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Hot Lights & Hydration

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New (to me) backdrop that I need to do some light testing with, so when I got tired of playing with the remote shutter release Kim was drafted and sat as patiently as a person can when their hair is still wet from the shower. It's really a miracle she puts up with me! XD

They do call these “hot lights” for a reason.

I’m asked a lot if I get dried out under all of the lights, simple answer: YES!

The longer answer may be more interesting though. In really wet climates (like Okinawa) they put a light in the closets, down near the floor surrounded by a metal cover. The reason is to dry out the air in the close closet so that clothes and shoes in the closet are less likely to mildew. A friend of mine on Okinawa didn’t like the light in the closet, he thought it wasted electricity and since it was a small bulb it really didn’t light it up that well anyway. So he unscrewed the bulb and closed the door and went on with life. This was the closet where he kept his wife’s leather coats and pants. When she open it sometime later she found that everything was covered in green crud.

Two lessons to be learned here: First, even a 40 watt bulb can dry out the air around it; second, replacing a leather wardrobe is expensive.

So, a 40 watt bulb can dry out a closed closet, I work under a couple of thousand watts of light, sometimes up to eight hours a day when I’m doing studio work. So yes, while I continue my normal flow of coffee and tea while I work, I also hit the gatorade and even (shock-gasp-horror) water when I’m under the lights. Even if the lights don’t feel hot, they are drying the air around you, you sweat less in dry air than in humidity so you don’t notice that you’re losing liquid as fast as you are; further, I now live in a low humidity area, so I’m getting dried out anyway.

Moral of the story: stay hydrated no matter where you are, hydrate more under the studio lights.

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Snippet: Make It So

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Her1: “That isn’t a Star Trek uniform, it’s just rediculous.”
Me: “*pat pat* that’s nice.
Her1: “That isn’t a proper Star Trek uniform?”
Me: “Do you currently hold a position on the Star Fleet uniform board?”
Her1: “Now you’re just being rediculous, 
Me: “So that would be no.”
Her1: “You can’t just make up a uniform like that.”
Me: “And yet I did. Can’t implies a physical impossibility, you’ve seen photographic evidence to the contrary, if you don’t trust your own eyes then you might need to seek professional help of some sort.”
Her1: “Its just WRONG.”
Me: “While I do find it commendable that you have opinions, it behooves you to remember that your opinion only matters between your own ears.”
Her2: “Dude,, ignore her, that thing is freaking awesome!”
Me: “Romulan Ale for [Her2], [Her1], you’re assigned to clean Jeffries tubes until further notice.”
Her1: “I’m surrounded by assholes!”
Me: “Hey now, I don’t know how they do things where you’re from, but here in the 19th century we take a dim view of insubordination!”
Her2: “She should have to scrub warp boilers!”
Me: “Make it so.”

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Politicians’ Failures Make Planned Parenthood Necessary

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I don’t see why anyone is surprised that the government may cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and possibly eliminate many health services to millions of women, when by passing a healthcare law that left these same millions of women reliant on a private organization to provide for these services that their law didn’t cover, they’ve already done it once before.

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Silliness After DADT

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So, had a conversation a while back with a kid that was thinking about enlisting, everybody else always asks how bad basic is and things like that, this kid was worried that they let in gay people now and was worried that it could get weird because he might have to shower or sleep in the same barracks with a gay person. So, what could I possibly say to allay his fears? I have a something of a go to answer for these situations:

If you’ve been in a high school PE class and/or played sports, you’ve been in the showers at the same time as a gay person was. Personally I’ve been in enough locker rooms and gang showers in my life, including my military life that I’ve probably been wet and soapy around enough gay men to make a marching band for a pride parade and have only been harassed in the shower once, and that was by a coconut crab. That big Popeye-clawed bastard chased me all though the showers as I went from nozzle to nozzle to scrub up and rinse off before he caught up with me, fortunately I can scrub on the run faster than it could chase. No, I didn’t think to ask if it was a male or female crab, I was pretty firmly fixated on the size of that friggin’ claw though. Was I ever checked out in the shower, no idea, but I doubt it and if I was, wasn’t seeing me in the shower punishment enough?

Truth be told, there’s always been gay people in service, first they served knowing they had to keep everything on the down-low, then they served knowing that even if they kept things on the down-low that DADT was often treated as a hunting license, then Afghanistan and Iraq happened and somebody damned near had to have sex on their commander’s desk to get kicked out, and then finally common sense broke out and they got rid of DADT and now gays can serve openly.

I actually retired before DADT was repealed, and I’ve been asked if I ever served with a gay or lesbian and I can actually only give one answer to that. I never had anyone identify themselves as such after they’d been apprised of their Article 31 rights, so anything I would have to say on that matter would be speculation (and as such inadmissible,) as I wasn’t allowed to ask and they weren’t supposed to tell.

As to whether anyone should enlist and risk being exposed to gay people, like you aren’t already in civilian life, if you think that meeting a gay person is scarier that the possibility that the job you’re thinking of signing up for could get you shot up, killed, maimed, disfigured or similarly jacked up in a multitude of ways that only the Murphy of the battlefield can dream up, then I think your priorities are probably a wee bit skewed.

Your mileage may vary.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Label Me Unlabelled

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I tend not to join things very often, mainly because not too many (if any) organizations have opinions that I can support across the board.

Part of the problem with group labels is that there’s a modern tendency to lump everyone associated (even remotely) with everything that anyone (even remotely) associated with a group says or does. Not all Christians/Muslims are trying to impose their religion on the rest of the world, not all feminists are man-haters, not all pro-choicers favor abortion, not all pro-lifers want to picket or blow up clinics, and the list goes on and gets really blatant when we start looking at political parties.

The implied (all) is something I think needs to go. “(All) [insert name of group here] are [insert label here]” or “(All) [insert name of group here] want to [insert action here]” are a couple of the templates of labeling, because not (All) of anything believes in everything, and quite frankly some that join groups are their own special little bag of issues all to themselves.

Hitler was a vegetarian, big deal not all vegetarians are Hitler.

Lumping people together under the birds-of-a-feather philosophy used to have a name, it was called prejudice. Prejudice used to be seen as something to oppose, now it seems that many feel that the only forms of prejudice to oppose are those that they don’t hold themselves.

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All and Sundry and Labels

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I tend not to join things very often, mainly because not too many (if any) organizations have opinions that I can support across the board.

Part of the problem with group labels is that there’s a modern tendency to lump everyone associated (even remotely) with everything that anyone (even remotely) associated with a group says or does. Not all Christians/Muslims are trying to impose their religion on the rest of the world, not all feminists are man-haters, not all pro-choicers favor abortion, not all pro-lifers want to picket or blow up clinics, and the list goes on and gets really blatant when we start looking at political parties.

The implied (all) is something I think needs to go. “(All) [insert name of group here] are [insert label here]” or “(All) [insert name of group here] want to [insert action here]” are a couple of the templates of labeling, because not (All) of anything believes in everything, and quite frankly some that join groups are their own special little bag of issues all to themselves.

Hitler was a vegetarian, big deal not all vegetarians are Hitler.

Lumping people together under the birds-of-a-feather philosophy used to have a name, it was called prejudice. Prejudice used to be seen as something to oppose, now it seems that many feel that the only forms of prejudice to oppose are those that they don’t hold themselves.

© 2015, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Snippet: Grant & Lee

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Him: “US Grant was a butcher that destroyed his own army to win.”
Me: “Actually, Grant ended the war with an Army, Lee ended it with what was left of one. Through the war Grant had around 190,760 killed, wounded and missing and Bobby Lee lost 240,322. So, by the numbers Lee lost more than Grant. At the end, the scoreboard says Grant winner by a surrender.”
Him: “Lee was a better general!”
Me: “He had a better reputation, he’s one of the most venerated generals to have lost a war in history, more die hard than Cubs fans in fact. But, once Grant was given overall command of the Union armies and transferred to face Lee directly, Lee stood no chance and what little chance he did have were slowly whittled away at places like Gettysburg, and then the losses in men he took in battles that he won. Grant shed blood to win and if he lost a battle he gathered up his army and kept moving forward anyway. Lee shed blood to try not to lose, which is the same as losing even when you win, because he didn’t have any to spare. He prolonged the inevitable for the sake of honor alone when it was clear that winning or even a stalemate was beyond his reach. Pride will get your ass kicked pretty hard.”
Him: “Where do you get this stuff?”
Me: “Books, you might try one for yourself, you might like it! 🙂 They even tell you things like facts and figures! Whodathunkit?”

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Treason Reduced to a Buzzword

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I hate it when people reduce serious words to mere buzzwords to try and further an agenda. Today’s examples. Disagreement with a president is not “treason,” even if they badmouth said public official. The correct phrase is “politics as usual.” If disagreement with a president is treason, half of the population would be in trouble after every election. The second phrase I find annoying and was tossed m way today, is “rape the land,” unless somebody is performing a non-consensual sexual act on a section of ground, then the term is deliberately being used incorrectly. Reducing a crime like rape to a simple buzzword in an attempt to cash in on the feelings the word raises in people is to reduce the power of the word and minimize its true meaning. /soapbox

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Dino-whining about Jurassic World

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If Jurassic World had said they were bringing back dinosaurs, then I’d see the points made by the ‘science’ critics. Since the movie says, several times, that they didn’t actually bring back dinosaurs, they fiddled with DNA and created species by mixing and matching more for crowd appeal than any attempt at accuracy. If the science crowd wants to bitch, they should be pointing out just how badly it showed the combination of science and business. People in labcoats and suits were pretty much portrayed as amoral, unethical profit chasers, but that was missed by people that didn’t apparently pay attention in the theater, if they even saw the movie. The science critics should quit walking into the trees and notice the forest!

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