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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 43,079 posts (52,965 including aliases). 9 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 73 aliases.


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At least nobody on the Paizo boards has a handle like "tittyblaster69" or something, because that would be awkward.

This is all your fault.

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I love happy things on a happy Friday!

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Steve Geddes wrote:
.....and finally flew to New Orleans for the final week. As usual we were struck by a sense of community and welcoming friendliness everywhere we went. The side of America we love and wish we could explain to our friends back home.

You must have visited a different New Orleans than the one I'm familiar with......

Sadly, I'm not joking. As it's my hometown, I still have plenty of friends there and constantly get news. The crime rate has been really bad in the last year or so, and it's only getting worse.

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Two days in a row of getting to work a bit earlier than usual. 6-10 minutes can make a world of difference on the flip side.

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I love awesome season finales accompanied by awesome new beer!

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phantom1592 wrote:
Seems like they spend so much time on 'CHANGING THE WORLD!!!!' that they don't have time to LIVE in that world. By the time one event ends, they're laying the 'Road to'.......

This! It seems like none of the heroes ever get a break any more. I fondly remember an issue of X-men (might have been an Annual) that was a Thanksgiving special. The story centered around Scott Summers and Jean Grey walking together around the estate and talking, while everyone else engaged in various frivolities from flag football to leaf raking and leaf pile jumping.

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I've probably mentioned it before, but I was a big fan of Marvel's What If...series back in the day. They had some really good alternate endings/takes on some classic stories.

So, I was channel surfing and caught Age of Ultron on one of the movie channels. That's when it hit me - I'd love to see Marvel do a short series of What If...comics based on the MCU. I think that would be really cool.

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WOOT!!! Although, I would have preferred they jettison everything having to do with the Tim Beyond era and pretend like it never happened. Still, I'll be glad to see Terry back in the Batsuit.

Terry McGinnis returns in first details for DC Comics' Batman Beyond Rebirth

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I was going to try and find a funny acronym, but then Wikipedia lured me in with its false promises.

Plus, lazy.

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Because now I have the license, and it is as if one huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

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Loam is soil composed mostly of sand (particle size > 63 µm), silt (particle size > 2 µm), and a smaller amount of clay (particle size < 2 µm). Its composition is about 40%-40%-20% concentration of sand-silt-clay, respectively.[1] These proportions can vary to a degree, however, and result in different types of loam soils: sandy loam, silty loam, clay loam, sandy clay loam, silty clay loam, and loam. In the USDA textural classification triangle, the only soil that is not predominantly sand, silt, or clay is called "loam". Loam soils generally contain more nutrients, moisture, and humus than sandy soils, have better drainage and infiltration of water and air than silty soils, and are easier to till than clay soils. The different types of loam soils each have slightly different characteristics, with some draining liquids more efficiently than others. For food production, a loam soil containing a small amount of organic material is considered ideal. The mineral in a loam soil ideally is about 40% sand, 40% silt and 20% clay by weight. The soil's texture, especially its ability to retain nutrients and water are crucial.

Bricks made of loam, mud, sand, and water, with an added binding material such as rice husks or straw, have been used in construction since ancient times.


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I'm people.

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Seeing as you're a big horror fan, what's your opinion of the sci-fi/horror movie Event Horizon?

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There is a new page on Facebook that has me fascinated - Egypt VR. They post 360 degree shots of various locations of antiquity. Whichever way you move your phone, the image adjusts accordingly. It's really cool.

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Charles Scholz wrote:

I liked Kyle. The writers brought a new perspective into the character that I think was missing from Hal for a long time.

I am old enough that I grew up with Barry, Hal and Oliver; but all their characters were getting old and dated. I enjoyed Wally, Kyle and Connor taking over the roles.
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Sorry, specific names aren't called out unless I want them to be. You can, however, be content with the assumption his name is included (one way or another) under the general heading of "Everyone we don't eat".
oh no, I want him TO be eaten.

That's why I put in "one way or another". On the list of People to be Recruited into The Horde is the heading "Everyone we don't eat".

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Speaking as someone who grew up with Wally West as Flash and collected his entire 20+ year run, I was insulted when they just cast him aside like yesterday's dirty laundry. And then they replaced him with an entirely different Wally.

Speaking as someone who grew up with Barry Alan as the Flash...

Grow up and get over it.

I'm fairly sure my grandfather (Jay Garrick was his speedster) would say the same, but with profanity.

The difference, of course, being

(a)Barry was given a heroic send-off - sacrificing himself to save the multiverse.

(b)He was replaced by his long-existing protégé, not by someone else named Barry Allen.

(c)His legacy was never completely erased from the comic book universe. It was always there. Characters talked about him and the example he set.

(c)I was perfectly fine with their first attempt to write off Wally because they continued the Flash legacy by replacing him with Bart Allen. I didn't spend decades b%%!*ing and whining like punk-ass little b%$%@es about it like most Barry Allen fans I met. Hell, even when they brought Barry back, I still collected Flash comics for awhile. It was crappy writing that made me stop.

Oh man, you have GOT to be KIDDING me.

People B&#*&ED about Barry's death. Noone was happy about it. Was it a heroic sendoff? Yes. But most people didn't think Barry should have died. You are living in an alternate reality or have been surrounded by sane Flash fans your whole life, I have no idea which is more incredulous.

No, my experience was with the ones who thought Barry should never have been killed and that Wally West (or Wally Worst as I heard him called once), was completely unworthy of being the Flash and that the folks who did all this should be punished. That's kind of my point. Even 10 and 20 years later, I was still hearing them drone on about this.

The first Wally, however, was treated far worse. It was disappointing, but for the most part I let it go. Just stopped collecting Flash. I'll still express my opinion about it, but in truth could give two s!~&s less who the Flash is these days.

I've got similar attitudes towards Green Lantern, although I've liked all the characters who ever became a GL (except that new chick GL, but only because I don't know anything about her). I just thought the various storylines were getting so blah that I just kind of stopped.

Same with Batman.

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did the Clownpocalypse truly begin.

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Try to take that to literally and some characters would be enlargement and reduction surgery on a regular basis - sometimes issue by issue. And not just on breasts, either.
It's always hilarious to see how much size variation some artist can give the same character even within the same issue. Cain Marko in street clothes...bigger than average guy, but he still looks plausibly human. In the Juggernaught costume, his bicep alone is bigger than half the X-Men team.

I only ever recall one shot of Juggernaut in street clothes - the issue when he was attacked by Nimrod. Were there others? I always thought it would make more sense than having him in costume all the time.

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Speaking as someone who grew up with Wally West as Flash and collected his entire 20+ year run, I was insulted when they just cast him aside like yesterday's dirty laundry. And then they replaced him with an entirely different Wally.

Speaking as someone who grew up with Barry Alan as the Flash...

Grow up and get over it.

I'm fairly sure my grandfather (Jay Garrick was his speedster) would say the same, but with profanity.

The difference, of course, being

(a)Barry was given a heroic send-off - sacrificing himself to save the multiverse.

(b)He was replaced by his long-existing protégé, not by someone else named Barry Allen.

(c)His legacy was never completely erased from the comic book universe. It was always there. Characters talked about him and the example he set.

(c)I was perfectly fine with their first attempt to write off Wally because they continued the Flash legacy by replacing him with Bart Allen. I didn't spend decades b!%#$ing and whining like punk-ass little b+&*@es about it like most Barry Allen fans I met. Hell, even when they brought Barry back, I still collected Flash comics for awhile. It was crappy writing that made me stop.

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Ninja in the Rye wrote:
Next season on Agents of SHIELD they should have Fitz Simmons find a "time radio" that Howard invented, allowing the current team to work a case with the Peggy/Howard/Jarvis team.

I'd settle for an expanded version of what they did in the first season, when they had Peggy and the Howling Commandos capture the Terrigen Crystal containing Obelisk, only to cut to present day when the Obelisk pops up again. But, like I said, expand on it. Have an entire episode of Peggy and Co. dealing with some "thing". Then the next episode it's Coulson and Co.'s turn.

Alternatively, you could have a parallel past-present story dealing with Leviathan. Peggy and fellows battle Leviathan in the past, while SHIELD battles a resurgent Leviathan in the present.

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Having stopped collecting X-dude comics several years ago, my most recent memory of Emma Frost was from the First Class movie. That chick was a complete hottie.

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I still fondly remember the 2 (or maybe 3) part storyline from Excalibur where Doom tricks them into helping him get to Limbo. Throw in the West Coast Avengers, add a dose of humor, and you've got one of the more entertaining Doom stories I've ever recalled.

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Also, Chuck Dixon is THE S+&~! Dude was clearly one of the best Batman and Family writers ever.

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Yes, the grammar in my previous post was....craptastic.

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David M Mallon wrote:
My folks called me today to let me know that a) they got a dog, and b) I should drive out and visit for a few days. Sounds like they either forgot about my violent allergy to dog dander & saliva (hives on contact, airway starts to close up around hour 6), or they remembered and are trying to find a subtle way to kill me.

You come down to Louisiana. I introduce you to doctor who fix my wife very bad dog allergies. I swear, he no need sacrifice live chicken.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Meat thinking?

What the hell is that?!

You're all meat bags in my book.

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Ooohhhh....a Deadman appearance would be epic.

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Arcwin wrote:
Guess I'll check this reboot thing out...

I'm waiting for the day when one of the companies actually just titles their big crossover event as "Reboot!".

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Now I want to find and read Kingdom Come.
It was a good series I thought. Not sure about some of the sequels it spawned.

And, even better, all my copies are signed by Mark Waid.

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phantom1592 wrote:


Yep. It's hard to take seriously complaints about DC not replacing their characters. In the 90's there was a glut of new characters that were given their chance. Steel/Superboy/Eradicator, AzBats, Artemis-WW, Wally West of course, Kyle Rayner, Jason todd/Tim Drake, Knife Guy FATE, Connor Hawke, Hawkman and Hawkwoman were retooled repeatedly...

Indeed, and they were successful as well. Wally West and Kyle Rayner both and good long runs as their respective replacements. And Tim Drake was, if I recall correctly, the first Robin to have his own long-running title.

The less said about "knife-guy" Fate, the better.....

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phantom1592 wrote:

I loved those old What if... issues. Also was a huge fan of Elseworlds.

So many stupid crappy stories that would have been cool as a 'What if' that became railroaded into 'main story' and forced to be a status quo...

What if...Wolverine was Lord of the Vampires?

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Ok...someone who has read this Civil War 2 thing explain something to me

How Does She-Hulk get killed by a Rocket?
How does she even get hurt by a Rocket?
She's a freaking Hulk, ok She's not Bruce but She's still a Hulk.

Should I be concerned that the first thing that came into my mind was the raccoon?

No. For he is a fuzzy engine of destruction.

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Now I want to find and read Kingdom Come.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Maybe, but I thought they've already said he (Time Trapper's) identity keeps changing due the fact he's not an individual, just kind of a 'time remnant" or something like that.

Sentient time line, I think.

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Sundakan wrote:
That and why does Superman need to be big and muscular anyway?

The long established look of the character. Not doing that is like not giving Vader the Pervert-crank-caller breathing. Like giving the Joker a frown. Like showing Wonder Woman fully clothed with boobies that aren't the size of watermelons.

That way lies madness.....

The long established look is debatable. I am personally NOT a fan of the HUGE superman. I prefer the one that can actually put on a suit and appear scrawny and weak.

Superman has two personas, and there are some artist (like Ed Mcguiness) that bulk up superman to ridiculous proportions.

For me, Superman has always been closer to the Christopher Reeve version. Cut. Muscular. Still able to pull off the clark kent persona.

True. And there certainly can be a "too bulky" Superman. Still, while I always did like Christopher Reeve, I kind of wish he had been a little more muscular. I'd argue it's not necessarily about being scrawny and weak, but appearing non-threatening and clumsy - something even a very muscular person can accomplish.

Height, on the other hand, I think is very important. One reason Reeve pulled off the part so well was his imposing height as Superman (standing straight to his full 6'4") but then slouching over when he was Clark.

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BLUE BEETLE! TED KORD >>>>> JAIME
Indeed. I'm tempted to put this on my pull list. I might wait to see. I didn't like the idea of the Blue Beetle being some alien technosuit. I prefer it to be magical in nature.
it's cool. I just want Ted back. Jaime can be the annoying kid sidekick. Or a new hero called the scarab or what have you. But Ted will always be the blue beetle to me.

While Ted is my favorite, I don't mind succession if the story is done properly. Barry Allen to Wally West is always my perfect example of it being done correctly.

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Slightly off topic (Marvel, but not Steve Rogers) - saw a preview of the new Electro. Apparently, they changed to a chick.

My first thought was "What happened to the old one?".

My second thought was "Why couldn't they do a redesign on the costume, especially the mask?" Seriously, that mask is silly looking.

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I made my Will save against clicking the link.
I got a bonus to my save because I actually didn't give a s#!# about the answer.
oh come now. Puffyamiyumi is awesome. Or was back in 2003.

This from the person who considers some weird New York chicken to be superior to Popeyes.

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I would also like to take this time to suggest that chick from Madmen to guest star as Powrgirl from another earth. She's certainly got the....assets...for the role.

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As I was getting ready for work this morning, something hit me about last night’s episode.

Spoiler:
The new chick they introduced – the fencing chick who studies death – I have a feeling she might play more intricately into a future plotline.

For one, they used the esteemed Mr. Lyle as a way to introduce her. The esteemed Mr. Lyle and his visit to Egypt to see the tomb of Imhotep. Secondly, the chick’s study of death. I have a feeling that if they do introduce The Mummy as a future villain, that fencing chick might just be the object of his affection – the reincarnated love of his life.

That would be cool. For one, it would finally make Vanessa NOT the main focus of the villain’s plot. While I like the character, her being the focus of everything gets annoying after awhile. So a new female for the bad guy to aim his dastardly deeds at could be a nice change of pace.

And again, if I'm correct, the other good news about this is it would bring back Mr. Lyle into the story. The way they've written that character, so flamboyant and bright compared to the dour countenances of everyone else, it makes him a scene stealer every damned time.

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Sundakan wrote:
If you're going to f&$* with a character, make it have some kind of lasting effect. Don't have it be forgotten 6 months later and all's forgiven.

In my 30-ish years of collecting, if there's one thing I've learned about comic book writers, it's that they can NEVER leave well enough alone. Perfect example is the resurrection of Barry Allen. He was dead for something like 2 decades, and Wally was a fairly successful Flash, and then they brought the one back and tossed the other away.

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Ragadolf wrote:
And now the cars are SO complicated and computer-chip driven, I can't work on them anymore.

I'll put on my engineer hat here and say: Yes and No. They are more complicated in that so much of the process of what goes on is computer controlled or monitored. Cars are as fined-tuned and sensored out the wazoo as the designers can possibly make them, trying to get as much efficiency out of the performance as possible. But the basic design and operational process of the engine is still pretty straight forward.

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SOme cars they even deliberately made it difficult to get to the oil pan and filter, so you'd have to bring it into the dealership to get the oil changed. :P

Not just some, but pretty much all cars these days have an element of difficulty about what might once have been simple to do. The reasons for this are two fold: (1) you're trying to jam a lot more in the way of electronics, sensors, and extra gadgets into the vehicle without grossly increasing the size, and (2) the deliberate increase to complexity of design for things like oil pans/filters, headlights, drive belts, etc. That way, less folk are working on the cars themselves, instead bringing it into the dealership or a repair shop. I don't think it's necessarily done with malice, but the product of years of increasing interest in people having someone else do it so they don't have to worry about it.

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Celestial Healer wrote:
I suppose I could take the old shop to small claims court, but it would be tough to get a judgment on something like that, and even if I did the bill to fix it all is less than $200 so it's hardly worth it. I might console myself by leaving some scathing online reviews here and there.

If the bad review venue is open to you, that's what I'd go with. Denying a company the chance to screw someone else over, while at the same time costing them money, is definitely worth it.

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GOOD MORNING TREEFORTNAM !!!!!!

Interestingly enough, I caught the last half-hour or so of Good Morning, Vietnam on TV last night.

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Oh yeah, try a real ramen shop. Those are all over the place.

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Take a train to Kamakura and go see the statue of the great Buddha.

To expand upon Kamakura....Somewhere just of one of the beach areas is a German restaurant. At least, it was there back in '04. Can't remember the name. Old German lady, an ex-pat, ran the joint. Good food.

Other than that, most of my knowledge consists of Yokosuka and Sasebo.

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Take a train to Kamakura and go see the statue of the great Buddha.

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Elgin the Reviver is a mad occultist who believes it is his destiny to battle against the unwilling enslavement of the flesh to a golem's form. Elgin was once an adventurer, who later settled down to marry and have children. Many years later, an old necromancer enemy sought revenge. He murdered Elgin's family and several friends, combining their bodies into a trio of flesh golems he then sent against the occultist and his former party members. The battle was fierce, and Elgin was the only survivor, but his mind had snapped.

Now, the lunatic occultist travels the lands, seeking out those who would craft servants from deceased flesh. He prefers to destroy the golems and their creators, preferably by first awakening the golem and turning it against its creator. Some of these awakened golems have escaped destruction, and it is rumored they have joined together to find a new life for themselves, but that they constantly fear the madman catching up to them and finishing what he started.

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The Brothers of the Blood Eclipse - a group of radical lycanthrope alchemists who believe they can develop a formula which will grant them enhanced abilities during eclipses.

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Stan Lee chimes in on that shocking Captain America twist

A very diplomatic answer. I would expect nothing less from "The Man".

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