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by Ranbot
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 682
Views: 115104

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I miss the days when Alphas were "Hey, the gun shoots! No, the monsters don't die, that's in the next update." and Betas were "Okay, so we're probably going to scrap all the graphics and we actually have no idea if the mechanics are fun yet so... let us know?" and demos were act...
by Ranbot
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 8188

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Universal symbols are by design generic looking and a generic symbol(s) will just intrigue us. It would encourage future looters or scientists to poke around. There's good reason hundreds of horror/sci-fi/thriller stories have started with this motif. Heck, even the Bible when Adam and Eve ignore th...
by Ranbot
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen
Replies: 19
Views: 10564

Re: Star Citizen

I don't like the comparison to DNF... That said, the feature and scope creep is real af. Scope creep was part of DNF's early problems too... but Star Citizen seems further along if they have a playable demo and more cash coming in by selling ships [...and dreams :P ]. When I pledged, all I wanted w...
by Ranbot
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen
Replies: 19
Views: 10564

Re: Star Citizen

*casts resurrect* Is anyone out there playing Star Citizen? This game totally fell off my radar after the Kickstarter campaign smashed every record. I know there is a playable Alpha (version 3.3) that may be as good as many "final" games. Apparently the studio is continuing to rake in boat...
by Ranbot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 23
Views: 2735

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Lava is not mantle, not physically, not mineralogically, not chemically. Not even in Iceland? Those are (allegedly) photographs of the mid-Atlantic rift. No, it's not mantle. Iceland is mainly basalt-type lava/rocks. Iceland is believed to be a the result of a mantle plume or "hot spot" (...
by Ranbot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 23
Views: 2735

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

A geologist would agree with that. (And FWIW, I am a geologist) Lava is not mantle, not physically, not mineralogically, not chemically. Gros Morne National Park is UNESCO World Heritage place in part because the mantle rocks there are not found anywhere else on the surface of the planet. ...There ...
by Ranbot
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 23
Views: 2735

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Uh, as far as I know volcanism usually involves lava consisting of molten rock that originates from within the earth's crust, not the mantle. But I'm not a geologist. A geologist would agree with that. (And FWIW, I am a geologist) Lava is not mantle, not physically, not mineralogically, not chemica...
by Ranbot
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 23
Views: 2735

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

The mantle geologist could move to Newfoundland, specifically, Gros Morne National Park where a piece of old mantle rock is exposed at the surface, called the Tablelands... https://www.internationaltraveller.com/54-tread-the-earths-exposed-mantle-at-gros-morne/ (And an excellent vacation destinatio...
by Ranbot
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 23
Views: 2735

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

The mantle geologist could move to Newfoundland, specifically, Gros Morne National Park where a piece of old mantle rock is exposed at the surface, called the Tablelands... https://www.internationaltraveller.com/54-tread-the-earths-exposed-mantle-at-gros-morne/ (And an excellent vacation destination...
by Ranbot
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3741

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'm not one to defend all Architects, and I will fully admit that some of the bigger name Architects (ones that the public seem to know about, aka "Rock Star Architects") make decisions which are more about "the concept" or "the look" than practicality. Speaking from m...
by Ranbot
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3741

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Geologists and astronomers would probably be saying something along the lines of "Humans are insignificant specks to the Earth, the universe, and time." Nihilism is easy in those fields... Or maybe the architect hates people who enjoy views or the architect is very pragmatic and doesn't wa...
by Ranbot
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 350320

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'm looking for an RPG that I can finish in reasonable time ;-) iOS or in browser Like Second Talon said, reasonable time is relative... That said I thought Banner Saga was reasonably quick and it's a great game. The game is very linear and you can't go back. Choices matter. But that also means the...
by Ranbot
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 17178

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I don't have time now , but later I promise to read through every post you made here to see if I missed your explanation of how capitalists changed the language of socialism to make their ideology more innocuous. If I missed it, then I'll take the blame. Adam Smith is a great reference for talking ...
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 17178

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

...especially things that I've been over and over and over with a thousand different people a thousand times and don't have any fucking patience for anymore... re: Orwellianism, you get that I am accusing you and the other capitalists of changing language to suit YOUR ideology, right? The word sens...
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 17178

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

...you and the rest of the brainwashed shitfucks ... Thanks buddy. You might want to refresh yourself on Rule #3 . That's a world view and none of that is in the definition of capitalism. You can have whatever opinion you want on the subject, but your opinion will carry more weight if you used term...
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 17178

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

not unless they're leveraging their prior ownership of something to extract that wealth from someone with less, it's not That's a world view and none of that is in the definition of capitalism. You can have whatever opinion you want on the subject, but your opinion will carry more weight if you use...
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 17178

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

markets do not constitute capitalism. markets are organic. capitalism is not. If someone is maximizing their wealth via a market they are being capitalistic. Whether they are trading stocks on wall street, running a sidewalk lemonade stand, or trading yams for a chicken, they are trying to maximize...
by Ranbot
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 17178

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I find the North Korean economy fascinating in general.... All true - however horrible regime that starves its people..... Yes the regime is horrible, but that's beside the point. Since I posted the podcast about North Korea's capitalists I'd like to add to what Tyndmyr said... ...you've still got ...
by Ranbot
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 3353

Re: Class vs class

"Cosmopolitan" comes to mind, but that term can carry some baggage in certain circles. You may have to combine 2 or 3 words this... chic intellectual? smart modern? Consider too that you just know it when you see it and a label is unnecessarily restrictive. "A rose by any other name w...
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Supervisors
Replies: 13
Views: 2121

Re: Supervisors

While complaining about bad supervisors, we should also remember bad employees exist too. Doing stupid, destructive stuff is not exclusive to either. My wife used to manage a team of well-paid business "professionals" (~60k-90k salaries) who did, said, and tried to get away with so much du...
by Ranbot
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?
Replies: 19
Views: 1119

Re: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?

Jose[/quote] For what it's worth: My life became much happier when I stopped thinking of myself and others in terms of their relative intelligence, perceived or otherwise. There's so much more to humans. "... we don’t think people are dumb. We think the world is hard. " - Dr. Richard Thale...
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102722

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

somitomi wrote:...Way too much of doing the same thing back and forth...

That summarizes every time I try to do some DIY plumbing on my house. What I expect to be a 1-2 hour job takes an entire afternoon with 2 to 3 trips to the hardware store. :x
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102722

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Well, ships and tanks and bridges and cranes and that fantastic single-pass autobahn-laying machine are all Metalsmith, and pillows are Tailor, so maybe they all took the Armourer vocation and there aren't enough Woodsmen and Explorers around to supply all the leather they need to level up Tailorin...
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102722

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I wonder if perhaps German pillows are meant to be folded to the user's desired thickness, rather than laid flat? You can fold them [and I tried every night] but they are thick enough and have so little support that they still unfold very easily. I was exaggerating some with the baby duvet cover......
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28532
Views: 3102722

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I recently returned from a fantastic 2-week vacation in Germany. Amazing history, beautiful cities and countryside, friendly people... everything was great, except trying to sleep on German pillows . Who thinks an approximately 3 foot long by 3 foot wide by 3 inch thick "pillow" is comfort...
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1116

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

99 percent invisible - fantastic design-themed podcast. So interesting, and Roman Mars' voice is just delicious. 3 episodes later and I'm still liking it. Thanks for the recommendation If you like Roman Mars' voice, he sounds like an under study to Nate DiMeo, the host of The Memory Palace, which i...
by Ranbot
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1116

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

Zohar wrote:My Dad Wrote a Porno -

Absolutely hillarious. Thanks.
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1116

Re: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

Comedy: 2 Dope Queens - no other podcast makes me laugh as much as this one. They bring in comedians that are usually OK, not necessarily great, but they are hilarious. Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me! The NPR News Quiz - the other podcast that makes me laugh a lot. My Dad Wrote a Porno - British guy's da...
by Ranbot
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1116

Recommend Your Favorite Podcasts

I thought it would be interesting to see what podcasts folks here enjoy and would recommend to others. I've become a podcast junky over the past year or so. I'm on the look-out for more to add to my queue. I personally favor podcasts that jump right into a subject with less time-filler banter , but ...
by Ranbot
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14958
Views: 2353343

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Uh... last I checked, insurers in the US didn't cover floods; the US government did. And since it was guaranteed issue, the result was properties built in flood zones that otherwise never would've been built, subsidized by the taxpayer. The taxpayers subsidize the insurance companies which administ...
by Ranbot
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 2344

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

This is probably why I still find Asimov (robot novels, at least) to be the most interesting sci-fi. There's a hard and fast set of rules, and the conflict almost always arises from interpretation of those rules. Agreed 100%. Sanderson's rules of magic mentions Asimov's I Robot series too (in case ...
by Ranbot
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: Reasons for opaque drinking glasses with dark colored interiors?

Agreed with aesthetics. Tradition may be a factor. Widespread and affordable glass is a relatively new advancement relative to the span of human civilization using drinking vessels, and plenty of traditions pre-date use of glass. For beer specifically , opaque vessels can protect beer from getting l...
by Ranbot
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 350320

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Text only RPGs: I've always been aware of them, but I'm not sure I've ever played one that wasn't a parody (i.e. Thy Dungeonman ) or written on a friends calculator. I'm kind of curious to see what they greatest achievements in this strictly limited medium are like. Gemstone is one of the oldest te...
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 2344

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Psychological insight, emotional evocation. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , a critically acclaimed and cult-classic film, gives you that uniquely presented through the science-fictional twist to the setting. Kurt Vonnegut has many stories which incorporate science fiction to expose psycholo...
by Ranbot
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 2344

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Ranbot, you should look into Sanderson's Laws of Magics, particularly the second . I read all the rules and agree completely. The "three" rules tend to overlap and ramble around some though. For being an author, I feel like he could have been more concise with some of the analysis. But I ...
by Ranbot
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 2344

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

That is literally the least interesting part of a story. World-building may not be riveting while it's going on, but it lays the groundwork for other scenes to matter. You've got to have stakes for the conflict. If I say I'm writing a book in which the hero has to stop a villain from destroying the...
by Ranbot
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 2344

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

doogly wrote:That is literally the least interesting part of a story.

Depends on the story. If you removed the fictional lore, setting, or rules from The Handmaid's Tale it would just be really bad pornography, not an award-winning book or acclaimed TV series.
by Ranbot
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 2344

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

The idea of Truth = Beauty is so chock full of relativism that I find it completely ridiculous to even have a discussion and any attempt at it would be little more than verbal masturbation... but don't let me stop you if you enjoy that. :P I will comment on this though (underlines by me).... Lore dr...
by Ranbot
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 2887

Re: Vegetarianism

I'm echoing SecondTalon that there is nothing redeemable in this discussion, but in a manner I hope is slightly more constructive... ...the issue of abortion. You doomed this discussion by mentioning "abortion" in the first post. It got some attention, which you probably wanted, but the at...
by Ranbot
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 14320

Re: Consequences of climate change

And something about when very large masses of ice melt, or shift, the crust underneath can "relax" a bit, changing topography slightly. That's " post-glacial rebound ," which depending on the amount of ice removed can occur in a few years or over thousands of years. For example,...

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