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Why I'm enthused about my daughter's new +Crizal-lens prescription glasses*, and she is too!
New glasses with crystal-clear Crizal lenses cut down glare and UV, and are producing a miracle: My daughter's actually wearing her glasses again...
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My daughter shows just how to get started with the new Singer Stylist 7258.
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The not so obvious way to send a tweet from your Apple Watch.
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Played some D&D last night with my friends and my 11yo daughter hung around and watched. And was very enthralled by the process and the idea that we were playing without a board, cards, or much else. I am now thinking I could get her into a game too... 

Anyone else have children playing D&D?

Disclaimer: One of her favorite games is Castle Ravenloft, which we play when we have the time & table space!
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+Dave Taylor , I have to correct my statement, we started with D&D 3.5, which is not really significantly different from Pathfinder. I am not sure I would choose 3.5 or Pathfinder in your case unless you felt comfortable with the rules or are willing to wing it, when you get into an area, where you don't know them. 

My daughter had hung around our boardgaming group, from which I had recruited my players. So she was already familiar with the people involved. Nor was she the only female in the group. They are all at least 20 years older than she is.

I ran a 3.5 campaign in the Forgotten Realms, stringing together converted adventures from Dungeon Magazine into a loosely coherent story. We did that for about 3 years, when we decided to try an adventure path. One of my players had his son join us, too. Who is a couple years younger than my daughter. He had a less easy time transitioning into the game and the group.

The group enjoyed mystery solving more than dungeon crawling. I do not know if that helped or not.

Here is the adventure report from one of the early adventures we did: http://parhoon-naval-yards.blogspot.de/search/label/The%20Inheritance
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Setting up my new HP 1020 Folio Elitebook and so far it's lovely, the nicest PC laptop I've had a chance to use in this (super light!) form factor.
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Ready to quit a Meetup.com group but can't figure out how to do so? Here's the scoop, and it's not so easy, as it turns out... 
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Enjoyed a quick game of Zooreka from Cranium Games this evening with my girl. Fun, very lightweight zoo building game good for the younger gamer...
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I'm thinking this'd be the perfect car to drive to Comic-Con, don't you think?
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Hey Google News team: perhaps you could have a filter so that when a source site gets hacked, as WHBL has clearly been, you could omit display of the hacked content on the Gnews page?   #gnews   #googlenews   +Google News Lab 
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Want to record an audio message on your iMac or MacBook? Here's the fun and easy solution...
 
How do I record my voice as an MP3 on my Mac?: What a nice thing to send to your friend! My children and I like to do voice recordings and send them to friends and family around the world too; it’s lots easier than video, way smaller files, and wonderfully personal to the recipient. Bonus: you can save them and listen months or years later for a laugh or poignant moment. For me, it’s all to play back at my children’s wedding receptions, they just don’t realize it yet! There are some built-in ways to record audio on Mac systems, but as someone who has done a lot of audio recording, including recording an entire audio book — for Twitter Power 3.0 — I will say that the free software program Audacity is a splendid choice and as a bonus, it’s also available for PC and works exactly the same, helpful if you’re not a pure Apple family or business. Start by downloading a copy of Audacity from Audacityteam.org or clicking below, where you indicate which version you want to download and install: Once it’s downloaded and installed – an easy enough process – then double click on it to launch the program. There’s a lot going on in the main window, but don’t be intimidated because you only need to use a fraction of the program’s capabilities. Later you can learn all about its editing capabilities (it’s really quite powerful) but for now, just take a deep breath and proceed. The most important area to pay attention to is smack dab in the middle. See the tiny microphone icon and the adjacent menu Built-in Microph? All you need to do is ensure that it has the correct audio input device selected (likely your built-in microphone, but if you want better quality recordings, external microphones from companies like Blue Microphone can make a substantial difference. If you use an external mic, make sure it’s selected in this menu). To record, all you need to do is click on the red circle near the top, the record button. Then talk and watch the waveforms of your voice: Done recording? Click on the yellow square stop button or click again on the record button, either way. To review what you recorded, click on the green triangle play button. Can’t hear anything? Check the menu choice adjacent to the tiny speaker — on the above, it’s labeled Built-in Output. Don’t like the recording and want to redo it? It’s easy to delete a recording in the program, just click on the “X” on the top left of the recording “track”: There’s no undelete, however, so be careful! When you’re happy with what you’ve recorded, you need to export it to save it as an MP3 format audio file. You can do that by choosing Export from the File menu: Now you’ll get a typical Save As window, in which you want to pay close attention to the output format and location of your saved file, along with the name you specify: Check the bottom portion and make sure you have “MP3 Files” specified as the output format. If you forget, it could be in some other format that is less portable. Remember also that MP3 files work great with iPods and even car audio systems too. Specify a name, check the file format and destination location and click “Save” and one more window will pop up: You can see that I’ve filled in some of the fields. You can do so, or you can ignore it all, it won’t affect the recording in any way. Ready? Click “OK” and it’ll export your audio recording as an MP3 and… you’re done! Oh, and here’s a sample I recorded using exactly this program and technique. Click to listen: http://www.askdavetaylor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/my-audio-sample.mp3 Not too exciting, but certainly easy enough and after the first or second time trying, you’ll find Audacity really easy to work with. Then you can start to learn about its extraordinary editing capabilities, the ability to create multi-track recordings, fix problems in the audio, boost it, apply weird filters and transforms, and much more. It’s a great app and the fact that it’s free is pretty amazing. Now go and have some fun! The post How do I record my voice as an MP3 on my Mac? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/how-to-record-voice-as-mp3-on-macbook-imac-mac/
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My review of the fun, exciting Tomorrowland. Go see it! #movies
My daughter and I watch a lot of old movies. The previous era of cinema appeals to us is because of the underlying optimism and the comfort in knowing that the
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Really not much to do with Disneyworld, per se, Jason. Just to set expectations. :-)
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Many thanks to my friends at +mophie for the very nice Watch Dock. Just what someone needs for their Apple Watch, as you can see by the fact that it's on my bedside table already, charging my own Apple Watch.
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Blogger, social networking consultant, online media expert and professional public speaker for hire.
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