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Finally got around to edit my avatar in order to fit the season

Today, 01:03 PM

On a scale from BBQing in summer to drinking eggnog with Santa, how festive is my avatar now?

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For those of you wondering why I didn’t just put a santa hat on it like I usually do: The truth is that I couldn’t find a hat that fit this blob so I had to think of an alternative and came up with this.

~*Inofficial Far Cry 4 Multiplayer/Co-Op Hook-Up thread*~

17 November 2014 - 03:12 PM

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So with the game’s release only hours away (unless you live down under) I thought we might have use for a thread to coordinate and maybe meet up for some multiplayer and/or co-op action. Here is a list of fellow D1Ppers’ user names (courtesy of SFLUFAN) so look up people’s Uplay nicks there and add your own if you haven’t already.

I’ll start playing in around three or four hours and will probably keep going until my eyes close on their own :P If anyone wants to play some co-op during that time I’m up for it.

Finger slicer's insurance scam fails

14 November 2014 - 03:36 PM

The Local said:

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An insurance salesman who sawed off his own finger and thumb to claim insurance was given a suspended sentence by a court in northern Germany on Friday.

The court in Norderstedt, near Hamburg, handed down the 22-month suspended sentence to Ralf-Werner D. after he was found guilty of trying to defraud his insurers.

The 50-year-old man had qualified as an insurance salesman shortly before the 'accident' in February 2010 and took out four separate insurance policies - with special clauses covering finger injuries - for himself.

If valid, they would have paid out a total of €1.4 million.

That amounts to $1.75 million for anyone wondering. Full article here. Serves the guy right. I mean who is actually stupid enough to still try this after all the failed attempts by people? Has that ever actually worked for anyone?

Yes, “morons” is misspelled on purpose in the tags.

What’s your favorite Stephen King short story?

14 November 2014 - 03:20 PM

[Please mark spoilers with the respective tag]

While many of Stephen King’s novels are certainly great reads as well, personally, I prefer his short stories. For one thing, they’re more succinct and less prone to developing an idea on more pages than it warrants. For another, this body of work offers more diverse premises than the sum of King’s novels does.

In any case, for me it has to be “1408”. I still remember the first time I read this. I felt uncomfortable indoors for days after that.


A close second might be “Crouch End” which for years (before my first real contact with Lovecraft) I didn’t even know to be a tribute to the Cthulhu myth. “N.” gets an honorary mention from me even though it doesn’t hold up as well after a second read. But the way it managed to creep me out the first time was just superb. Oh and as far as non-horror short stories by Stephen King are concerned, “Dolan’s Cadillac” is incredibly well written, too.

So, enough of mine, what about y’all’s favorites? In case you need to refresh your memory, here is a list of all of them (115 if I counted correctly).

Germany agrees in-the-black budget for 2015

14 November 2014 - 01:30 PM

The Local said:

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After 14 hours of discussion lasting into the early morning, the German parliament has settled on a budget for 2015 that will put the country in the black for the first time since 1969 - at least on paper.

It’s official! For the first time in over forty years the federal budget will manage without new debt (sort of) :dancing:

Now, not only is this a huge step forward (or, well, backwards time-wise) regarding our government’s approach to spending but it sets a precedent in general. If the next administration doesn’t manage to do the same, at least it can’t be communicated as merely a difference between, say, “previously 10 billion in new debt” and “now 20 more billion in debt” but between “previously 0 billion in new debt” and “now 20 more billion in new debt”. Any politicians keen on shamelessly borrowing money on the public’s behalf will have a harder time justifying that to them from now on. I’m actually pretty amazed that such a paradigm shift got actually past all those special interest groups and their lobbyists. So, just one question left ...

... u jelly :P ?