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The Argument Chamber / Re: Election post
« on: November 22, 2020, 10:02:25 PM »
Yes, my heart leaps at the thought!  My fear is that the energy in this will dissipate before the runoff, but let's hope these people can make their voices heard by refusing to vote.

If the electoral confirmation came right before the Georgia runoff, that would be ideal.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Election post
« on: November 22, 2020, 02:32:58 PM »
I swear an intern at The Onion was sent out for a replacement keyboard and got it from one of those mysterious shops that you can never find again. The curse is such that anything you type, no matter how ridiculous, becomes real. Several laugh-out-loud passages here:

General Discussion / Re: Greetings!
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:22:36 AM »

Of course! They are 2 and 4.5, and we're expecting another in May. They definitely make the passage of time more obvious, but they are fun and it's been cool to see their personalities come out as they outgrow the baby/toddler stages. The older one likes Transformers, riding his bike, and playing Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. The younger likes cookies, pickles, and playing pretend cooking games. [/details shared]

Out.  Fucking.  Standing!

Thanks for playing.  The kid stuff is awesome!  Sounds like a good crew.  We would have been happy to have 2 or more, but for "reasons" ended up with just the one.  He's staggeringly amazing, so no regrets that we get to have so much time in house during the current adversity.  I was volunteering a ton at his Montessori school when he was younger, but that all went away when he transitioned to 1st grade.  So weird, volunteer hours were mandatory until then, but once he was in first grade, it was all "don't call us, we'll call you".   

And, not to circle back to the pool other than to say that I wasn't trying to brag as much as sound appreciative that our back yard is world enough at the moment since we're sheltering in place, but it was 91 degrees today.  I don't think November is supposed to do that.


P.S.  Rick and Morty!  I thought Archer was the next level, but it's hard to beat R & M.

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Chance to Cluck
« on: November 08, 2020, 11:30:57 PM »
If you cluck with your eye, see a doctor.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Election post
« on: November 07, 2020, 04:19:19 PM »
On the other hand...

the best thing about a recount is we get to watch him lose again!


As for recount rules varying by state, yes, but none of the states currently in question have rules anything like Arizona. They all allow for someone to request a recount under the current circumstances. Nevada allows for a recount to be called regardless of the distribution of votes.

Some states say that whoever asks for a recount pays for it. My advice is to ask for the money in advance!

The Argument Chamber / Re: Election post
« on: November 07, 2020, 02:39:54 PM »
I've been hoping for Arizona to hang on for Biden and not just to ice the electoral cake.

See, we have weird recount rules. Candidates cannot ask for a recount and one is automatically triggered only if the result is closer than .1 percent. So, if Nevada were to be convincingly blue beyond hope of recounting, and if AZ was not insanely close, Biden could have unshakably reached 270 and we wouldn't have any reason to recount Pennsylvania or Georgia and any challenge would hopefully be over SO much sooner.

Then I remembered that Wisconsin is part of Biden's 253 and recounts are inevitable so we should probably turn this into a drinking game. New lawsuit filed?  Drink!  Recount changes nothing?  Big drink!

The Argument Chamber / Election post
« on: November 02, 2020, 10:04:44 PM »
Nobody posting anything yet?  Sure, don't post until tomorrow like the weaklings that you are.  I can wait.

As long as the echoing silence isn't *interrupting* or anything, here is something you didn't need to know:  ballot structure is important n' stuff.

See, my home state of Arizona has a reputation for being racist over the Martin Luther King holiday, and probably other things too, to be fair.  But the MLK holiday is a bad rap

When the holiday was put to a vote, someone fucked up the ballot, whether due to naivete or something worse, I don't know, but what they did on the ballot was this:

( ) Vote 'yes' if you want Martin Luther King Day to replace Columbus Day.
( ) Vote 'yes' if you want Martin Luther King Day to replace another holiday.
( ) Vote 'no' if you don't want Martin Luther King Day as a holiday.

In the polling booth, as soon as I looked at the ballot, I knew the initiative was bound to fail because the 'yes' vote had been split.  It's crazy to see something so unfair as this and know that it should have been structured differently as a yes/no question with a SUBSEQUENT question regarding replacing Columbus Day.

The results were like this:  32% in favor of MLK Day replacing Columbus Day, 30% in favor of MLK Day replacing another holiday, and 34% in favor of not having MLK Day as a holiday.

I forget how the holiday was enacted after that, but our dimwit governor thinking he had heard a mandate from the people that we didn't want this holiday, cancelled it.  We impeached his cracker ass shortly thereafter.

So, quick summary:  'racist' Arizona actually favored the MLK holiday 62% to 34%, but... ballot structure.

General Discussion / Re: Greetings!
« on: November 02, 2020, 09:43:48 PM »
How are you faring in your goal to kick ass at life?  I find that aim inspiring!

It's a good goal because as long as I'm trying, I usually can at least get life's shins. Your pool sounds cool, but I'm sure it would have frozen over and broke important and/or essential pool parts if it were located in my backyard. I suppose I could enclose it...and I already have that collection of pool noodles for unrelated reasons...Yeah. Now I've convinced myself. How much to transport your pool and its contents to my neck of the woods?

I keep busy with the fam. I've got two little Evils running about these days. I build out the occasional fight stick or arcade cabinet or something for kicks. And I've embraced fighting games pretty hard (D2 PvP was a good first step I guess), so when I can't kick life's ass, I take it online to try my hand at kicking someone else's. But yeah, that's me in a nutshell I guess. Now where's my pool quote.

Little Evils?  Awwwww!  Your tough and manly street-fighter cred won't be in any way reduced if you share details.

As for the pic from Dust, that's awesome!  That guy comes through in a big way.  One more on a lonnnng list of Diablo II players that I'm indebted to.

Circling back to the pool, you may not have mine.  I live in the desert and it's the only water for miles.  Get yer own.

General Discussion / Re: Greetings!
« on: October 28, 2020, 11:43:12 PM »
Fuckin-A!  Pardon the crudity, but there are enthusiastic-type peoples here and I just want to say, me too!

Sssith, microwave internet does not cause popcorn, but it does get latency down from the high 300s to forty-something.  We're out of town and out of our minds, so no clue if that is close to a good glass fibre number or not, but it is SO much better than the satellite connection that we had.

Liquid Evil (That's MISTER doctor Liquid Evil to you, sir!), my son is 7 now and the home-schooling is going pretty well.  One unbelievably great thing we have to help outlast the self-imposed isolation in the time of the coronavirus is a pool.  Up until a week ago, we were in the water just about every day.  This has a hidden benefit because the wife unit has not previously seen the upside of a cement pond, but it has practically been a requirement for maintaining sanity. 
Um.  There might also be a gigantor floating pineapple.

How are you faring in your goal to kick ass at life?  I find that aim inspiring!

Jeff, I hope all is well with you.  Always enjoyed our Diablo conversations.  Where are you now?  What's new, amigo?

My son describes my covid hair as "silver blond" (with a minimum of coaching) and, despite being buzzed down to the scalp in December, it is now well into my eyes.  I have a set of clippers, so no excuses, but am thinking of growing it out until there's a vaccine, or at least until we have a new administration.


General Discussion / Re: Greetings!
« on: October 20, 2020, 12:43:36 AM »
The awesomeness in this thread could not be contained in a soulstone shoved unceremoniously into the chest of Tal Rasha! 

Plus, screw that guy.  What was he even thinking?!?  Couldn't he have just interred that old rock with Baal's essence inside down under the sofa cushions where it would never be discovered until long after that divan went to the curb and was clandestinely heisted before the Goodwill truck could arrive to claim its bounty?

Then the Lord of Destruction would have found himself manifesting in the body of a kid riding a Big Wheel through the shoe aisle of some bootleg thrift store.

But I (massively) digress.  The plan was to keep in touch here but that went spinning out of control due to a combination of things.  First, I don't have enough words to express how much I value SSB's presence in the D2 landscape.  I'm in debt not simply for the 1.07 MP games but because we were both living in the same state for a number of years and I did NOTHING to capitalize.  Now he is off in Texas and I'm wishing it were otherwise except *corona* so maybe in a few years we can meet in person?  And, yeah, that is enough to stall my brain even without having D2A, MN4U and the rest of the outstanding list of people responding to my humble thread.  You guys are the best!

Second, until recently, we've had satellite internet.  Latencies around 390 MS and response times that make you shave between page loads.  There hasn't been anything fun about being online for a while, but we literally just got on board with a new service beaming microwave internet directly at one of our chimneys. Yes!

See you around.  I mean it.

General Discussion / Re: One of my best friends has unexpectedly passed
« on: October 20, 2020, 12:17:40 AM »
So sorry to hear it, Tim.  It sucks when someone is removed from your world like that.  Leaves a big hole where you expected to have words, feelings, LIFE with someone in your orbit, and now they are gone.

Gaming General / Re: D2 Beginning Character Gear
« on: April 12, 2019, 02:02:41 PM »
Great!  I hope this setup serves you well.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:40:51 PM »
I'm on the fence about a Dune remake. It's my favorite book of all time, and the 84(?) version is sooooo awful. Complete departure from some of the most key points of the lore. The introduction of the guns as the primary reason the Fremen were successful completely destroys a large point of the book, the superiority of man to technology, and the shaping of the Fremen through repression. The Bene Gesserit are all wrong. I could go on for an hour. Then again, if anyone can pull it off, it would be Villenueve. So,...
If I have a six-hour layover in an airport near you, I'll buy drinks and we'll still be going when the plane takes off.  "Usul no longer needs the weirding module."  Oy!

On a much more positive note, we're currently enjoying Into The Badlands.

Gaming General / Re: D2 Beginning Character Gear
« on: April 09, 2019, 06:58:42 PM »
With all due respect to RTB, I cannot stand using a slow-ass great maul in act I. My starting gear is all designed around the fact that hitting monsters is much harder than letting them hit you. So:

3 skt large shield with chipped skulls = attacker takes damage +12
Upgrade to flawed skulls at lvl 5 for atd +24
3 perfect skulls = atd +60
Hsarus boots and belt = attacker takes damage +5
Sigon's armor + gloves = atd +20
Weapon = Stoutnail for atd +10
2x Nagel rings for atd +6

At lvl 7, you can easily hit ATD +65. The rings and club have MDR, and with a little PDR from I forget where, the monsters kill themselves en masse and you never feel a thing. At least until the Dark Wood.

Charms for life, strength, and stamina, 3skt mask with amethysts or rubies. Sigon's gloves need 60 strength but give +10 str to help with the armor requirement.

I like big life and I can not lie, so one or both nagels get retired at lvl 12 in favor of Angelic ring/amulet combo. Otherwise, crafted prismatic amulet is good.

If you should ever lose your mind and play a paladin, this setup is even better with 4 skt shields. I vividly recall getting swarmed in the tombs by resurrected skeletons (darned mummies!). With full atd gear you can just run through them, laughing.

Also worth considering is stacking chance to cast lvl 3 nova, which spawns on pretty much everything. So much fun to be surrounded by monsters and then, foosh!  You're all alone.

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