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  1. I thought I would be spending my birthday with just @Zeref on Saturday since moving out of state, which while I am glad he is here, it felt kind of lonely. I found out my dad, step-mom and sister are flying in for the weekend on Friday to visit though and I am soooo happy! 🥳

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      Animedragon

      @Sakura If I understand things correctly, birthday greetings are in order for today.

      I hope you have a very Happy Birthday and have a great time celebrating with your family.

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  2. Spent to much on camera equipment during primeday. Pulled the plug on a full frame mirror-less camera upgrading from a old Nikon D60.

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      Animedragon

      It's easy to spend too much money on camera equipment.

      Just about anything is an upgrade from a Nikon D60, but it is a nice beginners camera.

  3. I hereby apologize to the rest of the world for the sorry state of US politics.  I've tried my best.  I have not voted for either the Dumbos or the Repugs for the last several decade now but I live in a republic and there's not much more I can do.  Trying to vote rationally in the US is a lot like swimming against a tide of rabid lemmings determined to be the first over the edge.

    Two takeaways from the "debate" from my point of view...

    • First, unless they really, really, really want Trump to win, the Deez need to find a new candidate immediately.  At this point even they realize that.  Probably.  Of course knowing them they'll probably pick Clinton again.
    • All Trump really needed to do for the win was to keep his mouth shut and let Biden speak whatever was on his mind.  Amazingly, he actually managed to do it.  (For the most part.)  WTF??  Maybe he's had a lot of practice holding back in court recently and that has carried over into his political speaking in public outside the courtroom.  Maybe the age of miracles is not over.  Whatever.  I still think he's beyond hope as a human being but after last night I'll allow that there's a real chance he could be reincarnated as a cicada instead of a bedbug in the next life.

    Not that I'm endorsing either camp, just to be perfectly clear.  Overall the "debate" didn't change my views on either the parties or the candidates.  If anything the opposite in fact.  I was sure going in that there was nothing good that would come of the event and it did not fail to fail to be something the nation could be proud of.  At this point even if you held a gun to my head I'd pick the guy with the boot on his head over either of the candidates on stage last night.  The most succinct post-commentary remark that I've seen online so far was: "The winner of yesterday's presidential debate was the Voyager probe, currently in interstellar space and headed away from Earth at 17 miles per second."  I wholeheartedly agree.  Personally I'm still hoping the Starship works out.  And the sooner the better.

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      Animedragon

      I think a lot of people here in the UK won't bother to vote on Thursday, and I can't really blame them. Years ago at General Elections the three main parties told us all the good things they'd do for us if we voted for them, nowadays their message is more along the lines of telling us all the bad things that will happen to us if we don't vote for them.

      It seems that the choice is no longer to vote for the party we think best, but to vote for the one we think is the least worse.

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  4. I hereby apologize to the rest of the world for the sorry state of US politics.  I've tried my best.  I have not voted for either the Dumbos or the Repugs for the last several decade now but I live in a republic and there's not much more I can do.  Trying to vote rationally in the US is a lot like swimming against a tide of rabid lemmings determined to be the first over the edge.

    Two takeaways from the "debate" from my point of view...

    • First, unless they really, really, really want Trump to win, the Deez need to find a new candidate immediately.  At this point even they realize that.  Probably.  Of course knowing them they'll probably pick Clinton again.
    • All Trump really needed to do for the win was to keep his mouth shut and let Biden speak whatever was on his mind.  Amazingly, he actually managed to do it.  (For the most part.)  WTF??  Maybe he's had a lot of practice holding back in court recently and that has carried over into his political speaking in public outside the courtroom.  Maybe the age of miracles is not over.  Whatever.  I still think he's beyond hope as a human being but after last night I'll allow that there's a real chance he could be reincarnated as a cicada instead of a bedbug in the next life.

    Not that I'm endorsing either camp, just to be perfectly clear.  Overall the "debate" didn't change my views on either the parties or the candidates.  If anything the opposite in fact.  I was sure going in that there was nothing good that would come of the event and it did not fail to fail to be something the nation could be proud of.  At this point even if you held a gun to my head I'd pick the guy with the boot on his head over either of the candidates on stage last night.  The most succinct post-commentary remark that I've seen online so far was: "The winner of yesterday's presidential debate was the Voyager probe, currently in interstellar space and headed away from Earth at 17 miles per second."  I wholeheartedly agree.  Personally I'm still hoping the Starship works out.  And the sooner the better.

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      Animedragon

      Looking across from the other side of the pond I agree with @Sakura in having trouble believing that Trump and Biden are the best candidates that America has to offer for its top job. But then again I have the same problem with the candidates for the job of Prime Minister in our election this week. But at least both are under state retirement age.

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  5. Another Falcon Heavy launch.  (This one for the GOES-U weather satellite)  I love watching the two side boosters come back and land.  That never gets old.
     

     

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      Animedragon

      Amazing video, that camera covering the launch has an impressive lens to be able to follow the Falcon for so long.

      Every time I watch those side boosters come back and land I think that all those people who said that Thunderbirds 1 & 3 couldn't make a tail first landing were wrong.

  6. Apparently "Thermonator" is the trade name for the flamethrowing "dogs" in Fahrenheit 451.  Available now for <$10k, free shipping included.

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      Animedragon

      That's interesting, but the question that occurs to me is why would anyone want a flamethrowing robot dog?

      It would be a perfect gadget for a hi-tech pyromaniac. 😱

  7. Practicing kanji makes my brain hurt 😧

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      Animedragon

      I'm certain that practising kanji would make my brain hurt too. 🙂

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  8. TGIF!

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      Animedragon

      This is true.

       

       

      (I was going to make a different comment, but it would have been mean, and I'm not a mean person)

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  9. It's that time of year when my car starts looking a bit like a Rose Parade reject.  (Those white specks are flower petals from a nearby tree.)

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      Animedragon

      I had that problem, but my car was white and the leaves on the tree were maroon and when they got wet the colour washed out, so I had a white car with maroon spots all over it!! ☹️

      I got though several tins of T-cut cleaning it because a normal wash didn't touch the spots.

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  10. This is how I roll 😎

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    just kidding 😁 saw it in the parking lot when I stopped to get groceries this evening. The owner is clearly a man of “culture”

     

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      Animedragon

      Well, that's certainly one way to make your car turn heads.

  11. Ik it's been a long time and I haven't been on here in awhile, but I thought I'd try to start things up on here again, are there any new or returning anime anybody's excited about??

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      Animedragon

      Nice. Sadly what few cinemas that are left in my area don't show anime so I'll have to wait until Sister Venturing Out and Knapsack Kid get added to CR or HD or get a DVD/Blu-ray release.

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  12. Ik it's been a long time and I haven't been on here in awhile, but I thought I'd try to start things up on here again, are there any new or returning anime anybody's excited about??

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      Animedragon

      I'm currently watching some older stuff that I've not seen before while waiting for Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki 2 and A Sign of Affection to finish so I can binge-watch them.
      I'm also waiting for Sound! Euphonium 3 and Yuru Camp 3.

      Looking further ahead Madoka Magica - Walpurgisnacht Rising and Rascal does not dream of a knapsack kid will be on my watch list if Crunchyroll or HiDive stream them.

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  13. Got approved to have my final year thesis supervised by the geologist/earth science lecturer at my university! just gotta pick between two research topics that both sound incredible!

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      Animedragon

      Great news!!

  14. The question was posed by one of the younger crew at work today, "Why do they call it 'spam' anyway?".

    To which I of course replied, "well, you know that Monty Python sketch?  That's where it comes from."

    To which he replied, "what's Monty Python?".

    🤦‍♂️

    Oi.. don't they teach kids anything in school these days?!

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      Animedragon

      Education in some subjects is sadly lacking in today's schools.

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  15. Both mine and my Mother’s birthday have passed. I’m all the more closer to 30 years old. My mom is getting older too. 

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      Animedragon

      I can remember 30, if I think hard enough. 🙂

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  16. Still employed.  Know of a couple people who aren't.  Still working through it all but one thing I'm sure of at this point is the US Congress is made up of self-centered, irresponsible idiots.

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      Animedragon

      Sadly, I think a lot politicians and government members are like that whichever political party they belong to.

      Anyway, I'm pleased to hear that you still have a job.

  17. Seems the other shoe has dropped at work.  Employees have been instructed that the Lab will be physically closed and everyone should plan to attend a virtual meeting with management where they'll discuss the (lack of a) federal budget and what that means for NASA centers like JPL.  Afterwards around 600 employees will be let go.  (That's ~10% of the Lab's total workforce.)  This all according to an email from Lab management earlier today.

     

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      Animedragon

      I hope you're not affected by this sad news. It always amazes me the lengths employers will go to to avoid using the "R" word, they use terms like "let go" which makes one wonder if they've been holding on to people. Then there's the wonderful phrase one of my former employers used "we're offering you the opportunity to take early retirement".

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  18. Went to urgent care yesterday to discover Ism fighting off a respiratory infection. I feel like absolute dog water all week — been coughing for a month which I figured it was bronchitis until it was causing me to literally puke and couldn’t breathe let alone the pain that was suddenly shooting up my back and down my arms. Also I absolutely HATE sore throats. 😭😖🤧😷

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      Animedragon

      I'm sorry to hear that, it sounds very unpleasant. I hope you will soon be well again.

      I hate sore throats as well.

  19. Exam in the morning which I am very confident that I will fail miserably so I have spent the day emailing both my host and home university about what happens if I fail a module. Honestly so stressed that I might be kicked out and sent back to my home University. ;-; 

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      Animedragon

      This doesn't sound good. Hopefully your confidence in failure will be misplaced, but if it isn't I hope your host university will be lenient and not send you back to your home university.

  20. I almost have to LOL whenever someone uses the term "based" these days.  It's one of those overused words or phrases that swaps its slang meaning between generations.  To my generation (graduated HS in the early 80s) the term "based" came from the term used for someone who was addicted to freebasing cocaine. These were typically wild, irrational people who would do anything for another hit and were typically about a half step from killing themselves with their addiction.  🤣  

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      Animedragon

      I often have trouble understanding what teenagers are saying because they use words to mean different things to the meaning they had when I was their age.  When I was a teenager saying someone was "sick" or "wicked" was a derogative insult or a negative comment about their attitude, now I'm led to believe it's a compliment.

  21. Had to go out to Studio City a while back & on the way back I saw the Warner Bros. tower.  Which of course made me think of the Animaniacs:D   I had to look it up but that was early 90s!  30 years ago!  Now I feel old.  🙀

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      Animedragon

      Things like that get you don't they.  I had a Christmas card from some friends with their Christmas letter and in it they said that in 2023 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, that made me feel old as I was an usher at the wedding.

  22. Oh the woes of waiting for packages to be delivered from overseas OTL

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      Animedragon

      Here in the UK model shops are hard to find so I have to buy all my model railway stuff by mail order, so I have to wait until I have a decent sized shopping list and make a bulk order just to keep the ratio of postage cost to product cost at a reasonable level. And that's just for orders from UK based shops.

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  23. Yesterday night was one of the most fantastic moments and a core memory. With my partner visiting me here in Czechia. I decided to propose! And she said yes!!

  24. I made a new Camelia doll 💕 My beloved OC now has a more mature look! I took her for a winter photoshoot today. Too bad there's no snow :[ 

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      Animedragon

      That's a really impressive professional quality character model.

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