unixknight

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  1. So when my wife and I got sealed this year, I gave her this gift, which I'd been working on assembling and painting for about a year prior. It's about 12" high total. Just finally got around to adding the shrunk down copy of our sealing certificate to the base. Just thought I'd share, since you guys know what a big deal getting sealed is...
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    Atonement (A Gift for my Wife)

    Thanks guys I'm also very interested in feedback from @mirkwood, as a fellow miniatures painter.
  3. So I sat with my kids this afternoon and we played Life. For those who haven't heard of it (all 3 of you) it's the boardgame where you go through "life" with a job, income, kids, buying a house, etc. The object of the game is to retire with the highest amount of money. So my daughter ended he game with almost $2M and 1 kid. She won. I ended the game with... less money than that and also had 1 kid. My son also had less money, and he had 6 (count 'em) 6 kids. He had so many kids he needed a second car game piece to tote them all around. So my daughter announced that she had won. (Which is true, by the game rules.) But then a thought occurred to me, which I shared with them. Her in-game persona will end the game of life with just one child to say farewell. The same went for me. But my son... his in-game self would pass on with an entire room full of people who love him. I think the game rules have the wrong victory conditions.
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    Atonement (A Gift for my Wife)

    You are too kind. 😊
  5. Katie (known to us within the family as the Kitten) is my littlest, at 18 months. She also has precisely -zero- fear of altitude in any context. It was Kitten who performed an uncontrolled descent down the basement stairs about 6 months ago because... she just really, really, really wanted to be down there. (No injury of any kind, because she has very diligent angels watching over her.) (And yes, there was a baby gate. momma was going through it and that's when she discovered just how fast Kitten had become)She climbs on absolutely everything she can, and we have since removed the baby gate from the stairs because she was trying to climb *over* it to get down the stairs. We have since taught/guided her to be able to get up and down the stairs safely on her own, and she delights in doing this several times a day now. Kitten also likes to be on chairs, tables, stools... anything she can climb on. Her one true frustration in life is a surface she can't reach. Last night, she bounded out of her high chair expecting her brother to catch her. He tried, bless his soul, but she was quicker than he was. And that's how she bit her tongue. Less than a half hour after that she was climbing back up to that chair... So for all those whose children are climbers, I offer both my sympathy and extend a request for advice, if you have any. Kitten is my 6th, but by far the most daring thus far.
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    Atonement (A Gift for my Wife)

    Thanks! And just to be clear to everyone, I didn't sculpt it. It's a model kit that I had to assemble. Not sure why the title of the piece is "Atonement" but visually it was perfect for this purpose, and I kept the title anyway.
  7. You see that all over Maryland. It's a way for youth to earn some extra coin. I'm actually okay with it other than the possible safety issues.
  8. "Hey guys, know what we need? Somebody who actually lives in Maryland and has spent a lot of time in Baltimore... Where, oh where can we... " @Godless's info is over 40 years old. Well I've lived here my whole life. Let's talk about Maryland in 2019. I live in a suburban area almost exactly halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Don't let that fool you, I ain't far from either. if I jumped into my car right this second I could be in either city within 20 minutes. Not long ago I worked at Johns Hopkins University. Most days, my route to work took me right through the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was picked up. That would be West Baltimore. There's a rat problem, friends, and the citizens of Baltimore are not oblivious to it. It's so bad you can buy one of those oval bumper stickers here that's got a picture of a rat on it, and it's pretty popular. When Democrat politicos complain about the rat problem, everybody nods solemnly. When Trump calls it out he's a racist. Well, call me racist for agreeing with him but I'm not the one who apparently associates rats with black people. That would be Mr. Cummings. West Baltimore is a disgrace and you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a war torn city if you drove through it. Many of the famous row houses are empty, abandoned and boarded up. As of now, more of them are vacant than occupied. They've also been collapsing. Drink when you see a row house that's caved in and has buttress timbers supporting the walls of the adjacent rowhouses. You'll be passed out drunk before you reach I-95. By night, the blue lights of the Baltimore PD crime cameras provide plenty of light but they only exist on the larger streets. The backstreets and alleys are filled with drug dealers, prostitutes and... rats. Count the rats you see on Wilkens between South Carey Street and Camden. Go ahead. You may need a piece of paper to keep from losing count. East Baltimore is only marginally better, but that's because the people who live around the park tend to be more middle class affluent but as you go further eastward toward 695 the houses get smaller, poorer, and it starts looking like the West side. The roads are crazy bumpy (or maybe that was a rat) but hey, at least the income from the strip clubs keeps the area ever so slightly nicer. (fewer boarded up rowhouses.) Donald Trump is exactly right and the feigned outrage is coming from Democrats who are just mad that somebody is shining a light on their failed economic policies that have left more than one U.S. city as a devastated ruin. (Baltimore is the sequel. Detroit is the first.) "Charm City" stops being charming about 3 blocks form the Inner Harbor and everybody knows it but heaven forbid we say so because Democrats can do no wrong, baby. Of course, things will only get worse now that we have casinos. There's a big one, the Horseshoe, right on the place where 295 goes into the city past Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium (where the Ravens play). Oh boy, now we have a region in economic distress with yet another pointless money sponge. I guess the heroin dealers needed SOME kind of competition. Think the taxes the state collects from those casinos is gonna help? Keep dreamin'. Not when there's votes to buy. Again, Trump wasn't wrong. Maybe it was bad form for him to say it the way he did, but to be honest, I don't see any other way to get attention on the issue. The people of Baltimore have been trying to get help with this for years. Trump didn't create the problem, but to hear the media tell it, you'd think he rolled up to Baltimore with an 18 wheeler full of rats and released them into the city. Oh, and a quick note about why Dems are okay with illegals... Think it's about drug money? Are you kidding me? Remind me again which party is pushing for legislation to allow non-citizens to vote?
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    Heart attacks are no fun

    @NeuroTypical I'll add my sentiments to the others'... Glad you're still with us. I'd miss you if you were gone from the boards, truly. It occurs to me that for most of us, if something happened the rest of the fine folks on this forum wouldn't have a way of knowing what happened. Hmmm Maybe that's something we can address. Anyway, I think sometimes bad things happen to us partly for our own learning, but also partly so that those around us can learn as well. You pulled though and you shared your story with us, and that may very well save someone else who reads your post and feels motivated to improve their own health. You may very well have saved a life by sharing your story, and that may very well be Heavenly Father's design in all of this. It's said that to everything there's a purpose. My mom had a heart attack in 1999 and survived, and it sounds like hers was quite severe. She'd had a sleeping heart attack over the weekend and had gone to a doctor who failed to catch it. (Looking at you, Kaiser Permanente.) 3 days later she had a massive heart attack so bad they had to shock her with the paddles. She made a full recovery though, and eventually died in 2014 of lung cancer. She never had any more trouble with her heart. I'm 45 now, and I think I'll start carrying baby aspirin around me wherever I go...
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    Star Trek fan theory

    Ooooh I see it now. Sorry. Long day.
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    Star Trek fan theory

    No, I meant for @NeuroTypical to not encourage the behavior of CBS being yet another streaming service in a world where streaming services are EVERYWHERE. I will say this, and make a note. I predict that within the next couple of years you'll start being able to buy streaming services as a bundle to save money. So you might pay, let's say $30/mo and get Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and Starz, for example.
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    How to get humbled

    So I've been studying Russian off and on since high school. I'm already fluent in Spanish and wanted to branch out. I mean, I've heard of people who know a dozen languages, so getting into a third can't be so bad, right? So I have been feeling pretty confident and decided to look online for a pen pal in Russia. I did find one, and she is also studying English. She suggested a live chat on the phone. And this afternoon, I discovered just how awful my Russian still is. *sigh* Ah well. Could have been worse, I suppose. I guess I need to spend more time with Duolingo than I have been..
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    How to get humbled

    Sometimes. They don't have it for all languages. For a while they did have it for Russian but it went away.
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    How to get humbled

    I like the way the showrunners of Chernobyl handled it... No Russian accents, just had the actors speak normally. This way there wasn't the distraction of inconsistent delivery and, as they put it, it's too easy to inadvertently slip into sounding like Boris and Natasha. I didn't mind that Sean Connery and Tim Curry didn't try to sound Russian. I mind that Sam Neil did and he wasn't very good at it.
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    How to get humbled

    Thanks, though I suppose it's 'trilingual' since I actually learned Spanish before English. But yah, Russian is insanely complex, far moreso than Spanish, but I'll say this for Russian: It's consistent (more or less) Generally words are pronounced exactly as they're spelled and there don't seem to be as many grammatical exceptions as English.
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    How to get humbled

    Hah yeah the site is called My Language Exchange. It's set up specifically for meeting penpals. And Unixlady knows. And she knows the password for my phone
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    How to get humbled

    No Duolingo doesn't have video chatting, or any chatting at all, really. Just a comment section for the individual language exercises. When I connect with people to practice Russian with, I do it through a separate website.
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    How to get humbled

    Duolingo is great, but you really need someone to practice with.
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    Star Trek fan theory

    Don't do it! Don't encourage this behavior!
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    Dad shoots his daughters boyfriend for smoking weed

    Heck no. Murder is murder. That said, I wouldn't want to be the deciding vote on a jury if it had been something like meth. I mean, cocaine is bad, but the horror of meth addiction cannot be overstated.
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    Dad shoots his daughters boyfriend for smoking weed

    Agreed. Meth, on the other hand... I think a case can be made. (I kid... sort of.)
  22. It doesn't matter. In the '80s, would a group of kids have specifically mentioned it being mostly white people? No. That's a 21st century lefty race obsessed phenomenon.
  23. Spoiler alert: The show is written for the 2019 audience.
  24. The article seems to be making an excuse for them remarking that it's "White people" as if this were an honest effort at historical awareness. C'mon. It's 2019. That wasn't about being accurate in a positive way. In 2019, that's just a lefty term for "racists."
  25. I hope so too, man. Sincerely. You don't want to use a lie to get a recommend. Just be honest. You won't regret it. I know it's scary, but you can do it. It'll be worth it, I promise.