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Politics
By gzt (Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 04:57:28 PM EST) gzt, chess, training, stuff, things, winning (all tags)
I played the Saruman et al. and three others played the other three roles. We lost, unfortunately. We got to 11 corruption and were within striking distance of a military victory. We didn't get many of the cruel hunt tiles into play and I think that was our downfall.

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Print Story It's the first thing you notice when you look at a planisphere, C'MON.
Logic & Maths
By gzt (Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 12:25:00 PM EST) gzt, shakespeare, chess, training, class, stochastic processes, measure theory, astrology (all tags)
An article is making the rounds pointing out that, because of the precession of the equinoxes, the zodiac signs are off by a month. Well, yeah, that's the first thing you notice when you look at a planisphere, man.

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Games
By gzt (Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 02:11:50 PM EST) gzt, piquet, cards, gaming, stuff, things, travel, trains, training (all tags)
So I was looking for 2-player card games for the wifing unit and I to learn, and I think those are the ones I've settled on. One thing that makes it easier is that the first two use the same 32-card deck.

We got a bunch of suggestions from the book of faces when I asked about 2-player card games, but I figure I'll solicit for more here. I didn't like a bunch of the ones on the book of faces for a variety of reasons (for some reason, I don't like rummy-type melding games, I like trick-taking games), though a few are great and quite suitable for our purposes.


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Working life
By ReallyEvilCanine (Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 05:22:49 AM EST) A Day in the Life, WTF, Mini-Me, The System, training, fuckwits, pie (all tags)

I have three days to catch up on all my tickets which no one looked at during my entire week of training. Customers are pissed. I've been officially pulled out of The System. Nevertheless, there's a Ticket Assignment Notification which just showed up in my mailbox. The System knows best.

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Working life
By ReallyEvilCanine (Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 04:08:38 AM EST) A Day in the Life, SQL, DBA, training, Oracle, shit coffay, WTF, pie (all tags)
Training III: An Open Letter to Oracle

Dear Oracle,

Classroom training's cool. The free lunch isn't too bad either (for fans of MSG anyway). A week away from my normal hell is also pretty fucking sweet. So please don't take this the wrong way...

Squishy German candy poll!
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By ReallyEvilCanine (Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 01:45:32 AM EST) A Day in the Life, WTF, Nazi jokes, databases, training, pie (all tags)
Training II: LOL Nazis

So I'm sitting through another day of Stuff I Already Know and the teacher, a nice enough Genoan guy who mangles both German and English without prejudice is going over the new syntax and abilities in 11g. We're dropping tables but wait! There's a foreign key! What to do?

My response didn't go over so well.

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Working life
By ReallyEvilCanine (Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 09:47:48 AM EST) A Day in the Life, WTF, training, Oracle, databases, Citrix, fuckwits, pie (all tags)
I CAN HAZ TRANEING

"Dog, your training has been approved."
"Citrix? Finally??"
"No, Oracle. DBA path.
"Umm... "

Poll: Preferred database
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Working life
By ReallyEvilCanine (Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:48:36 AM EST) A Day in the Life, Death-by-PowerPoint, SSO, LOL What, training, pie (all tags)
Text Adventure Games

Remember in the olden days how the only graphics you got with a game were the box design? Infocom made some killer games, my favourite being Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. What I wasn't so thrilled about were some of the steps you had to take in an exact order. Do any one thing wrong and you'd only find out far too late in the game, forcing you to start over and once again order the beers and peanuts and sandwich. If you didn't take the junk mail with you, you were fucked up in the Vogon ship and couldn't get the Babel fish.

Corporate games are no different, except that the plot's not nearly as amusing.

Poll: What's worse?
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Region Locking

That Citrix training I was promised? Yeah, it's right there with that advancement I was also promised. And the raise. There's Citrix training to be had, but not here, nosiree. It's too expensive here in Germany. Citrix offers training all over the world, even in Bulgrohungria. Do you see where this is going? I did as soon as my manager Vera mentioned it.

Sweet poll.
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