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Cicero 02-09-2009 02:11 PM

Well that is good news Tiki! Thank your god for small miracles. ;)

Aliantha 02-09-2009 10:01 PM

Our team won trivia night at the local pub last night.

Now we just have to decide what to do with the $40 food and drink voucher. lol I guess we'll buy one round next week. :D

BigV 02-10-2009 12:01 AM

The tub now drains faster than it can fill. An hour with the snake and all the gray water filthmuck that entails didn't do the job. I have a drum trap on the tub. The drain pipe connects to the main drain of the house upstream from the waste stack and the toilet and the sink. I'd run enough hot water through the pipes to make them noticeably warm and still it was slow. We're on the city sewer system, by the way. So I stopped at the store tonight and got a couple jugs of the store brand of mondo draino. The recipe calls for 1/4 jug. I knew that 1/4 jug wouldn't even raise the level in the drum trap halfway to the top outlet, so I poured in the whole jug.

Then I went into the kitchen and started my biggest (working) pot 8 qt and a 4 qt and the teakettle all full of water all on high. The instructions on the jug said wait 15 minutes, longer for stubborn clogs. I was pretty certain that the bulk of the chemical was lounging in the drum trap, but I waited half an hour then took the boiling three plus gallons of water to the tub. As I poured it in the tub filled a little bit, but that's to be expected. The drain wasn't designed to accommodate the tub being filled by buckets of water. But when I was done pouring in the boiling water, the water flowed easily out the drain!

I turned on the hot water full blast while I boiled another three gallons and it never accumulated more than a little puddle the size of a dinner plate around the drain. Success!

classicman 02-10-2009 12:04 AM

Excellent! See, its the little things... :)

BigV 02-10-2009 12:22 AM

Yeah... I'd be happier, though, if it weren't so little that I couldn't see it.... /tmi

BigV 02-10-2009 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 532360)
HI Spexx. ;)

Ah.. could you please explain this post?

TIA!

Shawnee123 02-10-2009 08:55 AM

Only if you'll explain TIA!

I saw Spexxvet drop in yesterday and was happy to see him.

glatt 02-10-2009 12:25 PM

A new family is moving in across the street. Apparently the reclusive single guy who owns the house is going somewhere for a few years to make wine, and has rented out his house to a family from Australia. My wife just called to inform me of this news. The family was at the bus stop this morning, even though they don't move in until the end of the month. They have a boy who is close to my son's age, so that's a bonus.

My wife says they seem nice. Promising.

Shawnee123 02-10-2009 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigV (Post 532690)
Ah.. could you please explain this post?

TIA!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 532759)
Only if you'll explain TIA!

I saw Spexxvet drop in yesterday and was happy to see him.

This is Africa? :confused:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=T.I.A.

SteveDallas 02-10-2009 12:32 PM

TIA = Thanks In advance

BigV, have you tried the Drain King? After my neighbor the plumber used one on our bathroom sink, I bought one the next time we had a clog and it worked like a charm.

LabRat 02-10-2009 12:59 PM

Howzat work? Linkie gives no obvious info...

SteveDallas 02-10-2009 01:16 PM

Attach a water source to the Drain King. (It has threads for a standard garden hose. I dropped a hose down and hooked it up to the outside faucet.) Put the Drain King in the drain. Turn the water on. The water pressure inflates the rubber bit to provide an airtight seal, then zaps the clog with repeated spurting.

(Phallic puns? Go for it.)

Trilby 02-10-2009 01:58 PM

TIA? transient ischemic attack.

It means thanks in advance?

the things you learn in the cellar!

Trilby 02-10-2009 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveDallas (Post 532843)
(Phallic puns? Go for it.)

at first I thought that said Phallic guns.

DanaC 02-10-2009 02:15 PM

Quote:

at first I thought that said Phallic guns.
There are so many exciting images in my mind right now...

So...anyways...

making me happy today is: I got my grade for the paper i all but killed m'self getting in the other week...

mid-first *smiles* oh yeah.

First draft, finished at around 10am, or thereabouts, having been up all night. No time to print off and proof read...it could have been awful. Last minute cutting and pasting, half blind from staring at the screen all night, not thinking straight and fading in and out...could have been sooooo bad. Could have been half finished paragraphs and sentences going nowhere from bad cut and paste. Could have been riven with grammatical errors...the last bits I did could just not have made sense, given they were being penned by a brain dead Dani...

Whew. Another bullet dodged.

Trilby 02-10-2009 02:17 PM

Dani, I would congratulate the living HELL out of you if I only knew what a "mid-first" WAS. I'll just go ahead and assume it's very, very good indeed.

So - :band: :shred:

DanaC 02-10-2009 02:47 PM

The marking criteria goes on a 20-90% scale. Essays, assigments and the eventual degree classification work along the same scale:

degrees end up as either 3rd Class, 2nd Class (either a 2:2, or a 2:1) or 1st Class:

< 40 Fail

40-44 (Low 3rd) 45-46 (Mid 3rd) 47-48 (High 3rd)

49-51 (borderline 2:2)

52-54 (Low 2:2) 55-56 (Mid 2:2) 57-58 (High 2:2)

59-61 (borderline 2:1)

62-64 (Low 2:1) 65-66 (Mid 2:1) 67-69 (High 2:1)

69-71 (borderline 1st)

72-74 (Low 1st) 75-76 (Mid 1st) 77-78 (High 1st)

79-81 (borderline Excellent 1st)

82+ (Excellent 1st).


I've bolded where my essay mark was *grins*

So, do how do you guys classify your degrees?

xoxoxoBruce 02-10-2009 02:49 PM

In Fahrenheit.:D

LabRat 02-10-2009 03:08 PM

Scores on tests/papers use A-Fs around most parts here.
90-100% A Excellent
80-89% B Good
70-79% C Average
60-69% D Below average
Below 60% F FAIL. Dude, why did you even waste your time trying??

Some classes/profs use -'s and +'s, so:
80-83% = B-
84-86% = B
87-89% = B+ etc.

Your grade point average is determined by the overall avarage of your grades for all the classes you have taken. Different schools calculate this differently. For example this is one way to determine a college GPA.

Basically.

There is such a thing as "grading on the curve" (which is a total cop-out that lazy profs use IMHO). One way this is done is to take the top score and set that as 100% and then score the rest on a 90/80/70 type scale. Ususally this is done when a prof writes tests so bloody hard that if he used the traditional scale, all his or her students would fail every exam, and the board would start looking into why he/she was such a shitty teacher. There are many other ways to calculate a curve too, most way too complicated for me to even comprehend.

SteveDallas 02-10-2009 03:39 PM

"But what about degrees?"

Pretty much you get the degree or you don't. Many (most?) colleges award "cum laude," "magna cum laude," and "summa cum laude" to the top finshers. (At my university you got those for earning a final GPA of 3.0-3.499, 3.5-3.899, or 3.9-40 respectively.) There's no US equivalent for a 3rd class degree AFAIK... the student who barely escaped expulsion and the one with a 2.99 who barely missed the "cum laude" mark would both get the same diploma.

glatt 02-10-2009 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveDallas (Post 532901)
the student who barely escaped expulsion and the one with a 2.99 who barely missed the "cum laude" mark would both get the same diploma.

Many employers will look at the Grade Point Average that goes with that degree though. So GPA does matter too, just not for the degree. Only for job prospects.

Trilby 02-10-2009 04:07 PM

I want the degree that comes with the most cum.

:angel:

monster 02-10-2009 11:39 PM

69? that's a 2:1 ....but so close to a first.....

fargon 02-13-2009 09:08 AM

I got a kitty, a little girl kitty.

Shawnee123 02-13-2009 09:15 AM

pictures!

fargon 02-13-2009 09:31 AM

I tried to upload a picture last nite and it would not go.

Shawnee123 02-13-2009 09:32 AM

bummer...feeling a need for a kitten.

Shawnee123 02-13-2009 09:41 AM

I am happy because I have made another huge change in my life...last one was October when I changed jobs. Change is soooooooo hard but it feels so good and the end rewards are worth all the fear and apprehension.

I think after work I will take myself out to dinner. I've had nothing but salad for a week. I'm thinking filet mignon.

Then go to bed early, and get up for my new haircut.

Shawnee got her groove back. Or is working on it, anyway.

Clodfobble 02-13-2009 12:06 PM

You can do it, Shawnee!

xoxoxoBruce 02-13-2009 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fargon (Post 534015)
I tried to upload a picture last nite and it would not go.

Email it to me.

TheMercenary 02-13-2009 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteveDallas (Post 532901)
"But what about degrees?"

Pretty much you get the degree or you don't. Many (most?) colleges award "cum laude," "magna cum laude," and "summa cum laude" to the top finshers. (At my university you got those for earning a final GPA of 3.0-3.499, 3.5-3.899, or 3.9-40 respectively.) There's no US equivalent for a 3rd class degree AFAIK... the student who barely escaped expulsion and the one with a 2.99 who barely missed the "cum laude" mark would both get the same diploma.

We had 2 grades in grad school. 94 - 100 = A; 80 -93.999 = B; >80 = F.

Clodfobble 02-13-2009 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheMercenary
94 - 100 = A; 80 -93.999 = B; >80 = F.

Do I get to guess which grade you got in math? ;)

Juniper 02-14-2009 01:04 PM

Posting something positive to offset my post in the "irritating me" thread:

Yippee, one of my profs has agreed to write me a letter of recommendation so I can apply for some scholarships. I asked 3 of them so I'll probably get more than one, but I'm getting a late start since they're due 3/1 and the others might not have time. But this prof luuuuurves me. ;)

ETA: no, not that way. ;)

Juniper 02-14-2009 01:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LabRat (Post 532890)
There is such a thing as "grading on the curve" (which is a total cop-out that lazy profs use IMHO). One way this is done is to take the top score and set that as 100% and then score the rest on a 90/80/70 type scale. Ususally this is done when a prof writes tests so bloody hard that if he used the traditional scale, all his or her students would fail every exam, and the board would start looking into why he/she was such a shitty teacher. There are many other ways to calculate a curve too, most way too complicated for me to even comprehend.

I'm glad to see someone agrees with my opinion of the "curve." Everyone I talk to seems to love curves. I guess that's also the mark of a lazy student.

Juniper 02-14-2009 01:14 PM

Catching up with a couple more old posts:

WTG Dana!!!!! What a relief, you must be proud.

I got a paper back too, though it was probably much less work than yours. 98%.

One more thing...this TIA you speak of...besides being a stroke, it's also "aunt" in Spanish and the name of the little girl in Escape to Witch Mountain. ;) Oh, and one of the Mowry twins on "Sister, Sister" and "Twitches."

Shawnee123 02-14-2009 01:15 PM

Got a VD card from mom and dad. :) Well, dad probably had very little to do with it. My 'rent's are awesome.

And, I'm going to take a nap. Just 'cause I can.

HungLikeJesus 02-14-2009 04:03 PM

I love curves.

Griff 02-14-2009 04:27 PM

It's the VD I could do without.

Undertoad 02-14-2009 04:48 PM

My ex-Father-in-Law had a major stroke and will probably be in a nursing home the rest of his life.

HungLikeJesus 02-14-2009 05:00 PM

That's making you happy? Who is he, Dr. Mengele?

Pie 02-14-2009 05:01 PM

I hope you misfiled that, UT.

Juniper 02-14-2009 05:48 PM

My dad went out that way too. And no, it's not making me happy today either.

Undertoad 02-14-2009 06:29 PM

Filed correctly. Emotional and physical abuse of his family, ruining many lives.

monster 02-14-2009 07:33 PM

I hear you, UT. Some people you cannot care about, cannot feel sad for. Some people leave the world a better place when they stop interacting with it.

monster 02-14-2009 07:34 PM

We just installed our new range/stove/oven/cooker and beest is cooking dinner on it RFN :D

We can has bacon again! (the broiler was bust and we're not keen on fried bacon....)

classicman 02-14-2009 11:53 PM

What did you get monster?

Aliantha 02-15-2009 04:39 PM

A pimple is making me happy today.

Shawnee123 02-15-2009 04:44 PM

A pimple? OK, I"ll ask: WHAT?

lmao

Aliantha 02-15-2009 04:45 PM

lol...it's kind of embarrassing, but I thought it was something else, but it turned out to be just a pimple so it's a relief. :) It's making me happy because I can stop stressing about it. :D

Shawnee123 02-15-2009 05:09 PM

Oh...perspective!

Well good, I'm glad it wasn't something else. :)

monster 02-15-2009 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by classicman (Post 534692)
What did you get monster?

a flat-top jobbie with a delay start option, variable rings and a covered element. And it has a window and a light and everything. It's a Kenmore.

Shawnee123 02-15-2009 06:00 PM

How cute are Leave It to Beaver reruns?

classicman 02-15-2009 06:36 PM

Sounds nice. I want to get a home with gas appliances.

TheMercenary 02-15-2009 11:34 PM

Val Day was freaking Awesome! It rocked. To be with someone you love and who loves you is the best thing in the world. Thanks wife. :D

Griff 02-16-2009 08:34 AM

I lost every single pool bout yesterday. That wasn't cool. I went into the direct eliminations bracket at 19 out of 21. Awful. Then I won my first de 15 - 5 and got my head on straight. I had to fence the #3 guy next a talented Italian style epeeist. I adjusted to his technique and took him out 15 - 11. Then I blew my next one ending up in 8th place. What looked like a nightmare day turned nicely.

Bullitt 02-16-2009 11:34 AM

Getting a new (uncrappy) phone in the next few days, submitting my application for graduation this week, and the sun is shining (unusual for Ohio winters just fyi).

ZenGum 02-16-2009 06:58 PM

Got a laugh from federal politics.

The deputy opposition leader and shadow treasurer had been under fire from her own party for her pretty lame performance.
She stepped down as treasurer - jumping before she was pushed - and is now shadow-minister for defense.
One senior figure in her party insisted that "she had exercised her prerogative as deputy leader to select the portfolio of her choice."
:lol2:

TheMercenary 02-16-2009 07:08 PM

What is a shadow-minister? sounds spooky.

Aliantha 02-16-2009 07:10 PM

I thought they said she was going to be shadow foriegn affairs minister.

btw, have you ever listened to her in question time??? What a dope!

They offered Costello the job and if he's really for the party, I think he should have taken the job. I think he's holding out for the top job though, and I reckon he'll get it before the next election. Dazza reckons he'll get it after they lose.

Cicero 02-16-2009 07:15 PM

Mmm...It appears as if I can daydream/fantasize again....I haven't done that in years!

Feels Good!

I know it is a small thing but it matters to me........;)


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