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More on Comic Writing. Decent stuff here.
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Got a bit of a Charlie's Angels thing going on. 5 ladies, all different colors.

Anyway, loving the new "Colony" (read: roommate) system in Starbound 1.0. It dynamically generates quests with goals on YOUR planet. And also will sometimes cross-involve other roommates.
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Don't spend your sand doing things you don't want to. Don't spend it on people who don't get or appreciate you.Thing is, you have no idea how large your hourglass is. All we know is the hourglass has no bottom, and the sand runs out for us all.

Its not selfish to remember to lift yourself up now and then. If you are broken, you can't lift up others. Seek your joy. Cherish those you love.
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10 more min of DUAL Universe. It's looking DAMN good for PRE Alpha.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dPmVdMU434
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I was a bit on the fence at first. "That's cool and all, but you're really not showing me anything mind blowing. You're just blending Space Engineers and that dumb survival game that flopped." "Wait what? Every player is going to be on the same server? Territory conflicts? Empires? Realistic scale in a persistent multi-planetoid universe? Okay, where do I insert my wallet?"

Seriously. This is starting to look like Space Engineers + Planetside 2 + Odinsperm.
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==== Sous Vide Experiment Results ====

I wrote a post here about wanting to do this, earlier in the week [ https://goo.gl/bVT0k8 ].

I got 6 14oz Ribeys for about $12 a piece. Brought them home, bagged them each in quart bags, and sucked the air out with a straw (remember we're doing ultra redneck/poor-man's here).

You can see the picture of the Charbroil Brand Meat Probe. That thing is exactly the SORT of thing you want; so the probe can stay in the closed lid (the cord is about 3 feet long). But you want Maverick Brand as THAT one has better reviews and updates automatically/instantly. The Charbroil brand is a piece of crap and takes 6 seconds between "ticks" to watch the temperatures go up, NOT jump to what it is at the time, the thing ticks up. I'm taking it back after this.

So the temperature was an issue. You start with hot tap water, and on average it's supposed to be about 130F out of most taps (mine was 120F). You then should only need to add a little bit of semi-boiling water to raise the temperature to 135-145. After futzing with it, and because of the tick-lag, I raised it to 175 at it's highest. I let the meat set at that temp for a time, but then realized I could add ice and cold water to drive the temperature back DOWN (yeah it took me about 10 min for this to dawn on me).

If I did this again (and I am going to) I'd get a smaller cooler (you don't need such a huge cooler for 6, quart sized, steaks), and I'd get a more precise thermometer.

The outcome? Even though I made the temperature flux, I chose to scale the time back from 1-hour 45-min, down to 1-hour 10-min (remember cooking meat you have three variables: time, temp, and thickness). This is because for a time I let the temp get too high. If you get the temp in that 135F - 145F range, the cooler is VERY well insulated, and you can let the meat set for up to 3 hours if you have the time. The longer, the more tender and buttery the steak will be. Remember: the temp can only go DOWN, you can't overcook these.

When it was time to take them out, I then melted some butter, Old-Bay, salt, and Worcestershire together and used that as a grease on a hot griddle to sear the steaks (I left mine unseared in the name of science). I LOVE nearly raw meat, so i didn't think I'd mind, but I had a bite of the wife's and the sear DOES make all the difference.

This was THE most tender meat I've ever made. This was $30 restaurant prime-rib good. Everyone was commenting how good it was, even the Mrs. who was skeptical to start.

Keep in mind you can do this with Fish, Chicken, Pork... Oh, I also did some button mushrooms in a bag and they were amazing. The guests were asking what all I added to the mushrooms, but it was just them, in a bag, they were amazing and juicy.

Better Thermometer, Smaller Cooler, and asking the guests to chip in some cash for meat, that's all I'd do next time.

I'm making a note here, huge success.
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You shouldn't need to suck out the air. Just use the displacement of the air by the water around the bag to push the air out, and seal the bag with the top just out of the water. That's good enough for this job. You don't HAVE to have vacuum inside, all you need is for the bag to be as close to the meat as possible so the heat transfer is even.

I have an Anova immersion circulator and a Cambro 4 1/2 gallon tank with a sliding-hatch top that I modified so the circulator fits. I used ziploc bags and the displacement method for better part of a year. Then I used Freshsaver bags, zipper-close bags with a one-way valve in the side that a hand-held vacuum gun fits on to evacuate the bag.

Now I use a fairly inexpensive Foodsaver and commercial-grade vacuum bags from Amazon. They all worked just as well, but the better grade of bag and sealer just make it easier.
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Here, have some Iron Fist
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I'm looking into maybe doing my own comic. Something short form that might expand larger. This video, and this guy's channel, has loads of good info for writers and artists alike.
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HEY It's the artist of Akiko on the Planet Smoo!!!
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Preacher marathon with my favorite ladies.
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==== Story Forge Presents: Ariola DuVaux ====

Last time I presented Story Forge Cards, I didn't provide any explanation of the head cannon they had wrought: so you had much less context. As such here is a "reading" I did for a character in the Comic that bri and I are penning.

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Ariola is a Diplomat from Capital City. She has access to lots of funds, a ship, and a small regiment of men. She has also studied illusion magic, though this is a secret she keep close to her.

Mother represents the “Criminal": a prostitute and drug runner.

Father represent “Wealth": a Duke of wealth and power, he had a weak spot for substances and women. He met her mother in a brothel. After several trips he decided to buy her outright and move her to his estate, so he’d no longer have to keep going into the low-quarter to see her.

“Epiphany” brings them together, when her father realises he can just buy her into his services. He treats her well, like a wife not a whore. He clothes her, feeds her, teaches her finance and astrology. She is not his equal, but his servants know she is just a step below.

“The Leader” is the problem in their love. She has to go by a new name now that she’s his courtesan. The Leader is someone of power, a constable or officer who seeks to unravel her wrap sheet and prove she should be executed. The leader has charm and influence to get his way.

Ariola is born out of “Gnosis”. Her Mother and Father understand the danger and wrongness of their criminal acts, but have chosen to continue to move forward. He is stronger with Her. She’s cold and calculating and helps him plan and expand his estate/influence.

The complication to her birth is the “Investor”: When the Duke has a daughter and not a son, he knows one of his partners is going to want to marry her when she comes of age. This is a man who has put much of his own time and resources into the Duke's estate/influence, and will want the favors returned. He can wait 16 years to claim his prize; he plays long games.

Fate’s role in her birth is one of “Destruction”: It takes a couple years after Ariola is born, but finally the criminal acts of her parents catch up to them. The Duke regrettingly has to chose and gives up his wife and one-third of his assets to escape prosecution and damnation. He fiercely protects his daughter.

Ariola’s Early Strength is “Alliance”: She is conniving like her mother, but knows how to bring people together to get to the root of their wants and form treaties.

Ariola’s Early Weakness is “Despair”: She is told the truth about her mother’s capture and execution and lives in a state of fear thinking that the Guard will come for her and her father any day now. He assures her that the sword has already fallen and that they are secure. She still worries.

Her early education is centered around “War”: She does not fight on the front lines, but she does visit troops as she is educated in tactics, logistics, resource management, and how to outthink an enemy. She becomes a young and pretty face in the propaganda. While she understands the economic benefits of War, she resigns herself to not have to fight her battles so directly and with bloodshed SHE has to witness.

Her early beliefs foundation is “The Gamble”. She firmly believes “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”. She’s willing to break more than few eggs if it results in a grand omelette buffet.

If life has taught her anything is it is the boon of “The Lovers”. For better or worse she clings to the story of her parent’s love; looking past those they took advantage of and just focusing on their love and passion. Despite her calculating demeanor, she holds a fantasy in her heart like a Disney Princess. She dreams of a prince that will come and take her on an adventure, where they can build an empire of their own.

A Positive Shaping Experience is “Clarity” which dovetails with a Negative Shaping Experience of “The Manipulator”: Her White Knight does come and they court one another for two years. They are to be married when she realizes that he is using and manipulating her. She is livid with herself. She’s been spiteful and cold before, but it never occurred to her to use lust and affection to get what she wants out of life. She realize his ruse, calls off the wedding and has suffered a calculable loss in wealth, land, and influence, but not so much as if she had gone through with the wedding.

At the start of the story she is “Adrift”: Literally and figuratively, she has absconded with the family yacht and takens a squad of men for protection. She is traveling the world now, crushed at the loss of her love, but taking pride in that she escaped his trap mostly unscathed. She is visiting ports up and down the coast looking for… something. She is incomplete now, and soul searchin. She hopes she’ll find her answers out in the world, as the politics of Capital City do not interest her, for now.
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I'm so glad! In just 5 readings, I feel I have gotten my money's worth.
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==== Map of Al'Kasa ====

Another draft I'm working on for a Fantasy Story / Graphic Novel idea I have. This is just to play with shapes and colors. I'll be tracing over this and making a very high-detailed version of this soon-ish.

1 Hex = 50km = 30miles = 1 day's travel by horse.
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Shhhh... ;) yeah if GRRM can base GoT off of most of the United Kingdom... :D I am learning to not let fear of appropriation hold me back. 
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  • University of Advancing Technology
    Video Game Art and Design, 2006 - 2008
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Multimedia Technology, 2000 - 2003
  • Eagle High School
    Web Design and the Arts, 2000
  • University of South Alabama
    Hurricane Katrina and realizing that Art Degrees are useless, 2005 - 2005
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Professional Graphic/Web Designer, Artist/Illustrator., Writer of Strands of PowerInsertion, Space Trouble, Rosundril, EndWorld and C0NGL0MERATE.

Here are my public circles.  If you add me, let me know where you should go, otherwise I'm going to base it off of who we have in common. Also, shoot me a message and let me know why you added me.

• RPGers (People Generally Interested in RPGs)
• Strands of Fate (Do you love FATE or SoF like me? Here is where I put you).
• RPG Big Dogs (Those who have worked in or for the RPG industry. Writers, Artists, or Others who have been, or are about to be, published)
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• Politics (Upcoming Elections, Hot button Issues).

Top Favorite Movies of ALL time:

1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2. Brazil
3. Inception
4. Snatch
5. 12 Monkeys
6. Fight Club
7. Vanilla Skies
8. Pulp Fiction

Top Musicians/Bands of ALL time:

1. Nine Inch Nails
2. David Bowie
3. Billy Joel
4. Tom Waits
5. That Handsome Devil
6. CeeLo Green

Recently Read Sci-fi.
1. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
2. Draco Tavern - Larry Niven
3. Old Man's War - John Scalzi
4. The Lost Fleet: Dauntless - Jack Campbell
5. Coyote - Allen Steele


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Co Author on _Strands of Power_ , Bachelors (Cum Laude): Video Game Art and Design. Worked for Pinnacle Entertainment
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Design Specialist at "Andrew Chason Design".
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    Freelance Logo/Web/Game Designer, Illustrator, Writer, 2009 - present
  • Pinnacle Entertainment Group
    GUI Artist, 2008 - 2009
  • Truth for Today World Mission School
    Multimedia Coordinator, 2008 - 2009
  • University of Advancing Tehcnology
    Mulimedia Intern, 2007 - 2009
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We are in love with Schnitzel Garten. Great food, huge portions, wonderfull company: all for prices that won't ravage your wallet. We'll be making more excuses to wind up here for sure.
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Any place where I order a "Double Cheese Burger" that then gives me one piece of cheese on the burger, and that is the common practice, gets an F in my book. Afterall, I didn't order a Double Burger, with Cheese. I ordered a Double Cheese, Burger. Repeat After me. "Cheese, Meat, Cheese, Meat". It's an art, but not rocket-science. The other offence is it is apparent they use pre made, near flavorless patties. The nicest thing I have to say about them is they use actual mayo and not miracle whip. If you want cheap AND good, go to Arctic Circle just down the road. Stay clear of this place, it's not worth what you pay, I am dissapoint.
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Prices were a little high, but overall the flavor was great. They let me customize my sandwich how _I_ wanted, and it was quite savory. Salad Bar is adequate, and while there is no spinach _on_ the bar, they will give you _all_ the spinach if you just ask them for some. The decor is there, as in, they have some. The homemade ranch and bread was more of an appeal to me. Too bad they don't have "Sun Dried (or even oven slow cooked) Tomatoes.
Appeal: GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Definitely more of a Bar and NOT a steakhouse. Waste of time, paying for drinks and walking. will go somewhere we know is good. They should advertise that they are a Finger Steak House. The decor is trashy and smells of an era when you could smoke in a bar. Not a steakhouse, and not a sports bar, this place has a marketing and identity crisis.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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Don't eat here. They don't know what they are, or are doing. They have something for everyone, and and as such make everything poorly. They have pizza, sandwiches, coffee, a full bar, gelato, sushi. Four times they asked if we ”want to open a tab”. Four times we had to say no. we weren't drinking. We paid for our food, and then had to pay for the REST of it when we were done because they didn't charge us for it all, they put it on our ”tab”. My sandwitch was over priced, flavorless, and had a two inch SLAB of feta. So dry.
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I hate my reliance on Walmart but LOVE their variety and prices. If you dirty hipsters want to say it's run down fine, you _don't_ have to shop here. Besides you should be off supporting the Ma&Pa stores anyway. Right? At night, during non "peak" hours they don't have as many lines open. Again, while I don't like going there (but I am a bit agoraphobic) I love it once I get there. I know where things are, the people are friendly, and the prices are pretty darned low. God bless Capitalism.
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