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Time for a March Dino Madness Smear Campaign Post

Hey hey friends

So I know that y’all are filling out that Ornithischia survey for @a-dinosaur-a-day‘s March Madness thing. And I’m learning a disappointing thing.

My two favorite Centrosaurines, Nasutoceratops and Diabloceratops, are losing to Pachyrhinosaurus. Which is unacceptable. (the other unacceptable thing being that you have disappointed Jingshangosaurus by not letting them compete this year)

So, I am here to try and convince you to do the following: open up the Ornithischia survey, go down to Centrosaurines…

And cast your vote (or revote!) for Diabloceratops instead (the genus has a more likely chance of winning than Nasutoceratops.

And, if Diabloceratops gets nominated, I’ll draw one. (The one above I drew on the screencap of another Diabloceratops drawing was with a mousepad, I can draw much better than that).

So, now you’re wondering what the smear campaign is? A vote for Pachyrhinosaurus is a vote for this:

(yeah, remember this? you better, it’s Talking With Dinosaurs)

Now, go vote for the actually great Centrosaurine with a chance. @bruh-i-nevre-seen-a-cooler-dino @palaeofail @palaeontology-official

How to leave a good impression

During a home-brew 5e modified Mines of Madness campaign we ran into a situation where my Blue Dragonborn rogue had been transformed into a Huge creature through a combination of a Ring of Permanent Enlarge Person/Reduce Person, and an unstable potion of Growth. The party, all level three consists of myself, the DM playing a Hexblade Tiefling, and my Wife playing a Tiefling Sorcerer.

I had already activated my ring and was currently classified as a Large Creature, we were fighting skeletal dwarves, there were 6 left.

Me: (OOC) “Fuck, if i take another axe im gonna be in trouble.

DM (OOC) “You are the biggest target in the room, and… Well you can try that potion you found…”

We found this potion in an outhouse on the surface, I’m carrying it but no one really wanted to drink it.

Me: I took a few axes to the chest and was fairly hurt* “I chug the unstable potion.”

DM: rolls a d100*

DM (OOC) Are you still using that ring?

Me, confused OOC “Yeah?”

DM shakes his head and buries his face in his palm, “You grow Bigger.”

Me really confused “But im at lar-”

DM cutting me off, “Nope nope, now your Huge.”

Me OOC “This room isnt big enough…”

Me: “I grow to large size and fill most of the room in the process, crushing two dwarves with my…Tits.”

Group is laughing their collective butts off when the DM screams a profanity and starts rolling dice.

Everyone is silent and then

DM “As the Rogue becomes big enough to crush us all, the floor beneath us crumbles…”

Everyone but me groans and starts rolling saving throws as i say “Well, thats the way the dungeon crumbles!”

D&D Update: in the game I’m playing, not the one I’m DMing, my bard just failed her third Wisdom Save against demon-induced madness of the campaign, so now she’s hallucinating randomly until someone can Greater Restoration her. None of us will get GR for another two levels. She is absolutely convinced the hallucinations are real, and in fact that everyone else is hallucinating because clearly they aren’t seeing what’s real.

“Over his many years at the Children’s Clinic in Vienna, Hans Asperger studied more than 200 children he would ultimately treat for what he called autistische Psychopathen (autistic psychopathy). Some were prodigies who couldn’t make it through school; others were more disabled and were shunted into asylums. But what they all had in common was a family of symptoms—in Silberman’s words, ‘social awkwardness, precocious abilities, and fascination with rules, laws, and schedules’—that Asperger recognized, right away, made up a continuum, one occupied by children and adults alike, and he viewed those differences as cause for celebration, not distress. When he finally shared his findings with the world, the only reason he focused on his higher-­functioning patients, Silberman contends, was a chilling function of the era: The ­Nazis, on a mad campaign to purge the land of the ‘feebleminded,’ were euthanizing institutionalized children with abandon. In so doing, Asper­ger accidentally gave the impression that autism was a rarefied condition among young gen­iuses, not the common syndrome he knew it to be. His paper on the subject, published in 1944, remained unavailable in English for decades, and his records were ‘buried with the ashes of his clinic,’ which was bombed the same year.

“Meanwhile, in the United States, a brilliant, energetic child psychiatrist named Leo Kanner was developing a radically different picture of autism, one that stipulated the condition was uncommon and unique, affecting only young children (anyone older was schizophrenic, psychotic—anything else) and, though biological in origin, somehow activated by cold and withholding parents. ‘By blaming parents for inadvertently causing their children’s autism,’ Silberman writes, ‘Kanner made his syndrome a source of shame and stigma for families worldwide.’

“Thus the history of autism was written, paving the way for a decades-long attempt to cure, rather than adapt…Even more important, because Kanner’s needle-­narrow definition of autism prevailed for so long, the public labored under the misapprehension that there was a sudden ‘epidemic’ of autism when the DSM-III-R, published in 1987 (and just as critically, the DSM-IV in 1994), finally expanded the definition to include those who had slipped through the sieve for ­decades.

“The autism pandemic, in other words, is an optical illusion, one brought about by an original sin of diagnostic parsimony. The implications here are staggering: Had the definition included Asperger’s original, expansive vision, it’s quite possible we wouldn’t have been hunting for environmental causes or pointing our fingers at anxious parents.”

–From the New York Times review of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, Steve Silberman


MARC O'POLO SS 17 Campaign - Mads Mikkelsen & Lara Stone

(PART 2) - Behind the Scenes: Carlsberg’s ‘The Danish Way’

April 20, 2017 - @Campaign: “We talked to Carlsberg, along with Fold7, about the launch of their new campaign featuring Mads Mikkelsen.”

While the campaign is certainly a shift in tone, Newton denies that the brand is leaving behind its marketing heritage: “We’re still utilising ‘Probably’ as a campaign idea, but we’re trying to substantiate it, give it a reason to believe.

“At the end of the day we’re breathing new life into that campaign.”

With his biggest roles including Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Kaecilius in Doctor Strange, and the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter, Mads Mikkelsen is best known to English-speaking audiences for playing villains. It’s a factor that means the TV spot offers up a “very nice juxtaposition” of the broody Mikkelsen riding around, talking about happiness.

Calling Mikkelsen a “Perfect Fit” for the campaign, Fold7’s Ryan Newey said: “We wanted to cast a modern-day Danish philosopher with enough life experience and wisdom to be seen credibly by UK audience. Consumers will see Mads continue to share his observations and knowledge throughout the year as the campaign rolls out.”

The TV spot will be supported by a series of online content films, which further expand Mikkelsen’s character by examining topics such as the Danish approach to communication.