A week or so ago I made this post about my new EDC knife. I just wanted a cheap but effective knife for work. Since some of the stuff I work with is corrosive I didn’t want my normal knife getting all rusted as it was a birthday gift.
Unfortunately my knife fell out of my pocket a week ago. I went to my local Bimart to get another knife, but that specific model was out of stock and they didn’t want to sell me the display model so I got the next cheapest knife for $15. I didn’t realize it at the time but the new knife has a magnet in it to lock the blade closed. It’s actually pretty annoying since it’s almost impossible to open with only one hand.
Monday my knife turned up. It was sitting in a tote of brine. I had thought it dropped in the garbage or something when I emptied my pockets. The knife landed in the brine and sat there over the entire weekend. That’s contamination right there, but since the brine is antimicrobal I doubt it actually hurt anything. The bigger problem would be if the knife hadn’t been found. All the weight of the fruit on top of the knife would have likely poked a hole in the bag. If the brine leaks out during shipping the whole tote could have gone bad and that’s about 900lb of fruit going to waste.
The person who found my knife didn’t know it was mine so he turned it in to the boss. I should have just let him keep it but I opened my big mouth and fessed up. My boss was pretty pissed about it. I assured him I would make sure it never happened again when I got my knife back at the end of the day. He said he would see me tomorrow but when I got home I got a call from the temp agency saying to take Tuesday off. Tuesday I got another call saying I’m not going back until further notice. I asked the agency if they had gotten rid of several temps or if they said to get rid of me specifically and he had gotten rid of me by name. My station was pretty important in production so with me gone it slowed way down. A friend of mine was working another station all alone and he had to cover for me so he wasn’t getting his work done. I wasn’t the perfect employee but I did my best.
Anyway today I have to go back so I can get my time card signed and sent in to the agency. I worked Monday and I’m going to be paid for it. It will also give me a chance to talk to the boss. I’m pretty sure “until further notice” means “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” but it’s not confirmed. They might still call me back later. Worst case scenario I can tell some people to go to hell on my way out.
When I was 13 my friend gave me Age of Empires II for my birthday. I’m not a huge fan of RTS but AoE quickly became one of my favorite games. It’s a great game. Unfortunately the game doesn’t work well with Windows 7. The game has some screwed up color. If you have an old copy there is a fix.
Copy the following text:
taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
Paste the text into a word processor and save the file with a .bat extension. I named mine AoE2.bat When you run the file it kills windows explorer, launches the game, then relaunches explorer. I don’t know how that fixes the color, but it works.
Alternately you can get Age of Empires II: HD Edition on Steam for $20. There’s even a new expansion for it called The Forgotten. If you buy the game and the expansion it’s $30. The HD edition cleaned up some of the graphics. Really the only difference I saw was in the fire and water effects. More importantly though it’s Win7 compatible so it runs without issue. That’s what you’re really paying for.
Since I owned the original AoE2 and the original Conqueror’s expansion I didn’t feel like paying $20 to buy it again and I’m pretty sure the Forgotten expansion wasn’t compatible with the original game I couldn’t just drop $10. Fortunately I caught it on sale. It was $7 for the game and the expansion.
I haven’t played the Forgotten expansion yet so I don’t have much to say about it yet. It comes with some new civilizations. You can play as the Indians, Italians, Incas, Magyars, and Slavs. I’ll probably play Slavs vs Saracens so I can remove kebab.
Tribute has changed in the HD Edition. There are some preprogrammed messages you can send the players. Message 38 asks for extra resources. If you ask an ally for resources they will usually send you something or at least come up with an excuse why they can’t. In the HD Edition they don’t give you anything and don’t give an excuse either. They will, however, ask for resources every 5 minutes.
Diplomatic stance changed a bit too. If you turn an ally to an enemy they used to give you 3 warnings to turn back to ally. They wait about a minute between warnings. Now they give you one warning then about 30 seconds later they turn to enemy. Pretty much anyone can be turned to ally. If you turned an enemy to ally before they wouldn’t do anything. Now they will say they will join you for some tribute. Enemies with no team used to ignore each other, but now they fight each other. Occasionally an enemy with no team used to occasionally turn to neutral and offer to join you on their own but so far it hasn’t happened.
Population has been changed too. The limit has been raised to 500 units. You can also control groups of 60 units at a time as opposed to the old limit of 42.
What I really hate about this game is that they changed the hotkeys. I haven’t gotten around to remapping them to the classic layout so for now I have to click buttons on the screen instead.
Got to shoot a Kriss Vector carbine today. Wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be, but still fun.
On the internet I am somewhat well known for saying I will be there in 30 minutes even if “there” is on the opposite side of the country. Surprisingly 30 minutes is a pretty close time frame for a lot of IRL estimations.
I have an internet friend that moved to Oregon a few years ago. At the end of the month she’s moving back to her home state. Due to mass procrastination on both parts we’ve never met in person. Also it’s about a 2-3 hour drive to where she lives. Anyway she’s going to be a lot closer for a few days this week so we’re making a point to meet up while we still have a chance. She picked a random town on her path home and asked how far I am from there. From where I work I really can be there in 30 minutes.