September 29, 2016

Thursday Personal Projects Thread
— Ace

So my only ongoing project, still not begun, is taking climbing lessons. I'd planned for this week or the next but now I'm wondering if I should wait.

Because, as hard to believe as it might seem, my grip strength isn't all it could be.

Some of the commenters got me interested in writing again. Still no go on that, though.

Does anyone have any interests or hobbies they're pursuing, or plan to? If so, let us know. Maybe you can interest others or maybe you can serve as a mentor for n00bz.

One thing I'm thinking about doing is getting back into learning Spanish, which I started, like most things, with boundless enthusiasm, and then, like most things, dropped like a lump of dogshit.

Given that our Corporate Overclass is pretty determined this be a bilingual nation, and given that Spanish is a well-organized language which seems, I think, relatively easy to learn, would anyone be interested in a Spanish thread at some point?


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1 I'm actually trying to get the nerve up to learn to surf. I live on the east coast of FL. Maybe sailing lessons too? I took up golf a couple of years ago but I TRY to enjoy it.

Posted by: Citation X Driver at September 29, 2016 12:10 PM (ABJy3)

2 No way am I first?

Posted by: OSUsux at September 29, 2016 12:10 PM (DFXmi)

3 If anyone wants to know how to slowly go broke keeping an old BMW motorcycle alive, I'm your guy.

Posted by: gromulin at September 29, 2016 12:10 PM (uOmcB)

4 Well,

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:11 PM (46QoI)

5 Ace, have you been riding that bike?

Posted by: JROD at September 29, 2016 12:11 PM (qZFwg)

6 Non competitive precision shooting is saving my life. Just you, the firearm and target. If it wasn't for that and a vigorous workout routine I would be insane or dead.

Posted by: Marcus T at September 29, 2016 12:11 PM (jYV/+)

7 Making a three - legged stool for the Little. Drilled the holes at 20 degree angles using a hand drill and a homemade guide, approximately equidistant around the circle. Got it assembled and glued last night - tonight I'll paint it.

Posted by: Parker at September 29, 2016 12:11 PM (RrtlF)

8 "Given that our Corporate Overclass is pretty determined this be a bilingual nation, and given that Spanish is a well-organized language which seems, I think, relatively easy to learn, would anyone be interested in a Spanish thread at some point?" Given the nature of our real future overlords, I've been learning Russian.

Posted by: Joe Stalin, Progressive at September 29, 2016 12:11 PM (Mrl1e)

9 Well, I've taken up aerial videography.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:12 PM (46QoI)

10 >>>5 Ace, have you been riding that bike? uhhh... no i've been wearing myself out a lot exercising and haven't felt like getting on it. it's slowly turning to rust.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:12 PM (dciA+)

11 I'm a guitarist. (Got a degree and everything!) I've been trying to get down "The Entertainer" for a while. I'm having trouble with the second section for some reason. Just moving all the chords up and down the neck, I guess. This is my starting point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHtwF-gpluc I haven't decided whether to put in the third or fourth sections yet. Chet didn't, but his version is more sweet and less ragtimey than I'd like.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:12 PM (7zeA4)

12 Ace of Spinterest!

Posted by: Cicero -- Profoundly Deplorable But Pretty Dependable at September 29, 2016 12:12 PM (8ZskC)

13 How is the French going ace? I would think that someone who has mastered French (at least reading French) would find Spanish or any other Romance language fairly easy.

Posted by: Donna and V. (sans ampersands at the present time) at September 29, 2016 12:12 PM (u0lmX)

14 Because, as hard to believe as it might seem, my grip strength isn't all it could be. At your age?!?

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:12 PM (46QoI)

15

Dang it, all these years of lurking and occasionally posting and I finally found a thread with no comments on it.  Missed it by THAT much!

 

On topic, I think a Spanish thread would be fun.  I've forgotten a lot of the Spanish I once knew and a thread about someone else learning it would be interesting to me.  Or just a thread for me to practise my Spanish reading skills again.

Posted by: OSUsux at September 29, 2016 12:13 PM (DFXmi)

16 I have too many hobbies (ex: pottery, cooking, crochet, knitting, sewing, reading, drawing, writing, and legos), but I decided to pursue jewelry design (a main hobby) as a career and am applying to a school next month.  Was learning Korean for a while, but that's on a back burner until I get everything else in life settled.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:13 PM (Mk/IQ)

17 I plan to take up drinking heavily.

Posted by: buzzion at September 29, 2016 12:13 PM (z/Ubi)

18 >>Given the nature of our real future overlords, I've been learning Russian. Prekrasnaya, tovarisch!

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:13 PM (7zeA4)

19 >>>Non competitive precision shooting is saving my life. Just you, the firearm and target. oh i've been shooting too. fun stuff. i'm not very good but i'm kinda learning. And I just sort of like having picked up basic familiarity and comfort with guns. I like doing things like loading ammo while I'm looking away from it talking or whatever. Like i'm an old salt.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:13 PM (dciA+)

20 Aikido.

Posted by: Jeb at September 29, 2016 12:13 PM (wyL+Z)

21 *waves to soulpile*

Posted by: buzzion at September 29, 2016 12:14 PM (z/Ubi)

22 I'd be interested in a Spanish thread. I studied it for seven years, but of course I've forgotten most of it. I also love the German language, studied that too.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 12:14 PM (FQKBL)

23 I have a theremin.  I need to practice playing it.  It's tricky.

Posted by: Dang Deplorable at September 29, 2016 12:14 PM (k0G44)

24 Because, as hard to believe as it might seem, my grip strength isn't all it could be.

It's true. I don't feel the love like I used to.

Posted by: Ace's Dick at September 29, 2016 12:14 PM (R+30W)

25 I've wanted to try my hand at hombrewing for years, and finally bit the bullet (& ignored the wife) & ordered some gear for doing so. As long as it's got alcohol & I can choke it down I'll call it a success. As for a Spanish thread, I might be interested. Took some classes in high school and couple courses in the army. It's rusty at best, but it is a reasonably easy language.

Posted by: bds at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (CyW5r)

26 >>>How is the French going ace? I would think that someone who has mastered French (at least reading French) would find Spanish or any other Romance language fairly easy. we're reaching the final phases of it. I'm speaking it now -- poorly, but to speak it poorly is the step before you speak it passably. i'm close enough to the end of french training that I can move on to a different language. i can understand it by ear reasonably well, most of the time.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (dciA+)

27 I'm going to try to get a few more farm projects done. Trying to make my fence gates more young horse proof. Maybe I'll take down some more dead tree branches. Perhaps I'll finally make an appointment with my HMO to get a PT referral for my left arm elbow and shoulder crap. The joints keep getting slightly out of whack, my chiro fixes them monthly but I should get some PT exercises to keep things aligned.

Posted by: Palerider at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (dkExz)

28 One word. Voyeurism.

Posted by: Cicero -- Profoundly Deplorable But Pretty Dependable at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (8ZskC)

29 *waves to buzzion*  XD

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (Mk/IQ)

30

ES EL TIEMPO PARA LEVANTAR LAS PESAS, 'MANO..



AUN LEVANTAS?

Posted by: Mortimer, deplorable [/i][/b] at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (zu88C)

31 @1 Citation X Driver-Lots of tiger sharks out your way, just remember every time you fall off the board and hit the water while learning, it's like ringing the dinner bell. Good luck!

Posted by: JROD at September 29, 2016 12:15 PM (qZFwg)

32 Because, as hard to believe as it might seem, my grip strength isn't all it could be.


HA!  PUSSY!!!

Posted by: GI Joe with Kung Fu Grip! at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (k0G44)

33 >>>20 Aikido. Posted by: Jeb that sounds cool. one of these days....

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (dciA+)

34 You should name this thread : Be My Life Coach Go to the fuckin' climbing gym, already!

Posted by: garrett at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (0BkbS)

35 Ah, si?

Posted by: Big Willie style at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (C9pBZ)

36 I'm planning to be nicer to fat chicks.

Posted by: the Donald at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (HgMAr)

37 Didn't Ace toy with Fencing at one time? Fencing is very gay, btw. You might as well just take up men's ballet.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (46QoI)

38 Does anyone have any interests or hobbies they're pursuing, or plan to?

When I finally retire, I'm planning on spending lots of time contemplating the insides of my eyelids.  That, and gardening.  The fact is, though, that I may well be one of those people who just don't do well in retirement.  I need intellectual stimulation, but find it hard to commit the effort to get it.  My job forces me to do it, and that's probably a good thing. 

would anyone be interested in a Spanish thread at some point?

Si, verdad.

So my only ongoing project, still not begun, is taking climbing lessons.

I did climbing as a young man.  If you're worried about lessons, I wouldn't be.  Most of the people who take introductory courses have no hand strength or coordination.  It's when you get past that level that you'll need to step it up.


Posted by: pep at September 29, 2016 12:16 PM (LAe3v)

39 having  two bathrooms remodeled...picked out the cabinets, now for the tile... plumbing fixtures, counter tops and lighting

Posted by: phoenixgirl, deplorable is better than despicable at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (0O7c5)

40 Soulpile, a lot of your hobbies are things I do, or would like to do. My husband use to be into LEGO at one point, but he's put aside for his interest in tabletop gaming.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (FQKBL)

41 Chicken choking is not a grip strength improving exercise.

Posted by: buzzion at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (z/Ubi)

42 I suggest that we just change the name of the Affordable Care Act to the Affable Care Act. Because, well, we meant well.

Posted by: Colossus of Ben Rhodes at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (VFhMt)

43 My headlining personal project is a '63 Ford Ranchero that I'm making amphibious. No, really. After that will come the '59 Lincoln that's in a storage tent.

Posted by: Sporkatus at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (eXSOZ)

44 "I don't take rest breaks. The rest is for the weights."

Posted by: Mortimer, deplorable [/i][/b] at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (zu88C)

45 I could contribute to a Spanish-language thread, but my keyboard doesn't do accents, so anything I wrote would look kind of semi-literate.


Posted by: Annalucia at September 29, 2016 12:17 PM (a5bF3)

46 >>.37 Didn't Ace toy with Fencing at one time? Fencing is very gay, btw. You might as well just take up men's ballet. ... it's on the list. I'll definitely do it, as it's a big one for me. that or, if i'm feeling crazy, maybe i'll find a chapter of the Historic European Martial Arts society and learn the longsword.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (dciA+)

47 Not sure if you live near water Ace, but when I lived in Florida I took up Hobey Cats. Not huge ones, but I could rent them for like 30 bucks an hour and they are fun as hell. It's a skill you learn to master, with the wind etc., once you get good though, it's amazing.

Posted by: Scott at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (S8xas)

48 I have been doing my family genealogy for quite a while and am trying to write it up for my children. My family was crazy, so the things I have uncovered have surprised even me. I am writing it warts and all and I hope my children won't be too shocked by some of the things they will see. I have also found my inner artist and I am painting different types of fabric and cutting them into precise squares and triangles for a quilt for my new daughter in law. I've never done anything like this so it's taking a while.

Posted by: Abby Coffey at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (HBU7W)

49 my grip strength isn't all it could be. You do need both hands to climb.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (8J/Te)

50 would anyone be interested in a Spanish thread at some point? ............ Si.

Posted by: Manuel Labor at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (HgMAr)

51 >>>45 I could contribute to a Spanish-language thread, but my keyboard doesn't do accents, so anything I wrote would look kind of semi-literate. i never do accents in french and the comments section would turn them into black diamonds anyway

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (dciA+)

52 I'm a guitarist. (Got a degree and everything!) I've been trying to get down "The Entertainer" for a while. I'm having trouble with the second section for some reason. Just moving all the chords up and down the neck, I guess. This is my starting point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHtwF-gpluc I haven't decided whether to put in the third or fourth sections yet. Chet didn't, but his version is more sweet and less ragtimey than I'd like. Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 05:12 PM (7zeA4) Nice. I took guitar lessons for a while. My fingers weren't long enough, I don't think. I would like to take piano lessons one day... Just to get a feel for it.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (qCMvj)

53 Yeah it's all about looking the part Ace. :-) I've been shooting for a long time but just reconnected with it. It was really refreshing mentally because it was like regaining something I lost. I really want to unplug as much as possible. It was just consuming my life. Ow with quitting the NFL and swearing off most unproductive media type activities I'm actually feeling healthier and happier.

Posted by: Marcus T at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (uYYMV)

54 Given the nature of our real future overlords, I've been learning Russian. Back in the 80's the Japanese were going to take over the world. I thought the Chinese were going to do it now.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at September 29, 2016 12:18 PM (IqV8l)

55 Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

My sales pitch:

You get a great workout, it's extremely mentally stimulating as you try to figure everything out and you might just use it one day to escape when some crazy liberal pops out of the bushes and latches onto you.

It's so rewarding about going onto the mat and shedding all your ego for an hour. There is no bullshit status on the mats; what you all do on the outside doesn't matter.

Plus - and this is gonna sound weird - but there's an odd kind of bonding when you roll with these people day after day, and literally put your life and well-being in their hands, they stop EVERY single time you tap. It's awesome.

You don't need to "get in shape" first or have any background btw. Just show up, put on the white pajamas and have fun.

Posted by: ElKomandante at September 29, 2016 12:19 PM (5cbpq)

56 I would think that someone who has mastered French (at least reading French) would find Spanish or any other Romance language fairly easy. -------------- Spanish is a beautiful language but maybe not as exciting as French as it does not have superflous letters in the words.

Posted by: RioBravo at September 29, 2016 12:19 PM (NUqwG)

57 I'm reteaching myself piano. After years of lessons (and I was pretty good) I just let it drop, and boy did it drop. I was never much of a sight reader, but i had a decent grasp of theory, I just never pushed past the plateau I was at. First step: scales. Just about good on these. Second step: left hand. Gonna suck. Third step: read read read. Get used to the weightless feeling of playing a song, that I've never heard, in time. My motivation: I'm teaching voice lessons WITHOUT an accompanist now. Sucking in front of 12 year old girls who very politely pretend not to notice, and being humbled by Disney tunes, was all it took to get my typically slothful ass back to practicing

Posted by: Phone of kari which, deplorably, features a headphone jack at September 29, 2016 12:19 PM (Ou6/U)

58 Currently: Beekeeping Making homemade wine from homegrown scuppernongs (muscadines that are golden instead of dark red) Restoring a 1979 SeaRay ski boat from the floor up (years-long project-argh!) Planting green fields to harvest and consume tender doe meat Playing music with my friends (as a drummer) Joke: What was the last thing the drummer said before getting kicked out of the band? "Hey guys, I wrote some songs!" First thing the drummer said after getting fired: "That band blew anyway."

Posted by: Orange Mule at September 29, 2016 12:19 PM (uXcD2)

59 >>>Not sure if you live near water Ace, but when I lived in Florida I took up Hobey Cats. Not huge ones, but I could rent them for like 30 bucks an hour and they are fun as hell. it does sound fun. but that reminds me, big on the list is just getting certified for scuba. which I think I could do over a weekend for a couple of hundred bucks or something.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:19 PM (dciA+)

60 Hey Ace.. on the Spanish lessons.. not sure how you are gonna do that, but check out DuoLingo.com I started Italian, but didn't keep up with it.. I found if you cannot devote some time every day, you just end up repeating lessons over and over. It is structured very much like Rosetta Stone.. but it's free. I want to get back into woodworking. My garage has been a mess for quite some time and I am trying to organize it to have space. It's been a real job. I made a new workbench last year - on wheels so I could put it away when done, but I need more room and I'm cleaning out years of old unused stuff and setting up a tool storage wall with lighting. I've made furniture and stuff in the past - desks, tables, etc.. but nowadays I would like to make fancy jewelry and keepsake boxes, for gifts and perhaps sell them.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at September 29, 2016 12:19 PM (so+oy)

61 My kids liked Krav Maga Self Defense.  Pretty bad ass.  It's like a mish-mash of martial arts but very practical and not much waste of time stuff.  More "What do I do if a guy grabs me by the collar" stuff.  The studio they went to even had a class they taught at a local bar about avoiding/handling a bar fight.  Bad ass,  right?

Posted by: Dang Deplorable at September 29, 2016 12:20 PM (k0G44)

62 I'm in on Spanish. Bought Rosetta Stone a few months ago. Was on fire doing the lessons and I've lost momentum the last month. Would help light a fire under my lazy ass.

Posted by: Fred at September 29, 2016 12:20 PM (4GUBG)

63 I do as much of my own EVERYTHING that I can. Construction, auto mechanics, household labor.....everything. It REALLY pays to be handy around the house.

Posted by: Sponge at September 29, 2016 12:20 PM (xttKs)

64 sure, its a logical language.

except for the abominable spelling rules.  what's with all the bloody accents?

Posted by: WaldoTJ at September 29, 2016 12:21 PM (M1MpJ)

65 I took Spanish in highschool, it wasn't all that hard to pick up I thought at the time. 

Posted by: chemjeff at September 29, 2016 12:21 PM (1Ip2/)

66 @31 Oh I know. The sharks are what are keeping me out of the water. Quite literally...there is a shark bite on avg about once per week!

Posted by: Citation X Driver at September 29, 2016 12:21 PM (ABJy3)

67 "Bro, lift the weights before Gravity has a chance to make them heavy"

Posted by: Mortimer, deplorable [/i][/b] at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (zu88C)

68 HA! PUSSY!!! Posted by: GI Joe with Kung Fu Grip! at September 29, 2016 05:16 PM (k0G44) I lol'd.

Posted by: Sponge at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (xttKs)

69 FWIW, Formal Spanish will only take one so far as the everyday version is spanglish at best. I note too that the accents here in Texas are very, very different than those I would hear in Virginia...

Posted by: Big Willie style at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (C9pBZ)

70 I am willing to introduce and mentor any cute gals to the fun sport of bishop polishing.  Better and cheaper than buying one of those ShakeWeights.  No batteries needed.

Posted by: Count de Monet at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (JO9+V)

71 I need to learn Spanish at least to be able to read it. But I'm thinking it's going to get all mashed up with the French I have in my head.

Posted by: sinalco the deplorable at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (yODqO)

72 One of my pet projects for a while has been writing.

I have a TON of notes/research/ideas from grad school and after that I want to turn into something.

I have two ideas how to do this.

Something humorous and factual - right now a 'global warming discussion with a liberal' type of piece.  This is not meant for publishing or anything, just a way to get all the facts in place that some LIV's may eventually come across.  Problem 1 I've already discovered is that there is SO MUCH showing how global warming/green movement is a scam that it's impossible to fit it all in a short little novella.  So kind of at a standstill on this.

Would LOVE some of the hordes help on this.

My other project is something I've been working on recently.  In much the same vein, except using a fictional story with real world events to maybe shift some minds and display some alternative points of view to the LIVs.  Right now it's very tongue in cheek and only ~1/4 done (about 100 Word pages) but it's getting there.  I've never taken a creative writing class after high school, but with all the BS going on in the world I needed an outlet to express everything.  Turned out to be this.

Already I see about 1,000 issues with what I've written, but sometime soon I'll try and find some family/friends/others who wouldn't mind dumping some time into reading something pretty bad but hopefully full of decent concepts and things that may make you laugh.

tl:dr:  I really love writing even though I have no experience doing it creatively.  Have a few projects I'm working on in spare time.  Would love constant badgering from the horde to try and keep me on top of it.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (WuRdh)

73 Citation X, if you're trying to learn to surf, see if you know anyone with a speedboat and go wakesurfing! It's incredibly fun, easy, and low impact, and will get you a ton of practice while upright.

Posted by: Phone of kari which, deplorably, features a headphone jack at September 29, 2016 12:22 PM (Ou6/U)

74 1000 days of dry-fire. I'm on Day Five. https://pistol-forum.com/showthread.php?13240-Claude-Werner-amp-1-000-Days-of-Dry-Fire

Posted by: ExurbanKevin at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (RHmdM)

75 In her younger days my mom was a champion fencer. Trust me there is nothing gay about it. She taught us how to fence. I got my ass kicked at the begining. But it's pure skill and sharpens your mind and body. It takes total concentration.

Posted by: Marcus T at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (uYYMV)

76 Cada hombre normal debe ser tentado a veces para escupir en sus manos, izar la bandera negro, y comenzar a rajar las gargantas.

Posted by: Manuel Labor at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (HgMAr)

77 >>>ey Ace.. on the Spanish lessons.. not sure how you are gonna do that, but check out DuoLingo.com I started Italian, but didn't keep up with it.. I found if you cannot devote some time every day, you just end up repeating lessons over and over. ... i'm going to do italian after spanish. I hear Italian is french vocabulary with Spanish pronunciation. Once I get the spanish pronunciation, should be relatively easy for me to pick up a third romance language. (And based on the italian i can see, the vocab is very french: encore = ancora, mais = ma, for example.)

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (dciA+)

78 "I plan to take up drinking heavily." Well, that's a virtuous and useful skill. Not saying it's above me either.

Posted by: The Racoon at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (u6yLg)

79 And because of my interest in aerial videography I have a sub-interest in action cameras (Gopro's). Ace, and others, if you're gonna do stuff, why not video record it for posterity?!? I recommend everyone buy an action camera. They're really cheap now. You can set them up to record all your activities, such as rock climbing or kite flying or whatever. Save Your Memories!!! If anyone wants advice on what action camera to buy, just ask.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (46QoI)

80 47 Not sure if you live near water Ace, but when I lived in Florida I took up Hobey Cats. Not huge ones, but I could rent them for like 30 bucks an hour and they are fun as hell. It's a skill you learn to master, with the wind etc., once you get good though, it's amazing. Hmm. That sounds like a good start to sailing.

Posted by: Citation X Driver at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (ABJy3)

81 I've been trying to restart the Russian that I studied for a semester this Spring.  The school has access to Rosetta Stone, and there's Duolingo as well.  I just need to put in the time.

I'm going to start taking yoga at least once a week, twice if I can.  I'm also taking a swing dancing class to brush up on the basics.  Once I get out of school I plan to pay for some private argentine tango lessons.

I also have a mandolin that's sitting unused on my couch.  That needs to change.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (Z075/)

82 Goddam socks.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 12:23 PM (u6yLg)

83 61 My kids liked Krav Maga Self Defense. Pretty bad ass. It's like a mish-mash of martial arts but very practical and not much waste of time stuff. More "What do I do if a guy grabs me by the collar" stuff. The studio they went to even had a class they taught at a local bar about avoiding/handling a bar fight. Bad ass, right?

Posted by: Dang Deplorable at September 29, 2016 05:20 PM (k0G44)

krav maga is bad ass!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl, deplorable is better than despicable at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (0O7c5)

84 >> Cada hombre normal debe ser tentado a veces para escupir en sus manos, izar la bandera negro, y comenzar a rajar las gargantas. si, si. Bravo.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (dciA+)

85 would anyone be interested in a Spanish thread at some point? errrm.... no. "dos cerveza, por favor" is all I need to know.

Posted by: olddog in mo [/i] [/s] [/b] [/u] at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (Dhht7)

86 A Spanish thread would be good. Links to pics of hot Telenovela girls. You didn't mean the language, right?

Posted by: Roy at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (fWLrt)

87 Writing scifi/fantasy is my hobby. Some day it may even be a second job. The best I can say about it lately is that I DID submit a story for publication. But it's a reprint, so I deserve little glory there. I should sacrifice more of my goof-off time to write, as I did a few years ago. I did get accepted to writer's workshop in Maui, so I will likely do some outlining for some stories for that. The theme is 'water' so lots of room for ideas there.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (UHLlC)

88 I'm also now a firm believer in Dash Cams.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (46QoI)

89 that or, if i'm feeling crazy, maybe i'll find a chapter of the Historic European Martial Arts society and learn the longsword. Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:18 PM (dciA+) swords... I have 3. One is long. Beautiful.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 12:24 PM (qCMvj)

90 I would love to get back to horseback riding. That really is good for the soul. You morons with horses, I hate you. :-)

Posted by: Marcus T at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (uYYMV)

91 Hunting season. Between filling the freezer and fishing, I don't want for much else to do.

Posted by: garrett at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (0BkbS)

92 >>Save Your Memories!!! my memories are the scars I wear on my body like a book forged in fire.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (dciA+)

93 73 Citation X, if you're trying to learn to surf, see if you know anyone with a speedboat and go wakesurfing! It's incredibly fun, easy, and low impact, and will get you a ton of practice while upright. Thanks! Will do

Posted by: Citation X Driver at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (ABJy3)

94 I wish my dog-owning neighbors were certified in SCUPA.

Posted by: Joey 'Two Votes' Biden at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (nGtPk)

95 November is National Novel Writing Month. There a tradition and support community on the interwebz for writing a novel in one month. I had a strange dream the other day I thought would make a decent premise for a short novel. I was thinking of giving it a try.

Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (q177U)

96 Right now, my personal hobby is trying to keep myself from yelling at people.

/maybe that's more of a vocation as opposed to a hobby..

Posted by: shibumi, a deplorable who now just wants to yell at stupid people at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (tvyXw)

97 artisanal 'ette-- Funny: I just listened to a guy on YouTube who has a channel called "Why you suck at guitar." Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrlF4Tc8qC8 He says people =say= "my fingers are too short" but demonstrates that, in fact, your fingers are too long. Everyone's are. Anyway, if it's really a problem, it can be remedied with a smaller guitar. If you like plucking strings, there are a bunch of different variations if different sizes. Like, I also play the Ukulele (though not really well), and mess around with banjo, lute, this Brazilian guitar, etc. But they all feel different under the fingers.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:25 PM (7zeA4)

98 >>> I would love to get back to horseback riding. That really is good for the soul. when the election is over i'm doing that. never really been on a horse much. Gonna take a vacation to a woodsy place with a stables and watch porn and ride horses.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:26 PM (dciA+)

99 I have a personal hobby this year, to avoid watching any Chicago Bears games.

Posted by: Roy at September 29, 2016 12:26 PM (fWLrt)

100 Fencing isn't gay.  And my dad played football in high school with a couple of linebackers who took ballet.  It made them very nimble and very dangerous.

Ace, if you're still interested in historical fencing, here's some photos from my former group's recent Deed of Arms.

https://shutterbugsperspective.shootproof.com/gallery/3239218/

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:26 PM (Z075/)

101 I ride, rebuild, and restore vintage Vespa motor scooters, study genealogy, collect art, and am teaching myself to work on a 74' C10 Scottsdale and a 75' MB 450 SLC. Always something to do.

Posted by: Colin McCawley at September 29, 2016 12:27 PM (Ntp5g)

102 Hot telenova girls? Heck, just watch the kids shows on telemundo

Posted by: Big Willie style at September 29, 2016 12:27 PM (C9pBZ)

103 >>>November is National Novel Writing Month. There a tradition and support community on the interwebz for writing a novel in one month. I had a strange dream the other day I thought would make a decent premise for a short novel. I was thinking of giving it a try. ... someone floated the idea of a Moron email list for this purpose.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:27 PM (dciA+)

104 btw, Broscience's vid on Crossfit is my favorite because it is so true. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnjYyfkcaNI

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:27 PM (46QoI)

105 Might get back with HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) now that my shoulder has full mobility again. I notice that it's taught at the Krav Maga place, so maybe I should do both.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 12:27 PM (jR7Wy)

106 >>>I ride, rebuild, and restore vintage Vespa motor scooters, study genealogy, collect art, and am teaching myself to work on a 74' C10 Scottsdale and a 75' MB 450 SLC. Always something to do. really? I love scooters. I know it's dumb but I pretend it's a motorcycle.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (dciA+)

107 Gonna take a vacation to a woodsy place with a stables and watch porn and ride horses. That's much safer than watching porn and driving a car.

Posted by: Cicero -- Profoundly Deplorable But Pretty Dependable at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (8ZskC)

108 >> Gonna take a vacation to a woodsy place with a stables and watch porn and ride horses. I went to Fantasy Camp once.

Posted by: ZombieAndrew Mendoza at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (0BkbS)

109 I've been weaving for a couple of years now. Typical for a lot of male weavers I enjoy building the warp and getting it on the loom successfully, the actual weaving of the cloth is kinda secondary. Lately I have been making wooden spoons and spatulas

Posted by: NativeNH at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (+k6Wu)

110 Ace, if you're serious about fencing or sword training, take a look at Kali/Escrima in your area. They do good weapon training as part of their art. I also enjoy putting 9 and 10mm holes in paper. I only JUST figured out how to focus on the front sight instead of looking at it and my groups shrunk shockingly. Jeez...always the late bloomer.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (UHLlC)

111 Barb the evil genius:  I'm terrible at every hobby - as in, I never finish what I start!  Well, except books.  If I start a book, I finish it, but my collection of unread volumes has grown considerably.  I took up knitting to make a baby blanket, but I can't remember if I ever finished it (I think I did finish one...).
I'd love to take up tabletop gaming, but alas, I'm asocial. 
Legos are fun, but I'm not super creative with them, so I stick to the instructions and it's more like a meditative/tactile fulfillment hobby.  I made a promise to stop buying sets until I build what I have, so now my studio is just full of sets to build.  lol

I did take up dance over the past couple years, but while it was fun, I got bored with the offerings - it was ballroom type stuff and I really would prefer to learn something that doesn't necessarily need a partner.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (Mk/IQ)

112 I'm going to buy a 16 track recorder and write and record some new songs...haven't done that in about 15 years..... Also, gonna get a gun or two, re-learn how to shoot properly... haven't done that in about 15 years, either.... Holy shit, what the hell have I been doing these last 15 years?!?!?

Posted by: Dirty Randy at September 29, 2016 12:28 PM (br2jI)

113 I took riding lessons about six years ago and enjoyed it.  I wouldn't mind taking more at some point. 

I need to learn to ride a motorcycle. 

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:29 PM (Z075/)

114 I am training for a half marathon in December (not the most optimal time to run a longer race in the Pacific Northwest). I've had a crappy running year with an injury that sidelined me from 11/2015 until March/April of this year. Then I got back in my groove, had an ok summer and ran pretty good at an overnight relay (Ragner Northwest Passage). Then I got really anrmic a couple of months ago, and had to take another month off, Bleh! Just getting a base back again (logged 25 miles last week), and starting to get a little speed back. I also enjoy making cards, and if it wasn't for that, my poor husband would have killed himself. I was still depressed and crabby, but I retreated to my craft room so he wouldn't have to hear me whine!

Posted by: runningrn at September 29, 2016 12:29 PM (sUP4M)

115 I'm learning to play the Bass guitar because I want to get the chicks like Dave in Texas.

YouTube has some great videos on it.

(Bass guitar, not getting chicks like DinT)

(although, I didn't search THAT hard)

Posted by: Retired Geezer at September 29, 2016 12:29 PM (58xCs)

116 I've been wanting to learn a different language - I speak English, Malay and Indonesian well enough (though probably not as fluent in Malay and Indonesian any more) but I have been toying around with the idea of French. Just love the way it sounds.

Posted by: IC at September 29, 2016 12:29 PM (a0IVu)

117 I'm working on getting a solar power setup going for my hidey hole; it's just another facet to my whole prepper "hobby", and it keeps my minuscule engineering skills honed.

Posted by: Country Singer (gab @BertG) at September 29, 2016 12:29 PM (GUBah)

118 Climbing? I'm afraid of heights. For Ace, living in New York City, I would recommend gourmet cooking. It would get him out of the apartment, teach him how to cook healthy meals, put him in an upscale environment with lots of women and hopefully get him laid. He can even use a little of the French he's learned.

Posted by: jwest at September 29, 2016 12:30 PM (Zs4uk)

119 i can understand it by ear reasonably well, most of the time.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:15 PM (dciA+)


Opposite of me.  I can rattle away in Spanish like a speed freak, but can't understand a word spoken to me unless it's spoken one word at a time at a snail's pace.

Posted by: kathysaysso at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (43OZ6)

120 spanish language thread?  besa mis nalgas.

Posted by: Tom Servo at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (3V6rZ)

121 >>> did take up dance over the past couple years, but while it was fun, I got bored with the offerings - it was ballroom type stuff and I really would prefer to learn something that doesn't necessarily need a partner. you know what i've thought about taking? Some kind of movement class. Like, just to kind of... move impressively. I wonder if there's a DVD course.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (dciA+)

122 Sponge-- I would love to be handy like that, but I'm literally starting from zero. I know nothing, including where to start. SeaWolf-- My advice would be to NOT try to show that global warming is a scam. Just tell the story. Think of it as Hollywood in reverse: The best stories don't say "White business owners are evil racists!" they give you a story (story after story) about evil, racist white business owners. Cynicism aside, it makes a better story.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (7zeA4)

123 Funny: I just listened to a guy on YouTube who has a channel called "Why you suck at guitar." Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrlF4Tc8qC8 He says people =say= "my fingers are too short" but demonstrates that, in fact, your fingers are too long. Everyone's are. Posted by: moviegique .......... I just watched that video the other day! He's really good.. I subscribed to his channel. I'm an acoustic player, so I don't go for all the shredder videos out there. He has a really good presentation style. I'll watch it again this weekend with my guitar in hand.. barre chords have become difficult for me over the year because of some arthritis. But he had some really good positioning tips that are not intuitive in that video that I would like to try.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (so+oy)

124 I know Spanish well enough to tell someone my Spanish is very, very bad but could they please point me in the direction of the nearest alcoholic drink. I'm trying to pull all my old writing off my last computer to get it synced up with Scrivener on my new computer to get to writing again for NaNo I still say we should have a moron NaNo competition group.

Posted by: Lauren at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (KHyOM)

125 I'd love to try mma training but most that Ive seen are for the young... nothing for a 50 something newbe... oh well.

Posted by: E.T. at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (c+7Ko)

126 I've made some posts but I've rather caught the camping/RV bug. I thoroughly enjoy it. Been putting thought to the matter of late. Doing some math.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (u6yLg)

127 it does sound fun. but that reminds me, big on the list is just getting certified for scuba. which I think I could do over a weekend for a couple of hundred bucks or something. Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:19 PM (dciA+) Without having to get certified, you could try SNUBA. You see it in Hawaii, and such places. https://www.snuba.com/

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (qCMvj)

128 Ace, Mrs. E was climbing about 18 years ago (back when she was still ironwomanish) when her climbing partner dropped her about 25 feet. She landed on her right foot breaking foot and ankle bonage. Required 3 surgeries and various hardware and still not back up to snuff. Said all that to say this. Be damn sure your partner knows how to belay with both climbing rope and mechanical belaying devices. Yo.

Posted by: Eromero at September 29, 2016 12:31 PM (zLDYs)

129
you know what i've thought about taking? Some kind of movement class. Like, just to kind of... move impressively.

I wonder if there's a DVD course.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:31 PM (dciA+)


Parkour?  Or maybe and adult gymnastics class?

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (Z075/)

130 He says people =say= "my fingers are too short" When I was younger I played, semi-professionally. My problem wasn't that my fingers were too short but that both of my index fingers are crooked, which made it much more difficult for me. But I enjoyed playing so I dealt with it. The crooked pointers kept me from ever being as good as I wanted to be and could have been, but I was good enough to actually make some money at it. If Tony Iommi could play with his finger issues, I figured why couldn't I.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (WlGX+)

131 I recommended Ball Room Dancing recently. It's a good place to meet chicks, too.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (46QoI)

132 Learned how to fly a helicopter for my mid-life crisis. Thrilling, but expensive.

Posted by: Eisenhorn at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (8Kv96)

133 Researching family ancestry and then visiting the old sod

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (+kpYV)

134 Oh and hubby and I took a gun safety/gun 101 class last month. We got to fire off a number of different weapons (he had more selections than me because my hands are so small). My first shot I ever fired in my life, I took out one of the little metal clips that was holding up the target. I pretended like I did it on purpose. I would like to take another class or 2 and get a gun. It really was empowering to shoot!

Posted by: runningrn at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (sUP4M)

135 Ace, Cornell is inaugurating its brand new YUUUGE climbing wall in a couple of weeks, and its open to all. Come on up to the Peoples Democratic Republic of Ithaca and they'll set you up with some lessons from some supple young coed, who will kick your ass on the wall, with a smile on her face the whole time. http://tinyurl.com/zdb756v

Posted by: Cornell Is Not All Bad at September 29, 2016 12:32 PM (/m8T6)

136 Just moves to SE Arizona so Im starting to rockhound out in the desert. But with everything else, I'll either get bitten by a rattle snake or abducted by (illegal) aliens.

Posted by: Al Leppo at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (vmsda)

137 Ok that's hilarious. Who else would say go to a woodsy place, ride horses and watch porn?

Posted by: Marcus T at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (jYV/+)

138 >>>For Ace, living in New York City, I would recommend gourmet cooking. It would get him out of the apartment, teach him how to cook healthy meals, put him in an upscale environment with lots of women and hopefully get him laid. eh, not for me. I like eating, and I don't mind cooking, but I don't have any passion to learn it well. with any of these things you have to be genuinely interested in order to have the staying power to carry it through to completion. the only reason I'm halfway decent at french now is that, for once in my life, I stuck with it. Just stuck with it. Eventually, you learn it.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (dciA+)

139 Ace, if your interested in HEMA here is a link to my Maryland group: http://marylandkdf.com/ I'm sure there are all sorts of clubs in the NY area, and if you look hard enough, some underground establishments.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (jR7Wy)

140 Get this, the women have to dance with you. Plus, the instructors are usually quite attractive with killah legs and bum-bums.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (46QoI)

141 All of sudden I am in to quad copters. I am hooked on them.

Posted by: navybrat at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (w7KSn)

142 I recommended Ball Room Dancing recently.

It's a good place to meet chicks, too.


Swing dancing is good for meeting twenty-somethings to early thirties. 

Argentine tango is an older crowd, usually late thirties and older. 

Ballroom tends to vary, but usually the younger crowd are professionals or preparing for competition.


Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (Z075/)

143 Gonna take a vacation to a woodsy place with a stables and watch porn and ride horses.



Well, as long as you're not going to a woodsy place and starring in porn with horses, I guess you're OK.

Posted by: Country Singer (gab @BertG) at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (GUBah)

144 "spanish language thread? besa mis nalgas." Hey, screw you too, buddy.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 12:33 PM (u6yLg)

145 I think, relatively easy to learn, would anyone be interested in a Spanish thread at some point? No way Jose J/K ace. Just about any interest outside of politics would be fun.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at September 29, 2016 12:34 PM (voOPb)

146 Does my book count? I'm actually flabbergasted at how well it's done in only ~2 weeks. There's enough clamor for a sequel I had to reconsider it, though I'm working on a different project now. "A Place Outside The Wild." Ace if you need something to read in the gym let me know, I will send you a free copy.

Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at September 29, 2016 12:34 PM (rvzMR)

147 What's "Let it Burn" in spanish?

Posted by: WeBoned! at September 29, 2016 12:34 PM (77cCS)

148 >>>Parkour? Or maybe and adult gymnastics class? parkour's for younger people, like 27 or so, not almost-29-ers like myself. No i mean like a class where you just learn to walk properly, like... um... like a model. I don't walk right. I lurch. This is only 99% a vanity thing. Posture and movement are important skills that many people (including myself) are just no good at.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:35 PM (dciA+)

149 Anyone know the name of the Rosetta Stone like program that's free via internet?

Posted by: Dagny at September 29, 2016 12:35 PM (09Ay7)

150 Internet troll names 'r' us.

Posted by: Ned Flubber at September 29, 2016 12:35 PM (WC+jn)

151 Does anyone have any interests or hobbies they're pursuing, or plan to? ============================= I'm completely non-musical, but I just bought myself a used piano. It's now tuned and I'm trying to teach myself basic finger exercises. Very difficult so far.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:35 PM (/m8T6)

152 When I say movement class, I mean this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlXZ4hFTgkM

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:35 PM (dciA+)

153 If you want to learn to ride a motorcycle or scooter, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation can point you to some good classes in your area.  I took mine from them and the instructors were really good.  Well trained and responsible.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:35 PM (Mk/IQ)

154 HANG GLIDING Not what you think it is. You can fly for hours. Climb thousands of feet. Share thermals with hawks. Easier than you think. Take lessons now, next year you could be flying for 3 - 4 hours. Not as dangerous as you think. Tandem flights are available so you can check it out. Or just go watch people doing it. http://tinyurl.com/hgsv3k8 INTO THE BLUE, LANZAROTE http://tinyurl.com/hrpjaur HOW HAND GLIDERS STAY IN THE AIR More info: https://www.ushpa.org/

Posted by: hepcat at September 29, 2016 12:36 PM (5b+Sr)

155 OT, but not really:

Since control of the internet is going away in two days, we might be saying goodby to right leaning blogs.

So perhaps we all need to take up cryptology, so that we can continue to communicate and comment.

We might have to transform into the French Underground.

Posted by: shibumi, a deplorable who now just wants to yell at stupid people at September 29, 2016 12:36 PM (tvyXw)

156 I'm working on a business plan for my novel high-strength bio-adhesive.

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at September 29, 2016 12:36 PM (/f6Nd)

157 I'm an anesthesiologist, but I have two pretty involved hobbies beyond work and family. 1) For my own entertainment, I wrote a book (once featured in OregonMuse's Sunday book thread, in fact) that got picked up by a small publisher in a three-book deal. Almost done with the sequel. http://lampionpress.com/product/leviathan/ 2) I started a nonprofit that's focusing on childhood obesity prevention using superheroes as a messaging vehicle, since they're generally depicted as fit and active. We were/are working with Marvel/Disney, but since that involves forests of red tape, we're doing our own stuff too. www.healthyfoundationsamerica.com

Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 12:36 PM (nkrB2)

158 my local Costco just put out Baby Baby Grand pianos for sale. They are adorable. Big $$, tho.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 12:36 PM (46QoI)

159 Do yoga. Strengthen your core. You will stop lurching

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 12:36 PM (+kpYV)

160 147 What's "Let it Burn" in spanish? Posted by: WeBoned! at September 29, 2016 05:34 PM (77cCS) Lasst im brennen! Ach, nein. Entschuldigung.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at September 29, 2016 12:37 PM (9P3OG)

161 Does anyone have any interests or hobbies they're pursuing, or plan to? ============================= Running for President.

Posted by: Donaldo at September 29, 2016 12:37 PM (/m8T6)

162 I went back to shooting. Banging the gong at 1000, trying for 1760. Or a mile to y'all.

Posted by: CSMBigBird at September 29, 2016 12:37 PM (xInes)

163
This is only 99% a vanity thing. Posture and movement are important skills that many people (including myself) are just no good at.


Dancing classes will help with that.  Dancing starts with keeping a good posture, good frame, and moving from your core.

Or how about an etiquette class?  A lot of times if you are more comfortable in a situation, you reflect it in your posture.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:37 PM (Z075/)

164 Anyone know the name of the Rosetta Stone like program that's free via internet? Posted by: Dagny ........... DuoLingo.com

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at September 29, 2016 12:37 PM (so+oy)

165 149 Anyone know the name of the Rosetta Stone like program that's free via internet?

Posted by: Dagny at September 29, 2016 05:35 PM (09Ay7)

Maybe DuoLingo?  It depends on the language you want to study, too.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:37 PM (Mk/IQ)

166 Astronomy is a fascinating hobby. Currently fairly inexpensive equipment is easy to learn and use. With today's GoTo telescopes you don't even have to know the names of any stars. Excellent source for equip and information is Starizona in Arizona (just google it). If you live in the Tucson area there is usually a get together on Friday and Saturday evenings. You can go and watch people and look through their equipment and talk until forever. Most towns have an astronomy club and they will be glad to show you the ropes. Do not worry about experience.... all of us started out not knowing much more than the bright thingy in the daytime was the sun and the one at night was the moon (unless you live in the Pacific Northwest, in which case, forget it).

Posted by: Anchovy at September 29, 2016 12:38 PM (a42oI)

167 Looking for advice - is it worth baking my own bread?  What's a good foolproof recipe that doesn't require too much expertise?

Posted by: Lurker primus at September 29, 2016 12:38 PM (B3qs7)

168 While my husband was on his last TDY, I started working on a novel. Just a few paragraphs during the hour-long theatre known as Pookette's Lunch, but it helped break up the monotony of the day and I'm actually getting somewhere.

I took four years of Spanish in HS. No, gracias, on the Spanish thread.

Posted by: pookysgirl at September 29, 2016 12:38 PM (ar2KI)

169 Ace, weren't you learning Italian with a tutor? How is that progressing? I could kick myself for not asking my Dad to teach me Italian (and Sicilian dialect).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 12:38 PM (jR7Wy)

170 I'm trying to learn chess. It's that damn OregonMuse's fault.

Posted by: the deplorable chiefjaybob, who hates everyone at September 29, 2016 12:38 PM (G2Sc9)

171 Anyone know the name of the Rosetta Stone like program that's free via internet?

Posted by: Dagny at September 29, 2016 05:35 PM (09Ay7)



Duolingo is one.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (Z075/)

172 Parkour: The French martial art of running away.

Posted by: gromulin at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (uOmcB)

173 "Argentine tango is an older crowd, usually late thirties and older. " The wife and I started tango lessons in Buenos Aires, but stopped when we came back home. You really need the atmosphere (and the hat) to maintain the interest in this one.

Posted by: jwest at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (Zs4uk)

174 >>>Anyone know the name of the Rosetta Stone like program that's free via internet? people recommend duolingo a lot but i don't know if that's free anymore. I think there's a small fee. I don't recommend that method, though. i recommend checking children's books out of the library in the target language and making sense of them. And there is a type of book called an "Easy Reader" which takes you from child's level vocab to, um, a slightly older child's vocabulary through simple stories and conversations. Very helpful. I swear by those for one's first pass at a language. In addition, there is a website called Radio Lingua which has all these podcasts-- Coffe Break French, Spanish, Italian, german. twenty minute mini lessons. Another good start. I find rosetta boring as fuck and would not recommend it.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (dciA+)

175 Minx seems to be written in python based on the error messages. How about a python thread? Then as we learn python, we can perform fixes and enhancements, maybe even eliminate Barrel errors, and allow us to reply to comments, without quoting them in our reply.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (iFgwk)

176 What about taking up shooting?  Skeet?  Target?  I'd like to.  If I only had some guns...

Posted by: Dang Deplorable at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (k0G44)

177 I thought Ace lived in NYC. Does that mean he wants to do some kind of Spiderman thing, or climb Trump Tower like that guy?!?

Posted by: Optimizer at September 29, 2016 12:39 PM (EnK/R)

178 Ace-- The Original Strength guys argue that posture is something that just happens when you've got your brain/muscle shit together. There's actually a lot of support for that. You don't really want to be fighting the way your body stands; you want your body to stand well just naturally. The slouching and loping comes from muscles getting locked up. Not really the answer =I= want to hear, but I suspect it's true.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:40 PM (7zeA4)

179 I have a theremin. I need to practice playing it. It's tricky.

Posted by: Dang Deplorable at September 29, 2016 05:14 PM (k0G44)



Heremin, theremin, everywheremin. Hillary's theremin playing has a unique vibrato to it that she just can't shake.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at September 29, 2016 12:40 PM (o9m/V)

180 "I'm trying to learn chess. It's that damn OregonMuse's fault." Use the little horsey looking thing.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 12:40 PM (u6yLg)

181 >>>Ace, weren't you learning Italian with a tutor? How is that progressing? no no tutor, I just got an Easy Reader in italian and started that, plus I listened to Plimseur. But for some reason I got hot for spanish and dropped the italian for spanish.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:40 PM (dciA+)

182 Volunteering on archaeology digs is immensely satisfying. Funding for those projects is hard to come by and they always need help moving dirt. The thrill of finding something that hasn't been touched in hundreds/ thousands of years never gets old. Can't wait to finish rehabbing my knee so I can get my hands dirty again.

Posted by: cricket at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (aeLQj)

183 Samsung's exploding battery nightmare may not yet be over, amid a report from China that a new Galaxy Note 7 burst into flames this week.

A Chinese customer has reported that a Note 7 that he bought this week exploded within 24 hours of acquiring it from an online retailer, causing minor injuries to two fingers and damaging his Apple MacBook.

Posted by: undocumented white hat at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (e8kgV)

184 "I just want to understand this Sir. Every time a rug is micturared upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the owner?" Now that's story telling.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (uUBML)

185 Other hobby ideas that I haven't had time to get to (feel free to steal): DANCERING MACHINE: "Leave a message after the beat." App of some kind? Not sure. MEAT-ON-THE-BOTTOM YOGURT: self-explanatory. DRACUUM, the Vampire Vacuum: "Sucks more than just blood!" STREETFYTE: App, like Tinder but instead of looking for date matches nearby, you upload your fighting stats - height, weight, discipline - and if you see a dude you think you can take, swipe right. If they swipe right too, it's time to meet up and STREETFYTE Pure gold.

Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (nkrB2)

186 The thing that stops me from writing is knowing how bad my first novel would. Who wants that grief? Your first few novels, products of blood sweat and tears (and inspired ideas) just tossed aside like garbage in the service of making you a better writer. seems hopelessly cruel.

Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (q177U)

187
The wife and I started tango lessons in Buenos Aires, but stopped when we came back home.

You really need the atmosphere (and the hat) to maintain the interest in this one.

Posted by: jwest at September 29, 2016 05:39 PM (Zs4uk)



I've found most cities have at least a small community of dancers and a weekly or monthly milonga. 

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (Z075/)

188 would be

Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (q177U)

189 Looking for advice - is it worth baking my own bread? What's a good foolproof recipe that doesn't require too much expertise?

Posted by: Lurker primus at September 29, 2016 05:38 PM (B3qs7)

Yes.  If you want to try a recipe that doesn't involve a whole lot (and is pretty much foolproof), try googling Beer Bread.  Tasty and the beer provides the yeast.  It's not fancy at all and has less steps than a traditional recipe.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (Mk/IQ)

190 We might have to transform into the French Underground. Donald has a yuge mustache. Donald has a yuge mustache.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (IqV8l)

191 I collect spores, mold, and fungus.

Posted by: Dr. Egon Spengler at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (JO9+V)

192 I've gone sorta overboard bicycling. The health benefits are tremendous and I dropped ~25lbs in record time and people are really noticing. Which is something considering my age (59) and the number of significant past injuries I have to work around. It is also a great way to socialize and when I want nothing to do with another human, it can be a great escape. So I highly recommend it. But be forewarned. It is easy to throw a lot of cash down this paticular hole if you don't have a mentor. No, the guy at the local bike shop probably isn't the best choice for mentoring. Go sites like "meetup.com" and look for a riding group. Ask them for recommendations.

Posted by: TSgt Ciz at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (CRQ5V)

193 It's a waste of time learning more than one language, since all languages do basically the same thing.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 12:41 PM (iFgwk)

194 >>>Looking for advice - is it worth baking my own bread? What's a good foolproof recipe that doesn't require too much expertise? I got a breadmaker and it was so good I ballooned up 30 pounds in three months. I'd watch it.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:42 PM (dciA+)

195 18 >>Given the nature of our real future overlords, I've been learning Russian. Prekrasnaya, tovarisch! Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 05:13 PM (7zeA4) Where the hell is Bigby's Cell Phone when you need him?

Posted by: the deplorable chiefjaybob, who hates everyone at September 29, 2016 12:42 PM (G2Sc9)

196 Funny: I just listened to a guy on YouTube who has a channel called "Why you suck at guitar." Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrlF4Tc8qC8 He says people =say= "my fingers are too short" but demonstrates that, in fact, your fingers are too long. Everyone's are. Anyway, if it's really a problem, it can be remedied with a smaller guitar. If you like plucking strings, there are a bunch of different variations if different sizes. Like, I also play the Ukulele (though not really well), and mess around with banjo, lute, this Brazilian guitar, etc. But they all feel different under the fingers. Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 05:25 PM (7zeA4) Hey thanks. I have to steal my dad's guitar back. My mom was always really good on the piano.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 12:42 PM (qCMvj)

197 Soulpile, I have a lot of stuff that I haven't finished either. I call it crafting with ADD. My daughter studies dance, and I took a couple of Mom and Me summer ballet classes with her before she got super good. I like to do barre work as exercise, but right now the house is too crowded to have the space. Hoping eldest daughter and her boyfriend move out soon.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 12:42 PM (FQKBL)

198 Lurker-- Bread's pretty easy. Requires a certain amount of patience, and the results are somewhat variable due to climate. I'll get my mom's recipe over the weekend and put it up next week, if you like.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:43 PM (7zeA4)

199 Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 05:36 PM (46QoI) ====================== Lots of people buy pianos for their kids to learn on, and want/need to sell them as soon as the kid finally convinces the parents its just not happening. Used pianos are very cheap, and sometimes available for the cost of the piano mover. I paid next to nothing for mine (one owner, five years old, hardly touched).

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:43 PM (/m8T6)

200 >>> Volunteering on archaeology digs is immensely satisfying. Funding for those projects is hard to come by and they always need help moving dirt. I had absolutely no idea one could do that.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:43 PM (dciA+)

201 186 Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 05:41 PM (q177U)

Very true, but it's worth it when you reread what you wrote and realize some little snippets are really good.  Encourages you to keep going.

Frustrating, but as of now I would recommend giving it a try.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 12:44 PM (WuRdh)

202 Bilingual thread? Fuck. No.

Posted by: Dogbert at September 29, 2016 12:44 PM (T54s3)

203 Ace. Go online and order a hanging board with differnt grips to install over a door. That is the fastest and best way to get the grip strength and strength that you need to begin climbing. Good Luck and don't give up. Climbing is great for the soul but hard on the body. Do it while you still can!

Posted by: Pepe, The Irredeemable at September 29, 2016 12:44 PM (pcbAL)

204 I brew beer (partial extract), write fiction and scuba dive. Also got into rock hounding with the wife. We can't talk about politics since she's a lib so we walk along the beach looking for agates instead.

Posted by: Secret squirrel at September 29, 2016 12:44 PM (+NedX)

205 >>>Given that our Corporate Overclass is pretty determined this be a bilingual nation They're also determined to make it a Muslim nation. Will you also learn Arabic and study the Qu'ran?

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 12:44 PM (iFgwk)

206 i've been turning the tv on mute and trying to lip-read lately. i'm sure there's a course for that.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:44 PM (dciA+)

207 176 What about taking up shooting? Skeet? Target? I'd like to. If I only had some guns...

Posted by: Dang Deplorable at September 29, 2016 05:39 PM (k0G44) I wouldn't recommend shooting up Target, I kid.

Posted by: WeBoned! at September 29, 2016 12:45 PM (77cCS)

208 "micturared " Now that's a tw bit word I've never seen before.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 12:45 PM (u6yLg)

209 Don't take Spanish! Let's everyone take Swedish, fly to Goteborg and buy a volvo.

Posted by: SarahW at September 29, 2016 12:45 PM (Sp1NT)

210 >>>Go online and order a hanging board with differnt grips to install over a door. That is the fastest and best way to get the grip strength and strength that you need to begin climbing. ... I always wonder if that is going to tear the door off the hinges.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (dciA+)

211 Finding something I would enjoy to do outside of my workday is something that I have struggled with since I moved to Western CO 8 years ago. The activities here are numerous - hiking, climbing, ice rock climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, horse riding, rafting, etc. I don't want to do any of it. I miss the diversity of larger cities that has multiple cultural venues, concerts, shopping, restaurants, etc. Although I do not miss the traffic, crowds, and higher cost of living. I still haven't figured it out yet.

Posted by: Cheri at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (oiNtH)

212 201 186 Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 05:41 PM (q177U) Very true, but it's worth it when you reread what you wrote and realize some little snippets are really good. Encourages you to keep going. Frustrating, but as of now I would recommend giving it a try. Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 05:44 PM (WuRdh) Seconded. My first book was published and gets good reviews. You can always mess with and put out later editions, too.

Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (nkrB2)

213 I don't use DuoLingo, because they don't have Korean.  For an internet program, it's pretty good.  Was free last time I checked it out.

For Korean, I have a bunch of apps on my phone that make learning into a game, starting with the basic structure of the language, like a child.  I keep intending on going to a site that has a bunch of children's material, but I'm a bit lazy.  So, I've stuck with the apps and once in a while I learn some vocab.  It'd be better if I was more motivated, but because I'm doing it for fun, it gets left to the side more often than not.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (Mk/IQ)

214 Actually, Russian would be preferable. As the US and Europe go to sh*t, that would be one of my choices to bolt to, when things finally go sideways.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (iFgwk)

215 I've got one more company that I want to start. Been thinking about it for 15 years.

Posted by: jwest at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (Zs4uk)

216 I really got in to golf this year.  Cancelled my cable in the spring, and now I spend almost all my waking moments (when I'm not skirt chasing) working on the game.  One reason I like it is that it is very difficult for me, so seeing gainz makes me pretty proud.  It's a very hard game to get good at tbh

Posted by: Lurker primus at September 29, 2016 12:46 PM (B3qs7)

217 I'm going to see a fucking movie this weekend. Bitch at me all you want. I barely get to enjoy myself at all anymore. Plus TV is all dad has most of the time during the day, so the cord ain't getting cut. Y'all feel free to boycott for me, but this "damned if I do, damned if I don't" my life is devolving into has me about out of energy, empathy, and patience. Yeah, I know, not a project. Projects are kinda hard for me right now.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, convening Horde Thunderdome at September 29, 2016 12:47 PM (9krrF)

218 I wanted to tackle the arabic language, and the written word. Coming down in price... http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-arabic/

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 12:47 PM (qCMvj)

219 STREETFYTE: App, like Tinder but instead of looking for date matches nearby, you upload your fighting stats - height, weight, discipline - and if you see a dude you think you can take, swipe right. If they swipe right too, it's time to meet up and STREETFYTE Pure gold. Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 05:41 PM (nkrB2) The STREETFYTE is pure gold. You should pursue that and fast.

Posted by: Pepe, The Irredeemable at September 29, 2016 12:47 PM (pcbAL)

220 I've been doing a TON of research to put together a book I'm working on. I'm moderately excited about the project but want to give it a try.



That's why I'm occasionally putting up posts about interesting facts and websites I come across.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at September 29, 2016 12:48 PM (cBWom)

221 208 "micturared " Now that's a tw bit word I've never seen before. Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 05:45 PM (u6yLg) Then you've never seen the big lebowski

Posted by: Buzzion at September 29, 2016 12:48 PM (z/Ubi)

222 Volunteering on archaeology digs is immensely satisfying. Funding for those projects is hard to come by and they always need help moving dirt. ======================== I would love that, especially in Israel (where I've never traveled). I live in a college town and people here often audit classes (they let you if they have room, but won't grade any home work or let you take tests) so I've often thought about getting an education.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:48 PM (/m8T6)

223 artisanal 'ette-- Music is better than drugs, I think. (Not that I have any experience with the latter, despite being a musician.) It just makes everything go away while you're doing it.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:48 PM (7zeA4)

224 212 Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 05:46 PM (nkrB2)

Any advice for the general book writing process?  I'm very new at actually sitting down and making a commitment to getting it done.  Feels like I've bitten off far more than I can handle sometimes.  (And I haven't even begun to think about the publishing aspect.)

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 12:48 PM (WuRdh)

225 My hobby might be the only thing keeping me sane, and hanging out here.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 12:49 PM (ofpt4)

226 I'll just leave this out here for you ace.  Go ahead and rock climb, Obama Care will help you.



http://tinyurl.com/zoe3esm

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 12:49 PM (NbJXF)

227 Cheri, were in western CO do you live?

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:50 PM (Z075/)

228 Grand Junction

Posted by: Cheri at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (oiNtH)

229 I'm enjoying 1) trail running, 2) outdoor photography, 3) working on a novel.

I watch a lot less tv and read a lot more.  Working on some Wodehouse right now so that I can laugh.  And Hume's History of England. And Chrysostom's sermons.

Posted by: Igor at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (FfQXL)

230 so when do we find out who the conductor of the train is?

Posted by: yankeefifth at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (cPsPa)

231 Used to cross stitch. But eye sight is degrading so not sure if that would be good hobby today. And I started before Rosey Grier.

Posted by: olddog in mo [/i] [/s] [/b] [/u] at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (Dhht7)

232 I'm always regretting how I never learned to play guitar. It made my fingers bleed so I gave up almost immediately when I got my little junior guitar at age 10. Maybe I could learn to do something with synthesizers, though.

Posted by: SarahW at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (Sp1NT)

233 Posted by: Country Singer (gab @BertG) at September 29, 2016 05:47 PM (GUBah) =================== I work on the C scale exclusively right now, trying to learn which notes are which and how to move my fingers. Since I travel a lot I don't do it every day (and don't want to), but three days a week. My biggest problem, believe it or not, is getting my fingers to spread out and use multiple fingers. I keep unconsciously trying to pick with one finger. Must be a brain problem.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (/m8T6)

234 As a military history buff think a archaeological dig would be way cool, there has been one going on at a historical house not far away and have wanted to go see what they are finding but haven't.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (ofpt4)

235 I've been talking about getting a Ham radio license for about 40 years.


I need to do it.

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (NbJXF)

236 Frustrating, but as of now I would recommend giving it a try. Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 05:44 PM (WuRdh) OK, good advice. Just do it, right?

Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (q177U)

237 I always wonder if that is going to tear the door off the hinges. Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:46 PM (dciA+) It doesn't go on the door, it goes on the frame. I told my niece I had a pull-up bar and she "helpfully" explained that a door wouldn't put up with the abuse. It annoyed the hell out of me.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (VdICR)

238 Ace, I used to fence till I tore up my knee really well. Of the 3 main types- check out Sabre. I think it's the most fun. Not as restrictive as foil. Not as silly as scoring points off your opponent's little toe as in epee.

Posted by: naturalfake at September 29, 2016 12:51 PM (0cMkb)

239 210 >>>Go online and order a hanging board with differnt grips to install over a door. That is the fastest and best way to get the grip strength and strength that you need to begin climbing. ... I always wonder if that is going to tear the door off the hinges. Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:46 PM (dciA+) No it will not. You hang it above the door. There are studs above most doors where you drill it into and Screw it in with long sturdy wood screws. They are awesome because they serve as a stress reliever as well. You get tense and go hand from the board for a few minutes or more. Do this throughout the day many times and your grip strength will blow up. Good Luck!

Posted by: Pepe, The Irredeemable at September 29, 2016 12:52 PM (pcbAL)

240 I have started taking Jujitsu a couple of months back.  Still sticking with it regularly.  I studied Kempo in my 20's and did Aikido in my 30's.  Now in my late 50's.  It is helping my bouts on insomnia and steady weight gain.  I have dropped 10 lbs.  It helps that one of the instructors is in his 60's.  Main Black Belt is in his late 40's.  Also small classes.

Posted by: Paladin at September 29, 2016 12:52 PM (QGbEp)

241 >>>I'm going to see a fucking movie this weekend. Bitch at me all you want. I barely get to enjoy myself at all anymore. ... who's bitching? I never advocate full boycotts as they take too much effort and willpower. I advocate paring down. a boycott is like an exercise program: The most effective one for you is the one you can keep to.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:52 PM (dciA+)

242 "What about taking up shooting? Skeet? Target? I'd like to. If I only had some guns..." Not a bad pass time. I'd say go out and get a little cheap .410 single shot. Don't go out and arm up with a Remmy or Mossy with the tactical bits hanging off the side. Learn how to shoot the basic gun and hit the target. And have fun.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (u6yLg)

243 Soulpile, I have a lot of stuff that I haven't finished either. I call it crafting with ADD. My daughter studies dance, and I took a couple of Mom and Me summer ballet classes with her before she got super good. I like to do barre work as exercise, but right now the house is too crowded to have the space. Hoping eldest daughter and her boyfriend move out soon.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 05:42 PM (FQKBL)


Funny enough, I was taking a barre class at the gym with my mom, but we had to stop due to some unrelated injuries.  That was fun and I kind of miss it.  Barre seems to have become a popular thing lately.  There have been several "barre studios" that popped up in the city over the last year.

Crafting with ADD?  I like that.  Mind if I use it, lol?  Having multiple interests is definitely frustrating and rewarding at the same time.  I keep remembering more and more as this thread goes on.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (Mk/IQ)

244 My bet is Casey Jones was doing something stupid.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (ofpt4)

245 I've also been trying to talk like Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty and finding it near impossible. I'm decent at copying voices, but this one is very difficult, seems to be some weird multi-octave voodoo.

Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (q177U)

246 +1 for the Spanish thread. I did a couple of the Coffee Break Spanish podcasts recently that you had promoted a while back, need to keep going on it. As for the hobbies, I enjoy building furniture, but I'm hit and miss. I get paid for some custom stuff, however, I don't want to make a career out of it. I need to finish my kids' new toy box I built about a month ago and took a break. But I just bought a new AV receiver and speakers, so I need to build a new media console.

Posted by: Memories at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (mwcEF)

247 No nood calls anymore. Sad. I'm good with a Spanish thread. I think the nano group idea was about a group within nano? I'm checking out iOS programming to see if I can learn it.

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (Om16U)

248 217 I'm going to see a fucking movie this weekend. Bitch at me all you want. I barely get to enjoy myself at all anymore. Plus TV is all dad has most of the time during the day, so the cord ain't getting cut. Y'all feel free to boycott for me, but this "damned if I do, damned if I don't" my life is devolving into has me about out of energy, empathy, and patience. Yeah, I know, not a project. Projects are kinda hard for me right now. Posted by: Brother Cavil, convening Horde Thunderdome at September 29, 2016 05:47 PM (9krrF) --- Alexthechick and Cochran discuss pleasure shaming (by both right and left) in this week's podcast: https://marginallyhonorablechairman.com/ Sometimes you just want to enjoy your fucking movie or game without someone bitching at you.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 12:53 PM (jR7Wy)

249 Big slow down on new novel in the hopper. Mainly, cuz of the rewrites on "Wearing the Cat - Part Four: The Black Room", however- that should end tonight and hopefully be published on amazon tomorrow

Posted by: naturalfake at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (0cMkb)

250 Taking Mrs. E and one of her 'older' girlfriends shooting tomorrow. Girlfriend has a Smith ampersand Wesson .38 spec snub given to her by her brother which she has had at the ready for years. In a gun rug. Unloaded. Yet for some reason, Mrs. E thinks she is worth saving. Just kidding. The lady is like an 'older' sister to me.

Posted by: Eromero at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (zLDYs)

251 Our Corporate Overlords are also determined to make this a feminized, transgendered nation. So how about a thread on voice training? How to talk like a woman, for those with the misfortune of being born biologically *ugh* male.

Posted by: Cait Jenner at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (g6yUI)

252 243 "What about taking up shooting? Skeet? Target? I'd like to. If I only had some guns..."



My son is a certified NRA shotgun instructor, so let me know when you want to start.

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (NbJXF)

253 I'm more or less a self-taught artist but have never really delved seriously into creating fine art. So, off to Dick Blick for some canvas.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (9P3OG)

254 Cheri,

There are usually some cultural things up closer to Aspen.  You might not be able to go all the time, but it's maybe a 90 minute drive so you could probably make an overnight date of it.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (Z075/)

255 >>My bet is Casey Jones was doing something stupid. Could be the old Monkey and the Engineer story, again.

Posted by: garrett at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (0BkbS)

256 I've been brewing beer since 1989. I also reload my own ammo. Two skills that I hope do not become "useful" in the future.

Posted by: The Deplorable Dick Poulin at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (sMt7r)

257 SarahW-- Bleed? Holy schmow! I got some thick calluses (and certainly some pain) for sure but never blood. Fingers do get tougher, tougher, though. Synths can be all kinds of, though. You can get a really big sound easily. (I have an 88-key one I got last year and have yet to set up.)

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 12:54 PM (7zeA4)

258 If Hillary gets elected I won't need my TV for four years and I'll have some extra time. Maybe I'll take up gin distillation, and cut out the middle man.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (/m8T6)

259 Ace if you need to work on your grip strength I can lend you some of my old back issues if Femme Fatales...

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (wZg1F)

260 I teach Historical European Martial Arts-which means I teach people how to hit each other with swords.

Posted by: Salamandyr at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (bjaj/)

261 Then you've never seen the big lebowski Posted by: Buzzion at September 29, 2016 05:48 PM (z/Ubi) "Micturated"....but I am old and the keyboard is sneaky.... Damn Chinamen......took my legs in Korea.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (uUBML)

262 I'm thinking about going back to school to get a degree in math. Problem is, I don't know what I'd do to monetize that skill without moving to a city (no way!) and I'd kinda like to not waste my tuition money.

Posted by: Emmie at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (xVuS6)

263 Mastery of Hand Strength by John Brookfeld is well known and respected.

Posted by: Max Power at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (q177U)

264 Ace, if your interested in HEMA here is a link to my Maryland group: Good god, could you get any more sexy?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (mgbwf)

265 256 >>My bet is Casey Jones was doing something stupid. Could be the old Monkey and the Engineer story, again. Posted by: garrett at September 29, 2016 05:54 PM (0BkbS) Considering a bomb was found at a Jersey Transit station the other week, maybe sabotage? It cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (9P3OG)

266 Check if your local library is subscribed to a language learning program. Ours has Mango.

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 12:55 PM (Om16U)

267 Oh...on the fencing front- Kendo's a lot of fun. I took that while in Japan. Would've stuck with it were the nearest dojo not so dang far away.

Posted by: naturalfake at September 29, 2016 12:56 PM (0cMkb)

268 225 212 Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 05:46 PM (nkrB2) Any advice for the general book writing process? I'm very new at actually sitting down and making a commitment to getting it done. Feels like I've bitten off far more than I can handle sometimes. (And I haven't even begun to think about the publishing aspect.) Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 05:48 PM (WuRdh) None, really, besides: do it for your own amusement. Don't even think about publishing, because nobody knows anything about how to sell books anyway. As far as getting the thing written, I found that having at least an outline of the major plot points is best before starting, but it's good to leave room for the characters to do what they want to do in between. I know that sounds pretentious and authorly, but it really does happen. After that, it's just a matter of doing it. Even a few hundred words every couple of days will add up to a book in a couple of years.

Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 12:56 PM (nkrB2)

269 I've been trying to restart the Russian that I studied for a semester this Spring.

Yeah, I guess I should start practicing again so I can actually speak with the  Uzbeki babushka who sits next to me at my kids' Taekwondo class. Language is perishable. Use it or lose it. Sadly, I've lost most of it.

Posted by: no good deed at September 29, 2016 12:56 PM (/O5Ax)

270 my local Costco just put out Baby Baby Grand pianos for sale.

They are adorable.

Big $$, tho.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 05:36 PM (46QoI)



They are cute when they are little. But they grow up.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at September 29, 2016 12:57 PM (o9m/V)

271 Emmie,

Statistical analysis?  Perhaps you can find telework doing data analysis or such.  And I know Colorado State University has an online Masters in Applied Statistics program.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:57 PM (Z075/)

272 I used to be an adventurer, till I took an arrow to the knee. Now I stay in and play Ark.

Posted by: Al Leppo at September 29, 2016 12:57 PM (vmsda)

273 I've been talking about getting a Ham radio license for about 40 years.


I need to do it.

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 05:51 PM (NbJXF)



Get on it!  Lots of niche disciplines in the hobby, so as long as you have the basic desire, it won't get boring.  If you get tired of one aspect there's always another one to try out.  Plus, you can get out of the house and get some exercise doing it.  Example: there's a cool project called "Summits on the Air" where guys hike up mountains with low power gear and operate from there.  http://www.w0c-sota.org/about-sota/

Posted by: Country Singer (gab @BertG) at September 29, 2016 12:57 PM (GUBah)

274 There are usually some cultural things up closer to Aspen. You might not be able to go all the time, but it's maybe a 90 minute drive so you could probably make an overnight date of it. =========================== Hah. It could take you 30 minutes to get across the Maroon Creek bridge alone.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:58 PM (/m8T6)

275 Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 05:54 That is true! I have taken the train to Denver to get my city fix and it is a beautiful ride. In Spring and Summer, all of the rafters moon the train while going through the canyons and it's a hoot. For a shorter trip, Glenwood Springs is a nice little get away as well. I'll check out what's happening in Aspen on their website....thanks for the idea

Posted by: Cheri at September 29, 2016 12:58 PM (oiNtH)

276 I'm relearning Korean. Served in the USAF as a ... cough ... Korean Translator in Korea a long time ago. My son's there now with the Fulbright program. Soooooo, I'm learning how to say things other than: High Explosive Shell, Beer, and 'Is she 18?' The Korean alphabet is the roxor. It's phonetic and syllabic. Basically, you can write anything in another language in Korean and you can sound out the words. It's like Useful Elvish.

Posted by: BumperStickerist at September 29, 2016 12:58 PM (uhftQ)

277 1) Home fermenting vegetables.

I'd already played with lacto cultures in making creme fraiche, and sourdough yeast/lacto cultures (a bit time consuming but worth the trouble once you get the hang of it).

About a month ago I decided to take the plunge and make home-fermented sauerkraut for the fall. I ordered the airlocks (I went with the silicone rubber type with the nipple) and rustled up some half gallon Mason jars. You'll also need sea salt and a kitchen scale. Hand shredded the cabbage and then massaged/pounded in 2% by weight of sea salt until plenty of brine was extracted and then packed into the jars, topped with the airlocks and left on the counter at room temperature. I packed a bit too high, and so the initial CO2 production forced lots of brine out of the airlock but otherwise a complete success with no trace of non-beneficial microbe production. The 4 week sauerkraut is very good - crisp and tangy without being overly tart. (Store-bought sauerkraut is not actually fermented but mixed with vinegar and is not probiotic, while being overly tart without the nuance of flavor).

Next up is naturally fermented Caribbean Peppersauce from my crop of Scotch Bonnets.

I've also resolved to finally make a Ship in Bottle and without a kit. I'm thus far only at the sourcing basswood and ordering books from Amazon stage. I ran across this blog and probably the neatest example of the art that I've seen thus far:

 http://tinyurl.com/gwjqloh



 

Posted by: Alec Leamas at September 29, 2016 12:58 PM (WzlF7)

278 >>>Sometimes you just want to enjoy your fucking movie or game without someone bitching at you. no one's bitching at anyone and people complaining about it are martyring themselves. When I had undiagnosed panic, I knew there was something wrong in my body. I felt light-headed. I stopped donating blood, because I thought it was bad for me. That doesn't mean I wanted EVERYONE to stop donating blood. I decided for myself it was too big a sacrifice. What people are talking about is not that YOU must boycott, but that it would be good if some people -- not you, if you're addicted to TV -- boycotted. To object to this is a moral vanity -- "If you're saying that something *I* personally don't want to do is a good thing or something that should be done, then you must be implying i am not as moral as I could be or should be!" 1.Get over yourself. It's not all about you. Explore the possibility that people exist apart from yourself. 2. I don't imply it, I straight up say it: No one is as moral as he should be, and everyone could be doing more in service of humankind. If you have a problem accepting that, you're a moral narcissist. To say that because one does not wish to give up NFL or TV himself, ergo NO ONE SHOULD DO SO, would be like, when I had undiagnosed panic, me saying "giving blood is for suckers! No one should do it! because giving blood, which would be too much of an effort for me personally, makes ME feel bad because I can't or won't do it myself!" Again, kindly get over yourselves. No one is coming to take your TV away. Stop whining if other people want to do something worthwhile and you feel excluded because you don't want to

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 12:59 PM (dciA+)

279 Haven't heard about any warning calls for a runnaway or mechanical issues from the engineer, who Fox news is saying has been released from the hospital

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 12:59 PM (ofpt4)

280 269 Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 05:56 PM (nkrB2)

Thanks!

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at September 29, 2016 12:59 PM (WuRdh)

281 Good god, could you get any more sexy? Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 05:55 PM (mgbwf) --------------------------------------------- She probably cannot, but photos would be definitive.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 12:59 PM (/m8T6)

282
Yeah, I guess I should start practicing again so I can actually speak with the Uzbeki babushka who sits next to me at my kids' Taekwondo class. Language is perishable. Use it or lose it. Sadly, I've lost most of it.

Posted by: no good deed at September 29, 2016 05:56 PM (/O5Ax)


Years ago I was out to dinner with a coworker from another site (we were at a meeting in North Carolina).  We're sitting in the booth and the cute waitress taking our orders had a slight accent.  Coworker gets a funny look and says after she leaves, "I think she's Russian.  She sounds like it."  When she came back he started speaking to her in Russian, and she about flipped with joy.  Coworker had been a linguist in the Army for twenty years, so was still fluent. 

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 12:59 PM (Z075/)

283 Another vote for the Spanish language thread. My kid is attending a Spanish immersion elementary school. Only in first grade, so I still have time to catch up (I've taken some courses before). No matter what, though, the one thing I'll never be as good as him at is pronunciation. The little bugger corrects me all the time.

Posted by: Jon at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (P586n)

284 Barre does seem to be popular right now, but I find some of it strange. And sometimes they're not even at the barre. I love doing ballet exercises, except my knees don't appreciate gran plie. I also would like to be in shape enough to take Dance Conditioning with my daughter. A lot of it is working on a strong core, which you especially need in pointe. That, I will never do.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (FQKBL)

285 Aikido is great fun, and a good entry-level martial art for those of us who might be StarchyTuber-Americans. I started from zero in grad school and got about mid-rank before I graduated, and I am not what you would call graceful. Plus, I think it saved me broken bones when I took up horseback riding. When I got launched from the saddle (and it *will* happen, no matter how good you are) I always, always landed on my back. From all the training being thrown in aikido. Also a useful skill for the aging.

My personal project is learning Morse code. My great-uncle worked for Union Telegraph as a telegrapher, and it will be useful in the camps. I'm up to 83% accuracy for 27 out of 44 characters. I use a computer simulator, and it works pretty well.

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (/QLLK)

286 Now retired, I'm pursuing a number of activities I put off for years. The one that has my attention at the moment is learning to sketch and paint with watercolors. I have no discernable talent for it but still want to learn. Along with that is whittling and similar small woodcarving projects strictly with hand tools. The list of things I want to pursue would amount to a wall of words.

Posted by: JTB at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (V+03K)

287 Statistical analysis? Perhaps you can find telework doing data analysis or such. And I know Colorado State University has an online Masters in Applied Statistics program. Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 05:57 PM (Z075/) Thanks for the suggestion, Alex. Telework would probably be a good option for me.

Posted by: Emmie at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (xVuS6)

288 Now that I think about it, dad was good at foreign languages, fencing, chess, and art. Dabbled in chess and only learned enough fencing to chase my sister around the house with the epee. I cartoon as a hobby and to amuse others, and use language well enough to put Valu-Rite in teh fridge. Had I applied myself, I had all the raw material necessary for Bond Villainy.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (jR7Wy)

289 Learning to draw- How to draw- The great courses. Learning to code- Using python- The great courses. learning about data aggregation and use. Scuba diving, Skydiving, high performance shooting.

Posted by: macleod at September 29, 2016 01:00 PM (5NEuS)

290 MTF - Funny you should mention Israel since that's exactly how I caught the archaeology bug...participated in a Dig for a Day program there and couldn't get enough of it. It's a great hobby for those whose hearts go pitter patter for history.

Posted by: cricket at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (aeLQj)

291 LauraW must have lots of new hobbies, since she never talks to us anymore....

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (/m8T6)

292 Again, I have said, a thousand times now, if you are super-into TV or the NFL and find your life poorer without it -- you're not being asked to do this. Any "boycott" should be undertaken only by those with a lesser attachment to the thing, the MARGINAL sort of fans who can more easily give it up. I wouldn't ask someone with low iron to give blood, and I'm not asking the resident tv addicts to give up their fucking tv Please stop whining about other people not being as high on tv as you are. You can't do without it. Fine. Many of us can and choose to do without it (or with less of it, at least -- again, a full boycott is tough and I believe the right regime is the regime one can easily stick with).

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (dciA+)

293 I've been brewing beer since 1989. I also reload my own ammo. Two skills that I hope do not become "useful" in the future." You got a garage apartment? I can do some fencing, mowing, limb-trimming, metal working.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (u6yLg)

294 Cada hilo es un hilo de Espanol cuando usted es el tipo que grita "En fuego!".

Posted by: That Guy Who Shouts "En Fuego!" at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (014lE)

295 Writing 2 books and working on a music project

Posted by: SFGoth at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (Bf2+M)

296 Posted by: cricket at September 29, 2016 06:01 PM (aeLQj) ===================== Moi. I'd love it.

Posted by: MTF at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (/m8T6)

297 I'm an anesthesiologist, but I have two pretty involved hobbies beyond work and family.

1) For my own entertainment, I wrote a book (once featured in OregonMuse's Sunday book thread, in fact) that got picked up by a small publisher in a three-book deal. Almost done with the sequel. http://lampionpress.com/product/leviathan/
____________________________

Sorry Doc, but you put me to sleep. Wakka wakka!

Posted by: Alec Leamas at September 29, 2016 01:01 PM (WzlF7)

298 For a shorter trip, Glenwood Springs is a nice little get away as well. I'll check out what's happening in Aspen on their website....thanks for the idea

Posted by: Cheri at September 29, 2016 05:58 PM (oiNtH)


You're welcome.  Carbondale is great as well.  Last time I was there they had converted the old elementary school into a business center including a small concert venue. 

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 01:02 PM (Z075/)

299 Bitch at me all you want. I barely get to enjoy myself at all anymore. Plus TV is all dad has most of the time during the day, so the cord ain't getting cut. Y'all feel free to boycott for me, but this "damned if I do, damned if I don't" my life is devolving into has me about out of energy, empathy, and patience. Yeah, I know, not a project. Projects are kinda hard for me right now. Posted by: Brother Cavil, convening Horde Thunderdome at September 29, 2016 05:47 PM (9krrF) what movie?

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 01:02 PM (qCMvj)

300 Ace.. Have you ever thought of doing something with the internet? Maybe a platform where you could put items of interest. And a place where individuals could leave comments. Perhaps focusing on smart military topics. I think you would be good at it. Just a thought.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] at September 29, 2016 01:02 PM (J+eG2)

301 I'd like to get back into leather work again. Kinda let it all go when I didn't have to do it to eat and have a bunch of projects I've always meant to do for myself and never got around to doing.

Posted by: dartist at September 29, 2016 01:02 PM (3zi7q)

302 My personal project is to get unbanned from work. With Maet out of the loop, any suggestions.

Posted by: Golfman at September 29, 2016 01:03 PM (48QDY)

303 I'd like to get back into martial arts but my fucking arthritis has other plans.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:03 PM (0mRoj)

304 I don't know how much whining about MUH-MUH-MUH SHOWS we're all expected to endure. You like tv. It's your hobby. Fine. Enjoy it. How many fucking times do I have to say this, and how many times do I have to hear the BUT BUT MUH SHOWS crowed whine that I'm DEMANDING they give up their precious shows? No one is demanding anything of you, soplisistic martyrs.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:03 PM (dciA+)

305 There's always making custom toys through casting and 3D printing. With companies like Shapeways, its not too hard to get started.

Posted by: Iblis at September 29, 2016 01:03 PM (9221z)

306 There's a few sites that allows musicians to collaborate on songs via the intertubes, and you don't have to all be on at the same time.

Could The Horde have a hit song hiding in it?

Posted by: Blanco Basura at September 29, 2016 01:03 PM (YEelc)

307 Just yesterday somebody on FB mentioned book-folding, so last night I looked at a few youtube videos and I think this is something I'd like to give a try. You take an old book and fold the pages so that a word or image appears when you look at the edge of the book - kind of like origami. It's not a super difficult craft, but I'm planning on giving it a try, once I figure out where I can get the patterns.

Posted by: biancaneve at September 29, 2016 01:04 PM (IKOfL)

308 I'd like to get back into leather work again. Kinda let it all go when I didn't have to do it to eat and have a bunch of projects I've always meant to do for myself and never got around to doing.

Posted by: dartist at September 29, 2016 06:02 PM (3zi7q)


I keep saying that one of these years I'm going to learn how to tan the hides from game that I take.  Maybe this winter, we'll see.

Posted by: Country Singer (gab @BertG) at September 29, 2016 01:04 PM (GUBah)

309 I'm relearning Korean.

Served in the USAF as a ... cough ... Korean Translator in Korea a long time ago. My son's there now with the Fulbright program. Soooooo, I'm learning how to say things other than: High Explosive Shell, Beer, and 'Is she 18?'

The Korean alphabet is the roxor. It's phonetic and syllabic. Basically, you can write anything in another language in Korean and you can sound out the words. It's like Useful Elvish.

Posted by: BumperStickerist at September 29, 2016 05:58 PM (uhftQ)


I got started by watching Korean dramas and it's the first language that made me interested in learning it for fun, just by the way it sounds.  Agreed on the alphabet - makes it pretty simple to start.  I'm at the stage where I can sound out words and if I know the word I can actually read it without slowing down.  (Personal victory for me.)

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 01:04 PM (Mk/IQ)

310 >>>Sometimes you just want to enjoy your fucking movie or game without someone bitching at you. no one's bitching at anyone and people complaining about it are martyring themselves. --- I wasn't talking about YOU, Ace! Not everything is about you!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 01:04 PM (jR7Wy)

311 Boycott is the only way I can think of to stop giving ground in the cultural war. I can't imagine there are that many NFL fans who are weenie liberal shitweasels happy to see Colin Kaperfuck shitting over the anthem on a weekly basis, and would switch off to watch college ball instead. Or better yet, play football themselves. When the NFL no longer churns a profit maybe then they'll stop with the SJW shit.

Posted by: #NeverHillary at September 29, 2016 01:04 PM (5JBUT)

312 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnjYyfkcaNI

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 05:27 PM (46QoI)


I LOL'd!



Posted by: Tami - Powering through being a Deplorable.[/i][/b][/s][/u] at September 29, 2016 01:04 PM (Enq6K)

313 19 >>>Non competitive precision shooting is saving my life. Just you, the firearm and target. Recreational shooting is the closest thing I've ever been to a Zen state.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:05 PM (0mRoj)

314 just got a call from some foreigner claiming to be an "officer" from stat police dept....i kept making him repeat himself until i annoyed him enough that he hung up

Posted by: phoenixgirl, deplorable is better than despicable at September 29, 2016 01:05 PM (0O7c5)

315 >>>I wasn't talking about YOU, Ace! Not everything is about you! well the podcast you cited by name was DIRECTLY addressed to me, by Name, so excuse me for thinking this has to do with me. I mean, Alex the Chick just said "Ace's fucking Pleasure Shaming" and all.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:05 PM (dciA+)

316 298 I'm an anesthesiologist, but I have two pretty involved hobbies beyond work and family. 1) For my own entertainment, I wrote a book (once featured in OregonMuse's Sunday book thread, in fact) that got picked up by a small publisher in a three-book deal. Almost done with the sequel. http://lampionpress.com/product/leviathan/ ____________________________ Sorry Doc, but you put me to sleep. Wakka wakka! Posted by: Alec Leamas at September 29, 2016 06:01 PM (WzlF7) *sigh*

Posted by: Doctor Cynic at September 29, 2016 01:05 PM (nkrB2)

317 "My personal project is to get unbanned from work. " Why you get banned from work?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 01:06 PM (u6yLg)

318 no one's bitching at anyone and people complaining about it are martyring themselves. So much this.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:06 PM (0mRoj)

319 OK, this may be oversharing but I'm doing it in the spirit of actual self-improvement. Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 01:06 PM (mgbwf)

320 How many fucking times do I have to say this, and how many times do I have to hear the BUT BUT MUH SHOWS crowed whine that I'm DEMANDING they give up their precious shows?

No one is demanding anything of you, soplisistic martyrs.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 06:03 PM (dciA+)



Meh.  I understand not wanting to make everything political, but they don't seem to understand that the boycotts are a response to the attempt by the left to politicize everything.  I'd love to spend a Sunday watching football, or go to a Marvel movie, or any number of concerts.  But the NFL, Disney, and artists have all decided to make their politics part of the product, and I'm not willing to pay to be preached at and insulted. 

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 01:06 PM (Z075/)

321 Give in to the Aspergers.

Posted by: Zelda Starr at September 29, 2016 01:07 PM (EVj5d)

322 In April, we bought a 100 year old church. We are in the process of renovating it, and will be for the next 2-3 years. I hope to host a Moron Meet sometime in it. We're converting the Confessional into either a bar or a liquor cabinet.

Posted by: V the K at September 29, 2016 01:07 PM (jn7FC)

323 I need another hobby. I'd like to do something musical. I've tried guitar, which seemed too big for my fingers. Then uke, which seemed too small. Maybe I need to try a baritone uke or a bass guitar. Hmmm.

Posted by: naturalfake at September 29, 2016 01:07 PM (0cMkb)

324 I did the same thing waiting tables about 17 years ago, Alex. A foursome sat at one of my tables and began discussing the menu in Russian. I answered all of their questions in English, and it didn't occur to them that I understood them. So, I just started chatting them up in Russian. They were surprised and elated. 

Posted by: no good deed at September 29, 2016 01:07 PM (/O5Ax)

325 I really want to get into Model Rockets, always looked fun

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 01:07 PM (dKiJG)

326 Macrame.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 01:07 PM (iFgwk)

327 Colorado Alex, when I was in Germany I made some Spanish guy's day because I knew Spanish. I think he was there for gainful employment, and this was all of 36 years ago. But I imagine he missed his home.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 01:08 PM (FQKBL)

328 artisanal 'ette-- Music is better than drugs, I think. (Not that I have any experience with the latter, despite being a musician.) It just makes everything go away while you're doing it. Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 05:48 PM (7zeA4) I agree. I would be lost without music in my life, in any form. I wish I could sing. My sister took voice lessons (but that is because, acting...). But I sing anyway. Just not near people I don't know. But any creative exercise. I've built a lot of things, and can't go long without building something. Or creating something. There's something about it, it makes you whole.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 01:08 PM (qCMvj)

329 Spanish phrase of the day: "ice mocha" "My memory bad is because ice mocha lot of weed."

Posted by: Meremortal at September 29, 2016 01:08 PM (MNZrw)

330 I translated a Spanish article about an Arab tradition around the book of Exodus. The claim is that when Moses fled to Midian, Jethro was the priest of a city there and taught Moses the true religion of Abraham. Also Jethro was associated with Shuayb from the Qur'an. Any morons want to check my translation?

Posted by: Boulder terlit hobo at September 29, 2016 01:08 PM (YdYkR)

331 303 My personal project is to get unbanned from work. Shouldn't have taken that shit on your boss's desk, no matter how good it felt at the time.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:08 PM (0mRoj)

332 I've always enjoyed building fighter aircraft models. Of course, if I'm realistic, my main hobby is playing video games.

Posted by: Heralder at September 29, 2016 01:08 PM (oCER9)

333 Or maybe only 26 years ago. I'm a little out of it.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 01:09 PM (FQKBL)

334 >>>h. I understand not wanting to make everything political, but they don't seem to understand that the boycotts are a response to the attempt by the left to politicize everything. they don't even have to do it themselves -- they merely have to ALLOW OTHER people to do it. Then they get the benefits of both: They get to watch their precious shows, AND the left takes a hit for poliiticizing entertainment. They're not actually objecting to the idea that THEY should boycott -- which no one asks of them (and which I have repeatedly stated I'm NOT asking of them). What they're actually doing is objecting to the idea that ANYONE should boycott. Well fuck you. Boycotting is MY pleasure. Don't pleasure shame me, TV Bugs.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:09 PM (dciA+)

335 A friend of ours decided to take up conducting music

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:09 PM (z7qXU)

336 I surfed for 15 summers.  Mostly MD and DE coast.  Very good for you physically and for the soul.  It's a young man's sport (and by that I mean under 29).  

Climbing is a great work out but you do need good hand strength  (free climbing at sorta safe spots is a good way to build both hand strength and confidence).  Biking and hiking are both pretty good if have the space to do them.  Lifting small weights in different ways to stay toned not to build muscle.  Ice skating is a pretty good workout. 

A martial arts thread I think could work on this here smart military blog.  I will mention the book Bruce Wrote, "Dao of Jeet Keen Do" it has some interesting ideas in it.

Languages:
I would be down to participate in a Spanish thread.  Probably the most practical nowadays.  + I took Russian in HS and that sh!t is hard.

It is a good thing that you are trying to branch the blog out in new directions.  For The horde and for you.  

Posted by: prophet of the deplorables at September 29, 2016 01:09 PM (KIJKy)

337 Don't go out and arm up with a Remmy or Mossy with the tactical bits hanging off the side. Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 05:53 PM What about the thingy that goes up? I'm guessing a Saiga would be right out? ;-)

Posted by: Duncanthrax at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (014lE)

338 3D Printing is pretty fun. Gets you into CAD design. Just starting in it myself. Good on you ace - the more you realize that there's so much to do around you, the more you understand that only 1% of the $hit in DC actually matters.

Posted by: Grisle McThornbody at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (lvNsd)

339 Hobbies are good. Reading, shooting, cooking and masturbation round out my list. Plus visiting AOS is always fun....thanks Ace and don't let the bastards wear you down.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (uUBML)

340 I keep saying that one of these years I'm going to learn how to tan the hides from game that I take. Maybe this winter, we'll see.

Good luck to you. Vegetable tanned hides are awesome to work with, but man oh man it's a lot of work tanning them yourself.

Posted by: dartist at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (3zi7q)

341
A martial arts thread I think could work on this here smart military blog. I will mention the book Bruce Wrote, "Dao of Jeet Keen Do" it has some interesting ideas in it.


Brief Instructions on My Paradoxes of Defense is a good one.  It's by an English gentleman named George Silver.  Lots of stuff that applies across all martial arts.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (Z075/)

342 and here we are once again in a thread NOT about fucking television talking about television because the Muh Shows crowd just can't give it a rest.

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (dciA+)

343 318 "My personal project is to get unbanned from Why you get banned from work? Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (u6yLg) Yeah. I know. Phrasing. Somehow the work IP address has been banned. Maybe the boss did it.

Posted by: Golfman at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (48QDY)

344 Non competitive precision shooting is saving my life. Just you, the firearm and target. If it wasn't for that and a vigorous workout routine I would be insane or dead. Posted by: Marcus T at September 29, 2016 05:11 PM (jYV/+) I love to get behind the rifle for a few hours. I wear ear muffs with plugs underneath just me and the reloads. It is my zen along with flyfishing. Hours can pass without even noticing.

Posted by: The Jackhole at September 29, 2016 01:10 PM (M+Lyo)

345 257 I've been brewing beer since 1989. I also reload my own ammo. Two skills that I hope do not become "useful" in the future. Posted by: The Deplorable Dick Poulin --------------- I started brewing in 1991. Next week actually. Gonna make a Silver Anniversary brew. The same Amber Ale style.

Posted by: Roy at September 29, 2016 01:11 PM (fWLrt)

346 Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) I don't know, but I'm sure there is one. Might try looking for some books on the subject. I hope it all works out for you, man.

Posted by: Heralder at September 29, 2016 01:11 PM (oCER9)

347 Projects I want to do but haven't Wood carving Leather

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:11 PM (ofpt4)

348 Fun thread, but chicken pot pie is beeping to be eatin'. have fun will have to rewind this thread later

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at September 29, 2016 01:11 PM (qCMvj)

349 Shotguning, trap shooting. I suck but fun times. I never get out enough.

Posted by: USNtakim at September 29, 2016 01:11 PM (hMqvx)

350 Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) Funny you mention that.... I've been drinking (just beer) after work to bedtime for a long while now- plus the weekends of course- and I was thinking it's time for a change, too.... I thought I'd just pick a day and ...stop for a while. Just haven't seemed to find the perfect day so far....

Posted by: Dirty Randy at September 29, 2016 01:12 PM (br2jI)

351 Wood carving
Leather

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 06:11 PM (ofpt4)


Gonna make yourself a custom ball-gag?

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 01:12 PM (Z075/)

352 Scrimshaw.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 01:12 PM (iFgwk)

353 In March i am gong to study history in the Negev

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:12 PM (H8Hwv)

354 Some people watch TV. Some people work out. Some people eat paste. To each their own.

Posted by: Uncle Joe at September 29, 2016 01:12 PM (48QDY)

355 Actually another thing I tried out ace was 3D modelling, a post upthread reminded me. I have an art background, but I think for anyone there's a free program called Sculptrix. It's pretty intuitive and fun to mess with. Might be something.

Posted by: Heralder at September 29, 2016 01:12 PM (oCER9)

356 Now that the weather is decent I want to explore more of the museums down in DC. Next up will be the National Building Museum. Just look at the columns in the great hall: http://www.nbm.org/?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 01:13 PM (jR7Wy)

357 you know what i've thought about taking? Some kind of movement class. Like, just to kind of... move impressively. I wonder if there's a DVD course. Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 05:31 PM (dciA+) Hey so for this and for anyone thinking about dancing... go to a place that teaches theatre or look up who's doing choreography for local shows and find out where they teach. The nature of musical theatre choreo requires them to know how to dance in every major style, for men and for women, and to be good at teaching it. No guarantee they're sane though.

Posted by: Phone of kari which, deplorably, features a headphone jack at September 29, 2016 01:13 PM (Ou6/U)

358 Synths can be all kinds of, though. You can get a really big sound easily. (I have an 88-key one I got last year and have yet to set up.) Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 05:54 PM (7zeA4) Dig it! You should haul it out and put it up.

Posted by: SarahW at September 29, 2016 01:13 PM (Sp1NT)

359 Barre does seem to be popular right now, but I find some of it strange. And sometimes they're not even at the barre. I love doing ballet exercises, except my knees don't appreciate gran plie. I also would like to be in shape enough to take Dance Conditioning with my daughter. A lot of it is working on a strong core, which you especially need in pointe. That, I will never do.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 06:00 PM (FQKBL)


The class I took was some method that was for people who'd been injured - the instructor teaches with the cirque du soleil groups up in Vegas from time to time.  It was intense, but not difficult, with barre and mat work, utilizing bands and balls.  She'd also do a little choreography, which was pretty exciting, aside from the students who didn't pay attention to the other people in the room. 

Pointe is hard!  I don't think I'd ever be able to do it after watching others do it.  A lot of admiration towards anyone who can do pointe.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 01:13 PM (Mk/IQ)

360 329 -- Amen.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (7zeA4)

361 Ace - Bollywood dance class, I'm not kidding.

Posted by: SarahW at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (Sp1NT)

362 Maybe I need to try a baritone uke or a bass guitar. Hmmm. Posted by: naturalfake at September 29, 2016 06:07 PM (0cMkb) I have a tenor and it is nearly as large as a baritone

Posted by: The Jackhole at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (M+Lyo)

363 A friend of ours decided to take up conducting music

A fun thing to do when you can find a garage band in the neighborhood is walk up and pretend you're conducting them like they were an orchestra.

Confuses the shit out of them.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (YEelc)

364 A Spanish thread on Ace of Spades ?
SMOD ! Why hast thou forsaken us ?

Posted by: RimcMT at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (MAm+M)

365 So how bout them longbows?

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (46QoI)

366 I think for anyone there's a free program called Sculptrix. It's pretty intuitive and fun to mess with. Might be something. I should have said 'very' intuitive. You really need no background in modelling to use it, it's made specifically to be approachable.

Posted by: Heralder at September 29, 2016 01:14 PM (oCER9)

367 Also- want to learn how to smoke and cure meats- like in a wooden smoker/hut. Would love to make my own whiskey but don't want the ATF to come a knockin

Posted by: Secret squirrel at September 29, 2016 01:15 PM (+NedX)

368 And shooting which means casting bullets Want to carve another gargoyle And want to make a leather cartridge pouch

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:15 PM (ofpt4)

369 My personal project is all-consuming: Updating the Mohammed Image Archive: http://www.zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/ I had 15,000 (not a typo -- fifteen thousand) unanswered emails to the Archive dating back to 2006. That's right -- ten years of unanswered emails just sent to one of my email in-boxes. And I saved them all. Since about April of this year, ALL my spare "hobby time" has been spent answering and dealing with these letters. About 70% were just "fan mail" -- to which i gave short police replies. About 10% were "Letters to the editor" -- about half in favor of the Archive, and about half death threats and fatwas and so forth. The juiciest ones I uploaded to the "Mail" page. And finally, the killer-diller -- about 20% were SUBMISSIONS to the Archive or suggestions or corrections. And I plan to implement every single one. I have by now worked through well over 97% of those 15,000 emails, but the ones that remain are the most difficult ones of all -- people who sent a single email that contained as many as 70 new images (!!!), each of which requires a massive amount of research for its caption. Days and days and days of work to just deal with each email, sometimes. In the process, I am updating and correcting and amending and adding to the Archive every day, with the eventual plan being for it to be one of the cornerstones of the Internet, the ultimate irrevocable ICBM of anti-shariah stand for freedom. Every fuckin' picture ever made of Mohammed for the last 1400 years, motherfuckers. Mirrored on servers in every corner of the globe. Take THAT!

Posted by: zombie at September 29, 2016 01:15 PM (jBuUi)

370 So how bout them longbows?

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 06:14 PM (46QoI)



Oooh, Archery classes!  Great idea!

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at September 29, 2016 01:15 PM (Z075/)

371 Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) Smoke weed. It's easier to quit than alcohol and being stoned makes beers and certainly mixed drinks not taste as good. Or uh, so I heard.

Posted by: Phone of kari which, deplorably, features a headphone jack at September 29, 2016 01:15 PM (Ou6/U)

372 Press 13 for Esperanto

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at September 29, 2016 01:16 PM (IqV8l)

373 Yes, archery! I need to perfect my Parthian shot.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 01:16 PM (jR7Wy)

374 368 Also- want to learn how to smoke and cure meats- like in a wooden smoker/hut. Would love to make my own whiskey but don't want the ATF to come a knockin Posted by: Secret squirrel at September 29, 2016 06:15 PM (+NedX) Iffin you don't sell that whisky it ain't illegal.

Posted by: Golfman at September 29, 2016 01:16 PM (48QDY)

375 Como no?

Posted by: PhilG at September 29, 2016 01:16 PM (VxFo9)

376 323 In April, we bought a 100 year old church. We are in the process of renovating it, and will be for the next 2-3 years. I hope to host a Moron Meet sometime in it. We're converting the Confessional into either a bar or a liquor cabinet. Posted by: V the K at September 29, 2016 06:07 PM (jn7FC) That's really cool, We looked at a house from 1880's had 8 fire places and the garage was an old carriage shed is that the right word, beautiful home but was in the middle of Crack town and railroad tracks right behind the house.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 01:16 PM (dKiJG)

377 SarahW--Oh, it's just waiting there for me to take it out of the box. I need a place to put it. One thing is, I have a bunch of coin-op arcade games. I wanted to fix them up but I've never had the resources to do it. They take up a lot of space. I need to clear one or two out and make room for a home studio.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 01:17 PM (7zeA4)

378 If I don't eat okra because I hate it, is that a boycott? I think of it as avoiding horror.

Posted by: Meremortal at September 29, 2016 01:17 PM (MNZrw)

379 Yeah, Eris, I need to go hit some more museums before we move. I still haven't made it to the National Archives, and it's on my to-see list.

Posted by: no good deed at September 29, 2016 01:17 PM (/O5Ax)

380 I keep saying that one of these years I'm going to learn how to tan the hides from game that I take. Posted by: Country Singer (gab @BertG) at September 29, 2016 06:04 PM That would be a great Horde group activity. Then, after the next Great Hobo Hunt, and during the follow up Horde sing-along thread, we could all sing " ... we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, and that's it hanging on the shed. All together now ..."

Posted by: Duncanthrax at September 29, 2016 01:17 PM (014lE)

381 >>>s there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) why wouldn't you just do AA? I know peope with success in the program.. "Accept that there's a higher power" can be read as meaning nothing more than "accept that there is a better path through the universe for me."

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:17 PM (dciA+)

382 Bander - Allen Carr who became well known for his 'Easy Way to Quit Smoking' book authored other books and one is 'Stop Drinking Now' which is highly rated. I haven't read it nor know anyone that has - but it couldn't hurt to check it out. Good luck to you!

Posted by: Cheri at September 29, 2016 01:17 PM (oiNtH)

383 Pennsylvania I think you can make a certain amount of whisky or other alcohol product for your own consumption

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:18 PM (ofpt4)

384 Anything's fine, as long as it doesn't involve cultural appropriation.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 01:18 PM (iFgwk)

385 but i'd suggest Alan Carr's The Easy Way to Quit Drinking. I've never read it and so I can't actually recommend it per se, but I had huge success with his Easy Way to Quit Smoking (and several others here have as well).

Posted by: ace at September 29, 2016 01:18 PM (dciA+)

386 Every fuckin' picture ever made of Mohammed for the last 1400 years, motherfuckers. Mirrored on servers in every corner of the globe. Take THAT!

Posted by: zombie


If I said I loved you, would that be necrophilia?

Seriously, though, that's kick ass work you're doing.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at September 29, 2016 01:18 PM (YEelc)

387 "In March i am gong to study history in the Negev" Now that is interesting. A school. Kibbutz?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at September 29, 2016 01:18 PM (u6yLg)

388 While I can speak, write, think and dream in Spanish, the thought of doing a thread in Spanish, well--i find irritating. I still hold to the "if you want to come be prepared to assimilate" theology.

Posted by: rld77 WAY down south at September 29, 2016 01:18 PM (VzCZ2)

389 375- Golfman- I thought distilling of any kind was in violation of federal law? You sure? I know you can distill essential oils and make brandy but your own hooch?

Posted by: Secret squirrel at September 29, 2016 01:19 PM (+NedX)

390 That is what Jeet Kune Do is about.  The only other martial art I have seen that takes that approach is the Israeli Krav Maga (which is much more street fighter against weapons and close combat than what Lee was talking about).   

Posted by: prophet of the deplorables at September 29, 2016 01:19 PM (KIJKy)

391 I appropriate the FUCK out of culture.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 01:19 PM (7zeA4)

392 Bandersnatch Big history of alcoholism in my family. Including a child. 12 step programs have worked in my family. There are online meetings if you hate the face to face. The Daily Pledge for one I wish you all the best. Spent the whole summer dealing with it. It was brave of you to reach out

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:19 PM (H8Hwv)

393 I learned how to spin, have my own wheel. I also like archaeology, particularly when it concerns how people did things. Right at the moment I'm trying out historical sheep breeds, there are a few that go pretty far back, like the Soay. At the same time it does make me thankful for industrial production!

Posted by: Lirio100 at September 29, 2016 01:19 PM (JK7Jw)

394 Every picture of Muhammad is quite a data base, for a guy many think never existed

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:20 PM (ofpt4)

395 I golf. My index is 9.5, I would like to get it in the 7s so my home course handicap is single digits. Its a hard course. I am planning on taking a 3D golf instruction course this winter to rebuild my swing if my hip issue cooperates. I could also use some serious core strengthening.

Posted by: AndrewsDad at September 29, 2016 01:20 PM (C2//T)

396 Are you drinking because you're depressed or occasionally depressed? Identify and avoid the things that trigger your bouts of depression.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 01:20 PM (46QoI)

397 Bandersnatch. Maybe that self-help book Ace used to quit smoking? Damn my crappy memory, I don't recall title or author, perhaps someone else does.

Posted by: Palerider at September 29, 2016 01:21 PM (dkExz)

398 The donor class and elites have a nice little project their working on right now. It's sort of pressing. Bailing out Douche Bank. The little mini-shart on the DOW today was due to Douche Bank's shitting the bed.

 The short sharks smell blood in the water and they're giving Douche a good butt reaming.

Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at September 29, 2016 01:21 PM (DW+jj)

399 Kari That is the worst possible advice. Its called cross addiction

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:21 PM (H8Hwv)

400 When I was younger, much younger, I also wanted to be a rock climber. But I was weak; the proverbial ninety pound weakling that all the bullies at the beach, bullied. I carried a ten inch slide rule on my belt, and a six inch in my pocket. Now I am old, very old. And that is the story of my life.

Posted by: Frod Gnebbisher at September 29, 2016 01:21 PM (eNtum)

401 Posted by: Secret squirrel at September 29, 2016 06:19 PM (+NedX) There's a reason they call them revenuers. Can't sell it and not pay taxes.

Posted by: Golfman at September 29, 2016 01:21 PM (48QDY)

402 Am mentoring a beginning writer, using the Skyrim fanfic site.  He's helping me as well, since he's a student of medieval arms and warfare, and also pretty good at spotting plot flaws.  So it's mutual benefit.

I refuse to learn Spanish to live in my own country.  I may pick up some by accident, but get off my lawn!

Posted by: Empire1 [/b][/i][/s][/u] at September 29, 2016 01:22 PM (9uugo)

403 Palerider - both Ace & I posted it upthread. It is Alan Carr's 'Stop Drinking Now' book from the series that also has 'The Easy Way to Quit Smoking' that Ace and others have used.

Posted by: Cheri at September 29, 2016 01:22 PM (oiNtH)

404 O/T  A little good news, thugs get thug-ed back.



http://tinyurl.com/jqdpdgb





Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 01:22 PM (NbJXF)

405 Spanish thread - si, como no?

Posted by: Knemon at September 29, 2016 01:23 PM (7FFOg)

406 In Russia culture appropriates you.

Posted by: Meremortal at September 29, 2016 01:23 PM (MNZrw)

407 Alcoholism plus depression is called duel diagnosis

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:23 PM (H8Hwv)

408 382 >>>s there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) why wouldn't you just do AA? I know peope with success in the program.. "Accept that there's a higher power" can be read as meaning nothing more than "accept that there is a better path through the universe for me." Posted by: ace I am in a long-running "conversation" (i.e. dispute) with a loved one over the principles behind and the efficacy of the Alcoholic Anonymous system. This person wants to get rid of something tey classify as an "addiction," and are sort of halfway toying with AA principles. However, they ALSO are trying to use willpower and self-directed wisdom and energy to solve the issue. But I keep pointing out that AA is the OPPOSITE of "trying to fix it yourself" -- in AA, you literally have to "give up" trying (because you are "powerless to fix this") and place your fate in the hands of the Higher Power. So how can you simultaneously "giving up" and ALSO trying your darnedest? We've actually gotten pretty deep into this: My theory is that the very act of (pretending to) "give up" is a way of inducing a placebo effect in the subconscious, such that you yourself can only solve the problem when you "stop trying" to solve the problem -- like when Spock and Kirk are trapped in the forcefield prison, and only Spock can escape because the forcefield doesn't work if you had no intention of escaping, and Spock can go "No Mind" and pass right through, while Kirk is too wilfull.

Posted by: zombie at September 29, 2016 01:23 PM (jBuUi)

409 Lirio100, there is an Ace of Spades group on Ravelry. If you're not on Ravelry, you should check it out. Anyone who knits/crochets/spins should. Polliwog and Gingy of the Horde are both great knitters.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at September 29, 2016 01:23 PM (FQKBL)

410 Test.

Posted by: Country Boy - Deplorable and proud of it at September 29, 2016 01:24 PM (w7DNE)

411 It's a weird hobby but I enjoy renting my DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points to others and helping them plan their vacation and I make money from it and they save 40% by using me.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 01:24 PM (dKiJG)

412 Couldn't post for some reason.

Posted by: Country Boy - Deplorable and proud of it at September 29, 2016 01:24 PM (w7DNE)

413 408 Alcoholism plus depression is called duel diagnosis Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 06:23 PM (H8Hwv) Otherwise known as enduring two terms of Obama.

Posted by: Golfman at September 29, 2016 01:25 PM (48QDY)

414 If you want to give up alcohol, take naltrexone. It prevents you from getting a buzz from alcohol, and pretty soon, when you are facing situations that would normally cause you to drink, you've internalized that you won't really get any relief from them. AA works if you are gratuitously messing up an otherwise ok life with addiction to drink. If you have real problems, though, it's hard to relate to most people in the meetings I've found. And the main underlying mechanism of the program is really just socializing. The "fellowship". The sponsor. If you don't have that, the program has nothing. So if you are introverted, that would also make it of limited utility.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 01:26 PM (iFgwk)

415 Saturday US gives up some holdings over the internet, so Russia and Muzzies will get to have a say in how it works.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:26 PM (ofpt4)

416 Thanks for the various inputs. I was hoping for something like "here's 5 easy ways you can remain a social drinker and regain control". Ex has been in the program for 30 years, I'm quite familiar with it.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 01:26 PM (mgbwf)

417 I think Zombie just declared pre-emptive war on the UN adminstration of ICANN.

Posted by: Frod Gnebbisher at September 29, 2016 01:27 PM (eNtum)

418 In March i am gong to study history in the Negev Isn't that the name of the new floating magnetic train through the bad part of town? I denounce myself.

Posted by: zombie at September 29, 2016 01:27 PM (jBuUi)

419 Sorry to be in silly post mode but herding my 91 year old dad this week has made me goofy.

Posted by: Meremortal at September 29, 2016 01:28 PM (MNZrw)

420 Maybe someday we can explore the whole "don't work, do what you love" thing. Ever hear this advice? They say to quit your job and find what you love to do and do that. Does that even work!?!? I mean it's rare for people to actually "love" their occupations.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 01:28 PM (46QoI)

421 If one is having a problem can't see doing just a little will help. my opinion

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:29 PM (ofpt4)

422 Posted by: zombie at September 29, 2016 06:23 PM (jBuUi)

I use to quit drinking for months at a go, then go on benders.



Finally decided that the effort was not worth the reward.  AA, for some, is just another addiction.  They become addicted to the program and it becomes their life.  That is good for some people, beats being in DeTox.



Also, AA's support group is really good and non judgemental.  Just a bunch of fellow drunks trying to keep sober.   Some are more in "The Program" than others.  I can't judge, there are  A LOT of really messed up people that AA has saved.



The best way to stop drinking?   Don't put any in your mouth. 

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 01:29 PM (NbJXF)

423 Projects. Geeze a boatload. Right now I need to mow/bag, dethatch/bag, and seed 1.25 acres of yard.. The time is here, dropping into the 40's tonight.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at September 29, 2016 01:29 PM (9mTYi)

424 Yay Ace and Cheri. I knew horde knowledge base would come through.

Posted by: Palerider at September 29, 2016 01:29 PM (dkExz)

425 Bander, My experience is once youve crossed that rubicon, you can go back. An alcoholic cant make themselves merely a social drinker

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:30 PM (M/2W5)

426 Barb the Evil Genius--I have been to Ravelry but I haven't read it in a long time. I have SO MUCH roving that I haven't even thought about actually knitting, I've been trying to spin down the raw material. I have a floor loom I'm learning to use and I suspect I'll use some of the spun wool on that instead. I knit for my grandchildren but I like my daughter too much to present them with wool sweaters that need to be handwashed.

Posted by: Lirio100 at September 29, 2016 01:30 PM (JK7Jw)

427 I mean it's rare for people to actually "love" their occupations. Posted by: Harmonious Fists ------------ I think that is is relatively rare.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at September 29, 2016 01:30 PM (9mTYi)

428 421 Maybe someday we can explore the whole "don't work, do what you love" thing. Ever hear this advice? They say to quit your job and find what you love to do and do that. Does that even work!?!? I mean it's rare for people to actually "love" their occupations. Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 06:28 PM (46QoI) I love having sex, despite having been celibate for quite some time now. Can't really monetize that, at least not legally.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:30 PM (0mRoj)

429 What if you drink to relieve boredom, not stress?  I can not-drink very easily if I'm deeply interested in something else, but otherwise, it's a simple way not to care about being bored out of your mind.

Posted by: Empire1 [/b][/i][/s][/u] at September 29, 2016 01:31 PM (9uugo)

430 Bandersnatch Good Luck and you will be in my prayers, My mother drank herself to death she was 43 and I was just twelve at the time.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 01:31 PM (dKiJG)

431 I'm a programmer. I love programming. So, that's nice. I've had some bad jobs but that doesn't, by-and-large, change how I feel about what I do. But I love doing a lot of things. Which maybe is the secret.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 01:32 PM (7zeA4)

432 Harmonious Fist: Mike Rowe of Dirty jobs fame, has several facebook lectures about that. Upshot: Just because you love to do something doesn't make you good at it..

Posted by: macleod at September 29, 2016 01:32 PM (5NEuS)

433 Good Luck and you will be in my prayers, My mother drank herself to death she was 43 and I was just twelve at the time. Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 06:31 PM (dKiJG) Jesus. I'm very sorry to hear that.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:32 PM (0mRoj)

434 Ack. Cant go back

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:32 PM (Nqk62)

435 428 I mean it's rare for people to actually "love" their occupations.
Posted by: Harmonious Fists


Well, you learn to love what you are doing, or you live a life of despair.


It's up to you.  You are the only one that decides if you are going to be happy or not.  Those that don't understand this will never find happiness.



Trust me on this.

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 01:32 PM (NbJXF)

436 Iffin you don't sell that whisky it ain't illegal.

Posted by: Golfman at September 29, 2016 06:16 PM (48QDY)

___________________________


Distilling alcohol for other than fuel purposes without the bond and ATF approvals is still illegal (up to 10 years confinement) whether you sell it or not. 

Posted by: Alec Leamas at September 29, 2016 01:33 PM (WzlF7)

437 433 Harmonious Fist: Mike Rowe of Dirty jobs fame, has several facebook lectures about that. Upshot: Just because you love to do something doesn't make you good at it.. Posted by: macleod at September 29, 2016 06:32 PM (5NEuS) Or mean you can earn a living doing it.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:33 PM (0mRoj)

438 You go, emp. I'm boredom-drinking right now.

Posted by: Hillary Rotten Clinton at September 29, 2016 01:34 PM (2VJ4e)

439 Current project: re-skilling myself into Penetration Testing, and learning Python, Ruby, and Perl along the way. Looking to take the OSCP test by end-of-year.

Posted by: Oedipus at September 29, 2016 01:34 PM (CXLVd)

440 I hate my work. I dread each morning. But it pays the bills.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 01:34 PM (46QoI)

441 I think I love my occupation, now not every bit but in general yes. Right now have to install handrails on steel fence. It is a challenge as it twists and turns down and around corners, and I do like challenges

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:34 PM (ofpt4)

442 So, dang I missed the regular French thread?

Posted by: dissent555 at September 29, 2016 01:34 PM (lAVPT)

443 440 Current project: re-skilling myself into Penetration Testing, Heh. Heh heh heh.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:35 PM (0mRoj)

444 320 Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) How about that book ace was talking about that helped him quit smoking? I don't remember the title but I'm sure somebody does.

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:35 PM (sdi6R)

445 If I'm not building something I'm not happy for the most part.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:35 PM (ofpt4)

446 346 257 I've been brewing beer since 1989. I also reload my own ammo. Two skills that I hope do not become "useful" in the future. Posted by: The Deplorable Dick Poulin --------------- I started brewing in 1991. Next week actually. Gonna make a Silver Anniversary brew. The same Amber Ale style. ************* Oh, cool idea! I could do a 30th anniversary ale. I think we all started with an amber ale, although I wouldn't wish to recreate my first! I started brewing in South Carolina while in the service; no cellar and no AC ... it was awful (both the beer and the living conditions)!

Posted by: The Deplorable Dick Poulin at September 29, 2016 01:35 PM (sMt7r)

447 I loved my varied real estate career most of the time but I'm loving retirement more.

Posted by: Meremortal at September 29, 2016 01:36 PM (MNZrw)

448 nood

Posted by: The Deplorable Mr Aspirin Factory at September 29, 2016 01:36 PM (89T5c)

449 Pickup artist lessons. Investing. Feminist critical theory and intersectionality.

Posted by: Yuimetal at September 29, 2016 01:37 PM (iFgwk)

450 Be back, going to see what the nood is

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:37 PM (ofpt4)

451 Ace what was the name of the program you used to learn French? Didn't write it down & haven't been able to find the thread

Posted by: #1lurker at September 29, 2016 01:38 PM (WTbmS)

452 382 >>>s there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) ++++ one, be honest with yourself. if you have an underlying mental disoder, even a mild one or an unresolved issue, get help for both. two, you need Stanton Peele. peele.net

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at September 29, 2016 01:38 PM (U0lQa)

453 441
I hate my work.

I dread each morning. But it pays the bills.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 06:34 PM (46QoI)


AND they probably know it.  Try a new approach, as they said in The Bridge over The River Kwai, "Be Happy in your work"


Also a GREAT song to whistle while you work.  I have done it in 100 degree heat working like a dog to keep going.



http://tinyurl.com/n4ar7ab

Posted by: Nip Sip at September 29, 2016 01:39 PM (NbJXF)

454 I refuse to learn Spanish. We had a perfect cleaning woman at our office. She came here in 1980 from Cape Verde & knew no English. Louisa went to school at nights to learn & speak English. She'd come in after 7 when most people had left for the day. She told me that her supervisor & owner of cleaning business was a doctor where he came from,had been here longer than she had & still refused to learn English. Most of cleaning people were illegal aliens & absolutely refused to learn any English. Louisa also had FT job at one of Boston's major hospitals. Most of the immigrants (I'm not sure if illegal or legal) refused to learn English. She had to take Spanish lessons to communicate with them. They were forbidden from speaking Spanish in front of patients. She's an American success story,

Posted by: Carol at September 29, 2016 01:39 PM (sj3Ax)

455 I grow invasive plants in my yard (multiple types of bamboo, ivy and mint).   I take ballroom dance lessons.   I throw tomahawks (sorta like throwing darts, but takes more room).  Keeping the invasive plants under control and dancing have helped me lose almost 60 lbs in the last 9 months.   Throwing tomahawks helps relieve stress (and keeps the neighbors from acting too uppity about the plants growing in my yard).

Posted by: Weaver at September 29, 2016 01:39 PM (J5SCt)

456 I'd be interested in the Spanish thread. I'm trying to learn medical Spanish. So I can say things like: "How long has that running sore been there?"

Posted by: Dr Alice at September 29, 2016 01:39 PM (nItR4)

457 So how can you simultaneously "giving up" and ALSO trying your darnedest? We've actually gotten pretty deep into this: My theory is that the very act of (pretending to) "give up" is a way of inducing a placebo effect in the subconscious, -- There's a Christian song I heard on the radio the other day, the lyrics go something like: When you're on yourSo how can you simultaneously "giving up" and ALSO trying your darnedest? We've actually gotten pretty deep into this: My theory is that the very act of (pretending to) "give up" is a way of inducing a placebo effect in the subconscious, -- There's a Christian pop song that kind of talks about this. Lyrics go : And when you're tired of fighting Chained by your control There's freedom in surrender Lay it down and let it go So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held Basically get out of your fight & flight rut

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 01:40 PM (Om16U)

458 I'm paying my bills & took a break. Mark Levin is not on today.

Posted by: Carol at September 29, 2016 01:41 PM (sj3Ax)

459 Work is something that someone has to pay you to do. Otherwise, no one would do it. Sure, you could be a competive lumberjack who just loves splitting wood with a hand ax, chopping wood, and making those white pine chips fly. But when you have to do it twelve hours a day, six days a week, week after week, month after month, year after year; eventually you get sick of it.

Posted by: Frod Gnebbisher at September 29, 2016 01:41 PM (eNtum)

460 Ugh. *hops into barrel*

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 01:41 PM (Om16U)

461 In general, the interests I'm pursuing make little, if any, use of computers. I don't even want to be completely dependent on electricity. Reading, target shooting (bow and firearms), reloading, knitting, chess and other board and card games, etc. Sabrina reminded me about re-learning morse code and, associated, QRP radio operation. None of these have to be expensive (which can be a factor) and I can share them with Mrs. JTB which makes them even more attractive.

Posted by: JTB at September 29, 2016 01:41 PM (V+03K)

462 Jesus. I'm very sorry to hear that. Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 06:32 PM (0mRoj) Thank you for the thoughts, I am older now and I realize that it was for the best, our lives were so much better with her gone and that is sad but true. She is the reason I know that women can abuse their husbands she did it to my Dad and us, and if my Dad tried to leave she said she would make sure he would never see his kids again. She would would drink NightQuil when they stopped selling beer at midnight.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 01:42 PM (dKiJG)

463 Now that it's so poisonous that Adobe has renamed it "Animation," I'm trying to learn Flash. I've done some things I thought were interesting, but I still feel like there's a lot I don't know or understand.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at September 29, 2016 01:42 PM (AroJD)

464 Bandersnatch - one thing that periodically works for me is figuring out how much time alcohol is taking from me (well, actually robbing from me as a hobby) - and then figuring out what else I could be doing with that time. 

Getting rid of TV helped me.  TV plus booze is a good soother.  With no TV, you realize you're just drinking for drinking's sake.  NTTAWWT.  But you become more aware of that "hobby".  Just my thoughts.

Posted by: Lurker primus at September 29, 2016 01:42 PM (B3qs7)

465 I put infinitely more into work than any co-worker I have ever had. There have been some close.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:42 PM (ofpt4)

466 Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at September 29, 2016 06:42 PM (dKiJG) I'm very sorry things had to go that way. You certainly grew wiser, but at great cost.

Posted by: Insomniac - Irredeemably Deplorable at September 29, 2016 01:43 PM (0mRoj)

467 Bandersnatch. I think if you want to be a social drinker but feel like you are veering towards alcoholism you probably need to order designated driver drinks. I bet there are some cool names for some no spirit cocktail versions. Or just say "driving" or "working later" make mine an O'dules (SP?) if you like the taste of beer.

Posted by: Palerider at September 29, 2016 01:44 PM (dkExz)

468 Maybe someday we can explore the whole "don't work, do what you love" thing.

Ever hear this advice?

They say to quit your job and find what you love to do and do that.

Does that even work!?!?

I mean it's rare for people to actually "love" their occupations.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 06:28 PM (46QoI)


I'm changing careers kind of based on this.  Hate my job a bit (it's not terrible, but it's gotten suffocating as a "youngster").  Took a look at what I like to do (making things is the common thread) and looked for programs that would teach me employable skills.  Ended up finding a program that is focused on jewelry design and technology - combining foundations of design (including how to design for form and function) with 3D design programs and 3D printing.  It's hopefully what I've been looking for the past several years.  I figure I'll be able to translate what I learn into multiple paths, so I won't be totally pigeonholed.  I'll let you know in a couple years if it works out.


Can't be worse than how my life is now.  At the worst, I'll have wasted 7 months and some money.  At best, I'll be able to transition into a creative career that gets me employed and around people.

Posted by: soulpile at September 29, 2016 01:44 PM (Mk/IQ)

469 Not a new hobby, but my go-to is guitar.  Been playing in one cover band for about 8 years now.  Just joined a second one this year, an Iron Maiden tribute, both because I wanted to play some harder-edged stuff than in the other band, which is more dancer-friendly, and also to push myself a little harder to improve my lead skills.

What I didn't realize is that the Maiden material would also push me to improve my rhythm playing skills -- which I thought were up to task, but then I had to work for a couple of weeks to be able to get through the entire intro to "Number of the Beast" using all downstrokes, at album speed, without my right forearm seizing up from cramps about 3/4 of the way through.

Did my first gig with the Maiden tribute about 6 weeks ago; next one coming up in a few more weeks, in Sacramento.  Got three additional songs to learn before that one - no problem - and also need to work on the first lead to "Caught Somewhere In Time," which is the most challenging of any I've had to learn for this project.

Posted by: Alex at September 29, 2016 01:45 PM (7Yy8M)

470 I hate my work.

I dread each morning. But it pays the bills.

Posted by: Harmonious Fists at September 29, 2016 06:34 PM (46QoI)


ugh....in a family business....the infighting.... my sil is ready to quit....my mil is making us all crazy......

Posted by: phoenixgirl, deplorable is better than despicable at September 29, 2016 01:45 PM (0O7c5)

471 Fluent Spanish speaker here. Folks that really want to speak Spanish will make the sacrifices necessary to learn. Spanish and English are similar. My advice is buy a book, and start going to your local taquerias. Start by learning how to order. Cultural immersion works. Learn all about Mexican food. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Essential Spanish Grammar Dover Press. First written in 1958 I believe. The best beginners book I've ever seen. Spanish requires that you learn how to consider things differently. There's some real cultural landmines, no doubt. Verb conjugation is really how things are in Spanish. Hope this helps. Thing is this.....there a lot of successful ways to learn. I grew up around Mexicans, and I have that distinct advantage. I'm perfectly happy killing and butchering a goat, sheep, pig....you get the idea. Mexican life is different than Gringo life. Macho is a real thing. Mexican Rodeo is way different. Lots of gambling. Anyways, here's to ya, Ace. I enjoy most of what I read here. Like the Art. What I'm trying to say to you is this.....you will never learn Spanish without understanding the People. Mexican Society is more stratified. Essentially, if you come from a poor family, it's really hard. That's why so many young folks come here.

Posted by: LoneStarFatboy at September 29, 2016 01:46 PM (Rhive)

472 Alcohol can destroy lives, told many a kid to never start.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:46 PM (ofpt4)

473 368 secret squirrel - I bought a Kamado type BBQ - that uses charcoal not gas.  It's a little bit more time consuming just doing a quick BBQ - but the flavour is great.  They can be used for higher temp (trad BBQ) and also lower temp (smoking).  This winter, I want to make my own bacon - it's one of my projects.

Posted by: Lurker primus at September 29, 2016 01:47 PM (B3qs7)

474 Beastzilla nood

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 01:47 PM (Om16U)

475 Bandersnatch - I quit drinking in April. I started out trying to kill my panic attacks. Kept going because I wanted to improve my liver results. Kept going after that because I wanted to remember what kind of person I was when not filtered through a layer of ethanol. Now I'm still going basically because I realise how much money, time, friendships, and projects I could have had over the part 25 years, and missed out on. Alcohol wasn't the only reason but it was a large reason.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at September 29, 2016 01:48 PM (6FqZa)

476 Patrick in Ohio I hope you got some help. We alll needed therapy

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:48 PM (WRGNi)

477 There is a thought I never want, a nude Hillary

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:48 PM (ofpt4)

478 The green ODouls is good. Virgin mary == spicy V8 is also good (I have one of those small cans a night).

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at September 29, 2016 01:49 PM (6FqZa)

479 ThunderB , that's awesome you'll be in the Negev in March. Much excellent history in Israel.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at September 29, 2016 01:50 PM (6FqZa)

480 BTW. You horde are the best

Posted by: ThunderB at September 29, 2016 01:51 PM (WRGNi)

481 I have often wondered if somehow the makeup or chemistry of a person makes them more susceptible to alcoholism.

Posted by: Skip at September 29, 2016 01:52 PM (ofpt4)

482 I would like to find a hobby so that i don't loathe the gym.

Posted by: chemjeff @ new phone at September 29, 2016 01:52 PM (zJllZ)

483 Skip, I don't think there's any doubt it's genetic

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at September 29, 2016 01:53 PM (6FqZa)

484 483 I would like to find a hobby so that i don't loathe the gym. Posted by: chemjeff @ new phone at September 29, 2016 06:52 PM (zJllZ) --- I have to bribe myself with music or a book to get started.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 01:56 PM (jR7Wy)

485 Classical music is a great comfort to me. I am currently compiling a playlist to listen to while driving, consisting of one (1) piece per composer. It'seems now grown to over 1000 - some 150 hours worth - from Heiko Aalitola to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. A second playlist is of overtures and preludes, which now numbers nearly 750.

Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at September 29, 2016 01:59 PM (J8/9G)

486 It's. Damn autocomplete.

Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at September 29, 2016 02:00 PM (J8/9G)

487 Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) ------------- Might have some insight for you - email me if you like. mh22304(gmail)

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 02:01 PM (Sfs6o)

488 'What I'm trying to say to you is this.....you will never learn Spanish without understanding the People. Mexican Society is more stratified. Essentially, if you come from a poor family, it's really hard. That's why so many young folks come here." This may come as a surprise. but there are WAY more other folks whose native tongue is Spanish, than there are Mexicans. Entonces--abre su punto de vista.

Posted by: rld77 WAY down south at September 29, 2016 02:02 PM (VzCZ2)

489 I'm in for a moron nanowrimo thread. My goal every year is to ski my age. Which means I need to start serious prep. I used to swim a half mile several times a week. I'd like to get back to that.

Posted by: Wenda (sic) at September 29, 2016 02:03 PM (pZEKq)

490 Anyone still here? I hate that I missed this post

Posted by: L, Elle at September 29, 2016 02:03 PM (6IPEM)

491 I'm still here L, Elle!

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 02:05 PM (Sfs6o)

492 This is the first time I've posted on this site. Been reading it for quite some time. I'm utterly opposed to a spanish thread. If they come, let them assimilate. I'm disinterested in assisting globalists in speeding America's disintegration.

Posted by: CloseTheFed at September 29, 2016 02:07 PM (Kpbco)

493 And as a late addition to the thread, I will repeat an offer I've made here before - any Morons in the Washington DC area who might be interested in learning about shooting - either rifles or handguns - just let me know. I am a competitive long range rifle shooter/team coach and am reasonably proficient with a handgun. Just raise your hand.

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 02:09 PM (Sfs6o)

494 As another late addition, electronics repair and project building (still would like to get a power supply, first) are on the slate as is python programming.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable at September 29, 2016 02:12 PM (GX63o)

495 Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life. Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf) Two programs I've seen have good long term results with alcoholics are... AA and believe it or not... Scientology. Don't hate on me... just telling you what I've seen. both have a Belief System Buy-In (TM) which may or may not work for you. And no, I'm not a Scientologist nor do I do anything in connection with them, but I've seen it work on what appeared to be hopeless drug addiction. So... My theory on drinking is that you adjust your mind to think of it as food, not a drug, and thus restrict your drinking to one beer or one glass of wine or one cocktail at dinner. All of the normal person size not some had bottle of wine balloon glass or something like that. YMMV.

Posted by: naturalfake at September 29, 2016 02:12 PM (9q7Dl)

496 495 your late addition is later than my late addition.

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 02:13 PM (Sfs6o)

497 Bandersnatch i am so sorry I think thunderb is right once you go too far you can't go back

Posted by: chemjeff @ new phone at September 29, 2016 02:13 PM (YDCM/)

498 Because, as hard to believe as it might seem, my grip strength isn't all it could be. Good a time as any to de-lurk. Don't let that stop you! Join a climbing gym. Your hands will be dead after 15 min and you'll feel like a pansy. Then after a week you'll notice a big change, and after a month you'll be amazed how long your hands last. That's been my experience anyway.

Posted by: jc at September 29, 2016 02:13 PM (A9h31)

499 Eris well i have a new shiny tablet now so maybe i can leverage that

Posted by: chemjeff @ new phone at September 29, 2016 02:14 PM (YDCM/)

500 Also need to load another 1,000 rounds of .223. 

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable at September 29, 2016 02:15 PM (GX63o)

501 BTW, I started reading it because Andrew Breitbart said he read it.

Posted by: CloseTheFed at September 29, 2016 02:16 PM (Kpbco)

502 Skip-- I think there is. Like a grain allergy.

Posted by: moviegique at September 29, 2016 02:17 PM (7zeA4)

503 Hey Bander, if you are still here, you'll be in my prayers as you figure this out. Maybe you could start putting more time into your art as a way of finding something else to do - that would make you happy, no? And I know you love your boys - maybe start something fun and new with them to get you started in a different direction.

Posted by: bluebell at September 29, 2016 02:17 PM (xpSCc)

504 Good deal, flounder. My competitive shooting season ended a little early so I've been enjoying reloading for fun for a change! I enjoy reloading match ammo but it's also fun just to make plinkin' ammo too for a change. Have some .44 mag brass tumbling as I type this.

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 02:20 PM (Sfs6o)

505 500 Eris well i have a new shiny tablet now so maybe i can leverage that Posted by: chemjeff @ new phone at September 29, 2016 07:14 PM (YDCM/) -- I love my Kindle. And I just downloaded Carr's "Lose Weight Now" so it's off to the gym I go!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Illuminated Savage at September 29, 2016 02:20 PM (jR7Wy)

506 >>>320 Is there a non-AA way of not being an alcoholic if you are one? I am and it's actually getting in the way of my life.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at September 29, 2016 06:06 PM (mgbwf)<<<

I've found that my drinking has declined precipitously over the past month due to my concentration on my weight loss goal.  It's (even more) difficult to convince myself to exercise if I'm in sorry shape from a night of binge drinking.  Yet, the exercise (in addition to diet) is yielding some tangible results.  Speaking of which, gotta get my 22 minutes in...

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at September 29, 2016 02:20 PM (jV8Mq)

507 Hi bluebell - enough rain for you?

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 02:21 PM (Sfs6o)

508 Weasel, yes, more than enough! All that thunder woke me up last night. I only had to go out once today and was glad of it. I even missed my trip to the farmer's market because I wasn't sure the farmers would even be getting there. How are you feeling? Everything going the way it should?

Posted by: bluebell at September 29, 2016 02:23 PM (xpSCc)

509 Bander, why not AA?

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 02:24 PM (Om16U)

510 Also, I want to make a few observations: English is the predominant language due to the U.K. and now America being the leading country of the world. It's to AMERICANS' benefit that their language is the language of world commerce. English is the 2nd language of about 75% to 80% of Europeans. English is the official language of Air Traffic Control. English is also a very business-like language and if you will look at the English and spanish versions of labels, the spanish is almost always longer. We should not do ANYTHING to erode this amazing advantage. What we should do, is work as hard as possible to make America as hospitable to Americans having a family, as it is to illegal aliens that wish to have a family. The first step to that is: DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS. I've support Trump since August 2015, when he brought up the relatives of the dead Americans killed by illegal aliens to a press conference and gave them the podium, one by one, as they told about their dead family members. Trump was GREAT. He shut up and it was ALL ABOUT the families and the dead.

Posted by: CloseTheFed at September 29, 2016 02:24 PM (Kpbco)

511 Recently lost most of my vision in my right eye. It's not repairable so my new project is relearning to shoot left handed.

Posted by: Big V at September 29, 2016 02:27 PM (maBJJ)

512 I want to improve my Spanish so I understand what they're plotting.

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 02:28 PM (Om16U)

513 Long time lurker here

Ace, if you want to rock climb and live in NYC, buy a guidebook for the Shawangunk Mountains in New Paltz.  You can walk along an old carriage road and pick out your climbs using the guidebook. The climbs there are rated from very easy to impossibly hard. Most are two to three pitches

 I went there to find out how good a climber I was when I graduated from high school.  Being a deplorable redneck from NC and climbing no-name climbs here in the mountains I had no idea of my proficiency level.  A buddy and I drove up there before Labor Day weekend in 1967 and spent a week climbing, had a great time and met some great people.
I remember listening to Cousin Brucie on WABC  while drinking Lowenbrau's at night and checking out the girls at the AMC Campground. They were the first yankees this redneck ever met, alas, not the last for they have now invaded the homeland.

Have a good time.

regards---knothead

Posted by: knothead at September 29, 2016 02:30 PM (XgoaK)

514 We're moving to North Idaho in a couple of weeks.  I'm looking forward to renewing my love for fishing and homebrewing.  My BIL wants to go hunting, so I may lend him a hand.  I may get back into some leisurely biking.  Looking forward to more Nature.

Posted by: scrood at September 29, 2016 02:38 PM (3b9U4)

515 Ace, don't bother learning how to climb. No one has ever escaped from Stalag 13. *shakes stick*

Posted by: Col Klink at September 29, 2016 02:40 PM (O2Ekv)

516 Weasel - I might take you up on that sometime! Don't know a darn thing right now, but very interested in learning.

Posted by: cricket at September 29, 2016 02:40 PM (aeLQj)

517 #489 yeah, I just speak of what I know. Mostly Mexicans. A few Honduras and a few from El Salvador. Pero la comida alla no me interesa. Si no me pica, dejelo. Here's an interesting fact.....most construction here in Texas is done by Hispanics. There's a few white guys and a few Black guys, but mainly Mexican.

Posted by: LoneStarFatboy at September 29, 2016 02:44 PM (Rhive)

518 Still working on my Spanish with my girlfriend and her family. Slow going if you can't use it every day. There was a time when she asked if we could watch a telenovela together because her family got her hooked on the story line. I agreed that would be great, and it was.

Posted by: tyree at September 29, 2016 02:46 PM (JKjWj)

519 Cars. That's my hobby. In the future I look forward to doing more stuff with cars.

Posted by: freaked at September 29, 2016 02:52 PM (BO/km)

520 192 I've gone sorta overboard bicycling. The health benefits are tremendous and I dropped ~25lbs in record time and people are really noticing. Which is something considering my age (59) and the number of significant past injuries I have to work around. It is also a great way to socialize and when I want nothing to do with another human, it can be a great escape. So I highly recommend it. But be forewarned. It is easy to throw a lot of cash down this paticular hole if you don't have a mentor. No, the guy at the local bike shop probably isn't the best choice for mentoring. Go sites like "meetup.com" and look for a riding group. Ask them for recommendations. ******************* I started into cycling this past March due to my 51 year old knees not liking me running. I bought a $400 Jamis bike and I've fallen completely in love with the sport. It is low impact, so putting in an hour or more on a ride doesn't mean the next 2 days barely able to walk. Getting out and exploring new places to ride is a major bonus.

Posted by: ghbucky at September 29, 2016 02:58 PM (D2q91)

521 I have been studying Japanese Ju Jitsu, took a scuba exploration class so want to be a certified diver and get my ham radio license

Posted by: Shelgel at September 29, 2016 03:00 PM (ufE4R)

522 "What's Spanish for 'Let it burn'?"

Deje que se queme.

Posted by: Annalucia at September 29, 2016 03:08 PM (a5bF3)

523 I build furniture using hand tools. Last week I was putting a shelf under my workbench and my chisels hang down in a rack on the back of the bench. My chisels are sharp as razors. Of course, while under the bench, my head drove itself into my largest chisel. Got the staples out today.

Posted by: Colonel Travis at September 29, 2016 03:12 PM (3RmRf)

524 I'm working on writing a blog. This blog: https://graydreamblog.wordpress.com/ And I'm going to get back into charcoal painting and post my pictures on Gab.ai. Anyone else on Gab.ai?

Posted by: Mr. Hand at September 29, 2016 03:20 PM (xGrqm)

525 Mr Hand, look me up on gab and I'll add you to the Horde list I'm @vm

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 03:23 PM (Om16U)

526 Lots of ace commenters have signed up on Gab. They seem to be having trouble getting through the approval process for some reason.

Posted by: L, Elle at September 29, 2016 03:25 PM (6IPEM)

527 Elle, what hobbies are you working on?

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 03:30 PM (Om16U)

528 We decided six years ago to either learn Italian or learn the guitar. We bought a couple guitars. We learned a bit. My wife broke her elbow then we moved to Vegas, so the guitar thing got... sidetracked, but... We still have a baby Taylor and a baby Martin handy and I highly recommend it. Plus it made me stop biting my nails. Oh... And I'm playing Words With Friends in German, even though I only took too years of h.s. German 45 years ago. I'm kicking. SOLO PLAY's ass... and even beating real Germans. Good for the ol noodle.

Posted by: B. McKim at September 29, 2016 03:32 PM (21wQW)

529 @Votermom the deplorable Sounds good. I just followed you on Gab. I'm @Gray_Dreams. I'm also working on putting together my first novel. I'll self publish, probably.

Posted by: Mr. Hand at September 29, 2016 03:34 PM (p3w3X)

530 Ok Mr Hand Can't get to Gab right now, in a by (or tomorrow) I'll update

Posted by: votermom the deplorable @vm at September 29, 2016 03:36 PM (Om16U)

531 509 so far it's going OK I think. I go back for a checkup in 10 days or so - will find out then!

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 03:37 PM (Sfs6o)

532 //Lots of ace commenters have signed up on Gab. They seem to be having trouble getting through the approval process for some reason.// Gab is still in beta, so it takes a while to get in before it "goes public." The Gab community presently consists of Milo fans, cultural libertarians, #GamerGaters, and Alt Righters.

Posted by: Mr. Hand at September 29, 2016 03:37 PM (p3w3X)

533 517 Weasel - I might take you up on that sometime! Don't know a darn thing right now, but very interested in learning. Posted by: cricket at September 29, 2016 07:40 PM (aeLQj) ------------ I'm absolutely serious! I have all the guns and ammo and can meet you at the range. Just say the word.

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 03:38 PM (Sfs6o)

534 I think there should definitely be a #AOSHQMoronGab. Ace needs to get on there once he gets over his depression.

Posted by: Mr. Hand at September 29, 2016 03:40 PM (p3w3X)

535 Photography.  It's a skill you can always learn something new about and seeking out beauty around you is never bad for the soul.

Posted by: Shawnwil at September 29, 2016 04:09 PM (oZ35r)

536 Late to the Party, but 2 weeks away from getting my private pilot solo license, VFR only at this point.

Posted by: GrampyB at September 29, 2016 04:40 PM (R0oIh)

537 537 Very cool. Congratulations! Something I will always regret not doing.

Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 04:48 PM (Sfs6o)

538 Very cool. Congratulations! Something I will always regret not doing. Posted by: Weasel at September 29, 2016 09:48 PM (Sfs6o) ***** Thank you. My wife is now pretty pissed that I am shopping for a share in a private plane. I'm hoping she will cool out when I fly her to the Bahamas for a long weekend.

Posted by: GrampyB at September 29, 2016 04:53 PM (R0oIh)

539 Plan on picking up violin after Christmas. Currently learning Italian. My own small bit of linguistic rebellion against everyone telling me I need to jump on the bandwagon and learn Spanish. Besides, Italian and Spanish are remarkably similar both having Latin as their progenitor. It's interesting how different the Romance languages that evolved in nations along the Mediterranean are from the Romance languages that were influenced by the Franks, the Gauls, and the Vikings. I speak French and the differences between that language and Italian are vast compared to the differences between Italian and Spanish.

Posted by: Anon in Gotham at September 29, 2016 04:58 PM (Rtyzj)

540 ace, I wouldn't sweat your grip strength to put off starting climbing. Find a climbing gym and start going up the walls -- your grip strength will improve with time. Your legs do most of the work to begin with; your arms are simply finding you new anchor points from which yiu will move your legs for the next step up. Keep your body against the wall as much as possible, otherwise the vector math works against your arms and legs. My troop is doung the indoor gym in December and January, then outdoor cliffs in April (a first for me).

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) [/b] [/i] [/s] [/u] at September 29, 2016 05:09 PM (BK3ZS)

541 Pulled out my two recurve bows this week. I need to do a little work to get them ready and then I intend to return to routine practicing in the back yard while the weather permits. I shot once at camp this past summer and I was appalled at how rusty I had gotten.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) [/b] [/i] [/s] [/u] at September 29, 2016 05:14 PM (BK3ZS)

542 Well, I tell ya, Ace, I would be very interested in a Spanish thread! I, too, have taken up Spanish. It's a beautiful language, and I, too, have woken up and smelled the cafe and realized we are going to be a largely Spanish-speaking country. Even though I'm kind of old, I'm not too old to get into learning another language. I, too, though, find it tends to suck the hind teat a lot of times, given real life and other pressing matters, like spending a lot of time reading the internet . . . I was doing it along with a friend, who basically quit. A Spanish thread would help motivate me to spend more steady time on it! As for grip (which studies show declines a great deal after 60), part of my workout consists of these little squeezy things - like an upside-down letter V, with a spring, that you squeeze together. I got beginner ones, that aren't actually way too big for my very small hands.

Posted by: Alana at September 29, 2016 05:33 PM (ASfgM)

543 I've been interested in archaeology since I was a kid. I recently purchased my first metal detector, so I'm somewhat on the way. I look like a dork, but as I'm in my late 40s I no longer care. Now I'd like to tackle scuba diving. I live close to Lake Michigan, so I'd like to give it a try. If Hillary wins, I may dive with an empty tank.

Posted by: Hopeful Dumbarse at September 29, 2016 05:34 PM (MWUxi)

544 Actually, I believe it's a survival advantage for me to know Spanish, the way things are going.

Posted by: Alana at September 29, 2016 05:48 PM (ASfgM)

545 Wine. It is for career really, but I study wine and go through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Even though it is career driven, it is pretty time consuming, so it helps to really enjoy studying it.

Posted by: SalvucciFumbles at September 29, 2016 07:44 PM (A5nuG)

546 Putting these down for posterity, mostly.

Short-term:
1. Find a job that doesn't suck.  Or one that sucks but pays more than what I'm doing now, which sucks and has low pay.  That's a shitty one-two punch.

2. My roommate and I used to have a podcast.  We really would like to have a podcast again.

3. Writing project.  It's going to be a blog, but could easily translate to a book if interest is there.

Medium-term:
4. Expand my stand-up career to at least being regional.  This may need the cooperation of #1, since where I am right now I would barely get paid enough to afford the gas to drive.

5. I would like to learn Spanish, if for nothing else than to assist in #1.

6. I find tai chi fascinating.  Meditation through motion, and less new-agey than yoga.

Long-term:
7. I think I finally have settled on a career choice when I grow up, which is odd seeing as how I'm 36: I want to be a CFP.  It utilizes things I think I'm pretty good at: simple arithmetic, explaining complex things without being condescending, and being a cheerleader for market capitalism.  Plus, Dave Ramsey won't live forever.  There's a market for people who are well-versed in financial literacy and can explain it to the masses in an entertaining fashion.

8. I played the violin as a lad.  Wouldn't mind re-learning it.  I'd need some things first, like a violin.

9. Marriage, kids, yada yada yada.  You can't hurry love.

Posted by: @irishmikecomedy at September 29, 2016 08:09 PM (eFFhZ)

547 Just got back from hiking Mt. Jefferson in White Mountains, NH. Saw a climbing school in North Conway and really wished I had learned some climbing basics earlier in life rather than sitting on a bar stool. I think you are overthinking the grip, work on it and then do the climbing. Nothing better then being in the mountains.

Posted by: Mike at September 30, 2016 03:20 AM (si4nK)

548 The horde is interesting and dare I say, inspiring. A most excellent thread.

Posted by: Seems legit at September 30, 2016 10:39 AM (U+nHb)

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