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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WTAF.

That last part of the story I hadn't heard before. Holy crap.

So, this may be a bit political, but it's mild enough I'll risk it.

The problem is with the way police academies train their officers.

They are taught, "Be in total control of every situation. Even a situation that seems harmless can blow up and get you killed."
That is absolutely accurate. Just how many domestic disturbance calls end up with an officer down?

Unfortunately, most academies then do absolutely nothing (useful) whatsoever to train officers as to what, "In total control," means, so most of them resort to, "Well, I'm just going to handcuff everyone, throw them in the squad car, and once the situation is under 'total control' I'll figure out what's going on."

Whether you're dealing with grieving widows who just lost their spouse of 40+ years, or ethnic groups with a long history of mistrust of the police, it's an a$$-backwards thing to do. It will escalate almost every situation.

You tend to be able to separate the good officers from the bad based almost entirely on how eager they are to cuff everybody up and get them in their cars before they've even talked to everyone.

EDIT: The *ONE* time in my life I've been held at gunpoint was by an officer trying to be "in total control". And I've been mugged twice, had an attempted mugging a third time, and been "associated" with a gang-related fight. (My friend picked the fight and it was a stupid fight, so I let him get beaten up because he deserved it. And it avoided him getting shot.)

Again, jesus.


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Again, nudity.


Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WTAF.

That last part of the story I hadn't heard before. Holy crap.

So, this may be a bit political, but it's mild enough I'll risk it.

The problem is with the way police academies train their officers.

They are taught, "Be in total control of every situation. Even a situation that seems harmless can blow up and get you killed."
That is absolutely accurate. Just how many domestic disturbance calls end up with an officer down?

Unfortunately, most academies then do absolutely nothing (useful) whatsoever to train officers as to what, "In total control," means, so most of them resort to, "Well, I'm just going to handcuff everyone, throw them in the squad car, and once the situation is under 'total control' I'll figure out what's going on."

Whether you're dealing with grieving widows who just lost their spouse of 40+ years, or ethnic groups with a long history of mistrust of the police, it's an a$$-backwards thing to do. It will escalate almost every situation.

You tend to be able to separate the good officers from the bad based almost entirely on how eager they are to cuff everybody up and get them in their cars before they've even talked to everyone.

EDIT: The *ONE* time in my life I've been held at gunpoint was by an officer trying to be "in total control". And I've been mugged twice, had an attempted mugging a third time, and been "associated" with a gang-related fight. (My friend picked the fight and it was a stupid fight, so I let him get beaten up because he deserved it. And it avoided him getting shot.)

Again, jesus.

What's funny to me is that for this one I don't know which part of my post you're responding to...


Drejk wrote:
Canicula agathion, finder of evil, eater of snacks.

*Storkes beard, with a glint in his eyes*

"I eat Corgis…"

*Grins menacingly*


NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WTAF.

That last part of the story I hadn't heard before. Holy crap.

So, this may be a bit political, but it's mild enough I'll risk it.

The problem is with the way police academies train their officers.

They are taught, "Be in total control of every situation. Even a situation that seems harmless can blow up and get you killed."
That is absolutely accurate. Just how many domestic disturbance calls end up with an officer down?

Unfortunately, most academies then do absolutely nothing (useful) whatsoever to train officers as to what, "In total control," means, so most of them resort to, "Well, I'm just going to handcuff everyone, throw them in the squad car, and once the situation is under 'total control' I'll figure out what's going on."

Whether you're dealing with grieving widows who just lost their spouse of 40+ years, or ethnic groups with a long history of mistrust of the police, it's an a$$-backwards thing to do. It will escalate almost every situation.

You tend to be able to separate the good officers from the bad based almost entirely on how eager they are to cuff everybody up and get them in their cars before they've even talked to everyone.

EDIT: The *ONE* time in my life I've been held at gunpoint was by an officer trying to be "in total control". And I've been mugged twice, had an attempted mugging a third time, and been "associated" with a gang-related fight. (My friend picked the fight and it was a stupid fight, so I let him get beaten up because he deserved it. And it avoided him getting shot.)

Again, jesus.
What's funny to me is that for this one I don't know which part of my post you're responding to...

The total control officer part.


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Another game store opened up in town! Power Nine Games, right on State street.

It's definitely going to be our new game store.


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Hello, John.

Hello, Freehold.

Hello, everybody!

Hope your insides situation gets resolved, TS.

This year's potato harvest was rather disappointing, but the carrots did alright.


A brief public service announcement:
The House with a Clock in its Walls is very, very bad.
The writing is lazy, they tarted up the storyline to make it more Hollywood, robbed it of its subtlety and added a bunch of balderdash that wasn't in the books.
Jack Black was the *least* offensively annoying thing about it.
That should tell you something right there.


So, it's a house with a clock in the wall somewhere and it stars Jack Black.

So, it's psychological horror then.


lisamarlene wrote:

A brief public service announcement:

The House with a Clock in its Walls is very, very bad.
The writing is bad, they tarted up the storyline to make it more Hollywood, robbed it of its subtlety and added a bunch of balderdash that wasn't in the books.
Jack Black was the *least* offensively annoying thing about it.
That should tell you something right there.

damn. I was hoping it would be entertaining at least. What nonsense did they stuff in there?


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captain yesterday wrote:

So, it's a house with a clock in the wall somewhere and it stars Jack Black.

So, it's psychological horror then.

I LOVED him in Tropic Thunder.


Off to bed... Trying to get to sleep at conventional times...

Well, I got up around 10-something am today.

And then crashed around 3 or 4 pm for a nap until 6 pm...


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The psychological horror comes primarily from feeling the seconds of your life ticking away as you sit there.
I felt like Count Rugen was leaning over my shoulder in the dark, murmuring, "I've just sucked 105 minutes of your life away, so tell me; how do you feel?"


lisamarlene wrote:

The psychological horror comes primarily from feeling the seconds of your life ticking away as you sit there.

I felt like Count Rugen was leaning over my shoulder in the dark, murmuring, "I've just sucked 105 minutes of your life away, so tell me; how do you feel?"

does he have a steno pad and a number 3 pencil?


Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

A brief public service announcement:

The House with a Clock in its Walls is very, very bad.
The writing is bad, they tarted up the storyline to make it more Hollywood, robbed it of its subtlety and added a bunch of balderdash that wasn't in the books.
Jack Black was the *least* offensively annoying thing about it.
That should tell you something right there.
damn. I was hoping it would be entertaining at least. What nonsense did they stuff in there?

Spoiler:

Creepy mechanical dolls (because THAT'S original), a concentration camp backstory for Mrs. Z, a giant purple snake in a closet, flying attacking books, pooping topiary, attacking pumpkins, and a quasi-sentient pet armchair.


Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

So, it's a house with a clock in the wall somewhere and it stars Jack Black.

So, it's psychological horror then.

I LOVED him in Tropic Thunder.

Tropic Thunder was so wrong and it was so much fun.


Hi, everyone. Online a bit before Little Steven's Underground Garage comes on WDVE.


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Scintillae wrote:

Typography mini-rant!

I have a coworker who has set her default email font to a larger-than-standard, bolded Comic Sans. This is combined with a general lack of punctuation from a rushed, very concisely worded message. All in all, these factors contribute to making all of her messages seem about ten times as aggressive as they're intended.

And it makes me crazy

O.o Large, bolded comic sans in simple phrases goes beyond aggressive... it’s practically a ransom note... maybe a list of demands before setting the hostages free? Nothing good, that’s for sure. Are....are they the kind of sick weirdo who thinks clowns are cute too? ;P


lisamarlene wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

So, it's a house with a clock in the wall somewhere and it stars Jack Black.

So, it's psychological horror then.

I LOVED him in Tropic Thunder.
Tropic Thunder was so wrong and it was so much fun.

A friend of mine is waiting to lose more hair so he can play Les for halloween.


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lynora wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

Typography mini-rant!

I have a coworker who has set her default email font to a larger-than-standard, bolded Comic Sans. This is combined with a general lack of punctuation from a rushed, very concisely worded message. All in all, these factors contribute to making all of her messages seem about ten times as aggressive as they're intended.

And it makes me crazy

O.o Large, bolded comic sans in simple phrases goes beyond aggressive... it’s practically a ransom note... maybe a list of demands before setting the hostages free? Nothing good, that’s for sure. Are....are they the kind of sick weirdo who thinks clowns are cute too? ;P

I did not know you disliked clowns. I will add this important information to your abscondi-cave dossier.


Clowns are downright creepy. Forget Ted Bundy and Pennywhistle the clown from It. You never know who is under all that makeup.


Pennywise.


Clowns dont scare me.

The damn things from dark crystal however make me distinctly nauseous. There was a time where they terrified me.
I find it FASCINATING that they are the inspiration for/an available race in Shining Force, one of my favorite games. They do not bother me there, but seem to be yet another kemenomimi type race.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I have a game. Name a solo artist (or side project, or collaberation, etc) who was actually >better< than their original group upon going solo. Music aficionados know this isn't usually the case.

I'll start with the easy ones:

** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

Busy at work right now, and nothing is popping up immediately in my head as a no question about it kind of thing.

And I think you need to clarify "better" as it's highly subjective, and sometimes people leave groups to go play a completely different genre of music entirely, so that's a whole other thing.

For instance...How would you rate the subsequent careers of the individual Beatles after they broke up?
I hate the Beatles.

Me too. I’ve tried to like them, but it really doesn’t work. I still hate them.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
I don't have a problem with Hulu. I need a way to turn off Netflix's auto preview BS tho.

Ugh, yes, the auto preview is freaking killing me. Hate it so much. :/


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Buddy is home!

Squeezing a ferret bladder to make it pee because it's spinal disc is too swollen to pee himself temporarily is...kinda fun. It's oddly satisfying in a gross way, like popping a pimple.

He's dragging his legs still, but once in a while, he'll move them a bit. Plus I'm giving him PT by holding his little hands while he shuffles his back feet so he's getting tougher by the day.

I meanwhile STILL can't get a PF game going...or even a decent poker game.

I think flakiness is the quality I hate most that I encounter on a regualar basis. I would bet money the number of flaky people in America is 70+%...but then how would you measure that?

I'm almost willing to start the horribly long and boring process of trying to get into a PbP again. I mean I like PbP but the audition process is just...ugh.

Really glad to hear that your ferret is doing better. It sucks so much when a pet gets sick.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Seems like a good time to recommend some anime!

It's only 12 episodes, but Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a delightfully grim surprise.

The cover and splash page artwork makes it look like just yet another in the infinite line of, "Young awkward middle school girls can become Magic Girls (TM)".
But from the moment the first scene starts with ominous music and a dark, abstract art style you say, "Huh? Maybe this might be different."

By episode 3, things start getting dark.
By episode 10, you are thinking, "OMG, this is SOOOOOOOO beyond ****ed up!"

And it is a complete series with no hooks or gotchas or, "This is how we're going to fit in the next season" bits.

Nice series. I highly recommend it if you're into a darker twist on the whole "magic girls" thing.

Madoka magica is the kiddo’s favorite series ever. He’s pretty much got the whole thing memorized by now.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Seems like a good time to recommend some anime!

It's only 12 episodes, but Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a delightfully grim surprise.

The cover and splash page artwork makes it look like just yet another in the infinite line of, "Young awkward middle school girls can become Magic Girls (TM)".
But from the moment the first scene starts with ominous music and a dark, abstract art style you say, "Huh? Maybe this might be different."

By episode 3, things start getting dark.
By episode 10, you are thinking, "OMG, this is SOOOOOOOO beyond ****ed up!"

And it is a complete series with no hooks or gotchas or, "This is how we're going to fit in the next season" bits.

Nice series. I highly recommend it if you're into a darker twist on the whole "magic girls" thing.

Madoka Magica is an instant classic. Forget the series, watch the movie, which is a rare thing for me to say.

Also, the H is good.

So there’s two movies. One is basically the series but in movie form. The other is a highly cool but creepy continuation, which would make no sense without having watched the series. At least that’s the way it was packaged on the app I watched it on


lisamarlene wrote:

A brief public service announcement:

The House with a Clock in its Walls is very, very bad.
The writing is lazy, they tarted up the storyline to make it more Hollywood, robbed it of its subtlety and added a bunch of balderdash that wasn't in the books.
Jack Black was the *least* offensively annoying thing about it.
That should tell you something right there.

:(

So I went to see this movie this afternoon and I loved it. It was the film equivalent of a hot cocoa under warm blankets with a good book from my perspective. Now, I barely remember the book aside from a vague memory of enjoying it and mostly the illustrations, so that no doubt makes a big difference. But my opinion of the film is obviously nothing remotely resembling yours. I was actually going to gush about how much I like it before I saw this.....so, uh, yeah... agree to disagree


lynora wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Seems like a good time to recommend some anime!

It's only 12 episodes, but Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a delightfully grim surprise.

The cover and splash page artwork makes it look like just yet another in the infinite line of, "Young awkward middle school girls can become Magic Girls (TM)".
But from the moment the first scene starts with ominous music and a dark, abstract art style you say, "Huh? Maybe this might be different."

By episode 3, things start getting dark.
By episode 10, you are thinking, "OMG, this is SOOOOOOOO beyond ****ed up!"

And it is a complete series with no hooks or gotchas or, "This is how we're going to fit in the next season" bits.

Nice series. I highly recommend it if you're into a darker twist on the whole "magic girls" thing.

Madoka magica is the kiddo’s favorite series ever. He’s pretty much got the whole thing memorized by now.

I like that kid!


lynora wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

A brief public service announcement:

The House with a Clock in its Walls is very, very bad.
The writing is lazy, they tarted up the storyline to make it more Hollywood, robbed it of its subtlety and added a bunch of balderdash that wasn't in the books.
Jack Black was the *least* offensively annoying thing about it.
That should tell you something right there.

:(

So I went to see this movie this afternoon and I loved it. It was the film equivalent of a hot cocoa under warm blankets with a good book from my perspective. Now, I barely remember the book aside from a vague memory of enjoying it and mostly the illustrations, so that no doubt makes a big difference. But my opinion of the film is obviously nothing remotely resembling yours. I was actually going to gush about how much I like it before I saw this.....so, uh, yeah... agree to disagree

wow. Its amazing to find such disagreement on a film in the same day.


I am watching iczer 3. Man. The memories.


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lynora wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

A brief public service announcement:

The House with a Clock in its Walls is very, very bad.
The writing is lazy, they tarted up the storyline to make it more Hollywood, robbed it of its subtlety and added a bunch of balderdash that wasn't in the books.
Jack Black was the *least* offensively annoying thing about it.
That should tell you something right there.

:(

So I went to see this movie this afternoon and I loved it. It was the film equivalent of a hot cocoa under warm blankets with a good book from my perspective. Now, I barely remember the book aside from a vague memory of enjoying it and mostly the illustrations, so that no doubt makes a big difference. But my opinion of the film is obviously nothing remotely resembling yours. I was actually going to gush about how much I like it before I saw this.....so, uh, yeah... agree to disagree

You know what? I'm totally happy to listen to you gush about it.

Seriously.
We all know I'm a contrarian a!&*$&% who can suck the joy out of a cuddle from a cocker spaniel puppy like a dementor who's had one too many cheap bears after a bad breakup, so go for it.
:-)


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Ice Bear is priceless.


NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WTAF.

That last part of the story I hadn't heard before. Holy crap.

So, this may be a bit political, but it's mild enough I'll risk it.

The problem is with the way police academies train their officers.

They are taught, "Be in total control of every situation. Even a situation that seems harmless can blow up and get you killed."
That is absolutely accurate. Just how many domestic disturbance calls end up with an officer down?

Unfortunately, most academies then do absolutely nothing (useful) whatsoever to train officers as to what, "In total control," means, so most of them resort to, "Well, I'm just going to handcuff everyone, throw them in the squad car, and once the situation is under 'total control' I'll figure out what's going on."

Whether you're dealing with grieving widows who just lost their spouse of 40+ years, or ethnic groups with a long history of mistrust of the police, it's an a$$-backwards thing to do. It will escalate almost every situation.

You tend to be able to separate the good officers from the bad based almost entirely on how eager they are to cuff everybody up and get them in their cars before they've even talked to everyone.

EDIT: The *ONE* time in my life I've been held at gunpoint was by an officer trying to be "in total control". And I've been mugged twice, had an attempted mugging a third time, and been "associated" with a gang-related fight. (My friend picked the fight and it was a stupid fight, so I let him get beaten up because he deserved it. And it avoided him getting shot.)

Not to mention the personality tests they use to sort for cops literally look for without going to far into it basically uncompromising jerks.


Speaking of pennywise. Clowns do not bother me in the least. (slight spoiler maybe?) GIANT SPIDERS however... *SHUDDER*


Just a Mort wrote:

Gran - your deck size is too big, try to keep < 25 cards, to be honest. Its easier to control. But well I'm not gonna critique too much, whatever that works.

And grats for finishing slay the spire on defect! =D

if you don't get cards you want sometimes its better not to take any rewards.

I didn't intend for the deck to get that big, it just sorta did. And I kept getting curses from ? spaces, so I had to remove those from the deck instead of less useful cards. Next time I'll probably try not to take so many.

Although 4 Self Repair + cards was really nice to have. Especially combined with Echo Form. There were several times that I healed 60 or 70 damage because of those.


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Ah yes the old Your deck is to big. I get that complaint from wome... you know what that might have been a bit of a free hold post i'll just cut it off right there. XD


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Women are complaining that your deck is too big, so you're going to cut it off? That doesn't sound like a good idea.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Women are complaining that your deck is too big, so you're going to cut it off? That doesn't sound like a good idea.

I don't know why I didn't see that. I feel I should of noticed that. your accursed word games.


Bwahaha. And now back to the Spire. Trying Ascension with Ironclad. I've gotten halfway through the City twice now, but keep dying.

The Exchange

I've not had much luck with acension level 4 on defect. And Cover Turtle, when I meant no sugar, I meant no sugar added, not artificial sweeteners. I've also figured out the culprit! It was the spiced sausage my dad brought back from Thailand. Too much spicy stuff and I get runs. It was good, though!

On higher acension you need a good blend of defense and offense. Like I ran acension 1 on an Attack Attack Attack type of deck (Clash, iron clad, was hoping to pick up rage), but on higher acension level that kind of deck would not cut it.

Body slam, with barricade and entrench are more stable types of decks on higher acension levels.

The Exchange

Once I dual wielded and literally jugglenaughtted the twin slimes to death. Each time I gained block, I dealt 28 dmg from juggernaut. What can I say? I never got body slam that round so I uh.. Got creative.


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A frosty morning!


Still way to warm here.

The Exchange

I'm always freezing in my office. It's normal. And the sad thing is somehow I put on 6 lbs over the weekend. I'm not even sure how that's possible but I blame an indulgence in Mooncakes. And maybe sleeping late.


Your body is preparing you for the cold office!


Vidmaster7 wrote:
Ah yes the old Your deck is to big. I get that complaint from wome... you know what that might have been a bit of a free hold post i'll just cut it off right there. XD

while I am glad that yet another Male rival sees the futility in competing with me, I am a bit weirded out that you take it this far.


Sigh. I should of deleted it when I had the chance.


Just a Mort wrote:
…And Cover Turtle, when I meant no sugar, I meant no sugar added, not artificial sweeteners. I've also figured out the culprit! It was the spiced sausage my dad brought back from Thailand. Too much spicy stuff and I get runs...

Mystery solved then ^^

I was more amazed that you actually got anything out of my poorly sentenced speculations ^^'
(that's what I get for multi-tasking and not doing any proofreading…)

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