• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

2,057 Awesome

About Bronn

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender Not Telling

Recent Profile Visitors

6,169 profile views
  1. designing and building your own house

    This makes me feel better, actually. I would now offer that you might want to put together a marketing strategy for this and seek out grants, donations, and other sources of funding as an educational institution that just happens to have on-site accommodations. It wouldn't be much different from a typical church parsonage concept, as much as that makes me cringe, other than you're not peddling religion to earn your room and board. It is definitely sounding like a full time job for you, so I hope you are planning for that as well. I would absolutely line everything up to seek out independent funds instead of bank loans for as much as you can. Good on you, bro. It sounds like you are planning well at this point. I would still keep the footprint as ecologically and tangibly small as possible, while incorporating all the avenues of ideological and personal advancement you want to include.
  2. Playoff Machine

    It is because they would have a miniscule chance at winning their division, I think. Probably something about AZ and us breaking a tie if we both end up 11-5 for the wildcard, but I think that would also mean ATL would have to sweep us and beat everyone else the rest of the year, too, to win the NFCS so LOeffingL.  
  3. designing and building your own house

    Whatever path you choose from here, I would throw in these ideas... On your foundation (thank you for saying you don't want a slab!), I would look at property and sites that had a little bit of a slope and either do a partial basement foundation or a typical crawlspace with the access on the low side of the slope. Our home, I can stand underneath the foundation in the back, and it has come in quite handy when I've done retro detail projects (such as running various jacks, setting up in-wall surround sound, etc.) and maintenance on things like our main floor HVAC unit and water heater. On structures themselves. Don't get fancy on the shapes. Yeah, it'll look unique and neat as hell to have angled walls and intrusions and protrusions, but all that is superficial. Be as square and rectangular as possible. If you can do the whole structure in a big rectangle footprint, do it. It'll save you money on design, materials, and maintenance, and it will save you time and headaches in future renovations. Land is the important space. You can turn outside space into inside space, food space, play space, etc. in the future. Get an adequate roof over your head first, and then worry about the rest. Go as green as possible to begin with. I think I have told you this in past threads. Be as off the grid as possible. Home is where the heart is, but I know you like to travel too. Use the extra money you save from being smart throughout the process to put towards your travel budget and the family's future resources.
  4. designing and building your own house

    I have to say, and I sincerely hope that I don't come off as an ass or judgmental when I say it, but I never pictured you shooting for 5k of living space for you and your family, much less 7-10k total space, despite my knowledge of your past musings about the commune idea. If anything, and we are a family of 4 in a newer house that is @2,400 sq ft. that we own outright, I long for something WAY smaller. If it were me, and this is exactly that (me giving advice to you as well as my future self), I would immediately reconsider your position on living space requirements moving forward. Spend that extra money on more land. Instead of one huge, massive compound, focus on smaller, more intimate independent "pod" structures, or areas in which you can isolate yourself when you need "you" time or in which the fam can be closer together in together time. Each of these would give you the ability to add on later if you saw the need arise, and give you the flexibility to customize it as you go. It just seems like you're setting yourself up for everyone to be potentially thousands of square feet apart at a given moment, or have thousands of unused square feet at at any given moment, and I just don't think that either one of those sounds like home. Not only that, from a philosophical/quasi-new age standpoint, but think about the operational costs of such an undertaking. It also sounds like a hell of a lot of stress on you and your family. If you decide to continue down this path, and I don't know anything about your personal finances, family, or anything other than what you've offered up over the years, I STRONGLY suggest you do it in some way that wouldn't financially burden your beneficiaries, should anything happen to you. I know that sounds doom and gloom as hell, but I have to be a realist, man. I will be honest with you right now... I am kind of legitimately bummed out after reading this thread, and I hope I am misunderstanding something.    
  5. Walking Dead Season 6

    I've been holding out hope for the Negan arc but, quite honestly, they have given us a half season of basically no real substance. I think they totally dropped the ball with the wolves arc, in that they had one real episode and then vanished except for Morgan's hostage. We had a background episode on Morgan that was alright but make me hate his character more and more each time I see him because of his refusal to adapt and see people as threats, and not what "they could be."  I mean, only every freakin' time in this universe that the main characters adapt the position of "we can make this place home, we can restart civilization, we can thrive, someone else comes and fugs that idea up. You would think they would adapt now instead of continuing down the same path over and over. How many Governors or wolves or Negans do they need to encounter before they change? TBQH I don't read the comics as soon as they come out for the similar reasons. I mean, it is a dystopian world that they are constantly trying to make utopia. I guess that is the story we are supposed to see through Rick, etc. in their struggles with it but, man, I just get burnt out. I guess they need to have a threat other than the zombies at all times to keep it interesting, but it just seems like the characters (especially on the show) waste time and effort on emotional bullshit. That rant over, I agree it is still probably one of the best shows on TV, and I will still watch for lack of better things to do. But they need to shape up or people, like me, will start jumping off the wagon pretty fast.
  6. Walking Dead Season 6

    has there been a more worthless character, that is supposedly a somewhat main character, than Heath this season? Wasn't he only in like 2-3 episodes? Also, how does the group help Tobin up, but somehow we never see Tobin again? I hated the cliffhanger of "mom"... I wish they'd grow a pair and leave people wondering the fate of a certain character for 6 months after they suffered a seemingly grave injury... That said, there were a couple things I thought were good this episode. I have to admit, when Carl put Judith under his gore poncho, I thought "oh hell yeah, 2 for one here we come!!!!" so they got me there... Also, I liked the Maggie/balloon scene... it was pretty intense, and then having her look up at the balloons was good... Overall, though, I am starting to agree more and more that this half of the season was pretty terrible overall... I mean, Rick just gets done telling Deanna he isn't going to leave her alone in the room with the baby, and then he rushes off to Jessie's call for help and totally forgets about it again for a bit? lol Carol and Morgan's fight was totally meh, and honestly I am tired of Carol getting this supergirl treatment where she's the alpha female in certain situations and is unrealistically badass. The Negan teaser was okay. I figure there's gonna be a firefight involving the RPG blowing up the truck or something and they'll wipe out the lot of the biker gang and ride off back to Alexandria on their stolen hogs or some such drivel as that, the way the writing is going so far.
  7. Panthers Pro Bowl Updates

    We are Panthers fans. We are Legion. If you have a popularity contest, we will win it. Expect us.
  8. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    Official poster for S6... Interesting choice of imagery.
  9. Walking Dead Season 6

    Part of the problem with TWD is that, like GoT and other shows it requires a certain level of suspension of disbelief. In the past, I have been hyper critical of the show. This season, and I don't know if it is just because I have given up or whatever, I haven't been as vocal about the things I dislike. As most have said, bad writing and directing drive a lot of my own criticisms. But when I started letting that go, I actually think I enjoy the show more now. Part of it is that I keep waiting for it to be the comic version of the story. Well, it was obvious a long time ago (with Andrea maybe? Judith? I can't narrow it down to a single moment) that they weren't going to give us the comics on screen.   The whole Glenn situation was handled terribly from our perspective as viewers, but pretty brilliantly from the show's perspective if you think about it. People kept tuning in each week, and keeping TWD's name in their mouth the whole time, hoping for some kind of resolution. It was basically a "Jon Snow" moment for TWD and they knew that going into it. If you think about it hard enough, Glenn and Jon Snow are very similar characters in different universes. I think the midseason finale and the second half of this season is being set up for greatness. I'd be willing to bet we get a pretty healthy body count this next episode, including some second and maybe even first tier characters. I also think we'll get another Jon Snow moment this episode as somewhat of a cliffhanger. Things that have been brewing that I will be looking for this week (most of which should and probably will end in bloodshed): Judith being left in Jessie's house Carol vs. Morgan over the wolf Ron's gun lessons Abraham facing his demons and his renewed likability because of it Daryl's crossbow the RPG Rick and Jessie's tension Sam and Ron being a couple of emos Enid warming to the ideas Glenn is giving her If it were me in charge,the body count this week would include: 3-4 or more seen but not really tip tier Alexandrians (maybe Tobin, Ron, Sam among them) Deanna Jessie Judith (still a useless character and not even a plot device at this point) Morgan (at the hands of the wolf or other wolves, or even Carol) Carl's face lol Basically, I think we are getting a whole episode pretty much about the herd entering the walls. It'll be chaos for a bit, some respite behind closed doors, and then more chaos. Glenn and Enid will make it back. Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha will get back and fire off the RPG. Zombie guts wardrobe time. Deanna saves Rick but dies in the process. Jessie loses a hand, her sons, and her life (while Judith is just chilling by herself somewhere? lol). Carl loses an eye. Roll credits. Wait, come back bonus cliffhanger special scene - Jesus. Or The Saviors.
  10. Josh Norman vs Dez Bryant

    I have Dez on my fantasy team, and his ass will be on the bench this week. 3 catches for 36 yards in junk time ain't gonna cut it.
  11. He looks like he has some form of palsy... fwiw
  12. Dear Mr. Hardy Much like the Greyjoy motto Panthers Do Not Sow Out on the praire A predator lurks silent Panthers will maul you     Release the kraken? Go back to Hogwarts and learn Cut the tough guy act
  13. I lost my job yesterday

    Hate to hear you got canned, man. I'm always looking for a better opportunity myself, and I am sure you'll land somewhere better than you were before. Sending positive energy your way!
  14. Oh, crap.

    THE Cole Beasley
  15. Spoiler tags not working?

    Are the spoiler tags not working anymore, or did the format change? I can't get them to work.