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  1. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    True story. We actually have an upholstered chair in our living room my husband bought because its name was “Chocolate {My-Real-First-Name}”
  2. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Hmm. So not only did Photobucket bork the internet last year when it suddenly yanked all images unless people started paying them $400 a year, now it is making all the “broken” images it left all over the internet bigger and bigger. Presumably this is to encourage all the people whose imagery it shattered to pony up. Mostly it seems like a douche move.
  3. Another petite lady with issues..

    These may or may not be your favorite figures, and they’re certainly early work, but I love the sculpts (Are these old Parthas?) and I love the vigorous painting and the graphic quality of the blocksof color which foreshadow your more recent painted figures.
  4. The Problem with Female Miniatures

    Something to bring up in the Tagging Problems thread.
  5. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yesterday at breakfast: Eldest (who has studied Middle Egyptian and hieroglyphs) observes that “Apep” (actual name of the evil chaos snake god) sounds like a brand of canned soda. Today at supper: Shows us the nearly completed design for a wraparound mug mimicking a soda can. The Nutrition Information is real ingredients written as hieroglyphs.
  6. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I had something like that for a test I had within the last year or so. Can't remember which one. It ached and the vein looked funny for a while and eventually it healed up.
  7. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Ahh, the glory days of the Gros Michel, the banana that artificial banana flavoring was made to taste like. Alas, all we have these days is the Cavendish, the easily bruised, pale ghost of a banana with the shy, retiring flavor. Such are the tragedies of monocultural crops, alas.
  8. The Problem with Female Miniatures

    Oathsworn SS09, Female Half-Orc Barbarian is pretty awesome. I'd like to see some female full orcs, bald and raging, myself.
  9. 02830: Wolf Pack (3)

    Darcstaar's awesome take on the same set, with far superior basing:
  10. 02830: Wolf Pack (3)

    These are Reaper's 02830: Wolf Pack, sculpted by Geoff Valley. They are mounted on one-inch fender washers. I painted them for versatility, which is why there is a variety of color and base types. Detailed WIP thread here.
  11. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I appreciate the devotion to living up to the "Randomness" part of the thread title.
  12. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That's because as a Mod you see deleted posts and they are counted on your machine.
  13. Foods of yester-yore

    One of the gems of my collection is a 1910 Karo Syrup recipe booklet with a lovely cover illustration by one of the pre-Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post-type illustrators, possibly Leyendecker. It is extremely fragile and only survived because it was tucked into a 1933 General Foods cookbook. A lot of the time I enjoy the old cookbooks because of how appalling their recipes are. I have a mid-1920s one where the entire chapter of salads is a disgrace. There is not a one that is not loaded down with a heavy cream or mayonnaise dressing and most of them have really unappetizing ingredients. They're not quite as bad as the notorious old "peas, peanuts, and bananas in cream" salad, but they do seem to be "nearly any ingredient smothered in something thick and white, served on an iceberg lettuce leaf." The leftovers of the 1920s fashions in salads remain with us in the form of tuna salad, egg salad, cheese logs (Yes. Shredded American cheese mixed with cream cheese served on a lettuce leaf was called a "salad"), and yogurt with fruit in, which seems to have been a switcheroo for an earlier version of "fruit salad" made with sour cream or whipped cream.
  14. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Two excellent cities. I have lived in them both and was born in one.
  15. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Wait, was there just a mastodon? ...
  16. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Are we there yet? Are we there? Oh, hey ...
  17. Aren’t they called Nossies? Or is that one of those European LARP things?
  18. Mistyped grmpumpily for grumpily
  19. I have had physicist / stage magician friends who grumpily amended the original to “Any sufficiently advanced science that you do not understand is indistiguishable from magic that you do not understand.”
  20. My husband/editor has reminded me that if I am writing a story set in an actual fantasy world with magic in, I really cannot say so-and-so “hovered” in front of a window or “flew” down the street. :/
  21. Nosferatu sure are cranky.
  22. My eyes are no longer dilated. They are back to normal looking, which is rather like this (pupils only):
  23. Not really much I know of in the way of books about the subject. There are histories on the web, but I can't vouch for them. If you Google histories of various company names you can find things. http://www.purplepawn.com/2010/03/the-convoluted-story-of-iron-wind-metals-ral-partha-and-battletech-miniatures/ http://www.stunties.com/wiki/index.php/Ral_Partha_History