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241  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 22, 2013, 07:54:54 AM
So, I work in a library. I'm in school to be a librarian, but I am not one yet officially; I am technically a reference associate. Librarian-lite, if you will.

Anywho, at work today I saw some teen guys tossing around a balloon in the teen room. I went to go ask them to stop, partly because we have a policy against throwing shit in the library, but mostly because it wasn't a balloon, it was an inflated condom. I asked them to stop, and they immediately tell me they found it under one of the computer desks in the teen room. I confiscate it, take it back to the staff room, tell my boss and co-workers about it, and we all have a good laugh. I even got to pop it! Despite the annoyance of having to be the "big mean librarian" to a bunch of kids, it was still a fun experience. I'll take condom balloons over most of the other headaches any day.


I recall waiting in line to check out some stuff at a library and hearing the guy in front of me yelling across the library to his wife that they couldn't check out a DVD because of fines.  Actual conversation follows:


That really pissed me off because in addition to the obvious issues with doing that in a goddamn library there was a children's reading group in there that day so a bunch of kids were listening to his cursing echoing through the building.  Largely as a result of the children being there I resisted a strong urge to imitate his tone and yell, "WHOSE FUCKING FAULT IS THAT?"
242  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 21, 2013, 09:05:54 PM
1Up is being shut down.  This makes me sad, that site has some of the best video game writing on the web.

Don't worry, IGN lives on.  They have some of the worst video game writing on the web!

Yeah, I'd hate to see 1Up staff pressed into writing in an 'IGN style'.
243  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 21, 2013, 08:21:18 PM
1Up is being shut down.  This makes me sad, that site has some of the best video game writing on the web.
244  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 21, 2013, 08:17:13 AM
Hat tip to I Fucking Love Science:

Cover of an obscure sci-fi novel about an Irishman who decides to leave Earth in an improvised rocket ship powered by beer.
245  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 19, 2013, 12:29:07 PM
If you have any kind of willpower drugs are fun.Smoke a doob, eat some shrooms, but stay away from needles and powders. Fuck that.

Even though I think Yoda is wrong 98% of the time, the other 2% when he talks of food, I do agree with this.

Surprising.  Veeeeerry surprising. =P

man.... you know you care a wee too much for your games when a doctor says to you "Look, your in deep s**t.... You may need a new kidney in as little as 6 months..." and the very first thing to come to your mind is "oh no.... I'll never finish tales of xilia!!"

Hahaha, good man!

NOTE: Depressing as this news may sound, don't anyone get alarmed.... doctors have been telling me I'm gonna die for years.... I still run between 8-12 miles a day, smoke 2-3 packs of cigarettes and feel like a million bucks :)........ but I wish they would stop giving me such grim reports... really bums me out for a moment

Maybe this is WHY you keep getting reports about your impending death... ;)  On the other hand, if you're gonna croak in six months anyway you might as well enjoy yourself.  Have a cigar, boy!  (Also, just remember that you won't out-do Clark Gable:  3 packs of unfiltered + 4 cigars + 3 or more bowls out of his pipe a day.)
246  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 08:12:01 PM
Never smoked weed, don't drink all that often, and my mom died of lung cancer so I really don't approve of cigarettes (she smoked 2 packs a day). If you like doing any of those, I won't condemn you, but I'm not all that into it.

I can certainly sympathize with that view.  When I drank prior to my heavy blues drowning period it was a rare occasion if I drank twice in a month, and I didn't even drink until a few months after I hit 21 (This may not seem particularly impressive, but I grew up in a town where most people started drinking at around age 12.).  I did enjoy pipe tobacco and cigars for six months, though, but I made sure to take it in moderation and accepted the risk of throat/mouth cancer which at least has the benefit of being easier to identify than mouth cancer (and less likely since it's easier to take pipes/cigars in moderation).
247  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 06:25:34 PM
Interesting discussion going on.  I could see myself trying grass or mushrooms/LSD eventually simply because alcohol tears up my stomach now (I drowned my blues pretty heavily for about six months with high proof whiskey) and I like the experience of getting away from my normal state of mind for a few hours.  Not to mention, I'm curious to see if all of those stories about how awesome Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, etc. are while high are true. :P  I do admit that I've played with a painkiller (opiate) prescription once in a while when I had extra left on hand once the pain was gone, but I've always been cautious about not taking too much and not making it a frequent occurrence; that's not particularly difficult, though, to be honest.  The high I get from opiates is a bit boring compared to that that resulted from alcohol.

That said, even if I had access to grass or shrooms or what have you I doubt I would try it unless I was in a place where it was legal--or I was out in the middle of nowhere and someone else brought it--not because I think 'immoral = illegal' or something silly like that, but because news of a drug bust getting back to my family would lead to me being disowned for all intents and purposes, plus possible job/career ramifications.  Paranoid?  Yes, definitely.  But insane as my family can be I don't want to risk losing them for a few hours of fun.

I live in a state where marijuana is now legal and yet I've still never smoked it (and probably never will...).  Watched too many people in college transform from interesting, fun people into lethargic blobs that just lied around smoking weed all day...

This reminds me of an online friend of mine in New Zealand.  Sort of.  On the one hand he does seem to be perpetually high ever since he decided to try pot, on the other hand he's still fun and interesting and he was always a lethargic blob.  Seems like a toss up.
248  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 17, 2013, 08:07:35 PM

Soooooo.....I'm guessing that a violent response would merit a 'temporary insanity' or 'justifiable homicide' defense.  Any thoughts?
249  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 16, 2013, 08:11:13 PM
Now reading Olaf Stapledon's The Last and First Men.


I returned to and finished The Cold Equations and Other Stories by Tom Godwin. Lots of good stuff in there, even if some of it isn't sheer brilliance. Godwin may not be a Brahms or a Bach but I'd argue that he is a Tchaikovsky or a Chopin.  I'm currently working on Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s and just started on The Skylark of Space by E.E. Smith.
250  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Ex-Cop Begins Killing Family Members of Officers, Claims it's for a Greater Good on: February 16, 2013, 04:56:42 PM
Indeed.  Raid a few hundred homes without warrants and shoot several people that happen to look sort of like him* or have a vehicle that looks similar to his and well, you can expect to be demonized by the public.  I'm not saying that ALL of the demonization resulted from this behavior, mind you, some was a reflexive anti-cop reaction, but much of it resulted from their behavior.  The truth is, we can talk about demonizing cops or society needing a scapegoat all we please, but if a civilian (or two) carrying a gun put 50 rounds into the vehicle of an innocent person because it resembled someone he thought was trying to kill him (or one of his co-workers) and injured or killed said person in the process he would be demonized by the media (and the rest of the country) in addition to spending most of his life in jail for it.  I can't bring myself to feel that police should be exempt from this.

That said, I do not fault the cops for getting in a shoot out with him in the end rather than trying to take him alive.  Sneaking up on somebody that's heavily armed and blasting at you (or ducking and dodging through a hail of bullets with your trusty bullet proof vest) is something that only happens in a movie.  Under most circumstances I think that police should behave like...well...police and try to hold themselves to a higher moral standard, but in a situation like that extreme defensive violence is entirely warranted.  If they did burn his place down (and we'll probably never know if they did it or not - if there is any evidence of that it will most likely be covered up) that was a pretty shit move, though, even given the situation.

BTW, I'm not reflexively anti-cop or anything--the kind that feel the need to raid the houses of alleged non-violent offenders and go in all guns blazing excepted--but I do find it ridiculous when cops can get away with shit without so much as a couple of weeks without pay or a disciplinary write up that would result in a civilian being jailed for life and new laws being passed based on his actions and I think it's quite reasonable to suggest that this needs to change.  All I really ask for is that police be held to the same legal standards as civilians in regards to unnecessary violence and for people to recognize that not holding them to those standards is going to lead to corruption.

*On that note, I'm a bit surprised that LL Cool J didn't get shot.  Must have been smart enough to keep his head down until this was over. :P
251  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 14, 2013, 01:33:46 PM
I sold my Kindle Touch and it left me with just enough spare cash to buy a Kindle Paperwhite...and there is a Walking Dead marathon on.  Today is a good day.

How's  the refresh rate on that paperwhite? I was checking out a demo unit at best buy and it seemed like it took a while to turn pages

I don't have it in yet, so I'll have to tell you when it arrives.  That said, the Touch has a good pretty refresh rate and I doubt they've gone backwards on that.

Got it in yesterday.  The refresh rate is excellent, better than the previous Kindle.  Must have been something odd with the demo unit.
252  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 12, 2013, 04:42:05 PM

..now I must kill "other" Dice....

This sounds like the beginning of an epic battle.

Or a stealthy assassination.  Either way, pics/video.
253  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 11, 2013, 11:13:55 AM
That comic is brilliant.
254  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Ex-Cop Begins Killing Family Members of Officers, Claims it's for a Greater Good on: February 11, 2013, 08:49:56 AM
if they were after a suspect that had posted a killing list that didn't include any cops

Keep in mind that part of it may also be that it could cripple their manpower for not just things like this, but also really low profile crimes.

This is delightfully optimistic. :)

I wonder how much their manpower was crippled by all the time and men it took to raid 400 + houses in a week and how much manpower they're going to lose when they're buried in paperwork because of lawsuits that inevitably arise from raiding many of these houses without warrants.

I don't think this is about manpower - this is about crossing the blue line.
255  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 10, 2013, 05:26:31 PM
The horse riding the horse is great.

(This last one is pretty interesting, something very similar happened when dinosaurs took over the state school board in Texas.)
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