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deckers Posted on: 17-Oct-2018, 11:20 AM

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Hello all,

I'm originally from Indiana, and I joined Celtic Radio in 2005, and would spend a considerable amount of time having lively discussions with people, although I stopped in 2006. I've since moved to Florida and have been listening to Highlander Radio via my Alexa device for a year-and-a-half. This is my first venture back into the forums in quite some time. Hopefully I can start some new conversations and have a good time getting to know people.


Erik Deckers
  Forum: Introductions  ·  Post Preview: #316972

deckers Posted on: 23-Nov-2007, 01:32 PM

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Coffee in the mornings, tea only on fall/winter evenings. My wife and I seem to hit the same day for breaking out the tea in the fall, and putting it away again in the Spring. We're both just in the mood until it reaches a certain temperature.

Erik
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #219069

deckers Posted on: 25-Oct-2007, 07:59 AM

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The breakfast of champions: A piece of cold pizza for breakfast. Yummers
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #213179

deckers Posted on: 12-Oct-2007, 10:02 AM

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Some of the scenes remind me a bit of northern Ontario -- the water, the wide open spaces. Only without the feeling that there are faeries nearby. Whoever the photographer is must have known what they're doing, despite the disclaimer on the website. Simply gorgeous. I'm putting one of them up as my wallpaper too.

Erik Deckers
http://laughing-stalk.blogspot.comhttp://laughing-stalk.blogspot.com
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #210814

deckers Posted on: 17-Sep-2007, 08:52 AM

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I'm in. Second person for Indianapolis, IN, home of the World Champion Indianapolis Colts!!
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #207714

deckers Posted on: 14-Sep-2007, 01:38 PM

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A few favorites for me:

1. Scrubs
2. Family Guy
3. The Office
4. Simpsons
5. 30 Rock

Also, speaking of Scottish television (were we?) I've recently started watching Monarch of the Glen on DVD. I have the first six seasons on DVD, and my wife and I love it.


And for those of you who remember me from 2005, I'm back!! Howdy to the folks I remember, Carolina Scotsman, Maisky, Irish Stepper, etc. (And if I missed your name, I have an excuse -- it's been 2 friggin' years!!)


Erik Deckers
Indianapolis, IN
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #207456

deckers Posted on: 21-Jul-2005, 12:54 PM

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As a Guy, I don't know whether to be proud or embarassed and disgusted... unsure.gif

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  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #122422

deckers Posted on: 07-Apr-2005, 10:02 AM

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QUOTE (deckers @ 07-Apr-2005, 10:54 AM)
I don't know if anyone else is seeing it, but right now, none of the JPEGs are loading.


Erik Deckers

Let me amend that. The JPEGs aren't loading in Mozilla/Firefox. They work fine in IE.


Erik Deckers
  Forum: What's New!  ·  Post Preview: #113028

deckers Posted on: 07-Apr-2005, 09:54 AM

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I don't know if anyone else is seeing it, but right now, none of the JPEGs are loading.


Erik Deckers
  Forum: What's New!  ·  Post Preview: #113026

deckers Posted on: 17-Mar-2005, 09:33 AM

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Is this anything like the coffee enemas that Janet Jackson said she used to have? This was a story in the news about 7 - 8 years ago, and was discussed ad nauseum (ha!) on the Bob & Tom show.


Erik
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #110378

deckers Posted on: 04-Mar-2005, 07:59 AM

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WOWEE! Yup you are Irish. Dia dhuit! Irish, Irish,<br>and more Irish!
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Hey, not too bad for a half-Dutch, German/Swedish/??? guy. laugh.gif



Erik Deckers
  Forum: Quizes & Polls  ·  Post Preview: #109015

deckers Posted on: 28-Feb-2005, 01:29 PM

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Nagging Concerns and Self-Doubt in Indiana
Laughing Stalk syndicate
Erik Deckers
Copyright 2005

It was a sad day for me this past Monday, when I read that Hunter S. Thompson, famed psychotic and drug-addled journalist, took his own life at his Colorado ranch. I've been a fan of the good doctor's for years, and have often imitated his style of gonzo journalism, the art form he perfected over the last 39 years.

Gonzo journalism is a style of writing that blurs the line between writer as a silent observer and story subject, between fact and fiction. It's also known as the Fox News Channel, but I digress.

Thompson's reputation as a writer was outweighed only by his reputation as a hard-core drinker and drug user. Some say his creative genius shone through in spite of, or perhaps, because of his week-long binges and day-long recoveries.

And I like to think that Thompson and I had a lot in common. . . except for the heavy drinking. Or the drugs. Or the penchant for guns. Or peacocks. Okay, we had nothing in common, except that we're both writers and we both wear glasses. And I'm starting to question the glasses part.

So it was a fitting tribute that I found myself in Louisville, Kentucky, his hometown, on the week of his death. And with my column deadline looming, I thought I would make this week's column a salute to Thompson, and his alter ego, Raoul Duke (who was the inspiration for Uncle Duke of "Doonesbury" fame).

But I wanted to re-immerse myself in his works, and reacquaint myself with gonzo journalism, so I could relate the experience to you, the Hunter S. Thompson novice.

The problem was that I left all my Thompson books at home. I needed one to write this column.

So I decided to go on a Hunter hunt at the local bookstores. But I couldn't go to one of the big book warehouses, because he would have probably hated those kinds of bookstores. He obsessively hated all things Establishment, so I shuddered to think what he would have thought if I bought one of his books at a giant book mall. Of course, I never met the guy, so what did it matter?

But still, it was important to the story that I remain true to Hunter's spirit and search for the book with true Hunter S. Thompson panache. So I grabbed my map of Louisville, tore the bookstore pages out of the hotel's phone book, threw the TV out the window, and ran out of my room.

I jumped into my rental car, slammed it into gear, and roared down the highway to find my book. It was 8:00 and my deadline was just two hours away.

I stopped at the first bookstore on the list. I wandered in slowly and looked around. The sign, "New Life Covenant Books" didn't tell me a whole lot about the place, although on further reflection, it should have. There were hundreds of Bibles, religious calendars, and "What Would Jesus Read?" t-shirts out front, so I figured they were having a sale.

I stopped a middle-aged woman walking by. Her nametag said "Bless you, my name is Caroline."

"Excuse me, do you have any Hunter S. Thompson books?" I asked her.

"Hunter S. Thompson?!" she shrieked at the top of her lungs. "The man was an alcoholic, a drug addict, and a sex fiend!!" Caroline's eyes bugged out as she flung holy water on me and began speaking in tongues. I blasted her with a fire extinguisher and raced out. Cries of "Heathen! Heathen" followed me to the car.

That's two minutes of my time wasted, two minutes closer to my deadline. The holy water turned out to be lukewarm coffee and it stained my favorite shirt.

I roared down Bardstown Street, weaving in and out of traffic to the next bookstore on my list. My attorney cackled in the seat next to me.

"As your attorney, I advise you to put club soda on that coffee stain," he suggested. Then I remembered I was actually traveling alone. My attorney vanished. Weird.

The rest of the evening was a 90 mile an hour blur, as I wrenched my rental car from bookstore to bookstore. "Inner Energy Spiritual Life and Bookstore" was no help, and neither was the "Book 'Em, Dano," mystery bookstore. The "Wish You Were Here" travel bookstore was a bust too.

Finally, I came to the last store on my list. It was nearly 10 o'clock, and time was running out. I flung open the door, ran inside, and hollered at the guy behind the counter: "Hurry, I need a Hunter S. Thompson book! I've got a deadline!"

He tossed me a copy of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." It was the movie printing ? the one with a deformed Johnny-Depp-as-Raoul-Duke on the front. I couldn't complain though. They'd had a run on all the Thompson books, and this was the last one.

So I threw some money on the counter, and raced out the door, stopping only to throw a TV out the window. I made it back to the hotel and sat down at the computer. I had the book. I could write the column, and finished it with just a few seconds to spare.

I never did get to reacquaint myself with gonzo journalism though.


Erik Deckers
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #108430

deckers Posted on: 28-Feb-2005, 11:55 AM

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Try using Ad Aware and Spybot S & D to get rid of all that spyware and adware. Google both names and download them. They're both free, and do a great job of keeping our computers at work clean.


Erik Deckers
  Forum: Computer Technology  ·  Post Preview: #108424

deckers Posted on: 17-Feb-2005, 01:00 PM

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QUOTE (Tassiecelt @ 14-Feb-2005, 05:11 AM)
QUOTE

The books included were meant to control what was believed and those left out were excluded because the control over the masses could not be with them in!


Rubbish! even a brief, but honest, study of how the Bible came to be would debunk that notion.

Actually, that's correct. There have been councils in the past that decided what books would go into the Bible and what wouldn't. A few books, such as the Book of Thomas, has never actually been proven to be written by the disciple Thomas. That, and it contradicts what the 4 books of the Gospel have said, so it was left out.

Other books were determined to have been written by people from that time, and were "Biblically accurate" (meaning they COULD HAVE been included), but they just didn't fit in with the overall theme of the Bible.

I wish I could remember names and dates, since that IS important to a discussion like this. However, I do remember studying some of this in one of my Philosophy of Religion classes when I was in college 18 years ago.


Erik Deckers
  Forum: Philosophy, Science & Religion  ·  Post Preview: #107426

deckers Posted on: 17-Feb-2005, 12:57 PM

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I was a band geek, definitely. I was also a Target. Several of us were also rather funny (although we were often the only ones to think so). Surprisingly, I was the least funny of the group, and my other friends were funnier.

Nowadays, I'm a successful humor writer and out of my "funny" friends, one owns a tropical fish store, another is a car mechanic, and a third is in prison.

NOW WHO'S THE FUNNIEST?!?!?!

tongue.gif

Erik Deckers
  Forum: Quizes & Polls  ·  Post Preview: #107425

deckers Posted on: 16-Feb-2005, 07:51 AM

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If you played Jennifer Government/Nation States by Max Barry, don't forget to visit your nation once in a while. At one point, we had 23 nations in Celtic Radio, but now we're down to 10. The computer removes nations whose owners haven't visited in a while.

www.nationstates.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi


Erik Deckers
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #107288

deckers Posted on: 16-Feb-2005, 07:50 AM

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If you played Jennifer Government/Nation States by Max Barry, don't forget to visit your nation once in a while. At one point, we had 23 nations in Celtic Radio, but now we're down to 10. The computer removes nations whose owners haven't visited in a while.

www.nationstates.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi



Erik Deckers
The Borderlands of Klompenland
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #107287

deckers Posted on: 15-Feb-2005, 01:11 PM

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QUOTE (dragonboy3611 @ 19-Jan-2005, 01:23 PM)
Indiana Store Orders 30 Tons of Jumbo Jelly Beans for Festival
The Associated Press

WAKARUSA, Ind. Jan 18, 2005 ? Thirty tons of jumbo jelly beans would be enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. That's exactly what the owners of The Dime Store in northern Indiana are hoping.

The Wakarusa store ordered the tonnage for its 35th bean season far more than the 5 tons of the 1 1/2-inch candies it ordered in 1998.

The store in the town about 25 miles southeast of South Bend began selling jumbo jelly beans in conjunction with the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival 35 years ago. That first year, the store ordered 100 pounds and sold them all.

"When we first started selling jelly beans by the ton, people probably thought we had rocks in our head," store co-owner Deb McNally told The Truth of Elkhart for a Tuesday story.

I have been a humor columnist for the Wakarusa Tribune for nearly 10 years. In fact, I just wrote my 500th column last month for them. They gave me my start in humor column writing.

But for as long as I've been writing for them -- and even though I only live 30 minutes away from them -- I have never ever been to the Maple Syrup festival.

But trust me, they'll go through every one of those jelly beans.



Erik Deckers
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #107203

deckers Posted on: 15-Feb-2005, 07:54 AM

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Views: 254
This may not be the fix, but I recommend that you do this anyway, because it fixes a lot of problems for people (I work for a computer software company, and a lot of our callers try this and it works great).

Your biggest problem COULD be spyware, adware, and even viruses (virii).

Get Spybot S & D (search and destroy) -
www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

Get Ad-Aware - www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Get AVG Anti-Virus - www.grisoft.com

All of these programs are free and will get rid of (and prevent) spyware, adware, and viruses, all of which could be causing your problems.

Spyware and adware are especially annoying, because they cause conflicts in ways that even their creators don't understand. And if your family members (or you) are visiting websites and downloading software that load these programs, your machine could be riddled with them.

Even if this is not the problem, I still highly recommend that you perform all three of these steps, because they will prevent a lot of future issues as well.

BTW, switching over to Opera or Firefox or Mozilla will also help, because those browsers have plugged a lot of holes that IE leaves open. IE is great for viewing pages with a lot of Java or Flash on them, but otherwise I recommend using one of the other three.

Good luck.


Erik
  Forum: Computer Technology  ·  Post Preview: #107182

deckers Posted on: 14-Feb-2005, 03:59 PM

Replies: 29
Views: 2,467
Mine, of course! (when I update it)

www.humorcolumnists.comwww.humorcolumnists.com
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #107151

deckers Posted on: 14-Feb-2005, 03:53 PM

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Views: 1,771
I hate horror stories!!! sad.gif


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  Forum: Quizes & Polls  ·  Post Preview: #107150

deckers Posted on: 09-Feb-2005, 12:25 PM

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QUOTE (MacAibhistin @ 04-Oct-2004, 10:58 PM)
I've never heard of the Q document either. What is this text based on? Can you provide any more details on it?

Rory

Q is short for the the Quella. It's a compilation of things Jesus said. It's sort of like Bible Cliff's Notes.



Erik
  Forum: Philosophy, Science & Religion  ·  Post Preview: #106496

deckers Posted on: 09-Feb-2005, 12:21 PM

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Views: 1,653
QUOTE (dragonboy3611 @ 20-Jan-2005, 08:34 PM)
I believe there is no difference in Religious Vs. Spirituality, that is exactly what Religion is! I mean, what else is religion if it is not a spiritual thing?



You can be an avid christian in my eyes, without ever attending church. Church is just a material thing, god, is no were near material. To believe in god, you just need the spiritual aspect of your religion. So in turn, I believe that's the only thing religion is. Attending mass, helping others, true, the religious part of it, but not really truley needed to be devoted to god.

There is absolutely a big difference. Religion is the outward following of established practices and traditions. Spirituality is the inward relationship with the higher being of your choice.

Just because a person goes to church does not make them a Christian anymore than sitting in my garage makes you a car.

You said as much in your follow up message: Religion = attending church = a material thing. Spirituality = devotion to God = a mental thing. THAT is the difference.



Erik
  Forum: Philosophy, Science & Religion  ·  Post Preview: #106495

deckers Posted on: 08-Feb-2005, 02:51 PM

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Views: 4,201
QUOTE (Haldur @ 12-Jan-2005, 10:17 PM)
To lay things out straight:

Today's Bible has so many different versions (the King James version is the most accurate, American Standard 1901 is next best in accuracy, the most inaccurate translation being the New International Version [NIV]) and don't even get me started on the books of the Apocrypha!

I think you've got that backwards. The King James is very inaccurate, because it's a mutli-generation translation. That is, monks would copy other copies, which were copied from other copies, and so on. The copies were also translated from language to language, which if you've ever tried Alta Vista's language translation, can be a problem.

The NIV is the most accurate, because it was translated directly from the original languages by biblical scholars and linguists. It took years and years to translate by committees of scholars. As a result, it's considered to be the "best" representation because of its linguistic accuracy.

The reason many people favor the King James is based on language usage (all those thous and thys); similarly NIV is "too modern," so people dismiss it.

The books of the Apocrypha are not actually considered "official" parts of the Bible because they can't be proven to be true, so they're not even included.



Erik Deckers
  Forum: Philosophy, Science & Religion  ·  Post Preview: #106389

deckers Posted on: 08-Feb-2005, 02:43 PM

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QUOTE (MacEoghainn @ 23-Jan-2005, 03:18 PM)
Cute, but what's that old saying: "Boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses" biggrin.gif

Wouldn't bother me. They would just click on my glasses.

I have to cast my vote for Ms. Banfield, as well as the CNN Europe newscaster I saw a few years ago. I think her name was Portia, and she was just plain hot. I used to turn on CNN International/Europe each morning just to watch her.


Erik
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