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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Coronavirus / COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2
« Last post by tiny rainbow on Today at 05:09:57 AM »
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fridgetotable.com - put ingredients you have, get recipes

utterwithasideofbread.com/homemade-bread - Make bread with yeast

letsdishrecipes.com/traditional-irish-soda-bread - Make bread without yeast







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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by tiny rainbow on Today at 04:01:38 AM »
whichbook.net

standardebooks.org/ebooks

doaj.org - Directory of Open Access Journals

doabooks.org - Directory of Open Access Books

twinery.org - Make a text-based game



Things from the last month or so:

- myths in Six Ages

- myths recounted in Six Ages


How to Fix the Future: Staying Human in the Digital Age


https://archive.today/2020.03.27-035744/https://iapp.org/news/a/book-review-networks-of-control
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If it's less about the government, that seems harmless enough, right? [..]While we were writing this report and analyzing all the facts for it, we became increasingly appalled[..]

After setting the world aflame, the authors are good enough to provide some insights on how to best build it back up. While they advocate for increased corporate transparency and education, they also provide innovative, thought-provoking criticisms and solutions aimed toward propelling humanity towards a better future, ideas that seemed fresh and different
https://archive.today/2020.03.27-043623/http://crackedlabs.org/dl/NetworksOfControl_PressInfoEN.pdf
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What are the societal and ethical implications of these practices? And how can we move forward?
[..]practices presented in this book have rarely been examined in depth,or not at all
Networks of Control, Wolfie Christl, Sarah Spiekermann, Cracked Labs

- How Companies Use Personal Data Against People, societal ramifications

- How thousands of companies monitor, analyze, and influence the lives of billions

Can Technology Support Democracy?, Digital Government: Research and Practice, Feb 2020
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any digital project with the conviction that technology can and will solve “problems” of democracy are likely to be disappointed. Technology can be a boon to democracy if it is informed technology
[..]quarterly offspring of the Whole Earth Catalog, sported a psychedelic and apparently jacked-in Benjamin Franklin
[..]There is an uphill battle facing those who favor democracy. Democracy is radical, critical, complex, and fragile. Sometimes it is resilient and even powerful. What shapes it takes in the future depends, of course, on what we do now.

wholeearth.com/back-issues.php
- scribd.com/fullscreen/34895340?access_key=key-10ncelzyns7ux4ztijjn
(scribd.com/doc/34895340/?secret_password=m5m93kn1z4aq5addguw
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archive.org/details/whole_earth_review_72

The Complicated Legacy of Stewart Brand’s “Whole Earth Catalog”
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At the height of the civil-rights movement and the war in Vietnam, the “Whole Earth Catalog” offered a vision for a new social order—one that eschewed institutions in favor of individual empowerment, achieved through the acquisition of skills and tools. The latter category included agricultural equipment, weaving kits, mechanical devices, books like “Kibbutz: Venture in Utopia,” and digital technologies and related theoretical texts, such as Norbert Wiener’s “Cybernetics”
[..]
garnered a cult following that included founders of Airbnb and Stripe and also early employees of Facebook. Brand
[..]at Stanford, Steve Jobs described the “Whole Earth Catalog” as “Google in paperback form

[..]
Brand said. “We didn’t know what government did. The whole government apparatus is quite wonderful, and quite crucial. [It] makes me frantic, that it’s being taken away.


Digital Government: Looking Back and Ahead on a Fascinating Domain of Research and Practice
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analytics of big data already allow with great precision the accurate prediction of consumer/citizens’ preferences, dislikes, and their probable future behaviors and actions.
When considering the rapidly evolving metropolization and rise of megacities, in which the vast majority of humanity will live soon

the uses of systems like the Indian Aadhaar and Chinese SCS might become not only a possibility but rather also a necessity
https://archive.today/2020.03.27-023012/http://future-nonstop.org/c/dbb5f1c6c286a17723743bf61787e103
Quote from: From: Fiction and Power - Texts on the Future of Cultural Policy, Konrad Becker, Felix Stalder Ed., Löcker 2016
pseudo-Darwinian killer monkeys [..]
"A mass that is free of iron chains has to accept silver chains [..]Transform facts into stories in order to be able to remember them better
[..] Narratives beyond a fiction of transparent communication convey not only the unsaid, but the unspeakable and incommensurable. Communicating incomprehensible about what is impossible to understand.

i.ibb.co/0KG31FX/Symmetry-collage.png


archive.org/details/happymutanthandb00frau


Quote from: wikipedia
Anne Herbert (1950-2015) was an assistant editor of CoEvolution Quarterly, a precursor to the Whole Earth Review. She coined the phrases, "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty."
Handy tips on how to behave at the death of the world, Anne Herbert
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Falling in love has always been a bit too much to apply to one person. Falling in love is appropriate for now, to love all these things which are about to leave. The rocks are watching, and the squirrels and the stars and the tired people in the street. If you love them, let them know, with grace and non-invasive extravagance. Care about the beings you care about in gorgeous and surprising ways. Color outside the lines. Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
peaceandloveandnoticingthedetails.blogspot.com
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Walk on dirt, and feel what kind of art is needed in a bumpy world
https://www.wired.com/story/mirrorworld-ar-next-big-tech-platform/
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I imagine it will take at least a decade for the mirrorworld to develop enough to be used by millions, and several decades to mature. But we are close enough now to the birth of this great work that we can predict its character in rough detail.

Eventually this melded world will be the size of our planet. It will be humanity’s greatest achievement, creating new levels of wealth, new social problems, and uncountable opportunities for billions of people. There are no experts yet to make this world; you are not late.



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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Idle complaints about today
« Last post by DesertT on Today at 01:18:29 AM »
UGH!!

So I was all excited yesterday, I got to ride the motorcycle up to a smaller town just over an hour away for work (only had one for less than a year).

I had to inspect someone's Mobilization Binder (military crap).

Nice ride.  Weather was decent.  A bit windy, but I have a windshield.  <---pansy

Get up there, meet with the guy I'm supposed to and for WHATEVER reason, he brought another Soldier with him instead of leaving him back at the armory.  The guy I'm supposed to meet with is from Norfolk.  The Soldier he brought with him is from Omaha which I didn't know/realize at the time (Omaha is our hardest hit city in the State so far).

Being the Senior Ranking Individual, I offered to buy them lunch and we got Chinese.

Left after getting the work done, yadda yadda yadda.

I'm in the office today, get a call about 3 o'clock.

The Soldier that he brought with him... his girlfriend's sister tested positive for COVID-19.  YAY!!  The girlfriend and her sister(hospital worker) live together.  The Soldier has had positive contact with them, obviously, pretty much on a daily basis.

I know, I know, chances are slim, but I have 9 kids and two of them are under a year old (we adopted my wife's nephew at birth in September after having our 8th in May), plus, my wife is making cloth masks for medical personnel from our house (for free).  Welp, nobody wants to pick up masks from a house that may be contaminated.

So yeah, I'm self-quarantined in my oldest son's house (which is technically mine, but whatever), creeping it out as a 44 year old man in his basement.

Wife had to bring me over a mattress, hygiene gear, clothes, some books, and Gloomhaven.

Protocol is to take my temperature twice a day (thankfully not anal) and wear a mask when I go to work.  I don't -have- to quarantine, but...

So yeah, I might be in-game a -little- more than normal over the next fourteen days and also not have to take constant breaks to deal with child aggro.

Wait, is this the "things that made you happy today" thread?

*mirth*

 *le sigh*
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Code Discussion / Re: suggestion: allow self whisper while passed out drunk
« Last post by ShaLeah on April 09, 2020, 10:55:59 PM »
Of course you can roleplay and emote it but what is code there for if not to enhance the roleplay? We didn't have whisper self previously.  The drunk code SUCKS on movement but does nothing for speech? An in between wake and unconsciousness middle would do wonders for realism and immersion I think.  Sometimes we just need something to teach us how to roleplay with more realism.

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Code Discussion / Re: Major issue with reroll
« Last post by Greve on April 09, 2020, 06:58:48 PM »
If I'm going by the information in the post ONLY - and no other information, since no other information was given...

It's a bug reported two years ago, and not since then. The poster chose not to do any follow-up on -his- end to ask the staff, "hey, that bug I reported a few months ago - was it ever changed?" (because if he had chosen to follow up, the tone of his posts suggests that he would have done so, and posted about it in his post above here).

So this one bug might have been overlooked, which is certainly not good - and two years later this poster posts publicly the bug, the exploit, and "suggests" the other people will exploit it (which is a passive-aggressive signalling device basically daring any of "his peeps" to go for it).

Rather than submit a request tool request reminding the staff that it's still a bug and can still be abused, he posted publicly.

I originally submitted the request two years ago. Staff replied with something along the lines of "thank you for reporting this, we'll fix it." They then just... didn't. A month later, I tried it again out of curiosity and it still wasn't fixed. I wished up at the time and noone answered. Pretty much forgot about it for a year and then tried it again, and it still worked. Then this post reminded me of the exploit and I decided that posting it here would be the only surefire way to address it.

Seems like a good way to ensure that a serious and highly abusable exploit is fixed, huh? No?

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So when they do fix it, they'll probably also punish him for advertising an exploit. And then he gets to complain that he was punished for "simply pointing out" that something was wrong and "merely trying to help."

And then people who have  a beef with staff will be able to point to this thread and say "see? this is how staff treats players who are just trying to help."

Meanwhile, the poster gets to snicker and revel in the drama he created with the post, while all the other people who might not even have known about it previously, take advantage of it until it's fixed.

Really, Lizzie? Peel that tinfoil hat off for a minute and be an adult.

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On the other hand...

the staff could just double check the code and realize it's an intentional Easter Egg, and leave it in (or take it out) without anyone really caring one way or another.

So someone who purports to be a champion of what's best for the game argues for the possibility of leaving a serious exploit unfixed? Come on. Clearly staff were not going to just happen upon it and fix it. If two attempts at reporting it to them in private are futile, bringing it to the forums seems reasonable enough to me. If I had done that before reporting it, you may have been right. Since that's not the case, well... I can't say I give the remotest of f***s about your butthurt. Why exactly are you posting a hysterical wall of indignant text about this, again?

It just seems like a whole lot of screeching about nothing. Surely the exploit is fixed by now. Were we better off otherwise?

Stop seeing enemies around every corner.

To be perfectly honest, 20 added stun points isn't a gamechanger.

In today's meta of bludgeoning weapons and attacking before roleplaying, stun is a more important resource than health.
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Player Announcements / Re: Blood and Glory [April 9-12]
« Last post by Mr. Fancypants on April 09, 2020, 06:16:19 PM »
Beat me to it by.. *checks watch* 3 minutes.

Be there or be a tregil-humping Tuluki.
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Player Announcements / Re: Blood and Glory [April 9-12]
« Last post by BonBon Vivant on April 09, 2020, 06:12:47 PM »
This begins tonight at 9 pm server!  Full schedule can be found on the in-game boards.

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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Things that made you happy today.
« Last post by Hauwke on April 09, 2020, 05:22:55 PM »
Something that has not so much made me happy, but has made me..humble, grateful and appreciative.

Since taking over a senior management position with my company I've always had the thought or doubt in the back of my mind of "am I good enough for this position."  "Are my efforts making a difference."  "Is what I am doing..sufficient.  Is it meeting the expectations of the owners of the company."  "Is what I am doing not going to get me fired."

I had my first quarter review, today, with all three owners of the company. 

It lasted 25 minutes. 

25 minutes of me having to sit, process and accept what all three were telling me.

I've never been told that "(I'm) the best manager they've had in that position ever."  That "in the fourteen years (they've) been in business, this is the first time (they've) never not had to worry about who (they've) had running this department of the company."  That they didn't know how to express it, but that when they first brought me in as a basic grunt, when they first met me, they thought "(we) really don't want to lose this guy."

I could only express my gratitude for their confidence in me, for the (significant) increase to my yearly income that came with the review and my commitment to continuing to do the best that I can for them and the company.

I now have a nice bonus coming to my next check on top of my raise, as well as a good chunk of change to "do something nice" for my department employees.

Times are tough right now and for the foreseeable future they look to continue to be tough and I am very grateful for the position that I'm in and the company with which I work.

..still completely terrified of screwing things up, though ;)

That's amazing, congratulations.
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As someone with a terrible memory...I'd rather everyone be given a light nudged reminder.  But I do consider it that, a reminder, not an OOC order.  I consider it shorthand for the leader to ICly be going "Let's try not to accidentally bludgeon Rookie to death folks!", and accept that, sure, accidents still happen.  But without being able to pull blows (why is this not a thing?), then there is still the possibility that someone will intentionally get murdery and 'accidentally' bludgeon someone...I mean, big bone club?  Totally doable if you hit in the right place.

So...as long as there are no recriminations IC of "Wtf, didn't you have mercy on?!", then a little nudge to remind me, is appreciated ;D
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: Things that made you happy today.
« Last post by Pale Horse on April 09, 2020, 03:13:38 PM »
Something that has not so much made me happy, but has made me..humble, grateful and appreciative.

Since taking over a senior management position with my company I've always had the thought or doubt in the back of my mind of "am I good enough for this position."  "Are my efforts making a difference."  "Is what I am doing..sufficient.  Is it meeting the expectations of the owners of the company."  "Is what I am doing not going to get me fired."

I had my first quarter review, today, with all three owners of the company. 

It lasted 25 minutes. 

25 minutes of me having to sit, process and accept what all three were telling me.

I've never been told that "(I'm) the best manager they've had in that position ever."  That "in the fourteen years (they've) been in business, this is the first time (they've) never not had to worry about who (they've) had running this department of the company."  That they didn't know how to express it, but that when they first brought me in as a basic grunt, when they first met me, they thought "(we) really don't want to lose this guy."

I could only express my gratitude for their confidence in me, for the (significant) increase to my yearly income that came with the review and my commitment to continuing to do the best that I can for them and the company.

I now have a nice bonus coming to my next check on top of my raise, as well as a good chunk of change to "do something nice" for my department employees.

Times are tough right now and for the foreseeable future they look to continue to be tough and I am very grateful for the position that I'm in and the company with which I work.

..still completely terrified of screwing things up, though ;)
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