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Hurrah, being sick at work!

Sczarni

*dons mask, mops up lutefisk*


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Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Yes. Google Forms has finally put in a locked screen mode for quizzes.
yay?

Very yay. Means the kids can't tab out to look up answers, and I can still do paperless testing without worrying that someone's cheating the instant my back is turned.

The children were visibly upset that Google has done this.

That's an admission of guilt, right there.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Yes. Google Forms has finally put in a locked screen mode for quizzes.
yay?

Very yay. Means the kids can't tab out to look up answers, and I can still do paperless testing without worrying that someone's cheating the instant my back is turned.

The children were visibly upset that Google has done this.

That's an admission of guilt, right there.

I am utterly unsurprised.

"Whoa, it's locked now? That's smart."
"...we are graduating at the right time."


captain yesterday wrote:

It's Crookshanks' birthday today, she turns 15.

F!#~ you, time.

Happy Spawnday to Crookshanks!


Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:

The Google Pixel line is bare bones stock Android. No extra crap preloaded (I'm looking at you in particular, Samsung).

I've had my Pixel XL for almost three years without an issue.

I don't think I ever heard of those, and I worked in smart phone servicing company...

*checks prices* I could have a laptop at that price, or two or three cheep ones...

Yeah, they're expensive, but my plan has us paying off the phones as part of our regular phone bill, which makes it workable.

I use phone so little that pre-paid is more favorable to me: 50 zloty - 5 hours of minimum wage after taxes (andless than my monthly 250 Mb/s internet which is 72), every five months, more or less, practically all of it goes into internet packets since I got a smartphone. Before that I was able to run my phone for a year or two on that amount.


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Coincidentally I am posting from a cinema longue, waiting for the Endgame.

What is better from seeing Avengers at a cinema? Seeing Avengers at a cinema for free - one of my friends had three tickets to give away so I asked him for one.


Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:

The Google Pixel line is bare bones stock Android. No extra crap preloaded (I'm looking at you in particular, Samsung).

I've had my Pixel XL for almost three years without an issue.

I don't think I ever heard of those, and I worked in smart phone servicing company...

*checks prices* I could have a laptop at that price, or two or three cheep ones...

Yeah, they're expensive, but my plan has us paying off the phones as part of our regular phone bill, which makes it workable.
I use phone so little that pre-paid is more favorable to me: 50 zloty - 5 hours of minimum wage after taxes (andless than my monthly 250 Mb/s internet which is 72), every five months, more or less, practically all of it goes into internet packets since I got a smartphone. Before that I was able to run my phone for a year or two on that amount.

Ah...I see the Pixel 3 prices have gone up considerably from what I paid for my first gen.


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Also helps that my company reimburses me a bit every month for having me use my personal phone for work purposes, so that's actually paying for my phone and about half of Aiymi's phone right there.


Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:

The Google Pixel line is bare bones stock Android. No extra crap preloaded (I'm looking at you in particular, Samsung).

I've had my Pixel XL for almost three years without an issue.

I don't think I ever heard of those, and I worked in smart phone servicing company...

*checks prices* I could have a laptop at that price, or two or three cheep ones...

Yeah, they're expensive, but my plan has us paying off the phones as part of our regular phone bill, which makes it workable.
I use phone so little that pre-paid is more favorable to me: 50 zloty - 5 hours of minimum wage after taxes (andless than my monthly 250 Mb/s internet which is 72), every five months, more or less, practically all of it goes into internet packets since I got a smartphone. Before that I was able to run my phone for a year or two on that amount.
Ah...I see the Pixel 3 prices have gone up considerably from what I paid for my first gen.

Also it needs to be noted that electronic devices tend to be more expensive in Poland, if not in absolute terms, then certainly in relation to typical wages


I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.


My last job I had to have a company provided iPhone and iPad. I didn't mind the iPad. I hated the iPhone. Same OS, but I just hated it in the phone form.


Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.


Yeah, relative income in different areas can be frightening. This article on affording a place to rent around here on "only" $100,000 a year is pretty depressing.

And this *may* have been a "different currency" thing, but back when I was working for a different company and I saw all my colleagues' salaries, we were all in the $60,000-$130,000 range, while the guy in Israel was at $570,000. I'm wondering whether that was a typo, or whether Israel is really that much more expensive.

But yeah, I put money into GoFundMes or Kickstarters and people say, "Holy crap! That was really generous of you!", and I prefer that they first divide by 5, because that's roughly the rule of thumb around here.

A cheap 2-bedroom apartment is $3000. So would $600 be a reasonable price for such an apartment elsewhere in the country?


Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Yes. Google Forms has finally put in a locked screen mode for quizzes.
yay?

Very yay. Means the kids can't tab out to look up answers, and I can still do paperless testing without worrying that someone's cheating the instant my back is turned.

The children were visibly upset that Google has done this.

i normally enjoy sticking it to the teach, but everything you say here is a valid concern.


$600 is what you pay for a bare bones 1 bedroom where I’m at.


Depending on the area, yes. My old apartment was about $650 for a 2-bedroom, but the town was out in the boonies. It's closer to $800 for a 2-bedroom where I am now, which isn't terribly far from a decently-sized college town.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Also helps that my company reimburses me a bit every month for having me use my personal phone for work purposes, so that's actually paying for my phone and about half of Aiymi's phone right there.

My company pays me $50/month to stay at home and not come in because fish pants.


Vanykrye wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Yes. Google Forms has finally put in a locked screen mode for quizzes.
yay?

Very yay. Means the kids can't tab out to look up answers, and I can still do paperless testing without worrying that someone's cheating the instant my back is turned.

The children were visibly upset that Google has done this.

That's an admission of guilt, right there.

is exploiting a loophole cheating, genius, both or neither?


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NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

how tiny are your pockets? My note 9 fits in my pocket.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Yes. Google Forms has finally put in a locked screen mode for quizzes.
yay?

Very yay. Means the kids can't tab out to look up answers, and I can still do paperless testing without worrying that someone's cheating the instant my back is turned.

The children were visibly upset that Google has done this.

That's an admission of guilt, right there.
is exploiting a loophole cheating, genius, both or neither?

It's cheating.

It's genius if you do it because of an inherent internal bias and unwillingness to see yourself as a villain.

Same applies to fiction - give an NPC a chance to loophole out of a devil contract, and they're still cheating...but you root for them anyway. Doesn't change the fact they're not being honest.


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I will not mention how much rent is in my area. People will go mad.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Yes. Google Forms has finally put in a locked screen mode for quizzes.
yay?

Very yay. Means the kids can't tab out to look up answers, and I can still do paperless testing without worrying that someone's cheating the instant my back is turned.

The children were visibly upset that Google has done this.

That's an admission of guilt, right there.
is exploiting a loophole cheating, genius, both or neither?

Legally speaking? It all comes down to intent. But...kids know that quizzes, unless they are specifically told they are open book/open note, are not intended to be open book/open note. Or open google.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

I have no loyalty to any line of iToys, but what kind of legwear are you wearing that you can't fit any ol' smartphone in your pocket?


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

how tiny are your pockets? My note 9 fits in my pocket.

Remember that NH is 7/8ths scale...


Tequila Sunrise wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

I have no loyalty to any line of iToys, but what kind of legwear are you wearing that you can't fit any ol' iPhone in your pocket?

In the Chefwear, if I sit down and lean back in my chair the larger phones pop right out and drop on the floor.

Otherwise, keep in mind that I'm 5'6". Put on a pair of Levis 501s with a 30" inseam and see just how deep the pockets are. Anything bigger than a 4S sticks out of the back pocket, or is an annoyingly tight squeeze in front.


Freehold DM wrote:
I will not mention how much rent is in my area. People will go mad.

We took that title from you YEARS ago.

EDIT: OK. I take it back. San Francisco is #1 in house prices. Manhattan still manages to edge out San Francisco in rent.


NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Also helps that my company reimburses me a bit every month for having me use my personal phone for work purposes, so that's actually paying for my phone and about half of Aiymi's phone right there.

My company pays me $50/month to stay at home and not come in because fish pants.

Oh, I see. Apparently fish pants have small pockets, ya learn something new every day.

Scarab Sages

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NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:

In reply to NobodysHome:

** spoiler omitted **

Oh, Europe is an entirely different kettle of fish. I was teaching a course up in Montreal, and my fellow trainers warned me that the company where I was delivering the training ran on "European time".

Sure enough, we didn't start class until 45 minutes after the hour, and then when I gave them a 1-hour lunch break they vanished for 3 hours. Their "10 minute" breaks were typically 30-40 minutes long. I offered to stay late to let them catch up, but by 5:30 pm they'd all left.

So, losing nearly 3 hours a day on a 5-day course, I had to skip a lot of stuff.

And of course I got excoriated on my reviews for "going too fast" and "not giving them enough time for the labs."

Fortunately, I'd been reporting the students' behavior to both my manager and their manager, so *I* didn't get in trouble for it.

But seriously. Your company's paying $750/hour to bring in a personal trainer for 24 of you, and you can't be bothered to actually show up?

I wouldnt say its a european thing. More like goverment officials are just the same everywhere you go

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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

how tiny are your pockets? My note 9 fits in my pocket.

I just switched completely to wearing mens jeans, since you know. Pockets. I now have pockets that can fit a normal sized wallet.


I just cannot get on with Apple stuff at all.


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I love my Apple stuff, I just can't stand their stores.


NobodysHome wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

I have no loyalty to any line of iToys, but what kind of legwear are you wearing that you can't fit any ol' iPhone in your pocket?

In the Chefwear, if I sit down and lean back in my chair the larger phones pop right out and drop on the floor.

Otherwise, keep in mind that I'm 5'6". Put on a pair of Levis 501s with a 30" inseam and see just how deep the pockets are. Anything bigger than a 4S sticks out of the back pocket, or is an annoyingly tight squeeze in front.

but how many scints is that?

And I am a 30 inseam.


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Inwhat.


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I wear size 32 waist and 28 legs, ideally, but I'm happy if I can find 30 or 32.

I have short legs, but big feet, so I walk like Thelma from A Pup Named Scooby Doo.

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Happy Birthday Crookshanks!

I'm going to climb Toa Payoh Central 79A to E, 40 stories, twice just to see if I can...we're planning a trip to Mount Fuji maybe next year.

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NobodysHome wrote:
A cheap 2-bedroom apartment is $3000. So would $600 be a reasonable price for such an apartment elsewhere in the country?

My cheap 1-bedroom apartment was $560 a month, which covered everything except electricity. $600 would be about right for the lighter months with electricity included, closer to $625-650 in the heat of summer and coldest parts of winter.

A studio in the same complex would have been about $480 if I remember right, again covering everything except electricity.


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Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

how tiny are your pockets? My note 9 fits in my pocket.
I just switched completely to wearing mens jeans, since you know. Pockets. I now have pockets that can fit a normal sized wallet.

I switched from jeans to cargo pants. Even more and bigger pockets.

The new pants also have a zipper on a pocket in which I carry the wallet and the keys.


XXL pants. Whatever that would be in other regions and measurements.


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I actually fit in XL but they get too tight fitting then, causing problems with mobility, especially crouching.

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Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

how tiny are your pockets? My note 9 fits in my pocket.
I just switched completely to wearing mens jeans, since you know. Pockets. I now have pockets that can fit a normal sized wallet.

I hate having things in my pocket so I really need to carry a handbag to stuff all my stuff in.


I have returned from Avengers: The Endgame. Fun and entertaining, as well as much better than Hellboy.

Still, I had a senses of something missing while watching it, especially the early party. Not sure what exactly, but I felt it could be better.

I did not recognize Stan Lee cameo (the first time, I think), though it was funny as always.

There was no after-credits scene :/

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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Raylyeh wrote:
I’ve used iPhones since I upgraded to a smartphone about 5 years ago and I don’t mind them. I tried an android about a year ago but it threw me off pretty bad and had to switch back. I guess it just goes down to what you’re used to sometimes. Though I do hate how big phones have been getting. When I switched back I had to special order an IPhone SE, they’re a bit older now but I love that it’s pretty small and it has fit all of my needs.

That is me.

If a phone doesn't completely fit into my pocket, it is not a phone, it is a PITA. The iPhone 4 is already very close. Nothing that came out after that is of any interest to me in the iCrap line, because none of them fit in my pocket.

I have no loyalty to any line of iToys, but what kind of legwear are you wearing that you can't fit any ol' iPhone in your pocket?

In the Chefwear, if I sit down and lean back in my chair the larger phones pop right out and drop on the floor.

Otherwise, keep in mind that I'm 5'6". Put on a pair of Levis 501s with a 30" inseam and see just how deep the pockets are. Anything bigger than a 4S sticks out of the back pocket, or is an annoyingly tight squeeze in front.

but how many scints is that?

~1.118644


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Random snippet from the convention (or rather hotel stay):

I had a room-mate - the boss's friend. I saw him the first time in the morning of the second day (Friday), when he returned from a party. Then I saw him on Saturday night, when he showed up in company of a very raven-haired girl, just to change clothes and (to quote her quip) "fragrant himself". I spoke with her while he was in the bathroom, and to be honest I am not sure if she hadn't flirted with me. It's been ages since I sat in PJs on a bed while speaking with an beautiful woman.
Then they left and came back early* in the morning to get his things and went back to the convention while I went for breakfast.

*early for me, that is before 8 am.


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It seems that my voice gets more attractive for women when I have sore throat or stuck nose. I was told that I have deep voice "like a priest".

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Just climbed 80 storeys - with a 3 min break for the lift to bring me down at the 40th storey. Checking what my baseline fitness level is in preparation for a Mount Fuji climb

9 min to climb 40 storeys. Unencumbered climb.


Clocking out. Good night, everyone.


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Since I'm still on the email lists for a few comic shops back in Cali (because I can't bear too unsubscribe), I just got this message from Cape and Cowl in Oakland:

This year’s Free Comic Book Day is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon! Come down and have a cold one, get some free comics, eat a taco, donate some food, and maybe get a tattoo! Sounds like a pretty decent Saturday to us!

It may in fact be possible to get a fraction "more Oakland" than this, but it would be difficult.

And PBR still tastes like fish batter.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Since I'm still on the email lists for a few comic shops back in Cali (because I can't bear too unsubscribe), I just got this message from Cape and Cowl in Oakland:

This year’s Free Comic Book Day is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon! Come down and have a cold one, get some free comics, eat a taco, donate some food, and maybe get a tattoo! Sounds like a pretty decent Saturday to us!

It may in fact be possible to get a fraction "more Oakland" than this, but it would be difficult.

And PBR still tastes like fish batter.

I don't think I've ever heard a beer described as fish batter before. You have reminded me, though, of my favorite description of a beer. A few years ago my brother and I were at Buffalo Wild Wings and there were some people there offering free samples (like 2 ounces) of a beer. I think it was MGD 64, but I'm not sure. Some kind of "ultra-low calorie" beer. I turned it down since I had stopped drinking by then, but my brother tried it. He took the cup, sniffed it, drank it, and then looked at the lovely young lady who was handing it out and said "I have bad news. Your horse has diabetes."


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In last night's Savage Worlds session, we learned that tearing a flayed goblin-skin mask from your face, then raising your axe and screaming horrific Dwarven imprecations is a notably effective form of intimidation.

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