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Topic: Clash of the Dragons / Furious, furious Battle Mages

So what I’m hearing is that I need to join a clan to get this badge?

 
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Topic: Epic War Saga / how does the bar make sense?

Originally posted by bubu:

Imho it’s a stupid mechanism. What is the intention behind it?

So that we can’t just put a weight on a summon button and walk away. I wouldn’t mind if there was anything of interest in the actual gameplay, but the gameplay is just a hoop to jump through on the way to developing your character. (just like all of the other epic war games, but at least on those we didn’t have to pay attention during the fights)

 
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Topic: Kingdoms CCG / Bahamut in storyline

Wow, that escalated quickly.

Reached the end of normal, and got completely rolled by Bahamut. He is a little bit stronger than the opponents you face before him in normal.

Any suggestions on what I should be looking for with the gold I am farming (11,000 as of now)? I was planning to save up for Uunys and go from there. Is there something else that will give me a greater chance of defeating Bahamut?

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons / Can someone explain the appeal of this game?

I don’t even know what the game is yet. I play about two minutes a day, thirty seconds at a time throughout the day. The play experience so far has consisted of clicking Attack repeatedly.

My other frustration is that it makes me reload the page every time I come back to it. Ad revenue whore much?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Dave Ramsey goes off on the stupidity of borrowing money for a useless degree

Originally posted by Darkruler2005:

Is this in response to my post?

No. I was responding to the delusional person quoted in the OP. He dares to imply that if you don’t have a loan, you can easily take care of a kid with only one of two parents working. That’s blatantly false.

But that isn’t what he implies. What he clearly states is that if you have $100,000 in student loan debt you can’t afford to have a parent stay home with the kids. He doesn’t imply that you can easily take care of a kid with only one parent working if you don’t have debt.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Dave Ramsey goes off on the stupidity of borrowing money for a useless degree

I thoroughly enjoyed this yesterday, I’m glad they transcribed it and put it online.

daveramsey.com

I’ve got to tell you that I’m about to blow a gasket. I’m about to go into orbit. I’ve taken so many calls like this. Where are the parents here? If your kids are that stupid, jack them up! Seriously—$130,000 to get a degree from Columbia in divinity to get a $40,000 job as a minister. Spending $130,000 to get an undergraduate degree in psychology—that’s crazy!! So when you have babies, you go home to be a stay-at-home mom.

I love stay-at-home moms. But you know the number one reason I’m finding out now that people can’t stay home with their kids? It’s their freaking student loan stupidity! I’m not mad at this particular lady that just called. This concept is driving me bananas!
This is what’s going on! You’ve lost your ever-loving minds, America. You are stupid about education—how paradoxical is that? You wander in, spend any amount to get a degree and act like the student loan tooth fairy is going to come in and pick up your stuff. There is no student loan tooth fairy! You have to think.

Your stupid degree in a stupid field does not have a marketplace value and it doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to get a job! As a matter of fact, it’s an indicator that you’re too stupid to hire! Do not allow your 18-year-old to go $200,000 in debt so they can get a good Christian education in underwater basket weaving. That’s stupid! Stop it!
 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The future of SD

Given that we have an Off-Topic sub forum for exactly the stupid things (oh, is my bias showing?) that are getting locked in SD, then I don’t have any problem with the number of threads being locked. Eventually everyone will come to an understanding of what is appropriate here and we can have serious discussions instead of flipping through pages of silliness and giving up on SD for weeks at a time.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the hardest musical instrument to learn?

Originally posted by Ayaniika:

It’s impossible to give a statement on what instrument is the hardest because hardness is subjective.

I disagree. Hardness can be subjective, but many aspects of it are objective.

Compare the clarinet and the saxophone. One has open tone holes, one has closed tone holes. open tone holes are objectively harder to deal with. One has an octave key, one has a register key and “THE BREAK”. Again, one of those is objectively more difficult to deal with. Or trumpet/baritone/tuba vs. trombone. The first groups use pistons which discretely determine which set of notes is possible, while the trombone uses a continuous slide in which any note or fraction of a note is possible. One of those is objectively harder.

The subjectivity comes into play when comparing instruments that have different characteristics. How do you compare the difficulty of the clarinet to the difficulty of the trombone? That is where it becomes somewhat subjective. Someone with missing fingers can’t play the clarinet, but the trombone is still a viable option. Someone with an inability to distinguish pitches can’t successfully play the trombone, but could make music on the clarinet.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the hardest musical instrument to learn?

I’ll just comment on the standard instruments, there are things like the theremin and some multi-percussion set ups that are incredibly difficult to learn to play, but they aren’t really used for anything outside of showing off.

Woodwind- Bassoon, all of the challenges of a double, with the added bonus that the fingering doesn’t make any logical sense.

Brass- French Horn, the partials being so close together and the insane range put this one just ahead of the trombone.

String- String Bass, all of the same challenges of the violin, with added issues of finger strength and spacing. Fortunately the string bass isn’t often asked to play the same level of music as the violin, so in practice it isn’t as hard, but that is a function of the music not the instrument.

Keyboard- Organ, hands on multiple manuals (keyboards) and stops (engage different ranks of pipes, or their electronic simulations) and pistons (engages preset selections of ranks of pipes), feet on the pedalboard (another keyboard for the feet) and expression/enclosure pedals (change volume/volume of sets of ranks of pipes).

Percussion- Ignoring one-off multi-percussion set ups, probably drumset, but you could make a good case for tympani as well. Drumset has more to pay attention to, tympani has the challenge of tuning (and changing tuning on the fly).

Of all of those, I would say the organ is hardest, but that could just be because it is the one that I have the hardest time with.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What makes poor people poor?

Necro for relevance?

Well written, if a little strongly worded (NSFW language). Also depressing.

cracked.com

“You’re Always in Survival Mode”
This is the thing that makes everything else so hard to deal with. It is almost as much the emotional and mental drain as the physical burdens. When you are in that position it can be hard not to throw away a weekend, and a paycheck, and sometimes a job, just to take a break and remember why life is worth living. Unfortunately, that puts you even farther from getting out of the suck.

“Your Next Expensive Disaster is Always Around the Corner”

You find yourself thinking, “Man, we could get caught up if this bad [stuff] wouldn’t keep happening!” Then it finally hits you that bad [stuff] happens like clockwork. Not because God hates you, but because you’re poor and you’re using cheap [stuff] that breaks. Maybe you don’t pay the $150 for a plumber, but have a handy friend fix it for you for $50. Awesome, you saved $100! Then six months later you have a leak again, because it turns out he fixed it with rubber bands and Fruit Roll-ups.
Everything in a poor person’s life is a cash vampire. My truck has 170,000 miles on it and the MPG is so bad that every time I start it, the ghost of an Indian appears in the passenger seat and cries. About twice a year, something under the hood grinds to a halt or melts — always another $500 on a tow and repairs. And that was the money I was saving to get a more reliable car.
[], even my own body does it to me. I lost my last job because of chronic back pain, losing my health insurance in the process. Which means I can’t treat my chronic back pain. Can’t afford to get dentist check-ups, so more expensive problems are allowed to grow and fester. And so on.

AMEN! You have to have an emergency fund. The hard part is that if you actually are poor this is incredibly difficult to do. Having $1000 in the bank that doesn’t get touched except for emergencies makes life so much smoother. Having $100 in cash to get you through minor emergencies is also worth way more than the $100.

“No Credit Can be Just as Damaging as Bad Credit”
I guess this has changed since I was young enough to have to worry about it. I never had any trouble finding an apartment are getting utilities turned on when I had no credit history.

“There is an Industry That Profits by Keeping You Poor”
Avoid payday loans/check cashing services, please.

“You Get Charged for Using Your Own Money”
Keep track of your money, don’t spend money you don’t have. Fortunately there is regulation being enacted that should limit some of the worst abuses here, but you have to keep track of your money, if you leave it up to the bank, you will pay dearly for it.

One thing that the author mentioned in passing that is a huge part of his problem, and is a huge problem for so many people, is a child and an ex. Don’t have kids unless you are married. End of story. 90% of the time, stay married. Solves so many problems.

P.S. Dave Ramsey.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor

Well written, if a little strongly worded (NSFW language). Also depressing.

cracked.com

“You’re Always in Survival Mode”
This is the thing that makes everything else so hard to deal with. It is almost as much the emotional and mental drain as the physical burdens. When you are in that position it can be hard not to throw away a weekend, and a paycheck, and sometimes a job, just to take a break and remember why life is worth living. Unfortunately, that puts you even farther from getting out of the suck.

“Your Next Expensive Disaster is Always Around the Corner”

You find yourself thinking, “Man, we could get caught up if this bad [stuff] wouldn’t keep happening!” Then it finally hits you that bad [stuff] happens like clockwork. Not because God hates you, but because you’re poor and you’re using cheap [stuff] that breaks. Maybe you don’t pay the $150 for a plumber, but have a handy friend fix it for you for $50. Awesome, you saved $100! Then six months later you have a leak again, because it turns out he fixed it with rubber bands and Fruit Roll-ups.
Everything in a poor person’s life is a cash vampire. My truck has 170,000 miles on it and the MPG is so bad that every time I start it, the ghost of an Indian appears in the passenger seat and cries. About twice a year, something under the hood grinds to a halt or melts — always another $500 on a tow and repairs. And that was the money I was saving to get a more reliable car.
[], even my own body does it to me. I lost my last job because of chronic back pain, losing my health insurance in the process. Which means I can’t treat my chronic back pain. Can’t afford to get dentist check-ups, so more expensive problems are allowed to grow and fester. And so on.

AMEN! You have to have an emergency fund. The hard part is that if you actually are poor this is incredibly difficult to do. Having $1000 in the bank that doesn’t get touched except for emergencies makes life so much smoother. Having $100 in cash to get you through minor emergencies is also worth way more than the $100.

“No Credit Can be Just as Damaging as Bad Credit”
I guess this has changed since I was young enough to have to worry about it. I never had any trouble finding an apartment are getting utilities turned on when I had no credit history.

“There is an Industry That Profits by Keeping You Poor”
Avoid payday loans/check cashing services, please.

“You Get Charged for Using Your Own Money”
Keep track of your money, don’t spend money you don’t have. Fortunately there is regulation being enacted that should limit some of the worst abuses here, but you have to keep track of your money, if you leave it up to the bank, you will pay dearly for it.

One thing that the author mentioned in passing that is a huge part of his problem, and is a huge problem for so many people, is a child and an ex. Don’t have kids unless you are married. End of story. 90% of the time, stay married. Solves so many problems.

P.S. Dave Ramsey.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Don't do the surveys for free kreds

I usually get about four or five pieces of spam per day. Filled out one of the free offers for Kreds, got 45 pieces of spam in the last 24 hours. And zero Kreds.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why are college kids celebrating?

Let’s see, they’ve been living over half their lives with an undefined fear, the images of 911 seared into their memories during elementary school, the fear of another attack in their minds, the bogey man of terrorism (and specifically OBL) trotted out by their parents and the government, and now that bogey man is gone. That seems like a good enough reason to celebrate.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Tyrant Errors

Only down on Kong, not on Facebook.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Reset Option?

Another vote for a reset option.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / How to reset?

Yes, it is silly, but I would like to reset my account and start over again from the beginning. I can’t find any option to do this. Any ideas on how to make it happen?

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Help for mission 56

And how was it solved?

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Bug: "Application Error:Syntax Error -- Malformed Response"

Originally posted by Nezbit:

Since it’s a MySQL error, it’s probably 1) maintenance (should have been tested, and a backroll of a hotfix should be rolling out soon, I’d hope if that’s the case, since it’s peak player time), 2) the database(s) being used have crashed and need rebooting… until somebody does that, the errors will continue appearing… I’d suggest waiting a bit and trying again in 15+ minutes

Guessing it isn’t maintenance, since they would have to be really silly to be doing that right now.

Hopefully they have something set up to warn them when the system crashes and we aren’t waiting until tomorrow morning when they wake up and see that it was down.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Don't worry guys. They got this.

This will be funnier after they get it fixed.

 
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Topic: Tyrant / Bug: "Application Error:Syntax Error -- Malformed Response"

bad time for maintenance :(

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is There Such Thing As Justified Racism?

It depends on if you are including the connotations and common usages of the word, or the actual meaning of the word. In the first case, no. In the second case, yes. If you don’t like people of a certain race because of things that aren’t related to their race (they are poor, they steal, they use drugs, etc), then you are being racist unjustifiably. Those things are not related to their race. If you don’t like people of a certain race because of things that are related to their race, then that would be justifiable racism. I’m not aware of any actual characteristics of a race that people have expressed a disliking for, but it could be theoretically possible.

“All members of this race share this characteristic, I do not like this characteristic, therefore I do not like member of this race” is a valid expression, however it is commonly used with characteristic that are not shared by every member of the race and becomes invalid.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Obvious Decline of Talent through Music

Originally posted by beauval:
But for us in 1963 it was all new and very exciting. We had never heard anything like it before, and bands like the Beatles changed the face of pop music.
When I taught music history this was always the hardest thing to get across. Whether it was talking about Beethoven ushering the Romantic era, or Nirvana changing rock forever, it was so hard to get students to hear the music as if they hadn’t heard anything that had been influenced by it since then.

Consider Rapper’s Delight. When we hear it now, it’s OK, a little bland, some sections that just don’t flow, and some lyrics that are just silly. But imagine if you had never heard music where people were speaking instead of singing. For most of the world, hearing this for the first time was a mind-blowing experience. Was it even really music if they weren’t singing? Are those even words? Why is my head bobbing?

The same for Nirvana ushering in the era of grunge. Sit down and listen to a couple of compilations of late 80’s rock, get yourself immersed in the sound, and the incredible skill displayed by the guitarists, the content of the lyrics, and then listen to Bleach. What a shocking difference. When we hear some of those early Nirvana songs now, it isn’t a big deal, we have 20 years of that sound and that attitude in our ears.

The same for Beethoven. The Classical era was defined by strict rules of form and function, and music was written very intellectually. Beethoven brought free flowing emotion back into composition and let thoughts and feelings dictate melodies and forms. Most people don’t hear a difference between Classical and Romantic music, in part because they aren’t familiar with the instrumentation, and in part because Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music is often all lumped together as classical music in our time. But when Beethoven was writing, these were ground-breaking ideas. Much of what we celebrate as Romantic music wasn’t widely played in its time, it was too different from what people were used to and what they wanted to hear.

The Beatles. They brought a unique high-energy sound to English speakers. They spent some quality time in Germany where they developed the sound that made them famous. Listening back now it is hard to hear the differences because we lump them in with all of the other rock of the 60’s, but if you were to bury yourself in recordings from the late fifties and then put on some of their 1961.1962 hits, you will be amazed at the difference, as were the teens of Britain and America.

You can’t just listen back to a group to hear how they changed music, you have to listen back to a little before them to really get the impact.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Beer as marketed to us.

Originally posted by Darkruler2005:

Is this discussion about how you feel people are brainwashed because they like a type of beer you don’t? Or is this about how you don’t like the way markets and competition work?

I have the same question. You also add, is this discussion about how people would rather have something cheap than something good. Or even, why would people prefer something with a consistent level of quality even when that level of quality isn’t very high.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do shareholders own a corporation/company.

The shareholders collectively own the company. Some shareholders are more equal than other shareholders.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Easy cash for college students!

The subsidized loan money goes straight to the school’s financial aid office. They apply it to what you them, and then send you a check for the extra. You are supposed to use the leftovers for room and board and books and all of that stuff, but if you want to invest it, you can. You are limited to $23,000 in subsidized loans over the course of your undergraduate education. Even if you get a 10% return on your investment, you are only making $2300, and will have to pay back some loan on the interest.

Aside from lose limitations, borrowing money to invest is usually a bad idea. A lot of risk for very little return.