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    I have to say, it just doesn't look Hitlery at all on Michael Jordan. He's that good.
    Perhaps Hitler cats are more likely to be bought on an amused whim, then abandoned once practicality sets in (a common problem with kitten purchases/adoptions), thereby giving them access to breeding populations of stray cats, resulting in many square-mustached descendants.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    Hm. I honestly find it difficult to pimp my own work, I've never really been able to talk myself up.

    Honestly, I might start with what interests you with whatever your work is. What was the concept behind the story you wrote or the series of photographs you took? What was the inspiration behind the painting? Use that interest to generate interest in the person you're writing the letter to. I'd also mention previous work you've done for past clients as well as any membership to particular organizations, the the X-WAs for writing. Some people think the org membership isn't all that, or that it's an elitist thing, but some places do like to know if you've qualified to be in such an organization.
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    @OldHat - I'd try and cater the content/tone to the client. How did you hear about them? Are they expecting you to send them something? Do they have a web site? What's its tone? If all else fails, best to err on the side of "too professional."
  3.  (10170.24)
    ok, qq:

    After seeing this in the Listening Thread I am going crazy because I am sure this is an obviously familiar artist

    This is the art for the 'Adult Swim singles of music on internet thing album' and it sure is nice and I have been searching for a credit somewhere to resolve my almost recognizing problem but I can find none:


    Look at the wolf face. I have seen that drawned elsewhere! It's not Craig Thompson, it's that other one, what is the name... Meg... Grompson???? FUCK
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    I'm thinking Tony Millionaire.
  4.  (10170.26)
    Tony Millionaire would be my guess too, or Neil Swaab.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    Kinda looks like something one of the designers/animators for Super Jail would have done, but I don't have any names to put forward, sadly.
  5.  (10170.28)
    Been watching "Game of Thrones" lately. Thinking about reading the books, but just out of curiosity, how much different is the book than the series? I feel like I'm missing something when I watch the series, like there should be more character development and backstory. Is that me just being a cynic or am I on to something?

    EDIT: Thanks flecky. I also found the Games of Thrones Thread.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    A few mates read the books before watching and seemed happy with HBO.I have not talked in depth so afraid can not be more helpful. I have to admit i love that has probably been only thing ive watched with that cliff hanging feel for me where ive found myself sitting up in suprise saying "what?"
  6.  (10170.30)
    @Alan - Neil Swaab was the Superjail visual artist.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    @Greasemonkey: That explains it! Thanks, mate.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    What makes a shotgun Tactical? My wife and I are watching Top Shot and they talked about the Benelli Tactical Shotgun and I was curious how it is differentiated from a standard shotgun.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    Okay - I've just recently been given a ridiculous amount of top-notch software - now all I have to do is learn to use it.

    Does anyone know where to find a boss tutorial for Adobe Flash?

    ( I mean, I'm finding stuff, but it is probable I'm not finding the best one/s out there... )
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    @Greasemonkey, re: painting, and this is not quite the answer you were looking for, it's all about fucking around with different brushes and with still lives. Even, hell, trying to copy some paintings. I had a painting teacher once who made us do six different still lives in different styles, and in one, we couldn't use visible brush strokes, and in another, we had to use a palette knife (try that one too!).

    It's not really about people showing you HOW to use brushes, it's about playing with them (and with medium!!!) yourself.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    @Alan Tyson If it's not the shocks check the belts and pulleys. I know it's the opposite end of the car, but it sound like a overly tight belt and maybe somehow one of them got knocked out of alignment.

    @Beamish Increased shell capacity, shortened so it is easier to maneuver indoors and other random upgrades stock, butt, sights, choke. Some or all of which are possibly illegal depending with state or country you live in.
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    @Dorkmuffin - yeah, I love palette knives, use them for sand paintings. Might have a go at copying some of the works I like, though, which is how the art schools of old used to teach their students.

    @Brian - Neil says it's not his work, suggested Christy Karacas as the artist.
  8.  (10170.37)
    Doesn't the Beamish come with a folding skeleton stock, for use from the hip?
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011 edited
    Hee hee, gunz

    Generally, 'tactical' in shotguns is a marketing term and not one of the more strict classifications, though as far as that goes it's not like there's anything that is a 'normal' type of shotgun, and most shotguns are actually more than one type depending how you look at it.

    The common themes for a shotgun that is called tactical are (real experts please correct any errors):

    -18-18.5" barrel which is basically the US legal limit for civilian shortness. You want a short-barreled shotgun when you want to use it inside or near buildings (where you are probably not out to shoot turkeys, unless you have a real different approach to Thanksgiving). Rifles and shotguns in original concept are way too long for urban use, really. Law enforcement and military will use that length or shorter. The magazine tube will usually extend the whole barrel length, which would give the gun a 7+1 round capacity, though here Benelli's marketed civilian 'tactical' gun caps it at 4+1 (it keeps the visual impression of a 7-round magazine, to match the military versions of the model).

    -Manufacturer included rail for putting on a fancy sight. Since it's a marketing term, it's about whether the manufacture is laying the groundwork for the end user's excesses.

    -Pump action. Some may also be semi-automatic, meaning they can load the next shot without pumping, though they will still have a pump because not all compatible loads are powerful enough to work the auto mechanism -- but a plain old pump action can still be marketed as 'tactical' anyway, i.e. the Remington 870 Tactical.

    -Pistol grip (as opposed to no hangy-downy part behind the trigger) with fixed stock, usually, but neither is strict. Law enforcement buying Benelli's 'tactical' shotgun, which is actually the US army's currently designated M4 shotgun, won't want a fixed stock, they will have a fold-up.

    So yeah, in the show if they were using Benelli and tactical in the same sentence they just meant this guy right heah

    *edit:linking to imfdb reminds me of a BONUS FACT: Since semi-auto shotguns like the Benelli M4 or the Franchi SPAS-12 still have a pump action, when they are featured in movies you will sometimes see them being pumped between every shot, because blanks won't power the auto mechanism very well. But if someone was really fighting dinosaurs or zombies with one they'd probably set it to semi-auto!
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    Does anyone know where to find a boss tutorial for Adobe Flash?

    My Digital Design class wasn't really taught so much as it was be told to go to adobe's website and figure it out for yourself. Is there any specific thing you're tying to do or any specific program your trying to use? Really, the best way to learn it, as with anything, is to just play around and look up things to help when you get stuck.

    I feel like this thread is very difficult to read, with all the varieties of questions overlapping, along with all the answers. Could we come up with some sort of system to streamline it a bit? Maybe just clarify what's a question and what's an answer.
  9.  (10170.40)
    Could we come up with some sort of system to streamline it a bit? Maybe just clarify what's a question and what's an answer.

    This is a great idea. Additionally to what we could work out, it would prolly be easy for someone Avatar-side to throw a gif on the server that could be used as an "Question Post Icon", like a big red '?', and img-linked in question posts for the people who compose in html mode here. For a button to be put in the compose bar for the text-mode users wouldn't prolly be crazy either, though the formatting options in this place don't change too very quickly...

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