ShadoPrism
 member, 869 posts
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Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 02:39
Whoops
In reply to Wyrm (msg # 179):

There is not enough juice in the Universe for them to work That out.
Morty
 member, 261 posts
 The Doctor.
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 09:20
ehhhhhhhhh
players being disruptive IC and OOC.

I feel like kindergarten cop. :\
Mrrshann618
 member, 63 posts
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 12:12
GRRRrrr
Car has been running fine up will last night. I move the car and notice there was the tiniest of "hickups" as it was turning over. This morning, dark, rainy, and kinda cold My car decided to not even turn over. A couple of clicks and nothing. Pop the hood to move second car (LeSabre) to give it a jump to learn that you need LONG cables as the battery in under the back seat, thus no way to jump from.

So I check the battery as I know I have a battery charger somewhere. 8 years old. Car is parked in the street, nearly 100 feet from the nearest outlet. I have to string two extension cords together, in the rain, hope that the moisture does not get in. Charge it for a few hours to see if I can get it to the shop to have alternator checked. Waiting on shop to open, chances are they will have no openings today.....
ShadoPrism
 member, 872 posts
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Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 19:05
GRRRrrr
In reply to Mrrshann618 (msg # 182):

It seems to be the time for that, but your lucky. Step dad last night on way home, alternator went out As he was driving, had to coast in to a store (it was closed) half way between home and the next city over. No other places near by, took over an hour for the tow truck to find him (they drove right past the place the first time, which is bad as it is the Only store there and its in an Open field area Near a traffic light. Makes me wonder about the quality of the tow services AAA covers sometimes.)
Eggy
 member, 634 posts
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 22:48
GRRRrrr
I hate Astroturf! The field where my unit exercises is covered in Astroturf. It's murdering my hair. I've been with this unit for about a month and now I've got the worst split ends and snarly knots and frizzies! >:(
Tyr Hawk
 member, 98 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 23:11
GRRRrrr
In reply to Eggy (msg # 184):

I will admit, I had no idea that Astroturf did that to hair. Is it some sort of chemical it gives off? Or are you rubbing your head against it somehow? Or... I honestly don't know. It just surprises me to hear that the type of ground can have an effect on your hair.
Eggy
 member, 635 posts
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 23:35
GRRRrrr
It's not the chemicals, it's just the shape of the fake blades of grass. They're like little plastic hooks that snag my hair. We go out there for situps and other ground exercises. I'm just grumpy about it right now.
Tyr Hawk
 member, 99 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 23:50
GRRRrrr
In reply to Eggy (msg # 186):

I have mow been made aware of things I was previously unaware of. =D Thank you for the education, even if I'm sorry that the turf is messing with you. =/

Would you like me to set fire to it?
~Jaguar
 member, 3246 posts
 The Hiding Amaranth...
 http://midnightquills.net
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 23:55
GRRRrrr
In reply to Eggy (msg # 186):

I find not training as a great way around this. ;)
Eggy
 member, 636 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 00:27
GRRRrrr
Thanks, but no. Air quality around here is bad enough. And I'll keep training, too. Easier to get rid of hair tangles than tummy fat.

But now that I've vented, I can get on with my task.

And keep up with games to boot!
~Jaguar
 member, 3248 posts
 The Hiding Amaranth...
 http://midnightquills.net
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 00:34
Re: GRRRrrr
Eggy:
Easier to get rid of hair tangles than tummy fat.


Damnit. That's what I'm doing wrong!

<vent>
Unable to get rid of tummy fat because I've been too worried about my shiny locks of hair...
</vent>
Eggy
 member, 637 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 01:10
Re: GRRRrrr
In reply to ~Jaguar (msg # 190):

Grow out your locks until they cover your tummy fat! And if anyone comments on your pudge, use your gleaming hair to blind them. :D
~Jaguar
 member, 3249 posts
 The Hiding Amaranth...
 http://midnightquills.net
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 01:12
Re: GRRRrrr
In reply to Eggy (msg # 191):

The moment you suddenly come up with a character concept who is a cross between Cousin It and a Carebear!
Eggy
 member, 638 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 01:33
Re: GRRRrrr
Yes! Glamour Bear.
ShadoPrism
 member, 873 posts
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Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 04:46
Re: GRRRrrr
In reply to Eggy (msg # 193):

Would that be related to Rapunzel Bear ?
Tyr Hawk
 member, 100 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 18:03
Dear SWEET Doge...
So, I've been having One of Those WeeksTM and, frankly, I just need to let off some steam.

I'm in the Master's of Education for Secondary English Education Program at my school, and lately I have been just so tired with the way Education is approached in America. I'm a grad student. My undergrad was a BA in English. I've been in school for the better part of the last 20 years. I know how to write a 3-5 page essay by now. I get that professors need something to show they've gauged my learning in the class. I get that not everyone in all of my classes is an English Education Major, and that maybe they still need some help with such things. But I swear by all the gods of every faith that I am going to explode if I have to keep this up. Writing essays doesn't challenge me. It doesn't really mean I'll take any of the information with me, especially when I'm just expected to regurgitate whatever I already said in class. Multiple choice questions on exams do the same thing.

But more important than this is that the Lit classes I'm forced to take are all pointless to me outside of being literature. So I've read Rip Van Winkle now, and so I understand its historical context. So I've experienced the horrors of All's Quiet on the Western Front. I've read the words, and I understand all of them, and I get the stories now, but what I don't get is why in Doge's name I'm not learning about these books in a way that isn't exactly like I learned them in third grade. It's mechanical to me, and mechanical learning is the worst kind because it doesn't engage a student. It doesn't help me to grow, and that's what Education (with a capital E) should be about.

And the fun doesn't stop there!

No, if it weren't enough that I'm flushing money and time away to get a piece of paper which says I'm qualified to do something that dozens of people have already said I'm good at (I was a Math Tutor and an English Tutor throughout High School and my Undergrad. I even got to teach a few classes while I was in High School because I was smart, personable, and the subs didn't know the material at all), if THAT weren't enough then this week has been trying my patience and my physical limits at every turn. Every day this week I've woken up feeling exhausted because of the previous day's efforts.

On Sunday it was because I ran a game for 4 hours and finalized the first draft of my custom social combat system for Anima (more on that later). On Monday it was because people were arguing with me about said custom system the whole day, and when then I had to stay up late to finish some homework. On Tuesday it was because I got to bed late (again), and I was freezing, so I was moving sluggishly. It was also raining on Tuesday, so I didn't get to bike to school, which meant I was feeling pretty slow all day. I also gave blood on Tuesday (yay Blood donations!), which was fine except that I had to reschedule my appointment three hours beforehand because I'd forgotten my own schedule, and then needles and I aren't friends. So I wake up Wednesday morning feeling even more drained from what was then three days of people arguing with me, the blood donation, and the massive amounts of thick reading I've been doing (research reports and Benito Cereno are not a good combination). I pour juice instead of milk into my cereal, ruining most of it. I bike to school, and afterwards I bike a couple more miles to an appointment, but miss the place by a few blocks on what Google Maps says is a "mostly flat" stretch of road, but which really means "It's a slight uphill battle the whole way, loser," and with textbooks and my laptop in my backpack the extra effort was not kind to me. Today hasn't been better. Suffice it to say that argument is still going on and I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to write off these otherwise intelligent people as braindead when it comes to this one subject.

What is the nature of the argument, one might ask? Well it revolved around three points, which I'll give a brief summary on:
1. Social rolls in tabletop games are mind control. My opponents think they are, I think they aren't.
2. Social rolls in tabletop games can't possibly reflect the nuance and situational conditions of real social interactions. I disagree.
3. I'm an [expletive deleted]. I disagree on this point too, but only in this particular conversation (I'm a bit of an [expletive deleted], I'm just not being on in this specific conversation).

Now, most of the contention on these three points seems to be that everyone this week in intent on misinterpreting everything I say, construing it in a way that's insulting to them, or simply taking out all the substance of my argument and saying "Aha, so you DO admit it's Mind Control." Now, yes, I'm overexaggerating just a bit. There are some people I've had completely decent human communication with, and it's been fine. But I'll be a monkey's uncle if it hasn't been the majority interpreting me wrong. It's gotten to the point where I'm apologizing for just about everything I say now just to avoid seeming like some glaring [expletive deleted]. Thus it takes me twice as long to say whatever I'm saying, and it makes me seem whiny, or too sincere, or something else negative.

Why haven't I given up on the argument, you ask? Oh ho. That's because I'm stubborn and think that people are generally good. I think that people are rational and will, if presented with enough evidence, at least consider the possibility that they're not absolutely correct and I'm not absolutely wrong. I believe in people, despite all the evidence piled up on the other side of the scale, because without that belief I don't think I would be able to make it through another day. I know that not all people are good, decent, reasonable, or any combination of  the three. I just like to start from that point and exhaust all options before giving it up, you know? It's self-destructive, I know, but I'm Tyr The Martyr (patent pending), so it's kind of what I do...

In short: I'm tired. I'm getting depressed thinking about how some people are (yes, when people are unreasonable or mean it makes me physically sad). And, well, I just can't win this week... but I haven't let it keep me from trying.

Thanks for reading, assuming anyone has.



Also, please, please, please, I'm begging everyone who reads this: don't get into the conversation about whether social rolls are mind control with me. I'm happy to link the conversation (which leads to an outside site), and (if I can find it) even the old argument I had about it on this very site, but I couldn't handle it if this became another battle in the little war I've gotten myself into... yeah.
ShadoPrism
 member, 874 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
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Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 18:42
Dear SWEET Doge...
In reply to Tyr Hawk (msg # 195):

Nice vent.

Question: are the people your arguing with Psych majors ? Cause having been one, their argument seems to be coming from that angle (and from my experience Psych majors love to argue these strange topics). Past that, ever thought of using the money you spend on Collage in the US and moving to one of the countries that have both exceptional education systems as well as Free education systems (had I known of those back when I was in collage I think I would have happily moved to one of those said countries myself, provided they spoke mostly english cause I am most terrible at learning other languages.)
As for those misunderstandings in communications. I think most of us have been through those a few (hundred) times or more in our lives. I can give examples from my life, but won't as this is supposed to be about you and not me. (I have learned that for some reason, using examples from my own life, while trying to be understanding or supportive of someone else is considered to be trying to focus the conversation back on to me, why that is I have no idea or understanding to. But that is a separate vent).
Tyr Hawk
 member, 101 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 19:10
Dear SWEET Doge...
In reply to ShadoPrism (msg # 196):

Edit: Thank you. I do try. ;)

I've considered all of this.

If they are Psych Majors, they don't argue from any kind of psychological perspective that I can recognize, and definitely don't claim to be working from them. I've approached the argument from the Psychological aspects of it myself, because I was very nearly a Psych minor, but there doesn't seem to be a logical response from the other side that addresses my rebuttals to it (not saying the responses themselves aren't logical, merely that they aren't pointed in that direction).

As far as moving, I've more than considered it. I've planned to do it at times, set things in motion, but something has always fallen through. Either the job was no longer there to go to, I found myself at odds with whomever was meant to help send me anon, or the money disappears into some unforeseen expenditure, or something similar. Now, I realize these are all excuses, and I could just pack up an go tomorrow, but the options have been weighed and this path is more favorable for the moment, even if it's terribly frustrating. I will do it at some point, go to somewhere and live such a life, but, for the time being, the way is barred to me (thanks, in part, to my own hold-ups). And I honestly don't spend much on schooling (scholarships and whatnot), it's more the principle of the matter, you know?

And to your last point: really, I don't mind personal anecdotes. I suppose I'm in the "misery loves company" business, so fire away. ;)

This message was last edited by the user at 19:11, Thu 29 Oct 2015.

ShadoPrism
 member, 875 posts
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Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 19:30
Re: Dear SWEET Doge...
Tyr Hawk:
And to your last point: really, I don't mind personal anecdotes. I suppose I'm in the "misery loves company" business, so fire away. ;)


hehehe, good come back.

The one long running miscommunications I had concerned an old used car I had (1986 Buick Lesabre) Thing was a boat (second largest car ever built, as compared to a 1977 Lincoln Continental), which has nothing to do with the problem I had with it, it's just for color.
Anyway, the washer motor on the windshield wipers did not work, but when ever I took it in to a mechanic (any mechanic) I could not get them to look at it cause none of the local ones worked on intermediate wipers. I could NOT get any of the to understand that it was Not the wipers that was the problem.
After a couple years I got a new car. At one point the washer motor blew out in it and when I told my mechanic he said no problem and fixed it easily. But when I told him I thought he did not do that sort of thing he was confused. It took me getting a New car (that had intermediate wipers) and telling him how I tried to get them to make the Same fix to the previous car I had, before they understood my confusion about that procedure.
(Ironically the person I sold the car to later told me he can't seem to find anyone who will fix the washer motor either. When I told him to try saying it was on Any other make of car, then Everyone seemed to know how to fix it. It's like that old Buick was cursed or something.)

Some conversations are like this, no matter how straight forward your item is, there is just something in the group unconsciousness that locks on to one thing and can't seem to let go of that thing no matter how inconsequential that one thing is.

Technically speaking, all social actions are mind control, as we are trying to influence how the other people perceive what we are saying or doing and thus trying to control others perceptions and minds. (this is a very loose version of it to be sure)
Tyr Hawk
 member, 102 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 19:45
Re: Dear SWEET Doge...
In reply to ShadoPrism (msg # 198):

It seems to be so. It surely seems to be so.

And, yes, by that definition you're right. That's even the very definition of control that I conceded, but they are not content with my concessions. At any rate, I won't get into here, as I said before. Especially since I need to go to class now.

Thank you for your co-misery. ;) It really does help a bit to know it's not just me.
Brianna
 member, 2020 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 22:27
Re: Dear SWEET Doge...
So I went to the bank today because pension cheques (my only income) are put in three days before the end of the month.  I want to pay whatever I owe on my Visa (not the statement amount but the current one) and just about fainted when the nice young lady told me the balance showing.  So she printed out everything that went through since my last statement, and there are six charges (totalling more than my monthly income) for XBox.  I don't own an XBox, and I certainly haven't been charging anything (even my dental bills) in that amount, let alone six times in one day!  Hopefully Visa can figure out what happened, and I don't need to cancel the card, then try to remember everywhere I've used it.  *sigh*
ShadoPrism
 member, 876 posts
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 Gamer-Disorder
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 22:32
Re: Dear SWEET Doge...
Identity thieves need to be taken out and shot. They ruin more lives than many people realize.
Finding the perp however should not be To hard as they have to have an ISP to charge for those X-box purchases. Back track that to it's source then press charges apon Whomever has that account. It will send them a nice message and hopefully a prison sentence.
OceanLake
 member, 929 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 22:42
Re: Dear SWEET Doge...
Hung from trees beside malicious hackers and swindlers.
Evil Empryss
 member, 1376 posts
 Because knowing
 is half the battle!
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 23:31
Re: Dear SWEET Doge...
My stupid city decided that a school night was a better time for trick or treats than the actual holiday on a Saturday. They wouldn't move the 4th of July to the 1st of July. They ruined my holiday. >:(
Tyr Hawk
 member, 103 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 23:49
Halloween Moved?
They... they did what? But then it's not... it's just... What?

That's not how holidays work.