Regardless of what language they speak, if someone is given these two shapes and told to label one "bouba" and one "kiki", 95% of people will label the spiky one "kiki" and the smooth one "bouba".

(Image: Andrew Dunn.)

I just finalized the render on that ship too.

[image: a spacecraft with colourful radiators leaves Jupiter orbit]

We closed Book 1 of our Diaspora Anabasis playtesting today. Since we introduced the Disaster mechanism we've had exactly one in the whole campaign. Today we had two in succession. That changed everything.

So as we head into Book 2 we have:
* players destroyed a planet
* their super high tech ship is an expanding ball of plasma
* Abadyos the hotshot pilot is dead
* Colonel Darros has learned that his wife is alive and working with the separatists

This game rocks.

@kensanata I love it as well but players definitely need to be eased into it. It's not a small thing to ask of them. I thought it was, but it's definitely not.

Some words about stress in Diaspora Anabasis and how it's actually stressful and I totally did not expect that.

@Yoric @kensanata

Yeah I got Moray working but it was so primitive and frustrating compared to just hammering out the code. I never did anything more serious than sphere on a checker board with it.

And here's some speaky about viruses as machines because they are. Fight me.

@tootjard Oh them all only the Dust elemental is allowed to wear a cowboy hat.

Friendly reminder that your DMs and "followers only" posts are all visible to your instance administrator, who (in addition to their hosting provider) can be compelled with a warrant to disclose the contents to law enforcement.

If you want to organize political protests or engage in activities that law enforcement would take an interest in, fediverse servers are not the right place to do that.

Banning cop/law enforcement accounts literally does nothing to help you, just FYI.

Word of the Day: STRIKHEDONIA - The joy of not giving a damn.

A study has shown that our ability to learn is optimised when we are presented with challenging tasks that cause us to fail 15% of the time.

@turtlebirb I think I knew but failed to internalize it. Now I'm sad you're gay! Shit's so complicated. :D

@turtlebirb Well it's now less uncomfortable to be attracted to you. :D

Russian migration researchers who strapped SMS transmitters to eagles have been faced with a $3,800 phone bill after the birds flew out of the county and racked up huge data roaming charges.

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