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#51 2017-03-20 01:04:35

ylvs
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Gmaen Mint.

In an all cranky mood today.

*wishes day away*

 

#52 2017-03-20 01:06:00

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

*huggles for cranky Ylvs*

What is wrong, my dear?


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#53 2017-03-20 01:27:37

Sahi
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Maen Mint!


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#54 2017-03-20 03:04:44

Merenwen
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

*waves*

A wonderful monday morning to you all! *irony on*

 

#55 2017-03-20 03:26:02

Sahi
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Well I don't have to work on the project from hell anymore, so it was a lot easier to get out of bed this morning.


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#56 2017-03-20 04:03:50

Peter
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

*waves good morning*


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#57 2017-03-20 04:31:30

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way wrote:

I don't know.... the Ghost Hug card was more disturbing... whoever thinks that would be appropriate to send to someone,.. well... I don't know, but they would not be right....

Hunting for a good condolence card is just next to impossible. Either the poem inside is too sappy, or the cover has too many flowers, or the card is too religious, or there's a goofy ghost character on the cover, or something else makes it completely inappropriate. Glad you found a few that would be appropriate, Libra! It's just so hard to find appropriate ones.

There's a whole market there ready to be taken over..... it's near impossible!!


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#58 2017-03-20 05:12:11

Magpie
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

More revisions on the train this morning, and then I sent it off to my advisor when I got to work. Now all that remains is wrestling the formatting into submission. Stupid stubborn empty pages.

Unless of course my advisor asks for any more changes.


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#59 2017-03-20 05:25:44

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Magpie wrote:

More revisions on the train this morning, and then I sent it off to my advisor when I got to work. Now all that remains is wrestling the formatting into submission. Stupid stubborn empty pages.

Unless of course my advisor asks for any more changes.

How are you putting the tables and images in? Are you doing the images as pictures? In that case, right click on the picture, choose for "wrap text" and then choose for "square". This will make your pictures more manageable and allow you to put them wherever you want them.


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#60 2017-03-20 05:32:31

Peter
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

As I said, I'm happy to help you with formatting, but you should make sure to be on exactly the same version of the software or we might not get good results (of course I can also make the PDF for you, that should be fairly safe).


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#61 2017-03-20 06:01:54

Marian
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Good maen! Also cranky. Mondays, man.

 

#62 2017-03-20 06:03:28

Sahi
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

*bounces through passing round happy memories*

I'm working on a new Duchess site during work hours. :)


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#63 2017-03-20 06:10:21

Ad1tu
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

I could see the ghost card going over either really well or really poorly.. Because on one hand, thank you for not sending another generic "sorry for your loss" type card and for trying to inject some humor. I do agree it's probably not appropriate for most things, but it could work for some people/situations.

So obviously, I survived my road trip. Turns out it wasn't to RI, but to juuuuuuust north of RI, somewhere between Worcester, MA and the border. And we had a small change of plans partway out there. Father-in-law is borrowing his friend's camper so he can stay in it at a camp site rather than spend all his per diem on hotels, so he was driving this camper out there. Well the entry door had a slight issue, in that it decided to "spontaneously delaminate" while going 70mph down the thruway. Somehow it cracked about halfway up, and the bottom half of the door just... whoosh... left. So we had to stop to revise plans a bit, we ended up going to an RV dealer not too far away from where the campsite was and dropping it off there before heading to the hotel.


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#64 2017-03-20 06:21:33

Peter
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

I think ghost hug cards are entirely appropriate if you write them for your own passing.


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#65 2017-03-20 06:36:17

Sahi
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

That's quite an awesome idea, Peter!


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#66 2017-03-20 06:39:43

Peter
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

It's a bit of a hassle though.
"Damn, I'm going to die tomorrow, better shop for cards!"
As if dying weren't stressful enough...


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#67 2017-03-20 07:29:06

Merenwen
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Sahi wrote:

That's quite an awesome idea, Peter!

I agree. :D

 

#68 2017-03-20 07:33:58

Merenwen
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

In other news, we are going to the cinema tonight again. It is Beauty and the Beast this time, although I am disappointed that they dubbed the songs. Our cinema unfortunately doesn't offer the movies in original language.

 

#69 2017-03-20 07:41:55

Sahi
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Ugh, never has that cartoon about the comparison between drawing tutorials and coding tutorials felt as apt as right now. 'And that's how you generate your theme!' Great, but now where do I leave it in the rest of my project and which bits do I need to add to make it look like something?


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#70 2017-03-20 07:44:27

Merenwen
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

And my sister keeps distracting me from work by sending me pictures of the new Mass Effect and its "masterful" animations and bugs. We would be laughing if this wasn't so sad.

Really, this game seems so badly developed again, it is a cheek to sell it for the full price.

Imagine books were sold like this: Well, we didn't manage to finish and correct the manuscript in time, so you get half the book with typos and missing pages (for the full price of course), and we deliver the missing content and corrections in addition, let's say in a few months...

It is not that I wanted to buy this game, but I really don't like this trend in the gaming industry right now. It gets worse and worse. In the past, they finished the games before releasing them.

 

#71 2017-03-20 07:51:54

Merenwen
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Also, I have nothing to do anymore, but I still have to stay at work for at least two more hours...

*looks for something to eat*

*finds a banana*

*watches random stuff online*

 

#72 2017-03-20 08:46:29

Peter
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

*waves at Merenwen*

I've heard mixed things about the new Mass Effect so far. Lots of complaints about the animations, but gameplay seems ok? Definitely waiting for more reviews. And benchmarks, because I doubt it will work well on my video card.

I would not call Mass Effect 3 unfinished, however. They made some bad calls on the ending, but it was still solid as shipped. Some games have been shipping with extremely shoddy ports on PC in recent years, such as Dishonored 2 or Batman: Arkham Knight. Basically those games were unplayable at release, even on high end PCs. Never fixed Arkham Knight and Dishonored 2 still requires very fast hardware, though it seems in playable shape now.


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#73 2017-03-20 09:06:23

Merenwen
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

*waves back*

As far as I have heard, people seem to enjoy the story and gameplay nevertheless, but there are a lot of weird bugs and animation fails that can easily ruin a serious scene or dialogue... I don't know enough to go into details, but the things I have seen were ridiculous.

And I didn't mean ME3 when I ranted about unfinished games nowadays - I have seen the first ending version and thought it wasn't that bad actually -, it is just a general observation, mostly in terms of gameplay and bug fixes. You know, when I wanted to try out Witcher 3 for example because everyone said what a "masterpiece" this game is, I couldn't even play it on my PS4 when it came out because it was full of bugs. Even the first patch was full of bugs! Fortunately I just rented it - I brought it back the same day and never touched it again. The same goes for other big titles.

 

#74 2017-03-20 09:46:03

Peter
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

I played Witcher 3 on a fairly early patch on PC and it was fine. Don't think it was 1.0 though, but one or two patches down the line, partially because I had to upgrade my video card first. I did get stuck in the ground a couple times and things like that, but those kind of bugs are really hard to avoid.

I really don't know how prevalent those bad animations are in ME:A. Some are totally ridiculous, so if those problems are common, it would affect the game. If they are rare, it's probably not a problem. I've definitely played my share of games that would have needed another month or three.


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#75 2017-03-20 10:21:32

Pandy
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Re: QM - The Confetti Palace

Maen Mint!

this weekend was interesting. got food poisoning, replaced a toilet (not related, those two), looked at flooring, and drove my bus around. It was fun!

I will be getting ME:A because all of the ME and BioWare games have been buggy.  Nothing I have seen suggests it's a bad game. 

I'll play it and then decide.  I mean, if I can't be chased away by the horrid ending of ME3...


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