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  1. A picture from my honeymoon. I took this at DuPont State Recreational Forest. My phone's lock screen uses another picture from my honeymoon, this one from a pop-up art exhibit in Asheville, NC. The lock screen on my iPad is a picture my wife took at the Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, DC. Yes, that's the space shuttle Discovery - and a small plush Space Core. The wallpaper on my iPad comes from Sven Geier's Fractal Bargain Bin (2014 Starred).
  2. Pass. Becoming an expert instantly means becoming expertly proficient but doesn't include the lessons learned on the way to becoming an expert. For example, someone who instantly becomes an expert chef can cook any dish (or specific dishes) excellently but they may not know why they cook the way they do, or that some flavors just don't go together, or that different cooktops behave differently, or what works perfectly fine in one microwave will result in the food being lit on fire in another microwave. Or someone who instantly becomes an expert author can write stories but does not necessarily know how to right deep or involved stories, or necessarily know when to break the rules. An author like this would probably write a bunch of well-meaning shallow stories but might run into unforeseen problems with how they treat social problems, with cultural appropriation, and so on. They may even sound fake, expertly writing stories without a voice developed through the years of trial-and-error needed by others to reach that level of competency. For the subjects I seriously want to become an expert at, I would rather go the long way. So what would i like to become an expert in? Storytelling. My major draw to RPGs has been storytelling. Since my RP group collapsed (over a year before These Trying Times), I haven't had an outlet for this. I recently wrote a proper short story, the first I've done in a while. I'm not sure how to feel about it. (Yay, I wrote something. It's crap but I wrote something. Now what?)
  3. Kate Bush's "Experiment IV" "They told us all they wanted was a sound that could kill someone." Well, that's what you get when I sing. Oh, you want a happier song? They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse in Your Soul" A song that got radio play? Fine... Collective Soul, "December" For the curious, I proved I could sing all of the lyrics to "Chance" by Savatage, although my timing needs a little work. (If you haven't heard it, go take a listen.) Blake's 7, hands down. I have no idea who I'd want to direct it or act in it. For writing, I'd give right of first refusal to J. Michael Straczynski (JMS). Fun fact time: At least as of 2000 (and possibly still), JMS held the record for most consecutive episodes of a television series written by the same person (in his case, Babylon 5). The prior record holder was Terry Nation, for his work on Blake's 7. If I can't get Blake's 7 rebooted, can I please get some sort of release in the US market? Please?
  4. Anything, really. I have an odd accent that could be northeastern US or British - that I don’t hear when I speak. (The joys of growing up around Texas Instruments’ early-‘80’s speech synthesizer and Doctor Who, I guess.) So I tend to get funny looks wherever I go. I do use “y’all”, which I’m sure doesn’t help. (But it’s the best second person plural pronoun I’ve found.) It depends. I prefer to submit my income taxes in late February but I’ve been running late the past five years. Maybe I’ll do that this weekend if I have time.
  5. No. I wouldn’t mind a local painting partner but all of my friends have their own hobbies.
  6. Rebellious? Not really. This is not to say I was a "good" teenager. I was stubborn and tended to bend (or break) rules I didn't agree with. Sometimes I got caught and punished, sometimes I didn't.
  7. Wilderness survival? No. We do have a couple of books on that but they’re pretty far down my reading list. If I have to rely on wilderness survival skills, I’m doomed. I would do best in temperate spring or autumn since there are no significant temperature issues to worry about but that doesn’t make up for not knowing what to eat, what water is safe to drink, etc.
  8. Do what you normally do. Don't go out of your way to provoke. If nothing else, show him that he won't change your behavior. I agree with GEM. He sounds like a bully. Want to offend a bully? Ignore him. Nothing is quite so damning as deliberate apathy.
  9. Local restaurants. That's about it. I should place another order through the FLGS that has a proper website for online ordering.
  10. No, not really. I have a paper calendar I printed out that has my trash and recycling pickup schedule on it but I don't really use it as a calendar. Any notes that are date specific either end up on my Google Calendar, in OmniFocus, or, more recently, in my bullet journal. And, for normal calendar activities, there's always "cal".
  11. I'm currently painting 02461: Cobart, Male Mage, an old Bobby Jackson sculpt. After that, I should base and paint 02001: Reaper Famine. We'll see if I have time for anything else.
  12. During a normal week (or month), I only cook my lunches for the coming week. This week, my lunches will be chicken seasoned with rosemary and garlic, tossed in balsamic vinegar, served with "hot" Italian-style turkey sausage and roasted golden beets. (My lunches tend to be protein heavy since my wife cooks dinner and she's mostly vegetarian. Vegetarian food is rarely high protein.) I didn't take any pictures. Sorry.
  13. Americanized Mexican food. Not to be confused with TexMex (or Taco Bell). I don't presume the food is authentic (compared to food from Mexico) but it's still good. Some of this is nostalgia too - between when I was 10 and when I finally moved out from my parents (excluding the times I was living in a dorm), we ate at a local Mexican restaurant at least once per week. My wife doesn't share my preference for Mexican so we don't go as often as I'd like. (She doesn't dislike it - it's just not her first choice.)
  14. Talking to people on the Reaper discord voice channel. In These Trying Times, it's one of my few ways to socialize and is something I look forward to. Now if only I had more time to paint...
  15. The most dangerous wild animal I’ve met is a deer. They’re not deliberately dangerous but they’re unpredictable. The most dangerous animals I’ve met aren’t wild (people and dogs). (Date corrected, unless I should wait and answer tomorrow.) I prefer details I can paint. I’m not comfortable with freehand, so I’m fine with small details. However, really tiny details (like the belt buckles Werner Klocke is infamous for) are a pain because I can’t paint them without causing issues in the surrounding area.
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