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My SWAG arrived - I am no longer one of the Riff-Raff !! ...

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My SWAG arrived - I am no longer one of the Riff-Raff !! ...

OldER Mycroft
As such I think TR should, as part of the new changes, build a Special Room where all the swag-owners can go and discuss the activities of all the riff-raff.

I am bowled over by TechRepublic's (read Sonja's) generosity and as such, now wish to put something back in. I think a V.I.P. room would go down well with some of us, just to keep the others out.

I'm deliberately posting this in the Tech Questions area as the punters in the discussion area can't earn SWAG (much).

So now that we've lost our little bit of TR in the form of the old Blue Box, how's about a special room instead ??

** We could be the SWOTRs - Swag Owners of TechRepublic !


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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Do only swag owners get to use the room? What will we call it? Is a certain level of swag ownership required, or can any old swag owner (like me) belong?

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    jdclyde

    RANK people based upon their swaggism level... B-)

    I wish they would change the mugs back to the old style. I just KNOW if I got the new ones I would dump that puppy all over my keyboard....

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    OldER Mycroft

    Because it reminded me of the coffee 'cups' you'd get in a Parisienne street-cafe early in the morning. It holds easily twice as much as any other mug - whether it's the old or new variety I wouldn't know.

    It almost blots out my 22" monitor when I take a swig from it!!

    <Mis-spelled 'French' - caffeine overdose!!>

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    Jellimonsta

    Yes, I have no bananas... I mean swag!

    I will have to send that camping pic to Sonja, I guess to butter her up.

    edited to add: does that mean I am actually advanced to the riff-raff level now? ?:|

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    Nah

    The Scummy One

    You did not advance at all, you have always been riff-raff :^0

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    OH Smeg

    I'm a Want To Be Snob as I can't qualify as a real Snob yet.

    Col ]:)

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    The Scummy One

    get some swag

    or, from now on, you are Riff-Raff

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    Bizzo

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    The Scummy One

    This can be done by doing an interview or posting stuff
    (sending) from the TR Out Loud (do some searching) :)

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    Send a picture - of yourself, your workstation, a techie gadget, a pet, or something else interesting (and appropriate for posting on the site) - to TROL at cnet.com (of course use the @ symbol... you know).
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    If I use it on TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video), then I'll send you some swag, and you'll no longer be riff raff!!
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    It doesn't get any easier than that!

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    The Scummy One

    Pics is fine, but post is best left to the pros (Women of
    course)

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Are not used.

    I sent her some Professional Medical Photos of me and she was too scared to use them. Hardly scary at all and as they are published Photos I didn't mind Honestly. :^0

    Col ]:)

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    I'm a pack rat, but even if I wasn't, I would have held onto that picture just because it was so gnarly. It might have to make a subliminal appearance in TROLOV...

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    OH Smeg

    Provided yo say that is the result of trying to reason with Boxy.

    Col ]:)

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    The Scummy One

    as long as she gets her way

    If you think otherwise, it is yet another sign of a
    malfunctioning HAL unit :^0

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    ]:) You betcha. My way or the highway.

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    OH Smeg

    See I know exactly how to have a quite life.

    Boxy whatever you say you must be right. :^0 :^0 :^0

    Yes it drives SWMBO nuts as well because she knows that she winning but it doesn't feel right. :^0 :0

    Col ]:)

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    now that OM is no longer on the same lowly, non-swag level as I, will I ever hear from him again?

    Now that he can rub the shoulders with the likes of Hal, Max, GG, Tig, etc., I will just be pitched into the waste bin of refuse that befits our ilk. :-(

    I will miss him.

    oh woe it is to be sans swag.


    [fidgeting with digital camera] ;-)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    me and my coffee mug.

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    CaptBilly1Eye




    actually I expect to be moved up the ranks soon.
    ;-)

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    The Scummy One

    we need to cut all ties with the lowly likes of ya :^0

    Let us know when you are full of TR Swag, and we'll talk to ya
    again

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    OH Smeg

    Well i only have a TR T Shirt, a Coffee mug and a E-Logo.

    Well actually I only have the E Logo as SWMBO swiped the other stuff before I even saw it and has claimed it for herself.

    So I suppose that I'm going to have to restore a Backup and find the E-Thing again just to qualify here. More Work that I have to perform. :_|

    While I may get mentioned a lot at some places here I don't ask for anything I'm just hoping that you lot get sick and tired of hearing my name being mentioned and start contributing to stop me getting all the Swag that you think I'm getting.

    Perhaps I should have a talk to Sonja about the Radio Controlled TR Helicopter or that very important TR Computer Controlled Metal Lathe that I want. I just am too scared to ask for these Items as I'm not sure of the Helicopter conforms to AU Standards and I do know that the TR Lathe will be 110 Volt and I would need to convert it to the AU 240 Volts that is used here. I'm just not sure that the other insulation will be up to Spec though. :^0

    Sonja refused to send me a TR Ducati as she said I already have a Ducati and I was being greedy so she refused to send me one of those. She also refused to send me a TR Classic Mercedes because she wasn't willing to give any stuff to SWMBO as she's not a member of TR. ;\

    Col ]:)

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    Tig2

    You too can SWAG up by participating in TROLOV each week. Then simply demand your SWAG by emailing your street address to Sonja.

    She tells you each week how to participate. Hint- she likes voice mail!

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    w2ktechman

    I prefer email

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    OH Smeg

    The TR Coffee Cups where always the ultimate for most people particularly those outside the US as the person previously in charge of handing these out wouldn't sent them to International Participants.

    Besides the T Shirts and Coffee mug I don't have a clue what else is available and I've never asked for any either so I have no idea of what it is possible to get. And to join this club do you actually have to get TR Swag yourself or will it suffice that it arrived at your house and in my case SWMBO swiped it?

    I can still remember when a TR Tee shirt arrived here I was shown it by the wife who was wearing it at the time. After she had stretched it all out of shape she stopped wearing it at all. So to make it sort of fit right I had to take up Body Building and after building 38 different bodies I eventually got one sort of right that could wear it.

    The group of 20 formally known as the TR Insiders or TRI where responsible for making suggestions to Improve TR as a Site but then several Site Redesigns ago that disappeared as well so other than a TR Top Geek Finilast that I think GG who was made the Queen Geek and B Film Fan who was named the King Geek I only have a E-Sticker with the TR Logo on it so I don't really have any TR Swag. :_|

    Even now I'm only posting to the Weekly things that have been introduced to TR by Sonja to help out till others jump right in as without Community Participation this will fold and there will be no place for Direct Input. Which will not bode well for the members overall.

    Anyway me with my TR Took Geek Finilast want to join in.

    Col ]:)

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    OldER Mycroft

    So I don't think it would be prudent to mention all the SWAG sent to me.

    <Checks DHL International Shipment, Customs Value xx.xx USD>

    No, suffice to say, the TR coffee mug and the TR T-shirt did have other travelling companions for the trip over the Big Pond.

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    OH Smeg

    HUM I need to know what they have so I can tell Sonja the next time that she asks me. :^0

    So what do I want HUM lets think about this for a minute some Fuel Proof TR Stickers to stick on my Remote Control Helicopters and a Stop Violent Women Sticker as I'm tired of being beat up by th wife.

    Balls here are a NO NO here as the Wife will just feed them to the daughters dog who is hopelessly addicted to chasing balls around though maybe if I buy a Remote Controlled Car and bolt one to that it may stand a part way decent change of living more than the standard 20 minutes. :^0

    What do I need nothing but what I would like to have is a different story all together.

    Col B-)

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    CG IT

    Like Coffee Mugs
    Polo Shirts
    Wine stopper and bottle opener...

    Could use another Polo shirt ....

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    w2ktechman

    cause the new ones are blue (so I am told)(looked black to me in the vid)...

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    Jacky Howe

    I received my TR Flag and PC Troubleshooter Resource Guide a couple of weeks ago. If only I could remember to send in some picks, I may be able to score some more Swag.

    One of my boys came home the other day and said 'Cool Flag Dad' and I proudly went on to tell him how I got it. He patiently listened to my spiel. Then he said 'Dad I was talking about your Avatar'. Thats another story.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    and they've been used. I haven't received swag for pics. What's up with that?

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    Jacky Howe

    if you sent in pikkies and they were used you get Swag. That's what I thought OM got his swag for when he sent in that Donny Osmond lookalike.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    the TROL/OV's and read very carefully. I need another TR coffee cup so that I can have a matched set.

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    Jacky Howe

    If there are more than two of you for coffee someone is going to feel left out.

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    CG IT

    I dunno I think Sonja is getting to be the swag nazi...

    we send in pics we call on the phone, we send in emails... what do we get?

    No Swag for you!


    [hope all knows this is a joke]

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    w2ktechman

    If your pics are used, then send Soja an email at trol@cnet.com asking for swag (from the list).

    Then Soja will respond, telling you that what you asked for is no more (Tigs, stop hyping the Dartboard X-( )

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    Tig2

    Start working for a set of four. DMambo only has three and we must beat him somehow!

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    w2ktechman

    hopefully soon enough to be 5 (just to beat out everyone else).

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I sent in 4 pics, all of which were used on TROLOV. If I can get 1 mug per pic, that would be 5 mugs!

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    w2ktechman

    I guess I need 10 then :)

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    CG IT

    look back at the last 2 or 3 spotlights where she asked for photo's email and the lot.
    She said he said that she said if you were mentioned, your pic used, or email send her your address for swag...

    so boxie your still without swag???

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    CG IT

    classic TB classic

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    The Scummy One

    Now, I like your idea too. Hmm. a riff-raff free place to talk
    about the other riff-raff such as JD and HAL

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    And as such become members?

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    The Scummy One

    has none anymore (see post above). And, well, JD -- we can
    go break his :^0

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    Tig2

    And we'll be calling you lefty!

    Besides, you can't break a polo!

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    w2ktechman

    for ridding us of JD in the elitist posts?
    C'mon, he already posts too much anyway. If we allow him into the non riff-raff area, he will be consumed and will integrate himself into TR with no ability to rid of him :0

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    maxwell edison

    Some of us were invited to join. Here's a cut and paste of the invitation (circa 11-2004):

    Greetings Maxwell Edison,

    As you've probably guessed, this message concerns TechRepublic. In the past few days, you may have noticed a new forum has appeared in the TechRepublic Discussion Center called TR Insiders

    (Link Removed)

    What you may not be aware of is that you are one of only 15 TechRepublic members who can see and access this area of our Web site.

    That's right, you're one of 15 people hand-picked from hundreds of thousands TechRepublic members. This elite group of extraordinarily active users has been invited to join us in the most significant redesign of the TechRepublic Web site in our company's history. You, Maxwell Edison, were hand-picked for this team because of your incredible level of involvement in the TR Discussion Center and Tech Q&A. You're among the best of the best, and we need your help.

    Over the next few months, you and your fellow TR Insiders will be granted unprecedented access to TR beta features, extended additional exclusive site privileges, and afforded a direct line to the core TR staffers that are working to create the ultimate IT community site for this century.

    If you decide not join us, you don't need to do a thing. However, if you decide to stick around, we'd like you to fill out the four-item questionnaire at the end of this message and send the answer as a reply to this e-mail and respond by noon EST on Thursday, Nov. 4. Yes, it's a survey, but if you complete it there will be a technocentric gift in it for you down the line. It's not a bribe, you've earned it.

    Thanks for your time. We look forward to working with you.

    Sincerely,

    The Community Redevelopment Team

    Rex Baldazo (RexWorld)
    Beth Blakely (beth.blakely)
    Paul Cook (pcook)
    Jay Garmon (The Trivia Geek)
    Mark Kaelin (MKaelin)
    Shawn Morton (sMoRTy71)
    Ted Smith (tsmith)


    The group grew from 15 to 1500. Okay, I exaggerate a bit, but after we shared some initial development ideas, the group continued to grow and grow, soon becoming much ado about nothing. Personally speaking (paraphrasing Yogi Berra), nobody went there anymore, including me, because it was too crowded.

    TR Trivia question:

    Who were the original 15 TRIs?

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    OldER Mycroft

    Probably not, otherwise the TRI would've had to admit Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens as elite members!! :^0

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    CG IT

    Original members:

    Rex Baldazo (RexWorld)
    Beth Blakely (beth.blakely)
    Paul Cook (pcook)
    Jay Garmon (The Trivia Geek)
    Mark Kaelin (MKaelin)
    Shawn Morton (sMoRTy71)
    Ted Smith (tsmith)

    Joe Moore
    You Maxwell...
    DMiles
    The Chas

    There was one lady that had a couple of thousand points when we had points. Haven't seen her since that revamp to thumbs...She was one..

    That's about all I could quess at because I can't seem to find the page with the TR members with the most amount of thumbs.. list

    Those with 3000 or more and there were about 5 or 6 were original members....

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    JamesRL

    I was on that list...and the ones CG mentioned....and .....mind is searching but coming up blank. BFilm ?

    James

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    CG IT

    I'd be guessing at the rest. Maxwell knows thought. I'm surprised he hasn't come back and let us know.

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    maxwell edison

    The fifteen, I believe, were regular TR members. Jay and sMoRTy were the primary TR contacts, and Beth participated, but I don't know if they were counted among the fifteen..

    These I know for sure:

    Oz_Media
    TheChas
    Hal9000
    apotheon
    willcomp
    BFilmFan
    house
    Maxwell Edison

    I'm certain the following were invited, but perhaps were inactive by then and didn't participate:

    DKlippert
    Joseph Moore
    dmiles

    After a couple of months, word got out and it really opened up to a lot of people. At that point, it seemed that everybody was an insider!

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    CG IT

    he was another one of the top 5 point holders back in the old days..

    and willcomp haven't seen him for quite some time.


    Thanks Maxwell....

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    willcomp

    I still check in from time to time and look around.

    Never miss TROLOV and usually listen to the member spotlights. (Sonja could have selected Scotland the Brave instead of Irish Eyses are Smiling for OM's intro).

    There was quite a bit of input from TRIs during site redesign, the vast majority of which was not implemented (or rather ignored since it didn't agree with their vision).

    Most questions I scan through have been adequately addressed by others -- no need to add redundancy. Most of my "spare time" nowdays is spend on another help site dearly loved by TR staff. On that site, they at least attempt to get closure from questioners. TR was unwilling/unable to implement a similar program although it was highly recommended. I have a bunch of EE tee shirts to keep my TR coffee cup company ;>)

    There's still a great community on TR and a lot of valuable information. I'll be around until age or senility gets to me -- I'm one of the old gray heads both literally and figuratively.

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    jdclyde

    As well as GG and Dawg.

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    maxwell edison

    These I know for sure:

    Oz_Media
    TheChas
    Hal9000
    apotheon
    willcomp
    BFilmFan
    house
    Maxwell Edison
    jdclyde
    jaqui
    sleepin'dawg

    I had you (jdclyde) and jaqui on my original list, but I searched some of those first discussions and I didn't see any posts from you guys. It is possible, however, that I missed some of them. (The ones I did review were hard to find.)

    GG didn't become a member until 2005. The original TRIs were in late 2004.

    Who else am I missing?

    maecuff?

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    Me

    JamesRL

    I remember getting the invite for the seckrit club...and I know it was when it was created.

    James

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    maxwell edison

    These I know for sure:

    Oz_Media
    TheChas
    Hal9000
    apotheon
    willcomp
    BFilmFan
    house
    Maxwell Edison
    jdclyde
    jaqui
    sleepin'dawg
    JamesRL

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    BFilmFan

    Sometimes it does seem some of us have been here since the doors of this place opened. I had an earlier handle in '99, but forgot the password and created this identity and managed to hold onto it all these years.

    Coming up on 8 years here now.

    Makes me think of some thing I have been working on in private time for some of my younger nieces and nephews and such to try and pass on some of the thoughts old Uncle Jerr's had over these years.

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    CG IT

    you gotta post the pic of the swag to really be in the Swag Club....

    The SWORTS Club .....catchy phrase...

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    Jacky Howe

    that there was a spot to check on Thumbs. It would be interesting to find out who was the first TR member to get Swag. :)

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    CG IT

    that was before there was thumbs and we had a point system. Joe Moore, Maxwell Edison, DMiles, there was one lady, and 2 others than all were in the couple thousand points. I figured those were the ones who were original 15.

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    Jacky Howe

    there doesn't appear to be a facility to check to see who has the most Thumbs. I preferred the Points personally.

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    Tig2

    The peer with the most thumbs is TheChas- he has over 4000.

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    Jacky Howe

    It would be nice to have a list somewhere. :)
    as a lot of the old timers don't post very often these days. :)

    I might look through the list that CG has provided. It is more out of curiosity as I can't remember a lot of the old timers until someone jogs the memory.

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    CG IT

    and then there was another list of the top 5.

    I know Joe Moore, Maxwell Edison & DMiles was on the top 5 list. I don't remember The Chas being on the top 5 list of points but then....I can't remember the other 2. I do know one has a woman's name and saw her post only once since the format change from points to thumbs...

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    w2ktechman

    not sure if she was that high though, however since the site changed, she's been a 'ghost' here.

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    Jellimonsta

    The good ole (if what somewhat pointless) 'techpoints' system. :)
    I only just started posting to the Q&A again as it always seemed most of the answers went without the OP approving. It did not motivate me to assist, and I need all the motivation I can get (ask my wife).

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    Jacky Howe

    without the OP approving.

    But it is a Buzz when you do get recognition for your efforts. :)

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    w2ktechman

    what is it like?

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    Jacky Howe

    constipated and then it is all over.

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    CG IT

    I don't post much on Q&A simply because most of the questions are the same questions over and over and over. The vast majority are not questions from Tech Pros about some type of problem they haven't seen before but rather from those with very little experience trying to do a job someone with experience ought to be doing or help desk I type of questions.... blah blah...

    Discussions are much better.... Friday Night Music...and well Friday Night Music.....

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    Jacky Howe

    <br><br>
    also on the experience factor.
    <br><br>
    I will have to check out Friday Night Music in the not to distant future.
    <br><br>
    I just rememberd Friday night is card night.
    <br><br>
    (*.*)

    <br><br>
    < Typo >
    <br><br>

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    OldER Mycroft

    Coz it keeps me up 'til 03.00 hrs local Scottish time!

    * And you're 9 hours ahead of me!!


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    w2ktechman

    I am trying to outpost JD today. So this is just a useless post :^0

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    w2ktechman

    which is funny, a few years ago (before I started doing discussions) I was always in the Q&A section. It somehow does not seem worth it usually these days.

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    Jacky Howe

    I will have a look around.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Hang on, just gotta re-size the piccies.

    Back in a mo' ...

    Gi-normous TR t-shirt and crazy creepy-feel flashing TR ball in this half.

    <img src= "http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z14/OldMycroft/SWAG2.jpg">

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    w2ktechman

    Hmmm, now you need a blue shirt... Time to get back in the TROLOV :)

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    OldER Mycroft

    Sonja was in charge of procurement, I let her choose for me.

    NOW there's talk of monitor stickers. Can you get one that looks like a dead pixel?

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    Ok

    w2ktechman

    but since it uses transparency stickers, it'll cost a bit more

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The Flintlock type with a Flared Barrel and I naturally Registered these Concealable Firearms when the law changed here. :0

    But the Authorities didn't want to know because there was a Made in Taiwan sticker on each Pistol so they must be Replicas right?

    Do those count? Perhaps I could show you how they work but you would have to look at the big end to make sure that something comes out. I'll mount one in a Wood Vice and pull a length of string as I'm not about to hold one of those Replicas and fire it. :^0

    Col

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    Jellimonsta

    If they are really French, how do you know they will fire?

    They are probably sturdy though. Would have to be if they are French and 400 years old. They would have been dropped so many times I can't imagine.

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    The Scummy One

    Ok, hold it with the long barrel pointing towards you.
    Look INTO the hole to make sure that everything will fire
    properly. THIS IS THE SAFE END...

    Now test fire it. You will be totally safe while staring into
    the barrel. Make sure that you can see that everything is
    functioning properly when it fires.

    There, all said and done now :^0

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    OH Smeg

    Though I'm not about to try one out these days with Modern Powder being so much more effective than what was available when these where made.

    Ideal Shot Gun type thing though and being Flintlocks I don't see how they couldn't fire that is if anyone is silly enough to actually pull the trigger. I do have Flints for them but no powder or Shot but the Rams Wadding and Powder Horns are in the case along with all the artwork in the barrels they look so pretty that they must be replicas. Honest.

    Well that my story and I'm sticking to it as no one is likely to actually use them for anything but display. :^0

    Besides I haven't seen them after the move so they are safe where they are hidden with all the unpacked stuff that I can't find anything that I want in. :0

    Col

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    OldER Mycroft

    My Vivitar takes piccies too wide for Photobucket to handle, even when cropped.

    TR coffee mug, toolkit & flag:

    Why does the TR coffee mug have an in-built 'Dribble Capability'? And before anyone slags me off, I wouldn't hurt a fly - but BORIS would and he lives in the WEB behind my desk! ....So you could say we're both 'on the web'!! :^0

    <img src= "http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z14/OldMycroft/SWAG2-1.jpg">

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    CG IT

    Old Boris there in the back..ROFL priceless

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    w2ktechman

    a TR mouse pad

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    OldER Mycroft

    <img src= "http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z14/OldMycroft/SWAG3-1.jpg">

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    CG IT

    ROFL

    Great Stuff Old Mycroft....

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    :^0

    w2ktechman

    now to give it USB support :^0

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    Tig2

    In a photo album I posted in March. To the photo of the assembled swag, mentally add a white polo and the sacred coffee cup.

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    maecuff

    They light up if you smack them against something.

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    CG IT

    em lighting up

    on second thought not so sure about that...

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    w2ktechman

    of course it would need to be uploaded into a secure location

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    CG IT

    balls and they light up when she's smacks em against something

    .....I'm a little apprehensive about seeing em in action....

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    maecuff

    wise.

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    OH Smeg

    My Religion Made me do it.

    Col

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    Tig2

    Having been to the TR mecca, I have WAY more and better SWAG than anyone. I have SWAG that you can't GET any more. I have the sacred white polo. I have the TR wine set. I have the dartboard. AND I am a former member of TRI- a group of VERY special people. SO very special that they disbanded us in 2006 because we were making all the riff raff jealous!

    As a "punter" in Discussions I find it interesting to note that the only person with as much SWAG as I is Sonja, keeper of the sacred SWAG.

    And remember- we want the riff-raff to participate too. Soon they will own SWAG as well. This is good.

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    CG IT

    all Hallowed are the TR mugs.....

    dart board..humm I think I would like the blue polo rather than white polo. I tend to slosh coffee around so white isn't really a good color for me. Ends up coffe brown....

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    BFilmFan

    That thing Jay sent me all those years ago is a coffee cup?

    I've been using it as a temporary bourbon or malt scotch beverage container and never knew it was for coffee!

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    Tig2

    The magic number for coffee cups is four. So that we have more than DMambo!

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    jdclyde

    because I have the wine kit!
    AND a little TR flag!
    AND a TR shirt that is THREE sizes to big for ME!

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    OldER Mycroft

    Strictly speaking, it makes me look slim!

    When the Spotlight interview was finished <huff, puff> I asked Sonja, without wishing to sound in any way condescending to the American populace, if TR did bigger-type T-shirts because I was having a spot of bother fitting myself into what we Brits call a XXL size.

    She very kindly, (avoiding the opportunity to ridicule my self-professed weight situation) assured me that TR had sizes that would help my difficulties.

    Now, the T-shirt that arrived is a XXXL which filled me with excitement when I saw the size on the label, until I then disappeared into this gargantuan T-shirt-shaped Gazebo.

    As I told her when I thanked her for the SWAG - I'll have to check the local wind forecast before I venture outside wearing this thing!

    I DO get plenty of air round the oxters though, even on a hot day! :^0

    [It has to be a sizing thing between British and American standards - maybe I would fit into an American medium to large ]

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    jdclyde

    I am not huge, but not small either. Typically an XL does me grand.

    It seems that every time they add an X they double the size! :0

    Here is a chart I found on-line.


    http://reviews.ebay.com/MEN-apos-S-CLOTHING-SIZE-CONVERSION-CHARTS_W0QQugidZ10000000004386174

    USA Men?s Size Standard
    Approximate
    US Sizes , Neck inc. , Chest inc. , Sleeve inc. , Waist inc. , Neck cm , Chest cm , Sleeve cm , Waist cm
    [ XS , 13-13? , 33-34 , 31?-32 , 27-28 , 33-34 , 84-86 , 80-81 , 68-71 ]

    [ M , 15-15? , 38-40 , 33?-34 , 32-34 , 38-39 , 96-102 , 85-86 , 81-86 ]
    [ L , 16-16? , 42-44 , 34?-35 , 36-38 , 40-42 , 107-112 , 87-89 , 91-97 ]
    [ XL , 17-17? , 46-48 , 35?-36 , 40-42 , 43-45 , 116-122 , 90-91 , 101-107 ]
    [ XXL , 18-18? , 50-52 , 36-36? , 44-46 , 46-47 , 127-132 , 91-93 , 111-117 ]
    [ XXXL , 19-19? , 54-56 , 36?-37 , 50-52 , 48-49 , 137-140 , 93-94 , 127-132 ]

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    CG IT

    tie a rope on ya and use you as a kite....

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    w2ktechman

    into a gliding outfit???
    What about a parachute???

    Hmmm, maybe I need an XXXXXL for that :^0

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    w2ktechman

    of an XXL -- I think that you just like the third X rating better :^0

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    half

    Down under I am a XL fitting but looking at the chart I am more like a L US fitting,
    Those mugs sure hold a good drop of coffee, Its a 2 spoonful cup.
    The first cup in the morning the wife has is a 3 spoon shot!!!Of Maccona
    My wife grabbed the ball and it is in her toy collection at work now.
    I still have the flag.
    The pens are still on the desk, surprise surprise

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    Jacky Howe

    welcome to the world of the non Riff Raff.

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    OldER Mycroft

    A tent manufacturer with some slack production, and they'd gone into T-shirts for a change but got the sizing a bit skew-whiff. :^0

    Worn outside the trousers it almost obliterates my knees, and I'm 5'11" !! :^0 :^0

    And if the XXX rating DID apply - to quote JP Donleavy :

    "Upon Having without Invitation an Uncontrolled Erection
    It is extremely bad manners to stand in prolonged postures with your member prominently bulging in front of strange ladies to whom your temporary enormity means little. And to twitch it is a cardinal rudeness. Depending upon the size of your engorgement, attempt to sit putting the offending member down the least obvious trouser leg."


    OR just wear a TR t-shirt of the SWAG size!

    <Quote>

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    Jacky Howe

    Scotland isn't it. Consider it a TR Kilt.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Perhaps the t-shirt is 'shrink-to-fit'

    Now, if I could just find a washing machine big enough... :^0

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    Jacky Howe

    1. make sure that the T-Shirt isn't wet

    2. make sure that you press the sporran

    3. don't take Viagra

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    w2ktechman

    That would be prime :)
    then it could be filled with a TR USB coffee cup warmer and a TR mug. Also, a USB water boiler, and a TR notebook with multiple batteries for the USB devices.

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    Jacky Howe

    of a TR Notebook but what would we have to sacrifice for that offering.

    Bribe them with the tent.

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    w2ktechman

    and charge like $10 for each

    Now, what size stickers do you want???


    Oh, BTW -- DONT tell TR

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    Jacky Howe

    you left yourself wide open there.

    $10 a ticket what <b>SIZE</b>

    Didn't I loan you $20 not long ago.

    I'll have two <b>Billboard Size thanks</b>

    < emoticons >

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    w2ktechman

    BTW -- Billboard size is not 1 sticker. It is approx. 300 stickers. Will that be cash???

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    the IDGOM club.

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    CG IT

    ok so who are members?

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    w2ktechman

    The more SWAG you got, the higher your status

    Oops, disregard, I only have a single TR mug (Thanks Jay). So I would be just above PEON (one who has a lesser item) :^0

    OM on the other hand, would be up there a bit :0
    And Tigs, with that DartBoard -- our Goddess???

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    CG IT

    throws darts at us from time to time...

    I've got a mug and a shirt...if I call in the chip for the spy on the JPL picture and phone call I'll have 3 items.... is it the # of mugs we got that sets status or shirts? If it's shirts, those parachute XXXLLL's probably can be made up into 3 or 4 of em ....

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    w2ktechman

    1. -- discontinued TR items
    2. -- Mugs -- the more the merrier
    3. -- XXXL parachute dress/shirt thingys
    4. -- TR stamped USB devices (I havent heard of any yet).
    5. -- Shirts
    6. -- flags, notepads, and various other items.
    7. -- homemade TR stamped items (I may start working on these, and I'll sell them for a pretty penny (or more).....
    8. -- a flag by your member name on TR (not an avatar, but the TR flag).
    9. -- any other item that we decide to accept

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    CG IT

    I can only use 1 at a time...maybe the wife will want one...

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    Jellimonsta

    Will the TR mugs be able to retrofit into one of those 'beer can hats' those dopes wear at football games?
    If so, maybe you can use 2 simultaneously, and still type.

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    w2ktechman

    I remember a couple years back OTR had a pic with GWB and a TR mug :0
    Please tell me we can restrict his access or the whole thing will be FUBAR

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Do only swag owners get to use the room? What will we call it? Is a certain level of swag ownership required, or can any old swag owner (like me) belong?

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    jdclyde

    RANK people based upon their swaggism level... B-)

    I wish they would change the mugs back to the old style. I just KNOW if I got the new ones I would dump that puppy all over my keyboard....

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    OldER Mycroft

    Because it reminded me of the coffee 'cups' you'd get in a Parisienne street-cafe early in the morning. It holds easily twice as much as any other mug - whether it's the old or new variety I wouldn't know.

    It almost blots out my 22" monitor when I take a swig from it!!

    <Mis-spelled 'French' - caffeine overdose!!>

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    Jellimonsta

    Yes, I have no bananas... I mean swag!

    I will have to send that camping pic to Sonja, I guess to butter her up.

    edited to add: does that mean I am actually advanced to the riff-raff level now? ?:|

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    Nah

    The Scummy One

    You did not advance at all, you have always been riff-raff :^0

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    OH Smeg

    I'm a Want To Be Snob as I can't qualify as a real Snob yet.

    Col ]:)

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    The Scummy One

    get some swag

    or, from now on, you are Riff-Raff

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    Bizzo

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    The Scummy One

    This can be done by doing an interview or posting stuff
    (sending) from the TR Out Loud (do some searching) :)

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    Send a picture - of yourself, your workstation, a techie gadget, a pet, or something else interesting (and appropriate for posting on the site) - to TROL at cnet.com (of course use the @ symbol... you know).
    <br><br>
    If I use it on TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video), then I'll send you some swag, and you'll no longer be riff raff!!
    <br><br>
    It doesn't get any easier than that!

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    The Scummy One

    Pics is fine, but post is best left to the pros (Women of
    course)

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Are not used.

    I sent her some Professional Medical Photos of me and she was too scared to use them. Hardly scary at all and as they are published Photos I didn't mind Honestly. :^0

    Col ]:)

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    I'm a pack rat, but even if I wasn't, I would have held onto that picture just because it was so gnarly. It might have to make a subliminal appearance in TROLOV...

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    OH Smeg

    Provided yo say that is the result of trying to reason with Boxy.

    Col ]:)

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    The Scummy One

    as long as she gets her way

    If you think otherwise, it is yet another sign of a
    malfunctioning HAL unit :^0

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    ]:) You betcha. My way or the highway.

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    OH Smeg

    See I know exactly how to have a quite life.

    Boxy whatever you say you must be right. :^0 :^0 :^0

    Yes it drives SWMBO nuts as well because she knows that she winning but it doesn't feel right. :^0 :0

    Col ]:)

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    now that OM is no longer on the same lowly, non-swag level as I, will I ever hear from him again?

    Now that he can rub the shoulders with the likes of Hal, Max, GG, Tig, etc., I will just be pitched into the waste bin of refuse that befits our ilk. :-(

    I will miss him.

    oh woe it is to be sans swag.


    [fidgeting with digital camera] ;-)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    me and my coffee mug.

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    CaptBilly1Eye




    actually I expect to be moved up the ranks soon.
    ;-)

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    The Scummy One

    we need to cut all ties with the lowly likes of ya :^0

    Let us know when you are full of TR Swag, and we'll talk to ya
    again

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    OH Smeg

    Well i only have a TR T Shirt, a Coffee mug and a E-Logo.

    Well actually I only have the E Logo as SWMBO swiped the other stuff before I even saw it and has claimed it for herself.

    So I suppose that I'm going to have to restore a Backup and find the E-Thing again just to qualify here. More Work that I have to perform. :_|

    While I may get mentioned a lot at some places here I don't ask for anything I'm just hoping that you lot get sick and tired of hearing my name being mentioned and start contributing to stop me getting all the Swag that you think I'm getting.

    Perhaps I should have a talk to Sonja about the Radio Controlled TR Helicopter or that very important TR Computer Controlled Metal Lathe that I want. I just am too scared to ask for these Items as I'm not sure of the Helicopter conforms to AU Standards and I do know that the TR Lathe will be 110 Volt and I would need to convert it to the AU 240 Volts that is used here. I'm just not sure that the other insulation will be up to Spec though. :^0

    Sonja refused to send me a TR Ducati as she said I already have a Ducati and I was being greedy so she refused to send me one of those. She also refused to send me a TR Classic Mercedes because she wasn't willing to give any stuff to SWMBO as she's not a member of TR. ;\

    Col ]:)

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    Tig2

    You too can SWAG up by participating in TROLOV each week. Then simply demand your SWAG by emailing your street address to Sonja.

    She tells you each week how to participate. Hint- she likes voice mail!

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    w2ktechman

    I prefer email

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    OH Smeg

    The TR Coffee Cups where always the ultimate for most people particularly those outside the US as the person previously in charge of handing these out wouldn't sent them to International Participants.

    Besides the T Shirts and Coffee mug I don't have a clue what else is available and I've never asked for any either so I have no idea of what it is possible to get. And to join this club do you actually have to get TR Swag yourself or will it suffice that it arrived at your house and in my case SWMBO swiped it?

    I can still remember when a TR Tee shirt arrived here I was shown it by the wife who was wearing it at the time. After she had stretched it all out of shape she stopped wearing it at all. So to make it sort of fit right I had to take up Body Building and after building 38 different bodies I eventually got one sort of right that could wear it.

    The group of 20 formally known as the TR Insiders or TRI where responsible for making suggestions to Improve TR as a Site but then several Site Redesigns ago that disappeared as well so other than a TR Top Geek Finilast that I think GG who was made the Queen Geek and B Film Fan who was named the King Geek I only have a E-Sticker with the TR Logo on it so I don't really have any TR Swag. :_|

    Even now I'm only posting to the Weekly things that have been introduced to TR by Sonja to help out till others jump right in as without Community Participation this will fold and there will be no place for Direct Input. Which will not bode well for the members overall.

    Anyway me with my TR Took Geek Finilast want to join in.

    Col ]:)

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    OldER Mycroft

    So I don't think it would be prudent to mention all the SWAG sent to me.

    <Checks DHL International Shipment, Customs Value xx.xx USD>

    No, suffice to say, the TR coffee mug and the TR T-shirt did have other travelling companions for the trip over the Big Pond.

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    OH Smeg

    HUM I need to know what they have so I can tell Sonja the next time that she asks me. :^0

    So what do I want HUM lets think about this for a minute some Fuel Proof TR Stickers to stick on my Remote Control Helicopters and a Stop Violent Women Sticker as I'm tired of being beat up by th wife.

    Balls here are a NO NO here as the Wife will just feed them to the daughters dog who is hopelessly addicted to chasing balls around though maybe if I buy a Remote Controlled Car and bolt one to that it may stand a part way decent change of living more than the standard 20 minutes. :^0

    What do I need nothing but what I would like to have is a different story all together.

    Col B-)

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    CG IT

    Like Coffee Mugs
    Polo Shirts
    Wine stopper and bottle opener...

    Could use another Polo shirt ....

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    w2ktechman

    cause the new ones are blue (so I am told)(looked black to me in the vid)...

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    Jacky Howe

    I received my TR Flag and PC Troubleshooter Resource Guide a couple of weeks ago. If only I could remember to send in some picks, I may be able to score some more Swag.

    One of my boys came home the other day and said 'Cool Flag Dad' and I proudly went on to tell him how I got it. He patiently listened to my spiel. Then he said 'Dad I was talking about your Avatar'. Thats another story.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    and they've been used. I haven't received swag for pics. What's up with that?

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    Jacky Howe

    if you sent in pikkies and they were used you get Swag. That's what I thought OM got his swag for when he sent in that Donny Osmond lookalike.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    the TROL/OV's and read very carefully. I need another TR coffee cup so that I can have a matched set.

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    Jacky Howe

    If there are more than two of you for coffee someone is going to feel left out.

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    CG IT

    I dunno I think Sonja is getting to be the swag nazi...

    we send in pics we call on the phone, we send in emails... what do we get?

    No Swag for you!


    [hope all knows this is a joke]

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    w2ktechman

    If your pics are used, then send Soja an email at trol@cnet.com asking for swag (from the list).

    Then Soja will respond, telling you that what you asked for is no more (Tigs, stop hyping the Dartboard X-( )

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    Tig2

    Start working for a set of four. DMambo only has three and we must beat him somehow!

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    w2ktechman

    hopefully soon enough to be 5 (just to beat out everyone else).

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I sent in 4 pics, all of which were used on TROLOV. If I can get 1 mug per pic, that would be 5 mugs!

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    w2ktechman

    I guess I need 10 then :)

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    CG IT

    look back at the last 2 or 3 spotlights where she asked for photo's email and the lot.
    She said he said that she said if you were mentioned, your pic used, or email send her your address for swag...

    so boxie your still without swag???

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    CG IT

    classic TB classic

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    The Scummy One

    Now, I like your idea too. Hmm. a riff-raff free place to talk
    about the other riff-raff such as JD and HAL

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    And as such become members?

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    The Scummy One

    has none anymore (see post above). And, well, JD -- we can
    go break his :^0

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    Tig2

    And we'll be calling you lefty!

    Besides, you can't break a polo!

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    w2ktechman

    for ridding us of JD in the elitist posts?
    C'mon, he already posts too much anyway. If we allow him into the non riff-raff area, he will be consumed and will integrate himself into TR with no ability to rid of him :0

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    maxwell edison

    Some of us were invited to join. Here's a cut and paste of the invitation (circa 11-2004):

    Greetings Maxwell Edison,

    As you've probably guessed, this message concerns TechRepublic. In the past few days, you may have noticed a new forum has appeared in the TechRepublic Discussion Center called TR Insiders

    (Link Removed)

    What you may not be aware of is that you are one of only 15 TechRepublic members who can see and access this area of our Web site.

    That's right, you're one of 15 people hand-picked from hundreds of thousands TechRepublic members. This elite group of extraordinarily active users has been invited to join us in the most significant redesign of the TechRepublic Web site in our company's history. You, Maxwell Edison, were hand-picked for this team because of your incredible level of involvement in the TR Discussion Center and Tech Q&A. You're among the best of the best, and we need your help.

    Over the next few months, you and your fellow TR Insiders will be granted unprecedented access to TR beta features, extended additional exclusive site privileges, and afforded a direct line to the core TR staffers that are working to create the ultimate IT community site for this century.

    If you decide not join us, you don't need to do a thing. However, if you decide to stick around, we'd like you to fill out the four-item questionnaire at the end of this message and send the answer as a reply to this e-mail and respond by noon EST on Thursday, Nov. 4. Yes, it's a survey, but if you complete it there will be a technocentric gift in it for you down the line. It's not a bribe, you've earned it.

    Thanks for your time. We look forward to working with you.

    Sincerely,

    The Community Redevelopment Team

    Rex Baldazo (RexWorld)
    Beth Blakely (beth.blakely)
    Paul Cook (pcook)
    Jay Garmon (The Trivia Geek)
    Mark Kaelin (MKaelin)
    Shawn Morton (sMoRTy71)
    Ted Smith (tsmith)


    The group grew from 15 to 1500. Okay, I exaggerate a bit, but after we shared some initial development ideas, the group continued to grow and grow, soon becoming much ado about nothing. Personally speaking (paraphrasing Yogi Berra), nobody went there anymore, including me, because it was too crowded.

    TR Trivia question:

    Who were the original 15 TRIs?

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    OldER Mycroft

    Probably not, otherwise the TRI would've had to admit Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens as elite members!! :^0

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    CG IT

    Original members:

    Rex Baldazo (RexWorld)
    Beth Blakely (beth.blakely)
    Paul Cook (pcook)
    Jay Garmon (The Trivia Geek)
    Mark Kaelin (MKaelin)
    Shawn Morton (sMoRTy71)
    Ted Smith (tsmith)

    Joe Moore
    You Maxwell...
    DMiles
    The Chas

    There was one lady that had a couple of thousand points when we had points. Haven't seen her since that revamp to thumbs...She was one..

    That's about all I could quess at because I can't seem to find the page with the TR members with the most amount of thumbs.. list

    Those with 3000 or more and there were about 5 or 6 were original members....

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    JamesRL

    I was on that list...and the ones CG mentioned....and .....mind is searching but coming up blank. BFilm ?

    James

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    CG IT

    I'd be guessing at the rest. Maxwell knows thought. I'm surprised he hasn't come back and let us know.

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    maxwell edison

    The fifteen, I believe, were regular TR members. Jay and sMoRTy were the primary TR contacts, and Beth participated, but I don't know if they were counted among the fifteen..

    These I know for sure:

    Oz_Media
    TheChas
    Hal9000
    apotheon
    willcomp
    BFilmFan
    house
    Maxwell Edison

    I'm certain the following were invited, but perhaps were inactive by then and didn't participate:

    DKlippert
    Joseph Moore
    dmiles

    After a couple of months, word got out and it really opened up to a lot of people. At that point, it seemed that everybody was an insider!

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    CG IT

    he was another one of the top 5 point holders back in the old days..

    and willcomp haven't seen him for quite some time.


    Thanks Maxwell....

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    willcomp

    I still check in from time to time and look around.

    Never miss TROLOV and usually listen to the member spotlights. (Sonja could have selected Scotland the Brave instead of Irish Eyses are Smiling for OM's intro).

    There was quite a bit of input from TRIs during site redesign, the vast majority of which was not implemented (or rather ignored since it didn't agree with their vision).

    Most questions I scan through have been adequately addressed by others -- no need to add redundancy. Most of my "spare time" nowdays is spend on another help site dearly loved by TR staff. On that site, they at least attempt to get closure from questioners. TR was unwilling/unable to implement a similar program although it was highly recommended. I have a bunch of EE tee shirts to keep my TR coffee cup company ;>)

    There's still a great community on TR and a lot of valuable information. I'll be around until age or senility gets to me -- I'm one of the old gray heads both literally and figuratively.

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    jdclyde

    As well as GG and Dawg.

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    maxwell edison

    These I know for sure:

    Oz_Media
    TheChas
    Hal9000
    apotheon
    willcomp
    BFilmFan
    house
    Maxwell Edison
    jdclyde
    jaqui
    sleepin'dawg

    I had you (jdclyde) and jaqui on my original list, but I searched some of those first discussions and I didn't see any posts from you guys. It is possible, however, that I missed some of them. (The ones I did review were hard to find.)

    GG didn't become a member until 2005. The original TRIs were in late 2004.

    Who else am I missing?

    maecuff?

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    Me

    JamesRL

    I remember getting the invite for the seckrit club...and I know it was when it was created.

    James

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    maxwell edison

    These I know for sure:

    Oz_Media
    TheChas
    Hal9000
    apotheon
    willcomp
    BFilmFan
    house
    Maxwell Edison
    jdclyde
    jaqui
    sleepin'dawg
    JamesRL

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    BFilmFan

    Sometimes it does seem some of us have been here since the doors of this place opened. I had an earlier handle in '99, but forgot the password and created this identity and managed to hold onto it all these years.

    Coming up on 8 years here now.

    Makes me think of some thing I have been working on in private time for some of my younger nieces and nephews and such to try and pass on some of the thoughts old Uncle Jerr's had over these years.

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    CG IT

    you gotta post the pic of the swag to really be in the Swag Club....

    The SWORTS Club .....catchy phrase...

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    Jacky Howe

    that there was a spot to check on Thumbs. It would be interesting to find out who was the first TR member to get Swag. :)

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    CG IT

    that was before there was thumbs and we had a point system. Joe Moore, Maxwell Edison, DMiles, there was one lady, and 2 others than all were in the couple thousand points. I figured those were the ones who were original 15.

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    Jacky Howe

    there doesn't appear to be a facility to check to see who has the most Thumbs. I preferred the Points personally.

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    Tig2

    The peer with the most thumbs is TheChas- he has over 4000.

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    Jacky Howe

    It would be nice to have a list somewhere. :)
    as a lot of the old timers don't post very often these days. :)

    I might look through the list that CG has provided. It is more out of curiosity as I can't remember a lot of the old timers until someone jogs the memory.

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    CG IT

    and then there was another list of the top 5.

    I know Joe Moore, Maxwell Edison & DMiles was on the top 5 list. I don't remember The Chas being on the top 5 list of points but then....I can't remember the other 2. I do know one has a woman's name and saw her post only once since the format change from points to thumbs...

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    w2ktechman

    not sure if she was that high though, however since the site changed, she's been a 'ghost' here.

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    Jellimonsta

    The good ole (if what somewhat pointless) 'techpoints' system. :)
    I only just started posting to the Q&A again as it always seemed most of the answers went without the OP approving. It did not motivate me to assist, and I need all the motivation I can get (ask my wife).

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    Jacky Howe

    without the OP approving.

    But it is a Buzz when you do get recognition for your efforts. :)

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    w2ktechman

    what is it like?

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    Jacky Howe

    constipated and then it is all over.

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    CG IT

    I don't post much on Q&A simply because most of the questions are the same questions over and over and over. The vast majority are not questions from Tech Pros about some type of problem they haven't seen before but rather from those with very little experience trying to do a job someone with experience ought to be doing or help desk I type of questions.... blah blah...

    Discussions are much better.... Friday Night Music...and well Friday Night Music.....

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    Jacky Howe

    <br><br>
    also on the experience factor.
    <br><br>
    I will have to check out Friday Night Music in the not to distant future.
    <br><br>
    I just rememberd Friday night is card night.
    <br><br>
    (*.*)

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    < Typo >
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    OldER Mycroft

    Coz it keeps me up 'til 03.00 hrs local Scottish time!

    * And you're 9 hours ahead of me!!


    < * >

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    w2ktechman

    I am trying to outpost JD today. So this is just a useless post :^0

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    w2ktechman

    which is funny, a few years ago (before I started doing discussions) I was always in the Q&A section. It somehow does not seem worth it usually these days.

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    Jacky Howe

    I will have a look around.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Hang on, just gotta re-size the piccies.

    Back in a mo' ...

    Gi-normous TR t-shirt and crazy creepy-feel flashing TR ball in this half.

    <img src= "http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z14/OldMycroft/SWAG2.jpg">

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    w2ktechman

    Hmmm, now you need a blue shirt... Time to get back in the TROLOV :)

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    OldER Mycroft

    Sonja was in charge of procurement, I let her choose for me.

    NOW there's talk of monitor stickers. Can you get one that looks like a dead pixel?

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    Ok

    w2ktechman

    but since it uses transparency stickers, it'll cost a bit more

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The Flintlock type with a Flared Barrel and I naturally Registered these Concealable Firearms when the law changed here. :0

    But the Authorities didn't want to know because there was a Made in Taiwan sticker on each Pistol so they must be Replicas right?

    Do those count? Perhaps I could show you how they work but you would have to look at the big end to make sure that something comes out. I'll mount one in a Wood Vice and pull a length of string as I'm not about to hold one of those Replicas and fire it. :^0

    Col

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    Jellimonsta

    If they are really French, how do you know they will fire?

    They are probably sturdy though. Would have to be if they are French and 400 years old. They would have been dropped so many times I can't imagine.

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    The Scummy One

    Ok, hold it with the long barrel pointing towards you.
    Look INTO the hole to make sure that everything will fire
    properly. THIS IS THE SAFE END...

    Now test fire it. You will be totally safe while staring into
    the barrel. Make sure that you can see that everything is
    functioning properly when it fires.

    There, all said and done now :^0

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    OH Smeg

    Though I'm not about to try one out these days with Modern Powder being so much more effective than what was available when these where made.

    Ideal Shot Gun type thing though and being Flintlocks I don't see how they couldn't fire that is if anyone is silly enough to actually pull the trigger. I do have Flints for them but no powder or Shot but the Rams Wadding and Powder Horns are in the case along with all the artwork in the barrels they look so pretty that they must be replicas. Honest.

    Well that my story and I'm sticking to it as no one is likely to actually use them for anything but display. :^0

    Besides I haven't seen them after the move so they are safe where they are hidden with all the unpacked stuff that I can't find anything that I want in. :0

    Col

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    OldER Mycroft

    My Vivitar takes piccies too wide for Photobucket to handle, even when cropped.

    TR coffee mug, toolkit & flag:

    Why does the TR coffee mug have an in-built 'Dribble Capability'? And before anyone slags me off, I wouldn't hurt a fly - but BORIS would and he lives in the WEB behind my desk! ....So you could say we're both 'on the web'!! :^0

    <img src= "http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z14/OldMycroft/SWAG2-1.jpg">

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    CG IT

    Old Boris there in the back..ROFL priceless

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    w2ktechman

    a TR mouse pad

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    OldER Mycroft

    <img src= "http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z14/OldMycroft/SWAG3-1.jpg">

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    CG IT

    ROFL

    Great Stuff Old Mycroft....

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    :^0

    w2ktechman

    now to give it USB support :^0

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    Tig2

    In a photo album I posted in March. To the photo of the assembled swag, mentally add a white polo and the sacred coffee cup.

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    maecuff

    They light up if you smack them against something.

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    CG IT

    em lighting up

    on second thought not so sure about that...

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    w2ktechman

    of course it would need to be uploaded into a secure location

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    CG IT

    balls and they light up when she's smacks em against something

    .....I'm a little apprehensive about seeing em in action....

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    maecuff

    wise.

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    OH Smeg

    My Religion Made me do it.

    Col

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    Tig2

    Having been to the TR mecca, I have WAY more and better SWAG than anyone. I have SWAG that you can't GET any more. I have the sacred white polo. I have the TR wine set. I have the dartboard. AND I am a former member of TRI- a group of VERY special people. SO very special that they disbanded us in 2006 because we were making all the riff raff jealous!

    As a "punter" in Discussions I find it interesting to note that the only person with as much SWAG as I is Sonja, keeper of the sacred SWAG.

    And remember- we want the riff-raff to participate too. Soon they will own SWAG as well. This is good.

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    CG IT

    all Hallowed are the TR mugs.....

    dart board..humm I think I would like the blue polo rather than white polo. I tend to slosh coffee around so white isn't really a good color for me. Ends up coffe brown....

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    BFilmFan

    That thing Jay sent me all those years ago is a coffee cup?

    I've been using it as a temporary bourbon or malt scotch beverage container and never knew it was for coffee!

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    Tig2

    The magic number for coffee cups is four. So that we have more than DMambo!

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    jdclyde

    because I have the wine kit!
    AND a little TR flag!
    AND a TR shirt that is THREE sizes to big for ME!

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    OldER Mycroft

    Strictly speaking, it makes me look slim!

    When the Spotlight interview was finished <huff, puff> I asked Sonja, without wishing to sound in any way condescending to the American populace, if TR did bigger-type T-shirts because I was having a spot of bother fitting myself into what we Brits call a XXL size.

    She very kindly, (avoiding the opportunity to ridicule my self-professed weight situation) assured me that TR had sizes that would help my difficulties.

    Now, the T-shirt that arrived is a XXXL which filled me with excitement when I saw the size on the label, until I then disappeared into this gargantuan T-shirt-shaped Gazebo.

    As I told her when I thanked her for the SWAG - I'll have to check the local wind forecast before I venture outside wearing this thing!

    I DO get plenty of air round the oxters though, even on a hot day! :^0

    [It has to be a sizing thing between British and American standards - maybe I would fit into an American medium to large ]

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    jdclyde

    I am not huge, but not small either. Typically an XL does me grand.

    It seems that every time they add an X they double the size! :0

    Here is a chart I found on-line.


    http://reviews.ebay.com/MEN-apos-S-CLOTHING-SIZE-CONVERSION-CHARTS_W0QQugidZ10000000004386174

    USA Men?s Size Standard
    Approximate
    US Sizes , Neck inc. , Chest inc. , Sleeve inc. , Waist inc. , Neck cm , Chest cm , Sleeve cm , Waist cm
    [ XS , 13-13? , 33-34 , 31?-32 , 27-28 , 33-34 , 84-86 , 80-81 , 68-71 ]

    [ M , 15-15? , 38-40 , 33?-34 , 32-34 , 38-39 , 96-102 , 85-86 , 81-86 ]
    [ L , 16-16? , 42-44 , 34?-35 , 36-38 , 40-42 , 107-112 , 87-89 , 91-97 ]
    [ XL , 17-17? , 46-48 , 35?-36 , 40-42 , 43-45 , 116-122 , 90-91 , 101-107 ]
    [ XXL , 18-18? , 50-52 , 36-36? , 44-46 , 46-47 , 127-132 , 91-93 , 111-117 ]
    [ XXXL , 19-19? , 54-56 , 36?-37 , 50-52 , 48-49 , 137-140 , 93-94 , 127-132 ]

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    CG IT

    tie a rope on ya and use you as a kite....

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    w2ktechman

    into a gliding outfit???
    What about a parachute???

    Hmmm, maybe I need an XXXXXL for that :^0

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    w2ktechman

    of an XXL -- I think that you just like the third X rating better :^0

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    half

    Down under I am a XL fitting but looking at the chart I am more like a L US fitting,
    Those mugs sure hold a good drop of coffee, Its a 2 spoonful cup.
    The first cup in the morning the wife has is a 3 spoon shot!!!Of Maccona
    My wife grabbed the ball and it is in her toy collection at work now.
    I still have the flag.
    The pens are still on the desk, surprise surprise

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    Jacky Howe

    welcome to the world of the non Riff Raff.

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    OldER Mycroft

    A tent manufacturer with some slack production, and they'd gone into T-shirts for a change but got the sizing a bit skew-whiff. :^0

    Worn outside the trousers it almost obliterates my knees, and I'm 5'11" !! :^0 :^0

    And if the XXX rating DID apply - to quote JP Donleavy :

    "Upon Having without Invitation an Uncontrolled Erection
    It is extremely bad manners to stand in prolonged postures with your member prominently bulging in front of strange ladies to whom your temporary enormity means little. And to twitch it is a cardinal rudeness. Depending upon the size of your engorgement, attempt to sit putting the offending member down the least obvious trouser leg."


    OR just wear a TR t-shirt of the SWAG size!

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    Jacky Howe

    Scotland isn't it. Consider it a TR Kilt.