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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2016, 02:07:02 PM

Unless it's cheap, and/or beat to shit, try sharpening the knife you have before dropping coin on a new one. Could go a very long way...

Yep, honing your knife before/after every use is good practice.

It's a cheap knife and the handle is kinda coming loose. I don't use it often (I rarely chop large vegetables), that's why I haven't been in a hurry to buy a proper replacement.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2016, 01:26:25 PM
I had to google what knob celery is - celeriac, gotcha.

Have you ever cut a pineapple using a kitchen knife, or a turnip? That's generally how I cut the rind of a celeriac off. Not much fuss if your knife is sharp!

That's exactly my problem: I haven't had a decent knife in years. I should probably buy one sooner rather than later. And a larger pot. And a bread knife. And a bunch of other stuff. My kitchen is kind of bare.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2016, 12:21:29 PM
I made pea soup. I turned out well and I have enough for atleast four more meals, and that's excluding the portions my mother picked up for her and my dad. I think it could be considered a success.


If I mention pea soup and wanting to make it anytime soon, please, for the love of god (any god, I'm not picky!), stop me.

I had conveniently 'forgotten' that good pea soup takes 3+ hours to make. That knob celery is a pain in the ass to chop. That it makes the whole living area smell like pea soup.

In my haps... I will be married in less than 7 weeks. So awesome, but also kind of weird to think about. My fiance and I do not currently live together-

Have you lived together before...? If not, I wish you the best of luck, cuz you'd truly be a gamblin' man.

Yeah, learning to live with your partner is always a rough part of the relationship.

I wonder how my parents managed. They 'proposed' three months after they met, and that was basically a simultanous 'let's get married' at the kitchen table. Different times, I guess. But, they're still happily married, so yay!
64  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 25, 2016, 02:04:07 PM
My family is very serious about this game...

My sister and her boyfriend have systems in place to catch the maximum amount of Pokémon while in the car. Last week, he went out to get some cooking oil and came back an hour later with a bunch of Pokémon. The super market is practically around the corner.

My dad calculated that his mobility scooter is the most efficient way to hatch eggs, because it's top speed is 15km hour. Walking is too slow and if you ride a bike, you might go too fast too often.

When I mentioned I couldn't play because my phone is outdated, my mom offered to buy me a new one.

My brother is probably the highest level of them all (he has a habit of walking/cycling to and from work) but he's trying to downplay his interest.

I refused to accept a new cellphone by the way, so now my sister is going to go and see if they have an old one that can run the game. So, eh, I might be joining the craze sometime soon, I guess? I will probably be disowned if I join a team other than Mystic.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 25, 2016, 01:02:42 PM
I think I fixed my RPG Maker problem! While dealing with the wuauserv thing, I read up on some other processes as well. Apparently, the system has sort of seperate drivers for when using an external display like a TV. I had already concluded that my problems were stemming from something driver related, and according to my very limited knowledge of how computers work, taking the faulty shit out of the equation should solve the problem. So, I hooked my laptop up to a tv and set that as my temporary main display device. And coly crap, it worked! I can play RPG Maker games again!

Now there's just one problem: the games I'm playing right now are point & click adventures made in RPG Maker. I need to find a way to play those comfortably, one that doesn't involve using the laptop as an oversized controller. Heck, I doubt I have an HDMI cable that's long enough for that! Maybe if I grab the USB cable I use to extend my PS3/4 controller cables, use that on my mouse, put one of those 'tray on a pillow' things on my lap...

(Yeah, I know, the logical thing to do would be to see if I can find the drivers used back in the days when everything was well, but that takes effort. Pretending my laptop is a console is so much easier. Plus, I like how my laptop keeps finding new ways to bring shame to the PC Masterrace.)
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 24, 2016, 03:57:40 PM
And here I was wondering if I should indulge and make myself some pea soup despite it being severely out of season... But if you can celebrate Christmas, I can make and eat pea soup.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 24, 2016, 03:48:55 AM
The show is called Studio C, here's the full skit.

... It's like a dramatised version of having the bullied kid as a goalie. They kept aiming for my head again and again ;_; (Fortunately, my reflexes are pretty good and I managed to stop most balls with my hands. Still hurt though... I don't like ball sports very much.)
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 24, 2016, 03:34:17 AM
Tomara I wish you had like Dutch candy export business or something... I'd totally be all over that.

I could probably send you a box if you're willing to send me something in return (books from Bookdepository or something). I have to warn you, though. Shipping is expensive. Less than 2kg will cost €18 without tracking. 2-5kg with tracking will be € 34,30 (close to $40 American). Fortunately, Dutch sweets are pretty cheap, but they will end up costing atleast twice as much if you include shipping.

I'm also incidentally curious since I came across this totally at random (seriously, I wasn't like fixated on the Netherlands or something) whether this actually represents a stereotypical view or some version of stereotypes.

Yeah... that's pretty much true. Examples:

-I'm from the Achterhoek or 'Motorcross (and farmers)'. Our region is known for this huge music/racing festival called De Zwarte Cross, and our roads (flat and scenic!) were popular with motorcyclists long before that. (See the dot with 'Doetinchem'? I live a little north of there.)

-Train Delay Central is Utrecht, the city where many train lines connect. Countless people travel through there every day and yeah, delays happen. The worst one I've experienced was less than an hour, but when the weather is bad enough, everything shuts down. Half a decade ago, there was this massive storm. I was at an anime convention and if I had left 30 minutes later, I'd would have been stuck in Utrecht for the night. As bad as this may sound, Utrecht is actually a great place, especially for tourists that don't want to settle for just Amsterdam. It's a lively old city in its own right, and you can easily get to the other parts of the country from there.

-Greenhouses everywhere? That's where my dad is from and yep, there are greenhouses everywhere. They call it the 'Glass City', which makes it sound so much more awesome than it actually is.

-It's easy to forget there are people living in Drenthe. It took me three freaking years to get a Streetpass from there and complete the map of the Netherlands!

-We're tsundere towards the Germans, that's for sure. On one hand we aren't really over World War II yet (many people who lost family and friends during the war are still alive today), but on the other we recognise that the country has changed a lot and that living in the past is a bad idea. Plus, many like to hop over the border for a little vacation or just shopping for a day.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 23, 2016, 02:09:41 PM
Hah, wow, I think I've finally figured out what has been crippling my laptop for nearly a year now: the windows update service was running amok and sometimes eating up over 30% of system resources just for the heck of it. Restarting the service when it starts misbehaving seems to have solved the issue.

But... it starts acting up again 10-15 minutes later.

I wonder if it has something to do with me quite forcefully denying it its Windows 10 update.

Oh well, time to see if there are any permanent fixes.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 23, 2016, 12:01:46 PM
Yep, real, good liquorice has plenty of actual liquorice in it. Kokindjes are nice, but I don't mind some laurierdrop either. But I have to admit my taste in sweets is extremely traditional (liquorice, anise, cinnamon - those are my types of flavour) and that plenty of Dutch people like the sugary foreign stuff.

71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: July 22, 2016, 03:42:50 PM
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.
6. We Know the Devil
7. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
9. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation
10. Stranger of Sword City
11. Atelier Sophie
12. Zelda Picross
13. 10000000
14. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

I bought some stuff on sale.

15. Quell Reflect
You know those ice block puzzles you often find in games? This puzzle game is a bit like that but with a few twists. You use raindrops to collect all the pearls while avoiding spikes, using little warp portals and so on. Neat little collection of puzzles if you happen to be in the mood for one.

16. Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden
A clicking game in which you raise organ trees. I liked the creepy cute atmosphere and basic gameplay, but it got a little too grindy towards the end. Plus, my laptop has some trouble running it (it has trouble running almost anything nowadays, sadly) and the severe slowdows take the un out of it.

17. Beyond Eyes
An artistic game about a blind girl who leaves her garden to look for her best friend: a cat. It's a slow game, but it looks lovely. The girl can't see and as you explore, she fills everything in with her imagination. Sometimes things turn out to be a little different than what she expected. Like, the those scary birds turned out to be chickens! That was a cute moment. I'm not sure if I'd recommend this game when it's not on sale, though. It's short (~90 minutes) and the interaction is limited. It's mostly a sweet little experiment in storytelling.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 22, 2016, 01:40:48 PM
I remember Howard Dean's leafblower whoop. 

Anyway, a further development in the news story about the behaviorist who was shot while trying to deescalate the agitated autistic guy is that the officer is now trying to spin it like he intended to shoot the autistic guy and the whole mess is a misunderstanding. Okay, now saying you're going to shoot someone with a developmental disability without understanding that is a whole 'nother kind of wrong right there.

Can we get some good news for a change? 

I'm not entirely sure how he thinks that makes things better, because 1) he was trying to shoot an unarmed autistic guy sitting on the ground and 2) fired several times, missed every time and accidently hit someone else instead. I think that might be worse, actually...

73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 22, 2016, 01:33:22 PM

What are the legalities involved in mailing packaged puke to someone?
Is it covered under bio-hazard or is it A-OK?

I assume that would be a biohazard, yes. A more direct delivery however... but that'd be to humilating for me as well. Wait. There's this little babyboom going on in our community and if she ever holds a baby, I hope it's one with good aim and a full stomach.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 22, 2016, 10:57:14 AM
I want to vomit.

This colleague is stressing me out to the point where I lose my appetite, and you know, want to share my partly digested lunch with the sewer rats. I'm aware this is very unhealthy, but I do like what I do, even if it means having to put up with people like her.

The past month (more like 6 weeks actually), I've been trying to get her to do her job. So many e-mails and text messages were send. Responses were rare. Now it turns out she's working with some misconception of what her assignments were supposed to be. She fucking everything up and her reaction is: "Oh, I guess there was some miscommunication." Yeah, no shit. Actually, wait, miscommunication isn't the problem. The problem is that there's barely any communication at all. And the logs prove that's not my fault.

I wish I could yell at her like some TV chef until she understands the importance of communication. But she'd just start crying and ask why I'm so mean to her. I did drop a "Don't worry, my expectations of you are so low, you couldn't possible disappoint me", and I'm going to get so much shit for that, because we're all supposed to be the super bestest friends in the whole wide world.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: July 22, 2016, 02:33:00 AM
Looks like Berseria is sticking to traditions and we'll be able to save the world by punching a silver-haired pretty boy (okay, man) in the face.
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