Random thing you loathe right now.

The stupider the ringtone, the louder it must be set, and the slower the owner must be to shut it off.

(Those must all stem from a general stupidity of the owner.)

Let me tell you about my ringtones: they are awesome. They are all Street Fighter II themes (Ken, Ryu, Chun Li, Guile, E. Honda, and the World Map), which start in the low to mid-range for a few seconds, then (if I hadn't heard it yet) add louder higher-range sounds.

But you will never ever hear my ringtones since I have the good goddamn sense to put my phone on silence when I leave the house. Can't put your phone on silence for whatever reason? Then at least try another volume setting than MAXIMUM.

Gravey wrote:

The stupider the ringtone, the louder it must be set, and the slower the owner must be to shut it off.

Might be time to replace the 'ol Saints Row 3 ringtone. As awesome as it is, no one will hear it 'cause my phone's always on vibrate.

edosan wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

If they even let you repaint without declining your deposit, they probably won't foot the bill for letting you repaint.

Not sure why they used semi-gloss though, usually you use some form of matte for interiors and semi-gloss as accents, right?

Something like semi-gloss is good for kitchens as it is easier to clean so I'm assuming that was their reasoning.

(By the way, you really wouldn't need to sand it down. Remove anything that's peeling, wash down with TSP then a coat or two of Kilz primer, then paint.)

I've got the owner of this condo unit convinced now that painting it properly and professionally would up the resale value as it would look better and less like drunk people painted it with their feet. So he's willing to pay for it so long as I get him some quotes.

I've had three different companies in to look. So far they all say that because of the uneven paint (glopped on too thick in several places and then he tried to smooth it out when it was half dried with a bristle brush) it will need to be sanded a little to a) smooth out the lumps and b) ensure the best possible bonding for the new primer and paint. They also said semi-gloss belongs in bathrooms only for easy wipe up. Our kitchen has a full glass backsplash and no cooking/prep surfaces are near any other walls, so that's all good at least.

So, I guess this might truck on over to the 'love' thread soon...

So apparently the 4gb+ of music I transferred to my new sd card for my phone disappeared as well. At least, all the stuff I transferred in folders did. The loose mp3s that I just dropped in the music folder were still there. Sigh...

Just found out my girlfriend is being yanked back up to Iqaluit again for a week this month, despite spending half of last month up north. She's going to miss my birthday, our anniversary and a congratulatory work celebration for passing the UFE with the Auditor General. Plus I have the joy of looking after the puppy by myself for yet another week. Not her fault and she feels bad about it but yeah, friggin' sucks.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Just found out my girlfriend is being yanked back up to Iqaluit again for a week this month

I had to look up where that is... Looking on Google Maps, I'm not convinced that is a place where humans should be. Looks cold and stupid. Sucks for you both

I have given up listening to Weekend Confirmed. Garnett Lee is just so fracking immature and I thought his treatment of Andrea Renae (on the most recent ep) (regarding Assassins Creed IV and Aliens) was pathetic.

Feels good, doesn't it?

Yeah. I used to like 1up Radio way back when - after attempting to listen once or twice to Weekend Confirmed, I think I figured out that someone at ZD was keeping his shenanigans in check.

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.

AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.

AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

The cake was a lie anyway! But that sucks, sorry to hear that

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Just found out my girlfriend is being yanked back up to Iqaluit again for a week this month

Is it sad that the only reason I know where that is is because of Pocket Planes? Regardless, that really, really sucks. Hope the puppy behaves and that you guys manage to set aside some special time for the two of you when she gets back. It won't make up for it, but it's a start, right?

Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.
Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.
AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

Awww, that's just adding insult to injury. Reall sorry to hear that! Anemia sucks, but that's fixable. Hopefully, you'll stay on the borderline side of diabetes.

The month of March in New England. Hardly random, I guess, as it comes every year. March in New England is just dreary and miserable. It's 31 days long to provide the maximum number of opportunities for cold driving rain or heavy wet snow that one month can muster.

Even national holidays steer clear in order to let the misery really soak in, as one trudges to work every day in the muck. People go so far as to celebrate the patron saint of some tiny damp island in the Atlantic just so they can have a chance to drink heavily in public.

imbiginjapan wrote:

The month of March in New England. Hardly random, I guess, as it comes every year. March in New England is just dreary and miserable. It's 31 days long to provide the maximum number of opportunities for cold driving rain or heavy wet snow that one month can muster.

Even national holidays steer clear in order to let the misery really soak in, as one trudges to work every day in the muck. People go so far as to celebrate the patron saint of some tiny damp island in the Atlantic just so they can have a chance to drink heavily in public.

Sounds like the Ironborn are having a kingsmoot.

AP Erebus wrote:
Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Just found out my girlfriend is being yanked back up to Iqaluit again for a week this month

I had to look up where that is... Looking on Google Maps, I'm not convinced that is a place where humans should be. Looks cold and stupid. Sucks for you both :(

It's a First Nations area for the most part and since its government largely subsists off of payments from our federal government, they're subject to auditing by the Office of the Auditor General which is why she goes there several times a year. It is indeed hella cold (think -60C or lower with the wind during the winter) but it's a neat place. She actually enjoys the trips, she just got back from one not long ago and this is really short notice. The good part for her at least is she gets huge overtime and per diems for going there. At least we both have a week off after she returns, plus we're getting the puppy fixed that week which will hopefully calm him down some. Not looking forward to the week she's away but I'll manage.

Stupid snow and my stupid middle-aged back and the stupid hour it took to shovel my stupid driveway.

Stupid pre-storm sinus disaster

FeralMonkey wrote:

Stupid snow and my stupid middle-aged back and the stupid hour it took to shovel my stupid driveway.

Sunny and warm a few hours north on I 75. Birds were chirping when I left home today.

My job this morning. I had to prosecute and ask the court to lock up a woman in her fifties with obvious and significant mental health problems. She should be securely remanded, yes, but in a hospital, not a prison. I can only hope that the prison doctors are more human than the arsehole who dares to call himself a healthcare professional, from the lowest bidder, who provides medical and psych pre-assessments for the Police. This stain wouldn't even refer her for an assessment, despite the custody sergeant begging him to do so, and her solicitor, a woman I like and respect enormously, piling evidence on him about her client's past problems.

Nothing I could do, nothing to court could do. She was not fit to enter a plea; there has to be two psych reports and then a finding of fact hearing before the court can give a Hospital Order, which takes months. Two psychiatrists can section her under the Mental Health Act, but this guy wouldn't authorise the referral, just wanting to let the court deal with it. She is not safe to be out on her own, for her sake or that of the public, but prison?

I have never felt so ashamed to do my job as I did today.

Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.

AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

Screw that. Enjoy your birthday treats and make a commitment to lower your carbohydrate intake after that. One day isn't going to make any difference in your glycemic issues, but one happy day has a pretty solid effect on overall happiness.

Coldstream wrote:
Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.

AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

Screw that. Enjoy your birthday treats and make a commitment to lower your carbohydrate intake after that. One day isn't going to make any difference in your glycemic issues, but one happy day has a pretty solid effect on overall happiness.

F**k yes. I was going to say something like this, but without the knowledge that Mr. Coldstream has backing him up. Have fun, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

FWIW, my dad was diagnosed borderline diabetic in his 50s. I know he has to take his blood reading every day, but a change of diet (i.e. healthier) and regular exercise (a walk every day) was all it took to turn things around. He's in his 70s now and has never looked better.

Obviously I don't know what your situation is like, but I hope that can be encouraging. Good luck!

Herp derp edit: Oh yeah, happy birthday!

Aries wrote:
Coldstream wrote:
Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.

AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

Screw that. Enjoy your birthday treats and make a commitment to lower your carbohydrate intake after that. One day isn't going to make any difference in your glycemic issues, but one happy day has a pretty solid effect on overall happiness.

F**k yes. I was going to say something like this, but without the knowledge that Mr. Coldstream has backing him up. Have fun, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :)

That's Dr Coldstream. Which means that cake is now a medically-advised plan of action for the birthday girl.

Coldstream wrote:
Amoebic wrote:

Went to the doctor's today to learn that I'm anemic and borderline diabetic.

Great. That's...that's awesome. Fantastic. Birthday boardgames tomorrow night. Made birthday treats to bring and I can't have any of them.

AND NO BIRTHDAY CAKE >:[

Screw that. Enjoy your birthday treats and make a commitment to lower your carbohydrate intake after that. One day isn't going to make any difference in your glycemic issues, but one happy day has a pretty solid effect on overall happiness.

Yes (thank you, Coldstream - I would have beaten around the bush about IANAD, but you can cut right to the chase). Being diabetic doesn't mean NO BIRTHDAY CAKE. It means be careful with it. Yes, you can't have four pieces and wallow in it, but you can have a slice and enjoy yourself. Especially if you eat it with a meal that has a decent protein level to slow down the sugar-spike.

Also, next year, talk to me about some lower carb cakes that taste very good indeed. My daughter in law made me a no sugar added bacon chocolate cake that was amazing!

momgamer wrote:

Also, next year, talk to me about some lower carb cakes that taste very good indeed. My daughter in law made me a no sugar added bacon chocolate cake that was amazing!

I think you should post that cake recipe now for the happiness and well-being of all Goodjers! That sounds fantastic.

Also, Happy Birthday, Amoebic!

Thanks all! Realistically, I know that moderation and the occasional allowance isn't going to do me in. My only concern is that discipline, moderation, and self-control are all things I'm absolutely horrible at. I've got a much higher success rate with an all or nothing approach.

Proper diet and exercise will solve a lot of my problems.

Also, low carb recipes welcome !

Spiderj: It's not your fault, try not to shoulder this one. Does the stain have a superior you could reach out to?

It actually came out of a mix. Pillsbury makes sugar free chocolate cake mixes. She added a packet of sugar free fudge pudding mix and a bunch of crumbled bacon, and believe it or not there is sugar free chocolate fudge frosting. She decorated the top with sugar free chocolate syrup and real bacon bits and no apologies. It was glorious.

The cake recipe I made for this last girls' birthday involved a red velvet cake mix. Replace the water in the recipe with a can of sugar free cherry pie filling. Bake it in a 9 x 13 flat pan and then top with a batch of sugar free white frosting with a block of low fat cream cheese beaten into it and decorated with some of the pie-cherries. Diets and tongues were happy, and there were no left-overs to tempt me later.

Remember, in both of these cases you still have to count in the carbs from the flour and stuff, but it's a lot lighter on the carb-budget this way.

Those are the lowest-friction versions in terms of time/process/baking skill. They do use Splenda. If you're trying to avoid that all together, I have other options, though those are a lot more work to carry out.

My PC. I not only lost my Far Cry 3 save and now the game isn't working and I can't uninstall it. What?

Thanks all! Realistically, I know that moderation and the occasional allowance isn't going to do me in. My only concern is that discipline, moderation, and self-control are all things I'm absolutely horrible at. I've got a much higher success rate with an all or nothing approach.

Proper diet and exercise will solve a lot of my problems.

Also, low carb recipes welcome !

The discipline approach to sugar lowering works for some people, and not so well for others. You go with what works for you.

I'm not a really good at discipline either, and I'm an infamous hedonist to boot with limited EQ (or so my friends and relatives tell me). Discipline doesn't work for me either. What works is eating good stuff - really nice, tasty meals. That works for me, because I am an avowed foodie. Goes with the hedonist thing.

If you tell me to eat crappy versions of foods I like, and dangle sugary treats in front of me while visibly enjoying them, I am going to go nuts. I just can't do that to myself. Don't have the willpower. What I can do, is eat really good "exotic" food (they're actually normal around where I live) that are both tasty and awesome and have low sugar content naturally. No artificial sugar.

It's your body's way of telling you that it wants a change in cuisine. Sugar ain't the only flavor in town.

Maybe you can start a low-sugar cuisine cookery thread. Diabetes is a pretty common diagnosis, and we all could use less sugar in our food. With a lot of contributors, it should be easy to put together a whole month's worth of low sugar recipes (including desserts!) that also taste like gangbusters. I'd start one, but my username exudes an unseemly miasma detectable from half a continent away.

I liked your adobo thread.

Adobo!