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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 45,335 posts (55,431 including aliases). 9 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 76 aliases.


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Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
Not my circus. Not my monkeys.......

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The Curse of the First Play

A burned-out old theater in a small town. It was once owned by a now famous playwright. A fire long ago destroyed the theater on the eve of the performance of his first ever play, killing the lead actor and actress. Afterwards, the playwright moved on, achieving great success and fame, but he never allowed the First Play to be performed.

Now, the playwright's descendent has returned to his ancestors home town, a newly discovered copy of the First Play in hand. He is determined to restore the old theater and finally see the play performed.

However, unexplained disruptions keep happening, halting the restoration work. There are rumors of spirits. Could it be the vengeful ghosts of the dead actors, seeking justice? Or is it the spirit of the playwright, determined to stop production of the play that brought such tragedy to his early life?

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Delightful wrote:
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GreyWolfLord wrote:
I used to follow the X-men, but haven't for years. From what people are saying it sound like Magneto's dream rather than Xavier's is the one that won out.
If Xavier's dream had won out... the comic would be over. That's the thing about happy endings... They're endings.

Which is why superhero universes are really depressing and nihilistic.

Doesn't matter how many times the Joker is thrown in jail by Batman because he'll always escape from Arkham again and kill more people.

Doesn't matter how many times the multiverse is saved because some other crisis will occur and f@&& everything on a cosmic scale.

And it doesn't matter how many times the X-Men save the planet because someone will try to genocide them all.

But, hey, usually the stories are good and I can ignore that. Unfortunately mainstream comics these days are kind of bad so that feeling of redundancy and pointless is even more noticeable.

"No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for... for ten minutes!"

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How high is too high for a pile of chicken droppings?

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I love catching up on older episodes of Black Sails!

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Students Transform School Bus Into Gift for Teacher’s Developmentally Challenged Daughter

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Raven is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980), and was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez. The daughter of a demon father (Trigon) and human mother (Arella), Raven is an empath who can teleport and control her "soul-self", which can fight physically, as well as act as Raven's eyes and ears away from her physical body. She is a prominent member of the superhero team Teen Titans. The character also goes by the alias Rachel Roth.

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Do eet!

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I actually like that movie.

And it's still the worst in the series...

Yes, the Crystal Skull is better. It has Marion. That alone makes it superior to Temple Of Doom.

... Whut.

Whut, indeed! Crystal Skull is the only Indiana Jones movie I've never seen more than once. And likely the only one I'd never willingly include in my own collection.

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I love bacon and toast Sunday mornings!

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Makes me wonder just how many other errors their are. Still, given how massive an undertaking it is, I can perhaps give them some leeway.

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Just noticed a sad violation of grammar in a Wikipedia article, something so basic the author(s) of the article should be ashamed.

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Tallgrass Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Manhattan, KS. Tallgrass is the largest brewery in Kansas, and is distributed in 13 states as of May 2015.

The brewery was founded by Jeff Gill in 2006. Gill was a former geologist, who had learned brewing as a homebrewer. Though initially the beers were bottled, the brewery switched to cans in 2010 for environmental and quality reasons. In 2014, the Brewery moved from its original warehouse space, to a warehouse space near Manhattan Regional Airport. The expansion increased the brewery's capacity from a Tallgrass record 365,000 gallons produced in 2013, to the ability to brew 3 million gallons per year. At the same time, Tallgrass began developing a brewpub, called Tallgrass Taphouse on Poyntz Road in downtown Manhattan.

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Drejk wrote:
Monkeys! Vile, sadistic undead monkeys infesting ancient ruins! A monster blog post...

Meh.

I prefer Zombie Monkey.

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And now I want to get my kids to the zoo.

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Very sad to hear that Ringling Brothers Circus is going to close down after 146 years. I was hoping I might be able to get the kids to one last show, but it seems the remaining ones are all going to be in the Northeast and East Coast states.

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Before his career as an actor, Carl Weathers was a professional football player. During his professional football career, he played for the Oakland Raiders and a Canadian Football League squad.

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Police Officer Delivers Urgent Organ Donation

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Orangutan climbs onto tourist boat in Indonesia, slaps selfie-taker in the face

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In other news, I may try and get some much needed yard work done this weekend.

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And, unlike my wife, I didn't bother asking him what his scary dream was about, mostly because I knew it would be something weird...along the lines of "I was on the playground eating graham crackers, and a Pterodactyl came along and ate all my crackers".

Yes. He has had that nightmare before.

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The boy woke me up at 1:30 this morning. He had a nightmare and didn't want to sleep in his room.

I knew what he wanted...to come sleep in the bed with the wife and I.

F%!& that s~~~. I made the little turd climb right back in his own damn bed. Of course, I did reassure him there was nothing to worry about, and that when he went back to sleep, he should decide to have a good dream.

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And...now she's calmed down again, after getting a hug and some soothing words from daddy.

Huzzah! I am the good cop this time!

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Baby girl just climbed the stairs back up to her room, crying. Why, you may ask? Because we told her she couldn't have ice cream for breakfast.

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Boy Sells Prized Baseball Cards to Help Friends Battling Cancer

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Skateboarding dog shreds half pipe at British skate park

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Of course, I understand why they do it. It's cheaper to try and solve a problem via just talking about it and punching in data on a computer, than to actually put "boots on the ground" so to speak.

The downside is you run the risk of increasingly negative customer service reviews.

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I think the lesson is: Customer Service people who just answer phones and/or chat online should really stop trying everything they can to avoid sending a tech out, especially if they don't know what they're talking about. I'd say a good estimate is 9 times out of 10 that a problem doesn't get solved until someone comes out and actually stares it in the proverbial face.

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So....We had this beeping noise upstairs. Finally locate it, and it's this white AT&T box sitting within a junction box in an upstairs closet. The modem is also in this closet, and ties in via wiring to ports in the junction box.

Anyway, the white box is beeping, and a light indicates it's the battery needing replacement. So I chat with an AT&T rep online about getting the battery fixed or replaced (since it's hard to connect over the phone on even the best of days), and she says "Oh, we don't sell that anymore, I'll send you a new modem, with instructions on how to install it yourself". After making sure I wouldn't be charged if their instructions weren't clear enough to do the install (because generic instructions cannot account for each individual tech's install shenanigans), I say ok.

So I get the new box, and it's just a new modem. It will, in no way, replace or repair the item that is actually causing the problem. That item - the white box) has a single, hard-wired line coming out of the back and going into the wall. I cannot, in any way, discern where (or if) it ties into the modem she sent me a replacement for.

So now I have a tech coming out to see (and hopefully resolve) the issue first hand, which is what I was going for in the first place.

On the plus side, that annoying beeping can be reset to not occur for 24 hours.

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It is, at the very least, a happier Friday than I had hoped for.

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'Tis Friday, but is it a Happy Friday? That remains to be seen.

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R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's particular vocal quality and obscure lyrics, and Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals. R.E.M. released their first single—"Radio Free Europe"—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre. The band then released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band's established sound and catapulted it to international fame. R.E.M.'s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three of the band members.

In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than expected. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe, Buck, and Mills continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million records worldwide and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.

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I love finally telling the bug that's been infecting me to "go f@*~ itself" via a large dose of Popeye's for lunch.

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I had the one with the "life like hair" and Kung Fu grip.

Starting with my older brothers, going up through mostly me (and maybe my younger brother) we had a ton of the old 12-inch line of figures. My mom probably still has most of it in a box (or boxes) somewhere in her attic. Unless, of course, one of my brother's has snagged it all, which I actually suspect to be the case.

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In preparation for the final season of Black Sails, I found Starz replaying the older episodes, including all of Season 1. Otherwise known as the only season I've never seen.

Needless to say, my DVR has been put to work.

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Maybe a better title would be Deep Thoughts from a Withered Old A*+$*$#.

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Or something like that.

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I should write a f#$&ing book.

Deep Self-Philosophy, by Aberzombie

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I think, in the long run, I like having a stack of unread books because it means I always have something to read. And pretty much every book in the stack is something from an author I know, and whose work I enjoy.

This is, in part, due to my irrational fear of one day running out of authors whose works I enjoy but haven't read yet. In my own brain, this is a very real possibility sometimes, especially as writer's get older, retire, and/or pass away.

And I know some people will say that there are always new writers coming around. That, however, is part of my problem. I have an inherent prejudice against younger writers (younger than me, anyway). Is that irrational? Yes. Do I care that other people find it irrational? F$~~ no. I just find it easier to relate to, and not be annoyed by, the writings of people close to or above my own age.

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I nearly considered making an actual New Year's resolution to read more, but quickly came to my senses....

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Got my notification for (eventual) shipping of Strange Aeons Part 5. Guess I should get around to finish reading part 3. Then I can take part 4 out of the envelope it shipped in.

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I just started Reaper's Eye last night. It's good to have a book in hand by one of the old-schoolers.

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I believe toast is tasty.

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G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced and owned by the toy company Hasbro. The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Action Soldier (U.S. Army), Action Sailor (U.S. Navy), Action Pilot (Air Force), Action Marine (Marine Corps) and later on, the Action Nurse. "G.I." is a generic term for U.S. soldiers. The development of G.I. Joe led to the coining of the term "action figure". G.I. Joe's appeal to children has made it an American icon among toys.

The G.I. Joe trademark has been used by Hasbro to title two different toy lines. The original 12-inch (30 cm) line introduced on February 2, 1964 centered on realistic action figures. In the United Kingdom, this line was licensed to Palitoy and known as Action Man. In 1982 the line was relaunched in a 3.75-inch (9.5 cm) scale complete with vehicles, playsets, and a complex background story involving an ongoing struggle between the G.I. Joe Team and the evil Cobra Command which seeks to take over the Free World through terrorism. As the American line evolved into the Real American Hero series, Action Man also changed, by using the same molds and being renamed as Action Force. Although the members of the G.I. Joe team are not superheroes, they all had expertise in areas such as martial arts, weapons, and explosives.

G.I. Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 2003.

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Children's Hospital Doctor Performs 'Surgery' On Recovering Patient's Best Friend

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Monkey scales Chinese apartment building, steals food from residences

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Got my copy of Reaper's Eye in the mail yesterday. So far, it's a great book. Hopefully, Paizo can get more old-timers like Knaak to write more books for them.

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Mrgh.....

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Color me curious - who is the agent they were going to transfer the Darkhold to, the one who "specializes in making things like this disappear"?

Do they have Stephen Strange on retainer?

Otherwise, an awesome episode.

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This Mall Lets Homeless Dogs Sleep Inside With Blankets To Escape The Cold

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