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  1. You lot are slowing down - nothing since Feb 3! Here's a cute one: Test: Seven advantages of mother's milk Students in an advanced biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of mother's milk.' The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student was hard put to think of seven advantages. He wrote: 1) It is perfect formula for the child. 2) It provides immunity against several diseases. 3) It is always the right temperature. 4) It is inexpensive. 5) It bonds the child to mother and vice versa. 6) It is always available as needed. And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote: 7) It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground that the cat can't get it
  2. Super Bowl Tickets A friend of mine has two tickets for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, at the new U.S. Bank stadium on Sunday, February 4. They are box seats and he paid $3,500 per ticket, which includes the ride to and from the airport, lunch, dinner, a $400.00 bar tab and a pass to the winners locker room after the game. What he didn't realize, when he bought them last year, was that it's on the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place. It's at St. Paul's Church at 3 p.m. Her name is Ashley. She's 5'4", about 115 pounds, a good cook, loves to fish and hunt and will clean your truck. She'll be the one in the white dress.
  3. monitor advice needed please

    Wow! Invest 3 grand and your ROI is $1/day. Lemme at it!
  4. What's with the "L" symbol on the right front? Over 'ere it means "Learner". Device could be a cyclone.
  5. monitor advice needed please

    Right! Sorry, as in all things internet, one link leads to another that leads to another - ad nauseum. Without trying to repeat the trail, the info I got "started" with that article. I probably wasted an hour yesterday chasing down that path. Probably googled "bitcoin mining" and/or cryptocurrency. One thing I did learn: don't give up your previous card. If anything should go wrong with that new GT1060, I'd be stranded without video output on that computer.
  6. monitor advice needed please

    See the link in @brett 's contribution just above. I looked it over and it's all clear as mud. Seems the video cards are used to solve some sort of mathematical query (puzzle, problem) where the solution earns you electronic money. Right up our alley, JA
  7. monitor advice needed please

    Thanks for that @brett, I confess to being highly confuzzled by the whole bitcoin thing. I'm definitely not interested in getting involved. I just got caught in the cracks by trying to buy a high-end video card at the wrong time. Who knows? Maybe next week (month?) that whole smoke and mirrors thing will crash and we'll be able to buy video cards for a song. Won't help me - I've already shelled out for one. Fingers crossed it's a good (as in quality build) one as I'll bet my warranty is useless. It's interesting that at least one of the sites selling powerful power supplies has a remark on their website - "one per family".
  8. monitor advice needed please

    OK. I bit the bullet. This better work because it's darned expensive. I bought a GeForce 1060 video card. The card is almost as big as the motherboard inside my computer. It definitely has more fans. In fact, the thing was so big that I had to find an old ATX box and swap out my motherboard. As an aside, it's really quite amazing that the form factors in these machines have stayed so consistent over a huge span of time, relative to the development cycle of the hardware. The ATX box that I found (for $5) still had a 1.44M floppy drive pair mounted. Haven't seen one of those in close to twenty years. It also had twenty years of dust-bunnies living in there. Solved that problem by dunking the whole thing in warm, soapy, water in the tub. Remember the wife is away. Mums the word! That started the cascade. The power supply in my previous machine wasn't up to the requirements so in went an 850W Gold power supply. I'm pretty sure they call it "Gold" because that's a reflection of the cost. The upside of this is that someone has finally figured out how to tame the wiring nightmare that is common with the old style power supply's (supplies??). Made by EVGA, nice piece of kit. All up and running today. Size DOES matter. Wow! So, now comes the reason why this post is where it is. **The MONITOR** I haven't pulled the trigger on this yet. I'm still staggering from the sticker shock of the GPU and the PS. Here's the plan: 32 inch, curved, Asus XG32VQ LED LCD VA, 2560 X 1440. Or a BenQ PD3200U PD Series, 32 inch, 4K, IPS, 3840 X 2160 monster. I'm leaning towards the BenQ, partly because I'm still messing about with CAD/CAM design work for 3D printing (hard to completely retire). I guess I'll go to the dark side and trade my Win7 Pro O/S for Win 10. Perish the thought! The guy in the computer store where I bought the GPU muttered something about dinosaurs. Oh yeah; I've ordered a TrackIR 5 (and a year's supply of Gravol). Obviously, I've decided to put VR on the back burner for a while. The video card an everything is VR ready, so it won't be a big deal to make the switch somewhere down the road. Before I go - an interesting side conversation came out of this. Evidently there's a serious shortage of large video cards in the computer market. Wouldn't you know it; I waffle for ages before making the decision to upgrade my video hardware and now I'm having problems buying it. This was explained to me by the computer store guy who was happily writing up the bill for full retail. The bitcoin market has something to do with this. I don't pretend to understand, but it appears that bitcoin trading is somehow tied to the amount of video processing that you can do. He was saying that they are building machines with multiple GPU's on board. That's all for now folks. Ref: https://www.asus.com/ca-en/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING/ https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=210-GQ-0850-V1 http://www.benq.ca/product/monitor/pd3200u/specifications/ https://www.staples.ca/en/asus-xg32vq-rog-strix-xg32vq-31-5-inch-led-lcd-va-curved-screen-gaming-monitor-2560-x-1440-4-ms/product_2846526_1-CA_1_20001
  9. new BIG wings.....

    Never mind the switches. It's the relationship of the windshield to the ground that scares me. That plane is so big that the mains are on the ground before the cockpit is below minimums Definitely an aircraft to be flown by the numbers. Have fun.
  10. Sensitive?? I must have added something wrong.
  11. From the Bagpiper Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full. As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years." Apparently, I'm still lost....it's a man thing. When you have stopped laughing be sure to forward this on to others who would enjoy a good story.
  12. Three rednecks were working up on a cell phone tower: Cooter, Ronnie and Donnie. As they start their descent, Cooter slips, falls off the tower and is killed instantly. As the ambulance takes the body away,Ronnie says, 'Well, damn, someone should go and tell his wife. Donnie says, 'OK, I'm pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I'll do it.' Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Budweiser. Ronnie says, 'Where did you get that beer, Donnie?' 'Cooter's wife gave it to me,' Ronnie replies. 'That's unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you beer?' 'Well, not exactly', Donnie says. 'When she answered the door, I said to her, "you must be Cooter's widow." She said, 'You must be mistaken. I'm not a widow.' Then I said, 'I'll bet you a case of Budweiser you are.' Rednecks are good at sensitive stuff.
  13. You Can Always Go Around

    Thanks for the link, JA. One maxim that we all need to remember: There are three things that are of no use to a pilot. One of them is "runway behind you". Applies to both takeoffs and landings. Any guesses on the other two? I often find myself trying to rescue a bad approach in the flight sim. Bad idea! Maybe it's because the penalties are less severe than in the RW.
  14. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    Definitely have to agree that human error was the culprit. Can you imagine two guys frantically going about making a bad situation worse. There's quite a lag to get a big jet to spool up. Odds are good that the reversers (or likely just one of them), which don't need to wait for spool-up, are the issue. With the CF going on in the cockpit I'd like to know which one of them was bracing himself against a rudder pedal whilst trying to get the reverser(s) into play. Ah.......armchair aviators - ain't we great? I just feel sorry for the poor bu**ers who were on the wrong runway for a port side excursion.
  15. Had this one forwarded to me today: Subject: Fw: I miss Bill Clinton! It doesn't matter what party you belong to this is good natured political humour from a show on Canadian TV, where a black comedian said he misses Bill Clinton.... "Yep, that's right - I miss Bill Clinton!" *He was the closest thing we ever got to having a real black man as President. *He plays the saxophone. *He smoked weed. *He had his way with ugly white women. *Even now? Look at him .... his wife works, and he doesn't! And, he gets a cheque from the government every month. *Manufacturers announced today that they will be stocking America's shelves this week with "Clinton Soup," in honour of one of the nations' distinguished men. It consists primarily of a weenie in hot water. *Chrysler Corporation is adding a new car to its line to honour Bill Clinton. The Dodge Drafter will be built in Canada.. *When asked what he thought about foreign affairs, Clinton replied, "I don't know, I never had one." *The Clinton revised judicial oath: "I solemnly swear to tell the truth as I know it, the whole truth as I believe it to be, and nothing but what I think you need to know." *Clinton will be recorded in history as the only President to have sex in the Oval Office between the Bushes.
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