# Random Rants noventa y tres: The Incredible Hulk will not be presented this evening.

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I must be missing something from the article and singled-out line. I don't see the problem.
This is is me being stupid after a while to think about it. I read it as two in five, which they have calculated to be 42%. That would be a very odd maths mistake to make, and would seem to stand out to a proofreader. Of course what they actually mean is the true proportion is 42%, which if you need telling is about two in five.

The chief executive of the CMI, Ann Francke, told the BBC that socialising with colleagues is "a great team building opportunity" that many people enjoy.​

You're not troubled by that?

Socialising being some sort of team-building opportunity™ speaks volumes about the dehumanising corporate culture of today.

This is is me being stupid after a while to think about it. I read it as two in five, which they have calculated to be 42%. That would be a very odd maths mistake to make, and would seem to stand out to a proofreader. Of course what they actually mean is the true proportion is 42%, which if you need telling is about two in five.
Is this not saying the same thing? 2/5 is 40%. 42% being described as two in five seems correct...?

Is this not saying the same thing? 2/5 is 40%. 42% being described as two in five seems correct...?
Yes, 42% is well approximated to 2/5 for those who find such numbers easier. I thought they had started with 2/5, and somehow converted that into a percentage and got 42%. I was stupid at 5 to seven in the morning.

The chief executive of the CMI, Ann Francke, told the BBC that socialising with colleagues is "a great team building opportunity" that many people enjoy.​

You're not troubled by that?

Socialising being some sort of team-building opportunity™ speaks volumes about the dehumanising corporate culture of today.

Socializing with colleagues and "team-building" has been going on well before modern corporate culture started infesting our daily lives.

Back in 1981, I attended a gathering of 1st-year B.Ed. students that turned out to be one of these "team-building" things (held in one of the parks across town from my home). When it got to the part where you're supposed to jump off something and trust everyone else to catch you, I decided nope, I'm heading off to find the nearest bus stop and going home.

I wasn't much of a team player in that program, or even much in most of the courses I took in another program. I didn't do the team-building thing, didn't do SimSoc in the sociology class (opted to write term papers instead), didn't do the French movie nights, as I had no way to get home after the last bus (something that whooshed over the instructor's head as a valid reason to skip)...

I was more of a team-person in the classes that were favorites, like anthropology and physical geography (went on the anthropology field trips and didn't mind sharing my mapping supplies during lab classes and doing study groups in geography, and did some noontime tutoring in French). I remember during the geography final, letting the supervising instructor know that two of my classmates would be borrowing my pencil crayons and geometry instruments for the mapping questions, as they didn't have their own and we'd been doing it this way all term; the regular instructor had never objected to this.

The chief executive of the CMI, Ann Francke, told the BBC that socialising with colleagues is "a great team building opportunity" that many people enjoy.​

You're not troubled by that?

Socialising being some sort of team-building opportunity™ speaks volumes about the dehumanising corporate culture of today.
Another way to look at it is calling "having a evening out with work people" "team-building opportunity" if it is within the group and "networking" if it involves external people is really recognising the importance of these activities to the business, and that they are not frivolities but a core part of operating a business that requires any form of inter human communication..

What's the point. Becoming an utter clown (and that's just assuming neither gets actually hurt) for a few more dollars?
Though the people who are there laughing at them are imo FAR worse.
Youtubers are the type of people who get head injury before a boxing match.

What's the point. Becoming an utter clown (and that's just assuming neither gets actually hurt) for a few more dollars?
Though the people who are there laughing at them are imo FAR worse.
Youtubers are the type of people who get head injury before a boxing match.

I want the 3 seconds I watched the opening of this video back. Stop melting your brain with this drivel.

Don't you have 20 more birthday threads to start?

I am sorry my spreading happyness irks you so. I guess its depression? I'll be sure not to post one for you if it comes. Wouldn't want to offend.

The point is, that anyone can post whatever. I don't care if you post birthday threads, see the logical parallel to what's inferred as strange.

I don't understand. You were ranting that something you watch, which annoys you.

So don't watch it?

hush , Victoria Nuland is watching .

hush , Victoria Nuland is watching .
I wonder if the metaphor is correctly read. At least I'd hope it was meant as a metaphor ^^

the big city nearby had a surprisingly large Opposition rally . Nobody knows what the future will bring , might be even the Emancipation of CFC .

Youtubers are the type of people who get head injury before a boxing match.
For stuff like that? Yeah, even just the thumbnail looks like it wouldn't be worth my lifespan to watch.

That said, there's a lot of good, interesting content out there. I really like the channels that go into the history and practical aspects of life in the medieval/Tudor times. I once spent an evening watching videos on the construction and use of various kinds of crossbows... and therefore have to rewrite part of my King's Heir story, as I'd made assumptions about them that turned out to be inaccurate. Crossbows weren't something we learned about in the SCA here.

Wanna know how effective a frying pan is as a weapon? Shadiversity did an episode about that. He also did an episode about how many gold coins an adventurer could plausibly carry around, while actively adventuring. Turns out the D&D books are... somewhat exaggerated with their encumbrance rules.

Turns out the D&D books are... somewhat exaggerated with their encumbrance rules.
Never mind the actual purchasing power of gold back when it was a currency.

Never mind the actual purchasing power of gold back when it was a currency.
I get that it's a familiar idea - people using gold coins to buy stuff. In Fighting Fantasy, you rarely use any currency except gold pieces, whether you're buying magical armor or a meal in a tavern.

When I designed a D&D campaign, I reworked some of the monetary charts to make some things more reasonable, and ditto when I started novelizing Fighting Fantasy gamebooks (by that time there were multiplayer FF adventures and sourcebooks available, so I looked at both those and the D&D books and worked out a reasonable compromise).

This is something that the Merlin fanfic writers could stand to look into. I can see the tavern bill Gwaine ran up in his first episode running into needing gold to pay for it, as it was quite a large bill. But paying for one or two tankards with gold? Seems unreasonably high to me, unless most of it is meant as a tip, or a meal, room for the night, and stabling for the horse is included. Most people would have been using silver coins, if not the barter system.

8.4 inflation (month-on-month). The saga continues!

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