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Survivor's Guild

I had an extremely complicated dream last night and, in the middle of it, I betrayed and realigned with my guild, Survivor's Guild, while hanging out with the creator of the game. Then we met up and talked technical stuff in person. (Still in the dream, of course.)

Only after I woke up did I find the humor of the guild's name.

My brain is awesome. I wish we'd get along better.
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SELF LOATHING

It must be that kind of week. I've had inordinate fits of self-loathing associated with silly mistakes I've made to straight up hostility toward me

I get it. I do. But that doesn't mean it doesn't affect me.

Like, at work, I received a ton of questions that were on the borders of my understanding, but I researched and answered each one to, what I believed, was sufficient to get things to move forward.

I was called out on almost every one of them. I countered them and asked another qualifying question which led to "oh, it was this way" or "you were right, thanks for pointing that out".

And, while they weren't exactly right answers, because these are gray areas I'm dealing with, they're not exactly wrong answers either. So, I understood the doubt.

But... they're doubting me who is an expert and professional at (looking things up on Google) my job. I expect to be the "source" of good information regarding my core competencies. So, I've realized that I'm expressing a little too much humanity in the answers that I give which makes people question whether I know my shit.

I know my shit. Please. Just believe me.

(The fact that I said please there should give an indication of why people must doubt me.)

The other problem is my know-it-all self that is completely ignorant of the world around me. I'm stepping on toes and I don't see the signs because I'm ... playing out my own fantasy thank-you-very-much.

However, I am perfectly willing to right the wrongs when I've done someone harm. I'm very (morally) flexible and can accommodate egos and feels alike. I hate chronic contention and I will resolve it as soon as it rears its ugly head.

Going back to what I was complaining about, though. All of these things chip away at my self-confidence to where I wonder whether I'm right or wrong. Believe me, I've been called plenty of time about commenting on headlines without reading the article. I'm aware of this particular flaw. (Of course, that's unrelated to the things I've encountered lately. See, I do learn.)

I try to be dutiful, but I'm still going to approach things my way and within the scope of my capability. And, while I will bend on the stuff that just doesn't matter in order to placate, understand that when it does matter, I'll take matters into my own hands. Especially when it starts affecting my general enjoyment of life and hobbies. Perspectives are many and varied and ... usually as useful as opinions. It's just the way it is.

So, dammit, "the universe" leave me the hell alone for a while so I can muster my resolve again. And, perhaps, maybe this aching pit in my stomach will work itself out quickly.
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It explains why some of the highest positions of incompetence I've dealt with are truly there because they're the best ... uh, bullshitters out there.
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Locals?

Might want to check this site: mycash.utah.gov

If anything, you can see if someone who owes you money is owed money by the state. See how that works?
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Wee! Congratulations! I hoped for some magical windfall, but no, it wasn't in the cards.
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Survivors

Seeking survivors, they follow a path that leads them to one of the last of the Kellas people. They spend another fitful night in the darkness being watched over by the friendly, but feral, cat people. They break camp in search of the Ether Tree, resolved to stop the onslaught from the breach. Indecision runs rampant as the group faces uncertain odds.
The others were getting anxious as the sun sunk closer to the horizon. They had gathered provisions and anything that could be used for what lie ahead while Tagaern and I buried Duncan Tham. "We can't get back to town." Floki...
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The Fall of Kellas House

Hakaar's anxiety ramps from signs of forces and words of an imminent threat. After a fitful night of sleep, the group finishes their business tasks and sets out to see what has become of Duncan and Kellas House.
I woke several times through the night, finding myself holding my breath, sweating profusely in the sheets of my borrowed bed. Silah lay next to me, running her fingers along my forehead and pressing her hand to the side of m...
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Rain of Fire

We check on some disconcerting news from Biedrick that led us to the cape's shore. Bromm and Sig get to see what they're business is going to boom. Literally.
Silah glided into Butterwicks slinking around the tables to approach the where Floki and Bromm sat. They had barely moved and their respective moods seemed to slowly diminish. Bromm's mug now held a light ale that he was nurs...
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Pathfinder Combat Simulator

Holy crap. I didn't realize how many computations go into a single round of attacks with any RPG, but especially this. It's not done... and I don't that it ever will be , but the basics are covered.

That should be enough, shouldn't it?

You might want to copy it out and put it somewhere else... since it can be edited. (Well, the "allowed" parts.)

#rpg   #pathfinder  
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Oh yes! Ghost hunting to espionage, the possibilities are endless!
 
Thermal cameras are little more than a fun toy for most of us, but the companies and contractors that rely on the technology to be more efficient in their work are routinely faced with the tremendous cost associated with most of the hardware in the category. Over the last two years we've seen an…
Thermal cameras are little more than a fun toy for most of us, but the companies and contractors that rely on the technology to be more efficient in their work are routinely faced with the tremendous cost associated with most of the hardware in the category. Over the last two years we've seen an effort to make thermal cameras smaller, cheaper, and in some cases even relying on your...
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Attention Shoppers

IF ... if you find yourself shopping and you're pushing around a cart and, hey, there's a friend you haven't seen in, like, ages. What do you do when you decide to stop and chat with them? Or, what if you've got a lot of groceries, do you take two carts and dominate the flow of traffic? How about Sunday shoppers... too unaware for their own good?

Here is my simple process for efficient shopping: Follow the Rules of the Road or, perhaps, simple common courtesy. Here are a few things that I expect from my fellow social contract bondee's.

Aisles are Two Way Streets

Unless otherwise designated, aisles can usually handle two carts abreast and a little room to maneuver. Now, when I say abreast—and I'll avoid a euphemistic play on all of this—I don't want to see two carts traveling the same speed and facing the same direction. Even if you think you have room: nope, don't do it.

Follow whatever paradigm is active in your country. In mine, I always stay in the right lane while driving. And responsible, licensing wielding adults should chose (wisely) to do the same, or I am gonna block your ass and glare at you threateningly as my part of said social contract requires.

SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT!

It's the law. Well, it is in my state. Though, I doubt you'll see that enforced much, but in all seriousness, get the hell over!

If you stop, pull your cart off to the side and be sure to stagger where you stop if there is an adjacent cart. If you see someone, treat it like a mobile phone call in your car, in somewhere like California or whatever; if you're chatting with someone, pull off to the side of the road or ... talk to them later. This is where common sense, a healthy level of personal awareness of one's surroundings, and common damn courtesy come in.

And, seriously, if you're that oblivious, maybe you shouldn't be out in public. Maybe I'll ram you just to get my point across. But no, the social contract says I'll grunt a little, give you a vacant half smile, and eventually realize that you really just don't give a damn about anyone you may be inconveniencing. This is your shopping experience, after all. I can't tell you how many swear words are sprouting in my mind, both real and imagined... just like the tortures I'm contriving while in the midst of said experiences.

Let's just say, you better thank the powers-that-be that I have violent video games to come home to.

Don't Drive Drunk

You'd think they would have gotten arrested on the way here, but no. They must not drive like they shop. Or do they? Seriously, because these are two lane roads, the more times you wander over that invisible line, the less cognitive resources I have to deal with your crap. And this is especially true with the aforementioned "two abreast" rule.

Yeah, it's nice to talk with your friend/partner/soulmate/spouse/roommate or whatever while you shop. I don't judge. However, you better believe I'm judging you as you back up everyone behind you with your lackadaisical approach at life, er, shopping.

If you switch lanes randomly in high traffic aisles. That's a double yellow! NO! I will literally double park this whole damn aisle just to prove my point as I ... grab some shelf stable Chef Boyardee mystery meat ravioli's. (Because who actually buys those?) And I'll be what you've made me become. And as you look at me all "inconvenienced". I'll give you my socially acceptable glare of vacant discontent as a reflection of the darkness in your very own soul.

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Common sense says, be a defensive shopper, but also be a courteous shopper. There's a saying that seems to sum it up to me: You are not the center of the whole damn universe. And I mean you, those who feel that you are the rock around which everyone flows, and anyone who crashes onto you be damned. You were here first... weren't you?

Huh, well, I guess this very well could be the general reflection of our social expectations in this world where we live. Sorry if I hurt your feelings in this personal outburst, but ... as Batman says.
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*nodsnods* It's a sad and sorry state of affairs, these days.
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Does crying like a baby while writing about a favorite character's death make that writing better?

Yeah, I just did this. I must've been channeling something painful because it all came right out there. I can't say it translated, but if I've written the character worth a damn, perhaps... perhaps it will?

Anyone else have experience with this? Bad things happening to good characters and the emotion around it? Did you find that others felt it, too?
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Ah. I could see that one breaking me down.
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Exodus

The group deposits their new friend with an outlying farm. The next day, they see Dowry bustling with the wrong kind of activity. There is endless trouble on the horizon.
The pirate captain, Garr Finlayson, had apparently been running this racket for a while. Fencing goods stolen from the well to do and the nobles in the upper bluffs of Dowry. He'd land in other cities to sell his wares; Palli...
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The Old Ways

Ix is a succubus and she's disgruntled that humanity's influence has tainted the Hell she calls home.

This is a new piece of fiction that's not related to my gaming. And, yes, it has language and sex. And it's a hell of a lot of fun. :D
There's no such thing as young anymore, traditional, maybe. But what was considered traditional was changing and, with it, there was a shift in power in which both Heaven and Hell couldn't quite cope. "The elegance is gone." ...
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Gah, I should let anything I write SIT for a day before I decide to post it. I had promised myself to not get TOO excited and post poorly edited material. I should stick by my process. :|

Welp... lesson learned... again. Edited heavily and re-posted with less errors and better flow than it started with.
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