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Modifier Precision - 3DTotal Games3DTotal Games
In games it’s not unusual to have to compare two values and to modify these based on bonuses or penalties that players have accrued throughout their actions.
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Donald Trump's father is the root of his rage | Salon.com
This is a brief excerpt from my book "Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention." This excerpt is the crux of the book: Trump hates himself; he hates himself because his father treated him as a vector on the grid of capitalism.
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David Shields deconstructs the mind of President Donald Trump in latest book | UW News
David Shields calls his latest book, which aims to deconstruct the mind of the current president of the United States, “a manual for beating bullies.” Shields is a professor in the University of Washington Department of English and New York Times best-selling author.
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NOBODY HATES TRUMP MORE THAN TRUMP by David Shields | Kirkus Reviews
By the end of this impassioned book, readers may question whether it has proven the thesis of its title, but there’s no question that the author meets fire with fire, leaving scorched earth on both sides of the critical divide.
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One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: An Excerpt from Nobody Hates Trump More than Trump: An Intervention - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
From now until at least the midterm elections in November, we’ll be featuring essays from powerful cultural voices alongside one simple thing, chosen by the author, that you can do to take action against the paralyzing apoplexy of the daily news.
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There Are Two Kinds of People: "Sorry" People and "Thank You" People
My relationship with the words “I’m sorry” changed drastically last year in a crowded New York restaurant. It was one of those places with dark walls and $15 cocktails, and six of us were squeezed into a table in the back.
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Many Voters Think Trump’s a Self-Made Man. What Happens When You Tell Them Otherwise? - POLITICO Magazine
You probably think you know who Donald Trump is. Most Americans do. For decades, he’s been in the public eye—first as a flamboyant real estate developer, then a reality TV star, then a political performer—and has been branding himself upon the public imagination throughout that entire time.
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What Is Existential Therapy? - The Atlantic
If you ever find yourself sinking into the plush blue couch of Dr. Jane Prelinger, you should know that she doesn’t want you to call her Dr. Prelinger.
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Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)? (Ep. 355) - Freakonomics Freakonomics
Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.
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Think Like a Winner (Ep. 363) - Freakonomics Freakonomics
Great athletes aren’t just great at the physical stuff. They’ve also learned how to handle pressure, overcome fear, and stay focused. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to be an athlete to use what they know. (Ep. 4 of “The Hidden Side of Sports” series.)
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How to Win Games and Beat People (Ep. 247 Rebroadcast) - Freakonomics Freakonomics
Games are as old as civilization itself, and some people think they have huge social value regardless of whether you win or lose. Tom Whipple is not one of those people. That’s why he consulted an army of preposterously overqualified experts to find the secret to winning any game.
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Freakonomics Radio Live: “We Thought of a Way to Manipulate Your Perception of Time.” - Freakonomics Freakonomics
We learn how to be less impatient, how to tell fake news from real, and the simple trick that nurses used to make better predictions than doctors. Journalist Manoush Zomorodi co-hosts; our real-time fact-checker is the author and humorist A.J. Jacobs.
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Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Ep. 358) - Freakonomics Freakonomics
It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home? Listen and subscribe to our podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere.
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Extra: Elvis Costello Full Interview - Freakonomics Freakonomics
Listen and subscribe to our podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere.
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How to Be Creative (Ep. 354) - Freakonomics Freakonomics
Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How to Be Creative.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.
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Finally, A Personality Quiz Backed By Science | FiveThirtyEight
What’s your personality, and what can it tell you about your true self? Those questions have launched a thousand online personality quizzes. But you can do better than those specious — yet irresistible — quizzes. You can take a personality quiz backed by science.
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The Weird Power of the Placebo Effect, Explained - Vox - Pocket
Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness.
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The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work - James Clear - Pocket
Theodor Geisel. Courtesy of Dr. Seuss Enterprises In 1960, two men made a bet.
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Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable | Aeon Ideas
In the mid-1990s, Joseph Overton, a researcher at the US think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, proposed the idea of a ‘window’ of socially acceptable policies within any given domain. This came to be known as the Overton window of political possibilities.
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A Pop-Up Book Imagines Animals' Future - The Atlantic
It’s early May of the year 4847, and Willek Muriday, a chief scientist and regional director of a far-reaching biological survey, has just submitted a report on the Cagoan District, the ruins of an ancient urban center.
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The revised player reference charts for Talon. Options for declaring handfuls in 5-6 games are now provided…
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SF Stories Featuring Abandoned Earths | Tor.com
Space colonization stories are a subgenre of SF. Space colonization stories in which the Earth has become a backwater world, cut off from thriving colony planets, are a thriving sub-subgenre. At first glance, this seems odd. Earth is rich in resources and offers humans a shirt-sleeve environment .
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Review from a 2nd Edition Junkie | Arkham Horror (Third Edition) | BoardGameGeek
I played a lot of Arkham Horror 2nd edition. I mean a lot. It was my favorite board game for a time, and remains one of my favorites to this day. At one point we played it almost every day, with sometimes more than one play a day.
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Outlaw King Is a Lot Smarter About History Than Braveheart | Tor.com
So I more or less eviscerated Braveheart in my last column, and along the way more than one person asked about how Mel Gibson’s history hack compares to a new film dealing with the same period: Netflix’s Outlaw King (Dir.
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A Lean, Mean, Writing Machine: Jack Vance Was Science Fiction’s Tightest Worldbuilder | Tor.com
I’m a big fan of concise stories. If a writer fills a three-volume science fiction epic with 2000 pages of detailed worldbuilding, intriguing speculative concepts, and captivating character arcs, that’s all well and good, but if that writer can get that down to 300 pages, that’s better.
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Here’s What You Need to Know about Wild Cards Before It Comes to TV | Tor.com
At the end of last year, Hulu announced that they’ll be developing the Wild Cards series into a show (or two), sending fans into an excited furor. Over the years there’d been rumors about a show in the works, but nothing had ever come of it and many readers had given up hope.
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‘Glass’ Review: M. Night’s Double Sequel Is Half Full, Half Empty – Rolling Stone
What a difference a few decades makes. When M. Night Shyamalan dropped Unbreakable on an unsuspecting world back in 2000, the new Spielberg on the block was told that superhero movies were still a post-Burton/Batman novelty.
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TinFoil Wiki: Overwhelming Gearwheels 2019-01
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The Great Boston Molasses Disaster:
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How the Idea of Hell Has Shaped the Way We Think | The New Yorker
When I was a kid of ten or eleven years old, newly returned to New York after a few years living in Chicago, I started accompanying my mother to a church in Harlem, in a shallow, sunlit upper room just south of 125th Street. Every Sunday, service began with a procession.
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Moonlighter - Wikipedia
Moonlighter has the player manage their shop during the day and go exploring at night. Shopkeeping involves managing goods and receiving money, which the player can invest to upgrade the town and add services like a potion-maker and a blacksmith.
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Hopepunk can’t fix our broken science fiction.
When it first emerged more than 30 years ago, cyberpunk was hailed as the most exciting science fiction of the ’80s.
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The Beautiful Mind-Bending of Stanislaw Lem | The New Yorker
The science-fiction writer and futurist Stanisław Lem was well acquainted with the way that fictional worlds can sometimes encroach upon reality.
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The “Bandersnatch” Episode of “Black Mirror” and the Pitfalls of Interactive Fiction | The New Yorker
When he was a young man, the English video-game designer Peter Molyneux programmed a pixel to slide across the screen of his Acorn Atom computer. He described the thrill as being “as close to sexual satisfaction as you could possibly get.
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How to make a website for your creative work – The Creative Independent
Begin planning your online presence with an end goal in mind, i.e. what you hope to accomplish by putting your work online.
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We have the cure for Monday: Our newest podcast is up—"The Gorgon"—read & written by from our current Januar…
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Why we should be watching the sun, not the clock | News | The Guardian
Between daylight saving and obligatory early starts, we live at the mercy of ‘official’ time – and many of us feel permanently out of syncBy The tourism brochure for the German spa town of Bad Kissingen features a photograph of a young woman on its cover.
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Mueller Draft Report Says Trump 'Helped Putin Destabilize the United States', Watergate Journalist Says
Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein has said that he’s been told that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report will show how President Donald Trump helped Russia “destabilize the United States.
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