WizKids’ Rules Forum: HeroClix: Team Abilities – 2017 ZOMG, they changed/tweaked quite a freaking bit! Quibbles: HATE that the Serpent Society team ability symbol has disappeared completely. HATE that are not showing the “Minions of Doom” (Marvel brand) or the “Calculator” (DC Comics brand) team ability symbols. I assume they will appear in this “Past Rules” thing they’ll be doing, but I’m fuzzy about how they’re doing it. Could have just kept the symbols, changed the definitions. Wondering why they […]
npr.org (2017/08/23/545435024): civil-rights-activist-argues-to-keep-confederate-monuments npr.org; sections: the-two-way (2017/08/22/545308125): in-reckoning-with-confederate-monuments-other-countries-could-provide-examples
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(Posted 2017-08-22): From NPR News: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again,’ Trump Says While Unveiling Afghanistan Strategy http://n.pr/2vXKYRb Well, we’ll have to see how this series of changes pans out. I wonder what President Trump will do if rumors that Russia has been arming the Taliban for years turns out to be true? ————- Edit (2017-08-23): Watch: Trump’s Speech On Afghanistan, Transcript And Analysis : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/21/545038935/watch-live-trump-s-address-on-afghanistan-next-steps-for-u-s-engagement Listened to analysis yesterday. Basically, boiled down to some inter-woven contradictions: we’re there long-term, because leaving […]
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WizKids HeroClix: Undead – Death: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/22/wizkids-heroclix-undead-death/ WizKids HeroClix: Undead – Zombie Horde Themed Team | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/18/wizkids-heroclix-undead-zombie-horde-themed-team/ “ZOMBIE ABRAHAM LINCOLN” = awesome sauce. Very, weirdly cool. WizKids HeroClix: Undead – Skeletons | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/17/wizkids-heroclix-undead-skeletons/ 2017-08-15: WizKids HeroClix: Undead – Dr. Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Monster | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/14/wizkids-heroclix-undead-dr-frankenstein-and-frankensteins-monster/ 1) LOVE these! 2) As a fan of the original novel, which i read for the first of 5 times way back in college, circa 1990, these versions are stylized versions of the Universal movies of the […]
Marvel HeroClix: The Mighty Thor Previews Continued!: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/03/marvel-heroclix-the-mighty-thor-previews/ DESIGN INSIGHT: NEW  EQUIPMENT RULES m|HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/07/design-insight-new-equipment-rules/ Whoa! Very cool. I wonder what the marketing “customer behavioral” angle is to selling the ‘generic’ equipment packaged inside Super-Boosters that will undoubtedly have ‘specific/named’ Colosal characters…? Anyway, cool! ———– 2017-08-04: Marvel HeroClix: The Mighty Thor Previews Begin — Hatut Zeraze! Watch this page!: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/08/03/marvel-heroclix-the-mighty-thor-previews/ The ‘Hatut Zeraze’! (‘Generic.’ They used to be the Wakandan Secret Police, until outlawed as a organization.) 2017-08-09: Adding to this post, […]
2017 Core Rules | HeroClix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/gameplay/rules-format/ Glad I caught the solar eclipse yesterday, even if it was only am 80% eclipse for our area. Surprised I completely missed this posting of the 2017 HeroClix Rules, though!
(Originally posted to this blog back on 2017-08-18): From NPR News: Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos http://n.pr/2uGMBFf NPR’s Science Friday: Inevitable Or Accident? Tackling The Big Questions Of Evolution: https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/inevitable-or-accident-tackling-the-big-questions-of-evolution/ (Added, 2017-08-22) From NPR News: To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash http://n.pr/2vMMBRs (Getting calcium without dairy.) Water Systems In Hospitals Can Spread Legionnaires’ Disease : Shots – Health News : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/06/531731438/plumbing-in-hospitals-and-nursing-homes-can-spread-legionnaires-disease
Comstockery: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/08/22 “Banned” (Censorship in America)  | BackStory with the American History Guys: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/banned-2016 (Contains story about Comstock.) You’ve Got Mail | BackStory with the American History Guys: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/youve-got-mail-a-history-of-the-post-office-rebroadcast
http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/people/about-darwin/six-things-darwin-never-said The evolution of a misquotation | Darwin Correspondence Project: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/evolution-misquotation
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Via a politics forum I frequent daily: https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Founding-Fathers-and-Slavery-1269536 See also: Measuring Worth – Measuring the Value of a Slave: https://www.measuringworth.com/slavery.php
Charlottesville Rally Aimed To Defend A Confederate Statue. It May Have Doomed Others http://n.pr/2vD0fGV My heart is with those who want symbols of oppression — which many Confederate monuments represent — removed from the public square, relegated to museums. Especially in light of the violent death of the peaceful protester Heather Heyer over the weekend. Excerpt from article linked above:”It’s just not right that we would continue to honor these Confederate men who fought to preserve slavery on the same ground […]
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/15/543481719/-granny-pods-help-keep-portland-affordable Multi-Generational Households seem to have been the norm throughout Human History. In the U.S., our sense of Rugged Individualism (in the sense of “making your own stake”) combined with a post-WWII manufacturing-spurred socioeconomic boom (for a substatial slice of the population, anyway) seemed to give *us* some delusions about this.
Men, Listen Up: Women Like The Smell Of Guys Who Eat A Certain Diet http://n.pr/2uJNf1v Hmm, well, I’ve gotten better about reducing my carb intake, looks like I need to continue that, and i take more leafy greens. How to do iy without a lot of sugary dressings, shredded cheese, and croutons…? Hmmm… Wondering if this Northeast Ohioan (caught a WVIZ/PBS pledge-drive special of his a couple weeks ago) could help??: Dr. Mark Hyman: http://drhyman.com/ Edit: I know some relatives really […]
From NPR News: Ohio Man Charged With Murder In Fatal Car Attack On Anti-White Nationalist March http://n.pr/2uz3OR8 Hope this guy gets the book thrown at him. Said it before on thia blog, will say it again: Fuck the KKK, fuck the Neo-Nazis, fuck the Supremacists of every stripe. Freedom of Speech requires we allow them thier spot in the Public Square, but if said people of such ideologies are only holding such public rallies with the intent of provoking or […]
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/535044918/rethinking-school Excellent episode all the way around. —— Public Libraries + Internet Neutrality = We the People’s University. IMHO.
(From January of 2013) Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/24/170082404/shall-i-encode-thee-in-dna-sonnets-stored-on-double-helix (From July of 2016) Breakthrough In Atomic Memory: Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet : All Tech Considered : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/07/28/486755823/writing-data-onto-single-atoms-scientists-store-the-longest-text-yet (From 2017-08-12): Researchers: Hackers Could Encode Human DNA With Malicious Software : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/12/542998566/researchers-hackers-could-encode-human-dna-with-malicious-software
http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=579986 SaturnFlight sez: …sometimes, attack and defense values need to represent threat. Whether we’re talking about HeroClix or superhero genre fiction, rings true to me. A “villain” or “supervillain” is more than a simple rival or antagonist. They are Threats, whose goals and/or activities endanger civilians and “society”, and our intrepid Heroes, in the nadir; to advancement of Human Civilization in the median; to the existence of the Multiverse at their zenith. With many degrees, many phases in between. Anyway, […]
https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/a-promising-and-still-uncertain-future-for-human-gene-editing/ EDIT (2017-08-06): Back when this hit the news a few days ago, some guys over on the politics forum I frequent mentioned it. Today, I made my response. Here’s everything, together — H_E: Today in SECRETS MAN WAS NOT MEANT TO KNOW!!! nytimes.com (2017/08/02): science/gene-editing-human-embryos.html CD: GATTACA! GATTACA! GZ: Free Markets! Deregulation! Bad things will only happen if the government interferes with what positive things private markets do with this! (what’s the color we’re supposed to use for sarcasm again?) […]
Short version: finally got to see “War for the Planet of the Apes” last Saturday. LOVED IT. Long version: ….. [BRB] EDIT (2017-08-06): Well, I wasn’t back right away. Sorry. So, the week of July 14th, the week WPA [War for the Planet of the Apes] was to open, was telling the girlfriend I hoped she would see it with me. So, we used her On Demand service to watch the first of this series, 2011’s “Rise of the Planet […]
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