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  1. The second beholder I painted. I did the eyebeams on this one so they could be interchangeable. He is kind of a mad Mike Wazowski!
    23 points
  2. I was lucky enough to trade one of my extra Bones Black Owlbears for Garghuk. I am glad I traded because I love this mini! He was great to paint and I can't wait to get him on the table to thump some adventurers!
    21 points
  3. I haven't posted for a bit but I have been painting. I have been painting mostly for D&D but some just because they are fun models. Luckily, the two cross over quite a bit so I get to paint fun models for D&D! I painted up these little goblins. I have the other 6 waiting to be painted. For these, I decided little greenskins. They are so cute!
    18 points
  4. Last month someone asked my daughter and her Youtube partner if they would send some autographed art to a young heart patient and they did because of course, and now we have been sent two containers of homemade cookies.
    18 points
  5. I think buglips’ analysis misses some factors. There are many ways people can be disruptive, but we can also work together to make spaces where people can talk to each other, swap ideas, relax and educate. One of my children has a YouTube channel like that, and the community there is tremendous. (I didn’t realize YouTube comments could be toxic until I started looking at some other channels.) The main thing that seems necessary is respect, not necessarily of ideas, but of people. Where the internet fails is where people are not reined in from their worst impulses of demonizing and scapegoating other people. Even places where microaggressions are tolerated, excused, or brushed aside seem to inevitably become worse and worse places to be, until everything starts to look hopeless. There needs to be moderation, and the moderation needs to have the power to remove disruptive elements from the community, whether temporary or permanent (and every decent place on the internet I’ve enjoyed hanging around on has a case-by-case philosophy so that even “permanent” bans may be overturned if the bannee shows change and willingness to change). All the good places I hang around allow challenges of ideas and perceptions - human conversation and variety of opinion, in other words. And those places are always dynamic, always changing. The best places do not seem to be free-for-alls. They have pretty solid moral underpinnings, and a lot of human oversight. People are allowed to disagree, but not to dehumanize. It seems to work. I’ve been pretty open about being a Big Ol’ Leftie with an urge to make the world a better place for everyone. I don’t always live up to my ideals and I recognize that there are people who consider even those ideals dangerous - or possibly the way I pursue them, I’m not sure. I do know that civilization requires constant maintenance, tinkering, and the mindful work of a lot of people of goodwill. It’s never going to be automatic - automatic always leads to toxicity. I also know that that work is necessary. Retreating into despair and hermitage only leads to disaster for everyone. I don’t have answers because answers implies finality, and this is a process that is never done. On the other hand, if we work at it we can make good places to be human among humans for a time, and given the history of humanity that is in itself not a bad thing.
    18 points
  6. So... I made a bunch of people at work mad. So much stink-eye... My boss and half my team had just started some 10 day juice cleanse this weekend. And I brought giant chocolate chip cookie, all sliced into single serving bars. I brought half of the cookie home.
    18 points
  7. Regarding the social media discussion... I'm just hanging out here, as opposed to other sites with miniature content and discussion, because people here know how to use complete sentences.
    16 points
  8. Imma stick to real food. Weird green smoothies are not food, they're a soylent green joke.
    15 points
  9. Speedpaints! Made one of the Crocs Albino
    14 points
  10. My mom just wished Hubby and I happy 7th anniversary. I had completely forgot Maybe I'll make shrimp to go with my raviolis, instead of chicken. Make it anniversary fancy Oh, I straight up hate being a working mom. We're both working full time jobs, as well as trying to take care of a baby that doesn't sleep longer than 4 hours before she wakes up s wants food. Hubby can deal with it a little better, because he's used to only sleeping 3 hours a night. For me it's miserable. But I don't feel it's fair to Hubby to have to work so much. Aside from the fact that I'll hardly see him. But until I'm done breastfeeding, it's just not practical to have both of us working, even if I only worked part time. I'm just gonna to have to make it up to him by taking really good care of him and the house, so the time we do have together will be good, quality time.
    14 points
  11. I agree. Mostly I was reacting with my gut; Buglips went out there and did his homework, so to speak. I dunno that I agree with him on ALL the particulars, but regarding the issue of monetization, he's right on the money (if you'll pardon the pun). If you're not paying for the product, you ARE the product. And if a service is being provided, it's in their best interest to make you use the service as much as possible. I used to work in news, a very long time ago. Two of the first things I learned is "Bring us fodder, or get out," and "If it bleeds, it leads." Media requires fresh content, a steady stream of lucid copy, NOW. It's that much harder in video media, which is why you get talking heads jabbering at you during a disaster when there's no fresh information to feed the audience; a part of an anchor's TRAINING now involves what to do when there's dead air and you have to figure out a way to fill it, engagingly, on the fly. Since then, keeping the audience scared, angry, or at least concerned, is part of the process. "Fnords" aren't a real thing, but they might as well be. It keeps them tuning in. Particularly now that there's enough media floating around that you can just pick one that suits your particular preconceived notions. I don't know that social media was DESIGNED to make you nuts, but it's certainly profitable while operating on that rationale. Facebook used to be how I kept in touch with distant friends. Now it's largely a platform for ads disguised as someone's posts, and a lot of people have moved on to other media or none at all. Now I can go for quite some time without seeing much more than ads and memes. It ain't sustainable. Buglips: " Even if there theoretically was a fix, it couldn't be implemented because some of the factors are being driven by people who don't actually think they're engaged in destructive behaviour at all (worse, some may believe they're actually doing good). " No single raindrop thinks it's to blame for the flood. That's the whole point behind moderators, and what I call the Internet Living Room. When you're on my page, you are in my Internet Living Room. I ask the same courtesy you'd show me if you were sitting in my real one. Feel free to chat and argue, even, but don't put up nudes on the wall or laughingly crap on the carpet. By the same token, though, I need to follow the same guidelines when wandering around in other people's spaces. Regrettably, though, either due to a societal shift, or Buglips' theories, or simply Gabriel's Greater Internet Effwad Theory, a LOT of folks can't seem to manage those parameters, and choose instead to kick up %$#@ for fun, validation, power, and, of course, profit. As to the Reaper forums, I keep coming back because most of us seem to understand the value of basic civility and common courtesy, and trolls tend to get stomped on fairly quickly. I've got friends here. But yeah, some of us have moved on, and the board hasn't the numbers it did, once upon a time. But it's still usually a friendly, supportive place, and the mods are present and doing the job. It's worth returning to. And worth saving. Social media ain't dead, but yeah, there's a dumpster fire there. It's a work in progress. Things will shake out.
    14 points
  12. Presenting Cypher, a character from Games Workshops Warhammer 40k range. My version is a mysterious and legendary Space Knight recognisable from the giant sword he carries but never uses, while he normally lives a hermit-like existence on the various, isolated outer worlds, he will occasionally pledge his services to a quest or expedition in exchange for transport off world. Really surprised I got this one finished, he's been on my desk well past the point where I normally get fed up of looking at things, and he's not a mini I'm that interested in (I basically really like his sword scabbard). That he turned out okay too is just a bonus. As always, any comments or criticisms are warmly received.
    13 points
  13. So the wifey says - "these new earrings have a bit of a rough patch it looks like a little sharp edge where there shouldn't be one. can you take care of it? " "You want me to remove mold lines? I can do that all day!" #hobbyskills
    13 points
  14. @Unruly you should get one of those umbrella hats I laugh because I do that too. It's a laugh of shared pain. You're surrounded by lightweights! Hubby has decided that when we move to Wyoming I'm not getting a job. He's going to work two jobs, at least until we're done breastfeeding. I can't really come up with a good arguement why he shouldn't.
    13 points
  15. So The Cookie wins another round. GEM
    13 points
  16. ^^ I knew there MUST be SOME advantage to being as bald as a coot. ^^ It's been a hot and busy day for me:
    13 points
  17. No, the Reaper forum isn't my internet living room. I was speaking more of social media in general, places what invite you to create your own space, like Twitter, Facebook, and so forth. Sometimes, people wander into my space, and behave unpleasantly. I regard this as akin to a guest behaving badly; I was making an analogy. I get that on Facebook occasionally, when I or a friend posts something someone takes exception to. And since it's my own space, I deal with it as I see fit. Although it's not a bad thing to remember that what Twitter giveth, Twitter can take away. This is a moderated forum. I have no personal space here; I am simply a registered member. I have no living room, here; if I had to make an analogy, I'd describe THIS place as a mall, with separate spaces for separate topics, like the stores in a mall. But it's all public, and none of it is mine. Consequently, the flip side of Living Room Reasoning is in effect: everybody play nice, or suffer the consequences. That's what mods are for. And the rules apply as much to you or me as anyone else. If I make a big ugly noise in a mall, mall security will warn me, perhaps lecture me, perhaps toss me out, regardless of what I think the rules should be or how hard I want them to be that way. It ain't my mall, and I ain't the boss of it. That's really all there is to say, there. Actually, what I SAID was:Monetized social media has a stake in making you crazy, because you're more profitable that way. I think it's more complicated than that, frankly. ANY business is built entirely around one focus: Profit. That includes businesses that are necessary and even altruistic in nature (although it excludes nonprofit type setups). A community NEEDS a grocery store, a bank, and so on. The difficulty comes when a given enterprise crosses a certain line. On one side of that line, the public weal as well as the business's well being are secured. On the other side, the profit margins are still good, and headed upward... but the public interests of SOMEONE, at least, are no longer relevant, and perhaps even under attack. I think Buglips said it pretty well in his big hefty post. He spoke about social media's interests in provoking its users, in maximizing their usage of the platform by any means necessary... and if it means upsetting, angering, or terrorizing said users, well, it's not like we're KILLING anyone, right? We're just maximizing usage and the number of noses pointed at our content, right? No single raindrop thinks it's to blame for the flood. Just makin' money, not breakin' laws, didn't MEAN to do any harm... and yet, here's the flood. Buglips? If I got it wrong, do feel free to jump in here and correct me. EDIT: It is true that Twitter and Facebook and other social media that offer you your own "internet living room" also have moderators and monitoring and rules, Terms Of Service," and so forth. I've noticed, however, that enforcement of those rules tends to be way less egalitarian on the larger monetized platforms than they are here. Hell, Facebook in particular is notorious for allowing what I'd call hate speech, and then banhammering someone for complaining about the hate speech because their response contained quotes from the original hate speech that Facebook allowed! It's stuff like that that makes me ponder Buglips' remarks about their sustainability in the long run.
    12 points
  18. Here's the thing, you, as we all did, signed up for a forum where you have to intentionally opt-in to participate in political and other sensitive discussions. It’s not banned, it’s not disallowed, there’s just a particular place for it. That’s what people signed up for, a forum where they could discuss miniatures, and in particular Reaper Miniatures products, and all that Reaper asks is that topics of a sensitive nature be put in a place where people have to purposefully go to view them. The insistence to ignore that rule because you think it would work better if people just went along with what you want to do is not just disrespectful to your fellow forum members, it’s disrespectful to Reaper who made the rule in the first place. This isn’t your internet living room. I would never go to anyone’s Facebook or Twitter or blog or any space that has the intention of giving the user their own home on the internet and tell them what they can or cannot post there. I am Facebook friends with plenty of people from all walks of life who regularly very passionately state their opinions about different subjects and I have, not once, given anyone any grief over posting whatever their heart desires on their own page because THAT is their internet living room and I don’t have any say nor any desire to have any say on what they want to do there. I don’t think that it’s particularly healthy to cultivate an echo chamber of infinite back patting for having the “correct” opinions, but I believe in free will, so I leave people to make their own choices on their own page. But this forum is not your personal Internet home. You have not graciously invited other users over. This is not even a space that you personally rented for a period of time where you get a say in what goes on. This is Reaper’s space where they have made the rules and they have made it clear time and time again what sort of behaviour they expect to see in this shared space. This is a forum where off topic chatter that is not even deemed as sensitive subject matter routinely gets removed from threads to streamline them. A forum where people were told that they had to stop doing their own personal ongoing WIP threads because if they wanted a blog they should go and make a blog. A forum where despite the fact that the company creates and sells and has pictures up on their retail site of completely naked figures, forum members are expected to only link to pictures of their personal pictures of those same figures. They have made it clear that their rules are their rules and they do not have to make sense to you personally; when you signed up to this forum, you signed up to follow those rules. But when you make an impassioned speech about how you think that the established rules should change because you want them to and your hope is to drum up support for your point of view on how things should be, what you are doing, intentionally or not, is encouraging other people to disregard and break the rules. If what you want is to convince someone that these rules should change because you think it works so well elsewhere, then I suggest emailing these thoughts directly to Reaper because again, it’s their rules. They are who you need to convince, not the other people who are perfectly happy to abide by the rules or otherwise accept the consequences of not doing so. By saying these things here, you are, essentially, the people who go to a public park and think there’s nothing wrong with bringing big speakers to loudly listen to their preferred type of music and then when other people in the park complain about it and point to the clearly posted signs that say music isn't allowed to be played aside from in designated areas, their defense is that the music is great and when they play their music at other venues, the other people there are happy to listen to their music at even louder volumes so they don’t see why it’s a problem here. Well, good for you, but I signed up for peace and quiet. But not only, it seems to me, is the message that you should just let people play whatever music they want in the shared space, you also want to make sure that everyone knows that it’s not the music players who are the bad guys, it’s the people complaining about the music. Other places aren’t a problem because everyone agrees to the music being played but here, these pesky people keep telling us to turn down the volume instead of just enjoying it like everyone else. My opinion, on the other hand, is I don’t care if you have invited my favourite band to play in the communal area, the sign clearly says they have to play in the designated area for music, so that’s where they should go set up their instruments. It’s not about what any individual thinks the rules should be, it’s not about what a group of people think the rules should be, it is not even what the majority think the rules should be, it is about what Reaper has stated that the rules are and until they change those rules, the people trying to skirt around them or directly challenging them are the problem. If you don’t intend to be a part of the problem, then by all means directly contact Reaper with your suggestions. In the meantime, while I am certainly far from perfect, I’m on the side of Reaper’s rules whether I agree with every single one of them or not. And if your takeaway from Buglips' post was that he was saying that monetized social media is bad, I just don't even know what to tell you.
    12 points
  19. One of the greatest things about my best friend is that we don't always agree. We have a lot in common, a huge amount, but we still disagree frequently enough to challenge how I think about certain things and to create really interesting conversations. I cherish these. Most of the online presences I enjoy are people who I don't necessarily always agree with, but I really enjoy how they make their arguments. Joe Rogan is one of these. I frequently think he's a blathering idiot, and I don't appreciate some of his life choices, but I do enjoy listening to his side of things though he rarely changes my mind. I think social media is a cancer. Benign at best, certainly very, very toxic at worst. I engage in social media less and less. Most of the time I'm about one bad day away from deleting all of my social accounts and downgrading my Internet to just enough bandwidth to dial into work when necessary and download Kindle books. I do appreciate all of you however. I agree that this community has and is changing. I'm here less and less than I used to be. Lots of friends have come and gone over the years I've been visiting this forum. I appreciate all of you, and the things that you have added to my life. Even when I don't agree with you. I do foresee a time at some point when I probably won't log back in. Not that I don't still love Reaper, I do. A lot. But Reaper is necessarily changing. Some of those changes I love. Some of them not so much. In addition to that as I get older my time is more at a premium than ever before. I have more hobbies than I can easily list, and I try to spend as much time as feasible with my parents since I know that all life is a finite thing. At the end of the day, you're a great group of folks. You have made my life a better thing, and I am appreciative of that. Any time any of you are in my neighborhood the beer and pizza are on me.
    12 points
  20. One of the major advantages of broadly available internet is the ability to find communities of interest that you enjoy. One of the major disadvantages of broadly available internet is that it's very easy to hear only people that agree with you (those same communities of interest), which then leads many (most?) people to come to the opinion that their beliefs are self-evidently correct, since "everyone" agrees with them. And the most toxic result (perhaps) of all that is that question begging and strawman arguments become de rigeur. If you spend the time to converse seriously with people who disagree with you, to actually engage their arguments fairly, you usually find out that they're (on average) as well-meaning as people who agree with you, but that they are working on different priors or weight issues differently. This typically results in civility (there are exceptions, of course.) But if all you ever see are people who agree with you and people who either mischaracterize your beliefs or present only the weakest possible arguments for the opinions you hold and follow that up with attempts to dismiss those opinions as outside the realm of reasonable discourse, what you get is deeply toxic. And that, frankly, has happened here with distressing regularity.
    12 points
  21. From observation, the only places that remain friendly on the internet are places where the rules are enforced (known .. well, ideally, they're known, but my experiences implies that a lot of skimming happens when the rules come up). So, in a sense, @buglips*the*goblin is correct. I don't like that, but... damnall, he's right. Maybe not about the inevitability of the thing, but ... *sigh* Farcebook is just broken as designed; I wouldn't have a presence there at all if I didn't have a reason to, but even there, I have seen that it IS possible for groups to be friendly /and/ functional... but it means the mods have to be present, focused and active (I have ... four groups, five, if you count the Portal Farcebook group) that are active and functional. The Reaper group is /not one of those groups/. In other news, Seattle Chocolate's 'Moon Rocks' chocolate is quite possibly the most interesting thing I've ever deliberately put in my mouth. I would not quite have imagined the combination of chocolate and pop rocks to be a functional one. If you can find some, GO TRY IT. The label is fraggin' awesome.
    12 points
  22. Do you have any military veterans where you work? If you do, I can almost guarantee that cookie won't survive. No matter which branch, free food is always near and dear to the heart. I sincerely hope that you just have a bad sprain or something like that. Leaving a broken bone alone for too long is bad ju-ju. It'll start to heal on it's on it's own. It won't necessarily heal correctly, though. Then 10 years down the road it'll really start to hurt, and the doc will then tell you that the only way to fix it is to re-break it so it'll heal properly. Not speaking from personal experience or anything though... RE: the decline of the forum---I've noticed it, too. I have, on several occasions, tried to bring the topic to light in an effort to slow/halt/reverse the trend with varying degrees of success. I enjoy hanging out with you people here. I enjoy hanging out with you people at Reapercon even more so. I am old, and stubborn, and will fight like hell to not have to give up things I enjoy. It's gonna need to be a team effort, though. Everyone needs to go and re-read the rules and try to follow 'em, for starters. Hey, Reaper!!! You guys REALLY need to recruit more mods.
    12 points
  23. Noted. As soon as I saw "Internet Living Room," I assumed you were talking to me. Plainly, I shooda made it clear that I was referring to social media in general, and NOT the Reaper boards, which don't work that way. I was going to argue with you on that, but upon reflection, I'm not so sure you're wrong. Particularly considering I wound up elaborating on my interpretation of it, anyway. Sometimes, editing something down to a quick punchy sound bite is perhaps not the best option. I begin to see why you found my "Internet Living Room" analogy irritating. That wasn't what I meant to say, but your point is well made, and sorta ties into what Buglips was saying. You're perfectly correct in that a perfectly good forum can quickly become an echo chamber devoted to any and all ideas, good, or wretched or poisonous, without fairly tight moderation. Furthermore, there are any number of social media sites who don't give a rat about the content, so long as the noses are pointed at the content (and the ads). This is why we periodically see news stories like FACEBOOK GROUP DEVOTED TO (atrocity deleted) DISCOVERED: ZUCKERBERG REFUSES TO COMMENT. I imagine many of these groups started out as perfectly ordinary discussions, and just evolved in that direction, just as you say. No single raindrop thinks it's to blame for the flood. I seldom do Google hangouts, and was completely unaware of everything you have voiced here. And now I'm better informed than I was an hour ago. And that's where it comes down to you and me and the rest of the forumites. Pingo's point... or at least my interpretation of it... is that it takes mods to keep a community in the same shape it was when it started. Stupid is a universal constant, and creeps permeate all. If life has taught me anything, it is that some folks just can't stand to go through a day without kicking over someone's sand castle. The internet is particularly vulnerable to this, as it offers anonymity by its nature, and consequences are hard to come by, short of the mall cops showing up and tossing the miscreants out the door. By then, it's too late; the sandcastle has been kicked, and the joyful validation of the troll has already occurred. Sure, there are mods here. Pretty GOOD ones, compared to some joints I've visited. But it also rests on us all. Doug Sundseth's solution is a simple one, and not a bad one: don't feed the trolls, and keep the dirty laundry in the hamper. If one wishes to talk to him on another level, let's seek someplace other than the Reaper Mall Food Court in which to have our discussion. His solution works for him. Peachy. It's not the only one. I've had plenty of disagreements here, be it about priming or about politics. Disagreements happen. When they get out of hand, we report it, we holler for mods, and so forth. And in the meantime, I try to be civil. I don't always succeed; I'm as fallible and as temperamental as anyone. I'm also not a mod, and this ain't my personal stomping ground. It's important to remember I'm a guest here, and I really don't wanna tangle with the Mall Cops, regardless of my shining rightness and justifications. I've been told to shuddup before, and my Freedom Of Speech really doesn't mean squat here; this is someone else's property. I am free to write dirty words on the walls... but not these particular walls. Regardless of who might be Liking my posts, cheering me on and vigorously agreeing with my fiery hatred of cole slaw or whatever. Ultimately, I think, it boils down to good mods, a good set of rules and guidelines... and the fact that a forum's going to be as good as WE are. (...yeah, okay, maybe trying to boil it all down to one pithy quote wasn't the best plan. So much for good intentions...)
    11 points
  24. Stunt training is awesome. I wish I had formal training, I learned the hard and slow way! Last week I stunned my neighbors when I jumped off my roof, rather than walk all the way to the back of the house where the ladder was. I mean, it's a one story house. And rather than just stick the landing like I used to, I did a tuck roll out of it. I mean, I am almost 50 now. I forget not everyone does this kind of thing. My fiancee is horrified by my antics, but she didn't know me when I was actually out of control.
    11 points
  25. SparrowMarie, I hope your kitty feels better soon. My mom's cousin found me a super friendly kitten I'm gonna be adopting as soon as I hear back from the apartment complex. She's so cute! Pictures and name will be posted once I have her in person. I want to meet her before 100% committing to a name, and all the pictures of her I have access to have my mom's cousin in them. But I'm sooo excited.
    11 points
  26. Poor Grumpy. I'm celebrating his getting an actual to goodness day off by taking him rollerskating.
    11 points
  27. All relationships, no matter what kind they are, require constant effort to keep them positive. Some require less effort, but you still have to put in the work for them. In other news, I have raviolis for dinner tonight :drool emote:
    11 points
  28. Grump has Cher playing. Born in the wagon of a traveling show. I don't know what game he's working on, but that is game working on music.
    11 points
  29. From the FFG game: Descent 2nd Edition
    10 points
  30. I live in a university neighborhood. There’s a custom bookcase maker here that makes cases that wear like iron and hold anything. They look pretty simple and austere and plain, but man, are they strong.
    10 points
  31. Good afternoon my fellow forumnites! I purposely have made it a goal to avoid the Kickstarter section of the forums... So far I have not purchased a miniature this year that was not directly painted for commission. :) My goal is the entire year without a purchase - that would be stored for later painting.
    10 points
  32. Not the same circumstances, but I have also 'enjoyed' JP-5 (jet fuel for those unaware) in my drinking water. FTFY. The cookie is probably healthier.
    10 points
  33. I heard that was legal in Canadia now. My condolences on the sunburn. I share your lamentable lack of melanin, so I sympathize. OTOH, it helps with Vitamin D production, so there's that.
    10 points
  34. If we were still using handwritten paper tickets, I wouldn't have even been attempting to write them. The old written tickets would fall apart when wet. They were no better than notebook paper. Technology is what allows us to write tickets at all when it's raining. Even the traffic tickets used by every cop in the state are basically just cardstock and tear up badly when wet. Which is why they always write them out while sitting in their cruisers. I don't have that luxury. Or it could be like my cousin, who lost his finger because they told him it wasn't broken when it was, it healed wrong, rebreaking it made it worse, and 3 or 4 years later it has to be amputated. A young marine by the name of Eugene Sledge learned about how the military liked to reuse things in WWII in similar fashion. Before the battle of Peleliu, when they were staging on Pavuvu, he was told to scrub out 55 gallon oil drums and not given any supervision about it. The end result was he slacked off and did the bare minimum, as did everyone else who was given that detail. Fast forward a few weeks and they're now on Peleliu, in combat, in the summer, on a tropical island. And now all of their water supplies, delivered in those same 55 gallon drums, are tainted with oil and largely undrinkable. That doesn't look like a boat! Where are the blazers and boat shoes? Where are the bikini-clad supermodels? Where's the champagne fountain?
    10 points
  35. Warships are plumbed different from civilian naval vessels. Naval Officers [line officers] who serve on warships, and Senior NCO Damage control personnel learn the principles of Counter-Flooding, a technique used to keep a damaged vessel from capsizing or going down by either the bow or stern by flooding other spaces to even out the weight distribution from compartments and spaces flooded by damage. It's counter-intuitive but in a combat situation it's sometimes better to risk sinking from too much water evenly distributed than from a lesser amount of water destabilizing the ability of the ship to stay afloat and either get out of an engagement or to stay in the fight while the Damage Control personnel attempt to get the problem under full control. Even in a situation where a ship is sinking it can be advantageous to counter-flood in order to buy time for the ships company to Abandon Ship in good order instead of a panic. GEM
    10 points
  36. In other news, I find wry amusement in the fact that soon, the same sun that's been making me miserable will be powering my air conditioner.
    10 points
  37. Okay, if it's a Calico, name it Pezler!
    9 points
  38. Really this is where the ideal world collides with the real world. Sometimes I hear about babies that sleep well and eat well, but they seem to be the exception, whereas all the parenting books lead you to expect that they are the norm. I tried working with a baby that struggled to sleep, eventually I was so exhausted I was falling asleep at my desk. I was very lucky to have both a supportive employer and my mom babysitting during the day. Without both of those things I couldn't have managed. I hope your hubby can find a job that pays well enough for him to only work one job.
    9 points
  39. Things they never told me to expect in college #671: Some guy wants to launch a startup with his friends, and he came to me, looking for advice on how to structure a pitch deck. The poor, doomed fool.
    9 points
  40. Well Red did say she was wanting shrimp. Maybe we could all get her a rock lobster instead.
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  41. So what I'm takin' away, here: BUGLIPS: Monetized social media has a stake in making you crazy, because you're more profitable that way. This is bad for us all. PINGO: Nonmonetized social media like this forum can be great if we all just behave and moderators manage the troublemakers. DOUG SUNDSETH: I manage by not feeding the trolls. If you feel I'm out of line, report me. Altogether, assuming I'm interpreting correctly, NONE of these statements seem terribly disruptive or unreasonable...
    9 points
  42. Puts note on phone for future research.
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  43. No, pulling a piston out of the Main Engine for overhaul. (That's the long, tall item on a crane in the middle of the picture.) Working at anchor, about 25 miles off Corpus Christi. 40 centigrade and upper 80's humidity, which is why my camera kept fogging up!
    9 points
  44. The ! isn't actually a problem. It can bop **other** people though!
    9 points
  45. I have obtained these volumes. They are essentially beginners' guides to Dungeons and Dragons without containing any of the rules. The idea is that a youngster reads the books, he'll get interested in the world presented, and therefore the game that lets him be a part of it. For an established player, they're pretty but useless. Well, except in my case; apparently WOTC has brought Tortles back as a player race. I didn't know this until I read the Warriors book. For a person interested in learning what the game is about and what's expected of you, it's a fun read. Heavily illustrated, and the art is quite good. Made me miss the old Practical Guide series, which served a similar function for Third Edition.
    9 points
  46. starting off with stormtroopers. relatively new to this whole painting thing. I tried gloss-white paint on the troopers with black details and apothecary-white-contrast for shading. shine and finish turned out good, but I kinda think the gloss-paint was too thick and lost some of the details. live-and-learn. At least I'm doing this in deployment groups, that way I can have each set use improved techniques without it looking too jank.
    9 points
  47. Remember, NPCs are people too! From here: http://securitychecksmatter.blogspot.com/p/security-poster-library.html
    8 points
  48. Happy Anniversary! I seem to remember that 7th. Anniversary is Jet. So perhaps we should all club together and buy you a B52.
    8 points
  49. Juice cleanse? Sounds like yet another fad diet with no connection to the real world. It's probably Noni juice, too... (In the past, peddlers of this stuff has been known to aggressively 'reccommend' the juice to cancer patients, claiming that it'll cure them.)
    8 points
  50. Pretty much. The phones and the new software beat the pants off of our old handhelds for just about everything except working in the rain. They take better pictures, they have a built-in license plate reader function that's about 70% accurate, it remembers the details for vehicles we've written prior tickets, they're smaller, the battery lasts a whole 8 hour shift, and they automatically update our records(in part) as we write the tickets. The downsides are that the battery isn't replaceable, and so will eventually stop lasting the whole shift unless they get new phones every couple years, and that they foul up quicker in the rain. All in all, it's a big upgrade. But it does suck when you're in the rain.
    8 points
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