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Long days really suck!

July 30th, 2007 (09:39 pm)

Been working 10 and 12 hours a day for pretty much the whole month, so there has been precious little time for updates. I did get a chance to have a little break and go to Liberty Con this weekend. It is a SCIENCE Fiction con. Notice the emphasis on Science. It was really fun. Of the 14 or so authors there, I had only read 2. I will be reading John Ringo, Eric Flynt, Julie Cochrane, and David Weber. Weber made a couple of comments at a con I was at 15 or so years ago and I vowed not to read his stuff. One of us seems to have matured quite a bit since then, so I am going to give him a shot now.

I just ordered Sara Hoyt’s Draw One in the Dark mainly because of her talking about the sequel. A book that came to her in a dream. As I remember her telling it, she was dreaming about signing books she wrote. A lady handed her a book with a title she didn’t recognize but with her name as the author. As she talked to the lady, she turned the book over and read the back to see what it was about. Then when she woke up, she wrote that book. A cool story, plus it has a cat named “Not Dinner” in it. A werewolf apparently gets a present that happens to be a kitten with a note stating “This Is Not Dinner.” Just my kind of humor.

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Meteorite Polyhedron Dice

July 3rd, 2007 (06:43 pm)

I love when two interests of mine combine. How cool would it be to have a polyhedron dice set made from a Meteorite. Pretty darned cool in my book. Alas, pretty darned cool does not = £350.00. I can find better uses for my $700. The lottery is up to $106 million, so there is hope... LOL

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So, painting starting NEXT Sunday

July 2nd, 2007 (07:33 pm)

Between life, work, and humidity, I can’t seem to catch a break. Some of the in-laws are coming to visit soon, so I am going to have to get everything prepared for that. I am working under the "Deadline from Hell" this week and oh by the way, 80% of the team took vacation for the week. Note to self: revenge must be had. I’ll see about scheduling a big deadline over Dragon*Con weekend.

As for the humidity, well I’ll take that. We started the month of June about 18" under our normal rainfall for the year. Hay which we normal buy for $20-25 per bale is now commanding $50 per bale ore more. We need 100 more bales. The good news, is we have gotten almost 3 ½" of rain last month including ½ an inch Saturday right after I had 60 tons of chicken litter spread on the fields. (You can’t even smell it now) The bad news is that we usually get 4 ½" of rain in June. Still we may get a decent second cutting of hay that will drive the price back closer to normal.

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I got game!

June 30th, 2007 (07:24 pm)

I thought I had already posted this, but... I finally got to play a game of D&D. It has been sooooooo long since I have played anything. In fact, it was back in October when Gamer Guy came up and we went to a con and pretty much spent two days sitting at a gaming table. This time it was over Fantasy Grounds, which is a virtual table top emulator. I have another game, Call of Cthulhu, that I am also going to play, but we keep having technical difficulties with that one. Once I am comfortable with the software, I am going to start my own campaign.

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A bit of irony on the miniatures orders

June 23rd, 2007 (07:11 pm)

My order from minis company number two that I ordered when I ordered from Newbold finally arrived today. They put a nice little note in the package apologizing for the delay, but a couple of the items had to coma all the way from England…lol

A quick note on the return to painting/basement cleanup: it looks we are on a go for 1 July start. Hope to use this for works in progress.

Lastly, “”Black Pearl,” nice ship for a pirate movie but a truly horrible cigar. Time to raid the humidor for something different. Bleh!

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Never though of it this way, but...

June 22nd, 2007 (06:32 pm)

Today I had my 30 day new employee meeting with my HR rep 59 days after being hired. She said something that kept me thinking for quite some time after our meeting. “People rarely quit companies; they usually quit managers.” She cited several examples and told me how the company wanted me to succeed and that if I have a problem with a manager, I should seek reassignment before a new company because the “value my skillset as the market has a deficit of people to replace me.” Ego boost aside, my division of our conglomerate has 35,000+ employees of which 750+ are in IT. Reassignment would actually be an option.

In the past, I have noticed her observation to be true very often with coworkers, but rarely true of me. Since I am often opinionated, egotistical, snide, crude, crass, sarcastic, sardonic, and narcissistic, one would infer that I would have problems with my managers far more than I ever have. I work well will all my managers I have now. My last company, I quite in April to work for the company I was contracted to, I never met any at the company. I worked for the managers I have now. The company I had before this, when I lived in San Antonio I was starting to shop my resume because of the attitude of a manager and atmosphere around the shop, but they fired him. Then the job became a dream until the last year I was there when another manager came in (it would be a compliment to call him incompetent) but they moved me before I had a real issue with him. Prior to that I have to go back to the early eighties to find a manager I had a problem with. Then it was my father his hardware store when I was in my early teens. Then, like all teenagers, I was grossly under paid because worked harder and new more than all the people there that were twice my age. Virtually every time I have quit a company it was because of a long distance move.

Still, I liked her quote.

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Pass the Sketchup

June 20th, 2007 (06:16 pm)

Things were going well with the basement cleanup, then I stumbled across Sketchup. That has sucked up a bunch of my time. I see a lot of potential there, but I have to force myself back on task. I’ll have to save the 3D stuff for the weekend.

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Basement Cleanup progress

June 18th, 2007 (09:44 pm)

...has been far too slow. The weekend went by to fast. I am trying my best to get things ready for the pool table this weekend. Once that is done, I will begin painting the miniature backlog. The remaining Necrons will be the first cleared with Tomb Kings on deck.

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The Trans-Atlantic Time warp?

June 14th, 2007 (06:19 pm)

Wow, I place an order with Newbold Miniatures on June 7. They are in West Midlands, England. On the same day, I order from two American companies, one less than a 1,000 miles away. Guess which company got me the miniatures to me first. Unbelievable! So strike up the music as I sing the praising of the shipping department of Newbold. The sculpts are incredible as well.

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Where does he get all those wonderful toys?

June 10th, 2007 (06:44 pm)

…and why does he have so many? It is funny, to me at least, that as I was buying some more miniatures the other day (I am a sucker for a miniatures company with a cause like the current Newbold Challenge in support of Children in Need) plus about 50 more from another manufacturer when I realized that I have not painted a miniature in well over a year. I won’t tell you how many miniatures I have purchased in that time, but let me just say that the old miniature collection is about to pass from thousands into tens of thousands.

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