Eclipse Birds

XKCD - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:00
'Hey! Put her down!' 'No, it's ok! The next chance for me to be carried to a blood cauldron isn't until 2024!'
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Earth Orbital Diagram

XKCD - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:00
You shouldn't look directly at a partial eclipse because of the damage that can be caused by improperly aligning the solar-lunar orbital plane with the orbital bones around your eye.
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Eclipse Science

XKCD - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:00
I was thinking of observing stars to verify Einstein's theory of relativity again, but I gotta say, that thing is looking pretty solid at this point.
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Where to find me at Gen Con

Dork Tower - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:59

The Steve Jackson Games booth isn’t hosting any signings this year, so here’s where you can find me at Gen Con 50:

Thursday, July 17th:

2:30 – 3:30, Dealer’s Hall, Booth 118 (Game Trade Magazine)

7:30 – 8:30 The Munchkin Tavern, Tavern on South, 423 South St. (Steve Jackson Games)

Friday, July 18th:

2:30 – 3:30, Dealer’s Hall, Booth 118 (Game Trade Magazine)

Saturday, July 19th:

11 am – Noon Humor in Roleplaying (with James Wallis and Matt Forbeck) Indiana Convention Center, room 244

2:30 – 3:30, Dealer’s Hall, Booth 118 (Game Trade Magazine)

I’ll ask be at the Diana Jones Awards Wednesday night, and gaming over in the CMON area from time to time!

Quick note: I’m typing this on an iMac I thought was dead – dead as a parrot; computer no more; ceased to be; expired and gone to meet its maker; kicked the bucket; shuffled off this mortal coil; run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible; AN EX-iMAC – but for a few hours there Apple Support helped bring it back from the grave. It was a bot of good news in a week of bad news, so that was welcome.

Customer Support takes a lot of flak, some of it well-deserved. But I wish I’d gotten the name of this fellow, who was patient, understanding and clear as he essentially guided me through brain surgery on my machine.

Seriously, you have no idea how relieved I am, right now.

More good news, though: Insane Charity Bike Ride 2017 is closing in on 40% of its goal! That’s still more than 60% away from me wearing a duck on my head (AGAIN!),  but it’s a solid start.

There are only four more weeks yo go, though, so fingers…and webbed feet…crossed!


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Eclipse Searches

XKCD - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 22:00
There were traffic jams for the eclipses in 1970 and 1979, and that was *before* we had the potential for overnight viral social media frenzies.
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Computers vs Humans

XKCD - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:00
It's hard to train deep learning algorithms when most of the positive feedback they get is sarcastic.
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Geologic Faults

XKCD - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 22:00
I live on a torn-bag-of-potato-chips-where-the-tear-is-rapidly-growing fault, which is terrifying.
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How’s It Going – DORK TOWER 08.08.17

Dork Tower - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:01

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Dork Tower - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 23:01

Here we go again! It’s time for INSANE CHARITY BIKE RIDE 2017!

 With your help and generosity, over the last four years, we’ve raised a lot of money, helping local families get healthy food direct from local farmers! This year my personal goal is to raise $12,500, celebrating five years of this biking goofiness, and 20 years of Dork Tower! So, if you help support this fun/great cause, you can also get swag. SWAG! I hope you find a pledge level that’s right for you!
  • $1+ – You get my eternal thanks, and a  20th ANNIVERSARY DORK TOWER THANK-YOU COMIC STRIP once this is all done! Every little bit helps! Literally!
  • $5+ – Everything above, plus a pdf of a DORK TOWER “DORK DECADE” TRADE PAPERBACK, and bothCHARITY COLORING BOOKS, “Embrace the Squee” and “There once was a Mallard named Mike” (which include limericks by Neil Gaiman and Pat Rothfuss)!
  • $25+ – Everything above, plus an official SIGNED MUNCHKIN CARITY POSTCARD,  which lets you start a game of Munchkin at 3rd level, and an ARMY OF DORKNESS “PRIVATE” BUTTON.
  • $50+ – Everything above, plus a limited-edition DORK TOWER 20th ANNIVERSARY MINI-PRINT, and an ARMY OF DORKNESS “CORPORAL” BUTTON.
  • $100+ – Everything above, plus a limited-edition DORK TOWER 20th ANNIVERSARY CLOISONNÉ PIN and an ARMY OF DORKNESS “SERGEANT” BUTTON.
  • $250+ – Everything above, plus ORIGINAL CARD ART FROM MUNCHKIN SHAKESPEARE! I don’t sell original Munchkin art: the only way to get some is through a charity campaign just like this one! Munchkin Shakespeare has some of my very favorite art in it, and I’ll only be sending out the good stuff. Again: this is the only way to get original Munchkin art of your own! 
  • $500+ (Limited to 5)Everything above, plus at the GAMEHOLE CON PLUSHIE COLLECTION (the Owlbear, Bullette and (when released) Mimic) I designed, the BOBBLEHEAD DUCK I designed for the Madison Mallards, and an ARMY OF DORKNESS “LIEUTENANT” BUTTON. (USA only at the moment – we’re figuring out overseas postage now)
  • $1,000+ (Limited to 3) – Everything above, plus a GUEST-STARRING ROLE in an upcoming Dork Tower comic strip, along with the original art of the strip. I’ll work with you to create something you’ll really love. It can be you, your store, a loved one, a product – heck, even a pet. This is for charity! (If it’s for a store, or a product, permission may be granted for you to use the strip for your advertising purposes).


The 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Munchkin Charity Postcards! Here’s the main thing you monsters people are interested in, though:
  • If we hit $7,500 in donations, I will again wear the Plush Tentacles for the entirety of the ride. 58 miles. EEEK!
  • If we hit the $12,500 goal, I (groan) again will do the ride with the STUPID STUPID DUCK OF DOOM ON MY HEAD.
  • And if we pass $12,500? STRETCH-GOALS! There’s some fun stuff lined up, and everyone will get in on the bonuses, that’s for sure. I already promised someone I’d wear two ducks on the off-chance we hit $20,000.

A few notes:
  • As before, I will also try to hit a convention at the non-US country that represents best: 2016 it was the U.K; 2015, Canada. I made it to cons in both countries the next year. Can Germany win this year? It’s come close before!
  • 10 donors below the $250 level will again be chosen at random to receive original Munchkin art.
  • Army of Dorkness buttons will entitle you to Dork Store discounts, once we get that up and running, along with con-meet-ups, and the like. Look, we’re still working on this. But right now, if you get three “Private” buttons, you can swap those in to be promoted to “Corporal.” Three “Corporals” will get you a “Sergeant,” and three “Sergeants” a “Lieutenant.” There will be more ranks added. There is a method to this madness.
  • I’m gonna try and use all the lessons learned in the past to get everything out and to people by Christmas! I’m working on some of the swag now!
  • Even if you can’t pledge, you can spread the word! Everything helps, really. I can’t emphasize that enough.
SO PLEDGE AWAY! Let’s do good! And here we go again! You guys are the greatest, and I literally couldn’t do this without you! – John
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Email Reply

XKCD - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:00
I would be honored, but I know I don't belong in your network. The person you invited was someone who had not yet inflicted this two-year ordeal upon you. I'm no longer that person.
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Backup Batteries

XKCD - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 22:00
If it falls below 20% full, my bag turns red and I start to panic.
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Bun Alert

XKCD - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 22:00
Since buns range from crepuscular to nocturnal, it's recommended that you enable the scheduled "Do Not Disturb" mode on your phone to avoid being woken by alerts about Night Buns.
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Emoji Movie Reviews

XKCD - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 22:00
There's this idea that emoji are bad for communication because they replace ambiguity and nuance with a limited set of preselected emotions, but it doesn't really survive a collision with real-world usage of the thinking face or upside-down smiley.
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Positive and Negative Reviews

XKCD - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 22:00
This restaurant is great! I was feeling really sick, but then I ate there and felt better!
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Eclipse Flights

XKCD - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:00
The captain has turned on the 'fasten seat belt' sign.
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Physics Confession

XKCD - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 22:00
"You know lightning, right? When electric charge builds up in a cloud and then discharges in a giant spark? Ask me why that happens." "Why does tha--" "No clue. We think it's related to the hair thing."
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Russell's Teapot

XKCD - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:00
Unfortunately, NASA regulations state that Bertrand Russell-related payloads can only be launched within launch vehicles which do not launch themselves.
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The Name Game – DORK TOWER 19.07.17

Dork Tower - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 23:01

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Wifi vs Cellular

XKCD - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 22:00
According to the cable company reps who keep calling me, it's because I haven't upgraded to the XTREME GIGABAND PANAMAX FLAVOR-BLASTED PRO PACKAGE WITH HBO, which is only $5 more per month for the first 6 months and five billion dollars per month after that.
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City Nicknames

XKCD - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 22:00
This place has so many demonyms. Northlanders. Fair Folk. Honey Barons. Lake Dwellers. Treasurers. Swamp Watchers. Dream Farmers. Wellfolk. Rockeaters. Forgotten Royals. Remote Clients. Barrow-Clerks. The People of Land and Sky.
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