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Wanted to show you something that I'm working on, that I'm hoping you'll choose to include at the bottom of your polls to help people discover more on the wiki.
You might remember that did you know ticker that you hated. The good news is its going away, and instead I've turned it into a news ticker for news articles and community news. Its not ready for launch yet, I have to build a template version that will make it easy to use.
You wont need to do anything difficult to get your article in the ticker; if you're happy to include the template you'll just need to cut and copy it across, and then it will auto-populate. Once you post the next article, you'll need to edit the old one slighly (don't worry, I'm going to make it simple).
Are you happy to include that at the bottom of the polls, and do you have any suggestions?
- I've disabled the one above, the finished version is now done
- I might speed it up a little. To include it on your page (and have that blog appear in the ticker) put in the code
When its time to remove the page from the ticker, change the code to
Are you talking about the GNN logo, or the whole ticker? I can certainly adjust the logo, and I can take a little off the top. I'm loath to change the width of the banner too much (maybe 5% or so) as its supposed to be more or less page width. Agent c (talk) 16:58, August 19, 2016 (UTC)
Just Saying HiEdit
Yeah. Kishori...definately a unique (but very pretty) name. It sounds very Skyrim-like, believe it or not. I can see how you'd cringe at Shori or Kishi. I'd probably have went with Kitten or something... (stop rolling your eyes at me)...though I could do better, given some time to think it over. Me, I'm just plain 'ol Kevin. Or Matthew. Or Matt. Or Kev. Nothing very regal sounding here...lol.
On another note, you're absolutely right about the trendy stuff and people running out to buy stuff because it's A.) The latest and greatest, or B.) Because everyone else has one. I just bought a new Samsung Galaxy 7 edge. Before that, my phone was a Motorola Atrix from back in 2008 or so. Why rush out and buy something just because?? If the iPhone 5 is working fine, then why pay $800 for an iPhone 6 that only has about $100 worth of upgrades? If you know anything about bows, I bought a 1 year old $400 Matthews Solo cam bow from a friend for $100. All because he had to have the newest model that just came out. You're right. It IS sad. That said, give up the Xbox and go buy a PS4. We could totally rock the updated Skyrim in October...lol. StormRider71 (talk) 02:44, August 25, 2016 (UTC)
- Yeah, they're both my names. I usually go by Kevin to my friends, but everybody that writes me a paycheck, banks, businesses, acquantainces...all insist on calling me Matthew. I guess it could be worse. My ancestry is German and Scottish, so I reckon I could have wound up with a name like Hans Adolpf McCloud.
Do you live in the South, if you don't mind me asking? I know you were talking about the lady hat thing, and they're still worn around here. Admittedly, it's mostly the blue-haired little old ladies, but there are a few women in their mid 30's and up that do it too. Younger than 30, you see a lot of them wearing baseball caps. StormRider71 (talk) 16:53, August 25, 2016 (UTC)
- Born right here in the good ol' USA. Heritage-wise, we're talking great, great, great grandparents that lived in Germany and Scotland. I speak a little German but not anywhere remotely near fluent. Don't worry about being nosey, either. Unless you're asking for my social, or my bank account, I don't consider it personal. I'm pretty much an open book...I don't volunteer much, but if you ask, I'll tell you just about anything you wanna know.
I think I mentioned in one of the polls that I lived in Mississippi for a few years. To be exact, it was halfway between Meridian and Jackson...little town called Lake. Otherwise, I've lived here in North Carolina all my life. I really liked living in Mississippi, though I've lost my fair share of $$$ to the casinos; and I wasn't particularly fond of the tornados that seem to always brew up around Scott County, but the Smith County watermelons are the best in the world. I drive 30 miles down the road to Pageland, SC for their watermelons, which run a very close second to Smith County...but not quite as awesome. StormRider71 (talk) 15:22, August 26, 2016 (UTC)
- Geez, yeah. I've been all around Pearl River, Hancock, and Harrison Counties. Pearlington, Waveland, Biloxi, Pass Christian, Bay Saint Louis, Gulfport, Kiln. Sounds like you're fairly close to Picayune. Been through there on 59 headed to Orleans. Weird to think that at some point in the past, I was probably within 25 miles of you...small world, huh? I'll be down around Thanksgiving and I'm sure not looking forward to that 10 hour drive (on a good day), but I gotta do the Holiday at the in-laws thing.
I know what you mean about the weather though. We get the slightly more than the occasional tornado up here, and I've rode out my fair share of hurricanes, but I'm not real anxious to experience wildfires or earthquakes. We get a tremor once in a blue moon, but not anything even remotely serious. StormRider71 (talk) 08:05, August 28, 2016 (UTC)
- You're definately right on that account. I've got old high school friends who I know for a fact still live in my area, but I ain't seen them in 20 years. My hometown is one of those huge metropolis types, that when you're driving by...if you blink, you've missed it. You'd think I'd run into at least one of them once in a while at the gas station, or the old corner store, but I haven't. As far as modes of travel go, yeah, I'd much rather be in a car. You won't catch me in a plane unless there's no other option. I'm not afraid to fly; in fact, I've flown in and piloted small aircraft quite a few times. Maybe it's a warped way of thinking, but my reasoning is this...if I'm in a small plane and something goes really wrong, I've still got better than a 50/50 shot of landing it and walking (or limping) away. They're small and lightweight enough to be landed in a field or road, and as long as the airspeed stays above 60 knots or so, you can basically glide one down. If something goes wrong in one of those big commercial planes, they fall. It's over. I'm pretty much going to die without some divine intervention or something.
Oh and if you need some help coming up with any trivia for your poll page, let me know. My brain is a usless information warehouse for that kind of stuff. I can come up with some questions if I think about it long enough, but the trivia I can do at the drop of a hat. StormRider71 (talk) 22:02, August 28, 2016 (UTC)
- Agreed. To add more, it's been all over the news up here about 2 American Airlines pilots who showed up to work drunk off their asses...so yeahhhh...no. No big planes if I can help it. I never flew anywhere in MS, except a commercial flight from Charlotte to Jackson (shudder), but we had airstrips in Forest and Newton very near where I used to live. All of my flying has been here in NC. I've taxied, taken off, and flew...but I have never tried to land a plane. Somehow the words " Absolutely zero margin for error" when landing adds a +210 to my personal pucker factor. I'd tell my brother or whoever I was flying with to take the stick back and have at it..lol. All this talk about big planes, small planes, spectacular crashes, and drunk pilots has the ring of a poll question of some sort...lol. StormRider71 (talk) 04:23, August 31, 2016 (UTC)
Daughter of SkyrimEdit
Never flew in a "puddle jumper" and don't intend to for the reasons you stated. I'm not claustrophobic by any means, but I'm not the sort that does well in large crowds/small spaces, either. I hope you don't mind me asking, and it's strictly out of curiosity, but what gives with the vegetarian deal? Religious reasons, just don't like the taste of meat, the animal killing thing, or none of the above? I guess maybe I'm stereotyping us southerners, but I know in Mississippi (and here too), it's almost a sin not to eat some kind of meat at suppertime. My motto is "to each, his (or her) own, but I just wondered. StormRider71 (talk) 12:41, September 1, 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, I been peeking...lol. I also see that you love classical music. I guess I like the more well known classical. Beethoven's 5th, 9th, and Fur Elise, Wagner's Die Walküre, Mozart's version of Dies Irae, and quite a few others...you know...the shit they score movies and games with. Fallout 3 guru, huh? It appears you didn't play the DLC on FO3 or FONV. If you haven't, and want my opinion, get them. FO3 Operation Anchorage and Broken Steel are pretty great. Mothership Zeta is interesting. Point Lookout and The Pitt...well, you win some and you lose some. On New Vegas, all of their DLC is great. I purely hated Sierra Madre at first, but once I developed an effective strategy, I came to love it. Just don't waste money buying digital copies. You can get both games with all DLC at any GameStop for about $10 each. I still replay them from time to time. Oblivion is another good old school game. But no, I don't think you're a tree hugger or some kind of animal rights nut. Personally, I love a good steak, or some deer tenderloin, but I believe all life is sacred, and if I'm not gonna eat it, I don't kill it...unless it's a direct threat to my living; fox in the chicken coop, deer in the garden, etc. Hell, I'm probably the only republican around here that does think there's something to global warming. I believe in protecting the environment, but I'm not about to chain myself to a tree in protest...lol. StormRider71 (talk) 03:34, September 2, 2016 (UTC)
- No, I agree with you for the most part. I fully believe that 99% of it is hype, and yeah, pretty much anything that is labeled "green" or "environment friendly" is a load of bullshit. I think the earth warms and cools in natural cycles. If you believe the scientific stuff, Montana was sub-tropical eons ago, then you got the ice ages afterwards. Ages being plural, there had to be some warming for another ice age to form. That said, even with all the gasoline cars and factories, I bet humans contribute less than 5% to it. That's what I meant. As far as the so called "green" stuff, it offends me to see all that crap. I'm just a country farmboy, and I don't generally kill what I don't eat, I grow a lot of my own food and when the plants are used up, I toss them in a shitpile at the edge of the woods. They eventually rot, and I've got mulch and compost for next year's garden, which a fair amount is planted from stuff I let go to seed. Been doing it that way ever since I can remember. That's what my definition of green is...so yeah, the hype offends me, and you're absolutely right, it's a money racket just like "organic". Antibacterial is another one that gets me. I fully believe and practice clenliness, but I'm not sterilizing myself. Hell, my immune system needs germs to practice on to stay in shape. Maybe I'm wrong, but I figure if I kill off all the germs, my body will get complacent, then when a hateful germ happens by...BAM! I'm sick for awhile. You're right on about the other stuff too...excess logging, spilling oil, etc. Ok. Sorry for the sermon...lmao. Catch ya later! StormRider71 (talk) 03:49, September 3, 2016 (UTC)
- Well, it's not a huge garden. I'd say roughly 100'×50' give or take. It's usually got your standard fare...tomatoes, okra, squash, cucumbers, 3 pepper varieties, radishes, leaf lettuce, eggplant. Every so often, I'll throw some corn in there as well as zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon, and cantaloupe. In cooler weather, I try to do all the brassica stuff...cabbage, brussel sprouts, collards. Also turnips and mustard greens. Once in a while, kale.
As far as fruit trees go, I've only got a plum and pear right now, but I got some wild hickory nut and black walnut growing in the woods. Also wild blackberries and muscadines. I'm planning on another plum, apples, fig, maybe a couple of peach trees, definately some blueberry bushes and some concord grapes. To cap it off, I wanna study up on bee keeping so I'll have honey and help pollenating all that stuff. How 'bout you? StormRider71 (talk) 13:57, September 3, 2016 (UTC)
- My in-laws kept 3 gardens when I lived down there. 2 were for the usual garden fare, but one was strictly dedicated to purple hulls, butter beans, and sometimes snap beans. You got my attention when you said greenhouse. How big is it, what all do you grow? I've always wanted one...and plan to in the not too distant future. Ideally, it would be around 36×50 feet, but realistically I'll probably have to go smaller. I've worked in greenhouses before for a few years, and have a couple of college certificates in horticulture, so you're talking my language now. And persimmons grow great up here, but we don't have the big kind like you see in the stores. Ours are small; golf ball sized at the very largest, but average about fig size for the most part. Pretty much anything that will grow in Mississippi will grow here. Our weather is about 2 weeks different than y'all as far as planting and first frost goes, and there are a handful more humid days down there, but basically it's the same. StormRider71 (talk) 13:50, September 4, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh...by the way, how do you get the patroller icon on your page? Do I have to get an Admin to do it, or can I do it myself? I've held rights for about a month now, but no icon on my page or the admin page as of yet.
Second suggestions Edit
(Disregarding the unreleased movie) Do you think Vault-Tec caused the Great War?
How do you like vaults?
- Full of faction-specific enemies
- (Somewhat) peaceful
Ever felt a certain plot for something was "overly complicated"?
- Just a little bit...
How do you play DLCs?
- Buy season pass
- Buy all of them individually
- Buy only those you like the most
- Buy the complete edition
- Get them through license transfer
- Pirate it
Bethesda is making a radically different Fallout spin-off title, what game style should it mirror?
- Dragon Age/Mass Effect
- Bloodborne/Dark Souls/Dragon’s Dogma
- GTA/Saints Row/Watch_Dogs
- Command and Conquer/Starcraft
- Bioshock/Far Cry
Fallout just couldn’t be the same without its roots in the future of the 50s, but what other decade's vision of the future would it be fun to explore the ruins of?
In Fallout 5, the setting would be best if it was…
- the same location as a previous game, but set after
- in a location affected by a previous game, but not visited
- completely isolated from previous games
- concurrent with a previous game, but different point of view
Posting a commentEdit
I'm not having problems posting a comment for a blog, box appears for me and I can post a comments without having to log in again. You still have the problem? Jspoel 14:19, September 3, 2016 (UTC)
Wow. Sounds like you got a helluva farm going on. Makes my garden (what's left of it) and fruit trees look like a hobby farm...lol. do you ever play around with taking cuttings from tomatoes and stuff? Or layering? If you haven't, its a great way to get a head start on next year's stuff. Seeds are great too, but since you've got a greenhouse, cuttings would be the ideal way to go IMHO. From all you've told me, I suspect you already do it, but just thought I'd throw it out there. When we first moved back from Mississippi, we lived at the beach for awhile. Citrus trees totally sucked without a greenhouse, but my next door neighbor had a couple of banana trees planted in her yard, and they actually produced! She said it was because it was humid and balmy most of the year, and the constant ocean breeze prevented anything heavier than a really light frost in winter.
Speaking of beach, don't even get me started on Katrina or I'll sermonize again. No doubt it was a tragedy, and New Orleans is a big city, but all I saw on the news was New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans. I'm not making light of it or anything, but they talk 23 hours and 59 minutes about how bad it was there, but all Mississippi got was "A tree has blown down across a powerline in Poplarville. Be careful out there folks". I have cousins in the National Guard and they said Gulfport and Biloxi got hammered way worse than New Orleans. Now see what you made me do? I preached again...lol :p StormRider71 (talk) 00:57, September 6, 2016 (UTC)
- If you had cuttings that were fine for 4 months, then died, it's not the method. It's most likely virus, fungus or something. I've seen plants just up and die like that, too...I guess it's just one of those things. I've seen it happen with plants grown from seed too, but nothing is guaranteed to work 100% of the time. But yeah, you can take cuttings from tomatos the same as most any other plant. Using root hormone helps a lot, and in a pinch, you can actually use 2,4D as a rooting auxin. Oh, and as far as aphids and other pests go, turn a bunch of ladybugs and/or praying mantises loose in the greenhouse. They'll kill the hell out of pests and won't eat your plants.
I don't get the whole casino-on-the-water thing. I've got nothing against casinos, but regulate them to the major cities only. Don't f*** up the coast or the river with that crap. Keep it confined to Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, and the Choctaws. I've been to the Jefferson Davis home (before Katrina), and enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I couldn't really enjoy the beauty of the coast on account of all the damn casinos. But at least they're not packed all up and down the coastline, well...not when I was last there, anyway. And you're probably right; in fact, I know you are. Mississippi won't change their flag, so they're a bunch of backwoods racist rednecks who deserve to be excluded from the Union. You know as well as I do that a confederate flag does not represent hate any more than a Breton represents an Argonian. :p Same thing with these so-called "assault weapons". I guess I better shut up now, before I go too far and somebody scolds me for hate speech or something...lmao StormRider71 (talk) 13:09, September 6, 2016 (UTC)
- You're absolutely right...anything can be an "assault weapon". They get targeted just because they look sinister. That's it, nothing more. A .22 can kill someone or something just as dead as a 30/06. In fact, a .22 can actually be more deadly than many higher calibers because the velocity is just enough that it enters the body and shatters if it hits bone or cartilage. Then you got 3 or 4 pieces of lead bouncing around in there, whereas higher caliber bullets can pass on through, or just stop.
To add more, I'll just say that a certain political party has all but ruined this country on the jobs issue (just to name one). They claim "oh more jobs, jobs for this, jobs for that"; what a crock of shit! If they were so concerned about jobs, then why the hell did the jobs we already had go to Mexico and China? I'm not gonna talk about old oak trees, 'cause waste over bullshit like that highly pisses me off, but yeah, our next door neighbor town basically did the same thing except it was to widen a more or less backroad that didn't really need it. Oh and when they widened it, they made it a 3 lane road, then 10 years later they cut down all the trees they replaced to 4-lane the damn thing. Why, you ask? Because the town got federal budget money, and if they didn't spend it all, they would get less the following year. StormRider71 (talk) 02:35, September 9, 2016 (UTC)
Knives and stuff Edit
Sorry but I couldn't help notice your knife discussion with Stormrider71. I look through people's talk pages sometimes when reading blogs as I'm a nosy person but I had to bring this up. Here in the UK you do not need a permit to buy a plastic knife like ones used in picnics or parties, you can buy them in supermarkets everywhere with no problems. I really have no idea where you got that information from Leea, because we've never had any such law, at least in my several decades, but you make it sound quite recent. Nor do you need a permit to buy normal metal knives for kitchens. What is illegal to buy or sell are things like samuarai swords, concealed knives and shurikens. You know, really nasty and dangerous shit. I really suggest looking up our laws before you quote "facts" like that, because you make us sound like we're all panicked cowards with no rights who are too afraid to let people buy plastic knives for their kid's birthday parties.
Thank you, 220.127.116.11 06:39, September 10, 2016 (UTC)
Sorry for not replying sooner, but it's been a hectic couple days. It's one of those things where you walk around half the day on Sunday feeling like it's Saturday because you've been so busy, it didn't even feel like you had a weekend. Then about 9pm Sunday night, it's one of those "Oh shit!! The weekend is over" moments. My dad calls and announces he's coming to talk to me. Come to find out the Dr. tells him he's in the early stages of congestive heart failure, so he wants to lay it all out for me...the will, the finances, the funeral wishes, etc. I try to tell him that yeah, it's not curable, but it is treatable. If he does like the doc tells him, he may have another good 15 or 20 years. He thinks he's got one foot in the grave because my grandpaw died with the same thing. I tell him medicine has come a long, long way since 1976. Maybe he'll listen...old people can be stubborn. StormRider71 (talk) 02:29, September 12, 2016 (UTC)
- Yeah, I think there is something to the "mind over matter" thing. I too have known people who the doc said would never ____ again, yet 6 months or a year later, there they were - doing exactly the opposite of what the doctor predicted. On the other hand, I know of people who have willed themselves sick, too. We had one guy where I used to work, and I shit you not; he could come in skipping, swinging his lunchbox, and whistling a happy tune, and all you had to do was say "You feeling alright Bruce? You look a little peak-ed there." 3 hours later, he was going home..."Boys, I feel like shit. I ain't gonna make er the rest of the day. See ya." It was funny, but kind of pitiful at the same time.
My dad is a special case. He can be doubled over from chest pains, short of breath, and it's "I'm fine. Indigestion is all." Then he finds out he missed a major heart attack by about 20 minutes, has to have a triple bypass (95% survival rate), and it's suddenly "Son...this is it. I doubt I'll make it though the surgery." I love him and will hate it when he does go, but the procrastinating when he is sick, then the pessimistic attitude when it's nothing to really worry over gets kinda old. StormRider71 (talk) 00:33, September 13, 2016 (UTC)
- lol...I know that type well. My old man has good doctors, thank God, but I've seen my share of the money grubbing ones too. It's like the mechanic you take your car to for a bad gasket. The gasket gets fixed, but suddenly, the cylinders start misfiring. You get those fixed and 2 days later, you discover a bad radiator hose. Then you find out the mechanic is breaking stuff to keep you coming back. Also at the bottom of my list are the pill doctors. You get diabetes, the doc gives you a pill. The pill regulates your blood sugar, but gives you headaches, so the doc gives you another pill. That pill cures the headaches, but it also makes you jittery. He gives you another pill to calm you down, and it does...but behold! A side effect it that it elevates your blood sugar. Before you know it, you're on more pills to regulate the blood sugar again, and you turn into a walking pharmacy.
Dementia claimed my grandmother at 94 in 2007. Other than that, she was never sick as long as I knew for the 35 years that I can remember. She always said that her health was due to taking a tablespoonful of raw honey every morning and eating an onion and cayenne pepper every day. Like I said, she made er to 94, so I reckon she musta knowed something.
And now as I sit here typing this, I see on the news where the ACC is pulling their tournament out of NC because we support House Bill 2. They just don't get it...it's not about hate or discrimination or anything like that. Most of us in this state could care less if someone is transgender. We just think if your pipe runs outdoors, you should use the men's room, and if you have indoor plumbing, use the women's. Simple as that, but of course the media wants to blow it all out of proportion as usual. Ok...shutting up now...lol. StormRider71 (talk) 03:32, September 15, 2016 (UTC)
- Darlin', on that topic, I'd be holding your hand on that soapbox with you. I could go all day about how the government has run this country into the ground. Terrible laws being passed, causing soldiers in foreign countries to be killed and getting away with it, NSA storing law abiding private citizens emails, phone numbers, texts, emailing sensitive stuff on an unsecured server for anybody to see, the list goes on. What the hell ever happened to by the people, of the people, and for the people? And then you get those dummys that are like "If you don't like this country, leave." Naw, you blind asshole. It's not the country, it's the idiots running it. I wish i could just go completely off the grid sometimes. Anyway, how's everything going with you? StormRider71 (talk) 01:51, September 17, 2016 (UTC)
- Hank Hill; King of the Hill. Love that show, and still watch the reruns time to time. I remember that show...it was when Hank cut off Dale's finger because he stuck it in front of Hank's saw like an idiot. Family Guy is about the only other one I like, as far as cartoons go, though I gotta admit I still catch The Flintstones and Bugs Bunny every now and then. As far as the rap thing goes, I hate any and all forms of it, except some of the 80's stuff like Run DMC, LL Cool Jay, and a couple others. I'm more of a 70's and 80's Country, Pop, and Classic Rock guy, though I do like some of the more modern stuff from those genres as well. I like Classical too, but it's gotta be the instrumental type; not the Opera stuff. Classical from an opera 8s fine. Just not the singing that I can't make hide nor hair of. StormRider71 (talk) 02:19, September 19, 2016 (UTC)
What a busy week. I been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, but it's finally over and at long last, I have some time to spare. I buy out yard sales, estates (when I can afford them), people moving and don't wanna take half their stuff, garage and barn cleanout for found...then I resale at auction. I think everybody and their damn brother wanted me this past week. I guess the turn towards cooler weather got people in the mood to clean. Sorry for not replying sooner, but its been hectic to put it mildly. I managed to get the survey of the week answered last night, at least. It feels real good to sit here and stare at this computer screen and just let my mind blank out...lol. I hope you've been well and had a good week. StormRider71 (talk) 00:45, September 26, 2016 (UTC)
- Nah, it ain't just you. I'm not particularly fond of it myself as far as browsing goes. My strategy is usually to hit the yard sales around 9 or 10 when they are getting tired and want to get on with their day. I make a little small talk then offer them X amount for everything they have left. Flea markets are the worst. I hate getting eyeballed by the person in the booth like I'm about to swipe that super expensive switchblade comb, or the Chanel #5 knockoff. Please.
I tried selling at a flea market a couple times too. It sucks. People come by, molest my items, talk about what a good deal it is, then walk off. I had some success there, but it's not worth the hassle...especially when it opens at 7, but you have to be there at 3 in the morning in order to get a good booth. Last week was it for me. After I did all that and made a whopping $60 for the trouble, I said not me. Never again. StormRider71 (talk) 09:37, September 27, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh yeah. Vendors talking like you're going to buy the item are the absolute worst!! I'm looking at DVDs. Vendor says "only 2 bucks each. Take your pick". That's absolutely fine. Not a thing wrong with that. Then it's like "if you're into horror, I got Freddy, Jason, Chuckie. If you're the action type, here's some Chuck Norris, Van Damme, Segal. I got all the Star Treks and James Bonds over here."
DUDE. Please. I got f*****g perfectly good eyes. Quit trying so hard, ok? On another note, I'm thinking about putting up a small greenhouse to start with and grow an avocado. Think the ones you buy in the store will grow from seed? Maybe not. Most of those are hybrids. I love those things. Then again, I love every fruit and vegetable...well, I can only tolerate celery, but everything else, yeah. StormRider71 (talk) 04:18, September 28, 2016 (UTC)