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captain yesterday wrote:
I can't sew, not even a little bit.

Its just sew much to learn.

Much easier to just go nekkid.


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FYI: to sew or sewing clothes is with an e in the middle, otherwise you're talking about sows, or female pigs, an entirely different matter entirely.


Gonna go and make them feel Gilt-y about their grammar eh? (You have to know your pig terms well for this one.)


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Also, FYI, "sow" could mean to plant crops and the like.


Wait if its the plant crop isn't it soy?


Sam sowed the soy.


Laughs a flavorless laugh.

Good! Good!!


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Is it finally Friday.


The Game Hamster wrote:

Most of the sausage I buy is uncooked...

So I guess you have to not burn it?

It's REALLY hard to burn sausages. They can take nigh-infinite cooking. Just don't have the heat too high and make sure you cook them all the way through and you're fine.

Just keep in mind that they're made of ground meat, and frequently ground meat known to contain nasties (pork or chicken), so "overcooking" is waaaaaaaaaay better than undercooking.


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Freehold DM wrote:

to quote Raryn Snowstealer, my favorite dwarven ranger from my favorite author from a campaign setting I despise, I'm not that kind of dwarf.

My family is carribean and is from Panama. Lots of cultural differences between there and here, although I am Brooklyn born and raised. Lots of weird afro carribean latino stuff in my household, I can only speak for me and a few other households. Mom did not approve of me eating out with friends in all but the most unusual(Saturday trip to chinatown bag full of chinese pastries and drinks for 5 dollars WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) or petty(bag of chips) circumstances- it was in many ways saying her food was bad or that I was an adult and didnt need her to cook for me anymore. Buying food for someone else was also saying that you were taking the responsibility of care away from their family, and is incredibly insulting unless you are dating (which could be worse as you are showing the family you are a better provider than they are and are ready to marry in some cases).

Long story short, you are supposed to eat at home, with food prepared by mom. If you are not doing that you better have a DAMN GOOD REASON. And no, hanging out with crazy white people is not a good reason, ESPECIALLY where hormones are involved.

OK. I can easily see that.

One of my friends is Persian, and if you walk into his father's house, you *will* have food placed in front of you, and if you don't eat it, Dad gets hugely offended. Offering food to guests (and having them accept it) is a big cultural thing with him.

Our Portuguese friend will quite literally strike us with some force if we attempt to pay for her dinner. It's led to some extremely awkward moments (we offered to treat everyone to Rivoli for my birthday, she insisted on paying, and everyone else, seeing her pay, put up there shares as well, including people who couldn't really afford it, leading to a great deal of discomfort for all around), but we've at least convinced her to pay us back under the table so the other guests don't feel obligated to pay.

So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important...


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Well, I've been up since 4:30, and so far my morning has been:
* make coffee
* start bread dough to rise
* bake caramel cake layers
(pause for more coffee)
next, I:
* start laundry
* make butterscotch frosting
* bake bread
* mold a hippogriff and a pumpkin patch out of marzipan
* dry laundry
* start pizza dough for tonight
* make grocery list
* shower
* go to "work".

Tonight I have to paint the hippogriff and pumpkins with food gel color, and tomorrow I get to assemble the cake and cover it with a tight sealing dome in the fridge so its ready when we get home from our camping trip Monday evening.

So what are the rest of you slack b****es up to?


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"So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."


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As for Freehold's comment yesterday about the cultural expectation that men know how to cook...

The father of one of my students is from a similar culture, and chose Montessori because of its emphasis on food preparation, care of the home, etc. for all children. At our last conference, he proudly rattled off the list of all the different types of foods his three-and-a-half year old son makes with him at home--mostly different types of fritters, plantains, etc.--and how well he is learning to mix the batters and drop things carefully onto the pan on his own.

The son tells me similar stories, but he still calls them "FWITTEWS" because he's three.


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lisamarlene wrote:

"So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

...all the more reason to justify my not reading them, then! Hell, my boyfriend and I just rotate on an "I got it last time, your turn" basis. Granted, we're both borderline ace, so...perhaps altered expectations are in play.


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The good news is I discovered today that I am in good enough shape to walk two miles.

The bad news is...I had to discover that unless I wanted to sit at the mechanic's all day, and now I am stuck in a tiny town with no public transit to speak of till it's done. Never realize how much you need the thing till it's gone.


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lisamarlene wrote:

"So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

No. A thousand times no. Those people writing in those magazines are dating the wrong men. Any man who thinks that paying for dinner = the woman is ok with sex needs to be clubbed over the head, covered in honey, and dropped off in a bear-inhabited cave deep in a mountain range.


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Scintillae wrote:

The good news is I discovered today that I am in good enough shape to walk two miles.

The bad news is...I had to discover that unless I wanted to sit at the mechanic's all day, and now I am stuck in a tiny town with no public transit to speak of till it's done. Never realize how much you need the thing till it's gone.

I walk two miles every day during my lunch break. Uphill! Both ways! In the snow! During a 110° heat wave! With angry rabid badgers pursuing me the entire time!


It's Towel Day. Go forth, my friends.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

The good news is I discovered today that I am in good enough shape to walk two miles.

The bad news is...I had to discover that unless I wanted to sit at the mechanic's all day, and now I am stuck in a tiny town with no public transit to speak of till it's done. Never realize how much you need the thing till it's gone.

I walk two miles every day during my lunch break. Uphill! Both ways! In the snow! During a 110° heat wave! With angry rabid badgers pursuing me the entire time!

Damn, things were tougher in his day. My badgers weren't rabid.


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Vanykrye wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

"So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

No. A thousand times no. Those people writing in those magazines are dating the wrong men. Any man who thinks that paying for dinner = the woman is ok with sex needs to be clubbed over the head, covered in honey, and dropped off in a bear-inhabited cave deep in a mountain range.

Yeah, in this day and age if a man is of the opinion that "Buying dinner = An obligation for sex", I figure he needs a good macing anyway.


NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

"So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

No. A thousand times no. Those people writing in those magazines are dating the wrong men. Any man who thinks that paying for dinner = the woman is ok with sex needs to be clubbed over the head, covered in honey, and dropped off in a bear-inhabited cave deep in a mountain range.
Yeah, in this day and age if a man is of the opinion that "Buying dinner = An obligation for sex", I figure he needs a good macing anyway.

And not the chemical kind.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

"So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

No. A thousand times no. Those people writing in those magazines are dating the wrong men. Any man who thinks that paying for dinner = the woman is ok with sex needs to be clubbed over the head, covered in honey, and dropped off in a bear-inhabited cave deep in a mountain range.
Yeah, in this day and age if a man is of the opinion that "Buying dinner = An obligation for sex", I figure he needs a good macing anyway.

"Dude, you already ate out. Chill."


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NobodysHome wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

The good news is I discovered today that I am in good enough shape to walk two miles.

The bad news is...I had to discover that unless I wanted to sit at the mechanic's all day, and now I am stuck in a tiny town with no public transit to speak of till it's done. Never realize how much you need the thing till it's gone.

I walk two miles every day during my lunch break. Uphill! Both ways! In the snow! During a 110° heat wave! With angry rabid badgers pursuing me the entire time!

I used to walk four and a half miles mostly uphill through the snow to work, all because Madison doesn't have bus service before 7 am on the weekend and I made more than 20 bucks an hour working on the weekend.

The Exchange

*salutes LM*

I tried to bake a chocolate cake and it turned out too wet, and making chocolate frosting was a pain. Why did I promise my BF I'd be making him a chocolate cake with cream in the first place >.<

Seriously. Cream/frosting is such a pain.

I'm bushed.

I don't even want to think of the..."mold a hippogriff and a pumpkin patch out of marzipan"


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lisamarlene wrote:

Well, I've been up since 4:30, and so far my morning has been:

* make coffee
* start bread dough to rise
* bake caramel cake layers
(pause for more coffee)
next, I:
* start laundry
* make butterscotch frosting
* bake bread
* mold a hippogriff and a pumpkin patch out of marzipan
* dry laundry
* start pizza dough for tonight
* make grocery list
* shower
* go to "work".

Tonight I have to paint the hippogriff and pumpkins with food gel color, and tomorrow I get to assemble the cake and cover it with a tight sealing dome in the fridge so its ready when we get home from our camping trip Monday evening.

So what are the rest of you slack b****es up to?

How the f+~# do you manage all of that? I can barely manage "coherent" right before "work".

The Exchange

3 words Sharoth, Mind over matter.

I do have some of that ability myself but doing such elaborate baking stuff wouldn't be on that list.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Well, I've been up since 4:30, and so far my morning has been:

* make coffee
* start bread dough to rise
* bake caramel cake layers
(pause for more coffee)
next, I:
* start laundry
* make butterscotch frosting
* bake bread
* mold a hippogriff and a pumpkin patch out of marzipan
* dry laundry
* start pizza dough for tonight
* make grocery list
* shower
* go to "work".

Tonight I have to paint the hippogriff and pumpkins with food gel color, and tomorrow I get to assemble the cake and cover it with a tight sealing dome in the fridge so its ready when we get home from our camping trip Monday evening.

So what are the rest of you slack b****es up to?

lisamarlene is an excellent example of the type of crazy white person that makes caribbean parents do double takes and makes their sons do backflips out of joy, should they successfully woo her.

The Exchange

lisamarlene wrote:

As for Freehold's comment yesterday about the cultural expectation that men know how to cook...

The father of one of my students is from a similar culture, and chose Montessori because of its emphasis on food preparation, care of the home, etc. for all children. At our last conference, he proudly rattled off the list of all the different types of foods his three-and-a-half year old son makes with him at home--mostly different types of fritters, plantains, etc.--and how well he is learning to mix the batters and drop things carefully onto the pan on his own.

The son tells me similar stories, but he still calls them "FWITTEWS" because he's three.

If I have kids I'd probably tell them at some time of their lives, whether they be male or female, you either learn to cook or you get no lunch. If you choose to go eat out all the time instead of learning how to cook, that is a lifestyle choice of yours which I probably wouldn't bother about.

Unless I catch you eating burgers and fries all the time. Then you'd get the lecture on becoming fat.


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Just a Mort wrote:

3 words Sharoth, Mind over matter.

I do have some of that ability myself but doing such elaborate baking stuff wouldn't be on that list.

In the US, it's more like "She's a mother." It's just what mom's with younger kids are kind of expected to do. Right or wrong (it's wrong, no mistake), but it is stuff that has to get done.

Usually kids don't tell their moms about school projects or events until the night before, and they'll go "Oh, Mom, I need to take 3 dozen cookies to school tomorrow, and the teacher says they can't be store-bought. And I'm supposed to be dressed like a fairy-unicorn-elf with dragon wings! And it's Star Wars themed!"


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Vanykrye wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

3 words Sharoth, Mind over matter.

I do have some of that ability myself but doing such elaborate baking stuff wouldn't be on that list.

In the US, it's more like "She's a mother parent." It's just what mom parents with younger kids are kind of expected to do. Right or wrong (it's wrong, no mistake), but it is stuff that has to get done.

Usually kids don't tell their moms parents about school projects or events until the night before, and they'll go "Oh, Mom/Dad, I need to take 3 dozen cookies to school tomorrow, and the teacher says they can't be store-bought. And I'm supposed to be dressed like a fairy-unicorn-elf with dragon wings! And it's Star Wars themed!"

Grr...

EDIT: OK, technically Vanykrye is right about U.S. expectations, but as the father who has to do everything around the house (cooking, cleaning, kids' homework, appointments, and ER visits, pet maintenance, running games, etc.), seeing moms always get ALL the credit rankles.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

3 words Sharoth, Mind over matter.

I do have some of that ability myself but doing such elaborate baking stuff wouldn't be on that list.

In the US, it's more like "She's a mother." It's just what mom's with younger kids are kind of expected to do. Right or wrong (it's wrong, no mistake), but it is stuff that has to get done.

Usually kids don't tell their moms about school projects or events until the night before, and they'll go "Oh, Mom, I need to take 3 dozen cookies to school tomorrow, and the teacher says they can't be store-bought. And I'm supposed to be dressed like a fairy-unicorn-elf with dragon wings! And it's Star Wars themed!"

Bring it.

Don't give me a challenge unless you want to see my A game.


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Speaking of politics...

GDPR Tirade:

You'd think that after the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica fiasco, companies would actually be even a teensy bit worried about complying with privacy laws.

But the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, and others couldn't even meet the low bar set by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which basically says, "Don't collect user data unless you tell them you're doing it, they've opted in, and they know how you're going to use it."

Considering that:

  • Even when I was learning HTML 1.1 back in the mid-1990s recommended practice was, "NEVER use cookies to store user information, as cookies are inherently insecure and can be read by third parties. Plus, users may clear them unexpectedly," and
  • I work for a monolithic Global Megacorporation, and their guidance is VERY clear:
    - Do not collect any user information for which you do not have a valid business purpose. Advertising and/or sale of that data are not valid business purposes
    - Do not share any user information without valid user consent

    So gee, the impact of the GDPR on my global megacorporation was... nothing. Because they didn't choose to be actively evil. Which is pretty surprising for one of the 100 largest corporations in the world (I think; I haven't checked our position on the list. We're at least in the top 500, I'm sure).


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    Vanykrye wrote:
    Just a Mort wrote:

    3 words Sharoth, Mind over matter.

    I do have some of that ability myself but doing such elaborate baking stuff wouldn't be on that list.

    In the US, it's more like "She's a mother." It's just what mom's with younger kids are kind of expected to do. Right or wrong (it's wrong, no mistake), but it is stuff that has to get done.

    Usually kids don't tell their moms about school projects or events until the night before, and they'll go "Oh, Mom, I need to take 3 dozen cookies to school tomorrow, and the teacher says they can't be store-bought. And I'm supposed to be dressed like a fairy-unicorn-elf with dragon wings! And it's Star Wars themed!"

    Cookies not that hard, I can do that. Probably 3 hours of work later(including baking time) you'll end up with oatmeal and raisin cookies. But then I'll give them a lecture that yes, stuff can be arranged, but please in the name of god give EARLY NOTICE.

    Fairy-unicorn-elf with dragon wings...I'll say sorry no, please ask Dad. I'm not the kind of person you'll want to ask about Cosplay, having no sense of design.

    I think what you need is is a traffic cone for a horn, then pointy ears for elf..and a stick with a star at the end of it for your wand. Then the wings, get a piece of green paper, stick it to a cupboard box, cut it the shape of dragon wings, stick it to a stick and tie those sticks to your body.

    Get what I mean by I really shouldn't be doing cosplay and have no sense of design?


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    So I checked. Global Megacorporation is in the top 40 of "biggest companies in the world by market capitalization".

    Woo hoo! I work for the 1%! :-X


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    Speaking of user privacy, this article amuses me as well.

    By a news site that hasn't been blocked by the GDPR no less!


    lisamarlene wrote:

    "So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

    Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

    it is also important to note the cultural differences between taking someone out to dinner and cooking for them.

    In my culture (at least as I was raised to understand it, mom had me late in life, and most american jaws drop when they find out how much older my father is than my mom- I am an only child to boot), cooking for someone else is both neighborly and intimate. Parents that want their son to date/marry a certain girl are often tasked with bringing home cooked food to the family. If the family isnt interested in you seeing their daughter, you will be thanked courteously, the food will be accepted, and you will be sent home. If they take a shine to you, you will be invited to eat with them (you may decline if a family member is ill[usually grandma/abuela] and you are responsible for their care- this only makes you look better. Declining otherwise will make the family think you are not interested in her- not an insult, per se, maybe you are interested in someone else, or are a bit dumb), and you may have a few moments of CLOSELY SUPERVISED INTERACTION with said girl. Maybe you hit it off. If you do, you better have good grades in school or be working. No dullards or slackers allowed.

    If you are a family friend and you are essentially being raised together with the girl and her siblings in question, things are a bit more relaxed, you are likely not pressured to court, etc, which can lead to some...situations...depending as you are often seen as a little kid for several years longer than is healthy.

    Buying food for someone is a bit different. Most restaurants are not cheap, and regularly taking someone out to eat is less a way of courting and more a way of showing off money. Women who regularly brag about how often a man takes them out to dinner are both humored and reviled- its nice to be taken out to dinner and talk about the meal/date(and how much was spent, to an extent, and what happened afterwards if the listeners are VERY CLOSE FRIENDS (not necessarily family, information has its way of making its way to mom/granny/abuela ears), doing this too often makes the woman seem wanton (note- crazy white people, DO NOT USE THIS TERM TO REFER TO A WOMAN UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE SLAPPED HARD/YELLED AT) and the man seem sleazy/eager to buy her affections, especially if the relationship seems very casual. What defines "too often" depends on the audience.


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Vanykrye wrote:
    Just a Mort wrote:

    3 words Sharoth, Mind over matter.

    I do have some of that ability myself but doing such elaborate baking stuff wouldn't be on that list.

    In the US, it's more like "She's a mother parent." It's just what mom parents with younger kids are kind of expected to do. Right or wrong (it's wrong, no mistake), but it is stuff that has to get done.

    Usually kids don't tell their moms parents about school projects or events until the night before, and they'll go "Oh, Mom/Dad, I need to take 3 dozen cookies to school tomorrow, and the teacher says they can't be store-bought. And I'm supposed to be dressed like a fairy-unicorn-elf with dragon wings! And it's Star Wars themed!"

    Grr...

    EDIT: OK, technically Vanykrye is right about U.S. expectations, but as the father who has to do everything around the house (cooking, cleaning, kids' homework, appointments, and ER visits, pet maintenance, running games, etc.), seeing moms always get ALL the credit rankles.

    No, I completely agree with you. As you mentioned, I'm talking about general US expectations, which seem to still be stuck in the 1940's-1960's somehow.


    Just a Mort wrote:

    Maybe it's a cultural thing but ours is generally cooked. To heat it up, toast it in an oven for 10 min, or drop it into boiling water for 5 min.

    Generally the guys here do the BBQ, though the last time I took my turn at it, I realized it was really hot down there!

    looking at the pictures, I think I see the issue. Those are what we call hot-dogs, and while a kind of sausage, not our only sausage. most of my sausage is a ground meat, without a casing.


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    NobodysHome's Appalling Rudeness

    So, I am on the FCC's Do Not Call list, and I have a No Solicitors sign on my front door. I take these as Carte Blanche to be abusive to people who still call or come to my door.

    Last night, I appalled even NobodysWife.

    I was running Strange Aeons and there was a knock at the door. Impus Major got the door. A cute Asian teenage girl was there, and she asked, "Is there an adult home?"
    I responded from across the room, "Sure! What do you want?"
    "Well, I'm from the Environmental Protection..."
    "The door SAYS, 'No Solicitors!'"
    And Impus Major just shut the door right in her face as I said that. The timing was epic.

    NobodysWife couldn't believe we were so rude. I can't believe people are so rude as to ignore a sign because they believe that political campaigning/begging for donations/their cause isn't "soliciting".

    Grr...


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    I don't even open the door.

    They can knock as long as they want to.


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    87 degrees outside, these "pavers" aren't getting any lighter.

    And what started out a gallon of ice this morning is now a mere half gallon of kind of cold water.

    And no one has even noticed my Dipper Pines pine tree hat.


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    To cap off a morning of random tirades:

    Unnamed Guest: So, NobodysHome, are your Pathfinder books in any particular order?
    NobodysHome: Yes. You'll notice that the rulebooks are in alphabetical order, while the APs are in release order.
    UG: OK, thanks! (Starts putting books away)

    The next day NobodysHome goes to his bookcase, and notices that Unnamed Guest just shoved the books back into the bookcase willy-nilly, with no regard to the order he'd asked about.

    So, was Unnamed Guest out to determine his unmitigated stupidity, or his complete a$$hattery? I just can't tell...


    The APs are even numbered on the spine...I mean...c'mon...


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    I have re-acquired car. Approximately four miles walked today, half of which I managed to do before it hit 90.


    We'll be lucky around here if it breaks 64, or we see the sun at all.

    Maybe in September...


    Good afternoon, everyone.


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    I'm going to go on a rant about cars. Most of you probably don't care one whit as long as your car turns on and you can drive it where you want without failure. I get that. I happen to really enjoy driving and engineering and can get caught up in it.

    FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, etc) just announced a recall on 4.8 million vehicles.

    A recall does not concern me. Everybody has recalls. A clip doesn't do the job it was supposed to, a spring doesn't act as expected, some things just happen. Or a supplier completely screws over half the world's auto industry (See: airbags, Takata). I get it.

    The former Chrysler branch of FCA...the Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram brands...have been having some recalls in the last couple years that I just find inexcusable.

    2016: Jeep Grand Cherokees' sunvisors spontaneously burst into flames while going down the road. They screwed up the wiring going into the lights of the vanity mirror, it gets pinched when the sunvisor is moved around, the wires heat up to the point of setting the sunvisor on fire.

    2018: Linked article above. In summary, they screwed up the code to operate the cruise control, and there exists a set of circumstances that causes the cruise control to be stuck on, completely unable to be turned off without shutting off the engine entirely, which is obviously something that you'd like to avoid at highway speeds. This one affects pretty much every model Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram make recently.

    So here's my issue. Sunvisors. Cruise Control. This is not new technology. Lighted mirrors in the sunvisors have been around for...what...definitely since the 80's and probably on several models in the 70's. Cruise control has been pretty flawless for a good 40 years. It's been a while, is what I'm saying. That's not something a major manufacturer should be screwing up, let alone allowing to leave the factory floor.

    GMs ignition switch problem is on this level, but worse due to the attempted cover up. Ford's steering wheel issue is also on this level. I'm singling out Chrysler because their base screw ups have been more prolific and frequent of late. Chrysler can't implement a transmission that multiple other car makers were using - Chrysler's version of it wasn't going into park when the drivers thought they were. This is how Anton Yelchin died - he got ran over by his own parked Jeep.

    Again, EVERY single auto manufacturer has had to go through recalls. That's not unusual. I'm just asking people to pay attention to what the recalls are about, be aware of them when they affect your vehicle, and do a little more research than most people do on any make/model before finalizing a purchase. Be informed.

    /soapbox


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    Uhhh, a lot of stuff again.

    On Cooking.
    I was tossed into the kitchen at 14, by my mother, told that I would be cooking, one day a week, for my parents, siblings and myself. She clearly made me aware of all the house chores she had and that by cooking once a week I would be giving my mother just a bit more breathing space from all her chores, so I did so (and continued to do so until I moved out of the house).
    It really helped out later on as cooking your own food is the best insulation again the prohibitive expense of eating out, up here north.

    On domestic skills.
    Having lived alone as long as I have, I can do most domestic duties, at the very least, at a laughable amateurish level (sowing is a good example, as anything above sowing on a button is in all probability above my level). It isn't something I relish, but it has to be done.
    Then again just as much is just common sense, some of it is basically just to keep up appearances...
    The kitchen? It sparkles, cause its were I prepare my food!
    The living room? We might game there on a weekly/bi-weekly basis but its clean(-ish) cause I don't wanna look like a slob!

    On the cultural issues of taking some one out to dinner or making someone dinner.
    Wut?!...
    This is...
    I'm gonna plead Orthos on this one. I don't really know what more to say. I mean its interesting to hear about all these cultural practices and I can vaguely recognize some of the worries in the practices up here. It just makes me so utterly nervous to invite anyone over/out for a snack anywhere else though.
    To points though. Up here, the closest thing to an expectation is that any bill for eating out is talked through. Both parties present their expectations in payment (a few places even offer individual bills, even for large gathering) and a "split" is reached (often, I my experience the divide is "symbolically uneven", ie one part pays for the food, the other the drinks).
    Also as kid we didn't go and eat at friends houses very often. I suspect, that this was due to it looking like a family who send out their kids to eats at other peoples houses, would be look upon as having some sort of difficult in the household, probably financial.


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    Vanykrye wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    Vanykrye wrote:
    lisamarlene wrote:

    "So it's more, "Understanding someone else's cultural views on being treated to dinner," and, "Understanding that just because someone's buying you dinner doesn't mean that they want to sleep with you," that's important..."

    Except the unwritten (no, actually, I've seen it written in women's magazines more than once) rule for women while dating is "If you don't intend to sleep with him, offer to go dutch, because otherwise you're leading him on."

    No. A thousand times no. Those people writing in those magazines are dating the wrong men. Any man who thinks that paying for dinner = the woman is ok with sex needs to be clubbed over the head, covered in honey, and dropped off in a bear-inhabited cave deep in a mountain range.
    Yeah, in this day and age if a man is of the opinion that "Buying dinner = An obligation for sex", I figure he needs a good macing anyway.
    And not the chemical kind.

    Happye to helpe.


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    What have I done today?

    I was at work from 8:15 until 23:45 yesterday; today I got the train down to the mighty book festival. I have bought some books, met my parents, been to a talk about conspiracy theories, and am now having some beer and reading 'A Warlord of Mars'. Tomorrow Lady Longears (DE) is coming down yippeeees.

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