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Writing Goals 4/26/15 - 5/2/14

So I didn't post any writing goals last week and I achieved... nothing.  Time for some new writing goals.

Dragon Hoard Part 14
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TV Review: Daredevil Episodes 9 - 13 
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Book Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Old Quarter by John Petersen is an illustration of the City of Bulikov from the book City of Stairs  - http://www.robertjacksonbennett.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CityOfBulikov.htm
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What's that I hear?

Nothing. Nothing at all.

The boys are out the house for the night!!!!
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For those who just cannot bring themselves to read Ted Cruz rant let me offer a quick summary:

"Waaa!!! They didn't do what I want! We should get rid of them all!"

If the decision had gone his way, he would have been the first to tell people that they had to abide by the courts decision.
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Look who we got to meet to today?

We went to the National Geographic Museum in DC to see their Indiana Jones exhibition. It was a clever blending of props and backstage stories from the four movies with real world archaeological exhibits and information.

And at the end there was the Madam Tussaud's waxwork of Indy. A very lifelike capture I think. The photograph was challenging though because he was placed in front of a window. I angled round to help things but even so there's a clash of lighting sources. If I'd had more time I'd probably have experimented with fill flash, but this was in the middle of the gift shop..
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Anyone used an HDMI to Component converter with a Roku or other streaming video box?

One of my TVs doesn't have an HDMI input (no I'm not buying a new tv at the moment so let's skip that particular discussion). Right now I'm using a WD TV box which has optical audio out along with an HDMI to DVI converter. 

This works quite well but the box is no longer being updated and I'd like to be able to stream Amazon Prime and HBO as well as the Plex, Hulu Plus as Netflix options I already have.

It strikes me that a Roku is probably the most complete option for that, but they all seem to be HDMI only these days. My TV can do DVI (which no one does any more), Component and Composite (as well as audio via TOSLink).

Suggestions?
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+Eoghann Irving I don't have a newer Roku to compare it to, but we seem to get all the channels roku offers. We actually haven't had it for that long either. I told my husband I missed be able to watch tv in bed so he actually did his amazon search for something like  "roku with rca cables".  Actually, this is what we have:

http://www.amazon.com/Roku-Streaming-Player-2720R-Headphone/dp/B00F5NB7MW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434246003&sr=8-2&keywords=roku+with+rca+cable+connections

the link also has pretty good pictures of the "roku channel store".  we get everything you see there.
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TV Review: Sense8 S01E01 - S01E04

The modest goal of the latest Netflix Orig­inal Sense8 (created by the impres­sive teaming of the Wachowski’s an J. Michael Straczynski) was to rein­vent the tele­vi­sion series. So if nothing else this show is shooting for the moon and while the landing isn’t smooth, but I think they at least made orbit.

The high concept of Sense8 isn’t radi­cally different to other genre bending shows. Basi­cally you’ve got a group of 8 indi­vid­uals who are going about their lives when they are somehow gifted with the power to sense each other, talk to each other and utilize each other’s skills. There’s also an evil (I’m assuming) group lead by a sensate who are hunting down other sensates .

I’m four episodes in and that’s about all I can tell you regarding the meta­plot for this 12 episode season. Which leads me to perhaps the biggest crit­i­cism of the show...
The modest goal of the latest Netflix Orig­inal Sense8 (created by the impres­sive teaming of the Wachowski’s an J. Michael Straczynski) was to rein­vent the tele­vi­sion series. So if nothing else this show is shooting for the moon and while the landing isn’t smooth, but I think they at least made orbit. The high concept of Sense8 … Continue reading TV Review: Sense8 S01E01 — S01E04 →
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I've started watching Sense8 recently, and really enjoyed your review. Sometimes it feels strange to have' storylines being developed so gradually, but in this case it really adds to the characters' development.
Hope to see more reviews from you +Eoghann Irving!
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The two photos in this album are generated from the same RAW file. But one was done automatically by Google Photos (without any input from me at all) and the other was done more intensively with Photoshop and Nik Pro filters.

Mine is better I think (extra details recovered from the highlights and the shading of his face reduce so you can see it better, a bit of sharpening plus some subtle darkening to focus your eye on the subject better), but the difference is fairly small and probably not worth it for 80% of photos.
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A rant/dip into the re-writing of history and why defending the Confederate Flag is at best an ignorant act.
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The confederate flag symbolizes a time in America's history better left in the past...
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This little fellow was just sitting there on the fence as I was walking back to the car this morning. 
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Here's another panorama from my weekend walk. This is in Harpers Ferry itself, near the banks of the Shenandoah river. On the left you can see the railway tracks and (higher up) St. Peter's Catholic Church.
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This morning's walk was along the C&O Canal trail next to the Potomac near Harpers Ferry. I was using my new Peak Design Capture Camera Clip - http://amzn.to/1IRap9S - (I should do a review of that, it's great) so my camera was conveniently handy at any point on the walk and I snapped off a good number of photos.

I stitched this panorama together the old fashioned way (i.e. without Google's help) in Photoshop and then did some tweaking (Nik Color Efex filters if you're curious) to pull out some of the details in the landscape.
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LEGO Game of Thrones - The Titan of Bravoshttp://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/412666

Here's a cool Game of Thrones inspired LEGO build by Steve M. Check out the link for some details shots and to get a better feel for the scale of this.

For those who don't follow the books or tv show, the Titan of Bravos is a huge stone and bronze statue which stands guarding the entrance to the harbor of Bravos, one of the "Free Cities" in that fantasy world. It stands as the primary line of defense for the city giving early warning of invasion.
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    Subcontract Administrator, 2012 - present
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    Director of Operations, 2010 - 2012
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    Business Unit Manager, 2004 - 2010
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It's a Gaelic spelling of Ewan. Phonetically you would say you-an.


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Born in Scotland, living in the United States. Two sons. One wife. Two sisters. I have opinions on everything and a store of largely useless knowledge that I like to share with as many people as possible.

If there's a social network site, I've probably signed up and used it. If it's a software, I've installed it. Jack of many trades. Master of few.

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Mostly you're going to see links to news items for Science Fiction and Fantasy movies, tv etc. Some reviews from my blog. Photos I've taken (always looking for feedback). Plus some general tech news.

Amongst those there may be some quick status posts of what I'm up to, or maybe some thoughts on G+ and social networking in general.

I do occasionally post "political" links, but I have no interest in left/right  democrat/republican/libertarian political discussions. Similarly I only discuss religious matters with close friends. I consider that a personal matter.

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I don't intend this to be a work driven account particularly, but just to make my profile comprehensive. I have worked in a number of different fields:
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  • Database Developer (integrating with websites)
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Contracts Specialist
  • Unit Manager
  • Director of Operations
As a result I have a wide range of skills that can be applied to many different situations.

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Good kind of weirdo and freak - Krystal Heather 9/29/11, Three versions of awesome - Marc Jansen 10/12/11, You are officially awesome - Antimony L. 11/12/11, Is generally a bad influence on me - Steven Spence 2/07/12, A hemi-demi-semi-God! - Ted Ewen 2/17/12
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  • St Serfs School, Edinburgh
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Having twins makes for challenging birthdays. So this year we decided to take advantage of one of the birthday packages that Pump It Up offers and the experience was great. For those who aren't familiar they're an indoor kids activity playground (bouncy slides, bouncy obstacle courses, bouncy bouncers!). We got a 90 minute package for 15 kids and pretty much the only thing we had to do was bring the cake (or cupcakes in our case). The friendly staff helped us bring the cupcakes in from the car and helped keep the boys occupied since we arrived a good 20 minutes early. When our timeslot came, not all of the guests had arrived, but we were able to go in and spend the time with the boys while the staff again handled the later arrivals, right down to making sure the presents were taken care of. We chose a Superhero theme package so the boys got to pick their superhero names and engage in some other games. Of course all the equipment was popular. One of my sons has aspergers and when the excitement got to much and he had a melt down, the staff handled it wonderfully. They stayed calm, checked with us to see if we needed any help and made sure that we felt no pressure. Basically he was able to expend his tantrum in the safety of one of the pieces of equipment and once he was back in control, out he came to join the rest of the group. The last half hour of the party was in one of their party rooms where two blow-up "thrones" had been set up for the birthday boys to sit in (wearing capes, masks and blow up crowns no less). This was popular of course. And once again we didn't have to do anything. The staff set out the food, made sure the kids had what they need and tidied up afterwards. All in all a great party for the boys and their friends and no stress for us.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
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No frills service and food. Good value and large portions.
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I've always liked this park for its size and variety. But since the county took it over there's been a significant improvement in the play areas for children with all new equipment installed.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
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Great theater. Comfortable seats, lots of leg room, easy to see over the other customers. Food is decent. Ticket prices are surprisingly low.
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