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  1. Unruly

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    For the 3rd time this week I've woken up after only 4-5 hours of sleep and not been able to just roll over and go back to bed despite feeling the exhaustion still. After about the first 45 minutes of trying I said screw it and started doing other stuff. Now I'm still tired, but very much unable to go back to sleep. My friends who are moving wanted me to go to dinner with them last night but I had work. I offered to (mostly)take them to dinner tonight at one of 3 places around here, because I have $75 in corporate gift cards that have been languishing in my wallet unused since I got them, and I haven't gotten a reply. I'm wondering if the thought of eating at Darden-owned restaurants offended them. I thought everyone was willing to go for some largely free Olive Garden or Red Lobster, though I can sort of understand if they didn't want to go to Longhorn Steakhouse...
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    Kings of War: Vanguard

    I wonder when the Varangur will be added. I can probably stitch together a warband out of the handful of AoS Chaos guys I've got and all my Bones... Edit: Also called it on the regular Undead getting the Skeleton Archer as a unit. It's part of the new units on the free PDF as well. And they didn't quite pull a Skeleton on them. Their stat line is identical to the EoD skeleton archer, and they cost 8 points as opposed to 7 for the EoD, but they have a special ability that forces a Nerve check on a hit and a fail moves the target 2" away and makes them fatigued. Which looks pretty nice. Also, with the fact that they just now out the Skulks on the orc list, which I hadn't noticed their omission earlier, I'm wondering if their lack of inclusion in the Orc warband pack from the kickstarter was intentional despite the warband being advertised as coming with a couple. I haven't finished my inventory of the minis yet, so I haven't shot Mantic an email about them yet either. I wonder what their response will be.
  3. Very nice! That's pretty quick for Badger! I got my Ironheart Artisans paint rack and brush rack in today. Just got them assembled and placed on my hobby desk. It is now more or less setup. Just need to get my paints put into their racks and take some time to mix them all on my vortexer. Might do that this weekend, but I'll definitely start on it this week. 2 days off, 2 days of work, then another 5 days off makes for some free time! Here's a picture of my hobby space as it currently stands. Ignore the pile of crap on top of the dresser. I need to clean it off so that it can be the shelf of shame and the home to my current lamp once I get a clamp-style version of it.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Got my new paint rack in. I'm halfway through assembling it, and I realize that the shelf bottom that has a series of 10 holes cut in it is probably meant to be used as brush storage. Also at this point I realized that I was assembling it via the stupid method, using brute force rather than my brain. So I disassemble what I've got together and start doing it the right way, and it takes me less time to do both the disassembly and second assembly than I had put into doing the first assembly. Because I'm an idiot and didn't put 2 and 2 together the first time something didn't fit easily, and I just said "maybe I'm supposed to flex and force the pieces together" instead. Because I'm smart.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    As others have said, that's everywhere. What I love are the people who think all SUVs are the same and so they buy one that's RWD only, not AWD or 4WD, because it's cheaper and they still think it's going to do better in snow than their FWD car did. Here's a hint - it won't. It will probably do worse, because there's less weight in the rear so you'll have a bit less traction that your FWD car had. Not to mention that it's easier to spin out in a RWD even with clear roads because of how they're more susceptible to oversteer. The only advantage it will have is higher ground clearance, so you might not be pushing snow as often, but if you can't get traction in the first place then that doesn't matter...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'm in the heart of Appalachia, so it's not the Rockies but it's still mountains. We also don't get New England snows, but we get our fair share most years. It's just the combination of snow/ice, hilly terrain, and lacking road crews make things suck way worse than they should. But I suppose that's part and parcel for being in WV, a state that continually ranks near the bottom of every objective measure of the country. If we can make something worse than it should be, we certainly give it the old college try!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Really? That seems so weird to me. Here they're legal, but only for a certain part of the year and only when the roads are actually bad. If you get caught with tire chains on with dry roads or in the middle of August then yea, you're going to get fined, but if it's the middle of January and there's 6 inches of snow on the road no one is going to bother you. And even if they weren't legal I doubt you'd get stopped for it in that case. Studded tires are the same way. They can only be on a car during the "winter" months. I think it runs from November until March, but I could be wrong. I don't use studded tires so I've never bothered to look it up for certain. I'll just say that if tire chains are illegal where you are then you must either live where it's mostly flat, it doesn't get heavy snows very frequently, or your road crews are on the ball at all times. My state is mountainous, we get pretty good snows most winters, and our road crews are both chronically understaffed and always late to start clearing. I mean, this video was taken where I grew up, and is almost entirely shot on a major state route that's usually the first thing cleared locally after the interstate. It's also one of the "flatter" areas of town, as its the valley between two mountains. All of that snow dumped overnight, mounting up to over 3 feet in some places. The snow removal for that took over a week before even all the city streets were cleared. And Morgantown actually has 4 plow trucks of their own and enough staff to keep at least 2 of them running 24/7. The state department of highways is massively understaffed because the pay is terrible, and so they were in panic mode and could only do the bare minimum. The interstates were about the only things that got cleared the day of, and even then it was a single plow scrape rather than a full clear. https://youtu.be/qwKSsc2wELU Granted, that was considered a major snowstorm, but we've gotten one about that size for I think 3 or 4 years running now, after having a couple winters where we barely got any snow at all. And back in the early-mid 90's that kind of snow was pretty common if my mom's labeling of home videos is to be believed.
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    [Pathfinder?] Fantasy Cop Campaign - Thoughts?

    I'd guarantee it. I'm pretty sure that was the case in Ravnica as well. It's been a while since I read through the books, though.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I used to have "traction cables" for my old car. I technically still have them, but my current car has larger tires, and they barely fit on my old one. I hated them. They were a poor excuse for proper chains, but they do allow you to drive at speeds up to 50mph. That was their only redeeming quality, though. If there was actually a significant layer of snow and ice on the road they were too smooth to bite in for proper traction. Real chains are much better in that regard. The problem is that real chains tend to be much more time and labor intensive to put on, often require special hardware, require you to drive even slower, and need much more room in the wheel well. If you're not driving a truck or a large SUV you don't usually have that room, so traction cables are your only option outside of winter tires. I don't do all-season tires in winter anymore for various reasons, all relating to bad experiences. I'm going to pull the trigger on my tires tonight, I think. Tonight counts as the first snow of the year, since it's actually starting to stick, and that's when I used to put my winter tires on with my old car. It'll be nearly $600 all told, including the mount and balance, but I should be able to easily get 3 years out of them before I need to do it again. My old car's winter tires were about to get put on for their third year when I wrecked it*, and they still had full tread and even some of the whiskers left on them. It was a debate between the cheaper, but very well performing, Mastercraft Glacier Grip II's and the Bridgestone Blizzaks. The first set of winter tires I ever owned were Blizzaks and they got an old FWD Chevy Cavalier moving in snow that covered it's hood and that my mom's 4WD Jeep Liberty couldn't get through. It made me a believer in them from that point on, but I never got to try it again because that same winter I decided that I would intentionally try to lose control on a horrible back road just to test those tires. I lost it 4 times and was able to recover, but on the 5th time as I was just pulling back under control I hit a spot of solid ice and went into a guard rail. The car was already a salvage title, so once I mangled the front end it became a write off, which led to me getting my old car. Then my old car had the Glacier Grip II's and they got me through some equally bad snows. I was never dumb enough to try and intentionally lose control in that, though. Between the two tires, I got the most experience on these ones. And they didn't disappoint. However, the debate got solved pretty quickly when I found that Mastercraft doesn't make the Glacier Grips in my exact tire size. Bridgestone makes the Blizzaks in my exact tire size. I know that you don't have to do the exact same size as long as you stay in the same rim size, and that you can do different aspect ratios, but my car doesn't have a lot of play in the wheel wells. It's very tight in there. So I don't want to run the risk of buying a fatter/taller tire and having it rub or something. So I'm gonna spend an extra $35 per tire to get the Blizzaks. I'm not familiar with this one. Is it a new product entirely, or a remake of one of their older works? And is it a full Kickstarter or one of their small print run IndieGoGo campaigns? I did not read that correctly the first time around. I had to double check myself because I was certain that the Reaper filters should have caught what I read it as the first time. Ask around for a spay-neuter assistance program that does ferals either cheaply or free. There's usually one in or not far from just about any decently sized(20,000+) town in the US. If there's one near you, it'd be a good idea to try and catch Scamp again and take him in for a tune up. Also, I'm betting he wanted food, but most ferals won't eat in front of you. Especially not at first. You kind of have to train them in that regard by regularly placing food outside and in such a way as to let them know that you're actually the one bringing the food. And you have to do it for a while before they'll accept that it's not a trap if you're standing 50 feet away from the food that you just put out. *Speaking of my old car, tomorrow(the 17th) is the 1 year anniversary of its death. It's hard to believe that it's been a year. I may have to stop at the liquor store before work tomorrow so that I can have a drink in its memory. It had just barely under 100k miles on it, and 7 years of my life were spent driving that thing. I was extremely sad to have to put her to rest, but, well, there was no coming back from that wreck...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It is cold and wet. It's almost, but not quite, freezing rain. The rain is hitting and forming slush rather than actual ice, and then it's generally melting away on anything other than parked cars. I'm hoping it stops soon, but the current radar picture looks like we aren't going to get the 3 hour break that was in the forecast just a couple hours ago. I really should get my winter tires bought now. I just don't want to throw another $600 on my credit card. I had it paid off from January until this month, and if I put the tires on it I'll be back up to $1000 on the card again...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It's the same disease. Because they didn't exactly learn the right lessons the first time.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Stupid cats. They woke me up 2 and a half hours ago, after I'd only gotten about 4 hours of sleep, and I haven't been able to fall back to sleep. And now it's pretty much too late to, because in an hour and a half I'd be getting up to get ready for work anyway. Guess I'll be dragging at work tonight...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    There have been attempts. They've all gone poorly, for the most part. Gros Michels reproduce by cloning themselves, not by polinating seeds, which makes it hard to breed a resistant strain. That doesn't mean they are totally unavailable or extinct, because they are still around in small quantities, but Panama Disease is proving to be a largely unsolvable problem in the bananas that tend to see heavy market use. It's actually threatening the Cavendish now, because they're also a cloned banana, and the only way to seemingly destroy it is to literally go scorched earth on the area that you find it in. Fungicides and other chemicals don't work, and it lives both in the ground and in other plants, so you basically have to burn everything, including the dirt, to truly rid an area of it. Even if you just destroy all plant life in the affected area it's been found to survive on its own in soil for decades.
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    Black Friday Deals

    If you bought it direct from Badger, aka USA Airbrush Supply, they do have a tendency to be slow shippers. But I think that has to do with being closed on Sundays, and possibly on Saturdays as well, and then playing catch up. They may have also taken this most recent Monday off, as it was the observed day for Veteran's Day, since it officially fell on Sunday. If it hasn't shipped by the end of next week, then I'd be worried. Oh, and make sure to check your spam folder, because I did have their shipping email end up there on my most recent orders. Don't know why, because in the past they didn't, but it did the last two times. I just went to get the mail one day and had the first package show up, but I'd never gotten a shipping email and I didn't think they'd have changed that part of the process. Otherwise I'd have never looked there for it.
  15. Acquired - An 18x24 cutting mat for my new hobby space, to replace the 9x12 one I bought for taking model kits to work back when I had a desk job. A surge protector with a 10 foot cord. The shipping notice for my new MDF 6-tier paint rack(flat shelf style for my P3 and Minitaire paints) and a small MDF brush rack, both from Ironheart Artisans. Complimenting my 6-tier corner rack and my 72-bottle inverted dropper rack, also from Ironheart Artisans. My new hobby area is both almost fully setup and rapidly losing work space to such trivial things as "lighting" and "organization." Now I need to buy another architect lamp, this time with a clamp rather than a solid base, and I think I'll be good to go. I think... If I didn't insist on having my spray booth on the table and deployed at all times, I'd regain a full 1/3 of the desk back, but by having it there I'm ensuring that I always have space for it when it's needed.
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