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I would sent this as a thank you as well but I have no idea what is going on.

Since I'm on top of the page, have some Chainmail instead.


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Okay, now that the Baron's started the new page, I have a favor to ask.
I am trying, honestly trying, to explore the messageboards properly and post questions under the appropriate subheadings, but you folks are my nerd tribe here, so,
for those of you who have been around Golarion awhile, I've started a question thread over at
http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2u7e7?How-to-get-to-Open-Sesame-Street
and would appreciate suggestions/advice.
Thanks!


Hhhhhhhhhhh-huh. We... may qualify for food stamps.

I've never been interested in using government assistance for anything, so I've never looked at anything similar, but we had to answer this question to get private education assistance via our school.

Go figure.

(Mostly it's a question of me being an ABAWD* or not. Glamour and money ain't a part of this gig.)

* This stands for "Able Bodied Adult Without Dependent" it seems. This is a terrible, terrible acronym, by the way, since, not only is it aggressively large, it's also literally the same acronym as "With Dependent" which seems to totally change everything... except it's never mentioned anywhere about dependents and whether or not your qualify and all I wan't to do is answer a simple unrelatequestionablkajsd;lfjkalsdfm.


lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, now that the Baron's started the new page, I have a favor to ask.

I am trying, honestly trying, to explore the messageboards properly and post questions under the appropriate subheadings, but you folks are my nerd tribe here, so,
for those of you who have been around Golarion awhile, I've started a question thread over at
How to get to "Open Sesame" Street?
and would appreciate suggestions/advice.
Thanks!

Link here, dot there...


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Hey Tacticslion. I hear you've got A BAWD.

:D :D :D


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"He's coming back, act like you don't know him!" - the General, hiding in the office (pantry) from the dog, who has been pestering her all day.

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Painful to watch


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Many, why are so many reviews and synopses of Brave Story so... short?

The book itself was way too long, but at least it was interesting (if rreeeaaaalllllyyy draggy in fantasy-land) up until the end.

The problem, for me, is that I read it back in 2012 - five years ago. Now? Now I don't remember how it ends. And no one really says. Even those few things that are in spoilers that kind of talk about the ending of the book are unclear, at best.

On the other hand, the film is pretty decent, if exceptionally different.

The review on Wikipedia is about the book, saying nothing about the film, while the one film-synopsis I could find (on Wikia, apparently a would-be Wikia fan-site that has only the one entry) has atrocious spelling and grammar (likely written by someone very young or with English as a second language).

Seems weird, is all.

As I recall, the book felt like it was missing stuff, but so does the film, and I kind of want to cross-analyze and compare them to fill in the blanks with each other.

But I can't because I'm not finding that book, even if I do own it (I may have checked it out of my store way back when, instead of purchasing it), and even if I own it and find it, I'm not going to spend the time I've already spent reading it again, considering I don't have that kind of time.

Grr.

#reallypresumptivefirstworldproblems

(But seriously, it seems like something should be more concise and clear covering the whole thing, instead of the vagueness found absolutely everywhere. This is the daggum internet. How on earth is this possible?)


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Tiny T-Rex has already had breakfast.

He's having school lunch today (his choice) so I don't have to get that together.

It's still chilly out, so the dog is warmly burrowed into the blankets.

Suddenly, I have a half hour to myself.

S*+@! What'll I do!


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Of course, once you start turning Doctor Seuss into an Eldest, then you gotta do Frank Zappa as well.


baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Painful to watch

>.<

The folks of Lala Land really handled it well, over-all.

That is... a terrible mistake for someone to make.


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Ah, the rules forums!

Where else can you post, "Should I do it this way, or that way?", and get a lone answer of "Yes."

Well, OK, yeah, that's one of the things you run into all the time, everywhere. But it was particularly funny on a rules question...


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Yay! Spring is back for two days! 48 degrees today, 55 tomorrow!

Then it's back to winter for three days with highs in the low thirties and 4-8 inches (of snow).


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Aaaaaaand... another 24-48 hours to get our environment at work.

Which means you can look forward to another 1-2 days of "Grumpy Old Man NobodysHome Complains About the Universe!"

...except I don't have anything to gripe about at the moment.

I'll need to sprinkle Skittles on the lawn in the hopes of attracting teenagers for me to yell at...


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Hah! Good one. :) Leaving for work now. Everyone have a good day.


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Limeylongears wrote:
I've always been interested in learning more about the M:tG setting, though the game itself has never particularly drawn me in. Are any of the novels any good?

Magic's setting is vast, varied, and diverse, as befits a game that is about summoning monsters and using magic from a functionally infinite multiverse. It depends on what you're looking for, really.

Quite possibly the most definitive piece of Magic fiction are the books surrounding the (first) Phyrexian saga, which spans thousands of years. Epic fantasy, nightmarish biotechnology, tragedy, pretty much everything you could ever ask for. The primary books in this series are the Weatherlight Saga, but there are a variety of supplemental materials, primarily the Time of the Thran and the Brothers' War, which will help your understanding of the story and the plane of Dominaria.

After that, for eight years Wizards published a novel for each of the sets that they created for M:tG. Each catered to specific tastes: a pseudo-science fiction trilogy mixed with high fantasy elements for the original Mirrodin, a trilogy of Japanese fantasy for Kamigawa, a trilogy a series of fantasy detective novels in a megacity for Ravnica, dimensional and time travel for Time Spiral, and gritty fairy tale style novels for Lorwyn and Shadowmoor.

It was eventually determined that putting out three novels a year would somewhat lower the quality of the writing, so they instead, for a brief period of time, released a single novel per block. These were all deemed pretty fantastic, and are Alara Unbroken for Shards of Alara, In the Teeth of Akoum for Zendikar, and The Quest for Karn for Scars of Mirrodin.

They skipped Innistrad block, sadly, for the next series of novels, but then published a trilogy of novels each concerning one of the game's iconic post-Mending planeswalkers. Agents of Artifice is the only one that's really any good, in my opinion, and all of them are now in the realm of pseudo-canon: canon until new material contradicts it.

For the Return to Ravnica block, they instead released a trilogy of decent novellas for each individual sets. For Theros, they released a duology of absolutely fantastic novels, that are utterly heartbreaking and totally worth the read.

Ever since Theros, however, they've started publishing short stories online instead of dedicated novels. All of them are fantastic, and the new format also allows to focus on individual character moments and small side-scenes a lot more.


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Ever had a Day of Dumb? Where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, so you roll over to the right side, only to realize that you spent the night sleeping on the lovechild of an intellect devourer and a mimic?

That was me yesterday. The highlight of the day was locking myself out of my car for the first time in forever, immediately after arriving at a closed specialty shoe store which I hadn't thought to call ahead to make sure it'd be open.


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The Doomkitten wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
I've always been interested in learning more about the M:tG setting, though the game itself has never particularly drawn me in. Are any of the novels any good?
Magic's setting is vast, varied, and diverse, as befits a game that is about summoning monsters and using magic from a functionally infinite multiverse. It depends on what you're looking for, really.

Thanks for the summary, DK!

I only ever read a couple of MtG novels, but one of them was The Brothers' War, which stands head and shoulders above all other game-related fiction I've read. The author is Jeff Grubb, and even after rereading it as an adult it stands out as a memorable story among my favorites. As it is one of the very first MtG novels, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the multiverse.


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You can get the craziest s@*~ from vending machines these days.


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Much of what has been written for MtG is of abysmal quality, true hack-work. However, Jeff Grubb really delivered, with The Brothers' War, The Gathering Dark, The Eternal Ice, and The Shattered Alliance. After reading those, I tried a few others, and the contrast was so harsh I gave up on MtG novels. Maybe I shouldn't have.


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Man, I'm apparently salty and/or sarcastic today. I should work on being more kind. I mean, today is a good day: Succubus in a Grapple has been posted in!


Also, I really need to get onto my desktop and not be so distracted I forget to update my PbP... again... again... today...


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It isn't 48 degrees today. :-(

While 43 degrees is nice, that extra five degrees would really tie it all together.


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I pay $15 a month for HBO access with Amazon Prime. I can watch full episodes of Last Week Tonight, but the latest episode has yet to be added. However, as is traditional, 2/3s of the episode is on Youtube for free right now. This vexes me greatly. One would think that HBO would release the full content to subscribers concurrently with the free content for everybody, at the very least.


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Well, I finally have *something* to gripe about.

During my enforced down time, I'm troubleshooting for my teammates. It's fun, because it's a lot of really fast technical questions along the lines of, "I have no idea what they're talking about here. Can you build a presentation and lab around this concept for me?"

I really enjoy such work.

But as a "production" company, we change formats every few years; for example, our callouts went from yellow to blue four years ago. Do I care one way or the other? No, not really.

But when a colleague sends me a presentation with the ancient yellow callouts, screenshots of the product from four years ago, and asks, "Can you fix this for me?" I *really* want to respond, "I'm the senior technical member of our team, NOT your personal editor. Fix the stupid yellow callouts yourself!"

But I *do* have downtime. Just seems like making me change things from yellow to blue isn't what my manager would call a valuable use of my time...


The other day, I bought Bundaberg Lemon, Lime, and Bitters soda. It's really good. At 7% straight lime and lemon juice and with the addition of bitters, it's super tart and flavorful and refreshing. Me being be, I thought it would be a good mixer for tequila. Tequila and lime are classic together, after all, and tequila is awesome anyways. Went with Espolon Reposado and a bit of grenadine for color. Turned out pretty well, but my esteemed coworker (not a tequila drinker) insisted gin would have been the proper spirit for this. So I tried it again with Aviation American Gin, and I have to say that I can't really pick out a favorite. Both tequila and gin seem to fundamentally work in this combination.


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Hmm, I can't say I like tequila or gin.

Have you tried rum?


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Sissyl wrote:
Much of what has been written for MtG is of abysmal quality, true hack-work. However, Jeff Grubb really delivered, with The Brothers' War, The Gathering Dark, The Eternal Ice, and The Shattered Alliance. After reading those, I tried a few others, and the contrast was so harsh I gave up on MtG novels. Maybe I shouldn't have.

Didn't Jeff Grubb write the Finder's Spur trilogy (with Kate Novak)?


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Yes! It is awesome!


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OK. This is "political" enough to risk Freehold's wrath, but it tickled me, so I'm posting it anyway.

The modern United States business "thought" and "work ethic" in a nutshell:

  • In spite of not having used a phone book since roughly 2004, we still receive an annual dumpage in our front yard of the useless Yellow Pages, which go straight to the recycling bin. It is a massive waste of resources, but I have found no way to stop this assault.
  • In an amusing bit of irony, they switched from shrink-wrapping the books in standard plastic to putting them in recycled plastic "green" bags. To protect the environment. Much like the books aren't.
  • Even more humorously, the new "green" bags are not waterproof. (Yeah, you can see where I'm going here....)
  • When the phone books were delivered by the phone company (yes, I'm that old, thank you very little), the guy would come to the front door, ring the doorbell, and either hand the books to you, or find a safe place on your porch for them. Now that they're delivered by "contractors" (i.e., guys who own vans and have free time), they are hurled in your house's general direction with some velocity by someone who cares far less about said books' survival than the fact that they are now out of his van, indicating he will be paid.
  • So, my new phone books landed in a massive puddle, soaked there for a couple of days, the "green" plastic dissolved, and I got to spend a bit of my lunch hour peeling up a sodden mass of dissolved paper, plastic, and mud from my yard.
  • If it weren't a company doing it, I believe I could file a police report for vandalism...

    The Exchange

    Just poking my nose in.

    Are there such things as sweet red wines? I mean for whites there's muscato...


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    So, Bob Mould of Dinosaur Jr doing a techno album is evidently a thing.

    Kinda wish it wasn't. But it's too late now.


    Just a Mort wrote:

    Just poking my nose in.

    Are there such things as sweet red wines? I mean for whites there's muscato...

    Many ports are sweet. Does that count?


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    I found a phone book in my driveway last week.

    I stood there wondering what it was for several moments before I recognized what it was. There ought to be a way to stop them...


    NobodysHome wrote:
    Just a Mort wrote:

    Just poking my nose in.

    Are there such things as sweet red wines? I mean for whites there's muscato...

    Many ports are sweet. Does that count?

    indeed sweet red wine = port.

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    Can you ask for a port or must you give the port name?


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    It isn't 48 degrees today. :-(

    While 43 degrees is nice, that extra five degrees would really tie it all together.

    removes 5 more degrees ah, sensible.


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    I think Freehold's Weather Dominator is pointed my way:

    7:10 am: 37 degrees. Brrrr! That's cold around here...
    9:00 am: 54 degrees. Wow! It's warming up fast! I'll be able to open up the house!
    10:50 am: 54 degrees. WTF? Freehold! Don't you dare waggle that thing in my wife's direction!

    but... But... Lulu...


    Just a Mort wrote:
    Can you ask for a port or must you give the port name?

    Depends on how much you trust the restaurant owner. They can run from $5-$6 per (tiny) glass to well over $100.

    Typically if you're at a restaurant or store that specializes in alcohol, you can say, "I've never had port before, but I'm in the mood for a sweet red wine. What would you recommend?"

    If you're at a supermarket, you're already in trouble.

    Doesn't Six Grapes make a decent port? It's only $20 a bottle, but I'm not a port drinker, so it's just "one I've heard of", not, "one I'd personally recommend".

    EDIT: From NobodysWife: A list of sweet red wines


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    "Wow, you're old enough, I bet that's vintage!" - Captain Yesterday's college age coworker commenting on his hat, which is in fact "vintage" (or old as I like to call it).

    It should be noted, he was saying this as I was loading a Power Wheels, and then two pools and a bike into people's cars.

    All I know is, if I ever see him in my yard, you best believe I'm putting him to work! And I ain't paying no damn minimum wage.


    Hungarian Bull's Blood Tokai.

    Is a sweet red wine that is not port but something else entirely.


    Port's fortified wine, i.e. has extra alcohol added, so it's normally around 5-10% (probably closer to 5%) stronger than regular wine.

    Port & Stilton is the classic combo.


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    Mad Dog b#!*$es!!!

    Warning! May give you the urge to buy a double wide, and/or cover everything in duct tape (or as they call it in Tennessee "chrome").

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    captain yesterday wrote:

    Mad Dog b!+@$es!!!

    Warning! May give you the urge to buy a double wide, and/or cover everything in duct tape (or as they call it in Tennessee "chrome").

    -_-

    They do call it that here...


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    I SURVIVED MY FIRST AUDIT I AM OFFICIALLY A SUPERVISOR NOW WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


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    Wait, you're My supervisor!!!.


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    I knew that! I swear!

    pulls out floppy sword to underscore how much he knows, which is not nothing, despite what EVERYONE ELSE might say.

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    Yay!


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    Mad Dog b&@*&es!!!

    Warning! May give you the urge to buy a double wide, and/or cover everything in duct tape (or as they call it in Tennessee "chrome").

    20/20?! Oh no no no no.

    Does anyone over the age of 14 (who has a choice) drink that?


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    It's the Midwest, you can bottle cow piss, call it beer, put an affordable price on it and make millions (see: Milwaukee's Best).

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