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27 Jan 06:31


Nathan Fhtagn

I wasn't wearing boots like that but I've totally fallen on my ass just like that!

23 Jan 22:04

atokniiro: An introspective journey of artistic self discovery,...

Nathan Fhtagn


You know who you are. <3!


An introspective journey of artistic self discovery, presented as a 6 page comic.


21 Jan 21:56

galadriels: "Your duty is with your people,’ he answered."Too...

Nathan Fhtagn

In the book she pulls off her helmet before goes toe to toe with the Witch King.
He: "No man, blah blah blah."
She: "Yeah? Well check this!"
He: "Oh, fuck!"
And only then does the fight happen. Only then does the wee, insignificant mortal enter the boss battle.

In the movie, he's already down and vulnerable when she does the reveal. I don't know if he ever saw who she was.
He beats on her for a while and then:
He: "Ow"
She: "Oh, BTW, Boobs."

The book handled it so much better.


"Your duty is with your people,’ he answered.
"Too often have I heard of duty," she cried. "But am I not of the house of Eorl, a shield-maiden and not a dry-nurse? I have waited on faltering feet long enough. Since they falter no longer, it seems, may I not now spend my life as I will?"
"Few may do that with honour," he answered. "But as for you, lady: did you not accept the charge to govern the people until their lord’s return. If you had not been chosen, then some marshal or captain would have been set in the same place, and he could not ride away from his charge, were he weary of it or no."
"Shall I always be chosen," she said bitterly. "Shall I always be left behind when the Riders depart, to mind the house while they win renown, and find food and beds when they return?”


21 Jan 19:16

Fahrenheit 351

by Grant

Thanks to the legendary Ray Bradbury for inspiring this comic.
05 Jan 06:05


Nathan Fhtagn

I'm talking to *you*.

Yes, you.

03 Jan 21:00

learning2swim: Why is this the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in...

Nathan Fhtagn

Lindsey! Lookit!


Why is this the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life

01 Jan 00:13


Nathan Fhtagn

Ah, Lynda Carter. My first real crush. Alas, we were never meant to be.

30 Dec 20:12

nevver: Penny Byrne

Nathan Fhtagn

I'd totally spend too much money on that ballerina at the end!

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Penny Byrne

16 Dec 20:52

mostlysignssomeportents: Jon Stewart vs White Santa

Nathan Fhtagn

The sad thing is that according to the US Census she's right.

The United States Census Bureau defines White people as those "having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicated their race(s) as “White” or reported entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Arab, Moroccan, or Caucasian."

So, basically, "white" means "not black, hispanic, or asian."



Jon Stewart vs White Santa

12 Dec 19:52

David Rees Presents a Primer on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening

by Ayun Halliday

How have you been sharpening your pencils? Regardless of your answer, rest assured that you’re doing it wrong.

Lest there be any doubt that I’m geographically situated smack dab in the middle of former cartoonist’s David Rees’ target demographic, I almost didn’t click on the link to the pitch perfect send up above because I believed it was real.

Here in non-Caribbean, non-Southeast-Asian, non-Russian, non-Mexican Brooklyn—think Girls, the Jonathans Ames and Letham, brownstone-dwelling movie stars and the very latest in n’est plus ultra strollers—it’s entirely plausible that a humorless young artisan might take to the Internet to teach us regular schlubs How to Sharpen Pencils.

Just wait ’til he brings out his leather strop. (Misplaced yours? Look in your basement, or your grandfather’s tomb.)

Please note that though the video may be satirical, Rees makes actual money sharpening—and authenticating—customers’ Number Two pencils, using the same techniques demonstrated in the video. (Sorry, holiday shoppers, as per his website, he won’t be taking orders for his live pencil sharpening services until the New Year, but he does have a book out.)

Like you need any more excuse to whip out your knife, place it in your dominant hand, and start carving.

To quote a certain classic Broadway musical, you gotta have a gimmick.

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Ayun Halliday can get behind New Ork City public school teachers’ insistence on the Ticonderoga brand. Follow her @AyunHallliday

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12 Dec 19:31


11 Dec 21:00


Nathan Fhtagn

This is the first thing the internet gave me today. Enjoy!

05 Dec 23:26


Nathan Fhtagn

Let's talk about kittens...

05 Dec 22:35

1118181: Space Ham Pillow ハムピロー - SOS

Nathan Fhtagn

Matt! Matt! Lookit!


Space Ham Pillow

ハムピロー - SOS

04 Dec 02:28

On the Freedom to Play

by -C
Nathan Fhtagn

Man. What I wouldn't do for some free time.

A member of my home group is going to run a game, and I'm going to play. This is the e-mail I sent her. This is my baseline resources for running a game from scratch! If you are a new Dungeon Master, or know a new Dungeon Master, perhaps this might be of help to them.

Third edition rules, online searchable database

Random Dungeon Geomorph Generation

Complete random environment design.

One Page Dungeons


Dyson's Dodecahedron for pre-drawn maps!

A list of collected random tables

A list of non-random table resources

Wiki containing blog resources organized by topic

And, the best resource for creativity in games on the web, The Dungeon Dozen

Some additional information for the blog readers! You can contribute a link to the Links to Wisdom, making it better. +Dyson Logos has a Patron campaign, as does +Tony Dowler (Patron)
03 Dec 03:15

An internet friend of mine pointed me to your blog after I commented about the existence of the Book of Erotic Fantasy and let me thank you for writing about your work on it, because honestly it's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read and the background on it makes it even better.

Nathan Fhtagn

I am -so- loving Eliza's blog. Cool arts and strong opinions, FTW!

with the exception of Abney Park/steampunk scene in general, the Book of Erotic Fantasy is the most ridiculous thing i’ve ever worked on, so i’m just grateful i was able to salvage one of my career’s greatest shames into something entertaining 

29 Nov 17:22

darklyeuphoric: Trained cancer sniffing bees in beautifully...

Nathan Fhtagn

Sweet! Just in time for the beepocalypse!


Trained cancer sniffing bees in beautifully crafted multi-chambered Portuguese labware? This is technology I can get excited about.



Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer. 

Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range. 

Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.

breathe into the BEE ORB to reveal your fate

27 Nov 18:30

November 27, 2013

Nathan Fhtagn

I would totally tell this at a party. But because I suck at telling jokes I would also totally fuck up the punchline. And the lead up to the punchline. Balls.

Would one of you tell this joke at a party that I'm at so I can see it happen?

10 points to anyone who tells this joke out load at parties.
09 Nov 18:13

"Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits..."

““Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.””

- Fulton J. Sheen
09 Nov 17:42

bookporn: Abandoned: Mark Twain Branch Detroit Public Library by...

Nathan Fhtagn

I'm not going to say that this photo set ruined my day. No sir. But it sure tried. :/

14 Oct 18:55

"Introvert Signal" - Mon, 14 Oct 2013

Introvert Signal
04 Sep 23:57

So someone said to me that you can never meet a good person off the Internet. I want to prove them wrong. Reblog if you've met someone from the Internet and they've turned out to be one of the best people to ever exist.

Nathan Fhtagn

Pretty much all the most important people in my life I got from the internet. As filtered by a Libby, naturally.






Yup sure have!

Everyone in my life I met online, my wife, my b/f & my friends..

Pretty much everyone I’ve ever met off the internets.

Been living with one of those Internet People for about a decade.

i met heather on the internet and she’s wonderful!

I am currently in the room with two of them, in fact. One of whom has lived together with me for 8 years. So…

03 Sep 15:55

moshita: Masao Kinoshita

Nathan Fhtagn

OMG! Centaur!

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18 Aug 18:51

madmothmiko: Darren Bartley

Nathan Fhtagn

I totally want to play Shadowrun now.

06 Aug 15:29

Day 358: fundamentals

by Alexis
Nathan Fhtagn

Man, I'm having so much fun just playing long notes on open strings. My goal is PURE TONE!

Just listen to that sustain!

It’s easy to get swept up in the pyrotechnics of music. As players and listeners, we can get lost in the super-quick notes and the craziest-bounciest-bows and the biggest most dramatic moments. But no matter how flashy a piece of music is, we all know the substance is what is underneath. We all know that the fundamentals are where our attention and our work belong, because none of the fancy stuff matters if the core isn’t good. In fact, all of that flash just masks flaws, like a pretty frosting spread on a mediocre cake. I want to make a fantastic cake that stands alone with or without frosting. I’m not sure I even like frosting…

Today was a back to basics day for me, a day of scales and octaves and tone and relaxation. I need more of these days.

31 Jul 18:17

Beards & Beers: All Dwarf Campaign Generator

by Jack
Nathan Fhtagn

I need an 8th day in the week so I can run this thing! OMG DWARVES!

I feel really bad for the backers of Mike Nystul's Axes & Anvils Kickstarter because they sure did get taken for a ride by a scam artist.  (Those links will take you to some tragic stuff.  Caveat emptor.  The saddest part is probably the people still defending a guy who took their money and blew it on something other than the thing they payed him to do, but Gamer Stockholm Syndrome is a real thing.)  

But hey, I'm here to help.  Okay, so that dwarf RPG seems to have gone tits-up, but there's nothing stopping you from running an all dwarf campaign using whatever fantasy RPG you've already got, a few dwarf-themed random tables, and a couple of appropriate house rules.  Take these and do what you will with them.  FOR MORADIN'S BEARD! (Or whatever, I fully admit I don't get the dwarf fixation.)

Dwarf Clan Generator

Clan Name
d10 First syllable Second syllable Third syllable
1 Drem dra din
2 Dun duir dune
3 Dward kar gor
4 Gald lara gune
5 Gar lor ia
6 Gord man ian
7 Mor mar iar
8 Murd mur kun
9 Thrak rak ran
10 Thrim ral run

Clan Symbol
d10 First Bit Second Bit Legend
1 A crown Above a goblin skull “A Hearth Ever Lit”
2 A dragon's head Above smoking ruins “Cleave or Be Cloven”
3 A flagon Imposed over a keep “Drink, then Death”
4 A hammer Imposed over a massive gemstone “Forge Forever”
5 A helm Imposed over a mountain “Honor Thy Ancestors”
6 A horn Imposed over a series of hills “Live Hearty, Live Free”
7 A mailed fist On a blazing, fiery field “Purge the Mountains”
8 A shield On a field of metalwork “The Hammer Sings”
9 An anvil On a field of runes “The Purest Metal”
10 An axe On a field of stonework “Under the Hill, Over All”

Clan Culture I
d10 Dwarf Type Clan Industry
1 Accursed dwarf Armorsmithing
2 Dark dwarf Brewing
3 Deep dwarf Carpentry
4 Degenerate dwarf Forging
5 Fire dwarf Fungus tending
6 Frost dwarf Gem-cutting
7 Hill dwarf Gunpowder and explosives
8 Iron dwarf Mining
9 Mountain dwarf Rune-etching
10 Night dwarf Weaponsmithing

Clan Culture II
d10 Clan Beard Style Clan Beer Style
1 Long, brass bells braided within Bitter red ale
2 Long, decadently perfumed Caramel altbier
3 Long, oiled into sculpted flourishes Extra-strong brown ale
4 Long, precious gems braided within Extra-thick stout
5 Long, precious metals braided within Fruit-laden lambic
6 Long, unkempt, a symbol of wildness Hoppy pale ale
7 Shaved clean as a sign of disgrace Invigorating ice beer
8 Short, a sore point never to be brought up Refreshing bock
9 Short, neatly trimmed with military precision Syrupy lager
10 Wild and mangy, the bones of foes braided in Tongue-loosening porter

Clan Culture III
d12 Clan Recreation Sacred Clan Item
1 Arm-wrestling Ancestral Armor
2 Boasting contests Anvil of Mighty Creation
3 Competitive eating Bloodied Battle Standard
4 Competitive head-butting Deep-Earth Craft
5 Drinking contests Hammer of Head Smiting
6 Goblin-skull bowling Library of Heroic Deeds
7 Hammer-swinging Runic Axe of the Bearded Champion
8 Kobold tossing Scepter (made from the head on an orc king)
9 Rock throwing Shield of the Dwarven Vanguard
10 Storytelling Tankards of Endless Filling
11 Underdark relay races Tun of Powerful Brewing
12 Wrestling War Golem

Clan Problems
d12 The Clan Needs to...
1 ...compete against the giants in the ancient struggle for control of the mountain passes
2 ...compete for gold and honor in this year's Inter-Clan Invitational Games
3 ...devise a plan that will allow them to gain the treasure hoard of a sleeping dragon without waking it
4 who among them is attempting to sell the clan's beer recipe to a rival dwarf clan
5 ...either make peace with the neighboring elves or make war against them
6 ...exterminate their degenerate cousins below who sully the honor of all proper dwarves
7 ...figure out by which route the goblins are planning their next attack
8 ...recover an ancestral weapon from the clutches of an orc chieftain
9 ...retrieve an ancient heirloom from a lost fortress
10 ...right the wrongs of the past to regain the clan's now-tarnished honor
11 ...safeguard a newly-discovered mine and bring it under the auspices of the clan's stead
12 ..sanctify a burial place of the clan's ancestors

House Rule #1: For each pint of beer (or other liquor) consumed, a dwarf regains 1 hit point.

House Rule #2: Before combat begins, each dwarf must swear an oath. Whichever player spouts the most dwarfy oath gains a +1 to hit and +2 bonus to their character's damage for the entirety of that combat.

House Rule #3: Characters gain double XP for defeating kobolds, goblinoids, orcs, giants, elves, and dragons.
28 Jul 20:58


Nathan Fhtagn

This is for you. You know who you are.




27 Jul 16:19


18 Jul 18:26


Nathan Fhtagn

I ... I don't know!

I can't decide!!

18 Jul 17:46

adventuretimegrabyourdog: coffeenuts: Above (by Aurelie...

Nathan Fhtagn

At first I was all "cool!" then I realized how high that really is and I was all "NOPE!"



Above (by Aurelie Curie)

Reminds me of Desmond’s levels in AC3 unf unf