The Dude

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  • Location Bikini Bottom
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  1. Thursday (Thanksgiving Day USA)

    Happy Turkey Day to all my 'Murican cousins! Posting my well wishes so late in the day, I suppose you're all beached like stranded, gasping whales on your couches. Bet you said to yourselves, "I'll just have one piece of pie," but you didn't, did you. Here's wishing you all the best, and may your mashed-potatoes-and-gravy flatulence stay south of the 49th parallel    
  2. Excitement in OId Guy's Life

    Glad you're okay! Nothing gets the ol' heart racing like some good ol' double vision and a trip to the ER, eh, Jim? The human body is a marvel, but I swear it has a secret personality separate from our own consciousness that just likes to mess with our peace-of-mind. Sorta like a douchebag cat that lives in our brain.  
  3. Paris attacked

    And under the Payback category: France Drops 20 Bombs on IS Stronghold Raqqa
  4. Wednesday

    Lest We Forget ... In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Written in Ypres, France by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, MD. 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery, May 3, 1915. Image credit: Janet Wilson
  5. Forum upgrade

  6. Forum upgrade

    Try SHIFT+ENTER Like I just did here And here and here here, too easy peasey Yabba Dabba Doo! New line here :)
  7. Forum upgrade

    Mike, Yeah, you'll have to retrain your muscle-memory for new lines. I always hit enter twice to make a new line before the upgrade. This new system takes some getting used to.  
  8. Sunday

    Morning. Sunny day here. Cold-ish 28F, but typical for this time o' year.  
  9. Saw this on LiveLeak (link to page) this morning. Can't recall seeing it before ... then again, I can't remember what I had for breakfast, so who knows, eh? Description of the event below the video. Note: The video remains blackscreen with cross hairs until the 3:31 mark, then it starts showing the guncamera film. Audio is good all the way through, however, so don't skip ahead. Description from LiveLeak page: At 11:50 a.m., after some time on patrol, the E-2 informed the F-14 crews that four Libyan MiG-23s had taken off from Al Bumbah airfield, near Tobruk. The F-14s from VF-32 turned towards the first two MiG-23s (Floggers) some 50 km ahead of the second pair and acquired them on radar, while the Tomcats from VF-14 stayed with the A-6 group. At the time the Floggers were 72 nautical miles (133 km) away at 10,000 feet (3,000 m) and heading directly towards the Tomcats and carrier. The F-14s turned away from the head-on approach to indicate that they were not attempting to engage. The Floggers changed course to intercept at a closing speed of about 870 knots (1,610 km/h). The F-14s descended to 3,000 ft (910 m) to give them a clear radar picture of the Floggers against the sky and leave the Floggers with sea clutter to contend with. Four more times the F-14s turned away from the approaching MiGs. Each time the Libyan aircraft turned in to continue to close. At 11:59 the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) of the lead Tomcat ordered the arming of the AIM-9 Sidewinder andAIM-7 Sparrow missiles it was carrying. The E-2C had given the F-14 crews authority to fire if threatened; the F-14 crews did not have to wait until after the Libyans opened fire. At almost 12:01 the lead Tomcat RIO said that "Bogeys have jinked back at me again for the fifth time. They're on my nose now, inside of 20 miles", followed shortly by "Master arm on" as he ordered arming of the weapons. At a range of 14 nautical miles (26 km) the RIO of the lead F-14A fired the first AIM-7M Sparrow; he surprised his pilot, who did not expect to see a missile accelerate away from his Tomcat. The RIO reported "Fox 1. Fox 1." The Sparrow failed to track because of a wrong switch-setting. At 10 nautical miles (19 km), he launched a second Sparrow missile, but it also failed to track its target. The Floggers accelerated and continued to approach. At 6 nautical miles (11 km) the Tomcats split and the Floggers followed the wingman while the lead Tomcat circled to get a tail angle on them. The wingman fired a third Sparrow from 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) and downed one of the Libyan aircraft. The lead Tomcat by now had gained the rear quadrant on the final Flogger. After closing to 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) the pilot fired a Sidewinder, which hit its target. The Tomcats proceeded north to return to the carrier group. The Libyan pilots were both seen to successfully eject and parachute into the sea, but the Libyan Air Force was unable to recover them.        
  10. Friday

    Glad to hear that Lottie's surgery went well and that those hidden problems got addressed
  11. Here's the Reddit thread discussing it. Looks legit, but who knows these days,eh? If real, that's one picture that's worth a thousand or so words
  12. Saturday

    Snapshot of weather here in Cow Town:
  13. Forum upgrade

    I didn't know that feature was even enabled now. I was always able to upload images, but that's because I'm an admin. Since this new forum software is cloud hosted by Invision, I'll leave attachments turned on ... for now. If it gets abused, or for some reason Invision starts charging extra for storage, I'll have to turn it off ... but like I just said, it'll stay on. I hope we can keep it on More good news: looks like the Invision techs have mostly fixed the BBCode in all the legacy posts ... mostly  
  14. Forum upgrade

    Thanks, Krycztij. Administering the forum isn't the hassle it used to be, so I feel a little unworthy of your thanks. Back in the day, when I hosted the forum software myself, it really was a bear to keep things running smoothly. Now it's all cloud hosted with Invision Power so they get to deal with all the headaches when things go sideways. Staying on the thank you theme, I just want to say thanks, once again, to Donster for all the effort he puts into keeping the forums alive with content and for his good humor in general. Thanks, Donnie.
  15. Forum upgrade

    There's no YouTube or Vimeo embed button anymore, but you don't need it. Just put the video's URL on one line by itself and it should embed automatically. YouTube: Shee-it, that's slick ... shows up immediately in the edit window as soon as you make a new line in the editor under the video URL. Vimeo: