Refresh Types

XKCD - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:00
The hardest refresh requires both a Mac keyboard and a Windows keyboard as a security measure, like how missile launch systems require two keys to be turned at once.
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Once Per Day

XKCD - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:00
I'm not totally locked into my routine—twice a year, I take a break to change the batteries in my smoke detectors.
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Election Map

XKCD - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 22:00
Luckily for my interpretation, no precincts were won by the Green Party.
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Magnetohydrodynamics

XKCD - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:00
Magnetohydrodyanmics combines the intuitive nature of Maxwell's equations with the easy solvability of the Navier-Stokes equations. It's so straightforward physicists add "relativistic" or "quantum" just to keep it from getting boring.
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Air Force Museum

XKCD - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 22:00
I had fun visiting the museum at Dover Air Force Base, unless they don't have a museum, in which case I've never been to Delaware in my life.
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Decades

XKCD - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 22:00
In the 90s, our variety radio station used the tagline "the best music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s." After 2000, they switched to "the best music of the 80s, 90s, and today." I figured they'd change again in 2010, but it's 2017 and they're still saying "80s, 90s, and today." I hope radio survives long enough for us to find out how they deal with the 2020s.
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Glacial Erratic

XKCD - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 22:00
"This will take a while, which sucks, because I'm already so busy chiseling out igneous intrusions from rock formations and watching Youtube loops of the Superman fault-sealing scene over and over."
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Con the Road Again – DORK TOWER 08.06.17

Dork Tower - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 23:01

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Dubious Study

XKCD - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 22:00
Sounds fine. I looked up the Academy, and it says on their MySpace page that their journal is peer-viewed and downloaded biannually.
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Pros and Cons – DORK TOWER 06.06.17

Dork Tower - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 23:01

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Drone Problems

XKCD - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 22:00
On the other hand, as far as they know, my system is working perfectly.
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State Word Map

XKCD - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 22:00
The top search for every state is PORN, except Florida, where it's SEX PORN.
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Voting Systems

XKCD - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 22:00
Kenneth Arrow hated me because the ordering of my preferences changes based on which voting systems have what level of support. But it tells me a lot about the people I'm going to be voting with!
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Taking the Cake…and Giving -DORK TOWER 30.05.17

Dork Tower - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 23:01

DORK ADDEDNDA:  Neil’s blog – https://t.co/xzLdHYfSBw
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Opening Crawl

XKCD - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 22:00
Using a classic Timothy Zahn EU/Legends novel is bad enough, but at least the style and setting aren't too far off. If you really want to mess with people, try using Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
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Of Dice and Men and Me

Dork Tower - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 14:15

Tonight (Friday, May  26), I’m going to see “Of Dice and Men” at Madison’s Bartell Theater again.

I’ll also be leading a discussion/talk-back after the performance. Playwright Cameron McNary will be doing likewise, tomorrow.

McNary’s play – currently staged in Madison by the Mercury Players Theater – revolves around a few crucial nights in the lives of a group of role-players. Self-described as a geek tale “without all the self-loathing,” it’s really much more than that.

I caught the Madison opening, last week, along with my wife, and two non-gamer friends. We all had a terrific time, delighted at the depths of the characters, the nuances of the script, the several laugh-out-loud moments, the clever staging, and – honestly – the gut-punch ending. This far from your typical “giggle-at-the-gamers-or-gaming” sort of show.

You don’t need a ticket to attend the Talk-Backs – just show up at the theater at 10 pm, when the play’s over.

But I do recommend you catching the play. It’s hugely enjoyable, and – bonus – you get to support local arts!

(The production does contain adult language and innuendo, so it’s really not for kids. But seriously yes wow I had a great time).


Here’s a trailer for the 2014 “Of Dice and Men” movie that was successfully Kickstarted.

Yup, I enjoyed the play so much, I bought the DVD. It’s also streaming on Amazon Prime.

Possibly confusingly, here’s an “Of Dice and Men” that has nothing to do with the play or the movie (I stumbled across it when researching the play and the movie). It’s a fun and easy read, packed full of info on the history of Dungeons and Dragons and the early roleplaying biz.

The writing, by Forbes and Reuters contributing editor David M. Ewalt, is as assured and solid as you’d expect, and clips along at a lively pace.

I’ll try and delve a bit more in-depth into the book at a later date, but do grab a copy, if you’re looking for an entertaining exploration of the hobby we love.

-John

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Anti-Drone Eagles

XKCD - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:00
It's cool, it's totally ethical--they're all programmed to hunt whichever bird of prey is most numerous at the moment, so they leave the endangered ones alone until near the end.
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The Shoulder’s Tale – DORK TOWER 24.05.17

Dork Tower - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:01

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Who?

XKCD - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:00
Gonna feel even dumber when I realize that all this time he's been talking into a bluetooth thingy and we're not actually friends.
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Genetic Testing Results

XKCD - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:00
That's very exciting! The bad news is that it's a risk factor for a lot of things.
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