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Narrator Stirs the Pot
 
Need a moment of clever Levity? This was quite chuckle worthy!
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That narrator is a trouble maker, he is.
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Brown eyes are so plain

Some time ago, I was on a bus when a brown-eyed girl got on. I remember when we got to our stop -- we didn't know each other, the last stop was the University and neither of us had gotten off earlier -- and I felt compelled to tell her she had the most striking, the most gorgeous brown eyes. Then went on my way.

I said 'some time ago'. It was 1993, and I still remember how they looked. I think the rest of her was pretty too, I think she was Asian... but all I remember was her eyes.
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... this works way better than it deserves to.

h/t +Jesus Christ 
 
I can't even... this is quite possibly the best thing I have EVER seen on the internet, ever.
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I greatly appreciate Randall Munroe's ability to find ways to provide context when explaining something.

In this case he was asked what happens if you fall from the 'tallest building in town' and 'catch a flagpole halfway down and swing around so you fly back up into the air toward where you came from'.

Okay, math happens, including some points of reference to try to make sense of this (figuring out exactly how much force it takes to tear someone's arms off is hard, apparently).

Final analysis, though: "after falling this distance you'd be going about 100 miles an hour. <this major league batter> was clocked swinging a bat 87 miles an hour. So... stand in front of him and grab the bat, then realize that the bat weights about 31 ounces and you might be about a hundred times that" really puts into perspective just how much damage simply hitting the pole would cause. Never mind ripping the arms off, that would probably more or less liquefy the hands on impact.

http://what-if.xkcd.com/133/
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Today was a good day

I still need to review and revise... well, pretty much the entire book. Tighten the text, make some adjustments, and so on, but the Shu-shi pantheon, all eight pages of it, are looking pretty damn decent to me.

+Jay Dugger +Jason Paul McCartan +John Payne +Andrew Shields +Ryan Good 
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Lich to Half-Ogre Druid

"In the place of death, I have all the power! You have no magic, you cannot reach your gods! What are you, to stand before me?!"

"Big." smash!

Not quite as witty as 'billionaire philanthropist playboy', but it has a certain simple elegance.
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Which To Use?

I've been asked to provide a screenshot of a work in progress, to be included in an RPG-related newsletter.

Caps below are quick & dirty (I'd want to get the clipping rectangles better) and a bit of the text needs touching up, but I've narrowed it down to these three.

They are, in order,

* The Elemental Tetratheon
* The Goblin Pantheon
* The Shu-shi Pantheon

Which looks best, d'you think?
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Eh, I can't draw well, but I'm passing fair at composition and layout. Not the fanciest, but often more legible and usable. 
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#10 has an awfully short name. Looks like it says... QWOP, maybe.
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I can't plus these enough. QWOP and tripwires has me grinning like an idiot. XD
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Nice to see the Windows servers are finally stable.
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"But did you pay the silicon price for it?"
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I have only very, very briefly flipped through the premium softcover that arrived today, so I cannot comment in full on Petty Gods.

What I have seen so far, though, allows me to say, "Dayum, +Richard LeBlanc, you did some nice work here."
 
A really nice retrospective of the Petty Gods saga by Peter Gifford (the man responsible for getting the "original" version of Petty Gods laid out and PDF'ed for the public) over at The Esoteric Order of Gamers.
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I absolutely second that. It is a joy to read. 
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They Could Be Right

I've been told my writing can be informationally very dense. It can be exhausting to read, intimidating, and I've been told "I read it and obviously something awesome is happening, but I feel like an idiot trying to understand it".

I ran a small bit of text I wrote through the Hemingway App. It told me it was written to 'Grade 18 reading level'.

Probably not appropriate for sales copy. I'll have to go back and rewrite it.

+Erik Tenkar +Jason Paul McCartan +Joe D 
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This is a better version of the story. Has the ending where there is a pic of a hat along with John Thompson. http://www.whatwouldthefoundersthink.com/thomas-jefferson-and-the-declaration
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Okay, Maybe One More

If I write up the Donnerkonig pantheon (drafted below) this gets me both a set of deities (modeled loosely after the Teutonic pantheon) for use with the Donnerkonig Chronicle, and pushes me over 100 deities for Polyhedral Pantheons.

... yeah, I'll probably do it. I like the idea of having 100 deities in my book, spread across four pantheons (each of which is split into multiple subpantheons, at that).
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There is no way I'm doing that many. I'm willing to take it to a hundred, partly because it suits me and partly because I have use for them. And yes, I get the over nine thousand reference. 
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