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Discussions - Public / Re: So what's the national mood?
« Last post by The Gorn on October 16, 2018, 07:04:26 am »
I stumbled across this site a couple of years ago: https://www.dailyyonder.com/. I go back to it every once in a while to try to have some knowledge of the rural sections of America.

They have quite a few posts on West Virginia https://www.dailyyonder.com/?s=west+virginia

A great website. But that direct link returns a server error. One has to use the on-site search box there.
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Discussions - Public / Re: So what's the national mood?
« Last post by Phil on October 16, 2018, 06:37:42 am »
I stumbled across this site a couple of years ago: https://www.dailyyonder.com/. I go back to it every once in a while to try to have some knowledge of the rural sections of America.

They have quite a few posts on West Virginia https://www.dailyyonder.com/?s=west+virginia
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I've been reading this thread. Did pxsant do what he had planned: learn a new technical skill and try and land a job?
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I am a touch typist. My high school was a college prep school (private) and we had a full semester of typing. I type like a fiend without looking at the keyboard because in order to pass the class I had to learn to do it. It stuck with me through college and than later when I was programming. People are fascinated about how fast I type without looking at the keyboard.

I hate those shallow flat button keyboards. I like the full travel and traditional IBM keyboards. I have a Lenovo USB keyboard that behaves like an old PS2 keyboard but has the Window keys.

Only thing that is a problem - because I am on a ton of conference calls I have to be careful with my typing because people can hear me typing and it drives them crazy. They commonly joke that its ilconsiglliere typing because I type really fast.

Apple and Lenovo laptop keyboards are not so bad but I would rather be on a full size keyboard.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amusing or Outstanding Image Memes
« Last post by The Gorn on October 15, 2018, 07:30:09 am »
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Das Keyboard is great
« Last post by unix on October 14, 2018, 08:04:27 pm »
I spilled some coffee onto the keyboard and turns out Das keyboards are real easy to wash. Just dry it out for several days to be safe.

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don't know how I missed that thread, valuable info here.

I run Das Keyboards. Cherry mx brown keys. I have several, including one built into the laptop. MSI Titan.

not mine but identical:



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Discussions - Public / Re: So what's the national mood?
« Last post by unix on October 14, 2018, 07:58:13 pm »

yeah, it has been a quarter century since I resided there, so it must be radically different yet I doubt the underlying currents have much changed. I did visit about 10 years ago and was shocked just how much new stuff they built.
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Discussions - Public / Re: So what's the national mood?
« Last post by The Gorn on October 14, 2018, 07:43:08 pm »
Maybe it's changed a bit from what you experienced and remember. Honestly, I got a feeling like the entire local population around there either upgraded due to outside influences and in any event is closer to rural-typical rather than deep rural redneck. I was there last in 2006 and back then it felt more isolated and insular. I think it's changed, honestly.

Perhaps due to tourism that entire area has gentrified a bit. I ran into good old boys in a gas station mini market... but the people around there seemed very close to Ohioan, just not as rude and abrupt. I could honestly see living there.

The drive from Gallipolis, Ohio (entry point into WV) to the interstate just outside Charleston was picture postcard rural Americana.  Very nice. Would not mind living there.

The drive across Charleston to the rural outskirts was semi hectic medium sized city interstate.

The drive from Charleston's outskirts for about 30 miles was Blade Runner style huge linear factories and railroad along the highway. Eventually you get out of that and it looks more like Pennsylvania rural until we got to the state park.

Bridge day is next weekend. It looked like a blast.

Maybe local TV and news tells the story better. The local TV is clogged with ads from SSI attorneys, mesothelioma and other industrial lawsuit attorneys, and ads for health services. The indigenous population is probably old, fat and sick.
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Discussions - Public / Re: So what's the national mood?
« Last post by unix on October 14, 2018, 07:21:31 pm »
what an interesting report.

I lived in the NRV for years, it's a diverse area. There are two universities there. Really the whole NRV area is a hodge-podge of about 3 different elements. 1. Wealthy ( relatively so ) out of state or from NoVA (which might be considered out of state) kids who attend the schools in the area. 2. Local white trash redneck pickup truck with confederate flags population which includes everyone else who has lived there all of their lives. Lastly, 3. a lot of hippies in areas such as Floyd that are neither 1. nor 2. Some of them are fairly well educated but are kind of drop-outs. Bluegrass music and moonshine is not uncommon there.
 There are of course sub-groups of every group listed but that's the gist of it.
So if you live in the NRV, you constantly interact with all 3 groups and every subculture there is.

but is a really beautiful area, the pic is nice.

a few words about WV. These mainstream places off the highway, tourist traps if you will, are kind of misleading. I think to get an idea, you have to travel deep within enemy territory. I am not familiar with WV and no idea what constitutes the "real" WV.  It's a huge state.   The demographic change between urban/rural must be stunning there.

I visited WV a few times, it's a land of contrasts. Suppose like anything else.


 
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