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When I went to put my shirt on this morning, I first had it on inside out, and then I buttoned it off center not once, but twice. I knew right then and there that it was going to be one of THOSE kind of days. Thus far the prediction has proven correct.

I guess this just goes to show, if you can't get your shirt together in the morning, it's going to throw you off all day.
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To any Indiana gamers out there in the vicinity of GenCon, if you could do a little research beforehand for the rest of us and let us other attendees know which businesses in the area will still be welcoming after SB101 and which will not, that would be terrific.  It would help the rest of us know which businesses to support and which to avoid.  With the data, I'd even be willing to put together a map to share with others.  Business Owners, if you could put up a sign during the event to mark if you are welcoming as well, that would be great (and would probably net you business).

I'm sure I'm not the first person who has thought of this, so if anyone knows of an existing effort to get this going, please point me to it.
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You need to circle whitney beltran, ajit george, and a few others. Already being done yes.
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If anyone needs a gift idea for me for anything, I'd love to have a set of these for running 1879.
 
Gold-plated and #3dprinted   #Steampunk  dice

Dice have been around longer than most people think. Asian societies have records of dice related artifacts in their history. In fact, there is a 5000 years old backgammon set relic that was discovered in Southern Iran. Today, the first thing most people think of when the word “dice” is mentioned is casino games. The mere thought of throwing a pair of dice and seeing them rolling over the table sends a tingle down the spine of most gamblers.
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Having done my taxes today, I find this appropriate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnbdDbgdhpA
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Most of the snow has gone, and along with it has gone my beard.  It's so weird each time I see my face shaven after so long.  It's like I have regenerated.  I feel like I should be upset about not being ginger.
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Now that my remaining tenant has fully moved out of the upstairs room and into the refinished downstairs room, I'm using the left over beige paint to paint the former.  Really just a matter of putting something up on the wall in there other than white.  Much smaller space means fumes are more of a problem; exactly how much I didn't realize until a moment ago, so I'm taking a break to get some fresh air.

In other happenings today, I went to go get my car washed (which it desperately needs), but the power went out there right before it was my turn.  Water was still flowing, so I decided while I was there to at least give it a thorough rinse and use the brush to scrub off some of the thicker dirt patches.  And it was free, so that's something. It's still not exactly clean, but at least you can tell my car is blue and not a grayish off-white color.  Not exaggerating on that either, it was just about totally covered.
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Several of these were pretty good.

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I'm considering writing an article on Voice Over IP and how it relates to Game Mastering. With Skype, G+ Hangouts, and the like being so frequent now, I figure this could be a useful thing to address. My day job is in VOIP, and I've learned a few tricks that can help with quality and technical issues. I am interested to hear some feedback on specific problems that people run into frequently so that I know what would be the most helpful.

I'd like to try and keep it program neutral for wider application, though if there's something with a certain program that comes up a lot that I can find a solution to, I may address that as well.

Any other relevent comments or suggestions are welcome.
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Equipment and bandwidth quality will affect sound quality, though there are some computer and network settings I know of that can help boost things (it won't solve the root cause of the issue, but it can help compensate for it a bit).  Specific problems can have different causes. 

For example, static on a VoIP connection usually indicates the call is being translated to analog somewhere, since digital signals don't really have a lot of opportunity to introduce that kind of interference.  This could mean someone is on a DSL connection with a poor quality line or a bad filter.  In this case, you can try moving your DSL modem to a different port to see if you get a better connection, or you can try replacing your filters (or just unplugging those connections one by one until you find the bad one).

This is just one example for just this problem.  There are additional causes and additional possible fixes for each, and the same is true for most other types of problems.  Knowing the type of problems that are being encountered most frequently can help narrow down which would be the most useful to talk about.  I might end up making my article a multi-part series to cover more possibilities (it'll be a challenge finding the time to get that done!).

There are also tests you can do for your connection to help diagnose problems, provided you know where they are and what to look for.  The tests alone won't fix the issue, but they can help you determine if there's a problem in your router or with your ISP, and knowing where the problem is is usually 50% or more of the process of solving it.  I can probably write a whole article just on identifying problems without even addressing how to fix them.
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Following the primary post from #FASA , I just want to give my own personal hat tip to #GenCon for their open letter against SB101.  I have long said that one of my favorite aspects of gaming is the amazing amount of quality people you find participating.  I'm happy and proud to be part of a community, both on a personal and professional level, that is dedicated to equality and fairness for all.

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/24/gen-con-threatens-move-convention-gov-mike-pence-signs-religious-freedom-bill/70393474/
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Oh, the joys of gathering tax information.  If there weren't already enough things out there to kill your childhood, the IRS is helpfully there with a can of gasoline and a match to set it on fire and then whiz in the ashes.
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I hope everyone else is having an easier week than I am. Just getting swamped, and to top it off I still have to get my taxes done. Hopefully I'll get some good news on that this year; I don't think I can take any more stressors at this point.
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An interesting experiment. I had a couple of spots where the next image wouldn't load, which I'm sure lowered my score, but total I got 25 out of 37, with the average being reported as 26, so I still ended up being fairly close.
Test your social intelligence! Test how well you can read emotions of others just by looking at their eyes. The ability to read the emotions of others is linked to "social intelligence" which, in turn, is linked to performance on team-based problem solving tasks. Lab in the Wild Try it!
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Occupation
Maille Maker, Customer Service/Tech, and Game Developer
Skills
Borderline OCD attention to detail, Work regularly on Asterisk PBX's, The go-to guy for Polycom Soundpoint IP phones, Recreational mathematics, General badassery
Employment
  • Voicewalker Inc.
    Tech/Customer Service, 2012 - present
  • Self Employed Maille Maker
    present
  • Fox Valley YMCA
    Head Lifeguard, 2005 - 2011
  • Waubonsee Community College Bookstore
    2005 - 2007
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Engaged
Other names
Urahara (urahara1001 or some alteration for most things online), Kasbak (EarthDawn character name), Freeload Master (alternate online name)
Story
Tagline
The kind of nerd that makes the stuff other nerds fawn over
Introduction
I was born in Florida, grew up in Bumblefuck Illinois, and bought my own house at 25 in Bolingbrook (which has a HELL of a lot more going for it).  I'm a major nerd, and I'm damn proud of it.
Bragging rights
Have Divine Parking Powers, Bought a house at the age of 25, Game Developer with FASA for 1879
Education
  • Sandwich High School
  • Waubonsee Community College
    Computer Science