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Between Vice President Biden and his massive motorcade shuttling over to visit Bill Gates, and an emergency expansion joint repair on I-5, Seattle's traffic today is truly fucked.
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I went through Ballard, and it was OK, except the stupid bridge was up.
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ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!
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I'm shocked.  SHOCKED! to learn that the "I'm shocked. SHOCKED!" meme that's so common on the internet today was uttered by Claude Raines (The Vichy French Prefect in the movie Casablanca) when his character ordered the closure of "Rick's Cafe Americain".  When Rick (Humphrey Bogart) asked him why he was ordering the cafe shut down, Raines delivered the sarcastic line, "I'm shocked.  SHOCKED! to learn that there is gambling going on here"  right before someone hands him his winnings for the night.  The movie aired in 1942.
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Dear asshole(s),

Your bike started up just fine.  There's no need to rev the fucking engine twelve times to make sure.

Your passive-aggressive friend,
-Mark
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This is why I hate irresponsible motorcycle owners.  
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Jesus popped up out  of his tomb, saw his shadow, and immediately ran back inside.  2000 more years and no rapture!
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I've said it before and I'll say it again:  Just say "no" to linkspam.

I've just muted another one.  Some people just spew out a lot of junk.  I don't mind people who spew out interesting things, so long as it's at a reasonable volume level.  

I don't mind folks who share things that they've just found, but are actually a bit old.   We all "discover" things that are actually old from time to time.

I mind if you're sharing twenty things in a row that you didn't realize everyone already knows about, or are fascinating to you but not really to anyone else.

If I want "insanely fascinating" things spewed at me, I'll go to Cracked, or press the button on StumbleUpon, or browse some other site that describes its stupid cat videos and/or crotch shots and/or space pictures with hyperbole.

Now, I'm not complete dick.  I find stupid cat videos to be funny.  I sometimes think fail videos are funny too (although I'm not keen on watching idiot teenagers hurt themselves, it hits too close to home).  And I love space pictures.

I'm just saying that I can find those things all by myself, and I don't need to see the 20 or 30 things that you've discovered today that have a convenient "share" button on them.
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I find my delete button very useful.  Just because they want to send "junk" doesn't mean I need to read it.
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I just realized that Lester Nygard on the Fargo TV series is Bilbo Baggins.
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Every so often, I will watch traditional TV news, usually the "Nightly News with Brian Williams."  It usually cures me of the desire to watch TV news when I do this, and go back to just reading BBC, PBS, and other sources on the internet.

This time, I'm struck by the completely absurd spectacle of Chuck Tood, the "Senior White House Correspondent" reporting on the President's schedule to draw down troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.  He's out in the pouring rain, on the White House Lawn, because ... news, I guess.  It's silly.  He could have done his story from a studio, from any city in the world.  He could have Skyped in.  There's no reason to go to the White House Lawn to report on this story.

Network news is idiotic.
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This past Saturday I had friends over for the bi-weekly Pathfinder game.  Thought I'd take a photo of the game table and show it.  Also, I wrote a very simple script to act as an initiative tracker for the game in Google Docs.  

I've got a PC with a monitor set up, with the Google Spreadsheet open.  From my laptop at the table, I'm in the same spreadsheet, typing in initiative rolls, and hitting a button that calls the script and automatically sorts the list of good guys and bad guys by initiative number.

It also has a counter to help us remember when certain effects end, and what round it is.

The monitor is across the room, but the font is big enough that the GM can see it.  It's actually behind me, so I can't see it, but I can see the small version on my little laptop.

The light images are buttons that activate either the sorting script, or a script that increments counters.  The dark images are buttons that reset everything to defaults.

I had originally planned to run the thing from a tablet, which is why I made the buttons so big, but Google Doc's Android interface sucks, so I use my laptop instead.
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+Joe Zurla is our GM.
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So, last Thursday night, I ran a party through the beginnings of the Hidden Shrine of Tamochoan, an old-school TSR module circa 1979 using the Zounds! rpg by +Joshua Macy 

The result was pretty fun.  A very different dynamic, though.  Given the way Zounds works with respect to wounds and healing, there was no need for a party healer, so there was no cleric.  Instead there were two mages, a barbarian, and an elf ranger.  One of the mages and the barbarian were example characters from the Zounds! PDF.  I made the Elf ranger, and one of the players made the other mage, a bibliomancer who has turned out to be way more useful than you'd expect.

We had some really funny moments, and the players seemed to enjoy it.   It was especially fun when they encountered the nereid, who charms men.  There was only one male character in the group, the barbarian warrior, who was actually played by a woman.   The other three characters were female, and so the nereid wasn't that hard to overcome.

There's a sort of vampire in one of the rooms, who would have been a really tough monster to fight, except the bibliomancer re-wrote the curse on his coffin, in an effort to turn him friendly to the party.  It was such a clever idea that I went with it.

It's tempting to say "no" to players when they try something that isn't quite covered in the rules, but when the idea is a good one for the story, I think it's best to fudge the rules and go with what the players come up with.  So, in this case, the friendly vampire warned them about the cursed axe, which was put there solely to screw with the players in a very Gygaxian way, and handed over his loot and wished them well.  We all had a good laugh about it.

I'm looking forward to part two this Thursday.
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Sounds like a blast! I love when my players think outside the box and it's something I can work with. 
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D&D Style Cleric healing.  How would you handle it in FAE?
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On the comment about "insta healing" I think that's all about the kind of game you are playing. In my FATE game we had 3-4 hours last night with only 1 combat, and only mild damage. Insta-healing would be completely out of place (a non-fantasy renaissance game). More traditional combat oriented games to me would potentially necessitate some short cut to healing, or the accumulated consequences could bog things down. I think in either case its what makes it fun for the group.
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Handelabra Games is a good company.  I recently downloaded an app form my Android tablet called "Sentinels Sidekick."  The app is a helper for a complex card game, and friends of mine use the iPad version, and I was keen to get the Android version for myself.  Unfortunately, my old HTC Jetstream runs Android 3.1 and can't be upgraded, and when I tried running the app, it just crashed.

I discovered that the Google Play Store allows refunds within 15 minutes of purchase, but alas I discovered this about an hour after I purchased the app.  Since it only cost a couple of bucks, I wasn't too put out by it, but I think the 15 minute window is a little ridiculous.

I happened upon the Twitter account of the card game maker, and asked them if they support the software, and they said no, but gave me the contact info for Handelabra, which makes the software.

I wasn't expecting much.  I sent an email, and figured I'd never hear from them.  That's what usually happens.

Surprisingly, they took my email, entered into their bug-tracking database, and sent me a response saying that they were looking into the problem.  I thought that was nice, but also figured if the problem was that Android 3.1 was just too old to be supported, they'd tell me too bad.

Instead, they created a new Google Community for Sidekick beta testers, added me to it.  Put out a beta version of Sidekick that they thought would run on my tablet and made it available at the Google Play Store.

All in the space of about a day and a half.

And it works.

They only made two and a half bucks off of me.

So, the least I can do is brag about them a little bit and hope they get good sales.

+Jeremy Handel , +John Arnold 
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I'm glad to hear you didn't pay for it. I'm still astonished that someone apparently did. It was a very nice tablet for its time, but incredibly over-priced. And immediately abandoned. The only one I had ever seen lurked at the bottom of the QA devices cabinet when I worked at HTC.

Unfortunately it seems that it was niche enough that there weren't any third-party ROM ports for it either.
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