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  1. Unruly

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Uber doesn't give a crap. They have no real skin in the game. Their drivers ignore traffic laws all the time and because Uber says all of the drivers are "contractors" and not employees, they have no liability for their drivers' actions unless a court rules otherwise like it did in California. And even when they do have skin in the game, they still don't care. Case in point - http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-bc-us---uber-colorado-fine-20171120-story.html https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/10/technology/uber-and-its-executives-fined-in-france.html And those are only two of the many instances of it in the last 5 years or so. I remember reading at one point they were being fined something like $50,000 a day for operating without taxi licenses, and they basically said "Screw it, we'll just pay the fines." This is a company that tries to brush things under the rug when their drivers sexually assault people. They're not going to care about a driver harassing city employees who are just trying to do their job.
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    RPG-ing 1980's Style

    Yea, but aside from a few monosyllabic utterances, I don't think she was allowed to talk. I certainly didn't hear her actually contribute with the way that they cut the segment.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Thanks to two days in a row of 85F weather and sunshine, I was actually able to mow my lawn in a normal amount of time! It wasn't still a total swamp, so the mower wasn't bogging down and dying every half-swipe. Then, when I finished that, I decided to count my change jar. Not counting the pennies, which I'm just going to assume total out to a max of about $3, I had $37 in it. Considering that it's almost entirely made up of stuff I found on the ground at work, that's not bad for about a year's worth of collecting. If I had been like one of my other coworkers and always picked up pennies, I'd probably have another couple dollars worth in there.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Sigh. I specifically reverted my Win10 back to an older update because the newest one crippled my laptop. Yet, because there's no easy way to stop automatic updates in Win10 unless you're on Pro, it's trying to update again...
  5. Well, to help alleviate the problem of poor body image, they've decided to transform models from a functionally impossible ideal to a physically impossible ideal. That way people won't be driven to look like the models, because even though the models are being presented as the epitome of beauty, they're not physically attainable by anyone, anywhere, ever... /sarcasm
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yea, me and anything on my head don't get along while trying to sleep, and that includes ear plugs. I've tried. Not only that, but the ear plugs would interfere with my alarms. I'm not an easy riser, and loud alarms are a must for me. I'm honestly thinking that for at least 2 of my 4 bedroom windows it'll be am easier thing to cut some drywall and insulation foam and basically just fill them in, in a non-permanent way, since they rarely get opened. It would hopefully work as something of a triple solution, in that it would be better insulation, better light blocking, and better noise reduction. For the two windows that I do tend to open every so often, I'd have to try something else. But that's something I'd have to think about.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Actually, most of the sound that comes in comes through my windows. I've got plaster walls, which are heavy as hell and so don't let most sounds through. I've got a surround sound setup that I can turn up so loud that it's painful to be in the same room, but if I walk down the short L-shaped, doorless hallway to my kitchen you can barely hear it. If I go outside it's the same way unless a window is open. But the living room also has better windows than my bedroom does. Accoustic foam also doesn't actually block sound, it just keeps it from echoing and potentially getting amplified by making you hear the same sound multiple times at the same time as new sounds are coming in. It probably wouldn't hurt to do that to a wall, or to install it in my windows as both a light blocker and sound absorber, but it also wouldn't be a fix-all. The problem is that the stuff that keeps me awake is also the same stuff that a pair of 30 dB ear muffs won't silence. Lawnmowers and the like, small engines with basically no muffler that ring in at around 90-100 dB. For instance, it turned out that what was keeping me awake was a guy the next street over pressure washing his house. Why it took him more than 10 hours to finish, I don't know, but that's what it was because he was still doing it as I left for work at 7:30pm. And it was traveling a couple hundred feet to reach me, hitting my heavy walls, and still coming through the windows loud enough that it was keeping me awake. It's the price of living in what's basically a suburb and working a night/evening shift. It's not open hostility, it's just that aside from my direct neighbors no one else around knows me or knows I work nights. I don't socialize with my neighbors, and they don't socialize with me. And I'm fine with that part. Doesn't mean I don't still get frustrated by noise.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    And now I get to work to be greeted with new policies because of our stalker. Yippee! Changing the way we do things because of an asshat uber driver!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Sigh. I slept like crap. One of my neighbors was running either a giant generator or a giant pressure washer all day, and the noise prevented me from really sleeping. I fell asleep an hour late, and then I kept waking up and being unable to fall asleep again because it was so loud. The thing was running from 9am to 6:30pm. I am not amused.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Oh, no, it's not a quota. I don't think they've ever mentioned anything about how many tickets someone has written in a shift. It's that you should be able to find more than 1 ticket every hour, and if you're not then it's a sign that you're not actually looking. And that's a fair point to make. It's just that during the summer they usually don't want us ticketing the same cars over and over, because most of the time it's people like delivery drivers. But right now we're dealing with some other BS at work anyways. There's an uber driver who says we're harassing him because every time he parks illegally, and he does it just about every night, we go up to him and tell him to move. So obviously we've got it out for him or something, despite the fact that of all the times we've caught him parked illegally we've only written him a single ticket. Now he's taken to following us around every time he sees us and recording everything we do. I just had to field a call from my boss about why one of my coworkers was shouting at someone, when the person he was shouting at is someone who has threatened to kill us multiple times over the last year and who was, at the time of the video, threatening to assault us. But apparently you don't see or hear that guy in the video, just my coworker. A couple months ago the head of our department started looking at getting us body cameras. I really wish he would, because that would cut so much of the hassle relating to complaints. Lately, with the rise of uber drivers in our area and their total disregard for traffic and parking laws, we've had a surge in complaints as well. And it's because the uber drivers think they're allowed to do whatever they want just because they're picking up or dropping off. They're even complaining about police officers giving them tickets for stopping in the middle of the street and just sitting there for 5 minutes while waiting for someone to get in...
  11. Unruly

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yea, nah, this is basically the best I'm gonna get around here as a college dropout. I'm actually making decent money for my area, I get plenty of vacation and sick time, the benefits aren't bad, etc. And it is an outdoor job. Except during the summer, when the students aren't in town and it's down to just the local residents, there's not as much need to write tickets. It's a combination of locals being better about paying for their parking and more parking spaces being available, because our population literally halves when the students leave, making it so the parking situation doesn't need as much policing. But we still have to be mindful of having gaps in the time between tickets. That's how they rate our performance. But there's not enough cars out to keep my gaps low unless I'm ticketing every car every hour, on the hour. Which is why normally we got told to take it easy in the summer, which is basically the boss telling us that he's not checking our gaps for the next few months. Yea, that's basically what I've been doing. The problem is that they check the gaps between tickets being written and if there's hour-long gaps, then they start asking questions. Unless the boss tells us summertime rules, where he tells us to make a round once every two hours or so and to not worry about the . Which means we sit in our main office watching a movie or something every other hour. Basically, during the summer we normally get to take things slow and have a bit of a break where we're not being harassed by a bunch of drunken idiots every day. Then, when the students are back in town we go back to the regular grind. At this point, I'm pretty sure that summertime rules are in effect, but we just haven't been officially told that by the boss. And until that happens, I don't know if I'm going to get in trouble for time gaps. Which is why I have to find ways to make myself look busy. And last night my laptop updated itself to the newest Windows update. And in doing so, it ruined my ability to play Kerbal Space Program, which I've been playing the pants off of lately. I was in the process of building a space station yesterday, and today I can't even do anything because the game is running so terribly slow...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Not a desk job, and definitely not a job where excel is used by people in my position.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It is summertime. There is almost nothing for me to do at work, because the students are gone and therefor the parking situation in town is "ample and empty." However, unlike this time last year, we haven't been given the "summertime rules" announcement at work. Which means I have to find ways to make myself look busy, rather than being allowed to just sit in the office and do nothing every other hour. It is annoying.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That Stryker is missing something. It goes boom a lot, and comes in all sorts of sizes. One of them is 105mm. That looks like a boring recovery and repair vehicle...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Is it just me or are some of the ads on youtube getting ridiculous? I've been watching youtube videos on my roku, where ad blockers aren't a thing, and I just had an ad pop up that would have been longer than the video if it didn't have the skip option. It was a 9 minute long ad on a 7 minute long video...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have decided to stop free feeding my cats, because one of them is a fat tub of lard. You can't feel any of the knobs on his spine at all because of the fat layer he's built up, and my vet told me last year that he was about 5 lbs overweight. He's heavier than that now. So now both cats are getting measured portions. Except the problem now is going to be that fatty will eat all the leftovers of the other cat's food. It wouldn't be near as bad a problem if fatty was still an intact male. He'd be more active. But he got neutered because I don't need sticky marking pee on everything, and that's not something you can train away. He's now becoming more vocal, because he thinks I'm starving him since he can see the bottom of his food bowl at all times. But I want my fat cat to be a skinnier cat. He doesn't need to weigh about 18lbs, he needs to weigh about 10-11.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    There's also the paradox of "Nintendo Hard." If you're not familiar with "Nintendo Hard," it's the way that many of the games on the original NES were incredibly, incredibly difficult both at the times and by modern standards. Various reasons have been given for the situation, of which the most prominent is that the game developers were also the game testers, so they had both extensive gaming experience and memorized the game layouts. That then led to them believing everything was too easy, causing them to increase the difficulty. This was true for more than just the NES though. A lot of old games had their developers pulling double duty as testers. Also, my roast is done. It's been cooking for about 6 hours. I used probably about 3/4 of a gallon of red wine in cooking it, and there was still no actual liquid left. There was a kind of syrup consistency of the remainder of the wine left in the bottom, but not a whole lot. The mushrooms I put in seem to have almost dissolved. I put in 2 pounds of them, yet I've seen maybe 4 in total. The 3 pounds of red potatoes that I put in are now either purple or a rich brown, depending on how long they were able to remain submerged in the wine, and they melt in your mouth like butter save for the few that crisped up at the top. The shallots are looking delicious, the carrots are half-black and wonderful, and the onions I had to cut up to supplement the shallots due to a lack of availability have practically caramelized. It's freaking wonderful. But I did throw some more red wine in a pop it back in the oven at a lower temperature for a little while after shoveling out my plate. I want a little more liquid, but it needs to cook off some of the alcohol. It's a good thing that when I cook with red wine I buy the big, cheap jug of Carlo Rossi burgundy. You can do so much more with a $15 gallon jug of wine than you can with expensive stuff, and it all tastes the same when you're cooking with it.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You're correct. I just got the itch to actually look it up, as I never actually played 2e but I bought the 3 core books as PDFs a while back. According to the Revised edition of the 2e PHB that was released in 1995, it was still the rule to roll your hit points at level 1. So yea, without the rule of "you always get 1 hp" that I'm assuming exists in there as it does from 3e onward, it would be possible to roll up a dead character just by having a negative Con and rolling low.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That's been a fairly standard rule for a long time. I think it even got codified as an actual rule in 2e, and I know it was true from 3e onwards. Doesn't mean that you couldn't get stuck with a Con of 5 and have a -3 to your HP as a level 1 wizard, putting you at 1hp maximum. Especially back when stat generation was a flat 3d6, rolled in order.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I just realized that it's been about 2 weeks since I got notification from Lone Shark Games that they had received the copies of Thornwatch and were preparing to ship them. I wonder if I should check the kickstarter comments to see if anyone has received theirs yet. I've also been waiting about 2 weeks since Badger last updated about their Happy 54th Birthday promo shipping. They had said they planned on getting all the Sotars shipped by the end of that week, and that they expected to ship all the remaining Kromes by the end of the next week. And now it's radio silence. Oh yea. But that's also because D&D and other popular tabletop RPGs of the time were also incredibly lethal. It was entirely possible and not outside the realm of possibility to roll up a level 1 character with 1hp. Fighting a house cat could leave your level 1 Fighter dead...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When you're watching a youtube series about making alcohol, and suddenly they're having a discussion about synesthesia...
  22. Unruly

    What was your favorite D&D game hack ?

    That's actually pretty funny. A few years back, when 5e was brand new, I ran a Dragonborn Pact of the Tome Warlock with the Great Old Ones patron and he ran around proselytizing for Cthulhu. Except he never spoke out loud, he just used the Great Old One's Awakened Mind ability because it meant that he didn't need to know the target's language. All that was needed was for the target to speak any language at all and they could understand his telepathic missives. So he'd go to the town square or whatever and start a 30ft radius telepathic broadcast to everyone, espousing the glory of Cthulhu. Except since it wall all telepathic, he'd just be silently smiling awkwardly the whole time that he was blasting thoughts into other people's heads. I made that character as a response to the DM not allowing me to make a drunken bar brawler dwarf, because I wanted to use the Open Hand monk and he said he didn't allow Asian themed stuff in his game. He told me I should make a fighter instead, because "it's all the same and it doesn't have that stupid wuxia stuff" despite the fact that Open Hand doesn't really get much in the way of the wuxia stuff and is basically just a martial artist that knows pressure points and meditation. So instead I made the most off the wall, non-serious character I could just to drive him crazy in hopes that he'd relent and say "fine, make your monk!" It almost worked, after I proved to him that in the book there's nothing that says the target of my telepathy can tell where the messages are coming from, and since my character never spoke no one would have any reason to suspect it was him because they knew his voice or whatever. It's also not a magical effect, so they couldn't detect where it was coming from that way. Really put the kibosh on his "the guards arrest you for harassing people" attempt. But that game only lasted a couple sessions and devolved into comedy almost instantly anyways. Such is the nature of a D&D game starring Mt character, a narcoleptic and elderly Paladin, and a barbarian with an Int and Wis that were both in the low single digits(he was basically Lenny). And that's also the nature of D&D games that get started at Pennsic and have no hope of ever continuing after the event is over.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I am awake. My weekend is almost over. I don't really want either of those things.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Auto-docking only works if both ships have docking ports. Otherwise, you're still stuck trying to build a rescue ship with a capsule-catcher made out of landing struts on the front of it to set the rogue on a de-orbit trajectory. Which I've done. However, one of the upsides of Auto-Docking and maneuver autopilot is that one of the autopilot functions is that it will automatically plot and fly a rendezvous course that, by default, gets you within 10m of your target on a matching orbit at a matched speed. So it makes it a lot easier to use that landing strut capsule-catcher to de-orbit a stranded craft. It still took me multiple attempts, but I was using quicksaves so that I didn't have to redo the entire attempt each time I messed up. They have the RCS thrusters and stuff for in-space maneuvers, but flight stability during ascent is done with main engine gimbals and stabilizer fins. And that's when pressing a button is an all-or-nothing thing and it makes so much of a difference. It's a lot harder to recover an out of control ship when aerodynamics are still in play and trying to do a small adjustment to your ascent angle has just sent you into a spin because there's no fine control. MechJeb is somehow able to keep things perfectly stable, though. I could try flying the same ship manually and all that would happen would be that it would tumble end over end halfway through takeoff, but the autopilot mod can keep it stable with no problem. Which is why I consider it to be the best mod for the game. Also, I just read this article, and wow. I kind of want to go back in time and go to that park, but I'm also sitting here thinking "Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea?" http://mentalfloss.com/article/536412/action-park-water-park-oral-history?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark
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