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  1. Arantor

    Sharing ideas

    So there's ideas floating around in my head. I have enough ideas to spend the rest of my life implementing them my way. So I'm going to share some of the ideas in a fashion, in the hopes someone else goes to make them. I don't even mind someone else implementing the same idea because I...
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    Forums in general, or 'Post-2011 content, as rambled by someone who was there'

    A goodly number of us here are forumites, long-term forum denizens who hanker after the old ways, so to speak. I think it's time I shared some of my thoughts on the broader goings-on I've seen, in what we can talk about in terms of 'post-x content', but also what some are doing about it. I...
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    No new measures for cost of living crisis until September

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/aug/08/boris-johnson-rules-out-emergency-measures-to-tackle-cost-of-living I mean, this is one of those rare moments when Boris appears to have demonstrated accidental integrity: he said no new policies between his stepping down and the new PM, and he...
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    Brave, bold, brazen but unsurprising admission from former Chancellor

    https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/conservatives/2022/08/exclusive-rishi-sunak-taking-money-deprived-urban-areas This is a stunningly brazen admission from the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak admitting moving money set aside for deprived/underfunded areas and redirecting it to...
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    Papers, Please

    So I made a passing joke in another thread about “glory to Arstotska” but unless you know what that means, it’ll completely pass you by, you’ll either get it and nod completely sagely, or go “huh?” So let me share this game. I strongly encourage people to play it...
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    Energy crisis

    Putting aside the obvious jibes like Zahawi claiming thousands in taxpayer-funded expenses for heating his fucking stables, I give you this tweet. I think this sums up the state of play since the last price hike permitted by the government in April - when it wasn't 'so bad' because it was...
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    A musical...?

    Don't get me wrong, I love a good musical. I'd sing along to Defying Gravity from Wicked if a) it weren't deeply rude and b) my voice has never gone that high at any point. I've sat in Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket and cried to Phantom of the Opera. I have a literal bucket list of all the...
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    The House of Commons, UK

    The more I watch, the more I find myself... baffled but amused in a twisted way. Like the recent exchange between Keir Starmer and Nadine Dorries where she calls him graceless. Yet... there's happily circulated video of her in the chamber sat next to Spaffer Johnson (who looks every bit the...
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    Days when I feel like I've broken YouTube

    Some days I feel like I've actively managed to break the algorithm because I get some weird mixes on YouTube with the same songs for days and days. Fortunately today is not quite so bad. Here's what YouTube recommends today - and these are things I've had on my mix (often on near-repeat) for...
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    From the vaults: Execution II - Revenge of the Guillotine

    Where I've been moving house I've been packing and throwing things out, as you do, and I figured it was also a good time to go through the massive archives of clutter I'd accumulated over the years, the Downloads folders of doom across my different laptops etc. and just tried to condense it into...
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    Babylon 5

    For anyone who has an interest in sci-fi, I can suggest no better series than Babylon 5. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105946/ From the intro: Airing a year before Star Trek: Deep Space 9, the show tells the tale of the space station of the same name, at the centre of the relations between...
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    Point and click adventure games

    I love point and click adventure games, especially the ones made in recent years. The 'adventure' genre grew and redefined itself a few times over the years but point 'n' click hasn't *really* changed structurally for 30 years, and in a lot of ways that's why I like it. It's comfortable, like a...
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    Doctor Who - 2005 onwards (aka Nu-Who)

    Where to even begin. OK, so let's recap the old series reeeeeeeeeeal quick. This part is not really spoilery since we're talking the entirety of continuity from 1963-1996... Series kicks off in 1963 (yes, it's older than Star Trek) about an old man and his granddaughter who seemingly live in a...
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    Person of Interest

    I recently watched through this series - a few years after it came out, admittedly, and it's actually a lot smarter than it would appear on the surface. (I am not revealing anything beyond the first... 10 minutes or so of the pilot episode.) As the story opens, we're following a guy who is...
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    Forum game bots

    So I hang out on a very tech-savvy forum, it's pretty hardcore and not for the faint of heart. The Daily WTF is a blog about stupidity in IT, and it has a forum full of people as you might expect that enjoy that sort of thing - poking fun at other stupidities in IT while trying not to make more...
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    What's in a name?

    I'm always curious how people pick their usernames; unlike our own names which are bestowed upon us at birth, our forum names are ones we pick. A lot of people - especially on a certain forum - assume that Arantor comes from the fact I can get a bit ranty at times and that I'm 'A Ranter' just...
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    Roleplay forums

    I meant to talk about this before, but it's been a particular study for me for a long time now. Backstory: my wife was one of the earliest users of SMF, and used it to run a roleplay forum set in the Harry Potter universe. Discussing changes to SMF was how we met back in the day! Anyway, that's...
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    Wordle

    Since Wordle came along, I found a few sites that I do on and off that are in the same general vein - one a day, quick bites of puzzle goodness. I thought I'd share. Wordle - the original, you have a 5 letter word to guess in 6 guesses. Each guess will tell you if you got a correct letter in...
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    Chas & Dave

    I've been working on some of my writing and I somehow ended up with a character who is from the thick of old London town, and I really wanted to nail that Cockney accent - it fits the character's social bearing and attitude to have the rougher end of the spectrum going on. So I found myself...
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    Computer scientists and their... unique sense of humour

    So I mentioned in the Uranus thread that computer scientists have a sense of humour too. First, a little context. Every technology the internet works on is published by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) as a series of technical documents that are written, peer-reviewed and eventually...
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