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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 26, 03:07:04 »
I was hired as the assistant sound designer for two small shows, and ran troubleshooting while our main sound designer was out on vacation last week.  That was bad enough.  But tonight, BOTH Stage managers call me up asking questions about the light board...which was NOT my department.  Yes, I work lights often, but that does not immediately mean I can diagnose, by phone, what is going wrong with a system I haven't messed around with, especially when your lights board is an emulated piece of software rather than a physical unit that I AM familiar working on.
I had a bad enough time last week with the stress of one of the directors, I was looking forward to spending this weekend not thinking about these shows.  Why do they insist on dragging me back kicking and screaming?

Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 Mar 23, 15:57:09 »
Daaang, this just is so addicting to watch!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUU8joBb1Q</a>
This is making me smile like heck!
This is why you don't let engineers get too close to musicians.  They fuse into one amalgamation of epicness so great the internet almost can't handle it.


Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 10, 02:11:36 »
In the category of "really petty":

I tend to shift rapidly between things grabbing my attention, but something that hurts every time I shift back to it is a TV show called Code Lyoko.  I loved this series when I was younger, and while I've rewatched a few episodes more recently and been less enthused, I still like the series.

The problem is that it's nowhere to be found.  Videos I do find are on Youtube, but really terrible quality.  I've looked online for any DVD releases of this, but they only have season 1 (of 4) available as a whole...for a minimum of $108, used.  I may like the show, but for what was maybe my least-favorite season I really don't feel that's worth the asking price.  And what's worse is I remember them being on the Itunes store, all four seasons, for $40ish each.  I passed them up then because I thought that was too expensive...but now I've lost my chance.  They're no longer there.

I'll be off this worry for a while in less than a week, but I know it's going to come back with a vengeance, and no amount of searching Ebay for something that doesn't exist will make that better.  Bah, curse my younger self's indecisiveness.

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 07, 16:32:49 »
As much as I love working in theater, there's a few aspects of it that bug me.  Are you familiar with the concept of an earworm?  That tune that just won't leave your head?  Well I've been singing snippets of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the past three hours.  I last heard this show back when I worked on it in high school: in 2007.  It's not so much an earworm at this point as it is embedded in my subconscious:I

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Feb 28, 03:03:37 »
As someone who does not do well in conversation, it's hard for me to pick up the phone and chat with someone, for some reason amplified if I need to leave a message.  So you can imagine how much I love having to call my landlord at 11PM to try and figure out why our internet was out for near two hours.  We've had fairly regular internet outages before, but they've lasted maybe 20 minutes at worst.  This one was no connection for quite a while.

And mysteriously enough, right after I call, the internet comes back on.  Odd how a text and ringing their doorbell (they're just upstairs) doesn't get any response, but as soon as you call the net if back, as if by magic.  :l


I restarted my computer to see if it was giving me the issue with the network (it wasn't, still didn't work), but suddenly I can't edit tags on my photos like I was doing before the restart.  I can't fathom what changed between then and now, but I can't edit tags I was working on beforehand either, so...
Is consistency really so much to ask for?

I'm still going with watching, but I lost most of the preview hype around season 6 (though 5 would have probably been the same if I didn't end up watching the premiere at BabsCON that year).  I'm probably going to keep watching for now, but I really lost a lot of approval to hear Starlight Glimmer was going to be hanging around.  I admit, I'm biased against her/for Sunset Shimmer because I just like her more.  The two started with too many similarities to keep me from getting invested in Starlight when she showed up a second time, and while I don't despise her character, I just don't care to see her around.  I was really hoping she'd shuttle off back to her old town at the end of season 6, maybe show up once or twice, but if she's going to be involved in multiple episodes...

I'm not bothering with breeding until I'm done with the story...and honestly, I'm not sure I care about that either anymore.  I'm never going competitive, why should I spend so much time trying to actually get a team I stole parts from Serebii or Smogon for without even knowing how to use them?  I looked back at my old Pokemon X file and it's 450 hours long...WHY?  I finished the game way early in that timeframe, and all I've been doing is wasting my time making a team of Pokemon that will never see the light of day anywhere but my own mind, and if I can already imagine or write whatever I want, what's the dang point of this?!

What pokemon were you planning to use on your team? cuz obviously I just change up my team based on the situation and level.
I've been using a Midnight form Lycanroc, Decidueye, Golisopod (which might stick around),  Lurantis, Marowak, Stoutland, Salazzle, and Sandslash in rotation.  But Sandslash, Decidueye and Lycanroc were just huge disappointments.

I am a fan of the Toucannon I picked up, and the Dhelmise, though the latter I have no idea what to do with.  Also considering raising a Pikachu up and using an oldie but goodie for me, Absol.

Off-Topic / Re: That one word you can never spell correctly
« on: 2017 Feb 17, 04:39:17 »
Embarrassed.  It's that second R, every time...There's more, but I can't think of them at the moment.

I'm stuck right after reaching the fourth island.  Not because I'm underleveled or anything, but because I really lost interest in the Pokemon I have for a team.  The new Pokemon this generation I liked just aren't playing how I was hoping for them to play.  It sapped all my motivation to work on it.  I've liked the story so far, but the same thing happened to me in Black2: I just got tired of my team and didn't see enough options or desire to make a new one.

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Feb 10, 20:30:28 »
Being the one who has to tell your boss about bad news that wasn't your fault.  Today, that bad news was "oh hey, I think the rain gutter is clogged, because the carpet up here is sopping wet."  Which is another dumb thing, because I was the one who had to report a similar leak in my dorm building last year.  Are these clogged drains following me?  >:/

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Feb 02, 01:37:53 »
This is something that gets to me because this is part of my job, but it might be understood by those with a certain desire for...reason.

This is a sheet of gel that light technicians use to color the various lighting instruments that illuminate a theater stage.  That thing it's resting on is a paper cutter.  There's a reason we use the paper cutter: because every instrument we have uses a square gel frame!  And that little tag in the corner marks what color the gel is so that we know we put the right shade of 60-80 (no, that's not hyperbole) different blues, and every section has to have it written on it.  In short: WHY did we do this!?  :facehoof:

This is on top of people never cleaning up after themselves when a class comes through.  I get that you might be in a hurry, but...so am I, when I have to hang and gel 40+ instruments, cable it, and make sure everything works in the span of my limited work hours.

-Ahem-  Pardon that rant.

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Jan 15, 22:56:35 »
This is a kind of second-hand dumb thing, but my housemate informs me that her home country makes sure to de-ice every road every time it gets snowy.  Which becomes a problem when we're currently living in a place that does...not.  Coming back from the airport I had to haul my suitcase across the street, practically skating my way down the road, because not one road around where I am has been well cleared.  I'm confident the only reason I didn't slip and fall was because I'd previously read how to walk on ice while researching for a story.

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Jan 09, 19:46:07 »
So I heard there were people in here complaining about how sometimes peeps don't pay attention to what it says on the website and ask things like 'why can't I download the game' and such

Allow me to pop in briefly to inform you that you do not know suffering

Not as I know it

How many complaints do you get on a daily basis about "game not working" anyways?

I'm trying out some older games I bought through the Humble Bundle, and a few of them have been pleasantly surprising.  And a few have been utterly awful messes, painful controls, and just an outright disaster that's been work to try and play.  Well, I know what's coming off my hard drive!

Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: 2017 Jan 08, 22:07:48 »
A little piece from the indie game "The Swapper".  Tiny little thing, but very moody.  Not a bad game either.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShPR4ABt0mk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShPR4ABt0mk</a>

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Jan 07, 14:14:54 »
I decided to go and be productive and find out what books I need to order for my next (hopefully last) college semester...and of course, I happened to pick the one day they decided to do maintenance on the entire system.  Great.

Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2016 Dec 26, 22:56:49 »

"OH MOST WONDERFUL OF...I mean...oh most wonderful of nights."

Hope everypony had a happy holiday!

I have to admit I want Sunset Shimmer to come back to Equestria for this, at least only for the movie.  I don't expect that to be the case, but that doesn't mean I don't want it badly.

Besides that, I haven't thought much about the movie.  I'm kinda just doing what I try to do with episodes and wait to see what happens.  I don't usually even look up the titles of an upcoming episode if I can help it, so following the same efforts I have utterly no clue what the movie is even about.  All I know is they're apparently using a new animation software, so I won't be surprised if art or animation style changes just a bit.

Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2016 Dec 09, 00:51:04 »

"Once in a lifetime discovery" indeed!

Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2016 Dec 08, 13:44:45 »
Wichita Falls is so cold, so incredibly cold. I walked from my dorm to the DFAC this morning at 0530, which is a 5 minute walk. My face was completely numb by the time I got there.

Is this Norway? I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere and accidentally crossed the Atlantic.

As a native born Californian, I was alarmed to see that weather for my area is forecast to snow in the next two days.  Its more just "oh hey, this is the weather around me now" and a change to be made but...windchill put it literally 6 degrees below freezing for the 10 minutes I had to walk from school to my house with food in my hand.  That was fun.

Oh and to top it off, the house I'm renting has two divided living sections...and the place I can't get to just has their smoke detector's batteries dying.  For some reason it only sounds in the middle of he night...when, you know, most students are trying to sleep.  Or study before sleeping.

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