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    Azthor got a reaction from Kyphis the Bard in Pick your fights wisely, they define who you are   
    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.
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    Azthor reacted to Witty in Imagination Quest! (WP)   
    Hi! Here's my new quest.
     
    Main idea: draw (or create in other ways, even cosplay) a character (or many), how you imagine them from the in-game interaction you had with them. The drawing must match a brief description of themselves physically (if there is one available) but you add the spices (aka the details)! 
     
    *the main focus should be on characters without too many visual references about how they look (aka avatars, comment on self pictures, etc) but that's not mandatory.
     
    * can be any type of drawing (yes,even stick figure if you know how to add something special to it,digital drawing, etc), can be cosplay, even a sculpture or whatever way of creating an image of one of the characters you can imagine.
     
    ** it doesn't have to be artistic, it's not an art contest, more like one of imagination --  Please state who you drew in the post! :D
     
    *** entries will be judged by myself (and 2 more judges) and the rep system on the forum (I will rate each entry from 1 to 10 and each forum rating point means 1 - what's over 10 means 10). I'll make the average between those two
     
    **** entries will be posted here in the comments
    Final scores:
     
    Assira the Black 4.75
    Vladan 9.00
    MRWander 3,75
    Lania 7.6
    Druzik 8.8
    Jester 2.8
    Ignnus 2.25
     
    There were 3 judges + the forum rep system, each person's score was an average between these. Blackshade rider will sponsor extra stuff to the people who aren't top 3 as well. Congratulations!
     
    First place: WP (blackshade rider) 
    Second place: 1 GC
    Third Place: 2 Mirrorritual stones + Water
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    Azthor got a reaction from Eagle Eye in Happy Birthday Azull   
    Have a happy birthday!
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    Azthor reacted to Curiose in Respect   
    I did not take what you stated as an attempt to censor me, at all, either. 
     
    I think I make a fair statement in that no one's interactions can truly dictate the integrity of a person-- does not matter if someone has 99 good interactions with someone. That person will still have 1 who has had a negative impact put upon them. Sometimes people don't seem to see the forest from the trees, in this case.

     Edit: by no-one, I didn't mean the person. I meant a generalized "no one". Apologies if any confusion came about.
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    Azthor got a reaction from Dragual in Heat, Liquid Dust, and Mirrors   
    Truth is nor the object nor the subject of science. Truth is beyond validation, and hence beyond recognition. Truth is not something our categories of perception can deal with, because it ultimately symbolizes that which always exists beyond our categories of perception.
     
    Truth is what one cannot speak of, and what one cannot speak of, one may as well remain silent as to, where scientific pretension is exclusively concerned. If truth must be spoken of, then no method can be applied, and only statements of faith have any worth.
     
    Theology and philosophy may deal with truth without incurring an internal error, science cannot.
     
    ---
     
    The question that should be asked is whether research in MD has any factor other than Mur's opinion by which it might be reviewed, or whether the sole defining review factor of research in MD is Mur's opinion.
     
    Is research in MD scientific or theological, as given by an assumed standard of truth handed out by Mur?
     
    ---
     
    The principles are a thing, and in theory, their obedience implies a strong review factor. The problem, as I see it, is that they are too internally flexible to be easily used: it is difficult to isolate a principle so that it might be used as a framework of reference.
     
    Does a theory conflict with the principle of Balance, is Balance actually obeyed through Cyclicity, or is equilibrium temporarily bent one way due to phenomena aligned toward the Light principle? Without a complete picture, I feel it is hard to make a statement.
     
    ---
     
    And even the phenomena can be confusing, what is a proper MD phenomenon? Certainly, I imagine a great deal of thought was put in many of MD's elements, such as the lands, but it would be naive to imagine Mur can premeditate everything; is there a way for us to always tell which is the case without Mur's direct input?
     
    Unless the principles hold the pretension to being applicable even outside MD, and that poses other questions altogether, then anything not premeditated by Mur is not necessarily a MD element for the purpose of review, and we may not necessarily tell otherwise without being explicitly informed of such.
     
    If, on the other hand, the principles might be applied outside MD, then they must be subjected to other standards altogether. Standards that have defined who each of us are and how we might think so much that to speak of them, even in opposition, is a mere reinforcement of their position; paradigms we were born into, one way or another.
     
    ---
     
    All of the above considered, I currently find it difficult to face research as something more than a topic of curiosity.
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    Azthor got a reaction from DARK DEMON in 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).
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    Azthor got a reaction from Ary Endleg in Pick your fights wisely, they define who you are   
    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.
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    Azthor got a reaction from dst in Respect   
    To be fair, that was not an experience shared by all of the involved.
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    Azthor got a reaction from (Zl-eye-f)-nea in 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).
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    Azthor reacted to Muratus del Mur in Pick your fights wisely, they define who you are   
    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)
     
     
     
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    Azthor got a reaction from Kyphis the Bard in Respect   
    To be fair, that was not an experience shared by all of the involved.
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    Azthor got a reaction from DARK DEMON in Respect   
    To be fair, that was not an experience shared by all of the involved.
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    Azthor got a reaction from Myth in Respect   
    To be fair, that was not an experience shared by all of the involved.
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    Azthor got a reaction from lashtal in Heat, Liquid Dust, and Mirrors   
    Truth is nor the object nor the subject of science. Truth is beyond validation, and hence beyond recognition. Truth is not something our categories of perception can deal with, because it ultimately symbolizes that which always exists beyond our categories of perception.
     
    Truth is what one cannot speak of, and what one cannot speak of, one may as well remain silent as to, where scientific pretension is exclusively concerned. If truth must be spoken of, then no method can be applied, and only statements of faith have any worth.
     
    Theology and philosophy may deal with truth without incurring an internal error, science cannot.
     
    ---
     
    The question that should be asked is whether research in MD has any factor other than Mur's opinion by which it might be reviewed, or whether the sole defining review factor of research in MD is Mur's opinion.
     
    Is research in MD scientific or theological, as given by an assumed standard of truth handed out by Mur?
     
    ---
     
    The principles are a thing, and in theory, their obedience implies a strong review factor. The problem, as I see it, is that they are too internally flexible to be easily used: it is difficult to isolate a principle so that it might be used as a framework of reference.
     
    Does a theory conflict with the principle of Balance, is Balance actually obeyed through Cyclicity, or is equilibrium temporarily bent one way due to phenomena aligned toward the Light principle? Without a complete picture, I feel it is hard to make a statement.
     
    ---
     
    And even the phenomena can be confusing, what is a proper MD phenomenon? Certainly, I imagine a great deal of thought was put in many of MD's elements, such as the lands, but it would be naive to imagine Mur can premeditate everything; is there a way for us to always tell which is the case without Mur's direct input?
     
    Unless the principles hold the pretension to being applicable even outside MD, and that poses other questions altogether, then anything not premeditated by Mur is not necessarily a MD element for the purpose of review, and we may not necessarily tell otherwise without being explicitly informed of such.
     
    If, on the other hand, the principles might be applied outside MD, then they must be subjected to other standards altogether. Standards that have defined who each of us are and how we might think so much that to speak of them, even in opposition, is a mere reinforcement of their position; paradigms we were born into, one way or another.
     
    ---
     
    All of the above considered, I currently find it difficult to face research as something more than a topic of curiosity.
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    Azthor got a reaction from Ary Endleg in Heat, Liquid Dust, and Mirrors   
    Truth is nor the object nor the subject of science. Truth is beyond validation, and hence beyond recognition. Truth is not something our categories of perception can deal with, because it ultimately symbolizes that which always exists beyond our categories of perception.
     
    Truth is what one cannot speak of, and what one cannot speak of, one may as well remain silent as to, where scientific pretension is exclusively concerned. If truth must be spoken of, then no method can be applied, and only statements of faith have any worth.
     
    Theology and philosophy may deal with truth without incurring an internal error, science cannot.
     
    ---
     
    The question that should be asked is whether research in MD has any factor other than Mur's opinion by which it might be reviewed, or whether the sole defining review factor of research in MD is Mur's opinion.
     
    Is research in MD scientific or theological, as given by an assumed standard of truth handed out by Mur?
     
    ---
     
    The principles are a thing, and in theory, their obedience implies a strong review factor. The problem, as I see it, is that they are too internally flexible to be easily used: it is difficult to isolate a principle so that it might be used as a framework of reference.
     
    Does a theory conflict with the principle of Balance, is Balance actually obeyed through Cyclicity, or is equilibrium temporarily bent one way due to phenomena aligned toward the Light principle? Without a complete picture, I feel it is hard to make a statement.
     
    ---
     
    And even the phenomena can be confusing, what is a proper MD phenomenon? Certainly, I imagine a great deal of thought was put in many of MD's elements, such as the lands, but it would be naive to imagine Mur can premeditate everything; is there a way for us to always tell which is the case without Mur's direct input?
     
    Unless the principles hold the pretension to being applicable even outside MD, and that poses other questions altogether, then anything not premeditated by Mur is not necessarily a MD element for the purpose of review, and we may not necessarily tell otherwise without being explicitly informed of such.
     
    If, on the other hand, the principles might be applied outside MD, then they must be subjected to other standards altogether. Standards that have defined who each of us are and how we might think so much that to speak of them, even in opposition, is a mere reinforcement of their position; paradigms we were born into, one way or another.
     
    ---
     
    All of the above considered, I currently find it difficult to face research as something more than a topic of curiosity.
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    Azthor reacted to Miq in Heat, Liquid Dust, and Mirrors   
    I do not wish to discourage anyone.
     
    The thing is from my opinion it's quite pointless atm. Mur is not active and i will not send him emails about my discoveries, assumptions and what not. 
     
    If I'd do i RP research i'd never but it on forum (forum is not for rp). So the only way is that Mur happens to read my papers or stumble on chat maybe even someone points it out to him.
     
    You cannot build a huge idea in one step. You have to try, prove and get valid results on smaller pieces before. Aka claiming that Liquid dust flows in the blackwater would first need a validation that it even flows.
     
    Have any of you wondered why don't we have new legends anymore? Why all the famous people are from certain time (when MD was actually moving and shifting)? People are more dull nowdays? 
     
    Miq
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    Azthor reacted to Ary Endleg in Public Log - wrong age   
    This only applies to how much age did person had when they posted it.
     
    That's why people tend to bump their entries without any updates to get higher in the list since it's listed according to AD at time of post.
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    Azthor got a reaction from Sasha Lilias in HBD Sasha Lilias   
    Likewise so, happy birthday!
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    Azthor got a reaction from Eagle Eye in HBD Sasha Lilias   
    Likewise so, happy birthday!
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    Azthor reacted to Kyphis the Bard in MD 10th Anniversary - Scene Art Contest   
    A Matter of Perspective
     
    From now until the 23rd of April (the last day of the anniversary) I will be running an art contest. The Objective is to imagine yourself standing in an MD location, looking out, then draw what you see.
    Your vantage point can be from anywhere in the location, however your artwork should include as few landmarks from the location you are actually in as possible.
     
    Entries will be judged based on Art Quality, Creativity, and how easy it is to identify the scene you are actually in.
    Any art style may be used, however you must be able to prove the work is your own and created for this quest (for this reason, hand drawn with a sign is usually best)
    Entries may be sent to me through any means you have available.
     
    This quest is intended to be fairly easy and open to all skill levels. As such, the final quality of rewards will reflect the level of effort that everyone puts into the contest. That said, during anniversaries generosity is the norm ;)
     
    Judges - If you would like to be a judge, send me a private message (anyone asking in public will be excluded from being a judge for obvious reasons). Judges will not be able to participate.
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    Azthor reacted to DARK DEMON in Places where wrong email addresses still exist   
    If anyone finds an email address that is not in accordance with http://magicduel.com/page/Announcement/view/3338 then here's a thread to post and collect all of them together.
     
    I've found one, at the bottom of the homepage http://magicduel.com/new_begining.php ---> http://storenow.net/my/?f=3330d7aa462ec266ccc26ae33c5e697e
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    Azthor reacted to Chewett in LHO Improvements - Transparency   
    A lot of the LHO's and people I talked to discussed mentioned some uncertainty about actions that happened within the LHO's. Lets talk about how we can improve this situation.
     
    Are there any issues with transparency within the LHO group? What do you think needs to be clearer?
     
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    Azthor reacted to Chewett in LHO Improvements - New MD Guide   
    Since Nov Grido and I have been planning a new LHO system to introduce them. This will include a guide, and some basic questions and answers, including a mentor system for new LHO's.
     
    The process would be that, when a new LHO is appointed they will  be assigned a mentor. This will be the person that will look after them and someone who they  can go to about everything. It would be expected they talk to their mentor weekly or so and report back many of the things they are asked and any problems. This would keep a new LHO held nicely above the water.
     
    What content do you think should be in this new guide? Do you have any other comments about the process?
     
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    Azthor reacted to Chewett in LHO rule   
    A number of people have raised concerns about rules applying to LHO's, lets dig further!
     
    There are a number of LHO rules meaning that they get harsher punishments for doing bad things. For any rule that people think is bad or needs changing please post it here and we can discuss it and hopefully make the system better!
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    Azthor reacted to Chewett in LHO Manager Position / Grido discussion   
    Firstly, thank you Rheaggy, dst and ary for your opinions. Good friendly feedback is always useful
     
    I have been working with Grido since about Nov to resolve these LHO problems. I have been aware of them for a while and have had quite a few discussions with him as to what I think is wrong, and what we have been able to do. While initially they mainly focussed on negatives, we have been working on a number of areas that require improvement and what can be done. I have also been talking with a lot of MD'ers to try and work out what they think the issues are. Actually I have talked to some of you about this process I am going through, so some of you have known I have been working on this before. It has taken a bit of time because me and Grido have spent a lot of time planning and trying to work out what we should do. Now is a good time to bring it publicly.
     
     
    Communication
     
    The first area we identified is communication between Grido (as the head LHO) and others. It appeared that there were a number of times when there were communication problems at various stages of LHO applications. While not unexpected to have some communication issues, it appeared that there was some confusion for people applying and such.
     
     
    Transparency
     
    LHO sometimes seems to be veiled in a level of shadow and mist. Reasons why people were demoted/promoted generally are not as public as perhaps they should. While some demotions shouldn’t be too public (so as not to further publicly humiliate people) perhaps at least a posting should be made saying.
     
    In addition to this, some feel Grido is not impartial. We know that no person can be truly impartial but we can try.  Adding transparency will hopefully improve the view of Grido being pretty good at impartiality.
     
     
    Idleness
     
    Grido is indeed more inactive than usual. This cannot be helped currently and it is likely to get worse for the next period of time. Him agreeing to other work is a personal mistake and is something not related to LHO role. He has slowed in agreeing to do things (actively said no when I asked if he wanted to do legacy work) which I feel is a good sign.
     
     
    Training
     
    Grido and I both agree that LHO probably needs some form of guide or training. We are looking to get someone, or a couple people, to help write this "guide" for LHO's. If prospective LHO's want to help write something like this.
     
     
    Replacement
     
    There has been discussion of his replacement, but as he pointed out, there isnt too many people that can replace him. Therefore the solution most discussed was having a number of people perform his role, and have him mange these people. Then he can train them and get them doing good work. If he had time, he would be one of the more qualified candidates.
     
    Actionable Work
     
    New MD Guide - Since Nov Grido and I have been planning a new LHO system to introduce them. This will include a guide, and some basic questions and answers, including a mentor system for new LHO's. http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/16401-lho-improvements-new-md-guide/
     
    Recruitment Agent - Since Grido is really busy, and to reduce the number of PM's that people have to send him, having a new recruitment agent for LHO's will be a major boost. This will be the person who handles recruitment. They will send a persons name to grido for a final "yes/no" which will almost always be yes. http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/16402-lho-improvements-recruitment-agent/
     
    Transparency - A lot of the LHO's and people I talked to discussed mentioned some uncertainty about actions that happened within the LHO's. Lets talk about how we can improve this situation. http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/16403-lho-improvements-transparency/
     
    LHO Rules - A number of people have raised concerns about rules applying to LHO's, lets dig further! - http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/16400-lho-improvements-lho-rules/
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