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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



In Month 7 of our Covid derail, we're seeing a lot of cracks in a lot of areas. I am going to restate something that I've been saying for a while -- EVERYTHING'S FUCKY.

And there's nothing we can do to change that. We're all out of our comfort zones. We're all struggling with all of the changes that are seemingly happening in every facet of our lives right now.

So take care of yourself, first. And take care of those you love. We're all struggling. We're all stressed. We're all about to go ballistic on all the other motherfuckers that are trying to make things even worse.

Be kind. Listen and show understanding, even if you're faking it. The only way we get through this is by thinking and responding with thought-out answers, not allowing our stupid reptilian brains burn it all down.

I missed the last couple pages of the September chat thread, and a few of you posted about real struggles. I feel for you.

This is another chat thread. Talk about bullshit. Talk about feelings. We'll get through this.

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Cage
Jul 17, 2003



wonder how the gently caress *insert idiot here* hasnt been reprogrammed with a baseball bat.

Bajaha
Apr 1, 2011

BajaHAHAHA.



Let's start with some good ol fluffy comfort. Apologies if you're allergic.





So snuggle up, get warm, and let's chat by the fire light

The Door Frame
Dec 5, 2011

I don't know man everytime I go to the gym here there are like two huge dudes with raging high and tights snorting Nitro-tech off of each other's rock hard abs.

KYOON GRIFFEY JR
Apr 12, 2010




continuing bicycle chat over here - is it still impossible to buy bicycles? i kind of want one

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


Walmart has started just putting the boxes out in the display racks (where the assembled models usually go) - they're not even bothering to assemble a display model.

But yes, it is, if you don't mind a Walmart special.

bolind
Jun 19, 2005



Pillbug

I built a fairly nice 26Ē hard tail in 2008. Chris King headset and hubs, Thomson stem and post, easton carbon fiber handlebars, to give you an idea.

Itís used but in good condition.

Would now be a good time to sell it off? Anything under, say USD800 and Iím just keeping it.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


A few months ago would have really been the perfect time, but yeah bikes are still a bit hard to come by right now. In the US anyway.

Combat Theory
Jul 16, 2017



Okay I have a really terrible decision to make.

Im on the looks for a 30k-35k nissan 370z nismo and just found a perfect specimen (Germany, 10k miles, driven only with leather gloves, garage and summer season car only)

Now just for giggles I wrote an importer about the possibility to acquire a close to perfect NISSAN Skyline R34 GTT For the same price range and I just heard back today that it would absolutely be possible to import and convert (legalize for German TÜV and register) a very good specimen for my price range.

Now I'm throwing my head around between the safe bet (370 nismo) and what my heart wants (the skyline)

I absolutely am not dependent on the cars. I solely want them because I like them and I have plenty other options to get from A to B. However the skyline was never sold in continental Europe so the spare parts situation is a bit sketchy and everything has to be done by specialists that import the parts from Japan for a hefty bonus. Still it would be an R34 skyline in very good condition or a practically new 370 nismo. Really can't decide at the moment however I do have plenty of time to make up my mind.

RIP Paul Walker
Feb 26, 2004



Do you want a depreciating asset that nobody has much passion for or a video game wet dream?

KYOON GRIFFEY JR
Apr 12, 2010




what the hell? buy the skyline

Krakkles
May 5, 2003

like and subscribe for more passive-aggressive roadway bullshit adventure in Chigcao

Caveat: Personally I wouldn't particularly want to own either of those cars, but:

If I were going to spend 30+k on a Skyline, I'd want the GT-R, not one of the lesser models.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



Bad things happen in Philadelphia.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFvwE_G...ampaign=loading

Combat Theory
Jul 16, 2017



GTR you are looking at about 100k+ € at which point I might as well get a Porsche GT4... or the down payment on a house

TheBacon
Feb 8, 2012

MY TITLE IS BOLD AND RED, JUST LIKE MY FAVORITE FOMRULA ONE RACING TEAM, SCUDERIA FERRARI (OF ITALY)

KYOON GRIFFEY JR posted:

what the hell? buy the skyline

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


Stay strong my dudes.


I would like some pizza.

Fermented Tinal
Aug 25, 2005
ASK ME ABOUT MY BIG DUMB LANDCRUISER



RE: Cutting people out of your life.

Been doing an awful lot of that lately, I've just kinda reached a point where I have zero-tolerance for stressors in my life and the ones that are people* can go gently caress right off.

*Except immediate family, still trying to muster the courage for that.

Goober Peas
Jun 30, 2007

Check out my 'Vette, bro




Mustache Ride posted:

Are people really ending friendships based on political leaders and presidents who only exist for 4-8 years?


The answer is almost universally no, but in this one specific case, it's really up to the other person whether we continue our friendship. My position hasn't changed. Theirs clearly has changed and/or they weren't being honest before today. Either way, I'm feeling the shun towards me for being a 'social justice warrior'.

The handful of people I have cut out were mostly acquaintances or folks that I've meet and up until now enjoyed watching from a distance.

edit:

Pizza and beer with Rhyno is on my bucket list of things to do. You're a pretty chill dude.

Goober Peas fucked around with this message at 21:28 on Sep 30, 2020

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


Fermented Tinal posted:

RE: Cutting people out of your life.

Been doing an awful lot of that lately, I've just kinda reached a point where I have zero-tolerance for stressors in my life and the ones that are people* can go gently caress right off.

*Except immediate family, still trying to muster the courage for that.

My wife and I have been having some rough conversations about cutting off her incredibly racist extended family. She can't bring herself to do it since both her parents have already died and she's unable to deal with the emotional baggage of kicking them out of our lives. I just had to step my entire position back to avoid a full blown fight the other night but we can't tip toe around it much longer.

TheBacon
Feb 8, 2012

MY TITLE IS BOLD AND RED, JUST LIKE MY FAVORITE FOMRULA ONE RACING TEAM, SCUDERIA FERRARI (OF ITALY)

Fermented Tinal posted:

RE: Cutting people out of your life.

Been doing an awful lot of that lately, I've just kinda reached a point where I have zero-tolerance for stressors in my life and the ones that are people* can go gently caress right off.

*Except immediate family, still trying to muster the courage for that.

I cut my toxic dad out of my life probably something like 6-7 years ago at this point and haven't regretted it for a moment.

My uncle in florida is pretty quietly racist but loves old blues and full of those types of hypocrisies and I am having a harder time cutting him out because he is actually at least somewhat loving and supportive. But since I went for Christmas in 2018 and really saw his whole rear end show I have drastically reduced communication to maybe 1 or 2 calls a year and feel much better for it!

BuckyDoneGun
Nov 30, 2004
fat drunk


Applebees Appetizer posted:

Yeah the whole time I kept thinking that Bernie could have handled him and shut him up.

I love Bernie too, but youíre dreaming. No one, short of reanimating Daddy Trump, who I suspect would have him cowering, can shut him up, the format sucks, turn his drat mic off at least.



Skyline chat. A GT-t is probably going to be more fun than a 370Z and be much easier to build for big power if thatís what you want to do. A 370Z isnít going to break down and have the problems of a 20yo used performance car. As for parts, ask the guys importing the car. Here in NZ where weíve been doing the JDM thing for decades, Skyline parts grow on trees.

ďJust get the GT-R!Ē lol, at this point thatís like telling someone donít buy a 458, just get the F40. Unicorns.

BigPaddy
Jun 30, 2008

That night we performed the rite and opened the gate.
Halfway through, I went to fix us both a coke float.
By the time I got back, he'd gone insane.
Plus, he'd left the gate open and there was evil everywhere.




Krakkles posted:

Caveat: Personally I wouldn't particularly want to own either of those cars, but:

If I were going to spend 30+k on a Skyline, I'd want the GT-R, not one of the lesser models.

I have owned Skyline GTRs and a R34 GTT and really unless you are everywhere then the GTT will be perfectly fine. The interior is nicer and with a manual you get all the induction noise and turbo flutter.

Do it OP.

nm
Jan 28, 2008

"I saw Minos the Space Judge holding a golden sceptre and passing sentence upon the Martians. There he presided, and around him the noble Space Prosecutors sought the firm justice of space law."

Grimey Drawer

bolind posted:

I built a fairly nice 26Ē hard tail in 2008. Chris King headset and hubs, Thomson stem and post, easton carbon fiber handlebars, to give you an idea.

Itís used but in good condition.

Would now be a good time to sell it off? Anything under, say USD800 and Iím just keeping it.

26in bikes aren't worth anything unless they're like a 90s Team Fat Chance. Keep it.

Krakkles
May 5, 2003

like and subscribe for more passive-aggressive roadway bullshit adventure in Chigcao

BuckyDoneGun posted:

ďJust get the GT-R!Ē lol, at this point thatís like telling someone donít buy a 458, just get the F40. Unicorns.
To be clear, I wasn't trying to say "Buy the GT-R", I was trying to say I wouldn't buy the GT-T, or more specifically, the latter half of:

BuckyDoneGun posted:

A GT-t is probably going to be more fun than a 370Z and be much easier to build for big power if thatís what you want to do. A 370Z isnít going to break down and have the problems of a 20yo used performance car.

But also BigPaddy has more experience with this with these, so I guess GT-Ts aren't as far downmarket as I thought they were.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Rhyno posted:

My wife and I have been having some rough conversations about cutting off her incredibly racist extended family. She can't bring herself to do it since both her parents have already died and she's unable to deal with the emotional baggage of kicking them out of our lives. I just had to step my entire position back to avoid a full blown fight the other night but we can't tip toe around it much longer.

Dude just do it, we've said before that you don't owe family anything just because you're related. If your wife needs reassurance have her talk to a therapist I guarantee a therapist will tell her the same thing. The temporary "emotional baggage" pails in comparison to continuing a relationship with toxic people. Naturally she will feel bad about it at first, but those feelings will disappear with a little time. Been there.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

Psst! It's me!
The Sinister with the mutant gene.


I know this, she does not. She's never had to excise a poo poo family member before, let alone 7 of them all at once. For now the compromise is i dont have to go see them and they are not welcome in my house.

shy boy from chess club
Jun 11, 2008

It wasnt that bad, after you left I got to help put out the fire!



New thread pet posting!







Washed my car too





Stormy is keeping me sane in this poo poo of a year. So glad I have her after the virus took away the one thing that made me happy after losing my friend. All I want to do is go to new cities a few times a year and have fun with my friends, have something to look forward to.

The amount of people sick and dying, the loss of a normal life for everyone, the climate, the fear of the government with their incompetence and malice, all the injustice for the marginalized, all that poo poo weighs heavy on my mind causing stress and anxiety for our future

Combat Theory
Jul 16, 2017



The importers originally were engine specialists and offer everything from street tuning to FIA approved motorsport conversions.

They work together with Harlows Jap Autos and JM imports and a few others to get the cars from Japan to the UK which would be the point when my money comes in (as soon as the cars are in the UK and can be inspected)

I feel in good hands with these guys but it's a different level of "oh God what am I doing" Than spending that money on a barely used EDM sportscar.

To be honest I already know I will lay down a deposit to start the import process. There's still too much 16 year old me in my head.

Darchangel
Feb 12, 2009

Tell him about the blower!



big dong wanter posted:

Got out of the shower and decided to check my social media before getting dressed and I fuckin sat on myself. Holy poo poo it's fuckin agony. IF YOU ARE A NAKED BALLS HAVER DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE SITTING DOWN.

My solution to that is having tiny man bits.

Rhyno posted:

I'm also really close to ending a friendship over their overinvestment in the idea that GOD and THE CHURCH should be running America.

What boggles my mind is how they equate GOD and THE CHURCH with REPUBLICANS, somehow. Republicans are some of the least "Godly" people in practice to ever exist, at least insofar as what the New Testament *actually says*.

Mustache Ride posted:

Are people really ending friendships based on political leaders and presidents who only exist for 4-8 years?

BraveUlysses posted:

yeah i bet they wont be fascist shitheads anymore as soon as trump leaves office

Rhyno posted:

Yeah, when you find out they feel like they can be massively racist shitheads all of sudden since the President is one. So no consequences right?

Exactly that. Trump makes them feel that it's safe to express their true, inner views. Maybe we should thank him for outing all the Nazis, misogynists, and racists?

It is September for 6.75 more hours in the Central Time Zone.

Cage posted:

wonder how the gently caress *insert idiot here* hasnt been reprogrammed with a baseball bat.
In the case of the US, the Secret Service.

BuckyDoneGun posted:

I love Bernie too, but youíre dreaming. No one, short of reanimating Daddy Trump, who I suspect would have him cowering, can shut him up, the format sucks, turn his drat mic off at least.

Debates need a moderator with balls, otherwise they're just idiots shouting at each other.

Darchangel
Feb 12, 2009

Tell him about the blower!



Rhyno posted:

I know this, she does not. She's never had to excise a poo poo family member before, let alone 7 of them all at once. For now the compromise is i dont have to go see them and they are not welcome in my house.

Well, that's a start, at least. If she doesn't talk to them for fairly long periods for a while, she will most likely realize that she doesn't miss them...


Edit: Holy gently caress, I just realized that the thread title is quote from me. Awesome. I'm honored!

Darchangel fucked around with this message at 22:31 on Sep 30, 2020

everdave
Nov 14, 2005

For The Record...

A skyline turbo is at least not going to depreciate like a rock the ďnewĒ or newer 370 is, especially if the ďnewĒ z that comes out is retro and fire. I do t k ow the markets for r34s I have only been able to buy r33s bc of USA laws but it is still possible to get into a R32 or 33 GTR FOR 35-50k us or was 6 months ago. Prices are going up on everything cool daily. In the UK canít you buy used cars rather cheaply? Iíd be getting a hot hatch or something for nothing and getting a na r33 or something g to go wild with

Combat Theory
Jul 16, 2017



The Z successor will not come to Europe actually. The 370z will be the last manual nissan sportscar sold here

I'm from Germany and all the cool German cars have long gotten expensive too. There's no difference in buying a good skyline or a good 6 cylinder m3. Just more people have experience working on the m3 here.

Combat Theory fucked around with this message at 22:46 on Sep 30, 2020

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Rhyno posted:

I know this, she does not. She's never had to excise a poo poo family member before, let alone 7 of them all at once. For now the compromise is i dont have to go see them and they are not welcome in my house.

Yeah that's a good start at least to try to keep yourself sane. For her it might take more time for it to pile on, and then there will be one incident that eventually puts it over the edge for her.

Elviscat
Jan 1, 2008

High Energy, Good Feeling!




I've got some good pet pics this month.




luminalflux
May 27, 2005



KYOON GRIFFEY JR posted:

continuing bicycle chat over here - is it still impossible to buy bicycles? i kind of want one

I'm trying to buy a bike since my old one got stolen and i've moved cities so I couldn't just go to my old bike shop. Got a new one recommended, fairly popular indie bike shop.

DM'd them on instagram (since their website is crap but their IG is very active) with "Hey, my bike got stolen, I'd love to get a gravel bike" "Sure, come on down to chat with us! The ones you want are out of stock but we're getting new ones". Fine, I go down to them, they're pretty busy but the guy behind the counter says "Awesome, we can get you sorted but we do all this over email". They haven't been super responsive over email since "it's been super busy" and we've gone back and forth over other options and sizes but it's glacial.

Like dude, I just want to give you money for a bike instead of ordering it from All-City since i don't want to put it together myself. 2 weeks later, no bike yet.

KYOON GRIFFEY JR posted:

what the hell? buy the skyline

BuckyDoneGun
Nov 30, 2004
fat drunk


Krakkles posted:

so I guess GT-Ts aren't as far downmarket as I thought they were.

280hp vs 320ish and slightly dumber AWD are really the key differences, along with the guards and fancy screen. Once you start modifying people seem to rip out a lot the other stuff that makes the R an R.

Ether Frenzy
Dec 22, 2006



Nap Ghost

From the last thread..

Humphreys posted:

If you need any service manuals/software/stuffs only accessible to service agents, let me know. I've still got a login for GSFS+.

I may take you up on that, I typically calibrate TVs once I'm happy with the overall setup, but this looks very great straight out of the box, so once I get a little more comfortable with what I want to change, I'll probably circle back. Thanks for the offer!

slidebite posted:

Sweet! I heard that new high-refresh TVs basically are making dedicated "monitors" obsolete. C/D? I'm curious as to how this goes.. 65" would be a bit big for me but 43" or so could be do-able.

I'm not actually using this as a monitor, but did pick the LG over the Sony A8H for the G-Sync, just in case I ever feel like hooking it up to see how it games. A friend has the same TV and has played games (other than FPS's) on it, and says the reaction time is negligible compared to say an Acer Predator, but it also only can do 120hz whereas dedicated gaming monitors can hit 144hz and 165hz if your video card can handle those frames.

Applebees Appetizer posted:

Nice, we just got the Sony OLED and it looks amazing. Spending almost 3 grand on it after taxes was a bit cringy for me, but since OLED are supposed to be way more reliable than LED, if it lasts a long time without any problems it's worth it. My last TV (Visio LED) lasted only a few years before it started having issues.

I walked back and forth between the LG CX and the Sony A8H for about 20 minutes in the best buy, they're so close (I believe it's the same panel) it was extremely hard to pick. Sony has BY FAR the better 'in store demo' mode since they have Gran Turismo and other sony properties to show off, whereas LG had Project Cars and some no-name movie clips. I've also owned Sony TVs for the last 20 years. At the end of the comparison I decided i liked the look of the stand on the LG a little better, and the fact it has G-Sync (and probably Freesync soon through updates) coupled with the free set of LG bluetooth earbuds this came included with (along with my buddy owning two of these) was what swayed me.

To speak to the comments about prices vs cheaper stuff in the same size: I can't imagine going back to a standard LCD TV now that I've had this since last Saturday, I finished setup & got all my cabling squared away just in time to christen it with, in this order:

Lakers beating the Nuggets to move to the NBA Finals
A pretty drat good UFC card (UFC 253)
Empire Strikes Back in Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision on Disney+
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in 4k HDR from Amazon (holy poo poo the blacks on this set are truly unbelievable)

The native apps are fantastic, I had last purchased a new 1080p TV in 2013 and that's what this replaced, so being used to having to use Xbox/PS/HTPC/whatever to view stuff has changed to being able to swap between Amazon & Netflix & DirectTV with just a single discrete button on the remote is pretty great. I'm still figuring out the LG menu hierarchy, that's one thing that the Sony would likely have been more intuitive to me after so many years of owning their TVs.

The monitor almost perfectly blocking out one of the 4-screens on Redzone here is a Dell 27" 4k Ultrasharp (so not exactly a small computer monitor)


In Space, no one can hear you go 'Ahhhhhh no crushed blacks'


Plan on needing at least 1 other person to help move this thing around.

Liquid Communism
Mar 9, 2004


Out here, everything hurts.




Darchangel posted:

Exactly that. Trump makes them feel that it's safe to express their true, inner views. Maybe we should thank him for outing all the Nazis, misogynists, and racists?

Yep.

When someone goes fully mask-off and tells you who they are, you believe them.

freelop
Apr 28, 2013

Where we're going, we won't need fries to see






Hurrah it's spooky month!

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Galler
Jan 27, 2008



It is so...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqQuihD0hoI

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