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You Scored as Storyteller

You're more inclined toward the role playing side of the equation and less interested in numbers or experience points. You're quick to compromise if you can help move the story forward, and get bored when the game slows down for a long planning session. You want to play out a story that moves like it's orchestrated by a skilled novelist or film director.

Method Actor
Casual Gamer
Power Gamer
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Disclaimer: I don't own a cat, but there are several "semi-ferals" that cross my path in my apartment complex. So I took the test for them.

Is your cat plotting to kill you?
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Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his intelligent computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of Helium 3, a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
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 I've been following the podcasts of a gripping story, the story of Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant, and his travails with idiot villains and their schemes. How they ignore how to be efficiently evil and turn their schemes towards making lots of money.

The series is called How to Succeed in Evil, by Patrick McLean. Not only did he write the story, he does all the voices from the stoic Edwin Windsor, to the insane Doctor Loeb, to the gun crazy, hard drinking, hard playing, midget lawyer Topper. 

Paralleling this story is the story of Excelsior, this world's version of Superman, the man of steel, the man with deep emotional problems.

And the power to crack the Earth in half. 

It's up to chapter 18 now, and it's worth listening to from the very beginning. I highly recommend this series if you're a fan of superhero fiction.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]At the time when this was possible, i.e. when I was still in the armed forces, I hate to say I'd be sorely tempted to mistreat the prisoners. That would be the hardest part of the job.

Having said that, in the intervening 25 years I've grown up and matured and these days I'd find it hard to take the job at all. I've opposed everything that happened to Iraq from the start, nothing would convince me to be a guard at Gitmo...
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A meme from [ profile] mechanteanemone, where you indicate which USA State and Canadian Province you've been to.

Read more... )
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I am:
Hal Clement (Harry C. Stubbs)
A quiet and underrated master of "hard science" fiction who, among other things, foresaw integrated circuits back in the 1940s.

Which science fiction writer are you?

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Absolutely hilarious! Found this in Deviant Art.


I just love the juxtaposition of the characters.
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For those of you who don't know this, I do work on the side for Tri Tac Games as a designer, writer and playtester. One of the things I love doing are these short stories involving the game Fringeworthy. So enjoy this little story about a pair of interdimensional scouts and their adventures:
Wayang Kulit

By John Reiher

Ted Granger puffed away as he peddled his bike in the early morning sun. Attached to the bike was a trailer loaded with trade goods. Next to him was Lorenzo Di Stefano peddling his own trailer. They both rather that they could have used their vehicle, but the local Javanese king, Sunan Patah, had banned all privately owned motor vehicles from the land. If a person wanted to get around, you rode a bicycle, an ox cart, or you walked. So there they were, cycling down the market streets of Surakarta, looking for an empty stall to set up and trade their goods from.


Read more of Ted and Lorenzo's Adventure... )


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A great commercial for an interesting service. I wonder how many people believe that Alec Baldwin is a brain sucking alien after watching it?
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From the blog of [ profile] tebe_interesno, comes this picture of alternate history:

Yes we do...

A word of warning, his blog is mostly in Russian, but check out his artwork... it is very odd.
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(from [ profile] ffutures and others)

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever.

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own [at least one season] on DVD and/or VHS.
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South park
16. Dr Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13.Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons
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So, following my friend's advice, [ profile] mechanteanemone, I've started a professional blog about a subject that's near and dear to my heart, living sustainably and green. I can hear it now, "OMG, not another 'Living Green' blog!", but yes, another living green blog.


Because I think I have something to say about it, and I think I can provide a different look at the process, since:

1. I don't own my residence. I rent. Most "living green" bloggers are home owners.
2. Apartment dwellers can do a lot to green up their life, figuratively and literally.
3. Because I want to write about this subject.

So, I posted my first post, prettied up my Word Press page and now I've put out my welcome mat. Come on by and see what I have to say!
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A great archive of many films and animations that have entertained many folks over the years. Including this one:

I really love this short film, I remember watching it when it was brand new on the Windsor channel of the CBC when I lived in Michigan.
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Snagged from [ profile] doctor_toc

My Political Views
I am a left moderate social libertarian
Left: 3.95, Libertarian: 1.84

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -4.66

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Culture War Stance
Score: -4.01

Political Spectrum Quiz

Of course, these tests mean nothing. I could have come off as the worst right-wing nutjob with only a little bit of work on this quiz.
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This is an image I made when I saw this wonderful image of a treelined lane. I may revisit it again to see what I can do with that image. I had to search high and low for that old car. Lots of edges to edit out so that it matted in nicely to the picture. Critiques are welcome.

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 Jonny's Snow Skimmer:

Snow Skimmer
The Lotus Snowspeeder:


Coincidence? I think not! Top speed 84mph, Snow Skimmer's top speed 100 mph.

Propellor driven, and special snow brakes that are almost identical. 

A little more streamlining and I bet the Snowspeeder could do 100 mph.
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So last night, 12/28/2008, I decided to make some beef stew. So I started defrosting 1.5 pounds of beef stew meat from Thundering Hooves, and 4 cups of vegetable stock I made in October and froze. This morning, I cut up 4 potatoes, 6 carrots, and 1 onion into big chunks, and minced 3 cloves of garlic.

I then browned the stew meat in my iron skillet, a little at a time, and put the potatoes and carrots in the bottom of the slow cooker and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. I added the browned beef to the cooker, then the garlic, the onions and then a can of S&W stewed tomatoes with chilies. I slow cooked the mess for an hour at high, then on low for 7 hours.

I can tell you that in the last two hours, I was nearly driven insane by the smell of the stew. Mmm, mmm. I had a big bowl of it and it was good. I’ve let it cool and its in the fridge in my big glass storage jar. Dinner for the week! And, except for the canned tomatoes and seasonings, it's entirely local! Local potatoes, local carrots, local onions, local garlic, local beef!

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