OOC 2: Chateau Haine.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Shrike
 player, 234 posts
Mon 6 May 2013
at 21:51
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Actually, these days Western Australia tends to be the secessionists.
Buliwyf Ar Grainne Falconhold
 player, 342 posts
 Elect of the Sky
Tue 7 May 2013
at 13:39
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Yay!  Another chance to bust out Buliwyf's "Fist of Friendship!" :)
Victor Hauptbauer
 player, 256 posts
Tue 7 May 2013
at 14:18
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
...I read OOC first, then the game thread....read the gm's post....then realised what you had done....didn't even need to read your post.


Also, nice rolls...hope you dropped the fool.
Buliwyf Ar Grainne Falconhold
 player, 343 posts
 Elect of the Sky
Tue 7 May 2013
at 14:49
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
<chuckle>

me too! :)
Narrator
 GM, 844 posts
Tue 7 May 2013
at 21:28
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Sorry for the quick post earlier. Sometimes someone, eh-hem, does something that requires an answer before everyone has an opportunity to chime in.
Kita
 player, 99 posts
 Escaped Elven Slave
Sat 11 May 2013
at 07:11
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
I'm trying to build up the whole slightly bewildered / 'Now that I have my independence what do I do with it?' theme right now.  Kita has a lot of catching up to accomplish, mostly socially but also mentally, with not a lot of time in which she can do it.
Victor Hauptbauer
 player, 260 posts
Tue 14 May 2013
at 22:21
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
sorry about slow posting....was learning a valuable lesson...don't let master's work become overdue....especially when you have other assignments due as well....effect is bad
Narrator
 GM, 849 posts
Tue 14 May 2013
at 22:24
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Victor Hauptbauer:
sorry about slow posting....was learning a valuable lesson...don't let master's work become overdue....especially when you have other assignments due as well....effect is bad


Dude, you are so grounded. School work comes before playing.
Victor Hauptbauer
 player, 261 posts
Tue 14 May 2013
at 22:57
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
6 years of uni, so think I'm allowed to do it once :P
Narrator
 GM, 850 posts
Tue 14 May 2013
at 23:02
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Victor Hauptbauer:
6 years of uni, so think I'm allowed to do it once :P


Uh, no.

Don't make me break out the mom speech about school is work.

But it's awesome you are working on a master's.
Victor Hauptbauer
 player, 262 posts
Wed 15 May 2013
at 04:08
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
I've heard that speech.

And it's fun. Doing a Master's of Teaching...though I'm also hoping to go back and do a Master's of History at some point as well.
Narrator
 GM, 856 posts
Thu 16 May 2013
at 02:45
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Victor Hauptbauer:
I've heard that speech.

And it's fun. Doing a Master's of Teaching...though I'm also hoping to go back and do a Master's of History at some point as well.


Congrats then. Teachers are a valuable resource, even though our governments forget that, it seems.
Narrator
 GM, 859 posts
Wed 22 May 2013
at 11:32
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Apologies for the delay, got word Monday of the tornado in Moore, OK and was completely derailed making sure friends and family were safe. To be clear, I am not in Oklahoma and all of my friends and family are safe. Some damage to homes and such, but that is to be expected. I'll get everyone answers done within a few hours (hopefully in a few minutes).
Victor Hauptbauer
 player, 266 posts
Wed 22 May 2013
at 11:57
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
That's cool. Family ranks slightly higher then role playing....though some people I know in RL may disagree.
Narrator
 GM, 862 posts
Wed 22 May 2013
at 12:06
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Victor Hauptbauer:
That's cool. Family ranks slightly higher then role playing....though some people I know in RL may disagree.


But only slightly. :P

In all seriousness, once we discovered everyone we knew was safe, for levity, we lamented the fact that the tornado basically destroyed the movie theater we went to when we lived there. It was so awesome. We'd pay for balcony seats, which were assigned. No one under 21. The seats were huge, slightly reclined, and heated. We'd get there early to eat dinner, which they brought to us at our seats. Then, we would order drinks from the bar. Good times.
Victor Hauptbauer
 player, 267 posts
Wed 22 May 2013
at 12:21
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
nice....sounds like gold class cinemas here....only the seats aren't heated :'(
Katerina von Anselm
 player, 441 posts
 Unbent by Misfortune
Wed 22 May 2013
at 15:07
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Narrator:
Victor Hauptbauer:
sorry about slow posting....was learning a valuable lesson...don't let master's work become overdue....especially when you have other assignments due as well....effect is bad


Dude, you are so grounded. School work comes before playing.


Kids these days spend so much time online i doubt they'd even notice the difference :P

A hotel i've been to actually has a small version of that as an indoor cinema. No heated chairs, but comfy plush seats and drinks on demand for free. I like going there, once you pay for the room everything's free: pool, bowling, WiFi intarwebz, food, drinks, cake... And the electric mini-train (it looks like a train but drives on the road) takes you to town and back for like $ 1,-

No tornados here, but in terms of natural disasters we have different problems, literally half of the Netherlands is located less than six feet above sea level, and roughly a fifth of the population (myself included) lives below it. I think i'm like... 15-20 feet below sea level? And this is a major harbor city, mind.
Narrator
 GM, 863 posts
Thu 23 May 2013
at 13:37
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Katerina von Anselm:
Narrator:
Victor Hauptbauer:
sorry about slow posting....was learning a valuable lesson...don't let master's work become overdue....especially when you have other assignments due as well....effect is bad


Dude, you are so grounded. School work comes before playing.


Kids these days spend so much time online i doubt they'd even notice the difference :P


I should add my daughter and let her tell you what grounded means. It means all of those nice electronics that she owns get locked up, and she can't access them ~ the phone, the internet enabled tv, the computer, the ipod. I change the passwords to her accounts too. When she is grounded, she's grounded. She's reduced for taking her cat for a walk, reading a book, exercising, or practicing the violin. Oh the horror! Luckily, she's a good kid most of the time.

Katerina von Anselm:
No tornados here, but in terms of natural disasters we have different problems, literally half of the Netherlands is located less than six feet above sea level, and roughly a fifth of the population (myself included) lives below it. I think i'm like... 15-20 feet below sea level? And this is a major harbor city, mind.


Okay, I have lived below sea level once and that was when I lived in the desert! Out of curiosity, what does the city do in times of flooding? Times of storm when there could be flooding? That kind of thing? Seems fairly disconcerting from an outsider point of view.

I've lived through just about ever type of natural disaster we can experience in the US because I have lived in so many different regions. I don't really recommend taking a tour of the world's natural disasters, but that's my two cents.
Katerina von Anselm
 player, 444 posts
 Unbent by Misfortune
Thu 23 May 2013
at 18:46
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Nothing, we never have floods. Everything's polders and dikes, and when the water level in the rivers ends up getting too high we flood a field or something so the cities at the mouth of the river remain nice and dry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Works

You can see Rotterdam on the map there :P

But yeah, this article here is a good read, and shows the difference between the Dutch and American approach to disaster management.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11...ewanted=all&_r=0

Specifically:

quote:
In response to the 1953 floods, which killed more than 1,800 people, the state laid down strict rules, ordering that flood defenses be made strong enough to resist a storm so severe that, according to computer projections, it would occur only once every 10,000 years.


So basically, by the time our defenses break, the rest of the Western European coastline is pretty much f--ked.
Narrator
 GM, 867 posts
Thu 23 May 2013
at 19:28
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Loved the article, thank you. The Dutch approach to disaster seems to be a very pragmatic way to deal with an inevitable problem. America may be credited with "inventing" pragmatism, but as a nation we are not that at all.

I might offend some folks, but most Americans love to react. An ounce of prevention is not worth more than the pound of cure. They'd rather the pound of cure. Of course, there are individuals that are the opposite like me, but our government is by design the other way. Something happens, we clean up, and we look at the problem, offer solutions and disregard all of them. The pattern repeats. I could say a lot more, but I would probably hurt American feelings. :P
Shrike
 player, 242 posts
Thu 23 May 2013
at 21:37
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
quote:
She's reduced for taking her cat for a walk, reading a book, exercising, or practicing the violin. Oh the horror! Luckily, she's a good kid most of the time.


Talking her cat for a walk???
Katerina von Anselm
 player, 446 posts
 Unbent by Misfortune
Thu 23 May 2013
at 21:58
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
No problem :)

And i might be going into politics a little too much here, but part of the reason why i believe nothing will be done with regards to disaster prevention in America is what i refer to as the 'Baby Kissing Syndrome'.

See, this may sound callous, but whenever a disaster hits, there's always politicians swarming around the place doing nothing but look concerned over all those poor people that got hit with this tragedy, then as soon as the cameras are off it's like they disappeared into thin air. They're doing that because it's to give themselves the image of caring for the American people, which is more commonly known as Vote Farming.

There's also the fact that in the eyes of many, cause is supposed to come before effect. If the government would spend, say, $ 13 billion on making sure there are no more floods, most people (commonly not in the coastal areas, and even then) are going to believe it's a waste of money. If, on the other hand, the government would do nothing until a city gets flooded, and then spend $ 5 billion to restore it to the way it was (which helps in Election Campaigns as "The one who rebuilt...") then no one will complain because there are images attached of disasters and refugees within Good 'Ole 'Merica, and complaints would be far less because it would infringe upon feelings of patriotism (which is a variation of nationalism, but that's another discussion entirely).

In a way, it's the same in the Netherlands. I mean, the estimated cost of the Delta Works was 700-900 million euros, and this was an estimate made in the late '50s, pretty much right after rebuilding from the Second World War. But no one complained because of the scope of the damage that was clear to see on television:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcX5wb1k9UM

Original broadcast, it's in Dutch but i'll just mention that all footage was made inland.

Also, we simply can't afford to downplay prevention. Even today, Flevoland, a province 3x the size of Manhattan? If there'll be a flood the entire area will be flooded in 48 hours. Same story along the entire coastline. If something were to happen we literally cannot evacuate in time to keep our feet dry. So we focus on prevention. We have to.
Narrator
 GM, 868 posts
Fri 24 May 2013
at 00:24
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Shrike:
quote:
She's reduced for taking her cat for a walk, reading a book, exercising, or practicing the violin. Oh the horror! Luckily, she's a good kid most of the time.


Talking her cat for a walk???


Oh yes! Her cat (Rogue) whines and cries and carries on like she is being killed if my daughter is in the yard and Rogue is inside. Touching Rogue's harness elicits loud purring and sitting nice for it to be put on her. She'll help if you aren't fast enough. Heck sometimes the kid and the cat climb the tree together.

Katerina von Anselm:
No problem :)

And i might be going into politics a little too much here, but part of the reason why i believe nothing will be done with regards to disaster prevention in America is what i refer to as the 'Baby Kissing Syndrome'.

See, this may sound callous, but whenever a disaster hits, there's always politicians swarming around the place doing nothing but look concerned over all those poor people that got hit with this tragedy, then as soon as the cameras are off it's like they disappeared into thin air. They're doing that because it's to give themselves the image of caring for the American people, which is more commonly known as Vote Farming.


I actually completely agree with you, which is why I stopped voting for incumbents. It's my policy. For me, incumbency matters more than party affiliation. And if the non-incumbent guy is really offensive to me, and there is no third party candidate on the ballot, I write in Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Garrus Vakarian, Corwin of Amber. Also, when I want to really know what is going on in America, I read foreign newspapers. Foreign newspapers have the best information.

Oh, and I bought the Bioware t-shirt "Politicians are the weeds of the galaxy" to wear to my polling place. I aim to be popular.
Katerina von Anselm
 player, 447 posts
 Unbent by Misfortune
Fri 24 May 2013
at 01:06
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Garrus Vakarian, i approve of this.

Kind of a weird twist, but have you seen some Noam Chomsky vids on Youtube by any chance?
Narrator
 GM, 869 posts
Fri 24 May 2013
at 01:18
Re: OOC 2: Chateau Haine
Katerina von Anselm:
Garrus Vakarian, i approve of this.

Kind of a weird twist, but have you seen some Noam Chomsky vids on Youtube by any chance?


I have not actually. I am familiar with his work on linguistics though and his contributions to philosophy. He and I disagree on his views in regards to socialistic libertarianism though. I will have to check him out on youtube.