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Work is a 4 letter word! (16th Dec 15 at 11:01pm UTC)Quote Reply
Yesterday, I was inspecting a steel panel we buy for a job at work. The thickness was 0.6mm too thin on what was to be 6 gauge steel. I had to start investigating the steel mill tolerances on raw stock and I figured it would probably be within the manufacturer's specifications. It wasn't. I rejected it. I wrote it up. I knew that wasn't a big difference on a piece of steel that thick. It ended up being a critical design feature. Evidently, it mounts some kind of REALLY heavy switch. It was nice to catch a mistake that minor where the engineer agreed with me. Normally, I get a lot of crap. A hole might be a millimeter off and the engineer tries to humiliate me by saying I'm too picky. Keep in mind I don't define how big or small a feature is to be. They do. They still love to tell me I'm wrong for rejecting a part when it doesn't meet what they say it needed to meet. Quite often they err on the side of caution and we end up paying too much for something because they were too lazy to say that a hole can be an inch away from where they designed it to be. This is the world of high tech manufacturing. The world would be perfect for them if I ignored mistakes that they want me to ignore. That's when I remind people that the inspector of the tiles on the space shuttle that crashed was facing 40 indictments and looking at life in prison for falsifying inspection records on the tiles and saying he inspected them when he didn't. Smiley

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (17th Dec 15 at 9:32pm UTC)Quote Reply
Woo hoo! I'm off work until 1/4/2016! All paid time off! I need it!

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (20th Feb 17 at 4:41pm UTC)Quote Reply
I went to work today and couldn't access the software I use to do my job. Smiley I was also a little nauseous because I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Smiley The estimated time to get the software back online was 9AM. Smiley They'd been working on it all night. I took a break at 9AM and then called my doctor's office to setup an appointment. Smiley I don't feel sick, so I figure I should at least rule out cancer or something serious. Smiley Some schools systems are reporting meningitis. Smiley I find out that the estimated fix to the software changed to 3PM. Smiley I decided to just take the rest of the day off without pay and I'm taking tomorrow off as a paid day off to go to the doctor. Smiley I guess Wednesday will be busy for me and I'll have to rush across town to buy the comics I preordered in December. Smiley I'm looking forward to some extra sleep today and tomorrow. Smiley

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 12:33am UTC)Quote Reply
Hopefully the extra downtime you have will help to recover. yikes...menengitis is no joke. That stuff is serious for anybody. Hopefully managable with power antibiotics worst case.

You're getting the new books before I am so you'll probably read it before me. My package won't get here till next week.

Shooter and Joe James together again on a new story should be worth it.
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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 1:19am UTC)Quote Reply
Normally, the lymph nodes that swell up are near an infection. They told me my upper respiratory infection was cleared up in December and I've felt fine except for an occasional itchy throat at about 2PM everyday (at work only). It goes away when I get home. I tell everyone jokingly that we have Legionnaires disease in the HVAC system at work. I don't know what has been going around, but it lingers in everyone who gets it.

It's a strange year at work. It's slow now, but not working for 2 days just means I'll have three days worth of work when I get back. Then I'll have to get across town to pick up the comics on Wednesday. I kinda regret getting the blank cover variants. I should've ordered just one of those.

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 1:25am UTC)Quote Reply
I've never bought blank covers on a comic. I'm partially thinking that no one will want it. I'm partially thinking it'll be the rarest because no one wants it and that could make it worth more to collector's that like convention sketches.

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 2:47pm UTC)Quote Reply
Blank covers irritate the hell out of me. Mostly because of a surprise variant Bongo released last Summer at San Diego. Last San Diego Comicon, I was hunting for any Bongo items they release and I asked one seller who was posting Comicon Exclusives in real time on ebay, if she saw anything from the Bongo Booths. She replied with her phone number and asked me to text her where to walk and what to look for. Ok cool, I thought. So I asked her to pass by the Bongo area to see if they had any exclusives they might be hiding that fans usually have to ask for. She text me back a picture of the booth and a picture of a Simpsons blank Variant cover comic. I got excited because it hadn't been announced online and it was something i've never seen Bongo do before. I asked her if she could score any. A plain blank copy or one with a sketch. She texted back with a picture of the Variant signed and sketched by Matt Groening that was being sold for $100 each there and it was sold as one per person and they would mark their convention badges so people couldn't buy more than one. It was a rough sketch of Bart and Lisa with the Matt's name on the blank cover with the regular Simpsons logo printed on top. I freaked out. Then she texted me and said that I can have it for $750. I was amazed. What a bitch. I would have gone double on the 100 but that 750 just set me off. She did end up selling it to someone else once it got noticed online. Not even a thank you for the tip from the wench.

Since that, I hate blank covers wherever I see them.

I thought American Myth was being over confident by releasing a blank variant for an unknown title. I'm looking at cover pics of the covers online and I don't even see Shooter's name credit on any.
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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 7:41pm UTC)Quote Reply
When dealers ask if I'm looking for anything, I just say "no" or "I'll know when I see it." Dealers see me as keen to what is hot, so they always want to pick my brain to see what interests me. They know that if it interests me, then it must have something unusual going for it. If I'm really looking to get something at a bargain, I do not tell anyone I'm looking for it.

The lady who tried to charge you $750 would never get another dime of my money. A man once said "Screw me over once, shame on you! Screw me over twice, shame on me!" That should be written in stone as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 11:12pm UTC)Quote Reply
I learned alot of lessons from that chick. Mostly to keep my mouth shut when hunting a rare book from any greedy bimbo dealer at Comicon. I think she replied with a "Gosh, I never would have known about that exclusive if you hadn't pointed it out!" Yea bitch, me either. *sigh*

I actually had an old friend at the same convention but I didn't think to ask him about it during the hunt. He later said to me, "you should have told me and I would have gotten it for you!" I felt it was too much money for 100 to ask him right at the spot right there though. The ones i've seen since, people have been slabbing on cgc.

Side note, Bongo is cancelling so many books now and just going straight to digital. Even they can't afford to print on paper anymore. {Embarassed}
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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 11:17pm UTC)Quote Reply
They were some of the last comics I saw still being sold at grocery stores. Archie Digests still get distributed, but Bongo was the last comics I saw.

I have a problem with any comic that is a convention exclusive to one city or one store.

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (21st Feb 17 at 11:37pm UTC)Quote Reply
Bongo I only see through Barnes & Noble for their newsstand versions. Marvel stopped their newsstands there years ago. Only DC, Titan and Archie are left there. And random UK Magazine comics.
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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (22nd Feb 17 at 12:10am UTC)Quote Reply
Books-a-Million is such a mess that I can't even tell what's new anymore. They may be getting from Diamond now.

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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (22nd Feb 17 at 4:00pm UTC)Quote Reply
I've never been to a BAM store. There's none around me. I remember "Borders" would have spinner racks before they closed.
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Re: Work is a 4 letter word! (24th Feb 17 at 9:07am UTC)Quote Reply
Books-A-Million has switched things up several times. They've never been as upscale as Borders or Barne's & Noble.

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