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Doug Sundseth last won the day on September 20 2018

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  • Birthday 11/23/1960

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  1. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I've debated internally how I want to respond to certain posts upthread. Rather than responding in kind (and I'm as capable of make lightly veiled allusions to my political beliefs as anyone), I'll simply say that politics belongs in Beekeepers. Please do the rest of us a favor and keep it there. That seems to be pretty standard. And if you need to cook something for 1 minute, "60" is one keystroke less than "1:00". Efficiency is important; that's why we're using microwaves.
  2. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    At work: I have to have plans and schedules so I can know what to supersede when I get higher-priority assignments. At home: I have plans, but they're squishy things and deadlines like "Just real soon now™." This works about as well as you might expect.
  3. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I've been watching/listening to videos from "Peninsula Seniors Videos" (PeninsulaSrsVideos) on YouTube. Intro and outro are done by someone who could be your grandmother and sound like they should be talking about great golf courses in Southern California. The subjects? B-1 Bailout: Hazards of Flight Test Northrop Flying Wing Flight Testing from N-1 to B-2 Air France 447 Deep Stall and Thunderstorms ... Some cognitive dissonance, but the presentations are really well done by people who seriously know their stuff. Recommended if the subjects interest you.
  4. Doug Sundseth

    Owl Coin

    This might be an obvious comment, but it looks to me like you would want to move the '2018' about 5° clockwise on the curve to center it below the gap. Are you thinking of using a printout and something like a pounce wheel to get the outlines of the letters?
  5. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    This exercise reminds me of the way you build characters in HeroQuest 1st Ed. There you have 100 words to describe the character and each thing you include in your description gives you some sort of skill or item. There were strict limits on how many items you could include in a list form and the paragraph had to read like a background. I think I broke the system with the character I first built.
  6. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You get your Catholics where you can find them. I mean, it's the 6th inning and the Protestants have their rally hats on, so it's important.
  7. Doug Sundseth

    77518: Cultist Priest

    I like that effect a lot more than Yet More Black™.
  8. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When a bunch of people press the same wrong button (or disconnect the same wrong box), that's usually an indication that there's a problem with the user interface. Here, it sounds like the user interface is a blank label with a handwritten note on a black plastic box. If it were me, I'd consider making a custom label with a very prominent "Bridge" written in large black text with a small box below saying something like "Connected to: ____________". Make sure that whatever space there is would not easily contain something more obvious to a casual observer than "Bridge". Now, I can pretty much guarantee that this won't be enough to stop everyone from making mistakes, but it might help. At the least, you can more easily identify the box to the customer over the phone.
  9. Doug Sundseth

    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    One of the costs of less plasticizer in the PVC. More plasticizer means easier ejection from complex molds, more bendy thin bits, easier fixing of thin bit bends, harder to remove some mold lines and easier for others, .... Swings and roundabouts, but for my purposes I prefer the harder plastics almost always. (For the lanterns on the wagon, I replaced the supports with brass rod, just like I replace Bones spear hafts with brass rod.)
  10. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I could probably give you a relatively accurate forecast for Honolulu right now and I haven't lived there in 38 years. Just looked; yup.
  11. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The problem is training them to tight synchrony. (They don't react well to drill-sergeant-like leaders. Too individualistic.) And they seem to like jazz more than Sousa, so that's out, too. As I say, a hard problem.
  12. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    There are lots of people with lots of money to make (or other big advantages) out of accurate weather forecasts -- DoD, farmers, Vegas (sports books), NASA (), .... As might be expected when there's money to be made, many things have been, and are being, tried, including neural networks. See https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1031&context=etd for instance. There's definitely more data to work with downwind, and the east coast of the US is somewhat less subject to chaos than the mountain west (where a few degrees of wind direction variation can cause huge changes to weather) anyway, but there are quite a few moored weather stations at sea as well, since, again, there's money in this:https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/ocs/ . From the evidence available to me, this is just a hard problem.
  13. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Galaxy Note 3 Various Kindle Fire tablets A laptop that was fairly high end when I bought it a few years ago, so it's only now starting to show its age. Nikon D810 Work computer that I don't have to manage so don't really track Other random things that include computers like microwave oven, car, .... Do you like that Pixel? As might be suspected from my using a Note 3, I'm in the market for a new phone but hesitant to spend the price that they would like me to spend.
  14. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have a good friend that works for NOAA/UCAR. He has told me that the meteorologists there will readily admit that any forecast beyond 3 days is mostly a guess, based on a combination of average weather and current trends. But there's a demand for a 10 day forecast, so there's a 10-day forecast.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It's a deep, deep hole. I don't always agree with his advice. But since he's a much better painter than I am, I have to work to justify my disagreements, which is interesting in its own way.