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By ObviousTroll (Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 03:03:07 PM EST) (all tags)
I submitted this to reddit, but I figured I'd depress you, too.


Life is life. Little ups, little downs, nothing heart breaking. 10-year old saved up her money to get a Wii and now, 30 days later, it's got weird graphic problems that scream "BAD RAM" to me - sometimes there's little worms of bad pixels crawling vertically on the screen, sometimes there's rectangular blocks of random pixels. Sometimes there's both so it looks like you're playing the game through a set of curtains. Feh.

I've been taking Troll, Jr to kenpo instructor training and, while there,  I discovered that our Sensei didn't have as firm a handle on the testing requirements for our black belt test as he thought. Feh. Buuuut... at least SWHTL and I have some warning about it; we didn't actually get to the test and discover we learned the wrong forms.

We're getting ready to paint the living room, which means slowly dismantling it and finding places to stash about 500 cubic feet of books and knick-knacks; and furniture. We're taking the position that we don't care about the carpet - it's 20 years old and it's next in line to be replaced, but the stairwell is a challenge - we really don't have the gear to do a 20' deep stairwell.

Picking the color turned out to be exciting; I would have thought that every paint company on the planet would have a fancy website that would let you play with colorizing digital photos to see what your room would look like re-painted, but they don't. Well, Behr does, but they make you pay $5 and then IT DOESN'T FREAKING WORK. The applet just sits and spins. I had actually messed with doing it by hand, with photoshop elements, but I had a hellacious time trying to find RGB color matches for the samples SWHTL wanted to try out. In the end, I just kind of got close to what we wanted, then we painted 2' square sections of wall to see what the actual paint looked like.

I better primer that wall before we repaint, huh?

Overall, I've been using this as a way to force all of us to pay attention to the amount of crap we've collected. My theory is that, hopefully, the effort of getting it all out of the living room and into my office, then back again, will inspire a good deal of throwing-crap-away.

We'll see.

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I am assuming it is the two black radio by cam (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 03:44:40 PM EST
hosts who's show was about debunking myths? They did an op-ed in the WaPo (maybe in Outlook) about a month ago describing their experience.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

Yeah. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 04:02:30 PM EST
But the story I found is only about a week old.

It's just depressing that, wherever you go, the idiots out number everyone else...

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When i read the op-ed by cam (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 04:32:33 PM EST
I thought the irony was that the DJs were honest to their show. But echo chambering is a consistently performing business model. Challenging audiences risks alienating them. There seems to be a smaller market for that.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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I'll be the first to admit I don't know it all by lm (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 05:29:58 PM EST
But judging from this bit of the article you linked to, ``the tense discussion grew into a heated argument, and the programming director yanked the show off the air'', it seems to me that the show wasn't exactly yanked for debunking the conspiracy theory but because the hosts got into a shouting match with the programming director.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Possibly. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 01:42:06 PM EST
It sounded to me like the program manager believed the memo was true.

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Right, that's a point of contention by lm (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 05:31:04 PM EST
But the question remains whether or not they'd have still been canned if they didn't get in a shouting match with their program director. I've disagreed with my boss over oodles of stuff but it's never come down to a shouting match. I suspect that if it had, he'd have promptly become my former boss.

Part of it is that the story reads a bit like a conspiracy theory and I tend to be skeptical. I find it far more likely that two talk show hosts were canned after trying to shout down the program director than it is because the program director fired them because he's part of this nebulous movement that has drunk the Kool-Aid™


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Primer serves two purposes by lm (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 05:24:35 PM EST
  1. To lay a foundation which the topcoat will adhere to.
  2. To prevent the prior layers from bleeding through the topcoat.
You only need to primer before you paint if (a) the existing surface exhibits some problem which will prevent a new coat of paint from adhering correctly or (b) the squares you painted are dark enough so that the topcoat won't cover them completely. If (b) is the case only primer if (I) the primer is less expensive than the topcoat or (II) it will take more than two coats of the topcoat.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
I guess I'm paranoid by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 03:49:56 AM EST
Growing up, I remember my parents had an ongoing problem of mis-matched colors showing through the paint from older spots on the walls.

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It certainly can happen by lm (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 04:46:49 AM EST
But it depends on the opacity of the topcoat.

If you're putting down a flat off-white over the top of an enamel dark brown, that's not going to end well.

If you have doubts, run another experiment. Pick a square, paint over it and a section of the wall next to it. Let it dry and see if the color of the square still bleeds through. If it does, try one more coat. If it still bleeds through, then pick a good primer.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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That's probably what we'll do. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 05:34:31 AM EST
All the patches are on one 8x8 section, so we'll slap a coat of primer on that one and cover over - we're not going to primer the whole room, we're basically putting a darker color over a lighter one so it shouldn't be a problem.


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it can be. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 01:07:35 PM EST
I had a hell of a time painting a wall dark maroon because the white primer would show through every time. If you're doing a dark color, it's nice to have your primer tinted dark as well.


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Have you seen this? by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 03:50:12 AM EST
Go here and click on the "Launch Colour Visualizer" button, then select "Paint an Interior" and away you go. Pretty cool stuff.

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That's similar to behr's. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 05:31:58 AM EST
What we were looking for was something that would manipulate our own photo, rather than a canned one, though.

Frankly, our living room never looks anything like these. :-P

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Ah yes by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 05:56:38 AM EST
You could probably work up a script in photoshop that would do that for you.

I'm curious - what colour scheme are you going with?

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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A cream color, with white trim by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 01:44:21 PM EST
Cream as in "something like a pale yellow/beige".

We had started out wanting to do it in a stronger color, but the red-brown we liked in abstract would have made the living room too dark, and nothing else quite worked.

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a good deal of throwing-crap-away by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 09:56:33 AM EST
I find that moving every year or two is a great help in that endeavor.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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