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Final
schminal
pain in my spinal


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Now to concentrate on my take-home final!


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Phew. Finally got it working again. It's a good thing I have an iPhone 7+ on order.


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Well, this night is atrting off badly. I think my phone might have blue screened :/

Sharoth: If you text me I am not ignoring you. I cannot get my phone to open or turn off at this point


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And turn my clothes rightside out!


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Time to get up!


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Aaaand it's nap time


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Sharoth wrote:
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Another delightful evening !

Followed by a day of car repair and soup partitioning! Whee!

Have fun with your car partitioning and soup repair.

Well the bad news is the car needs $1,000 in (thankfully non-urgent) repairs

The good news is ... soup!


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Storyteller Shadow wrote:
One of the players that plays in my table top game just died. Feel really bad he has two little kids. Not a great week...

My condolences Shadow. That's a hard thing, especially with little kids involved


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Another delightful evening !

Followed by a day of car repair and soup partitioning! Whee!


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Aranna wrote:
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David M Mallon wrote:
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I can't tell yet if it is purely suggestive psychology on my part or not.
I would suggest yes.
Probably, but if the placebo is free it's worth doing anyway. My dream state seems to be much more vivid, and something about the quality of the noise makes that endless thinking loop you get while trying to rest go away.

You have me curious now. I will try it tonight and see if I can enter lucid dream state without having to die in the dream while it is playing.

This is the one I am using


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Treppa wrote:
How do you sleep with headphones on.

I don't. I route it through a Bluetooth speaker as a white noise projector


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Sharoth wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
I can't tell yet if it is purely suggestive psychology on my part or not.
I would suggest yes.
No?

Maybe?


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David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
I can't tell yet if it is purely suggestive psychology on my part or not.
I would suggest yes.

Probably, but if the placebo is free it's worth doing anyway. My dream state seems to be much more vivid, and something about the quality of the noise makes that endless thinking loop you get while trying to rest go away.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
i want to see that story end too, but.... idk it's like having a 'guest writer' work on a sequel. It's never right.
Yeah, it's not necessarily right, but at least it's done.
But, is any PbP ever 'done'? I mean, I have two running from that time period. They have been rolling on for eight years, and there's no end in sight.
In my mind, every campaign, PbP or no, has a definite beginning, middle, and end. I'm pretty sure Z-Day was building up to a final showdown at some point in the (in-game) near future.

True, but...

A- I have no earthly idea what Kruelaid was planning as the showdown.
B-Even if I knew, it could be a two+ year commitment to getting the game tied off
C-Roughly 50% of the players are no longer on the boards or busy with other things.


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Anyone ever experimented with theta wave generators? I have been trying to sleep with a YouTube version playing. It seems to be having an effect, but I can't tell yet if it is purely suggestive psychology on my part or not.


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David M Mallon wrote:
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David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
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Next thought: The Monkey's version of Z-Day. The iconic PbP by our old comrade Kruelaid will not be coming back any time soon, so I am seriously pondering moving forward with my own take on it. Anyone interested in a zombie apocalypse scenario from Day Zero?
Are you thinking of picking up where KL left off, or starting over from scratch?
He might revive his game, so I don't want to presume to do his. Plus he had that whole Lovecraftian angle that I have no idea where that was going. I just figured I would run with the concept and start from the beginning
Granted, he's been saying that for five or six years, so I think it's safe to say that it's dead in the water by this point. I want to see how that story ends, but other than that, I'm not a huge fan of zombies.
i want to see that story end too, but.... idk it's like having a 'guest writer' work on a sequel. It's never right.
Yeah, it's not necessarily right, but at least it's done.

But, is any PbP ever 'done'? I mean, I have two running from that time period. They have been rolling on for eight years, and there's no end in sight.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Well, this is the scenario in brief:
Let me know when you start the discussion/recruitment thread.

You got it


DO NOT STICK FINGERS IN CAGE

I'd rather take a test, but since I didn't have the option, I'll take the no test at the end as a consolation prize


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Well this night is rocketing along nicely


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I don't know yet. Whatever they feel like playing. Lord knows there's all sorts of weird sh!t out there. Necromancers, cannibal barbarians, sorcerers with aberrant bloodlines, assassins, the skies the limit.


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Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

So interested parties in my Suicide Squad game:

Rags
CH
Drejk(?)
BP
Aranna(?)
Dave

? Means I'm not sure if I misinterpreted your interest. Please confirm it for me :)

Anyone else sound out of you are interested. Regular Treeforters will get precedence

Been super busy getting a few new PbP's set up. What rules set Patrick?
Pathfinder, but with anything 3.5 useable.
Alright, I am interested. Is this an apocalypse end of the world type chronicle?

Well, this is the scenario in brief:

You characters are mid-high level (TBD) villains of the blackest stripe. You are being kept at a prison (think SuperMax/Azkaban), but you are offered a complete pardon and a planar shift to your choice of (far away) destinations. What you will have to do to earn this pardon is travel to a drow city that seems to have become engulfed in civil war. Refugees from this conflict are spreading throughout the Underdark, and are now raiding all over the surface realm. Your mission is to find a way to stanch the flow of refugees, either by stopping the war or destroying the drow outright. Travel miles below the surface into relatively unknown and supremely dangerous territory isn't a job any of the kingdom's regular heroes really feel good about, so you are being offered membership in the 'Suicide Squad' by the king. The king's champion, a captain of his guards (or wily arcanist/prelate-it will be a PC slot) will accompany you all into the depths, and ensure you remain focused on your goal. One method he will use is a Sympathy Collar. You will all be fitted with one, and this will allow him to immobilize you at will. Also, it is tied to his life force, so should he die then everyone else dies too within an hour. If you travel a mile away from him you will die within an hour as well. You'll want to keep an eye on him ...


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Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

So interested parties in my Suicide Squad game:

Rags
CH
Drejk(?)
BP
Aranna(?)
Dave

? Means I'm not sure if I misinterpreted your interest. Please confirm it for me :)

Anyone else sound out of you are interested. Regular Treeforters will get precedence

Been super busy getting a few new PbP's set up. What rules set Patrick?

Pathfinder, but with anything 3.5 useable.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Next thought: The Monkey's version of Z-Day. The iconic PbP by our old comrade Kruelaid will not be coming back any time soon, so I am seriously pondering moving forward with my own take on it. Anyone interested in a zombie apocalypse scenario from Day Zero?
Are you thinking of picking up where KL left off, or starting over from scratch?
He might revive his game, so I don't want to presume to do his. Plus he had that whole Lovecraftian angle that I have no idea where that was going. I just figured I would run with the concept and start from the beginning
Granted, he's been saying that for five or six years, so I think it's safe to say that it's dead in the water by this point. I want to see how that story ends, but other than that, I'm not a huge fan of zombies.

i want to see that story end too, but.... idk it's like having a 'guest writer' work on a sequel. It's never right.


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And boy oh boy! Turkey soup tonight!


DO NOT STICK FINGERS IN CAGE

I'm going to be headed into them the week after this. Fortunately, my classes are more the 'lots of homework, few tests' type.


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Ragadolf wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

So interested parties in my Suicide Squad game:

Rags
CH
Drejk(?)
BP
Aranna(?)
Dave

? Means I'm not sure if I misinterpreted your interest. Please confirm it for me :)

Anyone else sound out of you are interested. Regular Treeforters will get precedence

Yes I am interested.

Just forgive me if my idea of bad is more like the school yard bully and less like Hitler.

LOL,

Takes all kind to be evil! ;P

Actually, I recently (within the last year or 2) read a fantasy novel where GOOD had actually won. "Villains by Necessity" by Eve Forward The BBEG was running for it's life, and evil was getting harder and harder to find. The problem was, Good was TOO good. The light was getting brighter, nights were getting brighter and shorter, etc, and eventually the world was going to literally burn up from the excess of goodness and light. Enter a band of 5 of the last remaining villains. They form a group and go on a classic adventure to end the reign of good before the world is destroyed. :)

Blurb for the book-
** spoiler omitted **

It was both a fun read, and an interesting take on 'what IS good/evil'? As the group of Villains proved that you do not have to be 'nice' to do good, and sometimes you have to be bad to do the right thing. The 'good' guys were the quintessential uber-paladin-type. Who were so focused on...

I actually prefer the Moorcockian 'law vs chaos' axiom. Either can be good or evil, the best thing is a balance.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Next thought: The Monkey's version of Z-Day. The iconic PbP by our old comrade Kruelaid will not be coming back any time soon, so I am seriously pondering moving forward with my own take on it. Anyone interested in a zombie apocalypse scenario from Day Zero?
Are you thinking of picking up where KL left off, or starting over from scratch?

He might revive his game, so I don't want to presume to do his. Plus he had that whole Lovecraftian angle that I have no idea where that was going. I just figured I would run with the concept and start from the beginning


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Congrats CH! You both looked very dapper in your tuxes!

Have fun on your honeymoon!


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Lol. Well enjoy it. Mine is starting out rainy and cold.

But, time to take care of a few chores ..


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Yeah, rainy here as well. Cold too, which makes the chill get in your bones

*sigh*

Not the way I wanted my first day off in two weeks to go


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I have tomorrow off! How bizarre!


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Treppa wrote:
I used to follow Z-Day and Appalachee Jihad simply for my own reading pleasure. :)

I'm glad you liked Appalachee Jihad! I kick myself that I let that one 404


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Sharoth wrote:
What ever happened to Kruelaid?

He's still around on FB


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Treppa wrote:
Maybe? I was pretty intimidated by the level of gameplay and narration in Z-Day.

I don't think I'll ever be able to recapture the magic of the original , but I would love to try.


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Speaking of soup- I need to get my turkey carcass boiling this afternoon


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Next thought: The Monkey's version of Z-Day. The iconic PbP by our old comrade Kruelaid will not be coming back any time soon, so I am seriously pondering moving forward with my own take on it. Anyone interested in a zombie apocalypse scenario from Day Zero?


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Yeah I snagged the photo for a profile pic on FB


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Aberzombie wrote:
Hey, though! That Zombie Monkie was delicious. Very robust, without being too strong.

I'll have to search for it. I loved the can


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So interested parties in my Suicide Squad game:

Rags
CH
Drejk(?)
BP
Aranna(?)
Dave

? Means I'm not sure if I misinterpreted your interest. Please confirm it for me :)

Anyone else sound out of you are interested. Regular Treeforters will get precedence


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Anything weird about doing chores at midnight? Not when you are a monkey with the abberant template!


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*yawn*

Well, that nap didn't go as planned, lol


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I thought Fiery Lightning would be your jam. I mean, fire-wrapped Lightning? That's like bacon-wrapped steak! which is filet mignon!


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Ah, I remember those times. I'll be headed to version 2.0 in the next few years, with my approaching grandchild. Bonus though I can always give them back once the fun part wears off ;)


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Aberzombie wrote:

Indeed. At least she didn't hurt her cheek/face too badly, as she was still talking up a storm. Both my kids have inherited my "gift of gab".

Still, she's likely going to have a wicked bruise.

Sorry to hear that, but I'm glad she's feeling ok to gab!


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Ouch!


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That a very good suggestion. I'll keep that in mind, since I have all the credits I think I will need for the foreseeable future.


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Treppa wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
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And poor Brother Francis of Utah!

One of the most hapless characters in all of literature.

I loved the shopping list, too. And Saint Liebowitz! Oy! Wonder how he'd have felt about being canonized by Catholics. :D

Well, he did found a monastic order after becoming a Catholic priest, so I think his Judiaism was pretty much in the rear view mirror by the time the simpleton mob roasted him alive while hanging him.

I had it in my mind that he saw the church as a sort of refuge and community after Emma died, not necessarily as a religious thing. I could be entirely off-base; it's been a looong time since I re-read it.

Yeah I have the upper hand, having just reread (listened to?) the relevant passage that talks about Liebowitz. He was likely a secular scientist of Jewish extraction who found refuge in the Church at a time when even admitting you knew how to read was a death sentence. I'm sure , much like for Brother Francis , the Church was the only place someone with a thirst for a bookish life could find succor. His mission of preserving knowledge when the mob danced for joy around burning books was a noble one, no matter his religious calling.

I'm sure he would have gotten a good guffaw out of the canonization though, for reals..


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Yes! Mazeltov!


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Aberzombie wrote:
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Aberzombie wrote:

As I mentioned the other day, my old high school classmate was visiting my brother, and he had his 20-something son with him. Come to find out, the boy is skipping college in favor of a career as an electrician. He's currently enrolled in an apprenticeship program, making about $15 an hour. He has the potential to eventually earn anywhere from $45-65 per hour.

Would that more young men and women could see past the lie peddled by the education establishment that you need a college degree to make a good living.

The trades are a great place to make a living. Especially if you have the initiative to start your own business eventually.

I don't think college is a total sham. However, a lot of people are taking majors that are almost guaranteed to be duds, and they are piling up massive debts doing it. I'm guilty, my communications degree is worthless. I was told there were a lot of jobs, but I was not told that a middle-aged man had almost no shot at the entry-level positions in the field. Those are usually reserved for the flood of 22-year-old females that enter the field every year. They have something I can never match. The ability to catch and hold the attention of male customers.

Agreed that college is not a total sham. There are certain fields (law, medicine, and engineering for example), that certainly require a degree. And there are some worthwhile classes that can be taken to expand one's horizons, so to speak. I once took a thoroughly enjoyable class on jazz music.

Certainly there are classes of that sort. I myself have taken art classes, and a very nice SciFi of the mid-twentieth century course. I'd take more of these types of classes if college prices weren't batsh!t insane. For the two college classes I am enrolled in right now I pay $8353. That's TWO classes. One semester, part time. My four-year tuition in the late Eighties? $12,000. That's full-time, five classes a semester for four years.

That's why I think most college is a scam these days. If I was 18 again I for certain would either be headed for the military and a GI bill or the trades and a nice 50/75k a year job within 5 years of work.

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