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Evil Finnish Chaos Beast wrote:
Did Windows 10 strike again?

Basically.

EDIT: Hey! I totally have all my clothes on! >:I

*re-dressed*

Dark Archive

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I have fried some French people before. But I refuse to eat them.


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Evil Overlord wrote:
I have fried some French people before. But I refuse to eat them.

A Mediterraneans diet is supposed to be good for you.


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Tacticslion wrote:
(Also, in a more tongue-in-cheek: I generally prefer waffle fries, or seasoned fries to french fries, sooooo... ;P)

Oh, fries! I have zero interest in french fries or home fries anymore, but put a dish of waffle fries in front of me, and be sure to pull your hand out of my way or you may lose it!

That waffle-fry seasoning is another example of 'Why isn't this the standard way of preparing this food?!'

Grand Lodge

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I'm actually getting a waffle fry meal right now, with a chicken sandwich on the side.


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I ate at Costco. A massive 1/4 lb or more of all beef hot dog with deli mustard and freshly chopped onions with a 20oz Pepsi all for $1.50 no better deal anywhere.


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Late night cooking, best cooking.


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I just ate two small baguette-like buns with cheese and lettuce. I fell full. It might be that half a liter of peach buttermilk I drank.


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I had to shop at Hy-Vee today.

Was not fun.

Do they not realize how hard it is to shop at a new store and figure everything out.

And then you throw annoyingly nice people asking every five feet if I want to try this or that or do I need help finding anything.

Uh yeah, shut the f&$* up and leave me alone so I can hear myself think.


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gets out industrial paint sprayer, starts spraying the leaves green.

Come on! Just another week! Summer can't be over already! It just started!

curls up in a fetal position in the corner, clutching the deflated alligator floaty toy

It just started!!!!


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Cap'n Yesterday's Summer Dreams wrote:

gets out industrial paint sprayer, starts spraying the leaves green.

Come on! Just another week! Summer can't be over already! It just started!

curls up in a fetal position in the corner, clutching the deflated alligator floaty toy

It just started!!!!

Winter is coming.

And not soon enough!!!


Hm.

The last the four episodes of Bob's Burgers (S5: 18, 19, 20, and 21) are actually all really good.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
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NobodysHome wrote:


That is... oddness...
Maybe you're just eating at the wrong French places.

Julia Child's "The Art of French Cooking" is our absolute favorite cookbook by far, and her intro is side-splitting.

It goes something along the lines of, "This is not a cookbook for people who want to create a quick meal. This is not a cookbook for people who want low-fat dinners. This is a cookbook for people who love to cook, to eat, and to truly enjoy their meals."

Even the plain old roast chicken takes around an hour of "real" work as you're basting and turning and whatnot while it roasts...
...and everyone agrees it's the best roast chicken they've ever had...

I have yet to create something from that cookbook that isn't fantastic, and better than any other version from any other cookbook.

But yes, I enjoy spending all the time and effort in the kitchen to create something marvelous, so it may be a care for cooking and the willingness to buy premium ingredients that helps...

OMG. Nobodyshome is my spirit animal.

+1 million

Most everything I learned from my mom about (Southern) cooking--and that she learned from her mom--can pretty much be found in my now battered copy of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook. I got Art of Cooking years later, but it is also excellent.

My Fanny Farmer is my "Bible of Breakfast". I may commit heresy here, but I didn't like its dinners as much...


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Tacticslion wrote:
Evil Finnish Chaos Beast wrote:
Did Windows 10 strike again?

Basically.

EDIT: Hey! I totally have all my clothes on! >:I

*re-dressed*

Windows 10 -- now with random nudity!


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Terrigan of the Frostfell wrote:
Cap'n Yesterday's Summer Dreams wrote:

gets out industrial paint sprayer, starts spraying the leaves green.

Come on! Just another week! Summer can't be over already! It just started!

curls up in a fetal position in the corner, clutching the deflated alligator floaty toy

It just started!!!!

Winter is coming.

And not soon enough!!!

heh. Hehe. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Evil Finnish Chaos Beast wrote:
Did Windows 10 strike again?

Basically.

EDIT: Hey! I totally have all my clothes on! >:I

*re-dressed*

Windows 10 -- now with random nudity!

Maybe I should have taken that free upgrade during the summer...


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Terrigan of the Frostfell wrote:
Cap'n Yesterday's Summer Dreams wrote:

gets out industrial paint sprayer, starts spraying the leaves green.

Come on! Just another week! Summer can't be over already! It just started!

curls up in a fetal position in the corner, clutching the deflated alligator floaty toy

It just started!!!!

Winter is coming.

And not soon enough!!!

Hush up you! I still have a season to prepare.

Which in the Midwest is a month, maybe a month and a half.


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At least if I'm working, it's always fun to work on a Thursday, I get to F@$# with the toy collectors (and toy collector conspiracy theorists) and Lego Blind Bag feelers.

Also traffic was unusually efficient today so I got here early, so I gotta make sure I'm fashionably late.


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Overeager young manager in training: Captain Yesterday, I saw you pull in ten minutes ago, how is it you're eight minutes late.

Me: because I choose to be.

Other manager (looking at watch): I thought you were early.


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A Yesterday is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.


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snows and rushing frigid winds . . . .

silent, inexorable


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Captain Yesterday's passive aggressive way to keep the customers at bay.

Carry a singing Barney in cart, when customers approach with questions, press belly.

Warning: Not responsible for the loss of sanity, blackout rages, or uncontrollable vomiting that inevitably follow. Not recommended for those with low Will or Fortitude saves.


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Oh my god.

The computer is up and running.

This text comes to you thanks to donations from slaads like Ambrosia.

....

who eerrily, apparently rebooted my screen so that it wasn't so stretched out and now looks normal. I have no idea how she did that, especially as it only seemed to happen as I said her name, but thank you.

Now, does anyone have any idea as to what type of virus scanner I should install on this thing before I go too crazy?


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I scan my system occasionally with Malwarebytes.


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Malwarebyte from time to time, though I would add some anti-virus/firewall combo set to work in the background all the time. Yes, it can be processor and memory consuming at times but, well, I don't have much confidence in Windows built-in Defender and Firewall... They are supposedly better than they were in the past but, ah, well, that is like saying that padded clothing is better armor than single layer of unaugmented paper...


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What AV / Firewall programs do you use, Drejk and Aranna?


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I SOLVED MY FIRST COMPUTER BASED PROBLEM ALL BY MYSELF YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

It was an issue with the integrated sound being turned on in the BIOS. I fixed it. BY MYSELF.

MY.
GOD.

I can't help but wonder if this is a sign of the apocalypse...


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I wonder if anyone has made a Paladin for Strange Aeons.

It seems like one of those paths without a lot of Paladins.


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What are "Daywalkers" it sounds like a Twilight term.

Why I ask: They have a contest at work to crowd source team building activities, but they have it separated into "vampire" (overnight) and "Daywalker" (not overnight).

Also, if anyone has any team building activities lay them on me, I'd like to crowd source the crowd sourcing, don't worry, I'll give you credit when they give me credit (with maybe an extra bonus the flyer in the break room said).

Grand Lodge

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I mostly hear it in reference to Blade, although it has shifted to a general name for vampires.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Also, if anyone has any team building activities lay them on me, I'd like to crowd source the crowd sourcing, don't worry, I'll give you credit when they give me credit (with maybe an extra bonus the flyer in the break room said).

(1) Wait for a good strong blizzard.

(2) Choose one co-worker (not at random).
(3) Strip said co-worker down to his or her socks and undies.
(4) Hand the co-worker a 1-pound box of Hydrox cookies and lock them outside. They are allowed back inside once they have finished eating the cookies. (No; they may not have milk, cocoa, or anything else that accelerates the cookie consumption.)

Does wonders for bonding for everyone NOT locked outside...


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That LG alignment is definitely slipping now...

>:I


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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Also, if anyone has any team building activities lay them on me, I'd like to crowd source the crowd sourcing, don't worry, I'll give you credit when they give me credit (with maybe an extra bonus the flyer in the break room said).

(1) Wait for a good strong blizzard.

(2) Choose one co-worker (not at random).
(3) Strip said co-worker down to his or her socks and undies.
(4) Hand the co-worker a 1-pound box of Hydrox cookies and lock them outside. They are allowed back inside once they have finished eating the cookies. (No; they may not have milk, cocoa, or anything else that accelerates the cookie consumption.)

Does wonders for bonding for everyone NOT locked outside...

Pffff. A bit of cold always gets people scurrying for shelter. It's ridiculous. A box of cookies is a nice gift, and really, the coworker gets to keep undies. I don't get the complaint.


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Sharoth wrote:
What AV / Firewall programs do you use, Drejk and Aranna?

COMMODO Internet Security. Anti-virus and firewall package. Occasionally annoying.


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Sissyl wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Also, if anyone has any team building activities lay them on me, I'd like to crowd source the crowd sourcing, don't worry, I'll give you credit when they give me credit (with maybe an extra bonus the flyer in the break room said).

(1) Wait for a good strong blizzard.

(2) Choose one co-worker (not at random).
(3) Strip said co-worker down to his or her socks and undies.
(4) Hand the co-worker a 1-pound box of Hydrox cookies and lock them outside. They are allowed back inside once they have finished eating the cookies. (No; they may not have milk, cocoa, or anything else that accelerates the cookie consumption.)

Does wonders for bonding for everyone NOT locked outside...

Pffff. A bit of cold always gets people scurrying for shelter. It's ridiculous. A box of cookies is a nice gift, and really, the coworker gets to keep undies. I don't get the complaint.

It'd be fairer if they got to keep everyone else's undies as well.

Silver Crusade

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captain yesterday wrote:

I wonder if anyone has made a Paladin for Strange Aeons.

It seems like one of those paths without a lot of Paladins.

I want to make one using the Tortured Crusader archetype so badly -_-


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Sharoth wrote:
What AV / Firewall programs do you use, Drejk and Aranna?

My computer currently just runs the basic Windows stuff. I have used both McAfee and Norton but the only actual virus I ever got was while running McAfee... so color me NOT impressed. Norton was good but I didn't want to pay for the newer version when just being careful online works 100 times better than any anti virus. I have been hit with malware many times over the years both when running AV and not running it. Mostly malware targets the REAL weak link in your systems defenses, you. Too many times I have clicked the wrong thing and been infected with malware. But my malware/virus removal system works flawlessly on ALL infections... it just takes half a day to get everything back up and going.


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Freehold DM wrote:

Oh my god.

The computer is up and running.

This text comes to you thanks to donations from slaads like Ambrosia.

Hooray!

Freehold DM wrote:
Now, does anyone have any idea as to what type of virus scanner I should install on this thing before I go too crazy?
Drejk wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
What AV / Firewall programs do you use, Drejk and Aranna?
COMMODO Internet Security. Anti-virus and firewall package. Occasionally annoying.

I also use Comodo Internet Security (the free edition). It gets occasionally annoying with the pop-ups, but it does its job.

Like Aranna, I also make regular sweeps with Malwarebytes (free). And I use CCleaner (free) every so often as well.

And yeah, the weakest link in computer security is normally the user. I don't use Outlook or Internet Explorer/Edge as my browsers. I primarily surf using the Chromium-based Opera with uBlock Origin installed; I sometimes use FireFox (also with uBlock Origin), but mostly only for Paizo. I use The Bat! ($) for email, but I think Thunderbird (free) is still supposed to be good. Whether you use an email program or web-based interface for email, configure it to turn off auto-loading pictures from websites (often used for tracking, which lets a spammer/hacker know you email address is valid and your current IP address). Also make sure you can see the actual email domain of the email sender, and mouse-over web links in emails before clicking. Mostly, the best protection is staying away from the dubious and scummy parts of the Intertoobz.


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Y'know, school open houses always remind me why I don't tend to hang out with other parents:

  • Y'know, the big, all-caps, "THIS IS AN ADULTS-ONLY EVENT. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS TO THIS EVENT" should be some kind of clue that you, y'know, shouldn't bring your kids. So why were there 40-50 young kids running around campus? With BOTH parents? So it wasn't, "We couldn't get a baby-sitter," it was, "We felt that having both of us here was far more important than any of your silly old 'rules'."
  • So, we have 10 minutes per teacher, and 5 minutes to get from class to class. So why are you treating this like some big high school reunion? Every hallway was blocked up with parents catching up with each other after the summer break. Even the stairwells were blocked by chatty parents. Y'know, the event ends at 8:40 pm. You might be able to socialize for 15-20 minutes after that without going past your bedtime!
  • This one strays too far into the political, so I'll just say that I showed magnificent restraint.
    "Excuse me, but I notice that your syllabus includes a section on doing research on the internet. We choose to be a computer-free household, so what accommodations are you going to make for our child?"
    "Well, I provide computers in the classroom, and the library has a full bank of computers, and..."
    "No, you don't understand. We do not want our child using computers AT ALL. You need to adjust that section of the class so that our child does not have to touch a computer. What are you going to do about that?"

    I managed NOT to respond, "Call Child Protective Services?"


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    And Madison thinks they have hipsters.

    That's some professionally obstinate hipster b++#%!~+ right there.


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    And Madison thinks they have hipsters.

    That's some professionally obstinate hipster b$*&!!@% right there.

    Well, both my brother and the Amish have similar views.

    Both my brother and the Amish choose to send their kids to private schools that share their values.

    As I said, too political for FaWtL, so I will refrain from further diatribes.


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    "No, you don't understand. We do not want our child using computers AT ALL. You need to adjust that section of the class so that our child does not have to touch a computer. What are you going to do about that?"

    They should either home school, or move up to Amish country. Every school that can afford it uses computers in the classroom.

    If parents are concerned with what a child might stumble upon the Internet, they should be teaching their children 1) a foundation of critical thinking, and 2) that they can openly bring troubling stuff to their parents for clarification without fearing immediate judgment and yelling. Their children will eventually learn about troubling and unwholesome stuff regardless of how well parents try to shelter them from all exposure; the best thing to do is start early teaching your kids basic judgement, ethics, and other essential life skills--a mental "immune system" to repel the bad stuff.


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    Tortured Crusader looks so tasty... and flavorful for the AP...

    Sadly, although I have the first volume of Strange Aeons, nobody else in my group likes to run APs, and I am forbidden from running a horror game because of In Search of Sanity. Ever.

    Period.

    Incident:

    One of the early encounters in the AP is a pair of crawling craws and a beheaded still attached to its corpse, accompanied by a haunt that entangles with it's intestines.

    Of course, the player's activated the haunt. Looking over the stats for both the haunt and the creatures, I decided that the players would trounce them easily, despite the fact that it was one of the more gruesome encounters. Rather than bumping up it's stats (I have a horrible history with modifying stats on the fly. I nearly killed an entire party of fourth level PCs with what was supposed to be a fifth level paladin), I decided to add a bit of scary flavor.

    As the intestines bound and slowly constricted the swashbuckler, who I described as feeling all of her bones slowly cracking, and the excruciating pain from it, the hands crawled up the barbarian and the rogue's bodies. Surprisingly, they made it, dodging both attacks and bypassing CMD. I decided to take things a bit further, and described in even more excruciating detail as they made their way up to their mouths and slowly forced them open, as their jaws strained to snapping. The rogue managed to grab one and impale it on her shortsword. The barbarian tried to grab it, too.

    He rolled a one and punched it inside his mouth.

    I described in horrific, lurid language about how he could feel it pushing and straining to climb into his throat, and I also told him what it would do once it got there: slowly rip all of his organs apart while its negative energy kept him alive and reanimated him as a zombie. He freaked out, and bit it.

    I told him about how the shattering of bone and the rending of fresh and the black blood and bile seeping out of his mouth felt. He did it again to kill the thing, and spit out the hand whole.

    I am not allowed to DM horror campaigns for a while.


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    Y'know, school open houses always remind me why I don't tend to hang out with other parents:

  • Y'know, the big, all-caps, "THIS IS AN ADULTS-ONLY EVENT. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS TO THIS EVENT" should be some kind of clue that you, y'know, shouldn't bring your kids. So why were there 40-50 young kids running around campus? With BOTH parents? So it wasn't, "We couldn't get a baby-sitter," it was, "We felt that having both of us here was far more important than any of your silly old 'rules'."
  • So, we have 10 minutes per teacher, and 5 minutes to get from class to class. So why are you treating this like some big high school reunion? Every hallway was blocked up with parents catching up with each other after the summer break. Even the stairwells were blocked by chatty parents. Y'know, the event ends at 8:40 pm. You might be able to socialize for 15-20 minutes after that without going past your bedtime!
  • This one strays too far into the political, so I'll just say that I showed magnificent restraint.
    "Excuse me, but I notice that your syllabus includes a section on doing research on the internet. We choose to be a computer-free household, so what accommodations are you going to make for our child?"
    "Well, I provide computers in the classroom, and the library has a full bank of computers, and..."
    "No, you don't understand. We do not want our child using computers AT ALL. You need to adjust that section of the class so that our child does not have to touch a computer. What are you going to do about that?"

    I managed NOT to respond, "Call Child Protective Services?"


  • Wow. And i thought *I* was a backward, intractable, Paleolithic holdover.

    EDIT: And, Doomkitten, regarding your horror ban: PRO PLAY. You earned it well. Good on ya. :)

    Silver Crusade

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    The Doomkitten wrote:

    Tortured Crusader looks so tasty... and flavorful for the AP...

    I really, really like it, and I don't care for Paladins normally.

    Leave it to a book called Horror Adventures to make me finally want to play a Paladin :3


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    So... another diatribe and then work work work...

    This is the Catch-22 that is California schools:

  • If your child has more than 10 unexcused absences during the school year (including illnesses without a doctor's note), you are required to meet with the vice principal to explain yourself. Once you hit 15, you're asked to meet with the school board and CPS is notified of potential truancy.
  • If you send your child to school sick, they get upset with you, send your child back home, and one more day is added to his unexcused absence total.

  • So Impus Minor gets sick a lot. I know many of the reasons (for example, no matter how many times I explain hand-washing to him, I know that if I'm not in the bathroom with him, he's not going to wash his hands).

    Last year I got the whole vice principal/school board thing.

    This week he's honestly and truly quite sick; sicker than he was all of last year.

    Yet I'm getting the stink-eye from the principal and all the teachers. And I sent him to school on Wednesday, and they sent him home again.

    So it's pretty much, "OK. If I send him to school, you yell at me and send him home. If I keep him home, you yell at me and threaten to call CPS. What, exactly, in your mind, is my correct course of action?"
    "Oh, it's not OUR fault, it's the state! These are all statewide rules!"

    So, I'd be OK with that, if they didn't constantly act like I was a horrible horrible parent because my son gets sick so often.

    One of these days I'm going to send him to school in a plastic bubble...


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Also, if anyone has any team building activities lay them on me, I'd like to crowd source the crowd sourcing, don't worry, I'll give you credit when they give me credit (with maybe an extra bonus the flyer in the break room said).

    (1) Wait for a good strong blizzard.

    (2) Choose one co-worker (not at random).
    (3) Strip said co-worker down to his or her socks and undies.
    (4) Hand the co-worker a 1-pound box of Hydrox cookies and lock them outside. They are allowed back inside once they have finished eating the cookies. (No; they may not have milk, cocoa, or anything else that accelerates the cookie consumption.)

    Does wonders for bonding for everyone NOT locked outside...

    ha, joke's on you, I don't wear underwear!

    eats cookies leisurely


    Re: hand washing: I really do not think they quite fathom the purpose of what, exactly, washing hands is for. It is just, "that weird cleaning ritual" moms and dads and other weird adults make their kids do, right? Riiiiiiiiiiight?

    :/

    (Why, no, I've never been a teacher before, certainly not of 11-15 year olds, why do you ask.)

    That said, it really is tremendously irritating, as both a teacher, and a parent, when you feel trapped by the rules into doing things that you feel are needless and stupid, but otherwise mandatory, due to social, school board, or legal whatsits. Especially if you know the individual in question. It's usually at that point that I privately go, "Okay, look: you and I both know that this is, by this point, merely a song and dance routine. Your kid gets sick. We have no legal or social recourse to prove why, and we can't really just handwaive it away or, this being California, we'll have truancy flooding out our eardrums*. You're a cool guy, who's a great cook and has excellent taste in pants; I'm a guy who likes martial arts and video games; just let us go through these meetings, go about our lives, and everyone will basically be happy. Incide tally: how's your son doing in school? Does he need tutoring services?**"

    I think, in the end, that's pretty much what you have to treat it as. Swallow the old pride, go, "They can't think of me as "special" because otherwise many would abuse that trust and bad things would happen." and I read just go through the routine, accept that their trying to do their job. Think of it like that episode of Parks and Rec: remember when Chris actively <spoilered for spoilers>?

    Spoilers from the above:
    ... prosecuted Leslie and Ben for being romantically entangled while working for the government? His job was to prevent corruption. He saw potential for corruption. He failed to prove his case, but he worked very hard (with exacting scruples) to pin corruption onto his two best friends in the whole world.

    Because it was his duty - his job - to do exactly that.
    (Note: not to cheat, lie, deceive, trick, or otherwise "gotcha" - he was only out for the truth, and worked hard to make sure that his evidence was above-board, too.)

    In the end, they maintained their friendship and continued to be solid friends and allies, even after everything that happened.

    Think of it as the same thing. No matter who it is, they've gotta check.

    I surely do empathize with you, though, my friend. Eugh.

    * Shots fired! Hey-o! "But at least it's not <insert desired target here>, amirite?!" Smart comeback, already nice and templates out for ya! makes it easy! ;D
    ** Hey, it's a fantasy scenario anyway, as I'm a stay-at-home on the opposite side of the country. Might as well throw conflict of interest in there. (For the record, I do not believe I could offer tutoring services while working for the school board, or at least I couldn't offer them; I can even see why, as that could lead to a huge power abuse by some, even if that was never the intent. Hence, if I was ever on a school board - and given my particular feeling toward handling beaurocratic minutia, I'm pretty sure it won't happen - I would not do this thing. "Fantasy" part of the scenario. Otherwise, it's "to the Chris" I go, as it were...


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    Y'know, school open houses always remind me why I don't tend to hang out with other parents:

  • Y'know, the big, all-caps, "THIS IS AN ADULTS-ONLY EVENT. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS TO THIS EVENT" should be some kind of clue that you, y'know, shouldn't bring your kids. So why were there 40-50 young kids running around campus? With BOTH parents? So it wasn't, "We couldn't get a baby-sitter," it was, "We felt that having both of us here was far more important than any of your silly old 'rules'."
  • So, we have 10 minutes per teacher, and 5 minutes to get from class to class. So why are you treating this like some big high school reunion? Every hallway was blocked up with parents catching up with each other after the summer break. Even the stairwells were blocked by chatty parents. Y'know, the event ends at 8:40 pm. You might be able to socialize for 15-20 minutes after that without going past your bedtime!
  • This one strays too far into the political, so I'll just say that I showed magnificent restraint.
    "Excuse me, but I notice that your syllabus includes a section on doing research on the internet. We choose to be a computer-free household, so what accommodations are you going to make for our child?"
    "Well, I provide computers in the classroom, and the library has a full bank of computers, and..."
    "No, you don't understand. We do not want our child using computers AT ALL. You need to adjust that section of the class so that our child does not have to touch a computer. What are you going to do about that?"

    I managed NOT to respond, "Call Child Protective Services?"


  • never been a fan of no kids events unless they were carnal ones.

    It's hard (but not impossible) to bypass acquaintances when you run into them in social situations. The social contract is potent.

    I don't know what this had to do with politics, but I do know that research via Dewey decimal system is a world away from googling everything. I think both are important, and time must be made for each. But going teetotal in either direction is unwise.


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    Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:

    Oh my god.

    The computer is up and running.

    This text comes to you thanks to donations from slaads like Ambrosia.

    Hooray!

    Freehold DM wrote:
    Now, does anyone have any idea as to what type of virus scanner I should install on this thing before I go too crazy?
    Drejk wrote:
    Sharoth wrote:
    What AV / Firewall programs do you use, Drejk and Aranna?
    COMMODO Internet Security. Anti-virus and firewall package. Occasionally annoying.

    I also use Comodo Internet Security (the free edition). It gets occasionally annoying with the pop-ups, but it does its job.

    Like Aranna, I also make regular sweeps with Malwarebytes (free). And I use CCleaner (free) every so often as well.

    And yeah, the weakest link in computer security is normally the user. I don't use Outlook or Internet Explorer/Edge as my browsers. I primarily surf using the Chromium-based Opera with uBlock Origin installed; I sometimes use FireFox (also with uBlock Origin), but mostly only for Paizo. I use The Bat! ($) for email, but I think Thunderbird (free) is still supposed to be good. Whether you use an email program or web-based interface for email, configure it to turn off auto-loading pictures from websites (often used for tracking, which lets a spammer/hacker know you email address is valid and your current IP address). Also make sure you can see the actual email domain of the email sender, and mouse-over web links in emails before clicking. Mostly, the best protection is staying...

    Thank you very much for the information and the advice. The internet we take for granted today is not the one I grew up with, it's hard to follow trends in antivirus and the like.

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