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4th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM in Fall Weather Friends
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Twisted Linguistics
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Newbiespud 4th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Shenanigans. There, now you've seen it so much in quick succession that you have no idea what the letters even mean anymore, like me. Don't worry, it should wear off in a sentence or two.

No Mawlers Take Manehattan this week, due to... well, shenanigans.

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randonimity 4th Jul 2015, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes I end up going on tangents the way Pinkie does. There are times when it's funny or interesting and leads to some meaningful discussions. Most of the times, I just get annoyed looks, rolled eyes, and statements of "You're overthinking this."
Digo 4th Jul 2015, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
I had a bard who was good at rambling on like that as a distraction. Was fun (plus I got bonuses most of the times). :D
Evilbob 5th Jul 2015, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Yerp. I'm pretty sure a good 90+% of the time you'd get annoyed looks and rolled eyes. Unless you've managed to inure/train your friends to simply sigh and say "Oh, [insert name here]..."
daftdeafdave 6th Jul 2015, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
ooh that's a nice name generator
ANW 4th Jul 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Now don't get me wrong, I love the MLPFIM community.
But there are some parts of it that I just don't like.
Chickenloo. What was supposed to be a one time insult to her bravery, ends up to far.
Can you think of similar things?
Newbiespud 4th Jul 2015, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
ITT: People turning their noses up at their least favorite limited community memes, like some kind of uppity internet connoisseur. Really?

Sorry, I guess that's a weakness of mine: I don't like people getting snobbish over, of all things, lame jokes. Or the fact that memes are a thing. I don't like some of these things either, but I believe they have the right to exist and I don't think fostering negativity around them really helps matters.
ANW 4th Jul 2015, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
You're right.
Delete my post please.
And I'm sorry.
Zuche 4th Jul 2015, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
I thought it lead to a productive discussion.
Digo 4th Jul 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
I tend to bring it up in my fanfics with Celestia with some humor. She's aware of memes like 'Molestia' from her citizens and doesn't get it, but she never does anything to stop them. She leaves them with their free speech.

Though she owns up to some cause she does like to troll on occasion and cake is delicious. ^_^
Zuche 4th Jul 2015, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Some folks made a habit of flipping the table because they couldn't stand the potato salad others keep putting on it. Meanwhile, there's a superbly stocked pantry and fridge in the corner of a state-of-the-art kitchen.

The percentages in Sturgeon's Revelation indicate that the amount of quality work available to us increases proportionately to the garbage available. Even we see the ratio of garbage increase, 2% of a thousand options is still a larger number than 10% of one hundred.
Digo 4th Jul 2015, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't mind potato salad with bacon.
Guest 15th Sep 2015, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, how dare people have taste, right spud? The nerve!
Albedoequals1 4th Jul 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
It is annoying when people base their entire model of the world on a single joke or comment, especially if they try to apply their model to something you're doing.

"But Scootaloo can't join the Wonderbolts; she's a chicken." etc.
j-eagle12212012 4th Jul 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Pinkies randomness never gets old
Guest 15th Sep 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Yes it does.
The Hittite 4th Jul 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
I swear to Celestia I'll pistol whip the next guy who says 'Shenanigans.'
Newbiespud 4th Jul 2015, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
I'll take one for the team.


The Hittite 4th Jul 2015, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Boris Carlot 4th Jul 2015, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
You should try that shenanagain
Newbiespud 4th Jul 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Ah. Reference flew right over my head. That's what I get for taking these Michigans too seriously.

Seanpony Renaud 4th Jul 2015, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Nothing flies over my head. My reflexes are too quick.
Raxon 4th Jul 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
HonorableInsanity 4th Jul 2015, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
hmm, not quite...
you know that guy 4th Jul 2015, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
O shenanidoah, I long to see you ...
Super Kami Guru 5th Jul 2015, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
@Seapony Renaud: Love the Guardians of the Galaxy reference
Specter 4th Jul 2015, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Shenanigan, broken down by three elements.

Origin- No one actually knows for sure.

Definition-How the word is defined to today's standards.

Real world use-How the word is used in practice.
Azureink 4th Jul 2015, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
I am Californian and I approve that Californians made the word.
DoubleCross 4th Jul 2015, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
Shenanigans 4th Jul 2015, 11:08 PM Shenanigans edit delete reply
Zuche 4th Jul 2015, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Ah, Pinkie. Blessed are the tangent-makers, for all the times we need a change of subject.
Evilbob 5th Jul 2015, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
And fie upon those meticulous over-organized control-freaks who insist on efficiency and lack of tangents!
Philadelphus 4th Jul 2015, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
Personal favorite word with no clear linguistic origin: "squid." Known from approximately 1605–1615, but origin unknown.

What are your favorite such words?
FanOfMostEverything 4th Jul 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
As much as I love etymology, I'm not actually sure which words have unclear origins. I'm going to have to go look for some...
daftdeafdave 4th Jul 2015, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, pretty much the only time I find a word has an unclear origin is when I think I know its origin, so I look it up.
you know that guy 4th Jul 2015, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
So, what did they call them before then?
Digo 4th Jul 2015, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Maybe they didn't know squid existed before then?
BBkat 4th Jul 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou 4th Jul 2015, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
I know we're not supposed to talk about the new episode the same day, but this one isn't a spoiler...

Who else saw Starlight Glimmer behind her menu in the background of the restaurant scene?
Digo 4th Jul 2015, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
How is that not a spoiler?
j-eagle12212012 4th Jul 2015, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
I second Digo on this one, check out my spoiler free reviews and you will note that nothing I put in the review actually "spoils" a scene from the episode... and no I didn't notice her I was enjoying the episode. See my review on Tuesday and we can talk about the episode then
Kira 6th Jul 2015, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Obviously Digo is SHENANIGANS and that was his whole point.

that or considering how much effort the producers and writers are focusing on the backround this season how could it not be a spoiler derp.
BBkat 4th Jul 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Because it doesn't actually reveal anything about the plot of the episode and what happened.
EqualJ12212012 5th Jul 2015, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
Mykin 5th Jul 2015, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
Did someone say shenanigans?! Mwahahaha! Boy, do I have a tale to tell....No, no, turn down your expectations. It's not an epic, per se, but it's one of those typical runs for my group.

Alright, our newly formed group of shadowrunners are chilling at our fixer's place (trying hard not to die from boredom after the incident that made our rigger go into hiding caused jobs for us to dry up) when the old dwarf comes in and tells us about an open wet works job from Aztechnology (Basically a Microsoft/Walmart hybrid with an Aztec theme). The catch being that the deed can't be traced to them in any way and that it look like Renraku (Japan/Google/Apple Hybrid) did it.

Despite having barely anything to go on, we immediately jump on it. I, being the only decker (read: hacker) in the group, get to work on finding out everything we can about the girl we're going to kill. Naturally, this results in our resident speed junkie elf (read: ridiculous agility and reaction enhanced by cybernetics) sticking my poor decker's finger up his nose and our resident troll to draw on his face. Being jacked into the matrix (read: internet) basically turns him into a vegetable while his mind runs around to do his thing, so there was nothing he could do by the time they leave. Do keep this in the back of your mind, because I certainly did.

Anyway, since I am the proud owner of a legit Aztechnology limited SIN, I manage to get everything we need to properly scope out the place and get a good sense on what we're getting ourselves into (In 10 minutes flat, no less. Everyone got suspicious but I just bragged that I was just that awesome and no one understood the matrix that well so they just shrugged). Apparently our mark is the last youth of a bloodline descending from one of the almighty higher ups that basically is a threat to some of her relatives bid to keep climbing the corporate latter. Knowing this, we immediately change our plans to protect this girl until the people offering the job raise the price high enough that we can make a killing off of killing her....*Ahem* So our cyborg and elf go scoping the corporate-owned apartment complex she's staying at while our face/leader keeps asking me to find out more info on the girl.

A botch roll on our cyborg's part reveals our presence to a couple of other shadowrunners vying for the same job and he gets tagged while the elf scales the building where she noticed a sniper was about to take her friend out. Another botch roll means that, instead of knocking out said sniper, his head gets caved into the wall. One "sorry" note later and she gets inside the complex while our cyborg has to go to a different place to get debugged.

Said debugging was tasked to my decker and our troll. It was then that I realize that sarcastically saying "punch here" and pointing to the cyborg's head to a... simple minded troll was a bad idea in many, many ways. Oh well, we annihilated the bug and I learned I am the only one with first aid as I manage to piece together our cyborg's face. Don't worry, it gets worse.

So we get more info about our mark, her habit for going to a club that none of us has a prayer to get into, and the feeling that she may have a significant other. She believes us when we say we want to protect her and we get to work making it so. Our sniper and cyborg has an interesting incident where the sniper takes out a shadowrunner and our cyborg realizes that his code of honor against harming shadowrunners was going to be a big pain in the butt for this. So everyone decided that that face shattering punch got rid of that for him and now he just has a phobia of trolls. It only comes into effect in close combat, but I still feel bad about it regardless. But only a little. This is the same group that lets horrible things happen to my cleric in DnD 5E, so it's nice to finally not be the one to have to deal with this crap.

Now remember in the beginning where my decker got his finger stuck up his nose? Well, he was curious how the elf managed to get in so easily since security is extremely tight in the place. Turns out he's secretly a liaison for the elven nation of Great Britain New Avalon with Aztechnology. At this point, I know two things about the elven character: She hates her nation and she is a complete punk. So I immediately find a vacant room and use her liason status to set things up so we can all have access to the complex if we need it...and get it to look as elvish as possible as payback for the finger in nose thing. I pause when I remember that it will be pretty easy for her to figure out who did this, but my GM mistakes my brainstorming for me actually taking action so...suffice to say, my decking rig sucks and the request gets sent and granted in a matter of seconds.

One rather angry and swear-filled call later and we all become the lowly "human" entourage for an elven liaison (New Avalon is racist and doesn't like trolls, so I had to make some "tweaks" with some of the profiles to avoid suspicion. Did I mention how much I love photoshop? I really love photoshop). This also had the unintended side effect of giving us access to the bar our mark frequents, so I became the hero of the hour for all of this. Heck, I even got extra karma for coming up with this whole thing and I only did it for petty revenge and to get a good place to camp out.

Thus the session ended with the whole group moving in and our elf gathering all the elven "stuff" in a corner before purging it with fire. The irony is that our elf said in no uncertain terms that she's going to keep the place permanently. Eh, small price to pay for not losing my head and having some blackmail on a fellow runner for use later.
Specter 5th Jul 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
... Bad intentions, good outcomes. By far one of my favorite reads of block text (reading addiction has subsided, for now).

By the way, have you told anyone about the real reason you did everything you did (out of character, not in)? If you did, I'd be willing to bet they had an interesting take on it.
Mykin 5th Jul 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, everyone knows pretty much everything out of character as far as reasons go. Really, the whole "we'll protect her until the price goes up" bit came about from a comment I made about how I really hope this job will get me a new deck (I may or may not have spent most of my money on cybernetics and my Remington Floorsweeper before realizing that cyberdecks are expensive) and everyone else working out how to make that happen.

In fact, the GM was the one that joked about the whole "punch here" thing and I decided it was funny enough to have my character say in a deadpan way. Then the Troll player decided it would be funny to take it literally. So yeah, we really don't try to keep anyone in the dark as to why we're doing things out of character.

In character though? That's a different story depending on the information. None of us know much of anything about anybody else's characters in game. Not that it really matters as long as we get paid in the end and no backstabbing happens.

But yeah, I agree with you. It would be interesting to see what everyone else thought of the session. I'll have to ask them next time.