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  1. TheAuldGrump

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well, the CEO that made the brilliant decision is gone. And Photobucket is down to 10 people, working out of a shared office site. But the number of investment sites that actually did think (or at least claimed to think) that PB's money grab was a good idea staggers me. Looking at where PB is now... they may had to rethink that position. Megan was using a paid account on PB when they 'lost' her images - at the $40 level. I really liked one of those images - a very nice sepia tone, semi-draped, with nothing really showing - a very Victorian looking bit of work. The Auld Grump - John Dials - her photographer at the time - moved away when Border's went under.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I suspect that they were losing paying customers, instead of getting people to pay to regain access to their images. Kind of the opposite of what they wanted. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I was being specific to that particular novel. A good novel should be a good novel - YA or not. Pratchett's YA novels are an example of good writing. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So, PhotoBucket has reversed its policy on 3rd party hosting. I'd test it out, but PhotoBucket is blocked from work. The Auld Grump That moment when you realize you are telling a coworker how lucky you are, because your wife got to vivisect you over the weekend.... The Auld Grump - and then wondering why people think that gamers are weird....
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    At least one of the buyers was a chain supermarket(?!) - the family was bringing in the timber - mostly new growth - kiln drying it, and small packing a lot of it - rather than selling by the cord. The wood reduced to 1.5'x2" or so - pretty much kindling. Selling entire cords was how they were caught last time. One major change - this time it is being treated as a felony. One of my ex-girlfriend's neighbors suffered from grand theft: blueberry about ten years ago - someone went through and swept the barrens of every last berry. We are talking tens of thousands of dollars worth of low bush blueberries, here. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well, either the state police or the sheriff's department thinks they have caught the family that stole three acres worth of wood from Megan's high priest/my Unitarian minister. They can't prove it was them - but they were caught back in February doing the same thing to somebody else - but got caught because they were also poaching deer. (Multitasking is not always a good idea.) Worse - while they are being fined, and have to pay restitution to the people that own the wood lot that they were caught stealing - odds are that they made enough off of it this past winter that they still made a clean profit. The fine is not high enough to deter the behavior - and this family has been caught doing the exact same thing a few years ago. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You might like Ithanalin's Restoration, by Lawrence Watt-Evans. A kind of Young Adult novel in the Ethshar series. The young female protagonist slows down every now and again to catch her breath, and each time she does she realizes 'I love being a wizard! It really helped you like the character. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx The Auld Grump
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    So, undead caribou for the next Bones Kickstarter? The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ingredients - Nutella Puff Pastry - one box or two sheets. Egg, beaten with 1T water added to thin it. Cut the puff pastry sheets into sixths - and a lot of them come that way. If not - a pizza cutter works great. Plop 1T Nutella on the wide end. Spread the Nutella anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 way up the triangle. Leave about 1/2 inch border on the sides, otherwise the Nutella will go all over the place while cooking. Roll them up Brush the egg over them. (You can skip this if you want - but it makes them look a lot better, and makes them crispier.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Best when they are burn-your-tongue hot. The Auld Grump - she was hinting for Tuesday, not tonight - so I will need to get some more puff pastry tomorrow.
  11. Huh, I remember Baymax as looking happier.... The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    And the Howie lab coat. 'Sfunny - I tend to think of the D&D version as 'Chain Devils' and the Pathfinder version as 'Kytons'.... *** Sadly, Superhero Girl only has 100 strips. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Good folks. Was Frank Chadwick there this year? (Writer of Space:1889 and The Soldier's Companion.) The Auld Grump That's our stomping grounds - Megan is going to MeCA. Easy, too. The Auld Grump
  14. Then there is the... excellent(?) work of Jim C. Hines - who recreates many of the best(?) poses... using himself as the model. (There was even a calendar at one point.) His wife took the pictures. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Megan had led me to expect that my gearforged would be pulled part way into the shadows, then cut brutally in half when the portal he was falling into closed. What actually happened was I was pulled all the way in, and partially vivisected. You know what's creepier than Kytons? Kyton alchemist/engineers with something new to experiment on. Some of my memory tapes are missing, and I seem to have acquired a second soul gem.... I think the rest of the party got to see my future nemesis - they managed to rescue me and a bunch of files from a chamber that was in both the Shadows and Eberron. The game went a few hours longer than planned - but they did manage to rescue me. The Auld Grump