Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Nevin73 wrote:

Today's Tales from the Trenches: Link

11/01/2012 - Anonymous

One of the publishers that I’ve worked for had all of the testers in the basement. Literally the basement of a very large office building. Three hundred of us would be in there, *comfortably* seated at plastic folding tables rife with various game systems, monitors, and the occasional computer for entering bugs into the database. In the middle of this single, giant room, were the glass cubes in the sky serving as management offices.

The only time that testers entered these offices were when they were hired or, in this case, when they were fired. You see, there was a tester on my team who believed that his job was to either test the Pause Screen or perform a Front-End Menu Soak Test. Mostly though, he talked on his cell phone. How it got reception down there is beyond me. But I digress. Despite frequently encouraging him to at least put the controller in his lap and periodically wiggle the thumbsticks to “simulate” testing (and thereby keep his employment), he chose not to even pretend to care.

As such, on one particular evening, he was summoned into the manager’s office / plexiblock. We all knew what this meant. It meant that for the next five minutes, Tester X had a captive audience of three hundred.

He approached the office door, but stopped - perhaps ten feet shy of it. Then, slowly and methodically, he undid his belt, lowered his jeans, and defecated on the short-pile rug. With the same deliberate speed, he stood up and rebuckled his pants, all the while holding a defiant stare with the QA manager.

To say we were shocked would be an understatement, but the night only got better. First one of the other testers was asked to clean up the mess.

“You must be joking.”

Then a subordinate manager was asked.

“Don’t we have janitors for this sort of thing?”

So a janitor was asked. An elderly, almost stately man who always nodded to us as we entered or exited the building.
“Oh, y’all can go f*ck yoself!”

If I recall correctly, he actually threw his broom at the QA manager, but that might be a creative embellishment on the part of my subconscious. Needless to say, no one wanted to clean up the detritus, even as the stench of it slowly filled the cavernous test room. Not the security guard who had been called to escort Tester X out of the building (he didn’t even want to touch the tester after learning that he hadn’t wiped. Which is odd, I’d have thought that a cleaner option than if he had wiped, sans toilet paper). Not any of the other testers. And certainly not the actual QA Manager.

In the end, the local Haz-Mat division of the police was called to clear the “human waste” and the entire test department had to shut down for the evening, giving us all a paid night off. This actually led to a corporate memo that testers who were deemed incompetent should not be fired, but rather should be laid off at the end of their current game’s test cycle in order to avoid future “poop incidents” and keep the rest of the test plans on track.

Tester X, I later learned, enlisted in the Police Academy.

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We have a delightful group of patients at the moment. To describe a few.....the slightly demented rabid Democrat, the very demented rabid Republican, the Independently minded non-demented yet politically astute person who loved Truman, the 98 yr old person who doesn't care. The topic of conversation as they exercised was, you guessed it! Politics! As one would expect, no one saw eye to eye and at one point ( I am NOT making this up) The Rapid Republican asked WHERE in the Constitution does it say, " Separation of Church and State." And no matter how any of us pointed out that it was there, the person demanded to know where. Even when the Rabid Democrat said exactly where it was.

Kiri wrote:

We have a delightful group of patients at the moment. To describe a few.....the slightly demented rabid Democrat, the very demented rabid Republican, the Independently minded non-demented yet politically astute person who loved Truman, the 98 yr old person who doesn't care. The topic of conversation as they exercised was, you guessed it! Politics! As one would expect, no one saw eye to eye and at one point ( I am NOT making this up) The Rapid Republican asked WHERE in the Constitution does it say, " Separation of Church and State." And no matter how any of us pointed out that it was there, the person demanded to know where. Even when the Rabid Democrat said exactly where it was.

Yeah...it's not in the US Constitution. So good for that person for sticking to their guns on that one.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Kiri wrote:

We have a delightful group of patients at the moment. To describe a few.....the slightly demented rabid Democrat, the very demented rabid Republican, the Independently minded non-demented yet politically astute person who loved Truman, the 98 yr old person who doesn't care. The topic of conversation as they exercised was, you guessed it! Politics! As one would expect, no one saw eye to eye and at one point ( I am NOT making this up) The Rapid Republican asked WHERE in the Constitution does it say, " Separation of Church and State." And no matter how any of us pointed out that it was there, the person demanded to know where. Even when the Rabid Democrat said exactly where it was.

Yeah...it's not in the US Constitution. So good for that person for sticking to their guns on that one.

The phrase 'Separation of Church and State'(capitalization yours) comes from a series of letters by Thomas Jefferson, and made its way into official documentation in varied Supreme Court rulings. It has been held as a goal to be sought, though there is some dissent. It never appears in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or any of those other documents people tend to get confused. One wonders what exactly you were pointing out to the rabid republican. Darn those people for being inconveniently right.

Some notes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state
If you go down to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state#Use_of_the_phrase it gives a surprisingly solid breakdown of the usage and some references backing it up.

Miashara wrote:

One wonders what exactly you were pointing out to the rabid republican. Darn those people for being inconveniently right.

I see what you did there. Bravo.

*giggles* You are reading far to much into the conversation. Listening to 2 demented people have a debate is hilarious

Kiri wrote:

Listening to 2 demented people have a debate is hilarious :)

See also: GWJ politics forum.

fleabagmatt wrote:

See also: GWJ politics forum. :lol:

Oooh, oooh!

"Places that I never go."

"Why Daddy drinks."

"Things that are sharp."

"Things that make Coldstream wet himself."

Wow, Jamull99 did some awesome pumpkin carvings that he posted in the Persona 3 thread!

Jamull99 wrote:

I thought you guys might appreciate my Persona pumpkin carvings I just did!
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I like how the glow from the Jack Frost carving is on the wall...it looks like he is being summoned!
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His new GWJ avatar is really great, FYI.

While going through some Magic The Gathering cards Kiri gave me, I found a copy of Timetwister and have decided I will make a blue/red deck around it just to mess with people. Is there a particular style of deck (milling/life gain so on so forth) that works well with Timetwister?

A few months ago I heard two demented women on the bus arguing. Then I realised it was one woman arguing with herself in slightly different voices.

Dr.Incurable wrote:

While going through some Magic The Gathering cards Kiri gave me, I found a copy of Timetwister and have decided I will make a blue/red deck around it just to mess with people. Is there a particular style of deck (milling/life gain so on so forth) that works well with Timetwister?

I'm not familiar with that card (or much of anything from the last 10 years), just now starting to get back in to it, but I'm sure the guys in the MTG thread could help!

I don't really find mental illness amusing. Kind of bummed to see it in the love thread.

that GWJ has a horror roleplaying thread running, which is very remotely tangential to a parenting advice thread.

nvm

SixteenBlue wrote:

I don't really find mental illness amusing. Kind of bummed to see it in the love thread.

Sorry about that. For what it's worth, I wasn't intending to make fun of mental illness. I just thought the topic of conversation in my anecdote was amusing, not the reason behind it.

soonerjudd wrote:
Dr.Incurable wrote:

While going through some Magic The Gathering cards Kiri gave me, I found a copy of Timetwister and have decided I will make a blue/red deck around it just to mess with people. Is there a particular style of deck (milling/life gain so on so forth) that works well with Timetwister?

I'm not familiar with that card (or much of anything from the last 10 years), just now starting to get back in to it, but I'm sure the guys in the MTG thread could help!

I did not know this exists, thank you Soonerjudd!

1Dgaf wrote:

A few months ago I heard two demented women on the bus arguing. Then I realised it was one woman arguing with herself in slightly different voices.

Sometimes I talk to myself in different voices when I'm rehearsing lines and delivery for voice acting. Doing it in public probably makes you look crazy, but it totally obliterates your inhibitions, and makes you more confident for your performances/recordings. Sometimes I talk to people in Russian, French, or Irish accents, just to see their reactions.

Spoiler:

It helps that I look ambiguous enough to be be half-anything.

That's awesome.

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clover wrote:

Lamb neck stew, roast lamb shoulder, rack of lamb, loin chops, leg of lamb, lamb stew...

clover wrote:

Lamb neck stew, roast lamb shoulder, rack of lamb, loin chops, leg of lamb, lamb stew...

I was wondering how that adventure turned out. Sounds fantastic!

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That out of the way, dates w/ my wife. Played 9 holes of Disc Golf at a new local course, then had steak and shake. Yea, healthy + wicked unhealthy doesn't cancel out, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

AnimeJ wrote:

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That out of the way, dates w/ my wife. Played 9 holes of Disc Golf at a new local course, then had steak and shake. Yea, healthy + wicked unhealthy doesn't cancel out, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Awesome!

When you sign up for Gamestop's discount card for $15 you get a buy 2 get 1 free coupon. I used it last week, but then my laptop needed replacing, so I returned the games I'd bought. The store manager let me keep the third game despite me saying I didn't expect the coupon back, which he totally wasn't supposed to do. It was RE: Revelations for 3DS, which was $22.49. So it's not like he was only out $5.

So they're not all terrible.