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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Diorama Updates

Sorry, but I've been a little tied up.

As readers here know, I have been diligently constructing 1:12 scale dioramas for my son's action figure photography hobby he posts on Instagram. My last post on this showed the beginning stages of a warehouse and dock. Since then I have completed the warehouse and dock, an X-Men-style "Danger Room", and most recently a sort of indispensable superhero prop.....the ubiquitous high-tech containment chamber! Here are some shots of them all along with some background info and some posed characters (some of which have also been modified):

No, not a diorama, but the real thing. I loved the look, color and vintage feel of this old, fading wall advertisement and wanted to use something like it for the side wall near the outside of the dock.

I also found this T-shirt for Marvel fans advertising "Fogwell's Gym"......which is the business I wanted to feature on my wall, so..........

Here's how it turned out. All flat surfaces here started out as insulation foam, and then were glued, shaped, and painted. And yes, doing those bricks was a monotonous BITCH!

My son also got a relatively in-scale truck to use by the dock that came with a forklift. Unfortunately it was noticeably undersized and would not accommodate a 6" figure......until I modified it as seen in this photo. It works perfectly in scale now. You can also see parts of the dock door and truck.

And here is how it all comes together for a posed shot. Here Daredevil is seen leaping into action to infiltrate whatever illegal shipping is going on.

And here is the Danger Room. It too is made primarily of foam, but certain random panels are sheets of metal glued to the wall and painted so that accessories which I rigged with supermagnets can be added as desired or removed. Even the door is removable and can be replaced with open doors and a white hallway behind.

A training session at the X Mansion! 

Here's a close-up showing Nightcrawler skirting across the ceiling while Cyclops and Rogue watch from the control room. I added removable supermagnets to the soles of Nightcrawler's three-toed feet.

Here is the humble origin of the containment chamber. It is a prop chamber from the old X-Files Movie figures  and used to house an alien/human hybrid. I extended it and changed out the resin-looking sides with clear glass and ......

Here it is all complete. There are now all sorts of little goodies to use inside as the needs arise. 

I designed it so that it can accommodate a larger figure like Sabretooth or Omega Red and still be able to work with more average-sized characters.

This shows how the doors open.

And here are a few "scenes"......which are the point behind doing all this.

Our goal is to tell a story of sorts.....just like panels in a comic book.

I was also thrilled that after I was done, I saw our "Weapon X"-Wolverine on his base, and the whole thing fit snugly inside the unit I made like I had planned it......which I did not. 

But tell me......planned or accidental good luck......isn't this cool? (And X-men fans knows what happens next in THIS little story!)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Expectations & reality

Well I suppose it's time to finally write about some DD. As you may recall I had a nasty 2000-spank punishment coming for upsetting Ana on Christmas. And while things didn't exactly move along swiftly, the full punishment has been given. In fact, it happened a fair while ago and I just didn't feel like writing about it. 

Recently Dan has been having a good discussion going about consistency and striving for whatever we all want our DD arrangement to be. And while I am only human and have these same goals, I have found they never quite work out like we would wish them to...or more accurately....expect them to.

Take the Christmas Slip punishment as a real life example. If you scroll back you can read how everyone was totally on board with this. Ana pronounced a devastating number, I sent Rosa a personal note (approved by Ana) and Rosa was in total agreement with her daughter about my culpability. So naturally things just sped right off after that and I got multiple installments on sequential days making my punishment almost unendurable just as everyone seemed to want, right? Nope.

It took a long time for Rosa to be in the right frame of mind to begin and several days passed with the slip sitting on our dresser, but when she did, she did so with a nasty 400 in one round! 
A terrible shot of the aftermath!

I tried again to capture the color....which if seen in person or in a mirror was spectacular.....but to no avail. I will be discussing this photo issue  in another post.

I was so sore the next day, I dreaded round 2. But I had nothing to fear. One thing after another delayed the second installment until I was pretty much recovered.....which while beneficial for me personally....was not the intention behind a 2000 spank punishment. 

A couple of days later, Rosa made up for the delay with two separate installments of 300 each! Still nasty, but not as bad as if I had gotten them the next day. I related the developments to Ana, since this was her punishment, and she said that she was actually okay with the delay as long as the spankings themselves were appropriately punitive....which they were.

After the 600 spank session, Rosa did order another installment the next day, and as expected, it was unbearable! So much so that I could not help wriggling like an eel on a ship deck and no amount of reprimand or personal effort could stop my reactions. Rosa even asked me outright about the excessive flailing and I just told her how it felt to get spanked on top of a pretty sore bottom. She understood and continued for a bit, but I think she was unhappy about having a nearly 200 pound tuna flopping on her lap and consequently ended the spanking after 150.......which is rare for us.

Then several days passed again before I got another 400. And oddly enough, when I got the last 450 the following day, for some reason I was able to handle it without the fuss I had made previously. 

I really think taking a hard punishment spanking is partly physical but also very psychological. If I am in a certain frame of mind, I find I can take a hard punishment better than a moderate one if I am in the wrong frame of mind. Anyway, that ended the Christmas punishment.

We also began the long overdue year-end slips, but have a ways to go on that.....and as described above, life is just firmly dedicated to interfering.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you out there with "stinging tails"....and those who provide the "sting"!

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"Two-word Offensive"

Betcha can't guess the two words that fuck us all of the time.

On a day best known for the "three most important words in the English language: 'I LOVE YOU' ", my other thought for today is a bit of discussion about a common two-word phrase we hear more and more often that is completely offensive. I've noticed that the older  I get, the less I mind "fuck you" and the more I loathe: "please wait".

It seems that the more of a hurry I am in, the less of a hurry is everyone...and everything else in! I've never been a patient person and age has not imparted any additional patience, because as I get older the less time I feel I have left to get everything done that I want to accomplish.....and I have no tolerance for indolence.

The dangerous aspect of this issue for me is that impatience is a punishable offense around here and my fidgety, crotchety annoyance with waiting has, and does, often put me in a position where the only thing I have to worry about waiting for is the next stinging smack. ;-) So, I do try to be careful.......BUT.....ARGH! Why can't everyone just move along at a reasonable clip?

But besides lethargic people, the WORST is when some electronic device tells you to "please wait"! You can't even yell at the fucking thing! ( Well I suppose you can......but it's not going to hear me. Unless it's Alexa....and so far she hasn't learned how to recommend a spanking.) 

Anyway, that's my position. If any of you out there wish to recommend that I strive for personal change and just learn to accept life at a slower pace, fair enough. I'll eventually try................please wait.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hiking in winter

Yesterday Rosa and I went for a hike in Hacklebarney State Park. It was admittedly a chilly day to be walking about but it was a good workout. And while winter strips nature of its leafy green clothing, it also eliminates annoying insects, while providing an entirely different sort of natural beauty.

Trees don't need leaves to be interesting.

While the trek was enjoyable in and of itself, the best part might have been the great mood it put Rosa in! I teased her that while we always joke about her being a "Piggy-Girl" that her demeanor after a long hike is more akin to a house-bound puppy who has just been taken for a walk. It resulted in us enjoying the entire day together, even after we got home. (There was even a bit of spanking tossed in!)


Friday, February 8, 2019

Albert Finney

I saw the news today that Albert Finney passed away at 82. Finney managed to make his way into some of my all-time favorite movies, like Murder on the Orient Express, Big Fish, and one of my annual St. Patrick's Day "must see"s......Miller's Crossing. He even did the  voice for the father in Corpse Bride. 

Others might remember him for Annie or Scrooge, and who could ever forget him as Tom Jones? As adept on stage as in front of a camera, he was a powerful presence in whatever he did.

I can pretty much guarantee a toast to his memory tonight.....and definitely before our viewing of Miller's Crossing this St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Missed opportunity

No, I don't mean her not appearing in the Super Bowl Halftime Show, I'm talking about her name. If you are going to call yourself "Cardi", how disappointing is it to then make your last name "B" instead of "O"? Would that have been so hard? Just think if she decided to make an exercise video: The Cardi O Workout!

Actually, I personally think "Yak" would be even better. I mean just imagine the headlines if she ever got apprehended for drug use? "ILLEGAL DRUGS RESULT IN CARDI YAK ARREST". 

I realize that merely having a clown in the White House should be a great source of comic entertainment, but it has turned out to be just the opposite: nauseating tragedy or infuriating mendacity on a daily basis. And as such I believe we need to exploit every opportunity for humor to compensate. If Ms. B would now just kindly consider a name change.....or in her case, even a single letter change.....we would have at least one more thing to snicker at.

Personally I had no idea who this person was before her name started popping up in headlines and I am certain none of her songs have ever been played on my radio station. But as long as someone deems her newsworthy, I expect to see her continue to be mentioned.......and each time I will sigh with disappointment at the missed opportunity for a bit of nomenclature levity. Not to mention a place of honor among those whose entertaining names have gone before: Rip Torn, Slim Pickens, Armand Hammer, & Red Buttons to name a few.