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darthsquidious: Chuck Tingle is heading down a track. You see on the path ahead of him, five of...

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darthsquidious:

Chuck Tingle is heading down a track. You see on the path ahead of him, five of his butt, all ready to pound him in the butt. You can save him from this fate by throwing the switch to the second track, but down that path you see the copy of his new manuscript, “Pounded in the Butt by the Manuscript Containing the Trolley Problem in Which I May or May Not Be Pounded in the Butt by Five of My Own Butt”. This manuscript will likely pound him in the butt. Do you flip the switch?

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mindspillage
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Hyak on Hyak

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I recently fulfilled a yearslong dream of launching a job on Hyak* on Hyak.

Hyak onHyak

 


* Hyak is the University of Washington’s supercomputer which my research group uses for most of our computation-intensive research.
M/V Hyak is a Super-class ferry operated by the Washington State Ferry System.
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Today I learned - Guy Allen was a famous cowboy who won the rodeo championship eleven times. A...

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Today I learned - Guy Allen was a famous cowboy who won the rodeo championship eleven times. A twelfth win would have given him the world record for most rodeo championships won.

Instead, he was defeated by another cowboy named Buster Record.

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55 days ago
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Name Dominoes

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In competition, you can only play a name if you know who the person is. No fair saying "Frank ... Johnson. That sounds like a real person! Let me just Google him real quick."
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mindspillage
64 days ago
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How did he not title this "nominoes"?
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bakablur
64 days ago
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Hey, why does Potter Stewart match with Stuart Little?
olliejones
63 days ago
Yeah, and Garnets may be made from rubies and sapphires, but is Garnet a person? Is she? Is she?
alt_text_at_your_service
64 days ago
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In competition, you can only play a name if you know who the person is. No fair saying "Frank ... Johnson. That sounds like a real person! Let me just Google him real quick."
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64 days ago
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In competition, you can only play a name if you know who the person is. No fair saying "Frank ... Johnson. That sounds like a real person! Let me just Google him real quick."

Have you ever played tabletop roleplaying games (e.g., D&D)?

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I played it once, a long time ago, and was (before I even knew what munchkinning was) the worst kind of munchkin.

The DM said we could start with level 10 characters, which was cool, since throwing stones at kobolds for six months sounded really boring. I designed a Bard who was basically 100% optimized for Charisma and Bluff.

The campaign involved some attempt to get some artifact. I told the person trying to keep the artifact from us that we were the rightful owner, and made my bluff check, so they told me where it was. The artifact was guarded by some guards, but I told them all we were authorized to enter their super-secret area, and made my bluff check, so they waved us through. Inside there was some labyrinth of tunnels or sewers or something, with some kind of (sapient) monster guarding the artifact. The monster was just totally unwilling to let anyone through, and was clearly stronger than we were.

So I told it I was the Tarrasque.

It was…dubious. My character was this wispy, incredibly attractive woman (remember, I’m optimizing for Charisma at the expense of everything else) who didn’t even look like she could open a can, let alone be a Tarrasque. Also, we were were in a cramped tunnel system.

It asked me if I was sure. I said I was…and made my Bluff check.

The monster ran away in terror, everyone was really angry at me, and I haven’t played any D&D since then. RIP Kahe Kalirion, you deserved a longer and more storied legend.

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