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Stephan Beal
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Another el-cheapo game preservation trick, intended for games which use tracking cards which have plastic sliders which clamp over them (e.g. #Zombicide ).

i'm not completely sure that this is real a problem, but here's one solution...

Those little XP tracking doohickies in Zombicide put a bit of wear and tear on the Survivor cards. We can prolong the cards' useful lives by applying a strip of clear tape along the top of the card (where the doohickie slides along).

See the attached photos for a step-by-step (see the comments attached to each for more info). One tip which was impossible to photograph in-process with only two hands is that when it comes to folding the tape over the top of the card, don't fold the tape: hold the card, taped-side-down, press the card down to the tabletop with the non-sticky side of the tape to the table, get the edge flush with the table, then fold the card over the tape. This spreads the tape out more evenly than when folding the tape over the card.

Similarly, game boards with a "tracking area" where pieces are continually shifted around might benefit from (or suffer less with) a strip of tape over the tracker.

This whole thing assumes one doesn't want to laminate - lamination supercedes this in every way, of course.
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How to wipe out an approaching zombie mob...

1) With the left hand, "taunt" the mob int your space, allowing them to seemingly overwhelm you.

2) With the right hand, liberally apply your chainsaw to the writhing mass. This will thin them out notably.

3) When tired, tag the next team member (the one carrying the Cement Saw).

4) repeat 2-3 until the space is cleared.

Be sure to keep Joshua nearby in case they prove difficult to cleans, so that he can pull you to safety if needed.

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Politics i can get behind...
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Today my employer (http://consol.de) held its 4th annual Dev-Day, where the whole software development division (plus a few outliers from other divisions, such as myself, who work closely with that division) stops working for a day and spends the time holding and/or attending presentations and workshops.

i was permitted to prepare a presentation on the topic of the C programming language, despite the fact that it's completely irrelevant for us in business terms (i.e. we have no C-using customers). The presentation attempts to explain to my colleagues (A) that C is still a relevant language, (B) why it's still a relevant language, and (C) why it's not a plausible implementation platform for most enterprise-level projects (which is what 99% of our projects are).

It's all in German, so it's not much use to fellow native English speakers, and it's very probably full of both typos and grammatical errors (my German, while reasonably good, is far from perfect). But, if you can read German and tolerate lots of non-native-speaker mistakes, then here it is:

There's Still C (Whether you like it or not)

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zcCk-ZQrkQOXBiGNE9U-S1w7Ty3Bf-CjUSb1Bz-Id5o/view?usp=sharing

+Holger Jakobs​ i would be especially interested in hearing your feedback regarding my atrocious misuse of your language, especially because you're possibly the only native German i know who could use the word atrocious in a sentence!
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I assumed that would be the case, but had to ask just in case there might be a version I could read. :)
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More examples of 12-tile maps created using all tiles from Season 1 and Angry Neighbors...
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Windows 10 tries (very hard) to ping...

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Because Microsoft doesn't know how to do anything else :/.
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'Tis a sign of our times...

Painting easels and mini-whiteboards being repurposed as Zombie Crisis Coordination Centers...

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'Tis a sad day for Conan fans...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/806316071/conan/posts/1484905

tl;dr: delayed from March until at least June because of supplier bottlenecks.

+bARRY dOUBLET, what are we gonna do???
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I've got a prototype.. .I know what I am going to do :)
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More proof that Microsoft still (with Windows 10) has zero clue how to make their OS safe in a multi-user environment: it allows a non-admin user (me) to move/delete files from under \windows\system32, but does not allow the user to move such files back into that directory. So... i can destroy the contents (which should never be allowed to happen for a non-admin user), but don't have the rights to replace any of it with malicious copies (so they got it partly right).
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i'm trying but... no, i don't get it :/. i admit to being somewhat slow at times.
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Some large (12-tile) maps for #Zombicide , creating using all the tiles from Season 1 and Angry Neighbors...
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My back hurts from battling zombies all evening[1]. In the end, they ate me. The table has been set up for a rematch.

[1] "battling" = "reaching over and around the 100x75cm board to manipulate dozens of pieces while also managing various cards, dice, and tokens." It's more physically taxing than it sounds. Really.

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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:

1) Software development (my own, mostly) and the occasional forward in the genres IT, science, and tech.

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 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 genres.)

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.

Bragging rights
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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