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The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-24-2016 00:10 AM
I'm probably the only person here with their own funny story about "hexavalent chromium" (I put it in quotes because I've never heard an actual chemist use the term - we would all call it chromium (VI)). I was doing I don't remember what - I think an aldehyde synthesis of some kind - and I needed 3 kg of pyridinium chlorochromate, which is a derivative of chromium (VI). It came in 500 g bottles. The warning labels for it indicated it was an environmental toxin with a cartoon of a craggly stream, dead tree and a bunch of dead fish. The group leader saw the bottles and said "do you need that?". A Chinese guy in the lab - who had a better grip on sarcasm than on English - shouted "NO! He just want kill fish!"
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-16-2016 12:03 PM
I don't understand what makes people do things like this. I feel like these people are of a different species. Further details shows that Gonzales held the girl down while his cousin Jessica stabbed the girl. Gonzales was supposed to be under probation supervision for beating a woman while her baby was in the back seat of a car, but wasn't. He had an extensive criminal history going back to 2004 including felony child abuse. Jessica Kelley also has a history going back to 2003. While serving prison time for something else, had been previously convicted of "conspiracy to commit criminal sexual penetration", for serving as watch while another female inmate was raped at a jail. She served 3 years and was released in 2015.
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-16-2016 10:20 AM
Warning - this is going to make your blood boil. Michelle Martens, Fabian Gonzales as well as Gonzales's cousin, Jessica Kelley, have been charged in connection with the murder of Martens' 10 year old daughter Victoria, whose dismembered body was found in her New Mexico home in August. Officials said that Martens, who was killed hours before her 10th birthday party, had been given methamphetamine and was sexually assaulted, stabbed, strangled and dismembered. Michelle Martens, 35, told investigators following her arrest that she had sought men online and at work to rape her daughter. Martens had set up encounters with at least three men, one of them a co-worker and two she met online, including Gonzales. Martens told police she didn't solicit the men for money but because "she enjoyed watching."
A Song to Suit your current Mood
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > A Song to Suit your current Mood       09-16-2016 09:55 AM
25 years ago, Jim Steinman wrote the song "More" for Meat Loaf, intended for "Bat Out of Hell II". For whatever reason, the song wasn't used, and was given/sold to Andrew Eldritch, who turned it into a fantastic Sisters of Mercy song. Now, Meat Loaf has gone and recorded it. I thought it might be in his bombastic style and thus would be very good, but I'm quite disappointed. The drums are pretty cool, but I am otherwise let down. My song is the original - "More" ~ Sisters of Mercy
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-16-2016 09:44 AM
"Splenda is an absorbent that stays in your system as formaldehyde." My daughter's dumbass doctor, proving that they are not immune from Internet bullshit. Also - mixed bullshit - since the formaldehyde is aspartame bullshit, not Splenda bullshit.
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-16-2016 06:01 AM
DAT = digital audio tape
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-15-2016 22:20 PM
JW: how many millenials are watching the original Blair Witch Project and wondering wtf a "DAT" is and why it's so important that they get it back on time?
How's the Weather Out There
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > How's the Weather Out There       09-15-2016 14:05 PM
95 today. Summer has a couple more months to go here.
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-14-2016 17:22 PM
Yes, I get to bill them for it. And, tbr - it's "data bitch". My unofficial job title. I always do my homework prior to such a confrontation, but go in prepared to be wrong, just in case. One of these days I'll be the one embarrassed, but it hasn't happened yet on one of these calls with a client. We had an incident a couple of years back where a competing vendor managed to convince a customer that we did everything wrong, and that our claims pricing (which I am always the one behind) is wrong. So the customer called a meeting - with the other vendor - demanding that our CEO and other important people were on the call. I was prepared, and confident - but nervous, in case I was wrong. Between the time they called the meeting and when it actually happened, the competing vendor re-ran their analysis and concluded that I was right all along, but must have determined that only at the last minute, because they led off the call saying that in fact our calculations were right. Our customer was mortified - they were prepared to stand behind them and fire us because of our incompetence but - we weren't the incompetent ones. At least I looked good in front of the boss. About 5 months later - the other vendor repeated the entire scenario - this time SURE I was wrong and they were right. And once again, led off the call with an apology. You would think that after making such fools of yourselves the first time around you'd make *DAMN* sure you were right the next time. The other vendor then protested and claimed that we were only right because we had "up to date information that we [they] don't have". Um, sorry Charlie - I get my data from CMS. I don't know where you get yours from but I don't have some special "in" with them. The customer agreed. Fired us anyway. Seriously.
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-14-2016 15:31 PM
Just had a call with a health plan to discuss why they think I'm an idiot for the eleventy billionth time. After a few minutes of pleasantries, they want to go over the first example. When they realize that I was right, the team leader confronts her data guys about why they are telling us they are wrong when we can clearly see that the data says what we say it says. Their lead data guy hung up. His underling just sort of stammered. She then said they'd have to "research more" and get back with us. The whole call was over in 11 minutes. About 2-3 times a year for the last 6 years, we go through this. They call a meeting to discuss why they think I've messed up (or don't understand) their data, only for the wheels to come off a few minutes into the meeting. You'd think after a dozen or more embarrassments like this they'd make sure - like, really, really sure - that they are right before calling me on the carpet.
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-14-2016 09:45 AM
JW When the JonBenet Ramsey case came to prominence, did anyone envision that the media would follow it for the next TWENTY YEARS?!?!?
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-14-2016 09:02 AM
Congrats PG ;)
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-14-2016 07:40 AM
This came up on Facebook as a "you posted this X number of years ago" post. I just laughed my ass off reading it again. Many years ago, I worked at a building center (kinda like Home Depot, but more builder/contractor oriented). There was this time where this guy came in maybe 5 times in a week to buy a wax toilet gasket and nothing else. I remember thinking "What is this guy doing? What's this weirdo need with all these wax toilet gaskets?" Well, in the last 2 weeks I re-did two bathrooms. At first I thought I had a toilet gasket in the garage, but didn't - so off to the Do-It Center to get one. Come back - crap. The bolts are too short now since I tiled the floor - and I ruined the gasket. Back to the Do-It center to get another one. Crap - it's too short - I need to piggyback one on top of another to get it thick enough. Next bathroom... same deal. I must have bought 6 toilet gaskets in the last week. One at a time. So, now *I* am the weirdo buying all the toilet gaskets....
A Song to Suit your current Mood
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > A Song to Suit your current Mood       09-12-2016 23:44 PM
Lucretia, My Reflection - The Sisters of Mercy
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-12-2016 11:37 AM
Actually I think it was always there, but below the pic instead of off to the right. Oh well. Just lovin' the new improvements!!
Where were you when
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Where were you when       09-12-2016 09:34 AM
A repeat already? I was in 8th grade, walking down a hall. A girl ran out of the 7th grade classroom and yelled out "The Challenger exploded!!!! a few minutes after it happened. WWYW: The Zimmerman verdict came down?
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-12-2016 09:32 AM
Anyone notice that there is a second link to our profiles - near the bottom right corner of the thumbnail?
Where were you when
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Where were you when       09-11-2016 23:13 PM
I was 4 years old when Elvis died, so I don't remember. Since he died at 3:30 CST and presumably everyone knew within a couple of hours, I was probably just sitting around while my parents watched the news. WWYW: you heard about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami?
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-11-2016 21:21 PM
My cousin has been accepted into a PhD program in biochemistry. She went to work previously for the same professor I first worked for 20 years ago. She's so excited and just called to tell me.
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-10-2016 23:31 PM
In an effort to balance that off - and to preempt tbr's post (unless someone would have beat him to it): "What is Aleppo?" - Gary Johnson
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-10-2016 23:17 PM
I don't want to discuss this and discourage anyone from doing so outside of the Politics fora. I'm only posting this because it was a quote from my daughter about an hour ago, explaining why she shared a Gary Johnson campaign ad. "I'm just happy to see someone to vote for who I don't think is an asshole."
Recent Movies
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Recent Movies       09-10-2016 22:56 PM
My daughter told me she saw that not one hour ago. She also liked it.
How long has it been?
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > How long has it been?       09-10-2016 16:13 PM
Been a few days for Mrs VA and I. Tired. Been working too much. Someone else? July 23. Stranger? Same. Met her at a pool and was fucking her 15 minutes later. T FB 20 minutes after we were done she had a gallbladder attack and her husband took her to the hospital.
What's for Breakfast
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > What's for Breakfast       09-10-2016 09:22 AM
Leftover KFC.
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-10-2016 09:19 AM
It's the weekend! Time for the site to be fucked up again!
Could someone fix the servers
FORUMS > Suggestions > Website > Could someone fix the servers       09-10-2016 09:19 AM
It's the weekend! Time for the tech troubles!
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-10-2016 00:53 AM
Drug dealers are always looking to make more money, cutting the drugs with whatever they can to extend their profit margin. One thing they cut it with is a small amount of fentanyl, which is far more powerful but has a tendency to cause respiratory arrest. A batch with too much has spread around the country. Thousands of people have OD'd in recent weeks.
What profile do you perv the most
FORUMS > General Discussions > Games > What profile do you perv the most       09-10-2016 00:29 AM
Only if you suffer from iron deficiency anemia, according to the FTC action against them. But I wasn't talking about the efficacy of Geritol - but rather the efficacy of its mention at improving your chances.
What profile do you perv the most
FORUMS > General Discussions > Games > What profile do you perv the most       09-09-2016 19:29 PM
Well, Tigg just blew his chances forever lol.
Where were you when
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Where were you when       09-09-2016 18:42 PM
I was in a dance bar called Front 54 in Thorold, ON. They turned the music off and everyone stopped and watched it on TV. WWYW: The Oklahoma City bombing.
I'm so old I
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > I'm so old I       09-09-2016 16:33 PM
ISOI: Remember people smoking in university lecture halls.
If You Could Only Have One
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > If You Could Only Have One       09-09-2016 16:32 PM
Tits. IYCOHO: Forum participant returned from the past?
Where were you when
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Where were you when       09-09-2016 16:27 PM
I was sitting in my car at a light at the corner of St. David's Rd and Glenridge Av. in St. Catharines, ON, on my way home from class. WWYW: The Challenger exploded?
Where were you when
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Where were you when       09-09-2016 16:27 PM
We haven't had one of these games in here in a while. The idea being you answer the previous question, and then pose another to someone else. So since I'll start it, I'll ask and answer the first question: Where were you when: Kurt Cobain died?
Viagra , Real or Generic?
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Viagra , Real or Generic?       09-09-2016 16:24 PM
You're welcome. I'll acknowledge my bias because I've actually worked in pharma plants, and I know what goes into making such things, and I know how easy it is to be sloppy for a quick buck. Some feel I'm a little too negative on them, and that's possible. So if you go the online route I strongly suggest you rely on the reviews of people you actually know who aren't just internet shills.
Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls
FORUMS > General Discussions > Games > Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls       09-09-2016 10:28 AM
Distillery employee?
Viagra , Real or Generic?
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Viagra , Real or Generic?       09-09-2016 08:55 AM
The term "counterfeit" implies "illicitly produced". "Generic" would be produced like any other pharmaceutical. It might not be a legal generic in one country, but be legal in another. Generally, the quality of a generic would be comparable to that of the brand name, and a generic manufacturer has a reputation to protect and a legal business. "Counterfeit" could be made anywhere from a well-equipped and staffed Heisenberg-like lab, or made in some asshole's kitchen with God-knows-what thrown in. It could be fine, but the key here is that there is nobody you can hold accountable for it. It's not as risky as street-meth, but it's not risk-free. The issue with online pharmacies is that you typically have no idea whether you're dealing with an actual licensed pharmacy or some butthead in Russia pretending to be one. In practice, most illegally manufactured drugs are made in good quality plants in India. India because they are not party to the World Patent Treaty and have zero regards for patent protection, and openly ripoff anyone they choose. Drug counterfeiters there don't have to be as underground as they do in other countries because their government doesn't usually prosecute for it.
Remembering 9/11/2001, 15 years later.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Remembering 9/11/2001, 15 years later.       09-09-2016 08:48 AM
Oh - and the day afterwards most newspapers inserted a full-open page of the American flag. Not the classiest way to display a flag but it was an improvised way for people in Canada to demonstrate solidarity in the wake of it.
Remembering 9/11/2001, 15 years later.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Remembering 9/11/2001, 15 years later.       09-09-2016 08:46 AM
My answer to #2 is probably the same as everyone else, so I won't go into it, really. To #1 - I was in graduate school in Ottawa at the time. Mrs. VA was a nurse and had just gotten home from an overnight shift. I put the kids on the bus to school and then sat down with my breakfast at 8:47 and turned on CNN (yeah, getting in to the lab at about 10 was normal for me then). 2 minutes before the report of it began. The guys on CNN were doing blah blah blah boring morning financial stuff, and they interrupted whatever to report of a plane crash into the WTC. People at the time were considering it an accident, but didn't have much information - I remember them speculating that it was a smaller plane, like a Cessna. While watching it, the guy being interviewed interrupted himself and shouted "THERE'S ANOTHER PLANE!" I woke up Mrs.VA, who had been asleep only about an hour, to tell her. I then went to work. Everyone there was listening on the radio. Pretty much nothing got done that day. When the kids got home from school they immediately asked "what happened today?". Nobody at school told them WHAT happened, but they clearly knew SOMETHING happened that all of the adults were talking about, but wouldn't tell them. They were 10 and 9 at the time. The strangest feeling I had actually was when flights resumed some time later. I quickly got used to not seeing planes in the sky, and when they began reappearing I found myself uneasily watching each one, wondering what it was up to. I have a bag with newspapers from Sept. 12-16 or so.
What's your WOD (workout of the day)
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > What's your WOD (workout of the day)       09-08-2016 23:55 PM
Not boring at all, Scott. If you're doing ANYTHING, you're way ahead of most people. And that 30 minute circuit can be pretty intense, actually.
Viagra , Real or Generic?
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Viagra , Real or Generic?       09-08-2016 22:23 PM
I know quite a bit about this. I formerly worked in the pharmaceutical industry. They aren't "generic", in most cases. They are counterfeit. That doesn't mean "fake", however. What that means for you as the person who pops the pills depends on who made it. Many are made in perfectly respectable facilities to standards comparable to that which the FDA would approve of. In fact, dare I say, most are. However, I don't know exactly what # " most" means. 90%? 99%? Hard to say. The issue really comes down to - *if* you get a bad batch - you have NO recourse against the manufacturer. So - you take a chance. Many do, and most never have a problem. If you have someone you know (as opposed to just someone online that you don't know) who has personally placed several orders without problems, than your chances are reduced. But still not zero. Generic sildenafil (Viagra not made by Pfizer) will be legal in the US beginning next year and will likely become dirt cheap. So you don't have to wait much longer....
Anyone with any experience with swinger cruises or lifestyle resorts?
FORUMS > General Discussions > B.B.W. > Anyone with any experience with swinger cruises or lifestyle resorts?       09-08-2016 21:00 PM
The FA resort has been a nudist campground since the 1930s. ncal-fail. Again. Source: we've been there several times.
What's for Dinner
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > What's for Dinner       09-08-2016 20:56 PM
A short while ago, I read an article about making your own hamburgers from steak using a food processor. I tried it. Holy shit. It's some amount of work, but they freeze well. I also tried adding some bacon into the mix, which altered the flavor but not as spectacularly as I'd hoped. But still - wow. Fucking awesome. Best burgers I've ever made. FB: Mrs. VA is out "with the girls" doing - I dunno - toenails or something. So I'm burgering all alone. Anyone want one?
Can love be found on this site?
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Can love be found on this site?       09-08-2016 14:15 PM
Well, that sort of makes sense. We don't often play with anyone more than a few times. A large part of the thrill is novelty. If you're getting 2-4 repeats I'd say you're doing alright. Some people almost never repeat with anyone. However, it seems odd that you'd freak out about people who want steady relationships, but then complain that you're having trouble establishing one. I think that most (not all) singles are at least open to the idea that love may come along here, but aren't actively looking for it.
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-08-2016 14:02 PM
I think the pathogen responsible for plagues was always thought to be Yersinia pestis, but it was thought to not be possible to confirm. I guess they have done so now. Fun fact: Around 5-15 cases occur in the US every year, mostly in the west. New Mexico has roughly half of all cases. The disease reservoir is thought to be mice. The last death in the US from plague was in 2006. You wanna see a hospital go into shit fits? Confirm a case of the plague. That'll whip up a frenzy faster than Ebola will.
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-08-2016 13:24 PM
In related news: Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence will star in a movie about the embattled Silicon Valley blood-testing start-up Theranos, Deadline reports. Lawrence will play Elizabeth Holmes, the wunderkind Stanford drop-out and disgraced C.E.O. who famously fashioned herself in the likeness of Steve Jobs—right down to the signature black turtleneck. The film will be directed by Adam McKay, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for directing last year’s financial crisis dramedy The Big Short.
Blocking. For good reason, and for an unexplained reason.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Blocking. For good reason, and for an unexplained reason.       09-08-2016 08:33 AM
I've been blocked by people on the fora for either a single off-putting comment or - in some cases - who knows why. It's also possible that their blocking you had nothing to do with the fora at all. We have a number of people who show up on our blocked list and we have no idea why they are there. Some people block people because of any of the following: - they know there is no interest - they think they know you (or someone you know) outside of SLS and have deemed you a discretion risk - you've said no to them and that pissed them off - someone bad-mouthed you As tbr said, it's probably a blessing.
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-08-2016 00:04 AM
Won again at trivia because I knew the names of all four Soviet leaders in the 80s. Bid long and got it.
Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls
FORUMS > General Discussions > Games > Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls       09-07-2016 23:54 PM
"Me Tarzan. You Jenna. We have fun now."
Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls
FORUMS > General Discussions > Games > Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls       09-07-2016 18:27 PM
We had a reply back to our "no thanks" - the first in a while, which was sort of pouting like "wow... we really thought you'd like us". It wasn't angry - just pouty. I considered replying back suggesting that they not do that, but figured that wasn't a good idea.
WTF
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > WTF       09-07-2016 18:11 PM
"____s only" housing (or dining, or schooling, etc) is constitutional as long as it has a sound research basis?
WTF
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > WTF       09-07-2016 16:59 PM
California State University, Los Angeles started offering segregated housing for black students in a new program called Halisi Scholars. CBS Los Angeles reported the campus set aside 20 spots in its 192-unit dorm complex for black students and “anyone who shares similar concerns.” The dorm comes after the university’s Black Student Union issued a list of demands as a response to claims of racial discrimination on campus. In the letter addressed to university President William Covino, the union demanded “the creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for black students and a full-time resident director who can cater to the needs of black students.”
WTF
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > WTF       09-07-2016 15:45 PM
Authorities in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country say they arrested more than 70 people in a raid at a weekend party in a field that was expected to attract hundreds of Amish youth. More than 40 officers converged Saturday on the Hardy Township field west of Millersburg off of Rt. 39 after concerned parents notified the Holmes County sheriff’s office of a large party expected to attract over 1,000 Amish from Ohio and neighboring states. Investigators say 73 people, including 35 juveniles, were taken into custody and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. The Daily Record of Wooster reports that some also face charges of resisting arrest, and two were taken to a hospital for alcohol related-illness. The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia reports that a similar party had taken place at the same location on Memorial Day.
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-07-2016 09:16 AM
The most hideous experiences I ever had were: 1. A fat hairy dude on his back on a picnic table with his asshole spread WIDE open. 2. A bisexual orgy where a guy dressed as Santa Claus was sucking a bunch of old guys off. 3. An older fat lady with a bunch of carrots jammed up her ass. Some experiences, however, have been good ones.
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-07-2016 08:50 AM
I know some people in here swore off pic approval, because of the horror show it so often is... I just approved a few pics of one of the prettiest redheads I've ever seen. What a gorgeous brighten-up-my-day smile. I wish I could have sent a note to say what a gem one picture in particular was. Sometimes, it's a freak show. Sometimes, it's really nice.
A Song to Suit your current Mood
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > A Song to Suit your current Mood       09-07-2016 08:36 AM
Placebo ~ "Pure Morning" Hilarious lyrics but a fun song.
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-07-2016 06:40 AM
Vanity Fair has the incredible story "How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down" on their website. This story has everything - a beautiful intelligent young woman, a big lie, suicide, and a massive decade-long fraud being pulled,building a $9 billion company based on nothing more than smoke and mirrors. This woman has taken everyone for a $9 billion ride. Isn't amazing how far being charming, conniving and ruthless can get you - for a while? Someone's going to prison.. I bet you she looks hot in an orange jumpsuit.
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-07-2016 06:28 AM
"a chemistry is performed so that a chemical reaction occurs and generates a signal from the chemical interaction with the sample, which is translated into a result, which is then reviewed by certified laboratory personnel." Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of the now-doomed Theranos, explaining how her company's now-maligned products work. Amazing how a company can go from $9 billion to $0 in just 2 years. I personally think that people were so taken with the idea of a hot 19-year old (when she founded the company ) blond woman starting a tech company that they paid almost no attention to whether or not any of the stuff she was hawking actually worked. The whole thing is a sham.
Low Carb - Keto diet
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Low Carb - Keto diet       09-07-2016 06:16 AM
I find that it's not hard at all, SC (I figure that's a decent abbreviation). When I'm "being good" my go-to "hot" vegetables are broccolini, green beans, bell peppers and asparagus. For snacking, celery. Dinner would typically be a grilled meat with vegetables. I actually eat more vegetables being "good" than otherwise.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-07-2016 06:07 AM
I think it's at least Friday.
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-07-2016 05:56 AM
I'm not slagging Chicago - it's that it's a news story. It doesn't matter where I live - every day-after Memorial Day, July 4, or Labor Day - "X number of people shot in Chicago over the weekend."
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-06-2016 20:41 PM
Yes I know...look at what I got suckered into doing. Really, it was intended for anyone here who might be taking him seriously.
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-06-2016 20:24 PM
It's on the shelf of my grocery store. My head really does want to pop off every time I see it. The latest Food Babe bullshit does the same thing.
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-06-2016 20:16 PM
JW if I'm imagining things or does EVERY holiday weekend conclude with a story about how many people in Chicago were shot?
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-06-2016 20:05 PM
I ran over a kid's skateboard in the grocery store parking lot. I don't feel bad though. The kid tried to hitch a ride on my car, and fell off when I slowed down a little. Kicked the board out from under him, under the wheels it went. Dumb shit.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-06-2016 20:01 PM
The issue isn't just that ncal says ridiculous things (which a lot of people do), it's that he disregards any and all proof of said ridiculousness. He could say "today is Wednesday", which is a mistake anyone could make, but NOTHING you can do will make him understand that it is, in fact, Tuesday, and he will keep going as if it really is Wednesday. A good example is one he just made about Oprah and the Atkins diet. Oprah was born in 1960. Robert Atkins first appeared on the Tonight Show pushing his diet in 1965, when Oprah was 5. He wasn't taken very seriously then. The 1972 edition of his book was his breakout, and required eating was 2 "small green salads" a day, which dare I say is more salads than most people eat under normal circumstances. And that is only in the induction phase (first 2 weeks), not long-term. Even though EVERYTHING I just wrote is easily google-able, he will continue somehow claiming that Oprah invented (or even "discovered") the Atkins diet. Most normal humans would be embarrassed to have been caught saying something so laughably stupid, but this isn't a normal human we're dealing with here. He'll just respond to this with more arguments about why fat is bad, completely ignoring what I just wrote. For a particularly sad exchange involving the SSI Death Master (which he loves to bring up, but doesn't understand), search "Death Master" in the search, and pick a post in the thread called "How_the_Democrats_win_the_next_election_." Start at the beginning. It's best if you have bourbon on hand while you read.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-06-2016 17:04 PM
Don't listen to this fool. He's appeared here before and while he may work in the field he mentions, he doesn't know what he's talking about, and is immune to demonstration of such.
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-06-2016 13:34 PM
(In case anyone reading this isn't aware, cats typically bury their business in their litter boxes) FB: At the age of 15 (at least, we aren't sure) our cat has decided that this whole business of burying her nasty work in the litter box is for the birds, and she's gonna just leave it right there on top to stank up the house from now on. I guess I shouldn't complain too much. She has NEVER had an "accident" in the house (except for a period of time where she decided that potted plants were fair game for appropriation as litter boxes), and at least she's still getting it all IN the little box...
Question for Men
FORUMS > General Discussions > Men Talk > Question for Men       09-06-2016 11:07 AM
"can wear ONE article of clothing" Let's hope it's not a burqa.
LIMERICKS Thread -
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > LIMERICKS Thread -       09-06-2016 09:48 AM
Moving, apparently. tbr called him "the anti-Robert" once.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-06-2016 06:00 AM
You've established yourself in the past as a know-nothing fool on any topic you choose to engage in. I'm not discussing anything with you.
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-05-2016 20:27 PM
"I knew it was you, Fredo." - Al Pacino/Michael Corleone. Probably the best-acted movie I've ever seen. Pacino/DeNiro/Cazale/Lane were all off-the-charts outstanding.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-05-2016 20:17 PM
This is a mistake some people make. Very high protein at the expense of everything else is quite dangerous. You can be healthy on a high protein, low fat, high carb diet. You can be healthy on a high protein, high fat, low carb diet. You *cannot* be healthy on a high protein, low fat, low carb diet.
Fucking Bitchfest 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Fucking Bitchfest 2016       09-05-2016 19:10 PM
Yeah he's been around some lately.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-05-2016 17:36 PM
" I have also stopped any kind of running" I despise running. I only run under 2 circumstances: - Baseball - Someone/something is trying to kill me "I limit my animal protein to 50 grams (actually that is too much) per meal" I eat way more than that. I am a full-blown carnivore. Meat meat meat meat. But to each their own.... "Your body can only process 30-35 grams of protein in a two hour period, the rest is waste e.g., fat." Yes and no. Some people (such as bodybuilders) who are accustomed to it have had time to upregulate the enzymes necessary to digest more, although you're still somewhat limited. However, you can't convert it to fat without "processing" it. Actually, converting protein to fat is a very circuitous process and in practice your body will rarely do it except under starvation conditions. Protein isn't especially good as an energy source; your body prefers to use it as a raw material to make other things. Undigested protein is not converted to fat - you simply shit it out. Look up "rabbit starvation".
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-05-2016 17:26 PM
"I'm not 43. I'm 19 with 24 years of experience." Me.
Free the Nipple!
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Free the Nipple!       09-05-2016 13:11 PM
I'm pretty sure that even without a media behind it, I'd quite readily get excited over tits.
Getting fit later in life.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Getting fit later in life.       09-05-2016 09:16 AM
I've weight-trained on-and-off since I was about 22, and have always loved riding my bike and playing baseball. I've never been inactive. What has varied is what I eat. When I was younger I ate far more worthless carbs - potatoes, pasta, candy, bread... I also had a habit ingrained in me from childhood of eating everything I could get my hands on and never throwing food away. I also had parents who were - sorry Mom and Dad - shitty cooks. I hated vegetables as a kid because my parents could never prepare them in a way that made anyone want to eat them. Cooked vegetables were always boiled to mush - no salt or butter allowed on them - and salads were this hideous mess of onions and cauliflower, you weren't allowed cheese on it or any dressing other than thousand island, and we had to eat ALL of the salad or NONE of the salad. So I ate none. Because it was gross. When I went out on my own I didn't know how to cook (and neither did Mrs VA) and we ate a lot of garbage. Together we weighed around 570 pounds in the late 90s. As I learned to cook I went from eating mashed potatoes and meatloaf to eating broccolini and steak. Surprise surprise.. I'm in better shape...
Free the Nipple!
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Free the Nipple!       09-05-2016 09:07 AM
I'm definitely pro-boobie. I've always found this to be a funny dichotomy - women simultaneously complain that men stare at boobs, doing so in the workplace is sexual harassment, etc, and yet claim that boobs aren't sexual and shouldn't be treated differently than men's chests.
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-04-2016 23:47 PM
"Expansion project" Got a really hung new guy?
How to teach a man how to kiss
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > How to teach a man how to kiss       09-04-2016 23:44 PM
I would say that for around 50% of women, their oral skills are lousy enough that I'd rather they just not. Anyway - back to the topic. How can we teach people who are bad kissers to be better? Not in the heat of the moment, that's for sure. Other than a workshop or maybe a trusted friend saying "I like you, but we gotta work on this.." I don't see how.
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-04-2016 23:42 PM
You can use the word "collusion" incorrectly until you're blue in the face but that won't change the definition of the word. Every dictionary I search in has some variant of "secret cooperation for an illegal or dishonest purpose". 'Tis not what happened. The EU didn't exist when the deal was made in 1991. Making yourself competitive versus your neighbors is not just fair play, it's common sense. Since that time they joined the EU and are bound by a treaty which prevents them from offering enticements to gain an advantage over the other EU countries. In other words, they have an agreement to not undercut each other. THIS is somewhat closer to the definition of collusion as most people understand it - as in, a type of price-fixing. Still not quite there, but not as off-the-wall as yours.
What's your WOD (workout of the day)
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > What's your WOD (workout of the day)       09-04-2016 22:21 PM
'twas arms today. Back in after being lazy for a couple of weeks....
How to teach a man how to kiss
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > How to teach a man how to kiss       09-04-2016 22:18 PM
Absolutely true. I'm sure some women have thought I was shitty at it too; most likely those whom kissing is like having a bullfrog loose in your mouth. This goes with a lot of other skills too. Some women are abyssmal at oral. Or at least I think so.
How to teach a man how to kiss
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > How to teach a man how to kiss       09-04-2016 22:07 PM
A lot of women complain about this. Truth is, a lot of women suck at it too.
Light vs Heavy lifiting new study.
FORUMS > General Discussions > Fitness > Light vs Heavy lifiting new study.       09-04-2016 21:02 PM
"since my biceps detached from bone a month ago" OUCH!
Free the Nipple!
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Free the Nipple!       09-04-2016 12:39 PM
SLS is bound by what they can legally expose people who are potentially under 18 to. You might not agree with it but that's what it is.
Question for Men
FORUMS > General Discussions > Men Talk > Question for Men       09-04-2016 10:31 AM
Great to see you Bobby. Looking good. Mrs. VA says hello.
Just Wondering
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Just Wondering       09-04-2016 10:26 AM
Bees are on the what now?
Feds Gone Wild
FORUMS > General Discussions > Politics > Feds Gone Wild       09-04-2016 05:12 AM
"Even were you to stuff it in your mattress, you would have to cash the checks first." I know. I was just being silly.
Feds Gone Wild
FORUMS > General Discussions > Politics > Feds Gone Wild       09-03-2016 21:39 PM
Well, Checks = cash as far as the bank secrecy act is concerned. We had a client settle an invoice for $8,400 last week. And then 2 days later refreshed their retainer floor with a check for $2,000. That could quite easily be seen as an attempt to circumvent BSA reporting.
Feds Gone Wild
FORUMS > General Discussions > Politics > Feds Gone Wild       09-03-2016 14:23 PM
It has occurred to me that our current business is at risk for being flagged for this sort of thing. Almost all of our customers pay by check, and almost all of the payments are in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. Sometimes several checks will come in succession, paying multiple invoices, with each check being less than $10,000, but the aggregate being more. So - how does one protect themselves, other than going the Mickey route and stuffing everything in a mattress?
Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Quote of the Day - Meaningful, provocative and amusing quotes       09-03-2016 13:42 PM
From my daughter's Facebook page: I don't care who the next president is as long as they decide if we are doing chip or swipe. I'm sick of looking dumb as fuck at the register.
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-03-2016 12:41 PM
Some have said that this may prompt a push for Ireland to also leave the EU, except that we don't have a cool name for their doing so, like Brexit or Grexit. Irexit?
The morning news anything worth conversing about
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > The morning news anything worth conversing about       09-03-2016 12:39 PM
Follow-up.... posted with some editing for length... The European Commission concluded an enquiry into Apple's European tax situation, concluding that the company owes Ireland $13.5 billion in unpaid taxes. But the case is anything but closed, as both Apple and Ireland have decided to appeal the ruling. Why doesn't Ireland want Apple to give it about $3,000 per person? Because Ireland thinks that Apple paid all the taxes it owes. The European Commission contends that Ireland gave Apple preferential treatment, breaking European rules. But Ireland is keen to maintain its reputation as a business-friendly country with low tax rates, and getting this decision overturned is a crucial part of that. Apple CEO Tim Cook has already described the EC's ruling as "total political crap," and that the decision would almost certainly be reversed on appeal. ----- Well, at least Ireland is trying to hold up its end of the bargain. If they don't do what they can to hold up their end, their credibility when it comes to future deals is zero. As to how legal the deal was in the first place or whether it may be overturned on appeal, I have no idea. But if Ireland made a deal that wasn't legal, at least they are taking responsibility for that.
Happy Thoughts -- 2016
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Happy Thoughts -- 2016       09-03-2016 11:52 AM
HT: Today is our daughter's 25th birthday. She'll definitely be home. She lives in Norfolk, VA, which is currently flooded due to Hermine. FB: I never understood why flooding in the Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach area never makes the news. Like, ever. I remember in 2009 we got 13 inches of rain from the remnant of Hurricane Ida and the whole area was paralyzed for days. Tropical storm Nicole caused tremendous flooding - we had friends take pictures of ducks swimming in their yards. Image search Hermine Norfolk flooding - much of the city is up to the windows of parked cars.
Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls
FORUMS > General Discussions > Games > Submit the best lines from your favorite emails on sls       09-03-2016 11:48 AM
From a 69 year old single guy: "Come to boynton beach to play, free motel. O yeah we have a pool.xx " I'm sure this would come off as extremely mean, but.... What in our profile would make anyone think that Mrs. VA would to hop in the car and drive 200 miles to go fuck a senior citizen she's never met? Sean Connery excepted.
What's for Dinner
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > What's for Dinner       09-02-2016 12:30 PM
"not my fault, I didn't make it" I don't know if there are established rules of waiting tables but one of them surely is that you are responsible for whatever comes to the table, especially if it's something visually noticeable (for instance, if it had shards of glass jammed into the crust - they couldn't see that and I wouldn't hold them responsible for it, but if they were noticeable, I would). A friend of ours once said she would take a look at the food coming out and ask herself two questions: 1. Is this what was ordered? 2. Would I eat this? #2 of course is a more generic question i.e. even though you are vegan Rabbit you still know a good steak from a burned one. If the answer to either of those was no they wouldn't run it to the table.
How's the Weather Out There
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > How's the Weather Out There       09-02-2016 09:21 AM
The 12 hours of rain following the passing of a cyclone is upon us. Just sort of a pissy day. The outer edges of the hurricane just barely grazed us, from about 1-4 AM it was pretty damn stormy.
Guns
FORUMS > General Discussions > Open Forum > Guns       09-01-2016 12:57 PM
Since a dove is a symbol of peace, is shooting one akin to Matthew Modine's "duality of man" thing from Full Metal Jacket?
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