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Pathfinder Society Member. 11,737 posts (16,500 including aliases). 5 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 46 aliases.


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Second day of (paid) work involved spending 7 hours fitting pipe in a muddy ditch on the side of a gigantic bare dirt hill. 95-100 degrees outside, not a cloud in the sky (unless you count massive clouds of dust), and wearing our contractor-mandated rubberized yellow vests and dark blue hard hats. Between the three electricians on the job, we killed a 30-pack of bottled water in about four hours. I feel like a baked potato.


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In other news, according to my boss, I have a bit of a Southern accent due to my 10 months living in Georgia 6 years ago. I blame you fully, Sharoth.


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Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Right on, What's the job

Apprentice electrician. Not a big fan of the work, but the company is pretty laid back and the pay is decent.


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Finally found a full-time job. Now I just need to find a girlfriend that doesn't have blue head tentacles.


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captain yesterday wrote:
If The Simpsons taught us anything, if life gives you Tomatoes, gene splice it with Tobacco, like Asap!

Daddy, this tastes like Grandma!


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I grew my hair out for a little while when I was a teenager, and I looked like a huge doofus. Ever since, I've kept it pretty short. For example. Kind of a fan of short hair on ladies as well.


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The YouTube topic page for the band Avoid One Thing has Blink-182 on its profile picture. Fail.


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Rysky wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Danny DeVito is hella short.
As is Joe Pesci. And Glenn Danzig. All three are Italian-American and hilarious.
... one of these is not like the other.

Yeah, you're right, you don't hear much about Joe Pesci these days.


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Playthrough #3 of the Mass Effect trilogy has just been completed. I should probably take a break for a while.


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Freehold DM wrote:
The cloak has saved my life several times,but I enjoy being a sniper for the first time in game history.

I'm the guy who always plays the sniper, even way back when I used to play Halo 1 with my buddies after work. Even when I play other classes in Mass Effect, I take sniper/assault rifles as my bonus skill every single time. I approve of this post.


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Drejk wrote:
I hope those are tentacles...

"These aren't tentacles. They're genticles!"


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Manwolf wrote:

Excellent choices. In the play through I just finished I was playing an Adept and had fun taking down the Illusive Man's base with the M-11.

I most like playing Vanguards in ME2 and ME3. Charge into a group, blast away with the shotgun, rinse and repeat. Throw in an occasional Nova to spice things up.

Currently finishing ME3 as an Adept, which is pretty fun, what with detonating combos and stuff. My all-time favorite, though, is the Infiltrator. Tactical Cloak is the best.


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Manwolf wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Mmmmm. Commander Shepard.
I was just playing ME3 for the first time in a week or so. Is it bad that one of my favorite things in the entire series is the Armax Arsenal Arena?

It's combat time, in the Armax Arsenal Arena!

Oh yeah. Piranha shotgun and maxed biotic charge. Good times.

I prefer to fight from a distance.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
Mmmmm. Commander Shepard.

I was just playing ME3 for the first time in a week or so. Is it bad that one of my favorite things in the entire series is the Armax Arsenal Arena?


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This morning, I went to change the fuse that blew, and found out that a) they don't sell the right fuses anymore, and b) there were some scorch marks on the inside of the box. Thankfully, the landlord was very responsive (they've been having problems with their maintenance department, and I doubt that my landlord had even been getting my messages), and she had an electrician over in about 20 minutes. The guy said that it was one of the oldest fuse boxes he'd seen (likely the original box from when the building was built, meaning that it's around 70 years old), and was amazed that the thing still worked. Some guys should be over at some point in the next few weeks to replace it with a breaker panel, which should probably have been done some time back in the 90s. Fun stuff. At least the landlord's paying for all of it, though.


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Aranna wrote:
I am shocked you waited 3 years before thinking to complain to the landlord. I would have been b@+&$ing about it from day 1. Thank the Lord you weren't hurt.

I've been b#@#+ing about getting the smoke detector replaced ever since my old roommate broke it, I just never realized that the circuit was still live.


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So I almost just got f@$!ing killed today. Ever since I moved into my apartment around 3 years ago, there have been two wires dangling about 2 feet above my head in the hallway where a smoke alarm was once hard-wired in. Since none of the hall lights work, I assumed that the whole circuit was disconnected, and left it alone for years. Today, I was moving a table between rooms, and must have knocked the two wires together. Big arc, big flash, and all of the lights in the apartment went out.

Turns out that the labels in the fuse box are WRONG WRONG WRONG. All of the lights in the apartment are on the same circuit, as well as the wall outlets in the bathroom (and at one point the missing smoke alarm), not just the hall lights. I capped off the hot and neutral lines, pulled the now blackened fuse out of the box, and plan on getting up bright and early tomorrow morning to have a nice little chat with my landlord.

In the mean time, I need a f!$&ing drink.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Hill Billy Horror Stories :-)

I was always more of a Hill William, myself. A lot of the guys I know from my hometown were actually more Hank Hill than anything else.


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Kajehase wrote:
Musical interlude: Redskins - It Can Be Done

Musical interlude, part 2


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Aranna wrote:

Wow you guys are from some rough neighborhoods...

Less "neighborhood," more "woods."


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Freehold DM wrote:

Holy s%+$.

Just saw a f!@&ing skinhead get off the 2 train on chambers st.

What color were his bootlaces and suspenders? (Down in your neighborhood, there's a good chance that he's either a communist or a ska/reggae fan, not a Nazi.)


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After weeks of trying to get the final mixes back from the studio, my EP is finally available for digital download & free streaming.


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My two go-to fast food places lately have been McDonald's and my old favorite, Stewart's. I just realized that my usual meal orders (2 McDoubles, large fries, medium drink for dinner at McD's; breakfast sandwich, blueberry muffin, medium coffee for breakfast at Stewart's) each equal out to $6.66. What I've gained from this, is that if I get breakfast at Stewart's or dinner at McDonald's for 100 days straight, I'll bring about the apocalypse. Sound right?


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Kajehase wrote:
According to the French Republican calendar, today is Green Bean Day (or Messidor 23) in the year 223.

Also, up until a couple hours ago, it was Free Slurpee Day at 7-11.


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NobodysHome wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Just heard "Hey Jealousy" by the Gin Blossoms playing on the local classic rock station. My first thought was, "hey, that song isn't that old, I remember it being on the radio when I was a kid." And then I realized that I'm closer to 30 than 20, and in music terms, that's considered "classic." Made myself sad.

Duuuuude... some people here consider "closer to 30 than 20" to be "the good old days."

Cue Darth Vader voice: "David... I'm old enough to be your father, David..."

Oh, I'm fully aware. On the other hand, they say that time goes faster as you get older, so I'll be 40 before I know it.


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Just heard "Hey Jealousy" by the Gin Blossoms playing on the local classic rock station. My first thought was, "hey, that song isn't that old, I remember it being on the radio when I was a kid." And then I realized that I'm closer to 30 than 20, and in music terms, that's considered "classic." Made myself sad.


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In 1939, a group of English mountaineers set out from Aliabad on an expedition to climb the feared and deadly mountain K2. The leader of the expedition, Sir Terrence Carlisle, was inexperienced, and had recently purchased for himself a brand new set of gear-- ice axes, pitons, crampons, boots, rope, etc. His colleagues in the Royal Geographical Society had warned against using untested equipment, but the young Sir Terrence was adamant.

Starting from the South Face, the party began to climb the icy peak. Master climber Damian Callaghan led the party, followed by Lieutenant Charles Walpole of the Royal Marines, Sherpas Ang Nyi-Ma, Ki-lu Pemba, and Jangmu Gyatso, with Ser Terrence bringing up the rear. As Sir Terrence began to climb, he found himself unable to gain purchase with his ice axe. He struggled in vain to climb higher, as his companions grew more and more distant, deaf to his cries due to the howling winds.

Eventually, Sir Terrence grew tired, sat down with his back against the ice cliff, and slowly froze to death. As the rest of the expedition began to make camp for the night, Callaghan realized that the expedition's leader was nowhere to be found. He announced to the party that, with darkness quickly falling, they would camp for the night, and search for Sir Terrence in the morning.

Day broke, and the five remaining expedition members slowly began to climb back down the mountain, calling out for Sir Terrence. Near midday, Lt. Walpole and Gyatso discovered the body of Sir Terrence Carlisle, still clutching his rope, pitons, and ice axe. Walpole called to Callaghan, and the two men stood over their leader's body shaking their heads.

Callaghan reached down, dusted the snow off of Sir Terrence's body, and pried the ice axe out of the dead man's frozen fingers. Sighing in desolation and exhaustion, Callaghan examined the implement, then handed it Lt. Walpole, staring off into the distance. Finally, after a long silence, Callaghan turned to Walpole, speaking in a low, soft voice.

"After all of our preparation, all of our hard work and sacrifice, the whole expedition came down to an anti-climb axe."


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Celestial Healer wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
My friend and bandmate is getting married on Saturday. Me, I'm just waiting for the right Shadow Broker to come along.
I hope you mean the asari Shadow Broker, and not the yahg. I mean, if that's what you're into, farbeit from me to criticize...

Naturally. That poser yahg should have known better than to use a plasma conduit as a skylight. Dumbass.


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My friend and bandmate is getting married on Saturday. Me, I'm just waiting for the right Shadow Broker to come along.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

An alcoholic's worst nightmare: As of this morning I'm 38 days dry.

And NO ONE HAS NOTICED.

I think it's hard to qualify yourself as a "former alcoholic" when no one at all notices that you stopped drinking...

congratulations man. I know how hard quitting can be.

Thanks. It's weird. You know the whole "cold turkey" thing? It really is the ONLY way to do it. I kept trying to cut down to a "reasonable" 2 drinks a day and it never worked.

So after a particularly bad day where I was *gasp* rude to a guest, I just decided, "OK, that's it," and stopped entirely.
There are good days and bad days, but on the whole it's WAAAAAAY easier than trying to drink a "moderate" amount...

I know the feeling. Right now, my plan of "special occasions only, and no booze in the house" seems to be working OK, though.


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Quote from my site supervisor from today:

"I used to do a lot of drugs when I was younger--acid, bennies, quaaludes, you name it. I mean, I still do a lot of drugs, but these days it's mostly just ibuprofen."


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I give up. Can I just be Commander Shepard for the rest of my life?


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My best buddy from high school, my cousin, and the frontman of the band I play in all had their birthdays today. Now I feel old.

Also, Four Loko is the devil.


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Aberzombie wrote:
Dan Aykroyd is very interested in the supernatural and has an extensive collection of books on the subject.

He believes in UFOs, astral projection, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis.


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So this exists...


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Had to buy a suit jacket today for a friend's wedding, and I learned something odd: though I'm 6'0" and 185 pounds, I wear a size 44 Short jacket. In other words, while my arms and legs are proportioned normally (to each other), I have the torso of a midget linebacker.


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They Might Be Giants covering "Bills Bills Bills" by Destiny's Child


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Been catching up on the latest season of "Defiance," a show that is by turns gut-wrenching, awesome, and completely lame and cheesy. In the latest episode, a character played by Linda Hamilton (yes, that Linda Hamilton) used the line "come with me if you want to live." I see what you did there, "Defiance."


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"It was a horror to meet you!"


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Alfred Molina holds the record for having the most LEGO figures based on a single actor: four different versions of Doctor Octopus from the 'Spider-Man' films, plus Satipo from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' and Sheik Amar from 'Prince of Persia.'


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Verbs so specific that they're vague.


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My dad's boss called him the other day, and during the conversation referred to Occam's Razor as "Omar's Hatchet." This needs to be a thing.


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Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
There's rules?

Yeah, but you can swear all you like, and there's no curfew.


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Hobgoblin Hacker wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
For those of you who like making fun of New Zealand.

I'm not nation-ist. Some of my friends are New Zealand.

At least they aren't New Jersey.


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For those of you who like making fun of New Zealand.


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I always forget how awesome Mass Effect 3's Omega DLC is until I play through it. Doubly fun if you're playing a biotic-- more explosions than a Michael Bay movie.


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Not this kind of Normal, though.


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Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Need to get out and do something. Starting to think Liara from Mass Effect is my girlfriend in real life. Help.
this is a good thing. There are communities for such cosplay. Seek them out. Live the dream. Do it for those of us who can't!!

No, you don't understand, I'm trying very hard to be normal.


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captain yesterday wrote:
or at least a sock

Do I look like Anthony Kiedis to you?

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