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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Waterhammer wrote:


That section of US 191 used to be Highway 666, The Devil’s Highway.

get your kicks on route 666

But it is a human number.

obligatory link to Ironmaiden video = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxnN05vOuSM


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Today I dressed for work in a gauzy knee-length dress and wedge sandals. Then got to work and remembered, "oh Spock, I'm supposed to take care of the chickens, ducks, and goats today and tomorrow".
Yes, I got knocked down. Twice. No, I didn't turn an ankle or tear my dress.
Goats are a#%*!&+s.

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I didn’t expect today to be the worst one. Thought we would have a couple more months.

Ozzy was my first dog. He will always be my best one.


TriOmegaZero wrote:

I didn’t expect today to be the worst one. Thought we would have a couple more months.

Ozzy was my first dog. He will always be my best one.

Oh, no! I'm so sorry! (sympathy)


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For a couple of weeks after my dog died, I had to go out to eat or something after work. To keep myself from moping too much. I’d go get sushi or something then get back in time for John Stewart and the Colbert Report. The stupid humor helped some. Work was a good distraction too.

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I'll get back to work tomorrow. Cyz will take a few days, she started her regular infusion this morning. Her Saturday client is going to have to be rescheduled or handled by someone else.

The hardest part is all the things that he would have had being left unused. Some things can go to the new pup. (Cyz is picking up our new Austrailian Shepard this weekend, they had a service dog candidate way sooner than we thought.) The adult dog food can go to our friends with dogs.

But his medication is going to be disposed of. The lunchmeat I got for him to take his pills might be used for new puppy treats. He's not there at my knee begging for scraps of my dinner. He can't help Cyz finish up her meal. He doesn't get to pass on his bad habits to the new guy. There's just so much he doesn't get to do anymore and it breaks me when I let myself think about it.


So sorry TOZ. *Hugs*


Sorry to hear that, TOZ.


to Ozzy, and good memories!

my sympathies, TOZ.


lisamarlene wrote:

Today I dressed for work in a gauzy knee-length dress and wedge sandals. Then got to work and remembered, "oh Spock, I'm supposed to take care of the chickens, ducks, and goats today and tomorrow".

Yes, I got knocked down. Twice. No, I didn't turn an ankle or tear my dress.
Goats are a!~!&$&s.

This is a very odd sextet of sentences.


TriOmegaZero wrote:

I didn’t expect today to be the worst one. Thought we would have a couple more months.

Ozzy was my first dog. He will always be my best one.

ah, crap. I'm sorry. May he rest peacefully.


I'm so sorry, TOZ.


Anxiety. When happy news stress you.


Ozzy looked cute.

:(

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Really hard to finish these fries with no one to share them with. Maybe the new pup will like them just as much.

Cyz started looking for a service-trainable dog and contacted a breeder to see about setting us up with one later this year. Turns out they had a litter ready to go almost right after. Going to be months before they can do the temperament testing to confirm he can do the job. But it will be an experience helping train him to be a good boy, since I was deployed the last time and came home to a well trained boy.


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I found out last night that one of my very first students (when he was three), whose family was part of our church community back in Berkeley, took his own life on Monday. He was twenty.
WW and I are in shock. (He and the boy's dad were close.)
He was such a sweet, kind boy. I had no idea he had mental health issues as he grew up.


lisamarlene wrote:

I found out last night that one of my very first students (when he was three), whose family was part of our church community back in Berkeley, took his own life on Monday. He was twenty.

WW and I are in shock. (He and the boy's dad were close.)
He was such a sweet, kind boy. I had no idea he had mental health issues as he grew up.

Wow. Again. I'm sorry to hear that.


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In lighter news, this is my family:

NobodysHome: I feel like crap and your mother is tired, so we're going to order dinner. Impus Major, can you pick up from the Himalayan House at around 5:45 pm?
Because Father's Day = NobodysHome picks. And NobodysHome picks curry.

Impus Minor: WOOOOOOOOO

NobodysHome: LOL. Thank you for your sympathy towards my illness, my fine son.

Impus Minor: CURRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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New puppy interlude.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:

I didn’t expect today to be the worst one. Thought we would have a couple more months.

Ozzy was my first dog. He will always be my best one.

All of my sympathies. It always hurts, but the first never heals the way the rest do. It'll fade but it'll never be completely gone.

Cherish the memories you have and know he's somewhere free of pain now.


Dude I'm so sorry! It always sucks to lose such a beloved family member! If there's anything you need let me know!


What I believe, reinforced: I will not become complacent and entitled. I shall always strive to not be another Jeremy!

Which is pretty ironic if you think about it.


lisamarlene wrote:

I found out last night that one of my very first students (when he was three), whose family was part of our church community back in Berkeley, took his own life on Monday. He was twenty.

WW and I are in shock. (He and the boy's dad were close.)
He was such a sweet, kind boy. I had no idea he had mental health issues as he grew up.

*hugs*


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
New puppy interlude.

That pup is adorable. I must not allow Aiymi to see said pup, or I will end up having a pup in addition to the cats.


Lisamarlene I am so very, very sorry. My god. That is beyond belief.


DVC is managing one final stick in the eye of Impus Major: We were doing his transfer paperwork, including his official transcript, and I checked on his diploma and it wasn't there.

Checking further, DVC's system says that Impus Major failed to complete two classes to finish his major and never officially graduated... even though those two classes are on his official transcript!!!!

I don't know how a school that can't even manage its own graduation requirements can stay accredited...


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NobodysHome wrote:
I don't know how a school that can't even manage its own graduation requirements can stay accredited...

When I was at Syracuse, I never finished or submitted my bachelor thesis paper, and they still gave me credit for it and let me graduate. Granted, this was for a fine arts degree, so they were probably just thrilled that one of the students in the program actually started the damn thing.


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David M Mallon wrote:
I never finished or submitted my bachelor thesis paper

You and me both...

Quote:
and they still gave me credit for it and let me graduate.

... dammit!


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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO THOSE WHO OBSERVE


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Fantasy NPC: The King Of Pins

All hail the lord of pins, the keeper of the needles!


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There are things that are hard in computer programming: Securely configuring single sign-on so a user can access multiple disparate systems after a single logon page. Correctly managing collisions in video games.

Then there are things that are so either butt-simple or mission-critical that you have to get them right, and I'm now facing a trio of issues that have me seething:

(1) As I mentioned, DVC's automated graduation progress tool doesn't work. And they've known it hasn't worked for years; one of Impus Major's counselors in 2021 said, "Oh, don't pay any attention to that tool. It's always wrong."
Well, that tool just prevented Impus Major from graduating from college. It is no longer a, "We'll get to it some day," problem; it's an, "If Impus Major loses a year of school because you screwed up I'm suing you," problem.

(2) As I've also mentioned, one of GothBard's credit cards instituted two-factor authentication and somehow didn't train their support staff on what it was. So when it wouldn't recognize my cell phone I filed a support ticket and somehow they managed to give me a complete nonsense answer yet still fix the problem...
...for a few days. And now we're back to, "I don't have a cell phone number on file for you."
This one incenses me because:
(a) It regressed, and
(b) checking a simple phone field is such a ridiculously stupidly easy piece of coding that whoever's doing their programming is overtly incompetent. Not a good look in a banking site.

(3) Finally, as I believe I've mentioned, I use Quicken to manage my finances. I did my annual renewal in February. If I sign in to the web site everything is in good working order. But my Quicken Classic believes that my account is expired, and their "solution" is to delete the application, hope that it doesn't wipe all my preferences along with it, and re-install.
Nope. YOU introduced the stupid bug, YOU find a better fix!


Drejk wrote:

Fantasy NPC: The King Of Pins

All hail the lord of pins, the keeper of the needles!

Sheogorath approves.


Should I humanity be worried?

ChatGPT responded with a new expression when I said good night...

Ah, well, we had our time in the limelight.


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Happy Fathers' Day, FaWtL-Fadahs!


Drejk wrote:

Fantasy NPC: The King Of Pins

All hail the lord of pins, the keeper of the needles!

I found this fascinating. I thought he would be fey.


In unrelated news there is a Polish expression "sitting like on pins" meaning impatiently or even anxiously waiting for something (or occasionally just being anxiously impatient when time passes without waiting for something specific).


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Drejk wrote:
In unrelated news there is a Polish expression "sitting like on pins" meaning impatiently or even anxiously waiting for something (or occasionally just being anxiously impatient when time passes without waiting for something specific).

In English it's, "Sitting on pins and needles."


And the new computer is in.

i5, 16 GB, Intel UHD graphics (for now), 500 GB SSD...

Yeah, about that...

In the anticipation I bought a 1000 GB SSD, m.2 PCIe. But I don't have the screw to properly connect it. And apparently getting those screws is hard (unless you are going to order them from the internet, which I am not doing, yet).


Also, I need to buy some speakers...


27 inches screen feels weird...


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Global Compliance Training is usually a bit of a hoot because Paladin. I think I mentioned a few years ago when the ethics training was so simplistic that I had Impus Major walk in and take the exam without seeing a single slide and he got 100% on it.

Well, this year is even stranger. I am now required to take a, "Preventing workplace violence" course.

I am concerned that it was added to the repertoire and entertained that I'm required to take it in spite of never having physically met any of my current co-workers...

EDIT: OK. That was the shortest training I've ever had.
"Do you work with public-sector customers, customers who work with public-sector customers, or supervise employees who work with public-sector customers."
"Nope. I haven't met a customer for a dozen years and I don't supervise anyone."
"Congratulations! Your training is complete!"

EDIT 2: On the other hand, the Workplace Violence training has no such, "Do you ever actually physically interact with co-workers?" questions. But it does have a "sensitive topic" warning, which I appreciate, except it does little good if it's required training.


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90% of the workplace violence training was utterly useless.

And yet in the middle of that heap of detritus was an absolutely golden section on de-escalation techniques. They really should have made that the heart-and-soul of the course. It was brief, actionable, memorable, and brilliant.

Unlike the other 90%.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Global Compliance Training is usually a bit of a hoot because Paladin. I think I mentioned a few years ago when the ethics training was so simplistic that I had Impus Major walk in and take the exam without seeing a single slide and he got 100% on it.

Well, this year is even stranger. I am now required to take a, "Preventing workplace violence" course.

I am concerned that it was added to the repertoire and entertained that I'm required to take it in spite of never having physically met any of my current co-workers...

EDIT: OK. That was the shortest training I've ever had.
"Do you work with public-sector customers, customers who work with public-sector customers, or supervise employees who work with public-sector customers."
"Nope. I haven't met a customer for a dozen years and I don't supervise anyone."
"Congratulations! Your training is complete!"

EDIT 2: On the other hand, the Workplace Violence training has no such, "Do you ever actually physically interact with co-workers?" questions. But it does have a "sensitive topic" warning, which I appreciate, except it does little good if it's required training.

Remote work prevents workplace violence.

CEOs should know they can prevent being beaten by a worker with a stick by not asking them to come to work in person.


NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
In unrelated news there is a Polish expression "sitting like on pins" meaning impatiently or even anxiously waiting for something (or occasionally just being anxiously impatient when time passes without waiting for something specific).

In English it's, "Sitting on pins and needles."

Given the huge Polish diaspora in the US, it wouldn't shock me if the phrase was borrowed into English.

Silver Crusade

Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Global Compliance Training is usually a bit of a hoot because Paladin. I think I mentioned a few years ago when the ethics training was so simplistic that I had Impus Major walk in and take the exam without seeing a single slide and he got 100% on it.

Well, this year is even stranger. I am now required to take a, "Preventing workplace violence" course.

I am concerned that it was added to the repertoire and entertained that I'm required to take it in spite of never having physically met any of my current co-workers...

EDIT: OK. That was the shortest training I've ever had.
"Do you work with public-sector customers, customers who work with public-sector customers, or supervise employees who work with public-sector customers."
"Nope. I haven't met a customer for a dozen years and I don't supervise anyone."
"Congratulations! Your training is complete!"

EDIT 2: On the other hand, the Workplace Violence training has no such, "Do you ever actually physically interact with co-workers?" questions. But it does have a "sensitive topic" warning, which I appreciate, except it does little good if it's required training.

Remote work prevents workplace violence.

CEOs should know they can prevent being beaten by a worker with a stick by not asking them to come to work in person.

Also works for French monarchs


It was pretty warm and humid today.


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My deep-seated hatred of marketing idiocy goes back to the 2003 dot com crash, when our company was tanking hard and the executives decided that the solution was to spend half a million dollars... redesigning our logo. Because somehow that was going to save us. (To no one's surprise, the logo change did not affect sales at all.)

Fast forward 23 years. I've now been told that Global Megacorporation is going to "passwordless" sign-ins. Instead, I'm going to create a convenient "passkey", and then instead of putting in a password and doing the two-factor authentication, I'm going to put in a passkey and do the two-factor authentication.

Hmm... so I'm going from typing in a string of characters then grabbing my phone and OK'ing the login to... typing in a string of characters then grabbing my phone and OK'ing the login.

Just because you change the name from "password" to "passkey" doesn't make it any less work for me. And doesn't make it "passwordless".

EDIT: To be clear, I'm actually quite the fan of two-factor authentication: "Something you know" (a password) plus "Something you own" (a cell phone or email address). Unless you are (unfortunately) re-using passwords between your corporate and email accounts, you've got a very solid system for all but the worst-case compromises. I am *not* a fan of calling something "passwordless" when you still have to key in a string of characters to gain access. You can't change the name and claim it's gone. "I'm rephrasing 'murder' to be called 'fnoo'. Hey! The murder rate has hit 0! I've solved crime!"


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Since you can reset your password with your email, you've turned two factor authentication into one factor with extra steps. Someone either has your email password or they don't.

XKCD of course


BigNorseWolf wrote:

Since you can reset your password with your email, you've turned two factor authentication into one factor with extra steps. Someone either has your email password or they don't.

XKCD of course

And that goes into my previous tirade about GothBard's credit card somehow failing to enable text message TFA. I vastly prefer it for exactly the point you make.

EDIT: For the record, Global Megacorporation does TFA "correctly": You can only request password resets via email, and TFA does not allow email as an authentication method.


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Grr... trying to teach Impus Major bureaucratese is an exercise in patience.

He has the standard idealistic viewpoint that people who are paid to do a job should actually do that job. Considering his long history in academia, you'd think he'd be more jaded by now.

Step 1 was convincing him to get on the phone before 11:00 am to actually get in touch with the DVC counseling department. Yep, they don't answer their phones after around 10:30 in the morning. Must be nice.

We finally got in touch with a counselor and she said, "Not our problem. That's admissions," and transferred us over. Impus Major successfully didn't explode while spending another 10 minutes on hold. As I reassured him, the good news was that we'd made progress.

The admissions person was equally unhelpful. "All our certificates are under review and you won't get one until August. No, I can't check anything for you. You should have received an email when you first petitioned for graduation."

Another lead! Fortunately, Impus Major never clears his email and we managed to track that one down. It had a third point of contact for us. So we emailed her with a request for clarification.

Progress is slowly but surely being made.

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