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Stephan Beal
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Baako's mother, my roommate, has been out of town for a few days. He and i wait outside for her return. Then, at about 1:05 into the video, he sees the neighbor's cat and decides that she's more interesting...

(+John Stoume you can see DSD6 for a second or two at the start of the video.)
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Ummm... holy cow, that's huge...
 
Here's a pretty cool game my brother(David) has been assisting with. 
An epic solo/co-op sandbox adventure awaits you... Explore, mine and craft! Slay monsters, level-up and find rare loot!
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A compelling argument for e-books...

My current DarkHorse digital comics collection is a whopping 1706 books. Were they paper comics, with an average weight (based on a bit of googling) of 42 grams each, that would be...

42 * 1706 / 1000

= roughly 71.65 kilograms of paper. i.e. more than i can carry.

That said, a large number (well over a hundred) of these books are omnibus editions and collected volumes with anywhere from 120 to 530 pages (Savage Sword of Conan!). Just the Savage Sword of Conan, with 21 volumes, each of roughly 520 pages...

21 volumes * (42g * 17 (conservative approx. size factor compared to an average comic book)) / 1000 (g/kg)

= 14.99kg of Savage Sword of Conan.

Yet, thanks to the wonders of the digital world, they weigh essentially nothing - just some tiny fraction of the weight of the storage medium they're on.
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Very, very slowly!
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To the layman, it's just an oversized box lid. To the seasoned boardgamer, it's a Zombicide arena suitable for use out in the yard...
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i needed a setup which will let me rush back in the house if it starts to rain (the weather's looking iffy).
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"Researchers from the University of Maryland devised a way to strip the colors and and chemicals from a block of wood to leave behind a clear, transparent material that’s stronger and more insulating than glass, and biodegrades better than plastic."
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That's what it sounds like to me, but i'm a layman.
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via +Wicked Logic ...
 
Allwinner - A Chinese ARM vendor's Linux Kernel root backdoor snippet #infosec #security Thx https://wikicoding.org/wiki/c/Kernel_root_backdoor_snippet/ 
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i bought this 12-inch card box in 1996 or 97 to hold MtG cards. i haven't played MtG since about 2000, but finally figured out that i can, with a bit of tape and spare cardboard, repurpose it to store my whole[1] Zombicide card collection...


[1] = minus the "Ultimate Survivor" cards, which are full-sized cards and need their own mini-box.

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So far i've refused to buy a dice tower because of the prices (and have instead made my own from spare cardboard). These, however, are both unique and relatively inexpensive...

Funding round ends on: Thu, Jun 23 2016 4:00 AM CEST.
 
There is a project on Kickstarter featuring unique dice towers.
The main two of these towers got a rotation mechanism like never seen before. There are GIFs showing how they work. That is interesting to see for yourself!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1957487380/mechanical-dice-towers
Unique Dice Towers with a rotation mechanism. Roll dice by dropping them on the platform and pushing the lever!
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As long as your phone doesn't crack, I think it might work. It may work better if your phone screen has this material - www.pcmag.com/news/343705/would-you-swap-your-camera-for-these-bendable-sheets - so you can make it bubble or bulge ...
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Trivia: the correct spelling is "piqued my interest," not "peaked my interest"!

(This was prompted by the 100th post i've seen where piqued is spelled wrong.)
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Absolutely.
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If i may now coin a word: Kickstartankommenvergnuegen

The Deep Space D-6 Kickstarter arrived today. (And i can't play it yet because my left hand stopped working again and i need 2 hands to shuffle the cards.)

More info about DSD6:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/183571/deep-space-d-6


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i think you'll be pleased with it. The box is great - tough cardboard and its lid flap has 2 small magnets to hold it shut. The ship tiles are also really nice - like mini game boards. i didn't realize it would have 4 different ships. Finding sleeves which fit the cards is turning out to be a problem - reportedly none fit just right:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1578178/sleeves-kickstarter-version

a couple brands fit "okay", but no perfect fit so far.
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Senior Software Developer/Consultant
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C, C++, JavaScript, Java, PHP (ugh!), HTML/CSS, technical documentation, Unix administration, various related skills.
Employment
  • www.consol.de
    Senior Software Developer/Consultant, 2010 - present
  • Self employed
    Boss, 2004 - 2010
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • einsurance.de
    Software Developer, 2000 - 2003
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • Compaq
    Various, 1995 - 2000
    Software tester, internationalization engineer, release coordinator, internal tools developer
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http://wanderinghorse.net/home/stephan/
Introduction
Primary G+ posting topics, in no particular order:

1) Software development (my own, mostly) and the occasional forward in the genres IT, science, and tech. (Formerly, anyway - elbow nerve damage caused by too much programming(!!!) has reduced programming posts to near zero.)

2) Pen/paper gaming topics, most of them about board-gaming in the strategy/tactics genres.

3) The normal range of typically geeky/nerdy topics, e.g. Firefly, comic books, quotes from and thoughts regarding various authors of the sci-fi/fantasy genres, and so on.


Notes and caveats:

A) If you add me to your circles, that does NOT mean that i will automatically add you back. i will check your G+ profile; if you post things that interest me, i will add you back, otherwise i will most likely not. i'm not in this to gain followers, but to share information.

B) i try to keep politics and "life choices" of all types out of my posts (e.g. religion, sexual- and biological/dietary preferences, etc.), but on rare occasion something mildly divisive may slip through. (If _you_ post _primarily_ about politics or religious matters, i won't be adding you to my circles, as few topics are more divisive than those. i mercilessly remove people from my circles whose posts primarily fall into those two categories.)

C) Nonetheless, _all_ posts are kept "family-friendly" and i _never_ post about highly-charged political topics (though sometimes highly-charged _philosophical_ software development topics, like the utter braindeadedness of the definition of "REST").

D) Most posts are written in English (a bastard mix of U.S. and The Queen's), but on rare occasion a post or forward will be in German.

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Actively contribute to Free/Open Source Software projects in various capacities. Been using Linux since before the term "Open Source" existed. Was born before Episode IV and remember standing in line to see it.
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geltendorf, germany
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munich, germany - las vegas, nevada - houston, texas - berlin, germany - paris, arkansas - nashville, tennessee
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i just returned from Dr. Steffen. i have never in my life seen a doctor's office with (A) so many patients in it and (B) where the patients are processed so efficiently. There were no less than 12 patients in the waiting room when i arrived, but within an hour i was done (as were most of them). The woman at the front desk tells me that 10-12 is very low compared to what they get sometimes. They have a large staff of assistants who constantly rotate the patients in and out of the various tests and machines. i was incredibly impressed by their efficiency - i've never seen a doctor's office operate anywhere near so smoothly (even under much lower loads).
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Just today we picked up our "re-imported" car from Europamobile. Despite hours-long delays on site due to pure boneheadedness on the part of my bank, the attendant at Europemobile was exceedingly helpful and patient. We (well, my bank!) took up far, far more of his time than was reasonable and he never once displayed any signs of impatience (not even a sigh of frustration). They were flexible throughout the whole ordering/waiting process (for those who don't know, re-importing can take several months) and we can/will certainly recommend them to friends and colleagues looking to get a good deal via re-importing.
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Horrible service, slow (5+ minutes on average), and sometimes downright frech/rude (not just to me - i've seen them argue with other customers about what the customer claims to have ordered vs. what the cashier entered into the machine). Most employees barely speak german. Got food poisoning last time i ate there (late november 2011). Been there many times, but never again.
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