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granada-brett-crumbs:For your viewing pleasure, this doesn’t...

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:29




granada-brett-crumbs:

For your viewing pleasure, this doesn’t need a caption

skyholic: This headline and last paragraph though…

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:39




skyholic:

This headline and last paragraph though…

Okay, think I’ve got the water caustics on the new DEEP WIZARDRY...

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:33


Okay, think I’ve got the water caustics on the new DEEP WIZARDRY cover licked. A little more color tweaking needed yet, possibly, but now I can start thinking about ABROAD.

Via Erin McGuite at Twitter, who says, “This is basically...

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:26


Via Erin McGuite at Twitter, who says, “This is basically halfway to being a chldren’s book.”

design-is-fine:Fish Mosaic, Pompeii, Casa del Fauno, 2nd century...

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:23


design-is-fine:

Fish Mosaic, Pompeii, Casa del Fauno, 2nd century BC. Anonymous. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Source: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung 

Angry / scared about the so-called “Restoring Internet Freedom Act”? Here’s something concrete you can do about it

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:54

It’s an online solution that matters more than any mere petition. Go straight to the FCC and file a complaint. I just did it: you can too.

Here’s how.

(1) Go to this URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

You’ll get a form that looks like this:

(2) Type this number in the top box: 17-108

This brings up the docket number that you’re complaining about, the “Restoring Internet Freedom Act”. (If you don’t already know that this act is about killing net neutrality, and doesn’t restore any freedoms except for big companies to effectively split the Internet up among them and charge you more to use it – not to mention making it harder, if not impossible, to see independent websites or ones that aren’t part of corporate platforms – well, those are the essentials. The FCC is getting ready to submit this proposal to Congrees, and once there in its present form, the Republicans will happily pass it and the Net as we know it will be royally screwed, a dead system walking.)

Anyway, where were we? Once that docket number has settled into place, go down to the next box and type in your name. Make sure to hit the carriage return once your name’s in so that it registers properly. (I’ve redacted some stuff in the above image, as well as my own statement, which I hope will raise a blister or two, but which you don’t need to see.)

Go to the boxes below and type in your address and email address. Note that (as the form tells you) since you’re making a public complaint, your address will be part of the public record and accessible on the Internet if someone wants to go looking for it. if this is a problem for you, obviously this is where you stop and shut down the window, and call your senators and congressperson instead.

Otherwise, continue to fill out the form. In the comments box, say something clear along the lines of “I support Title 2 oversight of ISPs. Also, I support net neutrality and do not support the proposed changes to the present law”.

After that: If you want a confirmation of your submission by email, check the box that specifies that. Once you’re done with the form, hit the blue button that says “continue to review screen”.

You’ll see your info and your comment again. Look them over, and if everything’s OK, hit the “submit” button and you’re done. (You can use either their back button or your browser’s if you want to change something.) Once submitted, a second or so later your confirmation will be in your email box if you asked for one.

That’s all you have to do. Please take a moment to do this if you can, as the effects on the internet if this thing gets through will be far-ranging, ugly, and expensive for you. Make your voice heard, and do it before Wednesday, when the FCC sits down to start making this thing law.

Also: please reblog this far and wide. Help get the news out to those who’ll complain, even if you don’t want to or can’t do it yourself.

Thanks, all!

Noodling around with covers continues: with the cover background...

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:36


Noodling around with covers continues: with the cover background for the new New Millennium Edition of HIGH WIZARDRY. (The water caustics on the DEEP WIZARDRY cover are fighting me a bit at the moment.)

frigglishsprite413: Hi, if you are a teen or an adult who watches/uses things that were “made for...

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:46

frigglishsprite413:

Hi, if you are a teen or an adult who watches/uses things that were “made for kids” or where kids were the target market,

(ex: Disney movies, stuffed animals, Steven Universe)

Please like or reblog this, I’m trying to prove a point.

Do you know about the Redbubble products with the Wizard's Oath on them?

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:04

Um, no: this is news to me. Could you let me have a URL? I’ll look into it.

Young Wizards New Millennium Edition updates start November 20

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:44

During the third week of November, the Ebooks Direct store is beginning the process of rolling out new, updated editions of the Young Wizards NMEs, with new cover art and reformatted, reset interiors. (You can see the new nearly-ready-for-prime-time cover for So You Want To Be A Wizard below.)

Whether you’ve purchased just one of these books or an entire box set, there’s nothing for you to do but wait for the system to email you (at the email address you gave us when purchasing) with new download links for the book or books you’ve purchased. Our usual 72-hour download deadline remains in place – to foil the naughty people who post our ebook download links on illicit download sites – but if you miss your download window, we’ll gladly refresh your links: just contact the store at our customer assistance email address and ask.

The rollout of the re-covered NMEs will start on November 20th with So You Want To Be A Wizard. Please note that the system does not send out all download links at once, to avoid ISPs mistaking them for spam. So it may take a day or two for your links to arrive.

The updated books will be coming out about once each week over the course of December 2017 and January 2018 until all have been reissued. We hope you enjoy their new look, both inside and out!

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Sat, 11/18/2017 - 22:56


rosetintmyworld84: As we approach the Holiday season, think...

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 22:26










rosetintmyworld84:

As we approach the Holiday season, think about those less fortunate, and the what the reality of being less fortunate means for millions of American citizens (ie fellow humans) as laid out by the incomparable @seananmcguire 

In the Shot From One Of Our Roof Windows dep’t: “I think it...

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:52


In the Shot From One Of Our Roof Windows dep’t: “I think it might rain.”

petermorwood: blacksheepboybucky: trapperweasel: justabrowncoat...

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:02


petermorwood:

blacksheepboybucky:

trapperweasel:

justabrowncoatedwench:

proserpine-in-phases:

obstinate-nocturna:

coelasquid:

dracofidus:

stillwaterseas:

tokensouthernbelle:

dracofidus:

palindromordnilap:

dracofidus:

adeterminedloser:

dracofidus:

Needless to say, I am HORRIFIED.

‘All that you need to know about boars can be summed up in the fact that if you wish to hunt them, you must have a specially made boar spear. This spear has a crosspiece on it to prevent the boar from charging the length of the spear, driving it all the way through his own body, to savage the human holding the other end.’

-Boar and Apples, T. Kingfisher

fuck OFF

Note that pigs are also HUGE. So, yes, they ARE slightly larger pigs.

So I grew up in the city and have never seen a pig in real life and I just googled it and WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS

I thought they were like labrador sized, like, fat labradors, not mini-cows.

every time I see this post there are more people discovering how fuck off huge pigs actually are and I love it I thought this was a thing everyone knew but clearly not and I’m laughing 

This is me with our Tamworth boar, a heritage breed closer to their wild cousins than the Yorkshire above. I am a fully grown, average sized human. He was a gentle sweetie who, sadly, is no longer with us. His name was Mr. Big. 

FUCK OFF

Forever laffin’ at people who don’t understand how enormous, terrifying, and tenacious wild boar are. 

They’re like if bears had knives protruding from their closed mouths and Didn’t Know When To Quit. Their survival instincts when they’re wounded aren’t “run away and minimize injury” it’s “take the thing that hurt you down with you” They also make sounds like someone crossed a pig with an alligator.

Their head and neck alone can be like the size of an entire human torso.

Also forever laffin’ at people who think pigs are tiny, ‘cause we designed those things can get in the neighbourhood of a thousand pounds in ideal circumstances. 

It’s like when people assume Tuna must be small because they’ve only ever experienced them in hockey puck form.

Like seriously why the fuck y'all think everyone FREAKED THE HELL OUT when Dorothy fell into the pig pen in Wizard of Oz? It’s because pigs are HUGE and weigh a shitton and would crush her in an instant.

also dont they eat like, basically anything?

YUP. Pigs will eat people, if given the chance. They dgaf.

That’s why boar hunters use a team of very tenacious dogs to hold the boar so they can be speared without fucking you up. The dogs wear body armour. 

I’ve heard stories of people shooting boars, and if it didn’t kill them, it just pissed them off. 

how the hell did we ever domesticate these things?

…“how the hell did we ever domesticate these things?

Very carefully, I would imagine.

WIld boar babies are rather cute, like living humbugs…

…but the adults and their ferocity have been associated with warriors for thousands of years, from Mycenaean Greece (a helmet made from sections of boar tusk)…

…through Celtic Europe (reconstructed carnyx war-horns and standards)…

…Ancient Rome (the crest of Legion 20 “Valeria Victrix”). A couple more legions also used a boar as their crest - I wonder did they squabble over which was the “right” one the way a couple of Swiss cantons had a little war over whose bear was best…?

…then Anglo-Saxon and pre-Viking helmet crests…

…right up to the late Middle Ages (here the white boar badge of Richard Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III of England)…

…and the blue boar badge of the Earl of Oxford, more usually represented by the De Vere arms, quarterly gules and or, in the first a molet argent.

After Richard was defeated at Bosworth in 1485, there was a run on blue paint as inn-signs were changed to reflect new loyalties since Oxford was on the winning side…

And pigs will definitely eat people.

It gets mentioned in the movie “Snatch”, the book/movie “Hannibal” and the webcomic “Lackadaisy Cats”, among numerous other fictional sources, and IRL it’s suspected to be the reason why numerous missing persons have stayed missing.

More here (another comment to this same OP) and here (slightly different).

Here’s some boar-hunting armour for dogs, ancient…

…and modern…

…and the modern one looks very like a simple style of ancient…

So when Odysseus’s old nurse recognizes him by the scar he got from the boar-tusk slash that almost killed him… now you get the resonance.

spielzeugkaiser: fabtrek: stop seeing jim kirk as some crazy womanizing badass and recognize him in...

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:59

spielzeugkaiser:

fabtrek:

stop seeing jim kirk as some crazy womanizing badass and recognize him in his true form as your local florist who adopted seven dogs because they looked sad

yes.

Womanizing? No. Romantic? Yes. The Captain with his heart on his sleeve (poor schmuck).

elshalarossa: moyaofthemist: HEY Y'ALL IT’S HEALTH CARE TIME GO SIGN UP HEALTHCARE.GOV GO. YOU...

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:57

elshalarossa:

moyaofthemist:

HEY Y'ALL IT’S HEALTH CARE TIME

GO SIGN UP

HEALTHCARE.GOV

GO. YOU HAVE 45 DAYS. GO NOOOOOW.

(sorry for shouting, but open enrollment is only nov 1 - dec 15 this year with minimal advertising to tell folks it’s open. go. please. get yourself covered.)

Signal Boost: One more month for healthcare enrollment!  

Open enrollment ends on 12/15/2017. If you need coverage, don’t wait.