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RPG Ghetto / Re: OSR D&D
« on: March 22, 2021, 06:53:33 pm »
Literally like 90% of what you stated is why I love classic World of Darkness stuff. I always love it when an ST lets the players hold-my-beer their talents and skills through wildly out-of-context situations. Three points in Drive, you can PROBABLY bullshit your way through flying a helicopter if you’re real fucking lucky and can drop some “seems legit” details for bonus dice (my old circles shamelessly stole Exalted stunt dice for the purpose).

There were tons of numbers but they were all really small and easy to wrap your brain around and a good ST could make emergent narrative core to the gameplay. Literally the only difference is in the aesthetic and I’ve always been about Coal Chamber and God Module more than Black Sabbath, so WoD is a better fit.

I just think more people try for gloomy Anne Rice shit than try for Night Watch or Blade, which is not where the setting and aesthetic shines.

In other words; I am down with this and hope the trend of looser mechanics and having a fucking blast holds, because I miss the days of playing a stupid edgy Mage game where we have a Nephandi and a bunch of other stupid bullshit with the ST sending Slipknot songs in the MSN messenger chatroom and letting us flip cars and catch ourselves on fire with the paradox for yuks.

Discordian Recipes / Re: Poor Person Eats
« on: March 21, 2021, 08:53:51 pm »
I'm legitimately traumatized. I checked the recent posts and scrolled down too far, and saw this shit and nearly threw up at the sight. SO AWFUL. HIDEOUS. NIGHTMARE.

It's broken me. I might never eat pasta again.

Discordian Recipes / Re: Poor Person Eats
« on: March 21, 2021, 04:15:46 am »
I intended to make goth pasta: black pasta and red sauce. I made a fucking mistake and for the past 3 days I have been suffering. I have no money and little other food and i dumped the last of this tonight while fucking starving because there are some things that no human being should be forced to eat. I have eaten definitely expired food that absolutely was going to and did in fact give me food poisoning, this was too much.


1 box aldi's black soybean spaghetti <-- ABSOLUTE NECESSITY
1 jar aldi's red pesto <-- ABSOLUTE NECESSITY
1 can of canned chicken meat <-- not necessary but no doubt adds to the experience
more butter than you think you'll need (one half stick) <-- for the chicken

Boil your pasta water -- do not put the pasta in yet, I don't know what will happen to this stuff if you soak it too long. While it's boiling, dump that can of chicken in a frying pan and add too much butter. No. More. A quarter stick. No. More. Half a stick. Yeah, finally the foul pink chunks are cooking. Chop it up fine, I don't trust a single bit of this shit but it's what I got and by god I will eat it, but I need to make it look like something other than disease. Add some salt and black pepper.



The pasta water still isn't boiling. What the FUCK. Scrape your cooked chicken into a container and dump the cheap red pesto in there too. Oh god. It's all sludge. It looks horrible. Mix it up and don't look at it too closely. Oh no why does it look like miniature maggots in a pool of tomato soup that's hardened and gone all chunky HORK

Finally the pasta water is boiling. You salted that shit, right? You better have. Oh well, too late to check now, cross your fingers and hope you don't have sad pasta. (It was indeed salted. Heavily.) Twiddle thumbs while the pasta coo-- no you don't, stir that shit, it's already gone all limp and weird. What the fuck. It was less than ten seconds. Panicked stirring for about 4 to 5 minutes because that's what the box says the cook time is, then strain.

It's earthworms. It's fucking earthworms.

Angrily dump strained pasta in a container, dump sauce/sludge on top, STIR LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT -- and then give up, it isn't helping, the shit WILL NOT STIR. Everything is horrible, the smell is delicious but the LOOK IS NIGHTMARISH.

Grab a fork, hoping it is okay to eat.

This is terrible. But it smells good, here goes...

Hell, it TASTES good too! But the TEXTURE is FUCKING HORRIFYING. NO. It feels like chomping on a mass of SOFT, WATERLOGGED RUBBER BANDS. This is suffering. It is malevolence.

Letting me cook was a mistake.

I do not think a Singularity-level event is in our near future. There's no reason to believe it, none of the drivers of such a thing are reaching the point where they could shape the world.

Even if it is, unless it's a post-scarcity gay luxury space communism sort of future, it will not lead to crypto becoming a replacement for fiat currency. Anything else won't change the fundamental problems underlying crypto as a universal currency replacement. Crypto requires power and connectivity to use -- these are the barriers, and they are baked into the very concept of crypto. They're absolutely insurmountable until everyone has power and connectivity and can RELY on having those things EVEN IN AN EMERGENCY, like say, a freak ice storm stomping Texas flat. And you'd have to be a ridiculously idiotic optimist to believe that THAT future is only a few years away; that's Star Trek-tier.

All of that is of course ignoring the OTHER problems that crypto has, some of which Faust mentioned.

My issue with the idea that crypto is the future is based in the fundamental facts of surviving in reality as we know it. It loses more than it gains over fiat currency. This isn't a problem that can be solved, it's fundamental to the concepts.

There's also infrastructure to consider. Like. Good luck switching rural Alaska to crypto. And Texas, since they learned the lesson very recently that when the power is out you can't use anything but cash. You aren't writing a transaction to the blockchain from the Khyber Pass.

Crypto as the money of the future is only viable in small countries with a lot of population density, so I can see why P3nt sees it as inevitable, but it's not realistic for most of the world, because poor people and rural folks need to engage in commerce too.

Blockchain as a replacement for the financial infrastructure of the world is one thing (the bonus features of Ethereum do legitimately have massive utility and something like that is a very good replacement for electronic funds transfer as we know it), but fiat currency will not go away, because it remains more useful than crypto in most circumstances no matter what happens in the future.

So. Yeah. Bitcoin and its relatives are no-hopers in the future. Blockchain has a chance, but it would replace the backend of plastic, not fiat currency.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Survival tips for a bi guy
« on: March 04, 2021, 06:40:00 pm »
Next, do your research. Do not trust medical resources that aren’t on queer-friendly websites. There are literal centuries of misinformation and demonization about queer life (and I’m not just talking about sex) that you need to sift through, and trust me when I say that you can’t do it. You’re too new to this, you have no way of doing it. EDIT: saying this so you know why you have to pick where your research comes from VERY carefully.
Are there any sites you trust, or know are shitty?

Not that I am personally aware of, no. Generally speaking though, a rule of thumb is to start with sites linked from queer spaces, then just adopt that as your bias for a while.

Another good rule of thumb is if it makes you go "uh wow that sucks" it is either crap or there are confounding factors (the only example of the latter i know is that queer folks have a WILDLY DISPROPORTIONATE PREVALENCE of personality disorders, addictions and mood disorders, the confounding factor being upbringing in mega hostile environments which is positively correlated with all of those things).

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: March 04, 2021, 04:24:48 pm »
Job interview today

Meanwhile I am supposed to be tending a dumpster fire but I told the participants “if you desperately need me well gee that fuckin sucks sorry”

« on: March 03, 2021, 08:24:25 pm »
I don't have many books because of homelessness but a hardcover PD would be one I'd want. Along with hardcover BIP and Holy Nonsense, of course. I'd fucking find a way to make it work. Who needs clothes, right?
Damn! You should probably take care of the important things first. This damned hardcover PD isn't exactly going to be cheap. $30 plus shipping I'm lead to believe. Way pricier than the 2007 hardcover I put out.  :horrormirth:

I am just saying, 9 times of 10, money is not my issue. (Recently is a different story.) Also, luck is on my side it seems MAYBE.

More problematic is weight and space to put a book. LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Paper is HEAVY. I have like 5 physical books, and any two of them together is straining my muscles. Since I have to carry ~70% of what I own... well, you do the math.

Hence ditching clothes, which are ALSO surprisingly heavy and not entirely necessary!

(Less funny, about half of my actually-heavy clothing was bought back when I couldn’t gain weight — so it no longer fits anyway. I’ve been looking to ditch it for a bit now.)

« on: March 03, 2021, 05:15:03 pm »
I don't have many books because of homelessness but a hardcover PD would be one I'd want. Along with hardcover BIP and Holy Nonsense, of course. I'd fucking find a way to make it work. Who needs clothes, right?

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: March 03, 2021, 01:13:19 am »
Yes, this belongs in Bring and Brag, but none y'all ever go there.  So:

I wrote and recorded 11 songs in 28 days.  It's rough, but it was fun.

I decided to take on the RPM challenge, which is to write and record ten new songs in February.  Much like NaNoWriMo, the point is to finish them, not necessarily to have them in perfect shape.  Creativity is the goal, rough edges accepted.

Please enjoy my... um... highly specific guitar soloing technique.  I also used that Thatcher speech, too.

Whoop.  Will listen to this tomorrow morning as prep for the meeting I have tomorrow afternoon.

Also, I feel you on the nobody looking at other forums thing.

I am 3/4 of the way through writing something that makes me feel filthy, and it's just sat there.  A few google spiders have looked at it, but meh.  And it's not really a facebook thing.

I have been reading it, just so you know! I'm waiting for the complete product -- I first saw it after you'd done two parts of it, and you successfully addressed some of my concerns with the first part in the second (and now the second in the third) so I'm waiting for you to finish it up before I make any posts in there.

It's an awesome read, for the record, and anyone who HASN'T seen it should go and see it.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: March 01, 2021, 11:14:08 pm »
I got all my move-in costs, and a small buffer just in case. Oh, just, goddamn. Work is the next big fucking task, but the job market weirdness favors me, and I am having enough good luck elsewhere...

That is good.

Pursued by sentient flies the size of cats, more later.

That is bad.  Up here, we use crossbows (broadhead bolts, of course) to deal with mosquitoes, so I imagine they would work against flies.  Throwing knives can work, too, if you're handy with them.  Small-calibre firearms (like a .22) are not effective, for obvious reasons.

It turns out javelins work too. The household has meat to spare now that we have brought low the giant alien bugs. Hopefully we won't become subject to an ancient curse of deathlessness and delusion or anything.

In other news, guess who has a JOB INTERVIEW on the 4th and a phone interview for NAME CHANGE SHIT FOR FREE on the 8th?

Yeah. It's me.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: February 28, 2021, 01:33:58 am »
At destination. Back on laptop instead of horrible nightmare mobile device. Pursued by sentient flies the size of cats, more later.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: February 27, 2021, 06:57:43 pm »

Also I used to go by Nullified last time you were here, then before that a dozen names. I’ve been off and on homeless for ... years now. Joined originally in like 09, disappeared due to homelessness in 2010-ish? Maybe 2012-ish I was here I don’t have clear memory of that time, then I rejoined when the Nazi shitfuck in chief happened, been here intermittently ever since — more this time than my last stint of homelessness since I have a real smartphone and not a flip phone or a 20 dollar android thing.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: February 26, 2021, 03:56:10 pm »
And shortly afterwards my ex roommate here in Chicago is like “hey now that you have healthcare you can get a name change for free, here’s the form”, so uh this is my life now I guess

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