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Sweet!

Finally after a super busy day of wall-to-wall stuff to do and running around, etc., I stumbled back around my Protonmail invitation.

https://protonmail.ch

I first saw this when I watched a TED talk by one of the founding physicists, who included in his talk how to request in invitation. I did because I have always thought encrypted email was awesome (and important!) and his talk was about trying to make it easy for "normal" people to use.

When the invite came, I wasn't paying much attention and saw the domain was "protonmail.ch" which my mind read as "protonmail.cn" and I installed shuddered and said, "yeah like I am going to set up a 'secure' email account in CHINA...right!" and blew it off.
Well, .ch is SWITZERLAND, and I am a dork.

So today, I realized that as I stumbled back across it and went ahead with the sign up.

IT IS @#$(!#@$P-ing AWESOME! (uh, that is an encrypted word, not a swear word!).

My email address (and my wife is frustrated I have so many already!) is jimdickinson@protonmail.com

yes. .COM is awesome because it looks normal and this email is so far from normal and still totally easy to use.

So for example,if you want to send an encrypted message to someone who doesn't have protonmail, no problem. You get to set a password for the message (so pick something that the recipient would know) and then set the password HINT to inform them what the password is.

For example, you send a message full of personal medical information to your doctor, and set the password to your SSN, then set the HINT to be "The password is my SSN" and send off the message...

The doctor gets the message, pulls up your medical records and uses your SSN as the password. He can now read the message, and he can even REPLY with an encrypted message back through protonmail without needing an account! You get it back in your encrypted mailbox...AWESOME!
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The last lootcrate was very cool, with a spy theme. Even had a fun puzzle to figure out online and off. The kids and I had lots of fun with it, and the box had something for everyone!
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These are pretty funny! "I want everyone to put their fingers right here...This is your OTHER DMG."
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Also worth noting is the full HTML version of the Basic rules: http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop/players-basic-rules
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I should have referenced the things for the Tyranny of Dragons Campaign too.
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Marvel's Daredevil launches tomorrow. Trailer linked here looks pretty good. :)
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So...Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin both in the same D&D game with you, Matt? That is too cool! Seriously, though, you guys are artists at your hobby. It would be a delight to play in one of your games!
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Are those journals you built in Roll20 sharable? That was a tremendous undertaking, and you did an amazing job! I would love to have a copy like that in my games.
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I scanned the PHB and made the files, handouts myself. It is not purchasable through Roll20
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Do they have anything like YELP in Dublin? I'd recommend writing a review and letting them know how you feel. Most shoppers vote with their feet (i.e. shop elsewhere), but those who are vocal about it (like you have been) help others know what they might be in for at that store, and give the store owner a chance to respond if they want to. Maybe the slouch behind the counter needs to get fired? Maybe the owner doesn't know he's sloughing on the job? Sounds like he could certainly be fixing the product displays and keeping product from getting damaged. I am lucky to have 4-5 or so FLGS within 10 miles of me. 3 of the 4 are sub-par, though one is trying to improve. Only one is reliably good, and the owners are involved and engaging customers, organizing games and demos, keeping up on stock, and finding out what customers want them to carry. One is some kind of chain in one of the malls, and all games are priced at least 10% OVER MSRP. That's just innane. I don't buy there for that reason alone. Two of them are too narrowly focused on only one segment of the market,and appear to be an excuse for the owners to play all day. The one that is trying could be a contender if they find ways to be more welcoming. Their place is often packed with players (usually M:TG) and so the store is often unapproachable--unless you want to play Magic, you feel very out of place there.

I say let the store owner know why you will not shop there anymore. I have nothing against Amazon, and FLGS have to--HAVE TO--find ways to make people want to buy from them instead of online. They can't just rely on us to have mercy on them because we want to "shop local". That's stupid. The best way is to provide what Amazon can't. FRIENDLY, approachable staff that know a wide variety of games, play them often, can give demos or help you come back to the store when demos are being played (i.e. D&D Encounters), and love what they do. Amazon can't compete with that!
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Hey, who are you?
Oh, hey. I'm Jim. 

Hi. What do you do?
I own a couple of businesses, and love being an entrepreneur. One company is an IT Outsourcing company called i-SupportDesk (its Google Page) where we manage and support other small businesses with their IT needs. The other business is a fantastic network marketing company, where I am having a lot of fun with helping others build their personal wealth risk-free!

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Yeah, I think it's pretty cool.

So what do you do for fun?
I like to learn about and play with new and emerging technologies. I have grown up playing games of all kinds, board games, computer games, role-playing games, etc., so I like to tinker with game design and  play all kinds of games. I enjoy theater and good performances of many kinds. I am a big fan of people sharing their talents with others. I am a fan of good fantasy and sci-fi books and movies.

I am also a very happy FAMILY MAN. I have a strong appreciation for family values. While I respect others' right to swear with wild abandon, tell low-brow  asinine jokes, and generally revel in a complete lack of morality, I also expect those others to respect my right to keep my Internet (and G+) experience "family-friendly". I know how to uncircle and block, and will do so if I have to.

Understood. So, why did you add me?
If I've added you to a circle, it's because of one or more of the following:

  • You said something interesting
  • Your post/profile/comments are intelligent/witty/clever and appear to be family-friendly
  • We seem to share common interests and/or ideals
  • The things you share are AWESOME
  • I think I can learn something from you

Ok, well, why should I add you back?
Well, you should add me to a circle if: 
  • You like posts about games, gaming, and similar stuff
  • You think my comments are helpful and/or witty

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  • Role-Playing Games, 
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  • Science, 
  • Sci-Fi, 
  • Film / TV, 
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