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lake_wrangler wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:48 pm I don't believe your teeth are much older than 65... ;)
That depends on when you start counting their age. As "tooth buds" they're as old as the rest of me, but if you want to count from the first time they saw the light of day, I imagine they're between 55 and 60.

The ones which would have been 65 by now have long since been shed, and traded to the Tooth Fairy for various small bits of coinage.
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Dave wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:53 pm
FreeFlier wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:31 amThere are also kits for temporary (until you get to the dentist) relief of toothache.

Sorry, I can't suggest any specific ones, since I haven't used one in twenty years or more.
The ones I've seen are usually based on eugenol (clove oil), sometimes diluted and/or in a carrier of some sort. Dentists also use eugenol.
That's what I was thinking, but I wasn't sure enough to say that.

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hyunji wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:59 am
Alkarii wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:15 pm Thankfully, there are mouthwashes specifically made to help with toothaches.
Wow, that's good news. Could you please suggest to me a good one? Having an awful toothache for a week...
Oragel makes one (white bottle, red label), and you can also use a 50/50 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide.
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Does anyone know of a good video editing software that is free and easy to use and figure out without needing to wade through a ton of different videos that are actually irrelevant?

Folks have recommended OBS, but OBS is only for recording and streaming, not editing, and I need to record and edit.
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Alkarii wrote: Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:08 pm Does anyone know of a good video editing software that is free and easy to use and figure out without needing to wade through a ton of different videos that are actually irrelevant?

Folks have recommended OBS, but OBS is only for recording and streaming, not editing, and I need to record and edit.
Haven't looked at video editing software lately - been doing a fair amount of transcoding, but that's not editing...

Googling, i found some articles that purport to list the best free video editing software { they seem to like Lightshot}:

https://www.shopify.com/blog/best-free- ... g-software
https://www.techradar.com/best/free-vid ... g-software
https://www.creativebloq.com/buying-gui ... g-software

Also, i found a couple packages that sound as if they might possibly be good; i used VSDC manymany years agone, but i really don't remember much about it:

https://www.openshot.org/
https://www.videosoftdev.com/
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Personally, I use Kdenlive. Been doing so on and off for several years, already (i.e. been using it for years, but not regularly...) It's a very good piece of software, available for Linux, MacOS and Windows. Plenty of features, but not hard to use.
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I tried OpenShot, and I couldn't find anything like a record button, and anything I recorded with OBS wouldn't have the audio when I previewed it using OpenShot.

I might try Lightshot later today. I can't do it right this second because I have a hiring event to go to.
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Well, since it seems to be a pain in the butt to get anyone to hire me, I'm strongly considering becoming a substitute teacher. My mom does it, and apparently it's really easy to do, and she decides what days she goes in to sub teach... Which most of the time has just been babysitting.

If I can do that, I'm also considering looking inti whether or not one of the local technical universities has courses for game design/development.
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If there's a labor shortage, then why the hell are employers being stingy about giving people jobs when they meet the posted requirements?
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Usually because they have the candidate they want but were required by legal to post the opening anyway.

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I'm at the Arkansas Comic Convention with my sister's oldest kid. I'd never been to a convention before now, and I learned something really important about conventions:

They're boring as hell.
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Alkarii wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 12:49 pmI'm at the Arkansas Comic Convention with my sister's oldest kid. I'd never been to a convention before now, and I learned something really important about conventions:

They're boring as hell.
They can be . . . it depends on what they're about, how interested you are in that, who's there, and how tolerant of crowds you are.

Also on the attitude of the other attendees.

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...and on whether you're the Chairman and you have to deal with uncooperative hotel personnel and psychotic writers...
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Yeah. It was pretty much just people selling stuff that was mostly overpriced.

In other news, I managed to get a shift and start date scheduled at the Amazon warehouse. I'm expecting to start on the 6th. However, I have several other active applications, and I'm gonna keep looking anyway, so I can find something full or part time that will allow me to have weekends off, or at least get off work at a reasonable time on Saturdays.

I'm also thinking about getting into 3D printing, and making custom tabletop miniatures and terrain, as well as other accessories, and seeing if I can turn a profit.
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Looks like I'm going to have to learn how to use mom's sewing machine. I checked the stitching on my 10'x10' tarp, and... It's terrible. It's all single stitched with thread that looks pretty thin, and the lazy turd at the factory didn't even properly tie knots at the end of the threads, so there's a lot of places where the thread is just hanging loose.
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Alkarii wrote: Sat Oct 02, 2021 4:20 pm Looks like I'm going to have to learn how to use mom's sewing machine. I checked the stitching on my 10'x10' tarp, and... It's terrible. It's all single stitched with thread that looks pretty thin, and the lazy turd at the factory didn't even properly tie knots at the end of the threads, so there's a lot of places where the thread is just hanging loose.
You've never learned to use a thread injector* before? Shame on you! That's such a useful skill to have!

I've fixed pants (both by sewing patches on, and by sewing seams that had come apart), made myself some sand bags for exercising (from worn out jeans, for strength, lined with shower curtain plastic, to prevent dust from flying out), fixed various bags and bike bags, and went so far as to make myself a hammock from scratch, thanks to some plans found on the internet, using some inexpensive nylon tarps I had found (that was somewhere between late 2014 and early 2015, and I have used that hammock on every bicycle trip since, and still use it today, even though I don't currently travel by bike much, having regained the weight I had lost a while back, but that's another story...)


* This is the term used over at the Hammock Forums, since I guess "real men don't sew", or some such...
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Well, there was a time in 8th grade (the 2001-2002 school year) where we had a short course on using a sewing machine, and we were supposed to make a drawstring bag, but I've forgotten how to set up and use one.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to make the bag and got a bad grade because my parents ignored me when I said I needed to get the stuff to make one.
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I wouldn't be surprised if using a sewing machine was much like riding a bicycle... you never quite forget how...

If you do have access to a sewing machine, just try to locate a user's manual for it, to figure out how to thread it, and the rest should come in fairly easily.
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I learned a little from my mom when I was a kid. I have my aunt's sewing machine, but it doesn't work any more. There's a truncated cone-shaped tire on the power shaft that rides on the flywheel to drive it--that tire hardened with age, and no replacements are available

Anyhow, the details of making things out of fabric can get complicated, but the machines are easy to operate. You just pin the fabric together, line it up with the needle, and stomp the pedal switch. Or start rocking the treadle if you've got a really old machine. :mrgreen:

Good luck. I'd bet there's enough tips and instructions on the web to last you five lifetimes.
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