The Mance

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  • Birthday 11/15/1970

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  1. I just got tLD on xb1 last Thursday and started the story mode right off. After a couple bad starts I'm most of the way through ep2 and doing pretty well. I'm treating the SM as a full tutorial though, so I've been taking some liberties with game saves here and there. Nothing too extreme, really. Like when I got my flare gun, and then my rifle, i would shoot off a few clips for target practice and then go back to my last save. I'm looking forward to the sandbox modes next, and i know I'll be glad for having tuned my resource and condition management skills in the SM first. Most of my early game deaths were from having run out of resources due to over-consumption. Anyway, turns out this game is pure crack for me. It's almost exactly the game i've been wishing for. If they would take tLD crafting/survival/scavenging mechanics and apply them to an Oregon Trail themed expedition game i might just check out forever. Also, I've seen recent reddit discussions saying that the devs have specifically said that there will never ever be MP for this game. Mainly because of the fasttime action events like wood cutting, sleeping, harvesting, etc. But also because there is no groundwork for the complexities of multiplayer perspective, character animation and…other…um, computer stuff.
  2. I'm on ep7 after a long binge session and I feel like i'm still waiting for the show to find its footing. Not that its bad, really, it just isn't a great show, and it feels like it totally could be. Everything is just really, reliably, frustratingly okay.
  3. Agreed. If you can't go back then its just "moving on". Otherwise, cheating. That definitely sounds like cheating.
  4. Could be. I remember "we" bought more than a few display pieces to show at the parties my ex would host. Mostly SiL would send us a variety of last years samples from her collection, but I can see where someone without that connection would get overhead trying to keep up with updating catalogs.
  5. Well, somebody has to be selling whatever, or else there's no money to funnel up the chain. But, ya, there is definitely a big incentive to sign up new people.
  6. My ex-SiL got into Silpada Jewelry pretty early on and managed to do very well for herself. She went from lowly small town hairdresser, to getting awards for regional and national sales and pulling in low/mid 6 figures. i got the feeling that pyramid sales can work out great if you get in near the top and/or sign up lots of folks under you, but expecting to make a noticeable income just from having parties and "earning" a percentage is ridiculous. SiL had hundreds of people in her downline, each with their own pyramids under them, all of which sent a percentage up the ladder. I'd be surprised if her own personal sales amounted to more than 1 or 2% of her income.
  7. Not only doesn't he have any tapes, but anyone who suggests that he ever said he did will be cast as a malicious, lying fake newsie because he never said that/was only joking/why so serious?
  8. Speaking of Destiny, a youtuber caught some clues in the reveal footage that hints that the beta release date is July 17th. I can't seem to add a link without imbedding the video in my post, but search YT for "Destiny 2: Iron Banner Returns" by DPJ - Daily Destiny & More. Clues are at about 3:05
  9. I summited Mt WA when I was 15 with an Outward Bound type expedition camp. I don't remember which route we took. I do remember that it was snowing at the top in late June, and the gift store was closed. Mt WA owes me a "this body climbed Mt Washington" t-shirt.
  10. Khan should counter with a thumb wrestling challenge.
  11. Years ago I took a room in a house share with a guy who had a cat. He worked for the forest service counting and monitoring herds of big horned sheep in the mountains around town and was going to be out in the field for the first few days after I moved in. We'd talked about this, and he'd left a note detailing instructions for cat care, adding that she wasn't at all friendly towards strangers, and I may not even see her if she could help it. Cut to three days later; J walks in the door to see his normally aloof cat sitting upright on my lap, purring with close-eyed contentment, and oblivious to his return because each of my thumbs are gently massaging the deepest recesses of her ears. I turn to a stunned J and say, "she likes to have her brain skritched."
  12. He really is almost comically, obstinately, obtuse. Which definitely either means something, or nothing, on this show. Could be he's obstructing for some nefarious end, or he's just another uber-archetype. I tend towards the latter, though. New Chief has been a consistent ass towards Gloria since long before she was investigating anything that might compromise anyone of influence.
  13. I think there's post count threshold first. So, Sellsword, something, something, Council Member ------------------------> Board Baby!!
  14. Yes, and i think we saw Stan having an inkling of that possibility as well. Her whole "but we need good people like you fighting the good fight," pep talk has got to echo some of the things that Stan has had to say to assets he's worked in the past. And it was having to give that sort of encouragement to good people in tough situations that prompted his decision (and thus the discussion about his decision) to leave his current post. It was so on the nose it may as well be the nose. I think it all clicked for him.
  15. Right. At this point our foreign bases are at least as much about facilitating our force projection around the globe as they are about "protecting" the countries those bases are in. I mean, sure, it works out well financially for many of the host countries, having the US bear the brunt of military defense in and around their country. But, really, the advantage is ours for having literally the entire world under the umbrella of our armed forces.