Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

One of my favorite local hiking spots is the 'Observatory Trail' at Walnut Point State Park.  It's a hair under 2 miles and rated 'moderate' which is a good haul for an individual who spends most of his time in a cubicle and has let him get himself out of shape.

Anywhoo...

Fifthpower and I went out there today since the weather was beyond perfect for it. Mid 70's.  Partly cloudy. Light breeze.  Just right.

An area of pine woods. Really creepy at dusk when the wind is blowing.  Lots of shadows and the trees creak and pop as they sway:





Tree down across the trail.  5P and I had fun climbing through it:




Baby toad:






Unfortunately when we got to the observatory, the halfway mark, the reason for the post became relevant. It's an old building that's been used as a local drinking spot and had been heavily vandalized over the years. The park has made a point to block of the entrance and cover over the graffiti.  As we got up there, we saw the blocks have once again been covered w/ graffiti. Not only that but a bench that we used to rest up on had been destroyed.  Set on fire by the trash that hang out there. 





People suck.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

200 Rounds!?!? ErMaGerd!!!!

It's 'old news' now but this headline made me chuckle.
gunman James Hodgkinson had 200 rounds of ammo in storage unit, FBI investigators say

Of course that gives people mental images of :
Image result for soldier wearing belts of ammo

Leading to reactions of:

Image result for jessica rabbit dip

But in reality it looks like this:


Yes, that's 200 rounds of evil 'assault gun' ammo.  Next to a set of car keys.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two Political Groups. Which Do You Want To Support?

A:
“At the very end of December, on the eve of New Years Eve, they tried to sneak the regulations past the public through the administrative process, with no public input whatsoever. When they found out they weren’t going to be able to get away with that they pulled them back,”
or B:

“The ...legislature specifically passed a law to say that ... Department of Justice does not have to go through the rigmarole of public comment and red tape every time they want to develop regulations..."
One group wanting to hold politicians and un-elected bureaucrats accountable to the people. One wanting to give them free reign and showing absolute contempt for the 'public'.

Can you guess which is which?

Full article here. 


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Ogre Game Day Locations

From SJGames:
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Stores across North America will fire up their demo copies of Ogre Sixth Edition this weekend. Attend, and you might get a set of premium Ogre dice for free.  
What better time than the present to play the game of future tank warfare? Find an Ogre event near you
UNITED STATES 


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dork Tower Live @Muskrat_John

I'm a fan of the Dork Tower comic and its creator, John Kovalic, in general. He put up a strip the other day that struck my muse so I did a 'Live' version.

My b@stard creation (w/ a little artistic license):


The original:


Credits:
Thirdpower - Ken
Fourthpower Alpha - Igor
FourthPower Bravo - Camera
Fifthpower - Props

Dice tower - Dog Might Games
Die on catapult - Artisan Dice
Catapult - Don't remember
Dice - various
Bricks - Crossbows & Catapults

Outtakes:
video


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Civil Disobidience

Went to the gun show and found a sweet deal...

Dealer: Here's form 4473

Me 5 minutes later: Here ya go

Dealer: Uh.......is all the information correct?

Me: Yes, I self-identify as a 95 lb asian woman who lives at Disney Land. Make your phone call.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

It's 93% Now

From the latest Brady email begging for money:
The gun industry wants you to believe this issue is controversial, but the fact is 93% of us agree Brady background checks should take place before every gun sale
Hey, if you're going to make crap up, might as well go for the gusto.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

OGRE: Militia and Revetments ODE/O6E scale

With the addition of the Ranger pieces, some others I've been mulling have come to fruition.

 I have one of the rarer expansions, Battlefields, from 2001.  Since I wasn't actively playing at the time, I never cut the counter card. Also was looking for a way to reproduce them since replacements were hard to get.  I got out of gaming for awhile and the pieces went onto a dust collecting shelf. 

Fast forward to 2017.  ODE/O6E are released.  I'm actively gaming.  SJGames is releasing more expansions and scenarios but not a complete re-release of Battlefields in current scale. It IS, however, available as a PDF. Sooooo....

Like the Ranger pieces, I scanned the counter card at the highest resolution I had available and printed out sections on photo paper, scaling it to the 'Classic Counter' 1"x1" size. To give them the thickness/sturdiness of the newer pieces, I pasted them onto medium weight mounting board then cutting into individual counters. 




The results weren't 100% perfect. For future projects, I need to find a better/more efficient cutting method as even sharp scissors were difficult to use and caused some bending. Photoshop experts could also likely make the print sharper, darker etc. but this isn't bad for a $40 printer and little artistic skills.     


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