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If you really want donation (especially of any size) you might provide an option for people that don't have credit cards (like an address). I don't even have a checking account. I have found that you can not bounce checks if you don't write them. [ed. note: we accept donations in the form of cash, diamonds, gold, paintings, rare stamps, international chocolate, etc.]
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NANY 2021 Entry Preview - TheDieCrew Tabletop Simulator Mod

My first entry for 2021 is a bit unusual, it's a Tabletop Simulator workshop mod to help you play the awesome new cooperative card game "The Crew" (Die Crew in german).

Get it here:

  • You need to own Tabletop Simulator, which is not free; then you just subscribe to workshop items to add them to your copy.
  • Tabletop Simulator is essentially just a 3d world environment for playing games with other people -- you need friends who also install this to play along with you -- you can't play by yourself, or with multiple people sitting in front of the same computer.

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..

Tabletop Simulator -- Anyone played with it?

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As many of you know, I'm a big boardgamer and this pandemic has really but a dent in my real life gaming.

Recently I've been playing a bit with friends on Tabletop Simulator.  It's clunky and a far cry from playing in real life, but on the other hand it's better than nothing..

Anyway I've spent the last couple of days learning how to code/script for it, making custom behaviors and invents, etc.  It uses Lua and the Unity engine.  It's pretty terrible but it works and I'm having fun.

Anyone else done any Tabletop Simulator coding?

Continue reading the rest of the entry and discuss..

Re: OpenSCAD is a game changer for 3d printing

Today I used my 3d printer for something useful.

I have an (old and expensive to repair) automatic trash can opener, and in a fit of anger I slammed down the lid and heard something break..  Opening it up revealed a plastic gear has snapped in half in the gearbox mechanism that opens and closes the lid.
I tried epxoying it and supergluing it, and both fixes lasted less than a day.  I then tried to figure out how I might order a replacement part.  No luck.

I finally decided to try to use my 3d printer and print a replacement.  I used OpenSCAD, which is magic, and an awesome library for it called involute_gears.

After a few experiments to get the fit exactly right, it seems to be working great.  This is definitely the future of repairs.

Doordash and Pizza Arbitrage - Unloading capital cannons on customer acquisition

A pizza shop discovers that a 3rd party delivery service has hijacked their google listing to offer deliveries for their pizza, and reselling their pizza at a loss... How is this a business model?

Another mystery of capitalism.

But he brought up another problem - the prices were off. He was frustrated that customers were seeing incorrectly low prices. A pizza that he charged $24 for was listed as $16 by Doordash...
You have insanely large pools of capital creating an incredibly inefficient money-losing business model. It's used to subsidize an untenable customer expectation. You leverage a broken workforce to minimize your genuine labor expenses. The companies unload their capital cannons on customer acquisition, while this week’s Uber-Grubhub news reminds us, the only viable endgame is a promise of monopoly concentration and increased prices. But is that even viable?


Re: Favourite youtube channels

Absolutely compelling 25 minute live solution of a sodoku puzzle:

Re: What books are you reading?

The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner

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"Prince of Persia" was a pretty influential computer game for the Apple II and original IBM PC that game out in 1989 or so..

This book collects the journals and notes of the 19 year old kid who made the game.  Filled with little anecdotes of the time, etc.

Great stuff.

Prince of Persia video:

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