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11 Dec 2019

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7 Dec 2019

It’s always great when I’m coding something and I find out that past me already implemented a function for it and I’m like “good job past me!” :self-five:

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Copied all of my follows to a private Twitter list, then replaced my “Home” column in Tweetdeck with that list, let’s see how that works out. Main advantage of this: I can follow people for contest/giveaway purposes without necessarily having them in my main timeline.

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Well, I’m not sure my Gruul list is optimal either, but I do enjoy it:

Deck

4 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259

4 Rootbound Crag (XLN) 256

3 Llanowar Elves (DAR) 168

7 Mountain (ANA) 64

4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171

4 Gruul Spellbreaker (RNA) 179

8 Forest (ANA) 65

4 Zhur-Taa Goblin (RNA) 215

4 Burning-Tree Emissary (GTC) 216

3 Embercleave (ELD) 120

4 Questing Beast (ELD) 171

4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169

4 Pelt Collector (GRN) 141

2 Domri’s Ambush (WAR) 192

1 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240

Sideboard

3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198

2 Cindervines (RNA) 161

2 Lava Coil (GRN) 108

1 Rekindling Phoenix (RIX) 111

2 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194

2 Flame Sweep (M20) 139

1 Collision // Colossus (RNA) 223

2 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 115

If you’re facing a lot of aggro, I do like bant scapeshift better.

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6 Dec 2019

Sorry, after I posted the comment above, I didn’t have much time to grind Arena that month so I don’t have much more input. The deck is sweet but it fares much better against aggro decks than the various ramp and control decks that become more prevalent once you’re in Diamond or higher.

For this month, I’ve switched to Gruul aggro for Historic BO3, the games tend to go a lot faster :)

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5 Dec 2019

This (mentioned below, read the thread) is a skill I wish I was better at (I was surely a lot more straightforward when I was younger!). Additionally, when I make a mistake, I try to explicitly say sth like “I was wrong” to signal that admitting to mistakes isnt a problem

Quoted sehurlburt’s tweet:

A tip for negotiation/life is to realize people hate saying “I was wrong” so give them easy outs. They’d prefer to say:

I forgot I wasn’t thinking of that scenario I didn’t realize you meant adding x I didn’t know there were multiple options I didn’t know you talked to y already

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4 Dec 2019

We’re feeling the holiday spirit and giving away a Death Stranding PS4 Pro bundle alongside a copy of Fu’un Super Combo!

To enter: follow us, then reply with a fond memory you have of gaming with friends/family & include #LRGHolidayGiveaway. We’ll draw a winner on 12/16. GLHF!

We’re feeling the holiday spirit and giving away a Death Stranding PS4 Pro bundle alongside a copy of Fu’un Super Combo!
To enter: follow us, then reply with a fond memory you have of gaming with friends/family & include #LRGHolidayGiveaway. We’ll draw a winner on 12/16. GLHF!
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2 Dec 2019

Belated realization: This is why Batman doesn’t fit the Arrowverse, there is no opportunity for Wayne family drama

Quoted roytang’s tweet:

I watched an episode of Batwoman to see what it was like before Crisis, and it was mostly Kane family drama. Unsurprising because:

Arrow S1: Queen family drama Flash S1: Allen family drama Supergirl S1: House of El family drama

This is why Legends is the best one

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I watched an episode of Batwoman to see what it was like before Crisis, and it was mostly Kane family drama. Unsurprising because:

Arrow S1: Queen family drama Flash S1: Allen family drama Supergirl S1: House of El family drama

This is why Legends is the best one

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1 Dec 2019

To start my history classes this year, we read the Michael Parenti speech, “The Control of History,” then I told students, “I am going to describe someone from history, & after I am done, you tell me who it is.” 1/?

Quoted ZinnEdProject’s tweet:

Teach about Rosa Parks’ protest in context of her own life of activism (before and after), the decades of protests of Jim Crow on public transportation across U.S. (see list below from 1841 to 1992), the role of Women’s Political Council, and much more. https://www.civilrightsteaching.org/desegregation/transportation-protests

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DM: ‘You come to large wooden door.’

Cat: ‘I knock at the door.’

DM: ‘An orc opens it and asks you to come in.’

Cat: ‘I do nothing.’

DM ‘He asks you to come inside again.’

Cat: ‘I do nothing.’

DM: ‘Eventually the orc tires and closes the door.’

Cat: ‘I knock at the door.’

DM: ‘You come to large wooden door.’
Cat: ‘I knock at the door.’
DM: ‘An orc opens it and asks you to come in.’
Cat: ‘I do nothing.’
DM ‘He asks you to come inside again.’
Cat: ‘I do nothing.’
DM: ‘Eventually the orc tires and closes the door.’
Cat: ‘I knock at the door.’
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30 Nov 2019

Posted on r/humblebundles: They need to handle region-locked games better in the humble monthly

So I was looking forward to playing Soul Calibur VI in the December early unlocks, but today I find out it’s “unavailable in my region” and all I get is a $5 coupon for my trouble. =/ They could have indicated that in the promotional materials they kept sending me!

I wish they had an option for me to just gift the code to someone who is in the correct region (that way I can at least set up a trade maybe?). Instead I get a $5 coupon that IDK if I’ll be able to use; I never purchase stuff from the Humble store because Steam gives me better regional pricing. It would be nice if I could apply the coupon to one of their other bundles instead.

So that this isn’t just a rant, can I ask if purchases off the Humble store always give a Steam key?

Edit: I found out that Soul Calibur VI is actually purchasable for me on both Steam and the Humble Store, so IDK what’s up with that “unavailable in my region” thing.

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NaBloPoMo Epilogue


So NaBloPoMo complete, no big deal. It wasn’t much of a challenge since blogging every day for a month is something that I’ve done multiple times over the past couple of years. It comes out to around 15,900 words written in November, not counting this post. Definitely not as big a thing as completing nanowrimo for instance. Writing on a regular basis is great, and generally a reasonable use of your time.

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29 Nov 2019

Recent Links for 11/29


I’m trying out this “recent links” series where I highlight some stuff I’ve bookmarked. I used to just share them via Pocket, which get fed into the links list on this blog, but the problem with that approach was that I don’t get to comment on each link about why I shared or bookmarked it. Writing them into a blog post gives me a chance to highlight them too. I’ve seen some other blogs where they have something like a weekly list of recent links, let’s see if that works out for me.

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28 Nov 2019

Nothing in the cinema this month (going to the cinema is expensive!). I did watch a couple of animated movies this month: Dragonball Super: Broly. I have some vague recollection of watching the original Broly movie, and I believe this one is much better. DBS Broly is a slightly more nuanced character than just “random raging monster” from the previous non-canon movie. The animation was okay, you could tell the animators were having fun with some of the battle parts.

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Watching Lately: November 2019: Broly, Justice League, Arrowverse, Mandalorian
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27 Nov 2019

Nobody has any idea how long it takes to build software to better than +/-200% accuracy.

Quoted mykola’s tweet:

Please quote this tweet with a thing that everyone in your field knows and nobody in your industry talks about because it would lead to general chaos.

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Criticism


Criticizing the logistics or implementation of an event doesn’t necessarily mean you want it to fail or you want to the organizers to be embarassed. On the contrary, pointing out flaws allows for improvements. Criticizing the organizers of a sporting event doesn’t mean you don’t support the athletes participating in the event. Criticizing your country’s leaders and politicians and government doesn’t mean you are unpatriotic. No given politician is the same as the entire government, much less the country.

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26 Nov 2019

Gave this a quick run and won 5 consecutive BO3 matches easily, barely any struggle. And I never even cast scapeshift! The one close match was vs Fires; Game 1 I almost ran out of cards before I closed the game with a huge krasis, Game 2 he hit me with Unmoored Ego, but I responded with Growth Spiral to play the 2nd Field so it was fine (I never seem to have the Veils when I want them). Granted, this was in Gold, but I look forward to trying to use this deck to grind as far up as I can til end of month.

Since I never got the chance to cast scapeshift, I’d like to confirm that if I sacrifice exactly 7 lands and search for 7 uniques including field of the dead, I get 7 zombie triggers yes? (I assume if I have more than 7 and at least one of them is field, I shouldnt sac the field so that I get more triggers)

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Review: The Outer Worlds


I bought the Outer Worlds earlier this month, mainly because I had been without both my graphics card and my PS4 for a bit and I kind of wanted to play a relatively new game. I got the PS4 version because I hadn’t yet replaced my video card at the time and besides, the game was not available on Steam. I guess minor spoilers follow. Summary: A reasonable Fallout-esque RPG from the makers of Fallout: New Vegas.

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Review: The Outer Worlds
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25 Nov 2019

The Costs of Corruption


A quick follow-up to something I mentioned in yesterday’s post: It is a cultural problem too. Even we the citizens have little respect for rules and laws and try to skip around them when we can. This is why we have fixers, and connections, and patronage. We trade on favors to get us out of trouble. I’m not sure if needed to be said, but I wasn’t saying that literally every single person participates in fixing and patronage to get around the rules.

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