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Water Cooler / Re: New baby born Sunday 8/24
« on: August 07, 2019, 09:33:14 PM »
>How many is that?

This is #4. Born 8/3 at 1:21 AM. Wife woke up at 12:00 (12 days overdue) we called the midwife and headed for the birth center. Got there at 12:30, baby was born at 1:21, and we were home at 3:30.

Harriet Clarissa Sousa is her name.

>>some of the more religious people in the forum think about this

OK, here it goes. Our pastor gave a GREAT sermon on this topic a few years back so I don't remember all the particulars but it came down to the sanctity of life. Of course all life is terminal so everyone will die at some point. If there is a terminal disease and a bunch of treatment will extend life for a few more months I don't think it is wrong to refuse the treatment and end things faster. But I don't think there is a Biblical option for knowingly ending your life. So there is no mandate to  necessarily artificially extend life but there is no room for artificially ending it either.

I don't know all the particulars about these laws but defining "terminal" is so difficult. The example of the lady in that NJ article is a great case. She is only 56 and it seems like she still has a number of years where she will be mentally capable of living a "good" life. Is being confined to a wheelchair and needing oxygen enough to warrant ending her life? I don't think so but I am sure there would be a doctor somewhere that would say yes. There are too many "what ifs" to make laws like this good.

Marketing / Re: Influencer marketing is bullshit
« on: July 16, 2019, 06:19:01 PM »
>>Influencers canít even influence anymore

General influencers are garbage. But some niche specific ones that are experts in their field? That is a different story.

2 cases in point:

1. A pastry chef I follow said the cheesecake pan she used to recommend wasn't made anymore but there is a different company making a similar one. Guess what went in my cart? I was ordering some pizza pans from the company anyway so now I will have a new cheesecake pan too. I don't have any plans to make a cheesecake any time soon but when I do I will have the proper pan for it.

2. I needed a new brush for my grills. A friend of mine who cooks barbecue at a local restaurant recommended on on his IG feed, I bought it based on his recommendation, and it is now hanging on my grill.

So if it someone a person follows closely in a niche they are passionate about recommends something I still think the influencer thing works. If it is just a Kardashian saying "go buy this crap" I don't see that really working. Neither of these people would categorize themselves as influencers but they sure did influence my buying decisions.

Also, a friend of mine recently asked if anyone had bought anything because of an "influencer". Quite a few people piped in saying yes, they had but he kept coming back with "that isn't an influencer, that is someone you know" or "that isn't an influencer, they are a product reviewer". So there are a lot of definitions of "influencer" out there. Depending on your definition it can either work or it sucks.

Water Cooler / Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:26:49 PM »

Water Cooler / Re: They won't be teasing/shoving Atlas any more
« on: June 17, 2019, 06:46:26 PM »
>>When the robots have had enough of us

Here is the full video that came from:

Water Cooler / Re: People in the U.S. Are Moving Homes Less Than Ever
« on: June 03, 2019, 03:44:09 PM »
>>NC, SC, OR, WA

Those would probably be my top 4 states as well. There are other places I would want to try short term but very few others I would want to be long term.

Water Cooler / Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:55:03 PM »
>"Spartan" come to mind.

Extremely. Big bench seat, only lap belts, and an AM radio.

>A/C work?

You mean the crank to roll the windows down that I had to explain to my kids?

Water Cooler / Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:31:07 PM »
>Nice find Doc!  What engine is in there?

302 V8. Going to replace the valve cover gaskets, water pump, and the shift shaft seal in the transmission and that should fix most of the leaks. Figure I will try to do it myself and call my mechanic nephew if I get into trouble.

There are a couple rust spots but nothing too major. It won't be a daily driver or anything like that. Just something for those couple times a month where my wife and I both need a vehicle. The 1 car thing has worked for almost a year but something like this I can use will be great. And it will work for hauling stuff to the dump, a load of mulch here and there, etc.

Water Cooler / Re: Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:33:23 PM »
I just picked up a 76 Ford F-100. The engine is still very solid. Got a couple small leaks I need to fix but other than that it is a pretty clean truck for the $1000 I paid.

But if I were looking for a new truck it seems like the Ford F-150 would get most of my attention.

We had a number of exchange students while I was growing up. French boy (pretty cool), German girl (pretty cool), Spanish girl (I was in high school at the time and let's just say she was quite attractive and my friends always wanted to hang out at my house for some reason, especially when it was warm enough for people to lay by the pool), German girl (grumpy and horrible), Swedish guy (d##k), and Croatian girl (pretty cool).

I have heard awesome stories about host families and horror stories as well so it is really hit and miss on both sides.

Water Cooler / Re: You need a Ford Bronco EV, ergophobe
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:26:01 PM »
>>Wasn't there an action TV character that drove a Bronco?

You talking about OJ?

Water Cooler / Re: You need a Ford Bronco EV, ergophobe
« on: May 03, 2019, 03:26:32 PM »
I had a 91 Bronco and a 94 Bronco. The 91 was awesome. I loved driving that thing, especially with the top off. It would pretty much go anywhere I wanted it to go. I still dig around Craigslist and FB Marketplace from time to time to see if I can justify getting one.

Water Cooler / Re: Welp, my house has become sentient.
« on: April 10, 2019, 04:49:11 PM »

This has intrigued me this week. Not only for the water saving aspect (that part would probably be much more useful in rainier climates) but for being able to control everything from my phone. Much easier to be out in the yard and turn on channels to troubleshoot problems than running back and forth to the basement.

Water Cooler / Re: RC's Replicator
« on: March 25, 2019, 10:53:01 PM »
>beef ribs

One of my favorites. Those giant plate ribs are probably my favorite thing to smoke. Basically like the best part of a brisket with a nice, convenient handle that cooks in half the time of a whole brisket. 

Water Cooler / Re: RC's Replicator
« on: March 25, 2019, 03:24:11 PM »
>>Sous vide has gotten simpler and cheaper

In the barbecue community there are a lot of people going the Sous-vide-que route. Basically cook it sous-vide and then throw it on the smoker for 30 minutes or so to get the smoke into it.

I have yet to go down that road but I would expect within the next year I will have a sous-vide unit of some sort.

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