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/dev/random / NCAA Basketball tournament
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:25:33 PM »
March Madness is upon us again. In case you're knew to it, they call it march madness for a reason: college basketball is already more unpredictable than college football or other sports, but during the NCAA tournament it's ridiculously unpredictable. There's just as many massive upsets than not. It's both unappealing, appealing, and entertaining, hence the madness.

You can make 10 free brackets per person on with their bracket challenge. You have a chance of winning millions or other sub category prizes(50k, 100k, etc).

It's like 10 free power ball tickets, have unc, Kansas, Virginia, mich state going far and pick your upsets. Kentucky, duke, seton hall, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Iona are all seeded 4 or less. All of them are good picks to do well. Oregon is the weakest top seed.

The school I went to hasn't been to the big tournament since my freshman year 11 years ago until now. It's the first game of the day. UNCW v. Duke at 12:15pm ET. Obviously duke is a good basketball school so it's a chance to make history.

Quake / tourney ruleset, map striking
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:26:02 AM »
To start, USA duel is dead. This is just a theoretical discussion.

What if the map pool was subdivided into "neutrals" and "counterpicks", the first map played comes from the neutral category(normal map striking to determine it) then on your counter you get to choose from the "counterpick" category(and the neutrals, for that matter).

Map striking is meant to be strategic in a fps. Map knowledge is super varied among players, players have their strong/bad maps, etc. Would the idea above be more balanced?

Politics / Polarization
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:32:35 PM »
I whipped out this mini-paper on polarization in american politics in about an hour, just sharing. Didn't proofread or whatever, drank a few beers before writing... discuss, comment, read, etc... vast majority is opinion.

Polarization, Public Opinion, and Politics

Polarization is American politics is an ever-changing, self-sufficient, cyclical process and entity—respectively meaning it’s always evolving, polarization in itself is dependent upon it’s aspect of two-party competition, and ultimately this intertwinement has developed into a cycle with many relevant factors and reasons. First and foremost, in my own experience polarization is a guise to add control to the situation; the situation being American society or even more specifically the American electorate. This obviously means that I do not place the fault of a polarized electorate on the actual electorate itself. Politicians, the media, and special-interest groups are who I blame. These three categories are essentially the same political machine; all working for mutual benefit so they can figuratively meet behind the curtains and split what’s inside the briefcase afterwards. Polarization works to all of their benefit, so they attempt to polarize the country and successfully do so being that our nation is the most polar it has been since the Civil War.

I personally feel that both Fiorina’s argument and Wilson’s rebuttal made worthy and valid points. There is indeed an assumption that Americans have become more divided on cultural and social issues; and of course in a literal sense this assumption is correct. I am also sold on the reason Fiorina attributes for this occurrence: “political elites, particularly candidates for office, have become more polarized along party and ideological lines, thus changing the choices available to voters.” This basically means that the aforementioned political elites are in a position to mold our opinions on things, and to their delight social and cultural issues seem to be the easiest way to do so. Wilson additionally points out that it’s not just political elites and candidates, but American politics as a whole that’s causing this polarization. By American politics, he means “congressional elections, media, interest groups, and education”. I whole-heartedly agree with this as well. In particular, interest groups are the determining factor in congressional elections these days, and media is the primary way for the electorate’s opinion to be swayed.(Kernell and Smith)

The first thing that comes to mind concerning Popkin’s argument is this quote from Federalist 62: “if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.”(Madison).
I can’t help but point out that revered men from two and a half centuries ago saw this coming so Popkin really isn’t telling us anything new here. Legislation was drafted to be a preventative measure to this; briefly put, law that’s incoherent to the electorate is not law. The problem with this law is that the distinctions it suggests are about as known and defined as fair-play is with redrawing voting district lines(the fine-lines and subtleties are abused similarly to gerrymandering). In short, Popkin argues that the information and choices presented to the electorate is either biased or incomplete therefore leading voters to make irrational decisions. Jacobson argues that the elections, and the political machines that surround them, are the producers of polarization in politics. This makes a far better point in my opinion being that it’s the special interest groups only backing Republicans and Democrats that makes political elections a mere two-horse race. It’s in the best interests for these groups and the candidates to intensify this two-party-only competition so it’s equally apparent as to why both would want and encourage the electorate to be more polar. I would go inasmuch to say that this could very well be the primary cause of polarization, although it’s a very difficult call to make.(Kernell and Smith)

Studies show that most voters are moderate or independent, especially eligible voters that do not vote by choice. Historically it takes a highly exceptional president to draw this aforementioned group of people out of hibernation and to the voting booth, and it’s something our country has not seen in quite some time. Studies also show that the people more likely to vote in elections are the ones that feel more passionately about political issues. However, those who belong and/or identify themselves alongside the extremities of the two polarizing ideologies are the vast minority of the electorate. This makes it no surprise that about half of the country typically doesn’t vote, but it’s still counter-intuitive being that half of us still do vote. So the next question is obvious—what are the reasons for the actively voting moderate electorate to be swayed to one ideology or the other? This question is not easy to answer.(Todd)

In order to address the question/issue above, I think it’s relevant to cite this quote in regard to public opinion: “Individual opinions, though rooted in personal values and experiences, are both shaped by and expressed through leaders and institutions.”(King). In my experience it’s disingenuous to the extreme to blame the values and experiences of American society. Of course this is circumstantial and there is some blame on us being that we have developed into a polarized nation that literally chooses the news that they want to hear, but there must be a primary cause for this. I think that this primary cause via the quote above are the leaders and institutions; the ‘shapers’—and that is where the blame should be assigned. However, in order for blame to be assigned people actually have to acknowledge and designate it, and that’s something the electorate as a whole has serious difficulty with. I attribute this difficulty to the shapers as well as some of the scholarly articles that served as the basis for this paper did.

Polarization is a very interesting concept that plays a huge role on our lives as Americans. Although I do place the primary cause on the political machine caused by leaders, money, and special-interest groups, in order to understand the political poles in their entirety I feel it necessary to refer to back to my thesis. “Polarization is American politics is an ever-changing, self-sufficient, cyclical process and entity—respectively meaning it’s always evolving, polarization in itself is dependent upon it’s aspect of two-party competition, and ultimately this intertwinement has developed into a cycle with many relevant factors and reasons”—the electorate may not be the direct or primary cause of polarization, but stating the reason for polarization as us being victimized by the process would be wrong. To me, doing so is the equivalence of submitting oneself to the aforementioned cycle.

/dev/random / Netsplits on ETG
« on: May 23, 2013, 08:09:36 PM »
To those that were just split off from us in IRC, you can join up in #nadl on GlobalGamers if you please. That is why I made the alternate channel.

Community Events / KOTH?
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:51:57 PM »
In an effort to spark interest for koth, king of the hill, I was thinking about hosting a similar event for thursday this week in a few days. This is not affiliated through tastycast as of now, but I'll be linking Jehar this thread in hope of him adopting the idea. I am contemplating the idea of casting it and/or co-casting it with Jehar. Post your thoughts.

Quake / haunted "full of himself"
« on: April 02, 2013, 06:27:19 PM »
I have been seeing these comments a LOT lately and from people whom I don't even or barely even know. I've been seeing many people, in particular "Redman" slander me to people non stop saying things I did not say, here are examples:

[21:10] <uvula> 3(dm) Shogun: haunted posted a vid of him beating a no name saying he was the best lol

[02:47] <uvula> 3(dm) Shogun: omg haunted declares himself the best

[02:49] <uvula> 3(dm) Tom Servo: haunted says hes the best

[04:09] <uvula> 3(t4-noalias) Tom Servo: haunted pisses me off

[04:01] <uvula> 3(t4-noalias) Tom Servo: haunted says he can beat u all 20 to 0

[01:01] <uvula> 3(dm) redman: oh haunted i hate him too cocky

[00:59] <uvula> 3(dm) redman: gibblesnbits is cool
[00:59] <uvula> 3(dm) redman: haunted i hate and ex

[20:41] <uvula> 3(dm) Redman: haunted claims he beat purri 20 to nothing lol

I had never even talked to this guy, but I think him, "D" and "ty" are the ones constantly mistaking me for others. I don't know any of these guys, they just pretend like they know me.

I also see loads of people confusing dervish aka "e|police" and myself currently.

I _RARELY_ get on people, and the only two people I even condescend in this game are Vae and Golgo13. I have Zero problems with anyone whatsoever. Coincidentally, these aforementioned people seem to have a soft spot for vae. Locking this thread after a short duratio, no replies needed really, and if an Admin feels like there is a more suitable section then feel free to move it, after a few days, or whatever. Thanks and have fun to all on the servers.

/dev/random / march madness - ncaa tournament
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:13:42 PM »
NCAA college basketball tournament thread - discuss teams, match-ups, brackets and whatever.

Register and it prompts you to enter to win a 10,000k best buy gift card, there's other things you can join I think too for money or prizes although I haven't explored it too much, all free obviously.. even if you're not into college basketball, think of it as a free lotto ticket since it's tough to predict these games. The match-ups are looking really good this year though, people should give it a watch.

I've already made 4 brackets(there's probably a limit), but you can't share them until after it starts. I'll post some mine when it allows me though.

/dev/random / Veterans Day
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:14:55 AM »
This is a little late, but I'd like to thank anyone in this community who is a veteran or has even served in an armed service. Thank you for your service.

Here's an old picture of my Grandfather in his teens, and an old news paper clipping of an engagement he was involved in, he worked on PT boats in the pacific during WWII.

/dev/random / mia
« on: September 24, 2012, 10:06:07 AM »
my modem is shot, might take 2 days to get a new one..if anyone was wondering.

1v1 and TDM Demos / MOVED: good 3s
« on: August 31, 2012, 09:37:01 AM »

General Ownage / euroq2l season this fall?
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:52:09 PM »
it seems like it's not only possible, but probable for fall... although no announcements have been made yet. If you're interested in playing/being an alternate for team tastyspleen, post here.

also, if there's enough interest of those who doubt they'd ever play on the team, it would be easy to make a tastyspleen b team or whatever.

« on: July 21, 2012, 08:04:58 AM »
This topic has been moved to General Smack Talk.

kyuSs, you know that I'm not erasing them. Here you are looking at one of the threads in General Smack talk yesterday directly after I moved it there:

kyuSs   03:45:17 PM   Viewing the topic ADREN VS KYUSS(the same demo he has posted around 6x now).

To give you another reason not to pretend that I'm deleting them I made this redirection topic for you, follow the link. Continue posting this demo with the sole purpose of talking shit and ducking out of matches if you wish; it will keep getting moved to General Smack Talk.

Deepest Regards,

Your friendly moderator.


Pretending that you post the demo for friendly purposes after a handful of inflammatory reposts doesn't hide your true intention.

Error/Glitch Demos / quad on dm3
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:34:14 AM »
how is this possible..?

(take note of the time that's left on the quad I drop/the other quad pick-ups/the duration of them all)

RA2 Demos / god2dum
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:22:46 PM »
short clip

rocket models missing after i clipped it when it wasn't in the /arena folder I guess.

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