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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I have a Prusa i3 Mk2s I wish I could have had this back in the 90s when we had our big gaming group.
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    Sci fi game universe

    It's been a couple of months since I looked at it, but IIRC, Cepheus Engine is also set up as OGL so that you can write your own setting/rules around it, and share/publish. I've been waffling between CE and Mongoose Traveller 1st ed for doing my Amid The Tangled Stars setting.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I am definitely a cat person. I've been staff for 8 of them in my life. The one we have now, Echo, has become my favorite of them all. I like dogs, but I find them draining. Under the Spoon theory, dogs steal my spoons.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I know as a kid growing up in CO it was hard for me to comprehend hearing on the news that schools got shut down in TX/OK/NC/etc for a couple inches of snow, especially when I had to trudge to school through 5-6 inches or more. When I finally got the chance to live in/visit some of these other places, I realized why. When I lived in Fairfield CA, where it almost never snows, they had about an inch of snow around Christmas one year that brought the city to a screeching halt - the only reason it didn't shut schools down was because the kids were already out for the holiday. But not only did almost no one know how to drive in it, nobody in the county had tools to deal with it. No one owned snow shovels, the cities had no snow plows, and no sand or salt, etc. A few years back my kid's old school district called off school for what ended up being a non-storm, and got ridiculed on social media over it. Couple weeks later, they blew it the other way - they failed to call off school, and the storm was bad - they got beat up over that, too. Their problem was that they were trying to make the call too far in advance. Not just night before in advance, but 16-24 hours in advance. Anyone who's ever lived in mountain country like Colorado can tell you that things can change in just a few hours.
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    Adventuring Alice

    Looking good so far. As for the hair vs the back of the dress - I'm assuming the hair is going to end up much "wispier" near the bottom than the big block you've roughed in. Might I suggest having the hair fall in such a way to offer glimpses of that nice bustle? It seems to me that the bustle would stick out enough in the center to slightly push the hair to either side there anyway.
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    Sci fi game universe

    keep in mind that certain tech assumptions can and should change the universe in different ways, especially when it comes to communications and travel. For example, in the Traveller game system's default universe, communications is limited to the speed of travel. This gives you things like two arms of the same entity working at cross purposes because they can't communicate fast enough, and colonies that have a lot more autonomy. At the PC level, this means that PCs can often outrun the news of any crimes they commit or people they piss off. There is quite a bit of sci-fi out there that follows this assumption as well - Avatar and Aliens are two of them, but each handle it slightly differently as well. In Star Wars and Star Trek, communications is FTL, and virtually instantaneous, meaning that your central authorities have a lot more control, and news travels a lot quicker. IMO, slowing down your communications between worlds will allow far more mystery and confusion for the PCs to explore (and exploit). Oh, and I mentioned that because it may have an influence on what rules system you use.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    That's why I use software that syncs between my desktop, my laptop and the server at my client's. It means I have three copies of anything I do, and a computer to access it from. That picture could be just about any place given how far you can see. One of the neighboring school districts here did that exact same thing yesterday. Lots of uproar on social media about it. I've found here that snow days are mostly about how safe it is to drive the buses. An icy mist that leaves all the streets and roads slick will get school delayed or canceled, while nice soft fluffy snow that comes down slowly enough for the plows to deal with it won't, no matter how deep it is.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    OMG... Two months ago, a new owner contacted me to transfer their credit card merchant processing from the old owner to them. I gave them the four requirements that I needed to do that. Two of those requirements are a Purchase Order from their chosen distributor and the programming sheet from their credit card services provider. They've been taking their own sweet time, but since the first of the year, the only thing I've been waiting on is their programming sheet - I have been sitting on the PO from their distributor for 3 weeks. So today another PO shows up from the other distributor in their area. Then I find out that the guy has reached out to two different sales people at the same credit card services provider and started processing new accounts with each of them. So I had to fire off an email to him telling him that he has to pick a distributor and another email to the credit card sales people letting them know that they may be duplicating each other's efforts. I hate this, because commissions are involved, and people are going to be pissed. Hopefully at the site owner, and not me.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I'm really dismayed for Reaper if this affects it. For the first time ever, it was looking very, very promising that one of their KS's would ship completely on time, and now this...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    And with Bones 4 delivery dates looming soon, this might not be good for Reaper.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    My dream job would be simply to have enough time and money to follow my creative fancies.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I knew there would be people who understood here...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Why do people who don't write code think it's so easy to make complex programs? Just got an email from a dealer that was very thinly veiled passive aggressiveness of a nasty tone complaining that we don't have feature X, but some of our competitors do. Of course, the reason that the competitors can offer feature X is because they don't offer features Y, Z, L, M, N and O, and therefore don't have to worry about the complexity and problems that also having Feature X creates with those other, more popular features.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Depends on the level, state and city. There are lots of government positions that are NOT covered by unions, particularly at municipal levels and positions outside of health, education and emergency services.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Government should probably be divided by union and non-union as well. Some of the biggest offenders of government workers not being held accountable are police unions in places like Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Unfortunately, no such stats exist on a nationwide level, probably because definitions of accountability vary, and employment issues are often considered private matters. However, if you start looking at similar industries vs government agencies and similar situations, you see patterns. Look, for example, for stories about security guards negligently discharging a weapon vs police officers negligently discharging a weapon. Or for stories about private school teachers vs public school teachers getting into a conflict with parents. And to be fair, there is probably a lot of bias in what people are held accountable for that depends on their position in both their organization and society. Chances are your typical McDonald's line worker, or city rec center lifeguard are held far more accountable for petty mistakes than many corporate executives and high level Washington DC bureaucrats are for much more serious issues.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    True - but there is often a major difference between government workers and private sector workers in terms of accountability. Private sector workers are held accountable for their actions at higher rates than government employees are. When government workers are found at fault for something major and the taxpayers foot the bill, a government worker is more likely to retain their job and benefits than a private worker is.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Given the quality of some government workers, it's a possibility. Some of them don't even know which states belong to the US: https://kdvr.com/2018/11/30/d-c-clerk-stalls-marriage-over-foreign-new-mexico-id/
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    ::facepalm:: Send US customer credit card form to pay bill due to my client in Calgary. Form has company address on it in Calgary, plus has a note in big bold letters that starts "THIS CHARGE WILL PROCESS VIA A CANADIAN ACCOUNT. MANY CREDIT CARDS THESE DAYS ARE AUTOMATICALLY DECLINING FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS FOR YOUR PROTECTION. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CARD ISSUER AND TELL THEM..." and goes on to explain what they need to do. Customer fills out form with credit card info, faxes it back to me. I run card, it's declined. I let him know it was declined, and point to the Note on the form. His response? "Your company is in Canada? My bank won't let me use it with Canadian companies."
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    We had a couple girls in our circle of friends back in HS in the early 80s - Valerie &, yup, Jennifer. They didn't play RPGs with us, but they were just as much into all the other geeky things that we were into - and a heck of a lot smarter than most of us. Val was our class valedictorian. And thanks to FB, I discovered a few years back there would have been more, had peer pressure not taken its toll - a couple of the cheerleaders were secretly into fantasy and sci-fi, but were afraid to make that love known. I was going to take today off, but since my kids had to go to school today anyway, I decided to log in and work. Only to find out that the receptionist, office manager and both techs called out sick or injured today. It's just me and the service manager. The service manager was relieved that I logged in today - he knew I had requested the day off two weeks ago, and was freaking out about having to handle everything alone today.
  20. And for their size, material and price point, they hold a usable point for longer than you would think. (If those are the same ones I'm thinking of)
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Thomas Jefferson.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Man, ya'll were chatty over the weekend!
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    Jasper vs the 3D Printer

    I had opened Thingiverse to look for that pyramid office tower, and literally had just opened the Nuclear Power plant on my other monitor when you posted that picture. BTW - don't forget to post some of your builds as Makes on Thingiverse to keep those creators motivated.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I didn't realize I could do that. Thanks.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Back in the early 80s, I dabbled with enamels to paint some space ship minis I had purchased, but wasn't happy how they came out, so I gave up using minis at all for anything. In 89, the D&D group I just joined wanted to try this game called 40K: Rogue Trader that the DM had just bought. We played a game, and at the end of the night I recall declaring "I'll play this again, but I'm not buying anything for the game." A few weeks, and two or three games later, I broke down and said "Ok, I'll buy a box of Space Marines, but I'm not buying anything else." I bought the box of 30 space marines, some paints, and brushes, and followed the guides from GW to paint them. So that's all I have, 30 Space Marines. I have never bought another mini in my life. What? No, that's not a Bones 1 box. I don't know what you're talking about. No, there are not minis in those 100 Chessex boxes. Hey, stay out of there!!!!!!! I have no idea who's complete set of 40k 2nd edition rules those are - old owner of the house must have left them behind. Agreed.
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