What happens in Vegas…

… is AWESOME!

This is where I was lurking in Las Vegas last night after dark:

Behind the Motel 8

Behind the Motel 8

It’s not quite as sketchy as it looks. It is on the strip, literally across the street from Mandalay Bay. It is also where a friend I made at Photoshop World, Sandra, was staying. We were behind it because there was a nice big concrete pad tucked away back there. You see, Sandra’s not just a Photoshop Junkie like me, but she’s an incredible performer. She goes by SaFire, and is a circus & fire performer. So me, Sandra & Robert (another new friend from PSW) were there to see what kind of photos we could get. Robert had a nice new Canon 5D Mark III, tripod, flash, reflectors, and knowledge of how to use those things. I just had my 40D with a couple different lenses, but no tripod or anything else. While Robert shot nicely exposed photos where you could actually see Sandra pretty well I was shooting long exposures (minimum 1 second) hand held just hoping to get some cool abstract stuff.

After shooting Sandra swinging LED lit poi balls and spinning LED lit hula hoops with no one disturbing us or telling us we couldn’t be there we were ready to move on to the main event.

RingOfFire

Just one flaming hoop.

This one was hand held at 2.5 seconds. With as much as she was moving I don’t imagine it would have been too much sharper if I’d had a tripod. We’d picked up some fuel at WalMart after dinner and she had 3 fire hoops with her. First, she spun just one and we took pictures. No one came to tell us to stop, so after cooling down she lit up again but two hoops this time. Unbelievably, no one was around. So, another cool down and then she lit up and twirled all three. It was soooooooo cool! She was moving and dancing and spinning the flaming hoops. Even though I knew I wouldn’t get ANY tack sharp photos I did get a lot of pretty cool ones.

After our success at three separate fire sessions we were ready to call it a night but Robert had the idea to change up the background a little. So Sandra lit up all three hoops again and we shot from different angles. You see, the shots we were getting were cool, but there was no sense of location. This one, you can tell where we are:

Mandalay Bay and Fire

Fire dancing behind the Motel 8 with Mandalay Bay nearby.

Yes, I know it’s not sharp. Handheld, remember? This one was a 1.3 second exposure. They say you shouldn’t handhold anything slower than 1/60 second, and I was so much slower than that. I’m impressed that it is as clear as it is!

Anyway, as Sandra finished up spinning these 3 hoops and was blowing the flames out a little golf cart with “Security” printed on the front came zooming on up. They told her she couldn’t do that here, it was too dangerous, and so we said ok and started packing up. You know, like we were about to do anyway. We’re not sure where the security cart even came from. The Motel 8 is far too small to necessitate security, let alone mobile security! We speculated that the smaller motels probably contract out the security to an independent security company and that we just got away with the fire for as long as we did because it took them a while to respond.

Even with as unprepared as I was for a night shoot, it was pretty spectacular. Definitely one of the memories from Photoshop World that I will hang on to!

 

Space, the Final Frontier

How amazing is it that we live in a world where we landed a rover on Mars?!
On August 6, 2012 at 12:17 CST Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Mars!
It’s the size of a car, and it has cameras, and a laser!

I stayed up late that night and watched the live stream of NASA’s flight control at JPL and held my breath with those scientists as we waited to see if she landed safely and sent back footage. I admit, there were a few tears in my eyes as I watched that room full of nerds cheering & attempting to high-five.

It’s just unreal that we can have a picture from the surface of Mars just 15 minutes after it is taken.
Here’s the first picture:

In this image from NASA TV, shot off a video screen, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover is pictured of its wheel after it successfully landed on Mars

And the pictures are getting better as Curiosity fires up all her systems.

This is another freaking planet!

While Curiosity is definitely the star of the show, another member of the team has gotten a bit of attention from the press too. This adorable guy is Bobak Ferdowsi.
Bobak is the Flight Director for the mission. While all us geeks were watching the JPL live stream and talking about it on Twitter one of the people that caught our attention was the “NASA Mohawk Guy.” Seriously. How cool is he? He’s a freaking rocket scientist, and he has a mowhawk! (and he’s pretty darn hot!)

I’ve been following the “NASA Needs More Mohawks” Tumblr because I’ve got a big ol’ geek crush on Bobak.

Bobak, who tweets as @tweetsoutloud, has become an internet meme.
There are also a ton of articles about him out there, like this one from TheSpec.com. Even President Obama thinks Bobak is pretty cool! I think he’d be an awesome guest for us to bring in to CONvergence.

Alas, not all our space news was awesome this month. Last Saturday we lost one of our national heroes. Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, died at age 82. Mr. Armstrong was the mission commander of Apollo 11. Just as I’m amazed that we can get pictures from Mars, I’m also saddened that we have not returned to the moon since December 1972, when I was only 2 years old. Yes, man has walked on the moon in my lifetime, but barely. There are only 8 living people now who have walked on the surface of our moon.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Armstrong

This is one of the pictures Neil took while on the moon. It is of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Check out the rest of the pictures from the Apollo 11 mission here. Do you want to take pictures like an astronaut? You just need to get a Hasselblad camera, and then read this. It’s the official NASA Astronaut’s Photography Manual from Hasselblad.

Idiots & bananas

Part of me wants to just rant to beat all hell about that fucktard in Missouri, Todd Akin. You know, the one who says that in cases of “legitimate rape” women don’t get pregnant.  As my brilliant husband said in his comments about this: “First, everyone needs to understand the difference between Legitimate and Consensual Rape — OH WAIT, ANY RAPE IS JUST RAPE, YOU IGNORANT FUCK!”
For all you male Republican idiots out there trying to legislate women’s bodies, I hope you get legitimately raped in your ass. Don’t worry, you won’t get pregnant if it’s legitimate rape, so it’s ok.

But, it was never my intention to turn this into a political blog. I’d rather be entertaining. I’m still going to rant when stuff pisses me off, but in this case there are people who can say it so much better than me. Go read this response. The link will open in a new tab so you can come back here after you read it.  An Appeal to Rep. Todd Akin. 

Ok, welcome back. That article was so much better than anything I could have written. It comes from a place of experiences I just don’t have. Therefore, I’m not going to waste any more time on here on this ass. If he continues to run & continues to say stupid shit I do, of course, retain my right to bitch about him in the future.

So, now I have to try to be entertaining.

I love bananas. They are one of my favorite fruits. There is no substitute. Seriously. Have you ever had anything with fake banana flavor? Was it ever anything more than vile? Banana flavor just can’t be faked.

Rick & I are trying to cut our spending on eating out and especially on lunches at work, so I’ve started buying food to bring in. I buy a bunch of 5 bananas on Monday. The Monday one is usually still a little too green for my taste. But by Thursday and Friday? Those bananas are perfectly ripe!

The thing that never occurred to me until I found a certain product on Amazon was that by simply eating my bananas from the peel I was denying myself the pleasure of perfectly sliced pieces of banana.

Yes, I now know that my life will not be complete until I get a Banana Slicer. The Victorio Kitchen Products 571B Banana Slicer, to be precise. This Banana Slicer cuts bananas into perfect sized slices for fruit bowls, cereal, sundaes, dehydrating and more.

Just look at those reviews! Out of 117 ratings 90 of them were FIVE STARS! Just this review alone tells you everything you need to know:

As you may or may not know, I have 27 trained monkeys I use to do my evil bidding. Well, the younger monkeys teeth have not fully developed and so slicing a banana to feed them is a necessary chore. The adult monkeys used to have to chew up bananas and feed their young but not anymore with the Victorio Kitchen Products 571B Banana Slicer. The adults are going bananas over this time saving easy product. No longer so they have to taste and chew the deliciousness banana without eating it teasing them like a teenage prom date.

Now, they can eat and enjoy while i feed the young by slicing the bananas into small pieces that’s easy for them to digest, This product is aces in my book and if you have 27 trained monkeys that will help you take over the land of OZ, i highly recommenced this product. This product is more useful than a barrel of monkeys.

So many years wasted without perfect banana slices. Never again, I say. Never again!

 AWESOME!

The cutest Browncoats on the internets!

Fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived show Firefly are rabid. 10 years later we still adore the show and still mourn its short run of only one year. For the kids now it’s like Star Trek was when I was a kid. Only reruns, no new shows. My niece & nephew, B & M, are some of those young fans.

Now, it’s a well established fact that both my nieces and my three nephews are ALL exceptionally good looking and smart. But these two? They became the darlings of the Firefly fans on the internet this week.

Just over a year ago for CONvergence 2011 here in Minneapolis M & B told their mom they wanted to wear costumes and they requested Captain Malcolm Reynolds & Kaylwinnet Lee Frye (Mal & Kaylee) from Firefly. My sis, Sandy, made the costumes for them and they were amazing!

One of the official CVG photographers, Peter Verrant, snapped this picture of them in their costumes.
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 Photo is © 2011 Peter Verrant, used under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

For some reason, a year later, this photo started making the rounds on the internet. My little darlings have been seen on Reddit, The Daily What Geek, Neatorama, and, just yesterday, Think Geek’s Facebook page.

Here are a couple more pictures of my monkeys in their costumes.

©2011 Sharon S Snyder

© 2011 Sharon S Snyder
She came up with the “Kaylee” pose herself!

© 2011 Sharon S Snyder
He wouldn’t say “I’m a big damn hero” because damn is a bad word.

I know I’m biased, but aren’t they just the cutest things ever?

Following the popularity of Peter’s picture of them I put another one out there online and tweeted it.

The Little Damn Heroes, 5 years earlier. Day2a

Two of the actors in Firefly, Sean Maher & Adam Baldwin, both Tweeted the pictures out on their Twitter accounts. To say my Flickr hits have gone up a little is a bit of an understatement.

 

Progressive sucks

This Tumblr post doesn’t surprise me at all. This poor guy’s sister was killed in a car accident and Progressive didn’t want to pay what it owed her estate.

At the trial, the guy who killed my sister was defended by Progressive’s legal team.
If you are insured by Progressive, and they owe you money, they will defend your killer in court in order to not pay you your policy.

Rick & I had Progressive for our auto insurance once upon a time. The circumstances of Rick’s accident were far less tragic than this one, but Progressive still tried to screw us.

It was a simple fender bender. Rick was heading to work in the new-to-us used pickup he’d bought less than a week earlier. Because he was still getting used to the manual transmission in it he killed it right as he was about to pull out of the parking spot on the street. The front left fender was sticking out about a foot or less into the street. The chick who hit him was speeding down our 30 MPH street and she hit the corner of the truck and scraped the hell out of her car. Besides Rick’s story of what happened there was also an independent witness who came over and said he’d seen it and gave Rick his info. The front bumper of the truck was bent out in such a way that according to the laws of physics the force to bend it came from behind and pushed it forward, you know, like as if a car had hit it and scraped along it.

Our insurance company, Progressive, said Rick was not at fault and would therefore not pay for the repairs on her car. She didn’t like this. She insisted that Rick had pulled out and rammed into her despite the impartial witness and the fact that if Rick had been the one to hit her the bumper wouldn’t be bent the way it was. Because she wasn’t going to get any money out of our insurance company this girl decided to get her justice the American way – she took Rick to small claims court.

We weren’t worried about the case. After all, the facts were on our side as was the insurance company. When we talked to Progressive about it to try to get any documentation from them that we could they assured us that not only would they provide it, but they would have a representative there in court to present Progressive’s findings in Rick’s defense. They also assured us that they would stand by their ruling of no fault and if the case did go against us they would pay, not us.

The court date was coming up when we received notification from Progressive that they had determined that we weren’t insured at the time of the accident and therefore they were under no obligation to help us out in court.

What. The. Fuck?!

First they said it was because we hadn’t called them to add the truck to our policy before Rick had the accident. We’d had the truck less than a week, had the proof of that, and here in Minnesota you have 30 days to notify your insurer when you get a new vehicle. (That may have changed, but this was over 10 years ago and that was the rule then!). Progressive said, “Yes, that’s true, but you never insured the previous car you bought & that one went past the 30 days, so we have no obligation for this one.” The previous car we “bought” we’d actually been given and it ran for less than two weeks. It wasn’t parked on a public street and it wasn’t being driven. Had we called them to insure it we would have been told that we didn’t need to.

So Rick headed off to court with no back up from Progressive. Because of that the case was essentially a “he said, she said” kind of case. The girl was moderately cute and the judge chose to believe her. We ended up with a judgement against us for a couple thousand dollars that we were on the hook for.

Luckily one of the people Rick told this story to shortly after the court date knew a little more than us and, more importantly, knew the name and phone number of the state insurance commissioner. Rick called him, gave him the story, and he pretty much immediately said Progressive was wrong. “Let me give them a call,” he said.

Less than an hour later we got a call from Progressive saying they had reviewed our case and discovered that they’d made an error and that we were insured at the time of the accident after all. No mention of the insurance commissioner, of course. I guess it was just a coincidence that they happened to review the case right after he called. We were covered and they paid the court ordered amount instead of us. We switched companies when our next renewal came up and didn’t give Progressive another thought.

Well, not until we tried to buy a house, that is. When we were running our credit for the mortgage approval we were told that we wouldn’t be able to get any kind of a loan until Rick cleared up the court judgement that was on record against him. Yup, the small claims case. When Progressive paid the girl the money she’d won in court they just issued a check right to her instead of submitting it to the court. So even though she’d been paid, it was still on record as unsettled. Luckily when I sent her the forms she needed to fill out she did it immediately so we didn’t have to spend too much time dealing with that, but if she hadn’t cooperated god only knows how much time & money we would have had to spend getting that cleared up.

Like I said, definitely not on the same tragic level as this guy’s loss of his sister, but it was enough to make me leave Progressive and never look back.

Oh, and our current insurance? State Farm. When we were in the accident in April 2011 we got the check for the totaled car within a week. We also never had to pay a single dollar for the medical expenses for it. I was seeing a chiropractor and a massage therapist for a year dealing with the pain in my shoulder from that accident and State Farm paid every cent. It was almost like it was what we had been paying them for with our insurance premiums. Pretty wild, huh? Someone should let Progressive know that’s how it works.

Weekends are too short

Well, that’s another fabulous weekend over and done. Summer is just flying away.

Back when I started this blog my first post included a picture of the Advance Readers Copy of Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson’s book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” Jenny is sooooo funny and the book was awesome, and she kept announcing cities for her tour dates that never included Minneapolis. Until the last one. Her current book tour finally included us!!!!! Friday after work I headed on out to the Barnes & Noble by Southdale with my ARC & my hardcover of the book, my camera, and Moose. 1/2 hour before Jenny’s book reading started it was already standing room only. It was worth it! She’s just as funny and adorable in person as she is on the internets.

Here is a picture of Jenny, Moose, and Jenny’s stuffed monkey, Copernicus.
Moose & Monkey Saturday, Rick & I headed up to the wilds of Coon Rapids for our friend Mark’s birthday celebration. There was lots of good food, and good drink, and good friends. Sometimes I forget just how many wonderful people we have in our life.

We’d ridden up to the party with Romeo. Just as we were about to get on the highway after leaving Mark’s house the tire sensor on his jeep came on. He’d run over something that punctured the tire and we pulled into a parking lot and watched it go completely flat. Luckily he had me & Rick there to change the tire. :-) Rick jacked the car up & down, but I did all the tire changing work. It was kind of fun! I like knowing that if I ever had a flat when I was by myself I would know what to do.

This morning we did brunch at Pizza Lucé. The food was sooooo good! I had a breakfast pizza. I love those. They also have a Bloody Mary bar so you can mix your own. We’re definitely going to have to do brunch there again sometime.

This afternoon was the last day of the Minnesota Fringe Festival so Rick & I headed out to see the final performance of The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged.) We knew we were going to love it because it was a comedy full of The Shat, and we not only knew the two writers, but half the cast as well. They did not disappoint. Damn, I know some funny people in theater here.

It was a terrific weekend full of lots of good friends and laughter. The best kind.

I’m a bad Geek Girl!

Wow, I kinda suck at the updating a blog thing, don’t I? Looking at the archives I totally missed the month of July. Let’s just pretend that I was hanging out with the Doctor and didn’t post during that time because we were off in the TARDIS dealing with wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey things, ok? Ok.

Now then, what’s been up with me? July 5-8 was CONvergence. We love CONvergence, and this year was pretty awesome. The last two years I’d spent a LOT of time volunteering during the con and I came to realize that I just couldn’t. I only get 5 paid days off from work a year, and I don’t get any sick time or paid for any holidays. If I kill myself by not getting to relax at something like CVG then I’m going back to work more tired than if I hadn’t taken the time off. So this year I had no obligations. I went to whatever panels struck my fancy with no worries about scheduling. Hell, I even went back up to the room one day at noon and took a nap! A nap! At CVG! It was glorious.

The rest of July was pretty mellow. We saw movies, hung out with friends, I turned 42, and life went on. Nothing exciting, but nothing tragic. I can deal with that.

Now August has rolled around. Monday saw Rick & I celebrating 18 wonderful years of marriage. We just went out to Chili’s for dinner (What can I say? I love their Chicken Crispers!) and topped off the evening so romantically you’re not going to believe it. Yes, after 18 years we’ve still got it. We went to… brace yourselves… Target! LOL. Yeah, we finished our anniversary night  by going grocery shopping. What? Even old married couples need toilet paper.

It’s had to believe it’s August already. The summer is just flying by. In less than a month I’ll be out in Las Vegas for Photoshop World!

For now though, I’m going to need to sign off. Worknight + wine = sleeeeeeepy Sharon. But I will be back. Soon. New goal: at least one blog post per week. After all, how will all of you readers survive without me? Huh? I’d hate to be responsible for the deaths of all 4 of you!

Feisty the Seal

We had some horrific flooding here in Minnesota last night. In Duluth, up there on the shore of Lake Superior, torrential rains overnight last night brought down 8-10 inches of water. There were roads washed out & sinkholes & flash flooding. Luckily there haven’t been any serious injuries but Governor Mark Dayton issued an emergency executive order declaring a state of emergency. Millions of dollars of damage. The early estimate is that about 10% of the city’s streets were damaged or destroyed.

The waters rose so fast when Kingsbury Creek overflowed that the Lake Superior Zoo lost several animals. The sole survivor of their barnyard exhibit was a miniature horse, but a donkey, four goats and six sheep died. They also lost three birds: a turkey vulture, a raven and a snowy owl.

Flooding in their polar exhibit enabled Berlin the polar bear to escape his exhibit, but he was tranquilized before getting any further. The seals also escaped their exhibit, but one of them, Feisty, lived up to her name and went on an adventure.

Feisty got into a culvert and made a break for it! She was found outside the zoo on Grand Avenue.

Photo credit: Ellie Burcar

I’m not sure if that look on her face is “Oops, they caught me!” or “I’m out! What do I do now?”

Both Ellie Burcar and Donald Melton thought it was an injured dog when they came upon it. After all, who expects to find a seal wandering around in Minnesota?! They used their cars to block the seal from oncoming traffic until they could flag down a fire crew.

After this picture went viral, someone started a Twitter account for Feisty.

It’s fun, with some serious mixed in. Some of Feisty’s Tweets:
“What’s there to do in this town?”
@lakecreature wanna do lunch?”
“they found me… I’m back inside now, but they’re giving me fish, so I’m pretty ok with that.”
“no time for a nap… I’ve got to tease the polar bear because he didn’t get out of the fence like I did.”

Feisty cares about the humans too though.
It looks like Feisty, her sister Vivian, and Berlin the polar bear will probably be coming down to the cities to stay at the Como Zoo for a while. It’s going to take a lot of work to get the Lake Superior Zoo rebuilt. Donations can be made through giveMN.org at: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Lake-Superior-Zoological-Society

Photo credit: Ellie Burcar

Photo credit: Ellie Burcar

 

 

My thoughts on the NPR intern who doesn’t pay for music.

I just read a blog post today that was put up a couple days ago. It was on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog & was written by one of their new interns, Emily White. Emily was responding to an earlier article about someone who had entrusted their music library to the cloud. As I read Emily’s article I went through a pretty varied range of reactions. 

She started by talking about how much she loves music and how it’s been digital all her life so she never had to transition from physical media to digital. OK, this made me feel old. Not 8-track old, but certainly cassette tape old. She says “I’ve only bought 15 CDs in my lifetime. Yet, my entire iTunes library exceeds 11,000 songs.” At this point I’m thinking that the post is about how it’s easier to trust the cloud with your music when you’re not used to it being physical media in the first place. 

Next, Emily says “But I didn’t illegally download (most) of my songs. A few are, admittedly, from a stint in the 5th grade with the file-sharing program Kazaa.” [5th grade? Yeah, now I feel REALLY old! The internet as we know it didn’t even exist when I was in the 5th grade!] She mentions getting some music from her family, and swapping hundreds of mix CDs with friends. Then she says her prom date filled her iPod with 15GB of music. Trading music with friends? This is something that’s been around my entire life. We used to use cassette tapes to record our favorite songs when they’d play on the radio. We’d make mix tapes and give them to friends. Never in the sheer volume she appears to have done it, but it happened. 

The next paragraph is the one that kills me. “During my first semester at college, my music library more than tripled. I spent hours sitting on the floor of my college radio station, ripping music onto my laptop.” Really? You’re so proud that you didn’t illegally download most of your songs, but you don’t think there’s anything illegal about this? Hey Emily, you just admitted to STEALING thousands of dollars worth of music. I’m sure you don’t think it’s stealing because you didn’t take any actual physical property though. 

When I started reading this article and she said she’d only bought 15 CDs in her lifetime I assumed that she was still buying music, just not the physical discs. But based on her stories of how she got most of her music, it appears that no, she’s only ever spent $150-$300 on music, depending on how expensive those 15 albums were. Yet, she claims to love music and musicians. She has stolen tens of thousands of dollars worth of music. 

She says she’s come to “realize the gravity of what file-sharing means to the musicians I love.” but two sentences later she says “I honestly don’t think my peers and I will ever pay for albums.” Emily wants convenience. She wants all the music in the world to be in Spotify. She says “All I require is the ability to listen to what I want, when I want and how I want it. Is that too much to ask?” Yes, Emily, it is too much to ask. Sure, Spotify pays musicians, but it is just a tiny tiny fraction of what they can make from album and song sales. If you love a song, buy it. If you love a musician, buy their music. It’s really that simple. And it’s how they continue to be able financially to continue to make the music you love. 

She wants convenience, but buying music from iTunes, or Amazon if you just totally hate iTunes, or CDBaby, or the musician’s own site is easy and convenient. Really, it seems the convenience she wants is to get to keep her money. Yes, getting all the music you want can get expensive. But so can buying anything you want. That’s why we have to make decisions in our life about what we acquire. I want an iPad. I can’t justify the cost of one on my current budget. Therefore, I don’t have an iPad. The same logic should apply to music. 

Now, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to get up on a pedestal and declare that ALL the music in my iTunes library was acquired legally. I’m not sure I know many people who could do that. But, I will declare that MOST of it is legal. I’ve gotten mix discs from friends. Technically not legal. But for every mix disc I’ve gotten I’ve bought at least one full length album I wouldn’t have bought otherwise because of songs & artists I discovered on them. Sometimes a mix wouldn’t have anything I wanted to hear more of, but other times there would be multiple songs & artists I’d go buy. 

If there’s a song or album I want my first instinct isn’t to go to a file-sharing or torrent site to get it for free. No, I will go to iTunes or the musician’s website and I will buy it. 

My impression of Emily is that her first instinct is to grab as much music without paying for it that she can, and if there is something she likes maybe go to a concert or buy a t-shirt or something. Or maybe not. You know, if it’s convenient.

Two final thoughts about Emily & her music collection. 

1) She admits to having over 10,000 songs she’s never paid for. At the current standard average price of a digital download of $0.99/song wouldn’t that mean she’s now admitted to a felony?

and 2) She says that her first semester of college she basically stole copies of all the music the college radio station had. She’s now a senior in college. If it’s the same one, will the college administration bring down any consequences on her? I would hope so. 

Also, how painfully ironic is it that she’s an intern at NPR. The people who say that you can listen for free, but if you like what you hear donate to support them. Looks like she’s got the first part of that down pat. 

 

Killing monsters & stuff

Why hello there, my little bloggity blog. Did you miss me? Are you wondering what would cause me to forsake you for so long?

It was nothing much, just saving the world from monsters. A lot of my free time has been sucked into the world of Diablo III. I don’t get addicted to video games very often, but the Diablo games always get me!

Meet my characters, HellHunter & SmashZiggy:
Rick’s been playing D3 also, so when we play together I use the Demon Hunter character, and when I’m playing by myself I use my Barbarian character, working on building it up to a high enough level to match Rick’s character since we’re both playing Demon Hunters right now & variety in the party is nice.

If you’re a D3 player and want to try to find me & friend me on Battlenet, my Battletag is HellZiggy#1742.