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Scarab Sages

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Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

The other quote was from a Netherlander that sounded so much like Woran that I might accuse her of posting it:

(1) Your small pizzas are our large pizzas
(2) Your medium pizzas are our family-size pizzas
(3) Your large pizzas would not fit within our borders

Your sides are our main course.

its comments like this that make me want to cook for you.

You better leave out the corn syrup.

Scarab Sages

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I know Freehold will appreciate the nakedness.


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Golden Retriever puppies are overrated.

Hound dog puppies is where the heart of cuteness resides.


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Yup, I absolutely hate making characters for Pathfinder 2nd edition.

I love everything else, but man, making characters is a pain in the ass.

Trained this, expert in that, strike, strike, strike!!!

What the f%&~ does it even mean!!!!!!


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Woran wrote:
I know Freehold will appreciate the nakedness.

Yes.

Yes I will.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Yup, I absolutely hate making characters for Pathfinder 2nd edition.

I love everything else, but man, making characters is a pain in the ass.

Trained this, expert in that, strike, strike, strike!!!

What the f@&% does it even mean!!!!!!

that the edition wars will never end.


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No, it means I need to not make an elven alchemist.


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Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

The other quote was from a Netherlander that sounded so much like Woran that I might accuse her of posting it:

(1) Your small pizzas are our large pizzas
(2) Your medium pizzas are our family-size pizzas
(3) Your large pizzas would not fit within our borders

Your sides are our main course.

its comments like this that make me want to cook for you.
You better leave out the corn syrup.

I've seen pictures of things he's allegedly cooked. If it tastes anything like it looks, you will never be disappointed.


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Welp. Since my company is on an austerity spree and seriously trying to curtail extra costs, I get to go home after about a half day today and be done for the week. Otherwise I was on track for many, many extra hours of overtime.

I'll get some overtime next week regardless, since they pay me for the time I spend performing the act of travelling.


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Every CEO in the world should be forced to read this.

In my first tech job, as our company was going under during the dot-bomb, our company spent half a million dollars designing a new logo. Because that would somehow fix everything.

Even worse, they were surprised when it didn't have any measurable effect.


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House stuff is proceeding along. screams


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Scintillae wrote:
House stuff is proceeding along. screams

<Consoles Scint>

There there, it will all be over soon,...

Oh, wait, once you buy the house is when it STARTS.
;P

When the stuff breaks, YOU have to get it fixed! Or replaced, or both!

The good news?!?

It's YOUR STUFF! Do with it what you will!

I actually enjoy working in the yard now. (mostly) Because it's MY YARD!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

<Recovers composure,...>

And dont worry, you'll get used to the screaming. :)

<Gives Scint a thumbs-up, and dashes from thread before something is thrown at his ancient wizardly arse>


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I'm making pumpkin pies.

Just because.


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I'm listening to a call on our HR product.

"So, suppose this was an involuntary termination..."

I am *SO* tempted to ask, "Isn't that just a nice way of saying 'assassination'?"


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Ragadolf wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
House stuff is proceeding along. screams

<Consoles Scint>

There there, it will all be over soon,...

Oh, wait, once you buy the house is when it STARTS.
;P

When the stuff breaks, YOU have to get it fixed! Or replaced, or both!

The good news?!?

It's YOUR STUFF! Do with it what you will!

I actually enjoy working in the yard now. (mostly) Because it's MY YARD!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

<Recovers composure,...>

And dont worry, you'll get used to the screaming. :)

<Gives Scint a thumbs-up, and dashes from thread before something is thrown at his ancient wizardly arse>

Yeah. That's the HUGE thing people don't understand about home ownership. If you really want to maintain your house the way it should be maintained, you either need to be a handyperson with plenty of time on your hands, or you need to set aside around $1000 per month for just plain old upkeep.

The roof? It's fine now, but in 15-20 years you're going to need to spend $20,000 to fix it. The paint? $10,000. Foundation? Probably not so much in your area, but in our area $50,000 every 20-30 years. Then there are the appliances, the plumbing problems, the weather damage, etc., etc., etc.

I know homeowners who did all those repairs themselves, and I respect them for it. We just let everything go forever until we can either do it ourselves or afford someone to fix it.

But a home is an eternal drain beyond the mortgage, insurance, and property tax, and it's something a lot of first-time buyers don't take into account.

Or you can just let the house decay around you, get 20 years out of it, and sell the lot with the rotting building for significantly more than you paid for the house in the first place.


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Yup, I absolutely hate making characters for Pathfinder 2nd edition.

I love everything else, but man, making characters is a pain in the ass.

Trained this, expert in that, strike, strike, strike!!!

What the f@&% does it even mean!!!!!!

that the edition wars will never end.

Gods I love edition wars. No /s


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Ragadolf wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
House stuff is proceeding along. screams

<Consoles Scint>

There there, it will all be over soon,...

Oh, wait, once you buy the house is when it STARTS.
;P

When the stuff breaks, YOU have to get it fixed! Or replaced, or both!

The good news?!?

It's YOUR STUFF! Do with it what you will!

I actually enjoy working in the yard now. (mostly) Because it's MY YARD!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

<Recovers composure,...>

And dont worry, you'll get used to the screaming. :)

<Gives Scint a thumbs-up, and dashes from thread before something is thrown at his ancient wizardly arse>

I can't go get a nap because within a few hours neighbors are going to bring me electric installation renovation offer for our building. Electric installation in this house might be almost 70. I don't think it was ever subject to any major repairs...


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Hello, everyone.

Cpngrats, Lord Synos!


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NobodysHome wrote:

I'm listening to a call on our HR product.

"So, suppose this was an involuntary termination..."

I am *SO* tempted to ask, "Isn't that just a nice way of saying 'assassination'?"

Is this a hypothetical, or should we start talking numbers?


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Financial analysts live in a truly bizarre world. There was a quote a few days ago along the lines of, "Global Megacorporation is so far behind in this area that they'll never catch up with the frontrunners, so why are they even trying?"

Now, take that attitude and apply it to everyday life.

"Oh, Usain Bolt is running. Might as well not show up!" and you get a race where he runs alone.

"Oh, Alice Waters opened a restaurant in Berkeley. Might as well not open any other restaurants."

Seriously. "If you're not the best, then you shouldn't bother trying," is just SO beyond-the-pale bizarre...

Grand Lodge

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Because in finance if you’re not first you get bought by the first place competitor.

NobodysHome wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
House stuff is proceeding along. screams

<Consoles Scint>

There there, it will all be over soon,...

Oh, wait, once you buy the house is when it STARTS.
;P

When the stuff breaks, YOU have to get it fixed! Or replaced, or both!

The good news?!?

It's YOUR STUFF! Do with it what you will!

I actually enjoy working in the yard now. (mostly) Because it's MY YARD!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

<Recovers composure,...>

And dont worry, you'll get used to the screaming. :)

<Gives Scint a thumbs-up, and dashes from thread before something is thrown at his ancient wizardly arse>

Yeah. That's the HUGE thing people don't understand about home ownership. If you really want to maintain your house the way it should be maintained, you either need to be a handyperson with plenty of time on your hands, or you need to set aside around $1000 per month for just plain old upkeep.

The roof? It's fine now, but in 15-20 years you're going to need to spend $20,000 to fix it. The paint? $10,000. Foundation? Probably not so much in your area, but in our area $50,000 every 20-30 years. Then there are the appliances, the plumbing problems, the weather damage, etc., etc., etc.

I know homeowners who did all those repairs themselves, and I respect them for it. We just let everything go forever until we can either do it ourselves or afford someone to fix it.

But a home is an eternal drain beyond the mortgage, insurance, and property tax, and it's something a lot of first-time buyers don't take into account.

Or you can just let the house decay around you, get 20 years out of it, and sell the lot with the rotting building for significantly more than you paid for the house in the first place.

This is why I pay good money to experts to handle these problems for me.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
House stuff is proceeding along. screams

<Consoles Scint>

There there, it will all be over soon,...

Oh, wait, once you buy the house is when it STARTS.
;P

When the stuff breaks, YOU have to get it fixed! Or replaced, or both!

The good news?!?

It's YOUR STUFF! Do with it what you will!

I actually enjoy working in the yard now. (mostly) Because it's MY YARD!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

<Recovers composure,...>

And dont worry, you'll get used to the screaming. :)

<Gives Scint a thumbs-up, and dashes from thread before something is thrown at his ancient wizardly arse>

Yeah. That's the HUGE thing people don't understand about home ownership. If you really want to maintain your house the way it should be maintained, you either need to be a handyperson with plenty of time on your hands, or you need to set aside around $1000 per month for just plain old upkeep.

The roof? It's fine now, but in 15-20 years you're going to need to spend $20,000 to fix it. The paint? $10,000. Foundation? Probably not so much in your area, but in our area $50,000 every 20-30 years. Then there are the appliances, the plumbing problems, the weather damage, etc., etc., etc.

I know homeowners who did all those repairs themselves, and I respect them for it. We just let everything go forever until we can either do it ourselves or afford someone to fix it.

But a home is an eternal drain beyond the mortgage, insurance, and property tax, and it's something a lot of first-time buyers don't take into account.

Or you can just let the house decay around you, get 20 years out of it, and sell the lot with the rotting building for significantly more than you paid for the house in the first place.

Yeah. I'm trying to make sure I sock away as much as I can for inevitable disasters (though home warranty is going to alleviate some of the stress for the first year, at least).


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NobodysHome wrote:

I'm listening to a call on our HR product.

"So, suppose this was an involuntary termination..."

I am *SO* tempted to ask, "Isn't that just a nice way of saying 'assassination'?"

No. Making it look like an involuntary termination is part of your Grade Seven examination; merely taking credit for an involuntary termination is an automatic fail and will most likely get you thrown off the course, and into one of the many spiked pits we keep around campus for underperforming students.


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For Gravity Falls fans, not only do they have every episode on Disney+ but they also have a bunch of short films, for it, done as Dipper's video journal.

The two I've seen are hilarious!


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I'm still trying to figure out what a voluntary termination is.

The necessary addition of the word involuntary implies there is an alternative, and yet aside from suicide, (which is a much shorter phrase, implying by the use of a longer one such was not an option,) such is not really a thing.


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I think for it to be involuntary you'd have to not realize you were pooping on the boss's desk.


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Voluntary termination may occur when someone is offered a package to retire early. S/he does not have to quit/retire, but is being offered an incentive to leave the company.

Many companies will go through a round of voluntary terminations with the specter that there will be involuntary terminations if not enough people take the early package.

I know of two large fortune 500 type companies (one in telecom and one in pharma) that have done multiple rounds of this over the years.


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Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I have actively pissed face right now. My company is now not only telling me what hotel I have to stay in, but that I have to pay for it up front out of pocket until they reimburse me. Same thing with the car rental. I'm utterly shocked I'm not having to pay for the flight as well.

At that point you say, "I'm sorry, but with the pittance you pay me I live paycheck-to-paycheck, and with my poor credit history I don't have a card. So, since I cannot afford to loan you any money, I guess I can't go."

I'd be seriously pissed, too. Global Megacorporation has never once made me travel, but they handed me an American Express card with a $5000 preapproval that I just keep in a drawer, because it's easier to just give me one and not bother to track it than to try to manage individual expenses.

You have to travel, you put it on the AmEx, you sign in to our app and say, "Yeah, I spent that," your manager approves, and you're done.

It's not rocket science.

They turned me down for a corporate card. I don't rank highly enough to be allowed to have one, regardless of the fact that I travel more than anybody in IT aside from our CIO?

So instead I have to pay up front and expense it later. I will get the money back, but, like, in 2-3 weeks depending on where we are in the payroll cycle. They won't cut a separate check/direct deposit for reimbursements. They always tack it on to the regularly scheduled payroll.

Wait. That's not okay. That really complicates your taxes. If it's on your paycheck, the Federal Government is deducting income tax from it. Maybe the state, maybe not, but definately the Feds. Your reimbursements are being taxed, so you aren't actually getting fully reimbursed. Now, these should be tax deductible business expenses, but that means you only get fully reimbursed with your tax refund, and you have to know how to properly claim those business expenses.

This is seriously terrible behavior.

EDIT: Actually, from what I can find, this kind of thing isn't tax deductible anymore. Your employer may not actually be reimbursing what you are spending, and certainly isn't properly documenting reimbursements.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I'm still trying to figure out what a voluntary termination is.

The necessary addition of the word involuntary implies there is an alternative, and yet aside from suicide, (which is a much shorter phrase, implying by the use of a longer one such was not an option,) such is not really a thing.

What Nylarthotep said.

During the dot bomb we were getting offered six months' severance to quit so that the company wouldn't go under. Which one would you rather have, a possible job, or 6 months to look for a new one?

Those "voluntary terminations" always filled up very quickly.

Nowadays you're lucky to see a 2-month offer, so people cling tenaciously to their jobs.


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So, I have become one of those photographers. I now own a vest, so I look like either a journalist or like I think I'm on safari or something. Why? Because the sheer amount of kit in my shoulder bag just isn't good for me long term, and I'll have far fewer back problems later on by properly distrubuting the weight. Plus, a vest is easier to grab a second camera out of. And if I have something like the Texas Leica on me, I can hang that from my shoulders instead of my neck.

I still look like a g#~&*&n nerd, now.

Grand Lodge

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Braces adjustments always suck the first few days. At least it means they are working.


NobodysHome wrote:

Every CEO in the world should be forced to read this.

In my first tech job, as our company was going under during the dot-bomb, our company spent half a million dollars designing a new logo. Because that would somehow fix everything.

Even worse, they were surprised when it didn't have any measurable effect.

It’s fun. I just noticed the hidden arrow in FedEx’s logo recently, and loved it, but had literally wandered for a couple of days how much effort had to go into that one exact moment and design element and how much work was put into it and whether or not it was worth it, so it was fun reading it as an acknowledgement, here, among other things.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Braces adjustments always suck the first few days. At least it means they are working.

Indeed. I remember those days. Sigh.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Every CEO in the world should be forced to read this.

In my first tech job, as our company was going under during the dot-bomb, our company spent half a million dollars designing a new logo. Because that would somehow fix everything.

Even worse, they were surprised when it didn't have any measurable effect.

CEOs and Marketing departments have a very...carnal...relationship. It gets ugly sometimes, especially as Marketing whispers the most salacious things to CEOs during the act.


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I'll give my family credit, they sent the "we tried to get a hold of you on Facebook but couldn't" email with Thanksgiving plans two weeks ahead of time instead of one.

And of course they're having Thanksgiving not on Thanksgiving but on black Friday this year.


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And one brother is bragging up his cheesecake which everyone knows (or at least they would if they listened to her) that cheesecake is the General's jam.

Of course you realize, this means war.


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First sign of winter: I start b&!+!ing about my brothers.


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captain yesterday wrote:

And one brother is bragging up his cheesecake which everyone knows (or at least they would if they listened to her) that cheesecake is the General's jam.

Of course you realize, this means war.

Your wife makes cheesecake jam?


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

And one brother is bragging up his cheesecake which everyone knows (or at least they would if they listened to her) that cheesecake is the General's jam.

Of course you realize, this means war.

Your wife makes cheesecake jam?

that sounds delicious.


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captain yesterday wrote:
And one brother is bragging up his cheesecake which everyone knows (or at least they would if they listened to her) that cheesecake is the General's jam.

Can Crookshanks confirm this?

Quote:
Of course you realize, this means war.

Captain Warmonger?


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

And one brother is bragging up his cheesecake which everyone knows (or at least they would if they listened to her) that cheesecake is the General's jam.

Of course you realize, this means war.

Your wife makes cheesecake jam?

Cheesecake with jam...

*yum-yum*

I should have bought cheesecake with jam instead of that "green apple" thing. It was okey-ish, but cheesecake with jam would be much better.


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About to clock out. Good night, everyone.


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Eeerg... speaking of horrible creature abilities...
...an entire dungeon full of oozes, constructs, and fog. Every single creature crit-proof, DR xx/-, SR, resistant to all elements, fast-healing, and grappling.

So every week our 2-3 hour session is a SINGLE fight of 10-15 rounds as the PCs whittle the creature down by 5-10 hit points a round until it finally drops.

Who thought of this as "fun"? It's honestly nothing more than clerical work.

Grand Lodge

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It's not even challenging, as oozes typically have maybe one trick and its repetitive.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Eeerg... speaking of horrible creature abilities...

...an entire dungeon full of oozes, constructs, and fog. Every single creature crit-proof, DR xx/-, SR, resistant to all elements, fast-healing, and grappling.

So every week our 2-3 hour session is a SINGLE fight of 10-15 rounds as the PCs whittle the creature down by 5-10 hit points a round until it finally drops.

Who thought of this as "fun"? It's honestly nothing more than clerical work.

Summon your own oozes, let 'em duke it out, then go down the pub.


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Or summon Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brainsample and let them handle it.


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Today is Parent-Teacher Conference Day!
Mostly, I'm excited, because I get to tell parents ALL THE AWESOME THINGS about their kids' improvement.
And I had what I thought was going to be the super hard one early, yesterday after school, and it went like this:

Me + my teaching partner, Cordelia* : Your son is a trainwreck, we strongly suspect he has some kind of neurological difference, we are moving him from full-day to half-day effective immediately, and here is a list of therapists recommended by the school; by Christmas Vacation, we need you to tell us which one you have settled on and when your son's first appointment is.

Parents: Yeah, none of this surprises us. We're having trouble with many of these same issues with him, we agree to everything.

CRAPMONKEYS. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. NEVER.

The really crazy thing? They're divorced, and they not only both agreed with us, they agreed with each other, too.

* Oh, my teaching partner is, for the purposes of Paizodom, Cordelia, because she has the looks and personality of Cordelia Chase from Buffy/Angel. And *loves* that character irl.

Also, it's payday, and there's a "drop the kids off and go have a good time" childcare thing at our church tonight, and a bunch of our friends are using it to go to the Cidercade. So we're going.

Cidercade is an awesome local Cider brewery (They're the ones who make "I am Brut" and "The Dark Cide" and "Crackberry") that combines a taproom with a free-play arcade that is only for grown-ups. I like their ciders, but I haven't been to the Cidercade yet, and I've been wanting to go for quite some time.


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Impus Major's (first) driving test is today.

Quake in your houses in fear.


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Crap! I'm outside working today!!

It's a good thing I have my 25 pounds of padding/layers.


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Second sign of winter.

Merrimac ferry is shutting down for the season.

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