Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Free Minecraft Stuff
I must confess that I have never played Minecraft, although both of my sons think that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. As they explain it to me, it sounds a bit like Legos on the computer—building worlds with various bricks. But then you apparently add in skeletons and beasties. There also apparently are quite a few add-ons, such as those you find at the Minecraft Revolution blog, which offers a free minecraft account, among other goodies. My eldest has even written a couple himself.
What I do know is that it’s the biggest time sink since television was invented. Left to their own, my Minecraft addicts will play for an entire day and night.
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Friday, September 07, 2012
45% Off Bestsellers
At Amazon, up to 45% off Top 100 Bestsellers
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Pirate Goblins Miniatures On Indiegogo
There’s a nice project on Indiegogo for a set of pirate goblin miniatures. Kev Adams will do the sculpting honors.
I like pirates.
I like goblins.
These look very cool.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Pain and Inflammation Issues
Inflammation is a result of the actions of white blood cells, which generally work as part of the body’s defense system against foreign substances. The cells release chemicals into the blood stream and surrounding tissues, increasing blood flow and resulting in redness and warmth. Other chemicals result in leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This in turn, can stimulate the nerves and cause pain.
As we age, pain and inflammation become serious issues. Where once I could spend hours hunched over my painting table, I now find my time limited by neck and back pain. Those pains, I find are treatable with a chemical anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. The problem with those, however, is that high dosages may put you at risk for heart attack and stroke.
For those who turn first to natural remedies, a product called Nopalea may be worth investigating. The manufacturers say that the wellness drink contains “rare and potent antioxidants that are SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to help the body REDUCE INFLAMMATION .”
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Credit, Loans and Cash Advances
Times are tough, and the availability of credit is tight. Although the Federal Reserve and the Federal Government have pumped billions into the system since 2008 in an effort to create some liquidity in the market, much of that has failed to reach the consumer.
Among the things the Fed (Federal Reserve) has tried is to lower the federal funds rate (the rate at which one depository institution charges another in “overnight loans”), to ease the definitions of collateral, and offered cash directly to a variety of institutions. The Federal Government, through the Treasury department has agreed to inject as much as $100 billion into mortgage guarantors Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, granted emergency loans to financial institutions, and worked to repair banks’ damaged balance sheets. The controversial billion dollar stimulus plan also was supposed to inject liquidity into the market.
So what does that mean to the consumer? Not much. It is still very difficult to get a loan, particularly if—like many Americans—your financial situation has been in flux since the economic downturn began five years ago. People who a few years ago would have been granted a loan without a second thought now cannot get one under any circumstances.
That leaves people who need a short term loan—for car repairs, or other unforseen financial crises—with few options. Borrowing from family and friends is one option—although those sources often are in the same financial situation. Credit cards also are a form of borrowing, but too many already have maxed out their limits. Another alternative—that was perhaps unthinkable to many Americans a few years ago—is the payday loan, such as a cash advance by sunrisefinance.com.
This sort of short-term borrowing comes at a price, with interest rates ranging from 15% to 25%. Borrowing $500 for the short term, for example, might require a borrower to write a check for $575, which would be held against the person’s next paycheck. The advantage, however, is that generally speaking, no credit check is necessary—just evidence of a steady income source. Sunrise Finance offers instant approval and fast payment even with bad credit.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Resell Your Gadgets
As the “half-life” of technology shortens from years to months to perhaps even weeks, the question of what to do with all those “outdated” devices is vexing. Software seems always to outrun my hardware. As soon as I obtained a new laptop sufficient to run the latest Lightroom, Adobe released a major upgrade with new features. That shiny fast laptop then slowed to a level that was guaranteed to irritate. I bought an Android tablet only to watch killer apps appear on another platform (and no, it wasn’t the ipad) My smartphone was only months old before a new generation sported features that sparked tech envy. The penalty for typically being an early adopter is that I’ve got several boxes in closets of old laptops, phones and other gadgets that lost their shiny newness long before they ended their useful life.
Selling is probably the best solution for slightly older gadgets. I’ve tried places like Craigslist, but the folk that haunt that site generally aren’t looking for a deal but a giveaway. I’ve more slightly more success on Ebay.
There are, however, some other places specifically designed for the resale of technology. One option if you want to sell ipad for cash or a Blackberry or any other mobile tech in the UK is SellMyMobile. Get rid of the old devices, earn some cash, clean out your closet and save the environment by keeping those gadgets out of the landfills.
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About the Miniature Wargaming Hobby
Miniature Wargaming is part of the "adventure games" hobby, which includes r ole p laying and board games. Wargamers recreate battles on the tabletop with toy soldiers, like a more complicated game of chess. Models range in height from 6mm to 28mm tall, with 15mm and 25mm being the most popular. There also is a growing interest in toy soldiers and military models, such as the 1/32 and 1/35 scale plastic soldiers from Conte, and Marx.
The most popular miniature wargames are fantasy and science fiction based, such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and The Lord of the Rings. World War II games such as Flames of War and Axis and Allies are new favorites. Other favorite historical periods include Napoleonics, the American Civil War, and ancients, such as Romans or Greeks. Other gamers enjoy miniature naval wargames, recreating battles like Trafalgar, Jutland and the Coral Sea.
Hobbyists research historical periods and paint their tiny soldiers in accurate uniforms. Others develop "historically realistic" rules sets or build scale battlefield terrain using model railroad techniques.
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Some of the bigger hobby companies are Games Workshop, which produces Warhammer, Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Miniatures. Wizards of the Coast produces several lines of pre-painted miniatures games, such as the Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons miniatures games, and a historical game with pre-painted miniatures: The new Axis and Allies game. Wizkids produces a fantasy collectable miniatures game, such as the Mage Knight and Heroclick fantasy games, the science fiction games MechWarrior and Rocketmen, as well as the quasi-historical Pirates of the Spanish Main.
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