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RPG Ghetto / Lost Mines of Phandelver
« on: Yesterday at 05:22:36 am »
So I've never played a tabletop RPG before -- ever.  But, on a whim began watching Matt Colville's Running the Game series on YT and, later, Critical Role. So now I'm hooked. I got the Starter Set, Lost Mines of Phandelver, for XMAS and we recently began running the campaign for my wife, son and daughter. My son is 13 and daughter is 11.

So I figured I'll share what transpires.
Painted some minis:

  • Son is a duergar fighter with a wiping issue.
  • Daughter plays a half-elf cleric trickster domain (acolyte of Loki). She even uses the Loki Pop Vinyl figure as her holy symbol
  • Wife plays a scourge aasimar paladin with a pet tiger.

Since this is a learning experience for all of us, we have had some incidents...

First session:
Daughter's passive perception is 12 which matched the ability to detect a snare trap. She says, "i step into the trap anyway"

Took 1d6 blugeoning damage for no good reason.

Second Session:
Our heroes enter the Cragmaw Cave (goblin hideout led by a bugbear named Klarg). Immediately upon entering there's a side area that has a window one can look/crawl through to view the "boss" area area. Upon a successful climb, my son, a duergar fighter, says, "I pull down my pantaloons and take it to browntown" I say, okay make an athletics check...THE DAMMED SPAWN ROLLS A NATURAL 20.

His "character's flaw" is that he doesn't wipe properly and so manages to build up enough pressure to chuck the projectile through the window, into the adjacent room NAILING Klarg on the head who just happens to be walking out in front of a smoldering camp fire.

At this point I'm >forced< to determine the damage for a ranged dookie. I just shrugged and went with 2d6 (after all it /was/ a critical hit). Does 9 damage and knocks him into the camp fire doing an additional 1d6 for a grand total of 13 damage.

High Weirdness / Chicken grows face of dinosaur
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:07:34 am »

a team has been tampering with the molecular processes that make up a beak in chickens.

By doing so, they have managed to create a chicken embryo with a dinosaur-like snout and palate, similar to that of small feathered dinosaurs like Velociraptor. The results are published in the journal Evolution.

The team's aim was to understand how the bird beak evolved, because the beak is such a vital part of bird anatomy. It has been crucial for their success. The 10,000 or more bird species occupy a wide range of habitats, and many have specialised beaks to help them survive.

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Apple Talk / Hip Hop Help
« on: October 08, 2015, 11:03:09 pm »
So hip hop has finally taken hold--Only I've been so distanced from the music i'm really not sure how to recognize "good" hip hop. 

I've always like wu-tang and mos def.  most recently I've been listening to A$AP Mob, who i really like the more ambient quality of their style (at times). I've heard Hilltop Hoods, but not enough.

Anybody have any recommendations?

Apple Talk / Outrage Culture - College edition
« on: June 03, 2015, 10:43:43 pm »

I thought this was a pretty interesting article as the author talks about how good education used to be about challenging students' beliefs and making them think. Now, along the similar lines outrage culture takes, teachers are frightened from challenging students for fear they'll lose their jobs over what ultimately amounts to hurt feelings. This, in turn, causes educators to censor what otherwise would be really good discussions and plain old learning.


Apple Talk / American History
« on: April 15, 2015, 07:27:20 pm »
Hey all,

I started reading biographies of America's founding fathers. What I thought was going to a short flight of fancy turned into a minor obsession. 

Specifically what holds my interest are the ideas of liberty it's place in today's society,  the formulation of the two-party system, Alexander Hamilton's and Madison's federalist papers (i'll read someday), the construction of the banking system and revolutionary war (and others) major battle breakdown. The comparison of the French rev and American Rev is also kind of neat. 

There are a great many more topics that are pulling me in many directions.  For all of you, i was wondering if anyone here would recommend any books or other resources that might enhance my learning in these areas. 

My progress so far has been the following:

Washington: A life by Ron Chernow
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life ( i think it was this one)
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (about halfway through)
1776 David Mccullough
A whole assortment of youtube vids.

I'd like to read David Mccullough's John Adams and also a Madison bio. 

Apple Talk / !textburns results !! WARNING: CONTAINS NSFW HYPERLINKS !!
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:09:46 am »
I wrote a script for the IRC bot that will text message me whenever someone types: !textburns <text>

Here's what was sent since July 23rd.

I substituted characters for the parties involved.


poop pooop poopity poop | Oct 4


burns PEEEE | Oct 4

Goooooodddddmoooorrrrrniiing Viiiiieeeeetnaaam! | Oct 2

find the hidden dong | Oct 2 | Oct 2 | Oct 1 | Sep 27 | Sep 26

goes out | Sep 25 | Sep 25

8 D | Sep 25 | Sep 25 | Sep 22 careful when this is flying about as you sleep | Sep 22 | Sep 20

eris hey what's the deal with people thinking a microwave can charge their cellular devices | Sep 20 | Sep 20

burns | Sep 20 | Sep 19 | Sep 18 | Sep 18 | Sep 18, | Sep 18 | Sep 18 | Sep 18 | Sep 18 | Sep 16 | Sep 16 | Sep 16 | Sep 14 | Sep 13 | Sep 12

pickup lasagna for dinner hunny | Sep 7

aaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa | Sep 2

lol | Sep 1

morning | Sep 1

good | Sep 1 | Aug 31

was it you that collected music with Alan Watts samples? about 5 minutes in, although Folky Celticy stuff rather than chillstep | Aug 28

she led me to your office where you were playing a game with what might have been a nintendo | Aug 28

last night, I had a dream about you, and in this dream, I went to visit you in your new house | Aug 28 | Aug 25 | Aug 23

Encephalopedophilia* | Aug 22

and the subsequently awkwarder moment, when you realize that this is Brainchild pedophilia | Aug 22

That Awkward Moment when you think your Code be so Sexy you wanna Stick in in the USB port and make sweet love to it | Aug 22 | Aug 22

can you pick up pork chops for dinner, honey? thx love ya | Aug 21



I wonder how long it will take before this gets supremely annoying | Aug 19

it's poo time | Aug 19 | Aug 19

Don't let the evil goat in | Aug 18

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaa | Aug 18




Insects outnumber humans 100000000 to one. | Aug 6



IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way -- in short, the period | Jul 30


<@[spag]> The moon landings were faked. No, really. FAKED, I tell you, FAKED. | Jul 27

it does nothing, nevermind it | Jul 27

<@[spag]> legalize armadillos!!! | Jul 26

ONE CENT FOR ONE ONION #ocfon | Jul 26

we have an IRC emergency, please call 867-5309 asap | Jul 26

BURNS, this is Elbert Huberdink from down Mesa Puerta, do you have free time in your schedule today for a meeting? | Jul 26

when cows laugh, does milk come out of their noses? | Jul 26

I shall now commence texting you the complete text of "Atlas Shrugged" | Jul 25

Got milk? | Jul 25

You up? | Jul 25

what are you wearing | Jul 25

text me! | Jul 25

| Jul 25

girl, you must be an einstein-rosen bridge, because I want to come inside you and be somewhere else. | Jul 25


I value our friendship | Jul 25

i sniffed ur poop | Jul 25

I hope you have enjoyed reading this twice | Jul 25

[spag] is making unreasonable demands of you | Jul 24

HI BURNS | Jul 24

| Jul 24


Thanks for letting me suck the pickles from your Big Mac! -- luv Mandy xxx | Jul 23

you left you front door unlocked | Jul 23

Apple Talk / What kind of skyrim (or any rpg) character are you?
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:56:28 am »
I think i'm somewhere between a Maximum-alist and The Butterfly Annihilator.


So I've been wandering around the internet and I've come across some folks who can't seem to agree on this--and admittedly I'm not sure what to think. So I figure, why not bring it up here?

So pro A-Bomb side says that Japan civilians would have fought and/or committed suicide had the US invaded--possibly to the point where they would have obliterated their whole race. They claim that the 200,000 people who died from the bomb would have been upward toward a million Japanese and allied people who died in an invasion.  The Japanese thought we had only one bomb and wanted to keep fighting after Hiroshima. In addition the targets had factories and military bases that, should they have remained would have made a southern invasion incredibly difficult. This is also the position that Truman put forth (which immediately creates red flags for me, but that's just a gut reaction from this day and age.)

The anti A-Bomb side says that the Japanese were going to surrender anyway because the Soviets entered the war in Manchuria. Both Gen. Eisenhower and Gen. MacArthur have stated that the bomb didn't shorten the war.  These folks claim that the bomb was more as an effort at intimidating the Soviets and the Japanese were the perfect opportunity due to Americans' racist tendencies to think of the Japanese as "cockroaches".  That the pending surrender was based on a promise that the Allies would allow the Japanese imperial reign  to remain intact as their culture was used to.

So I DON'T want to believe that bombing and horrid aftermath of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the best solution but there seems to be a good case for it based on the evidence I've found.  The anecdotes from Eisenhower and MacArthur are...well anecdotes and Eisenhower was mostly in Europe and Africa anyway.  I heard that MacArthur was more disappointed that he couldn't do what he did best and storm in there--even after Hiroshima.

Ultimately, I WANT to believe that there is never a use for the bomb so I'd like to reconcile this--even if it means swallowing hard truths.

Apple Talk / Passive Aggressive Douchebags
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:58:29 pm »
So how do you folks deal with em?

Specifically this is at the workplace where I work as a consultant.  So the relationship is really more like a customer rather than coworker but this person isn't signing my contract either.

I looked it up on the net but a lot of what I see is things like using "I" statements, avoidance and remaining composed...I do all this as a matter of principle so it's not exactly helping.

Apple Talk / Going to New Orleans!
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:25:40 am »
For our honeymoon!  Got married 11 years ago and we're finally getting around to it.

So since the lot of you have secret knowledge about damn near everything, what tips can you give ol' Burns about New Orleans?  What to see ... what to konw...lay it on me plz :)

Literate Chaotic / A Collection of Rare Hunter S. Thompson Articles
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:43:38 am »

This popped up in my life and I have a feeling some of you will enjoy this as well. The collection spans from 1961 to 1995 and the articles are actually scans from the originals--which is nice. I haven't had a chance to read them (as I'm about to hit the sack) but I suspect a good portion of my Monday morning will be quite occupied.

Techmology and Scientism / The Internet Takes Away Religion
« on: April 06, 2014, 02:48:04 pm »

[Computer Scientist Allen Downey] says that the demise is the result of several factors but the most controversial of these is the rise of the Internet. He concludes that the increase in Internet use in the last two decades has caused a significant drop in religious affiliation.

It goes on to indicate that the University of Chicago's General Social Survey's data indicates a other factors causing people to lose their religion.  Those are, a decline in religious upbringing and an increase in college level  education.  Downey says those stats are rather pail in comparison to the data of increased internet use.

If this third factor exists, it must have specific characteristics. It would have to be something new that was increasing in prevalence during the 1990s and 2000s, just like the Internet. “It is hard to imagine what that factor might be,” says Downey.

I thought perhaps that the increase in science and technology might account for the unknown data. The Internet is just a smaller factor in increasing knowledge acceleration.   I mean amazing things seem to happen almost weekly. To my mind that tends to trump faith a bit.

What say you, folks?

Apple Talk / Ongoing Underrated Movie List
« on: April 05, 2014, 03:42:32 pm »
I love movies.  One of my favorite kinds of movies are those hidden gems that nobody seems to know about.

So I shall begin...

Speaking to Aeon magazine, Dr Roache said drugs could be developed to distort prisoners' minds into thinking time was passing more slowly.
"There are a number of psychoactive drugs that distort people’s sense of time, so you could imagine developing a pill or a liquid that made someone feel like they were serving a 1,000-year sentence," she said.

A second scenario would be to upload human minds to computers to speed up the rate at which the mind works, she wrote on her blog.

"If the speed-up were a factor of a million, a millennium of thinking would be accomplished in eight and a half hours... Uploading the mind of a convicted criminal and running it a million times faster than normal would enable the uploaded criminal to serve a 1,000 year sentence in eight-and-a-half hours. This would, obviously, be much cheaper for the taxpayer than extending criminals’ lifespans to enable them to serve 1,000 years in real time."

What could possibly go wrong!? I mean as long as the tax payer saves money!   :lulz:  :eek: 

I mean what a great way to save time and money on our prison pipeline!

Anyway, I realize it's hardly a scientific article (hence the sub-forum) but I thought it brought up an interesting discussion.

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