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    Random Thoughs and Miscellany

    Brand new staple gun? Check. Staples? Check. Old scraps of 10 gauge solid copper wire? Check. Alligator clips? Check. Soldering iron with reasonably beefy tip? Check. Solder? Check. Scrap of wood? Check. Knives? Check. Rope? Check. Dagger? Check. Chains? Check. Rocks? Check. Laser beams? Check. Acid? Check. Body bag? Check. The materials: The method: The monster: The motive:
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    Give the user above you a new name.

    Blue Rajah, Master of Cutlery.
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    You Can only talk with pictures

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    Herps As They Happen

    Spotted some EXTREMELY SMALL toads while walking the dog this afternoon, so afterwards I resolved to return to the scene of the crime. Armed with my trusty electric cellular telephone machine and a plastic sealable bowl with some graph paper in the bottom, I set out to capture the diminutive amphibians. IN IMAGES! So the first of my two heroic deeds was performed on the way back to the site. While near passing a ditch with some standing water, I startled a frog which lept into the sheltering abyss. Mere inches from where it formerly resided, a thick-bodied brown water snake of some sort quickly low-tailed it away from me in the opposite direction. Clearly, I had just saved some poor herp's life. Or, to look at it another and less flattering way, I had just ruined some poor herp's meal. I prefer to be the hero of this story so that's what we're going with. I didn't get any pics of that little sequence. Upon arriving at The Spot, I looked down. Yes, this is what I came here for. Below my towering frame were small, dark-brown dots panicking this way and that. You think they're some kind of clumsy little beetle at first, but the gait gives away the game. Short bursts, not a frantic scurry. Hopping. Toads. I'm by the shore of a "lake," actually a glorified creek-turned-reservoir. About a month ago, tiny black tadpoles flourished in the warm, glass-clear world an inch thick between sandy mud and hot sky. Now the tadpoles are gone from the water beyond the edge. They have moved on. Crossed over. They are these. The grid lines are 5 squares to the inch, or just a wee bit over 5mm per side. The toadlettes are about a centimeter long, and some still have a nub where their original-model propulsive unit used to be. I'm not sure of the species; by now you know the story about our three local almost-identical toads and how difficult it is to tell them apart. It's even harder when they're smaller than your thumbnail. It was while chasing toads, grasshoppers, and other tiny animals in the back yard as a kid that I first started contemplating sizes and scales; how I was a powerless runt compared to my parents, but an unnervingly swift mountain to the things that live in the grass. Godzilla was always my favorite monster at that age and, relative to everything I saw in the dirt, I vastly outclassed him for sheer titanism. I was more like their Unicron from that movie where Optimus Prime died. Man, I hated that movie. It always made me cry. Anyway, I never did learn the trick of resurrecting scrapped warriors and turning them into living instruments of my all-devouring will. Probably just as well for the toads and stuff. Anyway, back to the present. Er, the more-recently-past? On the way back from my intended herp targets, I found a target of opportunity. A safenoodle was sitting in the road, oblivious to the concept of "traffic" or "serpente tagliatelle." I made an unspoken pact with the little nubbin creature: let me take a few pics, and in return I'll see you safely across the road to hunt as many soft-bodied invertebrates as you want for the rest of your days. I pretended it said yes. Thus, saving this snek from automobile-induced dimensional reduction was my second heroic act of the day. Originally I thought it was a Dekay brownsnake, of which we have many examples. But after someone else's input, I'm now leaning towards Southern redbelly, which is a very closely related species that has variable color patterns but always possesses a ruddy underside. I'll have to make a note to get more ventral pics in future herpings. Perfectly harmless, they feed almost exclusively on slugs. But a lot of people around here mistakenly believe them to be "baby copperheads" and kill them on sight. They'll pay for it when their houses are overrun by slugs!
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    MLP Association Game

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    MLP Association Game

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    A counting game...With a twist!

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    MLP Association Game

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    You Can only talk with pictures

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    EQG Minis

    I've put off buying for too long and getting a full set of the original EQG Minis of the Humane6 NRFB started to get difficult. Especially AJ and RD! I finally sniped an AJ figure but the original RD has been very hard to come by for love or money! When she does show up, it's either in "good" condition out-of-box or for a ridiculous markup. So for my purposes I've had to get creative. I bought a cheaper two-pack with Dash in pony and human form. This EQG mini has the same design as the original figure, but with glittery hair. Not my thing, and she wouldn't match the rest of the set! So I also bought the cheapest RD mini I could find that still has the original head sculpt. It just happens to be the School Dance Dash. Why? Because you can pop the heads off these minis and swap them fairly easily. This leaves me with an almost stock-looking original RD figure! The shirt still seems to have some glitter on the lightning bolt, but I'm willing to live with that. Also, why buy the figures NRFB if I'm just going open up the packaging and pry their skulls off? It's more about the provenance before they get to me than keeping them in the packaging once I have them.
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    Season 8, Episode 9: Non-Compete Clause

    About a week later, and the stand-out highlight of the episode is definitely: Gallus's Meta Guy moment, revealing that the writers knew exactly how tiring the constant bickering would be.
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    Season 8, Episode 10: The Break Up Break Down

    I think what this episode carried off particularly well was the weaving together of sub-plots and call-backs. Compared to the average episode they were throwing a few different things at the viewer and all of them came together by the end. The consistency with previous episodes was also welcome, including Captain Wuzz's parsnip talons. Stuff like weaving in Spike's "wacky cousin" theory then confirming it and having Big Mac's reaction be an immediate "... wait until I tell Spike!" That's gold, right there! Definitely my favorite of the outright romance-themed episodes so far.
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    Give the user above you a new name.

    Sir Dr. Sgt. TheLetterA Jr. III, PhD, Esq.
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    A counting game...With a twist!