Northwind, The Contributor

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Northwind is professor for various disciplines at various universities in various countries. He is the author of a number of books (although nothing that you would have read) and quite a lot of technical papers. You might have seen reporting about his work in National Geographic, Time and The Wall Street Journal.

He prides himself on a number of technical skills that are almost entirely useless outside his own imagination. These include extinct martial arts, programming languages (both ephemeral and antiquated), quaint webdesign, obscure algebra and the ability to make sense of almost everything

He spends his time on mysterious online sites run by a bunch of weird enthusiasts.


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The Covid Assignment

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It is the end of January 2020. You are a network scientist who is asked to advise on possible responses to Covid-19, a new infectious disease that is just emerging. At this early stage much is till uncertain, but know what needs to be done. Can you get your numbers straight and will others listen to your advice at all?  

I have refrained from political commentary as much as possible and steered around some partisan issues. As a result all characters are purely fictional, and the game needed to be fairly linear. Nevertheless there are important choices and three different endings. 

Play this as a quiz about maths, epidemiology and communication skills. 

Recent Posts

The Fallen on 9/9/2020 10:21:56 AM
Thanks to you. Your story is cool. Write more!

The Fallen on 9/9/2020 9:00:59 AM
That was entertaining. Really enjoyed it. In some places you ignore grammar for dramatic effect. You almost get away with it ... almost. On the "The figure wore ..." the narrator shifts from following the fallen to following Nils, which broke the immersion for me quite a bit. Particularly since it starts already in the preceding paragraph, where we are still watching from the fallen's perspective such that it almost seems he is surprised seeing himself standing in the street. If this is becoming a longer peace you will have to find a way to avoid repeating "the Fallen" over-and-over.

Did I miss an article somewhere? on 8/28/2020 2:58:18 PM
Thanks, I would like to share the script, but sadly I can't even edit the page now without unpublishing first. But I think Killa has answered your question.

Time for a differentiated opinon on 8/23/2020 3:29:26 AM

Israel is a nice place full of friendly people (Both Israelis and Palestinians) and great food. At the same time the government of Israel has implemented some policies that are unconscionable from a western perspective. Should the imperialist settling policies be stopped, absolutely, and there is a democratic process for that. Should Israel be destroyed, absolutely not. The territory occupied by Israel is almost devoid of natural resources and water. Yet the Israelis have built a modern functioning state there. That counts for something. Also the people who live in Israel today were born there, grew up there. It is their home. That counts for even more.

The Palestinians did get screwed over royally of course. By the British. And that's the door they should be knocking on. (Get in line behind the Iranians, etc.)

If you actually visit a country you will find that every country and every religion consists mostly of nice people. Of course there are assholes. You find them everywhere in approximately the same density. One thing the assholes have in common is that they think that they can somehow improve their own situation by creating strive. It mostly works. In Israel the one thing that keeps the right-wing hawks in power is people who call for Israel to be destroyed. This creates the very fear in the population that is used to legitimize repressive policies. Across the border (say in Lebanon) what keeps the crazies in power is the fear of Israeli attacks. So the assholes play their little game of terror on the border and the nice people on both sides suffer.

Tl:Dr; Divisive language is the part of the problem. If you use it, you play into the hands of exactly the people you want to attack.

Did I miss an article somewhere? on 8/22/2020 5:07:26 AM

Here is how I would do this:

Basic Idea

Every link has a unique number and once this number has been assigned it is easy to follow the link programatically. So we need to link the page you want to go to from somewhere. Figure out the number of the link. Disable the link so it is not visible and place the hyperlink that you want in your story.

Detailed instructions

  1. Open the editor and go to the page on which you want your hyperlink.
  2. Add a link to the target page using the 'Add Link' button. Give it a recognizable link text, say 'ABCDEFG'
  3. Now play your game until you get to the page which has the link.
  4. Now inspect the page (Right-click, Inspect)
  5. You should now be seeing the source code. Search for the line in which your page title appears. It should read


    Instead of the 3 you will see the actual link number.

  6. Copy the whole line from the source.
  7. Back to the editor and the page where you want the link.
  8. You can now hide the added link using the link restrictions.
  9. Paste the the line you have copied into your page source and change the ABCDEFG for the link title that you want.
  10. In principle you are done now. If you want to use the link in a script some workaround for the double quotes in the copied line is needed. A quick hack is to just delete the quotation marks, i.e.

    • Hope that helps.

How do I get ideas for stories? on 8/21/2020 11:58:39 AM

Here is an example: Link

Hey Paisanos on 8/21/2020 2:36:12 AM
Cool. Looking forward to it.

How do I get ideas for stories? on 8/21/2020 1:21:49 AM
That's very good advice. Let me add that the point of writing short stories first is to get better faster. In particular, I recommend writing 500 word stories. They are very very short, but if well done can still be a lot of fun. It is easier to get feedback on them, because your readers won't have to read too much, but most importantly in such a short format every word has to be in the right place, no wasted ink. That is just the practice you need to make your big projects really shine.

How do I get ideas for stories? on 8/21/2020 1:13:43 AM
Happy Birthday :)

How do I get ideas for stories? on 8/21/2020 1:11:09 AM
By the way, see the mistake that I made? I mean the big mistake, not just the typos? Spotting such things early is exactly the point of planning, so that we can iron such things out now, rather than having to rewrite half a book later.