facemaker329
 member, 6811 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 07:13
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
This one could have gone either way...but I'm gonna call it a good thing...(if I wasn't on salary, it would definitely be a bad thing...)

Somebody managed to fry our sound board today, after the first show of the day.  And I mean, FRY...it will power up...but NONE of the functions work, we can't get the control screen to even light up, much less display any information, no sound through it...it's pretty thoroughly shot.  So, the rest of the shows for the day were cancelled.  Makes me happy, we were all hoping for another day off...the only people upset by this news were our managers, the park management, and a few of the patrons who'd come specifically to see the shows (I hope they went back to the Guest Services office to ask for refunds, like they were threatening to do...top management doesn't seem to accept the fact that people actually do come to the park just to see the entertainment, having someone demand their money back because there was no entertainment would kind of underscore the principle...)

In calling around, we learned that NOBODY in our area has this model of sound board available...nor do they even have something that has the same capabilities, apparently, because the earliest a replacement could get shipped in would be Wednesday.  Because it died on a Friday, nobody could send anyone to look at it and see if it can be repaired...so the best-case scenario on that is Monday.  And since a large group of my friends were getting together for a big party all day tomorrow (Saturday), and I'd been telling them I would have to miss it because of work...

Turns out, I won't be missing it, after all.  And I'll even have some downtime to spare to do some repairs and touch-ups on the set, before we get back to someone performing on it every day of the week.  I should probably feel a little bad that I don't feel at all bad about this happening...but I don't.
w byrd
 member, 2055 posts
 I coudn't think of
 a really cool screen name
Fri 29 Jul 2016
at 18:38
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
for years I've written my own material for my sci-fi campaigns.ships guns, locations. etc...I got serious about trying to put together some stuff to submit and evidently it was good enough to catch the eye of a publisher when I submitted it.

last year while i was working on a project I had trouble relating to the artist what I wanted a few things t look like. So I decided to set down and learn to do 3d Modeling, and CG renders of my ideas.

well then things went south for a bit, the publisher overloaded their plate with projects and canceled my project releasing my material back to me. but then suggested I self-publish it using a community content agreement.

For a while my art was not up to snuff, I mean some of it looks lame even to me. but I think I am getting the hang of it. Or at least close enough for people to take a liking to it...don't ask me I think most of it still looks lame.

But in the last week or so things have sort of happened at once. I have received some decent support and advice, and encouragement to go ahead and publish, on top of that I am now selling some of my art for that funny green stuff that everyone is so excited about. Enough to take my lady out to dinner with at least.

And now A local Gaming Shop has given me shelf space and is definitely behind selling my prints in the shop...for cash...

On top of that's I have an opportunity as an artist providing illustrations ( two opportunities actually)for a pretty successful product line... nothing major not like I'll ever be getting rich or famous..but it's kind of cool to know at least a few people think am able to do professional quality work.
facemaker329
 member, 6854 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 18:07
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
The flip-side of the vent I just posted...

In spite of massive car trouble, and thanks massively to some truly awesome friends, I'm making a dream come true...at least, on a small scale.  With my car dead, a neighbor loaned me his Astro van...which was good, because last night, we started shooting a Star Wars fan film, and I needed to haul costumes, props, some lighting, all the food for the cast and crew...

This is a dream come true for me because it's a story I wrote.  Had some input from a couple of friends on it, but it's my story, and while I've had stuff that I've written produced before (a few times, actually), this is the first time I've been the director for it...it's my story, and my vision of my story.  Yeah, it's only five minutes long...but it's happening.  And it looks pretty good, I have to say, so far.

Again, because I have awesome friends.  A friend with some nice lights and a very nice camera.  A friend whose family owns a small sheep ranch, and is willing to let us bang around in some unused corners of it at all hours of the night.  Two friends who are experienced actors, and a third who's not all that experienced, but is game for anything.  A friend who heard about the project and suggested her son as an actor.  Other friends who've provided logistical and moral support.  A friend who's doing all my CGI work on his own time.

I really do have a lot to be thankful for in life.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 120 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 21 Sep 2016
at 18:45
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
After about 9 years, I finally have a piano in my house again.  After 9 years, I have begun to reteach myself how to play.  Within three run-throughs of an old favorite song of mine, I had an intact, mostly in-tempo piece of music filling my house.

Thanks, Mom, for all those lessons when I was a kid.
RedTeamPyro
 member, 159 posts
 So edgy he cant cut paper
 Idon'tknowwhattoputhere
Thu 22 Sep 2016
at 02:53
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
Something slightly related to the origional post, a buddy of mine has been having issues with sign stealers stealing his yard signs. While I don't like to publicly discuss politics irl, I was able to offer him a solution. I learned about bird repellent from a post online where someone talked about their sign stealer issue, so I suggested my buddy get bird repellent.

It worked gloriously. He said one person tried to call the cops over it. Nope, bird repellent isn't illegal, kid.

If I get yard signs or anything at some point, I'm buying bird repellent too.
jwneil
 member, 19 posts
Fri 7 Oct 2016
at 13:13
Luke Cage
Wow!  The series was incredible and the music....Man, was that good.

Lots of R&B, smooth soul, jazz. Can't say enough.  Definitely good stuff!
ashlayne
 member, 1681 posts
 May you have exactly the
 God/dess you deserve. =p
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 18:23
Yay competent people
So glad my ISP hires some competent people in tech support. I had an issue with my internet connection this morning, and being in tech support myself I went through all the standard junk: check the cables, swap one out, power cycle the modem, connect directly to the modem (as opposed to wifi), check the management address, etc. Still didn't resolve the issue, so ISP tech here I came. As soon as the guy picked up and got my account open, I rattled off everything I had done plus the status of the lights on the modem, and he just sat there in stunned silence before going straight into the modem to check it. Five minutes later, internet was back due to an issue on their end. Thanks Rob @ TWC! :D
Isida KepTukari
 member, 124 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 2 Nov 2016
at 18:46
I win against nature!
This almost was a vent, and then it turned out good!  I had some pumpkins and gourds, so I made a little basket for a harvest display for my front porch.  The squirrels then proceeded to gnaw on everything, leaving me with a tattered mess of half-rotten squash.

Then I had a coupon in the mail for a crafting store, and used it to purchase several nearly identical fake gourds and pumpkins, hot-glued them together so they couldn't be blown away, and now the display looks better than ever and is 100% non-edible by squirrels!
OceanLake
 member, 983 posts
Mon 7 Nov 2016
at 12:40
I win against nature!
Oregon has vote by mail. We receive our ballots about three weeks before the due date, fill them out after due consideration, and either drop them off at any of the numerous collection boxes or mail them in. No lines, no chads, and there is a paper trail. And no excuse for not voting.
Eggy
 member, 756 posts
Tue 27 Dec 2016
at 15:39
I win against nature!
I got a lovely Christmas gift: a can of tea that smells like hot cocoa. Tastes great with my morning biscuit. ^_^
Eggy
 member, 759 posts
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 01:29
New Year's Resolutions
At the airport. My flight was late. Landed at gate E12 with 15 minutes to board the connecting flight at B12. Ran down there and got a courtesy text that the gate changed to B18. Ran there. Gate personnel told me the gate had been changed again to B76. Ran there so fast that I beat the courtesy text.

New Year's Resolution to run more: So far, so good!
Tyr Hawk
 member, 264 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 02:33
New Year's Resolutions
So, after the official forum for one of my favorite RPGs went down, I moved to the unofficial official forum. Then, about a month ago, THAT went down without any warning whatsoever, and I was heartbroken. Today, out of the blue, I was linked to the new official forum, where the game's creator himself is an active member! Which is amazing for so many reasons, but most amazing because I posted up one of my pet projects that I've been working on for the system, and he was the first one to reply to the thread, and he said it was amazing.

I'm like... on a bit of a Cloud 9 thing right now. I don't even know how feelz works. I literally cannot even.
wyrmpuff
 member, 131 posts
 I need a name change.
 I want more games.
Wed 4 Jan 2017
at 23:20
I am amused
I am amused by the movie Sing. Gunther sorta grows on you... like fungus.
Darbbackwards
 member, 181 posts
 My name is Brad, which is
 darb spelled backwards
Tue 10 Jan 2017
at 21:33
Happy news!
I am now a father! :D
Brianna
 member, 2106 posts
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 20:42
Happy news!
In reply to Darbbackwards (msg # 707):

Congrats!  Being a parent is wonderful, frustrating, terrifying, gratifying... pretty much any adjective fits at one time or another!
Darbbackwards
 member, 182 posts
 My name is Brad, which is
 darb spelled backwards
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 20:57
Happy news!
In reply to Brianna (msg # 708):

Thanks! It's been awesome:D It's crazy that I loved her as soon as she was born (before that as well, but holding her just made it so real)
CrazyIvan777
 member, 186 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 03:13
Happy news!
The RPG that I helped write for four years ago and got screwed out of payment for, I not only got my promised pay for (which I'd written off long ago) but 20% more because the guy who ended up with the rights to it is a stand-up, honorable guy who wanted to make sure the freelancers got paid!

In other news, my youngest nephew read my novel, and has decided he wants to write sci-fi / fantasy. He's really making me proud, every damn day.
Eggy
 member, 761 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 03:28
Happy news!
Most Excellent, Ivan!
Alex Vriairu
 member, 383 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 05:16
Re: Happy news!
CrazyIvan777:
The RPG that I helped write for four years ago and got screwed out of payment for, I not only got my promised pay for (which I'd written off long ago) but 20% more because the guy who ended up with the rights to it is a stand-up, honorable guy who wanted to make sure the freelancers got paid!



would it be against the rules to ask what rpg that is?
facemaker329
 member, 6884 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Mon 16 Jan 2017
at 08:38
Re: Happy news!
I work with the theater program in one of the local high schools...they just closed a two-weekend run of Jeckyll and Hyde...which is some deep stuff for a high school program to tackle.  These kids handled it like champs...seven sold-out performances (they sold so well the first weekend that a matinee was added for the second), doing a show that I've had mixed feelings about (it's got some grwat music, and it's very demanding for the leads...but prior to this, I hadn't seen a production that didn't feel tedious, even the one produced by and starring several of my friends, that I painted the set for.  Maybe it was the way the director cut the show down (almost every song lost a verse, at least, just because they went on and on and on...), but even in terms of performance, this was just a really good show.

And I feel incredibly blessed to be involved.  I've been doing theater pretty intensively for a couple of decades, now...and working with these students always reminds me of the joy and delight I felt when it was new to me.  I seriously think they're one of the reasons that I stay young (a soon-to-be 49-year-old who routinely gets taken for being in my mid-30s...)
facemaker329
 member, 6890 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Thu 23 Feb 2017
at 07:17
Re: Happy news!
Next show with the same group of theater kids.  This time around, they're doing The Little Mermaid (the Disney one)...and this is NOT a small show.  I think, when all is said and done, it's a cast of over 90 people.  And they're GOOD.

And I'm loving this show for a very different reason, this time around.  I'm a chronic Jack-of-all-trades (I get it from my dad), and especially in theater.  They initially asked me if I would do makeup for them.  Gladly.  Then they asked if I'd be willing to help paint some of the set.  Absolutely.  Then they asked me if I could make the costumes for Flotsam and Jetsam, and make Ursula's wig (sculpted out of foam).  Certainly.  And I've been helping with building and dressing the set.  Today, I started painting fish-scales on the leotards of all the mermaids (two sisters left, plus Ariel...)  If I can figure it out, I may also be helping the tech side of the show run, because they've got a pile of very nice body mics that are broken...and while I haven't fixed mics before, I've worked on enough shows to have a pretty good idea what the problem is...and solder well enough that I may be able to fix it.

I've never been so widely involved in a production before...and while part of me is flailing to try and keep up with all of it, part of me is all kinds of tickled to finally be facing this kind of challenge.
facemaker329
 member, 6895 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Mon 13 Mar 2017
at 06:07
Re: Happy news!
Hey, it's a three-peat!  My jack-of-all-trades status is getting a workout.  We're renovating a haunted house ride, at work...giving it a facelift for its fiftieth anniversary.  Normally, I have little or nothing to do with the rides...but this one's a special case.

So far, I've cleaned up four wax figures...helped do extensive repairs on two of them and light repair on one more.  Today I finished repainting a fiberglass figure...kind of like a mannequin, but not free-standing.  When I started, it was fluorescent orange...now, it's all flesh-toned.  Next project?  Repainting a prop Egyptian sarcophagus.

And in the middle of all this, I'm making a dragon-helmet for a friend's cosplay.  DEFINITELY not getting bored with my day-to-day anytime in the near future...
Wyrm
 member, 630 posts
Mon 13 Mar 2017
at 22:49
Re: Happy news!
MY man cave got an upgrade: an LED Ultrabright shop light with Bluetooth speakers built-in.
Evil Empryss
 member, 1524 posts
 Try tasting your words
 before spitting them out
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 14:28
Re: Happy news!
Thought for the day:

Just passed Harbor Freight where they have a sale sign up and realized that in a fantasy world the phrase "Giant Liquidation" means something completely different.
NowhereMan
 member, 125 posts
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 16:45
Re: Happy news!
In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 717):

Eh, they're both fun, cause huge messes, and usually end with somebody's house getting leveled. So pretty much the same thing.