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1  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 07:13 pm
I don't know, my work has quarterly happy hours and next week I get to go to a holiday party with an open bar. 
2  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 05:10 pm
I'm a court reporter in Washington DC, and cover judicial, regulatory, and enforcement proceedings from government agencies and several district courts.  

Basically what I'm doing is typing up lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of testimony in a nice looking format that we send back out to our clients.  Each client has a different format, and a different way of doing things (we have one investigations branch that is insistent that we include every uh-huh and um and err, and they are a fascinating bunch.)  

When it's not testimony, it's not unusual to be asked to transcribe pieces that will be use as evidence, and that can include anything from interviews to videos of PowerPoint presentations and some really, really weird stuff.  But also sometimes we get really cool stuff!  Like, I've typed up speeches and interviews, press conferences, and my personal favorite is when we get historians bringing us interviews with fascinating people talking about their life.

When I'm not doing that, I'm in a suit and tie and recording testimony myself.  I'm not a stenographer yet, but I've already trained myself in shorthand, and can now reliably say I know more about how to set up functions and key macros through Word than 99% of people who put "Knows Microsoft Word" on their resumes.

A lot of times testimony can be dry, and my pay is contingent on the number of pages I type per day, which can mean a bad day feels like flushing cash down the toilet.  That's the nature of the job, but as an English Major I'm not going to scoff at a full time job when, despite the occasional bad day, I'm still making the better half of five figures, getting holiday pay, and a ton of benefits.  It was a total shock to me when I found out that leave was PAID.  I can also type over 120 words per minute now, which apparently some people see as "discomforting to watch."
3  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: put all PWoT/Cracked stuff in here (and not in other threads) on: December 07, 2017, 03:26 pm
It made me sad :(
4  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: put all PWoT/Cracked stuff in here (and not in other threads) on: December 05, 2017, 09:37 am
Cracked is getting restructured, i.e., massive layoffs went down yesterday, and now Dan O'Brien, John Cheese, Michael Swaim, Cody Johnson, Robert Evans, Tom Reimman, Ian Fortey, Katie Willert, Cathy Stoll, Josh Sargent, Adam Ganzer, and Robert Brockway are gone.

5  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: November 27, 2017, 05:35 pm
Deus Ex Mankind Divided is only nine bucks on Steam right now.
6  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: NBSSS on: November 23, 2017, 08:07 am
7  Forum / The Futuredrome / Re: I'm Fucking Wasted! (The Drunken Gibberish Thread) on: November 18, 2017, 06:03 pm
I'm really fucking depressed

8  Forum / Linkies / Re: Videos of Various Variety on: November 18, 2017, 11:20 am
His marble olympics series is equally addictive, and also adorable.  He does a little stop motion opening ceremony and everything.
9  Forum / Linkies / Re: Videos of Various Variety on: October 27, 2017, 03:31 pm
Someone, anyone, help me stop watching this guy announce marble races.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brfPfbZ_jNk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brfPfbZ_jNk</a>
10  Forum / AV Club / Re: shit that is on netflix streaming that you should be watching on: October 05, 2017, 07:49 am
Big Mouth is a new cartoon on Netflix about puberty, as represented by perverted id-based hormone monsters that plague a group of poor preteens.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the (very NSFW) humor worked here, since it's constant, but it's also always tied into a conflict that a character is having.

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The show also does a lot of fourth-wall breaking, there's a few good arcs, and unlike a lot of shows that try to be edgy, there are some really admirable risks here, like
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It's only 10 episodes long, but I do recommend it if you like coming of age cartoons. 

Also, F is for Family sucks.

11  Forum / AV Club / Re: shit that is on netflix streaming that you should be watching on: September 19, 2017, 02:16 pm
I'm also seconding American Vandal. 
12  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: August 24, 2017, 11:28 pm
I just got back from seeing BABY DRIVER

It's a freaking blast.  Everyone in it is great.  I give it all the drum solos and the flute solo out of Hocus Pocus by Focus.
13  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: July 26, 2017, 12:00 pm
Just Cause 3 is only $12.50 on Steam.  In the last year and a half since it's been out they've ironed out all the bugs and it's a fun sandbox to dick around in.

And the Just Cause 3 multiplayer beta was also released a week ago.
14  Forum / Food / Re: Earlier this evening on: July 19, 2017, 07:48 am
I don't have any pictures, but I made Alton Brown's red velvet cake and I have a ton of leftover cream cheese frosting.
15  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: July 08, 2017, 01:56 pm
Outlast is a very good game for $3. 
16  Forum / Linkies / 17776 Football (A tale by Jon Bois) on: July 08, 2017, 08:17 am
Good god this is good stuff.

What will football look like 15,000 years in the future?  Amazing that's what.
17  Forum / Food / Re: Earlier this evening on: July 02, 2017, 01:34 pm
Everything bagel seasoning is also great for burger buns, pretzels, croissants, sprinkled on baked brie, and sourdough boules.

This is a seasoning I do in parts depending on the quantities I need. 

Equal measures of:
-Kosher salt (you want big crystals, regular table salt is just too small and you'll end up oversalting.)
-Poppy seed
-Sesame seeds
-Dried, minced onion
-Dried, minced garlic
-Thyme (optional)

You'll want a half measure of:
-Fennel seeds (fennel can really overpower everything else here, be careful)
-Red pepper flakes (optional)
-Ground black pepper (I have this crazy four peppercorn blend from World Market but fuck if I can tell the difference)

I also caught myself adding more poppy seeds since I never felt like I had enough, but it ended up being too much by the end, so I stand by equal parts. 
18  Forum / Food / Re: Earlier this evening on: July 01, 2017, 07:51 pm

I made bagels from scratch with everything seasoning that's also from scratch.
19  Forum / Food / Re: Earlier this evening on: June 18, 2017, 07:41 pm

20  Forum / Food / Re: What the hell do I do with all of this ______________? on: May 08, 2017, 07:08 pm
My girlfriend made a pint of chicken liver pate.  It's really quite good on it's own but she's looking for ideas.

Buttermilk pancakes are also good.  Also fried chicken and mashed potatoes!
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