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Interesting interview where Cosmo switches stereotypical gender questions, asking Scarlett Johansson the interesting questions that male actors usually get, while asking Mark Ruffalo about clothes, poses and underwear.
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I really haven't been following the news about Baltimore at all, but it looks like the riots may have been organized by the police:  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/how-baltimore-riots-began-mondawmin-purge

I've seen this kind of behaviour before: police being eager to escalate a situation to violence. And not even in the US; during the '90s, Netherland had some big student protests against increasing cuts undermining higher education. Those protests were peaceful, but at least one big protest had riot police antagonizing the protesters every step of the way: confiscating their signs when they arrived at the train station, but also standing very visibly and in a provocative way when they'd agreed to stay out of sight. The organization of that protest wanted to work with the police to keep potential rabble rousers in check, but the police took a few rabble rousers as an excuse to do a massive charge against the entire crowd, turning a very peaceful protest into a gigantic mess. Later investigation showed that many riot police were eagerly anticipating kicking some student ass.

So that makes we wonder if the police actually cause riots just to let their officers blow off some steam beating up harmless people?
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when will we live in a society to which all the police which use excessive muscle are held accountable to the same degree as we then population.  Whistle blowers are the real heros of the 21st  century.  The police are know to have collusion with the witnessing and dealing with us the general public. 
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I hate contract negotiations. Why don't I just sign the thing? I've got two lawyers advising me; one claims there's a problem with the contract but is very slow (and cheap), the other one is expensive and fast, but doesn't actually know much about the problem the first one has detected. Meanwhile the lawyer of the other party to the contract exactly contradicts everything my first lawyer says. And now my first lawyer claims I misunderstood something, but I don't have time to talk because I need to pick up the kids.

Why am I doing this?
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Well, this one had a lot of clauses about withholding money in a variety of circumstances and some other stuff I didn't quite understand, so I had a lawyer from ZZP Nederland look at it, who considered the entire basis of the contract a lack of independence on my part, despite the fact that this is a really common way to work in software, which she had no experience with. So that basically led to a lot of misunderstandings. I had another (expensive) lawyer look at it who knew a lot about IT work, but not much about ZZP regulations, so that wasn't all that useful either.

I always, always protest non-compete clauses. Usually it's easy to get them reduced to 6 months and just the team or department where I'll be working. I think 3 months should be enough for their purposes.

The real problem is that I have trouble judging which liabilities are reasonable and which are unreasonable. Usually, anything I haven't seen before means I want an expert to take a look at it.

But I'll be glad when we're all switching to the standard contracts next year. That should save me a lot of head aches.
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Star Wars-themed birthday party for Karsten's 6th birthday went well.

I ran my first ever RPG with kids: Hero Kids. Made/changed a few of the space characters into an astromech, a wookie and a jedi, and reskinned the Trouble at Threshold Station adventure to Han Solo asking them to sell some goods to Lando Calrissian and a mix of stormtroopers and gamoreans showing up.

It went very well, partially perhaps because the number of kids was smaller than expected due to a few no-shows. Some players clearly needed a bit more guidance and assistance than others, but Karsten was clearly the most opportunistic; hiding behind crates and bragging about not getting hit, while his friends were catching all the damage. He immediately wanted to play again.

While the system is easy and fast, I do have two problems with it:

* It's very combat oriented. I guess 6-year-olds like that, but I wanted a bit more non-combat obstacles, and the system doesn't really support those very well. It has skills, but to keep things simple, they're tied to the three methods of attack (melee for anything strength-related, ranged for anything dexterity related, and magic (which I used for R2's electric shock) for anything intelligence related). And because everybody really only has one method of attack, it means you suck at all skills not related to it. For example, During the asteroid dodging, R2 turned out to be the best pilot. The character with actual piloting skill was useless.

* The special abilities are hard. I need to keep track of them and constantly remind the players of them. Even if they'd been in Dutch, they still wouldn't have looked at them. This would probably be different with older players. Me handing out bonus dice in specific circumstances due to various abilities, must have seemed totally arbitrary (and perhaps it was; I didn't keep properly track of who attacked whom and missed, which is necessary for some abilities). Dropping all the specials might be a better idea for young players. The 'tracer rounds' ability is nearly impossible to keep track of.

We also played some other Star Wars-themed games. The presents were mostly Lego Ninjago, though.

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I don't have a problem with letting the droid use magic/intelligence for piloting, it does make some kind of sense. :-)
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Kingsman has the most glorious ending of any spy movie.
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Watching Game of Thrones, I find myself waiting for my HEMA instructor to show up. He's supposed to have a speaking part with Tyrion and Varys, but clearly not yet in this episode.

(No word on whether he has a fighting part, but I can't believe they'd hire a sword instructor and not give him a spectacular fight.)
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Amazing how music can make you feel better. I've felt like crap for days now. Don't listen to music much lately because I've got kids to take care of, but there past few days I've felt kinda ill and had a weird headache that painkillers didn't stop, and my patience with everybody and everything had completely run out a couple of hours ago.

So eventually I decided to just ignore everybody, put on head phones and listen to my favourite feelgood music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wSWYdU5WII), and now I'm a totally different man. The world is a much nicer place again.

I really should do this more often.
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I do play a lot more classical lately, but barely any metal and punk anymore.
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You know all those TV shows about customizing or making custom bikes, cars, houses and whatever else? And how they tend to be populated by a variety of annoying personalities? By accident I just ran into a similar show on Discovery, but it's about making big giant swords, and the people in it actually seem kind of nice, as well as somewhat crazy in a totally pleasant and sensible way.

And they look remarkably like Thorin Oakenshield and company (which is actually what made me linger on that channel for a moment). And they make D&D references.
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It's a fun show. 
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Does anyone here have any opinion on which of the X-Wing/TIE Fighter games is the best place to start? Not just for me, but also, eventually, for my son.

GOG.com has a discount on them, but getting them all seems like a way to pay for basically the same thing multiple times. So which is the best? Which is the best place to start?
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X-Wing is hella fun, but some of the mission difficulty really needs to be tweaked because there's one in particular (Mission 7? 8?) that if you don't do everything JUST SO you fail and cannot progress.
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Nature reports on the real danger of global warming.
 
I was catching up on my reading and came across this gem of a paper in the April 2nd issue of Nature (though the article is helpfully marked as "appeared first online on April 1st).

From their conclusion: "Sluggish action on global warming is set to compound the problem, and policies such as the restoration of knighthoods in Australia are likely to exacerbate the predicament yet further by providing a sustained and delicious food supply." :-)

Full paper: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v520/n7545/full/520042a.html
Emerging evidence indicates that dragons can no longer be dismissed as creatures of legend and fantasy, and that anthropogenic effects on the world's climate may inadvertently be paving the way for the resurgence of these beasts.
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Planning for Karsten's 6th birthday, my wife suggested running a Star Wars RPG. She means FFG's Edge of the Empire, but I figured Hero Kids might be a better fit for that age group, and if I understand correctly, it has Space rules that, while not officially Star Wars, are strongly inspired by it.

I have some questions that I hope +Justin Halliday can answer:

* How close is it to real Star Wars? Does it have Jedi and smugglers, Wookies and droids? Is it possible to play the characters from the movies?

* Which of the Space adventures is the most Star Wars in tone?

* I know the Fantasy sheets have been translated to Dutch. Has the same been done with the Space character sheets? I can't find them. Can I translate them myself? (And maybe share the results?)

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That's a lot of kids...
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With the Kickstarter running out, can someone sell me on Blades in the Dark?

The "industrial fantasy" setting with the focus on gangs on the street doing whatever they can to get on top, sounds pretty cool. The crew of people doing illicit deeds makes me think of Shadowrun, and with the claim that it gets to the action quickly, and even what sounds like a dice-pool-like mechanic, I wonder how similar it is. Is it a lightweight steampunk Shadowrun?

I also read somewhere it was similar to Apocalypse World-style games. Is it?

What other games does it share characteristics with?

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John Harper is raising funds for Blades in the Dark on Kickstarter! Blades in the Dark is a tabletop RPG about a crew of daring scoundrels building a criminal empire in a haunted city full of thieves.
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It's free on John's site.
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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.