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Post by Rumpy5897 » 1 year ago

The main thing that made the difference was the bbcode documentation on here. There's a lovely clear write-up, detailing how to use every single feature, split up into three sections of ascending fiddliness. It also doesn't hurt that the visuals are innately nicer either, I guess :P Add in a hyper helpful and responsive Feyd, who went on to implement various nonsense I poked him about, and you honestly get a formatting experience that's night and day relative to MTGS. I absolutely dreaded stylistic work back there, whereas I started tweaking things pretty much immediately after jumping ship here. Didn't stop when I made my template functional, suddenly I actually had stylistic ideas. Why not add shadows to things? Give each thread its own colour scheme? Emulate the parchment'y look of old frame Magic in my box background? It was a fun couple weeks of messing around with that stuff, and the end results are wonderful. Three cheers for Feyd!

I've actually had an epiphany recently regarding my handling of the crisis. I've always struggled with anxiety, and started getting it under wraps via a concerted mindfulness effort a few years back. Meanwhile, my self-imposed isolation coming about two weeks prior to the government's response, derided for its tardiness, granted emergency powers and free reign to those panicky thoughts. "I was right all along! About everything ever!" Cue an infinite montage of societal collapse and whatnot other blackest black scenarios, with me regressing to a 2015 episode where I had a hard mental breakdown for a month because I was convinced that getting picked to present at the local seminar meant a setup to publicly humiliate me and throw me out. Yeah, not the best. Still, upon realising it, I've made progress towards regaining control of myself, which is good. There's literally nothing I can do about the big picture stuff, so gotta focus on doing my best in the local realm.
 
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Post by MeowZeDung » 1 year ago

Rumpy5897 wrote:
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There's literally nothing I can do about the big picture stuff, so gotta focus on doing my best in the local realm.
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Post by Airi » 1 year ago

I'm glad you guys are enjoying the experience here! Things like the bbc stylization are the kinds of features we'd always wanted to have, but weren't in a position to implement before. :love:
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Post by ISBPathfinder » 1 year ago

Ugh, doing training videos at home while babysitting. I feel like this might not be a productive day.

The changes in styling between sally and here are there, I didn't find that a lot of them were that drastic though but I also haven't delved deep into them either.
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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

I watched five episodes of Break8ng Bad yesterday at work. It was a new personal record for me.
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Post by Myllior » 1 year ago

Rumpy5897 wrote:
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There's literally nothing I can do about the big picture stuff, so gotta focus on doing my best in the local realm.
Good on you! Glad to hear you're doing better :)

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Post by Ulka » 1 year ago

This week has been painful for job hunting. Ive had 4 roles get posted to get an email saying we decided to postpone the role until end of April... Guess its time to work on both cubes tonight. Peasant and Tiny Leader cubes are getting some testing and a decent overhaul on pauper cube.
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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

Ulka wrote:
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This week has been painful for job hunting. Ive had 4 roles get posted to get an email saying we decided to postpone the role until end of April... Guess its time to work on both cubes tonight. Peasant and Tiny Leader cubes are getting some testing and a decent overhaul on pauper cube.
That sucks to hear. Were you let go or already hunting?
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 year ago

so,i've been doing the following as a way to keep my creativity flowing,it's clearly fiction
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Hopefully writing this will keep my sane,so here we go. It's been about three or four months since this all started. We all mocked those who grabbed the TP,and then laughed about the store shelves being empty due to folks getting crazy. It's also been three weeks since the last time someone from government non-military spoke to the Nation. That was when Martial law was declared, followed by all over seas troops being brought home,along with giving all over sea Americans a deadline of 24 hours to get to the nearest embassy/consult or be left in whichever country they are in. Luckily, the power hasn't gone out or or at least it hasn't here. There's rumors from both coast that barges are being taken out to the oceans filled with bodies and then coming back empty. I still have enough food to last a few more weeks,but I may have to go and scavenge after my supply runs out. I haven't heard gun shots yet,just the occasional siren. I'll write more later if I can.

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I decided i'd keep count of the days by counting form when i started this diary,it seemed easier than anything else. The days sort of blend together at this point. I did hear a window break,so I looked out my front window and saw someone stealing a neighbor's car. I attempted to call 911,but all I got was an automated message about them being overwhelmed and what do to do if I suspect I have the virus. I don't even even know if the neighbors are still alive or what. I might attempt to go over there and check. I have been noticing that some websites are starting to turn into 401 errors. That's it for now.
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I was going o go over to my neighbor's house to check on them but then I saw some military vehicles drive down my street from my window so I watched t them instead. I'm not sure where they were heading to, but they did have at least four dump trucks with them. I'm pretty sure they were loaded with dead bodies. Before the media clamp down, they were saying that the virus seems to have mutated into a deadlier form. Twitter and other social sites have posted notices about outages due to power/server issues. Frankly, i'm surprised that the government hasn't attempted to shut them down, hell i'm not even sure if they can do that. My lights did flicker a bit, but I'm not that worry since I have solar and a storage system along a back up generator.
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Post by Ulka » 1 year ago

cryogen wrote:
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Ulka wrote:
1 year ago
This week has been painful for job hunting. Ive had 4 roles get posted to get an email saying we decided to postpone the role until end of April... Guess its time to work on both cubes tonight. Peasant and Tiny Leader cubes are getting some testing and a decent overhaul on pauper cube.
That sucks to hear. Were you let go or already hunting?
Let go back in January due to a company wide restructuring so I've been hunting since late January but hadn't found the right role yet when this all hit...
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Post by bobthefunny » 1 year ago

Not biased at all or anything, but there's a new article on the front page!

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Post by ISBPathfinder » 1 year ago

bobthefunny wrote:
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Not biased at all or anything, but there's a new article on the front page!
Nice use of images but man, its making me hungry.
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Post by toctheyounger » 1 year ago

Those are some great, easy-looking recipes bob. Just had breakfast and it's still got my mouth watering.
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Post by RxPhantom » 1 year ago

Adam Schlesinger died today from complications with COVID-19, and I'm truly crushed. He was one of the principal songwriters in Fountains of Wayne, who were so much more than "Stacy's Mom." He wrote "That Thing You Do" for the Tom Hanks movie of the same name. He wrote or co-wrote most if not all of the songs featured on a show called Crazy Ex-Girlfiend. He cranked out quality songs as if it were easy.

Anyway, Fountains of Wayne are important to me, and maybe I just needed to put that into the world somehow. I always hoped they'd get back together, but obviously that won't happen now.

So, in his honor and to make me feel better, here are a couple of their songs with which I have an emotional connection. Give them a listen. Hopefully, you're keeping your distance from others and have nothing else better to do.



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Post by SocorroTortoise » 1 year ago

I've been listening to Welcome Interstate Managers all day today. I have a lot of good memories associated with Fountains of Wayne and Adam Schlesinger's death is a blow.

My favorite is probably their second most well known song thanks to being used on Scrubs, but I'll still share it here.
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Post by vandertroll » 1 year ago

I did a full 1.5 hour teaching class - conference call with 13 11 year olds. I think I'm done for this year.
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 year ago

I think my copy of Solemnity is about to go up in value....
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Post by lyonhaert » 1 year ago

Hermes_ wrote:
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I think my copy of Solemnity is about to go up in value....
Yeah, it's starting to spike a bit: Solemnity on MTGStocks.
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Post by MeowZeDung » 1 year ago

Speaking of price spikes, I just saw that Fluctuator shot up to $35. I got mine for $5 a couple months ago for my Bruse/Kraum deck, thank goodness. It may be that it's being reprinted in the Gavi, Nest Warden deck and the price will tank just as fast once it's spoiled, but I'm not convinced they would put it in the deck since it kind of makes the commander do nothing.
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 year ago

I wrote some more (as an aside,do you all like this? otherwise i'm gonna stop coping it to here)

Day five: Well, I took a large gym bag with me back to Jim's house. I covered my mouth and nose with a bandanna. I wait till dark before making my trip. I didn't brother with a flash light just in case anyone else was watching. Jim had a full pantry of canned goods,things like soups,vegetables etc. I grabbed as much as I could fit in the bag before looking around the rest of his house making a mental list of what to grab on my next trip. I found the downstairs door locked,which puzzled me since it was his game room/man cave from when he was married. I wondered where the key was and what was down there that required the door to be locked. I'll have to risk a trip during the day and look around for the key.
Day 1
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Hopefully writing this will keep my sane,so here we go. It's been about three or four months since this all started. We all mocked those who grabbed the TP,and then laughed about the store shelves being empty due to folks getting crazy. It's also been three weeks since the last time someone from government non-military spoke to the Nation. That was when Martial law was declared, followed by all over seas troops being brought home,along with giving all over sea Americans a deadline of 24 hours to get to the nearest embassy/consult or be left in whichever country they are in. Luckily, the power hasn't gone out or or at least it hasn't here. There's rumors from both coast that barges are being taken out to the oceans filled with bodies and then coming back empty. I still have enough food to last a few more weeks,but I may have to go and scavenge after my supply runs out. I haven't heard gun shots yet,just the occasional siren. I'll write more later if I can.
Day 2
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:

I decided i'd keep count of the days by counting form when i started this diary,it seemed easier than anything else. The days sort of blend together at this point. I did hear a window break,so I looked out my front window and saw someone stealing a neighbor's car. I attempted to call 911,but all I got was an automated message about them being overwhelmed and what do to do if I suspect I have the virus. I don't even even know if the neighbors are still alive or what. I might attempt to go over there and check. I have been noticing that some websites are starting to turn into 401 errors. That's it for now.

Day 3
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I was going to go over to my neighbor's house to check on them but then I saw some military vehicles drive down my street from my window so I watched t them instead. I'm not sure where they were heading to, but they did have at least four dump trucks with them. I'm pretty sure they were loaded with dead bodies. Before the media clamp down, they were saying that the virus seems to have mutated into a deadlier form. Twitter and other social sites have posted notices about outages due to power/server issues. Frankly, i'm surprised that the government hasn't attempted to shut them down, hell i'm not even sure if they can do that. My lights did flicker a bit, but I'm not that worry since I have solar and a storage system along a back up generator.
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Well, I went over to my neighbor's house across the street,knocked a few times,pushed the door bell but no one answered. I then checked to see if the front door was locked. It was,so I went around back and found that they had been broken into. The door was opened a bit,so I walked in and was assaulted by the smell of death. I almost threw up. After finding a wash cloth to hold to my nose in hopes of keeping the smell at bay I looked around for the source. I found Jim's body slumped against the wall next to the front door with several bullet holes in it and his tv and other electronics missing. While thinking back on the good times I had had with him, he made some killer ribs, I decided that I would head back to my house and find a better way to cover my face before looking for any supplies. Before I left back the way I came, I unlocked the front door and found a sink plug,so I plugged the empty kitchen sink up and filled it up. This was done so,i could come back with any empty bottle and fill them up with water before the water pressure stopped.
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Post by pokken » 1 year ago

onering wrote: a student of the Ben Shapiro school of rhetoric.
A friend of mine made me watch a video entitled "Ben Shapiro Destroyyyys Feminism" so this comment made me absolutely die laughing. Normally I don't upvote meanness but that video :P Omg.

Here it is in all its glory:P
(UGH it's even worse than I remember, deleted, just google it if you wanna laugh and then cry and then hurl.)

Hopefully this is treading lightly enough from a politics perspective if not delete away =P
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Post by RxPhantom » 1 year ago

I just realized how much of a pain it's going to be to update the quiz in my sig for Ikoria and C20. Oy. Side note, the Nightmare creature type may double or triple just from this set.
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Post by cryogen » 1 year ago

Happy Easter to everyone that celebrates it in some fashion. We did an egg hunt for the kids (2yo loved it, 12yo was more or less indifferent to the hunt itself but always happy for candy).

How has everyone been doing? Hopefully y'all are staying safe if/when you have to go out into public, and finding productive ways to pass the time while stuck at home.
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Post by pokken » 1 year ago

We're doing well; not getting outside as much as we'd like because winter decided to hang on with talons this year and keep it just uncomfortable enough to not want to go outside until mid April. Wife did up a nice easter basket for the kid and made a dinner and a delicious pineapple coconut cake thing, and we're just hanging out with her mom today. It's nicely warming up today so we'll probably spend some time in the back yard later on I'd spose, maybe I'll put the basketball hoop back up. The wind always blows it down in the winter and it's futile putting it back up until I'm ready to use it regularly (it's one of those with the weighted base and I never did get around to staking it down like I ought).

Been playing a lot of MTGO lately, but my old playgroup didn't quite go in as hard as I did from a power level perspective, so I've been building some budget decks and trying those out -- they're a little too weak for the general MTGO meta, so I've got to tune them up just a little but not so much they run roughshod over my online playgroup.
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 year ago

Finshed this bad boy
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