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Aaron McLin
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I'm Nobody In Particular. Just Another Random American.
I'm Nobody In Particular. Just Another Random American.

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I was checking out +Aristotle Bancale's stream, and was suddenly reminded of one of those bizarre things that happened in my life, more than half a lifetime ago that had a much greater effect on me that I would have thought at the time, mainly because it "inspired" my parents to teach me to not take myself so seriously.

Anyway, if you know me reasonably well, you've likely heard "the Bonnie Story," before. But there are a number people in my circles who haven't ever met me face to face, and they'll be completely unaware of it. It's a long story, so if you decide to read it, make sure you have a bit of time to spare.

I'm posting this publicly, so that anyone who happens to come by my profile page can see this particular post, and hopefully, have a laugh out of it. But rest assured that you'll be laughing with me if you do.

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Apparently, Jill Stein's quixotic campaign to be President has something to do with Russia - because 1a) she went to the 10th Anniversary dinner for Russia Today and 1b) RT paid more attention to her campaign than US media outlets did, 2) if all of her votes had gone to Hillary Clinton (rather than, you know, one of the other random-ass no-hope candidates for President) Mrs. Clinton would have won (presuming that this particular counterfactual changes nothing else about the election) and 3) is apparently uninterested in helping NBC portray her as a Russian stooge.

>facepalm<

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Fake News is not the province of any one political ideology. Once it becomes clear to someone that enough people want to believe something that there are clicks and pageviews to be had for providing it, it will be dressed up as something legitimate and offered for approval.

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Pollen delivery. Straight to your door, free of charge.
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I know that a lot of people like to use long exposures for water, to achieve a "silky" or "cotton candy" effect. But I'm always a fan of attempting to freeze things in place - I think it really displays the power of water.
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"Humans are apex predators," my foot. If lions, tigers and/or bears had opposable thumbs, we'd be extinct by now...
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Been in an irritable mood today, but it didn't look like it was going to rain, so I grabbed the D500 and my old 28-105mm and went shooting. Went down to Gasworks Park on a whim, and found that the gate to the old gas plant was open, and people were taking pictures. Rather than beat them, I decided to join them. I don't know if I got any particularly decent shots, but it was a chance to get some new angles on the structure.
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DeadDuck?

The state of the industry

Forty+ years is a long time these days. The home video rental industry grew up out of nothing and lived pretty much its entire life cycle in less. Taken as a whole, across all of the media in which it can be found, role-playing (as a formal genre of gaming) is now in it's forties. One major shift that we've seen in the industry is the move from a pen-and-paper niche hobby to mainstream acceptance on computers and consoles. Of the major players of the pen-and-paper days, Dungeons and Dragons is still going strong, but the company formerly known as Tactical Rules Simulations lives on only as a handful of people employed by a major toy manufacturer. Pretty much every other company in the field is somewhere between a small business and a hobby.

On the other side of the house, successful computer RPG makers now put out games with multi-million dollar budgets - although how many of them are "really" RPGs and how many are simply big-budget action games with, as Richard Garriott might describe it, "light role-playing placed on top" is an open question.

But where do you see things going as time moves on? Are we going to continue to see tabletop gaming as the realm of small-press and individual hobbyists while computer games take all of the glory (and cash)? Or will something change to shift the landscape again?

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What's interesting (to me anyway) about this set is that it's an antagonist faction for Elves, and therefore something unexpected. The original backstory of the Elves set is the standard "Teenager from Earth is somehow lost in a fantastic world and needs help from the locals to return home" trope, and the original Elves sets were mainly places in the fantasy world. You could have used them for a Lego Friends Renaissance Faire. But there didn't seem to be an active conflict with Good Guys and Bad Guys. Which made sense. After all, Lego Friends doesn't have antagonists, and Elves seems to be aimed at the same demographic.

But now there's a conflict in Lego Elves land, and a missed opportunity. Because I think that if they'd found a way to make their Goblin King look like David Bowie, they wouldn't have been able to keep these on the shelves.
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