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Mark Walters
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I'm not surprised at all that 81% of Latinos view Donald Trump negatively.  What surprises me is that 13% like him, and 4% don't know.  Okay, maybe 4% are too busy with their personal lives to care about politics.  But 13% view him favorably?  How does that happen?
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In case you missed it, our New Horizons spacecraft "phoned home" around 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, indicating that it had successfully completed its historic flyby of Pluto earlier in the day. Today, more ‪#‎PlutoFlyby‬ images of surface close-ups whave ten times the resolution of what we saw yesterday, with details as small as New York's Central Park. Stay tuned! http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons
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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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How do I search for a topic that I commented in, but didn't create?

I've just got back into G+ after an absence of ... months? years? .... and the interface is different and I'm lost.
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Not that I like Facebook, mind you.  I've had to install a plugin to keep it from spewing crap at me.  G+ has far less crap spew.
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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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I just realized that Lester Nygard on the Fargo TV series is Bilbo Baggins.
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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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