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Peter Kisner
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Followup to the eagle hunting story.
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We'd been meaning to watch Moonrise Kingdom for quite awhile and just got around to it, and were not disappointed.  It's the sweetest film we'd seen in awhile.  Also probably the most lush and nostalgic film I can recall by a guy who seems to pride himself on lush nostalgia.

Anyhoo, the heroine of the film reads a number otherworld-themed books over the course of the film.  These books don't exist in the real world sadly.  But apparently anderson originally considered inserting short clips of each into the film.  The attached video is a compilation of those clips.
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I loved that film. I'm waiting patiently for Criterion to make a fancy blu-Ray of it. 
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In college I seem to remember one of my teachers complaining complaining about how art in these days (circa 1998) was all trying to be slick, and was lacking in some sort of personal character.

Personally I think slick modern zeitgeist has a valuable place in the popular consciousness.  But that doesn't stop me from looking with longing at the abstraction, minimalism and folksy presentation of old book and album covers.  Barring parody and the rare homage, I doubt I'll ever see their like again in this life.

Fortunately places like this have stockpiled vaults of these relics of a bygone era:
http://jellobiafrasays.tumblr.com/
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Kazakh eagle hunters - By which I mean they ride over the mountains and ice on horseback like the bad-ass fur-clad semi-nomads they are, using eagles to bring against their quarry.

More pictures:
http://www.beforethey.com/tribe/kazakh

Some really great stuff.

(originally pointed out by Kate Beaton)
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After hours of clicking, waiting, and signing away my soul repeatedly, I've finally managed to install the student version of AutoCAD.

Apparently if you close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and sing, "LA, LA, LA!" at the top of your lungs, you can just ignore those old system requirements they're always trying to push.
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Pursuant to avoiding inconvenience to those with a particular interest in mind, I'll almost never be doing Public postings from now on.  Instead, going forward, general posts will be go to one of the following circles:

* RPG Discussion - Related to anything even marginally role-playing game related.

* General Interest - Personal updates, pop culture, cultural or scientific curiosities, stuff about my kids or family (not related to RPGs), etc.

Please let me know which circle you want to be included in.

If I don't hear from you then:
* Friends and acquaintances who've discussed RPG stuff in the past will stay in both circles unless you specifically notify me otherwise.

* Family and acquaintances who've not discussed RPG stuff in the past will get General Interest posts only unless you specifically notify me otherwise.


Note:  I typically attempt to practice Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition.  I also tend to feel that maybe people in general have a responsibility to look out for each other's well being in some ways that good governance might help facilitate.  So it's not inconceivable that religious or political topics might show up in General Interest.  But for the most part I'm pretty loath to bring up such things, as I'm trying to curb my own epic attempts to fix something wrong on the internet.
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RPGs for the win!
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Fun fact:  The Naked Time has a Next Gen equivalent:  The Naked Now.
I loved fantasy and science fiction as a kid.  Born in 1974, there was some stuff I missed.  Thankfully, regular TV, HBO, and our family VCR helped bridge the gap so I could watch more and more and more!  The original series ...
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Actually now that I think about it, "Mirror, Mirror" also had several callbacks in various later series:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_Universe_(Star_Trek)#Episodes

IMHO the two part "In a Mirror, Darkly" was one of the best episodes in the entire Enterprise series, though this might not be saying much.
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FYI:  I whipped up this Appendix N for Trash Planet awhile back, but just got around to posting it up after today's Tea Cozy game:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18rM_jXLSterqqTyhE8AAOPKs8H7UF3nq1tRtN5eLRAE/edit?usp=sharing

Let me know if you can think of any other inspirational material and I'll add it to the list.


P.S. - Also found this:  http://www.pinterest.com/ramzirra/trash-planet/
Though seems more Apocalypse World than Trash Planet.
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Ah. Yes.  It's just shoepixie.  :)
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Attention Google Plus super users:  help request

Is there a way to get G+ to treat all posts and responses as if I'd clicked "read more"?

When there's a 20+ thread of replies it's a pain to have to click every other one to keep reading.  Yes:  I want to read more.  Almost always.
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Doesn't seem to work on the computer as far as I can tell.

Nuff said about the messin.  Well enough is one thing they can't seem to leave alone.
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Pursuant to avoiding inconvenience to those with a particular interest in mind, I almost never do Public postings.  Instead most posts will be go to one of the following circles:

* RPG Discussion - Posts of anything even marginally role-playing game related.

* General Interest - Personal updates, pop culture, cultural or scientific curiosities, stuff about my kids or family (not related to RPGs), etc.

If you are adding me to your circles then please let me know which circle(s) you want to be in.
If you don't then I'll assume you want the RPG circle if you've ever posted anything gaming related in your own profile.  Otherwise I'll assume you want General Interest if I know you.

If I can't remember you (I'm sometimes bad at this) and you haven't posted anything RPG related before, then I won't circle you back.

Note:  I typically attempt to practice Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition.  I also tend to feel that maybe people in general have a responsibility to look out for each other's well being in some ways that good governance might help facilitate.  So it's not inconceivable that religious or political topics might show up in General Interest.  But for the most part I'm pretty loath to bring up such things, as I'm trying to curb my own epic attempts to fix something wrong on the internet.
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