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Pete Seeger, modern folk pioneer, 1919-2014

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I moved into a new apartment in mid-August. The building has old-fashioned steam heat, and since I live on the top floor, my apartment has all of the air vents. The heat was turned on approximately eight days ago. Up until a couple of days ago, they were all venting large amounts of steam, so much that there were actual clouds inside the apartment that would periodically "rain."

I had the air vents replaced on Monday. There are no longer clouds of steam in the apartment, but there is still a lot of condensation on the walls, ceiling, and windows that reforms hours after being wiped off with a towel. If left long enough (i.e. overnight), water drips from the ceiling, and mold has begun to grow in most of the rooms. I've already had about $500.00 worth of damage done to my and my roommate's belongings, and I need to have this figured out soon.

- The walls and ceiling are composed of cement, with a layer of plaster on the inside of the building, and one layer of bricks on the outside.
- There is no ventilation system for the apartment other than the fact that we have windows.
- Large amounts of condensation form around the windows, and opening the windows actually makes the problem worse.
- The smaller rooms (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom) have much more condensation than the two larger rooms (living room, kitchen).

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Probably going to be showing my youth here a bit (as well as my f~+!ing bizarre taste in music), but:

1. The Doobie Brothers: The Best of the Doobie Brothers (Cassette, released 1990, bought 1996) - I still listen to this one, though on CD (the cassette wore out pretty quickly).

2. Creed: My Own Prison (CD, released 1997, bought 1997) - *Hangs head in shame.* I was a dumb kid when I was 11. I think I sold this one at Coconuts a couple years later.

3. Various artists: That Thing You Do! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Cassette, released 1996, bought 1998) - Lost this one years ago, but had a lot of good songs on it.

4. Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory (CD, released 2000, bought 2000) - You know, a lot of people rag on Linkin Park, but I still drag this album out occasionally. Not sure if it's nostalgia goggles talking, though.

5. Puddle of Mudd: Come Clean (CD, released 2001, bought 2001) - A decent album--good music with s%*$ty lyrics,. I don't really listen to it anymore. 2001 was around the time I really started buying CDs, and I mean a LOT of CDs. I think this was the first of an unbroken string of nearly monthly album purchases that stretched right up to the end of 2010.

After the Puddle of Mudd CD, I got into hard rock, then metal, then punk over the course of about six months. A few of the albums I picked up during that time:
- Rollins Band: Weight
- Seether: Disclaimer
- Marilyn Manson: Portrait of an American Family
- Kyuss: Welcome to Sky Valley
- Dropkick Murphys: Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
- Minor Threat: Complete Discography

I'm saying something controversial. Later, someone with an opposing viewpoint will call me a douchebag. I will then call him a douchebag, and we will have a troll party. The trolls will all have party hats.

A week later, when everyone's family has been insulted, a moderator will kill the trolls with fire.

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I just found out about this today, and figured I should share:

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I'm sick of looking at this when I'm scrolling through the OTD.

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End of Silence 02

The second episode of EoS is up on the website as of now. Tune in next Monday, if you're in the Syracuse area, for more, or wait until Wednesday for the podcast version.

This week's featured website: The Atomic Array

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I've been thinking of starting up a Wordpress site, in addition to my portfolio website, as a venue for my essays on various topics, as well as a limited selection of short fiction and my ramblings on life.

I'm not going to call it a "blog," simply because the word "blog" conjures up images of various unsavory bodily functions (thanks go to Henry Rollins for bringing up that particular point), but it could serve some of the same functions.

What do you think?

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Seriously, is anyone out there?

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Anyone there?

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, if passed, will be an immense violation of EVERYONE'S privacy and civil liberties.

- ISPS will now watch what you download, and tattle on you if you download a music track/ any data / rapidshares / torrents etc.
- ISPS will tattle on you, when you do anything which goes against "Governments policy".
- ISPS will be able to document and store EVERYTHING you do online. nothing will ever be private again.

Read more here.


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The last few months have been hard ones for heavy metal. Pete Steele, James "The Rev" Sullivan, and the seemingly immortal Ronnie James Dio all passed away within a relatively short time. And now, they've got another metal legend for company.

Bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot, Unida, and Hail! was found dead in his hotel room in Urbandale, Iowa, at 10:50 AM on Monday, May 24, 2010. Toxicology reports have not been released, but Gray had been battling a heroin addiction for quite some time. Foul play seems not to have been a factor.

Article on

Article on the Des Moines Register Online

News report from KCCI Iowa News 8

Now, I'm not going to lie, as much as some people knock Slipknot for being a nu-metal band, I really dug them as a teenager, and still do. Slipknot, along with Seether, Social Distortion, and Rollins Band, was one of my "gateway drugs" into music, and they've put out a number of monstrous, head-banging jams.

Paul, you will be missed. I'll play you off with my favorite Slipknot track: "Left Behind"

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I know some bad things went down with his family, but it's been three weeks since his last post, and I'm getting kinda worried.

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Have you ever come across a TERRIBLE song (or a decent song by a s+$#ty band) that you know sucks, but you can't stop listening to? It happens to me daily.

Here are a few of mine:

Paul Gross - "Ride Forever"

The All-American Rejects - "Swing Swing"

Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up"

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Type O Negative singer and bassist dead of heart failure at 48.

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The whole episode is up on YouTube. I found the premise to be quite interesting: comedian Dara O'Briain is preparing to do a gig in front of a large group of LARPers, but has to sort of immerse himself in LARP culture before he can do the show.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Dara O'Briain is the man!

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From Jeph Jacques' LiveJournal:

Part 1 / Part 2

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Please tell me she's not wearing what I think she's wearing...

This isn't happening...

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Here's the article.

What do you think?

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A guy approached me and asked me if I wanted to be in a band. I've wanted to be in a real band for years, but I know from experience that three of the four other guys party way harder than they should, and I'll be heading to college in September. Should I join?

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For those of you who do not know, I will be accompanying a group of drunken frat boys across Ireland and Wales for the next ten days (starting Saturday). I have decided to chronicle my travels in a journal, which, if I have computer access in the lands of my ancestors, will be updated sporadically. If no computer access is available, I will post the entire bloody thing when I get back.

Dave Mallon, the Eldritch Mr. Shiny

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This is one of the few political issues I dare post on these boards, merely because I need answers, and I need to spread the word.

The Orphan Works Act (which was passed through the United States Senate in September of 2008) was recently under debate in the House of Representatives. This bill, while designed to benefit libraries and museums, fits very nicely into the interests of large corporations (specifically their not having to pay for anything).

The (much simplified) points of the bill are as thus:

  • All works of art (visual or otherwise) must be registered or otherwise marked, or will be considered "orphaned."
  • A work that is orphaned (not clearly marked as belonging to its author) is of fair use and may be used by any party that wants it.
  • If passed, this bill would require every artist to fill out Notice of Use papers for EVERY SINGLE WORK THEY HAVE EVER PRODUCED. In my case, being merely a young art student, this would require me to register several HUNDRED works. Some versions of the bill being discussed include a fee. Ergo, if passed, it is quite possible that people would have to buy their own art back from the government.

The part that I have the biggest problem with is that someone (a corporation, private individual, etc.) could "orphan" a work of art simply by cropping a signature out, or similar. Therefore, any work could reasonably be stolen from its owner with little work on the part of the thief.

Art theft is already rampant, mainly due to the ease with which images may be found on the internet (for more information, check out Vitaly S. Alexius' DeviantArt journal).

Am I reading this right? And if I am, is there really that little that we can do about it? What the f~~! is wrong with the world?

For more information, visit the Graphic Artists' Guild website or the Orphan Works News blog (specifically, these FAQs and this letter.) I also found this YouTube video and this article informative.

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(Reposted from this article on

David Lowe-Bianco wrote:

Being accused of plagiarism is not something any band wants to go through especially when the accused song was one of the biggest songs of the year and is up for three Grammy awards and the accuser is seeking “any and all profits” the band has made from the song.

In response to guitarist Joe Satriani’s accusations that Coldplay’s song "Viva La Vida" features "substantial original portions" of his own song, "If I Could Fly", Coldplay released a statement on their website to share their side of the argument.

"With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations," the band writes. "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavors."

Satriani is filing a lawsuit against the band and is seeking a jury trial for damages and all profits that the band has incurred from the song.

A comparison of "Viva La Vida" and "If I Could Fly" can be found here.

A mash-up of the two songs can be found here.

Spoilered due to bias on the part of Mr. Shiny:

Personally, the two songs sound better mashed up than by themselves. I mean, Joe Satriani's cool and all, but Coldplay just... isn't good. The mashup actually seems to bring out the best qualities of both, though.

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Why have so many important and/or famous people been dying this year? So far, according to Wikipedia:

01-11 - Sir Edmund Hillary (explorer, philanthropist)
01-15 - Brad Renfro (actor)
01-17 - Bobby Fischer (chess prodigy)
01-19 - Suzanne Pleshette (actress)
01-22 - Heath Ledger (actor)

02-05 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (spiritual leader)
02-10 - Roy Scheider (actor)
02-27 - William F. Buckley, Jr. (author, political theorist)

03-04 - Gary Gygax (game designer, author)
03-19 - Arthur C. Clarke (author)

04-05 - Charlton Heston (actor)
04-13 - Dr. John Archibald Wheeler (physicist)
04-29 - Dr. Albert Hofmann (chemist)

05-26 - Sydney Pollack (film director, producer)

06-02 - Bo Diddley (musician)
06-03 - Mel Ferrer (actor, film director)
06-13 - Tim Russert (journalist)
06-15 - Stan Winston (artist)
06-22 - George Carlin (actor, comedian)
06-29 - Don S. Davis (actor)

07-04 - Jesse Helms (politician)
07-12 - Tony Snow (political commentator)
07-25 - Randy Pausch (author, scientist)

08-03 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author)
08-09 - Bernie Mac (actor, comedian)
08-10 - Isaac Hayes (actor, musician)
08-16 - Ronnie Drew (musician)

09-01 - Don LaFontaine (actor)
09-12 - David Foster Wallace (author)
09-26 - Paul Newman (actor, philanthropist)

10-26 - Tony Hillerman (author)

11-04 - Dr. Michael Crichton (author)

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I didn't even know he had died...

R.I.P. Ronnie Drew.

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There was, once upon a time, a thread on these messageboards, in which there was a link to a two-axis political test.

I call upon ye brave souls with nothing better to do to brave the Stygian depths of the Archives to reclaim this thread!

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One of my friends is running a Burning Wheel game in a few days, and I am drawing a F%@+ING BLANK on character concepts. I NEED HELP. PLEASE.

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I know that evil characters are not allowed in the Pathfinder society, but are neutral characters that worship evil deities allowed?

I'm thinking about creating a LN Chelaxian defector worshiping Zon-Kuthon in Andoran. Would that be legal?

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This was just something random that popped into my head at 2 AM.


Craig Conway (Doomsday) as Keegan Cawley
Adam Baldwin (Serenity) as Corvin Killgannon
Kevin Durand (Walking Tall) as Radik Aurel
Voice of David Hewlett (Cube) as Brick
Stephen McHattie (Shoot 'em Up) as Rackham Pulsifer
Sean Faris (The Glass Eye) as Mike O'Neill

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I've been listening to the song "I Drink Milk" by the Teen Idles (Ian MacKaye's first band- pre Minor Threat / Fugazi), and I can't understand anything other than the chorus, which is, incidentally "I drink milk" repeated over and over again.

I love the song, but I can't find the lyrics anywhere. Does anybody know them?

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OK, for all of you who think it's in your best interest to f#*# with the other people on these boards, insult their opinions, and attempt to impose YOURS on them, I redirect you HERE.

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It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you all that, due to extenuating circumstances, I will no longer be able to post on these messageboards.

Keep my stories and my characters alive. It's been a wild ride.

Yours truly,
David Michael Mallon
Friday, May 23, 2008

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I redirect you here.

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OK, here's the dealy-yo-yo:

I've been in a band for about two weeks. Three guys (Myself -Dave-, a guitarist -Brandon-, and a drummer -Dennis-), moderate talent, nothing really happening.

Problem 1: I'm somewhat employed at the TV station, and the guitarist works as a landscaper. However, the drummer's still in high school, and, on top of that, works at a convenience store. Read: when we practice, 1/2 of the time, there's only 2/3 of a band there.

Problem 2: The playing styles of the three of us are quite different, mostly due to our taste in music: I listen to Richard Shindell and Black Flag, Brandon listens to stuff like Staind and Element 80, and Dennis listens to Led Zeppelin. When we play, we sound like ...s@~*.

Problem 3: I have confidence issues. How can I fix this?



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(mwbeeler, Fake Healer, Arctaris, Dragonmann, Zoomackulas, Kruelaid)

Starting this Saturday (April 12), and continuing until Monday, April 21, I will be in a foreign country and away from my laptop. Please NPC Seann / Corvin / Radik / Vilya / Brick / Keegan / Rackham until I get back.

Thank you.

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I've been hearing a lot about this lately, but I don't know what it is, precisely. So I looked it up. BIG FRIGGIN' MISTAKE. I either got the super-layman's version, or the MIT professor's version. I need an explanation somewhere in between the two.

Does anyone know anything about it?

Keep in mind, I haven't had a college education.

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Post funny and/or intersting quotes here. In this thread.


Context- A nationally ranked runner by the name of Lee Berube lives in the same town that I do. (He went to high school with me.) I was taping a community event honoring him, and happened to see that he was standing under a GIGANTIC sign proclaiming all sorts of glorious things about him.

Me: "Hey, Lee. You like your sign?"
Lee: "Yeah. It's big. It's a big sign. I like it."

He doesn't exactly have the greatest powers of observation.

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This is going to sound idiotic, but...

...If you strap a buckler to your head, do you still get the +1 AC bonus?

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You said you were either going to try to get Jerry to run Rise of the Runelords, or that you were going to try to run it. GIVE ME A STRAIGHT ANSWER FOR CHRISSAKES! WHAT'S GOING ON?!?,!


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Inspired by this thread, I thought that it should have a counterpart. It seemed lonely. Now without further ado, go! Post your PCs' most cowardly, chicken-livered moments! Don't be ashamed. Be proud!

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I've been looking, but I haven't been able to find the Civil Religious Discussion. What happened? Why ain't I got no religion?

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Every lit-

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Has anyone else read the new Punisher comics?

I just think it's coll that Frank has sort of taken on the mantle of Captain America with his new costume. Also, his main foe, the Hate Monger, is one of the most evil I have seen.

What do you all think?

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If anyone will be running a PbP Rise of the Runelords campaign, consider me in.

I like being reeeally early for stuff like this.