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    It doesn't have an alliterative title, but, here's a new Random Banter. Apparently I'm supposed to say something here, so... play nice, enjoy each others company, and... follow the rules, I guess. I don't really know that there's much more to say that can't be said better by anyone else.

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    Default Re: Dark Shadow's Surprisingly Well-Lit Random Banter #217

    Huzzah. On the topic that we left off on...

    I both like and don't like my new job. Lotta walking, lotta "my feet are flat and it feels like my calve bones are gonna burst from my legs" feeling, but overall actually good?


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    It's nice that it's good, at least. And, hopefully the leg situation'll get better, as time goes on and you get used to it. But, yeah, I understand you on the feet pain especially. The non-slip shoes that I have to wear are not made for walking in...
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    Help me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90,000 View Post
    Help me.

    I've spent the past four days listening to the same album over and over and over again.
    That's nothing. I've been listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhU5dSZZfSc for about three days straight now because it's the best cover I've ever heard of the theme.

    In other news, so my sunday D&D group (I run three groups) has complimented me on my gaming style and one of them said "You should start up a patreon, and run seven groups, one for each day of the week. You've got a guy streaming your stuff with quality equipment, so why not?" Then my saturday group this evening said the same thing.

    Seven groups of five players each in a shared universe? Uhhhhhh...

    Let's see. I'd have to heavily streamline my homebrewed rules (which are extensive)...
    ... I'd have to find seven groups of people that wouldn't be *******s or "immature kids" (like most of my saturday group) to both me and each other...
    ... I'd have to advertise decently (something I'm quite terrible at when I'm not mumbling about it here)...
    ... I'd have to make sure their paths don't cross because such things would be a nightmare to resolve if it went to something other than combat...
    ... I'd have to make maps for every city and town in the world (all 40+ major locations) for lore/background reasons... (I was considering this part once, and have various discords and forums hop on a stream and dictate how a city was built based on themes)...
    ... I'd have to design patreon rewards even though I have no artistic talent, talk like a stroke victim, and sound like a kid with too much sugar in his system...
    ... I'd have to set up my camera and be live, and I don't "photograph well"... (I don't do video, only audio streams)...
    ... I'd have to keep the guy streaming my games happy, else I lose the stream...
    ... I'd have to figure out what music to use so said stream wouldn't be flagged for copyrighted works...

    And a host of other things.

    While I'm flattered that my players love me... seven days a week asking for money? Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah, no. D&D is play to have fun, not play to make money, donations be damned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Shadow View Post
    It's nice that it's good, at least. And, hopefully the leg situation'll get better, as time goes on and you get used to it. But, yeah, I understand you on the feet pain especially. The non-slip shoes that I have to wear are not made for walking in...
    You may want to consider different shoe inserts or nice cushiony socks if you can make either work with the required shoes. I used to always wear fancy hiking socks on the days I had 3 hour choir rehearsals in the evening because the extra cushion and support made standing for an extra three hours feel better.

    I now have a variety of foot and ankle issues that mean I wear custom orthotics in hiking boots with good ankle support whenever I leave the house, so I'm really only loosely in touch with the world of "things normal people wear on their feet" these days. (On the bright side, my very expensive hiking boots last for years and can be resoled when needed, so I haven't had to go shoe shopping in a very long time.) Luckily, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and there are enough people here who wear hiking boots as a fashion statement and/or lifestyle choice that I'm not seen as too odd for doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Algeh View Post
    You may want to consider different shoe inserts or nice cushiony socks if you can make either work with the required shoes.
    There was an old Scout Handbook in the house when I was a lad (no idea who'd been in the Scouts) and I recall it advising to wear two pairs of socks when hiking. The idea is that the inner pair moves with your feet while the outer pair moves with the shoes/boots, so less chance of causing blisters due to chafing the skin.

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    Thank sweet Jesus my tiny city has masseuse students. 15 euros for 45 minutes, coming up next Monday. My shoulders and neck feel like death.

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    Banterers! Start your engines! It took a very long time to get here, but once again we have a new thread! I remember the days where we did that in at least half the time...I wonder what the shortest amount of time it took for a thread to go to 50 pages were for RB now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Algeh View Post
    You may want to consider different shoe inserts or nice cushiony socks if you can make either work with the required shoes. I used to always wear fancy hiking socks on the days I had 3 hour choir rehearsals in the evening because the extra cushion and support made standing for an extra three hours feel better.

    I now have a variety of foot and ankle issues that mean I wear custom orthotics in hiking boots with good ankle support whenever I leave the house, so I'm really only loosely in touch with the world of "things normal people wear on their feet" these days. (On the bright side, my very expensive hiking boots last for years and can be resoled when needed, so I haven't had to go shoe shopping in a very long time.) Luckily, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and there are enough people here who wear hiking boots as a fashion statement and/or lifestyle choice that I'm not seen as too odd for doing so.
    I'll keep that in mind, look into it. I don't think I'll go the cushiony sock route, if only because I get far too warm at the best of times, but looking at inserts would probably be a good idea.

    Also, hello from elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest!

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    Banterers! Start your engines! It took a very long time to get here, but once again we have a new thread! I remember the days where we did that in at least half the time...I wonder what the shortest amount of time it took for a thread to go to 50 pages were for RB now....
    There was some discussion sorta related to this last thread. Let's see... Ah, here we go:

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    The figure for threads #170-189 is the mean average of all threads from #90-189, truncated here for space. Figures assume that all threads went to the maximum number of posts (i.e. 1500, except thread #200, when it was 3000). Figures for thread #216 are taken up to the end of 26th May BST.
    Looks like, with an average of 100 Posts/day for the busiest, taken to 1500ish posts, it'd be 15 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Shadow View Post
    There was some discussion sorta related to this last thread. Let's see... Ah, here we go:

    Looks like, with an average of 100 Posts/day for the busiest, taken to 1500ish posts, it'd be 15 days.
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    I'm thrilled to bits that the "Also, I hate sports" mem I started is taking off.

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    That's nothing. I've been listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhU5dSZZfSc for about three days straight now because it's the best cover I've ever heard of the theme.
    Yeah, I guess you have me beat.

    Not being familiar with the original I'll have to take your word on the quality of its interpretation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    There was an old Scout Handbook in the house when I was a lad (no idea who'd been in the Scouts) and I recall it advising to wear two pairs of socks when hiking. The idea is that the inner pair moves with your feet while the outer pair moves with the shoes/boots, so less chance of causing blisters due to chafing the skin.
    You can actually buy "sock liners" for this purpose. (They are really thin socks designed to go inside hiking socks. I got mine at REI, but I pretty much get everything related to being outdoors at REI.) Back when I was first breaking in my boots, I was using anti-chafe stuff (looked like deodorant), sock liners, and socks. (And duct tape over the blisters I had going from before I bought the aforementioned sock liners and anti-chafe stuff.) Now that my boots have been beaten into submission, I just wear a single pair of hiking socks and no sock liners. (I know it is the boots and not my feet that got broken in because when I bought a second pair of identical boots I had the whole thing to do over again. This is another reason to buy resole-able boots if you plan on wearing hiking boots a lot.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Shadow View Post
    I'll keep that in mind, look into it. I don't think I'll go the cushiony sock route, if only because I get far too warm at the best of times, but looking at inserts would probably be a good idea.

    Also, hello from elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest!
    I eventually ended up with custom orthotics from a podiatrist (I developed a sesamoid lesion that made it painful to walk, then later got some that were also designed to help with my ankle problems) but there are certainly a variety of things that you can buy on your own with various kinds of cushion and support. I think of this as the difference between people who need complicated prescription glasses and those who can get by the with the "readers" from the store.

    Yay fellow Cascadian! I know there are a few of us around here. I would suggest trying to have a GiantITP meet-up at one of the local gaming cons someday, but I have yet to get to a local gaming con myself and really haven't had time to game in a long time. (Maybe this will be the year...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Algeh View Post
    I think of this as the difference between people who need complicated prescription glasses and those who can get by the with the "readers" from the store.
    Well, I'm certainly the former (for eyes, not feet). I can practically see the dollar signs in my optometrist's eyes whenever I need a new set of lenses, because they're pretty bad.

    Yay fellow Cascadian! I know there are a few of us around here. I would suggest trying to have a GiantITP meet-up at one of the local gaming cons someday, but I have yet to get to a local gaming con myself and really haven't had time to game in a long time. (Maybe this will be the year...)
    Unfortunately, traveling anywhere is a tad inconvenient for me, since I'm stuck on an island. A big island, with plenty of amenities, but it's a pain (and expensive) to have to leave it.
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    Don't worry about the thread title not being alliterative.

    It's not a very funny joke.

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    Howdy folks!

    On Saturday, I competed in my first strongman competition it was absolutely awesome! (Although probably not awesome enough to deserve it's own thread). In any case it was pretty awesome. I hadn't been able to train for it for about six weeks, so this was going in cold, which was a lot of nerves. I didn't zero any events though, which was pretty awesome, even the car walk which most folks zeroed I managed to complete, so that was pretty exciting.

    The events were a deadlift for max weight with a 60 second time limit, max reps in the minute, with 50 lbs added per rep. I managed three there, but only got counted for two (I got excited and pulled before I was given the up command by the judge). A block press with four increasing weight blocks. I managed three, but had to press the first one twice (since again I got too excited to pay much attention.) I probably could have done a lot better there if I'd worked more on cleaning rather than just pressing. There was a car walk with a 60 second time limit. I had the car set too low and it kept dragging and they'd make me set it down and pick it up. I also apparently can't drive straight, since I veered off course and hit a cooler. I finished that in in just over 58 seconds, so right at the limit, 58.2 I think, but don't quote me on that. And then there was a pick and hold, 230 lbs per hand, I held for around 30 seconds, give or take. And then finally a keg load, but I'd burned myself out too much in the previous stuff to actually do well on that, also my technique was pretty awful.

    In any case, if anybody's wondering how my lifting has been going since the Fitness in the Playground thread faded in obscurity there's your answer. And I'll be competing in more of these in the future, so I'm pretty excited about that. In any case that's probably enough bragging from me, I'm just completely excited about the whole thing.

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    Howdy folks!

    On Saturday, I competed in...

    Holy moly!

    That's pretty damn impressive.

    Few could do it.

    Well done sir.

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    Don't worry about the thread title not being alliterative.

    It's not a very funny joke.
    I... don't know what you're meaning. Alliteration isn't a funny joke, or the current thread title?

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    Howdy folks!

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    Geez. That's quite impressive.

    Any one of those things is admirable, but all of them together? You have my respect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Shadow View Post
    Alliteration isn't a funny joke
    That one. That's the one I meant.

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    That one. That's the one I meant.
    You're just saying that because your name can't be alliterated.

    In all seriousness, the title was refreshing and fun! Great job Dark.
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    Impromptu culinary arts - should get a patent on it:

    Last weekend, was stuck in a meeting and didn't have time to get some groceries, so I had to raid my fridge, which is notoriously understocked.

    Let me present you: The Hamburgerdon! *tush*

    A "Don" is a kind of japanese dish that you eat from a bowl, but unlike the ongoing "one bowl" craze, it´s more something you´d actually have on a plate and look good than that mix in front of you.

    So, basically:

    Lower tier of the bowl: Sushi rice with green peas and Sake.

    Middle tier of the Bowl: Japanese style cole slaw, roasted sesame and all that

    Upper tier: Hamburger patty with Panko crust, deep fried and sliced to go with the chow sticks.

    Top with: Tonkatsu sauce and hot mustard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florian View Post
    Impromptu culinary arts - should get a patent on it:

    Last weekend, was stuck in a meeting and didn't have time to get some groceries, so I had to raid my fridge, which is notoriously understocked.

    Let me present you: The Hamburgerdon! *tush*

    A "Don" is a kind of japanese dish that you eat from a bowl, but unlike the ongoing "one bowl" craze, it´s more something you´d actually have on a plate and look good than that mix in front of you.

    So, basically:

    Lower tier of the bowl: Sushi rice with green peas and Sake.

    Middle tier of the Bowl: Japanese style cole slaw, roasted sesame and all that

    Upper tier: Hamburger patty with Panko crust, deep fried and sliced to got with the chow sticks.

    Top with: Tonkatsu sauce and hot custard.
    I'll have to try this. It sounds weird enough that I'll enjoy it, and nutritionally more sound than raw Chinese-style noodles eaten by the handful.

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    Mmm hmm. Good lighting is important for productivity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90,000 View Post
    That one. That's the one I meant.
    Ah, I see. I mean, I don't think alliteration is meant to be a joke. Just fun to say.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWombatOfDoom View Post
    You're just saying that because your name can't be alliterated.

    In all seriousness, the title was refreshing and fun! Great job Dark.
    Thanks. (Even though I think you're over-complementing it.) Apparently the secret is having to come up with a title late at night.

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    Mmm hmm. Good lighting is important for productivity.
    And important for casting shadows.
    (Can't be too good, though. Otherwise there are none.)
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    Ah, I see. I mean, I don't think alliteration is meant to be a joke. Just fun to say.
    Either way I wouldn't bother with it at all, honestly.

    It's played out.

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    And important for casting shadows.
    (Can't be too good, though. Otherwise there are none.)
    Lampshades help with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90,000 View Post
    Help me.

    I've spent the past four days listening to the same album over and over and over again.
    I end up doing that quite often, but I'm not much of a musical explorer and tend to run out of songs to pair together for a proper playlist.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWombatOfDoom View Post
    In all seriousness, the title was refreshing and fun! Great job Dark.
    Actually, we haven't had an alliterative thread since 2015 (I'm not counting the previous thread since it didn't alliterate on the creator's name). Not to negate the freshness in other aspects, just pointing it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by 90,000 View Post
    Either way I wouldn't bother with it at all, honestly.

    It's played out.
    Well, either the above confirms your statement or you have no idea of what you're talking about, seeing as there hadn't been an alliterative thread for over a year when you joined up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy View Post
    I end up doing that quite often, but I'm not much of a musical explorer and tend to run out of songs to pair together for a proper playlist.
    I do explore. That's what makes this troubling.

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    Well, either the above confirms your statement or you have no idea of what you're talking about
    You sound like my dad, man.

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