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Cyradis last won the day on December 4 2018

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About Cyradis

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    Master Questgiver
  • Birthday 07/10/1989

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    Edge of the Canadian Yogapant Empire
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    Geology, physics, flying, gardening, beekeeping, horseback riding, painting, beading, silversmithing, math, off-roading, butterflies, D&D.

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  1. Enjoyable in the moment, annoying in hindsight. There is a lot of "smart person who is always an idiot" trope that annoys me, and Rothfuss can't write female characters. Rothfuss does string together words most pleasingly, so reading is engrossing though.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I was already doing some art classes as a kid, and I definitely liked fantasy genre books and computer games. My dad took me to the hobby store (now closed, much sadness), and got me set up with some minis and enamel paint - like he used when he was in high school, painting and doing D&D. I was ~12-13 when I started painting. I only had his guidance and my own patience (and a lot of time shaking the darn enamels!) for a long time. Took a hiatus, but brought my collection to college. Started painting again, and found that there are these great things called minis acrylic paints that don't take 30mins of rigorous shaking, and will dry relatively swiftly instead of in 40mins. Painted for my college D&D group and for fun, and found the Reaper forums then... they broke me of some bad habits, but not all. Took another hiatus when classes got rough. Restarted during grad school at Sir Cyr's friendly pestering. As it turns out, my general attitude went from generic "good with details" to "become good at nitpicky everything" between undergrad and grad school, and I am better at being obsessive now. So.... minis take a LONG time to paint but I think I learn a ton faster nowadays and can apply it soon after. It also helped that the Colorado mini painters found me on the forums and dragged me to paint with them. I didn't have friends to paint with until 2017. I probably never would have gone on hiatus either time if I had friends painting with me!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I believe you. Just never saw them somehow.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Huh. I lived in CA for a darn long time and didn't see them in my areas of northern or southern end. Driven through all but Texas and Oklahoma. Maybe I saw one and just don't remember? **shrug**
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Which western states? I don't know that I've been to a Winco.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I just had a cheese that was a very strange smell. Kinda like perfumed feet? It complimented the beer well. My breath is weird.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: The big red button was pushed.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I have to meet my PhD committee for the first time tomorrow and give them a presentation on what I'm doing and show that it is worth doing, and that I'm not useless. I have slides in my presentation on "World Domination: Successful world domination requires good advisers". Too much?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Wolfs took the rum. We turned to paint thinner. Chartreuse Dungeons and Magenta Dragons The cake was a lie. TIME TO PIE.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    My officemate and I have a label maker. We labeled our chairs with "Cyradis's Butt-Holder" and "Cyr's Officemate's Butt-Holder" (with our actual names). Not sure our adviser noticed. Hah.
  11. Back to the matter at hand though... we are guessing at shipping days. What about arrival days? Something from the UK got to me in about a week. That was pretty sweet. CanadaPost might get grumpy with a big box though. My guess: 3 days in the US, 10 days at the border, 3 days of CanadaPost, and then 1 day for me to miss it, and wait until it sits at the post office for pickup. So..... March 14th. I predict I will have my box on pi day.
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    77503 Temple Dragon NMM attempt

    Non-metallic metals. Using standard paint to simulate shininess. This figure is beautiful, but not yet NMM. It definitely has a moonlight vibe. The highlights need to get up to white, and shadows to black more sharply for NMM. I think more specifically though, you'll have to tweak placement of the highlights. Right now, they're placed generally where a non-shiny surface would reflect diffusely. It helps to try to picture each chunk as a basic shape, like a cylinder or a sphere or a plane, and then place highlights accordingly. Kitchen silverware will help. The back of a fork, on the curve, before the prongs, gives you a cylinder. A spoon gives you a sphere. A knife gives you a plane.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Those academics are poop faces. CC is darn good and useful. .... trade you a pretty rock for a tasty food?
  14. My apologies @ladystorm. It was mostly in jest, as the intention. Editing away!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!