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Hi guys-

So I bought my 400 Discovery back in '05, and was greatly pleased with it as it ran around my condo picking up crumbs and dog hair. However, after a while, it had a shorter and shorter endurance. I've since moved, and my poor little robot has been in storage for a little over 2 years. Well, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, it won't charge fully. I've had it on for a couple of days, then when I press CLEAN, it does its little startup song, backs off the home base, then shuts off. No "uh oh" song, no orange "recharge me please" light. It just stops and goes dark.

I tried the reset technique (a 5 second "clean" button push with no battery) per Irobot's instructions. And tonight, I tried id for a full minute per a post I read ealier. I'll see what happens in a few days with the charger plugged directly into my robot. I've also cleaned the battery contacts and brushes

Irobot customer service, Gisel was her name, says that I need a new robot but I'm not ready to admit defeat yet as a new roomba is not in the budget right now. That $75 upright is looking mighty attractive right now.

So basically, I need a layman's prognosis on my poor little bot as some of the previous posts were WAY to technologically savvy for me.
Remove your battery, replace the battery, connect the power supply directly into the side of your Roomba and charge uninterrupted for 72 hours. Then try a cleaning mission. IF the run time improves you can repeat this same process twice more. After that effort is accomplished your battery will be at its highest capacity possible for the state of the cells.
Mood Ring: thoughtfulthoughtful
a part time mage
22 October 2012 @ 09:22 pm
Be aware, while the description on Groupon says "German stainless steel", the picture is of a set from "J.A. Henckels International", which is made in China. If was made in Europe, it would say "J.A. Henckels Zwilling" or just ""J.A. Henckels"

Shun is good. Cutco is overpriced junk. Victorinox/Forschner Swiss Classic/Fibrox always seem to be the top recommendation for budget knives. Wusthof, J.A. Henckels (Zwilling not International), Messermeister are some good German knives. Shun, Global, Mac, Tojiro for Japanese knives.
Mood Ring: thoughtfulthoughtful
a part time mage
18 August 2011 @ 06:10 pm
Need to make a set for each expansion era, preferably within same patch. Have dagger, 1H sword, and staff for each set.
Mage: 1H Sword
Chromatically Tempered Sword - Chromaggus (Blackwing Lair)
Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight - Broodlord Lashlayer (Blackwing Lair)
Fang of the Leviathan - Leotheras the Blind (Serpentshrine Cavern)
Talon of Azshara - Morogrim Tidewalker (Serpentshrine Cavern)
Broken Promise - Gluth (Naxxramas)
Life and Death - Gothik the Harvester/Gluth (Naxxramas)
Slayer of the Lifeless - - Gothik the Harvester/Gluth (Naxxramas)
Silent Crusader - trash (Naxxramas)
Hailstorm - Malygos (Eye of Eternity)

Mage: Offhand
Talisman of Nightbane - Nightbane (Karazhna)
Watchful Eye - Gluth/Grand Widow Faerlina (Naxxramas)
Scepter of Murmuring Spirits - Gluth/Instructor Razuvious (Naxxramas)
Matriarch's Spawn - Gluth/Maexxna (Naxxramas)
Surplus Limb - Gluth/Patchwerk(Naxxramas)
Cosmos - Algalon the Observer (Ulduar)
Igniter Rod - Ignis (Ulduar)

Mage: Dagger
Shard of Azzinoth - Illidan Stormrage (Black Temple)
Crux of the Apocalypse - Kil'jaeden (Sunwell Plateau)

Mage: Staff
Crystalheart Pulse-Staff - Magtheridon (Magtheridon's Lair)
Ethereum Life-Staff - High Astromancer Solarian (Tempest Keep)
The Nexus Key - Kael'thas Sunstrider (Tempest Keep)
Staff of Immaculate Recovery - Gurtogg Bloodboil (Black Temple)
Zhar'doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer - Illidan Stormrage (Black Temple)
Charmed Cierge - Gluth (Naxxramas)
Damnation - Gluth (Naxxramas)
Spire of Sunset - Thaddius/Gluth (Naxxramas)

Mage: Wand
Dragon's Touch - Flamegor (Blackwing Lair)
Eredar Wand of Obliteration - Magtheridon (Magtheridon's Lair)
Wand of Cleansing Light - trash (Sunwell Plateau)
Nurturing Touch - Auriaya (Ulduar)

Mage: Cloth Armor

Death Knight: 1H Sword
Broken Promise - Gluth (Naxxramas)
Life and Death - Gothik the Harvester/Gluth (Naxxramas)
Silent Crusader - trash (Naxxramas)

Death Knight: 1H Axe

Death Knight: 1H Mace

Death Knight: 2H Sword

Death Knight: 2H Axe

Death Knight: 2H Mace

Death Knight: Plate Armor
Mood Ring: nostalgicnostalgic
a part time mage

Take $100 and buy some good investing books. Start with Benjamin Graham's "The Intelligent Investor." Read it. If it interests you, get more books associated with investing and you'll be on your way. If you find yourself absolutely hating this book and the concepts taught....STAY ON THE BOGLEHEADS WEBSITE AND NEVER EVER "PLAY THE MARKET!!"

In order, always and without exception:
$1000 cash
Pay off all high rate debt
6 months emergency in cash in a checking / savings account with best rate possible that keeps things accessible
401k up to the match
Pay down all non-mortgage debt over 3%
ROTH IRA maxed
401k maxed
Non-tax sheltered investing / Real Estate ad infinitum
Mood Ring: contemplativecontemplative
a part time mage
Reputation Head: Helm of Temperance - Earthen Ring honored Neck: Lightning Flash Pendant/Pendant of Elemental Balance - Wildhammer exalted/Earthen Ring honored Back: Cloak of the Dryads/Cloak of Ancient Wisdom - Earthen Ring revered/Guardians of Hyjal honored Chest: Robes of Orsis - Ramkahen revered Hands: Flamebloom Gloves/Gloves of Aetherial Rumors - Earthen Ring exalted/Wildhammer honored Waist: Cord of Raven Queen - Guardians of Hyjal exalted Feet: Desert Walker Sandals - Ramkahen exalted Rings: Ammunae's Blessing/Band of Singing Grass/Diamant's Ring of Temperance - Ramkahen honored/Wildhammer revered/Therazane Revered Trinkets: Baradin Footman's Tags/Stump of Time - Baradin's Wardens honored/Baradin's Wardens exalted Weapon: Insidious Staff - Baradin's Wardens revered Justice Points
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a part time mage
27 December 2010 @ 01:48 am
The Find: Beijing Pie House in Monterey Park - http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-find-20101216,0,3541043.story

Hmmm. . . definitely sounds like a place to visit.
a part time mage
10 December 2010 @ 02:50 am
two box plans
death knight pair - 1st herbalism mining 2nd inscription alchemy (alchemy to be leveled, spec transmute)
druid hunter pair - 1st herbalism alchemy 2nd alchemy tailoring (tailoring only to cloth scavenging level)
a part time mage
07 December 2010 @ 08:06 pm
Costco pricing structure:

ends with .99 is the original price
ends with ._7 is the first markdown
ends with .88 is the second markdown
ends with .00 is the final markdown before it is sent out and sold to a local salvage company.
* asterisk indicates item will not be restocked

However, these markdowns are often not nationwide, but rather store specific.
a part time mage
09 October 2010 @ 10:35 am
Hello fellow Anons, I have a question:

Is there any way to scan a doujin without absolutely destroying by taking the spine apart, etc.? I recently imported a copy of Type Moon Complex 6, and I'd be happy to upload it for the translators, but I'd very much prefer not to destroy my only copy if at all possible.

pictured: what happens when I try to use my flatbed scanner :P

Anonymous 10/09/19(Sun)19:46 No.106360 Report

If you're using a flat bed, turn it to the side and scan one page on at the time. Then flip the image around in photoshop. Profit!

Because I'd LOVE to see it.

Anonymous 10/09/19(Sun)19:52 No.106361 Report

That's actually what I had tried doing with that first image I uploaded, but unfortunately no real luck... I'm about to run and see if I can find a scanner with a smaller bezel edge at my univerity's media center and then seeing if that might help, but I'm not betting on it.

Anonymous 10/09/20(Mon)07:20 No.106384 Report
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Alright, here's how I usually scan doujinshi. For this you'll need something with a small, beveled end (I use a chopstick with rounded, square corners) to prevent any damage to the book.

Open the book to a middle page and lay it down on a flat surface with the pages facing up. The best way to start this is by pressing the flat of the stick (or whatever you're using) against the very tip of the spine to get it as flat as possible before you actually start messing with this. Next, take the chopstick and, holding it upright, press down on one half of the page, as close to the spine as you can get, and run it down along the binding, using the edge of the stick like a wedge as you go. If you're doing it right, this part of the book should be laying flat after all's done. Once you finish the one side, flip the book over and do the same on the adjacent page- this way the whole book will stay open on its own. Run your knuckle down the spine if you feel like it, just for good measure.

Because of how most doujinshi are constructed, this doesn't "break" the spine (as there's really nothing to break), but instead shapes it into something similar to its original form (which is more or less a flat sheet of fancy paper with some crap glued in the middle). It's not really possible to scan most doujins perfectly without debinding, so the important thing is just to minimize it as much as possible.

To scan the book, open to the desired page, and, again laying the book flat on a hard surface, press the flat of your nail against the rightmost page (regardless of whether or not you're actually scanning it in) and with your nail resting in the gutter, run it along the spine. This will be quite easy and is actually just a precaution because, hi, we've already opened the binding! But it reduces gutter as much as possible and this is what we want. Remember to do the same with the adjacent page! After that, just put the book on the scanner bed and scan away, but remember to flatten out each page in the same way, as this helps keep the gutter even. This next part is personal preference, but I usually insert a black sheet of paper (construction paper is quite dim, but it works, occasionally) behind the page I'm currently scanning, which reduces the bleedthrough on the reverse page. If it's a really good print job, you usually won't have this problem, but it's a good thing to keep in mind in case you run across some thin paper. Prepare for a time consuming process, because it usually takes me over an hour to scan each book! Be forwarned that the first and last pages of every book are especially difficult due to inherent problems with the construction. Thankfully, most circles use this as a bumper page so it really shouldn't be an issue.

So far, this has worked well for me on books up to around 40 pages- I'm not sure how long TMC6 is, but I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be possible, you might just have to work a little harder to get the spine open. Obviously, this probably wouldn't work with a 100+ page book.

Of course, this is just how I scan in books, so your mileage may vary. It's worked well for me in the past, and as an added bonus, the pages don't end up "rolling" as you scan and instead the book just looks like you've had it open face down for a while. Obviously it's easily fixed by just weighing the book down, and I've actually had books just settle on their own after doing this. The important part is to get the first step (the one with the chopstick) right, which will protect the binding from any page warp!

(ugh, I feel like I should be namefagging with a post this long)

Er, hopefully this post at least gave you some ideas. I'm sure everyone has their own techniques for scanning books, and I'm still trying to figure things out. My first instinct is always to debind, after all!

(PS: relying on a flatbed scanner to reduce gutter is just stupid. The only possible way for that to work would be on a bed where glass extended from corner to corner, which is technologically impossible. FOR NOW!)
a part time mage
23 September 2010 @ 08:26 pm
WOW. I haven't been to a live concerts in years, but the Muse concert at the Honda Center was completely amazing. Awesome laser light show, much better than the paltry thing at Anime Expo. We the audience were screaming like crazy through the entire thing, and no one sat down from the time Muse started playing till it was over. A piano that lit up during United States of Eurasia, a stage that rose into three pillars as Uprising kicked off the concert, giant eyeball balloons bouncing around the stadium for Plug In Baby, Galaga playing on the pillars for the Stockholm Syndrome encore. That's not even mentioning how the concert started with some spectacular green laser lights, with Matt Bellamy using a mirror to break the light stream and reflect it onto the audience.


"New Born"
"Map of the Problematique"
"Supermassive Black Hole"
"United States of Eurasia"
"Feeling Good"
"Helsinki Jam"
"Undisclosed Desires"
"Time is Running Out"
"Unnatural Selection"
"Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: The Overture"
"Stockholm Syndrome"
"Knights of Cydonia"
Mood Ring: energeticenergetic