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We need a little drama around here

AV .
I'm getting depressed when I look at whats become of the Water Cooler. I think this video pretty much sums up my mood when I look at this joint.

http://now.msn.com/now/0411-henri-existential-housecat.aspx

The Water Cooler has such a rich history with many posts by one of the great founding fathers, Maxwell Edison. We had the TR Garden Club and the Catch up Cafe. We had FNM and flame wars, sometimes. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but we always had *something*. Lets do it again.

There was a community here once in the Water Cooler and there can be again. New members are always welcome.

Post something. Anything. Your choice. Add to the discussion.

AV

PS: Keep it (somewhat) clean
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    AV .

    It isn't a tech thing, but I love this place in NJ.
    http://www.sandy-hook.com/ Its not fancy, but just a great beach day with a great view of NYC. The ocean is awesome.

    AV

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    AV .

    So I'm bumping it up.

    AV

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    this is one of my favorite places to go camping. If any of you nice folks make it to Nova Scotia, this is one place worth checking out if you're into camping http://www.parks.gov.ns.ca/parks/blomidon.asp

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    hippiekarl

    I've been interested in visiting the Maritimes for a long time, and may finally get up that way soon.

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    JamesRL

    I've been to Halifax, want to go to Cape Breton, maybe with my pop up trailer. I'd like to photograph the Cabot Trail when the leaves change.

    Blomidon looks like a great place.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Going in the opposite direction, I also want to see flamingos and spoonbills.

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    Darryl~ Moderator

    I think they mostly stay over on Newfoundland in Atlantic Canada, that doesn't mean the odd one doesn't **** over the Strait to Cape Breton though....we get some sealife & birds native to your area blown up here every so often during hurricanes.

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    Darryl~ Moderator

    can be tricky to catch, there's so many hills & valleys that you never seem to be able to see them all change at once...it usually occurs over 3 or 4 weeks. They just re-paved the Cabot Trail a couple years ago so it's a much more pleasant drive than it used to be.

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    AV .

    I had no idea there were fairy shrimp. They look too beautiful to eat.

    AV

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Even Purp and AV are posting what just has to be Spam but because they are neither new members who joined in 2011 or 2012 I'll leave those here and allow another Moderator to make a decision as to weather or not to remove Purp's post.

    And AV Maxwell was by no means the first to be a Big User of the Water Cooler there was GOD, Guru of Dos who dragged Maxwell in long before it was called the Water Cooler officially by the PTB @ TR. We had been calling it that for a very long time before that Moniker was officially adopted. Things like the Friday Yuk used to be very big before the community was effectively Gutted with the last site downgrade.

    Col

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    .Martin.

    everything Yuk worthy, I always find/think of on a Tuesday.

    Maybe I'll have to start a Tuesday Yuk

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    maxwell edison

    http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/discussions/8-164417

    A couple of points, Colin: Guru did not drag me into the discussion area; it was, perhaps, the other way around as he and I first crossed cyber-paths in the Question area as we were amassing our stash of Tech Points. And it was I who dubbed this place the "Water Cooler" (although TR gives me neither royalties nor credit).

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    But as I was late to the Piece in 2002 I wasn't sure that it wasn't used previously.

    Bloody **** a "New Comer" giving History Lessons is bound to run into troubles. :^0

    TR has foolish people running it now they even made me a Moderator I'm sure that you're trembling in your boots knowing me and I now have the power to delete posts so I'm dangerous. :^0 :^0 [/Maniacal Laughter]

    Nope I only delete posts from Jason and the people who Post Spam of course.

    Great to see you back here I know you've been dropping in on an Irregular Basis since the last site "Downgrade" so have you come to the conclusion yet that the attempt to move all of the Nontechnical Crap to FB from TR was a silly idea and didn't work well.

    Sure GG, Mae and Co have not been seen much lately, Neil hardly at all and no mention of the Girls Batmobile either. TR is now much worse off and no where near as tight a community as it once was.

    Cheers

    Col

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    maxwell edison

    I remember another "Water Cooler" in my life. It was in the back of an old Skelly gas station that I used to work at as a teenager. Later, as an adult, I used to drop by the station after the work day to visit with the guys, have some beers, and shoot the breeze. Several of us used to drop into the station at the end of the day for the same reason. BYOBeer or share what someone else brings.

    That old gas station was eventually torn down and replaced with a more respectable and modern looking building.

    Sometimes respectable and modern don't make for very good water coolers.

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    DelbertPGH

    I used to hang out in gas stations in Craig, Colorado when I was a teenager. There was nothing to do in town. We had 4,000 people , 40 gas stations, and almost as many churches. We didn't have a Skelly. Esso and Conoco and other names like that. Don't know what happened to Skelly. I used to see them in the midwest.

    My favorite gas stations, when I was a little boy, was Sinclair. They had the brontosaurus on their sign.

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    GSG

    For some reason, when I think of Mae, I have to sing, "I've got a golden shovel.." to the tune of "I've got a golden ticket" from the Gene Wilder version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from the 70s.

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    cmiller5400

    Now that will be stuck in my brain for the rest of the day X-(

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    GSG

    ::humming:: i've got a golden shovel, i've got a golden shovel...

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    CharlieSpencer

    "How much for the shovel, Wonka?"

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    cmiller5400

    It's back :_|


    edit: fix emoticon

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    AV .

    That was another fun thing we used to have. Then there was Oz's TR Boobie Bar, but the patrons were only interested in one thing . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYmzdvMoUUA

    Oh, Guru of Dos, now theres a name from the past! I don't know if anyone can drag Maxwell anywhere. He's a pretty tough hombre.

    AV

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    .Martin.

    what I was expecting when I clicked that link...

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    AV .



    AV

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    CharlieSpencer

    then this oldie but goodie may surprise you too.

    http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/youare

    A.K.A, "the link".

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    .Martin.

    I don't think there is anyway I can get rid of that nightmare.

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    Slayer_

    Let's start that back up.

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    .Martin.

    of yore. they were, in a sense, such a simpler time.

    I keep trying to to remember to post something here, but it seems my memory isn't as good as it used to be. (which isn't good at my age....)

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    AV .

    Thats an oldie thread. Ok. Here's a joke for you . . .

    A guy walks into a bar, orders 12 shots and starts drinking them as fast as he can.
    The bartender asks, "Dang, why are you drinking so fast?"
    The guy says, "You would be drinking fast, too, if you had what I had."
    The bartender asks, "What do you have?"
    The guy says, "75 cents."

    AV :^0

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    that one deserves this one:

    An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Latvian, a Turk, an Australian,
    an American, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Mexican, a Spaniard, a Greek, a
    Russian, an Estonian, a German, an Italian, a Pole, a Lithuanian, a
    Swede, a Finn, an Israeli, a Romanian, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Czech, and
    a Swiss man arrive at a club.

    The doorman says, "Sorry, I can't let you in without a Thai."

    :)

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Did TR's Dress Code get so strict?

    Col

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    CharlieSpencer

    a prostitute, three circus midgets, a giraffe, and a parrot walk into a bar.

    The bartender asks, "What is this, some kind of a joke?"

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    hippiekarl

    Bartender looks at the clock and says, "Hey, guys, you're early; he's not here yet!"

    (If you don't get that one, go watch 'Fantasia' again....)

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    scndtnr

    ...sits down and orders a drink. While waiting for his drink, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a miniature piano, then reaches into another pocket and pulls out a tiny human being. The tiny individual sits down at the piano and begins to play. When the bartender returns with the drink, he says, "OK, you gotta tell me what this is about!" The man answers, "Well, one day I was walking on the beach and found a magic lamp, so I rubbed it and out popped a genie. As you'd suspect, I was granted three wishes, but the genie was a bit deaf...and that's how I ended up with this nine-inch pianist."

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    AV .

    Good one!

    AV

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    jp85257

    A guy walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender notices that the guy has a great body but his head is the size of a grapefruit. After the guy has a couple of drinks, curiosity gets the best of the bartender so he goes to the guy and says, "I don't mean to offend you, but I've got to ask...you are in great shape but your head is so small. Is that a birth defect or something?"

    The guy answers, "No, I was walking along the beach one day and saw a mermaid trapped in a net. After I freed her, she offered me one wish. I asked her to have *** with me but we couldn't because her bottom half was a fish. So I said, "How about a little head?""

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    drowningnotwaving

    Guy walks into a bar with a Peacock and a Cat. Guy goes up and orders three beers. They drink them. Peacock goes up and gets his round in. Down they go. Guy and the Peacock look at the Cat who says "Get farked you idiots, no farking way". Guy sighs, gets up, goes to the bar and gets three in. Next it's Peacock's turn. Then they both look at the Cat who says "You have got to be farking kidding??". Guy sighs and gets up.
    Barman say, "Mate what's going on?"
    Guy goes "I was walking down the beach the other day when I stumbled over a lamp. Gave it a rub and out popped the Genie. Gave me one wish".
    Barman says "So what did you wish for?"
    Guy goes "A beautiful bird with a tight pussey"

    Note nothing stuffs up an already bad joke like having to change spelling to bypass the auto-**** function :)

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    drowningnotwaving

    Guy walks traight up to the Bar and orders 10 tequila slammers. Barman looks around and can't see anyone else. Sighs, and lines up 10 tequilas. Guy does them all rapid fire - all 10 in a row. Does them in under a minute.
    Barman says "Hey man, what's happening? You Celebrating something?"
    Guy goes "Well, I just had my first ****-job"
    Barman says "Well here have another one on the house", lining up another tequila.
    Guy goes "Nah that's okay I've had 10 and that didn't get rid of the taste"

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    AnsuGisalas

    Stir it up! I will stay out of your way, I promise.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    On the grounds I'll get into so much trouble that it's not funny.

    I'm defiantly not saying anything about one TR Peer who uses the Alias AV and this guy either @ the first TR get together.

    Col

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    JamesRL

    Given you weren't there.....except by video.

    It would work better if AV had been at the first gathering.....

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    AV .

    He's definitely not my type. Its the gold chains and pinky ring.

    AV

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    maxwell edison

    It's Joe Biden!

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    CharlieSpencer

    I didn't sign any releases!

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    CharlieSpencer

    The Water Cooler is only 16 months old. I recall Max hated it because he thought it shoved non-tech discussions into the back room. He disappeared not long after the site overhaul that introduced it, along with many others long-time members.

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    maxwell edison

    I would have a nit to pick with the assertion that the Water Cooler is only 16 months old. The "Water Cooler" is a formal name given to a place only 16 months ago, but that place has been around, in use, and referred to as such for about 10 years. TR only decided to formally use the name we had informally given this place long ago.

    I'm actually of the opinion that the REAL "TR Water Cooler" was taken down, or otherwise abandoned, 16 months ago. What we see now is a mere Water Cooler Wannabe. A shell of the original. An era of cyber days gone by. And for more reasons than just the format.

    In addition, I don't recall giving any one reason for "disappearing" from the new and unimproved "TR Water Cooler", much less narrowing it down to something like, " he (I) hated it because he (I) thought it shoved non-tech discussions into the back room."

    I don't recall having said that at all.

    The reasons (plural, not singular) I "disappeared" (and still make very few appearances) from TR actually have less to do with the format and more to do with everything else going on, and/or what has gone on, both at TR and elsewhere. (The only reason I saw this discussion and replied is that I was alerted to it by a TR friend.)

    Hope it's going well for you in the Palmetto State!

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    CharlieSpencer

    I mistakenly assumed AV was referring to the 'official' Water Cooler trotted out in January 2011; not the unofficial nickname for the way we've interacted for years.

    My memory must be going faster than I thought, but you'll obviously remember your opinions better than I.

    The state Supreme Court knocked 20% of state and local candidates off the ballot Friday because of conflicting paperwork regulations. One law says candidates must file financial disclosure statements at the same time they submit the 'dead tree' paperwork to file for office; a newer one says they must file those statements electronically. You only have to file the statement once in your political career, so incumbents are covered. The semi-high court says you have to file at the same time; if the party managed your filing papers and you went home to file the financial statement electronically, you're out. Some races now have no candidates at all; some have only fringe-party candidates left. Wheeeeeeee!

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    AV .

    Its much more structured than in the past and that killed some of the spontaneity in the community. We finally got the Water Cooler area designation that we always wanted, but you can't sit on the furniture.

    The old community thrived on controversy and passion, but the new one seems more PC, at least for now.

    AV

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    AnsuGisalas

    A lot of people got over their addiction while the boards were un-perusable (worse than now), and then of course, Santeewelding passed away.
    So, without the critical mass, it's hard to maintain a momentum.

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    DelbertPGH

    Not that this indicates any sort of bromance was in progress.

    However, it seemed to me that TR did want to banish non-tech discussions, and using the off-topic section just became a whole lot more difficult and boring.

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    AV .

    Off-topic was kind of hidden in the past. I was surprised after the site overhaul that the water cooler was prominently displayed on the main page.

    A lot of people got disgusted after the upgrade, but maybe it can make a comeback now that its a little more stable.

    AV

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    AV .

    TR didn't officially call it the Water Cooler in the past, but thats what it was. We did lose a lot of people after the "upgrade", which was pretty painful. The funny thing is, all of those long-time members still visit TR, but they don't post in the Water Cooler. They're just looking.

    Maybe the problem is that we now have an official Water Cooler and its right out there for all to see with a recommendation that off-topic stuff goes here. Before, it was like the wild west, a place where TR Boobie Bar could exist.

    AV

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Reporting Water Cooler Posts for removal.

    Seems that they are not technical enough for them so they should not be here.

    Col

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    jfuller05

    You mean like, some trollage? I can troll here and there to start a flame war every now and then. :)

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    AV .

    Troll on. Just no spam, otherwise that evil moderator, Hal, will go after you with his trusty **** torch.

    AV

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    Eject you out of an airlock

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    .Martin.

    *cracks knuckles*

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    drowningnotwaving

    Everyone clearly believes 100% in man-made climate change.

    As well as understanding that belief in any kind of deity is a waste of time, energy and sanity.

    Not to mention total support for unrestricted government funding of medical and dental benefits.

    Did I mention global acceptance of totally banning firearms of any kind?

    No more reason to debate any of this sheyit whatsoever.

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    AnsuGisalas

    I feel like changing my opinions on those matters, just so I can disagree with you!

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    jfuller05

    same-*** marriage and gender roles...what's up with those things?????

    [sarcasm] I personally think a man is far superior to a woman and marriage is only for one man and one woman...adam and eve, not adam and steve *snort, snicker* [/sarcasm]

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    AnsuGisalas

    It means some fish will be left without bicycles :^0

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    CharlieSpencer

    Why should heterosexuals be the only ones to suffer?

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    AV .

    Politics.

    AV

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    drowningnotwaving

    The god-given institution that is the United Nations.

    Oops except there isn't a god.

    Oh yeah and Microsoft makes more positive impacts on more people's lives than Apple ever will.

    And American Football really isn't.

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    CharlieSpencer

    The US National Football League is discussing eliminating one of the four kicking plays for safety reasons.

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    drowningnotwaving

    We're only days, weeks and months away from Team sports being played in the solitude of your own lounge room, thanks to Kinnect-like technology.

    I giggle about the "foot" being irrelevant, soon it will be the "ball'.

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    jfuller05

    *shakes fist*

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    AnsuGisalas

    My underhanded crooks are better than your underhanded crooks!!!

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    hippiekarl

    We pay top dollar for ours....

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    AV .

    It isn't a tech thing, but I love this place in NJ.
    http://www.sandy-hook.com/ Its not fancy, but just a great beach day with a great view of NYC. The ocean is awesome.

    AV

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    AV .

    So I'm bumping it up.

    AV

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    this is one of my favorite places to go camping. If any of you nice folks make it to Nova Scotia, this is one place worth checking out if you're into camping http://www.parks.gov.ns.ca/parks/blomidon.asp

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    hippiekarl

    I've been interested in visiting the Maritimes for a long time, and may finally get up that way soon.

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    JamesRL

    I've been to Halifax, want to go to Cape Breton, maybe with my pop up trailer. I'd like to photograph the Cabot Trail when the leaves change.

    Blomidon looks like a great place.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Going in the opposite direction, I also want to see flamingos and spoonbills.

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    Darryl~ Moderator

    I think they mostly stay over on Newfoundland in Atlantic Canada, that doesn't mean the odd one doesn't **** over the Strait to Cape Breton though....we get some sealife & birds native to your area blown up here every so often during hurricanes.

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    Darryl~ Moderator

    can be tricky to catch, there's so many hills & valleys that you never seem to be able to see them all change at once...it usually occurs over 3 or 4 weeks. They just re-paved the Cabot Trail a couple years ago so it's a much more pleasant drive than it used to be.

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    AV .

    I had no idea there were fairy shrimp. They look too beautiful to eat.

    AV

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Even Purp and AV are posting what just has to be Spam but because they are neither new members who joined in 2011 or 2012 I'll leave those here and allow another Moderator to make a decision as to weather or not to remove Purp's post.

    And AV Maxwell was by no means the first to be a Big User of the Water Cooler there was GOD, Guru of Dos who dragged Maxwell in long before it was called the Water Cooler officially by the PTB @ TR. We had been calling it that for a very long time before that Moniker was officially adopted. Things like the Friday Yuk used to be very big before the community was effectively Gutted with the last site downgrade.

    Col

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    .Martin.

    everything Yuk worthy, I always find/think of on a Tuesday.

    Maybe I'll have to start a Tuesday Yuk

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    maxwell edison

    http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/discussions/8-164417

    A couple of points, Colin: Guru did not drag me into the discussion area; it was, perhaps, the other way around as he and I first crossed cyber-paths in the Question area as we were amassing our stash of Tech Points. And it was I who dubbed this place the "Water Cooler" (although TR gives me neither royalties nor credit).

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    But as I was late to the Piece in 2002 I wasn't sure that it wasn't used previously.

    Bloody **** a "New Comer" giving History Lessons is bound to run into troubles. :^0

    TR has foolish people running it now they even made me a Moderator I'm sure that you're trembling in your boots knowing me and I now have the power to delete posts so I'm dangerous. :^0 :^0 [/Maniacal Laughter]

    Nope I only delete posts from Jason and the people who Post Spam of course.

    Great to see you back here I know you've been dropping in on an Irregular Basis since the last site "Downgrade" so have you come to the conclusion yet that the attempt to move all of the Nontechnical Crap to FB from TR was a silly idea and didn't work well.

    Sure GG, Mae and Co have not been seen much lately, Neil hardly at all and no mention of the Girls Batmobile either. TR is now much worse off and no where near as tight a community as it once was.

    Cheers

    Col

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    maxwell edison

    I remember another "Water Cooler" in my life. It was in the back of an old Skelly gas station that I used to work at as a teenager. Later, as an adult, I used to drop by the station after the work day to visit with the guys, have some beers, and shoot the breeze. Several of us used to drop into the station at the end of the day for the same reason. BYOBeer or share what someone else brings.

    That old gas station was eventually torn down and replaced with a more respectable and modern looking building.

    Sometimes respectable and modern don't make for very good water coolers.

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    DelbertPGH

    I used to hang out in gas stations in Craig, Colorado when I was a teenager. There was nothing to do in town. We had 4,000 people , 40 gas stations, and almost as many churches. We didn't have a Skelly. Esso and Conoco and other names like that. Don't know what happened to Skelly. I used to see them in the midwest.

    My favorite gas stations, when I was a little boy, was Sinclair. They had the brontosaurus on their sign.

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    GSG

    For some reason, when I think of Mae, I have to sing, "I've got a golden shovel.." to the tune of "I've got a golden ticket" from the Gene Wilder version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from the 70s.

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    cmiller5400

    Now that will be stuck in my brain for the rest of the day X-(

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    GSG

    ::humming:: i've got a golden shovel, i've got a golden shovel...

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    CharlieSpencer

    "How much for the shovel, Wonka?"

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    cmiller5400

    It's back :_|


    edit: fix emoticon

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    AV .

    That was another fun thing we used to have. Then there was Oz's TR Boobie Bar, but the patrons were only interested in one thing . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYmzdvMoUUA

    Oh, Guru of Dos, now theres a name from the past! I don't know if anyone can drag Maxwell anywhere. He's a pretty tough hombre.

    AV

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    .Martin.

    what I was expecting when I clicked that link...

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    AV .



    AV

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    CharlieSpencer

    then this oldie but goodie may surprise you too.

    http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/youare

    A.K.A, "the link".

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    .Martin.

    I don't think there is anyway I can get rid of that nightmare.

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    Slayer_

    Let's start that back up.

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    .Martin.

    of yore. they were, in a sense, such a simpler time.

    I keep trying to to remember to post something here, but it seems my memory isn't as good as it used to be. (which isn't good at my age....)

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    AV .

    Thats an oldie thread. Ok. Here's a joke for you . . .

    A guy walks into a bar, orders 12 shots and starts drinking them as fast as he can.
    The bartender asks, "Dang, why are you drinking so fast?"
    The guy says, "You would be drinking fast, too, if you had what I had."
    The bartender asks, "What do you have?"
    The guy says, "75 cents."

    AV :^0

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    that one deserves this one:

    An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Latvian, a Turk, an Australian,
    an American, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Mexican, a Spaniard, a Greek, a
    Russian, an Estonian, a German, an Italian, a Pole, a Lithuanian, a
    Swede, a Finn, an Israeli, a Romanian, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Czech, and
    a Swiss man arrive at a club.

    The doorman says, "Sorry, I can't let you in without a Thai."

    :)

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Did TR's Dress Code get so strict?

    Col

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    CharlieSpencer

    a prostitute, three circus midgets, a giraffe, and a parrot walk into a bar.

    The bartender asks, "What is this, some kind of a joke?"

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    hippiekarl

    Bartender looks at the clock and says, "Hey, guys, you're early; he's not here yet!"

    (If you don't get that one, go watch 'Fantasia' again....)

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    scndtnr

    ...sits down and orders a drink. While waiting for his drink, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a miniature piano, then reaches into another pocket and pulls out a tiny human being. The tiny individual sits down at the piano and begins to play. When the bartender returns with the drink, he says, "OK, you gotta tell me what this is about!" The man answers, "Well, one day I was walking on the beach and found a magic lamp, so I rubbed it and out popped a genie. As you'd suspect, I was granted three wishes, but the genie was a bit deaf...and that's how I ended up with this nine-inch pianist."

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    AV .

    Good one!

    AV

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    jp85257

    A guy walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender notices that the guy has a great body but his head is the size of a grapefruit. After the guy has a couple of drinks, curiosity gets the best of the bartender so he goes to the guy and says, "I don't mean to offend you, but I've got to ask...you are in great shape but your head is so small. Is that a birth defect or something?"

    The guy answers, "No, I was walking along the beach one day and saw a mermaid trapped in a net. After I freed her, she offered me one wish. I asked her to have *** with me but we couldn't because her bottom half was a fish. So I said, "How about a little head?""

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    drowningnotwaving

    Guy walks into a bar with a Peacock and a Cat. Guy goes up and orders three beers. They drink them. Peacock goes up and gets his round in. Down they go. Guy and the Peacock look at the Cat who says "Get farked you idiots, no farking way". Guy sighs, gets up, goes to the bar and gets three in. Next it's Peacock's turn. Then they both look at the Cat who says "You have got to be farking kidding??". Guy sighs and gets up.
    Barman say, "Mate what's going on?"
    Guy goes "I was walking down the beach the other day when I stumbled over a lamp. Gave it a rub and out popped the Genie. Gave me one wish".
    Barman says "So what did you wish for?"
    Guy goes "A beautiful bird with a tight pussey"

    Note nothing stuffs up an already bad joke like having to change spelling to bypass the auto-**** function :)

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    drowningnotwaving

    Guy walks traight up to the Bar and orders 10 tequila slammers. Barman looks around and can't see anyone else. Sighs, and lines up 10 tequilas. Guy does them all rapid fire - all 10 in a row. Does them in under a minute.
    Barman says "Hey man, what's happening? You Celebrating something?"
    Guy goes "Well, I just had my first ****-job"
    Barman says "Well here have another one on the house", lining up another tequila.
    Guy goes "Nah that's okay I've had 10 and that didn't get rid of the taste"

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    AnsuGisalas

    Stir it up! I will stay out of your way, I promise.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    On the grounds I'll get into so much trouble that it's not funny.

    I'm defiantly not saying anything about one TR Peer who uses the Alias AV and this guy either @ the first TR get together.

    Col

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    JamesRL

    Given you weren't there.....except by video.

    It would work better if AV had been at the first gathering.....

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    AV .

    He's definitely not my type. Its the gold chains and pinky ring.

    AV

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    maxwell edison

    It's Joe Biden!

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    CharlieSpencer

    I didn't sign any releases!

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    CharlieSpencer

    The Water Cooler is only 16 months old. I recall Max hated it because he thought it shoved non-tech discussions into the back room. He disappeared not long after the site overhaul that introduced it, along with many others long-time members.

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    maxwell edison

    I would have a nit to pick with the assertion that the Water Cooler is only 16 months old. The "Water Cooler" is a formal name given to a place only 16 months ago, but that place has been around, in use, and referred to as such for about 10 years. TR only decided to formally use the name we had informally given this place long ago.

    I'm actually of the opinion that the REAL "TR Water Cooler" was taken down, or otherwise abandoned, 16 months ago. What we see now is a mere Water Cooler Wannabe. A shell of the original. An era of cyber days gone by. And for more reasons than just the format.

    In addition, I don't recall giving any one reason for "disappearing" from the new and unimproved "TR Water Cooler", much less narrowing it down to something like, " he (I) hated it because he (I) thought it shoved non-tech discussions into the back room."

    I don't recall having said that at all.

    The reasons (plural, not singular) I "disappeared" (and still make very few appearances) from TR actually have less to do with the format and more to do with everything else going on, and/or what has gone on, both at TR and elsewhere. (The only reason I saw this discussion and replied is that I was alerted to it by a TR friend.)

    Hope it's going well for you in the Palmetto State!

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    CharlieSpencer

    I mistakenly assumed AV was referring to the 'official' Water Cooler trotted out in January 2011; not the unofficial nickname for the way we've interacted for years.

    My memory must be going faster than I thought, but you'll obviously remember your opinions better than I.

    The state Supreme Court knocked 20% of state and local candidates off the ballot Friday because of conflicting paperwork regulations. One law says candidates must file financial disclosure statements at the same time they submit the 'dead tree' paperwork to file for office; a newer one says they must file those statements electronically. You only have to file the statement once in your political career, so incumbents are covered. The semi-high court says you have to file at the same time; if the party managed your filing papers and you went home to file the financial statement electronically, you're out. Some races now have no candidates at all; some have only fringe-party candidates left. Wheeeeeeee!

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    AV .

    Its much more structured than in the past and that killed some of the spontaneity in the community. We finally got the Water Cooler area designation that we always wanted, but you can't sit on the furniture.

    The old community thrived on controversy and passion, but the new one seems more PC, at least for now.

    AV

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    AnsuGisalas

    A lot of people got over their addiction while the boards were un-perusable (worse than now), and then of course, Santeewelding passed away.
    So, without the critical mass, it's hard to maintain a momentum.

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    DelbertPGH

    Not that this indicates any sort of bromance was in progress.

    However, it seemed to me that TR did want to banish non-tech discussions, and using the off-topic section just became a whole lot more difficult and boring.

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    AV .

    Off-topic was kind of hidden in the past. I was surprised after the site overhaul that the water cooler was prominently displayed on the main page.

    A lot of people got disgusted after the upgrade, but maybe it can make a comeback now that its a little more stable.

    AV

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    AV .

    TR didn't officially call it the Water Cooler in the past, but thats what it was. We did lose a lot of people after the "upgrade", which was pretty painful. The funny thing is, all of those long-time members still visit TR, but they don't post in the Water Cooler. They're just looking.

    Maybe the problem is that we now have an official Water Cooler and its right out there for all to see with a recommendation that off-topic stuff goes here. Before, it was like the wild west, a place where TR Boobie Bar could exist.

    AV

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Reporting Water Cooler Posts for removal.

    Seems that they are not technical enough for them so they should not be here.

    Col

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    jfuller05

    You mean like, some trollage? I can troll here and there to start a flame war every now and then. :)

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    AV .

    Troll on. Just no spam, otherwise that evil moderator, Hal, will go after you with his trusty **** torch.

    AV

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    Eject you out of an airlock

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    .Martin.

    *cracks knuckles*

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    drowningnotwaving

    Everyone clearly believes 100% in man-made climate change.

    As well as understanding that belief in any kind of deity is a waste of time, energy and sanity.

    Not to mention total support for unrestricted government funding of medical and dental benefits.

    Did I mention global acceptance of totally banning firearms of any kind?

    No more reason to debate any of this sheyit whatsoever.

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    AnsuGisalas

    I feel like changing my opinions on those matters, just so I can disagree with you!

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    jfuller05

    same-*** marriage and gender roles...what's up with those things?????

    [sarcasm] I personally think a man is far superior to a woman and marriage is only for one man and one woman...adam and eve, not adam and steve *snort, snicker* [/sarcasm]

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    AnsuGisalas

    It means some fish will be left without bicycles :^0

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    CharlieSpencer

    Why should heterosexuals be the only ones to suffer?

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    AV .

    Politics.

    AV

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    drowningnotwaving

    The god-given institution that is the United Nations.

    Oops except there isn't a god.

    Oh yeah and Microsoft makes more positive impacts on more people's lives than Apple ever will.

    And American Football really isn't.

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    CharlieSpencer

    The US National Football League is discussing eliminating one of the four kicking plays for safety reasons.

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    drowningnotwaving

    We're only days, weeks and months away from Team sports being played in the solitude of your own lounge room, thanks to Kinnect-like technology.

    I giggle about the "foot" being irrelevant, soon it will be the "ball'.

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    jfuller05

    *shakes fist*

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    AnsuGisalas

    My underhanded crooks are better than your underhanded crooks!!!

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    hippiekarl

    We pay top dollar for ours....