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Reading with Aphantasia. on 5/2/2022 4:01:08 AM

I can visualize what things look like, but it's not like I have a video playing behind my eyelids; it's moreso I lose focus and sort of daydream. You can do this with your eyes either open or closed; sometimes, I even find it easier to do with my eyes open. It's also very much not like seeing something with your actual eyes but feels like a chemical process in the brain that conjures an image that takes effort to maintain, which is of course exactly what it is. I'm sure this is normal. I also agree with enterpride that when I'm reading a story normally, I don't actually try to visualize the scenes explicitly (unless the story happens to be erotica). The words evoke feelings without going through the effort of conjuring a definite image.


Bribery Opportunity & Beta-reader Request on 4/22/2022 3:20:04 AM

 If the link to convert mana is dimmed out, it's probably because you're currently using a duration-based spell.  If you click around inside "stats" enough times, it should run out on its own.

I haven't played the game, but wouldn't this discourage checking the stats page while you have a duration-based spell active? Perhaps links inside the stats page shouldn't count towards the spell duration.


A Jolly Little Song on 4/22/2022 3:11:46 AM

For what it's worth, I like the e'ers as well. Sounds less formal and more folksy.


Red Storm Rising! on 3/14/2022 2:53:04 AM

Or to distract Ukrainian civilians from leaving.


Red Storm Rising! on 3/5/2022 3:21:50 AM

Serbs and Ukrainians are both Slavic peoples, so personally I don't see why I should care about the latter getting bombed anymore than the former.


Red Storm Rising! on 3/4/2022 12:29:56 AM

Actually, the last time that happened was during the Yugoslav Wars, which arguably has some similarities to the current conflict. NATO claims that it bombed Serbia because it was committing genocide against ethnic minorities. Russia also claims that Ukraine is committing genocide against Russians in Donbass.


Putin is fucked on 3/3/2022 4:15:16 AM

I'll take you up on that wager only on the condition that no other country directly intervenes, and "get Ukraine" means removing the current administration from office (including if Zelensky goes into exile) or pushing them out of the major cities (we can use the top 5 cities for this wager). I'm also not confident about Russia's long-term prospects for holding the territory, so if either of these conditions are achieved even temporarily, I would win the wager. Do you agree to those conditions?


Red Storm Rising! on 3/3/2022 4:00:10 AM

I am most certainly not Dutch. I'm American. I do appreciate this little bastion of free speech. As for cluster bombs, the US dropped 13,000 of those in Iraq including in residential areas, but no one made a fuss about it back then, and it continues to export them to foreign countries even to this day.


Red Storm Rising! on 2/26/2022 1:26:15 AM

I'm going to give the unpopular opinion that Russia is fully justified in invading Ukraine. Western Ukrainians overthrew the democratically elected pro-Russian government in the Euromaidan coup, replacing it with a pro-NATO government that posed a massive security threat to Russia. When Cubans overthrew their government in a Communist revolution, the US had no qualms about invading a sovereign nation in the Bay of Pigs incident, though obviously that ended in disaster. If Mexico were to suddenly join the CSTO tomorrow for whatever reason, I have no doubt that American tanks would be rolling towards Mexico City.

No, I will not defend my opinion since I have enough experience to know that arguing about something like this would be a massive waste of time. I'm just putting out a countervailing argument so that people can see there is one.


Popular Video Games Are Boring on 2/26/2022 1:00:15 AM

Saving this for whenever I get bored with my current games, thanks!

In the vein of games where you play as an employee of a dystopian state and earn a living by spying on folks, I can also recommend the Orwell series, where you browse through the social media and private communications of terrorists and freedom fighters. Unlike most games in this genre, government surveillance isn't portrayed as a pure evil but instead as a moral gray area needing careful balance.