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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
Upload final edit of ZombieMart
Edit back matter for The Wolves of West Virginia 
TV Review: Daredevil Episodes 9 - 13 
Book Review: Cursed by Benedict Jacka 
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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This seems pretty revolting based on their own description. I think its a bit of a side issue because my guess is its a pretty small number of people who will ever be exposed to it and the industry has bigger things to address. That said, I'm not clear why DriveThru would want to be associated it.

There are theoretically some complex issues when it comes to fiction (or games revolving around stories) when it comes to portraying fantasy (in the sexual sense) or evil characters doing evil things. This one seems (again based on their own description) to be deliberately trying to shock and offend.

The thing about free speech is that you have the right to say it (or in this case write it), but people are not obliged to sell it for you. Nor is refusing to offer a product in and of itself a failure to protect free speech.
 
I had caught references to a new rape-centric RPG product on drivethru but had no context for it. Context showed up on my Twitter stream today, so I share for the curious. http://jessicalprice.tumblr.com/post/127951942358/games-sure-are-classy?og=1&fb_action_ids=10207088043980570&fb_action_types=tumblr-feed%3Areblog

Killing comments for obvious reasons.

Edit: CEO of drivethru says explanatory post is coming today or tomorrow. I am certainly curious to see it.
jessicalprice: This crap is on DriveThru right now. At times, it’s almost hard to believe that women don’t feel welcome or safe in game communities. Skortched Urf Studios. (If you want to blog about this, do the world the favor of using DoNotLink so as not to increase their search rankings.) They appear to have put out a large amount of material. Don’t buy it.  And let DriveThruRPG know what you think.  Enough is enough with ...
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The Jawwa's Have The Phone Box! by Carolyn Edwards

I was actually looking for something Minions related when I saw this image which I couldn't resist sharing.

http://www.carolynedwards.blogspot.com/2014/03/ive-just-updated-my-etsy-shop-and-you.htm

#DoctorWho  
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+Donna Vande Zande He's only using Whovian humor.. ;)
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Finally! The Show You Have Not Been Waiting For Comes to DVD! http://amzn.to/1KjGMzm

Yes the trully awful 80s scifi show Manimal is being released on DVD and you can own it for for the princely sum of $25. What's it about you ask?

Dr. Jonathan Chase (played by Simon MacCorkindale), is a shape-shifting man who possesses the ability to turn himself into any animal he chooses. He uses this ability to help the police solve crimes

Back in the 80s we were kind of starved for good scifi, so I have to admit... I watched this and it's as bad as it sounds.
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+David Halver if you worked on low-budget science fiction or horror movies, I've probably seen your work. I remember going with my dad to rent a VCR so we could rent movies. This was when VCRs first came out.

Choosing a movie was serious business back then. My cousins and I would spend thirty/forty minutes looking at cover art, reading the blurbs and trying to decide which movie we wanted to watch.
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Darth Vader by Valzonlinehttp://www.deviantart.com/art/Darth-Vader-551904531

Immediately starts doing Darth Vader breathing sound in his mind


#StarWars   #fanart   #DarthVader  
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Steven Moffat Teases Doctor Who Season 9

Moffat goes through episode by episode and gives just a little tease on what it might be about.

The thing that excites me the most? All those two parters!

I'm still old school in thinking the best length for a Doctor Who story is about 100 minutes. It gives time to establish the setting and characters properly.
Steven Moffat offers previews for all 12 episodes of Doctor Who series 9. In the latest issue of SFX Steven Moffat reveals some new and exciting details for the upcoming season of Doctor Who... Episodes 1 & 2 "This is the ...
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Not a lot actually said here, but enough to keep the buzz alive 😉 
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Pac Man Cufflinkshttp://amzn.to/1hP90Wa

So I have a shirt that needs cufflinks. Usually I stick to shirts with buttons because it's simpler but this is a nice shirt.

But regular boring old cufflinks aren't going to cut it. I need something a little different. Like, these!
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Ha!  Cute :)
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I noticed a lot of push back against that Amazon piece amongst the chatter classes of the tech sphere last week. So I find this piece quite interesting given how recent the events described are:

It's not just stuff from years ago, it's clearly not that isolated and if PIPs are involved there's a major failing in HR at that company.
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Okay so the sciatic nerve pain has subsided only to reveal it was concealing tendonitis in my right hip and leg. Yay lucky me!

On the plus side while for sciatica movement is encouraged, the emphasis on tendonitis is on stretch exercises and resting the affected areas. Which gave me a perfect excuse to keep my feet up in my recliner all morning and binge watch a bunch of stuff.

I'm now all caught up on Last Ship, have one more episode of Dark Matter to go and have got to the point where Killjoys gets good.
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I don't think season 2 of Last Ship is as strong  as the first season but the most recent episode was very good.

Killjoys I was just sort of watching because... hey scifi! But it really started to come together around episode 6. 7 was the best episode to date and 8 was strong too. The biggest problem I have with that show is that they've been far too slow in their world building. There's a lot of political stuff happening off screen that I'd really like to get a better feel for.
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Back pain has really dampened my excitement for anything much beyond sitting or sleeping for the last couple of weeks.

It's starting to ease up though.
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Get better soon! Pain can be a real ... pain.
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Look what I found. It's a while set of them.

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Yeah, he's in the set. Too many to lay them all out.
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ZX Spectrum Vega

So as a child who had first a ZX81 and the a ZX Spectrum (48K!) I admit the notion of the ZX Spectrum Vega which is a single unit with 1,000 games built into it is quite appealing.

But... 100UKP for something that I could essentially emulate on my laptop for free? Nah.

http://www.zxvega.co.uk/
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Ahh Daley Thompson's Decathalon, happy days. Thank you rubber keys for the 20 second 400ms
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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:
  • Computer Training Consultant
  • Database Developer (integrating with websites)
  • Procurement Specialist
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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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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
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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
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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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