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In other news, anyone want to go to LibertyCon next year?
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Those of you who have known me for a long time may remember I used to go dark for a couple of months every summer while I went up to New Mexico. What with college, internships, and now jobs I haven't been able to go up there in a while, much less spend a whole summer there. But last week I managed to take a week off to have some fun. Description below, though I've linked the images instead of embedded them to save space.
When most people think of New Mexico, they think of deserts and heat. Well, that may be true of the southern part, but the north is in the Rocky's, so mountains, forests, and cool weather. That last part was really nice, going from the 100 degree Houston humidity to dry highs in the 70's.
Anyway, after moving my sister into her new apartment in Austin, the family headed out for the 13 hour drive from Waco to northern New Mexico. Listened to an audiobook most of the way, and I have to say that the Monster Hunter International series is a seriously good set of books. Great narrator, too. But, eventually, we got to our destination over here.
Monday the family went hiking in a little place in Southern Colorado called Platoro. It's an old mining community north of the Cumberland Pass (not to be confused with the Cumberland Gap over in Kentucky) that now has some lodges and closes down every winter. It's also at 10,000 feet and goes up from there. So, obviously, on our first day after coming up from basically sea level, we climbed this. I'll admit that the original plan was to just go a few miles. Instead, we ended up hiking four and a half miles of trail and about a thousand feet up to the peak and the little pond up there. So a nine mile round trip. Worth it, though, and got some cool pictures.
The next few days were mainly rest and recuperation. Went on some hikes, hunted for deer antlers, ate some of the (very good) local food. That sort of stuff. Then a few other relatives came in and we went to a little town in Colorado called Pagosa Springs.
If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it. Beautiful country, rafting and tubing in the summer, near the Wolf Creek ski resort for the winter, good people. And then there are the hot springs it's named for. They're a bit pricey, but definitely worth it. Oh, and the Malt Shoppe (conveniently located next to the local Pot Shop) is pretty awesome. Didn't get to go this year, though. Good hiking, too, but unfortunately we didn't get to do much for a few reasons. We did end up stopping at a small waterfall with a short trail. Of course, it decided to rain (and hail) while we were hiking, but there was a convenient cave, right next to where it came down. After that it was a soak in the springs and then a trip back to New Mexico for dinner at a steak house called Cliff View with some really excellent food and a view of the Brazos Cliffs. I've also come to find out they were filming some Wolverine stuff right there the week before. Sorry to have missed it, but at least there weren't any crowds.
After the other family left, I went back to hiking some of the other areas. Here's the view from the fishing lodge I used to work at during the summers years ago. Then I climbed a nearby ridge and got another view of the same area. Behind the ridge ended up being a hidden plateau and the river feeding the lake. Bit of a drop, though.
There's also a lot of wildlife up there. Throughout the week I saw turkeys, deer, a grouse, more deer, and even a fox. The last I'd never seen up there before, and I'm pretty sure it was a mother trying to lead me away from her den. She'd run a ways, stop, and make the strangest yipping noise until I walked over, then repeat. It's hard to describe the sound, but let's just say I now know exactly what the fox says. Aside from those, I heard coyotes (very annoying at 3 am) and some family saw a mountain lion.
But all good things come to an end. So we drove to Albuquerque (HA spell check! I didn't need you for that one!) on Saturday night, had some really good Greek for dinner, and flew out on the 7 am to Love Field in Dallas. I'll say one thing about Southwest Airlines, they're a lot better than American. I've mostly flown the latter for the last few years, but SW was cheap, right on time, professional, and Love Field (their hub) has a Whataburger! Plus I got an exit row, which is awesome for tall people like me.
Then it was a 4 hour drive back to Houston with my insanely ticked off cat who's currently sulking in the other room. I guess he's just mad I put him through the drive and deprived him of the playmate he was staying with. But now I'm home and tomorrow's work. I'm a bit bummed that vacation's over, but I have fun memories and decent internet access again, so there's that.
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So, after the UK decided to leave the EU, it's high time Texas followed suit. Therefore, Texas will be leaving the US and once again raising the Lone Star Flag. Yes, we'll be making Texas great again. Except Texas was never not great. So making Texas even more great than great!
But there's a problem. See, without us Texans being an amazing role model, the other 49 states will be miserable. Wouldn't affect us, but life would really suck for the rest of you. Since we're a bunch of really nice people, the day after we re-declare independence, we'll be invading the rest of the US. Victory will be swift and soon Texas will conquer the rest of America. We don't plan on changing much, but we will institute a few policies:
Like I said, minor changes. We hope you all enjoy living under the benevolent rule of the Lone Star! And remember: The Eyes of Texas are Upon You!
No, I do not support Texas separating for quite a few reasons. This was, for anyone who can't tell, a joke. In fact, the only people I've seen take it seriously are the people complaining about it. Texas Succession is in the same vein as America Fuck Yeah. A handful take it seriously, more take them seriously (and get really offended), and the rest of us laugh and get on with our lives
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RWBimbie, Cinomari, Ratatoskr, and anyone in Austin (Tags removed because of the site)
Looking for a reason to go to Austin this Sunday. Who's up for hanging out. Having an RvB marathon on someone's couch was mentioned, except we don't have a couch to hang out on. So, yeah, anyone interested?
Also, will be deleting this if it turns out it's the double (triple?) post I expect it to be. Can we please get mentions working again?
Now, onto the meat of the game. You are living in a normal (or maybe not so normal) town with a dark secret. Now, it's come to light that a handful of your fellow citizens are out to murderize the rest of you. Shocking! Thankfully, you are many and they are few, so clear thinking and nerves of steel could keep some of you alive.
The game is run in three distinct parts. The first is investigation. It's the Cop's job to select an unknown to investigate. Anyone can give input, but ultimately the decision belongs to them. Following the investigation, a story post will reveal the allegiance of the target.
Next up is the lynch. Every member of the group gets to vote on a person to eliminate. Note, this includes all special roles, so the mafia can often steal a divided vote, or force a tie that's decided by a random number generator. And this isn't an election you can afford to skip out on. If a player fails to vote, the coma rule can be invoked after 2-3 missed votes. A random comatose player can be killed periodically, usually every lynch. Note that once all player roles are known, the Cop and Bodyguard can no longer vote. The allegiance of the lynched person (if unknown) is revealed following the lynch.
Finally, there's the whack. All special roles with killing abilities as well as the Mafia select players to whack. That means the Mafia, Psycho, and Vigilante can all kill someone. At the same time, the Bodyguard will get a chance to foil an attack by protecting a person of their choice. In the event of a successful, a clue to the perpetrator's identity will be left in the post, usually a reference to profile information on their first page of images, journals, or interests. If multiple groups target the same person, the first one to get the vote in will be the one who the clue will point to. If the whack is blocked, no clue will be provided.
While special roles may have different victory conditions, the general mafia and civilian roles are as follows: Civilians must eliminate all mafia before they're all killed. Mafia must eliminate enough civilians so they comprise an equal or greater voting block in the lynch. So if there are two mafiosos and two civilians, the game would end if all roles were known (voiding the votes of the cop and bodyguard). However, if one or more was unknown, the game goes on.
All votes must be sent by private message before the deadline. There are usually three rounds a week, with two days between each to get votes in, so there's no excuse for being late. In the interest of clues, once the game starts you cannot change your profile, delete images/journals, or post an excessive number of images/journals. These are all used by the DM and making the DM annoyed with you will often result in bad things happening.
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| Asked by: Goofykb 7 months ago
I'm not sure what you mean by "Audio Pockets". Podcasts? Sorry, can't help you there. Don't have any control over the technical aspects of distribution.
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Abridged series on Youtube