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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So before I got onto the controls side, I used to work for a major car wash machine manufacturer with locations all over the country as a field service tech. We drove vans that were not only to carry our tools, but used to test the to make sure the washes were cleaning. The vans were getting run down, primarily because they were being washed 10-12 times a day on average, and management had pledged to replace all the vans in the fleet, starting with the oldest ones first. They were bragging about how they had gotten a great deal on a new fleet of vans with all sorts amenities that us techs would love. The first of these vans were delivered about six months after I left, so I didn't get the pleasure of a new one. But they day they were delivered, one of my former co-workers called me up hysterically laughing because management had bought new vans that didn't fit in their own car washes.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Success!!!!!!!!! My arduino project is finally usable for my intended use, which is as a test jig for work. Instead of having to watch for output leds and flip switches to simulate my car wash teller test unit being connected to an actual car wash, I will now have a device that will do that for me automatically. I can expand it a lot more, but I'm finally to the point where I can start assembling a second unit with the correct hardware to make something usable while I expand on the code to add deluxe features. It is a simple victory - I have no doubt that the engineer I deal with could have designed and coded me something to do the same thing inside 20 minutes - but I didn't ask him to because I wanted to do it myself.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Comcast - making many other companies with terrible customer service look good by comparison. But honestly, there are so many cable companies out there that are horrible. I have to deal with them all over the US and Canada while doing support for our point of sale equipment. 90% of the problems we have can be traced back to the site's internet. Phone companies are marginally better.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    The article I want to link to is probably beekeepers material, so I won't share it, even though I think it's a very positive step forward. For my positive bit, Friday's MegaMillions jackpot is close to $900 million dollars.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ugh. C++ variables and the Arduino compiler are confounding me. I'm pretty sure the problem is I need to change my variable type, but I don't understand why the program is acting the way it does. ETA: Yes! I was right, but I still don't see why the program and circuit were behaving the way they were. Doing this project has given me a greater appreciation for you coders out there.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    @TaleSpinner - your last question for October should be "Show us your workspace again" just so we can see how many managed to keep it clutter free.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Doug pretty much answered for me: I also tend to look for posts by certain people, particularly in the Sculpting area. Always interested in posts by @TaleSpinner and @Rainbow Sculptor
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ooh, I have to go dig those guys out of my general Bones mini boxes and add them to my cultists. I finally decided my cultists will all be various shades of yellow and orange. ETA: Bummer - I just realized why those guys weren't in my cultist box - I didn't get the B3 Mythos expansion. Oh well, next Reaper order or FLGS visit.
  9. @Tripleh5133 - any status update on the Guindyloo box?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yes! I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with my code. I still don't understand why my previous attempts weren't working, but at least I'm able to move forward with the next step of my project.
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    Savage Worlds Adventure Edition

    Hmm - I'll have to have that one remind me, and see if I have the funds then.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Grrr... getting frustrated working on this Arduino project. So apparently, the Arduino programming language is basically C++. That's good, as there is lots of help out there to learn C++. But I'm running into the same road block I did when I tried to take a C++ programming class a decade ago. I understand the concept of creating my own function and passing arguments back and forth, but for the life of me, I can't make it work. I'm obviously doing something wrong And every reference I'm finding about it talks more about the concept than the nitty gritty of actually formatting the commands.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I think it's the "I Go, You Go" turn rotation of GW games that makes it so bad there. I much prefer systems that can more easily accommodate multiple sides and have things like variable initiatives and some sort of reaction mechanic. In Pirates!, it was only a function of cannon and catapult shots - they'd maneuver in close to me and start shooting muskets, and all that range guessing advantage I had went away.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I have a game for you. Sadly, it's out of print and the company appears to be long gone, but it's Pirates! by 7th Street Games, and was a 28mm pirate game using resin ships. We used to play big multi player games of it in the 90s. In the game, you make your cannon shots from your ship to other ships by placing a marker on the ship/location you want to hit, then calling your distance out. You then measure the distance, move the marker to the actual distance you called, and make a scatter roll from there. I'm really good at estimating distances, too. Anything under 10ft, I can usually get within an inch. The rest of the group would gang up on me because usually the only reason I ever missed was if the scatter roll went poorly for me. Sounds like you would be good at it, too.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Ugh...rounding algorithms and sales tax. In the 90s I worked as a tech at an amusement park. One time I got called to a snack bar by the shift supervisor because a customer was going off on him and the cashier over the cash register's programming and rounding of sale tax. I still remember it vividly - we had to get out pencil, paper and a calculator and prove that we weren't ripping him off a penny. At the time, sales tax for the area was around 7.125%. 3 cookies for a $1 came up to $1.07. A single cookie was $0.50 cents, with tax, would come to $0.54 because of rounding. The customer's kid bought 4 cookies, for which they were charged $1.50. With tax it came to $1.61. I guess that at first he didn't like the fact that the fourth cookie was "full" price, but then decided to double down on the math of the sales tax, because he felt he could use math to prove us wrong. Keep in mind that this argument was AFTER the cookies were bought and paid for, and AFTER the supervisor had offered to just refund him the penny to make him go away. His whole premise was based upon his assumption that all sales tax calculations in CA were to be rounded down, and that we had deliberately programmed our cash registers to round up, so we could make extra money. I literally had to run a programming report from the cash register - a fairly simple Casio cash register with about a 100 PLU capability - to prove to him that there was no setting to determine if tax was rounded up or down. He finally took the offered penny, and stormed off, threatened to report us to the tax authorities.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I've gotten to the point that I tell them how much change should get back and they're often amazed I'm right.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    This is a very good point, and really describes my use of math professionally these days.
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    Sculptor Sandra Garrity posted about IP infringment on Facebook

    Mirliton just posted up a KS for the four old Grenadier officially licensed Traveller box sets. The names were changed to "Travelers", but it was pretty much the same box artwork, and in one of the sets, the minis were even using the Traveller names of Vargr, Hiver, Droyne, etc. The FB Traveller group had barely started discussing the KS and whether or not Mirliton had the rights when it was cancelled by the creator.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    In theory, yes. I'm an electronics tech by training and a small part of my job is board level troubleshooting and repairs, and so I need to know how to figure things like electrical impedance, resistance and capacitance values in a circuit when troubleshooting. The reality is that since I'm not an engineer designing the circuits, I really only need to know concepts the formulas represent, rather than have to use them. I probably use math more in my hobbies (specifically geometry) than anywhere else.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Both CO and IA State Patrol shared that same meme...
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    [SPLIT] Vortex Shakers

    FYI, my file is now on Thingiverse. So I've discovered a couple of things: 1. I have a lot of old craft paints. I didn't sort through them when I moved last year like I should have. That's ok, though, because the vortex mixer has made short work of restoring many of them (well, shorter work than hand shaking would take). I otherwise would have thrown many of these out. 2. Apparently, I haven't been mixing most of my craft paints thoroughly enough in the past, as I'm finding that many are a bit different when they are fully mixed by the vortex mixer than when mixed by hand shaking. Several paints are more or less opaque now than I recall them being before.
  22. I hope I'm wrong, and that it does much better. I'd like the buggies, too.
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    Store Locator

    Store locators for a lot of industries/manufacturers have the same problem. The company I contract for took theirs down because of that. It's supposed to eventually go back up, but with an "expiration date" for each listing that will automatically unlist each entry if the retailer/distributor fails to renew it.
  24. I got the impression that the article was "heavy-handed" because the law can be rather heavy handed about these things. This gets into Beekeepers territory, but the article touches on it too - I think we've let corporations really warp our IP laws. They should be mostly about protecting individuals and small company's works from predatory businesses, instead they're mostly used these days to protect corporate profits.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I actually have a strong dislike of the color orange (probably because my mother loved it when I was a child growing up in the 70s). So I don't have a lot of minis painted heavily with orange, and for that reason alone I was considering it. I just have to come up with a good in setting justification as to why my snake cultists wear orange. I'm already scared of going near road construction workers. Why? Because I really don't want to see how they're wasting our tax dollars. I was honestly considering this, just so I wouldn't have to paint a half dozen minis all the same color!
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