Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Puce Moose wrote:

I don't know why it is that Nintendo is the only company to really *get* D-pads. Maybe it's a copyright issue! I've always loved the NES D-pad, and the Classic Controller Pro is the closest second I've found.

It is a patent issue. Nintendo has several patents on certain console controller and console projection technologies. They license them out, but it would increase costs of production to Sony or Microsoft to use their technology.

Part of the problem is also different terms of years on patents in different countries, various international agreements or treaties.

The short answer is that for any company intellectual property is a spider webbed cluster-F.

Puce Moose wrote:

I just received this in the mail today, and it's great!

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I don't know why it is that Nintendo is the only company to really *get* D-pads. Maybe it's a copyright issue! I've always loved the NES D-pad, and the Classic Controller Pro is the closest second I've found.

Personally I am a fan of the USB RetroPort line of adapters and original controllers. Mac & PC compatible with no drivers required.

krev82 wrote:

I've been selected to receive a bursary, it will allow me to go away to a small rural French town for 5 weeks of 24/7 full immersion and language training, it pays for my room, food, and tuition. Win!

Congrats, krev! I was in that program 10 years ago (went to Montréal, it wasn't very immersive). It was a lot of fun and I made some new friends, including my future wife. Huge win! No promises for you though.

Gravey wrote:
krev82 wrote:

I've been selected to receive a bursary, it will allow me to go away to a small rural French town for 5 weeks of 24/7 full immersion and language training, it pays for my room, food, and tuition. Win!

Congrats, krev! I was in that program 10 years ago (went to Montréal, it wasn't very immersive). It was a lot of fun and I made some new friends, including my future wife. Huge win! No promises for you though.

You could always give him your wife, you know, as a consolation prize.

KingGorilla wrote:

The short answer is that for any company intellectual property is a spider webbed cluster-F.

This may be the truest thing ever written.

awhite wrote:

The French I learned was "France" French, not "Joual" (which I gather is a rather derogatory term). Don't make the mistake of using that in Québec. I asked for the cheque using the wrong terminology once, and didn't get the thing for about a half an hour.
Related (should I note it's NSFW due to language?):

FTFY And thank goodness Québecois is often subtitled, that's all I'll say.

My 7-week old does this thing now where she coos and smiles and generally looks way too cute for her own good, then when I'm thoroughly distracted by said cuteness, spits up in her mouth and coughs.

Oranges and grapefruits are so good right now.

Eleima wrote:

I'll have you know that making fun of French Canadians is a French national sport! It's right up there with making fun of Belgians (this one's for you, Dejanzie! *hug*).

Tu es trop gentille, mademoiselle

KingGorilla wrote:

Today I submitted my Articles of Incorporation on my non-profit law firm. Pending approval, the next step is to get my EIN with the IRS and submit for 501C3 tax exempt status.

As a charity, I welcome some help. One thing I need help with is designing a corporate logo. So, anyone got any spare adobe?

Me. PM me.

Today I submitted my Articles of Incorporation on my non-profit law firm. Pending approval, the next step is to get my EIN with the IRS and submit for 501C3 tax exempt status.

As a charity, I welcome some help. One thing I need help with is designing a corporate logo. So, anyone got any spare adobe?

I am getting set up at JustGiving.com. I am wondering if folks have other places that are good aggregators for charities? I am planning a podcast, I wonder if I can sneak that past Kickstarter.

Will you work for free, with a receipt for a modest tax rebate?

KingGorilla wrote:

Will you work for free, with a receipt for a modest tax rebate?

Since you're a GWJ nonprofit, yes, but don't tell anyone

clover wrote:
KingGorilla wrote:

Will you work for free, with a receipt for a modest tax rebate?

Since you're a GWJ nonprofit, yes, but don't tell anyone :D

Your secret is safe with me, web content is private after all.

KingGorilla wrote:
clover wrote:
KingGorilla wrote:

Will you work for free, with a receipt for a modest tax rebate?

Since you're a GWJ nonprofit, yes, but don't tell anyone :D

Your secret is safe with me, web content is private after all.

Excellent.

My girlfriend and I volunteered to do Easter dinner at our place for our parents this past weekend. No one in our families are religious but we still do Easter turkey dinner because well, excuse for turkey dinner. We've never done one of these before and were a bit nervous but decided it would be worth the challenge. I helped a bit but my girlfriend ended up doing most of the work really. And she hit it out of the park! Not only were our Moms (both of whom are amazing cooks) impressed with the food, it was honestly one of the best turkey dinners I've had in years. The parents were impressed, we were all well fed and best of us, we have a boatload of left overs for this week! My Mom e-mailed us this morning to say how impressed she was. We're quite proud of ourselves and in particular, I'm super proud of my girlfriend for pulling off a home run with this first effort.

Shoot me a pm if you want my turkey soup or turkey and dumplings recipe.

Eleima wrote:

FTFY And thank goodness Québecois is often subtitled, that's all I'll say. :D

Thank you! That explains why I couldn't find it via the Googles. And here I thought the key to Montréal French was to say it in English, and add "le" to the end. To wit, my favourite line from the movie I linked: "Ah, c'est ma journée off, le!"

For the record, Joual is a working-class dialect of Quebecois. It's kind of the cockney rhyming slang of Montreal. Not all quebecois speak joual.

The French teacher I had throughout most of my public school days called all Québecois French "Joual", so I can't take credit for that mixup.

I do love Québec. Last year my wife was travelling to Montréal regularly for work, and I'd tag along and work in some of the amazing coworking spaces there. Hotel De L'Institut definitely qualifies as a thing-I-love-that-doesn't-and-so-forth. It's a "teaching" hotel. Their breakfast is unbelievable.

If you're out in Baie-St-Paul ever, stay and eat at L'Estampilles. We had a nice New Years there where we just hung out with the folks running the inn.

Just a little update, got my signed acknowledgement from the secretary of state, it is official.

And much love to the GWJers nice enough to help me out. Clover rocks hard, El Codger pequeño is getting me on the right track to web hosting. The help of my friends outside of GWJ are also going a long way to making this possible. Friends in Texas for being temporary registered agents, a webmaster at UT Austin for helping get my web site going. A local friend for helping me with web presence (to be announced). Onto the 501C3, and then THE WORLD!

Just found out that my closing costs, which are due on Friday, will be $4K less than originally estimated and planned for. Hooray for sudden moving costs windfall and a few months bill buffer!

Really nice piece in the NY Times on a project we put out a couple of months ago:
A Generic Guitar Inspires a Distinctive Project

And one of the people retweeting it around is Warren Spector

Tanglebones wrote:

Really nice piece in the NY Times on a project we put out a couple of months ago:
A Generic Guitar Inspires a Distinctive Project

And one of the people retweeting it around is Warren Spector

Nice project and grats on the coverage!

Looks like GameFly have really upped their game. I started a subscription on Sunday (it was a $1 for the first month promotion), and had my first game Tuesday!

KingGorilla wrote:

Onto the 501C3, and then THE WORLD!

Congrats on getting set up!

I'll be interested to hear how the bolded part goes for you. I started down that road a few months ago for Hoop & Stick, and was dissuaded by my tax guy. He said, and it was later repeated by the instructor for a non-profit CLE class, that the IRS is backed up on them and the approval process is routinely 18-24 months. I'm hoping you find it to be much easier than I was lead to believe.

I am crossing my fingers that by filing in April, when the IRS is most highly staffed, it will be done quicker. I have been told that 2-6 months is the typical time for approval. The paper work itself is time intensive due to its length, and ensuring that you are classifying everything properly. You cant to check on the relevant definitions just to be sure.

The plus side is that even with a longer approval time, I can engage in grant writing with just a pending 501C3 approval.

I got the original N64 Paper Mario game through Club Nintendo a couple months back, and last night was my first time playing it. That game has aged remarkably well. If you told me it was a DS game published last year rather than an N64 game published in 2001, I'd believe you. A lot of games from the N64/PS1 era haven't aged especially well, but this one holds up and is, in some ways, more fun than the Paper Mario games that followed it.

Dan Savage's guest appearance on the latest My Brother, My Brother and Me, is comedy gold.

KingGorilla wrote:

The plus side is that even with a longer approval time, I can engage in grant writing with just a pending 501C3 approval.

Yeah, that is the nice thing. I almost went ahead with the filing for that reason, but it turns out I can run most of the Child's Play stuff right through the for-profit company, thanks to the direct-donation service they use. I may still end up pursuing a 501c3 in the future, but for now our workaround works.

Good luck with it, and keep us updated, I'll be watching with interest.