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  1. On 9/18/2018 at 4:53 AM, redambrosia said:

    Tuesday, September 18: 

    Where do you get most of your home decorations?

    I don't really decorate my home, didn't get that skill from my mom (who people beg to be an interior decorator). So most of what passes for decoration is stuff I've drawn or painted, hanging on the walls.

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  2. I look at it from a bias of not having an LGS, though one did open recently in the next city over, though it's mostly MtGetc as usual.


    I enjoy Massive Darkness a lot, but if I had bought it at retail, I wouldn't have liked it much. Way too limited in content without the KS exclusives/bonus content. And I got burned by thinking I could wait until retail to get the add-ons, since at least one didn't make it to retail.


    I don't buy many games, but if I do, it's either on KS (for the exclusives, though I don't buy many because it's too much of a crapshoot to find the fun) or Amazon (playing the 'wait for a sane price before it goes out of print') or direct (Cave Evil is great!).

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  3. 8 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    Monday, September 17: 

    What is the funniest joke you know by heart?

    In Soviet Russia, a man named Rudolph and his wife Katarina were eating dinner. Katarina looked out the window and said, "Looks like it's beginning to snow, dear." Rudolph replied, "No, it looks like rain to me." Katarina sighed and told him, "Dear, it's clearly snow!" Rudolph stood up and said, "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!"


    From a 'big book of jokes' I had as a kid in the 70s. Don't know why that one particular joke always stuck with me.

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  4. 8 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    Tuesday, August 29: What is something you definitely prefer to do the “new-fangled” way?

    Music for sure. When I'm in the studio, I'm streaming Amazon Unlimited from my phone to either a bluetooth speaker or wireless earbuds. All voice-controlled so I can stay in the flow. I also have a home NAS that runs a bunch of backup/storage stuff but isn't as convenient to use for music as the service. I need to upgrade the NAS to one with dual ethernet to keep load off the data network, so I can add in a few 4k cameras. You don't want a skunk to trigger a 4k video load across several cameras in the yard while you're trying to play an online game or watch a streaming movie!


    Also, navigation. I've always loved maps and had a ton in my truck, now I use Google Maps extensively (though I still keep physical maps in the truck, because I live near the Adirondacks and low cell tower saturation). 


    I'm not a real tech/gadget guy, but there are a few places it really enhances things with low overhead.

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  5. 8 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    Tuesday, August 28: What is something you like to do the “old-fashioned” way?

    Art. I'm learning classical methods. Spoilers: it's effective.


    Also jobs around the house. I like hand tools, I even hand planed the rabbet in my window sills. As an artist and musician (and professional typer, I guess), I get nervous around things like table saws.

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  6. On 8/11/2018 at 2:32 AM, redambrosia said:

    Today's question is brought to us by @Keianna!


    Saturday, August 10: Do you want to visit outer space? If so, what is your plan for getting there? If not, why not?

    My first major in college was biochemistry, because I believed (and still do) that deep (or even near) space exploration would be so incredibly difficult for a human. It just takes too much to keep a fragile bag of meat and fluids intact and functioning. So my goal was to develop the idea in the Whisperer in Darkness, putting a human brain in a housing that would allow it to interface with machines. You could pressurize the tank and keep the brain alive and healthy far more easily than the entire organism.

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  7. 10 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    I promised @TGP I'd ask one of his soup questions:


    Sunday, August 5: Do you season your soup, or do you eat it the way the Chef or Campbell's Soup Company intended?

    I make my own soup.

    Years ago I used the chunky soup canned stuff, but I ended up putting in so much of my own ingredients I figured I could just skip the can and end up with better soup.

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  8. I just wrapped up a short portrait class, twice a week for 4 weeks. Rather than rush through a traditional painting and end up with yet another unfinished painting, I decided to do a series of studies. One 8 x 10 study per class. For the last class I just took a break and did a quick charcoal sketch.



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  9. 2 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Question for Wednesday, July 32nd: What's something that makes you happy. 

    Side Quest: Roll a die. Tell me what type it was, and the result. 

    The new art association board president was interviewed on the radio this week and called me a 'shining star' in the organization :D

    It's nice to be getting active in making a difference in my community outside of my role at the library. So many people complain about stuff but never take action to effect change.

    For my side quest, I'll do a second thing that made me happy yesterday: Joking around with our state congresswoman and city assessor (whom I've known for years) in the kitchen before a seminar yesterday morning. They're both extremely conservative and while I wear a suit, my hair is...not conservative right now...But I treat all people equally, as I like smart, competent people with a sense of humor. (this is kind of my current look: https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/screen-shot-2015-10-27-at-2-21-59-pm.png )

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  10. 14 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Question for the weekend of July 28th and 29th: If given the chance, would you learn magic? What's a style/school of magic you'd want to focus on? What's a school you'd avoid?



    Restoration, too many folks sick and dying, and many in need of help. I think anything else would be selfish (though I'd also go for self-healing and immortality...). I'd avoid destruction. World has that one covered.

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  11. 8 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Question for Thursday, July 26th: A package mysteriously arrives containing an unpublished work of your favorite author/artist/creative type. Who is the author, and what's the name of the work? (book, script, adventure module, album, whatever)

    The Complete Eldritch Saga - A Comprehensive Record of the Influence of Extra-Dimensional Beings on Humanity - HP Lovecraft

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  12. 5 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Question for Wednesday, July 25th: From beyond the doors you can hear the crowd cheering and calling your name. The stage hand counts down, the doors are about to open, and your entry music is about to play. What's the song?

    The Imperial March

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  13. 3 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Question for Tuesday, July 24th: If you needed to describe yourself using only 3 movies, what movies would you pick?


    Alternative Question: Same as above, but using books, or TV shows, or plays, or other media of your choosing.

    Hmm. I'm not much of a movie guy... I'd say I share aspects of Loki, Thor and Odin. I'm cultivating the wisdom of Odin, I learned the charity and action of Thor, and, well, let's just say Loki is ascendant.


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  14. My first computer repair was a defective floppy drive (of the 5.25" variety) for my C64, because my parents had bought me a tape drive and I have ADHD. I traded the tape drive for the floppy drive, fixed it with a spare part I got for a couple bucks from someone in the user group.

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  15. 5 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Question for Monday, July 23rd: Have you ever met one of your heroes? If so, how did it go?


    Alternate Question: What did you forget to do this weekend? 

    I've been lucky to meet a number of them. Probably my favorite was James Gurney. I showed up early to an opening of an exhibit he had (he only lives a few hours from here) with my fiancee, and he had just arrived and was goofing off for photos by his wife. I introduced us and we immediately hit it off, talking about painting. His wife and my fiancee both gave long-suffering sighs, and that was pretty much how most of the day went. 


    James and I nerded out about art and life for a while and then his wife pulled him away for the talk he was to give, with signing after. After he gave the (excellent) talk and I got my books signed (I got in first, because I was walking over to the table with him and he laughed at my collection of so many of his books), I went to browse the gallery. Then he showed up and we went right back into nerding out over his stuff, I was asking him so many questions but he loved it and kept moving to different paintings to illustrate (heh) his points.


    My only regret was that it was before I started traditional art. There is so much more I'd have loved to ask him now! I imagine he'll have another big show around here at some point, and I'll have another fun afternoon of annoying our significant others. He's my model of what a person should be. Intelligent, humble, sharing, good-natured and endlessly curious.


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