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Laura Walton Allen
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Houses, Part Two
"Crescent of Houses" by Egon Schiele "Old Houses" by Frank Brangwyn bioart mold houses by Daniele Del Nero (left)  from Handmade Houses: The Woodbutcher's Art by Art Boericke/Barry Shapiro  (right) one of Andrew Wyeth's houses three houses by Jacek Yerka "Y...
"Crescent of Houses" by Egon Schiele "Old Houses" by Frank Brangwyn bioart mold houses by Daniele Del Nero (left)  from Handmade Houses: The Woodbutcher's Art by Art Boericke/Barry Shapiro (right) ...
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Ooh!  I really like the Jacek Yerka ones!
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Houses, Part One
Lately, everything in my life has been subordinated the the rituals of new-house-hunting. The hubby and I have researched houses; looked at houses; consulted multiple professionals about houses; talked about houses; argued about houses; mooned over houses; ...
Lately, everything in my life has been subordinated the the rituals of new-house-hunting. The hubby and I have researched houses; looked at houses; consulted multiple professionals about houses; talked about houses; argued ab...
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+Phil Allen I still say it'll be drafty, what with all that boasting.
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The hubby and I have now played through the first four scenarios of Robinson Crusoe. It took a couple of tries on most of them, but so far we both really love the game.

The gameplay is not nearly so complicated as I'd heard. Compared to, say, Mage Knight (another of our favorites) it's fairly straightforward once you begin play. It's not easy to win, though. The only scenario we beat on the first try was "Cursed Island," which was also our least favorite.

We're on our third playthrough of "Volcano Island" now...third time's the charm, right?
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Can't wait to give this one a try. I hope my wife enjoys it too!
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Okay, I've spent my birthday money wisely, I think: my copy of Robinson Crusoe will arrive on Wednesday. Bring on the sixty-page rulebook!!

Any advice? Good walk-throughs?  
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely check out the guides and tutorials.  A couple of my local game group folks have already volunteered for the first run-through; my hubby and I will probably play it through once, though, even before that.

I've been looking forward to this game for quite a while, but I missed out on the first printing. Yay for second runs!
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Buttered Cat Paradox

The buttered cat paradox is a common joke based on the tongue-in-cheek combination of two adages:

Cats always land on their feet.
Buttered toast always lands buttered side down.

The paradox arises when one considers what would happen if one attached a piece of buttered toast (butter side up) to the back of a cat, then dropped the cat from a large height. Some people jokingly maintain that the experiment will produce an anti-gravity effect. The faux paradox has captured the imagination of science-oriented humorists.

The idea appeared on the British panel game QI, where the idea was discussed. As well as talking about the idea, they also brought up other questions regarding the paradox. These included "Would it still work if you used margarine?", "Would it still work if you used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter?", and "What if the toast was covered in something that was not butter, but the cat thought it was butter?", the idea being that it would act like a placebo. The paradox also appeared in the episode "Gravitational Anarchy" of the scientific podcast RadioLab.

Brazilian energy drink brand Flying Horse has released a commercial that simulates the recreation of this phenomenon, which is then used to create perpetual energy. I used the commercial to make the gif. below.
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Here's a review of Eldritch Horror I've just done for West Seattle's new Meeples Games. I'm new to reviewing, so feedback is welcome. :-)
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lovely site, btw. I like a good minimalist design
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New sculpture....
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Beautiful!
What's the technical term for those swirls? I've always wondered.
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Move Over Hackers, Biohackers Are Here

Much like any emerging tech field, as is the case with robotics, terms aren’t clearly defined. And biohacking clearly is not defined. But with labels come movements, and what was once considered a cloistered academic activity, biohacking is now starting to morph into its own persona.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2014/03/15/move-over-hackers-biohackers-are-here/
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Old school emo....
 
For my love +Casey McKinnon 
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Much Ado About Nothing
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Visual artist, poet/writer, designer, instructor
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  • McLennan Community College
    Adjunct Instructor, Creative Writing
  • Writer's Garret of Dallas
    Instructor; Writer's CAMP Coordinator
  • Waco Civic Theatre
    Set Designer; Technical Director; Scenic Painter
  • Self-Employed
    Freelance Writer and Editor; Astrology Columnist
  • The City Review (Waco)
    Editor-In-Chief
  • Self-Employed
    Visual Artist; Arts Coordinator
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artist, writer, tinkerer, college instructor & student, scifi addict, futurist, all-around fascinated person
Education
  • University of North Texas
    Studio Art/New Media Art, 2013
  • Lake Sumter Community College
    AA
  • Stetson University
    English/Lit Theory