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Just saw Singing in the Rain at AMC theatre. I gots some culture!

Edit: No I was not naked in the rain.


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Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:

looks at map, checks compass, moons Google Maps Car, takes a swig from the canteen.

Almost in position with the eagle shaped bike now boss!

Maybe it's the tequila speaking, but I can't figure who said what to warrant such aggression.

Don't worry about it. Fritzy is a bit trigger happy. And possibly a pyromaniac as well.


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My roof was replaced today. Made it hard to sleep, but I'm glad it's done.


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So, the trainee that my garage had last week my not work out so well, after all. She may not be able to show up today, so I have to be "on call" in case she doesn't come. That would mean one or two days of additional eleven hour shifts. *sigh* Lucky me.


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I forgot to wash the kid's snow gear until I was going to bed, so guess who got to wake up in the middle of the night and switch it to the dryer while also remembering to turn the heat down so everything wouldn't melt.


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Done with American Horror Story Roanoke.

Pretty good, but seems like they could've used an extra couple of episodes so it doesn't get so busy at the end and there's more closure.

And more Kathy Bates, they definitely should've had more Kathy Bates in the last few episodes.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Done with American Horror Story Roanoke.

Pretty good, but seems like they could've used an extra couple of episodes so it doesn't get so busy at the end and there's more closure.

And more Kathy Bates, they definitely should've had more Kathy Bates in the last few episodes.

The second season of Killjoys was like that. A long, over-arching plot spanning the entire season, incredibly rich character development...

...and then suddenly, "Oh, carp! We only have two episodes left! Better wrap things up really fast in case we get canceled!"

An utterly unsatisfying finale to such a great season, but they at least wrapped things up and made it all work out.

Not quite as epic as the Sledgehammer final episode, but definitely rushed and poorly-planned.


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I don't think it's cancelled, there were just certain things I wish they would've gone into more, but couldn't with only ten episodes.

They should've gone with twelve episodes like they used to.


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USPS interview tomorrow. Here's hoping I make a good impression.


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Trinam wrote:
USPS interview tomorrow. Here's hoping I make a good impression.

Just stagger around a lot, show that you can drop-kick packages from the sidewalk to the porch, spill a few letters on the ground, and turn an envelope slot into a paper shredder. You'll do fine.


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I mean, I do keep making 'This job's driving me batty, I'm gonna go postal' jokes so this would be completely IC.


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Now, that's weird, it seems the sun is turning the glacier into some sort of... moisture.

And it seems almost... warm? Outside?

Are... Are those living things tweeting in the trees...


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Trinam wrote:
I mean, I do keep making 'This job's driving me batty, I'm gonna go postal' jokes so this would be completely IC.

Hell yeah! Mail those a!$!~$&s to Timbuktu! That's what I always say.


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Dag-freakin'-gummit, Magicians.

I liked you. I really did. Once. Then you had the season finale. I mean, don't get me wrong. I knew something was off. You tipped your hand way too early. I just... you are the worst.

I mean, again, I get it: "nothing is good and everything always sucks" is your M.O.

I'm just entirely against it. That conclusion and also how you chose to express it.

Oh: trigger warning for anyone who wants to watch it. For real.

Spoiler!:
No; she's not a villain, AV Club. She's getting justified revenge. You know - "Justice" - for what was done to her. She just is working with a monster to do it.


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In more serious news, my Mom was terrified today to find a man stripping naked and jumping into the pool. She tried to tell him to leave and he laughed at her, made some mocking racial comments and insults, and continued. She called the police (which he'd scoffed at, plus rebuking the profession) and they removed him and he was restricted from the place by the Baker Act.

No one was hurt, but considering the man was convicted multiple times of (thankfully unarmed) robbery, his brazen attitude and disinterest in criminal charges, it is still extremely unsettling. Home invasions always are.


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Tacticslion wrote:

In more serious news, my Mom was terrified today to find a man stripping naked and jumping into the pool. She tried to tell him to leave and he laughed at her, made some mocking racial comments and insults, and continued. She called the police (which he'd scoffed at, plus rebuking the profession) and they removed him and he was restricted from the place by the Baker Act.

No one was hurt, but considering the man was convicted multiple times of (thankfully unarmed) robbery, his brazen attitude and disinterest in criminal charges, it is still extremely unsettling. Home invasions always are.

Wow... I suspect they'll find that he had something in his system. He'd better have had something in his system!

I'm glad your mother is OK. The *one* time my mother-in-law suffered a home invasion, the moment she started screaming the man behaved like a proper burglar and fled posthaste.

We've been fortunate -- we've had our house broken into twice in my lifetime; once when I was too young to remember, and once when I was in grad school and was amazed they didn't leave a sympathy card.

Nothing is so scary has having your private sanctum breached.


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Seriously? At least half a bottle of tequila and a beer, and no hangover? But if I touch two glasses of champagne, I'm tore the hell up. You can't explain that.


Drink more water with the champagne, that should even it out a bit.


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Tacticslion wrote:

In more serious news, my Mom was terrified today to find a man stripping naked and jumping into the pool. She tried to tell him to leave and he laughed at her, made some mocking racial comments and insults, and continued. She called the police (which he'd scoffed at, plus rebuking the profession) and they removed him and he was restricted from the place by the Baker Act.

No one was hurt, but considering the man was convicted multiple times of (thankfully unarmed) robbery, his brazen attitude and disinterest in criminal charges, it is still extremely unsettling. Home invasions always are.

What you need, is a dog.

Even a small one helps.

Our beagle chased a college student who had accidentally stumbled into our house two blocks and up a tree.


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Glad your mother's okay, Tac. I'd fave the post, but I don't wanna even come close to approving a home invasion. Know what I mean?

Castle law still apply down there?


Commandant Happy Hour wrote:
Drink more water with the champagne, that should even it out a bit.

I've tried that. It's probably why I can down spirits most liberally and feel fine. Doesn't seem to work with sparkling wines.


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I am reading a criminal novel with illusionist being the bad guy... In the second half of the book, just when the illusionist is starting another of his big tricks... The pages are missing - or more accurately the pages 321-336 are misprinted containing pages 305-320 second time.


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Tacticslion wrote:

In more serious news, my Mom was terrified today to find a man stripping naked and jumping into the pool. She tried to tell him to leave and he laughed at her, made some mocking racial comments and insults, and continued. She called the police (which he'd scoffed at, plus rebuking the profession) and they removed him and he was restricted from the place by the Baker Act.

No one was hurt, but considering the man was convicted multiple times of (thankfully unarmed) robbery, his brazen attitude and disinterest in criminal charges, it is still extremely unsettling. Home invasions always are.

You know, I'm really no fan of pulling guns out and waving them about or making threats, but a home invasion? I'd be opening my gun safe, probably. Not to say I'd shoot the guy, but it'd certainly be by my side.


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Of course, the problem with a January thaw is, eventually it's going to get cold again. Until late March.

Hibernating, that's where it's at! The bears have it figured out.


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Tacticslion wrote:

In more serious news, my Mom was terrified today to find a man stripping naked and jumping into the pool. She tried to tell him to leave and he laughed at her, made some mocking racial comments and insults, and continued. She called the police (which he'd scoffed at, plus rebuking the profession) and they removed him and he was restricted from the place by the Baker Act.

No one was hurt, but considering the man was convicted multiple times of (thankfully unarmed) robbery, his brazen attitude and disinterest in criminal charges, it is still extremely unsettling. Home invasions always are.

captain yesterday wrote:

What you need, is a dog.

Even a small one helps.

Our beagle chased a college student who had accidentally stumbled into our house two blocks and up a tree.

Unfortunately, theirs passed away last year.

They loved him dearly (as did we all)*.

They... are probably not ever going to go through that one again.

*:
I know people are always, "Oh! It's okay, he's great with children!" about their pets, but in this instance it's actually true to an absurd degree. I was always - always - raised that, no matter how much you love your animal, no matter how much the two of you bond, they are not human, do not fully understand humans, and the reverse is also true - there is always room for instinct and miscommunication between the species to kick up and cause unexpected violence. Strict supervision with children is necessary. This was a major thing taught me growing up, and something I firmly hold true to this day. I've seen enough kids get bitten by, "Totally good with children!" pets that I have no question that it's true. But... this dog... daggum. Literally the kindest, mildest dog I've ever met. Child squirm out of our grasp and leap upon dog to pull ears? He moves out of child's way... slowly so as to not knock the child down. Child figures out "Child Safety Locks" and opens door and runs over to pull his tail? He walks away... slowly so as not to injure the child. And, for the record, the reasons are more or less confirmed in other actions - the dog could move quickly and was more than strong enough to knock over adults while they walked him. As an aside: the only thing that made him "grumpy" was fireworks and... uh... squirrels - daggumit, Up - but we still never allowed him to be unsupervised with the kids; still he was the first, and probably only, dog I'd ever feel close to comfortable doing so with.

My Eldest was very sad - it was the first time "death" had ever actually meant something to him, though he'd learned the concept before. It was a... hard several months for everyone, myself included, but especially my parents.

Towards the end, he did get grumpy - he was in pain and didn't have time for kids to be doing stuff to his sore, sick self, so he'd fuss at them... by giving a half-hearted "woof" in their general direction, then whine and hide behind my dad. Q.Q

Miss that dog.


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Syrus Terrigan wrote:

Glad your mother's okay, Tac. I'd fave the post, but I don't wanna even come close to approving a home invasion. Know what I mean?

Castle law still apply down there?

I know what you mean, but I don't know about Castle Law. Never had the cause to look it up.

Rosita the Riveter wrote:
You know, I'm really no fan of pulling guns out and waving them about or making threats, but a home invasion? I'd be opening my gun safe, probably. Not to say I'd shoot the guy, but it'd certainly be by my side.

She was frightened enough to consider it, but instead kept with her pepper spray and calling the police and my dad.


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Tacticslion wrote:
** spoiler omitted **...

LOL. Makes us think our our "little miss hates the world" Calico.

As I think I've mentioned, she hates dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, mice... and adults.

My favorite "Lily" story (forgive me if I've told it before. I'm old. I tell stories. Repeatedly):

She was out front and a 2-year-old toddled up. Much to my horror, the toddler was not gentle. He banged his hand on her back. He pulled her tail. She just stood there, rubbing against him and purring. It made him giggle. She head butted his hand. He bopped her more. The most incredible thing I've seen her do in her 10+-year life span.

Then Dad tried to pet her.

Dad bled. Badly.

Dad yoinked up toddler, causing him to cry, cursed at Lily, who easily avoided his clumsy kick at her, and stormed off. Lily walked a few feet, settled down on the walk, and started preening.

I own an Evil cat. I think she's Lawful, but heck if I've figured out the rules.


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DAGGUMMIT WMG, THERE IS NO REASON TO STRIKE THAT VIDEO, YOU AGGRESSIVE JERK.

>:I

NobodysHome wrote:
I own an Evil cat. I think she's Lawful a cat, but heck if I've figured out the rules.

Yeah, that sounds about right.


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As you can see, our dog is the living embodiment of every single dog cliche found on television or film.

Except begging, I've never seen a dog more committed to the long con with begging.


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Tacticslion wrote:

DAGGUMMIT WMG, THERE IS NO REASON TO STRIKE THAT VIDEO, YOU AGGRESSIVE JERK.

>:I

NobodysHome wrote:
I own an Evil cat. I think she's Lawful a cat, but heck if I've figured out the rules.
Yeah, that sounds about right.

Why does TacticsLion hate me so?


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NobodysHome wrote:
Why does TacticsLion hate me so?

It's mostly because I'm allergic.


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The General and Pea Bear are both allergic, it makes them cranky, and a~+++*@s.

Also, I can never trust an animal that domesticated itself.

I know an outrageously circuitous plan for world domination when I see one.


captain yesterday wrote:

As you can see, our dog is the living embodiment of every single dog cliche found on television or film.

Except begging, I've never seen a dog more committed to the long con with begging.

Actually, I cannot see.

As my previous post indicated (which my shoddy internet actually ate... as I was telling you about my shoddy internet!) I currently have internet service so lousy that I can't even load the pop-up advertisements, must less the page beyond.

I regret that.

captain yesterday wrote:
The General and Pea Bear are both allergic, it makes them cranky, and a@~&@&+s.

I can understand that!

captain yesterday wrote:

Also, I can never trust an animal that domesticated itself.

I know an outrageously circuitous plan for world domination when I see one.

I can agree with that!

(And, in fact, it's true: cats seem to have a form of mind-control...)


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D'oh! Forgot to start the laundry at a reasonable time. :-/


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I know what would be a good use of my time.

1) Take lots of photos of buckets
2) Upload photos of buckets to Photobucket
3) Watch Internet explode.


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Sharoth wrote:
Happy Birthday, Freehold DM!!!

but.. My birthday passed a month ago tomorrow!


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Tacticslion wrote:

In more serious news, my Mom was terrified today to find a man stripping naked and jumping into the pool. She tried to tell him to leave and he laughed at her, made some mocking racial comments and insults, and continued. She called the police (which he'd scoffed at, plus rebuking the profession) and they removed him and he was restricted from the place by the Baker Act.

No one was hurt, but considering the man was convicted multiple times of (thankfully unarmed) robbery, his brazen attitude and disinterest in criminal charges, it is still extremely unsettling. Home invasions always are.

that's nutty.

Glad you mom is okay.

I also had a dream about home invasion last night. Wow.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
** spoiler omitted **...

LOL. Makes us think our our "little miss hates the world" Calico.

As I think I've mentioned, she hates dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, mice... and adults.

My favorite "Lily" story (forgive me if I've told it before. I'm old. I tell stories. Repeatedly):

She was out front and a 2-year-old toddled up. Much to my horror, the toddler was not gentle. He banged his hand on her back. He pulled her tail. She just stood there, rubbing against him and purring. It made him giggle. She head butted his hand. He bopped her more. The most incredible thing I've seen her do in her 10+-year life span.

Then Dad tried to pet her.

Dad bled. Badly.

Dad yoinked up toddler, causing him to cry, cursed at Lily, who easily avoided his clumsy kick at her, and stormed off. Lily walked a few feet, settled down on the walk, and started preening.

I own an Evil cat. I think she's Lawful, but heck if I've figured out the rules.

cats aren't stupid. The older ones know when babies are around and tend to treat them accordingly. They have no mercy in their heart for those they feel should know their rules.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
Happy Birthday, Freehold DM!!!
but.. My birthday passed a month ago tomorrow!

Obviously the second birthday took out the first birthday for getting in the way. I recommend pressing charges and then going out for shots.


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Reason two January thaws are frustrating.

I really want to work on the garden. It's such a mess, and I have so many ideas.

But again, gotta wait until April to start that. :-/


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I can't have a second birthday. It would mean I wasn't a Sagittarius anymore, and I am NOT going to be one of those heathen Pisces!!!!


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
There's always time for Utawa.

I've finally found out where I left off watching Utawarerumono. Episode 13. :)


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Freehold DM wrote:
I can't have a second birthday. It would mean I wasn't a Sagittarius anymore, and I am NOT going to be one of those heathen Pisces!!!!

Don't worry about it, Freehold. It's just a temporary temporal dislocation. Nothing to be worried about. Trust me, I studied Rubber Physics.


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*SIGH*. Why do people have such a tendency to think, "For us, it will be different?"

While I'm more focused on human nature than politics, my example just happens to involve politics, so...

Spoiler:
As expected, several groups are organizing protests in San Francisco today.

Much to my amusement/amazement/astonishment, the organizers are saying, "Oh, we're planning on being very low-key. We're not going to disrupt traffic, there won't be any violence, we'll cooperate with police and the city..."

So, I haven't seen a non-trivial non-disruptive protest in San Francisco in over 20 years. Somehow they're going to manage to keep thousands of people in check, keep them out of the streets, keep the inevitable troublemakers from lashing out?

Color me skeptical. NobodysWife has chosen to work from home today instead of going in to the city.

That about shows our faith that they will manage this particular protest oh-so-much better than all the previous ones.

It's just a curious aspect of human nature I've never understood. "Throughout history, this idea has always failed. But we're going to implement it anyway, and THIS time it'll work!"

Kind of like Rocky and Bullwinkle. But more depressing...


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NobodysHome wrote:
*SIGH*. Why do people have such a tendency to think, "For us, it will be different?"

Optimistically, starting off by saying "Everything will be just peachy" 1) sets the expected tone and leads participants to be better-behaved than they otherwise would be, and 2) makes it hard to accuse the leadership of actively inciting bad behavior.

Cynically...well, yeah.


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Addendum: 4 years ago, I wrote a fairly technical course for our product. Since that time, the product has undergone 5 major releases.

For the first re-release, I was still in charge of the project, and dutifully went through the course, updated all the screenshots, updated to our modern templates, checked all the technical specifications, etc.

For the last release, we asked one of the instructors to update the course for us. He updated the release number. We were not impressed.

So this time we asked another person to do it. Her response was, "Well, I'll put it in the new format and apply any feedback, but if you want me to actually use the application, you'll have to give me all the explicit navigation steps, because I don't want to have to figure them out on my own."

So, er, if your ENTIRE JOB DESCRIPTION is to work within the application to produce content, then how is it that our request to USE THE APPLICATION is out-of-scope for you?

Grr...

Did I mention how ecstatic we were to get a GOOD candidate during our interviews? A rare thing indeed...

EDIT: This is awesome. My manager wanted concrete "things she did wrong" and sent me the kickoff notes. "Update the screenshots" was item #1. Every screenshot in the course has a date of 2014 or earlier. So either she's in a time vortex, or that's a "no".


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NobodysHome wrote:

*SIGH*. Why do people have such a tendency to think, "For us, it will be different?"

While I'm more focused on human nature than politics, my example just happens to involve politics, so...
** spoiler omitted **

It's just a curious aspect of human nature I've never understood. "Throughout history, this idea has always failed. But we're going to implement it anyway, and THIS time it'll work!"

Kind of like Rocky and Bullwinkle. But more depressing...

I'm going to work at the second job as ever.

I will be careful tonight, however.


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Tiny T-Rex has a stomach bug, so no going anywhere for me.

Darn it!

Dark Archive

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Wondering if Trump will say 'America must have Living Space!'


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Aaand... by 9:00 am, "Indefinite delays on Caltrain due to ongoing protests..."

I guess that whole, "We will not interfere with traffic" didn't apply to trains...

EDIT: Oh, and Market Street too. Hmm... that's harder to declare as "not blocking traffic"...

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