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  1. so this is happening right now in WI. there are two ninja turtle statues going around Milwaukee right now. the Micheal one is missing but Leo has all these hashtags and was just recently found at a milwaukee strip club. omg! too funny! 

  2. 50+ degrees today where i am and the windows are open! YYYEESSS

  3. R.I.P Toby Keith! :(

    1. WarrenTheConey

      WarrenTheConey

      One of my favorite songs is, 'How do you like me now!?' Rest in peace Toby.

  4. well that was a fun birthday! NOT! damn 13 yr old nephew had to throw a fit cuz i wanted to go to a bar for my birthday! I spent the WHOLE DAY with him..ugh! im 39yrs old and im already tired. 

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    3. Melrick

      Melrick

      Happy birthday, and I hope it didn’t suck too much!

    4. WillowDarkling

      WillowDarkling

      Happy belated birthday, Kags, and I second Melrick, hope it didn’t suck too much! 

  5. Happy thanksgiving eve! also have a happy and safe thanksgiving! 

  6. well my laptop sucks atm. i visit certain sites and the internet goes in and out. cant do much! no one else has this issue with the internet but me!  i dont want to factory reset it cuz then i lose the story that took me a while to create! ugh! suggestions? 

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    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @BronxWench Got a couple half-used spools of cat 5e myself, but given the current standards, I’d rather put in cat-latest if I’m crawling in the attic and going through that effort.  In the meanwhile, the stuff stapled up is...working fine.  I do like to control the router, because it’s basically running my internal network, and I don’t want my printer, my network drive, etc, accidentally “published” to the internet as a whole.  Cable company… to mitigate service calls for “internet not working”, likely has it configured to maximum-open possible.

       

    3. Wilde_Guess

      Wilde_Guess

      Hi, all.

      “Not ordinary” is actually a great thing if you can either set it up yourself, or have a friend that can do that for you.  In my case, I only turned the WiFi on on the router when I finally broke down and got a iPhone.  The computer(s) are wired into the switch ports of the ADSL box with good patch cables.  Wires are not obsolete by a long shot.  They just take some effort, and to more than a few people appear to take far more effort than they actually do.

      Since I live in “BFN,” my cell coverage is so good that I’m still subscribing to PTSN telephone service at the princely sum of just over $100 per month, since it works, where the cell coverage usually works, most of the time.  Worse, the way the cell towers are set up around me, when my ADSL conks out, so does cell service, and vice versa.  And, the cable company’s Internet also gets wiped out.   Neat, hunh?  So, I can’t even switch over to VoIP, despite my ADSL box having provisions for two lines plus internal battery backup for the VoIP, since I could end up SOL if the internet and cell towers break.  And, they have broken several times in the past year, exactly like I’ve described. 

      I have my computers and stuff in my dining room, which admittedly isn’t the best place for them.  I am now the proud owner of a beautiful color printer/scanner/copier/fax that I need to take apart to clean the laser mirrors on it to get it behaving itself again.  I will do that before the end of the year, or pay to have done; but I’m putting it off because that’s an hour or two of my life that I would never get back, and it would be too much like work.  The fancy rig replaced a 1995 monochrome laser printer that has the “same indigestion” going on, and will likely never get set back to right, since no one refills cartridges for it anymore, and they haven’t done so for a few years. 

      When the color printer is behaving itself, I can print to it from the iPhone, which really does come in handy sometimes.  And, I could run steel or PVC conduit (for future-proofing,) and wire my house with Cat 6a, and put a “real” switch in a service cubby “somewhere.”  But, I’m retired, and all the cutting, patching, etc would be too much like real work.  I have walked the configuration of the “ADSL Box” to get it where I want it, which is actually a pretty good rig all things considered.

      @kagome26isawsome, @BronxWench and @Desiderius Price’s advice is still absolutely spot-on.  Being hard-wired in is better than WiFi, if your circumstances actually allow it.  Back to your original problem; did “fubar.com” ever work for you from your usual computing location?  If so, what “changed” around your house at the same time it stopped working?  Did you get additional housemates?  Or did your “existing” housemates get more WiFi stuff?  Or, did their data requirements go up?  Did you get a new TV and install it wirelessly?  If so, there’s your problem.  If not, you just managed to find a site that doesn’t like WiFi at the edge of its working area.  WiFi transmitters, like anything else, do degrade over time.  So, that might be all, or at least part of the problem. 

      WiFi transmitters also operate as hubs instead of switches, even if the ethernet sockets on the device are a switch instead of a hub.  What’s the difference?  A hub is a single “collision domain,” where every device on it can have its traffic “crash” with the data from the other devices.  A switch provides a separate collision domain for every subscriber, so data collisions don’t happen.  If your household got more “WiFi stuff,” you now have more data collisions, so you have reduced service, no matter how good a signal you get.  The first solution below won’t help that much if “everybody” has a smart-phone, plus a computer, plus some if not all of your TVs are all on WiFi, along with your doorbells, your thermostat, and so on.  Improving your signal may still help somewhat, since you never turn down a better signal if you can avoid it.

      The easier of two possible solutions for you would be to have the cable equipment moved out of the basement and installed in your parent’s office, or some other sane location on the first floor instead of the basement.  That would put less distance and fewer barriers between your computer and the router, giving you better signal, and better data capacity because of that.  Spectrum could do that for you, and if “you” [the account holder paying the bill] complain properly, they might do the move as a “free-of-charge courtesy” service call, since the location they arbitrarily picked for the equipment isn’t working for you.  Or, your father could do it himself.  Beyond a “new” location for the cable that has electricity, he would only need a length of top-quality coaxial cable, plus a top-quality coaxial cable union to get the job done.  He might need to drill a couple of holes to allow the cable to pass, but this shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

      The more “extreme” solution, if your living circumstances allow, would be to hard-wire in to the router in the basement, completely bypassing the WiFi altogether.  Pre-made Cat 6a ethernet cables cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $22-$25 for a factory-made twenty-five or fifty foot cable, and $37-$60 for a one hundred foot cable.  The variation on price depends on the manufacturer, the type of insulation, and the like.  Before buying a cable, make sure that you can route the cable without upsetting anyone, forcing the cable to make hard bends, or subject it to being crushed by doors being closed.  You can “plan” the cable’s route with string, but keep in mind that the cable is much less flexible than string.  Once you’ve successfully routed your string (or whatever,) measure how long it is, and buy the shortest pre-made cable that is longer than the string by enough to be practical.  So, if your string is twenty-six feet long, you would need a fifty foot cable, and you might also need the fifty foot cable if your string is twenty-four feet long, too.  You will need to allow for at least nine foot of length for every story up you need to go if your dwelling has standard eight foot ceilings, plus more for the “wandering around” your cable run might need to do to either avoid or minimize the drilling of holes for the cable. 

      You might be able to use air ducts for part of your run.  If you do, make sure the cable you use is either marked “CMP” or “plenum rated” on the packaging or the cable itself.  Plenum rated cable, if a disaster happens, won’t put off poisonous smoke if it catches on fire.  Non plenum-rated cables, which are typically cheaper, might put off poisonous smoke, which is very much not good if problems happen.  If you pass the cable through a grate, make sure the edges of the grate the cable comes in contact with are taped with electrician’s tape to minimize chafing.  If you actually drill holes in any duct work, make sure that the hole is grommeted, and seal the hole between the grommet and the cable.  Don’t enter the supply ductwork right on top of your furnace.  Better yet, if you do use ductwork as part of your route, try to use the return ducts as much as possible over using the supply ducts.

      You might also be able to run the cable through a grommeted and sealed hole at the nearest window frame, up the outside wall of your house, and back in through another grommeted and sealed hole in the window frame into the room where you use your computer.  You would use “spiral-wrap” cable shielding for the outside portions of your run, and either nail, screw, or glue cable staples or saddles and zip-ties every few feet to support the outside cable run and keep it “out of trouble.”

      All of the above are suggestions based on the assumption that you (or your father) are possibly somewhat comfortable with “homeowner DIY” tasks but are not professional cable installers, and do not want to hire a network cable installer to do the job for you.  It also assumes that you don’t have a local friend to do all of this for you.  While I just noticed that I am much physically closer to you than I realized, I’m still south of I-80, and you’re still north of the “Cheddar Curtain,” even if you’re somewhat “Milwaukee-ish” or “Kenosha-ish.”  And when I was still doing this stuff routinely, I’d always had my employer buy the top quality tools I used, which does bugger-all for me now.

      Good luck with whatever you end up doing to fix things.

    4. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      wow just wow you guys gave me alot to think about and do! i love the support! @Desiderius Price we currently have 2 computers, my laptop, 5 cell phones, and my sister is connected thru her xbox in the playroom. my parents computers might be the ones getting the most access since they are connected by the ethernet cords. @Wilde_Guess I do pay the spectrum bill so i guess i can make a stink to them but its under my dads name. um as to my dad moving it from the basement to the office (or livingroom) he can barely walk at times. we do have other capable people who can do it but it is all up to my dad and hes very, very anal about stuff. this is a recent thing with fubar. we did get a 5G transmitter installed across the street like 4 months ago but i doubt it would wait til now to do anything. I am looking into everything you guys wrote and hopefully i can get this resolved soon. thanks

  7. prayers, my family is sick and my mothers in pain. if it is not one thing it is another! 

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    3. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      UPDATE: nephew has a virus so hes home til monday. my mothers Gout acted up. all is good!

    4. Wilde_Guess

      Wilde_Guess

      Hopefully things continue to get better for you and yours.

  8. people think i am crazy for paying $43 for 4 bottles of Mountain Dew. I might be but i got my hands on that Canadian only Mountain dew! its pretty good!

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    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Next up, a Kinder smuggling ring organized via AFF?   Sounds like a story idea… :smartass:

    3. Wilde_Guess

      Wilde_Guess

      For over $10 per bottle, it would have to be very good, even if those are two liter bottles.  We all have our own pleasures that others don’t appreciate, though.

    4. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      @manta2g ok ill poke at you next. lol

      @Desiderius Price NO MORE STORY IDEAS! i am still working on the last one!

       

  9. i was doing so well with my new story and i hit a snag! ugh! 

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      It happens, of course, hopefully you figure it out.

  10. Welp. I just got hit with an idea for a story in the Big bang theory world. Writing the ideas down for this as i type! hopefully i get this one off the ground!

    1. Deadman

      Deadman

      That’s not my fault is it?

    2. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      yes yes it is. but if it gets me back into writing then its not your fault.

    3. Deadman

      Deadman

      Glad I could help. Like I said, I don’t watch the show myself, but I did sorta recently write something which involved a character getting work at a gentleman’s club. Works fairly well as a plot device.

  11. So apparently AO3 is suffering from a DOS attack at the moment. It was posted on FB in one of my writing groups. Just thought i would put this out there 

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    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @Deadman Channeling Mad Eye Moody’s rant about keeping constant vigilance, stay out of trouble!  :)

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      We don’t allow Patreon here, exactly because there’s no way for us to be sure that members are only receiving donations for original work.

      It is a clear and distinct violation of copyright law for anyone to profit from copyrighted material without written permission from the copyright owner. So, a toy company can make a Harry Potter game, as long as they receive permission from JK Rowling, but if someone sells Harry Potter merchandise without having obtained that permission, the lawyers will swoop in, and generally the person violating copyright law gets to pay their lawyer and the copyright owner’s lawyer, substantial fines, and possibly could receive a jail sentence based on how much they earned.

      The same thing applies to fan fiction. If someone sets up a Patreon on a fiction archive, and publishes both fan fiction and original work on the archive, there’s no way to tell what the patrons are donating for. The patrons might think they’re doing the author a huge favor by donating, so the author can work on that fan fiction they love so much, and if they mention in a review that they donated for that reason, well. I would not want to be in that author’s shoes when the copyright owner finds out.

    4. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @BronxWench “Money attracts lawyers” is my more succinct way of putting it.  If @Deadman wants to pay a copyright lawyer to sit in their conference room learning the finer points of copyright law to research a theoretical loophole … I’m guessing there’s better ways to spend time & money.

      Me personally… I don’t seek money in my writing, so exploring into copyright & fair use is more of an academic brain teaser for me.  I do keep my fanfic and original pen-names distinct, so there’s less to muddy if I were to setup a Patreon for under my original writing pen-name.  BUT… I do have a good day job with vacation/insurance benefits so monetizing writing isn’t a necessity.

  12. for the first time in a long time while working at Wally world, I have a day off on the 4th of July. Its on a Tuesday and that is my normal day off so i FINALLY get to enjoy the 4th off! wooooot 

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Congrats.  (Though I won’t say how much time I’m taking off for July 4th…)

  13. So im doing something good for the Children! I get to dress up and be strange to raise money at my store for Children’s Miracle Network! 

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      I know… dress up as a witch!  They always love children, and I think it’s atkins compliant :)

    2. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      Children are definitely keto-friendly, as long as you don’t eat their candy. 

  14. So if its not one thing it is another. I now need to go get my left bottom wisdom tooth pulled. ugh! not looking forward to seeing an oral surgeon! at least my boss is gonna help me out with being off for a couple of days 

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    2. InvidiaRed

      InvidiaRed

      I wish, to this day I can’t stand cloves. The dentist pavlov’ed me pretty good.

    3. GeorgeGlass

      GeorgeGlass

      Better an oral surgeon than a doorknob and a piece of string. :)

    4. Wilde_Guess

      Wilde_Guess

      Sorry to read about your difficulties, and good luck getting things seen-too.  I had all four of mine removed in my early twenties, at my then employer’s insistence and expense.  No cloves were harmed in the removal of my wisdom teeth.  But I did get a small bottle of “enhanced” Tylenol to take for the pain afterwards, after driving back across town to where I was living then.  They had it done on a Thursday afternoon, IIRC, so I only had to miss one day of work.

  15. well this is the first time ever that my job and life has made me want to drink all 3 days off! i think i really need to change my life! 

  16. was so excited for ‘history of the world part 2’ and then i saw it and i want my hour back watching it! no amount of celebs made it work! 

    Edit: so there are 4 more episodes out of the apparently 8 episodes of this and i still might watch the rest. hope it gets better 

    1. Wilde_Guess

      Wilde_Guess

      Hopefully the series gets better for you.  I’m not sure how much Mel Brooks was actually involved in the writing of the skits.  Critical response also seems to be “meh,” at least so far.

    2. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      saw the whole 4 episodes and yeah it was ‘meh’ they only had one nod to an old mel brooks movie and i wont give it away. lol

    3. darkrage6

      darkrage6

      eh I thought it was funny

  17. Welp atleast i got some good news. I am getting a raise of a kind. I was told by a fellow associate at work that the store manager said no one is getting a raise. yet when i checked im getting a 30 cent raise. hmmm oh and thanks to @BronxWenchI might be on the verge of writing an original soon! lol this should be fun

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Congrats on the raise… every little bit helps.

  18. i wish there was a way to get ‘first bank of Christina’ off of my damn head so my sister can stop asking me for damn money! i need that money for work and i want a pikachu squishmellow lol

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    2. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      yep. both do have jobs but they are getting dicked around. something like they need to get paid more if they work different hours or something like that and its like the HR lady for them doesnt want to redo all the checks for them so they get paid the right amount or something. yeah. doesnt help that they have to move into my parents playroom for a month until they file taxes and then get a new place to live. that is the really fucked up part and i wont even get into that but ill just say it involves an uncle from the other side of the fam being a slum lord. *smh*

    3. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      *blinks*

      You know, you could write this and no one would ever think it was actually real. And this is coming from someone who’s had a drink in vampire bars.

    4. kagome26isawsome

      kagome26isawsome

      you are making me really really want to write this. lol 

  19. just found out that David Crosby passed away at the age of 81! 

    1. Wilde_Guess

      Wilde_Guess

      Seeing your post again had me pull up his Bio just now.  Until now, I never knew he was a founding member of The Byrds before CSNY.  He didn’t really waste that much time along the way.

  20. my coach is so fricking mad because my Team lead approved me for tomorrow and friday off to help my mom with her first eye surgery. my Team lead tried to get me to come in tuesday but i said no! so I got 4 days off this week, and then deal with 3 days of work cuz of inventory then vacation! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      PAID Time off is always great benefit to have.  :congratualtions:

  21. so update, i finally got my hours changed. my boss even went and changed my availability when i was asking a dumb question about some mark downs i had to do. so i am now 12-9 which helps but not alot cuz i stills gotta do lyft/uber. i see your guys points for amazon. my best friend works for them and he really likes it there. he wanted me to do 3rd with him cuz its more pay ($2 more) and i would have rides home every night. 

    1. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      When it comes down to it, only you know what’s the best decision for you. If your friend can guarantee you’ll be on third shift with him, so you can get a ride home, and if you think you can handle the pace of the work, then you might be happier at Amazon.

      The thing is, employers tend to take a dim view of people quitting and then looking to return because they found out the grass over at Amazon really wasn’t any greener than the grass at Wallyworld. It never hurts to have a Plan B in case you decide to make the move to Amazon, and it doesn’t work out for you.

    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Do what’s right for you, of course.   Keep a plan B in place, and maybe this amazon warehouse is better?

  22. I am seriously thinking quitting Walmart and going to amazon before Christmas hits! my team leads and coaches keep pulling BS on me. ugh! i was promised different hours and now the bs is that oh we have to go change the hours by hand because you are still under core scheduling (1-10). My Team lead hasn’t done it yet and i was supposed to start my new hours (12-9) December 1st! ugh! 

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    2. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      @Deadman I’m getting the feeling that my attempt at sarcasm (ie, the water bottles) is getting misinterpreted as an endorsement of amazon workplaces… it’s not, it’s the opposite.  Obviously, if the other choice is starving I wouldn’t fault a person for choosing amazon.

    3. Deadman

      Deadman

      @Desiderius Price Oh I didn’t think it was an endorsement and figured it was sarcasm. I was just saying that some people (namely me) don’t have a job at all. I can appreciate that Walmart probably sucks as a work place, and that Amazon is also a terrible place to work. But for someone without a job, working at a terrible work place is a better option. Walmart might suck but it’s better than having no job.

    4. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Corrollary @Deadman  Walmart needs Amazon around to seem like a better place to work!  (And that’s saying something… achievement unlocked.)

  23. Happy Turkey day!

    stay safe if you decide to participate in black friday! 

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Based on past experience, grocery aisles were devoid of people when shopping on Black Friday.

    2. BronxWench

      BronxWench

      If you did Thanksgiving right, you shouldn’t need to visit the grocery store for a good three days. :lol: 

    3. Desiderius Price
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