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Well, I no longer work for Driven Force/DHL. I interviewed for a job installing solar panels, though I probably bombed it, so I'm gonna apply to a place called Natural State Medicine, where they grow medical marijuana.

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TazManiac wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 9:38 pm Okay, so this hopefully finds it self still on the 300th page....

The following link is an Aisling Bea compilation, the whole thing is good, but specificly- advance to the 15:50 mark and 'listen with interest' as she introduces her Mascot for the episode....

It stunned me, when I first realized they pronounced her name "Ashling"...

My favorite bit was the last one: Mary had a little lamb, in the style of Beyonce/Crazy in Love. :lol:
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Alkarii wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 2:10 pm Well, I no longer work for Driven Force/DHL.
Were you driven out, or was it your choice?
Alkarii wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 2:10 pmI interviewed for a job installing solar panels, though I probably bombed it,
Why would you bomb solar panels? Those things are expensive to fabricate! :mrgreen:
So... what did you bomb them with?


Alkarii wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 2:10 pmso I'm gonna apply to a place called Natural State Medicine, where they grow medical marijuana.
Umm... something about keeping out of the stock, something something...
Alkarii wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 2:10 pmEdit: post 6000!
Bapsh! Come back when it's over 9000... :P
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Yeah... I got rejected by the solar panel installing company, but I also applied to a local tabletop gaming store.
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I finally got around to making one of the quick deploy ridgelines for setting up a tarp shelter. I used a 50' piece of camouflage 550 paracord, and three lengths of #36 bank line (I would recommend getting braided; the twisted kind comes apart, even though the package says it won't unravel). It's pretty simple to make one, too. There's a video on YouTube by Corporal's Corner; I'll have to link it sometime.

I was going to make one using my bright orange paracord, but... It turns out that it's a 100' bundle, soooo... I'll get one that's half that length to make one to use with an emergency shelter, and use the 100' bundle for other applications, like marking trails, or using the outside as fishing lures.

I also saw a review video for a tool called a "Tactical Rope Dispenser," which houses a spool for you to put up to 50' feet of paracord on it, and it has a blade on it to cut what you need. I think I would put this in a 3-day bag (also called a "get home bag"), which would have much less in it than my AWOL bag is going to have. However, I could also get this bottle bag I saw, which, if properly packed, can actually hold the minimum gear one would need to survive for a few days, including redundant items, so you're not completely screwed if you lose a piece of gear.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention, I ordered a 10' x 10' (3m x 3m, for metric users) shelter tarp, and I'm probably going to use the smaller one for other things, like catching rain water or whatever.
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I just reinstalled the wallpaper changer in my new installation of Ubuntu Studio 20.04, and I just noticed this particular quote:
BOFH excuse #389:

/dev/clue was linked to /dev/null
And this one:
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now. - St. Augustine
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Being incontinent must have meant something different back then.
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He was referring to sexual continence, aka keeping it in your pants.

Something Zeus was never noted for.

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FreeFlier wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 6:25 am He was referring to sexual continence, aka keeping it in your pants.

Something Zeus was never noted for.

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Chastity would cover that...
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Warrl wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 7:36 pm
FreeFlier wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 6:25 amHe was referring to sexual continence, aka keeping it in your pants.

Something Zeus was never noted for.
Chastity would cover that...
Not quite, even today, and especially not at that time.

Chastity refers to avoiding improper sexual conduct, and celibacy or continence to avoiding all sexual conduct.

For instance, a married couple could be chaste and still have sex with each other.

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Woo! My 10' by 10' tarp arrived! It's a bit thicker than the smaller tarp, so naturally it doesn't fold down quite as small. It also didn't come with a bag of its own, so I may end up making one, but I'm not sure. Thankfully, I still have plenty of space for everything.

About the only thing I'm really missing is a stainless steel container for boiling water and making char material.
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Alkarii wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 8:44 pm About the only thing I'm really missing is a stainless steel container for boiling water and making char material.
A wad of dryer lint and a dozen some wooden toothpicks fit nicely into a pill bottle for fire starting.
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Yeah, but I can't boil water (to kill bacteria, viruses, and parasites) in a pill bottle. Plus, I have waterproof matches in their own container somewhere.

Ah, crap... I forgot that I need a sail needle... And I need to learn how to use it, too.
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Atomic wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:42 am
Alkarii wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 8:44 pm About the only thing I'm really missing is a stainless steel container for boiling water and making char material.
A wad of dryer lint and a dozen some wooden toothpicks fit nicely into a pill bottle for fire starting.
Steel wool makes good tinder - and you can light it by striking sparks on it with a lantern battery...
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Alkarii wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:49 pm Yeah, but I can't boil water (to kill bacteria, viruses, and parasites) in a pill bottle. Plus, I have waterproof matches in their own container somewhere.
I was addressing the "making char material" part of fire starting. Matches along may not be enough if you have no good tinder available. The metal pot is up to you!
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I carry a magnesium fire-starter bar . . . scrape some of the magnesium off with a pocketknife or other steel tool, pile the shavings around the tinder, and strike the steel down the spark-strip so the sparks fall in the shavings and ignite the magnesium.

It'll start a fire under most conditions.

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I have a couple of small ferro rods, actually, but I should probably get one of the larger ones.

From what I hear, you're supposed to keep at least three different methods of starting a fire in your survival kit, but all I have are lighters and a few small ferro rods.
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Don't forget, a few Birthday Cake Candles are a great addition to any Fire-starter kit...
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Alkarii wrote: Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:12 pm I have a couple of small ferro rods, actually, but I should probably get one of the larger ones.

From what I hear, you're supposed to keep at least three different methods of starting a fire in your survival kit, but all I have are lighters and a few small ferro rods.
A magnifying lens works nicely, too, on sunny days, and is about as simple and eternally-lasting as you can get. I've seen tinder boxes that have one built into the lid: you take off the lid, unscrew a cap to uncover the lens, and then shine it on the tinder.

And you can use it to help remove ticks or splinters, or to look for clues if somebody gets murdered.
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I'll have to try to find one of those. It'd save me the trouble of trying to dig out two separate items. The plus side is, so long as there's enough sunlight, I can save lighter fluid, or not have to scrape a ferro rod.

I've also actually lit a fire with a magnifying glass... I wasn't building a campfire, though.

Oh! I picked up some fatwood, and once I actually have a tinderbox, I can put a bunch of the dead bamboo leaves from the thicket next to the house.

Seriously, there's so much of those leaves on the ground, a person wearing only khaki clothing could lie down in it and hide from any aircraft not equipped with FLIR cameras.
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