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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The gauntlet had been thrown to me by my brother to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.  And then they used a front-end bucket loader to dump a whole bunch of ice cold water on themselves (he and his wife).  Well, I can’t compete with that, so I accepted the challenge, and I decided to raise the bar a little, in my own way.

Not only will I donate to ALS, but I will also add donations to two additional charities: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project. I don’t expect anyone else to donate to those additional ones, but since the entire point is to donate to charity anyways, why not add a couple more?

The video will not be on Tumblr…mostly because it wasn’t necessary: the people who needed to see me complete it were notified.  My challenges have gone out, now it’s up to them to continue it.  Mwuahaha!

If YOU would like to donate to ALS, or to the two others I picked, here’s the links.  Enjoy the bracing cold!

ALS Association

Additional charities:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Wounded Warrior Project

'I Will Personally Pay For Every Member Of The Westboro Baptist Church To Fly To Iraq Right Now'




(To Westboro Baptist Church)

"If you really believe in standing up to those threatening the Christian way of life," Hills said on his UK television program "The Last Leg," "how about putting your money where your mouth is, taking a direct flight to Iraq and picketing the people threatening to behead Christians if they don’t convert?"

Hills then took his suggestion a step further by making a generous offer. “I will personally pay for every member of the Westboro Baptist Church to fly to Iraq right now. I’ll even fly you first class and pay the carbon offset.”








If this is legit…we should totally assist in making this happen.  They can kickstarter this, right?




Ka-Pow: Watch These Fish Cannons Shoot Salmon Safely Over Dams

Salmon have serious swimming skills—some travel thousands of miles to return to their original homes to breed. But even though they can jump as high as 12 feet in the air, they can’t manage to get over massive concrete dams that we have built to block their journeys back to their homes. Now one new idea could give them a boost. The plan involves whisking the fish through a long vacuum tube at speeds up to 22 miles per hour and then shooting them out the other end like a cannon.

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Oh god, Science has made the Fish gun.. WHYYYYYYYYY!?

Science isn’t about WHY, it’s about WHY NOT?!

Also, it’s to get salmon back to their spawning grounds, so the species can continue (and so we can keep eating their delicious flesh)!


Gen Con 2014 Day 4

Not a lot to say about the last day of the convention.  Mostly it was running around, returning unused generic tickets for a system credit, and getting the last few items from the Dealer room or Anime Artist Alley (which they renamed it to something ridiculous that doesn’t make any sense to me and just about killed it).  And then spent 5-6 hours on the road back home with the group I was with. 

Highlights of the convention:

  • Meeting Jim Butcher (he recognized the items on my Stetson as belonging to Armor, which surprised the living hell out of me! Very cool guy)
  • Checking out the Fantasy Flight booth and seeing their new goodies that are coming out (pics shall be forthcoming) like the XCOM board game, Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Star Wars: Armada
  • Talking with one of the developers at Fantasy Flight for Imperial Assault and XCOM
  • Talking art and hanging out a bit with artists, such as Lar DeSouza of Blind Ferret Entertainment and Lance Red, and Scott James
  • Using my game pushing powers to sweet talk Sohmer, the founder of Blind Ferret Entertainment, into buying the Xwing mini’s Core Set (he is definitely into the game and also wanted to know how many players could play, where you could get space mats, which you can get battle mats from Chessex or space mats from Gale Force Nine…he also wants a Star Destroyer huge ship. Fantasy Flight, I’m not saying you should hit me up and channel my powers…but you should totally hit me up and channel my powers)
  • Playing several games, such as Elder Signs by Fantasy Flight, a demo of DAMAGE REPORT by Break From Reality Games, Lascaux (a now discontinued game) by Mayfair Games
  • Renting a bike and peddling around Indy using a rent-a-bike service called Bikeshare.  That’s apparently a thing in some of the larger cities..and I’m all for it!

The rush to get to Butcher on Saturday was nuts.  He had two signings, one on Friday and one on Saturday.  Friday he started signing books at 3, but people had lined up at NOON.  So when we showed up at 2:30, they had long since been capped.  Poor guy had to put ice on his wrist at one point, so they had to also limit how many things to sign.  So we got to the doors of the Dealer Room at 9 am, and played some of Elder Signs while we waited for them to open.  At 10 am the doors opened.  I and two of my buddies managed to get in line at 10:01.  By 10:02 the line had already snaked back around past where we were.  They capped it off at 10:10.  Like I said, it was nuts.

A nice bonus to having Butcher there though was seeing several Harry Dresden cosplays walking around.  Was very good stuff indeed. 

Also the Tilted Kilt was a fun place.  Kind of like Hooters, but a little classier I suppose. 

I walked away with a nice amount of goodies.  A few art pieces, a foam case for my Xwing mini’s Corvette and Transport, a vinyl star mat for the Xwing minis game, a mug and shirt from the Ram Resturant and Brewery, a Skull push-pin from the PVP Online webcomic, a shirt from Oomba for playing Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, and the Rebel Aces expansion pack for the Xwing minis game.

A good vacation, well needed, and the exhaustion well earned.

And now for pictures to follow

Gen Con 2014 Day 3

(late post, this was going to be posted yesterday, but you’ll get the reason why it was delayed in a second…)

Too tired for much detail. Lots of stuff. Jim Butcher, Yay! Tilted Kilt, hottie waitresses, yay! Gaming, dealer room…things.

Also confirmed my powers as a game pusher as I literally managed to cause Sohmer of Blind Ferret Entertainment (producers of Least I Could Do and Looking For Group) to jump out of the Booth with a declaration of “I’m getting this game!” This happened after I showed him the Rebel Aces expansion I had bought, told him its not a complicated game, and confirmed that 98% of the game will be them hold the ships and going “pew-pew” at each other.

Gen Con 2014 Day 2

Well, today was a busy day. Played a game of Dungeons and Dragons, hybrid of 3rd edition and some other elements, and had a close encounter with reanimated giant boa constrictor skeletons. Two in fact, but its OK. I was a rogue and survived.

My buddy, playing a wrestling Mage, was pretty much out wrestled and lost an arm, a leg, and was split in half. He became DED dead.

Ran around in the dealer room, artist alley, and at one point we rode rent-a-bikes around.

That’s apparently a thing. Fun tho!

Also went by fantasy flight again..son of a bi-they released a third faction for the game! I suspected they might, but now they did. More money gone! And more ships for Star Wars Armada…AND a ground based minis game called Imperial Assault.

Well played Fantasy Flight.

Final note…came across another Cavalry man wearing a Cav Stetson. So I’m not the only former soldier roaming around in a Stetson here.

I’ll have to become more noticeable somehow…

Tomarrow: more browsing the dealer hall, artists alley, and getting books signed by Jim Butcher of The Dresden Files! Woot!

Gen Con 2014 Day 1

Made good time on the road to Indianapolis, even with all the construction we ran into. Day one was mostly traveling, but I did get to see Lar DeSouza briefly and poke in the dealer room.

Fantasy Flight has something planned to be announced tomarrow for the Xwing minis game. My curiousity is piqued significantly. Plus they have the Rebel Aces pack AND Wave V large ships. Dammit, money is gone before I hand it over!!!!

Gen Con Bound!

Well, I will be in a few hours, but the point still stands.  Due to this, I will be off the grid, outside of some random posts maybe, until Sunday.

If you’re going and want to say hi, look for the man with the Stetson.  And probably let me know who you are, I am easily startled and tend to flee.  If you at least greet me with a “Hello, Tank” that should at least buy you a few seconds of confusion with which to follow up with.  And possibly to use a big net. 

These things happen at Gen Con.

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