Since: Jan 10

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#77415 Dec 18, 2012
I've been fascinated by Mt. Everest for a couple of decades now. Check out the megapixel panoramic photos from the Washington post!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/Gigapans/EBC_Pumori_...

Did you know that from the peak, you can see the curvature of the earth?

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#77416 Dec 18, 2012
Mimi Seattle wrote:
In other news, I'm dithering over which laptop to buy. I really like the Mac Book Pro with the retina display, but I'm such an HP person, and for the money I could get a very nice one, OTOH, the Samsung laptop is kinda sexy...
The Mac and Samsung are about the 2K range and the HP (after customization) is about 1600.00, but it's not really the price as I have 2K-ish dedicated for a new laptop, etc.
Soooo just ranting.
come join us on the dark side... it's been said many times, apple "just works". it takes a bit to get used to where things are located, but now i find myself, at work on a PC, looking for the button that spreads out all the windows so you can find the one in particular that you want to switch to instead of clicking all teh tabs at the bottom of the monitor...

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

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#77417 Dec 18, 2012
Aisle Sitter wrote:
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come join us on the dark side... it's been said many times, apple "just works". it takes a bit to get used to where things are located, but now i find myself, at work on a PC, looking for the button that spreads out all the windows so you can find the one in particular that you want to switch to instead of clicking all teh tabs at the bottom of the monitor...
I'm definitely leaning towards Apple. I'll have to buy all new programs (like Office) so that they work on a Mac, but they are so sexy, and I like the "just works" thing a lot. My biggest things are speed and not bogging down when I try to have 1000 windows all open at the same time, vulnerability to servers being hacked (though truthfully I don't worry much about that anyway), and not having Windows 8. I hate Windows 8.

Since: Jan 10

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#77418 Dec 18, 2012
The new spokesoman for 1-800 ask gary has a big ol' camel toe.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77419 Dec 18, 2012
Aisle Sitter wrote:
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come join us on the dark side... it's been said many times, apple "just works". it takes a bit to get used to where things are located, but now i find myself, at work on a PC, looking for the button that spreads out all the windows so you can find the one in particular that you want to switch to instead of clicking all teh tabs at the bottom of the monitor...
hey , you are back! How was the trip?

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#77420 Dec 19, 2012
Abby

http://www.topix.com/forum/chicago/TCP05SRGGL...

Amy just wasn't worth it. Another PTA about giving to various charities this holiday season.

Love when time has no real meaning! Asleep at eight and up at one. Now to scrub the shower and wait for the liquor store to open!

:)

Since: Jan 10

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#77421 Dec 19, 2012
OMG edog has the best holiday avatar! That is nasty! Is it Amy Winehouse?
Sam I Am

Knoxville, TN

#77422 Dec 19, 2012
RACE wrote:
I really wish you would stop doing that sam...
<quoted text>
I really wish you would just answer a simple question about something YOU said. Do you really believe that or was it an excited utterance in the heat of the moment that you would rescind?

Since: Aug 08

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#77423 Dec 19, 2012
Ferrerman wrote:
<quoted text>The GOP spent millions of dollars to try to eliminate the shocking .00047% occurrence of voter fraud, affecting millions of voters so, why not? If a literal handful of voters is going to muck it up for everyone, a literal handful of homicidal maniacs can too.
On the flip side, democrats will fight tooth and nail to prevent voter IDs because .00000046 of people are such f'ing losers that having some form of ID is some onerous insurmountable task to them.

IMO, if getting an id is some onerous task and you can't figure out how to do it, you are probably too dumb to be voting and are only doing our nation a disservice by voting in the first place.

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Since: Aug 08

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#77424 Dec 19, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>
How will you handle people who have impulsivity issues?The ones who function usually but have no empathy or conscience or rational idea that their actions impact other people?
I honestly wanted to avoid this topic, and wish I had.

The whole thing is just so incredibly sad and pointless, I don't even want to hear about it anymore, read about it anymore (I haven't been reading news much and I haven't been watching the news at all since it happened), or talk about it anymore.

Having a son with autism, having young children around the age of the children who were murdered, it's all just too close to home for me. I just don't even want to think about it anymore.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#77425 Dec 19, 2012
Sublime1 wrote:
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I honestly wanted to avoid this topic, and wish I had.
The whole thing is just so incredibly sad and pointless, I don't even want to hear about it anymore, read about it anymore (I haven't been reading news much and I haven't been watching the news at all since it happened), or talk about it anymore.
Having a son with autism, having young children around the age of the children who were murdered, it's all just too close to home for me. I just don't even want to think about it anymore.
Noted.

You think the Bears should dump Lovie Smith?

Since: Aug 08

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#77426 Dec 19, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>Noted.
You think the Bears should dump Lovie Smith?
Yes, I think they have to. I don't blame it all on him, tho. I think we are still dealing with the after effects of Jerry Angelo and years of very poor draft picks.

Having said that, Lovie is really good player's coach. I think he's really good outside of game days. It's obvious his players like playing for him and he commands loyalty.

On game days, tho, he and his staff are like a complete morons sometimes ... just with clock management alone, bone headed calls, and challenges/no challenges. Anyone who watches them knows exactly what I am talking about. It's almost Cub-esque how they shoot themselves in the foot sometimes.

His coaching staff has also had a very high turnover rate. He fired Ron Rivera as defensive coordinator, in the off season, right after his defense led the team to the superbowl. Replaced him with his BFF, who did a very bad job and had the defense take a noticeable step back for a few years. I think J Cutler has had 3 different offensive coordinators in 3 of 4 years. It's hard to be consistently good, when you don't have consistency.

His win loss record, is actually fairly impressive too. However, his teams have rarely been able to win in big games. Ultimately, that's the goal ... to win it all ... not to be pretty good, but not great, for a long stretch of time. I don't think he is the coach who can take them to the next level.

I also think the bears are going to get worse, before they get better, simply because the defense, which has been the cornerstone of the team, for so long, is getting old.

Since: Jan 10

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#77427 Dec 19, 2012
Sublime1 wrote:
Having said that, Lovie is really good player's coach. I think he's really good outside of game days. It's obvious his players like playing for him and he commands loyalty.
When the Vikings had a coach like that, they sucked worse than ever.

Since: Aug 08

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#77428 Dec 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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When the Vikings had a coach like that, they sucked worse than ever.
I think as a coach, you can be as nice as you want, but ultimately you have to demand accountability and the guys who play for you have to know that you demand. I think Lovie is too nice and too loyal at times. You don't have to scream and yell and berate players either when going about it.

Certain personality types will just take advantage of a guy like Lovie, slack off, and be content with going through the motions and cashing their million dollar pay check. Those types need more structure and discipline. Those who don't need to be babysat as much, will also function well under someone who is a bit more disciplinarian ... so long as you are not a complete psycho like Mike Singletary was as a coach in SF (his players were literally scared of him).

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#77429 Dec 19, 2012
Sublime1 wrote:
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I also think the bears are going to get worse, before they get better, simply because the defense, which has been the cornerstone of the team, for so long, is getting old.
The defense is done. The Bears need to have a firesale this off season and trade some of those aging defense members to help re-stock the roster. I doubt that Virginia McCaskey will allow Emery and company to do that though. Sadly, she's the major barrier between the Bears and the 21st century.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#77430 Dec 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
OMG edog has the best holiday avatar! That is nasty! Is it Amy Winehouse?
Thanks. I think it's just some random woman. I had originally posted a pic of a scantily clad hottie in a naughty Santa uniform, but I guess topix didn't like it. Then I had two scantily clad women in naughty Santa uniforms whipping each other in a dungeon, but the tiny avatar pic didn't turn out too well, so I settled on this one to help get people in the holiday mood.
:)

I think if the Bears don't win the superbowl this season, Lovie is gone.

Since: Jan 10

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#77431 Dec 19, 2012
Is Jay Cutler really as bad as that anonymous post here makes him out to be?

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#77432 Dec 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Is Jay Cutler really as bad as that anonymous post here makes him out to be?
I don't think so. He has a great arm. I think he's been playing hurt and so his throwing was off during the GB game. He rallys the offensive line a bit more and the whole team more so than the back-up.

The thing is, the Bears have been playing sucky lately.

Since: Aug 08

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#77433 Dec 19, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Is Jay Cutler really as bad as that anonymous post here makes him out to be?
He does make a bone head play every now and then, but running for your life will do that to you. He's had two concussions in two seasons. He's been sacked a bunch of times.(he got sacked 6 times in one half against the Giants last year ... in a half a game!) You could put Payton Manning or Tom Brady behind that offensive line and they would do no better.

For so many years our former GM used hardly any draft picks on offense. Our offensive line is mostly cobbled together with guys playing out of position, guys who were let go from other teams, guys who spot filled in a few games before being let go from other teams, and guys that spent most of their time on the practice squad of other teams before they were let go.

I honestly never understood why they traded for him if they were going to play him behind such a line. I liken it to buying a Ferrari just to drive it on a gravel road with a bunch of potholes.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#77434 Dec 19, 2012
Sublime1 wrote:
<quoted text>
I honestly wanted to avoid this topic, and wish I had.
The whole thing is just so incredibly sad and pointless, I don't even want to hear about it anymore, read about it anymore (I haven't been reading news much and I haven't been watching the news at all since it happened), or talk about it anymore.
Having a son with autism, having young children around the age of the children who were murdered, it's all just too close to home for me. I just don't even want to think about it anymore.
It was a loaded question anyway. There is no one size fits all answer.

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