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CaptainPete

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  1. I watched a video yesterday about crypto and NFTs and it started with what caused the Great Recession. The parallels are there but there's one key difference: Crypto isn't regulated. At all. It's like the 1980s stock market but with even more graft. I still don't understand how people still think that these things are still going to be around in 10-20 years. I doubt they'll be around, as they are, in five years. Anyway. I spent last night at the desk and got some writing in. I wasn't really feeling it, listening to stuff on YouTube instead, but finally buckled down and got some work done. I hope to have the whole thing done by the end of the week. Best laid plans and all that...
  2. *cracks knuckles* Okay, here we go... This is mostly from memory but I'll see if I can reach my books if I get stuck. Being in water causes a "floater" or "bloater" and there's a lot of changes that happen. One of the big ones is that the upper layer of skin can come off pretty quick. The main factor for rot is temperature and I have a loose formula for this: Y = 1285/X. Y equals days until skeletonization and X equals the temperature in C. I bring this up as water is usually much colder than the ground around it, so bodies stick around longer but will suffer a lot of damage. Debris, rocks, animal predation, etc. We actually have a thing I've heard the Sheriff's (they handle bodies in the water) called "Bloat Season." It's in the Spring, as the water starts to pop up. Literally. It's because the river can drop below freezing (moving water may not freeze if it's below freezing, just like it can suddenly boil, physics is fun) There's a thing used by coroners called Casper's Dictum. One week in air = two weeks in water = eight weeks in soil. Coloring would also be affected by livor mortis (I think), where the blood pools. The higher parts of the body would appear pale or marbled, as the blood would pool in the lower portions of the body would appear bruised or reddish. So, if you want to have more "colorful" zombies, you could say that they died face down. And you could have then be colorful on one side and pale on the other, as they died on their side. As for green coloration, do we really see that in human rot? I honestly don't know but I don't think so. According to my sources, the skin does come off and would be pink underneath, but would dry out and turn a yellowish leather. Oddly enough, it does say that the skin turns green and then black as decomp moves forward. Interesting. However, it doesn't mention when you turn green. I might have to dig into another book but it's going to take a bit.
  3. Since I'm a big fan of forensics, and I imagine I'm a writer, I've seen a lot of that stuff. While I've only had to deal with one dead body directly, they were fresh and I can tell you that, aside from being pale, you could imagine that they would just get up and walk away. Now, the other one I had to deal with indirectly, I can tell you what zombies will smell like. It isn't pleasant.
  4. While I don't have many zombies finished (yet), I am thinking about pale white, shades of grey, and slightly lighter human shades. Green might be used here and there but I only have one that I want to do green. Otherwise, it doesn't really make sense to make them green. I mean, given what happens to the human body, after death.
  5. Well, in my effort to clean, I packed up my paints. I don't dare count how many I have (for that leads to madness) but I did pick up two containers at Ross a few weeks ago and filled them with my paints. I suppose I have some room for more but I really should start, I don't know, use them? I'm also trying to sort my minis a bit better, putting them in different containers based on when they would be used. Like, one box for low-level encounters (Kobolds, goblins, zombies, and skeletons), another for higher level monsters, and another for bosses and character minis. However, I did discover that I might need more containers. And space to put them. In short, cleaning and organizing sucks when you realize that you don't have enough room for all your stuff.
  6. A friend of mine calls it the "idiot tax." We've all had to pay it some time or another.
  7. I'm having one of those weird productive nights. I've getting a start on my backlog of cleaning but I keep getting overwhelmed and stopping. So, instead, I've also gotten some blog posts finished for my anime blog and started working on a sequel to a story I had posted somewhere. I wasn't going to write it yet but the response was pretty positive, so here we are. I also picked up a collection of WWII footage in color and I'm trying to watch that, too. It started with Dunkirk and is now on to the war in Norway. Not stuff Americans really learn about, as we usually focus on D-Day in school and stuff.
  8. It's a concierge position that's overnight. Even the most hopping places get quiet by 3-4am.
  9. I get to spend all of next week at a desk and I have no idea what I'm going to do. Yet. I do have a few (dozen) stories I could finish but I also have a new gaming idea kicking around, so... Here's a conversation starter: What's the one table top (RPG or minis) game that you've always wanted to play but have never had a chance to? And why is that? For me, it's probably Dark Heresy. I always wanted to get into it but either didn't have the money, time, or people. I do have a copy of Black Crusade but haven't been able to find the right people to play it.
  10. So, what troops have you found most useful in your games? What about powers? Well, I suppose I should have started with what kind of COs and XOs you're using and crews you're building but... Meh.
  11. It's so nice to be able to bring my laptop to work and peruse the forums. I can't wait until I get to sit at desks all the time... It's a shame I can't bring my paints with me and get some of that work done. No, I'm not even going to try, no matter how tempted I am. And yes I am very tempted. About the various food conversations, I make lasagna when I bring a lady to my apartment. It takes forever, it uses so many dishes, but it is amazing and I make a mean lasagna. However, that means I haven't made it in years. When it comes to steak, I am like a few of you, having a parent ruin the enjoyment of meat by thinking well done is the only way to get it. Having become enlightened, I usually go for medium rare to rare, depending on the place's reputation. I also know, from friends in the food industry, that if you order a steak well done, you're going to get the oldest, toughest, and worst piece of meat they have. Because the cooks know that you're never going to know the difference. I understand that some people like it that way and some people have to have it that way and they have my sympathy.
  12. Is anyone else current on the official releases of Komi Can't Communicate? Because I have feelings and thoughts.
  13. I picked up those new crabs from Reaper in my monthly order and I really like them. I'm going to keep the small one around and use him for a base decoration. Now, what mini needs a tiny angry crab at their feet? This week has been rough, physically. I've just been tired and sore all week and I just want to sleep forever. However, I have to work tonight. At least it's at a desk. As for the painting question, I am technically a "gaming painter" but mostly I just put paint on things so I can tell them apart.
  14. This is some biting commentary on the American healthcare system. Just one more shift until I get to sit at a desk for a night. I am very much looking forward to it. I don't know what I'm going to work on but I do have all of those Rifts and Palladium books to look through... Or maybe I'll find something else to flip through. I think I need to take a break from writing, I have a bunch of other stuff I need to do. Plus, I'm waiting to hear back if they're going to put that story up. Oh, I could catch up on blog articles. Hmm.
  15. There was actually some talk of doing this, or at least at a "Why didn't we?" after the ENT two-parter set in the Mirror Universe. There's actually a few comics and books set in it. But, there's so many errors between just those two. In the first DS9 Mirror Universe episode, the Klingon/Cardassian Alliance ships are *clearly* seen de-cloaking. Then in the final DS9 Mirror Universe episode (sigh) "The Emperor's New Cloak" Regent Worf is suddenly hot for a Klingon cloaking device? Which makes zero sense as the Romulans have always been the masters of cloaking technology. Aside from the one very notable exception of the Bird Of Prey that could fire while cloaked. You know the one. For a real world explanation, the early drafts for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock involved a ROMULAN Bird of Prey but was changed to the Klingons because they were more well known. Now, as for the whole Discovery Mirror Universe, where to begin? First of all, the whole sensitivity to light thing was clearly a "we need a dramatic twist to reveal and a quick way to do it" that kind of flies in the face of what we knew about the Mirror Universe counterparts. While the DS9 Mirror Universe used darker lighting to help show how "dark" the universe was, the original TOS "Mirror, Mirror" episode had no change in lighting, which I think made it even harsher. Next up, we have the Terran Emperor being the regent of a whole host of worlds that doesn't really make it possible for what happened in the DS9 episodes. How could the Klingons go from getting their teeth kicked in to creating a powerful enough force to help challenge the Terran Empire in a few centuries? And how would the Terran Empire NOT know about the Prime Universe after not one, but TWO, major incidents before Kirk's time? It just doesn't jive with me. Now, all of that said, I love the Mirror Universe and think it's very neat. I do think that the canon is a mess and ST needs to stay the EFF out of the Mirror Universe from now on. It's part of what I call the "Lazy Trek Writer Trifecta" (which is Time Travel, the Borg, and the Mirror Universe or some alternate, evil version of the crew/cast). Every time a series hits these three things, it tends to fall apart, as Voyager and Enterprise both did. While Voyager didn't go full Mirror Universe, probably due to it being used in DS9, but they did have more than a few different evil or otherwise radical versions of characters. And can I just take a moment to point out how Ensign Kim was done dirty in that show. His only real character development was always done by a clone, illusion, alternate timeline version of himself, or alternate future version of himself (which was ALWAYS the worst because he would get erased). Oh, and he was also STILL a damn ensign by the end of the show. I could go on... I actually like this idea. I would like to see either TMP (movies) era of the Empire falling apart or a post-DS9 era series where the rebellion is trying to put things back together without being as terrible as the Alliance or the Empire before it. Give me some Mirror Universe Romulans, please! Ahem. Why, yes, I do have strong feelings about Star Trek and the Mirror Universe... Now, I'm going to do some dishes and continue jamming out to my Showa era Godzilla tunes.
  16. So, a while back we were talking about Rifts, right? Well, a buddy of mine met a guy who wanted to get rid of his BOXES of Palladium books. Since he already had some from the first box the guy found, I scored some stuff, too. I got two (extra) copies of the Robotech core book, as well as a few others from that series, as well as some Rifts stuff. I got a copy of the first source book, with everyone's favorite evil AI, ARCHIE. I also got Rifts England, which I had completely forgotten everything about, and Rifts Africa, which is... Bad. Really, really bad. When you compare it to the level of England (the one before it) and Triax and the NGR (the one right after it), it really doesn't hold up. And it's really sad. In my version of Rifts, there will be a not!Wakanda that kicks butts and takes names. And I'm going to drop the four horsemen. Interesting ideas but way too out there. I think they kind of forgot about them, as well as the whole book, because they did some kind of demonic invasion thing and... I'm just going to stop talking about this now. I have a gaming blog for this sort of thing. In other news, I wrapped up that super hero story. It was an interesting experiment, working with one of the more devious powers but I don't think there's more to do with it than what I did. Fun to do, might want to return to my full super hero setting at some point again. And speaking of stories, I sent one off I finally edited to a site I've been looking at for years. Since it deals with some interesting topics, there's no money to be made. I just did it kind of as a thank you for the enjoyment I've received from the site over the years. Who knows, maybe I can build a following from it?
  17. I haven't but I'll give it a look, thanks. The thing is that you don't need to control everyone but just a few select people, such as world leaders, business leaders, and etc. That would be the easy and subtle way. And I rarely see that. We do see cabals being formed but they're usually cults or something else, not always mind control by a person. My personal feeling is that mind control has different types and levels but the basics are overwhelming someone's will with your own. Some people will be easy, others will be hard. And people with stronger wills might be able to continue to work to free themselves. There's also the matter of 'how' you control someone. Do you simply command them to do everything or do you simply turn their mind to be focused on you? Both are technically mind control but there's a difference between the two. One makes drones (for the lack of a better word) and the other one makes lackeys. Drones wouldn't be able to do anything without standing orders and/or direct control. A lackey, however, is devoted or otherwise focused on helping the person in control, and would still have their normal ability to think and act, just always in the controller's best interests, even if it's against their own. Talking about it this way has actually helped me work out a few things. The cheapest way to pick up a crew (via Reaper) is IMEF in Bones. You can pick up a lot of the specialists and then pick up some regular folks to fill out the crew to fit.
  18. Blerg. Much work, much busy. Well, work wasn't too much but I went through two days of training that I didn't really need. But it was still kind of exhausting. Plus, having my days split up really threw me for a loop. I've been writing but having trouble with a story. It's some super hero stuff, which I like to dabble in, but I'm trying to figure out why people who can control minds haven't taken over the world. This is why I write about super hero stuff, to do though experiments about the powers and how they would change the world. Hopefully, if I can get this story cranked out and move on to something else. I'm hoping to get back to painting minis at some point this month. I really want to get things finished. I'm hoping that things will get better and I can get some games going soon, so I might need to have things finished.
  19. Coffins are stupidly heavy. I found that out when I had to do the same for my grandfather in 2012. That was a whole mess but it's over and done with. I think I'm only going to have to do it twice more, at most. I've been working on my sequel and not much else. I need to get on my taxes before too much longer but since I had those split days off, I'll probably do them then. I should also get some painting of minis done and some work on the old blogs done. Hopefully, working the desks will help with that. Speaking of which, I had to call the guy in charge of the schedule and we talked. I know he lied to me, as he does, but I do think the conversation was helpful. I've been thinking about it since we talked and I'm also going to take my time getting the resume (finally) finished. Since I'll have to lose my weekends to get off patrols, there's no real reason to stick around for much longer. If I can find a position that offers more money while getting to sit on my butt, I'll see what it looks like.
  20. Truer words have never been written. Y'all talk a lot, you know that, right? I've been busy for the last week or so. Work was messy because someone was on vacation, so I had to cover the desk in the office for a few days, which was fine. I ended up bringing my laptop and starting getting some writing done. I *thought* it was going to be a short story but then it ballooned into something that's almost 17k words. And then I had an idea for a follow-up, which I'm kind of half working on. I'll have to edit the first one soon. While my work is trying to get this new schedule mess figured out. Right now, I'm training someone on Sunday, getting trained Monday and Tuesday, and then working solo on Thursday and Friday. That means that I get Wednesday and Saturday off, which is going to suck. After that, it's one big mess, and I don't know what I'm doing. I'm willing to give them some slack and time to figure it out but they almost lost me when they were giving away one of the spots I wanted to someone else. We'll see how that pans out. But it's going to mean losing my weekends. Then again, I work graveyard so I never see anyone anymore. However, if I get a lot of desk shifts, I'll be able to write while at work and maybe get my side hustle off the ground. And now it's time to catch up on some other stuff around here.
  21. I think it's technically post-post apocalypse? Since the apocalypse happened a very long time ago, I think a century or two, before the start of the show. There are some dystopian elements but I wouldn't say that that's the setting. It is worth watching, if no other reason, than the designs by Jack Kirby.
  22. I'm going to try to get my taxes done tonight. However, there's a software problem I read a news article about and I'm hoping it doesn't effect me. We shall see what happens. After I get that done, I'm going to try to get some pictures taken of my painted minis, and then maybe write some reviews of a few volumes of Komi-san. And clean. Can't forget about that. Like I did last night.
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