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Random Stuff Part IV
« on: December 13, 2017, 02:23:23 pm »
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Since Part III has gotten too cumbersome to do a view all, and the weird bug of starting at the second new message has been happening for a while. I considered naming it Part IIII because I'm a monster.

Speaking of monsters, what monster would store a magic marker next to a dry-erase marker by the whiteboard? Fiends.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 02:29:37 pm »
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(me, filing my taxes) "wh- wait, this is a dry-erase marker! where did i leave m- oh no"
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 01:30:54 am »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 01:40:01 am »
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Relevant thread:

http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=11311.0

That was Mafia Games.  Here we use true numbers.

(I almost said real numbers, but realized how wrong that could go)
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 04:28:40 am »
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That was Mafia Games.  Here we use true numbers.

Roman numerals are fake numbers, they don't even have a zero.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 05:35:39 am »
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Relevant thread:

http://forum.dominionstrategy.com/index.php?topic=11311.0

That was Mafia Games.  Here we use true numbers.

(I almost said real numbers, but realized how wrong that could go)

well, we are using real numbers.

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 09:19:55 am »
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My friend found this weird white humanoid plastic clip/binder clip type thing with a jackal or cat-ish head, but I can't find it online anywhere. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 09:22:37 am »
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My friend found this weird white humanoid plastic clip/binder clip type thing with a jackal or cat-ish head, but I can't find it online anywhere. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

it's actually more like a clothespin, now that I think about it
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 11:48:38 am »
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I drew a picture, how do I upload it from my computer?
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2017, 12:13:31 pm »
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I drew a picture, how do I upload it from my computer?

1. upload it somewhere, e.g. imgbb.com
2. when you've uploaded the image, find the page with the original image in original size without any watermarks (on imgbb, you can do that by clicking the thumbnail)
3. when you have the original image open, right click on it and choose "copy image address" or equivalent
4. if you want to create a link to that image, use the url tags
5. if you want to post the image directly on the forums, use the img tags (and you can use the width parameter to make the picture smaller if that's necessary):


You can quote this post to see how to use the aforementioned tags if that's unclear.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2017, 12:21:11 pm »
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Thanks!

https://ibb.co/dzyRH6

The img tag still wasn't working for me though
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2017, 12:28:29 pm »
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Thanks!

https://ibb.co/dzyRH6

The img tag still wasn't working for me though

That's because you're not using the link to the image file, you're using a link to the web page that displays the image. In order to get the link to the picture, you actually need to right click on the picture and choose the option to copy the address of the image.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2017, 12:29:08 pm »
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It's the wrong link. Yout link goes to a page with the image there, not to the page of just the image. You need to use this link: https://preview.ibb.co/iFLvAR/IMG_8575.jpg

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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2017, 12:30:12 pm »
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It's the wrong link. Yout link goes to a page with the image there, not to the page of just the image. You need to use this link: https://preview.ibb.co/iFLvAR/IMG_8575.jpg

This link is better: https://image.ibb.co/bBxxPm/IMG_8575.jpg
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2017, 12:35:46 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2017, 01:49:38 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2017, 02:01:13 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2017, 02:18:37 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2017, 02:21:06 pm »
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Already sold out at least 6 auditoriums for Star Wars tonight. Would it be unreasonable for me to call off due to "dread"?
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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2017, 08:28:30 pm »
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2017, 06:24:10 pm »
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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2017, 07:46:31 pm »
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The temptation to click on the STAR WARS thread is strong.
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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2017, 08:36:14 pm »
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The temptation to click on the STAR WARS thread is strong.

There aren't any blatant spoilers there that aren't blacked out... but man will that stay true before I get to watch the movie!
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« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2017, 09:01:30 pm »
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The temptation to click on the STAR WARS thread is strong.

I've been going there and haven't been spoiled yet.
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« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2017, 01:33:40 am »
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I'm terrible at reviewing movies, and also don't care if someone spoils it for me, so I just don't bother saying anything at all.
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« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2017, 07:56:50 am »
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The temptation to click on the STAR WARS thread is strong.

There aren't any blatant spoilers there that aren't blacked out... but man will that stay true before I get to watch the movie!

I feel like once I'm there the temptation to hover the blacked out spoilers will overcome me.
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« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2017, 11:46:17 am »
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The temptation to click on the STAR WARS thread is strong.

There aren't any blatant spoilers there that aren't blacked out... but man will that stay true before I get to watch the movie!

I feel like once I'm there the temptation to hover the blacked out spoilers will overcome me.

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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2017, 10:18:41 pm »
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I've been avoiding the forum entirely. Now that I've seen it, I can go there now.

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« Reply #28 on: December 18, 2017, 12:58:38 am »
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I don't even know if that was supposed to be Star Wars, but if it was, keep it in the relevant thread, please.
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Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2017, 09:24:17 am »
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I don't even know if that was supposed to be Star Wars, but if it was, keep it in the relevant thread, please.

That was indeed a mispost. Sorry.
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« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2017, 05:41:30 pm »
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There was a discussion about typing speed in the previous thread. For reference, I got 104 WPM with my laptop's keyboard at the time (was probably the best result out of a few tries).

Since then, I have bought a gaming keyboard (Steelseries Apex 100 to be specific), and after about a month of getting used to it, I'm getting around 110-125 WPM now. In all fairness, my laptop's keyboard is particularly crappy, but it still goes to show that the gaming stuff is really nice to have even if you're not a gamer.
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« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2017, 06:37:53 pm »
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I get 95 wpm with a terrible technique of using 6 or so fingers and jumping way too much. If I type properly with 10 fingers I get about thirty less. I still haven't managed to just make myself type with 10 fingers all the time and get used to it. I've been trying to do that years ago. I wish I could just make my keyboard give me an electric shock every time I do it differently... I'd probably get it right in a few weeks.

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« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2017, 05:52:02 pm »
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« Reply #33 on: January 01, 2018, 03:53:49 am »
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« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2018, 04:44:47 pm »
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Man, we shifted our policy so that everyone has to work at least until 4:00. I adjusted my schedule for that, and I'm feeling so antsy sitting here this late in the day. It's going to take some getting used to.

I also don't like coming in late at 7:30. All the good parking spaces are taken. *whine*
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« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2018, 05:33:19 pm »
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2018, 06:04:20 pm »
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Man, we shifted our policy so that everyone has to work at least until 4:00. I adjusted my schedule for that, and I'm feeling so antsy sitting here this late in the day. It's going to take some getting used to.

I also don't like coming in late at 7:30. All the good parking spaces are taken. *whine*
I either work 10-6 or 5-1. I'm usually in bed sometime around 2-3am daily.
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« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2018, 09:33:43 am »
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I've been away from before Christmas until just now. Did I miss anything interesting on F.DS over the Christmas period? Or was 90-93% of it just      moat?
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« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2018, 07:45:04 pm »
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Has anyone here ever played the board game Diplomacy two-player? I just did so against my dad over the weekend, after years of not having played Diplomacy at all.

Though, I've played A Game of Thrones: The Board Game recently, which is essentially the same thing.
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« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2018, 05:02:11 pm »
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Today I took a different route while driving home to avoid a congested exit (well, I was also in the wrong lane and decided not to try and push over into congestion). I ended up on a magical journey around my part of the city during rush hour, in which I got to:

* Attempt to navigate home based on mostly unhelpful road signs that pointed to other cities rather than places in my city

* Do a ton of hill starts every 5 metres due to aforementioned congestion - which is great, since I needed to practice them anyway. I think I only stalled a single time, and it wasn't an issue whatsoever because of - you guessed it, congestion meaning I wouldn't have gotten anywhere anyway.

* Drive about 20 down down a 30 road that was a dual carriageway because I thought it was another road and was looking for the turn off I recognised and wasn't entirely convinced it was even a dual carriageway due to a tree line on the right blocking line of sight to the other carriageway.

All in all, it was... kinda fun I guess? I eventually found my way back to familiar territory, having spent maybe about 15 minutes extra driving.
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« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2018, 05:06:45 pm »
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I just realized that we have both chairs and tables on f.ds!

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« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2018, 06:24:07 pm »
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I just realized that we have both chairs and tables on f.ds!

Wow. How long have you been here?
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« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2018, 06:44:47 pm »
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« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2018, 12:24:57 am »
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« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2018, 02:33:05 am »
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Fun fact: Chairs first post was made to correct a post of mine - although as it turned out IIRC I was correct anyway, or at least his correction also needed further correction. I'm somewhat confident therefore that Chairs named himself because of me.
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« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2018, 02:36:06 am »
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Wouldn't he be named YouEatChairs, or something like that then?
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« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2018, 03:03:57 am »
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Fun fact: Chairs first post was made to correct a post of mine

Wouldn't he be named Mint then?
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« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2018, 09:26:01 am »
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Grammar nerd in me is sad. I requested a form element to be changed from "SOP's" to "SOPs." I've been informed that someone else created that element, and we're just reusing it rather than creating a new one.

I wish we could create a new one, but it's out of my hands. I just have to stare at that ugliness for, like, ever.
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« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2018, 06:12:10 am »
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I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
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« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2018, 01:42:13 am »
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« Reply #50 on: January 12, 2018, 03:58:07 am »
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I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
I just checked and I'm nearing 6 years as well. Pretty crazy considering I hardly even play Dominion anymore.
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« Reply #51 on: January 12, 2018, 08:38:41 am »
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Fun fact: Chairs first post was made to correct a post of mine - although as it turned out IIRC I was correct anyway, or at least his correction also needed further correction. I'm somewhat confident therefore that Chairs named himself because of me.

Actually as far as I can tell his first two posts were to /in for Mafia games, although this is relevant:

do you know Tables? :P

No, but that name -was- the inspiration for my own.  I was reading the guild preview, saw his username, and decided if we had tables we must need chairs.
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« Reply #52 on: January 12, 2018, 02:27:57 pm »
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I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
I just checked and I'm nearing 6 years as well. Pretty crazy considering I hardly even play Dominion anymore.
We're coming up on the 5 year anniversary of isotropic shutting down (which happened on March 15, 2013). So soon, anybody who came here from isotropic will have been here 5+ years.
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« Reply #53 on: January 12, 2018, 02:47:45 pm »
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I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
I just checked and I'm nearing 6 years as well. Pretty crazy considering I hardly even play Dominion anymore.
We're coming up on the 5 year anniversary of isotropic shutting down (which happened on March 15, 2013). So soon, anybody who came here from isotropic will have been here 5+ years.

March 2013? Really? It seems I registered here in January 2013. There was a period of time where I was on Isotropic but not on F.DS, but I figured I was on the forum for longer before Iso closed down. Weird.
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« Reply #54 on: January 12, 2018, 06:55:38 pm »
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Yeah, i showed up right after Donald X went away from the forum for a while just as iso was going down and goko took over unopposed.
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« Reply #55 on: January 13, 2018, 11:57:03 am »
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I'm going to be doing a lot of driving this weekend, can anyone recommend a good podcast or audio book? I've never been into either of those things and have no idea what I'm looking for, I just figured it might be more entertaining than listening to music for hours and people here probably have similar interests to mine.
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« Reply #56 on: January 13, 2018, 02:21:43 pm »
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I enjoy the Future of Life podcasts – you can download them free – but you might prefer something more light-hearted. This is also a source for (similarly serious) podcasts.

The audibooks I like are all in German ...

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« Reply #57 on: January 13, 2018, 05:56:34 pm »
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I'm going to be doing a lot of driving this weekend, can anyone recommend a good podcast or audio book? I've never been into either of those things and have no idea what I'm looking for, I just figured it might be more entertaining than listening to music for hours and people here probably have similar interests to mine.
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« Reply #58 on: January 13, 2018, 06:12:48 pm »
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My mom was wondering, what's the translation of "Sizilianisches Jagdlied"?  She thinks it's Sicilian Hunting Song, but she just wants to be sure and google translate isn't perfect.
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« Reply #59 on: January 13, 2018, 06:35:41 pm »
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« Reply #60 on: January 13, 2018, 07:06:56 pm »
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My mom was wondering, what's the translation of "Sizilianisches Jagdlied"?  She thinks it's Sicilian Hunting Song, but she just wants to be sure and google translate isn't perfect.

Sicilian Hunting Song is correct.
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« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2018, 04:54:37 am »
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My mom was wondering, what's the translation of "Sizilianisches Jagdlied"?  She thinks it's Sicilian Hunting Song, but she just wants to be sure and google translate isn't perfect.

Did she ask you to ask the random stuff thread?
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« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2018, 03:47:24 pm »
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My mom was wondering, what's the translation of "Sizilianisches Jagdlied"?  She thinks it's Sicilian Hunting Song, but she just wants to be sure and google translate isn't perfect.

Did she ask you to ask the random stuff thread?

No, but I suggested it, for fear of being wrong.  Even though it wouldn't have been me that was wrong.
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« Reply #63 on: January 15, 2018, 04:07:26 pm »
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I had a dream about this site/dominion, which is weird because I hardly actually play and I've been away for a while. there were a bunch of new threads about a new card, called vaccinate, but it was always written as V*CCINATE. I'm not anti-vax
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« Reply #64 on: January 16, 2018, 09:51:01 am »
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I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
I just checked and I'm nearing 6 years as well. Pretty crazy considering I hardly even play Dominion anymore.
We're coming up on the 5 year anniversary of isotropic shutting down (which happened on March 15, 2013). So soon, anybody who came here from isotropic will have been here 5+ years.

Isotropic is going down?! What???
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« Reply #65 on: January 16, 2018, 09:51:46 am »
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I'm going to be doing a lot of driving this weekend, can anyone recommend a good podcast or audio book? I've never been into either of those things and have no idea what I'm looking for, I just figured it might be more entertaining than listening to music for hours and people here probably have similar interests to mine.

I highly recommend Harmontown.
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« Reply #66 on: January 16, 2018, 04:59:09 pm »
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I have 4 GB RAM and this processor. What is more likely to be the bottleneck factor of slowing my computer down when I do things like have a bunch of firefox windows open and a stream running and play a 2d game, or at worst play prismata?

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« Reply #67 on: January 16, 2018, 05:07:31 pm »
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I have 4 GB RAM and this processor. What is more likely to be the bottleneck factor of slowing my computer down when I do things like have a bunch of firefox windows open and a stream running and play a 2d game, or at worst play prismata?

The RAM, but can't you just confirm this by opening task manager and checking how much of RAM and CPU is being used by each program?
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« Reply #68 on: January 16, 2018, 05:14:23 pm »
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I have 4 GB RAM and this processor. What is more likely to be the bottleneck factor of slowing my computer down when I do things like have a bunch of firefox windows open and a stream running and play a 2d game, or at worst play prismata?

The RAM, but can't you just confirm this by opening task manager and checking how much of RAM and CPU is being used by each program?

... it's the RAM!

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« Reply #69 on: January 16, 2018, 05:52:43 pm »
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I'm only a couple weeks from my 5 year anniversary date.

Wow, I'm here since 6 1/4 years, insane.
I just checked and I'm nearing 6 years as well. Pretty crazy considering I hardly even play Dominion anymore.

Almost 7 years here.  I was here on day 2? 3?
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« Reply #70 on: January 17, 2018, 12:03:13 pm »
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frick, I remember why I have so little ram. I used to have twice as much but one of the sockets seems to be broken so I removed one of two bars. And indeed, I just tried putting the one into the other socket and nothing worked...

so not only do I have to replace the RAM I have rather than adding to it, but I have to do a 1-bar setup.

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« Reply #71 on: January 17, 2018, 04:13:31 pm »
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frick, I remember why I have so little ram. I used to have twice as much but one of the sockets seems to be broken so I removed one of two bars. And indeed, I just tried putting the one into the other socket and nothing worked...

Well, that makes sense. I was actually a bit surprised that you had that processor with only 4 gigs of RAM.
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« Reply #72 on: January 25, 2018, 01:25:05 pm »
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« Reply #73 on: January 25, 2018, 02:15:23 pm »
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« Reply #74 on: January 25, 2018, 03:23:20 pm »
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i have 5000 boyfriends

They can't be all that impressive. Awaclus won't even open their e-mails.
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« Reply #75 on: January 25, 2018, 03:42:13 pm »
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i have 5000 boyfriends

They can't be all that impressive. Awaclus won't even open their e-mails.

Most of them work at YouTube, too.
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« Reply #76 on: January 30, 2018, 05:07:33 pm »
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I think it's probably been over a year since I played Dominion Online. Not because I think ShIT have done a bad job or anything, just... I've never really felt the urge to do so. It's kinda weird, in a way. I still play Dominion face to face occasionally, but I'm probably pretty mediocre at the game now due to lack of practice.
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« Reply #77 on: January 31, 2018, 01:54:05 pm »
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I'm doing a production of Spring Awakening. I may be in over my head. That music is actually quite tough.

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« Reply #78 on: January 31, 2018, 06:26:18 pm »
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My armchair conspiracy theory based on very limited observations: Red-light cameras are more prevalent in poorer neighborhoods because drivers in affluent neighborhoods are more likely to fight the citations, which diminishes the revenue raised by the red-light cameras. I'm ready to be refuted.
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« Reply #80 on: February 11, 2018, 06:28:25 am »
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A friend of mine is having dental work done on Valentines day. I need some good wisdom tooth related puns to annoy her with. Possibly to make into a faux valentines day card as well for extra amusement.
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« Reply #82 on: February 12, 2018, 09:31:11 am »
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A friend of mine is having dental work done on Valentines day. I need some good wisdom tooth related puns to annoy her with. Possibly to make into a faux valentines day card as well for extra amusement.

Back when I could afford to remove only one wisdom tooth, I was awake for the whole thing. It sounded horrible as the doctor broke the tooth. You could say that nobody deserves a break-up on Valentine's Day.

Probably unlikely your friend's getting gassed. Missed opportunity for saying she's left breathless (thanks, Futurama).

But if she's going under, then there could be puns about being swept off her feet or being dizzy.

And I would only recommend this if she has the darkest of humor since this is making light of a legitimate problem. Leave a card for her to wake up to with hearts on it and the caption, "Was it good for you?" Actually I feel bad suggesting that now, but I don't know how black your friend's humor is.
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« Reply #83 on: February 13, 2018, 12:45:15 pm »
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That last one is hilarious. Sadly I'm not actually going to be seeing her tomorrow, so a card for right after wouldn't work, but she'd definitely enjoy it (the card, that is) - plus as you say I don't think it's going to be a general anesthesia, just local.

Anyway, on more unrelated, random stuff notes, yesterday I watched part of an ISIS recruitment video (as part of training to prevent people being radicalised, just to clarify). It was REALLY not what I expected. Very ordinary looking (probably would be like PG13 if it was rated), with it's own catchy theme song they've written about joining a holy cause etc. Heck, even the guy doing the training said that they "sometimes find themselves singing it around the office". Note that I don't recommend trying to look up the video, unless you want to be on a list somewhere, plus you probably won't find it outside of the dark web.
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« Reply #84 on: February 13, 2018, 01:04:46 pm »
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I've also seen an ISIS recruitment video (as a part of being an edgelord on the Internet, just to clarify). Honestly they made it sound pretty appealing, it could have easily been an ad for a company that provides some sort of military-themed recreational activities.
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« Reply #85 on: February 13, 2018, 02:18:47 pm »
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I've also seen an ISIS recruitment video (as a part of being an edgelord on the Internet, just to clarify). Honestly they made it sound pretty appealing, it could have easily been an ad for a company that provides some sort of military-themed recreational activities.

Well yeah you don't radicalize people by screaming death to infidels or the holocaust was a hoax, you gotta put a nice face on it. And some production value doesn't hurt. Smile, be courteous, and offer something people feel they're missing. A sense of community, or validation, or even just a fun adventure.
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« Reply #86 on: February 13, 2018, 02:41:50 pm »
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« Reply #87 on: February 13, 2018, 07:52:03 pm »
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Back when I could afford to remove only one wisdom tooth, I was awake for the whole thing. It sounded horrible as the doctor broke the tooth. You could say that nobody deserves a break-up on Valentine's Day.

I did the same thing, but with all three of my wisdom teeth.  (Fear of general anesthesia, and the gas sent me into a terrible panic, so local only.)  I actually thought the cracking and stuff was pretty cool!
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« Reply #88 on: February 13, 2018, 10:41:20 pm »
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I had six wisdom teeth! I had them put me under. Really don't think I could have handled being awake for that... I'm a weenie.
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« Reply #89 on: February 14, 2018, 10:19:53 am »
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Back when I could afford to remove only one wisdom tooth, I was awake for the whole thing. It sounded horrible as the doctor broke the tooth. You could say that nobody deserves a break-up on Valentine's Day.

I did the same thing, but with all three of my wisdom teeth.  (Fear of general anesthesia, and the gas sent me into a terrible panic, so local only.)  I actually thought the cracking and stuff was pretty cool!

Aw man, one tooth was good enough for me to go through it with local. I did the other three when I had insurance, so I was able to afford going under. It was my first time experiencing a flexible needle though. I remarked on how I didn't even feel the prick, and he explained to me the new needles. Then he wiggled it around while the needle stayed in. That probably alarmed me most of all watching him wiggle the IV delivery shaft while experiencing no pain.

The future can be pretty awesome.

Another possible valentine wish for someone with wisdom teeth extracted could be, "Your mouth is full of cotton to soak up all that blood, and your face is so numb you can't feel how much drool you're dripping, but I would kiss you anyway, valentine."
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« Reply #90 on: February 14, 2018, 11:32:26 pm »
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I had six wisdom teeth! I had them put me under. Really don't think I could have handled being awake for that... I'm a weenie.

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« Reply #91 on: February 15, 2018, 05:44:01 pm »
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« Reply #92 on: February 15, 2018, 06:30:41 pm »
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« Reply #93 on: February 16, 2018, 09:52:55 am »
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Fun game about an AI taking over the world with a paperclip factory. Sort of like candybox but better.

That was pretty fun, took me 4-5 hours to complete.
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« Reply #94 on: February 17, 2018, 11:53:13 am »
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Fun game about an AI taking over the world with a paperclip factory. Sort of like candybox but better.

That was pretty fun, took me 4-5 hours to complete.

Yeah, about the same for me. Lots of changing mechanics as the game went on.
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« Reply #95 on: February 20, 2018, 03:56:27 am »
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« Reply #96 on: February 27, 2018, 10:17:50 am »
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I don't know if it's age or what, but I'm finding myself more and more growling at myself that I already had a bowel movement less than 24 hours ago. I don't want to have another one so soon afterwards.
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« Reply #97 on: February 27, 2018, 10:18:59 am »
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I don't know if it's age or what, but I'm finding myself more and more growling at myself that I already had a bowel movement less than 24 hours ago. I don't want to have another one so soon afterwards.

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« Reply #98 on: February 28, 2018, 02:36:28 pm »
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Man, nothing like watching the AI in Androminion handle Rats really poorly. It was amusing to win against it, but it got tedious watching it play 14 Rats every turn.
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« Reply #99 on: February 28, 2018, 05:33:06 pm »
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I had six wisdom teeth! I had them put me under. Really don't think I could have handled being awake for that... I'm a weenie.

I only ever had three :-(

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« Reply #100 on: March 08, 2018, 08:52:15 pm »
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The recent Nintendo Direct reminded me of a bold prediction that I wanted to put in writing somewhere (which I'm putting in spoilers in case you want to watch the Nintendo Direct first):

I suspect that at least one (probably two or three) battle modes from Kirby Battle Royale will appear in the next Smash Bros game. If I had to guess which ones, I would guess Apple Scramble and Dream Theater are the most likely, with Flag Ball maybe coming in third. In all cases, they will be completely re-themed, but mechanically similar to their Kirby counterparts.

My reasoning:

Hal regularly recycles mechanics (and even sound effects! see Melee and Kirby Air Ride) between Kirby games and Smash Bros. The co-op in the Subspace Emissary in Brawl is heavily modeled after Kirby Superstar; the Smash Run mode on Smash 3DS was clearly based on City Trial from Kirby Air Ride; Master Hand is Wam-Bam Rock from Kirby Superstar. After a few weeks of playing Kirby Battle Royale the idea occurred to me that the game might have been partially developed as a "test run" for certain battle modes in a Kirby game, to see what would be popular, so they could decide which ones to implement in the next Smash Bros. game (which will get magnitudes more plays than a Kirby spin-off game). The Smash series is always looking for new modes that will help prevent people from saying "this is just like the last one with a few more characters", and adding more "party-style" mini-games would help accomplish that.
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« Reply #101 on: March 09, 2018, 07:41:25 am »
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Random question: Where did the meme "We are all Wandering Winder" originate from? Can't find where it all started.. :/
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« Reply #102 on: March 09, 2018, 09:30:25 am »
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Random question: Where did the meme "We are all Wandering Winder" originate from? Can't find where it all started.. :/

Pretty sure Wandering Winder started it.
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« Reply #103 on: March 09, 2018, 11:40:58 am »
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Inb4 “where did the WW meme come from” becomes a meme.
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« Reply #104 on: March 09, 2018, 02:03:27 pm »
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The recent Nintendo Direct reminded me of a bold prediction that I wanted to put in writing somewhere (which I'm putting in spoilers in case you want to watch the Nintendo Direct first):

I suspect that at least one (probably two or three) battle modes from Kirby Battle Royale will appear in the next Smash Bros game. If I had to guess which ones, I would guess Apple Scramble and Dream Theater are the most likely, with Flag Ball maybe coming in third. In all cases, they will be completely re-themed, but mechanically similar to their Kirby counterparts.

My reasoning:

Hal regularly recycles mechanics (and even sound effects! see Melee and Kirby Air Ride) between Kirby games and Smash Bros. The co-op in the Subspace Emissary in Brawl is heavily modeled after Kirby Superstar; the Smash Run mode on Smash 3DS was clearly based on City Trial from Kirby Air Ride; Master Hand is Wam-Bam Rock from Kirby Superstar. After a few weeks of playing Kirby Battle Royale the idea occurred to me that the game might have been partially developed as a "test run" for certain battle modes in a Kirby game, to see what would be popular, so they could decide which ones to implement in the next Smash Bros. game (which will get magnitudes more plays than a Kirby spin-off game). The Smash series is always looking for new modes that will help prevent people from saying "this is just like the last one with a few more characters", and adding more "party-style" mini-games would help accomplish that.

I think it seems likely. Smash Bros. has a ton of mechanics borrowed from games Sakurai worked on. It's frustrating that he seems to be a bit of an auteur and insists on including his own work so heavily in a game that's really more about the diversity of Nintendo in general. Not just in mechanics (although tripping was definitely something we all loved, right?), but you can see it in things like how much KI stuff was included in Smash 4 (3 characters, one of which had the largest custom move pool of any character) and Kirby before that. I'm hopeful the next smash will be different but I'm not expecting it.
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« Reply #105 on: March 09, 2018, 08:06:48 pm »
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Inb4 “where did the WW meme come from” becomes a meme.

It has already been in the Cards Against Humanity deck for quite a while.
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« Reply #106 on: March 15, 2018, 03:15:38 pm »
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« Reply #107 on: March 15, 2018, 04:12:24 pm »
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Is 1/3+1/3 equal to 2/3?

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« Reply #108 on: March 18, 2018, 05:11:45 am »
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This is probably the most convincing joke explanation I've seen. It has citations to 8 different sources and all.
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« Reply #109 on: April 18, 2018, 08:47:26 am »
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I find it interesting how there's a tendency to overstate the amount of time we wait.

For example, I was walking into work and was behind my co-worker by about 15-20 seconds. I could see him up ahead in the parking lot, but he quickly vanished from view. When I arrived at the elevator, the doors were already shutting, and he was whisked away to our office.

When I arrived, he told me that he was standing in the elevator lobby for what must've been 4 minutes before anyone realized nobody pressed the call button. I literally followed him into the building and was certainly not 4 minutes behind him. I don't think he was attempting to lie. I've seen this happen a lot, including in my own tellings. We'll say that something took a long time when it might have only been 30 seconds.

I think it's for dramatic flair. While 20 seconds is a long time to wait before replying to someone's question, it's more dramatic to say, "It took Bob 5 minutes to tell me my ass didn't look big in these pants." It's not as grandiose to say that I waited 20 seconds for a response. That doesn't sound long at all.
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« Reply #110 on: April 18, 2018, 08:58:53 am »
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I find it interesting how there's a tendency to overstate the amount of time we wait.

For example, I was walking into work and was behind my co-worker by about 15-20 seconds. I could see him up ahead in the parking lot, but he quickly vanished from view. When I arrived at the elevator, the doors were already shutting, and he was whisked away to our office.

When I arrived, he told me that he was standing in the elevator lobby for what must've been 4 minutes before anyone realized nobody pressed the call button. I literally followed him into the building and was certainly not 4 minutes behind him. I don't think he was attempting to lie. I've seen this happen a lot, including in my own tellings. We'll say that something took a long time when it might have only been 30 seconds.

I think it's for dramatic flair. While 20 seconds is a long time to wait before replying to someone's question, it's more dramatic to say, "It took Bob 5 minutes to tell me my ass didn't look big in these pants." It's not as grandiose to say that I waited 20 seconds for a response. That doesn't sound long at all.

This is something I've thought about before too. My guess is that people slightly overstate lengths of time to make sure that their claimed length sounds impressive; but then people start to think of what is actually 20 seconds as being 25 seconds, so they then try to slightly overstate what they think of as 25 seconds (which is actually 20 seconds), so now 20 seconds gets labeled as 30 seconds; and this process iterates until today when people are now referring to seconds as minutes.

What's even more interesting to me is that I suspect there's an upper bound (e.g. I don't think we will ever reach a point where 20 seconds gets referred to as 4 hours); and also that it seems like we don't get this far off when measuring longer units of time. (People may refer to 30 seconds as 5 minutes, meaning they're off by a factor of 10; but I don't think anyone ever refers to 1 hour as 10 hours). Maybe this is because people are more likely to actually measure longer periods of time by looking at a clock?
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« Reply #111 on: April 18, 2018, 09:42:32 am »
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I think people just dramatically underestimate how long 30 seconds actually is.

This is super prevalent in writing. Even high prestige books commit this fallacy fairly often. For example, in Harry Potter #5, there is a scene where a character looks at another for a full minute before (I think) starting to laugh. 10 seconds would be an appropriate amount of time that feels really socially strange and unnaturally long. 20 seconds would be seriously pushing it. 60 is nuts.

Well, and it seems to me that people just do the same thing, to a lesser degree, when they talk. They think 'long time' and then put out the 4 minute number. Well, it was a long time; 20 seconds, in this case, is long. It's just not 4 minutes.

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« Reply #112 on: April 19, 2018, 02:08:47 pm »
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I think the over-exaggerating phenomenon is actually due to social preference. Most people when telling a story or relating a bit of information are actually trying to convey and emotion to the other person, not facts. In Kuildeous's situation it happens because for realistic purposes Kuildeous does not care how long their co-worker waited for the elevator. That is literally a useless fact that has no relevance to Kuildeous's life. The only two reasons to relate that information to Kuildeous is to 1) make kuildeous laugh at the ridiculousness of a bunch of people waiting around and realizing they hadn't pushed the button, or 2) receive empathy from kuildeous for the time he had to wait for the elevator and to accomplish either of those goals it is helpful to exaggerate the time spent waiting. Compare this form of discussion (non factual but conveys an emotion) to strictly factual conversation (small talk) and people greatly prefer exaggerated conversation. Of course the goal would be to have a strictly factual conversation that also conveys an emotions but that is rare and usually requires the conversing parties to have a close relationship.  In the end I think this form of communication has become more prevalent in modern times (especially in america) because people feel the need to converse much more often. If the need arises to converse and one has an option of small talk or exaggerating a story to convey an emotion they will go with the exaggerated story every time.
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« Reply #113 on: April 19, 2018, 05:39:26 pm »
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I agree with silverspawn, people often are bad at estimating measurements.
For example, I recently ordered something 20 centimeters long, and it was less than half the size i had imagined.
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« Reply #114 on: April 19, 2018, 05:49:47 pm »
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Random body part estimates:

Your elbow to your fingertips is roughly 40cm
Hold out your arm to the side. The distance from fingertips to... somewhere around the opposite side of your neck is about 1 meter.
Hold out both arms to the side. The distance from fingertip to fingertip is roughly your height.
Stretch apart your thumb and little finger on one hand. That's about 15-20cm.

Rather ironic using body parts to estimate metric lengths, I know, but these come in handy sometimes. Of course, your kilometerage may vary depending on your height/lengths/body shape.
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« Reply #115 on: April 19, 2018, 06:55:29 pm »
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My problem with estimating centimeters is that because I'm in the United States, the only time I use centimeters is in science, and in those cases the actual values they quantify don't really matter, and I end up thinking of centimeters as short inches.  However, I've noticed that in my mind I sometimes think of it being about 1.5 centimeters to an inch, not 2.5 centimeters to an inch...
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« Reply #116 on: April 20, 2018, 03:43:13 pm »
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My problem with estimating centimeters is that because I'm in the United States, the only time I use centimeters is in science, and in those cases the actual values they quantify don't really matter, and I end up thinking of centimeters as short inches.  However, I've noticed that in my mind I sometimes think of it being about 1.5 centimeters to an inch, not 2.5 centimeters to an inch...

Wait... WAIT. I know the US uses a lot of Imperial units, but do you seriously like not even use cm and m on a daily basis? Like, do schoolkids not have standard 15cm/30cm rulers? Do people not know doorframes are about 2m high? Is it not common knowledge that 1 mile is 1 kilometer, 609 metres, 34 centimetres and 4 milimetres? Okay that last one is maybe not common here either but still, this blows my mind that you guys are using feet and inches for... most things?
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« Reply #117 on: April 20, 2018, 04:10:52 pm »
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My problem with estimating centimeters is that because I'm in the United States, the only time I use centimeters is in science, and in those cases the actual values they quantify don't really matter, and I end up thinking of centimeters as short inches.  However, I've noticed that in my mind I sometimes think of it being about 1.5 centimeters to an inch, not 2.5 centimeters to an inch...

Wait... WAIT. I know the US uses a lot of Imperial units, but do you seriously like not even use cm and m on a daily basis? Like, do schoolkids not have standard 15cm/30cm rulers? Do people not know doorframes are about 2m high? Is it not common knowledge that 1 mile is 1 kilometer, 609 metres, 34 centimetres and 4 milimetres? Okay that last one is maybe not common here either but still, this blows my mind that you guys are using feet and inches for... most things?

Yep, its awful. Our rulers are 12 inches across the top and then it has 30cm flipped on the bottom. If you are a runner you are somewhat aware of distances because races are 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 meter distances though it is assumed those last to are one and two miles.

But yes I measure my height as 6 feet 1 inch, 9 feet ceilings are a common measurement. Legal descriptions for properties are described in feet. Survey's of land use feet. It's really only the scientific fields that use metric units. It is an extremely depressing fact.
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« Reply #118 on: April 20, 2018, 04:23:46 pm »
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Wait... WAIT. I know the US uses a lot of Imperial units, but do you seriously like not even use cm and m on a daily basis? Like, do schoolkids not have standard 15cm/30cm rulers? Do people not know doorframes are about 2m high? Is it not common knowledge that 1 mile is 1 kilometer, 609 metres, 34 centimetres and 4 milimetres? Okay that last one is maybe not common here either but still, this blows my mind that you guys are using feet and inches for... most things?
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« Reply #119 on: April 20, 2018, 04:28:50 pm »
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My problem with estimating centimeters is that because I'm in the United States, the only time I use centimeters is in science, and in those cases the actual values they quantify don't really matter, and I end up thinking of centimeters as short inches.  However, I've noticed that in my mind I sometimes think of it being about 1.5 centimeters to an inch, not 2.5 centimeters to an inch...

Wait... WAIT. I know the US uses a lot of Imperial units, but do you seriously like not even use cm and m on a daily basis? Like, do schoolkids not have standard 15cm/30cm rulers? Do people not know doorframes are about 2m high? Is it not common knowledge that 1 mile is 1 kilometer, 609 metres, 34 centimetres and 4 milimetres? Okay that last one is maybe not common here either but still, this blows my mind that you guys are using feet and inches for... most things?

Oh yeah, very little metric happens in America. There are some exceptions.

As stated, there are races that are measured in meters. You can buy a 2-liter bottle of soda, but don't expect anyone to figure out how much soda is in 300 milliliters.

Many wrenches are sold in two sets to account for cars (and whatever else) built with metric bolts.

I always hear of street drugs being sold in the realm of grams, but I don't have firsthand knowledge of that. But a lot of medicine lists ingredients in milligrams.

When people aren't up for running a marathon (26.2 miles, I believe), they may sign up to run a 5K or a 10K. 

Aside from the scientific community, everyday life in America is almost exclusively imperial measurements. Unless I'm washing down 500 mg of ibuprofen with a 2-liter Coke after running a 5K, Americans would just stare at me blankly if I try to use anything metric.
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« Reply #120 on: April 20, 2018, 04:37:12 pm »
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If you really want to have some fun, go to any discussion group of the Pathfinder RPG (based on 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons) and suggest that the game should be published in metric. People will spiral into a frothing fit to tell you why metric is a bad idea in their RPG.

My favorite "argument" is that if the game changes so that each square is 2 meters instead of 5 feet (which the Star Wars RPG actually did do BTW), then the iconic "5-foot step" would have to be renamed to the "6.56-foot step" and that's too hard to memorize. Some people are so entrenched in imperial that they can't even fathom renaming it to a "2-meter step." Yes, 5 feet sounds like quite a large step; it's not a literal single step.

I'm pretty bad at metric, but I've had some practice with the Torg RPG in 1990. It used metric even when it was an American publisher. Now that it's owned by a German publisher, metric is even more natural.
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« Reply #121 on: April 20, 2018, 04:40:00 pm »
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I always hear of street drugs being sold in the realm of grams, but I don't have firsthand knowledge of that. But a lot of medicine lists ingredients in milligrams.

In all fairness, I don't have any idea how much is one milligram.
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« Reply #122 on: April 20, 2018, 05:08:31 pm »
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My problem with estimating centimeters is that because I'm in the United States, the only time I use centimeters is in science, and in those cases the actual values they quantify don't really matter, and I end up thinking of centimeters as short inches.  However, I've noticed that in my mind I sometimes think of it being about 1.5 centimeters to an inch, not 2.5 centimeters to an inch...

Wait... WAIT. I know the US uses a lot of Imperial units, but do you seriously like not even use cm and m on a daily basis? Like, do schoolkids not have standard 15cm/30cm rulers? Do people not know doorframes are about 2m high? Is it not common knowledge that 1 mile is 1 kilometer, 609 metres, 34 centimetres and 4 milimetres? Okay that last one is maybe not common here either but still, this blows my mind that you guys are using feet and inches for... most things?

I remember those 15/30cm rulers having the other side be in 6/12 inches, and so 30cm is approximately a foot. That's like the main instance of me being able to understand imperial. After that you have one yard equal to three feet, and then the conversions stop being easy.
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« Reply #123 on: April 21, 2018, 03:10:39 am »
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As far as I'm concerned, one yard = one meter and one foot = the distance that sound travels in 1 ms. They're both off like by 10% but that's close enough.
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« Reply #124 on: April 21, 2018, 04:43:02 am »
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If you really want to have some fun, go to any discussion group of the Pathfinder RPG (based on 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons) and suggest that the game should be published in metric. People will spiral into a frothing fit to tell you why metric is a bad idea in their RPG.

My favorite "argument" is that if the game changes so that each square is 2 meters instead of 5 feet (which the Star Wars RPG actually did do BTW), then the iconic "5-foot step" would have to be renamed to the "6.56-foot step" and that's too hard to memorize. Some people are so entrenched in imperial that they can't even fathom renaming it to a "2-meter step." Yes, 5 feet sounds like quite a large step; it's not a literal single step.

I'm pretty bad at metric, but I've had some practice with the Torg RPG in 1990. It used metric even when it was an American publisher. Now that it's owned by a German publisher, metric is even more natural.
Well RPGs are an area where I actually kind of get this, especially if the setting is medieval where you wouldn't have a standardized system in-world anyway and people would use their actual feet etc. to measure things.
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« Reply #125 on: April 21, 2018, 11:46:25 am »
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The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it!
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« Reply #126 on: April 23, 2018, 08:54:23 am »
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Well RPGs are an area where I actually kind of get this, especially if the setting is medieval where you wouldn't have a standardized system in-world anyway and people would use their actual feet etc. to measure things.

I think you may be giving them too much credit. If they were really in it for the verisimilitude, then they would have different measurements of feet based on the king of the land they are visiting. Then you get into funky physics like an arrow being fired in Kingdom A at only 2/3 the distance of it being fired in Kingdom B.

I think this really boils down to grognards. Especially in Pathfinder, which exists solely because D&D players did not want to leave behind D&D 3rd edition, so they published their own rulebook of the open license rules and continued using the same rules for another 10 years. Pathfinder players are not known for being progressive.
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« Reply #127 on: April 23, 2018, 10:03:51 am »
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Well, in TTRPGs, it's probably best to use the units you're the most familiar with. If you have to do conversions in your head, that breaks the immersion much more than using a unit which realistically couldn't be used by the characters of the setting but every player understands perfectly.
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« Reply #128 on: April 23, 2018, 11:21:42 am »
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Well, in TTRPGs, it's probably best to use the units you're the most familiar with.

This is true for everybody. We work best with what is familiar to us. I still use feet and pounds in everything. I recognize that it would be easier overall if America switches to metric, but there would be a period of growing pains. I'm guilty of this too. If we suddenly went metric I'd be thrown off if someone told me to drive 800 meters and then turn left. I'm actually pretty bad about being told to turn left in 300 feet too, but it'd be worse if it were metric for me.

So yeah, it would be easier to use the units people are familiar with in TTRPGs. Seems like RPGs would be the best place to change systems since it's not that important to get the units right in a game. Not like getting confused cooking something or sending directions.
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I had a dream where someone made this big, complicated graph deciding whether or not something should be posted in Random Stuff or if it should go in a new thread.  It kind of reminded me of those phase diagrams posted a while back, and it included criteria such as how interesting it is, how much discussion you are expecting to get from it, and how exciting/exhilarating the topic is.
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Check this out, it's awesome.

I don't feel the payoff at the end was worth it. It became a jumbled mess IMO. But having a protagonist shift is an underused device, and I feel that was successfully done here. It was remarkably consistent in its worldview, even bringing back older elements we had forgotten about.

And the opening was pretty fun. It makes me wonder if this was one of the inspirations for the Rick and Morty episode with splitting possibilities, though the ability to talk with your other selves is a nice touch, especially since it helped get Ulf out of some sticky situations.

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« Reply #138 on: May 16, 2018, 07:19:46 pm »
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In 2011, someone made a thread called "1-card Combo" on f.ds.

The card in question was Farming Village.
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« Reply #139 on: May 17, 2018, 09:49:58 am »
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In 2011, someone made a thread called "1-card Combo" on f.ds.

The card in question was Farming Village.

Even though the OP way way wrong; I feel like the welcome to a new poster could have been more welcoming. No idea why Theory locked that thread.
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« Reply #140 on: May 17, 2018, 10:07:33 am »
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« Reply #141 on: May 17, 2018, 12:39:13 pm »
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I linked the card alchemy revealtion in a non Dominon Discord and forgot this post was in it:

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« Reply #142 on: May 18, 2018, 10:48:48 pm »
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Thanks for posting this. Otherwise I'd have missed out on a lot of funny posts.

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What have we done...

Thanks for posting this. Otherwise I'd have missed out on a lot of funny posts.

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Instructor
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What have we done...

Thanks for posting this. Otherwise I'd have missed out on a lot of funny posts.

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Sometimes Lecturer.  Depends on the college.
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« Reply #146 on: May 19, 2018, 07:42:45 pm »
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My problem with estimating centimeters is that because I'm in the United States, the only time I use centimeters is in science, and in those cases the actual values they quantify don't really matter, and I end up thinking of centimeters as short inches.  However, I've noticed that in my mind I sometimes think of it being about 1.5 centimeters to an inch, not 2.5 centimeters to an inch...

Wait... WAIT. I know the US uses a lot of Imperial units, but do you seriously like not even use cm and m on a daily basis? Like, do schoolkids not have standard 15cm/30cm rulers? Do people not know doorframes are about 2m high? Is it not common knowledge that 1 mile is 1 kilometer, 609 metres, 34 centimetres and 4 milimetres? Okay that last one is maybe not common here either but still, this blows my mind that you guys are using feet and inches for... most things?

I'm sorry you had to find out this way.  It really is terrible, especially for those of us who actually prefer metric.  Maybe by the end of my life it'll change; I'm trying to teach our kids to use metric.
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« Reply #147 on: May 19, 2018, 07:44:47 pm »
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I agree with silverspawn, people often are bad at estimating measurements.
For example, I recently ordered something 20 centimeters long, and it was less than half the size i had imagined.

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I don't know anybody who uses metric units over here. I agree that it's troubling, but then it's hardly the only anti intellectual trend in the US.
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« Reply #149 on: May 20, 2018, 08:54:37 am »
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What have we done...

Thanks for posting this. Otherwise I'd have missed out on a lot of funny posts.

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Instructor

"Tutor" would be okay in a lot of settings, and I think it has more academic connotations than "instructor". It's true that in the UK, "professor" is usually reserved for tenured professorships, whereas in the US it tends to mean almost anyone with an academic teaching post. It also depends on what you understand by the word tutorial :-)
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« Reply #150 on: May 20, 2018, 11:59:29 am »
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What have we done...

Thanks for posting this. Otherwise I'd have missed out on a lot of funny posts.

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Instructor

"Tutor" would be okay in a lot of settings, and I think it has more academic connotations than "instructor". It's true that in the UK, "professor" is usually reserved for tenured professorships, whereas in the US it tends to mean almost anyone with an academic teaching post. It also depends on what you understand by the word tutorial :-)

I've only ever heard tutor used for one-on-one teaching.
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« Reply #151 on: May 20, 2018, 12:01:38 pm »
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What have we done...

Thanks for posting this. Otherwise I'd have missed out on a lot of funny posts.

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Instructor

"Tutor" would be okay in a lot of settings, and I think it has more academic connotations than "instructor". It's true that in the UK, "professor" is usually reserved for tenured professorships, whereas in the US it tends to mean almost anyone with an academic teaching post. It also depends on what you understand by the word tutorial :-)

As an instructor, I never heard the word tutor used for the speaker of record at an educational meeting. "Tutor" usually refers to somebody who works with a student one on one.

That said, if the question is "what should I call this person verbally to get their attention," then the answer is that if they do not have a PhD, you either say "professor" or "Mr./Mrs./MS. Name."
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« Reply #152 on: May 20, 2018, 01:08:17 pm »
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I've only ever heard tutor used for one-on-one teaching.

I'm using "tutorial" in this sense: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutorial_system -- as I mentioned to silver, it really depends what he means by "tutorial" :-)

I came through the Oxford system as an undergraduate, and then tutored for a couple of years as a grad student too. Tutorials were almost always either in pairs or threes, though I had a few on my own because of the way some stuff worked out as a third-year undergrad, and I found those the most terrifying! I think as a student, I had maybe 3-5 tutorials per week during the intense bits of termtime, on top of 10+ hours of lectures.
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« Reply #153 on: May 20, 2018, 01:15:03 pm »
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At German universities tutorials are usually acompanying a lecture and are held by more advanced advanced students once or twice a week with groups between 5-20 students.
Students do exercises about the lecture material at home, and the tutorials discuss the solutions to those (after the students have worked on them themselves) furthermore. students can ask the tutor if they have trouble with understanding parts of the lecture during these tutorials.
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« Reply #154 on: May 20, 2018, 01:36:27 pm »
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As an instructor, I never heard the word tutor used for the speaker of record at an educational meeting. "Tutor" usually refers to somebody who works with a student one on one.

That said, if the question is "what should I call this person verbally to get their attention," then the answer is that if they do not have a PhD, you either say "professor" or "Mr./Mrs./MS. Name."

It depends where you are. Here in the UK, most people doing teaching are not correctly called professors, because "professor" is only the very top tier of the academic hierarchy, with readers, lecturers and research fellows below that (while still holding a PhD). If you address all of them "professor", you may just sound like you're trying to suck up, or are generally ignorant/unobservant. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_ranks)

I'm assuming silver wanted to know for  fanfic-writing purposes, and I'm relatively sure that he leans towards US English for that, but on the off-chance his interest is academic, I figure it's worth covering all bases :-)
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« Reply #155 on: May 20, 2018, 01:46:29 pm »
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I've only ever heard tutor used for one-on-one teaching.

I'm using "tutorial" in this sense: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutorial_system -- as I mentioned to silver, it really depends what he means by "tutorial" :-)

That's exactly what I meant! Which is also what Watno said.

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« Reply #156 on: May 20, 2018, 02:02:31 pm »
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I've only ever heard tutor used for one-on-one teaching.

I'm using "tutorial" in this sense: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutorial_system -- as I mentioned to silver, it really depends what he means by "tutorial" :-)

That's exactly what I meant! Which is also what Watno said.

Umm, that article talks about goup sizes of 2 to 3, whcih is not what I said.
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« Reply #157 on: May 20, 2018, 02:04:18 pm »
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I confess to only reading a few lines and concluding it was what I meant. What you said, then, sizes of 5-40

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« Reply #158 on: May 20, 2018, 09:39:37 pm »
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As an instructor, I never heard the word tutor used for the speaker of record at an educational meeting. "Tutor" usually refers to somebody who works with a student one on one.

That said, if the question is "what should I call this person verbally to get their attention," then the answer is that if they do not have a PhD, you either say "professor" or "Mr./Mrs./MS. Name."

It depends where you are. Here in the UK, most people doing teaching are not correctly called professors, because "professor" is only the very top tier of the academic hierarchy, with readers, lecturers and research fellows below that (while still holding a PhD). If you address all of them "professor", you may just sound like you're trying to suck up, or are generally ignorant/unobservant. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_ranks)

I'm assuming silver wanted to know for  fanfic-writing purposes, and I'm relatively sure that he leans towards US English for that, but on the off-chance his interest is academic, I figure it's worth covering all bases :-)

In my experience teaching undergrads and talking to people in confusing academic or administrative roles, whenever someone addresses us as “professor”, we just assume they are confused (which, to be honest, even actual professors don’t get it right). If they keep addressing us as “professor” after you’ve repeatedly signed your emails as, say, “Kevin”, THEN we assume they are sucking up.

We would only make fun of a student if they started an email as “hey professor Jim” or some such.
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« Reply #160 on: May 22, 2018, 08:15:11 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.
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« Reply #161 on: May 22, 2018, 11:18:45 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.

You want to design several organs?  We would probably poop out of our mouths if it weren't for the fact that it's not sanitary.
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It’s funny when you are randomly browsing the internet and you recognize someone. Our favourite mod got comment of the week in a pretty well-known blog (don’t want to give more details in case that’s doxxing).
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« Reply #163 on: May 23, 2018, 06:18:44 am »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.

You want to design several organs?  We would probably poop out of our mouths if it weren't for the fact that it's not sanitary.
Yep, it's defnitely best to keep the number of openings where problematic stuff can enter to a minimum. When you design a spaceship, you don't drop airlocks all over the place for different functions [this is me speaking from my vast experience in designing spaceships].
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I think it makes a lot of sense to have multi-purpose body parts. In many cases, it's easier for an existing body part to evolve to perform another function in addition to what it was already doing than for a completely new body part to emerge. For example, mudskippers use their fins for walking on land, because that's easier than growing a pair of legs or something.
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« Reply #166 on: May 24, 2018, 04:16:11 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.

You want to design several organs?  We would probably poop out of our mouths if it weren't for the fact that it's not sanitary.
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I think it makes a lot of sense to have multi-purpose body parts. In many cases, it's easier for an existing body part to evolve to perform another function in addition to what it was already doing than for a completely new body part to emerge. For example, mudskippers use their fins for walking on land, because that's easier than growing a pair of legs or something.

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« Reply #168 on: May 24, 2018, 05:40:46 pm »
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« Reply #170 on: May 24, 2018, 08:08:16 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.
Fun fact: newborn babies can breathe through their noses while suckling using their mouths. We lose this ability at some point later.
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« Reply #171 on: May 24, 2018, 09:18:47 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.

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« Reply #172 on: May 24, 2018, 09:19:49 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.
Fun fact: newborn babies can breathe through their noses while suckling using their mouths. We lose this ability at some point later.

They also don't need to make smalltalk. Babies seem to have it made.
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« Reply #173 on: May 24, 2018, 11:26:09 pm »
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Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.
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« Reply #174 on: May 25, 2018, 12:06:15 am »
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« Reply #175 on: June 04, 2018, 01:56:11 pm »
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Netflix will take over the world with the skip intro button. It's now a better product than having an entire show on the harddrive.

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« Reply #176 on: June 04, 2018, 04:06:53 pm »
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Netflix will take over the world with the skip intro button. It's now a better product than having an entire show on the harddrive.

Having an entire show on the hard drive has had that feature ever since mkv chapters.

EDIT: Looked it up, chapters were introduced into mkv in 2003-08-04.
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« Reply #177 on: June 04, 2018, 07:30:06 pm »
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Netflix will take over the world with the skip intro button. It's now a better product than having an entire show on the harddrive.

What's worth watching on Netflix these days?
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« Reply #178 on: June 04, 2018, 11:17:07 pm »
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Netflix will take over the world with the skip intro button. It's now a better product than having an entire show on the harddrive.

Does that mean they got rid of the thing where it automatically skips the intro? Because for some shows it automatically does (or did) skip the intro whenever you watch more than one episode at a time. And sometimes, like with Series of Unfortunate Events, the intro differs from episode to episode and I want to see it, which means I have to rewind. Which is annoying when I'm watching on the Wii U (which is the Netflix device I have hooked up to that TV), and the controls are sometimes unresponsive.
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« Reply #179 on: June 05, 2018, 03:34:04 am »
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Does that mean they got rid of the thing where it automatically skips the intro? Because for some shows it automatically does (or did) skip the intro whenever you watch more than one episode at a time.

No, it still does that

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« Reply #180 on: June 05, 2018, 01:08:30 pm »
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Netflix will take over the world with the skip intro button. It's now a better product than having an entire show on the harddrive.

What's worth watching on Netflix these days?

Lost in Space looks promising, though I've only seen the first couple episodes.
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« Reply #181 on: June 05, 2018, 02:27:33 pm »
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Most DVDs have always had a skip intro button, called next chapter. Though sometimes DVDs have poor chapter divisions where that doesn't work. In which case fast-forwarding for a few seconds does the same thing, but takes 3-5 seconds instead of 1 second.

And yeah, it's annoying with shows like Family Guy, where they will occasionally have a joke stuck in the middle of the opening credits. It's only happened like 3-4 times in the first 14 seasons, but you still have to watch (or at least fast-forward through) all the credits just in case.
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« Reply #182 on: June 05, 2018, 02:34:57 pm »
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Does that mean they got rid of the thing where it automatically skips the intro? Because for some shows it automatically does (or did) skip the intro whenever you watch more than one episode at a time.

No, it still does that

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Hmm.. not a fan of Black Mirror overall, though that's going on the first season or two mostly, and I haven't seen more than the VR spaceship episode of the most recent set. They clearly like playing with "edgy" ideas, but not enough to think very far through the implications for those overall in society, so I feel like it ends up as a series of seemingly controversial but fundamentally empty statements. Also I think I like things better if they come in lots of installments like GoT. You were the one who convinced me I should give that a try, so now I'm looking for a recommendation that's at least as good :-P
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« Reply #183 on: June 05, 2018, 05:08:48 pm »
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Also I think I like things better if they come in lots of installments like GoT. You were the one who convinced me I should give that a try, so now I'm looking for a recommendation that's at least as good :-P

Well, let me know if you find something, because I've certainly never seen any show as good as first 5 seasons of GoT. The four or so shows that I think come somewhat close are all things that I don't think you'd like, including Black Mirror. But Black mirror episodes are standalone, so you can just view s03e06 as a 70 minute long movie without bothering with the rest.

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« Reply #184 on: June 19, 2018, 05:38:42 pm »
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There's this song that gets played a lot on local radio at the moment. 2002 by uhh Anne something or other. It's an okay song, terrible music video (I regret checking).

The song is weird. It's about the year 2002, when the singer was 11. I don't even know if the writer of the song realised, but despite being released this year, the song is actually set in 2009. Basically: The first verse is about 2002, when the singer was 11, and is in past tense. Then the second verse is when she's 18, and is in present tense. So... yeah. It's set in 2009, despite being released this year.
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« Reply #185 on: June 20, 2018, 08:42:42 am »
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Maybe it took 9 years to finish the song?

Stretching here.
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« Reply #186 on: June 20, 2018, 01:40:04 pm »
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I was 21 years when I wrote this song
I'm 22 now but I won't be for long

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« Reply #187 on: June 20, 2018, 02:00:07 pm »
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I had fun with a learning module we're developing. It is superhero-themed. Spent an hour laughing maniacally and uttering villain lines if the learner chooses the side of evil.

I kind of worry that the training might be off a bit as people may choose the wrong answer just to hear what the villains are saying. Certainly more fun that the hero speeches.

And hey, I got to say rue. I rue the fact that we don't say rue enough times.
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« Reply #188 on: June 20, 2018, 08:43:52 pm »
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It's also worth noting that the narrator in a song/poem need not be the same as the author.
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« Reply #189 on: June 21, 2018, 05:35:29 am »
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I rue the fact that we don't say rue enough times.

I feel like that's not how 'rue' is meant to be used...
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« Reply #190 on: June 21, 2018, 08:55:59 am »
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I rue the fact that we don't say rue enough times.

I feel like that's not how 'rue' is meant to be used...

Yeah, well, and sauerkraut was not meant to be used as underwear insulation, yet here we are.
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« Reply #191 on: June 21, 2018, 11:49:15 am »
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I rue the fact that we don't say rue enough times.

I feel like that's not how 'rue' is meant to be used...

Yeah, it's like he's on completely the wrong street.
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« Reply #192 on: June 21, 2018, 11:16:57 pm »
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I was trying to reproduce code someone else wrote, and it called some object.log() function at one point, behind an if statement for if "log" is enabled.  You know, some debug logging.  I was just trying to reproduce a basic result that the original code could do, but I had a problem for ages and couldn't figure it out.  I finally realized that the log() function was actually computing a logarithm, and not debug logging...
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« Reply #193 on: July 13, 2018, 04:12:12 pm »
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So, I had a random idea for a board game a few days ago, while trying to think of a good semi-mathsy game for the end of school term (still trying to think of something if anyone has ideas, only one week left now!). I think it might actually be... interesting, sorta. The following is a brief description, and likely vague because it's just an idea, but I'd like to know if people think it sounds reasonable. I'll add uncertainties in brackets.

The game takes place on a square grid (possibly with obstacles/holes/walls on it for interest). Players are trying to place as many tiles on the grid of their own... colour/symbol (since tiles are shared, not sure how this would be tracked easily). There is a random selection of available tiles which are replenished every time one is played, of varying shape and size. Some tiles have a special mark on them, allowing you to place them over other players/your own tiles, otherwise each tile must fit into its own space (maybe own space or over your own tiles only).

Not sure how this bit would work yet, but play would not be circular but rather using a quick bidding system. Players start with some number of counters (maybe 15) and can hold some number in their hand secretly each round to bid on getting a turn. Highest bid takes a turn, ties broken as closest player clockwise to last player who made a move. Somehow counters should be refreshed during the game - could be that counters are shared among other players (e.g. give your winning bid out one to each player clockwise until you run out) or similar. I'd probably need some extra mechanic to keep the game moving quickly, since having a bid every single round would be slow. Maybe the bids determine entire order of the round? I dunno yet.

Winner is the player at the end of the game who has the most territory covered. Or maybe some kind of points system - covering space earns points, achieving certain goals earns points, having counters left earns points etc.

Anyway, feel free to poke holes in the idea, suggest games that already have similar mechanics (I know it already has some similarity to Patchwork, a 2 player game by some prolific designer I've forgotten in the moment), or otherwise suggest things to make it not too stale. It'll probably go nowhere but ehh, maybe it's a nice idea.
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« Reply #194 on: July 13, 2018, 09:30:52 pm »
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I think you want some mechanic that gives long-term repercussions to tile placement, right now it sounds like where you place a tile is not important, as long as you actually placed it.

Can you place a tile partially covering other tiles? It’s not going to lat flat on the board if some of the spaces it’s covering already have a tile on them, while others don’t.

I am terrible at bidding games, so nothing to add there.

Blokus is an interesting tile placement game, if you haven’t heard of it.

EDIT: if I was making the game, I would do away with the bidding, and do something like:

6x6 board
A common pool of grey tiles, each being 2- or 3-spaces large. Three are available at any time, they get replenished as they are used.
Each player has a private pool of 4-space large tiles in their colour (think Tetris)

Each turn, a player places a grey tile, then they may place one of their own coloured tiles. Tiles can only be placed if all the spaces they cover are the same “height”. Grey tiles can only cover other grey tiles, or tiles from the active player. Player tiles can cover any colour, but they may not perfectly overlap another player’s tile.

Game ends when a player cannot place a grey tile during their turn or grey tile pool is exhausted. Players get one point per space covered by a tile in their colour.
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« Reply #195 on: July 14, 2018, 05:30:21 am »
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Blokus is an interesting tile placement game, if you haven’t heard of it.

But I have heard of it, so is it interesting in this situation?

Anyway terrible logic jokes aside, you might be right about where you place a tile isn't too important - that's why I was considering there being points for objectives, e.g. building a 3x3 square is worth some amount of points, or making a continuous path from one side of the board to another, or other similar things.

Regarding the overlapping problem, what might be possible to do is something like... rather than placing the shapes onto the grid, you place 1x1 tiles based on e.g. the pattern on a card? That way if you can overlap someone, you just remove their tile and place your own, which is much easier to manage.

I do actually quite like the idea of there being a common gray and personal coloured pool. That could work.
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