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Comment: Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (Score 3, Interesting) 127

by JonnyCalcutta (#47490393) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Couldn't agree more. Some of my best memories are from playing RPGs as a teen / early adult. And like the other posters above that didn't prevent me from having the more normal and less respectable teen fun (drinking / smoking / partying / hanging round street corners / martial arts / football / movies). On the other hand, when the RPG campaign was rocking I wasn't adverse to skipping a party to keep the gaming going - it was that good.

If someone thinks people should be skipping RPGs because its not studying maths or inventing new water filters for the third world then they are the ones with the unhealthy view, IMHO.

Comment: Re:Must vote remain underlings (Score 0, Troll) 151

by JonnyCalcutta (#47447729) Attached to: Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

So far, the best reason for a yes vote is because the "West Lothian Question" is blatantly unfair and undemocratic, but since it goes in Scotland's favour, I've not heard a peep out of that crowd about it.

Bleh. If that's all you know about it I'd keep quiet and stick to your areas of competence.

Comment: Re:Premature much (Score 1) 302

by JonnyCalcutta (#46839699) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

This. I bought a fairly cheap Samsung b&w laser printer a few years ago after wasting fortunes on ink for a colour inkjet that was used a few times a year. What with cleaning cycles and ink just drying up it felt like it was costing me a cartridge per print. Now after around 3 years it has cost me a total of £25 for one replacement toner cartridge (plus the original sub-£100 cost for the printer with original cartridge). Lack of colour has never been an issue as like you and others I just outsource any colour printing to the local store.

Comment: Re:My son does fine with both (Score 1) 355

by JonnyCalcutta (#46777151) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

As a parent of two boys I see this the opposite way. I see restaurants and driving as good times to interact with my children (with them nailed in place) and also for them to learn how to entertain themselves and to learn appropriate behaviour. As far as I'm concerned the use of technology as a general pacifier is much more of a problem than anything else - I'd quite like my children to have some kind of attention span before technology inevitably takes it away.

I'm not suggesting we're luddites or saints though - my kids still watch too much TV and play too much Minecraft but I think of them as entertainment devices and not off switches for children.

As another poster suggested - your vows will be like so much dust in the wind once you have a real kid running about, forming its own personality (e.g. talking back / having tantrums) so I believe you just have to do your best to hold on to (a little bit) of your core beliefs, be flexible and let kids be kids. And don't listen to strangers with advice.

All the best with the little one.

Comment: Re:An illusion (Score 1) 194

I've often wondered something similar myself (but I was too lazy to become a physicist). What if the universe is infinite and inflation is simply the result of a 'local' (e.g. at least a 15 billion light year radius) eddy in the flow of infinite space/time.

If you want to know bring some marijuana.

Comment: Re:Cognitive dissonance bites greedy capitalists.. (Score 1) 131

by JonnyCalcutta (#46355359) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Very true. I was told by a Holywood producer that a Holywood movie should have the following structure or forget it -

The hero must try to overcome their 'problem' three times. The first two times he must fail, but the failures allow him to learn and grow as a character. Thus he succeeds in the last desperate attempt.

Comment: Re:Very old games (Score 2) 669

by JonnyCalcutta (#46284451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

I'm playing OpenTTD (http://www.openttd.org). I played Simutrans a few (many?) years back and it was good, but the concepts are so different from Transport Tycoon that I find it hard to pick up when ever I try - it hurts my head because its similar yet so different.

I love the optimisation aspects of openTTD - maximising the throughput on busy lines and stations - the money aspect I couldn't care less about and always give myself a few hundred million when I start. I think I'll be playing it till the day I die.

Comment: Re:When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (Score 1) 717

by JonnyCalcutta (#46261063) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

For most of human history 60 hours would probably not even be sufficient simply for the human need to occupy one's mind, since there weren't always the entertainment options that we have now.

It keeps getting suggested that pre-industrial people worked longer hours but the evidence just doesn't back that up. http://groups.csail.mit.edu/ma...

Comment: Re:want to opt for the french approach (Score 1) 717

by JonnyCalcutta (#46258927) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Wish I had mod points for you, but this matches my feelings. Its one reason I have left the world of 'IT' recently and started a company well away from technology (well, a franchise) where I work in the morning and prospect for work in the afternoon when I want to. Money is tight at the moment but I'd never go back even if I have to live off left-over rice.

"An entire fraternity of strapping Wall-Street-bound youth. Hell - this is going to be a blood bath!" -- Post Bros. Comics

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