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  1. Umbran

    Mars Rover Perseverance Landing today, 2/18

    If you want to watch, NASA's stream is live. The "seven minutes of terror" will happen around 3:55PM or so today. https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/watch-online/
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    The Muppet Show!

    And, it looks like Disney has waded through all the music licensing, and will be making the original Muppet Show available for streaming. https://deadline.com/2021/01/the-muppet-show-disney-plus-kermit-the-frog-1234675633/
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    The Monolith

    The year 2020 being what it is... I vote for not mucking with the monolith... https://gizmodo.com/unexplained-monolith-discovered-in-rural-utahs-red-rock-1845745303
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    D&D 5E New Character Decisions

    Game starting up, for which I am making a character. Setting is generic fantasy world, as opposed to specific FR or Greyhawk. We have... A goliath fighter/rune knight. A dragonborn druid of the Circle of Wildfire. An artificer of as-yet unspecific race or subclass, a monk of unspecified race...
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    Curiosity about smartphone ownership

    Having just had to replace my phone, the question came to my mind... how many of these devices to most of us go through? Thus, the question... I trust you all to define "smartphone" in a reasonable enough way for my purposes.
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    And, now an asteroid...

    Yes, there is an asteroid. It will be flying by Earth on November 2nd. It has a less than one half of a percent chance (0.41% or so, for the curious) of hitting the Earth. And, it measures as smaller than your car. Even if you drive a Smartcar. There are lots of basketball players taller...
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    First SpaceX Crewed Launch today (5/27) at 4:30 PM

    And here's a link for a livestream if you want to watch... Edit: ...but, they got scrubbed for weather. https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mnGeQAQbrLGX
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    Wyrmwood Gaming and COVID-19

    So, Wyrmwood, makers of dice towers, boxes, gaming tables, and the like, has had to mostly close their shop due to the epidemic. They keep a skeleton crew around to do some shippign, of things made at their crafter's homes. And then they realized they could make something health care workers...
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    National Weather Service acknowledges Cthulhu

    "It's going to rain tomorrow (2/18). Again. We have accepted our fate and are preparing for the second coming of Cthulhu. Rain amounts will range with the highest totals across the central part of the state. " -National Weather Service, Atlanta
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    Trailer: Jackie Chan vs Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Iron Mask"

    Apparently, the first time they've had a fight scene together.
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    Game App Recommendations

    Going to be travelling in the not-too-distant future, to a place where wi-fi will be spotty or non-existent. So... please give me your recommendations for game apps that'll run on an Android device that don't need a network connection to play! (You can give similar recommendations for iPhone...
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    Dice! Dice, dice, and more dice, please!

    Folks have had dice conversations all the time, but I think there's some value to having a periodic refresh of information, especially with a lot of artisanal dice makers popping up... I'm in a new D&D campaign. The holidays are coming up. Cool dice can be great gifts! So... give me your...
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    D&D General New Campaign Energy

    Many of us around here are old troopers at starting new games. We do it all the time, and there may be a tendency for it to become unremarkable. How many of you find yourself with what might be called, "new relationship energy," with a campaign? I am an old trooper, but for the past 15 years...
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    Magic: The Gathering is Turing Complete

    I'll just leave this here:
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    Internet Content, Adverstising, and Philanthropy

    Someone (a gent with the handle "MrBeast" on YouTube) seems to have used the dynamics of internet adversiting to become a professional philanthropist. It goes like this: He gets a company to give him a philanthropic grant of some kind (for giving cash to the needy, or the like). He makes a...
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    Sony & Marvel work it out

    Huzzah! An agreement has been reached for cooperation on a third Spider Man movie starring Tom Holland. Sony has the right to use Spider-Man in its "Spider-Universe" movies (so, we may see Spider-Man show up in a Venom movie, for example). And, Spider-Man can show up in one other MCU movie...
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    Please ignore. Testing some functionality.

    Bo ghal marwi' qarghan qab qaq qin rachwi' ros ruq soj waqboch 'arlogh 'edsehcha 'iqnah qad. Boqha''egh ghaytanha' nav habli' naw' qewwi' qeylis mindu' qaj rach vad yor 'or. Cha'qu' denibya'ngan hutvagh hu'tegh lo'lahghach notqa' pegh qaw' ruq targh tiq. Beb boq ghaytanha' mevyap meyri' me'nal...
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    Magic the Gathering Animated Series

    Several sources today are reporting that the Russo Brothers will be doing a Magic: The Gathering animates series (focusing on the Planeswalkers) for Netflix. https://deadline.com/2019/06/magic-the-gathering-russo-brothers-netflix-conjure-up-animated-series-1202625796/...
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    Science of the Day: Well, hello Dr. Frankenstein!

    "The brains of dead pigs have been somewhat revived by scientists hours after the animals were killed in a slaughterhouse. The Yale University research team is careful to say that none of the brains regained the kind of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness...