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More in the #unelectable  file, Bobby Jindal. 

The same day he wrote this, 60% of Americans polled supported gay marriage.

You'd think the South would want to exorcise the demons of discrimination. 

Wait, too soon? ;) 
I won’t let companies block Louisiana from protecting religious liberty.
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+Olav Vitters Your choice grammar makes your comments difficult to follow, but I'll respond to what I can.

To start, it's not interesting to nit pick over semantics, so we can skip over whether you calling him unrealistic is a criticism of his person or not. My point was that throughout the discussion seen above, the general thread highlights that marriage in its current form is unrealistic. Thus, my comment addressed his allegedly unrealistic comment as being rather well suited to the topic of an unrealistic institution (marriage).
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Dear +Hank Johnson,

The long campaign for Shonin has prevented me from writing sooner, but words cannot express my joy at seeing the reunification of your mind, body, and memories as the result of our earlier victories in Shonin. 

Indeed, every agent who was there at Cross Plains to safeguard your memories into the safekeeping of the fabric of XM "dial tone" cheered to see you back and fully human once more:

Welcome back!

Those of us who fought that desperate battle to save your memories from the clutches of the menace of ADA recognize that day for what it was: a victory for human values, and the power of the human potential.  

As such, we would very much appreciate it if you could offer a token to those of us who stood with you on that day -- your badge code for our scanners. 

Thank you again, and know that we will continue to do all that we can to assist you in your journey to Persepolis. 


+Crystal Bell +Jon Harmon +Loyd Hutchings +Weasel +Megan Perry 

+Brian Rose +Niantic Project +NIA Ops 

#shonin   #interitus   #persepolis  
 
Interitus had more than the normal level of scoring churn: the bonus from fields changed mid-anomaly sequence, and then the victory conditions were not defined until near the end. I asked the innocent enough question of, "How does one win Interitus", and ended up with a wild card event involving points scored for linking Cross Plains, TX to previous anomaly sites.

I messaged +Jon Harmon at 4am (the moment the rules were posted), saying "How'd you like to win at Interitus?". 

A flight to texas with +Crystal Bell and +Megan Perry later, ~300 keys to the Robert E Howard museum farmed, 27,326 mosquitoes and 200-odd links later, we had scored enough points to win that day of the anomaly by four figures, and put the series back in play.

We had a team of operators helping us that day, including +Kris Habraken and +Jennifer Barry, and we made the impossible happen that day with their help -- linking across Texas to Cross Plains under hostile, anomaly style conditions.

These operators, along with myself, spent the better part of a day glued to the intel map, directing a city-wide clearing in Austin, and and then again clearing teams to clear blockers in between Austin and Cross Plains that sprung up mid-event. 

None of them could have done it without third-party tools like IITC, or the leeway to hover over intel for uninterrupted hours. 

#intelisnotacrime   #madewithiitc   #keephankweird  
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I <3 this thread so much. 

Ok, so in this order:

- Remember when the leading right wing sci-fi author was pro-plural marriage, a possible trans fetishist, and had no shame gay characters? Why was this back in the 80s????

- GRRM is a giant, giant nerd. It gives me hope one of my D&D campaigns might one day be an HBO hit series with boobs. 

That is all. :) 

ht to +Cory Altheide for pointing this out. 
 
The best part of http://grrm.livejournal.com/418285.html is George RR Martin trashing the Hugo Sad Puppies campaign.

The second best part is that GRRM has a livejournal.

Which makes this a great time to remind you what George RR Martin's site looked like in 2011 (!) when Game of Thrones premiered. It's absolutely fantastic, right down to the extensive section on his 54mm minis collection. http://web.archive.org/web/20110413004636/http://www.georgerrmartin.com/
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Couldn't read all of it, but I had to titter at "Puppylovers". :)
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Ain't no trolling like historically accurate trolling: 
150 years ago this week, the Confederacy surrendered to the Union. Let's celebrate it—every year.
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Counter-trolling???
Still trolling all the same, IMO.
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Too real. 
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"With arms open ".That was a great episode. Also the acting was great the frustration he felt trying to decode what the other captain was saying felt real. 
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Great idea. But you know, probably would have more credibility if your intelligence agency wasn't trying to inject flaws into products, you know? 
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"Made in China" might be as suspect to foreign countries as "Made in the U.S.A." is to everyone.
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Hey on the plus side, all that pretexting to get info just makes it look like she was an early adopter for all Prism. ;) 
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will launch her campaign for president on May 4, according to The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
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When HP's sales were falling, Dim Carly cut the sales staff. Pressure's dropping in the space station, better open the doors...
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Just watched the first season of the Twelve Monkeys show. 

I thought for sure it was going to be terrible (show based off movie: Score +1 Terrible, post BSG Sci-fi: +1 Terrible), but it was actually a lot of fun. It used all the time travel tropes, rather than wanking off to them, had pretty good acting, and it felt like a visual page turner to me. 

Obviously this is not the terribly brilliant Gilliam original, but it was a lot of fun: 8.5/10, and 2016 is too long to wait. 
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We still need to watch the last couple episodes but I was pleasantly surprised, as well. Was hoping for more of the feel from the original movie but all in all a great make of the show
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Not gonna say that karma is a bitch, but am going to say:

<Nelson> Ha-Ha </Nelson>
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Paging Barbara Streisand to the anti-SLAP dept.
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I guess the pizza parlor is the new schoolhouse door? 
A family that owns an Indiana pizzeria reportedly said Tuesday that the state's new "religious freedom" law protects their right to deny some service to gay couples.
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+Olav Vitters, unfortunately in America there is tolerance for this sort of thing.  That's part of the reason the law was passed in the first place.  A complete or nearly complete boycott on such businesses can work, but their region lacks a majority that is against this sort of discrimination.
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Dear Niantic,

If you want to know why veterans of artifact games talk about how they hate it, it's a misery, and artifacts coming to town are like a plague of locusts visiting, please take a look at what happened at the last minute.

After days of planning and trying, the Enlightenment got two artifacts to the Netherlands. As we lined up our shot to the target, through a maze of blockers and links, intel cut out...

10 minutes before the target.

Here's the deal:

It is horrifyingly disrespectful to your players that these bugs and crashes keep happening. People are spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars for these ops, and considerably more in human time. I wrote a post before artifacts started again how the #1 thing you should do is to fix the bugs with the artifact game. 

Clearly, that hasn't happened. 

If you can't ensure a reliable platform for playing artifacts on, then you need to design another contest that can run. Otherwise you just risk burning out and pissing off legitimate players. 

+John Hanke +Brian Rose 

+Albert Mark +Daniel Musto +Mar Romero +Travelling Particle +Vitaly Kabernik +Jennifer Barry +Dustin Harwood 

+Dwayne Maxwell 
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"Some further thoughts about artifacts"

So, I understand that our previous post about artifact suggestions was more or less ignored, but based on the prima facie evidence of the last 48 hours spent getting two artifacts moved out of California, I'm clearly a masochist. So, here goes: 

I've looked around everywhere, and there is no scoreboard for the artifact game. Not only is there not a scoreboard, there aren't even posts about what's happening in the shard game. In fact, I have to use a borderline TOS-violating extension to even get a list of the portals a shard is on and what portal owns them in one place. 

This is ridiculous. I understand that Niantic, for whatever reason, is leading a bizarro crusade against scoreboards, or good scoring, but you'd think somebody there could take some 20% time to whip up a website with the artifact locations, and (I know, it's crazy) a little animation of where they currently are, and who owns them.

In the ideal world, the moves would be followed like other spectator games, like League of Legends or the like, because there's a heck of a lot going on. 

There are a lot of good reasons to do this:

* It drives community engagement. As is, people are like 'What's an artifact? And why are these links all going crazy!"

* It is a vehicle for advertisers to advertise on, if you get people coming to check up on a post.

* It makes for a better game, because people like scoreboards. Look at every sport and every game ever, and scoreboards are a huge deal. Hell, look at baseball, where it's like all numbers, and people sit around obsessing over them. Note that this argument also applies to scoreboards for other states in the game, which people currently use third party apps to generated scoreboards for. 

Why are these features missing? Why would you have a global game that makes it harder for people to follow? 

It's a mystery to people in both factions, and maybe if you can't fix it, you can at least clarify why it is that way if the artifact game is so important. 

+John Hanke +Brian Rose 
+Terry Stout +Crystal Bell +Kevin Wojta +Josh S +Jennifer Barry +Dustin Harwood 
+Kris Murray +mark dobson +Dwayne Maxwell 

#shonin   #artifacts   #scoreboards  
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Ellison may be loony as hell but one of the smartest things he's done was to get Stan Honey on board to do the America's Cup TV graphics.

I watched the hell outta that thing and never before cared less about a boat race. A decent Artifact Tracking map would be so awesome and would also save a lot of us a lot of time making one ourselves. [Since we have shards to chase and anomalies to win.]

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