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  1. 2 hours ago, AngelsSin said:

    to be mocked or insulted cause of his stuttering issues, and having it tied to his mental competency.

    I've seen people with a medium progress level of dementia who didn't stutter, and most people don't until they're close to losing their speech altogether. *shrugs* 

    What you can notice is that their use of language goes down, sometimes rapidly. They speak less of their own accord, and when they do, they resort to the same common phrases over and over. And if you aks them for something specific - like what they had for dinner yesterday - they won't be able to give you a correct answer. The most likely answer is something like "The usual, you know?". No specifics, just something to cover up their lack of memory.

    This, however, does not mean that all people with dementia lack a will of their own, quite the contrary. 


    That being said, I'm just now watching a cut of the highlights of the 2nd presidential debate, and noticed something. Most of the time, Trumps facial expressions are... lacking. There just isn't much to see. Also his hand gestures, they're usually restricted to a small number of mostly slow gestures. But when the point about "foreign entanglements" came up, Trump was way, way more animated, but in a way that makes him seem really, really nervous. At least as long as he's talking about his bank account in China. This changes abruptly when he goes back to blaming Hunter and Joe Biden again. I really think that this bank account (which, apparently, isn't closed as Trump claimed) should be investigated a bit more in-depth.

  2. 1 hour ago, camelia2 said:

    I don't understand what your need would be to look for all the dragons named Bob. So what if they're thousands? You should only care about what is on your scroll since you DON'T own the others.

    Maybe because I saw a dragon named Bob that perfectly fits into a lineage project I'm working on, and I'd like to ask for a sibling or offspring? Which, while not officially part of the game, is quite possible on the fo5rums. (And, yes, I usually offer an at least equivalent exchange when asking for breedings.) We don't always have the codes or links to a dragon's lineage handy, after all.

  3. 24 minutes ago, Classycal said:

    Yes, I had heard that about Merkel.  It's a Shane she's not continuing on.  She is a good leader.  She's been in for about 12 years hasn't she?

    More like 15, it will be 16 by the time she leaves office. Four full terms.


    Also, her leadership qualities are so-so. Yes, she'smostly  good for Europe - but she's better for Europe than she's for Germany, if you catch my drift.

  4. 29 minutes ago, Sundew said:

    most of the anti-exclusivity obstacles here people are bringing up do have solutions. /view/n/ can have an alternative layout

    An alternative layout that could involve looking through hundreds of Bobs, if not thousands. Even if your own dragons are displayed on top, what if you're looking for the original which happens to not be on your scroll? It's not always easy as with Missingno, where you can tell at a glance whether that's the dragon you're looking for or not.


    Inbred checking is something I only trust to external fansites by now, unless the lineage is no higher than 4th gen. Still, for those pesky low-gens, it's still easier to memorize names than codes because most names are not a random string of five characters.

    34 minutes ago, Sundew said:

    i still do not understand why other players' names should have an impact on how i manage my scroll when no other aspect of player action has any influence over my own actions to my own dragons.

    The same way that other players' hunting and breeding affects your chances to hunt and breed, to find something but a wall in the AP or how much a dragon costs in the market. (And, yes, I'm still against AP walls literally taking out a big part of gameplay unless you raise what someone else forces you to raise.)

  5. 1 hour ago, Classycal said:

    Well, I don't think Trump is demented.  He sure is crazy but not demented.  And he isn't crazy from a psych point of view.  I think he doesn't much care about anyone but himself.  


    Biden on the other hand does have moments where he pauses like he is blank.  It does bother me about the possible beginnings of dementia, and I wonder what kind of testing he has really had.  I know he has been tested, but I was tested not long ago as part of a routine exam, and it wasn't something I'd call adequate.  I wonder if the same is true of Biden.  

    I hate to disagree regarding Trump and dementia, but he sure shows signs of it. His whole speech patterns - repeating himself ad nauseam, often pausing before repeating. If you think that looks like he forgot what he was going to say, you're most likely right. Also the way he treats "facts" or "truths" he tweets - it's like he expects other people to forget his old tweets as fast as he does. 


    And if you're going to ask me how someone with dementia is able to lead a country, just look around yourself. (Do you really want to ask me that question again?) Also, at this stage, using the technique best suited to the person, people with dementia are often quite easy to influence. And the way to do it with Trump seems to be flattery and maybe some hints of "You really need to sign this, Mr. President, you're the only one who can..."


    Also @Wizardwoman Care to align this with your views? https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNS14000031

  6. 4 hours ago, MissK. said:

    This is solved by displaying codes, which is no harder to check than names with the same phrase but different spaces/spellings (easier even, I would say). And if it's a long lineage it's impossible to tell "instantly" anyway.

    Codes are usually harder to memorize than a name. Also, many people preferred code display on mouse-over. This, however, is never instant and quite hard on mobile.

  7. 1 hour ago, KrazyKarp said:

    I think you're missing the point. The goal isn't to figure out how to maneuver around exclusivity, which is rather annoying to do to begin with for many people. It's to eliminate exclusivity for a multitude of reasons discussed in this thread that benefits many, many users.

    I think that argument goes both ways. There's my side, which says that exclusivity is fine and you can find countless ways around it if the name is taken, and that exclusive names have their benefits. And there's your side, which says that only this exact name [insert your name of choice] will do, and nothing else, and every other argument pales in comparison. 

  8. On 10/23/2020 at 10:32 PM, Tinibree said:

    Hey you know a common name, both fandom and irl, I'd love to be able to use? Jasmine, she was a dog I used to have. She was a mutt so I can't get fancy by tagging on some breed or anything like that (not that I'd want to, frankly), and I hate the 'in loving memory' kind of stuff, I just want to name a dragon after my dog. Her brother was Ozzy which I'm pretty sure I have even less of a chance of ever getting. Every variant one could think of for either of those names was probably snatched up in 2008. And I'm not going to sit here and misspell my dogs name, which I consider use of s p a c e s or ' to be as well.

    Well, add a descriptor. I tried exactly four times, each one a success. If you'd like to take one of those for yourself, let me know:


  9. 26 minutes ago, Shadowdrake said:

    Name exclusivity:

    > lets people to have names be "special" for their uniqueness

    > easy dragon linking

    > demands "creativity" to find unique combinations


    Name non-exclusivity:

    > lets many people to have the same name regardless of their personal connection to it

    > allows people to name their dragons quickly

    > lets new members "own" once-exclusive names and returning old members who lost their names forever ago retake names they lost

    > lets you have the same name over and over without alerting you to the issue.

    Added a point. 

  10. Well, names can still be made unique with other methods. You want to name your dragon "Bob" after your deceased father? How about...

    • My Dad Bob
    • Bob Best Father Ever
    • Bob Daddy of the Year/Decade/Century/Millenium
    • Daddy/Dad/Papa/Pa/... Bob (Whatever you actually called him)
    • In Memoriam Bob

    And so on and so forth. You might add your Bob's middle initial for customization. For further customization, add the initial of the family name. Or use slightly creative spelling. Bobb, for example. Or B'ob, Bo'b or even B'o'b. A different nickname if applicable - Bobba, Bobby, whatever.


    Combine these methods, and you'll get your memorial dragon for your dad named Bob - and the name even expresses more than the mere given name - your relationship to Bob and probably even what you think of him. You can further add to the memorial by describing your dragon. There are countless options, if you're willing to put in the effort. What you probably won't get is a dragon named merely "Bob" - but how much significance is in a common given name?

  11. Woohoo, 98 new cases in Solingen today! /sarcasm Okay, so I'm not sure whether to react sarcastically or with black humor right now. I guess I don't deal well with that. 

    Oh, and my coworkers and I need to get tested for covid again, just because of our job/clientele. Well then.

    And, from (I think) next Monday on, we need to fill out sheets where we need to check/cross out all kinds of symptoms we experience that might be related to covid - cough, trouble with breathing, fever, unusual tiredness, sore throat and sniffles/congested nose (or something along those lines). Personally, I always have a congested nose, so, well, no idea how well that's going to be received. 😛 Oh well, we'll see.

  12. 5 minutes ago, Fly-by-Night said:

    I'm really bad at Maths, but isn't it more like 1/4 than 1/3?


    As of today, we're a "red area" (high risk), too. Perfect :unsure:, the school holidays end today, and school reopens on Monday... I've bought myself FFP2 masks for my classes now.

    You're right. My bad. Somehow, things must have gone wrong in that weird brain of mine. Which means I need to correct something else, too. XD 

  13. @Classycal That's quite a lot. If we presume that half of your active cases got found in the last week (it might be a little less, to be honest), then we arrive at an incidence of 100,000/35,098*54=153.9, so roughly the same order of magnitude as my hometown. As I said before, it might be a little less since not everyone recovers after 2 weeks, so maybe around the 120s to 130s? Still a lot.

  14. 10 hours ago, Astreya said:


    With nine land borders, it is really astonishing that we don't have many more cases in Germany.


    I just hope that the stricter measures employed in the corona hotspots will get this under control again. I just fear the measures were set up about one or two weeks too late.


    The stricter measures are a joke. Oh, you now must wear a mask in highly frequented areas outside - like a market or a pedestrian zone. Oh, you now cannot meet with more than (I think it was) 10 people in public (restaurants and the like). You know how people circumvent that rule? By just ordering two separate tables. :( Not to mention by driving to a different town where these measures aren't in effect just yet.


    And, no, no real lockdown in sight. Business as usual, and our politicians are twiddling their thumbs waiting for the vaccine.


    Btw, the Netherlands are already so badly affected that Germany took a number of their sick people, probably those in need of an ICU.

  15. I recently got a message that went something like this (translated from memory):

    I had a dream. It's the summer of 2021, a new diarrhea pandemic is running rampant. We're all sitting at the beach wearing diapers, and I think, "Well, 2020 being at the beach wearing a face mask wasn't all that bad."


    Also, I recently started doing some "mathcrobatics", and I realized that, right now, Europe really is in a bad situation regarding corona. How, you may ask - well, I decided to compare the numbers of the worst-affected countries to the US' numbers. Of course, this means I have to put the numbers into perspective regarding the countries' population. And I did it like this:

    Germany (population of 84 million) has about a fourth of the US population (332 million), so in order to compare numbers, I'd have to multiply Germany's new cases by 4. Simple, right?

    The results are kinda frightening. Let's take todays number (roughly projected towards a population of 332 million). Let's call it the "US index" for short.

    • US of A: currently 53 k new cases. (Will probably rise a little bit more.)
    • Russia: 35 k (US index)
    • Spain: 119 k
    • France: 135 k
    • UK: 132 k
    • Italy: 83 k
    • Germany: 41 k
    • Ukraine: 50 k (roughly)
    • Netherlands: 170 k
    • Belgium: 300 k (almost)
    • Czechia: 290 k
    • Poland: 87 k
    • Romania: 85 k
    • Portugal: 83 k
    • Switzerland: 214 k
    • Belarus: 25 k
    • Austria: 74 k
    • Ireland: 80 k
    • Luxembourg: 227 k

    And so on. the numbers themselves are nothing short of terrifying.

    For fellow German or those interested: I broaded the countries we share a border with. It's truly disheartening.

  16. 6 hours ago, AngelsSin said:

    I had a dream last night. That CNN was saying Biden was winning. So I ran to see. I saw people marching waving blue flags and Trump was out among them claiming it was his victory claiming he changed the color of the Republican party to blue. Lol. 🙃🤥🤯

    Sounds like something he'd do. Or declare he switched parties mid-election. Or that he now represents both parties and thus, won. Because everyone voted for him. 😛 

  17. @Astreya Oh boy!

    I remember learning typical items on a French menu in my French class - I think it was the beginning of year 2, though. I can't imagine how tough it would be with a language like Japanese, where some things are written in unique signs you won't know unless you've learned them already. At least you had your lectors with you to help out. Or did you have to pick things at random? 😛