WRUP: How to perform simple tasks edition

Lesson 1: Chewing
First, insert the object to be chewed into your mouth. Make sure that it is small enough to fit inside of your mouth. Then, close your jaws around… wait, no, that’s a rock. That is a rock. Take that out of your mouth, it’s going to – and, yes, you’ve chipped your teeth. All right. Let’s step back.

Lesson 0: Identifying things
All right. That hard oblong gray object? That is a rock. It helps if you learn what various things are before interacting with them. Rocks aren’t food. You want food. Food is what you want to eat. You put food in your mouth and chew that, and…

Why are you picking up the rock again? We just talked about this!

Lesson -1: Remembering things
When something happens, you can remember it. It means that… it means… look, I can’t explain remembering things to you, all right?! This is a basic part of how the human brain functions! If I explain it to you but you don’t know how to do it you won’t remember it anyway!

Lesson 2: Leaving a comment in What Are You Playing
Oh, forget it. I’m in too bad a mood now.


Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​Pokemon Go’s Community Day has got my group excited, so that’ll probably turn into a most-of-the-day affair. I’m hoping to get in more Monster Hunter World too, but with an upcoming trip, relatives, and taxes looming over my head, it might not happen.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Probably the same for me: Guild Wars 2 and Ultima Online. The piece on Stardew Valley last week made me want to dig that back out too, which would be silly because I should wait for multiplayer, but maybe it’d drag me out of this winter funk.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog):Really, my problem is not finding things to do, but finding space to fit all of it in over the weekend. Between Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, and single-player stuff, my cup runneth over.

DK, patron: This week I bought a year’s worth of stimpacks for Heroes of the Storm, so I’ve been getting that game in my play more often than normal. Also banging my head against Star Citizen again which has me questioning my sanity. I’ve been mucking around with the Staxel server, but I’m not playing it much at the moment. We canceled our Divinity: Original Sin 2 static session so I could do a Discord video call with the gang as well, though we might make that up tonight. Otherwise, I’m lamenting that Star Trek Discovery is over, but the finale brought tears to my eyes; strongest first season of a Trek series since the original, in my opinion! Finally, Lian has us gearing up for RIFT’s Prime servers this week, which has us getting very nostalgic over the pros and cons of RIFT vanilla back in the day.

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butterpanda888

My computer is STILL in repair. The company lost the parts they ordered and had to reorder them. This is the second hiccup that we’ve run into into the repair process. As soon as I get my computer back I’ll be installing Rift, WoW, FFXIV, and maybe mortal online.

I could play some MH World but I have a D and D game at my friend’s house and I have a lot of work to do because I got my first real fulltime job which I start tomorrow. Paperwork and more will limit game time.

In all honesty I will probably just dip into some Oxenfree, which I LOVE, because I am a huge fan of Stranger Things and Gravity Falls, and this game gives me vibes of both.

I could watch Netflix during my free time, but I just finished Altered Carbon and don’t know what to watch next.

I will be watching Final Space tomorrow after work.

TL;DR gaming will be slim.

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mysecretid

Best for the new job. Hope your rig comes back from the shop soon!

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Jack Pipsam

Oh nice with the job! I hope it works out for you :)

And Oxenfree is an awesome game, I played it when it was free with Xbox and it’s one hell of a ride!

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zoward

Congrats on the new job.

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Armsbend

Twin Peaks of course.

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mysecretid

Besides my usual games of late (World of Warcraft and Star Trek Online on PC, and No Man’s Sky on PS4), I’ve been diving into the just-released Stellaris 2.0 on Steam, and it’s Apocalypse DLC.

So far, I’m really liking most of the changes in Stellaris. A lot of clear improvements to how the game plays, and many welcome bits of streamlining.

Best of all, the “doomstack” dilemma is gone!

For those who haven’t played, one of the big problems with Stellaris 1.X is that the AI tended to generate huge single fleets of starships by mid-to-late game (i.e. “doomstacks”), and so players would have to do likewise to have a hope of urviving, much less winning.

I’m told that even live players tended to adopt the “doomstack” approach when playing the old version of the game.

With everyone focusing on “building the biggest hammer as quickly as possible”, it could make the mid-to-late game pretty dull, because strategy and tactics (and variety in play) tended to fall away completely.

Well, the devs at Paradox heard the complaints, and “doomstacks” are no more in Stellaris 2.0 as far as I’ve seen.

Every individual fleet has a population cap, so players are now encouraged, by default, to build multiple fleets, and to use them strategically in the game. Huzzah!

If you haven’t played Stellaris in a while, I would advise starting a fresh game (old 1.x saves don’t work anyway), turning the in-game tutorial AI voice of your choice up to full guidance, and testing out the new things for yourself.

One of the biggest obvious changes right off the top is that all species in the game now start with hyperdrive Faster-Than-Light engines (i.e. space-lanes).

Other types of FTL travel do exist in the game (wormhole, warp drive, et cetera) by they must be researched and/or discovered before they can be used.

If anyone who’s actually read this far (thank you, by the way!) hasn’t actually played Stellaris yet, but is curious to try, it’s currently available at a sale price on Steam. The 2.0 changes are free to owners of the basic game.

And … that’s more than enough yabber from me!

Take care of yourselves, folks. You’re the only you I have, and I like to see you here. Also, Spring is coming, I promise :-)

Be well, all,

Cheers,

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Bruno Brito

Still on AoC, i really wanna get the top level on the Zath server to see what’s all about. I don’t plan on playing longer than that, but i’m enjoying for now, if a bit lost. I wanted to dive into Neocron, but the game has too few players. It’s good, but a bit grindy and i feel really lost in it, and can’t get much help, cuz the playerbase is REALLY small ( averages on the 15s ).

Anarchy Online is the game i’m for now, kinda interested in getting into, but the old commands and UI are offputting. I won’t give up on it tho.

And, the shitty drawing i did yesterday. I regret everything.

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rafael12104

Well, don’t artist go through phases? Picasso did. There was a Blue Period, a Rose Period, Cubism, etc. etc.

So, this is your Dark Phase. Hey, you are an artist so you can do that. ;)

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Bruno Brito

Isn’t much of a “phase” as it’s more of my goal. I’m a huge Guy Davis/Chris Bourassa/John Van Fleet fan, so i’m quite into their works.

My problem here is actually the tool. I’m a terrible digital artist, and i have too little experience with PS. Having no drawing table doesn’t help either, so i do everything by mouse.

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Cosmic Cleric

And, the shitty drawing i did yesterday. I regret everything.

It’s a great painting! Give it a brighter floor, and it’ll be perfect.

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Bruno Brito

There you go

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Cosmic Cleric

Looks great!

I now (virtually) own an original Bruno Brito!

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Bruno Brito

Just a heads-up, original is a bit of a stretch, this is Stukov, a Blizzard character.

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mysecretid

This is a cool piece, Bruno. Stylized is good. Regret nothing.

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Bruno Brito

The drawing isn’t bad. The painting is. It’s too dark, i’m not happy with the contrast. I have a loooot to learn with Digital Painting.

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mysecretid

No worries, the only way to learn is to do — and you’re doing. It’s all part of the process, my man. :-)

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Minimalistway

Not “shitty” at all, i like it, i think it is nice drawing.

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hamblepants

Resubbed to DAoC live. Having a blast so far.

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bobfish

Still struggling to get stuck back into the MMOs.

Yesterday I spent some more time on Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a couple of hours of the Vermintide 2 beta and gave the Ghost Recon Wildlands PvP a shot too.

Actually quite enjoyed the GRW PvP, would be nice if it was more than 4v4, but it’s pretty good. Not much out there that offers a similar experience.

I also continue to miss EVERY Camelot Unchained test that happens. Time zones suck.

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Minimalistway

Your intro reminded me of the idea of how much it takes to design a robot to make a sandwich, simple task for humans, complex for the machine, much easier to design a sandwich machine … now i’m hungry.

Playing WoW of course, almost level 90 with Lightforged Draenei paladin, hopefully i’ll finish Draenor before next WURP :-)

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Nate Woodard

I’m on the move this weekend for work. I’m in Orlando at a satellite site doing some network maintenance. I will say the weather is divine! 72 is pretty amazing. I called my mom and told her that I’ll be getting a tan and she nearly hung up on me! No gaming this weekend, but I’m definitely enjoying the weather!

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Utakata

This week; Lesson 3: It’s amazing how one little not-so-well-thought-out quip in the comment section, can entirely derail a thread to the point of bringing the Bree’hammer down on it hard and fast…even when I had no intention of derailing it in the first place. Life’s small lessons include putting meaning and context to what one is saying and/or presenting. Or they quickly finds themselves creating a monster that gets out of control real quick like. :(

Also this week: My friend finally got me my level Booster sorted out for my Frost Goblin Mage (WoW). And like the Frost Lyn Force Master (B&S) I presented in an earlier WRUP, they surprisingly hit hard. Even in meaty ole Argus. I never knew calling down a cold Spritzer could my wipe out an entire contingent of unintentionally agro’d mobs. o.O

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

Reading this week: Made in Abyss…about spelunking down an infinite sink hole that seems contains every zone in WoW. O.o

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_in_Abyss

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Cosmic Cleric

This week; Lesson 3: It’s amazing how one little not-so-well-thought-out quip in the comment section, can entirely derail a thread to the point of bringing the Bree’hammer down on it hard and fast…even when I had no intention of derailing it in the first place. Life’s small lessons include putting meaning and context to what one is saying and/or presenting. Or they quickly finds themselves creating a monster that gets out of control real quick like. :(

Which article?

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Utakata

Pre-teen Fortnite YouTuber gets swatted after achieving a high profile

…the thread in question has long been placed in the moderation round filing cabinet though. :(

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Armsbend

It wasn’t that big a deal really.

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Utakata

When I came back and saw multiple replies and counter replies…I then said to myself, “Oh dear…what I have I done?” And it goes without say, it was a big enough deal that the thread got nuked subsequently. I feel bad about it, because in the end, that was not the intention of the quip in the first place. But no one could tell from the context of what I was trying to convey. :(

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zoward

I wouldn’t feel bad. You have no control over what others post below your comment. I would imagine Bree’s seen enough of your comments to know you’re one of the Good Ones ™.

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Utakata

Well…thanks for that vote of confidence! I’ll try not let the pigtails swell too much over that too too much though. :)

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: …swell too much over that…proper.

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Jack Pipsam

My motherboard is as dead as a dodo, so no real gaming for me. Once again only MMO I could play was the Australian Vanilla WoW server on the family computer which puts all other ping to shame.
But I then started having the problem of hitting that famous questing grind people seem to love, which is leaving me somewhat confused of how this is meant to be good.

Anyway, I am getting pretty much a whole new system built by the local PC shop, going up too 32 gig of RAM ect which would be good for video editing work, hopefully by the end of the week i’ll have it.

Currently I am just using my dad’s computer too edit together a little submission video for hopes of getting a job interview. Got till this afternoon to submit it, but almost done. The upload time might kill me lol.

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mysecretid

Good luck with both the computer and the job, Jack. Being computer-less can be a tough thing. I’ve been there too

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Jack Pipsam

It’s been a humbling experience for sure, the only side-effect is that I am going too sleep and waking up at normal people times.

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Pandalulz

Spent all day long doing yard work since it’s like 80 degrees in Atlanta right now, out of nowhere. The grass hasn’t come out of hibernation yet, but the lawn is completely covered in weeds. And I still needed to clean up the fallen branches from the snow a month or whatever ago.

I’m kind of hate playing WoW right now. I decided that once and for all, I’m getting a character up to max level and playing the new stuff. Combat feels so much better to level now. I finally got past the old world, so my choices were TBC and WotLK. I’ve never finished the last of the Lorekeeper stuff in Outland because I never went back through it once the achievements were in. So there we go. Oh it hurts though.

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Armsbend

Winter weeds – worse than summer weeds since most weed killers don’t work at lower temperatures.

Goddamned white clover.
Fucking poa annuals.
Son of a bitch dandelions.
garbage fire henbit.
Bittercress. Oh I hate yo so very much.
Chickweed. Jesus under heaven I want to light you all on fire.
Plaintain. No words. I HAVE NO WORDS FOR YOU!

Spread pre-emergents now with the early germination this year.

The king of all Georgia weeds – Crabgrass is coming for us!

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mysecretid

The last line made me think of the classic science-fiction novel Day Of The Triffids. Probably not a novel a gardener like you would find relaxing! :-)

There’s an old (1980s?) BBC adaption of the novel out there somewhere, but if I recall correctly, it suffers from the same issues as the Doctor Who shows from that era — decent writing and acting, but the special effects look very dated by modern standards.

Good luck with the garden!

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Armsbend

I was out weeding today – yes I know it’s raining here but I am obsessive. Not only but we sold our house and even though the closing isn’t for another month – I’m out in the rain weeding what really is someone else’s lawn :) As much as I do not like weeds I do love observing them – specifically how each has evolved to do it’s thing better than the other plant compete for finite resources.

The Bittercress has hardly any root system – a strong wind could blow it over – but the fact the thing can grow and flower in what seems like hours allows it to spread almost unchecked.

Clover doesn’t have the ability to spread nearly as rapidly but it’s root are almost impossible to root out completely. You are practically forced to use chemicals to get rid of the stuff.

Dandelions. If one molecule of the plant is left in the soil – it just grows back. And once it seeds..ugh. What was so whimsical as a child isn’t funny when you are trying to control the stuff. One wind or kid’s blow and it’s over!

All of it is constantly evolving and competing with each other – some of it has evolved to get past our chemicals in just a few short decades. Neat stuff.

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mysecretid

You may be a gardener, but you sound like a botanist. Perhaps botany is in your future, sir?

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Cosmic Cleric

The last line made me think of the classic science-fiction novel Day Of The Triffids.

I loved watching that movie as a kid! I didn’t realize there was also novel. Have you seen/read both, do they differ much?

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mysecretid

I remember reading the novel, but this was back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. :-)

I remember the novel being a fairly straightforward “serious” science fiction novel, but that may have just been my perspective on it. I was pretty young at the time, so anything aimed at adults probably seemed “serious” to me then. :-)

The book is by British author John Wyndham, and it first appeared in 1951 — long before both our times, I expect. I understand that there was a radio version produced as recently as 2008, but I know nothing of that version.

Cheers,

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mysecretid

If I remember correctly, I did see part of this film, but it was around the same time I saw the BBC adaptation, which I preferred at the time, because the latter was newer. So shallow, I know. :-)