Hearthstone: Lobbin’ Goblins Card Back

Lobbin' Goblins card back

Hearthstone has Ranked Play seasons. If you’ve never tried it before, you start at Rank 25 – Angry Chicken. The Rank system works backwards from what you might think. The higher your Rank – the lower you are. The lower your rank – the higher you are. In other words, Rank 25 is the lowest possible rank you can be.

If you want to earn the special card back of the month, you have to get into Ranked Play and reach Level 20. Do that, and the card back is yours (when the season ends). Those who are so inclined can try and keep going and see how far they can get in Rank before the season ends.

I started doing the November 2014 Ranked Play on a whim, without even knowing what the special card back was. Later, I learned it was the Lobbin’ Goblins card back. I suspect this card back was inspired by the upcoming “Goblins vs Gnomes” expansion.

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Tweets from #StandWithMOWomen Rally – and Why It Was Necessary

Missouri State Capitol

On September 10, 2014, the Missouri legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto on the abortion bill that tripled the waiting period between when a woman sees a doctor for an abortion and when she can actually have one.  As a result, the state law changed the waiting period from 24 hours to 72 hours.  The bill was called HB 1307 and was titled “Waiting Period for Abortions”.

In short, the majority the Missouri legislators decided to ignore not only the Governor’s decision to veto the bill, but also to ignore the large group of men and women who spoke out against the bill. The Women’s Filibuster included both women and men who, together, spoke for a total of 72 hours (the same amount of time the bill required a woman to wait before having an abortion).

In this blog, I will share Tweets sent by (or retweeted by) people who attended the #StandWithMissouriWomen rally that occurred on September 10, 2014, not long after the Missouri legislature overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1307. I also will give details about what the bill was about, and why it is possible in Missouri for a veto to be overridden by the same people who voted for the bill.

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Flight Rising: Legacy Challenge – Eight Generation

Polly as a baby

Flight Rising is a game where you manage a Lair full of dragons. One of the things you can do with your dragons is breed them – and make more dragons. I’ve been working my way through the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge. It is a ten generation breeding challenge that has specific rules and limitations that must be followed. Ideally, you end up with an attractive triple gened dragon at the end of the challenge.

Those who are posting blogs about their experiences in the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge on Tumblr are using #Flight Rising Legacy Challenge. I’m getting close to the end of the challenge, and intend to finish it. The challenge takes a long time to complete, in part due to the time it takes for the dragons to grow up and be ready to breed. Give it a try if you are looking for a long term project. All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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California’s “Yes Means Yes” Law

Governor Jerry Brown

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that has been referred to as the “Yes Means Yes” law.  The California Senate had unanimously approved the bill on August 28, 2014. The official name of the law is not “the Yes Means Yes law”. Its real name is SB-967 Student safety: sexual assault.

There was a lot of confusion about this law when it was approved by the California Senate.  Some of the comments going around the internet suggested that the law now required all people to sign a contract that specifically stated that both parties consented to engage in sexual activity with each other.  Other people thought that the law not only required contracts, but also made having sex illegal if people didn’t sign a contract first.  All of that is pure nonsense.  There’s nothing in the law regarding contracts.

Instead, the law is designed to make it absolutely clear what true consent actually means.  It requires certain authorities to investigate claims of rape and/or sexual abuse.  It makes it easier to impose legal consequences upon people who commit rape and/or sexual assault.  There has been some confusion about whether or not this California law affects all people in California, and whether it affects people outside of California.  In this blog, I will clarify what the “Yes Means Yes” law is, what it is not, and who it affects.

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Just A Little Check Up

Mechanics-A City Skyline At Night Simon and his Camera

Otis stood in the waiting room, lost in thought. He didn’t usually mind having what people call a “check up”. This time he was waiting for the nano-technician to see him. Otis knew that he was about to have dozens of tiny little machines placed in his body. The idea unsettled him.

It took Otis longer than usual to realize someone was calling his name. The nano-technician had opened the door to his office and was ready to see him. Slowly, Otis maneuvered himself across the room and followed the “doctor” down the hallway.

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Flight Rising: Graveyard Guardian

Graveyard Guardian

The Graveyard Guardian was part of the 2014 Riot of Rot Celebration in Flight Rising.  It is an annual event that takes place at the end of October.  This year, all of the Holiday Familiars are bears.

Personally, I think this particular familiar looks kind of creepy.  Perhaps that is best, considering that it was the featured Familiar for the Celebration that honors the Plague Flight.  If you get the chance, go take a look at the way players in the Plague Flight dress up their dragons.  It will all make sense after that.  Oh, and it also goes nicely with Halloween, which takes place about the same time as the Riot of Rot.

The best time to pick up a holiday Familiar is during Elemental Festival that it was connected to.  If you missed that opportunity, there is a chance that you may find somebody selling one in the Auction House.  It has been said that the December Festival might give players a second opportunity to pick up a previous Familiar.  All of the artwork in this blog is copyright of Flight Rising.

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The Senators Who Voted No on the USA Freedom Act of 2014


On November 18, 2014, a bill was brought to the floor of the United States Senate. The bill was called Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfulling Rights and Ensuring Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2014, but is also being called the “USA FREEDOM Act of 2014″. The bill number is S. 2685.

In short, the bill was described this way: A bill to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers, and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information for gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.

A group of Republican Senators (and one Democrat Senator) decided that it was not important to do the reforms that this bill called for. Here is a list of the names of the Senators who voted “no” on the “USA FREEDOM Act of 2014.

The bill was presented for a

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I Tried Bubblews – and Quit


Bubblews is one of those websites that pays writers by the “page click”.  It is possible to earn a little money by writing something, posting it, and waiting for it to accrue enough views, likes, and favorites.  I viewed my experience at Bubblews as an experiment.  Would it be a viable option to use as supplemental income to my current freelance writing work?  The answer, for me, turned out to be a very clear “no”.  Your experience at Bubblews may differ from mine.

I wanted to share my thoughts about Bubblews with other writers who might be considering joining it.  Overall, I believe it is possible to make a small amount of money at Bubblews.  Personally, the work involved (and the time it took to do that work) was not worth the amount of money it generated for me.  Ultimately, Bubblews wants to be viewed as a social media website, and not as a “writing website”.  I think that says quite a lot about what to expect.

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Diablo III: Season 1 – Act IV Achievements

Gurr fights Diablo Season 1

This blog is part of a series that I am doing about my progress through Season 1 in Diablo III. I began the Season with a brand new Barbarian, whom I named Gurr. My primary goal was to get Gurr through all the content in Story Mode, which would hopefully get him to Level 70. If not, then my next goal was to make sure he hit Level 70. After that, the plan was to pick up as many Achievements as possible before the Season ended.

This blog features the Achievements that Gurr got in Act IV of Story Mode. I was playing on Normal difficulty (figuring I could go back and run through it at higher difficulties later if there was time). The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on September 6, 2014

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It’s Not Just Celiac Disease


There’s been a bunch of news articles and blogs posted that state that unless you have celiac disease you cannot possibly be harmed by foods that contain gluten. This concept is factually incorrect and a completely irresponsible one to spread around.

It’s time for people who are not scientists, who are not doctors specializing in allergies and/or auto-immune diseases, and who have no physical issues with food themselves, to stop writing insensitive blogs that suggest that people who can’t digest gluten are lying about it. It is dangerous to spread misinformation about food allergies.  Your misinformed words could wind up making someone severely sick.

I am glad that so...

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