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  • Birthday 06/06/1966

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    Very nearly the same time zone as Reaper
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    Science fiction, Doctor Who, Jim Henson, history, roleplaying games, fine art and art history, architecture, geology, paleontology, clothing and costume, random bits of whatever catches my fancy.

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  1. I have a resin nautilus-shell vase I’ve been meaning to convert to an illithid ship. I have a couple of more-or-less 28mm scale plastic model planes that I haven’t put together yet. I have a lot of potential projects.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    HappyLiLDance Someone patroned my videos! Woo!
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    A fun moment from yesterday’s graduation. All around the high school graduation people are preparing for the university graduations. We were parked in a long stretch of parkland which goes right through the university. As we walked in, a crew was setting up a large bandshell in a massive, lush grassy field. I was wearing a nice long black dress because yeah, my husband and I were in our long black leather coats because nice occasion in unseasonably cool weather, and I was wearing really dark sunglasses (doctor’s orders). Hours later, in the sweet evening sunshine, graduated, fed, fêted and socialized, we headed back to our car, cutting across this gigantic grassy field between long lines of trees. Just as the crew started their sound tests. It didn’t seem really loud but it surrounded us. It was like, you are the protagonist in a film and this is the soundtrack. It was everywhere. It was “Axel F”.” Of course we started bopping. It was just perfect, on the soft lush grass at the end of a fine day.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I hate to break it to you, but radio silence has been Reaper’s habit more often than not. Many’s the time they’ve changed things without warning or announcement, not before and sometimes not even after until someone notices and brings it up. They still have very generous customer service and are quick to help if something goes wrong with a product or order. But they’re kind of terrible about advance warnings.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yup. Every year the school tries to get a prominent graduate to speak, someone who’s gone on to become a Supreme Court Justice or an astrophysicist or something. This year it was a Public Defender who’s running for District Attorney, who had some good things to say about justice and the legal system and systemic injustice and making the world a better place ... and gave a big shout out to the kids who have been making the luggage tags and named the teacher they’re making them for, to thunderous applause.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    The organist is warming up. Right now he’s playing Frederic Handel’s “The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba,” a.k.a. The “Masterpiece Theatre theme song.”
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    There has been some speculation about whether we’ll hear anything about a much-beloved biology teacher who was suddenly and shockingly fired in extremely sketchy circumstances last winter. Basically no one believes the admins, who are pretty unpopular and adversarial, that this was in any way justified. The faculty have been wearing protest buttons much of the spring, and the students in wood shop have been making luggage tags in his support. The place is beginning to fill up. I feel underdressed. Secondborn definitely is - most of the graduates seem to be in cocktail dresses / business suits. His attitude was it would all be under the gown anyway. So ... he’ll be in his fifty-states-names-as-the-American-flag t-shirt with his Charles I mane foofing. For prom last week he wore a purple velvet frock coat over a frilly shirt and a good quality tricorn hat.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Musical Interludes on the graduation program will include “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, “Vienna” by Billy Joel, and “Under Pressure” by Queen. PingosHusband noted that these are all older than the graduates. The processional and recessional are total classics: Edward Elgar’s “Military March No. 1 in D” and William Boyce’s “Trumpet Tune.” It was a bit of culture shock to discover that to the British Elgar’s tune just means ... Britain, sort of patriotically, like if they hear it it’s like a USAdian hearing “America the Beautiful.” Whereas if one of us hears it it means academia, caps and gowns, and little else. I used to think it kept playing in Dangermouse to show how educated he was.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Am sitting in an absolutely stunning gigantic cathedral-like space waiting for Secondborn’s high school graduation. It’s not for an hour and a half yet, but we learned with Firstborn’s to show up good and early. Also I got a miraculously good parking spot after dropping the rest of the family off. Prolly should have brought a book. For the time being I’ve been taking architecture photographs.
  11. https://mobile.twitter.com/johnreppion/status/1136551109122830336
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Huh. Why do people showing photos of alleged supernatural activity include big red circles around the supernatural bit, even if it’s really really really blatant? Are they worried we’ll miss it? Voilà:
  13. Dire wolves predate fantasy RPGs. They were already known from Pleistocene skulls. I remember copying pictures of them out of books when I was little. The habit of adding "dire" to any critter to mean "big," now, that's purely fantasy RPG, and was clearly based on dire wolves.
  14. https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/still-snarling-after-40000-years-a-giant-pleistocene-wolf-discovered-in-yakutia/ The intact head of a gigantic wolf has been discovered in Siberian permafrost. The head is 40cm long, as large as a modern donkey’s head (fully half the body length of a modern wolf!)