Random thing you loathe right now.

Nevin73 wrote:

Instant heat microwavable meals. I always assume that it is horse and it reminds me of all of the random food you can eat in Fallout 3. But I still eat it.

The one microwavable meal that I am amazed by are the Marie Callender's pot pies. I don't know what weird magic they are using to get that crust all golden, flaky and perfectly cooked. Yum.

Yeah, they are terrible for you and have lots of fat, salt, and weird chemicals in them yada, yada. I don't care. I get them every once in awhile for a treat when I am especially lazy.

I had the most bizarre craving for Taco Bell the other day. :sick:

Having a newborn was a good excuse to indulge in McDonald's too often, but thankfully we got that out of our systems and are back on track.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I had the most bizarre craving for Taco Bell the other day. :sick:

Are you pregnant?

SixteenBlue wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I had the most bizarre craving for Taco Bell the other day. :sick:

Are you pregnant?

You know, I'd be willing to classify Taco Bell cravings as a form of Pica.

Not pregnant, but I decided to be a proper lady today and am craving chocolate cake.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Just to provide a bit of a counterweight here, I paid for Xbox Live Gold for years and didn't find it to be a very useful addition. If you're going to be doing a lot of multiplayer gaming, it makes sense, but if most of your gaming is single-player or offline, you're better off putting that subscription money toward a dedicated streaming device that doesn't require a subscription to use. I used my console primarily for story-heavy shooters, RPGs, and the like that were mostly solo play, and Live Gold does nothing to enhance those experiences. Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

To be fair, XBL Gold is cheaper than paying kids at the local junior high to say nasty things to you.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Just to provide a bit of a counterweight here, I paid for Xbox Live Gold for years and didn't find it to be a very useful addition. If you're going to be doing a lot of multiplayer gaming, it makes sense, but if most of your gaming is single-player or offline, you're better off putting that subscription money toward a dedicated streaming device that doesn't require a subscription to use. I used my console primarily for story-heavy shooters, RPGs, and the like that were mostly solo play, and Live Gold does nothing to enhance those experiences. Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

To be fair, XBL Gold is cheaper than paying kids at the local junior high to say nasty things to you.

Most of those kids will probably do it for free.

The gastro-oncologist that saw my wife's brother yesterday ordered tests that, based upon her googling, leads us to believe that he suspects Hep C or Liver Cancer.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Just to provide a bit of a counterweight here, I paid for Xbox Live Gold for years and didn't find it to be a very useful addition. If you're going to be doing a lot of multiplayer gaming, it makes sense, but if most of your gaming is single-player or offline, you're better off putting that subscription money toward a dedicated streaming device that doesn't require a subscription to use. I used my console primarily for story-heavy shooters, RPGs, and the like that were mostly solo play, and Live Gold does nothing to enhance those experiences. Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

To be fair, XBL Gold is cheaper than paying kids at the local junior high to say nasty things to you.

Most of those kids will probably do it for free.

Yeah, but the lawyers you'll need later won't.

mudbunny wrote:

The gastro-oncologist that saw my wife's brother yesterday ordered tests that, based upon her googling, leads us to believe that he suspects Hep C or Liver Cancer.

Don't do that. Googling damned near anything health-related will scare the daylights out of you. Contrary to what a lot of folks believe, there is a reason that doctors go to medical school, and an hour of browsing the internet just isn't a substitute. There's a hell of a lot of context to many tests, a lot of intertwining sensitivities/specificities, and if a patient has a concern about what the doctor is looking for, they should ask instead of guessing. If his doctor was looking for Hepatitis C, he'd be looking for hepatitis antibodies, which would hardly be a mystery test. In my opinion, far, far more harm than good comes out of people trying to direct their healthcare based on internet searches than being in an active partnership with their doctor. Any doctor worth his degree will be able to direct his patient to reputable sources of information.

I'm all for being proactive about one's own healthcare (or that of a relative), but people, please don't be a Google M.D.

Just don't.

/PSA

**Directed generally, not directly at you or yours, Mudbunny.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Not pregnant, but I decided to be a proper lady today and am craving chocolate cake.

That's all it takes? That means I've been a proper lady since I was old enough to know what chocolate cake is. Earlier even!

Coldstream wrote:

there is a reason that doctors go to medical school

TV and movies have taught me it's to have lots of sex.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

there is a reason that doctors go to medical school

TV and movies have taught me it's to have lots of sex.

Real life bears out a surprisingly high trend of hook-ups between residents and/or nurses too. It's only on TV that they're all taking place in the supplies closet.

Coldstream wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

The gastro-oncologist that saw my wife's brother yesterday ordered tests that, based upon her googling, leads us to believe that he suspects Hep C or Liver Cancer.

Don't do that. Googling damned near anything health-related will scare the daylights out of you. Contrary to what a lot of folks believe, there is a reason that doctors go to medical school, and an hour of browsing the internet just isn't a substitute. There's a hell of a lot of context to many tests, a lot of intertwining sensitivities/specificities, and if a patient has a concern about what the doctor is looking for, they should ask instead of guessing. If his doctor was looking for Hepatitis C, he'd be looking for hepatitis antibodies, which would hardly be a mystery test. In my opinion, far, far more harm than good comes out of people trying to direct their healthcare based on internet searches than being in an active partnership with their doctor. Any doctor worth his degree will be able to direct his patient to reputable sources of information.

I'm all for being proactive about one's own healthcare (or that of a relative), but people, please don't be a Google M.D.

Just don't.

/PSA

**Directed generally, not directly at you or yours, Mudbunny. :)

This to 11.

WebMD is a hypochondriac's disneyland and should never be visited by anyone concerned about health that isn't looking to be scared into a coma.

Jayhawker wrote:

I went to purchase and download the new ACIII game on to my wife's Vita yesterday, but could not find the console. Turns out she believes it was stolen from her car. ACIII was the primary reason my wife wanted the Vita. Her and my daughter were so excited to play the female protagonist.

Gone with it are the LBP cart and a 32 Gig memory stick. F*cking sucks. I'm not sure we can afford to just replace it any time soon.

Doesn't car insurance cover stuff stolen out of your car?

Radical Ans wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

I went to purchase and download the new ACIII game on to my wife's Vita yesterday, but could not find the console. Turns out she believes it was stolen from her car. ACIII was the primary reason my wife wanted the Vita. Her and my daughter were so excited to play the female protagonist.

Gone with it are the LBP cart and a 32 Gig memory stick. F*cking sucks. I'm not sure we can afford to just replace it any time soon.

Doesn't car insurance cover stuff stolen out of your car?

It should, but most plans have a 500 dollar deductible, so unless they had a lot more stolen, it won't help in this case.

Atras wrote:
Radical Ans wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

I went to purchase and download the new ACIII game on to my wife's Vita yesterday, but could not find the console. Turns out she believes it was stolen from her car. ACIII was the primary reason my wife wanted the Vita. Her and my daughter were so excited to play the female protagonist.

Gone with it are the LBP cart and a 32 Gig memory stick. F*cking sucks. I'm not sure we can afford to just replace it any time soon.

Doesn't car insurance cover stuff stolen out of your car?

It should, but most plans have a 500 dollar deductible, so unless they had a lot more stolen, it won't help in this case.

That sucks. Hopefully, it turns out it was just hiding somewhere crazy.

Minarchist wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I had the most bizarre craving for Taco Bell the other day. :sick:

Are you pregnant?

You know, I'd be willing to classify Taco Bell cravings as a form of Pica.

So if you give in to that craving, would your first bite be a Pica-chew?

My dad had heart surgery on Tuesday. It wasn't open heart or a bypass or anything crazy, just a minimally invasive operation where they go in through a smallish incision on both sides of the chest with tubes. They removed this piece that hangs off the heart that serves no purpose other than to increase one's risk of stroke. The operation supposedly helps with some kind of arrhythmia that I'm forgetting the term for, but my dad's been dealing with it for the better part of twenty years.

Anyway, usually when they're finishing up the operation they have to shock the heart to get it to resume beating at a normal rhythm. My dad's heart converted right there without the shock, which is usually an excellent sign according to everyone I spoke to.

So they went in, did their thing and all went swimmingly. My sister and I drove up to Indy on Wednesday and picked him up. Barely thirty six hours between the surgery and him being on his way home.

And all was well until a few hours ago when his heart went back to beating out of rhythm and causing shortness of breath and whatever else. He'd had a solid two days without experiencing it and he was in such a good mood, and it was like it just took all the wind right out of him and all the positive attitude he'd built up since the surgery disintegrated in a few minutes.

The surgeon told him this was a possibility and not to worry if it did happen. He even said that odds are good it doesn't actually mean anything long term, but I guess that sounds like a lot of hot air when your heart starts racing for no reason again.

Finally convinced him to go to bed. Currently just hoping he wakes up tomorrow feeling good again.

Over the years, we've put the money that my son has earned from family garage sales, or that he's received as gifts, etc. into envelopes and just chucked them into a drawer. We realized yesterday that he'd accumulated about $200 in cash. So I thought it might be a great time to teach him about savings accounts and the "magic of compound interest."

But interest rates are so low these days, it's hard for me to even pretend to get excited at the prospect of his having an additional $1 or so in interest at the end of a year. I'm starting to agree with his view that spending it all on Lego might be a better use.

You can teach him that it's nice to have an "emergency fund" of sorts. YAY financial literacy.

carrotpanic wrote:

You can teach him that it's nice to have an "emergency fund" of sorts. YAY financial literacy.

Yeah, you just have to change the moral. Could also teach the value of patience and not going for instant gratification.

My dog doesn't like getting wet, and apparently this has led to him not going out to poop when he needs to. I found this out by stepping in it, in the bathroom.

SixteenBlue wrote:

My dog doesn't like getting wet, and apparently this has led to him not going out to poop when he needs to. I found this out by stepping in it, in the bathroom.

In the Latin alphabet, Jehovah begins with an 'I'.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

My dog doesn't like getting wet, and apparently this has led to him not going out to poop when he needs to. I found this out by stepping in it, in the bathroom.

In the Latin alphabet, Jehovah begins with an 'I'.

Oh snap!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

My dog doesn't like getting wet, and apparently this has led to him not going out to poop when he needs to. I found this out by stepping in it, in the bathroom.

In the Latin alphabet, Jehovah begins with an 'I'.

Oh snap! :)

It's a game Fred Sanford and I used to play until I finally tore out the carpet.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

Yeah, I think everyone missed my point. Yes, if you're already into multiplayer gaming, it's fine. I'm just saying that when it's trying to position itself as a media box for families, to the detriment of providing an interface that caters to gamers, it's kind of laughable since literally every other competitor offers a lot of the same services without an additional paywall.

kuddles wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

Yeah, I think everyone missed my point. Yes, if you're already into multiplayer gaming, it's fine. I'm just saying that when it's trying to position itself as a media box for families, to the detriment of providing an interface that caters to gamers, it's kind of laughable since literally every other competitor offers a lot of the same services without an additional paywall.

This is pretty fair. But I still see Netflix and the like a stressers to the XBL environment. If MS wants to monetize it in order to provide a great service that keeps folks coming back, I can't blame them. I also can't blame someone for buying a secondary device to run Netflix and the like for free if they don't use XBL for multiplayer.

Heck, I could run it on either my Wii or Tivo, but both a much worse than the Xbox implementation. I actually considered picking up an Apple TV, which has an awesome Netflix interface. But in the end, Netflix plays great over XBL, it's just a really dumb interface where I can load up a screen for a TV show and pick which episode I want without starting up an episode. I would be paying $100 purely for a better interface.

Jayhawker wrote:
kuddles wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

Yeah, I think everyone missed my point. Yes, if you're already into multiplayer gaming, it's fine. I'm just saying that when it's trying to position itself as a media box for families, to the detriment of providing an interface that caters to gamers, it's kind of laughable since literally every other competitor offers a lot of the same services without an additional paywall.

This is pretty fair. But I still see Netflix and the like a stressers to the XBL environment. If MS wants to monetize it in order to provide a great service that keeps folks coming back, I can't blame them. I also can't blame someone for buying a secondary device to run Netflix and the like for free if they don't use XBL for multiplayer.

Heck, I could run it on either my Wii or Tivo, but both a much worse than the Xbox implementation. I actually considered picking up an Apple TV, which has an awesome Netflix interface. But in the end, Netflix plays great over XBL, it's just a really dumb interface where I can load up a screen for a TV show and pick which episode I want without starting up an episode. I would be paying $100 purely for a better interface.

As someone who was at the crossroads between Roku and Apple TV, if you have any other iDevices in the house, I would recommend going Apple TV. I went Roku, and wish I had picked up an Apple TV so that I could AirPlay from my devices to the TV.

With that being said, I use my Roku for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. I still use my Xbox for streaming YouTube. While there's apps on Roku for YouTube, the Xbox experience winds up winning out for me.