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How To Use BellGab / Error Message
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:52:56 PM »
I'm getting the following error when creating new threads:

syntax error, unexpected 'll' (T_STRING), expecting ')'

When you see the error after submitting a new thread, don't worry.  Your new thread has been posted.  You won't have to type it all over again.  It's just that you'll have to navigate to the newly created thread rather than being taken immediately to it.

There error is also occurring when I do other seemingly unrelated things in the admin panel.

I don't know why this is happening, and I'm working on it...

Random Topics / BellGab is now funded entirely by user donations.
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:51:40 PM »
Just today, this thread was flagged by Google AdSense for "dangerous or derogatory content":

For about five years, this forum has used Google Adsense as its primary source of revenue.  As some of you know, I spend several hours per month fighting with Google as they flag the forum's content as "inappropriate" while threatening to discontinue ad serving on the forum.  In each instance, one of two things happens: I either successfully argue on your behalf or I have to remove the content.  It's time to pursue a third outcome.

Google is manipulating and impeding free thought all across the web, and the prevalence of Adsense enables them to do it by threatening website owners with the termination of their Adsense accounts.  BellGab is no longer going to participate in that system.

Beginning now, this website will be entirely funded by user contributions.  Hopefully your generosity will seamlessly replace Google Adsense.  Either way, I'll save all of the hours I spend each month battling these people and their soulless algorithms designed to manipulate you.

If this forum is a part of your daily existence, click "Donate" in the menu at the top.  This will be the last time I pester you about it.  Thank you.

Random Topics / Damon: Troll Victim
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:41:14 AM »
BellGabber Damon seems to get trolled a lot. I see people lobbing shit at him in the Falkie thread, he was one of the principal targets during the short lived guest posting experiment, etc... so many examples of it.


He's different, but inoffensive and agreeable overall.  Is there something sinister about him that I've overlooked? Is he running a puppy farm outside of Bakersfield?

How To Use BellGab / Some Changes to BellGab
« on: December 15, 2017, 04:59:12 PM »

1) We've gone back to the old search.

2) Guests can now post.

3) In recognition of item 2, you can now "ignore" other users.

Random Topics / Looking For A New "Top Right" Chooser
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:06:35 PM »
As everyone is aware, the top right corner of this website features witty or funny quotes from user posts.  It's a BellGab innovation that goes back years and is now being emulated by other forums.  The power of BellGab!

A few days ago I received word that the person who was responsible for selecting quotes has passed away.  I'd tell you who that is, but I was specifically asked by this person, who knew death was imminent, not to reveal that information.  What a BellGabber.

While the delicate candle of life sadly has been supplanted by the abyss that is death's darkness, life must go on for the rest of us.  That's why I'm here today searching for a willing volunteer who can dutifully select our top right quotes going forward.  Here is what you need to know:

1) A quote and a direct link to the post containing it should be submitted via PM every two days.
2) Nobody can know you are doing this.  If your identity in this role is revealed, you'll be forced to resign your position in shame.
3) Quotes should be short and fit neatly in the corner because long quotes will wrap into multiple lines and look awful.
4) As often happens, users will "nominate" a quote for the top right corner.  If a quote has been recommended or "nominated," it is immediately disqualified.

5) Quotes should be submitted one at a time.  Do not submit multiple quotes at once.

If you're interested in taking on this weighty but prestigious responsibility, do not express that interest in this thread.  Doing so will disqualify you.  Instead, send me a private message and explain in one sentence why you're the right person for the job.  You will only receive a response if you are selected by the Vandeven Enterprises™ board of directors.

Random Topics / Should the "Ignore User" feature be reinstated?
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:03:40 PM »
The feature was disabled because I believe nobody really benefits when vast swaths of written interaction can be permanently hidden due to personal preference. I think everyone should be compelled to occasionally read things they don't like.

Thoughts? Vote in the poll above. Thank you.

How To Use BellGab / Attaching Images Disabled
« on: July 08, 2017, 04:30:54 AM »
Just a heads up to let you know the forum will no longer support attaching images to posts.  This is in an effort to conserve hard drive space on the server.

You can continue including images in your posts, and it's easy to do.  If the desired image exists on the internet, simply insert the image's URL into your post like this:
Code: [Select]

If the desired image is located only on your computer/device (meaning no image URL is available), you can upload the image to a free image sharing service like Imgur, TinyPic, or countless others.  After the desired image is uploaded to the sharing service, its URL can be pasted into your post as shown above.

Technology / Back up all of your computer's drivers.
« on: March 14, 2017, 03:14:17 PM »
The utility is called Double Driver.

Download this zip file:

Extract it, and run dd.exe.
Click Backup.
Click Scan Current System.
Checkmark each system device driver you'd like to back up.  Might as well select them all.
Click Back Up Now.

You can choose to have the drivers backed up as a series of structured and uncompressed folders, a zip file, or a .exe file that will reinstall all of the drivers for you later.  A really cool utility.

Politics / #Vault7
« on: March 07, 2017, 03:55:58 AM »

Random Topics / Celebrity Death PREDICTIONS for 2017
« on: February 21, 2017, 09:59:35 AM »
It's time for a Celebrity Death PREDICTIONS thread.  For whatever reason, I'm often surprisingly accurate with this (and ONLY this) sort of prediction.  Unfortunately, there's no way to turn this into income.

So, make your celeb death predictions for 2017. 


A) No more than ten celebrity predictions per user.  Anything more than that, and you're just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. 

B) It is perfectly acceptable to repeat the prediction of someone else.

C) Place all of your predictions in one post.

D) The person with the most accurate predictions will be marginally celebrated and possibly awarded free Turbo Mode for a period not to exceed five days.


My list:
1) Loretta Swit
2) Fats Domino
3) Ginger Baker
4) Malcom Young
5) Paul Simon
6) Tom Sizemore
7) Robert Duvall
8 ) Bill Clinton
9) Leo Laporte
10) Henry Kissinger

Random Topics / Time Is A Bitch
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:48:47 PM »
Mary Travers

Post your own examples of time's unforgiving disregard.

Random Topics / A Great Kitchen Trash Can
« on: December 26, 2016, 09:34:36 PM »
This is a great kitchen trash can:

While that's not the container's intended use, it has everything you'd want. Smells are locked in, it's very tall yet stable so there's more time between bag changes, and the opening is almost a foot away from the actual trash which keeps things cleaner. $9 at Target.

I give it 5 stars.

Random Topics / MOVED: Pizzagate
« on: November 28, 2016, 04:24:40 AM »
This topic has been moved to Politics.

Politics / Poll: Who won the third and final presidential debate?
« on: October 20, 2016, 12:28:48 AM »

Politics / POLL: Who won the second presidential debate?
« on: October 09, 2016, 09:56:28 PM »

Random Topics / The New MacGyver - Pile of Excrement
« on: September 29, 2016, 11:06:46 PM »
I started watching the first episode of the new MacGyver series, and couldn't finish it.  The main character looks smug and unsympathetic, the pacing is slow, and it's full of gaping technical holes/rubbish. 

I didn't finish the episode.  I couldn't take any more.  This is the scene where I punched out:


Technology / Sold his $60 Billion Apple share for $800.
« on: September 22, 2016, 01:33:16 AM »
Ronald Wayne

Ronald Gerald Wayne (born May 17, 1934) is a retired American electronics industry worker. He co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, providing administrative oversight for the new venture. He soon, however, sold his share of the new company for $800 US dollars, and later accepted $1,500 to forfeit any claims against Apple (in total, equivalent to $9,185 in 2015). As of April 2016, Wayne's 10% stake in Apple Inc. would be worth almost $60 billion.

Oof.  That's gotta sting.

Random Topics / Sean Lennon
« on: September 02, 2016, 02:08:26 AM »
This video annoys me:

I've seen it before, but today I ran into it again, and it prompted me to switch into Twitter troll mode:

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Oof.  And around in circles we go.  It must be really frustrating to be around this guy for extended periods.

Random Topics / Hipster gets shut. The Fuck. Down.
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:31:01 PM »

Random Topics / Donate to BellGab?
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:09:14 AM »
I wanted to recommend an alternative way of donating to BellGab rather than simply clicking the "Donate!" button and handing over your money.  Google AdWords is a great way to help the forum.  You can buy ads to send traffic our way.  It'll help the forum in the long run by increasing impressions of our ads, it'll bring new user input our way which makes for a more interesting BellGab experience, and you can feel like you've helped in a truly meaningful way.  Everybody comes away happy.  So please consider buying ads for BellGab out there.

Random Topics / Uncle touched muh butt.
« on: May 19, 2016, 12:47:05 AM »

Radio and Podcasts / The Old Banners
« on: April 20, 2016, 01:51:03 AM »
Long ago, this forum was called, but looong before that, it was proudly known as  In 2008, as a goof, GNS's userbase began submitting banners that randomly displayed at the top of the page, rotating with each page view.  Here are those banners.  Some are better than others, but I thought it would be fun to resurrect them either way.  Click to enlarge.

Radio and Podcasts / Let's Make Fun Of Dummies.
« on: January 20, 2016, 09:50:44 PM »
When one of Art's Facebook "friends" say something stupid, post a screen cap in this thread:

Politics / Jeb Bush
« on: January 05, 2016, 01:35:15 PM »
I just saw a clip of two "ground team" guys going door to door in Iowa stumping for... Jeb Bush.  Can you imagine what a lonely, dejecting task that must be?  I'd imagine it's akin to selling vials of HIV door to door.  Or encyclopedias.

Politics / Dr. Ben Carson
« on: January 05, 2016, 01:31:44 PM »
When will Ben Carson finally realize it's over?  He's this cycle's Herman Cain.

Archive of Old Threads / 20151210 - Tonight's Show Cancelled
« on: December 10, 2015, 09:41:46 PM »
Note from Art:

Ok, here is what will happen next, I will not be on Tonight for a couple of reasons. I am sore in parts of my body that I didn’t even know could be sore. Also I have a contractor coming to put up giant honking lights to cover the problem area. I will be back on Friday body willing.

Listen live to Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert:
High quality AAC stream, click here.
MP3 stream, click here.

Call Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert:
Phone:  952-225-5278
North America Skype:  mitd51
Overseas Skype:  mitd55

This thread will open just before air time tonight.  Midnight in the Desert airs Monday-Friday from Midnight-3AM Eastern.  That's 9PM to midnight Pacific.

Listen live to Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert:
High quality AAC stream, click here.
MP3 stream, click here.

Call Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert:
Phone:  952-225-5278
North America Skype:  mitd51
Overseas Skype:  mitd55

This thread will open just before air time tonight.  Midnight in the Desert airs Monday-Friday from Midnight-3AM Eastern.  That's 9PM to midnight Pacific.

Listen live to Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert:
High quality AAC stream, click here.
MP3 stream, click here.

Call Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert:
Phone:  952-225-5278
North America Skype:  mitd51
Overseas Skype:  mitd55

This thread will open just before Art Bell goes live tonight.  Midnight in the Desert airs Monday-Friday from Midnight-3AM Eastern.  That's 9PM to midnight Pacific.

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