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General Discussion / Sorry 'bout that
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:43:54 PM »
I'm on my hiatus and haven't been checking regularly. lazybones told me today that our domain had expired and the site wasn't working. Someway the automatic renewal had gotten turned off. She's fixed now. Sorry 'bout that.

General Discussion / Annual Sabattical
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:07:48 PM »
Most of my adult life I try to take the month of November off from my habits... whatever they may be. Might sound silly, but its what I do. This year I will be refraining from my daily ritual of visiting and commenting on this site, and other social media. Not being one to quit cold turkey, I usually take the last week of October to start practicing the habit of not practicing my habits. Then, on Nov. 1 I'm all in. No worries, just a break for myself. I'll be back in December.

Keep the boards alive guys!

General Discussion / Facebook Folks?
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:45:07 AM »
I've got some questions, but this may be the wrong crowd, I don't know.

For starters... How many of our martinsvillechat faithful are facebook users? Yay or nay?

Politics / 60 Minutes
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:14:07 PM »
I've said for several years that 60 Minutes is not what it used to be, but make no mistake, they can still move the needle. Watched last night's show and when it was over I thought, heads will roll today. Roll they did.

Music, Photography, Books and Art / Doug & Telisha Williams
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:27:08 PM »
Interview with them by phone today. They play at the Rives on Friday.

Politics / Fair and Balanced - For Real
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:19:57 PM »
So... I suppose there is no truly "fair and balanced" news network on TV, but who do you think comes the closest?

Music, Photography, Books and Art / What are you listening to now?
« on: August 01, 2017, 06:55:34 PM »

We are going to try and rock a big 12 foot dish about 6 or 7 inches from it's current pointer in the morning. It's sort of like pushing a truck off the road. Except instead of feet, it's inches. Takes about the same amount of force to get it started. Anyone out there with a strong arm willing to help out for a few in the morning. It's the big dish in the front yard at 1129 Chatham Heights Road.

Politics / Any surprises here?
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:01:58 PM »
This came out about 3 years ago, but I doubt there is much change. Any surprises for anyone or does this shake out about like you would expect?

Politics / Can you spot fake news?
« on: July 16, 2017, 09:45:03 AM »
This has to go in the politics forum. Definitely one for you guys. Take the test and report your score here. I'm too embarrassed to post mine.

General Discussion / Real Life Day to Day Stuff
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:02:01 AM »
Email exchange with out of town funeral home:

Funeral Home: Do you have a FREE obituary listing?

Me: Yes.

Funeral Home: (Sends email with attached doc of obituary)

Me: Thanks. We've added this obituary and here is the link of the listing online ( If you have a photo you would like to add, please send it.

Funeral Home: So you have a FREE obituary listing?

Me: Yes.

Funeral Home: And you just need the picture?

Me: You've already sent me the obituary and I sent you the link back showing you where it is posted online. If you would like to add a picture, please send it, otherwise disregard.

Funeral Home: Attached is picture.

Me: There is no attachment.

Moral of the story: 20 percent of the people will take up 80% of your time and it's almost 100% over the free stuff.

General Discussion / You be the judge
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:50:05 PM »
Ok, friends and neighbors, from Round Rock Texas, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting 37 year-old Brandon Vezmar has filed a claim against a 35 year-old woman for $17.31. Vezmar says he met the woman online, and invited her to a movie date. She agreed and they went to see “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” on May 6th. Vezmar says he paid for both tickets, but instead of enjoying a movie with his date, his date spent the entire time texting. He even suggested she step outside to text. She agreed, left the theater, and didn’t come back. She admits Vezmar asked her for the money he paid for her ticket, but she refused because… well… it was a date. Now it’s up to the courts. If you're the judge, what's your decision?

A) Vezmar gets his money back.
B) It was a date, she's entitled to be a jerk. No refund.
C) Doesn't meet the minimum threshold of court worthiness and dismissed for lack of real damages.

Movies and Television / The Best Short Film Ever?
« on: May 13, 2017, 04:34:30 PM »
I don't know if I would call it the "best ever" but it's pretty dang good.

General Discussion / Forum bots shut down the server this morning
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:47:46 AM »
A bit of a quandary as to what to do about this. Our server that hosts all of our websites and a bunch of our client's websites, went down at 3:31 AM this morning. I became aware of the problem around 6 AM and we were able to reboot it and get it back up and online at 6:26 AM.

After running some diagnostics and sharing the log reports with a few techs, it's clear the server crashed because of bots attacking this forum. After doing some more research, it would appear it's due to some security issues with the forum software we're using.

Forum software is generally becoming old and outdated. With the popularity of facebook and other social media, developers are just not producing new scripts or keeping the old ones plugged and patched from new online attacks.

I'm looking into some server firewall options, but ultimately, a vulnerable script is a vulnerable script. (Bridge is only as strong as its weakest link). For sure, I can't have the forum site knocking the whole server offline. I'm looking into some other software options, so bear with me. I'll figure out a solutions one way or the other.


General Discussion / Happy Easter
« on: April 16, 2017, 05:44:19 PM »

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