Random thing you loathe right now.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Yellek wrote:

Waiting.

+A million. :?

Hugs to you both!

iaintgotnopants wrote:

I tried pointing out that a large contingent of people hate group work during my teaching class but they wouldn't have it. Their logic was that since those tend to be the smarter students you don't need to tailor your teaching style to them. That was when I started doubting whether I wanted to teach.

Okay, that's bollocks.

However, at the risk of being unpopular, I will come out and say that successful group work can be set up. The problem is that many teachers see "group work" as "Here, you four write this paper. Go.". Group work only works well if there is a LOT more structure and many public chances for peer feedback on what each member is doing. A significant portion of the grade also has to be awarded based on group-member critiques that require writing about what each person contributed to the project.

Pants, if you're actually curious, I can tidy up a little document I threw together for a conference session I did on making good group projects for high school students, as a professional courtesy to a future teacher. :). Just let me know.

Death Rally. You've been warned. Also, when I tried to post an anti-recommendation on Steam it said "There seems to be an error saving your recommendation. Please try again later." Hmm.

Agreed. It was not a good game on iOS and the Windows version is just that with controls that kind of work instead of don't work at all. Doesn't hold a candle to the original.

Deadmonkeys wrote:

The integrated sound on my Motherboard.

Similar problem - bought a new KVM switch that also supports sounds and now I'm getting some really annoying hissing on the old-as-the-hills Dell speakers that I'm using.

Also, finding out that my motherboard seems to have a dead secondary Ethernet controller 3 years after I bought it.

The integrated sound on my Motherboard.

After a few days of pops and crackles, the audio stopped working. (It's not the speakers. I checked.)

I did all the troubleshooting (all of it) short of flashing the BIOS or doing a clean install. I'd rather not open that particular box until I've run out of options.

System restore seems to have (temporarily?) fixed the problem. I was horrified to discover that I only had 3 restore points, the oldest of which was Nov 5th. Increasing the amount of recovery space should fix that.

Been thinking about a dedicated sound card for some time, since integrated can't handle ASIO4ALL and my USB keyboard. Once I'm gainfully employed, it'll be one of the first things I buy.

Deadmonkeys wrote:

The integrated sound on my Motherboard.

After a few days of pops and crackles, the audio stopped working. (It's not the speakers. I checked.)

I did all the troubleshooting (all of it) short of flashing the BIOS or doing a clean install. I'd rather not open that particular box until I've run out of options.

System restore seems to have (temporarily?) fixed the problem. I was horrified to discover that I only had 3 restore points, the oldest of which was Nov 5th. Increasing the amount of recovery space should fix that.

Been thinking about a dedicated sound card for some time, since integrated can't handle ASIO4ALL and my USB keyboard. Once I'm gainfully employed, it'll be one of the first things I buy.

I have a USB 5.1 Virtual surround dongle thing that came with some Steelseries V2 heaphones that I don't use. It's been sitting in a drawer for well over a year and I have no plans to use it. PM me if you want it for free.

It's not great, but it should be better than what you're using. The drivers can be had from Steelseries' website.

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A sibling loathe is how cramped motherboards have become in general, and thanks to large videocards. My Card actually covers another PCI slot due to how the cooler is positioned. I would love to go with a dedicated sound card, but for the lack of real estate.

My loathe. Smart Phones. I like my phone. Android is my friend, and it makes me a much better professional.

Last night, my fiancee and I were out on a date. She had sent out a couple of invites to mutual friends in case they wanted to meet us out for drinks. We were at a lovely cigar bar. She had her Pom-Tini, I had an Irish Coffee and a lovely after dinner cigar. We were chatting about wanting to get out more, maybe join a trivia league or a tennis league.

As she got texts back from folks, I took a look at my phone. I had an e-mail from a client. And all of the sudden I started working on my phone. She finished her quick texts, and asked me what I was doing. I looked up sheepishly and said "work." I saved my e-mail draft.

That impulse to check an important message is so strong. And without a second thought, I started my reply. I billed for it all the same, but I was on a date damnit!

KingGorilla wrote:

A sibling loathe is how cramped motherboards have become in general, and thanks to large videocards. My Card actually covers another PCI slot due to how the cooler is positioned. I would love to go with a dedicated sound card, but for the lack of real estate.

My loathe. Smart Phones. I like my phone. Android is my friend, and it makes me a much better professional.

Last night, my fiancee and I were out on a date. She had sent out a couple of invites to mutual friends in case they wanted to meet us out for drinks. We were at a lovely cigar bar. She had her Pom-Tini, I had an Irish Coffee and a lovely after dinner cigar. We were chatting about wanting to get out more, maybe join a trivia league or a tennis league.

As she got texts back from folks, I took a look at my phone. I had an e-mail from a client. And all of the sudden I started working on my phone. She finished her quick texts, and asked me what I was doing. I looked up sheepishly and said "work." I saved my e-mail draft.

That impulse to check an important message is so strong. And without a second thought, I started my reply. I billed for it all the same, but I was on a date damnit!

That's not a phone problem, friend =) And this is coming from the guy who not only took the phone call at 1 AM but went on site after it last night. Blah. XCOM kept me up, but I'm the idiot that chose to answer the phone.

She creeps me right the hell out, worse thing is that I'm getting used to it.
You should find the 30 second version, this is the longer version and not as bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...

We had great weather yesterday: Blue skies, sunshine, a rare opportunity to go outside and feel good about it.

Of course, I spent the day indoors.

Today's weather: garbage.

Damnit Itunes, what did you do to the first half of the album that I want to listen to now.

That we pay some of the highest hydro rates in North America in this city and Hydro Ottawa still can't seem to avoid having a brownout in Kanata every few days, that usually confuses my router in the process. Every time I complain, they basically just shrug since they basically have a monopoly on power delivery.

Forgetting to change the 'ship to' address on Amazon and realizing it after the shipped e-mail arrives in my inbox.

That today is a bank holiday so I can't get the house loan process started.

That my phone number has somehow fallen into the hands of spammers. Over the last month I've had probably 10 spam texts, which I've never had before. I just had some moron message me and try to convince me to install some software on my phone so I could text "her". Very annoying.

I originally read this as:

Coldstream wrote:

That my phone number has somehow fallen into the hands of spammers. Over the last month I've had probably 10 spam texts, which I've never had before. I just had some moron massage me and try to convince me to install some software on my phone so I could text "her". Very annoying.

Came off with an entirely different meaning.

Nevin73 wrote:

I originally read this as:

Coldstream wrote:

That my phone number has somehow fallen into the hands of spammers. Over the last month I've had probably 10 spam texts, which I've never had before. I just had some moron massage me and try to convince me to install some software on my phone so I could text "her". Very annoying.

Came off with an entirely different meaning.

That was last week.

Why do fire alarms pick five in the morning to decide to start beeping every thirty seconds to inform you that their battery is low?

This. No way in hell would I live under the bible-thumping Conservative wet dream of a government that they would setup in this state if something like this was allowed to happen (it would never be allowed to happen but over 10,000 people are big enough idiots to hope for it).

P.S. Apparently there are similar petitions for other states as well.

Norfair wrote:

Why do fire alarms pick five in the morning to decide to start beeping every thirty seconds to inform you that their battery is low?

At my house it's 2 a.m. It's a loathe no matter what time it happens.

Rykin wrote:

This. No way in hell would I live under the bible-thumping Conservative wet dream of a government that they would setup in this state if something like this was allowed to happen (it would never be allowed to happen but over 10,000 people are big enough idiots to hope for it).

P.S. Apparently there are similar petitions for other states as well.

I love that the OK petition has people from other states signing it. So either they are complete idiots and misunderstood or they want Oklahoma to leave too.

Nevin73 wrote:
Rykin wrote:

This. No way in hell would I live under the bible-thumping Conservative wet dream of a government that they would setup in this state if something like this was allowed to happen (it would never be allowed to happen but over 10,000 people are big enough idiots to hope for it).

P.S. Apparently there are similar petitions for other states as well.

I love that the OK petition has people from other states signing it. So either they are complete idiots and misunderstood or they want Oklahoma to leave too.

Not to rain on anyone's parade, but TX already finished their petition

And all that means is that the White House writes an official response. It doesn't actually do dick.

momgamer wrote:

And all that means is that the White House writes an official response. It doesn't actually do dick.

And they've not responded to petitions with enough signatures before. That site is the most empty of empty gestures.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

That we pay some of the highest hydro rates in North America in this city and Hydro Ottawa still can't seem to avoid having a brownout in Kanata every few days, that usually confuses my router in the process. Every time I complain, they basically just shrug since they basically have a monopoly on power delivery.

This kills me since Kanata is supposed to be the tech-center of Ottawa. You would think that some of these big companies out here would punch Hydro Ottawa/City in the gut and say FIX IT OR WERE OUT (idle threats sometimes work, right?)

Nevin73 wrote:
Rykin wrote:

This. No way in hell would I live under the bible-thumping Conservative wet dream of a government that they would setup in this state if something like this was allowed to happen (it would never be allowed to happen but over 10,000 people are big enough idiots to hope for it).

P.S. Apparently there are similar petitions for other states as well.

I love that the OK petition has people from other states signing it. So either they are complete idiots and misunderstood or they want Oklahoma to leave too.

I thought about signing the Texas and Florida petitions.

SixteenBlue wrote:
momgamer wrote:

And all that means is that the White House writes an official response. It doesn't actually do dick.

And they've not responded to petitions with enough signatures before. That site is the most empty of empty gestures.

Yeah, all you're doing by signing those petitions is making busy work for somebody's intern.

Health insurance forms. My company is in the process of figuring out their coverage for next year, so we have to fill out a bunch of questionnaires and crap.

iMac early 2008. I get that you want everything to be sleek and sexy... but why the hell would you bury one of the most common points of failure in a computer behind 30 screws using 3 different bits and multiple strips of single-use tape and then stick them in a chassis that cannot be laid flat on a work-surface? Oh, and requires freaking suction cups to remove the front glass and even gain access to 29 of those screws.

I think I would be a little less miffed if tearing apart Macs were a more regular part of my job. Over a decade at this place and today I had to steal the loofa-hangers out of my bathroom shower because no one in our department had the required tools for cracking these cases. And now I'm the go-to guy for out of warranty repairs.

As long as Austin gets to stay, the rest of Texas (Ravenholm) is free to go.