What if American politicians played Dungeons and Dragons

Have you ever played the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game (RPG)? I remember the good old days when my friends and I “partied” differently. We would sometimes go for a couple of days without sleep, playing extended D&D campaigns.

For D&D fans, here’s an interesting “What if” for you – What happens when Obama, McCain and the rest of today’s US election campaign trail politicians go for a different kind of campaign? One with bugbears, goblins and dragons, that is.

Here’s somehedgehog’s funny take on this – Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly

Here’s an excerpt:

GM:  OK, the bugbear attacks you.  What do you do?

OBAMA: I send one of my 672 henchmen after it.

MCCAIN:  OK, seriously.  Why does he have so many henchmen?  I’m a level 72 ranger and he’s only a level 8 paladin.

Note: You won’t get it unless you’ve played D&D before or know who Gary Gygax, or what a Hand of Vecna is.

Cheers and happy reading! *fireball…*

Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly

How to stop sending email you’ll later regret – These 4 simple steps

Have you ever sent an email only to realize later on that you shouldn’t have sent it at all? These things usually happen when you’re sending mail at the heat of your emotions, or when you’re sleepy, or funnier but plausible still, when you’re drunk!

It kind of makes you wish you have a Microsoft Exchange server which gives you the ability to “recall” your mail, which is a reactive solution.

But if you want things done proactively, then here’s yet another reason to use Google mail or Gmail. They’ve added a new application tool in their arsenal, called Mail Goggles, that proactively tries to prevent you from making that email blunder.

When enabled, Mail Goggles will make you solve a couple of math problems after you click “send” to make sure that you’re sober or at least in the right state of mind.

But what if you’re “mathematically challenged” you say? The good news is you can set the difficulty level to suit you, the bad news is it won’t go any lower than 1. Well, tough luck, you might as well let another person do the mailing for you then. Kidding aside, this is one neat tool that can save you from humiliation.

Just follow these 4 simple steps to enable Mail Goggles in Gmail:

  1. Click “Settings” in the upper right corner of the Gmail window.
  2. Click on the “Labs” tab of the Settings page.
  3. Scroll down the Labs section until you see the “Mail Goggles” feature and select “Enable”.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom part of the Labs section and click on the “Save Changes” button.

By default, Mail Goggles is only active on weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 10PM to 4AM, since this is the time when you’ll most likely need it (after partying hard). Once enabled, you can adjust its settings by going to the Gmail General Settings tab.

Once everything’s done, you won’t have to worry about inadvertently sending that hate letter to your boss, or that private, steamy love letter to your entire address book.

Now if only they had text or sms goggles. 🙂

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Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret

Warning: Do you know what milk products have melamine?

Do you know what products sold in the Philippines have been tested for the presence of melamine?

Last October 3, the Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) posted an advisory on their website on what products have been found positive or negative for melamine.

In the first batch of adisories to be released by the BFAD, two (2) products have so far been found POSITIVE for melamine, which means they are UNSAFE for consumption and should be AVOIDED. These are:

  1. Greenfood Yili Fresh Milk (in Chinese character)
  2. Mengniu Drink (in Chinese caharacter)

On the other hand, twenty-eight (28) products have been found NEGATIVE for melamine, which means they are SAFE for consumption. These are:

  1. Anchor Lite Milk
  2. Anlene High Calcium Low Fat Milk U.H.T. (recombined)
  3. Bear Brand Instant
  4. Chichok Milk Chocolate
  5. Farmland Skim Milk
  6. Jinwei Drink
  7. Jolly Cow Pure Fresh Milk
  8. Kiddie Soya Milk Egg Delight
  9. Lactogen 1 DHA Infant Formula
  10. M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies
  11. M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies
  12. Milk Boy
  13. Nestogen 2 DHA Follow-up Formula
  14. Nestogen 3 DHA Follow-up Formula
  15. Nido 3+ Prebio with DHA
  16. Nido Full Cream Milk Powder
  17. Nido Junior
  18. No-Sugar Chocolate of Isomaltooligosaccharide (Cocoa Butter Substitute)
  19. Nutri-Express Milk Drink
  20. PURA UHT Fresh Milk
  21. Snickers Fresh Roasted in Caramel & Soft Nougat in Thick Milk Chocolate
  22. Vitasoy Soya Bean Milk
  23. Wahaha Orange
  24. Wahaha Yellow
  25. Want-Want Milk Drink (Red Can)
  26. Windmill Skim Milk Powder
  27. Yinlu Milk Peanut
  28. Yogee Yoghurt Flavor Milk Drink
Since this is just a partial list, it’s still advisable to avoid China-made food products for the meantime until such time that the Bureau of Food and Drugs comes up with an updated list.           

Breast milk is still best for babies!   
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Milk, melamine and China-made products – What now?