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Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

DRINK MORE MOXIE




armorer posted:

Agreed, but that would be "best unboxing" I think.

I looked at the beam and haven't been seeing quite right ever since.

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Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006



Captain Log posted:

Palladium has gotten closer to platinum prices in the past decade because electric car batteries need a shitload of it.

It's also the main wonder ingredient in catalytic converters.

Parts Kit
Jun 9, 2006

durr
i have a hole in my head
durr


Captain Log posted:

Palladium has gotten closer to platinum prices in the past decade because electric car batteries need a shitload of it.
Looking at APMEX, palladium is currently a bit over twice that of platinum, yeouch.

But if you want super rare, Rhodium is apparently over $7,000 an ounce.

Parts Kit
Jun 9, 2006

durr
i have a hole in my head
durr


Also another fun use of platinum and palladium is making really old school photographic prints. You can find tons of examples on GIS for "platinum print." IIRC it's less black and white and more like super super dark purple and white, but that may not show on a computer monitor.

I was tempted to try it during college but the price was insane, like at least $200-$300 for the chems to make ten 8x10 sized prints. Not good when it's a very experimental and temperamental process where you might burn a few sheets to get one good print.

I did get to try gold toner though, which replaces some of the silver in a B&W print with gold atoms. Gives the images a lovely, but very subtle, deep blue tint.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




Parts Kit posted:

Also another fun use of platinum and palladium is making really old school photographic prints. You can find tons of examples on GIS for "platinum print." IIRC it's less black and white and more like super super dark purple and white, but that may not show on a computer monitor.

I was tempted to try it during college but the price was insane, like at least $200-$300 for the chems to make ten 8x10 sized prints. Not good when it's a very experimental and temperamental process where you might burn a few sheets to get one good print.

I did get to try gold toner though, which replaces some of the silver in a B&W print with gold atoms. Gives the images a lovely, but very subtle, deep blue tint.

Ooooooh man I’ve got some googling to do.

Parts Kit
Jun 9, 2006

durr
i have a hole in my head
durr


I also just found out while googling platinum printing that Dan Burkholder is doing platinum printing on transparent vellum that has gold leaf adhered to the back, so you get those rich purples combined with gold highlights.

Now that poo poo is cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsrmHS3R-oM

Fhistleb
Dec 31, 2008

Tell me more about your sandwiches.

Got my box finally... Santee... Why?

I'm working on the album.


Oh cool, look at all the fun... What?


Ohhhhhhkaaaaayy... Cleaning clothes!!!!!


Wrapped goodies!!!


Whats in here?


A backplate!


... I love this


Fits perfectly


Where in the world did you find all these targets?


Neato tool that fits in my Glock



THERE IS AN OBSCENE AMOUNT OF PONIES DEAR LORD!!!

Fhistleb fucked around with this message at 00:19 on Jan 12, 2020

mischief
Jun 3, 2003


Fhistleb
Dec 31, 2008

Tell me more about your sandwiches.

I... don't know.

wheres my beer
Apr 29, 2004


Tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty


Fun Shoe

nice

ishikabibble
Jan 21, 2012



My Little Pony is basically an anime, right?

Maybe your Santee got confused by your Detective Conan avatar.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




I thought my wrestle package was weird

:silent pets chain mail Domo:

shalafi4
Feb 20, 2011

another medical bills avatar

Fhistleb posted:

I... don't know.

But wait there's more!
Part two hit the mail this afternoon.



So a little explanation on why this took forever to get to Fhistleb.

Wrapping all of those took longer than I was expecting so I was in a bit of a hurry to get it to UPS to get out that night.

Punched up my email.

Search "TFR Secret"

*clicks on first email*

huh... for some reason I though my Ralphie was in a different state... oh well. *frantically scribbles address down*

out the door we go


Me being a dumbass, didn't check the date on the email. Don't know why this year's didn't pop up first but *shrug*

I mailed it to my ralphie from 2018

FORTUNATELY... I lucked out and he's still on the forum, I shot him a message and he was nice enough to forward it on to Fhistleb.

My apologies Fhistleb. It's completely my dumb mistake on why its so late.



Just so you know... An anti pony weapon and Santa is in route.

shalafi4 fucked around with this message at 05:03 on Jan 12, 2020

wheres my beer
Apr 29, 2004


Tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty


Fun Shoe

So you're saying the real hero of the thread is your ralphie from 2018?

Parts Kit
Jun 9, 2006

durr
i have a hole in my head
durr


shalafi4 posted:

Just so you know... An anti pony weapon and Santa is in route.
Hope you made sure the Barret 50 cal is legal in his state first.

shalafi4
Feb 20, 2011

another medical bills avatar

Miso Beno posted:

So you're saying the real hero of the thread is your ralphie from 2018?

Very much so.

Parts Kit posted:

Hope you made sure the Barret 50 cal is legal in his state first.

Much research was done ahead of time. What was sent is effective and legal in his state.

shalafi4 fucked around with this message at 06:45 on Jan 12, 2020

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




Is my Armor Domo being naughty?

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

DRINK MORE MOXIE




Captain Log posted:

Is my Armor Domo being naughty?



Has he been listening to GG Allin?

The Eyes Have It
Feb 9, 2008

Third Eye Sees All
...snookums

By the way I'm nominating Cyrano for best mod. Toodles!

BeAuMaN
Feb 18, 2014

I'M A LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER!


The Eyes Have It posted:

By the way I'm nominating Cyrano for best mod. Toodles!

He's an admin now, therefore he's disqualified.

Steve Balmer
Jun 25, 2008

DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS





DEVELOPERS


i love mcnally but cyrano was a mod during the duration of this year's secret santa so he should still be eligible

Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006



Technically I’m still mod of this place.

And IK of thr A/T religion thread.

Now that I think about it I might be the only person to hold all 3 “ranks” simultaneously.

Shaocaholica
Oct 29, 2002

Fig. 5E


BeAuMaN posted:

He's an admin now, therefore he's disqualified.


What’s the difference?

infrared35
Jan 12, 2005

border patrol qt


Plaster Town Cop

I am scared and confused.

BeAuMaN
Feb 18, 2014

I'M A LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER!


infrared35 posted:

I am scared and confused.

It's like he's a Border Guard, a Navy Seal, and he's the uncle that works at Nintendo all at the same time.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




My father just asked who won prizes for the contest, because he thinks Armor Domo is the coolest thing ever created and should win all contests...ever.

infrared35
Jan 12, 2005

border patrol qt


Plaster Town Cop

BeAuMaN posted:

It's like he's a Border Guard, a Navy Seal, and he's the uncle that works at Nintendo all at the same time.

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

Captain Log posted:

"I AINT DYING! Choo choo motherfucker!"




Serra is started to make inquisitive chirps at PINK Domo.

I’m going to get a picture.

shalafi4
Feb 20, 2011

another medical bills avatar

Box is scheduled for delivery on Monday. (they freeking told me Today originally)

And only in proper derpery I forgot the note.


I'll get it put up here once I'm back home. There's a little explanation to one of the gag gifts in the box.

Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006



You are all great, but check out this secret santa valor I just stole from GiP:

FrozenVent posted:

This is only vaguely military adjacent because the dude is merchant marine but anyway.

There’s this ship engineer I know who’s a bit... unlucky. Engines catch fire around him, power circuits fry themselves, just loving bad luck.

Anyway he’s way into disasters documentaries and stuff because it’s basically his day to day life. So he’s really into the TV show Chernobyl, and for some ungodly reason some guy decided to send him a dosimeter in a secret Santa exchange.

Dude starts messing around with his dosimeter, and realizes it may be out of calibration. Since he lives in New Zealand, a place where they’re not too too down with the atom, there aren’t exactly Geiger counter calibration shops on every blocks so he just calls the national nuclear institute or whatever.

“Hey so I got this Geiger counters and the readings I’m getting are way too high”
“Hold please, I’ll transfer you.”
“National nuclear institute, how can we assist?”
“Yeah my Geiger counter Kees giving me readings that seem high so I was wondering...”
“Alright sir stay calm. Where did you get those readings, and what were they?”
“Well at work...”
“And where do you work?”
“But I mean the meter hasn’t been calibrated in thirty years.”
“Oh thank loving God.”

Turns out the dude had been patched through to the national atomic emergency center or whatever.

And that’s how GIP Secret Santa 2019 caused New Zealand’s first IAEA incident.

armorer
Aug 6, 2012

I like metal.

Goals for next year

DarkHorse
Dec 13, 2006

Vroom Vroom, BEEP BEEP!

Nap Ghost

That is amazing

infrared35
Jan 12, 2005

border patrol qt


Plaster Town Cop

I have something that I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to ship across state lines, let alone internationally.

Fearless
Sep 3, 2003

DRINK MORE MOXIE




infrared35 posted:

I have something that I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to ship across state lines, let alone internationally.

Is that something a someone?

infrared35
Jan 12, 2005

border patrol qt


Plaster Town Cop

Fearless posted:

Is that something a someone?

I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

Atticus_1354
Dec 9, 2006

Don't you go near that dog, you understand? Don't go near him, he's just as dangerous dead as alive.


infrared35 posted:

I have something that I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to ship across state lines, let alone internationally.

Are you telling me you dont have a ton of seedy smuggler contacts in a black book. I dont believe it.

DarkHorse
Dec 13, 2006

Vroom Vroom, BEEP BEEP!

Nap Ghost

infrared35 posted:

I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

"I may have information on a murder. Uncuff me first"

"Theoretically speaking, would it be good or bad for me if I was the murderer I had information on?"

"Ok yeah better put those cuffs back on me"

infrared35
Jan 12, 2005

border patrol qt


Plaster Town Cop

Atticus_1354 posted:

Are you telling me you dont have a ton of seedy smuggler contacts in a black book. I dont believe it.

Those people are unreliable.

stealie72
Jan 10, 2007

Their eyes locked and suddenly there was the sound of breaking glass.


infrared35 posted:

Those people are unreliable.

Clearly, if you've already nabbed them.

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infrared35
Jan 12, 2005

border patrol qt


Plaster Town Cop

stealie72 posted:

Clearly, if you've already nabbed them.

Right? And even if they're out of jail already, they don't want to talk to me.

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