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I try and bring up how he ruined free in state tuition in the name of hippie bashing when he was California’s governor often, but don’t exactly have the biggest platform.
"Worst of all, these students’ sense of the future is constrained by planning for and then paying down their student loans, often for decades. Economists are waking up to the fact that when young Americans enter the workforce burdened with over a trillion dollars in cumulative debt, they become risk averse, unwilling to move, less able to make major purchases, and slower to become homeowners. Not coincidentally, they don’t feel safe enough to register any major protests against the society that’s done this to them.”
Someone else who attends the same local 40k forum as myself looked in on my project thread and commented on how, from him running the math, it would simply be cheaper to buy the base models than convert and kit bash to the extent I do. I countered this sentiment with the following actual math and context (all funds in Canadian Dollars):
You’d think that if you look at each in isolation, but with bit/kit spill over between projects, baring “time spent” as a cost, it comes out to less when you hash out the final math.
Two Forgefiends, for example, would normally come to $164 plus tax. A one Fiend and a Dreadknight, however, comes to $146.50, saving $17.50 right there. But then components from both those kits (baby-on-board termie, lasher tendrils) get combined with other bits on-hand to make a Warp Smith, valued by GW at $36, and generally turning out nicer in my opinion, bringing us to $53.50 better value than invested. And that’s not even factoring other bits I have set aside to make other magnetized weapon options, such as the Heavy Conversion Beamer whom which the idea of I am flirting with.
Likewise, the cost of straight up buying a Decimator Daemon Engine (plus arms, those come separate) would be around $103 plus shipping, plus tariffs, plus wait time. Helbrute and a Sentinel? $101, plus tax, less league discount, and into my hands as soon as I pass money to the game shop. Left over bits from the Helbrute will likely be combined with a second hand dread with some Green Stuff to yield a low-cost Helbrute conversion, and left overs from the Sentinel will go into a number of other projects as well, including making the chassis from the Manticore I got some time ago to part out to go into bikers into a Storm Chimera, with the Las Cannon being reserved for a weapon swap on the Dark Vengeance re-release. Another pauldron and the power scourge are likely to end up becoming a Magos as well, because why not.
To top it all off, I get to enjoy knowing that most of my conversions are unique and visually interesting, giving me great play value.
It might take me a while to get around to using everything, but everything will eventually be used.
Every part of the space buffalo.
Finally sitting down to start work on the Decimator conversion, using a Helbrute and Sentinel as a base for it, mixing in Heldrake, Soul Grinder, and ‘Nid bits as appropriate. With the legs fully extended it stands a bit taller than it needs to, so I can afford to give it a bit of pose and crouch. I’m also opting to give it a dome helm as opposed to a face. Think of the marines in Star Craft. Going to have to build up the sarcophagus a touch with Green Stuff/Milliput to fill things out properly. Going to have to trim off the “feathering” as well.
The reason why the room was pink was because on black and white film, hues of red become dark shades of black. Pink is the perfect balance to give it that dark creepy grey.
A related fun fact: while old black and white film was under-sensitive to reds, it was correspondingly over-sensitive to greens. Actors whose characters were meant to have unnaturally pale complexions - like Morticia Addams - would often take advantage of this by wearing makeup with a green base tint in order to make their faces “pop”. This is where the modern trope of cartoon vampires having green skin comes from.
These are some fun fucking facts
SkipsDad told me once that one of the nuns that taught at his school did some big cha cha TV appearance and came back with her b/w TV make-up on and she looked “like some kind of space alien.”
Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole.
Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.
"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"
"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”
I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!
The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.
reblogging for more top commentary
They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours.
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.
The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.