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Recipe Weekend: Curried Chickpea Soup
I mentioned last weekend that I have some friends who are trying to lost weight, sometimes in significant amounts. One of them reported this morning being down 8.5 pounds, assuming his gym scale doesn't need recalibrating. Go Dustin! In the meantime, this w...

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Recipe Weekend: Red Beans, Rice, & Sausage Soup
I have a number of friends who are actively working on trying to lose weight - in some cases, near triple-digit quantities. I'm still the same skinny guy I was when I graduated from high school, but I've promised to lend them some support by posting a healt...

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My brother-in-law is a corporate plant manager (not disclosing which company without his permission); my sister used to work in HR for the same umbrella organization, although she's now a full-time mom. I queried them this morning about #astroSH  after seeing the really well-written article in Forbes. (http://onforb.es/1LEw1bB).

His response is as follows:

"If the behavior, any piece of it, were confirmed by a confession, conclusive security surveillance, or two independent good faith witness reports by other employees, it would be a prompt suspension followed by termination.  An executive-level employee engaged in such conduct would be obligated to repay the company any incentive compensation awarded since the start of the behavior, and equity awards grated in the same time period would be cancelled. There would be no public discussion of the violator or victims.  If the investigation is inconclusive, a don't do it (again) warning would be likely."

It's interesting to me that a) the corporate response is significantly more severe, but that b) there still seems to be a culture of CYA in the form of the "no public discussion."

Food for thought for the scientific community, as well as universities. (I've recently seen, but cannot quickly find, a very depressing description of somebody's experience with making such an allegation to her university. I believe the accuser was a science student, but she did not disclose her name or affiliation.)

#Troubleshooting assistance requested, if only because it's evading my ability to find by searching:

We got the Grasshopper (age 9) a #Minecraft license for the home #Mac Mini for his birthday in October. His account has parental controls managed, with the current default settings being apps for 9+ and time management.

While the OS was Mavericks, everything was swimming. In late December, we updated to #Yosemite. Since then, most of the time when he tries to exit Minecraft, something in the shutdown process hangs. The normal force quit options don't respond, as it appears to be the Finder that's crashing. If somebody needs the computer shortly after, a forced reboot via power switch is required. If we wait long enough for it to kick him out "normally", other people can use the machine & he can usually get back in the next day.

I haven't been able to find anything in the bug tracker that doesn't seem to be closed. Any ideas?

#chambana   area folks - is there any interest in pooling efforts to take advantage of the current Greater Than Games preorder for Villains of the Multiverse (the only thing in the queue with immediate interest for me) through Armored Gopher Games? We might be able to save some on shipping, and Dave deserves the business if we can swing it.

+Jared Rascher +Christopher Osmundson +Robert Scales 

OK - quick G+ poll -- which of the current Marvel Cinematic movies has the best music? I have an opinion, but wonder what others I know think.

Not really online play, but for anybody who can conveniently make it to Armored Gopher Games in Urbana, IL --

On the afternoon of Saturday, November 29 (the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend), the Grasshopper & I will be spending at least part of the afternoon up at Armored Gopher squeaking in as many games of Sentinels as we can get in before I need time all on my own. At least one of those will be part of an event sending a villain card around the world.

Anybody who wants to is welcome to join us. Some kind of notice would be nice just so we can plan appropriately (even if it just means making sure the library copy is checked out so that we have enough stuff with which to play).

Who's in?

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So... the Urbana Park District is being really brave and taking a chance on me with the course I pitched them back in January: "New Classic Games for the Family", aka hobby Boardgaming 101. Although I don't currently know if anybody has registered so far (that's on my list of things to check into this week), I spent some downtime Monday working on my outline and handouts. I'm soliciting feedback and comments.

Not currently in the document are two other weeks planned, either as possible substitutions for one of the weeks here (most likely in place of drafting), or for the second session if we get enough people. Those are tile-laying (Carcassonne, Ingenious, the Blokus family) and trading games (Pit from what I own, plus Settlers and/or Bohnanza if I can borrow copies).

Any other suggestions are welcome.

Backdrop: BGG users might possibly remember the "Target Lady" thread from a couple years ago. +Rob Donoghue wrote a really thoughtful post about what might constitute "Boardgaming 101" (here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104915224203075819082/posts/WMnnaSEdqpe). There was a lot of good discussion that was generated from that post, both about games that work well when taught, and about games that can succeed as a "drop and run," in which people need to learn the game on their own.

Last spring, +Rhiannon Ochs wrote at BGG an outline of a program she's run for an after-school program, which gave me the idea of grouping weeks by game mechanic. This was actually after I'd already gotten the go-ahead from the Park District to be on the fall calendar, but I think it was just exactly the shot of confidence I needed to be sure I can pull this off creditably.

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So... the Urbana Park District is being really brave and taking a chance on me with the course I pitched them back in January: "New Classic Games for the Family", aka hobby Boardgaming 101. Although I don't currently know if anybody has registered so far (that's on my list of things to check into this week), I've been spending some downtime today working on my outline and handouts.

I've got two other weeks planned, for the second session if we get enough. Those are tile-laying (Carcassonne, Ingenious, the Blokus family) and trading games (Settlers and Pit from what I own, plus Bohnanza if I can borrow a copy).

Any other suggestions are welcome.
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