From NPR News: Elon Musk Seen Targeting Human-Computer Link In New Venture http://n.pr/2mLU0PH Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket http://n.pr/2njRbBL Scientists Who Want To Study Climate Engineering Shun Trump http://n.pr/2o7dKNU A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science http://n.pr/2o7AEEL Measuring The Impact Of Rolling Back Environmental Regulations http://n.pr/2o9zQQ2 Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/27/521693429/proposed-budget-cuts-slash-funding-for-great-lakes-clean-up Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama’s Environmental Legacy : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/28/519003733/trump-takes-aim-at-a-centerpiece-of-obamas-environmental-legacy House votes to restrict EPA’s […]
HeroClix 2017 Rules 12: Reader Feedback! And Rules Tweaks! | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/29/heroclix-2017-rules-12-reader-feedback/ WOW. ZOMG. Changes just coming. The revised-revised rule concerning heavy objects and line of fire is even simpler. Too bad about Hide. Q: could Hide reappear as a Tiny symbol abilty for line of fire to Tint characters thru light objects? Mind Control: i actually think there should be feedback damage. But, chance it, via a die roll. 1 in 6 for one target, 2 in 6 for 2 […]
Marvel HeroClix Avengers/Defenders War- Porcupine | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/29/marvel-heroclix-avengersdefenders-war-porcupine/#iLightbox%5Bd1a28ebd855feda70b1%5D/0 Great to finally see Porcupine! (The various verions of the batttlesuit have a lot of offensive capabilities, though, so i hope they reuse the sculpt and come out with a version with range and other standard powers. I’M NOT COMPLAINING. Thank you, WizKids!) Also, i forgot to post the GotGv2 preview, and can’t get to WK’s post for some reason, so here’s the character pic —
mumpsimus: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/03/27 That’s an interesting word. Might as well say, “see also; politician”. If something good *mostly* works and can be fixed, shouldn’t you fix the non-workinf parts? Make it more efficient, do its job better? Of course, if you object to thus things that is mostly working, object to its very existence, i guess you stick to “It’s not working, it’s horrible, it’s going to implode/explode, you just watch!” and then go about […]
So, Valentine’s Day 2017, first date with a wonderful woman, first “non-date” date for me in over a decade. (“Non-date date” was a way of alleviating the “pressure”, but really, it was a date.) Lead to more “non-date dates”, thankfully. One shall happen tonight. She’s a vegetarian, used to be a Vegan. Likes going every year to this “Vegan Banquet” thing. She invited me. I thought, “cool adventure” and said “Sounds good.” I’m actually excited. As a mid-40’s male “meat […]
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Obamacare: The Republican Waterloo – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-republican-waterloo/520833/ One of my “internet compatriots” over on the HCRealms’ “U.S. Politics” forum I frequent suggested i read the article linked to above. It was a good read. I am of the mind that universal access to affordable quality healthcare is crucial to our survival, as the American permutation of human civilization. Please re-read the last 4 paragraphs after you finish reading the whole article. Also, will link the following as well, for its […]
I guess sometimes being a single person can have a ‘perk’, of a sort. After getting ‘home’ after helping out my Gramma at the facility, fell asleep in a chair. Hadn’t even changed clothes. Woke up around 2:30am, surfed cable, landed on TCM showing “A Clockwork Orange”, followed by “Soylent Green”. Old favorites, sci-fi playing with social issues. No need for huge action set-pieces. Love ’em. EDIT: Lost my own point, which was: i don’t think a living with a […]
Marvel HeroClix: Avengers/Defenders War – Nuke | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/24/marvel-heroclix-avengersdefenders-war-nuke/
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http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/23/heroclix-2017-rules-11-probability-control/ 1) Simply can’t complain about the change to Probability Control. It makes sense, and is easier to use. 2) Loved this bit: “Ideally every standard power in HeroClix should be able to stand on its own and have useful and interesting things to do without needing to combo with other powers.” “So say we all” and “Amen” to that. Dear WizKids: This humble nobody HeroClix Player/Collector out here on the periphery of the HeroClix internet community thanks you, especially […]
From NPR News: Limits In GOP Plan Could Shrink Seniors’ Long-Term Health Benefits http://n.pr/2nZdv3B The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student http://n.pr/2o4BZbs GAO Will Investigate Skyrocketing Prices For Orphan Drugs http://n.pr/2o4rwgg Huge. Good.
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HeroClix 2017 Rules 10: Invincible, Precision Strike, and Energy Explosion | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/22/heroclix-2017-rules-10-invincible-precision-strike-and-energy-explosion/ “!WOW!” big time on that change to Energy Explosion. So much simpler, makes much more sense. Mm-mm, makes me want to dust off the old FANTASTIC FORCES Green Goblin(s).
From NPR News: 5 Insights Into Judge Neil Gorsuch After 2nd Day Of Confirmation Hearings http://n.pr/2o1L2dj Watch Live: Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/21/520828113/watch-live-neil-gorsuch-testifies-in-supreme-court-confirmation-hearing?post=scotusbladder-19 EDIT (2017-03-22): Reading post in the “U.S. Politics” forum I frequent, and speaking as a “purple Republican”, I agree with the following observations I’ve read — Gorsuch is the best choice we can expect right now. “Not too tart, not too sweet” of a Conservative pick.Merrick Garland is still an eminently qualified candidate and […]
Marvel HeroClix Guardians of the Galaxy v2 Star-Lord | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/20/marvel-heroclix-guardians-of-the-galaxy-v2-movie-star-lord/ Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy v2 Movie – Drax | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/15/marvel-heroclix-guardians-of-the-galaxy-v2-movie-drax/
HeroClix 2017 Rules 9: Mind Control | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/20/heroclix-2017-rules-9-mind-control/ Excellent. Elegant.
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/spectre-how-the-multiverse-era-killed-james-bond-20151109 Speaking as a fan, I see the author’s point. I disagree, somewhat. EDIT: One point I agree with is that not every “serial” has to have a movie that caps-off or ties-up everything together. The author sepecifically reference “The Dark Knight Rises”. I agree. I’d add “Iron Man 3” to that list. No need to tie everything back to Tony Stark, like nothing happens without him, like the universe revolves around him.
The Call-In: Answering Your Questions About The Republican Health Care Plan : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/19/520708167/the-call-in-answering-your-questions-about-the-republican-health-care-plan Among other things, sounds like reduction in Medicaid will hurt senior citizens who needs help with long-term conditions. (Maybe that part of the market-based/evolutionary forces of the “Ryancare” plan? The poor and the elderly are no longer “productive” for society, so, cut them loose, leave to the sole care of their families, to die on their own? That’s what it seems like to me.) Excerpt: MARTY ALLEN: […]
Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real ‘Rigged System’ Is Gerrymandering : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/18/520551499/redistricting-reform-advocates-say-the-real-rigged-system-is-gerrymandering
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HeroClix 2017 Rules 8: Hypersonic Speed and Pulse Wave | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/17/heroclix-2017-rules-8-hypersonic-speed-and-pulse-wave/ It’s all coming together so nicely! Very exciting, can’t wait to get my hands on the new rules book and Powers & Abilities Card.
Trump Stands By Unproven Wiretap Claim At Joint News Conference With Merkel http://n.pr/2n5DZTL Trump Embraces One Of Russia’s Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism http://n.pr/2n3IP3S Secret Service Employee’s Laptop Stolen In New York http://n.pr/2mDLJcC
Marvel HeroClix: Merc$ for Money Fast Forces Pack – Part I | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/13/marvel-heroclix-merc-for-money-fast-forces-pack-part-i/ Marvel HeroClix: Merc$ for Money Fast Forces Pack – Part II | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/17/marvel-heroclix-merc-for-money-fast-forces-pack-part-ii/ Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool & X-Force – Fenris | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/01/marvel-heroclix-deadpool-x-force-fenris/
Study: ‘Urgent’ Action Against Global Warming Needed To Save Coral Reefs : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520450521/study-urgent-action-against-global-warming-needed-to-save-coral-reefs
Trump’s Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520399205/trumps-budget-slashes-climate-change-funding Study: ‘Urgent’ Action Against Global Warming Needed To Save Coral Reefs : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520450521/study-urgent-action-against-global-warming-needed-to-save-coral-reefs A Spark Of Hope For Climate Change Reality : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/03/14/520022064/a-spark-of-hope-for-climate-change-reality
From NPR News: 5 Charts That Explain The CBO Report On The Republican Health Plan http://n.pr/2mXqQMm Paul Ryan Says Health Care Bill On Track, Despite Increasing GOP Opposition http://n.pr/2mZMSxR Pelosi Says Democrats Have A Responsibility To Look For Common Ground On Health Law http://n.pr/2mu70W7 FYI: I’m not a fan of Pelosi. But, I see access to affordable quality healthcare as part of the intent of the Constitution in promoting the “general welfare” of The People. That requires that everyone “buy in”.
HeroClix 2017 Rules 7: Carry and Inherent Abilities | HeroClix: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/15/heroclix-2017-rules-7-carry-and-inherent-abilities/ Its… It’s [sniffles, wipes away single joyful tear] beautiful. [Screwed-up-holding-back-the-tears-smile-frown]