Things that made you happy today (are cool)

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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Narratorway » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:30 pm

My free PS4 got delivered. I have no room to actually set it up to use it but...y'know, free PS4 man.

On a totally related note, a trucker at the truck stop I work at left behind unwanted snack food cargo and the delivery box my PS4 came in was large enough that I was able to stuff a good five boxes of cheez-it grooves into it. Bully!
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby grahams_xwing » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:12 pm

Humanoid wrote:
So yeah, it was all really just happenstance.

P.S. And to keep up with the pretense of this thread, both the Arsenal and Leicester losses yesterday made me rather happy waking up after an awful hot night.


It happens. My Grandfather was in the Metropolitan Police force after leaving the RAF. His beat was Enfield and White Hart Lane, he used to take my Dad down and plonk him as a kid into the police box. So our family are all Spurs supporters.

And to keep up with the pretence of this thread... The Gooners lost yesterday and we just beat Hull 3-0. Happy enough, shame everyone else got a win though...
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby 4th Dimension » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:37 am

My joystick came to life *YAY*

Time for some victory slaloming through Novosirysk in a Blackhawk.

* overdoes flareing when flying towards a passenger ship, slides too far back and down *
No no no no not in the drink

* the pier/harbor curtain wall appears beneath me *

Oh good

* continues sliding right, the other skid is no longer on the pier *
Ohhhh

* Tips over to the right, slams into a ship EXPLODES *

YAAAAAYYYYYY
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby McNutcase » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:28 am

Coating things in chocolate turned out to be easier than I expected, so now I have a little container full of chocolate-covered marzipan in my kitchen. The recipe for the marzipan produced an inconveniently large excess when scaled to the smallest amount that met my needs, so I rolled it out, cut circles of it, and covered them in chocolate. Delicious.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:27 pm

I have a house (well flat)! I didn't buy it on Christmas, but it's one of those things where there's so much expectation on you to be happy that it can be a bit overwhelming and hard to take at first.

But now I've had time to settle in, I'm really in love with it. It's my first time living by myself (instead of with flatmates) and it's a chance to make things my own and to take responsibility for myself. I'm so happy I've managed to get this far
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:17 pm

And it's over. After 85 days, and the worst defensive record of any manager in the premiership, Bob Bradley has departed ways with the club. At the top you can't muck around and hire someone because the PR looks good.

I'm now hopeful that Swansea will learn from this horrible mistake, hire someone based on their qualities (and not because they're a British favourite like some fans are already asking for) and stick with them this time, even when it gets bad. If we're going to get relegated, lets at least be moving in the right direction.

The was the first time I've ever wanted a manager to be sacked from Swansea, I'm looking forward to it being the last.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby grahams_xwing » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:28 am

Thomas wrote:And it's over. After 85 days, and the worst defensive record of any manager in the premiership, Bob Bradley has departed ways with the club. At the top you can't muck around and hire someone because the PR looks good.

I'm now hopeful that Swansea will learn from this horrible mistake, hire someone based on their qualities (and not because they're a British favourite like some fans are already asking for) and stick with them this time, even when it gets bad. If we're going to get relegated, lets at least be moving in the right direction.

The was the first time I've ever wanted a manager to be sacked from Swansea, I'm looking forward to it being the last.


I think it's ridiculous that Giggs is even being considered for what is now a rescue mission. They need a proven Relegation Scrapper, not a novice out to make a name for himself. Shearer 'got away with it' at Newcastle because he was a local legend, Giggs wouldn't have that leeway. Even worse, if he gets it - fails and then can't get another job, or if he doesn't get it, there will legit be people complaining young managers don't get a chance in football management.

As a Spurs fan I like Swansea - there are teams I would very much like to get out of the Prem before them (Stoke, Palace, Leicester and DEFINITELY West Ham), it would be a shame to see them go down. I'd be worried about them long term.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:14 pm

Hiring Giggs would be making the same kind of mistake they made with Bradley, I really hope the rumours he's in the picture are just the press doing its normal thing.

I'm not so optimistic about a relegation scrapper - at least of the big names only Harry Redknapp seems right for Swansea - mostly because I'm more worried about being in the premiership in 3 years time than next year. I know it's hard to come back up, but I think Swansea could do it, even though we'd be shedding our star player in all likelihood. We've been in a 2 year spiral of making hasty decisions (although 8th and 12th are hardly bad results) and I'd like to get out of it. Gary Rowlett sounds good to me. He's someone who could navigate the championship, but also someone who can get us playing right in the premiership.

The good news is the board seem to have taken the fiasco to heart and they're slowly mending things behind the scenes. The supporters trust have been reinvolved in the club and they seem to be listened to.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Humanoid » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:11 pm

I just finished 9th in my first season as Swansea boss in Football Manager, clearly I'm the frontrunner for the job. :P


EDIT: And Siggy won the Premier League Footballer of the Year too!
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:40 pm

Not exactly today,but I started the year by watching a bunch of avatar episodes and indiana jones movies with my girlfriend.Life is good.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Andrew » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:25 am

Aladdin on broadway made it's way to Australia (Sydney, specifically) last year. As a big fan of Disney movies growing up, I wanted to go and see it but couldn't afford the time (I live in Melbourne) or the cost of what would have been a relatively expensive day trip.

Over the weekend I discovered that Aladdin would next be visiting Melbourne between April and August this year.

My birthday is in July so I have just purchased tickets for my wife and I to see Aladdin in July. It is the single most exciting thing I have done all year and I already can't wait.

As an added bonus, I have also learned that the cast of Aladdin is the main cast and that they will not be sourcing local actors like they so often do when these productions come to backwater villages like Australia. They did that for Lion King last year and compared to the cast they had touring America, the bunch of people we saw may as well have been karaoke specialists auditioning for The X Factor. Somewhat ironically, the guy playing Aladdin is Australian...
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby grahams_xwing » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:44 pm

SpaceX keep on living the hard Sci-Fi life and landing GODDAMNED rockets on a barge in the sea. The mentalists.

Plus, I found out today, the barges are named after Ships from Ian M Banks' Culture books. What a bunch of nerds. I love it.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Steve C » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:52 pm

Landing on a small pad like a barge is necessary given the true goals of space exploration at this time. Namely, landing unmanned craft on asteroids, and creating permanent bases on the Moon and Mars. Any manned mission will require many many supply drops both before and after humans arrive. Those supply drops will all have to be within walking distance of the base. So if they cannot consistently land a rocket on a barge in the ocean, they cannot build nor supply an extraterrestrial base.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby 4th Dimension » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:44 am

Also if you are landing in the ocean is something does go wrong there are no humans and settlements around that an out of control rocket with all it's fuel can damage destroy.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Vulture » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:00 am

Got a PS4 pro at the weekend. First thing we did with it? Get 'Bubble Bobble' - a game from 1986. 31 years old. These days there is probably more than enough processing power in my hairdryer to run that.

The kids absolutely love playing the game too.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Humanoid » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:26 pm

I've just agreed to buy the house I've been renting for the past decade. I can finally install air conditioning, though probably too late for this oppressive summer.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:28 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby dudecon » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:30 pm

Thomas wrote:
dudecon wrote:Figured I'd do a "Hi, I'm back" post. Been away from the forum for, what, six months? Between the new baby being born, studying for a big government certification test, moving to a new job, and the holidays I've gotten out of the habit of visiting...
Those are some big life events :)
Not really happy today so much, but, the baby is doing great (seven months old now, and wants to walk so bad), I passed the test (so I'm now a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California), the new job is much like the old one except the pay is better, and somehow despite spending the holidays with both extended families, no one got particularly ill this Christmas.
Oh, and I'm singing in a choir again.
So many things to be happy about!
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Supahewok » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:43 pm

I won 10 fun bucks for Steam for beating a bet in an online forum argument.

Regardless of if the guy "remembers" to send the code to me or not, I'm petty enough to be very happy about it.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:49 pm

Oh actually did I mention my life is noticeably better right now? I've been much happier pretty much every day for like 4 months now and it's been a bit unreal. I've always swung between high points and depressive points and previously the low days would happen a couple of times every fortnight, or even week. I got a new job in October and it's one where I both enjoy and believe in the work so much more than my previous job, and it's changed my mood to an extent I hadn't believed possible. Like the highs are higher and last longer, and the lows are both shallowed, and now it's more a couple of days a month. It's enough that I've had a chance to try things that I wouldn't have believed I had the mental capacity to do before.

So that's been pretty cool (also Swansea are winning football matches again!)
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Daemian Lucifer

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:09 pm

I went to see the lego batman movie.I feel like a happy little kid again.Pew pew pew!!
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby dudecon » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:35 pm

Got a 20% raise today for getting my PE license!
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby John » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:53 pm

Just finished listening to the latest Designer Notes podcast. It's the third part of an interview with Sid Meier and this episode deals mostly with games Sid worked on at Firaxis, starting with Gettysburg and ending with Civilization Revolution. Anyway, I've been aware for a long time that despite having his name plastered above the title, Sid Meier hasn't had a lot to do with the Civilization series since the first game. The thing is, I just sort of assumed that the same held true for most of the other Firaxis games with Sid's name on them. And in some cases that's true. I have always known, for example, that Alpha Centauri is a Brian Reynolds game. But it turns out that Sid really was heavily involved in Sid Meier's Pirates!, Sid Meier's Railroads!, and Civilization Revolution as both designer and programmer. So I'm happy because I learned that the titles of some of my video games are more accurate than I had previously believed and that Sid Meier--a man I otherwise admire--is more of a working designer than I thought and does not actually spend all his time sticking his name on other people's work while tinkering with games about dinosaurs that never get released.
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Ninety-Three » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:18 pm

John wrote:Sid Meier--a man I otherwise admire--is more of a working designer than I thought and does not actually spend all his time sticking his name on other people's work


I always assumed that it was corporate sticking his name on other people's work because branding, or whatever it is marketers do. Did he mention where the impetus for everything to be Sid Meier's comes from?
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Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby John » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:15 pm

Ninety-Three wrote:I always assumed that it was corporate sticking his name on other people's work because branding, or whatever it is marketers do. Did he mention where the impetus for everything to be Sid Meier's comes from?


Not in this episode, but I think he might have covered it briefly in the first part of the interview when he was talking about the original version of Pirates!. I'm reasonably certain that was the first game to get the "Sid Meier's" label. The episode in question was released back in October so I don't remember exactly, but I think he said that it started out as his business partner's idea, said partner being the co-founder of Microprose and the guy who did all of the early sales work. So marketing yes. Corporate? I don't know.

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