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I now have the PDF copies of the Player's Handbook and the GM's Guide for Savage Rifts.

BWAH HAH HAH HAH HAH

ALL DOGBOY PARTY, HERE WE GO!!!
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Ha. I contributed to that, also

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Hat tip to +Ryan S in a comment on my rant about heroes: something I missed about Batman but makes perfect sense is that Batman at heart is an optimist: he believes in the power of redemption and believes that everyone, everyone, deserves as many chances as they need to achieve it. It's why he doesn't kill, because death is the end of hope.

That makes me like Batman more. It also explains why the Batman/Planetary crossover hit me so gods-damn hard.
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Huh.  I thought Hypertime was Mark Waid's baby.  Ah well.

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Wait, hang on: you mean Sen. Sanders, a guy who wasn't even a Democrat until last year, is now "quitting" the party? The party he only used and didn't really care about until he wanted to run for President?

And I'm supposed to be sad about that?
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No. And I got your email! Lunch soon! 

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I don't know. Maybe I'm old-fashioned. But the thing about heroes is that they're supposed to be heroic. Not perfect, that's not what I'm asking for; but they should do the right things for the right reasons, at least some of the time. I want that classic, Christopher-Reeves-era Superman, with the happy little smirk that says "I love you for who you are, even when you're bad". Superman is exactly that: he's the very best of our secret hearts: no one can stop him, no one can control him, but no one has to, because he believes with all his heart that he was given these special powers for a reason. You don't challenge Superman by giving him something big to punch; you challenge him by giving him dilemmas that can't be solved with punching, and then you let his innate goodness come out. Superman doesn't choose to let people die, and he doesn't level cities (even by mistake), because it's his JOB to think about collateral damage -- it's his own personal always-in-the-back-of-his-head fear, that he will hurt someone by accident -- and he always, always does his best. THAT is the Superman that I want to see. The ultimate pacifist, the ultimate Liberal.

Or Steve Rogers: my Steve Rogers is that sickly, downtrodden kid who grew up scared and tired but never cowardly. He's a Red Diaper kid who went to art school at CUNY, so OF COURSE he's at least a little Communist, and probably more than a little Liberal-Arts-Liberal. He knew gay men and lesbians and knew how dangerous it was for them, and when he saw things going wrong he fought like hell to try and right them. He saw the value in working together and in diversity of action and people, and he knew what he needed to do and he did it, no matter what. And then he was given this gift of powers: stronger, faster, harder, better, and yet at heart he's still that sickly little kid that just wants to make the world better, fairer, more idealistic than it is. "Compromise when you can. Don't when you can't." That's my Captain America.

Or even Batman: driven by anger and rage and sadness, a young man transforms himself into the ultimate weapon against crime. And because he knows, absolutely, that there is a thin hair's worth of difference between himself and the people he despises and pursues, he has a rock-hard, rock-solid line: he doesn't kill. He goes out of his way to make sure he doesn't kill, because that, at least, means he's not as bad as the criminals he hunts. If Superman is the mask that Clark Kent pulls on to be superhuman, then Bruce Wayne is the mask that Batman pulls on to be human. It is this ironic juxtaposition that makes their relationship so interesting.

So when I see superhero movies that talk about "gritty", where Superman and Batman rain down destruction and death willy-nilly without thought or regard for others; when I see comics where Steve Rogers is really (but not really) and Agent of Hydra, I can't help but think that there are some fundamental misunderstandings of what our modern myths should and can be doing. The Greek and Roman Gods were warnings against power and hubris, but we already have those. What we need now is inspiration. And maybe some laughs along the way.

Anyway, that's my current take on the comics entertainment industry.

Rant over.
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Even in Arkham City (which were pretty dark and frankly, probably he does stuff that'd get people killed potentially or more), he plans on saving the Joker in spite of the Joker murdering someone he loves. He laughs bitterly going "You know what's funny? I really WAS going to save you." after the Joker breaks the vial, who laughs himself saying it really WAS funny. Even there he was going to choose to save the Joker.

You're completely right about those three.

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Happy birthday to the novelist +Daniel Swensen​, a close personal friend of mine who I'm sure will thank me in his Nebula award acceptance speech. 
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:-)

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Weird things that happen when you're an adult, the latest in a series:

Getting really excited when the good-quality wooden hangars arrive so you can replace the crappy plastic hangars.
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I need to get some flocked hangers and finish the wooden hanger upgrade! (We ended up about half plastic.)
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I can't find the tweet now, but someone on twitter suggested that eight years of President Bill Clinton as First Husband would be worth SO MUCH MORE to the Onion and comedy writers than really anything else. I went on a tear. VP Kaine as the "cool" step-dad, B. Clinton as the unemployed old guy who bumbles around... meanwhile Madame President gets all the fucking work done...

This is SITCOM GOLD, people.

Bill wandering into the Oval Office at 3PM on a Tuesday in his bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, "just checking to see if my stash is still here"... then "accidentally" crashing the North Korea talks in the Mural Room, "Oh, sorry, didn't realize anyone was using the room"... tells the White House facilities people "listen, I just need someplace to crash, just until I pick up some shifts at work, so can I just sack out on that couch in your basement?"

This isn't just comedy gold. This is a fucking comedy GOLD MINE.
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I would watch the living bejeezus out of this. "Oh man, she took out the blue couch! I loved that couch!"

"It's been gone for twelve years, hon. W got rid of that when he was going through his 'I'm a RedState Guy' phase. If you're upset about that, take it up with him, I had nothing to do with it."

"But I loved that blue couch! I told the Prime Minister to go fuck himself while sitting on that couch, and that poor fella just didn't know how to take it, and I'm just sitting there on the bouncy blue, happy as a clam."

"I'll talk to the White House Archivist, dear. Maybe it's in storage somewhere, or they can find one just like it."

"Oh, that'd be swell, Hillary. Hey... when they bring the couch back in, wanna baptize it properly?"

sigh "Bill, I love you dearly, but I draw that line at hanky panky in the oval office."

"Awww, that's a shame."

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Oh, and because it apparently needs to be said, I'll go ahead and say it.

There are women I know who are literally afraid for their lives if they speak out in support of Secretary Clinton. Because harassment is real and dangerous and scary. So first, if you're doing that? KNOCK THAT SHIT OFF.

Also to further clarify: I'm not a Senator Sanders supporter and I never was; I have been a clear supporter of Secretary Clinton since before she declared her candidacy, and I'm proud to have donated to her campaign and voted for her in the Primary, and I will be proud to cast my vote for her in the General. I recognize that I have the luxury of being older and whiter than many people and therefore I understand the value, especially in politics, of the Incrementalist. Let's be clear: President Obama's historic work on domestic policy was ONLY possible because he, too, was an Incrementalist. All of the most successful Democratic presidents have been Incrementalists: it's the nature of politics that incrementalism is more effective and lasting than revolution (and therefore can be just as, if not more, revolutionary in it's result). Incrementalism is why we have Social Security and Medicare and for that matter FUCKING VOTING RIGHTS. I value Sec. Clinton's ability to identify the best possible deal in the moment, her willingness to seize it with both hands, and her tenacity to get the job done, whatever that job may be.

To quote Max Weber: "Politics is the strong and slow boring of hard boards."

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/70587-politics-is-a-strong-and-slow-boring-of-hard-boards

It requires a, dare I say, professional approach to getting the job done, and one that I'm sure Sec. Clinton has and has demonstrated time and again.

I am proud to support Secretary Clinton for the Office of President. If you want to harass someone, maybe try me?
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+Jerome Comeau Yah!

It's come up a lot, lately, people emphasizing the courtesy of asking before quoting, even if the OP was public.

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A sure sign that this Election Season is Different:

Both of my staunch Republican brothers are voting for Secretary Clinton this fall. They are both white males who were previously considering third-party votes, but Gov. Kaine's selection has apparently turned the tide. They both also live in Red states, which... I dunno, is that a sign? Maybe...
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Oh how the Rs slammed that photo when it came out, and what I saw was a woman with Maude Damn Hustle. I'm so glad everyone can see it now.

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Dammit.

Zootopia is a movie Brian would have loved.

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Nod. :(

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Things even Zack Snyder can't get wrong:

If you want to start a war, piss off Superman.

If you want to fight a war, piss off Batman.

If you want to END a war, piss off Wonder Woman.
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Which is as it should be.  After all, who can he train with?

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Adulting: when you get excited about the new Sweethome pick for bath towels.

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