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  1. Hello Reapervalians! So tonight a Stonehaven Pixie, sculpted digitally by Michael Evans from Stonehaven Miniatures. If you're into 3D printings he's been putting lots of things out on My Mini Factory. I had to lighten these pictures up just a tad because I thought they had come out too dark, so hopefully they look all right. As always, colors really hard to choose, knew I wanted natural colors, but didn't know if just greens or some pops of colors. Anyways, hope you all enjoy! She comes on her her Little Rock and without a base. Definitely going to be painting more Stonehaven in the near future! It's kind of weird, as I approach them, they kind of make me think they are going to be "hard" to paint, with lots of little details and for example the space between the body and the wings, but they really turned out quite simply. I haven't really had any problems yet with getting access to parts of Stonehaven minis, usually pretty easy and a pleasure to paint.
    16 points
  2. One I just finished, I tried to keep her as close to the pop art as I could.
    13 points
  3. So about 9 months ago I got pregnant, see, and... Wait, no I didn't. I bought one of these things: Anyway, it turned out to be a giant piece of crap and so I've spent the last 8 months figuring out the hard way how one of these things works so I can fix it and get it to make noise. I have been calling it the Lemoncaster. Anyway, I have finally succeeded and managed to get it to make the dirtiest, meanest tone I've ever heard come out of something with strings. Which was pretty impressive, given all I did was plug it into an equally craptacular amp. But it can make weird devil noises, so that's a start. But it needed something more. Knowing I needed a magic item to properly summon abyssal sounds, I quested and stole this from an electro-wizard. Legend has it that this is the Box of Make Noise More Gooder. I don't generally go in for things that make things More Gooder, but I wanted to master this dark art so I suppose some kind of sacrifice was necessary. I am pleased to report that the Box of Make Noise More Gooder did, in fact, make noise More Gooder. Well, sort of. What it did was unleash the power of demonic screeching from the Lemoncaster, which was enough to promote it - at least for now - to Demoncaster. If that gives it an attitude or it gets a will of its own then we'll fight to the death. Or I'll throw it off a cliff into the ocean. Whichever is more lazy at the time. Except now I have a different problem I need some advice on. See, after working out the secret of the Box of Make Noise More Gooder then I found myself compelled to make a lot of More Gooder Noise, and it seems I made enough More Gooder Noise that this thing showed up: And now all it wants to do is tell me about all kinds of creepy things it did to other people in other places and times, and I'm not really sure I believe any of them because they seem a bit disjointed and also I think the glowy orb is prolly drunk or high on goofballs or something. Anyway, I REALLY just want to go to bed but this thing just won't shut up or take the hint. I even tried showing it The Star Wars Holiday Special and it still didn't leave. So, anybody who has ever had a... uh... hang on a minnut... Okay, it says that it's name is Lack-Nor or whatever. Anyway, any of you who have ever had a Look-Nob thingy show up and knows how to get rid of it then I'd appreciate knowing how. And also how I might keep it from coming back when I make more More Gooder Noise out of my Demoncaster (which I have now named Chungus Khan). You're never getting the time back you wasted on reading that. I'm taking it and adding it to my own lifespan like an internet lich.
    12 points
  4. Many times: - Multiple electric fence hits while running a trap line in farm country as a kid - Various high voltage low amperage experiments in Physics classes - A nerve conductivity test in 2018 - Somewhere between 35 and 45 cardioversions (lost count) between 2003 and 2023 for various atrial fibrillation related fixes and surgeries
    10 points
  5. Yes to all possible permutations of the questions. I work with electronics, so I have gotten shocked quite a few times, all unintentionally. I have also gotten TENS therapy for muscle injuries. BTW, if you've ever checked a 9 volt battery by putting the terminals on your tongue, you have to answer 'yes'.
    10 points
  6. I've had that test done. It was decidedly uncomfortable, more for the sharp pointy end of the shock stick than the electricity. Pretty sure there were unintentional and possibly intentional shocks in hs physics. Though I didn't leave the TV we were dissecting plugged in like the two troublemakers with the clock radio.
    10 points
  7. I mean... I did ask for help and I don't want to seem ungrateful, buuuuuuut Do I really strike you as the kind to possess either a tea cozy or a dish rag? We have to work within my immediate limitations, which are both many and quite weird. I will need a different option.
    10 points
  8. ....................Accidentally? Hobby related, some of them are good for making surface bubbles on top of resin water.
    10 points
  9. Just the old Night Specter. Been sat in the bin of shame since the Kickstarter and I pulled it out with a couple of others for something to do between projects. Hope you like.
    9 points
  10. Yes I have. A few decades ago one of the automated retrieving systems in our warehouse ( Air Force) malfunctioned. Now the Company who built it is a German one and I called them. So with a phone in one hand and a screwdriver in the other I followed the instructions of the professional on the other side of the phone. I do speak and understand German... I opened the console and listened carefully where to put the screwdriver, I was standing on part of the machine which is metal, luckily I wore insolated boots. So.... I listened, put the screwdriver in a scoket to adjust something and then my arm got a hit, my arm involuntary moved to the side with a bang, I felt a tingling and counted my blessings for insolated boots. A voice from the other side said...I think you got the wrong socket, you want the third one on row two not on row one...
    9 points
  11. We had electric fences when I was growing up...
    9 points
  12. Me and a friend just finished doing a bunch of rewiring upgrades under my kitchen. I am not an electrician at all. As you can imagine, there were several moments where I could no longer feel the tips of my fingers. Thankfully that was just from a 110. We were much more careful when replacing the 220.
    9 points
  13. Yes. One or the other. Second one for sure. I can remember getting zapped by metal car door handles. “…Just because you can jolt somebody with electricity without killing them, doesn’t mean you should…” I think those ^ are Words To Live By. (But defibrillate as often as required !)
    8 points
  14. Knowing Larson, it's entirely possible it was intentional to see if anyone noticed. That man loved trying to sneak things past editors in particular... In other news, this woof has acquired a woodworking lathe and spent the last two days reducing chunks of perfectly servicable wood to shavings and splitners. I successfully made a small painting handle, but have then failed multiple times to make a handle for a tool that's been missing one for a while. I still haven't really got much of an idea what I'm doing but tons of youtube has been watched and I have signed up for a class next week in bowl turning, so hopefully they can get to me before I develop bad habits, lol.
    8 points
  15. Dirty sock. Wet, muddy, dirty sock. As a goblin, that's something you should be able to source. For future larceny reference, tea cozies are just socks for tableware. Dishrags, however, are for cleaning, and thus right out.
    8 points
  16. More than once, I'm sorry to say. It wasn't intentional--the packet was surrounded by yummy-yummy jerky remnants, and I had to get to that! *chomp, chomp, chomp* akk-akk-pthui Never did break the outer seal, thank goodness. And I am more restrained now.
    8 points
  17. I've joked about eating them (ie 'Hey look, buy a stereo & get a chiclet packet for free!!"), but never have they come close to my mouth.
    8 points
  18. Hey, I thought you were supposed to be the nice one. Also, I suppose that I should note that since I am completely unable to do things like a normal person, the astute among you will have noticed the Demoncaster is left-handed. This is because. naturally, I am left-handed (though I prefer to think of myself as sinister). Now so far this makes sense, right? You're left-handed, you play left-handed. Except the problem with that is that your choices become very limited. Basically every time I look at a nice new guitar it's almost always right-handed. This is the same problem every other lefty runs into. Now to solve this, there are three paths: 1. Play lefty and just deal with it 2. Learn to play right-handed 3. Just play a right-handed guitar, only upside-down (a surprisingly large number do just this). The complications of 2 and 3 should be obvious, but the complications of 1 are not. See, left-handed people are some 10% or so of the general population - but left-handed players are not 10% of the population of guitar players. This is because even if we assume that within the population of guitar players, 10% of them are left-handed - we must then deduct the ones who decided to play righty and the ones who play upside-down. This is why selection sucks, because the small population is in fact even smaller, so it's not moving lots of units. Now, it turns out that many years of making stoopid memes and photoshops has made my right-hand pretty precise. I can even write and draw with my right hand, which is slow (being that I don't do it often) but reasonably accurate. Realizing this, I flipped my left-handed guitar around to see if I could pick with any accuracy. I can. So, having already bought a left-handed guitar, and only having a left-handed guitar to practice with, and being left-handed, I am therefore making the clearly sensible choice to learn to play right-handed. This makes perfect sense to me, even if it makes no sense to anybody else. Got it? I hope so, there's a quiz later. It's multiple choice, but all the answers are wrong.
    7 points
  19. Never ever let them get wet. Wish I lived closer. I love working with a lathe. He's angry because he doesn't know what's going on, doesn't understand what people under him are telling him, and refuses to believe his broccoli smells as bad as the rest.
    7 points
  20. Fairly close, it's always the one's that they put in packets of jerky that get me, luckily I've always noticed before I've put it in my mouth. (And now jerky has got too expensive to buy anyways). Discounting static electricity, only the once. When the garden shed had to be knocked down, it was still wired to the mains, rather than pay for an electrician I tried to disconnect it myself, but I'd flicked off the wrong switch on the fuse box... Fortunately, my snippers had plastic handles so I didn't hurt myself, did slightly melt my snippers though.
    7 points
  21. Ugh... I have to give it my socks? See, this is why I hate having guests over. But okay, maybe socks will do as a last resort. But really what I need is to... find... some way... to make it... ...want to leave. Hmm. So it's at times like this where I like to seek out the inspiration of someone much wiser than me. So I shall consult The Book of Tina Turner. Okay, so I opened it up at random and it sez here... What's love got to do, got to do with it? What's love but a secondhand emotion Now I'm not really sure what that means, but I bet there's an answer to be found in it. Lessee... love... emotion... secondhand... hmm. Oh! But you know, secondhand is the old translation, and goblin scholars have since given an update translation that reads What's love but the sickliest emotion. Which, as I'm sure is plain, makes way more sense because love is pretty gross. So... this old Log-Narl... I bet it doesn't like love either. And all the suggestions have been like tea cozies and dish towels and socks... stuff that covers it. STUFF THAT SMOTHERS IT. Aha! I've had a breakdown! Breakthrough! Breakout! I'm gonna go over and hug it, and give it compliments, and make it so sickly and smothered in gross love yuck that it will want to flee immediately! Maybe I'll even kiss it, which will either finish it off or melt my face. But in either case, if you don't hear back from me then remember that all my stuff is still trapped with the deadliest, squishiest, most mangliest traps I could devise. In case any of you start thinking I'm dead and begin to covet my Box of Make Noise More Gooder that I stole fair and honestly.
    7 points
  22. That's the most common way they're sold, more or less.
    7 points
  23. Are you saying the packet contents are sometimes little spheres ?
    7 points
  24. From the They Don't Make Them Like They Used To department: I bought this power strip to go along with my first computer, a Commodore 64. For the first 20 years of it's life, I used it for my Amigas and later Windows PCs, until it got retired to my game and painting area. The power light on it gave up years ago, the switch has been sort of spongey & finicky for years and last night the switch finally failed. I was going to just pitch it and replace it, and realized that I could open it up, and that I probably had a replacement switch that would fit. I did have a switch, but before I buttoned it back up again, I decided to fix the indicator light while I had it opened, so ordered something I can retrofit. Yes, I'm spending more on this repair than a new power strip would cost, but I figure at this point, after a couple dozen moves across four states and two countries, that this small repair will likely keep it working long after I'm gone.
    7 points
  25. I know this might be a little off topic, because it's not reaper, but it's a awesome mini I'm proud of.
    6 points
  26. Finally fixed a problem that's been going on since before COVID. We were trying to get a car wash connected to the gas station next door so that they could sell codes at the gas pumps. Something I've done a hundred times before, but this site just kept having problem after problem. In terms of hours spent on it, only around 20-30 hours over the years because the site owner is one of those who is only in a hurry if the ball is in my court. And half of those hours are probably due to having to rehash things we previously went over because of his delays. Felt so good to send him the final bill just now.
    6 points
  27. A thought for today, or any day: GEM
    6 points
  28. Also note that the Banananas [sorry, I've been reading Terry Pratchett again and Nanny Ogg is influencing my spelling] need to go on top and stay on top. Otherwise they will quickly become suitable only as an ingredient in Banannanna Bread. GEM
    6 points
  29. Like much grocery store produce, these mandarin oranges were shipped underripe , hence the green. Put them in a bag with some bananas an they should turn orange.
    6 points
  30. Perhaps @haldir has an explanation for this: GEM
    6 points
  31. The drakes I started sculpting here over 2 years ago are finally hitting the Dark Sword store shelves. These are the smaller, wingless versions of the chromatic dragons that Dark Sword is also releasing at this time, in the form I originally conceived of them as. These will all be metal and will only be the 5 chromatic drakes. The first up is my personal favorite, the White drake. Erin Hartwell painted the production models for DS on these. and a scale shot of all 5 (I do not know when the other 4 will be up for sale): Here is my take on the white one that I did for ReaperCon 2021:
    6 points
  32. As an electronics tech, most definitely yes. They were unintentional, but I was the "trained professional" Most have been minor shocks that have just resulted in cursing, but I did have two incidents in the Navy that required me being sent to Medical for evaluation and resulted in a Navy wide safety bulletin. First one, I took a 330V dc shock between my left arm and my forehead that threw me across a six foot passage way into the wall. I was troubleshooting a problem with 30kw HF transmitter, and was tracing what should have been an 185Vdc signal. To measure this voltage, I was sitting on a stool crouching under a cabinet drawer that was pulled out, and my head was resting against that drawer. I was holding the metal (and supposedly grounded) casing of the drawer's power plug in my left hand, and my right hand put the meter probe into the pin I needed to measure. The metal collar of the probe wound up shorting the pin I was measuring to the metal of the case I was holding. The case wasn't grounded like it should have been, and the voltage surged up my arm to my head to find the ground. All of my muscles instantly tensed up, causing my legs to straighten out, throwing me back against the wall. It's a good thing it was DC voltage, because if it had been AC, I probably would have been locked into place, and suffered a lot more damage. I had to spend the night in Medical for observation, but apparently suffered no ill effects (although I think I may have started to stutter occasionally after that) On the plus side, the meter locked onto a voltage reading of 330V, thus identifying the problem was the source voltage regulator had failed. Two Navy wide bulletins went out for that one - One was a bulletin advising that all of these particular plugs have a grounding strap added and the other was to immediately dispose of the brand/style of probes I had used in favor of one that didn't have a metal collar. Second shock was a minor AC shock of around 50-60V ac, but it locked me into position and my safety observer had to break me free. I probably could have broke free with out him, but I'm glad he was there. I was following a maintenance & tuning procedure (on the same model of HF transmitter) and grabbed a tuning knob with my right hand and a setting switch with my left at the same time. There was an internal short of the tuning capacitor that resulted in a voltage potential between the metal knob of the tuner and any grounded component, such as a switch. Because the voltage path crossed my heart, I had to spend a few hours under observation in Medical for that one, but at least it wasn't overnight. Another safety bulletin went out for that one - any metal knobs on the units were to be immediately replaced with plastic knobs, and a certain make/model of those tuning capacitors were to be replaced as soon as replacements could be obtained, and the defective units sent back to the manufacturer.
    6 points
  33. If you look closely, he's not angry, that's a smug grin on it's face. In other news: WOOF FOOD LOG. Last Night's Snack Platter Tonight's Dinner. Crunchy Eggplant with Parmezan and herbs, Kebab Burger and Fried Potatoes with Shallot, Garlic, Assorted Mushrooms and Orange Bell Pepper in a tomato paste
    6 points
  34. Both. Unintentional was plugging in an ornamental ceramic tabletop xmas tree at grandma's place, and that's how we discovered that not only was the wiring in said tree somewhat incorrect, but wiring had degraded in the actual outlet too. Hand was numb for a while, but thankfully the flame happened on the cord's wiring, and the plastic extinguished itself after I unplugged the tree (or well, the mains zap made me keep my grip on the plug and I fell back while trying to jump back) Intentional has been a few times at physiotherapy. Feels weird on the shoulder, but I'll tell you, getting buzzy therapy to the knee is probably the weirdest because once it hits a certain range... Your knee cap vibrates from side to side. Feels really reaaaaaaally weird.
    6 points
  35. I've had the nerve testing a couple times for different things, and several courses of TENS therapy. Somehow never zapped myself while playing with electrical wiring.
    6 points
  36. I, of course, have. I've had nerve conductivity tests 3 times over the last 20 years. Twice for my leg, once for my arm. I'll likely be getting some more testing done on my shoulders soonish. On the by myself side, I grew up on a farm, so more than one encounter with electric fences. And with handiwork, I've zapped myself a few times, both 110 and 220 (previous owner had mislabeled the panel for the 220, it SHOULD have been off). And blew the chromium coating off one of my wrenches helping the kid with his car (who designs the positive battery connection so that your wrench needs to be in direct alignment with the negative post??) At least the wrench took the hit for that, DC is scary.
    6 points
  37. I have had nerve conductivity tests done for a subluxation of my shoulder and for carpel tunnel. I have used Tens Units. I have technically shocked myself with 9v batteries to see if they were still good. I bumped a live circuit once while working on a wiring in my house, and I have been hit with improperly grounded circuits in old houses.
    6 points
  38. Question May 3rd. As I'm about to head off for nerve conductivity testing on my leg and foot, have you ever, intentionally or unintentionally, been shocked with electricity? By yourself or by a trained professional?
    6 points
  39. That just means that I'll need to bring along some expendable minions...er, friends when I go to loot your cave.
    6 points
  40. This is correct, they absorb the liquid and expand a little, embedding themselves into the liquid. Great if you're making bubbling ooze or something, I think Vince Venturella has a video on it.
    6 points
  41. I’d love to go to Australia again, and I’d love to climb ice again. I’m pretty sure they’re almost mutually exclusive… I’ve fished quite a few out of freeze-dried, ‘just add boiling water’ backcountry meals, but I don’t think any have made their way to my mouth, yet… Yep. Electric fences a few times, mostly as a kid. E-stim as part of PT for various muscle ailments (I even own my own, now that they’re a cheap consumer device). I had a preCBS fender twin reverb on loan for one summer back in college - that thing shocked the bejeesus out of me when I took it onto a patio and plugged in while barefoot! I do my own home electrical wiring, and I’m happy to throw out the fact that I’ve never been shocked, even on the rare ‘hot job.’ I thank Mr Determan, my high school electronics teacher for that one! *good luck with the testing @Jasper_the_2nd I hope the docs are able to help you out!!!*
    5 points
  42. Double barrel shotgun? GEM
    5 points
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