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34 years old
December 18, 1986
Kurald Galain

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  1. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    02 November 2020 - 07:45 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 30 October 2020 - 02:25 PM, said:

    Why do Boomers have to "get on a phone call"?

    Every single Boomer in my work sphere will get an email from me asking them a question and they will send me one back saying "Can you give me a call?"

    WHY THE HELL DO WE NEED TO HAVE A CALL? I emailed you...and you LITERALLY emailed me back to say "call me"....just tell me what you want today in the effing email, you dinosaur.

    Worse is when I have an issue that needs to go to someone else through that initial person and that person then decides we need a conference a bunch of Boomers can talk at each other to work out what I asked about....when we very well could have solved it quicker with emails. This happens far too often.

    My mom does this as well...she will phone me with some purpose, get my Voicemail and leave a voice mail saying to 'call her back'...TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT IN THE VOICEMAIL MOM. Sidebar: I talk to my mom once every two days or so, so it's not like she just wants to talk to me mother to son...we do that already...those 'call me' voicemails are always about a topic that she could very well relate to me in that form.

    I don't get what it is that frightens Boomers about technology like texting and emails. My gods...I don't get it.

    I see this often in construction but it's usually to avoid having a paper trail later on. Very popular with some older developers when they want to expedite a project but not be liable for poor design choices, "Oh I didn't expect it to look like this! Why did you do things this way? ... I never said that and you have nothing in writing to prove it!"
  2. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    22 September 2020 - 12:50 PM

    Chiming in as a life long Nova Scotian currently living in Halifax. We are seeing mass numbers of people move out here, housing prices are skyrocketing in short order and primarily it's folks from Ontario and BC (because their housing prices are even more fucked). I will be upfront that any American trying to move here long term are going to face difficulties doing so. Prior to Trump and Covid it wasn't easy and could take years. Marrying someone is no guarantee although it's a huge boon (I had a British friend marry a local after being a long term resident with numerous work visas - he still had to go back overseas for a time because the application took ages to process and they grilled tons of people as to whether the relationship was valid even with a kid in tow). Additional issues I can see with a move to Canada (and the Maritimes in particular):

    • Canada accepts a fixed number of immigrants per year and we're a massively popular destination so spots are surprisingly limited. They will also accept people from the most impoverished nations first and the US isn't in the top 10 of that list. This fact appears in the news pretty regularly in those "Americans plan to move North following <insert political situation>."

    • As Americans your entry will likely hinge on having specialized skills needed in the Canadian job market. This was the best way to get in previously, however, Canadians everywhere are returning home in droves and there are a shocking lack of jobs available at present. The Maritimes in particular is having a rough go without the tourist season and most employers choosing to operate skeleton crews instead of risking Covid exposure. We also have the Atlantic Bubble in place so anyone entering from outside the Maritimes and Newfoundland must self-isolate for 14 days before they can even leave the house. Makes it hard to find a job and housing to say the least (we also have a housing crisis going on in Halifax - less than 1% vacancy at present).

    • This is more abstract but there is a significant and growing backlash against the US as a whole throughout Canada. There is overwhelming support from residents and all levels of government to keep the US border closed to travel indefinitely and not allow Americans to enter at all. A few jackasses in multiple provinces brought the patented 'Murica mentality during a pandemic and any goodwill from the public towards our southern neighbours quickly soured. You had people using the "Alaska loophole" to drive through western Canada and road trip into Banff/Jasper/etc, there were sailors in Newfoundland who just had to go bar hopping while in port, boaters in the Great Lakes who demanded to gas up on the Ontario side of the water, and the list goes on. These stories have been constant and with a potential federal election looming there is no one willing to extend an olive branch to allow mass American migration following the your election in November.

    These points aren't meant to deter you but rather warn you it won't be an easy road at all. BC has been especially attractive to foreign investment and from my understanding there is a massive push from the local populace to limit the influx as everyone is being priced out (QT speaks to that more in his previous posts). Canada is also not the promised land the internet would lead you to believe, we just benefit from living above an ongoing disaster. There are major problems with our police force (local and RCMP), indigenous issues are a travesty here and most reservations don't even have clean drinking water, the divide between Quebec and the other provinces is growing again with a re-emerging Bloc, Alberta is a nightmare under Jason Kenney, and we're squaring up for a huge face off against China any day now.

    The negatives aside I absolutely love it here and encourage anyone who wants to become Canadian to try anyway. I'm also happy to answer any questions for those interested in moving to the Maritimes including from other Canadian members. I will also caution that while Nova Scotia and the neighbouring provinces have a ton of cheap housing and land in rural locations there is also practically no internet in most of these areas so beware of assuming you can work remotely from anywhere.
  3. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    25 June 2020 - 01:41 PM

    Our provincial "bubble" is being expanded to the entirety of Atlantic Canada on July 3rd. Everyone is thrilled at the chance to see relatives in PEI and New Brunswick, the highways will be a shitshow that weekend for sure. Still no entry across the Quebec/NB border but we'll see how strong that is once people start vacationing, I've heard it's currently more porous and easy to cross than described. Not surprising to anyone who's traveled that way as it's in the middle of nowhere.

    Every time I'm out no one seems to be wearing masks which is a bit concerning as the bubble expands. There's been a lot of talk about mandating mask usage on buses and such but no one seems to be willing to spearhead that measure. We've been seriously lucky in Halifax (outside of the Northwood longterm care facility) and should be somewhat safe going forward. Canceling cruise ship season and moving university classes fully online has nosedived the amount of people moving/visiting from out of province. The inverse is so many cool shops and restaurants will close from the lack of money being spent (this province is otherwise massively poor so local spending can't compare).


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    17 Dec 2020 - 14:30
    34, happy birthday.
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    17 Dec 2019 - 14:41
    Happy birthday kiddo
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    17 Dec 2018 - 20:52
    32. This is now officially depressing for me.
    Hope you have a good one though.
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    17 Dec 2017 - 22:25
    31! smh ...
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    18 Dec 2015 - 12:05
    29. This can't be right. You'll always be one of those darn kids ... ;)
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    18 Dec 2014 - 00:45
    28! Holy crap!
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    04 Apr 2011 - 04:17
    You win my vote for Best Tech Support :)
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    18 Dec 2009 - 17:43
    Happy Birthday
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    08 Aug 2009 - 05:09
    I can see that now....
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    03 Aug 2009 - 12:11
    Is that a tissue stuck up your nose....?!?
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    18 Dec 2008 - 01:28
    Happy Birthday, mate! Hope you have a good one.
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    05 Dec 2008 - 07:32
    I confess - I was absent for a time period that by any standards was too long. In my defence, I did not have access to the interent for some time and it has been a very busy year - yea for the holiday period! :D
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    04 Dec 2008 - 12:46
    You are my Ano, my only Ano. You make me happy, when skies are grey! You'll know dear, how much I love you, so please don't take my Ano away!
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