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  1. imwjl

    Back to old fashioned forums?

    They would likely adapt faster than a lot of our small "farm to table" vendors but my earlier point is many just do not know how much we rely on Internet kind of like they don't know we'd have starvation if we didn't make hundreds of millions of tons of ammonia from oil for fertilizer.
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    Basic Computer Question...

    Logitech makes famously good ones with a no brainer USB connector, and newer versions work with a system's built in bluetooth too. They are not the cheapest but at work we buy them by the dozens as they are favorites. I'm very partial to one of their higher end models but it is sticker shock...
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    Back to old fashioned forums?

    Yes they would if you mean the many Amish in central WI. Our stores buy a lot from them. They use cell phones personally, own trucks, hire drivers, and it would break orders, schedules and delivery not unlike suppliers we'd call totally modern and huge. Our experience is different sorts of...
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    2022 Bad Dog Cafe books of the year.

    Bump My intention was books released in 2022, but really near 2022 would count. For example, the book I reviewed was written over past 2-3 years but released early 2022. I certainly respect and appreciate some old and good classics but I would like to cover recent stuff that can be fiction or...
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    Back to old fashioned forums?

    No, if the plug was pulled on what is commonly considered the backbone or top tier of the Internet you would observe a crash in finance, communications, transportation and a lot more. See my post on the Smil book review. It does an excellent job of explaining how we live at our current state...
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    2022 Bad Dog Cafe books of the year.

    How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going by Vaclav Smil https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/666342/how-the-world-really-works-by-vaclav-smil/ This is the perfect book for all sorts of forum discussions that repeat. The book covers and...
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    You know you live in Wisconsin when....

    On north vs south, don't forget there is a song Santa Claus Skips Cudahy.
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    What were The 70's really like?

    I did not hurt that my wife resembles her and a current surfer named Sharlene West. At age 58 mom of 3 she's still windsurfing, running 30 miles a week and it is legit she shops at Lululemon and Athletica. That also reveals it would be cradle robbing if we met in '79 vs '89 LOL.
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    What were The 70's really like?

    No. You might be overthinking it. The 1970s started a time when lots of other places got improved communication, education, and trade. Much of my work was materials, commodities and auto industry related until 1989. The competition landscape was much changed from beginning to end of that. It...
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    How did/do you discipline your kids?

    I forgot if I replied earlier but that video clip was a reminder of my abusive father but also an emptiness because we were making some peace and understanding prior to his early death. My maybe better function over siblings probably came from the mother who said put on a smile and get to work...
  11. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    I had that fortune. Not everyone really mixed even though my 1970s dorm time was co-ed and there was more racial diversity. I had a roommate from Nigeria and neighbors from north side Milwaukee and south side Chicago. They got an ear for Frank Zappa same time a few of us did for afro beat and...
  12. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    You are also mentioning an all over pressure cooker. I'm no longer a blue collar worker (3+ decades now) but was working answering a page at 6:05 AM on a Sunday same time our enterprise had around 200 - 575 people all starting by 7 AM. What people need know or recognize is the same times the...
  13. imwjl

    You know you live in Wisconsin when....

    They with some others are a retail challenge if not a cans only beer. Some loud or squeaky wheel customers ask for bottles. Cans are better for shelf life and environment. The latter in a few ways.
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    You know you live in Wisconsin when....

    The Spotted Cow secrets and mysteries.... It is not at extremes of hops or malt and has some thickness on the tongue so appeals to many or at least is not offensive. The limited availability is the simple matter of not pasteurized and not contract brewed in other places. There was talk of...
  15. imwjl

    Dark Skies

    Last night I confirmed an interesting contributor to solutions. A section of busy urban freeway with all the lights on at busy times and in low traffic times only mostly lit over or by ramps and bridges.
  16. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    My kids did not hitchhike across the country with a pal from middle and high school to catch concerts and happen upon Hunter S. Thompson. I'm on the left.
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    What were The 70's really like?

    Some things being stated need an inflation calculator and other context. Currency is not static, and we get rich in other ways. A lot of mid-sized cars today are more spacious and quicker than 1970s but most important is considering an entry level version has same or more features than luxury...
  18. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    Yeah you're correct. Barely a few if we are counting by the billions
  19. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    You are mentioning some specific and bad problems that concern me. Things we agree on. You are not acknowledging or maybe not ware of the total or overall improvements in that time span. Poverty, pollution, communications and human rights are much improved world-wide. We might not have been in...
  20. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    I'm not trying to be nit picky as much as I'm totally entertained by having kids who seek, buy/sell and restore the mid-century stuff. My trip from our house to HQ office is between the eras in an architecture sense. You might have been at the intersection of mid-century and postmodern homes or...
  21. imwjl

    What were The 70's really like?

    We always need to be careful about confirmation bias. A lot of good data shows crime and some challenges go up and down. My kids did not have a lot of horrible stuff that I had to endure for same ages. One of my daughter's best friends is a mechanical engineer now becoming an elite Air Force...
  22. imwjl

    Back brace?

    I don't know what to say without knowing more. I have really bad pain from a long ago injury and now from the degenerative disk disease. The only reasonable ongoing help is to keep at my fitness, mobility, and not exceed size 32 pants. Pursue urgen care if needed. Good luck.
  23. imwjl

    You know you live in Wisconsin when....

    It's not just that but the ones that somehow survive decades and you go by so many times over so many years to realize they might have a total of 3 or maybe 17 customers. There is one where my father in law said he wanted to own it just to see who actually comes in.
  24. imwjl

    You know you live in Wisconsin when....

    I am sure you've seen them all smashed up and aged. What is being discussed is really the curd for commercial cheddar early in the making process. It is very mild cheese bits and the chemistry at that point makes it squeaky when you chew it. The squeaky aspect only lasts 3-5 days and that's why...
  25. imwjl

    You know you live in Wisconsin when....

    After knowing Huber from early days and cheap college beer, my first tech firm employers knew Fred Huber who was kind of an interesting character. In 1981 I lived up the street from O'Cayz, friends were in some sort of known bands such as Appliances and Killdozer, and one of my housemates and I...




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