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  1. What a difference a door makes. 

    Finally had the exterior door to my office replaced yesterday. The old one would not shut tightly nor seal out the weather.  It was so poorly fitted that even adding extra gaskets and such made little difference.  Therefore my office was generally about 10F colder/warmer than the rest of the house in the mornings.   

    This morning it was only 3F colder, and just opening up the interior door for an hour has brought it up to only 1F cooler. 


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  2. I do have/buy a lot of dice, but a couple decades ago I gave myself a restriction/justification that has worked pretty well so far. 

    I only buy new dice for a new RPG character or a new minis game army/force, so that every character/army has their own set of dice. 

    I did break this a couple years ago when I bought a large lot of RPG dice sets on Amazon to hand out to the kids in the D&D group I was running at the high school.  I justified that by telling myself it would help prevent theft or loss of *my* dice. 

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  3. 39 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

    And there were actually classes that I think benefitted from the format; I could see everything that TaleSpinner was sculpting, or that Corporea was painting, with zoom even when needed! 

    I really hope that they can incorporate that camera tech to the in person classes. 

    I'd also love to see Reaper expand the Reaper U program to throughout the year by offering small online classes periodically.   Imagine a 4-6 week Zoom course with 5-10 students, where we could get some interactions and regular feedback.  @TaleSpinner's sculpting classes would really benefit from a week long "pause" between sessions, and keeping it down to a small group would allow the interaction he thrives on as an instructor.  I'd be willing to pony up $50-100 for a class like that. 

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  4. On 9/25/2020 at 11:40 PM, OneBoot said:

    Zero stars. Manifestly disappointed that LAVA FLOW did not, in fact, include actual lava. Would like refund due to false advertising, as well as free car wash with promised lava.


    Sending a screen shot of this to my big customer here in Des Moines, he'll get a kick out of it, too. 


    On 9/26/2020 at 10:46 AM, ManvsMini said:


    Did you have "Car Wash" playing on repeat? All other answers may be unacceptable, but will be considered.

    Back when it was a big thing for Verizon customers to have songs for their ring back tones that the caller would hear, I got sick of that song.  So many car wash owners chose it...

    Spent the weekend fixing my trailer electrical. In the end, the problem turned out to be the simplest thing, but the most improbable.  The rear part of the frame is somehow no longer part of the chassis ground - or at least not enough for the new LED trailer lights I had purchased.  

    Finally figured this out after replacing the trailer tail lights, then the plug on the Toyota, and then redoing the entire trailer harness. 

    My wife finally did her first plate for the kiln - a purple and confetti variant of the heart plate I showed here  earlier.  She got tired of waiting for me to make another one after I sold that one.  Now I don't need to feel so guilty about her buying me the kiln. 


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  5. 11 hours ago, Darcstaar said:

    But, to be honest, it seems a little bulky.

    That just means she fits in with 95% of the minis out there. ::):


    15 minutes ago, Brother Jim said:

    Especially if she wants them to feel like they've had a building dropped on them.

    Funny you should say that. 

    The history of the kingdom of Dalend involves a famous siege, in which a demi-goddess named Cerelia used a powerful magic sword named WallBreaker to end the siege, by bringing the walls down upon the attackers. 

    This is why their symbol is a tower. 

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  6. so I'm getting a new office door installed on Monday.  The one in my office now doesn't seal against the weather, so I've had it taped shut. A new door means I'll have a usable exterior door and hopefully my office will stay warmer in the winter.  

    When we booked the contractor for the work back in July, i decided that would be when I would rearrange my office, something I have been meaning to do since mid March.  And here we are on Friday, and I have yet to start the necessary clean up for the door install on Monday, let alone the rearrangement.

    I should probably get to that. 

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  7. Finally got a chance to work on this again. 


    Found a piece of plastic tubing about the right size among my hobby supplies and slipped it into my makeshift lathe:20200924_191248.thumb.jpg.62c00d603d24a1ec548e321f89b83e86.jpg


    Found that it was a little too flexible,  but fortunately I found a piece of brass wire that was the exact diameter to fit inside.  I cut that a bit short so that I'd have a hole to mount the tower on the staff with.


    After turning. 



    I was originally going to put a layer of putty over this, but I'm pretty happy with it as is, so I went ahead and mounted it on Joeliyn's staff:



    I will use some putty for the crenulations on the battlement.

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  8. 3 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

    Just my seriously depreciated two cents worth on the FTL Civilization probability.

    If there are civilizations out there that have FTL Technology they may have policies and prohibitions in place that restrict or prohibit the sort of contact with non FTL Civilizations that could cause detrimental effects to those civilizations.

    Just look at the advances made on Planet Earth in the last 100 years.  In the 1920s, radio was a cutting edge technology, with broadcast radio being on a strictly local basis until late in the decade.  Film was silent until the VitaPhone System was introduced, again in the closing years of the decade. Aviation was in its youth, only slightly beyond the powered kite stage..

    The entire world was analog, and a "computer" was the name for a guy sitting there with books of ruled paper and a hand cranked adding machine, doing accountancy.

    The theory of Television had just been worked out and it took a lot of very expensive [for the time] and complicated "stuff" that had to be assembled and wired all by hand in order to make a blurry picture on a small monochrome Cathode Ray Tube.

    Atomic Energy was still in the realm of Science Fiction.

    Standing here today and looking back over the last 100 years of technological advancement and then turning and looking forward that same 100 years, the possibilities are just about beyond comprehension.  So FTL might just be possible, using some combination of technologies yet to be discovered or combined.

    And consider this, what would a technologically conversant person of today dropped into the early 1920s have been able to do to advance the rate of progress in various areas, even through something like an inadvertent comment made to the right person?


    Just spitballin'

    I hear what you're saying, but when you're talking about entire civilizations, the chances of having a unified policy like the Federations Prime Directive seems pretty far fetched. Or rather, enforcing such a policy. A star faring civilization would likely consist of at least 10s of billions of individuals - they'd definitely be a truly alien civilization if they didn't have their own James Kirk like individuals who would have motives to flout the policy. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, Rigel said:

    No one even stops to ask "why isn't ALL the nutrient paste flavored?"

    According to Tred over in accounting, "Have you seen the cost to import artificial flavorings from off world? Every gram coming into the belt costs us money."

    Apparently the bulk of the nutrient paste is made right in the belt with every bit of organic material they can scrape up. Tred was going to tell me what all that entailed, but I decided I'd rather not know when he started reaching for the sanitation budget files. 

    Lovely work. 

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  10. 10 minutes ago, Zink said:


    Statistically I'm convinced that there's complex life forms somewhere out there even though the similar planet search results haven't been encouraging lately. I'm not convinced that they are visiting us regularly to kidnap rednecks and hillbillies. Who knows what forms they might take because just look at the historical examples people have been sharing already. There's some pretty wierd stuff living with us already and I don't mean just my relatives. It would make me very sad to believe that we're the be all and end all of sentient life in the universe. 

    You meant my relatives, didn't you? :devil:

    I'm sad because the more they can see out there, the less probable that evidence that some means of FTL is possible will be found.  It was already an infinitesimally small possibility anyway, and it keeps getting smaller. 

    That means even if there are other sentients out there, we're unlikely to ever be able to even say hello. 

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  11. So car wash sites get sold all the time. As an equipment representative, I generally wind up being involved to handle the necessary reprogramming. I do these 2-3 times a month.

    Currently have two in progress for September, and they both look like they're going to drag on into October.  Why are they dragging on? You might think it's because of the  loans,  escrow, etc?  Nope, not this time.  Both sales have apparently happened, it's just that the new and old owners are not providing the necessary documentation for me to proceed with what I need to do. 

    I sorta understand the one site - he bought a repossessed site from the bank and there is a lot to sort out. 

    But the other site - apparently the new owner is just as ditzy as the old owner. 


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  12. I'm going to second Inarah's comment. 

    Also, I find a Kickstarter announcement being a new forum member's first post ever here somewhat rude. I get why people do it, especially creators and I don't begrudge them wanting to promote their projects, but can we maybe require them to introduce themselves and disclose their affiliation with the project? 

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  13. 12 hours ago, TGP said:

    Inquiry, the 24th of September: 

    Gaming mats / Table covers / Game boards: Do you own any? What are they made of? Are they representing desert, open water, cobblestone, swamp..? Where did you source them, if you did not make them?

    Oh man, I have a lot of options.   My primary mini gaming table was painted to look like water, so i could use it for naval rules, and use my home made Geo-Hex like tiles on it to make 3d terrain with "rivers" and "lakes".  I also have several Geo-Hex 4x6 mats in Grass, Sea and Desert colors (lucked into an evilBay auction for 8 of them for cheap a couple years ago.  I also have a variety of Chessex mats with grids and hexes.  And I have several sets of TerraTiles in various themes for quick "terrain."

    Finally, I have a large format printer and use that in conjunction with Campaign Cartogropher to create battle mats and such. 

    Surprisingly, I use them all about equally - it's just which tool best fits my mood and the situation. 


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  14. 2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    I have to get those drakes done for the client who wants them, but needs some changes.  

    Wait, what?

    Your drakes got picked up by a client? Does this mean they'll see retail at some point? 

    1 hour ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

    Mind you, if that other project happens to be Gnomish battle mecha and constructs, I'm perfectly happy to get into a bidding war with @Glitterwolf  :poke:

    Pssstt...Jasper, don't tell anyone, but I'll secretly help back your bid. :poke:

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  15. 3 hours ago, Kuroneko said:





    I believe I still have my copy of that book. 

    2 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

    I remember Discovery Channel once had a series about that.

    There was a travelling museum exhibition based on the book - that's where I bought my copy of it. IIRC, we saw it at the Denver Museum of Science & History while on a school field trip, and then I begged my parents to go see it again, and that's when I bought the book.   I spent hours just pouring through the pages for months afterwards, then wound up using it for Traveller games in high school. 

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  16. I've just spent the last hour staring at mind numbing  screens of self serve credit card transactions manually resetting them so the site can get paid for them. 

    I had to do this because the site's credit card system went partially offline a month ago, and they didn't notice until today.   It's a busy enough site that the number of transactions they've taken in the last two weeks equals the maximum number of transactions the system is allowed to store under Payment Card Industry Association rules.  Meaning they lost two weeks of credit card revenue. No way to recover them, and I can only make an estimate as to the lost revenue, but it's five figures. 

    Sad Stupid thing is that this is the second time in 2 years something similar has happened to the same site.  Had he been doing his required periodic maintenance checks, it would have been caught 3 weeks ago.  And if he had upgraded his software like he was told to the last time this happened, it probably would have been caught even before that. 

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  17. 22 minutes ago, Keianna said:


    I have at least one person at work ask every week why we do a particular thing a certain way. My response every time is because we tried your suggestion and it didn't work, here is why. 

    OTOH, I've seen that same idea stifle innovation and improvement.  Usually the attitude is more of "I don't like change" and "we've always done it this way", but sometimes the three of them can be hard to tell apart. 


    Edited to add: You're not talking about @OneBoot and the stapling are you?  :lol:


    Just had a call from someone who had a big problem a few days ago. I thought we had gotten it resolved, so when I saw his number on the Caller ID, I had to swallow the lump in my throat before answering. 

    He was just calling to say "Thank you." 


    Today just took a turn for the better. 

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