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#HouseOfRefuge  for real.
Our Floating City Project – Architectural Design Contest held in the Spring of 2015 was organized in partnership with DeltaSync (Netherlands) and judged by an international panel of experts (see bios below). All design contest images on this page are under the Creative Commons Attribution ...
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"The ability to engage in trade directly with someone in person is a great thing, and it's a shame that hasn't been possible online — until now."
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When someone says the United States ought to adopt Australia’s gun laws, he is really saying that gun control is worth risking violent insurrection.
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I've decided that, if I'm going to make this independent creator thing work as a lifestyle, I'm going to have to actually create. Even as i'm working a regular job, because right now, there's just no other option. But I have to try, and try hard now, or else it will never be an option. And I definitely can't go on working for someone else for the rest of my life. My mind and my heart are just not in it.

That means I'm going to have to cut out, or at least drastically tone down, a lot of other things, like bullshitting and arguing and kibitzing with people on the 'net. I've already partly started to do this over the last couple weeks, but I need to commit to it, and I'm going to do that now. 

So, expect to see considerably less of me on G+. But, my hope is that, within a hopefully-not-too-long-period-of-time, you will see a lot more of me, manifested in the things I'm really interested in: our books, stories, characters, and games. 

I will stop in from time to time, though. Feel free to email me or PM me if you need something urgent.
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Hope it works out, man! You know how I feel about owning the business you work in! ;)
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Troy's 1-year-old son will never know his father.

His story: http://bit.ly/1MFs6HD
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I bought a new car today, because 9.5 years of driving a rear-wheel drive muscle car in Pennsylvania weather is probably pushing my luck a little.

But anyway, I've never been in an accident, the only ticket I ever got was defeated, and I've never had to use car insurance ever. I've owned my Charger for at least three years now and haven't had collision coverage on my insurance in all that time. So, naturally, when I buy a brand new Subaru Forester, with some portion of it financed, I expect the insurance is going to go up noticeably.

Instead, it went down $4. Now, I know, a Forester is a lot safer and drives better in the weather than a Charger and all that, but it's brand new and has all this other coverage I didn't have before, and I didn't even buy it outright. So WTF is going on here?
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+JE Carter, II I originally intended to only ever buy used cars again, but Subarus have such a high resale value it's an iffy proposition. In my case, I got a 0.9% APR loan on a 2015 Forrester (they're clearing them out to bring in the '16s), combined with a surprisingly low price (I got it for $17k, which was actually lower than some of the older used outbacks I was looking at with 50-60k miles on them.
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Anthem Inc. has just announced a $54 billion acquisition of Cigna that will allow the Blue Cross operator to pass Kaiser Permanente as the largest health insurer in the State of California.

Sold to the public as a way to increase competition and save the average American family $2,500 a year, Obamacare actually created monopoly pricing for the insurance industry that allowed premiums to rise by $2,500 and tripled the value of their stocks.
Obamacare: 305% Health Stock Gain Explains Anthem Merger Mania
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I re-posted this without thinking, but really I should say a few words about it, because unlike a lot of the +Ascension Epoch characters that +Shell DiBaggio draws, you probably have neither seen nor heard of her, but if you've read the the convention exclusive edition of "Salamander Six", at least, you do know of her family.

Hecate, born Melinda Tavoularis, is the youngest daughter and greatest disappointment of Sophia Tavoularis, the matriarch of the Tavoularis Crime Family--a literal crime family because it's made up almost entirely of her children and grand children. Sophia was a floozy and gun moll who attached herself to various underworld gangsters when she was young, and whose innate luck (some would call it a talent) saved her life whenever she had crossed them. Perennially vain and reliant on her sex appeal, Sophia dreadfully feared growing old and ugly. Her underworld contacts included various occultists who tutored her, not just in achieving sorcerous power, but in obtaining perpetual youth through an arcane formula that required bathing in the blood of beautiful young women. It sounds preposterous, sure, but no one is quite able to explain how Sophia, born in the 1920s, could possibly remain not only youthful, but also fecund, in the 2010s. It's no trick of the photographer or cosmetic surgeon: Mindy here was born in the 1980s, when Sophia was in her mid '60s!

Readers of Salamander Six will recognize Sophia and many of her family members from the "Don't Blink" story, which tells the origin of Kali, the homeless girl from the "Miasma" chapter in After Dark. Due to Sophia's own talent bloodline, her propensity for seeking out talent mates, and the effects of her sorcerous dabbling, most of her children are weird somehow, many of them having strange abilities related to sleep. Possibly, this is because of her close connection to Shonokin dream magic. Her elder son, Nicodemus (known as the Insomniac and Nicky Bright Eyes) never sleeps and doesn't seem to require it. Nicodemus' twin sister Pandora (aka Dreamweaver) has the psychic ability to entrance and force dream-like illusions on her victims. Another son, Justin (aka Justin Caligari or Little Caligari), a particularly loathsome and sadistic little pervert, can actually invade and control the dreams of sleepers and turn them into somnambulistic puppets. And Mindy earned the name Hecate because, at night, she instinctively trilocated, generating not one, but two, ectoplasmic dopplegangers that roamed while the real Mindy slumbered.

Mindy proved a disappointment to her mother for many reasons, but most significantly because she ran away and helped the Sentinel, one of their arch-enemies, bust up their operations. Later on, she was even joined Roundtable, the Promethean's loose network of superhero minutemen. Although her family background often made Mindy an outcast in the superhero community and she's occasionally gone back to a life of crime, she's never been tempted to patch things up with her abusive and demented family, and has continued to be a thorn in their side.

Mindy is hopelessly in love with the Sentinel (whom she probably realizes, deep down, she can never have), and was among the first to join his personal crusade against the governments of the UGL, UCA, and ECRA. You'll see much more of her in future Ascension Epoch stories.
 
Warm-up sketch today: Hecate. She's the Sentinel's former Roundtable teammate and go-to girl for all things witchy.

Moving on to East End Irregulars book illustrations.

#AscensionEpoch #witch +Ascension Epoch
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Well, that's one way to look at it.

I am reading the facsimile edition of Bram Stoker's original notes on "Dracula.' One of the footnotes caught my eye:

Franco Moretti suggests that Morris may have been in league with Dracula: "Lucy dies -- and then turns into a vampire -- immediately after receiving a blood transfusion from Morris. Nobody suspects... [when] Morris leaves the room to take a shot -- missing naturally -- at the big bat... or, when, after Dracula bursts into the household, Morris hides among the trees... loses sight of Dracula and invites the others to call off the hunt for the night.... So long as things go well for Dracula, Morris acts like an accomplice. As soon as there is a reversal of fortunes, he turns into his staunchest enemy."
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I love writing fiction as well as the finer aspects of world building. I am currently working a fictional shared universe for superhero and action/adventure stories called Ascension Epoch. So far, I have published four book set in this universe:

I am also interested in liberty based on a concept of natural rights and simple respect for human dignity, disgusted by the collapse of western civilization into tyranny, bankruptcy (moral as well as financial), and degeneracy. I am a pro-family, pro-life, Catholic, free market anarchist who knows a lot of things are very, very wrong and feels frustrated at knowing that I can do little to fix them immediately.

If you are adding me to your circles and you want me to add you back even though we have never spoken before, please send me a message and at the very least tell me what circles I should put you in.
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  • University of Pittsburgh
    Information Science, 2001 - 2005