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Google Play6,727,817Bestselling British science fiction authors Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds and Peter Hamilton have come together for a unique Science Fiction Hangout on Air.  They will be hanging out live on +Google Play on Thursday, September 27th at 6:00pm (London Time) to discuss their latest books and science fiction in general. To join Iain, Alastair and Peter in the live hangout, submit your best question for the panel in the comments below and let us know how we can contact you here: http://goo.gl/052bq and +Google Play will reach out to you if you’ve been selected.Don't forget to check out their books on Google Play:Peter F.Hamilton: http://goo.gl/42YHIIain M. Banks: http://goo.gl/xHp18Alastair Reynolds: http://goo.gl/6NI54Google Play presents: Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds & Peter F. Hamilton2012-09-27 19:00:00519 

Helen Calder has been shared in 25 public circles

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Moe Tousignant7,145RPG Circle ShareIn this circle are a group of people somehow related to RPGs. They may be writers, developers, publishers, fans or fanatics. There are artists, layout experts, mappers and cartographers. Everyone here has chosen their G+ identity to start with either an H or an I.If you choose to circle any of them I suggest you say hi. I do this by putting anyone I just circled into a "new people" circle. Then I can send a message out to that circle introducing myself. After that I sort them into my usual sorting system (which as you can tell includes alphabetically broken down RPG folk).2014-10-18 15:53:5085000
Moe Tousignant7,110RPG Circle Share - H-IWhat you have here is a circle of gamers. All of these people have something to do with RPG gaming. It's a mix of designers, publishers, map makers, artists, writers, fans and fanatics. Each of these people have chosen to have their G+ user name start with either an H or an I.2014-09-16 16:49:1990002
Scott Buehler69,427Web Designers of Google+ - These are people that came up in my searches for web design on Google Plus. I'm sure this group has people that may not be actual designers but are people interested in design but nonetheless, I gave it a good effort.Keeping the community aspect alive. Get to know these people.This is a one time release. If you are a designer but I missed you, just leave a comment for others to find you. Rock on Google+Scott's New Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115253059523607863437 #webdesign   #webdesigner   #circleshare  2014-02-09 22:54:294547829
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Boxing Day Circle...hope everyone had a good christmas and holidays :) 1. Add  +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 22:12:49474013
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Sharing my CIRCLE #5. Add  +Best Cars for new circles daily !Welcome to the newest version of my #Active   #Engagers   #Circle  Please add and share this circle and you will be guaranteed to grow your own following. Be open to commenting, sharing, and plussing posts from people in this circle. Most will respond, and in turn it will make your experience on Google + better.If you are NOT in this circle and would like to be added, just let me know in the comments below, and share this circle. Thank you!#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:37:45474111
Alfonso Posada Brils1,533#circuloscompartidos   #circulosampliados   #circulocompartido   #circulos   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #shareoftheweek   #shareoftheday   #circleoftheday   #followme   #followback   #social   #sharedcircleoftheweek   #circlesharing   #sharedcircle   #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #socialnetworking   #follower   #followers  2013-12-13 03:07:52416649
Trevor Penwarden4,674Here is my Doctor Who Circle, thank you all for you entertaining posts and comments :)A question for you all, what is your favorite Doctor Who story/episode?I have so much trouble picking, but today I am picking 'Terminus' Where the Doctor, Tegan , Nyssa and Turlough visit the centre of the universe.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28Doctor_Who%29 #sharedcircles #DoctorWho #TARDIS #Terminus  2013-09-19 06:19:40270405
Johnny Wood15,545Introducing the Launch of My Official New Series of #NicheCircles !  Be Sure to PLUS, SHARE, and COMMENT BELOW! Shared Niche Circle #1: Here is a brand new #webdesign  / #webdevelopment  shared circle that you can add to your circles.  I have intentionally started it small...we will watch it grow over time together!Everyone in this circle is into web design/development in one way or another, and I have personally added them to this list.  Know other awesome people who belong in this particular Niche Circle?  Tag them in the comments below!Are you in  my circles, but think you should be in this circle too?  Go here to tell me:https://plus.google.com/114531687741442783293/posts/9L63Gz2CHbZ #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #niche  2013-08-19 18:19:5065211230
Moe „Gilvan Blight“ Tousignant3,809I was again asked to share some of my RPG people I've been collecting here on G+.  What you have here is my E-I circle. These are all G+ users who's name they have chosen to use start with the letters E,F,G,H or I. I've got them split up like this since you can only share 500 people at a time.Everyone in this circle should have something to do with RPGs in some way. They may be a designer, a writer, an editor, an artist, a publisher, a fan, an edition warrior, a blogger, a podcaster, etc. If you do grab some of these people you should take the time to say hi! The best way I've found to do this is put them into a "New People" circle, send a message out to that new circle and then split the people up into whatever circle system you choose to use.2013-01-10 15:47:55325901
Peter Edenist15,424The Doctor Who CircleAwesome circle now with an awesome dedicated community here!!!  - https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104764744054347436297For all people who like Dr.Who and wish to join please just press the link and click 'join community'. For an add into the circle, just comment for an add-in. If you are notified, you are in the circle! RESHARE! RESHARE! RESHARE! (Said in the voice of a Dalek).#drwho   #whovians   #doctorwho   #doctorwhocircle   #doctorwhofans   #doctorwhoaddict   #dalek   #daleks   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #publiccircles   #public   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #weekend   #weekendproject   #reshare   #reshared   #resharetags   #reshareday   #sharingcircle   #sciencefictiontelevision   #daleks   #thedoctor   2013-01-07 13:14:52331922960
Circle Plus10,513Circle Plus, Circle Update - CP-07Circle Plus#addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles    #circlesharing    #circleshare    #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #BestSharedCircle #publiccircles #circlecount2012-12-21 12:13:01468537
Art BySilent Studio5,880This is a re-share of my third shared circle of artists/art pages/art lovers that I have been maintaining since I created this page.  There are new additions to the circle to fill-in for those who no longer wish to be in circle.  Please check out what/who is in this shared circle you may find something you really like and wish to add to one of your circles.  Please share this circle with your circles, thank you.2012-12-03 20:45:5041813139
Circle Plus8,907Circle Plus, Circle Update - CP-07+Circle Plus#addcircle #sharedcircles #googleplus #googlepluscircles #circleplus #sharecircle #googleplusmembers #plusmembers #page #circles    #circlesharing    #circleshare    #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #BestSharedCircle #publiccircles #circlecount2012-11-28 12:14:48474111
Saul Mendelsohn72The Doctor Who CircleAwesome circle up for Adds and for Shares!!!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬For all people who like Dr.Who and wish to join, just comment for an add-in. Reshare to spread the love!If you are notified, you are in the circle! RESHARE! RESHARE! RESHARE! (Said in the voice of a Dalek).▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬+Fans of Every Thing Doctor Who +Dr Who +We Love Sci-Fi +Dalek Caan +Often Called Upon Dalek +Andrew Dalek +Daily Dalek +Doctor Who +The Whovians ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#drwho   #whovians   #doctorwho   #doctorwhocircle   #doctorwhofans   #doctorwhoaddict   #dalek   #daleks   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #publiccircles   #public   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #weekend   #weekendproject   #reshare   #reshared   #resharetags   #reshareday   #sharingcircle   #sciencefictiontelevision   #daleks   #thedoctor   2012-11-12 12:38:5026911011
Peter Edenist9,916The Doctor Who CircleAwesome circle up for Adds and for Shares!!!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬For all people who like Dr.Who and wish to join, just comment for an add-in. Reshare to spread the love!If you are notified, you are in the circle! RESHARE! RESHARE! RESHARE! (Said in the voice of a Dalek).▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬+Fans of Every Thing Doctor Who +Dr Who +We Love Sci-Fi +Dalek Caan +Often Called Upon Dalek +Andrew Dalek +Daily Dalek +Doctor Who +The Whovians ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#drwho   #whovians   #doctorwho   #doctorwhocircle   #doctorwhofans   #doctorwhoaddict   #dalek   #daleks   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #publiccircles   #public   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle2012-11-12 09:24:192691364990
Patricia Pinto0Well, here's my circle of Random Wrimos. Apparently you can only share 500 people at one time (and I apparently have over a thousand), so I'll probably do another #nanowrimo circle share during lunch time or something. May the Muses be with you!2012-11-01 00:44:10500704
Boggy Li Sun84ShareMe - Epic circlejust epicalAll profiles are hand-picked and checked.Friendly, good humor and a fantastic activity awaits you!Follow +ShareMe or share that goo.gl/Bufmt, then I can integrate your profile in other AAA+ circles.#sharedcircles     #sharedcircle  #1337   #top   #circleshare     #share     #h4xx0r     #roflcopter  #shareme   #bestcircles   #boring   #follower   #followers   #add   #addmenow   #newcircle   #newcircles   #aaa  #sharecircle #sharecircles #roflcopter2012-10-09 05:49:38301277
Peter Edenist6,275^Sharing the Dr.Who Circle*Weekend Special!!!For all people who like Dr.Who and wish to join, just comment for an add-in. All the people here have asked for an inclusion! *Will notify the circle separately but please reshare this post!* Have a wonderful weekend and *DECOMPRESS, DECOMPRESS, DECOMPRESS!!! (Said in the voice of a Dalek).+Fans of Every Thing Doctor Who !!!+Doctor Who +Doctor Who  #drwho   #whovians   #doctorwho   #doctorwhocircle   #doctorwhofans   #doctorwhoaddict   #dalek   #daleks   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #publiccircles   #public   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #weekend   #weekendproject   #reshare   #reshared   #resharetags   #reshareday   #sharingcircle  2012-09-22 04:50:051601614967
Dede King0The Oontz Oontz Circle #Top500  According to Google. This started as a ♂ circle, then became a 'Let me test G+'s notification limits' circle, but gosh there's just too many. I need more estrogen in my circles if this is anything to go by. I was listening to electro-house music in the background. Connect the dotz.I'm pretty sure this is a good bunch, though there might be some rogue snipers that missed my wine toothed comb. I notified no one. I'm just throwing it out there because I can't sleep and going through my circles and rambling in run on incoherent sentences about it seemed like a good idea at the time.2012-09-12 00:43:30500163447
Full Circle4,875Welcome New Followers You've been Circled 8.30.12This circle only contains people who have circled us since our last update. Want to be included in the next "New Followers" circle update? Just add us to your Circles (new circlers only, sorry, we can't add you if you don't circle us).#circleshare   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2012-08-30 13:48:5580208
Greg S.2,885OLD DOCTOR ENTERS!  NEW DOCTOR LEAVES!ENTER THE TARDISCircle share of Whovian folks and pages :)  Brought to you by +Peter Edenist !2012-08-30 04:20:2676108
Full Circle4,709Welcome New Followers You've been Circled 8.29.12This circle only contains people who have circled us since our last update. Want to be included in the next "New Followers" circle update? Just add us to your Circles (new circlers only, sorry, we can't add you if you don't circle us).#circleshare   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2012-08-29 23:08:47262213
Peter Edenist4,879Dr. Who Circle (Enter the Tardis)Calling all Whovians! .... This is a brand new circle for fans of Dr.Who (old new, books, scifi fanart and suchlike - oh also Torchwood!)Link to Public Circles: https://plus.google.com/104978721982847419074/posts/D29ixqFKrDLAwesome people, an idea floated by +Andrij Harasewych and +Mz Maau to who I raise my hat and thank for this circle.Share this widely please to make this circle a success- Anyone can join - there is no barrier, you don't have to prove yourself, just ask to be added and you're in. The way it works is: You enter the circle, sharing is deeply appreciated but not mandatory. Support is wonderful and it makes it all worthwhile doing this on Google plus. You guys are awesome you make the circles worth it!!!Thank you!+Best Shared Circle +Circle Plus +Full Circle +Public Circles +Circle-Back +Reshare +Reshare +Fans of Every Thing Doctor Who +Whovians +Whovians Unite +Whovians wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww #who   #drwho   #whovianwednesday   #whovians   #whovi2012-08-29 05:48:52761141926
Full Circle4,614Welcome New Followers You've been Circled 8.28.12This circle only contains people who have circled us since our last update. Want to be included in the next "New Followers" circle update? Just add us to your Circles (new circlers only, sorry, we can't add you if you don't circle us).#circleshare   #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2012-08-28 19:22:50133339
Sabrina Rakkasah1,017The request said to share if you are against censorship of artistic nudes on G+ ...2012-02-20 07:45:352911118

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2013-02-02 16:47:32 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ok so +Niles Calder pointed me at this story.  Short version is that she shaved her head as an act of contrition and posted a tearful apology for breaking the rules of her 'girl band'.  I say 'girl band' because there are 90 of them, all young women, they're not allowed to date and the threat of expulsion leads to this.  That's not a girl band it's a cult.

Well that's what I though the moment I read it.  That might be western prejudice.  And it's probably something to do with being a mother.  For all I know it's a publicity stunt.

Anyway.  It's way more fun if it is a cult.  So who's really in charge, what do they want and what does it all mean?

Most reshares: 4

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2014-04-15 11:03:58 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Here's a little something for anyone wanting to add colour to a fantasy game.  Though it does make me wonder why we need fantasy when somewhere in the our world a 13-year old girl hunts foxes and wolves with a semi-tame golden eagle.

Most plusones: 22

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2014-01-02 21:37:23 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

They don't make them like the used to. 

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2014-11-25 16:18:27 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm crowd sourcing some information because Google has failed me. I'm hoping that some of you will have heard of this.

I remember a story of at least one phantom invasion of Britain by the Germans during the second world war. Someone rang a church bell an some forces were mobilized but it turned out to be nothing. I'm not talking about the mystery of Shingle Street but something else.
I'm I going mental or is this an actual thing? And if it is a thing when did it happen?

I'm crowd sourcing some information because Google has failed me. I'm hoping that some of you will have heard of this.

I remember a story of at least one phantom invasion of Britain by the Germans during the second world war. Someone rang a church bell an some forces were mobilized but it turned out to be nothing. I'm not talking about the mystery of Shingle Street but something else.
I'm I going mental or is this an actual thing? And if it is a thing when did it happen?___

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2014-10-23 11:07:57 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A page of links.  Most of these stories will be known to most of us but I think very few of us will know them all.  As my Granny would say at dinner time "Dig in, fill yer boots."

A page of links.  Most of these stories will be known to most of us but I think very few of us will know them all.  As my Granny would say at dinner time "Dig in, fill yer boots."___

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2014-10-21 10:59:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Yes that's right.  The Donald has angered the local protective water spirit, denied the existence of climate change, and destablised the dune system along a particularly stormy stretch of coastline.  I'm now taking bets on how long it's going to be before the course is under six foot of water.

Yes that's right.  The Donald has angered the local protective water spirit, denied the existence of climate change, and destablised the dune system along a particularly stormy stretch of coastline.  I'm now taking bets on how long it's going to be before the course is under six foot of water.___

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2014-04-15 11:03:58 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Here's a little something for anyone wanting to add colour to a fantasy game.  Though it does make me wonder why we need fantasy when somewhere in the our world a 13-year old girl hunts foxes and wolves with a semi-tame golden eagle.

Here's a little something for anyone wanting to add colour to a fantasy game.  Though it does make me wonder why we need fantasy when somewhere in the our world a 13-year old girl hunts foxes and wolves with a semi-tame golden eagle.___

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2014-03-18 12:08:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Not sure if this has been posted before.

There's something about it in the context of Putin's current policies that tickles something in the back of my mind. Thoughts?

Not sure if this has been posted before.

There's something about it in the context of Putin's current policies that tickles something in the back of my mind. Thoughts?___

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2014-03-16 19:17:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Yeah, this is us.

Yeah, this is us.___

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2014-03-07 10:59:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Bwa ha ha.

For all my bearded friends. You know the truth. 

Bwa ha ha.

For all my bearded friends. You know the truth. ___

2014-03-07 10:18:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Once again Australia 's Tony Abbot is on the receiving end of an almighty smack down.  Read the article, watch the speech and be sure you listen all the way to the end because it just keeps getting better.

And maybe we should start sending Tony Abbot burn ointment.

Once again Australia 's Tony Abbot is on the receiving end of an almighty smack down.  Read the article, watch the speech and be sure you listen all the way to the end because it just keeps getting better.

And maybe we should start sending Tony Abbot burn ointment.___

2014-03-06 14:18:18 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I need to pick your brains.

No, come back, not like that.  I mean that I'm crowd-sourcing and idea and the ladies and gentlemen of this fine community have just the sort of esoteric knowledge that I need. 

I'm working on a novel and I need a name for an incredibly dangerous magical ritual that involves summoning a Succubus/Incubus.  Now if there's a historical ritual that supposedly does that and has a name that sounds suitably ominous then great but how it sounds is more important than accuracy - it could be the name that the character gave it rather than the real name.

Help me, Suppressed Transmission, you're my only hope.  Also there's a dedication in it for whoever has the best suggestion.

I need to pick your brains.

No, come back, not like that.  I mean that I'm crowd-sourcing and idea and the ladies and gentlemen of this fine community have just the sort of esoteric knowledge that I need. 

I'm working on a novel and I need a name for an incredibly dangerous magical ritual that involves summoning a Succubus/Incubus.  Now if there's a historical ritual that supposedly does that and has a name that sounds suitably ominous then great but how it sounds is more important than accuracy - it could be the name that the character gave it rather than the real name.

Help me, Suppressed Transmission, you're my only hope.  Also there's a dedication in it for whoever has the best suggestion.___

2014-03-02 15:24:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

*Writing update - Jesus Christ, why does writing have to be so hard? *

Actually that's not true.  Writing is easy.  Writing what you want to write is hard.  Re-writing is harder.  Working out what's wrong with your writing is super-fucking hard.  Fixing it is like fucking torture.

*Writing update - Jesus Christ, why does writing have to be so hard? *

Actually that's not true.  Writing is easy.  Writing what you want to write is hard.  Re-writing is harder.  Working out what's wrong with your writing is super-fucking hard.  Fixing it is like fucking torture.___

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2014-02-23 23:41:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It's important to always look closely.

It's important to always look closely.___

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2014-02-23 17:07:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Abandoned theaters are as spooky as all hell.

Abandoned theaters are as spooky as all hell.___

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2014-02-17 14:30:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Ok this book is now on my 'must buy' list.

Ok this book is now on my 'must buy' list.___

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2014-02-02 20:46:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Well this is pretty messed up.  I thought I'd seen it on here already but I can't find it.

Short version.  Family so badly plagued by ghosts and spirits that the children are taken into care because they're doing weird satanic voices and running backwards up walls.

Well this is pretty messed up.  I thought I'd seen it on here already but I can't find it.

Short version.  Family so badly plagued by ghosts and spirits that the children are taken into care because they're doing weird satanic voices and running backwards up walls.___

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2014-01-23 13:50:03 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

OK the article is pure Daily Mail - a bunch of unfounded sensationalist speculation tied around a couple of facts - but think of the game possibilities.

I challenge you to work out how to fit this into your settings.  Go!

OK the article is pure Daily Mail - a bunch of unfounded sensationalist speculation tied around a couple of facts - but think of the game possibilities.

I challenge you to work out how to fit this into your settings.  Go!___

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2014-01-18 15:06:54 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Brace yourselves for the second coming. Or maybe the antichrist. Either way we're all screwed. 

Brace yourselves for the second coming. Or maybe the antichrist. Either way we're all screwed. ___

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2014-01-08 11:17:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Just one of many interesting brain diseases than can affect PCs or confuse investigations.

The Woman who could write, but could not read : A sad case to be sure, but the story was definitely something which was fascinating. We know so little about the brain....

Post dedicated to +Knut Torgersen for his birthday..!

Article Extract: One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be covered in incomprehensible symbols. She didn't know it yet, but the teacher, identified only as M.P. in a recent case study her doctors published about her in the journal Neurology, had had a stroke. The stroke afflicted a very specific part of her brain, leaving the 40-year-old woman with some unusual, but not unprecedented, symptoms—and plenty of functioning outside of that. Her case study is a fascinating look at what the brain, and human ingenuity, are capable of.

It turns out M.P.'s stroke interrupted the connection between the "language zone" of her brain and her visual cortex, her doctors wrote. At the same time, other sensory inputs still connected into her language zone. The results were decidedly weird. She couldn't read, but she could still write and understand spoken English, a symptom called "word blindness." Plus, she still had emotional reactions to seeing words, even though she couldn't recognize them:

Given a word, M.P. will direct her attention to the first letter, which she is unable to recognize. She will then place her finger on the letter and begin to trace each letter of the alphabet over it in order until she recognizes that she has traced the letter she is looking at.

Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/woman-who-could-write-couldnt-read?dom=PSC&loc=topstories&con=the-woman-who-could-write-but-couldnt-read

Linked paper: http://www.neurology.org/content/82/1/e5.full

Additional link in Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/internet-commenter-syndrome-the-woman-who-can-write-bu-1496461544

Pic Description: _Pic is for illustration purposes only. Painting by Carl Holsoe on Harriet Devine's blog (http://goo.gl/aAzJqv)._

#science #HappyBirthdayKnutter___Just one of many interesting brain diseases than can affect PCs or confuse investigations.

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2014-01-06 17:36:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Now here's an NPC to make your players lives difficult.

The World’s Best Bounty Hunter Is 4-Foot-11. Here’s How She Hunts

At 4'11" and just over 100 pounds, Michelle Gomez doesn’t look like the sort of person you’d hire to retrieve earthmoving equipment stolen by a Peruvian crime family. But in the summer of 2013, that’s exactly what she was doing.___Now here's an NPC to make your players lives difficult.

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2014-01-02 21:37:23 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

They don't make them like the used to. 

They don't make them like the used to. ___

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2013-12-31 01:11:59 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Okaaaaaay.  This is pretty messed up.  But it's also kind of cool.  What about an alternative history where the Americans dropped a nuclear bomb on Mt Fuji instead of onto Hiroshima?  What happened?  

Did bombing volcanoes become a thing?  Did mighty Gojira wake from his slumber and head straight for Las Vegas or San Fransico?  Did it trigger some kind of volcanic apocalypse?  Let me hear your suggestions.

Okaaaaaay.  This is pretty messed up.  But it's also kind of cool.  What about an alternative history where the Americans dropped a nuclear bomb on Mt Fuji instead of onto Hiroshima?  What happened?  

Did bombing volcanoes become a thing?  Did mighty Gojira wake from his slumber and head straight for Las Vegas or San Fransico?  Did it trigger some kind of volcanic apocalypse?  Let me hear your suggestions.___

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2013-12-29 22:30:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Not sure if this has been shared here before.  These have to be some of the creepiest possible settings for contemporary games.

Not sure if this has been shared here before.  These have to be some of the creepiest possible settings for contemporary games.___

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2013-12-29 20:37:01 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I posted this to my circles the other day but then I thought you guys might like it too. Can you use it? What would have happened if he had turned up and she really had thumped him? What other dictators could the Queen have attacked? Or other royals - remember that many of them have served in the military including the Queen herself who drove trucks for the Army during WWII.

In case anyone was wondering what the Queen's roll in a democracy is it would seem to include whacking dictators with swords.___I posted this to my circles the other day but then I thought you guys might like it too. Can you use it? What would have happened if he had turned up and she really had thumped him? What other dictators could the Queen have attacked? Or other royals - remember that many of them have served in the military including the Queen herself who drove trucks for the Army during WWII.

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2013-12-28 20:54:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It's not particularly conspiratorial but old usages are handy for confusing players.

It's not particularly conspiratorial but old usages are handy for confusing players.___

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2013-12-26 16:00:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Now here's a way to provide some nasty surprises for PCs in Victorian, Edwardian and Steampunk set games.

Exploding toilets, accidental poisoning and flammable shirt collars and all the rest.

Now here's a way to provide some nasty surprises for PCs in Victorian, Edwardian and Steampunk set games.

Exploding toilets, accidental poisoning and flammable shirt collars and all the rest.___

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2013-12-26 15:49:53 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This should provide some useful fodder.

This should provide some useful fodder.___

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2013-12-21 13:51:32 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'm reading this right now.  But I just got to a bit that I had to share with you guys.

"Her skin was so pale and smooth, he says, that she could look Asian, or like a light-skinned black woman, or even white. One night, though, he woke up before dawn and saw that his bride’s smooth skin wasn’t so perfect—she had “1,000 wrinkles on her face.” After he caught this illicit glimpse, Linda locked herself in the bathroom for an hour. When she came out, she looked like a whole new person."

Now this is the sort of NPC that every game needs.  I'm off to read the rest of the article but I'm setting a challenge.  How would you use the Welfare Queen in a game?  Comic relief?  Vampire on the run?  Secret ruler of the city?

Go.

I'm reading this right now.  But I just got to a bit that I had to share with you guys.

"Her skin was so pale and smooth, he says, that she could look Asian, or like a light-skinned black woman, or even white. One night, though, he woke up before dawn and saw that his bride’s smooth skin wasn’t so perfect—she had “1,000 wrinkles on her face.” After he caught this illicit glimpse, Linda locked herself in the bathroom for an hour. When she came out, she looked like a whole new person."

Now this is the sort of NPC that every game needs.  I'm off to read the rest of the article but I'm setting a challenge.  How would you use the Welfare Queen in a game?  Comic relief?  Vampire on the run?  Secret ruler of the city?

Go.___

2013-11-05 22:39:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hi.  I'm new here and I've been looking for a template for a Memoir.  Any suggestions?

Hi.  I'm new here and I've been looking for a template for a Memoir.  Any suggestions?___

2013-10-05 18:29:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the invitation. Obviously news of my awesomeness has spread. ;-)

Thanks for the invitation. Obviously news of my awesomeness has spread. ;-)___

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2013-09-22 22:10:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Looks more like a young weeping angel to me.

Looks more like a young weeping angel to me.___

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2013-09-13 18:10:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hmmm.  Time traveller?

Hmmm.  Time traveller?___

2013-09-01 00:49:25 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

What irks me is people telling me that "God has a plan" for me or worse yet "everything happens for a reason".

I am not about to start blaming God or the universe for the shit that happens in my life.  Sometimes bad shit just happens and it doesn't mean anything.  If there was any justice in the world it would be possible to instantly teleport anyone who says that to the nearest horrible natural disaster so they can try telling someone who's lost everything and everyone that they've ever cared about that it's "all happening for a reason".

Or maybe not.  That would be a horrible thing to do to someone who's already got too much to deal with.

What irks me is people telling me that "God has a plan" for me or worse yet "everything happens for a reason".

I am not about to start blaming God or the universe for the shit that happens in my life.  Sometimes bad shit just happens and it doesn't mean anything.  If there was any justice in the world it would be possible to instantly teleport anyone who says that to the nearest horrible natural disaster so they can try telling someone who's lost everything and everyone that they've ever cared about that it's "all happening for a reason".

Or maybe not.  That would be a horrible thing to do to someone who's already got too much to deal with.___

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2013-08-30 10:16:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm cross sharing this.  I saw it posted by the Doctor Who Hub on Facebook.

I'm cross sharing this.  I saw it posted by the Doctor Who Hub on Facebook.___

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2013-07-22 20:50:21 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Check out number 5.

Check out number 5.___

2013-07-12 17:42:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Not sure if this has been posted before.  

Not sure if this has been posted before.  ___

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2013-06-28 16:46:11 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Nothing unusual in the story but does anyone else find the wording of the graffiti to be strangely ominous?

Nothing unusual in the story but does anyone else find the wording of the graffiti to be strangely ominous?___

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2013-06-22 13:12:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

JPMorgan calls for authoritarian regimes in Europe

You can't make this stuff up. 

In a document released at the end of May, the American banking and investment giant JP Morgan Chase calls for the overturning of democratic constitutions and the installation of authoritarian regimes.

Some of the policies on the chopping board wish-list include:
 - Constitutional protection of labour rights.
 - Consensus-building systems
 - The right to protest

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/17/morg-j17.html

JPMorgan calls for authoritarian regimes in Europe

You can't make this stuff up. 

In a document released at the end of May, the American banking and investment giant JP Morgan Chase calls for the overturning of democratic constitutions and the installation of authoritarian regimes.

Some of the policies on the chopping board wish-list include:
 - Constitutional protection of labour rights.
 - Consensus-building systems
 - The right to protest

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/17/morg-j17.html___

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2013-06-20 19:21:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Has anyone else posted this?  Seems like another ancient city has popped up in the middle of a forest.

Has anyone else posted this?  Seems like another ancient city has popped up in the middle of a forest.___

2013-06-13 12:41:01 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Illuminated tours!

When +Loris Gianadda offered to take any of us on an unofficial tour of the Paris Catacombs I had a wonderful thought.  Most of us know stuff about our own regions that just aren't in the guidebooks.

I live in Aberdeen, Scotland and I can take you to the exact point where the Black Death entered the city for the last time.  I can tell you where the plague pits were.  I can tell you where the money to build Pocra Quay came from and all about the conspiracy theory about the massacre that was the battle of Justice Mill.  I can also talk about some modern conspiracy theories round the proposed demolition of the Union Terrace Gardens to make way for a city Square.

I bet most of you could say the same for your own areas.  So who's willing to offer ?  What could you show us?

Illuminated tours!

When +Loris Gianadda offered to take any of us on an unofficial tour of the Paris Catacombs I had a wonderful thought.  Most of us know stuff about our own regions that just aren't in the guidebooks.

I live in Aberdeen, Scotland and I can take you to the exact point where the Black Death entered the city for the last time.  I can tell you where the plague pits were.  I can tell you where the money to build Pocra Quay came from and all about the conspiracy theory about the massacre that was the battle of Justice Mill.  I can also talk about some modern conspiracy theories round the proposed demolition of the Union Terrace Gardens to make way for a city Square.

I bet most of you could say the same for your own areas.  So who's willing to offer ?  What could you show us?___

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2013-06-11 20:21:45 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Some fantastic story fodder here.  When did California really stop being an island?  Who dug the tunnels that undermined Paris?  What secret message did Newton's 'mistake' point to?  What's are the rocks trying to tell us?

Oh and are those other people really shitheads?

Some fantastic story fodder here.  When did California really stop being an island?  Who dug the tunnels that undermined Paris?  What secret message did Newton's 'mistake' point to?  What's are the rocks trying to tell us?

Oh and are those other people really shitheads?___

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2013-06-09 00:18:24 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Fascinating story but probably complete bobbins.

Would make for an interesting Illuminated/Alternative history campaign.  The bones of the impostor 'Queen' would make a good McGuffin or you could take the details and transpose them to the Fantasy court of your choice.  

Any other suggestions?

Fascinating story but probably complete bobbins.

Would make for an interesting Illuminated/Alternative history campaign.  The bones of the impostor 'Queen' would make a good McGuffin or you could take the details and transpose them to the Fantasy court of your choice.  

Any other suggestions?___

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2013-03-31 19:50:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I can't remember if this site has been posted here before.  Even if it has it's probably still worth posting again.  Check out the thought detectors and the Summer Holiday Diseases colouring book.

I can't remember if this site has been posted here before.  Even if it has it's probably still worth posting again.  Check out the thought detectors and the Summer Holiday Diseases colouring book.___

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2013-03-10 15:47:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Thoughts?  My first instinct is some kind of toxic chi.  All that new building has messed with the global Feng Shui grid.

Thoughts?  My first instinct is some kind of toxic chi.  All that new building has messed with the global Feng Shui grid.___

2013-02-19 21:32:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If anyone is interested in Christian flavoured millennialist numerology you might find this blog interesting.  But no teasing   If this is genuine then this the writer is probably deeply troubled.

I found this blog because the writer 'liked' my Russian Meteor blog.  I hope they realize it was fiction.

If anyone is interested in Christian flavoured millennialist numerology you might find this blog interesting.  But no teasing   If this is genuine then this the writer is probably deeply troubled.

I found this blog because the writer 'liked' my Russian Meteor blog.  I hope they realize it was fiction.___

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2013-02-18 15:20:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Re-sharing this with you guys as it's relevant to ongoing discussions.

The Department sort of comments on the Russian Meteor.___Re-sharing this with you guys as it's relevant to ongoing discussions.

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2013-02-10 00:36:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Now these are interesting artifacts.  As if he's channeling some truth hidden in Jigsaw puzzles.

Now these are interesting artifacts.  As if he's channeling some truth hidden in Jigsaw puzzles.___

2013-02-05 23:10:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Has anyone else been watching Utopia, on Channel 4 in the UK.  If not then you bloody should be.  It is the best conspiratorially tinged, dystopian, gritty thriller I have ever seen.

Has anyone else been watching Utopia, on Channel 4 in the UK.  If not then you bloody should be.  It is the best conspiratorially tinged, dystopian, gritty thriller I have ever seen.___

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2013-02-02 16:47:32 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ok so +Niles Calder pointed me at this story.  Short version is that she shaved her head as an act of contrition and posted a tearful apology for breaking the rules of her 'girl band'.  I say 'girl band' because there are 90 of them, all young women, they're not allowed to date and the threat of expulsion leads to this.  That's not a girl band it's a cult.

Well that's what I though the moment I read it.  That might be western prejudice.  And it's probably something to do with being a mother.  For all I know it's a publicity stunt.

Anyway.  It's way more fun if it is a cult.  So who's really in charge, what do they want and what does it all mean?

Ok so +Niles Calder pointed me at this story.  Short version is that she shaved her head as an act of contrition and posted a tearful apology for breaking the rules of her 'girl band'.  I say 'girl band' because there are 90 of them, all young women, they're not allowed to date and the threat of expulsion leads to this.  That's not a girl band it's a cult.

Well that's what I though the moment I read it.  That might be western prejudice.  And it's probably something to do with being a mother.  For all I know it's a publicity stunt.

Anyway.  It's way more fun if it is a cult.  So who's really in charge, what do they want and what does it all mean?___

2013-01-29 15:44:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There's a couple of fantastic cliff walks near me but I don't have a car and the start points are hard to reach by public transport.  If there are any other people in the North East of Scotland who fancy either a joint trip or my recommendation for a  walk of their own then please let me know.

There's a couple of fantastic cliff walks near me but I don't have a car and the start points are hard to reach by public transport.  If there are any other people in the North East of Scotland who fancy either a joint trip or my recommendation for a  walk of their own then please let me know.___

2013-01-29 15:23:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hello all.  

I live in Aberdeen and we have some fantastic seaside walks in my area.  That I'd like to suggest but I don't really know what the group is all about.  Perhaps someone can tell me?

Hello all.  

I live in Aberdeen and we have some fantastic seaside walks in my area.  That I'd like to suggest but I don't really know what the group is all about.  Perhaps someone can tell me?___

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2013-01-21 17:36:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Some might find this interesting background on the Anasazi

Some might find this interesting background on the Anasazi___

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