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  1. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    @redambrosia Yep, I've already scheduled my first ever therapeutic massage for Monday; this has been lurking for a couple of weeks now in the form of generally stiff neck and shoulders, and it just decided to pounce in full force today. I know what's causing it since similar events have happened before (and I've done PT for), but I just can't help getting super tense when I'm stressed, which causes problems. Luckily this particular stress should be finished up by January. Hopefully. After much prodding and stretching and rubbing, I've discovered that the root of the problem seems to have been a slight kink in my neck. This caused several muscles to spasm and in this case apparently irritating a facial nerve which is then radiating ouch-ness along a couple of the neighboring branches (specifically the ones that the dentist targets when they numb you up). It's just odd because usually I know instantly when the kink happens and it then causes my neck to stiffen up like I've suddenly become Batman. Which would be a whole lot cooler if it also came with the cool toys and billionaire status. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  2. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well, this is a new one: I've had my neck lock up due to stress-related tension, but this time rather than being unable to move my neck, some deep neck muscle is doing something that's causing rather severe lower jaw and TMJ pain. It's not dental in origin (having a dentist father in law is super handy), and it dwindles to practically nothing when I'm thoroughly distracted (it had vanished by the time I finished showering, then slowly returned. Except I really need to sleep, and the fact that I can't is making me more tense, ad nauseum. I'm currently wearing a heating pad like a scarf and thinking murderous things at my homework (one of the significant contributing factors in my current stress level) and at my noisy upstairs neighbors. --OneBoot :D
  3. Welcome to the Department of Acquisitions! This is a continuation of the thread wherein we share pictures and stories of all the awesome stuff we acquire. Go forth, and leave no bargain unexplored! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  4. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    NOT A LIE Also the prettiest personal cake I've ever had, aside from my wedding cake lol. This Black Forest Cake didn't look like I was expecting on the outside, but perfectly matched my expectations on the inside, therefore making it the perfect counterpoint to the lie cake and bringing harmony to the Universe and balance to the Force thereby. Or something. *noms cake* The cake part isn't overly sweet, with the tiniest hint of a bite at the back of the throat, which pairs nicely with the very sweet cream cheese frosting. Which there is a lot of. A whole lot. *chews contemplatively* Certainly the nicest, tastiest cherry filling I've ever had, with lots of real cherry bits rather than the candied cherry goop I'm used to (which, granted, I do have a fondness for). *cleans plate* I can definitely confirm that this cake is great, and that it is indeed delicious and moist. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Extremely belated thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes; I've been in lurk mode all week so I didn't post earlier. Y'all made me feel loved. A funny thing happened that day that I think a lot of folks here can appreciate. Storytime! Ever since I'd finished playing the first Portal game, I'd wanted to try The Cake (which I discovered was specifically a Black Forest Cake). It's a decadent chocolate cake soaked in cherry goodness, with more cherry goodness between the layers, all wrapped up in rich cream cheese frosting and curls of chocolate. Oh, and more cherries on top. In a word: heavenly. So, this year, I finally decided that was what I wanted for my birthday cake. Cuz I'm an adult, and if I want a cake from a video game, I can make that dream come true, darn it! I'd spotted a cake-like object labeled as a "Black Forest Cream Cake" at one of our local grocery stores a few weeks previous, and it looked correct from the outside, and had what sounded like the correct ingredients on the label (minus the 3 tbs of rhubarb on fire and the drilling equipment parts) so I instructed MrBoot to acquire said cake-like object for my birthday. I forgot to take a picture before cutting it, so here's a picture of a slice of it instead: Now, you'd think that multiple playthroughs of both Portal games would have prepared me for this moment. That I would have been psychologically equipped to deal with the feelings I experienced after the first taste. Nonetheless, I was caught almost completely unawares when I discovered, after finishing the bite.... THIS CAKE WAS A LIE. Oh sure, it was labeled as being a Black Forest Cake, and from the outside it looked like a Black Forest Cake (albiet a budget version)...but it was NOT. Instead, it was a dry, cheap-tasting regular chocolate cake with canned cherry goop slopped between the two layers, covered in loads of gross bland frosting and topped with the saddest candied cherries I've ever tasted. You'd think I would have been disappointed by this after the years of anticipation, and a small part of me was for a brief moment. Mostly, though, I found it monstrously ironic and incredibly hilarious, and I burst out laughing after my first bite, which confused MrBoot since he wasn't enjoying it either. I then turned to him and shouted "Oh my gosh, the cake is a LIE!! That's so fantastic!!! " and proceeded to eat the rest of my slice (sans gross frosting) still chuckling, much to MrBoot's consternation. He felt bad and kept apologizing since he'd wanted it to be a good cake for me, but I kept reassuring him (in between bites and giggling fits) that it was fine, I wasn't in the least upset, even though we both agreed that it was a pretty sad cake. The next day, MrBoot went to a real bakery and put in an order for a REAL Black Forest Cake, which will be ready for pick-up later today. Because he's awesome like that. I will post a follow-up after I've nommed some of it, and will likely feed the rest of the lie cake to MrBoot's coworkers (they aren't picky when it comes to free food). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  6. Here is the link to the official thread, which has the actual Hangout link: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69040-hang-out-and-paint-google-hangouts/ This is a just-for-fun thread, a place to put little snippets from Google Hangouts with forum members so that those who can't participate can still enjoy some of the fun. They need not make sense, but they DO still need to be family-friendly! This is also the place to put "Is anybody on right now?" type posts. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  7. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It appears that what you were referencing (the KSK rollover) already happened on October 11th: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/ksk-rollover Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    M.E.O.W. knows exactly what to do with maps! EDIT: Woah, not having the glowy golden background to my posts will take some getting used to. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  10. Just so people know, I've stepped down from being a mod for the foreseeable future. Don't worry, nothing's wrong, nothing has happened, life in general is pretty awesome; I just have a greater need to focus on my real life responsibilities right now. I'll still be around and posting and willing to help out where I can, I'm just unable to adequately fulfill moderator duties. :) If you have any mod-related questions or concerns, please feel free to contact LadyStorm first, then TaleSpinner, Froggy the Great, or Darsc Zacal; they're all awesome and happy to assist. No replies to this thread are required (I forgot I can't lock threads anymore lol). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. OneBoot

    The 5 Word Story

    . DEATH had a new scythe
  12. OneBoot

    The 5 Word Story

    stuck with me now, kid!"
  13. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Clearly, due to the absence of @Glitterwolf, nobody was monitoring the Sparkle-o-meter, so it ran out of glitter early. "Management" will do whatever possible to ensure that does not happen again in the future. Such as providing this totally legitimateTM patch for your internets: "Management" thanks you for your patience and cooperation. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  14. OneBoot

    The 5 Word Story

    he kicked the bowl out
  15. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It's...uh... it's a bit late for that. I don't generally have nightmares, though, so there's that. I'm honestly finding the game design highly intriguing. Disturbing as all-get-out, but very cleverly put together. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Apropos of nothing, 2am is TOTALLY the right time to start playing Doki Doki Literature Club. Totally. Yep. ...I'm not going to be sleeping today, am I. (for those of you not familiar with this game...google can explain it far better than I can.) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Somebody-not-me pinned the Randomness thread shortly after it was created. It has remained pinned up until I think a few days ago, when somebody-not-me unpinned it. When a thread gets unpinned I usually assume it was for a good reason and leave it be. Meanwhile: Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  18. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I seem to recall @buglips*the*goblin mentioning moldy paint (seriously, not as a joke). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  19. OneBoot

    The 5 Word Story

    from Elrond's 'Eternally Elven' Emprorium."
  20. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Woooooooooo! *runs into the thread and does a victory lap* I got MrBoot's computer full functioning again! Once I was able to actually get Windows to load, it only took about 20 minutes to find the video drivers, remove them completely, install the most recent versions (which caused the same issues to reoccur) uninstall them again, then install the previous version. Super easy compared to yesterday! So, it looks like something with the most recent driver update was the root cause of the original problem. Apparently, all MrBoot did to cause stuff to start going wrong was try to update the drivers, which is usually a trivially quick and simple thing to do. I know either my brother or brother-in-law (both programmers) would have probably figured it all out much faster and with far less frustration than I did, but I'm glad I didn't ask in this case. I always feel awesome when I'm able to figure out and solve a gnarly problem on my own. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  21. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Very true. I thought I had, but really I didn't do much more than a bit of casual research into how Windows 8 handles boot options before diving in with possible solutions. It's certainly set up differently from Windows 7 (due to the aforementioned change from a BIOS firmware system to a UEFI one), which I'm far more used to, plus it has some wonky things that were fixed in Windows 10. Part of the problem was that I was super tired, and never processed the fact that the "Windows Boot Menu" option that sometimes showed up in the list of boot drives was not a "Return to the boot menu" command, but an actual boot option. Ah well, at least I learned me some computer stuffs, which I'm sure will come in handy again later. ...It occurs to me that I spent rather more time yesterday unironically typing the word 'boot' than is typical for me. Which is saying something. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  22. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Even though the xkcd comic above is intended as humor, I've literally spent the last 7 hours doing exactly this (aside from the "Ask someone for help or give up" step, cuz I can get crazy stubborn sometimes). MrBoot did...something to his computer while trying to optimize something to do with his graphics cards. In the process of trying to fix this, he did something that made the whole situation worse, since it would no longer maintain a stable boot to windows at all (it would load to login, the screen would flicker to black a couple of times, then BSOD with a video card driver-related error message). 3 of my hours were spent going in fruitless circles trying (and failing) to diagnose and fix why Windows 8.1 was unable to boot to Safe mode since MrBoot had tried to get it working but found it disabled. 2 hours were spent running a checkdisk in the vain hope it would fix one of the somethings that had gone wrong. 1.5 hours were spent looking up every blasted thing I could find about unlocking/creating/deleting/backing up/creating/insertverbhere the boot (heh) partition and related bootup topics (don't worry, I touched nothing, only looked around with the command prompt; I know my limitations well and have a solid grasp of what not to mess with). 20 minutes were spent gradually realizing that Windows 8.1 uses an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT partitioning system, so most of what I'd been trying had been pointless anyways. 7 minutes were spent looking up how to access Safe mode with a UEFI rather than BIOS thingy, and the last 3 minutes were spent discovering that I'd actually had access to Safe mode booting THE ENTIRE FREAKING TIME. And then calmly, easily, simply, booting Windows up in Safe mode. The second that was successfully completed, I stood up and walked away from it, I was so done at that point. So much wasted time. I'd taken MrBoot at his word that Safe mode was inaccessible (who knows, maybe something I did made ithe option appear), plus I was so focused on booting from either the recovery disk or the recovery usb that I ignored all the other options. Either way, it's a wonder I didn't dropkick the whole thing out the window. I'm gonna go sleep now. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  23. OneBoot

    The 5 Word Story

    he owed me five dollars."
  24. OneBoot

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My connection to lifegiving internets has been down all day, apparently due to a dump truck accidentally severing a fiber optic cable. I'm glad I at least have mobile data so I can still communicate as needed and get a little work done, but this meant no applying for jobs, no google hangouts, no Elder Scrolls Online, no schoolwork (it's all online, and while I technically could use my phone, having to constantly zoom in and scroll around is painful), no watching educational medical videos on youtube (a recently discovered interest). And, if I didn't have mobile data, that would further mean no email, no facebook (which I need for group collaboration on an upcoming film project), no Reaper forums, etc. Heck, not even any voicemails, since apparently that uses the mobile data system rather than wifi. It's actually rather shocking how much of my life (academic, professional, hobby and recreation) revolves around strong, constant, reliable internet access. Just going off the grid isn't an answer either, there's just too much of the rest of the world that's online to make that very feasible. I mentioned job applications, just as one example. So many places, especially professional ones (meaning not retail, food service, etc.) will only accept applications online. MrBoot can't do his job without internet (though luckily it appears the lab he works at has their own dedicated line since his work wasn't affected). It's an interesting thing to think about. Pardon the ramblings; not having access to most of my usual distractions has left time for more philosophical contemplation than usual. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  25. OneBoot

    The 5 Word Story

    the best Bacon Burgers in
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