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  1. Michael*K

    CC closing 19 stores, one of wich was mine.

    Two of the stores are being closed in the Chicago area. I guess they're sending their stock to other stores, but there's a closeout on all the floor merchandise. There was footage on the news yesterday of a throng of people stampeding into one of the stores slated to close as it opened its...
  2. Michael*K

    Question for people with cable modem

    Wish I had that sweet a deal. My basic service from Comcast just got bumped to 42 bucks a month and I was also notified that they were pulling six stations from the lineup including Sci-Fi, ESPN Classic and four others (gotta get digital cable now if I want those.) I get a measly $5 discount on...
  3. Michael*K

    Seen this Quiznos commercial?

    Hamsters in serious need of some dental work. They're pretty gross. Definitely not something that would encourage me to try Quizno's.
  4. Michael*K

    Can you hook up a External Hard Drive to Tivo?

    I believe the prices range from $150 to $200 and will add between 70-120 hours depending on what size hard drive you get. The modding involves opening the box, mounting the old and new drive onto a new bracket and plugging in the power and data connectors for each drive. There's places that will...
  5. Michael*K

    Karate Kid

    Columbia should be ashamed that this disc was released full frame almost six years ago(!) and there's been no mention of an OAR re-release. Also, it's evident from the ESPN presentations that John Avildsen and the principal actors seem quite willing to discuss the film at length. A special...
  6. Michael*K

    Can you hook up a External Hard Drive to Tivo?

    Try Weaknees. I bought my additional drive from them and they provide ridiculously simple instructions on how to install it. Took me less than 15 minutes to increase my capacity from 40 hours to over 200 hours.
  7. Michael*K

    Dams...dams...dams: Is a roof rake effective it?

    Right, but they aren't steel. They're aluminum.
  8. Michael*K

    Dams...dams...dams: Is a roof rake effective it?

    A roof rake isn't a bad idea when you have severe snowfalls over the winter. I used one with great effect about three years ago, but not before the ice dams had formed, allowing water to seep in between my inner and outer walls, damaging the paint and drywall. :frowning: One of my friends also...
  9. Michael*K

    Anyone have a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner?

    Bagless models are too messy. Too much dust flying around each time you empty the cup, which makes the HEPA filters a moot point. I'm sticking with a bagged model as well.
  10. Michael*K

    Anyone have a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner?

    An animal hair tool? Sounds like marketing hype to me. I have two dogs and a Eureka upright and it does a great job at picking up all of the dog hair.
  11. Michael*K

    Washington Post E-Mail Halted After Missed Payment

    Wonder who's head is going to roll after this fiasco: Expired Domain Disrupts E-Mail at Post A story about the subject in the New York Times notes that Post employees were told yesterday to set up Yahoo mail accounts in order to communicate. :laugh:
  12. Michael*K

    Great Places to Eat in Chicago?

    Chuck, if you'll be here during the week, check the Hot Tix booths on Randolph Street, Michigan Avenue or at Tower Records. They sell half-price day of performance theater tickets and Blue Man Group frequently is listed early-mid week.
  13. Michael*K


    Gimme Emergency! and St. Elswhere and I would be one happy camper. :emoji_thumbsup:
  14. Michael*K

    West Wing Season 2 announced!

    I'm under 35 (barely) and I have several friends under 35 that are avid fans as well. I loaned season one to a co-worker and he was on pins and needles waiting to see how the cliffhanger was resolved (the two-part season two opener was a stroke of brilliance.) He'll be quite relieved to learn he...
  15. Michael*K

    Great Places to Eat in Chicago?

    No. Overrated, big-time. :thumbsdown: Both Bacino's and Lou Malnati's sell better pizza.
  16. Michael*K

    Great Places to Eat in Chicago?

    Pizza: Bacino's (multiple locations, including Wacker Drive) Their stuffed pizza is awesome Steak: Chicago Chop House (River North, Ontario) Gibson's has larger portions, but this place has the best tasting steaks around. Romantic: Nick's Fishmarket (Plaza level of Bank One building)...
  17. Michael*K

    Band of Brothers

    In spite of some liberties taken with the factual events, it's still an awesome series. :emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup:
  18. Michael*K

    Super Bowl Commercials

    Ads I liked: AOL: But only the one where the guy jumps the cement mixers on the motorcycle. Budweiser: The donkey ad I checked out the link for the Pepsi commercial with Beyone and Britney. At a hefty three minutes in length, I'd expect to see it turning up during the half-hour of...
  19. Michael*K

    Turbo Tax?

    If you are buying the software, yes, you have to purchase a new copy every year. They have an online version that you pay for only if you want to print or file your return. If your just interested in seeing what you're getting back or how much you owe, it's a decent choice.
  20. Michael*K

    Mac browsers revisited: Safari vs. the rest

    The new Safari build (not publicly released yet) seems a bit faster than the current version. You'll also be able (finally!) to Control-click on a link and choose what directory to save to, other than the default download directory. You can resume stopped downloads and when a file is being...
  21. Michael*K

    Lassie Goes Matrix

    I didn't watch the Golden Globes, but I heard enough people talking about the new GE commercial with Lassie that I had to track it down. Here it is in Real Media format.
  22. Michael*K

    Identity theft-anyone else been hit? Anyone know what the "facts" really are?

    Had my credit card number (actually a bankcard tied to my checking account) lifted twice within two weeks a few years ago. The bank called me the first time and asked why I continued trying to make unauthorized purchases at a mall after I'd drained my bank account. Turns out the bastards went on...
  23. Michael*K

    Thunderbirds Jet Crashes at Air Show

    So the inquiry into this crash was just completed recently. And yesterday a friend of mine sent me a link to the in-cockpit footage of this incident. Pretty impressive. http://www.f-16.net/PhotoGallery/album44/aby.mpg
  24. Michael*K

    My wife is Juliette Binoche double

    Why does she need a back double? Is she abnormally hairy or something??
  25. Michael*K

    This :rolleyes: smiley is less offensive no?

    Nick, I wasn't referring to the thread. Just pointing out another image that has had a tendency to get under people's skin from time to time. :)
  26. Michael*K

    TiVo HMO question

    You can't manage items in your Now Playing list over the web. However, anything in the TiVo Suggestions should automatically be overwritten to make way for shows that you may schedule remotely.
  27. Michael*K

    How far can you hit the penguin (game)

    588.3. I bet I could hit it farther right-handed. :D