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13th January 2017

7:48pm: Review: PRiD Legion Wave 8 - Springload, Starscream
Springload is very nice, Starscream is pretty good. The rest of the wave is reships, possibly minor redecos, of Optimus Prime and Grimlock.

7th January 2017

8:55pm: Warmachine: Major Beth Maddox as Stevonnie (Steven Universe)

The Warjacks will be Garnet (Firefly), Rainbow Quartz (Lancer) and Sugulite (Ironclad). They're built and primed, but painting will slow down with the approaching start of semester.

3rd January 2017

8:15pm: Review: PRiD Stormshot (Warrior Class wave 9)
Stormshot is pretty good. The rest of wave 9 is redecos.
5:26pm: Sir Missilebottom
One of Trent Troop's Weaponoids. I got it in the simple unpolished plastic, dyed it and painted it. So it's a little fuzzy, but hey, corgis should be fuzzy.

29th December 2016

9:49pm: Review: Comics Capsules for December 2016
December 29, 2016: Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot, Justice League Action, Rejected Princesses Vol 1 , Warlords of Appalachia #1-2, Champions #3, The Totally Awesome Hulk #13, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #14, Invader Zim #16, Blue Beetle #4, Deathstroke #8-9, Hanna-Barbera Future Quest #8, Gold Digger X-Mas Special #10, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #49, My Little Pony Friends Forever #35, Atomic Robo: the Temple of Od #5 (of 5), Transformers Till All Are One #6, Transformers More than Meets the Eye Revolution One-Shot, Optimus Prime #1, Transformers Lost Light #1, The Four Color Comic Book History of Comics #2.

25th December 2016

5:14pm: Transformers: Road Hazard
First Transformers drawing (not counting TFs-as-humans-or-ponies) since 2012, man. Based on this toy.

Function: Warrior
Motto: "War is randomly cruel, so I'm randomly cool."

Everyone reacts to the horrors of war differently, and ROAD HAZARD's reaction seems to be a recklessness verging on suicidal. But, while this has made him an unpopular teammate, his actions arise from a logic as cold as that of his cousin Prowl. Anyone can go at any time for things over which they have no control, but by acting in a seemingly insane fashion he at least stands a better chance of surviving deliberate attempts on his life. And if it keeps everyone at arm's length so that he can never get close enough to his teammates to mourn their deaths, so much the better.

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9th December 2016

11:22pm: The Wicket Witch of the West
Realized today I'd never seen anyone make this visual joke, so I decided to do it.
Not exactly cricket, is it?Collapse )
8:23pm: Reprolabeled Thunderhoof plus a little paint
Just a legitimate businessmoose.Collapse )

30th November 2016

7:56pm: Review: Comics Capsules for November 2016
November 30, 2016: Doctor Strange (movie), Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader, Supermansion Season 1, Vixen Season 2, DC SuperHero Girls Hits and Myths, John Aman: Amazing Man #1-6, The Extraordinary Miniature Man #1, Champions #2, The Totally Awesome Hulk #12, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13, Ms. Marvel #13, Invader Zim #15, Blue Beetle #3, Deathstroke #6-7, Hanna-Barbera Future Quest #7, Mega Princess #1 (of 5), Kaijumax Season 2 #6 (of 6), My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #48, My Little Pony Friends Forever #34, Atomic Robo the Temple of Od #4, Revolution #4-5 (of 5), Transformers: Till All Are One Revolution One-Shot, Transformers: Till All Are One #5, The Four Color Comic Book History of Comics #1 (of 6).

22nd November 2016

9:51pm: Review: Titans Return Alpha Trion
Meh. Some good ideas, but not great execution, and this really should have been Lioconvoy or Rampage. A retooled Scourge might have worked better as Alpha Trion, TBH.

19th November 2016

12:43pm: Sebastian Nemo's most horrifying creation
Nemo is one of the warcasters in Warmachine, basically "Tony Stark as an old technomage" sort, and obsessed with lightning. All of his Warjack designs involve lightning somehow. Warbeasts are used by some of the factions...so what if he decided to breed a Warbeast? Well, this.

15th November 2016

10:15pm: Kitbash: Brayniac 5

7th November 2016

11:33pm: Polaridot - Peridot as Polaris (Lorna Dane)
My scanned decided it no longer wanted to work now that I've updated to Sierra, so this is a phone pic with a lot of magic wanding.
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6:52pm: Third Parties Ain't Gonna Get Big
The United States has a two-party system, and looking at history, I don't see that really changing. It's not how we do things.

Think about it. It's been Republicans and Democrats holding almost all the power between them since the 1850s, and the Republicans are really just a renamed wing of the Whigs. If the GOP splintered and the Tea Party split off on its own and took over most of the GOP seats, it'd be about what happened to the Whigs. Since the Republicans devoured their Whiggish host body, it's been just the two parties.

Successful third parties have popped up every so often (Free Silver, Know Nothing, Populist, Bull Moose, Reform, etc), but they did not displace either Republicans or Democrats. Some collapsed because they were single-issue or single-candidate and the moment passed (successfully or unsuccessfully).

But the inevitable fate of a successful third party in this country is not to displace one of the Big Two: it's absorption. One of the two majors will alter its platform enough to attract the base of the third party, and be thereby changed. The Democrats absorbed Populists and Socialists and became far more left-leaning and big-government in the 1920s and 1930s. There was a rumbling that Dixiecrats might split off and form their own deal in the 60s and 70s, but the GOP absorbed them and changed. And so forth. The parties might coast on their guaranteed ballot spots for decades afterwards, but they've essentially become places for failed Democrats or Republicans to go in order to at least say they were on the general election ballot. (i.e. such Libertarian values as can be mainstreamed have already been absorbed by the GOP, leaving behind the cranks and ego-cases.)

If you like a third party, it might feel good to vote for them, but you might have a better chance of seeing your goals met long term by trying to pressure Democratic or Republican candidates into adopting the values of the third party instead. (ETA: But not the Libertarians or Greens, they've been sucked dry already. You'd just be voting for a husk.)
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