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Stephan Beal
Works at www.consol.de
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A sequel to the most original electronic RPG i ever played was recently released...
Erlebe in Knights of Pen & Paper 2 ein rundenbasiertes Retro-Abenteuer im P...
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The difficulty level mechanism and its point of view (players sitting across the table from a GM). The player chooses how many opponents will be in each fight (except some pre-arranged quest fights), allowing him to make it as easy or difficult as he likes.
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Netflix recommendations WTF...
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On the wall of my house today (outside, thankfully)...
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They look like they'd taste nice.
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"You couldn't go out without getting spider webs on you," he added, "And I've got a beard as well, so they kept getting in my beard."

Time to shave.

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Millions of tiny black spiders cast their webs and parachuted from the treetops, coating the landscape in gossamer.
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Not all board games are created equal. For every straightforward title such as Catan, there’s a depressing complex Arkham Horror. Fortunately, y...
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i don't consider myself to be pedantic about too many things, but upon noticing this i felt a bit like Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory...
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Episode 150 (coming in June?) will end the series :`(. #149 was in February and 150 will be a whole TPB in and of itself. Its my favourite series (ever, actually), so this is a bit of a bummer. OTOH, the advantage of having the memory of a goldfish is that i can go back and start re-reading it from #1 and it'll be almost like new to me.
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Disturbingly brutal.

From "Big Trouble In Little China" #6:

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From a dialog with Neil Gaiman...

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Seeing Feiffer’s script taught Gaiman how to write texts for comics. “I saw a reprint of a script by you,” he told Feiffer. “It was like finding the holy grail. I wanted to write comics, but didn’t know how. I had seen film scripts and plays in books, but never comics.” Feiffer asked Gaiman: “Why, with all the respectable forms of writing did you go for the lowest?” Gaiman responded that it was almost as if “the gutter flows into you, and you look up and think, someday I will reach the gutter.”
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http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/66675-jules-feiffer-in-conversation-with-neil-gaiman.html

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Gaiman also shared a story about speaking with a career advisor in his school. When asked what he wanted to do for a career, Gaiman responded “I would like to write American comics.” Feiffer said, “Long pause.” “It was a Jack Benny long pause,” Gaiman responded. “Have you thought about accountancy?” the careers advisor asked Gaiman. “ ‘Shall I show the next boy in?’ I asked. ‘I think you should,’ ” the advisor concluded.
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In which the phrase "Zeno tarpits" gets coined...
 
New blog post: A common route to programming hell deserves a name.
There's a deeply annoying class of phenomena which, if you write code for any length of time, you will inevitably encounter. I have found it to be particularly prevalent in transformations to clean...
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The word "open" is sometimes used only as a marketing gimmick...
 
Nur verklickt - aber irgendwie nett widersprüchlich.
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The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. T
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Backed earlier today ;-)
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Apropos Big Bang Theory (the TV show, not the scientific theory)...

is it just me, or does the picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the opening theme sequence appear only in some episodes and not others? i've only noticed it in two episodes appearing before season 5, and haven't seen/been able to see it since.

Edit: s05e20 has him. Unless i'm mistaken, he's not in s05e21-24.

Edit: i'm halfway convinced that this is a side-effect of frame dropping caused by watching it online.
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Senior Software Developer/Consultant
Skills
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 less 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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