Thursday, May 24, 2018

Meet Frederick's first D&D B&B, a weekend retreat for rest, relaxation, and Dungeons and Dragons

Meet Frederick's first D&D B&B, a weekend retreat for rest, relaxation, and Dungeons and Dragons

D&D B&B "The concept finally manifested as Adventure Away, the first-in-the-world (or at least first-in-Frederick) Dungeons and Dragons bed-and-breakfast. Scheduling a retreat is simple. Just visit the Adventure Away website and select a weekend booking. That Friday, you’ll meet in Frederick for check-in and introductions. For the rest of the weekend, you’ll enjoy five catered meals (plus snacks!) and up to 12 hours of gaming with your fellow guests. Reese and Denier officially launched the business last week and already scheduled a handful of retreats in June and July. Denier, a long-time D&D player, will serve as the company’s resident Dungeon Master — a sort of referee and narrator who oversees the game as it’s played."

The Onion

The Onion


Here's Your First Look at Matt Groening's New Netflix Animated Series, Disenchantment

Here's Your First Look at Matt Groening's New Netflix Animated Series, Disenchantment


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sam Considine on Twitter

Sam Considine on Twitter

This does not seem right.

Sinkhole develops on White House lawn

Sinkhole develops on White House lawn

A metaphor made manifest.

NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster

NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster

Well, not surprising. It would have been really cool if it had worked, but physics is hard to bypass. "It was bound to happen eventually. A group of researchers that may actually be competent and well-funded is investigating alternative thrust concepts. This includes our favorite, the WTF-thruster EM-drive, as well as something called a Mach-Effect thruster. The results, presented at Space Propulsion 2018, are pretty much as expected: a big fat meh. The key motivation behind all of this is that rocket technology largely sucks for getting people around the Solar System. And it sucks even worse as soon as you consider the problem of interstellar travel. The result is that good people spend a lot of time eliminating even the most far-fetched ideas. The EM-drive is a case in point. It's basically a truncated hollow copper cone that you feed electromagnetic radiation into. The radiation bounces around in the cone. And, by some physics-defying magic, unicorns materialize to push you through space. Well, that explanation is at least as plausible as any of the others. There is no physics explaining how this could work, but some people at NASA have claimed that it does. Up until now, the people behind these ideas have basically funded their work off scraps and haven't had a solid testing setup, so the experimental data was all over the place. There was absolutely no consistent relationship between thrust and power nor between different setups. The experiments had progressively eliminated possible sources of noise, but, as they did so, they introduced new sources of noise, or the amount of thrust kept falling off. The key problem seemed to be that the main proponents of crazy space thrusters may actually be pretty bad at doing experiments. All in all, I would have moved on, but others are more thorough than I am."

Honest Trailers - Star Wars Spinoffs (Holiday Special & More!)

Honest Trailers - Star Wars Spinoffs (Holiday Special & More!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFQ8hsZsDkA

Ilan Goldenberg on Twitter

Ilan Goldenberg on Twitter

The best people.

Michael Cohen threatened to sue The Onion over article mocking Trump

Michael Cohen threatened to sue The Onion over article mocking Trump


Staffers writing Trump tweets intentionally include grammatical errors: report

Staffers writing Trump tweets intentionally include grammatical errors: report


Monday, May 21, 2018

Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis?

Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis?

High tech Hobbit hole.

Northern Lebanon students told to smile in hallways while bullying gets ignored

Northern Lebanon students told to smile in hallways while bullying gets ignored

What the hell? "Northern Lebanon School District students are required to smile while walking the hallways between classes, while bullying incidents are being ignored by administrators, according to some parents and teachers. Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in the hallways between classes are told to either smile or go see a guidance counselor to discuss their problems. Fifteen-year-old Julianna Gundrum, a student at the school district, said if you didn’t smile there would be consequences. Julianna Gundrum’s mother, Jean Gundrum, has since pulled her from the school and has enrolled her in the district’s cyber school program. “If you don’t (smile) you get called to the office or down to see your guidance counselor,” she said. “You have to talk about your problems then. You have to or you get detention.” Even though smiling in the hallways is not a written rule at the school district, it is something that Assistant High School Principal Benjamin Wenger has taken upon himself to enforce, according to several teachers. The teachers who spoke to Lebanon Daily News asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from the school district. While Wenger – who has been accused of throwing around a sex toy in the office during school hours (along with High School Principal Jennifer Hassler and Middle School Principal Brad Reist) – may care about whether or not students are smiling between classes, parents and teachers have bigger concerns. Both say Wenger and his fellow administrators don't care enough about the bullying and harassment taking place in the school district. Teachers are aware that a child without a smile in the hall can be sent to the guidance counselor."

In The Know

In The Know

I'll order the "I have too much money and not enough sense"

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Royal Wedding Photographer Feeling Pretty Guilty About Time He Ran Princess Di Off Road

Royal Wedding Photographer Feeling Pretty Guilty About Time He Ran Princess Di Off Road


New Starbucks policy allows non-customers to sit in cafes

New Starbucks policy allows non-customers to sit in cafes


Georgia Republican's racist 'deportation bus' backfires as he gets barred from Cracker Barrel

Georgia Republican's racist 'deportation bus' backfires as he gets barred from Cracker Barrel

The only good thing about this is he is at 3%. “Michael Williams, a Georgia state senator running for governor, has tried to boost his 3 percent approval rating by being as demonstrably racist as possible. To that end, he’s been parking his so-called ‘deportation bus’ outside of Cracker Barrel restaurants in sanctuary cities around the state. The bus is adorned with mis-spelled sentiments like “FILL THIS BUS WITH ILLEGALS” and “DANGER! MURDERERS, RAPISTS, KIDNAPPERS, CHILD MOLESTORS [sic], AND OTHER CRIMINALS ON BOARD.””

Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct

Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct


Friday, May 18, 2018

Mugshots.com owners charged with extortion. Here are their mugshots.

Mugshots.com owners charged with extortion. Here are their mugshots.

Karma. "Mugshots.com works like this: they post pictures of your mugshots, publicize them as part of a public database of criminals and such, then charge you money to remove them. Here are the mugshots of two guys arrested on charges of extortion who are reportedly the site's owners—not coming down at any price."