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    • CommentAuthorKoltreg
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2012
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    @ariana

    Awesome. That works pretty well for me. I also got into some weird old translated texts and found out about the youdic dogs which are dogs that drag people to hell. Mission accomplished!
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    @JP that's hilarious. I wish I'd thought of that. it's been 3 1/2 years since I quit that job, and I just now have gotten to where I can make it the length of sweet child of mine without changing the radio station or leaving the room when it comes on. my jaw still clinches up and my back gets very tense, but I can make it through.
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    A mate of mine has owned a guitar shop in Parramatta for twenty-odd years, and he has to physically restrain himself from choking the living shit out of twats who play Stairway or Smoke On The Water.
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    There is a kind of guitar shop widdlewank that gets done when people are testing guitars. People don't tend to play tunes, they just widdle, wankily. Really bugs me for some reason. Would want to kill people if I worked in a guitar shop.
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    the widdlewank as you term it was never bad. it isn't any particular melody or consistent rhythm or pattern, so after the first few days, it becomes the equivalent of white noise. when it's somebody just missing the notes for the opening riff of a song that you know by heart from having heard it so many times, you can't ignore it, and you get a sensation akin to that feeling in your spine when somebody scrapes two pieces of metal together. it becomes physically painful after a while. in the last month I worked for the music store, I would ride home in silence; no radio, no CDs, nothing but the road noise, just to let my head decompress. until that time, i was the sort of person who constantly had music on around me 24/7. when I did turn on the radio, I'd tune in to this cajun station just so there'd be no chance of hearing anything that had been played to death. for the guy behind the counter at your local guitar shop (especially if it's one of the big chain stores), the whole stairway thing isn't a joke.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2012
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    #Notpissingoffmusicshopstaff

    Hmm...

    Is this cool or is it what everyone does and is just as bad as Stairway or Smoke on the Water?

    If I try a guitar, the first thing I do is check it's in tune by doing the thing where you go down the strings on the seventh fret, then I check the setup by doing harmonics and then the note on the twelfth. Then it's usually just powerchords and a pentatonic or two rather than a song. But is that kinda patronising to the staff to check it like that and just as annoying?
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2012
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    #Notpissingoffmusicshopstaff

    That's definitely NOT patronising, as I've tried out all too many badly set up and/or intonated guitars in reputable shops. Hell, I go through all the frets on all the strings, and then move on to the intonation on chords...

    To me that's more about treating the instrument with the respect it deserves.
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    #notpissingoffmusicshopstaff

    @Oddcult Please do that. it's not patronizing in the least, in fact your shop guy will probably love you (or, if he's like most of the guys I worked with, hate you less), because you're testing things that will tell you what the guitar actually sounds like and how it performs. just by taking the time to make sure it's in tune, you're showing that you are serious, and not just some wanker loitering around. you'll learn more about the guitar you're trying in the two minutes it takes to do all that than the guy in the back who's been playing Little Wing on the same guitar for 20 minutes, and the staff is definitely going to come answer your questions and help you out faster. you're covering all the basics, getting a good feel for the instrument, and listening to how it sounds. nothing says "good customer" better.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2012
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    #spoons

    I just tweeted about this, but I will also ask it here because you guys KNOW things.

    I inherited a silverware set from my mother as a pre- wedding present. Now, she says the tiny spoons in the set are egg spoons. My associate says he thinks they're teaspoons. I compared it to two other teaspoons I bought at antique shops and it is smaller than one but bigger than the other. Whitechapel, is the smallest spoon in this picture a teaspoon or an egg spoon!?!?

    Also, WTF is the square spoon for??? There is only one in the whole set of silverware, not 1/person like all the other spoons.

    Dinner etiquette, teach it to me.

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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2012 edited
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    #spoons

    The square one is a sugar spoon. There would only be the one because it goes in the sugar bowl. The little one is indeed an egg spoon.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2012
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    Hooray!!! Thanks so much ^_____^
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2012
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    #spoons

    The square one is, as Greasemonkey says, definately a sugar spoon. I've also heard the little one referred to as a fruit spoon, for those who like to be all fancy and juice free when they eat soft fruit.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2012
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    #spoons

    Depending on how tiny it is, as scale is difficult to judge from that image, it may even be a quail's egg spoon.
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    #spoons

    My mom has that pattern spoon - a very small one with a long handle, that was part of her baby spoon set. I just wanted to say that. It's very pretty! Though I don't remember seeing the three-pronged leaf on it.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2012 edited
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    New question #Installing Chromium OS

    I picked up a used laptop for the busienss at an online auction.

    It was cheap becasue they'd removed the OS.

    Now I've got a spare licensed copy of XP I can install on it if necessary but I tought I'd try installing the Chromium OS.

    It took quite a whole but I installed it successfully - I think.

    It boots and a Chromium start screen starts up and asks for a username and password.

    But it won't accept my username and password combo. (It automatically adds @gmail.com to the end of the username so I 'm using my gmail username and password.)

    I assume the problem is that it needs to access the interent to check my gmail ID - but without beinh able to access the machine I can't configure the internal modem.

    Anyone got any idea how to solve this conundrum?
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
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    #ChromiumOS

    I'm not especially familiar with Chromium OS (it hasn't exactly enjoyed large success), but it does look like it requires an online activation component to pretty much everything. If you are installing it on a device not initially shipped with it, you probably need a wired connection to the internet, as I presume wireless setup is off limits to you at the moment. If you are already using a wired connection, it is likely to be a separate issue.
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    #ChromiumOS

    If by "internal modem" you mean "internal modem" (and not "wifi" or "ethernet"), you might be in trouble. :) Chrome/ium needs a good broadband connection to be usable.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012 edited
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    #ChromiumOS

    You might be better off with Puppy Linux if it is an older machine and you don't want to use XP.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012 edited
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    #spoons

    Antique silver sugar bowl!

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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
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    #ChromiumAndOtherOSes

    Ubuntu is also a good free OS option if you aren't familiar with linux. Definitely designed with non-linuxites in mind.