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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    What about alfredo sauce for the dressing? That seems more dressing-like (and is still mostly dairy products). You could use slices of sausage in place of cucumber slices.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I tried soy bacon once. The kind I had managed to get the flavor exactly right but the texture was flat out wrong. I've not tried it since. I've found several vegetarian meat substitutes that succeed in tasting right (or close enough to it). The Beyond Meat burger patties and sausages (the only store that carries them around here is Whole Foods and they have an issue keeping the sausages stocked) are the best my wife and I have found. That said... if you're making a soup that wants a little bit of pork fat, salt, and smoke (e.g. the bacon used in some New England clam chowder recipes) but you don't to use pork, try replacing the bacon with smoked gouda.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So... story time. Black Forest cakes traditionally use Kirschwasser (sometimes shortened to Kirsch), a liquor made from cherries. This is not sweet. There are sweet cherry liqueurs that claim to be Kirsch. The state of North Carolina only sells one of these in the ABC stores. I'm sure you can guess which one it is. One of my wife's relatives tried making a Black Forest cake from scratch using the Kirsch from the local ABC stores. I'm told it didn't turn out so well. If you want a happy ending... It turns out they sell proper Kirschwasser in Virginia. Using that resulted in a much better cake, I'm told. And now I want a Black Forest cake. Tomorrow's dessert is "shoggoth" brownies, which should be interesting.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I'm sorry. All I've got right now is a picture of ducks taken in San Antonio last year with my phone: Or, if you haven't read @Dr.Bedlam's story on Facebook "Beneath Her Mighty Wings" (about students and people with wings), go read that.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Not daily... I tend to be too busy on weekends to read the forums. I should fix that. At a minimum, I try to keep up with the Off-Topic forum, particularly the GTKY and randomness threads. Painting Tips & Advice is my next most frequently checked forum, then the rest of them. I try to catch up on the WIP and Show Off forums during lunch. Most of my posting is limited to the GTKY and randomness threads.
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    Need advice on paints, matte or satin?

    This post/thread?
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I think I've used simple algebra in my job for things like planning or projections. System administration doesn't have a lot of need for calculus. I used to do Project Euler math problems. I haven't done any for years. I suppose I should go back sometime and see if there are any I can do. (But that conflicts with my painting time and so on.)
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    What do I like the most? Creating something. Sure, I'm not sculpting minis from putty but I'm still transforming the template of bare plastic or metal or resin into something new and unique. And, sure, the result may not be great but I know I'm not a great painter and that's fine.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    0-12 hours. Usually closer to 0. For example, I haven't painted any since about the time our electric range shorted out (so last Wednesday). I've decided that my next mini to paint is going to be an experiment in "How quickly can I go from primed to tabletop?" Otherwise how will I make a dent in my backlog before Bones 4 arrives? Edit: I don't count time spent on the Reaper forums as "devote[d] to miniatures".
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have a crazy idea. What about using an appropriately colored tuft of grass usually used for basing?
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Troubleshooting. Also, weird programming problems, but I repeat myself. Troubleshooting is apparently a dark art. I say "apparently" because I keep running into people who can't do it. I'm not entirely sure why. (And it could be that it's a legitimately hard problem and I don't see it as such because I have lots of practice. This is the other side of the Dunning-Kruger effect.)
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    My top two are Flash Gordon (1980) and Tron. The Black Hole might be third. If you want some background for the question: I recently had (what was left of) a tooth removed. After the procedure, I was supposed to take it easy, and what's better than sitting on the couch eating ice cream and watching fun movies? (If anyone's curious, the list of movies I ended up watching over two days was Flash Gordon, The Black Hole, Barbarella (my wife's choice), The Great Mouse Detective, Red Sonja, Things to Come (which is not a junk food movie), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (featuring Tom Baker in the role of the villain), and the MST3K treatment of Space Mutiny.)
  13. Acquired: The promise of having a new electric range delivered in about two weeks.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    About six miles. 15-25 minutes depending on traffic and stoplights. Walking used to take about two hours, which I've done before. It should take about two hours now since they've added sidewalks for the last half mile. (I used to have to go out of my way at the end because that stretch of road was dangerous.) There's a rumor we'll get bus service out by my office in the coming year. We'll see what that does for my commute.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That's a feature of C. I believe this dates back to the beginning of C. It may predate it. A similar mechanism lets you set integers to hexadecimal numbers by preceding the number with '0x'. The only thing I ever use octal numbers for is numeric permissions on *nix filesystems. (I should really start using symbolics instead but old habits die hard.) I wonder if there was a particular significance for octal numbers back at the dawn of Unix.
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    The 5 Word Story

    ... it was time to harvest
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Which book is that?
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    The 5 Word Story

    where he auditioned for a
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I've never been very good at drawing. Some of this is simply a lack of practice. It was never a high enough priority for my time. So I stopped doing anything close to drawing (except for mapmaking for RPs) around the time I stopped taking mandated art classes. I have been considering taking a drawing class but it's still low on my priority list. (I barely have enough time to paint, it seems.)
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Outside of work? I investigated new electric ranges, since my current one (age unknown, suspected to be 13 years old) suffered a short circuit last night. While my wife was making dinner, no less.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My exciting moment for yesterday while the forums were down was when something in the range shorted and tripped the breaker. Never seen that before. I'm not plugging it back in until I get an appliance repair guy to come out and look at it.
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    The 5 Word Story

    There was cheering, for Timmy
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I had never thought of baseball like this but it makes plenty of sense.
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    Currently madly trying to finish Orkz

    I think it's 77565 Kyphrixis, The Copper Dragon.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I'd like to think I'd spend the time being productive or even just reading books. I'd probably end up squandering the time instead playing computer games or browsing the internet.
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