jsalt87
 member, 216 posts
Thu 29 Nov 2012
at 19:59
Re:
So I had to change a lightbulb today. Easy task, yes? Not in this house.

Whoever lived here before us bought and used some really cheap incandescent bulbs. So cheap, that when the time came to change these bulbs the metal thread at the base of the bulb came detached from the bulb. While still in the socket.

Well, I had managed to slowly work one out before, and so when this one did the same thing today I thought it wouldn't be a big deal.

Except for one thing. No matter how hard I tried, the stupid thing wouldn't turn. At all. And in my attempts to get this stupid, broken half of a lightbulb out of the socket so I could put a new one in, the entire socket cracked in half. Good news is the thread fell out. Bad news is it will never be able to be used again, as no lightbulb will fit in the ruined socket. Not that putting one in there would do anything but start an electrical fire.

And this the day after the vacuum cleaner broke down so that it would only run for rought 15 seconds at a time, while putting out next to no suction. Among all the other things in and about this house that are broken, breaking, or otherwise useless. And the vermin problem. I HATE this house. And I doubt any sane person would consider buying it from us so we can move to a house that functions as a house.
Masamunekaigen
 member, 1139 posts
 Welcome to the jungle.
 We've got fun and games!
Fri 30 Nov 2012
at 06:03
Re:
It's a bit of a minor thing, but what in the name of heaven possessed youtube to change their interface to emulate the appearance of Windows 8's windows interfaces when nobody likes Windows 8?

I mean heck they even emulated the needing two clicks to get to the main function of the thing. Literally I have to click two things from youtube.com just to get to what used to be on the main page from just plain going to the site.

I changed my bookmark to go to the subpage so now my "main page" works the same as the old sensible version! Yay! Only it's twice as bland and ugly looking and doesn't work with my screen resolution properly, placing everything crammed to the left! WOO!
pitademon
 member, 684 posts
 hi all
Sat 1 Dec 2012
at 04:45
In to the Ice Age we go!!!!
Sigh...LORDY what a day!!!
first off it is FRUITIN'!!!!!! cold here.  -2F right now on my porch
woke up and needed to go do some running around (pay my last few bills, shop, drop off some things, etc.) only free workday I have.
weeeeeellllll....after plugging my truck in all night and flicking it on at 8am like I am supposed to (for a 3 hour charge..over night can fry the battery) I go to start my truck...'click cik click cik', fruitin' battery is dead.  okay, figgure maybe just a few more hours plugged in would do it.  try again 'clickity click clik-click'.  DEAD BATTERY!!!! again!!! it did this on Thanksgiving too.  finally got my brother-in-law to come over and jump my battery.  now its 4:15.  I have 45 minutes to be in 4 places.  I made 3.  so I made an alternate shop stop.  I went to the battery place and they checked my battery and alternator for free.  alternator was good...battery was holding less than half a charge.  shucked out about 100 bucks and had them put a new one in.  I'll see how it is doing tomorrow if it kicks over or I take a cab at 5am to work.
Shae_Dravenmore
 member, 406 posts
 Desk Jocky Extraordinaire
 Theoretical Writer
Sat 1 Dec 2012
at 06:13
Re: In to the Ice Age we go!!!!
Man.  I just...ugh.

Partylite orders from a party I hosted finally arrived yesterday.  UPS left it at the door at 1:45.  I get a call from my roommate at 4:45 saying she just spoke to a cop who found the empty box in an alley.  Fruiting holiday thieves.

Friend is having a birthday party down at the local arcade tonight.  Get excited to go and blow off some steam and hang out with fun people.  Remember just as I'm getting ready to go that I have an early blood donation appointment in the morning, which means no drinking, and I have to go to bed early.  Stupid obligations and being responsible.  *grump*
Flarelord
 member, 210 posts
Sat 1 Dec 2012
at 19:04
Re: In to the Ice Age we go!!!!
Very beginning of a high level new D&D3.5 game on this site.
I roll Sense Motive for a few things to discern info about the shifty folks int he kings court (With a +32 bonus)

THREE OUT OF FOUR ROLLS: CRITICAL FAILURE

This is why I loathe an 'always fail' result on a one. It's just bad design. I also hjate when I'm basically forced to go incompetent at what I'm supposed to be good at.. especially starting an adventure off. Nothing ruins an image of a character for me so much as abject failure out of the gate. You should get a chance to be awesome and come to grips with your abilities before you start failing this badly.
TheNerdyGuido
 member, 15 posts
Mon 3 Dec 2012
at 06:04
Re: In to the Ice Age we go!!!!

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was against the forum rules, at 13:27, Mon 03 Dec 2012.

Jw2809
 member, 119 posts
Mon 3 Dec 2012
at 21:50
NONE POSTING GMS
/vent

I have been waiting about 3 FRUITING WEEKS FOR A GAME TO START. The guy had all build ooh ooh lets do this SANDBOX EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE REAAAAAAALLLLY GOOOOOOD!

2 Weeks later.....

WHAT THE FRUTING CHESTNUTS IS THIS Posts=2

1 Week Later....

FRUTIN POST!

Today....

FRUIT IT, I'M NOT GONNA WAIT THIS FRUITING LONG FOR A FRUITING GAME.

GMS POST FOR FRUITIN ONCE

/end vent/fin
The_Blob
 member, 11 posts
Sat 8 Dec 2012
at 17:35
Re: NON POSTING FRUITING PLAYERS
How about the poor slob that takes over games so they won't die, because the players are SO fruiting interested in playing/posting. The game(s) is defined as "player-driven" group storytelling with no-to-light mechanics. Pages of flavor-text for locations and situations to get all of the players characters "on the same page", because they are SOOOO INTERESTED...

week 1 - crickets

week 2 - more crickets

week 3 - cricket descendants

week 4 - grasshoppers who unearth the remains of a once-great cricket civilzation

week 5 - SPLAT! nobody, not even crickets returning messages or rmails, couldn't purge/delete the game, but I could delete EVERY post in it and turn off the 'looking for players' tag

week 6 - see preamble to week 1 with a different game

MERRY FRUITING CHRISTMAS

you gotta be pretty FRUITING LAZY to not at least post "I'm leaving or IRL issues havwe forced me away"... disrespectful, entitlement minded, instant gratification seeking, intellectually stunted PLAYERS are why games die, NOT the GMs!

This message was last edited by the user at 17:38, Sat 08 Dec 2012.

Dottie_V
 member, 10 posts
Sun 9 Dec 2012
at 07:02
Re: Home FRUTING Depot
/vent

To the Home Depot employee working the Christmas deco departement,

Thank you for laughing in my face when I asked a perfectly legitimate question about your Christmas Lights inventory and thank you for continuing to laugh loudly with your co-workers after I walked away into another aisle. Also, let's not forget your hilarious joke to my dad when you looked him in the eye and told him that a box of musical LED lights cost $50 when it really cost $15. Thanks a bunch, you really know how to spread the holiday cheer.

Sincerly,
Me.

P.S.: YOU'RE A FRUTING RASPBERRY AND I HOPE YOU GET FIRED.

I HATE PEOPLE. ARRGH!!!

/vent
Andrew Wilson
 member, 38 posts
 A cunning Rogue
 HP 6/14
Sun 9 Dec 2012
at 07:17
Re: VENTS!!!
/vent
I spent my entire weekend cleaning VENTS my chimney was plugged and it was getting smokey so i had to take it all apart and clean it out and then clean all my VENTS i was so filthy and sore and smelly when i was done. my god I hate vents
/vent
The_Blob
 member, 12 posts
Sun 9 Dec 2012
at 14:20
Re: VENTS!!!
fruiting 'freeform' games with players that have supposedly 'heroic' characters that act more despicable than the villains, deny it as 'cultural/moral relativism', then get pineappled when confronted by any semblance of law enforcement.

Same immature players (not by age, unless LYING) like to 'dino-hide' when attacked, I have to blame absentee GMs for allowing such god-modding in a 'no god-modding' game... WHY have the rule, if you won't enforce it???

gaaaraaarghhhh, it has made me incoherent

while I'm at it, how about an 'adult' game that DOESN'T turn into a smut-fest???
Mustard Tiger
 member, 201 posts
Fri 14 Dec 2012
at 21:37
Re: VENTS!!!

This message was deleted by the user at 21:38, Fri 14 Dec 2012.

Flarelord
 member, 212 posts
Sun 16 Dec 2012
at 00:43
Re: VENTS!!!
*seething anger*

Ugh... I hate having to be the go-between between an argumentative person, and overly-sensitive one. It's one thing when you want to discuss Sensitive Topics and  everyone in the room says '; no thank you', then you storm out. It's another entirely to thin go and complain to the world on your publicTumblr about us and post a three page rant about how people who don't like to debate sensitive topics are being 'irresponsible'.

X_x; *back to emotional damage control*
habsin4
 member, 587 posts
 Putting old paper in new
 boxes since 2005
Mon 17 Dec 2012
at 14:23
Re: VENTS!!!
Dislikes: People who yell at store clerks who aren't doing their job fast enough.
Shae_Dravenmore
 member, 409 posts
 Desk Jocky Extraordinaire
 Theoretical Writer
Mon 17 Dec 2012
at 22:03
Re: VENTS!!!
Vent:  Get a box of candles stolen from my porch.

Joy!: Company replaces entire shipment at no cost, because they are AWESOME.

Lesson Learned: Send everything to my office.  Call senders of other shipments in route to adjust delivery locations.

VENT:  Go through all that trouble to make sure nothing gets stolen from my porch, AND THE (EXPLETIVES) BREAK INTO MY (EXPLETIVE) HOUSE.  ><

Yeah.  Merry (Expletive) Christmas to you too, (expletive).
Silverlock
 member, 42 posts
Tue 18 Dec 2012
at 11:25
Re: VENTS!!!
<vent> The lurking head cold has finally made its decision to go into full horror.</vent>

Plus side, I can call out of work and thereby earn some much needed mental health, too.

Minus side, I will be sniped at for calling out of work.  But then, I was getting sniped at for showing up and not being able to do what two other more experienced workers were not able to do either...sigh.  And what is it about me that inspires management to constantly assign me janitorial duties ?  Am I the only one who knows how to mop ?

Christmas want:  A job that isn't the one from the deep dark pit with Satan as my boss.
TheNerdyGuido
 member, 33 posts
 Roll the dice, they said.
 It'll be fun, they said.
Wed 19 Dec 2012
at 00:40
Re: VENTS!!!
Me: I'm going to request a game! Maybe I can play an exotic race I've yet to try?

Me, later: Yay! Found a GM and they approved the race.

Me, even later: There's nobody in the party that can fix me if I get hurt... >_>

Me, now: Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to re-roll I go.
Zephydel
 member, 650 posts
 Creative Ideas
 Real-Life Solutions
Wed 19 Dec 2012
at 16:10
If you want us to stop cheating, give us more money...
I just noticed that, in this online game I playing right now, the computer controlled opponents in PVP are starting to cheat. To make matters worse, this online game is flashing the "buy more in-game items with your real money" window every time I lose.
ZedZed77
 member, 216 posts
Thu 20 Dec 2012
at 00:10
Re: Shattered Dreams

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was moot, at 00:47, Thu 20 Dec 2012.

facemaker329
 member, 5233 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Fri 28 Dec 2012
at 07:13
Re: Shattered Dreams
So, we got our white Christmas...storm blew in just in time for me to have to drive through it, going the hour and a half north to the friends I was going to be staying with.  As a result, when I arrived home, three days later, I find not only 9" of snow piled up on my front lawn--I also find that my oh-so-wonderful neighbors dug out their snowblowers and went up and down the street, clearing walks and driveways for everyone...EXCEPT MY FOURPLEX.

Literally, they cleared right up to the property line, maybe a couple of feet beyond it...and then stopped.  That left about 100' of sidewalk buried in snow that people had to stomp through.  Someone else came over and cleared a walkway from the apartment next to mine out to the street (pretty sure I know who was behind it, as the next-door apartment is occupied by an elderly woman whose son lives in the neighborhood...)--but despite the fact that two of the three other apartments are occupied by people whose physical condition is not conducive to snow shoveling, there was no hint of trying to do any snow removal for them.

And here I am, with an injured shoulder...I don't know if it's bursitis, arthritis, or a torn/otherwise damaged rotator cuff...and I spent three+ hours shoveling snow tonight, before the pain got to the point where I couldn't swing a shovel anymore.  I even tried going to the store and buying a snowblower...the only one that was remotely close to being big enough to do the job, while still being in my price range, turned out to have been assembled wrong, somewhere along the line, because you could pick the whole thing up by the starter pull-cord...the motor would NOT turn beyond that point.  And because I bought it on a debit card, and they refunded my purchase as a credit card, those funds won't be back in my account for a day or three, which means I can't go to another store with a similar machine and buy it, because there's not enough money in my bank account.

I've lived here almost a decade.  This is the first time, in that entire time, where I've been unable, physically, to finish clearing the snow.  It's not even a case of being too tired...I had plenty of energy left.  I just literally felt like my shoulder kept slipping half-way out of socket, and it finally got to the point where I couldn't lift the shovel anymore.  I haven't felt this...defeated, I guess, is the best description for it...in a long time, if ever.
Alexei Yaruk-Mundhenk
 member, 1155 posts
 Ad Majorem
 Dea Gloriam
Sat 29 Dec 2012
at 00:54
Re: Shattered Dreams
I began the process of filing for divorce and custody today.
facemaker329
 member, 5234 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Sat 29 Dec 2012
at 06:08
More disillusionment...
I consider myself reasonably handy.  I can take care of most basic home repairs on my own, which has been a secret boon for my landlord because I only ever call them when it's big stuff that really needs to be done by someone who's extensively trained, like replacing a water heater.  So, when the fill valve on my toilet started not-filling a day or two ago, I figured it was no big deal.  I mean, it's an old toilet, parts wear out...I've replaced those before (a LOT of those...I used to work housing maintenance for campus housing...)  I can do this...

So, I did it.  Replaced the whole works, because there were a couple of other things in the tank that were having issues, as well.  Got done, got everything gathered up, turned the water back on, and...

Nothing.  While the fill valve may have been faulty, it is apparently not the only reason the tank's been slow to fill.  I even disconnected the supply line from the toilet and tried turning the water on again, just to be sure.  There was exactly no change whatsoever between the tiny trickle that came out when the valve was supposedly completely closed, and the tiny trickle that came out when the valve was theoretically wide open.

It's a weekend.  And a holiday.  And my landlord already whines like a baby when you call a plumber during normal business hours.  So, I've gotta decide whether I would rather listen to the landlord kvetch about an emergency call to the plumber, or if I'd prefer to work around it and manually refill the tank after each flush.  I was having a really awesome holiday, up until I got back home yesterday.  It's spiralling downhill very quickly, however...
Zephydel
 member, 651 posts
 Creative Ideas
 Real-Life Solutions
Mon 31 Dec 2012
at 13:19
Who needs skills? Pay to win. Cheat to win.
Idiot: Nice. You combined two low-level skills and used them in a certain way? I never realized that you can do so and give me such a hard time.

Zephydel: Thanks. I was not sure if the combination would actually work.

Idiot: But I am not going let your poorly-equipped, low-level character beat my well-equipped, high-level character.

Game: Idiot bought Power Satanic Scroll from the Real-Cash Store. Idiot bought Score Breaker Scroll from Real-Cash Store.

Idiot: Eat this!

Zephydel: Hey! We agreed that we will not buy items in the Real-Cash Store during our match.

Idiot: Too late! How do you like my character now!

Game: Zephydel Defeated, Zephydel Rank Down.

Idiot: Another epic win for me! You should not have challenged an elite player like me.

Zephydel: You even used Score Breaker Scroll on me... That's low dude...

Idiot: Low? Ha! You should look at the level and equips of your character.

Zephydel: I hope you feel good about yourself... What a waste of money...

This message was last edited by the user at 13:31, Mon 31 Dec 2012.

facemaker329
 member, 5243 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Thu 3 Jan 2013
at 02:45
More annoyed grumblings...
Okay, two quick things...

--The apartment manager was supposed to stop by today, with an appraiser...they're refinancing the complex, they need an appraisal.  And they're also supposed to verify, twice a year, that the smoke alarms are functional and have batteries in them.  They were, originally, supposed to check that back when we changed over from Daylight Savings time...but they never showed.

So, early afternoon (like, an hour before the manager told me to expect them), the doorbell rings.  It's the appraiser...without the manager.  I've been cleaning (thank goodness, I at least got the bird's feathers vacuumed up before he got here...but hadn't had a chance to start in on the bathroom yet).  The appraisal was quick and relatively painless...but included photos of my bathroom (a total mess), my kitchen (still needing a lot of work, but not a complete disaster), my bedroom (with my bed covered with boxes that I'm shuffling from storage place to storage place), and front room (cluttered, but not horrendous).  I'm just waiting for the landlord to see the pictures (hopefully, they won't, or they'll have a conniption about the state of the place, but they might).  Been waiting all afternoon for the manager to show up and finish the smoke alarm inspection (which is needless...I keep good batteries in them...but fer cryin' out, if you're REQUIRED by your insurance to check the alarms, and you've scheduled a time to check them--especially when you apologized for not making it the FIRST time you scheduled something--then show up...or at least make a phone call.

--Second issue:  I'm making some prosthetic pieces for a video shoot some friends are doing this weekend.  I've got the prosthetic molded, ready to cast...and I can't find the remaining quantity of plaster that I KNOW I had left over from my last round.  Okay...not a huge crisis...I wanted to go to a store tonight and pick up some stuff, anyway...but, unfortunately, the only store I can find that carries the substitute stuff I like to use when I can't get 'prosthetic-grade' plaster does NOT carry the other stuff I needed.  And the stores that carry the other stuff do not carry the plaster.  So, after I finish venting my spleen over this particular setback, I have to spend an hour or so running errands, when I'd already be done with the casting work if I'd just been able to find the ultracal (plaster) in the first place...

Yeah, I know.  Neither one of them are critical, life-or-death issues.  Still doesn't keep me from being annoyed about them!
adrasteia1
 member, 977 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Tue 8 Jan 2013
at 19:40
Re: More annoyed grumblings...
I now might be on 'cold, round 3'. I came down sick and managed to get rid of it. Cold returned. I just seemed to be getting rid of the last of it again a day or two ago. This morning I woke up with what I hoped might be allergies, but I started feeling ill. An allergy tablet didn't help and by lunchtime it was a battle to keep from sneezing repeatedly. My nose was pink by then, now it's raw. I asked to leave early at lunchtime, then I just went to sleep.

Woke up at 5pm feeling moderately better, but I really need to try and prevent this cold from returning fully again. *sips hot coffee*