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  • Kent Intermediate School District
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  • Grand Valley State University
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I am a java web developer and overall geek. My name is Larry Bullock, but online, I usually use the nom de plume of Ruminator (or some variation thereof - rumn8tr, etc.). You can either believe that I like to discuss deep, heavy topics; or you can believe that I have a few extra stomachs and really enjoy food (you might not be wrong on either count).
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Happy husband and proud father of 3.
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Can't wait to get this!
 
I've been teasing production images on this for quite some time, but it's so close, now, that it's time to start seeing it as a whole thing, the first and largest and packed-full-of-stuffinest of the Saint August modules, a set of #RisusRPG fantasy adventures set in Uresia's Saint August Mountains (Rinden). As you can see, I did decide to go with alphanumerics, too, so Toast of the Town will be SA1 for short, and it lays the setting foundations for the set of three full-sized modules and some mini-modules that'll be coded SAM instead of SA (because mini). The modules are each self-contained, but also designed to be daisy-chained (in any order) as the bones of a campaign. They will be 100% free PDFs, thanks to the folks who backed the project (rather than one of those customers-pre-ordering-product style kicks, this was an old fashioned patrons-sending-love-to-the-universe style kicks, so the output is free for all). I'm stoked. The development process has included some of the best playtest sessions of my gaming life, so ... yeah. Stoked =) If you dig Risus (or fantasy, or my writing, or stick figures, or maps, or whatever), go ahead and be stoked with me =)
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You and me both =)
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Pretty clever...
You have a lot of different options for saving your Gmail messages to Evernote, but most of them require that you give a third-party access to your Google account. That should be fine enough, but if you'd prefer not to do that, Digital Inspiration shows you how to roll your own forwarding service.
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Should be fun!
 
It's here, Marvelites!

Watch the new Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer and get your tickets NOW: http://Fandango.com/Avengers
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I know the rabbits don't carry anything. 😜
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Very well done short film.
Nigerian filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion's African superhero short film 'Oya: Rise of The Orishas' is now available to watch online.
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Pretty funny!
 
+Jared von Hindman posted a very interesting question the other day about where Mystique from the X-Men comics got all those small skulls hanging from her belt.

This deviant art drawing that he posted later answers it brilliantly.

http://caanantheartboy.deviantart.com/art/Mystique-the-secret-Smurf-215669010

#Mystique   #XMen   #Smurfs   #skulls  
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Interesting discussion point.
 
So do you think that Gene Roddenberry was wrong in his Prime Directive? Should Starfleet personnel have interfered when alien nations that had terrible practices that weren't part of the Star Trek ethos? Or do you think he was right?

If you think his policy of non-interference was correct, then there is no reason for you to believe that the USA or any other country has the 'moral right' to bring democracy to people who don't have it. You also have to live with female circumcision in Africa, the killing of brides and grooms in India by their family if they 'marry incorrectly.' You have to accept that African shaman find it perfectly acceptable to kill another human being for muti (magical medicine). 

If you don't believe that it's okay to accept practices that are abhorrent to the western eye, then you don't believe the Star Trek Prime Directive. 

So do you agree with the Prime Directive, or don't you? :)
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I tend to agree with that. You can never watch enough Star Trek. 😄
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Saw that piece elsewhere.. great bit of history... but I would seriously like to keep it so we maintain a wee bit more sunshine towards the evening commute...
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Finally got around to reading the Ant-Man prelude (both parts). This fits in very well with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes Ant-Man even cooler (of course, he's been one of my favorites for a long time).

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=114540 
Marvel have released a lettered preview of Ant-Man Prelude #1, and in it we see an older Peggy Carter (who appears to be in her 40s/50s by this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's history) taking a few shots at Hank Pym as he tries out his new suit. Hit the jump to check it out!
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Great new Adrian Belew song - you might guess the influence for this one based on the name....
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Finally made my first 5e characters (the boys have made a couple each already).  The process was much faster than I remember and the characters are pretty complete even at 1st level.

I went against tradition (plus one of my sons beat me to making a rogue and a ranger) and made a bard and a monk.  I definitely like the monk.
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DTE wants to install smart meters on the house. They say that it will help people save money, but from what research I've found out there, there isn't really any evidence of that. People can do the same thing by going out and reading their current analog meters if they were really interested in knowing their exact power usage.

Assuming for a second that the smart meters do as advertised and help lower the bill, won't that just mean that DTE will raise the rates in order to keep their profit levels at their current levels or higher?  Seems like that is how things have worked so far (replace your light bulbs with CFCs, bill goes down for a while, then rates go up).

Why do I feel like we have to keep being like the astronauts in Apollo 13 in order to keep the bill down?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-FbfkUD78w
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