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Jeff Matthews

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  1. There's too much worry about what everyone else wants.  If they want more cheese on their fries, learn to make peace with that.  There's still plenty of safe space left in the world if you just can't handle different wants and opinions. You can even exit the grid and be ignorantly blissful.

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  2. 9 hours ago, RealMarkDeneen said:

    Then after a little more time I discovered an amazing benefit of having a stranded OS ---  they stopped comandeering my machine for those weekly hour long updates just when I needed to get on and print something in a hurry!

    If you're waiting that long, your hardware is slow.  With a late, high-end laptop, updates are usually less than a few minutes.  I don't think they're weekly anymore, either.  If they are, it just proves there fast enough to when I don't notice or pay attention.


    A really good machine goes for about $1,500.  Some people might demand more.

  3. 16 hours ago, Marvel said:

    The internet is more like a living/breathing public library (I still like libraries).


    Juxtaposed to Mark's criticism, I'd say the Internet is life, itself.  Live it.  Do good with it. 


    You are given the power to help millions of people with a fraction of the effort it would have taken 50 years ago.


    Of course, there are also the devils out there, using it as a tool to exploit more efficiently than they could before.


    Would you rather cede your ability to help people because of the devils?  If so, the devils win.


    God puts it out there.  What you do from there is who you are.

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  4. The Internet has exponentially accelerated the spread of information and knowledge.  I couldn't imagine losing all of this.


    One person's brainwashing is another's entertainment, knowledge, etc.  $1,000's for hi fi, but baseball is stupid?


    If we put you in charge of the rules of the Internet, you'd just be the next arbiter in line.


    It's ironic that the establishment crowd and the anti-establishment crowd seem to be equally paranoid of misuse and abuse of the Internet.  Maybe it's a healthy balance.

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  5. At least proponents agree that it has value because people ascribe value to it.  The same argument is s made concerning gold.


    So, the real question is which asset is more likely to suffer loss of faith?

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  6. The allure of crypto was that it was not regulated.  Now, we are seeing what happens without regulation. 


    I wonder if Congress will regulate it, thereby validating its investment value, or let it die a natural death.


  7. On 6/19/2022 at 5:37 AM, SWL said:

    I don't crave sweets anymore and I'm surprised how easy it's been. Sugar/carbs are like a drug. The more you consume the more you want/need it. Get off that crap and find out how easy it is STAY off it.


    This has been my experience.  I gave it up before and stuck to whole foods.  It worked.  A few years later, I started indulging again, and there's no doubt that for me, refined sugar is great while you gulp it down, but it's so unsatisfying, that I gorge on it.  


    I'm going back to whole foods.  A couple of pieces of fruit beats a bag of chips.  Fewer calories and more satisfying.  


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  8. Hi, Everyone.  


    It's been a while.  My brother asked me to post to get information, including contact information, on anyone who can recap his LaScala xovers back to factory spec?   


  9. 7 hours ago, Tom05 said:

    I’m optimistic , right now we’re seeing a  steep steep very steep rise in Covid cases , that will be followed by a very very steep decline in cases , after which a very high percentage of the population will have a reasonable level of immunity...


    This used to be conventional thought.

  10. 6 hours ago, oldtimer said:

    In no way were they underrated.  At least among musicians.  Close to the Edge, btw, is often the top and always in the top 5 of best prog lp's of all time.

    I am a Yes fan, but Close to the Edge doesn't do it for me.  I think their best album is Album.  Fragile is next.  After those 2, there's not a whole lot left. 


    Of course 90125 is in its own sphere.  It, too, is a great album.

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  11. On 12/8/2021 at 2:05 PM, opusk2k9 said:

    Latest Gil update:


    Gil is still hospitalized.  He is eating normally and is off oxygen, but is still paralyzed on his left side.  Mentally he is pretty good, but there are some gaps and things he is confused about.


    He will be going to a rehab facility soon and will be there for three to four months.  What happens after that depends on how much progress he makes during rehab, but it is unlikely that he will be able to live on his own.

    A guy I knew had a stroke, and he said it is important to comply with therapy 100%, no matter how dumb or monotonous many of the exercises can seem.  Good luck, Gil!

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