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18 Feb 2020 17:33 #307220 by Gary Sax

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18 Feb 2020 22:19 - 18 Feb 2020 22:23 #307245 by ubarose
We unionized this year. IT workers have historically voted down being unionized because they saw themselves as valued, white collar workers, and Union was always associated with blue collar workers and manual laborers. Also, Union means a lot of rules, and IT workers tend to not like rules. But the last 10 years of being kicked around have changed a lot of minds. I think we are going to see a wave of IT workers voting yes to Union.

I have to say, it felt really powerful a few months ago when my boss was giving me shit about something to just be able to say, “I contacted my Union rep and and here is the pertinent clause in our contract ...”
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18 Feb 2020 22:54 #307248 by Sagrilarus
I worked a union job in college and am in IT now. If a union came to my employer I'd be the first guy in line. Just having access to portable benefits (health care in particular) is worth the price of admission. An ability to press for comp time when i'm told to work weekends would be great too.

Anyone calling what I do white collar work is deluding themselves. I'm skilled labor. You're going to see more of this.
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19 Feb 2020 10:58 #307270 by ubarose

Sagrilarus wrote: An ability to press for comp time when i'm told to work weekends would be great too.


Union comp-time and over-time rules have changed our workplace from, "we pay you for 40 hours a week, but actually expect you to work 50" to an actual 40 hour work week. With everyone only working 40 hours a week, it has forced the powers that be to acknowledge that we are grossly understaffed and start replacing people when they retire or leave, rather than just shift all the work to the remaining workers.

Our job descriptions are also being enforced. I got a promotion (and significant pay increase) because I had been doing work above my pay grade for 4 years while being repeatedly denied a promotion because "money was tight" Also, since the folks that retire tend to be a higher pay grade than those that remain, management can't shift many of the departing responsibilities onto the remaining workers without promoting them. They recently were re-organizing work due to a person's impending retirement, and had the epiphany that they couldn't give any of it to me unless they promoted me again.

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26 Mar 2020 09:05 #308598 by Harrison Bergeron
iconiqstudios.com/

I don’t know them. Here’s hoping they do a good job.

I’m here to kick ass and chew gum! And I’m all out of gum!

Geez, I’m such a geek.

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16 Apr 2020 09:13 #309291 by ChristopherMD
Probably gonna back Mountain Goats, a remake of Level X which is a dice game I really like. Gave my copy of that to a friend last year to clear up space. This comes in a smaller box and less than $20 with shipping.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1296268806/...a-and-mountain-goats

Don't know anything about the games the other 2 are based on.
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16 Apr 2020 12:02 #309294 by the_jake_1973
Since I am going full bore with my resin printer now, I am backing a few KS projects:

TownBuilder
Dice Heads - completely frivolous
3d Fantasy Props
Hexton Hills
Nine Worlds - cool Viking stuff
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16 Apr 2020 12:38 - 16 Apr 2020 12:40 #309296 by Disgustipater
I’ve also entered down the dangerous path of browsing STL Kickstarters and Patreons. I backed the Creatures of Cromsfall KS which was STL files for a bunch of Cthulhu miniatures. I printed the shoggoth, now working on the 12” tall Cthulhu statue that is going to use up about 470g of resin, and half a spool of filament for the base. I just hope my current stock of IPA will be enough to last through the shortage.

Pre-supported models that are basically immediately available make them easy to say yes to.
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16 Apr 2020 15:13 #309300 by the_jake_1973
A number of the Patreons I support are putting in pre-supported tiers. I don't mind putting in the supports myself, so I haven't taken the plunge yet.

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16 Apr 2020 15:14 #309301 by the_jake_1973

Disgustipater wrote: I just hope my current stock of IPA will be enough to last through the shortage.


Just use Simple Green. It works just as well.

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16 Apr 2020 15:22 #309303 by Disgustipater

the_jake_1973 wrote: I don't mind putting in the supports myself, so I haven't taken the plunge yet.


It’s probably the part I hate the most, though lately I’ve gotten lazy smart and have been using Photon File Validator to just remove single layer floating islands. Saves me a lot of time.

I still run the pre-supported models through the validator and find islands, even though the creators print them out fine, just makes me feel better about it.

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16 Apr 2020 16:55 #309315 by the_jake_1973
I have the Photon S that uses a different file format and that makes using the validator troublesome. Save to .photon, validate, open in Chitu, save as .photons. Bleh.

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16 Apr 2020 17:38 - 16 Apr 2020 17:39 #309321 by Shellhead
I feel like nobody ever really answers the WHY? question.

Ennui.
Gluttony.
Another consumer product to define your identity in our consumer society.
A way to fill an empty spot on a shelf.
The pursuit of happiness.
Competitiveness.
A compulsion to acquire all the miniatures. All the miniatures.
Vulnerability to marketing techniques.
An insatiable desire for variety.
The Diderot Effect.
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16 Apr 2020 17:47 - 16 Apr 2020 18:04 #309322 by Ah_Pook
I'm backing a card game called Good Puppers from Asmadi. It's cheap, it's got great art, and it looks like a fun little set collection kind of thing. Wife and I enjoy this niche together.

I probably shouldn't even back that atm, but yknow. $17 isn't the make or break point I hope.
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17 Apr 2020 11:13 #309341 by ninorota
I'm very excited about the second game of the Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The first game really blew my mind and it's one of the best kickstarters I've ever seen. Go Warhorse!

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