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Title: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 22 Jan 2013, 09:03
The old blog thread (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,24421.msg1126438.html#msg1126438) has got scarily long, and I've decided I'll be more comfortable retiring it in favour of this nice new one.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 22 Jan 2013, 09:32
It's so shiny and new!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 22 Jan 2013, 09:44
We do all like blogging!

Dear blog: today I got into work very late but my boss is being super nice about it. Also I'm dressed all pretty, with my favorite cardigan.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 09:47
Dear blog thread,

I'm listening to Barbie Girl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyhrYis509A&feature=share&list=PLxG968y8ieDJBWA0nEyEL_h_WoSfDiDcP) for the fourth time this week.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 22 Jan 2013, 09:49
I heartily approve.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 22 Jan 2013, 09:50
Gonna copy my post from the last thread because it's essential all the QC forum world see it, obviously.  :mrgreen:

I found some of my old writings, including fanfics and they're not as terrible as I thought they were. My newer old writing had levelled up from sucking. Maybe in a few years I'll think what I'm currently writing is okay.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 22 Jan 2013, 12:58
Jace proposes petition to change original thread title to Blog Thread IV: Live Free or Blog Hard.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Akima on 22 Jan 2013, 13:18
I second that! Though I'd perhaps replace "or" with "and".
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 22 Jan 2013, 13:27
I am in a bad mood.

However as this is a blog thread, I have the following blogs:
www.geneticallymodifiedhughes.wordpress.com - I blog, infrequently, about books - Genetically Modified Hughes
www.madcap156.wordpress.com - my much more successful music blog, Do They Have To Use Drums?
www.pronomo.co.uk - Project: Northern Monkey, a Manchester based culture website which is about equally as successful

If you only read one, read Do They Have To Use Drums? - I update it most and I'm pretty good at it, sometimes.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 22 Jan 2013, 13:28
I second that! Though I'd perhaps replace "or" with "and".

How about "and/or"?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 22 Jan 2013, 13:30
The old blog thread has got scarily long, and I've decided I'll be more comfortable retiring it in favour of this nice new one.
Was 255 or 256 a barrier?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 22 Jan 2013, 14:10
No; it was an arbitrary decision based on a groundless feeling of unease and not knowing how the forum code handles very long threads.  Many forums have a fixed thread length limit which they apply (probably with no more justification) - often at less than 1/5 of the length that thread had reached.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 22 Jan 2013, 14:28
Probably a good rule just to prevent long cluttered threads and to stop people like me who compulsively (attempt at least to) read every page of a thread before participating.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 15:04
Jace proposes petition to change original thread title to Blog Thread IV: Live Free or Blog Hard.

that was my idea

just so everyone knows

jace
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jimor on 22 Jan 2013, 15:20
My music TV program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlDTHOX69o) debuts tonight (details on how you can watch in description), and tomorrow I'm shooting/directing another music video. Life is good.  :-)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: dr. nervioso on 22 Jan 2013, 15:48
So bad news: Today was terrible, I had two quizzes. It was bloody cold outside, so much so that it felt like I was being cut up by the wind. I was expecting to see bloody cuts on my hands whenever looked down at them. Add on top of that my partner for an activity in class reminding me that it was due today and we hadn't started on it really. Luckily I pulled it off.

Good News: I have only one class tomorrow at noon. And I have very little to do tonight. I might go to zumba
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 22 Jan 2013, 15:56
Jace proposes petition to change original thread title to Blog Thread IV: Live Free or Blog Hard.

that was my idea

just so everyone knows

jace

Oh yeah I didn't note that it was your idea, but I saw that you changed it and I was like thats a good idea.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 22 Jan 2013, 16:03
I'm researching record players for a story I'm writing.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: celticgeek on 22 Jan 2013, 17:30
Probably a good rule just to prevent long cluttered threads and to stop people like me who compulsively (attempt at least to) read every page of a thread before participating.

"...Must read all posts..."
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 22 Jan 2013, 19:08
I have a crush on every girl
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: K1dmor on 22 Jan 2013, 19:16
"I know that feel bro" .
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 22 Jan 2013, 20:09
I was out of breath from walking the dog today. Because it's so FUCKING COLD.

Dog doesn't give a shit. The singularity could hit, and he'd still be walking.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 20:12
So wait, before I try to jump into this one, how does this thread work?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 22 Jan 2013, 20:20
We talk about our lives.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 20:21
you blog

you do things or you don't do things or you wish you had done things or you think about doing things or you plan on doing things and go on tumblr instead and lose all your free time and wish you'd done something else instead

and then you talk about it
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 22 Jan 2013, 20:21
It's a group blog thread. You talk about things. Things that happen to you. Things that you think about. It's...I dunno, I'm winging it. Someone help me out, I'm in over my head. *puts on swimmy arm floaties*
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 20:24
I think I've covered the topic of things already but thanks for the effort señor wingman
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 20:25
Don't we do that in most of the other threads too? :x

Here goes though!

Pretty tired. Didn't get enough sleep (because I'm stubbornly dumb sometimes), and Tuesdays are my longest days. Kept trying to nod off during Microbiology lecture. >_<

Got done writing a little ramble/rant about Tsundere character behaviors, the pitfalls thereof, and how it fits together with my understanding of D/S-style relationships. Oh, and got to do some cleaning and prepwork for theoretical Exalted RPG I'm running tomorrow night. That'll be something approximating fun I hope.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 20:34
I would actually really like to read that.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 22 Jan 2013, 20:40
Hah...I am now known as Señor Wingman...awesome.  ;D


In other news...I'm kicking into a binge of anime soundtracks while I drive during work. It seems to be improving my mood; instead of trying to run people off the road when they cut me off, I just wave and smile. Seriously.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 20:41
Well I can copy/paste pretty easily. It's nothing grand by any means, just some thoughts running around in my head tonight.





So I've started attending the Ivy Tech Anime Club, as it were. Small thing with little official support, but it fits my schedule and gives me something to be socialable about while I'm stuck at campus anyway, even if truthfully anime isn't really something I make a point of seeking out.

So today, before I nicked off to my Microbiology lecture, we watched the first two episodes of a show named Toradora. I'm not going to describe it particularly; maybe you know it, maybe you don't, either way it's on Hulu if you want to go watch it.

Anyway I made a comment to the group, when we took a moment to discuss it between episodes, that I found the female lead character, Taiga, to be...I think I put it "...kind of irritating as hell, though I get the trope; you have to have somewhere to grow from." It's a pretty common thing in anime especially, though by no means exclusively. TVTropes has a pretty good rundown on how the kind of character I identify the female lead to be, a Tsundere, works. ( http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Tsundere… ) If you aren't already familiar with the trope, you might want to take a quick glance.

Now one major problem that I do have with one of the ways Tsundere characters often behave, and the Taiga character definitely does, is that there's a tendency to somehow make abuse of their friend/potential romantic interest 'acceptable', or at least that's the impression I get from certain stories that dip into it.

This is a little troubling to me for the same reason that some have argued that stories such as Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' is troubling: there is a difficult and hazy line between teaching that love and kindness can uplift and heal troubled souls, and teaching that it's perfectly fine to stay in a relationship with an abusive person because underneath it all they love you. We've all seen, I think, times when people (women especially it seems to me) stick with someone because they 'know they can change him', and we've seen how often that leads to misery and even, at times, death.

One reason why I am rambling about this here on FetLife, of all places, is because I think that most of us have an interesting and compelling insight into such matters that some of our more, let us say 'vanilla' associates may not. I mean come on, a whole lot of us are into the various expressions of Dominant/Submissive relationship dynamics and interplay, including what under many circumstances would be genuine, horrific abuse. But for the majority of us there is an extremely important factor that changes the nature of the entire game from maliciously and selfishly predatory to an expression of romance, love, friendship and joy: Respect, and Permission.

That's what really irks me about subjects like this. Because at the end of the day I don't see any particular or inherent problem with a relationship that involves name-calling, roughhousing, ordering about, hitting even...as long as the parties involved are capable and caring enough to fully discuss and agree on what the rules and methods of their game are.

For full disclosure's sake, I am probably in many cases far more submissive than dominant. I like being commanded, I like serving, I like following another's lead. But there is a bit of a list of conditions that have to be met before I will seriously consider giving another person very much power over me.

But many Tsunderes, including Taiga in Toradora, do not meet those conditions. Outright permission is not asked, outright consent is not given. There is affection, there is caring, but without those first factors it is hard for me to consider that there is respect.

And while I enjoy being a Respected and Loved 'Toy', I despise the idea of being just a Toy.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 20:43
@Blue: Happy happy joy joy-style soundtracks? Or just 'I'm zooming down Neon-night Tokyo highway, too cool for road rage' soundtracks? :3
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 20:47
Good luck getting anyone to listen on fetlife. You'll more or less get ignored while 'WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TRUE DOMINANT' or "submission (is/is not) a gift!" takes its place on k&p.

(I kind of hate fetlife but I still use it. same thing with facebook.)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 20:50
Heh. I'm not too concerned; it's a good crowd I run with, for the most part (well 'run' with maybe...still a noob), and truthfully the writing was fun enough. Wasn't really saying anything with it anyway. If someone looks at it, cool, if not that's fine too.

I have certainly seen a few uh...odd things on FL sometimes though, so I can sort of get what you're saying I think. Though what do you mean by K&P?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jan 2013, 20:51
Kinky & Popular, which I always regret checking.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 20:54
Oh yeah, I always forget that's there. There's some cool stuff there sometimes! Though I admit not all of it piques my interest.

But hey, it doesn't have to.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 22 Jan 2013, 21:06
Good luck getting anyone to listen on fetlife. You'll more or less get ignored while 'WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TRUE DOMINANT' or "submission (is/is not) a gift!" takes its place on k&p.

(I kind of hate fetlife but I still use it. same thing with facebook.)

Lawlz. Yeah, fetlife is NOT the place for serious discussion on any serious subject. Hah.

@Blue: Happy happy joy joy-style soundtracks? Or just 'I'm zooming down Neon-night Tokyo highway, too cool for road rage' soundtracks? :3

Mostly the latter, but sometimes the happy stuff will pop up...like "Doki Doki Love Sugar"...God I love that song. It reminds me of that time I spent hours with my friends at an out-of-state arcade trying to win enough tickets from the DDR machine to buy a toaster. Long story.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 22 Jan 2013, 21:08
It was my older daughter's 23rd birthday today.  She recently got a promotion at work, which I think I mentioned in the older blog thread. 

My younger daughter (she's 19) decorated her cake...

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/27278_10200402962147304_328779232_n.jpg)

It only took a couple of hours to do. 


I hope that shows up, it's off my wife's facebook feed. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 22 Jan 2013, 21:25
Aww, I hope it was a happy birthday!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 22 Jan 2013, 22:59
So wait, before I try to jump into this one, how does this thread work?

Think of it as a shared diary, or what used to be called a commonplace book.

You could read through the previous incarnation to get a handle on it, I guess ;)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 23 Jan 2013, 00:15
Why is that cat so angry?!

A group of my friends from chapel and I are making a cake for another chapel girl's birthday, which is the day before mine. We're making a rhinocerous cake! At least, we're going to attempt to make a rhinocerous cake.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Pilchard123 on 23 Jan 2013, 00:26
Because it is Tard, grumpiest of all cats.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/grumpy-cat
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 23 Jan 2013, 00:41
edit - when I posted this, I got the following error message: "Wrong value type sent to the database. Array of integers expected. (quoteids)". Anyone seen this before?

The logs show me that this is caused by an error in the Tapatalk forum plugin; I'm hoping for a fix soon.  It doesn't appear to cause anything else to go wrong.  I haven't determined what triggers it, either.

I have just updated the Tapatalk plugin; I hope this bug is fixed (the release notes don't itemise the "various bugs" fixed).
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: RedWolf4 on 23 Jan 2013, 03:04
Man, that is the best cat.

Not like my last cat, purring contentedly on it's mothers grave for three days after she got run over. . . .
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 23 Jan 2013, 04:02
I cut my hair.
Was going for shorter sides and back and I sort of ended up with a popular 1930s do.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/63857951/2013-01-23%2005.18.27.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/63857951/2013-01-23%2005.18.50.jpg)

Oh well.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: ackblom12 on 23 Jan 2013, 05:28
Good luck getting anyone to listen on fetlife. You'll more or less get ignored while 'WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TRUE DOMINANT' or "submission (is/is not) a gift!" takes its place on k&p.

(I kind of hate fetlife but I still use it. same thing with facebook.)

Dear lord yes. It's a great resource, but it's filled with an awful lot of terrible. It's like Reddit in the sense that if you wade through the terrible you can find great and non-terrible stuff, but I absolutely couldn't blame you for not wanting to bother in the first place.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: lepetitfromage on 23 Jan 2013, 07:46
Hello Blog Thread!

I have done lots of Things lately.

Planned a trip to NYC with friends on Saturday. One of them had never been to the Met (!!!!). Well, said friend sprained her ankle and bowed out of the trip. The rest of us decided to take the trip anyway and it was awesome. We started off at Mason Jar for brunch because I found a cheapo restaurant.com certificate. After all was said and done, we paid $7.50 each for delicious food and unlimited mimosas and blood marys. Plus, I tried chicken and waffles for the first time and omg nom nom nom they are delicious. We decided to wander around and ended up at the High Line (http://www.thehighline.org/about/high-line-history). I lived in New York for 4 years and had never even heard of it, so I was mesmerized the whole time. Both by the fact that I had never been there and that it was awesome. (I later found out the reason I never went there while I lived in the city was because it wasn't open to the public until after I moved upstate. Pretty good reason lol). We walked the whole length, then decided to head over to the Chelsea galleries instead of the Met. I was nervous that we might not see anything good or that a lot of the galleries would be closed from Sandy aftermath but they were all in good shape again. Well, we walk into the first gallery I see and find out that it is a freaking David LaChapelle exhibit. I was absolutely blown away that it was his work. I've never made it to any of his exhibits before and one of the friends that was with me (Megan) is just as obsessed with him as I am. I'm still kind of in awe. PLUS- it was the last day it was open to the public. We went into a few other galleries after that, saw some great stuff and got really inspired....it sounds crazy but I really felt like I was high on art. The gallery visits gave me the kick in the ass that I needed to get the creative juices flowing again.

Afterward, we met up with a family friend of Megan's and his girlfriend, who were both quite awesome. Proceeded to get wonderfully intoxicated, headed back to Grand Central and chatted on the ride home. It was great to get away and I got to spend some time bonding with Megan's old college roommate- she recently moved back after living in NYC as well but we've never really spent a lot of time together and I was always afraid she didn't like me. It was great to really have a chance to talk with her and we got along really well. Wouldn't be a big deal but Megan is my best friend/maid of honor and we're basically attached at the hip.


More fun things- booked 3 life drawing classes! I'll make almost $100- woo! Also started selling some crap on eBay. I'm determined to improve my financial situation this year...I have way too much stuff and not enough money. I'm tired of just squeaking by with what I have so it's time to get rid of some baggage and make some moolah.


Wedding is 4 months from this Friday- HOLY CRAP. Have gotten a lot done though. Secured a block of rooms for our wedding guests, booked our judge, picked out favors and photobooth background & scheduled my first dress fitting. Now we just have to order our rings,book a shuttle from hotel to venue and work on the stuff that I've been looking forward to. Centerpieces, stationery, veil and accessories, bridal party gifts. We're planning a sitdown with the venue person in March to pick linens, menu and cake.

Phew. I think that's it for now.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 23 Jan 2013, 08:03
What fun! All of it!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: valley_parade on 23 Jan 2013, 08:16
I cut my hair.
Was going for shorter sides and back and I sort of ended up with a popular 1930s do.

Last I knew, Jace, that haircut was somehow making its way back to relevance. There's a hairdresser on OSG who's said he's been doing a few of them recently.

Of course, he's in California, and California is weird.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 23 Jan 2013, 08:17
Good luck getting anyone to listen on fetlife. You'll more or less get ignored while 'WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TRUE DOMINANT' or "submission (is/is not) a gift!" takes its place on k&p.

(I kind of hate fetlife but I still use it. same thing with facebook.)

Dear lord yes. It's a great resource, but it's filled with an awful lot of terrible. It's like Reddit in the sense that if you wade through the terrible you can find great and non-terrible stuff, but I absolutely couldn't blame you for not wanting to bother in the first place.

Usually I don't read into much beyond the AB+ Fence Sitting Neopolitan Rainbow Unicorns group.

For some reason.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 23 Jan 2013, 08:48
The High Line is gorgeous! I loved the High Line zoo. There's a nice little Italian restaurant a few streets away from the end of it (in the ... Meatpacking district? I don't remember) with painted walls.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 23 Jan 2013, 10:04
Re: the grumpy cat.

She is not grumpy; that's just how her face is shaped.

http://vimeo.com/54953791
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Black Sword on 23 Jan 2013, 10:38
So, since I can't be arsed to meet new people, I signed up for a matchmaking service. Call it the result of years of peer pressure. Anyway, signed up, paid up, got a little phone interview thing where they asked me all sorts of questions which I answered honestly, and they set up my first blind date here in this godforsaken city New York City. Incidentally, date's tonight, and the matchmakers assure me the girl will be cute and interesting. (funny fact, they admit that most everyone asks that their date be attractive, and they do their best to accommodate).

Back on topic, I'm not looking forward to it. I only work in NYC and live in NJ. I hate the city, I don't like fancy places because they're typically overpriced garbage, and I prefer to stick close to places that allow me to make my train back home relatively painlessly. So of course the date is in the Upper West Side instead of near Penn Station and some fancy joint. All of this has me in a cranky mood, since I'd rather go home and play video games.

Oh, well. Gonna whip out the PR smile and make a good impression, at least. -_-
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 23 Jan 2013, 10:43
BSword: I hope you have fun! I find dating kind of alien sometimes (then again I find people kind of alien sometimes), but generally pleasant.

Though with this weather I can sort of feel you on just wanting to stay in instead of having to deal with miserable transportation issues. Brrr!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 23 Jan 2013, 12:00
Who chooses the date location? If it's the website, rather than the other person, then it might well be that both of you would prefer to relocate to somewhere else!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: lepetitfromage on 23 Jan 2013, 12:01
Black Sword- you'll still be on the west side though, so travel back shouldn't be too terrible. At least you won't have to go cross town! And- if they actually paired you up based on your answers, there's a chance that you'll have good company? If not......then you should request a refund.  :-P

The High Line is gorgeous! I loved the High Line zoo. There's a nice little Italian restaurant a few streets away from the end of it (in the ... Meatpacking district? I don't remember) with painted walls.

It really is! I want to go back and see it in the summer because they open everything up and you can picnic on the grass. :-) (They had everything roped off when I was there)

Sounds like the meatpacking district to me- that's on one end of the High Line, chelsea is on the other.





Also.....I love grumpy cat.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Black Sword on 23 Jan 2013, 13:27
Yeah, but my workplace is on the East Side, so I still have an annoying journey just to get there!

Oh, well. I'll report on it when it's done. I mean, over half the reason I did it was to have interesting stories to tell.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 23 Jan 2013, 13:42
Some guy I haven't seen in 2 years decided to start being an indiscriminate asshole to a bunch of mutual friends last night via Facebook, so I got involved and told him to stop being a dick to the people who are trying to help him with his problems. He turned his assholery onto me, started talking shit about my best friend and our mutual ex (we're all still really close) and then challenged me to a fight.

You don't do that on the week where I have to give up another of my closest friends to a country on the other side of the planet.

I can't wait til he throws one at me, I'm going to knock that little prick out.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Pilchard123 on 23 Jan 2013, 14:07
I can't help but think that would be a really bad idea...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Asterus on 23 Jan 2013, 14:39
Hah...I am now known as Señor Wingman...awesome.  ;D


In other news...I'm kicking into a binge of anime soundtracks while I drive during work. It seems to be improving my mood; instead of trying to run people off the road when they cut me off, I just wave and smile. Seriously.
^ This is the reason I always have the Clannad Soundtrack on every music device I own. The BGMs are there for an entirely different reason though (For when you just want to visualize yourself punching a bear.)

One thing that I've found to be extremely annoying is the fact that I'm unorganized. And easily distracted. I spent about 20 minutes during class today just flipping through my 9 notebooks just to find the one that had the poems/song lyrics that I was sure I had written at some point. It was getting to the point where I was worried about my sanity. (http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2212)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 23 Jan 2013, 15:54
I can't help but think that would be a really bad idea...

He bitched out and went back home. Right back to the gutter he belongs in. Little suburban Juggalo turd thinks he's hard because he lives in Oakland now. Well, I've got news for him. Tirana is a far sight tougher than anything he's ever seen. He's threatening to teach me a lesson if he comes back and sees me. Okay buddy, sure you are.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 23 Jan 2013, 16:47
A while back I ID'd a girl trying to get cigarettes and she said, "Don't you fucking start with me!!" and proceeded to yell abuse for a few minutes while I just ignored her and continued serving other people. She was in tonight and I debated ID'ing her to prove a point but I have learned she actually is eighteen also I was in a good mood and didn't want to fight.
I kind of want to lose the rep for "enjoying ID'ing people" I've earned among customers and coworkers. Coworkers actually have called me over because they knew I'd ID someone when they didn't want to do it. I don't enjoy it. I get yelled at when I do it. I just know getting yelled at is better than potentially getting fired and fined thousands of pounds.

Gonna apply for a one day a week office job. So is the partner. Being hopeful for both of us.

Also I might be getting a rabbit.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 23 Jan 2013, 21:13
I just know getting yelled at is better than potentially getting fired and fined thousands of pounds.

In Connecticut, the cops send in underage kids to try and buy cigs at gas stations, just to test the people working there. My wife worked one said shift, denied the kid any cigs, and a couple weeks later the cop came in and gave her a $100 check for following the law. It was pretty cool.
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Post by: Jimor on 23 Jan 2013, 22:13
In California, they take the pressure off the clerks by making it something like "if you look under forty" as the standard for asking under law.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 23 Jan 2013, 22:39
Same here in CT, but a lot of people just don't bother. When I'm clean-shaven I have a babyface, yet I normally don't get carded at gas stations, liquor stores, etc.

In fact, the only place where you'll ALWAYS get carded in CT, no matter how old you look, is at the casinos. They don't give a shit if you're 87 years old, they card EVERYBODY.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 23 Jan 2013, 22:59
If I'm presenting male I'm usually carded. If I'm presenting female I'm never carded. I'm not sure why.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 23 Jan 2013, 23:39
Show a little leg to the bouncer at the club they'll let you cruise right in?

Or am I stuck in 50's terminology again? :psyduck:
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Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Jan 2013, 00:05
I always IDed anyone who looked under 35, even if I knew they were over 18 - even if they were my best friend and I had been at their 18th birthday party. If someone in the queue behind them thought they didn't look old enough and complained to trading standards I'd have been in a lot of trouble. Also my town was full of schoolkids trying to buy cheap cider. In fact one girl was discovered to be using her older sister's ID and there was a big fuss.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 24 Jan 2013, 05:41
I still get ID'd and I just turned 27, but our liquor stores are run by the county so they are clean and bright and organized but also strict about IDs, so it's fine with me.

The older brother of a guy I went to high school with got a fake ID and tried to use it at the beer store. The owner recognized him - his sons were in my class and the guy's class - so the kid freaked out and ran away, leaving the ID behind. Which had his real name and home address on it.  :psyduck:
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Post by: Welu on 24 Jan 2013, 05:46
We get the secret shoppers sent in to buy cigarettes and scratchcards as well but no reward. Just a, "Keep it up." Although they send in young looking of-age people since it would be illegal for underage ones to have those things.

If I know a person is of age I don't care if they look young. I'll sell to them. I've sold to friends the week after they turned 18 and if someone says, "They look young." I just say I know how old they are. It might come across as discriminatory but it's all legal. I don't think it would be fair to get in trouble for doing as I'm told to do.
The issue is I actually do what we're meant to do, all we're told is if we're not sure, then ask. There's no official rule like, "If they look under 25." I take a personal rule of 21 but I'm a crap judge of age so I ID comparatively a lot. Even though it's maybe once a month at most.
I hate that people get so offended, regardless of being of age or not. Just be calm and say, "I don't have ID." I will apologise, say there's nothing I can do and then either get your ID or just go away. It also really annoys me that I've actually been called over to ID someone just because the other person didn't want to deal with the backlash.

I wish we just ID'd everyone, including friends and regulars, although as a person who doesn't shit bricks when carded because I almost always have some form of ID on me and if I don't I just accept them's the rules, I guess that's easy for me to say. That said, I almost never get asked for ID because of the tits.

Another mini-angry thing: The pubs are all filled with fifteen year old girls with padded bras. Get some bouncers that don't let people in based on cupsize despite the cup-holders being tiny and baby-faced.
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Post by: VonKleist on 24 Jan 2013, 06:06
Last week a selling lady mumbled something like "We´re over 16, are we?" at me with my two cans of cheap beer. I rumbled in my most gravelly voice that I was born in the beautiful year of 1986. She didn't want to see my ID :-)

The fines on selling to minors are pretty hefty (in Germany up to 10000€, or so I hear) so people should just deal with it.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 24 Jan 2013, 06:47
I worked at a Eckerd in Brooklyn a few years back and we were told to ID absolutely everyone. You're 80 years old? ID-ed. You've come here every week for the last 6 months to buy a pack of smokes? Sorry, need to have your ID. Didn't matter at all, which was kinda nice but I did feel like a jerk for turning away someone who was obviously old enough and just left thier ID at home. On the flipside......I don't know anyone personally that goes anywhere without an ID. Yeah, it sucks to lose it, some people can't afford one, etc., etc.....but if you can afford something you need to be IDed to buy, that whole "I can't afford one" thing doesn't fly with me. (Especially considering that a pack of cigarettes is the same price as NYS Non-driver IDs).

This was also around the time they passed a law stating that everyone had to be IDed for Sudafed (thanks to the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act). We actually had to keep a log book as well to make sure that people weren't buying excessive quantities. I can't tell you how many people got pissy about me writing down their name and the product they bought that contained pseudoephedrine. It really sucked, especially when the person was obviously miserable in the first place and just wanted to go home and recuperate.
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Post by: nekowafer on 24 Jan 2013, 07:15
I know that law is in place here, but I also know people that have no problems whatsoever getting medicine with dextromethorphan, which apparently really fucks you up. And I really wish stores were more strict about that.

But anyway when I worked at Wal-Mart, we had to key in the customer's ID number, I believe... I rarely got anyone too upset when I carded them. And then at Hot Topic I only had to check IDs for certain movies, and I was very strict about that.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Jan 2013, 07:36
I think I've told you guys before about having to ID someone for vanilla extract - we were both in stitches at the idea of anyone drinking enough vanilla extract to get drunk, but it is 90% proof and I guess the computer which produces the little "Check Customer ID" box doesn't know how daft an idea that is.

I also once refused to sell a computer game certificated 18 to a man who was quite clearly buying it for his primary-school aged son. The kid came up to his dad in the queue and said "I want to get this" and handed over his pocket money. I felt really uncomfortable because it felt like I was making a personal judgement on that man's parenting (and let's be honest here: I was. No seven year old should be playing Grand Theft Auto or whatever it was), but it really was just that I knew it was illegal for me to sell it in the knowledge that it was being purchased on the behalf of a minor. That's the disadvantage of being a law student, I guess.

On the subject of being a law student, I've just written and am about to read over and submit an essay essentially informing my supervisor that I think his area of study is kind of pointless. It doesn't just say that, it's 1,400 words on the moral value of the rule of law, but that is the underlying theme.

Edit: make that 1,600. Just added some (probably now over the word limit, I can never remember what it is) to make it a bit more jurisprudency. I am unlikely to get a particularly great grade in this subject because the more I study it, the more I think philosophy is stupid, but I'm really enjoying grappling with and ultimately dismissing all the ideas! Quite proud of the essay, if only as an exercise is making an argument.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 24 Jan 2013, 07:39
$8 for a non-driver ID? wow...not bad. In CT it's about $25 or so, last I remembered.

Yah, sudafed laws are a little ridiculous...especially seeing as a pharmacy employee can make off with the entire stash...or a determined meth maker with enough financial backing can just go hijack the delivery truck. Or pull an Enfield Heist. (http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/crime/heist-of-up-to-$75-million-in-drugs#.UQFUhSHaKH8)
...It took federal authorities over two years to find the guys who did it. (http://articles.courant.com/2012-05-03/news/hc-enfield-eli-lilly-drugs-0504-20120503_1_warehouse-pharmaceuticals-freshwater-boulevard)
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Post by: Papersatan on 24 Jan 2013, 08:11
Re: vanilla extract

I made my own once with rum and vanilla beans.  I left it on the counter and bit by bit it started to go missing.  I think the contractor working on the bathroom was an alcoholic and was drinking it.  No one did any baking but me and everyone in the house knew it was vanilla, and knew where the real booze was.  I finally drew a line on the bottle with a sharpie and it stopped disappearing. 
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Post by: Welu on 24 Jan 2013, 08:48
I also once refused to sell a computer game certificated 18 to a man who was quite clearly buying it for his primary-school aged son.

I would do the same but really, if that was strictly adhered as it should be, game sales would drop like mad.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Jan 2013, 08:59
The thing is that if you don't know that the person is buying it for a child, you aren't breaking the law (unless you should have known - that was what I was concerned about in this instance: if trading standards were in the queue, they'd have seen that it was very obvious that I should have realised it was for the kid, even if I hadn't). So if the man had been there on his own, I'd have had no idea it was for his son and sold it to him without problem. It's the same with alcohol. Parents are perfectly free to buy alcohol and give it to their children if they're over five, as long as it's in their own home. But if a child came up with a bottle of gin and said "mummy I want this" I wouldn't be allowed to sell it.

Actually written out like that, it makes no sense at all. We have weird laws.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 24 Jan 2013, 12:42
re: people stealing alcohol

I did a play where we had a bottle of cheap-o vodka on hand for spraying all the trench coats and suit jackets that couldn't be washed after every performance. It started disappearing and we eventually found out that it was the arts center's janitor.
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 Jan 2013, 12:54
Oh look, a concert (http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/1/21/0730/PM/Nicolas-Hodges/) today.

Oh look, a review (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/arts/music/nicolas-hodges-pianist-at-zankel-hall.html?_r=0) as well.   :-D
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Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Jan 2013, 13:08
That's an excellent review! When you first posted about the concert I looked at the website hoping it might be in London and entertaining unrealistic ideas about going to it (I wouldn't be able to afford it even if I had time). Does he play in the UK often?
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Post by: Redball on 24 Jan 2013, 13:44
That's a great review! And I need to hear some of that music.
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Post by: LTK on 24 Jan 2013, 13:56
Funny story about selling tobacco to minors: When I was around eight years old - I think, I can't remember my actual age - my dad would send me to the cigar store to buy him a pack of tobacco, the lazy bum, every once in a while. From the beginning, I saw the sticker on the counter that said "Whatever your excuse is, no tobacco or alcohol under 16!" The clerk gave it to me without batting an eyelash. That went on for a few years, until one day the clerk told me I was too young to buy them. I don't know if it was a different clerk, or that he suddenly decided I looked old enough to be smoking it myself, or that he experienced a sudden moral epiphany, but my dad couldn't ask me to buy tobacco again.

I still have never smoked, by the way.
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Post by: Patrick on 24 Jan 2013, 14:15
The dude who wants to get his ass beat said that instead of a fair fight, he's just going to jump me the next time he sees me.

Fucking coward is gonna get it.
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Post by: Akima on 24 Jan 2013, 15:04
I always IDed anyone who looked under 35, even if I knew they were over 18 - even if they were my best friend and I had been at their 18th birthday party.
I don't know if it is the law, or just a booze-industry standard, but bottle-shops here have signs up saying in effect "ID required if you look under 25; take it as a compliment". I'm not sure why people get bent out of shape about this. If you don't have a driver's licence, you buy a Photo Card*, and keep it in your wallet alongside the money or credit-card you use to pay for the grog.

I am usually carded if I'm casually dressed. It's no big deal.

* Issued by the driver licensing authority and essentially an "undriver's licence". Yes, it costs A$48 for five years, but if you can't afford that, maybe you should think twice before buying non-essential items like alcohol and cigarettes? The card is free if you are on unemployment, disability, aged pension etc. anyway.
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 Jan 2013, 15:27
That's an excellent review! When you first posted about the concert I looked at the website hoping it might be in London and entertaining unrealistic ideas about going to it (I wouldn't be able to afford it even if I had time). Does he play in the UK often?

He played at King's Place, London a couple of weeks ago (I went); an all-Birtwistle concert that he largely arranged, to go with the opening of an exhibition of art by Adam Birtwistle, the composer's son. [BTW, yes it is Birtwistle with no "h" in.]

He's playing in Birmingham next month, I think - (Googles) yes, here we go (http://www.bcmg.org.uk/diary.php?showid=258).  That's an interesting one; I may try to go.

He usually plays in the BBC Proms, and often at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.  I guess he gets over to the UK 6-9 times a year, and to the USA 4-6 times a year (he has an O-1B visa).  He goes to Japan most years, and was in Australia last year.  His agent once got a bit overenthusiastic, so that he had a rehearsal in Norway the same day as a concert in Spain - that involved getting a private jet...

He's allowed to reschedule his teaching in Stuttgart as much as he likes, but he is required to fit it all in somehow.
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 Jan 2013, 15:40
That's a great review! And I need to hear some of that music.

I don't have a recording of the Birtwistle yet (he's recorded all of Birtwistle (http://www.nicolashodges.com/discography/solo-discs/birtwistle-the-axe-manual--.html)'s previous piano music, though); I've got him playing some Busoni in his mid-20s, and also several recordings of the Debussy from that time; I may slip you one or two that are good enough.  There is also a recording of the concerto that Carter (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carter-Dialogues-Boston-Concerto-Cello/dp/B000C6NO6E) wrote him five years or so ago.

Some of you may not know that I recorded and engineered his first few CDs for him - the most popular of those is probably this (http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Finnissy-Gershwin/dp/B000255LU2).
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Post by: Jace on 24 Jan 2013, 15:48
I've never had trouble with having my ID when I bought cigarettes (I don't smoke, but I've bought for friends when on the way to their house) or alcohol. I am never upset about being carded either because I know that I have to present ID to purchase it. I also keep my ID in my wallet and I couldn't fathom that people wouldn't have their ID until I remembered that a lot of people that go clubbing or out to bars don't carry a wallet, instead just having their ID and cash or cards in their pocket, and they probably leave them at home frequently.
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 24 Jan 2013, 18:26
Indiana theoretically charges about twelve dollars for a state-backed photo ID, but they have a lot of exceptions they'll make to just give you one. I think for example in preparation for last November's elections as long as you had some other pieces of paperwork in order they were handing them out to just about anyone who could prove majority residence (we've had voter ID laws for a while now).
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Post by: Bluesummers on 24 Jan 2013, 18:33
Oh look, a concert (http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/1/21/0730/PM/Nicolas-Hodges/) today.

Oh look, a review (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/arts/music/nicolas-hodges-pianist-at-zankel-hall.html?_r=0) as well.   ;D
Wow...impressive. You're related, I assume? :psyduck:
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 Jan 2013, 19:54
I'm his dad.
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Post by: henri bemis on 24 Jan 2013, 21:21
I don't mind when people ask for ID, even if I'm a regular and they know me, because the only time I've been hassled was from another customer who flipped the fuck out on a very nice cashier at a local liquor store because he didn't ID me - I'd just been traveling a lot, so I whipped out my license, passport, and birth certificate, and told her to go choke on an egg.  Being ID'd is hardly an inconvenience, and 10 seconds of my time is definitely not worth someone risking their job.

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I really need to clean out my closet, and I think much of it would do well at one of those thrifty shops that buy used clothing, but I'm so scared to get rid of anything.  There's a store nearby that I think would take a lot of it, especially my shoes, but part of me is still convinced I can learn to walk in heels.  The other part is saying 'Cash, you dummy!  new wardrobe!'
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Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Jan 2013, 00:27
Oh boo, Paul I would really like to go to that concert - I actually could afford it and get to it, but the last train back leaves at 9.10pm. Why is transport in this country so silly?!
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Post by: VonKleist on 25 Jan 2013, 02:21
Haha, I had looked him up and guessed it was your son! :mrgreen:

Maybe if he can be seen again in Cologne I´ll go and gush about how I know his dad from the internets have a listen. Been wanting to go to the Philharmonie for ages.

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Post by: pwhodges on 25 Jan 2013, 02:49
Well, as he lives in Germany he performs there quite a lot.  He played in Köln last November; his next German performance is in Munich (http://www.breitkopf.com/contemporary/show/8) on 22 Feb, also to be broadcast live on the radio station BR-Klassik.

Oh, and he's playing the same program he just did in New York in Berkeley, CA on Sunday (http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/performances/2012-13/recital/nicolas-hodges.php)
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Post by: VonKleist on 25 Jan 2013, 03:04
Thanks! I´ll be abled to listen to it then.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 25 Jan 2013, 07:24
Yesssss, got my first dental exam in 12 years today by one of the dental students and it wasn't terrible news! I only have one very minor surface cavity which, while getting the filling done sooner rather than later is suggested, was barely worth mentioning. Otherwise, I need a deep gum line cleaning to keep the gum erosion on my two front lower teeth in check and my teeth are in good condition otherwise considering my lack of professional dental care.
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Post by: Spriteling on 25 Jan 2013, 13:30
Yesssss, got my first dental exam in 12 years today by one of the dental students and it wasn't terrible news! I only have one very minor surface cavity which, while getting the filling done sooner rather than later is suggested, was barely worth mentioning. Otherwise, I need a deep gum line cleaning to keep the gum erosion on my two front lower teeth in check and my teeth are in good condition otherwise considering my lack of professional dental care.

Huzzah!  Dentists are rubbish, so it's good you'll be able to avoid much more of them.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 25 Jan 2013, 15:59
My teeth still hurt on and off from all the fillings, and this afternoon my husband cracked a tooth so now we need to find a dentist who takes Kaiser. Stupid teeth.
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Post by: snalin on 25 Jan 2013, 17:38
About ID's, isn't debit cards valid ID in the states? Or does everybody just have credit cards? It's never an issue here as I pay with the same visa card that I use for ID.

Also I'm just home after the first 8 out of 48 hours of participating in the GLOBAL GAME JAM (http://globalgamejam.org/)! Which means that over the weekend I'm cooperating with some friends and some new people making a game from scratch! It's super fun! And I am super tired!
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Post by: Bluesummers on 25 Jan 2013, 18:08
About ID's, isn't debit cards valid ID in the states? Or does everybody just have credit cards? It's never an issue here as I pay with the same visa card that I use for ID.

It's valid as a secondary ID for some things, like "show two forms of ID" to prove it's you. Basically they want something with the same name as what's on your photo ID. Chances are, if the photo ID is a fake, you won't have a debit card or credit card with the same name on it.

But it doesn't suffice for a primary ID mainly because it doesn't have your date of birth or address on it. Even the few debit cards with your photo on it won't really cut it; those are more to prevent identity fraud if someone steals your debit card.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 25 Jan 2013, 18:12
I think most places want to see a photo ID. Most credit cards don't have a photo.
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Post by: Papersatan on 25 Jan 2013, 18:14
You also can get one when you are under 21, and under 18 actually, so they would be no good as proof of age.
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Post by: henri bemis on 26 Jan 2013, 00:08
Yeah, and some states (or maybe it was just MA?) won't even accept out-of-state licenses for alcohol. 

I'm quickly becoming addicted to facebook scrabbleish games, but I hate people who cheat, and you can always tell.  And they do it all the fucking time.  I keep wanting to grab people by the collar and yell 'OH, THAT'S YOUR WORD?  DEFINE THAT FOR ME, MOTHERFUCKER!' 

If you have to use an app to get your words, you're not playing pseudoscabble, you're just trolling the dictionary.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 26 Jan 2013, 01:29
Debit cards are rather different in the UK from Norwegian ones (I discovered this when Jens came to visit this time). For a start they do not have a photo of the owner on them. All mine has is my name and the card number, which I can never remember - useful as it stops me shopping online by mistake - and the chip.
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Post by: Jace on 26 Jan 2013, 05:31
Some debit cards have a photo on them, my old flatmate had one like that, but I don't know how common it is anymore. That was 4-5 years ago.
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Post by: valley_parade on 26 Jan 2013, 05:42
Yeah, and some states (or maybe it was just MA?) won't even accept out-of-state licenses for alcohol. 

They're goddamned picky down in the Boston-area. You can't even use a non-driver's license state-issued ID, you have to have a specific "Liquor ID". So annoying. The only difference is that it says "LIQUOR ID" on it.
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Post by: Redball on 26 Jan 2013, 07:49
I've been happy for several years with a MasterCard from Citi with my photo on it. My signature is also embedded on the front. The drawback is that if I intend foreign travel, I can get a card with the chip but without the photo. Don't know why Citi can't put both on the same card.
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Post by: nekowafer on 26 Jan 2013, 08:33
My debit card has an amazingly terrible picture of me on it. I got it maybe... 5 years ago? And whenever I get the renewed card, it still has a picture. But I've never been able to use that as a form of ID.
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Post by: Spriteling on 26 Jan 2013, 09:42
I had no idea debit cards were an accepted form of ID anywhere.  Learn something new every day I guess.
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Post by: Redball on 26 Jan 2013, 09:46
The picture on my credit card, plus an absent or illegible signature on the back, means I don't also get asked for a driver license.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 26 Jan 2013, 12:34
Eek. Just sent an email to a college alumna (she's an Associate, I think, which means she's specifically interested in supporting current students - a good sign!) asking if she can help me with my dissertation. I'm hoping she might be an in for similar visits to the ones I made this summer in the US. I always hate asking strangers for favours, it was pretty nerve-wracking hitting send. But I did it! I saw a reference to someone who looked like they might be interesting and useful and I contacted them! This is quite a big deal to me.
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Post by: Papersatan on 26 Jan 2013, 12:39
I'm quickly becoming addicted to facebook scrabbleish games, but I hate people who cheat, and you can always tell.  And they do it all the fucking time.  I keep wanting to grab people by the collar and yell 'OH, THAT'S YOUR WORD?  DEFINE THAT FOR ME, MOTHERFUCKER!' 

If you have to use an app to get your words, you're not playing pseudoscabble, you're just trolling the dictionary.

While there certanialy are people using other apps to cheat, Scrabble is not a vocabulary game and many players know only that a word is legal, and not what it means.  Similarly, knowing which words are not legal, even though you think they should be ("tase" is not a legal word, even though it has been adopted (from the proper noun Taser) for some years now to be the verb for shocking someone with a stun gun.  The OED recognizes it as a word for goodness sake!!)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Jan 2013, 12:48
I played down 'zen' on a triple word once in Scrabble; turns out it's not even in the Scrabble dictionary! I lost that game pretty harshly.
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Post by: Welu on 26 Jan 2013, 13:49
I'm quickly becoming addicted to facebook scrabbleish games, but I hate people who cheat, and you can always tell.  And they do it all the fucking time.  I keep wanting to grab people by the collar and yell 'OH, THAT'S YOUR WORD?  DEFINE THAT FOR ME, MOTHERFUCKER!' 

If you have to use an app to get your words, you're not playing pseudoscabble, you're just trolling the dictionary.

While there certanialy are people using other apps to cheat, Scrabble is not a vocabulary game and many players know only that a word is legal, and not what it means.  Similarly, knowing which words are not legal, even though you think they should be ("tase" is not a legal word, even though it has been adopted (from the proper noun Taser) for some years now to be the verb for shocking someone with a stun gun.  The OED recognizes it as a word for goodness sake!!)

From little bits I've read, in professional competitive Scrabble, it is considered bad form to ask a definition. Since everyone there has basically just learned of as many words as possible, the letters are what's important and not the meaning. Although in those situations there's a mediating verifier type person.
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Post by: Papersatan on 26 Jan 2013, 14:03
'Zen' is not a legal word because it is 'proper' like 'Finnish' or 'Christian'.
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Post by: henri bemis on 26 Jan 2013, 15:37
Oh, I know it's not a vocabulary game, I was just being hyperbole-mad at people who only ever play obscure words, who either didn't know a word existed before they plugged their letters into a generator, or are just much better than me :-P. 
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Post by: Jace on 26 Jan 2013, 19:06
Qi is a word but chi is not a word in scrabble.
I hate scrabble. If you ever want to not be friends with me ask me to play scrabble. I'll probably agree, but you better be ready for death threats.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Jan 2013, 19:07
spelled out one irate block at a time.
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Post by: Carl-E on 26 Jan 2013, 19:10
Every year at the AP Calculus grading, there's a game room, and there's always a scrabble tournament.  I remember the exclamations of joy when "Qi" was finally officially allowed as a word - hey, a use for Q that didn't need a U! 


The cribbage tournament's even more cutthroat, though...
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Jan 2013, 19:32
not just a q-without-u word, but more importantly a two-letter word with q in it

two-letters are the most important words always. I can rack up 50 points pretty easy by playing a three letter word and making three two-letter words in doing so.

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Post by: Patrick on 27 Jan 2013, 00:23
Today I jammed with my friend Erika, and we figured out a buncha songs to have both of us learn. Then I went through my handheld recorder and checked out some of my older song sketches. If my real job isn't gonna have me for a week and a half, might as well work on things I'd rather be working on.
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Post by: Akima on 27 Jan 2013, 00:58
Qi is a word but chi is not a word in scrabble.
While qi is the correct pinyin Romanisation for 气, which is not a proper noun, it is also the romanisation for 齐 as in the Qi Dynasty which is a proper noun.

Are "alpha" and "beta" valid Scrabble words? If so, why would "chi" not be (http://www.scrabblefinder.com/word/chi/)? As well as being the Wade-Giles romanisation of 气,chi is a letter in the Greek alphabet. Every mathematician, or at least every statistician, knows the chi-squared test!
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Post by: jwhouk on 27 Jan 2013, 04:24
qaid and qait have always been acceptable in Scrabble. I have the book to show it.

Best thing to do in Scrabble is to agree on a dictionary and go from there. If it's not in the dictionary, it's not allowed.
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Post by: LTK on 27 Jan 2013, 05:08
I reluctantly agreed to play a game of pub scrabble a while back with some fellow students, because I remembered that the last time I played it I was completely rubbish. But that was Dutch language scrabble, and it turns out that I totally rock at English language scrabble.

It still annoyed me that people kept using archaic words from various dictionaries, though.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Jan 2013, 08:07
Random thing to post but I just read about a guy who is suing Oxford University (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21161891) because they wouldn't let him study for a 1-year MSc because he couldn't prove that he had £12,900 to cover his living costs.

What on EARTH do they think students spend? The average rent for a single room in Oxford is £535. Let's be generous to the university and say that accommodation will work out at about £7000 a year. Who on this earth spends £6000 a year on living costs excluding rent? I live on less than a third of that! If I were living on just my student loans, and not my earnings from various jobs, I'd be surviving on a sixth of that.

Just couldn't believe that a university which claims to be encouraging applicants from deprived backgrounds could have such an outrageously out-of-touch view of student lifestyles. That sum doesn't include tuition, by the way - he had a separate loan for that. They will not accept a masters student who cannot show that they have £13,000 in the bank at the start of the course.
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Post by: Spriteling on 27 Jan 2013, 08:37
Random thing to post but I just read about a guy who is suing Oxford University (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21161891) because they wouldn't let him study for a 1-year MSc because he couldn't prove that he had £12,900 to cover his living costs.

What on EARTH do they think students spend? The average rent for a single room in Oxford is £535. Let's be generous to the university and say that accommodation will work out at about £7000 a year. Who on this earth spends £6000 a year on living costs excluding rent? I live on less than a third of that! If I were living on just my student loans, and not my earnings from various jobs, I'd be surviving on a sixth of that.

Just couldn't believe that a university which claims to be encouraging applicants from deprived backgrounds could have such an outrageously out-of-touch view of student lifestyles. That sum doesn't include tuition, by the way - he had a separate loan for that. They will not accept a masters student who cannot show that they have £13,000 in the bank at the start of the course.
That's pretty crazy.  Even to get a student visa to the UK, you don't have to show that much money for living expenses.  I think the first time I did it, I only had to show about £5000.  It's strange to think that a university wants you to have more money than the immigration-phobic government does.
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Post by: pwhodges on 27 Jan 2013, 12:03
Mind you, Oxford is now (this weekend's papers tell me) the most expensive place to live in the UK, edging ahead of London and Cambridge.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Jan 2013, 12:51
Even so, I don't believe it is six times more expensive than Cambridge. OK, I live very frugally, but even accounting for that - is it really three times as expensive as Cambridge?

I'm tired again. It's 9pm, and I got more than nine hours' sleep last night and every night this week. WHY AM I TIRED?
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Post by: pwhodges on 27 Jan 2013, 13:26
No, of course not - and I imagine that (as usual) there is some crucial information about the situation and the requirements that has not been reported.  In the first instance, the report veers back and forth between blaming the college and the university (which is common when reporting things in Oxford and Cambridge, of course).
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Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Jan 2013, 13:35
You're quite right of course, news reporting is notoriously incapable of presenting the whole story. So I have looked into it. I found this on the official website for the university:

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DOCUMENTING YOUR FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS

If you receive an offer of a place, your college will require you to complete a College Financial Guarantee form providing evidence that you have sufficient funding to cover your  fees and living expenses for the duration of your programme; for some part-time non-matriculated courses, the Department for Continuing Education may also require you to provide satisfactory evidence of funding arrangements.

No mention of any sums, but it does direct you to the Fees, Funding and Scholarships calculator for a "personalised estimate of the amount of funding you will need per year". I am not sure that my definition of personalised is the same as theirs, because no matter what information you enter, it informs you that your living costs will be £12,900. It even gives a breakdown of that figure:

Minimum spend per 12 months
Accommodation   £6,200
Utility bills    £1,050
Food £2,950
General living costs (clothes, books, socialising, etc) £2,700
TOTAL £12,900

£2,950 for food. That is £56.73 per week. That is more than my parents spend each week to feed two people, three cats and a dog.

And when I click for more information on this flabbergasting sum, it informs me:

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The cost above is based on a mixture of eating meals in college and self-catering. Meals in colleges are subsidised and can be significantly cheaper than purchasing meals outside. Self-catering can also minimise food costs.

Self-catering can also minimise food costs. Yes. Yes it can. I, for example, spend about £10 a week on food. Usually less, although I do have an initial outlay of about £40 a term to get in freezer staples.

Oxford, you are out of your mind. Off to find out whether Cambridge is similarly insane.


Edit: interestingly, the sum cited for undergraduates is £1,800 per year on food. It states that the figures only apply to undergraduates who live in college during term and go home for vacations. Assuming that the Oxford terms are the same length as Cambridge ones (three eight week terms, generally 30 weeks in residence per year) that is £60 a week. Do people seriously live like this at the age of 18?!


Additional edit: Cambridge specifies its minimum maintenance amount (as in, the amount graduate students have to show they have to live on) as £11,750. I'm genuinely staggered. Am I really in the minority? Does everyone spend this much a week on food and I just hadn't realised?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 27 Jan 2013, 13:49
Whoa! How do people eat that much? I thought I was eating too much when I was spending fifty dollars a week!
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Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Jan 2013, 13:52
I've thought about it, and actually you could spend that much money on food. If you went to a restaurant twice a week and ordered pizza every other day. But I simply can't believe that Oxbridge have such a low view of the intelligence and life skills of their graduate students that they feel they have to REQUIRE them to show that they can finance a lifestyle of irresponsible budgeting and profligacy.
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Post by: jwhouk on 27 Jan 2013, 14:28
You're quite right of course, news reporting is notoriously incapable of presenting the whole story. So I have looked into it. I found this on the official website for the university:

<SNIP>

Minimum spend per 12 months
Accommodation   £6,200 (US $9,796)
Utility bills    £1,050 (US $1,659)
Food £2,950 (US $4,661)
General living costs (clothes, books, socialising, etc) £2,700 (US $4,266)
TOTAL £12,900 (US $20,382)

£2,950 for food. That is £56.73 (US $89.63) per week. That is more than my parents spend each week to feed two people, three cats and a dog.

 :? How the heck do they expect a grad student to make $20k while taking classes? And $170/week for food and socializing???

Quote
Additional edit: Cambridge specifies its minimum maintenance amount (as in, the amount graduate students have to show they have to live on) as £11,750. I'm genuinely staggered. Am I really in the minority? Does everyone spend this much a week on food and I just hadn't realised?

I'm... I'm not sure.

EDIT: Okay, I looked up on MY alma mater's (https://uwwcost.uww.edu/) website about the costs to attend school. Here's what I found:
Keep in mind that these are the MAXIMUMS, and they're based upon the 2012-13 academic year. If you actually live in Wisconsin, or take a lesser housing/meal/parking program, you can whittle that cost WAY down.

Basically, assuming you're going to be doing this for the entire school year (Fall/Spring semesters), that would be $26,686 for one school year - about £16,890.

Of course, no one would actually spend that much on graduate school at Whitewater - not anyone who's normal, that is.

Maybe an Emily type. ;)
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Post by: Carl-E on 27 Jan 2013, 14:39
Beer is only that expensive in a bar.  Same problem as the food in a restaurant, it's cheaper to buy it yourself and "dine in", even with friends...
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Post by: ackblom12 on 27 Jan 2013, 14:42
Nothing makes you realize how much you drink as much as paying bar prices for alcohol. $5 per shot's worth of cheap bourbon adds up damn quick.
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Post by: Carl-E on 27 Jan 2013, 14:53
Most bar owners hope that by the time it costs too much, you've had enough not to be able to add (or even count)  anymore...
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Post by: Zingoleb on 27 Jan 2013, 14:58
At that rate, drinking anything at all is way too damn pricey. Youch.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 27 Jan 2013, 15:02
It's why I do it incredibly rarely. Bottles of liquor are the best way to go.
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Post by: jwhouk on 27 Jan 2013, 15:02
I should point out that you can tag on extras for gas to that total, because another thing NO student at Whitewater would do is stay around on campus on the weekends. ;)
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Post by: nekowafer on 27 Jan 2013, 15:09
The boyfriend and I spend at least $150 a week on food... some of that is that he has expensive tastes (like, almost refuses to get generic brands of anything), some of it is that we are both big people and we eat a lot. I feel pretty guilty about it, to be honest. And this doesn't even factor in work lunches which are generally fast food/restaurants...
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Post by: LTK on 27 Jan 2013, 15:13
I'm not sure where I fit in. If I buy my own food every day of the week, it costs me around €24 ($32/£20), I estimate. Spending fri-sun at my parents' brings that down to €16 ($22/£13). On myself I live like Scrooge McDuck, compared to what I get to eat at my parents'. My breakfast and lunch are two slices of bread, one peanut butter, one dark chocolate sprinkles (an American friend thought eating a sandwich with just chocolate sprinkles was really weird) and I snack on apples or bananas. I make my own dinner 9 times out of 10, buy everything fresh because I don't have a freezer, and make enough for two meals so I can eat it again the next day. I drink tea or tap water, and I don't buy any other food or drinks. I might be able to knock a few euros off if I went full vegetarian, so I can kind of see how May spends so little money, but if I bought even cheaper food I'd start to worry about my health. Long-term, that is; I'm sure that I can live entirely on cheese omelettes and vitamin C pills while still functioning, but not for say, five years.

I think what we're forgetting (before 8 new replies were posted) is that the average 18-year-old probably spends as much money on booze as we do on food. Factor in two beers every night at the local pub, or a six-pack from the supermarket once in a while, and I'm sure you hit £50 in no time.

I'm still rather surprised you can live off so little, May. Can you get food especially cheap? Or does buying in bulk make that much of a difference?

What I'm also surprised by is that it appears that I'll have about €20 left after my rent is paid for this month. Usually I have to withdraw some allowance from my savings account to break even - which is accounted for by my deposit of a year's worth of external student financing. I guess having fuck all to do for an entire month really makes a difference!
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Post by: Papersatan on 27 Jan 2013, 15:18
Sometimes there is a bonus to them estimating high.  My school estimates $18,196 for Sept-April for books and supplies, room and board and 'miscellaneous'.  Because I have no income I can borrow up to that much each semester to cover my cost of living.  If I were single that would be more than I need, but I stretch it to provide for two people, and it is not quite enough. 
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Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Jan 2013, 00:18
LTK, there are probably several factors - one is definitely that buying in sort-of bulk (as in, I buy on 3 for 2 offers if it's something I'll definitely have bought anyway, because of my freezer) does cut down the price. Another is that I get my vegetables from the market which halves the price. I don't eat meat, which is expensive. And really, I don't eat very much. I realised this when I went on a calorie counting diet and actually had to increase the amount I was eating to hit their "reduced" daily goals, and had it confirmed whenever I fed the xB and when Jens came to stay - both of them ate at least four times as much as me.

Edit: wanted to restate the fact that the sums which I quoted are the amount which you have to show that you have before you're accepted onto the course. It isn't just an estimate of what you'll need (and then because you are an adult you are expected to decide whether or not you actually have it). It is a financial barrier to study.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 28 Jan 2013, 10:33
I'm getting frustrated with food. I don't have any income and I've been stealing a ton of food whenever I go "shopping" (buy ten bucks worth, get a hundred dollars worth!) but it's honestly not enough to live on. I can't even cook because the oven's not working, and on top of that we don't have anything like bread, milk, butter...

I'm supposed to be getting ~3,000 calories per day (remember, I am a huge person - ask May!) but I'm usually barely cracking 1,000 when I bother to count.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 28 Jan 2013, 11:10
Uni, what grocery store chains are near you? I've cut back a shitload on my grocery expenses just by matching up the sales to coupons. Just as an example.....this week I'm buying $135 worth of groceries for less than $30. And I'm getting $10.25 back. I buy coupons for things I know we need in bulk on eBay and I often end up with some coupons left over. I know that without income, acquiring said coupons can be a pain in the ass but if I know what stores you can use, I can hook you up with a bunch of coupons to get free stuff. People underestimate coupons but they've helped a LOT of people keep food on their tables.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Jan 2013, 11:23
Uni, where are you living at the moment?
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Post by: Spriteling on 28 Jan 2013, 11:25
I spend about £30 a week on food, although that also includes stuff for my cat.  Sometimes I'll also by junk food for snacks, etc, on top of that, but I never top £40.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 28 Jan 2013, 12:22
With my father.

Also, keeping under budget isn't the issue here; I have literally no income, and since my wallet has been stolen (along with...so much fucking else) I have to pay to replace everything in it. So. I pretty much get food whenever I get it, and since Walmart's the biggest place around here and they compact all their trash, there's not a lot of availability w/r/t/ dumpster diving.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 28 Jan 2013, 13:01
I gathered that much...the good thing about walmart (ack, scary phrase) is that they price match EVERYTHING. I meant that I would send you coupons for stuff you could use so that essentially, you could get a bunch of stuff for free. I use livingrichwithcoupons.com to find deals at my stores and they put up a post every week with matchups on how to shop for free (http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/shop-for-free-2). There have been days where I had absolutely no money to spend on groceries and still walked out of the store with $20 worth of food- legally.
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Post by: Welu on 28 Jan 2013, 15:00
I'm going to see WRASSLIN'! Live! Again! RAW and Smackdown taped shows! IN LONDON! SO. EXCITED.
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Post by: Thrillho on 28 Jan 2013, 15:13
Oh goddammit. I would love to go to one of those.
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Post by: Welu on 28 Jan 2013, 15:19
Go! It's only the crap seats left so they're cheapish. Be getting nosebleeds from being so high up.
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Post by: Thrillho on 28 Jan 2013, 15:21
Lynnie, I'm so broke that I get nosebleeds from the food I buy. Because it's so cheap. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS
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Post by: Welu on 28 Jan 2013, 15:49
It's weird to see my real name in this forum.
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Post by: nekowafer on 28 Jan 2013, 16:17
Yeah that's my middle name (Lynne) and my family still calls me Lynnie so it's weird for me as well, for some reason.

Though seeing my name anywhere is weird since almost no one has my first name.
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Post by: Thrillho on 28 Jan 2013, 17:24
You're right about that, Steve.
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Post by: Redball on 28 Jan 2013, 18:00
Though seeing my name anywhere is weird since almost no one has my first name.
I think I've seen it on the forum.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 28 Jan 2013, 19:42
Ridiculous snow + 180-mile driving route = maximum suck.

Wheeeee*CRASH*
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Post by: K1dmor on 28 Jan 2013, 20:40
 Eating ice-cream and reading a new QC Strip. What could be better?  :-D

Eating ice-cream and reading a new QC strip while having a blowjob maybe, but you can't have everything.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 28 Jan 2013, 20:49
I had a horrible idea pop into my head...My Little Pony Glue Factory.

I googled it, and to my surprise (I really shouldn't be surprised, it is the internet after all) I found a fanfic. Pinkie pie is a sleeper agent sent to grind up all the other ponies into glue.

It is fuckin' hilarious. :mrgreen:
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 00:21
K1dmor, it's not something I have ever experienced but I think I'd find the one distracting from the other in your second scenario, and the other other would just make a mess. I'll leave you to figure out which is which.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 29 Jan 2013, 00:42
Also ... slow-reader or, you know, fast?
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 02:07
I was about to say "I don't know who the prime minister of Belgium is!" but then I realised that you are Belgian. That's... that's really quite bad.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 02:14
Duh I did know that, come on brain. What I guess I really meant was "the people who were surveyed are in Belgium".

Which bit of Yorkshire? Should I already know that? Apologies if so.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 02:37
Ah. I'm from Huddersfield originally, but I don't sound much like it. My Yorkshireness is discernible to the conoisseur of accents but it's been cruelly battered by my sojourns in Shropshire, Paris, Cambridge and America.
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Post by: LTK on 29 Jan 2013, 04:15
Considering Belgium (or Holland) doesn't technically border the Atlantic ocean, mixing up it and the Pacific ocean might be excused. However, if a Dutchman was unable to point out Overijssel that'd be a failure of the primary school system, since that's where they really drill geography. History is the responsibility of middle school. So, technically, the spokesman is right: the college didn't screw up the students' education (yet). But being technically right isn't an excuse for being so tactless: what they should have said "Oh jeez, that's pretty bad, we should probably do something about that, maybe take admission exams or something." Now they're just pointing fingers, like a parent blaming the brightly coloured wrappers and hyperactive commercials for the fact their child is stuffing their face with candy.

So what is the study/college in question? Just so I know not to go near it.
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Post by: jwhouk on 29 Jan 2013, 04:35
Ah. I'm from Huddersfield originally, but I don't sound much like it. My Yorkshireness is discernible to the conoisseur of accents but it's been cruelly battered by my sojourns in Shropshire, Paris, Cambridge and America.

Especially America. ;)
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 05:35
I have simply given up and accepted that the word "stroller" has become a permanent part of my vocabulary.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 29 Jan 2013, 05:48
I had a horrible idea pop into my head...My Little Pony Glue Factory.

I googled it, and to my surprise (I really shouldn't be surprised, it is the internet after all) I found a fanfic. Pinkie pie is a sleeper agent sent to grind up all the other ponies into glue.

It is fuckin' hilarious. :mrgreen:

Can't be worse than Cupcakes.
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Post by: nekowafer on 29 Jan 2013, 06:31
Though seeing my name anywhere is weird since almost no one has my first name.
I think I've seen it on the forum.

Elesia. There are many other forms of it but few have mine.
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Post by: LTK on 29 Jan 2013, 06:35
I had a horrible idea pop into my head...My Little Pony Glue Factory.

I googled it, and to my surprise (I really shouldn't be surprised, it is the internet after all) I found a fanfic. Pinkie pie is a sleeper agent sent to grind up all the other ponies into glue.

It is fuckin' hilarious. :mrgreen:

Can't be worse than Cupcakes.
Won't be nearly as popular as Rainbow Factory.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 08:10
GAH. Just got invited to interview at Birmingham City. Obviously that's a good thing but I haven't adjusted to the idea of maybe going to Birmingham. I only applied there on a complete whim last month. I spent so long being convinced I would be going back to Yorkshire, but the three non-Yorkshire "wild cards" which I've added one at a time are the ones that are actually interested. Gah.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 29 Jan 2013, 09:23
Howe long is the commute?
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Post by: Papersatan on 29 Jan 2013, 10:02
Today, I went to an professor's office hours, and I was not unpleased with the interaction.  Actually, I left feeling good.  That is a rare thing. I think I have mentioned on this forum before my problmems with interacting with professors.  This is, in fact, the first time I have gone to a professor's office hours since starting grad school.

I also have some idea what my mid-term career goal is, and have some ideas about finding internships for this summer.  I also found a job which I am qualified for and which is related to my mid-term career goal. 

It has been a good day, and it is only 1pm.  C'mmon day, don't fuck it up.
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Post by: jwhouk on 29 Jan 2013, 11:20
May, I won't make the negligible joke about "Why are you moving to Alabama?"
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Post by: Black Sword on 29 Jan 2013, 11:24
Oh, by the way, my date got cancelled. She got sick and asked them to reschedule for a time two weeks later. So next week. So now, three weeks in, and they still haven't set up a date.

I suspect tomorrow, I'm sending an extremely nasty note to them, as I specified last week that I expected them to contact me ASAP with a date with someone else for this week. It's fine that she got sick, I'm not upset at her or anything. I'm getting peeved with them because while I'm usually able to endure things, this is on a timer and I paid for a service I haven't received.

short version: I paid, I expect results.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 11:46
Bluesummers, it's about three hours (the travel time varies depending on whether or not you have to go through London - almost invariably you do have to go through London because nearly all train services in this country are based around London - so I have to go south before I can go north).
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Post by: pwhodges on 29 Jan 2013, 12:43
There used to be a railway line between Oxford and Cambridge.  Dr Beeching closed it, and at the Cambridge end a major radio telescope got built on its track.  The Oxford end was reopened as far as Bicester about 20 years ago, and there are plans to extend that further, I believe.
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Post by: Welu on 29 Jan 2013, 13:49
I'm doing my first day of intermittent fasting but an easy version, 1000 calories when you're meant to do 600. I'm not super hungry but I am pretty hungry and nope actually I really want a sammich.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Jan 2013, 13:50
I have seen said big-ass telescope! It's quite cool. But given the choice, I would prefer a train line from Oxford to Cambridge. I'd like to visit Oxford. I do not wish to take the X5 to Oxford ever again.

Welu, what's the basis for intermittent fasting? Only eating 600 calories sounds downright dangerous to me.
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Post by: Redball on 29 Jan 2013, 14:20
and at the Cambridge end a major radio telescope got built on its track.
How careless of them.
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Post by: Welu on 29 Jan 2013, 14:26
Welu, what's the basis for intermittent fasting? Only eating 600 calories sounds downright dangerous to me.

It is basically crash dieting on alternating days. It's meant to be a way of eating, not just a temporary diet. You're taking in less in general so you're taking in less bad things, leads to weight loss, lower cholesterol, all that good stuff. I've read about people who've been doing it for at least two years.
My doctor actually recommended it to me but only doing it two days a week. I agree it sounds nuts but I'm willing to try down to 1000 because I am better at holding super strong for a day rather than a little strong every day, which is why he thinks it would suit me.
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Post by: pwhodges on 29 Jan 2013, 15:26
I have seen said big-ass telescope! It's quite cool.

When I was working for Norsk Data I visited it a couple of times to support a computer attached to it.  They used  (in a small way) some software I had written as a personal project - a compiler on the ND computer for BCPL (a language I couldn't manage to force into the pun thread...), developed from the compiler I had written for the Varian range of computers.
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Post by: jwhouk on 29 Jan 2013, 18:24
This may seem like a dumb question, but why could they not build said BART on top of the rail line?
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Post by: Patrick on 30 Jan 2013, 03:43
Are you suggesting we connect Bay Area Rapid Transit to Britain? Because DUDE FUCK YEAH PLEASE DO
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Post by: jwhouk on 30 Jan 2013, 04:48
Big Ass Radio Telescope, you San Franciscan you :P
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Post by: pwhodges on 30 Jan 2013, 05:59
Oh, and he's playing the same program he just did in New York in Berkeley, CA on Sunday (http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/performances/2012-13/recital/nicolas-hodges.php)

Gaining another good review (http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/Nicolas-Hodges-review-Showmanship-depth-4233471.php).
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Post by: Bluesummers on 30 Jan 2013, 06:37
I know he just played in NYC, but will he be in the NYC/Boston area again anytime soon?
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Post by: pwhodges on 30 Jan 2013, 07:19
I don't currently have his schedule beyond next month, I'm afraid; I'll try to get some updates.
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Post by: Papersatan on 30 Jan 2013, 07:42
I took the clerical and data entry tests require for the job I want and I am adequate! I need to be in the 40th percentile for the clerical skills and sore a 50 or better on the data entry.  I am in the 75th percentile and I scored a 57.  Now, I need to revise my resume and write a cover letter.  <moan and groan>  I am over qualified for this job, academically, but it aligns pretty well with my current career goals, as foot in the door thing, so I hope I can write a compelling cover letter.  It would be so nice to have some income and, if I get the job, there is a chance I could use it for internship credit too.  Birds? meet this stone.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 30 Jan 2013, 07:47
Woo, good luck Kat!
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Post by: Barmymoo on 30 Jan 2013, 08:02
Why? I think they're a good way to tailor your application to the job. No different from personal statements when applying to university.
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Post by: K1dmor on 30 Jan 2013, 08:21
 I could barely sleep last night...
 My brain was like "Hey! Wanna remember how you screw up your relationships? Well Fuck you, here we go!".
 Then i started to check again if my pillow was symmetrical with the rest of the bed... and then eyelash in the eye  :-( So after trying to get it out, i had to wake up and go to the bathroom to do so.
 And of course i had to check the symmetry of my bed when i came back....
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Post by: dr. nervioso on 30 Jan 2013, 15:14
I'm excited for friday, I'm going to an art show at a coffee shop right outside of campus and a little later, I will be going to a party for a friend.
I am really looking forward to it, since I have had the first round of tests/quizzes/assessments in my courses last week and this week.
Which wasn't really helped by my recent habit of tiredness. Which is weird, because I have actually had a decent sleep schedule. Oh well, I got some coffee today and it gave me the boost I needed not to pass out while studying
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Post by: Patrick on 30 Jan 2013, 16:37
Oh, and he's playing the same program he just did in New York in Berkeley, CA on Sunday (http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/performances/2012-13/recital/nicolas-hodges.php)

Gaining another good review (http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/Nicolas-Hodges-review-Showmanship-depth-4233471.php).

What the fuck how did I miss this? Aw man, now I feel like a jerk :C
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Post by: Jace on 30 Jan 2013, 20:07
Tonight was an amazing practice, we had 12 heavy armored fighters at once and I got some real good fights in. I was also cup-checked (for those not in the know, a cup-check is when the athletic cup that covers the genitals is struck) but no permanent damage. Happy that I wear a cup! I used my pourpoint (a vest that you attach the leg armor to, it distributes the weight better than attaching it to a belt) and I feel like I fought a lot better and was a lot more comfortable. I did get struck very hard on the hip, which lead to the following exchange.
Me: "Good hip!" I begin walking away
Prince Maynard (marshalling the practice rather than fighting this week): "Hip isn't a kill shot"
Me: *concerned groan* I turn back and drop to my knees to finish the bout.

My hip is presently very sore. Also the basket slid off of my sword so I'll have to fix that before next week.
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Post by: Patrick on 31 Jan 2013, 05:09
Some super drunk girl came to jam night tonight and completely rocked, amazing voice and control and musicianship. Did I mention she was hammered? Like, every time she stopped singing to drink water, she kept hitting the wrong part of her face, stumbling about, a total wreck except for when she had a guitar in hand or a mic in front of her. I have never seen anyone change from an off-balance wreck to limelight wizard like that, blew my fucking mind.

Fisrt she geetared and sang a song and my friend and I backed her on bass and drums, and it was sick. Then she had my buddy and I improvise a rhythm section groove while she freestyled words and a melody right on the spot. My rapper friend joined in to spit some verse off the top, and we probably did like half an hour of it and nobody hated us for it. End of the night came and it turned out she knew hella Beatles, and the bartender and I are Beatles fanatics. Just about everyone had left and it was her and me on mic, me on guitar, the bartender singing along behind the bar, my buddy on bass.

I certainly hope she'll be back, I have been praying to the gods for somebody to come in and ease up my life as far as singing duties are concerned. Jesus. It's not very often you find a singer like that.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 31 Jan 2013, 05:54
Wait til you find out she sounds like Macy Gray when she's sober. Better invest in some apple-tinis.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 31 Jan 2013, 11:00
That's excellent Patrick. I've run into a few people like that in my life. Sadly, a lot of girls are seemingly scared of being too serious about music, or that's my impression at least. Or maybe they just didn't like me, that's always a possibility.  :parrot:
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Post by: nekowafer on 31 Jan 2013, 13:10
I would love to get into performing music but I am the biggest wuss. I can't play any instruments at this point but I can sing.
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Post by: Redball on 31 Jan 2013, 13:56
I'd love to have the skills, either hers or those of the rest of you, to participate in that.
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Post by: Thrillho on 31 Jan 2013, 14:15
Man I wish I could freestyle rap.

Not as much as I wish I was there to jam with you.
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Post by: Jace on 31 Jan 2013, 14:35
So I had an interesting morning. My housemate woke me up asking why Finley (the dog) was outside and picked up down the street. I had no idea. My event timeline of last night goes like this:

Get home from practice at roughly 1030pm.
Find front door isn't fully closed, it happens sometimes because of the weatherproofing we did around the door.
Enter and close door.
Put my stuff down and go chat with housemate about practice, video games, etc. Dog is in his room.
Go back to my room and watch TV while eating chips and salsa.
Dog comes into my room around midnight. Pet dog until dog leaves.
Lock bedroom door so dog stops bursting in and letting the cat in.
140am someone knocks on door. Go see who it is, old white guy, decide not to open door since it is 140am and why is there an old guy knocking on the door this late.


As far as I can guess, I believe that my housemate (who owns the dog and is blaming his housemates for letting the dog out) let the dog out to go pee, and since it was raining didn't stay outside. I believe he went inside and checked on his computer, figuring that he'd wait a minute and let the dog back in. I further posit that because he was drunk or high or both, he got distracted and forgot that he let the dog out, and fell asleep. Then someone who lives upstairs saw that the side door into the house was opened, and closed it, probably while on the way to the basement.
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Post by: Akima on 31 Jan 2013, 14:37
At big family gatherings, my older relatives usually insist that I sing Teresa Teng (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_cEeDlop0) numbers. It is very embarrassing. Chinese New Year is coming up. Yes, I have been rehearsing...
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Post by: Redball on 31 Jan 2013, 16:01
Will you post it?
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Post by: Jace on 31 Jan 2013, 18:39
Welp, housemate has decided that he doesn't like living with our other housemate and has decided to move out. Looks like I'm going to look for a new place to live!
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Post by: Carl-E on 31 Jan 2013, 20:33
...rather than replace the one moving out? 
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Post by: Jace on 31 Jan 2013, 20:40
Heh, same comment on the other forum. There are three of us living in the house, and the one leaving is not the one who is incredibly difficult to live with. It'd be mighty hard to replace the one leaving because people won't want to live with the guy who shouts at his cat at the top of his lungs and throws shit around his room. I'm happy to find a place on my own or with Jess because its long overdue that I live on my own (I have never lived on my own but I have learned that I don't particularly like having housemates sometimes). Also I'm looking for a place that is going to see me not commuting 30 minutes to school, 30 minutes to practice and 25 minutes to Jess's house. I'll probably have a bit longer commute to work, but I'll take it for living closer to school, practice and Jess.

Also it'll be nice to not deal with 3 people using one bathroom.
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Post by: valley_parade on 31 Jan 2013, 21:35
Haven't really drank much since I started dating current girlfriend, since she does not drink, and I don't want to get drunk around her and make an ass of myself.

It was kind of nice to go out tonight, kick a little more ass at trivia than we usually do, and have more than a few beers. Been a while. Side effect: I'm drunkenly navigating punk rock label websites, almost, but not actually buying a bunch of 7"s.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 31 Jan 2013, 22:27
I'm drunkenly navigating punk rock label websites, almost, but not actually buying a bunch of 7"s.

Just as website registrations have a turing test to make sure you're not a robot, eCommerce checkout pages need to have a sobriety test to make sure you aren't drunk spending. "mrgreen:
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Post by: Barmymoo on 01 Feb 2013, 00:05
Three people using one bathroom? I am looking forward to living somewhere where 14 people don't use one bathroom!
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Post by: Patrick on 01 Feb 2013, 01:58
The girl I've been kinda talking to for a little bit came over tonight. She and I talked a while back about my crush on her, and she told me she isn't looking to date anyone right now. Fine by me, she's awesome as fuck, I'll hang out with awesome people! Her being unbearably fucking cute (https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/6219_4984301130529_2116174635_n.jpg) is just a bonus.

So my room was a total pig sty, you won't get any more detail than that. It was literally a health hazard though. Awful shit. She and I cleaned it and afterward hung out listening to the music that puts us right to bed. I started nodding off, and she fucking started a tickle fight with me. Coulda shaken me awake, coulda done any number of things that wouldn't fuck with my head, but a god damn tickle fight.

Cleans my room, completely fucks up the relatively orderly arrangement in my head. Ugh.
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Post by: Papersatan on 01 Feb 2013, 05:44
I'm drunkenly navigating punk rock label websites, almost, but not actually buying a bunch of 7"s.

Just as website registrations have a turing test to make sure you're not a robot, eCommerce checkout pages need to have a sobriety test to make sure you aren't drunk spending. "mrgreen:

I actually ran across a study somewhere in my schooling that showed a spike in online shopping in the middle of the night.  I think the spike was stronger on Fridays and Saturdays.  I remember the conclusion I drew being that people are drunk shopping.
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Post by: Welu on 01 Feb 2013, 06:12
I want to draw something but my drawing skill confidence has broken.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 01 Feb 2013, 06:32
Fix it by drawing something! Even a bad drawing is a better drawing than no drawing.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 01 Feb 2013, 06:34
I concur!

I find that the best way to draw something without being disappointed by lack of quality is by starting with no goal in mind. Just doodle and let the drawing tell you what it wants to become :-)
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 01 Feb 2013, 08:30
Three people using one bathroom? I am looking forward to living somewhere where 14 people don't use one bathroom!
How can you live like that.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Feb 2013, 08:34
I did that at the compound. The bathroom itself was a toilet and shower and maybe three square feet of floor space, and there was a separate room just outside of it with sinks and mirrors (the sinks were usually unreachable, filled as they were with clothes, makeup, and jewelry - we mostly just battled for mirror space. the dangers of a house full of hard femmes).
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Post by: Barmymoo on 01 Feb 2013, 09:05
BeoPuppy, I don't get a lot of choice! There are only 8 ensuite rooms in the whole college (400 people live here) and you have to move out during short vacations. I have nowhere to move out to, and the rooms are far less nice than mine anyway. It hasn't been too much of a problem to be honest; there's another toilet further down the hall and a bathroom (as in, with bath) in the opposite direction. It's rare that anyone has to wait to use the bathroom and the cleaner "cleans" it every day. Not to my idea of cleanliness, but at least things don't go mouldy.
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Post by: nekowafer on 01 Feb 2013, 09:17
We have four toilets to share between about 100 women, in my office. The guys have two or three, I'm not sure, but there's only about 10 of them.
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Post by: Redball on 01 Feb 2013, 09:31
So much for potty parity.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 01 Feb 2013, 09:41
There are only... three? maybe four men's toilets in this building, but it is a women's college.
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Post by: Redball on 01 Feb 2013, 10:02
As I started going to theater events sometime in the 1990s, and occasionally on busy travel days at freeway service plaza, I began to notice lines at women's rest rooms. It really hit home when a major musical came to the large theater in Detroit's venerable Masonic Temple. Young women weren't waiting in line for the women's rest room, they were using the men's.
I imagine that's commonplace at older entertainment venues nowadays, and I gather other cultures are much more accustomed to it.
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Post by: valley_parade on 01 Feb 2013, 10:02
I'm drunkenly navigating punk rock label websites, almost, but not actually buying a bunch of 7"s.

Just as website registrations have a turing test to make sure you're not a robot, eCommerce checkout pages need to have a sobriety test to make sure you aren't drunk spending. "mrgreen:

I quickly realized that I had money to spend, but it was better spent today on concert tickets.
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Post by: nekowafer on 01 Feb 2013, 10:04
And the cleaning crew does a shitty job of cleaning the bathrooms.

Speaking of bathrooms, I keep seeing a lady (well, seeing her shoes) in the bathroom and she never washes her hands. Not even a rinse-off, as useless as that is. This would bother me less if she didn't smell fishy. Literally, like she has a bunch of mackerels in her pants. It makes me even more obsessive about washing my hands at work.
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Post by: Carl-E on 01 Feb 2013, 10:52
As I started going to theater events sometime in the 1990s, and occasionally on busy travel days at freeway service plaza, I began to notice lines at women's rest rooms. It really hit home when a major musical came to the large theater in Detroit's venerable Masonic Temple. Young women weren't waiting in line for the women's rest room, they were using the men's.
I imagine that's commonplace at older entertainment venues nowadays, and I gather other cultures are much more accustomed to it.

The theatre our local community theatre group usus is an old vaudeville house built in 1906.  The original restrooms were down a narrow stair below the main floor's seating and were quite spacious, but below the water table... the place stood empty for years, and they were pretty much destroyed.  They added restrooms on the main floor, and despite the ladies' being more that twice the utility of the men's (twice as many stalls in the ladies' than the men's has stalls and urinals combined), there's still always a long line at the ladies' room during intermission.  There is only occasionally a short line at the men's restroom. 



What the hell are y'all doing in there? 






Never mind.  I have daughters, I really don't need to know. 
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Post by: Barmymoo on 01 Feb 2013, 13:16
I noticed this when I was queueing for the Christmas Eve service. There was literally no queue at all in the men's (Jens and Charles confirmed this for me) and it took me fifteen minutes to reach the front of the queue for the women's. A few women did go into the men's but since it was in fairly constant use only the brave ones did.

And I can't speak for all other women, but I wear pants (the underwear kind), tights and two skirts. It takes time to rearrange everything before I'm suitable to leave the cubicle.
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Post by: Welu on 01 Feb 2013, 15:36
Got a sick prank call telling me family were in an accident. Couldn't hear it very well and hung up pretty quickly figuring it was just sick bastards but rang everyone in the Welu clan to be sure. We're all okay but gonna be on edge all night. Double checked my Facebook and my number's only visible to me so fuck knows who rang me but gonna try to not worry and get any more paranoid about it.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 01 Feb 2013, 18:43
Most likely they dialed a random number, and that number turned out to be yours. They've probably been dialing them all day.

I pranked called a guy in Italy from my high school, and when he picked up, I blurted out the only coherent Italian phrase I could think of: "Voglio tua anima!" I have no idea where I though it up.

Then again, whoever makes actual calls telling people their family's been hurt is sick indeed.
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Post by: Redball on 01 Feb 2013, 20:03
My memory is that it's a scam rather than a prank. If you bite, you learn that money is needed.
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Post by: jwhouk on 01 Feb 2013, 20:13
Given your location, Welu, I'd be surprised if that didn't happen a bit more often.

<-- Is, unfortunately, old enough to remember what U2's "New Year's Day" really meant.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 01 Feb 2013, 23:29
Finally broke down and decided to invest in a safety razor now that I'm about out of stupidly expensive razor heads. I'm even going to try and be cheaply fancy and use a cheap ass starter set for soap lather!

In the long run this should save me a shit load of money what with the blades I decided on being about $.35 apiece, but it's a bit of a painful starting investment.
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Post by: Patrick on 02 Feb 2013, 01:38
Troubador played a show out of town tonight, our first all-ages gig in a long time. It was so much fun, oh my jesus! This one band Piranha Party (please check em out, amazing shit!) played after us to close the night, and they fucking DESTROYED. It was so good! And we played an especially clean set tonight our own selves. I haven't had that much fun at a show in ages. Life rocks when you've got music. <3
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Post by: Welu on 02 Feb 2013, 11:30
My memory is that it's a scam rather than a prank. If you bite, you learn that money is needed.

You're probably right. When I thought about it after there did seem to be call centre type background noise.

In other news I might be moving back near home. My parents are up for lending me money to buy a house that's on sale and can literally be seen from their living room window. Problem is that it's just a shell and needs a lot of work but could be very worth it.


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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 02 Feb 2013, 11:35
There's been a scam going on here where the caller somehow has some background information on the person they're calling. My husband's grandparents got a call from someone claiming to be my husband, saying he was in jail or suck in Mexico or something and could they send money. The scammer knew my husband's name and his father's name, but couldn't answer where his father was born. I've also seen it as an email scam but that's obviously easier to make up since they don't have to have a phone conversation, and easier to check since if you get a suspicious email you just call the person.
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Post by: Welu on 02 Feb 2013, 11:39
That's scary. I hung up figuring it'd give me a chance to ring people and if it was serious I would get a call back.
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Post by: Redball on 02 Feb 2013, 12:15
Problem is that it's just a shell and needs a lot of work but could be very worth it.
You'll learn a lot!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 02 Feb 2013, 13:33
There's been a scam going on here where the caller somehow has some background information on the person they're calling. My husband's grandparents got a call from someone claiming to be my husband, saying he was in jail or suck in Mexico or something and could they send money. The scammer knew my husband's name and his father's name, but couldn't answer where his father was born. I've also seen it as an email scam but that's obviously easier to make up since they don't have to have a phone conversation, and easier to check since if you get a suspicious email you just call the person.

That is actually called the "grandparent scam".  I used to work in a call center which was funded by a class action law suit against Western Union and we called to educated seniors about telephone fraud.  Frequently they get the information by calling the person weeks earlier with a survey or some such and they get friendly and chatty enough to get a few details. They frequently claim a grandchild is on a field trip in Canada and has been in an accident and they can't get the surgery they need until someone wires money. 


When I was in high school, and in the period of adolescence where I pulled away from my parents and tried to find out who I was, much to their exasperation as I sighed and scoffed at all the things little kid me used to like, someone stole files from the school office which contained phone numbers.  They called my house and asked me, (to try and prank me) but I was not home.  When my mother asked if there was something they could help them with they told her it was unlikely since she had never been there for me.  I came home to a heart-broken mother concerned I did not love her. 

I have never been in a fight in my life.  If I had been able to find out who did it I would have jumped them in a parking lot without regret.  Fuck with me all you want, but do NOT fuck with my mother.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Feb 2013, 15:51
Three people using one bathroom? I am looking forward to living somewhere where 14 people don't use one bathroom!

RT

Except for me it's 46 sharing two toilets and one shower.
And this is student housing ... not trench warfare or a similar uncomfortable place?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Akima on 02 Feb 2013, 15:59
Will you post it?
And embarrass myself in front of the internet as well as the family?  :lol:
Rehearsal is just an attempt to reduce the embarrassment.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 02 Feb 2013, 16:51
Naw, just your friends. It could be a challenge. We all perform.

Oh god, what have I said?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 02 Feb 2013, 23:48
Just enough to induce performance anxiety...   :angel:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 03 Feb 2013, 05:28
If the challenge is taken up, Akima included, I will sing the Fireman Song. It's very short, but not normally to be sung in the presence of firemen or their families.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Pilchard123 on 03 Feb 2013, 06:39
Is it like the Hedgehog Song?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 Feb 2013, 07:14
That's certainly an animal with which it is tough to interfere.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 03 Feb 2013, 15:31
Just outlined a dialogue-less film with my partner. Excited.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 03 Feb 2013, 19:37
One of the classes I am taking this semester is going to be a ton of work, and a lot of stress, but also really, really good for me.  The entire semester is a group project in which we get a real client and conduct a needs assessment and a usability test on their website.  I think more important than actually learning about Neilson's Heuristics, or methods for conducting user interviews, is the practice I am getting doing "professional things".  Last week I conducted a conference call with our client in which I learned the companies goals and needs, and managed her expectations so that our project runs smoothly.  This weekend I wrote an email to an old professor asking him for contacts, and now I am going to have to contacts the people he suggested offering his name as my credentials.  I am terrified of this, but this sort of networking is a skill I need to learn.  I also sent a long professional email to our client today.

If 2 years ago I had showed up to a meeting with a contact I had a class with and he dropped "my boss is going to call into this meeting because she is who you need to speak with, and I had to unexpectedly interview someone I had never met with other people listening, I would probably have bee shaking and nauseous.  I took it completely in stride and confidently did what I needed to.  Grad school may only be 2 years, but man have I grown.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jimor on 03 Feb 2013, 20:31
Finished a music video shoot today. Now all I have to do is shoehorn 2 1/2 hours of footage into a 3:30 song!  :psyduck:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Feb 2013, 00:37
Kat, good job :) I'm still anxious about making phone calls - I'm better at calling people like the GP and the bank, but if I have to ask someone for a favour or in any way inconvenience them it feels terrifying. But I did send an email to someone to ask a favour and actually have had a reply saying "yes I'll chat to you about my project, how about X day?". Degrees are indeed mind-expanding.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Feb 2013, 09:47
Double post tra la la.

I am organising fun things again! Ever so often I grab my diary and plan stuff. My National Trust membership just arrived (present from my brother) and I picked up a magazine of local events and discovered loads of fun free stuff to do. Sending emails to people to ask if they want to come and join me is somehow more satisfying than posting about it on facebook...

I need to strike a balance between super-busy and super-lonely.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 04 Feb 2013, 15:03
My housing/etc. grant/loan disbursement for the semester comes through this week. Finally. I work a little (for rather little), so I can certainly make the day-to-day expenses with little problem, but it's a *lot* easier to pay freakin' Bloomington rental rental rates with this. Once it comes in I can go ahead and drop the next 4-6 months rent down and use that time to figure out whether I'm going to move closer to school or not, where I'm going to work in the summer, etc.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 04 Feb 2013, 15:51
My house phone line is faulty; callers get ringing, but phone doesn't ring here, and there's no dialling tone anyway.  I can't report the fault (by mobile or by Internet) because BT's fault testing and reporting system is down with a fault...

ADSL is fine, as you can tell!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 04 Feb 2013, 21:41
Housing situation keeps getting more complicated. I thought that my housemate was giving us some cash if we moved out sooner, but that was just a ruse. Now he is gonna just straight up kick the other dude out since he can do that via lease fuckrry. I am still going to look at a new place and hopefully be able to get in by the first of march. Hoping my tax return comes in this month as that'd be a huge boost.
Was up for 27 hours so far. Although my two buddies and I finished cleaning up and re-strapping our other friend's musculata as a surprise.

Here it is on the smallest of us:
(http://i.imgur.com/7qrJary.jpg)
For reference, a before picture (on the right):
(http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/665830_4804355708373_1317213836_o.jpg)

We replaced the 4 side straps (2 on each side), the shoulder leather that attaches the front and back, and added straps to the bottom of the shoulders rather than string. The leather is part horse butt part just general strapping leather we had in the shop that we dyed dark red/maroon We also cleaned up the dishing on the muscle part and rolled the edges on the back to make it look like the front, rather than having it duck taped, and took off the old bent up leather tassles and added new red leather tassles.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jimor on 04 Feb 2013, 22:57
I need to strike a balance between super-busy and super-lonely.
Yes. Yes you do.  :wink:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 04 Feb 2013, 23:05
Jolly well romanesque, Jace. You need bullwhips, though.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Akima on 05 Feb 2013, 01:11
"Romans came across the Channel,
 All dressed up in tin and flannel."
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 05 Feb 2013, 03:57
I haven't been to work in about 3 weeks and it's really getting me down. I'm still on payroll, they just apparently don't think I oughta work for the entire month of January or even the start of February so far.

Meanwhile I'm starting to think this town's too small for me. I can't turn a corner without somebody trying to small talk me to death. Either that or they're trying to waste my time trying to plan or organize something that never pans out. I'm getting so sick of being a townie.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 05 Feb 2013, 05:20
I have to give a seminar on my dissertation at 2pm (which is in 43 minutes) and I am more nervous about the fact that I have to go and buy some kind of mid-seminar snack (usually cake or bookies) than I am about the damn seminar. Why on earth do we have to provide cake? At least I'm still in my birthday diet-pause, which continues until the birthday cake is all eaten.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 05 Feb 2013, 05:30
Providing food does seem odd. I'd prefer buns maybe. Good luck with the seminar!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 05 Feb 2013, 08:19
Well at least that's over. Ugh. It felt thoroughly unstructured but it was useful to me, at any rate. Now I have to write the damn dissertation.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 05 Feb 2013, 11:27
You know you should have really turned this whole paradigm upside-down in a creatively brave new way, and when it came time for snacks just told them to go fuck themselves. >_>
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 05 Feb 2013, 11:56
Ughh I just had a brain fail. We rent out the conference room to people in the building, and the company down the hall is using it today. Thursday there is a class so I need to make sure to get the keys back from them on Wednesday. So I saw the conference room locked and dark just now, and went, "hey, I need to make sure to get the keys!" so I went down and tried to get them, and the bathroom keys and the projector. And... yeah, it's still Tuesday. Their meeting is at 4pm today.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: jwhouk on 05 Feb 2013, 12:25
(Slow clap)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 05 Feb 2013, 12:51
I ended up standing in this woman's office going "oh god, it's not Wednesday yet, is it? how is it not Wednesday yet?"
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 05 Feb 2013, 13:11
Don't worry, I woke up convinced it was Friday and almost went to the wrong lecture. It should definitely be at least Wednesday.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 05 Feb 2013, 14:15
Yesterday I woke up thinking it was Sunday and felt so smug when I thought my partner was going to work and I could stay in bed for a while. Got as far as sleepily telling him to have a good day.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 05 Feb 2013, 14:54
Today, I woke up at 9am.

For those keeping track, I start work at 8.30am.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 05 Feb 2013, 16:21
An artist friend posted a sketch on Facebook and they're usually great with everything but there's a glaring anatomy problem and it's causing me pain not pointing it out but I'd feel really rude. It might just be an elaborate doodle that'll never get farther but if they post WIPs I may have to bring it to attention.

In other sentences: My partner and I presented our film outline and got two big reactions, "ALREADY!?" (got the assignment last week) and "Why are teenagers so violent?" Wanted to point out we're not teenagers but that may have made it worse. I defended the script by telling him no violence is ever seen, it's only heavily implied.  :-D Also there's no dialogue, will use three locations max and has two actors who are already confirmed so in terms of resources it's probably the best student film ever.
Seriously though, there's less violence in it than Psycho. I just want to film something super cereal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05YfP_8UsU) for once.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Feb 2013, 08:30
I'm so pissed at my friend.

She's offered to help me out before with money - and then when I said yes, I'd like her help, she squirmed out of it and I ended up homeless.

She's got a job, she's gone to college, she's had everything she's ever wanted handed to her - she comes from an upper-middle class family and I *know* she has the ability to help me, twenty times over what I'm asking.

She was offering to give me $250 so I could take my truck up to Vermont and visit her. Well, that was stressing me out because that wouldn't really cover the trip and trying to figure out how I'd make a trip like that was putting way too much stress on me, so I cancelled it and told her what I really needed was...y'know, $250. She said she'd get it to me.

A week later, she told me she couldn't get it to me within the next few paychecks, and is that okay? Well, no, that's *not* okay because I'm fucking desperate and broke now. I'm having to pay to replace my lost wallet and everything in it - I have to pay for the heat here, for my own food, and no, waiting a  month or two or however long it is isn't really going to help me. She said okay, she'd just take it out of savings.

Well, she came on last night (this was all a few weeks ago, mind) we talked for a bit, and then I told her that I kind of need help *now* so I can buy some heating fuel and if she was still going to help me? And she told me no, because she felt unappreciated and resentful of me.

This is the person who I pushed into standing up to her parents, that I pushed into moving out onto her own, that I pushed through transitioning, that I pushed through her name change. She's thanked me for everything I've done for her every time we talk, and told me that I've done *so* much for her and she wants to pay me back for everything, and now she fucking resents me?

I'm so fucking pissed off at her. Fuck rich kids. Every time I've needed help, it's not been the people who have money, not the kids with college education and $40/hour jobs that have helped me, but the ones who are homeless, the ones who are broke as broke can be, the ones who are squatting and dumpstering and stealing to survive.

I'm fucking tired of rich kids and their fucking selfish, privileged bullshit.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 06 Feb 2013, 11:40
On one hand, I can see where your friend might have been having money problems, or something along those lines, no matter how rich she is. On the other hand, she didn't have to offer you financial help in the first place, and she did a real shitty thing, treating you that way. I'm sorry so many people seem to treat you so badly. You deserve so much better.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 06 Feb 2013, 11:44
I've 'loaned' money to a friend (oddly enough, a pretty similar amount to $250) expecting to never get it back exactly once, when I couldn't really afford it either, and I don't regret it for a second, and what he had done for me was totally irrelevant to the decision. He was my friend, I loved him and he was in trouble, so I helped him. I didn't give a shit about feeling appreciated, I just wanted my friend to be okay. Your 'friend' is a bitch.'
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 06 Feb 2013, 13:57
On a lighter note, in 2009 when we were at uni, we were trying to find our lecturers on Facebook after a workshop about keeping your online profile clean as a whistle (I did a journalism degree). I, as a joke, added the head of the broadcast journalism route to Facebook.

She accepted my friend request today.

TODAY.

I SENT THIS REQUEST IN 2009.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Feb 2013, 14:02
I'm not taking anyone's money and please don't try and ask again or try to change my mind please don't okay? thank you.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 06 Feb 2013, 14:02
Also, this happened today:
Jess and I are in bed napping and we hear "MOTHER FUCKER!" from down the hall. Jess goes to leave for class, cautiously, and gets some information. ‎"So apparently he's just stealing stuff now and I'm gonna have to punch him in the face. I hope the house burns down and he's in it and dies" -Crazy Housemate

So I text Other Housemate, saying "hey he is saying you stole his microwave and is very upset." To which the reply "I didn't know it was his, go grab it from my room, I've had so many since I moved in I just didn't know, figured he would have grabbed it with the rest of his stuff the other night" was given.

If anyone is still questioning why I'm moving out.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 06 Feb 2013, 14:16
Also he's having his cat put down since he can't take it with him to his new place and I guess if it isn't his then what is even the point of it living.
 :psyduck:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 06 Feb 2013, 15:23
blargh blagh blog. I vented on Facebook about something at work, and people asked about it so I elaborated a bit... and so my mom messages me to not bitch about work on the internet. Despite the fact that I was speaking as generally as possible and all my posts are set to friends-only and it was my DAD doing most of the commenting. Ugh. I hid it from my page now because I did get a little heated towards the end but still.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: snalin on 06 Feb 2013, 17:08
Do not friend relatives ever why would you do that it's such a bad idea!

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 06 Feb 2013, 17:12
Well on the one hand it pays to be reminded that people will judge you based on your words and deeds, Internet or not.

On the other hand there's nothing wrong with complaining in and of itself. It's an action we all need to do sometimes.

On the other hand advice navigating the sometimes difficult relationship between employee/employer is sometimes good.

On the other hand fuck a busybody, just fuck 'em.

On the other hand I came from a family where Thou Shalt Not Tell was a thing, so my opinions may be informed by my bias against that.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 06 Feb 2013, 17:40
A few years ago, my sisters and I received this email, titled "Language!":

Quote from: my mother
Girls:

Your father and I would like you to recognize that using foul language does not reflect well on you.  On Facebook you have accepted many people into your public conversation. If any of these are not people you would curse around in person, then you shouldn't do so on Facebook.

In addition, we have raised you all with excellent vocabularies. You know how to express yourselves very well. I suggest that whenever you are feeling inclined to use a foul word that you stop and think of  a word that accurately expresses what you are describing.

Mom
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 06 Feb 2013, 17:44
Not the worst advice there ever was, except that sometimes that word *is* Fuck. D;
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Post by: Akima on 06 Feb 2013, 20:03
Also he's having his cat put down since he can't take it with him to his new place
:-(  :-(  :-(  :-(  :-(  And I'm not even especially fond of cats.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 07 Feb 2013, 00:12
My mind is having a pseudo-aneurism trying to process that level of callous inhumanity.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 07 Feb 2013, 00:48
A few years ago, my sisters and I received this email, titled "Language!":

Quote from: my mother
Girls:

Your father and I would like you to recognize that using foul language does not reflect well on you.  On Facebook you have accepted many people into your public conversation. If any of these are not people you would curse around in person, then you shouldn't do so on Facebook.

In addition, we have raised you all with excellent vocabularies. You know how to express yourselves very well. I suggest that whenever you are feeling inclined to use a foul word that you stop and think of  a word that accurately expresses what you are describing.

Mom
I hate notes like that. Casual lines to inform you you have diminished yourself as a person. Shit like that makes me want to hurt the sender. That's a lot harder with relatives though, than with a random fucker on the internet.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Feb 2013, 09:27
yeah, but I don't care what some random bozo on the internet thinks of me.

...though, come to think about it, I don't care much what my parents think of me either.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 07 Feb 2013, 09:45
That's the spirit! Fuck em!
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Post by: nekowafer on 07 Feb 2013, 09:48
Not literally, though.
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Post by: Thrillho on 07 Feb 2013, 09:49
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

sigh
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Post by: Black Sword on 07 Feb 2013, 10:29
I feel incredibly impatient. It's like I feel something is going to happen but I have no idea what it is or when. I can't sit still at work.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 07 Feb 2013, 10:43
Found a place to live.
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Post by: Carl-E on 07 Feb 2013, 10:46
Jace: Yay!  With the sane roommate, or Jess, or both, or on your own? 


In other news, my steady tutoring student cancelled this afternoon.  There goes that money...

In better news, I had my first shift with no supervision at the beer store yesterday.  It went well.  Now, if only it was more than once a week...



I need a night job. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Black Sword on 07 Feb 2013, 10:56
Jace: Yay!  With the sane roommate, or Jess, or both, or on your own? 


In other news, my steady tutoring student cancelled this afternoon.  There goes that money...

In better news, I had my first shift with no supervision at the beer store yesterday.  It went well.  Now, if only it was more than once a week...


I need a night job. 

Bouncer?
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 07 Feb 2013, 11:07
Or maybe gigolo?  :mrgreen:
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Post by: nekowafer on 07 Feb 2013, 11:13
Maybe see if you can find some administrative work at a hospital or something like that? They always need people to file, scan, and so on.
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Post by: Carl-E on 07 Feb 2013, 12:26
Bouncer?


 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I'm 5'7" (1.7 m) and about 200 lbs (92 kg).  I look smaller (and weaker) than I am, and have a friendly face with a grey beard - I'd fail horribly as a bouncer. 

But the hospital's a good idea...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 07 Feb 2013, 13:32
Just me for now, but my buddy John will probably be moving in as well. I can afford the place on my own, but I'd rather have a flatmate to be able to save some money.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 07 Feb 2013, 17:57
I have a friendly face with a grey beard - I'd fail horribly as a bouncer. 

Wear black t-shirts that are a size too tight, and sunglasses. Switchblades are also a good recommendation.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 07 Feb 2013, 21:36
Got a pan for xmas from Jess's aunt and uncle. It has been roughly 5 weeks since I brought it home. It has a teflon coating and you can't use metal utensils in that, I mentioned that to both housemates. GUESS WHO'S PAN HAS SCRATCHES ALL OVER THE BOTTOM.
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 08 Feb 2013, 00:09
I'm guessing that Jace's does.
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Post by: pwhodges on 08 Feb 2013, 03:57
Tempting! (http://googlepolicyeurope.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/for-sale-alan-turings-monopoly.html)
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Post by: Bluesummers on 08 Feb 2013, 06:06
It has a teflon coating and you can't use metal utensils in that, I mentioned that to both housemates. GUESS WHO'S PAN HAS SCRATCHES ALL OVER THE BOTTOM.

Take a machine grinder, and put scratches ALL OVER THEIR BOTTOMS.  >:D
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Black Sword on 08 Feb 2013, 06:08
Bouncer?


 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I'm 5'7" (1.7 m) and about 200 lbs (92 kg).  I look smaller (and weaker) than I am, and have a friendly face with a grey beard - I'd fail horribly as a bouncer. 

But the hospital's a good idea...

You'd be awesome as a bouncer! All you'd have to do is put on your best "I'm disappointed in you" look, and every hooligan will get a flashback to their poor old dad and feel awful and beg for the chance to make it up to you. No muss, no fuss, just pure, guilt-driven bouncing.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 08 Feb 2013, 07:53
That'd work on me.
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 08 Feb 2013, 10:16
Tempting! (http://googlepolicyeurope.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/for-sale-alan-turings-monopoly.html)
Man that does look nifty on the one hand.
On the other it's hard to like the idea of purchasing yet another version of Monopoly, especially because...I don't know, how Turing was treated gets my blood boiling a little, I guess.

You know looking at that again and seeing that it's not *just* for more money for Hasbro helps with a lot of that, though.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 08 Feb 2013, 10:17
You'd be awesome as a bouncer! All you'd have to do is put on your best "I'm disappointed in you" look, and every hooligan will get a flashback to their poor old dad and feel awful and beg for the chance to make it up to you. No muss, no fuss, just pure, guilt-driven bouncing.

That's how the security guard in my building operates! She is excellent at giving people The Look when they are about to do something stupid.
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Post by: Welu on 09 Feb 2013, 17:09
Back seized this morning and I freaked out and had to get my partner to ring work for me to say I couldn't come in and I hate ringing in sick.
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Post by: Patrick on 10 Feb 2013, 03:22
Yesterday I found out I'm unofficially fired, which is a way to fuck me over on unemployment benefits, but they don't know I know, and I am tempted to sue. I have friends, see.

I have had the longest day ever, in which:
1. I woke up and went way far out of my way for somebody who flaked on me 3 times
2. Packed up all my music shit
3. Went and endured the largest display of bullshit ego and musical masturbation ever, including a boring soundcheck prefaced by some jackass band-dad who felt like telling us all his made-up facts about everything ("the term 'green room' is a metaphor, because green means 'ready'" dude shut the fuck up)
4. Participated
5. Packed up
6. Got harrassed and ejected by some dickhead cop who falsely accused us of smoking and possessing weed, but refused to search us despite all 5 of us repeatedly consenting to searches
7. Won the fucking contest mother fuckers
8. Made the cop look like a giant dickhead in front of his co-cops that he was showing off to by harassing us in the first place
9. Drank beer
10. (in progress) Passed the fuck out, 23 hours later
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Post by: Barmymoo on 10 Feb 2013, 12:23
Why is it called a green room?

I just got back from a night away and it feels like I've been gone for weeks. Getting out of town during term is very refreshing. I have spent the whole weekend eating, though. I suspect that the steady downward trend of my weight will have reversed this week.

I also am kicking myself because I didn't turn my phone on until this evening, and discovered I'd got a text this morning from a friend asking if I'd like to come round for dinner tomorrow and then babysit her son for the evening. Because the latter part is important and I hadn't replied for eight hours, she's now asked someone else. She asked me for dinner Tuesday instead, but it's Shrove Tuesday and the choir is coming over for pancakes. Grr. Why did I have my phone off?
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Post by: Papersatan on 10 Feb 2013, 13:20
Why is it called a green room?

Wikipedia says no one knows.  Though the guy's theory is not offered on their list of possible explanations.
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Post by: pwhodges on 10 Feb 2013, 15:00
Why is it called a green room?

Webster's just says that it's probably because it used to be painted green. Well, yes.  Duh.    I imagine there was a particular theatre where the room was green, and it just spread from there; but if there is no record of that, I guess we'll never know.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 10 Feb 2013, 15:08
Maybe it's the colour the artists were when waiting?
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Post by: pwhodges on 10 Feb 2013, 15:10
...or when they came off after making a pig's ear of it.
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Post by: Patrick on 10 Feb 2013, 16:56
So since work is dicking me around as far as not scheduling me and not telling me my employment with them has been terminated, I'm trying to talk to PBK's corporate. I am sick of this shit. I'm broke as fuck and can't afford rent for my storage unit anymore, and at the moment I am only feeding myself off the money I make from running my jam night.

I know exactly how I feel about this, though. If my store manager is gonna be childish and not treat me like an adult, then I'm going to tattle on her like a child.

All I wanna know is why a single mother with her career on the line has decided to fuck me over like this when the consequences are disastrous for this kind of stuff.
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Post by: jwhouk on 10 Feb 2013, 20:32
Looking at WP, I suspect it wasn't in wide use prior to 1700, and then only in the UK.
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Post by: Papersatan on 10 Feb 2013, 22:27
Conference call to India!

Middle of the night here? check!
Very strong accent I am unfamiliar listening to? check!
Bad connection? check!

I have a feeling my notes from this interview are going to be less than the best they could have been, but that is life.  The woman conducting the interview (also from India) confessed that she had trouble understanding him.  I think our interviewee is from the Indian equivalent of Louisiana.

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Post by: Zingoleb on 11 Feb 2013, 07:30
my partner gets into Buffalo in a couple hours and oh my god oh my god oh my goodness gracious i am not prepared for this in the slightest oh god oh god oh god
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 11 Feb 2013, 09:35
You can do eet! :D Worst comes to worst, just channel your inner Ferret Pirate.
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Post by: nekowafer on 11 Feb 2013, 09:46
I can definitely imagine you just dooking at her repeatedly. And it amuses me.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 11 Feb 2013, 10:58
Arrr ... dook?
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Post by: Lines on 11 Feb 2013, 11:55
Pat, I hope you figure out work stuff... I hate it when people pull that kind of shit on their employees. Sack up, stupid boss lady.
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Post by: Jace on 12 Feb 2013, 13:58
my partner gets into Buffalo in a couple hours and oh my god oh my god oh my goodness gracious i am not prepared for this in the slightest oh god oh god oh god

It'll be tough for them in Buffalo because the people up here don't really take too kindly to cowboys.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Feb 2013, 16:24
It was embarrassing driving her back and having her point out the confederate flags flying around here I can tell you that much

Also I may have been making dookesque noises at her for her entire time here, but I refuse to confirm such an embarrassing rumour. That...that I just started.
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Post by: nekowafer on 12 Feb 2013, 16:45
adookadookadookdookdook
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Post by: Papersatan on 12 Feb 2013, 17:21
I really wanted to go out tonight.  I tried to make it happen, but I just don't know many people around here.  I need a way to make friends, who are not lovers.  People I am casually seeing don't want to include me in their friend things, which I understand especially for people with primary relationships who are not out as open to all their friends, but it makes me feel lonely.  I want to go out with more than one person at a time.  To have a night of drinking an giggling and storytelling and ridiculous fun.  I only go out with school people where we all talk school shit, or on dates. 

I sort of want to just go to bar by myself and get trashed and try to be friendly, but I am afraid I will either feel terrible and lonely by my self, or I will make a drunk fool of myself by butting into conversations where I am not wanted. 

For now my plan is this glass of rum and the state of the union address. 
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Post by: Papersatan on 12 Feb 2013, 23:29
So, after the state of the union, I went to the bar alone.  I said fuck it, I need to have socilizing.

It was BINGO night, a free card with everything you buy.  I won BINGO and got a 20$ gift card. 

Also I met a girl I had a nice time talking with, we exchanged numbers, and it turns out we live accross the street from each other.  No lie.  I may have a drinking buddy!!!!!

BEST NIGHT.
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Post by: Carl-E on 12 Feb 2013, 23:44
Got all the morning stuff done (daughter medicated, dogs walked, coffee started for the mrs)
Went to the beer store for my shift (about 35 cases today - pretty good, better then last tuesday post-superbowl)
Got home, changed the oil in the van
Went to the pancake supper at church (Blueberry!  And sausages!)
Tutored for an hour and a half
Medicated my daughter (evenings are on a 3 hour system, because of drug interactions)
Walked the dogs again

Bedtime - gotta be up early to meet a student before class - he's been out for over a week, claims pneumonia.  Now I have to get him caught up. 



Yeah, I need a real job so I'm not so fucking busy. 
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Post by: Bluesummers on 12 Feb 2013, 23:50
Also I met a girl I had a nice time talking with, we exchanged numbers, and it turns out we live accross the street from each other.  No lie.  I may have a drinking buddy!!!!!

Yay, cheap booze connection! :parrot:

and having her point out the confederate flags flying around here

Wait what?! What state do you live in, exactly?
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Post by: Carl-E on 13 Feb 2013, 00:10
New York, as I recall. 


The rural western part of the state. 


I recall seeing them displayed in the polish-american stronghold of south buffalo when I was younger, too.  More social commentary than heritage...  there was a real fear of the chorni (black/damned, it's the same word) moving in. 
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Post by: Jace on 13 Feb 2013, 00:15
I recall seeing them displayed in the polish-american stronghold of south buffalo when I was younger, too.  More social commentary than heritage...  there was a real fear of the chorni (black/damned, it's the same word) moving in.

OH YOU MUST MEAN LOVEJOY.
IT HASN'T CHANGED.

There are still racial tensions in that neighbhorhood. Throw-a-brick-through-the-window-of-the-black-folks-home racial tensions.
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Post by: Akima on 13 Feb 2013, 02:32
I recall seeing them displayed in the polish-american stronghold of south buffalo when I was younger, too.  More social commentary than heritage...  there was a real fear of the chorni (black/damned, it's the same word) moving in.
Don't the people who fly Confederate flags always say they've got nothing to do with racism?  :angel:
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Post by: Zingoleb on 13 Feb 2013, 08:30
Depends on how shameless they are about it.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 13 Feb 2013, 11:02
On my agenda for today?

Melting, melting and some more melting.....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8099/8470712495_04a211983c.jpg)

and this is when the heat in the office is OFF.


Edited- because that's what I get for trying to take the easy way out. *grumble grumble grumble*
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Post by: Zingoleb on 13 Feb 2013, 11:02
(behind a spoiler because HELLOOO huge image that I have no clue how to resize)

nor how to post, apparently.  :wink:
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 13 Feb 2013, 11:14
gah. wtf? It shows up for me!  :-(
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 13 Feb 2013, 11:35
Huzzah drinking buddies and gift cards!
Huzzah visits with significant others!
Huzzah dooks!
Huzzah the Confe....wait...no, no, not huzzah those guys. >:(


Gotta go get ready and swing out to the Kinsey Institute. Supposed to write a paper today about some sort of stuff, might as well be this, haven't been in years.
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Post by: nekowafer on 13 Feb 2013, 11:37
Huzzah dooks!

I must agree
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Post by: Jace on 13 Feb 2013, 15:28
Woo one of the Canadians, Baron Richard, is going to be at practice tonight (in half an hour) so I am going to work with him and learn some stuff.

See, I fight in an A-frame stance, and no one in this area really does that, but the dudes in nearby Canada do fight in that stance.
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Post by: Welu on 13 Feb 2013, 15:44
Think I'll be online sporadically for the next while. All three modules going on right now are hard ones.
(click to show/hide)
Also playing video games with my spare time right now. I'm actually enjoying it a little more since it's properly stress relieving and I'm usually doing it in allocated Did Enough Work To Earn This time slots.  I'll probably lurk on Facebook and here a little if I can. I'll probably break my work stride soon enough but I'm making the intent now to work hard.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 13 Feb 2013, 16:47
SUCCESS-DESU!!!!

The corporate office has finally figured out why my calls (and thus, my pay) has been sluggish lately...the service map that indicates my territory was corrupted. So, now I have double the territory that I had...it means a lot more driving, but a lot more money. No complaints here! ;D ;D ;D :mrgreen:
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Post by: Akima on 13 Feb 2013, 17:36
See, I fight in an A-frame stance, and no one in this area really does that, but the dudes in nearby Canada do fight in that stance.
What is an "A-frame stance" in the context of swordsmanship? I googled, but only found hits for skating and pistol-shooting.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 13 Feb 2013, 21:06
I'd imagine it's the same, but with a sword in your hand.  :emotrex:
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Post by: Zingoleb on 14 Feb 2013, 01:44
I broke up with my partner. took her to the bus station, where she had a bus ticket waiting for her already.

it's 5 am. I should go to bed, I guess, but I don't want to.

happy valentines.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Feb 2013, 05:29
Got lent off to a fairly terrible start by sleeping through my lectures, achieving nothing, and then spontaneously going clubbing after the Ash Wednesday service and ending up with the girl I didn't go to dinner with coming back to my room. This afternoon I've been stood up for my regular babysitting job (they're not home and not answering their phone), so coupled with the fact that I was away this weekend and couldn't tutor, I've earned precisely £0 this week. No food shopping for me!
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Post by: Black Sword on 14 Feb 2013, 06:42
Annual review in 19 minutes. Lasts for one hour. If I come back breathing fire, please wear your asbestos undies.
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Post by: Black Sword on 14 Feb 2013, 08:09
I'm straddling the line between meeting expectations and being below expectations because....
...
...
...
...
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...I'm not friendly and outgoing enough. Not even kidding. I need to work on my sarcasm and humility. Apparently, people think that when my face adopts a quizzical expression, I'm being sarcastic, not genuinely confused. Oy vey.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Feb 2013, 08:20
What exactly was this a review of? Your existence as a human being?
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Post by: Black Sword on 14 Feb 2013, 08:54
Annual performance review at work.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Feb 2013, 09:01
Are you a children's entertainer? A circus clown? One of those people who sells things on television by pretending that whatever it is has made your life a constant round of happiness and sunshine? I just don't see why they'd review your facial expressions unless you were scowling at customers or something!

Do you need to be more sarcastic and humble, or less?
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Post by: Black Sword on 14 Feb 2013, 10:28
I do Public Relations. My persona can apparently be a little off-putting. Since it's a people business, I suppose it's valid, yet at the same time, why are they leaping to conclusions?

I'm not very humble, yet I try to contain it. Apparently, I still come off a little elitist and egotistical. Which is annoying, since I make an effort to listen to everyone and not treat everyone like idiots.

That requires tons of effort.

Still, I'll at least attempt to moderate the humility stuff. Sarcasm is a lost cause, though.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 14 Feb 2013, 14:36
Congrats. I had the same stuff happen to me when I was still gainfully employed. It's to do with the eyebrows, it seems. In my case. Apparently.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 14 Feb 2013, 15:27
If you produce results, who gives a damn what face you make at them? People need to lighten up.


Oh boy, I get to play Repo Man tomorrow...some old lady didn't pay for her TV repair, so I have to go to her house and take the power board out of her TV. If she refuses, we take her to court. What a boatload of fun this will be...
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Post by: Zingoleb on 14 Feb 2013, 16:31
Remember to hold onto your blunt companion when you go.
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Post by: Patrick on 14 Feb 2013, 16:55
What are you talking about Ed? If I need a tokin buddy I have a phone
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Post by: Bluesummers on 14 Feb 2013, 18:01
I think Unicorn means my lug wrench. Which, in real life, is never very far.  >:D
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Post by: Zingoleb on 14 Feb 2013, 18:27
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Post by: Carl-E on 14 Feb 2013, 18:32
Felt weird seeing Paul Sorvino in that. 
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Post by: Zingoleb on 14 Feb 2013, 20:00
It was weirder to see Giles. (Fun fact: I'm wearing my Buffy shirt right now.)
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Post by: Bluesummers on 14 Feb 2013, 22:57
On that note, my wife has the biggest boner for James Marsters, not even joking. x__x
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Post by: Jace on 14 Feb 2013, 23:07
See, I fight in an A-frame stance, and no one in this area really does that, but the dudes in nearby Canada do fight in that stance.
What is an "A-frame stance" in the context of swordsmanship? I googled, but only found hits for skating and pistol-shooting.
The gentleman on the left there (Duke Brannos) is in the A-frame stance. Essentially, your sword is across your face and your shield is pointed slightly out, creating an "A" shape.
(http://farm1.staticflickr.com/212/494787240_62e7873253_z.jpg)

Duke Brannos is also the person who invented the A-frame stance in the context of SCA fighting.
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Post by: Welu on 15 Feb 2013, 04:36
Every time Zydrate Anatomy comes on my mp3 player I can't help but go all:
(http://i.imgur.com/sVsjskO.gif)

My partner and I lost a £300 camera we borrowed from college on the bus last night. It must have fell out of the camera bag. Spent an hour crying. Partner got annoyed at me, or annoyed at the situation I'm not sure, for feeling so guilty because accidents happen. I explained even if it's not technically our fault it's still our responsibility. Thankfully someone handed it in this morning and got it back, even the tiny plastic connector was with it. Faith in humanity +300.
Also got £80 from the college I assume as the bursary I applied for since the letter is just an invoice with no explanation. Checked the bank and the money's in there. Good day so far.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Feb 2013, 05:44
One of my friends has several jobs and one of them is appearing in court representing the bank in home repossessions. She generally doesn't feel bad about it - often it's people's second homes or company's premises, and the system in the UK isn't as brutal as the US one, but occasionally she is aware that she's causing homelessness and she hates it.

I just had a very useful 40 minute phone call with the woman I wrote about contacting last month (and how that was a big step for me as I hate contacting strangers to ask for favours). It was very interesting, she answered lots of questions and was also forthright and to the point in the manner I've grown used to from a certain type of woman - successful, busy, highly-achieving and well-educated - in telling me that a) it would be a waste of everyone's time for me to contact prisons asking if I could visit (I thought this was probably the case but wanted to confirm) and b) I have an obligation to society to make use of the investment in my education. The undertone was "don't waste your talents on being a midwife". I see her point, as I saw the point of the other people who have said similar things, and I didn't argue, but sometimes I do get a bit frustrated that people don't recognise the value of intelligent, well-educated people being on the front line of healthcare services. It is in the day-to-day decision-making that it is most essential for people to know and understand research, policy and ethics.

Also my health wouldn't allow me to do the quantity and intensity of work she does, but there's no point going into that nest of hornets with strangers.
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Post by: pwhodges on 15 Feb 2013, 06:04
It's a sort of intellectual elitism to suggest that work that requires a certain kind of education has more value than that requiring another, such as being a midwife.  Coming from an intellectual background myself, I have seen this often, but I hope that I have always tried to ensure that I don't show it myself.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Feb 2013, 06:25
I do agree that there's a difference in the type of education necessary for being a midwife working on the wards and for being a policy researcher in the management of the NHS. What I don't agree on is that one is more valuable than the other, or that I'm wasting the investment in my education by doing the former.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 15 Feb 2013, 07:19
Having gone through 'the process' of having a kid, sort of from the side, of course, since I'm not Galen's mother, I can attest to the fact that it's insanely important to have healthcare professionals during the whole experience with whom you can talk, who will field questions intelligently and clearly and who will not beat about the bush. Judging from your online personality you'd be an asset to have at any pregnant lady's bedside. 
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Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Feb 2013, 08:14
Thank you! That is nice to hear :) I know I'd make an excellent midwife. Come to that, I'd make an excellent nanny or PA as well (two other career options I'm considering if midwifery doesn't work out). I'd make an awful lawyer and probably not a great teacher either, two things that people keep trying to push at me. Thankfully I'm stubborn   pig-headed  contrary confident enough to make my own life choices!
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Post by: Patrick on 15 Feb 2013, 08:32
Somebody told me I'd make a great lawyer and I shot them dead on the spot
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Post by: Zingoleb on 15 Feb 2013, 08:43
yes but did you represent yourself in court afterwards, that's the question
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Post by: Carl-E on 15 Feb 2013, 10:33
May, do the midwifery, but if anyone tries to sue a midwife or legally bind them in some way, please use what you have to leap to the rescue! 


Tights with underwear on the outside and a cape are optional. 
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Post by: nekowafer on 15 Feb 2013, 10:37
No way they are totally required
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Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Feb 2013, 10:38
People have this inaccurate belief that I have any kind of useful knowledge of the law! I've done everything I can to choose optional papers which have as little to do with statute, case law and actual legal practice as possible... I do know a bit of medical law but mostly I just do sociological and philosophical stuff!

I would love to have a cape. The closest I've got is my college gown, which is admittedly pretty cool but it is just plain black.
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Post by: nekowafer on 15 Feb 2013, 10:59
Puff paints and plastic gems would fix that problem.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Feb 2013, 11:30
It certainly would, but it would create other problems, namely that I'd have to purchase a second £40 gown to wear to thrice-weekly choir rehearsals and graduation.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 15 Feb 2013, 11:34
.....countdown to graduation?  :-P

OH! Orrrrr....you could use the fancy glow in the dark paints that don't show up in daylight and do all of your Justice Serving at night!
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Post by: nekowafer on 15 Feb 2013, 11:35
Or decorate the inside and wear it inside out for JUSTICE
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 15 Feb 2013, 11:38
Yesssss. I highly approve of that solution.






Just don't use glitter because you'll be picking it off of yourself constantly and people will figure out your alter ego pretty quickly.
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Post by: dr. nervioso on 16 Feb 2013, 16:57
On that note, my wife has the biggest boner for James Marsters, not even joking. x__x

This would seem to be alarming on several levels

Gahhh. Today has not been very productive. I am a bit sick but I don't like to use that as an excuse. I am going to try to send out an email and work on some genetics homework before I go to eat in about an hour.

I'm also trying to get into the honors college next semester. So I am meeting with my advisor to see if tha's viable with the credit hours I have and the classes I have left to do.

Also, May as a superhero is the most wonderful thought ever. May, if you do become a superhero, can I be your sassy, gay American sidekick?
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Post by: Redball on 16 Feb 2013, 17:36
I haven't ruled out the possibility that May may become prime minister, although I'm quite sure she has ruled that out. I suppose she could wear a cape as PM, although I'll bet it hasn't been done for a generation or three. Didn't Winnie wear one?

My hope is smaller and more selfish: If I get to the UK, I've told her I'd like to hire her as a driver. I think she'd welcome the experience.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 17 Feb 2013, 15:22
Oh man I went shopping with my sisters this morning and found button-up shirts that actually button over my chest and fit at the waist and hip. This is so exciting you have no idea. Plus they were on clearance for $13 each so I got the two on the rack.
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Post by: Thrillho on 17 Feb 2013, 15:44
chest
rack.

 :parrot: :parrot:
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Post by: nekowafer on 17 Feb 2013, 16:48
Where did you go?

Also; boobs
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 17 Feb 2013, 17:28
 :parrot: indeed.

We were at the Sears at FSK mall in Frederick. Pretty sure it was this one (http://www.sears.com/metaphor-women-s-essential-button-down-shirt/p-007VA50482601P) - I found one in each color.
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Post by: nekowafer on 17 Feb 2013, 18:06
Poo, not in my size. But yay for boob-appropriate shirts!
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 17 Feb 2013, 19:27
we are all about the boobies lately.
also- cute shirt! :-)
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Post by: Carl-E on 17 Feb 2013, 19:32
Some of us more so than others...

 :evil:
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Post by: dr. nervioso on 17 Feb 2013, 19:36
While I can certainly notice a fair chest, I don't really feel anything for them
Like what can even be done with them?
(Please don't answer that, it was rhetorical question)

(Oh please, please don't)
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Post by: Carl-E on 17 Feb 2013, 19:40
Well, if nothing else, there's always motorboating (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Motorboating). 




..............



OK, just forget I said that.   :roll: :-D
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Post by: Papersatan on 17 Feb 2013, 20:04
What can't be done with them. 

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Post by: Carl-E on 17 Feb 2013, 20:07
If you have a pair, you can certainly get a fair bit done by way of them. 

But that's because some of us are easily (and happily) distracted...





On a completely different note, I just noticed today that my eyebrows are thinning out.  I've never heard of baldness spreading down into the face before, but they're definitely losing hair.  My wife thought they were just getting lighter (read: grey), but no, there's less hair - a lot less hair - than just a couple months ago. 

Apparently, it's a symptom of hypothyroidism, lupus, and a few other things that I have no other symptoms of.  I really shouldn't have googled it...
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Post by: Zingoleb on 17 Feb 2013, 20:52
Is it bad that my first thought with 'what can you do with them?' was piercings?
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Post by: KingOfIreland on 17 Feb 2013, 22:46
Apparently, it's a symptom of hypothyroidism, lupus, and a few other things that I have no other symptoms of.  I really shouldn't have googled it...

Don't worry. It's never Lupus.
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Post by: pwhodges on 18 Feb 2013, 00:24
Like what can even be done with them?

There's not much they prevent you doing.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 18 Feb 2013, 02:14
I honestly legitimately met someone last week for whom it actually was lupus.
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Post by: nekowafer on 18 Feb 2013, 05:12
Is it bad that my first thought with 'what can you do with them?' was piercings?

Me too :D

And I almost wish I could get things done with my boobs. Mostly they just sit there.

Anyway, blog thread, I spent my morning giving medicine to a grumpy cat. I was all dressed up for work (business casual), except for a shirt, and I had to scruff my 13 pound cat and force 4 CCs of medicine down his throat. I got covered in fur and drooled on. And I get to do that for the next two weeks!

Percy, the grumpy cat, somehow managed to lose his left fang this weekend. I can't figure out how. But now he has antibiotics and pain meds so I have a stoned cat.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 18 Feb 2013, 06:12
I honestly legitimately met someone last week for whom it actually was lupus.

My wife has lupus.  :P :emotrex:
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Post by: Welu on 18 Feb 2013, 06:44
Anyway, blog thread, I spent my morning giving medicine to a grumpy cat. I was all dressed up for work (business casual), except for a shirt, and I had to scruff my 13 pound cat and force 4 CCs of medicine down his throat. I got covered in fur and drooled on. And I get to do that for the next two weeks!

Percy, the grumpy cat, somehow managed to lose his left fang this weekend. I can't figure out how. But now he has antibiotics and pain meds so I have a stoned cat.

Reminds me of when my Mammy and I were taking shifts getting the various pills into our last dog. One morning she was really struggling and ended up ringing work to say she might be late. Ended up she got in just in time and told her supervisor the dog was being stubborn and wouldn't take her pills. Supervisor knew about my Da's heart problems and said to her, "If your husband wouldn't take his pills would stay until he took them?"
"Nope. He's big and ugly enough to know better."  :laugh:

Blog thread, I'm on here a lot for the amount of work I should be getting done.
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Post by: Carl-E on 18 Feb 2013, 08:34
I got covered in fur and drooled on. And I get to do that for the next two weeks!

Well, now you know to do it before you get dressed...
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Post by: nekowafer on 18 Feb 2013, 08:38
Yeah I had been completely dressed but decided I might want to remove my nice shirt before diving in.

And I've had to be late for giving meds to pets before, though usually it was a ferret, not a cat. My ex told me that he uses the same tricks on me as he did on the pets; get me when I'm sleepy and not fully aware so I take my medicine quickly and with less fuss. Though he was specifically talking about the heparin needles I needed in my stomach for two weeks, he apparently still did that with other medicine he had to help me with. I'm so mature.
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Post by: Carl-E on 18 Feb 2013, 08:42
My daughter's completely unconscious when I give her the morning meds. 



Thank goodness for feeding tubes (I really never expected to say that...)
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 18 Feb 2013, 09:02
awwww, neko i hope your stoned kitty feels better soon!  :-(






also......motorboating is hilariously awesome.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 18 Feb 2013, 10:51
Motorboating is so unsexy and yet one of the most fun things you can do with tits.
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Post by: nekowafer on 18 Feb 2013, 12:09
hahaha my cat's dental work could cost up to $1300 I'm gonna have a panic attack now this is awesome
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Post by: Lines on 18 Feb 2013, 13:02
Saturday I had some very unpleasant stomach sickness thing* and I'm still recovering from it today. At least I can have things in my stomach now and not be nauseated by it.

*There has been a stomach flu wandering around work, but I don't think it was that because I had a stomach cramp for like 30 min and then FWOOSH my innards emptied themselves rather violently.
(click to show/hide)
What I had sounded similar to food poisoning...but I haven't the slightest clue where I would have gotten it from. Michael and I ate the same foods and he had no issues whatsoever. Regardless, it sucked, and I never want it to happen again.
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Post by: Blood-Tree on 18 Feb 2013, 13:33
Until recently, the targeted advertisement on the bottom right-hand side of the QC homepage was for new bathroom suites (which makes sense, because I have been searching for that) but lately it's changed to a picture of a slightly saucy looking woman of middle-eastern ethnicity wearing a black chador and advertising a dating site for Muslims.

Apparently the internet thinks I'm a Muslim?
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Post by: Lupercal on 18 Feb 2013, 13:42
nah it just thinks you're into that based on all that weird porn you've been watching.
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Post by: Blood-Tree on 18 Feb 2013, 13:59
Yeah I guess that explains it.

I just want to find out how it ends. Does anyone know where I can download the final episode? How many seasons are there?
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Post by: Welu on 18 Feb 2013, 15:56
I've been reading some stuff about Islam and its beliefs a friend linked me and I got a similar ad. Although it said, "The one your parents picked no good!?" which seems really, really off.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 18 Feb 2013, 16:05
I've been reading some stuff about Islam and its beliefs a friend linked me and I got a similar ad. Although it said, "The one your parents picked no good!?" which seems really, really off.

 :o

Seriously?! Wow...it's basically telling you to "stick it to the man" by turning down an arranged marriage. That's...disturbingly humorous.  :psyduck:
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Post by: Welu on 18 Feb 2013, 16:16
It came up on YouTube. If I see it again I'll printscreen it. I don't want to talk for another culture but I thought something like that could be deemed offensive.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 18 Feb 2013, 17:07
Some people I knew in high school and uni were in cultures (some from Islam, some in other cultures) that used arranged marriages as a tradition. And some of them were opposed to the idea, but not all. I guess it's all based on an individual's take on the matter.
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Post by: Thrillho on 19 Feb 2013, 10:17
Arranged marriages still happen a lot and some people are okay with it. Many are not.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 19 Feb 2013, 10:32
So I finally switched to a safety razor and soap lather for shaving a few weeks ago. I'm actually kind of annoyed that I didn't switch years ago now. It's smoother, it's less irritating, and while the initial cost is a bit pricey it's a hell of a lot cheaper than buying disposable heads.
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Post by: Carl-E on 19 Feb 2013, 11:21
I always liked doing the soap-lather, even with disposables.  I bleed less, for some reason. 

+++++++

So I took the holiday and decent weather as an opportunity to fix the loose tie rod on the van (it's part of the steering, and had been caussing a pretty noticeable shimmy on the highway).  Get underneath, and find that all the shaking had loosened the other end of the tierod as well, and one of the sway bar links (all important stuff).  So the two hour job of changing out a tie rod took about 8 hours, an extra trip to the parts store, much time lost using a tool that didn't work (special tierod wrench I rented - piece of shit) losing and finding a roll pin that never made it into its designated place, skinning three knuckles and taking a bit off my exposed scalp when a wrench slipped and my head hit the edge of the wheelwell. 

All in all, a good day.  $56 in parts, and a $60 alignment at a nearby shop afterwards.  Better then the $400+ a shop would've charged...

Still, owwies.  And I can never get my hands completely clean for several days afterwards...
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Post by: Zingoleb on 19 Feb 2013, 13:20
how do you bleed when you shave? I don't bleed even when I scrape it dry...
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Post by: Thrillho on 19 Feb 2013, 13:26
I bleed when I shave basically every time.
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Post by: nekowafer on 19 Feb 2013, 13:30
Yep so do I. Even on the least sensitive areas to shave. I don't even have particularly sensitive skin.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 19 Feb 2013, 14:47
I have only bled after shaving once, and that was when someone made me jump and smack my nose on the mirror.
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Post by: pwhodges on 19 Feb 2013, 14:48
I normally draw blood when shaving with a blade, which is why I've used electric shavers pretty much since I started shaving.
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Post by: de_la_Nae on 19 Feb 2013, 14:50
Ack: What sort of upfront investment cost are we talking here, if you don't mind? Shaving is a huge part of my pre-social rituals, so am curious.
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Post by: Welu on 19 Feb 2013, 14:51
I sometimes get nicked doing my legs but I only do wet shaves on a whim quickly and inaccurately so I'm not surprised. I moisturise them after if I'm bothered to stop my legs drying out. I've got a skintag under my armpit that hurt like hell when I got it once.
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Post by: jwhouk on 19 Feb 2013, 15:03
Nicks and cuts happen because no face is perfectly symmetrical, and even the best razors are straight-edged.

I just can't get into electric razors.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 19 Feb 2013, 16:43
I haven't cut myself shaving in years.

Ack: What sort of upfront investment cost are we talking here, if you don't mind? Shaving is a huge part of my pre-social rituals, so am curious.

Not sure if you're in the US or not, but here's some links. For me it cost about $90, but that was going with some pricier blades. Even the pricier blades though are, at most, 40 cents per blade if you buy a 100 pack.

$36 Handle (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1): I'd heard good things about this handle and it is a comfortable fit for me. It's apparently a good one size fits all handle.

$35 Blades (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RWTQTS/ref=oh_details_o03_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1): The price seems to have gone up since I bought them, but if you shave daily, they should last you a week apiece, so it's close to 2 years worth of blades. There are also much cheaper brands which you can get, as low as $7 for a 100 pack, but with how much I'm saving in the long run, I decided to splurge on the blades.

$13 Sample Blades (http://www.amazon.com/FEATHER-Oclock-BLUEBIRD-Blade-Sampler/dp/B007OL72B8/ref=pd_sim_hpc_21): It's got one blade each of 16 different brands and it just gives you a chance to figure out which ones suit your skin and all best. Also gives you a wide price variety to check out. I just used them for one or two shaves apiece before making my choice.

$10 Starter Lather Kit (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001A3HPT0/ref=oh_details_o03_s03_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1): Alright, so brushes range anywhere from $10 to $200+ because people are insane. This set comes with a starter soap, a bowl and a boar hair brush. The boar hair is a bit stiffer than badger hair, but it's been comfortable for me. I'm thinking I might get myself a $10 badger hair brush at some point to compare, like this one (http://www.amazon.com/Escali-100-Badger-Shaving-Brush/dp/B003WR3QSG/ref=pd_sim_hpc_9). Also, I haven't checked out other soaps yet, but this one is pleasent. Fresh bars cost anywhere from $1.50 - $5 and it seems like a bar should last about a month or so. Maybe more.

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Post by: de_la_Nae on 19 Feb 2013, 18:34
Thanks. I am in the U.S. I'll keep an eye out, though since I'm (supposedly) starting some hair removal procedures soon I think I'll hold off for the minute. Appreciate having someone's first-hand input, though.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 19 Feb 2013, 19:29
What style better as far as versatility? A) the blade & handle you mentioned, or
B) something more sweeney-ish? Like so. (http://www.amazon.com/Parker-SR1-Stainless-Straight-Razor/sim/B002PQZEHQ/2)

because although I use a soap bar and boar-hair brush (that needs a replacement, all the bristles have started to fall out), I still use a gillette mach-3 razor, and I'm getting tired of it.
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Post by: Carl-E on 19 Feb 2013, 21:08
In the hands of an amateur, those can be extraordinarily hazardous.  My wife's a professional, and wields one well (mainly for necks after a haircut), but without a great deal of practice, you're asking for a lot of nicks or a poor shave, depending on the angle. 
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Post by: ackblom12 on 19 Feb 2013, 21:16
I can't really see any reason to use a straight razor unless you have a serious love of the artform of shaving, which is perfectly valid, or are a professional.
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Post by: Redball on 19 Feb 2013, 21:23
For what it's worth, I shave in the shower nowadays (but not while I'm peeing, thinking of someone's recent post) and use a Schick Quattro razor (using a 4-blade cartridge) and lotion from an aerosol can. I have a light beard; if I didn't shave for a day and was about to set out somewhere, my wife told me she couldn't tell I hadn't shaved. It's light enough that I sometimes shave without lathering if it's within a day. And I do it by braille.
If I were really concerned about water and energy conservation, especially here in Tucson, I'd shave in front of a mirror at a sink. And then I might return to an electric.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 19 Feb 2013, 21:24
I'm trying to grow out my facial hair. It's not working very well, and you can only really see it if I darken it with mascara.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 19 Feb 2013, 22:31
It took me over a month to grow a beard...it's not really worth it unless you plan on going to Sturgess.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 19 Feb 2013, 22:36
I don't feel comfortable at all without facial hair. I was genuinely distressed the last time I shaved totally clean. That shit just ain't right for me.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 19 Feb 2013, 23:14
it's been like...six weeks since I've shaved.
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Post by: pwhodges on 20 Feb 2013, 04:36
Slashdot is having a really pretty sensible discussion (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/02/19/1753215/oxford-temporarily-bloc) of an issue which has been of concern to me in the last week or two, as I run a mail server in that institution.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 20 Feb 2013, 05:20
I don't understand how a 150-minute block would affect phishing scams, while I can clearly see how it would screw up legitimate business transactions and other scrupulous activity on campus.
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Post by: Jace on 20 Feb 2013, 05:55
aww yeah fuckin up the first test of the semester in calculus. Good thing I'm tired or I would have attached an essay at the bottom about how testing isn't a legitimate way of gauging whether or not a student knows material since in the real world you can reference your notes.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 20 Feb 2013, 06:25
Jace, I couldn't agree with you more, I sympathise :(

I took the day off from lectures (one is miles behind what we've already covered in reading, one is so far above my level of comprehension that it's just a two-hour waste of time) and am applying for summer jobs. Lots of summer jobs! I'm trying to find something that will keep me in Cambridge for a couple of months, so that if I do get onto a midwifery course I have somewhere to live until it starts, and if not then I have a bit more time to find a permanent job. The application process is kind of boring though.
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Post by: Papersatan on 20 Feb 2013, 07:38
Slashdot is having a really pretty sensible discussion (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/02/19/1753215/oxford-temporarily-bloc) of an issue which has been of concern to me in the last week or two, as I run a mail server in that institution.

We've has a few google docs phishing scams come around at our university and if ITS responded by blocking access to Google docs there would be hell.  The number of group projects I have that are relying on it to co-write papers an maintain our data.... If an assignment were late because people couldn't access the documents at the time they had free to work on them it would be no small deal. 

I think the broader question is interesting though, how to stop people from getting phished.  I think IT people have a tendency to just think "it is as easy as not being stupid." and that opinion is expressed at least once in that discussion. Claiming that people who fall for scams that get past their spam filters are stupid is like claiming that people who don't catch grammar mistakes their word processor doesn't catch are stupid.  It is easy to see glaring mistakes when you are and expert, but most users are not experts in this and have passed the responsibility to someone else, and that is where some of the problem lies. 

Last year one of my classes did a design jam* on this topic.  Our task was to develop a solution to people clicking on phishing scams (in particular ones which had a "this might be a scam" warning on top, which people still click on at alarming rates).  My team's (winning) solution was a university wide campaign leveraging the group identity of being a member of the university to reinforce that being careful about email messages is a shared value.  We made used of our school rivalry to rename "getting phished" to "getting Buckeyed" and developed major specific messages which would resonate with specific values held by subgroups of our population (for example the one for English majors focused on close reading and analysis).  Then had the pop-over warning use the phrase "don't get buckeyed" to force a recollection of the rest of the campaign.  The last part though, was the weakest part of our plan for two reasons.

First, since our Email is maintained by Google, I am not sure our ITS department could change the text of that message if they wanted to, and second I still feel that having warning messages on some scams makes it more likely that people will fall for scams which have not been tagged with a warning.  I think seeing a message like that reinforces that someone else is checking your messages for scams and so you don't need to be as vigilant, but it is inevitable that some scams will get through. 

Solutions which just reinforce "don't ever give out personal information based on an email" also don't work, because we frequently do have to give out personal information based on emails.  It just requires us to log into a secure and trusted site to do it, not to enter the data into an online form.  Once a year my University emails me to remind me to update my emergency contact information.  They are emailing me to ask me for personal information.  But, instead of a link to a form, I am required to go to the university website and log in. Simple rules have simple workarounds for scammers.  What is needed is a way to get users to think critically about each email.

Another solution offered on that was the "name and shame" which his/her boss is right to be against.  The number one rule pounded into my head in my Social Influence class (the one this design jam was for) was DON'T SHOW PEOPLE DOING THE BEHAVIOR YOU WANT TO DISCOURAGE. If you publish a list of people who have been scammed, or even tell people "yesterday 307 people were phished, you should be more careful!" you are reassuring them that this is normal, and it happens, and so if it happens to them they are not alone. It is miles more effective to make people feel like this is a behavior which is abnormal and which makes them different than most people.  If there is one thing people hate it is to stick out being 'worse' than their peers.

It is actually really difficult to develop a campaign which avoids showing an unwanted behavior: Smoking, Texting and driving, underage drinking....  PSAs about these almost always show someone doing the thing that is unwanted, and frequently they are the only person in the ad.

Anyways, I  have gone off on a really long rant now, and I want some lunch.

*I don't know if the phrase design jam is common outside of iSchools, or even outside of my school for that matter.  It is a casual, short brainstorming contest meant to find solutions to real world problems.  Teams of people with different expertise brainstorm, then develop a solution, get input from the larger group and then redevelop.  At the end all potential solutions are presented and voted on. 
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Post by: pwhodges on 20 Feb 2013, 07:56
*I don't know if the phrase design jam is common

I've never seen it, but understood it on the fly without having to think about it.

On the block of Google Docs, note that this (a) was only for a couple of hours, and (b) was intended to be noticed - this is explained in the blog post linked from Slashdot. 

A specific problem I had in all this was that one of my users' computers was (according to the central IT dept, who monitor the outgoing mail, and put a router block on it) infected with the trojan that this phishing trip was planting.  However, the user and I can find no trace of either the phishing email or any suspicious web site in her history - oh, and the university-licenced AV (Sophos) detected nothing, either.  I am really at a loss to see how it could have got in to this particular machine - if it really did (it's been formatted now, so I can't investigate further). 

It won't take much more for me to have to look seriously into blocking outgoing access through my firewall except to individually approved sites - but I really don't want to go there, because of the nightmare of administering such a setup.
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Post by: nekowafer on 20 Feb 2013, 08:23
I work in the billing/credentialing office of a radiology company that was recently acquired with a couple others in the area. We had the same director/VP/manager of the office, a woman, for at least 15 years. She did a great job of it, too, and everyone liked her. Once we were taken over by the bigger company, she left, and was replaced with a man. He was nice, but didn't really know what he was doing.

This company, on the whole, is probably 75% women. There are less than 10 men in this particular office. They fired the old manager of the office a couple of days ago. Today they announced the new one - a man. From this office. What I don't get is, why wouldn't they hire a woman? There were at least two in this office that could have taken that job. This guy is also from one of the other companies taken over - which just irritates me more.

I realize that I don't know any details and I'm only looking at this from the outside. But I just don't get how they managed to pick another man out of so many great women.

OH and this is the guy that seems to ignore that my department exists. We were allowed a "dress down" day after the Ravens won the Superbowl, and he just... didn't tell my manager. He told every other manager, just not her.
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Post by: Papersatan on 20 Feb 2013, 11:04
I understand it was meant to be disruptive, but I am not sure how effective would would be at making people pay attention to their mail and not submit information to google.forms, while a disruption like that could have been a major problem for a group project.  Finding time to write with two other Grad students can be nearly impossible, and for many of my assignments with short deadlines (one-three weeks from group formation to deadline) we only meet in person once, and then use Google docs.  In these assignments the final editing is usually done at a time when all parties are available to log online and edit together discussing changes with the in doc chat function.  If there had been a two hour disruption which coincided with our scheduled edit time, it would have been more than a slight inconvenience. 

I am not very familiar with the actual capabilities of the IT department wrt email management.  Would it be possible to just block access to google docs from within emails?  That is, make it so I would have to open a browser and go to a URL instead of submitting an imbedded form (someone in the thread mentioned preventing POST actions, that would be what this is, yes?) or clicking on a URL within the email.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 20 Feb 2013, 11:13
That would mean re-writing emails, which would not be allowed under other rules; quite apart from the difficulty of reliably detecting those that need it.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 20 Feb 2013, 11:23
Frankly it's hilarious to me that people are relying on the Google Docs program instead of an internal system, but I admit I'm quaint in some regards.

Though amusingly the university finally just contracted Google to handle their email service, since their internal system was shit. So uh...yeah.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 20 Feb 2013, 11:41
Frankly it's hilarious to me that people are relying on the Google Docs program instead of an internal system,

When you have groups from several universities collaborating, it can be almost hopeless to get (a) those concerned to agree which university's systems should be used and (b) that university's IT team to give appropriate access to everyone in a timely and effective manner.  Such groups quickly realise that using an existing independent and free service designed for collaboration has obvious benefits.

My users are not allowed to do this, as there's no way we would get away with putting patient information in clinical trials into a cloud server however secure it might be in practice; but many other groups are not subject to the degree of regulatory control that mine is.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 20 Feb 2013, 11:43
A point. Some of you are working on a rather larger scale than I ever do.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 20 Feb 2013, 11:49
Google docs is my university's system. 

the University of Michigan contracted their email to Google last year and with it signed up for Google Applications.  I now schedule meetings and reserve rooms using a google calender and collaborate with peers using Google docs.  Before the switch over to google I am not aware of any other content managment system that I had access to as a student.  Rooms were scheduled using a SharePoint calendar, but I did not have my own calender and I was not allowed access to the parts of SharePoint which would allow me to create and share a file library or work with someone remotely on the same document (which I am not sure is even a function within SharePoint), so we used Google docs anyways.  This way actually makes it easier to separate school files from private ones (I was constantly accepting Google doc invites with my private email instead of my university one). , and since it is synced with the university's user directory, I can search for the people I want to add without being sure of their exact email. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 20 Feb 2013, 12:18
Unrelated:

I just noticed that the job I applied for last month with the county has been re-posted.  I don't know if this is a different position with the same job title, or the same one.  I never got a call for the first job, and this makes me anxious that they didn't get any applications they thought were worth pursuing (including mine).  I thought I was well qualified....

I am going to reapply in the hopes that it is a different position and maybe I will get this one. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 20 Feb 2013, 12:35
It wasn't one where you applied with the resume with the wrong phone number, was it?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 20 Feb 2013, 12:41
lol, no.  I fixed that ages ago.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 20 Feb 2013, 15:44
I can search for the people I want to add without being sure of their exact email.

My university has this function buried deep in its computing service website and it is an absolute gem. Since I no longer have facebook, being able to search for someone's name and find a way of emailing them is invaluable. I honestly think that without it, I'd have had to reactivate my account just to be able to contact people I don't see regularly.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Asterus on 20 Feb 2013, 17:21
What Albion did when I attended there was just tell all the students to import a spreadsheet of the entire student body into their student address book and call it a day. It was extremely easy, as long as IT didn't accidentally upload the wrong spreadsheet by mistake.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 20 Feb 2013, 17:29
My university has 43,000 students, plus staff and faculty.  Before this I think it was searching by department affiliation for grads and staff and for undergrads? s.o.l. I guess. Before websites grad students got physical mailboxes, but that is only for PhD's now.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 20 Feb 2013, 22:20
So I did this (http://dollarstorecriminal.tumblr.com/post/43625984828/so-im-kind-of-tired-of-living-with-these#notes) on my blog. I'm not sure how I feel about asking for donations...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: idontunderstand on 21 Feb 2013, 05:09
So, interview yesterday. I want this job so bad I will get devastated if I don't get it.

It's this kind of job which sounds boring to anyone who hasn't ever wanted to be a lawyer specialized in environmental law I guess, authority/governmental type. I need a foot in the door so to speak, but it's the exact right place for me right now.

Keep your fingers crossed or do what we do, hold your thumb. Pretty please. :)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 21 Feb 2013, 06:03
Rooting for you ;D
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 21 Feb 2013, 06:24
So I did this (http://dollarstorecriminal.tumblr.com/post/43625984828/so-im-kind-of-tired-of-living-with-these#notes) on my blog. I'm not sure how I feel about asking for donations...

Personally, I am glad you did it. Though I know how difficult it is to ask for such things, I am hoping it will lead to something good for you.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 21 Feb 2013, 08:34
What happened to not taking money from people, or is just me personally you don't want to have help from?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 21 Feb 2013, 08:35
It makes me feel better about taking money from people if I'm offering them something in return.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 21 Feb 2013, 09:26
I would have preferred to have the knowledge that we were friends than a video, but there we go. I hope everything works out.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 21 Feb 2013, 09:40
It's really difficult to take someone's money. I am sure you know this, but it gets more complicated the more you need it, and the more money you need. If you're working for that money (one way or another), you feel like you deserve it just a bit more than if you're just asking for money and responding with a thank you. If you already feel "useless" in some ways (Unicorn is not, but I fear they feel like it? I could be totally wrong here), it feels even worse to take people's money like that.

You 'sound' somewhat offended, so I just wanted to interject with my thoughts on it. I could be just talking out my ass here though so yeah
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 21 Feb 2013, 09:50
No, you've hit it pretty much on the head. Now I feel worse for having said anything.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 21 Feb 2013, 09:56
I'm sorry :(
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 21 Feb 2013, 10:03
It's not you, darling. I just...ugh, I don't like feeling like shit when I'm asking for money. I'm trying to do something so I don't feel like shit but apparently that makes people angry at me too so I don't know what to do right.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Feb 2013, 10:27
I'm proud of you, Unicorn.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 21 Feb 2013, 10:33
What happened to not taking money from people,

Sometimes circumstances can overwhelm one.  It was my therapist who said that the most important steps in helping myself were first to recognise that I needed help, and then to accept help when offered.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 21 Feb 2013, 11:44
I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said anything. I was deeply offended when you refused my offer of help last time, because you had been talking about asking others for help and I didn't see why my help was so much less acceptable. And then when you were asking again, I just felt that it was me personally you don't want to take help from. But like I said, I shouldn't have said anything because frankly me feeling a bit offended is pretty irrelevant in this situation.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: de_la_Nae on 21 Feb 2013, 14:52
Heh...oh May, don't worry, it wasn't just you that Uni turned down, it's not a matter of relationship value.

When someone does a kindness or favor for me, I've gotten to the point where I can openly admit that I need to offer a return of some sort a few times (a couple dollars, a favor, whatever) before I can feel comfortable accepting that favor. Even if it's someone who's been my close friend for years. It allows me to both soothe my pride and quiet the irrational alarm bells that jangle in my head at 'being given a gift I don't deserve' (which is all of them, incidentally. Like I said, irrational).

I imagine something similar is going on here. I imagine we all have some meatspace friends and acquaintances who act like that too.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: idontunderstand on 21 Feb 2013, 23:14
Unicorn, I don't have anything to donate right now but if I get that job I probably will. Not out of pity, more as a protest against the fact that money runs the world and decides your well-being in a way I think is completely disgusting. If there's someone who needs it more than I do, well why can't they just have it? Don't consider it an act of pity.

You could consider it as a unicorn preservation fund?.........!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 23 Feb 2013, 07:01
Oh look, another of my grandchildren is pregnant (and single)...

At least this one is actually asking for advice.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: KingOfIreland on 23 Feb 2013, 07:30
All my cousins (younger than I am) have kids now and are unemployed. It's sort of shameful really.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: LTK on 23 Feb 2013, 10:32
Having a million non-urgent things I have to do is kind of useful for someone with such a short attention span like me (blame the internet) because getting distracted from one task means there's an opportunity to focus on another one.

Paul, you say that as if it's a regular occurence. Is it really that bad?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 23 Feb 2013, 11:08
Second in a month.  I only have two grand-daughters of child-bearing age (unless you include the 13-year-old).
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 23 Feb 2013, 11:21
Oh look, another of my grandchildren is pregnant (and single)...

At least this one is actually asking for advice.

Hodgy Beats, I never really know what to say to posts like these except that you know all our thoughts are with you, and if anyone on this forum is mature enough to deal with such a situation with class and honour, it's yourself.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 23 Feb 2013, 11:32
How old is this one? As I have probably already said, the girl I am sort of maybe seeing has a son - she was a teenager (fifteen, I think) when he was born and is a single mother and full time student now. It can be done but it is very hard.  There are advantages to having children when you're young but I suspect they are usually outweighed by the financial and social disadvantages. I hope it works out for your grandchildren.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 23 Feb 2013, 11:42
This one's 22 and living away from home (different city); the first one is 19 and still living at home.  Both have reasonable jobs; the younger's relationship has broken up, but the older one I have no information (a man answered the phone when we called back).
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 23 Feb 2013, 16:35
This sort of situation can work out great. A friend of mine had her first kid when she was sixteen and she's now living a nice life with a man (not the father of her first kid, who is a douche) and her three kids. She's going to be a teacher.

Just saying, it might seem difficult now but given enough support everything will work out. And you seem supportive, so ...

Anyway, good luck.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 25 Feb 2013, 00:45
Ups and downs;

Down - unemployment ran out last week. 

Up - the online course starts in a week. 

Down - I fell on the ice Friday. 

Up - it happened on school property, workman's comp is taking care of it. 

Down - after getting home too go to my local emergency room, I get a call from HR - I have to use the ER over near the school, 40 miles away. 

Up - it's a tiny hospital, I'm in and out in about an hour and a half. 

Down - x-rays show a possible compression fracture in the lower spine, which explains the excruciating pain whenever I bend. 

Up - on the same day I was contacted by an online educational site that's looking for a mathematician to check their content.  Contract through November for about $40,000. 

Down - OK, can't think of one for that!  Except I don't have the job yet, I still have to speak with their math director...


Up - me in a hospital gown...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8505682145_efde64f8cb_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 25 Feb 2013, 01:11
(http://thegoat.backcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/rollercoaster.jpg)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Feb 2013, 10:08
Carl you stallion. That an open-backed gown? Do you feel ever so slightly sexy in it?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 25 Feb 2013, 10:22
Any nurses checking out your booty?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 25 Feb 2013, 10:23
Yeah, flashing the bright blue briefs at all of 'em. 



No takers...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Feb 2013, 10:37
You wrote 'bright blue briefs' but I read 'golden sparkly G-string.'
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Feb 2013, 10:55
I hope you get the job! Sounds good, and maybe the sort of thing that might lead to more of the same work?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Feb 2013, 12:30
having forgotten what this thread was about, and reading those last two replies...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 25 Feb 2013, 12:48
You wrote 'bright blue briefs' but I read 'golden sparkly G-string.'

Not a speedo but for some reason I couldn't help but think of this.
(http://i.imgur.com/5uT8TXO.jpg)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Blood-Tree on 25 Feb 2013, 13:30
Huh?

That looks a lot like my Uncle Bill.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Feb 2013, 13:51
Goldust is glorious.

Look at that ball-bulge. It's ridiculous.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 25 Feb 2013, 14:29
There was a photoshopped version with an even bigger ball bulge but it was too low-res to share.  :-(

Forgot to mention it was my friend's birthday party the other night. Lots of fun. We watched Black Dynamite which is amazing. A sister of a friend crashed and was being quite down which would have been okay but it came with a side of LOOK AT ME! Overall it was still great though. I think my friends did a very good balance of Deal with uninvited person firmly but sympathetically and Have fun with invited guests. There were two other crashers but they were the brother and friend of birthday friend's new lady, also they were fun, so they were nice to meet.
Also I have pizza twice that day.

It was a good weekend!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Feb 2013, 14:46
Black Dynamite, we love you.

Quiet.

You'll wake the other bitches.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: ackblom12 on 25 Feb 2013, 16:20
Doughnuts don't wear alligator shoes!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 26 Feb 2013, 00:02
I am smiling.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 26 Feb 2013, 22:56
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/63857951/2013-02-26%2023.49.38.jpg)

WELCOME TO MY NEW APARTMENT
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 27 Feb 2013, 03:35
Ughh I had a huge freakout last night because I tried so hard yesterday and I'm still like 90% sure that I'm gonna get bitched at for something today at work anyway. I want yesterday to go away.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 27 Feb 2013, 04:39
So last night was the bar night I hosted.  Turn out was not great, but that might be because of the terrible winter storm.  It is disgusting out.  Either way three people came and we had a nice time.  Everyone wants to do it again, so I will organize another for next month and hopefully the weather will be nicer. 

I drank way too much and now I can't sleep from a combination of my now sober body punishing me physically and my racing thoughts.  This happens occasionally, but it particularly terrible at the moment because I am exhausted.  I stayed up til 5 yesterday writing a paper, and then had class at 8:30, so I got 1.5 hours of sleep. I tried to take a nap before the bar night, but my body only let me sleep for 45 min.  I have some homework I need to get done asap, but I can't concentrate on it now because of lack of sleep, and I know when my body breaks I am going to sleep for 10 hours, so it is going to be way later than it should be.   

ugghh
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 27 Feb 2013, 05:30
Heh, not too bad (http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=2577350), I guess.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 27 Feb 2013, 07:09
I only got 28,700

http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=2578013
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 27 Feb 2013, 07:15
http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=2578047

FUN!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 27 Feb 2013, 07:15
Don't know if I want to take it. I vaguely recall a test from the early 1960s which said I recognized 100k-plus. Obviously a different kind of test.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 27 Feb 2013, 16:40
Heh, not too bad (http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=2577350), I guess.

almost! (http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=2580313)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: henri bemis on 27 Feb 2013, 17:07
30,700, and I kept getting frustrated by words I know I would understand in context but couldn't think of a definition for.  Can you use it in a sentence, please?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 27 Feb 2013, 19:25
Huzzah (http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=2580595)...I can't believe I got so high. Most of words sounded quite made-up.

My SAT verbal score was 660 out of 800, back in 2004.

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 28 Feb 2013, 06:06
670 for me, but that was back in 1979. And my score came out rather low-  probably because of the reading questions - I don't read much anymore. 

Except forums...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 09:50
Gareth sends email around people at work asking who wants to go for a drink this Saturday

Email includes the new girls from marketing

One of the new girls from marketing replies observing that she is 17 next month

Oops
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: LTK on 28 Feb 2013, 09:58
Gareth sends email around people at work asking who wants to go for a drink this Saturday

Email includes the new girls from marketing

One of the new girls from marketing replies observing that she is 17 next month

Oops

Are non-alcoholic drinks an impossibility if you want to hang out with people from work?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 10:07
Depends on how much you like your colleagues and/or where you're going.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 10:33
I'm pretty sure that 24-year-old me hanging around in a bar with 16-year-old her might be a BAD IDEA
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 10:35
Play it slow and in a little more than a year she can be yours?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 10:42
Well first of all strictly speaking in England I could fuck her without any legal repercussions.

Social repercussions are another question.

Also, I didn't find her attractive before anyway, I invited her along with anyone else who I thought was in my age group - including the other new girl in her department who I actually DO want to bang.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 11:06
Well, carry on then.



Also, as a fellow 24 year old (well, 25 in about a week), don't you agree that even 18 year olds tend to look like kids to you now?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 11:33
Varies. Some of them do, some of them don't. I've got no qualms about sleeping with an 18 year old in theory. Even people the same age as me can seem so immature that I see them as kids. It's about demeanour and attitude.

And also, to be blunt, about whether I just want to fuck them or want to actually get to know them and see if there's something there.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 11:36
I dunno, maybe it's because my little sister turned 18 in January and I still think of her as a little kid.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 11:42
I'm going to resist my every single urge to make a joke there, and observe that yeah I can understand that viewpoint, but luckily as the youngest in my family I've never had that problem  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 11:47
Feel free to make whatever joke you want, I'm not that easily offended. :-P
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 11:49
Well first of all I was wondering if your sister was hot.

Then I was wondering if you had a photo of her.

And then I wondered if your avatar already was a photo of her.

Not really a joke per se, I admit.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 11:51
Pretty damn hard to say about your siblings but average I guess.

Yes but not posting that, privacy 'n all that.

And no. :-P
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 12:15
The one on the right looks a lot like a girl I knew once.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 12:19
If said girl is a porn actress it might be the same person.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 28 Feb 2013, 12:25
She isn't that I am aware, but I have now found that girl on Facebook and added her hahaha.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Aethien on 28 Feb 2013, 12:30
I've got a whole bunch of avatars of sexy women, I could switch them around, see if you recognize one of them? :-P
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 28 Feb 2013, 13:34
I have been against having sex with people under 20 since... well since before I was 20. Now that I'm nearing 30, there's no way I'd get near any of that. Boyfriend is 24 and still seems young to me.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 28 Feb 2013, 18:35
....Cradlerobber. ;D
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 28 Feb 2013, 19:07
Not yet...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 01 Mar 2013, 05:38
:lol:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 01 Mar 2013, 06:41
I'm 24, and I've started seeing a girl (yeah, I said it; her name's Esther) who happens to be 18. She does look pretty young to my old man eyes, but not as bad as some girls her age.

Does suck that I can't bring her out to the bar for another 3 years, but that's no big bother. I don't go out every night anyway, and now she's just keeping me from wasting my money on beers at the bar.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: idontunderstand on 01 Mar 2013, 06:48
Aren't there any places you can go together though? Does it have to be a 21+ bar?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Mar 2013, 09:27
I'm 24, and I've started seeing a girl (yeah, I said it; her name's Esther) who happens to be 18.

just in time for Purim (http://bettermyths.com/esther-must-be-really-good-at-sex/)?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 04 Mar 2013, 12:14
My iPhone broke (wouldn't turn off - turn off sequence continued right on into a reboot); yesterday I had the opportunity to take it to an Apple store.  No appointment, but they found one for me (a cancellation I think).  Poked it a little, and then explained that the repair was to give me a new one - for free, as it was still a few weeks within warranty.

 :-D

Then, as they were finishing off, the entire store network crashed, and they had to finish up doing the paperwork on, y'know, paper...    :laugh:
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Post by: Redball on 04 Mar 2013, 12:17
Apple does that surprisingly often.
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Post by: Welu on 04 Mar 2013, 13:12
My tutor went on maternity leave a couple of weeks ago. Our sub? Her husband. So guess why our sub tutor didn't show up this morning.  :-D I'm not annoyed but it they, as in the higher-ups or whoever decided he'd be subbing, should have thought of this scenario.
My classmates and I were joking that this was probably why the sub hadn't shown up and then someone found out so that was kinda funny. Some people said couldn't they have sent an email. Maybe? We don't know whether she went into labour at midnight or twenty minutes before class. Plus they live nearly two hours away anyway, in the Republic, so it's not like they're at the town hospital. In any case I'm fairly sure the students getting the classroom unlocked was one of the last things on their mind.
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Post by: Akima on 04 Mar 2013, 13:29
Poked it a little, and then explained that the repair was to give me a new one - for free, as it was still a few weeks within warranty.
Nice one! A reflection, perhaps of the "unrepairability" of modern electronic devices? Or was it a software thing?
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Then, as they were finishing off, the entire store network crashed
They should hire you! Or maybe me, except that I don't want to live in the UK. Cold!
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Post by: pwhodges on 04 Mar 2013, 16:24
Or was it a software thing?

No, it's a known regular fault - won't stay turned off unless a charger is plugged in (and boots if it is removed); also power consumption rockets.  I asked the cause, and they said "no idea - we follow the flowchart and it says replace".

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They should hire you! Or maybe me,

I was thinking I can bring my entire network up from cold (including the Exchange Server, which is slower than a slow thing to start and stop) in less time than I stood there waiting for the forms to be filled in.

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I don't want to live in the UK. Cold!

The temperature has gone above 5 degrees for a few days now; it reached 8 here today (but still a night frost).
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 Mar 2013, 00:36
I'm in a relationship now based on intense mutual pity I think?
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Post by: Aethien on 05 Mar 2013, 02:54
I'm in a relationship now based on intense mutual pity I think?
That... doesn't sound very good?
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Post by: snalin on 05 Mar 2013, 04:36
I'm in a relationship now based on intense mutual pity I think?

(http://jsx.ms/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/itssomething.png)
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Post by: Bluesummers on 05 Mar 2013, 05:50
I'm in a relationship now based on intense mutual pity I think?

Geek out. If they stay, they're a keeper.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 Mar 2013, 08:33
Geek out? They've already said I'm their moirail (http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Quadrants) which is actually really sweet the more that I think about it.
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Post by: Carl-E on 06 Mar 2013, 00:57
Let my daughter use my computer for a few last night. 


She managed to get a virus past the antivirus software.  It said it killed it, but there were search redirects all the time - did a full scan, it said it found a rootkit.  Killed it. rebooted, and.... it won't.  Reboot.  Black screen with a cursor, even in safemode. 


Using my other daughter's netbook to check in on my online classes. 




Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck.....
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Post by: Aethien on 06 Mar 2013, 01:54
Got your OS on a separate partition?
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Post by: Carl-E on 06 Mar 2013, 05:04
No.  The machine was a gift, and I'm not literate enough to fuck with setups like that. 

Off to a guru with the damn thing.  Gonna start with the guy who gave it to me, he rehabilitated it from another user - maybe he can do it again. 


I wish I knew more about computers.  Then maybe I could make a decent living...

In other news, I just replaced a tie-rod end on my car, so I don't feel completely useless.
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Post by: Aethien on 06 Mar 2013, 05:54
Reinstalling the OS is always an option, that just means all your data is gone.

It kind of depends on how much important stuff is on that HDD.
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Post by: Black Sword on 06 Mar 2013, 06:10
Welp, time to begin my first ever job search since college. Two people junior to me got promoted above me, and that's a prime sign that it's time to vamoose.
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Post by: pwhodges on 06 Mar 2013, 07:10
Reinstalling the OS is always an option, that just means all your data is gone.

Not if you don't reformat the disk.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 06 Mar 2013, 13:09
Reinstalling the OS is always an option, that just means all your data is gone.

Not if you don't reformat the disk.
Quite right...as long as you have enough free space on the disk to reinstall the O.S., you don't need to reformat.
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Post by: Welu on 07 Mar 2013, 13:46
I'm getting to film in a pub! It's the first time I'm filming in a location! I'm so excited and happy about this!
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 13:58
I'd be happy too if I could tap and drink beer on the job.
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Post by: Redball on 07 Mar 2013, 14:02
Keep the cameras dry!
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 14:09
Hmmmmoookay guysz...*hic!*... take shevenhunnertfohteig*hic!*eit, go!
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Post by: Loki on 07 Mar 2013, 14:23
Ordered pizza via a website which serves basically as a proxy to a lot of restaurants and pizza places in the area. Ordered a pizza from Domino's. Website said it would be up to 45 minutes.

1 hour later still no pizza. Called the actual Domino's Pizza. They said they had never received the order from the website. Order pizza straight from Domino's.

Contacted website support. They:

They: "Domino's failed to confirm the order in time, but now received it."
Me: "So wait, does that mean the order is booked double now?"
They: "No, it isn't! Have a nice evening!"
Me: -.-

Called Domino's again to confirm that they didn't accidentally book my order twice. They said they didn't and that they'd throw a free drink of my choice with in as an excuse for the delay, even though it wasn't their fault. Needless to say, I wasn't frugal with tipping when they arrived.

TL;DR: Got free 1l Cola. Domino's is awesome.
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 14:35
Wait, Germans tip?

I mean, we kinda sorta tip here, but not much. Usually it's just rounding it up a bit.
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Post by: Loki on 07 Mar 2013, 14:46
I am actually not really sure what is appropriate when having stuff delivered, but weather was a bitch to drive through, and I was really glad to finally get my damn pizza.

Normally, when eating out, I tip 10% and round up to the next Euro (or sometimes to the next 50ct). That usually comes out as roughly 15-20% actually, now that I think about it. (6€ + 0.60€ + rounding = 7€ = 6€*1.16666...=6€+16%.)
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 14:59
I usually tip a euro or two, depends on the situation.

I've tried tipping more at the Beer Temple in Amsterdam though but the barkeepers are too fast with entering the bill for my inebriated brain to deal with and I pretty much always pay with debit card.
It's hard not to drink 6 or 7 beers there and after that it tends to get a little difficult to do math.
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Post by: dr. nervioso on 07 Mar 2013, 15:00
So the last two weeks have been rough. Some of my friends were in a car crash (they're all fine, but it was pretty scary, I had three tests, and right before spring break started last week, I learned that I did not get the RA position. I've been stuck at home with nothing to do but homework that I can't really do because I don't have a laptop. So I've been thinking a lot, which really isn't good based on the events going on lately. I don't want to be big and famous.  I don't care about being an overachiever anymore. I just can't do it,every time I try to get All As or anything above a 3.5 GPA, I fail. All I want is to live my life. I don't think I want to be a science major, I've lost so much of my creativity the past three years. I do t know if I want to be some socially awkward science person or an outgoing artist type.
And now I have so much homework To do, but I don't have the willpower to do it

Sorry for the rant guts, I needed to vent
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Post by: Thrillho on 07 Mar 2013, 15:03
I tip if you do an incredible job, because in this country the tipping culture is not ingrained into wage structures like it is in the US. If you are just a good waiter/tress, then I don't tip, because fuck it that's your job that you get paid to do.
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Post by: Thrillho on 07 Mar 2013, 15:03
I'm in a relationship now based on intense mutual pity I think?

(http://jsx.ms/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/itssomething.png)

Also this photo has given me endless joy
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Post by: Welu on 07 Mar 2013, 15:09
Keep the cameras dry!

We're going to be filming in a mostly disused lounge area of a larger pub so a lot of the bottle that were there were actually empty. I'm sure we'll find a way to get a little wet though.  :mrgreen:

Edit: I just realised what I wrote as soon as I posted. To clarify: We are not shooting a porno.

~ ~

Tipping: I've been taught when in a restaurant to tip at least a couple of pound for decent service. Basically, as long as the food arrives in okay time and the server doesn't call you a bollocks loud enough you can hear them. Also always try to make sure the server gets the money if possible. A lot of the money in the shared jars tends to go to management and never be seen again. My Mammy has been in the serving business since she was in her teens so she's simultaneously empathetic and really critical of service.
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 15:10
There ain't nothing wrong with just wanting to lead your life and be reasonably happy. You don't have to want to become king of the world 'n all that jazz.


Actually, just striving to be happy is a far nobler goal.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 07 Mar 2013, 16:15
Christ, what a shitty day.
My stupid coworker was stupid and pissed me off. Rather than call back the engineer who talked to me to report a roof leak and asked for a call back, she called in the leak to the warranty company with zero information whilst bitching that he should give her more information, but by email not by phone, and also bitching that I should have updated the warranty info sheet, which I did, thank you very much, and if she's going to look at a printout instead of the latest info on the share drive there's not much I can do about it.
She proceeded to spend the rest of the morning yelling at her bank before leaving for a lunch appointment for 2+ hours. By the time she made it back into the office she'd discovered somebody in the garage breaking rules that we went over with them less than a month ago, and had to deal with the creepy awful guy who manages their office.
I ended up staying almost an hour late, first because I wasn't watching the clock, and then because the creepy awful guy (I got stuck in his office for like 20 minutes last Tuesday and spent like 2 hours crying uncontrollably that night and on the verge of tears most of Wednesday) came back down to the office to ask for an address and proceeded to make a weird comment/joke/??? that make both of us uncomfortable. So she decided to tell our boss, because he made a similarly weird/creepy/inappropriate comment to her last week, and got upset because our boss asked for details and she felt like he didn't believe her. (Except, because she's a fucking idiot, she kept saying "it's like questioning the rapist!")
Once I got out of there I decided I was going to be a fucking adult and go get my car's emissions testing done because it's due next Tuesday, but when I got there they were closed because it turns out they're only open until 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays not Thursdays like I thought. So between everything I didn't get home until 6:30 (I'm usually home around 5pm) and I shit you not, my husband was playing computer games and when I walked in he said, "Are you going to make us dinner? I'm hungry."
And I haven't said anything because I know if I do, then (a) I'll start crying, or (b) I'll take everything out on him, or (c) probably both. So instead I'm venting here and drinking a strong (for me) rum and coke because otherwise I'm going to lose it.
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 16:21
Sounds like it's time to have a conversation with your husband, partially to set up some kind of text message code for "my day is going absolutely horrible, cook me a fancy dinner" and possibly a second code for do that but wear nothing but an apron by the time I get home.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 07 Mar 2013, 16:41
We're currently on week two of actually planning a menu and shopping for it at the beginning of the week. I even bought a white board and put it up in the kitchen to write the menu on! So at least we didn't have to go through the whole "what do you want for dinner?" "I don't know, what do you want?" rigamarole. But it was just the fucking cherry on top.
Oh yeah and we got an invitation to his cousin's wedding in the mail today. It's in Florida. On the 30th.
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Post by: Aethien on 07 Mar 2013, 16:47
I still think making him prepare you a fancy meal (with fancy wine/beer of course) while wearing nothing but an apron is a good idea.
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Post by: Redball on 07 Mar 2013, 17:43
When you come up for air, I hope you talk to him about this. He needs to hear it.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 07 Mar 2013, 17:52
Sounds like it's time to have a conversation with your husband, partially to set up some kind of text message code for "my day is going absolutely horrible, cook me a fancy dinner"
An excellent idea...some way to be able to reach out to him and let him know that the day is sucking massive nuts, and that you need his support.

Oh yeah and we got an invitation to his cousin's wedding in the mail today. It's in Florida. On the 30th.

That's pretty short notice for ANYONE who has to arrange airfare. And in this economy, it take at least a couple months, even on a steady income, to save up enough for a trip. The cousin is out of their mind.

When you come up for air, I hope you talk to him about this. He needs to hear it.
Seconded. As a husband who has all too often not been there for my wife, I can tell you that if he really loves you, he needs to know that it's not your responsibility to cook dinner every freaking night, especially since you're working just as much (or more...I'm really just assuming on the job situation here) as he is. Example: I work, and my wife does not (physical disability). But we take turns cooking and taking care of other responsibilities around the house. Not just odd days/even days, but when one of us is feeling like crap, the other will pick up the slack. I'm pretty sure your day was worse than his, thus he should be wearing the apron at that point.

Plus, cooking is fun. He really has no excuse. :mrgreen:
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Post by: Patrick on 07 Mar 2013, 23:09
Aren't there any places you can go together though? Does it have to be a 21+ bar?

All bars are 21+, but there's restaurants with bars. It's really a non-issue though, we both like to spend time outside being active. She's gonna be joining the pickup baseball group that my bandmates + their SOs and I are founding members of. She's a baseball fan (yesssss) and has a pretty good throwing arm and catching eye. Haven't seen her hit before, but I've got faith, and who cares anyway, it's pickup baseball with lots of shittalking.

I know it's still WAY too early to tell, but this is already feeling like it could be a very good thing for me.

creepy awful guy

I say you oughta get a crew together and fuck this guy up, because nobody should have to put up with shit like that at work. Stupid coworkers are one thing and I don't envy you (I sympathize so god damn much), but people making you feel super uncomfortable in your workplace... they should be punched.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 08 Mar 2013, 03:43
When you come up for air, I hope you talk to him about this. He needs to hear it.
I did mention it a little later. He apologized, said he'd only gotten home about 15 minutes before me, and had been trying to ask, did I want to do dinner right now or later?, not, go make dinner.

creepy awful guy
I don't know what's going to happen with this. He doesn't work for us, he's essentially a client, but since I'm in commercial real estate that means he's got a lease with like 5 more years left, he works in the same building as us, and our office exists to assist people like him. My boss is going to call me this morning to ask about what happened yesterday and see what kind of action might be available. Apparently there's some concern about potential vindictive behavior from this guy. Ugh. How do you shut down a smarmy 50-year-old Pakistani who's constantly being either condescending, overly conciliatory, or if you know what I mean whenever he speaks? Who you can't be rude to?
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Post by: Carl-E on 08 Mar 2013, 04:54
Some cultural sensitivity training involving handcuffs, a rack and red hot pokers comes to mind. 
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Post by: Papersatan on 08 Mar 2013, 08:25
arrrgghh.  this class project is the worst. 

We have a client and we are doing  a needs assessment for their users and then a website usability test.  We need to send out a survey, but it needs to be approved by the client first, in part because they were going to email it to a list of their past users.  I emailed the client a copy of the survey to approve last Friday, she got back to me yesterday morning and wants me to also draft the email she will send.  It is spring break so I didn't see the email until today. It is Friday again, so by the time she sees and approves this it will be early next week.  The report we are to write with the data from this survey is due next Friday and we were clear in our communication that this had a looming deadline.  Also, I assumed they would write a letter introducing us.  I am having a hard time drafting this email; do I make it from the organization, from me, from my group? ARRGGHHHH I just want to party.

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Post by: Carl-E on 08 Mar 2013, 10:06
From you, as "a consulting group working for X to determine your needs in order to improve customer satisfaction" should work well.  If they think it's from the company itself, they may not be comfortable identifying problems, since they don't want to spoil a business relationship.  Make sure you say that the results will be anonymous/confidential. 
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Post by: idontunderstand on 08 Mar 2013, 12:02
Said bye to all the people at the boxing club (going to move to a new city because of the new job) yesterday. It sucked, but it was also nice. There's a special kind of respect between people you've punched in the face while they punched you in the solar plexus. That sounds really stupid but it really isn't. You have to suck it up and realize you've both agreed to getting punched by the other and that, after all the work you've done together, all the jumping ropes and doing thousands and thousands of pushups right next to each other, you're on the same team. It's probably much like being in the army, except you don't spoon each other.
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Post by: Black Sword on 08 Mar 2013, 12:13
In other news, I'm being taught about pro formas and billing. I've discovered that on one account, I do 50% of the work. This is proven by percentage of hours work, noted in the pro formas. In other words, accounting.

....this is what I suspected for years but does not make me happy.
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Post by: Akima on 08 Mar 2013, 14:08
That sounds really stupid
Not to me it doesn't. The shared discipline... Respect for the master... The number of times everyone has slapped everyone into the mat... :)
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Post by: idontunderstand on 08 Mar 2013, 14:45
Indeed. Someone else could probably say it much better than me though..
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Post by: Redball on 08 Mar 2013, 15:52
Keep the cameras dry!
We're going to be filming in a mostly disused lounge area of a larger pub so a lot of the bottle that were there were actually empty. I'm sure we'll find a way to get a little wet though.  :mrgreen:
Edit: I just realised what I wrote as soon as I posted. To clarify: We are not shooting a porno.
It honestly never occurred to me. I was just thinking of the booze.  I used to think I was funny when a date left the table for the "powder room." "Keep your powder dry." Haha.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 09 Mar 2013, 01:20
[...] That sounds really stupid but it really isn't. [...]
Nope, it doesn't.

There's a special bond between people who have hurt each other and who then take the time to think about and explain how they can hurt each other more the next time.

And you pay for the privilege.
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Post by: Welu on 10 Mar 2013, 12:56
Partner is away at a concert tonight. Instead of spending my first night alone in the house, I'm staying at my parents and getting free food and heat. Delightful.
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Post by: Jace on 10 Mar 2013, 13:26
I gotta get authorized in spear before the 30th of march and also the people that live downstairs from me have a front door that looks like this and I don't know how to feel:
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/63857951/20130310_153756.jpg)

They also park their minivan with its Keep Christ in Christmas sticker too far out in our little lot so it is difficult to pull out past them (you pretty much have to back out of the lot)
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Post by: Aethien on 10 Mar 2013, 15:06
Play this to send a message back?

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Post by: Jimor on 10 Mar 2013, 15:57
I know there are other places to post this, but it's been such a big part of what I've been doing the past couple of months, that it's more about the feeling of accomplishment I get from this. A music video I made for some friends who collaborated on one of the best-sounding songs to come out of the local scene that we just released today. There's a lot of buzz around the song and the video already, and I think we came through with the goods in a way that's going to get a lot of attention.
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Post by: celticgeek on 10 Mar 2013, 16:05
I like it.  Looks and sounds good!
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Post by: Welu on 10 Mar 2013, 17:46
Lovely look and sound. I really like the colours and the masks.
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Post by: Carl-E on 11 Mar 2013, 00:22
What fun!  I know, it was a lot of work, but it looked like everyone was having a good time. 


I don't know why, but I especially liked the bear drummer...
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Post by: Patrick on 11 Mar 2013, 12:14
A music video I made for some friends who collaborated on one of the best-sounding songs to come out of the local scene that we just released today. There's a lot of buzz around the song and the video already, and I think we came through with the goods in a way that's going to get a lot of attention.

I've heard some of the buzz about this all the way down here in Livermore, and I'm jealous beyond words that you get to work with Autumn Sky. I see her FB posts all the time and I'm jealous of the amazing life she seems to lead, and the incredible cult following she's built for herself. Any time I meet people from Sac, I ask if they know of her, and every time, they just smile a knowing smile and say "Damn right I do" and I've made a friend. I have immense respect for (and an embarrassingly strong megacrush on) that talented and gorgeous young lady, and it would appear all of Sacramento agrees.

Great work, by the way.
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Post by: Patrick on 11 Mar 2013, 12:24
Oh yeah PS, my gal and I got super classy and had sex in a bathroom at a show some of my friends played in a rented warehouse in Oakland, and yeah, it was sexy as fuck.
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Post by: Jimor on 11 Mar 2013, 14:05
Thanks everybody! This is kind of a breakthrough event for me and my video work, so I'm really pleased by the response here and elsewhere so far.  730 views after only a day, and tons of shares as people like it enough to actually take the time to help the signal boost.  :-)

In addition to that, I'll be featured in an article about my TV show in the weekly newspaper in the next couple of weeks, and of course that's still going on both in airiing last season's episodes, and planning for season 2. So it looks like this year is going to start bringing a lot of attention to the work I've been doing, and hopefully that starts turning into ways to start making a living at this stuff!

@Patrick, Autumn's playing at Bottom of the Hill on the 19th, and I'll likely be there to film, so if you can make it, I'd be more than happy to introduce you.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 11 Mar 2013, 15:31
Fun vid. Fun music.
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Post by: Patrick on 11 Mar 2013, 17:59
I might be coming with a friend. You know what the cover charge is?
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Post by: Jimor on 11 Mar 2013, 20:02
$10. With Mammoth Life opening, and Assateague headlining (don't know either of them).

Edit: Goddammit do I hate colds. The worst part for me is trying (and failing) to get to sleep with a cough tickling my throat.  I really need to lay in a supply of NyQuil and just zonk myself out at night.
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Post by: Asterus on 12 Mar 2013, 19:10
I have spent about 90% of my free time today working on a personal video project because I felt like it, another 5% eating and faffing about the house, maybe another 2 checking webcomics and stats on my channel and blog because I was bored, and the remainder actually doing my homework, studying for a quiz tomorrow, an exam thursday, and a lab presentation thursday. I feel so relaxed and at ease right now ^.^

Seeing as how this is a common occurrence for me, I should probably mention that I hope time travel never becomes possible in my lifetime, else a legion of tomorrow-me's will immediately appear to stab their yesterday counterparts with rusty screwdrivers for putting all the work on their shoulders.

[Added] I forgot the RT podcast got moved a day ahead, so there goes that last 3% I'm going to be on the Vitriolic open letters thread tomorrow XD
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Post by: LTK on 13 Mar 2013, 12:25
Shit. Shit, shit. The zipper on my coat is all fucked up. It was fine this morning - it had always gotten stuck a little bit 1/5th of the way up for some reason, but otherwise it worked - and now it's impossible just to get it to close. I was about to leave for gymnastics and spent 20 minutes fucking with it to get it to close, which probably fucked it up even more. I can't go out with the zipper broken, it's two degrees outside.

I was trying to decide going to a lasergaming event or my gymnastics practice earlier this week, but now I guess it's going to be neither. Really pissed off about this.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 13 Mar 2013, 12:39
Console yourself with the thought that there's a new pope, Francis 1st; a Jesuit from Argentina who is the first third-world pope, and was runner-up to Benedict last time.
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Post by: Carl-E on 13 Mar 2013, 13:54
Well, that should bring the whole zipper-issue into focus...

 :?
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Post by: LTK on 13 Mar 2013, 14:16
Console yourself with the thought that there's a new pope, Francis 1st; a Jesuit from Argentina who is the first third-world pope, and was runner-up to Benedict last time.
Well, thanks. I wouldn't know what I'd do if I didn't have you to keep me informed about the issues that are closest to my heart.
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Post by: Welu on 13 Mar 2013, 15:35
I think I mentioned this or just thought about mentioning it.

Gotta make a website for college and my design is stupidly cutesy but also seems to be kind of unique? When I told the tutor he sort of stared for a second and then gave me an, "Ahh." with this a "Not bad" look. So I both really love my idea and hate it because getting the wee impressed "Ahh" has made me chuffed but it's so cutesy. I won't get into it fully but basically it involves animated bunny drawings. Actually that is pretty much the entire idea.

The point is for research I'm looking up cute photos of rabbits.
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Post by: pwhodges on 13 Mar 2013, 15:42
I have to make a web page for a committee of Senior Clinicians and Researchers called the Dragon's Den which selects which clinical trial proposals to support and fund; I'm wondering if I can find a way to get a really cheesy dragon in there somewhere...
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Post by: celticgeek on 13 Mar 2013, 15:46
Sounds like you need a .gif of a Chinese New Year's dragon. 
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Post by: pwhodges on 13 Mar 2013, 15:49
Hmm... that might suit, actually.  Thanks for the thought.
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Post by: Jimor on 13 Mar 2013, 15:53
Since the site involves funding decisions, it must be a dragon jealously guarding its treasure hoard.
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Post by: celticgeek on 13 Mar 2013, 15:56
Seconded.
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Post by: Welu on 13 Mar 2013, 16:21
Hodges, can we combine our ideas? Dragon bunnies!
(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs19/i/2007/295/2/d/rabbit_dragon_by_remigiaidos.jpg) (http://fav.me/d14hstt)
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Post by: Carl-E on 13 Mar 2013, 17:04
...guarding a hoard of carrot coins? 
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Post by: Redball on 13 Mar 2013, 18:57
I had some dried-and-fried carrot chips in the last couple of days that looked a little coiney.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 13 Mar 2013, 23:56
Probably tasted like that as well.
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Post by: Redball on 14 Mar 2013, 08:39
They're handed around at my little condo Happy Hour in the afternoon like they're some kind of special treat. I nibble on them, but they're no treat to me. At least this brand isn't. A little too sweet and aromatic.
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Post by: Welu on 19 Mar 2013, 16:49
Just found out a girl I went to school with died. She went to the doctor feeling unwell and collapsed while there from a brain haemorrhage. Family turned off her life support earlier tonight. I wasn't close with her but it's such a shock.
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Post by: Thrillho on 19 Mar 2013, 16:53
Even if it's someone you don't really know, or even someone you knew but didn't like much, hearing they're actually dead is quite a shock. How are you doing Lynnie?
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Post by: Welu on 19 Mar 2013, 16:58
I feel horrible to say it but I'm okay. Absolutely stunned but okay. I hadn't spoken to her in months, been even longer since I'd seen her in person. Feeling bad I didn't keep up communication with her.
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Post by: nekowafer on 20 Mar 2013, 05:35
Lynnie

Gah. That's my middle name/nickname for family so I was like, why is he talking to me?

Welu:
The first guy I dated (in person, not online) died in late 2009. I didn't know until 3 months later. I still feel guilty, both for not talking to him enough and not even knowing he died. It happens. That doesn't make it less awful but you're certainly not the first, or last, person to have that problem. We just can't keep up with everyone we want to.
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Post by: Loki on 20 Mar 2013, 05:46
A close friend of a close friend of my ex died last year. From cancer at the age of twenty-one, no less. I had spoken to her only a few times at parties and such. Still hurt. Maybe because I found her the most interesting and nice person in that circle of acquaintances of my ex.

Recently visited her grave again. Cannot say I found much solace in that, though. Maybe you might.
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Post by: Asterus on 20 Mar 2013, 07:33
Same thing happened with my ex and some friends I know. Worst part of it was that it was suicide and one of the possible factors was the rift that developed between my ex and the group of friends due to her breakup with her previous ex.

Apparently "H" still has the girl's senior photo that she sent out the year before in her wallet.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 20 Mar 2013, 13:34
Lynnie

Gah. That's my middle name/nickname for family so I was like, why is he talking to me?

I run into very few people who share my name, especially the way I spell it.

~ ~

Two people within ten minutes came up to me in work asking if I'd heard and was I okay and I started crying and got sent home.
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Post by: Carl-E on 20 Mar 2013, 15:01
I'm so sorry. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On a different (somewhat lighter) blog note, my wife's in a show that the local theatre group's presenting for the state competition, called Elephant's Graveyard (http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/1939/elephants-graveyard-full-length-version), a small but powerful play about the true story of Mary the Elephant (http://blueridgecountry.com/articles/mary-the-elephant/), who was hanged from a railroad crane in 1916 for killing one of her keepers. 

Preview is tonight, state level competition's in Harrisburg this weekend. 

This is the first time anyone in our family's done any theatre since... hell, for nearly 10 years.  Theatre was, to a great extent, what brought my wife and I together.  It was, until a serious injury, what my wife did for a living - and she was one of the best.  Hair & makeup, costumes, props, set decoration - not to mention acting and stage management - she's won awards for all of them. 

Then she pissed someone big in the local community off, and got blacklisted from one group.  The injury got her out of the rest. 

The fact that she was welcomed back with open arms, is on stage and doing costumes and makeup for this show, and has the full support of all of us (we know nearly everyone in the cast, and all of the backstage folk), has made this one of the best experiences she's had in a long time - especially after dealing with our daughter's illnesses for the last three years. 


She needed this.  And I'm SO glad I pushed her into auditioning. 



Break a leg, love. 
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Post by: celticgeek on 20 Mar 2013, 15:20
Torrwch goes!  from a man whose daughter is into theater, in all of those phases! 
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Post by: nekowafer on 20 Mar 2013, 15:41
I run into very few people who share my name, especially the way I spell it.

~ ~

Two people within ten minutes came up to me in work asking if I'd heard and was I okay and I started crying and got sent home.

Well, my middle name is actually Lynne, but most of my family calls me Lynnie. A couple (mostly my mom and sister) call me Ellie now, and no one calls me by my actual first name ever. I don't think I've even heard my mom say it in like... wow, I dunno. Like a decade?

As for crying, that is to be expected - try to get all the crying out at home, but don't be too surprised if it hits you at work. Just see if you can take a little break and sit alone somewhere to calm down. The more you try not to cry, the harder it gets, it seems. So you may as well get it out.

Carl - that's awesome!!
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Post by: Carl-E on 21 Mar 2013, 06:17
It was awesome - there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including mine.  Even though I knew the story and half the lines from attending a few rehearsals, it was so moving. 

Found out that out of the 4 state entries this year, two move on to regional (in Rome NY in April), so there's a really good chance they'll go that far.  After regionals, it's national (Carmel, IN in... May, I think?)
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Post by: Welu on 21 Mar 2013, 13:22
That's great, Carl! :)

~ ~

Happier stuff. Finally started filming for college. I think I've whined enough about my course to justify placing this here. Spoilered to be less obtrusive, is SFW.

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Post by: Jace on 21 Mar 2013, 22:27
So I bought padded compression shorts for fighting with pads over the hips and tailbone so I'd have hip protection.
Guess who needs to make a better padded gambeson now?
Because not one, but both shoulders got hit:
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/601419_10151641147482317_833214999_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/150398_10151641147662317_2073943055_n.jpg)
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Post by: nekowafer on 22 Mar 2013, 05:45
Ouch, holy crap. One of many reasons I never got into the whole fighting thing.

I dropped my kitty off at the vet this morning for surgery. Please send happy kitty thoughts!
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 22 Mar 2013, 06:27
*Sending happy kitty snugs and well wishes*


Good luck little kitty dude!
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Post by: valley_parade on 22 Mar 2013, 08:32
Jace, while you got the padded shorts, you should look into one of those padded compression shirts that American football and rugby players wear.

(http://dsp.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pDSP1-12193989dt.jpg)

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Post by: pwhodges on 22 Mar 2013, 08:59
Finished the program (http://cassland.org/words/2013-03-23_German_Romantic.doc) for tomorrow's concert more than 24 hours in advance - it's been a while since I've managed that.  This evening will be spent printing, stapling and folding.

Tomorrow will be a busy day, as I sing in the choir, am librarian, and record the concert as well (in a venue we've not used before), while fitting in taking my wife to the railway station and walking the dogs.
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Post by: Redball on 22 Mar 2013, 09:12
Break a leg! If I were nearer, I'd offer to help. I'll do almost anything for a beer. Or a T-shirt.
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Post by: Carl-E on 22 Mar 2013, 10:30
That should be on a t-shirt. 
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Post by: Asterus on 22 Mar 2013, 13:02
So, my day got infinitely better (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImKCt7BD4U4)
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 22 Mar 2013, 13:10
It seems my aunt is dying of cancer.

Unsure how I feel about that.
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Post by: Loki on 22 Mar 2013, 14:36
Eh. I know that problem. I cannot advise, sorry, but I am thinking of you.


Best thoughts are on the way, nekowafer.
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Post by: Redball on 22 Mar 2013, 14:57
It seems my aunt is dying of cancer.

Unsure how I feel about that.
How do you feel about your aunt, for starters? And any other deaths in your near family?
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Post by: pwhodges on 22 Mar 2013, 15:57
@BeoPuppy:  How old is your aunt, that's to say, is her getting something like cancer an unexpected change, or is it more that the way to the end is now clearer?



Not sad in the same way, but a little nostalgia inducing:  In the 1960s a large coal-fired power station was built in the countryside at Didcot, near Oxford.  I visited the second phase of this construction during building as part of my university engineering course, to learn about new-fangled things like air scrubbers to clean the exhaust.  These units can no longer meet the EU's latest environmental emission requirements, and today they were taken off the grid and shut down for the last time.  The six cooling towers will be demolished, though it may be a year or three before that happens - an attempt to get them listed (put on a list of protected buildings) has been successfully blocked by the generating company that owns the plant.  In 1968 I took a photo of them against the sunset, but time has not been kind to the cheap reversal film I used:

(http://cassland.org/images/didcot.jpg)

That photo was taken from the road between my home town of Reading and Abingdon where my fiancée lived, when I was on my way to see her one weekend.
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Post by: nekowafer on 22 Mar 2013, 16:51
Percy got through surgery okay, but needed a second repair for a monteggia fracture. Which will cost more money. But he will heal and will be all better in a couple of months.

<3
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Post by: Akima on 22 Mar 2013, 16:58
I had to look it up. I couldn't find a reference to such a fracture in a cat. Rank speciesism! Don't watch the clip if you are squeamish about broken bones going crunch:
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Post by: Patrick on 22 Mar 2013, 17:00
Fuck that looks awful
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Post by: nekowafer on 22 Mar 2013, 18:35
I can't imagine how painful it was for him. And he dealt with it for over two weeks! Ugh.

I can't watch the video but I did look it up. The vet described it to me as a fracture that happened often when infantry were fighting cavalry - the infantry would have their arms broken while they were outstretched to fight the cavalry.
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Post by: Jace on 22 Mar 2013, 22:43
Jace, while you got the padded shorts, you should look into one of those padded compression shirts that American football and rugby players wear.

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Well I actually have armor that covers my shoulders, just that the gambeson (a padded arming jacket) I wear is like 5 years old and I'm the third wearer of it, so it doesn't really have any padding left. I am currently working on sewing a new gambeson and it could be going better. From the pattern to the cutting to the sewing I have fucked up every step and I only hope that I can salvage it when I put the pieces together and have it fit.
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Post by: Jace on 23 Mar 2013, 01:03
The arm holes are a bit too small. goddammit
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 23 Mar 2013, 06:07
Thanks for the thoughts, I really appreciate it.

75. She's out of the hospital and she's moved in with one of her children to wait for the end. We're not close, but I have little in the way of family. It's just weird to think of someone, waiting. To die. How do you deal? What do you say? And naturally, my mom is upset. She's about to lose her sister.

Lots of things I cannot imagine.
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Post by: Welu on 23 Mar 2013, 06:11
I went to the funeral yesterday. Met a lot of people I hadn't seen in a long time. Easily the most attended one I've ever seen. Despite the fire-and-brimstone ceremony, it helped to get some closure.

Then went to a friend's birthday party later that day and it was really good fun. Usually I'm late because I'm coming from work or leaving early because of work the next day got to hang out with them till 3am. Also talked to a friend about body positivity stuff because we were talking about weight. I said, "Yeah, I'm overweight." and she was all, "No, you're not!" and I said back, "I'm 14 stone and 5"2. I'm fat. It's okay and I'm happy." Took a couple repeats and rephrasing but she seemed to get it. My other friends and I also discussed how power levels effect sexual conduct. Best drunk conversations I've had in ages, though I was pretty sober.

I also made Baileys ice cream at my parents house and have to go there later to get it out of their freezer. Last check it was freezing really well and tasted so yummy.
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Post by: Lines on 23 Mar 2013, 06:44
I broke down in front of my boss yesterday because one of my kids has been stressing me out so badly the past week and he did something yesterday that finally made me crack. Luckily I held it together until I was alone in a room with her instead of breaking down and crying in front of all 10 of my toddlers. Yaaaaay... But a bunch of the other teachers heard what happened and gave me a lot of support afterwards, so that was nice.
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Post by: Papersatan on 23 Mar 2013, 09:10
I have gone out with school people almost every night this week. It has been great.  Bar night, st Patrick's day, bar night, basketball game, drag show...  I am making more friends with the first years than I did with my own year.  I think that is partially Last year, because of the things with my dad, I just wasn't in the mood for friend making,and partially because of the efforts of one person to make things happen.

Also, I think my crush is into it?  I'd decided that he was not, and that was ok, but now i I feel like he was dropping obvious hints.  Or maybe not.  Ahhh the delicate dance of flirting.

Also, I have an initial phone interview on Monday for an internship that I really want. (Though it does not pay)
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Post by: Carl-E on 23 Mar 2013, 13:45
While walking the dogs, I was privileged to witness a pre-teen mating ritual;

She was nearly a head taller than he was, and ridiculously skinny.  Both probably about 10 or 11.  Holding him by the shoulder of his coat with one hand, she was mercilessly delivering punches to his upper arms and torso with the other, a few well placed kicks to the shin added to the mix. 

He was laughing the whole time amid shouts of "ow", "hey" and "cut it out!".  She was also laughing. 


As the recipient of a few such beatings in my youth, all I could do was wonder what he had said/did to earn the attention...
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Post by: Redball on 23 Mar 2013, 13:49
He adores her, so he told her she's ugly.
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Post by: Patrick on 23 Mar 2013, 14:28
That's pretty fucking adorable, I gotta say.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 24 Mar 2013, 04:36
Damn, working as a lawyer can be a lonely job and is likely really bad for my skin too. Been stuck in front of a computer screen ogling case law for most of this week. I'd hate it if I didn't actually like stuff like this.

Work mates are good, a bit tense and stressed out but very nice and mostly intelligent, decent folks. There's this one whiny office hag which I've almost decided that I hate but I think I can deal with it.

I've quit boxing... for now. I simply won't have time to keep in shape what with the new job, playing more music, and the relationship with the girlfriend to take care of. Got me a gym membership though so I have someplace to blow off steam. And a punching bag in the garage.

Hope you people are well, I really wish you weren't posting quite so damn much all the time, because I have no chance to keep up with everything anymore. :P
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Post by: Papersatan on 24 Mar 2013, 08:03
When I was 9 boy kicked me in the shin and broke my leg.  Every nurse and doctor I saw felt the need to tell me that he must like me. It was infuriating. 

I guess if I had told them he kicked me as retaliation for the gang attack my friends and I carried out against his friend who was mercilessly holding a garder snake hostage in the coat closet all day they might have seen that this was not simply school yard flirting gone too far, but I was not about to get in trouble for my attack. 

Also, is the advice that I punch my crush? Then run and see if he chases me, and pins me on the Sofa and.... Hmmm.
I think I like this plan... :)
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Post by: Carl-E on 24 Mar 2013, 11:33
I thought you were older than 12. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Elephant's Graveyard won second place at the state competition.  Three actors won awards as well, and it garnered best ensemble (it really is an ensemble piece) and best directing. 

So my wife's off to upstate NY next month for regionals...

Meanwhile, my younger daughter seems to be going into an exacerbation - her legs have quit working entirely, she's completely wheelchair bound.  She's also leaking a bit through the night.  I'm worried about her breathing. 

The next appointment with the neurologist is on the 26th. 

Of April. 

Gonna try and move that one up. 
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 Mar 2013, 11:36
Tomorrow will be a busy day,

See the choral music thread in BAND for the concert (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,16366.msg1140880.html#msg1140880).
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Post by: Papersatan on 24 Mar 2013, 12:02
I thought you were older than 12. 


You have obviously not been paying much attention. 


Also, congrats to your wife, and I hope things are alright with your daughter
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Post by: Welu on 24 Mar 2013, 14:07
When I was 9 boy kicked me in the shin and broke my leg.  Every nurse and doctor I saw felt the need to tell me that he must like me. It was infuriating. 

Assuming the boy was not a mini body-builder, how the hell did he kick you that hard?  :-o

I'm reminded of the time when I was around six or seven and an older boy who I think was eleven or maybe older tried to steal my bike. Well, his littler brother tried to steal my bike but I pushed him away from it and his older brother proceeded to try to beat me up because how dare I stop someone from stealing my bike. I vaguely remembering sending the older brother away bleeding.
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Post by: Papersatan on 24 Mar 2013, 22:37
Apparently if you get someone in just the right spot in the shin, it doesn't take much force.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 25 Mar 2013, 02:54
Shins are easy and painful to break. That must have been a bitch.
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Post by: Carl-E on 25 Mar 2013, 10:37
Your usual idea of a kick from the toe won't do it often, but a good stomp will, with ease...
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Post by: Papersatan on 25 Mar 2013, 10:52
He got me with his instep. like how you kick a soccer ball.  He also had a running start, like how you kick a soccer ball.  He played soccer. 
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Post by: Welu on 25 Mar 2013, 11:16
That makes sense.

Welu status: Full of chicken.
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Post by: Bluesummers on 25 Mar 2013, 18:23
I bought a Tabasco Slim-Jim for my wife, because she loves them, and I decided to get a low-sodium one for myself, since I need to watch my blood pressure. The only ones available were store brand...

It tasted like a mix between the little meatballs that come in a can of Spaghettios, and dog food. Even my father-in-law, who will eat any cooked dead animal, wouldn't take more than a bite.
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Post by: Papersatan on 25 Mar 2013, 19:34
Phone interview for the internship went well, though I was not as prepared as I wished I was because I misunderstood the nature of the interview.  I didn't think this was going to have the "tell me about your weaknesses" and "tell me about a project you are proud of" questions on it.   The man told me to expect a call in the next week to set up an in-person interview, so that is great. 

I think I am starting to feel equal to my accomplishments, or that my accomplishments are equal to my position?  I am not sure how to explain it.  But when I was listening to my answers babble out of my mouth I realized they sounded reasonably impressive.  The me from two year ago would have been intimidated by the me of today.  That is a good feeling. 

Let's hope I hold it together for the real interview too, and then graduate, and then get a job and then get a house and then get 3 baby goats and then grow old and then retire with plenty of money. 

Step one, find something to wear to this interview. 
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Post by: Bluesummers on 25 Mar 2013, 19:44
Step one, find something to wear to this interview. 
Indeed. First impressions are often made within the first 90 seconds...dress the part.

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Phone interview for the internship went well, though I was not as prepared as I wished I was because I misunderstood the nature of the interview.  I didn't think this was going to have the "tell me about your weaknesses" and "tell me about a project you are proud of" questions on it.   The man told me to expect a call in the next week to set up an in-person interview, so that is great.
Every interview I've had (and every interview I've conducted, for that matter) has had the old "weakness" and "accomplishment" questions. They're meant to test you and see if you can recognize not just that you have faults, but how you overcame them. Accomplishments can be a measure of your self-worth and your own view of your productivity in the workplace.

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The me from two year ago would have been intimidated by the me of today.  That is a good feeling. 
One of the most important things interviewers look for is confidence. We're also looking for the knowledge to perform the tasks the job requires, but someone unsure of how to do them isn't going to stand out in our eyes.
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Post by: Papersatan on 25 Mar 2013, 20:12
I was under the impression this was a discussion about what I needed from them to get credit to make sure this was a good fit (what do I need to get credit, how many hours is it consent for a background check etc) before the application was sent to the actual department for an interview.  I figured the standard questions would come at the department interview.

I think I actually interview well.  I am not an un-confident person.  I have good stong body language, I am articulate and I am well qualified for this internship.  It is how I look that hold me back generally. 

Looking the part is easier said than done, and it actually the most difficult part of this for me.  I think I have discussed elsewhere on the forum my struggles to look professional with my hair pink and my body fat.  I ordered a nice suit, but the jacket won't button without making me look like a porn star.  Actually, none of my jackets will button right now, so I am left with the question, wear an unbuttoned jacket, or forgo one all together.  If not a suit or blazer then what?   

I am going to have to go shopping and find either a new blazer or a button down shirt.  Those are both difficult to find for me, and frequently expensive.  I think if I can find a good blazer I can wear it with a dress I have and be ok. 

ARRRGGGHHH  Stop growing boobs. 
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Post by: Lines on 25 Mar 2013, 20:23
Kat, you just bought some new dresses right? Find a good cardigan (if you blazer doesn't look right with any of them) and do your hair in the side bun you posted before and I think you'll look professional.
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Post by: Papersatan on 25 Mar 2013, 20:43


ARRRGGGHHH  Stop growing boobs.

As an English major I want to call myself out a moment, and to clarify: my boobs are growing, I am not growing extra boobs.  Sometimes that comma matters.   :psyduck:

Yeah, I was going to go with one of the dresses.  I think a blazer would look better than a cardigan for an interview, but I am not sure I can find one that fits.  (My bust is up to 57 inches)  My cardigan is my fall back plan. 
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Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Mar 2013, 20:47
My boobs aren't growing yet. Five days on estrogen, why aren't they done growing yet!? Pfft.
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Post by: jwhouk on 26 Mar 2013, 15:34
The me of 20 years ago would probably be scared to death of the me of today.

Of course, the me of 20 years ago would probably ask, "How in the heck did you end up in the middle of Northern WISCONSIN?"
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Post by: pwhodges on 26 Mar 2013, 15:39
Do you have an answer...?
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Post by: jwhouk on 26 Mar 2013, 17:10
I'd say, "You really don't want to know."
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 27 Mar 2013, 06:17
Hope you people are well, I really wish you weren't posting quite so damn much all the time, because I have no chance to keep up with everything anymore. :P

I am SO glad I'm not the only one that feels this way!! I usually take the weekends off and then catch up on Mondays and this week it is just not happening that way. Of course, everything being down when I decided to check and then springing back up again while I was away doesn't help. *Shakes fist at whoever was responsible*


Kat- I think a cardigan with a dress would look lovely :-) You don't need to be suited up to look professional- personally, I prefer a nice dress to a suit anyway. Or slacks with a nice blouse and a cardigan. Blazers are over rated.



In bloggy news- I have done SO MUCH wedding stuff lately!! I suppose that is a good thing, since the clock is quickly ticking away. I ordered most of the gifts to go in my bridesmaids' baskets (waiting to receive the robes in the mail now), received everything for our invitations in the mail yesterday (they will be going out tomorrow if all goes as planned), ordered my fancy corset, ordered our favors, bought 80% of the things needed for centerpieces, planned our (free! WOOT!) engagement shoot, almost finished making our paper flowers (120 and counting), bought everything I need for my veil........and more.

Still to do: Glue big ass flower to veil clip; buy garter(s?) and attach Animal charm; set up hair appointments; decide on my shoes (http://pinterest.com/lepetitfromage/accesorizing/); buy tin pails, styrofoam balls and dum dums for centerpieces; tell Nick that I broke down and bought 6 balloons that are 3 foot in diameter because I am weak and they are fancy; book rehearsal dinner; find and buy rehearsal dinner dress; put together bridesmaids' gifts; etch steins for groomsmen; type up cutesy thing to put in favor frames telling people to go to the photobooth; finish making photobooth props; stick labels on place cards; send our DJ a list of songs; send officiant updated ceremony plan; finish vows; type up itinerary......and I'm sure I am forgetting a few things. EEK. At least I still have 8 weeks!
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Post by: Patrick on 27 Mar 2013, 12:17
So last night Esther and I had made plans to hang out, and for the 5th time this week (I couldn't help but keep count, I'm a musician), she ditched me.

All I did was tell her that it hurt my feelings that she'd make plans with me and then drop them at a moment's notice, and she immediately came back at me with claws, accusing me of being manipulative and selfish, not caring what her feelings are, shit like that.

2 hours later I get a text from her, sent to the wrong person, saying "I'm at the tower, where are you?"

The last time something like this happened, I was getting cheated on. And that being the case, I can't bring myself to quiet my subconscious. It's going to convince me, whether it's true or not, that she's cheating on me, that I can't trust her, that I will only wind up disappointed. I can't keep dating her. I'm breaking up with her the next time I see her.
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Post by: Carl-E on 27 Mar 2013, 13:08
Before reading the last sentence, I was thinking, "trust your subconscious". 

Glad you're going to. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~

How much more does cheating get caught nowadays thanks to misdirected texts? 
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Post by: Patrick on 27 Mar 2013, 14:15
and meanwhile I think I'm going to lose my job and man nothing is gonna fucking go right in my life ever is it, I can stay happy 95% of the time but days like today are pretty hard to deal with

thank god I have bandmates who are better than brothers, i'm gonna go hang with one now

fuck today man, just fuck today
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Post by: Lines on 27 Mar 2013, 19:58


ARRRGGGHHH  Stop growing boobs.

As an English major I want to call myself out a moment, and to clarify: my boobs are growing, I am not growing extra boobs.  Sometimes that comma matters.   :psyduck:

I can sympathize with you on boobs that won't stop growing. I've gone up 3-ish cup sizes in the past few years. I just want them to stop growing!
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Post by: Carl-E on 27 Mar 2013, 20:02
Maybe you shouldn't rub them with fertilizer...

 :-D :roll:
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Post by: Black Sword on 28 Mar 2013, 07:53
I am so goddamned exhausted. I don't want to get up in the mornings to go to work, the very act of coming here fills me with anger, and just having to deal with this bullshit infuriates me more every damned day. by the time I get home, I'm so emotionally drained I don't want to finish my novel (just two bloody chapters to go, and it's been that way for a month) and I don't even have the energy to turn my resume into the self-aggrandizing bullshit US companies feed on.

It's six weeks after my review, so I had a "follow up" first thing this morning. Just the thing to set the mood! I had to self-flagellate myself and write a performance plan to show how I intended to meet the "objectives" they had set for me six weeks ago, when they dangled the promotion and raise I was due after all the hard work I've put in. Slightly out of chronological order, but on Tuesday I got sent an email criticizing my calm approach to a meeting as "disengaged and toxic," so you can imagine I was not and remain very unhappy. The performance plan was the first time I've absolutely hated something I've written. It still feels like poison seeping into my fingers, because so much of it is just distortions and me doing my best to avoid the fake enthusiasm they want me to show for every stupid idea they come up with. I cannot fake enthusiasm. Fake enthusiasm is not in my job requirements and worse, makes it harder for me to tell when I'm done with work and when I'm finally able to be myself and be at rest.

Performance plan was received well, which just made me even more cynical, but the clincher (expected for weeks) was that I did not get my due. Instead, it's something that they'll keep on considering, so I'm on probation because I'm not faking enthusiasm for what is a tedious, miserable affair. Oh, and they're going to give me even MORE work to do that's far above my pay grade and title.

I'm stuck here while one of my best friends spouts the miserable shit I have to deal with on a daily basis as things I have to do to get a new job. The words feel toxic, not because of intent, but because being able to see through all those veneers and see what the real deal is awful.
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Post by: Carl-E on 28 Mar 2013, 09:39
Finish that novel, then starrt a new one based on what you're telling us here. 


So many people will identify with it that it'll be an instant best-seller, and you can quit your job. 



Sorry, was it that obvious? 
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Post by: Asterus on 28 Mar 2013, 21:51
I spent about two hours wandering campus with 6 other people randomly writing basically "for the lulz". It was one of the most bracing things I've done in a while, and the resulting poem was one of the most natural works I've written in a long time ^.^
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Post by: Jace on 28 Mar 2013, 22:04
Something I had to ask myself today: Did I crack my hip a few weeks ago?
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Post by: Carl-E on 29 Mar 2013, 01:38
Meanwhile, my younger daughter seems to be going into an exacerbation - her legs have quit working entirely, she's completely wheelchair bound.  She's also leaking a bit through the night.  I'm worried about her breathing. 

The next appointment with the neurologist is on the 26th. 

Of April. 

Gonna try and move that one up.

So after calling every day this week, my wife finally got a call back from the neurologist.  She wants to see our daughter right away...

So we're now sitting in the Emergency room at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Again.  Because that's the quickest way in.  Just waiting for x-rays and MRI's.  Then they'll probably admit her. 

Thing is, this is all old hat now, and we're all relaxed and able to joke around with the staff.  it's like old home week. 

The couches in the waiting areas aren't any more comfortable than they used to be, though. 
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Post by: jwhouk on 29 Mar 2013, 03:14
(Shrug) Maybe Iggy will come visit you guys.
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Post by: Patrick on 29 Mar 2013, 14:27
Broke up with her. I give up. When I told my bandmates what was happening, the one said "Go with your gut, man," and the other agreed with me and said "Yeah, you should definitely break up." So I ended it.

She refused to see me or talk on the phone, so I had to do it via text. God. That feels so dirty. I never wanted that. I wanted to do it like a man, like a person of dignity, but I was left no choice. She robbed me of that and I almost feel like I'm less of a man for it. But I know I didn't have a choice and I know I did what I had to, even though it was hard.

Sad thing is, I'm already over her.
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Post by: Thrillho on 29 Mar 2013, 16:13
Well, you're either in denial or you're proving you made the right choice. Both options are good.
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Post by: Jimor on 29 Mar 2013, 17:51
Well drat, Patrick, but yeah, you deserve better, and I'm sure it will happen eventually. Also sorry you weren't able to make it to Autumn's show at Bottom of the Hill, but I understand how hard it is to get to shows without your own transport. Smallish crowd, but she really impressed the venue staff with her performance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jED9oGrGKrA), so here's hoping she gets other City gigs soon. If you want me to spread word around here of the places you've been working with, just let me know, let's try to hook something up!

In personal news, the local weekly newspaper has an article about my TV show (http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/not-ready-for-prime-time-players/content?oid=9422784), so word is spreading and we're getting some very nice attention as we start to gear up for shooting season 2!
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Post by: Bluesummers on 29 Mar 2013, 20:33
She refused to see me or talk on the phone, so I had to do it via text. God. That feels so dirty. I never wanted that. I wanted to do it like a man, like a person of dignity, but I was left no choice. She robbed me of that and I almost feel like I'm less of a man for it.

She forced your hand, don't beat yourself up over it.

Besides, at least you didn't pull a Phil Collins and ask for a divorce via fax. (http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20103623,00.html) :emotrex:
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 29 Mar 2013, 20:58
.....or Post-It note.


in all seriousness though, i will add that from what i've gathered from your posts, i'd say you made the right decision. it sucks that it had to end that way but i consider you the bigger person because you actually told her flat out that it wasn't working. she probably knew something along those lines but took the cowardly way out.
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Post by: Patrick on 29 Mar 2013, 21:39
Thanks. That's pretty much how I feel about it anyway, it's just not really very glorious. I don't like breakups as it is (who does) but it's not really necessary to make it harder than it has to be. Oh well. I had nothing to do today anyway.
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Mar 2013, 05:06
.....or Post-It note.

[/Carrie Bradshaw]
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 30 Mar 2013, 09:58
yeahhhhh, i just couldn't help myself.....


That definitely has to be one of the worst ways to break up with someone. Although a scene from HIMYM comes to mind when Ted breaks up with that girl on her answering machine. While her friends are in her apartment. Waiting to throw her a surprise birthday party.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 30 Mar 2013, 16:34
My aunt died today at 17.15. Several members of my family are now at war because he said, she said shit and bull that happened 20 fucking years ago. All of that while the body wasn't even cool, yet. Which is completely messed up. Spiteful e-mails and vicious phone rants are involved. I'm going to assume that people do weird things from grief. The alternative is that my family is comprised of idiots. Not ruling that out, though.
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Post by: pwhodges on 30 Mar 2013, 16:41
Our condolences to you.  I hope that you have some happy memories, so that you can be properly sad that she's gone.

I'm going to assume that people do weird things from grief.
This is not untypical.
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The alternative is that my family is comprised of idiots.
Sadly, this is common, too.  Just don't be one yourself, and you'll get through it fine in the end.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 30 Mar 2013, 16:43
Thank you.
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Mar 2013, 18:01
I'm going to assume that people do weird things from grief.

Yep.
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Post by: Welu on 01 Apr 2013, 15:10
A woman kissed me on the cheek in work today.
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Post by: Redball on 01 Apr 2013, 18:57
Did you deserve it?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Apr 2013, 18:59
I'm not sure if this is what you were referencing but it's what I pictured

(http://movies.radiofree.com/photos/pirates_of_the_caribbean_3_11786.jpg)
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Post by: Redball on 01 Apr 2013, 20:52
I've wondered for years what "Dook, me matey" means. The photo explains it, right?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Apr 2013, 21:08
Yes. Captain Jack Sparrow on the left there is making his famous 'dookadookadookadook' noise, which all of the ladies found irresistible.
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Post by: Carl-E on 02 Apr 2013, 01:37
So, they found the source of my daughter's headaches.  Did a spinal tap (they needed to test the spinal fluid for antibodies anyway), and found her fluid pressure's about twice normal level. 

It's called intercranial hypertension. 

She's sleeping well for the first time in several weeks. 

Now, if only they can do something about losing all control of her lower legs...
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Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Apr 2013, 02:42
I'm glad they figured it out! Do they know what causes it?
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Post by: nekowafer on 02 Apr 2013, 05:57
Yes. Captain Jack Sparrow on the left there is making his famous 'dookadookadookadook' noise, which all of the ladies found irresistible.

I may need to name my next ferret Jack.
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Post by: Boiled Dove on 02 Apr 2013, 09:02
So, they found the source of my daughter's headaches.  Did a spinal tap (they needed to test the spinal fluid for antibodies anyway), and found her fluid pressure's about twice normal level. 

It's called intercranial hypertension. 

She's sleeping well for the first time in several weeks. 

Now, if only they can do something about losing all control of her lower legs...

Yowza, glad they figured that out but spinal taps can be scary. I had one when I was a teen with spinal meningitis. Hopefully this will lead to answers about her legs.
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Post by: Welu on 02 Apr 2013, 09:17
Hopefully something can be done, Carl.

~ ~

I think the lady was a bit boozed up and over friendly. She reached for my hand so I assumed it was a handshake, which customers have done before, but she kind of grabbed my wrist and pulled me over.
I just laughed at it but it weirded me out a bit because bleh, physical contact, bleh.
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Post by: nekowafer on 02 Apr 2013, 10:02
bleh, physical contact, bleh.

I totally agree. Ew.

And Carl, yay for a diagnosis of sorts. I hope it gets better from here on out!
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Post by: Papersatan on 02 Apr 2013, 11:06
I know that since it was a lady kissing a lady people will down play it as innocent, but grabbing someone and kissing them against their will, particularly when they are in a service role and obligated not to stand up to you, is disgusting, and is assault.  I'm sorry that it happened to you.

Unrelated, I can't find an angle to hold my head which makes my professor's face clear.   I need new glasses. 
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Post by: mtmerrick on 02 Apr 2013, 11:14
Glad to see in not the only one with terrible eyesight. :P
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Post by: Welu on 02 Apr 2013, 13:50
I know that since it was a lady kissing a lady people will down play it as innocent, but grabbing someone and kissing them against their will, particularly when they are in a service role and obligated not to stand up to you, is disgusting, and is assault.  I'm sorry that it happened to you.

Thanks for saying this. I feel this way about it as well but like you said, people play it down as innocent and I was made to feel I was being over-dramatic. All I can do is be wary if she comes into the shop again but fortunately I don't think I'll need to worry since I'd never seen them before.

Related to glasses: I'm thinking of getting a second pair and I might go for a rimless pair.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 02 Apr 2013, 14:15
If you're at all hard on your glasses (like I am) go rimless. Glasses held together by screws fall apart really easily.
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Post by: Welu on 02 Apr 2013, 14:20
I went through so many screws glasses because I could get them for free while I was in school and my eyes deteriorated really quickly. I think I had to change glasses eight times since I was eleven before my eyes settled. So yeah, it wasn't worth splashing out for a nice pair till a couple years ago. I want rimless more to wear for costuming since contacts are expensive and I don't like wearing them. They're not uncomfortable, I'm just too used to my glasses.
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Post by: Carl-E on 02 Apr 2013, 14:21
Eyesight's a common topic in here, and I think I "won" the last round... I'm only correctable to about 20/45 or so, with 12 diopter lenses (well, OK, it's only 11.75 in one eye...). 

~~~~~~~

There are lots of causes for the spinal fluid thing - it's one of those mysterious systems of the body, there's actually very little understanding of where it comes from or where it goes.  They had done an eye test on her looking for it when we first came to the hospital, it's one place that it shows externally, but it wasn't showing there.  However, she was having some blurred vision around the edges and a runny nose - apparently the excess fluid has been leaking out around her eyes and into her sinuses. 

I'm hoping it's related to the autoimmune problems she's been having.  I'm also hoping they actually can figure out some kind of treatment that won't kill her...
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Post by: Thrillho on 02 Apr 2013, 14:26
I thought that once your body made its spinal fluid it was gone forever if they took it out?
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Post by: LTK on 02 Apr 2013, 14:45
Nah. It's just water with proteins in it, probably not all that different from blood plasma. It's produced by the choroid plexus in the ventricles of the brain. The choroid plexus has a similar function for CSF as the liver has for blood: filtration, transport, etcetera.

I must admit that I learned half of this from anatomy classes and the other half from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_fluid), so it's probably not as poorly understood as you think.
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Post by: Loki on 02 Apr 2013, 14:53
Totally unrelated, but a friend of mine has had the "blurry sight" thing recently. I hope it's not from the same cause :|

All the best to you and your family.
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Post by: Carl-E on 02 Apr 2013, 17:31
Thanks, all.  But basically we're in the same shit-go-round as we were three years ago when this all started.  Only now, there's really no hope of her getting any lost nervous function back.  It's a matter of making life possible with what's left. 

She is, however, an amazing young woman, and will take whatever she has and do wonderful things with it. 


For the newer people, here's a synopsis of what's going on from an old post in another thread;

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OK, here's the synopsis;

At 16, my daughter, a pole vaulter, runner, flag twirler in the band, and all around great kid, got a painful tingling in her feet one day that worked its way up her legs over the next week.  The emergency room was baffled.  When it hit her waist, she was shipped to Children's in Pittsburgh, where they thought it might be Guillain Barre (it wasn't) or transverse myelitis (it wasn't).  It got to her diaphragm and she nearly stopped breathing.  It hit one side of her face, and she looked like a stroke victim.  The best they could do was stabilize her, and after 6 1/2 weeks, she was sent home without a diagnosis, but with lots of expensive therapy so she could learn to walk, breathe, pee (with a catheter) and eat again.  We were referred to Johns Hopkins, where they said it was all in her head.  That place still leaves a bad taste in my mouth...

A few months later she was having trouble keeping food down, so we went to the gastro, who looked at the old MRI's... and spotted a tumor on her thyroid that everyone else had missed.  The thyroid was removed with all the surrounding lymph nodes (it was metastatic), and after a lot of hemming, hawing, and long hospital stays as more of her digestive system crapped out, it was finally determined (through an international conference call of over 30 world-famous neurologists) that her immune system was trying to kill the thyroid cancer - and instead, had put her entire nervous system under attack.  She wound up with a feeding tube, a wheelchair, a visit to the Mayo clinic to confirm this disease (called paraneoplastic syndrome, only about 100 - 150 cases anually worldwide).  She will have a lifetime of huge medical expenses.

She was prepping to go to the US Naval academy.  She wanted to study Marine Biology.  She was lucky to graduate high school - she can't handle college yet, and will probably never be able to work in any way. 

She's 19 now, 20 this summer.  Though she needed the wheelchair for distance, she could still walk some - on her toes, with crutches to stabilize her. 

With the current exacerbation, she can't even do that.  She's now got a life sentence to a chair.  Hell, she has "drop-foot" now, and will need to wear special braces on both legs to keep from damaging her own feet. 

And, as of this evening's conference with the neurologists, they still know nothing.  Most of the tests will take several weeks to complete.  If the cranial pressure doesn't stabilize, they may have to put a shunt in her head. 

Yay, brain surgery.  Just what she needed. 



It ain't House. 
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Post by: nekowafer on 02 Apr 2013, 17:52
I can't even begin to imagine how awful that is, for her and your family. I offer all the digital hugs I possess (it's a lot).
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Post by: Patrick on 02 Apr 2013, 18:06
Damn. I was just about to comment on your post about the spinal tap, making some wisecrack about how much I fucking hate that movie

Damn that got heavy quick, holy shit, I am so sorry
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Post by: Carl-E on 02 Apr 2013, 18:22
I'm sorry.  I don't usually dump like that.  I was petting her kitten, who's pissed off that her mistress has been gone for almost a week (OK, she's a grown cat now, but only weighs about 4 pounds) and I just... I dunno.  Everything I do seems like trivial bullshit most days.  All my problems - my back, my knees, my frustrations with my career and work and unemployment, the fact that we're behind on the mortgage again... it all takes a back seat. 

It has to. 


My only other social life is church based, and I'm not christian.  So the wonderful people there just always sound hollow when I talk to them.  All their platitudes and comfort mean nothing, compared to the digital support I get from you guys. 

Which is really pretty fucked up, when you think about it. 
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Post by: nekowafer on 02 Apr 2013, 18:24
I'm just glad you have some meaningful support, no matter where it comes from.
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Post by: Valdís on 02 Apr 2013, 18:41
Yeah, I didn't know any of that, Carl.. Heavy..

(I should make a Blót dedicated to her well-being and fortune. Eir would have to be a grade-A bitch to overlook it. <3 )
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Post by: Bluesummers on 02 Apr 2013, 20:03
All their platitudes and comfort mean nothing, compared to the digital support I get from you guys. 

Which is really pretty fucked up, when you think about it. 

No, what's fucked up is that they can't be more down-to-earth and actually REALLY listen to you like people here do. I've been there, they're really quite useless.

Not that this quite compares, but my wife has rheumatoid arthritis...she had to drop out of college twice for medical reasons, and can't work due to limited stamina.

The point of me mentioning this is because all of her friends, from high school, college and other places, abandoned her. They wouldn't give the time or effort to understand what she's going through. She found people online in auto-immune illness forums who help her cope, give supportive tips about daily life, converse about treatment options, etc.

I know that paraneoplastic syndrome is much more rare, but it's worth a try, if your daughter can use a computer, she can get some support through friends, even without ever seeing their faces (sound familiar?). She sounds like she has the drive, the willpower, to carry on. And that's what separates those who have given up, from those who refuse to let their condition define them. It is that which is most important.
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Post by: Redball on 02 Apr 2013, 20:13
Which is really pretty fucked up, when you think about it.
We might respectfully disagree.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 02 Apr 2013, 20:19
I much prefer my online life to my IRL one.

Also it is NOT a life sentence to a chair.  Get her a ReWalk and she'll be back on her feet, once she stabilizes.
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Post by: HappyHavoc on 02 Apr 2013, 20:27
Man school is crazy but fun at the same time.
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Post by: Patrick on 02 Apr 2013, 22:54
I much prefer my online life to my IRL one.

I'll be honest, a lot of times I feel the same way, and then I remember I haven't really decided that yet. I can have both, though.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 02 Apr 2013, 23:16
all of my lives suck to be honest

at what point do i become a rock star fucking hell
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Post by: Akima on 03 Apr 2013, 01:10
Which is really pretty fucked up, when you think about it.
I just feel inadequate that I can't really do anything to help.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 03 Apr 2013, 01:14
I hope everything works out for the best for you and your daughter. Best of luck.
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Post by: Welu on 03 Apr 2013, 05:11
Akima echoed my feelings.

It's good to have a support network of any kind.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 03 Apr 2013, 09:45
Also I feel like an asshole 'cause I'm ignoring you Carl but I don't relaly know what to say other that I'm sorry.
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Post by: Boiled Dove on 03 Apr 2013, 10:03
Damn Carl-E. I thought I knew frustration when it took about 6 months for them to find why my 17 year old was having seizures (small brain tumor) but that is nothing compared to what you and your family have been going through.

As a fellow parent I really feel for you, I've never experienced a feeling of helplessness like I did when they were unable to figure out what was going on and I'm sure you have been through the same thing, even worse. Yep, everything else seems like petty bullshit when confronted with such a situation, it does change your entire perspective.


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Post by: lepetitfromage on 03 Apr 2013, 11:02
 :cry:

*hug*

Thinking about you and your family and hoping for the best. I don't know how much it helps, but Nick had brain surgery when he was about her age and has been living with a shunt in his head for 10+ years. I'm so grateful for that little device...it's keeping him alive. I'm sure that doesn't make the idea of brain surgery any less terrifying but I guess my point was that while a shunt is invasive, if she needs it and it helps her, it will be worth it's weight in gold.
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Post by: Carl-E on 03 Apr 2013, 11:23
We're actually pretty familiar with shunts...

Her boyfriend, who she met at Children's, was suffering from the same problem.  He's had a shunt for three years, although due to some serious incompetencey, it's needed to be redone twice.  However, he's in pretty good shape, now. 

Re: Rewalker - I no longer have insurance, and medicare won't cover that.  They don't even cover a decent power chair (I'm not talking hoverrounds, here - we test drove one that tilts and elevates, letting her transfer in and out of bed and get things from the cupboards... we're looking at some outside funding fromo OVR for that). 

We're trying to figure out what's up with the eyes.  Her pressure measures twice normal - about 39 - 40 lbs, normal's 17 - 22.  At that pressure, she should be blind from the optic nerve being crushed. 

After the opthomologist, she's coming home while we wait for the other test results and the medication to work. 


I need to clean up a bit...
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Post by: Loki on 03 Apr 2013, 14:10
I. Um. Damn man.

I wish you the best.
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Post by: Patrick on 03 Apr 2013, 16:41
at what point do i become a rock star fucking hell

My fuckin thoughts to a T, bud.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 03 Apr 2013, 16:42
i think you're a little further along than i am, albaniaboy.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 03 Apr 2013, 16:43
alboynia
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Post by: Zingoleb on 03 Apr 2013, 16:43
actually let's just stick with albaniaboy
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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 00:08
Home.  Her eyesight's still mysteriously OK.  She tires easily.  The pressure medicine went in with the rest of the three hour course of medicine tonight. 

10 PM  - calcium, stomach pills, vicodin, birth control
12 midnight - amatryptalin, synthroid, vitamin C (all need to be away from the calcium)
1 AM - trazodone, benadryl, the new stuff (trazodone needs food, food needs kept away from synthroid), and hook up the formula pump to her feeding tube. 

That's my evening, every evening.  All the pills need ground, mixed with water into a slurry and injected into the feeding tube, she's not able to swallow most pills. 

Then I walk the dogs, and try to sleep. 

Goodnight. 
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 00:09
 :psyduck: da hell are the birth control pills for?
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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 00:26
Her thyroid was removed.  That's the master of all hormones.  The BC regulates her periods because her other hormones are so out of whack. 


Seriously, you do not want to be around a teenage girl going on the third week of her period...
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 00:28
Jesus I feel sorry for your life man  :psyduck:
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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 00:34
NO.     :x


You do not get that option. 


I am blessed in ways you'll never know.  My life is what it is; there are unfortunate aspects of it, but I'm in excellent health for a man my age, and have a loving family. 



And I sing.  And whistle.  And can still dance. 
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Post by: Papersatan on 04 Apr 2013, 00:38
And she probably doesn't want to have 3 week periods...

Seriously, I think period regulation is almost as common a use of BC as pregnancy prevention.

Also, I believe Carl said she had a boyfriend...  She may be in bad place a the moment, but given his descriptions of where she was prior to this flare up of problems, I would not assume she was not interested or capable of the things other girls her age do with their boyfriends...

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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 00:41
Yeah, she's promised to make me a grampa someday. 

Of course, she also has saddle anethesia - can't feel a thing from waist to mid thigh. 


Gonna make things interesting for them...
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Post by: Loki on 04 Apr 2013, 00:50
If you are easily disturbed by suggestions from strangers on the Internet about how your daughter can have better sex, don't read the spoiler.

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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 00:51
Well in that case she has a better social life than I do.

How the fuck did that happen.  :psyduck:

I'm glad you're handling everything as well as you are though. Color me impressed.

I hope for the best for both of you, knowing full well I would break in that sort of environment . (better?)
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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 01:19
You do what you have to do.  Things build up, and once in a while you look back and say, "How the fuck did I get here?", but you're already there, so... there you are. 
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Post by: Patrick on 04 Apr 2013, 04:20
i think you're a little further along than i am, albaniaboy.

I can hardly say the Albania thing's really such a part of why I play music. I choose to block the majority of the singing-on-live-television experience out of my memory as best I can. I have never felt so completely at the mercy of total strangers before or since, and I never intend to feel that way again. It's awful, completely fucking horrible, I'd sincerely rather be dead than ever feel that helpless again. I need to be in charge of my own fate, and if I'm not, I fucking melt down. I had a lot of great times but I have to make a very distinct partition for the different kinds of memories from that experience.

It'll be 4 years in July since my time on the show ended, and I still haven't decided whether or not the experience amounted to a net gain or loss. There's so many factors of both ends of the spectrum. Whatever I decide about the rest of it, I certainly learned a lot about myself.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 Apr 2013, 09:10
Auntie has been cremated. Done and dusted, so to speak. The usual suspects were completely shattered and broken. You know, these types of get-togethers ... never fun. Avoid, would not cremate again.

I might be irreverent but it's a long day, with loads of travelling and sadness and crying.
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Post by: Thrillho on 04 Apr 2013, 10:19
i think you're a little further along than i am, albaniaboy.

I can hardly say the Albania thing's really such a part of why I play music. I choose to block the majority of the singing-on-live-television experience out of my memory as best I can. I have never felt so completely at the mercy of total strangers before or since, and I never intend to feel that way again. It's awful, completely fucking horrible, I'd sincerely rather be dead than ever feel that helpless again. I need to be in charge of my own fate, and if I'm not, I fucking melt down. I had a lot of great times but I have to make a very distinct partition for the different kinds of memories from that experience.

It'll be 4 years in July since my time on the show ended, and I still haven't decided whether or not the experience amounted to a net gain or loss. There's so many factors of both ends of the spectrum. Whatever I decide about the rest of it, I certainly learned a lot about myself.

I either wasn't listening to you properly in '09 or I have no idea what the fuck you are talking about.
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Post by: Valdís on 04 Apr 2013, 10:28
I might be irreverent but it's a long day, with loads of travelling and sadness and crying.

Sorry to hear that, Beo.. So many hugs for this thread.

I should make a Blót dedicated to her well-being and fortune.

@Carl: Much love. Windy as all get-out though, so had no hope of keeping the candles lit for long (It also messed up the flowers). They were burning when I was speaking, at least. The bowl had a low-lying burn on top of the fish I chose for sacrifice (Marine Biology interest). Can't really see it well. Put some Dry-moss on it to help the fire stay alive.

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Feel free to take it as just another hollow platitude, but, like I said in the private message: Infinity hugs. :-)
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 10:36
That's an excellent service, and that's coming from an atheist. I would not mind having a funeral like that at all.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Apr 2013, 11:54
mtmerrick, I might have misunderstood your post, but you might have misunderstood Valdis's - I believe the photos were of the Blót (can you tell us more about that?) which was for Carl's daughter, not for Beo's aunt's funeral.
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Post by: Welu on 04 Apr 2013, 13:36
The Blót looks interesting.

~ ~

Dear Blogothread,

A person in between the level of acquaintance/friend has been messaging me and asking me to look at a dress she bought to make sure it's okay for my birthday party and saying she wants to order some stuff for it. This is because I said it might be fun to have a fancy dress/masquerade type theme under the logic most people have some formal thing in their closet they never get to wear. Although her sort of pushiness makes me want to just have a movie night. Also some of my friends don't have formal things or things that are nice but are worried aren't nice enough.
Last year I had a Batman themed costume party, even convinced people to go into town dressed up. It was great fun but it seems I set up a standard since the rest of parties for the year were dress-up or some other theme.

I just want people to dress up in pretty things and drink alcohol if they desire and have fun.  :meh:
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 14:59
mtmerrick, I might have misunderstood your post, but you might have misunderstood Valdis's - I believe the photos were of the Blót (can you tell us more about that?) which was for Carl's daughter, not for Beo's aunt's funeral.
well I did misinterpret that pretty bad then. >_< my fail. I blame wikipedia. 

Seriously though, the blót looks awesome.
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Post by: Valdís on 04 Apr 2013, 16:21
I believe the photos were of the Blót (can you tell us more about that?) which was for Carl's daughter, not for Beo's aunt's funeral.

Yeah, it was for her. Wrote the post after getting back from it, naturally. Set things up, lit the candles and sacrifice. Said my words. After giving blood to the flame I poured out half a bottle of wheat-beer. Then I had a snack and drank the rest. :wink:

I also encountered a deer on my way there. She ran off right quick.

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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 18:09
Feel free to take it as just another hollow platitude, but, like I said in the private message: Infinity hugs. :-)


Wow.  Thank you, Valdis.  That was really very moving.  I had no idea what was involved.  I'll show her. 


Oh, and I know you didn't know this, but she's wanted to be a marine biologist since she knew what the words meant...

I also encountered a deer on my way there. She ran off right quick.

Probably the smell of blood and burning fish...

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Tregul the Bandage-Kitty says hi!

Hi, Tregul! 
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Post by: Valdís on 04 Apr 2013, 18:19
Wow.  Thank you, Valdis.  That was really very moving.  I had no idea what was involved.  I'll show her.

Oh, and I know you didn't know this, but she's wanted to be a marine biologist since she knew what the words meant...

Aw, thank you too. The place with "[her]/[henne]" really said her name. <3

Hopefully she won't be mad at me for burning a fish! :lol:

Probably the smell of blood and burning fish...

Of course, staples of the Deer diet! :psyduck:
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 18:22
ever since i learned of the Horrible Chinese River Deer i have not been able to look at any type of deer/deer-like-thing the same.
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Post by: Valdís on 04 Apr 2013, 18:34
"The water deer (Hydropotes inermis), also known as the vampire deer, is a small deer superficially more similar to a musk deer than a true deer. Despite its lack of antlers and certain other anatomical anomalies—including a pair of prominent tusks (downward-pointing canine teeth), it is classified as a cervid."

(http://www.azdrybones.com/images/Chinese-Water-DeerMale.jpg)

WHAT THE

I WAS JOKING

(They're still herbivores, though. Those are for fights, they don't grow antlers. They're still adowabul! (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Shammy.jpg))
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Post by: jwhouk on 04 Apr 2013, 18:43
Random thought based on Deer: On the morning of the 28th, I was driving home from work via the "alternate" route - a two-lane rural highway that is essentially a country road. I reach this one point, near where you turn to go to the airport, and that's when I see them.

16 deer, all bounding out of the woods on the one side, leaping over a fence and running fast and furious for the other side - where another fence and a smaller patch of woods are.

The first group was about a dozen or so, and were over the road so fast I didn't realize I had come to a complete stop. The second group I had to wait to cross in front of me.

It was the weirdest thing I'd ever seen when it came to deer and roads.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 18:45
Will you ever look at bambi the same way now though,  Valdís?
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Post by: nekowafer on 04 Apr 2013, 19:01
Um yeah when I was practicing driving a couple of weeks ago, in a large parking lot, there were a ton of deer hanging around. Like 20. I had to stop (far too quickly, of course) and wait for them to go away before I could continue.
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Post by: Valdís on 04 Apr 2013, 19:05
Will you ever look at bambi the same way now though,  Valdís?

Of course. Didn't you see that link? Ohmigosh!
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 19:12
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/04/01/article-1166367-04379086000005DC-172_468x350.jpg)

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The majority of the current population of Chinese water deer in Britain derives from escapees, with the remainder being descended from a number of deliberate releases. Many of these animals still reside close to Woburn Abbey.
The main area of distribution is from Woburn, east into Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex, and south towards Whipsnade.
There have been small colonies reported in other areas.

The British Deer Society coordinated a survey of wild deer in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2007 and noted the Chinese water deer as "notably increasing its range" since the last census in 2000.

There are currently small, highly localized feral populations



Link for those who want to be traumatized:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1166367/Fanged-deer-savages-dogs--April-Fool-joke.html
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Post by: Valdís on 04 Apr 2013, 19:26
Them being "Feral" means they were brought over by humans, but have entered the wild. Not that they're going zombie. Look at the chaos caused by introducing commonplace species from Europe to places like Australia/NZ (and everywhere else, but it's easier to see rapid changes there).

Also it doesn't matter what they say in the headline, gonna have to need an example that's A) Not on April Fool's, and B) Not from the Daily Mail.  :roll:

Not that dogs aren't often caught up with wild animals, of course.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 19:34
They're demons i tell you! demons! xD
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Post by: Zingoleb on 04 Apr 2013, 20:21
I almost used an 'xD' emoticon the other day

i managed to stop myself right beforehand, else i might have killed myself out of shame.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 20:24
what's shameful about an xD?  :psyduck:
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Post by: Zingoleb on 04 Apr 2013, 20:41
bitter memories of the internet and my prepubescence mostly
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 21:01
well i can understand not wanting to remember your childhoood.... >_>
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Post by: Carl-E on 04 Apr 2013, 22:06
I prefer XP, because it's both an emoticon and an operating system. 
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Post by: mtmerrick on 04 Apr 2013, 23:44
I still have to use XP at work. When you're living on 7 and Jellybean, XP sucks.
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Post by: Thrillho on 05 Apr 2013, 04:31
The place I worked at a year ago was still using Windows 2000 for fuck's sake. I couldn't believe it.
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Post by: nekowafer on 05 Apr 2013, 05:13
Uh yeah I only just recently got XP at work, having had 2000 for the longest time. I had to fight for it, too, even though my whole team had it - and I'm the best one here, with computers. It was annoying. We only just recently got Outlook/Word/Excel 2007.
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Post by: Boiled Dove on 05 Apr 2013, 06:18
I kept the people in our company on XP for a long time for two reasons. First I wanted to be able to completely skip Vista, and I was able to accomplish this. Second I was also in the middle of changing the ERP just as 7 was seeming solid enough to be an option. Once the ERP conversion was done and we were on a version that supported 7 we began to upgrade as machines needed to be replaced. We still have several XP machines around, mostly in the warehouses and back of the retail locations.

I think one of the worst things they do to kids in college is make them used to the newest technologies so that is what they think the world is. They are shocked when they get out into the business world and find they need to support legacy systems that run on older technologies. Sometimes there is just not a decent ROI to justify the pain of converting systems and re training all of your personell when what you have in place works.
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Post by: jwhouk on 05 Apr 2013, 09:50
We're still (technically) on XP. There's supposed to be a department-wide switchover to 7 in the next few months, as XP's support is going by the wayside.  However, AFAIK, there is only one computer on grounds that's available to staff that is running 7.

As a bonus, though, I do have a free* copy of Office 13 that I can order for download if I so choose because of MS's Home User Program.

(* - It's actually not entirely free, as there is a cost for handling, and if you want a physical DVD you have to pay a bit.)
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Post by: pwhodges on 05 Apr 2013, 10:03
I have now moved over half my people onto win7 x64, which even our oldest desktops handle - I just upped them from 1GB to 4GB. We've all had Office 2010 for ages, but Exchange is still 2003.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 05 Apr 2013, 10:45
We're using 7 at work but I have XP on my home computer. But....it's kind of in dire need of an upgrade anyway, so I'll probably just do that after I buy all my new shiz.
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Post by: jwhouk on 05 Apr 2013, 11:21
Pretty much what happened to me. Old GW finally started to have issues at startup, and I switched to 7.

About two weeks before MS dropped 8.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 Apr 2013, 11:44
I have now moved over half my people onto win7 x64, which even our oldest desktops handle - I just upped them from 1GB to 4GB. We've all had Office 2010 for ages, but Exchange is still 2003.
this is confusing. What OS were they originally running? XP? XP 64? vista? It sounds like XP or vista 32,but that wouldn't make any sense, because if you loaded W7x64 on there, that means it's a 64 bit chip, and that means you'd be able to have more ram. Very few vista 64 machines speed with 1GB of RAM, nearly all came with 2, because vista was such a ram hog.

So really the only thing that wild make sense here is for those PCs to be originally XP 64 Pro. except that was one of the rarest OSes ever  :psyduck:
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Post by: idontunderstand on 05 Apr 2013, 13:34
I hate going to parties where I don't know anybody and the people I do know seem to have forgotten I'm there at all. Bastards. They probably won't even notice I left.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 Apr 2013, 14:22
They probably wouldn't. So why are you still there, if you hate the situation so much?
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 05 Apr 2013, 14:38
I thought he already had.
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Post by: pwhodges on 05 Apr 2013, 14:53
So really the only thing that wild make sense here is for those PCs to be originally XP 64 Pro. except that was one of the rarest OSes ever  :psyduck:

No, they were ordinary XP (on Dell Optiplex 745 and later); chips have been 64-bit capable for much longer than people have used it.  And when I say "upgrade" I mean "format and do a new install".  I have not had Vista on a single machine, work or home.

As for XP-64, I used to run that on my home desktop and was very happy with it. I only moved to 7 x64 when I had a stupid problem with one of my main audio programs - a new update needed XP SP3 - but the equivalent in the 64-bit version was SP2, which had the same facilities, but the program rejected it for having the wrong number...
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Post by: Valdís on 05 Apr 2013, 15:27
OMG YOU GUYS TREGUL WAS VICIOUSLY SHOT DEAD BY A SHOWER

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gods' speed bygul ;_;7

(Yes, this is definitely what one should be doing the night before a national pre-University test. :angel: )
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 Apr 2013, 15:56
Good luck with your test  :psyduck:
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Post by: Welu on 05 Apr 2013, 16:04
The old tills in work, which were changed last year, ran on Windows 95.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 Apr 2013, 16:19
*tries to imagine running Revit on a Windows 95 machine*

Ye gods o__O
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Post by: Akima on 05 Apr 2013, 16:25
They are shocked when they get out into the business world and find they need to support legacy systems that run on older technologies. Sometimes there is just not a decent ROI to justify the pain of converting systems and re training all of your personell when what you have in place works.
Heh... Tell me about it. I've had to support some horrible old dusty decks (http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/D/dusty-deck.html), especially in my first job after leaving uni.
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Post by: jwhouk on 05 Apr 2013, 18:35
I still miss my old Mac SE.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 06 Apr 2013, 00:03
I thought he already had.

Yup. It seems they actually didn't notice. And I didn't hate it, it was just kind of boring and I was too tired anyway so..
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Post by: Valdís on 06 Apr 2013, 01:14
Fun to start out the day triple-signing 8 documents in my old name for bureaucracy. Here for most of the day. On break atm.

Edit: ghggrhk My brain does not like having to keep up with 23 pages of math in 50 minutes.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Apr 2013, 07:21
idu, I came to the conclusion fairly recently that most parties suck, and I don't have to go to them. My life got much more pleasant at that point. The reason they didn't notice you were gone was possibly that their observational skills were drowned out by their inner monologue about how the party wasn't that great and maybe they should leave but people might notice and think badly of them so better stay and chat to this really boring drunk person some more.
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Post by: snalin on 06 Apr 2013, 07:52
Oh man, parties that's not really about anything can really suck, and I do tend to leave if nobody's talking about anything interesting. Beer and board games, on the other hand...

Bloggy thread; I just played Magic the Gathering for the first time about a week ago. Learned the rules, participated in a draft, that kind of stuff. And... It's not that great? I mean, the game is pretty good, but the endless stack of counters and effects are just complex, not terribly interesting. I'll probably do some more drafts - probably never going to play constructed seriously (you can lose against someone because they spent more money than you. I stay away from that on principle), but the drafts can be fun, and there seems to be some cool communities around the game.

I'd still prefer to just find a group to play Dominion with on a regular basis.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Apr 2013, 09:41
the parties i've been to are less beer and board games and more lsd, kmfdm, and shibari.

which is actually p. weird given how many of my friends are beer snobs and play board games
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Post by: mtmerrick on 06 Apr 2013, 12:48
I've been to like, 2 real parties ever. They're not all that bad if they're people you like and you don't stay overly long.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 06 Apr 2013, 13:31
So I just wasted an hour reading the Jargon File. Again.
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Post by: Welu on 06 Apr 2013, 15:48
I thought I got semi-banned from the forums because I couldn't see any of the Other Fun Things forums but I just shrunk the menu by accident.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 07 Apr 2013, 00:18
I don't want to say it, but having a girlfriend who doesn't like parties is an excellent reason (and excuse) to leave early. I really should bring her with me more often.
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Post by: Welu on 07 Apr 2013, 04:56
Same for if the partner doesn't drink alcohol and you don't feel like drinking.
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Post by: Loki on 07 Apr 2013, 06:14
This has the drawback that your friends might see your partner as the "joykiller" whenever you bring her/him over, and your partner isn't going to like that in return.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 07 Apr 2013, 06:17
By far the best option that isn't going to unintentionally get your friend or partners labeled as a killjoy is to simply learn to say no, and learn how to leave early on your own. It really really is the absolute best thing you can do. A bit of an explanation to your close friends who are regulars at these affairs may be a good idea as well.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 07:29
Hey guys, I think I'll go back to posting on this forum again. Just popped in for a sec and realised how many people I know here who I don't have much contact with elsewhere, so yeah, good to be back!
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Post by: Valdís on 07 Apr 2013, 07:37
Ooh! Hejsan! Welcome back, I'm kinda new!  :-D
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Post by: celticgeek on 07 Apr 2013, 07:44
Welcome back, Metope!
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Post by: pwhodges on 07 Apr 2013, 08:25
Hi Kris - glad you remember us!
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Post by: Papersatan on 07 Apr 2013, 09:03
Hi blog thread,

Here is a list of things I did last night.

Hosted a bar night for my program in my city which 14 people came to (an AMAZING turnout).

Got very drunk.

While very drunk:
   bought a new domain name (pubestache.com is mine fuckers....)

   started a Facebook group for women in my program (which now has 85 members and a ton of "omg, this is a great idea!! posts on it)

   went off on someone about how casual comments about how you should lose weight, and how it is your own fault you are unhappy, because you let yourself gain weight are unhealthy, unproductive and offensive.  This is sure to have added to my reputation as a bitch, but I promised myself I would start pointing it out when people did it , instead of just letting everyone all the time imply that my accomplishments and joys come with an asterisk because I am fat.   


I am amazingly awake before noon, with only a little headache. 
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Post by: Loki on 07 Apr 2013, 09:18
Heads-up: one could get your personal information by reverse-checking the domain name (well, not now yet, as the registration seems to not have propagated to all lookup engines, but soon enough).

Edit: 666th post. Awwyeah.
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Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 09:42
Aww thanks all, I feel welcome already. In bloggy news, I just came back home from seeing my boyfriend in Seattle, feeling a bit melancholic since I won't get to see him for 4 months. I'm going back for almost 7 weeks in July - Sept. though, so I'm looking forward to that. Also, the jetlag has turned me into a morning person somehow. Been up at 6am every day lately, it's actually quite nice!
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Apr 2013, 09:50
Welcome back Kris! How was Seattle? I'm moving there in about three weeks.
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Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 10:00
Really? So jealous! Seattle is amazing, I fell completely in love with it, especially Freemont and Ballard. If everything goes right with this boy (which it looks like it is), I might be moving there myself sometime in the future. Not anytime soon though, I still have a year left of my degree in Glasgow.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Apr 2013, 10:11
I loved it, too. I only lived there for a few months - I was actually living mostly in Olympia, which is where I'm going back to again.

Love Seattle, love it, love it. So much music and so many queers. I can't wait to go back. I hear summer's on a Tuesday this year.
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Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 10:19
Funny, I went to Olympia too! That's where my boyfriend used to live, and his parents live there. It was really nice, I can't wait to go back in summer as well when it's warmer out. Plus, Old School Pizza has the best pizza I've ever had in the states, if I lived in Olympia I'd go there all the time.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 07 Apr 2013, 10:29
Hi Metope! I don't think I knew you when you were first here, but welcome back. :)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Apr 2013, 10:31
Old School is great! I love how '80s it is in there. They toss out all their pizza at the end of the day, and I don't know how many times I've eaten out of their dumpster. Did you see their bathroom with the floor to ceiling graffiti?
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Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 10:59
Dammit, I didn't! We just went there briefly one day when it was nice out, and then we walked around taking photos. At one point we were in a huge, empty parking lot (on foot) and a police officer came over and chased us away, saying we were trespassing on private property. In what kind of country can you not be on some random parking lot? America is weird!
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Apr 2013, 11:06
You literally can't see the walls - it's just covered in shit people have painted/written, all the way up to the ceiling - which, despite being fifteen feet up, is also covered in it.

Did you by any chance get to see Burial Grounds? It's probably my favourite coffee house ever, and it's like, a block up from Old School. (Though, let's face it, in downtown Oly, everything is a block away.)
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Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 11:08
No I didn't go there. My boyfriend doesn't drink coffee, so he's more likely to know the good food places over the good coffee places, and I just went where he took me this time around. I actually didn't have coffee in Seattle even once, some people would call that blasphemy. I'll definitely check it out next time though!
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Apr 2013, 11:12
Maybe we could meet up next time you're there! That would be pretty cool, I think.
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Post by: Metope on 07 Apr 2013, 11:14
Yeah, I'm all up for that! I'll be in the area in August, not sure when I'll be in Olympia specifically, but I'm sure we can work something out.
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Post by: Papersatan on 07 Apr 2013, 21:49
So when I was drunk last night I started a Facebook group for the women in my grad program, and do far is it taking off!  It has almost 200 members at this point and the feed is a pleasant combination of comedic images/meme offs, interesting links to articles related to women in our field, and important discussions about issues. 

Issue no. 1, who gets to be a member of the group, went better than I could have hoped.  I was drunk when I made the group and proud of my clever name and so the description was simple "for the ladies of...." and directions on pronouncing the group name.  Someone raised the point that they did not consider themselves to be a 'lady' and wanted to know if they were still welcome.  Maybe because the group is less than 24 hours old and I am the only admin people behaved better than they would have otherwise, but I was happy that the discussion stayed pleasant and welcoming.  (My clarification was that the group is for anyone who is not a life long beneficiary of male-privilege, so anyone who identifies as female, was formerly identified by others as a female, or simply does not identify as male is welcome. Everyone seemed to be on-board with it.)

 I am really excited that this could be a good space and that it could lead to a non-Facebook based group that can hold talks and what not on some of what I think are the important issues that my program is ignoring. 
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Post by: Carl-E on 07 Apr 2013, 22:23
Yay, spring!  Crocuses on my dogwalk...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8261/8630852154_8392a4072e_m.jpg)

And since we missed Easter at the hospital, we had easter dinner tonight - ham, asparagus and new potatoes. 


And bunny cake. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8630851204_d68566c2a5.jpg)
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Post by: Papersatan on 07 Apr 2013, 22:27
eeeeeee bunny cake!
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Post by: mtmerrick on 07 Apr 2013, 22:29
Please tell me you ate the ears first  :psyduck:
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Post by: Loki on 07 Apr 2013, 23:19
Neato. What kind of cake is this?

And [email protected]
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Post by: Patrick on 08 Apr 2013, 02:20
Kris, it's a pleasure seeing you back again!

Dear blag,

The ex-lady has been pestering me for an explanation on why I broke up with her, and after plenty of putting it off, I finally relented. Given the way things have gone with it so far, I wasn't really expecting it to go over too well, and I was right. Spent all morning fighting with her, it was awful. I hate fighting so much. But it was over by early afternoon, save for one outburst from her later in the day. By that point, my day had already been made awesome again by band practice followed by dinner with Matt, his family, and some of their friends, so fuck it.

I gotta work on figuring out how to avoid such ugly breakups, though. It's something of a theme with me. I've had a few that went well, and a lot that went horribly. And I know fully well that I'm the least common denominator and that I should be paying closer attention to my part in these things. I just sincerely have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

And people wonder why I spent over 18 months out of relationships and never wanted to date again... they're hard work, and that shit just ain't something I wanna spend mental energy on.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 08 Apr 2013, 05:26
I watched a bunch of Doctor Who last night, a couple of the time-travel-heavy episodes, and when I woke up I didn't think I was real so I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep for half an hour. Then I ended up leaving the house wearing orange moccasins instead of office shoes. And then there were accidents on the highway so I got to work 40 minutes late. Here's hoping the day/week only improves...
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Post by: Carl-E on 08 Apr 2013, 08:22
Of course the ears go first! 

It's just a (vanilla) white cake, with vanilla frosting and coconut dyed and pressed onto the frosting for fur.  Jellybean eyes & nose, of course.  It's made with two rounds, when you cut the ears out of one of them, the bowtie remains.  Been making the same damn cake every easter for over 20 years...
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Post by: celticgeek on 08 Apr 2013, 08:24
That is a great bunny cake!
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Post by: pwhodges on 08 Apr 2013, 10:05
Oh, and Margaret Thatcher died.  I hated her politics, and feel that she caused lasting damage to the UK; but she had become a sad old woman in the end, so may she rest in peace.

(edit) Oops![/i] (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/conservatives-outraged-over-cnn-photo-of-thatcher-with-pedophile-jimmy-savile/)
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Post by: mtmerrick on 08 Apr 2013, 14:06
xD that's priceless.

I am on the phone in a fruitless effort to try and get us a bigger recycling bin, because we always fill ours to the brim.

The worst part of being on hold is the horrible music/ads/automated messages they play.
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Post by: Akima on 08 Apr 2013, 16:30
My recycling bin is a 240 litre wheelie-bin (http://www.shreddersdirect.com.au/img/cms/Wheelie%20Bin%20Schematic.jpg). If I were homeless, I reckon I could use it as a house. It takes me weeks to fill the thing, and I tried to get the council to swap if for a smaller one, with a similar lack of success.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 08 Apr 2013, 17:02
Heh, finally got it figured out. They'll be dropping off the bigger one on Friday. 
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Post by: jwhouk on 08 Apr 2013, 17:32
My recycling bin is a 240 litre wheelie-bin (http://www.shreddersdirect.com.au/img/cms/Wheelie%20Bin%20Schematic.jpg). If I were homeless, I reckon I could use it as a house. It takes me weeks to fill the thing, and I tried to get the council to swap if for a smaller one, with a similar lack of success.

If you're thinking of that as a potential house... you've got to be smaller than my great aunt.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 08 Apr 2013, 18:30
wait a sec... *does some quick calculations*

240 liters = 63.4 Gal. we have a 64 Gal, and are trading up to a 96 Gal. You must live alone or something to make that little garbage.  :psyduck:

(http://wmnorthwest.com/images/cartbanner1020356496g.jpg)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Apr 2013, 19:10
well, it was a recycling bin, not a garbage bin, for starters...
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Post by: Akima on 08 Apr 2013, 20:53
240 liters = 63.4 Gal. we have a 64 Gal, and are trading up to a 96 Gal. You must live alone or something to make that little garbage.  :psyduck:
I thought you said recycling? In our municipality each household has three bins (blocks of flats are slightly different). We have one 140 litre wheelie-bin with a red lid for garbage (material not eligible for recycling), one 240 litre with a yellow lid for recycling (glass bottles, cans, cardboard, paper, some plastic containers), and one 240 litre with a green lid for vegetable/garden waste (brought in after the state government banned backyard burning in bonfires or incinerators back in the '80s). We put the garbage bin out once a week, perhaps half-full. The recycling takes weeks to fill. The vegetation bin goes out very occasionally, because we compost. We do seem to produce less rubbish and recycling than our neighbours, but I am not sure why. I assume it is because our diet is different.

OK, so I was exaggerating a bit about living in the recycling bin :-P, but I was comparing it with the canonical homeless person's cardboard-box rather than a real house. I am 160cm tall (just under 5'3") and Evelyn is... um... more robustly build.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 08 Apr 2013, 21:21
we have the same, except our colors are brown for garbage, green for organic waste, and gray for recycling. the trash trucks come every friday at far-too-early o'clock.

we have, if i'm not mistaken, a 64 Gal green bin, a 64 Gal recycling, and a 96 Gal garbage bin. the green bin rarely gets touched, and at the end of the week the garbage bin is at about 50-70%, depends on what we did that week. but the recycling is filled up nearly every to the brim every week, so we got a bigger one.
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Post by: Jace on 08 Apr 2013, 21:53
Today (the 9th of April) is my and my lady's 3rd year of dating together. Yesterday (the 8th, but still technically today for me as its only an hour past midnight) we went out for dinner and I bought her flowers.

While at dinner my card was declined and it turns out that paypal took out an extra $345 for the rattan order I did on Friday. I'll be getting it back tomorrow probably (I called with a very wtf tone in my voice) and so it will be okay, but it was still a bit jarring to see my checking account at zero dollars when I thought it should be around $250.
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Post by: pwhodges on 08 Apr 2013, 23:27
My wife and I generate considerably more recycling than rubbish (garbage).  We compost, but use the council garden waste bin for pernicious weeds, because they compost at higher temperatures which can destroy them (branches and twigs we shred for mulch); we also have a small council bin for non-compostible food waste (non-vegetable and cooked), to reduce the attractiveness of the compost heap to rats.
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Post by: pwhodges on 08 Apr 2013, 23:33
t turns out that paypal took out an extra $345 for the rattan order I did on Friday. I'll be getting it back tomorrow probably (I called with a very wtf tone in my voice) and so it will be okay, but it was still a bit jarring to see my checking account at zero dollars when I thought it should be around $250.

I had a time when a sales website kept crashing mid-transaction - and I found that PayPal had "reserved" the amount in my account each time; it wasn't taken, but became unavailable.  I did wonder how it could have been done without, and whether full-on crashproof transaction programming is practical through a browser; at the least, the banks would have to cooperate a lot, I guess.  (It's not a field of programming I know much about.)
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Post by: mtmerrick on 09 Apr 2013, 00:20
Just had a horrible 45 minute screaming fest with my parents...

My dad's an idiot but my mom's just mental....

God I hate them. If be out of there if I didn't need them for college tuition....
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Post by: snalin on 09 Apr 2013, 02:18
One of the blackboards in the computer labs here at uni has this text on it:¨

"Adun toridas
En taro Adun
En taro Tassadar
My life for Aiur"

<3
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Post by: Metope on 09 Apr 2013, 11:54
Today we got free cake at school, tomorrow BBC will be filming in our studio. The glamorous life of art students!
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Post by: Asterus on 09 Apr 2013, 13:51
One of the blackboards in the computer labs here at uni has this text on it:¨

"Adun toridas
En taro Adun
En taro Tassadar
My life for Aiur"

<3

Keep an eye out for trouble in that lab, on the off chance it will ever be appropriate for you to then write "YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL PYLONS!" next to a computer that won't start.
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Post by: pwhodges on 09 Apr 2013, 15:06
In 1968, we were four; students - Michael, me, Peter and Steve (this photo has become famous because of two of the people in it):

(http://cassland.org/album/OUTRS/slides/All.jpg)

Seventeen years ago the most famous of us died (Michael Gerzon, on the left behind me), so then we were three.  Here we are in 2011 at my 65th birthday party.  Me, Steve and Peter Craven (the other famous one):

(http://cassland.org/images/OUTRS-2011.jpg)

Yesterday Steve died.  He had been suffering from cancer since 2007, and had 11 operations; but he lived with a supportive family, and spent less than two days in hospital at the end.  So now we are two.

RIP Steve Thornton.
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Post by: Valdís on 09 Apr 2013, 15:30
Yesterday Steve died.  He had been suffering from cancer since 2007, and had 11 operations; but he lived with a supportive family, and spent less than two days in hospital at the end.  So now we are two.

RIP Steve Thornton.

I'm sorry to hear that, Paul.. Condolences and hugs.
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Post by: Akima on 09 Apr 2013, 16:28
My sympathies too.

I had not heard of Michael Gerzon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gerzon), so I googled him. He died as a consequence of an asthma attack. It is shocking that this still happens. In 1995 Teresa Teng (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Teng) (adored by millions in the "Sinosphere", including me), died at 42 after an asthma attack. Asthma sucks. Cancer too. Support medical research!
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Post by: CardinalFang on 09 Apr 2013, 18:19
Hey guys, I think I'll go back to posting on this forum again. Just popped in for a sec and realised how many people I know here who I don't have much contact with elsewhere, so yeah, good to be back!

Great, another reason to check in here. Geez!

I kid of course.

Wait, wasn't I supposed to start posting more or something?
Hmm according to a post back in January I was.
I need to start working on that I suppose.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 09 Apr 2013, 18:53
Yeah I'm sort of back as well. It might be a while before I start really posting regularly because I don't like butting in on already established conversations but there you are.

Man I am freaking out about this stupid competition my band is in. For context, I've been the vocalist for a black metal band for the last few years and now that we have a long term lineup we’re starting to become more active. One of the things we're doing is trying to get the support slot for Cradle of Filth when they tour Australia next month. It's through facebook and based on getting people to vote for ore you. I'm getting pretty frustrated with It because we're doing really well considering we're such a small band with such a small following but I'm no sure that we're likely to win as some of the he other bands (who suck btw) just have more friends than we do. I'm also really concerned that I am annoying everyone. I've been putting this all over facebook and twitter for like two weeks and the he red another two weeks to go and man, if I'm getting the shits with posting it then I can only imagine how other people feel about having to read it. I also feel like I'm the only one doing anything with this because the other guys in the band aren't really doing anything to help promote this and I reckon we could actually win if they put more effort in.

Anyway in the name of not being manipulative, please vote for Isgahaatt under the Sydney tab. It would be pretty huge.  http://bit.ly/cradle_of_filth_voting
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Post by: Castlerook on 09 Apr 2013, 19:50
So this morning there was an accident that happened right outside my window, in which three cars were totalled, the cops and fire brigade were called out, sirens and everything and remained for at least an hour, resulting in the road being closed for over an hour. The three wrecked cars were taken away by a supposedly loud tow-truck.

I slept through it. All of it.

I am an incredibly heavy sleeper, though according to my father and sister, not even the dead sleep as heavily as I do...
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Post by: Zingoleb on 09 Apr 2013, 20:19
Hey guys, I think I'll go back to posting on this forum again. Just popped in for a sec and realised how many people I know here who I don't have much contact with elsewhere, so yeah, good to be back!

Great, another reason to check in here. Geez!

I kid of course.

Wait, wasn't I supposed to start posting more or something?
Hmm according to a post back in January I was.
I need to start working on that I suppose.

well, you always were a prolific poster

(eric, right?)
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Post by: Valdís on 09 Apr 2013, 21:04
Brain-dump time right before sleep!

When Gareth mentioned the city of Preston over in the Relationship thread I was reminded of a short story I was writing when I was like.. 15 or so? Coincidentally it took place in Preston.. or at least a fictional in-my-head version of it, since I hadn't the faintest idea what it was like. Picked something in northern England. Probably because I wanted to write it in English.

Essentially it focused on a girl trapped in a medical institution for all her life, with only the faintest idea of humanity. Although she manages to get away from there for a time in the end she dies without rectification and after the loss of the people taking her in. I've lost the old file I wrote it in, but I did find my old notebook. Later I made a sort-of continuation about that alternative world where it followed an amoral researcher traveling through war-torn eastern Europe (related: those post-it notes).

(Note: I don't really take regular notes. A lot of the time I draw pictures or find little sayings that'll remind me of a mood I wanted to convey.)

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Hurray for memories more to do with terrible teenage writing. Fun to still have stuff like this. :angel:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 09 Apr 2013, 22:15
t turns out that paypal took out an extra $345 for the rattan order I did on Friday. I'll be getting it back tomorrow probably (I called with a very wtf tone in my voice) and so it will be okay, but it was still a bit jarring to see my checking account at zero dollars when I thought it should be around $250.

I had a time when a sales website kept crashing mid-transaction - and I found that PayPal had "reserved" the amount in my account each time; it wasn't taken, but became unavailable.  I did wonder how it could have been done without, and whether full-on crashproof transaction programming is practical through a browser; at the least, the banks would have to cooperate a lot, I guess.  (It's not a field of programming I know much about.)

I didn't fully explain on this oops. What happened was that I sent the payment and then noticed the order was wrong almost immediately after and called the guy. He noticed too and thus refunded me the money and then recalculated and sent me a message with the proper amount. Neither of us knew that paypal sort of fronts the money to the seller then takes it from the account. So what happened was paypal sent the seller $345, then $299 on Friday. The seller sent them back $345. Then paypal apparently still needed to take out the $345 and $299 from my account and then give back the $345, which I should get back today (wednesday).
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Post by: pwhodges on 09 Apr 2013, 23:39
My sympathies too.

Thanks, people.

Quote
I had not heard of Michael Gerzon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gerzon), so I googled him. He died as a consequence of an asthma attack. It is shocking that this still happens. In 1995 Teresa Teng (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Teng) (adored by millions in the "Sinosphere", including me), died at 42 after an asthma attack. Asthma sucks. Cancer too. Support medical research!

To be fair (I don't know how much your source said), Michael's liability to asthma was a severe and chronic condition, and not the only serious chronic condition that he suffered from even when I first met him.  Every few years he would disappear off the radar for months at a time, and then reappear just mentioning that he'd been in hospital.  I'm sure it severely limited what he might otherwise have achieved.  At the end, his last attack came while he was out; but instead of calling a taxi or an ambulance, he decided to walk the mile to hospital, on a cold night.  This over-faced his immune system, and he died from complications rather than simply the asthma.
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Post by: Metope on 10 Apr 2013, 00:14
I'm sorry, Paul. Cancer really is the worst, I'm glad he had such a good group of friends and family around him.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 10 Apr 2013, 00:40
My sympathies, Mr. Hodges.


My son's kindergarten teacher looks like Selena Gomez. Only taller and slightly older.
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Post by: CardinalFang on 10 Apr 2013, 09:16
Hey guys, I think I'll go back to posting on this forum again. Just popped in for a sec and realised how many people I know here who I don't have much contact with elsewhere, so yeah, good to be back!

Great, another reason to check in here. Geez!

I kid of course.

Wait, wasn't I supposed to start posting more or something?
Hmm according to a post back in January I was.
I need to start working on that I suppose.

well, you always were a prolific poster

(eric, right?)

Eric is right! (Which is a sentence I rarely hear.)

I do tend to lurk. Let's see
Posts: 356 (0.142 per day)
I think that qualifies as lurking.
I shall try to increase that a bit.

I'm going on an Alaskan cruise next month so I may end up posting too much about it as it gets closer.

Hi Jimmy! I voted for your band!

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 10 Apr 2013, 15:57
Our central-heating boiler has broken. :x
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Post by: Thrillho on 10 Apr 2013, 16:26
That sucks hodgy. Having worked in home emergency insurance I know how much of a ballache that can be to get sorted  :psyduck:
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Post by: Carl-E on 10 Apr 2013, 22:31
No backup? 

I'm a huge fan of backup boilers.  Our house has a gas boiler (from 1965) that's tied into the original cast-iron coal boiler (from 1900).  The "new" one has an electric pump that forces the hot water into the old boiler, which uses convection to send the hot water to the radiators. 

So when the power goes out in the winter (three times in the 15 years we've lived here) and the "new" boiler doesn't work without the power, I build a fire in the old boiler.  Last time, I had the house up to a cool but liveable 60 F in less than an hour, starting from about 40 F when I woke up. 

We had a heating guy in last year to talk about a more efficiemt furnace, and he said "Well, first thing's we take out the old boiler". 

I didn't listen to a word he said after that.  I'm terrible. 
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Post by: pwhodges on 10 Apr 2013, 23:26
Backup is portable electric heaters; houses here are generally smaller than yours, but power failures in urban areas are rarer.  Actually, main backup is jumpers.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 10 Apr 2013, 23:27
Natural gas freaks me out  :psyduck: please make my stuff electricity powered like a civilized person please. 
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Post by: Carl-E on 10 Apr 2013, 23:31
I like gas, especially for cooking. 


Of course, some cooking gives me gas...

 :angel:
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Post by: mtmerrick on 10 Apr 2013, 23:55
Made me think of this:

http://samandfuzzy.com/comics/00001534.gif
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Post by: Zingoleb on 10 Apr 2013, 23:59
i'm leaving in about 30 hours; packing isn't as rushed as usual (i've somehow managed to get things done ahead of time for once)

at the moment i'm going throuhg my makeup bag, though, as it's overflowing to the point that i can no longer close it. do i really need 8 sticks of mascara?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 11 Apr 2013, 00:00
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Post by: HappyHavoc on 11 Apr 2013, 00:25
Deathmole is a great bands. I have really been liking their music.
Also can't wait for some good death metal to come back to town.
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Post by: nekowafer on 11 Apr 2013, 05:02
Are they different kinds or colors of mascara? Either way, yes.

My makeup supplies are pitifully low.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 11 Apr 2013, 06:34
I say yes, keep it all! One can never have too much mascara :-) Unless it's like, overwhelming your space. But I think you'd need at least a couple hundred of them to do that. But, I digress....safe travels! I'm glad the day has finally come, I know you've been waiting for this!


Blog thread....I am stressed out. Lots. And lots. My apartment is insane right now because
A) I decided to pull out all my warm weather clothes to find an engagement shoot outfit for this coming weekend
B) I haven't put away laundry that I washed last weekend- after not putting it away the last time I washed it either
C) My friends and family threw me a suprise bridal shower on Sunday (yay! but lots of stuff to find a home for lol)
D) I have been too overwhelmed to do any cleaning


I think the state of my apartment says a lot about my brain and what its current climate is. On the way to the gym Tuesday, Nick and I got into a fight because the guy I bought my wedding ring from gave me a certificate of authenticity instead of the appraisal that I was supposed to get. Somehow this was my fault. It turned into a big meltdown and I refused to get out of the car to work out because I was crying and couldn't stop. It wasn't even that big of an argument, I just couldn't handle anything at that point. Nick went into the gym to work out but came out 15 minutes later, drove me home and then went for a run while I slept it off. We're fine now but I think this week has just been rough in general. I'm super hormonal and ready to just kill things and then crawl under a rock and hide.

Plus, there are projects that JUST WILL NOT END. We've tried to order favors at least 4 times now. First ones were out of stock everywhere we went, second ones were magnet frames that had dysfunctional magnets, third ones were $79 and shipping was $200 (helllooooo scam), fourth ones never shipped because they didn't have enough in stock and never bothered to tell us, fifth ones couldn't be shipped anywhere other than stores in Arizona, California and Texas and sixth ones won't even be shipped to this country. And those are only the ones we "decided" on. I've probably looked at hundreds of 4x6 frames in the last 6 months. Have to put together bridesmaids' gifts too....and buy stencils to etch the groomsmens' steins. And a garter. BLurgrhh. I keep forgetting to send the deposit to the hair place too. Decided against makeup...I can do my own. Fuck spending $75 to get my makeup done professionally. Those people can kiss my ass. The paper flower project doesn't seem to be ending either....so much cutting, folding and gluing.....

The insurance bullshit I posted forever ago is STILL happening. No one from our insurance company is receiving anything we send them. I think they're just stalling because they don't want to shell out $3K. They want me to give up instead.

I haven't had time to go to the gym in almost a week. I neeeeeeeeed to get back. I've also been eating everything in sight. Perhaps that is why I'm feeling nauseous. It's my body's way of telling me to stop being so mean to it.


*sigh*

I went dress shopping last Saturday and broke down in the fitting room at JC Penney. Nothing was working at all. I couldn't find anything I wanted at all, and then when I found cute stuff in my size, none of it fit over my boobs. And the ones that did made me look and feel like I was being suffocated. I wanted to find 3 things before leaving the mall- a new purse because the strap on my current one keeps randomly flying off and making my purse fall on the ground at the most inopportune moments, a rehearsal dinner dress and a pair of shoes for the wedding. I left with a diet coke, cookies and swedish fish. Jeez, everything is about food lately. I even tried to guesstimate yesterday whether or not 55 boxes of lemon heads would fill our bathtub.  :psyduck:

I haven't been sleeping well either. Tossing and turning, feeling like my skin is crawling...not being able to fall asleep, stay asleep or feel even vaguely rested when I wake up. I'm generally pretty exhausted and can sleep for 15 hours if I don't have to be awake for anything, but I've been getting by on 7-8 hours pretty regularly. Not this week....

I just feel like a mess. Everything is a mess right now......my home, my desk at work, my coupon situation, my brain, my body....

Complain, complain, complain, wah, wah, wah.....sorry guys. My first big post in a while and it's just full of bitching and moaning.

I'm hoping to use Saturday after our engagement shoot to tie up all my loose ends. *sigh*


(edited for stupid typo)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 11 Apr 2013, 06:39
Can anyone help you clean up? It might make you feel better to have everything clean/put away. Then you can focus on more important things.

And is there anyone you can delegate some of this wedding work to?
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 11 Apr 2013, 07:30
There definitely is......in fact, Nick talked to me about asking him for help when I need it. And Megan, my MOH keeps asking for things to do. We've planned an evening of wedding stuff for Sunday, I think that'll help a lot. She's made a ton of flowers for me, so that definitely helps. I'll be giving her some paper when I see her so she can make some at her place.

I just have such a weird issue with asking people for help. I can't do it and not feel incapable. Nick and I have had this discussion so much- he's told me over and over again that he would love to help me, to let him know what he can do, that asking for help doesn't mean that I can't do it, just that it would make my life a little easier. I just can't help feeling that the reason I can't get everything done is because there is something wrong with me, not that I have seven billion things to do. He actually called me Superwoman the other day and all I could do is laugh at him because it's so hard to focus on everything that I have accomplished because there is so much left to do.

Plus, I'm so particular about how things get done that it's hard to just give someone a task and relax about it. Nick did my laundry the other day (*swoon*) but I could never ask him to put it away, he'd be insanely overwhelmed and I would be freaking out that it was all done wrong lol. He's going to help me make a trip to a consignment shop though, so that will get rid of some of the clothing insanity in the bedroom.
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Post by: pwhodges on 11 Apr 2013, 09:10
Our central-heating boiler has broken. :x

Well, it needed a new valve on the filling loop (trivial), and a larger expansion vessel than the one provided in the boiler (because we have so much pipework), both now done.  More to the point, however, the pump had also exploded (metaphorically - but yes, there's water coming out of it and it tripped the electricity), the replacement for which will arrive tomorrow.  So one more coldish night - but fortunately the weather is taking a somewhat mild turn, at least in comparison with the spring so far.
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Post by: LeeC on 11 Apr 2013, 09:29
Sometimes on hot days like today I like to listen to hawaiian music when I walk the streets of DC.

especially "Hawaiian rollercoaster ride" and "He mele no lilo" from the lilo and stitch soundtrack.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 11 Apr 2013, 09:31
At a workplace it's really hard for me to find a balance between being myself, as in standing up for who I am and what I believe in, and being a functional part of the group. It might be expected of me to be a silent hard worker, probably on a subconscious level, but that role is kind of a skin that's too tight for me. I don't like playing a part, even if it benefits the group. If this had been a group of people outside work the choice would have been easy for me; I'd switch group. But here, with this job I really want and need and almost desperately want to keep, it's hard to find a balance. I kind of want to yell at people "I'M NOT WHAT YOU THINK, I LIKE DANCING AND KARAOKE AND BRUCE LEE MOVIES". I think the reason I fell into this role from the start is that it kind of just works in most situations at work to be sort of quiet and shy, even though that's not what I feel like at all.

Ugh. This isn't very coherent, is it. I'll need to think about it I guess. If I ever have time to stop and do that.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 11 Apr 2013, 09:48
Sometimes on hot days like today I like to listen to hawaiian music when I walk the streets of DC.

especially "Hawaiian rollercoaster ride" and "He mele no lilo" from the lilo and stitch soundtrack.

<3 Lilo and Stitch is by far my favorite movie of all time.


IDU- How long have you been at your job? Are your coworkers people that you think you could get along with on a different level? It took me a LONG time to be comfortable enough around coworkers to show some personality but most of them are decent enough people that I can joke around about work stuff, slowly mention life outside of work...and now, I have coworkers that I'm fairly close with- some that I've even invited to my wedding. We don't regularly hang out outside of work, but we can easily have conversations about important outside-of-work stuff, we can have fun together and make the best of what we've got. After all, I see them more than I see some of my friends! And they know me- they know who I am and how I operate and I'm appreciated for what I do around the office, but for who I am as a person. (by some of them....upper management can be a bit of a struggle)

It's a delicate balance between professionalism and individuality and some workplaces tend to forget that there are real people underneath all the paperwork, but it is possible to be yourself to a degree and have others acknowledge and respect that. I'm sure you're not the only person at your job that enjoys dancing, karaoke and Bruce Lee- those things are generally pretty great.  :-)
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Post by: Jimor on 11 Apr 2013, 10:04
Ugh. One of the creepy guys in the local music scene just weaseled his way into being drummer for a singer I know. He's already been emotionally abusive to one singer friend of mine when they were in a relationship, and when he joined the band of another singer friend, he showed up to gigs and practices drunk, and created all kinds of passive-aggressive drama when called on his bullshit before finally getting kicked out (yet he was still manipulative enough where it took the 3rd try before it stuck). Knowing the history of the first relationship, I had wanted to warn the 2nd friend, but since it was a professional relationship, I held my peace, and have regretted it since.

The other issue is that this time the singer is 17, and while she has a girlfriend at the moment, the way he's now targeted 3 of the very top female musicians in the city in succession really creeps me out. Fortunately, she's a smart kid, so I think she can handle his near-certain transformation from smooth talker to pain in the ass, but this time I'm not willing to keep silent.

So now I have to figure out how to approach her about this, as well as let the people around her know to keep a VERY close eye on things if he stays in the band. In the end, whether he gets this chance to redeem himself from past behaviors isn't my call, but I'm going to be damn sure he plays it straight and professional if he sticks around.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 11 Apr 2013, 10:39
little cheese: Yeah. Yeah, you understand me. Thanks.  :-)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 11 Apr 2013, 10:52
Are they different kinds or colors of mascara? Either way, yes.

My makeup supplies are pitifully low.

CAN I DO YOUR MAKEUP????????
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Post by: Barmymoo on 11 Apr 2013, 11:12
Hi blog thread,

Here is a list of things I did last night.

Hosted a bar night for my program in my city which 14 people came to (an AMAZING turnout).

Got very drunk.

While very drunk:
  sent May the most adorable email she has ever received

Fixed that for you, Kat.


I have applied for a flat! And pending sudden disasters I think I have been accepted! I officially have a home of my own from June 7th! It is the world's tiniest flat EVER, it is basically the size of a double bed and then just enough space to walk around the bed, but there's a mini kitchenette and a tiny bathroom and it is MINE ALL MINE ALL MINE. I am very excited about this.

I've also been invited to a job interview for a summer job - which would mean not living in the tiny flat for a month, but the job pays twice as much as I'd be paying in rent and provides accommodation and food, so it'd be daft not to at least try to get the job. Exciting times.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 11 Apr 2013, 11:19
Yay!!! I'm excited for you :-) I remember you being stressed about this. My goodness, all the forumites are moving to a bazillion different places. Exciting changes are everywhere.

Good luck on the interview!


IDU- Glad to help!! :-D
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Post by: nekowafer on 11 Apr 2013, 11:37
CAN I DO YOUR MAKEUP????????

You can try. I always look ridiculous in more than like, eyeliner and mascara.
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Post by: Carl-E on 12 Apr 2013, 11:16
So the concert chorale spring concert's tonight.  I need to be on stage in my tux by 6:30. 

We're doing Faure's requiem with a small (but mighty!) orchestra for the second half.  The first half is a really... diverse arrray of choral pieces.  From Gershwin (Someone to Watch Over Me in a really cool arrangement) to negro spirituals (Ain't-a That Good News, the first spiritual I ever sang 30 years ago, in a Tuskeegee Choir arrangement) to religious pieces (including a hebrew prayer piece, Shehechiyanu, and one called The Last Words of David) all the way to... hell, I don't even know how to classify some of them. 

Basically, since it's our current director's last concert, it's everything he ever wanted to do with us but never got a chance to in the last 10 years. 

The man is a powerhouse of vocal music.  Before I joined, a friend in the chorale had said that every rehearsal was like a master's class - and they were right, it's amazing to work with him, even though I was only able to for one year.  I'll miss him... but we've already auditioned a new director, and though he seems quite different, he also seems every bit as good! 


But no one in my family's able to come... my wife has a performance of her play tonight (Elephant's Graveyard), my older daughter couldn't get off work, and my younger daughter might be able to come if she can cope with the headaches.  Which means probably not, and I don't want to strand her out there while I'm on stage if she suddenly goes south. 

Well, we'll see what happens.  I'm stoked! 
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Post by: Redball on 12 Apr 2013, 11:19
Quadraphonic recording or it didn't happen! And a picture or two.
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Post by: Metope on 12 Apr 2013, 13:25
Not really sure which thread to put this in, but I guess this is as good a place as any. On my way to class today I saw the most disgusting and disturbing thing I've come across in a while, a dead seagull, which its head removed and what looked like grass stuffed into the neck cavity. There were feathers everywhere around it, so it looked like there had probably been a struggle. I know animal cruelty happens of course, but seeing it for myself really upset me, what kind of sick, twisted person can do something like that?
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Post by: Patrick on 13 Apr 2013, 00:14
hey I just met you
and this is crazy
but I'm on bath salts
and yr face looks this seagull's tasty
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 13 Apr 2013, 05:53
So I have two assignments running at the same time, due in next month. This wouldn't be a problem normally, I've done it before, but these two are due on the same day and are both the final assignment for their respective modules. It is not possible to get an extension for the final assignment on an Open University module unless you are at least dead. Why does nobody look at these things before dates are set? Y'know, so people that are doing two modules at once (not an inconsiderable number) don't get stuff like this?
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Post by: idontunderstand on 13 Apr 2013, 05:55
Do the first one first, then the other?
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Post by: Carl-E on 13 Apr 2013, 07:03
That's the point, there's no first one - they're due at the same time. 

Which was your point, I know.  It's early.  Here. 
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 13 Apr 2013, 07:09
It appears that I went into whiny schoolchild mode too early. I've started work on one of them and have got a fair way through it already. SQL queries with simple inner joins (Oh, no! ::)) are pie - though I'm not looking forward to the 80-mark question question later on.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 13 Apr 2013, 08:17
Aw yiss blogthread.

I'm moving house! Admittedly I'm just moving across the courtyard and up one level so this isn't going to be a massive change, but still. Moving! It's been pretty stressful so far but that's because my real estate agent has a fucking amphetamine problem (more on that later).

My housemate and I went to two inspections, both being held by our current property manager, both in the same building. The building is obviously owned by one person/company and is just managed by that one office. Anyway, we look at the first flat which is pretty nice, smaller than our current one overall but with bigger bedrooms and a good balconey. Anyway we ask our Real Estate Agent if we need to fill out an application form and he just tells us to let him know which flat we like and he'll take care of the paperwork as he already has all our details. We then go to look at the second apartment. Just before we enter, the Real Estate agent takes us aside and in a just-between-us-blokes tone of voice says "Boys, just let me know which one you want and it's yours, OK?" which is a pretty cool deal and I guess also means he doesn't have to do a lot of work because he doesn't need to check our references or do a credit check or anything.

We end up letting him know we liked the first one and again confirm that he doesn't need us to send in an application form. He says he'll call us on Monday and sort it out. Unsurprisingly he doesn't call us (he never does) and when we call him he says he's not in the office and that he'll call us on Tuesday instead. He doesn't call us then either but we call him because we don't expect much from him. He's still not in the office (is he ever?) but tells us to call another woman in the office and she'll sort it out. We call her, explain the situation and her exact words were "Oh. Yeah [he's] a little bit special." She then tells us that we totally need to fill out an application but that we're still guaranteed the flat as long as she sends us the form and we get it to her in good time. She doesn't send it to us. We call and are told by the receptionist that she's gone home for the day and that we'll have to call back tomorrow. I explain the situation and ask if the receptionist is able to send us the forms and get treated to the most passive-aggressive lecture on how we can't apply for the unit if we weren't at the inspection on the weekend and that "that's not how it works, you know". I, I think very politely, explain that we were at the inspection but that the property manager specifically told us that we did not need to fill out an application. After arguing with this woman for about 5 minutes she agrees to ask the other two agents to contact us.

After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing we get the forms the next day and sort them out. We also are informed that they'd like to show our flat on Saturday (which is way sooner than they legally can ask us) which we agree to because the place isn't that messy anyway so cleaning up was pretty easy. Apparently the Real Estate Agent will also bring the lease for us to sign for the new place.

Anyway he didn't bring the lease. We're not even surprised at this point but he says we can sign it when we pick the keys up from the office on Tuesday. While we're waiting for the inspection to finish housemate and I chat to the agent about our plans for the rest of the day. I mention I might go to the gym and the agent starts telling me about this awesome supplement he takes called Jack3D (which when I type it out looks like it might be pronounced "jacked"). He says it's like drinking 12 redbulls at once and that it's been banned and apparently it killed some people. He also says he bought 9 massive tubs of the stuff and he uses it regularly. After he leaves housemate does some cursory research and confirms that yes, it is basically amphetamine and is fatal when mixed with caffeine and alcohol. So now we know why our Property Manager is completely incompetent and it's because he has a serious substance abuse problem.
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Post by: idontunderstand on 13 Apr 2013, 10:34
Hmm. Jack3d. I know I've seen that one around.. now I know to stay away from it.

From their webpage I read that it contains a substance which is "banned during competition, but not during training". Ho-hum.  :x
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Post by: mtmerrick on 13 Apr 2013, 15:01
Wow. Just wow. Well best of luck with your new place.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Apr 2013, 06:43
Wow, I thought my letting agent was a bit useless but that is really quite something. I hope you get the flat sorted, and I hope that your next flat is not with those people!

All has gone quiet on the renting-a-flat front, which I'm hoping is a good sign. All the application forms have been filled in, I just need to know whether or not I have to send proof of ability to pay and then sign some stuff. Oh and it'd be helpful to know whether I have a job in July, whether I have a university place in September, whether I have exams on the day I was hoping to move... details, details.
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Post by: Redball on 14 Apr 2013, 07:32
For those of us with short memories, where is all this taking place?
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Post by: Papersatan on 14 Apr 2013, 08:32
Australia
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 15 Apr 2013, 05:09
OK. I don't know how much it's going to help but this is the last time I'm going to post about this. The competition ends this coming Sunday and we're down about 20 votes. I think we'd need 20 to 30 to actually make it through to the final round.

If there's anyone who would like to help me out with this then just click here (http://bit.ly/cradle_of_filth_voting) and vote for Isgahaatt under the Sydney tab. You can unlike the page and delete the app and your vote will still count. I'd take it as a massive personal favour to anyone who does but obviously you don't have to do anything.

I'm cross posting this to the thread I made in BAND but otherwise I'm going to shut up about this now. Thanks to everyone who voted. It was extremely appreciated.
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Post by: Patrick on 15 Apr 2013, 14:23
You know, I wonder when humanity is going to grow out of the notion that blowing people up is somehow an acceptable way of getting what you want. Everything in the news for the last fucking month has been about Korea, nukes, missiles, or what have you. Now they're blowing up a sporting event in Boston, with Sandy Hook families in attendance. What the fuck, humanity?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 15 Apr 2013, 14:25
dat post

dat av

dat irony
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Post by: Akima on 15 Apr 2013, 16:57
You know, I wonder when humanity is going to grow out of the notion that blowing people up is somehow an acceptable way of getting what you want.
Not any time soon, I regret to say. When the supposed pillars of our so-called "rules-based international order" feel free to invade and thoroughly trash other people's countries when it suits them, at the price of thousands of lives, why should the uglier and less stable regimes, groups and even individuals value human life any higher?
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Post by: Jace on 15 Apr 2013, 21:25
I saw Andrew WK live tonight everything is great.
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Post by: Welu on 16 Apr 2013, 08:00
Need advice. I guess I'm gonna put this here. Person has been messaging me loads about things and I think I'm just being petty but FUCK. I am pissed off. Same person has sent me multiple messages asking the same questions over and over for a week now. I've answered them I think fairly well but still, under the spoiler is the conversation from the 8th April.

(click to show/hide)

If someone reads that can you confirm I'm not nuts and she did ask the same question multiple times? I refuse to accept short term memory when there's a backlog of messages. Also conversation change in the middle about my classmate, I don't think I've ever mentioned anyone in my class by name to her.
I like this person but I'm getting really frustrated. I guess she's just more chatty than I am? Or she's anxious about going to my birthday? I do appreciate she asked before inviting someone though but each time I see there's a message from her I make the same AAAH noise. Bear in mind there was conversation before this and she's spoke to me in person asking about this stuff as well.

Edit: The more I think about this and read my messages I feel a little like I'm going, "How DARE they message me with polite inquiries!" I can't get the hang of this being annoyed stuff unless it's at myself.
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Post by: Carl-E on 16 Apr 2013, 09:13
Is her name Ditzy?   :roll:

Some people really just can't hold more than one thought at a time.  My guess is she keeps getting distracted by shiny things and squirrels. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

OK, my life for the last few days;

1) Concert.  A rousing success! 

2) Taxes.  Did you know that, when you're a contractor, nothing gets withheld?  And that my wife's social security disability income is taxable, but there's no withholding there, either?  Oh, and the withholding I did have was inaccurate, because I lost a dependent (my oldest daughter now works full time).  $1900 to the IRS.  Gonna have to pay it on an installment plan...

3) Work. I've started writing for the online math testing and training people!  Well, there's a contract, and I have my first assignment, so I won't be here much.  $250 a lesson, and at least one lesson a week through the end of summer.  That makes 4 jobs, but the teaching ends in May. 

4) Cars.  So the van started shifting a little hard, which it's done before when it was not running well.  Then it started shuddering at a stop on Thursday, which made me think it had a vacuum leak.  Couldn't find one.  Driving around Friday, it suddenly didn't take off from a stop until I revved it, then it shuddered into gear.  Yup, transmission.  No, I'd never changed the fluid in... the 7 years that we've had it?  So I did, all day Sunday, and it's smoother, but still had slipping issues. 

So I had to tell you guys about this... I went to NAPA (the car parts place), and asked what they'd recommend.  They said the no-slip stuff out on the shelves was crap, and to try the "red hot dog".  It's called (I kid you not) "Dr. Tranny's Instant Shudder Fixx"

(http://images.oreillyauto.com/parts/img/large/lbg/19610.jpg)

And, in case you can't see him in the logo on the package, this is Dr. Tranny; 

(http://www.transmissionparts.com/lubgard/drtranny.gif)


I'm really not sure which is more disturbing - the name, or the "package". 


Neither of which I'd have even given a second thought to a year ago. 




The funny part?  The damn stuff worked.  The van's driving like it never had a problem.  Now we get to try and figure out how to afford a new used car before the transmission gives out completely...


Anyway, I'll be thinking of you guys a lot, even though I won't be here much. 
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Post by: Welu on 16 Apr 2013, 09:46
I'm the kind of person who can't hold thoughts or instantly forgets things. That's why I hoard messages and texts to check repeatedly. Having a date book helps me so much.

~ ~

That package and name is... Yeah.
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Post by: Redball on 16 Apr 2013, 09:55
Carl, I'll look forward to the occasional posts, hoping some of them are updates, and keep you and your family in my thoughts.  I hope we're so addictive that you won't pull back as much as you expect.

And Welu, maybe you should see this friend as somewhat more than ditzy. I don't think of a label for her, but others may.
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Post by: Patrick on 17 Apr 2013, 02:36
With motorheads, you can go ahead and assume that if they're talking about a "tranny," they're almost certainly not using it as the pejorative noun for a trans person. When was the last time you heard a mechanic say "Man my faggot is giving me troubles, I need to swap it out for a new one"?

Dear blag,

I have fantastic news! I just found out that there is a very distinct possibility that Troubador is going to play a set in support of Vampire Weekend's new album! A representative for XL Recordings (look em up on the Wikipedias) happened into the coffee shop where Matt works and where I do my open mic, and she came specifically to drop off contact info for us. We were playing chess just one table away from her and she didn't know what we looked like, she just knew one of the employees there was a member of the band.

Anyway, tl;dr, we might (MIGHT) be opening for Vampire Weekend. :3

SO FUCKING GOD DAMN STOKED HOLY SHIT
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Post by: mtmerrick on 17 Apr 2013, 03:06
Wow,  that's AWESOME. Best of luck. :)
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Post by: Thrillho on 17 Apr 2013, 11:04
Oh my God Pat.

Please remember me on the way to the top.

Please remember that I put your album on my 2012 list.

Please remember that I BELIEVED IN GODDAMN TROUBADOR FROM DAY ONE!
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Post by: Bluesummers on 17 Apr 2013, 18:47
FAKKIN SWEEET.

I listen to Troubador on the road. It pleases me.
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Post by: Valdís on 17 Apr 2013, 19:02
Neither of which I'd have even given a second thought to a year ago.

:)

Anyway, I'll be thinking of you guys a lot, even though I won't be here much. 

Best wishes, Carl. See you around! <3

"Man my faggot is giving me troubles, I need to swap it out for a new one"?

Well, if they were saying that I'd presume they were going through a breakup. A weird breakup.

Anyway, tl;dr, we might (MIGHT) be opening for Vampire Weekend. :3

SO FUCKING GOD DAMN STOKED HOLY SHIT

Congrats, Patrick! Just listened to your site. Boy, it sure sounds professional musiciany. I like it. <3

Edit: At the moment especially 'Cities Made Of Gold', 'Brainwash: Phase One' and 'Another Country'.
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Post by: pwhodges on 18 Apr 2013, 09:05
Ah, the trivia of life! My domestic cleaner is back from a month's holiday, and the house has a freshness about it that we can never manage on our own....
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Post by: Welu on 18 Apr 2013, 10:46
SO FUCKING GOD DAMN STOKED HOLY SHIT

Brilliant news! Whoo!
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Post by: Patrick on 18 Apr 2013, 15:47
Thanks for all the support, guys! Gaz, as far as 'remembering people on the way to the top' or whatever, I'm already a giant douche, what's there to ruin? :)
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Post by: Thrillho on 18 Apr 2013, 16:07
LET ME SELL YOU BLOW

BOTH KINDS
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Post by: Papersatan on 20 Apr 2013, 12:42
Interview yesterday.  Not feeling great about it.  I didn't make any major blunders, but I think I failed to impress.  There were some opportunites I missed to talk about my interests as related to the position. 

I guess it depends how poorly everyone else interviewed.

He said they plan on submitting their decision to HR early next week, so I should know by the end of the week if I got it or not. 
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Post by: Welu on 20 Apr 2013, 13:10
WRASSLIN' ON MONDAY.

First though, flying. I don't like flying. Also don't like trains. Why am I going to London? :psyduck: Oh yeah, WRASSLIN'.
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Post by: Papersatan on 20 Apr 2013, 13:40
<3 flying. 

I mean, the security and hassle that surround it, no, but the flying!

I still fight for a window seat, and stare out at the runway as we lift off with a giddy smile on my face as the ground shrinks away.  That moment when the wheels leave the ground and we are supported by our understanding of physics and our engineering skill.  I think that flight is such an amazing accomplishment! I am sure my crazy love of humanity is evident from other posts by now and I could ramble on forever, but flight... FLIGHT!  It gives me such joy even though I have done it so many times.  The fact that it is so routine to so much of our population is just... a testament to how awesome humans really are. 

I took flying lessons for a year when I was young, and I loved every moment.  There is nothing like pulling back on the controls and leaving the ground.  My biggest problem was staying focused on the task of flying the plane when there was so much to see out side the windows. 
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Post by: Welu on 20 Apr 2013, 14:22
The idea of flying a plane myself sounds awesome. The only bit I don't really like is taking off, also I get a bit travel sick if I let myself. I'm also paranoid the weather will screw us over for delays but hopefully we'll be okay.

Last time I flew was at night. It was so pretty.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 20 Apr 2013, 14:25
My mother makes the most disgusting noises on a plane or other vehicle where she can't see out the front. Nothing more than that comes of it, but it still makes me nervous to sit next to her.

Boats, on the other hand...
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Post by: pwhodges on 20 Apr 2013, 14:26
Heh!  I just got banned for a week on another forum...
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 20 Apr 2013, 14:30
Awesome! May we know what heinous crime you perpetrated?
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Post by: pwhodges on 20 Apr 2013, 14:44
I made a comment about a film that is not yet released on DVD until next Wednesday (and so some readers have no knowledge of) which was deemed a spoiler, and which I had not tagged as such.  Of course, now I don't have the opportunity to argue that it was not a significant spoiler, at least no more than the comment in the post before that I was responding to - which post was made by a mod.  I mentioned no plot or characterisation matters, but merely said (http://forum.evageeks.org/post/618941/RoE-in-the-UK-Questions/#618941): "I would argue that it contained some elements of <another film>".  Banning on the forum concerned is instant without any other communication.  To be fair, it was my second such offence (both purely accidental) in only five months...
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Post by: Redball on 20 Apr 2013, 16:03
Well, as unintended violations go, it could be worse. For me, worse would be two traffic tickets.
It does illustrate that there are different ways to run a tight ship. I prefer yours.
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Post by: Redball on 20 Apr 2013, 16:11
<3 flying. 

I mean, the security and hassle that surround it, no, but the flying!

I still fight for a window seat, and stare out at the runway as we lift off with a giddy smile on my face as the ground shrinks away.  That moment when the wheels leave the ground and we are supported by our understanding of physics and our engineering skill.  I think that flight is such an amazing accomplishment! I am sure my crazy love of humanity is evident from other posts by now and I could ramble on forever, but flight... FLIGHT!  It gives me such joy even though I have done it so many times.  The fact that it is so routine to so much of our population is just... a testament to how awesome humans really are. 

I took flying lessons for a year when I was young, and I loved every moment.  There is nothing like pulling back on the controls and leaving the ground.  My biggest problem was staying focused on the task of flying the plane when there was so much to see out side the windows.
I took flying lessons while I was stationed on a couple of Air Force bases, first at a Strategic Air Command base, using an flying club grass runway off to the side. I'd been susceptible to motion sickness, but the flying lessons eliminated it in all modes of transportation, boats included, for a couple of years. A couple of favorite memories: My little Cessna 150 climbing as hard as it could from takeoff, and looking down and to my right, seeing a B-52 leaving the ground at a much slower rate, sort of sliding out from under me. And in the same part of South Dakota, seeing a couple of small clouds ahead, aiming at them and flying through them. My stepfather was an aviation writer who used to ferry Piper Cubs from Lock Haven PA to buyers for the fun of it. Later, he used to look at the airliner he was about to board, shake his head and say, "It'll never fly." He was as amazed as you that it did, that they all did.
In Tucson, my daily happy hour includes a retired AF colonel, a former U-2 pilot who keeps a small plane out there. He took me up a couple of years ago. He did a loop. He did a barrel roll. He asked me if I wanted him to repeat them. I didn't. Being in a small plane was no longer very pleasant.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 21 Apr 2013, 02:36
I made a comment about a film that is not yet released on DVD until next Wednesday (and so some readers have no knowledge of) which was deemed a spoiler, and which I had not tagged as such.  Of course, now I don't have the opportunity to argue that it was not a significant spoiler, at least no more than the comment in the post before that I was responding to - which post was made by a mod.  I mentioned no plot or characterisation matters, but merely said (http://forum.evageeks.org/post/618941/RoE-in-the-UK-Questions/#618941): "I would argue that it contained some elements of <another film>".  Banning on the forum concerned is instant without any other communication.  To be fair, it was my second such offence (both purely accidental) in only five months...

You said that film X was a bit like film Y? Well, I'd expect no better from a charlatan such as yourself :roll:
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Post by: Papersatan on 21 Apr 2013, 06:15
Went to a BBQ yesterday. I had plans to stay for a few hours and then go to school and get some studying done.  But I had a drink, and then another and then didn't want to leave because this amaaaazing girl.... was hitting on me?

This girl was in a class with me last year, and I thought she was super cool and super hot, but didn't get the vibe that she was 1. into ladies 2. into me. 

Last night was the first time I have seen her drunk though (we actually didn't see each other outside of class much at all), and I am positive she was putting it out there that she does like ladies, and me specifically. She kept telling me not to leave, and who am I to disobey. :D  I don't know if she would act on her feelings sober for a number of reasons, but at least I know there is a possibility now!  She is going to cook me dinner this week, and is going to come out to a bar night I am hosting next week. 

She will be in Michigan for at least another year, and OMG you guys. 

OMG


Now I need to go and get this homework done that I ignored to follow her from the BBQ to a bar to another bar.

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Post by: Thrillho on 21 Apr 2013, 12:57
I made a comment about a film that is not yet released on DVD until next Wednesday (and so some readers have no knowledge of) which was deemed a spoiler, and which I had not tagged as such.  Of course, now I don't have the opportunity to argue that it was not a significant spoiler, at least no more than the comment in the post before that I was responding to - which post was made by a mod.  I mentioned no plot or characterisation matters, but merely said (http://forum.evageeks.org/post/618941/RoE-in-the-UK-Questions/#618941): "I would argue that it contained some elements of <another film>".  Banning on the forum concerned is instant without any other communication.  To be fair, it was my second such offence (both purely accidental) in only five months...

You're a dangerous renegade and you should be locked up.
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Post by: pwhodges on 21 Apr 2013, 13:20
Indeed.

 :-P
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Post by: Welu on 21 Apr 2013, 14:15
So glad I can get on the forum on my phone. Helped kill a lot of time today.
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Post by: Valdís on 21 Apr 2013, 14:26
@Welu: I know, right? For some reason when I post on my mobile it doesn't give me that icon you get, though.
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Post by: Welu on 21 Apr 2013, 14:27
Might be because I mainly use the mobile version.
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Post by: Welu on 21 Apr 2013, 14:29
This post is being sent on the full site.

Edit (mobile): Yep. Only the different icon on the mobile site.
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Post by: pwhodges on 21 Apr 2013, 15:07
When you each say "on my mobile", do you mean using a mobile browser, or using Tapatalk (or, heaven forbid, the WAP2 version of the forum)?  That could account for the difference.



In other news, the YouTube BBCode now plays nice with smileys.
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Post by: Valdís on 21 Apr 2013, 15:12
@Paul: Ah, that could be it. I've just been using my mobile's regular browser. Not that it matters, I just happened to notice the icon today.

And indeed it does. Good job. :)
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Post by: nekowafer on 21 Apr 2013, 15:50
I use Tapatalk (not using it at the moment) and I haven't seen that icon on any of my posts.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 21 Apr 2013, 16:15
I've been using the mobile browser a lot as well and have yet to notice the phone... but then I don't think the code checks if the Internet Explorer that the request is coming from is a mobile one, I guess it will just say "oh IE, compatibility problems ftw!"
And I also wish there was a Tapatalk app for Windows Phone.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 21 Apr 2013, 20:15
I have never felt the need for a tapatalk app. Chrome for Android, displaying the desktop version of the site, works beautifully.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 21 Apr 2013, 20:23
Tapatalk has completely overtaken forums for me. It actually annoys me to navigate them in browser.
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Post by: jwhouk on 21 Apr 2013, 20:34
I don't like the lack of voting, though. And I don't wanna upgrade to TT2 or shell out more in-app just to get that ability.
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Post by: Welu on 22 Apr 2013, 02:14
I get redirected to WAP2. I think it's grand for quick browsing and posting. My phone runs on Bada which seems to non-existant outside my phone model.

The main annoying thing is I can't quote people.
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Post by: pwhodges on 22 Apr 2013, 02:22
Ooh!  I didn't know anyone used WAP2.  It was just there when I upgraded the forum, and I left it in place and ignored it.  I'm glad it works OK.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 22 Apr 2013, 02:24
I thought I would shut up about it but I guess I'm a liar. There's less than 5 hours to go in this competition, if you haven't voted and youdlike to help out, please do so. Vote for Isgahaatt in Sydney and I'll love you forever (but not physically).

http://bit.ly/cradle_of_filth_voting (http://bit.ly/cradle_of_filth_voting)
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Post by: Carl-E on 22 Apr 2013, 04:53
Just dropping in with a few little updates...

My wife's play came in 2nd in regionals - the winner, which went on to nationals, was some bizarre abstract Czech play.  Her play won "audience favorite", which says something about having theater professors as judges...  she personally won the award for achievement in costuming, too, and there were three best acting awards in her cast. 

Dr. Tranny's patient passed away yesterday morning - something snapped in the van (a 2000 Windstar) on the way back from Wal-Mart, and it won't move.  It runs, just no connection in the transmission anymore.  So we're down to one small car and the kindness of friends until we can find a replacement vehicle that we can't afford anyway... towed it back to the house (a friend with a pickup and a tow rope, thank goodness), where it awaits unloading. 

Kinda sad, it was my first real guinea pig.  I did more on this van than any other car I've owned for a long time - first time I changed struts, ball joints, a fuel pump, more electrical work than I can remember... come to think of it, it never was a very good car... OK, not sad anymore. 

And I submitted my first set of lesson outlines for the online math company.  With all the van crap I had to pull an all-nighter to finish it - I'm gettin' too old for this...

Here's hoping it's both coherent, and what they were looking for...
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Post by: Loki on 22 Apr 2013, 08:06
When you each say "on my mobile", do you mean using a mobile browser, or using Tapatalk (or, heaven forbid, the WAP2 version of the forum)?  That could account for the difference.

I sometimes post from my Android phone (which identifies its useragent as below), and never had that icon, I think.

 Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.5; de-de; GT-S5570 Build/GINGERBREAD) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1
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Post by: pwhodges on 22 Apr 2013, 08:16
It looks like it's the forum identifying access using the WAP2 interface.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 22 Apr 2013, 09:17
So, apparently I am in Mexican television.

This is a screencap I did of a video:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/792243_10151395349525376_958510315_o.jpg)

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Post by: Papersatan on 22 Apr 2013, 09:27
I really hope the girl I was blabbing about the other day who was friendly at that BBQ is still keen when she is sober.  Both nights since then she has been in my dreams.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 22 Apr 2013, 18:45
I've been using the mobile browser a lot as well and have yet to notice the phone... but then I don't think the code checks if the Internet Explorer that the request is coming from is a mobile one, I guess it will just say "oh IE, compatibility problems ftw!"
And I also wish there was a Tapatalk app for Windows Phone.
(click to show/hide)

It's like they're listening
edit: I hope the image works now
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Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Apr 2013, 19:15
did you like, hotlink that straight from your email?
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Post by: mtmerrick on 22 Apr 2013, 19:15
that spoiler'd image wasn't displaying, so i tried to open image in new tab and its trying to get me to log into my windows account.  :psyduck:
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Post by: Jace on 22 Apr 2013, 21:10
Bought a baselard on Friday, arrived today. This was made for stabbin:
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/921263_10151697071847317_126802194_o.jpg)
Overall length just shy of 16", blade length 11".
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Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Apr 2013, 23:37
Arthur sent me a message trying to get me to go back and live with him so he could get rent from DSS.

I finally snapped and sent him this message:

(click to show/hide)

I am so pissed off at that man. I want to just beat him until he's begging me for mercy, until he's sobbing out every fucking apology he's never made. And after that, I'd love to fucking kill him.

I fucking hate him.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Apr 2013, 00:11
did you like, hotlink that straight from your email?
oh that's weird.
that spoiler'd image wasn't displaying, so i tried to open image in new tab and its trying to get me to log into my windows account.  :psyduck:
now that's really really weird. I'll go fix it once, you know, I am out of bed.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: mtmerrick on 23 Apr 2013, 01:35
uni.

i feel like breaking someone's face right now.

let me help.

please.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Apr 2013, 03:04
oi oi Primo.
What's up?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: mtmerrick on 23 Apr 2013, 03:36
if you guys hear about a violent murder in the temecula valley, that'd me me. physically ripping my mother, the stupidest person on the planet, to shreds.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Apr 2013, 03:46
Yeah mate, but I can't really help you unless you tell me why.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: mtmerrick on 23 Apr 2013, 04:11
nothing much TO help with.... she's a bitch and an idiot. i'm handling her as best i can.

side effect is, i'm feeling quite angry/violent.... *opens Halo* hopefully this'll help....
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Apr 2013, 04:29
Hmmm. Nothing I can really do there then.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Apr 2013, 04:30
Anyway I'm going to work now, are you gonna be okay?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: mtmerrick on 23 Apr 2013, 05:01
Yeah, I'm actually ok. halo then homestuck has a habit of taking your mind off stuff.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Valdís on 23 Apr 2013, 05:14
@Unicorn: Oh wow, sorry to hear.. What the hell kind of request is that, especially since he treats you like that.. :-(
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 23 Apr 2013, 05:29
Arthur is too stupid for his own good. I'm glad you're out of there and not going back.
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Post by: Patrick on 23 Apr 2013, 10:29
Wow you guys are having a rough time. I just got back from having the best weekend ever at Coachella.

I got to see Alt J, Band of Horses, Dinosaur Jr., Dropkick Murphys, Father John Misty, Franz Ferdinand, Jake Bugg (who'da thought that twangy fucker woulda been a Brit? Not me, but he was amazing), Kurt Vile, Little Green Cars (best of show for small-time acts), Metric, Modest Mouse, Purity Ring (meh), Red Hot Chili Peppers (ultra-meh), Sigur Ros, Smith Westerns (worst of show, definitely), Stars, Tame Impala, local heroes Thee Oh Sees, The Wombats, Vampire Weekend (hahaha right?), Violent Femmes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Youth Lagoon.

Personal highlights include getting completely trashed before Dropkick, my first mosh pit at Dropkick, my first crowdsurf at Dropkick, my first time being 86ed from a show at Dropkick, my face still hurting today from seeing Dropkick, making friends with sweaty fat dudes because of my Red Sox hat at Dropkick, Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros holding a high falsetto note for over a minute without a single crack or falter, Father John Misty being the coolest fucking person alive, and the girl in my group holding my hand for a short little bit (same one I mentioned having a thing for in the relationship thread) in order to keep from being separated by heavy crowds.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 23 Apr 2013, 10:54
I'm actually having a great time, I just wanted to vent about that stupid motherfucker.

That sounds like an awesome time! I'm happy for you, dude.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 23 Apr 2013, 14:14
Not only is Jake Bugg a Brit, he's from my goddamn hometown and he keeps making music videos in places I recognise.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Bluesummers on 23 Apr 2013, 21:01
Not only is Jake Bugg a Brit, he's from my goddamn hometown and he keeps making music videos in places I recognise.

"Oh my god, he's making a music video on that street corner? I took a dump there, I'm famous by association!" :mrgreen:

I kid, I kid. I think Weird Al filmed parts of a music video in my hometown...which is...weird. :psyduck:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Apr 2013, 05:24
I assume plenty of artists have filmed stuff in Baltimore. There's also The Wire, of course.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 24 Apr 2013, 06:08
... and NFL films presents: road to the Superbowl.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 24 Apr 2013, 06:42
I assume plenty of artists have gotten stuff in Baltimore.

how i initially read that.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Apr 2013, 06:43
Well. That too.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 24 Apr 2013, 06:50
I assume plenty of artists have gotten stuffed in Baltimore.

how i initially read that.

how i meant i initially read that, which is still probably applicable
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Apr 2013, 06:54
Yep.

ETA: There's a huge art school nearby so... absolutely yep.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: blanktom on 24 Apr 2013, 15:14
Dear blog thread,
 I am about to go to the midnight screening of Iron Man 3. I am excite.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 25 Apr 2013, 05:53
Oh man so, I've recently started putting up my old stuff on eBay, and people are actually buying it! One of the pairs of shoes I'm selling are currently going for 40 quid, and there's still three more days to go of the auction. Why didn't I think of this before, it's been cluttering my closet for ages. The money is going straight into my saving account though, because I'm trying to be a Responsible Adult.

My only problem is that I put all the stuff up at once, so the auctions will close at the same day, meaning I'll have to mail an entire Ikea bag full of parcels at the same time. Apologies to everyone behind me in the post office queue in advance.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Apr 2013, 06:03
If you can weigh the parcels accurately enough, you can buy the postage on-line and print it on labels - then you can just take the bag and hand the parcels over (has to be before the end of the next day) without any hassle.  The Royal Mail website's a tad unfriendly, but it gets the job done.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 25 Apr 2013, 06:04
Oh that is a great idea, I didn't even know that service existed. Thanks!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Apr 2013, 06:22
You need a supply of labels in hand, of course (four to a sheet is best if not all the parcels are large and flat, but the website also handles two to a sheet); you can feed the sheet several times, removing each label as it's printed of course, and tell the site which label to use each time.  Actually, I have sometimes used plain paper and stuck it down round all the edges, but labels really are preferable.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Apr 2013, 06:27
You need a supply of lesbians in hand, of course.

how i misread that.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 25 Apr 2013, 06:29
Yeah I'd have to just use plain paper, since I don't have my own printer and the uni/library printers can only be used with paper provided by them. Oh well, I'll see what I can do, worst comes to worst I'll just go back to my original plan.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 25 Apr 2013, 06:47
You need a supply of lesbians in hand, of course.

how i misread that.
Your version is better.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Apr 2013, 07:19
you know what they say, a hand in the bush is worth...two birds.
















































 :psyduck:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 25 Apr 2013, 10:21
So, there have been two rabbits in front of my window for the last two hours or so (at least that's when I noticed them.) One of them seems to be something like a Big Lop (http://www.deutschewidder.de/images/deutscher-widder-anton-1.jpg) and the other has your typical upright rabbit ears, but is plain black. Is likely a plain, or possibly melanistic, European rabbit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Rabbit). They look pretty domesticated, so I assume their former owner just left them there (or they escaped through a hole in a fence or something). They were grazing and hiding in the big hedge from time to time.

Was on the phone with girlfriend, when I noticed; she is a former veterinarian nurse (or something close to that). She told me to call the local Animal Welfare Society, who in turn told me to call the firefighters (apparently, the fire brigade is in charge of catching run-away animals as well, which I didn't know.) and be insistent about it, because they don't like sending people out for that, despite it being their duty.. Fire brigade told me "well, if you happen to catch them, we can pick them up, but we are not in charge of catching them ourselves".

I called Animal Welfare again. She told me "Damn well they are, I will call them myself" and called back a few minutes later saying they would be coming soon and to wait in front of the house. So I waited; after roughly fifteen minutes, a car of theirs pulled in with two guys; the older of the guys told me that they wouldn't go to great lengths to catch them; we walked to the hedge to check on the rabbits, who had hidden there. The guys were discussing about how they couldn't possibly get through the hedge and would probably only distress every other animal in the bushes while attempting to catch the rabbits. Also told me that I just haven't seen the rabbits until now because they are nocturnal (which is apparently bullshit) and that they would feel well enough here, with the bushes to hide (arguably true) and plenty of grass to graze on.

Called girlfriend to report; called Animal Welfare woman to report. She was furious and started ranting about how house rabbits are not used to finding their own food, would inevitably fall prey to birds of prey (as far as I know, there aren't any big birds of prey here, unless you count crows, of which we have plenty) and would probably get run over by traffic (the hedge is bordering a street, which is, however, not heavily used, and there is still the boardwalk part). I said I was not willing to pursue this further with the fire brigade. She told be that she would speak with a colleague of hers who knew more about rabbits and then decide how to proceed. So at this point I think this is the end of the story for me, except that I will probably keep seeing the rabbits in front of my window.

I think the Animal Welfare woman may have overreacted a bit, but the fire department probably under-reacted.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Apr 2013, 13:34
i miss when the chatter description was "all of these people have had sex with each other"
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: jwhouk on 25 Apr 2013, 14:12
Unicorn, kiddo: go take a cold shower.

;)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Apr 2013, 14:52
The people that description mainly referred to are now in another forum, which at present is calmer than this one.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Apr 2013, 15:02
That can't possibly be true.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 25 Apr 2013, 15:04
Another forum?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Apr 2013, 15:08
That can't possibly be true.

They're growing up too.  And that forum is not gaining new members like this one is.

Another forum?

Several years ago this forum was home to a group of people who came to use it as their private Internet area, causing friction with those who came for the comic; they now have their own forum (http://forums.pocketjury.net/), which is hardly growing because it has no real links to the outside world.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 25 Apr 2013, 15:18
mmm. Sounds like a delicate situation. How do you control a forum to stay on the point in a thread that literally asks its users to talk about something else?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Apr 2013, 15:32
You know about herding cats?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: jwhouk on 25 Apr 2013, 15:49
It's my job description.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 25 Apr 2013, 16:05
Yeah I'd have to just use plain paper, since I don't have my own printer and the uni/library printers can only be used with paper provided by them. Oh well, I'll see what I can do, worst comes to worst I'll just go back to my original plan.

Whenever I need to print labels I use regular paper and just use packing tape to tape over the edges and usually then the whole thing to protect from rain.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 25 Apr 2013, 16:10
Oh also yesterday at practice I ended up getting punched in the shin with the edge of a shield. It was a fluke, I was stepping backwards away on a 45 degree angle and throwing a low shot and my opponent blocked low but my other leg ended up right in the path of the shield . gave me a good bump and cut the skin a bit, ended my fighting for the night and I'm suffering today at work. Walking hurts just a little if I've been sitting for too long. Now the next project on the block is to make greaves after we finish my helmet up.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: mtmerrick on 25 Apr 2013, 16:28
I'm at disneyland  :-D
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 26 Apr 2013, 04:55
My new flatmate is SO WASTEFUL, I don't know how it's possible to go through two toilet rolls a day, keep the lighting on in every room all the time and forget to turn the heating off + window open when you leave every day. Plus one day she just decided to put all the recycling in the regular waste bin just because she didn't know where the recycling went, what the hell! How hard is it to just leave it to the people who know, or just, I dunno, ask them? It would have required less effort than throwing it all together. She's definitely paying the bulk of the bills next time they come around, this is nuts.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: LTK on 26 Apr 2013, 05:06
Yeah, same here. I only share the kitchen in my apartment, but when there's a bottle of dishwashing liquid on the sink, we have maybe three people using it on a regular basis, and it empties around twelve times faster than the dishwashing liquid I keep in my own cabinet. I've since stopped buying it for general use.

There's also a bin full of plastic shopping bags - not the flimsy white ones, the ones with logos that you actually have to pay for - that one of my flatmates just keeps buying over and over again when he buys groceries. I don't really mind, because he doesn't use them for anything else and I can use them to put my garbage in, but you'd think he might wise up and keep one in his pocket eventually.

On the plus side, I've managed to get everyone to stop throwing their wine bottles and glass jars into the bin and put them in a plastic bag next to it so I can bring them to the glass container.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 26 Apr 2013, 09:26
I don't know how it's possible to go through two toilet rolls a day

You must be joking, there probably ain't enough curry in all of India to give me Delhi Belly enough for two fucking rolls in a single day
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 26 Apr 2013, 10:20
I think she just stacks them in her room or something. The day she moved in they just started vanishing, iunno. It's weird.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: snalin on 26 Apr 2013, 11:15
Some kind of cleanness OCD with regards to wiping? I've known people that goes through almost a roll for every single shit, because it apparently never feels clean.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 26 Apr 2013, 11:17
That's what showers are for.


Does she use them to blow her nose?   I use toilet paper to blow my nose, so I take rolls from the bathroom in to bedroom and what not.  Also if I have a cold I can go through a roll a day.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 26 Apr 2013, 11:18
She literally removes a roll from the bathroom every day, there's no sign of it being half used or even of the cardboard thingy in the middle. Why can't she just buy her own package and keep in her room if she needs it for whatever? She better buy the next package at least, I bought a massive 24 roll package last time so it would last for a long time.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: K1dmor on 26 Apr 2013, 11:47
That's what Bidets are for.

 FTFY.

Except in cases "I feel dirty" in general, in which case take a shower of course.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Thrillho on 26 Apr 2013, 12:04
I was keep a roll in my bedroom by the computer desk.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 26 Apr 2013, 12:46
Back in the 80s, TP kept disappearing from the women's john at my office at a rapid rate. There was a suspect, but I don't recall that she was confronted. It was solved, IIRC, by switching to one of the larger commercial size rolls. She was simply stealing, we figured, and couldn't help herself. I'd guess that's what's happening here. In my pre-Metamucil days, I'd go through TP pretty quickly. And my butt was really sore as a result.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 26 Apr 2013, 13:39
Bob! When did you become a moderator?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 26 Apr 2013, 14:46
It sort of snuck up on me. And there was no press release.

Well, that wasn't very informative. Tuesday.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 26 Apr 2013, 15:31
I wondered when someone would notice! 

I've been feeling for a while that although we were getting along fine with three of us (not counting the people who are still mods but no longer visit the forum at all), it gave little leeway for going away, being busy, or indeed just not feeling like it for a day!  Bob has the accumulated wisdom of age, and is well liked and respected, and we were pleased that he decided to join us when we asked.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: celticgeek on 26 Apr 2013, 15:48
I actually noticed, and congratulated him by PM. 
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Post by: Welu on 26 Apr 2013, 16:37
I claim I've been offline for a few days. (Mobile forum browsing doesn't show images)

Congrats, Bob!

~ ~

Hey guys, I'm a dumb person who has already bought more WRASSLIN' tickets for the November shows. More expensive ones at that (WHOO! Slightly closer! Possibly close enough to have a visible sign!) but damn my partner and I are poor and have no self-control. Seriously though I'm still so chuffed from the shows and it makes me a happy Welu so it's worth it I claim. I dunno.

Also I thought I was way behind work wise because of missing two days but it turns out:
~ Two weeks longer on one assignment than I thought
~ One tutor has a, "Ehh, as long as it's in before the external examiners come." attitude.
~ Final tutor has been off for about three weeks, which doesn't mean we have more time but have a reasonable basis for saying, "There was no one to TEACH US." since our covers didn't teach the subject.

Also, also I'm celebrating my birthday tomorrow! My actual birthday is on the 30th.

Also, also, also I have my practical driving test on May 15th. I think there's an 85% chance I pass depending on nerves and what maneuver I get asked to do. Only one I'm not sure about is the parallel park because I've only done it twice, although I've done it mostly grand both times.

My computer doesn't think "maneuver" is a word.

I didn't mean for this to get so babbly.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 26 Apr 2013, 23:08
Went to Friday Night Magic. Traded snapcasters and some other rares I wasn't using for 4 R/G shocklands. Also learned to play Kaijudo. My buddy who works for Dave and Adams (where FNM is hosted) gave me booster packs and starter decks to get started playing. Like I needed another goddamn collectible hobby.

The first one is always free
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 26 Apr 2013, 23:28
Well, I'm pretty sure the Vampire Weekend thing was just somebody dicking us around. Chick and I have been emailing back and forth since the last time I spoke of this, and the only show she's gotten us is some tiny coffee shop in Stockton. There's no way we can play someplace as small as that, we'll break every window and piece of glassware in the house.

On top of that, I don't think Vampire Weekend, who I just saw on the main stage at Coachella, are gonna play some dinky fucking cafe in the middle of a shithole town in the middle of bumfuck. Because that is what Stockton is. Pavement getting famous from there is a fluke and I will never understand it.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 26 Apr 2013, 23:32
wait so Bob's a moderator and I'm "nearly grown up" now? hahahahahaha who the fuck says I'm nearly grown up, not me for sure
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 27 Apr 2013, 02:59
That change was because the previous Mayan calendar one has passed its sell-by date - and I'm not feeling grown up right now...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jimor on 27 Apr 2013, 05:27
Man, that sucks about the whole Vampire Weekend BS, Patrick, but I'm sure you guys will start getting some cool gigs soon anyway.

Gonna start with the bad so I can end on the good. Found out yesterday that my mother's 3 brothers have been conspiring to sell the family home (their parents / my grandparents, who are now deceased). The house was put into a trust among them before my grandparents passed, and any decision about it is supposed to be unanimous, but they think they can just void the trust and sell it and cash out. 2 big problems with that. First, is that the market, particularly in that area of town, is still depressed, with one house down the street unable to sell for $70k, when at the peak of the boom, houses on the block were going for nearly $400k. 2nd, without the shield of the trust in place, the debt collectors who want to recover the nearly $200,000 in credit card debt my one uncle ran up falling for Nigerian scams, could lay claim to the house since at least part of it would then be directly in his name.

Not to mention that this uncle and another uncle have consistently been assholes to my mother and grandparents for years. Uncle #3 suddenly taking their side is pretty much the last straw for both of us as far as they're concerned. Uncle #1 has already sent at least $3000 since the beginning of the year to the scammers, and at last check he was talking with no less than a dozen separate scammers, so we already know what he plans on doing with any money. Fortunately, it's looking like they're just simply wrong about their ability to void the trust, and my mother is going to consult with an attorney about it, but still.

On to the good. I've been giving a LOT of thought in the past few weeks on what I really want to do with the video skills I've developed in the past 4 year, and how that interfaces with the music scene. I have my TV show, and local live clips, and they're both something that's getting more attention lately, and has helped the acts with some promotional material, but it's still not quite enough. Also, I'd like to find a way to make it something I can live off of, and as many of you know, local musicians are not known for swimming in money. I've been looking very closely at the general business model of webcomics and music blogs, and I think I have a viable plan to grow something that's good for me and for the musicians I enjoy.

In short, I want to build a national platform to promote local musicians. I think there's room for a niche just below what the typical established music blogs cover. I think I have some ideas on how to systematically drill down below the layer of nationally recognized acts into local scenes all over, and discover a lot of acts who could be the next breakouts, but just haven't gotten the exposure to make it there yet. To do that, I need to come up with a compelling format to get the information I find out there, and I need to do it consistently over a long enough period of time to build enough critical mass for it to start to make a difference.

I'll possibly start a thread in the music section soon if anybody wants to hear me ramble about it more, but I'm pretty excited about the potential I think it has.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Metope on 27 Apr 2013, 08:09
Rant ahead!

My stupid ex borrowed my suitcase about two years ago, and since I've not needed it I've not asked for it back, but now I kind of do since I want to bring a bunch of stuff home to Norway when I go home in late May. So, he was coming to Glasgow for my exhibition opening this week, I asked him to bring the suitcase and he said 'Sure'. He shows up, no suitcase, and the second he sees me he goes 'Oh shit! I left the suitcase on the train!'. How is it possible to lose a massive suitcase?! He called lost property and asked if they had it, which they didn't yet since it was just a few minutes earlier, but they said they'd call him if it showed up.

This was Tuesday, and no word from him until I asked him myself if they called, he said they'd called him on Wednesday, but he missed it. He didn't bother calling them back, didn't tell me that they'd called before I asked, and all of the sudden it's up to me to fix everything and get it back, which I did today. I just can't believe how incredibly irresponsible, selfish and little willing to help it's possible to be, shit like this is why we're not together anymore. He loses stuff all the time, and yeah it's lame to treat your own stuff like it's crap, but at least take good care of other people's things. If I'd lost something that belonged to someone else I'd go out of my way to get it back or replace it.

Anyway, at least I have it now. I also went to the shop and bought a bottle of red wine and some dark chocolate, and I just noticed there's a documentary on Turner on the iPlayer. Looks like I've got a good Saturday evening ahead of me.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 27 Apr 2013, 23:25
So this is the end fo my 4th semester of grad school (I have one more to go) and I finally got a social life.  I had some family drama my first year which made going to classes and sobbing in bed all I could handle, but thoese hard times are behind us and things are looking great.  I have a whole big group for school friends ( a first for me!) that I go out with regularly and have a good time.   

Problem:

I am poor as shit.  Like out of money how do I pay my rent poor.  (before this forum's wonderful people offer, we have found a way to pay the rent)  but I don't have money to be going out drinking like I am.   I go out like 4 nights a week now!  Even if I don't get drunk in a night out that is still 10- 15 on a drink and some food, and if I do drink it could be 30 or 40 a night.   My school friends have this expectation now that I am just down for fun, which I am, totally I am, but I don't know how to pay for it.  A few of the regular events I am a host for (like tonight's bar night which ha a record 33 people show up!!!!!!!!)  and so I feel weird not showing up.  One of the problems in m program was getting people to engage and make friends outside of their specialization and I feel like these events are helping in a major way, and I am super excited about that. 

I want to go out, not just for the immediate satisfaction of having fun, but also for the networking and the sense of community these events build, but I just don't think I can afford to much longer. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 28 Apr 2013, 05:28
There are ways of enjoying yourself as a group that don't necessarily involve alcohol. Try going to a park and have a nice picnic. If that sounds too vanilla, just turn it into a bbq, just something where it's not expected to be drinking. That way everybody still gets to take everything they want in a bbq without the question of price coming up (as in: you don't have to buy things you don't want / can't afford) but you'll all still spend some time together.
i don't know if this made any sense.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 28 Apr 2013, 08:11
You can still go out and not drink, as well. Hang out, get a soda or something, maybe one drink if you can, but mostly just be there to hang out and chat. You will probably need to come up with something to stop people asking about it. But if you continue to be your usual fun self, you can avoid a lot of that expense and still go out.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 28 Apr 2013, 09:11
Even non-alcoholic drinks are expensive in pubs though.

You could do what I did for my birthday last night, drinking in someone's house. Host sorts out some nibbles, we had like wedges, chicken legs, cocktail sausages and I made ice cream and cheesecake. Guests brought booze. Half the time the hosts end up getting some left over booze which can be kept for next time.
Either general hanging out or watching a film is a good night. Tip: If your mates are like mine, pick a film people have seen before and/or you don't care too much if they talk over.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 29 Apr 2013, 11:22
The issue is that this is not a small group of close friends I am looking for ways to hang out with but several large overlapping groups of people from school who I am social with. Some of them I guess I am friends with, but most are just acquaintances. 

Right now a group will all go out to a karaoke night, or out dancing, or the like several nights a week, and I have become a standard member of these groups.  On Tuesdays we play BINGO at a bar, and I am the contact for that event and people really like it and are exited to keep doing it over summer, but to get a card you need to make a purchase and at this point even 1 purchase out is more than I ought to be making.  I also organize another bar night every two weeks, which had over 30 people in attendance this week (a record!) but which people also want to continue this summer.  This and the other places there is no obligation to buy anything, but it is hard to spend 8 hours dancing and not get a drink.  At some of the places beer is actually cheaper than soda or even water (the karaoke bar has 75 cent PBRs but charges $1.00 for water!). 

It is just a bloo bloo thing for me, since I am getting a lot out of socializing, but now that I got myself over my fear of interacting and have become,  'social leader' is too strong a term, but one of the go to people who organizes events and encourages people to go out and extols the benefits of group nights out, I feel like I am going to have to suddenly disapear from these events.  Either way, I will figure it out.  I have some things to sell, some old things, some sewing projects, my plasma, and I will taper how much I drink and perhaps how many I agree to go to. 


Unrelated, a few of you may rememember a while back I broke my sewing machine when I was sewing drunk.  I just opened it up and I can't figure out what is wrong with it.  :/  I hate, hate, hate, to do this, but I think I might buy a new one.  This was a $100 machine and it is 6 or so years old.  I am sure it can be fixed, but it could end up being half the cost of a new one.  Also I would have to find cash for the repair, but I have enough amazon credit after selling my textbooks back to just buy a new $100 machine.  It makes me feel guilty and aware of the problems with the disposable nature of our current economy.    I might see if a repair shop will just take it as a donation for parts or so they can refurb it and resell it, so at least is does not end up in the trash for what is likely one broken gear. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: ankhtahr on 29 Apr 2013, 15:14
Today was a very stressful day. We (the people in my school who graduate from Gymnasium in the same year) organised a farewell show, and I was taking care of lighting and sound. I do this regularly for school theatre plays, so nothing too new for me. But usually I have the opportunity of learning the piece, so I know what to do now. Well, the only practicing session for this show did take place, well, two hours before the show started… That was really stressful on it's own, but I also had two acts to do. One was playing a guitar piece. I chose "Julia Florida" by "Agustin Barrios Mangoré, which I usually can play rather decently, but as I was sitting there infront of the audience my social anxiety kicked in. I played through it with some rather big mistakes, which I tried to cover up a bit. Everybody I talked to afterwards told me that they didn't notice them, except one. I seriously doubt that, but whatever. When I went back to my place at the mixer console and the DMX controller my hands were shaking really badly. I could barely do anything for three minutes, not only because my hands were jumping up and down by about an inch. My throat felt extremely sore afterwards for a while. Damn, that wasn't a great experience, but at least it's finally over.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jimor on 29 Apr 2013, 16:25
It will get easier with experience. One thing to keep in mind with ANY live event is that people make mistakes all the time, and still everything happens, and people either don't notice (honestly), or they may notice, but forget about it amongst all the other cool things that are happening.

For example, I just got back from a live remote TV shoot where the cable access channel I work for covered a local arts fundraising event. In our production truck and around the site, things were chaotic as hell, with us hooking up the final couple of wires just seconds before we went live, and even then we were still late getting on air by about 2 minutes. Then just about every one of our carefully laid plans for how the production would go blew up in the first 15 minutes.

But we adapted, and found a couple of procedures that DID work, and stuck with them for the rest of the 2-hour broadcast. And you know what? The footage that hit the airwaves was pretty darned good, even though if you had been sitting in our truck listening to us yelling out problems and solutions, and figuring out what pieces of equipment were working correctly, and which we had to abandon, you'd think the world was ending.

The secret was that we were all experienced enough, and had all of us MADE mistakes on the air then realize that all we can do at that point is learn from them. So we didn't panic, we each did the job the best we could under the circumstances, then when it was over, we all took a deep breath, and let it go.

I think one thing a lot of people don't appreciate is that often, mistakes define the experience. A wedding where nothing goes wrong is boring. A performance where everything goes perfectly is probably one where the artist isn't challenging themselves enough. I've been in TV long enough where I can see a LOT of mistakes that happen on nationally televised events now, but what I also see is that they are so professional at just moving on and not calling out attention to those mistakes, that people really do not notice them.

That's a skill that you learn just as any other. A missed chord played with conviction will sound like you meant it all along.  :wink:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 29 Apr 2013, 16:49
Ankhtahr, have you finished a performance, solo or ensemble, with the feeling that you did well, that you reached your audience? If you have, I hope you've found the incentive to continue to perform in the certainty that you'll make fewer mistakes in the future and enjoy performing and the applause.
If you haven't had that experience but you enjoy the practice, you'll still get where you want to be.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: lepetitfromage on 30 Apr 2013, 06:58
Blurrgh, has it really been 2 weeks since I've posted?


Things are......things. I guess. Some good, some bad, some just "meh". I am super excited to be married soon but the remaining pile o' shiz I have to do is looming over me like a giant grizzly bear.

My bachelorette party was this past weekend and it was definitely fun times. Not what I anticipated and my preconceived ideas about it almost ruined it for me but when I finally shut my brain up, it was fun. We went to the Storm King Art Center and it was an absolutely gorgeous day to be there. Saw a bunch of wonderful stuff- Goldsworthy's Wall, a few Calder pieces, a Louise Nevelson work, a piece by Henry Moore, Maya Linn's Wavefield and a Lichtenstein. There was a bunch more that I'd love to see that we didn't get to but the place was HUGE, so we're definitely taking another trip back. I didn't get to see the Noguchi they have or a few other Calder pieces. Then we went to dinner at a great Thai place in Beacon, then out to the Newburgh waterfront. Nick was given a blowup doll (we named her Ivana) at one of his 2 bachelor parties and we decided to bring her out to the bars. Ivana was a huge hit! I ended the evening happily drunk but then puked my face off halfway through the ride home the next day.  :-\ Slept all day Sunday and then took yesterday off to recover some more lol. There are some photos floating around FB, I'll try and post some soon.

Work is meh. Still. I've applied to 5 more teaching positions and haven't gotten so much as a nibble back. I'm in the process of filling out the NYC Dept. of Ed. application but the thing is freaking enormous and I have to scan a few documents in for it. Just haven't had the time. Our QA Analyst told me that she wants to do a mock OMIG audit sometime soon and I have SO MUCH freaking filing to do it's not even funny. Doesn't help that I've had to leave early for my life drawing classes every Tuesday and Thursday for the last 2 months. That's ending this week though. Happy and "eh" about it at the same time. Will miss the extra moolah but will definitely be thankful for the extra time.

My apartment is a catastrophe.....ughhhhhh.....I haven't had time or space to pull out my spring/summer clothes so my clothing options are pretty limited at the moment. Has put a bit of a damper on my mood. Not to mention that I've gained back 10 of the 20 pounds I lost. Booo. I'm going for my second dress fitting tonight and I'm REALLY hoping that I don't need any more alterations. Of course, I still don't have the shoes I want to wear so I don't know if the length will be ok, but I can deal with my dress being a tad short. Better that than long, right?

More fun crap:

~Currently dealing with the jackass that sold me my wedding band and refuses to give me the appraisal I was promised. Opened a Paypal dispute. This ordeal is making me hate my ring and I'm seriously considering just selling the fucking thing on eBay and buying a new one. I can't help but feel like I'm being scammed and this guy is adamant that he doesn't have to prove that what he gave me is real simply because he says it is and that should be good enough.  :x

~Have an insane amount of work to do for the wedding right now. Not much that I can hand off either, since it's mostly DIY stuff and Nick isn't exactly comfortable with doing that sort of thing and I'm also a control freak (especially when it comes to hands-on stuff).

~Still dealing with the TMJ stuff. Gotta work on filing an appeal to the insurance company in between the wedding madness.

~I started a fundraiser to send toys and art supplies to the Boston Children's Hospital. I emailed everyone I knew, including 100 coworkers and 387 FB friends. So far, 2 people have donated in 10 days. I'm trying not to get depressed about this. I even started a GoFundMe page and have yet to receive even 10 cents. *sigh*

~The nausea is back. Wooo. Really starting to think it might be related to stress.

~On a more positive note, we just got an update about our photobooth print layout 5 minutes ago- 2 different options to choose from and and they're both ridiculously cute!



(Also- congrats, Bob!!! Yay for becoming a mod- I think you're a great fit for the position :-))
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 30 Apr 2013, 12:34
Ankhtahr, I've been performing in front of people for years. Over a decade, in fact. Just last year, my band played at 924 Gilman, and a friend of ours recorded the set for us. After we were finished, I swore up and down to the guy who recorded it that it was the worst set we'd ever played, to go ahead and do whatever he wanted with the recordings but that we probably wouldn't use them. Turned out we played almost completely flawlessly, and every mistake I heard didn't even exist. I was making them all up in my head, and I bet you were too.

I met Bo Diddley once upon a time, and he told me that it's always the modest ones who wind up being the best pickers. Don't let your modesty get the best of you and make you not want to play out anymore.
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Post by: ankhtahr on 30 Apr 2013, 12:58
Nope, these were real great mistakes. Probably the worst was when I totally forgot where I was, and didn't know how to continue, so I just played the next three melody tones from my mind to cover that up, and then was able to continue. Probably forgot about 8 tones at that point…

Here's how it was supposed to sound like:

The first hard part is at 0:39, where I placed the Barre badly, so only two tones could be heard. At 0:56 where you play the melody with hammer-on and pull-off I missed the string for some of the hammer-ons. The part between 1:26 and 1:31, which is probably the most difficult part of this piece was the only part I really played well  :psyduck:. Around 1:50 is the part I made the big mistake I mentioned above. Well. But apparently even one of the art teachers praised me. She mentioned to a friend of mine (I don't know her personally) that I played not perfect, but still well, and she was impressed by the choice of playing this piece.

But it was definitely a bad experience to me. I'm more happy with sitting in my room, practising great pieces of music, being astonished by what I can achieve by practising regularly. Asturias (http://youtu.be/Nx7vOb7GNBg) (she plays this too fast imho, it sounds nearly rushed, sadly I can't find my favourite interpretation on youtube) is one of the other pieces I can play, and currently I'm working on Enrique Granados' "Danza Española No.5" (http://youtu.be/tPmPr30_lzo).
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Post by: Loki on 30 Apr 2013, 13:27
Ankh, is it any consolation if, say, someone older than you, but still roughly in you age group tells you to be proud of having the ability and shut up?  :-D

To chime in on the "mistakes that others don't see" part: Our school had a play based on a movie. We rehearsed over and over to eventually have two performances, with different main casts, but same supporting characters. Both were captured on DVD, which means I got to both be part of it and watch it.

The first performance was awesome.

The second? Not so much. Well, to start with, some of the girls, presumably hyped up and trying to live up to the standards of the first performance, got pretty drunk (not smashed, but one could notice.)

This is presumably while one of them ended up hyperventilating behind the stage, while being dressed in a tight corset, which caused a big stir unbeknown to the spectators. Ambulance had to be called, while some of the other girls escorted that one girl out.

This lead to some awkward pauses when people forgot parts of their text, the stagehands missed their cues etc. (I think the text part can be chalked up to the secondary cast not rehearsing properly, on account of being secondary.) The one girl that was supposed to sing stopped dead-short in the middle of her song; thankfully, people started applauding to encourage her, and she finished flawlessly.

To make it short, I felt like everything that could go wrong went wrong. Since I had seen the scenes rehearsed a dozen times up to the point where I could do almost all of the speech parts, I could see all the little mistakes.

I later watched the DVD with my girlfriend. While she agreed that the second performance was not as good as the first, she noticed only the really big fuckups (like the girl that stopped singing), and completely missed the parts where people left text out, missed their cues etc; she had seen the movie from which we shamelessly copied borrowed 90% of the dialogue, and still couldn't make out the small errors.

This really brought home how the saying "90% of the audience won't notice 90% of the mistakes" holds true. You know how it is supposed to go; the audience doesn't. All they hear is a guitar play.

Yes, there will be times when you really fuck up so much that they notice, but most of the time, you won't.
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Post by: ankhtahr on 30 Apr 2013, 13:56
I've had shows (nearly) like this as well, but only as technician, sitting on a platform at the other and of the room, so I know the difference between what the actors notice, and what the audience notices, but that doesn't compare to actually being on the stage.

In the end it probably was better than I thought, but I still wouldn't call it a nice experience. But seriously, that doesn't really matter anyway, as I never intended to play on stages. I have fun playing at home, that's what counts to me.

Still, thanks for the kind words!
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Post by: Redball on 30 Apr 2013, 15:01
I can recall three train wrecks in performance. One was mine alone.
In college, I played the role of a 62-year-old guy, Uncle Willie, in The Philadelphia Story. I did OK in the performance at the college, but when we took the play to another college, I forgot my lines, stood there a few seconds, and resumed having skipped half a page of dialog. I don't know if anyone noticed the absence of dialog, but the pause couldn't have been missed. It was the second play I'd performed, and I have little doubt that had I continued acting, I'd have started to enjoy it. I also believe the audience generally enjoyed the performance.
I sang with a choir that had started out singing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s. Years later, we did the Messiah with a pickup orchestra, and I think in one chorus we were so bad our director stopped us. We started over. That may have tipped off those who knew the work and our abilities that we had some problems, but in general, we knew the work so well that I'm sure we otherwise provided a thrilling performance.
In that same choir, in a cabaret performance at one of the Ford estates in Detroit, a soloist doing the Soliloquy from Carousel totally forgot her words, and never did recover.
But train wrecks stand out mostly for the performers. The audience is being treated to live music or live drama, and that overcomes a lot of mistakes.
If you're good when you perform for yourself, if you can foresee the thrills from performing for others and entertaining them, keep at it. Don't keep your talent to yourself. Many of the people I sing with now are also actors. For them, it's a drug, an adrenaline rush. I envy that. The small choral group performing I do with them provides some of that.
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Post by: Thrillho on 30 Apr 2013, 15:29
Any time I thought I sucked, only other musicians have noticed, and frequently even they haven't.

Audiences are generally pretty dumb, and your fuckups are usually nowhere near as big as you think they are.

And even if you did fuck up, perfectionism is an endless pursuit and it'll stop you from getting sloppy and make you rehearse harder and keep getting better.
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Post by: Redball on 30 Apr 2013, 17:20
Having listened to the work, I think if you were confident enough to attempt it, you're proficient enough to learn to perform it to your satisfaction and to go on from there.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 30 Apr 2013, 17:49
Upon do my round 2000-2100 I happen upon girl sitting atop short pillar things on fif floor. Head in hands sobbing. Did what any guard would do: call police she is trespass. ask her "ya okay?"

She is okay. Her car is broken and her roommate has friends over. She thanks me for asking. I tell her have fun. Looks like she has some food to eat. Will check on her next round.
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Post by: Jace on 30 Apr 2013, 18:39
She wasn't there when went round 2100-2200
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Post by: Patrick on 30 Apr 2013, 19:00
Any time I thought I sucked, only other musicians have noticed, and frequently even they haven't.

Audiences are generally pretty dumb, and your fuckups are usually nowhere near as big as you think they are.

And even if you did fuck up, perfectionism is an endless pursuit and it'll stop you from getting sloppy and make you rehearse harder and keep getting better.

I will say that I did enjoy noticing people fuck up a couple times at Coachella. Isaac Brock (of Modest Mouse) mucked up the words more than a few times during their set, and I swear I was one of the only people to notice.
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Post by: jwhouk on 01 May 2013, 06:12
Happy May Day, everyone!
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Post by: pwhodges on 01 May 2013, 06:45
May Day in Oxford (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/01/may-day-oxford-university_n_3191011.html?utm_hp_ref=uk)

Or more straight-laced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Morning)
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Post by: Blue Kitty on 01 May 2013, 06:54
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/64696c225289c0524595e4d58c794fcf/tumblr_mluc8qzJfv1r18uvso2_250.gif)
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 01 May 2013, 11:42
Five day weekend!
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Post by: Welu on 01 May 2013, 14:41
I got Sims3. Bye forever.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 02 May 2013, 00:00
not homeless; great house; great pot; i leave people speechless with my music

and two people cried
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Post by: Masterpiece on 02 May 2013, 00:05
I got Sims3. Bye forever.
We need to stop supporting crappy publishers by buying their games.
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Post by: nekowafer on 02 May 2013, 05:14
not homeless; great house; great pot; i leave people speechless with my music

and two people cried

<3 <3 <3

I'm so glad things have been looking up for you. And by the way I loved being serenaded <3
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Post by: Welu on 02 May 2013, 07:50
Hooray for Unicorn!

I got Sims3. Bye forever.
We need to stop supporting crappy publishers by buying their games.

Didn't buy it.  :angel:
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Post by: Masterpiece on 02 May 2013, 13:00
good job Welu. Bleed'em dry!
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Post by: LTK on 02 May 2013, 13:50
What do you mean, good job? Spend your time on something worth paying for, at least!
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Post by: Patrick on 02 May 2013, 15:05
not homeless; great house; great pot; i leave people speechless with my music

and two people cried

intimate performances like that are the best. I am a huge proponent of small-scale acoustic shows. See also: Dave Bazan
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Post by: Jace on 02 May 2013, 19:18
So I'm pretty afraid of spiders. The parking ramp has quite a few webs floating about during the day, but they're unoccupied. Well night finally fell for sure and they came out in force in the doorways. Just going in and out of the stairwells was giving me anxiety so I'm skipping my next (which is the last for the shift) round. I will ask on Saturday if they can have a maintenance guy spray some insecticide about the doors.

Also I know spiders eat other insects and shit, but I don't really want these things hanging around all the door frames that I (and other people) have to go through multiple times a day. Based on last summer they'll need to do something because they were everywhere last summer but I avoided all the stairways as I didn't have to go in them previously
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 03 May 2013, 06:29
Yeah, that whole "Look at me hanging in mid air" thing is pretty fucking terrifying. I can deal with them on surfaces below me but even thinking about the whole idea of In Air and then On My Head is enough to make me spasm.


Eeeuuugh.
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Post by: Metope on 03 May 2013, 10:55
I got Sims3. Bye forever.

I had Sims 3 on my old laptop ages ago, but it only really worked when the laptop was new and fresh, so I've not been able to play it for a couple years. I just realised that hey! I have a brand new, shiny computer now and I can install it again! Went on the EA website, downloaded Origin (yes, I purchased it from EA, please don't judge me. I was young and naive, okay?), clicked 'Download' on the game... and now it says it'll be done in 275 days, 38 minutes and 54 seconds. Great.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 03 May 2013, 14:12
i have a date with a guy tomorrow who

i'm not really into

if anything his clinginess is kind of pitiable

but he's going to get me high and give me some professional massages so i'm just going to lead him on for a bit and then gently break his heart i guess

(also shouldn't the blog thread be in relate?)
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Post by: Welu on 03 May 2013, 15:33
My partner was laid off because of stupid fucking reasons.
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Post by: Jace on 04 May 2013, 00:01
Yeah, that whole "Look at me hanging in mid air" thing is pretty fucking terrifying. I can deal with them on surfaces below me but even thinking about the whole idea of In Air and then On My Head is enough to make me spasm.


Eeeuuugh.

Yeah last summer I went through one of the doors to go down the stairs from the 5th (of 5) floor of the parking ramp and I felt something on my head, so I brushed it off thinking it was just a web. GUESS WHAT WAS ATTACHED AND LANDED ON MY CHEST. I promptly flipped the fuck out and knocked it off my chest but still. Fuck that. These aren't small ones either, their bodies are about the size of a nickel.
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Post by: Jace on 04 May 2013, 00:16
Okay I forgot to mention but every Friday night the people who live next door just hang out in the alleyway between the houses talking. Its nice enough out that I have my window open but seriously fuck you for hanging outside right underneath someone's window talking between 2 and 430am some of us have to sleep so we can go to work in the morning.
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Post by: Patrick on 04 May 2013, 02:20
Record them during a very private conversation if at all possible, capturing as much incriminating detail as possible. Then, blackmail them!

I am going to be so disappointed when the Stanley Cup playoffs end because that means no more Hockey Night with Matt 'til the '13-'14 season starts up. At least baseball will be heating up by then. PS SUCK IT CANUCKS
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 04 May 2013, 02:35
My partner was laid off because of stupid fucking reasons.
Welcome to the unemployed life. We'd have T-shirts but we can't afford them.

Seriously, that sucks. Commiserations.
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Post by: Jace on 04 May 2013, 04:25
Record them during a very private conversation if at all possible, capturing as much incriminating detail as possible. Then, blackmail them!

Its just inane bullshit. There's not a lot of substance to their conversation. They just talk.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 04 May 2013, 07:02
Gaaaaaah I hate the backassward way I have to do this assignment! Let me do what I want to the database rather than faffing around with your adapters! I could have finished this weeks ago! It would also be nice if there was more than a paragraph in the WHOLE 9-month course about how to do what this question asks! I use too many exclamation marks [urinating dog][urinating dog][urinating dog][urinating dog] I really should get offline and do some work!
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Post by: Papersatan on 04 May 2013, 14:39
I started reading 'Lean In' today.  It is the book by the COO of Facebook about the problems women face that prevent us from holding an equal number of high-power positions.  It focuses mostly on the internal/inter-personal problems caused by social and institutional inequality that lead women to not seek, or not achieve powerful positions, and how the lack of female leaders perpetuate's a lack of female leaders.  So far it is really good. It's not telling me anything I didn't know already, but it is laying it all out in one place, and really framing it as a call to arms.  It is an interesting time for me to read this, as I struggle to figure out what I want to do with my life. 

On the one hand I want to chase big things, take risks and work with brilliant people on exciting projects, on the other I have a massive amount of debt and if I go corporate and fail it will bury me, where as if I go government, even if I never get to a position of power (read: high pay) I will have my loans forgiven in 10 years, allowing me to do things like buy a home, or retire.  Reading 'Lean In' is forcing me to admit that part of why I am not following opportunities (there have been several job postings I thought were exciting and I might be qualified for that I did not apply to) is not because I am committed to working in the public sector, but because I am afraid of applying to the jobs I want.  I am undermining myself, because I am not convinced I am good enough for these jobs and I am using my debt as an excuse. It is not an entirely invalid excuse, when I graduate I will have nearly 200,000 in loans, but I am realizing I need to sit down again and reexamine my options for paying it back, and decide what I really want from a career. 
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 04 May 2013, 15:25
One assignment down, one to go! Now to see if I can get this done in two days rather than the month it took for the last one...  :-\
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 11:55
i went outside, found a little gnatling spider crawling on me - maybe about 2mm long. i put it down in the grass, but it was very insistent that it wanted to crawl on me - so i wandered around the yard and let it get up to my shoulders, whereupon i would pick it up and it would crawl up my other arm.

i watched it - it would reach out with its thread-thin legs and grab onto the hair on my arm, pulling it down and crawling over it, sometimes getting caught on a particularly long one.

i thanked it for its time and put it in a bush.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 May 2013, 13:02
*shudder* I'm ok with spiders but they always bite me when they touch me,  so I've developed quite an adversion to coming in contact with them.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:03
spider8ites are warning signs. he didn't bite me, so i'm p. sure i'm doing the right thing.
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Post by: Jace on 05 May 2013, 13:04
How do you know the spider was a he?
Check your fucking privilege.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:05
i'm p. sure spiders don't have a concept of gender, but i could be wrong.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 May 2013, 13:10
They do. I had a bit of a bug fascination as a kid, so I know. :P Male and female spiders typically have some pretty significant physical differences,  even amongst the same species. Males are usually physically smaller than females. They typically avoid each other except to mate. Many species' females kill and eat their mates after mating.

 :mrgreen:
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:10
gender ≠ sex
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:11
i'm pretty sure i've made that exact same post to you before
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:11
basically what i'm asking for is for an ULTRA-gendered world, obviously

Sexnaniganans?

sex ≠ gender

OKAY SO PRETTY CLOSE
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Post by: Valdís on 05 May 2013, 13:13
Pretty close? Those statements are logically identical, since they contain nothing further. :-)
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Post by: Papersatan on 05 May 2013, 13:14
(gender ≠ sex) = (sex ≠ gender)
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 May 2013, 13:17
I still don't get what I said wrong.  :psyduck: I (purposefully) avoided using that word...
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Post by: LTK on 05 May 2013, 13:19
I think that any animal species with sexual dimorphism has to have a concept of gender, however primitive it may be. Hermaphroditic animals probably don't. It's certainly an interesting question.

I still don't get what I said wrong.  :psyduck: I (purposefully) avoided using that word...
You didn't say anything wrong, you just understood it wrong. :P
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Post by: Valdís on 05 May 2013, 13:20
I still don't get what I said wrong.  :psyduck: I (purposefully) avoided using that word...

No you didn't?

i'm p. sure spiders don't have a concept of gender, but i could be wrong.
They do.

And then you described their sexes.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:21
goddammit google, i'm trying to find out if animals have gender

quit giving me your shit about gay penguins

and your 'homosexuality in animals myth' conservapedia result
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:21
actually no thank you for that one, i fucking love conservapedia
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Post by: Valdís on 05 May 2013, 13:25
Fact: They do. Humans are animals. I don't see any reason why other ones with sufficient brain-function wouldn't?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:29
would you putting spiders in with that group? 'cause i'm going to go ahead and put my money on 'spiders very likely do not understand the concept of gender'
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Post by: Patrick on 05 May 2013, 13:30
Sharks vs Canucks game 3 tonight, plus new Game Of Thrones.

I tried to go swimming at a friend's house yesterday but then remembered that I am shit-terrified of water. Showering is hard enough. Dihydrogen monoxide can kill you in a number of ways, and fuck that shit.

Also who honestly gives a fuck what spiders think
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:30



<--
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:32
(she's a sp8der (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roz072kSsPg))
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Post by: Patrick on 05 May 2013, 13:36
how's that for a blatant ripoff of the score from Pirates of the Caribbean
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:36
she's also a pirate
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Post by: LTK on 05 May 2013, 13:38
would you putting spiders in with that group? 'cause i'm going to go ahead and put my money on 'spiders very likely do not understand the concept of gender'
No doubt, considering humans have a hard time understanding the concept of gender as well. (I'm probably one of them.) But I think if you poked around a spider brain you'd probably find at least one neuronal network that's responsible for making boy spiders act like boy spiders and not girl spiders.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 May 2013, 13:41
but does that fall into the realm of defining gender or defining sex?
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 05 May 2013, 13:42
how's that for a blatant ripoff of the score from Pirates of the Caribbean

It seems nearly all pirate-related music is a blatant ripoff of the score from Pirates of the Caribbean. I was playing a flash game the other day in which literally every piece had its corresponding piece from PotC. I could hum along to it even though I'd never heard any of them before.
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Post by: LTK on 05 May 2013, 13:49
but does that fall into the realm of defining gender or defining sex?
Gender, I guess? Or are you treating mind and brain as separate here?
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Post by: Valdís on 05 May 2013, 13:50
would you putting spiders in with that group? 'cause i'm going to go ahead and put my money on 'spiders very likely do not understand the concept of gender'

As would I. Well, they certainly don't "understand" or care about whatever they do have, at least. Unless there is a distinct aspect of their limited functionality that could wire them differently as far as gender-identity is concerned, which would be interesting knowledge for sure. It's not like Gender is divorced from biology. I largely consider my transgender status an intersex condition of the brain, so, well, no reason their biology couldn't get wonky too if they have parts like that.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 May 2013, 13:53
I like the new avatar, vriska.  :P

Also we know at least some spiders are self-aware  (http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/19/possible-new-spider-species-shows-3d-printers-whats-what/)
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Post by: LTK on 05 May 2013, 13:57
Also we know at least some spiders are self-aware  (http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/19/possible-new-spider-species-shows-3d-printers-whats-what/)
Nope. Nuh-uh. Not even close. What that spider can do is very impressive - almost as much as spinning an intricate web - but that is absolutely no indication of self-awareness.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 05 May 2013, 14:00
It's a spider that knows what a spider is, and that it itself is in fact a spider. I consider that at least slightly self aware.
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Post by: LTK on 05 May 2013, 14:02
There is no evidence for that spider knowing either of those things. It is only a spider that knows how to make something that looks like a spider.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 05 May 2013, 14:08
Was an edit, now in a new post:


Found the composer's site.
http://dominikhauser.com/listen.php

Look in the 'Pirates' section.
Attack of the Sea Monster - The Kraken (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzzGWfPI2YU)
Pirates on the Ocean - Barbossa is Hungry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi6tvcDInVY)
Off to Sea - Fog Bound (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meb_4cEriyw)
A Pirate's Jig (YMMV)/Drinking at the Tavern - Two Hornpies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhEnM2kA5zA)
Pirates to the Gallows - Hoist the Colours (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5J9ATDOqJM), though YMMV
Life as a Pirate - Yo Ho (A pirate's life for me) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A19q7rysLs)

Of course, this could all be fine, but some of it's very similar.
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Post by: Papersatan on 06 May 2013, 08:07
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FL5BuG4UgHA/UYfGtCa9YVI/AAAAAAAAEKo/UIEZV5AJAfU/w850-h631/lollipop2.JPG)
"We resemble but are legally distinct from..."
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Post by: Welu on 06 May 2013, 11:12
Kat, I think I've just fallen in love with you.    :lol:
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Post by: Redball on 06 May 2013, 11:25
Kat, I think I've just fallen in love with you.    :lol:
*It was the B-24 that was the Liberator, incidentally. Do these people know no history?
...will you marry me?

♥Now is the month of maying....♥
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Post by: pwhodges on 07 May 2013, 12:25
I'm looking up holiday flights.  On the RyanAir site I found this gem in the "hints on saving additional optional fees":

Quote from: RyanAir
Checked Baggage Fee -  is avoidable by simply travelling with no checked baggage.

Clever, eh?  Would never have thought of that.  The fee is £25 per 15kg bag per flight.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 May 2013, 12:28
on greyhound buses you're only allowed one checked bag, and they charge some $20 per extra bag

so at each stop i just check a new bag in and say it's my only bag

and they tag it

and the people outside don't know or care if i've paid or not, so i just get a bunch of free luggage storage that way. (usually my duffel, guitar, and bass go underneath, and my violin, laptop, and messenger bag go on-board with me)
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Post by: mtmerrick on 07 May 2013, 19:03
You travel with a lot of instruments.  :psyduck:
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 May 2013, 19:47
and this is after I've sold off a violin, a dulcimer, a keyboard, several guitars (electric and acoustic) and a mandolin.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 07 May 2013, 20:32
That's one nice thing about my flight next week, international flight, so no checked baggage fee for me! It's on the house. XD
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Post by: Jace on 07 May 2013, 21:35
My leg has been swollen and hurting for a solid 2 weeks now. This is some bullshit injury and it is definitely gonna make fighting tomorrow tough.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 May 2013, 22:58
I've lived in Washington for a week now and I'm already a pot dealer.
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Post by: Metope on 09 May 2013, 03:41
But, isn't that legal there now?

In bloggy news, I just wrapped up my third year in art school. Technically I have my degree now, but I still have a year left (honours year). Feeling relieved and exhausted, plus very, very sore. I had to carry all of my stuff home and wow, how do I end up with so many things? My room is chaotic and I need to find a way to store everything in one cupboard for the summer since I'm subletting, seems like an impossible task at the moment. I need to work on my Tetris/stacking skills.
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Post by: Carl-E on 09 May 2013, 08:21
...or get a bigger cupboard. 
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Post by: Metope on 09 May 2013, 10:45
I'm afraid the cupboard-size is fixed, since it's built into the room. it goes all the way up to the ceiling, which is quite high, so I think there's enough space. I did manage to squeeze most of my art supplies into a fairly large suitcase, it is so heavy I can barely lift it.

Edit: Here's my studio space at the moment, way tidier than usual:

(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Patrick on 09 May 2013, 12:06
I really love it when random hot birthday girls show up to my jam night. Got her number. Probably gonna be too scared to talk to her. Yaaaay
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Post by: Zingoleb on 09 May 2013, 14:44
But, isn't that legal there now?

...ish.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 09 May 2013, 14:48
Selling it is illegal, I thought?
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Post by: snalin on 09 May 2013, 16:05
Is it legal anywhere in the US to be a dealer without some kind of licence?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 09 May 2013, 19:17
no

and it's actually not legal on a federal level whether you have a license or not so you can still get busted by the feds
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Post by: Lines on 09 May 2013, 20:03
From my understanding, you can legally buy marijuana from someone licensed to sell it because the state can collect tax on it. So buying it in a shop is legal, but buying it from a dealer (who will not be doing anything tax related) is not legal. Possession is legal (I guess?) but possession with intent to sell is not.

Granted, I don't live in a state where it's legal, so I am pulling this out of my ass and might possibly be completely wrong.
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Post by: Patrick on 10 May 2013, 00:43
"Possession with intent to sell" is such a bullshit charge. You could be carrying a tensack (a very small amount, even here in California) and they could nail you for it because it's a small enough amount to be considered distribution-ready. Basically it's just a backdoor into getting you a higher sentence no matter how much you may be carrying.
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Post by: Papersatan on 10 May 2013, 00:48
Kris. I have previously said as much, but again I say, I love your arts.

If something will nto fit, ship it to Michigan maybe?  There are still cookies in it for you.

<3
Drunk Kat.


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Post by: Patrick on 10 May 2013, 03:44
Here's an actual blog post instead of me bitching about weed laws.

It just occurred to me within the hour that the one public place in town that meets the most prerequisites for "Troubador and friends throwing a massive all-ages show at home" also happens to employ 3 of my good friends. It's the Round Table Pizza on my end of town. Huge place, easily over 1000sq.ft of floor space for customers alone, plus a nook in the back that is perfectly sized for up to a 5-piece. Having finally put 2 and 2 together, I texted the one with the most seniority and asked him. I hope to hear back soon!
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Post by: GarandMarine on 10 May 2013, 07:56
http://thespecialistsltd.com

I want to work for these people. So much.
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Post by: Loki on 10 May 2013, 09:01
Specialists Ltd.? Are they, by chance, a contractor of the Department Of Kicking Your Ass?
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Post by: GarandMarine on 10 May 2013, 09:10
No, they're armorers and weapons rental guys for movies.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 10 May 2013, 09:57
yeah but they can't prove intent to sell unless you have something like a scale or baggies on you

and you can carry up to an ounce

so i feel pretty safe.

in blog news, a friend of mine died and i'm kinda bummed.
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Post by: Patrick on 10 May 2013, 14:23
oh no, I'm sorry to hear that! :( *hugs*

in slightly happier news, some random girl in Iran who added me on Facebook said I look kinda like Neil Patrick Harris, I'm about to have the best day ever
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Post by: Zingoleb on 10 May 2013, 14:39
i mean like, whatever, we all saw it coming and i'm not upset

just kinda bummed that a dude i knew is dead and i'm never gonna see him again

Oh Well
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Post by: mtmerrick on 11 May 2013, 02:18
DAMMIT.

i FINALLY go to try to do something productive - in this case research college admissions - and THEY SHUT DOWN THAT PART OF THE WEBSITE AT NIGHT.

yeah, you heard that right.

Quote
The Online Registration portion of this site is unavailable at this time.

This page re-opens daily at 8:00 AM.

Thank you for your interest in the San Diego Community Colleges

what.

the.

fuck.
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Post by: Loki on 11 May 2013, 02:23
Dude. Are the applications processed manually during office hours or what? And they don't even specify time zone?

Put an alarm on so that you will know when to retry.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 11 May 2013, 03:17
well i assume its local time. but yeah, pretty ridiculous.
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Post by: Welu on 11 May 2013, 06:18
I got my partner Marvel/Ironman pyjamas for his birthday and paid him back a load of the money I owed him.
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Post by: Patrick on 11 May 2013, 09:51
last night I met an old friend at the bar, because she and her boyfriend are visiting from where they now live in Oregon. I don't see those two enough. I love them so very much and it breaks my heart a little how I almost never see them anymore.

I also ran into a girl who Matt asked out once. She said yes, and he was really excited because he'd come to like her over the course of running into her and talking to her every so often. They went out, and she dropped the bomb on him that she had a boyfriend, and that she only went out with him because she was mad at said boyfriend. Anyway, so I had forgotten why I recognized her, so I asked her name, and as soon as she said it (it's a pretty distinctive name) I remembered everything and immediately regretted talking to her. What kind of person does that to another?
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Post by: snalin on 11 May 2013, 18:33
The Online Registration portion of this site is unavailable at this time.

This page re-opens daily at 8:00 AM.

Thank you for your interest in the San Diego Community Colleges

"Hello, we do not understand the internet"

Like, that is a damn feature. They have had someone do extra work to ensure that the page is not available at night. What. The. Fuck?

If you are trying to apply for anything technology related at that college... you should probably rethink that.
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Post by: nekowafer on 13 May 2013, 08:33
I'm all moved in to my new room, except a car load of clothing and shoes and random shit. I actually have more storage space in a 10' by 14' room (with closets) than in the one bedroom apartment I shared with boyfriend.

It's been rough sleeping alone again, but I'll be okay. Eventually.
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Post by: Carl-E on 13 May 2013, 08:36
It's oddly liberating...


But then again, my wife snores. 
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Post by: nekowafer on 13 May 2013, 08:50
Boyfriend no longer snores, thankfully, but he has to be ALL OVER ME at night. Like he scoots closer when I pull away a little, and then I pull away more, and he ends up taking up 2/3rds of the bed. Now I have a whole bed to myself! Aside from a body pillow and a ton of plushies.
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Post by: Redball on 13 May 2013, 09:09
A hazard to sleeping alone is that the other side of the bed becomes just another horizontal thing-collector. I fantasize that I'll keep the entire surface clear, put my pillow in the middle and sleep there. So far, a fantasy. Another reason for a partner, albeit the least of them.
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Post by: nekowafer on 13 May 2013, 09:16
Mine will mostly just have pillows, plushies, and cats. Occasionally my laptop and maybe clean clothing that I haven't gotten around to putting away. I don't like sleeping next to a ton of stuff.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 13 May 2013, 10:54
A hazard to sleeping alone is that the other side of the bed becomes just another horizontal thing-collector.

Who says you need a double bed for that?
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Post by: Redball on 13 May 2013, 11:06
I never thought about it. In fact it's queen size. I can't see accumulating stuff beside me on a twin. It'd fall off. OTOH I'm not that good lately about picking up stuff that falls on floors.
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Post by: dr. nervioso on 13 May 2013, 11:14
So hey guys
Long time no see
I'm in Colorado for the summer
I got decent grades (As and Bs except for one C)
I want this summer to go by fast so I can go back to Indiana
And I'm pretty horny

Yeah I think that's everything
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Post by: nekowafer on 13 May 2013, 11:38
Hiiiiiii!

Yay! Mostly?
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 13 May 2013, 12:42
I never thought about it. In fact it's queen size. I can't see accumulating stuff beside me on a twin. It'd fall off. OTOH I'm not that good lately about picking up stuff that falls on floors.

Nor am I. It's unoriginal, but the word 'floordrobe' comes to mind.
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Post by: Redball on 13 May 2013, 13:19
I wish my wife were around to hear that word. It sounds like her life before she met me, peeling off her clothes as she came home to her apartment after a night out, picking them up and putting some of them on the next morning before she went to work. I don't think we ever got around to discussing what clothes she discarded.
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Post by: Welu on 13 May 2013, 13:44
Today hasn't gone right. Woke up very sore and stiff for no reason, at least nothing I did yesterday explains it. So missed class when I'm already tight on deadlines. Got a few final touches done on the film at least. Then got a call at 4pm from work being all, "You're down 4 to 11." and I'm all, "Wut." Then had to say I couldn't go in because of reasons for missing class. I said I looked at the rota Friday night and was told one rota went up but the new one should have been up by Friday. Actually I looked at it last night too and didn't notice I was on for Monday but I was looking at Wednesday. Also was getting guilted because I've been asking for more hours, except now that I think about it I did ask for more hours once summer starts so I'll point that out. Plus if I went to class I'd have been there up to 5pm, which my manager should know.

The more I think about it, the less I think this is my fuck up.
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Post by: Loki on 13 May 2013, 15:02
What does "you are down 4 to 11" mean?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 13 May 2013, 15:08
she's scheduled (written down) as having a shift from 4 to 11
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Post by: Welu on 13 May 2013, 15:16
Unicorn has it right.
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Post by: mtmerrick on 13 May 2013, 20:05
Goddamm jesus fucking PAIN.

I Feel like someone took a sledgehammer to my achellies. And I'm a mile away from home because the dog had to be walked and I was feeling fairly ok then. But I'm feeling really bad right now and fuck why does pain HURT so much?

EDIT: and now the mosquitoes are swarming me. Fuck everything.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 14 May 2013, 06:52
So hey guys
Long time no see
I'm in Colorado for the summer
I got decent grades (As and Bs except for one C)
I want this summer to go by fast so I can go back to Indiana
And I'm pretty horny

Yeah I think that's everything

Welcome back!! :-)

Welu- that is most definitely not your fault. Why on Earth would they think you would come to work an hour before your class is even over?

Primo- Nick has achilles tendonitis and it SUCKS. Try to remember to stretch before any physical activity- no matter how small. Check out your shoes too- worn out shoes or ones not meant for walking long distances will only put more stress on it. Nick bought a new pair of sneakers and his pain went away almost instantly.


So guys, I'm getting married in 11 freaking days. Whaaaaaaaaaat. Everyone keeps asking if I'm nervous and I'm really not....I'm starting to feel like I should be nervous! I'm not worried at all about getting/being married, mainly about getting everything done in the next 11 days (and hey- after that, maybe I'll post about something other than gettin' hitched!). I've done some more fun projects that I'll (hopefully) be posting (eventually). And I finally completed the two tasks that were stressing me out the most! I finally decided on a pair of shoes (let's just hope they are actually at the store when I go to pick them up tonight!) and my dad and I picked out a song. :-) It took forever to figure something out and after a while I started to get frustrated. I made him a CD for Christmas last year and asked him to pick something out for us to dance to. Well....after asking him every month if he listened to his CD, I'd always get the same answer- nope. There was always an excuse "I don't have speakers on my computer", "the speakers on the other computer suck", no time, don't feel like it, etc, etc. I started to get discouraged and think that he didn't really care what we danced to. Finally, I went to my parents' house on Sunday for Mothers' Day and I found out that yes, my dad didn't listen to the CD I made him- he looked up some of the songs and listened to them online. And on top of that, he has been scouring the net for other songs. He downloaded at least 20 different songs, went through like, 6 different lists of father/daughter tunes....I seriously almost cried. He spent just as much time trying to find a song- if not more- than I did! Throughout this process, I've also confirmed where I get my obsessive behaviors from.... :-P We came up with a backup song (Unforgettable) but it just wasn't doing it for us, so we spent all last night on the phone going over more songs that I found yesterday and we finally decided on Midnight Lullaby by Tom Waits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzhHrVmTWDw).


I have easily spent 40+ hours trying to find a pair of shoes for the wedding and I am fully aware of how insane that makes me sound. I wanted shoes with all of the wedding colors in them, studded shoes, a pair from Iron Fist (*drooooool*), navy slingbacks, white cage/gladiators....then I just gave up and said "anything white and funky" and then I found these (http://www.dsw.com/shoe/caparros+luxe+platform+sandal?prodId=250668). The only issue that I had with them was that my mom is wearing silver shoes for the wedding and I wanted to wear something that no one else would be wearing. And then I realized that those were amazing and comfortable and kick-ass and it's actually kind of cute that my mom and I will be wearing the same color shoe. Plus, I'll be removing the ribbon that they come with and replacing it with a satin navy ribbon for my "something blue".

The only big things left are the centerpieces, corsages/bouts, choosing the cake, sending an email with hairstyles to my hair lady, the itinerary/program and packaging up the gifts for my bridesmaids. Weeeeeeeeee.
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Post by: jwhouk on 14 May 2013, 07:02
The last week is ALWAYS the hardest. Trust me.
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Post by: Jimor on 14 May 2013, 10:39
Oooh, this should be fun. I recently filmed a band of friends at a big event in town, and the promoter also had a full multicamera film crew also record the event. Because I don't have much editing to do, I was able to post a couple of songs a couple days afterwards, which was almost 2 weeks ago now. Today, the first clip from this crew came out, which happened to not only be one of the same songs I posted, but had the exact same audio.

Now, we're both filming the same event, but I have a particular way of processing my live audio that's fairly distinctive (and has garnered a lot of praise for being some of the best live music audio people have heard). The big telltale, however, is the very specific cheers of individual people heard at the end of the song that could *only* have come from a microphone at the exact same location I was standing.

Before I make a public stink, I'm putting out queries to get to the bottom of it all and see if the record can be set straight. Typically, I am very willing to share what I take, particularly with the bands to use how they want, or even some other videographers have asked for footage from my angle, or even the audio files, knowing I do a good job with it, and I'm happy to help. But not asking is not cool.  :police:

EDIT: Issue resolved. Talked with the videographer, and it seems more general cluelessness rather than malice. He gave me prominent credit for the audio, and we'll discuss any future sharing of resources in advance. Now to see if there's a diplomatic way of telling him you can't just stretch 4x3 footage into a 16x9 frame (in other words, my position as the best live music videographer in town is NOT at risk).  :roll: 
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Post by: Loki on 14 May 2013, 13:44
Now to see if there's a diplomatic way of telling him you can't just stretch 4x3 footage into a 16x9 frame (in other words, my position as the best live music videographer in town is NOT at risk).  :roll: 

 :facepalm:

Glad to hear you got it resolved!
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Post by: mtmerrick on 14 May 2013, 14:44
Now to see if there's a diplomatic way of telling him you can't just stretch 4x3 footage into a 16x9 frame (in other words, my position as the best live music videographer in town is NOT at risk).  :roll: 

 How the hell can this man work with video for a living and POSSIBLY think that's acceptable? >_<
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Post by: Carl-E on 14 May 2013, 23:27
I could see it - what he'd gotten on audio was shit, and he lifted yours just to see if it would work - then never got around to asking.  An easy oversight, but unforgivable to publish it leaving it that way.  I think the fact that he was willing to resolve it with no fuss shows that it was more unintentional oversight than intentional theft. 

And am I thinking right that the stretch from 4 x 3 to 16 x 9 gives a 4/3 distortion?  Talk about the camera putting on pounds... everyone's 33% wider! 




Or is it 25% shorter?   :psyduck:
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Post by: pwhodges on 14 May 2013, 23:43
I have friends who have their TV set up to do that; I offered to put it right, but they prefer to have the whole screen used, and really (it seems) don't notice the distortion.

It seems weird to me that they can be like that...
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Post by: Carl-E on 14 May 2013, 23:48
Chalk it up to human adaptivity - we seem to be able to get used to anything. 



This is not always a good thing...
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Post by: Jimor on 15 May 2013, 00:53
Yeah, Carl, I think you're right. He uploaded, and showed it to the band, probably to see what they thought, and since it was "public" on his channel, they went ahead and started spreading it around before he was ready. This is why when I have a clip I need to check things with the band first, I upload it as "unlisted" AND tell the band what that means so they don't repost until I get an answer to my query (or if they're fine with it as is, they can still post links that will work for their fans, and I can change it to Public later when I get a chance).

And from what he's said and I've found out, he's not really a pro, but I guess trying to break into the field, so offered his services for the event as personal promo. And on the face of it, he's bringing 4 cameras and operators, got press passes to have a couple be on stage, so it all appears more "legit" in a lot of peoples' eyes, but the truth is that it's hard to shoot and edit together uncoordinated footage into something that feels natural to viewers. I'm sure it would take even me a while to really understand the flow and to train the other camera operators on what their assignments need to be to provide editable footage.

(Warning: ego unleashed) So I'm happy with my single camera guerrilla style because despite the limitations, I've developed it enough where it sets the standard for what live music video can look and sound like. Just having multiple cameras doesn't mean you'll get professional quality video unless you really truly understand what it takes to put the whole package together. When I do go multi-camera (and I do have plans), I want to jump right to the kind of broadcast quality stuff you'd see in a lot of the pro live streams you see around these days.
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Post by: Welu on 15 May 2013, 08:19
Was very sick yesterday. Feel a lot better now but still not feeling hungry and am very sore and and achey. Typical I get sick so close to deadlines and my driving test.
My driving instructor is trying to get me a free retest since I could get a doctor's note saying I was unfit to drive. So whoo! May not have near £50 down the hole!
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Post by: Redball on 15 May 2013, 08:53
I have friends who have their TV set up to do that; I offered to put it right, but they prefer to have the whole screen used, and really (it seems) don't notice the distortion.

It seems weird to me that they can be like that...
I wrote a tongue-in-cheek edit for my newspaper a few years back claiming that our ability to tolerate the distortion was behind the obesity crisis as we tried to live up to the images on the screen.
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Post by: Welu on 16 May 2013, 15:41
Partner caught my sick. We're slowly getting not as sick. Driving instructor made it so I don't have to pay for another driving lesson. (Assuming I pass this one.) College work has gone no bad don't talk about it.
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Post by: jwhouk on 16 May 2013, 16:42
Just as long as you remember not to drive on the right side of the road, you'll be fine!
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Post by: Patrick on 17 May 2013, 00:18
Yes. You must always drive on the wrong side of the road.
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Post by: Loki on 17 May 2013, 00:21
But then the wrong side would be the right side? So they'd have to switch to the right side, but then they're driving on the right side, which is wrong, because they are supposed to drive on the wrong side, not the right side. Got it?
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Post by: GarandMarine on 17 May 2013, 00:52
Okay bitches, I'm out for two weeks to go invade a foreign country, defile their culture, and pillage their cities (especially their incredible variety of kit kat bars) don't burn the forums down while I'm gone.

Fromage congrats on the pending nuptials!
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Post by: mtmerrick on 17 May 2013, 01:09
*grabs gas can and flamethrower*

have fun!
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Post by: GarandMarine on 17 May 2013, 02:31
Motherfuck. Here I am trying to get a nap in before leaving the country, and tonight of all nights, some stupid fuckhead decides coming over the fence is a good idea. Right into the rocky side yard. By my room. The room of a highly paranoid jarhead with mild anger management issues and a twitchy dislike of people sneaking up on his position in the dark. Long story short, grabbed my boots, 1911, and head lamp, went outside, called out as I went condition one before rounding the corner of the side yard, fuck stick hops the fence and makes like he learned how to fly. Fucker. At least my old man is handling the police report so I don't have delay leaving.
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Post by: Loki on 17 May 2013, 03:05
Where you goin'?
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Post by: jwhouk on 17 May 2013, 03:23
He's going Japanese.
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Post by: GarandMarine on 17 May 2013, 03:30
Yes I leave you all for the land of the rising sun, I'm too adrenaline buzzed to sleep, and it's wake up time about now to get ready to leave for the airport. I'll probably be back for a little bit waiting for my next plane in LAX.
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Post by: Loki on 17 May 2013, 03:30
Have fun and get wasted on sake!
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Post by: GarandMarine on 17 May 2013, 03:37
Sake it to me baby!

Fun fact: Saying "sake" in Japanese is the equivalent of saying "alcohol" in English. While everyone knows what you mean, the precise term for Japanese rice wine is "nihonshu"
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 17 May 2013, 06:19
That is a fun fact- I enjoy saying that word. Nihonshu! Om nom nom.

Also, have fun, take lots of photos and thanks!  :-D
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Post by: Loki on 17 May 2013, 14:02
Writing on my assignment. Roughly half an hour left, one subsection to go (must be turned in by midnight). I feel half-asleep and half-hyped beyond recognition. It will be too short, I know it, but I don't know what to write :|
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Post by: K1dmor on 17 May 2013, 14:15
 You should write "Screw Flanders" several times to make it longer.
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Post by: Loki on 17 May 2013, 15:05
Somehow I doubt I could have made it relevant to CS.

...maybe I should have written a for-loop as an example and be like "okay, the output of this method will be:"

Quote
Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders! Screw Flanders!
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Post by: snalin on 17 May 2013, 16:41
While(Flanders)
    screw(Flanders);
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Post by: Patrick on 18 May 2013, 18:17
The AMGEN Tour of California came through my town (Livermore) today! And then there was a bomb threat 100 feet from where I was eating lunch.
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Post by: Welu on 19 May 2013, 13:51
I want to make a terrible dance remix/mash-up of something for my media course because due to my being sick last week and the deadlines being this week, I've reach No More Fucks To Give stage. Any suggestions for what annoying thing I can mix to make even more terrible? I'm thinking something mixed with Space Jam because that's a thing.

Keep in mind I've already made an elevator version of Portal's Still Alive. I also did a looping version of Fandango's theme, also elevator'd. That's my Giving A Fuck standard.
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 19 May 2013, 13:54
Keep in mind I've already made an elevator version of Portal's Still Alive.

Was it a tri-*gunshot*
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Post by: Zingoleb on 19 May 2013, 15:32
space jam + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFmdSLs1EUw
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Post by: Welu on 19 May 2013, 15:56
I love that idea, Unicorn.
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Post by: Radical AC on 19 May 2013, 20:01
I had sake in Japan once.  It was one of the worst drinks I have ever had.  I also had the best mixed drink I ever had at a Shakeys Pizza in Harujuku.

I am moving to Tempe, Arizona in the Phoenix metro area in the next 15 days and still have to find an apartment.  This background check company screwed around with me so much it ate my time to get ready.  It is my first post graduation real person job and I am leaving all my family and friends to go there.  I have never even been to Arizona before.  I am pretty nervous and stressed, but also super excited.

Anyone been to or live in the Phoenix area? Any local tips or things I should check out?
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Post by: celticgeek on 19 May 2013, 20:04
I live in the Phoenix area, Chandler, to be exact.  This is a pretty fun place to live.  And you're arriving for the special Summer Edition - temperatures above 100o F every day. 
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Post by: jwhouk on 19 May 2013, 20:17
You just never go outside until the sun goes down. Friend of mine who lives over in Gilbert told me about that.
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Post by: Radical AC on 19 May 2013, 20:24
I live in the Phoenix area, Chandler, to be exact.  This is a pretty fun place to live.  And you're arriving for the special Summer Edition - temperatures above 100o F every day.

Yeah, I am bracing for that.  It gets over 100 in Boise during the summer, but nothing ever getting close to 120.  How is the public transportation?  I want to try taking the light rail if it works out.  I have a car, but I do not want to deal with parking, gas, traffic, and all that.
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Post by: celticgeek on 19 May 2013, 20:32
Public transportation is not all that bad, but it can take some time to get places.  The light rail is nice.  It runs from Mesa into downtown Phoenix, and out into the northern part of town.  We have ridden it to various places, and it is nice. 

Rush hour is bad, but not as bad as some large areas.  I typically worked places where I was going the opposite direction from the main rush hour traffic, so I am less familiar with how bad it can get. 

Depending on where you will be working, parking isn't too bad.  If you will be working in "downtown" Tempe, there is plenty of public parking, and the prices aren't too bad. 

Also in Tempe, there are a ton bunch of good places to eat, including Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Thai, and Irish. 
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Post by: jwhouk on 19 May 2013, 21:23
And all of them right on the edge of the ASU campus.  :-X

Traffic in PHX can be horrible. Sometimes you feel like you're in a NASCAR simulator.
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Post by: Jace on 20 May 2013, 00:01
Hey Jace you didn't post all weekend what is up with that?
Oh let me show you:

(click to show/hide)

Finally, we took a picture of the Auxiliary Legion that fought at War Practice:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/943465_10200614759405013_1078813627_n.jpg)
Left to right. Back Row: Enzo, Tomas, Horatius, Theowynn in front of Horatius, Alistair, Tobias, Arthul, Gero (Formerly Gerodis), Ursus. Front Row: Johannes (me), Bulvi.
Alistair, Tobias, Arthul, and Ursus are Romans but not part of the Auxiliary Legion.

This picture was slightly early while we were all about to shout AVE ROME
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Post by: Akima on 20 May 2013, 06:31
And you made the steel parts of your armour yourself, Jace? I am very impressed; you look fierce.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 May 2013, 11:10
So today I went to one of the only two cinemas that show movies in their original sound and not dubbed, just to find that every seat had been taken. I'm now in front of a cinema to watch it with German dubs, but I'm kinda disappointed :(
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Post by: Jace on 20 May 2013, 11:45
And you made the steel parts of your armour yourself, Jace? I am very impressed; you look fierce.

Actually, other than a shirt that you can't see (the first layer), the shoes, the knees, elbows, and helmet, I made everything that I am wearing (I did have help from my armor-making friend, but the majority of cutting and hammering was done by me). The little bends in the middle of the knee and elbow fans were added by me (again with some help), and the torse (the black and green looped fabric) was made by me. I made 2 of them, one for me and one for my armor-making buddy so that we could represent our barony (as such they are in the colors of our barony, black and green).

Except for the leg armor, everything is metal based. The chest armor is aircraft aluminum covered in velvet. The legs are kydex (a type of extremely tough plastic) splints covered in velvet.
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Post by: Loki on 20 May 2013, 11:53
So today I went to one of the only two cinemas that show movies in their original sound and not dubbed, just to find that every seat had been taken. I'm now in front of a cinema to watch it with German dubs, but I'm kinda disappointed :(

Soooo... was it Star Trek Into Darkness, or The Great Gatsby?
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Post by: Patrick on 20 May 2013, 13:05
The AMGEN Tour of California came through my town (Livermore) today! And then there was a bomb threat 100 feet from where I was eating lunch.
Turns out it was just a taped-shut discarded box of postcards. The fuck? Clever enough, at least.

Let's see. After the bike race, watched the Sharks game with the band. It was glorious. Then we saw Star Trek. It was awesome. Then we went out drinking. I got fucked up, Matt got fucked up, Paul doesn't drink at all so he did not get fucked up. So on the way home in Paul's shiny new Mini Cooper, we went to an empty industrial complex and completely SMASHED in it. Fun stuff when you take the traction control off and put her into sport mode. Spent the next day at band practice and basically just being 3 goofy idiot brothers. Fuckin love those guys.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 May 2013, 14:13
So today I went to one of the only two cinemas that show movies in their original sound and not dubbed, just to find that every seat had been taken. I'm now in front of a cinema to watch it with German dubs, but I'm kinda disappointed :(

Soooo... was it Star Trek Into Darkness, or The Great Gatsby?
Why those two?
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Post by: Loki on 20 May 2013, 14:25
Uhm.... because Google has this nice feature where you can look up movie schedules for the day in a town, I know what town you live in, and those two were approximately fitting the time slot you were describing?


If you want me to stop stalking you, just ask. I mean it.
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Post by: ackblom12 on 20 May 2013, 14:26
Technology is MAGIC!
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Post by: Patrick on 20 May 2013, 14:30
also, assuming you were trying to watch an English-language film without dubbing, those are the only two out right now that are worth seeing.
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Post by: Loki on 20 May 2013, 14:35
I don't really stalk Masterpiece per se, it's just that I spontaneously decided to try show off my google-fu.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 May 2013, 14:48
I, on general, only watch movies in their original language.
Also, Loki, you scare me.
But yes, I watched Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Although I might have been watching the premiere of Fast & Furious? Because that was airing at the same time.
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Post by: Patrick on 20 May 2013, 14:55
F&F6 actually looks pretty fucking sick, I wanna see it. But I also wanna see World War Z. Oh, choices...
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 May 2013, 14:57
go to both?
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Post by: Loki on 20 May 2013, 14:58
Also, Loki, you scare me.

Noted. Sorry.


Wait what premiere? I thought movies only come out on Thursdays? At least they did as long as I can remember.  I haven't been to the cinema in a while.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 May 2013, 14:58
Well it was a pre-premiere screening. I went to Skyfall before any of my friends could.
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Post by: jwhouk on 20 May 2013, 17:17
The problem with TGG and ST:ID is that they're both remakes.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 21 May 2013, 02:38
i've finally asked someone for help.

long-term help.

with money.

it grates at my pride and wracks me with a terrible guilt at taking from someone

and it numbs me with a terrible fear of resentment

but i asked them as a fellow unicorn and as a fellow slytherin

and as pompous and outrageous as that sounds, i honestly feel they will understand all the ways i burn.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 21 May 2013, 11:45
Quote
Hm, so I get to patron my very own bard. That's something worth note. Not even the Prince of Satyrs has a proper bard, he has to make do with a Court Poet, which is not nearly as reputable.
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Post by: Jace on 21 May 2013, 13:11
What the fuck is your life dogg
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Post by: Jace on 21 May 2013, 13:13
That's not meant to be insulting its just I imagine the above quote coming from someone wearing a tophat and cape with a tshirt and cargo shorts
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Post by: Zingoleb on 21 May 2013, 13:14
actually this is him:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/521510_251175028324940_998483175_n.jpg)
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Post by: Masterpiece on 21 May 2013, 13:25
those shoes ruin it all
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Post by: Loki on 21 May 2013, 13:37
Quote
Hm, so I get to patron my very own bard. That's something worth note. Not even the Prince of Satyrs has a proper bard, he has to make do with a Court Poet, which is not nearly as reputable.

I am playing a bard in henri's DnD campaign.
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Post by: nekowafer on 21 May 2013, 13:46
actually this is him:

Yummy.
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Post by: Papersatan on 21 May 2013, 13:51
The (mostly) true story about how I started to play D&D.

Stephen had just joined a game and was creating his character, but was unsure which class to be. 

"Hey, Kat." says he "Help me choose my character.  Should I be a Bard, a Thief or a Wizard?"
"I wouldn't even begin to know how to help you choose.  I don't know what the differences are."
"Well, thieves Blah Blah Blah, COOL STUFF ABOUT BARDS, wizards Blah, Blah."
"oooOOOoo  Bard sounds cool, be that.  What sort of spells could he get at the start?"

He shows me the spells and I help him pick out all the neat things.

Next day:
"I decided to be a wizard."
"WHAT? no!  The wizard was stupid, the bard, be the bard."
"I don't want to."
"But... But... Prestidigitation... SIIIINNGGGING!!!!!"
"Nope. I think the wizard's blah blah nerd nerd blah blah"
"Can I play?  I want to be the bard."

I am still not sure if it was all a trick to get me interested or not, but I was OFFENDED that he wouldn't play the bard I helped him make, and so I insisted on playing it.  I always play something bard-like from a short race. 
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Post by: Loki on 21 May 2013, 14:03
Haha, that's awesome.

Prestidigitation

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Post by: Pilchard123 on 21 May 2013, 14:04
Did you prestige into Dashing Swordsman? :-D
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Post by: Loki on 21 May 2013, 14:38
Hah. No. I am not even sure how multiclassing works, since levelling up not in the public SRD and I am too lazy to acquire the materials by other means.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 21 May 2013, 16:00
the word prestidigitation always reminds me of dope hat
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Post by: nekowafer on 21 May 2013, 16:53
Oh my god me too. I hear that line every time I read that word.
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Post by: Patrick on 22 May 2013, 00:02
So I quit my bullshit-ass job at PBK today, and very soon, I will be working at Round Table Pizza with three good buddies of mine. I won't have to worry about not being able to get time off to play shows, because my buddies all know that my music is my #1 priority and they support me completely. And I'll be saving up for a small (<400cc) motorcycle to use as my daily driver to and from work.

Things are looking up finally, and I won't have to cancel my big show on Friday.
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Post by: Loki on 22 May 2013, 00:54
Yay!
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Post by: Lines on 22 May 2013, 05:38
I am still not sure if it was all a trick to get me interested or not, but I was OFFENDED that he wouldn't play the bard I helped him make, and so I insisted on playing it.  I always play something bard-like from a short race.

One of my friend's favorite characters is a bard - a heavy metal tiefling bard. It is by far my favorite character of his and I love that our current campaign allowed him to bring the bard back. (I'm playing one of my favorite characters - badasshalf-orc fighter of badassness. She has a mohawk, skull tattoos, and all of her piercings are made from bones of those she has killed.  :evil: )
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Post by: snalin on 22 May 2013, 06:12
Hah. No. I am not even sure how multiclassing works, since levelling up not in the public SRD and I am too lazy to acquire the materials by other means.

Dashing Swordsman is an Order of the Stick reference. You really should read Order of the Stick. Start here (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0001.html).
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Post by: Loki on 22 May 2013, 07:17
I don't read A Softer World, and I probably shouldn't.

The only comics I read are, very roughly in order of frequency:

  • QC
  • xkcd
  • Scenes from a Multiverse
  • Order of the Stick
  • Goblins (http://www.goblinscomic.com/)
  • Another Gaming Comic (http://agc.deskslave.org/comic_viewer.html?goNumber=999999)
  • Oglaf (occassionally. NSFW)
  • Erfworld
  • Times like this
  • SMBC but usually only if I am drunk
  • Dilbert (sometimes)
  • Ménage à 3 (NSFW)
  • Penny Arcade

Yes, those comics are the only ones I read.

:P
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Post by: Loki on 22 May 2013, 13:05
I went grocery shopping for the first time in days. I couldn't get my ass up until today.

Bought ALL THE THINGS. I think.

Ferrero has a new product, gotta try it.
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Post by: Jace on 23 May 2013, 19:14
It's days like thia I wonder how I survived this long. Got in armor and fought 3 times in a row without incident. Be going up the stairs at work. Fall and hit elbow on hand rail. Still hurts 30 mins later.

In other news, my shin that got hit like a month ago now has just a bruise and a big ol lump on the bone that is hard. Bodies, How do they even work?. Because honestly I don't know to an almost comical extent.
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Post by: Papersatan on 23 May 2013, 20:41
I just applied to an internship that I really want.  I think my resume and cover letter for it are good.  I am feeling like I put my best self forward, so here is hoping I at least get an interview. It is for a position that is a little outside my specialization, but which I am qualified for.  I would not have applied to it a month ago, but I am high on "Lean In" advice and so I went for it. 

If I get it somehow I will be in California for 3 months starting in less than 3 weeks!

I am so scared about that, but so glad I am putting myself in the running for it. 
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 23 May 2013, 23:06
[...]bruise[...]
Don't you sword wielders have a convenient number of ice packs lying about? Would help with swelling and pain ...
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Post by: Jace on 24 May 2013, 00:58
Actually we don't because injuries have to be reported so any time you use a first aid kit we have to make a report of it. Also it is bruised but it doesn't hurt anymore, its just sort of there and hurts if I press on it.

Funnily enough what made it stop hurting was warmth, because I broke some veins with the injury so it would swell up a lot when I'd go from sitting to standing and the warmth would help open up the broken veins and let the blood flow better.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 24 May 2013, 01:04
Report? How does this system work? If I get a knock in my classes I deal with it as best I can. There's no reporting done? What makes you so special, is basically what I am saying.
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Post by: Jace on 24 May 2013, 01:35
A membership of about 30000 people with maybe 10-15k fighters in the organization that has been around for about 50 years and understands that if someone gets injured (and makes note that they got injured at the time) on private property you need to record that information just in case they decide to file a lawsuit later on. Its pretty much covering all asses involved is all.
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Post by: Loki on 24 May 2013, 01:38
Also I imagine the first-aid kits need to be filled up periodically with such a big amount of users.
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Post by: Jace on 24 May 2013, 02:03
Well our regional practice only gets about 10-15 heavy fighters max each week, and we don't technically keep a first aid kit on site (there's one at the site, but not provided by us), a couple of us just have them in our cars.
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Post by: Jace on 24 May 2013, 03:28
Got called a racist by a guy with a "White Pride World Wide" tattoo on his chest.

His explanation:
Quote
Well, you see…. You called me a racist for being prideful of being white, I’m calling you a racist for having pride in yourself. You see, if pride is racist it’s racist in general. There’s no klan man on my chest, there’s no hate speech, nor is there anything racist about the tattoo. So, you being a prejudice Fuck like me, you’re classified as a racist… It works in a 360 “mate”.

I think he also thinks I'm Australian.
 :psyduck:
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Post by: Loki on 24 May 2013, 03:36
I, uh. I am. What?  :psyduck:
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Post by: Patrick on 24 May 2013, 08:42
It's okay, wait til he finds out he's an incest baby.
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Post by: Carl-E on 24 May 2013, 08:44
Got called a racist by a guy with a "White Pride World Wide" tattoo on his chest.

His explanation:
Quote
...there’s no hate speech, nor is there anything racist about the tattoo...

completely missed the boat right there, didn't he? 
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 24 May 2013, 08:45
Quote
It works in a 360 “mate”.

So he's a racist twice over?
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Post by: Akima on 24 May 2013, 16:15
I was reading Jace's posting about the man with the racist tattoo (so much less cool than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and it kicked off a process that left me confused.

Why would anyone say "You called me a racist for being prideful of being white"? I thought the adjectival form of the noun "pride" was "proud", not "prideful", but I assumed that racist-tattoo-guy was just ill-educated. Until I looked it up, and sure enough, both my American English and British English dictionaries give "prideful" as the adjective derived from "pride", and "proudness" as the noun derived from "proud". Really? I'm supposed to write "He was prideful of his skill", or "She took proudness in her daughter's performance"? I would say "He was proud" and "She took pride" in those sentences. Have I been doing it wrong?
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Post by: pwhodges on 24 May 2013, 16:58
The Shorter Oxford tells me that pride comes from an older word that was also the source of proud. It also uses proud in the examples of the meanings of pride. It says that prideful is chiefly North American.

I would normally use proud and pride as you do. I might use prideful to indicate excessive or unjustified proudness. Proudness I would not use (except it seems I just did without thinking).
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 24 May 2013, 17:06
I agree with your usage. I feel like "prideful" has a disapproving religious aspect to it - it's a sin to be overly prideful, etc.
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 27 May 2013, 00:03
I won this on facebook = Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1969 the bootleg series vol. 2.

My surprise was this: people actually win stuff on facebook? It's basically one big advertisement with likes and shares ... but people actually win??
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Post by: snalin on 27 May 2013, 05:31
blahrg;

I should have been reading for my exam this weekend, but I played Might and Magic 7 and Blood Bowl instead. It's over a week left, and it's multiple choice so it's probably super easy, but I need to read this book. But it's on internet protocols, and that's super boring! Like, hey, it's neat that TCP works that way, and I guess I need to know that, but... Boring.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 27 May 2013, 06:16
I won this on facebook = Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1969 the bootleg series vol. 2.

My surprise was this: people actually win stuff on facebook? It's basically one big advertisement with likes and shares ... but people actually win??
I was cast for an advertisement through Facebook.
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Post by: Loki on 27 May 2013, 07:28
The Lumia one?
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 27 May 2013, 16:38
Welp, I've finished the last assignment for a module that looked really interesting when it started but then got buried under Real Life. It would be a better feeling if I hadn't given up my entire bank-holiday weekend to do it and also had to lose the previous one to do the previous assignment. I also don't think I did as well on this one as all the others, and since it's worth 50% of the whole mark...

On the bright side, while I must pass this one to pass the whole course, I have done well enough in the other assignments to be able to resubmit it if this last one goes down the pan. Because it's only a first-year module I only need 40% to pass and the actual mark doesn't count toward the grade of degree I get. Sleep time.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 27 May 2013, 16:48
The Lumia one?
yeah (https://www.facebook.com/nokiadeutschland/posts/464855306880084). That was some experience :)
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Post by: Patrick on 28 May 2013, 01:56
I like how I basically spend 100% of my free time hanging out with my bandmates or 3 other people.
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Post by: Patrick on 28 May 2013, 02:20
oh fuck I like how I literally just wrote my first song in over a year about 5 minutes ago holy fuck
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Post by: nekowafer on 28 May 2013, 04:46
My coworker is in her cube (diagonal from mine, our cubes are in a + formation) just talking at me and I am grunting at appropriate moments and not listening to a single word she says.

This is my morning.
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Post by: Loki on 28 May 2013, 05:27
Is that the coworker you had complained about?
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Post by: nekowafer on 28 May 2013, 05:32
Yes. Many, many, many times. Dear lord is that woman annoying.

Which is why I no longer put much effort into listening to her. If it's work related, I will try harder, but if it's personal, I just grunt and see how long it takes her to realize that I'm not paying any attention. It usually takes a while.
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Post by: Welu on 28 May 2013, 08:21
Would she stop sooner if you don't grunt? Or maybe do what I've done (intentionally and accidentally) which is laugh or smile at something that was not to be laughed or smiled at, because I didn't hear what they said and just guessed a reaction.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 28 May 2013, 08:43
I have a coworker like that. I can't even tell you how many times she started yammering on and I held up my side of the conversation just alternating between "Oh?", "Uh huh", "Wow" and "Really?". While simultaneously trying to back away.
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Post by: nekowafer on 28 May 2013, 08:57
If I ignore her, she just keeps talking and asking if I heard her and what do I think and blah blah blah. I've also tried being nice and telling her I'm busy. The way I do it seems to be the easiest so far. But seriously, can I just punch people? I would think that I wouldn't get in trouble if any law enforcement people just spoke to her for like 10 minutes. They'd understand.
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Post by: lepetitfromage on 28 May 2013, 09:41
Mine is so self involved that other people's opinions and reactions don't really register with her. She just likes to talk -at- people. Blessing and a curse I suppose.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 28 May 2013, 11:40
my grandmother is like that. it's kind of a trap, and i'll wait until someone else comes into the room and then slip out and she'll just keep talking at them, not even noticing that it's a different person.
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Post by: Patrick on 28 May 2013, 14:40
So my friend Erika is basically my kid sister. She started showing up at the open mic I host at the coffee shop where my bandmate Matt works, and he and I both saw her and said "Kid, you're like a little songbird!" and she's been showing up almost every week since. Anyway, a couple weeks ago another participant brought a mixer and some cameras and out came this video. This is one of Erika's originals and it's probably my favorite of them all.

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Post by: Loki on 29 May 2013, 10:06
I was at my psychologist appointment and she ended up giving me addresses of places in this city where I might possibly find a pen&paper RPG group. :parrot:
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Post by: snalin on 29 May 2013, 11:00
You apparently have the best psychologist.
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Post by: Loki on 29 May 2013, 11:29
See, that's what I think as well. :laugh:

To put it into more context, we were discussing hobbies I could take up to make more social contacts; she asked me what I liked to do and I was like "well, reading fantasy books, I guess." "Is there anything you could do related to this?". I fumbled around a bit and said "well, maybe... does the term pen & paper RPG mean anything to you?" ":) Indeed it does."

We discussed how I could possibly join a group. Turns out she has some player friends and could tell me the name and address of a gaming shop I didn't know yet, where I might be allowed to put up an advert, which I might or might not do.
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Post by: Carl-E on 29 May 2013, 20:18
This is one of Erika's originals and it's probably my favorite of them all.

[awesome youtube clip]

Good lord, she's fantastic.  You are a lucky man, to have a protege like that. 


But then, talent attracts more talent...
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Post by: ackblom12 on 29 May 2013, 23:17
So I'm watching Pitch Black for the first time tonight, the ship has just crashed and suddenly there's a bat flying around the living room in a very confused manner. I got some oven gloves, picked it up after it got wore out a bit and took it outside to let it go. It flew off fine, though probably scared shitless and very confused.

I have no idea how it got in here though.
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Post by: Radical AC on 29 May 2013, 23:41
So my friend Erika is basically my kid sister. She started showing up at the open mic I host at the coffee shop where my bandmate Matt works, and he and I both saw her and said "Kid, you're like a little songbird!" and she's been showing up almost every week since. Anyway, a couple weeks ago another participant brought a mixer and some cameras and out came this video. This is one of Erika's originals and it's probably my favorite of them all.

I love that open mic stuff, but never got to playing the acoustic guitar as well as my other instruments.  I am going to try and get to the bay area for my best friends band in the late summer.  They are trying to organize a tour and are playing with some 20 Sided Records bands in the area.  I am moving to Arizona on Monday !!! so after a 15 hour drive I will be all alone with no friends.  I look forward to seeing them then.
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Post by: Patrick on 30 May 2013, 03:42
oh my shit, who is it? I've met a bunch of bands associated with 20 Sided, they work with a lot of talented artists. The two from Livermore that used to be most involved with them are outta commission (they shared a lead guitarist and he wound up with medical stuff preventing him from playing basically ever again, which is a god damn shame) but we play with Rubedo whenever they're around. I think we played with the Suggies, and I saw Ugly Winner one time during a QC meetup and wound up getting a 7" split they did with Slow Trucks.

man, I'm glad y'all like Erika's stuff. I was able to catch a bit of the set she played at a restaurant tonight, and she completely killed it. and then she asked me to play a couple songs with her. we did "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac and "Silver Lining" by Rilo Kiley and she killed it on those too. my singing sounded shot to all hell (drank too much with some friends last night and was sick in the morning, neither's really great for yr voice) but who needs backup vocals anyway?
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Post by: Radical AC on 30 May 2013, 04:08
I want to say they are playing with Couches (Slow Trucks other band).  They just played a show together here in Boise last weekend.  During Treefort Music Fest a local bar hosted a 20 Sided Records showcase and I saw Ugly Winner.  They were my favorite band of the entire festival.  They didn't have any merch at the time when I tried to buy some, but I found a 12" of Inside Your Wave at my local record store a week later.  I need to see that band again.  My friends have also played a lot with Tartufi so they might do a show together.  They are still setting it up but plan to stay and play shows for most of a week.
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Post by: Carl-E on 30 May 2013, 05:20
I know, I said I wouldn't be in here much. 

I failed. 

Good news; an old HS friend of my wife's has an older ('97) Dodge Caravan that he's willing to give us for the cost of getting it retitled and registered here. 

Bad news: he lives in Hampton VA (I'm in central PA), and my car won't do the highway until I fix the noisy bearing.  Which I can't do until we get another car... so, greyhound it is! 

Good news: The junkyard'll give $350 for the old van as is!  Just need to empty it now....

Bad news: Someone's been scamming in the name of my daughter's charity, collecting donations from local businesses.  Our contact person found this out while collecting donations for the bike run we're holding this weekend, and getting a lot of "didn't you guys already come here?"  responses.  Some tall, big guy with a large moustache.  Now we get to make police reports...

Good news.  Good news.... fuck, fresh out. 
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Post by: Gemmwah on 30 May 2013, 11:56
who are all of you people
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Post by: ackblom12 on 30 May 2013, 11:57
Gemm!

I caught a bat in my apartment. It was adorable and probably scared shitless.
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Post by: celticgeek on 30 May 2013, 12:02
By the goddess, Gemmwah, where have you been?
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Post by: Patrick on 30 May 2013, 12:21
I want to say they are playing with Couches (Slow Trucks other band).  They just played a show together here in Boise last weekend.  During Treefort Music Fest a local bar hosted a 20 Sided Records showcase and I saw Ugly Winner.  They were my favorite band of the entire festival.  They didn't have any merch at the time when I tried to buy some, but I found a 12" of Inside Your Wave at my local record store a week later.  I need to see that band again.  My friends have also played a lot with Tartufi so they might do a show together.  They are still setting it up but plan to stay and play shows for most of a week.

oh fuck I totally was supposed to find Couches a show here in Livermore earlier this month but every venue was either too small to be pleasant or too stick-up-assy about things to say yes.
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Post by: pwhodges on 30 May 2013, 15:00
who are all of you people

We are the ones who never went away ;)
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Post by: Ozymandias on 30 May 2013, 18:53
Goddammit who changed these walls, why is the reply button there, why didn't anyone feed my fish, you jerks have a lot of explaining to do.
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Post by: celticgeek on 30 May 2013, 19:26
Apparently it is homecoming week.

Croeso yn ôl i'r holl gyn-fyfyrwyr! 

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Post by: Zingoleb on 30 May 2013, 21:27
Zingoleb

nng
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 30 May 2013, 23:34
[...]
Croeso yn ôl i'r holl gyn-fyfyrwyr!
Now you're just making the language up as you go along. That can't possibly mean anything.
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Post by: Loki on 30 May 2013, 23:35
Goddammit who changed these walls, why is the reply button there, why didn't anyone feed my fish, you jerks have a lot of explaining to do.

I assume you want to use the old theme (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php?action=profile;area=theme).
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Post by: GarandMarine on 31 May 2013, 04:50
Blog thread, prepare thyself, my travelogue is coming and it will be GLORIOUS.
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Post by: Patrick on 31 May 2013, 12:23
When I was in Alaska, I was basically adopted by the family of 2 of my coworkers. One was the mom, who I of course wound up calling Mom a lot. The other was the eldest son, Davida. The youngest daughter, who was maybe a year old when I met her, is now 6. Cutest little thing ever, it was always so much fun playing with her and her brothers.

Well, turns out, Baby Girl's got a pair of tumors at the base of her skull. Been there with her since birth. They're being biopsied at a children's hospital in Seattle, but we're all scared pretty stiff. Fuck me, man, what a couple days it's been. News doesn't filter so fast from Alaska so it's been stressful.
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Post by: Loki on 31 May 2013, 13:35
Good wishes to the child.

So a guy I know just texted me. Apparently there is an RPG convention in Cologne tomorrow and he was looking for someone to tag along.

Looks like I am going to Cologne  :mrgreen:
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Post by: Loki on 01 Jun 2013, 12:13
So I am back from Cologne and I bought a lot of geeky stuff!


I also got to play Mafia (was killed off on second night; still had fun because of the wacky people :-D)
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 01 Jun 2013, 12:49
... now I want to go to Koln ...
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Post by: GarandMarine on 01 Jun 2013, 20:28
You wake up in Tokyo, nine hours gone, it is what was previously tomorrow, you have briefly traveled around half a day into the future. You wake up in LAX, another nine hours gone, it is the same day you left, in fact it's before your flight even takes off, time travel again, this time briefly into the past, and in the course of two regular flights that thousands of human beings make every single day you have covered what just a few centuries ago would have been years worth of travel. What any rational human being of the day would call a complete impossibility. You have also completely screwed your cosmic ledger sheet for time remaining on your life, is it total time? Or is it by calendar days? How do you factor in time gained or lost via time travel? Whether there is a god or not, one fact remains, we are all on the clock, right now. There is no stopping it, no time outs, no breaks, and when your clock stops... it's just stopped. From this perspective any way. What did you do today to make your remaining time worth living no matter if that's minutes or years? Did you love? Did you dare? Are you doing something you truly love and are passionate about? Or did you shrink from risk, thought of yourself when you could have loved with the kind of passion that poets are inspired by, are you enslaved to work you hate surrounded by people you despise? Or are you dedicating the brief time you have to giving everything to your passion? You wake up in LAX.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 01 Jun 2013, 21:50
Hmmm.... the boy can write....


A little arranging, and that's a damn fine poem. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Lines on 01 Jun 2013, 22:07
who are all of you people

Your post and av go perfectly together. Also, hi!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 02 Jun 2013, 00:01
are you enslaved to work you hate surrounded by people you despise? Or are you dedicating the brief time you have to giving everything to your passion?

You know, it's funny, I don't think I could work at a job I didn't like for very long. I worked at Pottery Barn Kids 9 months and I still don't know how I lasted.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 02 Jun 2013, 04:59
So I'm driving home yesterday night. Rain comin down. Some piece of shit decides he needs to exit on the left and must move from the right to get there. Not usually a big deal but he had to so it at 20mph when the speed limit coming off that section of road is 55mph. So I see this happening and the car in front of me is slowing down so I ease onto the brakes, there's definitely enough room that I can drop my speed some and they'll be moving again by the time I close the gap. Well I realized Mr piece of shit decided that going above 20mph was not going to happen and had to brake hard to not smash the guy between us. I am talking to jess on the phone (speakerphone) and as I brake I go "woahhhhh guy what--" and the braking causes the phone to slide onto the ground as my box of paint also slid off the passenger seat, causing some crash sounds. Then came trying to explain that no I didn't crash I am just glad I got new brakes a couple weeks ago. Then mr piece of shit stopped on the on ramp to the highway instead of merging properly.

And this morning a deer was 2 lanes onto the highway as I was switching from one highway to another so I slowed down as to not hit it. It stopped, turned around to hop back over the fence, but before it did, it called me the n-word. Deer be fucked up.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: LTK on 02 Jun 2013, 06:59
I spent a good few hours browsing Wondermark because there was a conversation I had with my sister which reminded me of a relevant Wondermark comic, but I couldn't remember the topic afterwards. So I just clicked the Random button over and over again in the hope I would eventually stumble on it.

And I did! Rejoice.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: CardinalFang on 02 Jun 2013, 07:19
who are all of you people

Hi Gemm!

I just got back from a 7 day Alaskan cruise. We had a wonderful time. I took 1,350 pictures and 24 videos. I brought to extra sets of batteries for my camera and still ended up having to buy two more. That's what happens when you take a guy who hasn't really traveled and lives in an area that's really flat and then send him to a place full of snow capped mountains.
I wasn't sure how I would do on a ship and the answer is "Just Fine". The only time I felt a little off was in the casino and moving to a window solved that quickly. I don't think I gained much if any weight. Yes, there was lots of food available and I did eat a little more than I would at home but we also did a lot of walking. I think it all worked out. I was sad to leave and even sadder to go back to work. There was enough happening on the ship and between talking to my gf, the scenery,  my Kindle, and my Nexus 7 I was never bored. The food was good to excellent. I enjoyed the service in the dining room but apparently I am not cut out to sit down for 2 hours or so for dinner.
It seemed odd to me that with about 1,900 passengers we kept running into the same few. We also spent a lot of time in the Crow's Nest looking at the view and listening to Matt the Solo Guitarist (that's how he was listed). He was pretty good especially at bantering with the customers. I now cannot get Sweet Caroline out of my head though. Both he and Ben the piano bar guy use iPads for song lists. We happened to be sitting at dinner with Ben and he said that without the iPad he knew maybe a couple of dozen songs but with it he could play hundreds. The wonders of modern technology!
I would definitely do another Alaskan cruise and fortunately so would my gf. :) It's going to be awhile though since we need to rebuild our funds.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: GarandMarine on 02 Jun 2013, 09:00
So apparently my travelogue too goddamn big for this forum to handle.  :psyduck:

Here's the actual post on my mostly defunct blog:
http://northstarguide.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/eric-attacks-tokyo/

There's a mirror here
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/530844.page#5688676
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 02 Jun 2013, 12:09
I would definitely do another Alaskan cruise and fortunately so would my gf. :) It's going to be awhile though since we need to rebuild our funds.

if you do, go to Sitka. and then BURN IT THE FUCK DOWN
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: BeoPuppy on 02 Jun 2013, 12:33
Hey, hey, hey ... you are talking about that place from 'the Proposal'. And nobody fucks with the place from 'the Proposal'!!!

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: CardinalFang on 02 Jun 2013, 13:47
I would definitely do another Alaskan cruise and fortunately so would my gf. :) It's going to be awhile though since we need to rebuild our funds.

if you do, go to Sitka. and then BURN IT THE FUCK DOWN

We did go to Sitka and did a shore excursion there. We went on something called a wildlife quest with Allen Marine Tours and saw bunches of sea otters, bald eagles, and a humpback whale. After that we were taken to Fortress of the Bear and saw some bears which isn't too surprising given the name. We thoroughly enjoyed both. We didn't enjoy the ride in the tender back to the ship. Fun Fact: those orange lifeboats you see on the side of cruise ships? They hold 120 people when used as a tender. It's a tad cramped.
We didn't get a chance to go into Sitka and do anything else like shop or set fires. The next cruise we're looking at doesn't include Sitka as a port so I don't think we'll be able to help you. Could you remind me of why you want Sitka destroyed or should I search the forum?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 02 Jun 2013, 14:27
I lived there.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: CardinalFang on 02 Jun 2013, 14:31
I lived there.
Fair enough.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 02 Jun 2013, 14:44
I will hand it to you, the place is absolutely picturesque. Fortress of the Bear is a cool place, I guess it used to be a Navy armory and now they do rehabilitation for injured wild bears, orphaned cubs, etc. There's plenty of cool shit to do there as a tourist. You see the Russian Orthodox cathedral?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 02 Jun 2013, 15:26
I've spent the past four days looking at an ever gloomier news feed on facebook that is detailing the atrocities happening in Turkey at the moment. I've been trying to reach all of my friends and family that I know to be living in Turkey right now to know how they are doing. My family says they are fine. Of the friends I've been able to reach, I've asked to update me if they were planning to take part in the protests. Of the two who did, only one wrote back that she is safe. I've been unable to reach the other.

My friends are berating me for keeping quiet about the protests and to raise awareness through channels like Twitter and Facebook. While initially actively reposting relevant and graphic posts that I could find, I have since deleted those posts, because my mother is afraid that I might get prosecuted (which has happened in Turkish history not forty years ago, with people tortured and murdered because they were opposing the military junta at the time). So I'm being forced into doing nothing by my mother, and being berated by my friends for doing nothing.

On top of that, my forehead decided that now is the best time to flare up my chronic sinusitis, which makes my head feel like a melon about to burst. I've been trying to be distracted by going out with friends and going to the cinema. Tonight, I have run out of painkillers. My eyes feel like they might pop out of their sockets any minute.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 02 Jun 2013, 16:00
*tilts head* How can they persecute you while you are here?

I mean, I get that they could persecute your family, so yeah, maybe you shouldn't do that.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 02 Jun 2013, 16:08
they can persecute me as soon as I go back, and since it is my home I do want to visit Turkey every once in a while.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 02 Jun 2013, 16:31
damn dude. looks like you're caught between a rock and a hard place. it looks to me like the overwhelming majority of people within and without Turkey are siding with the protesters though, so at least that's on your side.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: CardinalFang on 02 Jun 2013, 16:37
I will hand it to you, the place is absolutely picturesque. Fortress of the Bear is a cool place, I guess it used to be a Navy armory and now they do rehabilitation for injured wild bears, orphaned cubs, etc. There's plenty of cool shit to do there as a tourist. You see the Russian Orthodox cathedral?

We did not visit the Russian Orthodox cathedral. By the time we got back from the Fortress of the Bear it was getting close to All Aboard* so we just did some shopping and headed back.

Damn, Masterpiece that is tough. I'm not sure what I'd do in your shoes. Okay, I'm pretty certain I'd listen to my mother.


*Close in this case meant a couple of hours. I am a tad anxious about being late under normal conditions, the idea of actually missing the ship kinda magnified that. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 02 Jun 2013, 19:26
I agree, in some ways.  If I were you, and in country, I'm sure I'd want to join in protesting (whether I would actually do so is another matter).  Being out of the country, though, the best thing you can do is raise awareness and support your friends.  But if raising awareness publicly will get you into trouble (even with family), it's not worth it - do it privately, as you are with us. 

And can you make contact with any family members of your absent friend?  With luck, they're safe and just unable to communicate for some reason. 


Good luck, stay strong, and for god's sake, get some antibiotics for the sinuses.  Pain emphasizes panic and depression, and that's the last thing you need right now. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 02 Jun 2013, 19:31
This is the first time I'm seriously considering going to the doctors for sinusitis, and I never go to the doctors, ever.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 02 Jun 2013, 19:35
...and I never go to the doctors, ever.

There are times when that's the wrong decision.  Remember, those sinuses are right next to your brain, and a rampant infection can eat through bone. 


Be a shame to lose you out of sheer stubbornness! 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 03 Jun 2013, 05:45
Be a shame to lose you out of sheer stubbornness!

+1

I have always had a fear of medical professionals, but I have had to get over it due to many hospital visits. And I am so glad I got used to them. Now to just go see a doc about the weird sounds my knees make...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 03 Jun 2013, 05:51
I made a film. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-eWg_4YwXI)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 03 Jun 2013, 12:22
So I went to the doctors and she gave me a painkiller, and at first I didn't think it was working

but oh my that thing is WORKING all right!! My head is clearer than it had been on Friday. I still feel the pressure on my temples, but the pain is gone! Yay!

(on a completely unrelated note, does anybody have experience with Metamizol-Sodium? I'm a hypochondriac and I don't want to google it)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 03 Jun 2013, 16:17
You could read the instructions that came with the medication, you know  :roll:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 03 Jun 2013, 16:21
"Caution: may cause death."


That was on one of my daughter's medications when she first fell ill.  I swear, they'll try anything once...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 03 Jun 2013, 16:23
What'd'cha do in such a case?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 03 Jun 2013, 16:28
The anti-vomitting pills I took when I got a virus a couple weeks ago had the common side effect of nausea, which it gave me almost every time I took it. I constantly felt like I was about to retch but couldn't, which made me want to retch more.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 03 Jun 2013, 16:30
"Caution: may cause death."

That was on one of my daughter's medications when she first fell ill.  I swear, they'll try anything once...
What'd'cha do in such a case?

You mean, if she dies? 

She didn't... and it didn't help, so we took her off it. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 03 Jun 2013, 16:32
You mean, if she dies? 

I actually meant "when your daughter is prescribed a drug which might kill her". I may be slightly drunk, but I am not that insensitive. Insensible? Ya know what I mean.

I'd imagine it to be quite a tough decision.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 03 Jun 2013, 16:34
I got a new job! I'm gonna be a sign shaker for the pizza place that 3 of my good buddies also work at. I'm so fucking stoked, I get to see them at work now. It's only 2 hours a day, but it's 5 days a week and I get free food and a paycheck. Plus, I get to listen to whatever I want.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 03 Jun 2013, 16:36
You mean, if she dies? 

I actually meant "when your daughter is prescribed a drug which might kill her". I may be slightly drunk, but I am not that insensitive. Insensible? Ya know what I mean.

I'd imagine it to be quite a tough decision.

You watch the dosage very, very carefully. 


And ask if there are alternatives. 




Then get second opinions. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 03 Jun 2013, 16:39
Patrick, congrats!
Carl: that makes sense.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 03 Jun 2013, 18:28
The anti-vomitting pills I took when I got a virus a couple weeks ago had the common side effect of nausea, which it gave me almost every time I took it. I constantly felt like I was about to retch but couldn't, which made me want to retch more.

I had this same issue. So awful. Taking them with food was supposed to help, but when I really needed these, I was completely unable to eat. So.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: GarandMarine on 03 Jun 2013, 21:54
Well shit. I am kinda stressing out a little bit. While I was in Japan I got a call back from a company who I really want to work for. Well I called them back a few times a day and couldn't get ahold of them, I left a message, and now I'm just kinda nervous and worrying about how often I can try to get in touch with them without making an ass out of myself
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: lepetitfromage on 04 Jun 2013, 06:28
I usually try to abide by the once a day thing. Any less and I feel like I'm not trying hard enough but any more and I start to feel like they can see how nuts I am.  :-P
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: snalin on 04 Jun 2013, 06:31
Exam tomorrow! When that's done, I've got my BA. Woo?

Thing is, I've never been less prepared for an exam. Motivation is close to zero. Like the rabbit that stops to sleep just before the finish line or something. The inner workings of the internet is so boring.

Guess I'll get back too trying to care enough to mac addresses and ARP queries and DHCP blæhrg.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Jun 2013, 06:47
So the professor I am filming for work just went "what the fuck?". Thanks, now I have to bleep that part out.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 04 Jun 2013, 07:24
Exam tomorrow! When that's done, I've got my BA. Woo?

[...]
Guess I'll get back too trying to care enough to mac addresses and ARP queries and DHCP blæhrg.

How is that a Bachelor of Arts?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 04 Jun 2013, 08:28
The inner workings of the internet is so boring.

(Paul looks at his three volumes of TCP/IP Illustrated by W Richard Stevens on the shelf next to his desk; wonders a bit; goes and reads an RFC or two to cheer himself up.)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 04 Jun 2013, 11:48
Paul, I have just the thing for you:

https://github.com/joho/7XX-rfc

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Jun 2013, 11:57
So the professor I am filming for work just went "what the fuck?". Thanks, now I have to bleep that part out.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: snalin on 04 Jun 2013, 13:51
Exam tomorrow! When that's done, I've got my BA. Woo?

[...]
Guess I'll get back too trying to care enough to mac addresses and ARP queries and DHCP blæhrg.

How is that a Bachelor of Arts?

Somehow I got it into my head that BA was used as a shorthand for "bachelor". Oh well.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Welu on 04 Jun 2013, 14:11
Exciting things! Cannot explain yet for reasons! Super happy!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 04 Jun 2013, 14:27

So the professor I am filming for work just went "what the fuck?". Thanks, now I have to bleep that part out.
...so you decided to show it to the Internet :D What is the lecture about? Something about bitcodes, I gather?

Somehow I got it into my head that BA was used as a shorthand for "bachelor". Oh well.

Hey, maybe, I don't know. Maybe your country does use it like this.

Exciting things! Cannot explain yet for reasons! Super happy!
Yay!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 04 Jun 2013, 14:29
It was about Turing Machines. And I'm just showing it to you, it's a hidden link.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 04 Jun 2013, 16:21
How is that a Bachelor of Arts?

Some unis do that, or did.  My degree is a BA in Engineering Science (Oxon); but the same department's first degree is now (forty years on) called MEng, and includes a whole year's project which I didn't have.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Akima on 04 Jun 2013, 16:25
Paul looks at his three volumes of TCP/IP Illustrated by W Richard Stevens on the shelf next to his desk
I have those on my shelves too! And now I must do some actual work, maintaining all that boring plumbing.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 04 Jun 2013, 16:31
Exam tomorrow! When that's done, I've got my BA. Woo?

[...]
Guess I'll get back too trying to care enough to mac addresses and ARP queries and DHCP blæhrg.

How is that a Bachelor of Arts?

Somehow I got it into my head that BA was used as a shorthand for "bachelor". Oh well.

What you'll be getting is BS
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 04 Jun 2013, 16:54
My three are

B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

-------------------

Bull Shit,
More Shit,
Piled high and Deep. 


 :roll:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 04 Jun 2013, 18:05
Isn't there more to that verse?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 05 Jun 2013, 00:57
I think it's part of the cheer that goes to the "tune" of "give 'em the axe";

e to the x, dy, dx,
e to the x, dx.
Cosine, secant, tangent, sine,
3.14159,

then there's a line (or two?) I forget, then you get the B.S., M.S., Ph. D. part. 


My mind, it's not what it was.  And yet, I just tutored a kid in the differential equation technique of variation of parameters without having seen it in over 15 years... some things stick better than others. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 05 Jun 2013, 01:19
Jace: nah. Where I am, it gets shortened to B.Sc. :p
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: snalin on 05 Jun 2013, 02:06
And I passed that exam like a boss.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jimor on 05 Jun 2013, 09:11
Woot, congrats!

And I seem to remember that there were both  a B.A. and B.S. option for Physics at the university I went to, with a difference of just a couple classes and maybe a few overall units as well. But considering I only made it 2/3 of the way through, the point was moot for me.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: lepetitfromage on 05 Jun 2013, 09:34
Hello Blog Thread!

Lots of fun, random things happening lately. And some not so fun.

Not fun:
Got my credit card info stolen by some douche on the Wal-Mart website. Bought almost $300 in stuff, overdrew my account, pulled from saving/overdraft protection and got me $20 in fees. Good news is that it's almost resolved. Filed a dispute, got my money back, gotta fill out a crapload of paperwork and switch over all my cards but then it's behind me.

Fun:
Booked honeymoon for a REALLY awesome price- around $1,800 for 6 nights in Jamaica at a resort that has seriously kick-ass reviews (including round trip airfare). All-inclusive except excursions. Leaving in 2 weeks. Woooot!

Challenging but Fun:
I've never been outside the states and I'm completely clueless about international travel. TIME TO LEARN STUFF.

More Fun:
Found out that there is an opening for a full time art teacher at the high school I student taught at!!! I did my internship there and the cooperating teacher requested me back for student teaching placement.  MORE WOOT.

Not Fun:
I am a flake and lost the letter of recommendation that she wrote me. She emailed it and my old college switched servers and purged the old one so everything is gone :-(

Fun:
I spoke to her and she said she will look for it and also put a good word in for me with the principal. And I'm name dropping in my cover letter and using her as a reference. So, all hope is not lost.

Also Fun:
At the wedding, everyone told me over and over again that I should start my own business selling my creations. Now that the wedding is over, I've realized that I have no excuse for not making art. I always said I didn't have enough time to do it but if I had time to pull everything together for the wedding, why not now? I've decided to open an Etsy shop with my best friend (who helped me make all my flowers). I am PUMPED for this. Doing fun things and making money at the same time? Hell yes.

Even More Fun:
It is now the beginning of yard sale season here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Since I have plans to open up a shop, this means I can actually enjoy yard sale-ing and searching for fun treasures to paint/etch/decoupage/deconstruct/reconstruct/etc. Hellooooooo summer of creativity :-)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Alex C on 06 Jun 2013, 22:33
I gotta say, nothing really says creepy sex furnace quite like a sticky about toning down the flirting.

Well, I mean other than when this sub-board was named sex furnace.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 06 Jun 2013, 23:55
That was a response to a very localised outburst, and was entirely effective.  It may end up in the rules area, though.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Carl-E on 07 Jun 2013, 00:14
a very localised outburst,

I've had those before...   :-D
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Jun 2013, 08:42
I might have found a new place to live, so I won't be homeless when the dorm kicks me out! Yay!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 07 Jun 2013, 09:52
Yay!

Be sure to sign the contract before celebrating, though.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Jun 2013, 09:55
The emphasis is on the word 'might'. I haven't seen the room yet, but my potential roomie is already convinced that I'd make a good roommate. I met him yesterday, and apparently drunk Noyan made a good impression.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 10:07
Tipsy Noyan is a fun guy to chat with. I'd assume that Drunk Noyan would be about the same.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 07 Jun 2013, 10:08
I've GOTTA meet Drunk Noyan.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Jun 2013, 10:16
Hangover Noyan is the worst, but he's also the most horny.

edit: the but should have been an and.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Alex C on 07 Jun 2013, 10:49
That was a response to a very localised outburst, and was entirely effective.  It may end up in the rules area, though.

I don't mean to judge or anything, although I guess it comes across that way in retrospect. I just hardly even lurk here anymore, so I was free to imagine the scenario as being way ridiculous. It legitimately made me laugh is all and not much does that. Stay classy, internet.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 07 Jun 2013, 11:16
Its like, maybe 5-7 people that do it and they toned it down but I mostly ignore the string of posts that they'll do. It kind of gives a bit of insight into how it must feel to read PJ without knowing everyone.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 11:20
I'm sorry for being a big flirt &gt;.&lt; I have tried to tone it down, but sometimes it's relevant to the discussion!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 11:21
Occasionally.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 11:21
Okay, rarely.

Shut up.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 07 Jun 2013, 12:37
Yes m'm.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jun 2013, 12:53
i endeavor to do today what i did yesterday: to lay around the porch dressed in only a flowy skirt and several scarves drinking jasmine tea and reading Order of the Phoenix again
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 07 Jun 2013, 12:53
Order of the Phoenix is the only Harry Potter book that I've been able to read in one day.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 07 Jun 2013, 12:59
I think I needed two, but to be fair, I got it on release day at midnight, came home, read it for a few hours till morning, then fell asleep.

Unicorn: what's a flowy skirt? Also, there is no mention of a top anywhere...
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jun 2013, 13:03
oh i am also smoking out f a bubbler and i also have a bubble jar so sometimes i blow bubbles after i smoke and male a bunch of bubbles filled with smoke that pop in a little puff  of smoke and it's the most magical goddamn bullshit in the entire damn world

also i read deathly gallows in just under twelve hours when i got it.

new reply! a flowy skirt is a skirt that is long and flows and is excellent for walking down stairs and standing in winds.

also no top. a skirt, a shawl, and a scarf.

you're not a lion, i am not a witch, and this is not a wardrobe.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 07 Jun 2013, 13:14
How I imagine Unicorn right now:

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Alex C on 07 Jun 2013, 13:37
Its like, maybe 5-7 people that do it and they toned it down but I mostly ignore the string of posts that they'll do. It kind of gives a bit of insight into how it must feel to read PJ without knowing everyone.

That's why it felt necessary to give a shout out to the ol' self-aware makeout zone. This is very much an "Ambassador, our people tell the same story" moment for me.

Although, actually, i'm pretty sure the only thing I've ever hit on here or on PJ was an empanada. I didn't really start posting until all the goofiness had already started to become a running joke.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 07 Jun 2013, 14:57
Alex, Rai and Jiri at Lungha. Rai of Lowani. Lowani under two moons. Jiri of Ubaya. Ubaya of crossroads, at Lungha. Lungha, her sky gray.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 15:07
Yeah if you wanna say it the long way around
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 07 Jun 2013, 15:07
That's why it felt necessary to give a shout out to the ol' self-aware makeout zone.

As you can see, general chatter has now (just recently) been divided up so that there is a separate forum for threads about relationships, lifestyle and problems - that forum still has "awkward self-aware talky zone" in its description as a nod to the past.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jun 2013, 15:35
or i can get thrown out and told that it's a learning experience instead that works too
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: pwhodges on 07 Jun 2013, 15:45
I think right now you need hugs more than advice - will you accept a (notional) hug?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jun 2013, 15:51
no.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jun 2013, 15:54
i just feel blindsided and angry and hurt because i've never had a nice place to live before and now i won't. i am being told that in <30 days i am going to be homeless unless i do something, but i don't know what to do.


and i am angry that literally the only stable living situation i have ever had is being taken away from me and my focus instead ofnpersonal growth and connecting with myself so as to connect with others now has to take a backseat to mere/sheer goddamn fucking SURVIVAL.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 16:15
Oh fuck! What happened?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jun 2013, 16:32
my roommate has been acting really unstable towered me and blowin up on me over stupid things (i.e. i don't trust men makes me sexist) and she's been talking to the landlord and she gave me vague bullshit like she did before but apparently my friend agrees but is torn up about throwing me out.

i feel okay, just numb and sad but if i think about the details i get angry over all the bullshit.

i want to stay here, but i don't know if it'll happen now. likely not.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Jun 2013, 21:01
Can't you just... not interact with each other on that level? Like live together and all that but no discussions on topics they're going to be stupid about.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 08 Jun 2013, 00:37
Power went out about 90 minutes before my shift so I show up at 3am to a completely dark parking ramp. Both the other guard (a 120ish lb young woman) and I decided the best course of action was to nope the fuck right out down the block and hang out in car until the sun came up. Well, she went home, but she had previously noped the fuck right out of a dark office
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 08 Jun 2013, 08:01
to nope the fuck right out

I must find opportunities to integrate this phrase into my everyday vocabulary.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 08 Jun 2013, 13:18
we played a house show last night. we were surprised how many people even showed, but I guess the hosts are no strangers to throwing 'em. it was a shitload of fun, we played our most energetic and our tightest set yet. it was hotter than everloving fuck in that backyard barn (no AC, and it hit the 90s [fahrenheit] yesterday) so by the end of it I was completely soaked through. haven't been in pants that wet since the last time I went swimming in my clothes.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 08 Jun 2013, 13:19
also, because I love you guys, here's something that will fix any bad day you ever have. wait for the ending.

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Radical AC on 08 Jun 2013, 16:38
I got to Arizona 3 days ago.  My initial impression is that Tempe is kind of a dump even though everything (except gas) costs more.  I looked into public transportation and unless I enroll as a student somewhere it is more expensive than gassing and maintaining my SUV.  I am used to Boise transport being bad, but nearly free.  My apartment isn't bad.  It is old and kind of nickel and dimes you for services, but it is still pretty cheap and close to work.  I won't have real internet until the 17th, and have been going to the apartment offices or across the street to McDonalds for wifi.  It is a pretty big change and I had a minor panic attack when I got here, not knowing the area, being low on cash and gas, and having absolutely no support system.  I really should have figured out a way to move with my girlfriend because doing everything by yourself a thousand miles away from anything or anyone familiar is damn hard.  I am going to spend all my extra time studying for grad school and maybe find some places to volunteer.  I need to get a lot of stuff.  I have been sleeping on the floor the whole time.  The 112 degree weather probably bothers me the least out of all the changes.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: celticgeek on 08 Jun 2013, 16:43
Welcome to Arizona! 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Radical AC on 10 Jun 2013, 17:53
Thanks!  I feel a little better about the area being here for a few days.  Still need to get a bed, but I have just about everything else.  Just got done with my first day of work and I like the people and the environment.  It isn't my dream job or location, but I have time to work on that.  For now I am going to make the best go of it I can, and save as much money as I can.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 11 Jun 2013, 10:48
I was out with my buds last night and Matt's lady and I were giving each other a hard time about something, and our buddy Daniel pipes up and goes "And this is why you're single, Pat" and Matt's like "Nah, it ain't that, it's 'cause Pat has hella issues"

I know he was kidding and I laughed it off but after thinking on it for a bit, it's fairly true. maybe I oughta see a therapist.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 11 Jun 2013, 22:06
I need an internship by Friday to get summer credit, and I don't have one still.  I can do one in the fall, I have room in my schedual, but it is depressing me that I couldn't find one for summer, and a looming anvil of self doubt and hatered when all my peers have great internships and I am at home playign tetris.  ARRRGGGHHHHHH   I still have a few applications out, but I am nto feeling great, we will see.

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Jun 2013, 13:32
i've decided to forget about housing from now on and focus on a vehicle instead

i get trapped in houses and never get anything done; i'm tired of housemate drama, i'm tired of getting trapped, i'm tired of worrying about rent, i'm tired of worrying about my home

if i'm homeless for a couple months, w/e, i can handle it - save up and get a station wagon (cars are too small to sleep comfortably in; a van would be ideal, but far too expensive and conspicuous for what i need right now). work on seeing shows and connecting w/other musicians, network, like. play more shows, get recordings.

summer plans.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 12 Jun 2013, 13:37
Got a call about an internship!!!  Missed the call though so I will call back tomorrow morning.  I know the company culture at this place is 'hip', so I think my hair should be ok.  I also know a guy currently interning there.  Even if I can't get academic credit (which I will bitch about if it is the case) this would be such good experience for me for what I want to do. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Pilchard123 on 12 Jun 2013, 14:01
Yay! What is it that you want to do?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 12 Jun 2013, 17:13
Go go go hip internship!!
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 12 Jun 2013, 19:03
i've decided to forget about housing from now on and focus on a vehicle instead

i get trapped in houses and never get anything done; i'm tired of housemate drama, i'm tired of getting trapped, i'm tired of worrying about rent, i'm tired of worrying about my home

if i'm homeless for a couple months, w/e, i can handle it - save up and get a station wagon (cars are too small to sleep comfortably in; a van would be ideal, but far too expensive and conspicuous for what i need right now). work on seeing shows and connecting w/other musicians, network, like. play more shows, get recordings.

summer plans.

Not commenting on the actual plan, since I don't know a lot about America in this regard. Just saying you remind me of someone whose life got a great turn for the better as the result of them getting a car. That's all :)

As always, good luck for everyone who need it. Which is probably everybody. So good luck everybody :)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Jace on 12 Jun 2013, 23:07
Yo so I got cup checked today straight on, sword coming in perfectly parallel to my junk. Game over. No points. Glad I was wearing a cup though. Also these:
shoulder:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/994798_10151785552152317_91444405_n.jpg)
hand:
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1016070_10151785552042317_721941255_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 13 Jun 2013, 06:33
Yay! What is it that you want to do?

It changes, but in general I want to work with the people who use technology.   

Right now I want to do this by working for companies that produce enterprise management software on development and testing.  So software for content management, records management, customer relationship management, basically any software which a company will force its employees to use, I want to work on the initial research into what users need (as opposed to the companies's management) and then the testing of the software to make sure it works well and makes people's lives easier, or at the very least, not harder. 

This internship would likely be doing usability testing for software. 
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Masterpiece on 13 Jun 2013, 06:48
That sounds awesome, have fun!
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Post by: GarandMarine on 13 Jun 2013, 17:17
15,700 acres consumed, 360 homes destroyed, two people dead. 5% containment. Day three of the most destructive wild fire in state history. I was getting really upset when I was going out to help on one of the ranches to assist with rescued horses and I spent a good part of my day tossing hay bales around and sneezing. I found my hope there. From the minute I got there till well after I left people were coming by with coffee, donations of hay, and other horse/live stock materials (to the tune of four or five tons over the last two days since the fire started) and this is happening all over the city. I've been a lot of places for disasters but no city pulls together like Colorado Springs. The only places that really do it like we do are small towns. It's a refreshing attitude.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1013702_474824845918908_2114607218_n.jpg)
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Post by: GarandMarine on 13 Jun 2013, 23:58
(click to show/hide)

So I'm going to update myself with a much longer blog type post.



As some of you might know the state of Colorado is currently suffering from two major wild fires. The Black Forest fire has burned 15,700 acres, destroyed over three hundred homes and killed two people making it the most destructive wild fire in Colorado's history and the second major wild fire inflicted on my home town of Colorado Springs in two years. Thousands have been displaced, and more heart breaking, the Black Forest area is horse country, hundreds of horses and other livestock have been rounded up along with more common family pets like dogs and cats. I almost bought a horse last year from a ranch out in Elbert country, a little mustang mare named Buttercup, I decided I couldn't give her the attention she deserved, and didn't have the financial ability to take on the burden of a pet with minimum $6000/yr in expenses... but the boarding ranch I'd selected was right in the heart of the mandatory evacuation zone. The thought is like icy claws around your heart... I've always had a close relationship with animals, particularly horses and dogs and picking out a boarding house for what was to potentially by my horse made it easy to emphasize with the people around me who's animals were missing. Helping spread lost horse and pet notices didn't help either. It's hard to communicate emotion and tone through text, but some of these notices, begging for help to find a treasured companion... you could hear the tears.

So I decided to something with what I had and went and worked for a few hours on one of the ranches that were taking in refugee horses... while I was there, from the moment I showed up to the moment I left donations never stopped, from small things like coffee and doughnuts for the volunteers and staff, to hay and feed for the animals. It was the last that was most common, from an entire semi trailer load, to a hundred bales here and there, to a little boy who came with three twenty pound bales in the back of his dad's truck. His father said the donation was the boy's, as were the bales, he'd purchased them with money he'd made from a lemonade stand. Through it all it was a city coming together in the face of disaster again. A city of 500,000 people that still acts like a small town, one of the best parts about living in Colorado Springs. All across the county people are working and coordinating together to ensure all are fed and sheltered, that no lost animal goes unfound or uncared for... a far more cynical me once spat on the idea of miracles, I can tell you now with a few more years on me that I am wrong. Miracles happen. Not from the will of the Divine, or fate or fortune. We are the miracle, a miracle waiting to happen for ourselves or for someone else every single day. The choice is yours to make. The magic in this world is contained in every single human heart in we do so little as love and do what little we can for others. Alone against all the darkness in the world a single light can do nothing, but together, hundreds of thousands of millions, of billions of lights... the light of a species coming together can illuminate the darkness in such a way as to outshine the sun. Together there is nothing we cannot do. No matter how small the kindness... an encouraging word, a helping hand, can change the world for another person. If that's not the magic of friendship and love at work in the world, I don't know what is.

It's all down to you though. A question you have to ask yourself. How can you make the world just a little bit better today?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Redball on 14 Jun 2013, 14:58
Well, you made mine better today.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Papersatan on 14 Jun 2013, 18:11
Today I had a short phone interview for the internship, which I think went well.  I will hear back by Tuesday.   I also had a meeting with career services at my university which I left feeling great.

First, she told me that the deadline for the internship is flexible, so I have some time to get one still. This is great because the original deadline is tomorrow.  She also went over my resume and gave me a lot of great advice for tailoring it for the types of positions I want now.  Additionally, she gave me some good ideas for networking which sound reasonable for me.  Also, and this is the best news that just made me want to dance, she told me that my hair should not be a problem for me.  It has been an issue on my mind for some time now because I really don't want to change it.  She said that several people have been hired from the program with non-traditional hair colors, and that using the color on my resume and cards was a good idea to build a 'personal brand'.  This has been my plan all along, but I never got any advice that it was a good plan other than from people who were apt to lie to me to make me feel better. 

Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: jwhouk on 14 Jun 2013, 18:26
I did my part yesterday.

And today. (I have the blood on my shirt to prove it.)
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Loki on 15 Jun 2013, 00:57
[internship stuff]
Yay!

Also, pretty hair color.

I did my part yesterday.

And today. (I have the blood on my shirt to prove it.)
?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: jwhouk on 15 Jun 2013, 02:33
Well, Thursday I got adopted by a cat. :)

And Friday afternoon I took said cat into her new vet because she had apparently made one of her sutures start bleeding.

On a side note: anyone know how to get kitty blood out of carpeting?
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: GarandMarine on 15 Jun 2013, 03:18
A substance called "Nature's Miracle" will get just about ANYTHING out of carpeting.
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Post by: Radical AC on 15 Jun 2013, 13:11
The Colorado fires are crazy.  There was a fire near Boise last year that filled the entire valley with smoke for most of the summer.  I woke up every day with a headache.  It was started by a firefighter of all people, who wanted to get attention from his dad.  Now, getting started working in insurance I pay attention to this sort of thing a little more closely.  I work in auto claims, but want to get into catastrophic field work soon (of course cars burn too, but people tend to take those).  A whole lot of my friends worked fire lines in the forests in Idaho and Oregon during college.  One became a smoke jumper for a while, it is the only natural disaster you really need to worry about in the west, unless there is a freak hail storm or you live on a flood plain.

I am not too sure how to go about making new friends here.  All the people I work with seem to have kids, or nothing else in common with me.  I know I am not the only 26 year old to be in a mosh pit last week (saw The Thermals for the third time this summer), but I get alien looks from coworkers when I bring it up.  I have discovered that "adults" really do talk about the weather a lot.  I have been asked how I am liking the heat here in Phoenix probably 50 times (I do not have strong feelings about it one way or the other) and zero questions of substance.  People marvel when I tell them I walk to work since I live a mile away (I am broke guys, moving is expensive and it takes just as long to drive).  Maybe it will be easier when I start saving up some money and can hang out downtown?  I always used to joke about the stereotypical pac northwest hipster, but they don't have them here and it turns out they were all my friends.

Hopefully I get my own internet on Monday.  I have a dumb phone and a six year old laptop that needs to be plugged in wherever I go, so now I am in my apartment office.  It has given me time to read and study for law/grad school, though.  Kind of nice.  I always thought life would be easier if I got a degree and a job, maybe it used to be, but I am struggling with the realization I may have been happier with a crappy minimum wage job living a carefree lifestyle with my friends.  The job itself is cool, though!  People find the most creative ways to bust their cars.  ADVICE: Avoid wal-mart parking lots.  Grocery stores don't tend to be too bad, but wally world is the place you will get your vehicle ruined.  If I get industry certifications the company pays for it and gives me a bonus when I complete it.  If I get this CPCU designation (it is like a CPA for insurance people apparently) I get a $400 bonus, and around the time I complete it I get a trip to Hawaii for me and another person for the industry conference.  Also, on my third day here I got a $2000 pay increase!

tl;dr: fire bad, moving hard, job good.
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Post by: cesium133 on 15 Jun 2013, 13:15
  ADVICE: Avoid wal-mart parking lots.  Grocery stores don't tend to be too bad, but wally world is the place you will get your vehicle ruined.
Oh God Yes. This is part of why I never go to Walmart anymore. I once got my taillight crushed when I made the mistake of going to Walmart in the month of December.

The other part of why I never go to Walmart is a different story entirely.  :psyduck:
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Post by: Welu on 15 Jun 2013, 15:31
I went to the city last night to hang out with my brothers and saw a screening of The Room. There were games where you chanted any time the Golden Gate Bridge was on screen and threw spoons at certain scenes. So much fun!
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Post by: Patrick on 15 Jun 2013, 23:28
A Girl I Really Like returned from a trip to her old town on Wednesday, and she and I spent the rest of the day hanging out. I won't bore anyone with details about how our friendship has progressed to this, but it's a really awesome feeling when you and a close friend seem to be falling for each other. We're on a good wavelength, it seems, and our moods balance each other out.

I've managed to talk her into watching Firefly with me, and yes, I do plan on actually watching.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 16 Jun 2013, 00:15
a friend of mine just randomly loaned me $1,000 so i can buy a van to live in.

wow.
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Post by: Loki on 16 Jun 2013, 01:09
Wow indeed.

I won't bore anyone with details about how our friendship has progressed to this

Oh come on  :x
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Post by: nekowafer on 16 Jun 2013, 08:06
Unicorn, that's awesome!

And Patrick, I am in a similar situation. I met the guy I like in high school, over 10 years ago. We are just now getting close, very close. And it's awesome, because I already know him. Instead of a new guy that I have to figure out.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 16 Jun 2013, 08:13
a friend of mine just randomly loaned me $1,000 so i can buy a van to live in.

wow.

That's a lot of money. Wow.
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Post by: Lines on 17 Jun 2013, 06:10
I am loving San Diego, especially Coronado, which is where we're staying. (More on that later.) What I am not loving is the jet lag and waking up before the sun, haha.

Especially when I'm getting work emails about things no one bothered to talk to me about before I left. Not checking those emails anymore! (They go to my phone, I am not actively seeking them out.)
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Post by: Patrick on 17 Jun 2013, 08:10
I won't bore anyone with details about how our friendship has progressed to this

Oh come on  :x

Don't gimme that face, the story ain't that great anyway. This is pretty much all of it. I met her through a mutual friend of ours, and she annoyed me at first, and then I warmed to her a little bit, and now I've warmed to her a lot. She was really in-your-face friendly right from the start, which kinda bugged me because I am kinda like a cat. Let me come to you and sniff you out a bit and don't pet me til I say so, you know? She won me over anyway.
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Post by: nekowafer on 17 Jun 2013, 08:37
I am kinda like a cat. Let me come to you and sniff you out a bit and don't pet me til I say so, you know?

I have a wonderfully adorable mental image of you skulking around like a shy cat and then sniffing her hand and rubbing your face on her
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Post by: GarandMarine on 17 Jun 2013, 14:58
eeeee my new Pmags got here today! Muwahahaha high quality 30 round goodness! Eat THAT Governor/Democrat controlled state senate! I have beaten your embargo on fun by a whole two weeks! Your pathetic ban is nothing!
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Post by: Pilchard123 on 17 Jun 2013, 14:58
Thunderstorm here. Flash!



BOOOOooooooooommmmrmmrmrmrmrmrmrmrmrmrmmm.
Title: Re: Blog Thread 4; Live Free or Blog Hard - 'cos we all like blogging
Post by: Patrick on 17 Jun 2013, 15:23
I am kinda like a cat. Let me come to you and sniff you out a bit and don't pet me til I say so, you know?

I have a wonderfully adorable mental image of you skulking around like a shy cat and then sniffing her hand and rubbing your face on her

Aside from the sniffing this is actually not far from the truth
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Post by: nekowafer on 18 Jun 2013, 07:20
I imagine that you make derpy faces like my cats do when they're investigating someone as well. And it makes me want to hold you like a baby and rub your tummy.

Me, creepy? Nah.
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Post by: LTK on 18 Jun 2013, 08:32
Apparently, someone can just randomly lose their hearing for seemingly no reason, from one hour into the next, with no guarantee that it'll ever return.

That someone turns out to be me. I've become almost completely deaf in my right ear. Doctor says there's nothing they can do because it's in my inner ear, prescribes me some corticosteroids and says that maybe they will help.

Damn it.
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Post by: Loki on 18 Jun 2013, 10:32
Whattheouchfuck
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Post by: GarandMarine on 18 Jun 2013, 13:17
Shit that's not good at all! He had NO explanation at all as to what could have caused the hearing loss? What the mothering fuck?
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Post by: pwhodges on 18 Jun 2013, 14:29
That is so scary!  I cross my fingers for you that it is one of those weird things that just happens out of nowhere and then after a while goes away again; I'm afraid I can think of nothing else to do.

I don't know what tests your doctor has done; but this is a case where I'd expect to be looking into scans that can image localised brain activity, to see whether there is something going on in there, like a localised haemorrhage or thombosis, for instance (sorry if that's an even more scary idea).
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Post by: Welu on 18 Jun 2013, 14:39
Another repeat of AH so scary. I really hope things get fixed quickly for you.
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Post by: Patrick on 18 Jun 2013, 14:56
I don't know what tests your doctor has done; but this is a case where I'd expect to be looking into scans that can image localised brain activity, to see whether there is something going on in there, like a localised haemorrhage or thombosis, for instance (sorry if that's an even more scary idea).

This! Sudden changes in sensory capability are definitely something worth checking out to the fullest.
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Post by: LTK on 18 Jun 2013, 14:57
It's definitely an inner-ear problem because my vestibular system is also shot to hell. I'm constantly dizzy and every head movement feels amplified. Common causes seem to be bacterial and viral infections, but aside from a nose cold a couple of weeks ago I haven't had anything of the sort. The cold had symptoms unlike those I usually have, but otherwise it was unremarkable. Another possibility is a blocked blood vessel in the inner ear, which fits with the gradual hearing loss - I was still able to hear high-pitched sounds (swallows) about an hour after onset, but that quickly disappeared as well.

Some internet sources point out that clinical trials indicate the efficacy of corticosteroid therapy in these unexplained cases, and that if it ever gets better, it's in the first few weeks. After that, there are no documented recoveries. So I hope I'm one of the former cases.
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Post by: pwhodges on 18 Jun 2013, 15:42
I'm constantly dizzy and every head movement feels amplified.

My wife gets that when she has labyrinthitis (which has happened twice) - but that doesn't produce a hearing loss for her (more than usual - she's over 50% deaf anyway)

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Another possibility is a blocked blood vessel in the inner ear,

Have you been given anything to treat that possibility (aspirin and clopidogrel comes to mind)?

But in general it sounds as if your doctor is on the ball, at least.  Good luck!
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Post by: nekowafer on 18 Jun 2013, 18:32
Can you get a second opinion? I think this requires more than just "eh no clue, take some medicine"!
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Post by: LTK on 18 Jun 2013, 23:19
My wife gets that when she has labyrinthitis (which has happened twice) - but that doesn't produce a hearing loss for her (more than usual - she's over 50% deaf anyway)
It must be a case of: same symptoms, different cause.

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Have you been given anything to treat that possibility (aspirin and clopidogrel comes to mind)?
No, because that's just something I read on the internet (http://www.hearinglossweb.com/Medical/Causes/sens_neur/sud/swc.htm) and I haven't asked the doctor if that's actually the case.

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But in general it sounds as if your doctor is on the ball, at least.  Good luck!
Thanks.

Can you get a second opinion? I think this requires more than just "eh no clue, take some medicine"!
The GP, the ear doctor and the abovementioned internet doctor recommend taking corticosteroids, because that's the only thing that's been proven to work at all, apparently. I don't think there's any more to know.
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Post by: Loki on 20 Jun 2013, 07:37
Good news: My doorbell finally got fixed. This is VERY convenient, because I live in a dorm, the house door opens only from the inside or with a key, and I wasn't able to order pizza until now without worrying whether the pizza guy could get into the house and up to my room.

Good news: a technical magicamajig I had ordered arrived today.

Bad news: it doesn't work. I don't know whether I missed some steps setting it up or if it was broken from the get-go.

Good news: My best friend has the same thing, so I am gonna call him later today and ask if he can help.

Good news: the sweets my mother sent to me are awesome.

Bad news: I miss having sex.

Bad old news: I still have to tidy up my room.
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Post by: ankhtahr on 20 Jun 2013, 08:47
You know, most pizza delivery people have a cell phone. If you write "please call upon arrival" on your order it works. We did that whenever we ordered pizza to the school…

What is a "technical magicamajig"? Even google doesn't find anything.

Bad news: I miss having sex.
Good news: I don't.
Bad news: That's because you have to have had something to miss it.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 Jun 2013, 09:06
It'll happen, don't worry.
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Post by: nekowafer on 20 Jun 2013, 09:07
I hear that hands are an okay substitute for such things.
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Post by: Patrick on 20 Jun 2013, 10:44
Hell, if I were a chick I'd do ya.

Got into a huge argument with a friend over him fuckin' up hella bad and letting a buncha underage drinkers hang out at the bar without telling me or any of the bar staff that there were underage folks with fake IDs. I only found out literally the very second they all got into the taxi to go home. Upon informing him that it's not kosher to do that, first the dude mocked me, then proceeded to make up his own version of how it works when a bar gets caught with underage drinkers here in California. That's two things I can't abide, is blatant dickholery and ignorance, so I set that shit straight.

Well, dude wasn't happy with that so now we ain't friends because he can't handle being told he fucked up. Fuck that fuckin fuck, he's an annoying ass anyway.
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Post by: ankhtahr on 20 Jun 2013, 12:54
On a happier note: I finally got myself some decent speakers. Bought them used from a member of a different forum. 100€ including shipping from Italy. Took only two days to arrive here. A pair of ESI uniK 04 active monitoring speakers. Mixed reviews, and I can understand them, as they are not absolutely linear, so for monitoring purposes they probably aren't the best choice, but they totally kick ass for ordinary listening to music. Been testing them for several hours now, FLAC, some of the music being in 24bit/96kHz, Asus Xonar DX and the speakers are fucking awesome. And really small for that sound. Finally no need to wear frickin headphones when I want good sound quality anymore.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 20 Jun 2013, 13:06
On my first birthday in Munich my friends asked me what present I wanted. I didn't know, so I joked that I wanted loudspeakers.

they went and bought me Bose loudspeakers, which are awesome.
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Post by: ankhtahr on 20 Jun 2013, 13:09
The problem with Bose is that you pay quite a lot, only for the name. Sure, they sound fine, but you can get better for the price. If I had enough money to spend I would buy myself ELAC speakers. I visited their factory once. Most of the stuff is handmade, and the sound is phenomenal. Especially their JET tweeters are amazing. We were allowed to watch the production of those. The membrane is completely handfolded and sounds much better than most other tweeters which are produced in the same way. We weren't allowed to take photos or videos, as this is still one of their biggest advantages.
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Post by: Asterus on 21 Jun 2013, 08:00
So I had run into a little problem with my usual writing, so I tried something different. I started writing things down as they occurred to me, without any edits (Basically, I started transcribing trains of thought and some of the conversations I simulate when I'm bored) just to see what would come out. After about 5 pages of solid writing, I decided that was enough for half an hour's work. From this, I have learned that I can actually focus on something longer than 10 minutes, I am alarmingly good at projecting a second persona to converse with (Read: Talking to myself), and my stream of consciousness doesn't actually need too much editing in its raw form.

And that my thoughts are apparently a short-term diary -_-

It did magically smash my writer's block into rubble though, so that's a plus.
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Post by: Patrick on 21 Jun 2013, 10:57

So I recorded a cover. It isn't my own music, so I didn't post to the "own music" thread. Hope y'all enjoy.
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Post by: celticgeek on 21 Jun 2013, 13:16
I enjoyed it. 
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Post by: Loki on 21 Jun 2013, 13:36
The GF of the guy I was hanging out with at the graduation party is adorable and they make such a cute couple together *jealous*
Today was a good day. I danced for the first time in ages again. Didnt realize how much I missed it. Free booze = awesomeliciousness.
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Post by: nekowafer on 22 Jun 2013, 08:41
I have to work today. Usually I have weekends off so this kinda sucks. I am also of the sit-at-my-desk variety, and today I'm doing manual labor. Whine.
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Post by: Masterpiece on 22 Jun 2013, 09:28
I've been writing a Minimax Algorithm and I'm failing at making it stop going deeper (inb4 Inception Joke). It's at depth 4094 and causing a stack overflow, which is frustrating considering it's supposed to be an algorithm calculating a Tic Tac Toe game.
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Post by: Loki on 22 Jun 2013, 09:35
I have only a faint idea what you are doing. Why would you need such a high recursion(?) depth for Tic Tac Toe?
Also I assume you are aware of the Tic Tac Toe solution chart at xkcd?
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Post by: Masterpiece on 22 Jun 2013, 10:01
I have only a faint idea what you are doing. Why would you need such a high recursion(?) depth for Tic Tac Toe?
I don't. I'm trying to figure out why my code is going that deep.

At least Reversi works:

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Post by: Carl-E on 22 Jun 2013, 21:34
So I recorded a cover. It isn't my own music, so I didn't post to the "own music" thread. Hope y'all enjoy.

I did!  Took me back to a time when my turntable was working... 

Were the vocals all you, or with bandmates? 
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Post by: Patrick on 23 Jun 2013, 01:09
Thanks! I would really like to find me some CSN on vinyl soon. New job is already making that look a whole lot easier, just got my first paycheck on Friday so hell yeah. Vocals are indeed all me, my hausmate is letting me borrow his 16-track recorder/controller/interface gadget again so I'm trying to get some practice in so I'm fresh for when Troubador records again (hint: perhaps soon!). Glad you and celticgeek dig :D
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Post by: Lines on 23 Jun 2013, 07:56
Going home today. I don't want to leave! San Diego has been such a good time. I really only miss my house, cats, and people, so I'm really tempted to pick them up and plop them down here in San Diego. Or just take the perpetual good weather and good food/drinks home.
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Post by: Akima on 23 Jun 2013, 15:22
At least Reversi works:
Pfft! If you want a real challenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Go)...
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Post by: Masterpiece on 23 Jun 2013, 17:07
At least Reversi works:
Pfft! If you want a real challenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Go)...
I have to admit that I wasn't that interested in writing the AI in the Reversi game. I worked more on the UI backend (We had multiple team members), creating a completely variable skinnable GUI for the game. In the finished code, the GUI knows how to draw itse lf, but has no idea what to draw and where to draw it. These values are read from configuration files in runtime, allowing multiple themes and hot-swapping. When we were graded, my teachers didn't understand the systems I wrote. I felt good about myself.
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Post by: snalin on 24 Jun 2013, 01:09
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Do you actually serialize, or is the serialVersionUID just there to make Eclipse stop complaining? Anyways, if it's "normal" Tic Tac Toe, with a 3x3 board, there should only be 9! ~ 362.000 possible games, which is definitely not overflow-worthy. Or is it a larger board?
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Post by: Masterpiece on 24 Jun 2013, 02:34
I've not serialized yet. I can see where it might make sense, because GUIs do change a lot, but I haven't done it so far.

And it's a standard 3x3 board, and I'm getting frustrated with the stack overflows. They're not supposed to happen.
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Post by: Patrick on 24 Jun 2013, 04:09
Yesterday and tonight I did some work on a cover of "I Didn't Understand" by Elliott Smith. it is nowhere near done, and I am very tempted to scrap the whole damn thing and start fresh because the noise from the onboard metronome leaked out from my headphones while I was tracking and ruined the purity of my take. This has been the single most frustrating thing I've ever done in my entire life. I just retired the recorder/controller/interface for the night and will begin again sometime tomorrow, probably completely from scratch.

So a few of you may know of my bandmate Matt. Well, his girlfriend Adara is from Vancouver, and when she first came here and met Matt, she was here visiting her sister in prison, eventually met Matt, and the rest is history. Well, her parents and her nephew (the imprisoned sister's son) came down to visit, and they were at Matt's house after band practice today. I got to meet them, and almost immediately they had me doing shots with them and Matt's parents.

The party wound down and so I treated Matt and Paul to a movie. We arrived intending to see World War Z, but it was sold out, so instead we saw This Is The End. It was... ehh. There were about 3 parts that I thought were hilarious and they were all in the first 20 minutes of the movie. 2 of them involved Michael Cera. I think the funniest part of the moviegoing experience was in fact during the previews where an advert involving Taylor Swift came on, and Paul quipped, "I cannot stand Taylor Swift but I would hate-fuck the shit out of her in a heartbeat" and a young couple nearby laughed and approached him for a high-five.
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