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9 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

 

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:

 

My painting process unfairly goes like this:

 

*starts painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"Holy elf, this suddenly looks awesome!":winkthumbs:

 

Usually the sudden moment of awesome happens near the end. In this case, it happened right at the very beginning.

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1 hour 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. 

It's time for "Deep Water" to surface and turn over a carefully prepared packet [preparation to include anti-forensic measures] to a reputable investigative reporter.

GEM

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

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I'd buy it, Grump would use it! :;,;:

 

Heading out alone to the retreat business meeting, which for reasons incognito is held at 9PM.

 

Grump is too sick to go, and I don't want our friends to come down with The Grump Plague, with fever, coughs, sore throat, aching joints, and a compulsion to say you are "fine". :zombie:

 

Seriously, he was moving like a geriatric sloth, knuckles dragging on the ground. <_<

 

Not looking forward to when it's my turn. ::(:
 

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3 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!! 

 

And now we know why I don't do official tests like that.  I took the test, I want my score! Heck, I have to wait a week for one of my medical scans and I am climbing up the walls.  Waiting a month and I would be certifiable!

 

good luck to you on it, I do hope you do well!

 

1 hour ago, Thoramel said:

 

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. 

 

My sympathies.  I've been there and been on both sides of that wall; its no fun.  is it possible to get them to trade silence for action?  the end goal is to clean up the mess after all.  A good will gesture of fixing the problem without admission of guilt makes them look great.  dragging them and their political cronies through the mud, while not successful, is still going to be expensive and tarnishing.

 

When I worked for an environmental firm we worked out something similar with a plant in Texas, basically explaining that they would spend millions in court and might lose costing more millions, or they could install this device which they needed to rebuild anyway and grab some good press as cutting edge environmental righteous dudes (It was the 90s, we used terms like that, leave me alone) and get the equipment they needed anyway and get a tax break out of the whole thing.  They bit and we removed a mercury stream from the environment and significantly reduced emissions.  They got the glory, people got to keep their jobs, and the pollution got reduced.  I will admit, we were in it for the paycheck, not the protection of the environment but it did lead to a cleaner environment without making a bunch of lawyers rich and it was done in months instead of decades.

 

Hope that helps or at least brings a little ray of hope to you.  Getting caught between warring political parties is extremely painful and I am sorry you have to suffer it.

 

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58 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

It's time for "Deep Water" to surface and turn over a carefully prepared packet [preparation to include anti-forensic measures] to a reputable investigative reporter.

GEM

 

I don't know that we have any of those locally.

 

54 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

 

My sympathies.  I've been there and been on both sides of that wall; its no fun.  is it possible to get them to trade silence for action?  the end goal is to clean up the mess after all.  A good will gesture of fixing the problem without admission of guilt makes them look great.  dragging them and their political cronies through the mud, while not successful, is still going to be expensive and tarnishing.

 

When I worked for an environmental firm we worked out something similar with a plant in Texas, basically explaining that they would spend millions in court and might lose costing more millions, or they could install this device which they needed to rebuild anyway and grab some good press as cutting edge environmental righteous dudes (It was the 90s, we used terms like that, leave me alone) and get the equipment they needed anyway and get a tax break out of the whole thing.  They bit and we removed a mercury stream from the environment and significantly reduced emissions.  They got the glory, people got to keep their jobs, and the pollution got reduced.  I will admit, we were in it for the paycheck, not the protection of the environment but it did lead to a cleaner environment without making a bunch of lawyers rich and it was done in months instead of decades.

 

Hope that helps or at least brings a little ray of hope to you.  Getting caught between warring political parties is extremely painful and I am sorry you have to suffer it.

 

 

Thank you for the advice. Yeah, this is likely going to take some form of mitigation/punishment that makes the company look good. And I'm not opposed to that, provided the impacts were unintentional or unforeseen. It's just frustrating that in this instance they were actually covering up their impacts by manipulating data. If it were anyone smaller doing the same thing we'd immediately sic the lawyers on them. Instead, we're sitting down with upper management next week to discuss how to write a letter that tries to say we know they are in violation without actually saying that. 

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2 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

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Unfortunately, this is exactly what is going on at DH's office. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Weird-O said:

 

My painting process unfairly goes like this:

 

*starts painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"Holy elf, this suddenly looks awesome!":winkthumbs:

 

Usually the sudden moment of awesome happens near the end. In this case, it happened right at the very beginning.

 

This is how I roll.

 

3 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:

 

 

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And this is 100% today. We were supposed to get to work 3 hours ago but we're still on the email issue.

 

Pro tip. DO NOT hit 'reply all' on a department-wide email. Don't be That Guy. The entire Treasury Department is currently mad at That Guy.

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3 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

 

And now we know why I don't do official tests like that.  I took the test, I want my score! Heck, I have to wait a week for one of my medical scans and I am climbing up the walls.  Waiting a month and I would be certifiable!

 

good luck to you on it, I do hope you do well!

 

 

My sympathies.  I've been there and been on both sides of that wall; its no fun.  is it possible to get them to trade silence for action?  the end goal is to clean up the mess after all.  A good will gesture of fixing the problem without admission of guilt makes them look great.  dragging them and their political cronies through the mud, while not successful, is still going to be expensive and tarnishing.

 

When I worked for an environmental firm we worked out something similar with a plant in Texas, basically explaining that they would spend millions in court and might lose costing more millions, or they could install this device which they needed to rebuild anyway and grab some good press as cutting edge environmental righteous dudes (It was the 90s, we used terms like that, leave me alone) and get the equipment they needed anyway and get a tax break out of the whole thing.  They bit and we removed a mercury stream from the environment and significantly reduced emissions.  They got the glory, people got to keep their jobs, and the pollution got reduced.  I will admit, we were in it for the paycheck, not the protection of the environment but it did lead to a cleaner environment without making a bunch of lawyers rich and it was done in months instead of decades.

 

Hope that helps or at least brings a little ray of hope to you.  Getting caught between warring political parties is extremely painful and I am sorry you have to suffer it.

 

We have a paper mill in this city that used to be locally owned - and who were quite open that pying fines was less expensive than fixing the damned problem - quite literally telling the state that they could choose clean water or clean air, but not both.

 

The state chose water - so the air of Westbrook used to stink of rotten eggs for four or five days out of the week.

 

A decade or so ago the paper mill was bought by a national company - who quietly fixed the whole problem, so both water and air are recovering now. (It seems the local company may have claimed clean water - but it was more a case of less polluting, not not polluting.

 

Strange to say, the big national corporation was the lesser of the two evils.

 

***

 

Megan is off to the business meeting for the pagan retreat - and I am taking full advantage of this by downing 30ml of Nyquil and going to bed.

 

I was able to work today, both the main job and the after school program, but I am pretty much wrecked.

 

I did put in some Fireball bread pudding for Megan when she gets home - hopefully that will send her to join me in the arms of Morpheus.

 

Oh, and the after-school players immediately hated the Underfather - I stole his personality and voice from Firefly's Niska.

 

Very, very much Lawful Evil.

 

The Auld Grump - mind you, they were coming i n as police detectives - and do not know that the lieutenant they despise works for the Underfather.l (The first group is getting along better with him since the attack on the precinct House that closed last season. But they still neither like nor trust him.)

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Power tools are fun.

 

That is all. :bday:

 

(Also, life lesson #429: when using a leaf mulcher, check that the mulch bag is zipped up BEFORE you turn a big pile of leaves into a lovely drift of leaf confetti all over the lawn behind you :lol: )

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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12 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Power tools are fun.

 

That is all. :bday:

 

(Also, life lesson #429: when using a leaf mulcher, check that the mulch bag is zipped up BEFORE you turn a big pile of leaves into a lovely drift of leaf confetti all over the lawn behind you :lol: )

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

Power tools allow you make mistakes even bigger and faster than doing it by hand.

But for really Epic Mistakes, it takes a computer to really run amok.

GEM

Lobbying for Sophie's Fortune to be the official name of the Great Big Ship for Reaper Bones V.

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I'm alive. Between being sick, adulting, and Minivember I haven't kept up here lately. Hopefully, I can catch up on Minivember soon and I will be able to keep up.

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4 hours ago, Weird-O said:

 

My painting process unfairly goes like this:

 

*starts painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"This looks like broccoli."::(:

*keeps painting*

"Holy elf, this suddenly looks awesome!":winkthumbs:

 

Usually the sudden moment of awesome happens near the end. In this case, it happened right at the very beginning.

 

I used to have that kind of progression with my minis, but I'm getting stupidly critical nowadays. My Dance of Death has been 80% done for months, but I'm too scared to continue in case I mess it up. I'm getting a severe case of analysis paralysis with minis recently, which is daft because this is my relaxation hobby :rolleyes:

 

That said, I'm glad that you're enjoying the painting. Hope the awesomeness continues all the way through the painting process!

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The wife was feeling guilty about buying too much stuff this month and was checking the credit cards to see how much she'd spent. I told her not to worry, we'll have a decent amount of money coming in soon. Then she said that she saw I bought $150 worth of toys for myself and didn't feel so guilty. She was ok with that. Not sure which order she saw because I've made a couple that size lately. And I'm not mentioning upgrading my Battletech KS order on top of that. :mellow: Think I've blown my hobby budget for the next year other that small incidentals. Except for Christmas. I'm putting in orders for more toys for Christmas. Technically that comes out of the her and the kids money, not mine. :poke:

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