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Vidmaster7 wrote:

Hmm google says: Monday is the first day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, but in the US, Canada, and Japan it's counted as the second day of the week. Monday comes after Sunday and before Tuesday in our modern day Gregorian Calendar.

So apparently it is a continental thing.

Edit: I got a favorite on this one because I finally remembered to use that google thing and people are proud.

Yep. Not surprised that I ignore the U.S. "standard" and go with ISO.

EDIT: I'd try to make a nudity joke, but I got nothin'.


My company uses Sun-Sat for payroll purposes. The head of IT says "When did this 'weekend' stuff come into being? That's 48 hours where operations are largely suspended! Get stuff done without their interference!" Therefore a week is infinitely longer than a year.

EDIT: To be clear, I do get most weekends off because I manage to do as much as I can during the week. Most of the weekend work I end up doing is related to systems upgrades and other major efforts that simply can't be done while operations are in swing and are too time consuming or risky to be done during the week.


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LordSynos wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
LordSynos wrote:

I had a discussion with a friend recently, and I wanted to poll my fellow FaWtLers, see your take.

The week starts on:

Monday [X]

Sunday [ ]

I say the week starts on Monday, but my friend, from Brazil, is adamant it starts on Sunday.

So they are called weekends because they are the book ends for the week. week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.

So my vote is Sunday.

Ah, but are they the weekends, or the weekend? If Saturday/Sunday are the weekend, then Sunday can't also be the week-start, savvy?

I wonder if this will be a continental thing?

Starts on Monday.


NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:

And people always wonder why I take the train instead of the car. Sure I have a car. But if I want to go to an event in germany, on my own (mostly playing Ingress), I can sit in the car for 5 hours, on my own. Or sit in a train for 5 hours. On my own. Guess what I prefer?

Train is cheaper and more convenient. I end up in the middle of a city, and can read a book the whole way there! And generally I have to change trains only once.

Anyway, Amsterdam is only 20 mins (by train) away from where I live! Depending on when you're there, I would love to meet up!

Awesome! The calendar is getting finalized this week, so I'll let you know.

As for travel by train, in 1987 I traveled all of Europe on a Eurail pass and had no issues. GothBard was amazed when we went to London and could get an all-day pass to anywhere for 7 pounds.

In the U.S. rail travel is a cruel joke. There's a train from here to Seattle that I could use to visit my family. It's a 22-hour trip... except it is routinely 12 hours late, and sometimes up to 24.

Imagine being stuck on a train for an extra TWELVE HOURS. Every time you rode it.

I don't know what Amtrak does, but they're really, really bad at it.

That even outcompetes Polish trains lateness... Twelve hours happens from time to time but hardly routinely. Shorter periods of lateness (one to six hours) are closer to routine.


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Due to years of brainwashing by my job, to me the week starts on Sunday.

Naturally, they changed this a few years ago, and now in documents the week starts on Monday.


It feels like I twisted my ankle, somehow. Monday, blegh!


Off to Star Wars session!


Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:

And people always wonder why I take the train instead of the car. Sure I have a car. But if I want to go to an event in germany, on my own (mostly playing Ingress), I can sit in the car for 5 hours, on my own. Or sit in a train for 5 hours. On my own. Guess what I prefer?

Train is cheaper and more convenient. I end up in the middle of a city, and can read a book the whole way there! And generally I have to change trains only once.

Anyway, Amsterdam is only 20 mins (by train) away from where I live! Depending on when you're there, I would love to meet up!

Awesome! The calendar is getting finalized this week, so I'll let you know.

As for travel by train, in 1987 I traveled all of Europe on a Eurail pass and had no issues. GothBard was amazed when we went to London and could get an all-day pass to anywhere for 7 pounds.

In the U.S. rail travel is a cruel joke. There's a train from here to Seattle that I could use to visit my family. It's a 22-hour trip... except it is routinely 12 hours late, and sometimes up to 24.

Imagine being stuck on a train for an extra TWELVE HOURS. Every time you rode it.

I don't know what Amtrak does, but they're really, really bad at it.

That even outcompetes Polish trains lateness... Twelve hours happens from time to time but hardly routinely. Shorter periods of lateness (one to six hours) are closer to routine.

its because CSX bought the rails that Amtrak uses, and gets priority upon them. Amtrak is treated as secondary, and its riders, an afterthought.


Drejk wrote:
Off to Star Wars session!

D6?


John Napier 698 wrote:
It feels like I twisted my ankle, somehow. Monday, blegh!

Sympathies from a guy who can sprain his ankles by looking at a perfectly smooth floor.

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NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:

And people always wonder why I take the train instead of the car. Sure I have a car. But if I want to go to an event in germany, on my own (mostly playing Ingress), I can sit in the car for 5 hours, on my own. Or sit in a train for 5 hours. On my own. Guess what I prefer?

Train is cheaper and more convenient. I end up in the middle of a city, and can read a book the whole way there! And generally I have to change trains only once.

Anyway, Amsterdam is only 20 mins (by train) away from where I live! Depending on when you're there, I would love to meet up!

Awesome! The calendar is getting finalized this week, so I'll let you know.

As for travel by train, in 1987 I traveled all of Europe on a Eurail pass and had no issues. GothBard was amazed when we went to London and could get an all-day pass to anywhere for 7 pounds.

In the U.S. rail travel is a cruel joke. There's a train from here to Seattle that I could use to visit my family. It's a 22-hour trip... except it is routinely 12 hours late, and sometimes up to 24.

Imagine being stuck on a train for an extra TWELVE HOURS. Every time you rode it.
I don't know what Amtrak does, but they're really, really bad at it

Pfew, that is bad. Here if there is a 30 minute delay, its BAD.

.

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The week starts on monday.


Freehold DM wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Off to Star Wars session!
D6?

I STILL HAVE THAT!!!!


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They've started to reprint it actually as a nostalgia buy.

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NobodysHome wrote:

Mouseketeer Role Call: (Or at least FaWtL):

Looks like our plans have shifted quite a bit from my original thoughts, because First Class Eurail tickets are stupid-cheap. ($42/day for unlimited travel in Europe in First Class? Seriously?!?!?)

So here's the tentative plan:

From July 6-28, we'll be hitting:
- London
- Edinburgh
- Paris
- Amsterdam
- Copenhagen
- Malmo, just to say we made it to Sweden and ride the train through the cool bridge/tunnel (brunnel?)

Are we getting closer to any FaWtLers who want to try to meet up with us for a "day tour" of one of those cities?

(Unfortunately, it's been over 30 years since I was fluent in German, and 20 years since I've even tried to mangle French, so I think we're going to be an "English-only/Google Translate" group, though after 4 years of it Impus Major really ought to be able to get us by in the many Spanish-speaking nations we're visiting.

Oh, whoops...

London and Edinburgh are near enough my neck of the woods that I could potentially do a day trip, if you're there over the weekend. :)


Speaking of the appalling state of public transportation in the U.S., yet again GothBard's bus simply didn't show up this morning. It happens 2-3 times a month.

There's no warning; no announcement. She and her fellow riders just show up at the bus stop, it doesn't show up, and they check the real-time web site and the bus just didn't run that morning.

Imagine in Japan or Germany if a bus just routinely decided not to do its run with no warnings nor announcements.

There might be a little bit of anger...


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Seattle has the best public transportation system I've ever seen.

Madison tries, but their service can be lacking occasionally.

Of course, I've only travelled inside the US.


The bus service in the Milwaukee area is so bad the Violent Femmes wrote a song about it.


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I'm waiting for a bus downtown right now, gotta get Crookshanks a new bus pass.


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looks out to literal cornfield across from the school

What's it like living in a place with public transit?


NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:

And people always wonder why I take the train instead of the car. Sure I have a car. But if I want to go to an event in germany, on my own (mostly playing Ingress), I can sit in the car for 5 hours, on my own. Or sit in a train for 5 hours. On my own. Guess what I prefer?

Train is cheaper and more convenient. I end up in the middle of a city, and can read a book the whole way there! And generally I have to change trains only once.

Anyway, Amsterdam is only 20 mins (by train) away from where I live! Depending on when you're there, I would love to meet up!

Awesome! The calendar is getting finalized this week, so I'll let you know.

As for travel by train, in 1987 I traveled all of Europe on a Eurail pass and had no issues. GothBard was amazed when we went to London and could get an all-day pass to anywhere for 7 pounds.

In the U.S. rail travel is a cruel joke. There's a train from here to Seattle that I could use to visit my family. It's a 22-hour trip... except it is routinely 12 hours late, and sometimes up to 24.

Imagine being stuck on a train for an extra TWELVE HOURS. Every time you rode it.

I don't know what Amtrak does, but they're really, really bad at it.

It's not entirely Amtrak's fault.

The problem (at least on the line in question) is that the Southern Pacific freight line has precedence on that stretch of track, so if there is a freight train that needs to go through, the Amtrak has to stop on a siding and let the freight go through before it can go on.

The Southern Pacific has weird powers. For example, in the days before cellphones were something that everyone had, the SP engineers had to give a phone number where they could be reached even when they were off shift or on vacation. If they needed to call him in, they had the right to disconnect any call currently in progress on that phone number in order to ring through.

It's a "the spice must flow" kind of thing.


Well, in a city like Pittsburgh, you realize that the bus routes don't go everywhere. If your destination isn't on a bus route, you walk or take a taxi. In the Downtown area, all bus routes converge in an area of a few city blocks. Here is a page where you can get the mass transit map for Pittsburgh, as an example.


Teensy Valeros is down with a fever of 102.1 and a scratchy throat, so we dropped Hermione off at school and we're having a Magic School Bus marathon on the couch.


Scintillae wrote:

looks out to literal cornfield across from the school

What's it like living in a place with public transit?

awesome.


I always thought the calendar thing was that the week starts with Monday in countries where the Catholic church has more sway, or at least used to have (most of Europe) and on Sunday in countries where it doesn't. Is that wrong?


lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:

And people always wonder why I take the train instead of the car. Sure I have a car. But if I want to go to an event in germany, on my own (mostly playing Ingress), I can sit in the car for 5 hours, on my own. Or sit in a train for 5 hours. On my own. Guess what I prefer?

Train is cheaper and more convenient. I end up in the middle of a city, and can read a book the whole way there! And generally I have to change trains only once.

Anyway, Amsterdam is only 20 mins (by train) away from where I live! Depending on when you're there, I would love to meet up!

Awesome! The calendar is getting finalized this week, so I'll let you know.

As for travel by train, in 1987 I traveled all of Europe on a Eurail pass and had no issues. GothBard was amazed when we went to London and could get an all-day pass to anywhere for 7 pounds.

In the U.S. rail travel is a cruel joke. There's a train from here to Seattle that I could use to visit my family. It's a 22-hour trip... except it is routinely 12 hours late, and sometimes up to 24.

Imagine being stuck on a train for an extra TWELVE HOURS. Every time you rode it.

I don't know what Amtrak does, but they're really, really bad at it.

It's not entirely Amtrak's fault.

The problem (at least on the line in question) is that the Southern Pacific freight line has precedence on that stretch of track, so if there is a freight train that needs to go through, the Amtrak has to stop on a siding and let the freight go through before it can go on.

The Southern Pacific has weird powers. For example, in the days before cellphones were something that everyone had, the SP engineers had to give a phone number where they could be reached even when they were off shift or on vacation. If they needed to call him in, they had the right to disconnect any call currently in progress on that phone number in order to ring through.

It's a "the spice must flow" kind of thing.

fascinating.


Well Netflix's Bandersnatch is definitely a trip. Recommended for novelty and trippyness, if nothing else.

I absolutely think of Sunday as day 1 of the week, but now I'm thinking about it, this really doesn't square with Sunday being part of the weekend.


lisamarlene wrote:
I always thought the calendar thing was that the week starts with Monday in countries where the Catholic church has more sway, or at least used to have (most of Europe) and on Sunday in countries where it doesn't. Is that wrong?

even more fascinating. I work for a catholic organization so...wow. Makes me think.


lisamarlene wrote:
I always thought the calendar thing was that the week starts with Monday in countries where the Catholic church has more sway, or at least used to have (most of Europe) and on Sunday in countries where it doesn't. Is that wrong?

I can only speak for the UK, but we've been institutionally Protestant for hundreds of years, and our weeks start on Monday.


Okay, I give up and I am turning to you guys for help.

There are a pair of webcomics I used to follow that I cannot find anymore and that is largely because I cant remember the name of them.

One of them was about a group of kids from different races with legendary weapons that are iconic of that race trying to get along after a long war. They are the Hope's of their people, but the powers that be naturally want war to return so they can get payback, etc.

The other was a strange one with necromancy, golems, high magic, and a strange society where black people were some weird turian-like society.

I know this makes things clear as mud but still...wondering if anyone can help.


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I believe the interview went well.

The money is atrocious. Benefits are non-existent. The company seems to be very open, accepting, and kind. The job itself seems something I'd be good at, but I'm not sure if I will like.


Freehold DM wrote:

Okay, I give up and I am turning to you guys for help.

There are a pair of webcomics I used to follow that I cannot find anymore and that is largely because I cant remember the name of them.

One of them was about a group of kids from different races with legendary weapons that are iconic of that race trying to get along after a long war. They are the Hope's of their people, but the powers that be naturally want war to return so they can get payback, etc.

The other was a strange one with necromancy, golems, high magic, and a strange society where black people were some weird turian-like society.

I know this makes things clear as mud but still...wondering if anyone can help.

Doesn't sound like anything I read, unless things have changed in LFG since I was last caught up with that one...like a year or so ago.


The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
I have an interview tomorrow morning.

*Crosses turtle feet for VE*

Just a Mort wrote:
I'm a cat, not a fish!

*Tilts turtle head in a wondering manner*


Catfish?

Sea Cat?

Snorkel Cat?

:P

John Napier 698 wrote:
My weekend was okay, Kjel. Warmer that average, but I don't mind.

*Smiles*

John Napier 698 wrote:
It feels like I twisted my ankle, somehow. Monday, blegh!

*Frowns*

*Gives pack pats and attempts to shove an icepack and a Tea'n'Rum trough his screen to John*

lisamarlene wrote:

Teensy Valeros is down with a fever of 102.1 and a scratchy throat, so we dropped Hermione off at school and we're having a Magic School Bus marathon on the couch.

*Coughs, sniffles and looks quite pitiful at LM (and T. Val) with big wet saucer-like eyes*

Can I haz couch time too…?


Freehold DM wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Off to Star Wars session!
D6?

FFG, the one with the fancy dice (which work surprisingly well).

One of the players had to cancel session because he was recovering from illness.

So I am still in "haven't GMed yet this year" phase :(


Drejk wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Off to Star Wars session!
D6?

FFG, the one with the fancy dice (which work surprisingly well).

One of the players had to cancel session because he was recovering from illness.

So I am still in "haven't GMed yet this year" phase :(

I dunno...have yet to encounter anything as good as d6.

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Yeah go soak your ankle in a tub of ice, John.


captain yesterday wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
** spoiler omitted **...

Dude, seriously!

I'm going to start flagging it.

Private messages exist for a reason.

You do what you need to do cap.

Spoilers exist for a reason, to foster group discussion while allowing disinterested parties to ignore what they don't want to read.


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Tonight a milestone has been reached, insofar as I managed to sword-fight while swinging around the room on a rope.

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I admit I typoed and the first time I posted wasn't spoilered.

My excuse is I was on phone. Again I am, almost all the time. I quickly went back to edit it but I think some people saw it without spoilers.

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Limeylongears wrote:
Tonight a milestone has been reached, insofar as I managed to sword-fight while swinging around the room on a rope.

Oh my god that is so cool! Now you can be a pirate and go "Yarrrrrr!"

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Cover Turtle. I'm probably a catfish. And therefore to people, delicious.

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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of the appalling state of public transportation in the U.S., yet again GothBard's bus simply didn't show up this morning. It happens 2-3 times a month.

There's no warning; no announcement. She and her fellow riders just show up at the bus stop, it doesn't show up, and they check the real-time web site and the bus just didn't run that morning.

Imagine in Japan or Germany if a bus just routinely decided not to do its run with no warnings nor announcements.

There might be a little bit of anger...


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Just a Mort wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of the appalling state of public transportation in the U.S., yet again GothBard's bus simply didn't show up this morning. It happens 2-3 times a month.

There's no warning; no announcement. She and her fellow riders just show up at the bus stop, it doesn't show up, and they check the real-time web site and the bus just didn't run that morning.

Imagine in Japan or Germany if a bus just routinely decided not to do its run with no warnings nor announcements.

There might be a little bit of anger...

** spoiler omitted **

Humans are trash.


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Medical. Spoilered for lynora, just in case she's still lurking:

I just got a letter from Anthem Blue Cross denying me anaesthesia for my colonoscopy, because it wasn't "necessary".

All I can say is, "FFS".

I went to an in-network specialist at an in-network facility, they told me the care they were going to give me, and they did not give me a choice. The anaesthesiologist didn't say, "Well, I can give you (a), and that's covered, or I can give you (b), and that isn't."
It was just, "You're going under. Buh-bye."

The unbelievable frustration of going in for medical treatment, being offered no choices in the matter, and then having insurance deny your claim is beyond angering.

EDIT: I mean, I'll fight it and I'll win, but having to fight just to have common sense prevail incenses me.

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NobodysHome wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

I had another on Sunday. Was trying to redeem my voucher from health promotion board and then was told I needed to click it myself despite me asking the shop keeper for instruction. So I clicked it off by mistake and it went unused. Not my fault is it?


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Limeylongears wrote:
Tonight a milestone has been reached, insofar as I managed to sword-fight while swinging around the room on a rope.

Limey gets all the cookies for being awesome.

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gran rey de los mono wrote:

I think most of us are aware of Murphy's Law (whatever can go wrong, will), but do you know Cole's Law.

** spoiler omitted **

<sinister grumble>

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LordSynos wrote:

I had a discussion with a friend recently, and I wanted to poll my fellow FaWtLers, see your take.

The week starts on:

Monday [X]

Sunday [ ]

I say the week starts on Monday, but my friend, from Brazil, is adamant it starts on Sunday.

By calendars, the week starts on Sunday.

By Judeo-Christian religious practices, the week starts on Sunday. (Unless you're one of those denominations that move Sunday to the end of the week to make it equivalent to the Sabbath instead of Saturday.)

By paychecks, the week starts on Saturday, as you are paid for your work on Fridays, and the hours catalogued in said checks end on a Friday. Thus marking Friday as the end of the work week. (At least, in every job I've ever had.)

Nothing, at least in my life experiences, results in a week beginning on Monday.


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My day:
This morning, Teensy Valeros was feeling so awful he didn't even want to read comic books. We watched Octonauts until my brain was dribbling out my ears. Then he fell asleep for three hours, during which time I did as much cleaning as I could and made a 10x13 pan of chicken enchiladas, with homemade sauce. Then we went and picked up Hermione from her Girl Scouts meeting, came home, had dinner with Whingey Wizzard, and after he left for the dojo and I got the kids to bed, I scrubbed the house from top to bottom (lunar new year tomorrow, old habits die hard). And now I'm tired.
There is nothing worse than watching a little kid with a fever. I kept testing him with math problems just to make sure his brain was not foggy. This is probably abnormal.
He swears he feels fine and was whistling the Imperial March and making wolf noises in the bathtub tonight, but he's still hot.
Whingey Wizzard gets to stay home with him tomorrow while I go back to work, because he works nights on Tuesdays. Apparently four other faculty members and one other faculty child were out of school today, and I don't know how many students total. A bunch.

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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Edit: I got a favorite on this one because I finally remembered to use that google thing and people are proud.

Yes, yes, we're all very proud of you. Keep feeding the machine.

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