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Get a Life! / The Ten Thousand Year Clock
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:29:09 PM »
http://longnow.org/clock

This is a group funding and building a clock designed to last 10 millenia. It's supposed to 'tick' every century, and may or may not have a cuckoo for the 1000 year mark. The site for the full size clock is somewhere in west Texas, and they've so far drilled the main portion of the shaft, and manufactured some of the components. It's also supposed to chime ona regular basis, with each chime being unique over the course of it's entire run.

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Bulletin Board / Geography Lessons
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:26:45 AM »
So, out of curiousity, I'd like to know more about the active members here. Tell the board something that people might be interested in, or not know about you.

I'll start off. I'm 25, I work as a shipper/receiver right now, and I'm chasing school in electrical engineering. I live in Regina, Saskatchewan... And I've been in the hobby of 40K and other Citadel games for more than 10 years now.

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Get a Life! / What your jobs have taught you?
« on: September 28, 2008, 11:16:39 AM »
Really pretty much right what it says on the box. Most of us here have been employed at one time or another, and most of us likely are employed right now. So, what have your jobs taught you?

My own:
-Security guards are personally responsible for nearly everything that happens on sight in some way, even if they weren't working at the time.
-Grocery stores aren't nearly as sanitary as they like to claim.
-Gas station clerks may be the single most disrespected position on the planet.
-(Unofficial) Air Cadet instructors have to be 'cool' to teach, apparently.

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Videogames and computers / World of Warcraft: Who does it, and why, etc...
« on: December 31, 2007, 01:18:26 AM »
Somewhat self explanatory. Who of you have characters, what servers, and why you play it.

I've got a handful of characters, but my main character is Thorar, a Dwarven Hunter on The Venture Co.

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Get a Life! / Unions: Good, Bad... Devil Spawn?
« on: December 11, 2007, 09:05:48 AM »
Recently spurred by potential government legislations here, I've been thinking of labour organizations, and their benefits and detriments.

Now, as a general opinion, I believe they are good things, but my personal experience is somewhat contradictory. For those of you who didn't know, I worked as a security guard for 14 months till the last week of October at the local (also the first) Ipsco Steel plant. I should've realized that I had picked the wrong company to work for when they literally hired me on the spot, but that's another discussion. Anyway, somehow our union was one and the same as the union that the local grocery store employees belonged to. I don't know about your grocers, but it's my experience that the roles of these two jobs are slightly different, as are the labour concerns they might have. Not only would there be different concerns,   but just radically different jobs. According to my shop steward at the time, our union (not the membership, but the union head(s)) had actually argued against differential wages, i.e. higher wages for night shifts, weekends and Sundays. Now, I don't have all the information as to why they did this, but according to the same steward, they didn't want the other employees (the grocery workers) wanting the same things from their employers. I'm not clear on why this really mattered that much, since there aren't a lot of 24/7 grocers around here, and those employees would deserve differential wage, but that's my opinion. Now that's an example of my bad experiences, and I'm influenced by what the steward told me, and the fact that the union is basically under control of the same people it's supposed to protect it's workers from, but I digress.

What are your opinions on unions? Good, bad? Do they still have benefits in the time of widespread labour laws, or are they the only reason that the laws really hold. I mean hell, the makers of the Pinto actually had a cost benefit analysis as to whether it was cheaper to fix the defect or to pay out the average settlement to any victims, so it doesn't seem entirely out of the question that companies would ignore labour laws for the benefits it begets them from the lack of restriction on them.

And for those who are curious, here's an article on the new government's legislation proposal:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2007/12/05/essential-saskatchewan.html?ref=rss
What it entails is forcing certain organizations into a position where they cannot legally strike, regardless. I think that this is meant to apply to nurses and highway workers specifically, because in the last two years, both the nurse's union and the employee's union which covered the snowplow drivers, both critical services in my opinion, have gone on strike. I really don't blame either of them, the nurses here are overworked because nurses are getting training here, but then they leave for our version of Texas next door, or the States, both of which operate either mixed health services, or completely private health care, but that's another story, and the highway workers were underpaid, compared to other comparable public services. Now, I would assume that this essential services legislation would make it so neither could legally go on strike, effectively taking away their strongest tool against labour issues. Problem being, I don't think either organization needs such a legislation because both realize their importance. As far as I'm aware, no patient has died here because of a strike, because the nurses will not put a patient's life on the line for their own benefit, and the snowplow drivers were willing to keep a basic level of service even through their strike, (important because the strike happened just before Christmas, IIRC) and both strike me as signs that the respective unions understand that they are there for important reasons, and do their required job regardless. Neither strike me as reckless unions that need to be made criminals for assuring their moderate wages sensibly.

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Trivia, Games, & Fun / The Zombie Apocalypse
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:21:30 PM »
Right, we all know it's coming, eventually, and in all likelihood will somehow be started by Razor. Anywho, I found this quiz testing our chances of survival against the hordes. So try it out and see how you do.

www.justsayhi.com/bb/zombie

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Get a Life! / SCN Charter of Human Rights
« on: April 05, 2007, 10:45:17 PM »
I was thinking, with what's been happening as of late all around the world, like Australia, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine to name a few, perhaps SCN could hammer out a few of our own basic human rights that everyone should have. I was also thinking that if this topic was successful enough, we could expand it to include a UN Charter, perhaps even an 'ideal' code of laws. Just throwing this out there. I don't think they need to be of fancy wording, or paragraphs long, just clear. And until the whole thing is finished, I wouldn't impose any order or hierarchy to the rights, so as to be fair to any ones that pop up later.

1. No person should be forcibly removed from their property.

2. Individuals should have the right to peaceful assembly for any purpose, providing that violates no other's rights.

3. Individuals have the right to practice freedom of religion, whether it be belief in a god, gods, totems, or no gods at all. In addition, no person should have religion forced upon them.

This is just a start, but I think we can come up with a lot better.

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Videogames and computers / Firefly MMORPG?
« on: February 17, 2007, 06:43:53 PM »
Not a lot on it yet, but I thought people would deserve to know something would be going on. Personally this excites me, as we can explore even more of the verse, and see more of those underappreciated 'tower ships'. I loved the unorthodox look of them, and I don't know why. Now, how many people think that the ownership of Firefly class mid-bulk carriers is going to skyrocket when the game come out?

http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-fireflyonlinegame,0,3627670.story?coll=zap-news-headlines

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Get a Life! / Advice on Aviation Career
« on: January 05, 2007, 09:39:06 PM »
If anyone here has any experience with a career in aviation, could they give me any advice, as I have my Air Traffic Controller (ATC)entrance exam coming up on the 24th of this month, so I'm looking for any pointers.

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