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Saw this on twitter and thought it deserved to be shared in more than one place - If more men said "don't be that guy" to each other instead of "not all men" to women... what a wonderful world this could be.
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Ok, this isn't GW2, but damn this is one hell of a character creation tool.  It's for a Korean MMO, no western publisher yet.
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super awesome.  em i guess this how they does it (with faces) in real world too :) 
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Todays Developer livestream.  Haven't seen it here, but http://www.reddit.com/user/Valarauka_ compiled a text list of the upcoming changes from todays developer livestream, figured i'd share the notes and a link to the archive of the stream.  Link to archived stream: http://www.twitch.tv/guildwars2/b/496005243

Critical Damage
- Crit Damage as a percentage stat will go away
- Replaced by a numeric stat called Ferocity
- Balanced to be about 10% less damage overall
- PVP crit damage won't change - they feel it's in a good place already
- Numeric amount same as "secondary stat" on gear (e.g. 90 power/60 prec/60 fero for berserker)
- Celestial will have Ferocity amount equal to all other stats.
- Opens up potential for Ferocity to be a primary stat on new stat combo

Sigils
- Two sigil slots for two-handed weapons!
- No more shared cooldowns!!
- RNG reduced - percent chance on crit will probably just become 100% on-crit
- Still only one stacking sigil type (bloodlust, perception etc.)
- Dual swap sigils WILL both proc. (e.g. Battle + Geomancy or Air + Fire)

Runes
- Adding strong bonuses further towards rune #4/5/6 to give more benefit of having full sets
- Added more condi duration on early bonuses so 2/2/2 is still possible
- Examples: Strength: 1) +25 power, 2) 10% might duration, 3) 50 power, 4) 15% might duration and 25% might proc on hit, 5) 100 power, 6) 20% might duration, +5% damage under might.
- Fixing Rune #6 bonuses and other rune bugs (e.g. Ranger runes etc.)
- They've done a balance pass over runes and sigils to try to improve diversity.

PVP
- Adding new unlockable stat combos for PVP (similar to how new heal skills are being added)
- This is more speculative / for future, probably not in next build

Balance Preview - There will be balance updates in the next build:

Elementalist
- Signet of Restoration is restored to full power (no more pve/pvp split)
- Armor of Earth cooldown goes from 90s to 75s (pre-cantrip mastery)
- 3 seconds of Regen added to Water Trident (for up to 5 allies)- support+condi removal for scepter
- Burning Speed now evades during cast! (more melee survival for d/d)
- Frozen Burst is now a blast finisher! (can combo with Burning Speed)

Engineer
- Net Turret immobilize reduced by 1 second
- Poison grenades - poison applied per tick reduced from 5 to 3 seconds
- Toolkit - Box of Nails/Piranhas cast time reduced from 1 sec to 3/4 sec
- AED cast time reduced from 1 sec to 3/4 sec (may go to 1/2sec later)

Guardian
- Litany of Wrath cast time reduced from 1 sec to 3/4 sec (may go to 1/2sec later)
- Vigorous Precision cooldown increased to 10 sec (so only 50% vigor uptime)
- Healing Breeze rescaled so 50% self-applies on cast, then 10% per tick for 5 seconds on allies

Mesmer
- Critical Infusion cooldown increased to 10 sec (so only 50% vigor uptime)
- Deceptive Evasion will no longer create a new clone if you already have full images (no overwrites) (yeesh, that's huge. RIP clone-death builds.) :'(

Necromancer
- Putrid Explosion is no longer unblockable
- Training of the Master damage bonus reduced from 30% to 25%
- Dhuumfire changed to make only Life Blast apply 3 sec burning with 10 sec cd - no longer split pve/pvp.  Less passive -- controllable application, and makes for active counter-play possibilities
- Vampiric Master rebalanced, so Mastery gives the biggest leech boost (thanks, /u/razinbread)

Ranger
- Spirit of Nature healing was bugged - changing to 320hp / sec
- Considering adding combo field to all trap skills (Viper's Nest => poison field, etc.)
- Empathetic Bond will no longer remove conditions when pet is dead
- Making steps towards allowing dodge during sword auto chain (server-side fixes involved)

Thief
- Positive things coming that won't be discussed yet (same for ranger)
- Pistol Whip possibly split into two-part skill with separate ini cost (stun and then slashes separated)

Warrior
- Healing Signet passive reduced by about 8% (~30hps), active may be improved / altered
- Pin Down has new animation / tell, cast time increased from 1/4 to 3/4 sec

~This is a non-exhaustive list, full set will be in patch notes.~
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Had to share this moment from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
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Hilarious!!!
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This is great, if only it was real
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LOL, saw this on twitter and had to share, presenting FarenTRON - https://twitter.com/ProfessorDAW/status/453941614478503936/photo/1
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Netflix has acquired the rights to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, including a 6th season that was never aired.  I watched the show when it was on and it was very well done so if you like Star Wars, I highly recommend it.  It'll be released on March 7th
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Happy mothers day to all the moms out there, including those who have departed before we were completely ready to say goodbye to them.
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Ok, some of you may know that recently, Jim Carrey put out a little video mocking the US Gun Culture - http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0433b30576/cold-dead-hand-with-jim-carrey - Fox went ballistic over it retaliated on their The Five show which resulted in Jim Carrey issuing his own statement, etc etc.  Now what I find funny are the average people who have taken such offence to this video, claiming that they own a gun to protect their loved ones / belongings or because the 2nd amendment gives them the right to bear arms.

Ok, couple problems here;

Protecting oneself.  Just as locks only protect you from honest people, the same goes for guns.  Lets say I'm a criminal and think you might have a gun, gee, maybe I should get a bullet proof vest, you can shoot me and then I can shoot you back and take your stuff.  It's no different than the cold war, the US had nukes so the USSR had to have more  nukes, so the US have to make their nukes even more destructive, etc etc etc.  It never ends.  I'm not saying don't protect your stuff, but just expect that the criminals will come up with ways to get around you having a gun, or guns.

Now as for the 2nd amendment, wiki has this to say about it

Early English settlers in America viewed the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes (in no particular order):
- enabling the people to organize a militia system.
- participating in law enforcement;
- deterring tyrannical government;
- repelling invasion;
- suppressing insurrection, allegedly including slave revolts;
- facilitating a natural right of self-defense;

Militia, how many people in the US ow a gun and are part of a militia, way way way less than just own a gun

Law Enforcement, how many people in the US own a gun and are part of law enforcement, way way way less than just own a gun

Deterring tyrannical government - uhm yeah, good luck with that, I don't care if you own 1 gun, 10 guns or 100 guns, the government has more and unfortunately for you, theirs are better

Repelling invasion - I don't really think anyone plans on invading the US, and those who are in a position to do so (Mexico and Canada) never would

Suppressing insurrection - I think Joe has a great chance of stopping (insert state, city, town, village here) from leaving the union all on his lonesome with his two Desert Eagle pistols as most people just don't give a crap and probably wouldn't help out Joe, and those that did, would still be too small to be effectual.  The only group that wouldn't be ineffectual is the government and we might just run into #3 above, perhaps the group leaving thinks the government is tyrannical.

Self Defense - Again we run into the catch 22 that if everyone has a gun, someone is just going to up the ante and bring something else such as a bullet-proof vest, to the party, and so on and so on.

I find the whole thing kinda humorous, but then again, Fox, sorry Faux news isn't really news.
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  • The Checker Transportation Group
    Assistant IT Professional, 2014 - present
  • Vital Business Systems
    Senior IT & Support Specialist, 2013 - 2014
  • Compugen
    Technical Service Representative III, 2012 - 2013
  • Cansel Survey Equipment
    Systems Administrator, 2007 - 2012
  • Multiview
    Senior Document Engineer, 2000 - 2007
  • Bytz For Business
    IT Technician, 1999 - 2000
  • Future Shop
    IT Technician, 1998 - 1999
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Cawston, British Columbia - Penticton, British Columbia - Terrace, British Columbia - Kelowna, British Columbia - Irving, Texas
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I'm an IT guy in Calgary. I don't know everything IT related, but I'm always willing to learn
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gamer, computer geek, amateur photographer (very much an amateur), enjoy cooking
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Worked in Texas for 3 years, while Dubya was in charge, survived it ;)
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  • Similkameen Seconday
    High School, 1984 - 1989
  • Okanagan University College
    Computer Information Systems, 1989 - 1992
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