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Freehold: I KNEW MATHS ATE THE THOUGHTS OUT OF YOUR HEAD BUT I JUST LEARNT IT STOLE YOUR SOUL TOO!

Oh I ranted about Maths while Nekkid.

*puts on a rainbow sweater*


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I don't watch anime, it's not that I don't have the time, it's just that I don't really like it.

Admittedly, I haven't watched a whole lot of it either.

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I like a very small selection of anime, and nothing that would be considered "obscure" by any means.

Hellsing (both versions), Fullmetal Alchemist (both versions), Cowboy Bebop, Trigun. I think these are the only series I've seen in their totality.

Much like NH, the general "Japanisms" of a lot of anime are a turnoff for me, especially where the gratuitous nudity and/or sexual humor is concerned. Yes I am fully aware this is a more normal thing in their culture and not taboo in any way compared to how it is among many westerners. Still don't care for it.

Beyond that, these days I'm just turned off by the fan reactions to it. Truth be told, people like Freehold adamantly insisting that (insert western media here) is ripping off anime really go a long way toward increasing my desire not to see more anime. Maybe I'm just surly and contrary that way.

So yeah. I get my limited interest in anime easily filled by parody these days, with the occasional dose of anime-inspired western media like RWBY and Avatar/Korra.


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But then again, surly and contrary are pretty par for the course for me these days.


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Eh, kinda have to agree. I have nothing against anime as a rule and enjoy some of it, but...yeah, it's hard to listen to someone decry western media as derivative while there are 75000 formula as heck anime out there. I also tend to prefer dubs.


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The madness continues


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Milking the clock is the name of the game tonight.

That and kids throwing huge tantrums, apparently.

But after a little over four years of this it's all just waves crashing.


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Orthos wrote:
Quote:
"Oh, in a land where everyone can use magic, this kid can't. Oh, wait! His special power is that he can negate magic. Isn't that amazing?"
I remember that character in Xanth, yes.

hugs orthos

A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON FOREVER


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Little Live Pets now makes... Babies...???... Thankfully, they had the sense not to package them in cages.

They're in cribs (or as I like to call them baby cages).


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Orthos wrote:
Ah, good old sub elitism. Some things never change.

the truth hurts. Although things have changed since the 90s, I must admit.


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Orthos wrote:

Honestly, I've lost interest in most anime period.

The exception, of course, being DBZ and Hellsing Abridged.

unfortunate.


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Just a Mort wrote:

Freehold: I KNEW MATHS ATE THE THOUGHTS OUT OF YOUR HEAD BUT I JUST LEARNT IT STOLE YOUR SOUL TOO!

Oh I ranted about Maths while Nekkid.

YEEEESSSSSS

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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Quote:
"Oh, in a land where everyone can use magic, this kid can't. Oh, wait! His special power is that he can negate magic. Isn't that amazing?"
I remember that character in Xanth, yes.

hugs orthos

A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON FOREVER

Funny enough, that's one of the ones I never read. Our jr. high library didn't have it.

Looking up the list, the ones I remember reading are (in order of release/chronology, very much not the order I read them in): Centaur Aisle, Night Mare, Dragon on a Pedestal, Heaven Cent, Man from Mundania (the above-mentioned character's intro story), Isle of View, Color of her Panties, Demons Don't Dream, Harpy Thyme, Roc and a Hard Place, and Yon Ill Wind. There might be one or two I read that I forgot the titles of and the list didn't remind me.


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Orthos wrote:

I like a very small selection of anime, and nothing that would be considered "obscure" by any means.

Hellsing (both versions), Fullmetal Alchemist (both versions), Cowboy Bebop, Trigun. I think these are the only series I've seen in their totality.

Much like NH, the general "Japanisms" of a lot of anime are a turnoff for me, especially where the gratuitous nudity and/or sexual humor is concerned. Yes I am fully aware this is a more normal thing in their culture and not taboo in any way compared to how it is among many westerners. Still don't care for it.

Beyond that, these days I'm just turned off by the fan reactions to it. Truth be told, people like Freehold adamantly insisting that (insert western media here) is ripping off anime really go a long way toward increasing my desire not to see more anime. Maybe I'm just surly and contrary that way.

So yeah. I get my limited interest in anime easily filled by parody these days, with the occasional dose of anime-inspired western media like RWBY and Avatar/Korra.

as usual, we are opposites here.1


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Scintillae wrote:
Eh, kinda have to agree. I have nothing against anime as a rule and enjoy some of it, but...yeah, it's hard to listen to someone decry western media as derivative while there are 75000 formula as heck anime out there. I also tend to prefer dubs.

as noted before that usually has more to do with tv companies looking to make money than anything else. Tv series have become a wasteland for anime for the most part. Ovas are where its at, as evidenced by toz.


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Two more hours of this.

Currently, I'm hiding by the assembly area.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Ah, good old sub elitism. Some things never change.
the truth hurts.

See, we have a problem here in that "truth" is being used where "opinion" belongs.


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Today's FML moment #1: I accidentally popped a three-year-old in the face with a Frisbee and busted his lip.

Today's FML moment #2: when the boss phoned campus this afternoon, she asked how things were going. I said they would be going a lot better if we could get that vacant staff position filled. When fully staffed means *eleven* FTEs, "Which position would that be?" are not the words you want to hear.

I'm done.


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OK, you guys got me. I had to go back and re-watch Arpeggio Episode 6. Didn't hit nearly as hard the second time, but as a dad, they really didn't play fair.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Today's FML moment #1: I accidentally popped a three-year-old in the face with a Frisbee and busted his lip.

See, with reasonable parents, you'd get, "Oh, that's OK! I'm sure it was an accident." You do not describe the parents who send their kids to your school as "reasonable".

lisamarlene wrote:
Today's FML moment #2: when the boss phoned campus this afternoon, she asked how things were going. I said they would be going a lot better if we could get that vacant staff position filled. When fully staffed means *eleven* FTEs, "Which position would that be?" are not the words you want to hear.

That is just... beyond words. Isn't the FTE a state requirement? Doesn't she realize that she could get her entire school shut down if they decided to do a surprise inspection (which I know never happen because of cuts to state funding, but... one teed-off parent could call one in)?

What the ever-lovvin' snarf?


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No Hot Wheels collectors either.


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The invasion begins...


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Today's FML moment #1: I accidentally popped a three-year-old in the face with a Frisbee and busted his lip.

See, with reasonable parents, you'd get, "Oh, that's OK! I'm sure it was an accident." You do not describe the parents who send their kids to your school as "reasonable".

lisamarlene wrote:
Today's FML moment #2: when the boss phoned campus this afternoon, she asked how things were going. I said they would be going a lot better if we could get that vacant staff position filled. When fully staffed means *eleven* FTEs, "Which position would that be?" are not the words you want to hear.

That is just... beyond words. Isn't the FTE a state requirement? Doesn't she realize that she could get her entire school shut down if they decided to do a surprise inspection (which I know never happen because of cuts to state funding, but... one teed-off parent could call one in)?

What the ever-lovvin' snarf?

Yes.

And as the Site Director for Licensing purposes, whose fanny is on the line if the inspector makes her surprise annual visit?

MINE.

And I have no authority to hire.


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So two friends of my girlfriend were going to join us to form a new Pathfinder group. They flaked twice for session zero and character creation and, you know, meeting me, both times less than an hour before the meet up.

So I kicked their asses to the curb.

F!*$ flakes.

I'd rather not play at all than depend on flaky people. Using their kid as an excuse, no less, both times. I call b!*#*+*%. If your kid is sick, or "acting up" you know that a little more than twenty minutes before a game - and if you don't, frankly, I don't want to play with you anyway. High ass maintenance people aren't fun either. I mean, who wants to stop a game every twenty minutes while one of your players runs to tend to their two year old? Absolutely destroys immersion.

I mean, we need to find more people now, but the lady friend agrees it's b!#%#~$#. I mean - not just twice, twice in a row and both times right before the meet. That's just indicative of people who will do that again, again, again, and again. For some people "life gets in the way" all the damn time - and you'd think they'd learn to prepare around life getting in the way.

...and I'd like to point out I have played with parents before who actually understand things like keeping to your word, regularly doing things when you say you will, and hiring a babysitter at least once in a f$~$ing while (this is only tangentially related to the current gripe, and just sort of a pet peeve of mine - especially when people bring their kids to events without asking if it's okay to - even helicopter parents who over-parent their offspring and are terrified of babysitting services -
and apparently have no trustworthy friends - have grandparents, uncles, and aunts, and even godparents of the little ones to rely on once in a while. I know. I was an uncle for 9 years to kids ranging in age from birth to 18. I babysat all the damn time. It's not that hard to find one).


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Today's FML moment #1: I accidentally popped a three-year-old in the face with a Frisbee and busted his lip.

See, with reasonable parents, you'd get, "Oh, that's OK! I'm sure it was an accident." You do not describe the parents who send their kids to your school as "reasonable".

lisamarlene wrote:
Today's FML moment #2: when the boss phoned campus this afternoon, she asked how things were going. I said they would be going a lot better if we could get that vacant staff position filled. When fully staffed means *eleven* FTEs, "Which position would that be?" are not the words you want to hear.

That is just... beyond words. Isn't the FTE a state requirement? Doesn't she realize that she could get her entire school shut down if they decided to do a surprise inspection (which I know never happen because of cuts to state funding, but... one teed-off parent could call one in)?

What the ever-lovvin' snarf?

Yes.

And as the Site Director for Licensing purposes, whose fanny is on the line if the inspector makes her surprise annual visit?

MINE.

And I have no authority to hire.

I know you don't need nor did you ask for my advice, but you've known me long enough to know I'm a busybody.

Start. Documenting. Everything.
Send your boss an e-mail. "I was concerned when you indicated that you weren't aware we needed to hire new staff. As you know, the state requires us to have 11 FTEs, and at the moment we have only 10. So we need to get that fixed. How would you like to proceed?"

Or whatever. As sweet and friendly or professional or whatever as appropriate, but just an in-writing, "We need 11 FTEs, we only have 10, and it's YOUR job to hire people."
All you need is a reply. ANY reply. Then you have concrete evidence that the whole cluster-schmeal isn't your fault, and you had no control over it.


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I wouldn't leave my child to go gaming if they were sick, but you better believe they're sick if I use that to cancel, karma and all.

As far as "acting up" that seems like the perfect time to get away from them for awhile.

To the babysitter "Uh yeah, good luck with that, hope you brought a bike helmet! We'll be back by ten"


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"I think they're closing the last register now" I said to the last straggler customers

"Okay, we're heading up there right now" they said as they walked in the opposite direction.

eye twitches, ever so slightly.


Yeah, but if you know your kid is sick, you sure know it a LOT earlier than 20 minutes before a game, am I right? I mean sick kid IS a legit excuse - when the kid is legit sick.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:

So this came today.

Tequila Sunrise wrote:
I had to google 'moe.'
My bad, should have posted this link sooner. :)

Sweet! Are they animes, games, shows, or all of the above? The form is hard to make out in the pic, and I'm surprisingly clueless about a lot of anime stuff, despite being a [picky] fan.


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Just a Mort wrote:

I no watch anime! Me too busy with assorted other things! Like playing Hearthstone and Path of Exile!

Tequilia sunrise: I just got the daily quest to beat 5 dungeon run bosses. This is gonna be so fun!

And yesterday I molten reflectioned an Antonidas and Antonidased a pally with fireballs. Huge xplosions FTW!

Which reminds me I should get to preparing Strange Aeons Book 5 maps soon... I try to stay a book ahead of the group.

The dungeon quest is great! Kudos on pulling off the Antonidas combo, it's a blast! [Yuck yuck yuck...]

I haven't been playing much lately, due to health reasons. Very frustrating. :/


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A maybe not-so-quick question for John, NH, and anyone else with programming skillz: If I had some obscure program written by who-knows-who and I -- a programming layman -- wanted to know which language was used to write it, how would I go about finding out? Because I do.


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captain yesterday wrote:

When I was young and my dad was a teacher in the early eighties we lived a whole bunch of different places.

Texas, Florida, and Georgia before my parents settled on Wisconsin (which is kinda funny because we started off in Rockford).

I am so sorry! You poor thing you! How traumatic was it for you living here?


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Tequila, examine the filename extension of the source file. This page has a fairly recent list of extensions.


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Sharoth wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

When I was young and my dad was a teacher in the early eighties we lived a whole bunch of different places.

Texas, Florida, and Georgia before my parents settled on Wisconsin (which is kinda funny because we started off in Rockford).

I am so sorry! You poor thing you! How traumatic was it for you living here?

All I remember is we went on a tour of the Coca Cola plant.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
A maybe not-so-quick question for John, NH, and anyone else with programming skillz: If I had some obscure program written by who-knows-who and I -- a programming layman -- wanted to know which language was used to write it, how would I go about finding out? Because I do.

So before we dive off the deep end, let's ask the most important question: Just how old is the program? If it was written mid-90s or earlier, it was very likely written in what's called a "compiled" language such as C or C++.

These languages are, unfortunately, "black box" languages:

Human Readable Code --> Compiler --> Binary code that gets fed to the CPU

Reverse-engineering compiled code was a multi-billion dollar industry back in the day, but not something someone in their own garage could pull off against all but the most rudimentary of programs.

"Modern languages" don't use compilers, so you can frequently just use your favorite text editor to open the file, paste the first 50 or so lines of code here, and John, Vankyre, or I (or probably many others) can identify it.

The second-most-important question is, "For which operating system was it written?"
MacOS is surprisingly open about letting you poke around in the executables. Windows (surprise surprise) isn't. And Linux, of course, lets you do whatever the heck you want.

EDIT: However, keep in mind that source code is a closely-guarded secret for every software company out there. So if it's a program written by a friend or colleague, you'll likely be able to get to the source. If it's a program written by a software company, it's going to be in a compiled language.
Companies don't give out their own source code unless you pay them the big bucks.


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That ^ reminded me of talking to my brother. Computer talk it might as well be another language (heh before someone says anything I know it is in fact several other languages ;) )


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Tequila, examine the filename extension of the source file. This page has a fairly recent list of extensions.

My answer assumes that it's a source file. If it's an actual program, take a look at the files that it needs. Three of the most common compilers used to develop programs use the Visual-C Run Time, VCRT, and the Visual Basic Run Time, VBRUNxxxx. Failing that, you need to get a program like Process Explorer which allows you yo look for strings within the program. Those strings usually have the filenames for the modules the program was developed from. Check the filename extensions from those strings against the page I linked for you.


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Job Interviewer: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
Me: "I think my biggest weakness is listening."


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My washing machine stopped pumping out drain water. In an unrelated note, I also can't find my hamster.


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I had a rough conversation with my son today. I had to tell him he was adopted. I'd been putting it off, but since his new parents were picking him up in 10 minutes I needed to give him a chance to pack.


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Don't you hate it when you go to someone's place and they won't stop shut up. They just keep asking stupid questions like "Who are you?" and "What do you want?" and "You're not going to shoot me, are you?"


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
That ^ reminded me of talking to my brother. Computer talk it might as well be another language (heh before someone says anything I know it is in fact several other languages ;) )

I C what you are saying.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:

Job Interviewer: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

Me: "I think my biggest weakness is listening."

Research suggest that face to face interviewing is the least effective means to find out if an employee is right for a job.. thanks for skewing the date the other way.


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Sharoth wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
That ^ reminded me of talking to my brother. Computer talk it might as well be another language (heh before someone says anything I know it is in fact several other languages ;) )
I C what you are saying.

The bear would of been proud.


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You know what this Greyhound has that the airplanes I've been on don't?

Leg room.

Also free wifi.


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Its all about them dolla dolla bills yo.


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*yawn*


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Is this one of those let sleeping dragons yawn things?


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Orthos wrote:
Ah, good old sub elitism. Some things never change.

Yeah, tell me about it.

"Ooooh, mine can fire up to 10 intercabalistic bolloxstic masseurs!"
"Oooh, mine was the Hunt for Rad Ocarinas!"
"Oooh, mine is Rainbow Dash Boot!"

Well MINE IS SHAPED LIKE A FISH AND RUNS ON STEAM SO THERE. NYERDY NYERDY NYER NYER NYER.

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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Sweet! Are they animes, games, shows, or all of the above? The form is hard to make out in the pic, and I'm surprisingly clueless about a lot of anime stuff, despite being a [picky] fan.

This is the anime boxset from the Kickstarter. It has the one hour long anime on Bluray, the soundtrack, artbook, and animation cells. Steam has both the animation and the visual novels. If you read the novels, you've pretty much seen the animation, just not, you know, fully animated.

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