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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-08-14 20:29
Subject: Fantasy Flight
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Tags:airplanes, comic books, dc comics, fandom, fantasy, film, flight, harry potter, ideas, magic, mathematics, movies, nascar, speed, superheroes, superman

Superman 2 was on one of the TV networks we get this afternoon, and I have to say it hasn't aged as well as I expected.  It got me thinking about things like speed and how we perceive motion.

I'm about average size for a human being.  If I went like the Man of Steel and flew at a rate of my own body's "flight length" per second, that's only about 5 mph--or jogging speed.  Just to put this in perspective:

* A WW1 biplane fighter at combat speed travels at five times its length per second.

* A WW2 heavy bomber or transport plane at cruise speed will also be moving at about five times its length per second.  (Because of the difference in size compared to the smaller planes of WW1, this would mean double the actual speed!)

* A WW2 fighter at its combat speed would go 15 times its length per second.

* A modern fighter jet at Mach 1 would be moving 25 times its length per second.

* A NASCAR or LeMans race car at 200 miles per hour goes nearly 20 times its length per second.

We don't think of these things when we watch fantasy movies (or sci-fi space opera) because we don't want to suspend our disbelief.  When Harry Potter is on his broomstick we don't clock his progress because he's moving at the speed of plot, not 45 miles per hour.


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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-08-09 00:16
Subject: Lest You Think That My Only Gundam Activity Lately Had To Do With Duel Company
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Tags:anime, facebook, friends, gundam, models, research addict, robots

Because of GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS, and Bandai's HG Customize Campaign that came with it, I was spurred into accelerating a program that had been on my mind for years: MS Team RedLegger, a sort of tribute to a friend of mine.  I bought a few HGUC kits in the hopes that they'd be compatible with kits and models I already own...and in some ways they are and in some ways they aren't.

Part 1 of this build will be "Gundam RedLegger", based mainly on the 0080-issue Gundam Alex, which I hope to combine with some components from the 08th MS Team Gundam EZ8 and the HGUC GM Custom.  When I opined on Facebook that I'd want to get more HGUC parts, I was pointed to and their system for buying sprues ala carte.  And then I found and the scans of HGUC instruction sheets, where I could see for myself what parts were on what sprues.

The real art is figuring out which kits have the best combinations...and which issues have complete sprues.  And then matching what you need with what's likely to be available.

I'm trying hard not to rush myself.  I don't know when I'll start cutting plastic on what I have.  I just want to be sure I'm doing something nobody else already has.


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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-08-05 20:18
Subject: FreeWill And My. Little. Pony.
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Tags:animals, anime, astrology, fantasy, gundam, horoscope, horses, japan, mythology, robots, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of August 7, 2014

Lake Superior State University issues a "Unicorn Questing Privilege" to those people who are interested in hunting for unicorns. Are you one of them? I wouldn't be surprised if you felt an urge like that in the coming weeks. Unusual yearnings will be welling up in you. Exotic fantasies may replace your habitual daydreams. Certain possibilities you have considered to be unthinkable or unattainable may begin to seem feasible. Questions you have been too timid to ask could become crucial for you to entertain. (You can get your Unicorn Questing License here.)

I'm already trying to build the perfect beast in the form of the Gundam RedLegger mobile suit.  It doesn't need to be a Unicorn...those are already done.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-08-03 18:58
Subject: Can't Really Kick
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Tags:anime, california, fandom, fantasy, friends, japan, macross, mospeada, robotech, science-fiction, stupidity, tv

Over the course of my time here at LiveJournal, I've posted 55 times related to the show ROBOTECH.  Yes, you'd think I'd have had an interest in the Kickstarter for Harmony Gold's ROBOTECH ACADEMY project--

--And you'd be completely wrong.

The problem is that the concept of ROBOTECH is obsolete on a number of levels.  It does pain me to say that but it's true and I won't deny it.  Harmony Gold is being very stupid with their choices, everybody knows it, and Harmony Gold is being very stupid about that too.  It's a lot of playground bickering on all sides, and I'm staying the heck out of it because I know my opinion means nothing.

It's about fandom relationships more than anything else.  When a producer is intent on making everybody into one another's enemies, it's better to lay down your arms and walk away than to stick around for the crossfire.  This isn't worth my time.


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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-07-22 11:04
Subject: FreeWill Sprints Off The Line
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Tags:astrology, dance, horoscope, music, rock, rolling stones, the future, time, travel, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 24, 2014

"If I seem free, it's because I'm always running." So said Sagittarian musician Jimi Hendrix, widely regarded as one of the most inventive and electrifying guitarists who ever lived. Does that prospect have any appeal to you, Sagittarius? I don't, of course, recommend that you keep running for the rest of your long life. After a while, it will be wise to rest and ruminate. But I do think it might be illuminating to try this brazen approach for a week or two. If it feels right, you might also want to mix in some dancing and skipping and leaping with your running.

While there is nothing wrong with running, and I'd do it more if I had a safe place to do it, I'm more inclined to see the wisdom of yet another Sagittarian rock guitarist--Keith Richards--who very famously said that he would walk before they made him run. :)

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-07-21 13:42
Subject: Mobile Enough To Suit?
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Tags:anime, games, gundam, japan, otaku, robots, war, wargames, wargaming, weirdness

Thanks to me having a Bandai Channel account for years, I've been able to finagle a Bandai Namco account, which gives me the benefit of allowing me to play GUNDAM: DUEL COMPANY when the game still has yet to be released to the North American market.

This is my Troop's homescreen.

This is my card bank as it was yesterday.  (There have been changes.)  All my current cards are "Rental" cards, which means I got them for free but they aren't worth anything.  I wish I could get codes for the Promo cards, but nobody who's got them is sharing.

This is a typical Formation screen, where you lay out your Troop cards to make Platoons for combat.  It's good that everything's in English, else I'd be totally lost.

The results of my first practice battle the other day.  I'm now in a multi-player Conquest campaign.  Currently my Troop is #8 in a 32-Troop Army, with more than 100 kills so far.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-07-16 00:24
Subject: FreeWill Gets Scientific
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Tags:astrology, horoscope, learning, life, the future, thinkers, truth, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 17, 2014

"There is no such thing as a failed experiment," said author and inventor Buckminster Fuller, "only experiments with unexpected outcomes." That's the spirit I advise you to bring to your own explorations in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Your task is to try out different possibilities to see where they might lead. Don't be attached to one conclusion or another. Be free of the drive to be proven right. Instead, seek the truth in whatever strange shape it reveals itself. Be eager to learn what you didn't even realize you needed to know.

I don't want to proven right.  I want to be proven wrong, in the most spectacular, anecdotal, legendary manner there could possibly be.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-07-08 22:48
Subject: FreeWill: (Not) Speaking Of Things...
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Tags:astrology, dreams, family, horoscope, the future, what do you have to say?, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 10, 2014

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
In one of her poems, Adrienne Rich addresses her lover: "That conversation we were always on the edge / of having, runs on in my head." Is there a similar phenomenon in your own life, Sagittarius? Have you been longing to thoroughly discuss certain important issues with a loved one or ally, but haven't found a way to do so? If so, a breakthrough is potentially imminent. All of life will be conspiring for you to speak and hear the words that have not yet been spoken and heard but very much need to be.

I think the reason I always see my brother (and less often than him, my sister) in my dreams is because on those few occasions when we do get together, we don't have the opportunity or inclination to get into the heavy subject matters.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-07-05 15:32
Subject: Fifteen Meg On A Deadframe's Chest...
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...Yo ho ho and a pitcher of tea.

Got an external case for the hard drive of the long-departed computer FrankIntel's Monster today. And the old drive still seems to work. I hooked it up to Precious, got my Aidfile Recovery Pro running, and it was recognizing old data...

...but wouldn't actually start recovering the data without me bubbling in my activation key to Recovery Pro. I thought I'd done that years ago when I obtained the program. My options now: wait till Giveaway of the Day re-offers it and get a new key that way, or pay $70 to Aidfile for a new license to the program. Or hope that one of the OTHER recovery programs also works and has a valid activation key in place.

RUM-inating on the theme for a while.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-07-03 19:34
Subject: Repairings
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Tags:computer, dysfunction, fans, glitches, hardware, work
I accidentally took Precious out of commission while trying to clean out the dust bunnies overnight, so it was in the shop today. The damage: a CPU chip (a second-hand replacement) and a fan for it. $100, mostly for labor.

Now I'm trying to get caught back up to things. I probably won't do too much of this's supposed to be vacation time!
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-29 12:51
Subject: In Memory Of...
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Tags:cbs, crime, criminal minds, death, history, links, military, mystery, tv, video, vietnam, violence, war
Meshach Taylor as the Sergeant on CRIMINAL MINDS.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-23 20:14
Subject: Knock Knock On The Door/Who's It For?
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Tags:boredom, games, interests, money, quality of life, time
So I gave up Publishers Clearinghouse for Lent and went back to it after Easter and got really bored with it of late.  Since the current Superprize wrapped up today, I'm throwing in the towel for a while.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-18 00:12
Subject: FreeWill: Doctor Scribbles Strikes Again
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Tags:astrology, evil, horoscope, the future, weirdness, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of June 19, 2014

"Make a name for the dark parts of you," writes Lisa Marie Basile in her poem "Paz." I think that's good advice for you, Sagittarius. The imminent future will be an excellent time to fully acknowledge the shadowy aspects of your nature. More than that, it will be a perfect moment to converse with them, get to know them better, and identify their redeeming features. I suspect you will find that just because they are dark doesn't mean they are bad or shameful. If you approach them with love and tenderness, they may even reveal their secret genius.

Doctor Scribbles has been rather restive lately.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-12 14:42
Subject: The Whirled Cup
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Tags:football, games, soccer, sports

My layman's commentary on the rather obscure and little-regarded sports tournament that just got underway:

* The Rattlesnakes (Team U.S.A.) are in a very rough group with powerhouse nations Germany, Ghana and Portugal.  They'll need to play some epic stuff to advance...and if they do, the likelihood of a showdown with the Russians in the round of 16 is very high.

* I think it's a foregone conclusion that home team Brazil will advance and then dominate their bracket.  For possible "dark horses" for the title match I see Spain, Uruguay or maybe Argentina.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-10 14:21
Subject: Randomnity
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Tags:auto repair, battletech, dad, dessert, facebook, fantasy, games, heat, music, random, seasons, summer, truck, wargames, what do you have to say?, who am i

* The Public Radio station is playing the Lord of the Rings Symphony as I'm writing this.

* Dad just installed the window air conditioner unit, and it works.

* I frosted the cupcakes for Dad's Bible study group tomorrow.

* When I looked up my own name on a search through my data base for a graphic I've already shared here, I found a reference in a Battletech e-book.  I'm a Steiner.  I don't know how I feel about that.

* We await word from our mechanic on the status of Dad's pickup truck.  A stud in one of the wheel mounts failed, and the other studs for that wheel mount were in bad shape, so he's replacing the lot.

* I'm dabbling with Bitstrips on Facebook...but it doesn't seem to be habit-forming, yet.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-10 11:59
Subject: FreeWill: She's a Frozen Fire...
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Tags:art, astrology, horoscope, ideas, life, the future, thinkers, work, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of June 12, 2014

Novelist Herman Melville wrote that in order to create art, "unlike things must meet and mate." Like what? "Sad patience" and "joyous energies," for example; both of them are necessary, he said. "Instinct and study" are crucial ingredients, as well as humility and pride, audacity and reverence, and "a flame to melt" and a "wind to freeze." Based on my interpretation of the astrological omens, Sagittarius, I believe you will soon need to meld opposites like these as you shape that supreme work of art -- your life.

...She's my one desire!
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-06-05 14:33
Subject: One Good Reason
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Tags:cats, comics, destruction, humor, robots, violence
Originally posted by dieselsweet at One Good Reason

At least he's constructed better than Snoopy's doghouse.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-05-27 18:11
Subject: Money That Isn't, Quite
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Tags:car chase, cars, geoeconomics, models, money, shopping, stuff i want, tourism, tourists, toys

I won a $50 gift card for in a sweepstakes over the weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending it.

Because of the event, I decided to look at a bunch of quasi-gift cards I received from car dealerships for and (which are one and the same company!) that I've had for years.  They're still "good" because I hadn't "spent" them.

The business model of American Sales Industries is kind of hard to grasp.  You can't exactly buy direct from them like a normal have to have been issued a prize card, usually from a car dealership sales event or some other such promotion.  The dollar amount shown on the card doesn't mean an actual cash value: it's quasi-credit for inflated prices on the catalog of items, whose actual retail value matches the "shipping and handling" fees, which the consumer has to pay out of pocket (the prize amount then only sets a limit on what you can buy, but doesn't go towards buying anything!).  So to actually get "$500" of use out of a prize card, you'd have to spend probably $50 to $100 of real money yourself.

So what's in the catalog?  Basically the same kind of stuff you find in the tourist-trap stores like Golden Eagle and Lily's...but not as many of them.  Steak knives.  Travel mugs.  Little tool sets you can keep in your car.  Chintzy jewelery and cheap watches. Tote bags and gunny sacks.  Obsolete electronics and software.

In theory, my "$1550" in collected quasi-credit would get me 38 of their RC model cars.  But I'd have to spend about $645 in real money for the shipping and handling.  That's why I haven't used the cards yet.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2014-05-27 13:40
Subject: FreeWill: Want Not, Waste Not?
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Tags:astrology, childhood, horoscope, life, livejournal, love, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of May 29, 2014

"Longing, what is that? Desire, what is that?" Those are questions Louise Gluck asks in her poem "Prism." Does she really not know? Has she somehow become innocent again, free from all her memories of what longing and desire have meant to her in the past? That's what I wish for you right now, Sagittarius. Can you do it? Can you enter into beginner's mind and feel your longing and desire as if they were brand new, just born, as fresh and primal as they were at the moment you fell in love for the first time? If you can manage it, you will bestow upon yourself a big blessing.

Just when you are grateful for what you have, life throws something new at you?

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