Feb. 8th, 2017

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I have friends coming over on Saturday, including someone who is a vegetarian and allergic to tomatoes. I thought I might try my hand at a tomato-free pizza. Does a pizza bread base with caramelised onions, peppers, and say goat cheese sound OK?

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It appears to be fixed! Just running through a cycle now, but so far it's OK. A combination of a dodgy mains cable plus the heater element died. A total of four hours waiting plus 3/4 hour or so to do the job. A bit of a change from last time, six visits over a month or so!
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So - looks like the Freedompop account is meeting my needs fairly well.

It gives me 200 MB data, 200 texts, and 200 minutes of calls a month free of charge, with no rental etc.

With six days to go of my first month I still have 195 minutes, 193 texts, and 148mb of data. Given how few calls / texts I make, I was really only worrying about the data, but I've not been especially frugal about using it if I needed something online, so hopefully I'm going to be OK. Of course I don't tweet, don't do snapchat, prefer to listen to music with a proper amp and speakers, etc. etc., so a lot of the data-intensive stuff is passing me by. Fingers crossed I'll be OK anyway.
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This is another of the "old school" adventure offerings, e.g. dungeon-bashing and not really my cup of tea, but as usual you do appear to get a lot for your money:

   http://bundleofholding.com/presents/AdvancedAdventures

"This offer presents over a dozen Old School dungeon crawls from Expeditious Retreat Press. The long-running Advanced Adventures series is one of the most popular lines founded in the early days of the Old School Revival. These short adventure modules are easy to run, ready to play, and fit easily into any ongoing fantasy RPG campaign. They're nominally written for OSRIC, the free "Old School Reference & Index Compilation" OGL retro-clone of (as OSR designers must coyly phrase it) "the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game." For this offer Expeditious Retreat owner Joseph Browning has selected over a dozen top AA modules, grouped here by theme and character level, that let your player characters ramp smoothly from level-1 zeroes to level-10 heroes.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$86. Customers who pay just US$5.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $37) as DRM-free .PDFs, including the First Frontiers set of introductory modules (AA28 Redtooth Ridge, AA30 To End the Rising, and AA13 White Dragon Run, retail price $6 each) and the Shadowvein trilogy for levels 2-5: AA01 The Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom (retail $6), AA23 Down the Shadowvein (retail $7), and AA24 The Mouth of the Shadowvein (retail $6). (We previously presented Pod-Caverns in the November 2015 Old School Revival +4.)

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $14.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $49:

  • Three modules of Arcane Weirdness for levels 3-6: AA17 The Frozen Wave Satsuma, AA06 Chasm of the Damned, and AA26 The Witch Mounds (retail $6 apiece)
  • Tournament module AA21 The Obsidian Sands of Syncrates (levels 4-7, retail $7)
  • Two Straight-Up Dungeon Crawls for levels 5-10: AA12 The Barrow Mound of Gravemoor and AA03 The Curse of the Witch Head (retail $6 apiece)
  • And finally, two Serious Challenges for levels 6-10: AA10 The Lost Keys of Solitude and AA20 The Riddle of Anadi (retail $6 apiece)
At least one more item will be added after launch: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

This really isn't my cup of tea, but if you're nostalgic for the good old days(?) of ten-foot poles and THACO this might be your cup of tea. As usual YMMV...

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