Random thing you loathe right now.

Is it only when you turn the wheel?

SharePoint, SQL, and a lot of other systems are down at work. I forgot how slow the day can go when all of your technology is kaput.

I tried to mod Skyrim last night. I ended up borking my install. I had to reinstall everything, but thank God for cloud saves. We will see later this weekend if I lost anything.

Construction workers who cut through network cables.

The squirrels chewed through another attic vent and made themselves at home again. I should buy a shotgun.

Kraint wrote:

The squirrels chewed through another attic vent and made themselves at home again. I should buy a shotgun.

Yes, but then they buy shotguns, you get assault rifles, they get rocket-propelled walnuts... it's just a neverending cycle. You should probably just move.

Kraint wrote:

The squirrels chewed through another attic vent and made themselves at home again. I should buy a shotgun.

If movies have taught me anything, you need to aim a bit ahead of where you think they are in the vent.

KingGorilla wrote:

Is it only when you turn the wheel?

No, it makes the noise whenever the engine is running, seems to change pitch & loudness with how high it's revving.

Tonight I removed the serpentine belt and started the jeep. No noise! I then removed the the alternator. When turning the rotor shaft by hand I got what seems like more than normal resistance and a squeaking/grinding noise.

I'll take it to my local auto parts store tomorrow and have them test it, the bearings are probably going bad. Kind of a bummer, that alternator was only a little over 3 years old, but it was a reconditioned one.

trichy wrote:
Kraint wrote:

The squirrels chewed through another attic vent and made themselves at home again. I should buy a shotgun.

Yes, but then they buy shotguns, you get assault rifles, they get rocket-propelled walnuts... it's just a neverending cycle. You should probably just move.

On the other hand, if you fight it out long enough, you may be able to force the squirrels to start the sacrificial ritual to summon their Dark Overload the EichKing - the Horn from Shadow End. This is the moment that one of you must decent into the deepest bowels of your ventilation system and taint their, now unguarded, food stores as they gather for the summoning.

Do not be tardy, less the last thing you see before a flash of curved incisors plunge into your eyeballs, is the horrible bushy tails of the Hundred Thirty Nine and Thirteen.

Falchion wrote:

On the other hand, if you fight it out long enough, you may be able to force the squirrels to start the sacrificial ritual to summon their Dark Overload the EichKing - the Horn from Shadow End. This is the moment that one of you must decent into the deepest bowels of your ventilation system and taint their, now unguarded, food stores as they gather for the summoning.

Do not be tardy, less the last thing you see before a flash of curved incisors plunge into your eyeballs, is the horrible bushy tails of the Hundred Thirty Nine and Thirteen.

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter, sir.

mortalgroove wrote:
Falchion wrote:

On the other hand, if you fight it out long enough, you may be able to force the squirrels to start the sacrificial ritual to summon their Dark Overload the EichKing - the Horn from Shadow End. This is the moment that one of you must decent into the deepest bowels of your ventilation system and taint their, now unguarded, food stores as they gather for the summoning.

Do not be tardy, less the last thing you see before a flash of curved incisors plunge into your eyeballs, is the horrible bushy tails of the Hundred Thirty Nine and Thirteen.

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter, sir.

Well not a newsletter but check out this thread.

My Loathe: I wish I had the mood to write more.

Clogged toilets that might make me miss a slap 'n tickle while waiting for the plumber.

Wells Fargo. They just failed at being a bank and I have thus withdrawn all my monies.
1) A bank is supposed to be better than keeping my money under a mattress; they failed this by charging me a service fee of $5 each month.
2) A bank is supposed to let me spend my money; I tried to buy something (Raspberry Pi) on Amazon with my debit card and it didn't work, luckily this happened before Amazon tried to charge me for the Collector's Edition Tomb Raider reboot I pre-ordered.
http://www.amazon.com/Raider-Surviva...

Can't keep my money, can't spend my money, time to GTFO.

RolandofGilead wrote:

Wells Fargo. They just failed at being a bank and I have thus withdrawn all my monies.
1) A bank is supposed to be better than keeping my money under a mattress; they failed this by charging me a service fee of $5 each month.
2) A bank is supposed to let me spend my money; I tried to buy something (Raspberry Pi) on Amazon with my debit card and it didn't work, luckily this happened before Amazon tried to charge me for the Collector's Edition Tomb Raider reboot I pre-ordered.
http://www.amazon.com/Raider-Surviva...

Can't keep my money, can't spend my money, time to GTFO.

One of the big reasons I love preordering from Amazon is that they don't charge you until it ships.

Your service fee is only $5/mo and that's bullsh*t? Canadian banks have ruined my perspective. I think I paid double that and there was a transaction limit. Now I pay quadruple that to have unlimited transactions and some other features. The ability to write cheques I think.

Man. Banks are kind of awful. I don't ever deal in cash though so it's a bit of a necessity.

It's like cellphone service up here, too. Most things like caller ID or voice mail are "features" that need to be purchased separately. I have a data limit? BARBARIC.

Amoebic wrote:

Your service fee is only $5/mo and that's bullsh*t? Canadian banks have ruined my perspective. I think I paid double that and there was a transaction limit. Now I pay quadruple that to have unlimited transactions and some other features. The ability to write cheques I think.

Man. Banks are kind of awful. I don't ever deal in cash though so it's a bit of a necessity.

It's like cellphone service up here, too. Most things like caller ID or voice mail are "features" that need to be purchased separately. I have a data limit? BARBARIC.

http://www.banking.pcfinancial.ca/a/...

Seriously though. There are no-fee bank accounts you can get, you just have to dig a bit. PC financial is perfect for me.

I won't argue with cellphone service though, it's a racket in Canada. Caller ID is especially galling because it's something that is actually enabled by default and costs them nothing - it takes them more work for you NOT to have it. I've found Fido to be the best among the bad (If you want a contract-subsidized phone that is - haven't tried Wind)

Canada is basically 15 years behind the US in consumer services like that, I think.

I'm weary of banks like PC because they don't have actual branches with tellers, which isn't usually a big deal. Unfortunately, I need assistance moving funds between US and Canadian checking/savings accounts with up to date currency conversion on a regular basis that can be timed with direct deposits an automatic deductions. I need skilled people that I can hold accountable because they know the system and it's their job. I'm too likely to f*ck it up, myself.

It's tempting, though. If I ever get around to settling my debts or moving my lines of credit to Canadian carriers, all online banking would totally be the way to go.

I also highly recommend ING Direct Canada. I've been using them for a while now and they're amazing, have great customer service and yeah, no fees. Not sure how easily they can handle your conversion needs but if you call them, I imagine they can explain it.

We needed a vacuum when we moved into this house and being fairly tapped out from the move, we couldn't afford to spend the hundreds needed to get a good one. We ended up buying one that was cheap but had decent user reviews online. Turns out it's from one of those scummy companies that buy up brand names of previously famous, now dead companies and slap them on the cheapest Chinese junk they can import. We've had the thing for 5 months and both powered heads have died, rendering it useless for our basement carpet. I looked into warrantying it but it turns out this company expects you to pay shipping both ways to warranty their defective crap and the replacement parts only come with a 90 day warranty, even if the balance of the whole machine's warranty is longer. And based on the experience thus far, I've no doubt that they'll both die again in short order anyway. The company only operates two brands now: Shark and Ninja, though they've had others including Fantom (which ours has on it) and Bravetti. If you ever come across these, steer clear is my recommendation. Also, if you see a brand you don't recognise, check the box and see if you see the name Euro-Pro Operating LLC on it. If you do, run from it. They're a junk peddler.

Re: Banks.

Credit Unions FOR THE WIN!!!!! I will never ever ever use a traditional bank again. The only thing I have to pay for are paper checks which I don't use. I have used like 6 of the 500 they gave me for free when I signed up.

Rykin wrote:

Re: Banks.

Credit Unions FOR THE WIN!!!!! I will never ever ever use a traditional bank again. The only thing I have to pay for are paper checks which I don't use. I have used like 6 of the 500 they gave me for free when I signed up.

I second that. I love my credit union.

Now back to your regularly scheduled loathing.

Rykin wrote:

Re: Banks.

Credit Unions FOR THE WIN!!!!! I will never ever ever use a traditional bank again. The only thing I have to pay for are paper checks which I don't use. I have used like 6 of the 500 they gave me for free when I signed up.

Rykin wrote:

Re: Banks.

Credit Unions FOR THE WIN!!!!! I will never ever ever use a traditional bank again. The only thing I have to pay for are paper checks which I don't use. I have used like 6 of the 500 they gave me for free when I signed up.

I wish we had a greater selection of credit unions in Canada. Most of the few we have are really small and offer limited services. I actually researched around when I was sick of the big bank I was with and had to settle with ING because the local credit unions were missing features I wanted, their online services ranged from bad to non-existent and most of them had monthly fees as bad or worse than the big banks. Our banking system may be one of the only ones that were well regulated enough to survive crashing in the recession but it also doesn't provide nearly the flexibility and choice it should.

I hate the fact that the movie Django which takes place in 1858 has dynamite. Dynamite (which you can light with a fuse) was invented in 1867.

Minor loathe: why did I think it would be a good idea to store my motorcycle in a garage over an hour away? I want to order stuff now but need to take measurements to make things happen, and still have 4 months of cold weather to suffer through

My job, sometimes. I have to fire someone today. They screwed up, and there's no other choice, but still...

Laid off.

Next little while is gonna be tough what with having a wife who can't work yet due to our 7 week old. Thankfully my boss is still paying commissions for service calls but if I don't find something within a month it's gonna get really sh*tty.

Stylez wrote:

Laid off.

Next little while is gonna be tough what with having a wife who can't work yet due to our 7 week old. Thankfully my boss is still paying commissions for service calls but if I don't find something within a month it's gonna get really sh*tty.

Crap, I'm so sorry to hear that Stylez.

Stylez wrote:

Laid off.

Next little while is gonna be tough what with having a wife who can't work yet due to our 7 week old. Thankfully my boss is still paying commissions for service calls but if I don't find something within a month it's gonna get really sh*tty.

sh*t, man. That blows goats. Hope you find something excellent soon.

My wife's torn Achilles tendon.

Wife's cousin just had a heart attack and is at heart institute in a medically induced coma. He's 32 years old. 2013 is sure shaping up to be something.