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  1. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    It's a lot easier to see what you're doing when you leave the space that way. Important for emergency vehicles, safer for non-emergency vehicles if it's clear to back in. For cargo haulers and other overgrown machines, it's easier to see if you're all the way in. Meter maids are unpopular because many of the sacred rules that they enforce are entirely arbitrary and often counterproductive. There's also a bit of resentment that the city's response to their own poor parking planning is to fine the victims of same (and fine them again if they can't pay). There really are a bunch of genuinely obnoxious people that need to be cleared out of everyone else's way (or at the very least the Fire Department's), but the argument seems a little sketchy when officers start patrolling residential neighborhoods attempting to shake down the populace.
  2. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Those things crackling behind Mr. Fantastic's head, that hum with the power cosmic, those - are called Kirby dots.
  3. Mouse Tried Sculpting

    Preface - I'm not tearing into you. I just have limited language available when I'm doing explanations. See signature. I can definitely see what you were going for, but not how you got there. Here's how I'd try: armature - the most vital word in additive sculpting. If you're not casting, anything that will hold its shape during curing will do. I'd cheat and use some sort of existing cylinder. A bead might do, or a short length of rod or tubing. One important thing I learned from polyclay - if you're putting more than 1/4" of material on there, you need more armature. cap - looks like you used multiple snakes. That could be made to work, but I'd probably do it as one piece and use different sized tubes to stamp in the rings. Let someone else do your precision machining for you. Alternately I'd stack circles on top of one another, like a step pyramid of pancakes. barrel hoops - The biggest path to improvement here would be to take advantage of the self-curing nature of epoxy. Do your barrel sides and leave it alone for a few hours. Then go back and do the hoops without fear of mucking up the smooth putty underneath (or sticking your thumb in the cap - done that sort of thing more than once). If they were conventional barrel hoops, I'd use a knife (ubiquitous #11 blade) to cut straight sides and the side of a doll needle to smooth out the top (roll it along there). Alternately, you could use something other than green stuff and simply cut and sand away what you don't want after it's cured, or a combination thereof.
  4. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Wolves raised below sea level can be a tad eccentric.
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Common theme in children's entertainment. Piracy isn't very nice.
  6. The Trash Heap a la Marjory...DONE!

    What's she made out of? Looks like terracotta from here, but that doesn't mean much.
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    We have no idea what you're talking about. And demand a golden mousy.
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Usually I accomplish that with beets. I add some to my pickled onions for a different reason - the beets dye the brine, so when the onions are bright purple the pickling is done.
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Gundams are a funny critter. They can go for "if you have to ask, you can't afford it", but you can buy a fair selection of them on Amazon for $10-$15 (the keyword would be "gundam HGUC"). Part of that is that Bandai's big break came in 1978 when they were able to release Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the US) mini-kits with the instructions printed in the lid for 100 yen (about a buck). They still do kits in that format (including Star Wars), but 40 years later it's more like $5-$10. Inexpensive but well-made models are very friendly to novices, and build a base for sales of the more ambitious stuff. See also: Bonesium.
  10. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    The strangest thing I probably had for military inspection purposes was the loaded bulldog barrel M249 emergency backup machine gun next to the bed. Kept the day shift intrusions to a minimum. But I think my parents' old couch was pretty strange - it was green and hairy and turned into a bed:
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    SWMBO put The Little Wildcat in charge when she left this morning. She seems to be taking it seriously.
  12. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    If I owed people money and had a pile of it, I might get Really Interested(TM) in how to protect myself from having my account garnished. Seems some debt courts aren't all that, shall we say, "orthodox" about things like whether or not you've been notified of a debt before granting a judgement. https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/can-a-debt-collector-garnish-my-bank-account-or-my-wages-en-1439/
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Found an owlbear chick, may need to have a talk with the cat:
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    You've probably already checked this, but it took me a while to realize that my nasty headaches from my collision (gross incompetence is legal if you're sober, apparently) were actually related to my neck, and are triggered by head position - especially when I sleep, but also for things like reading or screen use. It's fairly common because while your body is stopped by the seat belt, the only thing that stops your head is your neck. Or the steering wheel, but that's a separate set of problems.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Do they make balaclavas in pink cashmere? *Googles* Yup. With unicorns.