Weekly Off Topic Thread #313

Weekly Off Topic Thread #313

Welcome to the WOTT.

 

We were fortunate that none of last Sunday's tornadoes struck near here last weekend. Closest was about 15 miles NW of our town and the rest were around 60 or 70 miles south. The poor folks down in Washington, IL really got whacked bad though.

 

We had some heavy rains, and gusts peaked at 62 MPH. There were some branches down around town, but that was about the extent of it.

 

 

 

Not much happening around here this weekend. Got out all the outside lights yesterday, tested and replaced any bulbs necessary, and got everything staged to go up on Monday and Tuesday. After I go and get some more lights of course.Smiley Wink Gonna be around 4000 - 4500 lights outside this year.Smiley Very Happy

 

The new LED lights definitely makes wiring them up a lot easier because you don't have to worry about the load on any extension cords and you can string a lot more of them together (so fewer extension cords). The LEDs only pull ~20 watts per thousand lights, whereas the old incandescent minis pull ~40 watts per hundred lights and when you go to C7 or C9 incandescents you'll hit 500(C7) or 700(C9) watts per hundred lights.

 

 

 

 

 




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Hi C.J.    Yep.....those tornadoes were really something else.  The devastation was terrible.  Kind of late in the year for that sort of thing.

 

We are headed for our coldest night of the fall season thus far.   It's 13.2 degrees right now....at 11:25 PM.  Supposed to get down around 7 degrees by first light.  With my worsening lung problems I am definitely NOT looking forward to all the super cold air.

 

My wife and I have spent two weeks trying to completely throw this respiratory bug.  We thought it was allergies at first but when the fevers came along we knew it was something else.   Both went to doctor and got some antibiotics.  A lot better now but still it hangs on so we're still hacking and sneezing.

 

We were sitting here watching a recorded program a little while ago and suddenly the video froze and the STB proceeded to reboot itself.  Don't know why.  All is OK now. 

 

This board seems to be bogging down.  Much less use than in the past.  Me thinks things have changed.

 

Everyone have a great week and a tummy filling Thanksgiving with your families.

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Actually late and/or early year tornadoes are no strangers to Illinois. And we've even had several way up here (just shy of the Wisconsin border) over the years. From 1950 to 2012 there's been a total of ~164 tornadoes during the months of November, December, January, and February.

 

 

 

 

 




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Computer-Joe wrote:

Actually late and/or early year tornadoes are no strangers to Illinois. And we've even had several way up here (just shy of the Wisconsin border) over the years. From 1950 to 2012 there's been a total of ~164 tornadoes during the months of November, December, January, and February.

 

 

 

 


Nor to Indiana.  In fact, in late September, one of the press releases from the NWS was that Fall is a second season (to Spring) for deadly tornadoes.  A few years back, over 20 folks died near Evansville in a November outbreak.

 

This past weekend's storms were mainly to the North and West of us.  The closest was near Lebanon, where a Starbucks was hit.  Sad for Illinois there was at least one EF4.  If there is a saving grace for Hoosiers, none of the tornadoes  were over an EF2.  Kokomo, Lafayette and Marion were very hard hit, with one of Kokomo's s main shopping areas hit.  

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I hate, HATE whehn that happens:

 

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Over the many, many years I've been involved in a few slippery situations on the frozen stuff.  Been lucky.  Only a dent or two in the fenders.  Thank goodness.  We live on a school bus route so our street is always one of the first to be cleared when it snows.  Plus they have an ice fighting fluid they spray on the streets and that does help reduce build-up.

 

Our really cold temps seem to be moderating for now.  Might even have highs in the low 50's by the coming weekend.  That's good.  I have a couple of minor repairs I need to make on the outside of the house and the warmth will be welcome.  I can't function without my oxygen supply so when I'm outdoors I have this small portable tank hanging around my shoulders.  Makes doing anything productive kind of difficult.  But....better than the alternative.  I may be old....but I'm not ready to call it quits....not yet.

 

Got a question for you wise ones.  When my wife is watching a recorded program in the living room.....and I go back to do some work in my computer room.....I often would like to turn on the TV & STB back there and watch the same recording she is.   Now...I know I can do that but is there a way to just pickup where I left when I vacated the living room without having to start at the beginning and fast forward to the same point that she is watching?   Hope I asked that clearly.  It's just that having to start at the beginning again and then sit and wait for it to fast forward through everything I've already seen is a pain.   So....does anyone know if there is a solution to my minor problem?

 

Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving day.....hopefully with your family and plenty of turkey.

 

God bless,      Phil

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I haven't tried this but .....when you get up to mosey to the computer room pause the recording, head to the computer room and then go to the recording and I would think you should be able to start it on the new box where you paused on the other.  Once your watching it then let your wife know she can resume watching from the paused state.

 

Like I said I have never tried this exact scenario but it should work in theory.

 

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving also!!

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I believe that Bb exactly described how to do what hpmsrm wants to do, with the exception of one word & that one word is not his fault. It is caused by att advertising incorrectly using it.

Att advertises that you can "pause a show in one room & restart it in another". The big yellow pause button only freezes the one STB watching. The DVR thinks that STB is watching. In order to involve the DVR, the STOP button, to the left of the pause button must be exercised. Then when another STB views the master DVR record it shows the "resume" button necessary for - well - "resuming play in another room".

If att only used the correct name of the button to describe the feature, they would have prevented a great deal of confusion.

You can STOP a show in one room and RESUME watching in another by 1) Pressing the stop button on the remote to flag the record in the DVR 2) activating the the resume button on the DVR record.

If one person does it, the DVR record is still available for a second person. Of course, for near simultaneous viewing the two resume button pushes must be close together. The record will reflect the last status from an STB. The resume button is not displayed before a STOP button push and after the show runs to the end.
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Well Monday turned out to be a bust for putting up lights. It was just too darn windy. So I just went out to Menards instead and got another 910 lights and a tree for the front yard to go with the animated deer(shhh, don't tell my wife). Couldn't get any help so it's taking longer get everything up than I expected, but I should be ready for the "Grand Illumination" on Friday. I always shoot for Black Friday for the outside stuff. Grand total for the outside this year (so farSmiley Wink) is 3,565 lights.

 

Of course I've got a ways to go to catch up to this guySmiley LOL. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/11/24/australian-family-sets-new-world-record-with-over-half-milli...

 

 

 

 

 




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OK....thank you BB, CJ and AV for your help.   I can see how that SHOULD work.  The one flaw is that it will require cooperation from my better half.   Hmmmm.  Have to butter her up for a favor like that.

 

WOW...C.J.....That's a lot of lamps to power up.   I guess the money saver is the LED type lamp with a fraction of power consumption we came to expect from filament lamps.

 

I used to go to all that work....back when our kids were all still at home.  But somehow.....after the family members have all flown from the nest....it just is not as much fun.  So all my stuff is still stashed up in the attic.  

 

We needed to stop at the supermarket for a couple of things and THAT was a horrible experience.  Just try to find a parking spot within a city block of he door. HA!   Well....we gave that up and stopped as a smaller store nearer our neighborhood.  Still busy but I was lucky and a lady pulled out of the #1 spot in front of the door just as I drove up.  Can't beat that for good luck.  Does not happen very often.

 

OK.....everyone try to survive the big dinner.  And...again....thanks for the suggestions on how to accomplish my switching rooms while watching a show.   I DO appreciate it.         Phil

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The supermarket and I do not get along.....anytime of the year.  I will go to CVS for some items (milk is actually cheaper at CVS), or our local neighborhood meat market.  It's a meat market and small grocery store.  Has fresh produce and all.  Although not a cheap as the supermarket, it's worth the extra cost to keep my sanity.  Plus the service is still present at the ones I frequent.  They know me by name........go figure!!  Try that in a supermarket!!

 

I refer to the supermarket as more of a cattle call.   Everyone running around, filling baskets, then line'um up at the registers and mooooove 'um out!!  Good luck getting any help taking your purchases to the car.

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