The Gaming Den Forum Index The Gaming Den
Welcome to the Gaming Den.
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Google
 Search WWW   Search tgdmb.com 
Annoying Questions I'd Like Answered...
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Gaming Den Forum Index -> MPSIMS
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
deaddmwalking
Duke


Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 1515

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Prak wrote:
This is sort of more of a "random, stupid question" but I don't think those really need their own thread. And this counts because I'm sure others will find it annoying-

What in D&DLand would fill a similar cultural niche to chinese food? By which I mean, the weird fusion thing we eat in America that was created by asian railworkers trying to recreate their native cuisine with things they could find here in America, and is now a common cheap food eaten by twenty somethings and college students precisely because it's cheap and served family style by default.


That is by no means exclusive to Chinese food. I remember discussing with a food historian whether English cook books that provided Indian recipes and suggested using apples in place of mangoes represented cultural appropriation. But if you find an interesting dish but don't have all the ingredients, you substitute.

If it works, the substitute may become more popular than the original, especially if the supply remains scarce.

Compare with Confederate soldiers using 'chickory' in place of coffee. If coffee isn't available, people decided that was close enough. But it wasn't as good, so as soon as real coffee was available again, it gets dropped.

So effectively, assuming that you know what foods are available regionally, you can determine what substitutions would be required in another region.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16084

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Grek wrote:
Goblin food.

That's kind of what I was thinking, yeah.

deaddmwalking wrote:
Prak wrote:
This is sort of more of a "random, stupid question" but I don't think those really need their own thread. And this counts because I'm sure others will find it annoying-

What in D&DLand would fill a similar cultural niche to chinese food? By which I mean, the weird fusion thing we eat in America that was created by asian railworkers trying to recreate their native cuisine with things they could find here in America, and is now a common cheap food eaten by twenty somethings and college students precisely because it's cheap and served family style by default.


That is by no means exclusive to Chinese food. I remember discussing with a food historian whether English cook books that provided Indian recipes and suggested using apples in place of mangoes represented cultural appropriation. But if you find an interesting dish but don't have all the ingredients, you substitute.

If it works, the substitute may become more popular than the original, especially if the supply remains scarce.

Compare with Confederate soldiers using 'chickory' in place of coffee. If coffee isn't available, people decided that was close enough. But it wasn't as good, so as soon as real coffee was available again, it gets dropped.

So effectively, assuming that you know what foods are available regionally, you can determine what substitutions would be required in another region.

True, it's not exclusive to chinese food, but it's the main example in the US, where I live. Indian food fills pretty much the same cultural role in Britain, and I'm sure there are more such cuisines.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
OgreBattle
King


Joined: 03 Sep 2011
Posts: 5031

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Where's the cheapest place to live in America
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
deaddmwalking
Duke


Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 1515

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

You might try this article.

1. Harlingen, Texas
2. McAllen, Texas
3. Norman, Okla.
4. Memphis, Tenn.
5. Fayetteville, Ark.
6. Wichita Falls, Texas
7. Pueblo, Colo.
8. Springfield, Ill.
9. Conway, Ark.
10. Idaho Falls, Idaho

This is based on 380 Metro areas, so is a list of cities; you could potentially find less expensive places elsewhere. On the other hand, jobs are usually of lower quality, so you'd probably have a much lower income if you plan on working.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Eikre
Knight


Joined: 03 Aug 2009
Posts: 486

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

If your assessment is based on the average wage minus cost of living, then the answer is Houston.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grek
Prince


Joined: 11 Jan 2009
Posts: 2604

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Don't move to Houston, Houston is ass.
_________________
Quote:
But more importantly if you elevate jerkishness into a principle, if you try to undermine the rules that keep niceness, community, and civilization going, the defenses against social cancer Ė then your movement will fracture, it will be hugely embarrassing, the atmosphere will become toxic, unpopular people will be thrown to the mob, everyone but the thickest-skinned will bow out, and the people you need to convince will view you with a mixture of terror and loathing.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Shatner
Knight-Baron


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 857

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I mean, the weather is pretty nasty, the bugs are of epic proportions (and pretty ubiquitous), and heavy humidity combined with summer-like heat for 7+ months a year does not make it a particularly nice place to live, even in Texas.

However, you're going to be staying indoors all the damn time anyway and there are only 4 real places to live in the entire gigantic state (Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio plus the plethora of satellite communities around said cities). At least in one of those 4 places you'll have good food, culture, and entertainment to spend your increased amount of disposable income on.

I've lived in Texas my whole life. I wouldn't choose to live in Houston but I make enough I get to be pickier. But if I were to do it on a budget, Houston would probably be the best option. I mean, the alternative are scattered towns like Marble Falls; some of them have their charm but you'll be at least an hour from anywhere worth being, the economy is sluggish, and the local politics are staggeringly retrograde.


Last edited by Shatner on Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:54 pm; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
erik
Prince


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 4877

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Indianapolis isn't terrible for cost of living vs. jobs. Of that list of 10 cities, Pueblo, CO sounded interesting. I was in Denver a few months ago briefly and was thinking living on mountains is nice.

Problem with a lot of the cheap cost of living places is that their local economies are weak. That's why I give the nod to Indy.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16084

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

How the fuck do I actually find "Affordable Housing"/Section 8/whatever?

I'm 30, so while I agree with my parents that I should move out, because as much as they feel like offspring who happens to be walking sin by their closeminded religion is too much of a burden even when said walking sin barely fucking eats their food anymore, actually BEING said walking sin in that fucking house IS an actual burden, 14-25 hours a week delivering pizzas for minimum wage is not going to get me... anything. I think I'm even too broke for fucking refrigerator boxes in alleys.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
deaddmwalking
Duke


Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 1515

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Your parents are probably more worried that you lack direction than that you are living with them (albeit the two are related). I donít know where you live or what opportunities are available, but you might want to look for entry level positions with large companies (that offer advancement opporunities). If you're working toward financial security, they might be cool with giving you more time. Alternatively, you might see if they'll let you obtain a degree while staying with them. That might open more doors for you down the road.

I donít know your parents, but I am one. Your parents probably want you to be happy and they donít think you are. Being successful (having extra money) seems like a way to advance your happiness. Maybe move you toward settling down and raising a family. Parents in their 50s and 60s may want grandkids while they're well enough to enjoy them.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16084

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

My parents are catholic conservatives. I'm a genderqueer satanist with two AAs. In fact, I might actually have more education than my father.

My millennial existential despair and apathy aside, my lack of direction is not what they have a real problem with. What they have a problem with is my identity, because they want me to be a perfect young catholic man, with short hair, an aggressively cishet gender identity, and maybe not necessarily, but I'm sure they wouldn't object to, a daily wardrobe of buttonups and slacks.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
OgreBattle
King


Joined: 03 Sep 2011
Posts: 5031

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Become an English teacher in China
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Maxus
Overlord


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 7629

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Prak wrote:
14-25 hours a week delivering pizzas for minimum wage is not going to get me... anything. I think I'm even too broke for fucking refrigerator boxes in alleys.


Well, if I recall, you're in California, right?

Housing is a good deal less affordable there.
_________________
He jumps like a damned dragoon, and charges into battle fighting rather insane monsters with little more than his bare hands and rather nasty spell effects conjured up solely through knowledge and the local plantlife. He unerringly knows where his goal lies, he breathes underwater and is untroubled by space travel, seems to have no limits to his actual endurance and favors killing his enemies by driving both boots square into their skull. His agility is unmatched, and his strength legendary, able to fling about a turtle shell big enough to contain a man with enough force to barrel down a near endless path of unfortunates.

--The horror of Mario

Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath. He is a terrible person and a hack at writing and art. His cultural contributions are less than Justin Bieber's, and he's a shitmuffin. Go go gadget Googlebomb!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
Chamomile
Prince


Joined: 03 May 2011
Posts: 3811

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

OgreBattle wrote:
Become an English teacher in China


How does that work? I've heard that basically anyone who speaks English can get a job teaching English in China, but, like, where do you apply? Currently I drive for Uber, and that's a job which Uber is actively trying to get rid of, so I'd feel a little better knowing that there was a backup plan waiting for me if I don't get a more stable job before Uber invents robot cars.
_________________
I have a blog
Also a Discord channel
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Count Arioch the 28th
King


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 5633

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Do you know any people you can stand for periods of time? You might need roommates.
_________________
In this moment, I am Ur-phoric. Not because of any phony godís blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my int score.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16084

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Count Arioch the 28th wrote:
Do you know any people you can stand for periods of time? You might need roommates.

The main problem is that the people I can stand for long periods of time don't need roommates.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
phlapjackage
Master


Joined: 24 May 2012
Posts: 294

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Chamomile wrote:
How does that work? I've heard that basically anyone who speaks English can get a job teaching English in China, but, like, where do you apply?

There are a ton of companies that are looking for English teachers here in China..but I'm not sure of where to apply, most of it is word-of-mouth or Wechat groups. If you're genuinely interested, let me know and I can help (Beijing or Shanghai).

A few caveats:
1. You don't need a teaching degree, but that limits the teaching jobs you can get; basically the less "qualified" you are, the more sketch the job can be (lower pay, fake visa, treated not so well, etc)
2. One of the best qualifications is being white. This can tend to also increase the sketch factor if it's one of your only qualifications.
3. China is starting to crack down on just allowing anyone in, it's not quite the free-for-all it supposedly was years ago. If you want to come to China to teach, do it sooner rather than later...
_________________
Koumei: and if I wanted that, I'd take some mescaline and run into the park after watching a documentary about wasps.
PhoneLobster: DM : Mr Monkey doesn't like it. Eldritch : Mr Monkey can do what he is god damn told.
Chamomile: Deaddmwalking... was a holy warrior dedicated not to a specific cause, but to doing battle with a single foe. With his nemesis forever banished from our shores, he goes off to become a normal denner who puts irritating people on ignore rather than endlessly engage them.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Count Arioch the 28th
King


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 5633

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Prak wrote:
Count Arioch the 28th wrote:
Do you know any people you can stand for periods of time? You might need roommates.

The main problem is that the people I can stand for long periods of time don't need roommates.


Yeah, I've been there before.
_________________
In this moment, I am Ur-phoric. Not because of any phony godís blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my int score.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Eikre
Knight


Joined: 03 Aug 2009
Posts: 486

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

the real question is if you know anybody who can stand you for periods of time

*sets up basketball hoop directly over ur head*
*dunks it*
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16084

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

That is the other problem, yes.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
...You Lost Me
Duke


Joined: 10 Jan 2011
Posts: 1716

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Eikre wrote:
the real question is if you know anybody who can stand you for periods of time

*sets up basketball hoop directly over ur head*
*dunks it*


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmaWsFdbYx0
_________________
DSMatticus wrote:
Again, look at this fucking map you moron. Take your finger and trace each country's coast, then trace its claim line. Even you - and I say that as someone who could not think less of your intelligence - should be able to tell that one of these things is not like the other.
Kaelik wrote:
I invented saying mean things about Tussock.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
erik
Prince


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 4877

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Any advice from people on serving on a jury? I'm serving tomorrow not too proud to think I know everything.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Pixels
Knight


Joined: 14 Jun 2010
Posts: 367

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

You don't need to know anything about the legal system up front. Court staff will explain anything you need to know. They may provide hot drinks and snacks, but if you might be there for a full day (rather than a half day) I'd pack a lunch.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Kaelik
ArchDemon of Rage


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 12022

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

erik wrote:
Any advice from people on serving on a jury? I'm serving tomorrow not too proud to think I know everything.


Probably just trust your instincts and be aware that people in juries are usually talked around to agreeing things they wouldn't normally agree with, so be the one that talks everyone else around instead of the other one.
_________________
"DSMatticus" wrote:
Kaelik gonna kaelik. Whatcha gonna do?
That's libertarians for you - anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.
Click here to see the hidden message (It might contain spoilers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16084

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

OK, let's say that some US president in the near future got a hair up their arse about peak oil, and wanted to change the country over to electric vehicles.

And let's further dream that they are able to sell conservative politicians on this by calling it a matter of national defense (reduce dependency on a resource that is produced cheaply by foreign nations), the middle class (save people a bunch of money on gas), and jobs (we'll need a lot more charging stations), and manages to get stuff conservatives to approve using 2% of the DoD budget to fund a trade in voucher program.

Assuming that politics don't get in the way, how feasible is this? I looked at some quick back of the envelope numbers last night and figured that a $20k voucher for every registered vehicle in the US would amount to something like $5.1 billion, which is about 1% of the 2016 DoD budget. This was based on my incorrect estimate of $20k as the average cost of a pev. Average is probably more like $35-40k, but we also don't necessarily need to give everyone a voucher for a fully electric BMW... And making the vouchers small enough that all but the cheapest pevs will still cost consumers $5k or more would likely help get automakers on board.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Gaming Den Forum Index -> MPSIMS All times are GMT
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240  Next
Page 236 of 240

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum




Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group