The initial blurb:
“A frontier port town. This city used to be a bustling city and the
northern border of a great kingdom. That was ages ago and time, orcs,
and fire have taken their toll on the town. The city is much smaller
population wise, but is still a large city. New immigrants have been
seeking a better life in this frontier town and using the old
buildings as a foundation (think Seattle or London after the big
fires; just build everything up ~10-15′). It’s rumored that inhuman
things lurk in the sewers, but the nobles are quick to dismiss it,
lest the tide of immigrants (cheap labor) lessen. There are also
problems with nearby orc and goblin tribes attacking outlying farming
communities. Further to the north the impenetrable mountains, The
Spine of the World, loom over everything with their snowy caps.”
Lymen (Felix) Half-Elf Rogue/Druid
Mathis Valon (James) Half-Elf Wizard
Van Hazzard (Snape) Human Ranger
Arthur Ariers (Lowell) Dwarf Cleric (of Asmodeus)
Grom (JD) Half-Orc Monk
Dewit (Denis) Human Sorcerer
Klaus (Xiao) Human Monk
People of interest
Janiven – Rebel Liason
Morosino – Rebel Lt.
Areal – Rebel Leader
Edward von Whiteington III – Noble on the Concil
[Elf F wearing leather armor] – Whiteington’s special retainer
[Half-Orc wearing ‘bulky’ clothes w/ falchion] – Whiteington’s special retainer
Racheal Demavaugh – Noble on the Concil
Aberian Arvanxi – Mayor of Freeport
Anvenge Doskivari – Previous Mayor, disappeared unexpectedly
Rebels “Children of Freeport” – Seek to overthrow the ‘corrupt’ government and establish a government that keeps all citizens safe. They don’t seem to discriminate against anyone.
Hellknights – secret police that use intimidation and force to cow the population.
Bastards of Eberous – group of thieves, wiped out by a band of adventurers
“Inner Council” – shadowy group that might be behind Bastards of Eberous
“Crazy” Achmed – Reputable merchant, sells fine arms & armor
Robert Nolan – Famous director
Places of interest in Freeport:
Treacle St. – Hive of scum & villany, lots of gambling here. including dogfights
Treacle St. Bridge – Entrance to Rebel hideout in sewers is under this bridge
Undercity – Ruins of the old city located below the sewers
Whiteington’s Estate – self explanitory
Nearby Places of interest:
Crozbun – Capital city of the Empire. Center of Art, Education, and Culture.
WoodDale in the Thorpshire – small farming community a few days north of Freeport, had zombie problem
Franklinton – tiny fishing village about 1-2 weeks west of Freeport. Edge of civilization
Abandoned ‘lighthouse’ Tower – Near Franklinton. Invisible, has magical portals
What is the Overall Goal of Google? As answered by CEO Sundar Pichai it is to be a “Step Ahead of Our Users”. So how is Google staying a step ahead of their users and competition? The next 10 years of technology will shake up how search is performed, where it is done, who is doing it. Search will become ubiquitous. Search will be everywhere and available in many more ways than we can ever imagine. So here is my predictions on where Google will be in the next ten years.
Where is Google Investing?
By analyzing where Google is investing we predict where they are going. Here is where the putting all their eggs:
Personal Assistants (PA)
Where will Google be?
Put Google Everywhere. Google wants to build a conversational and natural language search application that simplifies your life. Google will be in your daily life, on the clothing you wear, in the car you drive, & in your home. Google will become an ambient experience that extends beyond any device; always listening, always on, always there to help.
Google Search Now and Then
Old Search – Go to computer, turn on computer, wait, open web browser, go to Google, type in search query, get results, decide where to click, read content on page for answer, review & repeat until answer is found.
New Search – Ask question, get answer.
Google will be your Personal Assistant
Personal Assistants will soon understand natural language and will be able to understand context. PAs will be designed to affect the largest amount of people possible and be able to used by anyone who can see, touch, speak, or think. PAs will enable millions to simplify and automate everyday tasks through machine learning.
PAs Machine Learning algorithms could become influenced by factors outside of user control, limiting users natural discovery of new products, stores, and experiences. PA may increase commoditization.
Google for your Home
An Internet of Things (IoT) voice-activated device designed to rival Alexa and Cortana. Automatically connects with Android, Chome Cast, TV, music, lights, thermostat, locks, doors, wallets, and all IoT enabled objects. Designed to make your life easier.
Google Home may influence shopping behavior as it doesn’t require a computer or phone to connect to the internet; lowering the barrier to getting online. Users will no longer need to leave their house to shop. It is predicted users will become comfortable enough to shop with voice commands and not have to see an item in order or visit a store to make a purchase.
43% of users begin a product search on Amazon. Amazon is Google’s largest competitor from a Search and IoT perspective. Google needs a way to reach Amazon users or they become irrelevant. Here’s how they are cutting Amazon out and expanding their reach in shopping:
- Local Inventory Ads – find products from a local retailer which bypasses Amazon. Requires retailer participation.
- PLAs in Google Images† – Amazon is not participating in product listing ads or focused on imagery.
- Google Express – Same day delivery which bypasses Amazon. Requires retailers to partner with Google.
- Google One-Touch Buy – Bypasses Amazon, requires retailers to partners with Google.
- Android Pay – Even if Google doesn’t handle the search they can process the payment and gain customer data in the offline world.
Google will Process Payments
Android Pay will incentivize retailers to use NFC by offering lower credit card processing fees and free terminals provided by Square. Google wants retailers to be able to accept any form of digital payment with one-touch buying. Android Pay will also expand to ATMs, Chrome, and work with virtual loyalty cards simplifying and expediting the checkout process. Currently partnering with Bank Of America.
By owning the payment processing Google can link search behavior to purchase behavior, create sophisticated reward programs, lower fees, speed up checkout, own the customer data, and control the branding. This could add billions of revenue to Google’s bottom line.
Google will be the go to Language Translation
Google’s specialized TPU chips fast-forwarded machine learning language translations algorithms seven years into the future. The TPU chips will improve language translation, voice search, and are the same processors that beat humans at Go. Google Translate is focused on natural language and understanding context.
Google is competing with Amazon and Microsoft in voice search and needs to stay competitive in order to stay relevant. Google Translate could replace human translations in the future. Retailers could benefit by providing user a natural translated experience in any language. Combine TPU chips and machine learning and you have a very powerful AI.
Learning from Google aka Google University
For years Google has given away its answers for free. It has now began selling hardware and software to students and schools. “Learning is going Google” with devices, materials, expeditions, and training for everyone from elementary to post graduate. 7 out of 8 Ivy League schools are using Google for Education. The next Ivy League School may be Google. What would be a diploma from Google be worth?
Machine Learning – The Uprise of the Machines
RankBrain is a machine learning AI that has become the third most important ranking factor for organic search. While Rankbrain has yet to be gamed because its learning remains offline, it uses mathematics to connect words and phrases making it susceptible to user behavior and trends. Google is prioritizing Machine Learning and AI in 2016.
Machine learning AIs will be used for virtual assistants, messaging apps: Allo and Duo (to be release in 2016) that will rival Facebook messenger, Snapchat, Skype, Slack, etc. Machine Learning will also enable Google to provide better instant answers keeping users within the Google eco-system and not clicking away to an organic search result.
Google Owns Your Content
Instant Answers are Growing
In 2012 there were only six different types of Instant Answers. Today Instant Answers provide search results for over 30 different categories of search queries. Instant Answers lead to less clicks to organic search queries that follow.
- People, Biography
- Calculator, Math
- Currency, Stock Price, Market Cap
- IP Address
- Sunset, Sunrise, Tides
- Time, Time Zones,
- Package Tracking
- Definitions, Dictionary
- Flight Tracker, Flight Schedules
- Movie Schedule
- Data, Random Facts
The Cornerstones of Google are Strong
- Operating Systems: Android, Chrome OS, Google TV
If Google owns the devices performing search they run the devices that power the world.
- Applications: Search, Calendar, Maps, Photos, Email, News, Drive, YouTube, Translations, Wallets, Mobile apps†, …
Provide everything you need on your devices.
- Hardware: Driverless Car, Nexus, Chromecast, Contact Lens
Connect everything together.
- Services: Cloud, Broadband/Fiber, Crisis Response (911)
Be the infrastructure that you depend on.
Predictions for Google
- Google has already lost the battle with Amazon.
- Google has to partner with retailers in order to compete with Amazon, we will see Google becoming more transparent in order for businesses to feel comfortable working with them.
- Google will build an online mall to compete with Amazon. It won’t be Google Express, Google Shopping Ads, or even their partnership with Walmart. It will be bigger it will be more streamlined.
- Google will invest in gaming & VR to rival Microsoft.
- Google will encourage deep linking and using “parts” of apps to reduce Apple’s dominance in the app market.
- Google’s voice search will reduce the number of searches per session.
- Google will buy or become the next big payment processor.
- Google will partner with car manufactures for mapping data to improve self-driving cars.
To qualify for this list you must:
1. Manufacture a skateboard hard good or component i.e. deck, wheel, truck.
2. Sponsor professional skateboarders and have a skate team.
3. Carried in at least one physical brick & mortar skate shop (no virtual/online only shops “pure players”).
4. Be in business as of today’s date.
Black Box Distribution
Black Label Skateboards
California Free Former
Circle A Skateboards
City Stars Skateboards
Crooks and Castles
Diamond Supply Co.
Famous Stars and Straps
Five Boro NYC Skateboards
Girl Distribution Company
Imfamous Skate co.
Independent Truck Company
Plan B Skateboards
Sessions (clothing company)
Spitfire (Wheel Company
Two Seasons (retailer)
Vision Street Wear
Wood Pusher Skateboards
Zoo York (company)
A career in online marketing road is a winding road with many forks, roundabouts, and dead ends. Navigating your way can be difficult because it is often unknown what are all the possible job opportunities out there. Acquiring the hard skills necessary for growth development is when you haven’t set your sights on your field of expertise. Soft skills may come naturally to some but others must work for years improving their personality type.
8/25/17 – “We put teachers first”.
8/22/17 – Drop off in the infant room: Child is seated coughing, I notice something silvery in his mouth and tell teacher that I think something is in his mouth. She says we don’t have anything in the room that is small enough to fit in their mouths. Child continues to cough so I lean down at eye level of child and notice that he does have something in his mouth and ask the teach to intervene. The teacher get up from rocking chair puts baby down that she is holding and does an emergency finger swipe in his mouth. She retrieves a foil gum wrapper and comments I wonder where he got that?
8/21/17 – Child U is passed out on the tile floor, eyes closed, face down, not moving. I inquire with teacher about if he is okay. She says he isn’t feeling well and his mother is on the way to pick him up.
6/22/17 – Child E pulls chair out from Child A. Child Y begins to cry. Teacher says to Child E “this is why nobody likes you” and then picks up Child A and puts Child A on a different chair. Child E walks away looking sad.
6/15/17 – Child J and Child A are playing. Child A wants what Child J has. Child J is scratched by Child A. Child J retaliates by attempting to hit Child A. Teacher intervenes to stop Child J by yelling “No”. Child J arm is grabbed and Child J shaken by arm. Child J begins to cry.
6/24/15 – Drop off occurs later in the morning and all the children are outside playing. Child B attempts to steal a tricycle from Child J even though there are plenty of tricycles not being used and available. Child B attempts to pull Child J who is not wearing a helmet off the bike and onto the concrete. No intervention from the teacher even though Child J is screaming and crying.
7/6/15 – Arrive to school and the classroom is dark (all lights in the room have been turned off). I ask to turn the lights on the teacher screams “no, don’t turn on the lights”! Teacher explains she has a migraine and can barely see. Child B is physically trying to take a toy from Child J and Child J begins to cry. Teacher grumbles something in audible under her breath at the sound of crying. She then takes Child B by the hand aggressively to corner of room.
7/13/15 – Child X tries to take Child J’s binkey from their mouth. To avoid Child J moves away from Child X. Child X still pursues Child J for binkey. Teacher picks up Child J who is now crying. Child J squirms as binkey is dropped from mouth. Child X is closing in on binkey on the floor. Child J being held in arms of teacher does a back bend to try to get binkey and teacher drops Child J. Child J lands head first on the ground.
A – Adolf
D – Daryl
I – Igor
J – Jerry
T – Terry
Worst boy names of all time.
Bunnies by the bay has a delightful bunny charm which is part of the Hareytale. you will find it printed on hangtags, signs and packaging. It is simple sweet and fun to repeat. Bunnies are our best friends. They do delight and give glad dreams.
This began when the fisherman of cricket island told their children before I go out to sea if you are ever in trouble say this charm three times and leave a bunch of carrots as a thankful token. Help will come.
our family believes in this charm because help came to use when we asked and it always comes from someone and somewhere we least expect help.
we are three sisters that deeply love what we do and why we do it but most importantly we do it for the babies and wee ones that need to feel safe, secure and loved. We know that they these things are what make bunnies by the bay gifts so loved and why your little one will deeply love them too.
nothing is more important to us than little ones feeling safe.
by using the softest fabrics babies find our gifts comforting, warm, and soothing. Their unique charming de-tails add a bit of wit and whim for the parents and this is how bunnies do delight.
the hareytale is told through the family of bunnies and our books. this is how best friends are made indeed.
if you are ever lost at sea look for a bunny.
one day blossom found a wee bear with a note that said if you ever lose a bunny we can make you a new one.
better than new. worn out bunnies that still have live in them can become a keepsake harelooms heirlooms.
in good friends garden wee bunnies are born beneath the cabbages, sweet peas and corn.
kiddo is a little lamb, chirps his week feathered friend. They love to play in the rain, splashing again and again.
your delightful soft friends and baby toys are perfect pals for a seaside day. new or old your baby toys.
buddy blankets are very loved and may cause stress if they become misplaced or lost. so please take it from me busy bee and be prepared by always having a spare buddy on hand. smaller size with a security loop on the back for safe traveling.
we can help you repair and care for you wee little ones. you can wash and dry your plush toys from bunnies by the bay. here is how you care for bunnies by the bay.
find repair answers or replace your lost bunny.
deeply loved bunnies will always be by your side.
stories about how deeply loved bunnies toys are to the babies.
How To Buy A Snowboard
Buying a snowboard can be tricky. To help you out we’ve created this useful Snowboard Buying Guide to help you choose the right snowboard for you in the ideal snowboard size.
What Size Snowboard Should You Buy?
Knowing what size snowboard is right for you is dependent on four main things:
Personal Riding Style
Snowboard Size: Width
Snowboard boots and bindings are intended to hang slightly over the edge of a snowboard. Having the boots and bindings extend slightly over the edge gives the rider the ability to apply pressure and turn smoothly.
Snowboard boots and bindings should not extend too far past the edge of the snowboard. Boots and bindings that extend too far create unwanted heel and toe drag causing the rider to catch an edge.
The chart below can help you decide what snowboard width size is appropriate based on the riders snowboard boot size.
Men’s Boot Size
11.5 and up.
**Women with a boot size of 10 or higher may want to consider a women’s mid-wide snowboard.
Both Burton Snowboards and Lib Tech Snowboards offer a range of men’s wide snowboards.
How to choose your Snowboard Size: Length
An ideal snowboard length is primarily based on the rider’s height. Still, there are other factors to consider before deciding which snowboard length is right for you.
The chart below provides general snowboard length recommendations based on the height of the rider. This chart is only a general guide. Be sure to consider the following as well.
Riders who prefer to ride park, freestyle, or pipe should consider a shorter snowboard length towards the smaller end of their size range. Shorter boards are easier to spin and maneuver making them ideal for freestyle riding.
If you are a snowboarder who prefer to ride all mountain terrain, freeride, or powder should consider a snowboard length towards the longer end of their size range. A slightly longer snowboard will float better in powder and ride more stable in all mountain terrain.
Those who are above average weight for their height should also consider a longer snowboard.
Snowboard Size Chart
Your Riding Style will influence what type of snowboard you should buy. Be sure to choose a snowboard that fits the rider’s style and terrain preference.
All Mountain snowboards are designed for riding the entire mountain. These snowboards can do it all, carve through deep powder and hit the terrain park. All Mountain snowboards are popular for their versatility and performance in different types of terrain. All Mountain snowboards are perfect for the snowboarder who likes to ride a little bit of everything. They’re also a great choice for beginner snowboarders looking to try different styles.
· Popular men’s All Mountain snowboard brands include: Arbor Snowboards, Burton Snowboards, and Rome Snowboards.
· Popular women’s All Mountain snowboards include Roxy Snowboards, women’s GNU snowboards, and women’s Burton Snowboards.
Park type snowboards or “Freestyle” snowboards are specifically designed for riding the terrain park. Park boards are great for freestyle riding, rails, jumps, jibbing , big air, and spins. These snowboards tend to have a twin shape and a shorter length. A rider looking to learn tricks and spend a lot of time in the terrain park should definitely consider a Park snowboard.
If you a want a good men’s park snowboard pick one of these brands including: Capita Snowboards, Lobster Snowboards, Lib Tech Snowboards, and DC Snowboards. The most popular women’s Park snowboard brands include: women’s Capita Snowboards and women’s Forum Snowboards.
The shape of a snowboards can influence how the board rides. We will discuss three main shapes: Directional, Directional Twin, and Twin. It’s best to choose a snowboard shape that best fits the type of snowboarding and terrain the rider prefers.
Directional snowboards are designed to ride in one direction and are often found in All Mountain and Freeride snowboards. The tail end of the snowboard is usually stiffer while the nose tends to be softer, longer, and more flexible. This shape is more controllable ride at high speeds and while carving down steep runs.
Twin tip snowboards are also called “True Twin,” this shape is often found in Park snowboards. Twin snowboards are completely symmetrical with an identical tip and tail shape. This shape is great for freestyle riders because it allows them to ride in either direction.
Directional Twin snowboards can be found in both All Mountain and Park snowboards, Directional Twin snowboards are a combination of Twin and Directional shapes. These snowboards have a symmetrical shape and identical tip and tail widths, but the tip is often softer, longer, and more flexible than the tail. This shape rides in either direction and equally well in both the park and all mountain terrain.
Note: Just because a snowboard falls into one of these main categories does not mean it won’t perform equally as well in other conditions and actives. For example, a park snowboard may work just as well in all mountain terrain, and so forth.
A comfort object, transitional object, or security blanket is an item used to provide psychological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at bedtime.
Lovey blanket. Baby blankie