Found Pictures

Found Pictures

I found a big bag of vintage/antique pictures among items left behind by an evicted tenant. Based on the tenants, and the fact that these were left outside in the weather on a table, I am 100% sure that it was stolen. If you know who’s stuff this is, please let me know so I can get it back to them. They were likely stolen in August 2015 from somewhere in South East Portland.

In addition to the pictures, there is quite a bit of paperwork from Utah, Arizona and Washington D.C. including a life insurance policy card from 1943 for Mr. Joseph A. Reed who lived at 109 Blyer RD in Washington D.C.

Kid with Puppy

Found Pictures
Back of Picture says “Evelyn and Eastalyn Jefferies (Aunt Jane’s Twins)”

Unknown Baby

RPG: Manor’s Mindsight Spell

RPG: Manor’s Mindsight Spell

Originally part of the Landforger Project on Fidonet. Written for AD&D, but with little modification will work in DND D20

Manor’s Mindsight
Alteration
Level: 5
Range: special
Duration: 1 Turn/lvl.
Area of Effect: Creature Touched
Components: V,S,M
Casting Time: 6
Save: None

By means of this spell, a wizard gains the ability to “see” everything within a range of 20′ plus 10/ per two levels of the caster, regardless of intervening objects of any sort. No actual sensory organs are needed for the spell to function, and thus the mage may be blindfolded or in a completely dark room while using the mindsight spell. Furthermore, everything within the radius of the spell is perceived simultaneously; hence there is no need for the mage to look up or down to “see” objects above or below him.

Mind sight does not light a darkened area, though, so the mage would still perceive a dark room as a dark room, not a lighted one. The mage may overcome this obstacle by using the mindsight spell in conjunction with a darksense, infravision, or ultravision spell.

When using Manor’s Mindsight, a mage may not perceive illusions or phantasms for what they really are (unless his intelligence would normally allow him to distinguish between the illusion and reality), nor may he distinguish between magical objects and non-magical items, or make distinctions of alignment. Similarly, the mage cannot see traps, tricks, pits, magical symbols, or other invisible or magically concealed items or objects, unless he would be able to detect such items normally. A mage may surmount the problem by casting spells such as detect invisible, detect evil, detect magic, etc. previous to the actual casting of mindsight. These spells may be used with mindsight even if the radius of such spells are not equal to the radius of the mindsight spell.

The mage maintain the mindsight spell without concentration, and may move, cast spells, and engage in other activities while mindsight is in effect. If the mage wishes to view anything through the spell, however, he must concentrate and is then unable to move, cast spells, or engage in any strenuous activities. If the mage is attacked while concentrating on the mindsight, the spell is not ruined and the caster may resume viewing after combat is resolved.

The material component of the spell is the preserved eye of a blink dog, which is reusable.

August Movies

August Movies

Both remakes… but oh my… what awesome remakes.

Willy Wonka and the Charlie Factory. Tim Burton once again pulls an awesome movie out of his ass. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the great movies of the 70’s. It’s one of Gene Wilder’s best performances ever. Walk down the street and start singing any of the Oompa Loompa songs and you’ll have others doing the same.

At first – I loathed Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. He was condescending to the children which was annoying as hell. But… slowly I started seeing that it worked. He just didn’t know how to deal with children/family at all. Brilliant! Much closer to the book methinks, although I can’t be sure seeing as it’s been about twenty years since I read the books.

Dukes of Hazzard. Oh my god… this movie was hilarious. The best part was the guys from Super Troopers doing their little spiel from the begining of the movie was one of the funniest things ever. Lots of cussing in the movie, but well worth the money to see it in the theater. Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse – didn’t work quite right. Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke wasn’t bad, but there are other cuter women who are better actors. Over all, lots of laughs, a little light on the action compared to the TV series, but over all I think it was quite the good movie.

Rammstein

Rammstein

The indisputable kings of German Punk, maybe even Punk music in general is a great group called Rammstein.

But they’re more then just a bunch of guys shouting as loud as they can and playing their instruments way too loud like most every body down at the Paris on Friday Nights. But musically they’re technically perfect on par with a major Symphony. They music has emotion to it. Most people are familiar with Feuer Frei from the Triple X Sound Track. But Du Hast effects one far more to the point of anger in many cases.

On the other end of the scale they have Sonne, Engel, and their newest single, Amerika all of which are (relatively) gentle ballads. Listening to the beat and the words you feel more sad then angry. Of course unless you understand German you have no clue what these guys are singing about. Which I feel is part of their charm. Many people spend hours trying to figure out what exactly is said.

Rammstein are also the kings of imagery. Sonne starts out innocently enough. The entire band is dressed up as mountain climbers. They stop at a stream, drink water and immediatly you’re thinking “what is going on?” as each member gives an almost pitying look to the lead singer. The video proceeds to them actually climbing the mountian before the lead singer falls and gets obviously hurt. The rest of the band pulls him to the top, but that night they all exchange looks and know he’s going to die. They bury him at the top of the mountain. But rewind to the first part of the video and you begin to think everyone KNOWS he went there to die.

The translated lyrics lose something of course. But the above song (lyrics at http://www.lyrics007.com/Rammstein%20Lyrics/Sonne%20(English)%20Lyrics.html ) lyrics don’t seem to have anything about death or destiny. On the surface. But like They Might Be Giants the more you listen to their music, the more meanings you start to get out of the lyrics.

All in all – this is one group I’m going to see in concert as soon as I can. Their live shows are supposed to be just awesome.

Battlestar Galatica

Battlestar Galatica

I’m finally watching this new Sci-Fi channel series. And all I can say is “WOW”

The acting is amazingly good for a crap load of unknown actors. The special effects are quite nice for a TV show. I like how they really changed the technology. The Galatica looks pretty dang cool. The new Vipers are pretty nice, although I like how they brought back the old ones as museum pieces and then had to use ’em.

I’m not sure how much I like having Starbuck and Boomer be female. They were two important characters in the orginial series. But at least they won’t have the episode where all the male Viper Pilots come down sick and they have to train shuttle pilots how to fly them.

The new Cylons look pretty cool – very deadly. Although I’m still trying to figure out if I like that female one or not. Even if she did pretty much single handedly destroy humanity. Oh – and the museum was pretty cool – played homage to the old series with the old Cylon, the old Vipers, and even at one point the old theme song playing in the background.