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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Fuck the System
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:26:47 pm »
You know, when you're not being a provocative asshole, you're really quite eloquent.

Newsfeed?

EDIT: I've always been kind of amazed that computers can even work. I mean, the display alone, even for something as simple as a command line, must require a volume of data incomprehensible to the human mind. This isn't even getting into shit like real-time rendering in game engines.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Cain, help
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:00:52 am »
I know I'm not Cain, but what's going on?

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Also, there's something about the Portland mannerism that really fucks up communications with people who aren't from here. People from San Francisco and Oakland kind of get it, but from anywhere else, it's a trainwreck of crossed wires waiting to happen. In person, people think we're too nice, passive, and polite. In writing, people think we're giant dicks who put things way too bluntly. People who are from here tend to say whatever they're thinking, but somehow the delivery softens it too much and nobody can hear it, or they get confused by the gentleness of the delivery and accuse us of being passive-aggressive. I think it's because we talk slowly and tend not to be very loud. That and talking in newscaster english probably confuses people. Keep on fucking that chicken!

I kinda want to move there now.

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It also seems probable that animism, for example, isn't as popular because we know enough about science that on the scale of an individual object, we can analyze it and find a concrete physical explanation for its behavior that doesn't require any kind of personification. It's when we get to something as large-scale as the universe itself that our capacity for analysis breaks down due to the sheer volume of information that has to be taken into account. Our brains don't like leaving loose ends, though, so we shrug and personify it just to be done with it.

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My first Saturday Night in a long time was this Thursday. I don't know anyone in this city, so I joined a Pathfinder game over Skype with some internet nerds. Heavy homebrew, space opera setting, still fun as shit. I know it'll be really, really unbalanced and I'll probably die in the first combat, but so far I'm having fun anyway as a cleric of Azathoth. I'm also quickly becoming the party troll, in a way that the rest of the group seems to find genuinely funny.

I took the Evangelist archetype, so I'll be spouting nihilistic rants in the midst of combat about the intrinsic meaninglessness of life and apathy of my god of choice, and the party'll get morale bonuses for it.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:27:36 pm »
And Morrigan is slated to have a role in the new DA:I game this fall...though most people believe she won't be able to join your party.



Unfortunately, I've been experimenting with Skyrim mods, looking for other paying writing gigs and doing background research this week, which means I have been lax on recording.  I'm going to do a marathon session tomorrow, but it may not get uploaded until Saturday at the earliest, and Wednesday at the latest (night shifts Friday and Sunday, followed by tutorials Monday and Tuesday mean my sleep patterns are going to be extremely out of whack for the upcoming week).

However, I'm hoping to get to, at the very least, the end of the Stone Prisoner DLC, which will allow us to recruit Ferelden's foremost hater of pigeons and give us another game choice.

What kind of mods do you use for Skyrim? I mainly stick with gameplay and immersion mods, like SkyRe and Lively Inns and Taverns. I find Skyrim's the kind of game that can be fun with copious modding, but as a vanilla game Bethesda kinda dropped the ball.

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ECH gave me a good idea, then I had another good idea.  Monday will be terrifying.  I myself will be terrified.

Scrap and scrap?

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Or Kill Me / Re: Another reason to hate the world. True or False?
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:35:03 pm »
Yeah, I spent my adolescence literally being brainwashed by a misogynist and I don't use that as an excuse to hate women.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Another reason to hate the world. True or False?
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:19:13 pm »
There's also the question of why you'd expect us to care enough to bother reading your sob story when you clearly don't care about half the human race enough not to resort to categorism.

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Unfortunately I seem to be the only human being on planet earth that thinks inventing trillions of shiny new dollars and pumping it into the third world makes more sense than inventing trillions of shiny new dollars and giving it to a bunch of gold plated scam artists.

I can agree with large chunks of that, but I have to counter this with "Zimbabwe". Not alone in creating cash to try and raise living standards but the end result was less than pleasant. Brazil managed to deal with the same kind of problem with the introduction of the Real(?) and had a good degree of success.

There's another potential issue with where exactly the neediest people are located. A line of thinking could end up with "So if they lived over there, shit will be better for them". Which again, in Africa has had unfortunate consequences.

While the above may sound a little shitty, I'd rather cover as many of the potential pitfalls as possible. Last thing that anyone really wants is a system that fucks up in the exact same ways.

Economics 1.0 is fucking over Zimbabwe. A result of Artificial Scarcity is not an argument against Post-Scarcity Economics.
Many other problems can be prevented by not singling out the poor. I think this can only work if everyone social stratum gets it.

It needs to become as much a Right as breathing.

My thinking, right now is that cash doesn't trickle down, it flows up. Pump it in at the bottom and everyone will end up better off. The priority is humanitarian - elevate the lowest out of poverty but, in doing so should elevate everyone's standard of living. So we will still be better off than the third world by roughly the same factor. The only difference is now the third world have food, water, housing and maybe one or two luxury items.

Next we decide do we want to stop there or do we want to see it through to it's logical conclusion and keep making the ones at the bottom better off, given that we are all made better off as a direct result? I'm assuming the bottom tier of humanity will end up developing their own socio-economic thing, once all their time isn't taken up with the business of starving to death. I could be wrong but, if I'm not, then some sort of equilibrium may be achievable where the whole world is split into comfortably well off and filthy rich.

It occurs to me that maybe we've been looking at the economy backwards all along, if we're to use the flowing of water as a model for the movement of money. It isn't a pyramid, with the wealthy elite at the top and the workers at the bottom, and the money running downhill. It's a funnel. The narrow point may be the top of the social hierarchy, but I find the model is far more intuitive the other way around.

I mean, maybe that's what we should call this. Funnel economics. It still trickles down, but from the wide end.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Another reason to hate the world. True or False?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:44:36 am »
At the risk of reopening a can of worms that has only recently been sealed, has it never occurred to you that maybe you have problems with women because they don't like the kind of people that view them as shallow caricatures and retreat into pathetic half-assed defense mechanisms and predictable tropes the moment their assertions are questioned?

STFU - if he figures that one out, the bastard might actually manage to reproduce  :argh!:

 :regret:

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Or Kill Me / Re: Another reason to hate the world. True or False?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:17:01 am »
At the risk of reopening a can of worms that has only recently been sealed, has it never occurred to you that maybe you have problems with women because they don't like the kind of people that view them as shallow caricatures and retreat into pathetic half-assed defense mechanisms and predictable tropes the moment their assertions are questioned?

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I'm just waiting for my moddable AR glasses so I can see the world as William Gibson intended: In neon magenta wire frame.

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