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Comment: Re:Let Me Explain (Score 1) 550

by Serra (#42643765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

My husband and I have played a lot of computer games together. We also have kids and like to play something casually for an hour or so after they have gone to bed. I would advise you to avoid 1st person shooters, real time strategy or anything that pits you against each other. I learned very quickly that I didn't like being "attacked" in games by my husband.

One of the first games we played was The Longest Journey. We sat next to each other and took turns controlling the mouse. It has a great plot and is an adventure / puzzle game, which might be a good introductory game.

Another really fun one for me was Terraria, which is sort of like a building game crossed with a side-scroller that allows for multiplayer.

My husband and I have been playing a lot of Torchlight II lately, which is an rpg that can be played cooperatively. You could also try Diablo 2, which is in the same vein, but I think Torchlight is more approachable.

Lastly, I really liked playing Civ IV cooperatively.

Good Luck!

Comment: Kansas City:Better Than You Think. (Score 1) 123

by Serra (#42584987) Attached to: Google Fiber Draws Startups To Kansas City

I grew up in KC, went to collage at RPI in New York and spent some time working in Boston. I've done a lot of traveling both inside and outside the U.S. and I think Kansas City gets a bum rap.

Many people from the coasts have such bias against KC (and all the other cities in "fly-over" country), but it is actually a pretty hip city. I've eaten some of the best food of my life here and here. The Chicago Tribune recently called Kansas City "America's Next Great Cocktail City. We have tons of fine art theaters, including the new Kauffman Center which is considered one of the most technically advanced performance halls in the nation. The lack of traffic and great roads make it easy to get around. I go out far on the town far more often than when I lived near Boston.

Kansas City also has one of the best academic medical centers in the country and is also one of the highest ranking cities for smart phone app creation. It is consistently ranked on of the most affordable places to live among .

Sure, the rural parts of Missouri and Kansas tend to be a bit bible-belt backward, as they are everywhere in the country, but Kansas City and it's surrounding suburbs are decidedly more liberal. It is great place to live and I'm tired of people who haven't lived here recently, much less visited saying otherwise. If you have a knee-jerk negative reaction when you hear the name Kansas City, then maybe you aren't as open minded as you could be.

Comment: Re:the basic fact is that Akin is a dumb hick (Score 1) 1469

by Serra (#41077011) Attached to: The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

And something must be wrong with his opponent because the race is very close..

His opponent is Claire McCaskill, who billed the state for some personal political trips she took and also didn't pay personal property tax on the airplane she was using for the trip. She says both things were just an oversight...

But the thing that is _really_ wrong with her is that she is running for election in Missouri, which leans Republican.

Comment: Re:"Unclean. Un-Unclean..." (Score 1) 136

by Serra (#39462849) Attached to: Early Exposure To Germs Has Lasting Benefits

I was on chemo and had a suppressed immune system for a couple of years. I slathered both myself and my toddler with antibacterial sanitizer every time we went in public. I got lots of disapproving looks from people who I know thought I was "needlessly" using it, but better that than catching the flu or pneumonia which my body wouldn't have been able to fight off.

_Lots_ of people have compromised immune systems for one reason or another. Please keep that in mind the next time you see someone using that hand gel. It is very likely that he or she has an incredibly good reason for doing so.

Science

+ - MIT Develops Tiny Water Purifying Chip->

Submitted by ByronScott
ByronScott (1646747) writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a postage stamp-sized water purifier made out of soft silicone that separates out contaminants using magnetic fields. A single device can only process tiny amounts of water, but MIT researchers imagine that they could be lined up in arrays–1,600 units placed on an 8 inch diameter wafer, for example, could generate 15 liters of water an hour. Researchers have successfully tested a single unit, which removed 99% of contaminants from seawater."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:I wonder if it is the diseases.. (Score 1) 349

by Serra (#29347451) Attached to: Placebos Are Getting More Effective

Still, I wish you good luck in solving your problem. I don't mean to seem disrespectful, but I am curious. . . Have you looked at the obvious stuff? --Like getting a job which you love, doing lots of exercise outdoors for the fun of it, eating properly and generally diving into the work of cleaning out all the false automatic crap from the machine of your mind?

-FL

This is one of the most offensive questions I have read in a long time. Wow. Have you considered what it must be like to live with a terrible illness?

I don't have RLS, but I can promise you that any person with a nasty chronic disease has devoted more time than you can imagine trying to figure out how to solve their problem. They probably spend most of their free time researching and coming up with ways to alleviate just a teeny tiny portion of the misery that they are experiencing. They have spent hours talking to doctors and all of their free time on message boards talking to other people in the same situation.

Before you give random medical advice to someone about a disease they have lived with for _years_, consider that their life probably revolves around it and if 'doing exercise outdoors' was a solution, they would certainly already be doing it.

Role Playing (Games)

Faction Changes Coming To World of Warcraft 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-still-won't-win-battlegrounds dept.
A Blizzard representative today announced that they're working on a service for players to switch factions in World of Warcraft, going from Horde to Alliance or vice versa. "There's still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we're pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it." They also said there would be "some rules involved with when and how the service can be used."

Comment: Re:parents? (Score 1) 716

by Serra (#28256745) Attached to: Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades

I have to wonder if the parents became more involved with their kids once money was brought into the picture.

I think another study needs to be done to see if there is a way to encourage parents to be good parents and if that affects kids' scores

Good thought. What about paying the parents if the their kid gets good grades?

Interchangeable parts won't.

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