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Arancaytar

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    The Empire of Ermarian
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    Arancaytar Ilyaran Belyen

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  1. Start late or leave early?

    These should clearly be checkboxes and not radio buttons. (But personally, whenever I get to set my own schedule, I end up working from "made it to the meeting just in time" to "the stores are about to close and I need milk". So I gravitate to the former, but I'm not sure if that's actually optimal for me or just indicates depression.)
  2. 10,000

    The decimal system is overrated, but happy 0x2710th.
  3. Any news on Avernum 3 remake?

    "Rar."
  4. What have you been eating recently?

    I have tried out a recipe for a sort of low-carb protein "bread". (In quotes because it doesn't actually contain flour.) The ingredients per loaf are 50g each of wheat bran, unflavored protein powder (whey probably, though I've used hemp, which also tastes fine), crushed linseed and minced walnut, 2 eggs, and 250g of Quark, baked at ~180°C for 30min. It tastes pretty good and keeps surprisingly well despite the dairy/egg. (It's also very filling, unsurprisingly.)
  5. What have you been eating recently?

    Pythagoras was famously opposed to beans, and apocryphally let himself get murdered rather than fleeing through a bean field. A Pythagorean diet shuns meat, fish and beans. (I have no idea whether this was supposed to extend to other legumes like lentils, though.) --- I've repeatedly been told that I don't eat very well (basically mostly sugar and cereal, because I'm too lazy to cook) and am at risk of inheriting my dad's type2 or at the very least become overweight in my thirties. Since I am in my thirties now, I've decided I should probably change my habits a bit. One of my favorite easy recipes is an Andalusian tapas consisting of spinach and fried chickpeas. There are several recipes online and I don't really stick to any one of them, but these are some variants: http://simpleveganblog.com/spanish-spinach-with-chickpeas/ http://spanishsabores.com/2014/08/17/espinacas-con-garbanzos-spinach-chickpeas/ (I usually just cook the spinach for a few minutes before transferring it to a pan with olive oil, adding the spices and chickpeas.)
  6. What have you been reading recently?

    I think somewhere around 5M words of my reading this year has been pony stories. It's not for everyone, but the Austraeoh series is quite enjoyable (though quirky and often deliberately purple-prosed, and it's an ASoIaF-sized beast). Still on my list right now is the recently published Beren and Luthien book, as well as Neal Stephenson's The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. On the latter, I'm experimenting with listening to the audiobook while reading - with Stephenson's narrative style, I tend to lose the thread, and maybe this helps. (I mentioned some time in mid-2015 I was reading Yudkowsky's rationality thing, which is coming along really slowly: I'm somewhere around 60% in now. It's not easy to follow and EY does like to go on and on about some stuff, but there are some pretty interesting concepts in there.)
  7. I just realized I passed my 10 year mark here

    Imban! Wow, it's been a long time, even though everyone here has technically been you.
  8. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 3

    Maybe the survey could have used a Romans vs Celts question, as well.
  9. Five Factor Personality Model

    Just a few minutes ago I was looking at my old results and thinking that it might be nearly time for a new one. So I pop over here and it's literally at the top of the forum. My results are here, and graphed above. Full diff against last year's results are here. The tl;dr seems to be that I've gotten more active and less depressed, but also less nice. (I will try to take the other one soon, but 420 questions in total is too much for one day. )
  10. Five-Dimensional Political Compass

    You are a: Socialist Pro-Government World-Federalist Bleeding-Heart Progressive Collectivism score: 67%Authoritarianism score: 33%Internationalism score: 83%Tribalism score: -83%Liberalism score: 67%
  11. What have you been reading recently?

    Well, in the last six weeks I've been amusing myself by rereading Eddings' Sparhawk series. Currently up to the end of The Shining Ones (5/6). I don't think I've read these books since high school, some fifteen years ago or so. They're... not as good as I remember, sadly. I can't remember if the Belgariad/Malloreon was better, but I'll probably leave that for now. On a nicer note, though, I just bought the first three Culture books. Banks is a complete gap in my education so far, and from everything I've been told I've really missed out.
  12. What area do you live in? (POLL)

    Hm. The street numbers I've lived in, in order, are 500, 10, 88, 6, 121, 32, 55, 23, 10, 40, 2 and 15. Edit - Sequence continued.
  13. What area do you live in? (POLL)

    If nothing else, I find it odd that the categories are non-overlapping. With several "Other" responses from people inside the US who feel their area isn't covered, I'd have added at the very least an "Other - North America" option, with the instruction to pick the most specific one applicable. Right now, for example, that would absorb 3/4 of the Other votes. (I'm also not sure why Chicago and Wisconsin each get separate categories. They haven't been picked yet, and Wisconsin isn't particularly populous - #20 according to Wikipedia.)
  14. Updated Real Life Meetup Chart

    First we got a chart to show the meetings between members; now we're planning meetings between members that would yield an aesthetically pleasing chart.
  15. Updated Real Life Meetup Chart

    Oh right, as well as my connection to Tyran (Europe) and Diki (California).
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