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  1. I'm trying to decide if I'm an uncultured barbaric simpleton or an adaptable, grateful non-complainer because I don't have strong opinions on pizza quality. Trying to order pizza with friends, family, and coworkers can be an ordeal when many in the crowd insist that a variety of pizza places are unacceptable. The crust is not good, they say, or the pizza is cooked wrong, or this one time in the past they had a bad experience, or they prefer some specialty pizza otherwise unavailable at most other places, and so on. Because of such demanding standards we're left with ordering from some place far away, that doesn't deliver, and still manages to not have the pizza finished after I've hacked and chopped my way through traffic to get there to pick it up. I'm not saying I have no opinion. I prefer local places to national chains, and will draw the line at gas station or snack bar slices. But I'm always the most flexible in the group when we're trying to decide where to order from, and...does it have to be this difficult? Pizza is hardly fine dining. If you're that meticulous about your food, put some going-out clothes on and go to a proper sit-down, cloth-napkin restaurant rather than order something that comes to you in cardboard, and is made by poorly-paid teenagers.
  2. After trying this with their acrylic lacquers, I don't often use their alcohol-based thinner anymore. The lacquer stuff speeds up drying to such an extent that I can mask over paint just after cleaning the airbrush. This means very quick painting, and the finish seems pretty hard, too.
  3. Trying to finish a 1/72 P2V Neptune. It's been going fairly well, but it just seems like a lot of work for some reason. I'd like to get it done by Spring. In general, I'd like to finish a lot of started-but-unfinished models in 2017. That doesn't mean I won't start some new projects, too, though.
  4. If my hobby is a dangerous addiction my wife is decidedly an enabler of the worst sort. She supplied me with an old DML Light Seal Support Craft for a diorama with a PBR kit (Who isn't planning to build that diorama some day?) Even more impressive, she authorizes me to take big advantage of post-Christmas sales. Plenty of Soviet-era aircraft and artillery on the way.
  5. This is the big problem with my enormous supply of unbuilt and partially-built kits. It's the reason I've sold some in the past, but I still have quite a few I'm increasingly doubtful I'll build. I'm now trying to stop buying new kits until I finish some builds. About the very best that can be said about my hobby shop-like shelves is that I have a large supply of figure parts and accessories for armor modeling. If, for example, I'm building a Soviet-era ZSU-23, I can on a whim decide to make in the centerpiece of a small diorama. I can find figure parts, Kalashnikov rifles, and possibly even a UAZ car without having to order them. If I'm build an airplane kit, I like to have the bombs or missiles on hand to work with, rather than have to buy them. What increasingly drives my stash growth now is frustration when I don't have something I want, because it's out of production, and expensive (if at all available) on Ebay. It seems that among Cold War subjects, both AFV and aircraft can go long stretches where a kit in my usual scales is simply scarce. So when something I want to build appears, I buy it so I have it for later. This can be a mistake if another manufacturer produces a much better kit of the same subject. But I can usually just visit message boards where people badmouth the new kit to reassure me that my old one is still the one to build!
  6. I'll tell you another thing that's overrated: Boba Fett. He got a lucky break in Empire, and then had an entire backstory written in comic books and tabletop gaming manuals to try to make him seem awesome. Well now the party's over, chumps. Disney, in their typically Stalinist fashion, is now telling you that none of that "expanded universe" of your cherished (nerdy, introverted) childhood is "canon" anymore. That's right. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, none of it ever $&*#ing happened. It was all just rumors and innuendo. If I can no longer consider X-Wing comics or Tim Zahn's novels canon, then you have to give up all the over-the-top garbage penned about Fett. Merry Christmas everyone!
  7. Because there's nothing like a meal that is barely-above-bar-snack quality. The tepid chicken noodle soup was slopped from a can, and augmented with tap water. The B-team prep cook assembled the salad following the parsimonious orders from the daytime kitchen manager: a hunk of badly cut up iceberg lettuce, a single cherry tomato, two slices of cucumber, and a pile of dried out, 3-day old carrot shavings. The main course is a club sandwich long on lettuce and indifferently-toasted wonder bread, and short on turkey, bacon, cheese, or the chef's self-respect. The Businessman, a hollow-eyed, tired soul, chews this garbage while wondering why he ever sneered at liberal arts majors in college, since now he loathes his own existence and wonders how much worse off he's really be if he'd majored in philosophy. In unrelated, but decidedly more positive news, retired Soviet Navy Captain Marco Ramius is featured on the cover of Micro-Mark's Christmas Catalog. Good to see he found hobby. That's important for retirement.
  8. This can be a sinister means by which the CoV can strike at the very heart of Moaidom. Let's flood their homeland with bored professionals who, though traveling on the company dime, would really have rather had the weekend they're going to lose to traveling home and jet lag, for their own purposes. The only thing worse that irritating tourists is irritable tourists.
  9. ...and on that subject, let's not be too hasty to write off the wedding racket. Sure, the name "Coalition of the Violent" might not suggest, at first glance, the ideal planning, catering, and decorating organization for your Very Special Day. But we can create a subsidiary firm with a flowery name. With 1200% markup on food, folding chair rentals, linens, and organizational tasks such as making phone calls and tracking things in a spreadsheet, this could be a significant revenue stream for the CoV.
  10. Conferences! This is how to make money! The CoV can hold "Summits" and "Meetups" where we charge a fortune for attendance fees. I mean nosebleed expensive, here. Like $2400 bucks. Most attendees will get their employer to pay for it, anyway. Then, we'll all lead sessions where we basically rehash folksy talking points about leadership or strategy, scraped from business strategy books ghostwritten by CEOs or financiers. (You know, the books with some old guy on the cover with a firm grin and folded arms. But if we wanted to lower production costs, we'll just use quotes allegedly from NFL coaches instead.) Or run "workshops" were we basically teach, in lecture style, technical skills easily learned from YouTube videos. ("Understanding layers in Photoshop." "Office Online for Your Team.") Or perhaps have inane, irritating parlor games designed to demonstrate some insight originally put forth by some organizational psychologist eighty years ago, who has suddenly become trendy again (that is, until somebody recalls that he performed sinister experiments on prison inmates, without their knowledge, or made remarks supportive of the National Socialists in Germany.) Plus we'll hand out barely useful swag, such as notepads, stick pens, USB drives, and uninsulated water bottles, all packaged in poorly made, awkwardly-sized totes. We shouldn't spend too much effort on the sessions. Wherever we host the conference, most "attendees" will spend the day as tourists rather than actually participate in the conference. Cheap or dangerous cities are fine as locations, just so long as the hotel we choose has a decent bar. Their "tourism" can be spending the day there. We can charge an extra "enhanced experience fee" to supply a list of posts they can put on Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin throughout the day, so their bosses think they're actually in sessions. As near as I can tell, in 2016 the only thing that's more lucrative than the above is supplying goods or services for weddings.
  11. True on both counts. So you'd think the CoV should have been able to attract the lockstep loyalty of millions of followers, like political parties (and professional wrestlers) have done in many countries around the world. Really, where did we go wrong? If this were still 2006, I'd have suggested we needed a vast internal bureaucracy of professionals with highly-specialized education, who in turn generate millions of PowerPoint slides. But let's be honest; we never had the budget for highly-specialized professionals anyway, so that would have been borrowed money, and they'd have been shown the door sometime around 2009 or 2010. Plus, to stay "cutting edge," we'd have then "hired" unpaid interns to convert all that .pptx to Prezi sometime around 2013, which would have resulted in many cases of motion sickness at meetings and in conference sessions. Following that, Prezi would have discovered that our "@cov.edu" email addresses were phony attempts to get lower educational pricing for our accounts, and then would have locked us out of our presentations.
  12. We really should start planning for the future. We need to find younger people willing to waste their lives posting here, to replace us as we get old and die out. This will be tough for several reasons. Most younger people, it seems, have better sense than to spend enormous amounts of money on model kits. Plus, they've largely abandoned Facebook to old cranks, and instead use things like SnapChat, Yik Yak, and Instagram. So in order to recruit our replacements I propose Aircraft Resource Center focus on Legos from now on, and make false promises that whatever's posted here will go away after some short period of time.
  13. Okay, Judas Priest, there's some logical problems here, that cause me to doubt your principle argument. To say that we "know he's coming back!" is to imply that this beast was here, at this location, and then he just...left? Honestly, how afraid am I going to be of the Night Crawler when he didn't so much as annoy me, much less kill me, the first time he was here. Indeed, he could have been around here several times, and I wasn't even aware of this, much less menaced. To this you might reply "Yes! His sinister stealth was so stealthy you didn't know he was stalking you!" or "He was just scouting for his wretched victims, before coming back to feast on their flesh!" Really? Because at some point, eventually, he'll get around to harming us? The Night Crawler seems to pass up opportunities to do evil. He's like Hell's most evil procrastinator.
  14. Here's an interesting episode from the interwar period: the SS Hoover's grounding on the Taiwanese coast. I can imagine possibilities for dioramas (1/700?) or just for building the ships involved. USN and IJN ships are available, at least in some scales, although meticulous modelers are looking at some research and modification As I have two Revell 4-stacker kits to build, I might make one of the tin cans involved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_President_Hoover#Aground_on_Kasho-to