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  1. Thoramel

    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    VR: No, but I'd be interested in checking it out. AR: Sort of? Back in the early 90s I was at a Grateful Dead show. I was sitting on my blanket on the lawn of the amphitheater enjoying the music when a guy sits down next to me and puts these weird looking glasses on wired to some sort of box. After a while I asked him what was up and he said he was a psychologist who was experimenting using music and lights to treat his patients (I may have that wrong but we are talking about information obtained at a Dead show here). Turned out the glasses had these little lights on the inside of the lenses that could flash patterns on your eyelids in time to the music you were listening to. He let me check it out for a few songs and it was kind of neat. Didn't really match up completely with the show, but it was good enough to be enjoyable. Also, POGO for about a week before I got bored with it.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Wake up and check my email and boom... Reaper just got another $50 out of me. That's cool though. I'm already looking forward to painting those skeleton pirates. Although, my wife is a Pirates (baseball team) fan. And 705 looks like he could be easily modified to be holding a baseball bat. So he may not stay a pirate, at least not the nautical kind, for long after I get my hands on him.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    So, just so I can publically lament the baldness of my head some more, let me tell a "hair getting stuck" story from the days when I wasn't so folliclely challenged. Growing up my mom made it clear to me that I would go bald and that if I wanted to enjoy it, I'd better do it when I was young. As such I had all manner of weird haircuts. Big old green mohawks, blue liberty spikes, hair down to my knees, and once I even had a perm (but never dreads, ick). During one period when I had long hair I worked in a sandpaper factory running a WWII era roll slitter. It was a pretty rough job. Normally I'd tie up my hair and tuck it under a work shirt to keep it away from the fast moving rolls of sandpaper. One day I came in a few minutes late at shift change and told the guy I was relieving to go on home and I'd finish the run of the machine he started. I hadn't yet got my hair cinched up yet and as I leaned over to check the width of the rolls coming off the machine a handful of hair got caught in a roll. It ripped out so fast that at first I didn't even feel it. Just a quick tugging sensation. I straightened up to see what it was and the guy at the next station just silently pointed at my head. I reached up and my fingers came away drenched in blood. And then the pain of having that hair ripped out kicked in. It hurt. Bad. Thankfully though the hair was all that came out. Although with all the blood coming out of my pores you wouldn't know it.The machine was running at full speed and we figured that if there hadn't been so much force so fast the hair might not have been ripped out and instead my head might have been pulled into a spinning roll of 36 grit sandpaper. For a long time after no hair would grow in that spot. Actually, I really started going bald shortly after that so hair may have never grown back in that spot. That event made me decide to start keeping it short (at least when I can be reminded to get it cut). Anyhow, now you've gotten to know a little something more about me. Be safe you glorious longhairs and watch out around machinery!
  4. Thoramel

    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Depends on what part of my body we're talking about. But, since this is a family friendly forum, let's go with the top of my head. It's nonexistent. I've still got some fringe hair though. When I get that cut I usually go down to about a half an inch. Then I just forget about it until I get to looking like a crazy college professor (about 3 inches). At that point my wife gently reminds me that there are these things called barbers and that despite the bald dome up top, I still require their services for cleaning up everything else above my neck. Right now I estimate I'm about a month away from that reminder. Now that you've got me thinking about it though maybe I'll get it cut soon. I think she'd be rather shocked to see me with a haircut without having to be told to go do it.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    I'm in the process of turning my entire attic into one giant hobby space. I'm halfway through tearing down and rebuilding a kegerator. I recently finished up a new grant proposal for funding to build a prairie wetland on my farm (I don't get paid so it's a hobby). And this is what's on my painting table...
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Well, I just threw the rest of my planned budget at the kickstarter this morning. It's not as much as I plan on spending during the period when the pledge manager is open. It may not even be my final amount thrown at it before the end of the campaign. There's just lots more cool stuff that really appeals to me this time around. Also, I'm going to have to paint that Cerebus as a 3 headed giant good boy chasing after a giant ball.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I'm looking at that Hercules figure and thinking that looks a lot like a greek fellow I used to work with. Big beard, curly hair, barrel chested. Put him in a lion skin and he could have been the model for that piece. For me, I'm not going to have any problems imagining that mini as a greek hero. For my money that's a great addition to the set.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Catching up here... Favorite morning smell: Hands down it's coffee. Favorite weekend breakfast: 3 egg omelet stuffed with cheese and whatever leftovers I have from the previous evening's meal. Unfortunately, this weekend that was chili. While it is possible to stuff an omelet with chili, it is messy and didn't turn out very pretty. Tasted great though. Remembering names: Absolutely terrible at it. And I can only usually remember first names after repeated exposure to them. Last summer I had 3 interns who all looked vaguely the same and all had names that started with M. I don't think I ever got them straightened out. But they were cool enough not to call me out on it too often. Also, I currently have 5 friends named Sara(h). Since I can't get last names to stick in my head I started giving them descriptors like Insect Sara and Gaming Sara. That became too confusing so I just gave up and now refer to them all as Short Sara. This means that when my wife says Sara is coming by I always get a little surprise as to who it is when they show up. Phobias: None that I'm aware of.
  9. Howdy all. Had a colorful weekend exploring some trails in Southern Ohio. Thought I'd share a few pictures... Fall weather is finally creeping into the area, so there's not a lot still flowering. But found this solitary gem and a bunch of beautiful ferns. There's also still plenty of interesting fungi and slime molds to be found. Like these chanterelles and this stemonitis mold. We were in the blackhand sandstone formation area. A few counties east and this is the formation that makes up the popular Hocking Hills region. Which is always great for dramatic rocks. We also hiked around Lake Katharine and though it was too cloudy to get a good picture, we did find a little gorge acting as an outlet for the lake that was pleasant looking. Hope everyone else has either gotten out or is getting out soon to enjoy the season.
  10. Thoramel

    Bones 4 Gnome Cleric

    I really enjoyed giving this a quick paint up. Such an expressive mini.
  11. Thoramel

    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I'm not quite certain what that dead tree critter covered in fungus is supposed to be. But for me that's going to be some sort of zombie ent.
  12. Thoramel

    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    "Earth without art is just eh"
  13. It's my 20th wedding anniversary! I spent 11 hours with a coworker driving from site to site and hiking through the woods. My wife did much the same. So no celebrating tonight. Too tired. Instead we're taking a 4 day weekend and getting up early to, well, drive from site to site and go hike through the woods. Difference is we're doing it together. And that's going to make it a much more pleasant experience.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I was just checking out the KS comment section and was thinking of saying I heard a rumor that all future core unlocks would just be goblin one man bands in different poses. But then I read some of the comments and realized there's some people who might take that seriously.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    K-12 it was probably history or english. Not any kind of science or math field. Was terrible at STEM fields and was often told I was incapable of learning anything more complicated than beginners algebra. A decade later I went back to college and it turns out I just had a couple of bad teachers and needed to grow up a bit because I found I've got an aptitude for both math and biology. Good enough that the majority of my education was paid for by grants and scholarships offered to me. So I guess math and science is what I turned out to be best at.
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