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About Green Eyed Monster

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    Beta Tester of DIRT - - Wearer of The Tentacles
  • Birthday 10/20/1949

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    RPGs of various flavours - Lifelong Train Nut - Lasagna - Touring Motorcycles - Lasagna- Steam Trains - Lasagna - Active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, currently serving as the Grand Marshal for the Jurisdiction of Nevada and official chauffeur for my wife who is extremely active at the state and national levels.

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  1. Green Eyed Monster

    ReaperCon 2019 Ribbons

    TWINKLE TWINKLE May show up with a certain Green Eyed Monster. GEM Twinkle Twinkle
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Since it's now a Black Box Label medication my orthopedist, who is primary Dr. for my Workers Comp. related issues, is very reluctant to prescribe it going forward due to increased FDA scrutiny. There are other options but they all have drawbacks, such as reported addiction issues. I'm probably going to end up using herbals as my primary sleep aid. Valerian Root works but leaves me feeling loggy the next day. I may end up having to buy empty gel caps and compound my own aids from OTC/herbal resources. GEM Twinkle Twinkle
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Dr. prescribed a new med as a sleep aid yesterday. From my perspective, it's a flat failure. It helped me get to sleep ok but I was up every hour and a half all night. Apparently it has a diuretic effect. All day today I've had severe muscle ache, difficulty with fine motor control, and periods of vision problems. The change was prompted by people reporting incidents of not just nightwalking but actually getting in their cars and driving while completely asleep, prompting the FDA to issue a black box warning requirement for the med I've been taking, without incident for the better part of a decade. Of course, I use roughly half or the prescribed dose. I suspect the people having reported problems were taking the full dose and they have had an undiagnosed interaction with some other medications. Time will tell. And now I have to do a deep dive into sleep meds so at my next appointment we can figure out where we go from here. GEM Twinkle Twinkle
  4. Green Eyed Monster

    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I have been slowly going through my KS Rewards and so far have a few small issues to be corrected but so far, mostly good. With all the problems people have reported with shipping damage on Mumlak I was afraid mine would be a mess due to UPS turning the box into a cardboard bag and the box lid being stove in on the expansion. I am pleased to be able to report that not only did Mumlak survive the encounter but came through in pristine condition! I do have a giant with a broken arm, that is a difficult enough break that it is going to be extremely difficult to get the parts to line up and stay together. In my case the Chicken Hut has enough bend that it will do a forward roll as soon as additional support [hands] are removed from it. Weighing in on the assembled/unassembled discussion, I have to give the caveat that I grew up with Erector Sets and Plastic Model Kits before starting in on a lifelong love affair with all things Model Railroad. In the Model Railroad Hobby you have everything from semi-scale ready to run models, high quality composite models that combine both metal and plastic to their best advantage to make superb quality models at affordable prices [for a given value of affordable], all the way up to brass models that are literally built by the companies who make high karat commercial jewelry as their main stock in trade and are mostly rivet for rivet accurate scale models of the real thing. Kits range from "shake the box" that require very little in the way of tools and limited skills in order to assemble, all the way up to Craftsman Level Kits that require a high degree of skills in both metal and wood to assemble. There's a place in the hobby for everyone, and the general progress is people start with things requiring limited skills and as their skills and confidence improves they move to more complex and difficult projects. My personal skill level is such that I can produce a decent model [not necessarily show quality but something I don't need to hide in a closet] from most kits all the way up to board on board construction where individual scale building timbers are used with individual scale boards over for the exterior cladding [very tedious but makes for an outstanding model]. I see the miniature painting and collecting hobby going the same way. If there is a market for more complex to assemble models then companies such as Reaper will produce them. One of the ways I see they can help control costs is to use the resource provided by the internet to cut down on printing costs by producing the ephemera of assembly instructions as either downloadable pdf files or online picture files showing the various assembly steps. From my 6 decades experience building model stuff I see the assembly portion of any miniatures project as just a step in the prep process of making a project ready for the finish to be applied, little different in mindset from the necessity to prep most items by treating them to get rid of mold release and then removing mold lines and flash. It's a short step from removing mold lines to making small adjustments to the lines of a figure by shaving a little extra from here and there, then modifying details with a little careful exacto knife work, and the next step becomes the use of Greenstuff to add material. Small steps that add up to major increases in skill level. I'm sure the assembled/unassembled debate will join the list of things such as prime/don't prime that will, as somebody has noted, still be debated three days past the conclusion of Ragnarok. GEM Twinkle Twinkle
  5. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    But doing it that way leaves you with a non fungible item, and some embarrassing to explain to the people in the semi-miltary uniforms where you obtained those blood stains. GEM If you don't want to spend money on a fancy gel pad, a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel will achieve the same end result. Hope this goes away quickly GEM
  6. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    So inform the salesman that since he made the representation to somebody who is his customer, he gets to pay all the costs he promised wouldn't be the customers responsibility. GEM
  7. Green Eyed Monster

    ReaperCon 2019 Ribbons

    Thank You @Ludo for starting this thread. Very Timely. What's the upper range size limit for "small" pretty rocks? Because of forum rules we can't post a link to where to order them but if you post here, a certain @ub3r_n3rd fairy may PM you details. I'm hoping the Ribbon Fairy will be contacting me. I have an idea for a personal ribbon but am basically clueless about getting them produced. GEM Twinkle Twinkle
  8. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Linux in general has improved measurably over the last 10 years. You can actually try Ubuntu without having to first install it on your computer, just download and hit "try without installing" when it puts up the first screen. As far as the driver situation goes, I'm with you. I don't actually care if the code is open source as long as it works. If it blows up, then we need to open the hood and find out why. As long as it does its job, you can keep it in "black box" mode. I'm not a zealot, just a user who has had mostly good experience and by doing so have avoided a lot of the bad stuff that so many users of "brand M" have experienced, especially with the current incarnation of "that operating system that is constantly trying to update". GEM
  9. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    One of the big things that sold me on switching to Linux was that it will do updates in the background and most of them don't require a restart for them to completely install. I get security updates as fast as they are pushed out, which means sometimes I'm getting an update package on a daily basis. About once a week, or less, one of them will require a restart but it is so considerate that it will inform you that it needs to restart to do the install and would you like to do that now or later. It will put up the same reminder message every few hours but that's about as pushy as it gets. If I sound like a Linux Zealot, well, when I hear about everybody else's woes with Windo$e, and I haven't seen anything similar for the last 10 years and more, I give a sigh and a {hopefully} gentle PSA that there are alternatives and they don't need to cost an arm and a leg. GEM
  10. Green Eyed Monster

    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I think a plate of brownies or similar will encourage top shelf service in the future better than a shotgun. GEM
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    If it is a reputable Title company they will care. If not, there are attorneys that specialize in Real Estate Law whose job is to make them care. This one should be a slam dunk, as it is a glaring error on the part of the Title Company not to make sure that a lien of this type is removed. Without it's removal the deed is ~Imperfect~ and the purpose of Title Insurance is to Insure that the deed is perfected through the process of Escrow. GEM
  12. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Have you contacted the Title Insurance Company who handled the Real Estate Transaction? This is a Defect In Title that they should be responsible for curing. GEM
  13. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    This is a very sucky situation. I'd advice investing in a heating pad and storing it under the bed within handy reach. If you have arthritis this will probably happen again at some point in the future. I don't like being the bearer of bad news but as an arthritis sufferer it's part of what must be dealt with. Get well quickly GEM
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I read a study a couple of years ago where they did a 20 year shelf life test on codeine based pain meds. The jist of the study is that, with proper storage, the meds lost roughly 5% potency over the 20 years with no harmful effects. GEM
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Looks to me like a project for needle files and fine sandpaper. Have to check mine. After I get through with the detailed inventory. GEM
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