Questions you want answered.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Ghostship wrote:

-the fanny pack (or hip pack if you're English or Australian).

There is never a time when it's ok to wear a fanny pack.

Usually the response is, "never was a time".

I understand this. Either way. Just sometimes you think things like, "I'd eat raw fish if I could fly underwater like a penguin". Or, a hip pack would be handy if it weren't so awful and weird.

Ghostship wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Ghostship wrote:

-the fanny pack (or hip pack if you're English or Australian).

There is never a time when it's ok to wear a fanny pack.

Usually the response is, "never was a time".

I understand this. Either way. Just sometimes you think things like, "I'd eat raw fish if I could fly underwater like a penguin". Or, a hip pack would be handy if it weren't so awful and weird.

"Gee, I wish I was wearing a fanny pack" isn't a weird thing to think, it's the sign of a disturbed mind.

Spoiler:

Satchels or coin purses are much more acceptable.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Ghostship wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Ghostship wrote:

-the fanny pack (or hip pack if you're English or Australian).

There is never a time when it's ok to wear a fanny pack.

Usually the response is, "never was a time".

I understand this. Either way. Just sometimes you think things like, "I'd eat raw fish if I could fly underwater like a penguin". Or, a hip pack would be handy if it weren't so awful and weird.

"Gee, I wish I was wearing a fanny pack" isn't a weird thing to think, it's the sign of a disturbed mind.

Spoiler:

Satchels or coin purses are much more acceptable.

Isn't the sporran the 'original' fanny pack? It would go nicely with the kilt you mentioned...

Demyx wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

If I can get kingdom hearts 1 and 2, new, for PS2 for only $25 should I do it?

I was originally turned off the whole idea of the games when they launched because Disney does nothing for me. However, I hear they are great. Do I need to like Disney to enjoy the 'game'? Will the Disney licence detract from my enjoyment?

Yes! But then I'd never advise anyone to NOT play Kingdom Hearts.

That being said, there's no way I would be a huge fan of the games if I weren't a Disney fanatic. They are fun as far as action RPGs go but a huge amount of the appeal is from the nicely executed Disney environments. I would ask if you're a big fan of Final Fantasy and other JRPG conventions, because that's pretty much the "other half" of the game and you might enjoy the parts that are more JRPGish and less about Disney.

Very much a big JRPG fan, which is what has me hovering over the 'add to cart' button.

Minarchist wrote:

I thought they were a lot of fun. They have the good but somewhat incomprehensible plot structure endemic to most mainline Square/Enix games. I want to go back and play them with my daughter when she's just a bit older, as she's a huge Disney fanatic. Does playing them with your girls seem like fun?

It 'could' be, but they are more into Skylanders and the Dreamworks stable of animated characters. I find it objectionable that most of the Disney Princesses need to be 'rescued by men', I prefer my princesses in the mold of Princess Fiona from Shrek, kicking butt and taking no prisoners. Tangled is about the only Disney Princess movie they've watched through. They do like Mickey Mouse though, and I can't wait for them to be old enough to enjoy the Nightmare Before Christmas with me, but at 4.5 and 3, Oogie Boogie is still a bit too much for them.

So I'm taking it that $12.50 each is worth a punt... Sold.

Spoiler:

Just don't tell them about this in the 12 month pile thread...

EDIT

Spoiler:

I picked up Shadow Hearts: From the New World at the same time... I am so screwed.

Ain't nothing wrong with a fanny pack. It's very useful when you just need to keep a few things handy on the hike up the jungle. It's not like you can do everything with a machete.

LarryC wrote:

It's not like you can do everything with a machete.

Crazy talk!

Ghostship wrote:

I need to dip into the Dapper Dan thread I guess. Some fine wool attire is supposed to be comfortable. For me it's the fit. Coats are restrictive. Actually, I have nothing to complain about. I work from a home office. I can work in my underwear if I want to.

My biggest worry is that fine clothes don't wear well and are expensive to clean. I'm afraid of ruining them through daily wear.

Re: fit, it depends on your body build, but I find them as comfortable (usually moreso) than jeans and the like. Most of the off-the-rack stuff is terrible, and is unfortunately all many Americans know, but it just takes a bit of tailoring to get them to wonderful condition. And yeah, wool IMO both looks and feels better than normal cotton pants (e.g. jeans/khakis). It has a better drape, so to speak.

As to them wearing well, the good stuff -- well-made 100% wool, linen, etc. -- will likely last longer than you. I have a suit in my closet that is older than me and still looks brand-new. The key is to try to be relatively careful with the stuff, and only very, very rarely have it cleaned. Unless you get some nasty oil-based stain on wool, you should need to dry-clean it once a year at most. The dry-cleaning is what can send suits to an early grave. Well, unless they're polyester or something, in which case they're headed there regardless. The stuff just doesn't last.

So to make it a question for the thread; how may times should I wash my formal wear?

I can't see having my coats cleaned less than four or five times a year. I sweat. Usually through shirts to the coat, depending on how damn hot they've cranked up the venue. If I'm wearing my suit, it's a conference, dinner, or office social function for my wife.

My blazer also bears the brunt of wear at meetings with clients, and conferences. It would need cleaning more. My worst fear would be going into a situation which demands a suit, smelling like I haven't washed it in three months.

I'm not sure there's an official answer other than "as little as possible". Pure wool as a fabric breathes so very well that after a week any sweat smells may just disappear. I know I've sweated through to the jacket several times (particularly my back when sitting against the seat of a hot car in summer) and the next time I pull the suit out it's fine.

Do you have the ability to find some suits made with fresco wool? It's very light, usually 8-9 oz wool skeins, and a loose weave. It makes a tremendous difference in cooling over a more traditional 12 oz worsted suit (to say nothing of the heavy stuff like tweed).

Ghostship wrote:

So to make it a question for the thread; how may times should I wash my formal wear?

I swear I first read this as "formal underwear." I thought, "Holy SH*T Ghostship is fancy!"

Formal underwear is only worn once and then throw away.

Rykin wrote:

Formal underwear is only worn once and then torn off.

If you're doin it right.

Gravey wrote:
Rykin wrote:

Formal underwear is only worn once and then torn off.

If you're Clark Kent.

FTFY

edited out due to possible rule infractions

Is there a way to have a default storage option set for the 360? Every time I start Spelunky it prompts me to pick cloud-drive or my Hard-drive. I just want it to remember.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Is there a way to have a default storage option set for the 360? Every time I start Spelunky it prompts me to pick cloud-drive or my Hard-drive. I just want it to remember.

That's something I've been wondering about for a while, too....

I am having trouble remembering a website.

This guy has set up a fake website offering free photoshop skills and then he emails back people that inquire by editing the photos horribly wrong. Such as the photo looks to enclosed, so he edits the family to look like they are in space...

Thanks.

Bonnonon wrote:

I am having trouble remembering a website.

This guy has set up a fake website offering free photoshop skills and then he emails back people that inquire by editing the photos horribly wrong. Such as the photo looks to enclosed, so he edits the family to look like they are in space...

Thanks.

http://www.photoshoptroll.com/

soonerjudd wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

Is there a way to have a default storage option set for the 360? Every time I start Spelunky it prompts me to pick cloud-drive or my Hard-drive. I just want it to remember.

That's something I've been wondering about for a while, too....

If you only have one it will default to that otherwise not that I know of. I wish there was a way to disable the internal 4 gigs in my S model.

Bonnonon wrote:

I am having trouble remembering a website.

This guy has set up a fake website offering free photoshop skills and then he emails back people that inquire by editing the photos horribly wrong. Such as the photo looks to enclosed, so he edits the family to look like they are in space...

Thanks.

27b/6?

@Bonus
27b/6 is a better site. David Thorne trolls his clients, co-workers, and prospective clients that want his freelance work for free. I don't think he ever set up a trap where people ask him to fix their photos.

S0LIDARITY wrote:
Bonnonon wrote:

I am having trouble remembering a website.

This guy has set up a fake website offering free photoshop skills and then he emails back people that inquire by editing the photos horribly wrong. Such as the photo looks to enclosed, so he edits the family to look like they are in space...

Thanks.

http://www.photoshoptroll.com/

Thank you! That was the site I was looking for.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
Bonnonon wrote:

I am having trouble remembering a website.

This guy has set up a fake website offering free photoshop skills and then he emails back people that inquire by editing the photos horribly wrong. Such as the photo looks to enclosed, so he edits the family to look like they are in space...

Thanks.

27b/6?

I also love that site, thanks for reminding me. 27b/6 is the better site, but my friend wanted to know the URL for the photoshop troll website.

Mystery solved.

My boss is in the process of getting a laptop for me so I can work from home during poor weather conditions. I want more. I want to work from home more than I'm in the office. I can do my job, and do it as effectively as I can in the office. In fact, I could easily see myself being more productive due simply to the improvements cutting out a huge commute and adding hours of sleep alone could introduce. My quality of life would go up so much, and I want to argue all these points. I am one of two people able to do this job in the company now, and they have difficulty hiring for this position. I'm not going to start out my negotiations this way, but if I feel they're being intractable, should I go hard in the negotiations? I've been here six years... I'm thinking something like, "For the sake of my quality of life, if we can't come to some kind of accommodation on this point, I will have to consider opportunities outside of our organization."? Or is that too far?

NSMike wrote:

My boss is in the process of getting a laptop for me so I can work from home during poor weather conditions. I want more. I want to work from home more than I'm in the office. I can do my job, and do it as effectively as I can in the office. In fact, I could easily see myself being more productive due simply to the improvements cutting out a huge commute and adding hours of sleep alone could introduce. My quality of life would go up so much, and I want to argue all these points. I am one of two people able to do this job in the company now, and they have difficulty hiring for this position. I'm not going to start out my negotiations this way, but if I feel they're being intractable, should I go hard in the negotiations? I've been here six years... I'm thinking something like, "For the sake of my quality of life, if we can't come to some kind of accommodation on this point, I will have to consider opportunities outside of our organization."? Or is that too far?

Are you prepared to back it up? Are you planning to leave soon (within the year) no matter how they handle it? etc.

I don't know how much I want to say publicly than I already have. I have visited GWJ often on my work PC before it got blocked in a swath of gaming-related blocks. They may be aware of my posts here in some way, I don't know. Suffice it to say, what I'm asking is more if people actually do that... If that’s a valid, and permissible negotiation strategy.

If you have leverage, it's completely valid.

If you are a valuable employee, you're a commodity on some level, and geting your needs met is simply part of doing business. Giving your current employer the opportunity to keep pace is fair, and if other employers are more willing/able to meet your needs than they are then you can take your business elsewhere. People don't have to be dicks about it, of course, but let them at least try to keep you.

NSMike, I'm with clover.

If you say something like that, you've got to be willing to back it up and leave if it comes down down to it.

I've known a few people who have gone out on job searches just to use the fact that they have another offer to get raises, and it's not pretty.

I've also seen other people get things like guaranteed working from home written into their contracts/agreements. If you go that route, make sure you get the (affirmative) decision in writing - a gentlemen's agreement can come back to bite you later on down the line.

Another friend was given clearance to "work from home" when he announced that he might be moving half-way across the country for his wife's job. When it came time for him to pack up and move, he was then told that he'd be moved from an FTE to a contractor if he wanted to keep his job, and after a few months had his contract terminated over some BS ("we can't effectively measure your abilities and impact because you work remote"). They still owe him $10k in back pay :/

NSMike wrote:

I don't know how much I want to say publicly than I already have. I have visited GWJ often on my work PC before it got blocked in a swath of gaming-related blocks. They may be aware of my posts here in some way, I don't know. Suffice it to say, what I'm asking is more if people actually do that... If that’s a valid, and permissible negotiation strategy.

I think, if you're willing to follow through, anything is valid. I had a coworker that wanted to work from India 3 months out of the year. We couldn't make it work so she found a job that could. Seems excessive but it clearly worked.

They don't have to say yes, and you don't have to stay if they say no.

Everything that Clover & McIrishJihad said. You really have to be able to put your money where your mouth is if you're going to play hardball.

Also keep in mind that in many places resistance comes down to the fact that they likely won't be configured to "manage" distance workers, so from the management side it looks like you're creating a whole load of extra work. Also there will be fear if they grant this to your then everyone will want a piece of the action, and then there will be no one in the office. Plus in general people fear change. You've got to be able, at least in your head, to answer the question of why you should get special treatment and why this won't completely upset the current office eco-system. What can you negotiate that will show that it works? Could you start off with 1 day a week at home, how will you measure it's success and will they give you more days if it is working?