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« Reply #7365 on: August 22, 2012, 11:20:32 AM »

That is odd.  I figured most schools wait till mid-September at the earliest for fall tryouts.  Maybe XC will have spring tryouts and he can go out for it then.  Or perhaps they may hold another set of tryouts later in the fall, when there's a club/sport recruitment day or something.  Still, it can be overwhelming trying to balance classes/homework with sports practices and meets.  The simple thought of having an XC meet the weekend before a big math test would make any kid's head explode. 

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« Reply #7366 on: August 22, 2012, 11:33:09 AM »

Grim, I was going to write a long winded post about how what you're doing is mildly insane, but I wrote something that somehow switched me a bit. So I'll ask this instead.

Have you thought about putting a webcam up at home to keep an eye on your son when you're working? You obviously have time to check up on rpgfan when you're at work, so you have some access to pc fun. If you're interested, check out archerfish. They make ip cameras and have a website that lets you check up on said camera through smartphones, pcs, and most other internet capable devices. I've installed a couple and can tell you they work decently, though you should have at least a broadband connection, and preferably not dsl. At least this way you can check up on him while he's home without annoying him or needing an elaborate setup and camera system. Look into it if you want some reassurance, since the few hours he's home alone are probably your most apprehensive. If you want to be cheaper and have a ps3 and psp, you could leave your ps3 idle for remote play and use the ps3 camera as a semi security camera. Granted, this means bringing your psp to work with you, and only your or your wife can view him at any one time, and it relies on the ps3 being on and connected to the web at all times, as well as having a wifi connection at work you can use. The archerfish camera only requires installation hardware and access to your router, though they make an expensive wifi version too (stay wired).

I hope you can use my suggestion, and that if you had any nervous ticks about your plan still that this may put you at ease.
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« Reply #7367 on: August 22, 2012, 11:57:56 AM »

Yoda, she sounds pretty cool. Are you going to now tell us that she's already in a relationship and just wants to be friends or something? That would suck. I love me some cute Japanese girls, but my penchant for women with curves tends to eliminate them from the process. Still, there's more important things than a woman with a great ass(says a guy who has a wife with a great ass. ; - ) ).

So my kid chickened out on going to cross country tryouts. He was bummed and couldn't explain why. I think it's just too much new stuff happening at once. Why couldn't the school wait a week or so, and let the kids get acclimated before starting up sports tryouts? Seems silly to have it on the second day of classes.





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Agent D, I doubt Grim is concerned about him doing something that'd require spying. My bet is he has the natural parental instinct of being worried about making judgement calls about answering the door when nobody is home or trying to cook, etc.

Spying on a kid like that is a gross misplacement of trust.
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« Reply #7368 on: August 22, 2012, 12:31:23 PM »

Exactly, Yoda. No way am I interested in setting up cameras and spying on my kid. I have no worries about him engaging in any inappropriate activities. He's just not that kind of kid. He's very smart and responsible for an 11 year old. He'll go home, do his homework, his chores, then read a book or play some Wii.
Like Yoda said, it's just me being a paranoid parent. Something new is happening, and I can't help but be anxious about it. It's his safety that is my main concern. I don't foresee anything happening, but I can't help but think about it.
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« Reply #7369 on: August 22, 2012, 01:33:50 PM »

It wasn't for those reasons I mentioned the camera. It's for other reasons. Basically, it's just about peace of mind. Check in, see how he's doing, make sure he got home from school okay. I thought your son was younger originally, too, so that may have attributed to my recommendation. Personally, I'd recommen an item like this to everyone who's out of their house for long periods of time everyday, and moreso when someone else is there like a housekeeper. It's not a friendly world we live in, people get robbed and fucked with all the time. I just tossed it out there for your own peace of mind grim, not to make you one of "those" parents.

Elsewhere in the world, I'm discovering how a lack of sleep can physically sicken you. 3 days without adequate or comfortable sleep due to some extreme back pain has begun to take its toll on me. I spent most of today wanting to throw up, or asleep in an office chair. Walked to the train station to get a metrocard for my busride home and between my nausea and my back screaming, I nearly walked into a speeding cab. I'm generally pretty good about dealing with pain, but this was intense. No pain medication to take either, besides a bunch ibuprofin which I'm beginning to worry I've developed a resistance to due to overuse when I broke my ankle.

Oh yeah, I'm at work doing all this too.
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« Reply #7370 on: August 22, 2012, 01:38:54 PM »

My nephew (4) asked me if there were dinosaurs around when I was born. He was sad when I told him there weren't any, because how can people fight dinosaurs if there aren't any dinosaurs? He decided that, instead of becoming a dinosaur hunter, he's going to be a knight when he grows up so he can slay dragons. Or maybe ride dragons and look really cool, he isn't too sure about that part yet.


Ahhhh...to be a kid again!
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« Reply #7371 on: August 22, 2012, 07:52:35 PM »

Birds are dinosaurs.

Also when I was 11 and my parents weren't home I'd look at fuckloads of Gundam Wing porn.
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« Reply #7372 on: August 22, 2012, 07:54:11 PM »

My nephew (4) asked me if there were dinosaurs around when I was born. He was sad when I told him there weren't any, because how can people fight dinosaurs if there aren't any dinosaurs? He decided that, instead of becoming a dinosaur hunter, he's going to be a knight when he grows up so he can slay dragons. Or maybe ride dragons and look really cool, he isn't too sure about that part yet.


Ahhhh...to be a kid again!

no shit. my younger self would be pretty sad that I haven't used the force, gone to warp speed, or killed the dragon yet.
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« Reply #7373 on: August 22, 2012, 08:18:09 PM »

My younger self was an overly-religious, pro-censorship, overweight weeaboo. Honestly it was probably all the Gundam Wing porn that stopped me from turning into one of those guys you see in TV shows about religious Naruto fanfics or something.

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« Reply #7374 on: August 23, 2012, 12:39:08 PM »

Everything XTC did up through... Nonsuch got re-issued.

At the least, I would recommend getting the Skylarking reissue, since the original US tracklisting deleted Mermaid Smiled in favor of Dear God, and while Dear God is a great song, Mermaid Smile worked far better in the context of the album.

Beyond that, the original US CDs just had bonus tracks added to the middle of the albums, where the side breaks were. The remasters move the bonus tracks to the end of the discs. Although I'm not sure how consistent this is. I don't think Nonsuch and English Settlement ever had bonus tracks, and I'm pretty sure the Big Express remaster leaves them in the middle.

Pitchfork says the sound quality is definitely better in the remasters, although nobody around here carries /new/ XTC stuff for some reason.

Apple Venus never got remaster because it's not particularly old.

Also, uh, does it make me racist if I'm confused by the local East Asian population's fondness for eating sandwiches that consist of a slice of wonderbread between two slices of wonderbead and nothing else, as well as thinking that McDonalds is really high quality?

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Sometimes I wonder how this stuff gets past Record executives. Putting B sides smack dab in the middle of a carefully arranged album is basically the dumbest thing you could do. If I was actually in the band I would do every thing in my power to not allow that. I am glad to hear that it has been rectified though. I have a feeling that XTC is one of those bands where they could do another set of reissues with an extra bonus disc of bonus material for each album in the next few years.
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« Reply #7375 on: August 23, 2012, 09:06:52 PM »

Putting the bonus tracks in the middle makes sense if you consider the original layout of the LPs. Given that one would've had to flip the record over anyway, they're not really interrupting something that would've otherwise been a contiguous whole.

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« Reply #7376 on: August 25, 2012, 05:08:25 PM »

The roommate and I bought around $300 of beer and liquor for a big party.  We're going to make House Party look like House Party 2. 
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« Reply #7377 on: August 25, 2012, 05:37:50 PM »

The roommate and I bought around $300 of beer and liquor for a big party.  We're going to make House Party look like House Party 2.

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« Reply #7378 on: August 25, 2012, 09:30:51 PM »



Remember when Toys "Я" Us was fucking epic for buying videogames? Like four goddamn aisles of pure wonder?

It was a HUGE day when me and my friends would hit the stores, we'd spend hours discussing which game we each were gonna buy, I actually got FF for my NES there and was in heaven for weeks!
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« Reply #7379 on: August 25, 2012, 10:08:46 PM »



Remember when Toys "Я" Us was fucking epic for buying videogames? Like four goddamn aisles of pure wonder?

It was a HUGE day when me and my friends would hit the stores, we'd spend hours discussing which game we each were gonna buy, I actually got FF for my NES there and was in heaven for weeks!

Remember the tickets? Nothing but a plastic flap to look and and PRAY there was a ticket for your game of choice.

My bud and I were at a liquor store and they had a similar system for some high end booze and we thought that was the adult version of the toy r us ticket system.
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