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Like being able to mow down dozens of zombies in seconds is cool and all, but that's not going to help me build a sustainable farm.

Instead of having missions to get more guns, imagine how cool it would be to have to go on missions to recruit specialists to address specific needs in your growing community.

Don't have proper plumbing? Go find a civil engineer. Having trouble building sustainable housing. Trade grain with another community to have their architect​ teach you.

That would be LIT.

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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.

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Me: "I want an official Mastodon instance with 128 GB of memory and 10 TB of hard disk."

Santa: "You'll toot your eye out, kid."

@dragfyre Aren't they still legally proscribed in Egypt itself, where the summit's taking place?

(Which just makes it even more amazing, really.)

@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.

... Did just catch Neptune though, or at least a faint blue dot where that particular faint blue dot should be, so that's fun.

Just two and a half more planets and I've collected the set!

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I am futilely shaking the angryfist at you, Mr. Comet Currently Parked Behind The One Streetlight In This Neighborhood As Clouds Threaten To Roll In Later.

I'm on to your little game.

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."

*logs in for the first time in awhile*

*vanishes under ginormulous firehose of federated timeline*

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...)

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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.

"Here's a small stack of materials you'll want to spend a few days researching/studying up on when you get back home. But just to make that more fun, we've arranged with Murphy to have your ISP blow a fuse or two to knock your home computer offline for a week or so. Have fun! :D :D :D"


@mikeschinkel @woollymammoth

As another example, consider email addresses. Bob at and bob at 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.

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It's like "hey here's $120M in VC funding to build a smart juicer"

"thank god, my oranges can now DDoS the whole east coast"

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@shadur @trishalynn Thoroughly! The creator's the guy behind my favorite webcomic and Deserved My Money(tm) on principle anyway. I'm quite looking forward to the physical package showing up this summer.

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