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Gorgeous, free, and downloadable DnD Character Sheets

Someone on the D&D 5th Edition Facebook group posted a link to these really lovely and very playable-looking 5e character sheets. The designer of the sheets, William Lu, posted them on ArtStation and writes:

Custom, combat-oriented character sheets for the Dungeons and Dragons 5th ed. tabletop game. Designed to be a familiar sheet for veteran players, while retaining its unique look and strengths.

Features a design inspired by Celtic interlace art. Incorporates the feedback from many hours of playtesting to make sure the sheet’s utility matches its beauty.

You can download the 7 pages of the character sheets here.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/19/gorgeous-free-and-downloadab.html

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Dadbag, a fanny pack that will give you an instant ‘dad bod’

This is the Dadbag. It’s a fanny pack that looks like a guy’s belly.*

On Bored Panda, its designer, Albert Pukies of London, shares:

I made the dadbag because I’m desperate to have dad bod but I’m also very concerned about the health risks associated with it. The solution is quite simple, a bumbag with a proper dad belly printed on it. Now I can put on a dad bod whenever I feel like it and even store my valuables in it.

The Dadbag is currently not available to buy, but I’m on the lookout for partners and manufacturers to hopefully go into mass production soon.

Not available yet? Well, that’s too bad. While he’s getting these “bumbags” into mass production, check out the Dadbag Instagram.

*Yes, there are more Dadbag styles beyond the hairy white guy, aka “The Allen.” Check it out:

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/09/19/dadbag-a-fanny-pack-that-will.html

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Hurricane Maria headed for Puerto Rico after hitting Dominica

After hitting the Caribbean nation of Dominica last night, the Category 5 Hurricane Maria is now headed toward Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands.

The hurricane temporarily weakened after Dominica and was downgraded to a Category 4 storm, but it’s now back up to Category 5, according to the National Hurricane Center, which called the storm “potentially catastrophic.” It is currently sustaining maximum winds of 160 miles per hour and moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour. As cities struggle to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Maria will likely continue on this road through Wednesday.

“Initial reports are of widespread devastation,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said on Facebook. “My greatest…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16326964/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-dominica-category-5

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iOS 11’s new image format might pose problems for PC users

Apple is launching iOS 11 today, which means millions of iPhone users are about to upgrade their device’s software. Every iOS update comes with a host of changes, but some are not immediately obvious. Apple upgraded millions of iOS devices to a new modern file system earlier this year, and today it’s starting to roll out a new image file format with iOS 11 that could be troublesome to Windows users.

High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIC) is a new image container format from the developers of MPEG, a popular audio and video compression standard. HEIC will be used by default on new photos on iOS 11, and it’s designed to save you storage space. As it’s a new container format, there will be some incompatibilities along the way, and Apple…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332192/apple-ios-11-heic-iphone-image-format

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This Compact Coin wallet is for techies, not coins

Design is important with any product, but with wallets design is almost everything. It determines the aesthetics, usability, and comfort of the thing in question, and if you get all those things right, it’s really hard to make a bad wallet. Case in point: this £59 ($80) Compact Coin wallet from a small English company named Nodus. Its name is a little misleading, though, as it can only fit a few coins and its greatest usefulness is for someone like me, richer on contactless cards than nickel-based legal tender.

Like the Waterfield Finn Access Wallet that I reviewed a couple of months ago, the Compact Coin has RFID shielding, which is simply a barrier for wireless transmission that helps me keep one set of payment cards insulated on the…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16330684/nodus-compact-coin-wallet-rfid-shielding-design-review

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Sony announces PSVR versions of Neko Atsume, Zone of the Enders, and a newspaper

Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show PlayStation press conference is happening right now, and the company has announced a bunch of new Japanese software for PlayStation VR. A Zone of the Enders title called Anubis Mars is probably the biggest news for longtime PlayStation fans; the original ZOE was a mech-fighting game developed by Konami for the PS2 and famously bundled with a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2.

Far more importantly, however, is the announcement of Neko Atsume VR. Literally nothing other than the logo was shown off, but it’s hard to imagine virtual reality cat-collecting being anything less than wonderful.

Meanwhile, Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun is producing a news app for PSVR that will provide 360-degree video content, much…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332146/playstation-vr-neko-atsume-zoe-asahi-shimbun-tgs-2017

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August’s redesigned smart lock boasts better battery life and security

In a major refresh of its smart home products, August has released two new versions of its smart lock, including a cheaper redesigned model and a professional edition of its doorbell camera.

The third generation of the August Smart Lock has been completely overhauled with a new elongated industrial design featuring an actual thumb turn compared to the original round look. It also boasts double the battery life of the second generation Smart Lock. August has added a new feature called DoorSense, a sensor that can be installed next to your lock that tells you if your door is open or closed.

With DoorSense, August’s Auto-Lock feature will lock your door to lock once it’s closed, making the Smart Lock even more useful. Previously, Auto-Lock…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/19/16327088/august-smart-lock-pro-doorbell-cam-redesigned

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Porsche’s all-electric Tesla rival could cost less than $100,000

While automakers have been not-so-quietly making promises to catch up to the likes of Tesla when it comes to electric vehicle range, a sports car maker may be the first to beat the startup at its own game. A production version of the 2015 Porsche Mission E electric concept is scheduled to go on sale at the end of 2019, with a price expected to start in the $80,000 – $90,000 range, according to CAR Magazine.

Speaking last week at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says the Mission E will look “very close” to the concept presented two years ago at the show. Smaller than Porsche’s other four-door car, the Panamera, the company says it is intended to bridge the gap between that vehicle and the 911 sports car….

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/18/16330630/porsche-mission-e-tesla-model-s-competitor-electric-price

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Trump’s Interior Department recommends shrinking the borders of six national monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending shrinking the size of at least six national monuments — four on land, and two at sea, The Washington Post reported today. That includes the fiercely contested Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, according to a leaked draft of a memorandum Zinke submitted to the White House. Should President Donald Trump follow the Interior Department’s recommendations, the actions will likely lead to lawsuits.

The recommendations come after the Interior Department’s four-month review of 27 national monuments that were created since 1996. The review, requested by an executive order signed by Trump in April, covered about 553 million acres of land and sea in total. At the end of August, Zinke submitted the…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/18/16330690/national-monuments-shrunk-bears-ears-interior-department-zinke-trump

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Gmail has finally added the ability to convert phone numbers and addresses to links

Google is adding the ability to automatically recognize addresses, phone numbers, and contacts to the Gmail website and mobile apps today (including Inbox), in the rollout of a feature that seems so blatantly obvious that I refuse to believe that Gmail didn’t have it already.

But yes, somehow in the year 2017, Gmail did not have this incredibly basic functionality. A feature that the company — which makes one of the most used email services on the planet — has been beaten to the punch with what I have to assume is every single other email application ever made, including the awful trash heap that is Apple’s default iOS one. Seriously.

Android and iOS…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/18/16329422/gmail-app-web-ios-android-phone-numbers-addresses-links