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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Vent
« on: Yesterday at 11:41:30 pm »
That sounds like a daily nightmare, TPZ. :(

I consider untreated chronic anxiety to be a grave health threat and urge you to take it as seriously as cancer. If you haven't taken a gander, please see Nigel's Robert Sapolsky total fawning fangirl thread for some of the best research on stress that has been done to date.

The good news is that anxiety disorders are fairly treatable, but sometimes that takes a little sorting out in terms of what works for you.

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Hello, I am back.  I am feeling entirely too well to be at work, which is never a good sign.  Mike the engineer was trying to explain something about maximum temperatures for confined space entry, and I was trying to explain to him that I wrote the procedure.  This led Lilly to ask where I got my information because it's very inconvenient that we have to let things cool down for 96 hours, and a 150C shouldn't be TOO bad, if they laid cardboard down to crawl on.

Naturally, I refused.  Mike was getting more and more agitated.  People were getting information from people who weren't him.  He started making a low keening noise, like a starving dog....It make us all look at him in horror.  The poor bastard had reached crush depth, and it was only 7:45AM on a Monday.  He had blood in his nose, and his eyes were rolling around and around and around, trying to look at everyone at once.  Baby Engineer and I were trying to quietly make book on whether or not he was having a stroke, when he suddenly vomited all over the table, killing the PC projector, which shorted to death on his vomit without a single spark or pop.  It just quietly died.

Mike began screaming about how nobody respects his knowledge and his PE stamp, with blood streaming out of his nose and vomit caked on his chin and shirt.  Then he ran out the door and got into his truck, and roared out of the parking lot, howling all the way.

All of this made dealing with the residual brain flukes easier, let me tell you.  I was just a paranoid asshole with a headache.  Mike was doing a full-on nervous breakdown wobbler, old school.  It's made me like him a little.  Almost.

:lulz: Holy shit!

You get to have all the fun.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:47:13 am »
Daemon is interesting, but essentially posits the way to solve humanity's woes is to SPOILER ALERT:






















turn reality into one giant MMO, with the AI as our benign, neutral overlord.  That's in the sequel, Freedom.  It's a problem with Suarez. He comes up with interesting ideas about hi-tech advancements, warfare and society, but fails on delivering an even slightly believable answer to the problems posed.

That's a little different interpretation than what I got from his authors at google lecture.  From what I understood, it was more about speculating about the different ways new technology automation work into our society.  or something. I was working at the time.

I'm still going to check it out (my library surprisingly even has his newest book already). I can see that he's clearly got some interesting takes on technology from that google lecture.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ATTN: Roger
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:43:01 pm »
Something happened???

All I know is Roger mentioned being ill as hell and then didn't post for a day or two. While that's obviously the wisest course of action when one's head is swimming with sea beasts, I was concerned due to a recent experience.

My GF's father's heart stopped three times (once while driving, then two times once he got the ER), so I'm just primed to be overly worried about health stuff.

I also figured PD denizens might also want to know how he's doing or have information Roger gave the OK to post.

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"Why would you move back to Maine?", they asked. "Isn't it just boring as all fuck out there?"

Well, I'm not sure I have a good answer for that question so maybe they should ask the guy who didn't get flat-out charged by a 6 point buck last night while wandering semi-lost through the woods on a head full of some obscure synthetic hallucinogen.

Because this is totally subjective and all, but I don't think that was particularly boring.

:lol:

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:41:54 pm »
Daemon is interesting, but essentially posits the way to solve humanity's woes is to SPOILER ALERT:






















turn reality into one giant MMO, with the AI as our benign, neutral overlord.  That's in the sequel, Freedom.  It's a problem with Suarez. He comes up with interesting ideas about hi-tech advancements, warfare and society, but fails on delivering an even slightly believable answer to the problems posed.

Well, that's disappointing.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: Roger
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:31:08 pm »
Hope you're doing ok.

You're missed.  :sad:

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: WOMP-ertainment
« on: April 19, 2014, 02:56:30 am »

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So, had a workplace injury last night.  UAnd as the result of a completely preventable workplace accident, I have ended up losing a thumb.

Well, part of a thumb.

Well, half the nail of the thumb.  On my non-dominant hand.

But it really fucking hurts.

Ouch.... I cringed a little bit

Prepare to cringe more.  The sliced bit of nail didn't come off clean, it was about 3/4 of the way through, but it was left hanging there.  So, naturally, I had to rip it off the rest of the way.

Fun times.

Nasty.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: WOMP-ertainment
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:47:03 pm »
:)

Glad you liked it.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:40:53 pm »
Just finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez where a computer daemon takes over when it scans and finds the original coder's obituary...then it takes over the world.  It was really good, imo.  Some parts are a bit of a stretch...like someone coding this thing was bug free.  there's no such thing as bug free....but I was able to suspend my disbelief because the rest of it was pretty good

Something from the Nightside was also decent...just finished that as well.  It had a bit of a pulp feel but was WAAAAAY better than the first book of The Dresden Files....that bland piece of shit ...I can't believe I finished it.

Now I'm reading Damed by Chuck Palahniuk.  Still not sure about this....it reads a bit like lousy teenage fanfic.  plowing ahead though.

Think I'm gonna have to check out this Daemon book. Sounds great.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:39:31 pm »
Got it downloaded and am now seeding for stragglers, thanks guys.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:02:21 am »
I'll fire back up.

Thanks.

I'm about halfway through the download.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: WOMP-ertainment
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:47:19 am »























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Today ended well.



Nice work!

The real work will be to make sure I don't get booted out for drooping grades when I take physics, chem and calculus in autumn.  :lulz:

I bet you'll do better than you think you will.

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