What happens when your wife gives you a bag from her medical conference which she doesn’t want?
You order some custom patches from eBay and convert it into an ‘Ultimate Gamemaster’ bag.
My wife (who gets a Zillion Billion brownie points for doing this) sewed on the patches. I added some pins, and bam!, cool GM bag. I’m bringing this to NTRPGCon 🙂
See After and Before pictures below.
After the Patches & Pins
Before the Patches & Pins
I take screenshots of our Roll20 battlegrids as we play (I use FastStone Capture but any such screenshot software will suffice). Then I go into our private Google+ community and get ready to share a post. I click ‘Photos’:
Then on the overlay, I see the option to drag over photos.
I go to my file system and select a series of closely related images which will animate nicely. I like to break them up so that if I have three rooms and want each to have a separate animated GIF file, I do three different uploads.
Then I drag the images to the overlay:
After this I just follow the instructions:
After about 10 minutes (sometimes less) I see under my Google+ notifications that Google has created an ‘Auto-Awesome’ photo. I go to view this and view it full size and download it, then upload this back to our group’s Google+ community! Voila!
I thought this was a pretty interesting insight regarding character motivations. The article is talking about Superheroes, but this also applies to character-oriented fiction.
The io9 article makes the point that the motivation comes from the origin story saying: “as [Gail] Simone [writer of Birds of Prey and Secret Six] puts it, the point of the origin story isn’t really to explain how the hero got his/her powers, it’s to explain ‘what they most desire, what they most fear. The best origins, like Spider-man’s, Batman’s, and the like, encapsulate the character’s reason to exist. The worst merely explain that a drum of radioactive waste fell on their head and now they can fly.'” (source)
I also liked what a reader of the article said in the comments section:
The ‘super’ of ‘superhero’ is much less important than the ‘hero’ component. (source)
First, follow the instructions on my prior link here:
Once you’ve done the above, you can post to WordPress blog and it will echo out to both Facebook and Twitter.
Next, manually connect Twitter to your Buzz. Here’s how:
Log in to Gmail. When you click “Buzz” and then click “Connected Sites”, you’ll see the source manager; this lets you control permission levels for each source (in other words, you can set it so that your posts via Twitter are shared with certain people as opposed to your default privacy settings). [Note: controlling this was pretty un-intuitive. You’d think you could get to this under “Settings”, but you can’t. Bad design.]
That’s it! Enjoy.
Is Google’s new Buzz feature a Facebook / Twitter killer? Time will tell. For the near term though, it’s probably a good idea to check it out. With Twitter-to-Buzz integration, you can easily set up Buzz to mirror your Twitter posts. In my next post I’ll show how to integrate Facebook and a WordPress Blog so you can post-once and it will echo out to Twitter, Facebook and Buzz with zero extra steps.
In the meantime, here’s some Power User Tips:
TWITTER TO BUZZ
You can manually connect Twitter to your Buzz. When you click “Buzz” and then click “Connected Sites”, you’ll see the source manager; this lets you control permission levels for each source (in other words, you can set it so that your posts via Twitter are shared with certain people as opposed to your default privacy settings). [Note: controlling this was pretty un-intuitive. You’d think you could get to this under “Settings”, but you can’t. Bad design.]
When you’re entering a comment, your @reply will add people to the post and deliver it to their inbox. For example, type in “@mary” and you’ll see a list of matches. Note that while this makes it “private”, it appears that that person can share your comment with others much as an email may be forwarded, so beware this loophole.
If you’re a power user already using Gmail filters, note that your regular email filters will apply to Google Buzz messages, so you can control what types of messages you see.
Finding the Buzz documentation was a bit of a chore, so I included the direct link here: