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Would be better if you could input the number of dudes vs number of non-dudes in the conversation. If there are 3 dudes and 1 non-dude talking, then that would skew the results to look like dudes were talking too much. And vice versa.
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Finding and mapping typical story arcs is nothing new, but now a group of researchers at the University of Vermont's Computational Story Lab has used data
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He he. Ride the Three Musketeers roller coaster, http://hedonometer.org/books/v1/?book=The%20Three%20Musketeers. At this very coarse level of analysis, at least that one rings true!
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Really interesting slideshow about Francis Fukuyama. Mostly tagging this for myself.
This is the slide-deck for the first session of Refactor Camp 2016, on Tuesday the 19th. If you’re attending, please make sure to carve out at least 45 minutes beforehand to review this.
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On the list of things that I never thought would need debunking because it's such awful bullshit....well, this is part 6 in a series, and as a read, its got very little surprising history, but lots of really terrible surprises in terms of what people have decided is history.

And don't get me wrong. I have family stories from the famine that are utterly nightmarish. There is plenty of terrible stuff in Irish history, and lord knows we're good at holding a grudge over it. But this act of making up extra trauma to score some sort of points really feels like taking a piss on every bad thing that actually happened.

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This is part six of my series debunking/contextualising the “Irish slaves” meme. See Part One, Two, Three, Four and Five.
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Excellent! I had seen one of the articles mentioned and was surprised because I had never heard of the Irish indentured servants being worse off than slaves... This series is articles looks very well researched, which is a pleasant surprise to a nerd like me. Thanks for posting!
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These are dark times for science so we asked hundreds of researchers how to fix it.
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Yep. I mean, part of why academia gets messed up is because it requires a lot of investment.

Like, it's hard to become a movie star. But you don't go to school for an extra 6-10 years to become a movie star. And everyone tells you it's hard up front. When you go to grad school, most people don't say "by the way, after you dedicate 10 years of your life to this, there may not be a job for you." And part of why is that schools need graduate students. That's part of how their economics are structured. So the incentives system is all messed up.
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"But minimalism is a virtue only when it’s a choice, and it’s telling that its fan base is clustered in the well-off middle class. For people who are not so well off, the idea of opting to have even less is not really an option."
It’s only when you’re well off that you can afford to get rid of stuff.
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Yeah. And something I forgot to say earlier. There is a big difference between not owning all the things when you're well off, and not having a lot of things because you've HAD to get rid of them along the way, or because you lost them in an eviction.
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Help Us Get Diverse Designers to Metatopia!

Please share this post! It can make a difference in our community!

TL;DR - Help us raise money to bring EVEN MORE folks to Metatopia this year: https://www.gofundme.com/igdnmetatopia2016

For the past two years, the Indie Game Developer Network has administered a Metatopia Sponsorship to expand the diversity in the indie tabletop game community. In essence, we bring new designers to Metatopia, securing a badge and a room for them and paying their travel costs to make it affordable to join the largest gathering of tabletop game designers in the country.

We think it's crucial that people who don't usually have access to this kind of environment get actual resources to make the trip, both because they deserve to have a chance to spread their wings and fly and because Metatopia is better off for their presence. In other words, the IGDN believes this is a crucial bridge between the community we have and the community we want.

In 2014, we sponsored +Sarah Richardson, a designer who had never been to Metatopia before but had a number of exciting projects that we thought deserved more attention, including her game Bluebeard's Bride.

In 2015, we sponsored a total of four designers: Alex Helm, +Kimberley Lam, +André La Roche, and +Jay Sylvano . In fact, we raised over $1,000 on GoFundMe to help make last year's program a reality!

The IGDN is already committed to bringing four new designers to Metatopia this year; we're asking for your help to bring FOUR MORE designers, enough to create our first true Metatopia cohort. We'll be providing additional mentorship resources, a group lunch every day of the convention, and a followup meeting to make sure these designers get all the resources they need to succeed.

+Avonelle Wing and +Vincent Salzillo over at Double Exposure (the folks who run Metatopia) have already committed to getting rooms and badges for these folks, so we're looking for funds to pay for travel expenses to make this happen! We're also continuing our partnerships, including with +Games to Gather (with the support of +Jay Sylvano and +Tayler Stokes), Big Bad Con (with the support of +Sean Nittner) and more!

Do you want a more diverse indie design community?
Do you want to see more women and people of color designing games?
Do you want to see new games like Bluebeard's Bride or Dog Eat Dog or Steal Away Jordan that shatter expectations?
Do you want to make a literal difference on this issue that we talk about so often (yet often feel stuck trying to solve)?

This is how we can start to solve it. Let's give the people who deserve to have a shot at Metatopia the resources they need to come to the convention. Let's show these folks that we really do care about their attendance and contributions. Let's make this happen!
Hey there! We're the Indie Game Developer Network , a collection of 60+ small press designers who support indie game developers making, publishing, and promoting fantastic games. The IGDN brings together a wide variety of developers–-including pen and paper, card game, and board game designers--...
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Oooh, new bag design from Red Oxx!

It's like a tool roller, but duffle bag sized!
Checkpoint Ready was never this easy! Now you can thumb your nose at those nosy TSA agents with the worlds most flight-friendly travel bag. The Red Oxx Big Bull Roll-up is a new dimension in carry-on legal bags. When its your turn to open your bag at the checkpoint, simply unbuckle the two Fastex buckles and roll it open. (Youll probably still have to show your liquids bag). The six mesh pockets allow inspection of your belongings without havin...
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Me too. . . . [averts eyes]. . .me too.
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Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008) is something of a biography, something of a history, and something of a quest to answer the question p…
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When tourists visit sub-Saharan Africa, they often wonder “Why there are no historical buildings or monuments?” The reason is simple. Europeans have destroyed most of them. We have only left drawings and descriptions by travelers who have visited the places before the destructions. In some places, ruins are still visible. Many cities have been abandoned into ruin when Europeans brought exotic diseases (smallpox and influenza) which started spread...
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+James Ntui​​ Also, the chaldeans and persian ruined ancient Egypt, it was the greeks that helped restore some glory to it. Nebuchadnezzar had all egyptian women systematically raped to ensure that there would never again be natural egyptians with a natural claim to the land, he did the same to others, including Israel, which is why the jews still count you as an israelite even if only your mother was jewish, to this day.
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"_Look at me, how important I must be, with all the...busy_"
I am told that the manner by which others understand that I am busy is when my writing coherence suffers. This primarily occurs in email…
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Half gentle snark, half serious question: is this what happens when the Technocracy develops meditation?
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The place tends to be very busy, and it is not uncommon to go in with an appointment and then be left hanging until someone gets to you, eventually. I don't know if it's a result of poor communication or mismanagement, but most often you will see one of the better techs juggling two or three (or more) customers in order to keep things moving as best they can. The only redeeming feature is that the techs (sorry, Geniuses) themselves are quite competent once you get to them. However, the store is *atrocious* at communication. If there is a problem with work you have given them, it is going to be on you to follow up on it, and you'll probably need to go to the store to do so because you cannot reach them by phone (the phone # for the store goes to an apple switchboard, and if you can convince it to call the store, it will ring for 3 minutes then hang up on you). If you have a problem they can fix in the store, and you have the time to wait for an appointment opening (and the time to wait for your appointment to be served) then this is a fine option. If it's going to require any more than that, strongly consider contacting apple directly - the process may be more bureaucratic, but it is also rather more reliable.
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