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  1. No, it's just that if I'm going to drop $350 on something, I expect it to not look like a lopsided stack of pancakes. Especially when literally every other component out there is square. That was a trick statement. It's actually me and Lelouch...
  2. So, I was considering buying a PS4 Pro, but they are so damn ugly...….why is it so hard to find consumer grade electronics that are appealing in design anymore?
  3. I am not a "gamer" by any definition really. I enjoy them from time to time, but I never claim to be super in the know or someone that lives and breathes the stuff. That's partially why I didn't last too long in the video game store I used to work at. It's E3 Season...and that of course means new title announcements. What are you looking forward to? So far, my interests are on Tales of Arise and Genshin Impact. I do love my RPGs. It seems lately that there are fewer and fewer anticipated titles though, and that's pretty sad. Only being hyped for two seems like such a loss...
  4. Many developers are/were self-taught. Installing software on their own then fiddling with it to break or make it do something different. Hands on is the best way to learn things. If you're dabbling with open source code, I'd suggest installing XAMPP on your own computer and then messing around with various software within the environment. Each various platform will have it's own respective runtime environment - I always found the Linux environments and coding to be the easiest to grasp - thus why I suggested XAMPP.
  5. Creative? Me? No, no, no. The correct term is "recklessly oblivious to any standard." Funny? I am quite derp - yes. @Lelouch shhhhhhhhhh….
  6. I had originally pre-ordered it, but backed out when I saw all of the glaring issues it had on release. I will still probably get it some time, but it certainly didn't appear to be worth the $60 it was at the time. Then again, I'm picky about my expense on games and demand a game be in its final form before dropping cash on it. That's why I stopped playing all of the KH games, it just never seemed to me like SquareEnix knew how to FINISH a game before releasing it. I'm not a fan of companies using the "and another thing" approach to their product.
  7. My understanding is that the consignee acquired most of the uniforms (there were over 50) from a liquidation from another museum. The money was going towards a VA endorsed organization. It's a shame it ended up being sold, but that's part of the reason we stake out these shops - to locate stuff like this.
  8. It's not that they're always 15 minutes. This tour just so happened to be. The group was stuck on a strict schedule, and the planner...lets just say wasn't the greatest at planning. Most of our engagements range from 45 to 90 minutes (we do have plans for 30 minutes too). It just didn't work out that way this time. The group was late - which didn't help either.
  9. I'm not big on the sweets either, but I am almost always down for a donut. A good one anyway. Should you find yourself in the supposed-backwards region known as the Midwest (we seem to be one of the last sane places, actually) - add it to your list.
  10. That just means you aren't devout enough in your appreciation for donuts. Do you even donut, bro?
  11. Michael's imparting wisdom: Remember, if you know you're going to be someplace where there are a lot of Marines, make sure to bring plenty of crayons with you.

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      and a Crayola salad is a salad with many colors or do people actually eat crayons (I have seen weirder stuff)? This question sounds so dumb 😂

    2. The History Kid
    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      oh, now I see. there are similar things about police officers in some countries of Europe, now I get it!

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  12. Casey's General Store - and Kwik Star. Both have the best donuts you can find. (Outside of Hurts Donut.) https://www.wannahurts.com/
  13. All ya'll saying Dunkin Donuts clearly have never tasted a Krispy Kreme or a Casey's donut...and it's a damn shame.
  14. Very untrained anymore. It's not that something happened to it - I just don't have good control over it anymore.
  15. I used to be able to sing. Not anymore. I sound terrible. lol
  16. Yeah, software devs like to change things at times. We used to confuse the hell out of our customer base on XMB by calling modifications "hacks."
  17. Group, club, same thing. IPS used to call them groups, so I went with groups. lol
  18. Guessing it's an apartment complex? I don't suppose you can go up and talk to them...? This is one of the reasons I get irked at side-by-side living. That and I know I'd be a disruption too, just never listen "quietly" to anything.
  19. It is just after 1900 hrs here. But, I digress. I have been having on/off problems sleeping myself of late. Not sure what that's all about (think it's my arm/wrist or something though). Should get into a music fight with them. Turn your music up louder.
  20. As I get more and more into anime, I am sure I'll start lampooning something with anime. Right now I could go on and on about how tacky I thought Soul Eater's ending was, how gut wrenching Chrono Crusade's ending was, or how I really despite Hetalia despite the fact it's supposed to be a historical concoction. However, until that time comes - I figured I'd let people get a glimpse of my day-to-day, and my thought process therein. A historian, that is a Federal Historian (read: Golf-Sierra 0-1-7-0) is rarely "just" a historian. They have functions that reach far beyond that of what you would associate with a historian. It is not my intent nor duty to tell you about those things. However, different historians in different commands or agencies get tasked with different responsibilities. In my case, I fulfill the role as a (as in one of a few) installation historian. In of itself, as a historian in a senior command on any post, that means you get tasked to give tours to the public and to other agencies on the post. That's right, one of your tasks is to be a glorified tour guide. In my case, that could mean a number of things. Whether you're running people through the post museum, the officer's living quarters, or packed on a bus and blabbering on about the post as you drive around it, you're going to be talking with hopes that they might get ten percent of what you're saying. I've found children to be the most difficult audience. Why? Short attention spans, poor self-discipline, no respect, and lack of understanding. Trying to explain force projection or materiel integration to a 9 year old probably makes about as much sense as explaining geography to a flamingo. The next hardest group is the elderly. This becomes especially trying when all they want to talk about is how "awful war is." I get that ma'am, and I agree, but I don't sign the deployment orders - someone else does, and they also sign mine. Bus tours can be whirlwinds, and today was no exception - thus the reason I write this pilot entry. Today we bused around twenty-eight Rosie the Riveter's and their families and talked about the role of women workers during the World Wars. Rosie the Riveter became an American icon in 1942, and has remained an icon for female industrial workers ever since. Originally, "Rosie" was attributed to Women Ordnance Workers or "WOWs." In 1942, this term applied exclusively to women who were working in U.S. Army depots, but by the time the nation had fully mobilized in the middle of 1942 into the beginning of 1943, this term expanded to include any women in the defense industry. That included women working in private foundries, factories, and production lines. As companies such as Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors revamped their production lines to produce more and more war materiel, the number of men leaving their factory jobs for the front lines increased. The result is that many women had to step in to fill the shoes of the men who were deploying. My grandmother and grandfather were examples of ordnance workers in the private sector. In 1942, my grandmother worked at Indiana Steel Works in Valparaiso, Indiana. My grandfather was too old to deploy - so he too got a job in manufacturing. Indiana Steel produced metal slabs for use in aircraft, tanks, and armored cars. The role of a steel grinder, my grandmother's role, was to grind down smaller and misshapen steel for melting so that it could be molded to a usable shape or form. For the tour, the Rosie's were packed on buses, and away we went. On our installation, WOW's were employed to manufacture belt links, assemble machine guns, rifle M1903 Springfield's (in World War I) and M1 Garand's (in World War II), aid with the transport of materiel, and even load ammunition. The installation was able to claim many progressive firsts, including the first use of WOW's outside of the office, the first woman to be authorized to drive heavy machinery, and the first installation to hire minority women employees. The catch for this tour however: it was to be no more than 15 minutes. Sadly, when you have as much history and content to discuss as this, such a tour is nearly impossible. While it was enjoyable to be in their company, I am truly glad to be done with it. Hopefully they at least got a few bits of information about themselves, or others who had not worked at this site in the past. Such is the challenge of all tours...
  21. Yes, the sanctity of the donut must not be violated with such atrocities as jelly filling. That's blasphemy of the highest order.
  22. I had a bagel. Does this count? I feel like it should. It's certainly donut shaped and it had blueberries in it.
  23. Anytime a Detroit team makes the playoffs of any sport, I become very loudly into sports. But it's been a while since that happened. Tigers, 2014 I think.
  24. Lived. Weekend for the next 36 hours, and then back at it again. @brycec - where the hell have you been? Why do you smell like Chick Fil A?
  25. Acquired a USAF dress blue jacket at the thrift store on post today. Not a bad find for $35 with all of the service medals. The guy was a squad leader, and a lieutenant colonel.

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