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Date: 2014-05-14 14:56
Subject: Challenge!
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Ok, maybe some of my musical/artistic friends will see this:

Ok, I love metal... but now I have a challenge for metal bands and artists:

Do a metal song about cute fluffy kittens.

Or a metal band album with kittens, cute fluffy kittens.
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Date: 2012-03-12 14:20
Subject: Saturday
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Saturday is m_cobweb's birthday, we're planning on doing dinner out and then seeing a Bill Plympton documentary that I think SIFF is playing.

So, who will be there? Dinner will probably be around 6.
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Date: 2011-05-29 21:02
Subject: More MMO ideas
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So, I have another idea of how to improve an MMO.

See, I am disappointed in how loot is dealt with. In P&P RPGs it is not unusual for character to pick up something and not realize it's magical, in MMOs everything is ranked and obvious.

In my system all loot would start out anonymous, then filters would eb applied. These filters would be the "knowledge" of the character. This mostly applies to crafting materials but could be extended to weapons and armor.

Here would be the steps:

  1. Everyone could pick up "Rocks, plant materials, animal parts and broken junk".

  2. Depending on the skills the character has he can see the value of the appropriate class.

  3. The things that the character couldn't identify could be sold on the auction house.

  4. The purchaser of these items would then be able to identify them based off of their skills.

  5. If they are sold to an NPC vendor they will pay based off of what the player knows, to simulate informed haggling.

ETA (from the comments):

One thing I forgot to mention in the post was the possibility of quest items being held in the stack. Like in WAR, rather than wading through mobs to get a quest to kill those same mobs, imagine "Oh you want 6 armor insignias? Well, I just killed like 30 of those guys, let me see if I have 6 insignias". I don't like how some MOBs only drop certain items when you have a quest.
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Date: 2011-05-14 08:59
Subject: A little commentary on John Ensign
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Some details came out about John Ensign that I think need to be talked about:

The Senate Ethics Committee released their report and it's worse than I thought. Two people who were totally financially dependent on him, they were not just employed by him but he also helped them pay the mortgage on the too expensive house and their kids private school tuition.

The wife of the couple was reticent to start the affair and tried to stop several times.

So, this looks very similar to rape to me. She consented to the sex, but it may have been consent under duress. Probably not with direct threats, just "I love you so much , look at all the things I do for you" statements to imply that the financial support they allowed themselves to become dependent on could be taken away.

It's definitely not a case a prosecutor would take, it's not clear cut and in order to commit rape this way, you are almost assured to be a rich (and thus powerful) man. But I think we as a society need to ask: Is this rape? It's not that different from a drug dealer getting a girl hooked on and then threatening to take it away if she doesn't have sex, and I'm pretty sure we would call that rape.

Sorry to be a bummer, but I've been thinking about this.
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Date: 2011-05-11 10:46
Subject: It's the Internet:
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Made me thing of:Collapse )

And I want one.
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Date: 2011-04-25 13:34
Subject: Good News
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My grandmother got her cybernetic heart implant last week. She's still recovering so we don't know how much improvement there will be, but she is breathing easier and her color looks better.
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Date: 2011-04-12 20:07
Subject: So....
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Some of you may not be aware but I've been sick for the past 1 1/2 weeks. I went to teh doctor and they diagnosed me with allergen induced asthma.

So, I now have an albuterol bong.

We'll see how I do with it.
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Date: 2011-04-12 11:31
Subject: Gamer Charity
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I'm always torn about "Buy something and we'll give money to charity for you", I tend to only do it when I was already going to spend the money.

But Humble Bundle is giving 100% of the money to charity and you decide the distribution (Important because I bet some people are still upset with the Penny Arcade guys, I know I am ambivalent about them).

The games are interesting.
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Date: 2011-03-08 11:17
Subject: So, we got schwag for moving in.
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My take included:

  1. MSN Magnet that will not stick to the "privacy screen"

  2. MSN Tumbler that cannot be machine washed and is not intended for children.

  3. New nameplate holder (smaller than the old one, just like my workspace)

  4. Bag of candy

  5. Headphones to replace the speakers I recycled as superfluous yesterday

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Date: 2011-02-24 15:57
Subject: Turing Test
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I have an idea about how to catch a computer reliably for quite a while:

Tell your fathers stories.
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