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  1. Wizards, by Ralph Bakshi

    "Wizards" is on my list of movies to rewatch. My father was fond of it but I didn't care much for it when I saw it 20-ish years ago. I'm curious to see if my opinion of it has changed.
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Cars are replaceable. You aren't. I'm glad you're okay. Huh. Someone else uses that expression. (And I'm still not sure why I use it...) So, in Xiwo Xerase land, I'm still trying to get over the focus shift at work. I talked about it with my wife last night and I feel slightly better about it. (I couldn't before due to legal reasons.) But it's still change and I dislike change when it's not on my terms. (Or, put another way, I like stability so I have the freedom to make deliberate changes.) Last night was spent basing four BattleTech minis (I would have done it Wednesday night but I ran out of liquid superglue while basing four others) and applying Brown Liner, scraping mold lines, reapplying liner, and gluing my dragon for the rainbow dragon challenge. I really should start that WIP thread. And finish Seoni. Tonight's supposed to be movie night. A local theater is showing an Alfred Hitchcock double feature, "Vertigo" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." I haven't seen either movie before.
  3. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    It's probably time to clean out the fridge and take stock. We have a bad habit of buying new jars of, say, minced ginger because we can't find the old one, or we forget we have replacement jars on hand when we run out. We also tend not to use large amounts of things like ketchup or mayo so we should see how old those are and replace them if necessary. Leftovers in Pyrex bowls tend to be reviewed every couple months because Pyrex bowls are a limited asset.
  4. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    "Doctor Worm" is one of my wife's favorite They Might Be Giants songs.
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Which new toy? It's an interesting time at work. I know I complain about work but it has been a known value. Now it's not quite so known. I'm not at risk of losing my job but I'm still uncomfortable with the changes. The foundation has been shaken, so to speak.
  6. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    No, not really. Most days, I don't eat breakfast. I never really got in the habit during school and college. When I do eat breakfast, it tends to be conventional food, because that's what the local bakery/cafe serves. (And it is delicious food.)
  7. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    My favorite item is the scarf my wife knit me. Second place goes to the wristwarmers she knit me that I can wear under my leather gloves. The item I wear most is my trenchcoat. It was originally black but it's faded in the 10+ years I've had it. It has a warm lining so I can wear it for the winter, but it's sadly not much good against the cold. I'm due to buy a new one but I keep forgetting to look for one during the four weeks the local stores will actually have them in stock.
  8. Sorry for the delay. Do you mean something like this?
  9. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Well, which opposite are we going for? A list of things we do all the time that we don't enjoy? "Chores." "Work" works too. A list of things we should never do in our lives? "Taboo list" maybe? "Just Don't"?
  10. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    My handle on these forums (and a few others), Xiwo Xerase, is the name of a character in the backstory for one of my Exalted characters. Xiwo Xerase was a Twilight Caste exalt in the First Age. She was born in the South of Creation, where it was warm and sunny and would be desert without the wondrous creations of the Exalts. She had pale skin which rarely burned, a quality that led to her name. I'll explain that shortly. She was a scholar and collector. She collected books and stored them in her library, keeping them safe from any harm. She hated the idea of the loss of knowledge and she was incredibly angry after another Exalt deliberately destroyed every copy of their treatise on Sorcery. Several years ago, the now-defunct site Ex Libris Nocturnis had a document detailing the writing system for the Old Realm language (the language of the First Age). Old Realm canonically uses a syllabic writing system that appears similar to the Mayan written language, with words directly transliterated (so, for example, "Exalted" would be written using the characters e-xa-la-te-de). The document on Ex Libris Nocturnis expounded on this and assigned a meaning to each glyph and provided an alternate way of writing words, based on the meanings of the glyphs. So, for example, 'blood' could be written as 'loxu' ("heart (lo) water (xu)") or as 'heoi' ("red (he) flow (o) of life (i)"). So, following the glyph-meanings and thanks to her skin and birthplace, she was named Xiwo Xerase, "summer snowflake" (literally "fire (xi) time (wo)" "wind (xe) chaos (ra) mote (se)").
  11. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    This is the first I've ever heard of Singles Day. I don't think there's an optimum moment. "The day is defined as starting from when the question is asked and continuing for 24 hours or until the next question is asked, whichever comes first."
  12. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Wasn't that in The Light Fantastic? The Light Fantastic was the first work by Pratchett I ever read. It was on the free pile at the used bookstore and I thought the cover looked interesting. And I really enjoyed reading it. I wonder if I still have my copy of it. (After my wife and I moved, we got rid of most of our duplicate books and CDs.)
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    When I went to IKEA last week, I bought a HELMER drawer unit for paint storage. I'm trying to figure out organizers for the drawers, or at least a way to keep the paint bottles neat and upright. Without organizers, I can fit 90 bottles of Reaper and Vallejo paint in each drawer. (The drawers are about 9.25 inches wide and extend about 11 inches.) I suspect that I'll have to build organizers myself. (Time to take up woodworking, I guess.) I did discover that the bottom half of Munchkin boxes can hold 54 bottles of paint and fit snugly in the drawers so I'm using them temporarily. I also picked up some SMÅRASSEL boxes for storing blister packs. They're just tall enough for standard Reaper blister packs. They are fairly thin cardboard though (but, for $3 each, I shouldn't expect much) so I'm concerned about stacking them. I suspect be fine for Reaper minis (and especially Bones) but not for the heavier BattleTech minis.
  14. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    The USS Texas (BB-35) is the only remaining example of a World War I-era dreadnought battleship. This is currently my leading (and only) reason for taking a vacation to Houston. The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach has a collection of flight-capable vintage aircraft. They do an airshow for World War 2 aircraft every year (recently a couple weeks before Memorial Day). During the airshow I saw, the owner of the museum flew a P-51 Mustang. I choose to believe this is the reason he founded the museum. The museum also owns the first de Havilland Mosquito bomber that was restored to airworthiness. The Mosquito is built using laminated wood (similar to plywood) so it didn't fare well without regular maintenance. All records of how the laminate was constructed were lost after World War 2. The guy who handled the restoration had to reverse engineer how it was constructed. The museum may also own a Messerschmitt Me-262. It was planned for the air show I saw but was grounded due to faulty radio. The lock screen for my iPad is a picture my wife took of the space shuttle Discovery, as seen at the National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, being photo bombed by the Space Core from Portal 2 (courtesy of a plush keychain fob). We want to take pictures like this of all of the remaining space shuttles. The three best places I've had fish and chips in the US are (in no particular order), Go Brit! in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (an extension of a restaurant in the area named Go Fish), the Yorkshire County Fish Shop at the Epcot Center at Disney World, and Doherty's Irish Pub in Cary, North Carolina. US 9 is one of only two US highways that uses a ferry connection, going between Delaware and New Jersey.
  15. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    I don't think I'd buy such a product. It's not something I'm interested in. I believe such a product would compete against porcelain tchotchkes from Hallmark Stores and the like, so whatever product were offered would need to be superior to such offerings but costing not too much more. On the other hand, such a product done in Bones or similar plastic and boxed with paint could be marketed as "paint your own" kits in mainstream hobby stores, like Michaels.