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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.

There are some kids shows my kids watch on Prime but when my wife or I want to watch something we rarely look for something on Prime. If we want to rent or buy a movie that is a different story. Those are almost always on Prime. But if the video stuff wasn't included with my Prime account I don't know if I would pay for it separately.

Netflix has done a better job on its original stuff than Prime so far. They have some excellent shows. There have been a couple good movies but they will need to start stepping up their movie game soon, especially with Disney launching their streaming service. And when Prime gets their Tolkien project going that could be huge for them.

>>permanent underclass

And Costco seems to go the other way and target a more affluent base. Not sure what their average cart size but it has to be well over $200. I rarely go in there and get out for much less than that. And I can get prime briskets there for about $3 per pound which is crazy.

Marketplaces / Re: Etailz CEO gone
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:15:30 PM »
>He sold his company for $75M

I never really understood this. From what I saw and what I knew of the company they didn't really have anything really proprietary. They were great at selling stuff on Amazon which definitely has value. But they had no unique products or anything like that. Just a bunch of stuff you can get 20 different places.

Marketplaces / Re: Etailz CEO gone
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:56:51 PM »
I met the guy a couple times. Seemed like a young, cocky prick to me.

Web Development / Re: What Happened to the Uber-for-X Companies
« on: March 08, 2019, 12:48:44 AM »
>>helping fill that low end employee slot

I think it is also a simple second job for a lot of people. I have a few friends who are teachers and they do Uber Eats deliveries on the weekends or evenings. Just a few hours here and there but the extra $200 or so a month they get makes a pretty big difference to them.

Water Cooler / Re: What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: February 15, 2019, 05:12:26 PM »
>>Payless ShoeSource

I went through so many pairs of Pro Wings as a kid!

When I was in Austin a few months back we did a bike tour on some electric assisted bikes. Loved it. For someone who doesn't bike much it was a great way to get around a city. If I lived in an urban environment where I had to commute a couple miles something like one of these would be excellent. I think the ones we rode were about $4000 each.

Water Cooler / Re: I feel like I know these people
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:54:03 PM »
>good Carolinas replacement

Saw one for Washington yesterday: "Let me adjust my man-bun and hold my artisinal pumpkin apple hard cider"

Water Cooler / Re: “Fourth Industrial Revolution”
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:49:38 PM »
>>This startup is raising $750 million to outmaneuver Domino's and Pizza Hut with pizzas made by robots

I could see them competing with Domino's and Pizza Hut. But until they can figure out a way to properly stretch the dough and not press it out they won't be able to compete with "real" pizza places. There are definitely structural differences in the dough with those two different methods. But if they can get me my pizza 10 minutes quicker and that cuts down on the times the kids ask "when is the pizza getting here?" I am all for it.

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