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4 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:
9 minutes ago, Inarah said:

 

I've known guys like that who take it as a personal challenge to keep stuff running in whatever creative way possible. 

 

I MARRIED a guy like that. <_<

 

I AM a guy like that :lol:

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3 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

I meant to post this the other day, but apparently got distracted.

Saint John has a lot of very lovely churches. Some great architecture.  

But one is unfortunately currently being torn down (according to the news the real estate investor who bought the property wanted to save and restore it, but had multiple specialists look at it and it was deemed to far gone.....so he's planning to put up an apartment complex there instead....you can apply your own personal level of skepticism to that).

Whenever I go to the 5th floor to get something from the cafe, that's the first thing you see.  So I finally remembered to take a pic.

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I remembered today because I went to get a pop and most of the middle is gone now.  I'll try to take a pic later....if it is still there.

 

I love old buildings and architecture so I'm always a little sad to see one being torn down...

 

2 hours ago, kristof65 said:

I love old buildings, too, especially churches. 

We have a similar problem in our town. The previous school administration building was the old high school built in 1921 and retired in 1980.  It's a gorgeous building on the outside, but it has a lot of structural and insulation problems, a large part of which are because the foundation wasn't done well for the soil type it's on.   It was cheaper for the school district to move the admin offices to a new smaller building last year than it was continue to pay the utility bills at the new building and the school board opted to spend money on some much needed expansions at the HS and JH rather than refurbish the old building. 

The old building is going up for sale soon. The town is hoping that someone will buy it and spend the exorbitant amount of money needed to restore it, but a lot of us are resigned to the likelihood that it will just be torn down. 

It's sad to see buildings like that pulled down and replaced with eyesores.

 

unfortunately the council for the town my wife works in has a different problem. They won't let anything be done to old buildings, even if they are basically condemned. There's an old pub in the main street which as been sitting empty for at least the last 15 years, and it is probably becoming dangerous (it was built about 1885). The previous owner had plans to restore the facade as much as possible,  but make it units at the top and shops down the bottom (it's two story), but the council refused approve it, so rather than having something decent there is still a run-down building that makes the entire area look terrible.

OF course, this is also a council where they give you 3 different answers to a basic question depending on who you ask, they've been taken to the Land and Environment count a few times (and lost) over things that they should've just approved, and I've heard of more than a few people who've had to quote chapter and verse of the relevant legislation to get them to stop whinging about something that the property owner is permitted to do without council approval!

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7 minutes ago, ratsmitglied said:

 

It's sad to see buildings like that pulled down and replaced with eyesores.

 

unfortunately the council for the town my wife works in has a different problem. They won't let anything be done to old buildings, even if they are basically condemned. There's an old pub in the main street which as been sitting empty for at least the last 15 years, and it is probably becoming dangerous (it was built about 1885). The previous owner had plans to restore the facade as much as possible,  but make it units at the top and shops down the bottom (it's two story), but the council refused approve it, so rather than having something decent there is still a run-down building that makes the entire area look terrible.

OF course, this is also a council where they give you 3 different answers to a basic question depending on who you ask, they've been taken to the Land and Environment count a few times (and lost) over things that they should've just approved, and I've heard of more than a few people who've had to quote chapter and verse of the relevant legislation to get them to stop whinging about something that the property owner is permitted to do without council approval!

Last year in South Portland an old dive bar was sold to a developer that tore it down to start a new development that ended up not happening.

 

That old dive bar was where the Seventh Day Adventists was born, it had history.

 

And they tore it down for a development that never happened. ::(:

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19 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:

When BAM had its PoS software and systems put in there was ONE person in the installation company that had to do every store with the PoS system.

 

And he wasn't available.

 

So our Admin user name remained Admin, with a password IMBEDDED IN THE SOFTWARE that was CHANGEME.

 

On a PoS interface.

 

And it remained that way for two years until that ONE person could fit us in his schedule. That's two years for US. The bug had been there for years before that.

 

Because he had written a patch for the problem, but wasn't allowed to put it in general distribution because he was not one of the software engineers from the company that wrote the software, and they didn't want to contract him for that patch.

 

He boasted that the patch didn't even take a half meg.

 

But weird contracts gave only him the rights to install that half meg patch, and only for his clients, and only through that one company using the software that they were authorized support and distribution for.

 

For thousands of stores in hundreds of chains.

 

As long as he was the only one installing it, it counted as "field testing".

 

And he only had that right because the patch was a candidate for general distribution that never happened.

 

Because they were working on a new version of the software that NEVER HAPPENED. And the software company had outsourced tech support to India.

 

He HATED that patch, and if he had known how big a chunk of his life it was going to screw up he would have posted it on the net, rather than trying to go through channels. He was running from location to location for the better part of ten years.

 

For an installation and testing that only took an hour at each location.

 

But once his name was on it as a candidate, he COULDN'T PUT IT ON THE NET.

 

And there were a vast number of similar patches, and if he ever had to work on a system with one of those unofficial patches he had to make a Batch file of all the data, erase the data, revert the system to its unaltered state, load the Batched data, test it, install HIS test version of the patch, and test it again.

 

We were a security breach, but kept the Admin and CHANGEME, because OUR contract would have been breached if we had installed any of those unofficial patches ourselves. But, fortunately we never even knew about those patches. Because our management didn't include any Sys Admins, or techies in general.

 

But the Inventory and database on the software really was top notch.

 

It was ONLY the PoS that we had licensed as part of the corporate bundle that was the problem.

 

You can take PoS to mean either Point of Sale, or...

 

Then I was reading an urban fantasy short story, where the werewolf was a Sys Admin, and he was kvetching about THAT EXACT SAME BUG! I instantly knew that Patricia Briggs had had to use that exact same PoS!

 

And it was going to be a permanent resident in her head. ::P:

 

 

OMG!  I wish I could find that unbelievable. 

 And yeah, I hear the other meaning of PoS all the time.  Had a call earlier today where half the call was listening to him lecture me on how the software was old, ghetto, PoS and illegal.  He claimed it was illegal because it didn't automatically operate in a manner proscribed by laws written AFTER his software version was installed on his system. 

I had to explain that, no the law generally doesn't allow businesses to expire gift cards with balances on them anymore, but that the laws don't proscribe how the software does it or even if it has to.All he had to do to comply with the law is manually reset the expiration date to some time in the future.  He didn't like it when I suggested that he spend $20k to buy our new PoS that works more like he wants it to. 

 

9 minutes ago, Inarah said:

 

I've known guys like that who take it as a personal challenge to keep stuff running in whatever creative way possible. 

 

Car Wash industry is full of them.   I used to be like that, too, when I worked on arcade equipment and vending machines. 

But I can't be like that when doing tech support, because he bogs me down and ties up my time.   And that's where the guys like that can really bug me - when they expect me to do that sort of stuff for them. 

One of the other techs this morning was dealing with someone like that on yet another obsolete teller, but didn't want to, so he tried to pass him off to me.  I told him to tell the guy "Yes, that part should be fixable as the only two parts that can fail were originally off the shelf parts that we no longer carry. If you want us to source those parts for you, it will be $100/hr plus our markup on the parts, plus shipping. If you do it yourself, you can probably fix it for less than $50." 
 

4 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:

I MARRIED a guy like that. <_<

You sure Grump isn't in the Car Wash industry? 

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Why do the parents who are first in line in the school pickup lane always seem to have the kids who are dwaddling slow pokes? 

My daughter is a slow poke, too, so I don't bother getting there until the line is like 20-30 cars deep.  But there are two parents who are usually in the first five cars who wind up sitting there until I'm about 3-4 cars away. 

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52 minutes ago, ratsmitglied said:

unfortunately the council for the town my wife works in has a different problem. They won't let anything be done to old buildings, even if they are basically condemned. There's an old pub in the main street which as been sitting empty for at least the last 15 years, and it is probably becoming dangerous (it was built about 1885). The previous owner had plans to restore the facade as much as possible,  but make it units at the top and shops down the bottom (it's two story), but the council refused approve it, so rather than having something decent there is still a run-down building that makes the entire area look terrible.

And that's the other side of the coin.  Don't let anyone do anything until everything looks so bad that no one can. 

Fortunately, the town I'm in appears to be more concerned about keeping up the image and viability of the town square, where most of the buildings also date to the late 1800s.  The big limits they have placed are on the facades, and they've been using grant money obtained from the state and various historical conservation groups to restore as many of them as possible, so a lot of their requirements aren't even coming down on the small business owners.  Behind the facades are a wide variety of businesses and uses. 

 

Here's the old high school
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I know that the town is trying to find similar grant money for the building, but apparently they've been looking for it for a few years now, and no one is stepping up because of the cost. The school district only moved their admin offices out of it last year, so it's too early yet to see exactly how the battle is going to play out.  I know there are a lot of senior citizens here who went to school in that building, so it could be a real fight. 

I haven't really picked a side yet, because all the options aren't on the table yet.  I'm going to go with whichever option a) tries to uphold the history and look of the town and b) doesn't cost the taxpayers money we can't afford.  I'll fight against tearing it down to replace it with a Walmart or strip mall, but I'd probably be fine with tearing it down to replace it with a modern apartment building that paid homage to the old building. 

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14 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

In other news, people at work are mad as hell and I understand why.

 

The site director has decided we've been wearing jeans and t-shirts far too long. Our managers in their short-shorts are disgraceful. Hawaiian shirts are for dorks and we, sir, are not dorks. We are federal workers, we work, nay, we represent the Internal Revenue Service and we will look like it, dang it, no matter how much this really shouldn't be an issue and our salaries are NOT enough to buy suits for everyday wear anyway.

 

Not even "the dress code will be enforced". No, this is actually different. This is "people getting the union involved" different. The dress code is being entirely changed from "shorts of this length are fine, no bare shoulders or bellies, please keep the holes in your t-shirt to a minimum" to "guess WHUT it's suits or gtfo, show me your TIE".

 

I mean, I've been looking for an excuse to get back into crossdressing because I'm a tiny lady with huge [ahem] "tracts of land" and wearing men's clothes like that plays with people's expectations in ways that amuse me. But I want to acquire men's dress shirts, vests, and awesome suspenders on my own time under my own volition and not because I'm required to this weekend in order to keep my job :angry:

Good thing it isn't me that is being informed of such a drastic change in dress code.

I would go passive aggressive  by heading to the second hand shop and finding the most outrageous "Suit and tie" combination possible.

Cartoon gangster for preference, with shirt and tie combination chosen for maximum clash value, but if that isn't available find the most out of date suit possible.

Or, as an alternate, wear a morning coat and striped trousers and go full State Department on them.

Good Luck

GEM

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19 hours ago, Inarah said:

 

Packing is always slow. You start out carefully wrapping items and nestling them in boxes, sorting through stuff to keep and stuff to donate.  By the end you're emptying entire drawers of crap into whatever containers you can find just to get it all done in time.  

 

 

Yup, that sounds about right.

 

15 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

In other news, people at work are mad as hell and I understand why.

 

The site director has decided we've been wearing jeans and t-shirts far too long. Our managers in their short-shorts are disgraceful. Hawaiian shirts are for dorks and we, sir, are not dorks. We are federal workers, we work, nay, we represent the Internal Revenue Service and we will look like it, dang it, no matter how much this really shouldn't be an issue and our salaries are NOT enough to buy suits for everyday wear anyway.

 

Not even "the dress code will be enforced". No, this is actually different. This is "people getting the union involved" different. The dress code is being entirely changed from "shorts of this length are fine, no bare shoulders or bellies, please keep the holes in your t-shirt to a minimum" to "guess WHUT it's suits or gtfo, show me your TIE".

 

I mean, I've been looking for an excuse to get back into crossdressing because I'm a tiny lady with huge [ahem] "tracts of land" and wearing men's clothes like that plays with people's expectations in ways that amuse me. But I want to acquire men's dress shirts, vests, and awesome suspenders on my own time under my own volition and not because I'm required to this weekend in order to keep my job :angry:

Well, that sucks. I wish you the best of luck in weathering that nonsense, and hope it gets more reasonable quickly.

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Hey, I betcha  all can't guess what I'm going to be doing shortly!

 

 

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And I just discovered that the Gen 1 teller test fixture I have in my office has an intermittent fault, probably caused by a loose wire or cracked solder joint.  Probably happened during my move from CO to IA 2.5 years ago. Shows you how often I use it. 

I don't really want to spend the time to fix it...

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AAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manufacturer tech won't listen to me. He asked for my help on a weird problem.  I an 95% sure I've identified the problem, but he's not convinced I'm right, and won't try my solution - he's looking for something more complicated. 

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On 1/16/2020 at 4:59 PM, Green Eyed Monster said:

Good thing it isn't me that is being informed of such a drastic change in dress code.

I would go passive aggressive  by heading to the second hand shop and finding the most outrageous "Suit and tie" combination possible.

Cartoon gangster for preference, with shirt and tie combination chosen for maximum clash value, but if that isn't available find the most out of date suit possible.

Or, as an alternate, wear a morning coat and striped trousers and go full State Department on them.

Good Luck

GEM

 

 Personally, I'd show up the next day dressed in Joker purple... And then come to work the day after wearing a drug-dealer-special Z Cavaricci suit from the late '80's, a lime green leisure suit from the '70's, then start backwards from '40's gangster to zoot suit to 1900's styles. By the time you're showing up in knee breeches and a powdered wig, they might just get the point. But probably not.

 

 

 

 

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update:

Ok, he finally took my advice an made the change I told him to, but he still thinks he needs to dig further and send parts. 

I'm trying to convince him to hold off on parts until the owner calls with the same problem again.  If I'm right, this "at least twice a week" problem won't happen again for weeks, if at all. 

By manufacturer tech, I mean one of the techs directly employed by my client.  I've worked with him long enough that he should know that when I'm this confident of a fix, I'm generally right.

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21 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:
1 hour ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

Good thing it isn't me that is being informed of such a drastic change in dress code.

I would go passive aggressive  by heading to the second hand shop and finding the most outrageous "Suit and tie" combination possible.

Cartoon gangster for preference, with shirt and tie combination chosen for maximum clash value, but if that isn't available find the most out of date suit possible.

Or, as an alternate, wear a morning coat and striped trousers and go full State Department on them.

Good Luck

GEM

 

 Personally, I'd sow up the next day dressed in Joker purple... And then come to work the day after wearing a drug-dealer-special Z Cavaricci suit from the late '80's, a lime green leisure suit from the '70's, then start backwards from '40's gangster to zoot suit to 1900's styles. By the time you're showing up in knee breeches and a powdered wig, they might just get the point. But probably not.

 

Eventually, the person enacting this plan are going to have to either learn to sew, or start trading a friend who knows how. And where does one find a powdered wig in this day and age anyway? 

I like the suggestion, though.

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12 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:

 

Eventually, the person enacting this plan are going to have to either learn to sew, or start trading a friend who knows how. And where does one find a powdered wig in this day and age anyway? 

I like the suggestion, though.


A quick Google suggests the answer is Etsy for a nice one, or Walmart’s Halloween department for a cheap one...

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      EDIT (Jan 7th @ 15:44 MST): Totally forgot to add this in...  For additional information regarding the rainbow dragon challenge, here's the main thread for it!
      (end edit)
    • By Inarah
      Link to original challenge: 
      I don't have any of the dragons selected for the challenge. I do have the dracolisk, https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/basilisk/latest/77379
      So I'm painting that. 
       
      Die roll, 13, 18, 2.  Earth brown, palomino gold, clotted red.   Good colors.  I don't have the Earth or Clotted Red but can approximate. 
       
      Baby needs a bath first. 
       
       
    • By HornedTurtle
      So I decided to do this random dragon challenge thing.
       
      My rolls.

      Main 20 9039 Pure White
      Secondary 6 9227 Brilliant green
      Miscellaneous 10 9023 Imperial Purple
       
      And my intent is to do the 3 star challenge, I was planning this before rolling.  Interesting colors, I have the pure white but not the other two.
       
      The arrival of Deathsleet with his Halloweeny reinforcements, and the missing two paints.

       
      And here he is ready for the paint.

       
      I started with giving him a primer of brilliant green cut with 2-3 times as much pure white.
       

       
       
       
    • By InvisibleThumb
      Stuck my thumb in the box of unpainted bones and pulled out a Kyphryxis.
       

       
      must unbag bag and dry fit, trim mold lines and scrub, but first, the random colors...
       

       
      15, ah what could that mean?  I'll look later.  Let's roll another.
       

       
      seven!  Good.  Nicely spaced numbers.  Will look it up in a minute.  For the third roll...  Well darn gotta wait for the full minute so the time shown is different...  Finally!
       

       
      oof!  One!  Critical miss.  Well, it's probably a boring color at the top of the table.  Let's see what this means:
       
      15: mint green
      7: olive green
      1: fire red 
       
      huh.  Whadaya know.  Time to go see what I've got for colors... (To be continued)
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