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Black-capped Chickadee, Digitally Remastered Version March 30, 2018

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This better reflects my vision of how the painting should have been.  The original and all existing copies have been burned.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee March 29, 2018

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Shame I’ve been traveling without any paints, because you can’t see the gorgeous color on this guy’s back.

This is the fourth and final chickadee. Now that I’m done I’m going to go back and screw up all of the originals before doing a bunch of over-hyped prequels which will totally suck.

Boreal Chickadee March 28, 2018

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Horned Lark March 27, 2018

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Bird March 21, 2018

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Mission Statement March 16, 2018

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Weird Al is a genius. This video is chock full of business buzzwords. Dilbert would be proud.

Dank Leopold/Trump Meme March 14, 2018

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I guess it’s from a contest last year, but I’m always behind the times. I LOLed. The Bugs Bunny “Long-Haired Hare” is one of my family’s favorites. I had a fantastic-strange disc I bought on ebay that came from the Philippines. It was a CD-Video disc and had Long-Haired Hare, Rabbit of Seville, What’s Opera Doc, Hillbilly Hare and a few more. It was always an adventure to try to figure out how to get it to play in the DVD player without stopping after each number.

Quite a few years ago we were singing a hymn in church (“We Are All Enlisted”) and there is a note that you hold for a couple of beats and then drop it down (like it’s hot) for the fermata. When the note dropped, I put my hand down and wiggled my finger and my kids all lost it at the thought of Bugs doing “Leopold.” Now I have to sit in front of the congregation and when that hymn comes along, I don’t dare look at my family or I will certainly start laughing. Anyway, I hope the guy who thought this up won something.

Employment Situation, March 2018 March 9, 2018

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Another month, another Employment Situation Summary report. This month showed a slight increase in the standard IB metric. Not awe-inspiring, but better than 2016, which was basically flat for the entire year.

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On the other hand, manufacturing jobs are on fire:

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What a yuge difference from 2016.

Gethsemane March 7, 2018

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I made a copy of a piece by a guy named Jorge Cocco Santángelo. I’ve never given Cubism much thought, but something about this one struck me. I realized in the process that focusing closely enough to make a copy means focusing closely enough to notice things you would otherwise miss, like how the cubist composition means all the elements of the scene are bound together. I thought I might try my own original design, and quickly realized I was in over my head. I have a newfound respect for Cubism after doodling a copy for a few hours.

Get Off My Lawn March 6, 2018

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Goodbye, Old Paint March 4, 2018

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I should have burned it, or shot it, or something dramatic, but it just went in the dumpster. I’ve had it since probably the mid-eighties. It belonged to my younger brother for a few winters and then he didn’t want it anymore and I claimed it. It became my cold weather “dirty jobs” coat. Many oil changes and much chain-sawing have been taken care of in this coat. The zipper gave way a year or so ago (see safety pins in picture).

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Dave Stuff March 2, 2018

Posted by daveintexas in Ballistics, Crime, Ducks, Entertainment, Handblogging, History, Law, Man Laws, Mufuckin Pie!, Sex, Sidebar Flag Bullshit.
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I try to use descriptive, catchy post titles.

Anyway the weather was nice last Sunday so I decided it was time to power wash the deck area and hang up some lights to make the place all cheery and shit.

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I know, gross right? Spider webs, bugs, leaves, dirt

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Much better.

I know all this stuff gets made in China (or somewhere in Asia).  Christmas lights are not particularly complex so if there was a manual I ignored it like I do complicated stuff where I really should RTFM but still won’t.

But the vendor in it’s relationship with Amazon insisted that I get this information via the following email, including a an explanation of why these lights might not be exactly the “white warmness” I might have been expecting, AND a warranty and a sincere promise to resolve any customer dissatisfaction accompanied with a plea to please not rat them out on the item page.

I realize their English is much better than my Mandarin but these things are just so fun.

First, an Important notice regarding the warm white color (as advertised)

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A friendly greeting, an interesting explanation of why the product might not be exactly what I ordered but yet “It is not wrong item sent if you receive the color difference version”

It is definitely warm white if you compare it with white version, or maybe Slublog.

Then some handy instructions for troubleshooting.

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If bulb burns out, replace bulb. It will turn on.

And then a promise to resolve any problem but please don’t bust our balls with bad remark on item page.

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They did say please and kindly so were I disappointed with the warmth of whiteness I would reach out to them before posting an irate customer thing.  Besides I never do that cause everybody looks like an asshole when they do.

Besides, I think they’re quite warm and I am satisfied.

Thank you, MZD8391 Customer Service Team!