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  1. A former boss did an assignment in Ireland, and came back with a supply. It probably helped that he had moved there for several months, so just packed the eggs in with his household supplies. Yes, he was quite a rebel, breaking the law and all. As for why aren't there toys in cereal . . . well there are, in a way. On-line stuff has taken the place of those toys. "Download Our App" is the new "Free Cheap Toy" marketing gimmick. Apps are are more cost-effective, and they're relatively cheap to make, and you don't have to worry about excess inventory or kids accidentally eating it. As for the kinder toys themselves, the ones I've seen are really quite ingenious. For such a small storage space, they create a toy that, not only do you have to use more than half a brain cell to understand how to put it together, they're actually kinda fun to keep around the desk to mess around with while updates install on your computer.
  2. I know a nice river to fish over on the west side of town. Very wade-able. Smallmouth. No Jeep required to reach it.
  3. Fulfilling

    Dear Reaper, Y'all have a great company, and I'm happy to support it when I can. I'll be honest - I haven't followed this thread because I'm not worried about the project. But I probably speak for a large number of people who quietly enjoy the work you produce, and don't gripe when things get a little haywire. We know things go sideways, and we still work through it as best we can. Most people who have backed this haven't chimed in, because we don't worry about it. You've proven to us that you'll hold up your end of the KS bargain. We're happy to be your customers. You've always treated your customers well, whether it's a routine order or helping a customer get a miscast piece fixed. You are a great addition to the gaming hobby, and I can't imagine gaming for all these years without Reaper's miniatures at my table. Thank you.
  4. I can see the conversation on the warehouse floor: "Hey, why are we selling gallons of 'Dope' MSP?" "Shut up and keep bottling!"
  5. Well, Indianapolis is where all the cool kids hang out. Welcome to the Circle City.
  6. The "traditional" method is to use sand. There's plenty of texture, so it looks rough. Problem is, it can look too rough. A grain of sand is, scale-wise, about the size of the finger of your first knuckle. I have fine pumice I can use, which is smaller and ends up looking better. I also have Vallejo's red oxide paste (as well as the lava paste). The red oxide has smaller grains, so it looks better. My next mini wil lhave baking soda cemented in place with superglue. The grains of baking soda will look even smaller. The reaction with the cyanoacrylate glue solidifies the mass so you don't have to worry about it dissolving in your paint. Flock or static grass is added after painting. I actually add those items after sealing.
  7. Gardening. I'm a bit late in prepping the ground, as things like kale, cabbage, and radishes can stand the colder weather, but the asparagus just grows on its own, and strawberries will be blooming shortly. If the monsoons stop here in the Midwest, I have a goal of working an extra 2 hours every Saturday morning clearing my fencelines of tree samplings and brush. It's been put off far too long, and I figure if I can get a dozen decent Saturdays from now until fall, I can get this particular project put away. However . . . . Cutting down trees. I have lots of ash trees that have died, and they need to come down before they rot out. This involves a chainsaw (yay!) and also gravity (boo!). Luckily I've got people around me who can help make sure I don't kill myself. I have no desire to be caught underneath a falling 60-foot tree.
  8. For a diversion into much needed levity . . . . A "safety officer" was doing a walk-through of our lab area. We do these occasionally, as it's good to have a new set of eyes look at things that we've become accustomed to. One of the things we have is a large (like, 80 gallon) dewar for liquid nitrogen. At one point, this guy was standing near it when the pressure relief valve went off, venting for about two seconds. This guy started asking about it, and we told him "yeah, it happens fairly frequently." "Well," he continued, "you can't have that, it's not safe having nitrogen in the air." So the smart-elf of the area shouted "Quick, everyone, stop breathing! You might inhale nitrogen!" We didn't see that safety officer again.
  9. I use whatever paper towels I have on hand, which are usually the cheapest store-brand. Lint has never been a problem. As for "poisonous", well, poison is all in the dose. There's probably lead in your tap water, but it's at such a low concentration that you'll never have to worry about it, even if you drink gallons of water every year. As for paints, they are made with "better" chemicals now. In that the really fun stuff like cadmium and arsenic aren't used (or, in the case of cadmium, are specific forms that are not as bioavailable). But, there's probably isn't testing done on them. We are caught between two extremes. The California extreme, where things like power cords get labeled as "this item contains chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer" and then the "non-toxic" extreme, where it just means that under normal use it's non-toxic. Paint isn't meant to be ingested, so you've already violated the rules for "non-toxic." Water is non-toxic, but you can drink too much and get water poisoning. Finally, as Pingo mentioned, and this is the reason I broke myself of the habit, is that there are lots of places in the world that do not care about what your laws say. They will slap "non-toxic" on stuff because they can, and they get a check. I say this as a chemist, and as someone who understands statistics. I use disposable gloves to change the oil in my car, because used motor oil is nasty. I don't worry about trans-fats because I understand that as soon as I start heating oil, the natural cis-fats turn to trans-fats. But I don't lick my brush. I used to, and I still fight the habit, but I don't do it. Why? Well, it's weasel butt fur. I don't lick my cat either. It's gross. Plus, if you ever go to a speed-paint competition, you're using the brush that someone else has used, and I have no desire to share anything more than good painting memories.
  10. We moved to our current house eight years ago this month. We had lived in a neighborhood that was . . . less than stellar. One neighbor lived in a $60k house, drove a brand new Jaguar, kept the blinds closed, and had an assortment of people knocking on his door at all hours of the night. Hey, he was quiet. Not much can entice me to move. We've got five acres on a small lake. My boys get to play with snakes and frogs, and we see coyotes and deer regularly. I would say in about 15-20 years the work to keep the place up will become too much for us and we'll have to relocate.
  11. Yes, with time to spare. And we did overpay, so will be getting a refund. Normally I don't like to overpay that much, but a couple years ago my math skillz totally failed me, and I ended up having to write a big check. Just under the amount where I would incur penalties. My plans for the refund include a modest date night with my wife, and the remainder gets tucked away for future inclusion in our Roth IRAs and the little Workshops' college funds. As I live in the US, I guess I don't get to answer the latter part of today's question. Probably for the best.
  12. Self driving cars . . . . I understand that computers can have better safety records than humans. And I appreciate that such features can be added to vehicles. However, the "internet of things" is a great big danger. The software isn't allowed to be modified by me for better security, or more efficient use of the vehicle. I, as the end user, can't access the software, even though I rely on it to work properly. Furthermore, all that technology means you're always connected to the web, so you get tracked everywhere you go. Advertisers already do that on your computer. This gives them the opportunity to tailor billboards to your "interests." Going to the store? Hey, there's an ad for Kroger up ahead that let's you know bananas are on sale. No, thanks. (Note that this applies to lots more than just cars. Smart-phones, smart-thermostats, smart-refrigerators . . . all the same problem.) Add on to this that I have an aversion to "experts" telling me how to do what I want to do. Want to go to the store? Well, our self driving vehicle will take you there along the preprogrammed route. No, you can't go down that street. You can't go faster. You go where we tell you to go. It's a short hop from that to "No, you have exceeded your mileage for the month, so you must pay an extra 25 cents per mile as a useage fee." Finally, what happens when (not if) the computer malfunctions and an accident ensues. Studies already show that if you take drivers out of control of their vehicles, their minds wander or they are much more likely to fall asleep. So any override feature is useless. For maximum safety, the driver must remain in command of the vehicle and any computer system acts as an auxillary to the driver's ability
  13. The least used is probably the garlic press. Turns out that if you have a decent knife, it's quicker and easier to just use that. The most used? Well, since I don't have many gadgets, and I'm gonna say a knife doesn't count . . . probably the mandolin.
  14. The only time I use beer is for an awesome beef stew.
  15. Based on the information I found, it appears that the manufacture of the Neo is subcontracted, so the quality control process wasn't quite up to snuff. After having some of these issues brought to their attention, Iwata apparently worked to fix the issues. Knowing third party manufacturing like I do, it makes perfect sense that there would be wide variation in the overall quality of the final product. That said, stepping up to a more expensive brush might be the right way to go. My oldest son hasn't started building models yet, but if he does, I think I'd rather have a brush that can do some finer work. Plus, I like the idea of weathering terrain. Of particular importance now is trying to decide how far up, which really means the cost of the compressor. I will be using the airbrush in the garage, but I still don't think I want a noisy compressor. I'm now leaning towards an Iwata Eclipse, which has the added benefit of a local art store having spare parts. But there's a nice Grex kit that probably isn't much more expensive overall. . . . .