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  1. strawhat

    Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    The grape used for Savagnin Blanc (Traminer Weiss) has been in continuous use for approximately 900 years and is virtually identical to its past self. Grape vines are often propagated by taking a cutting from the main plant and planting it. Which means that (at least) 900 years ago, someone took a cutting from a vine and that's been happening continuously since, and that every modern vine is basically a clone of the original plant.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    That is why hockey is the best! It's OK, though. The diehards will be wailing for the season to start before we're half-way through with July. Which reminds me: I need to get the tickets purchased for next season in the next few days.
  3. New portable A/C unit. Days in the 90s are coming soon, and I'm frankly very thankful that we've held off til June. I figure I can get two new portable units for what it could cost me to keep the central air limping along another season (or two) until I can afford to replace it. But I swear it's amazing to have some cold air again.
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    Batman: Gotham City Chronicles - Season 2 by Monolith Kickstarter

    ACK! Super-short funding period. Only 12 more days to go. At least I get a payday in before then. I'm on the fence about this. I haven't even played a game of the first round yet!
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    I have hobbied! Bones IV Wraiths

    Thank you for the nice comments (and all the likes). My job decided that I belonged in Department B instead of Department A, which moved me to the main offices...Not where I really wanted to be although it is indeed the better fit. It's taken me a year to make the adjustment, but I'm finally doing it and lifting the brush has been a help (certainly more than playing solitaire on the tablet 40 minutes a day). "Creature of habits" or some such.
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    Dreadmere fruella and mercenaries

    What's in the bag?! Nothing...yet. *whock*
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    I have hobbied! Bones IV Wraiths

    Well, I managed to fight my way back into hobbying...at least a little bit. The wraiths were some of the minis I was anxious to get at, so I wasted no time. I thought about doing the expected (black and grey), but that left me uninspired. So I thought about ROY-G-BV-ing them. But I didn't have any OYs that I thought would be appropriate. So I just muddled my way through. My apologies to Bob Ridolfi, your sculpts are wonderful and deserve better than what I can throw on them. The new wood paints were brought out to work the haft. Muddy Soil served as the base for Bloodstain Red and Clotted Red Nightmare Black followed by Carbon Grey and Glacier Mist. This was a little too close to the Blue Greys triad, I was hoping for something further off. The robes were started with Coal Black, and then hit with Peacock Green. Brilliant Green finished them. The tabard was started with Pure Black, followed with Stormy Grey, and then finished with Cloudy Grey. The robes were started with Pure Black, then followed up with Dark Elf Shadow and Dark Elf Skin. This is one of my favorite combinations. I love the Blue Greys triad. Midnight Blue, Twilight Blue, and then a 50/50 mix of Twilight Blue and Snow Shadow. I think this is my favorite. I wanted a monument reminiscent of marble, so I started with Leather White, Pure White, and finished with Sparkling Snow. The robes were done with Regal Purple, Monarch Purple, and Royal Purple. The difference is a little more obvious in person, but I was having troubles with the camera.
  8. I had to go back to the Bones III release guide and look for the name to figure it out. The store was of no help. Luckily we have a few "obsessive" types on the board. That made things much easier.
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    Dark Crystal Age of Resistance First Trailer

    Bribe her to watch an episode (or two), and see if she sticks around. I am cautiously optimistic.
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    Ladies of Death by Glitterwolf

    I like most of them, but the first and last are edging out the others.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    See also: Last Man Standing with Bruce Willis.
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    Reapermini New Site Layout

    I was looking for something else, and noticed that the Redstone Triad (09775) has the colors for the Olive Skintones Triad (09774). I should add that these are correct for Olive Skintones, just not Redstone. The individual Redstone paints look to be correct (as far as I can tell).
  14. I have the same gate on the cobra, and it will get the same treatment as Asuranshadow's (try to make it look like damage to the statue).
  15. More purchases: the last Codex Alera book (First Lord's Fury), a repurchase of a small latchmates (6.2 qt. from Michael's) storage tote as my first one is serving as a tote for some of my folks' medications, and a scrapbook paper storage box (also from Michael's, and only $10) which is serving as paint storage. The scrapbook paper organizer is holding ALL of my paint currently, and could easily go up to 170ish bottles. I just need to make some dividers out of some old matte board and this will be nigh-perfect.