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A baton goes to the annual Walking Stick conference. As it tries to enter, a security guard stops it and says "Sorry. Staff only."

*clears throat* Not that staff.


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Uh that is either very good or very poor planning.


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captain yesterday wrote:

The General (after giving Tiny T-Rex a piece of fancy black licorice): So, what do you think? Did you like it?

Tiny T-Rex: Well, if someone ever asks me what my least favorite candy is, at least now I have an answer for them.

AAAAND AN EXTRA HMPH TO EVERYONE WHO FAVORITED THIS POST! eats more licorice


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Well now I have to go back and favorite it.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Uh that is either very good or very poor planning.

I'm very good at poor planning.


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I don't mind a bit of black licorice from time to time. But not often or very much.


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I like black licorice. My ex brought me some gourmet stuff from Iceland that tasted incredibly strong. Even I couldn't eat more than one small piece at a time it was so potent.

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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Woran wrote:
While complaining is like, dutch people's number one hobby, I am super glad I live in the netherlands.

I would move there in a heartbeat, but...well first off...how does one go about moving to a nation when your own considers you a leach due to having mental disorders? I mean you can't just up and leave. Visas and passports and...jobs and stuff.

Poor people are screwed. The irony is we are the ones complaining, rich at the top say "if you don't like it leave" and when we ask how they stop listening. Probably because they realize we would be refugees they hate so much.

*Not kind-hearted affluent folks like NH, but dicks who horde so they can die with the most stuff. I don't think all wealthy folks are a%%$%&+s. It just is easier to become wealthy if you are a heartless psychopath.

We have a whole website, in english, about the different kind of ways you can come and stay in the netherlands

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captain yesterday wrote:

The General (after giving Tiny T-Rex a piece of fancy black licorice): So, what do you think? Did you like it?

Tiny T-Rex: Well, if someone ever asks me what my least favorite candy is, at least now I have an answer for them.

PM me your adress and I'll send you a package of dutch licorice.


Woran wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Woran wrote:
While complaining is like, dutch people's number one hobby, I am super glad I live in the netherlands.

I would move there in a heartbeat, but...well first off...how does one go about moving to a nation when your own considers you a leach due to having mental disorders? I mean you can't just up and leave. Visas and passports and...jobs and stuff.

Poor people are screwed. The irony is we are the ones complaining, rich at the top say "if you don't like it leave" and when we ask how they stop listening. Probably because they realize we would be refugees they hate so much.

*Not kind-hearted affluent folks like NH, but dicks who horde so they can die with the most stuff. I don't think all wealthy folks are a%%$%&+s. It just is easier to become wealthy if you are a heartless psychopath.

We have a whole website, in english, about the different kind of ways you can come and stay in the netherlands

Yay! Gonna read like crazy!

I have a LOT of family in Germany just a train ride away. (My mom is #8 of 15 kids.)


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So do you think under reasons for political asylum I can put

Political but only 1 word:
"Trump"

and just leave the rest blank?


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Woran wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

The General (after giving Tiny T-Rex a piece of fancy black licorice): So, what do you think? Did you like it?

Tiny T-Rex: Well, if someone ever asks me what my least favorite candy is, at least now I have an answer for them.

PM me your adress and I'll send you a package of dutch licorice.

but..what about me?


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My Mother wishes to thank everyone who wished her a Happy Birthday. It was a very good day.


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lisamarlene wrote:

There was a free Shakespeare performance at the downtown public library today: A Midsummer Night's Dream" performed by six actors in all black with no costumes or sets, just one prop per character. It was a local community college drama club, and one of the actors was pretty good. The rest... well, they really put their hearts into it, and Val and Hermione enjoyed it, and it was free.

I'm honestly just impressed that the city library actually has a performance space (a 20x20 foot square of parquet floor at the far end of Level Four, where all the art, drama, and music books are kept, with folding chairs) for local theater groups, bands, etc. to come and do their thing. On the next level up, it turned out there is a free kids' Lego Robotics and Intro to Programming club that meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday, and they even give the kids free boxed lunches from Whole Foods. It turns out that one of the instructors is the mother of one of Val's school friends. So she gave the kids two of the box lunches, and we chatted a bit, and I put the date of the next club meeting in my google calendar. It's also the date of Hermione's audition for our ballet school Nutcracker, but that is later in the day and we can do both. Especially if I don't have to worry about feeding Hermione before her audition. And it will give her something interesting to focus on instead of fretting about it all morning, which isn't good for anyone.

Yeah, it's always funny moving from the Bay Area (where the coastal range greatly limits space) to any wide flat place where space isn't an issue.

I still remember going to Sacramento and being amazed at how much space they dedicated to thinks like displays, parks, or even just open areas in public buildings for kids to play.

When you have space, you can use it to make life more pleasant. And frequently, people do...


Syrus Terrigan wrote:

Black licorice is foul. And so shall it ever be.

Love the snark you and the General are instilling in your kids, cap. Lots of +1s!

A DRUNKEN LIE


NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

There was a free Shakespeare performance at the downtown public library today: A Midsummer Night's Dream" performed by six actors in all black with no costumes or sets, just one prop per character. It was a local community college drama club, and one of the actors was pretty good. The rest... well, they really put their hearts into it, and Val and Hermione enjoyed it, and it was free.

I'm honestly just impressed that the city library actually has a performance space (a 20x20 foot square of parquet floor at the far end of Level Four, where all the art, drama, and music books are kept, with folding chairs) for local theater groups, bands, etc. to come and do their thing. On the next level up, it turned out there is a free kids' Lego Robotics and Intro to Programming club that meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday, and they even give the kids free boxed lunches from Whole Foods. It turns out that one of the instructors is the mother of one of Val's school friends. So she gave the kids two of the box lunches, and we chatted a bit, and I put the date of the next club meeting in my google calendar. It's also the date of Hermione's audition for our ballet school Nutcracker, but that is later in the day and we can do both. Especially if I don't have to worry about feeding Hermione before her audition. And it will give her something interesting to focus on instead of fretting about it all morning, which isn't good for anyone.

Yeah, it's always funny moving from the Bay Area (where the coastal range greatly limits space) to any wide flat place where space isn't an issue.

I still remember going to Sacramento and being amazed at how much space they dedicated to thinks like displays, parks, or even just open areas in public buildings for kids to play.

When you have space, you can use it to make life more pleasant. And frequently, people do...

laughs in Brooklyn


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Syrus Terrigan wrote:

Black licorice is foul. And so shall it ever be.

Love the snark you and the General are instilling in your kids, cap. Lots of +1s!

No snark, it's just him trying to politely say he didn't like it.


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Wow... speaking of abject aggravation...

(1) When I set up my PayPal account in 2002, I used my hyphenated name. It is NOT my legal name, has NEVER been my legal name, and is considered an "alias". In 2002 PayPal had no trouble with this. Now, in 2019, they want my legal name, and they require a legal document in my "current" legal name to change my name.
Er, the name you have is not and has never been my legal name. I cannot provide you with such a document.

What's appalling is that this is beyond their understanding. When the chat person said, "Let's try it again using Internet Explorer" I just hung up on her. Once tech support starts suggesting Internet Explorer, you know they're useless.

(2) Impus Major's laptop ran a Windows 10 Update last night that bricked his laptop. It wouldn't even boot in Safe Mode (seriously, Windows 10? Even Safe Mode is no longer "safe"?).
So his laptop's sitting in the corner doing a full system restore. Google Windows 10 Update and you learn that this is an amazingly common issue.

So, why is Windows 7 so bad again?

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Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

The General (after giving Tiny T-Rex a piece of fancy black licorice): So, what do you think? Did you like it?

Tiny T-Rex: Well, if someone ever asks me what my least favorite candy is, at least now I have an answer for them.

PM me your adress and I'll send you a package of dutch licorice.
but..what about me?

Sure, no problem.


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OMG. I FINALLY understand the stacking rules for buffs!
Yeah, laugh your a** off, NH.


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What I do when I'm too sick to leave the house on a Sunday morning: I dug all of Whingey Wizzard's old minis out and spent an hour sorting them into a 16-compartment organizer from the Container Store that another teacher at my school had put on the thrift shop pile during inservice week, and then labeled them, and then reorganized the GM cabinet with the fold-down desk, and found a new lightbulb for the fixture in the cabinet.
I feel so cool.


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TSA training day, apparently. I have never seen my little travel toothpaste get scrutinized so much. It got looked over more rigorously than when I brought a screwdriver set in my carry-on.


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Bright spot: none of the travel plans either going to or coming from Virginia involve Atlanta.


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Aaaaand... there you have it: Why I utterly despise all things Windows and don't understand why people keep using it.

(1) Windows Update ran on Impus Major's laptop last night, and so of course this morning when he tried to sign in he got a repeated Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

(2) Step 1: Run the Windows Startup Repair tool. Needless to say, I have never seen this tool work, and it lived up to my expectations.

(3) Step 2: Try to back out of the update. Well, that was an automatic option in Windows 7, but apparently not for Windows 10. What do you have to do, turn on such an all-critical feature? Anyway, there was no "back out of the last update", System Restore was turned off, so no way to say, "Go back to the way things were". Sigh.

(4) Step 3: Try to boot up in Safe Mode. Nope. Still got a BSOD on trying to sign in. So, since when do you have to sign in for Safe Mode, and seriously, Microsoft? An update that breaks Safe Mode?

(5) Step 4: Run the, "Reinstall the OS, but don't erase the user files." Oh, THIS one was interesting! Got a Windows 10 system where the Start Menu didn't work, Windows Update didn't exist, and you could run maybe 1/3 of the executables. Very... er... "interesting" to say the least.

(6) Step 5: OK. It's a wash. Copied all of Impus Major's data onto a USB drive and ran the MSI "restore to factory" tool. The tool first formatted the drive, then realized it didn't have a disk image and errored out. Oopsie! Now I've got nothing!

So yep. I don't have a Windows 10 boot CD to use, so I'm hosed. I *believe* GothBard is running Windows 10 so I may be able to create a recovery disk from her computer, but seriously. "Wipe the drive before checking for your files" is pretty darned appalling. Yes, that one isn't on Microsoft, but color me peeved at everyone involved...


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NobodysHome wrote:

Aaaaand... there you have it: Why I utterly despise all things Windows and don't understand why people keep using it.

(1) Windows Update ran on Impus Major's laptop last night, and so of course this morning when he tried to sign in he got a repeated Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

(2) Step 1: Run the Windows Startup Repair tool. Needless to say, I have never seen this tool work, and it lived up to my expectations.

(3) Step 2: Try to back out of the update. Well, that was an automatic option in Windows 7, but apparently not for Windows 10. What do you have to do, turn on such an all-critical feature? Anyway, there was no "back out of the last update", System Restore was turned off, so no way to say, "Go back to the way things were". Sigh.

(4) Step 3: Try to boot up in Safe Mode. Nope. Still got a BSOD on trying to sign in. So, since when do you have to sign in for Safe Mode, and seriously, Microsoft? An update that breaks Safe Mode?

(5) Step 4: Run the, "Reinstall the OS, but don't erase the user files." Oh, THIS one was interesting! Got a Windows 10 system where the Start Menu didn't work, Windows Update didn't exist, and you could run maybe 1/3 of the executables. Very... er... "interesting" to say the least.

(6) Step 5: OK. It's a wash. Copied all of Impus Major's data onto a USB drive and ran the MSI "restore to factory" tool. The tool first formatted the drive, then realized it didn't have a disk image and errored out. Oopsie! Now I've got nothing!

So yep. I don't have a Windows 10 boot CD to use, so I'm hosed. I *believe* GothBard is running Windows 10 so I may be able to create a recovery disk from her computer, but seriously. "Wipe the drive before checking for your files" is pretty darned appalling. Yes, that one isn't on Microsoft, but color me peeved at everyone involved...

when I can access my pron just as readily on non windows computers, we can talk. Until then, I'll keep rolling the dice.


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Update: In a "typical user experience" scenario, I Googled my issue, found a guy who'd posted a video on it, and then under the comments of, "This fix doesn't work!" was a link to the article on the MSI support website that said, "Oh, and by the way, here's the image restore tool you can download."

So I downloaded it, ran it, and it's now restoring Impus Major's computer. Only what? 2? 3 hours of my day lost? Plus another 2 hours fixing settings once it's rebooted? (Including TURNING ON SYSTEM RESTORE FOR GOSH' SAKE!!!!)

Hate... Windows... SO... MUCH!!!!

And seriously, Freehold... if your pron is Windows-only I'm kind of wondering what the heck it is. Other than executables such as games, there's really nothing a Windows machine can do that a Mac/Linux can't do...
...with the usual caveat that with Linux I'm sure you'd have to go to the command line and hand-load half a dozen libraries to make it actually work...

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For me it's literally just that all the computers I own came with Windows, and all my games run on Windows so that rules out just buying a Mac. (Also Macs tend to be more expensive, and also I despise Apple with the fury of a thousand suns, while MS hasn't managed to quite piss me off as much.)

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My tolerance for Microsoft probably also has something to do with generally being about one or two OSs behind the current. My current machine is Win8, for example, and my last before this laptop was a Vista desktop during the Win7 era.


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Orthos wrote:
...and all my games run on Windows so that rules out just buying a Mac...

Pretty much the story for everyone: Microsoft pays game companies to produce Windows-only games, video card companies to produce Windows-only drivers, and those companies exacerbate the issue by seeing little profit in developing non-Windows versions of their software, perpetuating the issue.

I tried doing a Linux gaming box, and it simply wouldn't run most of the games my friends wanted to play.

And there you have it.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Aaaaand... there you have it: Why I utterly despise all things Windows and don't understand why people keep using it.

(1) Windows Update ran on Impus Major's laptop last night, and so of course this morning when he tried to sign in he got a repeated Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

(2) Step 1: Run the Windows Startup Repair tool. Needless to say, I have never seen this tool work, and it lived up to my expectations.

(3) Step 2: Try to back out of the update. Well, that was an automatic option in Windows 7, but apparently not for Windows 10. What do you have to do, turn on such an all-critical feature? Anyway, there was no "back out of the last update", System Restore was turned off, so no way to say, "Go back to the way things were". Sigh.

(4) Step 3: Try to boot up in Safe Mode. Nope. Still got a BSOD on trying to sign in. So, since when do you have to sign in for Safe Mode, and seriously, Microsoft? An update that breaks Safe Mode?

(5) Step 4: Run the, "Reinstall the OS, but don't erase the user files." Oh, THIS one was interesting! Got a Windows 10 system where the Start Menu didn't work, Windows Update didn't exist, and you could run maybe 1/3 of the executables. Very... er... "interesting" to say the least.

(6) Step 5: OK. It's a wash. Copied all of Impus Major's data onto a USB drive and ran the MSI "restore to factory" tool. The tool first formatted the drive, then realized it didn't have a disk image and errored out. Oopsie! Now I've got nothing!

So yep. I don't have a Windows 10 boot CD to use, so I'm hosed. I *believe* GothBard is running Windows 10 so I may be able to create a recovery disk from her computer, but seriously. "Wipe the drive before checking for your files" is pretty darned appalling. Yes, that one isn't on Microsoft, but color me peeved at everyone involved...

Every time the General asks why we don't just get a PC instead of a Mac because they're cheaper I point to one of your posts.

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Freehold DM wrote:
when I can access my pron just as readily on non windows computers, we can talk. Until then, I'll keep rolling the dice.

*looks at his massive stash on his MacBook* Dunno your problem mate.


My Chromebook is looking better and better every day.

Yeah, it hasn't got full game support like Windows...yet. Yeah, the things I can do don't quite match Windows...yet.

But the amount of games and support that have come out in the single year I've owned it compared to several years before with Android products is outrageously prolific, however, and shows no sign of slowing.

It is my hope Google will run Microsoft out of business in the next ten years or less. At least they're honest and straightforward with how they're f~*&ing me with cookies and targeted ads...and they're makjng said f~#*ing gentle with a friendly interface and far fewer crashes, viruses, and more. If you're gonna be f%%~ed, at least Google uses lube.

And I never see anyone rant about Android.

And holy s&+& this thing has some endurance to it. The battery must be quantum or some s+*!.


My law school or business dilemma was solved by an interaction with a former friend of mine who has been a lawyer for just about five years, and turned into a conservative straight laced douchnozzle who got offended by one little classical art meme

Kinda Religious but not really:
with Jesus crossing his arms over his chest and the disciples yelling "show me them messiah titties!"

If a guy my friends used to refer to as my "evil twin" can change so dramatically in such a short time working in such an industry, such is not for me. Also F%$~ WEARING A TIE. Bloody symbolic leashes.

...also I get access to some free business advice from the college here, because they have a great program to help start small businesses to benefit the community. So there's a practical reason as well. I had a meeting last week. Nice lady.

So I'm working on the long process of opening a comedy club. My next steps are changing my outline into a full business plan, researching locations, designing a web site, and then scouting talent (the fun part).


TOZ wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
when I can access my pron just as readily on non windows computers, we can talk. Until then, I'll keep rolling the dice.
*looks at his massive stash on his MacBook* Dunno your problem mate.

When streaming is a thing and there is so damn much free porn out there, why keep a stash? In case the internet dies and you really REALLY need to rub one out?


Weren't ties just invented to hide the buttons on shirts?


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Weren't ties just invented to hide the buttons on shirts?

Napkins, I believe.


Vidmaster7 wrote:
Weren't ties just invented to hide the buttons on shirts?

For whatever purpose they originally served, they exist now to be a symbolic leash. It's not like shirts without buttons are allowed at corporate douche settings.


Well you know what they say (They being ZZTOP) girls go crazy over a sharp dressed man.

Can confirm. my SO gets all hot and bothered when I wear my suit.


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Also...what's the mindset if it IS to hide buttons?

"You are an amazing worker, but I need to fire you because you won't cover up the devices that fasten shut the collared button down shirt which I myself require you to wear. I know a t shirt would circumvent this issue, but I believe a lack of comfort shows professionalism, so let's just complicate matters by adding further stupid accessories."


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Well Syrus said it was probably more for use as a napkin. He is probably right.


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Ties are the choke-chains of polyester prisons.


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I've never worn a tie.

What I've found that chicks dig, is a rebel.

That, and SpongeBob (I get more girls that hit on me when I wear my SpongeBob hat or the kid's SpongeBob backpack).


>.> .... How old are these girls?


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Whatever, man.

Flagged, have a nice life.


WTF? Was that at me?

I was just thinking they have to be like pretty young to be into sponge bob like what early 20's? The rebel thing tends to get the just out of high school age too.


TOZ wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
when I can access my pron just as readily on non windows computers, we can talk. Until then, I'll keep rolling the dice.
*looks at his massive stash on his MacBook* Dunno your problem mate.

gestures to massive stash of H games and cds


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
TOZ wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
when I can access my pron just as readily on non windows computers, we can talk. Until then, I'll keep rolling the dice.
*looks at his massive stash on his MacBook* Dunno your problem mate.
When streaming is a thing and there is so damn much free porn out there, why keep a stash? In case the internet dies and you really REALLY need to rub one out?

THE END TIMES ARE COMING

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I never had those problem with windows 10. But then again I have a custom build image.


At home. Sick kid. He doesn't feel sick, but demonstrably is. Wise enough to know he can't go to school, canny enough to know I won't treat this as a "free day" (so he wants to go to school), absolutely cannot go anywhere (and knows it), and reeeeaaaaally wants to.

Poor guy.


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I TOLD YOU THE END TIMES WERE COMING!

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