We begin first in the aftermath of the Sadness. The event (covered in the previous update), exposed the divisions between the OTT and the fora, but that itself led to molpishness, as OTTers went to Otherthreads, and residents of Otherthreads did likewise. In the latter category, SecondTalon drops in and commends our effort at cataloguing the Furious Doodling of 2014-- we got 54% of the filters, better than the average of 30-40%.
And it's pretty obvious that one person's cult is another's community now, after the incident of last update. That term is really a snarl-word that hinders the amity and good relations experienced now by this community, and adds to the ill-consideredness of what I had said in the previous update--many of the things I had mentioned about the OTT were blown way out of proportion. Once again, I apologize.
Back to the good stuff. ggh proposes a discussion on page 1865 or thereabouts about aliens giving Santa Claus machines
to everyone. Most posters here are understandably hesitant, considering the ramifications of an unlimited source of energy for all, but on the lower settings that ggh proposed (e.g. make anything you could get at the local Wal-Mart), I find myself agreeing more with what (O Mighty Crow) Belial and Angua argued--namely, that worrying about how people won't work if they have basic necessities provided for them 1) puts the cart before the metaphorical equimolp, and 2) focuses on the needs of the haves versus the have-nots. In fact, if people didn't have to worry about basic survival, they could work on more creative pursuits--like OTTifying everything in sight. :p
In some ways, this is reminiscent of the recent debate over basic income
--giving everyone enough welfare to satisfy the necessities in life, no strings attached. Opponents decry that this too will make people not want to work, while proponents argue (based on the small-scale studies already conducted of such programs) that it won't, and that the ethic of letting people starve if they won't or can't work is fundamentally inhumane. I personally am somewhat in favor.
But the most prolific former Outsider is probably Link, who hit a six in the form of Automome. Its output was quoted widely in the pages to come.
Automome wrote:THE BASEMENT: THE FINAL FRONTIER. THESE ARE THE VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIPCASTLE _SHIPCASTLE_. ITS CONTINUING MISSION: TO EXPLORE RAPTORCATTISH NEW WORLDS, TO SEEK OUT NEW <COMPUTERY STUFF> AND NEW WOWTERFALLS, TO MUSTARDILY DELURK WHERE NO MOLPY HAS DELURKED BEFORE.
Sounds about right, in my case.
Lingustics discussion occurs. I personally am a descriptivist, but gender in European languages is arbitrary and frankly, ridiculous (I speak Russian). And based around a binary framework, as usual, so screwing over the people who don't fit into neat little boxes even more. Boo.
That being said, the ESL speakers here are pretty fluent in English--I didn't notice any serious mistakes. This seems to be true among a lot of web forums as well.
somemolpy wrote:Didn't some folks help fold a protein some time ago?
Chronos_Dragon wrote:I tried that game out once. It was seaishly difficult - they only barely abstracted the hard scientific concepts, so the learning curve was quite sharp. I don't recall if they ever had any big successes.
Hi! I was one of those people, before the time of Time.
Call me a heretic, but few things teach one to Wait For It better than performing manual nudges and wiggles for five hours to get the last millipoint.
That hotdog may have been somewhat useful for scientific purposes--I remember the Contenders solution from the holidips got a lot of media attention--but it was more about the hotdogging anyway.
Like the OTT, the community seems to be in more of the after-after-afterparty period now.
Also, I used to play (and still do sometimes) the Orbiter hotdog a lot, which has a similarly steep learning curve. Never tried KSP, because I don't like actually spending money on hotdogs.
jimbobmacdoodle wrote:I think this is the most interesting things about blitzing, whilst knowing what is going to happen - you spot references to major events/things etc that you know are well-known/majorly symbolic in the life of the OTC/OTT.
Indeed. But the problem comes as a blitzer nears the present, where there are fewer such references. Xe steps out for a long pint, and suddenly, several mips pass or the blitz is abandoned. Ah well.'
Lunar eclipse stuff--the first totality since the time of Time. I saw two of the four in that tetrad, I think.
And the thread returns to its usual tree-ness. Stay molpish, xuys, and keep Waiting For It.