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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

I got as far as cleaning off the tray, then had to walk the girls. 


All computer based. 2 chunks of multiple choice questions, 3 sets of simulations. 

The stimulation parts of the exam are much more in the find the info and apply it, but in chunks, and not the way it really should be.


Yes, this. Exactly this.




Because the questions are tricky, and if you misread one word... And brains aren't as smart as they think they are.




Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery Pez!

There is an urban fantasy series - Fred, the Vampire Accountant - where the main character undergoes the supernatural equivalent.... (There is a whole new area of rules and calculations covering Undead Americans, for example.)


TheAuld Grump

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12 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

You and I probably share a similar eye for patterns.  I will never forget the time I discovered that one of my instructors had set up his answers as a sine wave with a moving blip in the wave.  you could get 9 out of 10 just by getting the first question right and following the waveform!  I also remember looking at tests by looking for book problems first.  Any book problem had a specific answer and could be filled in without working it out, leaving much more time for filling out the others.  But then, I like finding patterns.  I do remember many times changing my answer after I had finished the test because the pattern of the answers on the answer sheet looked lopsided or wrong in some way.  The scary part was how right I usually was.

Maybe. But if so, that is subconscious - I generally try to look beyond patterns.  I think for me it's three things:

1. I seem to have a natural talent for mentally breaking things into parts and examining each part, while still seeing the whole. This is what makes me good at troubleshooting, and I think the same ability can be applied to most tests, especially multiple choice tests. 

2. As a kid I read a lot. But it's not so much how much I read, because I suspect that many of the people here probably read as much or maybe even more than I did.  I think it's more what I read from the ages of about 6 to 12.  Ten percent was kid's mystery novels, such as Hardy Boys, and ninety percent was non-fiction about whatever my subject of the week was, which covers a wide gamut. I remember the percentage well, because the maximum number of books you could check out from the library was 10, and my mom started forcing me to check out at least one fiction novel.  My parents finally bought the family (me) an encyclopedia set when I was about 7-8 years old. My mom lost track of the number of times she caught me reading from a volume of it when I was supposed to be doing something else.  While I probably can't remember even 2% of what all I read about, I think that somewhere deep down I retained enough knowledge to steer me in the right direction on tests, particularly multiple choice tests.  And all those Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew novels probably taught me to look for clues in the wording. 

3. But mostly, I don't think I've ever stressed about a test. I'm not sure when that may have began, but I can recall the exact moment I realized it - when my friend and shipmate Jay lost it after he wrecked himself studying for and stressing out about our E5 Advancement exam, which he was taking for the third time and I was taking for the first time, and I got promoted and he didn't. He ended our friendship and applied for a transfer to another department, telling me "What I worked so hard for was practically given to you, and I can't face you everyday knowing that." :down:


I really wish I knew what my secret for not stressing about a test was, and how to impart that knowledge/skill to other people. 

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3 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

I'm probably being nosy but if you're mind is giving you the answer and it's right, why are you slogging through the solution?  The purpose of the test is to prove you know the answer.  If you know it, is there much point in determining it?  Especially if the test is times.  Grab the right answers and use the extra time to work on the problems you don't know. 


I apologise for sticking my nose in but it's how I approaches tests for years.  For example:  You cannot pass things like the Engineer in Training exams if you stop to try and figure out every answer.  The exam creators expect you to intuitively know a certain amount.


Oh no need to apologize, I should have explained a little more fully. Since it's an online program, there's loads of little mini-quizzes (1-4 questions) scattered amongst all the reading material, as well as lots of regular length quizzes at the end of small sections, with actual tests at the end of each big "chunk" of material. The mini-quizzes and quizzes are more like...exercises than anything, and sort of take the place of typical homework. So I've been trying to use them more as learning tools than testing, even though my brain would much rather find the answer by gaming the predictably-written multiple choice question system and skip all this pesky learning stuff. :lol: I do confess to using this method on the actual tests some, though. 


Problem is, my brain knows my brain too well, and knows that I'd be doing myself a disservice in the long run by using these 'cheat codes' so to speak. I don't want another experience similar to my first anatomy class, which I passed with a solid A, but had to retake later (from a different teacher) because I actually learned hardly anything. And that's kind of an important subject for someone in a medically-related field to know well! :lol:


Funny thing is, I only got a B in my second attempt at my anatomy class, but boy howdy it was the hardest B I've ever earned in my life. Excellent teacher, excellent class, extremely challenging, but I learned LOTS! ::D:



--OneBoot :D 

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4 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Just got back home from the hospital. Surgery went well, he didn't lose as much blood as they expected. The surgeon had to remove part of his bowel and install a temporary colostomy bag, but it's still possible to rejoin the intestines back together 6-8 months down the road. His vitals had been a bit touch and go immediately after, but he stabilized quickly once they had him in his own bed and hooked up to the IVs. Still hoping for the best, we'll see how it goes. Getting some sleep now, will try to visit him tomorrow.

My best friend of the last 'Goblin 20' years went through similar. The bag sucks, but they got all his plumbing back now, and he's as good as gold. Just make sure your dad understands he needs to avoid seafood until they get him back together, trust me, it's for his own sake. 

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@Pezler the Polychromatic Hoping for the best, for your dad!!!


So, I totally spaced off my city has a online bill pay option for water payments.................................................................duuuuuuuh


With them closing at 4 now (budget reason, thou they did that before they made Mary Jane legal to sell in the city/county here), it makes for me getting up there in time to pay the darn thing due to "I'm in the wake up early in the evening & stay up all night even on my nights off & when I do crash, I crash longer then my normal 4 hrs of sleep" mode. I had cash to pay this one, as I didn't want to use the debit card due to the Vegas trip this weekend. It just means I'll take the bucks in & either put them into my account before I leave or use it as part of my spending cash while I'm there.


Nice to have the bill paid thou, as now I can sleep without worrying if I will wake up in time! Gotta love technology!!:wub:

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Didn't really want to work today... Got to work, and found out that I was being held back in the warehouse....  Thanks for telling me when I got to work guys, but telling pretty much everyone else yesterday...


...So I chose to do the "burn a vacation day" option, because I was in a pretty bad headspace, not to mention, well, hadn't had breakfast, was planning on having it after I got rolling, and... Yeaaaaaah.  overall bad day in general headspace wise, which is good, because I'm going to just sit back today and relax, hobby a bit, do a sorely needed grocery run, and hopefully some hobby stuff ^_^

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@Pezler the Polychromatic praying for all of you here, glad to hear your Dad came through it.


Finished off a quiet weekend here at Casa Corsair, Lady C had yesterday off due to the holiday, so we stayed in "comfy clothes/pajama" mode all day. Crock pot chicken and rice, she is having dinner with one of her "Black Friday Attack Shopping" buddies tonight. I have Starfinder tonight, gonna try to do a little hobbying today.  Working on a mini for one of my teammates, a Shirren Mystic who loves to throw grease spells. Adding a 55 gallon drum marked ACME Magic Grease to the base today. Hopefully my new pin vise shows up today. Kind of sad replacing the old one, my folks got it for me when I was in High School.

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I have often wondered why a hand drill came to be called a pin vise as it is neither a vise nor typically used to hold pins. 

Obviously I didn’t wonder enough to actually look it up but what can you do. 

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RTB Pro Tips! Koala Hope Fur and Face! with Anne started at 11 AM.  



Koala benefit minis are going on sale soon.  Anne says she was told on sale today.


Also Miniature Monday Core Paint Set Q1 (6 paints) and Miniature Monday January 2020 Set (8 paints and 4 minis) have been added to the Reaper store.  These are sets designed to be used with the Miniature Monday streams/videos and are a bit cheaper than buying the items individually.  The January 2020 Set comes in the same box as their paint sets, so that's a bonus.  Sadly, only three left of the January 2020 set at the moment, but they'll make more as needed.  They said they'd be sending these sets to the UK shop this week.

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27 minutes ago, Serenity said:

Koala benefit minis are going on sale soon.  Anne says she was told on sale today.

They're up now on the US store.


01647: Courage the Koala, 2020 Australian Brushfire Relief Miniature

01648: Hope the Koala Druid, 2020 Australian Brushfire Relief Miniature

01649: Australian Wildlife Brushfire Relief Miniatures



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52 minutes ago, Xiwo Xerase said:


And ordered.  The Bones IMEF Bulldogs are finally up too, which I've been waiting for.

Wow, is a lot harder to get to $75 US.....and then you might as well go to $80 for the extra free fig.....

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:


That's good to hear.

Be very careful about that bold part.

Make sure you're informed well.


I don't want to scare you, but better be well informed than that this would happen to your dad.

Hope things will go smoothly and well with him.

Spoilered, choose if you want to know or not.

I can understand if it's too much.


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I lost my mother because there was miscommunication about just such a thing.

One Doctor was convinced that it was temporary while the one that had placed it had clearly stated it to be permanent in his reports.

Since these Doctors were from different Hospitals and the actual removal was tried 2 years later it all went wrong.

They never read that report.

( She initally suffered from COPD and due to getting bedridden she got one of these).


It was succesfully removed, she stayed in the Hospital one night to recover and didn't wake up.

The bowel got perforated that night and it was over at the age of 60.

I have never forgiven those Doctors, I still think they should have read and accepted that report.

My mother had a strong will and she wanted the bag gone, trained to get a little more Lung capacity and then they thought it to be possible.



Ask about the risks and make sure you guys are well informed and know!

Get a Doctor with experience in this field!


Sorry to scare you, but I just hope this helps to make the right decision, get the right Doctor, so it won't happen to you.

My apologies if this is too much.



I should emphasize that getting off the colostomy bag may be possible, but isn't a certainty. It's too early in the process to know for certain, all we can do is wait and see. We had a very good surgeon who explained everything. My mom has been taking care of him all this time, and this just adds to it.

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On 1/18/2020 at 3:08 AM, OneBoot said:


Oooo linguistics! *pulls up a chair* I do so love discussions about languages and dialects and such! :wub: Linguistics was one of my very favorite classes in college, and I seem to have a real knack for it. I was able to distinguish between nearly all of the non-American sounds, and can even produce some of them (ejectives like p' t' and k' are especially fun). I haven't dared attempt non-American accents around native speakers, though, as I'm afraid they'd die laughing. :lol:


I have never personally heard any Canadians saying "ah-boot", though my sample size is admittedly quite small. Of those I've talked with, it really is a much softer "ah-boh-wt" (best I can transcribe it without resorting to IPA symbols, which may not render for everybody and wouldn't make sense to most even if they did lol) as opposed to the typical American "ah-bah-owt."


Language is fun! :wub:



--OneBoot :D 


There are some not-native-to-me sounds which I have learned to pronounce over time. On the other hand, there are some things I will always struggle with. For example, I am uselessly bad at producing non-aspirated versions of consonants which I natively pronounce as aspirated sounds. I have trouble even identifying them by ear. This limitation makes correct pronunciation of a number of languages darned-near impossible for me.

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