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  1. Comment on Why I will never buy katana from websites overseas in ~design

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    TLDW (the title has a typical clickbaity YouTube title): in Japan, there's some strict law regarding owning weapon (long story short: it's because of WW2) katanas have a PDO-like status (just like...

    TLDW (the title has a typical clickbaity YouTube title):

    • in Japan, there's some strict law regarding owning weapon (long story short: it's because of WW2)
    • katanas have a PDO-like status (just like anyone can't call their sparking wine "Champagne")

    However, as stated at the end of the video, there's no doubt there's better katana out there (as in:
    better material, better price, etc.); only they don't meet the legal criteria to be called as such in Japan.


    Personal note:

    Owning a decent Chinese production katana and having seen up close one of those million yen nihonto (as in: one of my best buddy recently imported one - he also happens to be one of the best iaidoka I know): there's a no question there's a gap in quality. The finish on the nihonto is impeccable. It's like driving a high-end car or dining in a multiple Michelin star restaurant: it's the same as the regular thing, only it's flawless. However, 1 million yen is darn expensive, there's certainly is a market and a value for cheaper stuff.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    I'm playing In Nomine Satanis / Magnas Veritas (INS/MV for short), a French urban fantasy RPG. I heard there was an English adaptation, but it was not as good. The setting is modern and urban, and...

    I'm playing In Nomine Satanis / Magnas Veritas (INS/MV for short), a French urban fantasy RPG. I heard there was an English adaptation, but it was not as good.

    The setting is modern and urban, and like in Vampire the Masquerade there a great conspiracy that keeps the truth hidden from people. This time it's angel and demons: they are real along with everything that‘s the Bible (well, from a certain point of view). They have been playing the Great Game for a long, long time. And of course you are playing as one of them.

    So, as an angel or demon, you are usually part of a small task force that solves various missions that usually mixes investigation and combat. You usually serve a particular Archangel or Demon Prince that embodies a particular aspect of the good or bad side (e.g. Dominique, Archangel of Justice, or Mammon, Demon Prince of Cupidity). So an Angel of Michel (War) is generally an uncultured brute while a Demon of Malthus (Disease) will generally by an evil doctor. A thing of note is that angels are generally better equipped and have more resources than Demon, who generally acts underground.

    The overall tone of the setting is irreverent, satiric and often darkly humorous.

    • Being good isn't being nice, and the angelic forces has its fair share of fascists and fanatics. And working for the Devil… well you’re supposed to corrupt humanity, but the last cardinal rule every demon learns specifically states that you shouldn’t forget to have a good time while spending time on Earth.
    • There’s a Demon Prince of Hardcore Metal (surprisingly he's not chum with the Demon Prince of Artistic Talents)
    • There’s no Archangel of Love (presumably because there’s a Demon Prince of Sex and that would be awkward/confusing), but the closest thing we have is to this in an Archangel of Flower. He is neatly a textbook hippie. His angel the “Pollen” power who instantly pacify any hostile characters and more or less sings have them sing peace and love songs.
    • There’s tons of internal politics and bickering, both in the infernal and angelic court. You don’t want to mess with either Dominique or Andromalius servants, who expect nothing less than a perfect following of the Divine or Satanic commandments, and has the power to enforce them. But at the same time, it is rumored that their best elements are known to collaborate in a mysterious “Bureau” unit that tracks the remnant of the Third Forces (Fae, Vikings, Egyptians…)
    • Sometimes, you really need to take a break. Every angel or demon. if they really want a break, can summon an entrance to “Regis’ bar”, a fine drinking establishment owned by Jesus (yes, this one). It’s a neutral ground (Archangels and Demon Prince are banned), being mostly outside of time were supernatural being can enjoy a beer or two after a long day of work.
    • It’s a very French game and some of the humor really hits the spot if you’re French or are familiar with the country:
      • You don’t gain experience points, but rather Administrative Points that let you write an official request for a reward (better characteristics, power, etc.). Now, those points doesn’t reflect what actually happened during a mission, but how the bureaucracy perceives it. Unofficial or borderline behavior (not being discrete, unjustified failure, etc.) will net you 0 points by the end of the mission. Sadistic GM (or masochistic players) will let the player write the final report document themselves (most don’t).
      • In general, the Angelic and Demonic administration and management is a bureaucratic nightmare.
      • Of course the Headquarters of Angelic forces on Earth is under Notre Dame de Paris
      • Of course that famous news presenter is in reality a demon of Nybbas (Prince of Media).
      • Of course the more backward heavy-hitters of the angelic forces are fans of the PSG football team
      • Provoking a strike amongst human to solve a problem is always a valid option

    Mechanically speaking, you play with a d666 (of course). The first two dices tells you if you have successfully accomplished your action (you must score under a threshold that depends on your characteristics), and the third dice tells you how well you have accomplished (or failed) and action (also modified by your characteristics). You can add bonus points to the result in exchange for a worse threshold.

    Critical successes are handled by doing a double or triple number, and there’s a “super-critical” result if you manage to roll a 111 or 666. In those two cases, either God or Satan directly intervene, and generally the result is very spectacular.

    The rules are a bit too fussy (especially in the 4th ed), but I really like the setting.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    Sometime you want keep some tabs always at hand (some reference doc or something); it would be counter productive to have them auto close.

    I guess the question is why open tabs don't seamlessly merge into history as they age out?

    Sometime you want keep some tabs always at hand (some reference doc or something); it would be counter productive to have them auto close.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Coming May 12th, 2023 in ~games

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    I'm not convinced either (we had at least a codename (Nx) for a while for the Switch). On the other hand, 5-6 years is the average the between each release of a Nintendo console

    I'm not convinced either (we had at least a codename (Nx) for a while for the Switch).

    On the other hand, 5-6 years is the average the between each release of a Nintendo console

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Requesting resources for de-googling in ~tech

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    So I'm currently using Gandi email service that comes with my domain name. I'm using this wildcard option (so hello_backblaze@mydomain.com redirects to contact@mydomain.ch). How easy is it to...

    So I'm currently using Gandi email service that comes with my domain name. I'm using this wildcard option (so hello_backblaze@mydomain.com redirects to contact@mydomain.ch). How easy is it to migrate this wildcard ?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on The value of artistic legacy in ~talk

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    I have a mirror example to the Winnie the Pooh one. We've had loads of different Dracula over the years (well, decades). Horrific ones, tragic ones, a miserable pile of secrets one... up to...

    I have a mirror example to the Winnie the Pooh one. We've had loads of different Dracula over the years (well, decades). Horrific ones, tragic ones, a miserable pile of secrets one... up to control freak dad with teenagers issues, and the puppet one that love counting.

    But we all still think of Dracula as this mysterious, suave, and dangerous aristocrat.

    I don't think we'll ever change our view of him, except if there's a massive alternate usage of it. Just as the Phrygian cap is a French symbol even thought it's, well, from Phrygia (a place in now Turkey).

    6 votes
  7. Comment on The next big D&D experience looks like a video game, and that's a problem in ~games.tabletop

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    Whoa, even on the Switch! ... No custom module though. Too bad, that's was (still is?) the bread and butter of what's interesting with NWN. But I do understand that player generated content...

    Whoa, even on the Switch!

    ... No custom module though. Too bad, that's was (still is?) the bread and butter of what's interesting with NWN.

    But I do understand that player generated content moderation would be a nightmare for Nintendo (my favorite modules were definitely adult oriented) (not a Dance with Rogue, but the Bastard of Kosigan).

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The next big D&D experience looks like a video game, and that's a problem in ~games.tabletop

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    So the whole "let's have a 3D version of D&D with live dungeon mastering and some environment creations" has already been tried way back in 2002, and it's called Neverwinter Nights. It has been...

    So the whole "let's have a 3D version of D&D with live dungeon mastering and some environment creations" has already been tried way back in 2002, and it's called Neverwinter Nights.

    It has been one decade and a half since I last launched this game or its sequel, but from my memories of the limited time as teenager I had playing and then building of some RP-based worlds, you can definitely have some great experiences even if the tool you have to use are rather limited.

    Random thoughts (also it's late and I haven't reread myself):

    • In the case of NWN, you cannot create zones on-the-fly (it requires reloading the game), but you can create "placeable" as you want (furniture, objects, creatures, graphical effects). Most of the time we played on known places (normal raidable dungeons for instance), but repurposed for another tasks in scheduled "DM event", e.g. all the creatures have changed and now this is the lair of a dark elf lord of doom(tm)).
    • It certainly skew the game toward more prep, but NWN had a good library of placeable, and it's flexible enough to evoke anything. Also, descriptions are still super important. It's not because it's 3D that it shows everything
    • Speaking of which: NWN is a 2001 game, and really have this low-poly esthetics that's basically PS1 low-poly but with better textures. I actually think that helps the suspension of disbelief because of its low fidelity; detailed enough to give you a good idea, but not so much so that you can still complete the picture in your head. For the D&D thing they specifically pointed out that they used a tilt-shift. I think it's a smart move to remind the player that what they are watching is just a suggested representation and not "the real thing". But now I wonder if nowadays tools are sufficiently good to easily create new content. For NWN it was easy enough that some people with no experience could create some pretty good new objects.
    • There's a recent video of a DM in the DM client showing how manage a given scenario. At one point he make the party fall out of a bridge, and crash on a mysterious cave with lots of debris (something that you definitely cannot do with the NWN engine). It's neat.
    7 votes
  9. Comment on What is your philosophy on photography? in ~arts

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    Photography is like food and cooking for me. It can be strictly utilitarian like an energy bar, automated like a microwave dinner, or casual like a regular week-night meal. But it's also a craft...

    Photography is like food and cooking for me.

    It can be strictly utilitarian like an energy bar, automated like a microwave dinner, or casual like a regular week-night meal. But it's also a craft and I can pour a lot of effort in making stuff from scratch. I like both the process and I mostly like the result of what I'm doing. There's certainly people doing this than me, but I like to know that this thing I made in mine. At the very least knowing how the sausage is made make me appreciate more the things that are brought to me.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on What are you battling with right now? in ~talk

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    Do you want to be part of a social group only because you want to be in that social group? Most of the group I consider myself a part of are group that does "something" (be it a martial arts club,...

    do I even wanna be in these groups? Or any group, for that matter?

    Do you want to be part of a social group only because you want to be in that social group?

    Most of the group I consider myself a part of are group that does "something" (be it a martial arts club, a photography club, a Tetris discord, or even work colleagues).

    In most of these group self-expression of this "something" is expected and welcome (because you have your own style, or you are just are a on a different point in the path for X,...) . Maybe you haven't found the right group?

    I joined those group first because I wanted to do that "something", and only after some time I learned to appreciate the people that made that group.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    If you still have some, try with this Europeanized (Russo-Germanized?) Tiger Salad. I also remember eating it steamed with picked carrots and vietnamese sausage in a summer roll.

    kohlrabi

    If you still have some, try with this Europeanized (Russo-Germanized?) Tiger Salad.

    I also remember eating it steamed with picked carrots and vietnamese sausage in a summer roll.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Choosing French wine is difficult — WTF France in ~food

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    Has it been already 6 years since WTF France ? Time certainly flies ! Since then, Paul Taylor has developed a decent YouTube presence; his channel hosts many vlogs and also a full version of his...

    Published Oct 1 2016

    Has it been already 6 years since WTF France ? Time certainly flies !

    Since then, Paul Taylor has developed a decent YouTube presence; his channel hosts many vlogs and also a full version of his first one-man show. He also has a second, more podcast-y channel with many other comedians.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Single-use plastic waste is getting phased out in California under a sweeping new law in ~enviro

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    Surely you meant incandescent?

    fluorescent lightbulbs

    Surely you meant incandescent?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on How to edit a podcast on Linux? in ~tech

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    The words you need to search for is "Digital Audio Workstation" (or DAW) which is the equivalent of NLE in the video world. I heard that Reaper was quite good (and it's made in part by Justin...

    The words you need to search for is "Digital Audio Workstation" (or DAW) which is the equivalent of NLE in the video world. I heard that Reaper was quite good (and it's made in part by Justin Frankel, of Nullsoft (Winamp) fame).

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What are some games that you recommend emulating today? in ~games

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    The dev ran out of time and had to ressort to a final-episode-of-evangelion style kind of narration style for disk 2 so they could finish the story. It's jarring and may put you off (however,...

    The dev ran out of time and had to ressort to a final-episode-of-evangelion style kind of narration style for disk 2 so they could finish the story.

    It's jarring and may put you off (however, teenage me didn't mind).

    Completely agree about the music. In fact "Xenogears Creid" (an orchestrated album) is my reference album for whatever new audio equipment I may come into.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Not my kind of Tetris, but colour me interested nonetheless. There's several Tetris discord(*) (I know at least 2 that are SRS centric), I hope you'll find what you're looking for. (*) I'm sad...

    Not my kind of Tetris, but colour me interested nonetheless. There's several Tetris discord(*) (I know at least 2 that are SRS centric), I hope you'll find what you're looking for.

    (*) I'm sad that there so much useful info buried into difficult to parse discord chats

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The Internet as a superorganism AI ... thoughts? in ~talk

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    The keyword you're looking (but only for classically living stuff) is holobiont.

    The keyword you're looking (but only for classically living stuff) is holobiont.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on PC cases without transparent side panels in ~tech

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    I second the Fractal Design recommendation. The Define Mini (a micro atx case) I have is happily resting in my living room in stealth mode - just a black monolith, no garish LED whatsoever ! (ok,...

    I second the Fractal Design recommendation. The Define Mini (a micro atx case) I have is happily resting in my living room in stealth mode - just a black monolith, no garish LED whatsoever ! (ok, if I had to be picky the blue power LED is a little bit too bright).

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 1-3 in ~news

  20. Comment on 'Bizarro World’ (2007) in ~games

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    Note that at that time (2007), there was already recorded evidence of a max out of this particular version of Tetris (Game Boy Tetris - 999,999 points bu Spectre, 2006).

    Note that at that time (2007), there was already recorded evidence of a max out of this particular version of Tetris (Game Boy Tetris - 999,999 points bu Spectre, 2006).

    1 vote