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  1. On 6/20/2018 at 12:44 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 20: Do you say tomato or tomato? Are there any similar pronunciations that completely vex you, like when someone says eligible instead of illegible?


    Thanks, Pezler!

    I've only ever encountered people pronouncing it "tomato" ironically. Last year, I discovered I'd been pronouncing "agate" wrong my whole life. It must be one of those words I'd read in a book as a child and never heard aloud until I was 37.

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  2. On 6/18/2018 at 12:47 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 18: What are some overlooked professions needed to survive a zombie (or other scary trope thing here) apocalypse?


    Everybody wants the big fighter on their team, but who else would you need?


    Archers, Brawlers, Doctors, Vets, Teachers, Farmers, these are all pretty obvious.

    Tailors, Tinkers, Sages, and Faces are a little less so.

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  3. On 6/15/2018 at 6:37 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 15: Have there been any board games or video games that you've discovered lately?

    Between Two Cities. It's like Seven Wonders, but the strategery is different. You draft tiles and simultaneously build one city with the player on your left and another city with the player on your right. Whichever player's lowest-scoring city has the highest score wins.

    On 6/16/2018 at 1:52 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 16 and 17: Who is your favorite fantasy/Sci-fi ruler?

    Bonus: What kind of ruler would you be? What would your domain be like?

    I'm partial to Alaria Festryl of House Festryl, Empress of Urupa and Captain of the Gift of Theft, one of my old PCs.

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  4. On 6/10/2018 at 10:14 AM, Marvin said:


    Oh! I finally watched the first episode of that yesterday too (though I'd previously watched the faux-Trek episode), and omg is that the most irritatingly stupid thing I've seen in a while. Everyone kept telling me how smart the show is, etc., and then that's what I got right out the gate lol. Edgelord BS.

    Episode One is completely different from all the others. I always recommend people skip it.

  5. On 6/12/2018 at 1:41 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 12: Do you have a spirit animal or guardian? If you made one for fun, what would it look like?


    There are all sorts of fun stories and types from different cultures! 

    The pink bowtie is my spirit animal.

    On 6/13/2018 at 1:25 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 13: Where do you find mini painting or general art inspiration?


    A place, a show, a song?

    I lick the brush and inspiration just comes to me.

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  6. On 6/9/2018 at 12:31 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 9 and 10: What's your favorite way to treat yourself?

    Are you thinking about doing that this weekend or soon?


    Thanks, Crowley!



    I believe I did indulge as my wife was out of town that weekend.


    Runner-up is that I always treat myself to a nice meal after a job interview. Nothing cheers me up after a crappy interview than a good meal.

    5 minutes ago, TGP said:

    @etherial  you seem to be stuck in the Wayback Machine™️ :poke:

    Work got crazy this month. I'm playing catsup.

    On 6/10/2018 at 10:48 PM, Morihalda said:

    June 11: What do you consider to be hidden gems in Reaper's catalog?


    Thanks, Xiwo Xerase!

    The stalagmites. I get so much usage out of them setting up dungeons.

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  7. On 6/7/2018 at 3:17 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 7: Will you cross anything off your bucket list this year?

    I already crossed off Help Run a Tournament in Ruantallan. I am still hoping to cross off either Quit a Job for a Better One or Reject a Job Offer For a Better One. Travel to Australia had to be pushed back due to insufficient funds.

    On 6/8/2018 at 12:56 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 8: Are you in any clubs or organizations? Have you started any?

    I am currently a Kingdom-Level Deputy Greater Officer in the SCA.

    I am a member of the Board of Directors of the WPI Glee Club Associates.

    I will have been a member of the WPI Science Fiction Society for 20 years this August.


    I signed the petition to found CLICK (Campus Lifestyles Involving Consensual Kink), WPI's sex-positive BDSM/Polyamory Discussion Club.

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  8. On 6/6/2018 at 2:41 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 6: If you were in charge of your favorite movie/tv franchise, what would do with it next?


    Thanks, Crowley!

    I would laucnh Michael Bay into the sun. Tell him it'd be one heck of an explosion. Then I'd start the Transformers franchise over with more of a cold war spy games feel to it.


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  9. 1 hour ago, Dr.Bedlam said:


    Are you sure? A theremin was used for much of the score for Forbidden Planet, and this didn't sound much like a theremin... admittedly, it didn't sound much like a slide whistle, either... and as cheap as this movie was, I wouldn't have thought they could AFFORD a theremin.


    A theramin is literally just a magnetic field attached to a speaker. You can make one by dismantling just about any piece of electronics.

  10. On 6/3/2018 at 10:24 PM, Morihalda said:

    June 4: Do you/can you display your geekiness at work? What do you have? Posters, Han Solo bobble head, figures that you have painted, etc?


    Thanks, Chaoswolf!

    At my old job, I had my Soundwave MP3 player and my Ravage USB Drive chilling on my lab bench. My current job is temporary and involves bringing several people into my lab every day, so I try to be a little more neutral. It does have a giant stuffed monkey in traditional Chinese dress that some Hyundai execs brought when they meet with our execs.

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  11. On 6/1/2018 at 1:38 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 1: What are some of your personal or funny mondegreens in film, songs, or other media?


    A mondegreen is a mishearing of a phrase and substituting similar sounding words so the phrase makes sense. 


    Thanks, pinkymadigan!


    Taylor Swifty:

    You say you're fine, I know you better then that.
    Hey wait a minute, what'd you do to my cat?

    On 6/2/2018 at 12:34 AM, Morihalda said:

    June 2 and 3: Which paint in your collection do you use the most?

    Bonus! Try using the opposite color this weekend/next time you paint!


    Thanks, Xiwo Xerase!

    Abaddon Black. I also use lots of Bone White.


    Honorable mention: Mephiston Red.

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  12. On 5/22/2018 at 11:43 AM, Cranky Dog said:



    Needs more pouches. Otherwise, it's not a proper Liefeld art piece.


    Liefeld school of art:

    • Unnatural anatomy proportions. You're encouraged to invent new muscle groups.
    • Scowling faces, this includes masks and armor
    • Feet are absent or tiny, avoid at all costs.
    • The human mouth has over 32 teeth... on top, and over 32 on the bottom.
    • Pouches, pouches, pouches!
    • Clothes are skin tight and/or extra wrinkly, again includes masks and armor.
    • Guns and blades are hard (darn straight lines, how can you make them frown at anyone?). Don't bother making them look realistic.


    Thank you for preparing me the Liefeld joke in Deadpool 2.

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  13. 1 hour ago, Rahz said:

    Saw DP2 last week.  Loved the first 2 acts, found the 3rd a little slow.  The credit scenes made up for it though.  Feel they needed more Morena in it, though they apparently cut a number of scenes with her, so maybe in the DVD cut.  


    Looking forward to Solo this Friday as I'm taking the day off to participate in a bike tour with my kids' school, which only lasts the morning.  Popcorn and Solo for lunch with the wife=win!    



    The original Deadpool did a great job of spitting in the face of comic book movie tropes and DP2 had not one but two fridgings driving the plot. I enjoyed the experience, but was very disappointed by the writers.

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  14. On 5/26/2018 at 12:10 AM, TGP said:


    ::o: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:


    Sequoyah and Cyril pause to look at you funny... ...they were comparing old Scrolls written in Tamil and Arabic and they needed a break. 

    Cyril didn't invent the Alphabet any more than Elon Musk invented the automobile. Cyrillic, Tamil, and Arabic are all descendents of Cuneiform. Sequoyah did not live in Antiquity.

    8 hours ago, Morihalda said:

    May 29: What was your favorite toy growing up?

    Transformers. Honorable mention to the noble bicycle.

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  15. 21 hours ago, Unruly said:


    That's actually pretty funny...And that's also the nature of D&D games that get started at Pennsic and have no hope of ever continuing after the event is over.

    I forgot to mention, their battlecry was "Avon Calling!"


    My last tabletop campaign almost had a session at Pennsic since half the players would be there anyway and one player's brother and SIL would be available to NPC.

  16. Marvel's current(?) Superhero RPG has a cool mechanic where each character chooses the next character to act. So you can blitz through all of your characters, but that means that they get to use all of theirs and then they get to choose one of theirs to go first next turn and then they can double-blitz you back.

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  17. 11 hours ago, Talae said:

    Some drew this, then someone approved it, then someone inked it and someone approved that, then someone colored it and someone approved that, then someone put it all together in a book and someone approved that. This even leaves out many steps of someone approving it. My mind has always been baffled that this (and many other things) made it through.

    This is all true, however I would like to muddy the waters a bit. Consider this card:



    The art on this card is garbage. The artist applied one, maybe two, photoshop filters to a picture of a blonde woman with glasses and a dumb haircut. The artist, Becky Jollensten, is a blonde woman with glasses, and was White Wolf's art director at the time, and the other cards she submitted for the game are quite nice (and are actually paintings). This card was probably created at 4:59 on a Friday in order to meet a 5:00 deadline because somebody else blew it. So she took a selfie and applied one, maybe two, photoshop filters and called it good.


    I like to believe someone thought that Captain America picture represented someone who had been augmented beyond human comprehension by SuperSoldier Serum, but maybe it was just drawn at 4:59 on a Friday.

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