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Greetings!

To celebrate my 2nd star, and 'Enthusiast' status in this forum (life is a little slow at the moment), I'd like to propose something.

Whilst this is the first forum I've ever been a regular member of, from time to time I do delve in to forums for PHP, MySQL, JavaScript etc, and whether I've had odd luck or not I just wanted to point something out. This is the only forum I've been too without a 'get to know one another' type thread active.

Consequently, I would just like to offer anyone who would like the chance to say Hello a chance to do so.

I myself am John, 24, degree in Multimedia Communications and currently working full time as a web developer. I feel a little left behind in the industry and am trying to catch up so I can be on top of the game. I'm extremely grateful for all the help offered by everyone on this site, and am looking forward to doing the same for others.

Apologies if you think this is a little pointless, but personally I enjoy the community feel to forums as much as I do the productive code assistance side.

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For some reason, these sort

For some reason, these sort of threads never really take off on this forum, but FWIW, I'm a 37-year-old full-time print designer and freelance web designer living in sunny Queensland. I work from home (both jobs), have two dogs and became a dad 7 weeks ago.

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No these threads never take

No these threads never take off! somewhat cheesy?

fwiw I'm Miserable, cantankerous, and moody, older than I want to be but only a bit older than Tyssen, also working from home trying to pull together what is supposed to the front end of a cms app being developed, beginning to hate trying to keep track of multiple stylesheets across half a dozen different layouts whilst keeping it all modular.

Hows fatherhood then Tyssen?

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Yeah, congratulations on

Yeah, congratulations on becomming a Father Tyssen. Suppose you've got the ideal situation becomming a Father when your working at home. As someone who understands both the Print and Web design aspects, does that make it more or less frustrating when you see web designers trying to build from a graphical start point on this forum?

Hugo, you are in fact correct, these things are a little cheesy. But then I think there's something to be said for a thread where you can just natter. I like to read all the threads in here (via the 'recently updated' link), and when I come across one that's less then serious it's always a welcome break. Content Management Systems drive me up the wall, I tried to produce one once, got about 75% through implementation and hit a brick wall so gave up. That's before I found the power of the forum. Alas, the CMS is no longer required as I'm part of a different company now.

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Hehe.. wow... cheesy but

Hehe.. wow... cheesy but cute. Well, I feel young.... I'm 21, with a degree in Digital Media, and loving every minute of my first "corporate" job. Although, it will always suck to have to follow someone else's design. I got into web design, because I don't want to work for a company... and eventually, I hope that will be the case. But I find myself contented for now with my new puppy and health insurance. Wink I also plan on moving to the UK within the next 10 years... America has gotten boring.

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Move to the UK why!!! you

Move to the UK Shock why!!! you want to live in a country full of depressed harassed citizens under the watchful scrutiny of big brother (UK has the most cctv cameras of any country in the world)

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well... it's either that...

well... it's either that... or live in one of the most despised countries in the world. I'll take my chances with the cameras. Oh.. and I live in Florida. A bit too warm and sunny for my taste Wink

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I'm 20, and an ICT

I'm 20, and an ICT technician working 5 days a week in a high-school.

I also play too much Counter-Strike:Source, and I've recently got into compiling custom weapons.

No pets, got my own PC, a car, want my own house.

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Don't play Counter-Strike

Don't play Counter-Strike myself, but it's one of the very few games that I don't play! Currently, I am playing Super Paper Mario, Dead Rising, Gears of War, Battlefront 2142.... and that's just in the last week.... My boyfriend is an environment artist for a video game company.. and he's currently working on a game called Duty DS... which is the Nintendo DS's version of the new Call of Duty 4. I know.. I'm a geek. Laughing out loud

Oh... and I too want my own house. Renting sucks.

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amadika wrote:Don't play

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Don't play Counter-Strike myself, but it's one of the very few games that I don't play!

Girl gamer = awesome

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My boyfriend is an environment artist for a video game company..

Boyfriend who works in video games = more awesome

Would I know him? Probably not but you never know Tongue

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thepineapplehead wrote: Girl

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Girl gamer = awesome

I get that alot.... helps when your short and blonde too. Wink

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Would I know him? Probably not but you never know Tongue

Doubtful. He has never even touched web design (just 3d modeling) But he's a bigger gamer than I am.

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Let's all live in a house together, us CSS people Laughing out loud

I agree... but everyone seems to be across the pond from me... are there any uninhabited islands anywhere between here and there? Wink

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I'm 23, a web developer for

I'm 23, a web developer for a small advertising agency in St Louis, MO.
Just bought a house, closing on Friday (w00ters)
Just recently got married in Feb.
Have a Jack Russel Terrier that is 1 year old
A 7 year old Sheltie (looks like a mini Lassie)
and a 2 year old Orange Tabby cat
My rat Ned is recently deceased.

So, with that many animals I am holding back from the kids for a little bit.

I've been building computers for about 10 years, Have been doing freelance server maintenance for a couple years and web development for a number of years (yet I still suck at all of it)

Hmm... other then that...

I played CS and TFC for a while until I got married and my wife banned the words "video game" from my vocabulary.
I still get a chance to geek out once or twice a month and play some D&D, but I usually just spend my weekends in a drunken stooper.

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Would I know him? Probably not but you never know Tongue

Doubtful. He has never even touched web design (just 3d modeling) But he's a bigger gamer than I am.

I meant from the gaming/modelling side of things Laughing out loud Does he have an online presence?

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Video games banned!!!!

Video games banned!!!! That's harsh Tongue I've played a little D&D... but usually stick with Magic. Though some friends are trying to get me to play Shadowrun.

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amadika wrote:<snip> but

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<snip> but usually stick with Magic. Though some friends are trying to get me to play Shadowrun.

I've been playing MTG for quite a while now, just now getting around to buying new cards (boy they sure have changed).

As far as Shadowrun, I have heard of it, but I can't say I remember playing it or not.
I have played Vampires of the Masquerade, Wheel of Time, D&D3.0 and 3.5, Buffy, and I am sure a couple others that aren't coming to mind.

Favorite character so far in D&D is a Halfling Rouge with a war sling later cross classing into War Sling Sniper class... I can crit anything and you can't catch me Smile

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burlster wrote:As someone

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As someone who understands both the Print and Web design aspects, does that make it more or less frustrating when you see web designers trying to build from a graphical start point on this forum?

It doesn't really bother me too much. I'll only comment on design aspects if I think a site is going to break under certain changed conditions like window or text size and you don't have to have print design experience to make that mistake.

Hugo, fatherhood's great so far and working from home is making the whole process easier for all of us.

(It'd be nice if the forum had a multiple quoting facility.)

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Catch up

Haha, and you guys said this thread would never take off!

I think you should come live here Amanda, but then I'm vein, I love having so many cameras on me all the time. But not sure about us all getting a house together TPH... I can see us lining all our furniture up on the lawn semantically before beginning to layout the house. Not to mention colour scheming and of course wheel chair ramps etc to make it fully accessible!

I don't get to play many computer games anymore, though I do have some all time favorites. Ever heard of 'Secret of Mana'? Adored that game, though it's seriously dated now. Aside from that, I'm all for the 'drink and play' style games where it gets more fun when drunk, as opposed to frustratingly hard. Mario Kart, Buzz Quiz Game and that sort of malarky...

Congrats on the house Deuce, though sorry to hear about the Rat. I too rent at the moment with my best friend (not quite ready to live with the other half yet), but yeah, renting's not ideal! And sorry to hear about the being banned from video games. I must admit, I eventually had to get rid of my gameboy because it began to make my girlfriend jealous Wink

And yes Tyssen, definitely feeling a multiple quote facility would have helped about now Wink

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Hi, i am mihir chhatre, 19

Hi,
i am mihir chhatre, 19 live in pune maharashtra india. started web designing in january, bcz i quit my engineering to do photography as a profession. so a frnd who runs the business asked me to join in until i start my own business. i love playing strategy and football manager games and i am a butterfly watcher and study them a bit too.
my photos can be seen at the link in signature..

Nice to meet you...

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mihirc wrote:my photos can

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I'd have to reccommend this link, some of your photos are ace Laughing out loud

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Yeah, cheers! Had a look at

Yeah, cheers! Had a look at the photos myself, most impressive! :thumbsup:

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HEY, thanks Guys, trying to

HEY,

thanks Guys, trying to be a photographer, so ur positive comments are boosting my morale.

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Neat to see other fellow

Neat to see other fellow gamers as well.

Good to see a lot of people have gone on pretty far too, getting married, houses etc. Esp Amandika, I always thought people with very similar interests would lack that clashing element Tongue so congrats on that

Myself, meh... 23, Live in a semi regional area, and the goings a bit hard here to be a web guy - ah well.

Got a lovely girlfriend that I've been with for 3 years and renting a house.

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I'm 46, married with two

I'm 46, married with two teenage kids and a Labrador. I used to be an aerospace technician but after 12 years I got bored changing black boxes when I was trained to change components and fault-find with a logic probe. So I followed my second-love of design and started a graphic design consultancy which soon grew, specialising in identity development, image management and corporate communications.

As the web made an impact on the world of commerce, so I learnt about websites, databases and scripting at a time when the web was still primarily uncharted territory occupied by self-taught pioneers. As both a 'techie' and an experienced graphic designer, I found myself in a unique position, able to produce fast-loading websites that looked good (IMHO) and worked properly. So I changed the direction of my business and focussed it on website work, which soon progressed into mission-critical web application development.

In relatively recent years, due to many reasons including the unacceptable risks and untenable position that being an employer has become (with all the European legislation that our government enforces), I deliberately scaled the business down, favouring 'working partnerships' and 'cooperative commerce' with individuals and businesses.

My hobby is 2-stroke karting and I still try to keep an eye on this forum from time-to-time.

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Thanks SuperRoach. Our web

Thanks SuperRoach. Our web design market has been flooded recently. Too many Web Developers out there, and as some of the pros on this forum like to point out, most of them are Dreamweavering, photoshopping cowboys. I wouldn't risk doing any freelance work knowing the competition I'd be up against, but then again I don't think I have the drive or motivation to do something like that. Would need the risk of being fired to motivate me to work I reckon Wink. Freelance to me means home with a beer or 10 watching telly and piecing something together last minute. :blushing:

roytheboy however, you got it right! Your business mind sounds like its done you well. The company I'm in at the moment, was having its site produced by someone else and having bought me in to take over I've got a lot of potential for promotion here. Just have to wait patiently for the go ahead to replace the site with my own (so I can stop fixing problems, and start designing)!

Gaming wise, I was always a big fan of 'no-pressure' style point-and-click games. 'Sherlock Holmes: Case of the Rose Tattoo' was one I'll always remember for example. Oh, and an old game by Sierra called 'Shivers' was appropriately named, because I downloaded some of the background music the other day and it still does that to me! }:)

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roytheboy wrote:and a

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and a Labrador

We've got a Labrador too. And a border collie. :thumbsup:

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Fortunately our Labrador has

Fortunately our Labrador has grown up a bit now, so the 'chew' damage to the skirting boards and furniture bases has stabilised. But he still wipes his chops all over the carpet every time he finishes a meal! We've tried to teach him to use a serviette but he just won't listen :shrug:

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well, you could try bribing

well,
you could try bribing him a bit... give him a bone, or something... Wink

maybe he'll like that...

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I suppose if he's druling on

I suppose if he's druling on the carpet, that's one place where rubbing his nose in it wouldn't help. In fact, your probably just adding to the carpets dog-saliva!!

I used to keep Gerbils. Fascinating things but annoyingly good at being escapologists given their ability to eat anything and everything. They had a new wheel in their cage once and by the time the sun went down, there was nothing but a plastic rotating disk attached to the side of the cage.

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Never was a fan of big dogs

Never was a fan of big dogs myself. We just got a cat and a puppy (previously mentioned) and my puppy currently weighs a whopping 3lbs (about 1.36 kilos?) and is expected to weigh a whole 5lbs (2.268 kilos?) He's hard enough to handle as it is. His recent pastime has been to go into our spare bathroom and drag toilet paper in one long strand as far as he can... which at one time, was all the way down our hallway. Can't imagine having a big dog Tongue

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I'm a cat person. Which is

I'm a cat person. Which is probably why the gerbil/mouse/hamster thing never worked for me. You could put lazer movement detection weapons, padlocks and all manner of device around the cage including keeping it locked away in a closed room but the cat, once it has set its eyes on its prey, will get in. What doesn't help is that the aformentioned Gerbils are just as good at getting out as the Cat is at getting in. :rolleyes:

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amadika wrote:Can't imagine

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Labradors aren't big dogs; they're mid-sized. Big is the 60kg Malamute I see down the park sometimes. :ohdear:

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Hrm... a lab could eat my puppy. That's big enough. Wink My boyfriend's mother has a great dane.... who thinks it's a small dog. It's fine, until she tries to sit on your lap.

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I just answered my first question based solely on looking at a snippet of provided code! I feel like celebrating, have a drink on me all...

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Wow.. reading these posts

Wow.. reading these posts makes me feel older than I am Smile which is pretty old... lets just say I remember punch cards, 8 tracks, sliderules, etc etc.
Employed as the IT Mgr (total misnomer since I am the ONLY person in the IT dept in our company) I am the quintessential jack of all trades and master of none. I have to know a bit about everything... server/pc hardware and OS, phone sytems, printers, POS systems, all of our vendor supplied software and the list goes on and on; plus doing all the tech support for the dozen users in the office and the 5 remote convenience stores. I started web design about 4-5 yrs ago as a hobby (which it still is) and build the occasional site for friends, local associations etc. I've even managed to secure some actual paying clients on occasion. Would certainly be termed a freelancer, but "burlster" I would NEVER consider just "throwing" something together Smile goes against my mid-western upbringing and work ethic. Became a grandfather 3 times between Aug 06 and Jan 07... NOTHING better than being a grandparent!

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Yeah, I must confess I feel

Yeah, I must confess I feel bad having said it, it's just that I either have to be committed to the cause (ie. fully employed by the company wanting their site built), or passionate about the subject and as neither a brewery nor my other half have requested a site from me, I haven't yet had the cause to freelance up a miracle site!

Mind if I ask why being a Grandparent is so great rmfred? I'm not questioning it, merely curious. I'm due to be an uncle in a week or so which is quite exciting. I only have one sibling, and this will be her first child.

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Whew, rmfred I'm glad you

Whew, rmfred I'm glad you posted. I was beginning to think everyone else here was half my age. I was feeling ancient.

I'm 48 (49 next week) and have just returned to Perth, Australia after working as an English teacher in Indonesia for the last three years. I'm currently studying towards a network admin qualification, whilst working as freelance code monkey for the English dept of a local university. Web Design is mainly a hobby, but did score me this particular gig, so I guess I'm kinda quasi-professional. Mostly, I do it for fun though.

I love jazz music and play jazz guitar in local bars. My first grandchild (a girl) will be born in September. I'm looking forward to it. First girl baby in five generations of my family.

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First thing Phreestyle,

First thing Phreestyle, happy birthday in advance! And the Jazz Guitar is very impressive. I myself am a big fan of Jazz so love the idea of playing the Jazz Guitar. Alas, whilst I was blessed with a love and appreciation for most music genres, I was also not rewarded with any ability to play or perform (outside Kareoke of course) :rolleyes: .

So why when you sound quite technically minded, did you go out to teach English for a while? Was it the culture you wanted to experience, a break from all things technological, or perhaps your just a big fan of the language and wanted to share your appreciation of it?

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burlster wrote:So why when

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So why when you sound quite technically minded, did you go out to teach English for a while? Was it the culture you wanted to experience, a break from all things technological, or perhaps your just a big fan of the language and wanted to share your appreciation of it?
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Kind of the other way around actually. I studied history and politcs at uni, and then discovered the world wasn't really crying out for professional historians. So I became a high school teacher.

I used computers a lot when i was studying, word processors and the like. And, in those dark days of yore anyone who had a little bit of skill with IT tended to get stuck with the job of fixing them or solving problems. So, with no formal qualifications of any kind, I ended up as an IT teacher in high schools here in WA.

However, working with teenage kids all day eventually got me down, so I went to Indo to teach English at university there. Guess what? I ended up building and maintaining their reporting database and fixing computer problems. All this in addition to my regular teaching committments and for no extra cash.

So I thought, 'sod this for a lark', I/m going to actually get some formal qualifications and get paid for doing this stuff. And, that's what i'm doing currently, studying towards a network administrator qualification. Then, touch wood, I can actually get paid for doing what I always end up doing anyway.

Coding, just kind of happened. I started out making sprites dance around the screen with a Commodore 64 and just kept going from there. Music is just another kind of code really. Well that's how i think about it. language too, for that matter.

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That's really interesting!

That's really interesting! I've just started learning Spanish (literally, listened to my first 'Michael Thomas' language CD this morning on the bus), and it is just like coding. Just hope I don't get the two languages I'm learning mixed up. It's one thing dropping an English word in to a Spanish sentence, it's another dropping CSS in to your sentences! What I find interesting is your description of music as code. I can see music as a form of Maths, but not so much as a coding language, but I like the idea.

A historian, english teaching techy. That's quite a CV you've got there. What are networks like to be learning? I think they're the part of technology that scares me the most. Packets and protocols and security, oh my!

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The only thing i am comfy

The only thing i am comfy with is my bed and CSS though it could also mean CuSSion...

And music... i love piano concerts, though in India there arnt much concerts available...

And i love guitars...

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Hello

I noticed some new faces (or avatars), so thought I would present to them the purely social thread Smile. This is like the coffee you get in the hairdressers. Unnecessary, but pleasent nonetheless.

So if you like, please feel free to introduce yourself or just chat in this thread here.

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Stickified!

Stickified!

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Cheers

Laughing out loud

That's just outright awesome! Thanks TPH, much appreciated!!!

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Your new avatar is freaking

Your new avatar is freaking me out man. You are being ironic, right?

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IE

I'm as in on the idea of ramming every piece of hardware ever used to develop IE up the backside of it's respective developers as much as the rest of you, so yes, I am in fact being ironic.

Perhaps if I develop it a little more that would help! Give me 10mins...

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Yes we know it's the devil incarnate, doesn't change the utter offensive nature of it.

I think I'll have to change it to a pic of a cute puppy dog

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I'm a cat person!

I'm a cat person!

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All right, fine. My name is

All right, fine.

My name is Jenn, I'm 36 in a few weeks, and live in Toronto, Canada. I've been very happily married for almost two years to a commercial airline pilot, which gives me the much coveted flight benefits. We own a fantastic house and an even better dog ~ an American Golden Retriever (the reddish golden ones, not the blonde) named Jackson. I much prefer big dogs because I can go running with him at night (who's going to mess with a girl with a big dog?), and prefer being able to snuggle a dog that's a substantial size. He's more like a pal than a pet, and is exceptionally well trained if I may say so myself.

I work from home doing graphic and web design. Love it, as I have the freedom to work around my husband's irregular schedule and indulge in travelling whenever it suits me. Before moving into the web industry about 8 - 10 years ago, I was a fairly successful commercial and editorial photographer. I got pretty sick of the industry for a wide variety of reasons and moved to this industry. Very happy here.

I play co-ed ice hockey, enjoy trail running, motorcycle riding, and am extremely amused by the singing frog on Bugs Bunny with the top-hat and spats. I love a variety of video games, am a voracious reader, and am inexplicably fascinated by miniatures. I'm learning to speak Italian, have survived double-jaw surgery, and to be honest am one hell of a chef in the kitchen. Although I enjoy the puzzle-like quality of coding, my brain is more on the creative side so at times I struggle to understand. My hair is too straight (Marsha Brady), I have horrendous allergies, and I detest coffee or anything with a mocha/coffee flavour (I know, I know... everyone loves coffee... but to me it tastes like poo).

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Good work LambinaStormTrooper! What an entry!!!

I just have one question, can you explain your picture? I find the idea of a Poodle Storm Trooper hilarious Laughing out loud

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burlster wrote:I just have

burlster wrote:
I just have one question, can you explain your picture? I find the idea of a Poodle Storm Trooper hilarious Laughing out loud

The original truncated name was "lambinastormtroopersuit" if I remember correctly . . . . so that's exactly what the picture is Wink

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Mouse with antlers stapled to its head!

lambinastormtroopersuit : So dogs dressed as Sci-Fi villians and "frogs with top-hat and spats". I'll have to get you a Cat in a cowboy outfit, or an Earthworm with a space outfit (called Jim) for our joint birthday on the 29th!

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