1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:49 am UTC

Gingercat wrote:Rain is not so bad, friends.

Without rain, everything would be dry, brown and crispy; not at all the cheerful green that happens when rain does.

Flowers are that much prettier when covered in fresh raindrops.


Rain is nice, when it is rain. Over here we received a large amount of snow, instead. Then some rain, which froze on top and gave everything a nice icy coating. I took two wobbly steps outside and gave up.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Gingercat » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:07 am UTC

Don't forget raptor, keyboard and ribbit :)
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Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

Postby SBN » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:25 am UTC

addams wrote:
lmjb1964 wrote:Here's hoping that ucim, macraw83, and any other OTTers in the path of Stella are staying safe.
oh! d-d-dear.
(that's my best Piglet imitation)

We have Another Named Storm??
Heavens!! It is only March!!



Or rather, it is already March!! Stella is a named snowstorm. The named windstorms shouldn't be coming for awhile yet.

Neither is here, currently, though it is blustery, and those who know no one in the rest of anywhere would call it cold. Those who do, but are used to not-as-cold still call it cold, but quietly, and with the knowledge that those in the rest of everywhere would likely thwap us if they were here to hear us complain.
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Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

Postby addams » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:31 am UTC

Gingercat wrote:
addams wrote:well...Arn't you a Ray of SunShine. (sarcasm)
Spoiler:
I'm not good at sarcasm. but, but, umm...
The rain we had beat the flowers to pieces.

I'd see the little daffodils bloom in the night.
I'd go out and cut them for a bud vase.

The ones left outside were beaten to pulp by the rain.


Oh. :?

I'm not a fan of Destructive Rain. I'm a fan of the rain that likes to soak everything gently, that sounds wonderful on a tin roof when going to sleep.
Yes. I think I understood that.
You saw the gentle life giving and life sustaining side of rain.

I have recently been The Victim of Rain's rougher and tougher side.
Even as I struggled in the pounding rain, I knew. oh,..I know.

I know a sweet temperate climate filled with large quantities of free water
is much better for flowers and other living things than a brutal dry Ice Age.

Speaking of Ice Ages...
ucim wrote:
lmjb1964 wrote:Here's hoping that ucim, macraw83, and any other OTTers in the path of Stella are staying safe.
Thanks. I'm not dead yet!

However, the zanclea we were dealt up here is all solid. Nice, gentle, pretty... and ch*rpin' m*stardy in seaish quantities. It took me almost two newpix to make a path to the car, and to shovel enough in front of it to reach the road. I was smart and parked at the far end of the driveway... which had the effect of making it impossible to simply flag down a plow truck. So, I'll be at it tomorrow too. And maybe Thursday.

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Please, don't 'over-do' it.
Water that has phased shifted to a solid is dangerous stuff.

I faced 3 inches of Snow.
I shoveled and raked my paths.

I was all sweaty and very tired.
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How much fell on you?

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Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:39 am UTC

SBN wrote:Neither is here, currently, though it is blustery, and those who know no one in the rest of anywhere would call it cold. Those who do, but are used to not-as-cold still call it cold, but quietly, and with the knowledge that those in the rest of everywhere would likely thwap us if they were here to hear us complain.

It's been like summer where I am. I understand about complaining about cold with the full knowledge that it is nothing compared to the cold elsewhere. Doesn't stop me complaining, though.

And the rain here this winter was Zanclean and destructive as well. Nice to have sunshine now.

Oh, yes, taixzo, you're in the path of the storm as well. I think giving up on walking on ice was an excellent idea.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:44 am UTC

Gingercat wrote:Seems to me like the lack of a key made for an excellent training opportunity for the lackey. Oh god I'm going to get punsawed SO hard for that...

Yep, here you go.
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taixzo wrote:Decree: What are some names of other molpies? So far (off the top of my head) we have squirpy, prickly, hamply, meowlpy, wolpy, chirpy. Remind me of (or invent) others!
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Be safe with all that snow xuys, try not to drive if you don't have to.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:48 am UTC

addams wrote:Poor Jose.
Are you ok, Jose?
Yeah, I'm fine. I'll just be... er... "getting some exercise". Probably for the next wip. :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:09 am UTC

ucim wrote:
addams wrote:Poor Jose.
Are you ok, Jose?
Yeah, I'm fine. I'll just be... er... "getting some exercise". Probably for the next wip. :)

Jose
Please, be prudent to the point of being cautious.
I have read and heard scary stories about people and snow.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:26 am UTC

addams wrote:
Oh! Oh! Audrey II, a gift from your Mum, has survived!
Poor Little Audrey II was so limp. Now she is Thriving!

Please pass the word on for me.
I like Audrey II the African Violet.
She makes me happy.

Let's hope she doesn't develop a taste for blood.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:54 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:
addams wrote:
Oh! Oh! Audrey II, a gift from your Mum, has survived!
Poor Little Audrey II was so limp. Now she is Thriving!

Please pass the word on for me.
I like Audrey II the African Violet.
She makes me happy.

Let's hope she doesn't develop a taste for blood.
Yes. Me, too.
I'll keep an eye on her.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:44 pm UTC

I'm sorry about the ransomware experience, addams, but I'm glad you got it fixed. Those m*stard-ch*rpers! Some people just love to come up with ways to ch*rp over other people. Did the Help Desk people give you tips on how to avoid getting malware?. Hm, looking at this list reminds me that I have to 1) backup my computer so I can 2) update my OS. My one external hard drive has no space, and I can't find my other one being my house is such a mess. :oops: I should really do something about all of those things...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:57 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:I'm sorry about the ransomware experience, addams, but I'm glad you got it fixed. Those m*stard-ch*rpers! Some people just love to come up with ways to ch*rp over other people. Did the Help Desk people give you tips on how to avoid getting malware?. Hm, looking at this list reminds me that I have to 1) backup my computer so I can 2) update my OS. My one external hard drive has no space, and I can't find my other one being my house is such a mess. :oops: I should really do something about all of those things...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:12 pm UTC

New OtherComic.
Spoiler:
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Um, no. Wrong. Cherrys do not taste better than raspberries, cotton candy is gross, and popcorn only tastes bad if you buy it from the store already popped.

...
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B: Yes, playing this together is a good idea.
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FTH: But I have to leave now.
FTH: Car waits.
B: Ok bye
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:21 pm UTC

I think ggh mentioned some pending Outside.

When I first read that, I thought it said, "Cat waits." Probably because a perfectly common thing for me to say is that I have to get home because my friend Catherine is waiting for me to feed her, walk her, snuggle her, etc. ...

I looked in you spoiler, GnomeAnne, but if you ottified this one, you were very very sneaky.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:26 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:I think ggh mentioned some pending Outside.

When I first read that, I thought it said, "Cat waits." Probably because a perfectly common thing for me to say is that I have to get home because my friend Catherine is waiting for me to feed her, walk her, snuggle her, etc. ...

I looked in you spoiler, GnomeAnne, but if you ottified this one, you were very very sneaky.

ETA
Spoiler:
(spoilered because it's related to an OtherComic, and they don't want us discussing those in this thread.) and I agree with you about cherry vs raspberry flavor (the actual fruit of either is molpish. And treeish, in the case of cherries. Hm, I would like a case of cherries.) But I disagree with you on cotton candy. I love cotton candy.

Popcorn is white, unless it has that fake butter on it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:42 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:
lmjb1964 wrote:I think ggh mentioned some pending Outside.

When I first read that, I thought it said, "Cat waits." Probably because a perfectly common thing for me to say is that I have to get home because my friend Catherine is waiting for me to feed her, walk her, snuggle her, etc. ...

I looked in you spoiler, GnomeAnne, but if you ottified this one, you were very very sneaky.

ETA
Spoiler:
(spoilered because it's related to an OtherComic, and they don't want us discussing those in this thread.) and I agree with you about cherry vs raspberry flavor (the actual fruit of either is molpish. And treeish, in the case of cherries. Hm, I would like a case of cherries.) But I disagree with you on cotton candy. I love cotton candy.

Popcorn is white, unless it has that fake butter on it.

I didn't, the image was only there because I was commenting on it. I was unaware that we were not supposed to do that, although I sort of wondered why it didn't happen more. Who is they?
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Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

Postby macraw83 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:22 pm UTC

Quick ketchup time!

lmjb1964 wrote:Here's hoping that ucim, macraw83, and any other OTTers in the path of Stella are staying safe.

addams wrote:oh! d-d-dear.
(that's my best Piglet imitation)

We have Another Named Storm??
Heavens!! It is only March!!

Yes!
Stay safe, OTTers and others.

As SBN said earlier, while it was technically a named storm, it was not a hurricane but rather a named winter storm, a phenomenon started unilaterally by The Weather Channel a few yips ago to drum up some extra hype around blizzards.

We got about 17 inches of snow in Albany, and my FFS was closed yesterxip and had a delay of two nopix this mornip. Fortunately, my usual commute of 45 minutes was only extended about 15 due to the snow, as the region is pretty efficient at organizing the plows both during and after storms to get the roads safe for travel quickly; however, I was still about a full nopix late because I failed to budget for the full time required to dig my car out of the snowplow pile I found it in this mornip.


For decree: the micromolpies made an appearance in my house late last week, preventing my wife from making the trip to Boston for PAX East. She's still feeling a bit under the weather, but according to her doctor should be feeling better by Friday.

And to answer GnomeAnne's question, at some point after T** **d the mods made an appearance here to fuss about us discussing OtherComics here instead of the relevant OtherThread. One of a number of attempts to get OTTers to interact with the rest of the xkcd fora.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:27 pm UTC

[Posted from the Mirror at Wed Mar 15, 2017 08:14 PM GMT]
I was asleep, and then I wanted to ong, but I was being snuggled into submission, which wasn't all bad either. :)

And yes, there are so many things I want to reply to, but there has been a constant stream of Outside. (Yesterday's mission was fun: drive an hour up the coast to buy an old trampoline, disassemble it and bring it back home. Partial set-up will be one of today's missions.)



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:34 pm UTC

GnomeAnne wrote:New OtherComic.
Spoiler:
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Um, no. Wrong. Cherrys do not taste better than raspberries, cotton candy is gross, and popcorn only tastes bad if you buy it from the store already popped.


Judging from the listed flavors, these appear to refer to colors (and flavors) of various candies, not the actual fruits themselves. And as such, I will agree with Randall that popcorn-flavored jelly beans and lollipops tend to taste not so good. (Ditto for banana flavor, though real bananas taste nice.)

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TFH: Not at all.
FTH: Just an excuse to make robots programming robots.


I think this may be a typo? Unless Fred is also known as TheFredHacker.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:41 pm UTC

taixzo wrote:I think this may be a typo? Unless Fred is also known as TheFredHacker.
Clearly there is another person out there who hacked Fred and is now posting as "not quite him".

Yes, addams, all is well here. We had a foot or so of dense snow and I'm two thirds of the way through clearing it. At least it's cleared enough so the carpet cleaners can park. Later I'll clear the turnaround.

Alas, I haven't made a snowperson in longer than I can remember. I guess that helps with the overpopulation problem. :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:53 pm UTC

taixzo wrote:Judging from the listed flavors, these appear to refer to colors (and flavors) of various candies, not the actual fruits themselves.
hmmm, yeah. I guess the way he has it organised makes more sense for candy.
This comic seems to be asking for disagreement, given the title text and the fact that the fruit tastiness scale was his most controversial comic.

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1190: "Time" - Time Randomly Revisited - np2495

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby macraw83 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:07 pm UTC

ucim wrote:Alas, I haven't made a snowperson in longer than I can remember. I guess that helps with the overpopulation problem. :)
The last one that I made was about 4 yips ago, back when I lived with 3 friends in a townhouse at the top of a hill. We rolled large snowballs down the hill and had to build ramps out of snow for stacking them together, but by the time we were done the snowperson was over 10 ft (3 m) tall. This was mid-February, and we hoped xe would last well into March; however, only one wip later we experienced a relative heat wave with temperatures in the 50s and 60s (10s for our non-American OTTers) and xe was gone within a few xips.

The area I live in now has neither hills large enough nor fields big enough to build even a medium-sized snowperson, much less one so seaish.
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Postby lmjb1964 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:17 pm UTC

macraw83 wrote:And to answer GnomeAnne's question, at some point after T** **d the mods made an appearance here to fuss about us discussing OtherComics here instead of the relevant OtherThread. One of a number of attempts to get OTTers to interact with the rest of the xkcd fora.

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ucim wrote:Alas, I haven't made a snowperson in longer than I can remember. I guess that helps with the overpopulation problem. :)
The last one that I made was about 4 yips ago, back when I lived with 3 friends in a townhouse at the top of a hill. We rolled large snowballs down the hill and had to build ramps out of snow for stacking them together, but by the time we were done the snowperson was over 10 ft (3 m) tall. This was mid-February, and we hoped xe would last well into March; however, only one wip later we experienced a relative heat wave with temperatures in the 50s and 60s (10s for our non-American OTTers) and xe was gone within a few xips.

The area I live in now has neither hills large enough nor fields big enough to build even a medium-sized snowperson, much less one so seaish.

That is an impressive snowperson! I can't remember the last time I built one. Of course, I don't see snow too often, and I don't think I built a snowman the last time I went to visit the snow. Ah, I remember the dips of my youth, building snow forts, snow mean, snow tunnels. Of course, where I grew doesn't get nearly as much snow as it used to.

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Postby ggh » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:20 pm UTC

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taixzo wrote:I think this may be a typo? Unless Fred is also known as TheFredHacker.
Clearly there is another person out there who hacked Fred and is now posting as "not quite him".
I wouldn't put it past them. If AP can't see TLF:
BSTA wrote:
B: She uses the name "theLuckyFinder" on coincidence.
AP: I never saw this name before.
AP: And there aren't many new people.
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and FTH replies to comments posted before his apparent joining:
balthasar_s wrote:But it looks like FTH knew what was written before.
How?

I see a few possibilities:
Do you remember the IRC conference about privacy and stuff?
More specifically, do you remember ED?
He connected multiple times at once, sometimes.
So even if ED connected/disconnected it didn't mean that he wasn't connected before/after.
Maybe FTH was connected multiple times?

On the same IRConference we had recording_all_this who recorded all that.
Maybe FTH has such a bot?

Or maybe the server is generating logs and he can access them somehow?

Or something else?
Without an answer from FTH we will probably never know.
all sorts of shenanigans could be going on.

Or it could just be a typo like before, and balthasar has already fixed it. :mrgreen:
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Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

Postby macraw83 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:29 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:That is an impressive snowperson! I can't remember the last time I built one. Of course, I don't see snow too often, and I don't think I built a snowman the last time I went to visit the snow. Ah, I remember the dips of my youth, building snow forts, snow mean, snow tunnels. Of course, where I grew doesn't get nearly as much snow as it used to.
It was really the only reasonable outcome when you live in a house with 3 engineering students, adjacent to a seaish-ish hill that gets almost 18" of snow dumped on it on a Wednesday night into Thursday, and classes and work get cancelled on both Thursday and Friday. I think I have a few pictures up on Facebug, and unless I changed it one of said pictures may be my "banner photo".
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Postby GnomeAnne » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:37 pm UTC

We didn't build many snowpeople growing up, but next to our house was a field owned by the city that was half in the residential zone and half commercial, so that nothing could be built there. The planning board could easily have rezoned it as one or the other, but for whatever reason, never did. The city would mow the grass during the summer so we could play frisbee and the like, and during the winter, plows would pile heaps of snow there from the parking lots of the doctor and lawyer offices across the street. We would build a large fort out of the manmade drifts and spend the winter with one team defending and enlarging the fort, and the other attacking with snowballs and foam swords.
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Postby HES » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:39 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:It's been like summer where I am.

I went to the beach today. In a t-shirt. In March. In England.

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Re: 1190: "Time": _BUNGALOWS 2: ELECTRIC BAGALOO_

Postby macraw83 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:50 pm UTC

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lmjb1964 wrote:It's been like summer where I am.

I went to the beach today. In a t-shirt. In March. In England.
You must have stolen the heat from the US East Coast. This past weepend, the daytime high was around 20°F (about -7°C) and the nighttime low was around 5°F (about -15°C), with pretty significant winds. And now with Winter Storm Stella dropping over a foot of snow across the entire northeast, it seems winter is outstaying its welcome this yip.

HES wrote:ETA: Oh, it's happened. Dropbox have changed how sharing works and now aaaalll my links are broken :roll:
Didn't that already happen once before, a yip or two ago?
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Postby ggh » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:06 pm UTC

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lmjb1964 wrote:It's been like summer where I am.

I went to the beach today. In a t-shirt. In March. In England.
Heh, your winters sound warmer than my summer.
In fairness, it has been much better this past month, but still only 11 days above 70F/21C.

But then, I never shovel snow. :P

Perhaps someone knowledgeable (I'm especially looking at you, thunk) can tell me what they think of the "wind-chill factor". I grew up hearing it on the evening weather in NJ, but here in New Zealand, where it really matters, it's like not a thing. Our MetService has a thing "Feels like" but I don't know under what circumstances that would be an accurate heading.


ETA: One thing I remember fondly about the kind of cold macraw speaks of: hair drying. At university, I used to shower in the morning and walk to class. My long hair would freeze pretty quickly and I'd bend it from top to bottom whilst walking, causing snow to fall from my hair. Instant drying!

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Postby SBN » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:39 pm UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:That is an impressive snowperson!


Many years ago, we were on a vacation in the winter, and my sister and I built a snowman outside my grandparent's house.
When we went inside, we realized he was right outside the window, so we went back and gave him a face on that side too.

He was named Fred on one side, and Derf on the other, and lasted fairly long. I remember getting a letter from my grandmother telling us that after listing badly for several days, they had finally fallen, and were unable to be revived.

In my own children's childhood snowmen were not so friendly. Once we built one that unbeknownst to me at the time, my daughter was terrified of.

Later on, both daughters were outside playing in the snow, and they decided to build a snowman. Bigger daughter told littler daughter to go down to the bottom of the hill, and catch the snowball bigger daughter would roll down.

She did catch it, but got her hands stuck underneath, and bigger daughter could not free her. After what was probably a short time, but longer than either I or smaller daughter thought reasonable, bigger daughter did come into the house for grown up help.
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Postby AluisioASG » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:47 pm UTC

Oh hey, the thread is moving :D

It feels like summer is leaving (as it should), and the usual cloud cover has returned.
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Postby ggh » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:19 am UTC

I forgot to mention before, on BSTA 63, I was curious if the translation was being done by balthasar as balthasar, or if it was being done by way of something with a bit less nuance, like balthasar running his Polish text through an online translator or something, perhaps to indicate how some not-yet-introduced English-speaking internet-stalker/Coincidence hacker/all-seeing overlord/data-collecting bot perceived the conversation. I tried typing the Polish into Google Translate, but I couldn't make out some of the words. The closest I got was:
bsta-000063.gif appears to my untrained eye to have wrote:w ogóle
B: jakto ?
FTH: te glazoludy. Rywadizúja
za pomocą robotóm.
FTH: Możesz budować roboty
FTH: I programować je, by
robity rzeczy.
FTH: Możesz je zaprogramować
do budowania kolejnych
robotów.
FTH: i umieśzczania w nich
programów.
but some of these don't google-translate (glazoludy, rywadizúja, and robity) and others probably have errors too.

I meant to look at BSTA 64 as well, but I haven't had the Time....
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Postby balthasar_s » Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:36 am UTC

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bsta-000063.gif appears to my untrained eye to have wrote:w ogóle.
B: jak to?
FTH: te głazoludy. Rywalizują za pomocą robotów.
FTH: Możesz budować roboty
FTH: I programować je, by robiły rzeczy.
FTH: Możesz je zaprogramować do budowania kolejnych robotów.
FTH: I umieszczania w nich programów.


but some of these don't google-translate (glazoludy, rywadizúja, and robity) and others probably have errors too.
"głazoludy" will not translate. It's an alternative word (instead of "skalniacy") that B uses for these rock creatures from the game.
English translation inside FQ is "rockmen".

When put into google translation this is the result:
google wrote:at all.
B: how is it?
FTH: These głazoludy. They compete by means of robots.
FTH: You can build robots
FTH: and program them to things they did.
FTH: You can program them to build another robot.
FTH: and containing a program.
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Postby ggh » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:11 am UTC

Thanks! (but why are you awake?)



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Postby Gingercat » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:33 am UTC

Welcome to The Chronicles of Torgos, Vol. 14! The theme of today's update is "This Brothel Sucks", where Torgos visits an island brothel and things don't go as expected... But then, do they ever when he's involved?
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The journal pages here feel just slightly creepy. More like the skin of something long dead than paper; the ink seems to have been tattooed on instead of written, an oddly dark ink... Almost a deep, rusted red; it smells just slightly coppery. Although it's nicer than the recent Goblin pages, it's still not entirely pleasant to feel or see.

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After that intense experience with the pirates on the open sea, we decide to head straight to their island fortress and take care of business once and for all. We'll teach them not to kill us off properly!! With our ship and one of the pirate ships beyond trashed, we have to sail the remaining one that I'd previously undertaken to ram incessantly. It doesn't take all that long to get to the island; we dock, get off, and go looking for clues, which leads us straight to the local tavern (of course). Nothing like a sampling of the local brew to lubricate the mental cogs, right? Not that mine need further lubrication, they're already pretty slippery...

As we enter, we're given some pretty interested looks, I imagine we are completely and utterly unlike what the local patrons normally expect to have wander in the door. A mask-faced gnome, a spark-shimmering Blue Dragonborn dressed in what appears to be utterly rubbish rags (gotta love the Glamor effect on my Cloak of Protection!), an old-looking Paladin, a younger Cleric, and an obviously tough as nails half-orc female Barbarian. A more motley crew, you never did see. The Paladin and Cleric especially seem to get the hairy eyeball; the atmosphere tenses considerably and conversation drops from the usual loud chatter to suspicious whispers and mutterings. As the others take their places along the bar and start to settle in, I sense that the Weave has something interesting to tell me. (̀Wh͠a̸t ͝I̷ did̡n͜'̢t r͘eal̸i͏s̀e͞ át t́h͝e t͜ime,͠ a̷nd w͢as ̕t͟ơl͡d ̷l͘ate̶r͏, i͠s t͢ha͟t̡ ̡I ̧si͏mply st͢opp̸ed͠ de͠a̢d͜ ͘i̢n the mi̛d̀d̀le o̵f ţh̴e̶ ͡fl͝oor ánd̷ ̨began starin͡g ̷v̡aca̶ntl͏y ̸at ҉a şudd̀en sw҉i҉r͜l͏ ̴of ̨mov̸e̶m̨e̷nt ̵at ͢f̶ļoor l̛e̵v͢e̡l͜; a̛pp͘are̢nt͜ly ͜s̷ome͞ ̵r̸a̡ts and̵ a͢ ̴sudd̷e̡n͜ ͝gus͏t ̸o͠f ͞b̧r͢e͞ez̡e̡ ͝f̸róm ̕ús ̸o҉pe͏ni̷ng͢ ̀t͡he҉ do̧o̕r҉.͝ Whe̶n t̡he͟ Wéa̶ve҉ ̷wan̴ts̀ t̨o͠ ́s̨a͡y ̴som͢ȩt̡hi͟n͡g͜, ͢it́ ͞ḿan̕i̧fes͝ts ͟t͠h̷is f͠act ͟įn ̛delicat͜e̡ pa͢tt̸er̸n̷s̛ ̸th̶at ͏c͏a͡tch̶ my a̶tt͡enti͘o͘n͘. I̡n̕ t̕hi͠s̡ ̴c̕ase̵ i͘t t̨ol̛d͟ m͢e:͠ "T̸h̶ere͡ ̨is d͞ange̛r͟ very n̡e͡a̧rb́y; ͜t̷he p̸i̕rate͝ ̷b̀ośs͠ kn҉o͢w̕s y̴ou͢'rę ͠on h̴is͟ ̡įs̴la͜nd.͝"̡)̀ Once everyone is settled at the bar, the more normal-looking among us are approached by courtesans. They don't bother with me; apparently Draconics are too extreme even for them. A pity.

Naturally, the Paladin refuses in as firm a manner as I've ever seen; the Cleric does the same, but more politely. The one trying to chat up the Paladin rests a hand on his arm, and my scales tingle a bit as there is a near-indistinguishable flash from her hand when it contacts his skin... (Was that just an attempted Charm spell?) His eyes very briefly go glassy as she says "Surely it's been a long time for you, hmm handsome? You look so strong..." then the steely look comes back into the Pally's eyes and he tells her that if she doesn't remove the hand, she's going to lose it. The Cleric gets a similar treatment; again that very brief and minor flash, the same glassy look... And again, the resolve returns to his eyes and he politely and more firmly declines. He seems to notice something... a bit off about them.

The Barbarian feels a bit left out of all this, and says so; she becomes next on their list of targets; that same flash, and this time the effect seems to take. The Barbarian is quite agreeable to "taking a walk" up the hill and into the main brothel building, so she and the other courtesans leave. The Cleric and Pally decide to follow, leaving myself and the maskfaced gnome to our own devices. He promptly vanishes to who-knows-where; his ability to Stealth is near-unprecedented. After a while of observing the room and drinking, I decide that I might as well take a walk up there and make sure everything is ok; their apparent use of magic as a convincing method bothers me a little, and there seems to be something very unusual about them.

The walk up the hill is largely uneventful, and I get to the brothel door and look in. To the right, in a dark corner, is a gnome or halfling engaged with a cortesan in some personal time; what is odd about this is that she seems to be sucking on his neck quite vigorously, and even in the dark I can see that he looks a bit more pale than would be expected. This quickly becomes irrelevant when there is the sound of shouting and fighting from the top of the stairs along the wall to my left leading to a door on the second floor; the Cleric is there, facing down one courtesan who is at this stage obviously a vampire (huge fangs are in clear view), with more of them obviously through the doorway just beyond. This seems like a great time to test out my Elemental Substitution trait that I picked up from absorbing that Lightning Crystal! GO LIGHTNINGBALL GO! [OOC: Wis 8 says "I don't need to worry about collateral damage; my 19 Int says this is an amazing idea!"] I use this ability and one of my prepared Fireball spells to create a Lightningball - Same damage output, but electrical element instead of fire as its damage type. I send it flying at the top of the stairs and through the doorway, and BOOM!! There is the intensely satisfying effect of a gigantic electrical explosion (so pretty!) which sets the various curtains in the area ON FIRE, several screams from the courtesans (and apparently a FURIOUS Barbarian, who's trying to defend the vampires for some reason?) [She failed her Reflex dodge, and has no resistance to Electrical damage, so this hit like a truck, taking her just below half HP in one go!] and near-instantly filling the area with thick smoke from all the burning tapestries. Unfortunately for the halfling, he's caught in the resulting firey backdraft from the tapestries and is nearly incinerated. Those fires don't last long though; the Paladin pulls his sword from its sheath, and one of its special attributes is that when drawn, it extinguishes all non-magical flames in a large radius. My response to the fire disappearing is, of course, "Awww..."

A short, intense battle later, some of the courtesans are dead, the Barbarian threw herself out a window with one of them as a rescue. Th͝e ̡s̷wi̢rl͏in͡g s̢m̛oke c͜a̶t͢ch́eş m̶y ̵átţe̶n҉t͡i͏on..͏.͘
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Suddenly, I'm grappled from behind. I struggle free, turn around, and find myself facing a fancily-dressed female vampire, looking quite miffed that I managed to break free. I yell "Guys, we've got company!", get grappled again for my efforts, and then she bites me. Thankfully her fangs just glance off my scales; I break free again, and then I get a Great Idea: Just to piss her right and completely off, I moonwalk backwards away from her. This... certainly has the desired effect, and allows her to try and strike me with an unarmed attack. It connects solidly, hurts a lot, but I still manage to laugh at her and continue my moonwalk back behind my compatriots who have now joined me near the door. [Wis 8... No self-preservation here!] Since I'm out of reach, I sling a Firebolt at her head for good measure.

The fight soon spills outside to where there is more room; after I take a bit more of a beating, I decide that being Giant Sized is bound to be as good of an idea here as anywhere! Cue the Polymorph: Giant Ape! I'm now as big as a mansion, and able to hit pretty damned hard. It's too bad for me though, because I also make a great target for her to jump onto and start draining blood from. [Max HP gets reduced repeatedly by this tactic, and the stat damage transfers back to my Normal Form once I shift back.] After I nearly manage to grab and start crushing her, she decides that hanging around on ground level near a massive ape is probably a Bad Idea; she turns into bat form, flies up onto the roof, and prepares to start raining spells down on us. I consider throwing huge rocks at her (my aim would be quite decent), but it would take me a while to either locate a suitable rock nearby, or pull some masonry out of the wall to throw; either way, she's going to get some free hits in...

Then the Paladin decides that he needs to get all up in her face. How though, she's up on the roof? "Throw me." Immensely amused by the idea of throwing one of my compatriots, I pick him up and prepare to throw him onto the roof, but slip in the muddy terrain... [OOC: I rolled a Natural 1 on the attempt! DM: "Would you like to use your Inspiration to reroll?" I choose to do so, and roll a 2, ugh...] and just barely manage to aim my throw to get him onto the roof. I would really have preferred to throw him straight at her like a well-placed trebuchet shot, but this will have to do; at least he can get within range now.

With the rogue shooting at her from the ground, the Paladin in her face on the roof, and the rest of us doing what we can to help, she is soon dropped to zero HP. She turns to Mist Form and quickly flies away, presumably heading to her hidden coffin. The Cleric uses a Restoration spell to restore my drained blood after I return to normal form, and I instantly feel a lot better. (More than half of my spareable blood was drained by that sucker!) Unfortunately for her, we're able to follow, and with the Rogue poking around in the brothel at the time, he notices the Mist Form come floating in and disappear through the floor at the base of the stairs... By the time we get there, he's revealed the secret entrance into the floor subsection, staked and killed the vampire. The area is covered in runes and heiroglyphs; after careful study, I find that they chronicle her life up to this point. I make sure to note down everything I can about her, just like I do with everything else; I feel that it's incredibly important to chronicle everything interesting I see. You never know when it will come in handy later!

As we discuss what just happened, I suddenly notice the remaining wisps of smoke still swirling around in interesting ways. Mesmerised, I find fascinating information come flooding in about the vampire we just faced... And our remaining enemies. I scribble it down as quickly as it comes in. [OOC: I rolled very, very well on every new Divination check; with each major success, I was able to roll again to see if I could get more info, and every time, I rolled another 16 or higher.] Their names, major personality traits, and how long they've been around for. Having never actually shared this ability with my fellow fighters, I proceed to do so, starting out by saying "So, I'm able to see hidden patterns sometimes, in things like swirling smoke, and I'm able to get information..." After a lot of puzzled looks and explanation, I'm able to share my newfound information with them, including the fact that our primary adversary, known as "The Dread Captain", is a truly ancient and powerful Vampire Lord. He's been alive (if you could call it that) for around ten centuries now, and has personally fed on (and often killed) some very, very powerful beings. His underlings are no joke either; the one we killed already was the youngest, at around 250 years.

There's trouble coming, you can be sure; we've only killed off the easiest one, and the others well and truly know we're here.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby macraw83 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:49 pm UTC

ggh wrote:Perhaps someone knowledgeable (I'm especially looking at you, thunk) can tell me what they think of the "wind-chill factor". I grew up hearing it on the evening weather in NJ, but here in New Zealand, where it really matters, it's like not a thing. Our MetService has a thing "Feels like" but I don't know under what circumstances that would be an accurate heading.
The "wind chill" is a measure of how "cold" the air feels when it is windy, and is caused by the difference in the two types of convection: "free" and "forced", as well as the fact that your "sense of temperature" is really more of a sense of the rate of heat transfer through your skin, which explains why metal at room temperature feels cold because it is better at absorbing heat. I'm hiding a much larger and more detailed description in the spoiler below:

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"Free convection" occurs whenever you have an object of a certain temperature either suspended within or bordering a body of still fluid (in engineering-speak, "fluid" is a term that includes both liquids and gases) at a different temperature. In general, within a fluid, warm pockets rise and cooler pockets fall, so as the object exchanges heat with the fluid the surrounding fluid flows either up or down (depending on whether the fluid is cooler or warmer than the object), making space for more fluid at the bulk temperature to interact with the object. Examples of this are steam from a boiling pot (or a wet hand taken out in the cold) or smoke from a fire, where the warmer air near the source of heat carries the steam or ash upwards. An illustration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convectio ... n-hand.jpg

"Forced convection" is the added effect of forcing motion of the fluid over the object. This causes the heated/cooled fluid to leave the surface of the object much faster, resulting in a faster transfer of heat. This is the concept implemented in convection ovens in the way of fans, which explains why they cook food much faster than conventional ovens, which combine natural convection as well as radiative heat transfer directly from the elements. Also, most computers use fans for convective cooling.

Like I said earlier, your "sense of temperature" is based on the rate of heat transfer through your skin. A colder object feels colder because the rate of heat transfer is roughly proportional to the difference in temperature. The "wind chill" is therefore an estimate of the temperature of still air at which the rate of heat transfer is equal to the rate of heat transfer of air at the current temperature and wind speed.

There are some additional factors that change when you add wind, such as the rate of evaporation (as when sweat evaporates it pulls heat from you), but by far the biggest is the difference between free and forced convection.



ggh wrote:ETA: One thing I remember fondly about the kind of cold macraw speaks of: hair drying. At university, I used to shower in the morning and walk to class. My long hair would freeze pretty quickly and I'd bend it from top to bottom whilst walking, causing snow to fall from my hair. Instant drying!
I've always been too afraid to do too much with my hair when frozen. Does it cause any damage?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:58 pm UTC

Thank you, so very much, for the SnowPeople Stories.
Such a delight for me to read. I laugh along with you.

Frozen Hair...(?)
(gee) Do you All have loads of hair, like June Bug?

Macraw!! Your Posts are phenomenal!

Yes.
I learned that in School.
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Very important for Field Medicine.

A wet person can die of hypothermia at 70 degrees.
A submersed person is at risk at 80 degrees.
(weird. right?)
The review you provided is greatly appreciated.
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Spoiler:
(Chuckle) I'll be walking under that bar.
And; I'll not muss my hair doing it.
Weather Report:
Spoiler:
SomeOne, (I'm looking at You, June Bug)
delivered a Summer's Day!

The Morning Mist rose up from the River.
The Morning Moon hung in a cloudless Robin's Egg blue sky.

It is truly lovely out there.
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I Love you xuys.
In the Morning.
In the Evening.

In Fair Weather and in Foul.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:52 pm UTC

Thanks macraw! I don't think my hair broke, but it was already a slightly feral, unkempt affair, with lots of split ends, so maybe I just didn't notice.
Also, I hunted down your photo. Treeishly seaish! Also, such a wingish mood - I felt like I could hear the snow crunch. :)



But what happened to the barbarian Gingercat?



That was quite a moon last night, eh addams? And a friend pointed out Jupiter beside it, which I found treeish. I never know these things....
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