Diablo III, Diablo Pets, The Darkening of Tristram 0 comments on The Darkening of Tristram – Butcher Pet

The Darkening of Tristram – Butcher Pet

The Darkening of Tristram is a special Anniversary event that becomes available in Diablo III every January.  The first time this event was released was on December 31, 2017.  It was the 20 year anniversary of the release of Diablo I.

Players who compete the event with a brand new, Level 1 character, will earn the Butcher Pet.  You must go through the Labyrinth, and slay The Dark Lord, in a solo game.

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Candy Crush Saga, Other Video Games 0 comments on Candy Crush Saga: Savory Shores

Candy Crush Saga: Savory Shores

Episode 22 of Candy Crush Saga is called Savory Shores. It features a little mermaid that looks a lot like Tiffi, the little girl in the game who goes around helping all the other characters.

Players quickly learn that these two girls are twin sisters.  They obviously aren’t identical twins.

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Hearthstone, Other Video Games 0 comments on Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs – Begin a Dungeon Run Quest

Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs – Begin a Dungeon Run Quest

Kobolds & Catacombs is a Hearthstone expansion.  Like the previous expansions, it was designed for solo players.  Kobolds & Catacombs went live on December 7, 2017 (in the Americas Region), and December 8, 2017 (in the Asia Region and the Europe Region).

A free Dungeon Run started the moment the expansion was launched.  The Dungeon Run was only meant to last for a limited time, and ended on January 15, 2017 (in the Americas). I was unable to complete the entire Dungeon Run, but still found it to be fun.  I hope they bring it back sometime.

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Podcasts, Words of Jen 0 comments on Smokey Sky – Episode 032

Smokey Sky – Episode 032

In this episode, I read a piece of writing that I wrote on December 12, 2017, about things that happened a few days before.  California was on fire (again) and things got surreal.

I read “Smokey Sky” in episode 32 of Words of Jen.

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health insurance, Out of Spoons 0 comments on What Happened After Congress Failed to Renew CHIP Funding

What Happened After Congress Failed to Renew CHIP Funding

CHIP stands for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  It provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs.  CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements.  The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

The Medicaid.gov website says that 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP (according to 2016 statistical enrollment data).  Eligibility is based on income.  It covers uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid.  CHIP also covers pregnant women who meet income eligibility requirements.  In 2010, the Affordable Care Act extended CHIP eligibility to state employee’s children (who previously were not eligible, regardless of income.)

Here is what happened when the United States Congress failed to renew funding for CHIP in 2017.

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Book Reviews, fantasy 0 comments on Nameless – by Matthew Rossi

Nameless – by Matthew Rossi

In Nameless, Matthew Rossi created a detailed world where vampires exist and magic is real. Magic can be strengthened by either pain or pleasure – it’s the intensity that matters. Those who use magic can conjure up monsters or heroes from mythology (be it from Greek mythology or modern comic books) and send them into battle.

I found myself wanting to escape into that world which, despite its dangers, seemed to hold more hope than this one. I mean, there’s a battle where Santa and his reindeer fight a giant, antlered, monster man. I love the idea that something as pure and good as Santa, as seen by small children, can effectively take down evil! This particular battle was one of several in the book, and each was so well written that I could almost see it, as though I was watching a movie.

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Candy Crush Saga: Jelly Jungle

Episode 21 of Candy Crush Saga is called Jelly Jungle.  It features a cute little dinosaur who is terrified that he will be eaten by a larger dinosaur who is flying overhead. Tiffi, the heroine of the Candy Crush Saga world, offers to help the little dinosaur.

I took a break from Candy Crush Saga after completing Episode 20 in January of 2017.  While I don’t remember exactly when I started playing it again, I am certain I completed Episode 21 on May 23, 2017.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on The Girls of Atomic City – by Denise Kiernan

The Girls of Atomic City – by Denise Kiernan

The history classes you took in school undoubtedly covered at least some portion of World War II. It is unlikely that your history textbooks included information about the incredibly important work that women were doing. The full title of this book is The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of The Women Who Helped Win World War II.  It was written by Denise Kiernan.

Obviously, this book is non-fiction.  It includes a narrative that was based on the interviews that Denise Kiernan did with several women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a town that officially did not exist – at the Clinton Engineer Works – which also did not officially exist.  Secrecy was vitally important because those who were hired were actually working on the atomic bomb.  None of them knew this was what they were doing until after the bomb had been dropped.

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