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Zum Thema Anti-Ad-Blocking:

Wenn es zertifizierte Werbung gäbe, die
- keine Schadsoftware einführt
- keine Tracker installiert
- einen positiven Unterhatungswert besitzt
- das Datenvolumen nicht über Gebühr belastet

Dann sollte ein Ad-Blocker diese auch durchlassen.

Normalerweise bin ich ja gar kein Freund des Zertifizierungsfimmel, aber die Werbewirtschaft hat genug verbockt, dass ich ihr diesen Wasserkopf nur zu gerne zumuten mag.

Und es schafft neue Arbeitsplätze...
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Looks like a nifty and scaleable game. Kickstarter has just started, time enough to play a few games with improvised pieces before deciding to pledge.

EU shipping upgrade is insane, though (student level pledge rises from 15$ to 39$, for shipping a single hardcover book) - perhaps they should start a licensed edition with a European publisher parallel to the US edition.
 
Do you like games? Do you like my books? Would you like a chance to play a beautiful game set in my books?

If so, today's blog is for you....
Pat Rothfuss and James Ernest have been working together in order to bring you Tak: A staggeringly beautiful game set in the Kingkiller world.
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No - it was her jealous partner.
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Looks quite similar to Kalin's color schemes in Prince of Sartar:
 
"Color the Temple:" The Met Digitally Restores Colors of Ancient Egyptian Temple Using Projection Mapping Technology http://www.openculture.com/2016/03/the-met-digitally-restore-the-colors-of-an-ancient-egyptian-temple.html …
Thanks to the tireless efforts of archaeologists, we have a pretty clear idea of what much of the ancient world looked like, at least as far as the clothes people wore and the structures in and around which they spent their days.
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Amazing. I wonder if the whole temple was painted with a white background.
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I would like to point out that there might be quarantines and vaccination deadlines to be kept, so make sure that your familiars have all the necessary papers...
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(Desperate attempt of a role player to make today's chore more palatable:)

Styling the resident apple dryad with a ten foot pole - "Just cut back the tips, please"
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The ache in my shoulders makes me wish for a squirrel familiar or a remote controlled drone with a cutting implement. Operating a 10 foot pole over a longer time definitely requires CON rolls.
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Wishing my music courses at school had been a bit more practical in the subjects of composing and arrangement...
 
This is super neat. :D
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If you want to find real world inspiration for megalith sites, here's a map for Britain and Ireland you could use as a travel guide.

I'll have to look out for a similar overview site for continental Europe - I know that the Schleswig Holstein sites alone number around 100, but those are hidden in printed information by Archäologisches Landesamt.
 
Weirdly useful for certain kinds of historical world building:
The top destination for Megaliths and Prehistory worldwide. Megalith Map mega map browser. Ancient Sites in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland:
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+David Weihe​ Ah yes, as you say that just looks like some shading on the map.
+Martin Helsdon​ Indeed, I was of course just referring to the megaliths. Earthworks are all over the place and are, as you say, in a lot of cases either highly eroded or already destroyed. But there must be tons of undiscovered ones still out there. Aerial photography combined with the right soil conditions (e.g. after a drought) turns them up all the time, as I'm sure you know. Cursus features are quite fascinating to me, as are causewayed enclosures.
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Hic sunt automatae, or Here be robots - a mediaeval map of the red planet.
 
Here there be Robots. A medieval style map of Mars. It would be nice to have a copy of this with the modern references excised.
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A beautiful map. Medieval? Nope.
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The fact that Derik Poljoni started his tribe during Sheng's era has always been in clear sight, but has anybody ever asked whether Sheng drawing warriors from the Praxian tribes had anything to do with Derik's initial successes, and the weakness of Jaldon?
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Yes, but Derik also is a major change for Prax where Sheng was acknowledged as kjhan of khans. And it makes me wonder about the relation between Jaldon and Sheng.
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Citizenship in an SF setting

The setting has a number of very advanced societies which have a high standard for technology and social interaction, and likewise a wide range of less advanced societies whose members may enter the territory of these societies while not qualifying for individual (temporary) citizenship.

The effects are similar to a caste system, or to moving through an organisation with several hierarchies of security clearances.

This concept of citizenship applies not necessarily to permanent citizenship, but to various levels of legal and social responsibilities towards the host territorial entity.

There is a "club" of sufficiently advanced cultures which practices mutual recognition of citizenship, resulting in something like a guest citizenship secured by the backing of the "home" culture of the citizen. This includes responsibilities, legalities like extradition, legal support through the embassies, terms of immigration as foreign citizens, and of terms of and conditions for deportation. It may also regulate the amount of mandatory surveillance for entering the territory.

A typical measure of surveillance is accepting a transponder device (e.g. a collar, possibly even a collection of potential restraining devices) with a chaperone AI monitoring and – depending on the degree of maturity of the not-quite-citizen – mediating the activities of the individual.


Imagine a migratory worker, say a specialist and artist in gardening renowned beyond her humble origins,from a technologically at best average culture who is hired to bring her extraordinary artistic vision into the home of an advanced aesthete from a culture putting great emphasis on appropriate formality which treats emotional outbreaks or statement of adverse facts as a crime, or at least as a culpable disgrace. (In short, a political correctness nightmare like those currently developing in US academia.) The gardener and her team have formed a corporation whose legal status may warrant a lesser autonomy for a guest citizen, but neither the artist nor her helpers qualify individually. They may be offered a degree of freedom and personal responsibility as minors of the cultures might receive at a certain stage of their development.


Imagine a ship crewed by your usual mix of misfits which receives a limited citizenship for the ship as a whole, with the crew treated (legally) like remote-operated or semi-autonomous drones belonging to the ship. And now have the non-citizens figure out how to outwit the chaperone/monitoring/mediating to get the things done they have entered the territory for.


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I would like to discuss the visualisation of time lines. Since this is a form of one-dimensional mapping, I thought this might be the right place to discuss this.

I've been toying with some form of graphical presentation of the position of an event relative to a timeline. Known dates are easy, they form a sharp coordinate, often sharper than the graphical representation allows to convey unless you zoom in. Vague dates like "during the reign of X" let you use the (hopefully known) beginning and ending of that reign as the time bracket, and display the event as a probability bar less than solid.
An even more vague date like "when Saronil was old, or in the first years of the reign of his successor Jarolar" could be represented as a less than solid colored bar (line object) with heightened intensity for the most likely time frame (around Saronil's death), and fading off resembling a Gaussian bell curve distribution towards the less likely extremes of the time span.

Ideally such data would be generated from a database which can apply thematic, geographic and topological filtering, displaying such data with indicators for relevance which may be adjusted for each such display. You don't have to go towards a GIS, just giving an event associations with locations/regions, people or organisations participating and the flavor of the event could allow to calculate a metric for relevance (hence "topological filtering" through known relations).

When asking "what happened in/about <date>", a list of matches would be generated, probably prefaced with a selection of broader data about the broader temporal bracket (e.g. millennium, century, decade, year). I used a relational database with unspecified entries which then were assigned categories (from a limited list of choices like person, office, city, country) and related entries (a single unidirectonal table labeled "see also", which may be reciprocal, and which may get a descriptor about the nature of the relation).

If King X founded city Y at a date in relation to event or time frame Z, this would create a number of "see also" entries. Both the person King X and the city (a category in itself) Y would have other relationships, like e.g. a country (not necessarily the same for both), other locations (roads, rivers, valleys, forests for the city, places visited for the person). If the city is situated on a river or a trade route, it would create a timeline entry for queries about the river or the trade route.

I think it should be possible to use/abuse mapping software to create such displays.
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I was thinking of tablets or tablet-sized displays (maybe in the form of VR glasses) and not smart phones, yes. (Given my development time frame, I might consider holographic interfaces, too...)

Web-based is possible, there is a public domain infrastructure which is fine.

Mapstory looks like a good platform for a test run of my temporal visualisation idea, yes. (Which means I now would have to create a dataset tied to real world geographics in order to upload there.)
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