chatlogs full of memes are never funny

Feb 2017 to present day:
Yugioh but the loser turns gay and never spreads their genes
The winner suffers the same fate
Tragic: the Garnering
Autism: the Misfittening
Dick Pulse the Cum Bomb
“Cum inside me, really hard” was going to be my forum name
It’s like a “Hitler Schnapps” being sold in Israel. Fun fact: Cromwell was the first republican in Ireland
Archimandrite
now there’s a nice word

“Dedicated Galvanic rape victim”

Ulthuan for the high elves, Naggarond for the dark elves, but the Empire for everyone?

N e o v a g i n a

they wanted a new project because Papi, the keyname, sounded like Spanish gay porn.

As an expert on Spanish gay porn were you able to correct them or affirm their fears?

RAPID SLAMMING

learned today the maximum value I can assign for a meeting length in minutes is 2147483647, or close to 41 centuries

 

Dressing for success today
Wearing an aztec shirt and jeans with a big rip in the crotch

 

superior gunline tactics can only be defeated by dense terrain, he should’ve pulled a washington and hid in the woods until you ran out of money
spent two years campnig, truly a hero of his time
Guerilla skill table doesn’t let you nail bomb civilians – fail
SWALLOW YOUR ROD

 

Anime 11PM (Tentative)
[You are invited to this meeting]
Automatic reply: Anime I am out of the office until 5/05/17

 

There’s a god with a fat cock
Impudens
Patron of the hive spires
God of oil, massage and fat cocks

 

why do people become 40k Inquisitors again?
law school is too competitive?

 

We’ll just say “4chan, isn’t that a girl’s website?”

is it your internalized nationalism preventing you from painting red coats?

unzips
blocks your path

get-cum | ForEach-Orifice {new-action -sexAct $_.sucking $_.fucking }

there’s nothing wrong with accepting Ireland was a vassal state. actually, that’s wrong, Ireland wasn’t a vassal state because the King of England was also the King of Ireland. Ireland fought as part of the Crown forces during the English Civil War

When did Ireland start thinking of itself as a nation and not an island in perpetual tribal warfare?

19th century probably
Possibly not until after the Irish Civil War if you wanna be real pedantic

 

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Filtering traffic and bargains

Not a whole lot to say – settling into engaged life. Work is fine. Began cycling to and from work, about an 8KM round trip. Bloody cold in summer gear, but hardening myself to it. Not really lifting more than 1x week, even then only fucking around with pullups and pressing.

Also decided on the real ring for the engagement, a vintage 1970s sapphire set in diamonds. Setting is neither too low or too high.  Bargained it down from €1900 to €1500. If the Falcon had not said she was willing to pay €1500, I could have gotten it lower. Falcon has adequate bargaining skills. But often says the wrong thing in her “routine”. Case in point in China, she was looking to buy a pair of shoes, which were cheap converse knock-offs. The guy was trying to charge 500RMB (€60 at the time), after saying she couldn’t spend any more than 500RMB.

I came in while eating a tea egg and squatted right down beside him and said “50RMB, that’s all I paid last time,” in a thick Shanghai accented Mandarin. He agreed immediately. Pity the shoes were too small. More people should learn to bargain and haggle, it has an outsized effect on your salary compared to actual hard skills. I got a 15% raise on my current job’s offer after asking for it. All I had to do was say I had other offers in the pipe and let them stew. This also added to the 10% bonus. If you change jobs every few years, this really adds up after 3 job changes.

Visited friends down in Cork and explored a few 17th century star forts. We mourned the failure of Hugh O’Neil to defeat the English at Kinsale and wished for the return of a butter-based economy. Used a Dremel to grind out a jamming door catch. Made a pipe tool out of a suitable hex screw with a file. Raided the bins of a Games Workshop and recovered some magazines and hardbacks. Drank some nice beers. The Falcon came down mid-way and we had a great time all told.

Trying to finish the CCNA exams this year, getting some support from work to do it. Have some networking stuff to do in work, which will support the learning.

Warhammer 40k club in work is going well, we now have weekly games between 5 people. Made some nice pieces, which apply what I learned this year about colour theory and detailing scale models. I’d hate to put my early stuff side by side – even the towers lack the greebling the ruined factory has. So this was very satisfying.factory ruin1factory ruin220171025_095220

Also left my phone offline for 3 days. This felt pretty great. Might be something I do again. Less anxious. More relaxed and able to enjoy shit.

 

A modest proposal

The Alsace/France trip was great.  It was 11 days in total. 150km walking total. Good weather, relatively flat. No injuries. And we got engaged.

Gear

Our bags were between 40l to 45l. I specifically go for bags you can bring as hand luggage on a plane. It was fine for volume, but limited the amount of wine we could bring. Next time I would bring stuffsacks for the Falcon’s clothes. My rubble sacks compressed my clothes nicely and kept everything dry. Weight of the bags with water, food and wine never went over 11KG.

There was a bit of trouble beforehand with the Falcon’s internal frame rucksack warping, on the night before we left, but it didn’t cause any issues walking. She bought it the day before we left, which meant we didn’t test it in any serious way. So aside from that it was good. She returned it for a full refund when we got back. Shame, as it was the best of all the ones we tried. I hope we can get a similar one. The “female fit” bags aren’t a meme for the thicc and tall.

My cheapo bag was as indestructable as ever. Not especially comfortable, and I did feel it a bit more than the Alps as I was less conditioned. I tried on other high-tech bags with more padding and straps, and I was very tempted. I did not bring the side pockets this time around. Nor did I use the MOLLE straps. I got this in 2015, and it’s carried 15-20kg of groceries every week, and done like a month of hiking: https://somecampingstoves.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/berghaus-centurio-45-mmps/

If I was doing it again, I’d probably bring water bladders to go inside the bags, but again, this may have been overkill.

Did not bring walking poles this time, they would have been good to have, but not essential.

We brought maps and guidebooks.

Boots

My new high boots were very comfy, nice to get a pair that actually fit me and weren’t second hand. I replaced the insoles with ones with more arch support. The boots were definitely overkill for walking vineyards, but helped on some of the day hikes we did up the Vosges. In the cities, I wore light runners.

The Falcon fell in love with her low boots, and preferred them to fashion shoes, even in Paris.

Fitness

We did some fast paced walking to prepare, but we already walk 70 mins a day getting to and from work. I would have liked to done some day hikes with the bags, but this was not possible. As the Falcon has asthma, she struggled when it was cold and wet, but did not complain about the pace or sore legs. Impressed by her grit. Nevertheless, she struggled with hills when she had the bag on, and needed a rest every 10-15 mins on some stretches.

We stayed in hotels and wineries on the route, so we dumped the bags when we arrived and did our walking without the bags for the most part. This was more suitable for her level of fitness, and mine.

No back or neck pain. Should have brought some lactase pills, as hard to avoid milk and cream. This took me out of action one evening and left me quite tired.

 

The feels

There was a fair amount of stress about getting engaged on this trip. Our 10th anniversary would take place, and I’d heavily hinted that the Alsace trip would be the time. While looking for the bag, I went ring shopping with the Falcon and asked her to choose a few she liked. I ultimately bought a silver ring with a brilliant-cut sapphire, and tiny diamond pavé shoulders for an excellent price, and used it as a ‘promise ring’ to avoid carrying a giant rock around.

There were several places that would have been good to pop the question. One very memorable day hike here to 3 ruined castles. Our guidebook said they were closed, but people told us they had been restored (to really nice ruins). While in the tower of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Saint-Ulrich, we could see the entire Rhine valley and much beauty below. Upset her by not proposing as I didn’t have the ring with me. From then on I had the ring on me at all times.

The route is also took the form of a pilgrimage: we visited many churches and prayed in each for many things.

I finally did ask in Paris, after coming through Rheims in Champagne, at the top of Sacré-Cœer. As a friend said, “Good aesthetics, Strong Catholic overtones, French political penance undertones“. Linked well with Alsace and revanchism. Lots of tears. A very nice moment.

 

 

Deathstorm Ophelia

My first hurricane is hitting Ireland right now. Went in for work and they sent us home. It’s cool I guess, kind of a training hurricane for more extreme events.

I proposed in Paris at the top of the Sacre Coeur church in Paris. She said yes. Very happy. France trip went very well. Pics and details to follow.

RUNNING IN THE 90s

Mostly for Celicaxx

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First week back in the gym

A Volume Weight Comment B Volume Weight
DB Split Squat 3×10-12 6kg Easy, more stable Pistol squat 3×5 bodyweight
BB Bench 3×10-12 40kg Light, but some neck pain DB Arnold Press 3×10-12 6kg
Glute Bridge 3×10-12 20kg no pain DB row 3×10-12 8kg
Pull ups  3×f 6,6,4. Hard. need more rest between sets. Dips 3xf 3,2,1
Rotisserie Plank 2 mins total 30 seconds a side reasonable Rotisserie Plank
rotator cuff stuff 1×20 1kg challenging

Fairly weak after nearly 3 years of minimal lifting. I weigh in at 75kg. So these are low numbers that will grow. Sleeping lots and eating well. Also training for another 90-100KM walk in France. This time with the Falcon. No camping, just wine and hotels.

The main 3 exercises in each group are supersetted, more for cardio and time gainz. Focusing on quality of movement. This takes about 50 minutes with warm up and cool down. I am going immediately after work. No pain, which is great!

I’ll probably do this for another month, and see what kind of linear progress I can make with DBs. I would be keen to OHP with a BB again. Maybe to front squat. Deadlifting I think is out, but maybe there’s some single-leg variations I can try. Pleased with pullups.

Calves and psoas quite tight.

 

 

 

 

MS volume licensing

Microsoft volume licensing for the enterprise space is a talent to itself. You get audited unexpectedly, but especially when the company is rapidly growing and IT controls aren’t as solid. It’s a shakedown for cash, I think. We pushed them out for as long as we could and got a consultant in to help… from my former Big4 employer.

In the enterprise space you get audited regularly, and there are big fines for non-compliance with the volume licensing. They will also sell you the licenses you need to be compliant at a premium. I’ve dived a little of the way down the volume licensing rabbit hole during our recent audit, and it’s complex. You have 32bit/64bit, Standard and professional for the Office Suite, and then the same for the add-ons: Visio and Project. Some of the versions aren’t compatible with “click to run Office365”, which is another type of license, and all these have to be licensed separately. There’s also a hard limit on how many times you can reinstall Office products.

They were trying to squeeze us for €40k in fines and licenses, saying our MS Visio and Project Standard licenses were no longer valid for the Professional versions. And that 250 employees were only licensed for Office 2016, not Office 2016 click to run.  We were compliant last time we checked 3 years ago, but the terms had changed without us being informed. I knew it was a shakedown from Microsoft, so I did my bit running reports and migrating people to the compliant programs. Once it’s close, they don’t care as much and are willing to bargain.

I suggested that were weren’t informed of the changes, and were now 99% compliant once we were aware. So eventually, with much wrangling, we got it down to like €5k worth of licenses and no fine. It leaves a pretty bitter taste in your mouth though, and was a good chuck of time for a whole quarter wasted on compliance.

During the audit, found a machine in the directory called “WANGBLOWS” that summed our feelings up well.