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Updated. Do you recognise any of your own characters on this chart? :D
 
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Let the edition wars begin. Thanks to everyone who contributed (or inspired) the new additions. High rez version here:
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Bargle!

I killed him.  With an arrow.  With my first ever character, a halfling.  In err.. 1989?
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And just a little more music. Have some Tim Minchin.

This is one of my favourite numbers of his. There is something in his eyes during the choruses that I swear I could follow into the gates of Hell. 
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A cut-and-paste error has just invented the keyword "virtabstractual", which totally should exist as a word, although preferably not in any programming language ever.
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Too late, Stroustrup read this and already added the keyword to C++14. 
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Just been introduced to the concept of "Steelmanning". It's a concept where instead of strawmanning - taking a strong argument, reframing it into a weaker one and then attacking the weaker one... you take a weak argument, like anti-gay-marriage or anti-vax, and convert it into a stronger one to test whether you've got any grounds for your beliefs against it or if you're just reflexively kicking a weak-seeming argument in the balls just because it's there.

I kinda love the idea.
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Because an argument isn't the same thing as the data. It's a position on the topic, which by its nature contains within it a selected subset of the data and ignores parts  that the arguer either doesn't know or doesn't think important. An argument also has a context, and that context can often be limiting.

Take gay marriage for example. The most common argument put forward against it is that marriage as an institution is centred around procreation. However, as most people now seem to agree, that simply isn't a good argument against gay marriage, because it would otherwise also function as an argument against infertile couples marrying.  There are also some other sector-specific arguments (Christian - centric religious arguments, outright homophobic arguments, arguments from tradition) that are similarly weak.

So, how to steelman gay marriage? Construct an argument from a context not usually expressed. 

Well, as it turns out, marriage itself has significant negative effects. Beyond the extreme stress of the ceremony itself, the potential for greatly magnified stress during relationship and at its end (divorces are provably more stressful than ordinary breakups of long-term couples) due to a combination of social and legal issues unique to marriage mean a marriage isn't automatically a better deal for same-sex couples. 

And as it turns out, the rate of various different mental health disorders provably worsened in the LGBT community in several parts of the US shortly after the introduction of same-sex marriages. So we have a measure which has had a concrete and demonstrable negative on gay people specifically. 

Now, is this a convincing argument against gay marriage? Not necessarily. It doesn't confront the human rights issues and it doesn't automatically follow that this will remain the case; it is likely the increases in mental health problems will normalise over time as the additional pressures on the community reduce. But it's certainly a much, much stronger argument against it than virtually any of the usual conservative arguments I've ever encountered. And in the process I've examined my own assumptions, extra bits of data regarding the subject and gone some way towards ceasing to assume opposition to it is driven solely by Bad Evil People being Bad and Evil.

That's how steelmanning works. If your position is solid, you'll still not prove your own position wrong, but the argument against it will be much more solid, and you'll understand the issue better than you did before.
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Pretending to bring back Firefly was a dick move, so I think Starburst win this year's April Fools with this:

http://www.starburstmagazine.com/tv-news/8315-tv-news-toy-manufacturers-unite-to-produce-tie-in-special
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Seems about right :D
 
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The Axis of Awesome: Because Australia isn't just about bad soaps and incredibly deadly wildlife.
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"Having looked at it, both arguments seem plausible. Is there some kind of test we could perform to see if we can distinguish probable slant?" 

Gods, I love it when someone is suddenly empirical at me. It gives me a kind of brain-shiver.
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Bethan's plasticene chick. Sorry for the extremely messy floor ;) 
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As soon as a challenger enters the field.  It is poised and ready at all times.
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Fun thing that just happened in Underhive Settlement (a Necromunda mod for Dwarf Fortress): 

Had a Giant Wolf Spider wandering around in my camp. Since my Hunter was on the other side of the map and doesn't directly obey orders anyway, I quickly grabbed someone who happened to not be doing anything, an Omnijack by the name of Adaba, and assigned her into a 1-woman axer squad and sent her after the thing. (Giant Wolf Spiders are dangerous, but hivers can usually handle them if they're armed. They're fast, though, so they can screw a whole settlement if left unhandled.)

Adaba quickly ran into trouble, though, as the little sod bounded between her and the weapon stockpile. "Damn," I thought, and started looking around for another hiver... and then I noticed the spider's corpse on the map. When I checked the reports...

... I found she had deflected its jaws with her boots, grabbed it by the leg, punched it clean through the abdomen, crippling it, then BIT IT IN THE FRIGGING HEAD as a finishing move, pushing exoskeleton into its brain.

And you know what Adaba did then? She headed off to fetch that axe I asked her to get. I like to imagine she did so with a very smug grin.
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  • Mutant Caterpillar Development
    Embedded Software Developer, 2012 - present
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    Director, 2009 - 2011
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I'm Will Robinson, embedded software monkey, occasional game developer, devoted father and International Man Of Mystery. I live in a land far, far away... unless you happen to live in Wales, in which case I'm probably next door.
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    1998 - 2002
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