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  1. Jack Mangans Deadpan #260: Seamillon

    Christmas is coming – Are you ready?

    Promo – Flying Island Press (http://flyingislandpress.com/)

    Phoned in Greasy Nipples
    Desert Pixie
    Amy Bowen
    DJ Bunny
    The Energizer Bunny
    Justa J0e
    Vanamonde (first of the week)

    Jack Mangan
    Energizer Bunny

    Crazy Chick’s survival guide

    Pixie says, Send in content: 480-788-JMDP(5637) or e-mail: sphericaljackmatgmaildotcom

    Closing Music

  2. Im off to the local Goodwill store to try and hunt down some totally rad 80’s clothing for a themed birthday party this weekend.

    But first, brekkie at Filibertos.

    1983 Michael Jackson is playing in the restaurant. It’s kismet.

  3. All Secret Santa assignments have now been made. I apologize for the delay in getting them all out.

    (If there are latecomers, they can be shoehorned in. I’ve done it before. No one who wants to be part of the Secret Santa exchange will be left out. πŸ™‚ )

  4. We interrupt your non-billiards morning for an observation from the world of Wall Street, on how our pal “Fiscal Cliff” is coming along.

    I am now seeing more political types from both sides talk about how “going over the cliff” will allow every one involved to save face.

    The idea is that if we hit the limit, everyone loses their tax breaks. At that point congress can vote to give the middle class back their tax breaks. This makes them heroes for “giving” something. Since the tax breaks for the 2% would also expire, no congressman has it on their record as having specifically voted to allow those to expire.

    As an additional benefit … everyone will have legislation on stand-by to immediately refund their favorite program. Once again, this gives them the political WIN of “giving” something to their base while never having to vote to specifically “defund” anything that is currently getting funding.

    I don’t have an opinion on whether this is a good idea but I am seeing it discussed more frequently as a way to make cuts(and raise taxes on 2%) without having to take personal responsibility for them. That would seem to be a REALLY attractive option for US politicians.

    • Although, didn’t these people have to enact the legislation that made the fiscal cliff possible in the first place? Or are we all supposed to forget about that one?

      Oh, who am I kidding, of course “we” won’t remember.

      • Ahhh how quickly the public forgets. Yep. That was the “bi-partisan”, CONGRESSIONAL solution that was supposed to force both sides to act like adults.

        Now it is always talked about like it was something “the other guy” did. Well!I’m telling you, that darned “other guy” is right off my Christmas card list.

      • Yeh. That was the episode where he started wearing leg warmers and teaching an aerobics class in the back room. “His scheme failed (in an annoying yet lovable way), but not before hilarity insued.” – 1992, TV Guide

      • I’ve built computers off and on over the years. It’s gotten much easier than it used to be. My current computer is one I built a few years ago. If it wasn’t for the motherboard problems, I’d still be happy with it.

        • Awesome! I rebuilt my son’s PC last year and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to upgrade the desktop that typically use. After I priced out how much it would cost for the upgrade I want to do, $700, I decided to break it up over the year. I got a new video card for it http://tinyurl.com/cphq49x .

          But it needs an OS/harddrive/CPU/RAM/motherboard upgrade as well.

  5. Crap joke for the day:

    The owner of this drug store walks in to find a guy leaning
    heavily against a wall. The owner asked the clerk: “What’s with
    the guy over there by the wall?”

    The clerk responds: “Well, he came in here this morning to get
    something for his cough. I couldn’t find the cough syrup, so I
    gave him an entire bottle of laxative.”

    The owner, wide-eyed and excited, shouts; “You idiot! you
    can’t treat a cough with a bottle of laxatives!”

    The clerk calmly responds: “Of course you can. Look at him.
    He’s afraid to cough”

  6. And just in case it hadn’t been said recently: fuck cancer.

    In the spirit of not being cryptic: my uncle (father’s brother) is in pretty bad shape right now, and I just learned that the wife of one of my closest pre-marriage friends was just given a pretty severe diagnosis. meh.

  7. The company I work with is developing a book that will map the path of human computer interactions over the next 25 years. Big task, but the people involved are definitely qualified. We are looking to talk to sci-fi authors in the Central Florida area and have them come and meet with us at a technology convention that occurs in Orlando every year. Aside from Piers Anthony, does anyone know of authors in the Central Florida area?

    • Indeed. I am actually surprised that the dealerships didn’t manage to keep oil life monitoring systems from making their way into cars. Though even though both my van and car have them, it doesn’t stop either dealer from putting a reminder sticker in my window with +3000 miles to the next oil change.

  8. Hubby needed to pick some stuff up so he took my car to work today because it is bigger. I get this frantic call, “I’m at the store by my school. The car won’t start and the key seems to be stuck in the ignition.”
    So I take his car and drive to where he is. Now I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say, being my car, he wasn’t use to the layout of the controls. In truth, I get up there and the whole issue with the car was, it was in neutral. Really.
    He’s so embarrassed he told me he’s going to tell his co-workers the alternator went. I know the truth though.

  9. I haven’t eaten anything yet today. I blame hubby for calling me when I was about to make something for breakfast and then I got into work and forgot. I think I need to search for sustenance before my body completely rebels

    • Yeah, I saw this on the news the other day. The problem is, even if you know what conditions are like, the city is set up in such a way that you don’t really have many route choices so you will end up taking the Deerfoot no matter how bad the signs tell you it is.

    • Yea for LEGO!!

      This makes me remember a story of when a company did a great thing like that for me when I was in High School.

      I should call it in to voice mail. Yeh. I’ll do that tomorrow.

      • Since we’re in the corner pocket anyway …

        true story from my Thanksgiving travels.

        Relatives in the next room bemoaning how were are now a socialist nation. Then they take a collective breath and someone demands, “… and when will the President control the price of gasoline?”
        “Yes” they all chime in, “Why doesn’t he do something to bring down the price?”

        Me in the next room, mind spinning as I hear them arguing for BOTH sides of the economic coin within a space of 2 minutes.

        Desperately fighting the need to ask them “So which is it? Do you want capitalism, which we currently have – where the market sets the price or do you want socialism where the government owns the oil companies and sells the gas cheep at cost? PICK ONE AND STICK WITH IT WHY DON’T CHA ?!”

  10. Kitty and I had a long talk. I told her she needed to contribute more to the household that keeps her warm, feeds and nurtures her. I must admit, she’s a really good debater. Somehow, despite my well laid out arguments, I’m still the designated bathroom cleaner.

    *sigh* doing my chores now.

  11. Based on all the FB posts I’ve been reading lately, I’ve come to the conclusion that the USA must have been communist in the 50’s when Eisenhower was president. After all the top tax rate back then was 90%.

  12. Today, I am spending part of the day getting myself ready and packed for the weekend.

    We are off to an 80’s birthday party, which includes tacky clothes, outrageous hair, Aqua-Net, spandex, 80’s Live band and 35 SoCal people saying things like, “Fer sure. Like totally. Gag me with a spoon”

    First to do item- paint my nails iridescent hot pink. Done.


  13. Hi everyone! What is the deal with my gravatar?

    Also, my job is on the line – I’ll know Tuesday if I’m out or in.

    We’re doing chores and stuff today. Have a rad day, yos.

  14. Am I the only one who doesn’t have regular problems when updating iTunes? I just installed 11 and my only issue is the default view for songs.

    Of course the only reason I use iTunes is as a podcatcher for my ipod…

    In other tech news I bought a laptop with Windows 8. I’m very meh about the new windows, the new start screen would be nice if I had a touchscreen device, but sinc eI don’t I’m feeling the loss of the start/menu button. I don’t like having to page through icons to find the program I want, I can see that getting very laborious as I move forward installing software.

    Not to mention what I’m going to do when I want to upgrade the hard drive…

    • Agreed. My upgrade went fine and it didn’t change any of my tags or anything. Just don’t like the continual push towards making interfaces more “simple” which really means either taking functionality away completely or burying it under layers of button presses. For example, the old iTunes interface had a list on the side with categories such as “music”, “podcasts”, etc. Not there is one button on the top and I have to choose the button first, then select the item I want. Two button clicks exchanged for one in the name of simplifying and “cleaning up” the interface area.

      • Yeah, I agree the drive to “simplify” new interfaces is making it harder to use alot of programs. I feel the same way about the switch to the “ribbon interface” for Microsoft Office, ll it really did for me was reduce the usable screen area. Just as another example.

        I think I will move to an android based device as my media player of choice when my ipods die, or when I get around to it.

  15. I think I’m done with Itunes and Ipod upgrades. iOS5 and Itunes 10 are enough and I don’t see any advantage to upgrading either.

    For those who have Windows 8, there is a program called START8 that will restore the start menu to the old desktop, and I think it will also allow you to bypass the “Metro” interface as well. I need to get it for the one computer that was sacrificed on the altar of Windows 8 testing.


  16. Crap joke for the day:

    The teacher asked the class to use the word ‘fascinate’ in a sentence. Molly put up her hand and said, ‘My family went to my granddad’s farm, and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating.Β­’
    The teacher said, ‘That was good, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate, not fascinating’. Sally raised her hand. She said, ‘My family went to see RockCity and I was ‘fascinated.’
    The teacher said, ‘Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate.’ Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher hesitated because she had been burned by Little Johnny before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word ‘fascinate’, so she called on him. Johnny said, ‘My aunt Gina has a sweater with ten buttons, but her breasts are so big she can only fasten eight.

      • This:

        A truck driver goes on a date with a girl, afterwards they go back to her parents place, and are just about to have sex on the couch when he feels the cold steel of a gun barrel on his neck.. Before he could turn around her father said “if ur a real truck driver u’ll be able to back out of there with a full load!!”

  17. OK. iTunes 11 update. I found out that you can make it look more or less the way it did before (bring back the functionality) by clicking on the little box in the upper left corner (how nice of them to give us a button that one can’t even describe to give a name to) and selecting “show menu bar”, then clicking on “view” in the menu bar, and selecting “show sidebar”.

    Right on the heels of this win, I discovered that they took away (or have hidden really, really well) the “show duplicates” option. This is a catastrophe for me as I’m rebuilding my library and have a lot of greatest hits or live albums that I want to have listed in iTunes, but not necessarily have on my phone. Fuckashitpiss!

    • Oh, I’m sure Hasbro or Milton-Bradley or whoever it is that makes Battleship will correct that for you in a super special space invaders edition soon.

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