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  1. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I actually got a new message from my insurance company regarding my total settlement this morning in response to my message yesterday, which surprised me because I figured I'd be waiting until Monday. It was the detailed assessment of the valuation of my vehicle, which was higher than what was previously stated. Not by a lot, but enough to almost entirely negate one deductible. However, there's still the question of the second deductible, which I may still end up needing to pay depending on how the arbitration fight goes. I really don't see how it can go the other guy's way, but I also wouldn't be surprised if I got screwed either. I'd really like to not have to pay the second deductible. But it's looking like I won't be getting a new car during the holiday season, because until I get answers to the questions I have I won't be sending my insurance company my title, and until they get my title they won't issue the check. And things will probably take a while. Which bums me out, because right now Honda actually has a decent financing deal for the Fit that I'm fairly sure I'd qualify for...
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    It's called a "swoop and squat" or something similar. I think that I may have been the attempted victim of a variation of that scam as the root cause of my accident. Because there was nothing in front of me one second, and the next there was a set of brake lights flaring up out of the dark. However, I had the space to swerve and avoid the other car, which caused me to lose control and hit the safety wires in the median. I probably saved myself a lot of headaches by not hitting the other car, because if it was a scam, rather than someone just driving without their lights, they would have probably sued me and all sorts of other things. Still doesn't make me any happier about my current situation, but I know that it could have been worse. I may invest in a dash cam with the new car, though.
  3. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Also, the D4 is the only one that has two ways of reading the numbers on the dice. Some are made so that the roll is read as the number showing on the top point, while others are made so that it's read using the number showing on the flat bottom. Everything else always uses the upward face. I prefer D4's that are read using the point. I like the people who set up VMs to mess with those scammers. Personally, I'll go sit at my computer and act like I'm a total idiot. I'll follow their steps*, but only after making them repeat themselves about 20 times for each one, because "I can't find control panel. Is that the folder where my pictures go? What does the internet icon look like? I don't have an E. I have a swirl, a computer, a circle, one that looks like an E in a circle, an S, one that says GOG... I did open the E in a circle, but it's asking me for a password and a phone number now..." *I never actually change any settings or anything like that. I just sit there and "do" what they tell me so that I'm better able to mislead them into thinking I'm complying.
  4. I was thinking the exact same thing. My mom has had a pasta maker for decades. They often used Geordie as an away team member. Usually when they ran into some kind of tech that they needed help with, though sometimes he filled the generic science officer role rather than bringing Data along.
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    What I don't get is how an insurance company can say that someone who was cited on scene for driving on a suspended license is not at fault. They were legally not allowed to be behind the wheel of that vehicle on a public roadway! And to top it off, the driver admitted, on scene, that he was "looking at his radio" rather than paying attention to the road when the accident happened. That was a direct quote from the preliminary police report that I got. The waiting is kind of killing me now. It's not stressful, because I'm of the opinion that whatever happens happens and I can't really change it, but it is frustrating.
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Tomorrow will make for 1 month since I totaled my car. It still isn't resolved. Because apparently GEICO thinks that non-licensed drivers who admit that they were speeding and not looking at the road when they wreck into something are not at fault. Because he apparently said that he didn't see my hazard lights(or the 1000 lumen flashlight I was shining and waving at his windshield either, I guess). USAA disagrees, as they should, and so the whole thing is going to arbitration. I was told that on the 5th. Until then, I'm still in a rental car and can't go car shopping because I absolutely need that total check as a down payment. I just sent USAA a message asking for an update. I probably won't hear back until Monday though.
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I bought the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game app for my phone a while back, and then quit playing rather quickly. I decided to give it another shot tonight at work, since I was bored, and I still can't figure out how the heck I'm supposed to win. I always either can't close locations, or I run out of time because every location has its boss at the very end. I've decided the game is dumb, and that I'm glad I never bothered spending money on the physical version.
  8. Boardgames - suggestions please

    Beer pong counts as a board game, right? And it should get a bonus because the drunker you get, the more you'll be able to understand what each other is saying. Play with shots instead of beer, and by the end of game 2 you'll be hanging off of each other professing how much you love you, man.
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Be glad I'm not your DM. I would have a lot of fun with Tom. Because friends through fear are not good friends. I'd probably have him act buddy-buddy for a couple days, maybe even a couple weeks to lull you into a false sense of security, and then he'd either rob you blind or kill/kidnap you while you slept. Maybe even all 3. Drugged food/drink to keep everyone asleep while he slaps them in chains and strips their gear, stab the sleeping mage and/or cleric in the throat to prevent those issues from arising, and then load everyone else up for sale into slavery. Because he's a bugbear. And that's what bugbears do. Of course, I'd only go to that extreme if I really wanted to put the hurt on. Most likely, he'd drug everyone, rob the group, and take one of the smaller characters as a slave. That way everyone gets set back pretty hard, the party gets split, and you've got to track someone down.
  10. FAKE Star Wars spoilers

    Was anyone else confused by the sudden change in style during the lightsaber duel? Going from sci-sci-fi blockbuster to avant-garde French silent movie where Luke spends a minute and a half licking Snoke's face just didn't make any sense in theme or story.
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    You know how I learned that those "live streamed" events at theaters aren't actually live? I went to one for Rifftrax, and the sound cut out after about 5 minutes, and stayed out for about 15. And they restarted it. From the beginning. Which meant we couldn't have been watching it live.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    My sister got two okay laptops, an xbox one, and 3 xbox one games for $15 from Sam's Club about a month and a half ago. She ordered a big container of baby wipes, and when the package arrived it had her name on it, had a packing slip for baby wipes with her name on it, but instead of baby wipes it had the above stuff. Sam's never contacted her about the error, so I'm assuming someone got baby wipes instead of the above, but with the correct packing slip, and called to raise hell and get replacements. But because the proper packing slips were included, there was probably no easy way to determine which packages got messed up. Not like my sister would be required to return the stuff to Sam's anyway, but she would have sent it back if they'd contacted her. It's a common scam. It's probably the Canadian equivalent of the fake IRS scams here in the US. They'll call, say you owe taxes, and that you need to call them back at a different number to pay or else they'll put a warrant out for your arrest. If you call, they'll tell you that you owe some number in the couple thousand dollar range, but that if you pay them a couple hundred, it'll be settled. And they'll want you to pay by buying Green Dot cards(or other prepaid credit cards) and reading them the card numbers. Or, in some cases, they'll even say you can pay with chain store gift cards, like Target, because yea, that's totally how the IRS would take payment. In Target gift cards... Forgot my book again. And tonight I'm gonna be even more bored.
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Are you giving Sunny Jim a convincing speech using your best impression of Clancy Brown? It's a sure-fire way to make sure he's giving it 110% and doing his best.
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Every time I watch a certain episode of Rick and Morty, and the wind whispers "loser" to Jerry, I can't help but laugh. Just like how every time I watch the episode with Unity and the Season 2 finale I get hit with the feels at the end.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Between the posture(or at least the way the angle makes your posture look), the upward gaze, and the general expression, it really does look like you're confused and lost. It's just not a good picture.