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Tacticslion wrote:

I... find it increasingly difficult to like the people in The Office. Yet... I can't stop watching.

:I

Sadly, the last couple of seasons aren't very good.

Edit: clearly, more nudity was needed.


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They must be good enough.


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Super awesome morning.

Warm, lively, with a hint of thunderstorms in the air.

And lightning too! So more than a hint then! Yay!!


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I was going to cycle through a bunch of avatars last night at work. But my phone was being slow and wouldn't cooperate.

So, I'm doing it today.


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First one, a grumpy salamander.

I still have a few avatars that I'm not very fond of. But, like you, my phone seems to want them as they are.


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Before I was doing my alias thing I was all about the avatars. But then they didn't add more for two or three years and I got bored. :-)


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I'm sorry I have been so quiet these past few days- trying to catch up after the convention, which didn't go so well for us. I will be posting in the mass effect thread tonight after second job, and will be back to normal after that.


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Half the sky is sunny, but it's misting over us, coupled with the sun shining on the new leaves on the trees and you get this awesome golden green light to everything.

It's beautiful!


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As most my avatars are characters I stick to the most accurate one I can find.
I still find some pretty cool pics from some books are missing.


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Mary Seacole - Extra History


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Captain Yesterday, Brut Squad wrote:

I work tonight.

They sent out a mailer today with huge sales on bikes, trampolines, "hoverboards", and other summer implements of injury.

The sale doesn't start for another three days, which the mailer says. In the fine print.

But of course, no one's willing to pay full price.

The only problem is. Captain Yesterday doesn't haggle.

I hate it when they do that.


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captain yesterday wrote:

it's snowing!

It's beautiful!

fify


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Hey there Freehold DM. Sorry to hear that the con did not go well. You can call me at any time if you need to talk.


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It's always strange to live in the surreal world of the Bay Area.

I listen to the radio, and am inundated with constant ads of, "If you've tried to get a mortgage recently, you know how hard it is, no matter what your credit score."

So, as I've mentioned, after buying a house in the Bay Area and rebuilding the entire studio, we have around half a million in debt. I decided to try to consolidate it into a single fixed-rate mortgage, and I was ready for it to be a nightmare of bureaucracy.

Instead, it was typical "money in the Bay Area doesn't mean the same thing as money anywhere else."

  • After a polite e-mail to my credit union, a loan broker was on the phone with me in under 24 hours, eager to get me my money ASAP
  • After talking with NobodysWife, she asked whether we could add $20k to the loan to rebuild the bathroom. I sheepishly asked the loan broker, and she said, "Absolutely! No problem!"
  • We had all the paperwork to sign and get the loan started in under an hour.
  • The whole impression I'm getting is, "Oh, you have a 1000-square-foot house in Albany? That's worth at least $1.2 million! And you make over $100k a year? OK, here! Let us throw money at you until you tell us to stop!"

    Surreal first-world problems. The issue isn't getting the loan, it's telling the loan broker, "No, really. That's all we need. I don't want to borrow more than I need, thanks!"

    Just weird how we've become a nation of debt.


    John Napier 698 wrote:
    Tacticslion wrote:
    If you enjoy extremely dry, quirky humor, you might giggle as much as I at these.
    There's a digital TV station that plays these. RetroTV, I think.

    ... really?

    Huh! Good to know!

    The channel I linked is the creator of them. :)


    Freehold DM wrote:
    I'm sorry I have been so quiet these past few days- trying to catch up after the convention, which didn't go so well for us. I will be posting in the mass effect thread tonight after second job, and will be back to normal after that.

    This sucks.

    But! We're glad you're doing okay!

    Do what you gotta, and we're here for ya!


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    Tacticslion wrote:
    John Napier 698 wrote:
    Tacticslion wrote:
    If you enjoy extremely dry, quirky humor, you might giggle as much as I at these.
    There's a digital TV station that plays these. RetroTV, I think.

    ... really?

    Huh! Good to know!

    The channel I linked is the creator of them. :)

    Unless they changed their playlist. But I remember seeing an episode quite recently. ... Sorry, It's on ME-TV. Just checked the on-line listing.


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    Tacticslion wrote:

    I... find it increasingly difficult to like the people in The Office. Yet... I can't stop watching.

    :I

    Sadly, the last couple of seasons aren't very good.

    Edit: clearly, more nudity was needed.

    This is what I've heard. Weirdly, I keep finding individual episodes to really like, even if I am not fond of the over-all direction.

    And then, even more bizarrely, are the episodes I love and loath at the same time. Pretty much any episode featuring Stanley, for instance, because that character is so uncomfortable and frustrating* (his almost painful recalcitrance to be pleasant plus his myriad of health issues contrasting with/building off of Michael's terrible, terrible unconscious racism), yet they get some genuinely good drama out of those instances (such as the growth in his and Michael's relationship or maturity).

    Or Angela - a living stereotype of everything "wrong" with cultural Christianity, and none of the positives - it's like watching a living, "These are all the things that frustrate you about your own people." on a show, with absolutely nothing else. As a Christian, having the only practicing one be an absolutely horrid individual who lies, cheats, and deceives, only to turn right around and be judgmental and petty over things that really don't matter... frustrating.

    Or Phyllis: I genuinely enjoyed her character, and was happy she got a (more or less) happy life. Only, as the show progresses, she's been slowly becoming ever-more-petty and spiteful.

    Dwight started out as a misguided socially inept lawful good. Now he wildly oscillates between socially inept lawful good neutral, and a cunningly aggressive (still inept) lawful evil. There is no middle ground, and it's unpleasant, because I don't like him anymore.

    Toby** is just as uncomfortable, because he's tormented and hated for no discernible reason. He's one of the few genuinely good guys, and he's just... treated terribly. Of course, no one hates him as much as Michael, but it's also frustrating to see his personal attempts at doing good things thwarted, and I don't particularly find enjoyment or amusement in the fact that he finally got to go on a long vacation and had to spend it in traction.

    Andy is okay (a stark contrast to how he entered the show), and Pam isn't terrible in every way. Even Jim, though, needlessly torments Dwight - something that didn't used to be justified.

    And, of course, the "real" problem is Michael. He's an unpleasant person, and runs the office poorly, in many respects. He is the source of the majority of the uncomfortable elements... yet, he's also treated like the protagonist.

    This is deeply contrasted by, say, Parks and Rec, which I wholeheartedly love, because, even when you disagree with the characters, or find them ludicrous, or whatever, you always like the characters, as they're actually good people, regardless of whether or not they are correct.

    ... and yet, those first two-to-three seasons, plus the occasional moments of true hilarious genius, are keeping me watching. WELP: I'm in this for the long haul, I suppose...

    * It's made even more frustrating by the fact that I want to like him. He's got all the elements to be a character I can really appreciate (so close-yet-far to retirement, solid marriage, kids, health issues) and the actor is so good, but this is all undercut by the character's worse elements. I certainly can't blame is worse side for coming out in a work environment like this, but it doesn't make for a pleasant viewing experience. It feels like he's used like an episode of Family Guy or an issue of Jack of Fables - something that's so uncomfortable, it makes you laugh, even when it's not quite really "funny" (or pleasant to watch).

    ** Again, he seems like the kind of character I'd love - a genuinely good guy trying to do good things. He's nice, polite, respectful, and kind... and it's always painful and uncomfortable to watch, because the show treats him like he deserves Michael's spite, even though it's clear that he doesn't.


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    Huh, neat. I could potentially use my visual novel project as the basis for my thesis, or so the teacher said. We'll have to see if I try that or something else in a year or two.


    Sweet! Good luck!


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    Thanks for all the birthday wishes!


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    The main public library has been open all of 8 minutes, and I've already witnessed a guy get ejected by armed private security for threatening to beat the s#$% out of a disabled guy for looking at him (not to mention unleashing a flurry of anti-Asian slurs), a woman get ejected, likewise by armed security, for threatening to stab a guy who walked too close to her, a guy get ejected for showering in the bathroom, and a drug deal going on in the bathroom.

    Welcome to the Tenderloin, m%#!%$*&+++*s.


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    The hell kind of library is that?!


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    Tacticslion wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    I'm sorry I have been so quiet these past few days- trying to catch up after the convention, which didn't go so well for us. I will be posting in the mass effect thread tonight after second job, and will be back to normal after that.

    This sucks.

    But! We're glad you're doing okay!

    Do what you gotta, and we're here for ya!

    +1


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    Icyshadow wrote:
    The hell kind of library is that?!

    San Francisco's main library is located in one of the highest crime parts of the entire city. Whatever's going on in the streets boils over into the building, especially when it's cold and wet out like today.


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    Everyone's heard of Hell's Kitchen, right? Welcome to Hell's Library.


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    It's like the library downtown.


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    And now, for a bit of nostalgia, Windows 1.01


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    John Napier 698 wrote:
    And now, for a bit of nostalgia, Windows 1.01

    Had a flash back to "Saved by the Bell" and the "Muppet Show". The 80's were intense. Nostalgia can be dangerous at times.


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    Crag_Irons wrote:
    John Napier 698 wrote:
    And now, for a bit of nostalgia, Windows 1.01
    Had a flash back to "Saved by the Bell" and the "Muppet Show". The 80's were intense. Nostalgia can be dangerous at times.

    Found this website recently. Sometimes, it's good to take a look back to see how far we've come. As a reminder to everyone, Windows 1.01 ran on the original IBM PC XT with 640 KB of memory.


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    So Preacher is a pretty f+%*ed up show.

    Not sure what to make of it yet. Just saw the pilot.


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    I enjoyed the first season of Preacher. Looking forward to June 19.

    It *is* a bit "out there", but I'm not one too put off by criticisms of faith -- even my own.


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    Lunchtime is no more boring. Didn't catch what the woman did to get thrown out of the fast food place, but she's alternating between intending to sue and intending to bring her boyfriend over to kick the security guard and/or manager's ass.


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    So tired!

    Feeling better, though: here's hoping it lasts for more than a week!


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    Rosita the Riveter wrote:
    Lunchtime is no more boring. Didn't catch what the woman did to get thrown out of the fast food place, but she's alternating between intending to sue and intending to bring her boyfriend over to kick the security guard and/or manager's ass.

    Man, you live in interesting times... just like the Japanese curse...


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    While I am certainly not "liberal" in any way, shape, or form, I am "compassionate" in the sense that I pay attention to how other people are treated vs. how I am treated.

    And this whole loan application process just stinks of favoritism.

    The disclaimer at the bottom of every e-mail says, "Due to historically low interest rates, it may take us up to a week to respond to your queries."

    And here I am, getting e-mail responses from my TWO loan reps within 5 minutes of my sending anything in.

    Methinks I'm a whale, and I've been spotted by a couple of would-be Ahabs...

    EDIT: Reminds me of my experience with Verizon. I kept telling people how awesome their customer service was. Until a friend was looking at the number *I* dial vs. the number *he* dials.

    Turns out that with a Global Megacorporation account, I had my own "special" number to dial, with "special" representatives who worked on my behalf.

    I stopped shilling for Verizon that day...


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    Just don't stare at the headlights.

    That's what got Harold.


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Rosita the Riveter wrote:
    Lunchtime is no more boring. Didn't catch what the woman did to get thrown out of the fast food place, but she's alternating between intending to sue and intending to bring her boyfriend over to kick the security guard and/or manager's ass.

    Man, you live in interesting times... just like the Japanese curse...

    Chinese, dude. Chinese. Come on! Get your jingoistic fake history right, NH! Sheesh, it's like you weren't even taught how to properly disdain people different from you!


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    Vlaeros wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    Rosita the Riveter wrote:
    Lunchtime is no more boring. Didn't catch what the woman did to get thrown out of the fast food place, but she's alternating between intending to sue and intending to bring her boyfriend over to kick the security guard and/or manager's ass.

    Man, you live in interesting times... just like the Japanese curse...

    Chinese, dude. Chinese. Come on! Get your jingoistic fake history right, NH! Sheesh, it's like you weren't even taught how to properly disdain people different from you!

    On the West Coast it's always considered a Japanese curse originating from WW II.

    Different locations, different jingoisms.


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    No one beats me at Jenga.

    Silver Crusade

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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Vlaeros wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    Rosita the Riveter wrote:
    Lunchtime is no more boring. Didn't catch what the woman did to get thrown out of the fast food place, but she's alternating between intending to sue and intending to bring her boyfriend over to kick the security guard and/or manager's ass.

    Man, you live in interesting times... just like the Japanese curse...

    Chinese, dude. Chinese. Come on! Get your jingoistic fake history right, NH! Sheesh, it's like you weren't even taught how to properly disdain people different from you!

    On the West Coast it's always considered a Japanese curse originating from WW II.

    Different locations, different jingoisms.

    Always assume the quotes you read on the internet are fake.

    -Benjamin Franklin


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    John Napier 698 wrote:
    Everyone's heard of Hell's Kitchen, right? Welcome to Hell's Library.

    With all that disrespect toward hard, cold, uncaring order it sounded more like Abyssal Library... Or Maybe a Library At The Border Of Hades...


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    While I am certainly not "liberal" in any way, shape, or form, I am "compassionate" in the sense that I pay attention to how other people are treated vs. how I am treated.

    And this whole loan application process just stinks of favoritism.

    The disclaimer at the bottom of every e-mail says, "Due to historically low interest rates, it may take us up to a week to respond to your queries."

    And here I am, getting e-mail responses from my TWO loan reps within 5 minutes of my sending anything in.

    Methinks I'm a whale, and I've been spotted by a couple of would-be Ahabs...

    EDIT: Reminds me of my experience with Verizon. I kept telling people how awesome their customer service was. Until a friend was looking at the number *I* dial vs. the number *he* dials.

    Turns out that with a Global Megacorporation account, I had my own "special" number to dial, with "special" representatives who worked on my behalf.

    I stopped shilling for Verizon that day...

    A couple of months ago my wife and I were at Home Depot for a few odds and ends, including a copy of my car key for her. One of those electronic keys capable of actually starting my car, rather than just opening the doors; not an extravagent item, but not something that you can pay for with pocket change either.

    At the checkout line, I had an episode of dumbery, where the cashier had to ring us up twice because I didn't hand him everything in our cart. And then I forgot to hand him the key until he had finished ringing us up the second time. So real, embarrassing dumbery. And the cashier's response, with nobody on line behind us, was "Take the key, just go."

    I couldn't help but think of the stories I've heard of black and brown and red people being watched and scrutinized while shopping.


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    "Tammy doesn't just destroy happiness as she finds it, she actively seeks it out and demolishes it" - Ron Swanson.


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    Found the accidental Lord Of The Rings name drop in Trail Of The Hunted.

    Awesome!


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Loan stuff...

    I am in no means a "whale" like you think you might be, but when I was doing my mortgage, I had a fantastic guy. He would always respond within minutes (during business hours, at least) even if it was just to say "I'll find out, it may take a little time since I'm processing someone else's forms right now." Just knowing he wasn't ignoring me was great. I even emailed him one day, and he replied almost immediately saying he was out of the office doing a training day, but we would contact another of the loan officers and get them to email me the answer. They got back to me within 20 minutes.


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    Good morning! I feel lazy to read all the lengthy posts so I'll do it later ;-D


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    Rrrright.


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Rosita the Riveter wrote:
    Lunchtime is no more boring. Didn't catch what the woman did to get thrown out of the fast food place, but she's alternating between intending to sue and intending to bring her boyfriend over to kick the security guard and/or manager's ass.

    Man, you live in interesting times... just like the Japanese curse...

    Eh. It was a whole lot worse 20 years ago.


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    Ignore this post, it's just to push the next post to ToP.

    Edit: Sorry if I screwed up your favorite.

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