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Comment Sound block for a fence? (Score 1) 388

I'd like to piggyback on this discussion.

I have a house that is near a pretty busy intersection. The fence needs to be replaced in the next year or two and when I do, I want to do something to reduce the traffic noise. The house has a great backyard except for the traffic noise. The inside of the house is fine with plenty of insulation and triple pane windows.

I can think of one of two solutions.

1) Double layered wooden fence with something such as in the middle
2) Brick, masonry, or concrete fence

The good thing is that the zoning laws say that I can put up an 8' tall fence without a permit.

Has anyone been in a similar situation? What did you do?

Comment He's right (Score 1) 456

He's right when he said this: 'We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy,' said bin Laden, adding that that every dollar spent by al-Qaida in attacking the US has cost Washington $1m in economic fallout and military spending."

How would the economic outlook of the US (and by extension the world) economy be if 9/11 didn't happen? There wouldn't be a post-9/11 down fall obvious. How money would NOT have been spent on Afghanistan and then Iraq? How much money would be saved without formation of the DHS and the expansion of the TSA? How much money would have been saved if there was no PATRIOT Act? Money spent goes to to profit someone but for the average American, they face an improving but not terribly optimistic economic future from a country burdened with a rapidly expending national deficit that is not completely but definitely attributed to this "war" on terrorism.

Comment The dog ate my computer (Score 1) 352

I can see the excuses now:

"I'm sorry Mrs. Smith, but the dog ate my computer."

"Damnit, where did I leave my computer now?"

"Crap, I left my computer in my pants and washed them."

"So, I was hacking the Gibson naked, slipped, and fell, and that's how my computer got stuck up my butt."

Comment It's not bad. I did it this morning. (Score 1) 149

I bought my coffee this morning using this method. I actually like stuff like this so I don't have to carry a card around all the time and don't have to pull out my wallet. There will be training issues the first few times each employee uses it. What mine had to do is put their register on the Tender screen and then select Starbucks card before it would work.

Comment Re:Also, they don't care (Score 3, Insightful) 928

Believe it or not, I live with a women and she could care
less about an IQ test. I would also like to go on record as
saying that she is much smarter than me Iloveyouhoney.

How much more could she care less? Could she care 10% less? 50% less? Could she possible care 100% less? If she could care 100% less, it says to me that she actually cares a lot about an IQ test.

Comment Makes sense (Score 2, Insightful) 512

This article pretty much describes me to a T. I have been suffering from depression for a few years now and whenever I get down, I definitely have the thinking patterns that was described in this post. However, after going through depression, I have decided that it is much, much better to be ignorant and happy than depressed and realistic.

Comment Aspect Ratio and Size (Score 1) 370

According to, a 19" 16:10 monitor is just a hair shorter than a 17" 4:3 monitor. To the OP, if you are looking at a new LCD monitor, get a 19-20" widescreen one. The vertical height will be nearly the same and you'll have about 2.5" more in width. This shouldn't be too much of a burden on your desk space. Hell, it'll actually clear a lot of it up. If you haven't noticed, these new fangled LCD monitors are actually a lot thinner than those CRT monitors.

Comment Medical Community (Score 1) 582

I have a lot of friends that have Celiac's disease, IBS, and/or Crohn's disease and the lack of medical personnel that know about these diseases is stunning. Especially Celiac's disease. It's an issue and as the prominence of these illnesses increases, more medical personnel will be educated about them which is good but right now, people with real issues, pain, and discomfort will continue to be misdiagnosed. I have one friend that found the 1 doctor in town that actually knew about Celiac's and another friend whose wife is having severe GI issues and the doctor has never even heard of Celiac's. It's a problem and we have to rely on the doctors to have the initiative to stay up to date on the current medical research.

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