Out of the Blue

I went on some errands yesterday and achieved an unparalleled degree of failure in accomplishing anything. I found a listing at Wal-Mart for a water-mister dealie we've been looking for to cool people on the deck during the summer, but it was impossible to find anyone there capable of reading their own name tag, much less help me locate this hard-to-find item. Plan B was to hit PetSmart and find a new raised food/water bowl for the doggies, but the selection of these they had was bizarre, as they all seemed designed to accommodate dogs small enough that they could walk under our two leggy beasts. Having failed at my two efforts at productivity, I stopped at Best Buy, as I have some Reward Zone credits to redeem, and there's no way a geek like myself could fail to find something there. Of course, following my theme of futility, they were in the midst of some sort of localized power outage, and were closed when I arrived. Sometimes you can't win.

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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 23:19
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May 13, 2009, 23:19
 
"living wage" using national averages is bullshit. It depends entirely on local cost of living.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 21:10
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Re: Out of the Blue May 13, 2009, 21:10
May 13, 2009, 21:10
 
"but it was impossible to find anyone there capable of reading their own name tag"

Depending on region, Wal-Mart associates make around $10 - $12 / hour, which is no longer a living wage for adults in the US. Most have 2nd jobs just to pay the rent, many are not high school grads, many are over 50.

The same is true for Home Depot, Target, and the other major retailers. Add to this the rip-off health benefits scheme at Wal-Mart and it's no wonder only the most desperate and least qualified are working at these places.

I used to feel disdain for these people, blaming them for being just lazy stupid slackers. Until I got a little first hand experience with the situation. Now I feel sorry for them, most are trapped in these kinds of positions with no real way out.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 19:36
PHJF
 
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May 13, 2009, 19:36
 PHJF
 
Tiamat's Rebuke is a unique Dragon Shield (Exceptional Kite Shield) and is notable for its strong defense, average elemental resists, and modest elemental damage modifiers. Though reasonably useful it is largely worthless, as it lacks any +skills, which, besides resists or faster cast rate, is the only worthwhile attribute for shields. Tiamat's Rebuke makes a modest placeholder for Paladins until such time as they can acquire the supreme Herald of Zakarum.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 16:28
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May 13, 2009, 16:28
 
Unless you PnP'd back in the day, you wouldn't know who Tiamat was, so it doesn't much matter.

And Blue, forget Walmart. Check out all that stuff on Amazon.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 15:44
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May 13, 2009, 15:44
 
tycho is insanely (obsessively) well-read.. while it may reference D&D specifically in form (considering his vast background of PnP RPG EXP), in regards to the content of the editorial, it may have other intimations to the "hydra" of myth - the source of the multi-headed dragon idea

the hydra is a fearsome beast because even if you chop off one of its numerous heads, it grows back.. its a widely used symbol of sprawling evil, or proliferate difficulty
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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 15:24
Kxmode
 
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May 13, 2009, 15:24
 Kxmode
 
http://www.penny-arcade.com/2009/5/1/

This page brings a level of clarity to the comic that wasn't there before.
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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 15:20
mag
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May 13, 2009, 15:20
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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 15:20
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May 13, 2009, 15:20
 
In Tycho's post he refers to call centers as being outsourced to Gehenna(hell). Which is where Tiamat resides. tiamat is also the "mother" of evil dragons, hence the name of the comic being "The Fivefold Mother".

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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 15:13
Kxmode
 
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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother May 13, 2009, 15:13
May 13, 2009, 15:13
 Kxmode
 
The one head is distinctly bronzish looking instead of white.

The bluish dragon looks like Malygos, while the black looks basically like every black dragon. I've tackled Eye of Eternity and Obsidian Sanctum so many times that their images are seared into my brain.

Is Tiamat even in D&DO? If not what's the relationship between that and Tycho's complaint regarding bandwidth?

Maybe Penny Arcade did this so that those saturated in WOW lore would make mistakes. You have to admit the drawing looks really close to the WOW dragon aspects; that is, of course, if you play WOW.

Thanks for the info space captain. Appreciate it.

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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 14:45
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May 13, 2009, 14:45
 
Doesn't matter what you play. It's Tiamat, the title of the comic is "The Fivefold Mother". It's got nothing to do with WoW. It's even referred to as "Gehenna" in Tycho's post.

Although, I wonder if Gabe thought it was from WoW when he was drawing it. The one head is distinctly bronzish looking instead of white.

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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 14:35
Kxmode
 
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May 13, 2009, 14:35
 Kxmode
 
I don't play D&D. I play WOW. I see Alexstrasza (red dragonflight), Malygos (blue dragonflight), Deathwing (black dragonflight), Nozdormu (bronze dragonflight), and Ysera (green dragonflight) all in that panel.
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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 12:10
mag
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May 13, 2009, 12:10
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Seriously. kxmode's comment made me really sad.
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Re: Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 12:07
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May 13, 2009, 12:07
 
The five aspects from the Warcraft universe

educate thyself, knave

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiamat_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons)
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 11:36
Kxmode
 
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May 13, 2009, 11:36
 Kxmode
 
Desktop Armada? Is that a flotilla of ships in Derek Smart's Desktop Commander?

Whenever speaking of DEREK SMART or any DEREK SMART product you shall always put said person and product in uppercase letters, proper! And whenever possible cake the products in hues of crimson! Observe: DEREK SMART'S DESKTOP COMMANDER. So let it be written. So let it be done!

Smart

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Penny Arcade! - The Fivefold Mother
May 13, 2009, 11:32
Kxmode
 
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May 13, 2009, 11:32
 Kxmode
 
The five aspects from the Warcraft universe handling tech support! Rotfl
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 11:24
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May 13, 2009, 11:24
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Desktop Armada? Is that a flotilla of ships in Derek Smart's Desktop Commander? Only kidding Derek, but I couldn't help but think of that old mockery when I saw the title.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 13, 2009, 09:37
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May 13, 2009, 09:37
 
I found a listing at Wal-Mart for a water-mister dealie we've been looking for to cool people on the deck during the summer, but it was impossible to find anyone there capable of reading their own name tag, much less help me locate this hard-to-find item.

what..... you mean you couldn't get competent help from a dept. store that bases its hires on racial quotas and the lowest possible wages rather than ability?

I am stunned Dozey
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