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    2. 40oz

      40oz

      I'm american and what is this

    3. exp(x)
    4. Snakes

      Snakes

      Living in L.A., I find myself consistently missing two breweries every time I go on a run - Bell's and Founders. They made some of the most phenomenal ales I've ever had.

  1. I now have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University.



    I start grad school this Fall at University of Minnesota.

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    2. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      I started classes last week, and I like them so far. It's nice to only be taking 3 classes at a time in subjects that I'm really interested in.

    3. Szymanski

      Szymanski

      Belated congratulations. That's a great degree to have. I work with guys who can create an entire product and the software to drive it, they are never bored or short of cash.

    4. RestlessRodent

      RestlessRodent

      Congrats, this might be why i've never seen you on IRC in the last few months.

  2. I ordered the parts for a new desktop yesterday and then realized that the motherboard doesn't have an IDE interface for one of my old hard drives and my old DVD burner.

    The prices of IDE to SATA adapters seemed a bit steep on NewEgg, so to eBay I went! I ordered two adapters for less than $5 including free shipping from China.

    Thank you, China. Thank you for your ridiculously cheap electronics.

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    2. Maes

      Maes

      exp(x) said:

      Thank you, China. Thank you for your ridiculously cheap electronics.


      Are they actually manufactured anywhere else in the world, ATM, regardless of the brand they are sold under?

      I pretty much stopped giving a flying rat's ass about whether a part or device says "Apple" or "Sony", or whether it says "Zhang Yang Random Ass Generic Electronics Sweatshop", because chances are that they are all made by the latter anyway, or about to be shamelessly copied and zerged in a billion knockoffs.

    3. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      It's getting harder to find consumer electronic devices and accessories that aren't made by cheap semi-skilled labour. All that's likely to distinguish recognised brand names from everything else is their quality control, though with so many products being designed for a short life-cycle (practically engineered to start failing shortly after their successor goes on sale) you might as well just use the cheapest shit that'll do the job and bin it when it dies.

    4. Maes

      Maes

      GreyGhost said:

      It's getting harder to find consumer electronic devices and accessories that aren't made by cheap semi-skilled labour.


      The only consumer electronic devices for which I'm 100% positive that they were NOT made in mainland China, are my parent's audio systems and older TVs (70s and 80s Grundig stuff made in Germany), and some Hi-Fi equipment from the early 90s (Philips CD player rack, Philips double-decker mini Hi-Fi made in Hungary and Poland). Most of it is also still good and works perfectly, with only very minor maintenance (I only changed the Philips' tape drive belts once in 15 years).

      Even computer parts, in the 90s, had a chance of being made in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore, or even Japan if you were into hi-end stuff.

      But now I can't find a single electronic device actually manufactured anywhere else but China. Ya know, with people actually putting hundreds of them together and packaging them in boxes.

      And please, don't give me that "designed in Europe/USA" bullshit. That doesn't really help create jobs or boost the economy, apart from 1-2 high echelon positions. It's a blessing that China doesn't have a significant presence in the automotive industry yet, and they are the only ones driving their coffins-on-wheels.



  3. My wife and I saw Louis C.K. perform stand-up last night in Portland. We have never laughed so much or so hard in our lives. It was two hours of brilliance. I've seen videos of his three most recent routines, but seeing him live was something else.

    Anybody else a fan of Louis?

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    2. Snakes

      Snakes

      Yeah, you're not the first one to think this. Add on Dane Cook's other, unfunny humor.

    3. Bucket

      Bucket

      OK, I just watched "Chewed Up" on Netflix, and coughed up a few lungs laughing.

      "Stop being a faggot and suck on that dick!"

    4. ArmouredBlood

      ArmouredBlood

      Freaking deer are rats with hooves.

  4. I'm drinking Stone's Emperial IPA right now. It's so beautiful, I want to cry.

    Hopheads, what are your favorite IPAs? My top 3 are this, Pliny the Elder, and Ruination.

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    2. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Someone commented that Emperial IPA is the Ruination of Ruination. I completely agree; it's in a whole new category of bitter and awesome. I have a 6 pack of Ruination in the fridge, but I went and got 6 more bottles of the Emperial.

    3. Snakes

      Snakes

      I've only had Stone's Pale Ale, IPA, and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Haven't been able to get my hands on the other stuff.

      However, I've had some great Double IPAs from the area: Hop Stoopid and Pliny the Elder. Both of those are nectar of the gods... Beer gods. Firestone IPA was pretty damn good, too.

    4. iori

      iori

      I like microbrewery IPA's much more than the mainstream fare. In BC, there are a couple that come to mind: Red Racer IPA is amazing, and also Granville Island's Brockton IPA is very good too. I was not impressed with Hophead IPA; I found it to be very watery, flat beer.





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    2. Creaphis

      Creaphis

      Happiness is relative. To wish someone a happy birthday is to wish that their next 364 days are comparatively unhappy. Shame on you all.

    3. Super Jamie

      Super Jamie

      Creaphis said:

      Happiness is relative. To wish someone a happy birthday is to wish that their next 364 days are comparatively unhappy. Shame on you all.

      Happy birthday. Hope you have a shit day and the next 364 are filled with awesome.

    4. DuckReconMajor
  5. Who took my title away?

    1. Maes

      Maes

      Probably log(e(x)).

      Then -x came along and the rest, as they say, is history.

    2. Super Jamie

      Super Jamie

      This thread is worse than sudoku.

  6. I'm driving up to Seattle on the 24th to see Tron on the big screen. And this is no ordinary theater, it's a really fucking big one using 70mm film. I'm excited in a super-nerdy way. I must not forget to wear my Tron jacket.

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    2. deathbringer

      deathbringer

      I never thought Tron was all that.

      But then last time i watched it my hands where probably stuck together from melted chocolate and wrapping paper.

    3. VileSlay

      VileSlay

      nice! display your nerditude with pride.

    4. Technician

      Technician

      70mm film! Prepare for a nigh of softness and edge enhancement.

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    2. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      I've got a few options, but the default smoothing looks fine to me on my 19" CRT.

    3. Bucket

      Bucket

      Fredrik said:

      I suppose that's the case. The only recent Mac I've seen was hooked up to my friend's LCD TV so it runs at 1080p with large fonts.

    4. fraggle
  7. How about a BSOD?


    I ran into this tonight at the grocery store. I really don't understand why linux isn't used for applications like this. The inkjet cartridge refilling machines at Walgreens use Windows as well.

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    2. Csonicgo
    3. Infinite Ammunition

      Infinite Ammunition

      Csonicgo said:

      GPL


      so? it's not like companies don't already use open-source programs for things which require much more security than their ink cartridge refillers, unless their hired programmers suck total ass why would it be an issue for them to release the source for embedded systems on their gas pumps or whatever?

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Csonicgo said:

      GPL

      Newsflash: Programs written for GNU/Linux don't have to be GPL. How do you think there is a binary for Doom 3?

  8. penis++

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    2. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Csonicgo said:

      RPN really sucks imo

      You just don't know how to use it. I've never heard of a person becoming proficient with RPN and still preferring algebraic.

    3. Csonicgo

      Csonicgo

      There is a small app you can get that transforms the Ti-89 into RPN, you know.

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Csonicgo said:

      There is a small app you can get that transforms the Ti-89 into RPN, you know.

      There are actually a few, and none of them are very good. I used to have a TI 89.

  9. My wife and I got an Italian Greyhound last week. His name is Buddy, and he is awesome.



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    2. Bucket

      Bucket

      Small? Oh lord, you bought a punting dog.

    3. GGG

      GGG

      Looks like a nice enough canine. But footage that actually tells us something about Pooch might work better. i.e. What tricks can he do? Is there a video of him mauling a mailman/toddler?

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      GGG said:

      Is there a video of him mauling a mailman/toddler?

      No, but here's a crappy picture of him humping our neighbor's male Great Dane's leg.


      Bucket said:

      Small? Oh lord, you bought a punting dog.


      Not really. For one, he doesn't yip like drop-kick dogs do. He has the same deep bark as normal-sized dogs because of his large lungs. He can also easily outrun any dog near his size.

  10. Recently I've been considering training to become a Linux system admin, and I figure I'll need some sort of certification to get a job in the field. I looked into what is offered by Red Hat, Novell, CompTIA, and the Linux Professional Institute, and I think Red Hat's RHCT and RHCE courses and certifications are my best bet. They seem to be both highly regarded and extremely comprehensive.

    Does anyone here know anything about the various Linux certifications or have any advice about getting an entry-level Linux system admin position?

    1. Insomniak

      Insomniak

      a beard and a lack of hygiene.

    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I took the RHEL certification classes a few years ago. Overall, I thought they were very good classes, but since a lot of the material was stuff I already knew, I found it to be a bit boring. However, there was good stuff in there, such as how to properly setup squid, Apache, DNS (bind), dhcpd, iptables, and others. It was pretty focused on the Red Hat way of doing things, but the instructor we had also showed us the non-Red Hat way in some cases.

      However, I was the admin for two Linux servers at my job way before I took these courses. How good they are to have for getting an entry-level position is something I'm not sure of.

  11. I was at an asian market yesterday and picked up a mix for making green tea ice cream. Unfortunately, the instructions are all in Japanese. Can anyone here translate them?

    Front of package

    Back of package

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    2. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Thanks, DJ_Haruko.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      exp(x) said:

      Thanks, DJ_Haruko.

      Anytime. I need to re-immerse myself in Japanese anyways, so I'm trying to find excuses to read and speak it. I'd hate to have a little over three years of hard work slip away from me.

    4. Csonicgo

      Csonicgo

      DJ_Haruko said:

      The real stuff may be bitter, but if you grab an ice cold bottle of it during the heat of summer, nothing is quite as refreshing. Back in Japan, I got used to it just for this reason.


      You know, you're right. it seemed so COLD when I was vacationing in tennessee, and green tea drink was all the machine had.

  12. I went mountain biking / camping with two co-workers this last weekend on the North Umpqua Trail in Oregon. Here are some pictures:


    I'm on the left, trying to get some extra sleep.


    My awesome bike with some of the gear on the back


    On the left again


    Heh, I sort of wiped out, and a stick ripped off some flesh from my knee.


    It's just a flesh wound!


    Beautiful Crater Lake

    EDIT: Um, apparently some people aren't seeing the thumbnails that link to the full sized image and only see links to the thumbnails. If this is the case, you suck, and you'll have to remove the .th part of the image name in the url to see the full image.

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    2. Gokuma

      Gokuma

      OMG Oregon Trail. Did you cross the river alright?

    3. Bucket

      Bucket

      Yeah, but then he got dysentery.

    4. Job

      Job

      That reminds me. Did Zeke ever recover from his snakebite? Oh, and I have a wagon tongue you can buy for three dollars if you need one.



  13. I based it on this scene from the movie Reckless Kelly in which the main character, Ned Kelly, as the Christian Cowboy, says the line at the bottom of the design. I plan to transfer it to a silk screen on Thursday so I can start printing shirts. If you haven't seen this movie, you're really missing out. Unfortunately the VHS is out of print, and a DVD version was never made.

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    2. Kristian Ronge

      Kristian Ronge

      I liked "Young Einstein". Daft, but fun.

    3. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      deathz0r endorsed:



    4. deathz0r
  14. I was bored today and decided to make a bot that interfaces with the command line version of Maple 10. He lives in #maplebot on irc.oftc.net if anyone is interested. Some fun things to type are:

    code:
    Array

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    2. Coopersville

      Coopersville

      I wish this was around when I was still in high school, and failing math.

    3. AndrewB

      AndrewB

      Can't you figure out some way of anti-aliasing those plotlines?

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      AndrewB said:

      Can't you figure out some way of anti-aliasing those plotlines?

      You think that's ugly, check out this bifurcation:

      code:
      Array
      With the GUI version of Maple:



  15. I hacked a billy bass to interface with linux via parallel port using the instructions on this website. I had to make a few changes to the source code, but it works great. I even added support for head and tail control.

    The problem is that it's a royal pain in the ass to transcribe mouth, head, tail, head/mouth, and tail/mouth movements all at once. I found it's easier to do the movements for the mouth separately from the tail/head movements and then combine them manually. This is very tedious, though. It would be great if I had a program do this for me.

    The transcription files are in timit format. Here are the first few lines of the mouth movements to the sound from this animation (NSFW):

    code:
    Array
    The first column is the start time (I'm not sure what the units are), the second is the end time, and the third is the control word. The control words correspond to the pins on the parallel port. 0x00 is off. 0x01 is pin 1 (tail). 0x02 is pin 2 (mouth). 0x04 is pin 3 (head). To do the head and mouth or tail and mouth movements simultaneously, I just need to add the bytes (0x04 + 0x02 = 0x06 and 0x01 + 0x02 = 0x03). Simultaneous head and tail movements aren't possible because they are driven by the same motor. The corresponding head/tail movement for the example above is:
    code:
    Array
    To combine everything into one file, I need to include all the start/stop times (this usually means adding new rows) and add the corresponding control words. For these two examples, the output would be:
    code:
    Array
    Does anyone think they can help by writing something that does that?

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    2. Linguica

      Linguica

      AndrewB said:

      blah blah

      Wow, uh, impressive? I guess?

      exp(x): this sounds like a really easy programming task and maybe one you should hone your skills on :P

    3. Linguica

      Linguica

      AndrewB said:

      I've discovered about sixty words that follow the pattern 1-1-1-1-1. Some of them are chalk, smart, swamp, cloud, roast, and makes.

      alone
      amuse
      angle
      begin
      being
      block
      chain
      chair
      chars
      could
      crash
      dozen
      equal
      flown
      fresh
      guide
      hears
      heavy
      large
      makes
      means
      names
      older
      share
      third
      trash
      usage
      video
      words
      world
      would
      angel
      arose
      birth
      blown
      bones
      bores
      chalk
      cloud
      focus
      fonts
      forty
      froze
      fumes
      gears
      giant
      glean
      grief
      hacks
      halve
      hired
      lager
      loved
      mends
      mined
      noble
      nodes
      orbit
      ratio
      realm
      shake
      smart
      sober
      sword
      vocal
      warms
      acing
      amens
      angst
      ashen
      autos
      avows
      awing
      birch
      bouts
      boxer
      brows
      bugle
      bulge
      carol
      china
      cigar
      clang
      cloak
      coral
      cords
      crags
      crams
      deign
      denim
      dimer
      dirge
      docks
      doers
      douse
      doves
      downs
      downy
      dowry
      dregs
      ebony
      feign
      felon
      finch
      flock
      flout
      fores
      forts
      foyer
      frost
      gauze
      gavel
      gawks
      gawky
      gayer
      glare
      glued
      gnats
      gnaws
      graze
      guyed
      haler
      hares
      harts
      haves
      hawks
      herbs
      herds
      hiked
      hived
      hyena
      lamer
      manes
      manic
      mares
      marts
      miked
      mired
      muled
      mused
      nosed
      olden
      rages
      reams
      regal
      ridge
      roast
      robes
      rodes
      rowdy
      sager
      scram
      shack
      shave
      shear
      shred
      smack
      smear
      sored
      sorta
      squat
      swarm
      talon
      tangs
      thuds
      tonal
      wordy
      yoked
      zoned

      AndrewB said:

      I've only discovered three words that follow the pattern in left-to-right order: downs, docks, and focus.

      focus
      amens
      docks
      doers
      downs
      downy
      dowry

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Linguica said:

      exp(x): this sounds like a really easy programming task and maybe one you should hone your skills on :P

      Yeah, it shouldn't be too hard. I'm just a lazy bum and haven't got around to learning how to program.

  16. I saw Buddy Guy in Portland last night. The show was kickass, and I had a great seat. It is truly amazing how much energy that guy has at 69 years old. He was jumping up and down while dueling with his other guitarist and playing like an absolute beast. I took some pictures with a crappy disposable camera, but unfortunately, the one of him playing guitar with his teeth didn't come out. Here are a couple that did sort of turn out:

    1. deathz0r

      deathz0r

      That looks like it came from a fifth generation bootleg video.

    2. exp(x)
    3. SYS

      SYS

      Buddy Guy is pretty dope. Forgot the name of that tune that I like so much by him. The blues is pretty good.

  17. So there's this party, right? A party of functions! All of the functions are there: e^x, πr^2, i^2, even some old-school guys like |x|. Anyway, poor e^x is alone in a corner, acting all morose. His good friend 2^x comes over and says, "What's the problem? Come on, integrate yourself into the party!" And e^x looks at him and he says, "Why? It's not going to make a difference!"

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    2. Kenny McCormick

      Kenny McCormick

      e is an irrational number (non-terminating non-repeating decimal) that is used to nullify natural logs (ln)

    3. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Fredrik said:

      But most amazingly, pi^0.5 = -0.5!

      Mmmmm... Gamma function.

    4. spank

      spank

      old, yet funny, joke

  18. I discovered tonight that a movie theater in Portland is showing The Holy Grail and Life of Brian... for the cost of a single admission. I've already seen both movies when they were re-released in theaters in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and I own the DVDs, but this is still awesome. I wonder if any other theaters are doing this. Here's the theater's site if any of you live around Portland and are interested: http://www.hollywoodtheatre.org/. I'm probably gonna go see them tomorrow... and maybe again on Wednesday.

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    2. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Big cities are going to be expensive no matter what. That's what shocked me about how cheap this was. The last time I saw a movie in Portland, the parking cost me more than the admission. Then again, this theater isn't downtown.

      As far as Portland vs. Seattle goes, I don't know; I've only been to Seattle once. I do like northern Washington more than down here, though. I'm probably going to be moving up in that direction once I get my ascociate degree from the community college because there is no full-blown WSU or UW campus here to transfer to.

    3. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Well I don't mind living in the suburbs of a city, but shit, even Seattle's suburbs are expensive. Also, I heard that there is more of an 'alternative' club scene in Portland. Seattle has grown very upscale...there are all these expensive clubs and restaurants being built and they're forcing the dingier places out of town. Personaly, that's my favorite part of a city...the grunge. Ha! Get it? Grunge? Seattle?

      Also, if you wanted to be a sleazy bastard, you could live in Vancouver or Portland and get a job Vancouver and do all your shopping in Portland. Then if you're renting, you're not paying any tax except federal income tax. Stupid IRS!

      Okay, that was a very weird rant.

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Haha, that's exactly what I do. I live and work in Vancouver and shop in Portland. It only takes me about 15 minutes to get downtown when the traffic isn't bad. I guess I'm a sleazy bastard!

      But, yeah, the suburbs aren't as expensive here. Vancouver is pretty much a blue-collar city. I definitely saw the upscale aspect of Seattle when I was there for a blues concert. The venue was completely yuppie, and even served 'asian fusion' food from a restaurant upstairs while people were waiting in their seats for the show to start. It was quite a paradox when you consider the blues.

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