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Ok, what is wrong with McRib? Never had one, though description sounds ok-ish (I like BBQ sauce, though, so that's its main appeal from my point of view).


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NobodysHome wrote:

My IM to GothBard:

And just like Herpes, the McRib is back for a limited time...

I started wondering if it was Impus Minor or Impus Major (though I would expect Impus Major more of such snark, not that I can say I really know either of them...)

<.<

>.>

That's why—as a father of two IMs—you should rather use PM instead of IM in such context...


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Advantages of going shopping after eating:

+ You aren't swayed by your stomach into buying more food.

Disadvantages of going shopping after eating:

- You have problem picking things for the next day because you are meh about eating at the moment.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Today is my 13th anniversary with Aiymi. She hasn't left me yet. Fool.

Which one of you two?

Congratulation to you Vany,

And to Aiymi: RUN while he is distracted!

:P


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Orthos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
On a way back home from elections, I started to wonder what would happen if a giant scorpion got a skull at the end of its tail... Scorpiterr...

Minor grammatical flub/forgotten word:

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Obviously, such circumstances are rather unlikely to happen on their, not without a meddling from an evil god or corrupted cult.

Presume it's supposed to be "their own, not".

Otherwise cool critter *thumbs up!*

Duh. Right. I rewrote that part a few times and missed a word.


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On a way back home from elections, I started to wonder what would happen if a giant scorpion got a skull at the end of its tail... Scorpiterr...


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On a way back home from elections, I started to wonder what would happen if a giant scorpion got a skull at the end of its tail... Scorpiterr...


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Well, at least they are nowhere near constitutional majority so they will have a hard time introducing the constitutional changes they'd like to make...


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Back from the elections. Now waiting for the results to know how screwed we are...


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I really don't care for Hammerfall much, and the fact that they all look like [u]strung-out heroin junkies[/u] doesn't help one whit. But they put so much energy into their performance, and were so engaging, that I couldn't help getting caught up in the frenzy.

You mean your typical metal band composed of old guys?


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Drejk wrote:

*grumble-grumble*

I need to put on some clothes and go out...

*grumble-grumble*

Stupid elections...

There were tons of people already posting they voted on some blasphemous hours... Like 9 am on Sunday!

Ugh.

Also, I have a headache.


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*grumble-grumble*

I need to put on some clothes and go out...

*grumble-grumble*

Stupid elections...


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NobodysHome wrote:
And I used to swim 2-3 miles around Abbot's Lagoon for fun, so I'll take on Lisamarlene on the "endurance challenge". Why not?

It's not like it will gonna happen anytime soon anyway...


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
That's going to be a definitive pass for me.
but cap. You get to see me in a swimsuit.

I dread to think how does Freehold's swimsuit looks like...


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Limeylongears wrote:

I'm listening to what claims to be a compilation of 60/70s Japanese 'erotic music'

I've got to say, the combination of twangy Shadows style guitar, 1001 Strings and some warbly lady doesn't get me particularly hot & bothered, but takes all sorts, &c.

You are not sixties enough.


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NobodysHome wrote:

*SIGH*

It really is inevitable.

I'm at work. Someone doing a presentation for us lists themselves as, "So-and-so, Ph.D."

I prepare for 5-10 minutes of useful information in a 90-minute borefest.

There's just something about people who insist on putting the Ph.D. after their names even when it's totally irrelevant to what they're doing now.

It reminds me of a RPG meeting two or three years ago...

Some guy was spouting quite a bullcrap (it looked as if he was obsessed with GM duty being "punishing" players for whatever they do, as it was his answer to dealing with whatever issues at table as mentioned during the discussion, including not doing things that GM wants them to so it clearly ventured into rather toxic direction). He argued that he knows what he is speaking of, because he is "experienced" role-player with over ten (or maybe fifteen, I don't remember at the moment) years of practice. Me and my friends looked at each other, and laughed about him being just out of being a rpg novice, having, between us, around 100 years of experience, with 20+ per head.

And I still consider myself at mid-level as a roleplayer (ok, I admit claiming some bonuses for being published freelancer) - having worked professionally with people who actually play as long as I live gives me a different perspective.


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Woran wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:


Steven King memes aside, I suppose I should clarify, as editing doesn’t seem o be allowed me right now... the “we” in “We just sink.” is mooooostly my father and I. Though my Eldest seems to have a tendency to do so as well.

Interesting. I float with no effort at all.

If I lay flat on my back, and suck in as much air as I can, and hold my breath, I can usually float juuuuust high enough that my nose and eyes (a little closer to my eyes than mid-temple) are out of the water, but a straight line below is under the water line. If I leave my back uncomfortably arched, I can actually breathe, and you can watch my body bob up and down each time I do so, though after a short time, the bob becomes so intense that I go below the water line anyway.

My father is about the same. It was a joke for a long time.

My wife floats rather well, like you, but our Eldest seems to have taken more lessons from me in that regard.

Super weird. I can just lay flat on my back and have my face and belly (and boobs) stick out. No effort. I just need to relax my body in a certain way.

I could do that as a child. I couldn't do that anymore as a teenager. I haven't swum for the last 20 years so I can't really tell how my body would behave in water now.


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Woran wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
Actually, it appears that we have had guests named Crowley 16 other times in the past few years.
Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuun

Now check for a guest named Aziraphale. If they were both at the same time, prepare for apocalypse.


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MORE FREE SWAG!

Pugmire Core Rulebook, phone-sized rulebook (which regretfully means it's ugly like a pug when read on computer)


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MORE FREE SWAG!

Pugmire Core Rulebook, phone-sized rulebook (which regretfully means it's ugly like a pug when read on computer)


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An inn that seems to be haunted, but really is inhabited by trickster feys (or maybe malicious ones, or ones who are looking for mortals that they will trick into becoming playthings for their lords)?


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Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Things I miss avout Florida:

1) Family
2) Friends
3) Publix Subs [though Kroger sushi mitigates this loss]
4) Nothing

My list:

1) Really good Cuban food.
2) Cuban sandwiches.
3) Red conch chowder.
4) Mrs. McKnight, my high school librarian.

Otherwise, no, nothing.

1)Amby

2)?????
3)PROFIT!!!!
Hey! I’m in Florida too…

You have two children, you are less profitable than Amby...


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Pdf of "Tales From The Loop" is available for free on DriveThru today!


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Pdf of "Tales From The Loop" is available for free on DriveThru today!


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Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

In case people were confused by my earlier post on the subject...

No.

Sort of.

In late nineties if you wanted to access internet in Poland you generally had to use dial-up modem via the national phone lines. Telekomunikacja Polska SA was a joint stock company of Polish National Treasure (that is, it is a stock company legally, whose stocks were owned by the National Treasure, a common form for various national companies here) - though later part of its shares entered stock market.

Somewhere in early 2000s, it started offering actual internet access as a part of its services, but at the same time, cable tv companies started to offer it as well, together with phone options.

The phone company offered a crappy service called Neostrada (I presume the name was coming from autostrada - highway) but it was often called Neostrata (Neo-loss) because of poor quality and poor conditions (like a ridiculously low limit of 30 GB per month).

(UPC was years ahead in quality of their internet over all the competition here for a long time)

Private cable companies offered much better services and in time, the quality of services offered by Telekomunikacja (which changed its name twice since that time during various merges and rebrandings) started offering decent (though not stellar) services.

Similar things happened to Poczta Polska SA (Polish Mail), when their quality of services improved when they had to compete with private mail and courier services - they lost their public contract on delivery of Court mail for a time to another contractor, though I think they got it back after improving their services (and blunders by the other contractor).

So yes, I have seen things getting better because of privatization, but it's not a magical efficiency button that makes things better.


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NobodysHome wrote:

I'm actually kind of enjoying having those hippie moonbeam Desna worshippers be their "mysterious benefactors", because I can give them gear that I feel is appropriate for their playstyles, thereby ignoring city purchase limits and the like, but it's just funny that the horror-themed APs expect the PCs to be monsters...

He who loots monsters, beware not to become a monster?


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I'm going to post a big worldbuilding thread sometime soon. I'm increasingly getting excited by my world concept, which is basically:

A) Compared to other planes, the Material Plane seems to have no real reason to exist, so get rid of it

B) There should be more planes than can be counted, with mortals living on the vast majority of them

Well, this is where you answer yourself - the Material Plane is an infinite array of worlds where mortal beings live.

Though personally, I am in opposition to idea that a world, plane, whatever, needs a reason to exist. It shouldn't. It's just is, without reason or purpose.
EDIT: Except of worlds, planes, and dimensions that were created by a sapient entity or force with a purpose in mind, then yes, they can have a reason to exist.

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C) Planes should have physical connections to other planes allowing a degree of inter planar travel for everyone, but not all planes should need physical connections, and there should also be magical ways of connecting planes. You could jump into a volcano and fall into the Plane of Fire, or sail off the edge of an island plane and land in a dark rainforest plane watered by the plane above, or walk across a rainbow bridge to Asgard to find the mighty city the gods allowed mortals to build at the base of where twelve rainbow bridges to other planes all connect, and stuff like that. So there's this huge, complex arrangement of planes that can't really fit easily on a map. Especially with the planes that don't really operate on normal understandings of space and time, like the Feywild or Shadowfell.

Yup, that's great idea - and not far off of how I actually run worlds in D&Dish settings - with passages, verges, and rifts connecting worlds and planes, sometimes via visible portals, sometimes seamlessly (unless one knows where to look).


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*sigh* I probably have a mild fever again.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Add some chopped peppers, mushrooms, and optionally tomatoes (tomato pulp preferably). You can thicken it with some sour cream or flour-based roux (I never tried the later, always using the former, though).
GothBard doesn't care for peppers, and tomatoes make it taste too much like chili.

I meant sweet bell peppers, not the spicy chilly peppers, by the way.

What about the mushrooms?


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GothBard wrote:
The kind that doesn't have any potatoes in it...

WHAT?!

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but that you pour over mashed potatoes and you're in hog heaven.

Ah, ok, that makes sense.

NobodysHome wrote:

I figure beef, carrots, and boiler onions for the stew proper, then my mashed potatoes, and we'll be set, but I like to see all the recipes that are out there before doing my own thing.

Add some chopped peppers, mushrooms, and optionally tomatoes (tomato pulp preferably). You can thicken it with some sour cream or flour-based roux (I never tried the later, always using the former, though).


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You know, when I read that I thought that "Monday upon y'all!" would be a potent and rather cruel curse...


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Grimsong, a song that will stick with you even after your death.


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Grimsong. Not a monk with wings... More like undead bard, sort of.


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What?


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NobodysHome wrote:

As a total "math side note", Impus Minor greatly enjoys doing his math homework together with me to hear my ongoing critique of the assignment author, much like my critique of the APs:

"This assignment was utterly useless! They were teaching you ONE NEW FORMULA and they had you do it 18 times with huge unnecessary half-page calculations for each one. What an utter waste of time!"
"So, this assignment was great! Notice that it was 3-4 quick questions on each new idea, then at the end a couple of questions throwing it all together. Now that's how to write an assignment!"

I swear, he's just going to record me and send the recording to the author as a critique.

Start a YT channel Math Vs Mathematician And Son.


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NobodysHome wrote:

OK, I thought the formula looked too complicated, so I actually bothered to get out some poker chips, and you're just building a giant tetrahedron. MUCH easier.

Number of point-up cones U(n) = n(n+1)/2 (works for all n)
Number of cones in a level L(n) = n^2 (works for all n, and pretty snazzy, eh?)
Total number of cones T(n) = n(n+1)(2n+1)/6 (works for all n)

Much prettier, and now I understand why someone would assign such a problem. Very elegant once you get out the poker chips!

EDIT: ** spoiler omitted **

You know, I am starting to understand Freehold's stance on math...


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I've never been a fan of aboleths, why Paizo has such a hard on for them, I'll never understand.
I think the Jacobsaurus favors them, which would be why they're so predominant in Golarion's history.

I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with him being co-author of one of the best 3.5 edition books, Lords Of Madness...

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I don't mind aboleths, but I think they're weaksauce lore-wise. They need to be much more alien in mindset and motivations, but they come off as infighting/squabbling, non-Xanatos-gambit-y, over-hyped, too mundane baddies, like the Dunning-Kruger version of Mythos lite.

Their illusion abilities don't really feel like something fitting eldritch abomination out of time. Effective use of illusions requires familiarity with the intended subjects and a degree of mutual understanding that contradicts their ancient nature.

Their mucus and slime feel like a weak prank versions of abominable transformations that an elder being could impose on a humanoid.


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Allen Frog, Vampire Hunter wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I've never been a fan of aboleths, why Paizo has such a hard on for them, I'll never understand.
They're great puppet masters and being behind-the-scenes villains. Once they're actually in real physical danger, it just doesn't go well for them.

You want to know who else makes a good puppetmaster?

Vampires!

And, they have the added benefit of not sucking.

Actually vampires tend to suck a lot. If they don't, they rarely end being enemies...


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Ouch.


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NobodysHome wrote:

[tirade]

The English language needs to catch up with gender neutrality already!

Writing, "Developer 1 has his or her own view of the application, while Developer 2 has a different view of his or her changes," gets really old, really fast.

But if I try to use "their", the editors jump all over me because it isn't "proper" English.

Make it proper already, PLEASE!
[/tirade]

Funny they don't have problem with much more recent singular you...

Polish language is even worse at being gendered as every verb in past tense and some future tenses is inflected by the subject's gender. The singular neuter form is un-personal, and plural group is generally viewed badly because it was the form that was forced by communists (and even earlier was strong Russian imposition during the Partition period and is connected to attempts to eradicate Polish language) so it's a sort of grammatical no-no. There are modern attempt at creating personal neutral forms but they sound weird-ish to modern Polish ear (one could say they sound queer even...).


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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, I know it's a poor measure of taste, but Sabaton's been sold out for over a month; none of Impus Major's friends are joining us for the concert, except the one guy using Impus Minor's ticket.

We found out we didn't have Battle Beast tickets just last week and we were able to get them without issue.

(Yes, I feel so vehemently about scalpers that not only will I not use them, but if my friends try to use them I will refuse them transport to the concerts and otherwise do everything in my power to reinforce the basic concept of, "If nobody used them, such societal leeches would evaporate."

Have I mentioned how much I hate scalpers?)

EDIT: And just to clarify, "I can't make the concert so I'm selling my two tickets at face value," isn't scalping. "I used a team of low-wage workers to buy up 1000 tickets and I'm selling them at triple face value," is.

Named tickets.

And it brings funny moments too.

I might mentioned it before but some time ago our session was interrupted by my GM's roommate's panicked call.

Coplayer to me: what could be happening?!
Me: Hmmm, V. was supposed to go to a concert... Maybe he forgot the tickets?

And, lo, the blood of a folk witch doctor runs strong in my veins! For I was right.

Thanks to named tickets (and blessings of modern tech), my GM just had to photo the ticket and send the photo to his roommate (he needed either the number or the barcode) and he all was fine.

Oh, and the band playing?

That was Rammstain.

Yeah, imagine forgetting the tickets to Rammstain and not being able to listen to the concert. And IIRC it was in an another city (1 hour drive plus between 15-30 minutes going through our city, and back... well, there is a highway, so the former could be probably cut to 45 minutes, maybe even 30).


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A musical interlude will be sponsored by
Of Embla - Shadowplay
.


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Scintillae wrote:

Vocab Drama

"By-product. Example. Sausage, since you probably killed the pig for the other cuts, is a by-product of pork."
"Sausage is still good."
"...yes. By-product doesn't necessarily-"
"It's made of guts and skin."
"No, it's not."
"Yes, it is!"
"It's not skin!"
"Ms. Scint, is there skin in sausages?"
"...I have never in my life wanted to know how they made sausage, so I can't tell you."
"See? Skin."
"That's not what she-"
"I'M GOOGLING IT."
"I'm going vegetarian now, and it's all your fault, [classmate]!"
"No one cares!"

Skin? No, traditional sausage is made out of intestines.

Also, it is somehow debatable about sausages being byproducts. There is a lot of high quality sausages that might be actually primary co-objectives of pig slaughter.

EDIT: Skin, or at least some of its layers might be grounded and added to other worse cuts of meat to make some kinds of (probably) poor quality sausages, though.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Gods. Emergency call this morning. Another team getting shut down and outsourced to India as a "cost-cutting measure". *SIGH*. More good people gone.

** spoiler omitted **

This... this explains so very much about my interaction with various companies. Hm.

Well, Vanykrye is partially right -- there are likely extremely good Indian outsourcing teams out there. The problem is, they're not the cheapest.

Microsoft is the most infamous that I know of for the sheer a**hattery of, "Here is my issue and here are the support articles I have tried."
"Very good, sir. Now, try this support article that you just mentioned."

And with Microsoft support, it goes on and on, exactly on script, until after 15-20 minutes of sheer frustration you realize that they will tell you absolutely nothing that a Google search would have given you in 60 seconds...

Wait... People are actually using M$ support?! (besides reading their articles, that is?)

O.O


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Ugh. Rooster Teeth has changed the design to much crappier, preventing easy navigation...


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NobodysHome wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Follow-up: All repairs to existing structures and all solar upgrades are protected.

So yeah, I'm 100% exempt... as long as I write back to them.

Such a scam!

And now consider the mail could came just as you left for your European vacation...


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NobodysHome wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:

Hello, everyone!

Tomorrow is my birthday! I will be 52.

Happy birthday, youngster!

Happy Birthday!

(it's tomorrow here already)


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*carpet-bombs the whole infested area*


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
That was an interesting phone call. It was from Central Reservations, calling because there are apparently a dozen people waiting in the lobby of a hotel a block away wanting to check in, but they've been there for over an hour and no one is at the desk. No one is answering the phone either. She was wondering if I had any other contact info, like the phone number for the manager or something, for that hotel. Which I don't. Don't know exactly what's going on over there, but I'm guessing someone is getting fired.

Or already resigned themselves...

Have you not thought about quitting in the middle of the workday yourself?


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Sage for Forbidden Lands. It will be probably the last Forbidden Lands post for now with something else next week.

Unless I get really brilliant (at least in my own mind) idea.

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