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  1. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Daughter #2's measles immunity passed the bar, as did rhubella. Mumps failed, so another shot and a follow up test. This is the only good thing happening here today, so I'm holding on to it.
  2. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It is unfortunately pretty much the norm. You might want to keep a journal of what repairs you do and contact info for people who you can call to fix things. Even a new house will have things a builder screwed up that need to get fixed.
  3. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Wait, why has no one told me of this?? I'm so bored right now... Just sitting at a car dealership getting hubby's car checked. They have free cookies, which is awesome, but I could really use lunch.
  4. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeah, they are a really small business, something like three people. The tale of medical woe for such a small team is pretty epic in scale. But it sounds like they have almost entirely cleared up the back log, and they do have good prices and nice sculpts. Just have tempered expectations.
  5. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It's always easier to get darker, hard to get lighter. This seems to be the philosophy of a lot of adventure path type full campaigns--keep things middle of the road to start while the characters get to know each other, then bring in the big threats later.
  6. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yay!!! I was worried it would be too small, so I figured I'd better get it in the mail ASAP. She's an adorable little one, thanks for sharing the pictures!
  7. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Have you taken Michael Proctor's shaded metallics class? I love my metallic paints too, so it was a good way to keep using them with a bit more technique behind them. (I'm no where near mastering the technique, it's just the direction I decided explore.)
  8. LittleBluberry

    Happy Birthday Jasonator

    Tillykke! I hope you have a great birthday and lots of fun!
  9. LittleBluberry

    Resin Water Effects, How to Seal a Base?

    I've used packing tape, but I agree with Doug that you probably need a support structure. I remember Corporea used clay to make a dam on her cowboy diorama several years ago and there is a pirate king and queen I saw mounted on a cube of resin that had some useful tips for large pour projects. (They made a mold out of plastic and did a lot of sanding.) I can try to look them up when I'm not on a phone.
  10. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    We have a Devon Rex. Very friendly, a little easier on the allergies and the softest ball of fur ever. When she was young she used to ride on our shoulders like a familiar.
  11. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    A friend of mine has a Bengal kitten. Not sure I'd describe it as dog-like, it's very friendly but also insanely acrobatic and curious. Still a good choice if you have allergies and want a cat, though.
  12. LittleBluberry

    Deus Vult! Militi Christi Bust by Glitterwolf

    Reaper's grey brown triad works well for wood, maybe look at a swatch online and see if you have (or can mix) a similar color. Shifting out of an orange brown should help, if you don't want it to look grey you could try for a pale Scandinavian style wood. Additionally, you don't have to have both crosses match. The smaller one could be made of metal. EDIT:. Since re-reading your post confirms what I first thought you were asking, I don't think I have any suggestions about the cloth without looking up a reference photo. Maybe if you add some texture it will seem better.
  13. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    <sigh> My baby girl, my youngest child, is 10 years old today. No more little kids here any more. I just spent 20 minutes looking at old baby pictures to console myself.
  14. LittleBluberry

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I'm pretty sure it has to do with the underlying infrastructure of the US banking system. There are fewer banks than there were, but that's still a lot more banks than most other nations and they're spread over a large land area. There is also this odd thing they did when debit cards were introduced where they tied them to the Visa system. It's quite different in Canada--originally it was harder to use your debit card because not many places had machinery to take your card and PIN, but when chips were introduced the transition to using PINs on credit cards was easy. Whereas the US now has an infrastructure hurdle that would require changing a bunch of existing hardware and software. (I worked on banking software during the Y2K panic, that actually was probably less work to change.) So no, not particularly a political issue in origin, more of a software implementation difference that came back to bite them in the end. The alternative has been to add more AI to analyzing purchase patterns to help spot fraud, but I don't have any data on how effective that's actually been. Smart card technology has always been bigger in Europe, so it makes sense that they're ahead on adopting it. If I were to guess, probably the US banking industry will find a different solution eventually.