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  1. Today I found out that whale songs are the scariest things on the planet.

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    2. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      @Rogerpoco Well, I am a shallow bastard, I'm judging the boy based purely on its looks.

      As someone who has clearly immersed themselves in the many legged world of the insect, what insect would find itself on the patent pending 'not-nice bug' list? Is it an obvious choice, like a venomous/poisonous, bug (Spider, scorpion, wasp), or something that's just a pain to keep alive due to specialized environments, I know insects are pretty hardy but there's sure to be a few diva's out there.

    3. Rogerpoco

      Rogerpoco

      Oh, Assassin bugs aren't hard to keep, but you do NOT wanna get bit by one!

      Centipedes-'pedes with a nasty bite can really hurt you, they are insanely fast, and they are a bit difficult to keep.

      Tarantulas are funny-there are mean ones, and nice ones, by species, and also dangerous and not dangerous ones, based on species(none actually lethal.)

      Most New Worlds are "nice", but the ones that aren't are especially ornery, big show of defense to scare you-but they can't much hurt you, mostly the bite itself, not the venom.

      Old Worlds, however, are mostly referred to as "ornamentals", i.e., don't ever mess with it, it'll hurt you.

      They mostly run and hide, they seem aware of their potent venom, but if it tags you, you'll likely go to the E.R., haha!!!

      Scorpions, not quite the same, but similar-you can handle "Joe" over here, who kinda looks the same as "Pat" over there, but Joe won't ever sting you, and Pat will kill you.

      :)

    4. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      So, much like any other pet/companion with the looks being generally off-putting to many. Now I'm wondering if there's anybody crazy enough to try and be a 'wasp-keeper'

  2. Just found a SMB3 cart on the side of the road. How odd.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Were you walking?   Driving?  How'd you happen to notice it?

    3. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      Walking the dog. Folks like to put stuff out on the side of the road so that anybody can take their pick before it gets hauled away, a pretty effective form of recycling if you ask me. It was shoved down the side of a box partially obscured by an old receipt printer of all things.

      Not a bad find considering how vigilant folks are about 'the good stuff' around here.

    4. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      @CPUWIZ do you still have that photoshopped Westboro sign? GOD HATES NES - NES FRIES GOD LAUGHS :lol:

  3. Your consistency is consistently inconsistent

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      Much like every point-of-sale card reader currently in use!

  4. Smoke alarms started chirping at 2 this morning, no stores open until 7. No batteries in the apartment, no hope, no sleep.

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    2. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      They're hooked up to the mains as well, we took the batteries out and they still kept beeping. And beeping, and beeping, and beeping.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      If they beep without the batteries,    Umm ...  Then why do they even need batteries?

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I know,  I know..In case fire knocks the power out.

  5. Screw it!

    I'm takin' a nap!

    1. CPUWIZ

      CPUWIZ

      Who's?

    2. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      Nap's cancelled, I couldn't find one.

    3. Kiwi

      Kiwi

      Yeah, naps are hard to find.

  6. According to the Internet, Mario dies today.

     

    https://tinyurl.com/mario-is-dead-bro

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    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      If that is Japanese time, they're already into morning hours of April 1 which means he's dead now.

    4. Serguei2

      Serguei2

      I smell April Fools.

  7. I bricked my RetroN 5. Wow, that was easy, apparently my Virtua Racer cartridge is cursed.

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    2. RockyRaccoon

      RockyRaccoon

      Virtua Racer probably isn't gonna work on anything short of official hardware due to the special chips in it. It doesn't even work on the Genesis III that was made by Majesco, officially with a license even!

    3. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      All I have left for racing games is Hard Drivin' 2 on DOS, you wouldn't wish such a horrible fate upon me, would you?

    4. zylon

      zylon

      could try the Saturn port, if you have one. I have a Gen 3, and one of the clone versions. Neither will run that game

  8. What do Rob Zombie, the B52's, and Britney Spears have in common?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Upzye9Ctw

     

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Now,  That's quite the Mashup!

    2. thanatos

      thanatos

      Hah, I played this, and 30 seconds later my wife ran downstairs "Why are you playing Britney Spears?".  And she loved the mashup!

       

  9. It was 7 dollars buy it now, the listing had been sitting for three or so days, I was astonished.
  10. It's mainly to boost what I feel is a bit weak from the speakers, a few songs will distort but they're mainly lower bitrate files and oddly enough a few songs from Gotye's Making Mirrors. My JVC also has the 4KHZ and 16KHZ sliders all the way up with the rest sitting in the middle. I boost the crap out of the treble because I like my music to sound crispy and sparkly, slowly distancing myself from overwhelming bass that tends to eat up the high end stuff. I own more cassettes than CD's funnily enough, I enjoy the process of dropping them in the player more than clicking in a CD. And you're right, the deck literally is only 'half decent'. I'm still amazed that a deck that's clearly been in a garage for a decade sounds better than well maintained/cared for units. If you want to see a crazy EQ take a good look at this guy. No it does not sound good, I only use it as a weapon to make audiophiles cringe until their teeth shatter.
  11. Hmmm, the acoustic void. Indeed, there isn't much you can do with that. Unless of course you lack both taste and an aversion to curtains.
  12. Whoo, for a price like that those speakers better make the room shake. I can't even imagine a reality where I'd be able to both afford and have a place to put a setup that massive. Acoustics are really tricky. My setup is in my bedroom, hooked up to my PC with the two speakers pointed directly down my dirty disgusting ears, so I have the luxury of all my crap soaking up the noise and a really directed stream of sound. If you're in a big echoing family room or just a room with really bad acoustics I can see how much of that research can go down the toilet when everything gets hooked up (If bad acoustics are your problem that is). I know they're making sound absorbing/proof stuff a bit less ugly these days so that's always an option. Or you can go my route, which is to get as much clutter as possible into your space so that any form of echo is impossible.
  13. While I will sometimes jump to spend too much money on something I don’t really need, I’m generally a ‘cheap bastard’. I won’t usually spend a lot of money on something as long as it’s good enough. Nowhere is my cheapness more evident than in my audio setup. Let me just say this, I am not an audiophile, I think the lengths some people will go to and the amounts they pay for the smallest jump in audio quality is utterly strange, especially when they’re not in the situation to make such investments. Now, my current setup is a ramshackle mix of equipment from all over the place. Let’s start with the heart of it all. My stereo is a 1984 JVC R-K200 Digital Synthesizer and Stereo Receiver, whilst it can put out some serious volume it’s also crusty as hell. It runs too hot in the summer, the power supply buzzes, and the radio is weak. The headphone jack is too noisy to use and half the time if you press any of the buttons the right channel will cut out and you have to gently finger the buttons to make it reappear again, but it works, and for 25 bucks that’s good enough. For those interested in the stats: For audio playback I have an autoreverse ‘twin’ cassette deck. It’s an Onkyo R1 TA-RW303 and I believe it was found in a garage. It had leaves in the cassette mechanism and was full of spiders but the belts are excellent and it has no noticeable wow or flutter, in fact this piece of junk is better than my previous three decks which all had speed issues. The big problem with this guy is that the ‘B’ deck is unusable. The mechs work great but as the motor heats up it begins to splice in static that makes it impossible to listen to. It also records this static onto tapes so I can’t make anymore mixtapes, how sad. But deck ‘A’ plays and it plays good and for 20 bucks that all I can really ask for. Speakers, now these aren’t the sorts of things you cheap out on. You can have the best stereo on the planet but if you use it with bunk speakers it’s greatness is a moot point. Bad speakers make bad sounds. Of course I cheaped out on my speakers! I found these lads for a grand total of 10 bucks for the pair, and this is where I got luckiest, forget the amazing garage deck these things make that look like crap. I got two Klipsch’s for five bucks each. To be specific they’re satellite speakers for Klipsch’s most recent Quintet Speaker system. The reason these guys flew under the radar is because they are some of the saddest looking speakers Klipsch has ever made. They’re small they’re unassuming and if it wasn’t for that tiny Klipsch badge on the easily destroyed speaker grille you’d have no idea what they were. I suspect that most stores would treat these little guys similarly to the store I got my pair from. Either they’re glanced over because they’re small and look kinda crappy, like a bunch of those budget surround systems from the early 2000’s, or they’re priced down because even though they’re Klipsch’s they’re not their fancy/higher end speakers or it’s not a complete set. But the sound, what do they sound like? I’ve been kinda trashing how they look so can they make up for that in the sound? Well… Yes, oh my shit yes! Just the two I have provide a better surround experience than the Bose system my parents dumped on me. The separation of the audio levels is unbelievable, even on muddier EDM or hair metal tracks with a lot of mids and bass the two don’t blend and homogenize. The treble is incredibly crisp, vocals are incredible, and with some EQ tweaking, mainly further boosting the treble and mid-level bass, they sound just heavenly. Some sounds just seems to roll over you whilst others feel like they’re sitting directly in front of you, the sounds of crowds and even echoes in tracks just feel enormous. The only weak point for these guys is the sub bass, it’s weak. Now looking at my EQ you’ll see that I basically killed the already limited sub bass, but that’s for a reason. I live in an apartment, and as with most apartments the things separating me from my neighbors are particle board and balsa wood so I can’t have really heavy bass on all the time. Lowering the 32k zone still leaves enough so that I’m not missing anything in the music, kick drums and lower basslines are still represented wonderfully but not so much that my neighbors can participate in my listening. So before I rattle on about bass I’ll just say this. Klipsch Quintet 5 Satellite speakers: Incredible, good noise separation, crisp, great soundscape, with some basic EQ tweaking they are unbeatable for any genre of music. Alright, time for bass. The last thing an apartment dweller like myself needs is a big stinky subwoofer, which is why I’m always confused when I see people move in and they have a big stinky subwoofer in tow. The Bose system that’s in the living room has a woofer and I have it turned all the way down because the last thing my neighbors need is to listen to my music along with me. Whenever I see a subwoofer I immediately think ‘noise complaint’ because that’s all its gonna net you. Now, I do actually own a subwoofer, but I had to be considerate in what I purchased. It couldn’t be something I put on the floor; it would rattle my downstairs neighbor’s ceiling with some of the tracks I listen to. I need something small, with an unconventional form factor to allow easy when not in use. Folks I found something that fits those criteria perfectly, and it’s from 1995. Those old enough to really be into Sega back in the day may remember seeing the Aura Interactor on clearance in stores, well they made a general use version that can hook up to computers and TV’s. Yes, a novelty subwoofer from 1995 is my solution. The bass is pumped directly into my back not letting it dissipate through the building and I can lower the levels so that I can comfortably hear/feel it without annoying anyone. I usually have it turned off but for a few select songs I’ll switch it on, otherwise I just use it like a conventional back cushion for my computer chair. It can still pump out some massive bass though and you can get some serious volume from it without distortion. Due to them being a novelty you can find them on Ebay for relatively cheap and I’d say their performance rivals that of name-brand woofers that go for double or triple the money. So in total I paid 135 dollars for my entire setup: 25 for the stereo, 20 for the cassette deck, 10 for the speakers and 80 for the subwoofer. Now, you probably won’t find comparable prices for those online, especially the speakers, that was just plain luck. Interact cushions have actually dropped in price if you don’t mind a preowned one; I’m seeing a few on Ebay for 50 to 60 bucks. The Cassette Deck is entirely subjective, I know most folks would rather have a turntable and it looks like the model of deck I have is slightly desirable but in its current condition I think the price was fair. And besides, there are so many decks out there that going after a specific model is rather futile. The stereo is hovering around the 50 dollar range online and shipping probably won’t be very fun. As for the speakers I think the value for money is incredible, even at Ebay prices, each speaker is easily worth 100 dollars loose, which is awesome since the whole system can still be found for around 550 dollars from some retailers. So, I’m curious, now that I’ve talked for way too long about my setup, what’s yours look like? Do you even have one? Is it vintage? Modern? Are you a headphone user? Whaddaya rockin’? I need to know
  14. Raise your hand if you woke up this morning.

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    2. zylon

      zylon

      woke up this morning, and the sun was gone. Turned on some music to start my day....

    3. McCallister

      McCallister

      Pics or it didn't happen.

    4. DoctorSpuds
  15. This Beat Service...

    It's quite special, isn't it?

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      https://111kuroyanagi1.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/1991-honda-beat-9-6k-pp1-sale-japan.jpg

       

      Right name, right colours 😉

  16. Hangdog: A word that exists.

    1. pacman000

      pacman000

      It means sad, dejected; imagine a dog walking along the road with its head held low.  First written in the 1600's.

       

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangdog

    2. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      Look, some days you just gotta let it fly free....oh. HangDOG. No second N. Uhhhh disregard.

  17. DoctorSpuds

    Digital Illustrations

    A collection of illustrations I've done. Nothing too special, this is just a good place to lodge them.
  18. From the album: Digital Illustrations

    © 2021 DoctorSpuds

  19. It seems I have inexplicably developed a mild Brooklyn accent exclusively for words ending in 'OG'

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    2. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      Dog is dawg

      Bog is bawg

      but...

      Precognizant is prec-ah-gnizant

      and Predognizant is pred-aw-gnizant.

      what the hell is this?

    3. Wally1

      Wally1

      Maybe it's a trip you once took.

       

      Or a TV show you saw.

       

    4. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      It's a mystery.

  20. Ah crap! Stretched my neck wrong and now I can't turn my head to the left. I have a good feeling about today.

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    2. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      Just got back from work and nah, she ain't feelin' better. What a time to realize I ain't got any Tylenol at my apartment.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Go buy some Ibuprofen!    (It's $1 at the Dollar store.)

    4. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      You think I got Ibuprofen money?

  21. DoctorSpuds

    The N64 (1996)

    From the album: Digital Illustrations

    An ugly, but iconic, console.
  22. So it is true. Portland does just shut down when even a bit of snow falls. Looks like I'm not going in to work today.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      We've only got an inch but it's very frigid (-1 realfeel -11) and due to a COVID Test (already negative; Yay!), I'm gonna let one of the other drivers get some extra hours, so I'm Off Tonight Too!  YAY!!!!    Off yesterday, and now a 3 day Weekend!! WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo!

    3. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      In their defense, PGE is reporting 200k people without power.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I didn't know that Portland game show had no power!

  23. From the album: Digital Illustrations

    With the Voice!

    © DoctorSpuds

  24. From the album: Digital Illustrations

    Miserable beige failure.

    © 2021 DoctorSpuds

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