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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Hey, John!

We've been having thunderstorms just sort of pop up, last about 30 minutes and then end. One of my dogs hates thunder so she's a 75 pound lap dog when it's going on.

At least she knows who'll protect her from the loud, noisy, flashy, light thingies. :)


LOL yes. I was out running errands yesterday when a storm blew in and I wasn't here to pet her and calm her down. When I got back she was ecstatic and wouldn't be still.. lol


A bundle of nervous energy, eh?


Yeah, she was. Her name is Rosie. The other dog, Buster, is much more laid back. He was just like, "It's raining. Give me a treat."


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Ya know, lots of people talk about what they'd do if they were to win the lottery. Take trips around the world, build big houses, buy fancy cars, and things like that. Not everyone, mind you, but that seems to be the prevalent sentiment I hear around here.

As for myself, I'd buy a large parcel of land, build weatherproof shelters with heating and cooling systems then adopt unwanted shelter dogs to give them a happy home.


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Two words.

Robot army.


Once again, the Library's A/C is getting the better of me. Leaving an hour early. See everyone tomorrow.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Two words.

Robot army.

LOL!


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GOOD MORNING TREEFORTNAM !


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My goals should I hit a big lottery:

House in Cape Breton
House in Cape Cod
Large remote parcel in the mid-Appalachians-site of an animal rescue complex/off-grid living area
House in Manhattan (house likely an owned apartment)
House in Seattle, or maybe Monterey CA.
House in Caribbean
Vanity press making RPG supplements and paying artists and writers top dollar
Hosting an annual mini-convention at one of my homes

Ah, dreams.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Vanity press making RPG supplements and paying artists and writers top dollar

Sort-a-of-oxymoron...

Unless it's supposed to tender to your vanity and not the authors' :P


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I'd build a Doctor Seuss house.

Or a geodesic dome.

With a Doctor Seuss house on top or right beside it, depending on aesthetics and where I store my robot army.


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Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Vanity press making RPG supplements and paying artists and writers top dollar

Sort-a-of-oxymoron...

Unless it's supposed to tender to your vanity and not the authors' :P

A 'vanity' press is a publishing house that puts out product without any expectation of profit. Back in the day rich people who figured they had a book in them, but weren't very good would pay the publisher to print their work.

Me, I'd just like to hire the people in the field who could use a decent paycheck and let them flesh out my home brew. Then I could print up a few hundred copies and hit the con circuit. It'd be a lot of fun, IMO.


"vanity press" publishers are very much for-profit, they simply profit by being paid by the authors who wants to be published instead of customers.

There was recently (this year? last year?) a big crap-storm in Polish sf&f fandom over stories/books published at various vanity press publishers being nominated to Zajdel Award (the most important sf&f prize in Poland, sort of regional Hugo award). Some folks were arguings they should not be allowed to be nominated because it gives authors false impression about vanity press, a lot of discussion about vanity press preying on wanna-be-writers unaware of the realities of the book market, etc. There were even a few blogger-journalist investigation/provocations into the nuances of certain publishers (send them a terrible manuscript, get a letter praising the work and promising big promotion and great writing success... after paying for publication and so on, the more decent vanity press publishers at least specified need for editorial work).


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Also...

Dibs on making the first bestiary!

I'd love to see my monsters getting pictures.


Drejk wrote:
"vanity press" publishers are very much for-profit, they simply profit by being paid by the authors who wants to be published instead of customers.

Exactly. Which is why I said they put out product without expectation of profit. I.e. On the product. They obviously made a profit on the writers

Drejk wrote:
There was recently (this year? last year?) a big crap-storm in Polish sf&f fandom over stories/books published at various vanity press publishers being nominated to Zajdel Award (the most important sf&f prize in Poland, sort of regional Hugo award). Some folks were arguings they should not be allowed to be nominated because it gives authors false impression about vanity press, a lot of discussion about vanity press preying on wanna-be-writers unaware of the realities of the book market, etc. There were even a few blogger-journalist investigation/provocations into the nuances of certain publishers (send them a terrible manuscript, get a letter praising the work and promising big promotion and great writing success... after paying for publication and so on, the more decent vanity press publishers at least specified need for editorial work).

Yeah, there is a lot of shady publishing houses in the US too. Not as many now that digital publishing enables people to publish stuff at a fraction of dead tree prices.

And yes, if I should hit the $290M Powerball tonight, you will have a bestiary of your very own under my publishing house: Monkey Treefort Productions :)


Library's about to close. See everyone later.


Man it sucks sometimes when you work overnights. Tried to stay up yesterday, and crashed at 3pm. Up and down from 10pm until 2am, now waiting for the sun to come up. Happy Sunday!


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Jellicat, another feline-inspired monster...


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Last night I dreamt in German...

Well, I dreamt I was doing my Duolingo lesson in German. It's a start!


Playing tourist on the beach.


Hoo boy. Fried fried fried


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Hoo boy. Fried fried fried

No sun-block?


Did the afternoon at Colonel Sanders' get a bit dark?


Feros wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Hoo boy. Fried fried fried
No sun-block?

Sun block can only do so much with my Hebredian skin.


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I've been listening to a mix of Celtic and English folk music on YouTube while working on projects today, and came across this gem of a thread in the comments on a rendition of "The Elfin Knight":

OP: "Only 1690s kids will remember this."
P2: "I wish more people from my generation would listen to this. Yes I was born in 1710's but I still like old songs better."


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Damn kids today! No appreciation for the 1680s!!


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I find it amusing that the German word for 'books' is pronounced 'booyah'


I forgot how much fun Another Fine Myth is.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Feros wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Hoo boy. Fried fried fried
No sun-block?
Sun block can only do so much with my Hebredian skin.

You obviously need a super kilt.


Yawn.

Day of work in sun today. Tomorrow day off for dentist visit and then the rest of work in sun again.

No real supervisor for now (both the supervisor and his second are on vacations), only three full-time workers, with one of them ending his job today, unless the boss extends his contract. If he won't there will be no one to drive the big tractor.


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Drejk wrote:

Yawn.

Day of work in sun today. Tomorrow day off for dentist visit and then the rest of work in sun again.

No real supervisor for now (both the supervisor and his second are on vacations), only three full-time workers, with one of them ending his job today, unless the boss extends his contract. If he won't there will be no one to drive the big tractor.

You can do it! Drive that big tractor! Drive it long and hard! Drive it long, hard, and all...night...long!!!

*ahem* Sorry. I think I got distracted.


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No more porn for you.

Super kilts for all!


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That is quite possibly the cruelest thing anyone has ever said to me.


No porn or kilts for all?


The porn ban.


The one and only upside to having your hours cut by 50% at your day job: the ability to stay up until 6 AM working on a painting for a client with only an 18-pack of Labatt's Light, a Stan Rogers CD, and a handful of hand-rolled cigarettes for company.


*yawn*

Back at work after a six-hour break. Yay

Some ways I will miss this job. Others, not so much


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My foster dog Smokey is safely back with his family. I am happy he's home, but I think my little buddy Wilbur is missing his foster brother. They'll have a reunion tomorrow though. I have back-to-back 16-hour shifts (also bracketed by eight-hour shifts fore and aft). He's going to my friend's new house to play with him there for two days.

Saturday I get to reap the reward of my long OT hours. I travel to Cape Breton, and enjoy a week of restful vacation with my family. Wilbur is coming with, and I am happy to have some quality time with him.


Treppa wrote:

No more porn for you.

Super kilts for all!

no....


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We did it.


Sharoth wrote:
I forgot how much fun Another Fine Myth is.

I LOVED that series in my misspent youth! ;) I even used the first few pages of one book as a monologue for auditions once. (The gangster interviewing for the army) ;D

It was absolutely great, until the poor author went through a divorce, and he stopped writing the series. RIGHT in the middle of a cliffhanger too!

A few years later he did pick it up again, and got us out of the ridiculous cliffhanger he had left his poor fans in. :) But it just didn't seem the same to me. It may have been my (supposed) maturity after those years, or the author's change in style, or both. :/
It was still good though!

All of the books in the series are good, but I think the first book may be the best overall. Maybe? :)

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Freehold DM wrote:
We did it.

Wow!


Umm...what did we do?


Hey, everyone. What's up?


My blood pressure sadly.

Jesus fracking Christ I need my vacation.


I crashed down around late afternoon instead of writing...

If I wasn't having a day off tomorrow I would be going to sleep now anyway. I have to get up around eight to go to employment office and get one paper stamped (for the cheaper public transportation ticket) and then go to dentist, so I can go to sleep a bit later.


Sorry to hear that, Patrick. My doctor-enforced vacation from work is getting me depressed. Have to try to find something that doesn't need a great deal of depth perception. :(


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Sorry to hear that, Patrick. My doctor-enforced vacation from work is getting me depressed. Have to try to find something that doesn't need a great deal of depth perception. :(

have you tried porn?

No, I don't mean pornhub and other such things I mean grown inducing painfully cheesy 70s and 80s stuff that attempts to have a plot and fails miserably.

Nothing will take down your blood pressure/depression down faster than the painfully aquanetted hair and strange plots. And if that *does* fail, there's boobs!

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