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  1. 8 points
    Over the years, in MD, many people learned things that eventually changed their life. In 15 years of MagicDuel, this is probably the most valuable thing thing one could obtain, along with lifetime friends. I want to revive this "MD spirit" So...what is this about? Let me try to explain it People can be divided in two categories, and all people belong to both so how is this ? Each one of us has questions but also answers. In your line of work, you might be paid with 100Eur/hour or 2Eur/hour, its still an hour of your life. There are many young people that might spend years of their life searching for something they love to do, or discover that something in the most unexpected place. Myself, i teached things i knew to md people, sometimes "pro-bono" other times because i needed them to do things, but either way, in the end, they learned something new. I wish to introduce a new value unit, lets call it "lecture coins". One lecture coin equals one hour of your life sharing knowledge from your line of work, regardless what your work is. You might be a good programmer, or a doctor (and yes we have several in md), or you might be simply a delivery guy thinking you have nothing valuable to share. One lecture coin equals one hours of your life, and in that hour you must share your knowledge from your field of work, as best as you can, as if your life depended on it. The person "listening" and learning from you, will discover the tips and tricks of your particular line of work, and might love it, or might just expand his knowledge about it for other use, regardless, that person, the pupil, will pay you one lecture coin for that hour of your life. With that coin you can "buy" time from someone else, equal also one hour of their time, sharing detailed and valuable info from their own knowledge. You might think...some peoples time values more than others, and thats true...but knowledge is knowledge, and if you are looking for it, its valuable, regardles how much it costs as monetary value its still an HOUR of someones life. The rules are these: For one full hour, you will try to answer any question, but also provide unrequested info from your personal expertise, as if you would have to teach someone to do your job the next day. You will put all possible effort into this, during that hour, and that person will rate you at the end, telling if you provided info that was valuable, or not. In exchange, you receive a lecture coin, that you will be able to use for same purpose yourself. Also, you will have a "menu" presenting all possible knowledge fields you could cover, regardless how stupid or valuable they might be. You could be a SEO expert or lawyer, asking for 600$/hour, or a pizza guy that could share tips and tricks about how to do that job better, its equal value. Think that you might change lives forever, losing just an hour or two of your life, you might make someone a better person, or earn a lifetime friend. I will be the first to donate time of my life to this. I will sponsor lecture coins to anyone that wishes to participate, and get people that want to listen to what they have to say, for one hour, and these lecture coins are payment i will accept for my own time, sharing information the best i can, from any field i might have something to say about. As example, i will show you my menu, for anyone interested: My current "Menu" is this: - Learning programming in general - Tips and tricks about webdevelopment and webdev tips and tricks accumlated over years, not easy to find online - How to start to learn python (:D i am new to it too, but i will share an hour with you, guiding you through the best and most time saving info i can) - Any question you could ask a webdeveloper with 20years experience paid with 50$/h, i will consider you paid me 50$ and act accordingly, but will do only knowlede sharing, not work in your place. - neural networks, robotics, and anything related i might know - a random choice of art related activity i will pick, that you could replicate - Anything else i might know and you know how to ask, to the best of my ability - a mix of all of the above, trying to the best of my ability to find something that interests you personally. I will consider you pay me double my hourly rate, only if you are satisfied in the end, even if its all for free. - psychological adice and personal experience share of how to overcome addictions (why not, i've become an expert from my own experience and from others) - cooking lessons of my favorite food adapted to your resources I will start sharing 3 hours of my life to either individuals, or groups, and expect other professionals out there to contribute the same way. Do you want to participate and learn new stuff. Either participate as a student or as a teacher. Thats it.. i hope this initiative resonates with you, because i think MD is about knowing people and learning from them, so if you are here, lets get organized Overall i plan to put in motion 100 lecture coins, that will circulate in exchange of hours of your knowldge. 100 should be more than enough, but i will start with sponsoring you if you offer to share hours, or learn, and with hours of my time, each valuing one symbolic coin. These coins will be also given as items in your md inventory, and medals will come for those that gather most. My time is very limited so i will select the people i wish to dedicate time to, but just ask...or offer. Thats all.
  2. 5 points

    Xie He's Six Canons

    Today I found about this Chinese painter who laid out 6 laws for drawing: 1. Engender a sense of movement through spirit consonance. 2. Use the brush with the bone method. 3. Responding to things, depict their form. 4. According to kind, describe appearances [with color]. 5. Dividing and planning, positioning and arranging. 6. Transmitting and conveying earlier models through copying and transcribing. To me, these are pointers on how to draw, how to compose and how to train yourself in the art. However, this might be wrong, because as I read, this was written using a small amount of characters. If anyone knows more...feel free to correct me. (why these laws are important...I read DaVinci describing 'good drawing', talking about perspective and shading, but his observations were not only more technical, but also involved mathematics. It's not like the basic theory is that much different - for example, DaVinci talks about the importance of knowing the underlying structure, the skeleton, just as Xie underlines it in nr.2. It's that these older tenants can be taught easily, while Renascentist art has added dimensions to drawing)
  3. 3 points
    1. Security services. Many years of experience. Can advice on pretty much anything here. 2. Expert in Duklja/Zeta/Montenegro history, folklore and legends. Teacher and guide with 3 years of experience in these things with Montenegrin literature included. 3. Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Poetry/Horror stories writer with 3 published books, along with 3 others ready for publishing. 4. Master woodcutter with over 15 years of experiences. 6. Philosopher with many short stories on the meaning of life, soul, spirit and all delicate universes between.
  4. 2 points

    I AM HUNGRY (again)

    REWARDS!!!!!! (sorry was busy) 1.LAZARUS -5SC, Anni 2.AILITH -5SC, Anni 3.DEMONIC GOD -5SC, Anni 4.TROLA - 5SC, 4.MIQ - 5SC, 6.TISSY - 5SC, 7.STENO - 5SC, 7.CHEWETT - 5SC, 9.UNGOD - 5SC, firstplace gets to pick one thing from reward pool then second and so on: reward pool of tastyness: One gold coin 3 random RP items Some spell stones ( i couldnt decide what so you otta see what chew will give you) 3 tokens applied to any creature (will need the IDs to add them) LR Archer next is TROLA and MIQ since they are on the same place i'll do an unfair first come first serve @Trola @Miq
  5. 2 points

    Xie He's Six Canons

    "Spirit Resonance," "Bone Method" "Correspondence to the Object" "Suitability to Type" "Division and Planning" "Transmission by Copying"
  6. 2 points
    alright. my menu then: 1) Clinical psychology. Professional advice on anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, dissociations etc. It can be a short view on personal situation or some general information...whatever you would like to know about psychological illnesses, treatment, medications, diagnostics. It also can be subclinical issue like stress or fatigue. Depending on a specific question, context can be private or public. 2) Surviving and adapting to living, working and studying in a foreign country. I did it a few times myself. Can share some useful experiences to those who want to venture abroad. 3) Studying of foreign languages. As somebody who speaks 6 languages and has degree in linguistics, I possibly might be able to give some advice to those who struggle with languages 4) Sour-dough starter and bread. I can teach you how to make a delicious bread at home with nothing but flower, water and patience^^
  7. 2 points
    Blackshade Rider

    Public apology

    Hello all. This is a long over due apology. I havent been the best of a player recently. There are a lot of people i have done wrong to and i regretted it. Ive burned a lot of bridges here and lost some good friends. My first apology goes to chewett. For those who dont know ive spoken to chewett on personal levels. He has been trying to be there for me even in my rough times and ive been nothing but mean to him. For that i am sorry. He has still to this day tried to work with me and help me and i let my personal issues get in my way and id explode on him. Blaming him for things that really isnt his fault. Chewett id like to say thank you. Youve put up with a lot of my bullshit and still tried to help me. Your a good person and i am sorry for the way i have acted and treated you these past years. Please forgive me. I am trying to better myself. My next apology goes to golemus. It was i that played the hand in destroying your guild and in turn it seemed to silence your land. I was mad at the king grido and was mad about a lot of things. Dst and others made promises that were never fulfilled. I regret that as well. Miq you did a lot of work to earn it back and i respect that and i really am sorry i ever handed it over to dst. You are also now king and you deserve it more than grido did. Your a good person. All hail king miq. Long live golemus. I hope the people of the land can forgive me. To all others and there are many , id like to say i am sorry. Some i have been rude to for no reasons. Others ive been mean to because i couldnt get my own selfish gain. Im not always the best of person. I have some RL mental issues that yes ive been battling with among other things. Though this should not be an excuse. I am trying. Ive been getting help and working on myself. I want to rebuild the bridges ive burned and i want to dedicate myself to the dead entirely as many know my character has always revolved around the dead. From this day i swear to try my best to be a better player and mend broken friendships. I know its not something that will happen over night but i hope all can forgive me and give me a chance to fix my wrongs. I thank you all who have been patient with me. Chewett most of all. I love this game and plan to stay as long as possible. I hope we can mend the broken ties. Thank you all. I wish you all the best. I am terrible with apologies i hope this is meaningful to you all. Thanks for your time.
  8. 2 points
    Blackshade Rider

    Auction part 2

    Sorry for such a late reply. Ive been very busy in RL. I have a lot of free time on my hands again and will be back. The winner of the imprinted dark is Dark Demon. He guessed 600000 and my number was 666666. He was the closest without going over. Congrats. All others who are waiting on their items or waiting to pay for their items please message me as i will be giving a one time discount for the troubles. Thank you all in partaking in my Auction. Another may yet to come.
  9. 1 point

    MD Word puzzle

    July's Word Puzzle has been delayed, as I have been and will be intermittently out of town for the next week. I hope to post it when I return. I apologize for the delay in releasing what I know you all wait on with baited breath.
  10. 1 point

    Day 11 - Marind Bell and friends

    Voting has taken place and the judges have decided on: 1st Place - @Tissy 2nd Place - @Aia del Mana 3rd Place - @Steno All participants will get 5 plushies: Aelis, Tacitamuta, Ailith, Ungod, Tissy, Aia, Steno Thank you all for participating. I will contact those separately.
  11. 1 point

    The Fall of Man

    From the album: Art

    Pyrography sculpture on a decaying tree branch.

    © Lazarus Art

  12. 1 point
    Hmmmm https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/31/this-clever-ai-hid-data-from-its-creators-to-cheat-at-its-appointed-task
  13. 1 point
    A question, if I may: Were there any appreciable difference betwixt its suffering when skies are clear, and when rain should fall?
  14. 1 point
    If anyone adds to existing menus, please forum message me so I can update the menus on my notes. Please also message me with details of details of arranged lectures and attendees, so I can keep a calendar and ensure there is an up to date list for coins owed. Thanks
  15. 1 point

    VP decreasing continuously

    something continues to decrease my VP while not doing anything, this was observed on other people as well
  16. 1 point

    Couple Bugs

    all good
  17. 1 point

    VP decreasing continuously

    Being the negative stats opposite person that I am, my VP has never been better. Although my vitality is steadily decreasing well one regen later and it is fixing itself, but i'm not too sure yet, will check back soon
  18. 1 point

    item series: inedible foodstuffs

    Started from a conversation with ailith. Seems like fertile ground for some ideas. Inedible Saltwater Taffy: Rots your teeth but doesn't melt in your mouth or taste good. Has a label on the side: Not for children. Do Not Swallow! Inedible Cow: The fruit of a crabcow tree. Looks like a cow, smells like a cow, even bleeds like a cow, but tastes completely repulsive and causes indigestion. Dies quickly once separated from the tree.
  19. 1 point

    item series: inedible foodstuffs

    I submit the the following item should be marked as inedible foodstuffs "@Ledah's Cooking"
  20. 1 point
    My menu: Occultism in general: - Franz Bardon Hermetic System. - Thelema and Magick - Projeciology (Astral Projection) - AMORC (Open and Public Knowledge only...) - Chaos Magick (The 40 Servants, Fotamecus, Abralas...) - IOT (Illuminates of Thanateros)(Open and Public Knowledge only...) Related to my RL work: - Brazilian Tax System - Brazilian accessory obligations - Bookkeeping and Accounting Other: - D&D and others tabletop RPGs - Old JRPGs and strategy games - Horror movies - Brazilian Portuguese
  21. 1 point
    My Menu is as followed: Electronics, I build and review electronics particularly with the Wemos and Arduino platforms. I can advise how to build electronics, etc. IoT devices, I have a range of Internet of Things devices including rare Linux developer boards my company manufactured, Raspberry Pi units, and various Renesas boards. I have built a Raspberry Pi Cluster which I use to demonstrate the principles of distributed computing. Programming - I am a programmer by trade, Senior Software Engineer I by job title, where I work on an automation system designed to automate the testing of GPU/CPU/Radio/Ray Tracing Silicon IP systems. I am experienced in: PHP, SQL, Python, Java, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Unit Testing. I have worked with some C, C++, C#, SCHEME, MATLAB, AngularJS, Node.js. I can explain concepts from basic computer science to more complicated areas such as race conditions, performance optimisation, big o notation, etc. Linux/Windows system management/maintenance - I am experienced in a variety of Linux and windows operating systems and am able to explain and offer advice about them, including building software/configuring it. CV Review - In my profession I have went over hundreds of CV's and held numerous phone/face to face interviews. I am able to review a CV if you would like (More value will be for CV's in engineering/technical professions but a lot of the concepts are general) and give advise on improving it. Building your own PC - I build PC's and can provide advice how you can build your own PC or upgrading it.
  22. 1 point
    In order to benefit from the lecture coin, i wish to moderate any such initiative. This means: i should be informed of who the teacher is, who the student(s) are/is, so i can ask them if you really gave your best, and reward you your lecture coin for the hour you donated to this cause. I reserve the right to deny any coin rewarding for such activity that i feel it might be scam or undeserved. Also, in other words, if you have something valuable to share and find interested people, i will sponsor 1 coin per hour, up to 100 coins total. After this, coins should be put back in circulation by time exchange of similar sort.
  23. 1 point

    Principle Documents

    Were you still working on this Aia?
  24. 1 point

    New Weather

    New weather spell - Dust Storm (or similar) effect??? (i thought of it affecting rainwater, water, but it can also affect things like heat generation, buildings durability etc) can be triggered in response to how many times pickaxes have been used (say, for 1k counted uses); with mining being an activity now, a dust storm can be particularly polluting
  25. 1 point

    Rainwater harvesting guidelines

    In the interest of water preservation, and the hope there will be demand for such a system one day, I shall lay down some important points to follow when designing a rainwater harvesting system. Also, for portable water harvesting portable systems, there's an active quest you might know about. πŸ˜€ Why harvest rainwater? Rainwater is valued for its purity and softness. It has a nearly neutral pH, and is free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants. It must be treated, however, to kill microorganisms and some chemicals. πŸ˜ƒ What are the components of a rainwater harvesting system? A catchment surface (like the roof or, in the case of a portable system, an umbrella) , gutters and downspouts; leaf screens/first-flush diverters (components which remove debris and dust from the captured rainwater before it goes to the tank) and one or more storage tanks/ cisterns. πŸ˜„ What materials are needed? A roof can be made of metal (55% aluminium/45% zinc alloy steel sheet), clay (painted with special sealant to prevent bacteria growth on porous surfaces), asphalt (not recommended), slate or wood/gravel (suitable for irrigation water). The most common materials for gutters and downspouts are half-round PVC, vinyl, pipe, seamless aluminum, and galvanized steel. The funnel-type downspout filter is made of PVC or galvanized steel fitted with a stainless steel or brass screen. Filter socks of nylon mesh can be installed on the PVC pipe at the tank inflow. You may experiment with leaf screens, but remember they need constant cleaning. Storage tanks must be opaque, either upon purchase or painted later, to inhibit algae growth, and should be protected from direct sunlight, if possible. They’re made of fiberglass, polypropylene, wood (pine, cedar or cypress), concrete, metal, ferrocement.
  26. 1 point

    Rainwater harvesting guidelines

    Part II: 😁 Filtering seems important. How can you achieve this? Here are two images showing a filtering pipe and a filtering box: Filters must be cleaned permanently, else they won't...well, filter. They can also become breeding grounds for pathogens. πŸ˜† Why treat rainwater? Isn't it supposed to be purer than water? As a raindrop falls and comes in contact with the atmosphere, it dissolves naturally occurring carbon dioxide to form a weak acid. The resultant pH is about 5.7, whereas a pH of 7.0 is neutral. Also, fine particulates can be emitted by industrial and residential combustion, vehicle exhaust, agricultural controlled burns, and sandstorms. As rainwater falls through the atmosphere, it can incorporate these contaminants. πŸ˜… How to treat rainwater, then? There are a number of possibilities, but two simple methods should be talked about: boiling water and...letting it in the sun? The UV light kills more microorganisms than you'd think.
  27. 1 point

    Auction part 2

    I haven’t seen BSR ever since the jail tour.
  28. 1 point

    On stupidity

    I'm gonna share something with you because I am getting old and some stuff that I held to be true before just doesn't make sense anymore. I can't find stupid people in my world Yesterday I went to do some house viewing and one of the houses was a nice little setup. The story was about two young lovebirds who bought a house and made the necessary arrangements to live in style there, but some years ago things happened and they decided to leave for UK for good. Now the house is empty, but look how beautiful it looks! Everything's new, the location is great, it's a bargain! Everybody would say 'They were stupid to leave all this'. Regardless, my bullshit radar activated and I need no confirmation to be sure that this was a house bought at half the price they're selling, put in maybe 5k to make it look nice and another 5k to dress it up and expect some huge profit. Hey, there's money to be made in this industry, even if it's dying atm. I chuckled at the bubble bathtub for two people. The marketing is great - it's those young gullible couples who'd bleed their money over it. Stupid? I don't think so, this was all well-planned and executed. Years ago, I was making a trip that involved crossing a border. That usually took about an hour or so, but what was particularly memorable about the trip was that the driver decided to bring three little kittens with him (they were in the back). Sure, kittens look nice in pics, but once they start pissing and shitting in their cage (because of fear, hunger, car-sickness, I don't know), hehehe, the joke's on you. And the driver...was exceedingly happy that day. From the beginning to the end, he kept chuckling and making jokes. I think many of us feel something is wrong when something IS wrong. I didn't know what was wrong, but soon after the trip I had this weird thought in my mind - was he smuggling cocaine (after sniffling some)? Some reader from the US may say 'Well, duh', but in Europe things are a little different. When there's smuggling, everyone's usually on it - not a lot of freelancing around. 'Fucking moron, dumbass, cretin, imbecile' are all adjectives we, the passengers, lovingly attributed to the driver. But was he an idiot for transporting the three kittens (given to him by 'an animal loving friend') or was he deterring policemen (and police dogs) from getting at the back? Stupid? I don't think so, he was laughing his ass off. And I...tried to educate some people around me. I thought 'If I'd explain things to them, they'd get it and we'd all do something good together'. How wrong I was! In thinking people don't know better (a.k.a. 'are stupid'), I was the only idiot of there. One person in my life drove me crazy, until I realized she wasn't dumb, just didn't want to accept the kind of reality I was looking at. I mean I can't pretend I don't see what I see. I suppose we all ignore some aspects of life - we're not invincible - but some people run from reality far and wide. Stupid? Nah, just weak and wanting protection, not the harsh reality and the obliteration of dreams (I'm *this* close to joining SI). In any case, the proverbial fool is harder to spot than the Yeti. There have been more sightings of the Loch Ness monster. Sure, stories are using this trope and comedy inevitably has 'a dumb one'. But if you think someone is stupid, and laugh at him/her, you'd better take a look in the mirror. The one who doesn't understand things is you. (P.S. This is how you kill laughter and create a gloomy world - show people the reality. And... be sure to take away their booze and drugs.)
  29. 1 point

    On stupidity

    Age is teaching you how to be empathic. That is one of the best things you can be in life... Life gets a little easier when you understand what motivates other people, and not just judge by your feelings...
  30. 1 point

    the song quest

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgwK9sHTu-8 the scene in mb with the boat that
  31. 1 point
    Muratus del Mur

    The Fall of Man

    Awesome! I love it
  32. 1 point
    Aia del Mana

    Principle Documents

    I had also been under the impression that thine Principles also should dictate thine magic, I suggest that a certain combination of Principles may also determine spells for thee, or that which may be unlocked in the Wish Shop. As an example: Transposition + Balance -> teleport to Paper Cabin spell (or from Gateway Island) Entropy + Transposition -> open Necrovion entrance Imagination + Darkness -> cast dreams Light + Syntropy -> share vital energy Of course, I believe this may simply add to that which a player would desire of the Principles, just to obtain these spells, which were not my intention. For this reason I had wanted the ability upon mine own character to remove the principle of another, with permission and only with very good reason, that doth encompass the identity and role of the character that doth wish the change. Within combat, I would think that some Principles should boost certain creatures or abilities of them, without changing one's intrinsic statistics. Thus would exist a system whereby one wouldst be more inclined to use a particular creature in combat if one already has principles that do strengthen it. As an example: Balance -> boosts vampiric aura and skillvampire auras and gives extra stats when close to balanced wins and losses Entropy -> boosts Martirism ability and decreases randomness of random attacks (Jokers/Grasans) Syntropy -> boosts amount gained by heal and lifesteal ability and regeneration auras Cyclicity -> boosts all stats depending on number of wins that particular ritual has won Elements -> boosts abilities of Water Beings, Elementals, Trees, and Winderwilds Imagination -> boosts abilities of Jokers, Santas, Nutcrackers, and Shades Darkness -> increases chance for abilities to miss or change target (such as Freeze Aura on your creatures) Light -> Unfreezes up to two extra creatures each ritual and boosts starting vitality Time -> boosts creature abilities depending on age Transposition -> boosts creature abilities when fighting against creatures of the same type I believe the above would require quite a lot of code-work if something were to be implemented this way. However, in the end, I believe that Principles should be of this intent - that they do define thine character, and her actions and behaviour within the realm, rather than to change combat, or to make one stronger than another. One couldst think that the benefits of Principles could also change with the seasons, or months, such that one cannot make a decision that were maximally optimal in the long term.
  33. 1 point

    Principle Documents

    You can never have enough explosions.
  34. 1 point

    Principle Documents

    More explosions needed eh?
  35. 1 point

    Principle Documents

    Add some cool magic, exclusively for battles that rely on principles. With lots of flashy effects and sounds.
  36. 1 point
    No one

    Improvised REAL Rain Collector

      If you accept real rainwater collectors, then I could show some pics (when I come back from holiday) with what I've build with my father this spring. But then the item would be to big for just one person.   Maybe we, as alliance or land, could build contraptions (with available resources) to collect water for specific purposes like  - collecting water with water tools  - water the herbs - regenerate herbs at every rain (extra regen from time to time)  - build water dam / swamp - to prevent others from moving from a certain location for about 1-2 hours after each rain no matter what loyalty you might have.   Also, these contraptions would require some repairing every week like 5-10% or the resources used for build depending on the amount. And it would not degrade more then 50%.   _______________________________ Anyway, I will not be able to post pics within the next 2-3 weeks.
  37. 1 point

    Seals Of Six

    I can join the Seats of Six. going to have to do some personal updating...some RP... maybe, finding other responsible oddballs, and I'll read up on what 'Tribunal' is.
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