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Over at Grand Line 3.5, the artist asked for a story prompt in the comments: Tell a story about bug problems in your game!

There was a player named Dave in my gaming group who always had giant insects and spiders in every dungeon he ran. I eventually figured out that he did that because bugs frightened him and he hated them for that, so he figured that if they scared him, they'd scare the other players. He was eventually able to act out his feelings about insects in real life. He became an exterminator.

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Dungeons and Dragons turned 40 years old this past month. Here are three links to articles that mark the anniversary, and a blast from the past.

Buzzfeed: At 40 Years Old, Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters

Intro and more comments on above article at io9: Why Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters

The practical applications of D&D at Quartz: Everything I need to know about management I learned from playing Dungeons and Dragons

That reminds me of this What’s New with Phil and Dixie cartoon from 30+ years ago: Lessons for Life

Originally posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen.

ETA: I forgot to add this link from Kotaku: Ice-T Accidentally Recorded A Dungeons & Dragons Audiobook.
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I tried to put together a serious entry last week at Crazy Eddie's Motie News and failed. Instead, I present Vladimir Putin on His Little Pony from JollyJack on DeviantArt.


Yes, Pooty Poot as a Brony. As if that's not enough to twit Vladimir Putin, the Most Interesting Man in the World, here is the music I decided to listen to when I saw this: "Go West" by the Pet Shop Boys.

More at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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The second paragraph of Mid-storm update on Ion in Detroit read:
Then, at 6 PM, my workplace closed, along with dozens of other schools. As the Detroit News describes the situation, there will be "no school from Lincoln Park to Clarkston, Ann Arbor to Utica and Lincoln Park to Grosse Pointe." Snow Day!

Time to post the fantasy and reality of snow days in Michigan like I did in First major snowfall and it's already late January. For the fantasy, I present Pure Michigan's Snow Days.

Remember snow day when the schools were closed and the day was wide open? The first step into fresh powder was like stepping into a new world.

Now the reality from John Kerfoot of Not So Pure Michigan: Pure Michigan: Snow Days.


If this looks familiar, then you read to the end of Hercules leaves behind a snow day. If you did, you should also remember my punchline.
At least we got more than five inches, and I got a snow day. Vacation extended until tomorrow!
What do you expect? I'm an environmentalist; I recycle!

Originally posted at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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Huffington Post: Pi Day in America
Today, 4,000 years after people first discovered how useful pi could be, we are about to celebrate International Pi Day. The first time a day was dedicated to pi was on March 14, 1989 at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco. The idea was the brainchild of Larry Shaw, a physicist at the center...

Since then, this museum and many others, as well as universities, schools and individuals have celebrated Pi Day by performing pi-related activities; some serious and some less so, such as creating pi puns; baking, throwing and eating pies; and singing pi songs. You can check out this year's bash at the Exploratorium here.

The date is derived from the first three digits of pi -- 3.14 -- using American dating order, just as September 11 is 9/11. And 2015 is going to be a big year for pi since we will celebrate 3.14 15 (correct to 4 places).

At first, Pi Day was a gimmick and a good joke, but now it is a big deal. Many North American and UK schools use it to spark interest in maths and science projects (for example, learning how the Greeks or Arabs did arithmetic; studying famous scientists like Gauss, Newton or Archimedes who worked on pi; or perhaps calculating the volumes of real pies before eating them).
Also, Mathematicians Pictures is having a pi drop at 1:59 PM EDT today (get it? 3.14159) here.

Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News, where I made the following meta comment.

Don't expect a lot of serious posts for the next week. Tomorrow is the Ides of March. Two days after that is St. Patrick's Day. Finally, a week from today is this blog's first birthday. Party time!
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Romney wins Michigan and Washtenaw County but splits delegates with Santorum
Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner
For the order of finish of the top four Republican candidates, their vote percentages, and the splitting of the delegates between the top two candidates, Washtenaw County mirrored the results of the state of Michigan as a whole. On the other hand, the turnout, percentage of the vote cast in the Democratic primary, and order of the lower ranked candidates on the Republican ballot differed significantly from the rest of the state and displayed Washtenaw County's distinctive take on politics. Elsewhere in the state, Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary may have had an effect on the result in at least one Congressional district.
For the rest of the article, surf over to Examiner.com. My blog here isn't monetized, but Examiner.com is.

As for anything I left out of the article, note that I assign part of the responsibility for Santorum's splitting the delegates between the Republicans in the Michigan legislature, who came up with the redistricting plan that moved Calhoun County out of the 7th District and replaced it with Monroe County. That worked to protect my former representative Tim Walberg from a challenge by my other former representative Mark Schauer, but it also made the district more friendly to Santorum. Without that slick move, Romney would have won that district and its two delegates. The rest I give to Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary, although the clearest example involves Democrats voting for Ron Paul, not for Rick Santorum. Sorry, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, Operation Hilarity wasn't as effective as you thought it was, despite your bragging. Even so, the video is hilarious.



In other news, one of my New Year's resolutions was to resume writing for Examiner.com. As you can see, I finally got around to it.

Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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sustainability_spheres

In the previous digest, I promised "global and national environmental issues, local (Michigan and Metro Detroit) sustainability issues, and Tea Party screw-ups." I'll do the first one, as I just posted an entry on that general topic.

Next Media Animation on the Keystone XL pipeline

Next Media Animation on Thanksgiving food inflation

Phil Plait on saving Earth from asteroids

Nebris and I have a conversation

A video gift from a student

Yes, I posted that one before. It's worth seeing again. Besides, I'm an environmentalist; I recycle.

The village of Wukan, China, in open revolt

The situation in Wukan escalates

More paranoia about Agenda 21

You'll see this one again, as it's about Tea Partiers screwing up.

Next Media Animation thinks low birth rates in the U.S. and China aren't all good

Next Media Animation on Canada leaving the Kyoto Protocol, plus a Rick Perry joke

With that last entry, the topics complete the circle, as the first and last are about Canadian tar sands.
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There's a new reality dating show on TLC called Geek Love, which started at New York Comic Con with "sci-fi" speed dating and continues after that, showing the geeks in their daily lives, and following them in their quest for love!

If Li Anne had been there, she would have joined that speed dating session. To find out why, watch as Li Anne gives you her top 8 Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek!
I wonder if anyone has told Li Anne that she should be careful what she wishes for.
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I've been playing a lot of Star Wars: The Old Republic this week and posting about it to my LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, I've been looking for an excuse to post a Star Wars entry that is still on-topic for this blog.* Yesterday evening, I stumbled across not one, but two items that fit the bill.

First, from The Bad, the Ugly, and the Irrelevant: The 2012 GOP pretenders on Facebook comes this macro.



Next, Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of The Atlantic's star political bloggers, is playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yes, really.


Return of the Jedi

So how are we feeling about Star Wars: The Old Republic? I just finished installing and patching this morning. I played around with some character creation, but haven't a chance to do much else. But even in doing that little bit, I realized how dated WoW's graphics really are. I suppose that's a good thing in some ways--WoW can run on almost game PC, at this point.

Either way, I'd love to have a new game on my list. I'm a little pissed about WoW actually adding the panderan. It just feels like more comic relief.
If I hadn't already been a fan of Coates, I would be now. Also, read the comments. They're actually very informative.

* Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News. The second part was also posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen.
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Now, time for some Star Wars macros from the same source as my previous post.

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From here.


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Forgot these posts from November in yesterday's post. With the loss of Herman "Plan 999 from Outer Space" Cain, they're a bit dated, but otherwise still topical until next Tuesday's Iowa caucuses.

If the GOP primary were a CEO search

Republican debate at Oakland University tonight

More videos about tonight's Republican debate

Video clips from last night's Republican debate

Rick Perry blowing his answer to the Jeopardy theme

Those last four have been surprisingly popular. The day after every Republican candidate debate, these posts jump up into the day's top ten most viewed entries. Praise be to search engines!

Still on the agenda--global and national environmental issues, local (Michigan and Metro Detroit) sustainability issues, and Tea Party screw-ups.
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Nate Silver displays Newt Gingrich's unimpeachable conservative credential

It's beginning to look a lot like Gingrich

You're a mean one, Newt Gingrinch

I know I've posted the above two links before. Hey, I'm an environmentalist. I recycle.

Perry fails to make VA GOP primary ballot

Now Gingrich misses the Virginia ballot

More political links tomorrow, most likely on either local issues or how Tea Partiers are screwing up sustainability.  Actually, there's a big overlap between those two categories; just Google Janice Daniels of Troy to see what I mean.

Now, off to play Star Wars: The Old Republic with my wife.

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Fat Cat goes Galt


A while ago, I promised "[t]here will be more, including a political-themed post and one that disses Objectivism."  It's time to make good on that promise, with the one about Objectivism first.  With no further ado, here are the posts at Crazy Eddie's News about Objectivism and Objectivists since the last one a month ago.

Ayn Rand on love and sex

A Day in Exquisite Insults of Objectivists

Blast from the past: Pathology on the Right, a commentary on Krugman's "Two speeches and an editorial"

More Krugman on Paul Ryan

Now some posts that relate to those above, one on political psychopathology and another on an economic school of thought that some Libertarians subscribe to.

Occupy Psychopaths video

The Austrian School: Faith-based economics and pseudoscience

The political posts I promised will be coming later.
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Crazy Eddie the Motie wishes you a Merry Christmas, part 1

Funny and snarky videos from Next Media Animation.

Crazy Eddie the Motie wishes you a Merry Christmas, part 2

A Christmas light show set to music from a drum and bugle corps.

Crazy Eddie the Motie wishes you a Merry Christmas, part 3

Christmas-themed space and science stories.

Now time to play Star Wars: The Old Republic.  May the Force be with you!


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The end notes for Episode 634
Books are important resources for gaming. You can get a game idea out of almost any book you care to name. Fiction books are pretty straightforward - you just take elements of the story, tweak them a bit to obfuscate the source, and integrate them into your game plot. But non-fiction can be equally as inspiring. Some books are fairly straightforward, while others require some imaginative interpretation:
  • Krakatoa, by Simon Winchester. Your band of pirates is preying on ships in the East Indies when a nearby island explodes!
  • Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945, by Leo Marks. You are an elite team of cryptographers in the Second World War. In between making and breaking codes, you have to run field missions to brief soldiers in new code techniques, often behind enemy lines!
  • PC Technician Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills, by James Pyles. You run a small business on the streets of Tokyo, troubleshooting for desperate netrunners whose hardware develops dangerous malfunctions due to running into insidious corporate black ice in cyberspace!
  • The Elements of Style, by Strunk & White. You work for a cutting edge design firm using exotic matter to terraform asteroids into artistic statements for the gigawealthy and must face the sabotage and plots of rival designers, not to mention maintain your own media presence!
  • Victoria's Secret Catalogue, by Victoria's Secret. Your group of steampunk adventurers stumbles across a mind-blowing conspiracy in a seamy underworld bordello of shameless ankle-exposing clockwork courtesans that might destroy the very fabric of the British Empire... if you live long enough to tell it!
(And yes, be sure to end the description of your campaign idea with an exclamation mark. Research shows campaign descriptions ending with an exclamation mark are 68% more likely to excite prospective players!)
*Snork!*
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Fat Cat goes Galt


It's been a while since I've shot spitwads at Objectivism here on DW and LJ. The last time I did so is here, although I have a history of doing so. However, I was very busy last week throwing rotten tomatoes at Ayn Rand, her books, and her philosophy over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

Objectivism and Scientology: a sublime to the ridiculous comparison

Quotes about Objectivism from the snarky to the serious

Collapse is all there in the Objectivist manual

Atlas Chugged

To be honest, I have an ulterior motive, as mentioned in The hornet swatting begins today. Unfortunately, the hornet managed to fly away. As long as he continues his flight, it's OK with me.
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A final followup to Video clips from last night's Republican debate on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.



Sorry, Governor, the correct answer was "What is the Department of Energy?"

Originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.


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