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Michael Hazen
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Spammers will be bounced with extreme prejudice. this goes especially for scum that reposts contest spam "post my stuff to win other stuff"
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I almost never give my email address to a company. I habitually use fakes because I am tired of the proprietary fashion in which companies view my information (yes I know google is one of the worst offenders) 
I mistakenly shared my email address with +Seattle Coffee Gear  for a reason I dont recall. I believe it was to be notified about something I was looking for at their store. Regardless, it was intended to be an avenue to communicate about something I asked for

Then this morning I get an email from another company saying it is on behalf of these clowns, pressing me for a review. When I complained about it...I got a lot of happy "B School" marketing-speak that countered that they hadn't sold my email address, they had given it...this is known as pettifogging and is a tactic my teenaged son uses on me when he wants to deflect from the issue at hand. The technicality of compensation doesn't matter

Okay...this is my review: Go to hell.  As much as I liked the idea of having a brick and mortar local store I could go to for parts and supplies for my coffee habit, I ain't interested. Yes, an email is a small thing. It isn't a state secret. But your callous treatment of this information as well as the flat canned response to my complaint indicates how you will handle actual real important issues. Sort of like evaluating your date by how they treat the waitstaff at the restaurant. 
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Hey google, where the fuck is my hashtag muting?
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Heh. My #twogirlsonecup  offerings getting through? >=)
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It seems some folks just don't think I mean this:

"once again. If you post something and I'm not allowed to comment = instant removal. This is a conversation, not a soapbox"
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I'm somewhat the same, but I will allow for the case of, "I've turned off comments after a bunch of people replied because there was a dick ruining it for everybody".  Assuming that it isn't, "I found my statements indefensible and am now cutting and running".  

Also I dig the occasional, "here's the rules to reply" that pops up now and then, when they are aimed at finding a practical solution or some other useful/interesting outcome.
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So last time our #pathfinder session ended with half our party down as the witch on the Shiv kicked our collective asses. Most of us players were pretty butthurt about having the session called at that point by the host. But we did spend the intervening time strategising via text.

So this time we had a plan. The cleric threw a channel energy - as the witch had been using a vampiric touch wand, we figured it didnt matter if she got the heal. This got my half-orc to 0 hp. on my turn the GM allowed me to make a withdraw move at normal move (vs double) because I was starting from prone. That got me just out the door where I planned to signal the NPCs who were serving as lookouts on the embankment above. Meanwhile the cavalier stepped in and made some ridiculous diplomacy checks to negotiate a truce with the witch.

So that got our fat out of that fire.

We returned to the NPCs to find they had been all but slaughtered by some local cannibals. two of the three dead and gone. Jax now missing a leg. Effectively removing all three from our group.

My half-orc ranger called for a rambo-esque campaign of terror on the bastards. Taking them one by one and leaving the bodies displayed in gruesome ways. That sort of thing. The others agreed, but wanted to add a level before we tried that. So we went off to find other things on the island to do. This got the GM in a bind because we headed off into areas that were meant for us to be even higher in level. She spent a good part of the session fretting over how to get us back on track. The mistake on her part was even introducing any of the elements she wanted us to avoid. I suspect the main one was a random event we observed. I would have just rerolled the event or found some other random thing to distract us with. It isnt like the party would know the difference. GM tip: always keep in mind that a published module is still yours to control.

So we got back to the village and decided to sneak into the area we knew was under the lighthouse in the village. Even the cavalier, clad in plate and being what amounts to a walking pile of pots and pans ("bah. you sound like tinker's cart tovarisch") managed to sneak down the hole iand into the caverns.

Down there we encountered several twisting rooms that often contained one or two sea ghouls, which we dispatched handily. We aldso discovered an ancient temple that provided several clues about the goings on on the island.

Toward the end of the session, we encountered "Mother", the ghoul cleric that the villagers worshipped as their goddess (or so we are led to believe) She offered to allow us to become pet ghouls for her. The cavalier took offense to this, as did the barbarian..and so the fight was on.

In the first round, half the party was once again disabled as she had some sort of entrancement thrown on us that caused us to find her to be very agreeable and even agree amongst ourselves how awesome it would be to be one of her "children". We only got to reroll the save every other round.

Those that avoided the suggestion did what they could. the cleric throwing off  channels, the druid and mage firing off spells and the rogue flinging stones. But with all of the less sophisticated smash and cut types disabled, this wasnt going to last long. Or go well.

Sure enough, on her turns, Mother called both my ranger and the cavalier over to her. She slashed me with some sort of bleed attack that felt like caresses that quickly dropped a hefty part of my HP. Then a ghoul henchman took a bite out of me adding paralysis to my troubles.

Not going well at all.

Then we caught a break. The cleric used a hero point to shake us out of our trances. Me being paralyzed, it didnt do me much good. But I had planned to stay still and bluff that I was still entranced and not a threat - this pralysis made it an easy bluff.

Down at the far end of the table, the rogue and I engaged in a bit of metagaming as we planned something. She had two hero points, as did I.

"When do you go?" I asked

"I'm before you"

"Shit"

The cavalier piped in "Shes first on initiative. You are last. So you actually go just before her"

oh that works perfectly.

I petitioned the GM to let me use both of my hero points in one round - +8 on the attack roll and +8 on the damage roll. She allowed it. But if I missed, I lost both hero points regardless. Shit. but i'm down to a single hit point. The cleric is out of channels. I only have one shot..

Roaring half-or curses, I stepped one spot to the right putting me directly opposite the rest of the room. Bellowing to get her full attention on me, I smashed her with my two handed great club (named "lockpick")...and rolled a 2. fuck. added the bonuses "uh 16?"

"just barely, a hit"

oh hell yes.

damage ...22 points of damage. not a kill but a good pile of damage.

Now the rogues turn - she elects to also use both her points in the same way - and because I grabbed Mother's attention. we add the sneak attack.

on his turn the cavalier shook it off and clouted her for more damage. But she still stood.

The druid and the wizard added their small cantrip damages - and finally she went down.

oh hell yes. we did it.

the rest was just mopping up the remaining two ghouls.

My half orc rested on his club, gasping in his thick russian-like accent;
"I hate dis fucking island"
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Seems you guys got lucky and make your diplomacy check with the GM to bend the rules to give you a chance to survive.. but heck that's the luck of the heroes.. 
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Mister Wheaton restates a point I have long held. Few things ruin the pleasure of reading a novel or story like having to learn some "correct" point from it.

I will strongly disagree with his point about Romeo and Juliet. I believe it can be made quite enjoyable for young folks...but you will have to show them how to crack "the code" of Shakespeare's language. And I maintain that this is the best work of Shakespeare to use for that because it is so filthy and teenaged angsty

The trouble is: What teacher or school district is willing to spend a quarter sharing 400 year old dirty jokes with adolescents? That almost guarantees a pack of village idiots at their doors with torches and pitchforks.
I read this great post on John Green's Tumblr, titled Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional : "Reading is not a game of Clue; books are not a mystery that you have to solve by putting all the pieces together. That’s not the point. Find the meaning you want to find in it. That’s what we do with books because that’s what we do in life." [John adds this:] If the point of reading is merely to understand precisely...
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I remember an interpretation of farenheit 451 where montag was a Christ figure. Friend of a friend got to ask Bradbury about it at a book signing; the author thought it was ridiculous.
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So as I am going through this troublesome time, it has been pointed out to me that I should be getting _more_social. And this is a correct assessment, I have essentially been a hermit for the last decade or so. While I do enjoy a good drink, the bar scene is just not my thing so much anymore. So Ive been looking around for events and things I can do with my limited free time. Most things are either not my bag or they involve a time commitment I cant make (I did theater professionally and not for many years) And it occurred to me...I dig making stuff.

I dont have any brilliant ideas for some new doodad, but I'd be totally into helping out with others projects. I can solder, I'm a good wrench, I'm a software dork.

I did try looking for hacker/maker events for the seattle region, but google isnt being much help - either the event is past or the site is for a space for rent rather than a project to join in.

So G+ folks, throw some ideas out there. local events, projects, thangs that I can jump in on and lend a hand. I have monday and tuesday nights free as well as many saturday nights.
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Come out to The Seattle Go Center and learn to play! (http://www.seattlego.org) Anne and I are usually there on Tuesday nights. It's not a hackerspace project, but it will get you out of the house and among board game geeks.
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Ha! Excellent article!
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I'm pretty cheesed off at you +alaskaairlines. To be told to wait to board because you give priority to people who check bags at the gate for free and yet I had paid the fee to check mine ahead of time...that's a bit of a slap in the face. Any chance I can return the favor?
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Bah I'll fix it when I'm home and not trying this with a phone on a shitty plane 
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This one I'll make public:

Drowning vs Aquatic Distress. Something to keep in mind as we hit the summer months. 
The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his...
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I was a lifeguard for several years.  There does come a point that it's almost like having an  extra sense.
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oh hell. DeVito discovered chatroulette
 
#ANATOMY  
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True but he's very interested in extremely outdated memes. 
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I break software and make tools that make it easier for me to break software..and developers little hearts
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Biker, writer, tech dork, and the best dad in the room.

Fascinated by security and economy in tech.

Sundays I put on my GM cape and jockstrap for a Pathfinder game I run for a whole pile of folks. 
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one son and staying that way
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  • Cornish College of the Arts
    Theater, 1986 - 1988
  • Provo Canyon School
    1982
  • West Anchorage High School
    1981
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Mykol Hazen, Zerhackermann, Chopperman
I'm glad to see it here. I would probably not have gone into a PG in the U-district or over in West Seattle. But I work near this place. I dig it. No nonsense. used games all over. all are in good shape and tested before they sell. I just went in and they replaced the battery in an old gameboy game of my son's for a few dollars while I waited. So now I check here first if I'm looking for a game or accessory.
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I've been to Game Matrix a number of times. All of my gaming group goes there often. This includes women of a range of ages and game experience. The staff is always helpful and they consistently have tons of new stuff and a massive range of miniatures. So that one star review sounds a bit whacky to me. Axe to grind?
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