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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Texas power grid failure...
« on: February 22, 2021, 02:29:43 AM »
So what do you all think?  Do you think the Free Market, Deregulation failed?  Do you think it was just people failing?  Do you think they just decided "Nah... we're a desert.  We don't need to winterize..."

I honestly think it was all of them.
A good podcast on it.

Long story short:
Everything froze: Wind turbines, solar panels, gas lines, everything.  This has happened before but due to the cost associated with winterizing these power generation devices, they did not do them and they were not made mandatory. 
Not only did things freeze, but the demand was enormous.  Heaters take a lot of power, especially when they run.  (We here in Norway know this very well)  So the demand jumped while supply dropped.  And that basically killed the power grid.

Interesting thing to note:
The ability to change the price based on demand was supposed to be an incentive to winterize.  Spend the money so your power works when people are going to use alot of it.  But apparently it wasn't incentive enough.  But that's ok, the few who had power will be charged thousands of dollars at $3/Kwh.  I'm sure that'll make up for it... right?

Also note: Nothing that was or wasn't done is illegal in Texas.  They are not required to provide power.  They could, quite literally, never turn the power on again and it would be 100% legal.  So think about that.

Arts & Entertainment / Carbon 2180 game invite
« on: December 09, 2020, 12:45:07 AM »
So me and a few people had an RP group for DnD5e.  But due to real life issues, the DM left as did a few players.  So we started up a cyber punk game: Carbon 2180.

Right now we have a DM and 2 players but we're looking for a third or more.

The game is on discord voice and for rolls and what-not.  We have player's guide in pdf if ya need it.

The game starts saturday around 8pm or 9pm GMT.  We have 't fully finalized a time so bit flexible.  Anyone interested, let me know.

The Lounge / Werewolf Classic - Intersite edition - Signup
« on: February 24, 2019, 02:14:48 AM »
Here it is.  Be part of the next stage in cooperative play.

Guarenteed no Wise spamming.  Sign up today!  Game starts in less than 3 days.

The Lounge / Night of the Krampus - Players Only
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:25:12 PM »
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Flat Earth Orphange
Three creatures were stirring, and they weren’t mice.
The circle was drawn on the floor with care,
In the hopes that the Krampus would soon be there.

With most of the children nestled in their beds,
A book of the damned was quickly being read.
Daniel in his pjs, and Wilmore in his shirt,
Never suspected this nap was gonna hurt.

A clang of the locks woke Daniel from his slumber
He went to the door, speaking only in a mutter.
His head began to fathom that something was wrong,
When he tried the door and it proved too strong.

He saw Wilmore, asleep in bed,
And decided to wake him, purely out of dread.
But suddenly a shadow was cast on that form,
A devil with red eyes and great big horns.

With a swing of his hand, so lively and quick,
Wilmore’s neck was no longer so thick.
More rapidly than water, the blood began to pour,
Wilmore gurgled and sputtered as his lungs got sore.

“Now Krampus we pray, to take them away
We give you their blood, as they must pay.”
The children chanted, their ritual nearly done,
They both though, “Now for the real fun”.

As Daniel heard, the death of his friend,
He knew that he too, was at an end.
He looked the creature, who glowed in the light,
And cowered in fear at the unusual sight.

Covered in fur, from his head to his foot,
His body was tarnished with blood and soot.
An empty sack hung on his shoulder
And he looked like the devil, except maybe a little bit older.

His eyes-how they burned!  His fangs how scary!
His claws like knives, his smile so merry!
His hand was ready, drawn like a knife,
And the beard on his chin was not very nice.

The blood on its hand was soon in Daniels Chest
As Daniel looked down, he felt he needed a rest.
Daniel fell for his wound was too great,
He closed his eyes and accepted his fate.

The children entered and boy did they scream.
It echoed in his ear as the krampus did beam.
"Your parents are gone" the Krampus did say
"So tonight", he grinned, "I'm here to slay."

The krampus left, passing through the front door
And the children stood silent, having to pee no more.
They cried and cried until someone spoke up
It was Saddam, carrying his big toy truck.

He spoke of a book, he found in the den
That detailed their problem and how to make it end.
“Kill the summoners”, he quickly said,
And with that the children had a little less dread.

Colonel Gaydafi
Roundy the Truthinessist
Saddam Hussein
DDDDAts all folks
Benjamin Franklin

There are 3 summoners. Game ends with 2:1 ratio (orphans:summoners).

And no, I will not be rhyming the rest of the kills.
It is now day.  Voting will take place until around 6-7PM EST December 1.

The Lounge / Night of the Krampus - Signup
« on: November 23, 2013, 02:11:14 PM »
I think it's time for another holiday themed werewolf game.  I'm hoping to start it Sunday December 1 so I figure I'd start signups now.

Basic plot:
You're all orphans and it's Christmas Eve.  X of you (wolves) have summoned the Krampus to punish the wicked (and you're all wicked for one reason or another). 
The doors and windows are magically sealed.  Each death of a summoner (wolf) removes one seal.

Each "day" is about 60 minutes.  Each "night" is 1-2 minutes.  Basically at the stroke of each hour, the Krampus comes and takes/kills a child.  In the time between, the children vote and kill one of their own.

Psychic is the "taddle tale" who can somehow determine if someone is a summoner or not when the Krampus takes/kills a child.

What I like best about this setup is that I can write everyone in the same room and not have to worry about giving hints on who is or isn't a wolf.

Anyone interested sign up here.  Signups will close November 30.

Colonel Gaydafi
Roundy the Truthinessist
Saddam Hussein
DDDDAts all folks
Benjamin Franklin

Arts & Entertainment / Doctor Who - 50th Anniversery
« on: October 25, 2013, 04:58:37 PM »
I just ordered tickets to see it in the theaters.  In 3D.

Sadly, I missed the very small window to buy tickets for the 23rd but such is life.

Anyone else excited?  Planning to watch it?  Don't care? 

The Lounge / Columbus Day - Honoring evil
« on: October 14, 2013, 06:56:05 AM »

Why is it we're so quick to honor or glorify human rights violations then, 4 months later, honor them?  Is America really so hypocritical? Or are we just schizophrenic?

Technology, Science & Alt Science / unrealistic system requirements?
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:29:40 PM »
My district uses a web based Student Information Management system.  Its essentially a giant database with everything from a students attendance and grades to transcripts, medical issues, and locker assignments.

I was recently given the updated user guide for the web interface.  Note that it goes through your browser (mostly IE) and no client software is installed.

The recommended system requirements for using the service: 4GB RAM, a dual core processor, and windows 7.  Doing grade books (teachers all have these) it is "strongly recommended to use the recommended settings".

Does this seem high to you guys?  For a browser based interface which only runs scripts?

Arts & Entertainment / Toshiba and Intel go old school
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:31:39 AM »
Back in the days when television was new, companies created TV shows for the sole purpose of product placement. 

Intel and Toshiba has decided to give their hand a go.

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">The Power Inside - Episode 1

The product placement is blunt but isn't put front and center nor do I ever hear the words intel or toshiba.  And the story is predictable and full of cliche's but arguably, I found it enjoyable. 

Philosophy, Religion & Society / The Truth is mightier than the Facts!
« on: September 01, 2013, 06:25:27 PM »
"So I'm going to tell you what the facts are, and the facts are the facts, but then we know the truth. That always overcomes facts," she has said.

I saw this and just had to post it.  It's right up there with the family who trusted God and went on a sailboat to Indonesia because they were "following God's will".  Nevermind none of them knew how to sail, got lost, almost starved to death, had their ship damaged by storms and a freighter, then were saved from death by a freighter heading for Chile.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Hell has Frozen Over
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:57:52 AM »

Yes, THE POPE of THE CATHOLIC CHURCH has said that being Gay is ok so long as you're a god loving, good person.

Thork must be happy to be a Protestant.

Arts & Entertainment / Firefly sells out...
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:45:55 PM »

I am deeply saddened.  :'(

This isn't a social Online RPG, this is a god damned phone game.  It's an insult to the Firefly universe.  It doesn't even allow you to join up as a crewman.  Everyone is a captain and you trade NPC crews like baseball cards.  It makes me sick.

The Lounge / Werewolf XI - Is it time?
« on: July 17, 2013, 03:20:20 PM »
Is it time my friends for another Werewolf?
In April I proclaimed that I would start another game in July. 

The time has come.  Or has it?
Thoughts?  Interests?  People who wish to run the game instead of me?

Saddam Hussein

Arts & Entertainment / On the notion of tombs and euro x-boxes
« on: July 13, 2013, 06:39:12 AM »
So,I've been reading up on playing US games on my wife's euro xbox 360.  Despite the obvious pal to ntsc difference, HDMI output works.  I then began to research the region codes.  Turns out that many xbox 360 games are not region locked.  Though many don't work on the Japanese XBox.

To test this, I rented the latest Tomb Raider from redbox.  Then proceeded to play it for 10 hours straight. Aside from some minor glitches on the first few seconds of logos, its been flawless.  An ntsc only TV running a  pal Xbox360 which is running an ntsc game.  Am I just slow in finding this out or is it just sometthing I lucked out on?

As for the game itself, it reminds me of Arkham Asylum and Farcry 3.  I would even go so far as to say it ripped off the gameplay elements from batman and the story from Farcry.  But I care not for I am enjoying it.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / DOMA ruled unconstitutional
« on: June 27, 2013, 04:49:27 AM »
For all who don't know, the Defense of Marriage Act has been repealed. All married couples are now equal in the eyes of federal law.

Suggestions & Concerns / I can see Moderation!
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:02:59 PM »
Sort of.
I am apparently able to see moderation but I'm not part of any group yet I'm moderator of the tech group.


Someone clicked the wrong check box.

Apparently the conspiracy got to Microsoft.

...the mandatory internet connection and the Kinect sensor having to be connected for the console to function.

So basically, Microsoft can watch you (in HD) at any time, at all times.  And if the console is off?
It features a “wake on voice” function using the microphone

So, unless you physically unplug it, it'll still be on. 

Anyone else slightly fearful of this?

I see all this hatred and anger towards the "other side" and it makes me wonder if that's just the product of how we live or if it's because half the country is too different from the other half to coexist peacefully in the same country?


Technology, Science & Alt Science / Mobile Browsers
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:17:25 AM »
For a while now I've been using Opera because it has everything where I like it interface wise. But they just updated and now it's.... Different. The bookmarks now require you to go into the speed tab, open the bookmark folder, and scroll down a group of icons to find the item you want.

So I figure its time for a change. And what better way to change than to ask FES what mobile browser they prefer.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Router keeps crashing
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:50:09 PM »
So I'm at my wife's parents house and the major problem they have is the router keeps crashing. It's a Jensin Scandinavia airlink 59300.

I've determined this:
The router is the problem.
You can ping the router but not anything else on the network.
The web interface fails to load.
DHCP stops working.
All lights are normal.
The router connects to another special router/modem which is connected to the fiber to Ethernet converter box.

The router crashes more often when more computers are in use. So if my sister-in-law is there using the net, it'll crash every two day while without her, maybe every week.

I'm guessing that something is overloading the router's memory but that's only a guess.
We''ve also tried it with a linksys and the same issues occur.

The Lounge / Thork's new Avatar
« on: May 01, 2013, 04:00:11 PM »
is ugly.
I liked the dick van dike one better. :(

The Lounge / Werewolf X - Players Only
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:09:15 PM »
Standard rules apply. 
Voting to lynch will be majority based on total people voting. (not
voting means you don’t care who gets lynched)  In the event of a tie,
all die.
Final ratio to win/lose: 2-1  (1 wolf for every 2 villagers)
Rounds start and end 4:30pm EST. 

Jroa - Killed by wolf 2
Colonel Gaydafi
Pongo - Burned by mob
Rushy - Lynched (Wolf 1)
Benjamin Franklin
General Disarray - Killed without story or song.
robertotrevor - Killed by Wolf 2
Mr. Pseudonym-Killed By Saddam (wolf 2)

The chill of winter is in the air, high in the Ural mountain range. The casual visitor and traveling merchant may have disagreed, saying that the mountains were always that cold, but to the people of Flatville, the winter air was dryer and nipped at their very bones. The iron the flatvillers mined would stop flowing today as would the merchants who came to trade the iron for goods.  Once the snow came, the roads would be impassable and the risk of avalanche would make mining unsafe.  But the villagers had done this a hundred times and did not fear the long isolation that winter brought.  Until tonight. A wolf’s howl was heard in the distance.  The children had to ask their parents what it was for wolves almost never came up that far.  They instead silenced their child and rushed them inside.  The snow began to fall and the last merchant to stay in Flatville, sceptimic, was nowhere to be found.  The old inn keeper, Ben Franklin, thought of him briefly as he watched the snowflakes fall.  The wolf howled again.  This time, closer.

The moon was full and lit up the layer of snow that had already fallen, making the whole village glow almost as brightly as a cloudy day. That’s when everyone  as awoken by a scream.  A scream so loud and piercing that it echoed through the mountains and caused stirring in the snow itself.  The whole town rushed outside into the cold, carrying lanterns and torches to see what was the matter.  As they ran out into the night, following the scream of a little girl, they found what could only be described as a wolf in man form: A werewolf.  It’s large body and massive teeth growled at a little girl, the daughter of Gaydafi. She was pressed against a cliff and screaming as the wolf was nearly upon her.  The towns people looked in shock and horror.  All except Gaydafi, who leapt into action and ran as fast as she could, waving her torch and crying for the wolf to leave her alone.  The wolf turned to look at the frantic mother and growled.  It’s eyes were savage and red,
hungry for blood.  Gaydafi swung her torch at the beast and it tried to bite back.  Pongo ran forward, around the beast, and grabbed the little girl and ran back toward the village.  The beast took its eyes off Gaydafi for a moment to follow it’s small prey and that was the opening she needed.  She stuck the burning torch into the wolf’s eye and seared it shut.  The wolf cried and screamed, backing away in pain while clawing at it’s now burned eye.  As it backed itself into the same cliff that the little girl did, the towns people heard a rumbling they knew all too well.  Everyone backed away as an ocean of snow and rock poured down from the mountain, burying the wolf. Everyone went home and locked their doors, hoping that it dies under the snow.

When day came, the bravest of the people: Roundy, Ben, and Pongo, took pick axes and shovels and dug the wolf out, hoping to learn what it was. But what they found was nothing like what they saw last night.  Under the deep snow was a man whom Ben recognized immediately as the merchant who never left last night.
“My God,” He said “It’s Daniel.”
“What happened to the wolf?” Pongo asked.
“It must have changed back” Saddam replied.  Saddam was an old hunter and heard all the stories.  “This here is a werewolf.”
Saddam looked around and noticed two sets of tracks leading back to the town. 
“And by the looks of it” he continued “He wasn’t alone.”

It is Day.  2 wolves remain.  12 villagers (total 14 players)

Yes my friends, it's time once again for FES Werewolf.

Unless someone wishes to run a game, I shall do so in a classic werewolf setting.  Just wolves, some villagers, and a psychic. 

Signup now to kill your friends in cold blood.

Current signup(13):
Colonel Gaydafi
Benjamin Franklin
General Disarray
Mr. Pseudonym

The Lounge / Extremely annoying quests
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:33:03 PM »
So I run a D&D RPG 3.5 game and have done so for the last 6 months or so.
We just finished a campaign and will be starting another one very soon.  I want to put in several very annoying side quests just for fun. 

So I reach out to you, FES, for ideas.

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