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A general request: when I get into a thing, I often get way into it. I get really excited, and have a period where I just want to love and enjoy it and think about nothing else. When that's going on and I'm posting about it, please please do not throw water on my enthusiasm by responding with how much you hate it, or that it sucks, or that it's going to suck. There will be a time for that, gawd knows I love overanalyzing and criticizing things, even if I love those things, but there's an initial phase where I just want to enjoy and gibber about something enthusiastically and please let me have that as a favor to me.

I'll try to flag my posts when I'm going through a period like that. I know nerdyninth has those rules but I will probably not be doing it on the ninth or only on the ninth so suggestions for a new hashtag are welcomed!
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I am all about criticism! For some people I imagine sitting with me while I watch a show I love and dissect it or even make fun of it would be maddening. I've had friends be really puzzled or angry when I break down my problems with a movie or a show or something because they think I'm busting it and I'm not! Analyzing something is my way of loving it even more. So I totally welcome those conversations, but sometimes I need some time to just sit with something and experience it and be enthusiastic about it. But I haven't been very good at signaling which state I'm in when talking about something, and I'm sure I have been unfairly harsh towards people before for being critical of something when I was still in my pre-critical phase. I don't think the things I like need to be protected from criticism, but I want to keep MYSELF from being a jerk and let people know when I'm interested in a specific type of conversation and the other kind can come later.
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This and Tech Noir are the top tracks off that album for me.
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No Spoilers At All Please

Started watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I'd steered clear initially because of the title but I've heard so many good things about it. It's GREAT. I don't watch a lot of musicals, but every episode I go, "Okay, that was the best song. They can't top that one," and then the following episode has another amazing one.

Here's the theme song which made me go, "I wish someone had sent me this when I was doubting it based on the title," BUT you might want to just watch the show and see all the songs including the opening title in context which is what I'm glad I did.
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"Settle For Me" is amazing. Also the musical call-backs are great.
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finding that banana picture made me wonder if there were any good bad cholesterol related stock photos that i could find for +Epidiah Ravachol and i found that there's tons of stock photos where people just put random words on photos like this one

though in this case i assume the ants think that they can trick all the humans into dying off by convincing them that high cholesterol is a great idea and, as a result, become the dominant species on the planet
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Hi, I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
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Oh, and I absolutely love the post-metal vibe at 3:14 (Chugging synthesized guitar + double-bass drum)
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Well I guess I have to watch Agents of Shield now.
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season 2 has Hyde and the actor is amazing

don't listen to these people
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I translated this cute message left for Pokemon Go players at Miyazaki Shrine in Hiroshima, Japan! Embedded image. 12:44 AM - 22 Jul 2016. 5310 Retweets5031 Likes. Reply to @differentoceans. Replies. ☆briaegg☆. 12h12 hours ago. ☆briaegg☆ @idkbria. @differentoceans tfw the shine priest ...
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D'awwww.
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Rimworld - I've been trying out a lot of the different space colony simulator games that have been released, and while they've been interesting in different ways none of them have totally been what I was looking for. Rimworld, on the other hand, is 100% of the way there. Technically it's in early access but the developer has said it's a completed game at this point, they're just continuing to add content to it. It's very Dwarf Fortressy, complex and challenging enough to keep me interested, but not so complex that I feel overwhelmed and unable to understand all the options available to me. For the default game you start off with three survivors who have crash landed in escape pods and make a god of it while the inhabitants of the planet (other human factions) show up to trade with you or raid you. While not as complex as Dwarf Fortress, it's hit that sweet spot of interesting and weird things happening, like that time a herd of deer attack and overran my colony.

The Witcher 3 - I was chugging along and then I hit Family matters and now I am super duper hooked. What a killer story. Ghost babies! Now I'm running around Velen doing clean-up and hitting all the quests I haven't completed yet and wiping all the points of interest from my map.

Factorio - A neat automation simulation seems right up my alley, but a few things drag me down. One is that I'm not very smart at setting up automation systems and crushing inefficiencies, and as the tools available let me do more complex things I become less able to use them. Second is that a lot of upgrades are more efficient versions of tools you got previously, which means I'm doing a lot of boring work running around upgrading the systems I already set up with the new versions of technology I get. I broke my no early access rule to pick this up but I may have to wait until it's complete to spend a lot more time with it. It's definitely a game I have to study and if it continues to undergo a lot of changes I'd rather do that once it's in a more complete state.

Total War: Warhammer - I'm really excited about the new Beastmen faction and their mini-campaign, though disappointed that you can only play Beastmen in it (I'd love to have a go at trying the greenskin faction on a different map). I have a dwarf campaign that I've been nudging along too. I just conquered Black Crag which should set the greenskins back sufficiently, but the chaos hordes just razed Kislev to the ground and tearing through the empire. I might have to ask my old friend Grimgor for a cease fire to deal with that.

Expendabros/Broforce - The Expendabros campaign got me to fire up the original Broforce again and I'm trying it on hard to get the remaining unlocks. I unlocked Broden, Bro Lee, and Tank Bro which I think is all of them. Such a dumb fun game.

Hotline Miami 2 - I missed the official release of the level editor! I downloaded this and have been trying out new user made levels. I love this. It's one of my favorite games and having the players generate new content to extend the game has made me really happy.

TEW 2016 - The community around this has created something called the Road to Glory challenge where you create a PC wrestler and slowly improve them over time so I've been playing with that. 2016 seems to have made it a lot harder to advance smaller federations which is my favorite thing to do, but it's still been pretty enjoyable.

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Overwatch, Clicker Heroes and Kentucky Route Zero.
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when you use the same measuring cup on the rice after you already measured the water
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The struggle is real.
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due to some recent bloodwork results i was googling "fighting cholesterol" and found this truly inspirational

get im banana
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I missed the ketchup blood spatter the first time I looked at this.
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I like Courtney and everything he writes about games. And check out those devilbuns on the cover. Picking up ASAP.
 
Perdition is out!

Perdition is a third-wave clone about a prime material plane already conquered by hell. It's rules that allow you to explore a setting. There's no pages of fiction here. The .pdf is hyperlinked to the Table of Contents and Index. The hardcovers have bonus content.

Writing is by Courtney Campbell and +Arnold K. . 

Cover and interior art by +Matthew Adams 

Other interior art by +Heather Gwinn  , +russ nicholson  , +MARCIN s  , and +Michael Raston .

Editing is by +Chris H  , +Sándor Gebei , and Courtney Campbell.

None of this book is a rehash of stuff you already have. You won't find leather armor, dwarves as a race, or fighter as a class.

What's Inside:

* 7 new races like the Bogill or Red Trolls
* 12 classes like the Shroud, Mystic, and Inheritor
* 14 pages covering all the rules of the game
* 20 pages covering encounters, combat, and criticals
* 12 pages covering fiend summoning, possession, demonic contracts, and the vile conclave
* Equipment lists you've never seen before. Use flamethrowers, hurlbats, parashus, and mercy-givers to kill your enemies. Wear silk armor, linothorax, or four-mirror armor to protect yourself. Strap on a cave helmet or plague mask to give yourself a bonus. Acquire talismans to protect yourself or brand yourself with mystical sigils from higher powers as a shield. Light the way with a fettered fire fairy or an arclight. Acquire useful hirelings like the Alienist, Horn Pig or Phonologist
* Magic, including spell surges, 8 schools of magic, psionic abilities, 4 elemental paths, shapechanging, animal companions, mutations, and sorcerous summons
* Monsters, including guidelines for Titanic Agonicmorphs, giant creatures the size of cities, demonic invasions, and 6 fiendish patrons for characters to serve
* Guidelines for the Agonarch (Game Master) including treasure, magic items, campaign design, handling wickedness and tables to help you generate demons and devils
* The hardcover contains bonus content and illustrations , including an illustration of the animals of perdition, from the strange troon, the giant quispquip, or the dark hearted cassowary, guidelines and advice for running the game, and conversion advice

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1st wave OSR = ~grabs your shoulder confidently~ clones, clones everywhere
2nd wave OSR = new systems that refine and/or reinvent old school rules (ACKS, LotFP, DCC, etc)
3rd wave OSR = usually freaky sometimes gonzo settings with supplementary rules and ideas (but almost always "system neutral" - operating under the assumption that every table uses a something a little or a lot different)
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