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Twitter / LabyrinthBooks: Arriving Wed Jul 30th - ...
Arriving Wed Jul 30th - - MIKUCOLOR, Sandman Overture, Low, Lazarus 2, SF25, NAJA + more!
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2 days ago
Twitter / ThoseNerds: As much as I liked the Wonder ...
As much as I liked the Wonder Woman costume (minus the lack of color) this is very funny to me
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2 days ago
Twitter / xabean: So here's the ORA book cover ...
So here's the ORA book cover spoof shirt I designed last night that Zazzle axed. (pdf link)
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2 days ago
(500) http://xabean.com/~warewolf/spoof_ora_acid_kicking_in.pdf
So here's the ORA book cover spoof shirt I designed last night that Zazzle axed. (pdf link)
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2 days ago
Git guilt, blame, and code review - Atlassian Blogs
I’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately on the second leg of the Getting Git Right tour. It’s been a blast meeting so many devs from around the world. It’s…
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3 days ago
http://bit.ly/1rnEqSe
If I’m being entirely honest, Rob Ford’s events have always had an air of menace to them. While they’re indeed for the most part celebratory, joyful, and even…
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3 days ago
Dungeons Part Seven: Flow and Area Encounter Design
A much more indepth look at the ideas I spoke on in Running the Dungeon . Flow So remember when I said that dungeon design is like videogame level design IS…
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4 days ago
An Interview with Karen Sandler, by Adam Saunders | Model View Culture
Karen Sandler is a veteran of the free and open source software world. Having completed an engineering degree, she has worked as a lawyer for the Software…
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4 days ago
Editor's Note: An Apology To Our Readers
Probably the best update at the bottom of a post I've ever seen
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4 days ago
The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford on Acknowledging Sexuality and Gender Diversity in D&D | The Mary Sue
Tyranny of Dragons - Campaign Art Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford, lead designers of the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons , out in a staggered release all…
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5 days ago
Maps of Mastery
Starwalker Studios is certainly coming together. Map by for .
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5 days ago
Twitter / sarah_guido: In a talk about idiomatic APIs ...
In a talk about idiomatic APIs with the Python data model. Super interesting.
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5 days ago
Pydata Silicon Valley 2014 Part 2 | Bugra Akyildiz
Pydata Silicon Valley 2014 The Pydata Silicon Valley videos are put into Youtube, thanks to Facebook, Continuum and Parse.ly. Check it out . They are pretty…
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6 days ago
Ladies Cosplaying as Han Solo
If you see a lady cosplaying Han Solo at SDCC this week, please request a picture and submit it to !!
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6 days ago
Russia Conspiracy Theories Trap Putin Malaysia Airlines MH17 | New Republic
Did you know Malaysia Air Flight 17 was full of corpses when it took off from Amsterdam? Did you know that, for some darkly inexplicable reason, on July 17,…
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7 days ago
Dungeons Part Six: Monsters, Hazards, and Stunting
Fun Fights What’s not fun vs. What is First, I will tell you what is not fun: repetition and no choices.  Doing the same thing over and over, without any…
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8 days ago
The secret of Minecraft
It’s almost inevitable: I encounter Minecraft somewhere online—it’s easy to do, because there’s a lot of Minecraft out there—and I end up convinced I’m doing…
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8 days ago
Explaining Continuity: The tech tying iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite together
Apple wants you to buy Apple devices. It insists, mostly successfully, that computers, tablets, and phones are fully separate product categories with separate…
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8 days ago
How to Save Marriage in America
What’s happening to American matrimony? In 1960, more than 70 percent of all adults were married, including nearly six in ten twentysomethings. Half a century…
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8 days ago
Word Processor Mode in Vim · Jason Heppler
One of my favorite functions I have added to my .vimrc file recently is Word Processor Mode inspired by Seth Brown . When I am writing code I do not usually…
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9 days ago
Dr. Bunsen / Writing in Vim
Vim is a tremendous tool for text manipulation, but it is not configured properly for writing right out of the box. This drawback alone is enough to dissuade…
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9 days ago
The rise of data and the death of politics
On 24 August 1965 Gloria Placente, a 34-year-old resident of Queens, New York, was driving to Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Clad in shorts and sunglasses, the…
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10 days ago
Dungeons Part Five: Information Management
You don’t just design the dungeon for the players to play it, you also have to design it so you can RUN it in play.   This post is just about the practical…
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10 days ago
Joan Didion on Telling Stories, the Economy of Words, Starting Out as a Writer, and Facing Rejection | Brain Pickings
“Short stories demand a certain awareness of one’s own intentions, a certain narrowing of the focus.”
In her otherwise prolific and acclaimed career as one of…
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10 days ago
Sarah Mei » Programming Is Not Math
When I learned to program, back when dinosaurs walked the earth and the internet had no cats, there was an idea: if you were good at math, you’d be good at…
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11 days ago
Put anything anywhere in Excel without sweat
putexcel has recently become a very good friend. For those who (or working with people who) find comfort in working with tables in Excel after data processing…
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11 days ago
The hard-landing hedge fund: A new way to bet against housing
A Toronto financial firm is creating a hedge fund that will allow Canadian investors to bet on a housing slump, a move that underscores the skepticism that…
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11 days ago
Dungeons Part Four: Threat Structure
So, important confession time: the order of these posts is about “takeaway value” and modularity for you folks reading, rather than the order in which I use…
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11 days ago
Dungeons & Dragons Saved My Life
Dungeons & Dragons turns forty this year. The game, which I played in my youth, is entering middle age just a few years behind me. My interest in—or, I should…
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11 days ago
On Misandry Being Real and Not Being Real
It probably seems confusing.  Women* making statements like “Misandry doesn’t exist, there’s no such thing as misandry” in one moment, and identifying as…
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11 days ago
Twitter / doctorow: Astronauts debate provenance ...
Astronauts debate provenance of turd floating in Apollo 10
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11 days ago
Twitter / jengerson: And sometimes Alberta just ...
market access idea of the week. RT : And sometimes Alberta just is. You know?
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11 days ago
Twitter / CuteOverloads: Hi I'm an Otter, nice to meet ...
"My laywer says I got good chance on appeal...Vicki promise me you'll wait for me?"
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11 days ago
How to simulate multilevel/longitudinal data
I was recently talking with my friend Rebecca about simulating multilevel data, and she asked me if I would show her some examples. It occurred to me that many…
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11 days ago
‘Led by God,’ Brunswick woman appeals decision on challenged book | Port City Daily
NC woman says my book is "a sin, pure sin." I want that quote for my family crest.
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11 days ago
The Philosophy of Data Science - Susan Halford: "Semantic web innovations are likely to have implications for us all"
Co-director of the Web Science Institute,  Susan Halford , responds to Mark Carrigan ‘s latest round of questions for our series on the philosophy of data…
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12 days ago
Dungeons Part Three: Running a Dungeon
So, now we’ve covered some basic theory about the design , and laid out the fact different groups want very different kinds of challenge from a dungeon delving…
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12 days ago
New Statesman | Why patriarchy fears the scissors: for women, short hair is a political statement
Natalie Portman with a shaved head. Photo: Getty The “manosphere” really hates short-haired girls. On “game” forums and in personal dating manifestos, the…
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12 days ago
Merry Christmas (Nymwars are over) | MetaFilter
This comment wins the MetaFilter thread on Google's real names policy change:
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13 days ago
Twitter / john_overholt: This comment wins the MetaFilter ...
This comment wins the MetaFilter thread on Google's real names policy change:
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13 days ago
Want to help the poor? Don't waste your time with the minimum wage - Macleans.ca
Barack Obama has proposed increasing the U.S. minimum wage, and the discussion is spilling over to Canada. There are two things one needs to know about the…
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13 days ago
Building Twenty — Overcast review
“While you probably know… Nursing Clock, he was also responsible for a Pocket clone and a variation of TypeEngine.” — 
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13 days ago
For women on the Internet, it doesn't get better
BY SAMANTHA ALLEN
In the West, we still tend to think that social progress is like river tubing, we just have to hop on board, pop open a brew, and float to…
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13 days ago
The Alexandrian » Numenera – Calibrating Your Expectations – Part 2: Comparing the Tiers
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Before we proceed, I want to talk a little about my assumptions here: By default, the process of advancing a tier means that you gain +4 stat…
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13 days ago
Rachel Aviv: A Middle-School Cheating Scandal Raises Questions About No Child Left Behind
Christopher Waller, the principal of Parks, was lauded in Atlanta, and became a minor celebrity of the school-reform movement. Illustration by Oliver…
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14 days ago
Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing
You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or…
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14 days ago
Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers
When he was an immigrant boy growing up in New Jersey, the writer Junot Díaz said he felt marginalized. But that feeling was dispelled somewhat in 1981 when he…
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14 days ago
Twitter / matthyde: Off to @montypython tomorrow ...
Off to tomorrow night. At 14 I asked if he had a fan club. Here's his response.
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14 days ago
The Alexandrian » Numenera – Calibrating Your Expectations
Numenera - Monte Cook Games Many moons ago I wrote D&D: Calibrating Your Expectations : The point of the article was to re-orient your expectations regarding…
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14 days ago
Twitter / Shawpsych: This sign is going in my lab. ...
This sign is going in my lab. But I'm afraid my labbies won't let me in.
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15 days ago
Python Data Analysis Library — pandas: Python Data Analysis Library
pandas oh pandas, you fill me with joy. so simple and quick. bon voyage, excel, enjoy exile island.
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15 days ago
The Taxidermist* | besidealife
Didn't make it past the longlist, so this one's on me! (They are all still on me).
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15 days ago
Pixar’s Ed Catmull Emerges As Central Figure In The Wage-Fixing Scandal
Ed Catmull. (Photo-illustration.) Pixar and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull has always had a reputation as a decent person, but newly revealed court…
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15 days ago
Entry point: Data
- Using Python's sci-packages to prepare data for Machine Learning tasks and other data analyses Tweet In this short tutorial I want to provide a short overview…
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15 days ago
Modeling with Data
Microsimulation games, table top games 14 July 14. [] I wrote a game. It's called Bamboo Harvest , and you can see the rules at this link . You can play it with…
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15 days ago
Ingress Tips for iOS-folk
Wel­l, it looks like the client has dropped. Wel­come iDe­vicers to our pri­vate par­ty! OK, not so pri­vate, there are a mil­lion or so of us around the…
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15 days ago
Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
> Usually, players roll a 20-sided die (d20) to resolve everyting from attempts at diplomacy to hitting someone with a sword. Each thing a player tries to do has a difficulty and rolling greater than or equal to the difficulty (with various modifiers for ability and training and magic items) means the character was successful.
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> Advantage and Disadvantage
> As of 5th Edition (5e) rolls can be made with advantage or disadvantage. The rules are:
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> Advantage: roll two d20 and take the max
> Normal: roll one d20 and take the result
> Disadvantage: roll two d20 and take the min
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