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  1. I'm in the process of refinancing our mortgage (adding in our HELOC and a loan we took out to cover some basement work).  Also got a 2.75% interest rate (which is a full percentage point lower than our current mortgage).  They've run our credit reports (pretty good), done a house assessment (higher than I expected), and are requesting the title commitment, so hopefully we're in the home stretch.  


    How conversant are you on land contracts?  

  2. 37 minutes ago, archer said:


    I can't get HTML text codes to work as of a couple of site updates ago. And I never remember to use the ones built into the site. :) 


    I tried to do a reaction to your original post, but Confused didn't quite fit, neither did Sad (it would be a good thing if the vaccine will be covered, though I'm not happy with the near-certainty of Trump doing so for political purposes, so Like didn't fit either.  So I ended up removing the reaction.  

  3. 1 hour ago, archer said:

    The administration plans to announce that coronavirus vaccines will be covered under Medicare or Medicaid once they are full developed and released. Current policy is that such vaccines would not be covered.


    Trump planning on announcing that change today or tomorrow.


    "Covered by Medicare or Medicaid" isn't necessarily the same as "free" but I'm sure Trump will be able to convey that nuance.




    Good thing Trump isn't prone to using his position for advantage in his campaign for president or I'd be suspicious of the timing.


    (bolding added)


    I'm sorry, I'm currently suffering from a sarcasm overdose.  

  4. Both of my daughters practiced their signatures to make sure they matched the signature on their drivers licenses before signing their ballots, just to make sure they didn't get rejected for mismatched signature.  (My youngest joked that she was "forging" her own signature, since her current signature is quite different from the one she had when she got her license.) 


    Meanwhile, my signature is so established in my muscle memory that the only way it could have matched better is if I traced it straight off my driver's license.

  5. I have my badge and my ticket for Young Americans.  Looks like I got one of the last two slots - as of now all slots are filled.


    I also don't see the characters on Roll20.  Could you send me a copy of the characters as well?  Thanks!

  6. A hero PC in a past campaign had darkness powers.  He got a lot of use of his "Shadow Sight" (Clairsentience Sight and Hearing, only from POV of shadows).  Combine that with Teleport only through shadows, and you can spy on and then get into lots of places.  For a villain, it can explain him knowing a lot of stuff and getting into locked rooms, etc.


    His defenses included 4 levels of Damage Negation - SFW was shunting part or all of the attack into the "shadow dimension".  Of course, the Damage Negation didn't affect light-based attacks.


    The player based some of his powers on the shadows of others.  For instance, he had a Shadow Rend (RKA AVAD vs. Power Defense) where he attacks the target's shadow and the target takes the damage.  He also had Multiform with a Shadow Mimic form that made him look like a shadow of someone else, with a VPP to mimic that person's powers. 


    He eventually ran into a villain who had similar powers - plus the ability to Summon a shadow creature to do his bidding.  I highly suggest such a thing for your villain, Tech - they make great throw-away minions, and you can have them be as creepy as you want.

  7. 12 minutes ago, Dr. MID-Nite said:

    We miss the old us too. Ironically enough, I think many Americans wish we more like Canada.


    Quoted For Truth.  And even though I forgot to add a smiley, I hope you know that my "Build a wall" comment was in jest.  Canadians have a lot to be admired for.


    As a Michigander who used to travel frequently into Canada, I've always considered Canada as almost an extension of the United States.  Kinda like family members who live just a town over, the ones you enjoy visiting. 


    Now I feel like one of us stole their jewelry while visiting, and our close family in the next town over will always look at us warily.


    It's bad enough to me that (IMO) Trump has done things that have completely trashed this country.  But it pisses me off even more to see how (again IMO) he has completely trashed our good will with other countries, the kind that takes decades to build but only a short time to destroy.



  8. 17 hours ago, Cancer said:

    NT: The original snark hunters were the Bellman, Barrister, Broker, Banker, Billiard-maker, Butcher, Baker, Boots, Beaver, and the maker of Bonnets and Hoods.  Suggest several (at least three) replacement hunters for an updated-to-2020 version of the Hunters of the Snark.


    The Unemployed, Furloughed, and On Extended Leave.   Because 2020 has made sure there are plenty of those around.

  9. Worked great for me.  :) 


    Nicely done, Hermit.  (Though I'm surprised Channel 3 would have even aired the latter half of Mr. Dirkly's interview.  Maybe it was shown live and not subject to editing.)  You don't need to show all three news programs to cover well what you wanted to show, and I look forward to the upcoming chat between Eel and Hussar.


    And I loved the "Canadian blood" line.   (And the justaposition with the mention of Worf.  Has me thinking of a Canadian Worf.  "Pardon me, if you don't mind I'm going to rip your head off now.  Thank you for your understanding.")

  10. 15 hours ago, Sketchpad said:

    On the concept of Standies. I kind of wish more companies would make affordable cardboard minis like the Pathfinder Pawns. Having a slew of Champions Pawns would be awesome to use in a game, and having some generic heroes would be wicked.


    It's not that hard to do it yourself.  I created a Word document (Blank one attached) with spaces for me to drop in pictures, resize them to fit, then rotate them 180 degrees, to make the front of the cardboard mini.  On the back, I put the character name (in place of the "ddd" text placeholders on the document).  If I need larger minis, I merge cells as needed.  I then print them on light cardstock, cut them apart, and when I'm ready to use them I put them into plastic card stands (originally the ones sold by Steve Jackson Games for their Cardboard Heroes when I could still get them, but I've also added ones like these to my collection). Since I've accumulated a fairly large collection of character art over the years, it's generally not too hard to come up with pictures to fit most any group.  I can generally put 2-3 superteams into a given Word document.  And there's no reason you can't just leave the name side blank if you want to create a bunch of generic cardboard minis.


    I also included an example document here, with the members for the Heavy Metals as well as Secession Squad.  (The former was a team from the Villain Theme Team thread, while the latter is a homebrew team.)


    I also picked up a double-sided plastic fishing lure/tackle box with removable spacers (something like this, but not exactly) to keep the minis semi-organized - when you're done with them, remove them from the plastic stands, pile the cardboard characters up, fold them all together, and use a small binder clip to keep them separate from other groups.  I'd say I currently have minis for about 3-4 dozen superteams, in addition to agents / supers for groups like VIPER, DEMON, PRIMUS, etc.  That's not counting the ones we have from various of SJG's Cardboard Heroes collections, which work for generic heroes / villains / cops / bystanders.



    CardboardFigures Blanks.doc CardboardFigures SecessionSquad HeavyMetals.doc

  11. My daughters were discussing their own personal D&D alignments at the dinner table a week ago.


    My oldest, who doesn't always think before she does something, figures that she is Chaotic.  However, she is also very good at following rules and laws, which points toward Lawful. 


    Me:  You're one of those very rare people who somehow manages to be Chaotic Lawful. 

    Youngest daughter:  No, you're Chaotic Dumba**.

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