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Mad Jack

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  1. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It was Shadowrun Returns - apparently it was a Humble Bundle thing they were giving away for a couple of days...
  2. I now possess two of the four Ral Partha 20-00X 54mm Earthdawn miniatures... 20-001 Me'gana, which I acquired decades ago simply because it looked cool and was really big... And now today I bought 20-004 T'skrang, which I pulled out of the big collection I curated for the Citadel awhile back. I'm tempted to see if I can't find the other two, just for completeness.
  3. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I picked up the free Shadowrun game... No idea if I'll ever have time to play it.
  4. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I won't volunteer for the evil committee, but I will lurk unseen in the background at meetings, never be directly mentioned by name, and occasionally come out into the light after everyone else has left to consult on some "detail" or other that needs to be "handled"...
  5. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Just as a general aside, and based on a conversation overheard in a parking lot... If you're the sort of person who feels the need to complain about it when the driver of the car you're in parks in the first of the two adjacent spaces he comes to rather than the one closest to the store, and keeps harping on it all the way to the store simply because you had to walk a measly ten feet further... You are a miserable person and you deserve to be inconvenienced.
  6. Mad Jack

    New England Paint Day

    So, who's showing up on the 23rd? Dilvish will be there early, but leaving by around 2:30... Spawn Number One and I won't be arriving until around 4:30 Pm, but will be there for a few hours after that. There will be at least one new person there recruited from last Saturday's D&D games at the Citadel.
  7. Mad Jack

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I want to have a well-paying job traveling around hitting stupid people upside the head with a plank... Not to damage them, mind you... But whenever somebody somewhere in the world did something really stupid, I'd pop out and WHAP!... And they'd do a really entertaining Keystone Cops pratfall. And then, a few minutes later, they'd get up again perfectly unharmed and say, "Gee, I must have done something stupid..." And on a good day, they might actually figure out what it was. On a bad day, I'd still have the satisfaction of being able to hit stupid people with a plank.
  8. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You're Welcome. For what, you might ask, should you be thanking me? For not destroying the world today. (And believe me, Jack was pretty damn close to doing it several times today.) I'm pretty sure my Monday wins... I started off the day nearly late for work because I got kicked by a deer. The bastards squeezed into the pool area through the gap in the fence again, and I had to go chase them out again since they can never figure out how to get back out, panic, and then smash themselves silly on the fence till they knock it down. So I have to go down and very carefully open the gate and herd them out. Except this time, one of the idiot walking jerky strips panicked and fell into the damn pool. So I had to spend twenty minutes dragging the plastic pool stairs out of the shed in the back yard, tossing them over the pool fence, putting them in the pool while being mobbed by a handful of panicked deer, and then try to push the dumb thing over to the stairs with the pool net so it could get out. As it charged past me out the gate, it kicked me in the meat of my calf. I spent the day at work hobbling around, which just enhanced my foul mood while suffering through a hellish day at work. Pro Tip: The guy who got kicked in his bad leg by a large herbivore probably doesn't want to spend his day repeatedly climbing a step ladder and standing on his tip toes to stir the crap in the big tank so we don't lose the prime on the pump - which isn't technically his damn job anyway.
  9. For a movie that seemed to be very long it also seemed to still be missing something... Can't quite say exactly what, though. It was, however, as you said, rather fascinating.
  10. Mad Jack

    Happy birthday, Froggy The Great!

    Happy Froggci-Day!!!!
  11. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Jack's sole accomplishment today has been feeding the squirrels. He hasn't even fed himself yet...
  12. I acquired a new desk from the Goodwill for $13... It's sort of a basic institutional library workstation/college dorm kind of thing - it has three drawers on the right side, and an upright back with one small shelf with a reading light underneath. Dilvish has identified the desk as the exact same thing they had at Sub School, so I imagine a lot of you probably know exactly what it looks like. It's currently replacing the small drafting table I'd been using as a sort of sideboard to my main painting table, and the drafting table will eventually be "drafted" into use for holding a bunch of usb and cable stuff for my computer (power strip, modem, external hard drive, usb hub, etc.), which is currently sitting mostly on the floor in a tangle of cables... I'll just need to pick up some longer cables and/or short extension cords for some of the stuff before I can put that plan into action. Also just now acquired the Toede, Lord Verminaard and Goldmoon figures from the TSR 5401 Dragonlance box set. I already had the Toede figure, but the three of them were part of a small lot of 6 figures, and it only cost me $20 after shipping, so it was worth it to snag them.
  13. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Blargh.... Jack stayed up until around 1 AM last night, and then decided he would go to bed. Apparently, Jack blinked and fell asleep in his chair for two and a half hours, because it was 3:30 AM and Jack was still in his chair. Unless, of course, Jack was still in a half-awake/half-asleep state like he gets in when extremely tired, and his zombified mind just refused to record memories of those hours... In any event, Jack then stayed in his chair drifting in and out of full consciousness until almost 7 AM, whereupon he actually managed to wake up enough to drag his corpse upstairs and collapse into bed. And then Jack slept straight through not just his alarm, but the ENTIRE FREAKIN' DAY... I didn't wake up until 3:30 in the afternoon... Apparently, my old man stopped by to pick up his mail sometime today, spent at least ten or fifteen minutes puttering around the house and generally disturbing the peace, and I never even woke up. So I now have about three hours left to get a day's worth of crap done before I have to try to get back to sleep so I don't end up either late for work tomorrow or falling asleep at work. Blergh.
  14. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'm available for cross-country road trips to perform jailbreaks if necessary, and I work cheap...
  15. Reacquired the dvd box sets of Seasons 1 & 2 of Miami Vice... $6 each. Also acquired the original authorized paperback editions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King. And a plastic figure of a Curt Cobain-ish-looking blonde grunge guitar player sitting cross-legged playing his guitar. It's about to scale with most of the Bones figures and the detail ain't terrible. I think it was supposed to be a piece from some Trivial Pursuit edition since he's sitting on a black piece of plastic with space around the sides for wedges or something.
  16. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, In five days, my painting apprentice, Spawn Number One, will be graduating high school. He has two more final exams to take. The kid with a mild autism spectrum diagnosis who was in danger of failing grades sophomore year made the Honor list this semester, and even won some sort of school award for "most improvement" or somesuch thing for it. He's looking forward to getting a full-time job so that he can take a year off school to save for college, and to getting a two-year degree at the local community college in Marine Biology so he can get a job in the field. I'd like to think I had some small part in that, even if only because I told him I'd slap the everlovin' broccoli out of his elf if his grades kept slipping... But I probably didn't, lol.
  17. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Same here... What did the Citadel have going on for that anyway? Or maybe it's just scared of what you'll do to it (again) if it unlocks, lol...
  18. “I admire you’re courage, Miss er…?” “Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck Mr…?” “Bond. James Bond.” And with that line, history was made. Eunice Gayson, who played the original Bond girl Sylvia Trench in both Dr. No and From Russia With Love, has passed away at the age of 90. Already well known before her role as Ms. Trench, she also had parts in TV series The Saint and The Avengers. Having seen Dr. No at a fairly early age, I can honestly say that characters like Sylvia Trench were a major inspiration for my admiration of strong, intelligent women.
  19. Superglue will work fine by itself if you're just planning to display the figure on a shelf, but if you plan to game with it, you'll probably want to pin it as suggested above. Although I don't have that figure myself, I can pretty much guess the point where the arm attaches to the figure. If you decide not to pin it (and just use superglue), even if the arm falls off you can just scrape some of the old glue off the end and redo it without screwing up the paint on it anywhere someone might notice it. And if you do, you can just touch it up and nobody will be able to tell the difference.
  20. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Jack is potentially thinking of going out tonight, despite the fact that he can barely walk and is half dead right now and about to fall asleep in his chair... Jack knows this is a stupid thing to do, but Jack hates having limits placed upon him by anything or anyone, even his own mortality. Fortunately, Jack is quite likely to simply fall over before he manages to get fed, showered, shaved, dressed and out the door. (Jack feels drained just typing that.)
  21. Well, if 4-6 people in armor and robes show up at your door after consulting a sage, you can always trade it to them for a large chest full of minis...
  22. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When I was in the hospital at the age of seventeen, the doctors hated me and the nurses threatened to slap me. By then I had already spent several years reading up on and practicing all sorts of mind-over-matter stuff. I literally had a doctor threaten to sedate me because I was bored and using the monitors I was hooked up to to raise and lower not just my heart rate but also my blood pressure and temperature... Which may have been why they were less than impressed by my ability to dislocate my thumbs at will. Sounds like most of Connecticut... Once you get a mile or two outside the center of town (any town), the roads aren't roads so much as a continuous series of random sharp and gradual turns. I once described CT's geography to a friend from Mississippi by telling her to take about five hundred square miles of topography from some place in the Appalachians like WV with all the mountains and hollows and long windy country roads, and then shrink it down in scale to about one square mile, so all the mountains are small hills. (And then sprinkle rocks everywhere, lol.) You have good friends...
  23. Acquired one of the gems of the mini collection at the Citadel this weekend... Ral Partha AD&D Planescape 11-654 Barbazu... (Of all the things to have retained the entire set of for this damn long, y'know?)
  24. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Work has been a bit annoying for the past three days... The product being run on the line Jack was assigned to is a cream that gets sealed into little single-use foil packets that would normally get packed into small boxes of X number of pieces. But, we have no boxes for them. So they're running out of the machine into these big flat boxes from another line, that are then stacked on pallets and sent out to the warehouse until such time as we get the right boxes for them. We also have other boxes set up on packing stands, and we're supposed to be grabbing as many packets as possible, making sure they're all oriented the same way (it's like shuffling ten thousand decks of cards for eight hours), and packing them neatly into the boxes since we can fit about four times as many of them in each box if they're all lined up in six neat little rows rather than just a giant pile dumped in the box from the conveyor. That way, they take up less storage space and when we get the right boxes it'll be easy and quick to count and pack them. There is very little space to work in around the machine, and the space we do have is very cramped and basically jammed to the rafters with the conveyor, the packing stands, the stacks of filled boxes, etc. The first day, there were two of us grabbing handfuls of packets off the line and packing them, so only about half of them were ending up in the collection boxes, and there was a third guy working out of the boxes that had already been filled. I was standing next to the line, using one of the packing stands. I kept slamming my back into the control box for the machine or banging my shins on the conveyor when I turned around too fast. Then on the second day, the third guy disappeared and there were just two of us - one of whom seemed determined to work at her own casual pace and spent a not insignificant amount of time either talking to people on the next line, shouting across the room, or talking on her elfing phone. She sat in the one tiny, decrepit ancient leather office chair. But she was small, so she didn't have a problem getting up to change the boxes every couple of minutes. Today, the Curse of Competence kicked in (because Jack was doing such a good job on the previous two days), and Jack once more found himself running the entire damn machine by himself, including having to change the collection boxes and stack then up on pallets. Jack was forced to sit in the tiny frickin office chair, whose seat was several inches below his knees and barely wide enough for him to squeeze into. Which made getting out of it every couple minutes to change the boxes very annoying. After we ran out the last of the product into the packets around 2:30 PM, Jack got to gather up all the scrap, and count and weigh all 1597 pieces of it. Jack then got to neatly restack all the boxes on the three messy pallets so they could get moved and wrapped up. Jack is glad to see the last of it, but also has a nagging suspicion that either tomorrow or Monday he'll be seeing that crap again. Now, let's all take a moment to revel in the irony: the product that is currently chapping Jack's butt so badly...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Turns Cyr into a 4E Eladrin warlock arcane slasher build....
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