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Entertaining pastime: putting somerandomphrase.com in the url bar and seeing what site comes up.
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Sounds like a drinking game
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Anyone know of any good android apps for phone white-listing?
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Intriguing post looking at MB personality types with respect to certain types of thinking about the future (in the realm of societal change driven by decreasing energy/resource availability): http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2015/04/programmed-to-ignore/
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I think the question is, "How do we recruit some extroverts?"
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One of the things I find especially challenging is pushing things from the world inside my mind to the world outside (the so-called 'real world'). I grapple with understanding the factors that affect the difficulty of enacting that transition (I'm guessing most people are always dealing with that one way or another, if not always so explicitly). The, for want of a better word, size of something is sometimes an issue, but at other times seems to be irrelevant. In some instances it feels easy to build, enact, enable, do for long duration and at large scale to make whatever is in my mind exist outside of it. In other cases simply writing or speaking even a single sentence is insurmountable, and not due to any particular content of the sentence - it's just that the energy, or whatever, required to breach reality's barrier is beyond what I can achieve.

One of the reasons that I like working with / on computers is that (for me) at times they make that process at least a bit easier, though certainly not always nor for everything. I also find talking and working with people can be similar for me in this respect - in addition to new insights, viewpoints, skills, load-sharing, etc. that other people bring, the active presence of and interaction with other people makes it easier for me to make things 'real'. The word 'real' is in quotes there because it's not quite the word I want, but I can't find any closer one. Whatever-it-is is already real in my mind. All that making it 'really real' does is allow others (people or things, sentient or otherwise) to experience/use/understand/interact-with it as well. 

There are many directions this sort of thinking can go: communication is/as action/creation and vice versa, the observer-influenced/determined nature of reality, the limits and conditions of transitions, the relation between stories and art and math, energy gradients and tunneling, memes and the noosphere, mind-body duality as a limited view on a line that goes further in both directions, the characteristics and 'cardinalities' of multiverses, and so on ...but hauling more of it out and/or in any kind of detail is more than I can do right now). My questions / discussion points for the moment are: why is it sometimes so easy and sometimes so hard, and what can I (or, more to the point, anyone) do change/control that?
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I think that one's imagination is one factor.  We can imagine what is "real", but until it is discussed with others or becomes closer to reality by actions it isn't "real".  As one does activities (including discussion with others) it becomes more "real".  It is part of why Lew and I find decisions difficult...our imaginations are too vivid.
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Removed google glass from my circles because there's no way to disable the flashing video preview. 
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A sample output of an island generator I made:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/plussed/7168129937

Map created by a (very simple) simulated volcanic uplift, from the elevations it calculates watersheds, then simulated weather passes determine rainfall and rivers, and that combined with wind exposure, sun exposure, and temperature determines the biomes. Water is fresh (inland), brackish (largely enclosed but with a narrow outlet), or salt (the main surrounding waters). Heavy current zones are determined by narrow gaps between land areas.
island generation is essentially done at this point - next is building the game part (which will be a while...)
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Well, having played with it for a couple of days, my only comment is: THANK YOU! I just hope that this can be taken further, to be able to make world-maps, and perhaps be a little more configurable to allow choosing some features.
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What: various people playing various board/card/tabletop games
When & Where: Wed, Oct 2 at 8:15-closing time in the Parlor Cafe in North Adams
http://theparlorcafe.com/  303 Ashland St. North Adams, MA 01247  in addition to coffee/tea/etc. they have beer, wine, and mead
Who: you, and/or anyone to whom you pass along this invitation - please share this with friends / co-workers who might be interested

An RSVP would be cool just so I know roughly how many people to expect, but it's by no means necessary - feel free just to show up and join in the fun.
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Thanks for organizing this, Chris.
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Recently read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. Sadly, didn't like it: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1316451859
In a word, disappointing. I do like the concept of the story, but I find the execution... lacking. I enjoy and recommend to others pretty much everything Stephenson has writt...
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+Jay Sachs Your mileage may, of course, vary tremendously. It clearly appeals to many people, given that it has 4/5 stars on goodreads (and is actually doing slightly better than Snowcrash on that system).
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This game is very cool (and written by a friend of mine)
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Play Time number 2 is scheduled for Tuesday November 12, also at the Parlor Cafe in North Adams. Hope to see you there!
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We had a great time for our first meeting at the Parlor cafe. Seven people showed up to play: me, +Osirus Brisbane , +Jay Sachs , +Hank Zill , +Russell Leggett , +Debbie Baker , and someone I knew from work. We had two tables going and switched things up a bit after the first part of the evening. We played Dominion, Rumis, Innovation, NIMBY (an NBGG game), Chicago Express, and Bluff (another NBGG game). 

Towards the end of the evening a whole bunch of MCLA students showed up to hang out in the cafe and when they learned what we were doing they expressed a lot of interest in joining us next time. With luck the next NBGG Play Time will have quite a crowd.

The Parlor Cafe was a delightful place to do this event.
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I had a blast! Great to meet all of you!
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