Farm Tours: Goats, Horses, and Cows

Here’s a great way to spend a Saturday: driving around in rural Charlotte-ish areas, then walking around and seeing goats, horses, cattle, pigs, donkeys, plants, and bees. Yes, bees.

Some folks and I gathered a couple of weeks ago to tour three farms. The first was Apple Orchard Farm (my favorite!), the second was Maple Springs (too pumpkiny and commercial), and a third one I forgot the name of (with sad animals).

I took and posted quite a few pictures, because most of the animals were adorable, and the ones that weren’t were often notably sad.

Apple Orchard will definitely become my go-to farm for if/when we need extra meat supplies between CSA boxes.

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Blackbaud Merchant Services: No Sandbox Account

A word to anyone doing an eTapestry API integration for a client who uses Blackbaud Merchant Services: you may have an eTapestry sandbox, but you don’t (and can’t) get a BMS sandbox account.

So how do developers test their API interactions? According to the BMS account rep I spoke to, they do it on the live system. With live credit cards. From the get-go.

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Weekly Linkage: Harlem Shake

This is what happens when Greg asks, “What’s the Harlem Shake?”

I just about feel off the couch. Especially when I realized at about 2:40 that that’s a DVD in his belt, not a buckle.

Greg may never ask me another dancing-related question ever again.

A few other nuggets:

And one more awesome (no, really) video: Splinter Cell: Lightbulb Assassin:
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d20 3.5 SRD Spell Lists: First Beta

So I’m in a D&D 3.5 campaign now. And I’m playing a Druid, which is kinda exciting–it’s the first time I’ve played a Druid at a high enough level that I can shapeshift, and I just tipped 5th level on Sunday. (Campaigns always fizzle out early…)

Anyway, the campaign is a hodgepodge of standard D&D and Sandstorm, and summoning restrictions by the GM mean that my spell list involves a fair bit of swapping out that’s a little annoying to manage. For instance, I’m using Sandstorm’s “Desiccate” instead of “Summon Nature’s Ally II”, since I can’t summon.

Since Druids are the type to prepare a few spells per day from a large list of available spells, I needed a quick way to see all of my available options without flipping through two sourcebooks and my swap list at the table. Then I wanted to avoid having the jotted down short-hand description of the spell that I refresh every “day” as I try out new spells.

Pain in the ass.

A bit of Googling lead me to conclude that with the advent of D&D 4e, many of the 3.5e resources… disappeared. And by disappeared, I mean:

All files withdrawn at the request of Wizards of the Coast.

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Weekly Linkage: Planets, EDs, and Blood Donations

This past week(…s)’s internet surfin’: