reason.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2010, 11:51:24 AM
Solid wheels = :thumbsup:.  I didn't buy the one we already have.  It's just my job to fix it.  And no matter how many linchpins I supply for our adjustable-size handtruck, the owner here loses them and asks for more.  Seriously, I'm long past just giving him a pair of big nails each time.  YOU ALWAYS LOSE THE PINS.

I want to take the old flat handtruck tires home and try fixing them with expanding foam or something, but it's one of those things I never get around to.  I wanted to try that with my ever-leaky bike tires, too, but the shocks on my bike suck, so reducing the springiness of the tires might be too much for my old-man ass.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 27, 2010, 11:54:22 AM
Yeah. The tubeless ones, I have no idea what you do. Once they're unbeaded even if you fix the hole you can't just blow them back up. I took them to Dal Pozzo Tire and they said they'd remount them for $12, WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Anyway. These solid ones are great, and yes they cost more than buying a whole new equivalent dolly with shitty tubeless tires that can't be fixed, but I think this is going to be a win.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2010, 02:28:16 PM
Exactly.  If I could rebead the damned things myself, I'd try just putting a can of Slime in each one and spinning it for twenty minutes until the tire was evenly 50% Slime in there.  But it's maddening to try. 

With the expanding foam, I'd probably wind up with wheels that are hopelessly no longer round, and the foam's rigid enough so that bumping it hard over a sticking-out threshold might still give you a flat by crushing the foam inside.  I could take a tire off, put in pipe insulation for tough flexy cushioning, and then foam the inner diameter, but how would I get it back on the wheel?  Couldn't.

As it is, I bought cheaper wheels ($4 each on sale) of the right diameter, but they're much narrower, so I'll have to make spacer blocks out of 2x4, and . . . everything is so much more complicated when you don't just have money to throw at the problem.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on August 27, 2010, 04:55:17 PM
We need a new cheap all-in-one printer, as our behated Epson crapmachine has finally died the death of death.

Any recommendations?  $100 is certainly out of my budget.  It mostly needs to be a reasonable color inkjet, and it should be a reasonable scanner, too.  We don't need to scan anything in high resolution.

a pox on epson.

i bought a lexmark 2600 and have been quite happy with it. i think it was $50. ink is cheaper, also.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: hajen on August 28, 2010, 08:55:09 AM
I am so thrilled with my new shoes! Not the ones I got the other night (they are too small! I hope I can stretch the leather a little so they fit) - I got some more Melissas because I *heart* them. On sale! I got these green ones and the same style in purple. So comfortable, I can't believe it. So cute.

The design is a collaboration with these designers and the company:
http://www.bonluxat.com/a/Fernando_and_Humberto_Campana_Corallo_Chair.html

I don't bother explaining that though, people just say "huh, I had jellies back in the '80s, but they hurt my feet" *shrug*


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Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on October 14, 2010, 03:16:10 PM
Seriously, what is wrong with me?  This month cost me $200 in text message overages (whoops!) and $250 in charity donations, not to mention a night at Dunes Manor in OC...so of course I needed $80 worth of Loft shirts sent to my home!  *sings to herself "IIIIIIIII'm shooooooooopping!"*
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Tripper on October 14, 2010, 09:35:11 PM
You *really* need Google Voice.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on October 14, 2010, 11:31:10 PM
I have text deactivated on my phone.  Send me an email and I'll get around to it in a week or so.  Send me a voice mail and I'll completely miss it and maybe listen a month later.  But the best way to get in touch with me is my regular online haunts.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 15, 2010, 08:35:44 AM
You *really* need Google Voice.

Yep. Read that as Google Vice, and thought, ooooh, so Google's going to enter the market where Craigslist's been censored?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on October 28, 2010, 12:12:10 PM
Hi, my name is Teri, and I am powerless over Ann Taylor Loft sale emails.

Seriously.  How hard is it to unsubscribe??
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on October 28, 2010, 12:14:06 PM
LOL! I'm about to drop a chunk of change at Hustler ... and maybe Shoe Carnival because I can never have enough boots.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 28, 2010, 07:55:06 PM
:galm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 26, 2010, 01:49:26 PM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't do any Black Friday shopping.  In fact, I'm just about out of food (I will be eating rice today), but I refuse to go to Meijer this weekend.

However, I get many, many Black Friday email ads / coupon pages / catalogs.  And I have to say . . . the sales I'm seeing are total crap this year.  Seriously, it's pathetic -- I haven't seen anything that would halfway tempt me at any time of the year.  Target was selling a blender for $3, which slightly tugged at me except that I already own a much better blender that I don't think I've used since the female tenant moved out.  And that was in March.

Harbor Freight had a decent miter saw marked down from $100 to $40, but, again, I already have one. 

That's been it so far.  There are seriously expensive electronic things marked down to still way too expensive, but otherwise I'm generally not seeing any major discounts.  Kind of weird.  I've seen a lot of stuff listed at prices I know I could have beaten online in August.

Also, retailers . . . if I have to call, click, or add to my shopping cart to see the price, I'm just not going to.  Don't screw with me.  If you don't put the price with the photo, you're just wasting my time.  I'd rather go buy the thing somewhere else even if it costs more than play that game.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on November 26, 2010, 07:54:12 PM
I don't know that I've ever gone shopping on Black Friday. I considered going to the grocery store but meh. I did however stop at Sonic today on the way home from BF's and got a slushie. This Sonic shares a parking lot with Menards and is directly across from The Mall. I was traumatized enough by all the stupidity and poor driving surrounding the stores, it made my decision to not go into any of them even more logical.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 26, 2010, 09:29:33 PM
I got tricked into it. Kind of really pissed off, as there's this mysterious thing on my Macy's receipt that I did not buy. Damn it.
Fucking stupid.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on November 26, 2010, 09:30:12 PM
I went to the grocery store and was surprised by the full parking lot.  Then I remembered that a Best Buy opened next to it last week.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: First Post on November 26, 2010, 10:13:10 PM
When I see vids like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Sx5NhIElk) it's just like, well pretty soon that's gonna be the motherfuckers we'll be fighting with in the bread lines.

(there are plenty of comparable deals available from the relative comfort of the internet throughout this weekend anyway, geez)

I picked up the NANOkey (http://reasonpatchaday.blogspot.com/2009/09/korg-nanokey-review.html), which is not the type of thing you'd wanna use as a primary instrument for gigs or anything but is a handy little device for the stuff I do (plus it reminds me of the Casio VL-Tone (http://www.vintagesynth.com/casio/vl1.php) of my childhood, haha). I got it mainly to have a USB controller with touch sensitivity for Philharmonik and my fake digital Steinway and etc, but it also comes with the software version of the Korg M1 (one of their nicer synths) which is extremely nice itself. Anyway, it should definitely be useful in upcoming Xmas music projects, and whatever new genres might pop up before then.



Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on November 27, 2010, 02:47:42 AM
i didn't leave the house. kind of wiped out from yesterday.

i only saw one sale i thought was good, but it didn't have anything in it for me. best buy had a 42" lcd with a wii for 399.

only from 5am - 9am.

i guess some people really want stuff.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on November 29, 2010, 02:29:02 PM
I went to Toys R Us last Thursday night at 10pm.  I waited in the fricking cold for over an hour to get in.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on November 29, 2010, 02:30:49 PM
Wut cha git me?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on November 29, 2010, 02:36:16 PM
You never sent me a wishlist.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on November 29, 2010, 03:14:26 PM
we need Squinkies, anything princess, leapster 2 cartridges, art stuff, a chess set, easy bake oven refills, polly pockets, pink building sets, olivia dvd, operation, pillow pets, doll houses, elf house, moxie girls, zoobles, cheerleading outfit and some more Hello Kitty stuff because you can never have too much of that

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 29, 2010, 03:22:13 PM
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and some more Hello Kitty stuff because you can never have too much of that

:huh:

Stay away from J-List.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on November 29, 2010, 05:10:57 PM
I don't know what Squinkies and zoobies are, but they sound pretty cool.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on November 29, 2010, 05:40:58 PM
I just learned about squinkies yesterday.  No idea what a zoobie is.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on November 29, 2010, 07:42:45 PM
Zoobles not Zoobies.  They are a lot like the Squinkies but bigger.  They are also little animals but they pop down into little balls instead of living in little balls.   The Squinkies are gumball sized and actually have a little gumball machine you put them in and put money in to get them out.  Like a little bank.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on November 29, 2010, 07:49:20 PM
Oh. I would have guessed they were both 90% sugar.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: vox8 on November 29, 2010, 09:07:18 PM
They sound like choking hazards to me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on November 29, 2010, 11:47:59 PM
They sound like choking hazards to me.
What isn't? Well, besides your elbow.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: vox8 on November 30, 2010, 12:09:35 AM
They sound like choking hazards to me.
What isn't? Well, besides your elbow.

Fire Hydrants.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: First Post on December 03, 2010, 04:13:08 PM
For the really serious (http://www.lonestaronline.com/listings/details/index.cfm?itemnum=975808424) Star Wars reenactment types...

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 03, 2010, 04:28:55 PM
Hmph.  No hermetic seal.



edit:  Apparently it's supposed to be a magnetic seal.  Well, that either.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 07, 2010, 03:01:25 PM
Oh.  So, a little weird:  At the mall last night, right, and it was DESERTED.  Seriously, we were there at like 7 PM, 2.5 weeks before Xmas, and the parking lot was mostly empty.  Inside, it was like stepping into a timewarp to half an hour before closing on the second Sunday of February. 

When we were in Macy's, we were followed by salespeople trying to get us to buy something -- it was seriously pathetic.  The woman from the Men's Clothing department followed us across the store and into the Kitchen department, trying to talk my brother into buying a pair of shoes.  He didn't even stop to look at the shoes; we just walked past them, and she latched onto us.

The kiosk people were all standing in a group, just shooting the shit, because there were no shoppers around.  It was surreal.  We went into the big local bookstore there, and I counted four other customers and eight employees standing around, bored out of their minds.

I don't know if everyone's shopping online or got their stuff right after Thanksgiving or what, but it doesn't bode well for the local mall.  Of course, I haven't been to the mall since last December, and there are hardly any worthwhile stores there, but somehow I don't think that if the mall dies it will actually return businesses to the downtown areas a whole lot.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on December 11, 2010, 05:09:48 PM
It's been a dreary day here today - typical gray winter day. It's a little warmer than it has been (48), and the cold is going to be coming back with a vengeance, so on a whim, I stopped at the dollar store to get something to hang some holiday (read: anti-depressant) lights.

The place was packed. I found the one thing I needed for $1 and got in the shortest check-out line, which was also the line with people who had the fewest items. I should have known to move to another line. The guy at the front of the line was buying 6 identical bottles of dish-washing liquid, and that's all  :hmm: Then he pulls out a prescription bottle from his pocket and pours out a bunch of change. The check-out guy counted the change and told the old man, who was African, I think, that it wasn't enough. The old man pulls out another prescription bottle and dumps it out. This one contains mostly pennies. Still not enough, so then the old man pulls out bills and pays with that instead  :eyeroll: The guy at the check-out counter, who was a young kid, was extremely polite and patient during the whole thing, and he was doing the math in his head to determine how much more change the old man needed each time. Pretty impressive these days. However, I don't think it helped, in that the old man either didn't understand English very well, or had no concept of how much the coins were worth. So after the old man pulled out the bills, the check-out guy put all the coins back in the bottles for him and he was on his way. After the old man left, everybody in the line was like  :shock: :lol:

I took the whole thing as a sign for me to not do anymore shopping if possible until the holidays are over.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mrcookieface on December 11, 2010, 05:25:37 PM
Oh yeah.  Me too.  Grocery shopping only, and that's during off hours.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 23, 2011, 09:31:18 AM
I use TurboTax every year, even though I haven't liked it since at least ten years ago.  They made the federal part free for people in my sad income bracket, but federal taxes are pretty easy.  It's the state part that's usually complicated, especially after you live in a few different states.

Anyway, this year, to hell with it, I decided to try the H&R Block software instead after I got a Buy.com coupon for it.  Went to Buy.com, looked at the description . . . is this the right version?  The picture of the box says federal and state, but the description is woefully vague.  Search, and the only other version that comes up says federal-only.  Fine, whatever.  It's like 50% as much as TurboTax.

I do the whole purchase, and on the Gratz You Bought Shit page it says Stuff Other People Also Bought . . . and has three other versions of the H&R Block software on there, including a Deluxe or whatever version for $5 more.  I don't know what the difference is -- at that particular moment, I didn't feel like trying to see -- but farking hell, man.

Meanwhile, no confirmation email, and that was Wednesday.  Bank says my credit card was charged, so presumably something will arrive, but what the hell.  :thumbsdn:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 24, 2011, 03:34:05 PM
We're having multiple ancient computer failures at work, and the upshot is that I'm going to have to go to the university surplus store (http://www.msusurplusstore.com/servlet/StoreFront) to look for cheap replacement stuff quick.

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What do compost, pillows, cars, and bowling pins have in common? You can find them all at the MSU Surplus Store (at one time or another), along with hundreds of other items.

Verrry . . . dangerousss.

:uncertain:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 20, 2011, 06:06:43 PM
So . . . I need a large stainless steel funnel, for the coffee-making project.  I thought a bar funnel would be ideal, since it would have at least one size of removable strainer, but I couldn't find anything suitable.  Funnels meant for cocktails are too small and have strainers that wouldn't catch sediment or grounds, and funnels meant for wine appear to also be meant for ass-raping, based on their prices.  They seem to be unsuitable for the coffee project, anyhow.

Canning funnels, though -- there's a pretty good range there.  The really nice ones are out of my price range, so I went looking for cheaper ones, and in the end I wound up back at my usual restaurant supply place.  And bought 2000 Splenda packets for $30 and a fine mesh dishwasher-safe 4" strainer for $3.50.

But I forgot to buy a funnel.  :doh:

Also, unless I do by lab equipment, I'm not finding anything that would let me automatically decant a large container (into a funnel) at a slow speed of my choosing.  Instead, I'll have to stand there and carefully do it by hand.  That will suck if I'm doing two gallons at a low speed -- I'll have to hold a heavy, cold glass container precisely in place at the right angle for several minutes.

I'm trying to think of another mechanical solution, but everything I've thought of so far is too expensive or elaborate.  Maybe I should have bought that lab separator funnel after all.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 01, 2011, 10:47:51 PM
OK, I just have to know:

WTF is the spherical thing below the raspberry on this tray (http://www.webstaurantstore.com/images.cfm?ItemID=808G52&image_name=/images/808g52_pic2_xlg) in the second (middle) picture?  (Mouse-over to enlarge the thumbnail.)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on November 01, 2011, 11:10:28 PM
Chocolate?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 01, 2011, 11:14:13 PM
You think?  It makes sense, I guess.

It looks really, really green to me, but that might just be my eyes.  :shrug: 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on November 01, 2011, 11:41:38 PM
Looks like milk chocolate to me. I'm not seeing a green tint to it though.

Mint milk chocolate?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 02, 2011, 05:15:16 AM
:shrug:

Just my eyes, I guess.  I tried a total of three monitors in case it was a color balance problem.  The mint is a possibility, but it's not likely to be a mint-coloration that only I can see.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 02, 2011, 08:31:15 AM
On my laptop (macbookpro, fwiw) it doesn't look green at all. Looks like a milk chocolate truffle, which is some kind of crime. So maybe it's your Green Lantern senses letting you know where the bad stuff is.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on November 02, 2011, 12:40:58 PM
It's a bon bon.

Super bon bon super bon bonnnnnn


Enjoy the earworm
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 26, 2011, 11:08:09 AM
OK . . . what, exactly, is a 'Giftbuster' supposed to be?

It doesn't sound like a good thing.  I do not think advertisers even care anymore.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 27, 2011, 01:18:35 PM
I have to say, Black Shopping Day this and Cyber Day that, I have not seen any really impressive discounts.  I've been getting like a dozen OMG YOU WANT THIS SHIT emails a day from various places, but seriously it hasn't been anything more impressive than a normal month.  Just more emails about it, with more exclamation points.

I've really been surprised by Harbor Freight, in particular.  They have better sales in August.  :shrug:

Also, I have to say, Amazon consistently has the most useless advertising emails.  I guess they don't want to advertise specific items and sale points because they don't actually stock anything or set prices, and there's no sense in advertising stuff that will vanish immediately.  But they don't even do a good job of passing along affiliate sales information.  It's really, really pathetic.  In fact, it's bewilderingly poor.  Weird.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on November 27, 2011, 09:56:16 PM
Yeah. Usually a bit of greed hits me looking at the ads. This year - nada.

I doubt it's because I've become a more spiritual and less possession-driven person.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 27, 2011, 10:27:02 PM
A lot of the big discounts are often on items that are either way out of my reach or are things I wouldn't be in the market for, or both.  I probably don't tend to notice a killer deal on a huge TV or iPhone.  Maybe all the big deals are on such things this year.

Eh.  There have been years where I carefully saved up enough money to buy things I actually needed during this markdown season, but this year is not one of those years, so it's academic.  I've just been finding it odd.  For all the hype, I haven't seen much push out of the retailers themselves.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on November 29, 2011, 06:47:24 AM
Yeah, I'm finding there are not much in the way of deep discounts on hot water heaters and aquarium pumps this year. Jesus Christ.  :whatever:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 29, 2011, 07:28:50 AM
Aquarium pumps, I dunno, but in January the Home Despot and Lowe's often get a bit hungry and mail out those $50 off / $100 off coupons.  I don't know what the restrictions are on those, for that matter, but they might be good.

Sometimes, if you call the big places and talk to customer service, they'll be nice and let you know about sales that are coming up.  You might or might not be able to do better than Amazon.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on November 29, 2011, 12:18:38 PM
you always get those coupons when you use a change of address form. maybe change it and then change it back.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on November 29, 2011, 02:40:33 PM
I finally pulled the trigger on a laptop - spent the same amount I planned to but got a better machine. Almost impulsed a 42" TV yesterday and an iTouch today. I need to be chaperoned.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 29, 2011, 03:57:18 PM
I need to be chaperoned.

Ooooh yeahhhh. :knotty:

I spent a while looking over some $1300 automatic espresso/latte machines at William S. Onoma the other night. Poor clerk thought I was serious.
Clerk: "Our 10% off sale ends tonight!"
Me: "Oh, and when does the 90% off sale start?"
Clerk: :nonplused:

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on November 29, 2011, 11:12:21 PM
I will defend my $20 Mr.Coffee that works just fine to the surprisingly-not-bitter end.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 30, 2011, 12:19:37 PM
:thumbsup:  Those simple little coffee machines are basically passive drip filters plus a percolator that just percolates clean water, plus a heating element in the base.  With the occasional vinegar cleaning, they can last almost forever.

People sent me their Xmas lists with all the "expensive items" removed.  Two of them still had over half a dozen $100+ items on there.  Keep dreaming.  I have about $100 to spend total for gifts this season.

Better yet, immediately following the lists were the cross-lists of Things The Rest Of Us Already Bought Off Those Gift Lists . . . and the people I know who make five and ten times as much as I do have already bought most of the cheap items off each others' lists.

:eyeroll:

McDonald's gift certificates all around!  Well, we'll see.  This stuff doesn't upset me; it just stimulates my irony gland.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: First Post on November 30, 2011, 02:10:02 PM
it's time for the percolator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UlhLd76IzQ)

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 01, 2011, 10:41:33 PM
Kava kava!



In other news . . . for reasons I won't try to explain, I've been looking to see if I could find an English butcher's trilby for sale.  I mean, not one belonging to a specific butcher, but the kind that English butchers wear at work.  Alas, not so far.

But this (http://www.webstaurantstore.com/disposable-beard-cover-100-box/561RBP1M.html).

(http://www.webstaurantstore.com/disposable-beard-cover-100-box/disposable-beard-cover-100-box.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on December 11, 2011, 11:53:59 PM
We finally got everybody in the right place to get my nephew's (the one in Moorpark) Christmas present. He's 8, and finally doing better with surprises, and so we told him it was to get his present but we didn't tell him where we were going.

Kid's jaw dropped completely walking in. Apparently he'd never considered the possibility of a fairly large store devoted to Harry Potter (Whimsic Alley, on the "Miracle Mile" in LA). Poor kid was again delightfully shocked when a customer in front of us used a quill (ball point) to sign the credit card statement.

Then we told the clerk we were there to get him a wand. The clerk did an absolutely wonderful job, and is probably quite used to seeing the expressions of shock on kids' faces.

His mom is making him read the books before watching the matching movie (go mom!). His dad, who's never read them, though that my nephew was getting bored because he wanted (although he denies it) to see the next movie. My sister-in-law has to point out that he's up to page 430 in the current book - apparently he assumed the books were all about the same length.

We might have him for a week this summer. They have a summer day camp program.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 12, 2011, 12:09:16 AM
WAIT WHAT IS THIS PLACE ON WILSHIRE OMG I HAVE TO GO THERE
WITH THE KIDS I MEAN THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT
REALLY
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on December 12, 2011, 01:03:24 AM
http://www.whimsicalley.com/

They do have adult costumes. And last summer they had a costume murder mystery.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on December 12, 2011, 01:06:09 AM
Oh now I'm jealous.  :angry:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 12, 2011, 11:25:02 AM
I screamed. My wife was :nonplused:

Surely the kids will understand. THIS IS IMPORTANT
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on December 12, 2011, 12:31:35 PM
http://www.scobiesdirect.co.uk/Products.asp?ProdCat=Trilby+Hats courtesy of Magpy.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 12, 2011, 01:48:52 PM
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courtesy of Magpy

BAM!  Thank Magpy for me.

It'll have to wait until January, but that's awesome.  I'm tempted to make all bookstore clerks wear them.

Well, at my shop.  I can't control B&N, etc.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on December 14, 2011, 06:04:59 PM
I will defend my $20 Mr.Coffee that works just fine to the surprisingly-not-bitter end.

this

 :detta:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 14, 2011, 07:59:22 PM
Man, I had to do a bunch of Xmas shopping, and it struck me yet again that I still have not seen a single impressive sale, aside from ones on big flatscreens.  Nothing like years past.  It seems weird to me.  I see a lot of 20% OFF or Free Shipping, and that's really about it.

:shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on December 15, 2011, 09:42:18 AM
I want to know what the hell the deal is with the "here's a % off coupon but you won't know til you're checking out how much it's for!"  "It could be %10 up to %50!"
I'm pretty sure I am not interested in testing my luck when I'm shopping with limited cash.  Thank you not ao much.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 15, 2011, 11:41:11 AM
Man, I would NEVER bother with that.  I virtually never bother when it says Click To See Price, either.  I've never called when it says Call For Price! or any of that bullshit.

Attempts to jerk me around are not endearing.

Also, I saw a bunch of offers this season for fairly low prices that included mail-in rebates.  Really?  Mail-in rebates?  Maybe if you give me the 1955 prices, too.  :ttth: 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on December 15, 2011, 01:47:18 PM
I add at least a dollar to the price when there's a rebate. It doesn't cover my time, but the act of doing that extra math makes me consider if it is really such a deal. So, the manufacturer is really shooting themselves in the foot way too often.

Yeah, the washing machine last year was an exception. But the two rebates made the silly thing half off, the rebates weren't from the manufacturer, and going to the laundromat isn't my favorite way to spend "home" time.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 16, 2011, 10:37:47 AM
So . . . apparently Amazon sends you an obscure email that says "If your credit card payment could not be completed" when they mean "Your credit card payment could not be completed."

KIND OF a big difference.  Also, you'd think there'd be something explicit in the subject line.  But you would be wrong.

Honestly, how has Amazon not been replaced by a competent company?  Their shopping interface remains one of the worst I've ever seen at a major retailer.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 18, 2011, 01:23:38 PM
Oh.  SO.  We were in search of a good-quality page magnifier, the kind you can plop down on a newspaper or a large flat page and magnify the whole thing.  The kind that hangs around your neck, not acceptable.

Many places sell roughly page-sized plastic fresnel lenses, usually at about three times what they ought to cost.  These are marketed as reading magnifiers, but most of them aren't rigid, so you have to hold them JUST RIGHT or the magnified text will be swimmy and horrible.  There are a few rigid ones, but the ones we saw all sit flat on the page.  You have to hold them at the right focal distance.  They should obviously have stand-off frames that hold them at the right height. 

A short leg at each corner would do it.  But experimentation showed that they weren't all that rigid, anyway, and most of them need a larger number of fine cuts.  They're really science-experiment quality, not read-the-whole-paper quality.

Anyhow.  We wound up at Frosted Office Smacks -- OfficeMax -- which had nothing much in magnifiers, but they had the CAT5 coupler I needed for work (third one . . . they always vanish when I'm not looking [grrr]).  For $12.  :eyeroll:  [grumble fine grumble]

And they had a HUGE clearance section.  Among other things, they had those wire-mesh magazine holders, which happen to be a good size for holding lots of things, for $1 each.  I had just been looking at them in the regular-stuff aisle, where they were $11 each.  :confused: 

I bought the eight they had at $1, none that they had at $11.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on December 22, 2011, 02:31:59 PM
must have . . . just because, you know.

(http://i.imgur.com/3qCNk.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on December 23, 2011, 12:03:35 AM
http://www.hiddenwaterpools.com/pools.php
Can they put in an black stone in the dimensions 1:2:4:... and emits a EMI pulse when sunlight hits it? And I need it 10 years ago, thanks.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 23, 2011, 10:23:46 AM
A miniature coffin with a recordable message (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/bury-the-habit.aspx?a=928056).  The perfect gift for someone who's hard to shop for!


Kind of awesome (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/alex-ready-set-go-3-in-1-trike.aspx?a=928053), but of no use to me.


Worst jewelry I've seen in quite some time (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/bullet-casing-necklace-with-gemstone.aspx?a=927996).  Honey, I'd shoot you with a semi-precious stone if I could.  Maybe if you're dating a Gorn.


Kind of adorable (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/ultra-plush-wrap-blanket.aspx?a=927960).  For the first time since the Sixth Grade, I wish I knew more preteen girls.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on December 23, 2011, 02:11:57 PM
Yes, "eye-catching elegance" is how I'd describe that necklace.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 23, 2011, 03:10:46 PM
Their product descriptions are usually semi-intentionally ridiculous.  Caveat emptor, with extra caveat.

Nothing says romance like a pendant that suggests My love is like being shot with a shiny piece of gravel.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on January 11, 2012, 01:57:28 AM
http://www.harborfreight.com/165x-jewelers-clip-on-eye-loupe-94364.html
The focal point with something that small is really close to my face. Polishing should be fine, but I think I'll skip the torch work with those on - I like my nose uncharred.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on January 11, 2012, 08:28:52 AM
16.5x is not as impressive as 165x  :P

And yeah, although that looks like a good idea, it's probably not. And at that price, it's probably plastic, not glass.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 11, 2012, 11:23:50 AM
For stuff where you want a bit more standoff, those visors with the various flip-down binocular magnifiers are a little better, in my experience, but I've never used them with a torch.  I think you'd want to add a piece of tinted polarized plastic behind them, for one thing, or the dazzle would frazzle.

Surely they must make some kind of torch-appropriate magnifier?  Although probably it costs more.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on January 11, 2012, 11:59:15 AM
i use an opti visor. i can see this useful for carving small wax pieces or watch repair.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on January 11, 2012, 12:25:27 PM
We're grabbing these for fun, more than serious stuff. I keep forgetting the opti visor, and working without my glasses (I know; bad Storm!). These are small enough to fit inside my bag and no so expensive that I'll feel awful if they tweak.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on April 05, 2012, 11:19:18 AM
Stick people tarot deck. Pretty things.
http://celestialstickpeople.com/
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 12, 2012, 06:39:08 PM
I want to hoard like I hoard, but I want to go back to being an organized hoarder.  My house has not recovered from my insanely messy tenantguest, and since he moved out . . . what, over a year ago, anyway . . . I'm obviously not getting anywhere.  It is nigh impossible to simultaneously (A) neaten and reorganize, (B) add more stuff, and (C) internet forever.

I want, like, a hundred banker's boxes.  I want storage like the Mythbusters have.  But I don't want to pay anything like $2 per box.  The cheapest I've been able to find so far is $17 for 12 not-top-quality banker's boxes from a disreputable vendor, and that doesn't include S&H that apparently I can't discover without pretty much placing the order.

Meh.  We end up with lots of extra boxes at work, but it's rare that they're the same size and shape, and rarer that they're the type with lids.  The type with lids is actually enormously more useful than the type with flaps if you plan to keep them on shelves.  And they stack much better, too.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on April 12, 2012, 06:44:11 PM
If they're not the same size and shape it makes it more fun.  Like Tetris.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 12, 2012, 07:34:39 PM
:lol:

No, I've done that kind of storage, and that's the kind where, yes, you have a lot of stuff jammed into a relatively small space, but, no, you can't really get at any of it.  In which case even I don't really see the point in having it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on April 14, 2012, 04:57:14 PM
Go to a Big Lots store. They often have good deals on storage boxes/banker's boxes. Just watch out for the freakish clientele.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 14, 2012, 04:59:50 PM
Huh!  I haven't been to one in a couple of years, but there used to be one about ten miles west of here.  I don't remember seeing such things there, but maybe I was looking wrong.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on April 14, 2012, 05:06:25 PM
I think their "wares" vary pretty wildly. Whatever particular business has gone tits up that they scavenge from will be whatever's available. If nothing else, there's always some pretty disturbing candy and seasonal items to be found. And so much unintentional humor to be found that it's glorious.

The same goes for Garden Ridge, except for when you catch them in between seasons. I'd talked the place up for months and when Vike and I finally stopped in - it was meh. Christmas was long done and Jesus Weekend hadn't started yet. Embarassingly anticlimactic.

OF COURSE
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on April 14, 2012, 05:17:13 PM
Quote
And so much unintentional humor to be found that it's glorious.

YES, this is absolutely true, and why I love remainder and clearance stores, although it's also why I have to avoid them, by and large.  Dangerous.  The last time I was at Big Lots, it was full of crazy decor that looked like it had come from Martha Stewart's Edward Gorey collection. 

I bought two . . . wastebaskets? Planters? Vases? . . . and turned them into lamps.  I passed up many, many, many wonderful things.  If you wanted a Victorian brown wood-and-bronze filigree vase four feet tall, they had them for like $10.  I think I got out of there with just the two baskety things because I didn't have a shopping cart.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 09, 2012, 09:01:08 AM
This happens to me all the time, including today:

- Have brilliant idea, but it requires something that's just too expensive to justify it.

- Shop around for expensive thing.  Yeah, too expensive.

- Months later, get email from supplier that includes insanely discounted price on expensive thing!  Totally reasonable now.

- But now I can't !@$# remember what I wanted that thing for.


Nowadays I don't buy the thing hoping that I'll remember the project later.  I'm sure I'll remember it a week from now, when the thing is no longer on sale.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on May 09, 2012, 09:03:41 AM
BUY ALL THE THINGS!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 09, 2012, 09:17:40 AM
I KNOW but I have no money and no storage space.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on May 09, 2012, 09:30:14 AM
Fuck yeah. Groceries, eight bags of dirt, a hose, some deck stain for the barriers, p1g n33d5, and some planters that should arrive in about two hours.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 09, 2012, 11:01:53 AM
BUY ALL THE THINGS!

This post makes me think you're my wife in disguise. Please don't be.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on May 18, 2012, 06:40:28 PM
I was excited today just to be able to buy earplugs for swimming.  :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 18, 2012, 07:42:38 PM
Yeah!  Thank god they repealed that law!




But, seriously, good stuff.  I haven't been swimming since . . . OK, I can't remember.  The last time I can think of is almost 25 years ago.  :trance:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on May 29, 2012, 04:49:35 PM
It is nigh impossible to simultaneously (A) neaten and reorganize, (B) add more stuff, and (C) internet forever.

So true it hurts.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 29, 2012, 05:09:27 PM
Rilly.  Where are the damned robots, already?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on May 29, 2012, 06:48:41 PM
You can't see them, because they're nano.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 29, 2012, 07:25:18 PM
So are their efforts.  I am not encouraged.

I was ready to add (D) play with robots.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on May 31, 2012, 11:18:56 AM
Star Wars–Themed Mimoco Flash Drive (http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-star-wars-flash-drive?addxe=YnV6cnVmQGVhcnRobGluay5uZXQ=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=channel_goods-deals&sid=11186097&user=b87b78ab7838d59a53a8cc0eeeadd161921e4927d76720105c8e50293a5a5001&utm_campaign=11186097&s=body&d=gg-star-wars-flash-drive&p=12&c=deal_button&dl=d47388)

heehee

oh and I don't know how to shorten that, I ain't learnt that yet
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on May 31, 2012, 05:23:03 PM
WANT  :love:

I know, this version of SMS isn't really for those of us with limited HTML skillz...

I can't figure out how to make this show the html, otherwise I'd demonstrate. Sorry.  :bummed:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 31, 2012, 07:30:21 PM
Like:

[ url=http://Put The URL Here ] Name you want for the link [ /url ]

(There are extra spaces next to the brackets.)  I don't know how the buttons do it.  I don't bother with the JS, so I type my tags manually.  Which does lead to a lot of editing of posts . . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 12, 2012, 06:13:02 PM
For my crazy cat peeps (http://pinterest.com/pin/177681147769130591/?timeline=1)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on June 12, 2012, 06:23:30 PM
HO-LEE SHIT  :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 12, 2012, 09:06:30 PM
I've often considered it.  My cat could seriously generate a stylish felt cap per month, and that's without brushing.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on June 12, 2012, 10:07:47 PM
Um

I think my former roommate, the one who I was living with when I got Artemis (and she has 2+ cats now), actually owns that book. She showed it to me and I started to laugh and she was like "What?! This one here is cute! I could make this!"

I backed away s l o w l y.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 14, 2012, 05:55:13 AM
For your Zombie Cat? (http://www.groupon.com/deals/dc-pet-gg-led-collar-for-cats?utm_medium=email&utm_source=channel_occasions_pet-deals&sid=11194720&user=b87b78ab7838d59a53a8cc0eeeadd161921e4927d76720105c8e50293a5a5001&utm_campaign=11194720&s=body&d=dc-pet-gg-led-collar-for-cats&p=6&c=deal_img)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 17, 2012, 09:47:39 PM
For the Satanist who wants to spend $20k on a coffee machine, although I admit its operation is quite attractive (http://videohall.tumblr.com/post/21412686353/coffee-faucet-if-there-were-ever-a-time-to-say).

iPhone-compatible OF COURSE.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 17, 2012, 11:07:20 PM
 :shock:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 18, 2012, 01:18:55 PM
:shock:

Yes, this; also, if it helps me to get one, HAIL SATAN.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 18, 2012, 01:21:41 PM
:lol:

I admire the mechanicals greatly, but the styling seems to say that pure hedonism lacks sufficient flash.

I think it was the embedded touch controls that put it over the edge.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on June 18, 2012, 01:27:05 PM
I want one of those. But I don't want to pay for it.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 18, 2012, 01:28:27 PM
Wife got a wild hair and bought me a $200 Nespresso this year; I made her take it back because we don't have that kind of money right now and I can't stand the whole capsule thing whether or not they're recyclable. I thought the tech was pretty cool but not what I wanted. THAT is what I want. And for free ;)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on June 18, 2012, 01:55:13 PM
This weekend I bought new bras and lawnmower parts.  Bless the Internet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 18, 2012, 02:02:20 PM
a bunch of us in the loft (we don't share with the downstairs crew  :P) i work in chipped in and got a kreuig. i gotta say it's pretty nice.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 21, 2012, 10:55:10 AM
Any of you folks know of a resource out there that reviews specific DVD editions? 

There was a film I wanted, and Amazon listed at least three editions, from $3 to $20, not including Blu-Ray.  The scant details listed revealed that they weren't identical but didn't tell me anything useful about the differences. 

The user comments, though, had been combined, so it's the same set of comments for each edition.  Because AMAZON IS MORONIC.  So in the comments people say things like 'Do not ever buy this DVD -- the transfer is terrible, and the sound drops out' or 'Definitely get this version and not the other one', but you can't tell which edition they're talking about.

I looked at a few other places, but they have similar crap.  Buying a DVD, finding it's a crap edition, and sending it back is problematic.  So . . . ?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on August 21, 2012, 11:14:48 AM
aaarrrrr!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 21, 2012, 11:17:36 AM
aaarrrrr!

He's right, you know.

Also, Amazon used to do that - reviews were flagged as specific to a particular edition. Although, um, well, commenters on the Internet, JUST SAYING.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on August 21, 2012, 12:57:20 PM
My mom disapproved of my clothing, so I came home with much more than I left with, and my monthly shopping budget got blown out of the water.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 21, 2012, 02:01:49 PM
Your mom is in charge of what you wear?  :P


I can't do the pirate thing.  And anyway I want to actually own, and endorse, stuff like Three Amigos!, Johnny Dangerously, The Mighty Boosh, Flight of the Conchords.

Let it not be said that I hate everything.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on August 21, 2012, 02:21:31 PM
Yeah, I was going to say if my mom has a problem with what I'm wearing she is welcomed to buy me something else.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on August 21, 2012, 02:49:37 PM
Your mom is in charge of what you wear?  :P

No, but it turns out that everything I choose for myself makes me look fat.  Also, I only wear jeans and t-shirts.

She did pay for about half of the stuff we bought.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 21, 2012, 03:37:43 PM
Quote
No, but it turns out that everything I choose for myself makes me look fat.

Wow, your mom sounds a little mean.  I'd just take that with a grain of salt . . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on August 21, 2012, 03:40:47 PM
I have a mom like that.  She told me I look stupid in hats.  Now I feel weird about wearing hats even though my brain says "FU, you look fine in hats!"
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on August 21, 2012, 03:48:41 PM
She is 100% trying to be helpful.  She watches a lot of What Not to Wear.  She just needs to work on her delivery.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on August 21, 2012, 03:59:31 PM
Ok, well my mom justs likes to be hateful to me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 21, 2012, 04:07:50 PM
What Not To Wear should be called How To Be Self-Conscious If You're Not Wealthy.  It's for jeering at, not for educational purposes.

I mean, you don't watch Cupcake Wars to learn how to make lemon curry pork cupcakes.  I hope.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on August 21, 2012, 11:02:48 PM
Ask SuiteP's sister if you look good in a hat. Since I already know she'll say yes (no matter which sister), problem solved.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on August 22, 2012, 07:02:32 PM
Ok, well my mom justs likes to be hateful to me.
I have mom like that. But now she's got dementia and doesn't remember. I do, however.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on August 23, 2012, 12:03:38 AM
:hug: s to all with sucky moms
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on August 23, 2012, 08:31:50 AM
I feel the need to mention that while my mom is a crappy mom, she is an excellent Grandma.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 23, 2012, 01:51:00 PM
Often the way.  Often.  Pressure's off.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 23, 2012, 02:40:25 PM
ObTopic:  Took my three female clerks shopping today as a team-building thing.  We went to the local giant indoor flea market thing, which the younger two had not seen before.  They tried on many vintage hats and bought things like frilly antique lampshade, tooled leather purse, vintage suitcase, and I don't know what else.

I was hoping to find some cheap wheels for my scooter project, but, alas, no, although I could've bought a circa-1920 wheelchair to steal the wheels off.  But it was really in nice shape, so I'd hate to take it apart, and I shouldn't decorate with wheelchairs.  Although it's probably more comfortable than my wheeled office chair . . . .

But anyway.  I did buy 1960s lacquered wooden waterskis, that look like they were never used, for the scooter project.  A circa 1900 two-handed 30" serrated corn knife (exciting, looks like it was made for the zombie wars).  A proper miter saw with a frame to keep the saw straight and infinitely adjustable angle, left or right. 

Also a miniature ciupaga, rather like this (http://www.polandbymail.com/i/40/highlander-ciupaga-traditional-motifs.htm) except child-sized (about 24") and without the ice spikes or spearpoint, but the head is a bit nicer.  Weird.  And I bought a thing that looked like a cross between a woodwind and a potato masher grenade, labeled "Old Thing", that turns out to be one of these (http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Antique-Thread-Spool-Wood-10in-1900-Antique/1033123) except over a foot tall and cross-drilled as if for ventilation or something.

Oh, and a circa 1910 ulu-type chopper, because what the hell.

All for under $100.  Haven't really done the mad-money thing in a long time, so that was fun.  The saw and skis (assuming I do actually build the scooter) will be functional. and they were the most expensive.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 23, 2012, 02:45:39 PM
Oh, I also got a big 20" bastard file in there, too, because I have a feeling the scooter project will require some filing.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 24, 2012, 12:17:39 PM
This could be yours (http://www.stevenhughes.net/2012/08/20/giant-humpty-hump-head-needs-a-home-and-can-be-yours/)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on August 27, 2012, 01:10:25 PM
good idea or no? (http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-urn-will-turn-you-into-a-tree-after-you-die)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on August 27, 2012, 03:49:48 PM
I like that!  :detta:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on August 27, 2012, 04:22:01 PM
I like that!  :detta:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2012, 05:53:02 PM
Memorial forest > stone cemetery.

In a town I grew up in, they had a colonial-era graveyard (still in use; quite a range of headstone styles), but one famous guy . . . naturally I forget who . . . had an oak tree planted on top of his grave back in 17something.  The thin tombstone was semi-embedded in the base of the tree when I was a kid.  Tree was huge.

You can't really do better.  Insurance policy could have a new tree planted if something happens to yours.  Service could propagate the tree if it needs its seeds scattered. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2012, 06:02:25 PM
So.  Took EL from work and went shopping at the local Volunteers of America.  Tomorrow is half-price day (always the last Tuesday of the month), but I work open to close on Tuesdays.  :whatever:

She spent like $10 and got four sweaters and two shirts.  She mightily wanted shoes, but we don't pay her much, alas, so she's strict about the impulse shopping, even at those prices.  She might go back tomorrow with one of the other clerks, though.

God, they have such awesome furniture there.  Needs reupholstering and such, but still.

Anyway.  I got a 20" boy's BMX bike for $12 to cut up for my scooter project.  I was hoping for 16" wheels, but kids' bikes that small generally don't have terribly strong wheels (go figure), and adult wheels that size are rare and, thus, expensive.  Good enough.  This bike needs a new rear tire, but the front one's good, both wheels are straight, the fork is useable, and the coaster brake works a treat.  Fork is drilled for a V-brake, so I can put one on the front wheel.

Also bought rollerblades for $8.  Seven good wheels out of eight, and I only need one rail.  Fascinating design, actually -- the size is adjustable from 4-6, and the whole thing is pretty modular.  They make my $150 rollerblades from 1992 look downright primitive.  Disassembling them was just challenging enough to be amusing.

And I got a genuine old-fashioned milk crate, with the SMALL holes so it doesn't suck.  A Kodak film projector that appears to have never been used (I really just want the case and the optic, but the projector is pretty cool).  And two books for the shop.  Just under $30 altogether.  And I resisted buying many pieces of fascinating junk . . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on August 27, 2012, 07:33:30 PM
What is this "scooter project" you keep going on about?
With the parts you're buying, it almost sounds like a soapbox derby car.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 27, 2012, 07:44:29 PM
Yeah, I'm building a scooter / push bike thing.  I don't know why, but I feel less paranoid about riding such a thing around here, maybe because of the lower center of gravity.

My car is getting to the point where I should save it for special occasions, and I live three miles from work, with few hills.  My bike is crap, plus I was already knocked off it by an SUV once (what, last year? something like that), and I have an electric assist motor that I may even be able to get to work.

Plus, I like projects.  The trick is finishing them.  Walking to work is a pain, so I have some extra motivation.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on August 29, 2012, 12:55:37 PM
Are you going to add an electric motor to it?  Rechargeable battery pack vest, and you'll start a new suicide bomber-esque fashion trend.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 29, 2012, 01:42:45 PM
I have a 24v 450W motor and two 12v 8Ah batteries, a controller, a throttle, a charger.  No wiring diagrams, and I am distinctly not good at electrical stuff, which is why I never mounted the motor on my bike.

If the scooter winds up being lighter than a bike, the motor is probably overkill.  But if so I can run it half-voltage and double my range.  If I screw up the wiring, I may ruin the batteries, but que sera, que sera.  The price of batteries in that range has actually dropped quite a bit recently, so long as you want lead-acid and not lithium or such.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on August 29, 2012, 03:12:00 PM
Are you going to add an electric motor to it?  Rechargeable battery pack vest, and you'll start a new suicide bomber-esque fashion trend.

next week -

Bizarre Confessions/General/Politics, Government & The Law/News you DID need:

Man killed while riding scooter with battery vest.

Police shot and killed a man riding a motorized scooter. They mistook the battery vest he was wearing for a bomb. The victim's name has not been released.

A/P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 29, 2012, 03:15:19 PM
:lol:

The batteries are heavy, and I want a low center of gravity, so I won't be wearing them.

I do own the parts for a battery-operated vest.  Er, the heated kind, I mean.  But it just doesn't get that cold here in recent years, so I've never installed them in anything.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on August 29, 2012, 04:05:58 PM
Battery ankle weights = lower center of gravity.  Or maybe go with the load-wear that the young fellas seem to like to wear.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 29, 2012, 08:09:33 PM
:huh:  I'll mostly be kick-pushing the thing, so I don't think I'll wear the batteries on my ankles. 

I think I'm going to build an enclosure over the rear wheel for the motor and batteries.  The motor has a cog on it that takes a chain larger than a bike chain -- I think it's a 25, but I don't have a size gauge, and I can't for the life of me get the thing off.  Appallingly, I don't own a chain whip.

This whole project would be a lot easier if I could weld, but it is what it is.  There's nothing like a good bodge.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 29, 2012, 09:05:27 PM
Appallingly, I don't own a chain whip.

Oddly, I do. Stop by any time to pick it up.

(I have a cassette-based cogset on my mountain bike and this is the only way I can remove it)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on August 29, 2012, 09:09:58 PM
you can't weld?

   :shock:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on August 29, 2012, 09:19:16 PM
...and I can't for the life of me get the thing off.  Appallingly, I don't own a chain whip....

FSTOOCOTD
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 29, 2012, 10:02:21 PM
EXACTLY.



Well, I should say that I haven't welded since a small amount I did back in junior high.  I might be able to weld.  I wouldn't want to buy a rig and just give it a whirl -- between the money and the recipe for disaster, yeesh.

But I can cut the bike frame creatively, bend pieces, drill holes, and bolt.  I just ordered a disk cutter and an angle grinder from Harbor Freight yesterday.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 06, 2012, 12:09:27 PM
ATTENTION RETAILERS:

When you say "Call for price!" or "See price in cart!" or "Price too low to print!" . . . I just go somewhere else to buy.  Don't treat me like a jerk if you want me to buy something from you.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 06, 2012, 09:51:04 PM
I want this (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ef0e/) AND it's on sale, but odds are either it wouldn't work with my ancient car . . . or my car would die shortly after I got it.

It is awesome, however.  I have to say, though, that the video ad for it on the page is INSANELY bad.  It's an ad for a sound effect device . . . and it has terrible obtrusive background music.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 09, 2012, 08:07:23 AM
is this a deal or no? (https://www.dealchicken.com/national/17576)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 09, 2012, 08:19:20 AM
Heh. They don't even give you a manufacturer's name, much less a model number or anything. They either don't want you comparing, or they don't want you to know who made it. Or at least that's how it appears to me - I know nothing about tablets.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 09, 2012, 08:27:56 AM
I distrust the Deal Chicken, but I also don't want an Android tablet, so I'm not really a good judge.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 09, 2012, 08:39:14 AM
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too Mo.  My daughter has been wanting a tablet and we are really strapped for cash so I was just grasping for straws I guess.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 14, 2012, 11:46:03 AM
any thoughts on this deal? (http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-10-inch-motorola-xoom-tablet?utm_medium=email&utm_source=channel_goods-deals&sid=11256055&user=b87b78ab7838d59a53a8cc0eeeadd161921e4927d76720105c8e50293a5a5001&utm_campaign=11256055&s=body&d=gg-10-inch-motorola-xoom-tablet&p=4&c=deal_button)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 14, 2012, 02:20:22 PM
If it's comparable to an iPad, it's probably a great deal.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on September 14, 2012, 03:04:08 PM
any thoughts on this deal? (http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-10-inch-motorola-xoom-tablet?utm_medium=email&utm_source=channel_goods-deals&sid=11256055&user=b87b78ab7838d59a53a8cc0eeeadd161921e4927d76720105c8e50293a5a5001&utm_campaign=11256055&s=body&d=gg-10-inch-motorola-xoom-tablet&p=4&c=deal_button)
That's a pretty fair price; although apparently Cowboom has it slightly lower (http://www.cowboom.com/product/1051002) (today at least), so you may want to consider that.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 14, 2012, 04:37:19 PM
Google's Nexus 7 (http://www.google.com/nexus/#/7) is $199. Not sure if that's the kind of tablet you're looking for.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 15, 2012, 07:58:52 AM
I hadn't looked at that one yet.  It looks nice but to get 16 GB it bumps it up to $249.  It looks like everything I look at that gots what we wants is gonna be $250 without accessories.   I might have to make it a Christmas/Hannukah present instead of a late birthday one.  Not having money sucks balls.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 16, 2012, 09:20:13 PM
I hear that. :hug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on September 16, 2012, 10:32:37 PM
Damn, I love the consignment store.  I got Lilia 3 pairs of jeans and a dress for $17.  She didn't have any jeans left that weren't 5 inches too short.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 17, 2012, 01:20:11 PM
Just call them capri pants.  Sadly with boys, they're called floods.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 17, 2012, 01:41:51 PM
Many girls around here clearly outgrow their clothes and can't afford new ones.  It's especially sad when we get high school girls in here, wearing sweatpants from early junior high, even though they're shopping with clearly affluent parents.

I mean, I guess I'd rather they spent the money on books, but I'm glad they're not paying top dollar for new books because they need to save money for bigger clothes.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on September 17, 2012, 01:48:33 PM
That reminds me I have a box of about 6 pairs of pants to send to you. 5S, 6S, and at least 1 size 7. Sophie is in some of those sizes but I pulled out the one that fit her.  Skinny brat. Needs an adjustable waist or they won't work.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on September 17, 2012, 02:19:46 PM
No problem!  I completely forgot about that arrangement.   :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on September 17, 2012, 04:52:44 PM
Will those work?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on September 17, 2012, 05:22:47 PM
Yep!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on September 17, 2012, 07:41:15 PM
Quote from: Issaquah mom
Hi Moms! I'm selling our now 5 year old's baby swivel rocker. It's made by Best Chairs--their Storytime Series. It's uber comfortable and in great condition. So sad to lose the last piece of baby furniture we have, but the kiddo wants it out so he can put a giant bean bag in its place :( Bought for $600--selling for $125.

Dude.  You're going to take a $475 loss because your 5-year-old wants a beanbag?  WTF.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: GB on September 17, 2012, 08:42:03 PM
Quote from: Issaquah mom
Hi Moms! I'm selling our now 5 year old's baby swivel rocker. It's made by Best Chairs--their Storytime Series. It's uber comfortable and in great condition. So sad to lose the last piece of baby furniture we have, but the kiddo wants it out so he can put a giant bean bag in its place :( Bought for $600--selling for $125.

Dude.  You're going to take a $475 loss because your 5-year-old wants a beanbag?  WTF.

I'm more baffled by the purchase of a $600 kid's chair.  I clearly don't love my boys enough.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 17, 2012, 09:07:02 PM
:trance:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on September 17, 2012, 10:05:17 PM
That kid can suck it up and either sit in that chair, or on the floor.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on September 17, 2012, 10:51:50 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure the entire contents of Lilia's room cost us $600.  IKEA!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 18, 2012, 12:15:38 AM
Coulda bought the kid an iPad instead of a chair.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 18, 2012, 11:31:28 AM
it's a nurser rocker for mother and child. it sounds like the chair has just been in the kids room the whole time. it's probably a mess.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on September 19, 2012, 09:30:14 PM
I seriously wouldn't pay full price for a 5-year-old, let alone a 5-year-old chair.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 24, 2012, 09:35:54 AM
Some 5 year olds might be worth full price even used.

OK, look at this tablet deal and tell me what you thinks.  The only thing I see is that it's only 3.0 version (everything now is at least 4.0 or more)

http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-asus-transformer-tablet-with-dock?c=all&p=18 (http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-asus-transformer-tablet-with-dock?c=all&p=18)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on September 24, 2012, 09:51:42 AM
I have that tablet; actually both me and my wife do. It's gotten an update to 4.0 now, so if you buy it you'll just need to download the Asus-provided update and you'll be good to go. Caveat emptor: when they initially rolled out the 4.0 update, it caused our tablets to randomly reboot about once a day, so you'd have to power it on manually. The following 3-4 updates resolved that issue, so you probably will reap the benefit of waiting till after all that stuff is past, but it's something to know.

Aside from that, my experience has been pretty great. I use it a lot for when I'm sitting on the couch or in bed and don't want to get up and go look at a computer for stuff (and want a larger screen than my cell phone), some gaming, and watching TV shows and movies when I'm not at home.

Pricing at the time for both the tablet and the dock: $419. The groupon price is much better.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 24, 2012, 10:31:51 AM
Thanks,
what does this mean?  •Wireless Option: 802.11 b/g/n

We use an airport at home, am I good with that?

Why yes, I am computer stupid, why do you ask?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on September 24, 2012, 10:45:43 AM
That indicates that the wireless options include WiFi B/G/N radios. All of those radios are in this device, so it'll work with most WiFi routers; though I suppose if you're near a 802.11 A router you'll have problems (nobody uses A anymore). Pretty sure it'll work with the AirPort.

I think the reason they specify the wireless options is to make sure people understand it doesn't have a 3G or 4G radio built-in; you won't get internet on this thing where there's no WiFi. That's not a deal-breaker in my mind, but some people are willing to pay a premium for it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 24, 2012, 12:20:46 PM
I have a friend who works at Asus.  Sounds like a great deal.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 24, 2012, 08:09:01 PM
Alright, I bought it, when I get it if I need help with the update can I call on your expertise?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 25, 2012, 12:01:05 AM
Alright, I bought it, when I get it if I need help with the update can I call on your expertise?

JEALOUS  :harumph:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on September 25, 2012, 06:57:29 AM
Alright, I bought it, when I get it if I need help with the update can I call on your expertise?

No frickin' way, you're on your own.


....

Nah, kidding. I won't speak for anyone else, but I'll gladly provide what help I can. It's dead simple to update, you just wait until it prompts you (might not be immediate; you can go in the settings and have it check for updates, but that might or might not produce results.) and tell it you want to accept the Asus Firmware Update, and it'll handle the rest. If you get stuck during the update; there's some major jumping through hoops to get it back to normal, so let's hope that doesn't occur. It's rare, though; just make sure you've charged it completely first- it will not charge during the update even if it's plugged in, so if the battery's low it may die and become a nifty flat paperweight.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 25, 2012, 07:32:43 AM
SWEET!  And TOA don't be jealous.  I put it on the cc because I don't really have the money but I promised Toby for her birthday in July that I would get one for her.  I ended up not having the money to spend and I've been watching for a good deal ever since.  This seemed like it so I took it.  I don't like breaking promises.  DON'T LIKE IT!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 25, 2012, 10:57:54 AM
:detta:  She's a charmer, there's no way you could resist anyway.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 25, 2012, 11:44:44 AM
you could get her a p-p-p-power mac for much cheaper. (http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 25, 2012, 12:05:43 PM
PARCEL FORCE
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 25, 2012, 12:09:22 PM
http://www.thisisabikepump.com/ Wife is thinking about getting this for a brother-in-law. I just can't imagine going to somebody that has an air compressor and asking them to let me insert something into their equipment (  :knotty: ) so I can fill the bike's tires.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 25, 2012, 12:14:18 PM
My brother has two compressors, and both of them came with adaptors for fitting standard valves like bike and car tires have.  The adaptors are like $1 at hardware stores.  Do a lot of people own compressors but not have those fittings?  I guess maybe they might not be able to find them, while you, a stranger, are in their driveway asking for a favor, or whatever.

There are worse product ideas in the world.  But I think I'd spend more time working on indestructible bike tires.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on September 25, 2012, 06:10:40 PM
I mean, the theory of having an air chuck on your keyring is pretty nice if you're someone who bikes a lot in the city; but you can get one much cheaper, as Axe says. Harbor Freight will sell you a pack of them for the price these guys are asking. Dunno. To each his own, I guess.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 25, 2012, 06:29:17 PM
it's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

buy him a bike pump.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 25, 2012, 06:41:51 PM
And put THAT on a key chain. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 25, 2012, 07:52:31 PM
I have a bike pump that's almost light enough to put on a keychain.  It's not tiny, but I've owned Sharpies almost as large.

It does take forever to refill a tire with it, but it's better than no bike pump.  In the city, carry four quarters and find a gas station, is what I figure.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 25, 2012, 10:25:51 PM
They ride out on trails, so I don't see much use in it, but my wife was planning.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hisey on September 26, 2012, 01:32:55 PM
Saturday, I got the first new outfit of 2012. Shoes, too. No wonder I hate all my clothes.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 26, 2012, 04:39:27 PM
All my clothes are falling apart, but I don't want to buy anything new until I lose more weight -- but then I'd be able to fit into most of my nicer clothes.   :whatever:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 26, 2012, 04:44:06 PM
Oh! Regarding technical things, and I can't find the discussion now (it was some time ago) --

What the hell is the thing called that you can put a hard drive into and use as a back up hard drive, like maybe with a USN connection or something.

(This is the problem with how my brain works these days. Can't find words.)

I have a small window of time to purchase it before the accountant :eyeroll:  in the household starts complaining about finances again. 

I remember someone saying I could get one for about $40. This is for the old hard drive from our second MacMini, I'd like to use it to back up shit on the current MacMinis before Something Bad Happens.  :uncertain:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on September 26, 2012, 05:05:21 PM
Enclosure. External hard drive enclosure. And it's USB (just in case you need it; stands for Universal Serial Bus); USN is the group that sends ships out to patrol the oceans.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 26, 2012, 05:08:55 PM
haha, thanks!

I don't proofread like I used to be able to. Words look fine that aren't; words that are right look wrong to me now. So much for my career in journalism. :thumbsdn:

At least I do remember what a USB is.  :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 26, 2012, 05:19:28 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182145
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 26, 2012, 08:35:59 PM
There's a wide variety of drive things. 

- An adaptor (search "usb hard drive adaptor") just clips onto the drive and has a USB connector; some have a separate power cord.  The drive isn't protected, but adaptors like that can be had for under $10.

- An enclosure, yeah, is like the one pdrake linked to.  A wide range of prices are available, from $10 up.

- A dock is a box that sits on the desk looking kind of like a high-tech toaster with USB and power cables, and you plug the drive in like a Pop-Tart, turn the thing on, and bingo.  These can be had for about $20 and up.  The more expensive ones let you plug in multiple hard drives at once, side by side.

BUT the thing is that they're specific to drive type (SATA, IDE, etc), and the enclosures are specific to drive size (2.5" notebook-sized, 3.5" desktop-sized).  The docks will often work with either size, but they're more sensitive to bumping, spills, etc, than enclosures.

For $40-$50, you can get a whole USB external hard drive itself, probably in the 40-50 GB range, if you shop Newegg / TigerDirect / etc.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 27, 2012, 04:08:29 AM
I'd just like to be able to use the hard drive I already have from the previous Intel MacMini -- this Rosewell enclosure you linked to pdrake looks like it would fit that little tiny hard drive. And only 6.99? I don't have to worry about the little drive getting hot or anything?

I really hate being so mentally obtuse these days -- I appreciate everyone's patience with me.  :love:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 27, 2012, 06:57:08 AM
I've never looked at one like pdrake linked. I'm not clear on exactly how that connects to the HD. I assume you open the box and the connections are inside. There are like 32 pages of reviews on the product, and a lot of them complain about the screws that hold the cover on not lining up with the holes, but other than that, most of the reviews are positive. Good question about the heat - seems like it's totally enclosed. :shrug:

I've only used ones like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002), which is linked on that page. With this, the HD is totally exposed, for better or worse. It also has its own power cord, instead of running off your mini's power via USB. Not sure how big of an advantage that is, maybe an inconvenience, because you'd have to power this thing up seperately, whereas the other one would power up when you boot your mini.

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Post by: First Post on September 27, 2012, 07:06:54 AM
also that's an IDE and I think the Mac Minis are SATA? not sure tho. either way, you can get enclosures for both. and yes, the drive connects internally and you snap the little enclosure case over it and plug it into the USB, very simple to do.



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Post by: random axe on September 27, 2012, 07:08:32 AM
Yeah, that's the difference between the adaptor and the enclosure.

Heat is mostly only a problem if the drive runs constantly, or if the enclosure has stuff piled on it, etc.  In my experience, anyway.  If the enclosure is just sitting on the desk, it should be fine.  Some of them buzz a bit when the drive's running, but if you just sit it on a folded piece of cloth, etc, it'll be quieter.  Just don't wrap it up entirely . . . .
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Post by: mo on September 27, 2012, 07:49:51 AM
also that's an IDE and I think the Mac Minis are SATA? not sure tho. either way, you can get enclosures for both.

Good point, I didn't even notice that, but it appears the original minis were IDE (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1831221?start=0&tstart=0), which is weird to me because I know the old G3/4's were SATA, and they predated minis. Anyway, TOA, you said the old one was Intel, which I think would be SATA. Here are the different models of minis (http://www.lowendmac.com/mini/mac-mini-index.html), if you know which one you have, we could be more certain.
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Post by: mo on September 27, 2012, 07:51:37 AM
Just don't wrap it up entirely . . . .

What not to crochet
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Post by: flipper on September 27, 2012, 11:44:08 AM
:galm:  A hard drive cozy!
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Post by: mybabysmomma on September 27, 2012, 12:43:02 PM
speaking of cozies, I need a bread box.  does anyone still make those?
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Post by: pdrake on September 27, 2012, 12:45:51 PM
did you break your google?
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Post by: mybabysmomma on September 27, 2012, 12:53:10 PM
no but I'm at work
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Post by: pdrake on September 27, 2012, 12:56:30 PM
i'm not sure of that correlation, but you can get all kinds of nifty bread boxes these days. a lot of people use bags, too.
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Post by: mybabysmomma on September 27, 2012, 01:00:39 PM
I'm not supposed to be going there at work so much.  I need it to keep dogs from eating loaves of bread while I'm away.  We have one now who's tall enough that his head is above counter level.  I have to keep the bread on top of the fridge and I'm not really tall enough for that.
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Post by: flipper on September 27, 2012, 01:26:25 PM
Explains.  If the motivation is there, a breadbox might not work.  Might only slow them down.
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 27, 2012, 01:37:46 PM
I'd just like to know how big they are.


That will help me FINALLY win at that game.
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Post by: mybabysmomma on September 27, 2012, 02:11:52 PM
 :rollin:
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Post by: flipper on September 27, 2012, 02:15:13 PM
So is the breadbox bigger than a breadbox?
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Post by: Hedaira on September 27, 2012, 03:35:59 PM
Options:  http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=13880451
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Post by: pdrake on September 27, 2012, 04:06:40 PM
option (only $11):

(http://www.armysurplusworld.com/custom/photos/50calcan.jpg)
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Post by: the other andrea on September 27, 2012, 04:32:55 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by: flipper on September 27, 2012, 04:54:19 PM
German Shepherds could probably bite through that.
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Post by: random axe on September 27, 2012, 05:55:28 PM
I have a bunch of ammo cans like those.  No matter how I clean them, they still smell of petrochem.
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Post by: mybabysmomma on September 27, 2012, 06:22:58 PM
German Shepherds could probably bite through that.
Yeah, that's a definite.

They ate a crib mattress the other day.  Well, not the whole thing but still.
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Post by: flipper on September 27, 2012, 06:50:54 PM
They were saving some for later.
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Post by: mybabysmomma on October 05, 2012, 07:01:29 PM
The ASUS arrived today.  I charged it all up.  Get ready for some questions people, cause I have a feeling they be comin.
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Post by: pdrake on October 06, 2012, 03:16:39 AM
i'm getting emails from amazon telling me about all the bread boxes they have to offer.

 :eyeroll:
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Post by: phyre on October 06, 2012, 04:04:40 PM
The ASUS arrived today.  I charged it all up.  Get ready for some questions people, cause I have a feeling they be comin.

Woo! Enjoy it.

I should come up with a list of recommended apps for it. I usually just google "best tablet app for ____", fill the blank with whatever you need. Off the cuff, I'll throw in Pocket (maybe Flipboard, heard good things) for reading stuff later, Netflix (if you have an account. If not, check with your cable provider, Comcast has an Xfinity app which provides some good stuff). Angry Birds (Space is my favorite), and Dolphin Browser HD. Oh, and the Accuweather tablet app is the best I've found for that form factor. I haven't rooted mine yet, since it's not been necessary, but that's something to consider.
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Post by: flipper on October 09, 2012, 04:42:33 PM
i'm getting emails from amazon telling me about all the bread boxes they have to offer.

 :eyeroll:

Do they have German Shepherd grade chew-proof ones?
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Post by: mybabysmomma on October 10, 2012, 12:29:55 PM
i'm getting emails from amazon telling me about all the bread boxes they have to offer.

 :eyeroll:

Do they have German Shepherd grade chew-proof ones?

Make that German Shepherd/Great Dane grade chew-proof ones.
 :lol:
I might just need to go to a camping place and get a bear proof container.
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Post by: random axe on October 13, 2012, 11:01:03 PM
So . . . I really need to plastic the underside of my roof.  Can't possibly re-roof, so I'll reseal from beneath (again) as best I can and put up the plastic.  Leave venting space between the rafters, etc.  Should reduce air infiltration a lot and help keep the rain out.  (Ideally I'd put up rigid insulation and then plastic, but $$$.)

It takes a lot of plastic.  I shopped around, and it seems pretty standard that 10x25' of 4 mil plastic is around $25.  I'd need five rolls, to be safe.  That's expensive.  Four mil is the bottom end of what's sold as 'heavy-duty' plastic sheeting; 3 mil is 'medium-duty', and medium-duty will eventually rip itself off of staples under its own weight unless you use a staple every six inches or so.

I ended up at Harbor Freight's site, which has the 4 mil plastic at $25, same as most places.  Hmph.  But over in the sidebar the site recommended that I also buy a plastic dropcloth.  Which is 13x16' (odd size, maybe actually 4x5 m?) and a hefty 6 mil and costs . . . $2.

WELL.  I may not be a smart man, but I know what money is.  So I ordered 12 farking dropcloths for the price of one roll of plastic sheeting.  I think that gives me more than twice as much plastic as I need, but at that price I can't be assed to do math.

:shrug:

I am (for once) not complaining.
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 13, 2012, 11:10:00 PM
:galm:

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Post by: phyre on October 15, 2012, 11:02:17 AM
... I may not be a smart man ...

You're probably the only person alive who'd claim that.
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Post by: pdrake on October 15, 2012, 12:13:33 PM
check this site:

http://www.uline.com/Product/AdvSearchResult.aspx?KeywordTyped=sheet&keywords=Plastic%20Sheeting%20
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Post by: random axe on October 15, 2012, 12:59:41 PM
Huh!  I get Uline catalogs, but their stuff is usually really expensive unless you're buying in bulk quantities.  That's really interesting.  Makes me wonder what else they have.

See, if I did have real disposable income, I would just buy crazy stuff and not get around to using half of it.  I'd need to be wealthy enough to not need a real job . . . .
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 15, 2012, 04:59:43 PM
Dang, I have a need for honeycomb void fill cardbroad but not $300 worth.
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Post by: phyre on October 15, 2012, 06:39:06 PM
... cardbroad ...

Paper women again?
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Post by: Sidious on October 15, 2012, 07:16:10 PM
... cardbroad ...

Paper women again?


 :lol:
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Post by: random axe on October 15, 2012, 07:26:00 PM
Presumably honeycomb void fill's big, yeah yeah yeah.
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Post by: the other andrea on October 15, 2012, 07:32:18 PM
I just need ONE furnace filter, assholes. Not a $200 box of 6.  :harumph:
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 15, 2012, 09:01:44 PM
/me is familiar with this goddamn problem
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Post by: Hedaira on October 16, 2012, 11:29:15 AM
 :lol:

I'm the opposite. I just get six for ~$80 from Amazon. Prime, so no shipping.
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Post by: the other andrea on October 16, 2012, 01:39:20 PM
It doesn't automatically occur to certain members of this household that these things are more conveniently purchased online.  :rolleyes:
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Post by: the other andrea on October 16, 2012, 02:44:43 PM
Oh, yes, and they are available on Amazon, I looked them up: a box of 6 for $61, free shipping.

"But we only need one... we don't know how much longer we're going to be in this house."   

"SO BUY THE BOX AND SELL THE REST ON EBAY" *head explodes*

"Naw, I'll call the hardware store again tomorrow and ask if I can order just one. At the time I called before, I didn't realize it would be so hard to find them in person." 

:stbm:
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Post by: mybabysmomma on October 17, 2012, 09:28:16 AM
 :lol:  I think it was here we discussed Bic's for Her pens.  You know, pointing and making fun.  Guess what I just received from a vendor as a gift.  I'll let you know if it makes me feel more like a woman.
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Post by: phyre on October 17, 2012, 10:54:34 AM
That's awesome!
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Post by: pdrake on October 17, 2012, 11:20:15 AM
do they smell like massengill?
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Post by: mybabysmomma on October 17, 2012, 11:24:13 AM
I don't know what Massengill smells like.
They do not smell like fish.  I know what fish smells like.
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Post by: feffer on October 17, 2012, 12:12:59 PM
Do they make your handwriting more delicate and flowery?
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Post by: mybabysmomma on October 17, 2012, 12:54:15 PM
They aren't magical.  :eyeroll:

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Post by: random axe on October 17, 2012, 03:14:46 PM
If the ads can be believed, Massengill smells like summer rain.

So, uh, hot asphalt and ozone, I guess.
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Post by: Sidious on October 17, 2012, 04:28:39 PM
If the ads can be believed, Massengill smells like summer rain.

So, uh, hot asphalt and ozone, I guess.

It gives women the confidence to be active and happy.
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Post by: Hisey on October 17, 2012, 08:36:10 PM
... cardbroad ...

Paper women again?

For the binders.
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Post by: random axe on October 19, 2012, 09:24:39 PM
WELL weirdly Harbor Freight never sent me a shipping notification, this time around, but the stuff arrived today.  Not as fast as they used to ship stuff, but no big deal.

On the other hand, the dropcloths turn out to be maybe 2 mil, not the advertised 6 mil.  On the one hand, yeah, the description was wrong, which is annoying, and I can't use them for the thing I bought them for, which is also annoying.  Too good to be true, I guess.

On the other hand, they still cost almost nothing, and sheet plastic is always useful.  I have a lot of plaster sanding to do in the next year, and these are too thin to use as dropcloths you'd walk on but will work great as hanging dust barriers, for one thing.

So maybe Uline.  I'll look tomorrow.  One thing that did occur to me is that I could buy tarps cheaper than I can buy plastic sheeting.  The application in question is indoors, so UV isn't an issue, but I'm not sure if the temperature changes would make them brittle and crumbly.  I'll probably just go ahead and buy the dumb plastic sheeting.
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 20, 2012, 08:32:36 PM
sheet plastic is always useful. 

keeps the blood off the walls
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Post by: random axe on October 20, 2012, 09:21:09 PM
Yeah, that doesn't really work too well.  Forensics are hard to beat, but . . . .

Actually, I won't speculate in a public forum about how to beat forensics.  :innocent:
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 20, 2012, 10:57:05 PM
:harumph:

I was talking about Halloween preparations
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Post by: Hedaira on October 20, 2012, 11:55:16 PM
Hydrogen peroxide and bleach. WAT
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Post by: pdrake on October 21, 2012, 02:00:02 AM
everything i need to know i learned from dexter.
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Post by: random axe on October 21, 2012, 07:53:51 AM
:lol:  You gonna get caught.
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 09, 2012, 01:45:19 PM
anyone ever bought booze from nakedwines.com?

I have this coupon here which might be good for $100 if I buy a case or more for $160, which, uh, maybe I don't wanna have that much wine on hand all the time but anyway. Considering it. good firm?
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Post by: phyre on November 09, 2012, 03:08:36 PM
Dunno, but let me know how it turns out.
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Post by: random axe on December 07, 2012, 02:28:21 PM
This (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/dual-beverage-dispenser-backpack-from-wyndham-house.aspx?a=1109808) plus vegetable oil plus two or three dozen lightsticks = winning con costume.  :lol:
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Post by: random axe on December 17, 2012, 09:32:14 PM
Seven and a half ugh hours of Xmas shopping today.  Fortunately, with my brother -- when it's just the two of us, it's usually pretty light-hearted.

I'm in that apathy of Why The Fuck Not, so I also bought some stuff for myself, on impulse.  All DVDs this time, because we were hitting the bargain racks at Target and Big Lots and also went to the used DVD place.  I got:

The Impostors
Safe Men
Hamlet 2
Miracles
(Jackie Chan film)
Airplane!
Airplane II
Iron Monkey
Shaolin Soccer
(the uncut version with the musical number, etc)
Raising Arizona
Blazing Saddles
Lexx
(entire TV series, uncut)

Total cost . . . $39.   

Woooooo . . . .
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Post by: flipper on December 18, 2012, 12:15:38 AM
Nice :detta:
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Post by: the other andrea on December 18, 2012, 02:18:35 AM
indeed!  :detta:
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 19, 2012, 11:41:10 PM
*cough*Mme (http://theworstthingsforsale.com/post/38087713835/theres-nothing-wrong-with-an-adult-toy-maybe-you)*cough*
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Post by: flipper on December 20, 2012, 12:00:55 AM
In a pack of four!
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Post by: random axe on December 20, 2012, 11:05:37 AM
Quote
There just aren’t that many more things you can do with 4 Bitch Fists than you can with one.

Impoverished imagination.
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Post by: random axe on January 03, 2013, 06:52:02 PM
Went thrifting this morning with EL and HS.  We hit about six places, including one of those hotel-to-home places. 

That hotel one was peculiar -- only about a third of it was secondhand hotel furnishings.  The rest was a mix of overstock, estate, and antique stuff.  The pricing was truly strange; for the most part, the cheap stuff was expensive and the expensive stuff was cheap.  A crap particle board bedside table with noticeable wear and a hole drilled in it where a lamp had once been attached, $60.  But a queen-size oak sleigh bed from a B&B was $500.  Almost all the stuff was like that.  Weird.

We also hit up a new new-and-used book store that's about fifteen or twenty minutes from our shop.  Almost everything they had was remaindered, overstock, or rejected, but it wasn't all bad, and their prices were only a little higher than ours.  They had a lot of stuff that Sam's Club had tried to sell at a discount and given up on, for instance.  And their manga section wasn't good -- I'd never heard of any of the titles they had.

Also, they had some sections roughly alphabetical from left to right . . . and some from right to left.  The Mystery section was half one direction and half the other.  I don't even want to know what's up with that.  Plus, although we were subtle about it, we kept saying, "Ooh -- I want this display unit!" instead of wanting the books.  I couldn't think of a diplomatic way to ask where they buy their display units.
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Post by: random axe on January 11, 2013, 04:40:52 PM
In my ongoing crazy salvage phase, I got one of these industrial backpack vacuums (http://systemhygiene.co.uk/products/machinery-vacuums/cylinder-vacuums-2/rsv200-back-pack-vacuum-each-product.html) for . . . $8.  It looked almost new.  The wands and nozzle were missing, but big whoop.

Got it home and opened it.  How new is it?  The original demo filter bag from the factory was still in it, and only about 1/3 full.  Why was it surplus?  Because someone tried to vacuum vomit with it, and it's not a wet/dry vac.  It smells only faintly, and I obviously won't continue using that filter bag.  The motor, though, doesn't turn on.  Still worth the $250 discount, to me.  We desperately need an appropriate vacuum for the shop.

Ten minutes to pull the motor out.  Beats me.  Fancy 1100W motor with a capacitor the size of a pimp's money roll and wires all over the place.  Finding a suitable replacement motor is no big deal; I probably already have one.  Getting the motor out of the housing, though . . . oy

Forty minutes so far, and I'm taking a break, but I think I'm past the hard parts.  I want to reuse the fan and housing if I can . . . .
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Post by: mo on January 11, 2013, 04:54:54 PM
Ruc Sac Back Pack Vac

ack!
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Post by: flipper on January 11, 2013, 07:14:04 PM
Ruck Sack Back Pack Mac (well AR-15 didn't rhyme)


Ack Ack Ack Ack Ack Ack Ack

/minutemen
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Post by: random axe on January 11, 2013, 08:05:49 PM
Sometimes you people are weirder than I am.
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Post by: flipper on January 12, 2013, 01:03:09 AM
/me bows
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Post by: pdrake on January 12, 2013, 01:31:10 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v705/yesyadda/z-187.jpg)
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Post by: random axe on January 20, 2013, 10:57:51 PM
I saw an ad today for a heated mattress pad.  I always wonder if those are actually comfortable and durable enough.  This one was cheap, but it said it was for a full-size mattress . . . and was 25x48".  So, it's for someone who only wants to be partly warm?  :confused:

I currently have an electric blanket, which I only use to preheat the bed.  I shut it off before I go to sleep.  It sucks, frankly -- it's a Biddeford, and it got great reviews at Amazon, but it's positively tepid.  Set it to full power, turn it on, wait twenty minutes, and it's . . . kind of warm.  It doesn't get warmer than that if you wait longer.  And I have two comforters and a blanket on top of it and a foam mattress pad under it. 

But it does work well enough that I can't bring myself to spend money on a new one.  Still, if there's a better brand out there, I wouldn't mind knowing it.  The Amazon reviews for a lot of electric blankets are absurd, with people talking about how this or that one is OK but you have to wait an hour for it to get warm, etc.  No wonder this country can't make a good toaster.
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Post by: mo on January 21, 2013, 09:19:59 AM
Cats. You need more cats.
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Post by: mybabysmomma on January 21, 2013, 10:00:39 AM
Yes, either lots more cats or a couple of big dogs.  It's not Three Dog Night for nothing.
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Post by: random axe on January 21, 2013, 10:12:01 AM
Apparently my snoring annoys the cat.  Usually she leaves the bedroom or moves to her hammock when I turn off the light, but sometimes she crawls over and shoves a paw in my mouth when I start to snore.  It produces an effect that's abrupt and exciting for both of us.

Honestly, since one of the comforters on my bed is a camping sleeping bag, I'm warm enough this winter, and if I put the computers back in my bedroom, I'd be sitting in bed during most hours I wasn't at the shop. 

But the main thing is that if I have an electric blanket, I want shocking heat.  Although, er, not actual shocks.  If I have a space heater in the bathroom, it should be able to blowdry the region between my knees and feet as fast as I can dry my hair when I get out of the shower.  And I'm nearly bald.

You don't have to use things at full power, but they should have full power.  In the same way that any proper car ought to be able to hit 70 MPH, even if you don't actually drive on the highway.
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Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 21, 2013, 10:55:14 AM
We have a heated mattress pad I got for teh w1f3 (at Macy's I think) several years ago and she says it's the best thing I ever got her. It's a queen size so it can accommodate dual controls (she needs way more heat than me), it doesn't use much power (50 W?) and it's really great. Not shocking heat though. Subtle heat, to be sure. But sometimes that's all that's needed, and with blankets the heat gets trapped over time and it can be quite warm. It's also supposed to have more coils at the feet, which makes sense, but I can't really feel a difference. I think the mfr is something like "Westwood"
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Post by: flipper on January 21, 2013, 06:02:37 PM
Yeah, we have one too.  I leave my side off and she sets hers to broil.
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Post by: stormneedle on January 28, 2013, 07:06:35 PM
http://www.micromark.com/microlux-mini-scroll-saw-for-hobby-use,7114.html

I think I'd rather do the sawing by hand on jewelry, even on this compass project I've set myself. But for making doll house furniture?
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Post by: the other andrea on January 28, 2013, 07:14:11 PM
Oh that would be SO awesome for making dollhouse furniture, or even exterior gingerbread and woodwork details.  :detta:

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Post by: stormneedle on February 10, 2013, 03:12:25 PM
The electric blanket died overnight. It's not even two months old, yet. Guess I'm calling customer service tomorrow, and getting a new battery for the multitester.
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Post by: the other andrea on February 18, 2013, 06:32:57 PM
I am a total sucker for buying through Amazon... I love that I can order a capsule making machine, an external hard drive enclosure, a battery charger for a camera, and the soundtrack to Django Unchained in less than 15 minutes, and I never had to leave my computer chair.

And it's okay that it will all arrive in 5-8 days from now. I didn't have to drive all over, walk around a half dozen stores, or have any contact with germ ridden shopping carts.

I have more important things to spend my daily stamina allotment on. Like swimming, or taking a walk.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: pdrake on February 19, 2013, 01:55:45 AM
i've never regretted my amazon prime purchase.
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Post by: stormneedle on May 13, 2013, 11:03:01 AM
http://www.othertees.com/photos/shop/1817d5a16feb21d7fbb91d28e48f5614.jpg
I may finally start buying from this place.
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Post by: the other andrea on May 13, 2013, 05:07:45 PM
That's cool!
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Post by: stormneedle on May 20, 2013, 05:23:13 PM
http://www.moderncat.net/2007/11/28/for-all-you-urpin-hipster-cats/

I want this only to hide it away so nobody knows I have it.
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Post by: mo on May 20, 2013, 06:26:34 PM
 :lol:
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Post by: the other andrea on May 21, 2013, 01:49:14 AM
 :lol:

It's a little classier than just leaving folded up paper towels all over the house to mark the barfbombs.
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Post by: eldiem on May 21, 2013, 11:13:15 AM
I... need that.
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Post by: the other andrea on May 21, 2013, 07:29:33 PM
Have I said lately how much I love shopping on the internet? It means I don't have to go out in public and deal with screaming children and rude adults. I am not just physically exhausted by brick and mortar shopping, it exhausts me mentally.

I still patronize our small and/or local businesses -- we have a great local hardware store, local farmers with their own markets, etc. But being able to buy a set of dry erase markers, filters for my vaporizer and plastic magazine covers all in one order is awesome (granted, it's Amazon, and I am grappling with my feelings about some of their business practices, but I still consider them local).

I've also had some good success simply looking up the brand and style of favorite current clothing items and buying duplicates on eBay or elsewhere (mostly from other small businesses). Free shipping? Yes, please.

Really, anything that can minimize "bad" overexertion, so that I can concentrate on swimming and other physical therapies, is a good thing.
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Post by: random axe on May 23, 2013, 02:52:32 PM
Whatever's good is good.  I somehow apparently got an Amazon Prime membership, if the emails I get from Amazon can be believed.  I'm not sure what's involved, but presumably it's reasonably sweet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on May 23, 2013, 05:31:24 PM
Free shipping if you don't want it rushed, and another source for movies/shows.

I've been paying for it for years, and you get it free. I'll have to figure out what it is I'm doing wrong.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 23, 2013, 05:46:01 PM
I have no money for shopping and no home internet to watch movies.  That's probably why I have it for free.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on May 23, 2013, 07:03:59 PM
i buy my shitty dog her food from prime. it's $8/case with no tax and it's delivered in a day. (it is packaged in a two case pack, though.) at the local grocer it's $12+tax and i have to lug it around.

you should check on cat fud.

it's amazing the stuff you can find that you can have shipped free with prime. i was looking at lathes and a lot of them are covered. i bet shipping on 800lb items can be pretty pricey.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Talix on May 23, 2013, 07:49:29 PM
:lol:

It's a little classier than just leaving folded up paper towels all over the house to mark the barfbombs.

Dammit! Which one of you set up the X10?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on May 23, 2013, 09:43:52 PM
Sorry.   :uncertain:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 09, 2013, 07:53:24 PM
I needed a toner cartridge for my ole reliable Brother laser. Was downtown so I went to Office Max. $72. Seemed high. :huh: Office Min, amirite? Eh no, insulting to Min. ANYWAY. Went back cross town, to Staples. $78. :angry: I told pimply uniformed dude, too much. Wrong. Got to be a mistake. He claimed they'd meet any price. Uh huh. Went home. Got on line. Staples, on line, $68. :nonplused: Amazon, on line, $48, free shipping. :whatever: Well I'm not going to print that out, drive back to staples, and argue with pimply guy, because, annoying. Ordered. Srsly, no reason to live. Customer service? Uuuuuuhhhh ... hmm. No.

Retail is dead.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 10, 2013, 07:53:48 AM
It's hard to imagine what the future retail system is going to look like, but I don't think the current system of strip malls can be supported much longer. There needs to be local showrooms, but not for something like a toner cartridge. I don't think grocery stores will go away, so maybe the answer lies there - some kind of expansion or merger between grocers and online retailers, and only stocking certain items locally, for freshness or physical/visual comparison.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 10, 2013, 09:08:13 AM
See, I think you know exactly what the future of retailers will be like.  :lol:

On-site rapid fabrication should also play a part, but does B&N have on-demand nearly-instant printers yet?  No, because they're idiots.  I hear that full paperback-printing machines are down to like $25k, and less-fancy-cover trade paperback machines are even cheaper.

Again, it's the textbook stores and universities that are especially stupid.  What does a professor-author make per textbook sold?  What does the university make?  On a farking $200 paperback that will be 'obsolete' next year?  But print them in the student union and let the professors and university split the cost of a $40 textbook instead.  Profs can update the text anytime they want.

I used to think the publication credit was the sticking point, but a lot of academic journals have a circulation = the people who submit articles to the journal.  No reason an official but POD textbook shouldn't be equally good for someone's career.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on June 10, 2013, 10:39:15 AM
My FIL gets something like $0.20 per copy, on the first sale only and has to split that with his co-authors. A lot of the academic publishing profit gets taken out due to needing to pay for permissions on copyrighted images, but the increase in cost compared to fiction costs seem out of whack to me. :shrug:

Some publishers are trying to do more print on demand. I haven't heard more than they're working on it, though.

Throw in 3D printing as a component, and things will be interesting soon. I wonder if power will be the limiting factor, or something else.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 10, 2013, 11:05:37 AM
IP rights, is my guess.  Everyone and their cousin will try to tie up anything and everything in court.

Beyond that, raw materials.  What we need isn't 3D printing, by and large, but good automated disassembly.  Tantalum mining, for instance, is a freaking horror show, and all current advanced electronics need the stuff, but very little of it is recycled.  Meanwhile, the landfills are full of billions of cell phones and old computers.

Better manufacturing techniques (carbon circuitry, or aluminum maybe) should eventually limit this sort of problem, but not yet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on June 10, 2013, 11:51:33 AM
Grocery stores are already becoming one stop shopping.  Safeway has a Starbucks inside, a bank inside, redbox kiosks, lottery kiosks, some have optometrists.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 10, 2013, 12:54:14 PM
A lot of Meijers have barbershops inside.  I do not know who uses those, but they seem to stay in business.

In MA, I used to occasionally shop at a giant Stop & Shop that not only had an Uno's Pizza inside but an electric shuttlebus that would take you from one side of the store to the other.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 10, 2013, 02:35:09 PM
 :shock: :drool:

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on June 10, 2013, 02:54:56 PM
Fred Meyer (PNW only I think, but we had one in Chico) was like a ultra-mega-super-target or walmart.  It had a huge department store, a huge grocery store, a jewelry store, automotive supply store, I don't remember what else, but it was like an entire shopping mall under one roof and one name.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 10, 2013, 03:35:46 PM
:shock: :drool:

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/

Um. It looks like an airport trash can, to me. Maybe it's not a really good picture. :harumph:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 10, 2013, 03:44:19 PM
did you look beyond the picture? i'm more interested in the specs. the size is nice, but i'd like to have the processors. i don't mind the big, silver box (except when i have to lug it around).
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on June 10, 2013, 04:08:14 PM
:shock: :drool:

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/

Um. It looks like an airport trash can, to me. Maybe it's not a really good picture. :harumph:
They're stealing ideas from Cray Computing... But that's old news so go ahead and give them a patent on circular architecture.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 10, 2013, 07:01:32 PM
:galm: The Cray was C-shaped!

Yeah, I'm being silly, pdrake. The specs are kind of freaking awesome. It's a goddamn graphics tyrranosaur.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 10, 2013, 07:09:03 PM
The Cube didn't take off, so now they're trying the Tube.

I'm sure it's an awesome machine, the price will be awesome to match, and I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to afford one.

The design of that page is both wonky and a reminder Jobs is dead.

/bitter
/jelly
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on June 10, 2013, 07:56:53 PM
It does look like a trashcan.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 10, 2013, 08:08:41 PM
the biggest thing that bothers me is the lack of expansion slots. if you want an upgraded graphics card or another type of pci card you'll need a separate enclosure. i'd like to replace the processors and buses in my big, silver box with the new stuff.

that kind of fits with the way they've been going.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 10, 2013, 08:33:13 PM
Yeah, the G5 aluminum box was pretty cool. I've got one too, and really don't want to part with it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 10, 2013, 09:27:46 PM
The vast majority of users never stick anything in an expansion slot. However, the vast majority of users aren't going to buy this - it's the minority of users who need serious horsepower and ability to expand that are going to want this. I think it's a bad move. I think they would not have gone this route had Steve been alive (oh god that is so trite I wonder how many pundits are gonna say that this week).

Unless, of course, Thunderbolt is as fast as SATA or whatever? I actually don't know so assume these words are coming transanally.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 10, 2013, 10:05:19 PM
the jury is still out on thunderbolt.

my latest graphics card cost $800. i think people who buy this will want a graphics card that's capable of keeping up with the processors. this is probably more targeted to video/film professionals, people who are doing non-linear video editing. if it's not it should be. anyone who's not doing that kind of work, or major CAD/3D work doesn't need this kind of horse power. i'd love to have it for my CAD/3D work and probably wouldn't need any more graphics power than it comes with.

those type of people will want something like this:

http://www.red.com/store/products/red-rocket-x

i certainly wouldn't need one of those. not that i'd say no if work wanted to buy me one.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 10, 2013, 10:08:18 PM
:drool:

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 10, 2013, 10:56:07 PM
that renders 4K cineon frames in (almost) real time. that's a processor drawing a 30Mb file every 1/24 second while probably applying an effect to it. i'm sure the fans have to work hard to cool that off.

that's the kind of power you used to have a dedicated silicon graphics system like a flame or smoke or nuke to do. there's a reason they went under. cray's not doing so well either. not so bad to have to pay $10K now for the same machine that used to cost $90K-$130K.

for the apple and the end of SGI, it started with final cut pro and the integration of smoke into that. i wonder if they still make money off of that little merger.

the whole FX business has a long pedigree which has ended in a few names which i guess have encompassed all the good parts.

i remember the first high end video card i ever bought. it was $1400 and had 8? processors on it. i think i still have it somewhere. i also remember buying 132Mb of ram for $1100 to help run lightwave 5 or 4. i can't remember. i'm using lightwave 11 now.

i also remember using photoshop 2, but that's another tale.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 11, 2013, 08:50:07 AM
Weird coincidence - articles published today about showrooming and selling groceries online:

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/amazon-groceries

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/06/why-we-can-stop-worrying-a-little-about-the-death-of-showrooming
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 11, 2013, 10:46:51 AM
The vast majority of users never stick anything in an expansion slot.

:demo:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on June 11, 2013, 11:21:13 AM
I wonder if they're cluster-ready. Put them on their sides and connect them with the space between the cylinders holding the wires. The trendy thing in server farms is to have hot and cold aisles and these would seem to be built for that. It'd change the calculations for processor density per square foot in amusing ways.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 11, 2013, 11:23:20 AM
The vast majority of users never stick anything in an expansion slot.

:demo:

Yeah, now everyone just shoves penis drives into the USB vagina slot. Not at all suggestive.

I wonder if they're cluster-ready. Put them on their sides and connect them with the space between the cylinders holding the wires. The trendy thing in server farms is to have hot and cold aisles and these would seem to be built for that. It'd change the calculations for processor density per square foot in amusing ways.

IT guy I biked in with today was baffled at how it wasn't apparently rack mountable. And I bet you can't put it on its side, I bet there's heatflow issues that require it to be upright. Betcha.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 11, 2013, 11:24:38 AM
Also I need to bizarrely confess that I spent like an hour at apple.com yesterday shopping. Because of you people. You people.

Didn't buy anything though. Yet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on June 11, 2013, 11:55:03 AM
I can't afford to buy anything ever again.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 11, 2013, 01:17:56 PM
SO, not to sound stupid, but -- I bought a refurb machine from Newegg awhile back, and it came with a DVI-to-VGA adaptor.  Did not get around to setting the machine up because of a temporary lack of monitors.  In the meantime, brought the DVI adaptor to the other shop, where it was needed for another computer.

Time passes.  I bought a refurb monitor for the machine here, and, yeah, if you plug into the VGA port, it works for boot-up and then stops, telling you that you have to plug the monitor into the video card, not the built-in video adaptor.  Why?  Why would you make the machine so it STOPS if the monitor is plugged into the built-in adaptor?  You aren't even allowed to change this (disable the video card, say) in CMOS.

Fine.  I go to Best Buy and buy a DVI adaptor.  Their last one.  Dudes there tell me "EVERYONE needs those things", which is probably why they cost $20 at Best Buy.  Fuck.

Get back, and . . . wait, this isn't a DVI port.  :confused:  Look at the bag for the adaptor that came with the machine, and, yeah, it came with a DVI adaptor.

FINE.  Opened machine, pulled video card the fuck out, plugged monitor into built-in VGA adaptor, works great.

The video card has no comprehensible English written on it anywhere.  I looked at lists of video connector types, and turns out it's a DMS-59 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMS-59) port.  :shrug: 

Wikipedia says "Some confusion has been caused by the fact that vendors label cards with DMS-59 as 'supports DVI', but the cards have no DVI connectors built-in."  Seems to have confused Newegg, too.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 11, 2013, 02:50:58 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/BBuUSmWl.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 11, 2013, 04:05:32 PM
:lol:

Actually, because of the kinda-sorta ribbed bottom, it looks like an inflatable pool toy of some kind.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 11, 2013, 05:52:38 PM
Looks kind of like a Bazooka subwoofer too.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 12, 2013, 08:16:26 AM
I looked at lists of video connector types, and turns out it's a DMS-59 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMS-59) port.  :shrug: 

Don't feel bad.  I work in IT for a living, and the first time I encountered a DMS-59 card I was in solid WTF mode for quite a while before I figured out what I was dealing with. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 18, 2013, 03:17:15 PM
People are constantly trying to sell me things that I might want . . . if they weren't made stupidly for stupid people.  I know I'm easily annoyed, but seriously.

- Flashlights.  They should have a button or switch that turns them on and off.  That's generally about it.  Without reservation, I do not want an "innovative system" that uses one button to cycle through eight levels of brightness and an emergency strobe setting.  I want on, and I want off.  With almost any device or appliance, if I have to cycle through a bunch of crap to get what I want, then the manufacturer has failed.

Also, do not try to sell me any flashlight without telling me what kind of batteries it needs. 


- Containers, backpacks, etc.  Don't even try to sell me any such thing without telling me its dimensions.


- Jacks.  Everyone wants to sell me a 'rapid-pump' or 'racing' car jack that only takes three pumps to reach full height.  At about triple the cost of a regular jack.  Fuck you. 

Never have I used a car jack and thought "Damn!  If only it took just three pumps to reach full height!"  Often have I thought "Damn!  This jack doesn't work safely unless the car is on perfectly level and solid pavement!"  Or "Damn!  This jack has a small lifting saddle that is sinking into the partly corroded metal of my old car!"  Or "Damn!  This stupid jack doesn't lift the car high enough for me to put a jackstand underneath it!"

These are all problems that the jack industry has solved.  But do people sell good jacks much?  No, they sell racing jacks.  Which aren't good in an emergency anyway, since they're huge and you will leave them in your garage.  And the price of a cheap electric car lift is only a few times as much as a good racing jack and four good jackstands, so if you're going to work on your car so much that you really need to save on pumping up the jack, just buy a fucking lift and enjoy life.


- Computers.  Don't bother trying to sell me one by advertising that it comes with Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 18, 2013, 03:57:50 PM
Never have I used a car jack and thought "Damn!  If only it took just three pumps to reach full height!" 

:hmm:

Actually every time I have used a jack in a crisis (flat tire on freeway or narrow mountain road) I have thought this exact damn thing. Because those cheapo screw jacks take FOREVER to crank the car up meanwhile my ass is sticking into traffic with semis zooming by ten inches away.

Often have I thought "Damn!  This jack doesn't work safely unless the car is on perfectly level and solid pavement!"  Or "Damn!  This jack has a small lifting saddle that is sinking into the partly corroded metal of my old car!"

Well, that too.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 18, 2013, 05:26:49 PM
Bah!  :P

In many parts of the world you can buy a pneumatic jack that's just as safe as a damn screw jack.  It folds up flat and is basically a reinforced balloon.  You put it under the car, attach the nozzle to the exhaust, and let the engine run.  It'll lift the entire side or entire end of the car.  (The tires will certainly hold the car's weight at as little as 20 psi, after all.)

You can also buy a 12v electric jack that's much faster than a screw jack that runs off the car's battery.  If the battery's dead, changing the tire won't help much, anyway.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 19, 2013, 08:40:40 AM
With almost any device or appliance, if I have to cycle through a bunch of crap to get what I want, then the manufacturer has failed.

You just described how I view most versions of Windows.

Quote
- Computers.  Don't bother trying to sell me one by advertising that it comes with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Never mind.  You were way ahead of me.   :P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 19, 2013, 12:22:54 PM
 :bummed:
I was hoping for the kind of jacks I played as a kid.  I've been looking for them in stores but I guess they must be tooooo dangerous now.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 19, 2013, 12:35:14 PM
Hmm! They have them at the campus bookstore. I Santa got'em there for stocking stuffers last Ymas.
There's some kind of outfit (like Restoration Hardware) that is trying to revive and reissue "classic" toys. I fprget wjat tjeu
re ca;;ed/
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 19, 2013, 12:38:35 PM
I haven't looked on line yet.  And  :lol: :lol: :lol: your finger slippage.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 19, 2013, 12:44:00 PM
:shy: Hmof.

http://store.channelcraft.com/p/jumbo-jacks-in-a-classic-toy-tin
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on June 19, 2013, 12:59:13 PM
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H35MW6 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H35MW6)

This one comes with a cloth ouch.   :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 19, 2013, 01:01:54 PM
:?:  *looks* I'll be damned, it does! :hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 19, 2013, 02:19:28 PM
Quote
You just described how I view most versions of Windows.

There's a huge huge trend in software design (really UI design) right now to hide all the controls.  HIDE THEM.  If you're trying to do too much with a tiny display on, say, a phone, this makes some sense. 

For anything with a display at least 10" across, it is fundamentally stupid -- especially because a lot of the control-hiding strategies, such as bad 'context-sensitive' changes, are extremely poorly conceived.

But, you know, it's chrome that sells software, not functionality.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 19, 2013, 04:14:01 PM
I've been considering having a metal fabrication expert friend of mine make me a custom set of original lawn darts.

Speaking of unsafe.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 19, 2013, 06:14:19 PM
If you do, please have them make a lawn dart gun while they're at it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 19, 2013, 07:01:05 PM
make the fins out of 12 gauge bronze. you could braze them on steel shafts. extra dangerous . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 19, 2013, 08:53:01 PM
The more dangerous the better, I always say.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2013, 11:33:23 AM
I'm not buying this Bug-a-Salt fly-shooting shotgun (http://www.bug-a-salt.com/), but I'm thinking about it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 29, 2013, 01:22:04 PM
This video (http://youtu.be/DY8fZjbOzvY?t=1m21s) says it all with no words.

It looks like you'd have to be within one foot to kill a fly, and a flyswatter would make a lot less of a mess.

Disappointing. This needs to be perfected.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2013, 01:43:22 PM
It's . . . it's really a toy, not a serious tool for ridding your house of flies.

Strictly for sport hunting.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 29, 2013, 08:10:48 PM
When my friends and I used to sneak through fruit orchards back in the day our #1 enemy was a farmer with a .410 packed with rock salt. So I'm thinking this is not really for use on flies - it's for use on those damned meddling kids trying to steal your apricots.


We weren't stealing apricots


We were picking the bad ones up of the ground and using them as slingshot ammo






just doing our part to keep the VC out of San Jose









yep
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 02, 2013, 05:03:39 PM
This doesn't particularly affect me, but since I see boat seats in stores and get catalogs from three or four places that sell them (among other things), I just have to say:

When designing folding boat seats, why not put the hinge high enough so that the back of the seat is a flat surface when the seat is folded?  Every folding seat I see folds to about a 15-degree angle.  And every one of them has room to move the hinge up slightly so the thing would fold flat.

Right now, I'm attributing every design I've seen to fetal mercury exposure, so the industry is getting a pass, of sorts.  But for fuck's sake.  It's like designing a card table where the legs fold within an inch or two of being flat.  You're fired.  Because you deserve to be fired.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 10, 2013, 01:31:19 PM
Still no internet at home.  I went to the local used DVD place today.  For $30, I got:

- Blue Harvest 2-disk set (the Family Guy parody of Star Wars)

- New Legend of Shaolin and Dr Wai in the Scripture with No Words (two Jet Li movies)

- Voices (a Japanese horror film)

- Desert Warrior (a post-apocalyptic cheapie with Lou Ferrigno and Shari Shattuck)

- Hot Shots: Part Deaux

- The Invention of Lying (haven't seen it yet)

- a boxed 3-disk set of the Subspecies films (cult horror films)

- 6 disks of collected Simpsons episodes (about 50 episodes, I think)

- a pristine hardcover copy of The Spellbook of Listen Taylor, which I rarely see and often loan out

Wooooooo . . . .

I have high hopes and low expectations for the Ferrigno / Shattuck film.  :huh:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 23, 2013, 06:12:41 PM
My cat has pretty much decided that the only cat food she wants to eat is a particular type of Fancy Feast.  It's nutritionally better than a lot of canned food, so what the hell.  Naturally, I figured I might as well just buy it in bulk.

What's weird is that it's often on sale at Meijer for substantially less than I can find it for online.  Even CVS often has it on sale for 55 cents a can; Meijer often goes to 45 cents a can.  Online, the cheapest I could find was $15 for 24 cans -- plus $5-$6 shipping.

Welp.  All righty, then.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on July 23, 2013, 10:03:41 PM
it's .66 on amazon prime with no tax. still seems higher than local.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 24, 2013, 12:53:48 PM
Actually, now that I think of it, I went through this with dry cat food, too.  My cat LOVES the Castor & Pollux stuff, but Petco dropped it and supermarkets don't carry it.  It turned out to be way, way more expensive online.  Weird.

She eats the BG stuff now, which is probably just as good for her, but she doesn't gobblegobblegobble it nearly as fanatically.  Which may be for the best, in fact, but, you know.  I obsess over my cat's happiness.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on July 24, 2013, 02:10:27 PM
I wonder if it has something to do with the weight and shipping? I mean their shipping, not yours.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on July 24, 2013, 10:33:51 PM
I mean their shipping, not yours.

 :rollin:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on July 25, 2013, 06:03:39 AM
Uh-oh. I wasn't trying to be funny  :P

I meant it's a heavy product, so maybe the online distributors embed the cost they pay for shipping to them in the product, where as grocery stores don't have such a specific shipping charge associated with the product - it's coming in on their own truck with a lot of other stuff. I don't know. I'm totally speculating.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 25, 2013, 12:35:25 PM
Could be that, could be volume, could be specific language in contracts the manufacturer has with big store chains.  Beats me.  I could buy Progresso soup by the crate online cheaper than I could get it at Meijer, but I'm sure volume is the main issue there.  Fancy Feast is a popular brand, but it can't touch a major soup brand.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 27, 2013, 03:54:57 PM
Back to the used DVD store.  I traded in some stuff I wasn't going to ever watch again, and that plus $22 got me:

- Near Dark two-disk remastered collector's set

- Drag Me To Hell director's edition.  I still haven't seen this film.

- Final Destination

- Blades of Glory

- A Bugs Bunny DVD with 10 shorts.

- Complete Season One and Season Two sets of The Simpsons, plus the movie.

I'm now addicted to Simpsons commentary tracks.  It's slightly embarrassing.  But not too embarrassing to admit.

I saw little bits of the Final Destination series, and the main problems with it were that (A) the concept was done in a nice little New Zealand film called Sole Survivor years ago, and (B) I really hated the main characters and couldn't wait for them to die.  Literally, I wasn't willing to wait 90 minutes for them to die, so I didn't watch any of the films.  One of the films does have a stunning chain-reaction car accident in it, though.  On the other hand, so did that unwatchable LeBoeuf remake of Rear Window

But the commentary on The One made me interested in Final Destination after all.  I didn't realize it was by Glen Morgan and James Wong, who aren't perfect but are worth a shot.  Plus, I got the disk for free, because the shop has a buy-several-get-one-free deal.  So what the hell.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on July 28, 2013, 10:21:49 PM
I liked Drag Me To Hell.  I'm gonna have to check out the director's cut.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 14, 2013, 05:07:31 PM
So WTF is up at Newegg?  Their product sorting no longer works right -- you can go a category or two in, and if you try to get more specific after that you wind up in a "Useful Links" subsection that isn't sorted.

PCs & Laptops > Desktop PCs gets you a giant mishmash of mostly PCs.

PCs & Laptops > Desktop PCs > Refurbished gets you a giant mishmash of all kinds of shit -- PCs (desktop and otherwise), card readers, keyboards, software, headphones . . . .

Fucking fuck off, man.  Do you want to sell me something or not?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 14, 2013, 05:26:40 PM
Fucking fuck off, man.  Do you want to sell me something or not?

Well yes, but not what you want to buy.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 15, 2013, 02:17:47 PM
YAH but I'm not wading through 126 pages (literally) of random crap.

Instead of using their sorting, I used their search engine, which worked much better.  No one except shady eBay and amateurs seems to sell secondhand XP machines much anymore (go figure), so I broke down and bought a Windows 7 machine.  With luck, I won't have to use it much.  My clerks all either have had to use Windows 7 before or hate all Windows equally, and Ray . . . it doesn't matter.

This is another $85 out of my own pocket, BUT it is absolutely worth it.  I've spent two weeks, including a whole lot of time at home, trying to fix our existing machine and to make the $40 Craigslist replacement Ray bought function.  The existing machine has a bad thermostat, I think; it constantly panics and thinks it's overheating.  The Craigslist Special has a bad install of XP that I can't fix, and I don't have the COA for it, so I can't reinstall.

I don't get paid for the extra hours, blah blah blah.  I hate donating any more equipment to the shop, but it's six of one.

I still have to manage an upgrade for the other shop.  They had a newer replacement PC sitting on the floor in the backroom for two freaking years and couldn't be bothered to transfer files to it.  Ray finally decided he'd waited long enough, and . . . now the replacement machine doesn't work anymore.  Dust cementation?  Cosmic ray faults?  God only knows, but it no longer boots. 

One thing at a time, though.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 22, 2013, 05:56:20 PM
I have to say that as much as Amazon annoys me most of the time . . .

A)  I still have Prime for free, and the free shipping thing is spot-on.

B)  Amazon's version of the Oh, We Remember You And Your Shipping And Billing Address bit is much less clunky than average.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 11, 2013, 09:58:45 AM
Want (http://popuptee.com/collections/frontpage/products/cthuloops)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 11, 2013, 01:42:40 PM
I think I might have some old ones in the pantry...
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 11, 2013, 02:43:06 PM
I hear that when you eat them they tend to cut the roof of your soul.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on September 11, 2013, 07:49:34 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on September 25, 2013, 08:00:28 PM
Well, it's VERY late into my retail pharmacy rotation (I only have another week+2days to go) but I decided I would get some compression socks from amazon. What with all the standing I'm doing. Anyway.

I nearly ALWAYS read the amazon reviews of things, so I'm very surprised I overlooked this one, but I bought this calf/shin compression sleeve (so I could wear cute shoes duhhh) annnnd it's actually NOT a pair of them. Just one. $20. But I tried it on my achy legs and it might just be worth it to buy another, particularly considering this is like a career. Or something.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 25, 2013, 09:01:23 PM
Offspring Unit 3 and many of his teammates swear by calf compression sleeves. Particularly when it's cold. It should improve your time by at least 20 seconds, maybe more. :D
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 26, 2013, 05:23:02 AM
I never tried that, but it sounds like it would feel good.

When I did a search for it, I noticed related searches regarding hazards associated with them, so I assume there must be some drawback?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 26, 2013, 10:45:46 AM
If you have circulation problems, like maybe if you're diabetic or have lupus, I think they're bad. You mustn't wear them all the time, which would be bad for your skin, no? Particularly if you sweat in'em and get rash.

:hmm:

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 26, 2013, 11:04:16 AM
(http://www.howtobeaheroine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/House-Its-not-lupus-Its-never-lupus.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 26, 2013, 02:15:32 PM
Did you watch "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last night? One of the principal writers is Maurissa Tancharoen (aka Joss Whedon's sister in law) - she's actually got lupus and blogs about it. http://itssonotsexy.tumblr.com/

er. wait. used to blog about it. Hmm.

Anyway. Sometimes it is lupus! ;)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 26, 2013, 02:38:36 PM
(http://lupusranting.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/itwaslupusmotivational.jpg)

i did watch it. i'm reserving judgement.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Hedaira on September 28, 2013, 10:10:41 PM
I have horrible circulation and use these: w.zensah.com/

eta: the compression sleeves.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: eldiem on September 28, 2013, 11:28:35 PM
I wore them yesterday, though possibly for too long. I feel like they weren't quite as good as the other-brand compression stockings I wore the day before. Oh well. I only have a few days left at that store, and I don't think my next rotation will be so dependent upon me standing in one place for so long.

And no, you shouldn't wear them w/o a doctor's approval if you have circulation issues or neuropathy or like, diabeetus.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 14, 2013, 04:57:26 PM
Why is Amazon's automated whatnot so stupid that no matter what I buy (or even just search for) it sends me endless emails advertising the same thing?

There are some things where, if you buy one, you'll probably buy another in a month or so.  And there are things where that is extremely unlikely.  I am not going to buy pet stairs every few days.  Please stop thinking it's worth sending me special deals on them constantly.  There are only so many things my pet needs help getting on top of.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 04, 2013, 02:30:04 PM
I've started seeing a lot of these cool spyglass walking sticks (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Walking-Cane-Walking-Stick-Folding-Telescope-wooden-Walking-Stick-Made-of-Brass-/190975273610?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c77036a8a) for sale online.  Really not that expensive, although I don't actually need such a thing.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on December 04, 2013, 04:30:52 PM
That is pretty cool. I didn't see anything on their about the optics though, like what magnification or whatever. Not that I need one either. Just sayin'. May be a rip-off in that regard.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 04, 2013, 05:44:13 PM
At that price, if it's really rosewood and brass and the hinges work and the knob screws on and off, it's not really a rip-off.  It's just a prop.  :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 05, 2013, 03:48:00 PM
Today I was sent an ad for "Heated Electric Blankets".

Um.  So . . . the usual kind of electric blankets, then.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 05, 2013, 05:30:30 PM
MEANWHILE I wasted a lot of time today at this hilarious site of stuff from Japan (http://www.japantrendshop/).  They have things like Totoro sleeping bags, indoor kites, Minnie Mouse dolls that breathe, and a planetarium for your bathtub . . . you know.  But also:

Automatic Octopus Balls (http://www.japantrendshop.com/takoyaki-maker-automatic-octopus-balls-p-310.html)  (Band name!)

Safety hat for cats (http://www.japantrendshop.com/egree-cat-hat-p-1661.html)  Boy, does the cat look happy.  They also have the cat's pajamas (http://www.japantrendshop.com/egree-cat-pajama-suit-p-1756.html), literally.

Duckbill dog muzzle (http://www.japantrendshop.com/oppo-dog-muzzle-quack-p-1552.html) 

A miniature Roomba for cleaning your tablet's screen (http://www.japantrendshop.com/auto-mee-p-1612.html)

FACEWAVER (http://www.japantrendshop.com/facewaver-exercise-mask-p-1738.html)

Build-your-own-theremin kit (http://www.japantrendshop.com/gakken-otona-no-kagaku-theremin-mini-p-1382.html)  They have walking-sculpture kits, too.  And a beautiful vacuum-tube radio kit (http://www.japantrendshop.com/vacuum-tube-radio-ver-p-826.html).

Micro Legos! (http://www.japantrendshop.com/nanoblock-tokyo-sky-tree-p-1182.html)  And also Giant Legos (http://www.japantrendshop.com/ren-block-p-1705.html).  :hmm:

A safety helmet that folds flat (http://www.japantrendshop.com/bloom-safety-helmet-p-2093.html) so it's not so hard to stash somewhere after your bike ride.  Also available in a more peculiar version (http://www.japantrendshop.com/tatamet-designer-foldable-safety-helmet-p-1921.html).

M C Escher's Rubik's Cube (http://www.japantrendshop.com/3d-gear-cube-puzzle-p-1180.html)

Flower-shaped fire extinguishers (http://www.japantrendshop.com/fire-flower-fire-extinguishers-p-312.html)

An umbrella that looks like you're standing under a tree, sort of (http://www.japantrendshop.com/komore-leafy-shade-parasol-p-1848.html).  I almost really like this . . . but I think it could be improved a lot.

ASIMO Robot Costume (http://www.japantrendshop.com/asimo-robot-costume-suit-p-1322.html)

Tights that make your legs look like onions (http://www.japantrendshop.com/negitai-tights-green-onion-stockings-p-1785.html)

This nose-altering machine (http://www.japantrendshop.com/beauty-lift-high-nose-p-995.html)

BATH MUSTACHE (http://www.japantrendshop.com/hige-mustache-bath-pillow-p-1827.html)

Cowpooooop Tattoo Tights (http://www.japantrendshop.com/cowpooooop-fast-forward-arrows-tattoo-tights-p-1896.html)

Shipping is expensive, as you might guess.  Some or all of these may be available elsewhere, of course.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on December 05, 2013, 09:02:09 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/wVD15WJ.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 06, 2013, 01:30:22 AM
Today I was sent an ad for "Heated Electric Blankets".

Um.  So . . . the usual kind of electric blankets, then.

Actually electric chilling blanket (Peltier effect maybe?) would be kind of useful
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on December 06, 2013, 07:46:46 AM
Today I was sent an ad for "Heated Electric Blankets".

Um.  So . . . the usual kind of electric blankets, then.

Actually electric chilling blanket (Peltier effect maybe?) would be kind of useful

Didn't they have one of those in Flatliners?

:hmm:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BFjKp7rIw-8/USz2OdtKS_I/AAAAAAAAyQk/w4wN8zuTRrs/s320/pdc_flatliners.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 06, 2013, 01:18:11 PM
I think they do sell chilling blankets -- they sell hot-or-cold mattress pads -- but that would be worth advertising.

:hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on December 07, 2013, 05:39:42 PM
Couldn't they have put an actual mustache pillow into an actual bathtub?  Or at least make it not obviously photoshopped?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 08, 2013, 02:27:43 PM
Welcome to another episode of Asking The Wrong Questions!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: feffer on December 08, 2013, 03:55:04 PM
 :P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 09, 2013, 10:41:43 AM
:lol:

Actually, that sounds like it would be a fun show, especially for the host.  :hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 19, 2013, 01:36:16 PM
SIL sent me her Amazon Wish List, for Xmas shopping purposes.

I open it, and . . . 2/3 of it are movies for instant watching on Amazon Prime.  :confused:  I thought, uh, maybe this means I pay $3, and then she can watch it later for free?  But it also says "This item cannot be purchased as a gift at this time."

Then why the fuck is it on the gift list?  Get it together, Amazon.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 19, 2013, 06:13:51 PM
Hotmail (ie, Microsoft trolls) keeps giving me what they call "shopping tips", and the one that they repeat most of the time is that before I buy anything I should consult my friends via Skype.

Is MS concerned that people aren't using Skype enough anymore?  Or are they just concerned that people are making their own purchasing decisions instead of following the herd?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 09, 2014, 06:35:39 PM
My remaining 'working' computer at home is rapidly approaching the end of its life cycle.  It's eleven years old; I guess I shouldn't hope for much more.

So I broke down and ordered a refurbished T60 from 2006, which is like six times as powerful, I guess.  $185 at Newegg.  In theory, I shouldn't have spent the money right now, but . . . even without internet at home, I'd go out of my mind without a working computer.  And without a working car, I can't just come in to work casually to use the spare office here, either.

That's my rationalization, anyway.  :whatever:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on February 11, 2014, 11:09:34 AM
http://www.othertees.com/ Pure Ry'leh Whiskey...
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: the other andrea on February 11, 2014, 06:26:23 PM
Yes, please.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 10, 2014, 01:17:23 PM
Lately I keep seeing ads for "hands free headphones" [sic], which don't seem to be for phones, or anything, just MP3 players and whatnot.

Are those . . . are those not usually hands-free?  :confused:  I assume they're probably stain-resistant, too -- why not put that in the ad copy as well?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on May 16, 2014, 08:07:45 PM
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B3YJ6OI/?tag=vrzo04-20
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 17, 2014, 11:05:49 AM
Marketing ain't bad, but that's no moon.  That's a sex toy.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on May 17, 2014, 12:53:15 PM
That's a sex toy.

:demo:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 17, 2014, 01:08:04 PM
I don't know what YOU'RE so happy about.  Yours cost a fortune and keep getting blown up.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on May 17, 2014, 07:19:08 PM
Because perverts keep putting torpedos down the the thermal exhaust port, just below the main port.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 18, 2014, 12:26:37 PM
Hey, sometimes they just impact on the rim and don't go off.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 18, 2014, 01:06:44 PM
I keep seeing ads for bikes like this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3EU1JE1807&nm_mc=EMC-MP051814&cm_mmc=EMC-MP051814-_-EMC-051814-Index-_-index-_-9SIA3EU1JE1807):

(http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/ProductImageCompressAll300/A3EU_1304397778622879406V5hD4gxMu.jpg)


That small rear wheel would make sense if there was a big package shelf back there, but there never is.  Is it just to make the bike a little shorter, front to back?  Or just a style popular overseas that they're offering here now without bothering to do any extra marketing?  I'm sure it works well enough, but it looks like a scooter or something.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on May 18, 2014, 04:20:24 PM
I thought maybe it was physics-related, but apparently it's not (http://www.tomsarazac.com/tom/opinions/wheelsize.html).

And I thought it looked like a folding bike at first, but when I do a search, most of those have the same size tire front and back.

 :shrug:

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 18, 2014, 09:24:55 PM
I have never seen one of those before. Pennyfarthingesque - maybe they're going for steampunkers in mufti.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 19, 2014, 08:52:16 AM
I seem to only be seeing them in the context of bikes (A) aimed at women and (B) made in China or Singapore.  I keep trying to think if it's somehow a feminine design.  Maybe it looks less butch?  Maybe it's easier to get on from the back in a skirt (?)?  Maybe there's an assumption you'll have a second rider standing on pegs on the rear axle, or something, and this makes it easier for a woman or child to stand back there?

I'm probably overthinking it.

I don't know, but I been told that bigger wheels on bicycles is 50% a holdover from velocipede days and 50% one of those influenced-by-pro-models things.  Racers want low rolling resistance.  The issue with velocipedes is that larger wheels smooth out bumps better.  A velocipede doesn't have pedals, so your weight is always on your crotch, or you're holding your legs up and your butt is in bony-mode.  Less comfortable over bumps, either way.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 28, 2014, 03:30:10 PM
I keep seeing ads for things that are described glowingly as "portable" when, uh, yeah, I know.

Examples, from today:  Headphones, wallet.

If you have a non-portable wallet, you might have a safe.  I'm just saying.  If "portable" is your first adjective when you try to sell me something like a wallet, I have to conclude you couldn't come up with something good to say about this wallet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 28, 2014, 03:31:25 PM
OK, OK, in a Rakuten ad:

Quote
Keen Men's 'Santiago Corduroy' Slip-On Portable Sneaker

:huh:

Probably if you buy two, they're too heavy to be portable.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 29, 2014, 04:45:57 PM
Another day, another light I'm pretty sure I didn't order, from another peculiar return address.  Makes me wonder if I accidentally got a subscription to Weird East Asian Light of the Month Club.  Have to scrutinize the old credit card statement more carefully than usual . . . .

Nice lights, except no documentation with them.  They're made to take rechargeable batteries of some kind, but they came without batteries or chargers.  I think they'll also run on regular AAAs, three each.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 29, 2014, 07:19:39 PM
Buji is just outside of Shenzhen, as it turns out. I'm sure you wanted to know that :eyeroll:

My inner map geek is more outer these days
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on May 29, 2014, 07:47:09 PM
The hilarious thing about this is the fact that in the future, once I finally perfect the ability to communicate with the past, it's actually me that is fucking with Axe this whole time.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on May 29, 2014, 08:12:23 PM
I thought it was Cookieface
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 30, 2014, 01:05:02 PM
It's someone, anyway.


Obtopic:  Shoes.  Omigod.  Shoes.

Contrary to common wisdom, which I think is generally sound on this point, I have not found that more expensive shoes tend to be better.  On the other hand, because I often buy shoes on closeout, etc, I often don't pay the intended price, so . . . maybe I frequently end up with expensive shoes at cheap prices?  I don't know.

But there's one pair that I have to single out for excellence.  Around 1998, I bought a pair of run-of-the-mill running-shoe sneakers made by Pony.  I don't believe I've bought any other Pony shoes.  I got these for $12, if memory serves, from a closeout catalog.

I still have them.  And I've worn them a huge, huge number of times, and walked and hiked ridiculous distances in them.  Worn them in the snow and mud, too.  And they're terrific.  At this point, they're about 50% Goop adhesives, because the component parts of the shoes have tended to detach from one another.  The outsoles are starting to get fairly smooth, but they still have good traction. 

One outsole has a small split at the front of the shank reinforcement.  Otherwise, no part of either shoe has given out.  They have the best insoles of any shoes I've ever owned.  And they're just incredibly comfortable.  I don't think they've ever given me a single blister, so even though I keep expecting them to fall apart, they're my preferred shoes on my six-mile commute if it's dry out.

Writing this will probably jinx them, and they'll probably fall apart now.  But it needed to be said.

The weirdest thing about them . . . is that they still have their original laces.  Which show no signs of wear.  They're 'compression' laces, a sewn sleeve over a squishy core, so they never come untied on their own, either.  But they almost look new, for crying out loud.  They're still white.  All four aglets still on there.

They're like shoelaces from Star Trek, or something.  It's just damned strange.

Anyway, there are so few things that I'm satisfied with that it seems only fair to mention these shoes.  They're so old, I think Pony has changed owners a couple of times since I bought these, and I have no way of knowing if current Pony shoes are this good.  But these sneakers are amazing.

I almost didn't buy them, because they're white.  Although now they're sort of gray.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on May 30, 2014, 03:31:57 PM
 :lol:

I can relate to too much of that. I'm getting miserly. Or more so. I just bought a tube of adhesive like you put in a caulk gun, but I haven't tried it yet. I may have to look into Goop adhesives, because my confidence is not high for the stuff I bought.

None of my shoes are really made for hiking in slippery conditions, other than my military(ish) boots, which I am not going to wear with shorts. Bill Murray made it look good, but I don't think I could pull it off. Anyway, I had this one pair of shoes in the back of the closet that I never wore. They were like a fuzzy leather finish, not suede, whatever that's called, and they were ankle high, which is kind of nice for support, and they had deep tread, which is what's needed for not slipping in wet grass or pine needles. They are nice shoes. I don't know why I never wore them. Made by Brooks, FWIW :shrug:

And so I pulled these old shoes out and started wearing them, and after a while, I had the same problem as you - they were so old, the glue that holds the soles to the shoes came loose. I used some all purpose type glue I had on hand, and that worked for a while, but they came loose again. I suspect moisture was the culprit. Possibly extreme moisture. Like underwater occasionally.

I also have another pair of New Balance that have super shoelaces. They're way too long for the shoes for some reason, but I refuse to cut them because they're so awesome. And maybe I don't have anything strong enough to cut them with   :P

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 31, 2014, 08:49:35 AM
Goop products, including Shoe Goo:

- Basically, they're all the same.  If there's any actual difference between Shoe Goo, Plumbing Goop, Household Goop, etc, I can't tell what it is.


- It's really too thick.  Kind of a pain to use, as a result.  You want a pointier nozzle so you can extrude a small bead.  And it's so sticky that you can't spread it easily with a credit card or something, and it'll stick to everything it touches.  It won't stick much to something that has turpentine or a similar solvent on it, though, and -- my most successful trick with it -- it doesn't stick to itself as well as it sticks to other things.

I used to wear gloves when I used it, but now I usually use the corner of a baggie with my finger inside to spread the Goop where I want it.  When it gets a little to the side of the seam you're trying to glue, spread it very thin, and it'll be less noticeable.

The Goop people have said in the past that it's possible to thin Goop enough, with turpentine or a similar solvent, so that it's easier to work with.  Allegedly you can make it so thin it can be applied with a little paintbrush.  The amount of solvent needed means lots of fumes, though.  I've never gotten it that thin.


- The Goop will cure in the tube, eventually.  If you have four things you want to Goop, might as well line them up and Goop them at the same time.


- Pre-cleaning the surfaces is worthwhile.  Q-Tip and alcohol is what I usually do.


The pros . . . Goop will stick most materials together.  It's extremely strong but also flexible, and nearly indestructible.  With sneakers, usually the material on either side will break down long before the Goop does.  It's extremely water-resistant, handles UV OK, and so on.

It will bridge gaps.  But it's like caulk -- the thicker the chunk of dried Goop, the less flexible it is, and the more it tends to defeat the material it's stuck to.

It can sort of be painted once it's dry.  I've used it on black leather boots and then colored it in with a Sharpie, with reasonable results.  It's hard to reshape when it's dry, but if you sand it gently (an emery board works OK), it'll gradually change shape.

If you do get it on your hands, rub your fingers together before it dries to warm it up and make it ball up and fall off.  If you try a rag or paper towel . . . you'll tend to get a rag or paper towel glued to your hands.

It's a great adhesive in a lot of ways, but it can definitely be a pain to work with.  And the metal tubes sometimes split.  If you put the tube in a ziploc bag and squeeze all the air out, it'll save a lot of the Goop, though.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on May 31, 2014, 09:18:29 AM
I'm gonna give the stuff I bought a chance first. Apparently it's a lot cheaper - only like $2.50 for caulk-size tube thingee. After it fails, I'll try the Goop.

Quote
The Goop will cure in the tube, eventually.

So will caulk. I just threw out a bunch a couple weeks ago because it was totally solid inside the tube. I had like 5 or 6 tubes. I don't use caulk that often - it was all given to me. Now that I think about it, it had to be at least 7 years old.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on May 31, 2014, 09:38:04 AM
Relevant (http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/8/18/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-shoes.html).   :hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on May 31, 2014, 10:15:14 AM
TOTALLY relevant.  It's a widespread thing.

It does take some practice to Goop without making a goopy mess, no question.  And, yes, I've thought of trying to craft entire shoe-part replacements from Goop.  :lol:

Shoe polish does not color Goop well.  But, then, modern shoe polish actually doesn't contain that much pigment.  It looks like it does, but putting black shoe polish on brown shoes in the 1950s would turn them into black shoes.  Now, it generally barely makes any color difference, once you buff them.

They sell insane shoe dye, though, which . . . can also make a horrendous mess . . . but which is like a Sharpie the size of a roll-on deodorant.  It has many uses.  Not necessarily great uses. but what am I, the Pope?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on May 31, 2014, 01:12:25 PM
 
Relevant (http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/8/18/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-shoes.html).   :hmm:

 :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 04, 2014, 03:32:23 PM
My brother got me shopping some at Bang Good (http://www.banggood.com), which, I'm sure, is why I now sometimes get unexpected odd electronics from mysterious places in eastern Asia.  And they are crazy and often cheap at Bang Good, I must admit.

But also often mysterious.  They sent me an email about a promotion that . . . I do not understand.  Its tagline is "You Come THEN We Go".

:knotty:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 04, 2014, 03:39:17 PM
Bang Good nonsense from the email:

Woman Cute Cartoon Cat Head Pattern Bag (http://www.banggood.com/Women-Cute-Cartoon-Cat-Head-Pattern-Shoulder-Bag-Chain-Cross-Body-Bag-p-925539.html)

5PC Set Cartoon Omelette Fry (http://www.banggood.com/5PCS-Set-Non-Stick-Cartoon-Omelette-Fry-Pan-Egg-Frying-Pan-p-927946.html)

Baby Kid Safety Harness Strap Ladybug Bag Anti-lost Walking Wings (http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Baby-Kid-Safety-Harness-Strap-Ladybug-Bag-Anti-lost-Walking-Wings-p-47616.html)

I also love how the "What customers ultimately buy after viewing this item" list is usually composed of (A) flashlights, (B) RC helicopters and replacement parts, and (C) underwear.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 04, 2014, 04:00:17 PM
My brother got me shopping some at Bang Good (http://www.banggood.com), which, I'm sure, is why I now sometimes get unexpected odd electronics from mysterious places in eastern Asia.  And they are crazy and often cheap at Bang Good, I must admit.


There are a few of those sites selling stuff directly out of China. One in the news recently is Alibaba (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/alibaba-said-to-weigh-good-fortune-of-no-8-in-choosing-ipo-date.html), which may be the one to come out on top.  Ali Express (http://www.aliexpress.com/)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 04, 2014, 05:34:10 PM
Yeah, I've heard of them.  I just got hooked into Bang Good, and I only need so many crazy things direct from over yonder.

Or maybe I just only have so much money . . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on June 04, 2014, 06:12:17 PM
How many times did they pass that through an electronic translator?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 05, 2014, 12:07:57 AM
"You Come THEN We Go".

Clearly they're not leaving until they've satisfied you. I salute their somewhat creepy dedication.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 11, 2014, 05:31:47 PM
I bought these "hiking boots" from Itasca, because they weren't stupid colors and were on clearance.  They seem pretty good, except that they're more like slippers.  I mean, they're like high-top sneakers with fairly rigid sides and aggressive treads, but the soles are incredibly flexible.  I can totally feel the difference between bare floor and low-pile carpeting, just from the texture.  Walking around in them outside makes me feel like I didn't put on real shoes.

I added some foam insoles under the molded insole that the boots come with, and that's more comfortable, but I can't imagine actually hiking in these.  They make me want to put in some kind of fairly rigid inserts, although I'm not sure what I'd use to make them.  But they're just weird.

I don't think the issue is cheapness -- they seem pretty durable and well-made.  I think it's the obsession with low weight.  I don't really get that.  I suppose for some kinds of footware, low weight really is an issue, but for the most part . . . I really don't care, personally.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 11, 2014, 06:14:05 PM
Running shoes are designed for low weight, and they're pretty comfortable. At least some of the ones I've had are. The spongiest shoes I have are really heavy though - the Skechers Shape-Ups.

It sounds to me like what you got was supposed to come with an insole but got left out maybe?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 11, 2014, 06:38:56 PM
No, it has the whole outsole, midsole, removable insole thing going on.  The outsole and midsole are both really flexible, though, and the insole is thin, dense, and floppy.  Not much padding there.

The Pony sneakers I mentioned before are very light, to me, but have about twice as much midsole and a thicker insole.

Somewhere I have boot insoles that I made from a thick mousepad.  They don't make mousepads like that anymore, alas, so I don't want to recut those insoles to fit these boots, but I'm tempted to try it.  The mousepad insoles turned unpadded hard leather-soled military boots into magically comfortable boots.  Makes me wish I'd collected a ton of mousepads, back in the day.  That kind of dense closed-cell rubber foam with a durable top layer is a lot harder to find cheap, now.  Who knew?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on June 11, 2014, 07:34:02 PM
you can get fabric lined neoprene sheets like those mouse pads.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 12, 2014, 09:48:56 AM
:hmm:  I'll have to look.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 14, 2014, 01:56:24 PM
The Petco near me apparently sucks, now.  They've revamped their store several times, and they basically keep increasing how much of it revolves around dogs.  Right now, by floor and shelf space I'd say it's around 80% dog stuff.  Seriously, so dog, much canine.  And the staff there seems to be getting worse.

I went in to get the non-prescription Hills kitten food, which apparently is no longer packaged to look anything like the Hills prescription food but instead just as regular Science Diet.  I didn't know that, and neither did the people working there, who thought that they just didn't carry it anymore.  :nonplused: 

And although they sell Castor & Pollux products online, they apparently (so I was told) no longer sell them through their stores.  I wanted the dry cat food -- although C&P has unhelpfully changed the packaging several times, so that the C&P I used to buy is now called Organix Ultramix, despite not being organic or anything.

If it's a conspiracy to get me to buy cat food through the Hateful Amazon, it works.  :shrug:

The only other specialty cat item I really buy is World's Best Cat Litter (which actually is the best cat litter I've tried), and even Meijer and Kroger carry that.  Meijer has that and the Fancy Feast my cat usually eats quite a bit cheaper than Petco.  And now I don't have another reason to go to Petco . . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 01, 2014, 05:10:03 PM
Am I the only one who would always prefer that a T-shirt does not have a pocket? 

I don't need that breast pocket.  Just like I don't need pockets on my socks.  I'm generally a big fan of pockets, but traditional shirt pockets are useless to me, and I'd just rather buy a shirt that doesn't have them.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on July 01, 2014, 07:07:42 PM
Am I the only one who would always prefer that a T-shirt does not have a pocket?

No, I agree. T-shirts should not have pockets.  Nor should polos.  Standard button-down dress shirts, definitely should though.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on July 01, 2014, 07:11:07 PM
I used to buy pocket t-shirts back when I was a youngster, like maybe a teenager. Cigarettes were the reason. Well, I say that, but I quit wearing those shirts way before I quit smoking. Maybe because I wanted shirts with art on them, I dunno.

Now I pretty much exclusively wear camp shirts (I guess they're called that - like Hawaiian shirts, but solid colors). There's nothing more comfortable, IMO. I try to get ones that have two pockets, one for reading glasses and one for sunglasses.

I'm not ready for the muumuu yet, but on some of these hot humid days...  :P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on July 01, 2014, 08:06:14 PM
Now I pretty much exclusively wear camp shirts (I guess they're called that - like Hawaiian shirts, but solid colors).

I realized a few years ago that in the summertime, I pretty much dress like Charlie in Two And A Half Men.

Bowling shirt or Hawaiian shirt + cargo shorts.

(http://static.tvgcdn.net/MediaBin/Galleries/Shows/S_Z/Tq_Tz/TwoAndaHalfMen/season6/two-half-men-154.jpg)

The exception is that most weekends when the weather is warm, I switch that out for a t-shirt and one of the casual kilts that I own.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 02, 2014, 12:18:58 PM
Jeans and T-shirts, man.  Like 350 days of the year, although in the winter I wear something over the T-shirt.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2014, 03:36:45 PM
The emails I get from Banggood are never dull.  Following the links is often a little disappointing, though.

I was intrigued by the EVOD Battery for Atomic Clearomizer (http://www.banggood.com/1100mah-EVOD-MT3-Battery-For-Atomizer-Clearomizer-Electronic-Cigarette-p-911427.html) and the Atomic Resistance Tester (http://www.banggood.com/Atomizer-Resistance-Tester-For-Electronic-Cigarette-p-927736.html), but they both turned out to be for eCigarettes.

I was also curious about the Macoro Hop Ball Robot (http://www.banggood.com/Automatic-Rolling-Ball-Vacuum-Cleaner-Mocoro-Mini-Sweeping-Robot-p-933944.html), which turns out to be sort of a cross between a Tribble, a Swiffer, and a Roomba.  (Some of the pictures of the Mocoro Robot may be inadvertantly disturbing.)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on July 09, 2014, 03:38:27 PM
Do they have a version with Tribble fur?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2014, 03:42:30 PM
I think you'd have to make your own coat for the robot.



Not sure I've ever used that sentence before.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on July 09, 2014, 04:37:57 PM
If I had a dollar for every time I've said that...
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on July 09, 2014, 04:44:12 PM
... we'd have robot uprisings in Antarctica as well as Ecuador next week.

/Did I say that out loud?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on July 09, 2014, 05:26:17 PM
I thought it was a euphemism for a prophylactic device.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2014, 05:56:36 PM
Then there would definitely be uprisings.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 13, 2014, 12:14:33 PM
Here's something I don't understand about Amazon:

I buy something there, and sometimes it wants / lets me leave feedback about the product.  Sometimes about the packaging it was sent in.  Sometimes nothing.  I can't ever seem to predict which one it's going to be -- there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.

We sell stuff on Amazon, and it's never asked us what kind of feedback we want people to leave or to be able to leave. 

Beats the hell out of me.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 14, 2014, 12:32:39 PM
I originally liked these LED-augmented reading glasses (http://www.banggood.com/Gradual-Led-Lamp-Presbyopia-Bifocal-Reading-Light-Glasses-p-926834.html) because of how their ruby lenses help contain my optic blasts.  But then I noticed the Korean ipsum lorem on the newspaper, all about how awesome a day at the track can be:

Quote
[...] old-money mega-WASPs in dark natural-fiber suits and slicked-back hair sitting on uncomfortable antique furniture and engaging in traditional WASP parlor games such as Name That Debenture.  At the track, the height of fashion is to wear a shirt on which all the ink marks are the same color.

Also you can immediately get into an earnest and sincere conversation with anybopdy, just by pointing to your program and saying, "Whaddayathinka this (every bad word) horse here?" 

At the track, of course, naked [obscured] is socially acceptable [....]

It's a Dave Barry bit from 1988, now with typos and credited to Hyundai.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 14, 2014, 02:06:48 PM
ObTopic:

Recently bought an 18v cordless weed whacker by Black & Decker.  $50 including shipping, came with two batteries.  Each battery turns out to be good for about 10 minutes, and they take about an hour to recharge.  It took me about 15 minutes to cut down all the weeds at my place, which I'd rate on the weed-heavy side of a typical small yard. 

Power was fine.  The length of the weed whacker telescopes, and the trimmer head can be turned 90 degrees so you can use it as an edger, although I seriously doubt it's much good for edging.  It's designed to only take plastic line, not to be able to use plastic-blade adaptors, etc.  But it's fine for what I needed it for.

I had to buy it because a marmot has moved into my yard, and I didn't want to spray poison on the weeds.  I'd rather keep the marmot.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 15, 2014, 05:29:50 PM
Meanwhile . . . headphone shenanigans.

Last year, at some point, I bought a set of wireless headphones at Meijer, on clearance.  I finally got my exercise bike set up in front of the TV, so I tried to set up the headphones.  Could not get them to work, and there were no instructions.  Finally realized the battery diagram on the headphones themselves was wrong (and the terminals are backward, too) and got the batteries in correctly.

Now the headphones worked, but . . . they're not wireless headphones.  They're a headphone-radio setup.  Upon closer inspection, not even the same manufacturer as the transmitter that connects to the TV.  AND, for some cursed reason (probably literally cursed), they seem to only pick up two stations, both of them Christian Rock.

:whatever:

So, the other day I ordered a cheap pair of JVC headphones.  I hate earbuds, which nowadays limits your choices unless you want to spend $100+ for headphones that cost $20 at most to make. 

These JVC headphones were like $25.  They're 'on the ear' headphones, like old-school Walkman sets, but leatherette cups rather than foam disks.  Consequently, they form an AIRTIGHT SEAL on my ears.  Good lord.  I can literally hear my pulse when I have them on, and it's slightly nauseating to remove them.  Also, they have an extremely exaggerated bass response, and the left channel is much stronger than the right.  I am embarrassed on behalf of JVC.

So I guess I need to buy yet another pair.  I have perfectly reasonable Walkman-style headphones, but every set I have has had its foam covers disintegrate, and replacement foam covers seemed overpriced, but forget it.  I'll pay $6 for replacement foam covers.  Or maybe make my own.  Probably just pay the $6.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 16, 2014, 03:46:20 PM
I don't need it, although it would make finding wall studs easier, but I kind of want it:

5m USB waterpoof endoscope (http://www.banggood.com/5M-7mm-USB-LED-Waterproof-Borescope-Endoscope-Inspection-Snake-Camera-p-934434.html) for $16




I'm sure I don't want to know what a lot of these do get used for.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 16, 2014, 03:52:25 PM
the fact that it's waterpoof might give you some idea
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 16, 2014, 04:07:13 PM
Christ, earlier today I typed "porn" for "born".

Need more sleep . . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 16, 2014, 06:25:39 PM
PORRRRN IN THE US AAYYYYYYYYY
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on July 16, 2014, 08:45:42 PM
PORRRRN IN THE US AAYYYYYYYYY

(http://swingvoters.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/porn-in-the-usa.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 24, 2014, 03:09:23 PM
Still getting free stuff from China.  One of my clerks suggested that maybe because the shipping address says "Shop", I got onto a free-samples mailing list.  Makes as much sense as anything else.

So far this week, one pair of really nice quality night-driving glasses, one pair of sunglasses or goggles with interchangeable lenses (these, I think (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Daisy-C5-Desert-Storm-Sunglasses-4-lenses-Goggles-Tactical-Eyewear-Cycling-Riding-Eye-Protection-For-Airsoft/683745271.html)), and, uh, two small glow-in-the-dark plastic squid, which we think are fishing lures.

The value declared for customs for this stuff is always under $10, often under $5.  :shrug:  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 25, 2014, 01:48:45 PM
Quidditch Pocket Watch (http://www.banggood.com/Harry-Potter-Snitch-Pocket-Watch-p-916642.html), under $4.  Currently sold out . . . but they'll email you when it comes back in stock, if you want.


Hilarious (http://www.banggood.com/Cartoon-Rabbit-Cat-Dog-Animals-Head-Wooden-Pendant-Necklace-Gift-p-908546.html).  I think the cheetah with the eyepatch is my favorite (http://img.banggood.com/images/upload/2012/limin/SKU098336(17).JPG).


Some James Bond gadgetry right here (http://www.banggood.com/16GB-Infrared-Night-Vision-HD-Camera-Watch-S10-p-75654.html).  Nightvision HD camera wristwatch with sound for $35.  They actually had like twelve different models in the email, and I picked this one at random.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on July 25, 2014, 03:34:21 PM

Some James Bond gadgetry right here (http://www.banggood.com/16GB-Infrared-Night-Vision-HD-Camera-Watch-S10-p-75654.html).  Nightvision HD camera wristwatch with sound for $35.  They actually had like twelve different models in the email, and I picked this one at random.

Quote
Note :

It is only for legal place. You need to charge it after it does not work for long time.
It can not instead of professional memory card. You should keep back-up on your PC.
Working temperature : 0—40°C, it is better to use in the room temperature.
Please do not put it into water or humid place, or dust place.. Many other watch camera claim that they have waterproof function but actually not.
It can not use in the high magnetic fields, uniform electric field .It can not be stroked, quick hardly.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 26, 2014, 09:53:21 AM
:lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on July 29, 2014, 12:40:33 AM
WHERE DO I BUY THIS!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1mVjrzsgYg
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on July 29, 2014, 05:03:21 AM
 :lol:

http://goifetch.com/

I was afraid he was going to choke on that ball though.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on July 29, 2014, 10:49:22 AM
i know. seems like they got stuck in his little mouth.

i did find it after a little googling. i wonder how long it took to train that dog in the video.

not sure that's in my budget. crickett isn't that good at fetch. she just chases the ball and then sniffs it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on July 29, 2014, 11:16:00 AM
I was wondering about training too. There are several non-commercial videos on youtube. I'm sure mileage varies a bunch, depending on the dog's personality.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 12, 2014, 06:03:05 PM
Banggood is having an "Elephone Scream Sale".

:uncertain:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 12, 2014, 06:48:24 PM
A salesman calls you on the phone and screams like an elephant?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 12, 2014, 06:52:52 PM
Fortunately, it was in an email.  I didn't follow the link.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2014, 05:34:38 PM
High Electronic Ham Analyzer $144 -- yes, I already clicked, just because.

Oh, ham radio.

Never mind.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2014, 06:20:27 PM
Clearly intended to look like a Vulcan sex toy (http://www.banggood.com/0-80-Brix-Refractometer-Syrup-WineJamSaucesMapleJuice-p-936363.html), but of course it's actually just a . . . syrup refractometer for home use.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 04, 2014, 06:39:23 PM
Quote
4. Aviod the spare parts lost.
Now! they tell me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 04, 2014, 07:47:31 PM
and home brewers . . .
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 09, 2014, 05:16:41 PM
There's something that I need to buy that I was going to go on Amazon after lunch to look for.  Now I finally have a chance, and I have NO idea WTF I was going to buy.

:rolleyes:

I'll remember at like 10 PM tonight, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 14, 2014, 01:12:21 PM
Two of the Meijers near me (out of four in plausible driving distance) are undergoing a remodeling that's apparently going to be chain-wide.  The remodel has been going on for over a year and never seems any closer to being done, which is annoying, but . . . it's also just flatly terrible.

Seriously, they've changed the arrangement of aisles in ways that you can immediately see that no one likes.  They've gone from long simple aisles to new combinations of long aisles and short fat aisles, with the short fat aisles sometimes arranged at right angles to the long ones.  The many junctions of these aisles are now full of people trying to turn their shopping carts around. 

Before, if you weren't sure where something was, you'd either just go past the ends of the aisles, looking at the overhead signs, or go up and down each aisle in turn.  Now the overhead signs are gone, replaced by lower signs mounted on the aisles, and since the aisles no longer allow you to take a serpentine path through or to see everything by just going down the side . . . the whole grocery section is choked with people who are lost and irritated.

Meanwhile, the center section that has the clothing has been built into a huge visual blockade.  You can't see past it or around it.  And it no longer has an open plan, either, but is divided up into segregated little sections.

Worst of all, they've hugely reduced the sizes of several sections I actually used a lot, like hardware, and the pharmacy stuff, and the pet section.  Mostly this is because of the new aisle arrangements, but partly it's because they've added stupid shit like a two-aisle Yankee Candle section.

I've been trying to put up with this, partly because the big Kroger near me did its own reorg a few years ago and became a waste of time.  But I was at Meijer the other day for over forty-five minutes and left with just cat food, because fuck it.

So now I'll have to go to the small ghetto Kroger for groceries, and to Ace for hardware stuff, and I guess to Target for housewares.  (The Target closest to me is the worst Target store I've ever seen, but there are better ones about 25 minutes from me.)  I'm done with Meijer.  I don't know WTF the thinking was behind this particular remodel, but it's utterly hopeless and awful.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 14, 2014, 03:11:13 PM
So now I'll have to go to the small ghetto Kroger for groceries

Have you got a large ghetto Kroger too? We've got a Murder Kroger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_Kroger), but I don't think we have an official ghetto Kroger. Definitely an unofficial one or two.

the big Kroger near me did its own reorg a few years ago

I think maybe all the Krogers did the reorg a few years ago. I quit shopping there shortly after due to prices. I will occasionally drop in there to buy an odd thing or two, and I'm still screwed up by the reorg. So yeah, I feel your pain with the Meijer thing. Moving all that stuff around probably made sense to someone, but that someone probably doesn't even shop there.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 14, 2014, 03:48:21 PM
I'm sure the Meijer remodel is one of those things where someone in an upper management position felt a need to do something to justify their job, so they did something.  It's a purely stupid something, but, you know, it demonstrates activity.  Big decisions!  Executiveness!

A buttton of money was no doubt spent researching and planning it.  But once that's done, you can't just say "Nope -- it's fine the way it is."  Because that would mean you wasted that money.  (And that's part of why business is not really a friend of science, by the way.)

The ghetto Kroger near me is 1/4th the size of the regular Kroger and far, far less fancy, not to mention infinitely less schmancy.  It didn't do the remodel thing.  Alas, it's more expensive and has a lot less stuff.  Always a compromise. 

It's in an outdoor mall that was actually super-cool way the hell back when.  It used to have covered parking and a covered arcade with miniature parks, a movie theater, etc.  Over the decades, the mall has been 'rethought' into a revolting expanse of useless pavement.  Sometimes it has some decent stores, and often . . . not so much.  It's at a fairly high point right now, though. 

And the ghetto Kroger there used to be filthy and underlit, but over the last couple of years they've made a big effort to make it less depressing.  It's just not a one-stop anything, and because it's stuck in the badly organized outdoor mall, it's not convenient, either.

But still miles better than the new Meijer.  And I don't know of any actual murders occurring there.  It just used to look like there were probably murders occurring there.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 22, 2014, 10:17:50 AM
My bed is pretty sad.  For various reasons.  But the main thing, sort of, is that the mattress on it is a cheap mattress that's literally old enough to vote.  I don't expect to be comfortable, but I've been considering that I should replace it.  On the other hand, what I usually do is wait until I'm going to move, then get rid of the old mattress and buy a new one after I move.  So much easier.  But I didn't, last time I moved, and the time before that was 2001, I think, and that's when I got my current hand-me-down mattress.

Right now, I'm seriously considering just buying one of these (http://www.foambymail.com/SACK8E/8ft-foam-sack.html).

:hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 22, 2014, 11:59:40 AM
Yeah, I dunno; that seems a lot like it'd have beanbag dynamics and provide bad support. There's a lot of options in the foam mattress market, though, and plenty under $500.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 22, 2014, 01:59:22 PM
Support, schmupport.  I barely sleep, and I'm uncomfortable anyway.  At this point, I'm after novelty and utility.  This thing looks light and like it's also a couch.  Sounds OK to me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 22, 2014, 06:28:56 PM
I dunno. It's not all hype. If you've ever slept on a really good bed, you know what I mean - you feel noticeably better the next day. Unfortunately, I don't have one that good either. My folks had one like that, and when I'd stay down there, I'd sleep forever. I paid a pretty good bit for the one I got, but I got the wrong one for me. And like yours, mine is getting pretty old.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 22, 2014, 06:30:53 PM
There's a lot of options in the foam mattress market, though, and plenty under $500.

You have foam?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 22, 2014, 07:12:42 PM
Bah!  I am a cranky Yankee.  I'm not trying to feel better.  :harumph:

More sleep would be good, but there are limits to the amount of money I would pay for such a thing.  $500 is probably over that limit.  :P





This is exactly the sort of thing, though, that would be different if I weren't single.  And I admit that.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 23, 2014, 06:08:09 AM
There's a lot of options in the foam mattress market, though, and plenty under $500.

You have foam?

I don't, no. My wife and I bought a pillow-top inner spring mattress about 5 years ago, and I'm still kicking myself for not pushing the Sleep Number bed. However, nowadays, I'm coming around to the foam mattress argument, especially since the costs are so reasonable. Casper (https://casper.com/), for instance, has an interesting combination of foam and latex materials, and their cost for a queen size is less than TLM and I spent on our current mattress (though over $500, sorry Raxe).
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 08:34:03 AM
I can't remember what I paid for mine, it's been so long ago, but I do remember hesitation when opening my wallet to pay for it, and my gf at the time egging me on to buy it.

$850 is a lot to fork over, even considering it's going to be stretched over many years. How many years is a question in my mind, when it comes to those synthetics, but I would expect it to last at least 10 years, so that would be what, less than 25 cents per night? If you add in naps, it's even cheaper!  :lol:

Good salesmanship at that site. Any reason why you like that one in particular?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 23, 2014, 08:44:19 AM
I read an article about it a few months back and was pretty impressed; don't know if I can find it again, maybe I can post it here. The article dealt a lot with the business aspect, how they're attempting to build a mattress that fits 99% of the populace without killing their budget, and something about their shipping methods.... Anyways, it's not the only game in town, but the combination of the latex and foam is apparently a novel approach which achieves better comfort across a larger slice of people.

Edit: Ah, here we go. It was on The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/22/5638400/casper-dreams-of-overturning-the-mattress-racket) back in April.

Edit 2: And the article mentions the other company I was thinking of, which you might actually consider, Raxe- Tuft & Needle sells foam mattresses, and their most expensive model is $600 (that's the California King, doubt you need one that big). I think they're pretty competitive with el beanbag up there.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 23, 2014, 09:20:04 AM
But it wouldn't be a beanbag sofa as well.

:nuts:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 10:13:23 AM
Edit: Ah, here we go. It was on The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/22/5638400/casper-dreams-of-overturning-the-mattress-racket) back in April.

Oh yeah, I think I read the same story, maybe not on The Verge, but somewhere.

Quote
Edit 2: And the article mentions the other company I was thinking of, which you might actually consider, Raxe- Tuft & Needle sells foam mattresses, and their most expensive model is $600 (that's the California King, doubt you need one that big). I think they're pretty competitive with el beanbag up there.

Yeah, that's more like it. If I had the money, I might try that one. They sell a 5" thick version? I can't imagine that could be good.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 23, 2014, 10:38:17 AM
I dunno, man. How much sinking do you actually do into your existing mattress? Do you need a lot more support than that?

In fairness, the 10 inches is only $100 more for each size, so that's no dealbreaker, I think.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 11:25:05 AM
I wouldn't know how to go about measuring that, but I would think when rolling over, or when first laying down, we sink pretty deep, and I don't know how much different foam is from a conventional, I'm just surprised that 5" of foam would work.

And yeah, for $100 difference, I wouldn't even consider the 5".
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 23, 2014, 12:09:00 PM
There are several kinds of foam, which behave differently -- elasticity, softness, insulation, etc -- and layering different kinds of foam produces different effects.

There was an AMA or something about mattresses on Reddit in the last week or two, if you're really interested.  That's actually where I got the link to the foam supplier that led me to the giant foam beanbag couchbed thing.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 12:20:35 PM
Nah, I'm interested in it like I'm interested in a Lamborghini. Just in case  ;)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 23, 2014, 12:25:00 PM
My interest is closer to my interest in my next washing machine. I know I'm going to need one, not sure when, but I want to keep up with the current state of things just in case.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 02:07:37 PM
 :lol: Yeah, seriously, a Lamborghini is not in the cards for me even if I won the lottery. It's just the first luxurious thing to pop in my head. I have no use for it.

I have to use vise grips to turn the timer knob on my washing machine, because the knob broke off several years ago, and I have to unplug it when turning the knob, and a little plastic ratchet piece inside the tank broke and keeps it from agitating correctly, so yeah, I could use a new washing machine probably more than even a mattress.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 23, 2014, 02:14:14 PM
Any knob that's a vaguely close fit + putty-style epoxy = new knob.  A larger knob makes it easier to turn, of course.

I realize you're not hoping to keep this machine for much longer, but this is still easier than pliers.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on October 23, 2014, 02:20:47 PM
sugru
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 06:56:19 PM
Any knob that's a vaguely close fit + putty-style epoxy = new knob.  A larger knob makes it easier to turn, of course.

I realize you're not hoping to keep this machine for much longer, but this is still easier than pliers.

It's a little more complicated than that. The knob is a push/pull to start, and turn to timer / different types of wash. Part of the knob is missing, and the stem that the knob attaches to is part of the timer itself. The push/pull doesn't work without the knob, not even with the vise grips, so that's why I have to unplug - I just leave it to "on" all the time.

I haven't looked at it closely in a while, but I'm sure I would have rigged it up if I could have. If I screwed up with the epoxy, I could end up bricking the thing.

 :hmm: I may study it a bit further.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 23, 2014, 09:58:08 PM
The push/pull is fubar.

However, I was able to come up with a piece of scrap metal square tubing that fits perfectly over what's left of the knob, so I won't have to use the vise grips anymore.

Thanks for getting me started on that, Axe  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 24, 2014, 06:29:20 AM
:lol: Yeah, seriously, a Lamborghini is not in the cards for me even if I won the lottery. It's just the first luxurious thing to pop in my head. I have no use for it.

I have to use vise grips to turn the timer knob on my washing machine, because the knob broke off several years ago, and I have to unplug it when turning the knob, and a little plastic ratchet piece inside the tank broke and keeps it from agitating correctly, so yeah, I could use a new washing machine probably more than even a mattress.

Parts for these things are surprisingly easy to come by (depending on model and age, naturally), if you're handy and want to take a shot at repairing it. My dryer was making loud squealing noises, and I was able to get the bushings for the front (and a new bracket to hold them) for about $50. The dryer is a little easier to work on, since if you get it wrong you don't have water all over your floor, but I'd imagine the knob and/or the whole knob switching assembly is available online, so that'd be something at least.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 24, 2014, 07:46:46 AM
I've also got a local place that has a boatload of old washers and dryers for sale, less than a mile from here, that I've never even visited. They might have parts too. And I've never checked online to see how much the parts would be. It's the whole timer assembly along with the knob that would have to be replaced.

I don't know why I just put up with it for so long, but it's not like it's a major inconvenience, more of an annoyance. I think part of it was fear that if I put money into it, it would totally break down beyond repair. I'm not sure what that law of physics is called, but I know for a fact it exists  :P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on October 24, 2014, 08:09:30 AM
Sounds like entropy... maybe with a little Murphy thrown in. Entromurphy?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 24, 2014, 08:40:16 AM
The Habitat For Humanity stores ("ReStores", ugh) around here used to have new and like-new appliances for $25-$50.  It was crazy.  I very, very nearly bought a new dishwasher for $30, in fact, but I had a feeling I'd still have it sitting in my garage a year later, and I didn't bother.  I did get my like-new double sink for $5.

The contractors and landlords finally clued in, though, and HFH raised their prices on a TON of stuff.  Even not really like-new appliances tend to be $100-$150 now, and their selection is pretty crappy.  Good for HFH, I suppose, but not for me.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 30, 2014, 01:08:25 PM
Last night I had a bunch of weird dreams; in one of them I received a box in the mail, and it contained . . . dozens . . . of those doiiiiing spring doorstops.

Now I totally want to buy dozens of those.  Seems like you can buy them in bulk for around $1 each.  I don't actually have a project in mind, though, and I can't quite bring myself to spend the money.  It's really annoying me.

I can't quite seem to think of a good use for them.  :whatever:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 30, 2014, 02:20:46 PM
 :lol:

There's got to be something.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 30, 2014, 02:29:58 PM
Cat entertainment.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on October 30, 2014, 06:31:05 PM
Make a suit of armor out of them.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 30, 2014, 09:40:40 PM
 :lol:

I was actually thinking about that!  :brainwaves:

 Also just a helmet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on October 30, 2014, 10:23:38 PM
HELMET! Brilliant!  :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on October 31, 2014, 12:17:37 AM
I'll just leave that one unsung.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on October 31, 2014, 08:44:25 PM
 :rollin:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 13, 2014, 06:16:22 PM
Meanwhile . . .

I don't know who would wear this (http://www.banggood.com/Ladies-Casual-Cat-Head-Printed-Pleated-Short-Sleeve-Dress-p-927246.html), but maybe I want to.


Also, FASHION:

NO ESCAPE - BELIEF - THE STATE AS IT (http://www.banggood.com/Casual-Loose-Pattern-Printed-Batwing-Sleeve-Cotton-TShirt-p-929453.html).

PREWEEK (http://www.banggood.com/Letters-Printed-Leakage-Shoulder-Round-Neck-Short-Sleeve-Dress-p-928163.html) mystery.

Bombay's atreoducts (http://www.banggood.com/Womens-High-Waist-Wrapped-Hip-Eastic-Short-Skirt-p-929451.html).

Cod Save The King (http://www.banggood.com/Fashion-Loose-Letter-Printed-Batwing-Sleeve-Cotton-TShirt-p-929460.html).

:huh:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 13, 2014, 06:19:10 PM
Choo Choo Vocabulary (http://www.banggood.com/Cute-Cat-Memo-Pad-Book-Sticky-Notes-Gift-p-90642.html), motherf$cker!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on December 14, 2014, 08:19:15 AM
This proves that if aliens are listening in on our transmissions, we are totally misunderstood and doomed.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 17, 2014, 02:16:34 PM
I want one of these (http://www.banggood.com/collection-675.html?utm_design=13&utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=mailad172_other&utm_campaign=newsletter-emarsys&utm_content=Claire&emst=vuQKEWln1E_80065_1195978_9) SOOO badly.  Can't afford a big one, and I can easily imagine buying one of these and never being able to get it to work.  But, good lord, I am tempted.  Maybe after Xmas.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: vox8 on December 17, 2014, 03:23:05 PM
So, I would love to get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Minecraft-21118-The-Mine/dp/B00MJYDDCW (http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Minecraft-21118-The-Mine/dp/B00MJYDDCW) for Roger & the Eman for giftmas, but they are unavailable at what is supposed to be the retail price of $109. As you can see they are selling for upwards of $250 from assholes.

It looks absolutely awesome. Hopefully they will continue to produce them so that us slow pokes can get it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 17, 2014, 03:29:51 PM
Toys-R-Us is still claiming they have that Lego set at that price . . . but back-ordered.  :shrug:  That was the closest I could come to finding it at a sane price.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on December 17, 2014, 03:52:33 PM
want

http://www.banggood.com/Syma-X5C-Explorers-2_4G-4CH-RC-Quadcopter-Mode-2-With-Camera-p-913827.html
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: vox8 on December 17, 2014, 04:32:55 PM
Toys-R-Us is still claiming they have that Lego set at that price . . . but back-ordered.  :shrug:  That was the closest I could come to finding it at a sane price.

Yeah, out of stock is what I am getting.

Grrrrr.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 17, 2014, 05:31:55 PM
SUCKS.  No one should be denied Legos.


Banggood is like 50% drones and RC helicopters.  It's kind of a bewildering array.  Fortunately, I'm not into that sort of thing.  Not until they get sexier drones.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 22, 2014, 11:16:37 AM
Amazon sent me an email saying that, oh, boy, surely you need the boxed set of Full House on Blu-Ray!

That's some spectacular failure of data mining right there, I tell you what.  :nonplused:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on December 22, 2014, 12:59:07 PM
want

http://www.banggood.com/Syma-X5C-Explorers-2_4G-4CH-RC-Quadcopter-Mode-2-With-Camera-p-913827.html

Ian is getting something like that from his proxy uncle.  I can't wait to play with it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: phyre on December 23, 2014, 08:32:52 AM
I'm a little jealous. There's apparently a lot of these little buggers going in to Christmas gifts this year; the FAA and some hobbyist organizations put together a video and website so people can educate themselves before getting in to trouble with them.

I can't get to the site from work, but here's the video they published: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF5Q9JvBhxM
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on December 27, 2014, 12:08:43 PM
Got a Visa gift card for Xmas.  Noticed that it had been surreptitiously opened at some earlier date.  Hmph.

When I got to work the next day, I went online and checked its balance, and it hadn't been used yet.  So I used it to buy an Amazon gift card of the same value.

Apparently that worked.  The Amazon card should arrive on Monday, so that's when I'll really know.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 11, 2015, 04:14:20 PM
Glowing plush dolphin (http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Plush-Colorful-LED-Light-Blue-Dolphin-Shape-Throw-Pillow-p-57462.html).

Hmm.

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on January 11, 2015, 11:34:53 PM
I can easily conceive of a need for such a plush, but can I convince Magpy?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on January 12, 2015, 12:09:13 AM
:flipper:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on January 12, 2015, 10:04:12 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/dt7kPdD.gif)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on January 12, 2015, 02:25:56 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on January 12, 2015, 07:44:10 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on February 03, 2015, 12:02:26 PM
I had to take three electrical engineering classes for a computer science major, many, many moons ago. But at least I can read a T-shirt.
http://teespring.com/mac-and-cheese
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on February 03, 2015, 08:15:56 PM
Oooh!  I like that!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on March 24, 2015, 11:22:00 AM
Got links to Egyptian plush goodies, but Bastet and the scarab are not in stock. :cry:
http://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Goddess-Bastet-
Figure-Stuffed/dp/B004YLQOYM/ref=pd_sim_hg_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0CKF1J63D56T40T8WYAC

http://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Scarab-Stuffed-Little-Collectible/dp/B00IC8YU44/ref=pd_sim_hg_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=0CKF1J63D56T40T8WYAC

But the Anubis puppy is:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O5HEAG/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=

Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 24, 2015, 11:42:31 AM
Makes me worry what they're stuffed with.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on March 24, 2015, 12:11:15 PM
What's a little grave dust between deity and worshipper?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 24, 2015, 12:35:09 PM
Grave dust is OK.  Organs, less so.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 16, 2015, 09:57:05 AM
At Kmart:

me: These shorts are supposed to be buy one, get one free, but when I scan them on the price check thingee, they show full price.

clerk: You have to buy two.

me: But I only need one. How about if I buy two, and then return one?

clerk: Then you'll only get half back.

me: That's fine, can't we just go ahead and do that now instead of having to make two transactions?

clerk:  :nonplused:

me: Are you working tomorrow?



Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on June 16, 2015, 12:58:22 PM
I didn't know there were still Kmarts.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on June 16, 2015, 09:12:34 PM
Huh.  Me neither.   :hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on June 17, 2015, 04:41:40 AM
There's not many left, but there are a few. The mood in the store is kind of like what I imagine death row would be like.

http://www.kmart.com/stores.html
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 11, 2015, 09:21:59 AM
Need a way to carry a Bible with you while hunting or after the collapse of civilization?  But you don't want to give yourself away, so maybe you need a camouflage Bible carrier.  On the other hand, camouflage is so drab, so maybe you want to celebrate your camouflaged Bible a bit with a rhinestone fleur-de-lis and fancy cross.

Makes perfect sense.

We gotcha covered (http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=588697).
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 11, 2015, 08:45:19 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/92/AmericaMustBeDestroyed.jpg/220px-AmericaMustBeDestroyed.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 29, 2015, 12:41:04 PM
Ad I saw today:

Today only!  Buy A Sword, Get A Sword!

So, uh, what was yesterday's sale?  Buy a sword, get an empty box?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on August 29, 2015, 11:52:54 PM
Buy a rapier, get a main gauche for 1/2 off?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 30, 2015, 12:58:02 PM
Buy a rapier, get a main gauche for 1/2 off?

That sounds g.... waiiiiit a minute
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 31, 2015, 12:05:36 PM
I decided to try some Maxwell House dark roast coffee on my last purchase, since it was a couple bucks cheaper. I've been drinking Folgers Black Silk (dark roast) for several years. When I first started with the Maxwell House, I hated it. So when the Folgers went on sale, I bought more of it. Now I don't like the Folgers  :nuts:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on October 15, 2015, 06:32:22 PM
For today, we have three combinations of beer and Tolkien. https://www.qwertee.com/

Personally I'm getting the older Indiana Mouse and wearing it around anthropologists, because I can.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on October 29, 2015, 07:21:42 PM
amazon prime now was just launched in vegas. i can order and get stuff within an hour. this could be dangerous.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on October 30, 2015, 06:56:33 AM
 :shock:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 30, 2015, 09:22:03 AM
It took me awhile to parse that.  :lol:

Are they going to bombard you with suggestions for streaming TV that you've already watched?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on October 30, 2015, 11:09:59 AM
yeah, it's a weird sentence.

"amazon prime now" is the name of the service and you can only use it through an app on a phone or tablet. i really don't get that aspect of it.

they haven't sent me anything which will probably change soon.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 30, 2015, 11:45:22 AM
I'm sure it's a prelude to pushing it through their always-on eavesdropping instant-order device, there.  Whatever that thing is called.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on October 30, 2015, 12:22:38 PM
yep, pretty soon i'll be able to speak my order to the echo.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 30, 2015, 12:35:14 PM
That'll be fun at parties!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on November 03, 2015, 06:53:56 PM
That'll be fun at parties!

Pdrake:  Amazon Prime Now, send me some entertainment for the party
Amazon Prime Now:  Sends in the clowns.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on November 03, 2015, 11:09:55 PM
booze & hookers
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on November 04, 2015, 12:29:06 AM
(http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/sites/default/files/styles/logo-thumbnail/public/102011/like_icon.png?itok=nkurUMlZ)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2015, 04:18:58 PM
Quote
booze & hookers

Books & Hoosiers
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 04, 2015, 04:29:51 PM
Quote
booze & hookers

Books & Hoosiers

Indiana's in town for the basketball game and you have a bunch of Bloomington coeds in the shop ... ?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 05, 2015, 04:09:28 PM
No, my brain just does things to words.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on November 05, 2015, 10:18:38 PM
chutes and ladders?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: tangerine on November 05, 2015, 11:59:13 PM
I didn't know there were still Kmarts.

axe, there is still a Kmart in, yes, the south area of the city in which you currently reside. Let's not ever go there!! (VoA AND two other secondhand stores are on the same street, I think.)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on November 06, 2015, 02:00:28 AM
Shop Smart.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 06, 2015, 01:24:36 PM
I see a tangerine! :D

and dang, VoA? I can't get that one. I am stuck on Voice of America, which is of course our propaganda radio. They have a store?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 07, 2015, 11:59:43 AM
:lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 07, 2015, 12:02:36 PM
Oh, it's Volunteers of America.  They're basically like Goodwill except they're more of an actual charity.  The one in question is quite huge and often has a lot of sweet crap for very cheap.  They have a half-off sale on the last Tuesday of every month, which would be dangerous for me except that I work all day on Tuesdays.

I learned just the other day that they're older than Goodwill, too, although not quite as old as the Salvation Army.  VoA, I mean, not Tuesdays.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 08, 2015, 12:34:37 AM
Um.

Look what's happening out in the streets, now (got a revolution, got a revolution!) (https://youtu.be/OzHBr0ndKus)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 16, 2015, 01:50:04 PM
Clam Hands (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clam-hands)

:innocent:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on November 16, 2015, 01:54:39 PM
Tea Snails (http://www.banggood.com/5pcs-Cute-Snail-Mini-Tea-Bag-Holder-Hanging-Cup-Clip-p-1013795.html)

:shock:

"snails"
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 01, 2016, 05:55:09 PM
Shopping for shoes.  UGH.

When I go to stores . . . they have shoes from some alternate future where everyone has awful taste in everything.  Seriously, the shoes . . . the shoes they have available . . . almost all of them are things I would be embarrassed to have in my trash, even if no one else saw them.  What, as they say, TF? 

So awful.  So ridiculous.  They're like a Shoe Design Executive somewhere said, "We need five new shoe styles on the shelves every week!"  And the Shoe Design team said, "Well, what theme do you want?"

And the Shoe Design Executive went into deep thought for so long that the designers thought maybe they needed to call an ambulance, but then suddenly an edit was produced!  "Imagine a bear ate a pigrim wrapped in foam rubber, and ten pounds of s'mores, plus a bale of shoelaces, and then pooped on the face of an unconscious robot!"

So they went to work, churning out awful variations.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 01, 2016, 06:02:48 PM
But, anyway, shopping online!

This is exactly the kind of thing where Amazon is an utter failure.  If you don't have at last a brand in mind, don't try to shop for shoes on Amazon.  It will break you.  And if you do have a brand, don't try to also limit your search to a price range, because it's one or the other.  Amazon has spoken!

Seriously, the Amazon search function is an embarrassment to chordates.  All of us.  It's just so very bad.

OK, I go to Amazon subsidiary Zappos' subsidiary 6PM, which is apparently the time of day at which Zappos begins selling discount shoes.  I know, it doesn't make sense to me, either.  But I'm not paying $160 for fucking sneakers that will last six months.

The product descriptions are otherworldly.  In 6PM's defense, I'm sure the descriptions come from the manufacturers or distributors or space aliens.

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- No need to remember things anymore in the FILA® Memory Windstar sneakers.
- Mesh and leather upper.
- Lace-up closure.
- Padded collar and tongue.
- Soft man-made lining.

OK, so, the selling points of these sneakers are that . . . memory is obsolete?  :confused:  Maybe they don't have different left and right versions?  Maybe they beep continuously so I never have to wonder where the hell I left them the night before?  What?

And it's THE FIRST THING.  After that, they were like "Uh . . . it's built like a shoe, with, you know, laces, and some padding.  And the lining isn't made from some random crap we found outside!"

:whatever:

Eh.  $25, and available in my size.  Maybe.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 01, 2016, 06:04:46 PM
JESUS.  It's all so damned odd.  Here's another shoe:

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-Take it to the fullest extent of the law in these practical runners.
- Multiple Fila® logo details.

Top selling point?  Not quite illegal to wear these shoes.  Second top selling point?  It says "FILA" all over them.

:nonplused:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 01, 2016, 06:05:21 PM
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- Do a venerable service to your wardrobe and enlist the Vet canvas shoe from Lugz®.

OK, now I just think they're trolling.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 01, 2016, 07:57:51 PM
i buy my shoes on amazon. of course, i just always buy old school, lace up, canvas vans. style hasn't changed much in 40 years.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 02, 2016, 02:43:31 PM
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This is exactly the kind of thing where Amazon is an utter failure.  If you don't have at last a brand in mind, don't try to shop for shoes on Amazon.  It will break you.  And if you do have a brand, don't try to also limit your search to a price range, because it's one or the other.  Amazon has spoken!

I may have to try this exercise soon. I have a specific type of sneaker in mind that I haven't seen. One with good deep tread, like a trail shoe, but leather(like) / water resistant, in white instead of brown. 
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 02, 2016, 02:56:27 PM
Yeah, Zappos or 6PM are probably better for that task, at least for the window-shopping part.

They're both owned by Amazon, anyway.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 06, 2016, 02:44:23 PM
soft man-made lining

After thinking about it, it could be construed to be human leather.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 06, 2016, 03:00:39 PM
I figure we're like three years from the Human Roll-Up cannibal movie.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 26, 2016, 02:28:49 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Snails-LLC-1-2-Assassins/dp/B01HGW5M34/
Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea.

It's a game. I guess.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 26, 2016, 04:14:02 PM
It's a game.

It's a Halloween costume. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqB6D6YzxfE)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 26, 2016, 04:36:45 PM
It's a game.

It's a Halloween costume. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqB6D6YzxfE)


It's an anagesic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_snail)



Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 27, 2016, 10:49:06 AM
It's a floor wax.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 27, 2016, 12:56:32 PM
And a dessert topping
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 10, 2016, 09:27:44 AM
Humidifier / fragrance disperser phone accessory (http://www.banggood.com/Mobile-Phone-Mini-Humidifier-Portable-Diffuser-Moisturizing-Aroma-Spray-For-Android-Phones-Skin-Care-p-1092526.html).  Didn't really expect that.


Fall Winter Mengshufen Flannel Animal Cartoon Hips With Zipper Jumpsuits Pajamas Sleepwear (http://www.banggood.com/Fall-Winter-Mengshufen-Flannel-Animal-Cartoon-Hips-With-Zipper-Jumpsuits-Pajamas-Sleepwear-p-994748.html)!  [NB:  You may get lingerie ads in the sidebar.]

It unzips just under the tail to open like a union suit, so you can use the bathroom without having to pause whatever the heck you're doing in that costume.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 07, 2017, 03:55:31 PM
Any of you folks tried a SodaStream machine?  I drink kind of a lot of soda water, with and without a little flavoring added.

Near as I can tell, after you drop $80 for the machine, it costs about 60 cents per liter to carbonate plain water.  And you have to use their bottles, at least for the carbonating part of the process, which seem to be like $12 each.

I can already buy carbonated water at Meijer for like 50 cents per liter.  Making soda water at home isn't really more convenient if you run the risk of running out of CO2 bottles, etc.  And you can add flavors to store-bought seltzer just as easily.

Am I missing something?  I am confused.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 08, 2017, 02:20:32 PM
Am I missing something?  I am confused.

(http://www.switchbacks.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/bigstock-Retro-Tv-Commercial-3363587.jpg)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 08, 2017, 03:06:59 PM
But it seems to be the same thing as regular Zip, except it costs more.  :confused:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 08, 2017, 06:34:22 PM
But it seems to be the same thing as regular Zip, except it costs more.  :confused:

I don't think you're confused at all. It is documented that Americans default to believing that something that costs more is better. The Volvo story is illuminating. In the '60s they hired a consulting firm to figure out why their really excellent and inexpensive cars weren't selling well in the US. The firm came back with "charge more for them." And round about 1970 they effectively doubled the price of the same car, and, ta daaa, they've been selling them ever since.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 08, 2017, 07:11:26 PM
SodaStream seems fine as a concept.  I realize that in theory they make all their money on the bottles, cartridges, and syrups.  But the machines don't add the syrups for you, or anything -- at least, not the machines I've seen at Amazon -- and any kind of flavoring will work.  The bottles are expensive and, you know, just bottles.

I'm not feeling sold on it.  :shrug:


I miss the older Volvos, to be honest.  Some of the recent models are really nifty, but in general they either seem like overpriced not-what-I'd-want or heavily upscale Subarus.  To be fair, I think I just miss car cars.  I like feeling like I'm driving around in a metal cage on springs, with a direct connection to the engine.  I'd rather have a hellacious heater than a lot of deadening insulation. 

A lot of modern improvements really are improvements, especially in safety and efficiency, but I don't want the car to feel like it was made by La-Z-Boy during an ill-conceived flirtation with a 1965 Lincoln.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on March 08, 2017, 08:57:38 PM
...The bottles are expensive and, you know, just bottles...


See HP printer model.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 10, 2017, 05:55:02 PM
YES BUT.  Honestly, I don't think I've ever had much of a problem with an HP printer, whereas other printers can go fail-to-feed themselves.

Our MTBT (Mean Time Before Trash) for non-HP printers around here is typically two years, Epsons and Brothers, mostly.  We have an HP inkjet that's from about 1994 that still works perfectly every time.  Epsons used to be cool until about the point where dot matrix faded from the scene.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on March 10, 2017, 06:14:02 PM
we own dozens of HP printers and we have lots of problems. they get pricey real fast, especially with the larger ones.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on March 10, 2017, 07:30:15 PM
It's the model.  Sell cheap printer.  Charge a fortune on the ink cartridges.  Profit.  Until the consumers just realize buy a new printer each time.  Ink included.  Throw away printer when ink runs out.  Environment wins.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on March 10, 2017, 08:38:22 PM
only the large format printers (60" and 36") use ink. the rest are laser printers.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 11, 2017, 10:47:25 AM
Mileage varies, but my general experience suggests you'd have more problems if you used another brand.  Still, there's a world of difference between home / small business desktop printers and large-job pedestal printers, etc, etc, I'm sure.

The ink cartridges for our 2002 Deskjet 6122 are pretty cheap and last a LONG time, whereas our cheapass Brother all-in-one has more expensive cartridges that last for approximately (we kept a vague count once) 250 pages of mixed use.  Such a pain.  And the Brother misfeeds paper about once every other day.

I've had a LaserJet III and a couple of 4's, and they were bulletproof and dead cheap to use, once you'd bought them.  The toner cartridges seemed to last forever.  Even nowadays, I almost never need to print in color, so if it were just me . . . .

I think my brother still uses the LaserJet III that I paid $2300 for in 1992.  He had it on his desk last time I was in his office.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 11, 2017, 02:24:09 PM
I'm of the opinion that damn near all printers really suck these days but damn if my Brother HL-2070N hasn't been damn near bulletproof. It's a monochrome laser which helps a lot, but it's outlasted every Epson or HP I've ever owned by something like a decade. The only thing that came close to it was the daisywheel deelie I printed my dissertation on. I forget who made that, I don't think they exist any more and it was a parallel printer so whoo boy was it fast.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 11, 2017, 02:45:26 PM
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on March 13, 2017, 12:37:06 PM
I miss the parallel port.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on March 13, 2017, 01:35:04 PM
That can be quite painful.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on March 14, 2017, 02:22:40 PM
:galm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 05, 2017, 02:47:14 PM
I think what I like most about Banggood is their email subject lines.  I just got this one:

Witness it 48 hours later! Doogee Mix Silver below $200 with Freebies

:shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 06, 2017, 09:36:54 PM
Hahaha! Did you ever figure out what it is?
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 07, 2017, 09:51:03 AM
Apparently it's a cell phone / phone tablet of Chinese origin. 

Honestly, there's a lot of stuff in their emails that I can't even guess what that thing is by looking at it.  They do a good job of almost making me want to buy a drone, and I frequently want to buy the insanely powerful little motors they sell.  Apparently those are for people who build their own CNC machines, which, I mean, I guess.

Today's WTFery from them was a picture-doesn't-load item called Solar powered Teaching Insect, which turned out to be this (https://www.banggood.com/Educational-Solar-powered-Ant-Energy-saving-Model-Toy-Children-Teaching-Fun-Insect-Toy-Gift-p-989424.html).  I really don't need one of those -- they also have cockroach and creepy spider models -- but at under $3 each, it's kind of tempting to get a huge swarm of them.

They sell a lot of peculiar solar-powered toys, some of which make perfect sense.  And they have solar-powered dashboard hula girls, in case you want them to dance even when the car is parked.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 17, 2017, 11:13:30 PM
http://www.reacharoundbooks.com/brendas-beaver-needs-a-barber-free-ebook.php

Well, now I've seen this.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 18, 2017, 10:02:16 AM
 :huh:

This is no forensics accident.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 18, 2017, 10:23:44 AM
That's a phrase I haven't seen before. I like it.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 18, 2017, 11:33:22 AM
It's a quote from an infamous film, Listen to Me (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listen_to_Me_(film)), which I've never seen, myself.  Kirk Cameron and Jami Gertz play poor kids who get into college on a debate scholarship and end up debating abortion before the Supreme Court.

It's love-hated by college debate teams of the day like From The Hip was love-hated by law students.  I'm sure there are a million films like that.  I don't know how wrestling teams felt about Vision Quest or barbarians felt about Conan 2: Wilt Chamberlain Is Humongous.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 18, 2017, 11:50:51 AM
I remember that one.  Ms. Gertz was really good in that one.  She should have been a much bigger star.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on September 19, 2017, 01:18:45 AM
primus did it better.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 19, 2017, 09:47:53 AM
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She should have been a much bigger star.

Pretty much everyone from Square Pegs deserved better.  She was also good in an almost-written-out kind of role in Crossroads.  She was in a lot of very strange films -- not cult-movie kinds of strange, but just weird things that fly under the radar and sound kind of made-up.  A lot of them have good casts, and you can see why an agent would sign you up for them. 

I mean, I had to look this one up (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_Tell_Her_It's_Me) because I couldn't remember it correctly.  And apparently there was one made in Germany where George Peppard played her dad and she helps a bald Martha Plimpton commit suicide.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 19, 2017, 10:35:49 AM
M-O-O-N spells moon (https://www.banggood.com/Touch-Sensor-3D-Moon-Lamp-USB-Color-Changing-LED-Luna-Night-Light-Kids-Gift-p-1171490.html)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: stormneedle on September 27, 2017, 05:05:04 PM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1075898346/euclid-a-more-accurate-measuring-cup?ref=recommended
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Sidious on September 28, 2017, 05:50:17 AM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1075898346/euclid-a-more-accurate-measuring-cup?ref=recommended

 :hmm:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 28, 2017, 02:18:20 PM
I don't understand why my food synthesizer will need one, but fair enough.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 28, 2017, 03:37:19 PM
The fact that people back this type of kickstarter thing puzzles me. Basically, people are paying $25 for a nice measuring cup. I guess if they change the world by improving the measuring cup, it's worth it for the rest of us  :P

They go through a lot of trouble explaining something that is readily apparent to me.

Quote
creator Joshua Redstone was working on a recipe that called for 1/4 cup of milk. He had a choice between a smaller or larger measuring cup and asked himself Which one would measure more accurately?

Quote
He received his PhD in Computer Science at University of Washington before working at Google and Facebook as a software engineer.

 ;) Uh-huh.

If they really wanted precision, the markings should be in the molding, not just the printing, which can/will vary.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 28, 2017, 05:56:22 PM
Quote
She should have been a much bigger star.

Pretty much everyone from Square Pegs deserved better.  She was also good in an almost-written-out kind of role in Crossroads.  She was in a lot of very strange films -- not cult-movie kinds of strange, but just weird things that fly under the radar and sound kind of made-up.  A lot of them have good casts, and you can see why an agent would sign you up for them. 

I mean, I had to look this one up (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_Tell_Her_It's_Me) because I couldn't remember it correctly.  And apparently there was one made in Germany where George Peppard played her dad and she helps a bald Martha Plimpton commit suicide.  :shrug:

Oh the 'bone would like that one. Honestly though Jami Gertz will live FOREVER in the hearts and gonads of cinema lovers because of Twister and Lost Boys.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on September 29, 2017, 12:22:36 PM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1075898346/euclid-a-more-accurate-measuring-cup?ref=recommended

 :hmm:

Doesn't everyone already use laser etched graduated cylinders?

My wife has one with an elliptical thingy in it which makes it easy to gauge when looking downward.  Kinda like
this one (https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-2-Cup-Angled-Measuring/dp/B00005RKOE/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1506705690&sr=1-4&keywords=measuring+cup)
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 29, 2017, 01:07:07 PM
I got nothin' against any kind of kitchen gadget that people really like -- unless it's some combination of really stupid, expensive, or bad for the environment (etc).

But, personally, I am not a precise cook in the first place.  I slap some gunk together.  A splash of milk more or less isn't gonna make a difference.  And because of my messed-up taste buds, I'm not cooking anything that needs, say, an eighth of a cup of cardamom, or something.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on September 29, 2017, 03:03:50 PM
My last measuring cup came from the dollar store, but I have to admit I have pondered something like what the kickstarter guy came up with. Nothing as elaborate, just a smaller 4 oz. cup with a more narrow diameter.

I used to be lax in measuring, but the more I cooked, the more obvious it became to me how important it is to follow (the same) printed recipe each time. I still vary the measurements occasionally as tests to search for improvements. I've got a simple recipe for oatmeal cookies for example, that over time, I've figured out what effect a measurement variation in each ingredient will do. And it's way more than taste that varies, especially with something like those cookies. The texture can be wildly altered by a slight variation.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on September 30, 2017, 11:41:14 AM
If you make bigger batches and mix thoroughly, it evens out a lot of small variations.  Just make two to three thousand cookies at a time.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 02, 2017, 09:50:57 AM
LED eyelashes (https://www.banggood.com/Fashionable-Sparkle-Interactive-LED-Light-Up-Waterproof-Eyelashes-for-Halloween-Party-Pub-Club-Bar-p-1170806.html)

Regular and Sound-Activated
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 02, 2017, 10:25:06 AM
Honestly, I can't quite imagine having one of these (https://www.banggood.com/Honana-BD-548-3D-Broken-Wall-Kitten-Doggie-Wall-Sticker-Toliet-Sticker-Bathroom-Decoration-Decal-p-1203250.html)

Stickers to make it look like a giant cat / kitten / dog is bursting through the side of your refrigerator or toilet tank, etc.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on October 02, 2017, 12:42:51 PM
LED eyelashes (https://www.banggood.com/Fashionable-Sparkle-Interactive-LED-Light-Up-Waterproof-Eyelashes-for-Halloween-Party-Pub-Club-Bar-p-1170806.html)

Regular and Sound-Activated

I think those are kinda cool.  :detta:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on October 02, 2017, 12:43:23 PM
Honestly, I can't quite imagine having one of these (https://www.banggood.com/Honana-BD-548-3D-Broken-Wall-Kitten-Doggie-Wall-Sticker-Toliet-Sticker-Bathroom-Decoration-Decal-p-1203250.html)

Stickers to make it look like a giant cat / kitten / dog is bursting through the side of your refrigerator or toilet tank, etc.

Those would be great for t-shirts /alien
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on July 31, 2018, 10:23:39 AM
My semi-beloved but certainly trusty Braun electric shaver finally died enough so I decided to replace it.  Thing cost me like $100 and only lasted . . . OK, I guess it lasted like fifteen years.  Pretty good.  Also, easily the best rechargeable device I ever owned or used, in terms of its rechargeability, until I bought expensive DeWalt power tools.  Charged extremely fast; held a serious charge for a very long time.  Even after all this time.

SO I went ahead and bought a new Braun shaver.  Last year or so, I bought a never-heard-of-them Chinese shaver from Banggood, and it was amusingly silent in use but, uh, terrible at shaving my face.  (Whereas the Chinese Baby Shaver we bought to give the elderly Maine Coon haircuts is magical.)

The new Braun (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M68GZS6/) was much cheaper.  I actually got it for $40.  It's a lot quieter than my old one, which is nice.  It's also wet/dry.  I've only used it dry so far.  It doesn't shave as well.  I'd say it's about average -- it's comfortable to use, and it cuts well, but like most electric shavers I've used it gives you the look of having shaved.  You'll have Five O'Clock Shadow by two o'clock, though. 

This isn't really a problem for me -- it does a pretty good job quite quickly, and then thirty seconds or less touching up with a dry Gillette Fusion safety razor finishes the job, no fuss.  It's entirely possible that the new Braun does a really good job with a bit of shaving cream or something, too.  I'll find out eventually, but I'm out of Barbasol at the moment.  And the new Braun, like the old one but unlike many electric shavers, doesn't tend to yank mercilessly at errant hairs, which is much appreciated.

The new Braun doesn't have a pop-up trimmer.  On the other hand, the trimmer on the old one was its most disappointing feature, by far.  The new one, instead, has an easy pop-off head and a secondary clipper head.  That works WAY better than the trimmer on the old one, although it's slightly less convenient. 

The clipper head comes with a few combs so you can use it to trim your beard to length.  That works pretty well, not as well as some beard trimmers I've had.  The main problem, I think, is that they make the combs to try to work with even horribly tangled beards, and consequently the teeth are much too far apart, etc, and so the combs don't make hair stand up to be cut.  I had an old trimmer that I greatly improved by putting a single wrap of fishing line around the comb near the cutting head, to catch hairs and make them stand up.  Kind of broke-ass, though.

Also, the new Braun could've come with at least one slightly longer comb.  I think the longest one is 7 mm, which is pretty short.  Presumably they tested longer combs and didn't get good results.


The Verdict:  So far, excellent value.  Good convenience.  Good rechargeability.  Works well enough.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 02, 2018, 02:36:19 PM
I was using electric for quite a while, but I've gone to just using cheap disposables now. Electric took too long and did a spotty job, but my shaver was pretty old. I'd be curious to hear if yours works better wet.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 02, 2018, 02:41:09 PM
I've pondered before why credit card companies seem so complacent about picking the cost of fraud, so I found the story interesting. Kroger is taking a stand against the fees Visa charges them, by refusing to accept Visa cards at some of their locations, possibly all of their locations eventually.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/08/01/kroger-ban-visa-credit-card/881228002/

Coincidentally, when my CC info was stolen, Kroger was the first place it was used.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 03, 2018, 04:03:58 PM
Financial institutions love certain kinds of losses because they can deduct them from profits in some way that's disproportionately beneficial in a bookkeeping way.  I've read about it half a dozen times, but the details never stick.  Probably I don't want them to.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 04, 2018, 09:07:44 AM
In this case, it sounds like the credit card companies are just passing on their fraud losses to retailers in the form of 'fees'. Retailers have little choice but to pay. Consumers can't see the charges, so they don't know where to direct their anger when prices go up. Similar to healthcare - it's hard to tell who exactly is fucking you the worst.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 04, 2018, 09:14:07 AM
The scary thing about this is seeing the possibility of a future where retailers demand debit cards or cash/checks, which puts the liability back on the consumer.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: pdrake on August 04, 2018, 11:25:10 AM
I know quite well who to be angry at regarding healthcare costs.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on August 04, 2018, 11:46:19 AM
According to the Federal Reserve, the median credit card interest rate (compounded!) is around 20%.

They may be using fraud as an excuse to charge retailers more, but they're charging everyone they can  whatever they can, using any excuse.

Realistically, we shouldn't allow (by law) such high interest rates on unsecured loans, and probably even on most secured loans.  It would hugely reduce the amount of credit most consumers could get, but . . . probably not actually a bad thing. 

Similarly, it should be illegal to front-load projected interest on long-term debts.  That would probably cause huge changes to the mortgage industry, but, again, most likely for the best in the long run.  It might be too late now to get the most benefit out of such changes, but it's not too late to rein in the usury and bullshit for the sake of ethics and good sense.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on August 04, 2018, 02:38:23 PM
I know quite well who to be angry at regarding healthcare costs.

 :lol: Point.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on August 07, 2018, 12:56:04 PM
I believe fraudulent transactions get charged back to the retailer too.  I'm pretty sure the big banks who issue the cards are not suffering at all.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 09, 2018, 10:00:04 AM
My car had the Nokian WR All-Weather tires, which I have to say . . . are pretty darn good summer tires and also pretty darn good winter tires.  There are only like four types of All-Weather tires for sale in the US, as opposed to lower-rated All-Season, and I think half of them are Finnish.

They're not cheap, though.  I needed to replace my front ones, and they're $100 each at Discount Tire, which wouldn't install them for free, either.

My back tires were in better shape but are a long way from new, and in the end I had them put Blizzaks on the back.  Those are just as expensive but were in stock and are even better for snow.  We get up to five months of snow, and road maintenance here is . . . uh . . . amateurish and a trifle defeatist, I'm gonna say.

I love tangerine's Honda Fit, but it has very little road clearance, and the problem is that here you OFTEN have to drive in 3-4" of snow.  Sometimes even after the plow has gone by.  And here they let people just shove their snow into the street (hey, thanks!), etc.  So you need some clearance no matter what your tires are.

I no longer have a Subaru, or anything, so I figure one of our cars has to be able to drive safely in the snow.  If I can afford it, I may get Blizzaks for the front in a month or two.  If not, in the spring I'll get four cheap summer tires, Falkens or something, put the Blizzaks in storage, and get two more of those next winter.

On my Subaru, I could not only drive in 6" of snow on any damned tire, but it turned out it'd drive like normal in 6" of snow with one front tire pulled off the rim.  Not that I can afford one, but I have a weird liking for the new silly-named Crosstrek, which is really an Impreza with a lift and a different body on it.  They seem to only come in funny colors, and the engine is reportedly a bit weak, but unsurprisingly there are a whole lot of them around here.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 09, 2018, 11:06:52 AM
I'm okay with not knowing anything about this subject  :P
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 10, 2018, 04:16:09 PM
My wife's Pilot AWD (EX-L Rose) has a button that lets you switch between Pavement, Mud, Snow, and Sand. I am ridiculously keen to find excuses to use this feature.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: mo on October 10, 2018, 04:58:18 PM
Set the controls for the heart of Michigan.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on October 11, 2018, 02:45:35 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 04, 2019, 04:40:29 PM
Big Bends Lil Luber Ultra Nut Sauce Applicator  (https://www.amazon.com/Big-Bends-Luber-Ultra-Applicator/dp/B000SHQ1QC/)

WELL, THEN.

SFW, actually.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 06, 2019, 02:10:16 PM
:hmm: also relevant to my interests
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: flipper on January 10, 2019, 10:33:33 PM
You're not putting that sauce on my nuts.
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 11, 2019, 01:22:36 PM
You're not putting that sauce on my nuts.

Well then don't blame me if your guitar doesn't stay in tune!
Title: Re: Shopping!
Post by: random axe on January 11, 2019, 04:55:11 PM
At Target last night, and tangerine sez "Hey, let's look at the laptops!"  Because we need a new Linux machine.  We have a recent-ish Dell that I Mint-ed, and it is a piece of shit.  Among other things, the wifi on it drops constantly, but it is impossibly slow for the hardware it has, and it's got a horrible non-standard keyboard layout, and it's just . . . it's just not good.

So anyway I was like "Target sells laptops?!?" 

And they do!

They had Acer laptops that come with Windows 7 and Windows 8 installed, for instance.  :whatever: