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Ron Obvious

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Gender: Male
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Number of posts: 2,897

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Dot Matrix printer plays Eye of the Tiger

I heard about this on the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast this weekend. Remember dot-matrix printers? Remember the noise they made? Some clever person created a program that turned those sounds to music. Here it is playing Eye of the Tiger.

I'm impressed!

Now what I did I come in here to do again?

I came here for a reason, but I can't remember now what it was.

LOTR extended scene: the passing of the elves

This scene is on the extended DVD release of The Fellowship of the Ring but not in the theatrical cut.

I think that's such a shame. It's only a minute and a half long, and - in my opinion - it captures the spirit of Tolkien's world better than anything I can recall from the cinematic release.

I don't know why, but it makes me sad...

The Flower Duet

This is the Flower Duet from Lakme by the composer Delibes. You might recognise it as the soundtrack to a recent British Airways commercial.



This moment of grace and beauty was brought to you by your local cynical, flint-hearted jerkoff who can be brought to tears and ecstasy by this sort of thing.

Mormons at the door...

This morning I was rudely awakened from a lovely erotic dream involving a young Cybill Shepherd by a persistent knocking on the front door.

Mormons.

I responded in my customary considerate and kindly fashion:

"No! Fuck Off!" *SLAM!!!*

I would have reacted more forcefully but I believe it's still a misdemeanor in some jurisdictions to shoot Mormon missionaries and Jehovah witnesses on your doorstep.

Before you respond with a story about how you answer the door in the nude, or invited them in to join you in a Satanic mass, I should warn you that I disbelieve 99% of such stories.

I was actually a little bit surprised. It's been years since one of them knocked on our door, and while I'd spotted dozens of them in the neighbourhood recently, I thought they must've marked our door with some sort of invisible sigil in order to avoid wasting time at our unkempt and weed-infested hovel.

Apparently it wore off.

But it did set me wondering. Why do they all look alike so much? They're all young white males (naturally), but they're all slightly pudgy, between 5'8" and 6'1" in height with a pasty complexion and an innocent facial expression.

Where are the tall Mormons? The obese ones and the rail-thin ones? Where are the bronzed ones, the naughty-looking ones, the wheelchair-bound ones, the midgets, the women and the minorities? Does the church keep them in reserve, or are you not allowed to participate in a mission if you don't conform to the stereotype?

I wonder about these things.

Calvin and Hobbes

Damn, I swear that Bill Watterson knew me when I was a kid sometimes...


I encountered a mother bear and her two cubs on my bike ride today.

I apologise in advance for the extreme crappiness of the included pictures. All I had with me was my ancient phone with its 0.5 kilopixel camera and foggy lens.

I was riding my bike in the Cascade Mountains and passed within touching distance of a brown bear sitting by the side of the trail, munching greens. I had already just about passed her when I realised what I was seeing. I got off the bike at a safe distance and watched her for a while. She knew I was there but didn't seem concerned about it. A minute later, two cubs joined her and I retreated a bit further, ready to flee should it prove necessary.

They all eventually crossed onto the trail, sat down in the middle and sunned themselves for a while. The cubs looked at me with interest, but momma bear snarled at them to mind their own business and to ignore the weirdo.

Quite a while later, she hurled an opprobrious epithet in my direction and the family walked off into the woods, the cubs looking -- did I imagine it? -- whistfully at me, as though they would've wanted to get to know me better.

The whole encounter lasted nearly twenty minutes and during that whole time I had them all to myself. That makes today about a million percent better than any day I ever spent at work.

God, I love living in the Pacific Northwest!



If your Windows computer doesn't recognise your Android phone...

After (accidentally) upgrading my Windows 8 laptop to Windows 8.1, it no longer recognised my ancient Android G1 as external storage. I already had that problem with my main Windows 7 desktop, but was now forced to confront the issue.

The following steps worked on Windows 7 (x64) and Windows 8.1 (x64) machines when connected to a Cyanogenmodded G1 running Froyo. I'm throwing it out here in case it might help anyone else. Googling didn't find me the solution, but that might be me, or maybe this is an unusual situation.

With the phone connected on USB (but not mounted), go to the control panel, open up both Device Manager AND Devices and Printers.

On Device Manager, do you see "ADB Interface", and on Devices and Printers, do you see "Android Phone" under "Unspecified"? You might have the same problem I did.

On Device Manager, expand "ADB Interface", right-click on the phone model, properties, driver tab, and click "Uninstall". Check "Delete the driver software for this device" and hit OK. Unplug and plug the phone back in.

Notice that ADB Interface did not get re-added under Device Management, but on your Devices and Printers screen, you now have "Android Phone" listed under devices. On your phone, select "Mount" or "Turn on USB storage".

Voila, it now recognises the drive. A quick perusal of Device Manager suggests that the system is now using native Windows USB storage drivers instead.

I was teacher's pet

I didn't want to be, but I was teacher's pet.

During a lesson on penmanship, I deliberately destroyed my lesson booklet because I had been trying so hard to fail and was getting passing grades no matter how badly I did.

When the teacher, stunned and outraged (she was 175 years old and had her hair in a bun) asked what the fuck I was thinking (I think those were the words she used), I told her I really want to earn a failing grade for once in my life.

She wrote "This is the failing grade Ronnie so desperately wanted to get" on my lesson booklet and made me stand in the corner for several years. She also contacted my parents, who - to their credit - thought it was really funny.

I later returned and machine-gunned the entire school. I mean, be fair, they had it coming.

I'm a trusted DU'er and I'm available for advice.

In a recent survey, I was named 27th most trusted person in my neighbourhood.

So if anybody needs a trusted DU'er for advice, I'm available. No pressure or anything. I mean, don't worry about my feelings.
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