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Those who know me personally may be surprised to know that I enjoy this comic. But I do. Great art accompanied by original music composed by the artist herself, this is a must-read.

The three RPGs you have had the most fun with:

1. Project A-ko.  My character may not have been the most genre-fitting of folks but I will never, ever, forget +Judd Goswick 's Dr. Phoenix!

2. Amber.  I ran a game of this but that isn't what stands out for me.  Instead, it's all the games I played within that setting.  Kendai was the first major PC I ever created and played, Father Jerimiah was simply a lot of fun (a pacifist combat priest who discovered he is of the blood), and Dusk, my last major character in anything.

3. Jovian Chronicles.  I played dozens of games and most were tons of fun.  I've only ever run a handful, though, and this was my favorite and my best.  I had fun with this one because everyone enjoyed it so damned much.  I thought I was running a sci-fi game with elements of suspense.  Everyone else quickly figured out I was running a horror game with schi-fi aspirations.

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These are all made from chocolate. They're pretty sweet!
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#sports #nostalgia
Sports Illustrated Greatest Sports Follies

Anyone who likes athletes being screw-balls will enjoy this blast from the past.  There's even hockey and baseball!

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#Christmas #nostalgia
A Claymation Christmas Celebration

Maybe some people out there remember this, maybe you've never seen this before in your life, but this Christmas special brings back such memories for me, I just had to share.

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#humor #ScreenJunkies
This title is misleading.  It's actually Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline reading the lyrics of four pop songs.  It's damned funny to see their expressions as they spew the drivel that comprises these songs.

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When you care enough to send the very best!
bacon roses. 


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#lindseystirling   #peterhollens   #lindseystomp  
The beautifully talented Lindsey Stirling performs an awesome Star Wars medley with a capella-ist Peter Hollens. Check it out!

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Death science. It's a thing.
The Blue Wave of Death

This is a really amazing  bit of research into what happens to a dying worm. Researchers have discovered a burst of intense blue fluorescence, visible under UV light,  that propagates through the worm in the form of a 'wave' in it's final minutes of life. The original research paper is #OpenAccess and published in the journal PLOS Biology (

✤ Cell death  in an organism typically takes two forms; controlled (apoptosis) or uncontrolled (necrotic). Recent research has shown that even necrotic cell death can be a regulated process with a certain degree of control. But what are the molecular mechanisms for this?

✤ The classical hallmarks of necrosis include initiation by calcium ions, disruption of the cellular 'suicide bags' (known as lysosomes, which are organelles found within cells that contain enzymes that can digest and kill the cell), and the activation of enzymes that digest proteins (known as proteases). 

✤ In order to better understand what happens during necrosis at the molecular and cellular level, researchers studied this process in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. In C. elegans, the intestine cells contain both lysosomes and gut granules, which are large lysosome-related organelles. Under UV light, these gut granules emit blue florescence. But what exactly causes this blue glow, and how and why does it happen?

✤ It appears that blue fluorescence levels in worms increase only as they approach death (both natural, due to ageing, and  unnatural due to lethal injury or stress). By observing dying worms, researchers discovered that the level of fluorescence changes very little until immediately prior to death, upon which there is a whopping 400% increase, which coincides with cessation of movement, i.e. death. They named this process "Death Fluorescence". 

✤ The researchers then carried out NMR analysis to pin down the identity of this mystery blue fluorescent substance. They discovered that death fluorescence is chemically anthranilic acid glucosyl esters, derived from the amino acid tryptophan. 

✤ Next the researchers investigated whether this death fluorescence was generated by necrosis. Necrosis requires the release of calcium ions from within the cell, which then goes on to activate a cascade of signaling. They showed that death fluorescence is indeed dependent on this necrotic death cascade. They also show that calcium ion signaling is required for and precedes the spread of death fluorescence. The take home message is that during death, a wave of calcium ions spread from the front to the back of the worm, driving a wave of necrosis that leads to death fluorescence

✤ The researchers also showed that death fluorescence also occurred in related nematode species. Indeed, there are tantalizing clues reporting blue florescence accompanying cell death in liver cells and yeast! This indicates that this process and its mechanism might be common to many diverse forms of life

✤ Studies into the upper limits of human longevity have shown that removal of a single major age-related disease (cancer or heart disease) would only cause a small increase in lifespan. This is because multiple pathological processes act in parallel to increase age-related mortality.  The mechanisms reported here are similar to cellular necrosis in mammals; this work is therefore an excellent model to study this process in more detail in order to better understand our own processes of aging and cellular death. 

Image: Typical fluorescence increase in young adult worm killed by a hot pick (from

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