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  1. 3 hours ago, Sylverthorne said:


    Depends on whether they're willing to allow for telework, I guess. Hey, @aturriff, do you want to know more?

    *figures if she's gonna start a PM storm, might as well involve all necessary parties..*

    @Sylverthorne Cannot hurt. Not like most of what I do requires on-site presence (unless working on layers 1 and 2, but I rarely do that these days)

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  2. 4 hours ago, OneBoot said:

    Well, this is a pleasant surprise! I have a job interview on Friday! :bday: I wasn't expecting to get an interview anywhere for another few months, so I'm pretty excited. 


    On the flip side, this means I need to immediately shove my circadian rhythm back in line with the rest of the daywalking folks. It also means I'm gonna have to figure out how to people again, like, super fast. :blink: Especially since this will be for a front-desk position at a speech therapy clinic (which is ironic in ways I'll elaborate on later). 


    Not having a paid job for the past few years, and basically no in-person social interaction for the past few months, has poorly prepared me for this, but I'm gonna do my best! 



    --OneBoot :D 

    Success and fortune.

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  3. On 11/10/2019 at 11:11 PM, Glitterwolf said:

    November 11th.

    What D&D Class/Race would you like to be in real life?

    Dwarf Transmuter

    18 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

    November 12th.

    Describe the toughest fight you had in a RPG or Wargame this can be both miniature or PC Games.

    Being how Thorne already took the best one (haven't chained cooldowns with this degree of precision in a long time)... Trails in the Sky SC, the final encounter with Loewe. If you go in unprepared, the game asks you if you just want to continue the story after he wipes the party. Being the stubborn fool I am, I decided that I would rather /win/ that one. Of course, I went in with Estelle (set up as melee / support), Joshua (melee / disabler), Kloe (healer / disabler) and Olivier (magic assault), had not optimized the loadout for speed, and the first thing the guy does after battle is joined is trigger his special attack. So, back to the last savegame. Swap Olivier out for Kevin, make sure the priest is fully loaded to burn skills, load everyone out for speed, try that again. Interrupt with Kevin for a shield... and watch in horror as Loewe summons shadows of himself to fill out the battlefield. As if his Archaisms weren't bad enough... Right. Re-tool the loadout again, make Estelle a support character with every casting time reduction I can find, so she can keep a Speed buff on the group, while Joshua uses area attacks to keep the adds manageable and Kloe keeps Loewe delayed in as much as she can. Kevin's only job is to make sure the invulnerability buff stays active, in case something else /does/ get a turn... and after that degree of preparation, I /still/ ended up coming out having used up most of my consumables, and with everyone below half health...

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  4. 9 minutes ago, klarg1 said:


    I want you to be right.


    Unfortunately, the modern model is that (almost) no software runs entirely locally. I actually got into a pretty deep debate about this with a company that was Kickstarting some cool smart sensors for the home. At the end of the day, they had no interest in offering an "offline" version that did not talk to their cloud servers.


    Once upon a time, I thought there might be a consumer market for smart backup devices for the home (Music! Photos! Videos! Don't lose your life's data!) Unfortunately, Google Drive, Instagram, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, Carbonite, BackBlaze, etc. all say that I was massively wrong. Services are convenient, and people seem to like pay-as-you-go.


    So far, the consumer public seems much happier with hands-free, cloud-based products and software services over locally installed software. (Heck, we use Google Gsuite and Gmail at our company because it is so much easier to manage than local services at our scale, in spite of all the asterisks.) Until something major happens to break the public's will to hand data over to large service vendors, I am reluctantly forced to agree with Mr. Thorne.

    I'm Sorry I can't offer Mr. Thorne a job. We don't have any technical positions open at the moment, and we don't have any IT infrastructure of our own to manage. :unsure:

    (We're also not in Seattle, but the other two issues seem like the real deal breakers here.)



    Yeah, I've pretty well given up on local services for consumers. There is no way to compete with the convenience of "the Cloud", and the risks to personal data be damned. The risks are just friction losses in that space. Unless there is an enormous breach, I don't see that changing any time soon.

    Having no idea what scale you are working on, I can't comment on whether the Google utilities are the best choice; I work in a branch office (~30 people) of a global company with around 800 employees worldwide. and I am discovering that in terms of useability, for us, the Google stuff is just so much easier than Sharepoint or some other locally-installed collaboration suite. At the same time, though, we are in the business of operating electronic fare collection systems for /our/ customers, so I have often found that you can put your app in the cloud - but you still need infrastructure guys to operate it. This realization, sadly, seems to be lacking in our management. :(

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  5. 6 minutes ago, Zanderina said:

    Sounds like something @Echoside_ needs to look into next year.  He handles flight,  I handle hotel.  


    Good info though and thank you!


    Though I feel like I should ask whether you wish to financially support TSA operations with your pre-check fee. Sitting on my hands now to avoid this being moved to Beekeepers...

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  6. On 8/10/2019 at 8:39 AM, SamuraiJack said:

    I'd love to do a walk through of PF2 character creation.. I'm still trying to decide if they are going to get any more of my cash and I wasn't impressed with 2E early on..

    Am I hearing someone is teaching a class on PF2? I'd like to see if I can /actually/ finish a character, just to see how the final version works. My group gave up in utter disgust on the playtest.

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  7. 8 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Freebirth surat! How dare you call Trueborn warriors goofy! We respect the visions of the Novacats, the Necrosia quests of the Seekers of Goliath Scorpion, the dreams of Jade Falconers,the tantrums of the Ice Hellions,  the Lore of Clan Fire Mandrill...




    You may have a point...

    Keeping in mind that Kerensky's own Clan is basically the Red Army, stars as organizational unit make perfect sense. They also tie in fine with the Tengrism of the Mongol Horde, and as for the mysticism - if you /really/ want to tell said Tengrists that there isn't more under the Great Canopy than the regular five senses can detect, I would advise availing yourself of a Fire Moth... ;)

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  8. 2 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

    As for why the unlimited bandwidth?  It isn't uncommon for the two of us to hit 1.5TB of download in a month...  Two heavy gamers + Netflix 4k (well, 1440p, lol) + digital downloads of games + various other things like photo uploads...  Yeah, you chew through bandwidth caps soooo quickly.

            RX packets 459829071  bytes 611832109732 (569.8 GiB)
            RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
            TX packets 272866915  bytes 28467937297 (26.5 GiB)
            TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

    Considering this is on a 12/1 link, and the aggregate of two weeks, I know what you mean.

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  9. Hm. 'Ex' carries the ablativum, and I wonder if you might not do better with 'profundum'? 'Profunditatum' seems rather philosophical. Also, shouldn't that be 'redde' (imperative) or 'redderes' (2nd person)? Also, the Lord's Prayer uses 'liberare' for 'to deliver' in that sense, but that seems better translated as 'free us from evil' there... Sorry, momentarily geeking out here...

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  10. So, no hovercraft. I did have the opportunity to sit down and beat out a tentative route Sylverthorne and I are going to take; any input is welcome. So far, I am thinking to break the trip up in roughly 500 mile stages. This comes out to roughly an 8-hour drive each day provided nothing goes wrong, which should leave enough time for fuel, food, driver change and "oooh, I want to see that!" breaks. This sets our roadmap to

    1. Mountain Home, ID (about 100 miles or so past Boise)
    2. Warmsutter, WY (seems to be in the middle of nowhere, might have to make this leg to Rock Springs, WY instead, depending on what a web search turns up)
    3. Clayton, NM by way of Denver, CO (a side trip because we have friends there)
    4. Denton, TX

    Is there anyone else from the NW planning to make the run by car? Does anyone know any of these general areas (or the stretches in between) and can recommend places to see, places to avoid, where the good food and clean lodgings are? I haven't yet vetted this plan for rush hours in metropolitan areas (particularly a concern for legs 2 and 3, due to Salt Lake City and Denver being on the way); anything else I should give thought to?

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  11. @Sylverthorne The @ thing absolutely works ;)


    So, I was plotting my route via SLC and Denver, with the mental goal being no more than 10 to 11 hours on the road per day (thus allowing for food and bathroom breaks and driver swaps), and Thorne and I would like to drop by a friend's place in Denver while we're underway. There's actually multiple reasons for me contemplating this, one of them being money (bloody hell, they all take it from the living...), one being that I /want/ to do it (but then, I'd like to drive the Panamericana at some point in my life, too - I'm strange), and one being that it would solve some problems with transporting things to and from - neither Thorne nor I trust the baggage manglers at the airports, and we seem to lose suitcases to impact damage on a regular basis. To get my rambling back on topic, a caravan seems like a good idea to me - meet up in the morning, arrange waypoints and all, drive.


    Hadn't considered trains, but truth is, it would surprise me if that was a viable option.

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  12. 4 hours ago, kristof65 said:

    Not familiar with PF too much, so I'm curious as to what kind of stuff they were removing? 

    Book of the Damned. I do not think this is the time or place to go into further detail.


    @TheAuldGrump Ah, we were speaking at cross purposes. I was thinking about the internal game design processes and procedures at Paizo, lumped in with the office politics and all. I agree that Jacobs has been quite vocal in the past about principles, ideas, techniques,  table experiences and it is surprising to me as well that he is not commenting on PF2 at all.


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  13. On 11/9/2018 at 9:49 PM, Sylverthorne said:


    .. and now I'm tempted to see if I can't ambush him at Paizocon and find out what the *redacted* is going on with this *censored*. If I go, and he's there, that is.


    Which reminds me, I need to do a thing.

    Somewhat late to this party, but I doubt that James will say a damn word about the inner workings of game design and office politics. I mean, unless you get him both in private and drunk, and even then, I would give that low odds.


    As for infighting going on at Paizo, I am convinced that has been the case for much, much longer than last year. They've burned through a number of creative and business staff, replacing them (from what I can see) with promotions from the fan base, and have decided to shift their target audience rather sharply. I have no wish of getting into a discussion of politics, so I will leave that particular thought right there, but to get back to the infighting, I cannot believe that noone at the company argued against, for example, reprinting books with content removed due to complaints of a handful of online personae.

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