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How do orthodox Jews protect themselves from vampires?

Everyone knows that crosses repel vampires. But it would violate the religion of orthodox Jews to make use of the symbol of another religion. Can they use a Star of David instead of a cross?

There are at least two possible answers to this question:

(1) Yes, the cross or a Star of David is just a symbol of one’s faith in God, and it’s that faith which repels the vampire and not the specific dimensions of the physical symbol of that faith.

(2) No, because the cross specifically represents Jesus’ selfless act of sacrificing his own life for the sins of humanity, which is the opposite of vampires who take the lives of humans to feed themselves, and it’s that opposition which repels the vampire. A Star of David would have no effect.

What do you think?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 17, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

The most important video game on the planet

http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/07/how-fortnite-became-the-most-popular-video-game-on-earth.html

Video games are more important than most of my readers realize, therefore an article about “the most important video game on the planet” is worth reading, plus it’s good to see an article in the mainstream media that’s not about bashing Trump.

However, I think that Overwatch is a better video game for the middle aged gamer.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 13, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?

Atlantic Magazine asks “Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’”

The question isn’t answered in the article, but the answer is simple. We live in a gynocentric world, so what women do (spend hours a day looking at FaceBook or Instagram on their smartphone) is considered normal, but what guys do, especially nerdy guys, is considered abnormal behavior.

Also, I remembered that around the year 2000, people were worried about “internet addiction,” but that idea disappeared after it became “normal” for everybody to spend hours a day surfing the web.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 3, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

Dungeons and Dragons is not autistic

D&D is a social game, and autistic people aren’t social.

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Also, D&D requires imagination, and autistic people have a deficit in imagination.

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GondwanaMan writes in a comment:

New proposed definition of autism: any activity where the male:female ratio is more than 5:1, and doesn’t involved athletic ability.

So that means that this all-female D&D group isn’t autistic! http://www.laweekly.com/arts/all-female-dandd-campaign-girls-guts-glory-creates-a-safe-space-for-gamer-girls-7828242

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 1, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

Natural 20

If you can’t play Dungeons & Dragons yourself, this is the next best thing.

Although actually, I didn’t find it that amusing, but maybe it gets better as the series goes on?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 30, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Videogame addiction in the New York Times

A year ago, there was an op-ed in the NY Times written by two psychology professors saying that videogames aren’t addictive.

But last week, the NY Times reversed course. Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office

Now, the World Health Organization is saying players can actually become addicted.

On Monday, “gaming disorder” will appear in a new draft of the organization’s International Classification of Diseases, the highly regarded compendium of medical conditions.

But if a man has surgery to make his reproductive body parts look female, that’s considered perfectly normal these days!

I would point out that the average American supposedly spends 30 hours or more a week watching TV, so if that time is spent playing videogames instead, I don’t see the big deal. The sad reality of humanity is that the vast majority of people don’t have anything profound or self-actualizing to do when they aren’t working.

On the other hand, if people think they have a problem, then they probably do, and it demonstrates the total stupidity of our psychological/psychiatric community that they can’t get any help for it.

My advice for young people in high school or college is that they shouldn’t play videogames, it’s more important to get good grades, work in a career-related internship, exercise, and do other things for self-improvement so they can have better future lives.

On the other hand, for people my age, there really isn’t anything to improve for, there is just a downward spiral into retirement and then death. If it’s OK to retire to spend your time fishing, why isn’t it OK to retire to spend your time playing World of Warcraft? Actually, I predict that in another ten years or so, hearing about people retiring to play videogames is going to become a lot more common and one day replace fishing as the ultimate time sink for retired men.

For me personally, I get addicted to stuff for a short period of time, and then it passes and I quit doing it. The only thing I’ve done constantly for a really long time is blog. I have a theory that successful people are successful because they become addicted to grinding for success the way some people might get addicted to grinding for experience points in WoW.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 25, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

There shall be no more WoW-shaming

By shaming people for playing World of Warcraft, you are buying into the gynocentric culture that elevates hobbies approved of by women and looks down with disdain on those which are not.

WoW is a virtual simulation of our proud Paleolithic past when groups of men would go out hunting prey. It’s certainly no worse of a pastime than watching football or other sports on TV.

I bet that in Muslim countries, where men are real men and the culture isn’t gynocentric, the men can play WoW in peace while their womenfolk keep the house clean, cook for them, and take care of the brats.

WoW players, being disproportionately prole whites, are therefore disproportionately Trump voters, so don’t shame your fellow Trump voters. (However, the last time I played an MMORPG, my guild had a Puerto Rican guy from Newark and a Turkish model living in Sweden. The guild split up because it didn’t have enough people in it, and that’s when I quit playing. I also discovered I wasn’t good at the parts of the game that required video-gaming skills like dodging damage in boss fights.)

Voice chats in videogames are the only time I get to talk to people from other social classes. Although I have to lie about my age, because I don’t want to freak out people young enough to be my kids.

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Now, about the free-play weekend. This was an illusion because you can always play WoW for free below level 20, and the advice on the internet is that if you haven’t played WoW for an extremely long time, the best way to re-learn the game is to start from the beginning.

And they were right, when you create a new character, you get all sorts of tutorial information telling you what to do. In fact, it’s my belief that the primary reason why WoW became such a big hit back then is because they made the game so easy to learn, while all other multi-player RPG games in 2004 made it very difficult to figure out what you were supposed to do.

I started out as a Tauren Druid. The Taurens have a Native American like culture, full of teepees and totem poles. If this game were created today instead of in 2004, would that be considered cultural appropriation?

Graphics have a very 2004 quality to them. I guess that’s a good thing if you have an old computer, but your old computer may be out of luck with the coming expansion which has much higher system requirements. Luckily, I am sure that my NVidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card can handle it. The great thing about the end of Moore’s law for desktop CPUs is that I don’t have to keep buying a new computer. There has been a big improvement in graphics cards since I bought the computer, but a graphics card swap fixed that problem easily.

Unfortunately, I can’t necessarily say that I find the low-level game very interesting. It’s just a never-ending cycle of quest-givers telling you to kill X monsters and come back. I hear that it takes at least 60 hours of doing this to build your character up to end-game level. That’s why, when you buy a new expansion, you get a free level boost, so you can start playing at the same place as everyone else.

I understand that WoW is adding built-in voice-chat to the next release, Battle for Azeroth, coming August 14th, so it will be like Overwatch where you join a random pickup group and get to voice-chat with them. That sounds like good news!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 25, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Installing World of Warcraft…

You can play for free until Sunday evening, and there’s a new expansion coming in August that will reset everything and pretty much put you at the same level as someone who has been playing the game for ten years, so this seems like a good time to give it a try.

And I suck at Overwatch because it requires skill that I simply don’t have. I think it’s easier to succeed at WoW because it’s just based on how much time you put into it, so you always feel like you’re advancing in the game.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

UPDATE

Well this is boring, the character I used to have is gone and I had to start out as Level 1, and I don’t remember anything about the game or what I’m supposed to do.

UPDATE 2

I found my Level 73 Priest (I just had to log into the right server) and he’s in some very inhospitable place called the “Maw of Neltharion” and I have no idea what I’m supposed to do. I guess I need to start with some tutorials. WoW is not a game you can just casually start playing. You need to study for it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 23, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Kid drops out of school to play videogames

https://compete.kotaku.com/teenage-overwatch-league-players-dad-pulled-him-out-of-1822137821

Swedish kid, now 19 years old and a “pro” Overwatch player living with his team in Los Angeles.

His unusually supportive father allowed him to drop out of school so he could practice videogames full-time. Thanks to his father, he’s now a “pro.” Great for him?

In the long run, I’m not so sure. I don’t think that professional Overwatch players make that much money, so even if he’s making a middle-class salary for now, his career is only 5 to 6 years before he’s too old and his reflexes are shot, and then he’s just a loser high school drop-out with no career, and it’s doubtful that he’s going to save enough money from playing Overwatch to last him for the rest of his life, if he’s saving anything at all after living expenses.

I guess the good thing is that Sweden has a great welfare system, so he can move back to Sweden and live off welfare.

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An important question is whether a few years of self-actualization playing professional Overwatch makes up for a future without a career.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 17, 2018 at EDT am

Are UFOs from Atlantis?

No, I don’t mean that the UFOs are from the prole resort hotel complex in the Bahamas.

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If (and please note the word “if” here) the unidentified flying objects are advanced technological aircraft beyond the capabilities of known human technology, everyone then assumes they must be extraterrestrial in origin.

But I don’t think that’s the most likely explanation. We only know for sure of one planet in the galaxy that has given rise to intelligent life, and that’s our own planet. Furthermore, if the UFOs were built by a terrestrial civilization, it solves the problem of how they traveled here from a distant star system; they didn’t have to do that.

There have long been myths of a lost or hidden advanced civilization, maybe those myths are actually based on fact?

How could this hidden civilization have become so much more advanced than the rest of mankind? The answer here is very simple: eugenics! Let’s suppose the Atlanteans castrated all males in their society except for the top 5% in IQ, and then those 5% got to have sex with all of the available women. Over the course of merely a few centuries, the Atlanteans would achieve an average IQ way beyond the rest of mankind. With every Atlantean an Einstein, they would be able to achieve scientific and technological progress beyond our own with a much smaller population and without having to exploit the entire planet.

The other mysteries of why and how they remain hidden aren’t explained any better by the more common extraterrestrial assumption. Why are the UFOs only rarely seen and for very brief periods of time? Where and how are the UFOs hiding and why are the hiding from us? Whether they are extraterrestrial, or terrestrial Atlanteans, why not reveal themselves?

We can only assume that the Atlanteans have the technology to hide themselves and a philosophical reason for doing so. Perhaps something like the “Prime Directive”? Perhaps their eugenics program made them so much more advanced and different from the rest of humanity, they believed that there should be no contact or fraternizing with them. But because they had higher ethics than non-Atlantean humans, they didn’t take advantage of their intellectual and technological superiority to enslave the lesser humans (as whites did to black Africans). Instead they adopted a strict policy of non-contact.

Also remember that any civilization more advanced than ours would have reached the singularity, and the UFOs probably have no biological lifeforms aboard, which would explain why they are said to accelerate with g-forces beyond what any human could handle. It’s possible that the Atlanteans are all dead and only their intelligent machines live on.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 25, 2017 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Robots

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