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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Felstaff » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:48 am UTC

phlip wrote:More smoke alarms need a "this is a false alarm, shut up now" button... maybe even a preemptive "I'm about to cook something smoky, shut down for the next hour or so (but automatically reactivate after that time)".

Engineers? Get cracking. I need this shiz by the end of the day.

I mean really, what daft clot installs a smoke alarm directly above an oven? (Or, perhaps, an oven directly below a smoke alarm).
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:54 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
phlip wrote:More smoke alarms need a "this is a false alarm, shut up now" button... maybe even a preemptive "I'm about to cook something smoky, shut down for the next hour or so (but automatically reactivate after that time)".

Engineers? Get cracking. I need this shiz by the end of the day.

I mean really, what daft clot installs a smoke alarm directly above an oven? (Or, perhaps, an oven directly below a smoke alarm).


Just as I'm reading this, the dumbass who regularly burns toast right under the smoke alarm has struck again. I think I'm going deaf and thank my luck I'm not a dog.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Ulc » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:59 am UTC

Reminds me of the time while I lived at a dorm.

I was relaxing in the kitchen with a bottle of wine, and waiting for someone to come back and start drinking with me, then they came back, told me the alarm had gone off (hurray for the concept of the alarm not being loud enough to be heard in the kitchen?) and the three of us started evacuating the dorm.

Boy was I ever unpopular when I went down to the party in the basement, and cut the power (I was one of the few that knew how) to everything beside the lights and told people to get outside.

Turns out that kitchen 300 (meaning, third kitchen) had tried to make microwave popcorn, failed horrible (I honestly never figured out how they did it) and produced a big black ball of ash that smoked as hell. No problem so far, except they threw it into a thrashcan right below a fire alarm. Took like 20 minuts of me organizing people to search out what had set of the alarm before we figured out that none of kitchen 300 had evacuated because they knew what was going on - at which point I allowed people to go into the basement to continue partying.

It was the responsible action, but people was seriously pissed.

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:08 am UTC

Ulc wrote:...tried to make microwave popcorn, failed horrible (I honestly never figured out how they did it)


I managed to do that once. The pop-to-no-pop ratio seemed to be poor, so I gave it an extra couple of minutes. We had to rush the bag out to the yard as fast as we could. So:

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:20 am UTC

One time I microwaved rice exactly the way I'd done it dozens of times before, but on this occasion the microwave-safe plastic bowl started burning and melting into a mess that filled the kitchen with a lovely carcinogenic aroma.

Turns out it's actually quite easy to make fire by microwaving stuff.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:21 am UTC

When I was in tech school at DLI, I had to do night CQ duty for a month while I waited for class to start. One night, we get a call that a fire alarm went off in one of the dorm buildings. The Monterey Fire Department was notified, and all us CQ guys piled into a van and drove up to the dorms to make sure everyone evacuated the dorm building safely. When we got there, there was no visible fire, but the place reeked of smoke. Once we made sure everyone had safely evacuated, the fire department arrived and we tried to find the source of the smoke.

Apparently, some girl decided to bake cookies in a toaster oven in one of the day rooms. She didn't have a cookie sheet to bake them on, so she thought it'd be a great idea to bake them on a piece of paperboard. She also thought it would be a good idea to leave the room while they were baking, leaving sole responsibility for watching the cookies to some other girl who happened to be asleep on the couch and completely unaware that anything was going on.

When the cookies burned enough that it set off the fire alarm, everyone started evacuating the dorm. As they were evacuating, little Miss Intelligent Baker goes back into the day room, gets the cookies out of the toaster oven, throws them into her dorm room, sprays down her room with a thick cloud of air freshener and proceeds to the nearest dorm exit.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby phlip » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:41 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
phlip wrote:More smoke alarms need a "this is a false alarm, shut up now" button... maybe even a preemptive "I'm about to cook something smoky, shut down for the next hour or so (but automatically reactivate after that time)".

Engineers? Get cracking. I need this shiz by the end of the day.

Note that I say "More" because I have actually seen this... the first one, at least. The second one is just my wishful thinking. But there do exist smoke alarms with "mute" buttons... they're just surprisingly rare. Which just makes it worse... This is a solved problem! Why do we still have to put up with it?

Giant Speck wrote:When the cookies burned enough that it set off the fire alarm, everyone started evacuating the dorm. As they were evacuating, little Miss Intelligent Baker goes back into the day room, gets the cookies out of the toaster oven, throws them into her dorm room, sprays down her room with a thick cloud of air freshener and proceeds to the nearest dorm exit.

I'm guessing she was trying to cover up her efforts? I know that when I was living in a college at uni, if the fire alarm went off, and the fire dept was called (since it was one of those only-the-fire-dept-can-turn-off-the-alarm dealies) and it was a false alarm, the fire dept would fine the college, and they'd pass the fine right on to whoever set the alarm off.

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby SlyReaper » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:49 am UTC

theGoldenCalf; wrote:
Felstaff wrote:
phlip wrote:More smoke alarms need a "this is a false alarm, shut up now" button... maybe even a preemptive "I'm about to cook something smoky, shut down for the next hour or so (but automatically reactivate after that time)".

Engineers? Get cracking. I need this shiz by the end of the day.

I mean really, what daft clot installs a smoke alarm directly above an oven? (Or, perhaps, an oven directly below a smoke alarm).


Just as I'm reading this, the dumbass who regularly burns toast right under the smoke alarm has struck again. I think I'm going deaf and thank my luck I'm not a dog.


In the halls of residence when I was at uni, the fire alarms went off almost once a week for no reason at all. We guessed someone must have burnt some toast in one of the other kitchens or something.

Then one night, one of my hall mates set our whole kitchen on fire by neglecting some sausages. This did not trigger the fire alarm, and the first I knew about it was waking up in the morning and finding our burnt-out husk of a kitchen. What the hell?
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Felstaff » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:58 am UTC

Maybe the fire destroyed the fire alarm?


I hope the insurance policy covers irony.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby TimelordSimone » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:39 am UTC

Our uni is especially vigilant about not letting the film students film anything in halls since someone managed to set fire to their kitchen with a studio light (they draped a sheet over it or something. These lights get VERY hot.)

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby firechicago » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:17 pm UTC

ISHTST: If an e-mail subject has the prefix "[SPAM:#]" it's probably spam.

(Background: My old university account forwards to my gmail account, but since I don't use my university account any more, basically the only thing that comes through from it is spam. My alma mater's spam filtering does this thing where, if it's not sure that something's spam, it passes it through while appending "[SPAM:#]" to the subject line. These e-mails have always, without exception, turned out to be spam. But after almost 5 years of marking them as spam, gmail still dumps a couple a year into my inbox.)

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Coffee » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:57 pm UTC

ISHTST: 25s don't go in the 45 rack, nor do 35s go in the 5 rack.

(Sheesh, folks keep doing stuff like that and weightlifters might start to develop a reputation for being stupid.)
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby emceng » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:48 pm UTC

One time when I was a kid we stayed at a hotel with a breakfast bar. They had pre-made waffles, so I grabbed one, set it on a styrofoam plate, and threw it in the microwave. I went and grabbed something else to eat and sat down to wait. I then noticed this horrific smell coming from the microwave. Apparently styrofoam is not meant to be heated. I snuck out and left.
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Postby Plasma Man » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:37 pm UTC

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Whelan » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:50 pm UTC

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Hope_ » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:16 pm UTC

ISHTST to myself: I just walked past a poster advertising 'Rediscovering Rorschach' an event at my uni. I got really excited, then realised they probably meant the psychological test rather than the character of the graphic novel.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby pseudoidiot » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

Screw it, show up in a Rorschach mask.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:51 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:Screw it, show up in a Rorschach mask costume.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Xeio » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:58 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:Screw it, show up in a Rorschach mask costume.
I had a fried who did that for a con, he said the mask got really uncomfortable after a while.

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby TimelordSimone » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:
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pseudoidiot wrote:Screw it, show up in a Rorschach mask costume.
I had a fried who did that for a con, he said the mask got really uncomfortable after a while.

This is why my Hallowe'en costumes never involve masks.

EDIT: Although, to be fair, making half a costume out of cardboard isn't very comfortable either...
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby broken_escalator » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:02 pm UTC

Yeah, one of my friends costumes involved a balaclava. By the end of the day that thing was so moist with sweat it was nearly a sponge.

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Hope_ » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:08 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:Screw it, show up in a Rorschach mask costume.

Darnit I knew I should have brought the boyfriends Rorschach costume to the States with me. Ah well that's a missed opportunity.

TimelordSimone wrote:This is why my Hallowe'en costumes never involve masks.
EDIT: Although, to be fair, making half a costume out of cardboard isn't very comfortable either...

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby broken_escalator » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:17 pm UTC

Get a cloth sack and splash ink on it. Combine with trenchcoat+hat for maximum power!

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby TimelordSimone » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:27 pm UTC

Hope_ wrote:
TimelordSimone wrote:This is why my Hallowe'en costumes never involve masks.
EDIT: Although, to be fair, making half a costume out of cardboard isn't very comfortable either...

What was it?

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Retne » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:50 am UTC

Please tell me that's a Naoto costume. :D

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby TimelordSimone » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:27 am UTC

Retne wrote:Please tell me that's a Naoto costume. :D

Yes it is. Although I mostly went with 'cyborg' because that was easier to explain.
But, uh, yeah.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Promicin » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:05 pm UTC

ISHTST: Now I really want a gay hermit crab...

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Hope_ » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:10 pm UTC

Promicin wrote:ISHTST: Now I really want a gay hermit crab...

Is this from something you've been writing again? [Not stalking you I just remember you saying you were writing a story containing giraffes a while ago and that is the only explanation I can think of for this sudden want. :P]
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Promicin » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:01 pm UTC

Hope_ wrote:
Promicin wrote:ISHTST: Now I really want a gay hermit crab...

Is this from something you've been writing again? [Not stalking you I just remember you saying you were writing a story containing giraffes a while ago and that is the only explanation I can think of for this sudden want. :P]

No, actually. My mom and I were talking about pets, and she said, about our weird fish that like to hide and make us think they've been eaten, "Why couldn't we have something normal? Like a crab? Although with our luck, it'd be a gay crab and have to change it's shell every day!" Then I got to thinking about Bedazzled shells, glittery shells, and shells with little scarves... and I really wanted a gay hermit crab. :lol:
But now that you mention it, a gay (or at least metrosexual) crab would fit perfectly into that story...

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Von Haus » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:16 pm UTC

Hope_ wrote:
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pseudoidiot wrote:Screw it, show up in a Rorschach mask costume.

Darnit I knew I should have brought the boyfriends Rorschach costume to the States with me. Ah well that's a missed opportunity.

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Postby Cathy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:46 am UTC

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:14 am UTC

Promicin wrote:But now that you mention it, a gay (or at least metrosexual) crab would fit perfectly into that story...


Metrosexuals are just straight gay people.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Zohar » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:25 am UTC

Um, huh? Why? If I'm gay I must have a sense of style/dress well/shave my whatever/whatever is stereotypical of metrosexuals?
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:58 am UTC

Just to make things clear, I was only having a go at the whole "metrosexuality" thing*. The only male gay friend I have goes around with jeans an T-shirt all the time.

EDIT: I feel bad that you took offense, and I'm sorry. I also feel like I haven't explained myself properly, so:

* the issue of metrosexuality came up during the last decade, at the same time that stereotypically "gay" lifestyle was being referred to in the media ("queer eye", for instance, and many gay characters all over) as being pretty much the same thing. The correlation of gay-metrosexual has nothing to do with actual people's sexuality and everything to do with stereotipical lifestyle and the media portrayal of it. Ditto for gay shellfish, by the way.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby M.C. » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:58 am UTC

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby benv » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:24 pm UTC

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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby MiB24601 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:34 pm UTC

ISHTST: It's very hypocritical to say foist your share of the project to others while saying "it's time for everyone to do their fair share."
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:21 pm UTC

MiB24601 wrote:ISHTST: It's very hypocritical to say foist your share of the project to others while saying "it's time for everyone to do their fair share."

Unfortunately, it's always highly subjective as to whether this is a fair summation of events for all parties involved.

Which is to say, if you want to confront someone then words really should be spoken. Although it's obvious to you they're not doing the work, to them the reverse may be equally apparent.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby MiB24601 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:14 pm UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:Which is to say, if you want to confront someone then words really should be spoken. Although it's obvious to you they're not doing the work, to them the reverse may be equally apparent.


I'm not that bothered that he foisted the work to me and the others, it's just how he phrased it. While this is a work related project, it is being done for free and paying work needs to come first. However, I am still amazed that that he didn't recognize the irony in telling everyone else to do cover his part of the project by saying that they needed to do their fair share. And yes, it was the entirety of his part of the project.

It was just a ridiculous e-mail.
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Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

Postby RetSpline » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:22 am UTC

ISHTST, but just because you have been through the situation I am now going through does not mean that you have any idea how I am feeling right now. Different people experience different things differently. What was a walk in the park for you is very very difficult for me, and I'd really appreciate it if you'd just shut up about how much better you are because you didn't have to deal with what I'm dealing with.


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