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Oct. 13th, 2015

04:32 pm

I Am A: Lawful Good Human /Wizard (4th/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-10

Dexterity-10

Constitution-12

Intelligence-13

Wisdom-14

Charisma-13


Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.


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.


Primary Class:
Monks are versatile warriors skilled at fighting without weapons or armor. Good-aligned monks serve as protectors of the people, while evil monks make ideal spies and assassins. Though they don't cast spells, monks channel a subtle energy, called ki. This energy allows them to perform amazing feats, such as healing themselves, catching arrows in flight, and dodging blows with lightning speed. Their mundane and ki-based abilities grow with experience, granting them more power over themselves and their environment. Monks suffer unique penalties to their abilities if they wear armor, as doing so violates their rigid oath. A monk wearing armor loses their Wisdom and level based armor class bonuses, their movement speed, and their additional unarmed attacks per round.


Secondary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.


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Detailed Results:

Alignment:
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Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Lawful Neutral -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (24)
True Neutral ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (20)
Chaotic Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Chaotic Evil ---- X (1)

Law & Chaos:
Law ----- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Neutral - XXXXXXXX (8)
Chaos --- X (1)

Good & Evil:
Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Evil ---- (0)

Race:
Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Dwarf ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Elf ------ XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Gnome ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Halfling - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXX (8)
Half-Orc - (0)

Class:
Barbarian - XXXXXXXX (8)
Bard ------ XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Cleric ---- XXXXXX (6)
Druid ----- XX (2)
Fighter --- XXXXXXXX (8)
Monk ------ XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Paladin --- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Ranger ---- XXXX (4)
Rogue ----- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Sorcerer -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Wizard ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)

Jul. 1st, 2015

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Jul. 5th, 2013

12:05 pm

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Sorcerer (6th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-10

Dexterity-11

Constitution-12

Intelligence-13

Wisdom-12

Charisma-14


Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.


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:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


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Apr. 25th, 2013

09:48 am

I Am A: Lawful Neutral Dwarf /Sorcerer (3rd/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-11

Dexterity-11

Constitution-11

Intelligence-15

Wisdom-12

Charisma-14


Alignment:
Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.


Race:
Dwarves are known for their skill in warfare, their ability to withstand physical and magical punishment, their hard work, and their capacity for drinking ale. Dwarves are slow to jest and suspicious of strangers, but they are generous to those who earn their trust. They stand just 4 to 4.5 feet tall, but are broad and compactly built, almost as wide as they are tall. Dwarven men value their beards highly.


Primary Class:
Monks are versatile warriors skilled at fighting without weapons or armor. Good-aligned monks serve as protectors of the people, while evil monks make ideal spies and assassins. Though they don't cast spells, monks channel a subtle energy, called ki. This energy allows them to perform amazing feats, such as healing themselves, catching arrows in flight, and dodging blows with lightning speed. Their mundane and ki-based abilities grow with experience, granting them more power over themselves and their environment. Monks suffer unique penalties to their abilities if they wear armor, as doing so violates their rigid oath. A monk wearing armor loses their Wisdom and level based armor class bonuses, their movement speed, and their additional unarmed attacks per round.


Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


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

Nov. 9th, 2010

04:16 pm - from pundit kitchen:

I HATE TAXES!
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Jun. 13th, 2010

09:54 pm - (early) Father's Day.

Today was Father's Day at my house. Terri assayed yakitori, and it was good. We have in mind some strategies to make it even better next time. She also made a few summer rolls. We wonder if there are two varieties of siracha sauce, because the kind we bought rendered half the rolls almost inedible with heat. While she prepared, I went out and spent other people's money, earned by me by the simple expedient of getting older and being well loved. Among other acquisitions: the most recent John Hiatt and Blazing Saddles (for five bucks!) Now, Key Lime Pie.
Also, my LA guidebook to the weird will arrive Tuesday, and my Whatnot is in Illinois.

May. 29th, 2010

10:08 pm

"In your seeing," he said, "there should be only the seeing. In your hearing, nothing but the hearing; in your smelling, tasting, and touching, nothing but smelling, tasting, and touching; in your thinking, nothing but the thought."

- Khuddaka Nikaya

May. 16th, 2010

09:58 pm

Daily Buddhist Wisdom




Don't be afraid of doing good. It's another name for happiness, for all that is dear and delightful--this phrase "doing good." Whoever would live well, Long lasting, bringing bliss-- Let him be generous, be calm, And cultivate the doing of good. By practicing these three, These three bliss-bringing things, The wise one lives without regret His world infused with happiness.

- Itivuttaka Sutta

May. 9th, 2010

09:56 pm - This Week in My Eye(s):

This week in my Eye(s):
Surgery day, 5/4/10: There is a actually a fair bit more to say about the surgery other than Monday night’s “ow, ow, ow…” I’ve mentioned that there was a lot to clean up. Post-op talking to my doc I asked about the improvement in vision in my left eye my appointment in February had led me to believe would be the case, and he seemed almost offended, and seemed to be saying (in hindsight) “Yeah, not so much, but we saved the eye… .” Terri later verbalized it better than I could, and she said it appeared that once he got in and had a real time 3d view of the eye there was a _lot_ more retinopathy that he expected, and that my future vision may well have been more in danger than he had previously indicated. Thus the change in emphasis. When we left I had every intention of not filling the prescription for oxycodone but we stopped at Le Peep for brunch-ish and before we got home I had changed my mind. We dropped off the scrip on the way home, and by noon Terri had picked it up and I have not regretted it (all gone now…) (I should say it was only 15 tablets and you can take them every 3 hours). Interestingly, though I was in pain, I slept through the night. I had been concerned that the 3 hour life of the oxycodone would mean that, oh about 3.5 hours after the last one I would wake up, but not so much.
Bryan called to wish me luck on the surgery. Thought the surgery was tomorrow, or I rather think he wouldn’t have called. Still much appreciated. Gestation of the “500 times, on your brain!” statement.
Wednesday 5/5/10:
From an email I sent a friend:
“Today I remain tired, but the “ow” is much lessened. At the follow-up appointment today the doc was so impressed with the lack of swelling, signs of infection, or crap, including oozing blood [inside my vitreous replacement] that he moved a one week follow-up to three weeks. No limitations on sleep positions, reading, or computing; no getting jostled or shaken, nothing too strenuous physically. The oxyocodone makes food taste funny, and vision in my left eye is blurry, but noticeably less blurry than before the surgery. The stitches will have completed dissolved in six weeks, at which time I can quit using the pupil dilating drops. After that, I can get an updated vision test and get new glasses. Today I am very tired, and both eyes are fairly strained, but the only time I need a shield/patch over my left eye is in bed at night. Drops three times a day: antibiotic, steroid for inflammation, and the pupil dilation drops.
The doc said that this was just the results of being almost 32 years a type 1 diabetic.

The surgery was certainly interesting. Having the inside of your eye lasered (sp?) is like having someone flicking a pencil eraser against the inside of your head sharply ... 500 times.”
I had hoped to sleep the day away, and did not take my Concerta (time release Ritalin) to aid in that. No joy (as my Air Force friend says). Same the next couple of days, though goodness knows I was tired.
Thursday 5/6/10:
Maybe today is the day I will be less tired? Nope, still wrecked. Talked to a friend on the phone, watched a movie, sat in the easy chair and stared at the inside of my eyelids. Really intended to post. Had my priorities in order, and did not post. Laser quote matured as
“At least 500 zaps. Looks like smallish blue balls of light on a black background, from inside. Feels like someone firmly flicking the soft(ish) end of a pencil eraser against your BRAIN, 500 TIMES!!”
Friday 5/7/10:
I might note that there were also five shots and 3 incisions… in MY EYE! One reason to mention that, other than to uselessly complain, is that yesterday and today my eye does not hurt so much inside, but I can feel the stitches inside my eye lids and the pain meds help. Still tired, still no naps. I slept until 10:00 and went to bed at 9:30, which was good. Because…
Saturday 5/8/10:
Today I am on Daddy duty. Terri had a thing, most of the day. I am glad she enjoyed it. I was worried about getting through the day without lifting my more than 15# son, but when required I lifted with my legs and he helped, as he was able. We went to the mall and bought Mother’s Day gifts, rode bouncy rides 3 times (him, not me: no bouncy for me), and after nap went back to the mall picked up my phone which a nice person had given to Security. Then went to the farm fresh butcher place and bought Terri a lamb chop, and Thomas and I steaks, because I don’t like lamb and we are not inclined to chance Thomas on it yet. But Terri loves to eat the little baa baa baas. Employee’s recommendation on a lamb chop: rosemary and garlic. I made it through the day, and Thomas was a gem and I was never cross or impatient with him. But I was completely worn out by the time Terri got home.
Sunday 5/9/10:
I am a little surprised at how much my eye hurts today. I also think there is a weird thing going on where the fact that I am seeing better in my left eye has left me a little nauseous and a lot headachy. I am surprised (probably wrongly) at times at how little my drops make me feel better, but then, they are not supposed to make me feel better, they’re supposed to make me _heal_ better. Less comforting, but more useful. And tomorrow? Back to work. Yay?

May. 4th, 2010

10:24 pm - Today in my Eye (post op edition).

Today in my eye: Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow! Also: ow! The important thing is that the surgery went textbook. Gunk in the eye cleaned out, vitreous replaced. Unexpected (to me) 500 (!) photo-coagulation (laser) zaps (the OR folks were counting them out, in hundreds via machine to the doc as he worked.) to the retina. Apparently there was a lot of inappropriate blood vessel growth in the vitreous that now had no "lattice" to grow on. Prescriptions for hydrocodone, a diuretic (lower BP, especially in the eye), keep head elevated above the heart at all times (upright is best), no reading (makes the eye under the bandages try to move more than they'd like) and no more than 15 minutes on the computer at a time. Bandages come off tomorrow, maybe to stay, may or may not need to wear an eye patch at times, and my time's up!

Apr. 25th, 2010

12:43 pm

Daily Buddhist Wisdom




My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow other-worldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical re-orientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self towards concern for the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others interests alongside our own.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Apr. 24th, 2010

10:43 pm - Today in my Eye(s).

This title is cheerfully outright ripped off from the lovely and talented Jamie Henderson. It will be an occasional post about my upcoming eye surgery and recovery.

I had scheduled the surgery for the afore mentioned issues (called, I was reminded recently, epi-retinal membrane) for the second week of June. Wednesday mid-day, the plot thickened. I had a blurry disk obscuring my vision in my left eye that covered most of my field of vision. I called my eye doctor’s office late morning on Thursday. Why the delay? Well, I’ve experienced similar phenomena (but much, much less severe, and clearing in less than 36 hours) recently and assumed that it was related to the February diagnosis of epi-retinal membrane, that whole shrinking of the vitreous thing I mentioned then. Not so much.

According to today’s examination, I have had a diabetic eye hemorrhage. Now, I was under the impression that Type 1 Diabetes affected eyes two ways: unhealthy proliferation of weak blood vessels led to aneurisms that burst, and same unhealthy proliferation of blood vessels leads to a detached retina. Apparently there is a third mechanism called traction (or maybe tractions). This can tear the retina and cause a hemorrhage, which is what happened on Wednesday. I saw my doctor on Friday. This was a bit of luck since he was not, on Thursday, scheduled to be in Friday. I am puzzled that there was no sign of this during my intensive exam (which revealed the epi-retinal membrane problem) two months ago.

It must be something that does show up very suddenly. Fact is I have been nearly 32 years a type 1 diabetic, and something like this was almost inevitable.

So the story is that those short time obstructions to my vision were probably tiny hemorrhages so this has been going on for a little over a year.

It ends up that I had a significant hemorrhage on Wednesday and that is what the enormous blurriness was about. This is an actually a big deal since I have never had significant side effects from my diabetes before (other than being a type one diabetic sucking every day, which, though it would be silly to mention it often, it does). The before is lovely, the after is a little depressing.

It ends up that the vitrectomy surgery to address the epi-retinal membrane stuff is the same surgery to clear up and prevent this kind of hemorrhage. They vacuum out the blood and vitreous then surgically remove the traction and membrane gunk on the retina. I have, naturally, moved the surgery up to a week from this Tuesday, which is after graduation but still very soon.

Tags:
Current Mood: moodymoody
Current Music: Epic, Faith No More.

Apr. 6th, 2010

10:16 pm - Still working on this one...

Daily Buddhist Wisdom




We plant merit with our minds, and we commit crimes with our minds. With our minds, we imprint images. This one mind is like an artist. It can draw anything, and what it draws is realized. If you surrender your impressions, ideas, thoughts, and so on at the moment they arise without imprinting them on your mind, your minds will not be tainted, just as the lotus flower is not tainted by the muddy water whence it grows.

- Jae Woong Kim, "Polishing the Diamond"

Current Music: The Call, Let the Day Begin

08:41 pm

A little under 16 years ago, Terri and I were on our honeymoon in Key West sitting on the beach after a shared scooter rider (fun fact: I was too chicken to drive; now I have a license to drive motorcycles). We were eating cuban sandwiches from a little mom and pop deli near the beach, and they were delicious. It was a very special moment. Today we made cuban sandwiches at home. Also tasty. Terri told Thomas about the time on the beach in Key West. He hadn't the slightest interest. This was also a very special moment.

Feb. 6th, 2010

10:18 pm - Motherless Children (as performed by Eric Clapton)

(traditional)

Motherless children have a hard time when mother is dead, lord.
Motherless children have a hard time when mother is dead, lord.
They don't have anywhere to go;
Wandering around from door to door.
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, lord.

Father will do the best he can when your mother is dead, lord.
Father will do the best he can when your mother is dead, lord.
Father will do the best he can;
So many things a father can't understand.
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, lord.

Sister will do the best she can when your mother is dead, lord.
Sister will do the best she can when your mother is dead, lord.
Sister will do the best she can;
So many things a sister can't understand.
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead.

When your mother is dead, when your mother is dead.
When your mother is dead, Lord, when your mother is dead.

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

Jan. 23rd, 2010

06:29 pm - A small photography insight

A minor insight into photography I was reminded of out doing some errand a little while ago: Our brains can selectively edit what we are looking at, to whit I was driving east on Central and the sun near the western horizon had broken through the clouds and was shining brilliantly on the fresh snow on the Sandias. What my mind saw was rugged mountains with beautifully highlighted snow on them. What my eyes say was a small sliver of that and an abundance of power lines, billboards, and store signs.

A similar phenomena happens with dimension. Even when I was shooting with film on decent equipment I found that "impressive mountain vista" or "funny little clouds running infinitely to the horizon" lost their impact in the printed photo. Obviously better photographers than I with the right equipment can bring a tremendous sense of dimension to their pictures, but for me, it is hit and miss.

Dec. 25th, 2009

09:32 pm - A sweet moment with The Boy.

Unexpected sweet moment with the Boy: I got up at 4:30 because the mask to my breathing machine broke and it was too close to morning to be worth it to move to the guest room. I went ahead, in honor of the holiday, and pulled on some sweats and my slippers and laid down on the couch. I dozed a bit, maybe. At 5:30 (a half hour before he is "allowed" to get up, on non-Christmas days) the boy comes in and sees me in the light of the tree. Amazingly, he does _not_ go straight to the tree (where Santa Presents are indeed waiting) but comes to me and allowes me to pull him up over me to snuggle. It wasn't long, but it was very sweet and then Terri came in and it was time to see what Santa had brought.

Current Mood: tiredtired

Dec. 17th, 2009

09:35 am

To learn the path it is important to be sharp yet inconspicuous. When you are sharp, you are not confused by people; when you are inconspicuous, you dont contend with people. Not being confused by people, you are empty and spiritual; not contending with people, you are serene and subtle.

- Liao-an

Nov. 24th, 2009

10:12 am - Found on doonesbury.com

"They made a porn movie about Sarah Palin, and the same actress, Lisa Ann, played me in the porn version of 30 Rock. Weirdly, of the three of us, Lisa Ann knows the most about foreign policy."
-- Tina Fey, speaking at Ad Council gala

Current Mood: amusedamused

Sep. 24th, 2009

02:55 pm


http://itmademyday.com/

Sep. 14th, 2009

03:05 pm - more fun from the cheezeburger folks.


http://www.comixed.com/

Aug. 30th, 2009

08:45 pm - From Dean, re: mom:


“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you: Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference in your tone; wear no forced air of solemnity or  sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word it always was. Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolute unbroken certainty. What is death but a negligible accident? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner … all is well.”

Aug. 16th, 2009

06:49 pm - Dear Internets:

You are being insufficiently entertaining.

Aug. 9th, 2009

10:14 pm - The end, part one.


Mom's Mass is tomorrow. Her family memorial will be in December, soon after what would have been her 82nd birthday. Nothin' melancholy about that.
Here's the  obit: http://www.legacy.com/SantaFeNewMexican/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=130906524
A grand, generous lady.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

Jul. 16th, 2009

10:35 am - Beliefnet Daily Buddhist Wisdom 07/16/09


It is not that anger and desire are inherently evil or that we should feel ashamed when they arise. It is a matter of seeing them as the delusions that they are: distorted conceptions that paint a false picture of reality. They are negative because they lead to unhappiness and confusion.

- Kathleen McDonald, "How to Meditate"



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