I feel like we still haven't hit the peak of survival gaming yet.
Most survival games are centered around the individual experience of a dude, usually a white guy, arming himself to the teeth and progress is measured by how easily they can kill.
I'd like a game that has a more holistic and community context. Yes, defending yourself is important, but so is housing, a power grid, water, schools, manufacturing etc. You know, community building.
I don't know of a game that goes that far with it.
@dragfyre Aren't they still legally proscribed in Egypt itself, where the summit's taking place?
(Which just makes it even more amazing, really.)
@dragfyre Well, one more now!
@trishalynn That and those "smart replies."
As far as "why would I ever want this?" features go, an algorithms designed specifically to remove my personal voice from my personal communication are *amazingly* why-would-I-ever-want-this.
@dragfyre That would be the "and a half."
So a couple of newsbots from one site or another showed up in my federated feed doing the same thing their cousins on Twitter do: post about each article they link 2-4 times in rapid succession.
Just what's going on there anyway? It's consistent across both platforms and only seems to happen with that kind of account. Are they all mangled the same way? Is it reposting for fixed typos (but 3-4 times in the same minute?)? Is it some ultra-dumb Do This To Get Moar Clickz(tm) strategy?
@simon_bitdiddle I wonder what Flagbot Prime will do once it finishes flagging one hundred percent of the site's content. Shut itself down? Break out into the wider interwebz and start flagging traffic lights and other infrastructure?
@dragfyre I still need to properly trawl the other instances for interesting stuff. The lists function will probably help there, since it lets me pick between "the actual people I'm trying to follow" and "here's a firehose of everything two degrees separated from your account have fun!"
Yay for methods of curating one's socialmediainterwebz feeds!
Poking around the edges of getting started on astrophotography.
It's a fun combination of "this stuff is extremely neat, I think I have the basic ideas, and I want to get more deeply into it" and "the abilities (and equipment) of people who've been at this for any amount of time are frankly terrifying."
Trawling through 19th century censuses and other vital records gets fun at times, in an "argh, why does this person have five birthdates spanning twelve years" kind of way.
Also, I kinda love the combination of flawlessly elegant penmanship and a grip on spelling and arithmetic that can best be described as "teflon."
(Seriously, dude - spelling a town name three different ways on the same marriage license? That probably took you more effort than getting it consistently would have...)
Cloudflare is willing to pay $$$ for people to dig up prior art to smack down a patent troll.
So if you want to pick up a few bucks, there's a semi decent way to do it.
As another example, consider email addresses. Bob at site.abc and bob at othersite.xyz might have the same *username* but are still (probably) recognizably different people.
It's not just the first part that's the identity; it's the entire username/instance address, and the combination does remain globally unique.
@trishalynn Oh, not *my* project - I KS'd a tabletop RPG book a couple years ago and it's finally feature-complete, so they showed the backers a digital version as a preview.
Of course this meant that the poor server the thing was distributed through basically got nuked from orbit..
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