Afternoon Open Thread

So how’s your day going?

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    pacem appellant says:

    ’bout the same. I tried to play a bit this morning, but my server was busy. I finally found a free west-coast server (tried Oceanic, but lag was too high and couldn’t always save my game). So I started a new city and experimented with curvy roads. It’s hard to get them just right.

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    RobertDSC-eMac 1.25 says:

    I bought a brand new PS3 after my old one, which lasted 4.5 years, went out on me in early January. Loading all of my games on it was fun.

    The current game I’m playing is Sleeping Dogs, a Hong Kong open world game. You play as Wei Shen, and undercover HK PD officer infiltrating a triad gang. Very fun. I like it a lot.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Yeah, they really fucked that up. You could excuse it out of small studio, but this is fucking EA. They’ve bought and killed half of the small studios. There’s no excuse for this sort of thing. We’ve got more servers handling email where I work than they have handling this game.

    Shame, because SimCity is one of my favorite games, and my son and I really want to play it, but we’re waiting for now. The upshot is that we might be able to buy it at a discount when they start selling again.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Different game, but sounds relevant:

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    gbear says:

    Cat juggling today. I got a new kitty last sunday (yes, another Edward) and my old kitty Halley had to have emergency surgery on wednesday. New kitty is being kept closed off in the den until old kitty heals up. He’s mostly being a very good boy.

    The details of the surgery were incredibly gross so no details other than “abscess the size of Lake Superior”. Just listening to the vet made me want to pass out.

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    srv says:

    Was out sunning, scratched by back. Rolled over and towel and back was covered with blood. Still don’t know what I hit, must be some micro mole. Or I got hit by a micrometeorite…

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    jl says:

    Sim City? I remember playing that. I would turn off disasters and make the most horrific gigantic urban wasteland imaginable. Then I would turn disasters on and watch it blow up. Good times.

    I’m not naturally sadistic. At first I tried to make happy idyllic cities with lots of parks that would co-exist with the environment. But that never worked for long.

    Sim City turned me bad.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @srv: Sun?

    What’s that?

    It used to be up in the sky but I haven’t seen it for ages.

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    patrick II says:

    Is there anywhere they discuss the math+ algorithythms behind SIM CITY?

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    Cygil says:

    EA has really screwed the pooch with this release. The problems will undoubtedly be solved in time, but they released the game in unreleasable condition with laughably inadequate server infrastructure. Internet buzz is turning this into the dog game of the decade, more notorious than Daikatana. Could be the end of the studio, in fact.

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    Mandalay says:

    Repiblicans are limp-wristed wussy faggots. THIS is how peons should be treated by their betters:

    A Conservative government will scrap the Human Rights Act if they win they next general election, the Home Secretary has said.

    Speaking in front of Tory activists, Theresa May said the party could go even further by pulling out of European obligations on rights altogether.

    When the fuck will the lower orders learn their place?

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    pacem appellant says:

    Also, the who “must play online” thing is irritating. I love SimCity so much, but dude, Maxis/EA has got to get their act together yesterday.

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    dmsilev says:

    @patrick II: There are some videos on YouTube from the development team discussing the underlying game mechanics and the like.

    Glad I decided to wait instead of buying right on release (mainly because I’m on a Mac, and the Mac-native version has been pushed back by a couple of months). Pro tip for people who have the city-building urge: Tropico 4 is 75% off on Steam for the next few days.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    It’s 2:00 pm and I finally got around to showering. In my defense, this morning Charlotte finally deigned to sit in my lap after three years of ownership, so I couldn’t do anything else until she was tired of that.


    Congrats! Your new Edward looks like he has a big chunk of Russian Blue in him, which may help him get along with existing kitteh. Russian Blues are very calm and easygoing, IIRC (at least, my Late Great Boris was, but he also had a chunk of Persian in him as well).

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    raven says:

    Checked my flesh eating beetle project this morning, dug up a big rose bush, cut down a magnolia, started moving a huge amount of granite planters and walkways for our upcoming addition. Now I’m making enchilada’s verde a thawing the last of the superbowl tamales!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Also, if new kitty does have the wonderful, plush Russian Blue coat, you will want at least one of these. There was no other brush that worked as well to get all of the loose hair off Boris, and he absolutely loved being brushed with it.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:


    Checked my flesh eating beetle project

    Dare I ask you to elaborate?

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    jl says:


    ” Checked my flesh eating beetle project this morning ”

    OK…. good to know. I will check back later for an explanation.

    You’re on the east coast, right?

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    Keith says:

    The worst part is if you go to another server, you have to start all over, INCLUDING THE DAMN TUTORIAL!

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    IowaOldLady says:

    I’m making TaMara’s meatball subs for dinner. Looking forward to them.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I rushed to check it out and “Tropico 4” is now Windows-only. Lame!

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    jl says:

    @raven: Thanks. I assume it’s for some wholesome purpose. Like, Science? (which is communist these days BTW, but I will let that pass for now).

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    ruemara says:

    article on sustainable seafood needs to be written. Not necessarily finished, but it’s hard translating the science I was talking with the people I interviewed into human. I should break soon and take some books back to the library, come home, make a pizza and petite sirloin steak, a carafe of coffee and rep grind kirin tor. I liked sim city in 1994, but you do tend to turn into a vengeful, petty destructive god.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mnemosyne: Seems to run fine for me in a VM, so if you’re set up for that, it’s an option.

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    Splitting Image says:

    Sim City?

    Is that the game I have installed in an Amiga emulator as well as in a copy of Windows 3.1 that I have set up in Dosbox? Either of which I can play whenever I want without waiting for a server to open up for me?

    I know, I know. I’m preaching to the choir with this crowd, but I’ve pretty much lost interest in being the first to play a new game when it comes out. Even the good games are buggy when they are launched, and having to be online ticks me off when a game is not supposed to be an MMO.

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    raven says:

    @jl: Well, I caught this really nice redfish this fall. I filet it and then thought, “I can throw the rest away or I can honor the fish”. I knew some other guys who skeletonized theirs so I investigated the process. It’s how museums and taxidermists do it so I thought I’d try. I don’t know if this qualifies as science but it is inquiry.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @pacem appellant:

    Also, the who “must play online” thing is irritating.

    They were almost too cute by half with this. They should have allowed you to build a local city with no regional influence offline, which would at least allow you to play, but the game would be obviously crippled for anyone looking for the whole simulation, and then have the online regional stuff stay as-is, but be grander in scale (as I understand it). I like the idea in general – I’d be nice to play with my son and some friends and have each of us take a piece of the region and in parallel build up something grand, with gameplay features emerging due to that interaction. From what I understand some of that is there, but it’s just not quite compelling enough.

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    raven says:

    @ruemara: I;m really interested in the limits they put on charter boats in the gulf. I realize the charter folks are biased but they tell me the data collection that triggers the closing of various species is badly flawed. Whatcha know about that?

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    jl says:

    @raven: Excellent. Carry on. Post the photos of the honored fish when it is ready.

    What will you do with the hordes of flesh eating beetles when you’re done? The apocalypse. as we all know from the NRA and their ilk, is upon us, and you need to use them for good, or maybe they will use you… Duh Duh Duuummmmmm.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @pacem appellant: Rumor is that they’re planning a similar release for Sims 4. They want to make it similar to Second Life. Do thy not remember the disaster that was The Sims Online?

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    jl says:

    ‘A future Conservative government should therefore go further in increasing the number of charities, companies and co-operatives that deliver frontline services. And if allowing those organisations to make a profit means we have a more diverse supply side and better outcomes, then that is something we should consider with an open mind wallet.’

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    raven says:

    @efgoldman: I got the beetle starter kit from and educational supply joint. Cost $60 for about a dozen of the little dudes. I cultivated the colony starting in December and put the fish in 6 weeks ago. The colony is huge now and I’m pleased that it worked. I still don’t know what I’m up against when they finish their work. I think there will be some gluing and reconstruction and, with my bad eyes, I don’t know how I’ll do.

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    raven says:

    @jl: The Georgia Museum of Natural History has been giving me guidance and they want them.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Keith: And the Tutorials for those games are never annoying and repetitive…

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    raven says:

    @raven: These are not some exotic species, they are everywhere. The come in after the maggots in the great wheel of life.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m wating for my new Macbook Air to arrive and replace my ancient laptop, so no go.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    @jeffreyw: Dude, no secrets allowed! What’s the friggin’ sauce? It looks spicy. Also did you do a rub on the brisket first? Or brine or what?

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    jl says:

    @raven: yeah, but sounds like you’ve collected a shit ton of them right there in one place, and they will be starving soon. And The Georgia Museum of Natural History? That will be the first place to fold up in the coming zombie apocalypse.

    Good luck.

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    jl says:

    @Dee Loralei: I agree. No fair on that brisket. Recipe!

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    MikeJ says:

    @jl: Big Society is a Big Fuck You to everyone who isn’t rich.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    That will be the first place to fold up in the coming zombie apocalypse.

    I’m pretty sure that the zombie apocalypse is when you want to have flesh-eating beetles on your side. Why haven’t they thought of that on “The Walking Dead” yet?

    ETA: And why are zombies never followed by flocks of ravens, vultures, and other carrion-eaters? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    MathInPA says:

    I’m an emotional wreck at this point. Due to an intersection of my bad luck, bad health, and the resultant bad habits too, sadly, though I wish I’d gotten an Improvement Plan or any other guidance over where I was supposed to be on the changes I thought I was making well (until a surprise eval last moonth), and active neglect by my principal/superintendent, I’m probably going to get a second unsatisfactory and a non-renewal for my teaching job in the third year, despite being told that I have a mastery of the “science of teaching,” but “not being thrilling” in the art. Not likely to keep my job; not likely to be employable as a teacher again, too many health problems for pretty much any other career. Not likely to get unemployment; been told that in WA right now, if I’m let go for anything other than budgetary reasons, it just won’t happen. In worsening health, and probably won’t be able to keep health insurance until -maybe- Obamacare, and if that doesn’t survive, it means the preexisting conditions thing will kill me. Possibly literally, though I hope to God I can scrounge up enough for my SVT & blood pressure medication; I’m not going to be able to afford to pay for my pain, allergy, depression, asthma, sleeping, ADHD, etc. etc. etc. medications. I have a couple of ideas of where else to look for work. Hoping that maybe 911 dispatcher or something else might be available. If we can scrape by– if I can get even a $10 an hour job for an overweight man with a B.A. in anthropology and training as a math teacher who can’t stand for more than 15-20 minutes at a time even under the best circumstances, it may not come to pass, but I feel so helpless.
    And whiny, of course. I’ve shared this with other unrelated strangers, and I’m not sure why. A sideways sort of begging, I guess, a childlike scream for someone to tell me that there’s a way out, but I keep looking at job numbers and the sequester and the horror inside of me keeps telling me: “You are worthless. No one other than your wife and your mother value you, and no one should have to.”

    Is there hope out there? Is there any chance that it isn’t all going to sink into the worst of my depressive, paranoid nightmares?

    Sorry for involving y’all in personal problems.

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    pacem appellant says:

    @👽 Martin: I may be more comfortable solo gaming, unlike most gamers today, but I should be able to unplug my machine from the Internet and play my game. This works on Civ V, my other fave game. For example, let’s say I’m killing time in the airport, but don’t want to pay the local Airport Internet Tax? I can fire up Civ V on my laptop and play (albeit at lower res). No can do with the new SimCity.

    Also, I don’t have any gamer friends, so there’s no one online for me to play with. (And that’s not a ploy for sympathy! My friends don’t game. It’s cool. They have other hobbies, and good on them for it).

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    raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: Because someone has to get the shit ready for my beetles!

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    Lolis says:

    I’ve been wedding dress shopping for 3 days with my sister and trying to do SXSW at the same time. I saw my first great film today. This whole bridal industry is a racket. My sister keeps saying she wants a “showstopper” which makes her hard to please.

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    jl says:

    @raven: I’m looking forward to watching “The RavenMaster” horror series at a theatre near me.

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    Girlfriend and I signed up to the neighborhood gym. Today was our first official workout. I am now tired. Some of the neighbors are coming over for an early St. P’s dinner tonight. Everyone gets a shot of Jameson’s and a Guinness and then after then it depends on what else they brought over to drink.

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    MikeJ says:


    My sister keeps saying she wants a “showstopper”

    Naked would be the way to go. Not hippy wedding on the beach naked, I mean in church with a priest and everyone is expecting wedding dress naked.

    A unicorn mask always adds to showstopperness. Or showstopperitude. But unless you’re Beyoncé you shouldn’t have to worry about showstoppers on your wedding day. Also note that in the software industry, showstoppers are very, very bad things.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Lolis: Was the film about the bridal industry, coincidentally? If not, maybe there’s a film to be made along the lines of Mitford’s (I think?) book about the funeral industry.

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    gbear says:

    New Edward has been amazingly patient about being shut in the back room. He’s only had one accident where he knocked some stuff off a shelf trying to jump onto it. He’s very affectionate but willing to lie in his bed if I need to do some work on the computer. If I sit in the recliner he’s curled up under my chin within seconds. So far a wonderful kitty.

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    scav says:

    UK conservatives trying to peel off Ukip supporters, and probably sneak in a blow at the Swiss and European moves to limit CEO compensation under cover of security / immigrant-bashing and health and safety gone mad? More luffly luffly people. Maybe they’re just trying to make Thatcher look comparitively human before her funeral kicks off.

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    lamh35 says:

    Happy Saturday y’all. gonna take my Lil cousin (she’s 10) with me to see Oz The Great & Powerful. I figured she’d love it and she says I never take the girls anywhere…lol. my god kids are her brothers

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @gbear: Pictures please!

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    Yutsano says:

    @MikeJ: I highly approve of Betazoid weddings.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Yutsano: Don’t the guests have to be naked too?

    edited for clarity.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    If anyone needs therapy right now, it’s you. Does your insurance have mental health coverage? If not, check with your city/county. If your job is union, they may have referrals.

    You really, really need a trained, objective third party to help you get all of this straightened out. Your family loves you, but they won’t be objective enough. You need a professional.

    /seven years of therapy

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    @Mnemosyne: because the Soma virus makes the zombies toxic to the carrion eaters.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Nobody’s linked to this yet?

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    jl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Agreed. MathinPA, you should take advantage of every benefit you have now while still employed. For example, see if you can find a ‘price clinic’ for ideas on lowering your medication costs; pharmacies, health plans and medical groups usually have them now. I’d go look up every benefit you can take advantage of.

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    jl says:

    @jeffreyw: Thanks. But, sambal Oeleek? OK, if that’s what it takes.

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    Sly says:

    You’re not missing much. There’s several bugs in the population/worker and industry/freight model that makes it impossible to plan for anything when you get a reasonably sized city, and may in fact be breaking the game.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @pacem appellant: I’m pretty much the same. Almost all of my games are solo, but that’s changing now that my son is older. We like to build things together. He’s a big Minecraft player, and the idea of combining SimCity with a Minecraft type persistent/cooperative play is very appealing to both of us.

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    FourTen says:

    Piracy doesn’t look so victimless now, eh?

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    Lolis says:


    Ha. I will run the naked idea by her.

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    Yutsano says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Yes. Yes they do. :)

    @jl: Wait…what’s wrong with sambal?

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    Sly says:

    @👽 Martin:

    I like the idea in general – I’d be nice to play with my son and some friends and have each of us take a piece of the region and in parallel build up something grand, with gameplay features emerging due to that interaction. From what I understand some of that is there, but it’s just not quite compelling enough.

    It also breaks when the servers are stressed, so there’s that, too.

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    MathInPA says:

    @Mnemosyne: and @jl; yeah, that’s what my wife says, but the coverage is still with $30 a visit copays, and we need to drastically save as soon as possible. Every inch we can save might add up to one more month of either COBRA or holding on to our pets even if we lose the house. But I think you’re right, and maybe I should look at ancillary jobs in the educational field. I’d like to at least hope that I know what’s needed, though it really… really… is hard to believe that right now.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Also, too, if your physical health is really bad, check with your personnel department and see if you can go on a medical or disability leave to stave off being fired (don’t tell them that part, just tell them that your health problems are making it difficult for you to do your job). That would at least give you a respite while you try and get everything else untangled.

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    General Stuck says:


    Wow, you stole my story from the early 80’s/ Everything that could go wrong did, and all on the same day. There really isn’t a lot of specific advice that can be given via the internet, but what Mnemosyne said. Get a therapist, preferable a licensed clinical social worker to help you sort it all out and make a plan for survival. And don’t crawl into a bottle or pill jar, there is nothing there that can really help.

    edit – and there are some excellent LCSWs working with non profit sliding scale outfits like United Way. I’d say they are as good if not better than the high dollar for profit types. good luck

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    Mnemosyne says:


    yeah, that’s what my wife says, but the coverage is still with $30 a visit copays, and we need to drastically save as soon as possible.

    Here’s the thing, though — you’re being penny-wise and pound-foolish if you forego the therapy that will actually help you solve your problems because you don’t want to spend the money on it. It’s like putting off oil changes for your car because you want to put all of your money towards gas and then being shocked when your engine throws a rod.

    You cannot solve your current problems on your own, and they will only get worse if you don’t find someone to help guide you through them. Trust me, I speak from experience on this one.

    ETA: And keep in mind that if, like me, you have ADHD, making plans and executing them is more difficult for you than it is for someone who is neurotypical. Don’t beat yourself up for it, find a professional who can help with that part of things because your brain is not equipped to do it on its own, even with medication.

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    gbear says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: There’s a picture here that’s better than any of the pictures I’ve been able to take so far. It’s his shelter picture.

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    MathInPA says:

    @Mnemosyne: My doctor made me take a month off– I had paid time for it, thankfully– because the combination of pain meds for my back, problems with sleep apnea and insomnia, and dopamine blockade were causing me temporary narcolepsy. I think I’ll be able to make it until the summer, which is when I get deferred payment, so I will have 2 months– well, if I count 2 weeks’ notice, 2 and a half months– to find a job, somewhere, some how. I’m just sort of screaming panic right now because I got the bad news about ‘unemployable and, oh, no unemployment’ last week and I haven’t heard any news since the WEA rep said “I’ll need to see if we can get your boss to be merciful.” I want to at least TRY to keep this job– or get out with a good report– so I’m going to be doing my damnedest for the time until June.

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    MathInPA says:

    @General Stuck: Staying FAR away from anything illegal, especially after the “Oh, enough pain medication to keep you out of agony is putting you into temporary/induced narcolepsy.” I don’t drink, either. My mother is convinced that my principal thinks I -am- addicted to something, and that I should totally bring it up with him to reassure him that, really, promise, totally, not, you can take my word. I think it would be… yeah. A terrible idea. But thank you. We have a good UW up here, and you and Mnemosyne are right. If I can find a way that isn’t $120 a month for therapy, I need to take it, or I won’t be CAPABLE of looking for a job, or doing the dishes, or being any kind of partner for my wife, if I get a bad streak on the depression. I need to look at those options; thank you.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    That’s why you need to find a therapist NOW who can help you make a concrete plan to get through the next few months. As someone else who has adult ADHD, I can tell you from experience that trying to do it on your own is a very bad idea. Trying to fix things on my own is how I got myself on the verge of getting fired from at least two different jobs (and that’s not counting the jobs I did get fired from).

    I’ve been with my current therapist for almost two years — she specializes in ADHD, including adult ADHD. Yes, it’s been an expense for me to see her because she doesn’t take my insurance, but if I hadn’t started seeing her, I wouldn’t have a job at all, because all of my plans to fix my job performance on my own had failed. Several times. And my bosses were getting very, very tired of it.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @MathInPA: Try for cheap meds from India. They work; my cholesterol went down exactly the way it was supposed to, etc.

    Try distance ed, online schools. I bet they need math teachers and/or tutors.

    Are you in PA? Superior Court just told Corbett he has to restart the cheap health insurance plan for the working poor he terminated “to save money” (which is from the Tobacco settlement and is legislated to go to health care). Anyway, before you jump to COBRA, which is generally very expensive), check individual plans. In PA, you can’t be “pre-existed” out of coverage if you go directly from one plan/company to another.

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Godwin’s Law…

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    MathInPA says:

    @Mnemosyne: That… I hadn’t thought about. I was so frustrated at the two meetings with my principal, that he hadn’t given me an Improvement Plan and wouldn’t tell me what he WANTED to so that I could meet his standards, especially since my plans kept failing. That’s a specialty I could look for a therapist on, then? Do you have any hints for a fellow traveller who’s pretty desperate to just hold the bottom line?

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    MathInPA says:

    @Mnemosyne: That… I hadn’t thought about. I was so frustrated at the two meetings with my principal, that he hadn’t given me an Improvement Plan and wouldn’t tell me what he WANTED to so that I could meet his standards, especially since my plans kept failing. That’s a specialty I could look for a therapist on, then? Do you have any hints for a fellow traveller who’s pretty desperate to just hold the bottom line?

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    General Stuck says:

    Meanwhile, at the US Senate, they came for the children, and Obama said nothing.

    Each independently mentioned one aspect of the conversation that troubled them both: The president, while friendly and forthcoming, seemed to withdraw somewhat when talk turned to continuing the process.

    The Republicans fear that members of the Senate from both parties will not be able to come to serious agreement unless the president is actively involved and puts the prestige of his office behind it.

    Senator No. 1: When pressed on the question, the president seemed to step back. “His idea of a process is, ‘You guys figure it out and work with my staff, and if you need me call me.’ But in the end, unless the president really gets engaged and forces meeting after meeting, I don’t see how you get past the logjam.”

    He will judge the president’s level of “real sincerity” by this: “Does he follow up?” “If he just takes the standoff attitude—my guess is he’s gotta be smart enough to know that’s not gonna work.”

    Senator No. 2: “At the end I mentioned, ‘Share [with us] how you see this going forward.’ ” Here the president “got hazy. . . . I told him this will never work without adult supervision from the White House. I don’t think he comprehends that this is part of getting something done.”

    Incredible. The wingnut code for all of this is fairly straight forward. “Mr President, we can’t do anything until you send Grover Norguist to Gitmo with his bathtub.”

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I subscribe to a magazine called ADDitude — their website has a lot of ads from various therapists and free message boards, some of which are divided by state, so you may be able to get some referrals there.

    There’s also CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder), which also has a lot of articles and may have a therapy group in your area.

    And, of course, there are a million and one books about adult ADHD these days — I’ve really liked the ones I’ve read by Ari Tuckman, which should be available for free at your local library.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @Lolis: Wedding shopping with my sister has been a hoot. Though she’s my youngest sibling, bear in mihd that I hit social security age this year. Her first marriage was at the naval base at Sasebo, Japan so no frills therefore we wanted her to have a bit of a fuss this time. Explaining at the bridal shop that her “maid of honor” was her son and that the rest of the wedding party consists of a 6 year old and an 8 year old girl(her granddaughter & mine) was interesting. She will be walked down the aisle by her oldest son who, if anyone has the hardihood to ask “who giveth this woman” is really likely to answer “Her own self. Who the f do you think?” Her “bridal shower” is being given to benefit a local NPO that provides housing for homeless Vets who usually arrive owning nothing and can’t afford the small comforts. This is much more fun than the usual marriage preparations for 20 somethings.

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    Darkrose says:

    The “must play online” and the ridiculously small city size limit annoyed me enough that I lost any interest in playing. I did, however, pick up Sim City 2000 on GOG for $5.99.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Socially speaking, how long am I required to wait before taking another tenant’s clothes out of the dryer so I can dry mine?

    Our next rental really needs to have a friggin’ washer and dryer. I’m sick of this communal shit.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Sly: I could overlook that if the servers added enough to the play experience. I’m not convinced that they do in this form. I think they’re on the right direction, but not sure there’s enough there.

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    jl says:

    @MathInPA: There are free clinics where doctors and pharmacists and nurses help you find the cheapest way to get the care you need. They are called ‘price clinics’ at least they called that here on the west coast. You need to find one. They help you get on free meds programs, tell you when you can change your Rx and split pills to save money and when you can’t, have suggestions for cheaper medical therapies.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    …if, like me, you have ADHD…

    This explains almost everything.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    As someone else who has adult ADHD…

    This explains almost everything.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mnemosyne: That’s a requirement for me. Sharing laundry facilities is fraught with danger and accusations, and I HATE the idea of strangers touching my clothes. Hell I won’t even let my housekeeper do them. I don’t have her do any dishes either; my kitchen order I’m very OCD about, and the one time she did them she completely mucked it up.

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    pacem appellant says:

    @YellowJournalism: This all become moot when Total War: Rome 2 comes out. TWR is the only violent video game I play, and the sequel looks awesome.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Hell I won’t even let my housekeeper do them. I don’t have her do any dishes either; my kitchen order I’m very OCD about, and the one time she did them she completely mucked it up.

    So the most virulently psycho bots are turning out, one by one to be OCD/ADHD patients.

    This explains almost everything…almost.

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    MathInPA says:

    @Mnemosyne: Both bookmarked and the name noted for my wishlists. Thank you so much for this and all the other help.

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    MathInPA says:

    @JoyfulA: Wrong PA, I’m afraid. Name of the town, not the state. But the idea that there might be a way to bring down the healthcare costs would be REALLY GOOD. I’ll talk to my doctor and the volunteer clinic here; thank you.

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    Maude says:

    Keep commenting here. People know stuff on this blog.
    Keep your chin up. You will make it.

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    dmsilev says:


    Socially speaking, how long am I required to wait before taking another tenant’s clothes out of the dryer so I can dry mine?

    I was always fairly aggressive about that. 5, maybe 10 minutes.

    What really pissed me off were people who put stuff in the dryer late at night and didn’t unload until the next morning. And, since I’m an early riser who likes to get things like laundry over and done with quickly, means that I got to be the one to pull their in-the-dryer-for-ten-hours clothing out.

    Yes, in-unit washer/dryer is really really nice.

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    Keith says:

    Oh, yeah, another thing about SimCity – the graphics just aren’t really that much to write home about. Black & White had what I thought was a more scalable engine that was more accurate to movement 10 years ago. I think GTA IV’s Liberty City really had a more immersive-feeling city, with better conversations, etc.

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    mclaren says:

    Adding DRM to anything should be a felony.

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    Redshirt says:

    Thread’s probably dead, but that helps for me to ask my question: If I were to buy a modern gaming station (PS3 or 4, XBox, etc), which should I purchase, but more importantly, is an internet connection required for all devices/games these days? I am ashamed to admit I am basically on dial up. I can’t even do the YouTube anymore!

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    Arclite says:

    Sheeeeeit, you fools should know better than to buy into that Always On DRM shit. Sim City IV (with mods) Forever!

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    Brantl says:

    That asshat won three pulitzers? Seriously?

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    Americanadian says:

    I feel much, much better about not dropping 60 bucks on SC. Maybe, if I’m lucky, they’ll eventually abandon the persistent connection requirement.

    Until then, yeah, SimCity 4 or bust.

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