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  1. Taxes and the War

    Your awfully optimistic.
  2. Vic Nicknames or Slogans if he plays again

    Out of curiosity, what is the origins of the whole "Most exciting player in the NFL" line?
  3. Vick Indicted

    I seem to remember another recent legal case where a prosecutor was able to get an indictment, albeit in state court, against a few other athletes. That grand jury apparently saw some compelling evidence against those guys too to return the indictment. Except for any real evidence was thrown out, disproved, or made otherwise worthless as to what really happened. I'm not saying that there are similarities between Vick and the Duke lacrosse players (I personally think Vick is guilty and knew exactly what was going on and participated in it). I'm just using that as an example as to how skewed a grand jury indictment can be when only one side gets to argue their point.
  4. Where did you propose?

    December 18th, 1999 under this sign in my hometown. There was a slight flurry that night. I forgot where we went to dinner, but it was good. I was suppose to have a carriage ride, but I believe they were all booked that night. Got down on one knee and presented her a ring from the quarter machine from the local Wal-Mart. I had a real one in my pocket, but it was an inside joke as some previous friends we had a falling out with purchased their actual rings at a Wal-Mart for like $10. Seriously.
  5. What's that stench?

    If you want the house, YOU pay for the inspection of the line and any initial estimates of the work by a plumber of your choice. Then you provide the estimate to the seller and work out a deal, most likely where they pay for most/all of the bill. If the seller balks at the repair and/or anything else the full inspection turns up, walk away. Unless you really want the house and are willing to pay for it out of your own pocket. But no matter what, don't do ANYTHING prior to getting the home owner's consent.
  6. Legal issue w/ the sale of my home

    IANAL, but if you put the money in escrow for the repairs and the house closes, but in the course of the actual repairs it's discovered that the yard has a large oil tank or some other issue, isn't it no longer the seller's responsibility? This obviously presumes that the seller was not aware of the tank (or other issue).
  7. Passport question

    If you still live near where you were born, check with the local board of healty, city/country clerk, etc. I know in my town it's just as simple as showing up, proving your identity (state driver's license is sufficient) and filling out a form for a replacement/duplicate. We even have the option of getting a certificate or a convenient wallet sized copy. If you don't live close to your birthplace, still give them a call and see what the requirements are.
  8. I've around 400 VHS I am trying to get rid of...

    If not to a hospital, try a library, women's shelter, children's home, etc (depending on content of course). You probably aren't going to get any real money for it, but you may be able to fudge the numbers more for tax purposes.
  9. Great Parenting!

    A friend of mine has a brother in law that hasn't been able to hold down a real job in I don't know how long, doesn't spend time with family/friends, refuses to do anything unless it has something to do with online gaming or one of several different trading card games (Spellfire, Magic: The Gathering, etc). He was fired from his last real job long ago because of job performance due to the game and taking several hour play games. He has a college degree, but has let his family waste away because of it. Due to his financial instability, their home was recently foreclosed and he's drained almost all of his parents retirement money out of thier savings because they had to support him. Most meals are Spaghetti-Ohs or something similar because it's cheap and quick and he can get to other more important playing games. While it wasn't as bad as the couple in the news article, I can definitely see how it happens although I don't understand how people can let it get that far without realizing how nucking futs their life and faimily situation is.
  10. So should a high jumper be allowed to compete in a high jump with a carbon fiber leg that might give a height advantage then if they had natural legs? Or maybe more spring to the step due to their design? If doctors or some other type of experts can determine that the artifical legs do not give the athlete an unnatural advantage in any way then I say he probably could. However I don't think that experts would universally agree as to if they did or didn't give an advantage.
  11. I don't know about the 100m on stilts part...the times I've been on stilts it makes thing even harder to run. But if the athlete were to enter the long jump or high jump with 20 foot stilts as leg attachments, it obviously would give him an unnatural advantage.
  12. Blackberry Pearl

    I personally recommend a Windows Pocket PC phone over a Blackberry. There's more expandability and customizability, but you might sacrifice a little less polished UI. I currently have the T-Mobile Wing with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Internet service is billed separately then voice. I have an unlimited 5.99 plan that in some locations requires going through a proxy, but in my area it does not. Internet browsing isn't too bad if the site is designed for mobile usage. Some sites are, some sites aren't. The ones that aren't are painful. And don't expect the same type of functionality as what your PC has, but it's nice to be able to connect to the internet while you are out and about and get information on something.
  13. Pacman Jones in Trouble Again

    Here is a . It looks like the citations were from a month ago and are finally making it's way though the court system. He won't be in court until next month. Edit: CNN also has an article
  14. My God do I love roller coasters

    The one thing that I don't like about the Kingda Ka is that it's not original. It's essentially Top Thrill Dragster a few feet higher and a extra hump. It opened up 2 years after TTD after the design company worked out all of the kinks that initially plagued TTD. It may hold all the actual records, but in my opinion to get a new coaster record it needs to be a new, unique design as oppose to what someone else did only ever so slightly faster/higher/better. For roller coasters in general though, you can't beat Cedar Point.
  15. WalMart Oil Change

    I'm a real man. I do all my own automotive work and change the oil as needed on my minivan. The one thing I don't do though is change the oil in my daily driver Cavalier. Due to wonderful automotive engineering, GM decided to put the oil filter in the most inaccessible area of the vehicle. If you have small hands, there are several ways to get to the filter. But I have fat sausage hands and fingers and it's nearly impossible to get my hand up into the back of the engine. I go to Wal-Mart because it's cheap, usually quick, and I don't have to mess with it.
  16. Drano :

    It's not really bad if used in moderation. But most drain cleaners contain some form of an acid or base which if left in contact with the pipes may corrode or otherwise eat away at the pipe. They also can cause chemical burns if they come into prolonged contact with your skin.
  17. Chestnut wins hotdog eating contest!

    Takeru Kobayashi is Japanese.
  18. My house is in a war zone

    Last year Indiana repealed a law prohibiting "out of state fireworks" in exchange for an extra 5% of the sale price going towards a fire fighting fund. Now it's legal to purchase and launch the fun ones. As a result it sounds like a war zone in most neighborhoods for about a week on each side of the 4th. Now the city is proposing an ordinance stating when fireworks can be launched as many people are complaining about all the noise. It seems that these laws go round and round in circles.
  19. Tank Johnson cut from Chicago Bears

    For a first timer, I think any organization would have at least waited until the blood test results came back before acting on it in any way. However it wasn't Tank's first run in with the law. It wasn't his second time either. He was under the scrutiny of many sets of eyes and was becoming an embarassment to the franchise and the league. The Bears already lost him for 1/2 the season and being pulled over won't short that suspension any but could extend it. He was having a detrimental affect overall for the franchise and the Bears just decided to cut their losses now, regardless of if he ever gets charged (or even convicted) of the latest offense. I just wish the Titans and Bengals can follow the example that the Bears set and do something about the other problem players lately.
  20. New land speed record

    For a real land speed record, don't you have to travel on way, turn around, and travel back within a fixed period of time? It seems that this test back in 2003 was a one-way trip. Here's a video of it.
  21. new Cowboys stadium?

    Last I checked, Dallas hasn't the best team in a pro sport since 99 and the best NFL team since 95. But I guess best is such an ambiguous term.
  22. Samantha Carter

    MMm Amanda Tapping. SG1, you will be greatly missed and I hate you for finishing up the season so quickly and taking a half-assed approach to the Ori, but you left the franchise in a great position moving forward for the two movies and Atlantis.
  23. Cool places to hold your Draft

    Can I join your league? Or at a very minimum send my wife over for "training"? I've thought about having it at my church too. The last two years we had it at someone's house (that wasn't big enough) and at a bar (overpriced drinks/food). Both worked but neither were great. While at the church we can't do the alcohol (although we might be able to arrange a few rounds of communion), most of us aren't real drinkers anyways. Plus we'd have more then enough room to spread out and for the food. The biggest thing is probably the gambling aspect that most people probably would frown on in a church setting.
  24. Blockbuster to rent Sony's Blu-Ray exclusively

    Pron seems to drive a lot of modern technologies. Faster internet speeds, DVDs, even the VHS tape owe a lot to pron. I'm not sure however if it will help high definition (TV or DVD) sales though. The jump from VHS to DVD was a big improvement just because it was going from analog to digital. However I don't think a lot of people really want to see all those body parts on pron stars in HD detail. DVD is still "fuzzy" enough that pron-set makeup can hide those blemishes and pimples. With HD, all those things become more obvious. Plus, why pay $20-30 for a pron HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc when you can find equivalent footage on the internet for free or next to free?
  25. Blockbuster to rent Sony's Blu-Ray exclusively

    I wonder how those numbers compare to actual units rented. From the article you linked to regarding Blockbuster, it said that their 4Q revenues from online rentals was $30m. Presuming that the other 3 quarters did no better, say they had $120m in online rentals. Compare that to the nearly $1B in revenues from NetFlix which is exclusively online and Blockbusters is still a small player in the online rental realm. Also don't forget that Blockbuster charges significantly more per movie on average in their B&M locations. So they can have more revenues on fewer rentals. There is also additional sales such as new/used movies, candy, magazines, games, etc that contributed to additional revenues that Netflix doesn't have going for it. There is no question that Blockbuster is still a major player in the total video rental industry. Online, it's really Netflix and everyone else.