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May. 19th, 2011

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Happy Birthday Kat!  Party through the Rapture! :-)

Jul. 21st, 2010

What D&D Character am I?

I Am A: True Neutral Human Ranger (6th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-16

Constitution-16

Intelligence-12

Wisdom-14

Charisma-12


Alignment:
True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.


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.


Class:
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.


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

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Feb. 9th, 2010

An Economic Rap

This is quite funny, at least I thought so...

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Jan. 18th, 2010

Help With Photo Contest

Hi Everyone!

I'm going to enter a local photo contest and I wanted to get people opinion on which three photos I should enter.

So which ones do you like?

https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?passive=true&go=true&continue=http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/viewAlbum%3Funame%3Dbrian.dorion%26aid%3D5428301634419163617&service=lh2
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Dec. 11th, 2009

Peter Watts, Author, Beaten by Border Guards

I always try to be polite with border guards (even the one screaming at my wife), because they have all the power. It doesn't matter which nations' border guards, everyone has a few that are bad, or are having a bad day. The problem is that even if you are right, you lose. As Peter Watts lost.

Peter Watts is a Canadian science fiction writer (wikipedia) who drove down to the states to help a friend move. It is reported on Boing-Boing, that when returning to Canada, he was stopped at the US border and assaulted upon questioning the border guards about why he was being searched.

Peter's words about the event are here. Emma Bull comments on the event on her LiveJournal, and a number of Canadians there mention contacting their MP's. One American recommend calling the White House and leaving a message for President Obama, about this outrage.

I first heard about this as a tweet from Elizabeth Bear (matociquala), and have to thank her and everyone else for spreading the news. I'm going to ask that you consider doing something to help Peter. After being assaulted, he was arrested, charged with assaulting a federal officer, and tossed in jail. When he was bailed out by friends, his car and belongings were impounded and he was released on the Canadian side of the Port Huron / Sarnia border in Wednesday nights snowstorm in his shirtsleeves. Apparently, they needed his coat too...

So if you can, please contribute to to Peter's legal defense fund. Until, something more official is set up you can donate through Paypal on Peter's website through a donation link there. If Peter is found guilty, it means 2 years in an American jail. If you can't afford to donate, please post, blog or tweet about this story. If you are able, please contact your government representative; your MP, Senator, Congress person, Prime Minister, President. Let them know that we do not think this outrage is acceptable.

Thank you,

Brian

May. 13th, 2009

My Dad

Brian Michael Daniel Dorion

May 12, 2009

R.I.P.

Apr. 10th, 2009

Kyle & Rosemary


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Apr. 7th, 2009

Golden Age of the Solar Clipper

 Christmas 2007 my work gave a 4 GB IPOD to all the employees as part of a Christmas bonus.  It was a very cool thing and since then I have used it a hell of a lot....mostly at work.  

Large quantities of my time at work involve a workstation that faces a wall doing fairly repetitious tasks, so having something to listen to and occupy my mind is really nice.  I have quite a bit of music on my IPOD and a fair number of podcasts as well.  Some news, some CBC, some RPG podcasts and over the last year and a bit some audiobooks.  There are a few authors, Scott Sigler for one that I've enjoyed listening to.

One of my habits at work is to have a piece of paper in my pocket and when I hear about something interesting while listening to a podcast, I'll make a note about it.  Eventally, I go through the wad of paper by the computer or the nightstand and try to figure out why I thought that whatever was remotely interesting.

Recently I found a paper with a bunch of stuff including the name Nathan Lowell.  Nothing else.  A quick google turned up this page .  Mr. Lowell does a series of audiobooks (or podiobooks) set in the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper future history (his own).  You can get them from the podiobooks site or from ITunes.

Four of his five books are about the character Ishmael Wang who is thrust into becoming a space hand at the age of eighteen.  The stories are space opera of the Traveller merchant trader variety.  Maybe more like Andre Norton's Solar Queen stories.  

No guns, no fights.

The stories are about the people in them and their relationships with each other.  I've listened to the first three so far and love them.  I find them emotionally honest and moving.

I recommend that you give them a listen.  You can listen to them on your computer, on any mp3 player, your IPOD or you can burn them to a CD and play them on any CD player that will play mp3 tracks.

Mar. 31st, 2009

Storm

I saw this on wickedthought and wanted to share it.  Enjoy.

Mar. 21st, 2009

What Kind of Boots Are You?

You Are Combat Boots
You are a complete and total rebel. You refuse to do what you're told, and you're quite stubborn.
You really don't care what other people think of you. You are tough and often ruthless.

You are independent, iconoclastic, and countercultural. You resent authority figures.
You are very headstrong. No one is going to pressure you into being someone you're not!
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