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by EdgarJPublius
Sun May 19, 2019 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 424035

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I finally got around to reading the Cypher rules primer, and it seems super neat! I immediately started having ideas for how to use it in my planned Half-Life inspired and Pulp Interwar games. Actually, Matt Colville was talking about some ideas for what DnD 4e "could have been" on his str...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat May 18, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen
Replies: 26
Views: 13539

Re: Star Citizen

See, I can't find anything that tells me how much of what they intended for Star Citizen is currently live and playable. Well, let me go down the kickstarter promises real quick ⋅ A rich universe focused on epic space adventure, trading and dogfighting in first person. -"Rich univers...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu May 16, 2019 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink
Replies: 7
Views: 1681

Re: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink

Yeah, I was never clear on whether burning yaupon at all was bad, or if it was just cooking with it that caused problems, and I kinda suspect there was some degree of received wisdom involved. But it seems more plausible that getting particulates from smoke on the food then ingesting the toxins woul...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed May 15, 2019 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 5915

Re: Avengers: Endgame

What, a literal
Spoiler:
Time Heist!
Isn't enough fun for you? What more do you want?
by EdgarJPublius
Tue May 14, 2019 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink
Replies: 7
Views: 1681

Re: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink

Huh, I remember as a scout I was taught to identify yaupon because when used in a campfire (esp. a campfire for cooking food) it supposedly caused diarrhea. I never knew it could be safely made into a tea, or that it contained caffeine though.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed May 08, 2019 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 5915

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Steve returning the stones doesn't have to be four instances of backwards time travel; he could go back to 1970 to return one of them, then forward to 2012 to return another two, then forward to 2013 to return another, and forward to 2014 to return two more. Also, since he lived a long life bac...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed May 08, 2019 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 5915

Re: Avengers: Endgame

If I'm remembering correctly and doing the math right, there's a maximum of 10 possible timelines including the prime timeline (the primeline if you will) Each of the three teams that travel to different years has the potential to create a branch timeline (4). Then, there...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue May 07, 2019 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 5915

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Spoiler from the trailer for the upcoming Spider Man: Far From Home RE: effects of the events in End Game Seems like The Ancient One and Bruce's understanding of timey-wimey-ness was inaccurate or incomplete and the Time Heist shenanigans did indeed split off multiple timelines. Seems probable t...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon May 06, 2019 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 5915

Re: Avengers: Endgame

I'm just happy I live in a world where
Spoiler:
A Time Heist
is (overwhelmingly likely to be in the near future if it isn't already) the highest grossing movie of all time.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845322

Re: Trump presidency

I like those definitions of 'centrist' and 'moderate' but I wonder how many people actually fit in those categories? Of the people who are typically described as 'centrists' or 'moderates' how many of them are actually philosophically 'between' the Democrats and Republicans rather than off on some ...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 9907

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

Here's the thing, the not uniting behind a party theory is based only on Democrats, which is pretty sketchy as an argument if you exclude Republicans not defecting in large enough numbers to swing other states Except, we're not talking about Republicans uniting behind the nominee, or some hypotheti...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 9907

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

sardia wrote: because every Dem will fall in line behind whoever the nominee is.



Because that worked out so well last time...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845322

Re: Trump presidency

I like those definitions of 'centrist' and 'moderate' but I wonder how many people actually fit in those categories? Of the people who are typically described as 'centrists' or 'moderates' how many of them are actually philosophically 'between' the Democrats and Republicans rather than off on some c...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Henry Montgomery denied parole
Replies: 4
Views: 1265

Re: Henry Montgomery denied parole

Prison sentences in the U.S. are pretty arbitrary anyway.
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 21
Views: 2356

Re: Julian assange arrested

I'm pretty sure receiving and distributing classified documents aren't actually crimes in the U.S. unless you work for the government or have a security clearance. It's that whole 'freedom of speech and of the press' thing. Assange can only be charged for the illegal acts he allegedly committed in o...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697781

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That term's been around for a while, though this is the first time I've heard it used in this context. The more familiar usage is firing an employee who may commit some kind of retributive act (e.g. vandalism, theft of company real or intellectual property, sabotage, etc.) esp. if given forewarning ...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1110053

Re: Police misbehavior thread

All locks and safes designed specifically for firearms are almost universally terrible. Lock Picking Lawyer has numerous videos on that general topic. The rifle lock for cop cars is especially terrible when you realize almost all cop cars are fleet keyed with a super common bitting. There's this tal...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 171
Views: 35236

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I mean, there's a difference between having the occasional cliffhanger episode, or using cliffhangers to set-up the next arc or even just the plot of the next episode, versus using cliffhangers to end like every other episode, and especially if those cliffhangers are 'cheap' by which I mean mainly d...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 171
Views: 35236

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

The first Netflix show I had this problem with was Knights of Sidonia, which frequently uses cheap cliffhangers at the end of episodes that are immediately resolved at the beginning of the next episode. And it flagrantly abandons or obviates story arcs. The worst offender to my mind is the rivalry b...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

Providing a new product that's worse than the old product isn't an example of a pointless job, merely a job executed poorly. What if providing a worse product is part of a deliberate business strategy? Typically a product won't be both strictly worse than the product it replaces and more expensive....
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 171
Views: 35236

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Is there some kind of list of Netflix original series that don't over-use cheap cliffhangers or abandon story-arcs rather than actually bother to resolve them? I've really enjoyed a few of Netflix's original shows but I end up bailing on most of them due to combinations of the above issues. And what...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

Providing a new product that's worse than the old product isn't an example of a pointless job, merely a job executed poorly. Any job on or off this list can be executed poorly; That isn't the criteria for being on the list. What if providing a worse product is part of a deliberate business strategy...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4133

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

A better argument against being rich would probably be based on the various studies that have shown beyond a certain point, being more wealthy does not make you more happy, and the very rich can actually be less happy than people who are merely 'well-off'.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 242343

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I actually got pretty annoyed by how blunt and dismissive it was. This has been my impression of the government response to every petition that I have signed. One of these days I'm gonna dig up the Obama Administration's response to a petition to increase NASA's budget which summarized as 'We're go...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 689497

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Valve's cut is 30%, though just recently they've changed things so if you sell enough copies they'll take a smaller cut.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4205

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

ucim wrote: However, it doesn't follow that people, left to their own devices, would do those things of their own accord.


Not from that no, but it does follow from ten thousand years or so of human history.
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697781

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This is a deeply flawed and hierarchical view regarding the complexities of privilege (not to mention one that treats both Judaism and antisemitism as monolithic entities). They might as well argue that being poor means you're incapable of being racist. Racism and poverty are correlative, but they ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697781

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Before the Ilhan Omar thing blew up, I stumbled upon one of those dark corners of the internet where 'Liberal Thought' is a monolithic thing synonymous with the agenda of the Democratic Party. (in this particular corner, it's called 'Social Justice' and is considered merely misguided) There I was ex...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697781

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Neither do I, but I can 'lurk' via public browsing. Probably being tracked for it, in some "unique visitor count" way or whatver, but I'm taking that as read. These days, social media widgets can finger-print your browser and track you across the web just as easily whether or not you actu...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4205

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

Just because no one is willing to pay you (enough to make a living/survive) to do something, doesn't mean that doing that thing wouldn't create enough value to society as to justify paying someone well to do it. Human capital is frequently undervalued. You could try individually identifying every ca...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3482540

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Website UI Issues: Twitch and Youtube edition In Twitch, the list of your subscribed channels on the sidebar shows some number of subscribed channels (12 on my set up, I dunno if it's actually tied to window or screen size though), and if you're subscribed to more, a 'show more' button at the bottom...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 2989

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

'Fear Fatigue' is definitely not how I would describe the current state of the U.S., where people seem to be increasingly afraid of ever more unlikely threats.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?
Replies: 15
Views: 4114

Re: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?

I quite like the flavor of Popeyes fries. The texture does leave a bit to be desired, but every once in a while they come out just a bit crisper than usual and it's close to perfection. I'm not sure how Mayfield Dairy Queen's compare to the rest these days, but the one near me used to have these fan...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 424035

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Ugh, DnD powergamers.

Last 5e game I played in, every other PC was Variant Human and I had to spend an excessive amount of time each level explaining how I knew that the way I was building my character wasn't 'mechanically optimal' and that I was ok with that.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845322

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenanigans.
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 424035

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I do like the softer systems like FATE, but my players tend to prefer more crunch. If I go with a setting-agnostic system it would probably be GURPS, 3rd ed was my first TTRPG and I'll always have a soft spot for it. Also, the last game I ran was Shadowrun and just about anything would be lighter ru...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 424035

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I'm looking for a TTRPG system that would be appropriate to run a heavily Half Life inspired game. Right now I'm leaning towards a slightly homebrewed D20 Modern, or a heavily homebrewed DnD 5e adaptation, but I'm wondering if there's any other existing products worth looking into for this? Or maybe...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 8654

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Zohar wrote: because no one will force you to use the municipal service


I wish that were true of my Municipal Power Company...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 763479

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Went to go see a movie with my dad. It was a western mainly about a guy who was being held captive by some bandits when they got into an argument and killed each other. He escapes and claims the bounties on the bandits, then becomes a bounty hunter who finds groups of bandits and basically Gandalfs ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 20548

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, [and so far the predicted negative consequences have failed to accrue.] Citation needed. Most states didn't even implement laws prohibiting guns in schools until the 80's or so. Before that there...

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