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Old 03-10-2014, 03:49 PM   #361
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"Mad scientist" is still more interesting than all my everyday dealings with "douchey musicians who think the sound crew are just there for punching bags."


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Old 03-10-2014, 06:54 PM   #362
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... I officially envy you.

I am in the wrong profession entirely.

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Old 03-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #363
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So, I awoke this morning to my PC running something called "Driver updater".

So, ****, crapware. Ok, that explains the slowness I've experienced over the past month or so. Whatever, I do this **** for a living. Time to die mother ****er!

.... it's not in add remove programs... try Revo... nope. Try to hunt the app in app data... nope. What the ****!??!? Check startups: all normal, nothing out of the ordinary.

....... I... I don't know where the hell this thing was hiding.... but it's gone. Wiped the drive, reinstalled windows.

Now i'm sitting here waiting for my games and windows updates to finish...... Great way to spend the last day of vacation.

*sigh*

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Old 03-11-2014, 03:28 PM   #364
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Bummer.

I've had good luck getting those hidden malware things with Malwarebytes... not that it would do you much good now.

My mom ordered a new laptop since her's has been acting weird, lots of crashes, slowdowns, reboots... she's downloaded all kinds of crapware over the years, so I'm going to wipe it and start again when it falls into my hands. It should have a Win7 restore partition... but if it doesn't, I'll make it a Ubuntu machine. I just need to get my hands on a high-quality 7.1 external soundcard to go with the speaker system upstairs that's been sitting quiet for years since my old spare PC crashed and stopped booting up... And I was too lazy to try to fix it.


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Old 03-11-2014, 03:44 PM   #365
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Yeah, I ran MWB full scan before I went to bed, because I figured MWB by now has a definition to snuff this thing out. Sadly, it even turned up nothing. I also ran ADWcleaner, and it didn't find anything either.

So needless to say, after a month of hunting this performance sucker down and failing, the nuclear option was the only thing left in my bag of tricks.

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Old 03-11-2014, 04:35 PM   #366
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Yeah, my guess is that my mom's problems are from something similar. I've run full AVG, MWB, AdAware, Spybot, Crap Cleaner, etc... scans in safe mode, and it still hasn't fixed anything. But she downloaded a bunch of those things that come up in banner ads to "Fix your computer performance!"

It's a mess.

I'm hoping she keeps her new one clean... but I'm preparing for the worst.


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Old 03-11-2014, 10:36 PM   #367
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Yeah, I couldn't nail it down.

All you need to do it tell you mom these simple rules:

If it sounds to good to be true, don't click it.

If it flashes with Neon colours, don't click it.

If it says it can do something your son can do, don't click it.

If it says it can make you lots of money, don't click it.

Simple!

Windows updates are now all done, reinstalling all my games at this point.

There was a lot of clutter on the HDD as well, so that's all cleared out as well.


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Old 03-12-2014, 12:11 AM   #368
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I have my browser running flash blocker and ad blocker. Now i got sites complaining about all the ad revenue they are missing out on. I like to tell them I'd miss all the bandwidth those stupid flash ads suck away from my connection

I also run Tune-up utlities which does a great job of clearing my memory registry where most of the slow down problems occur


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Old 03-12-2014, 08:14 PM   #369
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Yeah, I couldn't nail it down.

All you need to do it tell you mom these simple rules:

If it sounds to good to be true, don't click it.

If it flashes with Neon colours, don't click it.

If it says it can do something your son can do, don't click it.

If it says it can make you lots of money, don't click it.

Simple!
I've given that speech... a LOT of times. And have had to reset her browser settings more times than I can recall. And have had to cancel her credit cards more times than I can recall.

She's 84, dude... even when she knows better, mistakes happen.


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Old 03-12-2014, 08:23 PM   #370
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Exclamation Fishy

I have a Boeing 777 for sale.

No questions. Serious inquiries only...


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Old 03-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #371
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:04 PM   #372
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That was unexpected.

Well... hi there. Welcome back. Have a seat. It's been a while.

Feel free to catch up with our various rantings and such for the last half decade or so...

That could take a bit. I'll wait.



Actually, I have 4 METAL!!! groups to go mix right now. I guess I haven't been sufficiently pummeled lately, and my face is a bit too unmelted.


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Old 03-12-2014, 10:59 PM   #373
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ZOOM! The last time we saw you around these parts, I was having a good year. It's been a looooooooong time, in other words
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:33 PM   #374
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It's been six years, zoomie. You gonna stick around or just doing a strafing run?
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:35 PM   #375
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Yeah, since the last time he posted (2008-ish, I believe...) we've had a national election, I turned 40, I got a girlfriend (and kids), I lost said girlfriend (and kids), and I flew a plane.

I'm sure there was more... but those are the highlights worth noting.



(It's not like it wasn't all documented in our year long, continuous agony columns, anyway...)


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Old 03-13-2014, 03:44 PM   #376
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Let's see...I found a sister, shot 700 three times, and joined my local bowling association's board of directors since the last time Zoom has posted here.

Oh, what's up Zoom?


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Old 03-13-2014, 04:07 PM   #377
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Howdy, humans. It's nice to see all these familiar faces...

I have a computer and it's online, so I should be around on occasion. I do have to spend a lot of time at work now. The burgeoning market of international second-hand air transport procurement keeps me away for months at a time.

Speaking of which, why are you here discussing flying the plane, Edlib? You know how crazy Carlos gets when people start talking.

In the REAL WORLD...my stepfather I was helping to take care of died, I moved my mother into town and am now taking care of her, I have six cats who take care of mice, and I'm still looking for a sane woman to take care of my needs. Still cooking, but looking for a better job in the field. Addicted to BSG, and am kit-bashing my own rag-tag fugitive fleet out of any model kit I can get my hands on. My weapons collection has benefited greatly from the recession; I now own a nineteenth century japanese wakizashi short sword and a model 1908 luger. Yes.

Wildstar, even with my luger, a fifth of whiskey and a milk crate full of ammo I wouldn't be able to shoot 700 three times! The cops show up way before that. How did you manage?
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:28 PM   #378
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... I officially envy you.

I am in the wrong profession entirely.
Oh, and our Commencement Speaker/ Honorary Doctorate recipient this time around, (now that it's official...)
http://m.rollingstone.com/music/news...music-20140313

So, yeah... Bill Nye and Jimmy Page in the same month.

wOOt.



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Old 03-13-2014, 04:40 PM   #379
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Oh... And Zoomish Rabbitsan, another thing I've actually accomplished since last we spoke:

I've managed to meet up with a number of these jokers outside the Matrix... in the ol' meatspace, as it were.

I've managed to track down a Farlander, a Cracken, and a Zargon and square off against them... face to face.
I had a close call with a Nitro once while he was in my city... but our shadows never crossed...

Someday...



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Any photos taken with the Farlander were considered too much of a security risk, and they, and all viewers, were destroyed.


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Old 03-13-2014, 10:37 PM   #381
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Holy hell. Zoom Rabbit.

Welcome back. I hope you plan to stick around buddy. You have a lot of catching up to do... somethings have changed around here quite a bit.


Short synopsis: Quite Best Buy, went back to school to be a legal assistant (Secretary, i.e: a lawyer's bitch), met a girl, started dating that girl, graduated, can't find a job, found a job, lost that job, found another job, moved in with said girl.

Aaaaannnnnndddd that's pretty much it.

Oh, and I met an Edlib. He's much shorter than I thought he was.'

Side note to Ed: seriously. I want your job. Not. Fair. At. All.

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Ed will gladly give it to you.

by May i am quitting my job, if i can't get back onto first shift. i want to be able to enjoy summer


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Old 03-14-2014, 02:24 AM   #383
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You got something else lined up K?

Good luck! If, of course, your wife makes more than you do, then stay at home husband?

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I have a Boeing 777 for sale.

No questions. Serious inquiries only...
I have a cousin who is a manager for the 787. basically she is the one with the flow chart on how you build the damn thing. Her husband is a forman at their big place in Seattle.

One thing that people seem to not understand is that you cannot play Legos with composite components

No i do not have anything lined up. Job market sucks around here and the only real skill i have is forklift operation and working in warehousing. If people are hiring it is usually not first shift, and too often part time


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I had a hot girlfriend, ended up going through alot of lame jobs, got engaged, went back in the military, national guard, made it through Cavalry Scout training, fiance broke up with me, I started college and went back to walmart part time til I got deployed to Kuwait, best time of my life so far was had out there, great memories. Now I'm back in college going for a degree in criminal justice and pursuing a career diploma in private investigation. I haven't gone back to work, nothing pays good enough, so I'm just living off the gi bill and state grants for college. I had a car but it broke down when it got cold, I blew the engine or so the mechanics say. Been using buses to get to and from school, not sure when I'll get another car. I also got a german shepherd dog in december to help me cope with the sudden loneliness I'm suffering from post-deployment (i guess i have post-separation anxiety..i haven't been officially diagnosed nor will I go see a professional about it)

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Since 2008 I have had three kids, gotten my DDS, moved to Vermont, had two jobs as a dentist.
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Someone I knew when she was a little girl just became a dentist. This terrifies me.
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I forgot that Ike moved to the Northeast..... he's up here with Ed and I.

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Ike a dentist? Rogue 15 a private eye?!?

Holy muffin tops, Bat Man. Up is down and black is white! At least Ed remains unchanged...

I am also looking for better work, since the company I work for is one of those who are chopping the hourly employees below 30 hours a week in order to avoid paying or Obamacare. Scurrilous bass turds, I will abandon them and work hard for their competition. Getting the computer working has been a big part of my quest, since it seems one can no longer simply walk in with a resume and talk with a human being unless one has first applied at some freaking website.

Meanwhile, my personal cooking skills are improving. Since moving mom in with me, I've been doing a lot of home cooking in order to improve her overall health. I've also been barbecueing a lot for friends and neighbors. If anyone is within driving distance of Medford, Oregon, you should come over and try my curried chicken.

Off topic (?), I think the missing jet is in Austrailia, being repainted by aboriginal workers deep in the outback somewhere. I think we might be witnessing the beginning of air piracy, considering the waters over which the thing disppeared.
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Oh yeah... Zarg has spawned a Zarglet. I warned y'all... We should'a terminated him before he could breed!

Haven't seen much of him in a while. I suspect it's related to that.


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Wildstar, even with my luger, a fifth of whiskey and a milk crate full of ammo I wouldn't be able to shoot 700 three times! The cops show up way before that. How did you manage?
I keep most of my competitive bowling online, on a site called BowlSK, Zoom (I have my first summer league and a virtual league makeup night from my first go-around in the virtual league that are not in the system...my favorite bowling forum site has me running said virtual league now, too). I'll link my 700s:

http://www.bowlsk.com/games/view-ser...series=3050242 (Still my personal best)

http://www.bowlsk.com/games/view-ser...series=6569258 (Done on position night in one of my summer leagues)

http://www.bowlsk.com/games/view-ser...eries=10054242 (Last summer; my most consistent 700, with each game over 200)

Note that that first one has a 288 game in it, which is my best sanctioned game ever.

As you look those over, most of the numbers are board numbers...anything bigger than 20 is left of the center dot on the approach and the middle arrow on the lane (boards are numbered from the gutter on your bowling hand side).



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Brought home the bacon today. BOught a half a hog. Got at about 20 pounds of bacon in my freezer right now along with a whole bunch of other pork products. Just a hair over $2 a pound.

Likely eat the rest of the beef I had in there from the previous year.

Oh yea, I am married. Not likely to be able to breed unless we win the lottery, or I take a mistress. Wife does not approve of the mistress idea obviously


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Well... for the time being anyways, I do foresee quite a bit of porking in your near future.

(Sorry, I had to... )


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*(Hits Ed with back bacon.)*

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A mistress is kept secretly in an apartment in another town. No wifey know...
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Epically Great Nights At Work:

Get to work at 1pm for a 3pm load-in; 7:30 (at the LATEST...) doors; 8:00 show. I find out at 2:30 that the headlining band (Snarky Puppy) is currently in Albany NY, with their van in a shop, up on a lift. With all the backline with them.

We set up as much as we can. Band finally gets rolling Boston-bound around 4:30. Optimistically, they believe they will be here at 6... Despite the distance, and the fact that they will now be entering Boston at rush-hour, on a Friday night.

We wait.

Opening band arrives at their soundcheck time, around 5. But they are using all the headliner's gear.

So... we wait.

7:15... The band arrives. Defcon 1! SCRAMBLE! SCRAMBLE! SCRAMBLE!!!

Load-in/ setup took close to 40 minutes. I think you can see where this is all headed...

Soundcheck ran until 8:15, despite being the fastest soundcheck in all of recorded history.

Opening act gets on stage at 8:20. We set them up, and have no choice but to soundcheck them if front of the audience of (sold out show... 1,200+ people...) who have now just started streaming in.

The opener, who was supposed to start at 8, downbeats at 8:35.

Snarky Puppy, who was supposed to roll at 8:45-ish, kicked off at 9:25.

And our stage crew, who have been in "sit around waiting all day" mode for 4+ hours, had to do pretty much ALL of that scheduled 4 hours worth of work in under an hour, and are now all wired from a blast of adrenalin and stress chemicals. But they are heroes.

If we didn't have the stage plot and input list, and hadn't hosted this band here several times before, it simply couldn't have happened.

I don't want to do this ever again. Ugh.


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Sounds rough. I got to work an hour late, slept in my office half the day, and got a raise.

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I picture you with the bed under your desk like George Costanza.

But, no... it wasn't really my favorite shift at work ever... but I have to say we kicked ass tonight pulling that **** off.

That could have derailed and trainwrecked so easily.


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Old 03-15-2014, 12:50 AM   #398
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So.... Keyan....

What... exactly would you say you do around here?

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Old 03-15-2014, 01:03 AM   #399
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Zoom, I should explain the sister, too...half sister, born five years before me, and whom my Mom gave up for adoption before she met my Dad. She came into my life two years ago this summer (and it was more her finding us than us finding her). The photo from our first face-to-face meeting is below:



The blonde in the middle is the half sister; the other blonde would be my Mom's best friend during her childhood (My Mom, sadly, never got to see her older daughter again).


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I picture you with the bed under your desk like George Costanza.
We talk about that all the time. I could so do it, too. My desk is huge, goes all the way down to the floor, and you can't see under it from the door. The only reason I DON'T is because I can sleep in the chair just as easily.

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So.... Keyan....

What... exactly would you say you do around here?
We talk about that all the time too. I swear, the guy in the office next to me IS Milton.

But in all seriousness, I just finished up a major project that was about two years in development. It will be the flagship feature for our next version, and we're demoing it on Thursday. It will be great to finally show this off.
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