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  1. So yesterday I was at a site in Cuyahoga Valley National Park that's being restored to a forested wetland. It's looking nice, but they had a real problem with deer munching on the trees they were planting. So they fenced off the entire area to prevent deer getting to the trees. This meant the coyote couldn't get in there. Which led to an explosion in the vole population. Who ended up eating all the young trees. They kind of gave themselves a lesson in how everything interacts to keep an ecosystem healthy. Anyways, they've since cut some holes in the fencing to allow coyote to get in and sprayed their urine around the holes to scare off deer and let the coyote know where the entrances are, and everything seems to be back on track. But the deer still aren't allowed in. They're serious about that. They've even put up signs that English speaking, Spanish speaking, and illiterate deer should understand...
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  2. @Green Eyed Monsty The Auld Grump
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  3. 3D Printed on my Elegoo Mars. Mini: BitetheBullet Helmet: CastNPlay. Base: Sculpted with Milliput over a plastic base. Part of my Shifting Sands Project https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/79372-shifting-sands-glitterwolf-paints-egyptian-undead/page/24/#comments ********************* Young, Beautiful but foremost...deadly. Kalista served in the Lion's, the elite guard of the High King himself, but when she refused his "attention" she found herself in the Arena. And there to the King's dismay, she not just survived, she won, over and over again and she became so populair that in the end the King had no choice than to set her free to please the crowd. These days Kalista is for hire as a mercenary, she leads caravans or nobles safely to their destination among other "jobs" ... Her reputation is often enough to secure a safe passage. And should some robber not know her? Well....what happens then is just adding to her reputation. There are rumours that Kalista even volunteers to fight in the Arena again but only for the right price. *************************
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  5. Hi All! So I had an idea and wanted to experiment with the armor. One thing lead to another. I ended up experimenting with metallic paints and I think this actually came out pretty cool. Let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for checking this out! Cheers! ~Z
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  6. Fun game of Age of Fantasy: Skirmish tonight - tried something different. The objectives were alive, and moved around in random directions. Once controlled, they can be picked up, at -2 to movement for the controlling model. But if the model carrying the objective is stunned or killed, he drops the critter - which then makes a double move in a random direction. The working title for the scenario is 'Greased Pigs'. The Auld Grump
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  7. Did some cops to go with the set
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  8. So this site has a requirement of 400 woody stems per acre. And the site is 11 acres in size. While they do surround all of the trees mature enough to have been planted from containers with the wire setup you describe, most of the trees are actually bare root saplings and live stakes, which have a decent mortality rate even without critters munching on them. Trying to wrap 4400 saplings in wire would likely have them over budget on the project and there's no way they'd ever get around to cleaning all that out. Even sites with minimal wire tree cages usually have a lot of trash to be hauled off at the end of restoration. Also, if we told the folks working out there to install cages on all their trees I'd likely be assaulted by angry, overheated landscapers.
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  9. Oh Goodness no. Him I would at least trust to both know what he was talking about, and to not try and give actual medical advice while in low earth orbit so to speak.
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  10. @Jasper_the_2nd praying for you here
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  11. Well, I've always thought your average deer was slightly insane. Now you tell me they're cannibals as well? Yeah, that tracks.
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  12. My experience of deer is that they will nibble on the skulls for calcium.
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  13. We were grilling out at a friend's place over the weekend and as we were about to leave he opened a bottle of interesting Portuguese wine. We decided to stay for a few more minutes to sample some. Three hours and two bottle later we realized we had been trying to leave. The cats were understandably angry with us for the rest of the evening because they got fed late as a result. Board games, interesting rocks I find while hiking, and artwork. Didn't realize I had a sizable collection of the latter until recently. Was going through some storage boxes and found dozens of prints and paintings I'd forgotten about. Not sure I have the wall space for all of it. Most of the time I'd say my wife. But she works outdoors and so this time of year that smell is bug spray, sunscreen and sweat. Which is nasty. I also love the smell of brewing beer. So I'm going to say the smell of my wife when she is brewing beer. Also cookies.
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  14. The smell of fresh chocolate chip cookies is really good... Might be a little weird, but the smell of my beloved animal companions. I love giving them hugs and their normal scent is calming. When I had to say farewell to my first beloved chocolate Labrador, I vacuum sealed the sweatshirt I had worn while taking care of her in those final nights. I still have her blanket that has her scent on it too. Like I said, weird perhaps.
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  15. Much like Chaoswolf I'd normally say that whichever you like better But, these are 3d printed, so I'll go with the only correct answer - both
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  16. Fresh cut hay or silver berry flowers. They're flowering this week, and it's heavenly. Hay doesn't really smell like grass, it's sweeter.
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  17. So it seems like all I do lately is skip a bunch of pages, pop on and complain about my health......sorry about that. So anyway, this morning I woke up and the whole right side of my face wasn't working right. Half a day in Emerg. The good news, I didn't have a stroke. The bad news, Bell's palsy. Already on the recommended drugs, which are particularly effective if caught early, which is was (who the heck waits more that three days to see a doctor with the whole side of their face numb??). So very good chance it will eventually completely recover. In the mean time, I have to put drops in my right eye regularly to keep it from drying out and possibly getting permanently damaged, since me lower lid won't close. And I have to tape it shut with a pad every night to keep it shut while I sleep. Whee, fun. And I have to hold the right part of my lower lip up with a finger to drip my diet cola from a bottle, otherwise I dribble all over my shirt. Awesome. On the plus side, it is still socially acceptable to wear a mask, which covers up the fact half my mouth isn't working right. #brightside ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  18. You left that as feedback, right?
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  19. Reread: The Tamuli by David Eddings. Nope, makes perfect sense to me.
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  20. Petrichor. "A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather."
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  21. He actually owns and operates a Truck Stop in Texas. Probably has a "really big car" wash as part of the services offered. GEM So at what point does it become appropriate to swear out a warrant for this installers arrest? GEM
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  22. Lilacs, because they remind me of home. And bacon, because its the fundamental basis of reality across all planes of existence.
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  23. For those of you old enough to remember the legendary Gorre & Daphetid RR, I found this! For those of you who have never heard of it, look it up! Fantastic modeling scenery.
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  24. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Although it did annoy me by revealing just how basic my knowledge of Mythology is in a lot of places.
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  25. The Guns of Normandy and The Guns of Victory by George Blackburn. His story as a Canadian forward observation officer from Normandy to the end of WW2. If you have any interest in WW2 or military history they were a good read. Canada's part in WW2 is often overshadowed by other countries and books like these help to correct that a bit.
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  26. I don't know if it's great, great but I read "A Subtle Murder" by Blythe Baker. It was a light murder mystery and very compelling once you got into it. I'm excited to read the next 6. I'm currently reading "NPCs" by Drew Hayes. I thought it'd be really cheesy when I rented it but it's actually not that bad. It starts out with some guys playing some sort of D&D and turns into a story about some NPCs. There are 5 of these, I think. Also a light read but interesting enough that I've read half the book.
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  27. A neighbor who has lived where we now live warned us about voles and wild horses eating anything newly planted. The voles from underneath and the wild horses anything above ground. They suggested wire netting in the hole for any plantings so the roots have an opportunity to become well established and either fencing or netting over the above ground growth. I don't know if your local foresters would be open to the wire basket solution for their plantings, but it is one way to keep the voles and other burrowing creatures from dining on tender young roots. I have witnessed the horses grazing on small trees that weren't protected. And I've seen enough evidence of burrow entrances to know that they are just waiting for the buffet to open. Also, we have chipmunks living under the pump house/mini barn and cottontails in the area, which means coyotes aren't far behind. I'm currently in the nursery stage of growing some hollyhocks and they are all going to be in pots for this year. GEM
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  28. Just putting this out here...this works like a charm, finally a glue that does glue my resin prints without having to resort to tricks
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  29. Hopefully not too late for input. Based on those two models, I prefer the square base. It might just be that the mini is centered better on it than the one on the round one (which can be fixed), but right now I find it visually more pleasing. Hoping you have a swift recovery, pal. And keep your spirits high, which they seem to be currently, all things considered.
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  30. I'm going to amend my answer to yesterday's question. I totally forgot around this time of the year, there is a tree the gives off a smell around here. I absolutely love the smell of it when it comes upon the wind. It reminds me of the times I spent at my grandmother's house when I was little. The smell of rain is a close 2nd.
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  32. Belle figurines, from Disney's Beauty & the Beast. Vanilla.
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  33. it's a rare evening that we're actually all home together. We're probably going to see a movie after having dinner.
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  34. They checked for lyme disease in the blood work. Clear, not that I've been out of the city in the last few weeks, or even on our lawn really. I'm not saying it was triggered by Covid, or the 4th vaccine and then getting Covid right after, but there is a LOT of talk about Bell's palsy occurrences with Covid and the vaccines. I had Covid 3-4 weeks ago, and the 4th shot less than 2 weeks before that. Not saying it WAS the cause, but that is the only change to any of my meds or conditions in the last 2 months at least. Either way, I would get the vaccine again, since with my lungs it may have been the only thing that kept me off a respirator or worse. And, unfortunately, getting Covid at some point was going to be inevitable.... Still if some Doctor is out there correlating info on this, my blood work is already in the system.
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  35. Any idea what caused that? A few years back one of my colleagues got a tick bite, developed Bell's Palsy with no other symptoms, which then developed into a later stage Lyme disease. And that almost killed him. I'm asking because it wasn't initially diagnosed as being related to a tick bite. Instead it was considered an ideopathic issue and no treatment for Lyme disease was ever considered. I mean, it's probably not that as that seems really rare. But it may be worth asking.
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  36. Haven't had much time for reading in the past few months, but I started reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie at the start of the year. Never read a Hercule Poirot book, but I watch the series on PBS each week.
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  37. I made my picks a few days ago but wanted to think it over for a bit. At first it looked like this would be my smallest pick ever. Finding an almost complete set of Kung-Fu figures proved too good to pass up however. I actually think I've got a great idea for these miniatures. If things go to plan these will be next in line after I finish my current Robotech project. Now it's just a matter of restocking the box.
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  38. My latest Bolt Action/Konflikt '47 order came in to the FLGS today. On the left are 4 additions to my still unassembled Hungarian army. 40M Nimrod SPAA Gun in the box, to have a little artillery. Hungarian Army 44M 'mace thrower' rocket launcher middle left, because it looked weird. Hungarian Army anti-tank teams, middle right, to fill those spots. And a 41M Turรกn II medium tank to have a tank that isn't the same as the Germans have. The top two on the right ar K47, the two special teams that were out of stock last order: K47 German Heavy Sniper Team German Heavy Panzerschreck team And finally , the bottom two are German BA vehicles: Sd.Kfz 7 Half track on the left, the only heavy hauler that can actually pull a heavy howitzer and finally the Infanterie schlepper UE (f) mit wurfrahmen, a funky looking little vehicle with yet another rack of rockets strapped to it (I really like rockets! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I also got my latest order from Feldherr, including a whole bunch of pluck foam trays to have something better to transport all those tanks.... After the day I've had, I didn't even open the box.....
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  39. I'm still waiting for two kids to vote on our next campaign, which is driving me crazy. I'm tempted to just call it even without their votes, though, since this is what it looks like with 5 of the 7 votes.
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  40. Wrong game. It isn't Space Woofs, it's Woof Brothers!
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  41. We had to slay the dragon part of the boat. Otherwise, it was like the one you see on the water behind us. A long canoe for twenty rowers, one steerer in the back, and one optional drum beater in front (in our case, the daughter of a coworker) Before the event, I expected the boats to be more festively decorated.
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  42. I seem to be collecting art books, though only a handful would I count as 'collectible' (vintage out of print stuff I had to track down). I like to have a solid reference shelf, and I do. Other than that I'm not much of a collector type.
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  43. Here's something unexpected from my part, last Saturday I participated in a dragon-boat racing charity event with some of my coworkers. (I'm in the centre row, first one on the right with the open jacket 85 teams of 20 rowers, three 200m races spread over the day. Everyone had sore shoulders for two days, and we weren't the best synchronized team. Strong start, but lacking in the middle part of the race. And the weather was miserable! Unseasonably cold (max 13C/55F), rainy and windy. And because of some delays, we had to wait longer than expected before our turn came. Luckily, some of the team brought some insulated curtains and a propane heater to our team booth, otherwise we would've lost some participants to hypothermia (I mean, they would've went home before freezing more). The bosses catered our participation, so we had plenty of food, snacks and beverages (including micro-brewery beer) to go around. Only thing missing would've been hot coffee for the whole team (I brought my own in a thermos). My sister is still in disbelief that I even considered participating.
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