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On 5/25/2018 at 11:24 PM, Morihalda said:

May 25-26: What subject can you talk about for hours (or all weekend)? Tell me an interesting fact or two about it!
 

 

IT would be easier to find a subject I can't blather on about; I have way too many interests.

 

Maybe XML-based publishing systems, or birds, or jewelry, or sculpting, or gardening, or anything in the natural world, or the current state of sasquatch "research", or fipple type ancient flutes, ...

 

You pick, I'll talk.

 

 

On 5/29/2018 at 12:52 AM, Morihalda said:

May 29: What was your favorite toy growing up?

 

My pocket knife.  With it and the forest I live in, I could make anything I wanted.  The swords and staves I made from maple sapplings with which I slew many a hydra (fallen trees), bring a nostalgic smile to my face.  

 

 

4 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

 

My soon to be wife turning the corner at the back of the church to walk to me, radiant smile on her face. 25.5 years later the memory is still as fresh as it was then.

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5 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

Sight? My newborn son. Just amazing; had no idea meeting him would affect me so much.

Place? The Grand Canyon was cool, but honestly just watching the sunset from nearly any balcony in Phoenix/Scottsdale was fantastic. Hard to beat.

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5 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

Having traveled around the world, I don't think I can find a single answer to this one.

  • Seeing Mount Fuji from afar in Japan (once physically on the side of the volcano, you lose the view)
  • Seeing the Great Wall of China poking out of the fog after a light rain.
  • Morning on a camping ground in Mongolia where the sky was the bluest I've seen in years.
  • Flying over Gros Morne park in Newfoundland, to see the top of the cliffs and the fjords simultaneously.
  • Seeing the frozen tundra in northern Quebec in the dead of winter. At that level of cold (in the -40°C to -50°C range) any water in the atmosphere is in tiny frozen crystal form, not water droplets, so the light striking them makes everything look surreal. (like Sun Dogs)
  • That beach in northern France 30+ years ago. I was 15, many topless girls, raging hormones. I got sunburned in the face. NO REGRETS!
  • The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.
  • Just about any European museum of classical arts and treasures. I've visited the Louvres and Hermitage museum, where you can spend *days* seeing everything.
  • The "glow" of many expectant mothers, or holding their newborn child (yes, even though they look haggard and are quite exhausted).
  • Opening a long awaited KS Bones package from Reaper.
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On 5/26/2018 at 12:24 AM, Morihalda said:

May 25-26: What subject can you talk about for hours (or all weekend)? Tell me an interesting fact or two about it!
 

My pets, dog Klondike Bar and new kitten Mango. All my coworkers and friends are sick of looking at pics of my pets. I actually made an instagram just for Klondike Bar (@whatwouldyoudo4klondikebar) so I wouldn't clutter up my friends social media feeds.

 

Also, anything that I happen to be interested in at that moment. I tend to get stuck on a subject, research it to an insane level, tell everyone I meet about it and then just move on to the next topic. 

6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

 

Cliche, but for place, the Grand Canyon (especially at sunrise/sunset) is as magical as advertised. Vatican City was also beautiful but I was very young when we went there so the memories aren't as clear. 

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

 

 

The Reaper Factory Boneyard.

 

After that? I'm honestly not sure. There are many beautiful places in the world, and I have only seen a few of them.

 

When not raining/snowing/etc., the Sognefjord in Norway is a contender, but then, so is Cairngorms park in Scotland. I also find parts of cities beautiful, even though they are not natural. London, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, etc. all have really beautiful areas to explore. (Also places that are not pretty at all.)

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

 

Erm... there are a bunch of them. 

 

I saw this tourmaline in person at the Tucson Gem & Mineral show one year, and it is pretty mind blowing.  Image result for star of pederneira tourmaline

 

Yeah uhh.... various gem & mineral shows and museums always get me for items of beauty. 

 

A good lightning storm I find totally enthralling. I can watch those for a long time and be happy. 

 

Roquebrun France is another beautiful place to me. The town is built into the ruins of an old castle on a cliff looking out over the water. Pretty darn spectacular. 

 

And I have a soft spot for the first sunny day after a snow storm in the mountains. I am going to miss seeing the Flatirons in Colorado; they're majestic. 

 

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On 5/26/2018 at 12:24 AM, Morihalda said:

May 25-26: What subject can you talk about for hours (or all weekend)? Tell me an interesting fact or two about it!
 

ART! :D I already tell you as much interesting stuff as I can dig up! 

Controlling value shapes and edges is probably the most important thing.

 

7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

 

I love the Adirondacks and need to get up on some trails this year!

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7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

I once found myself in a local cemetary around 1am. (went around sunset, fell asleep) 

I awoke to full moonlight saturating the older portion, the gray of the stones seeming to glow and the sky a shade somewhere between deep blue and purple like a rich velvet drapery hung over the world with the occasional icy pinprick of stars. Despite being late summer, there was no sound of crickets or anything else, giving the entire scene the essence of some manner of cathedral. It seemed as if the woods nearby were inhabited by things I could only see out of the corner of my eye, and time itself lost all meaning as I just sat there and absorbed everything. As beautiful as the scene was, it was this sense of meaning that made it stand out, like I had stumbled onto a world hidden behind usual perception. I've been back there countless times since but haven't ever managed to recapture what I saw in 1997.

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9 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

I know I've seen some jaw-dropping sights but I honestly can't remember where they were ATM, so I'm gonna go with the sunset over Sawyer Hill in Berlin, MA, AKA "the drive home from work".

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Favorite toy growing up was the Strange Change Machine, a doohickey that came with little flat squares of colored memory plastic. When you put them in the "time chamber," they were heated and sprouted into dinosaurs and monsters. You'd play with them, and then warm them up and compress them back into little colored squares bearing the Mattel logo. It was the only toy that was as much fun to put away as it was to pull out.

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A close second was the GI Joe Talking Commander.

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...and the most beautiful thing I have ever seen was the Rocky Mountains at sunrise, the first time I drove up here to see my baby...

 

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10 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Saskatchewan is full of natural beauty that everyone needs to see.

 

Especially right now when everything is green and blooming even here in the dusty south.

 

Been a few places and seen some cool stuff. Hard to think of the absolute most beautiful sight because there were a lot of good ones. Many of them were those perfect once in a lifetime shots in ordinary places. 

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11 hours ago, Morihalda said:

May 30: What’s the most beautiful sight or place you’ve ever seen?

Last summer I went on a family vacation out to western Canada, and then back home through the States. The days spent in the Alberta Rockies (Banff, Lake Louise, Columbia Icefields) and Yellowstone National Park were some of the most scenic views I've ever seen.

10 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Saskatchewan is full of natural beauty that everyone needs to see.

Best sunset of the trip was in Saskatchewan (just outside of Swift Current).

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