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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    Today, 05:57 PM
    The DNC (or RNC if it happened to Trump) would be able to select a replacement. They could pop someone like Joe Biden in there, or Sanders, but neither would get them the win. It's really more likely they would do anything to get Clinton in there in spite of health or legal standing... and many would cheer them along the way.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 PM
    free photo upload
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  • Jamesiv1's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    who cares? answer: nobody except political junkies and RPF posers.
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  • Jamesiv1's Avatar
    Today, 11:37 AM
    Trump is clearly using analogy and euphemism. Trump-haters are so dim sometimes.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    I don't know about 40 years but that guy is obviously a mental case. Btw (From the article, one of the victims was the son of the perpetrators girlfriend.)
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    Meh, 55K is not too much. I expect him to suck more money out of his presidential campaign. Is he renting his plane to himself ?
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  • Nirvikalpa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    As a exotic fish and not-so-common-as-a-pet small creature enthusiast... Please don't put a betta in a blender. They need at minimum 2.5g, not those shitty small-ass "betta keepers" you see sold at pet stores, and I think a 2.5g is way too small even for one anyway. They also require a carnivorous diet (most flakes are horrible for them) and must not be OVERfed, a stable warm temperature (room temp won't cut it, unless you live in a more tropical location), and frequent water changes if you do not use a filter, especially in a smaller tank. I recommend changing at least once a week for a 5g, and 2-3 times a week if using a 2.5g. I own exotic hermit crabs... really sad how pet stores promote wrong care information for bettas as they do with hermits! :( I cringe when I see parents letting their children take home hermits in one of those plastic, metal-wire "hermit crab hotels."
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    Remember how people get really annoyed when you say "all lives matter"? Remember when some folks mentioned that it's not really a race issue so much as myriad other factors that allow the police to dehumanize a "civilian" and give them the impression that their lives are constantly in danger? Remember when they were told they were missing the point? Nah. Figment of my imagination.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    I know there are a lot of differing opinions. I have my own.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:58 PM
    Mistake on Farage's part. He doesn't belong on stage with Trump.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    This whole thing is getting crazier by the day. I wish the best to the Kurdish people over there as they seem to be the most reasonable and tolerant (of others) of the different groups...
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    Made fried chicken (spicy) and a big salad with a lot of different greens and veggies. Good stuff when it's hot outside.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    Good news, the remaining materials for the dome will be delivered this week or Monday next week. :D Lets get this thing done and make some pizza's.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 07:44 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    Well now you made him sad :( And he had balloons and cake ready.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 07:14 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    Yet it loves you :(
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    08-23-2016, 06:36 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    I would still rather have these than mice/rats.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 05:28 PM
    And the rest of the politicians are lapdogs for lobbyists... At least this dog is out of the closet. ;)
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 05:24 PM
    I know. It's a shame real root beer can't be made anymore, commercially at least. :(
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 05:21 PM
    The Zinc here is good I guess, I don't know. The stuff we already have here in zinc is at least 20 years old and it looks like it's new. Haven't had a problem with it. Like I said, copper is not a usual material around here, not many people working with it, making it even more expensive.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 05:17 PM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Snakes! in Open Discussion
    You learn to live with what's around you. They do get into homes, or at least livable areas (garages, porches, etc.). When I was little both my mom and grandma passed a coiled up cottonmouth a few times before it made a move and got noticed. I remember staring at it from our window while waiting for the snake guy to come get it. Black racers and rat snakes (corn snakes, etc.) are way more common and not that bitey. Racers will usually try to get away as quickly as possible, but I've had some strike at my shoes. I imagine it gives them a toothache for days afterwards. Corn snakes have a variety of tempers, so I generally don't take my chances with them. They are not venomous, either, but the bites are still painful enough to avoid. This is no different than the damned suicidal giant deer up north, or the locusts that Maryland has every dozen or so years (I moved up and thought the world was ending only to be told it was normal for giant red locust grasshopper creatures to invade the area then drop dead and become a crunchy accompaniment to my commute), or the deep ridiculous snowfalls that happen in some areas, or the ice storms that bend power lines and cause trees to touch their toes. Oh and in case you are dwelling on the locust thing:
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 05:11 PM
    Which is why I prefer using ceramic tiles. They will outlast me. Like these; Available used/weathered and new in many different colors/sizes, small enough so it doesn't look ridiculous on such a small roof.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 05:06 PM
    Actual sassafras ? Isn't that stuff banned because it gives you cancer ? :rolleyes:
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 04:40 PM
    Nope. I'm quite proud of the things my ancestors achieved.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 04:27 PM
    If you cover up the blades too much you lose the enticement for assholes to push the button... Gotta just make it smooth with some resin.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 04:09 PM
    I really like the look of copper flashing.. It doesn't fit the look of the house though. Since it's a small roof, I was thinking about small roofing tiles, the flat ones, used a lot in France. Dark grey with a lot of contrast. I'm not going to put something ugly on the roof. Instead of copper, zinc could be an option. As far as cost goes. I think everything together, including some of the tools I bought (watercooled 14" stone saw) it's around 5k (copper roof could change that, not common around here so it's expensive). The firebricks being the single most expensive part.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 03:48 PM
    Well, looks like I have to wait to the end of next week or the beginning of the week after that for my materials. In the meantime I'll be spending some of my spare time into the surrounding structure. I've ordered some lumber to make the wood frames for the rear and I've made a plan for the masonry in front. Since I put a couple hours of thinking into my early drawings everything seems to fit nicely and I won't have to do crazy stuff to make it work, especially the brick pattern, for some reason the dimensions of my oven are perfect for it. The roof is going to be significantly more complicated because it's an octagon and I have no real ability to brace the thing halfway or at the bottom. Luckily there will not be too much weight on top. I think I figured it out. It would have been a lot easier but I have a height constraint since there are beams above the oven for the veranda roof. The way I've got it drawn up right now with plenty space for insulation around the oven, the top of the roof will be about 3" from one of the beams.. The roof is mostly for decoration but it will have to handle all the water that comes from the veranda roof at the chimney since the veranda roof has gutter style lexan on top, in hindsight it would have been a lot nicer to just use wood and ceramic tiles for the veranda with two large windows in there for some light, a bit more expensive but it would have been a gazillion times more convenient to fit a chimney through there without leakage. I'm going to have to get a plumber over to bend/solder some custom zinc gutters around the chimney hole. There's like 30" between the beams, they are at a 7degree, and the chimney is supposed to be 24", so there's not a lot of space to fit some zinc gutters. The space in between the beams I'm going to fill with some wood so you don't see the gutters and it's a bit neater... Long story, which I'm sure nobody will read, but sometimes writing something down helps making things clear. This topic is a bit like a notepad for me, I use it to generate ideas. Who knows, maybe someone can learn from the mistakes I'm making.
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  • Jamesiv1's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 03:30 PM
    lol that's the way it rolls in the Religion forum
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 03:15 PM
    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Evelyn Beatrice-Hall, characterizing Voltaire. It does not only describe the principles behind freedom of speech but also a main ingredient in peace; tolerance. We may not agree but as long as we agree to respect each other, all of our lives are better. Leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. What should we do about Crimea ? Nothing. Ask the people who live there what they want.
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  • luctor-et-emergo's Avatar
    08-23-2016, 03:03 PM
    Nomz.. I have a secret cheeseburger with bacon, caramelized onion and some other goodies that I put in parchment paper (yesterday, technically it should keep for 48 hours since the meat is well-done) because I made too many.... Thinking of putting that in the oven to reheat it (inside the parchment paper). Tried that a couple times before and it's not a half bad way to reheat a burger. Not as good as when it's fresh, tastes more fast-food like but still beats the big chains. :D Anybody have a better idea, tell me but this is the best method I've come up with. And I don't like to throw em away.
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