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Sounds good.

I've been invited to interview in Cambridge.  Bit of a slog from down here, but it is on my day off so, eh, whatever.
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Holy Shit.

New job offer, the kind of offer you can't refuse.

I'm somewhat stunned and my heart's beating like a fucked clock. Solid client for years, plant demolitions in the bag in various parts of Europe. Life is looking to be interesting to say the least in the future.
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Using adjectives to describe height is an artificial social construct, part and parcel of a maladptive discourse in a patriarchal misogynistic society.

That sounds like something a short person would say, puny.

WHO YOU CALLIN SHORT, STRETCH???

YOU'RE ORKADIAN, YOU'RE LIKE HALF A FOOT TOO SHORT TO BE CALLED SHORT
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I'm starting to find Sands of Time settings which don't annoy the shit out of me.

I still have some tweaking to do.  Taking Faldar's Tooth turned from a 10 minute venture into something closer to an hour.  On the road to Ivarstead - attacked by wolves.  Lots of wolves.  Fair enough, I'm mounted, it's not a problem.  Then I'm attacked by bandits.  Not a problem either.

Get to Faldar's Tooth.  Bandits attack.  Because I'm mounted, they can see me and so call for reinforcements.  Only a few extra, but they are OBIS bandits, so they're tougher and smarter than normal.  Then, a "peddler" who was walking by starts to attack me.  As it turns out, he was a Morag Tong/Mephala assassin in disguise.  Then some Elite Vigilants of Stendarr come along...since I don't have any daedric artifacts yet, they join in on the fighting and kill a few bandits before being taken out themselves.  Inigo spends most of his time paralysed by poisons.  Thanks a lot, you useless skooma addict.

After 10 minutes or so, I get past the main gate.  Once in the castle, I get down the stairs, and another assassin follows me through the door.  She sets off the trap, killing herself, but not before poisoning my character and requiring the use of a lot of healing potions (even in Dark Scrubberhood armour, that stuff was just eating my life away.  Maybe Deadly Poisons is increasing the damage even beyond SoT's intended levels).  In the fort, things are slightly better, as I can use stealth to my advantage, taking out isolated bandits before mopping up the more concentrated groups.  That said, because I'm using SSR and Combat Evolved and Duel, staying in stealth was not easy and the times I was exposed, the bandits would call for reinforcements. 

Get to the outside section.  Wolves start attacking the gates.  Bandits see me killing them, call for reinforcements.  The bandit chief, due to exceptional AI (Combat Evolved) realises the fort is under attack and starts raining down crossbow fire from the very top of the tower.  It's almost impossible to hit him, due to the protection up there, but he can and does rain down some serious pain on myself and Inigo.  We fight our way past the bandits and rampaging wolves and pit wolves up the tower, to finally slay the bandit chief and take his delicious loot.

It's now night time, and with RotE enhanced vampires roaming about, I'm debating whether to stay in the fort and risk being ambushed in my sleep, or making straight for Ivarstead.

So, settings wise.  I've turned off the Zombie Apocalypse entirely.  I did give it a go, but Whiterun, Windhelm and Ivarstead were being attacked simultaneously, and Whiterun was pretty bad.  I think there were about 30+ zombies massing outside the city walls, and they're very hard to take down in close combat.

Currently using the "ale-drinker" preset with enforced lore mode, once I find the settings I like I'll no doubt put it on Spartan.  I turned off Burning Inferno, turned on lore-friendly Silver Hand and Vampire Hunters.  I turned off rats entirely, that shit is annoying.  Same for spiders, and not just because I don't like them.  The hallucinogenic spider is annoying as hell.  I'm also looking for options to turn off the refugees entirely...that encounter isn't something that really interests me.

I think I need to play with the cooldowns and spawn increasers more.  I don't mind a bit of variety, but fighting through 7 extra spawns in a single area is a bit much.

But yes.  If you want fun times, I fully recommend Combat Evolved, OBIS and (significantly configured) Sands of Time.
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Holy shit. I was just looking for an example of shitty Salon.com clickbait for a rant/article and this is perfect. The Goddess provides.

I've been trying to make the point on Facebook that Salon is basically Gawker.  This article certainly doesn't disprove that notion.

Salon is worse than Gawker IMO. Gawker rarely pretends to be much more than an empty distraction on your way to the grave. Salon doesnt just crank out churnalism and clickbait, it cranks out churnalism and clickbait with a message.

I dunno, I see a lot of professional progressive cheerleading going on both at Gawker and Salon.  I think Gawker is the smarter of the two, as it isn't quite so earnest as Salon and more targeted at a slightly savvier demographic who are turned off by Salon's obviousless overtness, but it's there.
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We don't say "dwarf".  We say "little planet".

Using adjectives to describe height is an artificial social construct, part and parcel of a maladptive discourse in a patriarchal misogynistic society.

Yeah, well, so is your mother.
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It's incredibly sad, when it comes down to it, but paranoid schizophrenics really require specialized help and people who are not trained and don't have backup are rarely capable of helping.

^this^ my sister has been in and out of hospital over the last 2 - 3 years, and although not a danger to anyone but herself the family generally struggle to support her as non professionals. 
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One of my friends was a complete "gold star" (never slept with men) lesbian until last year. Then she hooked up with Joey and redefined her sexuality as pansexual.

I'm wondering, tho, if her brief attraction and sex with one dude (if the relationship with Joey didn't last long) and she is still mostly attracted to women would she lose her "lesbian" card forever?

I don't think one relationship in a history of only being with women, if it was a short one, would take away from that.

it's a moot point for Jess but "lesbian" was a massive part of her identity up until very recently. (She also realised she'd been dating genderqueer and trans dudes also- hence the "Oh, wait, I'm pan"

Luckily in my social group no one gave her shit for "going to the dark side" as most of us are pan or bi. the straight and gay people are in the minority.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« Last post by Junkenstein on Today at 08:28:10 am »
Today's barking lunacy:


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UKIP MEP David Coburn has described some supporters of gay marriage as "equality Nazis".

Mr Coburn, who is himself gay, told the Huffington Post the "militant equality lobby" had caused more homophobic sentiment in Britain.

He said that "everyone had agreed and been quite happy with the idea of a civil partnership".

Those in favour of gay marriage, he said, were simply "trying to give Christianity a jolly good kicking".

During the interview Mr Coburn, who reportedly described himself as "spectacularly homosexual", said the changes to marriage law only mattered to someone who "wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up the aisle to the Village People".

He added that some gay rights groups were "professional bombs" primed to "explode" with outrage in response to any perceived slight to gay rights.

Mr Coburn described UKIP as a "gay-friendly" party, and said he had never had any problem with its members over his sexuality.

Mr Coburn is apparently claiming to represent of the entire UK Gay community.

I have a sneaking suspicion of the following:

1 - There are no (or a negligible minority) other gay people involved in UKIP.
2 - This is mainly posturing and soundbites to keep themselves in the papers and such.
3 - I wouldn't be shocked to learn that Coburn is in fact not gay but has been instructed to claim to be so by Farage. It's just the kind of benny hill type idiocy I can see these cretins thinking up at their strategy meetings. "We need the gay vote. Dave, you're gay now. Spectacularly gay. Act accordingly, right? Mince a bit, yeah? Now someone find me a woman so we can do this whole equal ops bullshit thing"



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Correction it was a dwarf planet
You'll regret this!
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