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About Dikiyoba

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  1. "Having more activity than Nethergate" means very little, though. A subforum consisting entirely of posts made by cats walking on the keyboard would have more activity than Nethergate. Coming out as a woman is an old Spiderweb tradition. Being trans as well is just a new wrinkle to it. Dikiyoba thinks that's the reason we have more trans women/CAMAB non-binary people on SW. Before people starting coming out as transgender, the community was significantly biased toward men, with women being something of a rarity. There's just not nearly as many members who could theoretically be trans men/CAFAB non-binary people.
  2. 1. What is your favorite Internet meme? 2. What is your least favorite meme, and why? 3. ??? 4. ??? 5. Profit! And now, without further ado, the best meme in the world: Dikiyoba offers thanks to Iffy for indirectly making this thread posssible. So cool! Much thanks! Such muffin!
  3. Muffin-gate! Muffin-gate! Muffin-gate! From https://pied-piper.ermarian.net/topic/18/974/p1 Dikiyoba doesn't think anything more needs to be said, except congratulations.
  4. Hmmm. Certain measles outbreaks had a much higher death rate, usually because it was reaching an unexposed population for the first time. For example, when it first reached the Fiji Islands in 1875, it killed 20-25% of the total population. --- It's weird how the list separates out the different forms of smallpox and plague, and the different ebola viruses, but then lump all kinds of malaria together. They're totally different organisms with separable symptoms, and one form is significantly more lethal than the other three. Dikiyoba's main source is Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence. Interesting, but with the worst organization possible, so it's hard to use. Dikiyoba also relies on Wikipedia and squinting.
  5. I thought it was from infected wounds and old age/impaired immune systems? It turns out one of the first thing people do when an epidemic hits and the body count climbs is to run away. And running away is a good way to spread disease to new areas. ---
  6. Given a large enough population and a contagious enough virus, it seems like there wouldn't be selective pressure on the virus to reduce lethality, so long as there are always more hosts available. Who cares if you kill half the city so long as you can make it to the next city? Viruses can only infect a host once before the host gains immunity, so there's not an overwhelming reason for the virus to keep the old host around. I mean, smallpox. An estimated 300 million and 500 million deaths just in the 20th century*, and it's had thousands of years to work with, while plague has only had hundreds. Also, there's the whole "basically wiping out the indigenous people of North and South America" thing. *Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080131122956.htm (Not the best, perhaps, but any numbers are hard to find, let alone good ones.) Dikiyoba doesn't know how many people malaria has killed historically, but it's got to be up there as one of the worst killers. It kills approxmiately half a million to a million people a year presently, and it's had thousands of years to rack up the death count. But it's not a virus nor a bacteria.
  7. Update to fun fact: There was, in fact, one incident of smallpox vaccines that were contaminated with syphilis, which resulted in at least 44 cases of syphilis and several immediate deaths. However, consider that in just one decade (1900-1910), Britain had 5,000 smallpox deaths. Italy--which also had a strong anti-vaccine movement and no mandatory vaccination requirements--had 19,000 deaths. Meanwhile, Germany, which did have a good vaccination program, had only 386 deaths (mainly of Italians visiting Germany? Such was the case for most smallpox cases reported in Germany during 1920-1921). Dikiyoba is glad that we eliminated smallpox, so at least modern anti-vaxxers can't mess that up.
  8. Fun fact: There was an anti-vaccination movement in Britain for the entire 1800s after the development of the smallpox vaccine in 1796. You know, the disease that had a thirty percent mortality rate, if you were lucky. There were at least two smallpox epidemics in Britain during this time. The arguments even sounded similar: vaccinations weren't safe (technically true, since the process wasn't totally sterile and vaccination could and did cause infections of different diseases, but risk was low compared to, you know, smallpox), against God, keep the government out of my business (smallpox vaccination was mandatory), vaccinations would give you syphilis... Dikiyoba.
  9. Clinton, of course, identified two baskets of Trump supporters. The fact that people only remember the deplorable basket and entirely forget about the second one is hardly Clinton's fault. (Link to Clinton's full speech here, for anyone who hasn't seen it before.) Dikiyoba.
  10. It's on the ground around the farm areas. It's the little green things that look a bit like pears. Use the inventory button or press i to find them whenever you are around big green bushes. Dikiyoba is not entirely sure about pickled fruit. It sounds like an acquired taste.
  11. Perhaps it would be a good idea to move the Avadon forum up above the Avernum: Subtitled forum now that Avadon 3 is out so that the Avadon forum is a bit more prominent? Dikiyoba is surprised that Avadon 3 isn't getting its own forum.
  12. Unfortunately, the only ones left are the really hard ones. Plus, no Triumph to help us out. Did you ban him or something? Dikiyoba.
  13. One good guess, and three wild guesses. 457. Lost Properly - Fair and true counterpart to a materialistic PDN The PDN "Lost Property" is this PDN's counterpart and references material goods. 475. Tempestuous Winds and Gusts - In which Cloud is restrained, and takes damage -- until he has reached his limit... Cloud is a Final Fantasy VII reference, and tempestuous might indicate a Shakespeare's The Tempest reference, but really all I have to put these two together is a storm theme: clouds and winds. 479. Safety in Numbers - Duke Ellington's prescription for everybody Duke Ellington was a jazz composer who liked working with large numbers of musicians, so maybe? 494. Identification with the Romantic Irony - In which the broken fourth wall starts talking to the audience Romantic irony involves the author speaking directly to the audience (ie, breaking the fourth wall) about their work. Dikiyoba.
  14. 452. Bestial Oblivion - Princely counterpart to a craven scruple Another Hamlet reference. Prince Hamlet: "Now, whether it be / Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple / Of thinking too precisely on the event" 456. Lost Property - The Malachite Brooch, maybe The Malachite Brooch from Exile/Avernum is lost until the party finds it, so it might qualify as lost property. 459. Brits Enact Exile Plan - A May update to an old Scorpius creation? This is a reference to the very old thread "Bush Enacts Exile Plan" or BEEP, which was apparently started by Scorpius, and of course the recent Brexit referendum. Dikiyoba.