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It's time for Ply Me Lint Toy, starring Gator Rants as Walker Light Spit; Shall Hi Bagel as Jack El Pap and Brainwash Do; Heartbeats Mating as Air Try; Arable Dam Inn as I Keep I Nip and Surly Theft; and also starring Sweaty Chuckle as Shrinkage Depot!

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Have you ever poured yourself a glass of milk, and as you drank it, found it to be chunky, but not chunky because it went bad - it still tasted normally - but because it was partly frozen, as your refrigerator has been for the last couple of days slowly freezing your milk? Then, did you feel that frozen milk has a weird texture in your mouth, like it just felt strange going down, despite it still being fresh?

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On 1/15/2019 at 4:29 AM, Lord Nanfoodle said:

Is Dutch cocoa cooked in a Dutch oven? If so... I don't know how I should feel about that. :rariwhat:

Actually it's just processed differently from "traditional" cacao, using alkalines to separate the solids from the lipids (cocoa butter). It changes the taste and character of the resulting cocoa powder. It's also the most common kind of cocoa powder available in the US.

Personally I prefer it, and use dutch cocoa in my chocolate oats. Which I'm eating right now.

Which may explain why my mornings tend to get a little goofy.

"@Dsiak":/1929606#comment_7808763
(with sincere apologies to the memory of Leonard Cohen)

Well I've heard there was an imageboard
The playground of the brony horde
But you don't really care for ponies, do ya?
You leave your disgust in a post
You mock the fans, insult the host
And lift your voice in a plaintive "All hail Say-tan..."

"All hail Satan, all hail Satan."
"All hail Satan, all hail Satan...."

You can't be fooled, you know the score
For candy pones, you're too hardcore
No one can make a ponysona for ya!
Bright and cheery's not for you
You prefer the dark and gloom
"They might as well watch _Blue's Clues_ and _Dora_!"

All hail Satan, all hail Satan.
All hail Satan, he's really cool, man!

As you get up in search of eats
A comforting warmth under your feet
Betrays the presence of your Burned Messiah!
Hellfire seeps up through the floor
And smoke begins to burn and score
Your blasphemous chant, it's coming true, yeah!

"All hail Satan! All hail Satan!"
"All hail Satan! All hail Satan..."

The Dark One, he will hear your cries
Stoking flames, he starts to rise
His rumbling basso voice, it roars right through ya
"C̽͗͑̈́͞ơ̂͘m̑̄e͐̋͋͂ ͝t̐̅̐o̓͆ ̏̏̍͗m̏͛͗e̽͊̈͘̚ ̌̉͞͞c̏͗͗͐ḧ́̍̒͞ĭ̿l͒̍́d," the Darkness says
To resist his call, you're powerless
And your traitor feet begin to doom ya

All hail Satan! All hail Satan!
All hail Satan! All hail Satan!

"M̐́͌͘ỏ̊̕͝r͂̿̀̃tal̃̊̀̎ ͆̂͝b̓̅̕u̐̏g̒,̋ ͆͡͝n̍͆͊o̎ẅ́́̾͂̎ ͐y͛̍̌o̎ȗ ̈͘͘͝s̽̔͊̂h̓́͒ơ̋̃̊u̐͂l̆̎d͑ ̀̑́̏kn̛o̿̏̕w͐
H̾̋̋́e͑̀̈ĕ͐d̚ ̓̊͞m̈̈͠y̽͂ ̉͡wō̿̀̏͞rd̒̐̆̏̏s̋̆ ̄b͊̓ë̏f̅͘͠͞o̽r̊ȅ̊ ̑́̒͐͋y̎o̓̈́̏͆u͛͒̃͠ ̒̈́̚̕g͋̋o͛̅̄̾͠
͌̽T͌̀͒͘ắ͑̓k̈́̊̄̕ê ͊̓̀̽̉t̄͊̅h̄̀i͑̄ś̎̈̕ ̊t̾̇̿̉o ͠ȟe͐a̾̿̓͐r̍͘̚t̿̅ b̌̂͡e͒̉̊̌͝f̊̅̈́̍͠o͋̕ŕé̔͠ ̄̓̉t̆̒͆͗h̓ë́̂͛͝ ͑f̛̓̅̀lǎ͛͝m͐e̅́s̃ ͂̈c͛ỏ̉ns̄̇͡u̿́m̒̑͐e̽̐̕͝͡ ̅͛̉͠y͆̕á̀̓̒
̛Y͑̔́͝o͗u͠'͂v̑̄̓̕ĕ̛͒̈ ̇̿̀͘m͆i̓s͗͋̎j͛̍̊͑u͑̒͋̌d̉͐͆̍g̉̕͡͡eď̛̓̿̋ à͐̀l͋̇l̚ ̿̒͑̌̀t̋̆͐͌h̏o͑͊̽̕͠se ̐̈́̈́p͒͂̿̂o͛̓ñ̐̒͊̂y̓͋̏̋͝ ̍̒̔͒f̓a̾̊ñ̅s̓
̛̐̅̿T̚o̿̏̂ ͋͐̔͞l̛̿̿o̓̍͑̓̔v̽͌̉̓̒e͐̇͗̍͘ pȏ̒n̆͠î͋̽e̊̇̈́s ̍͝i͊s ̒q̒̐̚͞u͆i͂̿̈́̉t͐̂e͛ ̌a̛͂̓d̐̔̓v̓̇̄an̈́c͌͝͠e̋͋̇́͝d̓͌
By the way, best pony is D̹̘͈̾͒͞î͓̟͈̣͗͗͞am̧̝̹̗̜̄͂̋̋͞o̺̗͎̓̐̀͘͜n̨̛̖̂d̼̩̈́̃͢͝ ̡̰̦͎̑̎̌͊T̥̠̜̬̩̑̂̌̀̽i̫͗ā̯͔̦̫̀̿̅r̟̯̮̃̀͋a̝̣̥͈͌̈̄̉!"

All hail Satan, all hail Satan
All hail Satan, all hail Satan...

Your soul emerges from the flames
You've only got yourself to blame
The Devil put the loves of ponies in ya
With forces you don't understand
You've messed, and now a horses fan
Cleansed of your hatred by flames of Satan!

All hail Satan, all hail Satan.
All hail Satan, all hail Satan.

Now buy your cider by the crate
New show's airing, you can't be late
To watch it live upon the streaming channels!

 

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It's not easy being the smartest person in the room. My philosophy professor got really upset one day when I gave a presentation to the class which definitively proved, once and for all, that Free Willie is an illusion.

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A couple of quick projects related to setting up my Hobby Room.

1) Laying down some area rug where I want my wheely-chair(s) to reside. In this example, near my drawing easel and Lego table.

First, the area in question:

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That was when I first laid out the workspace. Needs some carpeting to protect that floor! So I took out the furniture to work on the floor.

Step 1 was measuring out from the wall and marking with strips of gaffer tape where I'd have the rug.

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Then, blocking in a double-thick perimeter with more gaffer tape.

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Now a couple of tracks inside the perimeter to help keep the carpet from shifting around from the center.

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Next, rug grip! I got this stuff at Home Depot in the flooring section. The blue backing is a little tricky to separate from the tacky webbing underneath, especially if you're like me and pressed the whole thing down onto the gaffer tape before removing.

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Two rolls of that (for two congruent carpet strips, one on either side of the Lego-ing table), then lay the carpeting material over it and smooth it on. I found it best to remove the blue backing from one inside track and about half the outer perimeter first, lay the carpet so it stays aligned, then roll it the other way and remove the backing from the rest of the rug grip and lay the other half of the carpet back into place.

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I'm satisfied with the results so far! The idea with the gaffer tape is to keep the rug grip from leaving residue on the laminate flooring, so eventually this can be removed without a trace or extensive cleanup. Testing with my chair-wheely confirms the rugs stay put and don't shift around or bunch up in the casters.

2) Prepping for Lego-ation! Short term this room is mostly going to be where I'll put together Lego sets, until I can find the time to finish moving all my other hobbies into it. I had to add a little practical personalization to the center 6' folding table, to give it superior Lego-assembling qualities. Mostly, I had to add a raised border to keep pieces from rolling off onto the floor.
I decided to go with Mayka block tape.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWjixjKgEKs

It's a silicone track in 2 or 4 stud thickness and a reusable adhesive backing, which comes in 2 meter rolls. Three rolls proved sufficient for a full perimeter in 6 parts. 2 shorter end pieces for the short front and back edges, and 4 longer pieces for the left and right edge of each half of the folding table. I also have enough leftover to install 2 more short pieces in the middle where the table hinges, if I want.

First I laid out a strip and marked where to cut to get the right length, then sliced carefully between studs with a utility knife. It has marking lines between the studs like a grid, which is really convenient for making clean cuts. Then I removed the non-stick liner on the backing and stuck it to the edge of the table. Taking that liner off was actually pretty difficult; there were no tabs or folds to grip from and remove it from the sticky adhesive goop that runs along the bottom of the tape. It took some finagling with the back edge of the utility knife to lift up a few corners that could be gripped with a fingernail-pinch and then pull the liner away. Not the most convenient design, but once you get past that the tape itself is very easy to work with.

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The wad of white stuff behind the tape is the removed liner material. Here, I'm measuring out how long to make one of the short end pieces and marking with a Lego brick. I kept a few beams and plates handy to align strips of Mayka side by side and keep them even while marking.

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It was easy to align the edges, even after cutting.

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The finished perimeter! And if need be, the table will still fold up. Debating whether or not to add strips along the fold line to keep small parts from potentially rolling into the hinge.

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Interesting note: at least two of my tapes were different by 3 studs in length. Here are the remnants after having made identical cuts from each strip.

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After test-building a few decently-sized sets, the brick-tape border has already saved me from having to chase errant parts around the room. Plus, while assembling multiple sections of larger kits or sets I can move minifigures or small finished sub-assemblies off to the side and stick them to the tape to keep them in place.

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Not technically a herp so it doesn't go into my herp-catalog thread. But you guys

 

you guys

 

 

I SAW A REAL LIVE ANCIENT MOSASAUR

 

Or maybe it was just an even more ancient badass-looking living fossil fish but still they look kind of similar.

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Note the embiggened tooth-filled snout at the upper part of the fish. This is none other than the Great and Powerful LONGNOSE GAR!

Here's a picture I didn't take:

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Torpedo in shape, equipped with a lung for air-breathing, gar like this date back to the late Jurassic! They get big, too! Longnose can top 6ft/2M, but the stouter Alligator gar can reach up to 10ft/3M long and weigh hundreds of pounds! Their tough, diamond-shaped scales were used as arrowheads by natives, and settlers used their durable hide to cover wooden ploughshares as armor against the rigors of the earth. Today you're more likely to find them used in jewelry, such as these darling little numbers:

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Their eggs are poisonous, but their flesh is tasty (if you're into that kind of thing). Gar are a distinct, relict lineage of fishes that have changed little in these last few hundred million years. Like their only living relatives, the Bowfin, these fish display primitive characteristics like a pelvic girdle, the ability to breathe air, and a shark-like heterocercal tail unlike almost all other living bony fish. Also like their only living relatives, the Bowfin, gar live only in the New World though the fossil of their extinguished lines can be found in Europe and India.

Yes, when you encounter one of these survivors of the dino-killing asteroid swimming around you, it truly is a lucky day!

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I don't really need a compact CZ-75 variant, but that doesn't stop me from wanting one.  I quickly became enamored with my full-size CZ-75 SP 01 Tactical, and I was once told that CZ-75 handguns have a tendency to "multiply" once one gets "into" them.  When it comes to a compact carry gun, the Glock 19 I have been carrying for almost nine years is more practical (it is lighter, mechanically simpler, and due to its ubiquity, I will always easily be able to find parts and magazines for it).  Furthermore, while it leaves a bit to be desired in terms of ergonomics, I can still shoot proficiently with it.  If I got a CZ-75 D PCR or CZ-75 P01, I would also be looking at getting a new holster, spare magazine holster, replacement grip panels, and tritium sights.  But once again, such issues do not stop me from wanting one of them.

Speaking of the CZ-75, I firmly believe it is the most underrated handgun on the US market.  It's ergonomics are unrivaled (the gun feels like it was designed for one's hands), and I shoot better with my SP 01 Tactical than any other handgun I own (or have fired).  It would be interesting to see how well I could shoot with a CZ-75 variant specifically designed for competition (Shadow 2, Bull Shadow, etc.).

I am an oddball, and I will be the first one to admit it.  There's nothing wrong with it.  In fact, I got another compliment on my painted toenails toady (even though I am a guy, I haven't received any flak for wearing nail polish, but perhaps being much stronger than average and having an overall intimidating appearance could play a role in that). :happybonbon:

 

 

 

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After spending some time looking around my personal library, I started looking at firearms and ammunition online.  When I saw an SKS, I didn't think much of anything...until I saw a picture of it coated in cosmoline.  After that, I was hit by nostalgia.  The books I stated buying toward the end of my high school days were what started my personal library, and back when I was in my early 20's, military surplus firearms and ammunition were cheap and abundant.   It's been too long since I have gone through that laborious process of removing the cosmoline that protected a surplus firearm from corrosion while it sat for decades in storage!  The good old days!  It was as if I were at a party with Twilight Sparkle, Moondancer, Sergei Simonov, John Garand, Mikhail Kalashnikov, et. al. :HappyPinkie: 

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Is it too difficult for people to use thread locking compound? Several years ago, I got a deal on Glock tritium sights (I got them installed for less than it cost to buy the sights by myself). The front sight came loose on my Glock 17 a few months afterward, so I had to modify a 3/16 inch nut driver to reinstall the sight screw with blue Loctite. The Glock 19 seemed to be holding up, but the front sight just came loose as well. Once again, I had to get the modified nut driver and reinstall it with blue Loctite. It is surprising that it stayed after all of that shooting, as there were no remnants of thread locker. If I ever decide to change the sights on a handgun again, I think I will do it myself. 

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my Destiny HERO deck just up and vanished

so now I'm stuck with my Masked HERO deck using 3 of the Structure deck

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My car doesn't have any vacuum leaks, but if I ever have one, I will use this method.  It is brilliant!:happybonbon:

 

 

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Not too long ago, I happened to stumble across someone mentioning a manga series known as Gunsmith Cats while browsing online. I haven’t paid attention to manga, but I found a three part anime adaptation of it yesterday, and I enjoyed watching it. Perhaps I will look into the manga series as well.
 

Rally Vincent carries an early model (pre-B) CZ-75. :awesomedash:

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6 hours ago, M2 Ball said:

Not too long ago, I happened to stumble across someone mentioning a manga series known as Gunsmith Cats while browsing online. I haven’t paid attention to manga, but I found a three part anime adaptation of it yesterday, and I enjoyed watching it. Perhaps I will look into the manga series as well.
 

Rally Vincent carries an early model (pre-B) CZ-75. :awesomedash:

Also check out Riding Bean, with Rally's first anime appearance.

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