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Dont forget, boats are expensive in upkeep as well!


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What I already knew but now the boss has statistical proof.

I'm as fast as two people moving snow.


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Very much like John Henry.


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Polearms dominated the Medieval battlefield: Why?


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Limey dominated the FAWTL for 13 hours. Why?


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Drejk wrote:
Limey dominated the FAWTL for 13 hours. Why?

To save us all from Linux woes and dick jokes?


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The condo community I'm in charge of is designed to look like a horseshoe from above (43 units, every one with a two or three car garage, and thus a wide driveway), so when we clear snow I have Rocko and Fat Pervert Captain start on one side and I start on the other side, with the idea being we'd meet in the middle and the boss would send other crews there as they get done with their routes.

The last couple of runs, summer co-worker and his crew have been the ones that help us out, and I learned he refers to the condos as "Yesterday's Turtle Ranch" because last year when I had some slow guys (I'm starting to notice a pattern...) the boss asked me how they were working out, I told him "they work hard and don't complain but they're so slow it feels like I'm herding turtles and I have to resist the urge to kick them down the street when I get impatient".

Well, summer co-worker LOVED the analogy and mental image, so they get to the condos and summer co-worker goes "this is Yesterday's Turtle Ranch" they look at him weird and as they pass Fat Pervert Captain and Rocko putzing along with one or two condos done on one side he says "see, there's a turtle!" "Oh, there's another one! He thinks he's people!" Of course, I already had over half my side already done.


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"There is a time and place for that, and it's Irvine, California!" - Tiny T-Rex, about Dipper and Mabel careening wildly in a golf cart trying to escape a giant gnome amalgamation.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Polearms dominated the Medieval battlefield: Why?

At one point does he stop rambling and answer the question he asks in his video's title? Would rather have an article that I can skim to find the good parts.

BREAKING NEWS: I'm grumpy sometimes.

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captain yesterday wrote:
"There is a time and place for that, and it's Irvine, California!" - Tiny T-Rex, about Dipper and Mabel careening wildly in a golf cart trying to escape a giant gnome amalgamation.

That was such a good episode.


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Monster: Stone Flake.


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Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Polearms dominated the Medieval battlefield: Why?

At one point does he stop rambling and answer the question he asks in his video's title? Would rather have an article that I can skim to find the good parts.

BREAKING NEWS: I'm grumpy sometimes.

There are various slightly different answers to that question, so yes and no...


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Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Polearms dominated the Medieval battlefield: Why?

At one point does he stop rambling and answer the question he asks in his video's title? Would rather have an article that I can skim to find the good parts.

BREAKING NEWS: I'm grumpy sometimes.

1) longer reach

2) greater versatility
3) (relatively) simple portability
4) straight-forward training techniques
5) take that cavalry! (to a point)

I mean, I'm not a medieval historian, but those are straight forward and accurate reasons just off the top of my head.

With a long shaft of wood and a rather "free form" head of various sorts, you can have a relatively breathtaking array of possible options for killin' folks from a distance that are far easier than pretty much anything else.

Now shields can play merry havoc with polearms, but doing so requires good training (so that it's not just as unwieldy for the shield-bearer) and often requires a focus on defense; and if someone is bothering to turtle down in combat, it mostly means they're not going to win - they might survive, but they're not killin' the other guy what be tryin' ta kill 'em. And depending on the kind of shield, it might be entirely worthless anyway.

Cavalry can outmaneuver spear-folk, but it can also be difficult to get in close enough, and not everyone is well trained enough to arrow folks from atop horses (or just trained enough with horses in general). Also, a dude with a stick is a lot less expensive than a horse, meaning each horse taken down costs a lot more than a dude with a sharp stick.

Arrows can wreck face from afar, but that takes a lifetime of training to master basics - at least if you're doing it right. And some shields and a long sharp stick means your lifetime is undone quickly (and you have to worry about peasants getting uppity, and don't forget your food-growin' folks... gotta spend a lotta time on that part, too).

Swords are awesome, but you can't kill someone you can't reach (which is the problem with bringing daggers to a sword fight*), and a pole armed heh can usually outreach a swordy.

* presupposing you're not a specialist; but even then, there is a narrow margin for how best to use such daggers; this is also why taller people are usually put in different competition categories from shorter peopel

Now aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall of this is armchair, most of it is rudimentary (meaning I've glossed over a host of extremely important, salient, and relevant points), and none of it is really definitive - I've not seen the video - but it's been informed by a lot of personal practice and listening to people who sound like they know what they're talking about (though any given piece may be mis-remembered). Hope it helps!

EDIT: adding a little


Woran wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
"There is a time and place for that, and it's Irvine, California!" - Tiny T-Rex, about Dipper and Mabel careening wildly in a golf cart trying to escape a giant gnome amalgamation.
That was such a good episode.

Are you talking about Gravity Falls (in which case almost every episode qualifies), or is there a reference I'm missing (which is what I'm guessing, since I don't get "Irving, California" as a reference)?


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CHICKEN PIG ATTACK

THE SEQUEL IS NOW


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Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
"There is a time and place for that, and it's Irvine, California!" - Tiny T-Rex, about Dipper and Mabel careening wildly in a golf cart trying to escape a giant gnome amalgamation.
That was such a good episode.
Are you talking about Gravity Falls (in which case almost every episode qualifies), or is there a reference I'm missing (which is what I'm guessing, since I don't get "Irving, California" as a reference)?

the Irvine reference is because Tiny T-Rex is convinced all video game studios are in Irvine and apparently the kids have seen the South Park episode where Chef tells the kids "There's a time and place for everything and it's called college" so they use it as a reference for after high school.

So yes, he was watching Gravity Falls and said that.

And I guess if Tiny T-Rex is unable to irradiate a spider and get it to bite him and give him super powers so he can move to New York, then he plans to instead move to Irvine and work on video games.

Like anyone who dreams of building an army of killer robots Tiny T-Rex is a big fan of contingency plans.

I have no idea where he gets it from.


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Tonight over dessert, I brought up the topic of The Witcher series and WW, treading on dangerous ground, asked, "So, is he the type of pretty that is so obvious that he isn't really interesting anymore, or is he..."

Me: "Nope."

Hermione: "Wait, who is this we're talking about?"

(WW starts to describe the character. I cut in with a horrible Geralt voice impression, saying, "I'm going to kill you all now.")

Hermione: "Oh, so he's like Eeyore, basically?"

Me, choking on a forkful of cake: "Yes. He's sexy Eeyore."

(Hermione proceeds to launch into a lengthy extemperaneous monologue mashing up bits of the Winnie the Pooh stories with the plot threads of some of our early demon-slaying Pathfinder adventures around Sandpoint.)


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The phrase "sexy Eeyore" has me now incredibly concerned about potential Halloween costumes.

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I second her concerns.


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Did I ever mention the former coworker who went to a Halloween party in San Francisco where the theme was "Most unlikely or inappropriate 'sexy' costume?"
She went as Sexy Abraham Lincoln.
Black hot pants, tailcoat, boots, top hat. Honestly, she looked more like Zatanna than anything else, except for the fake beard.


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"How about you and me go keep the Union together somewhere private? I'm emancipating something tonight."

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NOPE!


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I've seen a sexy Ash (From Pokemon) complete with tiny Pikachu on her shoulder, a sexy tree, sexy Gandalf, and so, so many sexy Tinkerbells.

These are the parents for our elementary school Halloween dance.


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Thanks to watching way too much British TV on Youtube, I propose Sexy Mr. Blobby as a contender for worst.

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... why. You monster. Why. Why. Why. Why.


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Oh, surely it can't be that...oh. Oh, dear.


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I'd like to give a shout out for nice people.

Last snow run after I did one house and moved a few blocks down the road to my next place I noticed the handle fell off one of my blowers. Right as I was deciding if I should double back and look for it the city plow drove through so I assumed it would be futile, switched the handle with the other blower and determined I'd look for an extra one in the hog shed (you can find anything in the hog shed, it's a magical place).

A couple of hours later and I stop to get some chocolate milk and a chicken sandwich and this couple for another company I always wave and smile at drives up to me and asks "did you lose your handle? We found one in the neighborhood we always see you working in" sure enough, they found my wayward handle, so I thanked them profusely and wished them a happy day.

So yay, there are still good people in the world.


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The Show Must Go On, book one of Extinction Curse Adventure Path (where you run a circus) has one of my all time favorite spells, Personal Rain Cloud, where you summon a rain cloud to follow someone around and rain on them (yes, even indoors).


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So tonight is Zelda's youngest's 13th birthday party. She requested an escape room.

One of the attendees won't be making the drive up from Missouri due to a concussion.

Zelda has bronchitis.

I'm still battling near daily headaches and have an appointment this afternoon for traction.

But the show must go on.

So the escape room on Friday went...honestly it went much better than I thought it was going to. Five of the nine particpants were between 13 and 15 years old and completely hyper. Zelda's youngest did manage to figure out a puzzle all on her own, so that was pretty cool. Made her feel very special. Her friends...well...her friends tried. Sorta. But we did make it out with 9 minutes to spare.

Afterwards the adults played Telestrations After Dark. It was amusing.


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I told my wife that I would pick up Pizza and Coke tonight, but she wasn't happy. I think she still regrets letting me name the twins.


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What goes best with Coronavirus? Lyme disease.


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A local farm recently celebrated raising buffalo for 200 years. It was their bison-tennial.


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Genie: "What is your first wish?"
John: "I want to be rich."
Genie: "Done. What is your second wish?"
Rich: "I want a lot of money."


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Hello, everyone!

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captain yesterday wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
"There is a time and place for that, and it's Irvine, California!" - Tiny T-Rex, about Dipper and Mabel careening wildly in a golf cart trying to escape a giant gnome amalgamation.
That was such a good episode.
Are you talking about Gravity Falls (in which case almost every episode qualifies), or is there a reference I'm missing (which is what I'm guessing, since I don't get "Irving, California" as a reference)?

the Irvine reference is because Tiny T-Rex is convinced all video game studios are in Irvine and apparently the kids have seen the South Park episode where Chef tells the kids "There's a time and place for everything and it's called college" so they use it as a reference for after high school.

So yes, he was watching Gravity Falls and said that.

And I guess if Tiny T-Rex is unable to irradiate a spider and get it to bite him and give him super powers so he can move to New York, then he plans to instead move to Irvine and work on video games.

Like anyone who dreams of building an army of killer robots Tiny T-Rex is a big fan of contingency plans.

I have no idea where he gets it from.

Sounds like an excelent contingency plan.


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It's pretty ironic that WotC owns Eberron, yet Paizo is the company that writes the games better suited to the campaign setting (I actually used the Pathfinder Classic for Eberron before discovering Golarion and it was a lot more fun than with D&D 3.5).


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Scintillae wrote:
The phrase "sexy Eeyore" has me now incredibly concerned about potential Halloween costumes.

seen it before several times.

It's meh.


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captain yesterday wrote:

I've seen a sexy Ash (From Pokemon) complete with tiny Pikachu on her shoulder, a sexy tree, sexy Gandalf, and so, so many sexy Tinkerbells.

These are the parents for our elementary school Halloween dance.

why did you not tell me?


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I've seen a sexy Ash (From Pokemon) complete with tiny Pikachu on her shoulder, a sexy tree, sexy Gandalf, and so, so many sexy Tinkerbells.

These are the parents for our elementary school Halloween dance.

why did you not tell me?

If you REALLY want to see sexy costumes come to Madison for Freak Fest the weekend before Halloween (or Halloween if it falls on a weekend), there is nothing like 180,000 drunk people in costumes all hanging out in a ten block stretch of bars.

Also, we're right on the major bus line going downtown and it's only a ten minute bus ride.


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Madison is one of the best, if not the best mid sized city in the country for wooing.


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captain yesterday wrote:
It's pretty ironic that WotC owns Eberron, yet Paizo is the company that writes the games better suited to the campaign setting (I actually used the Pathfinder Classic for Eberron before discovering Golarion and it was a lot more fun than with D&D 3.5).

at first, I thought Golarion was going to look a lot like Eberron, but that didnt happen for good and for ill.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I've seen a sexy Ash (From Pokemon) complete with tiny Pikachu on her shoulder, a sexy tree, sexy Gandalf, and so, so many sexy Tinkerbells.

These are the parents for our elementary school Halloween dance.

why did you not tell me?

If you REALLY want to see sexy costumes come to Madison for Freak Fest the weekend before Halloween (or Halloween if it falls on a weekend), there is nothing like 180,000 drunk people in costumes all hanging out in a ten block stretch of bars.

Also, we're right on the major bus line going downtown and it's only a ten minute bus ride.

like a con but with more booze. Which is both good and bad.


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Hi all!

Thursday was my birthday, Mrs Sunrise threw me an amazing game party on Friday complete with the homemade carrot cake I asked for, then we spent yesterday buying and moving a new used couch! The old couch wasn't quite long enough for me to lay on, I wasn't a fan of the color, and I've been wanting a new one for a while. So I asked various family members to chip in for a new couch as a birthday gift, and the new one is HUGE. It came in four sections, it's well I forget the word for it but it's asymmetrical-horseshoe shaped, red, at least two people can lay on it comfortably, and super comfortable!

The only downside is after we moved it in we realized that our 4' by 4' coffee table was too big to fit into the horseshoe comfortably, so now we need a new coffee table.


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Happy birthday, TS! :)


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Tacticslion wrote:
Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Polearms dominated the Medieval battlefield: Why?

At one point does he stop rambling and answer the question he asks in his video's title? Would rather have an article that I can skim to find the good parts.

BREAKING NEWS: I'm grumpy sometimes.

Now shields can play merry havoc with polearms, but doing so requires good training (so that it's not just as unwieldy for the shield-bearer) and often requires a focus on defense; and if someone is bothering to turtle down in combat, it mostly means they're not going to win - they might survive, but they're not killin' the other guy what be tryin' ta kill 'em. And depending on the kind of shield, it might be useless anyway...

In my experience, shields are not a huge amount of help vs. polearms, especially if the polearm wielder goes for the legs. Shields are heavy and awkward and hard to move around quickly (plus the fact that you don't want to move it up and down and hence uncover the important squishy bits it's currently guarding).

Could be different in formation, of course; I do know that troops with swords & shields did a number on pike blocs on a couple of occasions, but only a couple, and they were soon dropped for being generally rubbish on a (Renaissance) battlefield in most instances.

The Romans were different, but that's not a period I know much about.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Hi all!

Thursday was my birthday, Mrs Sunrise threw me an amazing game party on Friday complete with the homemade carrot cake I asked for, then we spent yesterday buying and moving a new used couch! The old couch wasn't quite long enough for me to lay on, I wasn't a fan of the color, and I've been wanting a new one for a while. So I asked various family members to chip in for a new couch as a birthday gift, and the new one is HUGE. It came in four sections, it's well I forget the word for it but it's asymmetrical-horseshoe shaped, red, at least two people can lay on it comfortably, and super comfortable!

The only downside is after we moved it in we realized that our 4' by 4' coffee table was too big to fit into the horseshoe comfortably, so now we need a new coffee table.

Happy belated birthday!


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Hi all!

Thursday was my birthday, Mrs Sunrise threw me an amazing game party on Friday complete with the homemade carrot cake I asked for, then we spent yesterday buying and moving a new used couch! The old couch wasn't quite long enough for me to lay on, I wasn't a fan of the color, and I've been wanting a new one for a while. So I asked various family members to chip in for a new couch as a birthday gift, and the new one is HUGE. It came in four sections, it's well I forget the word for it but it's asymmetrical-horseshoe shaped, red, at least two people can lay on it comfortably, and super comfortable!

The only downside is after we moved it in we realized that our 4' by 4' coffee table was too big to fit into the horseshoe comfortably, so now we need a new coffee table.

Happy Carrot Judgement Day!!

Good luck on your eventual escape from the new couch!


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Limeylongears wrote:

The question is, should one of my fencing groups buy a ship or not?

It's £10,000, which none of us have, and we don't need a ship by any stretch of the imagination, but all the same...

If you have to ask,...

Then the answer is YES. Always. ;)


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Ragadolf wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:

The question is, should one of my fencing groups buy a ship or not?

It's £10,000, which none of us have, and we don't need a ship by any stretch of the imagination, but all the same...

If you have to ask,...

Then the answer is YES. Always. ;)

But the shipping and handling must be obscene.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Hi all!

Thursday was my birthday, Mrs Sunrise threw me an amazing game party on Friday complete with the homemade carrot cake I asked for, then we spent yesterday buying and moving a new used couch! The old couch wasn't quite long enough for me to lay on, I wasn't a fan of the color, and I've been wanting a new one for a while. So I asked various family members to chip in for a new couch as a birthday gift, and the new one is HUGE. It came in four sections, it's well I forget the word for it but it's asymmetrical-horseshoe shaped, red, at least two people can lay on it comfortably, and super comfortable!

The only downside is after we moved it in we realized that our 4' by 4' coffee table was too big to fit into the horseshoe comfortably, so now we need a new coffee table.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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