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It's time for a new CSR in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #11
I'll do it. It just won't be for a while, thanks to college stuff.

If you schedule the chat at a time that is practical for me (weekend or 2000 - 0600 GMT) I'd love to participate. I would like some ideas on how the rating system should work.

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Eye in the Sky in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #11
Get the picture yourself. I'm at 50.787250 degrees north, 6.071563 degrees east.

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EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Geology Lecture in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #66
Yes. There was a separate alarm for each of these at my school, and the drills mainly made sure that we could tell them apart - because one half of people locking the door and cowering behind desks while the other half tries to get out is counter-productive in an emergency.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Blades Forge !!! (to denote importance) in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #6
I think I fixed it. If you notice it happening again on a scenario you know you tagged, tell me.

Also, I've fixed the spaces-in-filename issue. Note for the future: The dirtiest hack is more effective than the best attempt to document or educate the user on what input does or does not work. :P
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Geology Lecture in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #58
quote:
I always thought gun control was a bit pointless. People who want a gun for illegal activities will get one wether or not it's legal. Only law abiding citizens who want guns would have trouble getting one if control was stricter.
You are making several assumptions. The first is that every gun used in a crime was purchased by a criminal. The second is that all crimes involving guns are premeditated at the time the gun is purchased. The third is that every criminal who can purchase a gun can and would also obtain it illegally if he were not allowed to purchase it. There are more, but what I'm leading up to is that they're nonsense.

We have strict gun control here. I don't have statistical figures right now, but this is what I remember from the last time I saw some: The crime rate is not amazingly lower. The percentage of crimes involving guns is lower, the percentage of crimes involving knives or other weapons probably higher, and what it boils down to is that more violent crime victims are injured than killed. You can't win them all, but this figure is arguably a benefit.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #781
It's not blasphemy when it's true. Eragon sucked. Get over it.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Analysis of Scenario Ratings in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
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Profile Homepage #9
I haven't seen "bad" in any grading system at school; the worst was always "poor" or "insufficient". I have seen it in a rubric for marking the condition of a library book, though - the scale went "New", "Excellent", "Fair", "Poor", "Bad". Apparently saying that a student is bad would be rude, but the library book doesn't mind.
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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #769
quote:
Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Originally by Salmon:

quote:
You owe me your soul. :P
Nuh-uh! You only own 57% of it!

Dikiyoba.

That would be a majority share, but Dikiyoba's got so much soul that it sums up to more than 100%. :P

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Getting political in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #130
quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

Have you looked on a map lately? It's been like 5 years since Yugoslavia existed. :P
Only five? I could have sworn it broke up before 2001...

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Getting political in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #125
quote:
You do realize that Bush can't run, right?
And he can't hide, either. :P
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Analysis of Scenario Ratings in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #4
(Sorry, still no edit button.)

Also, observation: The masterpieces of TM and Kel are noticably more controversially rated than those masterpieces designed by others. Also controversial (but medium on average) are the works of Jeff Vogel.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Analysis of Scenario Ratings in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #3
I like this chart a lot. It also makes me wish there was more data - more dimensions as well as more votes...
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Scenario placing in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #7
I'll fix it as soon as you get rid of that message with my name in it. Honestly, how often do I need to say this? I can't display these errors without the name showing up.

Switching off the error messages will make it a lot harder to fix bugs, but apparently that's the only way I can protect my privacy.

[ Sunday, February 17, 2008 10:35: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #724
quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

Drakefyre moves fast.
Yes, it's the relativistic effect.

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #712
quote:
He's only mostly dead. Dikiyoba blames true love.
I feel good for having caught that reference. :P

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Chicken or Egg? in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #8
Which came last, the moderator or the lock?

I'll let you guess.

IMAGE(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2148/2050960107_266002c041.jpg)

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Released: Blades Forge in Blades of Avernum Editor
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #86
With any luck, the release of Drupal 6 will soon receive a good deal of online publicity. However, if you are wondering when it will be deployed on the Blades Forge (currently on the Drupal 5.x CVS branch), the answer is unfortunately not very soon.

Firstly, I'm waiting for the CCK and Views modules to be ported - those are two hugely popular addons that the Forge is using to provide all those content types (Graphics, Scenarios, Scripts, etc.) along with the overview tables to search the site.

Secondly, there is a good deal of smaller contributed modules that will take some time to get ported.

Thirdly, I've written tons of custom code myself, which won't be easy to update for the new API. And that doesn't even count the five core "hacks" (/~username URLs, say) I've had to place in the code in order to get it to do what I wanted when writing a module was not possible.

In short, expect the entire Ermarian Network to be on D6 before the Forge is, and expect it not before July. But I will work on it soon. :)
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Getting political in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #88
quote:
Why are people assuming Huckabee is closer to Bush than McCain is?
Bush has always seemed like a hard-right religious conservative. Is Bush so much less conservative than Huckabee as to put him closer to McCain?
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #696
quote:
"Nikki just walked in," Grime Grubber said.

"Alone?" Arancaytar asked.

"Yes."

Arancaytar sighed.
Ambiguous. I don't have that big a man-crush on Nikki. :P

(Also, I'm confused about the outcome of that scuffle - the bots report the intruder killed, but Nikki isn't arriving in Misc?)

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EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Getting political in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #80
quote:
I doubt Bush's endorsement means much to most of the American populace.
To the contrary, I would say that being endorsed by Bush is about the worst thing that could happen to any candidate, other than possibly Huckabee because his supporters should match Bush's to a good degree.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Getting political in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #77
It's been attacking the rest of the world fairly frequently by any rationale. :P
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Released: Blades Forge in Blades of Avernum Editor
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #85
quote:
That's easy to explain, but tough to fix.

- I use Views to show graphics and scripts in tables. These are shown with a brief description .
- When adding the "body" field of a CCK node (which all of these are) to a View, this body field will include all the other fields of the node (thumbnail, script source, etc.), which would look stupid in the table. There is no way to access only the text of the node.
- To solve this, I make the View show only the teaser of the node, and make CCK hide the other fields in the teaser.
- The result is that the front page (also showing only teasers) will display very little information.
- To solve /that/, I replace the front page with yet another View that shows the entire node.

The end result is that the front page displays full nodes, and ignores teaser cut-offs. I have a few vague ideas how to work around this, but haven't yet tried any of them.
By fixing a bug in the Views module, I have been able to get rid of all this mess. The front page now displays teasers as it should.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
[PPP] Alas, friends, we look toward uncertain times in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #10
With some ingenuity and analysis, I've cut down the query time of the feed from 6 seconds to .2 seconds, on the front page from 2-3 seconds to .4 seconds, and that on the General forum from 2 seconds to .2 seconds. I think I'm getting somewhere here.

The full search feature will have to remain offline for the time being, unfortunately. It's just too much of a weight.

Perhaps I can implement a different kind of keyword-based search, using the mechanism Drupal employs very efficiently. Drupal keeps its keywords in a separate table complete with scores, and then just has to go through that table on exact matches rather than search the entire text.

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
[PPP] Alas, friends, we look toward uncertain times in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #7
Neither space nor transfer volume are the issue. The problem is solely related to the database server and how much load it takes to process the queries my site sends to it - this is usually the first weak point of any dynamic website.

I have been asking around and getting some expert help on optimizing my database queries - improving JOIN statements, adding indexes, and so on - which I hope will alleviate the problem for now. Perhaps my first post was exceedingly alarmist, but I didn't know how much I could do to solve the problem. We'll just see how much I can do with this.

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00
Owchie in General
Law Bringer
Member # 2984
Profile Homepage #4
quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

Uh...I can't read, but that book sucks.
FYT.

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
EncyclopediaBlades ForgeArchivesStatsRSS (This Topic / Forum) • BlogNaNoWriMo
Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
Posts: 8752 | Registered: Wednesday, May 14 2003 07:00

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