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Thought-provoking piece of technocultural anthropology. Different groups of people learn at their own pace, centered around their own interests, and they set up their own cultures as they go.
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Emergent culture. Cool. i suppose this is indicative of how human cultures have always formed, but no one really thought to frame it in precisely this way until now?

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Mass Effect 2 is six years old today! Still my favorite game ever. Here are three things it taught me:

1. Paragon Points are valuable. There are a limited number of opportunities out there to do good. Each time you make a difference for good, doing so becomes easier, and greater deeds come into reach. (The opposite is also true.) Take those opportunities. Search them out. Even doing a tiny little positive deed that no-one will ever notice will make you that much a better person. You get XP for everything.

2. The world is dark for a reason. People have long struggled with the question of why an all-powerful God would allow evil. I've thought about it a lot and I've reached an answer that satisfies me: The world is dark to give us the opportunity to do good.

There wouldn't be a story about Commander Shepard if the galaxy wasn't under threat. The threat he faces is too big for him to solve on his own, but in cooperation with the right people, it can be overcome. The world is dark because it is in need of heroes; without that darkness, the heroes would have nothing to do.

3. Carry a heavy pistol, a sniper rifle, and a grenade launcher with you every time you leave your home. I mean, that's just basic common sense. There could be space zombies--you never know.
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Ah, my bad then, and my apologies. I misread the emphasis in your description.

Thanks, as ever, for handling thorny personal discussions with patience and grace.

So good to be able to have conversations about Big Stuff (tm) that don't rapidly devolve into the typical "Your momma!!!" "No, YOUR momma!!" internet idiocy.

I knew there was a reason we were pals. :-) Thanks,  James!
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Because a friend of mine recently lost some files in a hard drive crash, I thought I'd post the system I use to keep myself (nearly) immune to dataloss.

First, I keep the files I'm actively working on in Dropbox (or another cloud storage system). This keeps them synced between my desktop and laptop and lets me access them through my phone. This is free.

The rest of my stuff I keep in a Storage Space on my gaming rig. This is a great feature introduced in Windows 8 that lets you treat a bunch of hard drives as a single unit with its own drive letter. You can set it up with some redundancy built in, so if a drive fails, nothing is lost. I have four hard drives plugged in (not counting the solid-state drive where Windows and my program files live), totaling 3 TB of space; Windows treats them all like one single 1.5 TB drive. If a drive crashes, or if I want more space, I'll order a new drive from Amazon, pop it in, and the size of my Storage Space will adjust. No interruption in work, and I never have to ask myself which drive a file was on.

There is one more threat to protect against. If a virus got into my system--say, one of those ransomware viruses that encrypts a bunch of your files, waits for your next backup to finish, and then demands $500 for the decryption key--Storage Spaces won't help. That's why I use CrashPlan Unlimited; for $60/year they provide unlimited, versioned backup space. Not only can I revert to previous versions of my backed-up files, I can use an app on my phone to access my backed-up files when I'm away from home.

So that's my system. Storage Spaces + CrashPlan = peace of mind, at a good price.
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Looking for an easy way to connect with people and make the world a tiny bit better? I've got one word for you, and the word is COOKIES.

Put it on your shopping list for your next trip to the grocery store. In one of the chilled containers in the dairy area you will find Pillsbury cookie dough. Zero cooking skill is required; the only other supply you will need is a cookie sheet. (Buy one if you don't have one; metal trays are handy.) I also recommend buying a pack of paper plates to aid with distribution.

Cooking them could not be simpler; that's why they're called "cookies". Follow the instructions on the back. The one I bought, I didn't even have to guess at the size of the cookies--they were pre-cut. When you're taking the cookie sheet out of the oven, use a towel if you don't have oven mitts.

Let the cookies cool for a couple minutes, then put them on a paper plate or other serving surface. It's important that you eat a few yourself for quality assurance, preferably with a glass of milk. Then distribute them immediately (cookies are best when they're still warm). If a specific person who deserves cookies doesn't spring to mind, pick a neighbor--everyone has at least one of those. Go to them, hand over the plate, and say, "I made you some cookies." Mission accomplished. Bask in the warm glow of giving someone a pleasant surprise.
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Got an unexpected package from Google today. They sent me a little box of Legos and instructions on how to turn them into a charging stand for my Project Fi phone. I've never gotten an honest-to-goodness Christmas present from a company before; it made me smile.
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That's really cool!
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One of the reasons I keep an eye on League of Legends developer posts is because they have an amazing wealth of hard-won knowledge with regard to designing fun gameplay. There's so much more to game design than just balance. Riot knows a lot about designing champions that aren't just fun to play--they're fun to play against.
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Cats don't discriminate.
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With cats, it is very much a case of "You are with me, or you are against me". Cats see two sides: their side, and the wrong side. :-)
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"Love Letter" is a simple, light card game I've been really enjoying over the last few months. As I was playing it with a friend over Christmas break, she wondered whether there was an MLP version. There was (there usually is), but it was very simple, and I thought I could do better. So I made Dear Princess Celestia, an MLP re-skin of Love Letter. It's now been featured on Equestria Daily, and I'm talking with some Russian bronies who want to translate it and bring it to a convention. It's very rewarding to make something that people seem to enjoy. :-)
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Did someone say ... love letter? :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKbaj4FB-Iw

This song is ancient, but somehow I must've heard it somewhere.

And now, you must suffer for my stream-of-consciousness! Moo ha ha haaaaaa!!!
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The Expanse: "Windmills" [spoilers]

Really impressed with the most recent episode of The Expanse--specifically, with Jim Holden (our idealistic protagonist) and his conflict with Amos Burton (the "animal" who likes guns). Everyone seems alienated from Amos because of his cold-blooded violence, but his philosophy of "look out for number one" seems to be shared by nearly everyone on the show, right up the that female UN inspector-general--Amos has just internalized it more thoroughly than most.

The way Jim Holden stood up to him, I think, is what's made me a fan of this show. Jim has selflessly acted on his conscience before, but this is the first time he's done it when he knows it's going to cost him. When you point a gun at a heavily armed killer and let him know you're ready to shoot, you're putting your life on the line--and Jim did it for the sake of people he didn't know and in fact hoped never to meet, for no other reason than his conscience. In Jim's place, I'm not sure I would be able to do the same. That makes me look up to him, and that makes me look forward to the next episode even more than the show's excellent sci-fi world.
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I just saw the latest episode, "Salvage", and all I can say, spoiler-free, is "Wow, this show is so well-crafted, on so many levels".
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Chicago police have a computer model that allows them to find people who are likely to become involved in violent crime and get them help before things go wrong. It's the same tech that lets Amazon guess what products you'd be interested in, applied to a nobler purpose.
In Chicago, cops try a ‘guardian’ approach armed with new crime-prediction methods and non-punitive social intervention.
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+Marc Evans Pre-crime with grace instead of handcuffs.
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The Worldbuilders charity drive is getting pretty intense. Today +Patrick Rothfuss is matching all donations up to $100K, and +Heifer International is matching that. It's a strong combo-bonus for your charity dollar that also gives you a chance to win books and games. As effective charities go, Worldbuilders is hard to beat!
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This extension gives Wikipedia a really slick, very modern interface. I've been using it for a few months and it makes the whole experience way nicer.
Wikiwand is the world's leading Wikipedia reader for web and mobile.
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    Graphic Design, 2010 - 2013
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I believe in stories.
Introduction
I travel the world learning things and solving problems. Right now I'm doing web design for a Christian homeschooling company in Rolla.

In my free time, I read books, play games, and make cool stuff on my computer.
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Raised by missionaries in the depths of Siberia; fixed computers among the shining towers of St. Petersburg and the hellish wastelands of Baghdad; been shot at by terrorists with rockets more than once.
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Graphic & Web Design
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Graphic design, computer geekery, storytelling.
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  • My Father's World
    Designer & Web Developer, 2014 - present
  • US Air Force
    Senior Airman, 2006 - 2010
    Computer accountability, maintenance, and repair
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Denver, CO - Atlanta, GA - Sather Air Base, Baghdad - Tucson, AZ - Keesler AFB, Mississippi - Azusa, CA - St. Petersburg, Russia - Yakutsk, Russia - Khabarovsk, Russia - Boring, Oregon - Calgary, Alberta - Anchorage, AK - Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Excellent service. I made a stupid mistake with regards to the service I requested, and they were very gracious about working with me.
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Lovely hair salon. Friendly and talkative owner who knows what she's doing. Great service, great price.
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When I first moved in at Terra Village, the management was very difficult and unpleasant to deal with. Happily, those people are gone and the new management is quite gracious and pleasant. The rates there are fairly good. One thing I like about it is that instead of charging "pet rent" (increasing the monthly cost of your rent for as long as you live there), they just ask for a one-time "pet deposit". If you plan an extended stay, this can save lots of money. The grounds are kept up pretty well, but my neighbors were often noisy. I wish the office was open longer and that I could place outgoing mail in a local mailbox instead of going down to the post office. But they do nice things like deep-cleaning everyone's carpets periodically, publishing a little monthly newsletter, and sometimes asking for feedback from their tenants. Overall this is a fairly nice little apartment complex. The location is really convenient, five minutes away from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design that I attended, and a similar distance from the lovely Sloan's Lake community. It's not a deluxe place to live, but the prices are really good, the location is great, and the service has some nice little perks that make this an enjoyable stay.
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Love this place! Open 24 hours (the whole thing, not just the drive-thru), electrical outlets, and a fireplace! Great place to sit down with your laptop and work. They even gave me some free coffee after my first few purchases. Only thing that's missing is wi-fi. Great for all-night study sessions!
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