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  1. Cranky Dog

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Getting up late. Beautiful sunny day, pleasantly warm, the kind where you can cool down in the shade. A good large breakfast. Preferably with plenty of coffee and bacon. No work commitments Spending day with friends hobbying. Quiet breaks. Can be a swimming pool; watching TV; internet. Relaxing evening with friend and drinks. Basically, ReaperCon.
  2. It's ironic that even in our modern digital age, dead tree technology still beats them in longevity. Data density is another story though (unless you start going into microdots, bar codes, QR codes, etc.)
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    Reapercon website

    That... wasn't like that before. Don't know if the old information is still online or not. There was a lot of good stuff. Though with Reaper gradually updating their website, it may just be a question of time until it's back up.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    There was certainly a lot of construction happening around last year. So there should be many more choices available. Then again, I ate large enough breakfasts at the hotel that I could easily last until supper time. Then came happy hour.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    I think it's worth noting that with the advent of digital painting, many modern works look amazing and are in a very competitive environment. Standing out from the crowd really needs something special. But you got to give kudos to the "old school" artists that did everything by hand.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    This is a tough one as I love many artists for different reasons. My "first love" would be M.C. Escher for his blend of mathematics, illusions and fantastic impossible landscapes. My dad had a book about him and his works, and I own three laminates that I hang on the wall (Relativity; Ascending and Descending; Waterfall). I learned to reproduce many techniques from his art. And have you looked at my profile background picture? Gustave Doré for his illustrations in children's classics, Dante's Inferno, the Bible, etc. Larry Elmore for my early ventures in AD&D and his frequent artwork in Dragon magazines (I also own his KS art book and the original Snarfquest book).
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    Fire Giant Dreadnought GaleForce 9 GF971057

    Faleforce 9? This needs to become a band name.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    However long I've taken a break, whenever the forum is down, it feels like an eternity.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Pretty much anytime I'm away from the computer for an extended length of time. I think my record is nearly three weeks when I travelled to Japan in late Fall 2017, during ReaperCon (missed the online swag bag that year). Second closest, slightly over two weeks was in 2015, when I had open heart surgery (and several other procedures). Though I had my tablet with me, there was no wi-fi or computer room for patients at the hospital.
  10. I had the surprise last fall to see my soap dry up and significantly shrink into a small rattling puck. I know I don't paint often, but it did come as a surprise. Well, that and the time I microwaved my soap.
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    Scale75 Pricing?

    I *think* I paid my inks and paints between $30-35 each. No much of a rebate (maybe 5-10%? More of a no tax for cash deal), but you knew immediately if they had it in stock or not.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    I don't have any mottos per se. But I do have a couple of maxims. "Never vote for/support the biggest loudmouth." "Don't vote for/support the one who only points out the problems, but is silent on the solutions." "Optimize laziness!" "Be loyal to your company, but don't expect loyalty from them in return." "I'll do it tomorrow. This time for sure." [repeat] "Girls are great/women are awesome!" (I blame thank hormones for this one)
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    Printable paint charts

    There's an older (2017) PDF of the paint swatch poster still hanging around. Note that the HD line is now retired, and new "Bones" paints are continuously added.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Black tea requires boiling water. Green, white, and oolong teas ask for lower brewing temperatures. I'm suddenly curious to know which teas are most popular in the Himalayas, and what about steeping tea with a pressure cooker (higher pressure means boiling temperature >100°C). Edit: Seems it's possible to brew high pressure tea with an espresso machine.