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Do they make you get the ones with no headphone jack?


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Orthos wrote:
Do they make you get the ones with no headphone jack?

I have no idea. I use a flip phone. We have thankfully not lost either iPhone in a while (Impus Minor and NobodysWife), but NobodysWife is making noises that she wants to upgrade to an 8. If it doesn't have a headphone jack, that would be a deal-breaker for her.

My favorite "tech moment" this year: An OS update "bricked" Impus Minor's iPod around 16 months ago. We finally took it in and they fixed it for free. Since he has an iPhone and Impus Major (curse him!) has me addicted to having an iPod in the car, I asked, "Hey, Impus Minor! Since you haven't used that in 16 months, can I have it?"

"No, Dad! It has my name on it!"

Kids. *SIGH*

(Admittedly, my first-generation iPad is capable of running Pandora or Spotify, but it wheezes when it does it...)


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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

One child home, with momentary crisis averted (Crookshanks thought she lost her phone on the bike home from school but it was in her sleeve the whole time (classic captain yesterday!).

I was not looking forward to retracing her steps to school, those three blocks.

But only because phones aren't cheap.

My morning has been similarly inundated with "pointless errands brought on by forgetful kids", but at least it was all (relatively) affordable:

  • The Impii are going as "The Luigi Brother Cultists", wearing creepy cheapo plastic Mario Brothers masks, dark grey robes, and carrying bloody weapons. The way Impus Major moves around and talks in it is just creepy. So of course Impus Minor's robe had already vanished as of this morning, so off to the Halloween store I went. And of course, Oh My Goodness, the prices had doubled since the weekend. Paying $34 for a cheap $1.25 robe is painful, to say the least, but at least the kids'll be happy in their matching creepiness.
  • On his way to school, Impus Minor lost his backpack as well. (WTH, Impus Minor?) So I got to walk to school and back looking for it. And hilariously, unlike San Francisco where all the pedestrians avoided me (both NobodysWife and lisamarlene agreed that I looked like a combat-stressed 'Nam vet rather than a heavy metal frontman, just because of my scum coat (a Vietnam-era oversized army coat) and grey speckled beard), in Albany all the residents wanted to talk to me. So it was a fun walk, but pointless
  • I continued in my vain quest to find our giant Halloween bucket. It must be in storage. *SIGH*
  • In terms of replacing phones, I don't know what plan you're on, but I'm on the Verizon family plan, which is stupid ($190/month for 6 devices), but with so many devices we are *always* in the middle of a "renew for 2 years and get a free device on this line" offer, so I've never paid more than $99 for an iPhone. I can usually finagle a free earlier model out of them, but SOME people...

    Our "kid" lost a phone at a park in Normal, IL. She lost a phone at a bar in Louisville, KY. She's lost one in CA. WA. CO. I think she managed to get out of Louisiana without losing one...which is both good but disappointing. I was really hoping she could lose a phone in every state as her claim to family fame.

    Shadow Lodge

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    NobodysHome wrote:
    If it doesn't have a headphone jack, that would be a deal-breaker for her.

    I don't blame her. If I wasn't already a frothing antiAppleite, that would have been the line crossed to make me so. As it is, it's just one more piece of reason I have to hate them.


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    Orthos wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    If it doesn't have a headphone jack, that would be a deal-breaker for her.
    I don't blame her. If I wasn't already a frothing antiAppleite, that would have been the line crossed to make me so. As it is, it's just one more piece of reason I have to hate them.

    I hate iPhones. Strangely, iPads I don't mind. As a tablet they work for me, but take the same OS and throw it into a phone and I would rather pour acid all over myself.


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    I can't afford IPhones.

    Shadow Lodge

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    Vanykrye wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    If it doesn't have a headphone jack, that would be a deal-breaker for her.
    I don't blame her. If I wasn't already a frothing antiAppleite, that would have been the line crossed to make me so. As it is, it's just one more piece of reason I have to hate them.
    I hate iPhones. Strangely, iPads I don't mind. As a tablet they work for me, but take the same OS and throw it into a phone and I would rather pour acid all over myself.

    I dislike their tech, but I have a personal despisal for the company behind it that I don't have for many other organizations.

    Steve Jobs is at the top of the list of people I hate who haven't done anything other than be a douchebag, like murder people or pass evil laws or start wars. And every time I learn something new about him, it just further deepens the seething disgust he inspires.

    .... My god. This must be how freehold feels about whedon.


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    Orthos wrote:
    Vanykrye wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    If it doesn't have a headphone jack, that would be a deal-breaker for her.
    I don't blame her. If I wasn't already a frothing antiAppleite, that would have been the line crossed to make me so. As it is, it's just one more piece of reason I have to hate them.
    I hate iPhones. Strangely, iPads I don't mind. As a tablet they work for me, but take the same OS and throw it into a phone and I would rather pour acid all over myself.

    I dislike their tech, but I have a personal despisal for the company behind it that I don't have for many other organizations.

    Steve Jobs is at the top of the list of people I hate who haven't done anything other than be a douchebag, like murder people or pass evil laws or start wars. And every time I learn something new about him, it just further deepens the seething disgust he inspires.

    .... My god. This must be how freehold feels about whedon.

    Yes...let the hate flow through you....


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    NobodysWife at work.

    swings in through window, grabs Nobodyswife, leaps out through window in search of lisamarlene


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    Getting ready for trick or treating!

    Yes, there are last minute costume changes.


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    I'm going as a Security Guard. Easy enough to do, since I'll still be in uniform. :D


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    I'm going as a human.

    UM. I MEAN. I DON'T HAVE A COSTUME.

    Shadow Lodge

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    I did my Halloween thing Friday. Spending this evening playing games and doing housework.


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    Scintillae wrote:

    I'm going as a human.

    UM. I MEAN. I DON'T HAVE A COSTUME.

    Go as a school teacher. Just carry a thick pad of Detention Slips. :D


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    Happy Halloween!


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    My evening is getting easier and easier.

    I think I've mentioned one of the kids in my gaming group suffers from such acute depression that he's been hospitalized on suicide watch twice, takes medication, did Outward Bound, and so forth. Yet it's a point of pride that he still feels that gaming with our group is the most helpful aspect of his life.

    So every Halloween he comes over, hangs out with me, and helps give out candy. It's really kind of sweet.

    And this year Impus Minor is short on volunteer hours, so he's volunteered to man the door. (He insists it counts.)

    So me and my depressed friend will watch crappy Halloween movies while eating spaghetti and meatballs while Impus Minor slaves away, giving out candy.

    And eventually, NobodysWife will get home and there will be great celebration. (Needless to say, HER work HAS to have a Halloween party, because gaming companies are Cool. Global Megacorporation is trying hard these days, going so far as to *gasp* allow employees to wear costumes to work today. And even that was a monumental shift in their attitude...)

    Silver Crusade

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    Evening, all. What did I miss?


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    Various neighbourhood tinies knocked on the door this evening, and received fun-sized chocolate bars dispensed from an old French riot police helmet.


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    Orthos wrote:
    I did my Halloween thing Friday. Spending this evening playing games and doing housework.

    And updating STAP Journal. >_> nudge nudge


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    Scintillae wrote:

    I'm going as a human.

    UM. I MEAN. I DON'T HAVE A COSTUME.

    we both know you are a collection of blueberry muffins in a human suit.


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    I'm starting to lose momentum on The Dark Tower.


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    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Evening, all. What did I miss?

    nothing.

    I need your help kidnapping Nobodyswife and lisamarlene btw.

    Also, please fight off NobodysHome and whingey wizard, they want them back for obvious reasons.


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Evening, all. What did I miss?

    nothing.

    I need your help kidnapping Nobodyswife and lisamarlene btw.

    Also, please fight off NobodysHome and whingey wizard, they want them back for obvious reasons.

    Does this mean Freehold is going to be the Kefka for Orthos' Fawtl Fantasy RPG Maker thingy?


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    Orthos wrote:
    Now my brain has spun off into the idea of a Final Fantasy style FAWTLy RPG.

    only if there are ff6 style limit breaks and there is no mathematician class in the game.


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    According to Crookshanks it's a record haul.

    And we still have two hours.


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    Excellent crookshanks. You have done well.

    I am an route home to give out candy...put up signs where I live that I would be home and giving out candy at 715 or so.

    Shadow Lodge

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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    Now my brain has spun off into the idea of a Final Fantasy style FAWTLy RPG.
    only if there are ff6 style limit breaks and there is no mathematician class in the game.

    Mathematician would be too much of a pain to program from scratch. Pass. No dislike for the class or anything, just more work than I'm willing to put in at this point.

    Limit breaks I think I can manage.

    Scintillae wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Evening, all. What did I miss?

    nothing.

    I need your help kidnapping Nobodyswife and lisamarlene btw.

    Also, please fight off NobodysHome and whingey wizard, they want them back for obvious reasons.

    Does this mean Freehold is going to be the Kefka for Orthos' Fawtl Fantasy RPG Maker thingy?

    First off, name get.

    Secondly, sure. Anyone else want to be a villain?


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    (checks the exact time on CH and FHDM posts)

    Less than 1 hour ago, good.


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    Orthos wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    Now my brain has spun off into the idea of a Final Fantasy style FAWTLy RPG.
    only if there are ff6 style limit breaks and there is no mathematician class in the game.

    Mathematician would be too much of a pain to program from scratch. Pass. No dislike for the class or anything, just more work than I'm willing to put in at this point.

    Limit breaks I think I can manage.

    Scintillae wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Evening, all. What did I miss?

    nothing.

    I need your help kidnapping Nobodyswife and lisamarlene btw.

    Also, please fight off NobodysHome and whingey wizard, they want them back for obvious reasons.

    Does this mean Freehold is going to be the Kefka for Orthos' Fawtl Fantasy RPG Maker thingy?

    First off, name get.

    Secondly, sure. Anyone else want to be a villain?

    Only if I'm not one of those villains that turns good right before their tragic death.

    Commit damn it.


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    Orthos wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    Now my brain has spun off into the idea of a Final Fantasy style FAWTLy RPG.
    only if there are ff6 style limit breaks and there is no mathematician class in the game.

    Mathematician would be too much of a pain to program from scratch. Pass. No dislike for the class or anything, just more work than I'm willing to put in at this point.

    Limit breaks I think I can manage.

    Scintillae wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Evening, all. What did I miss?

    nothing.

    I need your help kidnapping Nobodyswife and lisamarlene btw.

    Also, please fight off NobodysHome and whingey wizard, they want them back for obvious reasons.

    Does this mean Freehold is going to be the Kefka for Orthos' Fawtl Fantasy RPG Maker thingy?

    First off, name get.

    Secondly, sure. Anyone else want to be a villain?

    I don't want to be a villain!!!


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    I can be a villain. Make me nicely hammy with pun-based powers.

    Shadow Lodge

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    So you want to literally be the Blackguard of Puns now?


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    Orthos wrote:
    So you want to literally be the Blackguard of Puns now?

    How limiting.

    Liberty's Edge

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    Sounds like a plan, boss!


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    If we're doing this, we're doing this in style.


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    Freehold DM wrote:

    Now for some reason I want to make a platfomer video game where I somehow kidnap Nobodyswife and Lisamarlene and thereby force Nobodyhome(whingey wizard can be the second player) to go through confusing mazes filled with strange creatures that can be easily defeated with everyday objects thrown at them to get them back.

    For some reason, full, hearty meals will be able to be found at the bottom of garbage cans, completely sanitary, warm, and delcious for them to eat.

    No matter where they go, they will hear cool synthesized pop music that makes their travel less onerous.

    They will also meet FAWTLs on the trip who will give them more items to thriow at these strange creatures, who will not elaborate why they seek to stop them. For some reason, despite helping them get their wives back from a madman, they will charge them a premium for every item they wish to throw. Fortunately, they will get lts of money from defeating these strange creatures, who will leave tightly rolled crisp clean bills upon their carcasses as they die from massive head wounds inflicted by nobodyshome(and wingey wizard) throwing things at them.

    So why is it that when I imagine being the protagonist in this video game, with Whingey Wizard as my sidekick, all I can think about is listening to his insistence that, "They want to help us, so they should be giving us all those items for free. If they won't, it's just not believable for me..."


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    And then there's that one antagonist that you beat countless times, yet keeps getting away at the last second... only to show up again down the road, stronger, and yet the process repeats....


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    Scintillae wrote:

    I'm going as a human.

    UM. I MEAN. I DON'T HAVE A COSTUME.

    Yes. Fellow human. That is correct. As this fellow human is also lacking a costume. This fellow human will also be going. As a human. Yes.

    >.>


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    <raised eyebrow>


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    Dark Lord Scintillatrix wrote:
    If we're doing this, we're doing this in style.

    And here I thought you were going classy.


    Orthos wrote:
    Mathematician would be too much of a pain to program from scratch. Pass. No dislike for the class or anything, just more work than I'm willing to put in at this point.

    Orthos, Orthos, why hast thou forsaken meeeee?!


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    Tacticslion wrote:
    Dark Lord Scintillatrix wrote:
    If we're doing this, we're doing this in style.
    And here I thought you were going classy.

    <3 PMJ


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    *SIGH*. This year almost all of the houses on our block put up decorations (desecrations?). We're all stocked up and our lights are on.

    Yet it's 6:10 pm and we have had... not one single, solitary visitor.

    I know Daylight Savings Time has really screwed up Halloween, but nobody by 6? That's just... worrisome...

    Shadow Lodge

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    Tacticslion wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    Mathematician would be too much of a pain to program from scratch. Pass. No dislike for the class or anything, just more work than I'm willing to put in at this point.
    Orthos, Orthos, why hast thou forsaken meeeee?!

    I made a dice-rolling game in RPGMaker several years back. Literally nothing more than you roll d6, NPC rolls d6, and game declares Win, Lose, or Draw, then offers to Roll Again or Quit.

    It took five hours of code tweaking, testing, and redoing.

    I am not doing Mathematician. It would be easily ten times as complex.


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    All told, each kid got a nice round 180 pieces of candy.

    And they earned every piece.


    Orthos wrote:
    Secondly, sure. Anyone else want to be a villain?

    I AM NOT A VILLAIN, DANG IT!!


    NobodysHome wrote:

    *SIGH*. This year almost all of the houses on our block put up decorations (desecrations?). We're all stocked up and our lights are on.

    Yet it's 6:10 pm and we have had... not one single, solitary visitor.

    I know Daylight Savings Time has really screwed up Halloween, but nobody by 6? That's just... worrisome...

    I actually heard t-o-t'rs down the road. None have showed, yet.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


    Orthos wrote:
    Mathematician would be too much of a pain to program from scratch. Pass. No dislike for the class or anything, just more work than I'm willing to put in at this point.
    Tacticslion wrote:


    Orthos, Orthos, why hast thou forsaken meeeee?!
    Orthos wrote:

    I made a dice-rolling game in RPGMaker several years back. Literally nothing more than you roll d6, NPC rolls d6, and game declares Win, Lose, or Draw, then offers to Roll Again or Quit.

    It took five hours of code tweaking, testing, and redoing.

    I am not doing Mathematician. It would be easily ten times as complex.

    Boo~! Hiss~!

    Totally reasonable~!


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    The dog has given his inspection of the candy.

    Everything checks out, no razor blades or crystal meth for the kids this year.


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    Orthos wrote:
    Now my brain has spun off into the idea of a Final Fantasy style FAWTLy RPG.
    Scintillae wrote:
    Dibs on Not Blue Mage.

    Oh, sweet, then, I clai-

    Orthos wrote:
    I'd reserve blue mage for myself.

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ... rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-

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