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About Guyscanwefocusplease

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    Reading, SCUBA diving, painting, Pathfinder, terrain building, science!

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  1. Movies - Recently Watched or Plan to Watch Soon

    Just saw "Beasts of the Southern Wild". Came out in 2012 and I think won Sundance. It deserved to. I won't spoil too much, but the movie is pure magic, and includes the best child acting I think I have ever seen. You owe it to future you to check this movie out.
  2. 01610 Dain Deepaxe

    I'm really impressed with how prolific you are!
  3. Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Ok, was on a business trip with no internet for the past 2.5 weeks. Lots of time to read during travel, and finished three books! Here are my assessments: Mediations by Marcus Aurelius Picked this up on the recommendation of a friend. It’s translated more or less directly from Marcus Aurelius, and it’s pretty cool to read a direct personal reflection that is over 2,000 years old. Not surprisingly, this makes it difficult to read in spots. That being said, there are some uncanny similarities to modern times. One could argue that Marcus Aurelius is one of the top 5 most powerful and influential people in recorded history- yet he spends several paragraphs in one of his reflections trying to convince himself to get out of bed. In a way it’s both saddening and freeing to see that even the “greats” struggle with everyday things. This book is short but because of its dense material and archaic writing style it took 3 months to finish. I am glad I read it. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer While on my work trip a colleague was reading this book. We’re both biologists and this book is narrated by one that travels into a quarantine zone known only as “Area X”. The premise on the back was really interesting sounding, and the book was short, so I gave it a go. I finished the book in under 24 hours (it doesn’t even pass 200 pages). The premise was really cool, but I felt the writing was too fluffy and abstract- there were a lot of long words in places short words would have worked just as well, and there are strange philosophical points that don’t really have anything to do with the main text. In short, it felt like the author was trying (and failing) to write a character smarter than he was. Maybe I’m being too hard. At the end of the day, the premise was really interesting, but the writing and plot just never “grabbed” me. It just kind of ended. I won’t be reading the other 2 in the trilogy. The subtle knife by Phillip Pullman My wife got me into the “His dark materials” trilogy and thus far I am really enjoying it. Fighting bears, other worlds, witches, and a very sharp knife. It’s interesting and entertaining without being too simple or complex. The writing style is notable- it feels as if the entire thing was written perhaps a half century ago. This gives the books a sort of gravitas of classic fiction, though they are barely 20 years old. I love it and look forward to reading the third!
  4. Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Haven't been there myself, though happy to report it survived Irma, unlike some of the key lime pie factories further south!
  5. Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Just finished "It happened in the Florida Keys" by Victoria Shearer. It's a collection of non-fiction short stories going back about 200 years. I live down here, and this is a small enough place that everyone knows the history (except me), so I thought it important to know it myself! Some fascinating stories in there, including a few that I had never heard before- including the only combat encounter between a war blimp and a U-Boat ever in WWII. It also includes more well known stories, including how the keys was ground Zero for the Cuban boat lift (mass migration from Cuba), and how the Keys declared independence (then war) on the USA in 1982, briefly forming the Conch Republic. That's where we get our motto- "We seceded where others failed!". I actually loved the book- it leaves out a few stories I expected to see in there, such as the time one of our spy blimps got loose, was found by a fisherman, and later found 1000 feet in the air with a fishing boat floating 200 feet below it, drifting in the breeze. But, if you ever intend to visit the FL Keys, you need to give the book a read- it includes some great background that will make a lot more sense once you come to visit.
  6. Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Yeah, I felt very.... conflicted as well. It's hard to describe to folks that hadn't read it. Though, interestingly, Adrian's diagnosis came after Nod had already been written... what a coincidence...
  7. Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Actually walked into a real brick book store on Saturday and picked up a book called Nod by Adrian Barnes. I figure if I am going to make a list, I might as well put my opinion down on what I read. The book follows a Canadian writer and his girlfriend through the breakdown of society when one day, for no reason, humans can no longer sleep. Well, most humans, anyway. I won't spoil anything. It is an excellent premise and a horrifying book- the closest thing to The Road I have ever read. It gets difficult to read in parts and has unusual literary style and random segways I didn't care for, but I still blew through it in two days. It was worth the money to pick it up for the premise alone.
  8. Hmm, when I clicked the link I got sent to a virus site. Anyone else have that issue?
  9. Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    In the spirit of the new year, I am trying to pick up old healthy habits that went by the wayside in 2017. One of those is running. Another is reading. My goal is not a specific number of books (in 2017 I only read 5), but to simply read more and enjoy it. To that end, I'll be keeping a list here. Note: I'm cheating a bit by including books I started in 2017. Asterisk indicates started prior to 2017; Two asterisks indicates it is a re-read. Completed (in order): Breakthrough: Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet To Environmentalists* The Golden Compass* Resolving Ecosystem Complexity The Investor's Manifesto** Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How To Correct Them Nod It happened in the Florida Keys Meditations by Marcus Aurelius* Annihilation The Subtle Knife In Progress: Ecological Forecasting The Wrong Stars Untangling Ecological Complexity The Amber Spyglass How to Read Water I'll be updating as I progress!
  10. Holy vindicator

    Beautiful work. I painted this guy in 2016 and he was a joy to paint. Funny enough, I painted almost the exact same skin tone as yours (though the armor is completely different)!
  11. "Cool". I actually like the original paint-job. Sure, it might not have much shading etc., but it's quite clean.
  12. What's on my work table

    This is a great force! I would definitely put the first two minis in part 3 behind spoilers though!!!
  13. Karzoug, the Claimer

    Great shading.
  14. Help me fix these skeletons

    Good idea on the teeth- I think I'll do that and the bases too.
  15. Taking care of brushes

    Thanks everyone- I've learned a lot and will be taking good care of these thanks to you all!