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    The only person I hate more than past me is future me
  • Birthday 09/19/1978

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  1. Everyone loves Hime Themis, the quirky OBR potentate with the affected speech patterns! *5 minutes later* We regret to inform you that Hime Themis is terrible at everything.
  2. This thread is to garbage fires as asteroids are to pebbles.
  3. lamuella

    No lie

    You don't "join" GOONS. You slowly come to the depressing realisation that you're already a member.
  4. I can think of dozens of things that happened within and around the game in between the first and second great wars. A short list: The game passed its first anniversary We saw the last sizeable invasions from other games/boards (Something Awful, Fark, 4Chan) The "nation game boom" began with various browser based nation games launching, becoming popular, and then starting to fade away. The first largescale alliance coalitions formed. Ivan Moldavi retired as emperor of the NPO. A Cyber Nations alliance came to the attention of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs . By assuming that th
  5. You have a misunderstanding of what I mean by "control conditions". If you are conducting an experiment to check if a particular factor causes a particular effect then a number of factors need to be in place to make the experiment as reliable as possible. You need to restrict testing to one variable at a time You need to make sure that as far as possible the environment in which the test is being conducted is the same as the environment would be without that test being conducted. You need to establish ahead of time the metrics you are studying rather than going on a fishing expedition You n
  6. In as serious a way as possible, nothing will be decided in this discussion because neither side can be reasoned out of positions they didn't reason themselves into. I'm generally of the opinion that raiding is a non-factor in the number of people playing the game. For every person who, potentially, quits because they were raided when small, another person keeps playing because raiding is something to do. I'm also of the opinion that it would not be possible to establish whether raiding is positive, negative, or neutral, especially not with a moratorium, because it would be impossible to
  7. Guys I am really angry about numbers.
  8. If only this information were gathered together in some kind of easily accessible freely editable encyclopedia. EDIT: oops, didn't realise I was inadvertently gravedigging. Many apologies.
  9. this is a pretty big picture summary, but: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_death_of_the_universe
  10. if you're boiling things in a teapot, I don't think you know how to teapot.
  11. During PB-NpO, 13 alliances declared on GOONS (and another 3 "recognised a state of war" with them).
  12. I'm making up a name for a conflict. Lighten up, Francis.
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