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  • Mon, 19:48: Got home way too late last night and crashed hard, taking today off. 50 Year was fun but work, relaxing but HOT AS BLAZES. Glad to be home.

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  • Sun, 13:15: Found a very nice Baymont hotel last night in Ohio. Breakfast now, then 4 hours to Sev and Matt's and 2 hours home. Miss the kittehs!

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  • Sun, 01:09: Irish Wake & Clan Tynker were a great ending, but it's been 8 days so leaving a day early. Drive until we drop, hotel, then home tomorrow.

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  • Sat, 03:24: Volunteers Celebration also a great success. Plus I got to unexpectedly see Kai! Woo! :)

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  • Fri, 03:22: The Italian Masked Ball was fun, funny, and full of dancing, food and frivolity. I'm so glad the folks I asked to help really came through!

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  • Mon, 21:20: Kinda cool to watch Shakespeare performed at the 50th anniversary of the SCA.

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  • Mon, 00:42: Apparently the Known World Hafla was a huge success, but I left for a bit to play board games instead. :P

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  • Sun, 02:27: I threw a party and many people came! :D The Founders Celebration was a big hit, and I got to meet Diana Listmaker, who started the SCA!

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  • Thu, 02:17: I think I packed more games than garb, but that's totally normal, right?

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  • Tue, 01:13: Can only Facebook in small doses right now before getting emotional, so instead I will focus on prepping to leave Thursday for SCA 50 Year.

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  • Wed, 02:27: According to CNN, Hillary Clinton now has 2,058 pledged delegates, passing the majority of 2,026.
  • Wed, 02:27: As they have done in every election since they were created in 1985, the superdelegates will now back the candidate who received the most...
  • Wed, 02:28: ... pledged delegates (and the most votes, by 3 million). Congratulations, Hillary! :)
  • Wed, 12:12: Whoa, Clinton really swept California. Nice! :) And Nate Silver still has her winning the general at 80%. Can't wait!

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  • Sun, 20:15: Whatever illness I have contracted has made me lose my voice. Enjoy it while you can, plebians! :P

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  • Mon, 18:03: Good Sunday - friends, wine tasting, Chinese food, ice cream, tea, donuts. And a new board game arrived today. Score! :)

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  • Tue, 15:35: Oh children, when will you learn? I am generous and giving right up to the moment you try to fuck me over, and then we're done. Ta ta! :)

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Bernie & the DNC

So Bernie Sanders' supporters are planning a march in Philadelphia "against the DNC."

Here's what I don't get - Sanders has for his entire political career been a democratic socialist, running as an independent. Then this year he decides to run for the Democratic party nomination. Now that he has, his supporters now want to change the Democratic party.

Doesn't that seem a little bit disingenuous? Why isn't he out forming his own party, or working with a party that more aligns to his goals, rather than trying to become something he's not, and then his supporters are trying to take over a party they don't identify with?

I get it - the Democratic party could be more progressive. I even agree. But by the same token, there are far more progressive parties out there (Green, etc.). Why are you trying to change something you're not?

It's like, hey, I'm a vegetarian, but I'm cool with ordering salad in your steak place. Sorry about my friends trying to shut you down and change you into a vegan joint. My bad.

Gamegasm

Epic 8-player Cosmic Encounter. Aw yeah...

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  • Sun, 03:56: I think I met a congresswoman from El Salvador tonight. She was very beautiful.

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  • Sun, 02:51: @Grindr Posting network status somewhere other than the app would be extraordinarily helpful. Basic customer service please! 😡

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Rules lawyering

Rules Lawyer: I want to do X.
Me: You can't do X.
RL: Show me in the rules where it says I can't do X.
Me: It says you have to do X+Y as a single action.
RL: But it doesn't say I *can't* do just X.
Me: ...
RL: You're making me very annoyed!

If game rules don't list everything you *can't* do, then that means you can do anything? What's the point of having rules then?

P.S. Someone else later found where it specifically says you can't do X without doing Y. Just like the rules said in the first place.

I won!

I guess I done good :)

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  • Thu, 01:57: Disappointed in Sanders' interview. It reinforces why I think Hillary's foreign affairs experience makes her the better candidate.

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Clinton's lead

I don't post this to be negative about Sanders (as I've said repeatedly, I like him), but to point out some math that makes sense to me:

"For Bernie to win, he has to prove he can win majorities beyond the angry white male demographic. He has consistently and massively outspent Hillary in diverse states, but has failed to dent her lead among those groups. Until that changes, the outcome of this primary is not in doubt."

https://medium.com/@DmitriMehlhorn/no-bernie-did-not-gain-ground-on-super-saturday-3c3dab5fdd70#.amxim2avv

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  • Sun, 05:30: Wow, I haven't been up until blue o'clock since Pennsic.

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  • Fri, 23:28: Played Cosmic Encounter tonight for the first time in probably 15 years. Made my 2016. I love my gaming group! :D

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I'll Lyft you up!

If anyone wants to start using Lyft (cheaper than Uber and more fun!), use my code for $50 in ride credit when you sign up - "ALANISBEST" :D

Cleanliness is next to Cubeliness!

Cleanest it's been since I bought it!

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  • Tue, 21:04: It's a shame everyone hates Hillary so much. She's so unrelatable. She's so far right that she's winning the Democratic nomination. So sad.

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One less clown

Am I a terrible progressive for being sad Rubio just dropped out? On the one hand he seemed to be positioning himself as more moderate than the rest of those nut jobs. On the other hand I wanted to watch Hillary wipe up the floor with him in a debate.

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  • Wed, 13:58: Dear lord you people have GOT to keep me away from Kickstarter! So many games... beautiful, beautiful games...

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  • Wed, 02:02: Look at me, gettin' SCA shit done. Large and in charge, son!

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  • Fri, 10:27: Wednesday - sore throat and flu. Yesterday - sore throat, no flu. Today - no sore throat, flu. They're tag-teaming me with misery. :(

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  • Mon, 15:21: Snow day! And this time I found out BEFORE going in to work. :)

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Important to all of our interests

"... there’s nothing the Republicans can throw at her that we haven’t already been fed to death.

And when you take a step back and look at Clinton objectively — which is admittedly difficult for many, even, or maybe particularly, on the left — that’s exactly the point. Hillary Clinton’s reputation is largely the result of a quarter century of visceral GOP hatred."

Yes, we can look at her voting record and public statements to inform our decisions of who we vote for in the primaries, but let's face it - the hatred that runs so deep is visceral, and also manufactured by the radical right.

http://thedailybanter.com/2016/01/hillary-gop-smears/

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  • Tue, 03:24: I'm a monkey! Happy new year to me! Eek eek! @(•o•)@

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  • Fri, 13:39: Yesterday I got all maudlin and nostalgic looking at Valentine's Day schmaltz at Michaels. WTF is wrong with me? :( UGH.

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My 2016 election predictions

My predictions:

Bernie might win the next couple of primaries, but ultimately it'll become clear Hillary has it. He will stick with his campaign, though, to make sure his issues are being heard and discussed, and that's OK and good for Dems and progressives - we need to be challenged on the important issues. But in the end, he'll not only back her up, but will go to great lengths to convince his supporters that they need to vote for her to stop the GOP from taking over for the next 2-4 years. It'll be a tough sell, since there are so many "Bernie or nobody" people out there, and it's discouraging (let the radical right eat their own - we need to come together here).

Trump is out, but he's unpredictable and things could go a few different ways. He'll win a few primaries, sure, but as the real thought of him being the candidate starts to sink in, things will change for him. In the end, he'll either drop out (he really doesn't want the job anyway), or he just won't get the delegates for the nomination, or he'll run third party (which will quite nicely divide the conservative vote and give Clinton the win regardless), or he'll fight it to the convention and the establishment won't let him have it, forcing a brokered convention (which he won't win).

That said, Cruz will not get the GOP nomination. He's either going to really stick his foot in it and do or say something so tremendously stupid that he can't get out from under it, or the less Tea Party-ish in the party will come to the rescue. It may even come down to a brokered convention, but in the end, I'm predicting Rubio will get the nomination. (I would actually enjoy watching a Clinton/Rubio debate.)

And in the end, Hillary wins it.

Now, as for the VPs... ;)

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  • Sun, 00:52: I think that's the first time I've seen a resting dork face...

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  • Thu, 13:00: While making the argument that knives kill people, too, a gun nut linked to a school stabbing. 21 people were injured - but none died. SMH

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  • Sun, 03:29: I needed to buy a belt. I bought dinner, boots, 2 shirts, a casserole dish, milk, tea, snacks, tissues, band aids, lotion... and a belt.

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  • Thu, 11:26: Wow, would not have imagined Alan Rickman would go before Maggie Smith. That's a crying shame. Fandom is mourning. :(

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  • Mon, 18:06: I loved David Bowie in "Labyrinth," and I recognize his enormous impact on music, but honestly? Wasn't a fan. Sad he's gone, though.

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  • Thu, 12:39: Giving up today's hunt for The Resistance. I will simply have to find another way to alienate all of my friends at the New Year's Eve party.
  • Fri, 04:51: Rang in 2016 gaming with good friends. I can live with that. Happy new year! :)

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  • Mon, 13:10: Oh so NOW you can suddenly rush me a replacement check card ("rush" = "won't arrive until next week"). Sorry CBTC, you lost a customer.

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