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Mar 2, 2024, 03:52 PM
 
Especially when their speakers’s drivers have dried out cones, and their turntable (“‘Cause vinyl is always better”) is has a cheap-@ss cartridge with a crappy stylus…. But those speaker cables will make it all better.

Any music lover that does actual research would know the frequency ranges their speakers can handle, then decide on cables based on diameter versus frequencies carried, and connector types instead of being “oxygen-free” and such. (I’ve edited this part a couple of times for clarity.)

We just recently donated our simple, basic espresso machine because we hadn’t used it in who knows how long. It made good espresso, but we found we preferred other types of coffee drinks. Having a machine that imports the beans itself, roasts them perfectly, grinds them with nuclear precision, then makes a perfect shot of espresso from that wouldn’t change the fact that we just don’t care for espresso that much. Which makes me think that a lot of the aficionados really don’t like espresso, but they just can’t admit that so they keep buying fancier and fancier machines hoping they will eventually like what comes out of them.

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Mar 11, 2024, 10:30 AM
 
What’s a good coffee shop in Chicago? I’m here for a few days.
     
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Mar 11, 2024, 11:41 AM
 
Intelligentsia.

https://www.intelligentsia.com/pages/locations

There’s a consensus it’s among the best, but I don’t bother comparing other places because I live right by one.


If you’re downtown, there’s one in the Monadnock building, which is the world’s tallest load-bearing brick building.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monadnock_Building

     
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Mar 18, 2024, 02:25 PM
 
Tried their double espresso. Hot baked bean water.

We stayed in Pilsen and tried the espresso at A Cup of Joe, same thing.

Went to Sip and Savor in Bronzeville on our third day and liked that espresso, tasted more like coffee and less like hot beans. Though I did have to wait at least 10 minutes for it to cool before I could even sip it.

Best food was the fajitas at Cantón Regio, even though their salsa was mid. I don't know if they purposely gave the gringos the bland stuff but was expecting better.

The Shedd's chicken sandwich was better than MSI's.

Also how dare they close the fucking bean. IT'S THE BEAN.
     
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Mar 18, 2024, 03:33 PM
 
Well, I was supposed to make it for you.
     
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Wait is the swear filter off? I wasn't expecting to see the f word there.
     
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shit damn hell fuck
     
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Mar 18, 2024, 04:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Wait is the swear filter off? I wasn't expecting to see the f word there.


It’s been off for at least a year now.
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
shit damn hell fuck
Most people say this after they miss out on my coffee.
     
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What did you think of the MSI otherwise?

A genuine highlight of my formative years was going there to be indoctrinated with modernist propaganda.
     
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It was great - we have reciprocity through our local science center so admission was free, but we did splurge for the 007 exhibit.



11yo liked the exhibit enough that he asked to watch a James Bond movie.

Lots of highlights.


It was fun for me to show my family what I do at work, the Toymaker 3000 is basically my everyday life.



Lots of dramatic play happening on the trains and airplane.

Kids' favorite part of the whole vacation was the hotel pool in Naperville.
     
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Mar 19, 2024, 01:53 PM
 
parents plan amazing trip with new experiences
kids: like the cable tv in the hotel room, the hotel pool, or don't remember it at all

kid: I've never been there.
Me: yes you have. Dont you remember?
them: no
     
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The toymaker they had in my era.

     
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11yo liked the exhibit enough that he asked to watch a James Bond movie.
Moonraker.

My reasoning is he will enjoy it more at this moment than any other because it becomes more stupid with age.
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
parents plan amazing trip with new experiences
kids: like the cable tv in the hotel room, the hotel pool, or don't remember it at all
Our AirBnB had a Roku TV so we were still able to stream YouTube and Hulu. The hotel TV had cable, which was I think their first time experiencing cable. It was made worse because the on-screen TV guide hadn't been corrected for daylight savings so it was wrong and the Sponge Bob episodes it promised were already over. We watched Bob's Burgers.
     
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The toymaker they had in my era.
The Henry Ford museum in Detroit has one that molds a 2008 F-150.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Moonraker.

My reasoning is he will enjoy it more at this moment than any other because it becomes more stupid with age.
He specifically asked to watch one of the modern ones because he was afraid the special effects of an older movie wouldn't hold up. I let him know that good practical effects hold up well, and Bond movies typically don't have a bunch of CGI, but I don't remember much about the Brosnan movies which is probably the era of peak bad CGI.

Mmm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=Yl9SahZJF-E

We watched No Time to Die.
     
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Has he seen the original King Kong?
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
The hotel TV had cable, which was I think their first time experiencing cable.
Beyond the issues with the guide, what did they think?

I would imagine it seems pretty boring compared to a phone or a Switch.



Edit: no friends with Luddite parents who still have cable?

As a kid, one of my best friends didn’t have TV. Every time he visited it was like a mini-Rumspringa.

It should come as no surprise he was way the hell smarter than everyone else. Also a brilliant DM.
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Beyond the issues with the guide, what did they think?
Frustrating because after Bob's Burgers ended there was only news, grown up movies, sports, or reality shows and even then most channels seemed to be showing commercials at any given time. We turned it off and went to sleep.

Edit: no friends with Luddite parents who still have cable?
Not afaik. If he's at a friend's house they're playing outside or playing video games. Our direct neighbors moved in during Covid so we didn't go in their house and they didn't come into ours, which kind of stuck? Neighborhood kids all play outside. In-laws' house is the only place where watching a show is the best option and they have Fire TVs so still no cable. My parents' small town municipal telephone company is trying to get out of the cable business so my dad is figuring out how to go streaming, not sure if that's happened yet. But my parents are very activity-based with the kids so there's no time for sitting around at their house.
     
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small town municipal telephone company is trying to get out of the cable business
How many more dead memes can we stack on top of this.
     
 
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