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by markkat
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: …interacting with different people...
Replies: 0
Views: 5797

…interacting with different people...

in different places, and at different times…

http://yeoldegamingcompanye.com/forum/v ... =6274#6274

*this is part of something.
by markkat
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two photon universe question
Replies: 33
Views: 4023

Re: two photon universe question

1) Its already been pointed out that you can transform from a 2 photon universe to a 2*10^43432432432 photon universe. 2) Do photons in this universe not have wavelengths? What I am saying, is there could not be such a universe to begin with. It's like talking about heat with two molecules. Heat is...
by markkat
Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two photon universe question
Replies: 33
Views: 4023

Re: two photon universe question

Existence is an emergent phenomenon, not an objective state. All qualities are relationships, not absolutes. That's a philosophical position, which is fine as far as that goes but which doesn't really tell us anything about what our scientific theories say would happen in this hypothetical universe...
by markkat
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two photon universe question
Replies: 33
Views: 4023

Re: two photon universe question

If you had a universe in which the only matter or energy was two photons, could there be any distance between them? Not really. Distance would be very ill-defined. Ask yourself this: what could determine that there was distance? An interaction between the photons. What would define that interaction...
by markkat
Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 268259

Re: Recommend a book

Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August.

Engrossing account about the first months of WWI.

I haven't read a history book like it.
by markkat
Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two photon universe question
Replies: 33
Views: 4023

Re: two photon universe question

snarf135 wrote:If you had a universe in which the only matter or energy was two photons, could there be any distance between them?

Not really. Distance would be very ill-defined. Ask yourself this: what could determine that there was distance?
by markkat
Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: im building an aquarium
Replies: 31
Views: 12781

Re: im building an aquarium

You sure this isn't going to be a mass-extinction event rather than an ecosystem? I can't imagine any stability could be achieved with multiple players gobbling resources.

Now if there were a way for people to build viruses to duke it on a machine... I'd get popcorn.
by markkat
Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 430182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I'm still a table-top virgin. It's just not something that ever really appealed to me, but I've been looking a bit more into it lately, and I'm willing to give it a try. I've got a few friends who play DnD, and they seem to have quite a bit of fun, so that's a good place for me to start. Any other ...
by markkat
Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0601: "Game Theory"
Replies: 164
Views: 31965

Re: "Game Theory" Discussion

LOVE = MUTUAL ASSURED DESTRUCTION?
by markkat
Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Virtual tabletops.
Replies: 3
Views: 892

Re: Virtual tabletops.

Thanks. Work is blocking it, so I'll have to check it out later. Is everything chat-based? I'm thinking we'd be better off just video conferencing. We don't really use maps too much.
by markkat
Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Virtual tabletops.
Replies: 3
Views: 892

Virtual tabletops.

Looking for advice regarding virtual tabletop gaming. I just became aware of Screen Monkey. It looks alright, but I'm not sure it'd be any better than playing via Skype, which I have yet to try... Has anyone had extended success with a VTT? My general impression is that we just aren't where we need ...
by markkat
Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 405568

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Chronohopper.

UG
Creature
1/2

Whenever you may draw a card, you may instead return chronohopper to your hand.
Whenever you must discard a card, you may instead play chronohopper.
by markkat
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0593: "Voynich Manuscript"
Replies: 111
Views: 37344

Re: "Voynich Manuscript" Discussion

Brilliant.
by markkat
Fri May 22, 2009 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0587: "Crime Scene"
Replies: 100
Views: 20171

Re: "Crime Scene" Discussion

I think it reads better without the explanation.
by markkat
Wed May 20, 2009 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

Really, this is going nowhere. Some people like what 4E does, some prefer the way things were in earlier editions. They are quite different. If they weren't, no one would prefer one or the other. Some like Vancian magic, some don't. Some like balanced classes, some don't. Some like healing surges, s...
by markkat
Mon May 18, 2009 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

The thing is, you can do it that way. You can play a lower level character as a thief. You can choose, as the player, to not use the thief character's combat powers. The idea of "level X is roughly the same power, able to contribute to problems of the same magnitude" is just a way to make...
by markkat
Mon May 18, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

See, I'm fine with that in games like World of Darkness, because the emphasis there isn't on adventuring and combat and skillstrapslootpuzzlesobstacles. But in D&D, being less powerful tends to mean you play less of a role in large parts of the game which leads to the game being just less fun a...
by markkat
Mon May 18, 2009 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

I'm not attempting to get uncool about this, I'm just saying, that reasoning doesn't hold up. There will always be restrictions on what magic can and can't do, and it's hard to reason your way around them using in-game logic the way you just did. If you don't like the change, you don't like the cha...
by markkat
Sat May 16, 2009 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

So much focus upon mechanics and balance. I mean, if I were a wizard, and I was making a teleport spell, I'd make it where I could teleport where I pleased. And if I were writing a spell, I'd make it so that I cast it once and immediately become omnipotent and omniscient. Oh, wait, I can't do that?...
by markkat
Thu May 14, 2009 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

One other minor annoyance with 4th Ed. I just remembered: Let's say you're trying to catch someone who can teleport, and keep them from escaping. Tricky, right? Not at all, sadly. Step 1: Turn out the lights, while you having someone in your party with a spell to see in the dark. Step 2: Drop a bag...
by markkat
Wed May 13, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 268259

Re: Recommend a book

"Tent Life in Siberia" by George Kennan. It's an account of an explorer that was part of a team crossing Siberia in the 1860's, looking to lay a telegraph line linking the U.S. and Europe. The second trans-Atlantic cable succeeded, so the project never came to fruition. The book is light-h...
by markkat
Wed May 13, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0583: "CNR"
Replies: 131
Views: 42914

Re: "CNR" Discussion

Huh.
by markkat
Fri May 08, 2009 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

zombiefeynman wrote:I...I...You just screwed up my entire exam month. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

(Step 3: Convince my friends to play this...)

No problem at all. You know you were going to be cramming anyway. :)
by markkat
Thu May 07, 2009 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

We never were much for miniatures. Random pet peeve: I wish people wouldn't call that sort of movement-tracking "miniatures". It gives people the mistaken impression that they need tiny figurines to play this game. Nearly every game I've played has just been "take a die that represen...
by markkat
Wed May 06, 2009 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

I personally don't like 4E for the same reason I think many people like it. It's a very complete system. I give it that. But IMHO it makes immersion difficult. I'd rather the DM say: "Yeah, you can run across the room, dive over the bar and try to stab the guy." without discussing squares...
by markkat
Wed May 06, 2009 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?
Replies: 174
Views: 14965

Re: D&D: 1e, 2e, 3.0/3.5, 4e: which do you prefer?

I like where 2E was going pre-splatbook explosion. The proficiencies started to address non-combat issues in the game, but didn't try to solve them all. There was still a spirit of DM judgment calls, and the idea that mechanics can't cover everything without making the game a very tedious exercise. ...
by markkat
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 430182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I have had many successful play-by-post games. As SexyTalon wrote, the key insight is that successful PbP D&D is a different game entirely . You have to have a *heavy* focus on story, with minimal combat, because combat takes an enormous amount of real-world time to resolve. That said, a good P...
by markkat
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 51361

Re: "Correlation" Discussion

One of my favorites. Well done.
by markkat
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

I agree with the assessment of: "Misinformation and capitalism go hand in hand." -To the extent that human nature employs misinformation if it provides an advantage. I believe this will happen in any system. I suppose since the gist of the original post was that we are being manipulated by...
by markkat
Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

I just heard about this non-for profit news organization called 'ProPublica' on NPR this morning , and thought of this thread. In short ProPublica is a news organization financed by a wealth couple. ProPublica is interesting as it represents a not-for-profit news source that, due to its financial in...
by markkat
Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0539: "Boyfriend"
Replies: 145
Views: 40881

Re: "Boyfriend" Discussion

A girl worth keeping.
by markkat
Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

2) It's not a matter of "one method is works for everything". It's a matter of freedom, economic freedom. If you give in to a "just a bit of socialism" you giving up your economic freedom, and you will eventually be giving up more and more. The USA is not a free market capitalis...
by markkat
Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

umm how is internet a the socialist structure? ... The 'Net Neutrality' that exists makes the internet pretty 'socialist-like'. Of course, those that own the 'networks' are getting paid, but it would be dishonest to assert the government doesn't regulate and subsidize it for open-use (or ease of en...
by markkat
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

Well, of course nothing is 100% market-free. But there are degrees, no doubt. For example, information on PBS is less beholden to the market than information on Fox. But it's not worth arguing for absolutes. The point is, in order for Capitalism to function well, all participants need information en...
by markkat
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

I think this thread is no longer focusing on what I intended to discuss. My main point is that Capitalism requires all parties to act in their own best interests. That is how a free market and its participants can adapt take advantage of new conditions. This is Econ 101. However, what I see the prob...
by markkat
Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0523: "Decline"
Replies: 79
Views: 15300

Re: "Decline" Discussion

Hm. The relationship began with love 5-6 times higher than the current level. -Not good.
by markkat
Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

I'm really not sure what you're trying to say here. Are you saying that the government should subsidize non-commercial media to allow them to pay for websites and whatnot, or are you suggesting that ISPs should be forced to devote a proportion of their infrastructure for the delivery of "non-c...
by markkat
Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

The question then I believe is how could we work against this unfortunate trend, and is there a way that would let us do so without significantly denaturing capitalism? The internet is one possible approach that wouldn't really denature capitalism, but is it effective enough? As long as we maintain...
by markkat
Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5343

Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

I've had many discussions with very intelligent people about the massive US bailout of lending institutions at the tax-payer's expense. No one seems to disagree that the banks went too far and were reckless with their lending practices. However, many smart people seem to blame the people who over-bo...
by markkat
Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 37116

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Being a physicist turned biologist, I am all for this.

I recall having a Chemistry book the was titled: "Chemistry: The Central Science"

Yeah, 'Central Science' -If you have to say it...

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