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Another long and relaxing Sunday is past. I'm chomping at the bit to get started on Monday.
My wife spent most of the afternoon making home-made salsa, a monstrous batch of it from local produce. I hope she makes it Mild. That's about all I can handle.
I left my laundry in the washer all day yesterday and it smells mildewy. I had to wash it again.
My eldest daughter is the family neat-nick. She keeps her room orderly, cleaning it nearly every day without being asked. She lays her clothes out the night before and sets her alarm. Often, she is the first one up. I am ever so proud of her.
I got to the end of "The Myth of the Rational Market". It was a long, dull read, but had a surpise ending. I almost fell out of my chair. More on that later.
I was not feeling well today, a terrible stuffy nose and sinus headache. The Tylenol allergy medicine I took left me feeling like a zombie.
Willow has been down with a cold. The poor darling doesn't know what to do with herself. She's so good tempered and mild-mannered. She's trying to be happy, but just starts crying. She likes to suck her thumb, but can't because her nose is stuffed up. She starts to plurt it in but then stops, remembering "oh, I have to breathe", looks at the digit in dismay, and starts to wail. She doesn't understand what is happening to her. My heart goes out to the pitiable creature. She doesn't want daddy. She wants mommy. All the time.
We took her to the pediatrician. She just has a common virus. Apparently.
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6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
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Today we got cracking bright and early.
We painted the new studio. It's Vallejo Dark Sand color. It's a beautiful earthy, skin, beige tone; Inviting and warm, not too dark.
The paint was a more expensive type, and well worth the money. That's a lesson from miniatures painting: don't skimp on your paint! Better to spend more and get a better result.
We tore off the tape around the white moulding and found it to be a perfect contrast.
Everything is satisfactual. I shot some footage and hope to get that up soon.
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Now booking projects for completion in late September.
Also setting up the next round of Pandora's Armies and Turbo Armies.
One set left for Space Hulk.
Remember the numerous specials running:
- Tank Factory (half off on painting vehicles in runs of 6+)
- Trade-in (roughly 25% retail as a credit for your second-hand figures)
- Level 2 (30% off on painting for more basic quality)
- Artistic License (10% off cost of painting if you let us do our thing, 35% if combined with L2)
- New Clients (30% off cost of materials on your first order)
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Firstly, I debated whether to post this or not, but decided that it needs to happen, as you shall shortly see.
It's a short move, about five blocks. And I want to be clear: don't worry about sending things to the wrong address. Just send things to the 765 North Main address until further notice. Even after we move, we have friendly neighbors who will pick stuff up and stow it. We'll be by every day for pickup.
So, the new place is almost three times as much space and for a price that is absolutely out of this world. It's almost half (per square foot) of what we're paying now. In fact, several years ago I saw this place and desperately wanted to get into it, but it's always had a business in it. I'm jumping on it. I'll be setting up the lease in the next day or so.
I believe this is a good long-term move for the studio.
Long story short, I have to come up with the funds on very short notice. I'm drawing on the resource of the studio armies. Each one is 3000+ points and chock full of love and detail. I can provide more details on request as needed. If you follow the blog/youtube channels then you should already be familiar.
UPDATE: Both 40K armies are sold, and that's all that was needed. Thank you!
It pains me to even type this. I put a lot of personal effort into each one. I even have a line of credit to facilitate this. But as you all know, my view of banks (as fundamentally harmful to society) is pretty dim. I am dedicated to using cash up front.
As a side note: the "landlord" is a local business owner who I've known for five years. The building is paid for, no outstanding loan. So, the good and reasonable price is what happens when the banks are out of the picture. In my estimation, people are better off without outside interference, paying up front directly one to another.
Contact me at email@example.com if interested. As an added bonus, I will give you inside information on the move as it progresses. You'll get to be a part!
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I had an insanely busy day. Still not caught up. Tomorrow has to be the day to run up the hill.
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Here are my various opinions on Lizardmen units.
First off, it's of prime importance to realize the battlefield role of each unit. If you think that massive waves of skinks with blowguns are going to evaporate enemy units with massed blowgun fire, you're sadly mistaken. That's not what skinks are for.
Skirmishing units of skinks are good at throwing away their lives to delay much stronger units. They might be able to cause a few wounds with blowdarts, but after moving, long range and multiple shots, they have BS ZERO. That means a unit of ten will maybe, just maybe cause a single wound on a single T3 target with no armor. So, what can they possibly be useful for?
Don't charge them in to help, their pitiful T2 will just give away combat resolution.
I've found them useful just as a speed bump to draw off a more powerful unit.
Maybe I shouldn't have started with the Skinks.
Saurus Warriors are the rock solid core of every Lizardmen army. I recommend blocks of twenty-five. They are solid across the board (except initiative). I don't give them spears. The extra armor save from hand weapon and shield is much more valuable. They need that armor to take a hit then hit back. Two attacks is their strength, they pack a punch.
Drop in a hero and you have a unit of stone cold killers. With cold-blooded and LD8, they have effective LD 9.2
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I might just have to start and Orcs and Goblins army. I've got 90 goblins already done up, so that's a big part of the battle.
This model is much more dynamic and detailed than the last two that were published.
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Hmmm... a blood-spattered helmet with a hole in it. What happened here?
Flash back to Thursday morning. I woke up with an almighty crick in my back. It felt like a mule had kicked me right between the shoulderblades. Throughout the day the ache swelled within my rib-cage until the whole of my torso was full of ill-being. I could barely get in the car for a date with my wife. We went out to sushi and a massage (my splurge for her birthday!). That last part really did the trick, shrinking that grapefruit-sized agony down to about a pea.
This morning I felt ever so much better.
I went straight to work, picking up Taco Bell for breakfast. Oh my.
Exciting things are in the works now at the studio:
- We're working on 5500 points of Tau, that just got out to assembly (this is for Pandora's armies). Some Forge World models are en route for that.
- There are about four armies waiting for pictures, among which is a Vampire Counts force.
- Materials for the next studio army arrived today: the Fate Weavers. This is meant to be a dual use army: 40K or Fantasy. Here are the assembly specs for that in case anyone is interested:
F a t e w e a v e r s
Tzeentch Daemons army for Fantasy and 40K
General Notes on Assembly
Models will be mounts on rounds. Each 40mm or 25mm needs a metal plate on the bottom, so you may need to use slotted bases, and then cover the slot.
You will use the parts from chaos spawn, principally, but also use green stuff. While they are chaotic beings, they should carry or have strapped to them scrolls, books, nailed- on pages, quills, phyclateries, candles, lecterns. All these elements should be copious, like insane library demons.
I will provide a bin full of parts and elements to use. Please do not use human-type or god-specific heads (other than Tzeentch) from the Spawn kit. These are daemons, not spawn (which are ultra-mutated humans).
The critical item is that they have some consistency.
Other elements and iconography of tzeentch are eyes, feathered wings, bird-heads and flames.
I would love some slate bases. Otherwise full texture.
Horrors of Tzeentch
Please make five prototypes then see me to discuss.
These are mounted on 25mm rounds. They each need a 15mm metal plate on the bottom. They will need to rank up for warhammer fantasy. See general notes above.
Horrors of Tzeentch Centerpieces
These should be mounted on 50mm squares. They are meant to bulk up the units for Warhammer Fantasy.
Flamers of Tzeentch
Please mount on 40mm bases. They are formidable close combat opponents and they shoot magical flames. Using that, have a good time. They normally go on 25mm bases, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to use the much larger spawn bases.
Take a look in the book for this one. They are described as two blue horrors on a disc of tzeentch: one can only write and the other can only read. I am open to new interpretations: it could be a flying creature with two faces, one on each side like a hindu god. Please mount on 40mm base.
This is a special character who changes form. I’d like a tall, hooded figure. But I’m open to interpretation. Mount on 25mm round.
While this is a khorne character, I want you to make something that gives him a tzeentch spin. You can totally interpret this how you want. This hero is on a 25mm base. He has a “cloak of skulls” which would be an extensive trophy rack, like skulls on spikes. He decapitates his victims. Yes, that’s his special power.
Screamers of Tzeentch
Mount on 40mm rounds. This is a skirmishing unit, but will need to be ranked up if they charge. They are flyers universally, with decent close combat attacks. Their special power is to slash units as they fly over (in Fantasy) and bite holes in tanks (in 40K).
I have in the past represented them with spawn-like bodies but with feathered eagle wings. Not sure if we have any of these in stock.
I would like two of these to have riders, cloaked beings with staffs. These will double as Heralds of Tzeentch riding on discs.
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- Morning Show
- Two army vids
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Sometimes things don't turn out the way you expected. But it will be good in a different way.
It's not getting what you want. It's wanting what you got.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 9:13 PM
I got in a package with no name on it. Contents: attack bikes, rhino, death company, various marines. Is this yours? Please remind me what it was about.
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I still have two slots open for the Space Hulk project. I've got the boxes pre-ordered and paid for. Don't be the one crying when they run out!
I wouldn't want to see that.
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- Baby is healthy and doing new tricks like standing up in her crib and making num-num noises.
- My wife's birthday is this month. We went out to a Blues concert. We also went out to lunch for some Thai food. I'm a big fan of pad thai. But easy on the spices.
- I ordered raw materials for the Fateweavers project. It's a dual use 40K/Fantasy tzeentch daemons army. I can't wait to try that out, it seems like a freaky and fun army to play. Lots of conversions coming for that.
- We've got a Luna Wolves Warhound Titan in the works; super deluxe.
- Kids start school again this week. Tough getting them used to going to bed early.
- Booking projects for September; large or small, any kind.
I love my life. It's so good.
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Tonight there was a thundershower of epic proportions. The rain was the size of marbles and twenty rounds of thunder resounded against each other, back to back. It sounded like a bowling ball coming down a PVC pipe.
My wife and I rushed out in our jammies to shut the car windows and got soaked.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 8:24 PM
I love the United States Postal Service. I've tried other private services but they just don't stack up against the good ole USPS.
So, maybe the Federal Government can do something right.
But it's nice to know if the USPS did a lousy job I would have private options.
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Ponyo is rated G. It’s made by the same guy who did Spirited Away. It’s really for kids, there’s absolutely nothing scary about it. It made me open my mouth with awe and joy. The movie is delightful, colorful, and evocative. Totally worth the money. The more sensitive the soul, the more it will be enjoyed. Totally safe for kids of any age. You could probably put a two year old to sleep with it. I'd love to see it again in the theatre and we are going to own it for sure.
I work at a Gamestop. I applied with the thought of, "hey, I've always enjoyed video games so why not put that knowledge and experience to good use?" I was right, working sales at that store is a breeze because it is something I personally enjoy. However, working there has opened my eyes to some disturbing aspects of our society. The most common of these is the ignorance of some parents as they just allow their child to select anything from the store.
Just like with films, the heavy hitters of the video gaming industry are most often games that are intended for adults, these recieve the M rating which stands for Mature. You must be 17 or older to buy, or have a parent consent to the purchase if you are under age.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not condemning M rated video games. Just like with film, these adult-oriented games are often the ones that dazzle and amaze with stunning visuals or a masterful plot. I'm not saying that people under the age of 17 should not be allowed to play these games but I am a believer of informed and active parenting. It should be the parent's decision whether or not their child is allowed to experience the content but that parent should be informed about said content and be active in deciding whether or not this specific child should exposed to that. I think that they should research the game and then think about how it will effect their child before making a decision.
So where do you think this "lazy" parenting came from? I believe that I am correct in my observations, why else would a sign be needed such as the one you saw at the theater? Why else would countless parents carelessly allow their children to purchase M rated games? Do you think there is a way to fix this or at least prevent it from happening again when my generation starts playing the parent role? I know my experiences in retail have affected me but not everyone knows or even cares about this phenomenon.
Sorry for the psuedo-vent session but I saw a comparison between your experience at the theater and my experiences everyday at work and I needed to jump on it.
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I stumbled across this on Youtube:
This would be a good army to buy, and (maybe) have us refurb and paint it real nice.
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This guy's got some good tactics.
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Happy Cost of Government Day! Today, August 12, is Cost of Government Day (COGD), the day of the calendar year when the average American worker has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state, and local levels. COGD falls 26 days later than last year's date, and it's 23 days later than the previous all-time high of July 20, in 1982.
There are numerous reasons for this explosive growth in government spending including TARP, the so-called Stimulus, and the big three auto "bailouts." If Congress and the President had not pushed for TARP, Americans would have celebrated COGD on July 25 rather than on August 12.
As your Congressman and Senators hold their town hall meetings this recess, you should ask them why you needed to spend 224 days working to pay off your share of government. You should also ask them if you've already spent this much time working to pay off government, why would you possibly want to spend additional days working for a government takeover of healthcare?
View the COGD report at www.CostofGovernmentDay.com and arm yourselves with the data to ask your representatives the necessary and hard questions about the astonishing growth in government. The report contains a state-by-state breakdown so you can find out how your state ranks by visiting www.CostOfGovernmentDay.com.
P.S. - Please consider making a donation to Americans for Tax Reform to help us spread the word about Cost of Government Day and the damage done to the American economy by excessive government spending on all levels. A donation of $100, $75, $50, or even just $10 will go along way towards helping us promote the research in this report and protect American jobs and small businesses from an over burdensome government.
Comment from Shawn: I think he should include also foreign wars, and overseas empire (eg 75,000 troops stationed in Germany), and "homeland security".
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- Tzeentch daemons (I finally figured out the solution for the grinders = silver towers)
- Adeptus Mechanicus (using the IG list with like fourteen tanks, all converted up, and instead of guardsmen those little skitari hooded critters made out of skaven plague monks, and of course the usual cyber-creepy line-up of modified humans)
- Kroot as veteran guardsmen with looted imperial vehicles (basically another version of the imperial strike force with all veterans)
- Blue Dragons (this one is hard to imagine-- uses chaos space marines list with 1000 sons, looks like blue dragon-themed salamanders with electricity weapons and wierd science type contraptions eg. the laser weapon from the new bastion kit as a lascannon)
- Darkwing (uses Deathwing terminator list but with Chaos Terminators as the models-- an all Chaos Terminator army)
- Tomb Kings army using wargods of aegyptus models (mostly anubis)
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How will the world change when every human can be in contact with every other human at any time?
I think the picture will become clearer.
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I've been off the map the last few days. I kept it simple (not my usual thing) and just made a few sets with a friend who was in town, a fellow-hobbyist.
I made three different types of things. The two notable ones are "Acid World" terrain, about eight pieces; and "Mystic Lagoon" which is about fourteen pieces. The last thing was just some trees for the desert sandstone set we already have.
Anyhoo, it's the worst terrain I've ever made. Really bizarre and loaded with basic errors. But hey you might like it. I'll be doing a batrep later today using it.
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And now for something completely different; an argument for a progressive tax. I used to think the "death tax" applied to everyone. But it only applies to estates which have a significant amount of money. Does it prevent the consolidation of resources in a single family line? Or does it take from the family of the deserving and put the resources to dubious use in the hands of the political elite?
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This is the old post.
Go here for current information
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OK, that's three unsolicited praise-tastic emails for the Pandora special. Don't you think it's time you booked yours?
1) determine your options (point level, painting level, and army choices/nixes)
2) pay half down
3) relax for about a month while we make your primo army
The only question left is: will "GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra" be a GREAT movie or the GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
Are you still reading this?
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I never got the chance to thank you enough during our conversations over the length of this project, so I hope this can just about sum it up! I had always been a fan of your studio, but reluctant to treat myself to anything given the price; until Pandora came along! As I unwrapped all of your carefully packaged models, I realized what a truly amazing deal this really was. Especially for a high detail army like the tau, the amount of love that you guys put into these models really made them pop. Each sept marking was individually hand painted, making it easy to see which models belong to which squad, and also adding great narrative to the army itself.
Not only was I excited to see your work, but your army list is simply incredible. As guard fanatic, I always lean toward a tanks first army. This elite heavy build is a loadout that I would have never thought of myself, but is incredibly enjoyable to play! Given the new build, it was no surprise that my regular opponents were completely taken by surprise too (that still doesn't account for the following three games that they lost to the greater good).
To sum it all up, incredible experience. I know that I will enjoy this army for many years to come, and I can't wait to get my next order in! Best wishes to your and your staff; keep living the dream guys.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 7:13 PM
I just received my Imperial Guard Strike Force Pandora's army today. It literally made my day I opened up this large box and from what i saw was amazing, the paint scheme fits the narrative of the army very well and the details with the painting and conversions done to the models were great. I'm absolutely blown away by the Valkyries and the veteran squads each veteran model is different either being in a different pose or having some type of insignia on them to separate them from the other models. Shawn your studio has really out done themselves, amazing job.
Thank you for everything!
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The Pandora's army special Deathguard arrived today. I must say that I am impressed with the final product. The army arrived in near perfect condition ( just needed to spot glue an Obliterator arm and the Daemon Princes Torso). A hearty thank you to Blue Table on a job that went well above my expectations. I am eagerly awaiting my next order and will use you guys for all my future projects.
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The realy enemy is the lack of understanding of basic (basic) economic principles. The most basic one is:
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
Here's my take on this program, if you care. The cash for clunkers program is that someone shows up with a qualifying car (a clunker) at a dealer. They get a credit for the car and they buy a new one. The clunker is destroyed and the dealer gets a reimbursement from the federal government.
What is the net effect here?
1) new debt is created, assuming most people take out a loan for the new car. This benefits the banks.
2) since the old car (which still works) is destroyed, it reduces the supply of low-end cars, which I believe will make the cost of a used car go up. Who does this hurt? It hurts people who are in the market for a cheap used car. That's me by the way. I bought my car for less than $1000. That's all I could afford.
3) The vouchers have to be reimbursed by the government. Where do you suppose that money comes from? Ultimately, money is siphoned out of the private sector through one of three means: Taxation, Inflation (printing of money) or Public Debt. In the end it comes out of the pocket of the common man. That's you, yes you. You'll be buying your corn flakes and they'll be a little more expensive because A) the company that produces them will have an increased tax burden, B) the dollar is worth less than it was (because of money introduced into the system by the Cash for Clunkers program), or C) tax increases to pay back interest on money borrowed from foreign governments.
The $4500 vouchers someone happily got at the car lot (thinking it was a free lunch) will ultimately be spread around to the populace.
All this is part of the federal government's War ON Independence. People must not be allowed to live their lives peacably, humbly and debt-free.
I've noticed that food is not off limits. I predict you will see more and more "food crises" where the government must step in to be sure our food is safe. As people get crushed the feds will raid local farms and small producers in the name of food safety.
But this is really about control.
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This is one of the armies we did during the July run of the Pandora's army special. It's a 2000 pt Imperial Guard army. I am currently running this special until further notice. So bring it on.
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My wife and I were watching a Swartzenegger flick on TV and we conked out on the couch. I shuffled my darling wife (wiped out from three days of camping with three kids-- tons of relatives around, though) off to bed. I woke at 1am and got to work. By the time I went back to sleep I was all caught up.
At one point I was listening to one of Regina Spektor's more fast-paced songs and I realized I was typing in double time to the beat as if the keyboard were a piano. I was really on a roll! I type 80wpm without errors, and can go faster.
I was pretty much caught up at work. Just twiddling my thumbs to set up projects. Come on people, let's go. Remember, you can get a Pandora's army that is awesome and happy for $850 (1500 pts). I don't think you can beat that. We provide everything; do all the footwork.
I got into trouble today by letting my boredom turn into a project: cleaning and organizing the assembly room. You can imagine how many bitz we have left over. We have enough extra parts to make a Space Marine army, for sure. We totally rearranged the place. Swept and filled about two large black trash cans with detritus. Everything ship shape.
I am reading the planetstrike book. I'm looking to get in a game this week.
I'm setting up the next round of Pandora's armies if anyone is interested.
It was Sundae Monday but I forgot to bring the camera, sorry to say. I will have vids of other sorts up tomorrow.
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A reader sent in this article:
And here's another one about private health insurance:
We pay about $424 a month for ours, but it has an astronomical deductible of $10,000 a year. We saved up and paid out of pocket for Willow. About $2600 at a birth home. She had complications that set us back another couple a thousand. We found the hospital very reasonable with a payment plan with very modest installments.
I think the solution is more supply. The free market is not being allowed to operate. Birth homes, Care Clinics. There you go. Let the man do his job.
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Now more inclusive. I was suprised to find about forty different kits produced for this range. This is easily the most extensive Imperial Guard set outside of Cadians.
You've got to do a right-click then "save target as" thing.
If you want to play around with that.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 1:23 AM
I am about halfway through my new book. I thought it would be the opposite of books I've been reading (about free markets and sound money and economics 101) but it's really not. Just a different sort of thing. It's a history of Wall Street and the various money theories to come through. It's a hard read with a lot of names. It's like reading an index to an encyclopedia... something like that.
It's full of things like "binomial market operations" or whatever. I don't understand half of it, but I'm getting the general vibe of things.
If anything there is some convergence. More on this later.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 6:38 PM
I've been thinking outside the box a lot recently. What if everything I've been taught is wrong?
When you want to start a small business the first stop is the bank because they'll provide the money. WRONG! A bank loan is a killer for a small business. Get private investors if you have to, or even better yet, just shoestring it for a few years until you can amass capital and customers.
Here's another one:
Invest money for retirement so you can live off the interest. WRONG? The banking/investing system is more likely to destroy the value of your investment; the government is devaluing the dollar at a faster rate than the interest you will earn. What about actually creating a cache of all the physical materials you will need, as well as items that will be of intrinsic value (to trade or cash-in later). This will proof your stash from government looting.
I'm thinking of writing a short book. Basically, how to disconnect from the system as much as possible without becoming a caveman or a hippie. A different way of living. And then keep track of it so you can see if I'm eating dog food in my old age.
Is it possible to live in the city limits, in a nice home and still have the self-sufficiency of a mountain man?
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Here's an excerpt from the Book of Mormon. I plan on making some comments later.
16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world.
24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.
25 And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
27 And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 3:32 AM
As many may have noticed, we went through quite a Magic phase down at the studio. I've got quite a few flats down here if there's a local that might be interested in trading figures for the lot.
My asking price is $450 retail value (worth of figures) for the lot. Probably about 10,000 cards. ReYou can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to see if they are worth it.
I would also take $250 cash.
Here's a great article from BOLS on deployment.
More to come here...
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 10:08 AM