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Postby cfitz on Sat Dec 04, 2004 4:34 pm

Hi all! :D I'm back from another long absence. :( Aside from the biggest news, what else have I missed while I was gone?

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sat Dec 04, 2004 5:34 pm

Well, I've started writing reviews for CDRlabs.com now. I did the review on the BenQ DW1620, and I have another in progress nearly completed :wink:
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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Dec 04, 2004 6:24 pm

my man cfitz is back! :P :P :P
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Postby Ian on Sat Dec 04, 2004 8:17 pm

Where you been?
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Postby aviationwiz on Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:19 pm

Yeah, I'm wondering the same as Ian..

BTW, Ian, congrats on being the first member to 10,000 posts...well, almost... why am I not surprised? :P
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Postby LoneWolf on Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:27 pm

Good ta seeya back! :D

What's new? Well, pretty much my whole computer (see sig for details). I posted a case mod thread on it, but since I took those pictures, it got a new mainboard, CPU, RAM, and graphics card. Managed to sell a spare system, so Christmas came a little early this year.

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Postby CowboySlim on Sun Dec 05, 2004 2:08 am

About what's new is that Monte is getting Jenn a $7,000 diamond ring for Christmas.

When you get up of the floor CFitz, I'll give you the rest.
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OK, ready?

Hox is getting real mellow. :lol:

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Postby MediumRare on Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:13 pm

Hi cfitz, nice to see you back! :D :D Tell us about life in the wilderness.

What's new? Dodec almost bought a DVD-burner, aviationwiz almost called a Plextor a POS, scour almost said something nice about a LiteOn drive.
bhairavp became Bhairav after passing Monte in post count on 1 Dec.
The forum has a print preview mode.
And Slim continues to make pithy remarks both in posts and signature (but that's not new).

Ian wrote:10,000th post made on Dec 04 2004 at 22:22

Way to go! Hope you find the time in the future to go on to 20,000 (25 Aug. 2008 at the current trend)!

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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Dec 05, 2004 2:18 pm

MediumRare wrote:bhairavp became Bhairav after passing Monte in post count on 1 Dec.

hey, cool! :D didn't notice that!

G, we're still waiting for statistical commentary from you :wink:
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Postby MediumRare on Sun Dec 05, 2004 6:00 pm

dodecahedron wrote:G, we're still waiting for statistical commentary from you :wink:

What would you like and on which subject? I can produce all kinds of statistics. :^o :wink:

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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Dec 05, 2004 6:05 pm

LOL anything you like.

how about...what's the probablility of one of the lizards coming alive?

http://www.mcescher.com/Gallery/back-bmp/LW327.jpg
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Postby BuddhaTB on Sun Dec 05, 2004 8:38 pm

I am always glad to see cfitz back. :D

Good thing you make it back from the Wilderness alive and in good health! =D>
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Postby Bhairav on Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:21 am

MediumRare wrote:Hi cfitz, nice to see you back! :D :D Tell us about life in the wilderness.

What's new? Dodec almost bought a DVD-burner, aviationwiz almost called a Plextor a POS, scour almost said something nice about a LiteOn drive.
bhairavp became Bhairav after passing Monte in post count on 1 Dec.
The forum has a print preview mode.
And Slim continues to make pithy remarks both in posts and signature (but that's not new).

Ian wrote:10,000th post made on Dec 04 2004 at 22:22

Way to go! Hope you find the time in the future to go on to 20,000 (25 Aug. 2008 at the current trend)!

G


Hehe, thanks for noticing that, MediumRare.. I'm trying to consolidate all my different usernames for ease of use!
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Postby cfitz on Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:33 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Well, I've started writing reviews for CDRlabs.com now. I did the review on the BenQ DW1620, and I have another in progress nearly completed :wink:

Good deal, dolphinius_rex. You are certainly a good man for the job.

dodecahedron wrote:my man cfitz is back! :P :P :P

It is always nice to return to a warm welcome. How have you been? I hope well.

Ian wrote:Where you been?

I've just been busy. Life sometimes gets that way. I'm sure my "busy" is nothing compared to what yours is or least will soon become (by the way, congratulations again), but I'm not too efficient a person, so when I get busy I have to put some some things temporarily aside in order to get done the things I need to get done. In this case, CDRLabs got put aside.
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aviationwiz wrote:Yeah, I'm wondering the same as Ian..

Hi wiz. Like I said, I've just been busy. What's up with you?

LoneWolf wrote:Good ta seeya back! :D

What's new? Well, pretty much my whole computer (see sig for details). I posted a case mod thread on it, but since I took those pictures, it got a new mainboard, CPU, RAM, and graphics card. Managed to sell a spare system, so Christmas came a little early this year.

Thanks LoneWolf. It's good to be back. Sounds like you've been keeping pretty busy too. Nice system. I bet it rocks. Now that you have all that power, what are you going to do with it?

CowboySlim wrote:About what's new is that Monte is getting Jenn a $7,000 diamond ring for Christmas.

When you get up of the floor CFitz, I'll give you the rest.
...
...
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OK, ready?

Hox is getting real mellow. :lol:

Slim
Who, also, is glad that you are back.


...thud...
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Postby cfitz on Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:53 pm

Huh? Where am I? What happened? Ouch! The back of my head hurts...

Oh, yeah, that's right, I was reading Slim's post. Yikes! That's a lot of rock. Have things changed between Monte and Jen? I hope so, or this is going to be an expensive lesson.

Many years ago I was dating a woman who for months admired Tiffany's Elsa Peretti BEAN pendant. Christmas was coming so I drove 80 miles to a Tiffany store and spent ~$500 on a large gold version. I was so pleased that I had finally hit the perfect gift.

Christmas came, I excitedly gave her the gift, she opened it and said, "Oh. That's nice." :( What a let-down. I think she wore it once, maybe twice (at least in my presence). That was when I swore off ever again buying expensive gifts like jewelry for women.

I hope, for Monte's sake, that his experience is different. But I wouldn't want to bet my $7000 on it.

MediumRare wrote:Hi cfitz, nice to see you back! :D :D Tell us about life in the wilderness.

What's new? Dodec almost bought a DVD-burner, aviationwiz almost called a Plextor a POS, scour almost said something nice about a LiteOn drive.
bhairavp became Bhairav after passing Monte in post count on 1 Dec.
The forum has a print preview mode.
And Slim continues to make pithy remarks both in posts and signature (but that's not new).

Hi MediumRare! Thanks for the welcome. It is good to see you as well.

Based on those first three events, I'm wondering if I should check the temperature in the nether-regions of the Earth...

I saw the print mode and thought Dodecahedron must have been quite happy when that was added. He's been lobbying for that for a long time.

I'm glad that at least I can count on the constancy of Slim. I always enjoy his signature comments.

BuddhaTB wrote:I am always glad to see cfitz back. :D

Good thing you make it back from the Wilderness alive and in good health! =D>

Hi BuddhaTB! Long time no see. How are things at the shoe forum? I bought a new pair of athletic shoes just a couple of weeks ago. But, being the cheapskate that I am, I just got a pair of New Balance on sale at DSW. I guess I'd better not show my head in your Nike forum... :wink:

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Postby VEFF on Thu Dec 09, 2004 11:00 pm

Welcome back cfitz!
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Postby Silentbob343 on Thu Dec 09, 2004 11:21 pm

how about...what's the probability of one of the lizards coming alive?


Escher is my favorite artist and I just recently saw an exhibition of his work at a local gallery. It was great. I have always tried to keep an eye out for an exhibition with his work and I stumbled upon this one by accident. 1st and only exhibition I have seen around here and had an original print of Reptiles on display, Price upon inquiry. Ascending and Descending was going for $32,500 so I’m sure Reptiles was more. The gallery owner informed me that Yoko Ono purchased the last print of Drawing Hands for $200,000+.

Even had a graphite sketch of an Italian castle he did in 1924, very raw looking. I was allowed to take some pictures, but without the flash. I would say he had about 70 pieces on display.
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Postby MediumRare on Fri Dec 10, 2004 8:32 am

seeing as the topic is shifting a bit...
dodecahedron wrote:how about...what's the probablility of one of the lizards coming alive?

http://www.mcescher.com/Gallery/back-bmp/LW327.jpg

I can't say much about the lizards (I'm not a herpetologist), but the probability of finding a miniature jigsaw puzzle (ca. 100 wooden pieces) with that picture at the Frankfurt Christmas market is > 75% (there were at least 4 there last weekend).

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Postby Bhairav on Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:24 am

cfitz, nice to see you back. Hopefully, you can stay on for a longer period of time ;)
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Postby MediumRare on Sun Dec 12, 2004 7:11 pm

More ramblings OT.
I picked up the jigsaw puzzle yesterday- it's only 6.5 cm square (you'd need tweezers to work on it :o).

I mentioned it to my wife, and she said that Escher's work was based on Albrecht Dürer's Melancholia- including the polyhedron. I didn't know this and checked into it a bit. This seems to be a very interesting work.

Image


The polyhedron is a kind of truncated skewed cube with 8 faces (not a truncated tetrahedron like several sites say). Here are a couple of links:
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DuerersSolid.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melancholia_I
http://www.math-inf.uni-greifswald.de/m ... uerer.html (in German)

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Postby Spazmogen on Sun Dec 12, 2004 8:18 pm

Actually, cfitz was a lucky survivor of the Bermuda Triangle.

Welcome back to the fold. :D
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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Dec 12, 2004 10:04 pm

thanks for the interesting info, G.
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Postby pranav81 on Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:28 am

Good to see you back.We sure did miss your informative posts. :)


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Postby cfitz on Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:36 am

VEFF wrote:Welcome back cfitz!
Glad to see you made it back safely.

Thanks VEFF. Sure looks like your collection continues to grow and grow. :D

Bhairav wrote:cfitz, nice to see you back. Hopefully, you can stay on for a longer period of time

Thanks. I'll try to check in more regularly, even if I don't make it here every day.

MediumRare wrote:More ramblings OT.
I picked up the jigsaw puzzle yesterday- it's only 6.5 cm square (you'd need tweezers to work on it :o).

I want to see pictures of you putting it together with the tweezers. How many pieces are in it? Is this the same 100-piece puzzle you mentioned in the earlier post?

Spazmogen wrote:Actually, cfitz was a lucky survivor of the Bermuda Triangle.

Welcome back to the fold. :D

Thanks Spazmogen. Actually, at this point being lost in the Bermuda Triangle doesn't sound that bad... :lol:

pranav81 wrote:Good to see you back.We sure did miss your informative posts. :)

You must have me confused with someone else. :wink: Thanks for the welcome. :)
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