Just wanted to pop on quick to assure people I'm not dead.
Just dealing with some personal, and health, issues before they become life threatening.
For the next 18 weeks I'll be undergoing medically supervised cardio, weight training, lab testing, and meal replacement while still working full time and taking car of my kids.
While I'm quite optimistic about accomplishing my health goals in the next few months, I'm a bit saddened that things have gotten to the point where these steps I'm taking have become a necessity. It's really taken a tole on my motivation to make paper models. The hours it takes me, sitting basically motionless, to draw, scan, edit, and then spent online to distribute models, contributes to the problem, so I get saddened just thinking about it any time I attempt to do so. I have no attention to give it up in the long run, but in the short run, I need to find a way to balance my time spent active and sedimentary better or it's going to kill me.
TLDR Taking a break to improve my health, will be back in the second quarter of 2012.
Post by cowboyleland on Jan 7, 2012 12:54:17 GMT -9
Just saw a ted talk by the guy who wrote "A Year of Living Biblically" It was called "How Healthy living nearly Killed Me." He claims he wrote the book the talk promotes while actually walking on a treadmill. Could be an option if paper minis give you joy. Happiness is a great boon to good health. If they have turned into a hassel, best walk away for a while.
Oh ... . Jim Hartman first, now you, Adam. Take the time to regenerate. And if it's life-threatening: kids, social life and health first, not the paper toys. BUT ... as someone put it above ... do not underestimate the recreational power of an awesome hobby.
Post by Adam Souza on Feb 23, 2012 14:12:38 GMT -9
Update: Had freak reaction to diet and spent a week in terrible gastric distress. Going on a less intensive diet starting March 1st.
Bought a new scanner that will work with Windows 7. Just waiting for inspiration to strike me. The charecters in my D&D campaign changed to fast that I couldn't get a model finished before they changed their appearance or armament and prepare adventures at the same time.
Learned how to bind books, and I've been printing and binding books for my gaming use.
Bookbinding is great fun and the end results are something to be really proud of plus people are amazed
I do enjoy it. It's been really practical too. I have hundreds, if not thousands, of RPG PDFs I've purchased and collected over the years, but they were never really practical to use. I couldn't bring them to the gaming table, outside of a laptop or tablet, and now I print and bind them..
Most of my books are softcover. A transparency for a front cover, card stock for a rear cover, with a card stock spine proves to be surprisingly sturdy. I have made a single cloth bound hard cover book as well.
My favorite book I've bound so far is my Bloodgrave Tomb.
200 Pages of Spells, Magic Items, and Undead for my current D&D campaign character, Alexander Bloodgrave. It's bound in White Dragon hide (layered cardstock) with a Silver Skull Ornament (photo stock) on the cover. It's filled with literally cut and pasted articles and hand written notes
Post by abaddonwormwood on Feb 25, 2012 1:57:47 GMT -9
The hard cover was made with Matteboard and photoshopped with in game shot for the back cover. Miffed it slightly but solid and works nicely. Used this textbook: Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9