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First, I was a bit annoyed with CBS. I was running ragged trying to get the house clean and kids in bed by 8:30PM so I could watch with nothing hanging over my head. I pretty much only watch things on Netflix and Amazon Prime so I'm used to being able to bend tv to my schedule and not be on a network schedule anymore, but I was determined the watch the premiere tonight. I got the kids in bed at 8:15, turned on the tv...and it was already on and 15 minutes in. Really!?

So Andy and I went to CBS All Access and got the free trial so we could see the first two episodes. CBS All Access, like Hulu, has one subscription where you pay and watch commercials and one where you pay even more and don't watch commercials, and that just runs all over me. Andy and I watched, and decided that we enjoyed it and felt it had potential, and it wasn't enough to pay $6 a month for AND watch commercials (forget $10 a month...for one show...neither of us watch a lot of tv), and that we're happy waiting for it to come out on Netflix. Thoughts that contain SPOILERS below.

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I would have thought lawful

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:59 pm
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I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Paladin/Sorcerer (4th/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-8

Constitution-16

Intelligence-10

Wisdom-8

Charisma-7


Alignment:
Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.


Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the SoulAphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul by Jalaja Bonheim

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I enjoyed the discussions of myths and archetypes, particularly her take on Inanna and Persephone. I have to agree with some of the people who did not find much to relate to the women in these stories, especially if you're a boring, grounded monogamist. And some of the pseudoscience and bizarre claims got me, as we as the rigid gender roles that the author describes. Read if if you're interested, but take it with a grain of salt.



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Which Witch Ficathon is Happening!

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:41 pm
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Copied from a tumblr post.

I am very excited to once again bring you the ficathon featuring our favorite witch, Willow Rosenberg. This is my on-going attempt to try to get more Willow-centric stories written. So pick your favorite pairing and sign up to help spread the Willow love.

Sign ups: September 24, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Assignments Sent Out: October 8, 2017
Stories Due: December 17, 2017

You can view the rules here.

You can read the prompts and sign up here.

While the Ficathon is being hosted on LiveJournal, you do not need an LJ account to participate. You can sign up (comment) as Anonymous and give your fandom name in the form.

Let’s keep the Willow love going across multiple platforms!
Please pimp far and wide.



The Good Place

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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I've been watching this really clever sitcom while doing the exercise bike. Sadly, I only have a couple of episodes to go for the first season. Why couldn't it be longer?

It is so rare that I like a sitcom, but this one is smart and funny, and the actors terrific.

A leaf

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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Taken from a couple of angles over about a minute.

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I am taking care of someone's cats

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:45 pm
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As one does, I keep a log of my visits.

The cats expressed their appreciation for my record-keeping.

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Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn By Wu Men Hui-k'ai
(1183 - 1260)

English version by Stephen Mitchell

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

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Which is creating the Amazon and Chapters links for the book being review, I know one particular book is $19.19 if you buy it from Kobo and $11.71 from Kindle....

The World of Robin Hood at Age Eleven

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:27 am
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Sometimes I really need to escape from the news, which seems more horrific every day. And my escape needs a dose of blithe fun.

So I trundle out photocopies of student papers, missing chapters from Robin Hood, as gleefully penned by eleven year olds.
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Writing Naga's Story has really brought me face to face with just how odd the monarchy is in the Slayersverse. I read a lot of historical works about what life was like in medieval Europe, as well as a ton of royal biographies, mostly of English and French monarchs from 1300-1700. Anyway, some people have asked some amazing questions in regards to the first chapter, and reconciling what is strange in the Slayersverse with what we find in history is interesting.

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iPods

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:53 pm
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Haven't been around long enough for an adult to reference the technology as something around when they were kids. That's just crazy talk -- 16 years ago, you say?

The Good Place: Season 2, Episode 1

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:32 pm
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Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

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L'Shana Tovah

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:54 am
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L'Shana Tovah, all. L'Shana Tovah.

It's so fantastical on your bicycle

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:33 am
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On April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, the Swiss father of psychedelic medicine, dropped lysergic acid diethylamide and went on a bike ride, becoming the first human to ever trip on acid.

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. -H.G. Wells

ACA enrollment period

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:01 am
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Enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA / Obamacare) starts November 1 and ends December 15. Trump reduced the ADVERTISING funds by 90% to announce when people can enroll. Please copy and paste to circulate. #SpreadTheWord

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