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Topic: Off-topic / No more writing books in Minecraft Xbox One?

Is there no more writing books in Minecraft for Xbox One? I cant seem to find the option when I try to craft with my avatar or even with a crafting box.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

“Granted, how it interprets this frightening and random stimuli can be influenced by what the brain often thinks about while it’s awake”

Hit the nail on the head. Thanks, that’s what I was looking for. Now the things that people report to hallucinate makes a lot more sense to me.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Originally posted by ImplosionOfDoom:

Here’s a quick little introductory video about sleep paralysis from national geographic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCZSAwSasdQ
Also here’s another, slightly better video about the science of sleep paralysis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wx4B03UJ1U
Basically your brain shuts off the body’s ability to move while dreaming to avoid any possible injuries from acting out your dreams.
If this mechanism isn’t functioning properly you can either end up a sleep walker or end up with sleep paralysis.
(Funny story, my mom sleep walks, one night she poured ketchup into a coffee mug, on another night she ended up pouring root beer and a shaky can of parmesan cheese onto a plate, she also sometimes talks in her sleep, sometimes she even yells at my brother while she’s asleep)

I own 4 cats so I think if I were to experience sleep paralysis I’d probably just see a cat on me (seems like it would be the most likely explanation my half-asleep brain could come up with for feeling a weight on my chest)

While I don’t have sleep paralysis, I do have fibromyalgia (overactive nerves that send out random pain signals for no reason, muscles may also spaz out randomly or "lock up) and on a few occasions I have been woken up because the muscles in one of my legs decided to ‘lock up’ on me. The sensation could be best described as having a long knife pierced completely through the middle of the leg and then pulled to wrench the muscles away from the bone without severing the tendons, trying to move a ‘locked up’ limb is like trying to move with shrapnel imbedded deep within the flesh, every little movement just causes the pain to deepen and intensify . Honestly it’s bad enough when that happens while I’m fully awake and it’s downright terrifying to be woken up by that. I’ve also had my the muscles around my throat lock up (basically feels like being choked by Darth Vader, except the trachea doesn’t actually close) I also had the muscles in the left side of the neck and shoulders lock up for a whole week which prevented me from turning my head toward the right (I went to a chiropractor and when the X-ray came back the muscles had actually twisted the blades of the vertebrae, don’t worry with some electric-shocks in the muscles, massages and a new muscle relaxer prescription my neck was eventually able to regain it’s mobility) I also get horrible migraines, often with eye-gouging pain.
Anyhow, it seems fibromyalgia is genetic and I inherited it from my mom, so unless you’ve got a family history or are already showing symptoms you shouldn’t worry about it too much.

The interesting thing though is that most of peoples sleep paralysis experiences seem to be malevolent. Even though they are essentially just dreams. Yet I don’t think the majority of people frequently recall nightmares when they wake up. It happens sometimes but I would have thought most people only recall other random dreams most of the time. So it’s interesting that most sleep paralysis experiences seem to be horrific rather than random. I wonder why?

I think I might have had something similar to you a couple times. My calf muscles would rapidly tighten up and be extremely painful. I usually start punching them hard to relax the muscles again. Although your experience seems a lot worse.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Originally posted by Twilight_Ninja:

Interesting thoughts. I’m a Christian, and if praying for you helps, great—without delving into the spiritual aspect, though, sleep paralysis has been known to have a connection to sleep apnea. I know someone who has it and I saw this question pop up on a questionnaire I filled out prior to undergoing a sleep study.

Looking into it further, I do see what you mean about the history of sleep paralysis and demonic possession rumors, as it even shows up in common medical sources. If this is something that is bothering you, however, it would be worthwhile to see if something like a CPAP or other sleep device could help.

It’s not something that bothers me. I’m more curious about it than anything. It’s only happened twice and both times I was lying on my back even though I usually don’t. I hear that’s when it’s most likely to happen. I also think I have sleep apnea so that would make sense.

One of the reasons I find it interesting is because people who are more spiritual about their religious beliefs may find such experiences reinforces their faith in the supernatural when in reality, as you say there is sleep research to conclude differently.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis or something similar has happened to me at least twice before. The reason I am not sure is because people usually describe the feeling as being awake. However, I couldn’t tell because I usually sleep with the lights off and when it happened the lights where off in my room also. That plus sleepiness made it harder for me to differentiate between reality and dream.

In my first experience I was lying on my bed when I saw a shadowy male figure walk along and then step ‘out of’ or ‘off of’ my wall. I let out an odd squelching noise but it felt as if my mouth was forced shut while this happened. I was also paralyzed. I was then woken up by my sister who had come in my room around the same time to speak to me.

The second time the shadow figure appeared again roughly in the same location but this time took a few steps forward while facing me. This time it also had some sort of hood or veil on its head even though I couldn’t see a face the first time anyway. In my head I thought let me see what happens this time if I do nothing. The figure then fell on me and I was instantly paralyzed. This is when my body tried to wake up or snap out of it.

I tried to speak but couldn’t. After multiple tries I was able to say Jesus and the thing ended. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily believe these were spiritual encounters. I just think ‘Jesus’ was a keyword that personally helped me dispel this ‘encounter’.

I think it’s necessary to explain why I don’t necessarily believe these were spiritual encounters; First of all. I’ve done a little reading on this stuff in the past and watched a documentary about Sleep Paralysis. I found out that there is this African Muslim village that experienced mass Sleep Paralysis and so called demonic encounters where this demon called the Popobawa would visit the village and torment the people. One of the villagers being interviewed explained how after a while he started keeping an Islamic charm close to him when he went to sleep which caused the demonic encounters to stop.

Some members of my family have experienced Sleep Paralysis-like circumstances before. They are all Christians and so as expected, they think the experiences are demonic encounters. But after finding out that people of other faiths are able to break the spell with their beliefs too I’m more inclined to think that it is psychological rather than spiritual despite how real the experience may feel (i.e sensations of touch or physical pain).

Maybe there are things out there that we just cannot explain or understand. But one thing I am absolutely convinced of is that our brain is the most powerful and complex thing in the known universe. That’s why I think Sleep Paralysis is all in the head and that the brains power to conjure spiritual-like experiences plays a part in the influence religion has over people to an extent.

I do also acknowledge that people become religious for all sorts of reasons but I’m talking about when people have strong spiritual convictions.

I’d like to know what other peoples thoughts are on the topic of Sleep Paralysis.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / x,y coordinates

Thanks. Almost forgot it needs to be in an enterFrameHandler

 
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Topic: Game Programming / x,y coordinates

How could I go about outputting or tracing the mouses x and y coordinates? I am trying to get a similar result to this. (as shown in the top right corner in this game)

http://www.kongregate.com/games/monsterkillu/an-epic-minimal-adventure

 
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Topic: Collaborations / free video game music

You should see if you can find a way to show your music, where people don’t have to sign up for myspace to hear it.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Gaze Framework - first sneak peek

This looks really cool. I hope you finish it.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Actionscript 3.0 X Y coordinates

Thanks guys.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Actionscript 3.0 X Y coordinates

Ok thanks. So what would the word be for tracing the cursor coordinates?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Actionscript 3.0 X Y coordinates

Hi,

Does anybody know a directive for displaying x and y coordinates on the stage or in the output window?

 
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Topic: Game Programming / void data type

Originally posted by UnknownGuardian:

No, not at all. That info was mainly just stated cause it was cool. I tried to avoid answering the question since I posted that information (thus confusing you anyways I guess).



I think I’ll try here.

Void doesn’t return a value:

public function moveCarFoward():void {
   y += 5;
}

Other types (example uses Number) return a value:

public function getRemainingFuel():Number {
  return _remainingFuel;
}

For the first, we want to tell a car to move forward. We don’t really need to know anything about the car, after it moved, for that method. Hence, we don’t have to return anything (:void). However, for the second, we are asking how much fuel does the car have. So we need to get a value. We get this value by returning it in a function. The function has a :Number type at the end, and has the statement return _remainingFuel; in it.

Oh right that makes sense. I guess I just hadn’t used functions in that way so the whole value return thing confused me. Thanks.

Originally posted by NineFiveThree:
Originally posted by 422537:

Hi,

Does it mean it’s assigned to methods that don’t return a value to a variable?

It’s not necessarily returned to a variable, could also be another function, operator, etc…
But if it’s a void function, you cannot do that, because – well – there’s nothing returned.

Right of course. I guess I would have naturally acknowledged this sooner or later but I can’t stand working with concepts that I don’t understand so I had to ask. Thanks.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / void data type

Ok I think I kinda get it. if it’s similar to the == operator, then it’s essentially saying that the directives contained within that method are equal to it. So next time the method is called on it’s own, it’s calling everything that was contained within it because they are one and the same i.e identical in information? That makes sense I think.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / void data type

Hi,

I often hear people say that the void data type is used for methods that don’t return a value, however that sounds pretty vague. A value for what? Does it mean it’s assigned to methods that don’t return a value to a variable?

Event if that was the case, I’m failing to see the logic behind their use at all. Can someone please clear this up for me?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / How do you get sponsored by Kongregate

I thought recoil was pretty good: http://www.kongregate.com/games/mirosurabu/recoil-1-3-noobs-edition

 
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Topic: Kongregate / How do you get sponsored by Kongregate

The game might need more polishing. It could do with it. Mainly graphics.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Practicing Math in the Classroom

Personally I think his arrogance and insults are hilarious.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Practicing Math in the Classroom

Personally I don’t hate math I’ve just never been good at it. It seems that I needed things explained to me a bit more than the average candidate. Unfortunately it seems that teachers misread this as meaning I have a low level IQ and need to be in a lower level class set. I’m sure this has probably been similar for others. But I’m actually quite fascinated by maths and wish I didn’t need things explained to me so much during secondary/high school, because now I find myself interested in most of the compulsory subjects I struggled learning back then but, I have very little foundation to build upon.

However, I did notice a dramatic shift of perspective and understanding when I had things explained to me one on one. When it was getting close to my final Maths exams, I would pay a visit to my Maths teacher’s classroom at the end of the school day to get things directly explained to me. Maths seemed a lot easier than I had originally thought when I took this approach, my only problem now was memorizing formulas and methods to solving equations. I didn’t do great in my exams as I only got to get these things explained to me a few times but I believe I did much better than I would have without taking this approach.

1) So personally I would advise to spend short one to one periods (when possible) with the students that appear less able in the class. To find out whether they really are less able or are just struggling to understand your phonetic explanation of the mathematical formula to given problems.

2) Also I think it may be very beneficial to emphasize the importance to the class that they understand what you just explained or taught, before moving on with a lesson. And then like you said with your second question – if you anticipate or suspect particular students are not quite getting it, ask them directly if they got it or not. If you get the vibe that they’re getting it, I guess it’s all good. If not, you could always try a different approach to explaining a particular equation or something.

3) Personally I’ve always found examples and scenarios useful when trying to understand something.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What will you do at 12/12/12?

Go to bed.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Unfortunate accidents at home.

Originally posted by denamo:

My existence is pretty unfortunate if i say so myself.

You know how to make pancakes. Seems like your existence is pretty fortunate after all.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / So you're stranded on an island

The red guy from Cow and Chicken.

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Are you a good person?

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Topic: Game Programming / GiTD [#27] Entries and Discussion

ah yes of course, that makes sense.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / GiTD [#27] Entries and Discussion

When should we be expecting the theme?