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    but your brusque reaction to my inquiry really did seem like a put down in response.
    You're not the only one who felt that way.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2012
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    My brusqueness was only directed towards you, Mr. Quest. You have to admit, your comment was pretty redundant/off-topic given the situation.
    Seriously, guys, short, concise, and helpful answers on the Internet? We should all be so lucky to suffer so little. Would you rather I refrained from commenting on topics in which I am knowledgeable? I can only shout "Grow up" at the screen so many times before I actually have to type it in.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2012 edited
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    Reel it in, folks. Sometimes when you ask a question, you're going to get answer or two that you already know -- people tend to start troubleshooting at the most basic level, and narrow things down from there. If folks start taking offense to the equivalent of tech support asking if you turned it off and back on again, we're going to have problems -- because sometimes people really didn't know to try turning it off and back on again.

    To this point: sometimes sometimes folks will focus on one part of an answer more than another, and resources will get brought back up, or clarified. Pissing contests about who knows more about how *anything* works are super lame.
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    My comment was in response to (I now see) a misunderstanding of what you meant; I apologize for the mistake. I do try to avoid insulting people on purpose, and I welcome the same courtesy.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2012
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    #dancingbabiesmakelifegood

    @oldhat: It took me a while, but I think I've remembered their secret-origin. Was it Ally McBeal? I'm in a state of dynamic-meditative-trance from watching them go tribal :)

    @Ariana: We thank you for your wisdom. I, for one, am humbled. My niche in the Cosmos is a slightly more comfortable place. Ta for that.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2012
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    #dancingbabiesmakelifegood

    Is was in fact Ally McBeal and soon there after one of the first viral video i can remember starring said dancing baby with a song by The Prodigy playing in the background.
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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2012 edited
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    #dancingbabiesmakelifegood

    My understanding is that the dancing baby was a minor internet meme (one of the very first) and then Ally McBeal propelled it into the stratosphere.

    Ah, here we go Dancing Baby

    (My god, hundreds of words about the godamn dancing baby. Does our culture actually deserve to survive?)
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    #findingphotos

    My local public library in Marrickville, NSW, Australia includes an extensive archive of historical photographs which have been very useful to me. I would not have known it existed, however, if I had not asked the regular public librarian what resources were available in the municipality, because the photographs are kept in a different building to the books and their existence is not signposted or publicised at all.

    I have also had wonderful assistance from public librarians in America and in England in finding photographs in those countries. Librarians are often very intelligent people whose core skill is research and whose daily business gives them an encyclopaedic knowledge of what collections and archives exist and what their specialties are. They also often correspond with other librarians in other countries so if your project crosses national borders they can be of assistance in helping you make the overseas contacts you will need.

    I know this because I have worked as an artist, an academic and a commercial photographer, all of which have required finding obscure historical images at one time or another. Many of my good friends who I consider to be very intelligent, such as the neuroscientist whose home renovation project sent me to Marrickville Library for instance, were completely unaware that public librarians can be very useful in this context.

    I heartily recommend asking your local public librarian where to begin, Rachæl. It may not seem the obvious place to start, but many archives are underadvertised and the simple trick of asking someone whose daily work frequently presents them with lists of such resources and their contents has worked remarkably well for me on many occasions. HTH.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012
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    #TheKKKtookMyInternetAway

    Okay, so it wasn't the KKK. As far as I know. BUT.

    I'm looking for advice on repairing a stuck modem. It's not broken, so far as I know, but something is definitely wrong with it. I'm leeching internet off an unsecured network, but I'd really like to have my own back, not least because the connection isn't NEARLY as good as it is with this one.

    The model is a Motorola Surfboard, the one that looks like this:



    A pretty common model, and it was what I'd used before in college. Never had any guff with it. This one, though, seems to be funny in the head. For the last few days, it's been giving me a solid light on Power and Receive, as well as PC activity (it's hooked up to a wireless router), but blinking lights on Send, and nothing for Online (obviously).

    My cable company says they're not showing any problems on their end, though I trust them about as far as I can kick the entire company. Still, on the off chance they're telling me the truth, are there any good troubleshoots for this sort of thing that aren't included in the manual?

    (Alternate hashtag: #Seriously?IAlreadyDoTechSupportForMyDadAndNowThis?)
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    #TheKKKtookMyInternetAway

    Find the little recessed reset button on the back and hold it down with a pen for about 10 seconds while the power lead is unplugged. Plug it in and give it a good five minutes to wake up. Usually worked for me when I had one. It'd shit itself like that about once a year.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    #TheKKKtookMyInternetAway

    I checked the back, and I couldn't see one, just plugs for the cable, ethernet, USB and power. Checked the bottom, too, no dice there, either.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012 edited
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    TheKKKtookMyInternetAway
    @Alan Usually The reset button is located in the back. It is a pin hole that you can use a paper clip. If you press it once, it will restart the modem.

    What's the specific model of the Surfboard?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    Oh, I know what it's supposed to look like - the model I had before did have one. This one doesn't, or if it does, it's very well hidden.

    It's an SB5101U, barely four months old.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    Hrm. According to the troubleshooting for this particular model:

    "Usually to reset the modem, you just power it off for 10 seconds, then power it back on. If it still doesn't work, try giving your Mac a static IP address. Plug the ethernet cable into a computer that can get to the internet (if you have one) then open the command prompt on the PC or Mac (not sure if Mac has one or not) then type ipconfig /all. Write down the IPv4 address, default gateway, subnet mask, and DNS severs. Then go to your Mac and plug it in and statically enter the IP address. "

    If you can understand any of that, power to you. Otherwise I'd call a tech in.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    #introducing_cats

    I have no pets, but I like cats and have raised them in the past. I was recently offered adult cats from two different people (one cat each), both of whom enthusiastically tell me that it is better to have two cats so that they don't get lonely when the owner's away. I agree that it is preferable for a cat to have a feline playmate in the house. But both of these cats have been singletons for most of their lives. Putting aside the current owners' apparent double standard, is it a good idea to introduce two adult cats from different homes into a new home? What could one do to make the transition to the new home easier, if one can't stay home with the cats?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    #cats

    I've always let thrown them in together and just waited until they settled down, but apparently there are better ways to do it. From what I've told (but I've never actually done it, I've always just tossed them into the deep end), you're supposed to keep them in separate rooms while they acclimate to their new home, while also getting used to the other cat's scent. And trade which rooms they're in so that they really get used to the scents. If you have them in rooms next to each other, the other good thing is that they can paw at each other without actually getting into fights. The next step is to introduce them face to face, but with a grate in the way so that they can't hurt each other (they usually say to put the new cat into a cat carrier and the regular cat outside, but since in this case they'll both be new cats...uh, choose?). Cats get really finicky about being in new places and they also get really finicky about having other cats in their territory, so it could be interesting.

    In my experience, it's nice for kittens to have another feline playmate while adult cats prefer to have their own territory. Anytime I've had multiple cats, they've gotten along but always seemed annoyed at having to share their space, and sometimes one cat will start trying to dominate the other one to establish it's territory. They do just fine being solitary once they're adults.
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      CommentAuthorFrowardd
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012 edited
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    #cats

    Build a steel cage, ten feet to a side. Throw in a bag of cat food and a gently set down a bucket of water. Add the two cats. Let sit for two days. If the cats are still alive when you reopen the cage, they'll probably live together with you. Unless they decide to gang up on you and chew your face while you sleep.

    ALTERNATE SOLUTION: Perhaps the current cat owners will let you have a (month long or so) trial period?
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    #cats

    Get a dog. Nothing brings two cats together better than a common enemy.

    Disclaimer: I have never lived with a cat for more than one night at someone's house.
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      CommentAuthorFrowardd
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    I feel that I too should add a disclaimer to my advice.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a cat.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012 edited
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    #SexyVenus

    Halp! So, I got to see part of the transit of Venus, and I saw it from southern california. My question is why, if venus was cutting across the top hemisphere of the sun, did it look like to us from here as if it cut down vertically along the right side? The only thing I can think of is the axial tilt, which in my head correctly accounts for the direction in which it was rotated, but not the degree. Or are we really tilted that much? Or am I completely off track here? Here's a simulation I found on youtube of what we saw from this area:

    edited to add: From what I saw with my own eyes - the projection through the telescope we saw on the wall was what is shown in the video below rotated to the left 90 degrees, cos it was through a telescope. When I looked through someone's welder's lens at the beginning of the transit, Venus was at about the 1 o'clock postion, as in the video below.