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Aug. 1st, 2010 @ 08:21 am itz Sunday... now what?
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New month, new thoughts. By the numbers:

1 - Life has not ceased from a lack of cable/satellite programming. After over two years of not having it, I've managed to survive without incident, though I do miss HGTV, FNC, and a few other select channels.

2 - My MySpace account has been blown out, but I am going to stick with Facebook, Twitter, and Live Journal for the time being as they all serve distinct purposes in my blogging habits.

3 - The debate goes on in my head between getting an Android-based phone (hello mobile hot spots without jail breaking thanks to OS version 2.2) and an Apple iPhone (awesome accessories, multiple apps). AT&T is my current cell provider, so I suppose that makes my choice a bit easier, though I am still lusting over the Motorola Droid X over at Verizon. Thoughts, anyone?

4 - No more politic chatter on this Live Journal. I have moved the discussions elsewhere. Email me (for those who are still interested in such things) and I will tell you specifically where. ;-)

5 - The recently completed Doctor Who season was, IMHO, GREAT! Can't wait for the DVD box set to be released later in the year so that I can enjoy the various episodes at my leisure on the HDTV. In the meanwhile, the newly minted BBC series Sherlock has captured my fancy and I look forward to seeing more of it when I can. Big time thanks to my newest pal Sandy for helping me get some decent entertainment going while I impatiently wait for the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

There is no Number Six (obscure geek reference).

7 - My travels will take me to the east coast at some point this month, namely Virginia, Maryland, New York, and possibly North Carolina. So, if you happen to live in that general region and you fancy a meet up, by all means let me know.

8 - Weight loss is a bit easier when one reduces caloric intake, works differing parts of the body without pattern, monitors quality of food consumed, and maintains a positive attitude. And yes, having a partner or two to help steer one right absolutely contributes to better results.

9 - From the gang that gave the world the Double Rainbow song, here comes the Bed Intruder song! Fear for the republic..

10 - D.I.Y. Meme: What part(s) of your body have yet to be seen by your own naked eyes without aid of a mirror, photograph, etc.?

11 - Fajitas. Best Mexican dinner entree, ever.

12 - I'm no carpenter, and it has been years since I've done any serious landscaping, but I am going to try both again in the next few months as I upgrade my outdoor living space. When I make tangible progress, expect photos of my efforts.

Okay, time for me to get ready to put the local hash trail together for this afternoon. If you happen to be in the Lawton, Oklahoma vicinity, and you want IN, just check out the details here.

Live like you mean it, folks!
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From:sp23
Date:August 1st, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
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You're very welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed it too. That show was the first one in a long time that just clicked with me immediately. I found myself grinning the entire time I was watching it. I think the two leads could not be any more perfect, and their chemistry is amazing. And I loved the humor of it. I'm just so sad that it's only three episodes. I hope they do more, and quickly!
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From:dogmaticus
Date:August 1st, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
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geez bryan come to PA, and you could knock off michael and I in one swoop!
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From:dogmaticus
Date:August 1st, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
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crap! Michael & me! sometimes I just type like a redneck.
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From:calliope2
Date:August 1st, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Android, for sure. The iphone battery life is pitiful and you are never allowed to replace the battery without buying a whole new phone. Not to mention that verizon has the superior network.
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From:dogmaticus
Date:August 1st, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Well I agree... as long as it's not the Htc Hero, a phone that is my opinion blows the iPhone out of the water. Here's the problem though, due to a software issue when you receive or send SMS Text or receive voice mail it turns on a few apps by accident, one of them being sprint navigation which searches for geo-sats and depletes your battery within hours, other apps simply will not let the phone go to sleep so it basically remains fully powered even though the screen isn't on. You have to be very cognizant of what's going on and have a task manager app installed to kill stuff that's running. Even with all that tending I seldom get more than 24 hours on the battery with even bare minimum usage.

But hell it's the best phone out there!
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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 1st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
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>You have to be very cognizant of what's going on and have a task manager app installed to kill stuff that's running. Even with all that tending [...]

It's that kind of constant maintenance and supervision that I abhor. I buy devices that do that for me so I don't have to.

Computers work for me, not the other way 'round… ;)
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From:dogmaticus
Date:August 1st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
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To be perfectly honest. Apple is friggin evil an I would definitely go out of my way to avoid sucking on their corporate tit. Of course this is the only andriod based phone out there with these issues.

Of course Apple still doesn't multi-task to the level of android phones so you aren't buying device that "do that for you". You don't need to turn stuff off when it wasn't on to begin with.

Edited at 2010-08-01 04:34 pm (UTC)
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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 1st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
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>The iphone battery life is pitiful

Demonstrably untrue, and not reflected in any of the top five reviews for the iPhone 4 ("top" being the first hits after Googling "iphone 4 review") who say the opposite, that they're impressed with battery performance.


>verizon has the superior network

Depends on where you are. Here in Seattle AT&T is crystal clear all the time but Sprint is terribly spotty. As I understand it SF Bay is bad for AT&T but great for T-Mobile, to name a couple examples. I don't have any friends on Verizon so I can't speak to that, but the point is that there are good and bad networks everywhere and which is which depends on where you are.
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From:calliope2
Date:August 1st, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
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I'd say demonstratably TRUE in that my friends with i-phones are ALWAYS out of batteries. So reviewers can say what they will, but the proof is in the ever-constant dead batteries.
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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 1st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
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If the battery performance of the iPhone 4 was "pitiful," then it would have been become evident to reviewers—whose job it is to objectively look at that very topic—but more significantly more than 1.7% of customers would have returned them.

So, obviously, satisfaction with the device is very high with battery performance being called out specifically as good. It's true with me, it's true with three of my friends who've bought one—one of whom went from an Android purchased for him by his work—and it's true with customers at large.

We can have dueling opinions of friends but by objective measures of return rates and tests it's demonstrably untrue that iPhone 4s have "pitiful" battery life.
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From:allykatt
Date:August 4th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
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i agree. i judge my opinion of the difference in battery life on the time i'm out with my droid friends and iphone friends, and the fact that my iphone friends can't go an entire day/night out without plugging in, while my droid friends {and myself} can.
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From:damnshesfeisty
Date:August 1st, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
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to supplement your android/iphone debate: http://lifehacker.com/5599116/
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From:retro_rider55
Date:August 1st, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I wish I had a camper van & some bucks, so I could throw a bag & the cat in the back and go visit everyone.
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From:lwj2
Date:August 1st, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Make sure you get NIOSH-rated facemasks if you're working with treated lumber, the "nuisance/dust" masks don't make the grade.

Have fun!
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From:dogmaticus
Date:August 1st, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
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It was my understanding that CCA (chromated Copper Arsenate) based pressure treated lumber was discontinued/illegal and the current type of pressure treated stuff is no longer toxic. Of course it doesn't last as long either.
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From:lwj2
Date:August 1st, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Not as toxic, but NIOSH recommendations are that an approved mask be used. CCA was changed out because of the arsenic content, the copper-containing chemicals that are currently in use are still dangerous to inhale.

Addendum: CCA treated lumber is still allowed in some special applications, so it's not gone away completely.



Edited at 2010-08-01 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From:dogmaticus
Date:August 1st, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I take it all with a grain of salt. I built a few decks in my day and inhaled my share of arsenic, hell my best friend back in the 80s was a cabinet maker I can't tell you how much formaldehyde I inhaled helping him make countertops back then!

Personally I think it's more dangerous to get in a car and drive down the street.

CCA lumber is still allowed in industrial manufacture, not in residential use.
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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 1st, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
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>account has been blown out

Blown out? What does that mean? How does an account on a social site 'blow out'?


>No more politic chatter on this Live Journal.

But that's the only reason I read you! Alas… Nice chatting anyway!
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From:lwj2
Date:August 1st, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Do svidaniya.
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From:ms7168
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
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Why not an HTC EVO from Sprint? Which is now receiving it's Android 2.2 update just this week. No 4G coverage in Oklahoma yet but is expected soon.

If you get an EVO it's a good idea to turn 4G off because if you don't it will constantly search for it (and not find it) and run down your battery.

And with any android phone you would profit from a good app closer to save battery life as well.

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From:pokeyburro
Date:August 3rd, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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4 - No more politic chatter on this Live Journal. I have moved the discussions elsewhere. Email me (for those who are still interested in such things) and I will tell you specifically where. ;-)

Rats. This was one of the things that first drew me here, as it was relatively un-dumb. Gonna try LJ's "send a message" feature and see if it works...
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From:littlebee55
Date:August 4th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)

itz Sunday... now what?

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I love love love my droid. My daughter has an iphone and mike and i have motorola droid. I don't have 2.2 but we are supposed to get an update soon. There are a lot of things i like about it but to main one is that i can speak text, email, and livejournal posts and google searches instead of typing everything. I know apple has thousands of apps, but i have found a lot in the droid app store that i like just as well. Plus the droid has built in gps that is almost exactly like garmin with voice turn by turn directions. I feel confident in recommending this phone: )
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From:allykatt
Date:August 4th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
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i recently got the LG ally droid phone, and i can NOT say enough good things about it. it's simply wonderful. i'm on verizon, though.
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From:qt3_14159
Date:August 4th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
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4. PHOOEY! ;o)
7. When's Oregon gonna be on the list?
10. Just my back.
11. DUH!!!

That's it for me. ;o)
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From:jp_land
Date:August 6th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm in Asheville, NC, if you are coming to Western NC. I'll take you to a great lunch place.