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  1. Well, this is a yearly tradition, for me if for no one else, so I did it again. Comparing my results to previous years, it looks like I've had a nosedive in the "Cheerfulness" and "Trust" subcategories. How perplexing. Anyway, a family member shared another Facebook post rife with Holocaust references, so I'm off to read that!
  2. Why start a new thread when an old one will do the trick? They say that threads lose half their value when you drive them off the lot, but I say that used threads are still worth something. Especially when they're my used threads. I've made fried plantains a couple times this past month, and I've been... underwhelmed? They weren't bad or anything, but I've heard people go on about them as if they were ambrosia, and I found them just... fine. Am I missing some crucial step (cut into thin slices and soaked in cold water + salt + garlic powder for an hour-ish, then fried in vegetable oil with some extra salt sprinkled on)? Or should I be trying some other form of plantain dish? I made a double batch of saltwater taffy for a family gathering this weekend, stealing this recipe. Some lessons learned: add the food colouring before you pour the mixture into the cooling pans, because if you mix it in the cooling pans it will be a lot harder to pry the cooled taffy out. Also you have to figure out the precise amount of butter to grease your hands with when pulling, because too much and the taffy won't recombine, and too little and you'll end up a sticky mess. Oh, and you'll have to regrease your hands constantly. My biggest mistake was trying to be fancy and make a design with two different colours mixed. The two strands wouldn't stick together at first (too much butter on my hands?), and by the time I got it into a single rope most of it had turned into a wholly unappetizing grey. If anyone has any suggestions for this I'm all ears. Taste-wise it was a smash hit. Using rum extract (all I had in the house) made them taste like Werther's Original.
  3. Pierre Berton's The Great Depression is actually the first Berton I've read (well, other than The Secret World of Og). I can see why he's "history for people who don't like history" -- he's got a light, narrative style. But I'm looking for something a bit more thorough and footnote-laden. I also read Maria Dahvana Headley's translation of Beowulf (the infamous "bro" version). I don't have much to compare it to, as the only other translation I've read is Seamus Heany's. And Eaters of the Dead, if that counts? She, uh, really likes alliteration? Astro City continues to be Very Good. Still looking for one more trade to finish the run.
  4. I really haven't been reading much lately, have I? I have a barely-read stack of non-fiction from Value Village, acquired because I thought it was a way to read about topics I wouldn't have thought to seek out normally. The last one I finished was Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950 by Constance Backhouse, which took me months because I only read it when I was puppy-sitting. It covers a wide range of topics, all centred on six different case studies. Detailed while still being accessible to a layperson like me. My biggest problem with the book is that the previous owner must have been a heavy smoker.
  5. *pours out a fifth for the FreeNode of old*
  6. Be careful what you wish for.
  7. This isn't terrifying at all. Using an Avadon splash screen because its art is more photorealistic compared to other Spiderweb games. Though I'm sure you could get some delightful abominations by animating art from other games. (Here's the usual disclaimer about how MyHeritage and other ancestry sites make a profit by selling your data, and how they've also had big security breaches in the past, so be cautious about giving them personal data. Burner accounts are your friend.)
  8. Wow, I can't believe it's been three years already!
  9. Well, my resolutions for this past year included stuff like "spend more time with friends" and "get back into tabletop RPGs". So I'm too scared to make any resolutions for 2021.
  10. the nAZIs WeRE aCtUalLy SOCIaLISts
  11. If I have to eat a sausage, I 100% want to know what goes into making it. Anyway, I'm not sure how the analogy is supposed to apply to election regulations. Are you saying it's best to be blissfully ignorant of the, um, ratfrigging that goes on behind the scenes? Speaking of ratfrigging, what do y'all think the over/under is for the number of Brooks Brothers Riot-style events in the days to come?
  12. I know it's a pandemic and all, but daaaaang people. Every four years I try to understand the US election process, and every four years I come away horrified by all the different state regulations (among other things). It's made me very glad for the existence of Elections Canada.
  13. I think we ask this question every time we do this. In the past, I interpreted it as "is modern agriculture causing crop diversity loss", but reading this it's talking about something slightly different.
  15. I realize Microsoft isn't just entertainment, but has there ever been an anti-trust case made after an entertainment acquisition? I just don't see an anti-trust case being made against, say, Disney (for more reasons than one).
  16. I've also been wrapping up my beta test today (after stopping halfway through and letting it fall by the wayside for far too long -- sorry Vox!). Regarding the error with SDF (50, 30): the second coordinate for SDFs has to be between 0 and 29. This might only be a problem on Windows, I dunno. Anyone else who wants to beta test will have to replace it with another set of coordinates (I picked (51, 0) and it seems to work) in `t10Upper roof.txt` and `t2Upper.txt`. Not quite finished yet (I'm in the crypts) but that and debug mode seem to be the only game-breaking bugs so far. Though I did notice:
  17. I haven't tried it myself, but apparently you can get it to work on Windows tablets that have an x86 processor. https://www.reddit.com/r/MagicArena/comments/afa69f/mtg_arena_on_a_windows_tablet/ Otherwise it works for both Windows and Mac on desktop.
  18. What I meant was "I did some lazy Googling and assumed a Windows utility named ResEdit was an updated version of Mac's ResEdit". Windows version works for me (after commenting out debug mode); going through it now.
  19. Used to be on Niemand's site, but alas, that's been down for a while now. I went on a BoA backup binge a few years back, but I didn't think of backing up any Mac utilities. My Mac knowledge is limited, but I think you can still do resource fork stuff with ResEdit. It'll just be more complicated and less BoA-specific than Graphic Adjuster. Getting it to run will be a challenge, since ResEdit hasn't been officially maintained since (*checks*) 1994. But there seem to be newer, unofficial versions. Again, the Mac people would know more (and might have a copy of Graphic Adjuster lying around).
  20. oh hey 2020 has been a real barrel of fun now hasn't it sounds like a great time for an evaluation of mental health But seriously, stay safe, stay sane, and *hugs* for anyone who needs them. (As always, read the rest of the thread for commentary on the validity of this test. Click here for my results this year, and here for the Perl/Gnuplot script used to generate my test history. Which could probably be made more accessible if others are interested in making their own history graphs.)
  21. I suppose the follow-up question is which fantasy author is JV most similar to?
  22. This game never ceases to amaze me. On the other hand, the last time we discovered a bug like this, it lead to Blades of Rogue being possible. So who knows how we could exploit this one.
  23. I'm a week too late for this topic, but I've finally gotten my site working again, so the BoA Design Tutorial is available again. It doesn't cover everything, but it walks you through creating a (very) simple scenario from start to finish.
  24. Granted. I wish I didn't have to cancel a games meet-up that I set up months ago.
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