Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
When Pixels and I moved into our little lushly-carpeted rental house, we bought ourselves a cute little vacuum to clean it with.
Time and heavy use, however, have revealed the little vacuum to be massively inadequate. It tries its little sucking heart out, but it just has too many enemies working against it: a long-haired cat, a curly-haired woman, a house in which every goddamned room is carpeted (yes even the kitchen what were they thinking), a barbarian who wears his shoes inside the house instead of taking them off at the door like a civilized person. Basically, it's a jungle in here, and continuing to use our little vacuum would constitute appliance abuse.
So, we need a new one. I'm just not sure how much of a new one we need, and we have two basic choices available to us within our $150-250 budget. Choice the first is to get a reasonably solid-looking new name-brand vacuum from Target or some place like it - something like this or this. They look a little clunky, but we live in a bungalow, so it's not like we're going to be dragging the thing up any stairs.
Choice the second is to get a refurbished Dyson - namely, this one.
Getting one of the shiny new $600 Dysons with the fancy pivoting ball is just not an option for us right now - money is an issue, and we're only going to be here for another six months anyway (and we're probably just going to sell most of our stuff when we move). So, is a low-end refurb Dyson better than a higher-end new Hoover? Or is there some even better third option that we haven't thought of yet?
I'm here to tell you about voting. Imagine you're locked in a huge underground nightclub filled with sinners, whores, freaks and unnameable things that rape pit bulls for fun. And you ain't allowed out until you all vote on what you're going to do tonight [. . .] So you vote for television, and everyone else, as far as your eye can see, votes to fuck you with switchblades. That's voting. You're welcome.