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And it'd be so pricy I'd have to sell everything off my back to afford it.

Argh, I'm naked!


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More reason to be wary of the tentacles.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
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Just a Mort wrote:

Get well soon Lynora!

Hey NH - why don't you ask Hi to get you some Santoku knives from Japan. My brother got one for my aunt and it's really good at chopping and cutting up stuff. Doesn't seem to need too much maintenance either, we wipe it then dump it on a knife block when we're done.

Terriram: And more people need to be on the job.

i would kill a man for a set of santoku knives.

Oh, THANKS. Now I have to buy one, and then you'll have to kill me, and this is going to get all kinds of messy.

Just use the knives to de-bone my corpse, please. I'd prefer that be neat.

of course! Just make sure to remove all body hair beforehand, so I can enjoy NobodysHome fillets sooner rather than later!

Also, be sure to roll around in spices and herbs before my visit.

Chef, season yourself?


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About to leave for my early day shift at work.


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*yawn*

I could use to get back to bed. Ah, well, I have things to do. And then session in the evening. No sleep for the wicked until midnight at least... And then another morning get up tomorrow.

Still, not nearly as much work as John and some other folks around.


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NobodysHome wrote:

OK. that is just pretty.

And... hmm...

They are, but nearly two grand for a set of knives? Crikey...

I wonder how much a local blacksmith would charge?

The Exchange

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A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.


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Just a Mort wrote:

I will have to inform you that the unlawful killing of a human being under the queens peace with malice aforethought is murder and will attract criminals liability.

-Lawful Kitty.

its not murder, its dinner!

Also, nh, please take a picture of yourself so that when I am freezing NobodysHome Gourmet Fillet for later consumption, I have a picture to put on the box.


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Just a Mort wrote:

And it'd be so pricy I'd have to sell everything off my back to afford it.

Argh, I'm naked!

YAY NAKED KITTY IS BEST KITTY!


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Just a Mort wrote:

A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.

Definitely the case with all the swords I've handled.


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So, during the last three months of winter we'd gotten maybe 10 inches (of snow).

In the last week we've gotten about 15 inches (of snow).

I always say, if we aren't going to get an early spring I'd rather have some fun with my unrelenting cold.


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Sometimes you have to love your players:

In last night's game, they were fighting a horrifying otherworldly abomination whose specialties were tentacle grapples and bleed attacks (why hellooooo, Just a Mort...). On its second attack of the entire combat, it rolled a double fumble and managed to Fatigue itself, then hit itself. Guess what? It had a weakness to bleed attacks, so it ended up Sickened to boot.

As the fatigued, sickened, tentacly abomination failed to generate any kind of threat, the party bloodrager said, "Awwww! This must be one of those victims they turned into monsters! Don't worry, sir or ma'am! We'll put you out of your misery!"

And they did.

*SIGH*


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NobodysHome wrote:

Sometimes you have to love your players:

In last night's game, they were fighting a horrifying otherworldly abomination whose specialties were tentacle grapples and bleed attacks (why hellooooo, Just a Mort...). On its second attack of the entire combat, it rolled a double fumble and managed to Fatigue itself, then hit itself. Guess what? It had a weakness to bleed attacks, so it ended up Sickened to boot.

As the fatigued, sickened, tentacly abomination failed to generate any kind of threat, the party bloodrager said, "Awwww! This must be one of those victims they turned into monsters! Don't worry, sir or ma'am! We'll put you out of your misery!"

And they did.

*SIGH*

what? It makes sense.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.

Definitely the case with all the swords I've handled.

Szabla wz. 34.


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I'm not sure whether I'm truly burnt out on teaching or I just hate working for this school.

And there's one voice in my head saying, "what's with all this crap about a job being happy and fulfilling? Did your grandpa piss and moan about feeling unhappy with his lot as a butcher, or did he just keep serving his customers and carry on?

And there's another voice in my head saying that, after eleven years of Montessori, what else would I be good for? I used to be astoundingly good at long term care administration, but that was a long time ago and I found it depressing as hell.

Silver Crusade

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For those who would be interested in awesome erotic art my buddy REv just launched a Kickstarter to be able to do a hardcover print run of his comic, I Roved Out (link kinda NSFW).

The comic itself is up for free online if you'd like to read it, this Kickstarter is solely for the Hardcover (the comic is VERY Not Safe For Work, in a good way ^w^).


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I have Angel Food Cake in the oven for Lemon Angel Delight. :-)


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lisamarlene wrote:

I'm not sure whether I'm truly burnt out on teaching or I just hate working for this school.

And there's one voice in my head saying, "what's with all this crap about a job being happy and fulfilling? Did your grandpa piss and moan about feeling unhappy with his lot as a butcher, or did he just keep serving his customers and carry on?

And there's another voice in my head saying that, after eleven years of Montessori, what else would I be good for? I used to be astoundingly good at long term care administration, but that was a long time ago and I found it depressing as hell.

I know you know most of this, but

NobodysHome's Long and Rambling History:

When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. All through college and grad school, I knew I was going to teach. I watched my brother and my friends jealously as they went into the tech sector and made salaries I knew I would never attain, but I had a deep-seeded passion for teaching that would not be denied. I got my Ph.D., started teaching, and felt happy and fulfilled. I didn't mind the 60-80 hour work weeks, the commutes, the low pay, or the stressful students (and parents), because I knew I was making a difference.

Then, Skyline College happened. Students who out-and-out didn't care, supported by an administration who ordered me to pass students whether or not they did any work (my favorite example: I handed out a practice exam a week before the real exam that had the problems I would give, in order, with nothing other than constants changed. For example, the practice exam had e^2x, the real exam had e^3x. The students averaged 28%). The chair of my tenure committee came to me in front of one of my classes and explained that my students weren't smart enough nor motivated enough to do the work I was asking them to do.
Without any job prospects or any hope, I quit the job, for my health and my sanity. Of course, I had the advantage that NobodysWife was working a full-time job, and I knew we could always move in with my parents for a couple of years if things got too bad. So I jumped, but I had a safety net. (If people care, both the dean and the chair were forced out the very next year after losing 11 tenure-track teachers in 2 years and being threatened by both the state college and university systems with revocation of their accreditation.)

I was lucky. In under 2 weeks I got hired by a tech company to travel the country and teach. They gave me a 50% raise and a 33% reduction in my annual work hours. I loved it. Best job I ever had. We were finally making enough money to have a kid and buy a house. Sure, I had to travel, but not a ton.

The point is, I quit a job I despised with no prospects, and miraculously landed in a place I was much happier, better-paid, and less overworked. Hell, the Albany Unified School District is constantly looking for administrators and always ends up hiring internally due to a lack of external candidates. Next time something shows up there, apply.

If you're underpaid, overworked, and stressed as hell, it's worth your health and your sanity to try to find something else.

NobodysHome's Life Advice:
After our department got shut down in 2003, one of my former co-workers got me a job at a company that eventually got absorbed by Global Megacorporation. So from 2003-2007 while the kids were still young, I had a lot of very serious life decisions to make: Should I go back to my original love of teaching, and try to make ends meet? Should I stick it out in my boring-but-high-paying job? Should I go to an even higher-paying job that sounded like hell?

I finally had to ask myself, "What is most important to ME?"
For me, the answer was, "Family". Keeping my family safe, and stable, and secure was far more important than anything else. So I sit at my unexciting, unmotivating job, cranking out high-quality courseware that no one will ever pay attention to, and I am the first to admit that what I do is meaningless. Yet I make a darned good salary working from home and having the flexibility to be with my kids when they need me, take care of my house, and LIVE.

NobodysWife is different. She's fought her entire life to NOT be, "Just a girl", or "Just a woman" or "Just a housewife" or "Just a mom". She has a chip on her shoulder the size of the Rock of Gibraltar. She NEEDS recognition. She NEEDS people to know she's darned good at what she does. So she has fought her way tooth and nail into the gaming industry, and she works her tail off to be the best employee she can be, so she can climb the corporate ladder and be recognized for her talent, her work ethic, and her intelligence. She's out of the house for 10-11 hours a day, but to her, "Career" and "Recognition" are extremely important.

If we were to win the lottery tomorrow, I'd immediately retire and spend my days working on improving the house, taking care of the kids, and volunteering at their schools. NobodysWife would continue working where she is, because her work is important to her.

The point is, YOU have to decide, "What is most important to ME?", figure out the best way to pursue that, and go for it.

No one can tell you what matters most to you in life. But once you figure that one out, figuring out the next course of action is usually a lot easier.


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Drejk wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.

Definitely the case with all the swords I've handled.
Szabla wz. 34.

For contrast, a gold tactical Ninja sword


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Limeylongears wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.

Definitely the case with all the swords I've handled.
Szabla wz. 34.
For contrast, a gold tactical Ninja sword

Why is it that we suddenly have to use the adjective "tactical" to describe all tools?

"Tactical spork"
"Tactical katana"

In such situations it's such a meaningless adjective that you start doubting the competence of those who use it. (Not you, Limey; the person who named it in the first place.)


That... sounds extremely heavy for what it is and not-very-good-for-long.

Awesome price, though!

(I’d probably be one of those who loved having it, ‘cause it’s cool-looking rather than practical in any real way.)


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Why is it that we suddenly have to use the adjective "tactical" to describe all tools?
"Tactical spork"
"Tactical katana"

In such situations it's such a meaningless adjective that you start doubting the competence of those who use it. (Not you, Limey; the person who named it in the first place.)

H-... hey, now. That’s cutting* a little too close to home!

(Its because nerds, though.)

*. Heh.


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

I'm not sure whether I'm truly burnt out on teaching or I just hate working for this school.

And there's one voice in my head saying, "what's with all this crap about a job being happy and fulfilling? Did your grandpa piss and moan about feeling unhappy with his lot as a butcher, or did he just keep serving his customers and carry on?

And there's another voice in my head saying that, after eleven years of Montessori, what else would I be good for? I used to be astoundingly good at long term care administration, but that was a long time ago and I found it depressing as hell.

I know you know most of this, but

** spoiler omitted **...

Refently was this, figured it was worth posting?

Either way, NH is basically correct. Make th right decisions for you and your family.


Does anyone else have trouble loading the previous page? It’s acting squirrelly for me.


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So, apparently we're getting ready for summer.

I turned off the living room heat this morning, opened up the house by around 8:30 am, and this morning, being the first Wednesday of the month, the refinery sirens went off at 11:00 am sharp.

So yeah, it's feeling like April or May.

Stoopid weather!


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

I'm not sure whether I'm truly burnt out on teaching or I just hate working for this school.

And there's one voice in my head saying, "what's with all this crap about a job being happy and fulfilling? Did your grandpa piss and moan about feeling unhappy with his lot as a butcher, or did he just keep serving his customers and carry on?

And there's another voice in my head saying that, after eleven years of Montessori, what else would I be good for? I used to be astoundingly good at long term care administration, but that was a long time ago and I found it depressing as hell.

I know you know most of this, but

** spoiler omitted **...

GO NOBODYSWIFE! I LOOK FORWARD TO EATING YOUR HUSBAND!


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captain yesterday wrote:
I have Angel Food Cake in the oven for Lemon Angel Delight. :-)

i had my phone zoomed in and I only saw the words lemon angel.

I got excited for thr wrong reasons.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.

Definitely the case with all the swords I've handled.
Szabla wz. 34.
For contrast, a gold tactical Ninja sword

Why is it that we suddenly have to use the adjective "tactical" to describe all tools?

"Tactical spork"
"Tactical katana"

In such situations it's such a meaningless adjective that you start doubting the competence of those who use it. (Not you, Limey; the person who named it in the first place.)

Well, it's useful to distinguish between tactical katana and kitchen katana.

On the second though, I dread appearance of tactical kitchen katana... Or kitchen tactical katana. And then there will be tactical kitchen tactical katana!


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Now I'm making the lemon pudding part of lemon angel delight. :-)


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NobodysHome wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

A whole lot still, but I once saw a competition where an old school small time blacksmith was in a competition with a blade fabricating company, and they were both given the task of making a blade to make a clean cut out of a steel pipe in a single attempt.

I really cannot remember the name of the documentary, but despite the greater resources that the blade manufacturing company had to bear, the old school blacksmith won that competition.

I didn't really believe it until my brother bought a knife from one of those specialists shops in Japan and I used the knife to cut carrots, pumpkins etc. Then I realized the quality difference between something mass produced you buy from a supermarket and something that has been hand crafted.

Definitely the case with all the swords I've handled.
Szabla wz. 34.
For contrast, a gold tactical Ninja sword

Why is it that we suddenly have to use the adjective "tactical" to describe all tools?

"Tactical spork"
"Tactical katana"

In such situations it's such a meaningless adjective that you start doubting the competence of those who use it. (Not you, Limey; the person who named it in the first place.)

New game: find the most useless household object to make tactical.

Tactical loofah


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Tactical soap dish


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In Action!Town! Everything can be weaponized.


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Tactical apple decorer
Tactical banana slicer
Tactical mop


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Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Tactical soap dish

I've gotten dish soap in my eye something like three times in the last week.


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The *soap* is certainly dangerous . . . the dish holding it, less so. I would hope! :D

Ooooh!

Tactical doormat!


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But, yes -- everything can be weaponized . . . .


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Tactical body pillow


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Tactical kitty litter!


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Tactical Freehold!


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Tactical bathmat
Tactical hairbrush
Tactical ice tray
Tactical mascara wand

Those are the stupidest ones I can think up off the top of my head. :)


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Wet wash cloth mines.


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Tactical Toilet Paper Roll Holder.


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Tactical Cornflakes


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Tactical cream cheese.

Tactical g-string.

Tactical accordion.

The Exchange

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Isn't gold too soft and heavy a metal to make weapons?

Tactical snail shells?

I'd claim they do the damage of a sling bullet?


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Limeylongears wrote:

Tactical cream cheese.

Tactical g-string.

Tactical accordion.

Used exclusively by Weird Al Yankovic.


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Tacticslion wrote:

That... sounds extremely heavy for what it is and not-very-good-for-long.

Awesome price, though!

(I’d probably be one of those who loved having it, ‘cause it’s cool-looking rather than practical in any real way.)

It is a good price, true, and probably would look neat on your wall :)

Can't help wondering what the characters on the blade mean, though...

The Exchange

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*Uses Linguistics check*

Yes I can actually read those characters.

*Jin Gu You Shen Feng Zhi Shi*

History has warriors who defy the gods.


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lynora wrote:

Tactical bathmat

Tactical hairbrush
Tactical ice tray
Tactical mascara wand

Those are the stupidest ones I can think up off the top of my head. :)

Hey, I have done myself serious injury with a mascara wand. Those little bastards are deadly.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:

Tactical cream cheese.

Tactical g-string.

Tactical accordion.

Used exclusively by Weird Al Yankovic.

Tactical accordion?

Judy Tenuta.

She may not have the same level of musicianship, but she definitely understands how to weaponize it.

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