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  1. Paul D G

    The mystery of the disappearing gas

    Hey all - I'm a bit baffled by something, and you lot are a knowledgeable group so I put the question to you. Maybe someone has some thoughts. To avoid an unnecessary wall of text, here are some factoids: - Around Nov 15th I pulled the snow blower out of storage. - It already had some gas...
  2. Paul D G

    Survivor Season 37 and beyond

    I know interest in this show has waned over the years and I'm reluctant to start a new thread so I decided to start a thread for all future seasons in case anyone wanted to comment. I hope that's ok. I don't have much to say on this season so far. At this point we don't have any favorites and...
  3. Paul D G

    Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

    According to the most recent episode of the Hollywood Babble-On, Kevin Smith says he's been approached by MGM to create a Buckaroo Banzai tv series. MGM is looking for another movie-to-series property like Fargo. Smith's turn at directing an Episode of The Flash led MGM to connect with Smith on...
  4. Paul D G

    Flushing out a rabbit from under the deck

    So, when we bought our house 10 years ago we built a nice deck. What we didn't expect was rabbits would move in take up residence under there. They use our garden as a buffet then retreat back under there. Long story short I've managed to rabbit proof it finally, I think. Last summer I bought...
  5. Paul D G

    Amazing Race : Season 28

    I don't see a thread for this yet... Not a lot to say early on other than I fear a number of these teams will annoy me. These are Social Media people, who are most likely attention seekers (not all but some seem to be). I'm not sure which all male team it was, perhaps Kurt and Broadie, who was...
  6. Paul D G

    nvidia HDMI audio pass-through - anyone know?

    Unnecessary explaination - I've been using a cheapo ATI graphics card in my HTPC for the last few years. It handled 1080p like a champ, and passed through 5.1 audio to my receiver through the HDMI port (which was the main reason for the ATI card). I've upgraded the PC to W10 and the card is...
  7. Paul D G

    Amazing Race Season 25

    I didn't see a thread for this so apologies if this is a duplicate. My main reason for posting is to remind everyone the Race is on Friday's this season! CBS finally loses football so we can actually watch this on time and it's moved to a different night... We'll probably still watch it on...
  8. Paul D G

    The Amazing Race 23

    If there's an existing topic I can't find it. Interesting start to the race with at least two teams making crucial errors (tho the latter is arguable) if it really mattered. Unusual in the opening leg. I only have two team comments at this point - the AfganAnimals put me straight off them in...
  9. Paul D G

    Anyone live in Rotterndam, or thereabouts?

    Long shot, but I seem to recall reading some members live in the Netherlands... I need the name of a decent home video retailer in Rotterdam. My brother in law lives there and there's a film I want that isn't on BluRay in the US and the Netherlands version is the only one that's region free...
  10. Paul D G

    Does AT&T U-Verse have On Demand for tv shows?

    I have a friend with AT&T cable and, well, let's just say she's not very technical. She didn't know there were different channels for HD and SD, for example. We were discussing tv shows and I suggested she watch missed episodes with on demand. She told me she didn't realize you could watch tv...
  11. Paul D G

    Criterion Films free on Hulu through Monday Feb 18th

    Through Monday Feb 18th Criterion has made available all (?) of it's movies available to watch free on Hulu in the US. I'm going to have a busy Sunday. http://www.hulu.com/movies/criterion
  12. Paul D G

    Reinforcing plastic for cold?

    So we bought a new fridge about a year ago. The freezer has two drawers and recently, within weeks of each other, this little tab broke off on each - exactly the same place - that holds the front face and handle in place. I'm guessing the coldness of the freezer made the plastic brittle and this...
  13. Paul D G

    Glorious vintage movie house

    I just have to share... So, my kids had expressed a strong interest in seeing a particular film, but we just couldn't fit it in when it came out. Needing something to do with them today I discovered it was showing at a second run theater not too far away. And off we went. Since it...
  14. Paul D G

    3D Playback on HTPC - What's needed?

    First off let me say I have no personal interest in 3D video. I can't see in 3D so I have not paid any attention to it. However, I've just replaced my TV with a 3D unit and the kids are WAY excited to try it out. I don't have a 3D BluRay player, and apparently I need to subscribe to a 3D...
  15. Paul D G

    LCD Rear Porjection Discoloration

    I'm thinking I know the answer but I'll ask anyway. A couple of weeks ago I was watching a B&W film and noticed the bottom inch or two of my Sony KDF-55WF655 Grand Wega has a purplish tint. It's not as noticeable watching in color, but it's still there. I'm not sure how this happened. We...
  16. Paul D G

    Horror film I.D. help (fall 2010)

    Last summer there was a commercial airing before trailers in theaters. It showed a girl who decided to meet all her Facebook friends - the ones she's never met. I never understood what this was a commercial for but there it is (it wasn't a movie but might have been an internet short film...
  17. Paul D G

    The Day the Movies Died (GQ)

    I'm going to share an article from GQ entitled "The Day the Movies Died." http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201102/the-day-the-movies-died-mark-harris?currentPage=all I'm not sure I agree with the author's point, tho. He complains that good movies aren't being made anymore...
  18. Paul D G

    Legal question re Payroll

    So, my wife recently cut her hours down at her job. She is paid twice a month (15th and 30th) rather than bi weekly. While the hours and all is reflected correctly on her paycheck, she is still getting paid the same amount as she was before cutting her hours. For example, to calculate...
  19. Paul D G

    Wii vs XBox vs PS3

    Well it's safe to say I was shocked... SHOCKED! I tell you! when my wife, completely out of the blue, hesitatingly said to me the other day "I don't know what your thoughts are, but I was thinking we should get a Wii for Christmas." SHOCKED! This is the same woman who vocally expresses...
  20. Paul D G

    Anyone use Vonage or other VoIP provider?

    My wife has been bitching for a while now about how much we pay for phone services. Yesterday I dropped our seldom used cell phones to pay as you go and estimate saving $500 a year. This started her on her Vonage campaign again. Vonage seems to have wildly varying reviews on it's service...
  21. Paul D G

    Year round outdoor lighting suggestions, please

    Right now I have some Malibu brand outdoor lighting. Since that's all I ever hear about I assume they're the main brand. However I am having an endless battle keeping them lit. And it's always the important lamps that go out. For example I have four in front of my house. Two spotlighting...
  22. Paul D G

    ZODIAC 2-Disc problems

    I don't see another thread open where I can post this to so I am starting a new one. I was watching the documentary This is the Zodiac on the SE and the image would go black frequently while someone was talking. I first I thought it was some weird editing like how some programs will have a...
  23. Paul D G

    So, who's put their entire music collection on their PC?

    I've thrown together a media PC for my home theater. One of the reasons was because I wanted to digitize all my CDs and have them immediately accessible from my couch. Has anyone done this? What compression techniques did you use, and how much disk space did it consume vs # of discs? And what...
  24. Paul D G

    Are Quicktime HD trailers in 5.1?

    Here's why I ask: I just deleted my long winded explanation of why so let me sum it up by saying I'm testing a new 5.1 optical out soundcard in a HTPC I'm building and it doesn't seem to be outputting 5.1. There's not a DVD drive hooked up yet so I can't test that until I rip something and...
  25. Paul D G

    Door Ding Repair Kits

    So, some bastard dinged my car. What's really frustrating is that I'm the kind of guy who tries to park away from other cars as much as possible*. But I took the kids to the circus over the weekend and that was impossible to do and this is what I get. I've been seeing ads for these ding...
  26. Paul D G

    How's the mail delivery in your area?

    We moved to a Chicago suburb about two years ago and we are getting really frustrated at the mail delivery in our neighborhood, and the fact that we can't get anyone to care at the post office (which, maybe, shouldn't be a surprise). Essentially: while most mail is delivered in a timely...
  27. Paul D G

    Who still has teenager paper carriers?

    So, I was taking my dog for a late night walk and started thinking about the ^$%@#[email protected] paper route my parents forced me to have for six years when I was a teen (and if you want to kill your kid's social life give them a job they have to do six days a week at 3.30p - then make them get up at 4.30a...
  28. Paul D G

    Natural Gas in the home

    I hope I can explain this without sounding like an idiot. I'm paying the bills right now and I finally decided I'd ask some people: We went on a 10 day vacation last December. We turned off the hot water heater (ie VACATION setting), and we lowered the heat in our house to the recommended 55...
  29. Paul D G

    Remote Control batteries (comcast)

    So, my year old Comcast remote died on me. At first I thought it was the batteries so I replaced them, then the next day it stopped working again. So I take it into a Comcast storefront to exchange it. I comment on what was wrong as I took out the batteries of my old one and she tells me to use...
  30. Paul D G

    What are people teaching their children!?

    I just need to rant. As a parent of a (soon to be) four yr old (and a 1yr old too) I find myself constantly amazed at the way other parents are with their kids. If I had a dime for every time I saw a toddler standing up in the seat of a grocery cart while the parent doesn't even seem to...
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