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2 hours ago, Argentee said:

Yeah, Best Buy says they have to ship it off and it will be between $700 and $2600....

 

We had a hard drive crash back when my son was 6 months old. Every baby picture up to then was on it. They had to put it into a clean room and the bill would normally be $10,000 (2003 dollars). But, the owner said he couldn't charge us that much, so we got a bill for a mere $2000. Gladly paid that. Backups are now routine for me. 

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Okay.  Just about ready to start tackling the post-camping laundry mountain.  Coffee helped.  Sleeping in my own bed will probably help more.  :zombie:

 

Hope you feel better soon, NebulousMissy!  Being sick in the summer sucks.  

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43 minutes ago, NebulousMissy said:

What?!

 

Noooooo! I'm GMing a game tomorrow I can't be running a fever now!

Hope you feel better by tomorrow!

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17 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Make it Nuclear Krill colour!

Mmm. Nuclear krill... Self-baking dinner! They can also give you that youthful kraken glow.

 

43 minutes ago, NebulousMissy said:

What?!

 

Noooooo! I'm GMing a game tomorrow I can't be running a fever now!

Oh, that sucks like an unwelcome undertow. Feel better soon! 

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26 minutes ago, Wise Kraken said:

Mmm. Nuclear krill... Self-baking dinner! They can also give you that youthful kraken glow.

 

Oh, that sucks like an unwelcome undertow. Feel better soon! 

 

Admit it, we are slowly dragging you down in with us.

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My wife's first laptop crashed and we couldn't recover the photos on it. We had backups of a lot of them on other computers but ended up losing a big chunk of our trip to Disneyland. Now we have an older desktop, a newer laptop and an external hard drive that we keep all the photos and videos on.

 

I think I just leveled up on mini photography and photoshop use. Yay me. I actually got a couple of pics that I'm satisfied with out of my dark hole of a painting room. Still want to do something with the lighting there but at least now I can share better photos. Thinking about building a cheap light box but haven't done it yet. The box itself seems simple enough but the fabric and lamps I have don't let in enough light. Tested that out today.

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23 minutes ago, Thes Hunter said:

 

Admit it, we are slowly dragging you down in with us.

Actually, not even that slowly. 

 

In fact, what I just spent the last ...50 minutes?... doing is looking for a random exchange about sailor paladins so I could quote it, but it seems lost to the murky depths of randomness. No matter, though, it lives on in my squishy brain.

 

And I bring this up randomly because I once played in a game with a paladin with serious sailing and swimming skillz (sic, like the kids used to say). This was in the Savage Tide adventure path campaign that Little Bluberry ran briefly before it fell apart due to so many gamers living in a different country. This paladin (of the order of the pearl, or something) had a cool thing where he could glow whenever he felt like it, without ever needing to eat nuclear krill!  (It was an Exalted Deeds feat, I think.) So, yeah, stranger things have been known to happen.

 

And, I bring all that up, because ... I think I'll get to be playing the redux of that campaign tomorrow! Last hurrah before vacation is over. I anticipate my namesake to make an appearance eventually, but we're still just level 2, so that'll probably be years from now.

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Finally home... today was stress that I did not need. Mom's new PC is set up, and a small external drive is plugged into the back and windows set to back up to it.  We can get her old tax returns from the IRS, she has a hard copy of her Rx list, we just have to find it, and I'm trying to convince her she really doesn't need photos from more than 2 years ago that she never looked at anyway.

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On 8/10/2017 at 9:08 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Well, it's now time to start working on my latest idea for Reaper Con.  I might even be able to finish in time.

 

I need to figure out how to make books.  I need at least 50 of them, in varying shapes and sizes, ranging from open to closed.  I figure either a foam core or wooden center with a cardboard binding might work.  I may need to carve or sculpt the open ones.  Was also thinking of using actual paper for pages and seeing if it looks ok that way.  Time to experiment!

 

 How big do you want them? Large tomes, standard 8 x 11 size, paperbacks? And when do you need them? I can probably have a handful of different examples done by the next Paint Day...

 

 

On 8/10/2017 at 10:00 AM, hiddenone32 said:

The biggest block to me for social interaction is the firm, unshakable belief that no one is interested in what I have to say.  Even when I'm with my friends and I know they like the same things.

 

 My biggest block to social interaction is that I know for a fact that nobody else is nearly as interested in what I have to say as I am... ::D:

I do love to hear myself talk, lol.

 

 

On 8/10/2017 at 1:12 PM, Glitterwolf said:

 

And just to stir things up..Reaper should now produce a naked old wrinkled granny waving her cane shouting..get off my lawn!!!

 

 Urban Legend Betty White FTW!!!!

 

 Yes, I have just made that a thing... Deal with it.  :B):

 

 

On 8/10/2017 at 4:00 PM, NebulousMissy said:

 

I only set water on fire a couple of times...

 

 Ooh, isn't that fun? lol...

(It's probably a good thing I don't have the time to go find any magnesium right now...)

 

 

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Update: No Savage Tide for me this weekend on account of crowding - extra pet sitting and a visiting exchange student - at our fellow gamers' house, but our son is coming to visit on Sunday.

 

Since that probably isn't that interesting to all y'all (the southern inclusive-plural "you"), here's a picture of a humpback whale we saw this week. They're new to the neighbourhood. 

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21 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:

Urban Legend Betty White FTW!!!!

 

 Yes, I have just made that a thing... Deal with it.  :B):

 

 

:blink:

 

Oh.

 

Oh gods, yes.

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21 minutes ago, Pingo said:

 

:blink:

 

Oh.

 

Oh gods, yes.

And forwarded to the KS comments

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12 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

I feel similar about people who get all worried about living near (as in within 50 miles) of a nuclear reactor.  Might be because I spent 12.5 year sleeping within 100ft of one though.

 

   When anyone asks me if I'm afraid of nuclear war, I point out that we live within 14 miles of not just a nuclear reactor but also a Naval Submarine Base where they keep the nuclear subs, GE's Electric Boat Division which builds nuclear subs, and both Dow Chemicals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals...

If an accident or attack ever happened, there's about a 85% chance I wouldn't live long enough to hear about it, lol...

Oh, yeah, and there's a fault line running through the center of our state, and a good chunk of this area is actually technically below sea level so we don't need to wait for a nuclear accident or attack when a good hurricane or earthquake could wipe us off the map (and cause said nuclear accident)...  :rolleyes:

So yeah... Not much point to worrying about glowing in the dark.

 

 

9 hours ago, Thes Hunter said:

Sometimes I do that. I think I get the endorphins from rubbernecking, and from seeing that I at least do one thing right (and that is not behave like that.)

 

 I like watching people be idiots because it reinforces my belief in my inherent intellectual and moral superiority over the majority of the human race...

 

 

8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Never Give In To Your Urge To Dress Like A leprechaun.

 

8 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Why not?!?

 

 Because technically, the modern image of a leprechaun is based on a derogatory 17th/18th Century caricature of Irish immigrants in America (particularly the Irish Catholics), making fun of the way they dressed and acted differently than the predominantly English/Protestant folks who'd been here for several generations already. Also, the cutesy idyllic "fairies" and "leprechauns" of the Victorian era are actually intentionally debased versions of the Tuatha de Danann - i.e., the "People of the Tribe of Danu", who were essentially the old pre-Christian Irish gods...

Interestingly enough, nobody sees a problem with using this image to sell children's breakfast cereal, beer, soap, and cheap plastic merchandise commercializing and bastardizing the Catholic Holy Day dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland.

<steps off soapbox, lol>

 

 

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1 hour ago, Zink said:

My wife's first laptop crashed and we couldn't recover the photos on it. We had backups of a lot of them on other computers but ended up losing a big chunk of our trip to Disneyland. Now we have an older desktop, a newer laptop and an external hard drive that we keep all the photos and videos on.

 

I think I just leveled up on mini photography and photoshop use. Yay me. I actually got a couple of pics that I'm satisfied with out of my dark hole of a painting room. Still want to do something with the lighting there but at least now I can share better photos. Thinking about building a cheap light box but haven't done it yet. The box itself seems simple enough but the fabric and lamps I have don't let in enough light. Tested that out today.

 

A box is pretty easy to make. Doesn't have to be fabric - you can use thin plastics on it. Not sure what I used, but it is a transluscent white plastic that acts like paper. The lighting is the difficult part. @Doug Sundseth.... your expertise is required! 

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7 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

 

A box is pretty easy to make. Doesn't have to be fabric - you can use thin plastics on it. Not sure what I used, but it is a transluscent white plastic that acts like paper. The lighting is the difficult part. @Doug Sundseth.... your expertise is required! 

 

Today I've been checking out a few different home made ones and reading the shutterbug forum here. Read I could use parchment paper on the "windows". I have a bunch of that so I gave it a try just in front of my lamps. The difference was noticeable. Now I've seen boxes made from cardboard, foamcore, plastic sprue, wood and metal. I guess all I need is any sort of frame that I can stick the parchment to. Haven't really read anything on lighting requirements other than daylight bulbs are better. I'm thinking that it won't be long before I rig something up so any advice is appreciated.

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