Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Box Adventure Part 11 (DnD Next, 5e)

A new group starting an adventure using the starter box for Dungeons and Dragons 5e. It gets bumpy.  Everyone is relatively new to 5e and Roll20 so they stumble and bumble their way through some parts, but that is what DnD is all about.

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 Joel - Kosef - Stream @Robut - Twitter

 Leezer - Immerias

 Jack - Big Draz

Big Thanks to Dave over at Table Topping for the macro vids and ideas. Twitch.Tv/table_topping - Stream
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Canon Lens 70-300mm vs 70-200mm - Which One

by Wayne Rasku

Every photographer who totes a Canon digital SLR camera needs a medium telephoto lens for that camera. There is no argument about that. It's a given.

The debate comes in when you try to decide which one is right for your needs.
First things first. We are considering the Canon lens 70-300mm , we are speaking of the f/4-5.6 IS lens, not the f/4.5-5.6 IS DO lens. The later lens costs more than twice as much, but it does not give you that much more value for your money.

So lets take a quick look at the benefits of this excellent piece of equipment. Almost unanimously, buyers agree that they are pleasantly surprised at the image quality. The reason they are surprised is that the lens does not "feel" as substantial as one of the better built "L" lenses.
Another plus is the IS (image stabilization) which will allow you to hand hold your camera for even low light shots. Normally there is a 1/focal length equation that works with a non-IS lens, but with the 70-300mm lens you can add a few stops to that equation.

In addition to the sharp images and IS, you have fast autofocus. It has a hypersonic motor that allows almost instant focus.

Finally, you will be getting an additional 100mm of focal length. A total of 300mm on the long end is quite impressive, indeed. If you are using one of the crop sensor cameras like a Rebel, essentially that equates to 420mm compared to a full sensor camera body. You can do a lot with that kind of reach.
On the down side, as already mentioned, the build quality is not the same as an L lens. As with almost all zoom lenses, there is some barrel distortion at both ends of the focal range.
Another point that some users find fault with is that the outside of the lens moves during focus. If you are holding the focus ring, the lens can't operate, so you will need to adjust your shooting technique to compensate for that.

Not much in the way of criticism at all. Read the buyer reviews at the online photo stores and at and you will see that folks who lay down hard cash for the Canon 70-300mm lens are mostly quite satisfied... to the tune of about a 9.0 rating (out of 10 possible).

On the other side, the Canon lens 70-200mm that compares in price is the f/4 L without IS. As far as performance, it is the f/4 L IS, but the IS makes the price just about double.

Now, there is nothing wrong with either of these two models. After all, they are both L lenses, and they are considered the very best that Canon has to offer.

They are built to last with the very best materials know to photographic engineering.
Images are tack sharp.

Autofocus is speedy, making them great for action events. Also consider that there is no exterior movement during the autofocus.

Another benefit is that they have a steady f/4 aperture across all focal lengths.

If your decision leads you to one of the Canon lens 70-200mm models, you will not be disappointed.
If you are one who analyzes situations extensively, you will have trouble with this decision. Which Canon zoom lens is right for you?

Monday, July 27, 2015

E Gary Gygax the Father of D&D

Ernest Gary Gygax; July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson. Gygax has been described as the father of D&D.

In the 1960s, Gygax created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the Gen Con gaming convention. In 1971, he helped develop Chainmail, a miniatures wargame based on medieval warfare. He co-founded the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with childhood friend Don Kaye in 1973. The following year, he and Dave Arneson created D&D, which expanded on Gygax's Chainmail and included elements of the fantasy stories he loved as a child. In the same year, he founded The Dragon, a magazine based around the new game. In 1977, Gygax began work on a more comprehensive version of the game, called Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax designed numerous manuals for the game system, as well as several pre-packaged adventures called "modules" that gave a person running a D&D game (the "Dungeon Master") a rough script and ideas on how to run a particular gaming scenario. In 1983, he worked to license the D&D product line into the successful D&D cartoon series.

After leaving TSR in 1985 over issues with its new majority owner, Gygax continued to create role-playing game titles independently, beginning with the multi-genre Dangerous Journeys in 1992. He designed another gaming system called Lejendary Adventure, released in 1999. In 2005, Gygax was involved in the Castles & Crusades role-playing game, which was conceived as a hybrid between the third edition of D&D and the original version of the game conceived by Gygax.
Gygax was married twice and had six children. In 2004, Gygax suffered two strokes, narrowly avoided a subsequent heart attack, and was then diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, from which he died in March 2008.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

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52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

Up until the 1970s, color photography was rare. Thus, our vision of history is so often in black and white only. Rare colorized historical photos are our only chance at seeing what the world really looked like...and, boy, was it spectacular.

Claude Monet in 1923

Source: Dana Keller

Brigadier General and actor Jimmy Stewart

Source: Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939

Source: Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Times Square 1947

Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

Source: Oswald being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Hellen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918


Girls delivering ice 1918

Source: Dana Keller

Burger Flipper 1938

Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Winston Churchill 1941

Albert Einstein in 1921

Source: Dana Keller

Madison Square Park New York City around 1900


Marilyn Monroe

Samurai Training 1860

Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868


Hindenburg Blimp crash

Source: Dana Keller

British Soldiers Returning from the front in 1939

Joan Crawford on the set of Letty Lynton, 1932


Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina

Mark Twain in 1900

Albert Einstein on a Long Island beach in 1939

Source: Paul Edwards

Audrey Hepburn

Source: Dana Keller

Union Soldiers taking a break 1863

Charles Darwin


World War 2 soldiers on Easter


Clint Eastwood, 1962

Source: Paul Edwards

W.H. Murphy testing the bulletproof vest in 1923


Charlie Chaplin at 27 years old in 1916


Elizabeth Taylor in 1956


Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953

Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946


Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905


Babe Ruth’s 1920 MLB debut

Source: Dana Keller

A Washington, D.C. filling station in 1924


Boys buying flowers in 1908

Source: Dana Keller

An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in 1939


Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961

Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Brooklyn Bridge in 1904

Source: Dana Keller

Two Boxers after a fight


1920s Australian mugshots from the New South Wales Police Dept

Source: Dana Keller

Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield


Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "Ted" Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office.

Clint Eastwood working on his 1958 Jag XK 120 in 1960


Cornell Rowing Team 1907

Source: Ryan Urban

View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864

Baltimore Slums, 1938

Source: Jordan J. Lloyd

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933

Henry Ford, 1919

Source: Dana Keller

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.


Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife 1939

Alfred Hitchcock

A car crash in Washington D.C. around 1921


People standing in line Louisville, Kentucky 1939


President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862