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    Getting To Know You August

    Sales. I'm not very good at giving people irrational reasons to buy things. I'm also not very good at approaching people these days due to social anxiety, fatigue, and introversion. Cold calling is a special subset of Hell sales.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    More for me! Stash has a bergamot and lavender tea, which is lovely. (Bergamot is the flavoring used for Earl Grey.) I'm also very partial to jasmine and mint teas. Our local tea shop has a blend of jasmine green tea and blueberries. I drink mostly sencha and genmaicha at work, although I'm out of genmaicha right now so I've been drinking hojicha instead. My wife and I watched a Let's Play of it. It is an amazing game and it's not a game I would play myself. Hatoful Boyfriend is a much more standard VN-type game with its own interesting quirks. And birds. I need to find more peppermint hot chocolate mix. I'm trying to avoid sugared liquids. I bought two 2 L tea pitchers for iced tea. They work like this: Brew 1 L of tea at double strength (usually this means twice the amount of tea at the same length of time). Pour into pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Shake. I also splurged on an expensive Breville tea maker (although it was refurbished, so it was not quite so expensive) so I can tell it to steep the water for x time at y temperature. And I don't have to worry about the tea oversteeping! By the way, if you oversteep genmaicha (for like 20 minutes), you get tea that tastes kinda like black coffee. I don't recommend it.
  3. Blushing her cheeks is also on my todo list. I've gone over her cheeks with layers of Rosy Highlight and I think I can see a slight difference in hand. Again, this is something I'll work on once I've fixed her face.
  4. I was thinking of using Linen White instead of ivory for her highest highlights but that's a later step. First, I need to fix her face. I haven't been able to paint since I took those pictures. I'm hoping to paint some tonight.
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    Getting To Know You August

    First off, defeat. There's no reason for me to risk my life for someone else and there's no point in fighting beyond the point where I can't possibly win. I would give the PCs my armor, my sword, some potions, and the sheet of parchment that details my duty in this whole mess, and hopefully shows I'm not culpable for whatever the villain has done. And then I go retire and open an alchemy shop, selling potions and such to adventurers.
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    RC2018 rides thread

    That's about 30 minutes before I'm supposed to arrive. My current plan is to hang around the shuttle pickup area until 3 pm or we get enough people/luggage to fill a shuttle, whichever comes first.
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    Getting To Know You August

    I despise "Brand New Key" by Melanie. I'm sure there are worse out there though.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have a consultation with an oral surgeon this afternoon, so I'm skipping lunch. I may regret this. (I always feel bad about people poking in my mouth after I've eaten but before I've brushed. This is why I try to schedule my regular dentist visits as early in the morning as I can. Maybe I should've brought a toothbrush to work. Too late now.)
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    Getting To Know You August

    I am rather fond of Frankenberry. When I was a kid, this was available year-round. Now, it's only released around Halloween. I don't eat cereal (or breakfast) much any more. I'm not allowed to buy cereal because I will have one bowl and then the rest of the box will go stale before I think to have more.
  10. Well, I did some work on her face. I think I now know what I need to do. (You can click on the pictures to see larger versions.) Her face is mostly Fair Highlight at this point, which just doesn't look right. The picture on the left looks better because her left arm is blocking some of the light. I need to bring most of her face back down to Fair Skin, or maybe 1:1 Fair Skin:Fair Highlight, so her face has actual contours. (Or I suppose I could add lining around the edges of the highlight and pass it off as a mask...) Also, it looks like I should lighten her lower leg slightly. There's a little too much contrast there. I also realized why the stone in her staff doesn't look right. The highlights are placed as if the stone is translucent but it's not. It's supposed to be solid. As a polished stone, it should have sharp highlights (although not as harsh as metal) and the highlight should be a flat horizontal line. Two weeks to go.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I presume they're being replaced with a new set of paints or they're being merged into the Bones line. The Bones LTPK sets both currently contain HD paints, although they've changed the paints before. (My Bones LTPK #1 has a different set of paint than what the set currently contains.)
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    Getting To Know You August

    "Lord Bumbersnazzle the Third".
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    Getting To Know You August

    "All this technology and it still takes forever to get anywhere."
  14. He's on a slotted base. I believe (but am not certain) all of the Dungeon Dweller minis released by Reaper are on slotted bases.
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    Getting To Know You August

    Well, if I were a supervillain... First, I wouldn't be a villain. I'm just at odds with social norms, for reasons. I have my own morals, my own code of conduct, and it just happens to conflict with whatever society calls normal. Oh, and I'm probably a mad engineer. Mad! But polite. (Because science requires documentation.) Powers of invention, electricity, and maybe ether! "Ether is the underlying fabric of the universe!" And, annoyingly, I'm right more often than I'm wrong. (So, yeah, I'm a fan of the Sons of Ether from Mage: The Ascension.) But.. a name... A title. Something not pretentious. (Something that doesn't sound like I cribbed it from a steampunk-ish group or artist.) "Doctor Ether" is nice and too the point. Maybe I'll think of something better later. It depends. Anything I cook from ingredients, I season, but I'm sure that's not what's being asked. Most of the canned soup I eat is New England clam chowder, without any additions. It doesn't need any. I tend to eat other canned soup without any changes. I've been known to add croutons for soup, but only rarely.
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