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Three unrelated thoughts [Jun. 19th, 2009|11:04 pm]
I was going to blog about philosophy, but I have sinusy things giving me a headache, and since philosophy makes me cranky anyway, I'm going to punt. I will simply note that starting with the assumption that the correct answer to any philosophical conundrum or paradox is "that is a stupid-ass question" is surprisingly productive.

Spent 13 hours at work today for a colleague's celebratory retirement colloquium. Tasty dinner, some interesting discussions, utterly failed to get anything accomplished working remotely during talks. See 'sinusy things', above.

Ran the 4e DnD one-shot again last weekend, for Greg & Jerry & Mel & Nick. Had a good time; took about how long I thought it would, given all new players. Definitely liked the improvements I made. (Stealth monsters make for lousy boss fights; much better now that I changed it.) I'm still liking my homebrew skill challenge system (just a series of linked skill checks, with suitable outcomes defined for total number of successes/failures), although I need to figure out what to do with really high rolls. By the numbers, you should just count success or failure and ignore degree of success, but it feels wrong not to reward somebody when they manage to roll a 30+. Maybe count it double? I should probably count horrible failures double, too, then. Must ponder.

[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2009-06-20 03:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, "that is a stupid-ass question" has helped me in many of my political debates as well. Another I like is, "you're wasting energy on the wrong argument," because sometimes people get defensive when they think I'm calling them stupid.

Having dated a philosophy major for 4 years, it is usually philosophical debates that give me headaches.
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