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Backward?

16:46 Jun 29 2011
Times Read: 857


If you watch Smokey and the Bandit backward, it is the story of a guy who pays someone for a truck full of beer, chases the police back to their speed traps in a black Trans Am, and then returns the beer to a Coors distributor...


...which actually makes more sense, given that it is Coors...


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Morrigon
Morrigon
16:58 Jun 29 2011

Hahah "This beer is just awful."





birra
birra
17:44 Jun 29 2011

West Bound and Down... Loaded up and truckin'. We're gonna do what they say can't be done.



The boys were thirsty in Atlanta, but this beer tastes like Mylanta, so we're taking it back for a refund post-haste!





RedQueen
RedQueen
23:53 Jun 29 2011

The only reason Coors was such a big deal back then was because you couldn't get it in the east. East of the Rockies it didn't go, for some reason. NOw you can get it anywhere, and it tastes like it...





 

Because Morri wants it to be this way...

15:04 Jun 29 2011
Times Read: 879


If you watch Rambo backwards it becomes a story of a man that rebuilds a town in shambles using only big guns and explosives, helps a bunch of injured cops that are lost in the woods, and then walks out of town...


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PAGAN
PAGAN
15:05 Jun 29 2011

much better like that.





TheArtistRose
TheArtistRose
15:08 Jun 29 2011

Lmfao. I love that. XD





Morrigon
Morrigon
15:09 Jun 29 2011

HAHAHAHAH!



*dies*





Pantomime
Pantomime
16:23 Jun 29 2011

What a heartwarming tale. ♥



There's one like that for Saw, too. If you watch it backwards it's an upraising journey where amputees are helped by a masked benefactor in getting new limbs.





 

Really? Is this the advice everyone listens to? Captured from Facebook...

17:57 Jun 27 2011
Times Read: 916


Google CCleaner and download itfor free its a freebee from microsoft, it will clean it up for you L*****e.


Yes, great advice for someone who is actually experiencing a hardware failure due to a fan issue.


Oh, and by the by, CCleaner is from Piriform Software. Microsoft would never make something so useful and user friendly a free product...

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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
17:59 Jun 27 2011

LOL



People these days...



;P





Morrigon
Morrigon
18:00 Jun 27 2011

HI I LIKE TO TALK AND TALK BECAUSE I FEEL BETTER ABOUT ALL THE THINGS I AM NOT SURE OF.





birra
birra
18:53 Jun 27 2011

But that's just it - everyone HAS a computer, but just because you HAVE a computer, do you know technology???



I spend countless hours researching and providing what I feel is the best advice to people based on my 16 years of experience dealing with technology - yet so often customers will ignore my advice and instead listen to their 15 year old nephew that was learning to poop on a toilet when I was learning Registry Editing...



...then, never guess what - it doesn't work out. And never guess what? They complain about the extra charges due to the extra time it takes to undo what was done before fixing the problem.



Like the customer that had their server set up with a C: partition for the server o/s and applications, and a 5x larger D: partition for data - but none of their applications were installed to save to the D: partition so their server ran out of drive space and we ended having to rearrange all their data.



[/rant]





PAGAN
PAGAN
19:06 Jun 27 2011

LOL thank gawd for Birra :P





RedQueen
RedQueen
05:19 Jun 28 2011

Ok, I will be the first to admit that I am a complete technotard (thank you Alice cooper). I can turn it on, and do my shit, but I most assuredly would not recommend anything along those lines. Even I know better.





chrysanthemia
chrysanthemia
16:09 Jun 29 2011

All the "D:" remarks looked like faces to me at first. I was thinking, well that's an odd place to plop a little emote, right in the middle.



Sometimes it's hard to find a good repair though, if you're technologically challenged. I have a warranty with future shop, but I won't go there. Because every single time I do, they insist the solution is to simply replace the hard drive. Last time they said they had to, I said no and took it to my friend Jesse, he fixed it overnight and I got to keep everything. I don't know if the future shop guys are just lazy or what. But you see that a lot.





birra
birra
16:19 Jun 29 2011

Living on the border, I know Future Shop - pretty much one of those big-box electronic stores trying to provide everything, much like Best Buy.



Places like that look for the quickest, cheapest fix. It is more cost effective for them to just replace the hard drive and reimage it than to pay a technician to actually try and figure out what the problem is.



It is the cheap way to go - for a company only concerned with profits, that is the way they will go each and every time.



If the consumer populace hasn't figured it out yet, big box stores DO NOT care about their customers - they only care about profits. Going to them, you might as well resign yourself to being nothing but a dollar-sign in their eyes and nothing else.





 

Are you sure?

17:44 Jun 27 2011
Times Read: 924


Yet, it did.


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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
17:48 Jun 27 2011

Que?





 

*sigh*

12:47 Jun 25 2011
Times Read: 945


Yesterday turned out ok. The best part were the conversations afterwards. Morri and I totally brainstormed up ideas to both make our colleague's event more manageable and profitable, and she loved it.


Hopefully it turns into something big for Morri and for our colleague.


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PAGAN
PAGAN
13:53 Jun 25 2011

*fingers crossed* for y'all.





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
14:34 Jun 25 2011

*hugs*



I hope for the best for you guys!





 

How time changes...

12:44 Jun 24 2011
Times Read: 964


...I've been looking forward to today as a day of possibilities for months.


Now I'm just nauseous thinking about it.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
14:48 Jun 24 2011

Fuck it





 

Oye..

14:48 Jun 22 2011
Times Read: 987


...warm, humid day.


These vinyl tablecloth covers at this diner are making my arms sweat...


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Sulks
Sulks
15:57 Jun 22 2011

Oye yourself. You guys complain about the heat but, try being in Scotland today mid-summer where you'd need a wooley sweater and a warm jacket on. HUMPH so not fair.





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
18:07 Jun 22 2011

Sulks- I would trade that weather in a second. :)





 

Sweating

17:30 Jun 20 2011
Times Read: 1,014


If I can get through the next couple hours... just get through the next couple hours...


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Joli
Joli
18:07 Jun 20 2011

You can and you will!





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
15:05 Jun 22 2011

I have faith and confidence in you.





 

*ponders*

11:39 Jun 20 2011
Times Read: 1,025


I wonder what this Monday has in store for me...


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Requiem
Requiem
12:58 Jun 20 2011

This Monday has some weirdness and will have a 30% chance of assholes, but 100% chance of Morri hugs.



Buck up, little camper!





Sulks
Sulks
13:23 Jun 20 2011

LOL trade you my Monday for yours? Live dangerously!





 

FEH part 2

01:02 Jun 20 2011
Times Read: 1,038


I took some benadryl and within about a half hour i was so drowsy I couldn't even think to keep my eyes open anymore.


So I napped for about 4 hours.


Maybe I just needed it, but the effin' allergies suck his year. Worse they've been since before I turned 20. When I was young, it was no unusual for me to go near a barnyard, or cut grass, or around any of the typical allergens and have my eyes swell up to the point of not being able to see past them within minutes. I still remember a 1st grade field trip to a farm that left me with extremely swollen eyes. My teacher treated it like I was faking it for attention.


I felt on the verge of that today - my eyes stung so badly. I can empathize with my kids whole heartedly. I was looking forward to spending the day with the kids, but when my youngest said his neck hurt and I saw he was getting hives, we didn't hesitate to head home. I know whatever we encountered wasn't something he had been exposed to before and I know just how uncomfortable he must have been.


So a shower for him, some cortisone on his hives and a dose of benadryl. Same for my daughter, and a cold compress for her eyes.


I'll have to make up this day to them somehow...


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Isis101
Isis101
01:21 Jun 20 2011

Benadrlyl works for me, and I only get drowsy half of the time when I use it.

In any case, I hope that you feel better soon!





RedQueen
RedQueen
23:11 Jun 20 2011

Does me the same way, and due to other meds, it's all I can take- and I don't know what it is, but I'm hearing the "worst allergy season ever" from all over- even up here in the Pacific Northwest. That's what I get for moving to a place that had cottonwood- never had allergies in my life till I got here...





birra
birra
23:39 Jun 20 2011

It could have been all the cottonwood. There is a lot of it where we were...





 

FEH

19:57 Jun 19 2011
Times Read: 1,053


I was so looking forward to an afternoon with the kids... stupid allergies.


*bummed*


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Isis101
Isis101
22:29 Jun 19 2011

Yeah - allergies suck. Maybe you and the kids will have a great time soon though.





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
23:27 Jun 19 2011

:( Feel better.





 

Ugh...

15:15 Jun 19 2011
Times Read: 1,065


...I need a nap.


Who the hell scheduled a soccer tournament for 8AM on Father's Day?


These people should be boiled in oil.


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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
20:42 Jun 19 2011

Vegetable or Corn oil?

Come on, the crisp and taste would be different...



;P





 

It's going around...

16:10 Jun 18 2011
Times Read: 1,100


A former user here on VR that I exchanged IM's with a long time ago messaged me out of the blue last night. We had a falling out... of sorts... so it was strange that she would message me.


Then I realized, it wasn't her. Her account was hacked... it was a spam bot.


Similarly, I've been getting emails from a couple former colleagues from the old traveling gig. Both Yahoo email accounts; both spamming like the dickens.


Psssh... MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo... they've simply become a petri dish for spammers, phishers and other vile internet creatures...


Want free email that you can keep secure? Stay away from those services...


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Abstract
Abstract
16:35 Jun 18 2011

gmail for the win?



Or not being an idiot? I don't know which.





Morrigon
Morrigon
17:44 Jun 18 2011

It also has a lot to do with where you enter those things and hand out your information to. I know my old hotmail account was hacked right after I let an application view my profile on Facebook. Coincidence? Possibly.



More importantly is how fucking impossible those services make it to change your most basic of information and make your account secure again. I ended up deleting an email I have used for over 6 years because Hotmail could not come through with changing passwords and other info.





DarkMemoir
DarkMemoir
17:47 Jun 18 2011

I mainly use yahoo, but for official business I like to use my own domains for my email addy.





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
18:23 Jun 18 2011

My GMAIL account was hacked shortly after sending an email to an attorney I had working on a case for me. Come to find out- his account (a secure domain) was hacked shortly before I messaged him about it.



Took me almost 5 hours to get the thing back up and running, spam free.





 

I can't.

14:38 Jun 17 2011
Times Read: 1,127


...


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Sulks
Sulks
14:55 Jun 17 2011

Don't be silly, course you can :P





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
16:48 Jun 17 2011

Since when?





birra
birra
17:11 Jun 17 2011

Since today...





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:47 Jun 17 2011

Maybe just a little bit?





CAJOME
CAJOME
05:48 Jun 18 2011

Maybe take one of those little blue pills?





 

Another complaint...

16:30 Jun 15 2011
Times Read: 1,158


...I guess it is complaining Wednesday...


...a customer is paying off an invoice using her bank's bill-pay service. I feel a bit insulted by the message on the envelope of these bank checks we get...

Creditor: Your customer's payment is inside. Please apply it to their account promptly!


Ok, we will... but... do we need to get this message on every check? I mean, the reality is our customer bought a laptop from us a year and a half-ago and hasn't even paid it off yet. Starting around our fourth threatening letter she started having the bank send us $10 checks on a semi-regular basis.


If anyone really needs to get on the right side of promptly, I don't think it is us...


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Newest pet peeve...

14:53 Jun 15 2011
Times Read: 1,170


...as I go through other photographers' portfolios of work with models, I see it more and more:


The same set, same clothes, same props, same pose... for every model.


The rhyme was unintentional.


Ok, I've use the same material a few times in my shoots for different models. I might have tried a similar theme with different models to try a different look. But some of these photographers, if you crop the model out of one of their shots, you can crop in a different one and lose little to nothing.


Where is the creativity? For you, did it end with "pose naked, drape this sheet across you, try to look interested in what we're doing"?


There has to be something more....


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Morrigon
Morrigon
15:41 Jun 15 2011

Hey man, if you don't reuse some of your props it's just wasteful.



For example, the same couch!



Photobucket





birra
birra
15:52 Jun 15 2011

But two completely different themes. Hey, the couch was used in my Go Buffalo shoot - it's an awesome couch. But I think if I had every model lay on it and look "distant" I would stop shooting them and just shoot myself...



...no camera needed.





 

Engrish Lessons..

17:07 Jun 14 2011
Times Read: 1,210


Wow.

Real Vampires love Vampire Rave

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Morrigon
Morrigon
17:12 Jun 14 2011

Where the hell did "your mom" come from?!?





Lullaby
Lullaby
17:18 Jun 14 2011

That's a good one. :o

Engrish somehow always manages to sound kinky though.





 

For Moonie

16:54 Jun 14 2011
Times Read: 1,216


For Moonie:


http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213009072047237


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Driven...

14:25 Jun 13 2011
Times Read: 1,236


...I feel driven to inaction today. So much weighing on me. Where to start?


How to end?


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16:58 Jun 12 2011
Times Read: 1,268


Of all bad spam email subjects... I think this one takes home the prize for most disturbing:

Blonde gets her tempting butt penetrated entrance slice


ENTRANCE SLICE????


*wince*


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birra
birra
16:59 Jun 12 2011

Oh, that and this morning's phishing attempt from the domain "paypel.com"



Nice try, scumbeg.





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
17:07 Jun 12 2011

Does that mean she gets the slicing or does she do the slicing?



Either way, that sounds just wrong.



Heh...





birra
birra
17:54 Jun 12 2011

It sounds very... VERY wrong.





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
18:09 Jun 12 2011

Hey at least is wasn't from "painpal.com"...



O.o





Sulks
Sulks
18:30 Jun 12 2011

ooh.





RedQueen
RedQueen
19:58 Jun 12 2011

Actually, it sounds like one of your Engrished phrases...lol





imagesinwords
imagesinwords
20:25 Jun 12 2011

You've gotta get to a point where it's just not fun anymore. Slicing... I think fun ended a few paces back.





Isis101
Isis101
21:20 Jun 12 2011

Ouch.

I don't know what is worse - the 'penetrated entrance slice' or the fucked up use of English.





placidchaos
placidchaos
18:50 Jun 13 2011

Some of them are pretty amazingly ridiculous. I keep getting this one, [SEXUALLY EXPLICIT] - horney wifes wating to cheat





 

FEH!

23:03 Jun 10 2011
Times Read: 1,285


I only wish they can see what we have to deal with every day.


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String on finger...

17:43 Jun 10 2011
Times Read: 1,297


...my reminder. Breathe deep. Stay calm. Stay calm.... focus and breathe.


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Joli
Joli
17:48 Jun 10 2011

Just kiss her already!





 

What is it with people not understanding you?

22:37 Jun 09 2011
Times Read: 1,311


Umm.. I think it has to do with you typing in Engrish without even using a translator.


Here, I'll untranslate it to more proper Engrish for you:

Many people, you can understand me, us. The people, they are the reason we believe that exict not, so do not believe we do not think excict.


Perfect!


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Joli
Joli
22:40 Jun 09 2011

You need a new toy, sweetie.





PAGAN
PAGAN
22:41 Jun 09 2011

Makes much more sense when you put it like that.



That guy needs Google.





NightBlossom
NightBlossom
00:21 Jun 15 2011

I love, LOVE, the Engrish on chopsticks. The ones that come in the red wrappers. It makes me giggle every time.





 

Just stating the obvious...

18:45 Jun 09 2011
Times Read: 1,320


...if you have to repeatedly ask the question, odds are you already know the answer... and you don't like it.


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Wow... just wow...

18:23 Jun 09 2011
Times Read: 1,325


FedEx just delivered a projector that went out for a warranty repair on November 8, 2010.


Nothing like timely services from a vendor...


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PRIVATE ENTRY

04:07 Jun 07 2011
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TV Time...

15:49 Jun 05 2011
Times Read: 1,347


..maybe this is why I don't watch TV. Morri and I were watching the Weather Channel the other night - they had a show on featuring Peter Lik; a world renown photographer. The show was about his adventuring to get photographs.


The show became ridiculous rather quickly. The over dramatization of his processes and locations... he made everything out to be a life-threatening risk, despite having experienced guides and obviously a crew with him to film the show.


I'm not buying it. No doubt he is a good photographer. A great one? What makes a photographer great? Having the money to schedule trips, plan out times to get the best shots in exotic locations? Having Photoshop experts to make the pictures really pop after the adventure is over?


Not to critique him so much as a person, but on the show he comes across as an insufferable douchehammer. I certainly hope it is just playing it up for the show and he isn't like that in his daily life.


Yes, there is a tinge of jealously. I would love to have sold over $200M of my photography and have 13 personal galleries (read that: stores to buy my art) across the globe. What am I willing to do to get to that point? Certainly not act like a twat that is doing something heroic on a TV show, when all I am really doing is trying to take pictures of things that 99.99999% of all the people in the world would never see otherwise.


Now, to get enough money to get to some of these places myself...


On another note - there is a landscape photo I took in Kodiak, AK that I haven't even added to my website gallery. It is in my portfolio on here, but not on my own website, if you can believe it. Not too long ago, I saw a photo of that same landscape featured in a National Geographic photo gallery. Slightly higher point of view that I could have gotten unless I wanted to stand on the roof of my rented Corrola when I took mine, but almost the same exact horizontal perspective otherwise.


I just take that as my own self affirmation that I have, at times, the same eye as these highly paid professional photo journalists, like Peter Lik.


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PAGAN
PAGAN
16:12 Jun 05 2011

...and you do have that same eye...what's more, you're not a douchehammer either :D






Morrigon
Morrigon
03:11 Jun 06 2011

The guy was ridiculous. It was a charade of him letting us in on the "secrets" of how he got his shots when in fact he did nothing but wander around, complain, and then get a photo that (in the end result) looked NOTHING like what you would actually get in real life, lens, filters and all.



ALL he talked about was what lens he was going to use which, if you are any tiny bit experienced in photography, you know is but a mere fraction of how you are going to get the finished result.



I saw some of his other photos when you showed them to me, they are obviously photoshopped and by very experienced people. I don't think his work is bad by any means, but I wish people would realize that there are other creative and less obnoxious people out there.



Still... His attitude on the show made me want to unleash a fucking rabid polar bear to really give him something to whine about. Fast.





 

Ok, that's it...

13:53 Jun 04 2011
Times Read: 1,357


...goal when I get home: pull apart this keyboard and clean it.


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