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Here are the character notes for "Branded in His Memory."  WARNING: The victim images are graphic.


Officer Pink (Ansel Nicholson) -- He has ruddy skin and hazel eyes. His hair starts out light brown but he has it changed to pink by Paintrix, after which it also tends to stand straight up. He discovers that the pink color just feels right for him, and decides to keep it. Ansel is tall and athletic, with a rectangular face, wide shoulders, and trim hips. He is the grandson of Conrad and Norma Jean Nicholson; son of Clovis and Merrilyn Nicholson; nephew of Maribel, Linda Sue, Grady, Nellie, and Tillman; older brother of Licia. Ansel is heterosexual and has a girlfriend, Janie Newcastle. He sleeps so deeply that he's easy to sneak up on after he's asleep.
Ansel works on the Bluehill police force as a corporal. He often volunteers for youth outreach and other public speaking. His pink hair helps other soups identify him, breaks the ice at presentations, and encourages people to ask him for help. On the downside, it also makes forks and other bigots hate him.
Origin: Upset by the increase in bullying, Ansel starts doing presentations at schools in Bluehill. The kids give him the idea of coloring his hair pink so he can see firsthand how people treat someone who is visibly different.
Uniform: On duty, Ansel wears the Bluehill police uniform. Off duty, he likes casual, sporty clothes.
Qualities: Master (+6) Compassion, Expert (+4) Citizen, Expert (+4) Cop, Expert (+4) People Skills, Good (+2) Athletic, Good (+2) Catcher in the Rye, Good (+2) Cheerful, Good (+2) Jigsaw Puzzles, Good (+2) Kindness, Good (+2) Listener, Good (+2) Problem-Solving Skills
Poor (-2) Deep Sleeper
Powers: Average (0) Moral Compass, Average (0) Wild Pink Hair
Motivation: To make the world a kinder place.

Licia Nicholson Mayberry -- She has fair skin, hazel eyes, and long wavy hair of wheat-blonde. She is the granddaughter of Norma Jean and Conrad Nicholson, younger sister of Ansel Nicholson, and wife of Jermaine Mayberry. Having grown up in the country, Licia is alert to hazards of all kinds, and helps keep Jermaine out of trouble. Lively and cheerful, she comes through even hard times without lasting damage. However, she finds it difficult to set her own agenda, and does better when following someone else's plans.
Qualities: Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Grade School Teacher, Good (+2) Joyful, Good (+2) Robust Mental Health, Good (+2) Sankofa Leader
Poor (-2) Not Self-Directed

Jermaine Mayberry -- He has chocolate skin, brown eyes, and short nappy black hair with a small beard. He is the husband of Licia Nicholson Mayberry and brother-in-law of Ansel Nicholson (Officer Pink), and generally does the household planning because Licia isn't good at that. Jermaine works at the Evening Freeman, primarily as an artist but occasionally as a writer, commenting on current events and their connection to universal themes. He doesn't always realize how much trouble that can stir up, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Existential Intelligence, Good (+2) Journalist, Good (+2) Timely and Timeless, Good (+2) Working with Diversity
Poor (-2) Self-Preservation

Edwin De Soto -- He has fair skin, blue eyes, and brown hair sprinkled with silver. In middle age he has crow's feet and smile lines on his face. His body is sturdy and a little padded around the edges. Edwin lives in Bluehill, where he serves as chief of police. He runs the kind of police department where an annoying person may come back from vacation to find their cubicle filled with gumballs, but their coworkers will still pitch in to help them empty it. He's a real people person, well liked both at work and in the community.
Qualities: Master (+6) Police Chief, Master (+6) Happy, Expert (+4) Coping Skills, Expert (+4) Public Relations, Expert (+4) Resilience, Good (+2) Constitution, Good (+2) Family Man, Good (+2) Fixing Things, Good (+2) Party Games, Good (+2) Practical Jokes
Poor (-2) Dealing with Negative People

Justin Bates -- He has peach skin, gray eyes, and short ash-blond hair. He is slim and graceful, fast on his feet. He orients most on scent and taste, which very few people use as their dominant sensory mode, so he's often a little out of phase with people around him. Justin is married to Celia with a baby on the way. As a BASH officer, Justin excels at identifying and protecting vulnerable parties during a mission, like if a raided lair happens to have children inside it. He works in the Bluehill police department.
Qualities: Master (+6) Fast, Master (+6) Fidelity, Expert (+4) Anticipation, Expert (+4) Driver, Expert (+4) Family Man, Good (+2) Aikido, Good (+2) BASH Officer, Good (+2) Cooperative Games, Good (+2) De-escalation Skills, Good (+2) Housekeeping
Poor (-2) Scent/Taste Dominant

Celia Bates -- She has pinkish-fair skin, blue eyes, and long straight blonde hair. She has one sister (who works as a wet-nurse) and two brothers, but they live in Illinois. Celia is the wife of Justin Bates. She is pregnant with their first child, but it's been a bumpy ride so far. They live in Bluehill, Missouri. Justin works as a police officer, often with Officer Pink (Ansel Nicholson). Celia helps organizations become more inclusive for people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and other underserved groups.
Qualities: Good (+2) Aesthetics, Good (+2) Grace, Good (+2) Inclusivity Consultant, Good (+2) Networking, Good (+2) Organized
Poor (-2) Difficult Pregnancy

Bert Armbruster -- He has sorrel skin, brown eyes, and short nappy black hair. He is sturdy with a muscular build. Bert grew up in the St. Louis part of River City through grade school. Then he moved to Onion City, where he later trained for the BASH team. Eventually he moved to Bluehill for an opportunity to lead their handful of BASH officers. Bert excels at overwhelming difficult targets. However, he's no good at delicate tasks that require de-escalation, and prefers handing those off to someone better qualified. On vacation, he loves traveling to interesting places off the beaten path, and always comes home with great stories to tell about his adventures.
Qualities: Master (+6) Teamwork, Master (+6) Tough, Expert (+4) BASH Officer, Expert (+4) Integrity, Expert (+4) Mixed Martial Arts, Good (+2) Courage, Good (+2) Leader, Good (+2) Strategy, Good (+2) Traveler
Poor (-2) De-escalation Skills

Maude Emerson -- She has fair skin, black eyes, and straight black hair past her shoulders that she usually pulls back in a bun or ponytail. She serves as a motorcycle policewoman in Bluehill, Missouri. As a hobby she competes in motorcycle gymkhanas and obstacle courses. She also enjoys teaching safety and agility skills to other riders. Maude comes from a dysfunctional family, but has taken advantage of opportunities in college and at work to get counseling, so she has largely overcome the abuse issues. Despite her generally tough demeanor, she's looking for romance in her personal life. Trouble is, most guys with a strong romantic streak want a woman who looks and acts more feminine than Maude does.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Motorcycle Policewoman, Good (+2) Abuse Survivor, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Willpower
Poor (-2) Finding Romance

Shadrach "Shad" Owenson -- He has ruddy skin, brown eyes, and short ash-brown hair that is going gray and receding. He wears glasses. Shad is the husband of Arilda Owenson. He works as a counselor for homeless people at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri. The two of them share a studio apartment on the upper floor of the shelter.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Counselor, Good (+2) Boating, Good (+2) Gentle, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence
Poor (-2) Swimmer

Arilda Owenson -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and straight brown hair to her shoulders. She wears glasses. Arilda is the wife of Shadrach "Shad" Owenson. She serves as the building manager for the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri. She and her husband live in a studio apartment on the upper floor of the shelter. Arilda enjoys fibercrafts that use a grid such as needlepoint, cross-stitch, and some types of knitting. She isn't as enthusiastic about boating as her husband, but she casually enjoys it and goes along to make him happy. Her best friend is Leopold Beale, the chairman of the shelter, although he keeps urging her to run for the board of directions and she doesn't really want to.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Building Manager, Good (+2) Charted Fibercrafts, Good (+2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Good (+2) Strict
Poor (-2) Nosy

Casey Bogart -- She has fair skin that tans readily, blue-gray eyes, and long straight brown hair. She is 19 years old, and the daughter of two soldiers. When Casey was 12, her mother died in combat. Her father floundered as a single parent. At 15, Casey went into foster care. Nobody really wanted her, or had any patience with her emotional problems, and her last foster family kicked her out on her 18th birthday. Not wanting anything to do with the system, Casey struck out on her own. However, she never completed high school due to frequent moves, emotional issues, and other challenges that make it hard to find a job or a place to live. She gets by, working oddjobs when she can find them, but she gets much more by stealing.
Casey saved enough money to buy a cheap used BMW motorcycle, which she has since fixed up. It came with one hard case behind the seat, and she added two more made from ammunition cans to the sides, plus a bedroll behind the seat. During decent weather, she camps outside -- the bedroll can make a tent, lean-to, or hammock -- but in bad weather she stays in the Frances Perkins Pavilion Homeless Shelter or the Christian Care Rescue Mission. Casey has a motorcycle license but not one for driving cars. She is a tough, independent girl with plenty of street smarts and a love of black leather. She likes shopping at the Army surplus store, and it's one of the few places she won't rob.
Qualities: Good (+2) Biker, Good (+2) Independent, Good (+2) Street Smart, Good (+2) Thief, Good (+2) Tough
Poor (-2) Loser

While local-America requires a car license in order to get a motorcycle license, most of local-Europe/Asia does not. Terramagne actively encourages people to use the lowest-impact transportation feasible, so they vigorously support the use of walking, skating and skateboarding, bicycling, and mass-transit. Motorcycles are preferred over private cars. Note that Casey doesn't wear a helmet, which limits her top speed: it's not just for protecting against head injuries, you also need the faceplate to breathe and not get bugs in your eyes above low to moderate speeds. But she hates the enclosed feeling and it impairs her awareness, so she prefers to travel slower. Thanks to [personal profile] technoshaman for assistance with motorcycle details.

Casey's bedroll consists of a black tarp, extra-large yoga mat, two wool blankets (vintage and recycled), and an inflatable pillow. This is her camping/backpacking kit. Learn how to roll a bedroll.

A biker first aid kit should treat common problems experienced on the road. This is Casey's basic first aid kit. Road rash is a hazard all its own. She has assembled a road rash kit consisting of 5 hydrocolloid bandages, 3 nonstick gauze pads, 1 roll bandage tape, antiseptic ointment, sunscreen, travel bar of soap, plastic tweezers, and a washcloth in a military first aid box.

A motorcycle repair kit is essential. Casey uses a BMW Survival Toolkit. Yes, that's out of her price range, so she stole it.

She carries a black KA-BAR military surplus knife in a black leather sheath, and a black KA-BAR TDI LDK laced into her boot. This is a small, curved knife useful for various survival purposes.

Casey wears insulated black gloves of sturdy leather. She doesn't have much room for clothes, so she relies on a capsule wardrobe. She also has a pair of black leather pants.


Luther Summerlin -- He has chocolate skin, brown eyes, and nappy black hair that bushes out a few inches in handsome textured coils. He has a scar at the corner of his left eye and more on his right hand. He is 26 years old. He struggles with depression. Luther lives in Bluehill, Missouri but is homeless and has been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission.
Qualities: Good (+2) Friends in the Hood, Good (+2) Mr. Sensitive, Good (+2) Street Fighting, Good (+2) Strength
Poor (-2) Internalized Racism

Leighann Applewhite -- She has beige skin with freckles that tans easily, brown eyes, and long straight brown hair with reddish highlights. Her ears are pierced, and she used to wear heavy dangles, but now usually goes without. Leighann is 40 years old. She is the mother of Nevaeh Applewhite, whose no-good father split as soon as he heard about the pregnancy. Leighann loves her daughter anyway, but struggles to get by as a single mother. It cost them their trailer in Bluehill, Missouri; now homeless, they have been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission.
Qualities: Good (+2) Christian, Good (+2) Needs Little Sleep, Good (+2) Perseverence
Poor (-2) Trailer Court Trash

Nevaeh Applewhite -- She has tinted skin, dark brown eyes, and long curly brown hair. Her ears are pierced, and she usually wears tiny metal studs in them. She is 5 years old. She is the daughter of Leighann Applewhite, and carries her mother's surname. Nevaeh was unplanned, and her no-good father split as soon as he heard about the pregnancy. Her mother loves her anyway.
Qualities: Good (+2) Efficient Metabolism, Good (+2) Quiet
Poor (-2) Unplanned

Clio Lossos -- She has fair skin with freckles, yellow-grey eyes, and curly brown hair that rusts in the sun. Her heritage includes Greek and Irish. She is 24 years old. She lives in Bluehill, Missouri but is homeless; she has been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission. Clio attended Bouchet College and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Studies with a minor in Performing Arts, but dropped out of graduate studies due to stress. She has been struggling with anxiety and often feels useless because she can't hold down a job or even an apartment. However, Clio is a brilliant ventriloquist. She made a sock puppet named Melpomene who performs excerpts from classical tragedies to earn tips. It isn't enough to live on, but it's a lot better than nothing.
Qualities: Expert (+2) Ventriloquist, Good (+2) Classic Education Good (+2) Determination, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence
Poor (-2) Feeling Useless

This is Melpomene. She is inspired by the Greek muse of chorus and tragedy. You can make your own sock puppet, as Clio did. Naming your ventriloquist dummy Melpomene is a subtle way to brag about your skill. The bilabial phonemes "m" and "p" are among the most difficult to produce discreetly. Here are some general tips on being a good ventriloquist.


Sadie Lou Dawson -- She has fair skin, silver-blue eyes, and long straight hair of dark blonde. She is 16 years old, but lies that she is 18. Sadie Lou is the older sister of Georgia Dean and Terry Mack. They're supposed to be in foster care, but Family Services keeps trying to split them up because Terry Mack is still young enough to have some chance at adoption. Whenever that happens, Sadie Lou grabs her siblings and runs away. They live in Bluehill, Missouri and have been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission. Although she works oddjobs whenever she can get them, nobody really believes it -- they all think she must be a prostitute to be making any money of her own. In fact, she is a virgin.
Qualities: Good (+2) Family Girl, Good (+2) Kinesthetic Intelligence, Good (+2) Loving, Good (+2) Stamina
Poor (-2) Everyone Thinks She's Easy

Georgia Dean Dawson -- She has fair skin, silver-blue eyes, and long straight blonde hair. She is 9 years old. Her mother drank while pregnant with her, leaving her with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It manifests primarily as cognitive impairment. She is the younger sister of Sadie Lou and older sister of Terry Mack. They're supposed to be in foster care, but Family Services keeps trying to split them up because Terry Mack is still young enough to have some chance at adoption. Whenever that happens, Sadie Lou grabs her siblings and runs away. They live in Bluehill, Missouri and have been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission. Georgia Dean is patient with herself and others, which helps her make friends quickly among others who don't fit in.
Qualities: Good (+2) Making Friends with Outcasts, Good (+2) Patient, Good (+2) Tall
Poor (-2) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Terry Mack Dawson
-- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short wheat-blond hair that curls a little at the ends. He is 4 years old. His mother drank while pregnant with him, leaving him with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It manifests primarily as behavioral problems. Terry Mack does well enough when left alone -- as an introvert, he motivates himself well -- but reacts badly when other people make demands of him. He is the younger brother of Sadie Lou and Georgia Dean. They're supposed to be in foster care, but Family Services keeps trying to split them up because Terry Mack is still young enough to have some chance at adoption. Whenever that happens, Sadie Lou grabs her siblings and runs away. They live in Bluehill, Missouri and have been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cute, Good (+2) Introvert
Poor (-2) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Breanna Reece -- She has tinted skin, brown eyes, and dark brown hair raggedly cut off at chin length. Her ears are pierced, and she usually wears large crystal studs in them. She is 25. Graceful and charming, Breanna used to work as a prostitute, but then she fell in love and got married. Trouble is, everyone knows what she used to do and no one will let her live it down. So she's homeless, and has been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri.
Qualities: Good (+2) Adaptable, Good (+2) Gentle, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Graceful, Good (+2) Pleasing People
Poor (-2) Former Prostitute

Spenser Etheridge -- He has tinted skin, light brown eyes, and short brown hair with a little wave. His ears are pierced, and he usually wears crystal studs in them. Spenser is 14 years old. His interest in other boys clashes badly with his view of Christianity, which leaves him unsettled. He is generous to other people, though, often giving away things to other homeless children. He is staying with his parents at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri but recent events have strained their relationship.
Qualities: Good (+2) Agility, Good (+2) Charitable, Good (+2) Christian
Poor (-2) Internalized Homophobia

Oscar Cameron -- He has ruddy skin, brown eyes, and dark hair that he shaves off his head. He wears a short beard. He is 30 years old. He is a Marine veteran, but came home from service with PTSD so bad that he can't keep a job or even an apartment. He is homeless, and has been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri. When he's feeling up to it, sometimes he takes daywork with Ansel's grandfather on the farm. When he's not, he feels worthless.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Strength, Good (+2) Loyal, Good (+2) Tactical Thinking
Poor (-2) Marine Veteran

Beinvenido "Ben" Paredes
-- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short black hair. He is tall with a rectangular face. His heritage is Mexican by way of upper-class Spaniards. Ben is the husband of Agueda and adoptive mother of Jimena. They used to have a cozy little 2-bedroom house in Bluehill, Missouri. After a tree fell on it and the insurance company refused to pay, they became homeless, and have been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission. Although his relatives are devout Catholics, Ben never felt a connection with the faith. He is a capable construction worker, but he takes whatever jobs he can to support his family.
Qualities: Good (+2) Construction Worker, Good (+2) Family Man, Good (+2) Fitting In, Good (+2) Spatial Intelligence, Good (+2) Tall
Poor (-2) Religion

Agueda Paredes -- She has light brown skin, brown eyes, and curly brown hair to her shoulders. She is short and plump. Her heritage is Mexican and a little Indios. Agueda is the wife of Bienvenido "Ben" Paredes and adoptive father of Jimena. They used to have a cozy little 2-bedroom house in Bluehill, Missouri. After a tree fell on it and the insurance company refused to pay, they became homeless, and have been staying at the Christian Care Rescue Mission. Agueda is a talented cook, but she also does cleaning, babysitting, yardwork, and whatever other work she can get to support her family. Although she was born in America, her parents were migrant workers, so she is acutely sensitive to the loss of her home.
Qualities: Good (+2) Committed, Good (+2) Cook, Good (+2) Gardening, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Neighbor
Poor (-2) Migrant Background

Jimena Mitchell -- She has caramel skin and brown eyes. Her brown hair falls past her shoulders, curling at the ends. She is a little plump with an oval face and turned-up nose. Her ears are pierced and she usually wears small silver hoops. Her heritage is mixed Central American. She is 8 years old. She is homeless and staying with her adoptive parents at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cautious, Good (+2) Heat Endurance, Good (+2) Sturdy
Poor (-2) Body Image

Bolin Lyle -- He has fair skin, almond-shaped gray-green eyes, and dark hair with a little wave that is buzzed short. His heritage is American, and Chinese with a bit of Roman from Liqian. He is 15 years old. Calm and thoughtful, Bolin is studying Taoism. He is homeless and staying with his parents at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri. No matter what he does, though, he can never seem to fit in. Because of this, people often call him names.
Origin: Unknown, but possibly a reaction to surviving a superpowered attack.
Uniform: Cheap boy's clothes. He likes deep colors such as wine, indigo, and aubergine.
Qualities: Good (+2) Calm, Good (+2) Existential Intelligence, Good (+2) Flexible, Good (+2) Taoist
Poor (-2) Fitting In
Powers: Average (0) Water Powers (flickering)
Motivation: To understand.

Enos Massenburg -- He has ruddy skin, brown eyes, and short ash-brown hair that is receding. He has a beer belly and is out of shape. He is 48 years old. Enos serves as the intake supervisor at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri. He looks down on homeless people, and would prefer to work some other job in the housing sector, but this is all he could get at the moment. He has been verbally abusing people, and sometimes cheating them out of services by intimidating them. However, the manifestation of his superpower is making that a lot more conspicuous than it used to be.
Origin: He used to work as a supervisor at the Bluehill Industrial Park, where he was exposed to assorted chemicals in the environment.
Uniform: Business casual, usually a button-up shirt and trousers, sometimes with a tie and/or sweater.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Organized, Good (+2) Frugal, Good (+2) High Alcohol Tolerance, Good (+2) Intimidating
Poor (-2) Bigot
Powers: Average (0) Verbal Abuse
His superpower enables him to identify the worst possible thing he could say to someone, and after he says it, the term appears on the victim's skin as an injury.
Motivation: To raise himself higher by pushing other people down.

Booker Sutherland -- He has mahogany skin, brown eyes, and nappy black hair that he shaves off. He wears glasses. Reverend Sutherland is the pastor of the Christian Care Rescue Mission and also the Ecumenical Church of Christian Charity in the rural area just outside of Bluehill, Missouri. He believes in serving the poor as an accessible manifestation of the body of Christ. This makes him very popular among shelter residents and the rural poor alike. Booker has a gorgeous voice that can be soothing or rousing at need, and he sings well too. He loves African-American culture and collects all kinds of material from black art to books.
Origin: During seminary school, intensive study opened a close connection with God. As a Kauai, Reverend Sutherland does not realize that he has superpowers; he thinks that his affinity for spiritual matters is just part of being a pastor.
Uniform: Sensitive to cold, Booker often wears cardigans or sweaters over a buttoned shirt, with trousers or jeans below. In summer, he switches to short-sleeved button-ups or polo shirts. He likes to make himself accessible to people while still looking respectable.
Qualities: Master (+6) Christian Charity, Expert (+4) Bookworm, Expert (+4) Pastor, Good (+2) Collector of African-American Culture, Good (+2) Existential Intelligence, Good (+2) Resonant Voice
Poor (-2) Cold-Sensitive
Powers: Average (0) Petty Saint
Booker isn't the kind of saint who works great, conspicuous miracles. It's just that when he talks, God listens; and sometimes God uses him as a tool to make tiny adjustments in the mortal world. This also gives Booker a little soul sense; he can usually tell who is trustworthy or not.
Motivation: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." -- King James Bible, Matthew 25:40

Leopold Beale -- He has sallow skin, brown eyes, and short curly black hair. He serves as the chairman for the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill, Missouri. He is conservative without being bigoted about it, and strongly dislikes the kind of "conservative" who doesn't actually preserve anything and just blames other people instead of solving problems. Leopold dresses the part, typically wearing suits of charcoal or midnight blue, but he modulates the effect with lighter shirts and colorful ties. Stern and serious, he takes no bullshit from anyone. This includes Assistant Chairman Barkely Arnoldson, who is always angling for his seat and criticizing everything he does. The rest of the board generally favors Leopold, and he rather values having his own personal Devil's advocate even though the man is a pain in the neck. His best friend is Arilda Owenson, whom he really wishes he could convince to run for the board.
Qualities: Master (+6) Stern, Expert (+4) Chairman, Expert (+4) Conservative, Good (+2) Christian, Good (+2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Good (+2) Stamina
Poor (-2) Enemy: Barkely Arnoldson

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Date: 2017-09-28 04:39 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Suh-WEET ST1300P you found... though Maude must be over six feet tall to handle that thing; it doesn't just sit tall but *wide*...

I thought I recognised the Bimmer... :D *takes a bow* The ginormous ammo cans are not a bad way to make improvised saddlebags; they're waterproof, and they'll take a beating, which you kinda expect them to on a dual-sport bike... the hard side bags double as crash bars. BEEN there, DONE that ;) I'm not so sure about the breathing thing being a big deal at speed; the Bimmer has a flyscreen that'll cut at least some of the wind... and dump most of the bugs over your head... but yeah, occasionally one will come in from an odd angle... and the little gnats are *impossible* to avoid. The other consideration is that the bike has knobbies; you don't wanna go too fast with those, they get squirrelly.

(A lot of Hog drivers wear "beanie" helmets, goggles, and a bandanna over their nose/mouth, kinda like a steampunk cowboy...it's no protection in a crash, but it does keep the bugs out of your teeth and eyes.)

I had a friend once who back in '82 took a faceplant off a bike; she spent the next six months drinking her lunch through a straw while they rebuilt her jaw in stages. When she started riding again she bought a $700 Arai full-face... she rather learnt her lesson!

Enos.... What that boy did, while not worthy of a Go Home Charlie, is grounds for eviction from polite society until and unless he learns to control what he does.... the vindictive part of me would make him wear a big damn scarlet "A" on his chest, shades of Hester Prynne...

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Date: 2017-09-28 10:27 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
A for a-hole?

BTW, what kind of ammo cans are those? I ask, because they look about right for a project I've got cooking [I need a protective casing for a workshop computer]
Edited Date: 2017-09-28 10:29 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-09-28 02:02 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
They look to be PA-120 40mm cans. The one problem with something that tight is airflow; you're going to want to drill holes on the sides near the bottom and more holes at the top, and mount an exhaust fan in the top of the case... otherwise you're gonna fry your CPU, and that would be bad. (You MIGHT get away with no fan if your CPU is designed to be fanless itself, or if you're *really* sneaky and good use heat pipes and a sink on the *outside* of the case... but unless noise is a factor? Just mount a fan. Oh, and filter the intakes; dunno what kind of workshop it is but especially if it's wood, the dust will be not just an issue but whole subscriptions.

A for Abuser, but A-hole also works...

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Date: 2017-09-28 03:05 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
I was thinking fans and filters... part of the problem is that the workshop has a snail and slug problem. [it's wooden structure with a climbing plant growing over it]. So, aside from the wood & metal dust, I have to figure out how to stop the animated turds getting in and shorting it out! But the computer case I have is just not designed to be secured, so I figured build an enclosure instead.

I'll see if I can find an ammo can of that type. It looks like it would take an ATX board, and hell, it's not the most crazy thing I've built before now.

Re: Yes ...

Date: 2017-09-28 05:21 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
You can be a Type A without being a hole. I've had two bosses like that. One's a crossfit nerd; the one I just had before he got re-orged away from me is a security weenie and more of a morning person than me. Which is saying something. He *is* a ... when he walks into a meeting, you know the meeting has been walked into. :D He's good at putting what few less than pleasant personalities we have here in their place.

He's sorta like Simon.... bad-ass, bald, nice if you're being decent, but if you're showing your tuckus, he's gonna kick it.

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Date: 2017-09-30 02:39 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
With a low-power CPU designed for fanless operation, you can probably just replace it's heatsink with a block of aluminum bolted to the case. If it's ARM-based (e.g. Raspberry Pi or similar) you don't even need that unless you're really pushing it.

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Date: 2017-09-30 03:10 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Good point about the ARM chips. Those little cases aren't designed to do much of anything with heat, are they? 'cause they don't need to.

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Date: 2017-09-30 04:01 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Nope. All they do is look pretty and keep you from shorting anything out.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-09-28 05:47 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Hmmm. If she's not wearing goggles, it definitely *is*, though. I'm so used to wearing glasses that I don't think about truly bare eyes in the wind...

L-Hawai`i law requires *eye protection*, for just this reason. You often see hog drivers with form-fitting sunglasses (e.g. some of the Oakley styles) in lieu of goggles... Chin Ho in the reboot of 5-0 wore similar shades on-bike...

Frankly, I think eye protection is as much or more important than the lid... if you can't *see* you can't *avoid*, and that's the most important safety tactic when riding.

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