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by b.i.o
Sun Jul 05, 2015 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Female Vocalists
Replies: 80
Views: 51793

Re: Female Vocalists

by b.i.o
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576874

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Rumor has it that the money-processing logic at PayPal is all in a single class that has become so big that finding an editor that can open it without crashing is a challenge, and there was at least one formally funded project to fix that that failed. I find this pretty hard to believe...I have fil...
by b.i.o
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 856
Views: 179738

Re: Board games anyone?

Second game(4 man) I just got crushed. I basically couldn't keep cards on the table. Opponents got their cards splayed, but I couldn't do much because every ability I had was getting copied by everyone else, and then they did abilities that made me lose the few cards I did have out. I ended the gam...
by b.i.o
Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Great Programming Language Survey, poll #2: like
Replies: 26
Views: 7500

Re: The Great Programming Language Survey, poll #2: like

Oh, I didn't notice 'ML'.

I'm going to say no, though. OCaml and SML and F# are in the same family of languages, but they're quite different in their specifics.
by b.i.o
Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Great Programming Language Survey, poll #2: like
Replies: 26
Views: 7500

Re: The Great Programming Language Survey, poll #2: like

other: OCaml, when used with the alternate Core/Async standard libraries.

Clojure gets an honorable mention: it's the first language I've seen that does not have big obvious warts. It loses out to OCaml because I haven't used it enough, and also because it's not statically typed.
by b.i.o
Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Great Programming Language Survey, poll #1: use
Replies: 24
Views: 8418

Re: The Great Programming Language Survey, poll #1: use

other: OCaml
by b.i.o
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576874

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I think I just want there to be a realtime style checker installed in all text editors that flags JavaScript code that violates Douglas Crockford's rules for good JS programming from JavaScript: The Good Parts , kind of like how flycheck does for Python code that violates the PEP8 style guide. Synt...
by b.i.o
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Etherium Sculptor is surprisingly good in MM affinity. Just drafted/played with an excellent WU affinity deck with two of them (went 3-0 pretty easily), and they were the enabler for every degenerate play I made.
by b.i.o
Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Game 1 of my previous match: (I'm playing a modern daily on MTGO) Me: land, go. Opponent: copperline gorge -> simic spirit guide -> burning tree -> burning tree -> storm entity. Ow. Needless to say I lost that one. And then game 2: Me: Windbrisk Heights, go. Opponent: copperline gorge -> simic spiri...
by b.i.o
Sun May 19, 2013 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576874

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

That seems pretty weird: your data is represented as a function, and your functions are sort of represented as data. It's also pretty limiting. What you have here works right now, but if you ever want to write a function that returns something other than a Float this is going to have to change subst...
by b.i.o
Tue May 14, 2013 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Everybody seems to think DGR is a format where you just play bombs and don't do anything until turn 5 or 6. This format may force you to play three colors, but it's still not anything like slow. There are SO MANY insane two drops at common/uncommon. Brushstrider, Daring Skyjeck, Gore-House Chainwalk...
by b.i.o
Sun May 12, 2013 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I love new limited formats where nobody has any idea what they're doing.
by b.i.o
Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Aha! I have finally found a deck that is as much fun to play as standard BW tokens was before RTR arrived. It is...
Spoiler:
...modern BW tokens.
by b.i.o
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

You're assuming a black deck running desecration demon is going to have 0 interaction in an agro matchup which I think is a bad assumption. Black, and Jund in particular, has the best matchup against fast agro and easily lasts till turn 7. No I'm not. If you have no interaction, you're very possibl...
by b.i.o
Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

On offense, the problem with desecration demon is that it can effectively be chump blocked by anything. It's at best a vanilla 6/6. It having flying basically doesn't matter, because your opponent can sac any creature they want to stop it attacking anyway. It also doesn't have haste or an ETB effect...
by b.i.o
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I think Dimir in limited is like black in AVR. The cards on average are worse, but when nobody else is drafting it you can build ridiculous decks.
by b.i.o
Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I've played four drafts online now. 2-1ed the first 3, and went 3-0 (without dropping a game) on the last one. So here's a draft-related wall of text. The first draft I went 4-color control because I had no idea what I was doing. It's surprisingly viable--prophetic prism is really really good, and f...
by b.i.o
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you find new books?
Replies: 22
Views: 18650

Re: How do you find new books?

Amazon used to give me recommendations, but they've basically run out of things to recommend to me. Amazon is still very useful for finding out about new books from authors I've read though. Goodreads is occasionally useful, but I've found the recommendation engine to be almost useless. Somewhat mor...
by b.i.o
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I have discovered that MTGO keeps draft decklists for you. Now I can stop kicking myself for not saving my favorite draft deck ever, from M13: Creatures: 1 Arbor Elf 1 Chronomaton 1 Clone 1 Disciple of Bolas 1 Elvish Archdruid 3 Elvish Visionary 1 Faerie Invaders 1 Walking Corpse 2 Watercourser 1 Zo...
by b.i.o
Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

How far is your list from the GB aggro list Kibler played at the SCG invitational? If I remember correctly it was quite resilient against board wipes. (Not so much terminus, but supreme verdict shouldn't give it much trouble.)
by b.i.o
Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I've actually managed to put together the storm deck in the Christmas cube.

This is excellent.
by b.i.o
Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576874

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Unless you're registering for a bank account or something actually important nobody cares.

Also, if you're a student, you can just get the full version free through DreamSpark.
by b.i.o
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Nivix Guildmage is a lot better than I originally thought. It takes a little while to get going, but being able to effective have your pick of the top 3 cards of your library every turn makes it really hard for your opponent to keep up. And occasionally you get to do hilarious things like copy trait...
by b.i.o
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Most pleasing thing I've done in a draft game in a while: sacrifice worldspine wurm to korozda guildmage. Sadly my opponent condeded immediately, because my next *two* draws were phantom generals.
by b.i.o
Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

The game itself isn't that complicated either, despite appearances. It's certainly not trivial, of course, but neither is it crazy or hard to understand (the rules have gotten *way* better over the last decade or so). I'd say that it's quite complicated, but you can almost always get away with only...
by b.i.o
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Straight up killing a Rakdos deck on turn 5 is very satisfying. Related: pursuit of flight is *nuts* if you have good 1/2 drops to put it on. Especially when you can back it up with a dispel or something to keep your gigantic scary fliying creatures alive.
by b.i.o
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I really wish pack rat weren't such an absurdly good card in limited. I feel like an asshole every time I cast it, and winning isn't even fun because it's just a matter of doing nothing for a while and then swinging for a fuckton.
by b.i.o
Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Outracing infect on the draw is fun.

Relatedly, playing (Modern) Affinity is also fun.
by b.i.o
Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 488171

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

I love when ridiculous decks work perfectly.

My current MTGO draft deck has 4 lobber crews. Last game I played one on each of turns 3,4,5, and then followed them up with hellhole flailer and abrupt decay.
by b.i.o
Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

That looks quite nice. Izzet is a lot of fun when you get the cards for it. I also had a quite nice draft deck last night (although I don't have a decklist). I've been trying to avoid Rakdos because it generally seems overdrafted (and aggro is not really my thing), but I picked up 3 copies of stab w...
by b.i.o
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

I feel like such an asshole when I play Azorius, but it's so much fun.
by b.i.o
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Clear signals are nice:
p1p1: Martial Law
p1p2: Archon of the Triumvirate
p1p3: Azorius Charm
by b.i.o
Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

There are few things more satisfying than stabilizing at 1 life and then managing to slowly and surely come back while your opponent watches helplessly.
by b.i.o
Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: portable speaker for halloween costume
Replies: 2
Views: 2659

Re: portable speaker for halloween costume

I've come up with a fairly simple solution: use my smartphone (with a very simple custom webapp) for sound, and a teensy pretending to be a keyboard with one or two buttons for the activation. Thanks though.
by b.i.o
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: portable speaker for halloween costume
Replies: 2
Views: 2659

portable speaker for halloween costume

So I need a portable speaker I can activate with a button (to play a single pre-set sound) for a halloween costume. I can think of ways to hack something like this together, but not ones I'm going to be happy carrying around all night. The slightly less ideal option would be to hack up a smartphone ...
by b.i.o
Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Post-Rock
Replies: 86
Views: 39541

Re: Post-Rock

Yeah, *shels is excellent. Plains of the Purple Buffalo is one of my favorite albums from last year.

I'm currently really excited about Wires Under Tension's next album, which is out in early November. Their first, Light Science, was one of my other favorite albums last year.
by b.i.o
Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is this a good way to generate a session secret?
Replies: 2
Views: 2251

Re: Is this a good way to generate a session secret?

(I think this is definitely a coding question, not helpdesk.) More context would be useful. If you're doing this as a one-off thing, what you're doing is probably fine. If you're generating a lot of session keys, you're going to run into problems, because /dev/random is a blocking real random number...
by b.i.o
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576874

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So tomorrow morning I'm supposed to talk to 100 6th graders for 20 minutes about why it's cool to be a programmer. In true me fashion, I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to say. Anyone have suggestions or links to programming-related things for young people?
by b.i.o
Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 258406

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Hitting 6 mountains in a row when you're a mono-red aggro deck is usually a bad thing. Especially when you have an Ankh of Mishra in play.

Not a bad thing, it turns out, when you have a Countryside Crusher in play. Turn 4 9/9? Yes please.
by b.i.o
Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576874

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Float(2.0 / my_var).almost_equals(Float(5.0)) which is ridiculously verbose. If you're using it like that there's obviously no point. The idea is that every float you're working with is made into an instance of your custom class at the borders of your program. You should almost never have to write ...

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