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Gameday 40 Event Sign-Up Starts Soon

Just a little reminder that event sign-up will open at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2nd. Event sign-up is being handled by our Warhorn.net site:

https://warhorn.net/events/chicago-gameday-40

You need to have a Warhorn account and be registered for Gameday 40 in order to sign up for events. Instructions are available on the main Gameday 40 Warhorn page, but if you have any questions or problems, please let me know.
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Honnnnnkk!

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Watching Alien 3 today. It's amazing how little actually happens in this film. You can tell that Fincher is padding the hell out of what little script he was likely working with.

The "let's save money by going with a post-apocalypse-style look" vibe is also pretty strong. 
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The director's cut is certainly better. I like it quite a bit, but it does feel very disconnected from Alien and Aliens. It's a real shame that they killed off Newt & Hicks right off the bat.

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Watching Aliens for the umpteenth time. Goddamnit, I never get tired of watching this movie. Pitch perfect in every way.
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Another glorious day int he Corps!

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Kindle Owner's Lending Library worth it?

I finally bit the bullet and got an Amazon Prime membership. In trying to milk as much of its features as possible, I was wondering about the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. I don't own a Kindle right now, but I'd consider one if accessing that library was a useful feature.

Are there books worth reading in there, or is it all old bestsellers and books Amazon can't seem to sell?
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+Paul Beakley my wife loves her paperwhite, while I don't like the page swipes.

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Ruins of the North ordered! Now I just need to remember not to order it a second time in a few months.
Ruins of the North – Available for Pre-order Now. TOR_RuinsOfTheNorth_Cover_November550. Ruins of the North for The One Ring Roleplaying Game is available for pre-order at our webstore now. Ruins of the North comprises six standalone adventures that can be played as an epic campaign across ...
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Ha! That happened to me just recently. Got Rivendell...then I got Rivendell again.

Strangely didn't get Denizens of the North. Had apparently forgotten that one entirely in the Great Rivendell Frenzy of ought 14.

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So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.

The results of all this are now in. An independent study by the British Journal of Criminology found that since total decriminalization, addiction has fallen, and injecting drug use is down by 50 percent. I'll repeat that: injecting drug use is down by 50 percent. Decriminalization has been such a manifest success that very few people in Portugal want to go back to the old system. The main campaigner against the decriminalization back in 2000 was Joao Figueira, the country's top drug cop. He offered all the dire warnings that we would expect from the Daily Mail or Fox News. But when we sat together in Lisbon, he told me that everything he predicted had not come to pass -- and he now hopes the whole world will follow Portugal's example.
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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Process addictions are the worst. "Just don't eat as much" "Can't you just stay out of the casino" "Just say no to porn"

If it was "just" that easy, it wouldn't be an addiction... 
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Imagine a universe where the Power Rangers were actually cool, and you get this film (NSFW, about 15 mins). Plus, it's got Katee Sackhoff and the Van Der Beek!
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Interesting. A bit uneven tonally. I felt like there were times when the film drops into the cheesy fight style of the original show (but with ultra violence). Other times, as with the final sword fight, it was all brutality all the time (which better matched the tone of the "interrogation").

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“Well, these are very pretty, pretty pictures that you’ve made. That’s very impressive.”

And he goes to the 3rd and the 4th page and he says, “Noooooo.”

“When have you ever produced a plan like this where the engineers stuck features in that weren’t in your plan?”

“Well, never.”

“When did the engineers ever finish a project faster than what’s in your — what do you call it — a Gantt chart?”

“Well, never.”

“Then your plans are stupid. Please stop doing them.”

“What am I doing here?!”

“Go sit with the engineers.”
Google's hiring chief says he doesn't give much credit to college degrees in the hiring process. So it should come as no surprise that other Google executives also regard staples of traditional bus...
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Chicago Gameday 40 schedule is now up on Warhorn.net; get registered if you haven't already

The #chicagogameday40  Warhorn site is now populated with our events and event descriptions. Feel free to browse!

Also, while event sign-up will not go live until March 2nd, you can register for Gameday 40 itself right now, which will make sign-up that much easier for you once it begins.

Instructions are available on the main Gameday 40 Warhorse page, as well as in our companion thread on ENWorld.

http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?402217-Chicago-Gameday-40-is-March-21-at-Games-Plus-in-Mt-Prospect-IL&p=6484169&viewfull=1#post6484169

Gameday 40 begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 21st, 2015.

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What is Chicago Gameday 40? Chicago Gameday 40 ;is a day of FREE RPG gaming held at earth's finest game store, ;Games Plus. The event begins at ;9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March ;21st, 2015. We have two slots of events, one in the m...
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This is pretty freakin' majestic. 
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DUDE.  Check out his cover of Baby Got Back!!!

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Secret webcomic is secret!

Finally all caught up on Conspiracy Friends, which I recommend. 

Also, since I heard about it via Monte Cook, it has me wanting to re-read Dark*Matter again.
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This is actually what you find out real conspiracy theorists are like if your exposure to conspiracy theory was things like X-Files and Fortean Times, and you go visit someplace like Reddit's /r/conspiracy

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More than I ever knew about the One Ring. 
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Time for a level up montage!
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