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From my cousins who had one, I was always given the impression that rabbits are extremely finicky pets, and don't react to any kind of change of routine well.


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Mark Hoover 330 wrote:

She walks up beside me and asks: "Can I have a hug, we MADE it" with a smile on her face. I of course say no and physically start backing away from her.

"I don't care, I'm doing it anyway." was her response throwing celebratory arms around me.

NOPE nope nope nope nope nooooooooooooooooooooope. There's not much that wigs me out quite as much as someone insisting on touching or grabbing at me when I've told them no or made it obvious I'm not interested in physical contact.


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I probably just missed the post in my favoriting binge since I was catching up after getting off work.


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I get 'em =)


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Woran wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Woran, will you post links to the photos of the kitties?
You can see some public picturs of the kitties here

KITTIES!! YAY!!!


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
"Needs caltrop launcher and probably a Gunner's Box with society about to collapse. At the very least it needs a flame thrower" - Why the boss says I'm the mechanic's favorite truck checker (every two weeks we have to go through our assigned trucks and clean them and do a point by point inspection of critical systems).
"Button that causes truck to transform into a giant robot seems to be missing."

"Lava dispenser appears to be malfunctioning."


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NobodysHome wrote:

*SIGH*

And here we go again... the "best" health system in the world!

(1) GothBard's new doctor says she doesn't know whether or not she's in network.
(2) GothBard contacts Anthem and gets an email explicitly stating that the doctor is in-network.
(3) GothBard goes to doctor.
(4) We receive a bill for $56 because the doctor was out-of-network.

Grr...

So is it even worth it to take legal action at this point? Or are you able to negotiate some kind of refund for this without going to that level?

I know for most of us this would just be something we'd have to live with as we'd never be able to afford the legal fees and such for tackling an issue like this, but you might have more options than us in that regard.


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I hear certain families of catfish can eat primates.

Let's watch.


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Eat sandwich?

Sovereign Court

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<Gargantuan-sized Glare>


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My gnome tinker and fighter/weapon master/stalwart defender spent last night trying to convince an entire party - an actual party, fancy dress and all, at the opening of an arts and crafts school and museum - that a device of unknown operation and purpose donated to the museum by a local eccentric who happened to also be a gnome was not going to explode, even if it occasionally made strange sounds and emitted colored light, please stop poking the displays miss elf druid, please stop threatening to bash the machine with a rock miss elf druid, and no we don't know what it does but by Garl one day I will figure it out.


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Monkey Santa wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I guess it's like driving a Formula One racer without knowing how to drive and just getting lucky all the time.

Wait, that's an option?!

WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

STOP! You violated the law!


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lisamarlene wrote:
Feros wrote:
CrystalSeas wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Yes. I actually felt palpable relief that my wife can now escape the country on a moment's notice.

But where will she go?

Places Americans can go without a visa

Canada will not allow even adult children of dying parents to enter.

In spite of initial screw-ups, we have not done too shabby with Covid. So keeping people who are in the U.S.A. (which has done a terrible job) so our numbers don't go horrid makes sense. It is sad for cases like that, but we Canadians in general (though not unanimously) feel that a few people not seeing their dying parent one last time trumps A LOT of people seeing their parents for one last time.

I have a very dear, if colossally misguided, friend who lives in New Zealand who is furious at Jacinda Ardern for her "dictatorial, fascist, unnecessary police state". Yes, she's also an anti-vaxxer and rabid conspiracy theorist.

Seems all the countries that have actually done things more or less right are facing the wrath of an ungrateful and disbelieving public. Me, I'd rather be in either Canada or NZ than in Texas right now.

I'm sure there's a proper term for it, but I call it the Y2K Effect.

If you do something with sufficient head-start and support and the problem gets solved in a timely manner and with minimal disruption to everyone's lives, then the general populace will not recognize you did anything at all and will wonder what the big fuss was about and complain that "the experts" were overreacting.

Which means the next time something like that happens, the people in authority - who in the US at least are more interested in placating the whims of the general populace than listening to people who actually know what they're talking about, nine times out of ten - are even less likely to listen to the experts and respond properly in sufficient effort and in a timely manner, and the problem will inevitably be bigger than it had to be. And then the general populace will complain that "the experts" didn't fix the problem.

Y2K is probably the biggest and best example of this that most people here will recognize, though I'm sure there are a few who due to age or location will not quite get the reference. The Y2K glitches were fixed before they became problematic thanks to the hard work of a lot of skilled programmers and computer scientists, and the general reaction of casual knowledge of the subject to this day remains "Oh Y2K, that was a whole lot of nothing, what were we so worried about anyway? Just a bunch of stuffed-shirt know-it-alls getting their ties in a twist over nothing, apparently.".


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Drejk wrote:

They should add to the SlackBot of shame warning note "abuse of this option will result in cuts to premium/bonuses.

And then stick to it.

This. This is the only thing that will actually put an end to it.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Step 3: IT has now enabled the SlackBot of shame. Every time someone posts using @here or @channel, the bot responds with, "In general, using @channel and @here should be reserved for when something important and time sensitive is happening. Some examples of this are production outages... and being trapped in a stairwell..."

People are still doing it.

The problem with this is that the people doing this feel that their message, no matter how banal, IS that important.

And it will not stop until they actually start seeing penalties of some sort from overusing the feature. Or until it's disabled and they no longer can.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
force lighting breath weapon. bring it!

Make it so.


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I'm just gonna sit here and collect all the devilish themed monsters and NPCs from Drejk for my Shackled Council of the Crimson Throne game.


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ST happened, though the entire session was spent on a huge combat because the party had tripped a sonic trap glyph of warding at the last session and pulled in three rooms' worth of monsters as a result.

Only the boss room remaining in the dungeon though, so we should be out of there come next session! I need to pick the boss's spells between then and now, though.


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New computer is here! Wooooooooooooo!


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Finally resuming Savage Tide after almost a month without, thanks to new computer being here! Huzzah!!


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I'm a metalhead and orchestral rock guy so rap basically went in the opposite direction from where I wanted music to go in the 80s and 90s.


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Drejk wrote:
Fantasy NPC: The Right Honorable Lamarquand Till. A ghost of an infernal barrister.

100% stolen for my Crimson Throne/Council of Thieves/Locke Lamora campaign.


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The main problem for me is that Hamilton combines a bunch of things that I just don't care for on their own - rap, US history, and musicals - and the total is not better than the sum of its parts.


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Maybe your patron is on vacation? Or part of the mandated shutdowns? Your folks are a lot more lawful than mine, yeeesssss, so they probably keep track of that sort of thing.


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I really hope the Paizo folks are staying safe; I wouldn't be surprised if some of them lived in or near Portland and are having to deal with the nonsense going on there right now. Ditto anyone here who happens to live in the Portland area. Keep us posted on your safety, sanity, and well-being. We care about you.


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A NWN adaptation of the first part of the second-edition module Temple, Tower, and Tomb tomorrow night. Our PnP game is on hold until my new computer comes in sometime next week; it's gotten to the point where attempting to use voice chat is impossible and degrades into static or robot noises in a few moments, and that makes DMing impossible.

Sovereign Court

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<HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROAR!!!!>


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Nylarthotep wrote:
I would actually put the LGS in the generally unfriendly category - at least until you can prove your nerd credibility. My wife is generally tolerant of lots of different levels of nerd, but she won't go in any of the local stores without a male nerd escort.

This is actually why Scint chose the FLGS she did - it was the only one of the three she visited in the area that didn't make her feel unwelcome just for walking in.

Scarab Sages

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Vanykrye wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:
Google has been installing fiber and has 'accidentally' severed several of ATT's fibers in my neighborhood. I was all excited to get google fiber, but now not so much.
Not defending Google, but fiber cuts actually happen quite a bit more often than most people hear about.

Not defending Google, you say.

So noted.

We'll remember that.

Dark Archive

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Too soon. =(


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I think you somehow pissed off Brigh, or Gond, or whatever the god of technology is in your world.


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First day of new job. Here goes nothing.


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To each their own, I prefer working within the extant system and knowing the PCs and NPCs are pulling from the same playbooks. That's more my style.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Which is not the kind of people either NH nor I are talking about nor relating the complaints of. Hence my earlier comment about talking past one another.
Then stop talking.

Yeah no, you don't get to police who gets to post and who doesn't.

What's got you in such a mood today?


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Which is not the kind of people either NH nor I are talking about nor relating the complaints of. Hence my earlier comment about talking past one another.

Expecting the NPCs to follow the same rules as the PCs and complaining when they don't is not the same as being upset that the NPCs are doing anything at all and not just sitting there and getting curbstomped.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
All I see are players trying to win.

The problem is "NPCs cheating is okay as long as the PCs still win" is that it comes across as a surly DM going "I'm annoyed that the PCs are too well-built or tactically capable to do anything so I'm going to bend or break the rules so I can do something to them".


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Gladly. I'm not interested in a game where one side has to play by set rules and the other side can do whatever the hells they want, regardless of who wins or loses.


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If he's breaking the rules to do it, then yes I do. Because the alternative is that any level of cheating is authorized as long as the NPCs still lose, and I don't agree to that.


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StrategiesServal wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Happy my birthday to you all, every FaWtL! Love you guys!

Hope you have/had a very Happy Birthday, Tac.

captain yesterday wrote:

Don't go outside, that's when birthdays strike!

Happy Bastille Day!

> Read FaWtL

You are in the OTF. You first have to click the link to enter.

> Click link.

You are in FaWtL. You are likely to get eaten by a Birthday.

<silent birthday kazoo>


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quibblemuch wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Lamiabrarian wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Ibrahim al-Aziz-Zaman Faysal wrote:
I'm sure I can find you a focus group for testing such a variant. It will have to be organically sourced, of course. Only the finest harvest of Englishmen will do.
You're out of luck, in that case. Englishfolk are silicon-based life forms.
Like the Horta?
I thought that was a traditional Jewish dance...
You're thinking of haiku.

No, that's the three-line Japanese traditional poetry.

You're wanting hatra.

That's the villain in 'Thundercats'
I'm pretty sure you're thinking of Haggis.

No, that's the infamous Scottish dish.

I'm fairly certain you want hogada.

Dataphiles

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quibblemuch wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Ibrahim al-Aziz-Zaman Faysal wrote:
I'm sure I can find you a focus group for testing such a variant. It will have to be organically sourced, of course. Only the finest harvest of Englishmen will do.
You're out of luck, in that case. Englishfolk are silicon-based life forms.
Like the Horta?
I thought that was a traditional Jewish dance...
You're thinking of haiku.

No, that's the three-line Japanese traditional poetry.

You're wanting hatra.


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CrystalSeas wrote:

Playlists as personality tests

The general public version
A new study out of Columbia Business School and Bar-Ilan University in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that you prefer the music of artists with personalities similar to your own. In other words, you like yourself.

Researchers studied the public personas of the most famous 50 musicians in the Western world, including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and Ozzy Osbourne. In two studies of over 80,000 participants, they found that the personalities of the musicians correlate with those of their fans. A third study of 4,995 participants showed that fans’ personalities predict their musical preferences as much as other strong predictors like gender, age, and features of the music.

So my go-to music for the past month has been my usual go-to music for when I'm not listening to video game music or YouTube lectures - European power/symphonic metal, things like Edguy/Avantasia, Gloryhammer, After Forever, Nightwish, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, etc. etc. etc. I'm ... not exactly quite sure what that says about me with regards to this theory.


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I'm sure I can find you a focus group for testing such a variant. It will have to be organically sourced, of course. Only the finest harvest of Englishmen will do.


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That's elf talk! You an elf under that stick-figure mask? Lemme see yer ears!


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Everyone's either out blowing stuff up, or trying to get away from the blowing up stuff.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Funeral day. Heading to Kansas City, hence why I'm up this early on a Saturday. No game today as a result, as well as because of July 4th shenanigans.
Be careful on the highways. I'm sorry your trip is for a funeral, though.

The trip out was surprisingly clear, though that's likely because of how early it was. On the way back the traffic was nuttier.

We're home now though and - hopefully - all's well. There were more people wearing masks there than we expected (though many were quite vocally decrying them and saying things like "we're immune to this s!$@" and "survival of the fittest, baby" and I have no idea how much was kidding around and how much was serious) but a few of them weren't wearing them correctly, usually leaving the nose exposed. Which kinda defeats the point.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Crookshanks: The 5g network isn't working, fix it!

Me: You're the millennial, that's supposed to be your thing!

Crookshanks: Didn't Gen X start the internet?

Me: Yes, but we don't care.

I think Crookshanks is too young to be a Millennial, I'm pretty sure she's Gen Z. She's in her late teens, right? Millennials are all in their 30s now.


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NobodysHome wrote:

(2) For some reason Anthem sent me an Explanation of Benefits for Impus Major's annual physical. The original, unadjusted bill for a 15-minute doctor's visit where she just took his vitals, asked him a few questions, and sent him on his way? $547. Yes, the "insurance-adjusted" amount was closer to $250, and my co-pay was $10, but realizing that as an uninsured tourist (as were remarkably common during the pre-Obamacare days) I'd be out over $500 for a check-up was just appalling.

(3) The local paint store just beautifully demonstrated my frustration with the U.S. response to the pandemic. They stopped you at the door. You had to be wearing a mask. You had to put on nitrile gloves that they provided. You had to have your temperature scanned. Then you were allowed into the store, as long as there were no more than 4 other customers already inside.
It costs them less than $1 per customer. It cost me under 60 seconds. And yet they were doing their utmost to prevent the viral spread.

And there are people who would get militantly furious about their "rights" being violated over this simple precaution..

Just too sad...

This is just "what is wrong with this country" in its simplest form.

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