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Stephan Beal
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First World Problems number N of M...

The down-side of everyone in an online community knowing everyone else is that the number of times we see each post is a function of how many people we have in our circles.

Not quite clear what etiquette calls for in terms of plussing such posts: all of them, or just the first which appears in one's stream (noting that G+ tends to sort them in a completely random order), or something different?

To be clear: it's nobody's "fault" that this happens - each person posts it to their own circles/collections, and we just happen to have a lot of overlap.
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I almost never reshare meme-type posts. I always figure with the overlap in circles, if I've seen it, everyone else has seen it, too.
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"Boardgame" or "board game"? This article offers interesting insights as well as compelling arguments for the former:

http://www.brettspiel.co.uk/2010/02/game-vs.html

+Moe Tousignant - given your immense experience in this area, i would be particularly interested in hearing your opinion on this, as i am about to create a G+ community whose (pending) name depends on this pedantic distinction.
In which I debate an issue of extremely limited importance. The vagaries of the English language mean that we have two perfectly viable ways to write the very same nine letters, and I was recently given to wonder which of these two forms might be considered, assuming that you are in any way ...
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Ended up switching the community name back to "boardgame" b/c of Moe's points about "bored gamers". 
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Aaarrrggg... i was soooooo hoping not to see any of this in Talisman, the German edition, but, alas... They mucked up the translation of the text for the Immobility card:

http://www.talismanwiki.com/Immobility

in the German edition, it's translated as being castable only at the start of one's own turn (not any player's turn), which makes it utterly useless against other players.

Edit: the example in the rulebook which demonstrates how to bypass the Sentinel (p. 18) uses the card in a manner incompatible with the on-card text (which is clearly visible in the manual). Facepalm, editors, facepalm.
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My elbow nerve inflammation is acting up again, so i've stayed home this week (my day job is programming, i.e. lots of keyboard, and keyboards are the cause of my inflamed elbow nerve). Most of that time has been spent tinkering with the Talisman boardgame. Attached are scads of pictures of this classic work of art...
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+Jeffro Johnson​ loves elves in his RPGs...
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Ha!
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Lol - G+ Photos wants to know whose face that is (far right, with the "?" symbol under it).
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One more pass-around of this, this time outside of my dedicating gaming circles...

tldr; fans of the Talisman board game now have a G+ outlet in which to nurture their addiction.
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+Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3 has hit mobile devices.

As a Kickstarted backer i got to play through the beta back in May/June, and the campaign took me more than 30 hours to play through. This one is an improvement over its predecessor, with more engrossing (no pun intended... it is a Zombie game, after all) mechanics.

i unfortunately can't rate it in the Play Store without buying it again, which i don't want to do because i just got a fresh APK which was mailed out to the KS backers :/.

Though i despise the whole zombie theme, simply because it's been done to death (again, no pun intended), i do enjoy this game.

Unfortunately, it's implemented in Adobe Air and Air is no longer supported on Linux, which means that Steam can't play this for me on my PC :(.

Happy Gaming!

PS: if you see a character in the game named Alf Alpha, he's the one i named as my KS reward :). The name comes from the ancient TWERPS Space Cadets campaign map, which had a city named Alphalpha.
It's been a few years since the zombpocalypse turned the world's cities int...
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Better yet, don't create animated GIFs for marketing. (Shame on you, Mrs. Bradley!)

Animated and popup/in/out/over-producing websites get increasingly closed without me ever bothering to read the 3 lines of content buried between the ads.
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The technology of self-driving vehicles truly excites me. Unfortunately, i do not believe it can reach its full potential until humans get off the road entirely. Once we have only robotic cars doing all the driving, automobile-related deaths are likely to drop to near 0. So long as one human is out there driving, though, the robots have to account for his (completely inexplicable and unpredictable) behaviour.

(Via +Winchell Chung, whose history with autonomous machines goes back to the 1970's.)
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Thanks for the Ogre ref!
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When marketing people run out of things to say, they either start just making stuff up or (as in this case) start repeating themselves...

- 16 individual plastic boxes
- made of plastic
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Did i mention that they're plastic? 
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Some people have peculiar names. This guy, for example, is not Mr Perfect, and under no circumstances is he Mr Right, but he is always Mr Good Enough...
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i just saw his name in another booklet, so apparently he was (you guessed it) good enough at his job that they let him continue doing it.
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Primary G+ posting topics:

1) Software development (my own, mostly) and the occasional forward in the genres IT, science, and tech.

2) Pen/paper gaming topics, most of them about board-gaming in the strategy/tactics genres.

3) The normal range of typically geeky/nerdy topics, e.g. Firefly, comic books, quotes from and thoughts regarding various authors of the sci-fi/fantasy genres, and so on.


Notes and caveats:

A) If you add me to your circles, that does NOT mean that i will automatically add you back. i will check your G+ profile; if you post things that interest me, i will add you back, otherwise i will most likely not. i'm not in this to gain followers, but to share information.

B) i try to keep politics and "life choices" of all types out of my posts (e.g. religion, sexual- and dietary preferences, etc.), but on rare occasion something mildly divisive may slip through. (If _you_ post primarily about politics or religious matters, i won't be adding you to my circles, as few topics are less divisive than those. i mercilessly remove people from my circles whose posts primarily fall into those two genres.)

C) Nonetheless, _all_ posts are kept "family-friendly" and i _never_ post about highly-charged political topics (though sometimes highly-charged _philosophical_ software development topics, like the utter braindeadedness of the definition of "REST").

D) Most posts are written in English (a bastard mix of U.S. and The Queen's), but on rare occasion a post or forward will be in German.

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Actively contribute to Free/Open Source Software projects in various capacities. Been using Linux since before the term "Open Source" existed. Was born before Episode IV and remember standing in line to see it.
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Senior Software Developer/Consultant
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C, C++, JavaScript, Java, PHP (ugh!), HTML/CSS, technical documentation, Unix administration, various related skills.
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  • www.consol.de
    Senior Software Developer/Consultant, 2010 - present
  • Self employed
    Boss, 2004 - 2010
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • einsurance.de
    Software Developer, 2000 - 2003
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • Compaq
    Various, 1995 - 2000
    Software tester, internationalization engineer, release coordinator, internal tools developer
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i just returned from Dr. Steffen. i have never in my life seen a doctor's office with (A) so many patients in it and (B) where the patients are processed so efficiently. There were no less than 12 patients in the waiting room when i arrived, but within an hour i was done (as were most of them). The woman at the front desk tells me that 10-12 is very low compared to what they get sometimes. They have a large staff of assistants who constantly rotate the patients in and out of the various tests and machines. i was incredibly impressed by their efficiency - i've never seen a doctor's office operate anywhere near so smoothly (even under much lower loads).
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Just today we picked up our "re-imported" car from Europamobile. Despite hours-long delays on site due to pure boneheadedness on the part of my bank, the attendant at Europemobile was exceedingly helpful and patient. We (well, my bank!) took up far, far more of his time than was reasonable and he never once displayed any signs of impatience (not even a sigh of frustration). They were flexible throughout the whole ordering/waiting process (for those who don't know, re-importing can take several months) and we can/will certainly recommend them to friends and colleagues looking to get a good deal via re-importing.
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Horrible service, slow (5+ minutes on average), and sometimes downright frech/rude (not just to me - i've seen them argue with other customers about what the customer claims to have ordered vs. what the cashier entered into the machine). Most employees barely speak german. Got food poisoning last time i ate there (late november 2011). Been there many times, but never again.
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