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More Power. Ooh. Ooh. June 29, 2008

Posted by BrewFan in Man Laws, Personal Experiences, Sex, Technology.

This weekend I aquired a new PC.

Intel Core2 Quad Processor (2.40Ghz); 4GB RAM;NVidia GeForce 8500 GT Graphics Card;675GB HDD;Windows Vista 64bit Home Premium Edition

It has a built-in tv tuner and comes with Window Media Center and a remote control! I have it hooked up to the cable and it is a full blown DVR. I bought a 22″ flat panel monitor and have connected my ‘old’ 19″ flat panel also so my extended desktop is 41″ wide. I can compute and watch TV at the same time.

Mrs. BrewFan is concerned I may never come out of my man cave again. Well, maybe concerned isn’t the right word but you know what I mean.


1. Michael - June 29, 2008

IB Factoid of the Day:

Thanks to compos mentis, we are now the No. 3 result for a Google Images search for “uga.” Uga is the U of Georgia bulldog mascot.

2. Mrs. Peel - June 29, 2008

So, since a bunch of us are in Texas now, should we join up and go to this?

3. Dave in Texas - June 29, 2008

Did I read that Uga passed away recently?

4. Anonymous - June 29, 2008

Oh crap. If UGa’s necropsy shows a “high fecal particle density”, we are SO going to get hate mail.

5. Russ from Winterset - June 29, 2008

I’ve really got to learn to see if the fields are full before I hit “say it!”

6. PattyAnn - June 30, 2008

Allow me to add my congratulations to you, Brew.

7. cathy - June 30, 2008

Mrs. BrewFan is concerned I may never come out of my man cave again. Well, maybe concerned isn’t the right word but you know what I mean.

Certainly understand Mrs. Brew, given BatCave issues on our homefront.

8. kevlarchick - June 30, 2008

Cathy, is Michael mourning the loss of his old digs? It was a nice cave, but much cleaner than I expected.

9. geoff - June 30, 2008

Sounds like a great machine. But with the TV tuner, and the dual-screen setup with mongo graphics card, methinks there is ample opportunity to treat it as more than a productivity tool.

10. cathy - June 30, 2008

KevlarChick. His cave is no longer… had it fumigated, steam-cleaned, repainted, with drapes and leather chairs removed from the premises. Room looks great for showing the house, but there is still a slight smoke smell lingering… I just hope it doesn’t kill a sale.

Texas weather is warmer. He currently smokes outside. Maybe the smoking will stay outdoors to protect property value. My doctor expressed concern about inhaling second-hand smoke.

11. kevlarchick - June 30, 2008

geoff, you are right. Brew is planning his future WWF Smackdown parties, along with the Pay Per View cage matches.

12. Retired Geezer - June 30, 2008

I applaud Michael on the orderliness of the Bat Cave.
As I swivel my head around in the Camp Geezer Man Cave, I see bulging file cabinets and junk everywhere.
Three Macintosh computers and two PC’s.
Rock Band guitars, microphone, boom stand and drum kit.

13. Retired Geezer - June 30, 2008

Record high temp of 105 yesterday in Boise.

14. Dave in Texas - June 30, 2008

I don’t have a man-cave.

Wait, I can make one now!

15. eddiebear - June 30, 2008

^I have to wait 20 more years or get a bigger house to get my own cave.

16. BrewFan - June 30, 2008

My dad has been breathing second hand smoke for 62 years (he is soon to be 84yo) if that puts your mind at ease some.

17. cathy - June 30, 2008

Thanks Brew. It does.

18. Mr Minority - June 30, 2008

I have been living in Texas for over 25 years, and not once have I smoked inside my house. It has always been in the garage or back porch. So tell Michael to man up and smoke outside!

Every man needs a Man Cave, just so he escape the constant nagging of his wife has a place to contemplate his manliness.

19. Sobek - June 30, 2008

How to start your day (or week) on as gloomy a note possible:

1. Take your 3-year-old to the emergency room for stitches.
2. Go to a funeral for a 35-year-old woman who left behind her husband and three children (teen-ager, 4 and 2).

Holy crap I’m depressed.

20. Dave in Texas - June 30, 2008

Oh crap Sobek, I’m sorry.

Hope the little one is past the trauma of that thing – fortunately they seem to recover faster than we do.

The other thing, much much harder.

If it’s any consolation at all, you still have me.

That may be depressing, but it’s gotta be less depressing.

21. Sobek - June 30, 2008

It helps that I just found out at Ace’s that apparently you and I are secret lovers, Dave.

22. cathy - June 30, 2008

Sorry to hear about your day, Sobek.

But I’m happy for you and Dave.


23. Muslihoon - June 30, 2008

My condolences, Sobek.

Hope the little one is doing better.

24. Russ from Winterset - June 30, 2008

Obvious question here: If Sobek and Dave have a falling out, who gets custody of the parrafin waxing-thingy?

(at least alleging an affair with Dave is better than the AWFUL stuff that they were saying about me over there)

25. Sobek - June 30, 2008

“But I’m happy for you and Dave.”

I’m as surprised as you are.

26. Muslihoon - June 30, 2008

Sorry, they were saying awfuller stuff about me, Russ.

27. Mr Minority - June 30, 2008

I’m as surprised as you are.

You mean you didn’t know that it was Dave that was behind you?

28. Sobek - June 30, 2008

No idea. That Dave is a remarkably smooth talker.

29. eddiebear - June 30, 2008

As are his hands

30. Psuedo Banksy - June 30, 2008

Wow, that’s an amazing setup you have there. If only one day I could acquire such a machine as well.

31. Sobek - June 30, 2008

I’m reading SCOTUS’ new punitive damages case about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Witnesses say Captain Hazelwood drank at least five double vodkas before piloting the ship, or 15 ounces of 80-proof alcohol.

32. Sobek - June 30, 2008

Experts say his blood alcohol level at the time of the spill was .241, three times the legal limit to drive in most states.

33. eddiebear - June 30, 2008

^But was it ValURite Vodka?

34. BrewFan - June 30, 2008

He zigged when he should have zagged.

35. vmaximus - June 30, 2008

Hey that is what I drink every night to put myself to sleep, er pass out.

36. Pupster - June 30, 2008

How to put this…I’m only guessing here, but piloting an oil tanker would require a steady hand, sound judgement, nerves of steel, but lightning fast reflexes?

Not so much.

37. Dave in Texas - July 1, 2008

No idea. That Dave is a remarkably smooth talker.

Everybody says that if I can get 15 ounces of vodka in them.

38. Russ from Winterset - July 2, 2008

I always thought that the knock on Hazelwood was that he got liquored up and let a subordinate pilot the ship onto the reef? I didn’t think that he was personally behind the wheel.

39. Mr Minority - July 2, 2008

I didn’t think that he was personally behind the wheel.

Captains of large vessels don’t get behind the wheel, that is crewman’s job. Their job is make sure the Navigator has good plot and to call out/change headings based on a “good” plot.

40. Sobek - July 2, 2008

“I didn’t think that he was personally behind the wheel.”

The ship was in the outbound lane (as it should have been), but there was too much ice, so he got permission to move into the inbound lane. That’s a standard procedure, but you need to move back into the outbound lane to avoid a huge reef.

About a minute before it was time to get back into the outbound lane, Hazelwood tells his subordinates “I have some paperwork to do, you guys take over.” The “you guys” were not licensed pilots and had no business whatsoever moving a fully-loaded supertanker through a difficult maneuver, and expert witnesses testified that no captain on any ship in the world has any paperwork that justifies leaving the helm when hazelwood did.

Of course, that’s all assuming you believe Hazelwood’s testimony. The fact that he was bombed out of his skull at the time tends to diminish his credibility.

41. eddiebear - July 2, 2008

39: I am sure you know this, but the Captain is responsible for everything on the ship, regardless of who was/is at the helm at the time of the accident.

42. Russ from Winterset - July 2, 2008

True Dat, eddie. I just never got the mental picture of Captain Hazelwood standing at the wheel like a tragic Foster Brooks lookalike.

One of my college drinking buddies used to work for Sabine Transport, a shipping/trucking company out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They had a fleet of old WW2 cargo ships that shipped grain out of New Orleans around the world. We used to get a kick out of him taking time out from sports road trips to talk with one of their captains or mates halfway around the globe on his cell. He was an “expediter”, so he always had to deal with things like broken props, bad controls, and other emergency issues on those old ships. Since the ships were ancient, most of the repairs had to be done with parts fabricated “on-site”, so he had the numbers of every english-speaking shipyard repair shop programmed on his cell.

It also didn’t help much that most of their crews were from Eastern Europe or Turkey. A bad cell connection is one thing, but when the guy on the other line is an “ESL” employee, that makes it even worse. We always used to joke about Capt. Hazelwood pretending to be Lithuanian so that Sabine would hire him, and Ron always replied “Hey, at least grain is biodegradeable.”

43. eddiebear - July 2, 2008

Russ: I don’t deal with boats, but I have to know damn near every truck repair and storage area from the Rockies East.

44. Mr Minority - July 2, 2008

Having had to steer a ship before, they are not very responsive. You have to anticipate making course corrections to get where you want to end up being (which really is the Captain’s or OOD’d job). Something as big as an oil tanker, it can take miles for it to stop or make radical direction changes, so they have to be on top of it. And being drunk is not being on top of it.

45. eddiebear - July 2, 2008

^this one time, I agree with that last sentence.

46. Sobek - July 2, 2008

Everything I know about ships I learned in one of the finest maritime law programs in the nation (fat lot of good it does me in Nevada). Fascinating stuff.

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