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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 09:45:39 pm »
My life now basically revolves around analysis.  Projects and cases start with a lack of data and are closed on my terms.

"My terms" does not mean input from bean counters 2200 miles from my facilities.  Nor does it mean an arbitrary set of decisions made by people who are not actually in the decision-making team.  Everyone else's jobs look easy, so why NOT tell Doktor Howl how he should do his job?  I can actually answer that question, though, as I have a great deal of pent-up wrath that needs disposing of, and I don't believe in raining that sort of shit down on my subordinates.

Example:  My unionized employees get time and a half on Saturday and double time on Sunday, and we bid a project accordingly.  The guys all took one day off later in the week (our week goes Saturday to Friday) for some R&R, as we are going to be working for several weekends.

Useless Payroll Object emails me and tells me that they're not getting OT for Sunday because they all took a weekday off.  No 40 hours, no overtime.

But the contract doesn't say that.  It says "Any work suffered on Saturday is time and a half, and any work suffered on Sunday is at double time."

Useless Payroll Object says that *offends* her, and sends the wrong incentives and why do they all get a one hour lunch instead of a half hour?

I once again explain that A) the contract is clear, B) we bid this job at overtime and double time, and if we pay our people less, we've committed a federal crime, and C) neither of those things care if her little authoritarian heart is offended by the idea that we pay people extra for extra work.

She argued some more, so I fed her to the union rep.  The End.
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That almost sounds like a sleep paralysis episode. Some of those it's very obvious that you're awake - which lends a terrifying quality to it all, especially if you don't know what's going on (I imagine), but I've had at least a couple where I'm fairly sure I wasn't fully conscious at the time. That "fear impressioning me to think the dream was real" sounds very much like those experiences.

Might not be, but I thought that I'd throw it out there. Especially since there has been a suggested link between sleep paralysis and some abduction reports.
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RPG Ghetto / Re: anarchist free form role play
« Last post by ArchangelIdiotis on Yesterday at 04:03:50 am »
Just a final update: Eschillion Key is finished.
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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« Last post by Doktor Howl on May 21, 2022, 05:20:57 am »
Interviewing younger millennials is fun.  Billy and I had the privilege today.

Me:  "So, let's see.  You have a double major in biology and mathematics from the U of A.  3.8 GPA.  Very impressive."

Tina:  "Thank you."

Me:  "Don't thank me, you did it.  Anyway, you know what we do here?"

Tina:  "The ad said statistical analysis on existential threats."

Me:  "Yes.  Ads lie, though.  What we do is extract money from <agency>, because <agency> cannot be trusted with money."

Tina:  "Excuse me?"

Me:  "Your university degree requirements included history, yes?"

Tina:  "Of course."

Me:  "Then you should know that <agency> cannot be trusted with money.  Because money is power, and <agency> goes absolutely berserk with any amount of power it may have.  This is documented fact."

Billy:  "It's true."

Me:  "So while we do in fact spend a lot of time crunching numbers on various end of civilization scenarios, that is in fact secondary."

Billy:  "Because <agency> having money is actually one of those scenarios."

Tina:  "..."

Me:  "So we take the money and spend it wisely."

Tina:  "What counts as wisely?"

Me:  "Right now, it's a death ray."

Tina:  "WHAT?"

Me:  "Just kidding.  Mostly we spend the money on contractors that help us find new problems that require money.  Think of us as the brakes on an overheated, out of control system that is full of crazy people."

Tina:  "Yes.  Crazy people.  I see."

Billy:  "Are you having some kind of ethical crisis here?"

Tina:  "Yes, and I'm not sure..."

Me:  "Your salary will be <amount>.  Not bad for right out of college."

Tina:  "..."

Me:  "Let's go talk to the senior director.  I'd like to start you as soon as your clearance goes through."

Tina:  "..."

Me:  "If he starts screaming for no reason, just pretend it's not happening.  He'll stop soon enough."

Tina:  "..."

Billy:  "Welcome to The Corporation, Tina."

Me:  "We're going to do great things."
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Apple Talk / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« Last post by altered on May 14, 2022, 04:24:21 am »
Have something angry and desperate. The post-hardcore flourishes with the moody rap section in the middle are something special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an9iacKUxGk
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Last post by Anna Mae Bollocks on May 07, 2022, 01:48:40 am »
While Covid psychosis (which I'd never even heard of until today) obviously isn't great, it is better than the alternative.

And yeah, Roe v Wade is just the opening move in a plan to obliterate the Federal state. Note I'm not saying they're not doing it because they don't hate women (they obviously do), just that it's both a goal in and of itself and a stepping stone to further judicial revisions. Gay marriage, LGBT protections in general and very possibly even mixed race marriage will all be in the crosshairs.

So we've essentially got fifty fascist banana republics coming down the pike.
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Literate Chaotic / Lemonade
« Last post by chaotic neutral observer on May 06, 2022, 05:12:37 pm »
You can make lemonade out of your lemons, but the acid remains.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Last post by altered on May 06, 2022, 02:28:47 pm »
The going theory between me and my doctors is COVID psychosis and mirtazapine caused my mental breakdown from mid-February to late April. I hate everyone who doesn't mask at this point with a passion bordering on Biblical vengeance.

One thing I REALLY want to note about the RvW stuff is that they won't be after the gays next, they were already after us. Attacks on trans rights were first, then attacks on LGBT people at large (Don't Say Gay, etc), this is just the first one SCOTUS is helping to codify.

It's also The Case to overturn -- if they can attack the Right to Privacy underpinning it, then everything else falls like dominos because there's no rights violation anymore, practically all of the civil rights movements rely on Right to Privacy as a major argument. And ditching RtP is exactly what the draft does. The draft also throws out all non-originalist case law in the US, and I do mean /all/ -- it cites Matthew fucking Hale, the witch-burning, rape-promoting English magistrate from /17 fucking 36/, as its basis for flipping RvW, because US case law is "not steeped in deep historical precedent" -- slight paraphrase there. Wrong country, continent and period of time -- doesn't fucking matter. It's a pathway to "white male landowners," re-legalizing slavery, and more besides. (And if you think the court will stop at trying to fuck with amendments, there's no way that happens once this door is open, because it's already quite literally past the "throw out the whole of the law" stage with this draft.)
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Last post by Cain on May 06, 2022, 01:30:49 pm »
While Covid psychosis (which I'd never even heard of until today) obviously isn't great, it is better than the alternative.

And yeah, Roe v Wade is just the opening move in a plan to obliterate the Federal state. Note I'm not saying they're not doing it because they don't hate women (they obviously do), just that it's both a goal in and of itself and a stepping stone to further judicial revisions. Gay marriage, LGBT protections in general and very possibly even mixed race marriage will all be in the crosshairs.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Last post by Anna Mae Bollocks on May 05, 2022, 02:46:51 pm »
They're just getting started.
Of course they'll still have ways of getting safe abortions. And they'll continue to bounce their (merkin? Furry buttplug?) asses on other mens' faces, molest, harass, rape and generally be sex-obsessed old creeps.
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