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Grumpy Cave Bear last won the day on April 19 2014

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  • Birthday 05/20/1965

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  1. They want help with writing! My wife and a few of my coworkers are non-native speakers of English, and though they speak rather well, they struggle with the written word. So when they have something they need proofread or grammar-corrected, or if they need help composing something in writing, they come to me. They’ll also come to me when there’s something that needs to be read and explained accurately, like technical instructions. I think it has something to do with being perceived as highly educated and being a former college instructor. I also help my high school-aged sons correct their writing homework.
  2. Not one, but three: Writing my doctoral dissertation. Three years of possibly the largest, hardest project I ever did in my life. Many nights of staring at my computer screen and not wanting to write another word of it. If not for the support of my wife towards the end (“You’re so close! It would be a waste to give up!”), I would not have finished. I’m glad I pushed through, and the opportunities it has given me, but it’s unlikely I’d ever willingly go through again. Competing in a rail handcar competition. A coworker suggested it, and we organized a team of four. On the day of the competition, we realized our situation — four software engineers against all of the body-building gyms in the area. The four-person handcars were HUGE — not like the two-person ones I’d seen in film. Our first run we gave our all, and came in a close second to our match-up; but the race timing sensor failed, we didn’t get a time for our run, and had to redo it immediately. But our muscles were completely spent, and not one of us was able to get back up and try again, so we didn’t qualify. One of my coworkers went off and threw up his latte in the bushes, and I spent the next few days moving as little as possible. Marijuana. Back in college it came out at a party, offered to me, and someone said like: “Nah, he’s too innocent to try it.” I decided to give them a shock and take a deep draw. (My parents were smokers then, and I was accustomed to breathing cigarette smoke.) No problem at first, but it had an odd effect on me; I spent the rest of the evening pacing around with hyperactive energy, unable to calm down sit or relax. I would not smoke it again, and I would tell my kids not to, either. But at least if someone says: “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!” I can say: “I’ve tried it... and I knock it, sir, I knock it!”
  3. Hmm.. The handlebar doesn’t quite match in design... maybe a toy motorcycle of about the same size? Or an Imperial speeder diecast toy? Nice job on the repaint!
  4. Nah, pretty much just a Christmas and Easter kind of guy.
  5. Let’s carry over my unfinished goals from last month... Finish painting a Khanjira Finish painting a Star Wars: Legion AT-ST Paint at least two Star Wars: Legion units (commander and troop) Paint a resin garage kit Paint my first Reaper metal mini (any kind) Two items less than last month, but still really ambitious for me. Expect a lot of SW:Legion stuff getting painted up, because I’m invested in it.
  6. I think the best part of it is that I forgot to remove the beer can before setting up a game of Legion, and my daughter and I played three rounds before she even noticed it. That caused a brief game delay while she caught her breath and posted a few pics of it to social media. The Empire (as played by my daughter) won that game, so I think that pose was a victory toast.
  7. So, end of month approaching, so time to review. How have I done? It did not help that I’ve had distractions from work, where my project leader had his contract cancelled, and I am now the de facto project lead, as I am one of the two people left from our four-person, and the only remaining one who has worked directly on the project code. That said, here’s the proof of the SW: Legion goals. I got the AT-ST cleaned up and primed for painting, and magnetized the mortar launcher (hence the removed back panel), so definitely started painting. Heck, it’s even close to the final color! As for the Core Set, there’s this fellow: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/91724-gcb-paints-an-angry-space-wizard/ And I’ll consider the SW: Legion as “for my own collection”, so there’s slightly less than half my ambitious list done!
  8. For some quick progress on my Star Wars: Legion core box set, which has been languishing due to work and other projects, I quickly painted (in two evening sessions) the Angry Space Wizard himself, including some understated OSL on his robe near his Laser Sword: Oddly enough, I didn’t paint this emo dude with black, though it may look like it. Instead, I used Reaper’s Dark Elf Skin triad to paint him, with Reaper’s Black Wash over the top of that. The rest was a mix of Reaper’s Clear colors over white, and Vallejo’s aluminum for some details. I’ve never been so happy to use gloss and satin varnishes! It made highlights easy, though edge highlighting is there for times when he’s not under bright lights: (Oh... He’s already seen some gameplay, and apparently picked up some dust...) I sent pics to an old college friend, who wrote back some constructive criticism: So I took his advice in hand, and made an addition: So, what do you think?
  9. Uhh... That’s not something I considered before. As a middle school student, my hobby for a time was macramé. Most people don’t know about that, because for the longest time I forgot about it too. My co-worker’s 4-year old daughter trick-or-treat candy while dressed in a gorilla mask. I crouched down and held out the candy and made “ook ook” noises. It took her forever to build up enough courage to take the candy from my hand. Almond gelatin, made with milk. Not being able to go out most anywhere and get away from our four walls. My daughter said that our family has weathered the corona virus crisis better than most, since we’re all a bunch of introverts, but I really miss taking the bus/train daily, or being able to walk around downtown wherever I wanted. And most businesses are closed so there’s nowhere to shop.
  10. Leave them at the door, if you want to come inside!
  11. I like the early morning. There’s something about getting up early on a day off and going around doing things before everyone else is up. Too bad that so many of my workdays eat up the early mornings.
  12. Probably just dihydrogen monoxide poisoning. If an insect flies randomly around an enclosed space, it’ll eventually encounter the one deadly spot inside that space and then stay there. If you’ve ever had to sweep a pool’s surface, you’ll know what I mean... Speaking from experience, Reaper makes the Worst. Coffee. Ever. I do not reccommend.
  13. That picture just screams to me: “Carpal tunnel! Carpal tunnel!“
  14. Magical-level ability? I’d choose the theremin, that staple of 50’s sci-fi movies such as Forbidden Planet. It’s possibly the most difficult instrument I can imagine to play well — it requires precise, steady hand positioning and near-constant tuning. I recently watched a YouTube video featuring musician Carolina Eyck playing the theremin, and was singularly impressed that such a level of music was possible with such a setup.
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