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Teel McClanahan
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When you fork a codebase, is it the same piece of software on the other side? Using a "teleporter" which, rather than using a matter stream, made a copy of you on one end and destroyed (or not) you on the origin-end is just forking your "you". One fork went on to do something on Mars, the other went on to be vaporized, or have heart failure.

Brings up an interesting train of thought re: post-teleporter travel choices [which I will probably develop into a short story, soon, now that it's caught hold in my mind]: Why are you traveling/teleporting to a place? Are you going so that the skills/experiences/beingness you represent will be available at the other end (e.g.: you're the only one who knows how to fix the Martian thingamajig), or are you going so that you can have the experience of being at the other end? If you just need to be at the other end, send a copy (and maybe stay home, too). If you're going for the experience, you're going to have to travel the hard way, or you're only going to experience the vaporization—and your forked copy is going to experience whatever's at the other end of the teleporter.

The "there are many of me, in various places" problem is right up there with immortality on the list of post-singularity problems we're going to have to deal with.

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This is my first pass at recording a How-To-Play video for my upcoming card game, Teratozoic. I will most likely delete this video when I have a better version ready, later—your feedback is welcome, as it can help me improve for the next pass. It covers almost everything you need to know to get started with a game of Teratozoic, or at least to have some idea of how the game is played, since the game hasn't been published yet.

If you'd like to get your hands on a copy of Teratozoic as soon as possible, and you'd like to help support the marketing efforts I'll be making in advance of this summer's Kickstarter, you can visit http://modernevil.com/teratozoic/ to find out how you can.

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I figured G+ was the place to share this, rather than FB... I also figure that my sharing it will have no effect on their choice—and that even if they come to the Phoenix area, the chances of their rolling out in my neighborhood are next to none. Oh, well.
 
We're excited to start discussions with the Phoenix area to bring Google Fiber there. Share this graphic to let your neighbors know the news. Learn more and sign up for updates: http://goo.gl/AqL6me
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I've been having more and more trouble dealing with games that force me to be a ruthless, often sociopathic murderer in order to proceed through the story, and would welcome a game which instead put me through the experiences of persons different from myself in ways other than their likelihood to be violent criminals. The more variety in experiences offered by video games, the better.

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I started writing a post here, and before long it got to be too long—so long I'm going to make a blog post of it, instead.

What's G+ for, again?
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Maybe it varies from person to person. For you, it seems to be an excellent platform to rant about the platform. ;)

For me, even though I haven't been following/using it as much lately since I got my new job (probably several of my most recent posts are bitching about the old job, talking about the search, and outlining wage-slave fantasies), it has two great features: There are way more of my friends on it than LiveJournal does (if you don't count accounts that haven't had any activity for a long time), and it's not Facebook. Honestly, though, I'm not sure that Google turned out to be any better than Facebook. (They really need to add "Don't be creepy, either," to their corporate motto/slogan/whatever.)
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Trying to decide between abandoning G+ and doing some combination of adjusting feeds & uncircling people… There is altogether too much in my G+ about writing/publishing. Too many posts, too many links, too many opinions. I find them both detrimental to my mental health and difficult to resist; I always seem to think "surely if my friend, a trusted/respected author/whomever thinks this is a worthwhile and enriching post, it must be okay to read." But it isn't, generally.

If you're an author/editor/publisher/agent/reviewer making these posts, have you considered making a circle of interested people to send them to, instead of making them all 'Public'? Or making the posts as part of an appropriate community? I don't want to avoid all your posts, just the ones on this topic which is currently quite upsetting to me.

Sigh. In semi-related news, the G+ for iPad interface (probably thoughtlessly, rather than as part of an intentional design to limit the length of posts) doesn't scroll properly when you write past a dozen lines, and won't even show the entirety of the last line if you scroll manually while writing. Well, apparently only in landscape mode, which is how I use my iPad 95% of the time. That's another reason to consider just abandoning G+.

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I have encountered this with my RSS feeds.  My signal-to-noise ratio leaning far too much toward noise.  I spent more time READING about writing and publishing than actually DOING any of it!  So when I spent the last two weeks without touching my reader and went back to it, I realized I missed 256 posts but actually I wasn't missing anything at all.

This probably doesn't help with your G+ related problem, but I certainly do feel your pain. 
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My card game Kickstarter reached its goal today, and there are almost 3 weeks left for new players to find it—have you taken a look, yet?
A light deck-building game for 2-6 players; outsmart your opponents, hone your gene pool, and dominate the age of monsters!
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Congrats!
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Sounds great. Shoot me a PM with some more info, and I can let you know PP's ad rates, and other stuff that may help out.
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As I was watching your video on Minecraft and you were going through describing what sets it apart point by point, it seemed to be a list of things Second Life does, and has been doing for over a decade. You gave Second Life a throwaway mention, my takeaway from which is to turn it back around on you and suggest that Minecraft is Second Life for kids.

Simplified tools, simplified graphics, and developer-crafted video game hooks for people who want a little form in their sandbox, but the way you talk about Minecraft really does sound like little more than Second Life for kids—something Second Life couldn't quite nail down, even with their special "Teen" island.

Not saying this is a bad thing, or suggesting Minecraft is inferior, just that it isn't exactly original/unique.

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Yep, we're approaching the time where all fan-fiction will be capable of such levels of quality, and more. Hooray singularity?

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I was deleting some zombie accounts of mine (Linkedin, MySpace, Friendster, Plurk) and while Googling my name to see whether I'd forgotten some others, noticed the street address on my Google Contact info was out of date (we bought a new house in March).

When I went to look at my Google+ Profile to update it, I realized I haven't even looked at my G+ profile in ... well, in at least 4 books: My "Story" still said I'd published 15 books, but I've now published 19. Huh.

G+ is almost, but not quite, another zombie account, for me.
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So many accounts/profiles etc. to keep up-to-date.
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I sold 34 eBooks (total) in the first 6 months of 2013. 7 of those were $10 copies of Virtual Danger during its fundraiser; the remaining 27 eBooks earned me $45—this is what the open market gives me for my decade of work. I exist as an author solely on the patronage of my generous benefactors; the market has almost no use for what I create.
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    Author, Artist, 1999 - present
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Christian, husband, author, artist, romantic, insomniac, exorcist, creative visionary, programmer, publisher, podcaster, lover, and all-around-crazy-person.
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I've written and published 19 books, including 14 novels, 3 books of poetry, and 2 short story collections. I'm happily married to someone who loves me more than I deserve.
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