Profile

Cover photo
Larry Bullock
Works at Federal Government
Attended Grand Valley State University
Lives in 48313
121 followers|103,481 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos+1's

Stream

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Little sad at the small turnout of stories, but definitely worth reading and voting for your favorites.
 
Uresia 2016 Summer Short-Fiction Contest:
JUDGMENT DAY MONTH

In the mood for a little fantasy? This year's Uresia short-stories are now available for your reading pleasure and nitpicky judgment. See the voting rules in the story PDF; snag it at https://goo.gl/Jv9Ly9 (it's free, natch). The final score is determined by weighing the authors' votes 50/50 with the fan votes, and everyone who participates (fan or author) will get an all-new exclusive mini-supplement as bonus thanks (plus I'll come up with some even bonus-er thanks for the winner). Snag it, read, and enjoy some new perspectives on heaven's grave!
View original post
1
S. John Ross's profile photo
 
Yeah. I think it's just been a rough year. On the sunny side, voting is already active, and I saw a new name. I'm always happy when there are new people voting =) Also, given the nice turnout for last year's Winter Annual, I have high hopes for such things going forward.
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here's hoping I have enough time for this year's contest.
 
The Uresia Summer Short-Fiction Competition Part 4: Slimes and Snowmen and Satyrs, Oh My!
Official 2016 Rules

In order that all of us who enjoy wandering heaven's grave might have some new ways to do so, Cumberland Games & Diversions is hosting it's fourth annual short-fiction contest. If you've been involved with the prior three, you know the drill! If you're new, welcome!

The basic idea is pretty straightforward: take us into heaven's grave (or the Troll Lands) in short-story form, and we'll all love you for it. The more formal rules are as follows:

Eligibility: The contest is open to any and all Uresia fans, ages 18 or older.

Entries will be accepted from [checks wrist] right now, and until midnight, August 14th, 2016 (Fort Collins, Colorado time). Entries must be in English, must be at least 1,000 words and not exceed 7,500, and must be submitted via electronic mail to sjohn@cumberlandgames.com in one of: Plain Text, Rich Text, Microsoft Word, or OpenOffice/LibreOffice document format. One story per author.

Sometime shortly after the submission deadline, I will compile a single document presenting all of the stories, with the names of the authors removed and stories arranged in chronological order by when they were submitted. Voting will be based on this collection (the authors' names to be revealed once the contest is over), with stories to be judged in two categories: Uresia-Ness, and Awesome-Ness. More precise voting rules will follow when the time comes, but basically the authors themselves will produce 50% of the final score, while the fans/readers will produce the other 50%.

Since the judging is meant to be 'blind,' without authors' names attached during judging, please be discreet when discussing your own participation in the contest. It's cool to say you're in it, but not to give away which story is yours.

Entries remain the property of their authors (which is to say, authors retain all copyright, though Cumberland naturally retains Uresia-specific trademarks such as 'Uresia: Grave of Heaven'). Entrants grant Cumberland perpetual permission to present the stories for free, in multiple formats, for the enjoyment of Uresia fans, and to perform minimal necessary editing for formatting and spelling and whatnot when doing so (I'll fix a typo if I happen to spot it in passing, but I won't harm a hair on the head of your writing style). Cumberland claims no commercial rights whatsoever on the stories; this is just for funsies, to elevate awareness of the Uresia community (which is, hopefully, good for all of us) to give Uresia GMs and player inspiring stuff to read, and to give all Uresia fans a 'GM-less' way to visit the grave again.

Content: All stories must be set in either Uresia or the Troll Lands (or both, or the waters between or near), and feel just as gosh-dead Uresia as a short story can be. There is no limit on 'adult' material in the stories (Uresia itself has a fair number of references to sex, violence, alcohol, hallucinogenic mushroom wine and, you know, Satyrs and things), but 'stylish and suggestive' is more likely, I suspect, to win stronger votes than 'blunt and literal.' Keep it classy. Unless you have a really, really awesome non-classy story that needs to be told. Stories can be funny or serious or literary or pulpy or anything else. THIS IS A THEMED EVENT. The theme is 'stories that are awesome, and take place in Uresia.' Please keep the theme in mind.

Entries should include the following at the beginning of the document: Title, Author's Name and Email Address (to be removed from the judging version, but I need it, natch), a warning if there is any content that goes beyond 'PG-13'ishness, and then a brief 'executive summary' teaser description of no more than 50 words. For example:

Deep within the Mazelcane Catacombs, three drunken Dwarves and a very bewildered Snowman discover love, hummus, and modal jazz in the least expected ways, while the Red Slimes burrow closer ... Will any of them survive?

Entries must be created for this contest and have no prior publication history.

Every participant (writers and voters) will get an exclusive Uresia article I've prepared for that purpose (last year they got the Scott's Landing piece outlining magic chimney sweeps as character types and touching on things like Rinden and/or Gargoyle politics, the year before that a Shadow River history piece from the perspective of Nectar's Garden banning practices, because WTF, Uresia). I also tend to slip a few extra-secret files to the winners, but really, this isn't about prizes; it's about the enormous wobbly eyes of appreciation in your readers (see Blue Lamp Road for all the previous stories, sailing the loving seas of eternity).

I think that's it for the rules. If anything needs clarified, let me know at sjohn@cumberlandgames.com.

The official rules of the contest are those listed here, AND any clarifications to follow. Beyond RULES, though: Just enjoy yourself, and we'll enjoy along with you. Get to your notebooks, your laptops, your tablets and your smartphones, wherever you enjoy writing (I use all of those, myself), and take us all to Uresia for a little while. We're looking forward to the journeys ahead.


View original post
2
S. John Ross's profile photo
 
If there's anything I can do to intimidate you into participating, let me know =)
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
We've fought for a federal open access law for three years. The finish line is in sight.
When we pay for federally funded research, we should be allowed to read it. That’s the simple premise of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (S. 779 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/779)), which now has a real chance at passing. Let’s send a clear message to the Senate: we can’t stall on open access for another year. It’s time to move FASTR (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/03/tell-congress-its-time-m...
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Hey +matt jackson - maybe the colored tabs would help out with organizing your moleskine.
 
If you are going to do great this year, make sure you have the right tools by your side. With numbered pages, index, table of contents and adhesive page tabs.

The #Moleskine Professional Notebook will help you achieve your best at work and university: http://bit.ly/1Um4n7c
View original post
1
matt jackson's profile photo
 
Funny that you posted this because I was just thinking about those.
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
I must say that this is a great adventure.
 
It's been quite a journey for this one, but the road ends (and the adventure begins) in five days, when it's free Toast for everyone. #RisusRPG
View original post
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
121 people
Guild Gear's profile photo
Titus Nguiagain's profile photo
Steve Nibbelink's profile photo
henry williams's profile photo
Tim Ballew's profile photo
Dan Suptic's profile photo
Brent Sadler's profile photo
Rose Darko's profile photo
Alex corona's profile photo

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
It helps to have comments turned on.....personally I don't like it when people share the exact same content all over the place - what's the point of rolling you in multiple places if the content is always the same. I try to use each for specific things so it might be worth following in multiple places.
 
I've been very quiet on here for a number of reasons. Other than blog updates, I don't post here a lot.

Does anyone know a good way of updating google+ status at the same time as any other social network statuses? Specifically and immediately I would like to be able to update google+ and twitter at the same time. Preferably, from an iPhone app.
2 comments on original post
1
Stefan Shirley (Lord Kelvin)'s profile photo
 
Huh... I checked my settings... I'm surprised you couldn't comment. Give me a few minutes, and if you would, go try to comment on my original post. Weird.
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Very cool.
 
The module Toast of the Town has been nominated for an ENnie, for Best Free Product. That's just groovy :D

http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2016-ennie-award-nominees-and-spotlight-winners/
Congratulations to all of the 2016 ENnie Award Nominees and to all of the 2016 Judges’ Spotlight winners! Click the badges below to download a larger version to place on your web page! Voting this …
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Don't know if this will help, but the tool they have is pretty slick for connecting you to your representative.
The FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order was the culmination of years of net neutrality advocacy and a big step toward a free and open Internet. Now, some lawmakers are trying to undermine the FCC’s ability to enforce it (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/congress-vote-hindering-fccs-ability-protect-open-internet). Tell your representative: don’t vote for a bill that compromises net neutrality.
1
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Darth Maul is way better than Vader.
1
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Well, since I couldn't comment on the original post, I'd play Gin.
 
Only the toastiest pregens! Which one would you play? #RisusRPG
Toast of the Town, a free fantasy adventure module for Risus, comes out March 1st. These are the pregens provided (naturally, you can make your own character if there's time, but these are pretty r...
View original post
1
S. John Ross's profile photo
 
I'm a big fan of the Rhetorical Post =)
Add a comment...

Larry Bullock

Shared publicly  - 
 
Yes, you should get it.
 
Yet again, Risus drives on thru. This is an all-new layout of Ring of Thieves based on the v3 text. It is free, and you should get it.
Ring of Thieves - A Free Risus Solitaire Adventure - On a frosty night in the city of Hultog, a magic ring was stolen. Now it's yours, but your partner has been taken in exc
View original post
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
121 people
Guild Gear's profile photo
Titus Nguiagain's profile photo
Steve Nibbelink's profile photo
henry williams's profile photo
Tim Ballew's profile photo
Dan Suptic's profile photo
Brent Sadler's profile photo
Rose Darko's profile photo
Alex corona's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Java Web Developer
Employment
  • Federal Government
    present
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Java Web Developer, 2008 - 2011
  • Electronic Data Systems
    Java Web Developer, 1996 - 2008
  • Grand Valley State University
    Computer Store Clerk, 1995 - 1996
  • Kent Intermediate School District
    Substitute Teacher, 1993 - 1995
  • Best Buy
    Product Specialist, 1994 - 1995
  • Grand Valley State University
    Writing Tutor, 1991 - 1993
  • MC Sporting Goods
    Assistant Manager, 1987 - 1991
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
48313
Previously
49504
Links
Contributor to
Story
Introduction
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).
Bragging rights
Happy husband and proud father of 3.
Education
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kenowa Hills High School
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Larry Bullock's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
One dog of the streets… by Sebastián Arena on... | Haiku 575
575.tumblr.com

One dog of the streets… by Sebastián Arena on Flickr. Catching a short nap cold stone pillow under head dreams of a good home

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, December 10, 2013 Via @GoComics
www.gocomics.com

One of the many great comics you can read for free at GoComics.com! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller, September 24, 2013 Via @GoComics
www.gocomics.com

One of the many great comics you can read for free at GoComics.com! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller, September 23, 2013 Via @GoComics
www.gocomics.com

One of the many great comics you can read for free at GoComics.com! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.

Sheer Brilliance: Star Wars' Emperor voiced by Mark Hamill's Joker
io9.com

Mark Hamill is best known for being the voice of the Joker in various Batman animated TV shows. But long before that, he played another role

What's the best movie that failed at the box office?
feeds.gawker.com

We were depressed to hear early predictions that Pacific Rim would be a box office bomb. Let's hope it's not true — but there have been plen

iOS 7's game controller support could be a real game-changer
www.tuaw.com

Of all of the features of iOS 7 that have been talked about since Monday's WWDC 2013 keynote, probably none has more potential impact than t

xkcd: Pastime
xkcd.com

< Prev · Random; Next >; >|. Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1222/ Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): http://imgs.xkcd.com/

Developer suspects Facebook app is behind iPhone battery drain
www.tuaw.com

Have you noticed an unusual battery drain on your iPhone or iPad lately? German iOS developer Sebastian Düvel has, and he decided to get to

Darths & Droids
www.darthsanddroids.net

When the hero gets the first big breakthrough in a battle, it often feels like a big moment. Give it time to shine. Note: Ideally we would h

Darths & Droids
www.darthsanddroids.net

Often in games equipment just works. Guns never jam, swords never shatter, armour never falls apart. Cars never fail to start. Basically, al

Darths & Droids
www.darthsanddroids.net

Never forget that NPCs can be afraid too. Often enemies are portrayed as essentially mindless mooks who rush straight into combat or other d

xkcd: Insight
xkcd.com

< Prev · Random; Next >; >|. Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1215/ Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): http://imgs.xkcd.com/

Darths & Droids
www.darthsanddroids.net

Sometimes you just can't wait for all the information you need to carry out a plan successfully. If your GM is doing the job right, this mig

The trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is here!
io9.com

After the six-second teaser earlier today, ABC has unveiled the full promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Let the speculation begin, and don't t

xkcd: Birds and Dinosaurs
xkcd.com

< Prev · Random; Next >; >|. Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1211/ Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): http://imgs.xkcd.com/

How the human brain sees a 100-mph fastball
io9.com

Given how slowly our brains react to incoming visual information, it should actually be impossible for us to hit a blistering fastball. But

Victimized – Futility Closet
www.futilitycloset.com

As he enters the room, he knows what awaits him. Resistance is useless. He cannot escape; there are simply too many of them, and there is no

On Person of Interest, we confront the tragedy of AI life
io9.com

There's only one more episode of Person of Interest left this season, and if last night's episode is any indication, we're headed for intere