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  1. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I haven't disappeared, I simply ran out of free time. There's a reason I never accepted full time employment before. Because somehow working 8 hours a day at a full time job takes more time than working 12 hours a day at 2 part time jobs. How does that work?
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    But if you do gain immunity to pepper spray, spicy food may grow boring.
  3. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Hmph. To be honest, I was hoping for another day off. I liked this one. I was able to write for the first time in a month.
  4. Siri could use thoughts/prayers

    That was a good idea. Especially if he was holding on just so he could see you again.
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Woo! Party time! Honest question: Do you guys get back pay or similar when you come back if you get placed on furlough? Or do they just expect you to act like it's some wonderful blessing to have an unplanned, unpaid vacation and not start trying to find something else? If you're essential personnel you get back pay with interest the government gets funded again. My partner's in that group, she deals with taxpayers directly. I'm still in training and my function is merely making sure people don't get screwed so I'm nonessential. I heard conflicting information on whether or not I get paid for my time off. Some managers said I'd get paid my usual rate because my time off is their fault. Others said it's just like the seasonal furlough where I better have some cash saved up 'cause I just got screwed. I do have enough for two months of enforced shenanigans so I'm okay.
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I... am now on an enforced vacation of indeterminate length. I am 'nonessential personnel'.
  7. Mid life crisis

    I started going gray when I was 15. I had gray hairs before my mother did. It amused her. It did not amuse me. This is common on my dad's side of the family. Barring that I expect my mid life to begin in the next ten years. Since I have acquired my first full time job within the last month and a half (at least, the first full time job where I get paid for it) I cannot allow myself to have an opinion until training is over.
  8. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    I didn't kill anyone. Given we got 6 retreads (sent back to training as punishment after elfing up) added to our class, not killing anyone was an accomplishment. Seriously, if we had any ability to hire new people they wouldn't be retreads. They'd have been let go. They elfed up bad to get here. I got no writing done and no painting done. Got some minis filed and holes filled, but no painting.
  9. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Don Featherstone, the inventor of the plastic flamingo, was awarded the 1996 Ig Nobel prize in Art for his contribution to ornamental evolution. He was so proud of his award he and his wife attended nearly every Ig Nobel award ceremony afterwards until his death. The year he died the award ceremony included a moment of silence for him as a pink light-up flamingo was carried to the top of the auditorium and lit in his honor. It was beautiful.
  10. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    I have guest lectured multiple times for an anthropology professor at a community college. No I'm not an anthropologist. My degrees are in math and chemistry. I was a case study. This professor studied magical traditions and I was willing to present to his classes and then later to the Anthropology Club and his various guests as a practicing diviner with 17-21 years experience (I lectured for him over 4 years). I went over the psychology of my methods, their history, their connections to cultural traditions, old stories I used to recreate otherwise lost techniques, and so on. Then I answered questions. Not just demonstrations, though each time I presented I ended up reading tarot/smoke/runes for 2 hours afterwards. But actual questions. Probing questions as to 'does this really work' or 'wait are you serious' and 'explain exactly how this works' and all those behind-the-veil questions it's not considered polite to ask. The professor was so sad when I moved.
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    How was spider season?
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I keep my dice in a head-sized specimen jar. And in an old M&M minis tin. And on the table. And in a tiny leather pouch. And...
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    WOOT! I don't have to go to work today! Exercising liberal leave rights due to freezing rain that I no longer have to be out in. My manager called me and 'encouraged' it because she's staying home too, half the unit's already called out, and this'll ensure training schedules don't get all weird.
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I have evidence for 4 continents. Genetic analysis suggests something in the range of 3 and 5. I have spent the last 8 hours filing minis while playing Dragon Age. Productiveness! ...I have work tomorrow don't I? I am disappoint.
  15. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Not killing anyone through this week's extraordinarily boring job training. Alternatively, getting more written. Also, I should refill my water cup and get painting again.
  16. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Alcohol is a depressant. It works by numbing things. Works well for nerve pain, at least for non-inflammatory nerve pain like mine. But it's what's with the alcohol that really works. Tea and honey with scotch (or orange juice with vodka) treats minor illnesses like colds and sometimes even a general loss of give-a-darn. Wine (because it contains a zillion more chemicals than just alcohol) boosts the immune system when taken in one or two glass doses. Red wine also helps keep a bad heart from getting much worse. Not a replacement for medication but a good supplement to. Beer, and I mean real unfiltered beer with color and taste to it, can be a good source of chromium (from yeasts) when taken in one or two pint doses. You need chromium to build and maintain insulin receptors. It's also been recommended by old doctors for nursing mothers. Chromium is one of those trace elements nobody gets enough of anymore. Restricted dose should be considered because too much maltose can weird your system worse, because beer guts are a thing, and because the required beers to see benefit are strong. Sippin' beers are real. Mead combines the trace elements of beer with the goodness of honey. Unfiltered honey is still recommended by some doctors for allergy sufferers as an exposure therapy. Fruity girly drinks are a great way to get fruit in the diet. Alcohol totally works. But not as a problem solver. It does all these other great things when taken in moderation.
  17. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    This would explain why the new Firefox is so processor intensive and why Windows Update told me I don't need certain updates, don't bother them about it. It also explains why the system requirements for games have always been so weird (for example, Assassin's Creed: Origins requires an Intel i5 running at 2.5GHz or an AMD FX running at 3.9GHz). Maybe this will restart research into faster consumer-grade processors. Now that predictive processing has been shown to be vulnerable, chips may have to go back to brute-forcing calculations as fast as possible in order to maintain apparent speed. I built an AMD machine because Reasons. Not these reasons but I'm glad I did.
  18. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Well I gave my players the option to not show up on account of walking/busing/biking in this weather is suicidal and they're all showing up anyway. Am I a better GM than I thought? Or are their lives that dull?
  19. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    I didn't resolve any of these things but... I haven't frozen anything important. I haven't caught the plague my overworked desk-mate at work brought in. I haven't killed anyone out of sheer boredom. I've even hobbied a little bit this year.
  20. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I have to work today. Thinking of cancelling game tomorrow. My players Public Transit and/or Bike to game and the wind chill will be minus 'LOL NOPE'.
  21. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    To be fair, when I was growing up this was completely normal. Grandpa's house always looked like this and we were always over there for dinner or reasons or babysitting. The living room, the only room on the first floor, was filled with hunting trophies. Not the metal ones, either, there were 3 solid walls of skins, heads, mounts, antler racks, dead fish, and one giant Canada Goose in mid-swoop. And the bear with the big rubber tongue.
  22. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Snow day! Campus closed at 1230! My shift starts at 430 so I didn't even have to get out of bed! Wait, then why am I up? Oh yes. [sips coffee]
  23. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Ah, it's good to know the problem I'm having with getting Origin to run has nothing to do with me. They elfed up the code. No seriously, all I had to do was find an old version and weeks of frustration all faded away.
  24. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    The moment my stuff gets liened I will get nasty. I know my debts were part of a block series that got lost and now exist without verifiable ownership (original issuer, specific years). I'm willing to settle debts because I am lawful but I'm lawful evil. I will make them prove they own my debt and when they can't I will countersue for amount, damages, and their pants.
  25. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    The air tastes like it's gonna snow.