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  1. pop top says:

    Whoo! Trailer races and school bus figure-8s tonight. Replaying Mass Effect 2 for the third time. Doing a Renegade Adept run. Playing as a non-Soldier is quite a different experience. I miss my sniper rifle the most. :(

    • grucifer says:

      Did you see the stats released regarding ME2 play throughs?

      Apparently 80% of people have only played through as the solider class.

      I loved playing through as an Infiltrator. Those sniper rifles you get towards the end of the game are amazing. I still need to go through and play it again, was working on the hardest difficulty but got distracted. Apparently the new DLC is pretty solid too.

      • pop top says:

        I did see that, it was really interesting (especially knowing that two people played the game almost 30 times each, crazy!). I am one of those Soldier-only players. Played ME1 that way, and my first three playthroughs of ME2, so I thought I’d try something different. I’m really digging all the biotic powers, but they’re not very effective at long-range, so I have to make sure to take one of the snipers with me. Lair of the Shadow Broker is AWESOME and gives you a ton of cool stuff. Much much better than the Hammerhead or Overlord DLC.

        • grucifer says:

          Yea, can’t believe someone played it that many times either. Insane. I played ME1 as my Infiltrator too and will do the same for ME3, hopefully this data they’ve collected helps make the game even better. I’ve messed with an engineer before, I feel like it’s really hard to be effective with biotic’s and stuff, but that probably has more to do with my play style than anything else.

          I’ve stayed away from DLC (I hate paying for such small add-ons) but reading how much people are liking LotSB I may have to suck it up and purchase it. The fact that it’s a bridge from ME2 to ME3 makes it even more enticing.

          This series has definitely been one of the best I’ve ever played though.

          • pop top says:

            IIRC the stats said that Engineer was the least-played class, and from what I’ve read online, everyone hates it because it’s terrible. Try playing the Adept if you want a good biotic class. Pair it with either Warp Ammo or Reave and you’ll be set. Also take a sniper around with you like I said. I had fun playing with Slam when I had it as an additional power, so I wanted to try a class that was pretty much pure biotics. You have to be open to playing a completely different way though. I’m concerned about having to fight Scions without my sniper rifle; that’s going to be really difficult. :(

            • grucifer says:

              I’ll def give that strat a try, sounds like fun! It’s been awhile since I played so another play through is probably right around the corner.

  2. NarcolepticGirl says:

    So, I started collecting NBA cards a month ago.
    I have about 35 (upper deck) cards that are misprinted.
    I heard way back in baseball card days, misprints were something to collect on their own.
    I haven’t seen many NBA misprint cards for sale. So I’m guessing they’re garbage.

    So, is this something that people just deal with when collecting cards?
    Would it be ridiculous to contact Upper Deck and ask them for replacements?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      back in the day baseball cards were eventually garbage too. it’s the rarity of the thing that increases its value over time. having worked in collectibles before [toys] i’ve seen how a misprinted tag or package is the hottest thing until it turns out the entire pre christmas production had the problem and now the rare thing is the correctly printed/painted/tagged item.
      so the eventual value of a misprint will depend on how rare it actually is, and how long you intend to keep it.
      also on how popular the player is for sports. a player that has a short career or doesn’t sell a lot of cards will eventually be the rarity.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        yeah, some of these are the number one players.
        I guess I don’t know how many are out there – as I don’t see anyone really selling any.

        I’m kind of pissed, though. Cards aren’t cheap like back in the day – and I’ve got 3-4 packs worth of cards that are incorrect.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          if the misprint is the rarity, it will eventually [probably] pay for itself and then some. if the whole run was misprinted, then the values reverse.
          try to find out if the whole run was misprinted and how long it went before it was fixed. if they cared enough to fix it.

    • humphrmi says:

      How old are the cards? It’s been my experience (which admittedly ended about 20 years ago) that misprints, like regular cards, only increase in value with age, not usually faster but often more. So newer ones, not so much. Older ones, maybe. Also, don’t look at places like ebay and craigslist for prices… if you have a card shop in town, take them there.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        These are new cards. Well, 09-10 actually.
        I have a small collection from the early 90s but they’re all fine.

        maybe I’ll just keep them around. Some of them are pretty funny misprints.
        Most are misprints because they have another player’s name and stats and the incorrect photo.
        A couple of misspellings.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Go and ask. If they’re willing to offer the exchange, then they are worth lots of money. If they refuse, they are probably worthless.

  3. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Kitty in a box!

    Mah honey graduates federal LEO training today. He’s officially an agent! I’m really bummed that I can’t be there. Monday he leaves for Arizona, where he is assigned. So the next time I go see him, it will be there. Unfortunately, I don’t know when that will be. I hope it’s soon.

    And them bad guys better not touch him or I’ll have to go all Joker on their ass. >:)

  4. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    got my second movie makeup work starting this weekend… odd how it’s all been this year even though i’ve been doing special effects and makeup for decades.
    only, now the rehearsal times are getting shifted due to other people’s conflicts and i’m just trying to find out if i need to be up early tomorrow, sunday or NEXT weekend, and if so – i’m still waiting on the location of the rehearsal.
    maybe this is why i never got into this professionally….

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      A lot of film work is spent in th extremely glamorous pursuits of waiting around and trying to figure out what will happen when!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        if i was getting paid to wait, or even paid to do the work, i’d be all over it.
        at least this team is offering to pay for the supplies.
        that’s why this has generally been a hallowe’en hobby only for the last several years.

        • JulesNoctambule says:

          I have a friend who used to be a movie extra; she said she’s never been paid so much to do so little in all her life. It’s good that this group is paying for the supplies — that’s the absolute least they could do, considering your skills!

  5. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Woo-hoo, Renegade Craft Fair here in Chicago this weekend!
    What’s everybody else’s plans?

  6. Oranges w/ Cheese says:


    And a belated L’Shana Tova y’all! :)

    I absolutely MUST start getting to bed earlier, and getting to the gym in the mornings. I just can’t get tired though. I don’t understand – I’m getting 5 hours of sleep if I’m lucky and yet when 10pm rolls around the next night I’m not tired! Ugh, what do I do? Sleeping pills make it even harder to wake up in the mornings.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      Maybe drink a glass or two of wine or read a book in bed starting around 9.
      Take a hot shower/warm bath.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Also, turn the lights down or off.. it really does help. It surpised me that durring the hurricane when we had no power for 2 weeks, we were all going to bed very early because it got so dark and there was nothing to do. It gets you tired, fast. lol.

    • theycallmeGinger says:

      Regular exercise will help. I usually sleep like a baby when I’ve been working out. In addition to other exercise, I take Ashtanga yoga and it’s a good workout — makes you sweat (a lot), works both anaerobically and aerobically, and is good for learning how to quiet the mind.

      Try natural remedies. I’ve always found melatonin to work well and doesn’t make you drowsy in the AM. Valerian may work for you, too. I just saw an ad for a new OTC pill that contains a mix of herbal sleep remedies. Might be worth a try. And, it sounds cliché, but a glass of milk will usually induce sleepiness.

    • pop top says:

      If you go the hot bath/shower route, use lavender-scented soap or body wash, or spritz your pillow with some lavender scent.

    • mac-phisto says:

      me too. i’ve been pretty worn down all week b/c i can’t get to sleep/stay asleep at nite. last nite was the exception – got a quality 8 hours solid without the usual wakeups every 90 minutes.

      & yet today i feel more rundown than i’ve felt all week. :(

      i think it’s the seasonal changes for me. i always have a really tough time what with the days getting shorter & all the DST nonsense.

  7. Magspie says:

    Book club is at my house tonight. I’ve got some cleaning and cooking to do. Anybody here read Blindness by Jose Saramago?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I’ve read about half of it. It’s riveting to read, but maddening in the way it’s written. I know it’s part of the charm, but it makes it harder to read.

      • Magspie says:

        I really liked the writing style. I love the way it doesn’t give you a chance to catch your breath. I’m generally a pretty fast reader, but a lot of the time I like to slow down and savor the language as I go. This book gives you absolutely no chance to do that, and I think it adds to the experience, especially in the intense parts. But there are some people coming tonight who don’t read a lot of fiction and are pissed about the lack of punctuation. I’m pretty excited about the discussion we’ll have.

  8. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    In the “most important technology” thread yesterday, a lot of people mentioned TiVo.

    It wasn’t apparent to me just how incredible TiVo is until last week. Apparently we’re getting close to pro football season and college has already begun. Guess what Mr. Pi wants to do all weekend, every weekend. Watch football. And baseball. Guess who doesn’t care for either one. I think TiVo singlehandedly saves millions of couples from fighting over the TV remote every single week.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I don’t have Tivo but I have DVR and I can totally agree. It has completely changed the dynamic of how I watch TV and how much we don’t have to fight over it anymore. I can set all my shows to record and watch them while Mr. Aroo is at work, without commercials. He doesn’t like sports (thank God) but he has taken to playing his computer games on our HDTV, so the screen is busy when he is home. It works out for me though because he works different hours than I do and I don’t mind letting him use the tv durring the hours he’s actually home.

      I LOVE that I can breeze through all of the ads.. I used to hate watching things with cliff-hanger ad breaks (I’m looking at you American Idol and Project Runway) but now that I can just hit the skip button a few times I don’t feel like I’m waiting forever, and cutting down 3 hours of AI to a more reasonable hour and 45ish minutes (I’m guessing, lol..) is so much better. I don’t think I could stand to watch that show for that long if I had to wait through the commercials.

      Another revolutionary thing like this, for me, has been Netflix.. Similarly the arguments about “what to rent” are totally gone. Renting before was SO EXPENSIVE from Blockbuster and Hollywood video and we would argue about renting too many movies at a time and wasting money on movies that were totally not even worth watching. (Really Mr. Aroo, as much as I know you don’t want to watch The Devil Wears Prada, I don’t want to watch Kung Fu Enter The Fist or whatever stupid fake kung fu movie that was. Pick something we both want to watch for $7.50.) Now with Netflix we take more chances on what we watch because the investment risk is so much lower.. ESPECIALLY with streaming on the Roku because if you hate the movie you can just turn it off and pick something else. I’ve watched so many more unusual things this way.. and some of it has actually been entertaining. lol.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        a friend of mine was watching something on netflix instant streaming and mentioned later how much she hated it but just kept watching it because she felt like she had to. years of ingrained habits i guess for watching movies you paid individually for…

  9. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOHOOOO! I’m not sure if I’m more exited about it being Open Thread time or the fact that it’s Friday and I get to go home soon.

    I got my new Android phone over the long weekend! WOO! It’s pretty nifty so far.. but the experience I had durring the purchase was pretty miserable. I’d share but I figure most people will tell me, “Well that’s your fault for shopping at Best Buy,” but the Best Buy stores in our area are usually great for what we need them for.

    I’m also pretty stoked that this week I got back into knitting. I was inspired by Laura Northrup, so I knitted myself a sleeve for the Short size cups at Starbucks because the cardboard ones they offer don’t fit them. (Picture: Yesterday I was hanging out with my dad and he took me to the yarn store to buy yarn for me to make him a “neck gaitor” or neckwarmer for when he’s riding his motorcycle. That should be fun and easy.

    I took some really cute pictures of Bastien the other day, and submitted them to the Consumerist Pool: and

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      I think the link to your sleeve pic is broken :/

      love the cat pictures!

      A few months ago, I decided to get a smartphone (Droid) for the first time – up until then I was using a regular cellphone and didn’t want to spend the money each month for anything more.
      But – it can do EVERYYYYYYYYYYYYthing for me!

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Oh, sorry.. it was my ) that broke it. This should work:

        • NarcolepticGirl says:

          That’s awesome!

          Maybe I’ll try to learn how to knit something like that.
          I knit 1/4 of a blanket when I was 13 – so I probably have some learning to do!

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            Aside from loads of books from the library, the website helped me so much because they actually show you what to do on video. Perhaps that’ll help refresh your memory ; )

            • HogwartsProfessor says:

              I’m going to look at that. I tried to teach myself but had a hard time. A little book I bought looks helpful but I haven’t really read it yet, LOL. Maybe the videos will pick up where the book doensn’t.

              I can do counted cross stitch, but I wanna knit a sweater!!!!

    • mac-phisto says:

      which phone/service did you end up going with? i’ve been looking in that direction, but i can’t make up my mind. i want to go w/ sprint (b/c they seem to have the best deal plan-wise), but when i went to look at the evo, the thing is GIGANTOR! like ipad-sized. how the hell am i supposed to fit that thing in my pocket?!? i like the incredible or the aria (size-wise), but i’m not too crazy about verizon’s plan options & i’ve been trying to dump at&t for close to a millennium.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I’m sticking with AT&T because my whole family uses them, so we really use a lot of the free minutes. I got the Aria, and I really do like it. It does fit in my pocket, and my pockets are really small because I’m a very petite woman. (Like, size 0. lol.) The only reason I mention my size at all is because finding things that do fit in my teeny pockets.

        If you can stand going to Best Buy they are selling it for 99 dollars and there are no mail-in-rebates and no activation fee. At the AT&T store it’s 229 + 18 activation fee, with a 100 dollar mail in rebate, and I didn’t want to wait and pay extra.

    • Fidget says:

      Oh my God. Bastien is adorable. So much love.

  10. JulesNoctambule says:

    Box does not please kitty — she looks peeved.

    I’m knee-deep in things for the show I’m doing next weekend, and have given in to greed and made things that might appeal to the sepia-toned goth and Twitlight crowds. I hate to admit it, but throwing a few clock parts onto something or adding the word ‘vampire’ is almost like printing money in the basement these days. I’ve made plenty of other things, too; my favourites so far are these:

  11. dragonfire81 says:

    My wife and I had a long discussion about whether or not men or women usually do the dishes at home. In the last several places I’ve lived, I’ve been the dish cleaner designate. I don’t like to do them but I will because although I dislike doing dishes, I dislike a sink piled full of them even more. I’ve lived with people who play the “Endurance” game of letting the dishes pile up until someone gets fed up with it and finally does them. I hate that with a passion.

    Who cleans dishes in your household?

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      The husband does the dishes almost without exception. He says it’s only fair play, considering I’m the better cook and so I do most of the cooking.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I cook and manage our finances, and he does 98% of the cleaning. I’ll do laundry if I see it getting full, and I’ll do dishes when I notice a few that need to be put in the dishwasher, or we’ve let it pile up, but Mr. Pi does most of the cleaning. I cook, he cleans.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      Boyfriend cooks. So I do the dishes.

      I’m guessing if I liked to cook – he would do the dishes.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      My husband does 99% of the grocery shopping and cooking, so I usually do the dish washing. But if we have company, or I’ve super busy with something else, he help with, or do the dishes. I still absolutely hate dish washing, but hate cooking and grocery shopping more. If it were left to me, we’d probably eat popcorn or peanut butter sandwiches for dinner every night.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        wow. I thought I was the only adult female that hates cooking or grocery shopping (although I like finding coupons)!
        When I was single – I ate whatever was on sale at CVS on the corner of my street. Usually this was ramen noodles, a can of soup or a box of ritz crackers.

        • hotdogsunrise says:

          You are definitely not the only girl that doesn’t enjoy cooking. I don’t mind grocery shopping, but I much prefer not doing it.

          I sometimes feel like I should learn how to cook. But I just don’t care for it.

          • pop top says:

            I like cooking, but prefer baking. I pretty much hate grocery shopping in genereal. The only part I like is when I find new, interesting items (like Strawberry Milkshake Oreos!).

            • SugarMag says:

              I hate baking (and suck at it) and enjoy cooking. I made a peach cake for a funeral last month, even went out to get cake flour, and people took one bite, then threw it away. Yeah me.

              • pop top says:

                A peach cake? That sounds weird, even to me, and I love peaches. Honestly, baking isn’t really that hard to do since you just follow the recipe. To me, cooking is harder because you have to know how long to cook things, what flavors go well with what, etc. Baking is just a formula. Do you know what your problem was?

          • pecan 3.14159265 says:

            We both had mothers who were okay cooks, but not great cooks. After a childhood of store-bought crap and horrific mystery meals (me) and unhealthy, grease laden cooking (my husband), I vowed that we could never eat that way again and never subject our future kids to that kind of cooking.

            I really enjoy cooking and grocery shopping. It’s therapy for me. I also look at it this way: you can’t control the weather, the economy, and anything else that might happen to you – but you can control how you eat and what you eat, so cooking is one of the ways I can ensure that we eat healthier and better food than what we did when we were kids.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      Daughter does the dishes.. that’s what kids are for! :P The cook shouldnt do the dishes..

      Back in the old days, the women did the dishes because most of them were homemakers. That time is over as most households are supported by 2 incomes these days. So the main household chores should be divided up.

      I usually do the lawn, the garbage, wash the cars, and clean my bathroom. Our daughter does the dishes, living room and the main bathroom. My wife will do the floors our room, the finances and the cooking.. it seems to work well.

    • pop top says:

      We split the dishes usually. I’ll wash them and he’ll dry them if it’s a big load, or we’ll take turns based on who cooked that day.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I do (man) and she does laundry. I think I’d rather switch, because she is lazy about the laundry. Of course, she’d probably be lazy about the dishes.

      I guess she’s just lazy…

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I think it might depend on what you grew up doing and what was expected of you. I grew up doing dishes in my house and I still do them today (with the dishwasher.) Mr. Aroo grew up having his mom do everything in their house except vacuuming, so Mr. Aroo is a star vacuum operator. His mother is OCD and she didn’t trust anyone else to do the cleaning, but vacuuming their 2 story house was too much for her to handle. She taught Mr. Aroo how to vacuum in straight lines so that the tracks in the carpet are all straight and uniform and then she left him to it. He still vacuums the same way to this day… it makes me laugh because I couldn’t care less if the lines are straight. LOL.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      He mostly does the dishes, but I’ll pitch in and do them if I have the time.
      He seems to like vacuuming so I’ll let him do that.
      I do the laundry. I also sweep and mop, and clean the bathroom.
      I work less (40/wk, and he does 50+/ wk, plus 1 hr commute each way) so I tend to do more around the house.

      We pick up and tidy together-
      turn on some tunes and get to working!

    • SugarMag says:

      Whoever cooks does not do the dishes. I’d rather cook than clean up so it works out.

      I’m embarrassed to say though, my mother does them one day a week while I’m at work. She comes to see her grandkitty, who is alone all day. She’s a loaner cat for the cat-less.

      I dont have a dishwasher. Lotsa old places do not. I’ve never had a dishwasher in my whole adult life, believe it or not. (I’d love one though!)

    • slyabney says:

      If roommate’s boyfriend has not contributed to the dishes pile, then generally we just take turns.

      If roommate’s boyfriend has contributed to the dishes pile (which when they are together increase exponentially), I leave it all for them.

      I tend to wash and use the same cup day to day and eat foods that require little cooking/prep dishes. So I don’t feel bad about leave the dishes for them. I wash all pots and/or baking trays the same day of use.

    • DoubleBaconVeggieBurger says:

      Husband does the dishes, I do the cooking. Although he got out of most of the dishes last week by slicing his finger open while washing a knife. 5 stitches later, I think I’ll be washing the knives for awhile.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I do, but there is no one else in my household. I don’t like them to sit but sometimes after dinner I’m just too fracking tired.

      If my honey and I were in the same house, I guess we’d take turns. We’re not at that point yet. I did NOT let him help when he was visiting, him being a guest and all, but if he were over there all the time or I were at his place a lot, I’d expect we’d pitch in and help each other.

    • katia802 says:

      Hubby is now officially never working a regular job again, so he does the dishes, and makes sure the kitty and doggy bowls are full. Pretty much everything else I do after school. Takes him all day to do a load of dinner dishes because he has to take so many breaks to sit. He does all he can, so I don’t mind doing what’s left

  12. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    Cat needs its eyebrows trimmed. Whiskers are about the right length, but might as well trim those too, while you’re at it.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Do not trim kitteh whiskers!
      Those help them keep balance and orient themselves, trimming them can affect them in strange ways – bumping walls and poor balance.
      My sister used to trim our House Cat’s whiskers, and my pops gave her what-for when he found out.

    • pop top says:

      Why would you trim your cat’s whiskers and eyebrows? That seems completely silly.

    • Cantras says:

      I’m kindof amazed that more people haven’t notice that some 90% of your posts are anti-cat and borderline trolling. Like half a dozen “ugliest cat I’ve ever seen” posts and whinging about there being cats.

  13. SonarTech52 says:

    Lord of the Rings Online goes free to play today.. thinking of checking that out…the wife and I are currently playing DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online) and we like it.. Most of the guys are jealous and wish that their wives would play with them :P

    Glad it’s Friday!!

    Ive been thinking of starting a business to help people set up their electronics (home theatre, TV, game systems, home networking) PC repair/ building etc.. anyone have any idea if a liscence is required to start?

    • pop top says:

      You should check your state’s website to see if they have a “small business” division that can help you figure out what you need to do to get started.

    • grucifer says:

      I played LotRO for awhile when it was pay to play.

      I enjoyed it a lot. I made it to level 28, out 65… 50 in free to play, so I played about half the content you get for free now. The only reason I stopped playing was because I didn’t want to sucked into another MMO at that time. If you enjoy LotR at all I definitely think you’ll like the game, especially with no monthly fees!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      That’s a good idea. I’d probably have you help me set up a new router. I get confused easily on those things, security settings and all.

  14. SugarMag says:

    I’m broke until next week – I think I’ll try to use ALL my group-ons in one weekend. Can it be done?

  15. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Did anyone go to Dragon*Con last weekend? I got some autographs and photos. It was both awesome and exhausting.

  16. Dustbunny says:

    Dang, 68 comments already!?? Some of us have to work & don’t have time to comment until lunch :-)

    Started reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a few days ago. The first 40-50 pages were kind of slow, but then it starts to really pick up. I’m hooked now — I can see why it’s a bestseller.

  17. Fidget says:

    My kitty comes home tomorrow!!! We settled on Sophie: and she is the loviest cat I’ve ever met. Like, when we met her the first time, she let us pet her for a full half hour. Just rotating between three people, gettin’ rubs like there was no tomorrow.
    Now we have to go buy all the cat crap ever. Wish consumerreports had a sister site for pet things…I kinda got sucked into the catsagainstclay thing for a while, then there’s the wet food/dry food thing (Sophie’s still on Purina kitten til she chubs up a little more, from what the fosters have told me). I am not entirely sure what I’m doing. Almost got the cat a bassinet and socks…so far, her safe room is set up and we have the fixin’s for home-made tuna crackers, and I’ll spend the next few days stalking the cat to she what she likes.