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Status Updates posted by Hellbent

  1. Your avatar is not creepy at all....

  2. I can't use the R word since I work with special needs people, so I am just going to say "re-re". I am re-re: I can never understand how to do the most basic things when I learn new software. So I figure; alright, I'll watch a Youtube tutorial on how to use Open Broadcaster Software. After my patience ran out for the video and watching it for like 10 minutes I still don't know how to do the most *basic* thing that the software does: which is to ... (ba-da-bish!) ...wait for it... !! record my screen! (and play it back). I click record screen and then I click stop recording. Nowhere in the software is there "save" or "export" or anything. But I eventually discovered OBS had recorded some files to my HD. So I played the files using VLC and they played back black (nothing recorded but blackness).

    I am running MAC OS X Yosemite.

    Also, I should tell you my purposes: I want to record myself playing Angband. Now the thing is, Angband doesn't display on my computer the way I want it to. This means I have to use Mac's zoom-screen feature: I hold down the ctrl key and use the trackpad to zoom in on the screen until Angand's little main window fills my whole screen. How will OBS handle this? Will it ignore the zoom and record my entire desktop? Or will it only record the zoomed in Angband window?

    Can I crop OBS's recording area?

    Thanks so much for helping a software challenged special needs person. :-/

    1. Vorpal


      I can't speak for osx but yeah OBS can do what you need. The black screen videos it recorded are probably from you trying to record a specific window / proocess. In order for this to work, the application has to have a direct3d3 or opengl renderer iirc (speaking from a windows perspective). I dunno what render method a terminal program like Angband uses, but it doesn't like OBS' window capture function.

      Workaround is to use Display Capture, then go to settings -> video and set your resolution to the size of your Angband window, then go back to the main OBS screen and click + drag to position (arrow keys for pixel perfect positioning).

      I'm not too familiar with Angband but I'm pretty sure it should be deeply configurable with regards to look and size etc. It's a true roguelike, tied to the OS' terminal, no? Worth investigating so you dont have to worry about the zoom issue.

  3. Hi, I am putting together a playlist for work. The goal is to add as many songs as possible (I'd like to get to 300 soon). I work with special needs people and I guess I am looking for feel good/pretty songs, folksy songs or songs that aren't too poppy, edgy or loud. For example some songs I've added so far are:

    Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    Perfect Day by Lou Reed
    We Shall Overcome, Little Boxes,If I had a hammer, Turn, Turn, Turn & Where have all the Flowers gone? by Pete Seeger
    Old Dan Tucker by Bruce Springsteen (on Seeger Sessions album)
    Secret Garden & Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
    This Land is your Land cover by Bruce Springsteen
    Hero by Family of the Year
    Fast Car and other favorites by Tracy Chapman
    Hey Jack Kerouac and I hope I don't fall in love with you by 10,000 Maniacs
    Thick as Thieves and other favorites by Natalie Merchant (mostly Ophelia album)
    Cecilia, Bridge over Troubled Water, Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
    Change of Time by Josh Ritter
    Dreams by the Cranberries
    The Space Between by Dave Matthews Band
    Wish List by Pearl Jam
    Send me on my way by Rusted Root
    Run by Snow Patrol
    Morning has Broken and other favorites by Cat Stephens
    To Ramona by Bob Dylan
    Fix You & The Scientist by Coldplay
    Fighter Girl by Mason Jennings
    Slow and Steady by Of Monsters and Men
    One of these things first and Pink Moon by Nick Drake
    Tis a gift to be simple by Penny Rodriguez
    I found a way by First Aid Kit
    Bad Moon Rising by Clearance Clearwater Revival (any other good songs by them?)
    Hallelujah cover by Tori Kelly

    New songs and oldies are welcome as the age range at my work is 18 to 74. I guess I prefer discovering new music to older music, but you can see some of the older artists I have a soft spot for and the sort of sound I like and theme I'm going for. I guess I'm also trying to avoid megahits such as Piano Man and American Pie (though they have the kind of sound I like).

    I realize this is ...erm.. pretty much the wrong forum to be asking for musical advice of this ilk, but I know not everyone on here listens to doom-esque music, and for some reason I feel most comfortable posting here of any place (prolly something to do with the subject of the site and the fact that I've been posting here since 2000).

    BTW, (unrelated to my list) I haven't really listened to Leonard Cohen's final (timely?) album, but I am listening to it right now. The arc of his voice over his career combined with the quality of his songwriting; how he is not considered one of the greatest artists of the era? I don't disagree with Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature, but surely Leonard Cohen is in the same company as Dylan? Never understood why L. Cohen isn't more popular or celebrated. This album is more haunting than Johnny Cash's "Hurt". I think it is safe to say it is the most haunting album I've heard.

    It's as if all the wisdom of the world was contained in his voice and slowly revealed over the course of his life. Unlike other great artists, his final album was a perfect capstone to the profoundest legacy; as if he knew it was going to be his last album.

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    2. bzzrak


      Sick Bow said:

      Not avaliable in America.

      Never thought I'd see this in 2017, dude don't we have torrents, proxies and stuff?

    3. Sick Bow

      Sick Bow

      bzzrak said:

      Never thought I'd see this in 2017, dude don't we have torrents, proxies and stuff?

      I meant the YouTube video

    4. joe-ilya


      Together On The Sand - NOFX
      You're Wrong - NOFX
      Straight Edge - NOFX
      Jamaica's Alright If You Like Homophobes - NOFX
      Johnny Appleseed - NOFX
      Buggley Eyes - NOFX
      Scavenger Type - NOFX
      Cool And Unusual Punishment - NOFX
      Eat The Meek - NOFX
      Lying Season - Alice In Chains
      Brother - Alice In Chains
      Heaven Beside You - Alice In Chains
      Shame In You - Alice In Chains
      Over Now - Alice In Chains
      The first six songs of Jar Of Files - Alice In Chains
      No Memory - Stone Temple Pilots
      Creep - Stone Temple Pilots
      Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
      Wet My Bed - Stone Temple Pilots
      Black - Peal Jam
      Jeremy - Pearl Jam
      Oceans - Pearl Jam
      Garden - Pearl Jam
      Release - Pearl Jam
      The Unforgiven series - Metallica
      Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
      Stone Love - Pepper
      Tradewinds - Pepper
      The album 40 oz. To Freedom except for New Thrash and Hope - Sublime
      Shaving Your Head - Lagwagon
      Ride The Snake - Lagwagon
      Know It All - Lagwagon
      Rust - Lagwagon
      Goin' South - Lagwagon
      Dis'chords - Lagwagon
      Coffee And Cigarettes - Lagwagon
      Brown Eyed Girl - Lagwagon
      Whipping Boy - Lagwagon
      Bye For Now - Lagwagon
      Gone Away - The Offspring
      Intermission - The Offspring
      Amazed - The Offspring
      Change The World - The Offspring
      Finite - Bad Religion
      I Want To Conquer The World - Bad Religion
      Sanity - Bad Religion
      Henchman - Bad Religion
      It Must Look Pretty Appealing - Bad Religion
      You - Bad Religion
      Progress - Bad Religion
      I Want Something More - Bad Religion
      Anxiety - Bad Religion
      Billy - Bad Religion
      The World Won't Stop - Bad Religion
      Invitation To Understanding - MXPX
      What's Mine Is Yours - MXPX
      Self Serving With A Purpose - MXPX
      For Always - MXPX
      Set The Record Straight - MXPX
      Inches From Life - MXPX
      Chick Magnet - MXPX
      The album Teenage Politics - MXPX
      The album Blue Skies, Broken Hearts... Next 12 Exits - The Ataris
      Jail - Down
      Pray For The Locust - Down
      Stained Glass Cross - Down
      Learn From This Mistake - Down
      Where I'm Going - Down
      Doobinterlube - Down
      Lies, I Don't Know What They Say But - Down
      Landing On The Mountains Of Mediggo - Down
      The album For Monkeys - Millencolin
      The album Kaesbey Nights - Catch 22/Streetlight Manifesto
      The album From Us To You - Chubb

  4. You better do something if you don't want the next video to ********! You better do something quick! Hurry, time is running out! Oh fuck it, closes Chrome and goes to bed.

    How is this supposed to make for a good user experience? Am I such a fat blob that I will just sit here and watch whatever Youtube throws at me? Are we so fucking lazy as a society we can't hit play?

    Is there anyway I can turn this bullshit off?

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    2. 40oz


      As someone who spends the majority of their YouTube viewing experience on the living room television, I have no problem with this. The traditional YouTube format was simply awful for tv. You gotta find the remote in between every video, most videos are less than 5 minutes long. Watching videos with guests in the house stalls the entertainment pretty badly in between each video unless you're ready to man the controls constantly, time much better spent waiting for the next to buffer or for the mandatory ad to start playing etc.

    3. HavoX


      Never had an issue with YouTube. I've been using this filterset (the one on the far left) and the YouTube Black style and all is well for me.

    4. Maes


      Hellbent said:

      How is this supposed to make for a good user experience? Am I such a fat blob that I will just sit here and watch whatever Youtube throws at me? Are we so fucking lazy as a society we can't hit play?

      I think we had something like that in the old days. It was called "television" :-p

  5. I was let go today. I work where I live, so... I need a place to crash for awhile. Can I stay at your place, please?

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    2. Technician


      Maybe you get a better job and start a career.

    3. Hellbent


      Thanks guys. Not sure what I want to do. Maybe Romero and Adrian need quality control people. I'd be happy to work for them for minimum wage and run the coffee machine.

    4. Jaxxoon R

      Jaxxoon R

      Job bonuses include having a song named after your coffee-making antics.

  6. Post here to vent or complain. I'll start:

    Grrrr!!! Get it together iOS! Your spiffy new feature where you make it easier than ever to send photos with a comment does NOT make my life easier. It makes it more difficulty and really annoying. Why? Because this is how I send photos:

    I write something and then I post the photo. "Hi, my cook is wanting to know the English name of this fish. It's long and narrow: then I go into photo library to select the photo to drop into the text message. And would you believe it? It won't let me! The only option is to send photo or send photo and add comment! Hey dumb iOS, I've already written my comment, hmm? *&#^ing moron.

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    2. ReFracture


      AndrewB said:

      And what would possibly give you the impression that I'm "some kind of alpha tough guy"?


      AndrewB said:

      What it utterly unforgivable about bronies is that, by and large, they want to find a girlfriend. I mean, just listen to some of these interviews. They're hopelessly ignorant as to what qualities women desire in men. Their obsession would at least be excusable if they were gay, as they might qualify as a bottom, but the majority of these males are genuinely heterosexual. That's why they deserve every bit of scorn and criticism they get. They're the male equivalent of a 500 pound woman whining that there aren't any good guys out there.

      You sound like a typical alpha tough guy who when asks if he likes MLP would respond with "No, I have a penis."

      You're lumping people who are into this subject matter as being only fit as bottoms in a homosexual relationship, and furthermore you are claiming they are hopelessly ignorant to what "qualities" women desire (nice way to make broad statements about women, by the way).

      You sound like a typical alpha male tough guy that people roll their eyes at when they start talking.

      I'd go on to say that I personally know MLP fans who are in heterosexual marriages, are successful, etc, but it seems like that would shatter your reality and you'd presume I'm making it up.

      So as I lack the tact and finesse with words fraggle possesses I'll leave you with this:

      Get the fuck over yourself.

    3. Tango


      40oz said:

      Thanks for asking Tango! I did in fact get the job. It's a nice cozy desk job, which means I will now have consistent hours, be free on weekends and holidays, and have less headaches. So I will be able to focus more on doom stuff can spend more time with friends and family.

      That's awesome man, so glad to hear it :D

    4. Coopersville


      Bought some shitty SteelSeries headphones on sale five months ago, and they've broke already. I've had to wait a week already to get a reply from them because of the holiday weekend. My RMA went through, but they want me to pay S&H just so I can send them back and MAYBE get my refund's worth in website coupons, on which their current line-up of products are more expensive.

      Currently wondering if I should make a big stink to get better headphones for free; if I should make a big stink at the store I bought them to at least get my money back; but preferably I'd like to think of a plan that lets me do both since I paid extra for the in-store warranty as well.

  7. Oy vey. So I have been living a very easy going life the last few months cooking meals three nights a week for myself and a woman with mild intellectual disabilities and helping her get to work on time (we'll call her Dee). In exchange, I get reduced rent ($125 shy of free), a weak WiFi signal and the woman I'm sharing the meals with does most of the clean up after meals (to the best of her abilities). In addition to this, been mostly enjoying a very part time respite job that is very straightforward and good pay (only 7 hours a week) in the beautiful rocky neck district of Gloucester.

    A lot of time and energy has been going into ensuring Dee is getting the best possible supports to help her be as independent as possible; with the main issue focusing around her getting ready in the morning without needing more than, say, one prompt. The key person in developing strategies and skills (tools) in facilitating Dee in being self-reliant in the morning routine has been a woman who has been something of a mentor to me the last couple years. It has been going well and we just had a two hour meeting to discuss the relevant issues surrounding chores, divvying up meal costs, setting up meal plans and ensuring that progress is being made in following new routines put in place to ensure Dee is succeeding in being ready in a timely manner in the mornings she needs to let the dog out to go for a walk (which is every morning) and more importantly to be ready to go to work when The Ride comes to pick her up at varying times in the morning.

    At the last meeting Dee's mother made a comment "I sure hope you both are going to be sticking around for awhile" (referring to the other live-in Companion to Dee who has no experience supporting someone with any kind of intellectual disability). This made me uncomfortable as I had rescheduled an interview I had erroneously made for a job at the same time as the meeting. The interview was for a full time live in position at a high school dorm 40 minutes away. It would mean I'd have to abruptly quit my lead role as companion to Dee and move out as the Dorm job would be starting in less than three weeks time.

    Three days later I had the interview and it went surprisingly well and I was offered the job on the spot: $35K salary, benefits, 401K, all meals, rent, utilities and high speed WiFi included free. This is an intensive 9 month job running errands for 18 wealthy boarding students and keeping them inline. Most weekends are "on call" with rotating weekends (with two other "dorm parents") totally off.

    The reason the interview went so well is that my friend who is highly regarded in the sales department of the company referred me as a good candidate for the dorm position and gave me a glowing review. So all of a sudden I'm being offered a pretty sweet compensation package; far exceeding anything I've ever been offered or eligible for. I was a bit on the fence, tho, as I wasn't sure I was up for dealing with a bunch of bratty, entitled foreign high school students. But more than that, I was torn about letting down Dee, her mother and my mentor.

    My friends reassured me they would understand; that these sorts of decisions are business; people change jobs and careers all the time. That's life.

    I told my dad thinking he'd be supportive of me getting a real job, but he cautioned me about the whole thing; told me to be sure I was going in with my eyes open. We had a couple decent-length discussions about the pros and cons of the job. When I texted him I had accepted the position he did not reply. Several hours later I texted again "Hello?" and he replied "okay good going", so I replied, irritated: "Thanks!"

    I told my brother thinking he'd be very pleased as he's always been on my case about not having a real job; concerned about my future etc. etc. I tell him about the job and he asks me when am I going to get a job that involves my English degree; like being a teacher.

    I told a couple of my close friends and one was supportive, but not overly so, as though he could also see some possible pitfalls to the position, but overall he gave it a thumbs up. His wife, whom I like and respect was more enthusiastic about me getting a real job. When she heard I got the job and that summers were off she was very happy and said we need to celebrate! After two days of mulling it over, I finally confirmed with the lady who interviewed me, once I heard that summers were off, that I would take the position.

    Now to the present: Dee's mother had a couple weeks ago invited me and Dee over for a pre-xmas-eve after dinner atmosphere get together. "Mulled wine, roasted chestnuts". Mmmmm... a perfect opportunity to tell her the terrible news. :(

    The first thing she asked me about was the job interview I had to reschedule on the day of our recent 2 hour meeting. So I tried not to hem and haw too much and cut right to the dirt of the matter. She was not happy, though she remained cordial. She asked how thorough of a search I had done for a job that would coincide with my current housing arrangement setup (she knew I hadn't been very active in looking for a job). She intimated that it felt like a breach of contract, though she acknowledged there was no actual contract. It wasn't clear if Dee fully understood that I had made the decision rather than just something I was considering. I had tried to explain to my friend Jim who made this new job opportunity possible: Dee's mother is going to be more upset about me leaving after less than 3 months than she would be if I had left after a year. A year at least would have given Dee a year of stability. This is tearing up a sapling just as its roots begin to take hold in new soil.

    So I felt horrible sitting there trying not to dumb down where my decision level was for this job I had been offered. By the end of our nibbling on roasted chestnuts and some kind of nut jamboliya, I had told Dee's mother that I had made my decision, even though inwardly I was having nagging doubts. Am I terrible person? Is this unethical of me to lead everyone on that I am happy with this setup with long term goals to enrich Dee's life? I never really explicitly said that, but I haven't been holding back at the meetings etc and everything has been going really well at the house between Dee and me. She enjoys the meals I make; she laughs at my cooking foibles and we have fun impersonating what her adorable dog must be saying in her head when she looks at us with those too-cute expressions of hopeful expectation, one paw lifted in the air, a half-snaggle-toothed grin forming on her little mouth. Should I take the job or remain a simple, humble hobbit with ne'er a care in the world nor much edifying or challenging about my day to day routine? (I do love Hearthstone, tho!) or should I take on a new challenge that might open up some new opportunities for me, might provide new avenues of growth? Does the risk of not liking the job and uprooting something that was doing good for Dee outweigh the potential good the job might bring to me?

    Ugh, I guess I need to email my mentor now that the cat's out of the bag. She just left for the UK a few days ago for a few months, but she will be staying in touch with Dee's mom regarding how things are going at the house. Don't think it's very good for me to leave her to learn about it through Dee's mom rather than me. :(

    When I told Jim how badly Dee's mother's reception to the news went he replied: "Yikes." and then "Are you giving me your first paycheck or you want to do it 50% of your first two paychecks?"

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    2. Chezza


      Hellbent, it sounds like you and your family has strong ethics, which is great. I'm getting the feeling you believe you have made the wise decision but surprisingly received pretty poor responses from your family and friends. This could be a primary reason why you have written this in a Doom World blog, to get further clarification on whether you did the right thing or not, to get that support you were looking for. but I'm no psychologist.

      If I was in such a situation and asked my family for advise, as good people as they are the general consensus would be "Drop her for the job, you need to think of yourself and your future and it's not like you really owe them anything". Whether you actually owe them for the nice arrangement or not is subjective of course.

      Well some of my family influence has rubbed off onto me because I believe you have made the right decision. Granted looking back maybe taking it a different approach may break less hearts in a way but based on your story you already invested lots of thought into this and have taken a pragmatic approach. If you were to mention the interview you would of been guilt tripped into letting the opportunity go, which you must of thought about and made a calculated decision to avoid. Personally I respect someone who can break through emotional barriers to make hard decisions thing but still kind enough to care about it.

    3. Hellbent


      Thanks Chezza,

      The job has been... a bit of a rollercoaster. Had a sad fallout with one of my staff (who was the manager before I came). She was awesome, and it's been really sad that she is no longer at the dorm. That fiasco aside, which I don't really feel like going into details about out of respect for the parties involved, the job has been challenging. A pretty steep learning curve. But, after about a month of turbulent waters and a shaky ship, yesterday afternoon it felt like the month long storm suddenly ended and the sun came out. So I'm hoping the worst is behind me now and I'll start plowing forward with a sure course and can keep on top of all the things that need to be managed, which are quite a lot. But I was up for a challenge and knew I'd get one; I guess I didn't think I'd get such a curve ball so early on in the job. Nor did I anticipate so many things needing to be managed and tended to

      It's easy to be hard on myself for every little mistake I make or mishandling of a situation, but I realize it's part of the learning and that the ship doesn't sink so easily; the waves may crash about, and sometimes knock people down, and at such times it feels like things are falling apart, but you keep moving, you keep doing what you need to do to fix each problem as it presents itself, in the moment; you just worry about solving one thing at a time, and then you see that the ship rights itself, you get a lull in the storm, and the ship continues on its course.

      I haven't talked to my mentor since I got the disapproving email from her; but I have mended things with Dee and her mother. I have kept in touch with them both; visited often, and enjoyed each time I visit. I have also been texting Dee regularly; though slightly less as time goes on. She is doing fine.

    4. Tango


      this all sounds like quite the roller coaster, sorry you had to go through that man. in particular the email from your mentor sounds like a really uncomfortable situation; that definitely would have stressed me out bigtime. but I can certainly agree with doing what's best for you, and what Creaphis said is pretty wise. good luck with the new position :)

  8. November 5 is Guy Fawkes day, (A British day of infamy) and is also the day when, in Britain, I was born. As is tradition on here forums, I am hereby boldly making a request for a birthday map.

    Some guidelines for da map if you feel so inclined:

    • I love old school Doom 1 Dungeon style maps. The more stereotypical dungeon the better. GSTONE1 and FLAT10 are a great combo to my simplistic aesthetic tastes. And Ashwall is really nice, too.

    • While atmosphere and gloom are important; fun, creative, novel, unique, untried, unconventional monster placements and traps are encouraged.

    • I loath monster teleport abuse. (but if it's done cleverly then it can be very moody and effective).

    • If you are inclined to have the exit door be key locked, please, instead, make one more final room before the exit door as I have an odd aversion to exit doors that are key locked.

    • Exploration is the name of the game. Try to avoid a layout that is linear and where all areas in the map must be discovered in order to complete the map.
    Of course, it's brazen and presumptuous of me to request such guidelines, and I of course will be grateful for whatever map anyone bothers to make me. :D

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    2. SavageCorona


      joe-ilya said:

      I said it was shit, and I explained why.

      This is why not many people like you reviewing their wads.

    3. Grazza


      GhostlyDeath said:

      Go up into a spaceship and fly around the Earth really fast, then come back near your next birthday. You would have aged a few minutes while everyone else aged a year.

      Or just walk to the shops and back. Hey, he didn't say how much more often he wanted his birthdays to be. :p

    4. Dragonfly


      Wow, digging up some dusty Doomworld history I see!

  9. I guess I'll start a thread for discussion all things adventure, instead of cluttering up the boards with multiple similar threads.

    I'm reading captain Joshua Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and I'm trying to locate his given location in the book on Apple or Google maps, or any digital map. I'm trying to locate Latitude 5° N., Longitude 26° 30' W. But I am having a difficult time. I suppose it would make it easier if I understood what each of these numbers and letters represented. I assume the N and W stand for north and west respectively. But I can't help but read the 30' as 30 feet, which doesn't make any sense to me. What does the 30' mean? Why isn't there another number after 5° the way that 30' comes after 26°?

    Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

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    2. Hellbent


      As GhastlyDeath already observed, the location is somewhere between Africa and South America, near the equator (obviously, 5 degrees North). Well, it doesn't matter, my man Slocum is now on the coast of S. America trying to keep his boat from being stolen by a boy who rode up on horseback after Slocum somehow managed to beach his sloop on the shore. Turns out people are very impressed and supportive of his solo circumnavigation of the globe and so they fixed up his boat for free and gave him some money. Nice peeps down there on the coast of Uruguay and Brazil.

      P.S. Nice avatar, GreyGhost. ;)

    3. Hellbent


      fraggle said:

      Thank you! Not sure how I missed this link earlier.

    4. RestlessRodent


      Hellbent said:

      Thank you! Not sure how I missed this link earlier.

      Possible the blind spot in your vision caused your brain to fill the area with the background color of the forum post.

  10. If you want a pumpkin themed avatar, feel free to do an image search and I'll make any image you want into an avatar.

    Some image ideas:

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    2. Hellbent


      I PM'd you the completed avatar.

    3. RestlessRodent


      Your @ reminds me of my adventures to get a piece of jewelery for my lazy god and getting slaughtered 100% of the time.

      Also reminds me of e-mail and FTP.

    4. Hellbent


      Oh, good, it did update. My computer is still showing the pumpkin skull. Weird. (I'm using latest version of IE on windows 7 64-bit).

      Ninja edit: and now it is showing the @.

  11. I am looking for some good podcasts. Radiolab has a few, but I'm more interested in like sailing adventures and natural science and the Universe, black holes and things like that. There was an interesting one on the Galapagos and conservation and what is actually best practice. If you know any good ones, please share!

  12. Short film my sister directed:


    I don't watch Orange is the New Black, but the film is funny.

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    2. Cupboard


      I did laugh btw not trying to be stoic. If you (the DW public) don't like Orange is the New Black, you might need to get in touch with a different flavor of feminism to round out your interests. I'm already a feminist but it's far from being a mainstream type of comedy-drama featuring all female leads. It's just fucking good

    3. Hellbent


      I watched the first episode of Orange is the New Black but I didn't find it engaging/interesting; didn't mind the nudity in the beginning, tho.

    4. Cupboard


      Nah, the series by itself is pretty cool. I always viewed it as a sub-culture of feminism while I watched it. Eventually you start rooting against the boyfriend who is on the outside. And you form a connection with the inmates, due to their previous lives and how they conduct their affairs within incarceration. Lesbianism is no longer an orientation but an avenue for self-gratification and temporary intimacy. I like how the show demonstrates sexual orientation no longer matters when you are on the inside. Boundaries are made to be broken, obv.

  13. I have the privilege of living with two of the coolest cats on Earth. One of them recently was diagnosed with diabetes and seems physically frail (you can feel the bones of his spine too well). So my roommate is like... overly freakoutish about silly things. He won't let the other cat who is only a year and very playful play with Simi, the diabetic one, because he plays rough, and he's worried he will break a bone of Simi. I try to explain to him cats are not like people in this regard and that Nigel (the youthful, exuberant playful one) is not going to break simi, even if he plays too rough and Simi sometimes can't handle it. What are your thoughts? Simi is about 9 years old.

    1. SYS


      I had a cat that became diabetic... RIP Lucy. She went from being very portly to skin and bones. She also developed cancer, and was very weak. It's good that Simi has some extra company, but keep in mind diabetes will have reduced Simi's muscle mass considerably. Simi will also be considerably depressed and lethargic in compared to Nigel the sprawling ball of energy. I'm not so sure about fractures, but think of it as a 20 year old wrestler in their prime, rolling around the mat with a terminally sick 80 year old.

  14. Hi all, I lost my passport (again!) because, likely, I hid it from myself trying to put it in a safe place.

    Where do you keep your passport when you are home and not traveling? Thanks for sharing.

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    2. printz


      In a drawer, where I also put my USB stick.

    3. Marcaek


      did you lose it while drinking and driving

    4. Megalyth


      Marcaek said:

      did you lose it while drinking and driving

      Maybe a deer stole it :v

  15. My Macbook Pro, which Ive posted about in the past (having malware on it) is still inexplicably running hot all the time. I left my macbook pro open with no programs open except task monitor and Safari with two tabs: Gmail and a paused Mumford and Sons video. I return to my house 10 hours later (whoahhh, how did 10 hours go by?) and I come into my room and I hear my computer fanning away. I check task monitor and "safari networking" process is using 100% of the processor.

    Can someone help me understand what my computer is doing to be running so hot while it's just sitting in my room for 10 hours (literally 10 hours) not being used? Are there bots/malware inside of my safari doing processes (a lot of processes to keep it running so hot to have the fan going)? If there are, what in God's name are they doing?

    I really really really would like some insight on this issue because not only is it really baffling to me, but it's obviously hugely inefficient and leaves very few resources for my computer to do actual useful stuff.

    tl;dr safari runs my processor at 100% all the time for no reason, why?

    EDIT: If I force quit the "safari networking" process the fan stops spinning. As soon as I click on a link or do anything online in Safari the process reloads and immediately goes to 100%, spooling up the fans again, even if I just click on the link that takes you to the different doomworld forums without actually browsing any forums.

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    2. GreyGhost


      This looks to be your best option, though not having a Mac and HP printer at hand I've no idea at what point you opt out of product research.

    3. Hellbent


      Thanks Greyghost!

      In other news, left my computer this morning for a bit and came back and checked on Safari (with one forum tab open)-- all the Safari processes were at 0%. Amazing. :)

    4. Csonicgo


      Another thing to check up on is a runaway powerd service. Sometimes this service gets "stuck" on one core and will turn your mac into an oven. just kill it in activity monitor and it should restart on its on.

  16. Okay, so I can make out with random girls in a night club, but in the middle of the street in broad daylight??

    There are a bunch of videos on yt of a guy going up to random hot girls, making a stupid game where the outcome means he gets to give them a quick kiss. He then proceeds to have long, hot make out sessions with them, in the middle of the street, in broad daylight with people around them going about their business. He doesn't get their numbers, he just has a hot make out session with them on the spot. And most of the girls are really hot. Can someone explain to me how this happens? They seem to genuinely be into him, so even if he is paying them or it's somehow a "setup" (which I really don't think it is) it's still damn puzzling to me. I am genuinely curious how he pulls it off.

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    2. bytor


      Just say no to random herpes.

    3. Captain Red

      Captain Red

      Memfis said:

      Let's reverse the situation. Would you resist random hot girls on the street making out with you? Probably not. Maybe it's the same for them.

      This has actually happened to me and it was still awkward. It was nice and all, but I'm a guarded sort of person.

    4. geo


      I just watched "Looking for Hot Girls" on Netflix, because I heard its the depressing side of the porn industry. It was always their first time. One girl's porn had her in a broken down car when her white knight comes along and doesn't offer to fix it, no no he offers to pay her money for the head to get it fixed. The reality is she's living in a cat house, doesn't own a car, flew there from somewhere...

      I'm sure whatever website that guy works for does that all the time. After the 100th girl he picks up for head, fans probably start to suspect something... and don't care how the magician does his tricks.

  17. I hereby beseech the wise and candid council of the Doomworld members to offer their insights and suggestions for my life, as I am in need of direction.

    I had a nice job in Cambridge right near Harvard Yard caring for an autistic gentleman. We were making steady progress together; going for walks and even into cafes and our rapport was really coming along. I was looking forward to the summer, of the things we'd do together. Alas, none of it was to be. He choked on a piece of soft cheese at 4:15am in the morning while I was alone with him and responsible for his care in the overnight shift. He went into a coma and passed away a week later.

    So after that somewhat traumatic experience, I am not too eager to immediately find another position caring for people. Yet, that seems to be the position I have the most experience with. I was an English major in college and enjoy writing, but haven't really done any writing in a long time. I could find a writing job that pays next to nothing, but not sure it's worth my while. Also, the idea of writing with deadlines and a constant expectation to produce sounds stressful. I'm not a very fast writer when it comes to coming up with creative, original content.

    Some other interests I have, but little experience are:

    • writing
    • acting,
    • filming,
    • directing,
    • screenwriting,
    • music making (I don't play an instrument, but took piano lessons for several months years ago). I would like to make some music, but never had the motivation or patience to learn a music making program like SoundForge or Reason.
    I have received a fair amount of positive feedback re my blog writing back when I wrote a public/entertainment blog (not a personal blog).

    I have a sister in Los Angeles who works in the film industry and my friend is moving to a college town 40 min from LA and offered I could be her roommate there (as a foot in the door to film related things). I lived in LA when I was 22 but found it of a miserable experience--I think mostly because I was not mature enough for the challenge of living in a big city, more than anything else (and I really was not a fan of the smog).

    So I guess my options are; look for a job somewhere here in the Boston area and find a high-rent place to live and eek by, or move to the LA area and try to get into the film industry in some way (and eek by). The third, and easiest option (and least appealing) would be to move to NH and work for the organization that I was hired under at my job that just ended. I've already been offered a position and potentially housing as well in NH. But it's... NH.

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    2. SYS


      It was a legitimate question. I hear alot from my friend in the nursing profession. Experiencing your first patient death, putting on the toe tag and wheeling them down to the morgue. Consoling the family. Children dying, infants dying, the insane stresses of dealing with the sick and dying on a daily basis. Wears on you simply by hearing about it.

    3. Hellbent


      SYS said:

      [snip]Also a dude choked and died under your care. Isn't there liability for that? Or is it like not your fault, because their lives get signed away, so they will just get you a new one?

      I'm not liable because I didn't do anything outside the ordinary to be liable. I didn't shove food down his throat, I didn't neglect him in any way. I gave him cheese as he's been given cheese 10,000 times before. Not sure what you mean by his life being signed away. I wasn't working in a "meat market" environment. It was one person being cared for by 7 people rotating shifts in a large private house, which was his house (his mother was a high-powered lawyer and invested a lot of her money into her son). The organization I was technically hired by was located in NH and had a very periphery involvement with the oversight of his care.

    4. SYS


      That actually provides some context to the situation. Can you see how one might read "He choked on a piece of soft cheese at 4:15am in the morning while I was alone with him and responsible for his care in the overnight shift. He went into a coma and passed away a week later.", and immediately think liability?

      Maybe I'm one of those people that hasn't read every hellbent blog post to know your entire life story before replying. But I digress.

  18. What would be a good computer to buy or build for running Zdoom at 1024x768? I need a new computer to play doom on as my lappie is rather passed the pail. I haven't played doom properly in ages. I'm thinking probably a desktop computer, rather than a laptop.

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    2. Hellbent


      Aright, this is what I love about living in Boston. On Craigslist I found an i5 4GB-mem 250gb HD Nvidia Quadro FX 3700 graphics w/512mb Dell dimension desktop with 22" monitor, mouse and keyboard for $200. Windows 7. The guy is going to deliver it to my house. Word. Oh, comes with a 60 day warranty, too.

    3. Glaice


      Why use an antiquated map editor such as DeePSea?

    4. Hellbent


      Everyone asks me this... because I know it. Been using it for 15+ years.

  19. So my friend likes to troll Boxing Forums (well, argue on them, anyway). And his current ex wants to get back together with him, but tells him he has to eliminate going on forums. This is a great dilemma in the life of my bud. I don't see him making this level of sacrifice, but we'll see. His last girlfriend; college sweetheart, wanted him to cut back on forums and hang out with her friends and visit with her family and stuff like this, and they broke up over this, so I don't see my bud agreeing to full elimination of going on the forums in order to get back with her (though he has been distraught over both breakups).

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    2. Hellbent


      I think the forums he posted on were pro-Mayweather and he is very pro-Pacquiao so he often would blast Mayweather supporters; I think most of his arguments were sound, though, but he'd do it in a antagonistic manner.

    3. Phml


      Your friend must be a real crappy forum troll if he hasn't been banned yet.

      The whole point of trolling is to get a community to believe you're a legitimate poster, and not here to get a rise out of people. If you get banned, you lost the game.

    4. Glaice


      Your friend needs to tell her to fuck off, I sure as hell can't and won't do such a thing if an ex wanted me to.

  20. So I PM'd Mr. Romero about contributing to DTWID when that project was still in production and more than four years later he replies. Confused about his meaning, I asked him to clarify, but have yet to receive a reply. Rather than wait another four years, I thought I'd see if you all could shed some light on the matter:

    Hellbent wrote on 01-09-11 04:50:
    Hi John,
    Thanks for taking interest in our project and fielding our questions! I remember you did something similar on http://rome.ro several years ago. It's a real treat. Back then you may recall someone asking if you'd have any desire to make another Episode 1 map. As I recall you had expressed interest, but not sure if you ever did get around to it.

    Our project has gained momentum with your arrival, and I was thinking an exciting way to bring our project added authenticity might be for you to contribute a map. We'd keep it on the down-low that you were working on it until some time after the project's release. The Doom Community would then be surprise to learn you had worked on a classic style Doom project and they'd have fun trying to guess which map was yours! It might also be a good way to prep for your retrospective talk on Doom's development. ;)

    Jason Root

    He released what maps and where? Is he just talking about the original Doom maps that were released in Doom in Dec. of 1993? And what signature is he talking about; my sig "Yours, Jason" or my sig in my DTWID thread posts? EDIT: Maybe he means the Alpha maps?

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    2. Hellbent


      Whoah, what other cool things have I been missing out on whilst living under a rock?

    3. Danarchy


      Wait, Romero hangs around here now?

    4. geo


      Danarchy said:

      Wait, Romero hangs around here now?

      A lot of famous and not so famous game developers, movie writers and video game journalists do. They just don't publicize they're here. I've figured out who some of them are. Some information they've said matches with what happens in the future with who I think they are. Bluntly asking them are you so and so? Wouldn't work since its the Internet and someone could always be messing with you.

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    2. Hellbent


      Ha!, never seen a mountain with only black diamonds. I love how there are only two lifts. That would be fun to check out. The mountain I grew up at is less than ten minutes away and has a pretty good mix of terrain. I still enjoy skiing it from time to time. (catamountski.com]Catamount) Your Afton Alps has a very interesting map layout; sort of the complete opposite of the Michigan one; I've never seen such an absurd chairlift to trail ratio (it's almost 1:1).

      Do you have any videos of you skiing?

    3. Grazza


      Hellbent said:

      Ha!, never seen a mountain with only black diamonds.

      Another that springs to mind is La Grave in France. I have only seen the place from the road (never skied there), but it looked insane.

      Some of the trail marking at Mt Bohemia might be a little exaggerated, to emphasize that this isn't your typical midwest skiing. On the other hand, I have heard people saying that one of the signature runs involves skiing down a frozen waterfall...

      Your Afton Alps has a very interesting map layout; sort of the complete opposite of the Michigan one; I've never seen such an absurd chairlift to trail ratio (it's almost 1:1).

      Yeah, there isn't much vertical so the skiing is spread out along the river valley. Most of the skiing round here is on the sides of the wide river valleys that were cut out when the rivers (Mississippi, Minnesota, St Croix) were raging torrents of glacial meltwater.

      Do you have any videos of you skiing?

      No. I have thought of getting a GoPro, but strapping it onto myself sounds like a hassle. Also a bit concerned that the desire to make an interesting video might interfere with making safe decisions on the mountain. Though I must say it would be nice to have a video of skiing things like this.

    4. Hellbent


      La Grave is reachable by cable car? ... to the general public? Seems insane.. Such insane terrain should not be so easily accessible. "Watch out for 50 foot jump at the end. You can bring a long rope, but maybe best to take a different route..." Okay! Now I know where half of all the extreme skiing footage that was always playing on the TVs at my local ski shop come from.

      I have the same problem with the GoPro. I find the temptation to take more risks to capture better video results in questionable decisions (I actually straddled a tree on that trip and hurt my knee, but it's not in the video). If you wear a helmet while skiing, it's very easy to mount the GoPro to the helmet and provides a good view. It's just a sticky mount with a clip, and then you can clip the GoPro onto the helmet or any other sticky-clip mounts you have.

  21. I have a batty friend who likes to always have a project he is working on. At one point he was building these really exquisite electric guitars from scratch (out of wood). But his real passion lies in motorcycles. So last night he fills the bathtub with PineSol and places the Honda engine parts of his latest build to soak. I wake up this morning having slept over feeling a bit toxic, but reveling in the cool dreams I had last night (I haven't been remembering my dreams, so these were more cohesive and clear than in a very long time).

    The first dream was I was with my friends on a Saturday night and we were bored, wondering where the party at. And so one friend says, in an excited/duhhhh kind of way: "well, why don't you use SIri to figure out where the party is at!" like this was the obvious thing to do since everyone uses their phones to find out where the happening parties are going down on a Saturday night. So I ask Siri if there are any parties near by and she says: "Please shut down the iPhone". I was totally blown away that to enable party finding mode, you had to shut down the phone. Would it really boot up again automatically with information on where the party is at? How strange, yet how cool! So I powered the phone down and waited a moment, skeptical this would actually work. The phone booted up again and was an explosion of fireworks and sound as we gawked in amazement at the party bursting out of the phone. As I kept watching the awesome display of festivus maximus coming out of my phone I slowly found myself entering into the party expanding out of the little screen.

    In my amazement at being transported to the party from the couch, I had forgotten about my friends. I was now in some college party bonanza reminiscent of Spring Break, but it wasn't in any particularly cool place. It was night time, outside, and the rest of the dream was me bumbling about with different friends than I was with outside of the phone, looking for where the party was at (mostly it was just people coming and going). Nothing very exciting happened after that, unfortunately.

    So I take care of an elderly chap named Richard. He has Fragile X syndrome; basically he is a very low functioning autistic guy. Last night I dreamt I was out for a drive with him and I left him sitting on a bench and started talking to some people as I walked along a promenade type thing in a giant mall. Then I realized I had just left Richard behind and so told the people I was walking with I'd have to decline their invitation to join them (I forget what they were doing). Richard was very relaxed when I came back to him on the bench and when I asked him if he was ready to go he said, "yes, I'd like that" or something normal-like. Richard doesn't normally talk to people in such a normal way, mostly he recites a lot of random and repetitive phrases such as "what does shut up mean?" and "what accent?" and "stop the maniacal laughing" and "no silly business" all in a very exaggerated, theatrical way (the man is a gem), so it was kinda exciting for him to reply in such a 'neurotypical' way.

    We walked for awhile, and Rich was walking really well. I was reflecting in my head about how nice Richard was being when I suddenly realized I didn't know where he was. I was now in a section of the mall that was like a mini hospital with large nurses bustling about. They were giving me stink eye for walking among their work stations or something, and I mumbled to one of them that I was looking for a guy with disabilities but they weren't interested and just wanted me to get out of their way so they could do their important jobs. I then, in as pleasant a voice as I could, yelled (or spoke really loud so everyone could hear me since they were up to now ignoring me), and they all glared at me and were cross with me for yelling.

    Frustrated, I left the nurses' stations and headed back to the corridor I had come down in with Rich. I thought I saw him for a moment and went towards him but again he was fleet of foot and I lost him as soon as I thought I had found him. I did shortly thereafter find him when I went into a side room and he was fine, not being vocal (read: not screaming) or anything. And we continued walking down the promenade/mall.

  22. So I figure a little project for me wouldn't be so bad, and since I kinda miss dooming and mapping and racing games, here's what I've put together on NewEgg:

    Sexy mid-range build

    If you could kindly look over the details of my items and see if you notice any compatibility issues please let me know! Specifically, I am concerned if the case is too small for the graphics card. I am quite out of the loop, but built a couple computers back in 1999.

    I may replace the SSD drive for a 7200rpm 1TB one since it's 3X cheaper than the small SSD.

    EDIT: if there is a graphics card that offers better bang for the buck that you can recommend, please do, as I am trying to get the cost of this build down.

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    2. Bucket


      If you're intent on junking the Macbook, I'd like to see how some flavor of Linux runs on it.

    3. Hellbent


      Bucket said:

      If you're intent on junking the Macbook, I'd like to see how some flavor of Linux runs on it.

      I'm not. When it isn't chugging on some malware vitriol it runs really fast. I just can't be bothered to try and hunt down the cause of its malady. I ran a popular anti-malware software on it awhile ago and it seemed to help some, but overall the computer is back to where it was before I ran the software.

      It's not just web-based problems. Sometimes I'll start playing doom after a fresh restart and it will be blazing fast, and then after a short time it will start chugging and the framerate will drop dramatically.

      edit: Formatting the computer would probably fix it.

    4. Hellbent


      Well, I am still on the fence about pulling the trigger on this build so I guess I'll do a pro and cons of splurging hard earned dough on a frivolous purchase:


      • I'll be able to play all manner of games, including top-flight racing games.
      • I miss playing games (right? I do, right?)
      • I'll be able to map again and play zdoom blazingly fast.
      • There's the off chance I'll enjoy some other modern FPS title.
      • There's the off chance I'll enjoy some other genre game, maybe an MMO.
      • I'll be able to resume Hearthstone, which would be somewhat worthwhile since I have collected good cards in that game over several months of grinding (before my Mac stopped being able to play the game).
      • I'll be able to resume playing Goodgame Empire which I quite enjoyed, even though the game bamboozled me into thinking spending hundreds of dollars on gems was a worthwhile investment.
      • Frivolous as games are for a person who should be writing his novel, learning an instrument or getting serious about a career, I deserve a fun computer for blowing off steam after a hard day's work.
      • I haven't been doing any of the "should's" mentioned above, so clearly buying a computer will not be harming my overall well being.
      • I still enjoy geeking out on computer hardware (right? I do, right?)
      • I need a somewhat challenging project, and putting a computer together would provide that.
      • I'll have a great sense of satisfaction once I finish the build and wish I had done the purchase earlier.
      • I'll immediately regret the purchase after everything arrives.
      • I'll lack the motivation/interest to put the thing together and the parts will sit around my messy room for weeks on end.
      • There are cheaper projects I could find to engage in than assembling a computer.
      • I'll mess up the build or there will be DOA parts and I won't have the wherewithal to mess with RMAs and restocking fees.
      • I don't miss playing games enough to justify the cost
      • If and when I do successfully build it, I'll hardly use the thing, rendering it a waste of money.
      • I should instead invest in figuring out what is wrong with my Mac and be content playing Doom on it once it's running right again, and/or buy a bottom of the barrel, used, cheapo system for Doom editing.
      • I don't really miss mapping very much and won't be able to justify the time and energy it requires at this stage of my life
      • I'll become addicted to some MMO game, and worse, I'll blow all my money buying in-game currency.
      • I no longer enjoy the thrill of racing games (NFS:HS still remains my favorite racing game from way back in 1999).
      • I overall don't have sufficient interest in games anymore to justify the cost of this build.

  23. The bathroom I use is connected to my bedroom and my housemate for some infuriating reason has been assigned to my bathroom and I hear his stream loud and clear every time he goes. :(

    I take care of a guy with Fragile X syndrome (basically a very low functioning person with bad autism). I live in his house with others taking care of him and a family who are in charge of his well being and manage us employees. The job pays minimum wage but the perks are living in a nice neighborhood for $140/mo with all utilities and heat included (the house is valued at 3.2 million dollars). The annoying thing is I am working over 40 hours a week, so I am not maximizing the situation (which would be to work 18 hours a week and get another decent paying job). I tried to encourage the new guy to use the other bathroom down the hall, but for some reason I just heard him go again. :( I will have to talk to him again.

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    2. Pure Hellspawn

      Pure Hellspawn

      Use3D said:

      It's not even about overthinking, it's being such a passive beta-tard you can't even speak to another human being about what you expect from their behavior. You've done everything shy of tattooing your own face with the words 'STOP PEEING ON THE TOILET' to avoid simply speaking to this person like a human being. Hey Hellbent, grow some freaking balls.

      wait is this Jens or Leonard we are talking about?

      communicating this to Jens is a completely different ballgame than communicating this to Leonard.

    3. Hellbent


      Jens, normal guy, can't keep the toilet lid clean.

    4. Hellbent


      jeezus, I don't even...

      I ran into Jens outside my room at 11pm, disgruntled after hearing him hock chest contents into the sink (the bathroom is attached to my room--it has a small door attached to the bathroom so I can sneak into the bathroom from my room without leaving my room). I ask, sort of quickly, like I just want to say my piece and have it done with: "you know that's my room?" (pointing at my room) "yeah" comes the reply. "Okay, cause I hear like everything through the wall... clearing your throat, etc". HIs reply: "sorry if I woke you". Me: "you know there is a bathroom right over there, right?" (I point right over there)--his reply: "yeah... I guess I should use that one, huh?" To this, I mumbled something to try to ease the accusatory tone I might have taken, and to help him not feel too bad about the whole thing, but I'm thinking perhaps I should have said: "yes, that would be good". Did I really need to say that? Jeezus. As I write this, same dang thing as last night... he's using the bathroom, just cleared his chest contents into the sink, brushing his teeth, peeing..... Should I go outside my room and meet him again and do this dance again? I've never dealt with such social insensitiveness before in a housemate. I guess I should be grateful for always having good housemates up until this point. I guess I'll write him an email....

      edit: I drafted an email, just have to click send; not sure I have the balls to do it, though. (Technically, the other bathroom is already being shared by two other people, so I really shouldn't be deferring him to it, but I don't know what else to do):

      Hi Jens,
      As I mentioned last night, I can hear everything that happens in our bathroom since my room is right next to the bathroom. Is there any chance you could use the other nearby bathroom for things other than showering? Isn't that bathroom closer to your bedroom anyway? I haven't heard you shower so you must be using it at a time I'm not around, which is great. But for teeth brushing, chest clearing, urinating and other non-showering business, it would be very much appreciated if you could use the other nearby bathroom, as there are no other bedrooms near it.

  24. I love blizzards. It's begun to snow here in Cambridge, MA. Boston is forecast for 2+ feet. O_o But the bomb isn't supposed to drop until late tonight around 11pm.

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    2. Clonehunter
    3. Cupboard
    4. Hellbent


      Where is Boston going to put the snow this time? When they plow the 1 foot predicted for this Valentine's day blizzard, where is it going to go? I don't even get how you can plow a street with 1 foot of snow when the banks on either side of the street are 5 feet high. This is insane. February is about to be the snowiest month on record for Boston and the month isn't even half way over.