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Yet another brilliant work by Jeff Brown. Like this is just seriously beautiful.
 
Here's a new wraparound book cover I have been working on. I was trying to do something somewhat original here with a ship design I have never seen before. I hope I succeeded! I had so much fun on this one, I would love to do more of these soon.

I do these for $650 ($450 for front cover, $200 extra for back cover)
www.jeffbrowngraphics.com
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Need a copy of a great rpg book? PDF style.
 
It's ‪#‎FridayThe13thAge‬! Follow this link to get 13th Age ‪#‎RPG‬ for just $13 on DriveThruRPG.com http://owl.li/UCB08
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Seriously... Our officials need to rethink how they do this. We have a hard enough time teaching people, but when you find someone curious enough to build what is a fundamental part of how we operate (with respect to time), they should be rewarded.
 
This is making the rounds because it damn well should be.  Some real winners:

the school phoned police

and

Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.

And, of course, 

He’s vowed never to take an invention to school again.

When I was little, one of the first songs I learned just by listening was Harry Chapin's "Flower's are Red" which is more or less about a stifling teacher crushing the creativity and enthusiasm out of a young kid.   It's a product of its time, and I admit these days I'm a lot less worried about general authority crushing kids, and more about the miasma of racism and sexism doing the job.


http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/northwest-dallas-county/headlines/20150915-irving-9th-grader-arrested-after-taking-homemade-clock-to-school.ece
MacArthur High student Ahmed Mohamed has been suspended, his father is upset and some suspect Islamophobia.
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If God gave us taste buds, it's because he wanted us to use them. That's all the logic we need to rationalize wanting to eat a box full of the…
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I take a "brief" look at my exposure to tabletop RPG...
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Ditto
 
Love this.
“Apparently, a sufficient number of puppies can explain any computer science concept. Here we have multithreading:”
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By Crom! is Rachel Kahn’s joke-a-panel autobiographical comic featuring life advice and spiritual guidance from Conan the Barbarian. It ran from January 2012 until May 2014, and is collected in two books, The Collected By Crom!and Full Colour Cromulence. You can read the complete archives and learn more about it's future on www.WealdComics.com

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Eldritch horrors? Sounds fun to me.
 
The chilling cosmic terror of the Cthulhu Mythos meets covert action and modern conspiracy. DELTA GREEN brings down the thunder at Kickstarter, with the core game long since unlocked and new resources and scenarios being unlocked almost every day.

Massive new sourcebooks are coming:

IMPOSSIBLE LANDSCAPES, a campaign against the King in Yellow.

CONTROL GROUP, a campaign of introductory scenarios.

DEEP STATE, a look at the secret organizations and companies that surround modern-day Delta Green.

And much more when we unlock those.

Back DELTA GREEN at Kickstarter. Get the Agent's Handbook, or the expanded Case Officer's Handbook if you plan to run a campaign yourself. Get THE FALL OF DELTA GREEN, a Gumshoe game by Kenneth Hite and Pelgrane Press. Get OPERATIONAL HISTORY and the HANDLER'S SCREEN. Collect all the adventures and other bonuses that backers have unlocked.

Download the quickstart kit -- rules, scenario, playable characters -- and start playing today.

The apocalypse is here. Let's face it together.
Lovecraftian cosmic terror meets the War on Terror. The award-winning RPG setting comes thundering back in a new Cthulhu Mythos game.
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Very cool to see the spread of Machine Learning as a service.
 
Amazon Machine Learning is now available in the EU (Ireland) AWS Region. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3kk6i
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This is incredible.
 
If you’ve ever had a problem identifying your luggage at the airport, the Fine Line Workshop in Pennsylvania will fix that for you – they’ve got a line of leather-clad ‘monster boxes’ that are hard to miss and look like they carry a serious bite.
Each hand-made box is decorated by sculpting leather over a wooden box. Glass eyes, fake teeth and paint transform them into ‘mimic’ creatures from the Dungeons and Dragons table-top roleplaying game that trick adventurers into approaching them by disguising themselves as treasure chests.
The workshop, run by artist Mellie Z, uses fantasy and RPG elements heavily in their work, so if this is something you’re into, be sure to check out their Etsy shop for tons of other leather products!
More info: finelineleatherdesign.com | Etsy | Facebook (h/t: demilked)
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Such a tragedy. I can't even imagine the loss.
 
Tabletop community - something truly terrible happened to one of our own.

A charity bundle has been set up at DriveThruRPG. Please take a look, lots of good stuff there, for a very reasonable price to offer a small amount of help. 
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Yes!
 
Some of the personalized advertising out there is getting too spooky. I'm fairly frequently seeing products I just was looking at in an online store immediately afterward in an ad on a news website.

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post advocating this type of advertising, "What to advertise when there is no commercial intent?" (http://goo.gl/iZi3P9). The point of that article was that, if you have no immediate purchase intent -- someone isn't doing a web search for a product -- then you might have to reach back in the person's history to find the last purchase intent they had and build on that.

However, this did not mean that you should just show the last product I looked at, which is what a lot of these ads are doing. If I look at a chair, don't follow me around the web showing me ads for that same chair over and over again. That's spooky and not helpful.

Personalized ads should help people discover things they don't know about related to past purchase intent. If I look at a chair, show me similar furniture and coupons and deals related in some way to that chair and that store. Don't just show me the same chair again. I know about that chair. Show me something I don't know. Help me discover something I haven't found yet.

Personalization, including personalized advertising, is about helping people discover things they did not find on their own. Personalization is not re-finding, just showing what I found before, just exposing my history. Personalization is discovery. 
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