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Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Postby Zarq » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:42 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:What would be a good way to run a D&D game online? A private game for people I know, I don't really want to DM for strangers on the Internet.
I have a campaign setting stuck in my head, but my D&D playing friends all live across the country now, and I can't really think how to go about it.


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Postby Jessica » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:43 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:What would be a good way to run a D&D game online? A private game for people I know, I don't really want to DM for strangers on the Internet.
I have a campaign setting stuck in my head, but my D&D playing friends all live across the country now, and I can't really think how to go about it.

Well, there are a number of ways to do this.

I've run pen and paper games with IRC alone. It sort of works, but it's better if you don't need to have a map...
There are programs that allow you to game with people. I've used "fantasy grounds" though I don't know how well it works for 4th.
You could run it with skype, or other video chat option.
I have friends who use google wave to play on.
There are websites which are dedicated to it as well.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:19 pm UTC

Two job interviews tomorrow <.<
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Postby Magnanimous » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:33 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:Two job interviews tomorrow <.<

Zero for me, but hopefully one/two the next week.

I feel weird applying for these positions, since they both focus on Linux servers and I've never actually had any formal training with Linux. Nearly three years worth of fiddling around, but no classes.

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Postby TimelordSimone » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:26 pm UTC

Thanks RE D&D you guys. I shall look into the things that were suggested. :D
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:55 am UTC

I found my Wegman's in my new city and bought $30 worth of beer. I'm a happy camper :)
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Postby Ptolom » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:21 am UTC

Ugh, why am I up playing Elite at 2:20? I should have known the combination of Monster energy drinks and video games would lead to this.

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Postby Amarantha » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:09 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:What would be a good way to run a D&D game online? A private game for people I know, I don't really want to DM for strangers on the Internet.
I have a campaign setting stuck in my head, but my D&D playing friends all live across the country now, and I can't really think how to go about it.
My friend DM'd some games for us on Myth-Weavers, which seemed to work pretty well. I don't know how it compares to other methods/sites.

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Postby broken_escalator » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

Weee! I'm happily using my new computer at work. Its built for speed, but more importantly, it has 8g of ram instead of 3.6 (half of which was failing). Now I can process my millions of datas with reckless abandon (in regards to memory)!

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Postby dumbzebra » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:16 pm UTC

Is it possible to calculate/estimate whether mainting a completely digital mind on human level is energeticaly more efficient than a biological mind with all its dependencies (metabolism etc.) attached?
As the great philosopher Socrates once said: "No."

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Postby bigglesworth » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:28 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Yous guys need to move around more or something.
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Postby farnsworth » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:20 am UTC

MMM: How did they shoot the piano-in-a-cornfield scene in the Yoü and I music video?

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Postby SecondTalon » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:29 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Yous guys need to move around more or something.
In the Welsh valleys, it is said that you could tell which valley a local came from by their accent.

But.. but.. not all of Great Britain is Wales, so......
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Postby Kang » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:41 pm UTC

farnsworth wrote:MMM: How did they shoot the piano-in-a-cornfield scene in the Yoü and I music video?

Without any knowledge of said video: by hauling a piano in a cornfield?

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Postby userxp » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:07 pm UTC

I find it a bit funny when I read Youtube comments like "Mario 64 is not a childish game! I'm 13 and I still like it!".

Not that I wish to imply Mario games are childish of course. I'm 18 and I still like them.

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Postby farnsworth » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:15 pm UTC

Kang wrote:
farnsworth wrote:MMM: How did they shoot the piano-in-a-cornfield scene in the Yoü and I music video?

Without any knowledge of said video: by hauling a piano in a cornfield?

Well, Lady Gaga appears both as herself and dressed as a man in that scene--at the same time. I'm sure fancy editing was involved, but I want to know how that effect was done.

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Postby Mumpy » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:21 pm UTC

But there's never a moment when you see both faces full on. My guess is just another couple of actors.

Also, congratulations, that's the first time I've ever searched out a Lady GaGa video, I normally greet plague victims with more geniality. I hope you're happy with yourself.

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Postby Dason » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:23 pm UTC

Mumpy wrote:But there's never a moment when you see both faces full on. My guess is just another couple of actors.

I was just going to post this same thing. It seems to be the easiest explanation.
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:28 pm UTC

Probably some body doubles for the wide shots and POV tricks and video splicing for the closer shots. It doesn't look like the two character's images actually ever overlap visually (as in his arm passes in front of her face or something) so it wouldn't be that hard to just show two images on the screen at once, adjusting what part of which image is shown when needed.
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Postby modularblues » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:47 pm UTC

Every book should stay open on the page that I open it on, when I lay it flat. Whether it's a paperback or hardcover. Although... are books being phased out nowadays? Not if there are more Luddites like me.

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Postby Mumpy » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:01 pm UTC

modularblues wrote:Every book should stay open on the page that I open it on, when I lay it flat. Whether it's a paperback or hardcover. Although... are books being phased out nowadays? Not if there are more Luddites like me.

I'll stop reading books when they come up with an e-reader that you can read in the bath, dip a corner in, and not worry about it. And even then, it better have that old book smell. And somewhere for people to sign/write a message in the front. And pages you can turn the corners of.

Yeah, I'm not a Luddite, but reading by e-reader is for the next generation, please. Let me keep my battered old books.
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Postby Kulantan » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:23 pm UTC

How about water proofing and artificial book smell? I can't do much about them not having pages.
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:56 pm UTC

My sister puts her Nook in a gallon freezer bag when she wants to read in the tub. She claims it works pretty good.
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Postby Dason » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

Oh how quaint. Why not just by a large stack of them and if they happen to get wet just switch to a new one?
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

Because gallon freezer bags are cheaper than a Nook? I'm pretty sure you're trying to be an ass but I can't figure out how or why.
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Postby Deep_Thought » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:05 pm UTC

Kulantan wrote:How about water proofing and artificial book smell? I can't do much about them not having pages.

There has been actual serious scientific study about this.

I went to a talk given by the author of the first link (it was part of an IgNobel ceremony). The guy passed around a massive glass beaker full of old book smell. It was amazing.

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Postby TaintedDeity » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:15 pm UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:Because gallon freezer bags are cheaper than a Nook? I'm pretty sure you're trying to be an ass but I can't figure out how or why.
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Postby Mumpy » Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:12 pm UTC

Kulantan wrote:How about ... artificial book smell?

I knew there was I reason I like you. I'm gonna get this and spray it everywhere.

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Postby ArgonV » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:15 am UTC

I was told I would be able to see a super nova with the naked eye tonight, somewhere near Ursa Maior. So is it real? If so, where can I find it? And do I need to leave the city?

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:20 am UTC

When discussing the viewing of stars and related phenomenon, the answer to the question of "Do I need to leave the city" is always yes.
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Postby ArgonV » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:38 am UTC

I know, it seemed pretty intuitive, but then again, I'd expect a supernova to be a bit more bright then a regular star. Then again, it could easily be a billion million light-years away, which'd cancel out the brightness.

I'll guess I'll just drive out to a remote spot tomorrow to view it, cause I'm not really allowed to drive right now...

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Postby Mumpy » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:40 am UTC

My plan is booze, and some friends, and a field by a river which contains hilariously terrifying inquisitive cows.

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Postby Deva » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:52 am UTC

Imagines cows inquiring about awkward romantic prospects within a circle of friends. Thank you.
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Postby The EGE » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:10 am UTC

ArgonV wrote:I know, it seemed pretty intuitive, but then again, I'd expect a supernova to be a bit more bright then a regular star. Then again, it could easily be a billion million light-years away, which'd cancel out the brightness.

I'll guess I'll just drive out to a remote spot tomorrow to view it, cause I'm not really allowed to drive right now...


Supernova is in a galaxy. Nearby as galaxies go, and bright as supernovae go, but nowhere near naked-eye visibility. Last I heard it was 14th magnitude which is just barely within the range of an 8-10"-diameter-mirror telescope in dark skies.

So sorry, but no supernova for you.

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Postby tastelikecoke » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:39 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:When discussing the viewing of stars and related phenomenon, the answer to the question of "Do I need to leave the city" is always yes.

Ah, so that's why the night sky's only Venus and the Orion's Belt in here.

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Postby Viae » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:56 am UTC

If possible go to a desert or up a mountain. Deserts have fewer clouds though.
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Postby The EGE » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:12 pm UTC

Wikipedia article about the supernova. It's now magnitude +10, visible with a small telescope under dark skies, and that's as bright as it will get.
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Postby Ubik » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:59 pm UTC

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Postby Ptolom » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:08 pm UTC

I just said accidentally said "shitty" in conversation with my mother. Oh well.

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