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4 hours ago, paintybeard said:

Just got my sailing orders; flying out to join a ship in Singapore on Friday. So that's Christmas and the New Year safely on ship and none of this silly "goodwill to all men" nonsense.

Those are the worst, man. I spent last Christmas standing gate guard and quarterdeck watch in Qatar. Do not recommend.

 

Who are you sailing for? What's your tour, four on and four off?

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12 hours ago, Unruly said:

I want my own server closet. I've wanted a server closet for over a decade. I have an old full tower with a Tyan Tomcat K8E motherboard, some ECC RAM, and an AMD Opteron 1800+ in it that I put together years ago with the intent of making it a home server, but I didn't know enough to get CentOS properly configured. I figure I could still get it up and running as a media server or something if I really tried, but I'm much too lazy to learn anything like that now.

I don't quite have a full blown server closet, but I do have a cabinet where my modems, router, switch and Synology NAS are. 

The Synology NAS units are basically little servers, though I'm not utilizing but a fraction of mine's potential. 

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24 minutes ago, TGP said:

I voted yesterday. 

 

I voted in favor of W.O.O.F which had a proposition on the ballot. 

 

So, it turns out in my state that there was a requirement of law (or perhaps the state constitution itself) that livestock owned by city, or county, or the state levels of governance be dealt with in one of two ways once it was no longer needed. 1) sold at auction or 2) put down / euthanized. :mellow:

 

Probably this law was written with draft animals in mind back when state vehicles were horse-drawn wagons. 

 

This law applied to police dogs or bomb sniffing dogs once they became too old to work. ::(: ::(:

 

 

The new proposition (which :bday:passed and was approved ::):) allows Cities to retire hard working, loyal dogs by giving them to their handlers that have been working with them for years. So when a dog gets to 8-9 years old (aged for a working dog) it can go home with its handler and be with his family. 

 

This is why voting in your local elections are important.

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58 minutes ago, Last Knight said:

Those are the worst, man. I spent last Christmas standing gate guard and quarterdeck watch in Qatar. Do not recommend.

 

Who are you sailing for? What's your tour, four on and four off?

 

Thank for your sympathy, but I really don't mind being away for the winter, almost anywhere is warmer than home, so I enjoy that. And coming home when spring is starting is a nice feeling.

 

I sail on VLCC's for Stena line, About 3-4 months on board and then the same amount of leave.

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1 minute ago, paintybeard said:

 

Thank for your sympathy, but I really don't mind being away for the winter, almost anywhere is warmer than home, so I enjoy that. And coming home when spring is starting is a nice feeling.

 

I sail on VLCC's for Stena line, About 3-4 months on board and then the same amount of leave.

I actually like the cold and can't stand the heat, so anything in the Middle East is just a nightmare for me. <_<

 

Also, nice; I've been sailing Military Sealift Command for a dog's age, minimum 4 months on but your relief is guaranteed late, 30 calendar days off and they're demanding you come back. I'm about ready to hang up my seabag and try something shoreside.

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4 minutes ago, paintybeard said:

 

Thank for your sympathy, but I really don't mind being away for the winter, almost anywhere is warmer than home, so I enjoy that. And coming home when spring is starting is a nice feeling.

 

I sail on VLCC's for Stena line, About 3-4 months on board and then the same amount of leave.

 

Sometimes I fantasize about a job like that.  there is just something so nice about knowing when you are working and when you are off.  There are tradeoffs in being away from home and family but it still occasionally sounds nice to be able to come home and just relax or do domestic chores without wondering if your evening is going to be ruined by a phonecall or if your boss will suddenly decide on a 3 hour meeting on Saturday. 

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7 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Laptop is fixed!

So you'll be stuck with me again!!!

Not that we can get the dog hair off the sofa anyway :lol:

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41 minutes ago, Last Knight said:

I actually like the cold and can't stand the heat, so anything in the Middle East is just a nightmare for me. <_<

 

Also, nice; I've been sailing Military Sealift Command for a dog's age, minimum 4 months on but your relief is guaranteed late, 30 calendar days off and they're demanding you come back. I'm about ready to hang up my seabag and try something shoreside.

 

Sorry to hear that you aren't totally happy in your job, Last Knight. You do work of International value and we all benefit from what you do. Be proud!

37 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

 

Sometimes I fantasize about a job like that.  there is just something so nice about knowing when you are working and when you are off.  There are tradeoffs in being away from home and family but it still occasionally sounds nice to be able to come home and just relax or do domestic chores without wondering if your evening is going to be ruined by a phonecall or if your boss will suddenly decide on a 3 hour meeting on Saturday. 

 

The grass is always greener, Kangaroorex. I must admit that coming home and knowing I will not have to lift a finger for at least a couple of months is very nice! But I've only done this work since I ran away from school and I'm probably not really sufficiently well adjusted to do anything else now...

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I feel like I'm stuck in the middle between the two stated work types. I was hired as a seasonal employee, seasonal usually meaning 9 months on, 3 months off. In previous years it's meant 6 months on, 6 months off.

 

Our current season is 24 months long and counting <_< We've been made permanent employees against our will.

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Come on people - what part of "Call your local distributor for parts and service" is so hard to understand? 

I have one state that has a couple hundred locations with the equipment I support, two of our top distributors and a couple of decent dealers, and yet these sites still try calling me direct. 

I'm seriously thinking about investing in a 1-900 number, and billing these people $5/minute to talk to them. 

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@Pingo I feel your pain about the noise. Someone bought out the lot next door to us and is (presumably) building a house on it. They have been clearing it out with, what I believe is, a backhoe. And cutting down trees. I'm going to have next to no privacy in the painting room if I don't get curtains soon.

 

I don't remember if I posted this or not, last night is a blur because migraine. But the kitter cat is okay. Vet thinks that it is just allergies. If she had a cold it's gone/going away and he doesn't think it warrants antibiotics because she didn't have any gross colored goop/ooze from her eyes/nose. So now we have to get at least 3 humidifiers (to cover whole house) to help with allergens in the air. No idea how this will effect painting area. It should help my year round allergies as well. In the meantime, we are cleaning air filters and doing our best not to kick up extra dust while we (continue) to unpack. It may get done some day but that day is not soon enough.

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Well, 16 hours from now a giant truck is supposed to show up and load up all our possessions for the move.

Everywhere I look I see something that still needs to be packed.
Going to be a long night.....

 

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11 hours ago, Unruly said:

I have a question for you fine folks on the forums. Not really a miniatures related question, but one for a hobby that has a decent amount of overlap - model painting.

 

Does anyone have a good book or video they can recommend on modeling realistic battle damage on tanks? I've got my Gundam models, which usually I just assemble and stuff on a shelf, but now I want to take a couple and rough them up a bit. Since they're supposed to be essentially walking tanks, and many of my models are original series models that still use kinetic weapons, I figure that tank damage makes for a good starting point. Penetrating hits are relatively easy. You just take a soldering iron or hot nail and press it into the plastic a bit, or even just drill a hole through for certain really clean hits I've seen, but I would really love to know how to do the kind of deformations that would be left by stuff like glancing blows and non-penetrating shots.

This might be a good starting point:

https://hobbylink.tv/hlj-gundam-battle-damage-weathering-tutorial/

GEM

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