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Buffy style intro for Stranger Things? YES PLEASE.
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My legendary bracers dropped. Quick video of the incredibly difficult quest leading up to it! ;) Let's just say legendaries are a little more casual these days.

https://youtu.be/mI8hZcSMoWE
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Please take time to read the community rules. This contains as a self promotional post. (Promoting your own work) These types of posts are limited to the community promotional event each month. Congratulations on your bracers,. Please share again next weekend. 
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I found this shocking. Who knew that Yahoo had a half billion accounts?http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/22/technology/yahoo-data-breach/index.html
Hundreds of millions of Yahoo accounts have been compromised.
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Legion is turning out to be a great expansion to World of Warcraft. I said I wouldn't resub after the snooze fest of Warlords of Draenor, but this expansion just seems to fix a lot of issues. Things I like about it:

#1 - Gameplay: This is a hard to define quality, but is actually WoW's greatest strength and the main reason for its success. The classes all seem to be fun to play. In some expansions more than others, and in Legion, they seem to be getting more right than wrong. My experience is limited so far to the mage, druid, and the new demon hunter, but my intuition and the buzz I'm hearing seems to indicate that lots of other classes are feeling love too in the form of abilities that are just plain fun to use.
#2 - World Quests: This is essentially the Diablo bounty system, but in WoW, and replaces the hated daily quests. Now I never really hated daily quests, and I know that world quests aren't that much different, but they do really feel less like a chore. It's purely psychological and in my head, but that doesn't mean it's not real.
#3 - Varying levels of difficulty: You can solo a lot in the game now, and even if you do group content you no longer need a guild to get it done due to the advanced LFG systems in the game. I can play for a few minutes or hours and I can tackle something hard like a mythic dungeon or just do some world quests. It's nice to have options.
#4 - Class quests: We've been asking for this since vanilla, and Blizzard did us one better, they have even given us spec quests on top of an entire chain of class quests. Earned my archmage title the other day and I have to say, it was mostly a lot of fun. For most it was probably an easy chain, but for a slow learner like me it was challenging and just right.
#5 - Artifact weapons and legendary gear. It's hard to feel special when you're one of 40 heroes in a raid, but they do try to make you feel like a hero in this expansion. Yes, everyone has an artifact weapon. Everyone is an archmage, archdruid, or whatever. But it's an MMO and that's just how it is, and despite that, they at least give you some things to work for to set you apart from the truly casual. It's fun to have advancement apart from leveling and gear.
#6 - I don't feel like I'm spending all my time finding bag space. Yeah there are new bags, but with the collections system fully in place now I was able to make a lot of room. They may have fixed all that in WoD, I don't know, but when I was playing last time it was still incomplete and it's nice to finally get rid of tabards, etc, and have Diablo style transmog.

There are cons to this expansion too, but they're nitpicks so far and I'll comment on that some other time. #worldofwarcraft #legion

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+James Garr I've been on and off for years and years. I started when burning crusade had just come out. But, my favorite before this expansion was mists of pandaren. The artwork somehow was enough to make it feel less "grindy". But, this new expansion is just great for all the reasons you've listed. Plus, it's just a bad ass premise; demons who fight the evil within every second of their life to take down truly evil demons. 
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Would binge watch this show. #tvdoctors #cigna
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Some very valid points here, though I do think everyone should strive to be their best physically.
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Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

Hi guys and gals. I didn't think I'd come back to WoW but heard good things about Legion, and so far I like it a lot. One thing that I love is that your character isn't overshadowed by vastly more powerful NPCs. It's a small thing but it makes a big difference to me. In Legion half of those NPCs seem to get killed off, and you're finally regarded as their equal. Also love the Diablo style transmog and bounty-like world quests, and the gameplay seems great, fun to play lots of different classes.


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Nitpicks on Legion (notes about the attached video below):

- World Quests tend to give loot that is too good, overshadowing what you can get in dungeons, even mythic dungeons. That's just wrong. They're too easy to do for this, and it's a bit jarring. If it were just a little worse, it would be fine.
- The World Quests are repeated much more often than they claimed in interviews. They mislead us on that one IMO. More variety in the form of new quests would fix this, but I doubt that will happen soon.
- Professions are more interesting to level due to profession quests. But aside from making gold, there doesn't seem to be as much reason to level professions as there used to be. I've only worked on enchanting and inscription though, so my viewpoint is narrow on this.
- There is a bit of a grind with regards to reputation in this expansion. That's part of the game, and not something to fret about too much, (all of these things are nitpicks) but as you are locked out of a lot of quests until you reach a certain reputation level with one faction, it can be especially annoying to loremaster types.
- One big nitpick: If you are jumping into this expansion with a friend, be aware that you're going to be immediately separated to do solo quests right at the start. While I enjoy the class specific questing, I think putting this right at the beginning was a mistake, and they should have had us use normal weapons for a while before getting the artifact weapons. By the time my wife got her artifact weapons, she had to go to work for several days in a row and we still haven't played together. She was very frustrated by this, and for her it was more than a nitpick.

Fevir is a great youtuber and hits on a lot of the same things I found annoying. But any time you play a game for 12 hours or more at a time, like he does, that game is going to burn you out quicker. This points to a truth in MMO's: the more hardcore you are, the more grindy it will feel. Not saying he's playing "wrong" (although he sort of did in the video!) but the way you approach these games has an impact on fun.

At about 11:33 in the video he hits on one of the positives that I did not think about earlier....you are the hero in this story, not Thrall or Tirion Fordring or any of the other iconic WoW NPCs that have always been more powerful than you. This is indeed refreshing.

The one thing I disagree with him about are the class hall missions. They are similar to the ones in WoD, and I get why some people don't like them. But some people do, including me, my only complaint with the ones in WoD was that there were too many. They seem to have addressed this by limiting you to only five active followers and making the mission times longer, so it doesn't feel like something you have to constantly manage. So while I get that some people will be annoyed by them, I think it was implemented better this time. I also think the missions were made so that there has to be more thought put into doing them right if you want to be efficient. The app is indeed very good, and helps with this too.

https://youtu.be/8-xKEY35h4Q
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Regarding pocket cosms, I think this old Masterbook campaign world would make an excellent choice, particularly if Aysle and Nile Empire axioms somehow mixed up, perhaps in a way similar to the way the Land Below was created by the Living Land and Nile Empire Darkness Devices.
 
Bloodshadows Third Edition is now available in PDF, with optional pre-order for the softcover. This classic fantasy-noir RPG returns as an all-new stand-alone game. Portray a Vampire, Succubus, or one of 14 other species, including Humans. Be a socialite looking to move up the social ladder or private eye trying to crack his next case. Do you use magic or is a heater and your wits enough to tackle the undead guy next door? Just don't leave the safety of the city without a good plan, for the dangers of the Wilderness are not to be taken lightly.

http://www.pigames.net/store/default.php?cPath=129
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And I guess a touch of Orrorsh in there too!
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Black belt to me means that you have proven to whoever awarded it to you that you have met their standards at that moment in time. That implies subjectivity, but it can have some elements of objectivity. That all depends on the integrity of the instructor and the type of style. We have a list of forms, drills, and some sparring requirements, and on top of that sifu just decides if you are ready for it. If you don't know the curriculum or can't show that you know it, you don't get promoted. Our requirements for our sashes are all written down, and there is usually a formal test for each sash. I received my black sash while at dinner in Hong Kong, a nice surprise, but you can bet that I was being tested all along.

A black belt is mostly subjective though and I don't think that will change.

My day job is in Information Technology. I have about 25 years of experience, but when I first started I took many tests for certifications. These are very objective tests that measure your knowledge of various technologies and can be valuable in helping you get a job, especially with companies that primarily do project work, for many companies rather than an IT department in a corporation. But as I got more experience, I stopped renewing these certifications. I realized that I didn't need them, not just because of my experience, but because we were seeing a lot of "Paper" technicians applying for jobs. They would take the tests and get the certifications, but didn't have experience to back it up. If you hired one, you usually regretted it, because while they were good at taking tests, they couldn't actually do the work. We figured out that we didn't need certified people, we need people who have experience in the technologies we support, or at least an aptitude to learn them.

Computers work the same every time. Computer related certifications are the most objective system for determining skill as I can imagine. But these systems of certification do not always produce the best candidates and there is even a stigma to having them sometimes. Sometime they have value, but often they do not and most IT professionals have a degree of skepticism when presented with a candidate that is highly certified, even if they have related experience. Some of that involves money, as you charge more if you're certified, but it's also that we are leery of people that test well but just aren't able to do the work.

I know that IT certifications and martial arts belts aren't exactly the same thing, but if the IT industry has difficulty in certifying people as being competent in a set of skills, I don't see how martial artists, who have a much more subjective curriculum can objectively certify people in martial skills.

However, to answer the question of how it can be more objective: With effort you can be objective about how you award black belt within your school effectively by organizing your curriculum, planning tests, and being fair to students.And within your style you can talk to other teachers in your area and compare notes, and try to get on roughly the same page by raising the bar if you need to.

Beyond a very specific style though, if your'e talking about martial artists in general, I just don't think it's possible when we can't even agree on stances or how to punch. :)
A friend and I had a conversation the other day that amounted to the both of us expressing the opinion that basically, you're a black belt in a martial art, or you aren't. All of the ranks before that rank - and all of the r...
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Yeah, I think he summarizes this shitty situation pretty well, giving some insight of a comic book owner as well, not just as an informed fan.
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I'd throw out there that Ike Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel, totally within the sphere of influence of Marvel, has kind of had a history of taking shots at the X-Men, even before Disney bought the company. Rumor has it that the House of M, "no more mutants" thing was pretty much in response to Perlmutter being upset with Fox.
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Interests include lai tung pai #kungfu, computer RPGs (#SWTOR #WOW #DIABLO and working out with #P90x and other #Beachbody products.  I work for #NASCAR as a network administrator.
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