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  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I have been trying to read Oathbringer, and it is super good, but my brain has been shorting out on it. I try to read and then I fall asleep (I read right before bed). And I haven't had my usual mid-day reading sessions either. Sir Cyr is currently reading it and is way ahead of me :(
  3. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I compensated for my laziness's preventing my holding a book up to read by developing a big fat belly. Gets it up about the right height and provides relaxing support while both sitting and reclining!
  4. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Yeah, both Sanderson's Way of Kings series and the last few Harry Potter books are that way, and I have the very same problem. It also brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Face Book." Ouchie. I'm about halfway through Oathbringer, and oh man, it's so good. SO GOOD. I did find I had to go back and skim over large swaths of Words of Radiance, though, since there's a lot of details and nuance (and several characters) that I'd forgotten in the ~2 years since I last read it, and they come up again in Oathbringer. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. So I suppose that no one wants to hear that I received a shipping notification from CMON today for my order placed on the 30th. Then again, I only ordered 6 items.
  6. Getting to Know You ... December Edition

    The biggest thing I can think of is I used to climb this evergreen tree up three stories (or at least significantly higher than the roof of the two story apartment building I lived in) and read while sitting in the branches. Heights terrify me now.
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Forgot to add that I'm wishing I had brought a book or something to work tonight. Last night was the last busy night for the next month or so, since it was the last day of finals for the university and everyone that lives in the dorms had to be gone by like 8pm. Tomorrow and Saturday have the mid-year graduations, but they're usually small and uneventful. The only people here for them are the upperclassmen who are actually graduating and maybe a few close relatives from out of town. Not like the spring graduations that pull in all sorts of alumni and crap for the massive amount of BS pageantry. So since it's just locals around, and it's the holidays, the boss said "don't ticket unless their meter is out by an hour or more until 9pm. After 9pm, don't ticket unless it's half an hour or more. And don't write more than 2 tickets on a car during your whole shift, unless you get more than 2 hours between each ticket. And even then don't go over 3 tickets per car." So I get to go make a round about once every hour and a half to two hours. For the next week and a half. I mean, it's all well and good to cut the locals some slack, but it sucks when I forgot my means of entertainment. Last time it was like this it was for Thanksgiving, and I had my copy of Oathbringer. I burned through about 80% of it in 3 days at a leisurely pace. I still have that remaining 20% left to read, though, because I found I couldn't read it in bed. It was too large and heavy of a book to hold above me for extended periods...
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Maybe some more Ada Limón.
  9. Getting to Know You ... December Edition

    Friday, December 15th: Did you do anything with glee during your childhood that you now find thoroughly repulsive or terrifying now? If so, what was it?
  10. "Realistic" painting style videos/books

    What's funny to me about that specific distinction is that it's a complete opposite of the difference between Euro and American styles earlier. In the '80s, American painters were going for a gritty, weathered look while the dominant European style was very high color contrast, often with gloss coating. The pendulum swings.
  11. My mother also hasn't gotten notified. She was asking me about it today. Might be annoying, but this is still better than Figone (by a longshot). And better than Halloween at Hasslefree (still no word on what happened to my package).
  12. That kind of makes me feel better that I haven't received any notification for my order on the 28th. Kind of.
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  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Ahhh. Showered in my own shower. After running seven loads through the washer. Feels good, mang.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Safety third! And well done @pcktlnt.
  16. Happy birthday, John Fiala!

    Oh! I didn't notice this thread until now. Thank you everyone! I'm afraid I was in a bit of a dump on my birthday, but this was very nice.
  17. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I was surprised after work this morning when I started playing a massively popular online first person shooter and when a woman's voice popped over the chat not one of the other guys who were chatting started going off about "ooh! A woman!" It just continued along as a normal conversation about the game. It made me happy. And it's also part of the reason why I prefer this particular series to the even more popular competing series, where there seems to be a lot of super-competitiveness, rage, and general immaturity. That's what a friend of mine has been doing with her sketching. She started doing daily sketches for Drawloween, and she's continued it. It seems to be working for her, and she's doing different stuff now because she got bored with her usual stuff. Which means she's at least working towards improving herself. #NoMercy. I had a wild hair the other night that I wanted to paint my Bones Skeletal Giant in grayscale, with obvious angled lighting. I even went so far as to take pictures of the mini from different angles with a fixed light source to see just how the shadows fell. Then I remembered that I haven't painted anything at all in like 6 months at the least, and I've never painted anything particularly well. And that I suck at highlights and blending, which would be absolute must-haves for a plan like that. Which meant that the idea quickly died and became the realm of fantasy for me. At least for now. You're a terrible Ferengi! What would the Nagus think? And I mean Zek, not that idiot Rom... I've had beef tongue. I don't remember it being anything remarkable, though I do remember it being chewy and somewhat gritty. I was told by the person who had me try it that the grit was because it wasn't cleaned right, apparently. I guess it was the taste buds or something? I've had escargot once. It was already out of the shell, and soaked in garlic butter. It tasted good. The problem was the texture. It was like sandy jello. There was just a grit to it that was a little off-putting. Sort of like tongue that isn't cleaned well, actually.
  18. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Just got back to this. Wow. So much dumb on the part of so many parties. Good on you for holding to your guns on this. Safety first and always!
  19. December specials?

    Or Reaper could hire me to implement a wishlist for the store! :)
  20. "Realistic" painting style videos/books

    Color and Light is essential for every kind of artist.
  21. 30+ Year Old Figures to Paint!

    Thank you! Those eyes were so difficult, and it was honestly accidental that they ended up like they are, but they look really neat now! No complaints here. ^-^
  22. Val Fails at Painting KDM

    You could mask the LED if you wanted a dimmer light.
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