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Why does the forum crash? 
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Ha. As if you'll ever get him to renounce his devotion to that ancient religion known as Serenity.


I can't remember--is that a polytheistic religion with 9 major deities, or does he recognize the oneness of the Revered Malcolm Reynolds?

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I ended up spending my forum-posting time on a different, less enjoyable forum--blah, like watching a Star Trek film instead of rewatching Serenity.

That could depend on the Star Trek film in question. The 2009 film wasn't too bad, for example.


Yeah, the 09 Star Trek is enjoyable--though not in the same realm as Serenity. ST part 2 was ok, and I'm guessing part 4 is too (probably will watch it tomorrow).

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I can't remember--is that a polytheistic religion with 9 major deities, or does he recognize the oneness of the Revered Malcolm Reynolds?

Mal could never be the centerpiece of a religion (sermons make him sleepy).

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Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:28 pm
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As the saying goes, stick to the even-numbered Star Trek movies and you'll do fine. Though the latest is technically number 11, which represents a bucking of the admittedly spurious trend.

I actually can't personally verify this, because I myself have only seen 1, 2, 6, and 11. I like them all for varying reasons, with 2 standing out to me as the strongest.


Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:36 pm
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I's director's cut and III weren't too bad


And what about Star Trek X aka Nemesis, isn't that supposed to suck out of control?


Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:39 pm
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Patrick wrote:
And what about Star Trek X aka Nemesis, isn't that supposed to suck out of control?

Yes, it does suck. Basically, that film represented one of Berman and Braga's final "Fuck you."s to the Trekkers who wanted them out of the producers' chairs.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:10 am
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This outage was a longer one, but the SQL 145 error does seem to happen fairly often. Now, I have no experience with phpBB/MySQL, but the database just shouldn't crash so often. I'm reasonably sure that users have nothing to do with this and it's something on the server side that goes wrong. But again, it's happening much more frequently than it should.

James should really consider looking into the cause of the matter because it has to be tasking for him to repair the table so often. Perhaps he could speak to his host or ask for suggestions in the phpBB forums. I know the man is incredibly busy, but in the long run this will actually save him time.

There's another option too: automate it. Again, I'm unaware of specifics but there has to be a way to automatically repair the table when it crashes. Of course, that might require writing a script or maybe even invoking a cron job ever so often.

*Sighs* Just talking out loud. It's strange, huh? We don't always post but still like to check in ever so often. Almost like an addiction. Almost?


Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:23 am
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Ragnarok73 wrote:
Patrick wrote:
And what about Star Trek X aka Nemesis, isn't that supposed to suck out of control?

Yes, it does suck. Basically, that film represented one of Berman and Braga's final "Fuck you."s to the Trekkers who wanted them out of the producers' chairs.

Nemesis is actually one of my favorite Star Trek films, though the cast themselves weren't too fond of the film, (though Marina Sirtis said that it wasn't as bad as Insurrection, as she happened to fall asleep at the premiere for that one) Brannon isn't really to blame for Nemesis so much though, the cast blamed the director because he supposedly didn't understand Star Trek at all or something like that.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:33 am
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the cast blamed the director because he supposedly didn't understand Star Trek at all or something like that.
This doesn't hold much water, because Nicholas Meyer was not a fan either, prior to directing Star Trek II.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:36 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
This outage was a longer one, but the SQL 145 error does seem to happen fairly often. Now, I have no experience with phpBB/MySQL, but the database just shouldn't crash so often. I'm reasonably sure that users have nothing to do with this and it's something on the server side that goes wrong. But again, it's happening much more frequently than it should.

James should really consider looking into the cause of the matter because it has to be tasking for him to repair the table so often. Perhaps he could speak to his host or ask for suggestions in the phpBB forums. I know the man is incredibly busy, but in the long run this will actually save him time.

There's another option too: automate it. Again, I'm unaware of specifics but there has to be a way to automatically repair the table when it crashes. Of course, that might require writing a script or maybe even invoking a cron job ever so often.

*Sighs* Just talking out loud. It's strange, huh? We don't always post but still like to check in ever so often. Almost like an addiction. Almost?


I checked in this afternoon and found myself with 20 unexpected free minutes. I used it to try a new variety of Twinnings tea: Irish Breakfask. It tasted a lot like English Breakfast.

I'm not a Twinnings fan. I receive a lot of it every year because I enjoy tea and people enjoy gifting me tea. There's something about the Twinnings Variety Flav-r-Sav-r that makes people say "Mark will enjoy this." Tazo makes a damned fine tea. Tazo China Green Tea Tips is so delicious it makes me want to keep writing about tea. And why not? People wrote about Star Trek so why can't I write about tea?

Some people dismiss PG Tips as "inferior tea for retarded people" but I don't mind a cup in the morning. It's exotic because it's British. Lipton is just as acceptable. Neither are ideal.

Yes, I'm a lover of Tazo and their teas. That's out of the brands available in retail grocers, mind you. But, should you go to a specialty store, you'll have a better chance of finding Republic of Tea and their brilliant Dragon Well green tea. Oh, it's so wonderful!

When I lived in Seattle I knew a gorgeous British woman (she was married, mercifully... I was terrified at the prospect of asking her out and having a bad first date) who yelled at me when I made iced tea from a bag of Lipton.

"You just ruined a perfectly good cup of tea!" she exclaimed.

You're still reading this? Why?

Anyhow, I said "You'll live," and drank the iced tea. Years later I realized the best response would have been something like "You're wrong: it was never a perfectly good cup of tea!" And the studio audience, how they would have laughed!

They call that an "elevator moment". There are other phrases that summarize the experience of realizing the perfect retort only when it's too late. I also like the more modern variant of "escalator moment".

I never really enjoyed tea, coffee too, until after college. I resisted the chain when my fellow undergrads were working their way toward the desired addiction but came to want the addiction when I had to get up at 5:00am every morning while attending to my post-undergrad educations. And those days were long!

College was great because I had these nice, sometimes three-hour, gaps in my schedule that allowed for a quick nap, off-topic reading, romantix, this and some other things. And then it just went *poof* and school became something else.

The continuum was surprising -- high school, college you've got your days mapped out and each year is a very *definite* thing. So I was simulataneously in the adult world of having to work shitty hours and in the collegiate world of not having an actual paycheck/career/boss I could bitch about.

And then I did get that boss but I couldn't bitch about him because he wasn't a bad guy, just impotent and always worried about his job. And then I left that job.

But I needed tea throughout all of this because it doesn't have the load of caffeine that coffee has. I'll start a day, any day, with coffee (although I usually skip the coffee and take a single No-Doz) but I need those caffeine bumps. And another No-Doz would be too, too much. Two cups of tea, maybe one at 11 and one at 3, allow for the windows to stay open and naps tucked away in their caves.

I stayed away from drugs, mostly, but did take 30mg of Ritalin in order to prepare for a test in a course called Quantum Theories of Spectroscopy. It was TOO MUCH RITALIN. Or what I assume would be "too much" as I'm on 0mg and, techincally, .1 mg is "too much Ritalin" for me. What a long night!

Gosh, I ate a lot of cream cheese in college. Didn't drink a lot of tea.

I knew a guy who ate an entire (very large) container of nutmeg and said "feelin' fine" for ~24 hours before saying, for ~48 hours, "OH GOD! HELP ME! I'M NEVER GOING TO BE THE SAME AGAIN!! I'M SCARED!"

We went to the ER and the shame... we were the kind of people that knew a guy that ate nutmeg. I worried for him, I wanted him to be the same, but I felt like such a bootleg druggy. Like the guy who drinks Scope because he doesn't want to pay the fiver for a six-pack of middle-of-road beer.

So I do believe Berardinelli should add an admin to the list. Two... he who checks in most frequently and has a working knowledge of code. How tough could it be?


Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:10 am
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Wow!

I'm coming to Mark with all my tea-related questions now. And by now, I mean now.

I have a pack of Twinnings Infusions which is basically fruit flavour "infused" into the tea. It tastes fake and I hate it. Good to know that Twinnings isn't any good.

Now the green tea I currently have is some sort of generic looking stuff. "Royal King 100% Natural Green Tea" says the box (there's a little "Organic" logo popping out too). The shoddy construction of the box (and to a lesser extend the tea bags) scares me but I have to say that the taste is pretty darn good. Is my uninformed palette enjoying junk tea?

I also have some White tea from the same company. Again, decent stuff. Is white tea just hype? Should I dump the tasty "Royal King" and look for something better?


Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:55 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:

Now the green tea I currently have is some sort of generic looking stuff. "Royal King 100% Natural Green Tea" says the box (there's a little "Organic" logo popping out too). The shoddy construction of the box (and to a lesser extend the tea bags) scares me but I have to say that the taste is pretty darn good. Is my uninformed palette enjoying junk tea?


I like the generic stuff well enough. I have a budget-priced (box of 100) Grand LLC brand green tea (the actual Limited Liability Corporation appears to be a part of their name) and it brews up, tastes just fine. If I brewed it at the proper temp (~80 for cheap scrapings of green tea leaves) it'd probably taste better. So either your palette is uninformed and my palette is likewise uninformed or we enjoy the taste of that which is Bargain Hunted. It's as good as Lipton's version of green tea, at any rate.

But I think you should search out some quality stuff (and attempt to brew it correctly -- I did internet searches to learn how to do this. You apparently have to buy a cooking thermometer at some point but to that I say "no" and just let the water cool for ~3-5 minutes before brewing) just to see if you can find that extra-awesome green-specific taste. The Republic of Well green has more of "it" than any other -- this sweet-ish, subtle thing. You pay for it: $15 for a can of loose leaves. I usually stick with the Tazo cause it's cheaper.

But the budgie brands like Bigelow and Twinnings can do the job if you're looking for something like flavor and something like caffeine. Most black teas taste the same to me (please don't... just don't say anything about the way this sentence started) but greens come in seemingly endless varieties. With the black teas I usually stick with Lipton (it doesn't taste any worse to me than premium black) because I'm usually looking for the caffeine. PG Tips aren't bad even it's intended for little old ladies and wimps.

ed_metal_head wrote:
I also have some White tea from the same company. Again, decent stuff. Is white tea just hype? Should I dump the tasty "Royal King" and look for something better?


I'm presuming you're not drinking the tea for health benefits (which, I can assure you, have been grossly overstated by the marketing departments) so, as with the green, I'd go with whatever tastes the best. White has a peach-like taste to me and I usually don't reach for it. Green is my preference but so-called "red" has some nice qualities, too.

Herbal teas are for people that like to carry their change inside their wallets.

Never trust a guy that carries change inside his wallet.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:01 pm
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*stares at his collection of fennel, peppermint and chamomile tea and feels vaguely insulted*


Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:05 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
*stares at his collection of fennel, peppermint and chamomile tea and feels vaguely insulted*


I hope those teas soothe your vagina.

Also: I like chamomile and I carry at least 3 errant pennies in my wallet at all times.


Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:24 am
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On the contrary, "Peppermint" is the answer to Nic Cage's "HOW'D IT GET BURNED???". He was, of course, talking about my vagina.


Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:30 am
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Oh, Nic Cage. "This is my lucky crack pipe!"

Let's make this an open thread, why not.

I'm having the darndest time finding good softcore on the ol' net tonight. I started watching Master and Commander but stopped when I realized that I would be watching a perfectly huge movie on a 9" screen. Portable DVD players... that's what happens when I have to "be quiet" due to paperwork or something the hell she's doing over there. So now I'm typing. Right now I've got two windows open: this one and softcore porno. I'll shamefully erase my history once I'm done. It's not like I can do anything about a good picture, anyway.

I once forgot to erase my history after some pornin' and my wife was furious at the amount of variations in my search for "jennifer jove hewitt _______________". What do you say at a moment like that? It's not as if I was looking at Peter North decorate some Canadian prostitute.

Once I was looking at Peter North decorate some Canadian prostitute and I realized that, in my adult lifetime, I'd seen a lot of videotaped erections. It was a strange moment.


Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:40 am
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Who erases browser history anymore? All the major browsers (but not major's browsers?) have a "Private mode". Whatever happens in private mode, stays in private mode (as an aside: ugh. I hate those "whatever happens in ____, stays in ____" lines. They say it for just about every place on Earth). You leave private mode and everything is gone. History, cookies, cache. You name it. Go back to private mode and it's still gone (can be bad if you're trying to find that lactating Cambodian immigrant video from last night).


Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:16 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
Who erases browser history anymore? All the major browsers (but not major's browsers?) have a "Private mode". Whatever happens in private mode, stays in private mode (as an aside: ugh. I hate those "whatever happens in ____, stays in ____" lines. They say it for just about every place on Earth). You leave private mode and everything is gone. History, cookies, cache. You name it. Go back to private mode and it's still gone (can be bad if you're trying to find that lactating Cambodian immigrant video from last night).


HA! The shared computer has only Netscape 7.2 as its browser, you son of a bitch! That's right: someone out there still uses Netscape 7.2.

Alright, that's not true. I just haven't updated Internet Explorer for a long time.


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majoraphasia wrote:
ed_metal_head wrote:
Who erases browser history anymore? All the major browsers (but not major's browsers?) have a "Private mode". Whatever happens in private mode, stays in private mode (as an aside: ugh. I hate those "whatever happens in ____, stays in ____" lines. They say it for just about every place on Earth). You leave private mode and everything is gone. History, cookies, cache. You name it. Go back to private mode and it's still gone (can be bad if you're trying to find that lactating Cambodian immigrant video from last night).


HA! The shared computer has only Netscape 7.2 as its browser, you son of a bitch! That's right: someone out there still uses Netscape 7.2.

Alright, that's not true. I just haven't updated Internet Explorer for a long time.


Get Google Chrome. You're really missing out. I resisted its pull for a long time before giving in to the sweet, sweet usefulness and beauty

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JamesKunz wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
ed_metal_head wrote:
Who erases browser history anymore? All the major browsers (but not major's browsers?) have a "Private mode". Whatever happens in private mode, stays in private mode (as an aside: ugh. I hate those "whatever happens in ____, stays in ____" lines. They say it for just about every place on Earth). You leave private mode and everything is gone. History, cookies, cache. You name it. Go back to private mode and it's still gone (can be bad if you're trying to find that lactating Cambodian immigrant video from last night).


HA! The shared computer has only Netscape 7.2 as its browser, you son of a bitch! That's right: someone out there still uses Netscape 7.2.

Alright, that's not true. I just haven't updated Internet Explorer for a long time.


Get Google Chrome. You're really missing out. I resisted its pull for a long time before giving in to the sweet, sweet usefulness and beauty


Totally support James here. Google Chrome is the best browser we've used.
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Someone complained to me about the lack of a universal password in Chrome. I still like Chrome's lightweight design, but Firefox is more functional for me.

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