icosahedron152
 member, 884 posts
Fri 27 Jul 2018
at 03:55
Re: Dice roller
Thanks engine. Am I missing something? Shouldn't both your ways of working the same problem give the same result? ie shouldn't 0.0017 = 0.003?

Either way, it looks like the chances of rolling three 1s in 60D6 is around the same level as rolling two twenties in succession on 1D20. Which is rare, but not totally unheard of. Somewhere between 1 in 300 and 1 in 1000.

Dice, real or virtual, are just inherently untrustworthy.
engine
 member, 650 posts
Fri 27 Jul 2018
at 04:12
Re: Dice roller
icosahedron152:
Thanks engine. Am I missing something? Shouldn't both your ways of working the same problem give the same result? ie shouldn't 0.0017 = 0.003?

I think the second method is more correct. I think the first method is more like the chances of not rolling any of that number in 60 rolls. It's within a factor of two of the other answer, so if this were engineering we'd say they were the same result.

Edit:
icosahedron152:
Dice, real or virtual, are just inherently untrustworthy.

You can't trust them to roll the way you want, and you're likely to remember when they don't more than when they do. But if one can get to a space where they don't care which outcome they get, then I tend to find that dice and other random number generators stop seeming to have any kind of agency.

This message was last edited by the user at 13:58, Fri 27 July.

jpetoh
 member, 375 posts
 As irrational
 as pi.
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 02:52
Just come on in...
During the past couple of weeks, there has been noticeable attempts by the property manager of our apartment complex to do maintenance to the grounds - fresh mulch spread, tree service cutting down stray limbs, entire shrubs cut down. There was also a rented cherry-picker in front of the mgmt office on the same day I saw someone coming out with a floor buffer. The fountain in front of the office also got a face-lift.

This past week, tenants (including us) received multiple afternoon notices to tell us they would be entering our apartments under vague circumstances the next morning (a property inspector first, then an exterminator).

Now I'm not Sherlock Holmes, but everything about this stinks of the property being sold.

Today, my family was gone from approx 9a to 2p. At about 7p, we discovered a small tin on our printer in corner of the living room sitting atop of piece of orange paper. The paper was an notice that a "Nova Consulting Group" had been given permission by the property management to enter our unit and leave a radon detection unit (the tin) for the weekend and was not to be disturbed.

So someone entered our locked townhouse with us not here for a non-emergent situation and without notifying us either 24 hours prior or leaving a notice on our door that they had been here.

I have checked, and this was illegal per state law.

I have sent an e-mail to the property manager asking why this happened. If she doesn't answer to my satisfaction, I will be contacting the company who owns the property to express my concerns. I am worried that if they are looking to unload the property that they won't really care how we are being treated. I am also concerned about the fact our lease is about to expire. We have been asked if we want to renew and agreed to do so, but we haven't put ink on paper yet. I am worried they are going to try to put it off pending a sale and screw us over. Because of my ailing hands, I've been out of work for a couple years, so moving is not really an option.

Just more seedless green graping stress that I really do not need...
CrazyIvan777
 member, 245 posts
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 03:24
Just come on in...
Yeah, that sounds like something you want to get info on -right quick-, and don't sign anything til you know what's going on. I've had a single bad experience in that light, but it was horrible enough to eventually create some pretty serious long-term problems and an eventual broken lease. Check, find out if someone's taking over, who they are, and what they're like. Make your choice an informed one.

Also? Screw those guys for coming in without warning. That stuff is seriously wrong.
ShadoPrism
 member, 1232 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 04:16
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Lovely they are setting themselves up for a nice large law suit by multiple tenents. Seems they want to get arrested or end up settling by selling the property to the tenents. (This is one way Condo's come in to being. At least according to my admittedly limited understanding of such things.)
jwneil
 member, 42 posts
Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 13:07
Just come on in...
I've been in the situation ShadoPrism describes.  "Buy your apartment which is now, suddenly, a condo or we'll find someone to buy it for you.


Also, in my experience:   I'd rented an apartment that was part of a ponzie scheme! I didn't realize this while I lived there - I just happened to do an internet search a year or so after I left the apartments.  "Ah, so that's why they never fixed anything...."  So my piece of advice is to keep an eye on the interwebs - see if you can find a pending sale with the current ownership - and see if you can find out anything about the intended buyers.  Might give you a good clue wheter to stay or leave.
LordXenophon
 member, 12 posts
Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 13:27
Just come on in...
In reply to jwneil (msg # 1278):

Any realtor can tell you whether the building has been listed. The nature of the inspections suggest that a potential buyer has already been found, so there should be a record of the listing by now.
ShadoPrism
 member, 1239 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 19:03
Just come on in...
There are times when Hospitals don't know what they are talking about ...
I had to go in yesterday (sever bought of the runs plus nausea and sweating) for over night observation.
They found my potassium levels were .2 above normal max and just decided to tell me to stop taking most of my supplements. Several of which I take for different reasons than normal (like a blood pressure med I take cause it's side effect helps circulation, and I have bad circulation problems). I can understand being told to stop taking my potassium pills but to stop ALL Non Essential 'herbal or natural supplements' in such a broad stroke really irritates me. (I am aloud to take vitamins but they just listed every other supplement I take as 'Do Not Take'. No explanation or anything other than in the paper work one of the broad strokes for to much Potassium is to stop all that sort of thing. No reason WHY is given.
Ironically 2 of these supplements are prescribed by my doctor to help with certain health conditions I have and to stop taking them, even for a few days, will have long term Bad health concerns.
OceanLake
 member, 1049 posts
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 00:32
Just come on in...
You have the right to ask questions and expect honest answers. In your case, I suggest having the answers put on paper.
DaCuseFrog
 member, 19 posts
 SW Florida
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 17:42
Just come on in...
Dice rolls are not the be all, end all.  I hope I never DM like that.  I've got three separate games from three different DMs, and this is what I'm dealing with (all with level 1 characters):

1)  First night out of town, one watch didn't roll high enough on perception, so he fell asleep and all our backpacks and clothes were destroyed, and food and water taken or destroyed.

2)  First hour out of town, we come face to face with a water elemental.

3)  IN TOWN, a rampaging dinosaur shows up right in front of where we need to go.  Try to calm it, need five successes to three fails or it charges, arbitrary DC.

The universe is apparently telling me that I shouldn't be playing all these games at once.
jaws78
 member, 17 posts
 To err Is human ...
 ... to role play divine.
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 18:26
Just come on in...
In reply to DaCuseFrog (msg # 1282):

Actually, the problem is not how many games you are playing but how many games you are not leaving ;).

Play lots of games, as many as you can reasonably play.  Then politely leave the ones that don't fit your style with many thanks and a masterful write out.

On your way through, try and get rmails for good players you can invite to future games until you have a good troupe.  Then you can start your own, or when you find a promising game invite them all and blow the GM's mind.

Goes off to follow his own advice....

This message was last edited by the user at 18:27, Mon 03 Sept.

horus
 member, 556 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 06:28
VENT - Fraggin' Late Season Storms!!!
Just when you think you've gotten through with storm season, some last-minute apple-hole like Tropical Storm Gordon shows up.  Gorram it, I did not want another late birthday present like this.

Somebody wake me up when September ends, please.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 231 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Fri 14 Sep 2018
at 06:10
VENT - Doctors
Look Doc, when I go to my OB/GYN asking about a disorder I have likely had for 20+ years, have nearly all the symptoms for, one of which is obesity (and none of which are pleasant), and you mention the fact that I have gained weight, do you think that I am somehow unaware of this fact?  I mean, I'm the one buying my clothes.  I know my damn size.  She's talking about the weight I've gained as if I've managed to miss that development.

Doc, I have tried and am continuing to exercise. I am working on my diet. I am QUITE aware that a goodly portion of my weight gain is due to my lifestyle rather than this disorder.  But I would like to get some kind of grip on my body chemistry that you and my GP have managed to miss for over two decades!  If the tried and tested medication regimen I'm asking for can just give me a little bit of help and assist in shedding some pounds just so I can see some marginal improvement to give me hope and renewed inspiration, then I would like those medications without the judgment or lecture.

Asking for help in this manner is emotionally difficult, and do you know how I handle emotional stress?  If you guessed stress-eating, then you're right.  Making me more stressed and shamed about my weight is actually extremely counter-productive.

As least she got me the meds. *scowls*
Kessa
 member, 573 posts
 Dark Army:
 Out to Lunch
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 23:00
VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
When you read something that's so crazy, it actually makes you question if the writer was the crazy one, or if it's you that's crazy for reading it that way, because who the apple-tart would write that? Like, really... what did I even read??? I'm just so at a loss for words and more at a loss for how to respond. O_O
CrazyIvan777
 member, 252 posts
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 20:18
VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
@Isida: The doctor thing...
I had the same doctor for a few decades, because I have some anxiety in dealing with the medical system. Said doctor, every visit, would harangue me about my weight for the entire session, then leave. Even when I was there for, say, an ear infection. Just browbeat me about my stress eating and obesity, and walk off, telling his nurse to write me a prescription. So... Yeah. I feel ya.
My doctor got to the point that he didn't ... give me details. All he wanted to do was belittle me for my weight. He didn't tell me about a medical condition that, if caught early, can be reversed. He didn't tell me anything other than 'you need to lose weight.' I won't go into detail about the condition, but I didn't know anything about it until about a decade after it started. Far too long to reverse it. I've been in the ICU twice for it in the past two years (and the ER one more time than that.). The guy. Was. A. Sucky. Doctor.
I know this is going to sound bombastic, but I pretty much beg of you. Find another doctor. Find someone who can work with you on whatever issues you have. Find someone who doesn't piss you off so much you stop going. Look at me as a cautionary tale of what happens when you just assume you have to stick with the same useless sack of blueberries. I can almost guarantee, if you can do it, it will make your life better.
horus
 member, 581 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 21:07
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
Kessa:
When you read something that's so crazy, it actually makes you question if the writer was the crazy one, or if it's you that's crazy for reading it that way, because who the apple-tart would write that? Like, really... what did I even read??? I'm just so at a loss for words and more at a loss for how to respond. O_O


Was this a rant, a response, or a little of both?  I've read some crazy stuff in my day, and written my share of it, too (I'm a doggerel poet, and when I'm in my cups anything is likely to leak out my pen.)

Care to tell us more about what particular brand of crazy has you going askew?
Lord Caladin
 member, 321 posts
 It all about the journey
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 21:13
VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
I go through doctors like cars. Every few years I get a new one - or a specialist and always get a second and third look by other doctor that's not a referral.

Some are like classic cars and you keep and trust them for a long time. Others are as you need them. Like a mini van great when you have kids, good for a large family - totally sucks if your 18 or going through a mid-life crisis.

Not looking to make lite of it, .... but my general care doctor been with her maybe 15 years now. I still ask tons of questions, double check the meds prescriptions and if I don't like what I hear I get a second and even third doctor to confirm. Mind you I think she's the best doctor I have ever had. Just need to do these things, they are human and make mistakes. Not saying its ok - just RL.

My issue - these doctors that say your covered and send a bill after the service. Like they didn't know what was covered.
horus
 member, 582 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 05:25
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
Lord Caladin:
My issue - these doctors that say your covered and send a bill after the service. Like they didn't know what was covered.


Many times doctors don't know.  They're not the right people to be asking about that stuff.  Most doctors have someone in their office, an office manager or claims processing assistant or some such, who knows the ins and outs.  It might be better to consult them on any insurance-related issues, or to discuss matters with your insurance company's support team.

This is as it should be:  doctors should be focused primarily on implementing the right path of care to meet your needs, not the day-to-day paperwork that gets it paid for.

The crucial difference comes in finding a doctor who doesn't feel he or she needs to be omniscient to hold your trust and confidence.  My present physician is such a man.  He has stopped a consult to ask his office manager, "Hey, we have an insurance question, could you come here a minute?"  Her knowing the ins and outs of this stuff saves him from having to store all that along with all the stuff about medicine he has to carry around.
CrazyIvan777
 member, 253 posts
Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 16:54
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
horus:
The crucial difference comes in finding a doctor who doesn't feel he or she needs to be omniscient to hold your trust and confidence.  My present physician is such a man.  He has stopped a consult to ask his office manager, "Hey, we have an insurance question, could you come here a minute?"  Her knowing the ins and outs of this stuff saves him from having to store all that along with all the stuff about medicine he has to carry around.


That's amazing. Absolutely amazing. So many medical professionals I've dealt with aren't... I don't know if it's that they're not aware enough, or not confident enough, to admit they -don't- know something. To find someone who can reach out for other experts? Great stuff.
(Worked for a while in a medical library. It was strange to see how skittish doctors were about actually reaching out for more resources on something they were working on. As if their colleagues finding out would lead to some social or professional problems.)
Kessa
 member, 574 posts
 Dark Army:
 Out to Lunch
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 05:14
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
horus:
Was this a rant, a response, or a little of both?  I've read some crazy stuff in my day, and written my share of it, too (I'm a doggerel poet, and when I'm in my cups anything is likely to leak out my pen.)

Care to tell us more about what particular brand of crazy has you going askew?

A vent of it's own to be sure. It's an awkward thing. A friend wrote a story, supposedly fictional, but it's not quite, since I know them well enough to place the events mentioned and the people. Some of the content is a bit questionable, both for what it is about and for the underlying question of whether it's the actual fictional part, or the real part. If it's fictional, it's in bad taste. If it's non-fictional-- well, there are other very real world implications to that and I'm not sure which I'd rather it be. I am certain, I don't want to be around when those related to these events discover them either way. And I'm quite sure I don't want to be the direct messenger to them. But yet, I seem to be the only one to note these blatant parallels, so I question how this can be. Surely, I am not the only one who's paying attention? Or, am I just seeing something that isn't there? Difficult questions to answer without knowing more... and I'm not sure I want to.
horus
 member, 583 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 07:35
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
In reply to Kessa (msg # 1292):

Me?  Unless I was directly involved in the story I'd dust off my sandals and go my way.  Sounds like too much sturm und drang at my age.

I know your situation is likely different than mine, though, so that advice (as such) probably isn't much help.

If you are directly involved in the story, you gotta figure out what the various relationships involved with you are worth, and act based on that.  Note that not acting may still be the best default course of action.

If any of this is legally actionable where you live, (and I don't need or want to know), you need the advice of competent legal counsel, of course.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 236 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 04:00
Re: VENT - Can't have it both ways
Look, you can't claim you like the holidays and then abdicate all responsibility for decorating and event planning onto me, nor suddenly claim you're "too tired" for our shared events because I made you do 30 minutes of work to get things ready.  It doesn't work like that.  I am not wanting to do all the planning, purchasing, crafting, organizing, and decorating so you can just enjoy the "fun part", then leave me to break down and return everything to storage to boot.
Kessa
 member, 575 posts
 Dark Army:
 Out to Lunch
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 04:35
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
horus:
In reply to Kessa (msg # 1292):

Me?  Unless I was directly involved in the story I'd dust off my sandals and go my way.  Sounds like too much sturm und drang at my age.
[snip]
Note that not acting may still be the best default course of action.

This is all pretty much the conclusion I've come to as well. I have no obligation to attend this issue on my own behalf, but I have elected to pass word on to an intermediary so they can form their own judgments and come to their own conclusions, having vastly more knowledge and investment in the situation than I. That in itself may not be the best course of action, but quite frankly, it's no fun to be ignorant of a situation that's going to come back to bite you either way. Fingers crossed it works out better than I foresee. Relationship wise, there are things I would not do and then there are other things I would not tolerate others doing and I do believe this situation falls into both categories. As you say, I am too old for this... and they ought to be as well.
OceanLake
 member, 1052 posts
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 05:35
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
Iselda, the person you describe has not yet reached, in this respect, the preschooler age.
horus
 member, 584 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 07:28
Re: VENT - Now Entering Crazy-Space
In reply to Kessa (msg # 1295):

Third reply to Kessa, so I'll be brief.

Just remember, now that you have set something in motion respecting this situation, that the road to Perdition is paved with good intentions.  Be careful out there.