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1 hour ago, PaganMegan said:

You need Bill Towner: Electrician/ Adventurer!




I loved that movie when I was a kid.  I just watched House (featuring George Wendt, William Katt, and Richard Moll) recently, so a watching of House II should be coming soon to a Prime account near you (well, "me").


I like my GPS.  I do.  It was probably the best $80 I ever spent.  It's gotten me halfway across the country twice, around the state, to the Badlands and back, and helped eldest and youngest in their travels around the state and to the East Coast.


BUT..it should NOT recalculate a route back to a turn I didn't take 50 miles ago when I'M IN THE DESTINATION CITY!  IN THE CITY!  LESS THAN 1/2 MILE FROM THE DESTINATION, THE FILTHY THING WANTS ME TO MAKE A 100 MILE LOOP TO MAKE A DIFFERENT TURN.  Luckily, I realized that it was leading us out of the city and was able to reset it.  Silly thing.

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5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

When the electrician says there’s “idiosyncrasies” With wiring, is that code for “the house was wired by a drunk, near sighted squirrel”? 


Sounds like our place...although in our case it's drunk, near sighted possums rather than squirrels...although considering the manual dexterity of aforesaid creature I may go with drunk, near sighted goats

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11 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Ahhh, let me introduce you to what the Canadian Revenue Agency did a decade ago...  You walk in, it's pretty much a row of phones now instead of people in their offices... 


That's EVIL!!


7 hours ago, Cyradis said:

 2) think he's evil because he has a goatee. SERIOUSLY. That's their reasoning.

But...I have a goatee....


5 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

 That's like judging someone wearing black as evil because omg, black ish evilzorz! 



and...I wear a lot of black....


5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

When the electrician says there’s “idiosyncrasies” With wiring, is that code for “the house was wired by a drunk, near sighted squirrel”? 

I'm not an electrician, but Yes.

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@Chaoswolf is evil, of course. HE STOLE THE RUM.


I'm realizing that the illusionist that I rolled up has almost nothing for damage; he's just about all tricks. I think Melf's Acid Arrow is his only standard damage spell. He has some that do wisdom and strength damage due to messing with the subject's head. And he has various debuffs and distractions. Damage? Melf's. Phantasmal Killer and Nightmare are the closest he gets to really scary. Shadow Conjuration & Evocation are mimicry spells, weaker than usual, but potentially fun. Or he can summon a shadow quarterstaff, make someone imagine they're falling so they hug the floor for dear life, and then he can whack them with a shadow. But lame whacks, because he's a wizard. Hah.


Yep - he's there for the lawls.

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12 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:



Only because you asked nicely!




You are forgiven.  the hamster will be sated.  you might be stuck with the flag glitter though, I may have used a little glue....:ik_oops:


11 hours ago, klarg1 said:

This whole week has been a parade of writing and reviewing business documents, and re-arranging schedules at work.


Once upon a time I was an engineer, and, I fancy, a pretty decent one.


Never get promoted. :zombie:



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Yes. I did this to myself. I still stand by the life advice.



Its the truth sing it loud!  Its how they make sure engineers never achieve perfection.  They bump us into management before we actually do anything truly amazing.  I avoided the curse of management for 10 years, then it fell in my lap and I have never recovered...

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Game night. Worst rolling night I've maybe had ever lol. 3s, 5s, a nat 1 all over the place. Oy.


Group was down one member--our bossy dude lol. So we spent nearly an hour walking around outside an estate and then finally just barreled in and murder-hobo'd everything. It was spectacularly silly.


And I realized I apparently lost a percentile die last week. From a set that was a gift. It's my third-string set, but still.

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5 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

I had an uneasy feeling from the tone of your original post that it would turn out to be something like first generation "knob and tube" wiring.

Screw in fuses on a piece of board with a big and scary naked Knife Switch for a main disconnect.  The wires run off of ceramic insulators and ceramic tibes wherever the wires need to go through a wall .

There is nothing inherently wrong with that type of wiring, we've just learned safer and more efficient ways to install residential electrical power.  As long as the ceramic knobs are intact and the copper wire doesn't come into contact with anything except the insulators it should be safe to use, given the caveat that the branch circuits aren't overloaded which is very easy to do with the number and power draw of todays consumer electonics/electrical appliances.

What ever you do, please Do Not Over-Fuse any of the circuits.

I've had considerable experience with this sort of wiring, the house I grew up in and which my parents did multiple re-modeling projects on had that sort of wiring.

Before we even moved in my father [a Master Millwright] tore out the main panel and installed a complete new 200 Amp Service [now standard but about 50 amps extra for the late 1950s].  When they sold the house in the early 80s there were still several branch circuits working with the original wiring from the 1950s main power panel.  I'm sure that same wiring is still being used by the current residents.



Oddly, the place had a modernish (1960s?) fuse box... that was connected to the copper wiring.


Her solution was to completely disconnect the copper wiring and have new wires run - but leaving the old copper wires in situ, because she thinks it is neat. ::P:


But she did have the gas lighting pipes removed - leaving only her current gas consuming items connected. (Water heater, stove, and furnace.)


Back in the 1960s, I knew someone that still used gas lighting in Boston. (For some reason it was free, if I remember properly. Because Boston*, I guess.)


The Auld Grump


* There are, or were, at least, Boston Brahman families that paid their property taxes in perpetua, in the early years of the 19th Century - for around $5,000 - a princely sum at the time. But never having to pay property taxes again, for as long as the property belongs to the original family?.... I suspect that somebody's thumb was on the scale.

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Well I saw my first flumph tonight. My LGS had one in a kind of translucent material. Definitely a weird litlle critter, for $2 I almost snatched it up for Starfinder, but didn't know if there is a comparable race or not.


Meh. Make one up. Flumphs are known for two things - a sticky, smelly spray that lingers for hours, and being rendered completely helpless if you flip them upside down. Three things if you count being absolutely ridiculous.

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1 hour ago, Mad Jack said:


 Flumphs are secretly our Universal Overlords.



I feel like the world would be much friendlier if they were. 


So, one hour, forty five minutes. An amazing, lovely, wonderful god send of a man named Roderick (I cant help but imagine him with a fantastic beard and a handle bar mustache), answered the phone. This angel not only answered my questions, but he pushed through Sephy’s application! I can make an appointment for her! I can see how many pounds she is and get her vaccines! 

Blessings upon the head of Roderick!

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Well, I thought I was getting tomorrow of but 30 hours of phone meetings and conference calls says otherwise.  I'd complain to somone at work but they would probably want to have a meeting about it!:down:


Maybe I can make enough progress in the morning to take the afternoon off... Of course that requires the latest squabblers make peace.  I've got one person who's ego can't let them admit they make a mistake and another who is bound and determined to prove the first person does.  Of course the issues in question are all fixed in 10 minutes but the blame game goes on for months.


I would really like people to stop worrying about other people's business and just get some work done.


Sorry for the rant but one of the affected parties is one of my subordinates so I have to keep my temper an not tell them all they are acting like 1st graders fighting about a stolen cookie.

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1 hour ago, Kangaroorex said:


Sorry for the rant but one of the affected parties is one of my subordinates so I have to keep my temper an not tell them all they are acting like 1st graders fighting about a stolen cookie.


If they're a subordinate isn't it part of your job to tell them to suck it up and quit being a baby?

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