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Apple Talk / the anti-dentite fread
« on: December 19, 2009, 09:55:23 am »
i'm not really anti-dentite, but i've been watching a lot of seinfeld lately. . .

anyhow - from age 18 to age 30, i didn't go to the dentist.  for the first few years it was cuz i didn't have insurance and was poor.  then, when i had coverage, i didn't go because i hadn't been for so long that i was too ashamed, etc, and i knew it would suck, blah blah - fast forward to age 30: a piece of one of my teeth broke off, so i figured i'd better get my ass in to see the dentist.  ended up getting 4 wisdom teeth pulled plus the tooth that a piece broke off of.  also ended up getting a bunch of fillings. 

now i go regularly and it isn't all that bad.

here's my problem:  my dentist says i need to get a bridge to replace the extra tooth they pulled.  it's gonna cost me $1700.  he says that if i leave that gap in there my teeth will all shift and cause me horrible problems later on.

being that i'm the paranoid type, it does occur to me that a dental practice probably makes gobs more money off of bridges, false teeth, implants, etc. than they do off of cleanings.  so, wouldn't it really be in their best interest to keep telling me i need a bridge, even if i don't really need one?  wouldn't it be more lucrative to keep telling me that my (remaining) teeth look great until they rot out of my head so they can sell me false teeth?

it's been 2 years with the missing tooth and i haven't had any problems yet - it's kind of a nice place to store a peanut for later.  i'm wondering how much i really need that bridge, so i'm curious as to what other people think about it.

GASM Command / Black Friday GASM
« on: November 23, 2009, 07:20:26 pm »
hey - so it just occurred to me that this friday is Black Friday (see Black Friday wiki page if you a) don't know what black friday is and b) aren't quite curious enough to google it yourself, but are curious enough to click on a link).

that means there will certainly be captive "audiences" all around the country that fit a very specialized demographic.

that also means many retail outlets will be wayyyy to overwhelmed to notice people putting stickers in places they don't belong, putting false coupons next to expensive retail items, etc etc - you know, that sort of malarchy.

so, ideally, now some brainstorming happens - even though what will most likely happen is that someone will point out this sort of shit has been going on for quite a few years and what i thought was an original idea wasn't.  but hey - who's ambitious enough to google their ideas to see if they're original?

Apple Talk / rong's motorcycle geek out thread
« on: November 16, 2009, 02:17:00 am »
this is the thread where i talk about motorcycles, my motorcycle and motorcycling experiences.

today i needed to run to the hardware store to get some shit.  it's normally a 20 minute drive - but today i took the scenic route and turned it into a 3 hour motorcycle adventure.  it was 43 degrees out, so carhart bibs were in order.  all in all i stayed pretty warm - feet got a little cold, but that's on account of having poorly (i.e. not) insulated riding boots. 

i saw a nice chunk of state forest that had been clear cut, so now i know where i can go get some firewood:

i also rode by the abandoned groveland mine:

there's really good fishing in the mine ponds here cuz the DNR uses them to farm fish to stock many lakes around the upper peninsula.

i think this winter i will try to ride at least once in every month - just to say i did it.

Apple Talk / hey roger
« on: November 08, 2009, 11:54:02 pm »
A few days ago, after finishing yet another dreary midnight shift, I lay in bed raking the leaves of the evening into the further corners of my brain.  Rearranging the furniture.  Getting comfortable, so to speak.  I stumbled across a thought.  I got close to thinking it, but I was afraid.  This thought was covered in a thick black blanket of, well, blackness.  I poked at it a bit and noted itís location for further consideration.  But I just couldnít bring myself to think that thought.  I knew it was a horrible thought.  The most horrible thought I could ever possibly think.  I started to poke at it a little more, but recoiled in terror.  What if I accidentally thought the thought?  Would I DIE?  Does my brain know how to die?  Maybe it was a memory.  I didnít want to find out.  But now . . . I know itís there.  I hope it doesnít lurk around.  What if itís eating my other thoughts?  Getting stronger.

Have you ever found a thought like that?  Did you go ahead and think it? 

Apple Talk / 70's Comedy
« on: October 23, 2009, 10:07:58 am »
a lot of posts on this forum remind me of one or the other. 

please defend your vote.

Principia Discussion / the math poll
« on: October 10, 2009, 12:34:48 am »
saw this

and decided it was as good an excuse to see what the PD'ers thought about this.

i used to be wholeheartedly convinced that mathematics was always laying around, waiting to be discovered.  nowadays, i'm not so sure.

i'd venture to guess some of you folks have opinions on this and i'd like to hear them.

(if this has been discussed already, i'd appreciate a link to the thread.)

Apple Talk / help me settle an argument
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:59:21 pm »
so i was having this argument last night.  i'm interested to see what peedee has to say on the matter.

Or Kill Me / fuck off and/or die
« on: August 29, 2009, 07:14:22 pm »
You had to start this song over so you could have another beer.  You promised yourself you would do this,
 if you could have another beer.
 No peeking.
Itís convulsive.  Itís obscure.
You tried to be normal for awhile.  You tried to blend in.  fit in.  go along with the system.  But itís the pulsing bass in your head.
  It doesnít count to four.  It doesnít sound like toby keith.
You tried another state.  Theyíre different there.  But worse.
You donít belong.
Theyíre everywhere.  You cannot escape them. 
But you like them.  They help you feel normal.
That beer doesnít taste as good as you thought it would.
Do they know? Can they tell?
Should I be collecting unemployment?
They told me to write a book. . . were they serious? 
Oozing.  Pouring.  Sweat.  Delicious.  Mealy.
I miss my ergonomic keyboard.  But I can only use that at work. 

Arenít you always at work?
Donít throw up.  Have another sip.
Oh how I crave a mutiny.  Turns out she died instead.
Itís obscure, but it means something anyway.
Nothing is more self indulgent than self indulgence.
The music is where you were.  You canít say it.  You can only play it.
 But what it means to me is not what it means to you.
Or was it the math? You went there, too. 
I cock my head to get the blood on the other side of my brain for awhile. 
Oh alcohol, why canít you hire me full time?   
i couldíve gone with you to see motorhead tonight. 
Instead I was responsible. 

Bring and Brag / moar web comics
« on: March 06, 2009, 01:35:35 am »
inspired by anthraxcat's submission of webcomics, i'm posting some of my own.  maybe there should be a homemade webcomics thread?

Bring and Brag / what i did on my summer vacation
« on: August 29, 2008, 04:02:09 am »

This is a hole Ė itís 54Ē deep and about 14Ē diameter.  I dug 20 of them.  It sucked.  Yes I am aware you can rent augers.  I borrowed a tractor with an auger on the back Ė finishing the hole by hand still sucked.  Thereís 6Ē of concrete at the bottom.

Here are some poles.  Getting them in the hole without caving in one side was kinda tricky Ė especially with the really tall poles.  Getting them in just the right spot and plumb was a bitch.

Lesser known fact:  The boards connecting the poles are called girts.  This part was fun Ė but all the nailing screwed up my wrists and gave me carpal tunnel.  (Pro-tip: donít use hammers with steel handles Ė use wood.)

Hereís some trusses up.  We mounted a beam in the bucket of aforementioned tractor and used it like a crane.  Worked pretty slick.  Climbing around on wobbly trusses that arenít braced up to anything yet is kinda scary.

Hereís some more trusses up.  Lesser known fact:  the boards that are nailed to the truss are called purlins.  If you squint real hard, you can see some temporary purlins in this picture.  (like my T-shirt?)

Booya Ė gots a roof on the sucka.  Had some help with that Ė thank god. 

Hereís another shot Ė see what I did there?  Thatís a third garage door.  That will come in handy when thereís shit in the back of the barn that I want to get out and thereís cars parked in front of the other two doors.

And looky here Ė itís the inside.   

Bring and Brag / listen plz
« on: May 31, 2008, 01:42:02 pm »
hey- i'd be interested to know what folks on here think (good or bad) about the shits i record on my compy 386.

my band

some of it's new. some of it's old.  some of it's electronic.  some of it snot.

Propaganda Depository / eJake
« on: May 08, 2008, 03:14:19 am »
feel free to use or not use: - Password: 5ublation5ociety - Password: Frat0Mag - Password: H0iP0ll0i - Password: 25tchurch

make more if you like - it would be cool if there were different domains, but i suck at teh internets.

(edit: Church has 2 C's in it)

Propaganda Depository / Letterheads
« on: May 08, 2008, 03:13:22 am »
Hey - I was searching for letterheads to use for amusing purposes and did not find them in abundance.  I propose this thread to dump copyleft letterheads and "clip art" for making your own.

use at your own whimsy.  add your own if you like.

i made some up but due to only having internet at work and the related Big Brother issues, i can't use any file hosting sites.

however, with a bit of luck, someone will be posting them in here for me pretty soon (i hope).

Also, Netaungrot made a pretty bitchin one in the ColbertGASM thread - (there's also some cool illuminati symbols over there, too).  maybe they could go in here, too - no?

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