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  1. Hey folks! Long time no see. I guess it's probably been two or three years since my last log in and likely quite a few more since I was active. Definitely a bit different! Back in 2004 never could have imagined the front page of Bonfire spreading across a months worth of time! Thought about y'all today though when a friend posted a pic of a skydiver on FB. He was out farting around and stopped near Yolo County airport to take some pictures of people skydiving. He got a great pic and said he would be happy to provide a copy to the person in it if anyone knows who it is. So...SkyDance folks...anyone know? It was around 5pm yesterday, 4/16/16. If so, put them in touch with me and I'll put them in touch with the person that took the picture. Jason Killing threads since 2004.
  2. Looking for options to monitor a handful of outdoor cameras, connected via wireless to some type of base station and monitored via an internet connection. Anyone have any experience with something like this? The situation is a property with cattle on it a couple hundred miles away from where we live. We have someone local that keeps an eye on the cattle and does some minor work and shipping for us but he was sick recently and it just so happened that two water lines quit working at the same time. We lost 8 cows for a completely preventable reason. We want to post cameras in areas that allow us to see certain areas of the property (water troughs, windmills, etc.) but running wire is out of the question and we would like to be able to view the video feed from a couple hundred miles away. Doesn't even have to be video...could just be still picture on demand or even once a day. Anyone have experience with anything similar? Killing threads since 2004.
  3. Wow...haven't logged in for quite a few years. Decided to take a look in here to see if I recognized any names and there was Skinny still right there. I was just telling someone about him about a month ago when they laughed at me saying the phrase "would be rude not to." We weren't the closest of friends as many of you were, but he definitely had a lasting impact on me. Killing threads since 2004.
  4. I did find the Video Playback Speed option in VLC player. That does what I need, but still hoping to find something that allows me to bump up with a couple clicks on a remote without drilling down into a menu. Killing threads since 2004.
  5. Who has a DVD player app for Mac OSX that allows you to hear audio while fast fowarding? I use a variety of training DVDs with people speaking slower than molasses. I typically just hit the fast forward once or two to 1.2x - 1.4x and with the audio they end up talking at average conversational speed. The built in Mac DVD player doesn't seem to do it, neither does VLC that I have downloaded (at least not that I can figure out). In the past I have always used a work owned PC laptop but that is no longer available to me so I'm using my own laptop. Thanks for any suggestions. Jason's been quite a while since I browsed Good to see a bunch of familiar faces and many of the same ongoing threads. I'll need to catch up with about half a million posts. Killing threads since 2004.
  6. Thanks everyone. I always use non-ethanol in my boat, along with fuel stabilizer, etc. (though thankfully the fuel in my boat rarely sits long enough to need it). Thus far I have just avoided filling the Jeep at the gas station that sells the non-ethanol fuel because I wasn't sure about mixing since I obviously won't have non-ethanol fuel available at all times. I guess I will give it a try and see what happens. I've ready various accounts of people getting an extra mpg or two running non-ethanol, but we'll see, I've read just as many from people saying they saw no difference. I will take anything I can get with a 50 mile commute in a vehicle that gets 16mpg with a 15mph tailwind. Killing threads since 2004.
  7. Question for those that know a lot more than I do about the topic... Due to the detrimental effect of ethanol in outboard motors I make a point of filling up my boat at one of the local gas stations that sells ethanol free gasoline. I've never filled up my Jeep while at the station though as I was unsure if there is any detriment to going back and forth between fuel with and without ethanol. If it matters, my Jeep is a 1996 Grand Cherokee with a 5.2L V-8. Thoughts? Killing threads since 2004.
  8. It's because there are actually people out there stupid enough to fall for it. My supervisor's email got hacked and one of these messages was sent out to her address book. Three, yes THREE people out of about 100 in her contact list actually sent money, two of them more than $500. Killing threads since 2004.
  9. I like that! To expand on the meme: What my friends think I do: Doing a tandem. What my mom thinks I do: Little kid jumping off something (couch/table/...). What society thinks I do: Two people talking in freefall. What I think I do: Jumping in a large formation. What other jumpers think I do: Three people in formation waiting on the fourth (you) to join. What I really do: Packing a parachute. I love it, except for I think playing on train tracks with an oncoming train approaching would be more along the lines of "What my mom thinks I do." Killing threads since 2004.
  10. Commuted 2.5 hours each way for my first NY job. Grandma's house in NJ, walked half a mile to a bus into Manhattan. From there a train, to another train to either a bus or a 25 minute walk to my destination in Long Island City/Astoria Queens. Well worth it at the time to get my feet wet and save up for my first NYC apartment. Killing threads since 2004.
  11. That's what I just saw. This morning I was all over the site and everything I clicked on asked me to sign in with a cable provider log-in. Either they changed something or my head was so far up my ass (which is quite probable) that I overlooked everything that said ESPN3. Killing threads since 2004.
  12. Now I'm confused. Earlier when looked at ESPN's website it showed that the game would be shown only on ESPN or on the web to those with providers that cooperate with Now it looks like the game might be shown on ESPN3 which is available to anyone I believe. I swear I looked in the same place earlier. Hopefully this is good for me and I can just stream from ESPN3 but I'm still interested in any other options out there. As for now, I'm able to stream a mean game of cricket, but it's just not the same. Killing threads since 2004.
  13. I totally forgot about tonight's BCS game when I agreed to pick up an extra stand-by shift at work tonight, so I'm hoping to find a way to stream it online, even if it is delayed. It wouldn't be so bad if I was working out of the station tonight because we have every channel imaginable there, but we'll be posting on-site. We have been given the password to access wifi but unfortunately ESPN's streaming options don't work with whichever carrier provides the service there. So...anybody have any suggestions? I see piles of "" type sites out there but they all seem extremely scammy. I don't have a problem paying for a stream if a legit one is available, but no way in hell I'm signing up for one of these "membership" sites that will then allow me to access every channel in the world for "free." eta...Forget it. Now it appears it is indeed available via ESPN3 which is available to anyone. Killing threads since 2004.
  14. If you have not ever had to go through the process of dumping your grey and black water tanks I HIGHLY suggest filling your clean and unused tanks with clean water and going through the process, making sure you understand the connections and how everything works and that you don't have any leaks. I lived in a camper for two years while working for Florida State Parks and learned the lesson myself as well as witnessed MANY first time and rental campers dump their black water all over themselves. That, and invest in a few boxes of rubber gloves to wear while at the dump station. Even if you have a site with full connections DO NOT EVER leave your black water valve open. Last thing you want is the liquid draining automatically while the solid hangs out and you don't want the smell from the dump station coming back up through the hose. That's a smell that will take a while to get rid of. You can let the grey water drain constantly, but when your black tank is getting full leave the grey closed for at least a few showers worth. Dump the black first and then the grey to "wash" out the plumbing. Not a bad idea to spray out the black tank when emptying. You can buy a purpose built tool that hooks to the hose, but I just took a 3' long 3/4" pvc, capped the end and drilled a few small holes near the capped end. Put a hose connection with a shut off valve on the other end and had the same thing without walmart making $20 off me. (I don't have a camper anymore but I still use my homemade blank tank sprayer, with a few extra holes added, to wash the undercarriage of my Jeep when I come back from the beach). Hold off on buying a bulk quantity of black tank deoderizer until you find one you like. Some of them smell just as bad as what you are trying to cover up. I liked the stuff from walmart with purple packaging. One last suggestion...dumping the black tank is especially easy if your trailer sits high and gravity is there to help you, but you can't always count on it, and it seriously sucks to have to "walk" the hose filled with last night's business to get it to empty. I used something similar to the link below which uses a water jet to shred everything coming out the tank and pump it over a small distance and even up a foot or so. I was EXTREMELY happy with mine, especially due to the much heavier duty 1" hose that didn't break down as fast as the super thin 3" stuff. On the same note, not a bad idea to have a short length of dump hose for when you have a site with full connections or easy access at a dump station. that 30' long stretched out hose will be a drag when you have to "walk" everything in it all the way to the end to get it out. Obviously most of my significant memories of living full time in a camper were about shit. Not the best memories, but certainly the most lasting. Have fun and drive safely more than anything else. A little bit of wind is a lot of wind when you are towing a billboard behind you! Killing threads since 2004.
  15. If not familiar with using the Mac in general it is very worth the time to go through the Mac 101 and PC to Mac tutorials on the Apple website. Most of the info is super basic, but it covers most of the things people that have recently switched often complain about. The simple stuff like "I used to do "XYZ" on my PC, how do I do it on my Mac." Killing threads since 2004.
  16. If for any reason an article were ever written about my passing, I would feel honored to have a sentence like this one from the article about Debbie. Sounds like she was quite the character and the type of person that everyone was better for having known. As the preacher prayed, Debbie's parakeet — named Bird — sat on a woman's shoulder and kept saying, "Pretty bird, pretty bird," and making wolf whistles. A three-legged dog barked. A man nicknamed Boxcar sat on the ground with his bottle of lager and his pygmy goat — named Monkey — curled in his lap. Killing threads since 2004.
  17. I wasn't aware the sun was gone!
  18. I figure some of you out there might be able to appreciate this. A dozen musicians walking the length of Broadway in Manhattan (13 miles) with a couple drums drumming out a 3 minute medley of Christmas carols. The catch is that the music was slowed down by 120x for the walk down broadway. At the end, the recorded performance (that took 7 hours and a 13 mile walk to complete) was sped back up by 120x. Some times it works really well and others it doesn't quite come together, but either way it is pretty neat and no small accomplishment to bring it together. The whole thing was part of Make Music NY. Killing threads since 2004.
  19. I only had the opportunity to hang with hippie on a couple occasions but he definitely came off as good people. It sucks to see someone with so much life to live have theirs cut short. I'm sure shrek was waiting with an open Newcastle for him. Killing threads since 2004.
  20. I think about Lee all the time. I blatantly make use of several of his often quoted remarks, be rude not to after all, and also often think about J's comments about Lee. I've had the quote below on my Facebook page and shared it with many, many friends that have found themselves too wound up in small petty stuff to realize what a great life they have right in front of them. He was only in my presence for a very short time, but he's been in my life ever since. Quoted from J (Thanatos340) earlier in this thread I believe: Killing threads since 2004.
  21. I had this happen in NYC. Dropped my wallet somewhere in Central Park. Thought it was long gone. A few days later I get a call from my grocery store that someone contacted them about a wallet they found. I had just started a job in NYC while living in NJ with family. I finished college in Cincinnati (lived across the river in KY), had a permanent DL from Georgia. This poor guy went on a wild goose chase of ID, bank cards (from banks in every place I lived) grocery store cards, etc. before the grocery store in NJ finally offered to look up my number and contact me. I talked and we agreed to meet at a coffee shop. He was an old New Yorker born and raised and pushing 70 or so. He handed me my wallet with no money in it but all IDs intact. Then he gave me an envelope that he said contained all of the cash. I didn't open it in front of him. I offered to buy him lunch but he insisted on picking up the tab and we went our own ways. I opened the envelope and he had changed my $50 or $60 cash into $2 bills and included a picture of himself that just had "Remember..." written on the back. From that day on I've always kept one or two of the $2 bills in my wallet and have given them as a tip when I've received extraordinarily good service of some sort, or to a kid that I had reason to reward. I have the last $2 bill in my wallet now, 12 years later. Killing threads since 2004.
  22. I don't hate Tebow, I just hate HEARING about Tebow! I typically feel the same way about pretty much any athlete that becomes a media darling. I felt the same way about Lance Armstrong a few years back. I followed cycling for years, since long before LA came around and always enjoyed it. I have huge respect for Armstrong and really enjoyed watching in the years US Postal dominated the scene, but when OLN went from being the Outdoor Life Network to the Only Lance Network I just tired of it in a hurry. No disrespect to the man or what he has done, I was just tired of hearing about it 24/7. Same story with Tebow (and as a Georgia fan the Tebow coverage just had a little extra sting to it). Killing threads since 2004.
  23. I had been interested for years. I lived in NYC and thought often of finding a way to get up to the Ranch. I got pissed at my cousin (who owned a car) when I found out after the fact he had gone up there several times to do tandems. Fast forward a couple years...I got stalled in Atlanta after leaving NYC to take an AmeriCorps position in Florida. I was totally broke and staying with my parents. That summer I had gotten my dad to go whitewater rafting for the first time and I was working on getting him to go skydive. He wanted nothing to do with it. He had an obscenely rough week at work and called me on his drive home from out of town to say "this week has you still want to go jump out of a plane?" I made the reservation that night for the next day and we along with my brother and a friend all went out to ASC outside Atlanta. I now know we got taken for a bit of a ride with charges for going up in the big plane, etc., but that aside we had some great tandem and video guys and I had a feeling before even jumping that I wanted to do this. We all made the jump and I was hooked. I was unemployed and had no insurance, so the next Monday I took the best paying temp job I could find, bought a health insurance policy and started AFF at The Farm. It just so happened that my first weekend at the Farm was a Rodriguez Brothers boogie and I was hooked not only on jumping but on the DZ scene as well. I spent every weekend for the next 6 months. On the last jump that I had cash to pay for I severely sprained my ankle on an out landing. It sucked, but it kept me from handing over the credit card which I was (stupidly) ready to do at the time. Shortly thereafter I moved to Florida for an AmeriCorps position with a stipend that made my temp job look like I was a millionaire so jumping regularly was out of the question. I made a random jump here and there, traveling up to the Dublin boogie a couple years and the Destin beach jumps, etc. but the last jump I made was in 2006. I have by no means given up on getting back into it, but at the moment my free time and money are going into my fishing boat as I make the most of living on the coast. Killing threads since 2004.
  24. I'm not sure I understand why upright position only comes with an automatic. I'm almost ridiculously sensitive to driving position, and I hate being reclined noticeably. To the extent that I have a pad so that my headrest doesn't force my head forward (it does because of my height, and the fact that most people recline their seats more). Wendy P. Two different issues. The upright position alleviates the constant back pain I had (and begin feeling again when spending any significant amount of time in a car (even more in a seated position with legs almost straight out in front). The automatic alleviates the hip/knee pain that I have found are constant and come with driving a standard. I've had joint issues since I was a toddler that to this day no doctor has ever put a label on, and any number of things exaggerate the issue, but I found the daily driving of a standard to be a prime offender. Killing threads since 2004.
  25. I currently drive an automatic Grand Cherokee. I had owned only manual transmission cars. After a few life changes, including time living in NYC with no car I ended up in my current automatic Grand Cherokee. I wanted a car and a manual transmission, but the Jeep is what worked in my situation at the time. After a few weeks of driving the automatic Jeep I noticed that chronic knee, hip and back pain I'd been suffering from since high school was gone. Turns out the upright sitting position and the lack of clutching solved the issues. Now when I spend any considerable amount of time in a car I feel my back start to stiffen up and it only takes a day or so of driving a manual transmission vehicle to feel the knee and hip start acting up again too. I miss feeling like I'm actually driving the vehicle rather than just being a passenger that steers, but I most definitely do not miss the chronic pain. Killing threads since 2004.