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No, you don't get a half point in Law from obsessively watching Law and Order. http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/1304.html
A trial is a contest of Law skills between the prosecution and the defence. Most people will hire a lawyer and make use of their Law skill. Do you really want to defend yourself and use Law at the default skill level? Importantly, evidence is only a modifier to the skill rolls, ...
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Damn. I thought I got that free point from watching, i mean studying, Law and Order. 
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+Matthew Adams +Kyle Maxwell G+ put these two posts together for a reason. 
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When I saw +Matthew Adams​ post in my own stream, I sort of thought the same! 😁
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PREFACE: I'm an atheist, I don't believe in metaphysics* or the supernatural. If you do and have any proof or evidence, I'd like to see it; there's a million-dollar prize we can split!

I can't believe I have to write this in 2016. I surmise that we are doomed to repeat history because people refuse to learn. 

Religious discrimination is unethical and unAmerican. Throughout history, this country has enacted various policies to force the wrong people out, or to keep them out, or to round them up in labor camps - this has never proved to be a wise idea after the fact. 

If you're a Muslim facing this, please let me know; I don't know what I can offer beyond sympathy, but I will try. This needs to be a country for everyone. 

* Per the comments, I should qualify this: I concur with the ontological thesis called physicalism. 
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And Tribalism...here and across the pond.
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The petrified arm of a massive beast, Grendel's Arm can be wielded as a two-handed weapon that does 1d10 damage. The arm still retains a measure of its inherent ferocity; after it has been wielded as a weapon by a character, ...
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I've been trying to cancel my LootCrate account for the past three months. They just billed me again. I'm disputing the charge and posting about this here so that everyone else can know they're not a safe company to do business with.
#lootcrate  @lootcrate #fraud  
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I don't remember having any serious problems canceling mine, although I do recall them not exactly making it a piece of cake.
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MARKETERS: There's a correct way to use social media and and promotional products to build buzz. 1) Identify someone online who has respected opinions about your field. 2) Ask them if they would like a free product; there's no obligation to review. 3) Send them a product of sufficient quality that they will be compelled to review it.

Compare to the strategy I see most often: "hey reshare this post! if you reshare you might win a thing!" This just clutters my feed to no purpose. When someone reshares, all I know is that they would take a thing if it was offered to them for free. If they actually liked it, they would have bought one already. 

Can anyone think of an ethical or practical reason I shouldn't boycott companies that do this?

[First post to my MISC collection - if a post doesn't meet the JOESKY tax, it goes here.]
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Collections, how do they work? They're regular posts, but you can't mention anyone else by name in them, or reshare anything that wasn't explicitly public? What's the point of making a category of social network posts that are inherently non-social? I can see keeping rare political/cat picture posts from off-network in collections, sure. But practically all my preexisting RPG posts won't fit in the circle rules, and the last three posts I just tried to add to RPG circles fell afoul of those rules.
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I can re-share this public post to my collections. Can you not reshare the one I posted to a collection?
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Crowdfunding question: why do people do PDF at price $X, but charge more for a link to a print-at-cost-and-on-demand version? It takes maybe five minutes to go from a good PDF to a Lulu order. 
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With my KS for Psi-punk: World's Edge Arena I offered at-cost coupons to get the POD for anyone who got the PDF. I already price my POD books at very little above what it costs to print them (plus the cost of the PDF), so backers are getting it at a slight discount but have to work a little more to get it (as opposed to the alternative of me printing and shipping it to them).

As a layout person, I can indeed attest to teh fact that it doesn't cost much extra in terms of time or money to ready the PDF for print as long as your original PDF files aren't much different than your print files. Here are some key differences:

* The interior file needs to be stripped of all interactive elements.

* A separate cover file needs to be generated. You don't print a front cover and back cover, but instead prep one file that contains the back cover, spine, and front cover all on one spread. If you're not doing layout yourself and you're paying a professional to do this for you, that could incur extra cost. It's honestly not a huge amount of work though so it shouldn't cost a layout professional too much extra to do this for you, and if it costs more than like $50 then IMO you're getting ripped off.

* You have to order one, sometimes multiple, proof copies. That means you spend a few dollars (and several weeks of time) to print an at-cost sample of the work and ship it to yourself. Depending on the book in question this can be about $8 - $16 USD give or take. IMO, that's not enough of a cost to justify charging more or even asking for more in the KS.

So why do people charge more for the POD and then only give you an at-cost code?

As a publisher and layout professional, it beats the heck outta me.
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I try not to be snide and say Mathfinder, edition warring is for jerks. But this is both an awesome piece of work (Keith has been plugging away at his unified universal Pathfinder feat documentation for at least a year or two, this is just a bit of output) and an example of why PF is too complex and system-mastery focused for my tastes.
 
Glutton for Punishment

The full Improved Unarmed Strike diagram, scaled to remove node overlaps (edges still cross nodes, bugger). Thumbnail is at 10% and totally illegible.

Full-resolution (17500x16900, about) PNG, 14MB, at http://dev.kjdavies.org/feat.improved-unarmed-strike-scaled.png

SVG (1MB) at http://dev.kjdavies.org/feat.improved-unarmed-strike.svg
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I know what you mean, +Ramanan S​. I like having a few options -- I think ACKS is a good balance -- but this is a crazy song of options.
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Ruminations on a theme, inspired by these posts:

http://www.necropraxis.com/2015/12/13/mechanizing-alignment/
http://www.kickassistan.net/2015/12/alignment-aint-for-1st-level.html

+Anthony Picaro has suggested that "normal" humans should max out at 3HD/ level 3 - you have to become a vampire or join a mystery cult or bind spirits to yourself. "Must select an alignment to progress" would be interesting too. 
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I like "unlocks" and would be happy to see them applied to alignment.
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Head over to greyedout.etsy.com and check out this section right here.  I've listed everything that I currently have in stock, which means that it ships immediately(unless you also order something I need to sew).  Stock levels are accurate, so once a dice bag is gone, it's gone.  

#sale   #etsy   #dice  
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I've got one of these - they're really nice dice bags!
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Schneier gets it right again.

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