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Dont watch it.

For longer reviews go to Rotten Tomatoes.

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Bathroom SignSo, I guess public restrooms are a big deal right now. As best I can tell, people are being murdered or raped or something at Target because some woman wore pants in the womens restroom. The New York Times has a pretty good story about it. Some lady who was linked to on the Facebook has a pretty good blog about it. I guess my view is, if you have pants on you should go to the sign of the person with pants on, or dont, I dont care. If you have a cape on you should go to the sign of the person with a cape on, or dont, I dont care. If you are a small child, you shouldnt be in the bathroom alone. In the end, I dont think people are really at risk here. Let people go to the bathroom where they want.

On to a serious topic. Why are single stall bathrooms gender specific? This drives me nuts. If only one person can occupy the bathroom at a time, why does it matter if its a man or woman? Any and all single occupant bathrooms should be omnigender. I am so tied of having to wait for my wife to go to the bathroom because of a long line for the womens. If there are two bathrooms and no one is in one of them then the next person in line should go in the empty one. Simple. When you go into a multistall bathroom, if the wheelchair accessible stall is the only open stall, do you leave it empty? No, you get in there and do your business with more room then you could ever need!

Cragmaw CastleThis rundown castle was infested with grick, goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears, and an owl bear. Deep in the castle we find Klarg and two drow. They have a dwarf held captive, who they have obviously been torturing for information. We defeat Klarg and one of the drow but the other escapes. Our interrogation of  Klarg confirms that he has been working for the Black Spider to help her find Wave Echo Cave. Klarg killed Grunden and has left his brother Nurow for dead. Certain that we have all the information we can get from Klarg, Gimble runs him through.

Reidoth revives Nurow who confirms everything that Klarg told us. Based on what weve found in the castle we can assume that Grundens traveling companion, Sildar Hallwinter, found the same fate as Grunden. Nurow will guide us to Wave Echo Cave but asks that we help him return to Phandalin first. We agree, after this journey we could use a good nights rest as well.

After a nice long rest we spend the day in Phandalin. Habin reassures us that the Roughians have not been a problem and Glasstaff is going to be transported to Neverwinter very soon. Habin, who is enamored with Malcer, offers him the position of Sheriff of Phandalin. Malcer accepts the position though he will see to the destruction of the Black Spider first. The rest of the day is spent selling, trading, and purchasing gear. Now fully equipped, we are ready to head to Wave Echo Cave.

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Equal-Pay-DayApparently, today is Equal Pay Day. What Ive gathered is that today marks “the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.” While I have many thoughts about this, I wholeheartedly feel that everyone, regardless of gender, race… should be compensated equally for equal work. I do feel that the statistics, like all statistics, are being manipulated to suit peoples agendas. I also feel that things arent as fair as they should be. With that said, I am going to be focusing my attention today on the US Female Soccer Players.

The ladies of the United States soccer team are not compensated as well as the gentlemen and feel that they are being discriminated against. I really dont know much about it other than what Ive read in the New York Times article linked above. What I do know is that they are not doing the same job. The men play against men and the women play against women. I am certain that if the women were playing in the mens league they would get paid the same. I am also certain that most, if not all, of them would not make the cut. You can get as mad at me as you want about that being sexist but its not, its just plain fact. There is a reason that the Olympics have separate competitions for men and women. The fastest woman ever recorded running the 100 yard dash is Florence Griffith Joyner. She did it in a blistering 10.49 seconds. There are at least 300 men who have recorded times of 10.10 or less. The bottom line is that men, as a whole, and especially at the elite level, are faster and stronger than women are.

Now, just because they dont play in the same league doesnt necessarily mean that they shouldnt be compensated as well. What I am curious about is how much revenue the womans team brings in for US Soccer. If they are pulling similar attendance at games and the ticket price is comparable, then by all means, pay them the same. I really dont know who pulls in more money. (A long 64 second Google search came back with inconclusive evidence.) What I do know is that this is not a matter of work place inequality, its a matter of dollars.

As for you women, or anyone for that matter, who are being discriminated against; dont let the bastards drag you down. If you are doing the same job as someone else then you should be compensated the same for it.

RuinsofThundertreeThe village of Thundertree had been left in ruins. It was not, however, empty. In our search for Reidoth, we crossed paths with ash zombies and strange little stick creatures called twig blights. These battles proved to be simple enough for our party and we quickly found the druid.

Reidoth was holed up in one of the few well kept buildings in the village. We asked him if he could help us find Grunden and he agreed. He just had one favor to ask first. Help him rid the village of the giant spiders and the green dragon, Venomfang, who have taken residence there.

After some rather primitive “negotiation”, the dragon agrees to leave. When we encounter his band of followers they are easy to persuade to follow him. The spiders put up a good fight but in the end we eradicate them as well.

Happy that the menaces of the village have been taken care of, Reidoth tells us that Klarg and his band of goblins have Grunden in their hideout, Cragmaw Castle. He agrees to help us rescue him. We set out first thing in the morning.

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About 11 years ago, I recorded a little album (or EP) worth of music that I dubbed “All Play, No Work”. I always liked the way it turned out, even though it was less than perfect in many respects.

As an independent musician, I’ve been interested in getting my music on more platforms for greater exposure. After reading this article, I decided to try putting my music on various monetized platforms. It was meant to be an experiment to see how current digital music distribution platforms work. I’m not really interested in making money with it, but I am interested in how to publish music to various download/streaming sites. Since there has been much hubbub from artists like Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke about the lack of streaming revenue getting back to the artist, I’m curious how much streaming generates after every group involved takes its cut. That and it feels really wonderful to say: “I have an album on Spotify.”

Without further ado, I give you “All Play, No Work“:

iTunes

Spotify

Tidal

Google Play

Amazon

nothicAfter a good night sleep at the Sleeping Giant, we head to the abandoned Tresendar Manor, the hideout of the Redbrand Roughians. Within its dilapidated walls we encounter and dispatch several fiends; everything from the likes of skeletons and bugbears to a strange magic using creature called a nothic. Working alongside these beasts were the Redbrand Roughians. Deep in the hidout we find the leader of the Roughians, Glassstaff. After a brief skirmish, Glassstaff surrenders. Among his possessions we find a dwarfs journal and a letter from the Black Spider that reads:

Lord Albreck,

My spies in Neverwinter tell me that strangers are due to arrive in Phandalin. They could be working for the dwarves. Capture them if you can, kill them if you must, but dont allow them to upset our plans. See that any dwarven maps in their possession are delivered to me with haste. I am counting on you , Ilarno. Dont disappoint me.

Larno AlbrekWith Ilarno in our custody, we return to the townmasters hall for questioning. After some probing we learn that Klarg, a bugbear, is helping to supply muscle to the Roughians. He is doing this under the command of The Black Spider. As we suspected, The Black Spider is a drow who is searching for Wave Echo Cave. Unfortunately, Ilarno didnt know where Klarg or The Black Spider could be found. Habin has agreed to see that justice finds Ilarno.

Now that the Redbrand Roughians are eliminated we decide to have a drink at the Sleeping Giant. Here we are meet with a heros welcome. We agree that our next objective should be locating Grunden. As we are discussing how to do this, a halfling called Qelline Alderleaf introduces herself and says that she may be able to help. She doesnt know where Grunden is but a friend of hers, the druid Reidoth, may be able to help. He is currently living in the abandoned city of Thundertree. We will set out for Thundertree at first light.

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