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Randomness XVII: The Madness of the Quorum

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14 hours ago, Crowley said:

COFFEE!!  Eh, too late... BEER!!

 

What a week... and it's only Wednesday... *sigh*

 

Docs still want to induce Mrs. Hamster around the 23rd. :unsure: I'd rather the little one stay in for a little longer, but... gotta trust the medical professionals. And Mrs. Hamster did again have elevated BP at her appointment today... so...

 

MOAR BEER!!

Oof. Being induced sucks! But the BP issues are so much scarier. Remember, don’t let her eat the salmon before everything starts! Fish barf is just the nastiest! 
 

Here’s the sort of cuteness you have to look forward to

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yes, she’s using forks to eat her Cheerios. She’s actually doing quite well learning to use utensils.

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I need to get some minis on bases and take pictures so I can post instructions for my quick and easy modern bases. Which I have been putting off for a week or two. And I have to figure out what solo minis game I want to play tomorrow night. I like doing my gaming blog but it's starting to feel like work again... I'll probably take a break at the start of the year. Plus, I should be working on my writing. And painting. And I'm going to stop myself right there. :upside:

I'm thinking about shooting out another Reaper order tomorrow when I get paid. I'm just going to die from an overdose of minis, I swear. :lol:

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13 hours ago, Rahz said:

Oooh I love plain donuts!  Old Fashion, plain please!  Can I be punished as well? 

 

You don't count, since having a goblin avatar means you like to suffer.  Punishment is only for people who don't like it.  In your case, as in mine, the appropriate punishment would be the forced consumption of good, nutritious, or otherwise normally tasty food.  

 

Semi-related:  I had a cat once who loved plain cake donuts.  Would go absolutely mental over them, god only knows why.  He loved them so much that if you were eating one he'd climb up on your chest and tickle your face with his whiskers to try and make you laugh.  If you did, the second you opened your mouth he'd stick his face in to get at the tasty donut mush inside.  I will never stop missing that stoopid cat.  

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we had a stoopid cat that would drool puddles when you gave him pets and stuff. I can understand never stopping missing them. 

 

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17 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

And yet, the aggregate death toll for the year in the USA is down from the average of the tally from previous years.

It's down by close to 100,00 people according to the people who keep track of these matters.

 

A bit of a data nerd here. Curious as to your source for that number? Not disagreeing with you. Just interested in how that data is being compiled. I was under the impression that, in the US at least, 2020 was on track for an increase in the number of deaths even if we discount the extra mortality due to Covid. The last time I read a paper on this it was looking like excess deaths (that is, the number of actual deaths above the estimated expected deaths averaged based on prior years) in the US was around 16,000 people. Once again, that does not count Covid mortality.  Of course these studies have limitations in how accurate they can be, but that seems like a very major discrepancy and I'm interested to see why that is. 

 

I know that all seems pretty morbid. But for a while in grad school I taught an undergrad course on population stats and I've had a passing interest in it ever since. Hence the curiosity. 

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Un-motivated right now, sadly I need to get some things done!! At least after work tonight, I'll be off till next Saturday night (17th).

 

I think I'll go up to the sports card shop & might stop into the game store. The sports card shop guy I've known since I was a jr in hs. A few weeks ago his house was broken into & I haven't been able to catch him in his store. Hopefully he's open today.

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4 hours ago, Froggy the Great said:

I rediscover that what are Tropical Storm Force Winds in The South are Normal Autumn Day winds back in The North.

 

Yeah.

 

I discovered this when we had the 60 mph tropical storm blow through Philly this year. It was... exactly the same as a normal everyday Philly storm. We even got the eye and it was just [meh]

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Mandatory mask rules go into effect here tonight at midnight (all public indoor spaces).  No change for me since I've been doing that since ....March?....Really?  Jeeez this year is long........
But the ranting has already started on the book of faces....sigh.

 

 

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Serious question: for those of you with spouses/kids that don't share your hobby interests, how do you manage to hobby without anyone feeling ignored (or the chores left undone)? 

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

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Good question. My husband hobbies more than I do. It's his zen time. I enjoy it, but don't make time for it as religiously. And, truth be told, even though I understand I do often feel ignored. I try to get over it, though, because I know it's his happy time and he needs it.

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2 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Serious question: for those of you with spouses/kids that don't share your hobby interests, how do you manage to hobby without anyone feeling ignored (or the chores left undone)? 

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

Less often than I would like, honestly. But we try to arrange times when she plans to do stuff while I get to hobby.
Assembly and even airbrushing I often do after she goes to bed (I normally am up a couple hours after her), but I struggle to paint that late in the evening (my eyes get tired and my shoulder gets shaky).
And she'll hobby with me on occasion, even though its not really her thing.

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4 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Serious question: for those of you with spouses/kids that don't share your hobby interests, how do you manage to hobby without anyone feeling ignored (or the chores left undone)? 

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

 

Can't comment on the kids aspect of that. But I encourage my wife to develop her own hobbies. Then, if one of us feels the desire to go do some hobbying, the other one has something they enjoy that they can do on their own. My wife spends about as much time practicing her piano or ukelele as I do painting.

 

The chores aren't really an issue. My hobby time usually doesn't begin unless I'm satisfied with the amount of chores I've done for the day. 

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2 hours ago, Thoramel said:
20 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

And yet, the aggregate death toll for the year in the USA is down from the average of the tally from previous years.

It's down by close to 100,00 people according to the people who keep track of these matters.

 

A bit of a data nerd here. Curious as to your source for that number?

GEM never said, that I remember. I found this:

 

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I don't recommend trying to look at usafacts.org (the source) as the page is a Kludge-Fest for which the designer/webmaster should be soundly punished in some cruel, unusual, and corporeal fashion.

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2 hours ago, Thoramel said:

 

A bit of a data nerd here. Curious as to your source for that number? Not disagreeing with you. Just interested in how that data is being compiled. I was under the impression that, in the US at least, 2020 was on track for an increase in the number of deaths even if we discount the extra mortality due to Covid. The last time I read a paper on this it was looking like excess deaths (that is, the number of actual deaths above the estimated expected deaths averaged based on prior years) in the US was around 16,000 people. Once again, that does not count Covid mortality.  Of course these studies have limitations in how accurate they can be, but that seems like a very major discrepancy and I'm interested to see why that is. 

 

I know that all seems pretty morbid. But for a while in grad school I taught an undergrad course on population stats and I've had a passing interest in it ever since. Hence the curiosity. 

Two different articles online, both quoting data from the CDC.

GEM

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