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About Inigima

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  • Birthday 12/10/1983

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    Bodymore, Murdaland
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    Martial arts, music, film, computers.

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  1. Inigima

    Careerchat III

    I absolutely love dogs. I was raised by a veterinarian, I grew up with dogs, and while I don't have dogs right now because they don't make sense for my living situation, I hope to have some in the future. I follow a Facebook group and multiple Twitter feeds that are just dog pictures and memes. I love dogs. I still don't want other people's fucking dogs around in public places, including offices. For one thing, someone irresponsible enough to inflict their pets on other people who didn't choose to be around them cannot be trusted to, say, apply Frontline or whatever regularly. For another, I was taught not to go near strangers' dogs, because you never know how the dog will react. What will happen if this idiot's dog bites somebody at work? Or the other way, what if someone leaves some chocolate on their desk for an hour because, you know, that's not a weird thing to do in an office, and the dog eats it and dies? I can guarantee that the dog owner will not take responsibility for such an event and will instead now have a huge personal problem with another person in the office.
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    Careerchat III

    In most cases I think Isk is right, but I've been in a position where I think my manager tried to prevent me from progressing my career within the organization specifically because I was good at my job and he didn't want to lose me. (It is not a good feeling.) Have to use your judgment on whether that's the case with you.
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    Careerchat III

    The one absolutely does not follow from the other. I have known some people who were absolutely awful at their jobs who managed to hang on anyway. I do think soft skills are important in tech, but, well, so are hard skills. My boss hasn't done any hands on work in years but he knows enough about them to know what he wants done and why.
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    Careerchat III

    I work in IT and that story is horrifying. I think less so for Mexal's situation, because the employer knows he doesn't have the background and is willing to train. But the other one, woof, that makes me cringe. You don't necessarily have to know the technical side inside and out, a senior manager is probably not configuring the security gear themselves, but you need to understand the concepts to effectively direct the people under you. In fact, there's a good chance that that's what's happening and why she hasn't been found out -- she probably has good people working under her who are doing what they think is a good idea, independently. I can almost promise you they are shit talking her privately, though. Working under an idiot in this field is galling.
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    Board games!

    I guess I never posted about this here. Huh. You guys should all check out Spirit Island if you haven't. It came out in 2017 and was funded via Kickstarter. It's one of my favorite games ever; it's considerably more complicated than my usual fare, I don't much have the head for grand strategy, but it's worth it. There's a lot going on but I found all of it relatively intuitive. Here's the elevator pitch: Spirit Island is an asymmetric co-op game for 1 to 4 players. There's an island and it's being explored by colonists. The twist: you and your fellow players aren't the colonists. You are the native island gods and you are trying to kill all the settlers or terrify them all into fleeing, whichever is easier. Each player is a different spirit, and they all play differently: different playstyles, different innate powers that use different elements, different rules, etc. Different spirits gain different amounts of energy per turn, can use different numbers of abilities per turn, etc. I have just typed "different" far too many times, but it really is impressive how dissimilar the spirits are and how thematic their powers are. One spirit is super energy hungry and just slams out damage turn after turn. One spirit can make use of the oceans, which no other spirit can do, pulling and pushing settlers into the water to drown them. One spirit is literally incapable of dealing damage, but creates incredible amounts of Fear. The list goes on. One big problem a lot of co-op games have is quarterbacking, in which one player essentially ends up dictating other players' actions. SI combats that by having too much going on to make it practical to track other players' stuff. That sounded frightening to me since I'm not crazy about very complicated games, but I find my own stuff very manageable. Mostly we play by telling the other players which situations we can take care of this turn and doing our best to cover as many of those problems as we can between us. I would describe SI as medium-length in board game players' terms but pretty long for someone who plays games the way I do. You should expect this to take 90-120 minutes depending on player count, probably a little longer your first time. There is a ton of replayability in the base game box. Besides all the different spirits, you can modify the rules for Blight, you can change from generic settlers to ones from specific nations (thus changing the "AI" rules for how the settlers progress), and there are Scenario cards that can even change what your goal is, like Heart of the Island, where your goal becomes to keep the settlers from progressing to the middle of the board. There has been one expansion to date, Branch and Claw, and there were two promotional spirits given as Kickstarter backer rewards. I did not back it, because I didn't know about it, and I am pleased to say that I was able to just buy the Kickstarter promo spirits from the company's web store. There is now a Kickstarter going for a second expansion, Jagged Earth, with 18 days to go at the time of writing. This Kickstarter was fully funded 14 minutes after launching. I believe there are additional promo spirits planned for this Kickstarter, and those will eventually be made available to non-backers as well. SI is really great and I hope some of you will give it a shot. The theme does a lot of work for me but there is an incredibly solid game in there too.
  6. I buy Zeke's, but it's because they're local. To be honest, getting freshly roasted beans from a local roaster is where I'd look, rather than a specific brand at a grocery store. I am not enough of a coffee snob to roast my own, nor to throw out beans after a week or two, but I do think fresher is better. EDIT: Fresh ground, too, if you're not. A burr grinder is usually recommended for an even grind. I have one but to be honest I adulterate my coffee with cream and sugar, and I'm not sure I can detect the difference between that and the little blade grinder built into the Cuisinart auto drip machine. But definitely grind fresh however you do it.
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    It's less important WHERE you go and more important WHOM you go to. I generally find a person and stick with them unless they or I move. I've had my hair cut at an expensive salon and it was fine because it was always the same person and he knew what he was doing. These days I go to a lady at Hair Cuttery, and I wouldn't generally expect that to be any good but I make appointments with the same person and she's great. These are probably the best haircuts I've ever had. Her prices go up slightly every few years. I think we are up to $19, plus tip. I used to go when I remembered to call, which was meant to be monthly or so but I would keep forgetting and it would be six to eight weeks, which was untenable and I looked unkempt. These days I make the next appointment at the end of the one before, for about 4 weeks later. I've considered going more often but 4 weeks is pretty good.
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    Careerchat II

    Is the answer not "however many diplomas they gave you"? I think Xray is more likely to know the answer than me, but I would have assumed it was two degrees.
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    Vacations Destinations

    Grand Cayman is gorgeous. Get certified to dive before going if you can, crystal clear water and tons of fish. If you want to you can do the classroom stuff at home and then do your checkout dives in the islands in the actual ocean and see fish while you do.
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    Family Etiquette

    When I was a kid I was out in quite nice restaurants with no issues, and I think there are two reasons why: 1. I was deeply afraid of embarrassing my father. It was drilled into me pretty early that I wasn't to embarrass my parents in public. They didn't hit me or anything, it was just Not Done. I was definitely too loud on a regular basis and was told to lower my voice, but I don't think that's unexpected for kids. 2. My parents gave me something to do. Left to my own devices I would have read, but past a certain age they didn't want me to be sitting at a dinner table reading. We played a game called "Ghost," the idea of which is to spell out words clockwise and avoid the words ending "on" you; if that happens you get a G, then an H, etc. If you get all five letters in GHOST, you lose. Minimum 4 or 5 letters depending on the age of the kid. It kept me busy and it encouraged me to build my vocabulary. Not much to be done about other people's kids, of course.
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    2018 Reading Self-Challenge

    I'm interested in your thoughts on Gnomon. I loved The Gone-Away World, but none of Harkaway's other books have lived up to it.
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    The Scent of a Man: A cologne thread

    Just ask the person "Hey, what cologne are you wearing?" It's not creepy. When they answer just say "Thanks." I don't wear cologne every day -- I don't wear it at work at all -- but often I'll wear it on weekends as long as I'm not doing something that's going to make me smell gross that day, because I don't want to mix the two scents. Spray yourself, not your clothes, and ONCE, please. You can put a little on your wrist for a date as well, if you want, which will make it slightly noticeable when you pass something to your date at the table. Scents are very personal, not just because people like different things but because different people have different body chemistry and the same cologne doesn't smell quite the same on everyone. I do not recommend buying cologne for someone as a gift unless you already know the one(s) they like. I actually have a set of 4 that I rotate seasonally. The summer one I bought largely out of perverse curiosity -- it's almost a joke globally, although I actually do kind of like it, and I was wondering what it would smell like -- and wouldn't mind changing to something better. Spring - Rochas Man Fall - Prada Pour L'Homme Winter - Burberry London Summer - Havana (lol) It sounds a little silly, and it kind of is, but changing every few months keeps it from getting boring or wearing out its welcome and I kind of look forward to the changes.
  13. Thanks. I'm not seeing support for "thousands of times" in here, but I do see that it happened. Certainly it's bad and I would support investigations to verify. I'm ot sure what such an investigation would look like. Hairy situation for sure.
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