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Andrés Santiago Pérez-Bergquist
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I received my copy of the new edition of 7th Sea, the RPG set in a combination of every famous historical period in Europe. It’s as if Elizabethan England, Louis XIV plus the French Revolution, the Viking Era, the Hanseatic League, the Hundred Years War, the Spanish Inquisition, Renaissance Italy, Catherine the Great, and Pirates of the Caribbean were all happening at the same time.

Then, it hit me—this game is Caucasian Adventures! In the same way that RPGs give you a bullshit unresearched, disrespectfully culture-blurring mashup of popularly-known elements of other continents tossed into a disorganized morass, that’s how this game approaches Europe.

http://www.story-games.com/forums/discussion/3548/caucasian-adventures

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We’re watching Agent Carter, and at one point the chief complains that the Vice President is calling him daily for status updates. I was curious who was the Vice President back in 1946 when the show is set, and the answer is no one! FDR died shortly into his fourth term, and Truman became President, but there was no procedure to replace the Vice President until the passage of the 25th Amendment in 1967 in the wake of the JFK assassination, so we were without a VP for nearly four years. (The procedures laid out in the 25th Amendment became relevant surprisingly soon afterwards, with the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon.) Unexpectedly, if you click through to the article on the 25th Amendment, you can scroll down to where they have a section on each of the Presidential colonoscopies that have taken place, as invocations of Section 3…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman#cite_note-1

Put Morgan to bed, go call my dad. Repeatedly put her back in bed after she keeps getting up, stealing the locking pins from random doors, and using them to pick the lock to the room I'm in. After I confiscate the third one and put her back in bed, she's quiet. Foolishly, I assume she's asleep, only to, after the call, find that she's climbed over the child fence gating the office, recovered the lock pins, and is drawing a picture with markers. When asked what she is up to, she replies, "Trust me. Im only going to be drawing a little while." Then, she's yelling at Theresa that she needs to draw it tonight, because she won't have time to do it tomorrow. Then she's wailing at me that she won't have time because she needs to go to work, as she apparently works at a day care, which she did inform me was pretend. Now she's trying to negotiate with Theresa because the thing she is drawing is a chart of how to take care of kids and she needs it before work at 3PM. Theresa has promised to help with the chart tomorrow, and has gotten her back to her room, despite complaints that it will take all her quiet time to finish. Now there's a fresh meltdown over whether the closet doors are both open the exact same crack, to allow an extra photon or two out from the in-closet light that acts as a nightlight. Big, big hug, complaints about timing of mutual hug squeezes, too much big squeezing, and successful disengage!

Addendum: "This is not funny! This is important and I need to do it."

When Morgan sings Let It Go, she mangles that one line into "The Pastor's in the past!" I interpret this to be a reference to a previously unknown Time Lord.

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This morning, while I was having breakfast, we got Jehovah's Witnesses at the door. Conveniently, I was already wearing the following shirt, and I politely informed them that we were uninterested without even having to say "Hail Satan."

http://shirt.woot.com/offers/hell-yeah

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I just went to type in "cdc" on my iPhone, and unfortunately, the autocomplete did not offer CDC as a completion. However, the first suggestion it offered up was "vector", which is reasonable given that two of the letters are off by one key, but my first thought was about VECTOR, the Russian equivalent of the CDC.

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This year's FIRST Robotics competition is about sieging the enemy's castle, and it looks amazing!

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This is an amazing and sobering perspective on the events that inspired the legends associated with Thanksgiving.

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A fun little essay that delves into the various historical events that led to English being such a weird language.
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