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  1. 1 hour ago, Mad Jack said:


       Ayep.  ::D: 


    (He also used to make depth charges by weighting down mason jars with rocks, dropping in a lit M80, and sealing the top before tossing them in the water.) 


        Crazy Uncle George was in his 90's and still going out clamming in his 12-ft. rowboat in the middle of winter... During the summer, he'd have us kids wading along the riverbank with clamming rakes and bushel baskets floating in inner tubes tied to our waists, feeling for the clams with our toes. He kept an old metal pot and a metal grate buried in the sand near the bank of his favorite spot on the river, and when our baskets were full, he'd build a fire and dig out the pot. He'd fill it with river water, dump in the chopped vegetables he'd brought with him, pour in a can of beer, and make clam chowder right there...


       We always thought he was a raging drunk who liked to get tanked at family events and argue about WWII, yelling about how we weren't there, but then, at the age of 94, we discovered he was actually bipolar and had been self-medicating with cheap beer for over half a century.



    it's amazing how many crazy old coots you run into who are half off their rocker, and been treating it themselves for half of forever. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:



    Head of WSS ( Woof's Secret Service) : We asked you to build a vehicle for our undercover agents, right?


    Engineer of Special Weapons Division: Yes, and we built one!


    Head of WSS : Is this your idea of an unsuspicious vehicle for undercover agents???



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    and this is why the Fourth Little Pig built his house, with dragons teeth and a minefield

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  3. 5 hours ago, Great Khan Artist said:


    How did I not hear about that? They obviously highlight the wrong things on the 6 o' clock news. 

    was several years ago. Less than 20, but not sure how much less. Besides would anyone in Calgary even know where Breton AB is?

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  4. 9 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

    I once saw a photo of the remains of a man that died while trying to steal copper in Poland.

    From high power lines.


    No, not a Polish joke - copper is worth a lot of money, and some folks... do not think things through.


    The Auld Grump

    Guy tried that from a power substation near here. We were without power for over a day, and the identified the guy by dental records, because that was about all that was left...it did not go well for him.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

    Today the Netherlands remembers the fallen of WWII and after..

    Tomorrow we celebrate Liberation Day ( end of occupation by Germany).


    As it is I remember my mother.  She passed away during the night of 4/5 may in 2007.

    The people of the Netherlands deserve all the peace and rest, their parents and grandparents have earned it for the next ten generations.  And I wish you an equal measure of peace as you remember your mother. 

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  6. 9 hours ago, Sylverthorne said:

    AI generated art has turned into a very touchy subject. A lot of people have flat out banned it in their publications, on account of how the programs that generate it are often trained (using artists' work without their knowledge or permission, and similar shenanigans). As an artist myself, I have .. Concerns. 

    There's potential for it to be very interesting, but at least right now, at least I refuse to touch it.  😕


    Past that, I'm not getting into it here. >_<

    The Goblin and I are on much the same page. I used to love AI stuff, back when it was mostly surreal landscapes and such, but recently, well there has been a crapload of copycat art, more "look at me, I'm an artist now" than I care for, and enough Emma Watson porn to make me want to start hunting people for sport.  Which is not to discourage you from playing around with it.  Far from.  Create beauty and find joy where and how you can. But if I see so much as a single Harry Potter themed sexy shot, I know roughly where you live.

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  7. 2 hours ago, OneBoot said:

    What I wanted to be doing this afternoon: delicately applying very thin layers of paint to an elegantly sculpted piece of resin. 


    What I did instead: excavate a sprinkler head from a rapidly growing mud puddle with my bare hands (tons of small rocks in the soil made other tools far too slow). 


    I finally just shut off the irrigation because the source of the issue didn't appear to be the sprinkler, and indeed, DadBoot the Plumber diagnosed it over the phone as a sprinkler valve issue. So I get to add another thing to my growing list of "stuff I know about irrigation systems that I never knew I'd know" as well as "things I've learned how to fix by watching Youtube videos." The fixing is going to wait until Monday though, I'm too tired right now to do more than stop the problem from getting worse. 


    I'm so glad my dad is a plumber + handyman; I've learned a lot from him, as well as an understanding of when it's something I can learn to do myself vs. when it's time to call in an expert. 



    --OneBoot 🙂

    One of the most important homeowner, or even renter lessons is learning when you can and should do it yourself, and when you shouldn't. Sounds like Ma and Pa Boot raised a competent and confident Bootling but not a stupid one.

    and on a totally unrelated note. I need to use this more in everyday conversation. 

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  8. 4 hours ago, kristof65 said:

    I loathe this event, as it happens to me ALL. THE. TIME.


    "I know my display has been failing for 6 months, but now that it's 4:30pm on Thursday,  I'd like you to ship me one so I can have fixed Friday morning before our big weekend event."


    Here's my first T-Trak module connected at my first show (a Scout Jamboree) with my train running on it:



    Looks great, but I'd see if I could get a few Mechwarrior Dark Age, industrial mechs to go along with the CAV stuff. 

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  9. 5 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

    That's actually really solid advice.


    At least from what I'm told. I don't get seasick. I came really close once, but I managed to use mind over matter to talk myself out of it.  I'd been in the Navy for 18 years by that point, no way was I going to get sick in front of the kids (junior sailors).

    bad experience breeds good advice. My last crossing on a ferry was a wild one, and as I get older, I am more and more prone to motions sickness

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  10. tell wifey to either get to as low a passenger deck as she can, preferable the middle of the boat, where it rolls the least, or go out where she can get fresh air. Those are the two best options for seasickness from waves. Been there, done that. 

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  11. Miss me? 

    Remember me?

    So, it's been a week. Dad is, for those of you who might recall, home, and a going concern. Problem is he's feeling better, and not just a little better, but a lot better. So I gotta keep up to make sure he doesn't overdo it.....like wrestling calves by the barn today.  What do you do when your parents refuse to grow old gracefully? 

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  12. 4 hours ago, SparrowMarie said:

    I am getting a tattoo on Saturday. I got the art today and I literally cried. I am so excited. Picture under spoiler. This one doesn't have the color on it but it's like super imposed over my leg so I'd rather show it off on me for real than digitally. This is the memorial tattoo for both of our cats that passed in 2022, so it's a very special piece.


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    Simple, clean, I like it I do wonder how the fine lining on the TARDIS panels will turn out. 


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  13. The worst part about getting older, is that people you care for are getting older too. Just spent all day  yesterday  getting my dad taken care of, and into hospital, for what looks to be, and hopefully is, relatively minor angina pectoris, aka, a partial blockage in the veins leading into the heart.  Hard accepting your parents are in their 70's, when half the time you are still trying to convince your brain, "no I am not 21 any more" 

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  14. we had Easter breakfast/brunch before Service, four hours latter, was Easter lunch, and as wonderful as it all ways, I was still hung over from breakfast, and didn't eat all that was on offer, not by a long stretch.  I miss those days of yore, when my body would consume any food available, and appear as if summoned any time there was more to be found. 

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  15. 2 hours ago, TylerTheTired said:

    It may be old-school, but there's something magical about the crock pot. I'm still not as good at using it as my mom was, but I'll get there. Somehow we never learned crockpot tips and tricks in my time in commercial kitchens.

    But coming home from church to a tender, fall-apart pot roast in the crockpot is a core memory that I'll treasure until I die or go crazy.

    crockpots, sadly take too long, for too little return for most commercial kitchens, but for a family, oh goodness yes. I make chili in ours, all the time. I need to get a few more 'complete meal' recipes for it

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