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While most are surprised they lasted this long, the last of the video rental chain stores is closing it's doors.

 

We patronized ours often to rent games and the occasional movie as it was within walking distance. I also purchased CBD there.

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7 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

While most are surprised they lasted this long, the last of the video rental chain stores is closing it's doors.

 

We patronized ours often to rent games and the occasional movie as it was within walking distance. I also purchased CBD there.

Well that's rude. 

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Legos.....used to love them as a kid.  Pretty sure we never had many "sets", but mostly just a bucket of pieces and imagination, but starting to get the kids things I like for Christmas and see if they are interested.  They are which is awesome.  Bought a couple small sets for presents to test the waters and now am on a crusade.  We have about 5-6 small sets so far of legos and got an off brand yesterday that is about 1/2 the price.  While they do not fit as tightly and the instructions are not as clear and they seem to use less blocks per build they still hold up decent enough.  1000 piece knock off Police station/cars build for 42.00 or a small little hair salon build with 235 pieces (mostly the smallest pieces you can get) Lego for 37.00?

I will still get a Lego brand now and then, but it is all knock off for me...we just like to put them together, take them apart and build them again anyway.

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My son has some unopened lego sets from 10-15 years ago. They are very collectible. But not edible (i tried), and hurt like heck coming out!

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My grandson is almost nine. Got him started on Lincoln Logs when he was 5. They are still a bit cooler than Legos. 
 

He also did Legos for a while. I got him a replica of the Sears Tower a couple of years ago. Really tiny bricks. Took him 2 hours to complete it.

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They have a set of Lincoln logs they use from time to time when my mom is watching them.  We also like building railroad tracks with the wood pieces all over the playroom.  That is always super fun to do with them.  My youngest actually pushes a train around the whole thing.

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13 hours ago, CMRivdog said:

My grandson is almost nine. Got him started on Lincoln Logs when he was 5. They are still a bit cooler than Legos. 

Are Lincoln Logs still made of wood?

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I went that route as well when I would watch him a couple days a week. He was about three.

He’s progressed to things like Minecraft now. Not surprising since his dad is into similar card related gaming

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Just now, Casimir said:

Are Lincoln Logs still made of wood?

Yes or a wood byproduct. This was about five years ago. As I said he’s progressed to things like Minecraft. His dad’s an engineer so it must be in the genes

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Just now, CMRivdog said:

Yes or a wood byproduct. This was about five years ago. As I said he’s progressed to things like Minecraft. His dad’s an engineer so it must be in the genes

I remember as a kid that it had the distinct smell of wood whenever you opened the container.

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It is not advised to eat organic lentils 15 months post expiration. 

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44 minutes ago, leflore said:

It is not advised to eat organic lentils 15 months post expiration. 

I hear they are a great laxative.

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What caused the radio emissions from Jupiter’s moon? Again, aliens are not sending the signal. Electrons cause the signals. The electrons oscillate at a lower rate than they spin.

This causes the electrons to amplify radio waves very rapidly. The process has an interesting name, cyclotron maser instability (CMI).

 

 

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4 hours ago, Deleterious said:

Gonna need that 144 month financing please.

Recently started to look at new trucks so that $40K doesn't shock me I guess.

 

Average new car price crosses $40,000 in 2020 and that's nuts

I wonder if car prices are really going up that fast or if there are just more high-end options making the "average" go up? 

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On 1/13/2021 at 9:53 PM, Yoda said:

I wonder if car prices are really going up that fast or if there are just more high-end options making the "average" go up? 

Thats what I think,  I generally just lease my cars cause I don't drive too much, usually just get either a mid size sedan or low end suv(currently have an equinox) and I haven't noticed any crazy sticker prices on them over the past decade or so.    

 

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On 1/13/2021 at 9:53 PM, Yoda said:

I wonder if car prices are really going up that fast or if there are just more high-end options making the "average" go up? 

My wifes SUV was above that cost, but has every bell and whistle available (at least 4 years ago) we bought it in the anticipation that after paid off she would drive it to death.  I lease a truck because I drive very little these days and need the bed of the truck for things around the house..the sticker on the truck I drive is over 40k though, but I pay like 230.00 a month.

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Any Macbook Pro users? 

A completely redesigned 14" and 16" are coming out this summer/fall. Touchbar is out, physical function keys are back, ports are back, which probably means the return of the sd slot and regular USB in addition to the thunderbolts, going back to the magsafe power connector. 

Those in itself are huge. This is like a dream laptop for me as I hate the current rendition of the MBP. But the big news, is that they're switching to their own ARM-based processors. They've already released a light version of it in the Mac Mini and 13" macbook pro, and that version is destroying computers that are way more expensive at a fraction of the batter usage. The efficiency on these things is insane. Batter life may triple. 

It's going to be a massive leap forward from the current models and I cannot wait. 

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1 hour ago, Yoda said:

Any Macbook Pro users? 

A completely redesigned 14" and 16" are coming out this summer/fall. Touchbar is out, physical function keys are back, ports are back, which probably means the return of the sd slot and regular USB in addition to the thunderbolts, going back to the magsafe power connector. 

Those in itself are huge. This is like a dream laptop for me as I hate the current rendition of the MBP. But the big news, is that they're switching to their own ARM-based processors. They've already released a light version of it in the Mac Mini and 13" macbook pro, and that version is destroying computers that are way more expensive at a fraction of the batter usage. The efficiency on these things is insane. Batter life may triple. 

It's going to be a massive leap forward from the current models and I cannot wait. 

the only caveat with the new architecture is that dual booting or running an intel architecture virtual machine if you need a windows app will be out - at least for awhile. That is no problem for most Mac users but something to be aware of if it is something you need to do. It's going to make Mac use by our engineering lab students a pain because we rely on VMs for students with Macs to access much of the SW they have to use. With the new Macs their only option will probably be using a network Windows machine server via remote desktop. If there turn out to be a lot of students showing up in the fall with new Macs it will be interesting to see if the RDP servers will be able to keep up. Even if some kind of emulator shows up by fall we probably won't have time to validate it.

I'm a little ambivalent toward Apple right now. I've hated the recent upgrades to IOS, they seem to run exactly counter to Jobs' dictum that you shouldn't need the user manual to get an Apple product to work - way too many hidden and obscured functions with zero conveyance, and I'm a little disappointed in APFS (the replacement file system that debuted with Catalina). OTOH, I still like their hardware (now that they've dumped the butterfly KB!), and  some of the new architectural security enhancements in MacOS are good concepts.

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12 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

I'm a little ambivalent toward Apple right now. I've hated the recent upgrades to IOS, they seem to run exactly counter to Jobs' dictum that you shouldn't need the user manual to get an Apple product to work - way too many hidden and obscured functions with zero conveyance, and I'm a little disappointed in APFS (the replacement file system that debuted with Catalina). OTOH, I still like their hardware (now that they've dumped the butterfly KB!), and a some of the new architectural security enhancements in MacOS are good concepts.

I'm having to use a Windows machine at home to work remotely just now (partly my choice to not have work stuff on my home machines).

Slow, clunky and generally horrid compared to the Macs. And that's before we get hit with the all pervading Windows updates getting in the bloody way...

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48 minutes ago, Deleterious said:

They found a computer that was more expensive than a Mac?

The 13" Macbook Pro is only like 1200. The Mac Mini is 700. Part of the benefit of them using their own processor now is that it cuts costs a bit. 

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35 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Slow, clunky and generally horrid compared to the Macs

I haven't used Windows as my primary OS since Win98. It was horrible, is horrible, will probably always be horrible. The problem with Window is the marketing imperative for change for the sake of change, it's the same disease at Apple but Microsoft has a much bigger head start down the wrong road. I have some sympathy for MS, when you have to support every odd ball HW and SW going back to DOS, it ties your hands in a lot of ways, but that is no excuse for the warped stance they take toward the user: It's not your machine, it's MINE! :devious:

Running windows when needed as a virtual machine in Linux is just as fast -  gives me all the SW when I need it but all the control when I want it. The VM is just a application I can kill and reinitialize when I don't like what it's done and it doesn't have access to mess up the rest of my system.

 

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20 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

I'm having to use a Windows machine at home to work remotely just now (partly my choice to not have work stuff on my home machines).

Slow, clunky and generally horrid compared to the Macs. And that's before we get hit with the all pervading Windows updates getting in the bloody way...

I wanted a workhorse for editing photos and video, and wanted the ability to swap parts in and out, so I broke down and bought a PC. Spent about 2k on it. A year later there's a constant 2" lag and nobody can figure out why. I'm over that experiment. I really hate windows. 

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