The Random Crap Thread 2: It Hits the Fan.

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He was my father's cousin. Not sure why but I posted the link and then added an edit that explained the situation. The edit doesn't seem to have taken.

So my father's cousin was KIA in Vietnam. He was a gunner in a helicopter and was killed while evacuating wounded soldiers. YEARS ago I spoke with the soldier who was saved and he had massive survivor guilt over the situation. My only regret in all of this is that there's very few people left alive that even knew Dallas. My father had 8 brothers and all but 2 of the 9 are gone. Gilbert is a statistic outlier for the Nihsens as they tend to go in their 70s from cancer.
 

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Oh you guys are going to LOVE this one. When comedy goes from giggle to guffaw accidentally.

When we moved into this house, we were invited to join a neighborhood website called Nextdoor. At first I thought it was cool, but then realized that the only people who really use it are complaining about the absolute dumbest shit. "A strange car in the neighborhood - are they casing houses?!?" or "Damn kids and their fireworks at all hours!" Old people shit like that.

The big one going on right now is "Dogs Barking- Please please PLEASE. Don’t leave your dogs out barking. This happens all the time at all hours of the day. Thank you!"

After about THREE FUCKING DAYS AND 50+ POSTS I put this:

I love these posts but don't know whether to file them under "fuddy" or "duddy".

We live next door to a couple of guys who have a dog that barks constantly once they leave for work. But what are they supposed to do? They can't leave the dog out all day. Boarding it would be stupid. So it barks. Stuff happens. Yeah, it can be annoying, but we put up with it because that's what neighbors do. Put yourself in their shoes, see it from their side. If there's a reasonable solution be an adult and fix it. If there's not a reasonable solution you can ignore it, move, or escalate it with the law and potentially cause a feud.

Pick the Hatfields. Those McCoys are jerks.
The Hatfield and McCoys joke was a real throwaway line. And then someone "liked" my post and "thanked" me.

His name is Todd Hatfield.

I'm still laughing.
 

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When we moved into this house, we were invited to join a neighborhood website called Nextdoor.
Hah, did you get your invite via a POSTCARD in your MAILBOX too?

I joined my "nextdoor" network too, it's 50% lost pets, and the rest is exactly as you describe it.
 
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Oh you guys are going to LOVE this one. When comedy goes from giggle to guffaw accidentally.

When we moved into this house, we were invited to join a neighborhood website called Nextdoor. At first I thought it was cool, but then realized that the only people who really use it are complaining about the absolute dumbest shit. "A strange car in the neighborhood - are they casing houses?!?" or "Damn kids and their fireworks at all hours!" Old people shit like that.

The big one going on right now is "Dogs Barking- Please please PLEASE. Don’t leave your dogs out barking. This happens all the time at all hours of the day. Thank you!"

After about THREE FUCKING DAYS AND 50+ POSTS I put this:



The Hatfield and McCoys joke was a real throwaway line. And then someone "liked" my post and "thanked" me.

His name is Todd Hatfield.

I'm still laughing.
You got really lucky, too. Had you suggested backing the McCoys instead you'd have actually been starting a feud with your neighbor.
 

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Got a phone call last night from a buddy. It's a long & drawn out situation but here's what it boiled down to:

  • His sister in law got a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft.
  • She believed him
  • She gave him access to her computer and downloaded a program.
  • Her laptop was locked up tight and they said $1500 to unlock.
Now, some of this I knew going over to their house to help out and some of it I found out when I got there. In the end, they decided to just toss the old POS laptop and get a new one. There was nothing on there that they really cared about. The number the "Microsoft" guy gave did not work so that said to me that they were data mining so I had them change all their passwords and call their banks since if the guy did datamine they have all the accounts, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.

Then they asked me to look at their other desktop. Taskbars everywhere. So I tried to download Spybot S&D and couldn't find a copy for...Windows Vista. When I finally did I downloaded it at a blazing 100k bps. And the update was still downloading when I left. I had to get up for work and couldn't stay any later.

Jesus, people! MICROSOFT WILL NOT CALL YOU!!
 
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This has nothing to do with anything, it's just something that was on my mind lately.

Toyota is doing a special Toyota Racing Division of their sporty FT86 model for 2019. That's cool, there was a time when the MR2, Supra, and AE86 were world-beaters in various types of racing.

But after watching a review of its performance, it's just massively disappointing. It's $32k+, it's 2+2 (2 adults, 2 pieces of luggage or two pets), and it's 6-cylinder boxer engine produces 205 horsepower. That's... honestly, not a lot. Yes, the steering is sporty and the suspension gives you a very stiff, responsive driving experience. But you get all that with a number of similar cars in the neighborhood, price wise, that give you more. It doesn't really have the muscle to be a track or street racing car, and it's too sporty to be a daily driver in a city.

For about $3,000 more, you can get a Honda Civic Type R. The type R either has a 4 door model, or a 2-door hatchback, both of which have much more room than the FT86, making it more practical as a daily driver. It's more comfortable when not attuned to sport mode, and it has slightly better fuel economy. But more than that, it has literally more than a hundred more horsepower, 306 to 205. So it's both more practical as a daily driver, and a higher performance racer.

For just a little bit more, you can get a Subaru WRX STI, which has a little more horsepower and all wheel drive, is a 4-door with a trunk, and has about the same fuel economy.

I mean, it's just that Toyota could have done something special here. GIve it a twin turbo or something. Give it the same amount of muscle as its competitors. Instead, it comes off looking a bit anemic, which is sad when you think about the Toyota Racing Division's legacy.
 
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Got a phone call last night from a buddy. It's a long & drawn out situation but here's what it boiled down to:

  • His sister in law got a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft.
  • She believed him
  • She gave him access to her computer and downloaded a program.
  • Her laptop was locked up tight and they said $1500 to unlock.
Now, some of this I knew going over to their house to help out and some of it I found out when I got there. In the end, they decided to just toss the old POS laptop and get a new one. There was nothing on there that they really cared about. The number the "Microsoft" guy gave did not work so that said to me that they were data mining so I had them change all their passwords and call their banks since if the guy did datamine they have all the accounts, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.

Then they asked me to look at their other desktop. Taskbars everywhere. So I tried to download Spybot S&D and couldn't find a copy for...Windows Vista. When I finally did I downloaded it at a blazing 100k bps. And the update was still downloading when I left. I had to get up for work and couldn't stay any later.

Jesus, people! MICROSOFT WILL NOT CALL YOU!!
My parents' computers are always in a mess like that. My dad will click every 'Click Me!' he sees. Luckily, he uses a iPad mini as his daily computer.
 
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So, after much planning and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the current Supervillainous storyline will be the last Supervillainous storyline. It’ll take a couple months to finish, but we’re coming up on the end.
 
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So, after much planning and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the current Supervillainous storyline will be the last Supervillainous storyline. It’ll take a couple months to finish, but we’re coming up on the end.
I thought you already announced this?

—Patrick
 
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I'm pretty sure I should never use drugs because my brain already acts like it's high.

For some reason I was thinking what a funny prank announcement from Harebrained Schemes would be about Battletech, for April Fools Day. That got conflated with the weird Azure Lane / Battleship girls crossover with World of Warships. The result was an anime series where the girls were Battlemechs, like "Locust-chan" and "Jenner-kun" and "Marauder-sempai" and "Atlas-sama", etc.

I swear to god I'm not actually on drugs.
 

GasBandit

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I'm pretty sure I should never use drugs because my brain already acts like it's high.

For some reason I was thinking what a funny prank announcement from Harebrained Schemes would be about Battletech, for April Fools Day. That got conflated with the weird Azure Lane / Battleship girls crossover with World of Warships. The result was an anime series where the girls were Battlemechs, like "Locust-chan" and "Jenner-kun" and "Marauder-sempai" and "Atlas-sama", etc.

I swear to god I'm not actually on drugs.
Sounds kinda like Kantai Collection.

 

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Another day-one decree for if I ever inexplicably find myself emperor of mankind -

All video recording devices shall only operate in landscape mode. Any attempt to record in portrait mode will cancel recording and delete the current footage.
 
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Another day-one decree for if I ever inexplicably find myself emperor of mankind -

All video recording devices shall only operate in landscape mode. Any attempt to record in portrait mode will cancel recording and delete the current footage.
Could you also mandate an electrical shock and message that must be responded to as punishment?
 
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I'm pretty sure I should never use drugs because my brain already acts like it's high.

For some reason I was thinking what a funny prank announcement from Harebrained Schemes would be about Battletech, for April Fools Day. That got conflated with the weird Azure Lane / Battleship girls crossover with World of Warships. The result was an anime series where the girls were Battlemechs, like "Locust-chan" and "Jenner-kun" and "Marauder-sempai" and "Atlas-sama", etc.

I swear to god I'm not actually on drugs.
Dream Thread is that-a-way.

—Patrick
 
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