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  1. 3 points
    (Zl-eye-f)-nea

    Emotional Connections

    HOPE  // This is where I put my world design for something I am creating. When I look at it, I am reminded that I could still do something useful and worthwhile yet. It's the only thing holding me together most of the time.       THANKFULNESS // At one point, I had to give up having a car, as I couldn't afford it. When I got my new job, public transport was not an option as it doesn't go there. My Mum and step dad went out to find a super cheap car that wouldn't die on me, and here I am with this.       FEAR // When I was a kid, I built a snowman. I imbued it with character. Before the thaw came, I asked my Dad if I should knock it down, or let it melt. He said I should do as I pleased. I knocked it down. Then cried for an hour. If only I had learned my lesson with a snowman. I worry that I won't be able to stop destroying things I love before the thaw comes.       PRIDE // Quite a while ago now, I took a 50% pay cut to go into a job, ANY job. I couldn't afford my bills even then, and I hated the job. I didn't give up though. It gave me anxiety and panic attacks, I spent my nights wondering what the point in life was, I got yelled at all day and pressured to death... but I didn't give up. Now, I am nearly back to where I was, not quite, but almost, and I'm in a nice job and can afford my bills.        
  2. 3 points
    apophys

    Respect

    Could we not flame each other in a thread dedicated to respect?  :huh:
  3. 2 points
    Rophs

    "The Warden"

    The negatives of giving somebody that kind of power will more often than not outweigh the positives.
  4. 2 points
    Azthor

    Respect

      To be fair, that was not an experience shared by all of the involved.
  5. 2 points
    Aeoshattr

    Emotional Connections

    Longing [attachment=4622:IMG_1182.JPG] Just how long have you been waiting for that one last sip?...   Loneliness [attachment=4623:IMG_1183.JPG] Each of us is alone in their own pot of earth... but with no other pots around, who will catch our leaves when they fall?   Insecurity [attachment=4624:IMG_1184.JPG] When your own face haunts you and grasps at you from each reflection...   Peace [attachment=4625:IMG_1185.JPG] Take a sip. Lie to yourself that it will all pass. Bask in the warm aroma and wish you never have to take that one last sip.
  6. 2 points
    DarkRaptor

    Emotional Connections

    LOVE (Pacifier)   Unconditional Love forever bounded to my heart.     "SAUDADE" (Candle)   The slow burn of a candle is the perfect companion for saudade, (there is no english translation). Saudade is also closely tied to a portuguese unique musical style : Fado Fado is usually listened at candle light in small events where people sit in small tables of 4 or 6 persons and the singer uses only his own voice followed by the portguese guitar (without any amplification). There is also some more "comercial versions" of fado with great success, ex: Mariza     PLEASURE (Expresso Coffee)   A escape, pure pleasure in the form of a cup filled with small aromatic sip's.     AMBITION (Pocket Clock)   My life's ambition.. to tame time, make the working a hour last one microsecond and the a second with family and friends last a lifetime.
  7. 2 points
    Aethon

    Respect

      I think this could also be used as an example of disrespect. Because as Nimrodel rightly said:     Now, I have no idea what the problems between the two are, but to openly bring that particular quarrel (one of particular controversy) into this topic, when you could have given unnamed examples of disrespect and not try to publicly shame someone, seems slightly disrespectful as well; I'd even say to both parties as neither of them may want accusations flung about in regards to their own, personal, disagreements.   Perhaps instead of trying to "name and shame" in this topic we could refrain from pointing fingers and instead a) allow those with grievances speak for themselves and b) keep examples unnamed? Unless we're meant to throw names under the wheels here? In which case there should be a list started, as to not be seen as "picking" on one person? :)   Just my opinions though. :)
  8. 2 points
    Curiose

    Respect

    I guess if given some context, No One, at least for the thing of disrespecting those who work hard on MD, what mur says is fairly reasonable, I think. For example, the way DD treats chewett is abhorrent. Obviously disrespecting him and his work. But what I don't understand, I suppose, is that he's constantly rewarded for bad behavior....
  9. 1 point
    Not a new idea, but proposing a little change in the location of the 'pray (give heat)' button, for donating heat to a Protector, from bottom part to the top (above the 'Your progress for today' text).   The current location of the said button is visible provided one has gained like 3 (or 4) stats, but then it moves down when more stats are gained, making it a bit "inconvenient" for a worshiper to do instant click heat-donations. I am not acting lazy, but scrolling also takes some time, and time takes some heat :D   And also, I would like to propose if another button be added at that pop-up, a 'donate all heat' button, that still follows the same formula (500 worshiper heat -> 250 protector heat), but donates the maximum amount divisible by 500 with just one click.   Your thoughts?
  10. 1 point
    Muratus del Mur

    Respect

    Respect is an invisible factor that is highly important in your evolution in MD community.   Respect is earned not asked for or given as a gift...but you can fight to keep it. There is no written rule to influence your evolution in md based on how you show your respect to older players, especially to those that dedicate countless hours of their lives to make things more enjoyable to all of you, however, it is obvious that if you fail to respect such people, things won't go to far or too good for you. I am talking here about many people, people that actively help extending MD, or do quests and events or earned their position if MD society over the years.   (eg:Recently someone was rejected from md for lack of respect, while others constantly fail to achieve things they might deserve simply because they don't realize the importance of respect and gratitude towards people that are far ahead of them.)   I am making this topic to raise some alarms about some things.   Some of you are stupid enough to think that if they avoid curse words and find subtle ways to mock or annoy someone, "it is fine". Please remember where you are. Here in MD the majority of people present _survived_ to be where they are. They are in general highly intelligent and/or dedicated. It is very likely that your attempts to offend someone in a "sneaky" way will cause more retaliation on the long run than a plain honest offense. IF YOU TRY TO OFFEND OTHERS THINKING NOBODY CAN SAY ANYTHING AGAINST SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU USED SMART WORDING, YOU INSULT THEIR INTELLIGENCE (me included).   You should respect other people in here regardless if you hate them or fight them. Try to understand this very well.   Since some of you are quite young and in RL they have probably little reasons to learn respect for other reasons except fear, i will enumerate a few other reasons that should be seen as reasons to respect someone. By respecting someone i mean you should be aware and appreciate several things, a few very important that some miss are:   - their contribution to make MD more enjoyable, even if not announcing such things - the time they dedicate to actively participate in all the things/events/roles that keep md alive - their active days compared to yours (older players are here for more time and they survived longer than you) - them avoiding using their earned abilities to make your life miserable   MD is in full process of changing. With the new A25 tools many things will need to be run in fast-forward mode to compensate the lack of people. I will actively start to dismiss and avoid to include in this change people that give me a headache, fight eachother or cause other more valuable people to enjoy md less. You have plenty of time till then to adjust your behaviour and learn that you should respect other people regardless if you disagree or fight them or whatever.   Authority is directly related to respect. People given full or partial authority over a more or less bigger or smaller part of md, earned their position, and if you fail to respect them (again, regardless if you agree to them or not), you are basically telling me, and them, you can't integrate in this community.   I am shocked to see that some of you take so many things for granted and forget you are here on a private territory. For example, you are able to enjoy a nice quest, because someone put a lot of passion and effort in doing it nicely. You noticed the sponsorship goes to the winners not to the quest creator. You are able to play md because some are dedicating hours of their lives to do it, not for a salary, without any obligations, purely out of passion.   Offences, REGARDLES HOW SUBTLE, have no place here. There are countless other ways to manifest your antipathy towards others, other than disrespecting them. The lack of respect leads to lack of passion for making md better and more enjoyable, therefore, i consider it a threat to md evolution, and those that do it are the source of this threat, therefore, expandable.   Many years ago in md history i don't recall this to be a problem as it is now. Today, older players try not to react to such cases because THEY respect you those that don't respect them, but slowly everyone, including myself, realize that action needs to be take in order to impose respect and authority. It is risky to make it as a written rule, because it can be interpreted, but as i said, this factor will be taken into account when someone above you will decide if you should stagnate where you are or given some help (roles within the community, sponsorship to your quests, opportunity to make yourself more known, etc)   Things i personally consider a lack of respect: - talking to someone in charge (with development, with an event, with a quest, with any form of leadership, etc) as if they are obligated to do things they do for fun or for you - wasting someones time intentionately or as a joke - spreading false rumors about someone behind their back - using knowledge about some character personal RL as argument against them (whats out there is separated from what is in here) - (please add your own things you consider disrespectful in a reply)   I myself need to adjust my behaviour too, because a person that wants to be respected should also respect others...and as you know i am very arrogant sometimes, but i am working on it :p     That being said, be advised that my patience and tolerance to annoyingly rude people is getting lower and even if i won't take direct actions against them imediately, they will slowly be marginalized by the community and eventually kicked out if they continue to show they don't have a clue what respect means.  
  11. 1 point
    Azthor

    Respect

    Now, I would not write a post merely to censor your choice of words. That was hardly my intention, read it this way:   To be fair (to DD), (I must clarify) that was not an experience shared by all of the involved (lest someone get the wrong impression).
  12. 1 point
    The title says it all. I am making here notes about possible future md concepts, but for now they are useful as they are, pure information. Who sais md is "so much different" than RL, its "so blind"   When i say fights, I am talking about "personal" fights, fights that use ideas as weapons. Fights that use weapons as weapons, lower or raise your reputation and respect others have for you.   If you pick an inferior target: - you have high chances to win, this adds up to your stregth and reputation - if you lose, the damage you take is a lot bigger and risk for fatality increased   If you pick on a superior target: - you have low chances to win, making a potential win a great booster - if you lose, the act itself can be seen as disrespectful. - regardless if you win or lose the fight, attacking someone from a different standing/level/reputation category than you, will increase fluctuations and instability in how people see you, This might be of good strategic use if you need to get out of a stuck situation (like preconceptions)...but can be deadly.     Note: Reply only if you understand why a reply might be needed here, this is not a discussion, feel free to complete/correct the above ideas.     (a25)      
  13. 1 point
    Within a given field, whenever conflict between two parties arises, their sway is given by their respective influence within the field. The spoils and losses are both likewise reaped in that influence, and inversely proportional to the party's influence in relation to its opponent.   That, I believe, reflects what Mur has stated, though I may be mistaken. That, I assume, in the context of other recent posts.   ---   That, however, is only entirely true in a white room scenario, where only that field and those two parties exist, such that the field cannot expand or lose ground, nor can the parties, other than to one another.   In other words, while I do think it accurately describes a tendency in social relations , it would be an oversimplification to assume it accurately describes them in their entirety.   ---   There are many layers we can add to that statement. For instance:   A. the conflict for influence requires, itself, the investment of influence. As two parties are engaged in a conflict, they and their dominant field may be at their most vulnerable.   B. influence from outside a field can be used to accrue influence in another field. The gain of influence within a field may translate to the loss of influence within another field.   C. when a party uses a field's influence within another field successfully, it devalues the destination field's influence and increases the relative worth of the origin field's influence.   D. parties never seek influence in a single field, to the exclusion of all else. Fields, though they may have their unique characteristics, are never entirely unique.   E. a field is at its most influential when other fields fights over the right too interpret its symbolic capital according to their own internal paradigms, without, however, questioning its symbolic capital.   And even then, those are only broad descriptions which, though they accurately represent behaviorist tendencies in social conflicts, come short of accurately describing individual cases; good models, albeit  models nevertheless.   ---   The individual - anyone here, for instance - is already the individual case of the individual case in one such a model. One may reduce fields to institutions, those to individuals, and yet these to other categories of perception, and the more removed one from another, all the more insurmountable the task.   Accurately describing the individual through sociology, as opposed to institutions, or accurately describing institutions through psychology, as opposed to the individual, are things we are very distant from; and that is without getting into the meta-analysis of those categories.
  14. 1 point
    Assira the Black

    "The Warden"

    On the matter of subjectivity, any human of any role will have bias or act in accordance with their point of view. One thing that would help someone with this role would be transperancy with their actions, to either the judges/those in power or with the public. As for whether it is needed *shrugs* I do not know. I do not know how often those who are behind the scenes (actions/conflicts that the public does not know about) have to deal with this and if that by creating a warden it would make things easier for them or more complicated. And it depends on if anyone would want a role like that. This is a similar situation to the warrent role that was suggested. Some roles are better implemented if someone already has made it their own. In this case and in the warrent role it is dependent on others to create the tools necessary or make some other changes. I think it is a good idea in that I can see the possibilities of it increasing rp in jail related aspects. It maybe interesting to pair that with some of the a25 changes.
  15. 1 point
    Curiose

    Respect

    Nimrodel, multiple people have tried to assist (myself included) dd in a way that was respectable, and still got (excuse my language) shat in in return. So, the behavior in itself is not too far out of the realm of possibility. I've had my dealings with chew when I wasn't so peachy keen, and in my experience, Chew keeps fairly even. Aeo, that posting was in regards to something someone else stated. On phone otherwise I'd quote. I'll elaborate later. I was actually messing around on Google plus and my Google contacts or other email contacts were on there. Someone was a friend of someone I had found in my e mail contacts, and that is how I found them. The name was the same that they typically use, however... They had a picture of their self on there. Because it was Google plus, it seemed like they had that information available for networking. Not so someone could find it from MD. Well, here's the thing. I have a Facebook and I don't share my real name often. In the past have tried to rremove as much personal, searchable information as I could. Yet, I was still found on fb. If someone goes around deliberately searching for information, however harmless that may be, it's still not right. Sure, it's out there... But why search for it? It's creepy. OK iI'll bite. I model. I share that with hundreds of people on a deviant art page, and I am fully aware of the consequences of having it out there. But what I am not going to accept is someone trying to use those pictures of myself to try and shame me, black mail me, or pass them around for their own amusement. It was the latter that I meant. People going out of their way to find info.
  16. 1 point
    Nimrodel

    Respect

    Though i dont mean to degrade chewett, but i would say surely dd must have disliked some part of chewie's behaviour to react that way? Have you heard dd's side of the story curi? or did you take it for granted that he's an ass and thereby he's subjecting chewett to horrendous treatment? Respect goes both ways. If i feel someone's talking crap about me or insulting me, i wouldnt hesitate to give them royally for it. Dont really care who it is or what i'd have to endure for it.
  17. 1 point
    Assira the Black

    Building a Crutch

    [log= Drawing] [/log] Materials: 20 water 2 Lumber 4 Branches 15 Unidentified plants 11 resin 3 memory stone 5 sand 3 colored paper The lumber is cut down to form two parts, one where the crutch rests under the arm and the second the foot guard. The largest branch that can be found is hollowed out. The unidentified plants are fermented and beaten. The fibers are extracted from the plant and weaved together to form string. Two large memory stones are set to the side and one crushed, three pebbles are selected from the crushed one. Three heated resin are applied to the colored paper and three sand sprinkled over the paper to make sand paper. Cut a single vertical slit in the branch at knee height and then another at ankle height. This is where the ball joints will be added too later. Be careful not to cause horizontal cracks. Then make two slits at the base of the hollow branch going up about 4 inches. Cut three holes all the way through into the two intact memory stones. Soak the branch in water over night and add more as needed. When the hollow branch is flexible slowly pull the first slit with out making the slit split the entire piece. When it is wide enough push one of the memory stones into the slit with the holes facing up and down but at a slight angle where the holes can be seen. Do the same to the slit at the ankle area. For the two slits at the base spread it apart to where it looks like a three pronged fork.  Let the hollow branch and stones dry. The arm rest lumber piece is glued to the top of the hollow branch with some heated resin. On the side of the hollow branch at about hand height, it is sanded flat. Cut three straight lines and then add notches into the lines. Then cut the string into three long pieces. Cut one hole into each of the three memory stone pebbles. Tie one string to each pebble. The loose string slide, one through each of the groves. Remove the knee memory stone joint, use an item and the holes to pry it out. Take one string and match up its place on the grooved panel to the hole in the stone. Do that for all three. Do the same for the ankle joint. The string closest to the front is glued with resin to the front base split. The string the back is glued with resin to the back base split. The center string is glued into the center hole of the ankle joint. Then the lumber foot guard is glued to all three prongs at the base of the hollow branch. The front stone knob on the panel can be adjusted to make the toes of the foot lift. Pull too much and you could fall or just hop around on the heel of your foot. The back stone knob on the panel helps to balance the weight on the foot. The center stone knob on the panel pulls the leg up off the ground. Sliding the knob down on the panel will let the foot fall. Now... for how it is attached. Hmm.... I have a more permanent solution. With the remaining branches, spikes are cut and glued with resin to the side of the crutch. The spikes will hold the crutch... close to the body.... permanently. Or if you prefer the pain free method... make up some more string and tie yourself to the crutch. But if I make the crutch... I may not have enough string to secure the crutch to you with that method. -Assira the Black  
  18. 1 point
    Curiose

    Respect

    I'm going to use a scenario that I ran into regarding personal information. I once found some information about a fellow MD'er on a social media site. I knew this person was very particular about their personal information. I didn't choose to add them, or message them, but I did tell them eventually. Point is, if you find someone's information, don't take liberties with it. Tell them, privately that you stumbled upon it, as they may not know. I have personally had information that I did not voluntarily put out there (I'm looking at you, Rophs), found and acted upon without my approval. While someone may have some mMD'ers on a social media site, that doesn't make it OK to impose there also. Some of us have things that we rreally don't want the whole of MD society to get their hands on. Edit: also, don't bloody ask around for someone's information, either! That's creepy and an invasion of privacy!
  19. 1 point
    Chewett

    Respect

      I have had people using my name, to try and "protect" themselves and threaten other players by telling people "Dont mess up by quest, Chewett wont like it if you do that". That person got right and truely shouted down when someone pinged me about it. Do not use someone in authority to try and "protect you" by name dropping.   If you are telling someone that "Chewett wont like this" and it comes off as a threat, then there will be issues. Dont speak for others if you are not sure. Especially not those in authority.
  20. 1 point
    Aethon

    Respect

    I'm very much under the belief that the following are also ways undermine the respect for a person: Saying "(s)he would say", "(s)he would feel", "(s)he would...", "(s)he wouldn't..." - Anything that is speaking for someone when they have not directly asked you to.You're disrespecting someone's trust/friendship/right to their own opinion (not to mention possibly spreading false ideas.)   Stating what someone does or doesn't know, as if it were a fact - Truth is, 90% of the time you don't know what someone does or doesn't know, so stating they don't know something can quite often be disrespecting their intelligence. If you're unsure, ask. Don't say "You don't..." without clear evidence.
  21. 1 point
    Chewett

    Respect

    As an additional note to this:     Many of you know I value my privacy, MD has NEVER cared about who you personally and we have have punished people for using IRL information against others. This isnt just a matter of respect, we have rules for this. If you share someone elses private details, and they are unhappy you have done so, you will get punished.   Be careful with what you share. If it was an accident then we will be more lenient, but in many cases we cannot tell if you are lying or not, and it will go down as a black mark on your record.   Some of you will remember in the RPC day we had something like the personal logs now, which let you make comments about players. Its still there, and we still use it from time to time, you just cant see it.   We dont like doing this heavy handed stuff, but sometimes shaking people and reminding them that there are PEOPLE behind these characters, is important.
  22. 1 point
    dst

    Emotional Connections

    Just my 2 cents: drawing/essay quests in MD should be longer than 1 week. In MD time runs slower than anywhere. It is better if you would allow at least 2 week-ends for people to have time to submit something seeing that all of us have jobs/school, we need to eat, sleep, breath.   Also maybe a little advertisement in Mood Panel will remind people of the quest cause personally I have forgotten about it and I really wanted to submit something.
  23. 1 point
    vladan

    Emotional Connections

    First of all pardon me for my lack of drawing skills. I'm not a very active member because of the lack of time tough I decided to participate in this challenge. And I hope I got all the rules right. If I did something wrong I'll try to correct :) So let's begin. My first choice is : Melancholy Simple right? Just a solid round shape. Yet it’s just spinning in my mind day and night, especially when I’m working on the computer. Laser and cable mouses have lost the solidity they had before. (Feel like a poet :P ) Anyway I regret the good old days when your mouse got bugged and you know you could fix it just by cleaning it inside and this special sphere just brings me back to those times. Number 2 : Awe I have a strange relationship with glasses. Sunglasses : because I tend to loose them. Eyeglasses : because they project me in another world…much more harsh than the one I see with my natural eyes. There are a lot of assays about glasses and their conveying feelings…I feel like they really have something mystique, from the first time you wear them to the times when you already get used to them. Because you never get used to them. They change as long as you/your sight/face shape/anything else changes. Number 3: Apprehension Well this is my towel. I live in a student apartment with 2 boys who really like to invite to our house a bunch of friends at night. The fact is that sometimes they use my towel. So next morning I just visit the bathroom in apprehension of discovering that my towel has been used because I find it in a position I don’t remember have placed it. Let’s move on… Number 4: Relief Chips are my primary temptation. They call me at the supermarket….they whisper to me through street adverts…they chase me in my dreams. It’s relieving when I finally convince myself to buy another pack J Ps: that creepy red thing on its head is ketchup...  
  24. 0 points
    Curiose

    Respect

    Hence, multiple. Multiple does not equate to everyone. Figured that was abundantly clear.
  25. -1 points
    Nimrodel

    Respect

    Rich coming from you considering your performances in the past. Before pointing a finger at dd you should probably take into account the kind of behaviour you've shown towards the people in md during those rage quit tantrums that you threw. I rest my case.
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