Author Archives: Lantiis


Kindness of Others

By others, in this instance, I mean my mechanic. A little backstory here…

I take medication that makes it difficult for my body to process heat and cold some of the time. Sometimes everything is fine while other times I am a mess. Sitting in a cool breeze on an 80 degree day could very well cause me to go into a heat stroke or I might be perfectly fine. I don’t usually know until it is getting to be too late – like call the ambulance late (flushed skin, no sweating, major headache, dizzy)! Yesterday was almost one of those days…

It wasn’t particularly hot out – maybe in the high 70s to low 80s. There was a breeze, and I wasn’t being active. I was just waiting on my car to be fixed, so I could head out to the rest of the days chores. It had only been about an hour and my mechanic grabbed a stool and sat it almost directly in front of a huge fan. He told me to come sit down. When I got there, he asked if I was okay and said he noticed how flushed I had gotten. He felt I was overheating.

He was right. I hadn’t even noticed yet. Sitting in front of the fan stalled the heat exhaustion and even improved upon it a bit. He really saved my backside. I know I thanked him; I just don’t think I thanked him enough. It’s pretty rare when someone takes the time to notice what’s happening and then helps you out like that. I’m so grateful to my mechanic – yesterday could have turned out a lot different than me driving home.

Redesigning my Ambrivan Generator Bases

It is a long time in coming. Well not a looooong time, a couple months since I started my CS Ambrivans. The old bases are static and boring, so I decided to try and make the bases flow more and be more interesting.

I  have a couple issues with the male base, the biggest one is that I made his torso just a touch too short. I will be fixing the torso during the lining process. I love the female base and don’t anticipate any changes with her. To finish may take me to the end of October though. There are a lot of elements that need to be put into place, lining, coloring, detail work, etc. Most other work will be put on hold while I take care of business here XD



Web Admin Woes

I run, as some know, in addition to this website. SMAU is a bit different as it is a social site with many different kinds of social interactions available for its members. I like to be a neutral party to most disagreements and just have members with issues block each other. But sometimes that doesn’t work, and I have to take a side.

This one issue has weighed heavily on my shoulders. It is still a huge burden to me today. User A and B have a conflict. User A was there first, has been a longtime active member, and has caused literally zero issues on the site with other members. User B came second, has since been an active member, but has caused issues with another member (User A). At the start of 2017, I wiped clean all slates of members at SMAU, including User B. I did this for User B as B says they aren’t guilty as charged (despite the evidence) and wouldn’t ever do any such things.

Come down the timeline to now, 9 months later, and my second chance for User B has been found to be wrongly placed. User B returned to the same undesirable behavior. User B has been ticked down to a basic member on SMAU and has lost any and all privileges earned the last 9 months. The issue now is that User A seems to want to be active again, but User B is still here.

Their accounts have been blocked from each other. Our block system works a lot like Twitter’s system where you can still see each other and what you post but you can’t interact with someone who has you blocked. Not great, but it’s what we got for now.

So this brings me to my woe being that I like to remain neutral. I am siding with User A, this I know. User B is clearly in the wrong. However, since the offense was so extreme to User A, should I just go ahead and indefinitely suspend User B from the site? Or is this block enough of a protection for User A? I am afraid I could use some input here to help me make my final decision. Thoughts?

Users A and B, I am sure you know who you are. Please refrain from commenting.

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