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Doug Sundseth

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  1. The life of a druid is often hard. But you knew that when you signed up. (Well, for whatever "signed up" means for an illiterate tree hugger, of course. ) Are you sure there's actually a difference between those?
  2. To answer your specific question, for brush-on primers, I like Badger's Stynylrez (which also works great in an airbrush) or Reaper's Brush-on Primers (9108, 9214, or 9299). That said: IME airbrush is just as easy to use as a rattlecan. If you have a tremor severe enough that you're worried about paint coming out of the cup, a bottom feed airbrush or airbrush with a cap over the gravity feed cup should handle the issue. I've used poster tack to hold minis down to a painting stick of some sort for priming. Those free paint stirrers work pretty well. With that, you can m
  3. When I was young, the Adam West Batman and Rat Patrol. For some unaccountable reason (), my dad didn't want to watch Batman, so watching it depended on him not being home*, but he went on TDY pretty often, so I did get to see it pretty regularly. But he liked Rat Patrol, so that was an every week thing. * Like most people, we had a single TV, and like everybody, there was no such thing as recording television. You watched it when it was on, you watched it during summer reruns (if that episode was rerun), or you hoped for syndication years later.
  4. In that general category, I was very favorably impressed by Fred Brooks's "The Mythical Man-Month", which is more about project management in a programming environment than programming itself. It's also a case study of the project to create an operating system for the IBM 360, so it's not exactly new. Except geologically.
  5. It's certainly a cinematic piece ... of something. I actually recall liking it, but it's not near the top of any list I can imagine. Well other than, say, "Top 10 movies with Tango and/or Cash in the title, with bonus points if the movie has both".
  6. No interest in glow. Which would save me $100, so there's that.
  7. I have several thousand books on my metaphorical shelf. Heck, I have over 1000 audio books. Sorry, not possible.
  8. Now I know who to contact as an accessory before the fact to vegemurder (which is like herbicide, but more ... premeditated). When I was laid off 11 years ago, my previous company paid for classes in resume writing. The best advice I got from that is to worry less about lists of tasks, especially standard tasks for the position you were in*, but rather to focus on quantifiable ways that you helped the place you worked. "Managed an office reorganization that reduced front desk staffing requirements by 33%" is much more impressive than "answered the phones and referred peop
  9. I don't have Runewars, but I've removed the bases from similar figures. For thinner bases, I use a sprue cutter to remove the bulk of the plastic, then trim with a hobby knife. The sprue cutter is sharp enough to be fairly precise (never use it on anything but plastic, btw.) For very thick bases, I would use a razor saw to remove the mass of the base, then continue as before. And yes, it's messy, sorry.
  10. Miles would definitely have been on my list had he come to mind, maybe even at the top. But the series is effectively over, so it's been a while since I last read it.
  11. That's my real answer, but I'll list a few anyway: When young, the answer would have been Kimball Kinnison. The Lensman series was very important to me when growing up. (And very much not worth going back to today.) Harry Dresden & Michael Carpenter (the character I use today as the only sort of paladin I will allow when running a D&D game) Kylara Vatta (Elizabeth Moon) Honor Harrington Walt Longmire (more the books than the TV show) Lucas Davenport (John Sandford) Daniel Leary & Adele Mundy (RCN Series, David Drake) Belisarius (from
  12. It's a rational way of looking at things. The only thing that matters is how many casualties, not particularly what caused them. We have come to think (for whatever reason) that inadvertent casualties caused by your own side are somehow worse than intentional casualties caused by the other side. Why should it be a problem for a halftrack, a light tank, a medium tank, and a submachine gun (among others) to have the same Mark designation? Early in the ACW, Union and Confederate militia units (which had always bought their own uniforms, some
  13. About 6:1 rather than 1:6 actually (5 nm forward for each 5000' descent), which is quite similar to almost every piston-engine aircraft anywhere. It's a bit poor relative to the usual jet glide ratio of about 10:1, but not unreasonably so.
  14. Premature abandonment of cannons was a real problem, and not just for the F-4. I grew up listening to F-4 engine tests in the middle of the night across the base, so it has a place in my soul. Four-ships taking off under burner directly over our house, though, not so much. The takeoff-end of the runway at Zweibruecken was pointed directly at France, so even more than usually, it was important to get up to a reasonable maneuvering speed quickly. Ugly as sin, of course, but in a utilitarian way. Used to see them flying the valleys in German
  15. You mean like Super Sabre, Voodoo, Delta Dart, Starfighter, Thunderchief, Delta Dagger, Phantom II, Tiger, Intruder, Corsair II, Crusader, Tomcat, Eagle, Fighting Falcon, Hornet...? They all have names. And most of them have slightly derogatory nicknames as well.
  16. Well, that's just unrealistic. A penguin would eat the sea life, not free it.
  17. It's possible that I misunderstood that, though I would expect that to be the "F-4F", since the Corsair was the "F-4U", so "F-4" alone wouldn't make much sense. Also, the Wildcat had a small engine and nobody much liked them (except in comparison to the Brewster Buffalo or the like). If I did misunderstand, I apologize.
  18. The F-4 was really quite aerodynamically sound and quite a good multi-role aircraft. Though it helps to remember that it was designed for carrier use, so it wasn't quite as well optimized for ground use as it could have been (though the E-model recovered some of that). There's a reason that the USAF picked it up after it was designed for the USN, and it wasn't because it sucked. The F-104, on the other hand, was entirely unsuited for the role it was forced into. It was designed as a high-altitude, very high speed interceptor and ended up being used as a multi-role fighter. There's
  19. "Make sure to always thin your paint." Not universally true; some paints are quite thin enough already and if you do thin your paint, you need to think about overloading your brush and the paint breaking, which seldom gets mentioned at the same time. Sometimes a great idea; sometimes terrible. "Spend more time." When a project stops being enjoyable, stop. We do this for fun. Note: stopping may prevent a better medal; if the prospective joy from a better medal is important enough to you, paint on in anticipation of delayed gratification, but be aware that not having fun (or being di
  20. The only meeting with a general purpose celebrity I can recall1 was when I was very young. We were living in Colorado Springs and my Grandfather was visiting. Somehow or other (probably related to the fact that he was a civil servant from Minnesota and entirely unembarrassed by anything much) he managed to get himself and me into a receiving line for then-Vice-President Hubert Humphrey at one of the bases (Peterson AFB?) in CS. This is notable only for its strange and rather unlikely circumstances; nothing of import happened other than a hello and a handshake. I have rather more me
  21. Of course, this is really an invitation to create a backronym. And politics are strongly disfavored here.
  22. Studding Sail was typically pronounced "stu'n's'l" like boatswain is typically pronounced "bo's'n" or forecastle "fo'c'sle". See also: t'gallant
  23. More like an author, really. I need to write handouts and class descriptions for ReaperCon. But I'll be painting along fairly steadily, I suspect. FTFY. I've lived in the north and west and heard it there, too. But like @Zink, March is one of our snowiest months, and that can run into April as well.
  24. Re Covid-19: Based on the involuntary experiment that the Japanese ran with the cruise ship quarantine, I'm not that worried. Rate of transmission, even in that hothouse environment was much lower than, say, Norovirus, and the lethality was pretty low. (Note that I'm 59 and have asthma, so perhaps a bit more vulnerable than most of the populace.) If I lived in Ada, Minnesota (near my parents' home towns), where there is a pizza place, a drive-in, and a Subway, I'd work my way through menus. But since I live in a metro area with hundreds of restaurants, I don't feel the ne
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