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Shiyara the High Mediator

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Pathfinder Society Member. 3,356 posts (7,483 including aliases). 3 reviews. 2 lists. 3 wishlists. 66 aliases.


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Kryzbyn wrote:

Rockets don't use jets...

I like the story though. Pretty cool stuff :)

Thanks! That's actually a really good point. Still, though, if you can build Apollo style multi-stage rockets, you have the technology for air breathing jet engines.

Still, I can see uses for single stage rockets. A means of short distance out of tube travel? Like, maybe space stations are right next to the tube but not in it, so as not to take up valuable tube space? You'd need rockets on every spaceship if that were the case.


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I feel clever.I have a problem in my fantasy setting. I have 20th century tech, particularly propeller driven planes, because they are cooler than jets. Prop fighters are state of the art military tech. I also want commercialized space travel. The two naturally conflict. If we can get into space that easily, we can build fighter jets. So I came up with this about 7 months ago:

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The gods (now departed from the world) have messed with terrain features quite a bit. Thanks to divine shenanigans nobody really understands (I go by the Greek system of the gods being able to be spectacularly immature at times), there is a three mile column of zero gravity around the North and South poles, surrounded by a weird bubble that prevents the atmosphere from entering the vacuum but does not bar the movement of people and vehicles. This world has a late 1940s level of vehicular and architectural technology (though they haven't invented jet engines) and a modern level of communications technology, and integrates low level Eberronish magic into technology. These zero gravity wells at the poles are what allows space travel, given the lack of rocket engines powerful enough to exit the atmosphere with any significant payload. This is important, because the only way to get really useful stuff like adamantine, mithril, and some useful magical phlebotinums is to mine it from space. So, despite the pre-Apollo mission tech level, there is enough space traffic to make NASA go berserk with envy. Of course, one can only go into space via the North or South pole.

Well, I just thought of what the tube is and why it exists. Instead of being a zero gravity tube, it's some sort of invisible giant multidirectional tractor beam. It actually connects the planet to tubes criss-crossing through space to other planets and important moons and such, and is centered over each planet's axis. The function of the tube was to allow gods to travel the galaxy by using the tube to pull their chariots or whatever in whichever direction within the tube they want to go. Humans have figured out how to connect a ship to the tube and get the tube to propel the ship, thereby allowing space travel without jet engjne technology. This also creates a good reason for space based warfare. If your military controls part of the tube, you control trade and travel through that region. If you control a planet or moon with desireable resources, there might not be another on the tube anywhere nearby that's feasible to colonize.


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Awrite, awrite, what's all this, then?


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Sissyl wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Second, Elsa goes all GIRL POWAH (or at least ME POWAH) when she builds the ice castle. Let it go. Then as soon as anyone comes to visit, she goes all weepy and awful again. And doesn't really do anything to improve on this.

Elsa is bipolar.

Watch the movie again with that in mind and I defy you to doubt my analysis.

All quiet with gloves on self restraint? Depression. GIRL POWAH is mania. Then the crash. The always inevitable crash...

Elsa has cryokinesis. Or is homosexual. Or has brain damage of esoteric kinds. Or anything else, it seems. But it STILL doesn't make for a good story that she finally throws off the rules handed to her only to become a weepy wreck and do exactly nothing sensible from then on.

Probably pretty realistic, though. She had little social interaction as a child, was kept isolated in a way that wrecks self esteem, and is now going to stay isolated for life. She had a burst of optimism when she finally threw the rules off, but then it probably hit her just how bad the situation was, and she probably blames herself. Of course her GIRL POWER! was temporary. She's someone with extremely poor social and emotional functionality, and she feels everyone hates her. If anything, it would make a lot less sense if she was acting sensible.


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Also, it's been a long time since I cooked with gas. Forgot that you can ignite two burners at once, and that taking the dial to the temperature you want before pulling it past 10 to light it means it lights a bigger flame than if you go straight past 10.

So, naturally, I set two burners good and hot and light the front, it goes up and hits the iron pan and flares out, ignites the gas coming off the back burner, and there's hella fire spraying from under the pan for a second. It was wicked cool, but I'm not doing it again.


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I used my cast iron grill pan tonight. The cast iron fryjng pan will be used another night. I did season it, but the grooves make seasoning harder, and I may not have given it enough time. Sticks a bit. What I did do was fill the apartment with smoke. Not surprising. No windows in the kitchen, and I was burning oil into smoke purposefully, then cooking meat. And the exhaust hood over the stove has bouth a "blow" and a "suck" function, which aren't clearly labelled. I had it on blow, so it was pushing smoke into the apartment, not removing it. Pretty sure I gave myself cancer.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Shortnin' bread?

There is actually a way to do that, I think. I mean, I know cast iron can go in the oven.


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We have a big sale on barbecue goods at work. For some reason, a cast iron skillet is considered a barbecue good. I'm not going to argue with that when I've been wanting one and get my employee discount on top of sales.

So, now I have a 10" cast iron skillet. I'm unsure as to what to cook with it.


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Man, I got paid hella today. Reminds me why I put up with this place.


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Oh, yes, Mr. Police Officer. Please do roll up to two people in a heated public argument you were summoned to defuse and lose control of your temper immediately. That's a brilliant idea that's not at all going to get everybody else boiling over in response and necessitate the handcuffs coming out.


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NobodysHome wrote:

EDIT: Also coincidentally, I also have a dead alcoholic father... we should get them together!

I have a living recovering alcoholic father. Does that count? Or can I at least substitute my dead alcoholic grandmother? She's a real terror, though.


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Also, turns out I can lug 80 cases of beer and wine from receiving to the stockroom in an hour.


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On the earlier topic of drinking, I sell alcohol for a living, so I do of course drink. I do have a disdain of people who conflate heavy drinking with being a badass or a real man or whatever, and show scorn on people who moderate themselves or know their limits. I don't get what's so impressive about acting like a hyper aggressive moron as you get steadily bombed, then basically falling apart.


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NobodysHome wrote:

As an extremely "lawful" personality (obsessive-compulsive), just don't get me started on stores that have a clear line policy and fail to enforce it...

When I cashier, I can't even tell what's going on in line. Stupid support beam means I can't see one whole area where people like to line up, and I get wrapped into the current transaction. So if someone cuts, I won't notice, and I certainly can't enforce a single line.

It does cause issues. There should be one line feeding into register 3, and the people on registers 4, 2, and 1 should take people off of 3's line. Don't use 5 even though it has cash, don't use 6 if you aren't a manager. Problem is, people love to form a second line feeding into register 2, and you can't see them from register 3 and 4 because of the bloody giant support beam. And if I'm on 2, people see me with a customer, don't see the line, and think they are therefore next (If I'm on 2, there's a line. I'm usually on the sales floor and ring during rushes. If I take over cashier duties for an extended period, I'll grab 3 or 4.). Half the time I can't see the line, so I don't realize this, and whoever was next in line either confronts me for letting that person cut or says nothing and files a complaint with corporate.

Anyway, managing lines is a pain in the b&+*~.


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Aranna wrote:
Sissyl wrote:

Just had a bad queue experience. Burger joint, two cashiers, people standing in one lump between them. Two lines form, and a group of three girls around ten or so split up between the lines to join whoever gets there first. Obviously so. I ask them which line they stand in. They get there right then, of course, and I have to wait for ages despite being right behind them.

I am not violent.

But... drawn and quartered comes to my mind. Graaaaagh!!!

It didn't matter how many lines there were, the food orders get sent back to the kitchen in a single list with priority given to drive thru orders. If there was a large group ahead of you your best option would have been to leave and try the drive thru instead.

...I don't think there's a single drive through where I live.


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Yonder fish dicks be of infer IO or IU quality. By thar I be meaning they taste like not tasting fish


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Did macathing and cheese just turn from yeller ter white in de microwavfe, or do I be bejng drink?


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YAAAAR, planks and sucb!


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I think I might be being drunk now.


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Aye, this bottle of Kraken black spiced rum be the best $13 dollars I be spending all month. And why do I not be having a pirate alias?


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I swear, every time I go to the Safeway by work, the front end manager is doing something amusing. Today he told an associate to go do something, the associate left to do it, and he's like "That's right, I'm the boss, and this is not a negotiation! I do not negotiate with terrorists!" Confused the hell out of everybody in earshot.


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I'm off my phone, so now I can elaborate. He kept thinking he was going to replace the general manager and run the store so much better, and a general manager position opened up in the worst location in the region in a "we need somebody NOW and are asking every general manager if they can spare their assistant general manager" manner. General manager put his name out there, so now he's going to get to prove how awesome at running a store he is. Except his primary skill is being a condescending jerk and nobody wants to do things for him, so he's going to be a horrible general manager, and the district manager is going to ride him like a horse in response, and it's not actually going to help, and the district manager is a jerk, too. Also, jerkface knows this is a horrible location with a horrible commute and a laundry list of problems, but if he turns down a general manager spot when it's desperately needed, he'll not get another offer any time soon, so he had to take it even though he doesn't want to run that place. This is the second manager I've seen the store chew up and spit out for being a jerk, and it's just as entertaining.

I do feel sorry for my fellow retail grunts, though. This is going to suck for them.


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Ha! A!%+&*@ manager at work got "promoted" and we don't have to deal with him any more.


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My bus stops at the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to work, and today the fog is so think it's completely invisible from any angle, regardless of how close you get. It's like there's no bridge at all. Just a solid wall of greyish-white.

Guess that tells you how the weather is in this part of the Bay Area right now.


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Damned if Fisherman's Wharf isn't creepy as hell at 3:30 in the morning.


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I'm so f~!!ing tired right now. Two nights ago I only managed 5 hours of sleep, and last night was 4 (got out of work at 8PM, and it was exhausting because we were horribly short handed but I had so much that needed to be done, and I need to be at work at 4AM). It's inventory day, and I'm burnt before we even start.


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Remember how, in Eberron, it was Magewrights and the crafting of magic items that created industrialization? In my setting, it's the Alchemists, who easily outnumber every spellcasting class combined by a large margin among NPCs (though NPC Alchemists are rarely above 3rd level). Most any magic the average civilian can access comes from that class, and compared to Eberron they fill the roles of both Magewright and Artificer. With that said, what magic items would you expect to be common compared to Eberron? What do you think an army of Alchemists working diligently could do, and what couldn't they do?


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I don't think it's the GM's job to compensate for the party not covering their bases. You know what everyone else is playing. If nobody is playing a spellcaster, that's hardly the GM's fault, and he shouldn't be expected to pop a NPC in there to cast scrolls because none of you could be bothered to play anything but barbarians.

That's just an example, but you get my point.

At the same time, if nobody wants to play a spellcaster, the GM needs to be cognizant of that and not expect somebody to bite the bullet and play something they don't want to play. Could be the GM and players aren't a good fit for each other, could be they want to play something much lower magic than Pathfinder, could be that the GM does need to run a game where spellcasting isn't necessary (which may mean not playing that AP), but some decision needs to be made. If the players aren't interested in playing how the GM expects them to play, they need to have a talk about who wants what.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Turns out the General doesn't like Hard Root Beer.

I have tried many hard root beers. Fhey are all too sweet, and none really matches just drinking whiskey and root beer.


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There was someone following her around to consistently harass her, now that I think about it.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
My assistant manager got fired today. They've not been happy with her for a long time, and today-the day the new regional vice president came for his first visit-she decided not to show up. So, she got canned. Good. Of course, now we are without a GM or an AGM, so that could be interesting.
My store would fall apart.
Then you must have a decent AGM. This one was very much not good.

No, we have a decent GM. AGM sucks.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
My assistant manager got fired today. They've not been happy with her for a long time, and today-the day the new regional vice president came for his first visit-she decided not to show up. So, she got canned. Good. Of course, now we are without a GM or an AGM, so that could be interesting.

My store would fall apart.


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I'm gonna throw you out the airlock!


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Okay, now he's talking to them like they're personally responsible for the Holocaust and it's not funny anymore. And apparently our mayor is a former Chinese assassin.


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I'm listening to a homeless guy teaching a pair of German tourists who Hitler was as if they've never heard of the man. It's hilarious.


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When are train passengers going to figure out the posted rules that non-cyclists should not be using the seats in the bike car? The train is not standing room only, so you don't need to sit here, while cyclists are required to stay in here (the railroad has a rule that you must accompany your bicycle at all times). So we have to stand because you can't obey the signs telling you these seats are reserved for cyclists.


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Aranna wrote:
Try a 9mm or a .40 although they don't have the stopping power of a .45 they ARE much easier to control. Depending on your skill I would go with the .40 since it works well for the police. Or if you need a cheaper gun to build your skill up with go with the 9mm.

Honestly, I'd probably get a shotgun if I felt like buying a home defense gun. I know better than to think handguns are particularly accurate in any combat situation, and my new pad is pretty small, so I'd rather scare the crap out of any potential robber and, if necessary, put out a spread of buckshot. I also have this reluctance to buy any firearm less than 40 years old, and an old, obsolete 12 gauge is still a 12 gauge.

That said, I don't have any plans to buy a firearm for self defense. Doesn't really feel like there's an impending need in my case.


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My gun's pretty useless in a robbery, too. I never buy ammo, and it's locked up anyways. I'm also not a particularly good shot without veins full of adrenaline, and the thing kicks like a mule. It's one of those revolvers designed back when one handed shooting was the norm, so the ergonomics are horrible for a two handed grip, and I can't comfortably shoot .45 ACP one handed.


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Freehold DM wrote:
That will get your ass kicked in new york. Hold on to the damn pole.

We don't mind that in the Bay Area. What you don't do is honk your horn in traffic. That's something New Yorkers do that I don't get. It's like, any time you're in traffic you have to honk at everyone because you can't move or something. In San Francisco, the only time you hear honking is when a collision almost happens, someone wants to get someone's attention for social purposes, or someone is about to get into a roadside shouting match or a fistfight. Outside that, honking is something of a provocation. Our gridlock traffic is actually pretty quiet.


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captain yesterday wrote:
My kids love standing up on the bus. The call it Bus Surfing. So I haven't sat down on a bus in forever. :-)

It's only bus surfing if you don't hold on to any poles or handles. The bumpier the ride, the radder the dude.


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Hey, TOZ. I just bought a chicken alfredo MRE. Any advice regarding what it's going to do to me?


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I've always wondered why are chef pants so damn ugly?

It's like Hawaiian shirts - apparently someone was like "these are too comfortable to make in plain colors - that would sell like crazy - find a way to make them ugly as s#~~."

Hawaiian shirts are for dudes who are just too chill to give a damn.


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By pretty much any other matric, San Francisco has better public transit than my native San Jose, but San Jose has the most comfortable seats by far. Sitting in one right now, and they are nice. They have fabric cushions, while San Francisco has plastic. Then again, they must be hell to clean, and I bet the homeless population wreaks havoc with them. Which would probably be exactly why San Francisco uses plastic.


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Bayshore is a sad train station. So empty and quiet aside from the wind and the occasional rattle of an approaching train. Aren't even really many buildings in view of the station. Just scrub, grass, and garbage trucks. It's lonely, isolated, and cold. Long, desolate walk from the parking lot to the southbound platform, too.

It did feel good taking a seat in the Uber and realizing I am done with university housing for good.


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I don't understand why employees steal from the registers. You're on camera, the managers know damn well when the register is off, they know who rang up what and when, and if you just clean out a register and run ($400 if you're lucky, at least where I work), they know where you live and what your SSN and stuff is to tell the cops. The risk is just so disproportionate to the reward.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I think I might have actually messed up my knees. Jumped off a loading docking hella times yesterday because there just wasn't time to go all the way around the stockroom and use the stairs, and my knees are hurting this morning. I can still walk, but it's not fun.
Ouch. I hope your knees and other quietly aching joints ease up on you soon.
Hopefully. I'm young, at least. Does make packing a pain in the ass.
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

And I have a final today and didn't have time to study because I was at work all weekend and I need to pack because the university decided that housing move out date should be on Wednesday ON THE SAME DAY AS FINALS BECAUSE WHO CARES ABOUT STUDENTS. And few people checked out early because they have finals, so everyone is moving out the last day (I have to because I have a final on moveout day and I have to spend a week in San Jose before moving to my new place in San Francisco on June 1), and the university is saying it's so packed Wednesday they don't know if we'll be out by 10PM.

I really want to just fall apart right now.

That seems so poorly planned/scheduled. Seriously, how can most regular students, already on pretty limited financial and emotional energy budgets, study for exams and start packing at the same time?!?! ARGH!

The university couldn't care less. That's been their general attitude towards everything. Roommates bullying people? If they don't physically touch you, you're on your own. Be lucky we allow you to have housing, San Francisco is in a housing crisis we don't have enough room for everyone. Took too many units and it would really help to accept a W in a class and focus more on the others? No. All Ws must have a medical reason, overwork is not a valid medical reason (this was back in March, so it wasn't a late withdrawal). Our computer system keeps breaking routing numbers, causing problems with direct deposits for financial aid? Still going to charge you a penalty fee for each failure. I severely doubt they could give any less of a damn if move out date is severely effecting people's finals.


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I think I might have actually messed up my knees. Jumped off a loading docking hella times yesterday because there just wasn't time to go all the way around the stockroom and use the stairs, and my knees are hurting this morning. I can still walk, but it's not fun. And I have a final today and didn't have time to study because I was at work all weekend and I need to pack because the university decided that housing move out date should be on Wednesday ON THE SAME DAY AS FINALS BECAUSE WHO CARES ABOUT STUDENTS. And few people checked out early because they have finals, so everyone is moving out the last day (I have to because I have a final on moveout day and I have to spend a week in San Jose before moving to my new place in San Francisco on June 1), and the university is saying it's so packed Wednesday they don't know if we'll be out by 10PM.

I really want to just fall apart right now.


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Nothing better than that old school train-like chugging sound the wheels on a 40s-built streetcar make when it gets up to speed in light traffic on the way to work. Modern light rail vehicles don't make that kind of noise. Specifically designed not to.


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Also I really want to work on a Worldbuilding project, but I just cannot spare the time, but my brain wants to do that and not the term paper.

It is a fun project. Typically I work with Fantasy Counterpart Culture America Circa Mid-20th Century, which is all well and good, but right now I'm working on Fantasy Counterpart Culture Germany Circa Mid-20th Century. Which means the 1940s, which logically means Fantasy Nazi Time. Except I decided that the Fantasy Nazis got the crap kicked out of them by the Not-German goverment without ever coming close to taking power, and the Republic held, if sometimes tenuously. It's actually really fun to work with a 1940s German culture that lacks fascism and genocide, but still gets cool stuff like stahlhelms, stielhandgranates, panzers with dashing commanders, and really smug not-Prussian officers with weird accents and riding crops they have no use for (who aren't evil, just dorks). And Berlin Cabernet culture is just perfect for my worldbuilding, LGBT elements and all. And Bavaria won't ever stop being fun.


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Also I'm angry because stupid family drama, and I need to write a term paper, and writing term papers angry is hard.

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