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When mine wants to cuddle, she has learned to place her paws gently against my skin.

Any movement means claws come out.

It's very effective.

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It's time to pay the price.

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I watched the Gormenghast miniseries on the Space Channel many many years ago and eventually read the books. They were interesting. Not something I'd want to revisit, but definitely weird.

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My cat(s) would never forgive me.

OK - I'm lying. They wouldn't care but my husband would be super offended on their behalf.

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I've been through it many times and expect to see many more. Both as the subject of an acquisition and as an acquiree. You just have to wait and see. If they're not immediately closing you down, there will be a transition period. Months to a year or more. That's where you need to be looking for a new job if that seems like a remotely feasible option.

With regard to your personal decision, do not trust what you're being told. The company wants a smooth transition and that means that the company wants to be the one making the decisions about who is working for them. They can and will lie.

The exception to this is if they ask you to stay on while they close out operations at your site. In that case they've already lowered the hammer, you're on borrowed time anyway, and it doesn't matter to them.

(Also - if you're given this option, consider it carefully before accepting. The folks I know who have done this have described it as a depressing and completely unpleasant experience. They all claimed they wouldn't do it again. If you choose to do so, ask for more money to compensate for the therapy you'll need afterwards. Be bold with your offer because it's a job that very few want to do.)


Generally speaking, the first thing that should happen is that the new company will harmonize efficiencies. This means cutting redundant departments, projects, or products. Expect to see a lot of strangers on site who are evaluating this. Non-specialized departments like finance, HR, legal, and support IT will be merged and streamlined. And do not expect that the highest performing department will survive. It's often the cheapest one who does. If the team in Kentucky can do a good enough job, it makes no sense for them to retain a higher paid workforce in DC. I've seen that sort of thing happen. (It's also sometimes a selling point for the company being bought. 🤮)

After that, it just depends on 1) why they bought you and 2) what they thought they were buying. If they find out that part of the acquired company isn't something they want but is valuable enough to re-sell rather than shut down, you may be in for a head-spinning transition between several buyers.

Overall -

The experience is a big shake-up, but I've gone through eight or so unscathed as a mid level employee. It all depends on lots of things outside of your control. It will help if you can accept that these things are beyond your control or beyond your ability to foresee. I can also assure you that there's a good probability that the people in charge won't be making good or sensible decisions.

Expect to see many of your co-workers jump ship, but that's not always a bad thing. Sometimes it's the kick in the ass that people need to make a change. That's often a very good thing.

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Same, but I'd probably go with Bree. I'm a bit tall for the Shire. Also, Bree seems a little more lively and they have a thing called 'pints.'

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I have casually considered attending a UU church near us. They seem very chill based on their website.

I would have to overcome my dislike of meeting new people and being awake and fully clothed before 11:00am on a Sunday. Those are the main challenges for me, personally.

I'm hoping to attend some public events at the a local nature preserve as a way of easing into social events with strangers. They have programs on bird watching, mushroom cultivation, etc... A year's membership cost $40 and it comes with free parking and free access to their programs. They're also part of a larger network of nature parks, so benefits include free admission to any of those.

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Do you have an unusual or oddly spelled surname?

I do. It's by marriage, and coworkers sometimes awkwardly ask about it. It won't be the first question they ask - because that would be weird, but it often comes up if it sort of fits the conversation.

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So, it varies by state because everything is a certain degree of a shit-show here. In my state, you show up at the primary election site and you ask for one of two ballots. That's enough to "register" you as a Dem or Rep. It's pretty meaningless.

I know of one coworker who voted for Trump in the 2015 primary to "take down the Republican party from the inside." Great strategy, Steve. I'm guessing that some similar idiocy is what's being talked about here.

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Somewhere I have a notebook with scene-by-scene notes on Mulholland Drive. Time loops, alternate universes, fever dream sequences that may be real, throwbacks, lookalikes, detours into madness and fear, all that. Multiple viewings. Full Deep River Ontario shit. (We actually IRL visited that creepy diner in CA. That experience is not recommended. The breakfast is OK. The turkey sandwich is 1000 times not OK.)

For me, every theory regarding the "WTF is happening" aspect falls apart when the old couple from the taxi come creeping out of the blue metallic lock box. Like, everything sort of hangs together with some fuzzy dream logic for me, but then falls apart in the true gossamer of dream fashion. There's sometimes a buggy, I guess.

Top 10 of favorite movies.

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That was an interesting listen. And sad. I can't imagine the situation has improved.

Wikipedia mentions that they've flipped diplomatic ties with China and Taiwan a couple of times in the past 20 years. Honestly, that seem like a cheap price to pay for some investment.

Oh, but like the radio piece said, "You've never heard of it, but once you do it seems to be everywhere." My grandfather and a couple of his brothers visited (and unsuccessfully tried to stay) in the 1930s. He always described it as a paradise. That was, of course, a long time ago and before the mass destruction. I also wonder if assume I have some unknown Nauruan cousins.

ArtieShaw OP ,
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No. I've got a couple in the oven right now because the weather is cold. In warmer times I've been using an air fryer.

ArtieShaw OP ,
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Interesting! That's kind of what I was thinking as a realistic outcome.

ArtieShaw OP ,
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Now that's the exciting outcome from my worst fears.

ArtieShaw OP ,
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I would fear an eggplant more than a potato. Higher moisture and tougher skin. Not going to take any chances.

ArtieShaw OP ,
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Same here! Last night I was stabbing a couple out of habit and felt like the question needed to be asked.

ArtieShaw OP ,
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That's the sort of horror story that's going to keep me stabbing my potatoes.

ArtieShaw ,
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Thank you.

I don't have the patience or tact to offer thoughtful and gentle explanations (as you did) when it's "pointed out" that many people from the region could be considered Semitic.

It's very much the sort of argument my clever nephew might make. He's a smart kid, but he hasn't gotten to the point where he can understand that a clever fact is not necessarily in any way relevant to a complex problem. And certainly not a devastating argument that can simply stop everyone in their mad mutual desire for destruction.

"Well, shit. We were all Semites the whole time????"

In any case, thanks.

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So, random Chapelle Fact: For the past couple of years Dave Chapelle has had a 24/7 police presence on his property. I assume he's hired them off-duty, but they sit in a county sheriff's car near his front gate. I assume someone made a credible threat to him for some reason, but don't know full details.

Timing-wise, the police presence started close to the whole "Dave opposed affordable housing in his neighborhood" story - which was repeated enough times to make it into the popular consciousness, but also pretty much untrue.

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I'm reasonably local to the area and watched that fiasco play out over the course of several years. I'd wager I have a few more facts than you do.

I'm not a fan of Chappelle's work in the last 10-12 years, so just throwing that out there.

The housing might appear to have been affordable to anyone not familiar with the region, but it was a basic bitch suburban sprawl neighborhood that would have been sold at market prices. Oh, and those market prices are already 1.5 to 2 times the local average because it was located in Yellow Springs. As a concession to local sensibilities, the developer offered to donate 1-acre of out of that 30-acre corn field to a local charity connected to one of the town's councilors. That one acre would have been a mix of park land and affordable housing.

There were a mix of proposals at different times, but many of the "affordable" solutions were clearly untenable. The example I gave was the final form. All were shitty.

I also remember that this corn field was offered for sale at around 1.5 million shortly after Chapelle purchased his adjoining property, but years before serious talk of development. It was a grift/extortion from the moment he moved there.

For context, Chappelle's house on 5 acres cost $750,000. That same house would probably have been half of that if it were anywhere else in the region. Affordable housing in that town is the topic of intense discussion, but nothing has looked even remotely as dodgey as that particular proposal.

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This is delightful. The whole thing is worth a read, but I want to leave this here.

In 2022, a writer... attempted to raise a red flag, noting that all three of the celebrities (Wozniak, Chuck Norris, and Lance Bass) who endorsed Reece Lewis declined to confirm ever knowing him

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/r/ancientcoins

Interesting mix of people, most of whom were chill. Always something new to discover. And they were pretty open to discussing the elephant in the room: much of everyone's collection had been looted at some point. The only notable exception to that was an AMA by a Jr. Sales Person from Harlan Berk. He got roasted.

The rest of this is just me ranting about coins.

Coins are a relatively new invention. The first recognizable coins were made in Lydia (modern day Turkey) around 600BCE. For perspective, Egypt's Old and New Kingdoms did not have standardized, metallic currency. (which is a shame - considering Egypt's art, their currency probably would have looked awesome).

Greek coinage emphasized art and sometimes local trade items. For example, if your city was famous for its horses your coins would probably feature horses.

Celtic coins often looked like their artists were eating every mushroom they could get their hands on.

Roman coins emphasized political power, and had a lasting impact on the rest of coinage in the west. For example, they standardized putting the Leader's head on the obverse, and an uplifting design on the reverse. Sometimes they'd put the Emperor's wife on the front, which is always fun. (Curiously, Canadians that I've talked to about this are obstinate that the Queen is on the back and that the Bluenose/Loon/Beaver/whatever is on the front.)

Of course China had its own monetary progression. Ant Nose Money and Spade Money, for example, preceded the round coin with square hole that has been prevalent for the past 1200-ish years. India produced some really cool square coins. Japan minted one and two "Bu" coins that were rectangular during the 1800s - and although that's stretching the definition of ancient, I think they're cool.

So yeah, I miss being subscribed to COIN FACTS.

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Not cool, man. Not cool.

That's just what the cat is saying. I'm happy to see this bunny here.

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I feel like sometimes the learning curve is worth the reward. Not always, but sometimes.

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To be fair, he makes an excellent plant.

Previous NMC (lemmy.world)

Moved out of our apartment of three years recently. For the past one and half maybe closer to two, this booger and his buddy have been increasingly relying on me for food as other feeders moved away. His buddy went to live with my coworker and their other cats and dogs. . He is king of the house and a part of the family. This...

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he puked on the stairs and went back to hiding

Classic.

Congratulations on finding a good one!

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I've also heard that cats try to mimic birds. It's one of the theories behind that weird clacking noise they make when they see prey that's out of reach.

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"We were not mission critical."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stars_on_Mars I'm watching it and I'm only slightly ashamed.

D-list celebrities (I'm being generous) compete to win something. I'm not sure what they win. An escape from irrelevance? It's sort of hosted by William Shatner, who reads pre-taped clips to setup challenges and introduce new contestants. And let me tell you, he earned all $500 he was paid to do it.

I'd never heard of 90% of the people involved, which makes it easier to point and laugh. Lance Armstrong is on it and (surprise) he's a toxic asshole. Andy Richter (who I liked back when he controlled the universe) is on it and he's also a bit of an ass.

In any case, it will now be my headcanon that the rejected stars aren't rescued and sent back to Earth, but are forced to die in a Martian cave. And that Shat knew the whole time.

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My God, that shirt.

It's a relief to know that its just an inhuman machine entity basic bitch representation of a shirt your gran might enjoy wearing.

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Hoping that they don't learn about "inside the box spring." That's where the real 3am magic (aka cat fights) happen.

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I had one who could jump to the top of the fridge from a dead standstill. (About 6 feet [2m] vertical). First time I saw her up there I assumed she used the counter as an intermediate step. Nope. It was like she just turned off gravity for a moment.

When we found her she was a kitten who had gotten trapped in our garage. Half feral and scared. I swear she was doing 9 foot parkour jumps along the walls when she saw us.

She's 14 now so she's slowed down a bit, but she has no issues with a human-chest-high jump.

Cats are neat.

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In addition to getting onto the top of the fridge, mine learned to get into kitchen cabinets. I'd come downstairs in the morning and find her just casually oozing out of the cabinet we keep cups and plates in. "my butt was maybe on all your stuff just now. oh hai. got catfood?"

I love them. Some still have secret hiding spots in our house.

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Mine still thinks he fits into a shoe.

Kittenhood was a good time. He could crawl into a sneaker, curl up, and enjoy 360 degrees of pure human foot stink. Now he can only fit his head inside, which is a bit of a tragedy but he still gets to enjoy the odor.

Be wary of spiteful Reddit users (kbin.social)

In the past week and a half, I've noticed Reddit behaviors starting to try and poison all of the places that people are taking refuge in to get away from the toxicity, myself included. They've started to DDoS Lemmy for a while, which is a Reddit thing to do and what they're notorious of doing whenever they feel they don't like...

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I can talk about a similar (karma-like) system on another site. It was a wiki-style site popular from 2006-2010.

Their original system counted a user's creations and edits. There was the expected amount of drama around who had more creations vs edits. Creators tended to add a lot of high volume but low effort crap. Editors would get a lot of grief over 'stealing' entries because the idiots who created the site put the username of the last editor at the bottom of the entry.

It got worse.

Around 2008 the idiots reimagined the site and expanded the scope. They kept the shitty idea of keeping the last editor's username, but they added a points system tied to how many new features were added. For example: if you added a town you were awarded 1 point, but if you added a street or river you were awarded 1 point for each kilometer of road or river. Shit got real weird.

It was a race towards crap. AngrySteve59 was no longer at the top of the list. He was replaced by GamerJoe84 who had racked up shit points using the new system.

Points just seem to make people crazy. "Rate me! Evaluate my work" - Lisa Simpson

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You need to install one or more cat containment units. Our favorites are the 9x11 inch, soft grey boxes with 4 inch flexible sides. (Cardboard boxes also work, but my managers prefer the soft and flexible feel of the store bought merch).

The delicate cat diplomatic situation in my office meant that I could only use two traps at once, but it looks like you could manage three without any additional treat-ies in place.

They fit, they sit, and they quickly fall asleep. No more keyboard interference. No more reminders that it's only 3 hours until feeding time. No more worrying about whether you need to report them to HR when they demand you "touch my butt now."

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While I can get frustrated by managers who insist on doing things in the most difficult and time-consuming way possible, it's sometimes a blessing that they lack the technical skills necessary to make some of their bad ideas come to life.

I had a manager who came up with an incredibly bad idea to track worker performance metrics. I played dumb and told him, "Oh sure, you can easily extract that from the database! It will take you only 5 minutes to set that up and then you can just run the report once a quarter." The cruelty was that he was incapable of doing any of that and that he was too prideful to admit to that fact.

I'm happy to help out coworkers and managers who are basically decent, and if I can make their work a little easier I'm 100% on board. These are also, not coincidentally, people who will listen if you tell them that their plan may be sub-optimal.

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I wish I had gone with this route, but I honestly didn't foresee the possibility that admin might restore what's been deleted or edited.

I had no intention of ever using the account to add content in the future, but in retrospect it would have been better to keep it in a dormant state.

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I really like the old Dario Argento movies. They're artsy and gross in equal measures. (And you just know that guy really wants to strangle someone.)

Suspiria tops the list. I also liked the sequel, Inferno, which is probably underrated. The underwater apartment rooms were really disturbing.

I wasn't a big fan of the 2018 remake.

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Some countries with a wealth of antiquities (like Turkey) have tried to stop looting by banning metal detectors. It doesn't work. Lots of ancient coins are being taken out of Turkey, despite the illegality.

In contrast, England allows detecting, but has strict laws on reporting if you find significant treasure. Their laws on the sale and ownership of the found treasure are also quite fair and reasonable.

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This never would have occurred to me, but it looks interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!

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My guess is that r/beansinthings migrated as a group and started shitposting. It's funny at first, but quickly becomes either a sad waste of beans or unpleasantly disgusting. If I'm being honest it' usually a combination of the two.

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You're making a great point about Facebook. It's still insanely popular among older and more rural Americans. I guess these are populations that would be more isolated without it and still see the value in participating. One example: I have a 21 year old niece who is on it 24/7, but then again she is a hour's drive from the nearest Walmart and and her parents. Three hundred miles from her bestie. She's two-thousand-ish miles away from me. She has my number, but she prefers Messenger to text.

It's also good for community groups, online garage sales, in memoriam pages, and the like. Some businesses like to use it instead of having a proper website, probably due to zero cost of hosting and familiarity of use.*

Reddit never fit naturally with any of those, but I'm sure it will find a niche of users in the same way.

*I'm sure there are other dynamics worldwide where Facebook might also be a valuable tool. These are just the first few examples I can think of in the US.

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