You Can't Fix What's Broken For Them

You Can't Fix What's Broken For Them

While the general point of the article is on a different topic, this paragraph by Scott Adams is worthy of some discussion all by itself: When I was younger and dumber I thought I could transform unhappy people into happy people by giving them whatever they wanted, or fixing whatever they thought was broken. This approach worked approximately zero times. Once a dopamine addict’s alleged problem is fixed, the addict still needs the next high. So they magnify small problems into big ones just to feel something. Or they create a problem where there was none. There are indeed…

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Infogalactic, Gab, and Helping Out

Infogalactic, Gab, and Helping Out

A theme that Vox Day has been hammering lately as Apple plays stupid games with accepting an iOS Gab app, as Wikipedia, publishing, the SF world, and so forth becomes progressively more converged, is that of helping out. Every little bit helps. Even if you cannot provide assistance to a good project, you can help suffocate the beast by starving it of oxygen and resources. If all you can do is to minimize your facebook usage, do so. If you can start using Gab at gab.ai instead of Twitter, in whole or in part – do so. Cite Infogalactic at…

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What is Not Permitted is Forbidden - RPG's and Detailed Skills Systems

What is Not Permitted is Forbidden - RPG's and Detailed Skills Systems

Over at the Black Gate, a Game Master discusses why he ran an old-school style game for his friends instead of Pathfinder, a system he’s also very familiar with. I used this when explaining S&W to one of my new players. Now, in Baldur’s Gate, he would click on the ‘Find Traps’ skill and if a trap was nearby, it would be outlined on screen in a red box if detected. And he is aware that in a modern game (like Pathfinder), you would roll a 20-sided dice against your Find Trap skill. But I explained…

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When All Solutions are Bad...

When All Solutions are Bad...

Peter Grant, science fiction author, former soldier, now preacher, discusses possible solutions to ongoing black poverty and alienation in response to Fred Reeds article on Milwaukee. Go read them both. Peter offers several things we can try to do, but the biggest and most immediate one is this: I can offer one response to Fred’s “What now?” It’s based on cold, hard reality, learned in Africa over many years of traveling that continent and seeing what works and what doesn’t. It’s not politically correct, it’s not merciful, and it’s not very helpful . . . but it’…

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