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  1. 3 hours ago, Burgold said:

    In the classical definition of science fiction the story hinges on some element of science to make it work. Think Jules Verne needing the submarine or the genetics of Jurassic Park. In Star Wars, science doesn't solve the problem. The characters just live in a futuristic world.


    Now, this definition goes gray when you get into some classic SF like HG Wells the Time Machine except the science there winds up being sociology. So, it kinda still applies.


    Mind you, I find conversations like this to be fraught with silliness. It's like people who want to argue the difference between art and craft while ignoring the skill, beauty, and story inherit in the piece itself.

    Yeah seems a pretty thin distinction, I guess 2001 Space Odyssey would be science fiction, just set in the future as well, and Jupiter Ascending. Oddly enough Star Wars isn't in the future. And I don't think of Jurassic Park as sci-fi. For me sci-fi is space/futuristic/time travel/future fantasy/adventure/horror etc. I'm not sure what I call JP or any of the awful sequels but not sci-fi.

  2. 2 hours ago, Kosher Ham said:

    Flaw in this franchise has always been.... If you can move people with the force....why is it really not used? 



    Because they tend to gang up on you in pretty big ways. I will admit, the one thing that Ep 1-3 did was show a greater willingness to use the force than in 4-6.

  3. 30 minutes ago, TryTheBeal! said:

    Well, that does make me feel a little bit better that those who were making the film knew it was ****.

    9 minutes ago, Burgold said:

    I've always classed Star Wars as science fantasy.

    Space cowboys.

    I've never quite understood what people mean when they say "space opera".

    And why isn't science fiction appropriate? Is it because of the Force?

  4. Ok, let's go ahead and recount Trump's diplomatic acheivements:


    Israel/Palestinians......He went to his resident Jew....then promptly abdicated any sense of objectivity




    North Korea....ROTFLMAO

    Mexico....no senior

    Saudi....still currently bent over and receiving their good will



    Sure, let's allow Trump to negotiate between to rival nuclear powers who have a long standing history of killing each other.

    What's the worst that could happen?


    On second thought, maybe they'll bomb that call center that constantly calls me about my car's warranty!!

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  5. 31 minutes ago, Skinsfan1311 said:


    I own a bunch of kettles and, based on my experience, there are many factors that cause the air flow issue. 


    First, and foremost, (if it's a newer kettle), they'll leak until you have a bunch of cooks.  Over time, carbon and grease builds up and helps the seal.     Check to see if the vanes in the ash-sweep are flush to the bottom of the bowl.   Over time, carbon, grease, whatever can build up and cause tiny gaps.  Those types of gaps cause leaks.


    Another issue could be that the lid is warped.   I found this solution, below, from the BBQ Bretheren website.  The poster fixed quite a few lids, using the method, below.   


    "Measure the length at a few different points. When you determine a "long" side, place the lid on a piece of wood on the ground and apply pressure to the "long" side. Continue to do this a little at a time until the lid fits" 


    Another potential issue, is that they can leak air at the thermometer.  Not much you can do there, except wait for that carbon and grease build-up.


    If worse comes to worse, you can always buy one of those aftermarket gasket kits.  I've never done that, but a bunch of members on the Weber Kettle Club web-site have done so and swear by them.


     I guarantee that if you look into it, it's one of, (or a combination of), those issues.   


    As you know, the vent settings on the SnS web-site are just guidelines and each kettle is different.  You may have to adjust yours so that they're pretty much closed, and that's okay.   After the initial coals are lit, and the unlit charcoal is added, maybe consider adjusting the vents to slow the air-flow at a lower temp than the 175deg that their site suggests.   I also learned that patience is key, and only make tiny adjustments then wait, because it can take a while for the temps to move.  As you're painfully aware of by now, it's much easier to bring temps up, than to bring them down.    It took me a while to figure it out but, once got them dialed in, (I use the SnS on a couple of grills), it's worth it.


    Hope this helps!

    It does, thank you.

    I've been considering the gasket fix. I don't have the thermometer built in so that's not an issue. My top vent and bottom are almost completely closed, but I get a lot of smoke from around the lid seal. On the top vent I actually use one hole to place the ambient temp probe with a wad of tin foil around it to reduce the opening.  It's pretty incredible how just a little air will push temps up though, it feels like walking a tightrope with it until I get it dialed which can take over an hour at times. I've also considered Weber's fan based temp regulator, but at $139 that now makes my $99 kettle a $350 smoker.



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  6. 3 hours ago, Skinsfan1311 said:

    Bark, anyone?

    Put this on at 7:20 am.

    Smoked at ~240° and pulled it off the kettle when the internal temp hit 195° and the probe went in like buttah.

    She's wrapped in foil and resting in a cooler for an hour, or so.


    @AsburySkinsFan. I did this on the Weber kettle, with the SnS. The last pic is the SnS.  Look how much charcoal is left, after a 9 hour cook. Temp fluctuated between 239° and 249° during the cook.

    Beautiful!! I love my SNS it drastically improves the kettle's performance. My biggest problem is keeping the temp down. Mine seems to get too much air so I have to nearly close everything even while using binder clips around it to keep a seal with the lid.

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  7. 35 minutes ago, TheGreatBuzz said:

    Are we really going to have this debate again?

    It's like anytime I've ever had to help counsel someone when they couldn't accept difficult truths. They will resist, but if as a counselor you buy into their delusion then you've compounded the issue.

    I'd suggest watching, Shutter Island with Leo Decaprio. Eventually you have to come to terms with reality or you'll keep destroying those around you in order to maintain the fiction you've created to insulate your psyche.


  8. 9 hours ago, TheGreatBuzz said:


    Meh....that's your opinion and you are entitled to it.  But remember opinions are like assholes etc......

    I've said it for three years, those who knew to do something to prevent Trump and did not are just as responsible. You are Peter Parker who refused to stop the thief because he was angry with the fight promoter...only to then find that the thief killed your grandfather. But you want to pretend that your failure is not your own shortcoming.

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  9. On 7/18/2019 at 7:34 AM, TheGreatBuzz said:


    I used to get pissed when people would try to find some way to label me pro-trump.  Now?  Meh, I think I've built up my anti-trump street cred enough.  You want to try to label me as something I'm so obviously not? Whatever.  

    Said for a while now that Trump would win again because the Left tries to go too far left.  Blame me if it makes you feel better.  Always seems like Dems live in a house without mirrors.


    Also, I've said before I think our government is broken and done.  You could resurrect the best leader in all of history and they wouldn't be able to fix this mess.  So at the end of the day, I don't think 2020 really even matters that much.

    That's an excuse you've taught yourself to insulate you from your complicity. It's a natural mental defense mechanism, I get it, but people who are aware and mature realize when their brains are ****ing with them. 

    Here are your choices if you are anti-Trump:

    1. Vote against him in a meaningful way that will actually help get him out of office.

    2. There is no 2.


    If you do anything other than that then you've decided that Trump isn't really that bad, and that you can tolerate another four years of the last three years.

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  10. 2 hours ago, Larry said:


    I'm pretty sure Reagan had at least a few agency heads whose qualification was publicly announcing that the agency shouldn't exist. And I'm absolutely certain that W did. (FEMA comes to mind). 


    And do you really think abortion hasn't been a litmus test for SC appointees (for both parties), since Roe?  


    Remember Harriet Meyers?  (Sp?)  W's long-time secretary, who he nominated for the SC?  When his own party offered mild objections, (Apparently, they wanted someone guaranteed ideologically loyal and competent), he defended his choice by publicly stating "Don't worry. I know how she feels about abortion."

    Litmus test vs willing to over turn are two different things.

  11. 15 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

    If you're in a sensitive job, I'd be worried about using anything tied to an adversarial state. See Kaspersky. Plus I'd be weary of giving a tech company my facial data. We're already using facial recognition on our state IDs, not trying to see what the private sector will end up doing with that.

    Facebook ALREADY uses facial recognition.

    If you're in a sensitive job and plastering yourself all over soc media then you deserve what's coming. 

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  12. 1 hour ago, twa said:


    All of it except the base part, and it was incomplete.

    Even his Hispanic support is steady.


    He is far from a lock, but he wasn't a lock before.

    So you think Trump has gained support since 2016?

    You think he hasn't lost the women vote?

    And you think he has the Indy vote?

    And you believe his base isn't blue collar white evangelical boomers?

    18 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:


    Probably a good idea for the general public too.

    Just ****ing stop.

    To quote the article ""It's not clear at this point what the privacy risks are." They are freaking out about an app that has been out for two years and uses a picture of your face, and folks on FACEBOOK are worried about their privacy...because well it has the word Russia in it.


    21 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

    I also think Democrats have to stop focusing on the President's racism and start focusing on kitchen table issues like healthcare and infrastructure and income inequality.  The people that care strongly about racism are already firmly in the Democrat tent.  

    Agreed, Trump could scream the worst racial epithets and it won't cost him a single vote from his base.

    We all know who he is, now it's time to win votes, but not with panem et circensus.

  13. 29 minutes ago, BenningRoadSkin said:

    I am well aware of all that.


    You get a Dem congress and president, I think you can pass a constitutional amendment creating stronger campaign finance and overturning Citizens United. Instead of being shook, you have to try it.

    Still no way it'll go. You might get it through Congress IF and ONLY if you have a super majority, but the states aren't going to ratify. Hell we can't even get the equal ****ing rights amendment ratified by the states.

  14. 4 minutes ago, BenningRoadSkin said:

    I actually think this is something that most states would agree with.

    Please, anti-citizens united has like 75% support, but that doesn't mean a damned thing.

    Did you know that if a bill has 90% support or 10% support the odds it becomes law are exactly the same?

    Passing a Constitutional Amendment in this hyper partisan environment isn't about who agrees with or supports what, it's about ****ing the party who's idea it was.

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  15. 1 minute ago, tshile said:

    Yup. That’s my concern. Though I don’t know, maybe I’m exaggerating it. 


    I just know that if my options are trump or very progressive policies, then I’m not happy with my options. And I know I’m not alone. And I’m not quite sure what that means I’ll do. 


    I refuse to allow someone to force me to support policies I am very much against just because the other option sucks. 

    I get it.

    When I think about pulling the lever for Bernie I get ill. Stop counting my damn money old man! Just ****ing give me the freedom of life, liberty, and happiness, while keeping a regulatory eye on those ****ing assholes who would kill maim and destroy everything to make a dollar. Let's have real controls on medical prices and not just discussions about how to pay for massively high medical care. Be pro-business without trying to **** the employees.

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  16. 2 minutes ago, tshile said:

    I’ve been saying this for months... most here reject it. 


    They think its a time to push their progressive policies. 


    I think that’s a mistake. 

    It's time to beat Trump, and going Left will NOT do that because the middle will plug their nose and vote for him again or stay home. And if they stay home then the Right wins because the Right actually shows up to vote.

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