Living like introverts: a [COVID-19 lockdown] survival resources thread

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    All the instructions are written on the card
    Yeah, probably - it's not like he'll be able to tell from an uploaded video

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    All the instructions are written on the card
    Yeah, probably - it's not like he'll be able to tell from an uploaded video

    Sure, but you will have cheated not only the game, but yourself.

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    A4 is letter.

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  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    Anyone have suggestions for good Tabletop Simulator games? Good time to get into that!

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    kime wrote: »
    Anyone have suggestions for good Tabletop Simulator games? Good time to get into that!

    I made a Penny Arcade's Thornwatch mod but never imported the expansion. Everything should be there for the base game though.

    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1507849256

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
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  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    For those itching for some competitive sports, well, at least there's nerds playing computer games?

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  • SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    edited March 23


    Check this out
    Marc Rebillet is a ... freestyle loop artist
    He goes for it
    And he's streaming live, right about now

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    I didn't know which COVID-related thread this would be best in, and be the most helpful.

    But I think on reflection, this would probably be it, so people can reference it.

    Our College of Education director passed this on.
    We have a new faculty member this year in Special Education, who not only teaches those with visual impairment, but is also visually impaired herself. She has been an invaluable resource for us as we learn more about accessibility and how to address it correctly, and from the start, in our IT, instruction, and communication. To that end, I wanted to make sure I shared an email she sent out this morning. Ultimately, it has to do with a Zoom bug related to sharing URL's in chat. It is not something a screen reader can detect. Zoom is aware of this, but it looks like there is no fix in the near future.

    "Colleagues:

    I wanted to pass along an accessibility note to those of you who are in a leadership role and work directly with disabled students/faculty. First, I’ll start by saying Zoom is one of the most accessible video conferencing platforms out there so I am thrilled that it is the platform we use. Zoom takes accessibility really seriously and it shows in their software. Last week i was facilitating an online conference with a mix of disabled and able-bodied academics and we discovered that there is no way to access links shared via the chat feature using a screen reader (the hyperlinks are not visible to the screen reader and you can’t copy the URL either, very strange behavior). The chat feature as a whole is usable with a screen reader there is just this one glitch. This glitch may also impact sighted disabled folks who access the computer using a switch or keyboard only.



    This is a pretty easy glitch to get around as there are a million other ways one could share a URL (RN, Email, etc.); but it could cause students to miss out on content if instructors and students aren't aware of this issue.



    I did some research about this bug and it turns out that Zoom is already aware of this bug and working on re-mediating the issue. However, the fix apparently requires them to rewrite the code for the entire chat module (the unfortunate impact of not writing good code from the jump). All that is to say, this bug is unlikely to be fixed while we are operating in a fully online environment."

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I was just asked to organize a virtual/video happy hour

    I’m guessing FaceTime and Skype are no bueno, any other options?

  • Knight_Knight_ Dead Dead Dead Registered User regular
    Zoom pro is probably your best option for any kind of large scale video meeting. I think that goes to 100 people? It's 15 bucks a month though.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    Knight_ wrote: »
    Zoom pro is probably your best option for any kind of large scale video meeting. I think that goes to 100 people? It's 15 bucks a month though.

    Is Microsoft Teams free? We just did a 150 person meeting in one (and some sort of jury-rigged 350 person one using two separate meetings somehow).

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    I was just asked to organize a virtual/video happy hour

    I’m guessing FaceTime and Skype are no bueno, any other options?

    How many people? Discord is free and can have up to ten I believe.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    I was just asked to organize a virtual/video happy hour

    I’m guessing FaceTime and Skype are no bueno, any other options?

    How many people? Discord is free and can have up to ten I believe.

    I thought they bumped that up to 50 due to the pandemic?

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited March 24
    7, great thought!

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    So I think we’re going to do quarantinis with Houseparty

    It’s my work team’s weekly staff meeting and I guess we didn’t want to be on skype/teams while doing a virtual happy hour /shrug

    I mean we’ve had no problems drinking as a group on the company’s time before but maybe someone is weirded out now

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    I was just asked to organize a virtual/video happy hour

    I’m guessing FaceTime and Skype are no bueno, any other options?

    We just did Zoom free version with a dozen people, and it was just fine.

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  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    I'm down to sleeping like 4 or 5 hours a night. Then I'll nap an hour or two in the afternoon. Not getting much exercise for weeks makes it tough to sleep.

    I was gonna do yardwork but now it's been raining for the last couple of days.

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  • Dizzy DDizzy D NetherlandsRegistered User regular
    Alex Horne has organised a play-at-home Taskmaster series, where he will give a specific activity to be completed in a set time

    First one below:


    First results are also in.

    BTW The official Taskmaster Youtube channel was already uploading all episodes on a weekly basis (full episode in order every Tuesday + compilation videos on Mondays), but that sadly seems to have been dropped for now (either to make space for this or because somebody needs to be in an office to actually do the upload, I guess). Never imagined all the emotions I could feel from watching somebody trying to throw a potato into a golf hole without stepping on the (red) green.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 25
    https://www.boredpanda.com/national-cowboy-museum-head-of-security-twitter/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=BPFacebook

    Want to read something fun? A museum put a security guard in charge of their social media during the quarantine. It’s delightfully funny watching him try to tweet.

    The more I read though, this guy has to be trolling. :biggrin:

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    I got sick of pre-recorded media and wanted a window into the world outside for a bit, so I wanted to...well, watch "TV." I don't own an antenna, didn't want to pay for it, but saw an ad for Puffer, a free-ninety-free streaming site rebroadcasting OTA from all the major networks (including PBS).

    https://puffer.stanford.edu/

    It's part of a research project on video compression, and they need lots of actual streaming data from actual streaming users with various connections. It's just no-frills streaming of all of the Bay Area's major networks. No pause, no record, equivalent to having an antenna. Works in most browsers. Does not work in Safari. May or may not work on mobile. You have to create an account, and must be in the US.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    MNC Dover wrote: »
    https://www.boredpanda.com/national-cowboy-museum-head-of-security-twitter/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=BPFacebook

    Want to read something fun? A museum put a security guard in charge of their social media during the quarantine. It’s delightfully funny watching him try to tweet.

    The more I read though, this guy has to be trolling. :biggrin:

    Of course, but it's in such a wholesome way that you can't help but grin.

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  • MorganVMorganV Registered User regular
    It's only got 8 hours left, but Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition is on sale on Steam, for less than $10.
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/704450/Neverwinter_Nights_Enhanced_Edition/

    Also available on GOG. Though apparently the price is geolocated. I see it as $8.09US, from Australia.
    https://www.gog.com/game/neverwinter_nights_enhanced_edition_pack?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzduuluK36AIVgqmWCh1L8gADEAAYASAAEgJXafD_BwE

    Basically, it's Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition (NWN2 is 3.5). It's "real time", but only barely. And it's fun as a single player, with a crapload of content, even if you know what you're doing. There's also some DLC's and a toolkit for people to make their own adventures.

    But it really shines in a group. @Forar and I played with a friend we know from GenCon (and his nephew) yesterday, and it was a blast. We had two glitches (one required a reboot, the other required Forar to jump out and back in BECAUSE HE WANDERED TOO FAR FROM THE GROUP!), but a good time was had by all.

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    Levar Burton has a podcast where he reads various short stories. He's been doing it for a long time.

    What's new is Neil Gaiman just gave him permission to read any of his works for free. So there's that to look forward to.

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    If Levar Burton and Neil Gaiman have a soothing voice-off competition. The entire world could just gently nap thru quarantine

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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    Illfonic, makers of the Friday the 13th game, are making an asymmetrical Predator game. It is having a free weekend on the Epic store before launch next month, starting in about an hour.

  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Docshifty wrote: »
    Illfonic, makers of the Friday the 13th game, are making an asymmetrical Predator game. It is having a free weekend on the Epic store before launch next month, starting in about an hour.

    A friend of mine is working on the Predator game as a level designer. He’s been trying to get everyone excited to give the game a shot. Hope it turns out good.

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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    I had a lot of fun with F13, and I give them a pass on it kinda losing steam because the Jason lisence went sideways. I am super excited for this one.

  • RedTideRedTide Registered User regular
    Game is bullshit unless the Predator instinctively flees Danny Glover on sight.

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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    Got a full fireteam. But the game seems to really be having issues setting matches up. 10 minute queues. Dumped in to empty lobbies. It was just fine when it opened!

  • MorganVMorganV Registered User regular
    Docshifty wrote: »
    Got a full fireteam. But the game seems to really be having issues setting matches up. 10 minute queues. Dumped in to empty lobbies. It was just fine when it opened!

    I blame DocShifty. If they weren't promoting it on Penny, then the servers wouldn’t be overloaded.

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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    Listen, it is a fun game and frankly I need more spines to pull out.

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Just heard on the Sirius at work that Sirius is free until May

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  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    Levar Burton has a podcast where he reads various short stories. He's been doing it for a long time.

    What's new is Neil Gaiman just gave him permission to read any of his works for free. So there's that to look forward to.

    Not only that, Levar's daughter Mika Burton is about to star in a show called Critter Hug come May with Critical Role's Matt Mercer, they will be featuring various members of the D&D and boardgame community, doing interviews, and generally being chill people.

  • John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    Levar Burton has a podcast where he reads various short stories. He's been doing it for a long time.

    What's new is Neil Gaiman just gave him permission to read any of his works for free. So there's that to look forward to.

    He will now also be live streaming different age-appropriate stories on twitter:

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Hell yeah, I'm checking in on Friday.

    Levar Burton...after dark.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    He should do a follow up reading of "Go the fuck to sleep".

    First they came for the Muslims, and we said NOT TODAY, MOTHERFUCKER!
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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    edited April 1
    Forar wrote: »
    He should do a follow up reading of "Go the fuck to sleep".

    I would agree, but Samuel L. Jackson already gave us the definitive reading of that; anything else would be redundant.

    *watches RT vid*

    Okay, maybe I could be wrong.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    First they came for the Muslims, and we said NOT TODAY, MOTHERFUCKER!
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