member, 5300 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Thu 7 Feb 2013
at 08:43
Well, THAT wasn't what I had in mind...
So, almost managed to light my stove on fire tonight...making some sugar-glass breakaway stuff for theatrical purposes, which is something I've never done before.  No problem, there's instructions all over the internet, right?

Well, instructions say 'heat the mixture slowly, or you'll discolor it (I want it as clear as I can get it, and most of the examples I've seen have been yellow-ish or brown).  So, I took it VERY slow.  Spent the better part of two hours getting it almost to where I needed it to be.  And at each step along the way, there'd been several minutes before there was a noticeable change in the temperature of the actual mixture.  So, I figured I had plenty of time to step in and check something else on my computer real quick (yeah, I multi-task a lot like that).

Next thing I know, I smell burnt sugar and my kitchen is getting smoky.  I'm not sure exactly where the temperature of the mix was, because the thermometer is only marked up to about 400 degrees (I needed it at 300), and what had been an almost-clear, boiling mass in the pot when I walked out was now dark, burnt brown, seething over the sides of the pot and all over my stovetop.  Luckily, my kitchen is really small, and I literally only needed to pick up the pot and turn around to have it over the sink...where it continued to boil over for several minutes.

The good news is, the stuff that splashed across the floor chipped right up without damaging the flooring, and shattered just the way I wanted it to.  The bad news is, that was two hours that I really couldn't afford to have washed down the drain (plus the hour of clean-up time so I could make another go at it.)  This 4-hours-sleep-a-night stuff is catching up with me, not to mention the stress of trying to get two shows ready to open on the same weekend...
 member, 25 posts
Thu 7 Feb 2013
at 12:15
Re: Well, THAT wasn't what I had in mind...
Week of Murphy's law: Broke a filling a week ago - I hate needles and dentists, Friday call around for dentists, Saturday pulled a muscle, Sunday headache, Monday exhaustedly go to bed 3 hours before normal, Tuesday wake up with a sinus cold so bad I stay home from work and also smash my toe off a door bad enough that I felt it pop out and back in. Wednesday up at 1AM with sinus pain and spend an hour walking around the house waiting for my tylenol to kick in before going back to bed, then drag myself to work despite feeling miserable and going to the dentist, wake up today feeling like shit and like the cold is going to my chest.

Heck with work. I'm staying home and watching people punch other people in the face all day since I'm feeling too crappy to go to martial arts and do it myself.
 member, 1655 posts
 Firing magic missles at
 the darkness!
Thu 7 Feb 2013
at 14:40
Re: Well, THAT wasn't what I had in mind...
This weekend I bought a new video game for myself the first time in about ten years New as in not used, as in just came out, as in not in the discount bin. I was pretty excited about it. Took it home. Popped it in.

15 minutes later? PS3 fails. Red light of doom. All hope is lost.

I know, I know, first world problems.

But still.

 member, 595 posts
 Putting old paper in new
 boxes since 2005
Fri 8 Feb 2013
at 17:05
Re: Losing it!!!
Loud, industrial drilling above the "quiet" Reading Room.  I may go insane.
 member, 1638 posts
Fri 8 Feb 2013
at 19:09
Re: Losing it!!!
*sigh*  It's snowing, it's been snowing since yesterday.  Even in Canada, this counts as a snow storm, darn it!  Could be worse, but I'm still not going out, and I really need to do laundry and shop, and I was looking forward to visiting the cats where my kids are housesitting (when they are in the country).  *sighs again*
 member, 120 posts
 I may be bad but I'm
 Perfectly good at it...
Fri 8 Feb 2013
at 19:33
Re: Losing it!!!
Well, hubby came home today after his rotation at work... As he walks through the door from being gone all week, leaving me and our three children by ourselves, he proceeds to start griping about the house... I do not have a social life, people here see me more often than people at the store do... I come here to socialize simply because I am home with my children all day every day.... So, as he's complaining about how the house looks, he tells me he is going to take the PS3 with him when he leaves... "That way you'll get more done when I'm gone" he said... Excuse me?? I don't get to go anywhere, see anyone or have any kind of fun other than on here. We don't have a comp, so the ps3 is the only connection I have other than our landline phone to the outside world.. Yeah, you go out and party with your buddies while you're home, then leave for work again and take my only social life with you... Don't worry about letting me go out for a night and have fun... You just make sure I'm always stuck at home alone.....
 member, 1184 posts
 In Soviet Russia, quests
 pay you to go on NPCs.
Fri 8 Feb 2013
at 19:55
Re: Losing it!!!
Though minor compared to a lot of the gripes on here, I am constantly pissed off at Google search engine results. It's not Google's fault though that so many sites post keywords totally unrelated to what is on their page, but dangit hen I'm looking for something I don't want links to databases that don't have the information I need!
 member, 121 posts
Fri 8 Feb 2013
at 20:02
Re: Losing it!!!

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 member, 95 posts
Sat 9 Feb 2013
at 02:21
Re: Losing it!!!

How can a scumbag who walked into a police station saying he was wanted for murder and just "done two cops, but was sorry they weren't men" then plead not guilty at court. I know he's innocent until proven guilty but come on, he's admitted it and made plans for his last night of freedom before the killings.

Arrrrgh! Hanging is too damn good, country's gone to crap!
 member, 1001 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Sat 9 Feb 2013
at 13:44
Endings and new beginnings
I finished my course yesterday, which is a good thing, but kind of sad too as I made some really great friends there. I'll miss having breakfast and lunch with them every weekday. I still have to go back for a Photoshop exam next week, so I might have lunch with some of them afterwards. Still, I'm really not sure what the future holds right now. I would've liked to have kept things the way they were for a bit longer.

This message was last edited by a moderator, as it was off-topic, at 14:10, Sat 09 Feb 2013.

 member, 47 posts
Sun 10 Feb 2013
at 09:47
Re: why I hate snow
Snowstorm, shovelling, old back injury reinjured, agony...........
 member, 21 posts
Tue 12 Feb 2013
at 00:59
Re: why I hate snow
Got to go to the convention... and ended up having an incident on Sunday that still has me steaming mad.

I have a character in the Pathfinder Society.  I wanted to play seven straight slots of it, and level up my character so she can finally start tapping some of her sorcerer powers.  I didn't know that for the entire con, I'd have a sulking, grumpy S.O. for a familiar.  I told him that he could go play whatever he wanted, and if he wanted to play something with me, I'd make the time to go play Ultimate Munchkin or something with him for a slot.  He refuses on the first day, instead electing to play the First Steps adventures for Pathfinder to try it out.

The second day, he plays one slot of Pathfinder and then starts pitching a fit in the middle of the con because there's nothing worth playing for the second Saturday slot except Pathfinder and some other board games. He ends up at a Vampire LARP that's struggling for players and ends up in a conversation with the GM and his wife, who have an "open relationship".  I wondered why he was asking me if I wanted to go travel an hour next month to play Vampire in a nearby town... more on this guy later.

Sunday, he claims to have a migrane and stays back at my apartment while I go to the last day of the con. I go and play one slot of Pathfinder (reaching Lv. 9), and then see that I don't have any suitable characters for the last slot.  I dink around, play in the Battletech pods (I'm murder in a Mad Cat Mk. II!) and try a Star Trek game that makes me wish that the facility was closer to my apartment (it's four hours away... *cries*).  I spend a few hours talking with some others, and get warned by the DM of another White Wolf game going on.  Apparently, the reason yesterday's Vampire game wasn't getting as many players?  The fact that the DM and his wife have an open relationship is well-known... as is the fact that he uses his games to troll for girlfriends.  Yeah.

So when I get back to the apartment, well... we end up in a huge screaming match.  He accuses me of wanting to play games more than spend time with him, and I accuse him of trying to get me into something for his benefit, and that he's being selfish because we could have played something on Friday or Sunday together- but that's not enough for him.  I was apparently supposed to ask him what we were playing.  Oh, yeah.  That went over well.

End result?  After the fight, I told him to get out of my apartment or I'd sic campus security on him. We're "taking a break", but anyone with a brain cell knows that it's over, and I'm just recovering from last night's crapfest for a few days.  I wasn't in any shape to even go to a job interview that I had today... had to claim family emergency and pretty much lose my chance at a job that would have soled a problem of being close to campus and decent hours.

I'm staying single until I can find a nice person who doesn't think I need to be on a leash and can accept that convention weekends are not the best time to have "OMG she loves games more than me!" issues.
Andrew Wilson
 member, 119 posts
 A cunning Rogue
 HP 6/14
Tue 12 Feb 2013
at 01:31
Re: why I hate snow
Wish I could find a fellow roleplayer to dive into a fruiticious relationship with. My past experiences tend to be just the opposite, my hobbies and gawky friends drive them away, as does my interest to involve them. Heaven forbid they atleast try to enjoy themselves or even admit it.

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Tue 12 Feb 2013
at 05:02
My day was great... until....
...about 4:45 today.

I go in around 9:15.  It was supposed to be nine, but my schedule's flexible, so that's actually not that big a deal.  Besides, I've got plenty to do, so I do it, and the day goes swimmingly.... until fifteen minutes before I was supposed to leave.

A little background:  I have a ton of clerical experience and some years of experience in the medical field.  I currently work for an agency which helps parents in need and their children find resources of all kinds, from medical to educational to housing, etc.  My department concentrates on mothers with infants and toddlers.  We are thus required to operate under the provisions of HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which governs the privacy of client/patient information.  In short: medical records need to be kept in a locked location.

Okay.  Now on to the vent, in two parts.  The first is clerical and the second is medical.  Hence the background.

I find out from my supervisor C. at 4:45 today that the agenda for a meeting which is to take place **tomorrow morning at 11:30** hasn't been sent to anyone attending the meeting.  This task was delegated to a co-worker, D., who was asked to send it three times last week.  We had to work on it until 5:45 -- simply because the agenda indicated neither the time nor the location of the meeting.  That alone set us both off, never mind the additional concerns I had to mention at the time which resulted in a distinct change in my job description.  (In other words, I made more work for myself, but I'd rather be the one to do it than D., as I see it is NOT getting done.)

At least one person who received the agenda today is out of the office until tomorrow morning, time unknown.  This is a community meeting, and Ph.D level practitioners will be in attendance.  Essentially, this makes us look bad at a community level... and to people who have all kinds of letters after their names.  C. is not only embarrassed, but angry.  I don't blame her, and in fact have other concerns which I bring up at the time, and of course I too am angry about this not being done because I could have and would have done it had I realized it had been so neglected.  I told her just to let me do it next time.

That's the clerical bit.  Now for the medical, which explains my mention of HIPAA.

The same co-worker took files home today in order to put them in alphabetical order for filing tomorrow.  She's staff, so I didn't really think too much of it until some hours later, when I realized the significance of the fact that the files themselves were not in a locked container for transport.  As far as I understand the provisions of HIPAA, that constitutes a violation of the act, so I sent a message to my supervisor relating the fact.  I'm not just working there, but am also a certified paralegal, and if something comes up later because of this I don't want to lose my paralegal status.  I don't know if it would happen, but the fact is that it could.  I'd rather have myself covered.  JUST in case.

This whole thing at work as gotten to the point where I'm pretty sure D. is just going to walk off the job, and that soon.  I get the distinct impression that there is going to be some serious ... well, you know.... hitting the fan tomorrow morning and I am NOT looking forward to being there when it does.  I don't know if I'm going to be pulled into "that meeting" when C. confronts D.  I hope not.

This message was last edited by the user at 06:57, Tue 12 Feb 2013.

 member, 508 posts
 Better known in many
 places as Gatewalker.
Wed 13 Feb 2013
at 00:46
Re: My day was great... until....
Tripped and fell while out on my walk today. Busted up my palms(fingers fine at least, so I can type without too much difficulty) and one knee. Had to walk half a mile home with a bleeding knee.

The worst part is how apparently external physical damage like this is capable of causing my stomach to suddenly be sick as hell and completely sap all of my energy. Blarg.

Also my glasses fell off and got scraped up bad enough that I'll need to replace them. Thankfully we have good vision insurance, at least.
 member, 29 posts
 Nobody ever considers
 the feelings of a weapon
Wed 13 Feb 2013
at 11:26
Re: My day was great... until....
Right. I'm currently working for someone in that i'm helping them sell their books online. The gist of what i wanted to vent about goes like this:

Boss: "How come you're working that slow?"
Me: "Because i need to find descriptions and reviews for the books you told me to put up."
Boss: "Nah, it's a specific public, they know the titles looking them up anyway. And besides, there's a picture of the back of the book which has the description anyway."
Me: "So do you want me to leave it out, and just put author, title, code and 'see pic for description'?"
Boss: "Yeah."

(MONTHS later)

Boss (on phone): "Hey, why do none of the books you uploaded have descriptions?"

Seriously, this is so facepalm worthy it hurts... And i'm the one that gets to fix this, of course.


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 member, 36 posts
Wed 13 Feb 2013
at 13:37
Re: My day was great... until....
 member, 1007 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Thu 14 Feb 2013
at 10:21
Re: My day was great... until....
My pet rabbit's having some health problems and it's got me worried. She's shedding heavily at the moment (fur everywhere) and while I'm not sure if that's a factor, she's had a partial blockage (food isn't going through her properly). I took her to the vet yesterday, and I've been giving her more vegetables since (including lettuce, which isn't good for them, but I was told a small amount wouldn't hurt her. It's useful since it has a high water content).

While she's eating like a horse and she's quite active (and cranky), it's fairly apparent that she's not drinking much. She normally drinks out of a bottle and has hardly touched it, so I decided to give her a small bowl of water. For lack of a better bowl, I took the big lid off an as-yet unopened pack of spaghetti hoops in the fridge, washed it well and gave it to her. She doesn't seem willing to drink out of it though.

I've had it grabbed by bunny teeth and thrown about the cage more than a few times in a row, and she's kicked it out of my hands with her front legs. My hands are now kind of sore. Is it really that hard to get a rabbit to drink water?! At the moment she's 'under observation' (by me) so I may have to take her back to the vet today. I was hoping to avoid it. The only other option I can see is 1) leave her a bit and see if she drinks on her own, or 2) get a syringe and feed her water that way. That said, she has improved a fair bit, but becoming dehydrated is only going to make it worse.
 member, 598 posts
 Putting old paper in new
 boxes since 2005
Fri 15 Feb 2013
at 22:02
Re: My day was great... until....
My co-op board's vice president had some funky purchases with co-op money that we can't trace, and very nearly got us sued under Fair Housing guidelines by telling a single woman applying for a unit she couldn't move in "if she was just gonna get pregnant and want move right out again."  Obviously, he had to be taken off the board.

But he was also maintaining the boiler for the building.  His keys were taken away, and now the maintenance guy had no clue how to maintain the boiler, and the building has no heat.  My apartment is already freezing and I have a 7 month old baby.  And its supposed to get colder this weekend.

Can't we let the guy maintain the boiler without letting him sit on the board?
 member, 5 posts
 By the rules!
 No PvP!
Sat 16 Feb 2013
at 10:15
Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread
In reply to Shannara (msg # 1):

I've applied to three games, and it's obvious I haven't been accepted because the post count has sky-rocketed.  No one contacted me with a rejection, so I just had to figure it out on my own.

No one will GM the game I really want to play, even after multiple posts in Wanted-GMs.

We have a guy in the game that I can actually play who lives in Australia so that we can only play twice a day for about two hours instead of having it be a semi-constant game like the other four players can manage.

I hate my life, my apartment, my situation.  I've got a knee the doctor's won't fix, I've got bi-polar that the medicine isn't helping with, I've got a husband who never approaches me for sex - I have to chase it down each and every single time.  I've got three kids who drive me crazy.  I can't find a job because between the knee and the bi-polar I can't really do anything.

I'm really good at math and I can't afford to go to school to get qualifications enough to do something like research or science or accounting which would pay a lot of money and be something I could reliably do.

I'm a really good, constant player and nobody will teach me the rules to their game so I can play anything.

There's more, but I'm crying now so I'll stop.
 member, 20 posts
Sun 17 Feb 2013
at 01:58
Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread
My school's offices are so fruiting inefficient! Dx The grade change form my Professor requested a MONTH ago still hasn't arrived! Stupid school! RAWR!
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 Creative Ideas
 Real-Life Solutions
Sun 17 Feb 2013
at 20:30
Seriously? Low-level characters spamming high-level spells?
A group of level 12 characters enter a PVP room for level 50-60 characters. They then [start] spamming level 75 spells using scrolls, all bought from the Real-Cash Store during battle. They then tell the other players in the PVP room (including me, since I use a level 51 character) that they [should] be banned forever because they are noobs who cannot afford to buy more items in the Real-Cash Store.

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 member, 33 posts
Sun 17 Feb 2013
at 20:37
Re: Seriously? Low-level characters spamming high-level spells?

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 member, 5322 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Sun 17 Feb 2013
at 21:36
Re: Seriously? Low-level characters spamming high-level spells?
I sure hope the doctor can figure out what's wrong with my shoulder.  At this point, I'd even be okay with knowing it's something they can't fix, I'm just sick of it being sore for no discernible reason.  Seriously...got out of the hot tub at my friends' place last night, wrapped a towel around my waist...and almost couldn't tuck the ends in to make it stay there, because something about the angle at which I was exerting leverage with my arm sent a shooting pain through my shoulder.  I've had shoulder problems before...with the other shoulder.  But never this severe, and they ALWAYS cleared up faster than this.  I've been dealing with this crepe suzette since before Halloween, though it's only been in the last couple of months that it's been really bad (thanks for the snow, Mother Nature...)

Wednesday.  I should get some answers Wednesday, even if they may only be, "Well, we know it's not this, and I think we can rule this out, but we'll have to do further testing to find out about the other options."  I can't even pull the sheets over myself at night with that arm anymore, or pick stuff up off the nightstand.  And much as I want it to just go away, at this point I'd be at least somewhat satisfied just knowing WHY...
 member, 5325 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Mon 18 Feb 2013
at 09:18
That's the best argument you've got?
Learned something last night.  Karaoke DJ's are not generally amused when someone says, "You've gotta make me next.  I'm so drunk I might not even be able to stand up when my turn comes!"  (I know this, because I was the DJ.)  It's even less amusing when it's someone that I used to consider a pretty good friend, whose increasingly self-centered life-style is destroying her second marriage.  The whole place was full of drunk people...I was one of the maybe five sober people in the whole place.  None of them were hounding me to make them next before they passed out...when they got to the point where they felt like they were falling-down drunk, they just stopped asking for songs.

And what bugs me even more about it is the knowledge that she made that demand fully expecting me to just roll over and play dead.  She got rather heated when I told her no.  I'm not sure, but I think she realized just how close I was to handing her the list and saying, "You run the fruiting machine, I'm doing your husband a favor by taking a turn at it so he can really enjoy the evening for a change but I'm not gonna put up with this strudel."  And part of me kinda wishes I had.  I'm glad I didn't, because it would have made the rest of the night really awkward for a lot of people and I'm the sort that doesn't want to screw up the party for everyone else because one person is being a pain.

But, yeah...last night kinda drew the line for me.  I have stayed neutral about her marriage (I know her husband, too, and have become pretty good friends with him in his own right), but I was one of the ones that had kind of been hoping they could smooth things out and get back together.  I can see, now, that's not likely to ever happen, because she's so caught up in what she wants that she can't see anyone else's side of things.  And I know it's not just the alcohol, because she's like that when she's sober...she's just more diplomatic about how she tries to get her way.

Buckle up, kids...it's gonna be a rough road ahead.  Wish this was the first time I'd been down this path, but I've had married friends part ways before.  I see a lot of ugly situations on the horizon...