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6 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

Demolition biscuits? I'm skeptical, but willing to experiment.

 

Or even better, watch video of you doing experiments. :rolleyes:

 

No, no, 'demolition biscuits' are made of hard wheat ::P:

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1 minute ago, TripleH said:

I can just see @Pegazus going all Julia Child on us Saturday morning on the hangout as he makes bomb (demolition) biscuits.  :lol:

 

They have a ton of recipes: https://www.whitelily.com/white-lily-biscuits

 

Those of you with ovens should perform this research and report back.

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Incoming rant. Totally skip if you don't want to see me complaining...

 

Finished a review of some reports today and I, along with a team of very competent coworkers, determined that a large, nationally recognized, and well respected institution in my area has been manipulating ground water monitoring data to make it look like the pollution coming from one of their new facilities is coming from off site. Fortunately, the pollutants aren't super harmful to human health. But the presence of them has driven up the cost of water treatment for the surrounding area and is likely going to wipe out a population of some endangered plants down gradient of their location. 

 

What makes it even worse is that the reputation of this institution is such that if we drag these issues into the light we risk looking like the bad guys. Now I'm of the opinion that we really shouldn't care about our public image, and protecting the environment and the hard earned money of the public is better than looking good (which is probably why I'll never be the boss). But management disagrees, and now I have to tiptoe around these polluters for fear their well funded and well staffed PR machine (much better funded than their regulatory compliance group) will make life miserable for the politicians I nominally answer to. 

 

Now, there's a lot of good people working there, and they do a lot of good work for a lot of suffering people. But that helpful attitude seems to stop somewhere around middle management. And, as they've grown, their management staff's priorities have turned from maintaining a world class health care resource to a group only concerned with the bottom line.

 

I'm really not looking forward to the next year or so of treating these criminals like they deserve respect. And all the while I'll be forced to negotiate some too-weak corrective action for these violations that makes them look good. Most days I love my job, but it's days like these I consider selling out my ethics, going over to consulting work for a lot more money, and just being one of those people who come up with creative ways to manipulate data and defraud my neighbors. 

 

Alright, rant over. I'm taking the rest of the work day off and going for a beer instead. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Thanks for letting me vent for a second. 

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2 minutes ago, Thoramel said:

Incoming rant. Totally skip if you don't want to see me complaining...

 

Finished a review of some reports today and I, along with a team of very competent coworkers, determined that a large, nationally recognized, and well respected institution in my area has been manipulating ground water monitoring data to make it look like the pollution coming from one of their new facilities is coming from off site. Fortunately, the pollutants aren't super harmful to human health. But the presence of them has driven up the cost of water treatment for the surrounding area and is likely going to wipe out a population of some endangered plants down gradient of their location. 

 

What makes it even worse is that the reputation of this institution is such that if we drag these issues into the light we risk looking like the bad guys. Now I'm of the opinion that we really shouldn't care about our public image, and protecting the environment and the hard earned money of the public is better than looking good (which is probably why I'll never be the boss). But management disagrees, and now I have to tiptoe around these polluters for fear their well funded and well staffed PR machine (much better funded than their regulatory compliance group) will make life miserable for the politicians I nominally answer to. 

 

Now, there's a lot of good people working there, and they do a lot of good work for a lot of suffering people. But that helpful attitude seems to stop somewhere around middle management. And, as they've grown, their management staff's priorities have turned from maintaining a world class health care resource to a group only concerned with the bottom line.

 

I'm really not looking forward to the next year or so of treating these criminals like they deserve respect. And all the while I'll be forced to negotiate some too-weak corrective action for these violations that makes them look good. Most days I love my job, but it's days like these I consider selling out my ethics, going over to consulting work for a lot more money, and just being one of those people who come up with creative ways to manipulate data and defraud my neighbors. 

 

Alright, rant over. I'm taking the rest of the work day off and going for a beer instead. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Thanks for letting me vent for a second. 

 

Have you considered an anonymous leak to the press?

 

They don't have to know it's you :ph34r:

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You know that magic threshold a mini crosses during painting whereupon it ceases to be an inert hunk of metal/plastic and transforms before your eyes into a living character or machine?

 

When the very first brush stroke causes your mini to plow right through that threshold, you know you're in for a fun paint. :B):

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6 minutes ago, Weird-O said:

You know that magic threshold a mini crosses during painting whereupon it ceases to be an inert hunk of metal/plastic and transforms before your eyes into a living character or machine?

 

When the very first brush stroke causes your mini to plow right through that threshold, you know you're in for a fun paint. :B):

 

That really happens.... :blink: ....?

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16 minutes ago, NebulousMissy said:

 

Have you considered an anonymous leak to the press?

 

They don't have to know it's you :ph34r:

 

It wouldn't be the first time that has happened here. But as long as there is even a shred of hope I can get them to clean their mess up then it benefits me to keep this away from the press. And if, by some lucky coincidence, this ends up going the route of an enforcement proceeding, then going public could actually hinder any kind of resolution. 

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Which is Sillier... @Pezler the Polychromatic ...the Flumph or the Flail Snail? Cf:

 

http://siskoid.blogspot.com/2010/05/fiend-folio-10-silliest-monsters.html

 

This guy ::o: ^ does not ^ take flumphs seriously. And while I am on the topic what is the proper plural of Flumph?

 

What would @anyofyou think of a Flail Snail in Chainmail?

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16 minutes ago, TGP said:

Which is Sillier... @Pezler the Polychromatic ...the Flumph or the Flail Snail? Cf:

 

http://siskoid.blogspot.com/2010/05/fiend-folio-10-silliest-monsters.html

 

This guy ::o: ^ does not ^ take flumphs seriously. And while I am on the topic what is the proper plural of Flumph?

 

What would @anyofyou think of a Flail Snail in Chainmail?

The flumph was only one weird thing out of many weird things that were within the Fiend Folio. What made it stick out is that it was the only Lawful Good creature in the entire book. They're odd, and silly, and just one creature that was never taken seriously. But now with the lore, they're selfless star-paladins who want to fight Cthulhu. And the plural is flumphs.

 

So yeah, flail snails are odd but like many things, they can be blamed as a viable experiment by a wizard. Flumphs, however, were always the way they were, so of course they're the silliest. One of the reasons why I love them so much.

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1 hour ago, TripleH said:

I can just see @Pegazus going all Julia Child on us Saturday morning on the hangout as he makes bomb (demolition) biscuits.  :lol:


Er, that’s my son’s YouTube channel. Onionade, onion meringue pie, garlicbreadmen cookies, etc.

 

I suppose bomb biscuits would be pretty easy. Forgo the shortening, bake a bit longer, then drill the middle, add a fuse and some gunpowder, and you’ve got a nice start for a gastronomic grenade.

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52 minutes ago, TGP said:

Which is Sillier... @Pezler the Polychromatic ...the Flumph or the Flail Snail? Cf:

 

http://siskoid.blogspot.com/2010/05/fiend-folio-10-silliest-monsters.html

 

This guy ::o: ^ does not ^ take flumphs seriously. And while I am on the topic what is the proper plural of Flumph?

 

What would @anyofyou think of a Flail Snail in Chainmail?

It's only acceptable for a flail snail to wear chainmail if its a bikini. Otherwise, it's just not silly enough. 

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2 hours ago, Crowley said:

Hi all!

 

Test started at 9am, and I finished up around 12:30, got home, and took the girls to the park and just finished lunch. 

I'm feeling more confident about the test this time. Now I just have to wait till the 22nd to get my scores. 

 

Until then... I think I'm gonna put on some music and paint! 

 

Thank you all for the well wishes!! 

 

I'm glad you're through the test, and feel better than the last time. Awesome!

 

Time to try to relax.

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1 hour ago, Weird-O said:

You know that magic threshold a mini crosses during painting whereupon it ceases to be an inert hunk of metal/plastic and transforms before your eyes into a living character or machine?

 

When the very first brush stroke causes your mini to plow right through that threshold, you know you're in for a fun paint. :B):

 

I never get that. I might get a glimmer of satisfaction when I place the very last bunch of highlights, but I never get that feeling you're describing ::(:

 

Hold on, should we be calling this mythical feeling "nerdvana"? ::P:

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