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76 Re: What grinds your gears? on Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:05 pm

Concrete wrote:Wow...
No offense, but that sounds kinda what I think hell would be like...
Well, that plus fire.
And involuntary sodomy.
But pretty much like that.
You have my sympathies.

No offense taken. Really, sometimes I do feel like I'm in hell. Especially when my nephew is here at 8:00 am and has screamed/cried three times already. My friend Bonnie calls Dante's house "Paradise/Heaven" because I'm with people who don't look at me funny when I talk about my interests, and there's no loud children, just a really big, friendly dog.

Today I actually asked what my sister does all day. No, she's not having an affair, she's not addicted to drugs or alcohol, and she's not a gambling addict (I knew that anyway. The nearest casino is like, 45 minutes from here anyway). She's a stay-at-home mom. She helps out at the school my niece goes to. She cleans the house and runs errands. She leaves my nephew with my mom because it's easier to get her errands done. (Isn't that what daycare is for?) I guess she leaves him here because she doesn't want him to go to daycare or something. I don't know. Either way, I'd still lose my mind if I had that lifestyle.

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77 Re: What grinds your gears? on Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:34 pm

It grinds my gears that I look at the "What shifts you smoothly?" thread and I have nothing to add. Nothing in particular in my life if grinding my gears, but its just as bad that I can't add to the other thread.

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78 Re: What grinds your gears? on Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:17 pm

People who play that lameass rap music through their phone speakers and/or headphones, and don't have them in their ears.

I hate it.

No one wants to hear your stupid music, if we did, we would ask.

Stop.

Its, f*cking annoying.

That is all, good day.

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79 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:40 am

5c4rl37 wrote:People who play that lameass rap music through their phone speakers and/or headphones, and don't have them in their ears.

I hate it.

No one wants to hear your stupid music, if we did, we would ask.

Stop.

Its, f*cking annoying.

That is all, good day.

Too true, it happens also where I live. To be precise - kids, teenagers and young punks (who listen to hip-hop, go figure). As far as my experience goes, one loud notion about the annoying fact causes them to turn off the music. "Could you PLEASE USE THE EARPHONES or TURN IT DOWN?", so other people could hear it.
I'm talking about the buses, shopping lines or places I need to stand, sit, etc.

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80 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:52 am

Pietja wrote:
5c4rl37 wrote:People who play that lameass rap music through their phone speakers and/or headphones, and don't have them in their ears.

I hate it.

No one wants to hear your stupid music, if we did, we would ask.

Stop.

Its, f*cking annoying.

That is all, good day.

Too true, it happens also where I live. To be precise - kids, teenagers and young punks (who listen to hip-hop, go figure). As far as my experience goes, one loud notion about the annoying fact causes them to turn off the music. "Could you PLEASE USE THE EARPHONES or TURN IT DOWN?", so other people could hear it.
I'm talking about the buses, shopping lines or places I need to stand, sit, etc.

Jeezus...that reminded me of this guy in my English class in senior year...he was the biggest WANKSTER that I've ever met.

Now, this was an AP (advanced placement) English class, so it was a little different than normal ones. We did our classes online, and we were allowed to listen to music as long as it was turned down low enough to not bother the other students, or if we wore headphones (the teacher had some headphones that we could use if we didn't have our own.)

This guy, Sam, insisted on listening to this annoying-as-hell rap music LOUDLY every class period, and then got pissed at us because he was ridiculously disruptive, especially when some of us were trying to take tests. He would complain about us wanting to turn his music down, so we told him to wear headphones, and then he complained that the headphones were uncomfortable, so we told him to turn his music down...you see where the cycle is going? Yah...

One day, I got so fed up with it, and no one seemed to disagree with me, nor did anyone try to stop me, I stood up, walked over to Sam, told him to shut the hell up and turn his crap down, took his sunglasses and chucked them in the trash. Ooooohhh the whining that came out of him after that was spectacular. Even then, not a single person lifted a finger in his defense.

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81 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:15 pm

Pandora wrote:Even then, not a single person lifted a finger in his defense.

Maybe they secretly liked his music? Very Happy

And lately, when I was on a bus there was this d&d type of guy listening to some metal stuff. Very loud, even though he had earphones, so people could hear it from two metres away.
And as much as I love metal music it's more annoying when played in that way.
First - I care about quality, and some muffled sounds coming from this guy earphones was irritating.
Secondly - I felt uncomfortable, simply because metal is mean to be noticed, it's not a rap that mostly have some bearable flow to it (exclude Cypers Hill, Beastie Brothers or simmilar who can be loud & annoying to the modern rap crowd). And many people just don't have the ears to listen to it without a pain.

I was suprised how no one told this guy to turn it down. Most hip-hop/rap teen audience have intimidating look, hoods, shaved heads etc., so I understand how most don't want to do anything about them, but there he was - a guy that had a d&d manual protruding from his backpack, with lame-arse glasses, a face that reminded me of a teletubbie and metal that he played so loud that it could pierce his fellow passenger brain.
I thought that some hip-hop fans will eventually get in on some stop and this guy will be a fried meat. And few stops further, there they were.
But - damn - they didn't acted. It was helluva suprising for me, because few years earlier, when I was still in h.s. they would drag the guy out of the bus and beat him for sure. Hip-hop fans are getting soft? I'd never imagine that.

So, I pat him on the shoulder and ask him to turn it down. He was listening to Dimmu Borgir, my keen ears recognized it so imagine the pain the other passengers suffered. It was written all over their faces Very Happy.

Overall :
Music from cellphones without earspeakers - no.
Music from mp3 players with earphones played too loud - no.
Music from quality equipment played by neighbours at night - yes, till 22:00 Very Happy.

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82 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:09 pm

Pandora wrote:Even then, not a single person lifted a finger in his defense.



Maybe they secretly liked his music? Very Happy

Wait...how would that make sense? If they liked his music, they would have stopped me, or at least not complained about how loud it was. Someone would have tried to defend him. No one did, which would mean that they didn't like the music, or at least didn't like him. You're not making sense.

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83 Re: What grinds your gears? on Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:25 am

One friend is close to being evicted, another just lost her house to a bushfire, my uncle lost his place a few weeks ago.

Seems to me the universe is telling me I shouldn't be moving out next week...

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84 Re: What grinds your gears? on Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:30 am

Pandora wrote:
Pandora wrote:Even then, not a single person lifted a finger in his defense.



Maybe they secretly liked his music? Very Happy

Wait...how would that make sense? If they liked his music, they would have stopped me, or at least not complained about how loud it was. Someone would have tried to defend him. No one did, which would mean that they didn't like the music, or at least didn't like him. You're not making sense.

Maybe they were afraid of you but they could possibly go "awww, man" in their souls Very Happy.
People often act without making sense or showing logic... they're not all Spock's after all.


Ok., so what gring my gears - "Dragon Age : Origins" and especially Xbox Live!

"Dragon Age : Origins" is a good game IMO, but again, flaved and suffers in my eyes due to the extensive hype that surrounded it. But I have to tell that the promotion of the game was top-notch, BioWare marketing specialists can have a raise.

First - BioWare promised that the game will be a "spiritual succesor of the Baldur's Gate series". I am a BG fan, played it multiple times, still playing from time to time, so this sentence literally forced me to buy "DA:O".
But, I can see no relation to the Baldur's Gate's spirit.
- there is no mystery about our goal. Your character is a Grey Warden wich have a clear aim - to kill the dragon ("It's time to be killing the dragon again", eh, Dio?Cool), or, like they called it - Archdemon. There are occasional twists 'n' turns in the plot, especially during one conversation near the final battle (no spoiling, I promise), but still our target and it's ways of acting are the same. In BG there was a great plot, a feeling of the unknown power behind our ways, mystery and suspense. And those who played though the Throne Of Bhaal expansion know how your main character could end his destiny. That was one of the biggest, meaniest bad-assed endings ever.
- there is no weight about our decisions. In "DA:O" there were two realy hard decisions for me - one about Longheim and one about the last battle. In BG there were tons of them - how to treat slave workers in Cloackwood mines, what to do with the enslaved Nymph, what to do with Sarevok in ToB, help the drows or help the silver dragon... I felt like these decisions were hard to make and they had an effect on your reputation. In "DA:O" the only kind of moral meter you have are your friends - some like bad stuff, good stuff, righteous stuff, wicked stuff. That is good, but sometimes I felt like they were making a big fuss over a small thing.

Secondly - the game, nevertheless great visual & audio desing, nevertheless the epic plot is still a dungeon crawler. Orrzamar tunnels, Redcliffe castle, Denerim castle, Korkari woods - they're all dungeonesque places with stuff to kill while cities IMO feel a little empty. Sidequest are bland and very typical - bring this item to that guy, kill those guys etc. It has more to do, thus, with "Neverwinter Nights" wich was an awful dungeon crawler.

Thirdly - despite the lenghty dungeon crawling elements wich are often boring, the game plot itself is short. I've beaten it in 32 hours playing Champion Warrior on normal difficulty level. Ended up on 17 level. And the last battle was simply LAME...

So, my grade of the game is 8/10. Well-done cRPG with nice sights, epic plot but still with many flaws.


Now, to Xbox Live!

Did you folks knew I live in London? Well, according to my Xblox Live! account that is.
Thousands of Poles register on some P.O. Box U.K. adress, because Poland doesen't have a Xbox Live! while war-waging Somalia has AND despite what Microsoft says sales of the Xblox 360 in Poland are many times bigger than in Somalia.
It is illegal, but Microsoft is like a medieval landlord - he won't allow the peasants to touch his cows, but when he'll find that his cows were milked, he'll stay shut if the peasants will give him one bottle of milk.
In other words - we can play on Live! but it's formally illegal and Microsoft won't ban us, because we still have to pay for monthly fee or year fee, still we can use Microsoft points on SOME things from Live!, so we're profitable. But, due to the fact that Poland doesn't have the full support of it I can't have any promotional codes (there wasn't any on my DA:O, neither on GoW2 wich were avaliable, for ex. in UK, US and the unhappy example of Somalia), there is no need in translating add-ons to the games while many titles come only in Polish language (wich is, I guess good for kiddies, I hate polish approach to the game dubbing).
European Union fined Microsoft many times for their monopolistic tendencies and unrighteous treatment of some countries included in the EU community. You know how much Microsoft owes them overall - over 2 billions of Euro wich for the Xbox Live! feature they owe them over 900 millions of Euro.
And still, our great monopolist sits silent and more and more Poles decide to buy nowdays cheaper PS3 wit free online playing and the option to pay in our currency and don't give a fukk about some silver points or any shiete like that.

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85 Re: What grinds your gears? on Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:17 am

5c4rl37 wrote:People who play that lameass rap music through their phone speakers and/or headphones, and don't have them in their ears.

I hate it.

No one wants to hear your stupid music, if we did, we would ask.

Stop.

Its, f*cking annoying.

That is all, good day.
Hehe...I used to do that at school all the time. Mainly during passing periods or lunch.

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86 Re: What grinds your gears? on Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:42 am

Zaran wrote:
Lazarus Firenze wrote:Erm... Not being able to do what I want. And noobs on TF2 and L4D. 'AHH I've been pounced by a hunter! Save me! Hey guys where are you going?! Help! I'm dying again! AHHHHHH!! [MUTED]'

Lol, I'm sorry, but it's just funny that your teammates leave you behind to be zombie chow Very Happy

Erm... I leave them. Along with the rest of my team. Its the noobs who we leave to have their brains eaten with ice cream scoops.

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87 Re: What grinds your gears? on Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:31 pm

Lazarus Firenze wrote:
Zaran wrote:
Lazarus Firenze wrote:Erm... Not being able to do what I want. And noobs on TF2 and L4D. 'AHH I've been pounced by a hunter! Save me! Hey guys where are you going?! Help! I'm dying again! AHHHHHH!! [MUTED]'

Lol, I'm sorry, but it's just funny that your teammates leave you behind to be zombie chow Very Happy

Erm... I leave them. Along with the rest of my team. Its the noobs who we leave to have their brains eaten with ice cream scoops.
You know...stupid as people can be, noobs are the future pros.
Thing is we, as the current pros, have to guide them.
Being left to die usually results in frustration and grudges which in turn can lead to Myg0ts and other turbo trolls.
Be a REAL pro, no man/woman left behind.

Whats grinding my gears now is insurance agents, both legit and not, bombarding me with quotes.
Yes I asked for it, but god damn.

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88 Re: What grinds your gears? on Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:33 pm

Maybe they were afraid of you but they could possibly go "awww, man" in their souls Very Happy.
People often act without making sense or showing logic... they're not all Spock's after all.

No, I seriously doubt the were afraid of me. They were friends with me. And, I may add, that I wasn't the only one telling Sam to shut up and turn his music down. They often joined me in telling him that he was a huge wankster and needed to either knock it off or wear headphones. After I dropped his sunglasses in the trash, he went whining out of the room to clean them off in the bathroom, and one of the other people in the class turned to me for a high five.

And, on a completely separate occasion, Sam walked out of the room for reasons I don't recall, but one of my classmates stood up and said to all of us, "Okay, I just have to take a quick poll, how many people here think Sam is going to be the living 40-year-old virgin?" ALL of us put up our hands, then he said, "Okay, yeah, thought so. Just had to make sure."

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89 Re: What grinds your gears? on Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:12 pm

Winds wrote:You know...stupid as people can be, noobs are the future pros.
Thing is we, as the current pros, have to guide them.
Being left to die usually results in frustration and grudges which in turn can lead to Myg0ts and other turbo trolls.
Be a REAL pro, no man/woman left behind.

Whats grinding my gears now is insurance agents, both legit and not, bombarding me with quotes.
Yes I asked for it, but god damn.

Not when they didnt even attempt to try to save us when we were picked on by the Hunters. They ran and JUMPED!!!! off of the building.

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90 Re: What grinds your gears? on Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:24 pm

Lazarus Firenze wrote:
Winds wrote:You know...stupid as people can be, noobs are the future pros.
Thing is we, as the current pros, have to guide them.
Being left to die usually results in frustration and grudges which in turn can lead to Myg0ts and other turbo trolls.
Be a REAL pro, no man/woman left behind.

Whats grinding my gears now is insurance agents, both legit and not, bombarding me with quotes.
Yes I asked for it, but god damn.

Not when they didnt even attempt to try to save us when we were picked on by the Hunters. They ran and JUMPED!!!! off of the building.
Those would be trolls, my friend.

A noob's idiocy comes from inexperience.

What grinding my gears today: The flu. I hate being sick.

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91 Re: What grinds your gears? on Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:00 pm

People who want you to draw for free because it is for charity, you share a religion, or in trade GRIND my GEARS on a daily if not Hourly basis.

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92 Re: What grinds your gears? on Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:33 am

Sketchtastic wrote:People who want you to draw for free because it is for charity, you share a religion, or in trade GRIND my GEARS on a daily if not Hourly basis.

I don't mind drawing for charity, however, no one has ever asked me to draw for charity.

To expand on this point though, it grinds my gears when people bug me for free art of whatever the hell they want, but the minute I ask for commission money, even $5, I don't hear a peep from anyone.

Markers cost money, especially Prismacolors. Pencils, sketchbooks and supplies cost money. That stuff is EXPENSIVE. I can't keep working for free on this, because it's not only burning a hole in my pocket, but it's rude to bother someone for free artwork, then virtually disappear when you're asked to pay.

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93 Re: What grinds your gears? on Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:56 am

Pandora wrote:
Sketchtastic wrote:People who want you to draw for free because it is for charity, you share a religion, or in trade GRIND my GEARS on a daily if not Hourly basis.

I don't mind drawing for charity, however, no one has ever asked me to draw for charity.

Charity, I should also expand on that. Some of my potential clients approach me offering me a commission that sounds like a paid gig...but then as soon as you send an invoice, they say that they are a nonprofit org or charity organization...and without specifically saying it ask you to do the job gratus. Its just uncalled for.

Don't get me wrong. I contribute to the Heroes Initiative and any art auctions for aging artists when Im in attendance to conventions...that at least I know the cause. But for example, I was doing free sketches at a convention recently and this guy shows up and asks me to draw the conceptualization for a poster with like 20 people and animals in it. Stuff like that.

Todays grind my gears is when people take your work and disorganize...so you end up having to redo all of it.

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94 Re: What grinds your gears? on Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:36 pm

Sketchtastic wrote:
Pandora wrote:
Sketchtastic wrote:People who want you to draw for free because it is for charity, you share a religion, or in trade GRIND my GEARS on a daily if not Hourly basis.

I don't mind drawing for charity, however, no one has ever asked me to draw for charity.

Charity, I should also expand on that. Some of my potential clients approach me offering me a commission that sounds like a paid gig...but then as soon as you send an invoice, they say that they are a nonprofit org or charity organization...and without specifically saying it ask you to do the job gratus. Its just uncalled for.

Don't get me wrong. I contribute to the Heroes Initiative and any art auctions for aging artists when Im in attendance to conventions...that at least I know the cause. But for example, I was doing free sketches at a convention recently and this guy shows up and asks me to draw the conceptualization for a poster with like 20 people and animals in it. Stuff like that.

Todays grind my gears is when people take your work and disorganize...so you end up having to redo all of it.

Ah, yeah, I see what you mean.

I had an issue recently with my boyfriend's brother's anime club at his college. They saw my artwork, loved it, and wanted me to design a logo for them to use on all their fliers, and essentially have it be their trademark design for the club. I said that I would do it for $10. That's not too much to ask for is it? Just $10 for a logo they intended to use for basically publicizing their club. The president had this to say, "We're not paying for art." So I said, "Then I'm not doing any."

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95 Re: What grinds your gears? on Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:55 pm

As a non-professional artist, rather an amateur one, whenever I was asked to draw something for someone (wich I did mostly in h/s) I did it for free but I've always warned about the possible quality Very Happy. And my "clients" were always satisfied.

I remember one particularly situation, when back in a day there was a boom on Dragon Ball anime my classmate asked me to draw Son Goku in a original pose, wich I did after few days.
He grabbed a crayons and colored it, shaded with his amateur skills, looked at it and said "perfect".
And after two months he came up to me, said "check this out" and pulled up his sleeve...
... to reveal his new tatto of my Son Goku picture wich he coloured.
Well, I was honored - a guy has a picture of my design for the rest of his life! I hope he likes it to this day Very Happy. A real DB fan indeed.


I'm spending too much time on my Xbox 360 at the cost of my sleeping time. Thus, I'm tired at work.
But "Assasin's Creed 2" is soooo goood.

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96 Re: What grinds your gears? on Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:14 pm

i know Assassins 2 is soooooo good. You and me both. PM me your ID pietja..playing for real.

Being honored about your art on being liked enough by others...no big deal...and kudos btw. Only happened twice. Everytime I have drawn for free, (especially tattoo designs) the person wusses out. So its all up in the air. pan has more of an example of what I deal with. I offer trades, I offer free if I get copies of the stuff its on, all sorts. But enough is enough.

So lets see. What grinds my gears now is when they put a hold on overtime when it is necessary to get the work done.

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97 Re: What grinds your gears? on Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:52 am

Today what grinds my gears is.....

Sandwiches...always gotta have 2 pieces of bread to make one...cmon sandwiches!!!!

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98 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:39 am

Pissaloplaza is the fact that my boss is not acting, behaving and not making decisions like a serious boss.
All he does is screaming at others and panicking.
So today I told him to "shut the fuk up, you're retarted" and went home after having a highly illogical disscusion. I was trying to explain the nature of a problem that happened in our company and he threw stupid, illogical "arguments" that had only one purpose - to put all guilt on everybody else but him.

And, like he always does, he called me few minutes ago appologizing. So I anwsered "I don't give a shiet about your appologies unless you'll listen". He went silent for a second and told that he will hear me out. But tommorow, because I told him to chill out.

My god, he's such a pussy.

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99 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:33 am

Grinding me gears (from yesterday)

for thanksgiving we were suppose to have two hours off yesterday so we'd have time to get home early and do whatever to prepare so we worked our arse off to get everything done by lunch so we could relax the last hour. So we do all of it, cleaned everythign up, and as were going to lunch were told we dont get the 2 hours, why? Because another building in our department thats apparently lazy as ell didnt finish their work so we had to wait for them to finish.

And then to make it worst when we were expecting a call for them to say their done so we could at least get an hour, they say to send us over there to help them. All thsi cause dam they are lazy. (and i mean lazy since the people who were sent over said all they were doing is giving us commands, not doing the work themselves)

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100 Re: What grinds your gears? on Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:50 am

I imagine lungs are sliced up pretty good right now.
I've gotten over the flu, mostly, but now I may have bronchitis.

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