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  1. Doug Sundseth

    Overturn Rising Sands

    I hope they're both legit and very successful. I'd love to have another reliable manufacturer in the industry. And I'd love to see friends get a great deal, too. I'm not willing to bet my money that will happen, but I'll be watching and rooting for people who are more optimistic than I am.
  2. And if you hate Amazon, B&H and Adorama carry many of the same lights. (I think both also sell on Amazon as third-party retailers.) FWIW, I've had pretty good luck with some of the smaller Viltrox and Aputure LED panels, but make sure you understand their power requirements and possibly have a way to support the panel for painting.
  3. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Many. I'll put a partial list below, but with the warning that some of them are rude, crude, unprofessional, and frequently offensive. (Others are none of those.) More than that, it's pretty likely that some of the people below would be shocked and dismayed that one of their followers was following others on the list. Look for these at your own risk. Glass Cannon Podcast AVE Big Clive Tom Scott Questing Beast Landvaettr's Lair Essential Craftsman Vince Venturella Miniac Luke Towan Matthew Colville James Lileks Volokh Conspiracy Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff Improvised Radio Theatre with Dice Separated by a Common Language Lexicon Valley VASAviation
  4. Doug Sundseth

    Overturn Rising Sands

    Sometimes slimy used car salesmen are easier to deal with. They will often do mostly what they say they were going to do ... eventually. (Which might not what you thought they said they were going to do, to be fair.) The well-meaning amateur, though, with the best will in the world, can be incapable of doing what he promised in good faith. At which point there's little practical difference for the consumer between that well-meaning bungler and an actual thief. None of which should be taken to say that I have a firm opinion about the creators of this particular project. They might produce great products on time at an absurdly low price. But the risk:reward calculation that I've made means that I won't be backing. YMMV.
  5. Doug Sundseth

    An appeal for civilty

    Well said. FWIW, I've been one of those people who have left for a time because the tone had become unpleasant (or perhaps that simply my perception of the tone had changed to where it was unpleasant). Each time this has happened, it's taken me longer for the negative reaction to subside to the point that participation here is fun again. Specifically for me, when you make a post that assumes your audience will share a controversial opinion of yours and use that as the basis of a statement (technically a logical fallacy called "Begging the Question"), you invite two sorts of responses: direct refutation of your underlying assumption (a directly political post) and comments that assume the opposite point of view (politics by implication). Neither the original post nor these kinds of responses make this a more congenial place. These days, rather than responding, I'm trying to simply report the post and move on. FWIW, I seldom go back to check whether something has been done. When the same people are involved repeatedly, I've also started blocking their comments. That said, at some point if such a thread of comments continues after being reported, I will assume that the moderators think my impression was incorrect and that the subject is fair game. At that point, I become much more likely to respond -- or take a break from the forums. I don't particularly want to do either.
  6. Yeah, they have the live-action version. Much more exciting.
  7. For anyone who likes Hornblower-style fiction in an SF universe*, I'll mention David Drake's Daniel Leary series (I recently finished the latest) and A. Bertram Chandler's John Grimes series. The former is current while the latter is 35-ish years old now. * I don't really see the Harrington books to be in that genre, though. The politics and details of the wars take too much of the front of the stage for that style. Which is not to say that I dislike Weber's stuff, just that it's a different genre.
  8. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Alas poor Marvin. I knew him, Horatio.
  9. Doug Sundseth

    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    So, if the project weren't to deliver until 2024, you wouldn't consider that to be either "late" or "delay[ed]"? If you would consider 2024 to be one of those things, then we're simply discussing where to draw a line and your statement is plainly one that even you don't actually agree with. If you would not consider 2024 to be one of those things, then we disagree pretty fundamentally about how those words work wrt Kickstarter projects. In either case, the subject is one that seems not out of bounds for discussion to me.
  10. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I'm not sure, but it definitely rhymes with "row".
  11. Doug Sundseth

    Overturn Rising Sands

    That's where I am. Big miniatures kickstarters are very hard for companies with extensive experience producing miniatures. They're not easier for companies without that experience.
  12. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Martin seems to be having the same problem that many other authors have had (Harlan Ellison, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Robert Jordan, Arthur Conan Doyle to name a few): some of his books became insanely popular when he was starting to be very tired of writing in that series (or having trouble writing out of a blind corner). I suspect that his poor reaction to people wanting the next book is driven more by his own frustration with a block than it is by unreasonable reactions from the fans. And yes, hearing the same questions every time he shows up is tedious, but the questions come from people who like his work and want more. That's not a bad thing and reacting as if it were is at best ungracious. I do find it interesting that the writers who have the worst problems with their fans in this situation seem to be those who go the farthest out of their way to get adulation from those same fans.
  13. Doug Sundseth

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    There's way too much peeving about pronunciation. Many such complaints are used as ad hominem attacks (often with an odor of lightly veiled bigotry) on people the complainer dislikes. And most of the rest amount to a lack of understanding that there are different pronunciations in different dialects. Though there's a certain joy in watching (for instance) Brits complain about "creeping Americanisms" when many of those so-called Americanisms are either originally British or not from the US and not typical here. I highly recommend Lynne Murphy's Separated by a Common Language blog and her recent book, The Prodigal Tongue. That said, "Drow" rhymes with "bow". Always.
  14. Doug Sundseth

    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I think it's quite unlikely that an increase in PM open time will cause a delay. It's pretty likely that Reaper already has good estimates of how many of each figure they'll want to order. Any incremental increase in production time required by a few more runs of any specific mold is unlikely to be noticeable. But every previous major project from Reaper has run late, so expecting delays is pretty much par for the course. Of course it's Kickstarter; if you expect something else, you might want to try a different purchasing platform. Now, do I think that this change reflects delays that I didn't assume from the start of the project? Not really. And it might not reflect any delays at all. But speculating about that possibility seems reasonable to me. That has not necessarily been the case in the past. When delay is inevitable, Reaper has been pretty good about telling us. (Other than in the first project, of course.) It is not my perception that Reaper is good about telling us when delay is likely. I also understand (if not necessarily agree with) the business calculus that causes that reluctance.
  15. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The Amazon reviews are ... not complimentary. Bad painting, very thin plastic, and unbalanced. (I went looking too.)
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