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Putting a call out to all fellow #MechWarrior fans: I’ve been trying for a long time to find a download of the MekTek MekPak 3.1 version of #MechWarrior 4 Mercenaries, but since MekTek doesn’t support it anymore, I can’t find it in most searches. The few times I have found it, I’ve tried to run the EXE and my anti-virus software (AVG) flags it as a high-threat Trojan virus, and I can’t run it. If there are any #MechWarrior fans out there who are reading this, and who can direct me to a safe, virus-free, reputable download of MekTek MekPak 3.1, I would greatly appreciate it!

Question for #MechWarriorOnline players: I tried joining a match for the first time, and it was on a map with a lot of winter effects (blowing snow, & so forth), and my framerate took a fairly good hit.What graphics settings should I tone down to minimize this? My current system specs are as follows:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz
Memory: 6GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6700

Upgrading my PC, while an obvious choice, is not an option at this time.

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
Robert Tew (via stay-ocean-minded)
Good advice for everybody 😊

Good advice for everybody 😊

"The anti-everything Christianity we find on television, radio and in print would remind Jesus much more of the Pharisees than it would remind him of the people actually following his teachings."

Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, atheist, agnostic, or are of some other religious or spiritual viewpoint, I *strongly* encourage you to read this article.

"A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification; He can be destroyed, or locked up. But, if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely…A legend, Mr. Wayne."

Love this scene. 😎 #BatmanDay

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Riddle of Strider, “Lord  of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

As is tradition for me every #July20th, I’d like to post a quote of Shane Johnson’s preface to Volume 2 of the Star Wars Technical Journal in May 1994:

July 20. That date means little to anyone anymore, it seems. The day usually passes each year with the obligatory casual mention at the end of the evening newscast, but the average person on the street–even if that person is a dedicated fan of Star Wars or other science fiction–seldom remembers the vast significance of that summer day.

“At the time, it was said that the event of July 20 would forever be the crowning achievement of human science, a proof that nothing man set out to do would be impossible for him. It was said that every other date in history would be but a footnote by comparison.

“It was a simple thing, really. One man, bracing himself against a fragile, hollow aluminum ladder, turned a little to his left, reached out with one foot, and took a step.

“A small step–but at the same time, a giant leap.

“This July 20, please go outside on that summer evening. Listen to the rustle of the trees. Feel the warm, gentle breezes that only your home planet knows, and look up at a world that has never known them.

“Look up at the Moon.

“And remember, if only for a moment, that [45] years ago we were there.”

Just under two hours ago, I completed my first full school year as a full-time teacher.

I can’t overstate how extremely grateful I am to all of you out there—Family, long-time friends, and newer friends who I’ve come to know through social media—who have supported me as I searched for a teaching job and as I faced the challenges of this first full school year in my own classroom. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You and God Bless You all!

It’s hard for me to find the words on my own to adequately express my feelings at having made it through this very challenging first year. There are three things I’ve found, however, that convey what I’m feeling pretty well.

The first is a passage from The Bible:

“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”   —2 Timothy 4:7

The second is a quote from the May 1988 issue of the DC Comics comic book “Firestorm: The Nuclear Man,” in which Firestorm reflects on the events in his own life and in the world around him:

“I can’t claim that I understand perfectly who and what I am or what my world is or what my place in it should be, but I understand better than I did. I am more myself than I have ever been.”

The third is a piece of music which I’m sure you’re all familiar with. :-)

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
C.S. Lewis (via petitkatie)