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#onthisday  in 1824, 190 years ago, the poet George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, or simply Lord Byron, died of a fever during the Greek War of Independence in Missolonghi at the age of 36.

“I am reading them now for the second time. I should not like to miss them although they leave behind a painful impression. How much gossip often about the most futile things ; what offences taken at each silly  judgment of journalists ; what a wild life with dogs,  monkeys, peacocks, horses; everything without connecting links! Only as regards taking a view on a thing, Byron judges well and clearly ; reflection is not his. His judgments and combinations are often those of children. With what patience he allows himself to be reproached with plagiarisms, firing only small shot at his antagonists for his defence, instead of thundering down upon them with heavy cannons. Does not everything that the past and the present have done belong by right light to the poet ? Why should he feel afraid of culling flowers wherever he finds them ? Only by appropriating the very best part of other people's [mental] treasures, something great can be produced. Have I not myself made use of Job and of a Shakespeare-song for Mephistopheles ? Byron was mostly unknown to himself a great poet; seldom he fully enjoyed his own self.'" (Goethe)

When “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” was published and his lordship “awoke one morning and found myself famous", his course was set for him to become the greatest cultural icon of the 19th century, rivalled only by Napoleon. As it seems, the contemporary public, softened up by a few decades of widely read Gothic fiction and the earlies of the Romantic Movement, had just waited for the libertinous offshoot of eccentric Scottish nobility, his very own meanderings through the Mediterranean world and the racy tales he told and versified – condensed into a new cult figure: the Byronic Hero, smart, passionate, courageous, marked by a cruel fate, restless, sensitive, lonely. And while the female audience, from chambermaid to duchess, from John O’Groates to Moscow, swooned over the verses of the doomed poet and the jeunesse dorée’s menfolk wore their shirt collar open with flying scarves wound around them, striking pensive poses á la Byron. And the scandals, of course. Allegedly buggering everything with a heartbeat, girls, married women, men, boys, his own half-sister. Byron was the prime mover for a rock star image. He literally wrote the book.

It is very probably quite an exaggeration that Byron had laid down his life for the freedom of Greece. In fact, he was already sick unto death when he arrived there in 1823, completely spent at the age of 35 and died barely a year later as the leader of a Greek rebel army from various ailments, topped by a sever fever. There were speculations, however, that he might have been crowned as the King of Greece, he who pondered Prinny’s idea of making him poet laureate: “The other night, at a ball, I was presented by order to our gracious Regent, who honoured me with some conversation, and professed a predilection for poetry.—I confess it was a most unexpected honour, and I thought of poor Brummell's adventure, with some apprehension of a similar blunder. I have now great hope, in the event of Mr. Pye's decease, of "warbling truth at court," like Mr. Mallet of indifferent memory.—Consider, one hundred marks a year! besides the wine and the disgrace; but then remorse would make me drown myself in my own butt before the year's end, or the finishing of my first dithyrambic”

Byron’s death in Missolonghi, along with his writings, set an unprecedented public awareness campaign in motion and his fans and followers, often well connected or in high positions themselves, caused the intervention of Europe’s major powers in Greece that finally lead to her independence in 1829 – against the arrangements made during the Congress of Vienna, a beacon that shone among the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe, longing for their own freedom and while the Byronic Hero got out of vogue during the second half of the century, Byron, the poet of liberty, became all the rage and most national poets of the age owed deliberate allegiance to Byron, often playing the Byronic Hero, at least a bit, and versifying Byronic romances that are known by heart to this day. Even if Byron himself is more or less forgotten outside the English-speaking world after the turmoil of the 20th century, when various totalitarian regimes found it no longer comme il faut to encourage the discourse and reception of a freedom loving English rock star poet. In his beloved Greece alone, the tradition of venerating Byron remains unbroken to this day.

Depicted below is the Flemish painter Joseph Denis Odevaere’s (1775–1830) imagination of “Lord Byron on his Death-bed” 1826, Groeningemuseum, Bruges

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron

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I just got the test run for the new prints, and I'm really happy with both the paper quality and the colouring! If you'd like to purchase one (you should, they're awesome) please go here: https://sarah-scott-painting.squarespace.com/prints/
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Of interest to +Ara Kooser and other geeky friends who are into data visualization.
The data visualization master's new work gives a history and analysis of leafy diagrams
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Sarah posted a picture of the kid on FB, because it's his birthday. Someone replied with "he'd look soooooo cute with a baby sister."

We chose to have one kid, because we're both artists, and we understand the kind of time/energy/attention/resources a kid needs and the time/energy/attention/resources art needs. They're usually at odds, especially if you take parenting seriously.

We get this kind of bullshit from friends and relatives constantly.

So, deliberately childless friends, I feel you.
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+Viktor Haag
 That's what  the drug addicts say.
It's part of an untenable world view.

I have a niece. I love her dearly. Like she was my first kid. But she's an idiot. I mean a certifiable idiot who makes stupid choices constantly and has done so for years. Love doesn't dictate that I should shut up and respect the fact that she smoked during all 9 months of both of her pregnancies. Love (true, unselfish love) dictates that I risk her love for me by rightly letting her know her error. Love also means that I forgive her her errors or even her stupidity. Now.... that's not a wonderfully comparable example, but it does address the idea that 'love' should shut up and respect choices.

I probably sound terribly antagonistic Viktor. I earnestly don't mean to. Please forgive me if so. I hold no animosity or ill will. Just trying to give some scope from my perspective. I hope I haven't diminished any possibility for a friendship. I wish you the best.
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One of the professors in our department gave me a bag with about 30 lbs of venison burger and cube steak. I've never cooked venison, but I do understand that you have to add fat and either stew, braise, or fry it.

Any tips or recipes?
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+Brennen Reece it's good ... Gets rid of the gaminess for the most part. :)
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More rpg art like this. Jeff Simpson.

http://conceptartworld.com/?p=32891
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More rpg art like this, please: "Medusa" - Olaf Hajek

http://art-and-fury.tumblr.com/tagged/olaf%20hajek
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I'm doing character sheet design for a client. How does my design process begin? On paper with a pencil.

When I first started working as a graphic designer, I was lucky enough to work for pain-in-the-ass art directors who demanded three or more hand-drawn thumbnail sketches which they'd mark up and ask for changes.
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My process:
1.Empathize
2. Research
3. Sketch until your hand is sore
4. Judge the sketches (repeat steps 3 and 4 until you hate the project, the client, your employer, and you doubt your career choices)
5. Sleep 3hrs after building a strong defensible comp
6. Present comp to the client who requests that I use Papyrus or Comic Sans
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Just finished running an awesome pick-up game of #DungeonWorld  with +Pete Figtree and +Scot Drew. They were evil cultists sent to retrieve a ceremonial dagger from an ancient temple in time to make the equinox sacrifice to their demonic patron Zaguul. It ended up a high-energy, out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire jungle crawl. A great way to end a rainy Monday with a couple of good friends.
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If you're playing really complex games (like Hero System), or games with lots of dice, or dice you need to move around (like Dogs in the Vineyard), the "tabletop"  and the dice macros are pretty useful (you can put clickable icons on the top of a character sheet, frex).

There are built in index cards that you can arrange around a pile of black and white dice on the tabletop if you're playing Fiasco.

If you're playing tactical games, there's neat stuff you can do with lighting, fog-of-war, and line-of-sight.

Sharing handouts is really easy.

For the games I'm running now, though, I don't really need all that. If I had a less hectic schedule, I might be interested in more complicated or tactical games.
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