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A dammed good night at the gym. Increased my weight by 10 to 20 pounds at every machine after taking a week off. Feels good. Real good.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:

Why do children of alcoholics, who grow up seeing how their parents' lives are ruined by alcohol, start drinking? Especially when they have an older brother who constantly warns them that alcoholism is strongly genetic?

In other news, I sometimes really hate my brother.

You'd be amazed at just how insidious it is.

For me, I almost never drank -- maybe once a month, at most -- until I was in my 30's. Then I started gaming with some people. Who then had some VERY annoying kids. I found that having a rum & coke before seeing their kids took the edge off of having to deal with them.

After that, the slope goes downhill FAST.

Bad day at work? Have a rum & coke! Stressful weekend of GM'ing? Have a rum & coke!

Within a year I'd gone from 1-2 drinks a month to 3-4 drinks a day.

And I didn't notice it happening.

And once you're addicted, it's harder to stop than you could imagine. "Just saying no" is very much akin to the classic "perfect diet":
(1) Eat less.
(2) Exercise more.

EVERYONE knows it. Virtually no one can follow through on it.

So I understand how one becomes an alcoholic, and how hard it is to break free.

But drinking so much you miss a day of work? I'm afraid I've never gone that far, so I can't relate to that one.

I would argue the only thing more insidious than alcohol is nicotine. Incredibly subtle. To my knowledge only crystal meth is worse, but that's due to a number of factors that I'm not going to go into right now.

I drink on occasion, partially due to a combination of a teetotal youth and a lot of lies about alcohol being proven either completely untrue or untrue in my case. I have been truly drunk maybe ten times total in life. FAWTL has been here for 7 of those times.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I've never played Mass Effect.

Play Mass Effect.

Your king demands it.


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The Doomkitten wrote:
Raise your hand if you have ever said the following phrase, or any other sentence along the same lines, while playing the Mass Effect series: "Holy shwowow, that is one hot piece of metal-plated alien hunk."

>_>

<_<

leaves hand down


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
You can tell him, straight from the mouth of a Floridian: We do. I wrestled a crocodile just this morning, despite that there aren't any crocodiles for hundreds or possibly thousands of miles. I really just needed a change from my regular alligator wrestling.

I was going to correct him, but I looked it up and there is a crocodile native to Florida. No one ever sees it, though, because of all the d**ned alligators slinking around.

Not anymore there isn't. I wrestled it. I'm typing this, so obviously I won.

dinner at your place, then.


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So what happens now? Do we stick with the worlds/settings we know are borked from the beginning due to loyalty or try to create something new on the ashes of lessons learned?


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I praise Sara Marie for getting through a day that promised to be hell from the word go.
PRAISE SARA MARIE!


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I can be naked if I want. I have not made my landing yet.


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Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:
Yes sir, I'm on standby sir.

aim for the shield generator.


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Here's a lozenge for your cough. You seem to have a hard time pronouncing "New York".

Also, fix your clothes.


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MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


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Lois Tilton's short story Hands remains a major favorite of mine with respect to fantasy.

I love Richard Lee Byers and Paul S. Kemp so much I will read their stuff even if it is in forgotten realms.


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dances around shrine to Weis, Hickman, Dragonlance in general

Put some clothes on!


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Norman Osborne wrote:
Hama wrote:
Spider man is not nearly on the level of the DC's trinity. Not even close.

That's true. He's WELL above Wonder Woman.

There are three superheroes that are so ingrained in popular culture that most people know their origin stories just through sheer osmosis, without having ever read a comic book or watched a movie about them.

Superman. Batman. Spider-Man.

There are literally people who have no interest in comics or comic book characters whatsoever that can give you pretty accurate accounting of those three origin stories.

I find that to be untrue. So many girls grew up idolizing wonder woman it isn't funny.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, I was *going* to go through the 100+ photos I took, delete the "boring" ones, and post a "highlights reel", but my new 50 Mbps internet plus sheer lack of time means I posted everything here.

On the one hand, a lot of 'em are boring or, "Huh"?
On the other hand, it's the usual, "Take 100 photos to get 10 decent ones, and one really good one."

I do notice that I'm framing people a little bit high. I'll work on that.

And while one of them couldn't stand still for more than half a second in spite of her awesome, awesome hair, here is one of our hostesses.
Amazing women! Awesome time!

sets black manliness to "inseminate"


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

So I'm walking to a downtown train station at 11:30 at night, and there's a dead body on the stairs. Not an everyday occurrence, but I've certainly seen it before. Homeless people sleep there, so if they die in their sleep, that's often where.

Paramedics were already on the scene, so nothing for me to do. Except there's a lot more cops and paramedics than usual. Like, at least six medics and eight cops. And the cops asked me if I saw anything (Nope. The cops were there before me.).

Turns out the dead guy got shot twice right there in the train station. The medics almost sounded bored while doing chest compressions and stuff, but I guess that's because screaming like on TV wouldn't really help communication in an emergency.

HOLY S**%.

That is awful.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Helloooooooo girl in second pic.

LOL. Don't know her, but she was VERY sweet. I learned that no one can say, "No" to a man in a Hawaiian shirt.

She was sans gentleman, though...

black manliness + Hawaiian shirt= ???


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Helloooooooo girl in second pic.


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HWalsh wrote:
Rob Godfrey wrote:
Cheliax being the most believable nation in the setting (admittedly I do not know to much outside the inner sea), as in it actually makes sense that it has not disintegrated into civil war of been crushed by some...
You do know that Cheliax is going to fall soon if indications of Hell's Rebels and it's follow up are any indication.

it's already started happening in my games.


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captain yesterday wrote:
It is, sometimes.

Only sometimes? Pah.


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I hear it's cold there.


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CURRY!!!!!!!!!!!


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Drejk wrote:

Crap. I went to shop buy something to eat...

The shop was closed. My first thought was "have they changed schedule?" Nope. It's a labor day I completely forgot about. I might have to pull a frozen veggies from the refrigerator and fry them on pan to eat anything...

time to burninate some peasants.


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I AM HAVING FUN


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I AM HAVING FUN


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Limeylongears wrote:

Huzzah!

Today, I did some things I can't talk about on FaWtL (since I have no intention of becoming bike-bait), de-reekified my HEMA kit with a sprayer full of inexpensive vodka and did quite a lot of exercise. The weather's still being peculiar - hail in the morning and lovely sunshine all afternoon - but overall, quite a nice day.

hides in bushes outside Limeylongears house, sips tea, waits patiently

He'll come out with the bike sometime...


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Shaft Shepard don't take no lip from crazy assistants.

Possibly because he's dynamite.

Spoiler:
DYNOMITE!


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Unreliable Narrator wrote:
Gob Bluth, Magician wrote:
Are you really going to ignore the guy with the four thousand dollar suit.

In fact, Gob had started to alienate some of the FaWtLees.

On the next Arrested FaWtLopment, Freehold finally gets a call from the Bonchon Group with a life-changing opportunity. But Alton Brown had stolen his cellphone, and his life stays the same.

shakes fist


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Babe: Pig on the Internet wrote:
Japanese porn for Freehold

THIS IS AWESOME


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HWalsh wrote:
Charon's Little Helper wrote:


I'm arguing that it was just as evil of an act as using force lightning.

I'm not trying to change what is light side vs dark side. I'm just arguing that they aren't really good & evil respectively.

*sigh*

You guys are really insisting on keeping up the Star Wars debate.

Fine.

No. Force Lightning is far more evil. Why? Refusing to mercy kill isn't evil. It's neutral at best.

Force Lightning is consciously creating an imbalance in the source of all life and actively perverting the source of all life by making it actively kill itself.

By growing this imbalance they also risk one day killing all life. So yeah, letting one whiney child murderer scream for the few seconds of life he has left after suffering a fatal wound is much smaller on the evil scale.

What canon source are you quoting here?


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Here's one from when I first joined the messageboards..may have been on fawtl, may not have been.

1941

Ingredients
Soymilk
Seltzer
Smucker's Caramel(squeeze jar)
Jack Daniels
Ice cubes

Recipe
Pour soymilk, seltzer, and two liberal squeezes of caramel into highball glass. Mix with hand mixer.
Add Jack Daniel's- 1 or 2 shots depending on how bad the day's been.
Drop in an ice cube or two.

Drink.


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Orthos wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I just ignore them as is. Having a bunch of brothers I've gotten good at ignoring helps I think. :-)
This is not a talent I possess. I recognize this and have developed other strategies to compensate. Like taking advantage of the numerous offered mechanical aids to keep troublemakers from getting my attention.

weird.

Then again if I didn't have this talent in spades I wouldn't be able to live where I do.


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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Since it's Friday and some of you drink, and we don't have a food and drink sub forum.

** spoiler omitted **...

THIS IS AWESOME

we really need our own drinks.


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Orthos wrote:
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Orthos wrote:
May be getting about time to triangle up yet another set of forums.
I have more closed than open and that's with 20+ trolls posters on my blacklist
Yeah I've got about ten on mine. Never counted up how many forums I have closed, but at this point I'm pretty tempted to close everything except OTD and the individual AP forums.

as usual, we are on opposite wavelengths here. I have untriangled things of late and have found that most people/forums are exactly as I remember them. It doesn't get to me anymore, but it's something I keep in mind in general when going certain places and dealing with certain folks. This is the internet. Eventually, stupidity will occur. This too shall pass.


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Deadmanwalking wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
I never said he'd rather let Zod kill people than kill Zod. Just that he would give his own life before he would do so. Careful about putting words in my mouth.

Unless he's giving his life to permanently imprison Zod, or Zod is already imprisoned, this is kinda a distinction without a difference. I mean...once Superman is dead, Zod's pretty much got a 100% chance of killing others.

Now, that doesn't mean I don't like an idealistic version of Superman, but there are limits.

very much agreed and well said. Zod and other insane/evil kryptonians have been a problem storywise for a long time. Lots of hand waving and storyline torturing.


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Patrick C. wrote:
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Patrick C. wrote:
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Patrick C. wrote:


Plasma swords can be used to kill cleanly. Force Lightening, if I recall correctly, specifically targets nerve endings to make the subject feel excruciating pain.
And yet Obi Wan didn't go to the dark side when he cut off Anakin's arm, chopped off his legs, and left him to slowly burn to death next to lava, obviously screaming in agony?
1. Did he enjoy doing it? Was he the aggressor?
Okay - but how is that any different from using force lightning to defend yourself?

Seriously? This is just disingenuous.Why can I shoot a hypothetical assailant in order to defend myself, but not eletrocute his nipples and drive nails under his nails?

[/b]2. Force Lightening requires blinding rage and the intent to really hurt[/b]. Are we going to argue that torture is not essentially Evil now?

Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Patrick C. wrote:
Did he cause unnecessary pain, or just let Anakin follow the path of his own choice?
Yes - he pretty obviously did. At that point he should have finished him off mercifully.

Except... he didn't intentionally drag Anakin to a lava planet in order to let him rot. He was trying to reach him. To bring him back. He defended himself, and had to use extreme means. And in the end, couldn't bring himself to muder his former best friend - maybe even because he knew Imperial troops would arrive to rescue him.

3. If you can't see the difference between maliciously pushing an enemy into an acid pool and accidentally doing it while in the course of defending yourself... There's really not much that I can do.

I'm really off now. Have a good day, you guys.

1. considering he sat and watched him light up while giving a berating soliloquy, I'd say he didn't not enjoy it. This is letting someone immolate slowly, not letting them fall into a lava pit.

2. Not according to any canon source I own. If you have it written somewhere else let me know. Otherwise I will use it while light side in kotor 1 and 2 and pay greater force point price without breaking a sweat.

And kill Droid by the handful as that is light side. Who cares about droids, they're not even human. God I love being light side.

3. Except there was no acid here. This is lava and letting some one immolate. While. You. Watch. And. Preach. To. Them. About. How. Much. They. Suck.


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Limeylongears wrote:
And enough with the white 'n' frozen stuff, Freehold. Snow is so last season.

I'll turn it down a bit. It's almost may.


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I have heard that last bit by jeff before, and it was mentioned in some fiction I read. There is a thin thread to it in phantom menace when mace windu mentioned that the Jedi connection to the force has weakened over time, but that was reaching even in the fiction.

Also expanded universe still exists as star wars legends. Noone from disney has come to my house to take away my stuff as of yet.

Also, what the hell does this have to do with the topic? How did we get on star wars?


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All this talk about sweets has me looking to satisfy my own sweet tooth.


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1d4 Goblin Babies wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Also, a lot of sugary candy also contains caffeine. Chocolate in particular.
1d4 goblin babies enjoy a nice box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs in the morning.

wasn't screaming yellow zonkers a cereal?


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Still can't figure out how you get a four year old to nap.

Benadryl - the ten cent babysitter.

It will get an adult to pass out. You also get to teach your child big words, like recommended adult dosage. - Paraphrasing from Christopher Titus

this made me laugh uncontrollably.

In the men's bathroom stall at work.

Thanks tgtg.


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The Doomkitten wrote:

*skips thousands of posts I have missed.*

So I apparently have a kink.

*sets up tripwire for Freehold.*

I'm not sure how the two are related, but I am eager to find out!

triggers tripwire


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bugleyman wrote:
Charlie Bell wrote:
I'm amused that objective morality would shatter anyone's verisimilitude in a game with literal gods and demons.

Except the "gods" in Pathfinder are nothing of the sort. At least not in the modern western understanding. They're not omnipotent, they're not omniscient, and they didn't create the universe. They're mostly just people with a bigger stick.

"Atheists" in Golarion don't deny the obvious evidence that those beings exist; they deny that those beings are worthy of worship.

I wish more people understood this.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Coming at this day two-fisted and swinging. Got about six hours sleep which counts as a full ration for me. A sunny day I'll get to spend outside landscraping then my final class for the semester. Woot!

well f%+% yeah monkey man, you do it!


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We're here to roll dice and have a good time.

If I want point buy, it's time to play white wolf.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Still can't figure out how you get a four year old to nap.

tranq dart.


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Patrick C. wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Patrick C. wrote:
Don't even get me started on how neighbouring countries have wildly different technological sophistication levels. Simply absurd.
Ever look at the Korean peninsula at night from space?
Yep. But I also know they have pirate Chinese DVD players, so it's hardly the same thing.

that makes no sense.


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Lilith wrote:
One of my big wishes for society is to be more comfortable with the idea of platonic love, because cuddles are awesome.

but..but...carnality!


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lynora wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Yeah, we have ours in the middle of the garden, which is triangle shaped.
Having a garden is the one thing I miss about living in a house. Ah well, can't have everything.

I have a window box garden. It is where I grow my herbs. I love it. I want to get another couple of boxes for the living room and grow down lavender and other nice things.


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
in a world where laws change according to region, time, culture, and sometimes even gender and race, telling the judge that you don't consider something to be a crime encompasses everything from boorish defiance, noble resistance, or even just plain existence.
I'd consider this a lot more responsive -- or even relevant -- if I thought there were a huge number of PF players, writers, developers, or publishers in 13th century Iceland, or Mesopotamia c. 3000 BCE, or Coruscant "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." Oddly enough, for a game written in the 21st century and published almost exclusively in English (and US English, at that), the game as written assumes the reader has the cultural trappings of the early 21st century United States. (But I'm sure they'll publish an Etruscan translation when they feel the market warrants it, and when that happens, your point will TOTALLY be relevant.)

last I checked, Golarion was comprised of several different countries and cultures. Unless you have left the game behind and are waxing poetic about the world we live in today? I which case my original statement and point still stands. We are still divided by everything I just mentioned, within and without America.

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