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Home Improvement #8: Starting Over

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In one big, Home Depot-filled day, I replace pretty much every large item I own.
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emdot
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I like this blog but I really liked this post. Why? I dunno. I found it all interesting. How would one decorate/make functional their home box truck. It's interesting. And, I really appreciate his spendthriftiness.
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You Think You Know Me

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Five months ago, my wife Ami came to me and said, “I have an idea for a card game.”

This was a shock for a few reasons — we don’t play much tabletop in our family, sticking mostly to videogames, and Ami’s never shown interest in game design of any kind, tabletop or otherwise. (We’ve been married for 18 years, and you think you know someone…)

Her idea was You Think You Know Me, a card game inspired by the friends she followed on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and the people who followed her, and the lives that all of us have projected online. Her game would challenge what we thought we knew about our friends, and in the process, deepen our relationships with them.

Within days, she had a handwritten paper prototype, writing hundreds of cards on every conceivable topic. She started playtesting it with friends and family, in different sized groups, refining the game rules, seeing what worked and what didn’t.

It was clear there was something unique there — every time we played, it brought out laughs and surprises and led to interesting stories and anecdotes and little tidbits about everyone’s lives, over and over again. It was definitely a game, with rules and a winner, but it was much more about conversation than competition.

She finalized the design and rules, and I helped with the card and packaging design based entirely on her vision. She did all the research, and within three months, she had a full-color, 500-card professionally-printed boxed prototype in hand.

This is Ami’s first Kickstarter project, her first game, and, believe it or not, the first time I’ve ever written about her on Waxy.org. I’m writing about it here because I think she’s made something great, and frankly, I want to see it blow up.

Her minimum goal on Kickstarter will let her print 1,000 copies, the minimum print run for working with AdMagic, the indie game printer behind Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, and countless others.

So take a look, watch the video, and grab a copy for yourself. Thanks!

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emdot
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Cool! I backed it.
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xkcd Phone 6

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We understand your privacy concerns; be assured that our phones will never store or transmit images of your face.
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emdot
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finally, screen that goes past the edge. also, pore strips.
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We understand your privacy concerns; be assured that our phones will never store or transmit images of your face.
Covarr
6 days ago
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Is there a wide-ruled edition?
Moses Lake, WA
CaffieneKitty
1 day ago
That would be the 4s.

Politically, who played the Game of Thrones best in season seven?

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Cersei Politics

The amount of media coverage of Game of Thrones was a touch too much this summer, but this ranking of the political strategies of the main players in season seven by Zack Beauchamp was both entertaining and informative. I mean:

To understand Cersei’s success, we need to reach back to the classic work of Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz.

Before looking at the list, I’d assumed Jon Snow would get lower marks (he left the North vulnerable and cratered his coalition’s chances at a truce with Cersei), but Beauchamp makes a good case here.

I’ve argued before that the best way to think about the White Walkers, from the human point of view, is as a threat akin to climate change — a massive collective threat that humans were ignoring in favor of petty internal squabbling. Jon, to his immense credit, is the only leader who recognized the enormity of the threat early enough to try to rally others to stop it. He’s kind of a Westerosi Al Gore, only he succeeded in getting to run a country.

So the best way to think about Jon’s mission is through the lens of environmental diplomacy: He needed to convince the world’s leading powers to abandon the internecine struggle over the throne and refocus on the White Walker threat. He didn’t have a ton to work with: The North is a distinctly third-tier power, weaker militarily than both the Targaryen and Lannister alliances and the country most vulnerable to the White Walkers.

Jon may have failed to rally Cersei to his cause, but he succeeded in bringing on Daenerys. And that’s by far the most important, mostly because her dragons and cache of dragonglass represent the only chance humanity has at fending off the White Walker threat. If it weren’t for Jon, humanity would be fundamentally doomed.

Tags: Game of Thrones   politics   TV   Zack Beauchamp
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"I’ve argued before that the best way to think about the White Walkers, from the human point of view, is as a threat akin to climate change — a massive collective threat that humans were ignoring in favor of petty internal squabbling. Jon, to his immense credit, is the only leader who recognized the enormity of the threat early enough to try to rally others to stop it. He’s kind of a Westerosi Al Gore, only he succeeded in getting to run a country."
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Drone Training

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The joke will be on him in a few weeks when animal control shows up and takes custody of his Roomba.
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emdot
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I'd like a shock collar for other people's drones.
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The joke will be on him in a few weeks when animal control shows up and takes custody of his Roomba.

Public Policy Polling: 45 Percent of Trump Voters Think Whites Face the Most Racial Discrimination in U.S.

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Public Policy Polling:

The reason Trump hasn’t lost more ground for his widely panned response to the attack is probably that many of his supporters agree with some of the beliefs that led white supremacists to rally in Charlottesville in the first place. Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45% of Trump voters say it’s white people followed by 17% for Native Americans with 16% picking African Americans, and 5% picking Latinos. Asked what religious group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 54% of Trump voters says it’s Christians followed by 22% for Muslims and 12% for Jews. There is a mindset among many Trump voters that it’s whites and Christians getting trampled on in America that makes it unlikely they would abandon Trump over his “both sides” rhetoric.

The idea that white Christians are the most discriminated against group in America is both bonkers and disgusting. And that’s how we wound up with a bonkers, disgusting president.

Overall 89% of Americans have a negative opinion of neo-Nazis to 3% with a positive one, and 87% have an unfavorable opinion of white supremacists to 4% with a positive one. Just 11% agree with the sentiment that it’s possible for white supremacists and neo-Nazis to be ‘very fine people,’ to 69% who say that’s not possible.

These numbers are much less depressing. But I’m really curious about the people in the middle, who have neither a positive nor negative opinion of Nazis. Who is neutral or undecided on Nazism and white supremacy?

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emdot
27 days ago
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Just ugh.
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lkeeney
26 days ago
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Well that's disturbing...!
Apex, North Carolina
lmoffeit
26 days ago
mom and dad definitely do! I almost commented on a FB post of theirs last night, but deleted it.
lkeeney
26 days ago
I've been hiding everything they share! It's the only way I can stay FB friends with them!
toddgrotenhuis
26 days ago
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"The idea that white Christians are the most discriminated against group in America is both bonkers and disgusting. And that’s how we wound up with a bonkers, disgusting president."
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mareino
27 days ago
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Maybe they misunderstood the verb "face" and read it as "the face of"?
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leonick
27 days ago
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"These numbers are much less depressing."

Yes, though probably only because the question was their opinion of neo-nazis. If the question was regarding views commonly held by neo-nazis the result would, sadly, probably be different.

Like how people will hold racist opinions but take great offense if called a racist.
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