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Pikachu by Karsten (4).

I'm amazed at how good this is compared to what his drawings looked like just a few weeks ago.
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Some inspiration for not only Shadow, Sword & Spell, but Colonial Gothic. http://buff.ly/1dMS67A
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I want to see The Lego Movie in Dutch and in 2D. Why is that so hard? Movie theaters only want to show the 3D version. I love 3D when it's The Hobbit or something like that, but when I just want to see a kids' movie with my kid, I'd like to avoid the extra complications of 3D. Why is that not an option anymore?

I feel practically forced to download something that I'd really like to see in a theater.
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I wouldn't know how to explain 3D to him.
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I recently asked here about good campaigns, but the situation has changed, and I need a good, quick one-shot adventure. (And if it makes the group enthusiastic about more Shadowrun, that'd be a nice bonus.)

I've heard good stuff about the recent Missions campaign, which are basically a collection of loose, straight forward runs. Some people seemed particularly enthusiastic about the Denver season (which is free), others said that every new season is better than the one before.

Does anyone here have any experience with these? Any particular missions that stood out? Any personal favourites?
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+Martijn Vos you can skip it if you wish. It is a b&e job on a doc wagon facility and the PCs have a chance to grab some info that provides background on Critical Care. Basically an encrypted list of who will be grabbed in Critical Care but the adventure specifically prevents/forbids the PCs from decrypting it.
In Critical Care they are given this info anyway.
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I haven't seen the Lego movie yet, but if there was any doubt, I definitely need to see it after this review. (My main doubt: will my son understand it?)

Some good quotes:

"No wonder I feel guilty as I’m driving my children to see “The Lego Movie.” I should be taking them on a long hike or handing out aprons and baking cookies. But we aren’t doing those things; instead we spend our weekends hunched over expensive plastic bricks, and now we’re going to watch them on the big screen. I have filled my daughters’ empty minds with a blind devotion to an indifferent commercial empire."

"The movie begins. It’s about a Lego minifigure named Emmet, whose empty mind has been filled with a blind devotion to an indifferent commercial empire."

And:
"I feel wary. Where does the second-largest toy company in the world get off offering up a Marxist parable about the mind-control perpetrated by corporate profit mongers, like the second-largest toy company in the world? The realization that Lego anticipated my wariness and addressed it in the movie makes me even more wary."

Sounds like there's layers upon layers of reflection and self-deprecation in that movie.
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Cars is no problem. He loves it, and can probably recite most of the plot. (We have it on DVD.) But I get the impression that both Lego and Frozen are a bit more mature.

(Of course we can pause the DVD at home. Not sure how often we do that.)
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Here's an interesting new scam/spam/phishing thing:

I get an email from "Sway" (findsway.com, apparently a scammy dating site) saying someone at my private one-man company has a crush on me, and 3 of my facebook friends are using it to meet new people.

It's possible that I am more narcistic than I thought or should be, but personally I feel more inclined to just not believe anything these people claim. No idea how they got my email, but they are quite clearly scum.
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I delete any email that comes from suspicious address or that doesn't have a clear and relatable subject line("Custom dice bag question" for example passes, while "Hey man, check out this cool app!" does not.)
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Possibly only funny to a very limited crowd.
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Corporate culuture at GitHub turns out to be totally fucked up: http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/15/julie-ann-horvath-describes-sexism-and-intimidation-behind-her-github-exit/

Even if only 25% of that is true, it's still a complete train wreck of unprofessionalism, very badly handled situations and outright creepiness.

#github  
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+Zak Smith Git as a tool is pretty awesome, and github as a service is very convenient. I want to like them, but right now I just can't.

I hope this mess works as a wake-up call and they clean stuff up.
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ISP troubles. Actually (or supposedly?) my ISP (XS4all) is very good (they come from the hacker community, they win prizes for best helpdesk, they usually know what they're doing), but somehow they managed to make a tremendous mess of their administration concerning me.

Since time immemorial, I had a dial-up account with them, which included email and a unix shell account. In 2008, I got ADSL (should be €30 per month), which includes email and unix account, and of course I wanted to keep the one I had.

They messed that up. Instead, I was paying for the old account and for the new ADSL. I discovered this in 2009, called them, they'd fix it. I rediscovered in 2011 that I was paying them €30 in even months and €60 in odd months. Apparently that old account cost €30 per two months (which seems expensive, I thought it was €20, and besides, it should be free for me). I called them, explained the whole thing, and they'd really fix it this time.

Just now, I discovered that since 2011, I've been paying them two times €30 in even months and €60 in odd months. So somehow their really fixing it made it even worse! I'm no paying for two shell accounts when I should be paying for none. This stuff adds up.
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Well, I don't check my finances every week.

In 2011 we'd discussed the entire issue in detail, and they'd fix it. I trusted them that they'd fixed it.

But of course, should push come to shove, their argument is going to be that I should have noticed it sooner. Still, shouldn't they also have noticed this? Technically, they gave me a subscription I never asked for, and automatically collected payment for it without my permission. As far as I know, that's illegal. There are hard rules against that sort of thing.
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That's a real cloud giant.

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We attack at dawn! Perhaps the Sun is finally here to defeat winter: http://j.mp/1eYIrV0
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Martijn Vos is a dad, Christian, gamer (tabletop RPGs, boardgames, strategy games, CRPGs), and freelance web developer (front and backend, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Javascript, AngularJS).
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Traveled to Timbuctoo and survived to return home. Married. Got a kid.