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by Martin Blank
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities
Replies: 4
Views: 177

2020-21 US Political Possibilities

As the impeachment and trial of Donald Trump comes to a close today, I foresee not a president chastened but a president emboldened. I foresee nine months of turmoil until the November election, during which we'll learn ever more about his activities, especially as there's no stopping John Bolton's ...
by Martin Blank
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: Caucuses to select candidates need to end
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Caucuses to select candidates need to end

Tonight, Iowa starts the official process of winnowing Democratic candidates not by election, but by caucus. A caucus is where people gather for hours on end, horse trading to figure out how much support there is for various candidates. Caucus-goers standing by candidates with 15% or less support at...
by Martin Blank
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When did you join RLC?
Replies: 31
Views: 2008

Re: When did you join RLC?

Yes, but I don't remember if it was fondly.
by Martin Blank
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Rants & Raves
Topic: Son of Rantettes & Ravettes
Replies: 443
Views: 46778

Re: Son of Rantettes & Ravettes

Until you find out that GERD correlates with a somewhat higher risk of esophageal cancer. Yep. I was having some issues with chest pain last year and went in for an EGD. No ulcers but they found evidence of Barrett's esophagus due to prior GERD issues. It's still a relatively low percentage increas...
by Martin Blank
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Rants & Raves
Topic: Son of Rantettes & Ravettes
Replies: 443
Views: 46778

Re: Son of Rantettes & Ravettes

Until you find out that GERD correlates with a somewhat higher risk of esophageal cancer.
by Martin Blank
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Only Resolutions
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: Only Resolutions

The 5:2 is a great weight loser. I lost about a stone and a half (take THAT, Colonials!) on it a few years ago. You need to stick at it, mind. Obviously I didn’t. You can't drop a half a stone. If you break a stone in half, you get two stones. Then you have more ammo to throw at sinners. Royalists,...
by Martin Blank
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Only Resolutions
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: Only Resolutions

It's worth trying, Spanks. The tea in the morning really helps me. I also use the feeling of being hungry as a mark of success. It took a week to really lock it in and I told my wife what I was doing. She's been really helpful keeping it in mind when she suggests things like going out to eat. The fa...
by Martin Blank
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Only Resolutions
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: Only Resolutions

- With the losing weight, I want to make more home cooked meals so we're not spending upwards of $100 a week on takeout, especially with the above mentioned electrolysis costs. We started keto on the weekend, and I'm going to take this as a chance to track down my old school projects to do a weekly...
by Martin Blank
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Rants & Raves
Topic: Parenting with a partially disabled spouse
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Parenting with a partially disabled spouse

I love my wife dearly. We've been together for more than nine years, engaged for eight, married for coming up on seven. We have two beautiful children separated by 16 months, who are generally pretty good kids. They share, they look after each other, they ask where each other is. We do our best to p...
by Martin Blank
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Only Resolutions
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: Only Resolutions

Sometimes it is worth the effort and sometimes it isn't. You have to talk to the other person and find out where they are. Plus I know you are a very exacting person you may have to think about what is worth the fight and what you should let go. I let a lot of things go because they're important in...
by Martin Blank
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Behold: FirebirdNC, the Mad Moderator!
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Behold: FirebirdNC, the Mad Moderator!

Ehhhxcellent *tents fingers* Have there been many issues where moderator action has been required? Maybe I’m just blissfully unaware of spammers or someone who have been misbehaving. At least now we have an ovarian scalpel to eradicate such ridiculousness :) There are two parts to the spam preventi...
by Martin Blank
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: phpBB 3.3 upgrade complete
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: phpBB 3.3 upgrade complete

Looking at the database, seems I've been behind on hashes implemented, and md5 has been deprecated for some time. They switched to bcrypt (hash prefix $2y$10) for a bit, then Argon2id (hash prefix $argon2id), and, most recently, Argon2id with parameters (hash prefix $argon2id$v=19$m=1024,t=2,p=2, wh...
by Martin Blank
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Behold: FirebirdNC, the Mad Moderator!
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Behold: FirebirdNC, the Mad Moderator!

I for one welcome our new marine overlady. Although I’m not going to mention her underground sugar-cave. Congratulations, Firebird. May your banhammer remain ever vigilant and may modified behaviour come swiftly to your enemies. She only gets the Edit Scalpel. The Banhammer resides in a locked safe...
by Martin Blank
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Behold: FirebirdNC, the Mad Moderator!
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Behold: FirebirdNC, the Mad Moderator!

Some of you may have noticed that I'm not on here regularly. But someone else is: FirebirdNC. With her approval, I have promoted her to moderator, with all the pain privilege that comes with it. At the same time, I have released Jezebel, Felan, and sneaky ninja from their responsibilities. This is m...
by Martin Blank
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Rants & Raves
Topic: Confessions: It's less personal than last time
Replies: 62
Views: 14466

Re: Confessions: It's less personal than last time

Sooo... This is a reason to keep checking in.

I'm glad you found your path, Spanks. Drop me a note if you want to look into changing your username.