I doubt it will change anyone's mind, it never seems to, but let me just try to interject something here. I find it odd that anyone who sees themselves as a skeptic, would discount anyone's position on anything, just because they don't like their conclusions. For example, right now I'm slogging my way through a book that is basically a neo-luddite manifesto. It is hard going, because I so fundamentally disagree with practically everything the author has to say, but I think it is important to read his arguments, and think long and hard about them, because the alternative is to lose all perspective to confirmation bias, and only being told what I want to hear.
I think that a very modern disease of social media, is we've all become far too enamoured, even dependant, on being able to click a button, and make dissenting views just vanish, at which point we pat ourselves on the back for being the smart ones, and make up stories about how stupid anyone who disagrees with us is. It is dangerous, and does not promote healthy skepticism and discourse. There is no idea mankind has every created, that is so sacrosanct that it deserves to be unchallenged.
FYI--This is probably my favourite forum post of the year. I know I'm guilty. I think it applies to a vast majority of internet discourse.
I've cleaned up the threads today.
If you see spam that isn't in it's own thread (i.e. video replies, spam in existing threads), please flag it because it'll be nearly impossible for me to find.
I apologize for all of this. Unfortunately, Whalerock does not have significant resources to equip us with better tools. AFAIK, I'm the only active moderator besides staff--and even then, calling me active is a bit of a misnomer. I try to remember to stop by at least once in the morning/evening to cleanup spam.
I'll set a reminder in my phone to remind me to take a better look. I've been here since the beginning--I'll try to do better.
I have noticed the spam choking legitimate activity. Tested is very aware of the problem.
Locked as per claimed.
Thanks for imac's generosity!
just stopping in to say a couple things:
@FortYTw0: are you able to receive texts from non-SMS users while the phone is off? Sending messages is straight-forward, receiving them is the tricky part. Without the phone being on to relay messages to Apple, I have no idea how else your Mac could receive messages from non-iMessage users.
Hey @coopdegra,@evil_gordita,@zmaster, and everyone else: speaking of forever ago: check out what I found on The youtube.
(Way before my time)
I actually really dig the tunes.
Hey, is there a way we can get an official anniversary date? I feel we should do something special for our annual/biannual anniversaries.
I'm a bit bummed, I would've definitely have showed up to an anniversary! That video brings back a lot. I remember constructing a lot of the initial area including the spawn point and the initial 'subway' station/line. That lava bit right by the platform? It was used to dispose of stacks of cobble/dirt/sand from the initial excavation, and was never cleaned up. :)
@will: @Rallier: "IT'S STARTING! COME BACK! COOOMMMEEE BAAAACCCKKK"
I've used a macbook air for university for the last three years and it's been awesome. handles all the tasks I throw at it, long battery life, and it's super light (probably the single best aspect of it).
There's some good information in here. I think a 256GB 13" MBA with a 8GB RAM upgrade is what I would buy if I were looking for a notebook right now. The only thing is, the gaming performance is a bit lackluster, but it tends to at least play most.
I came in here with guns ablazing thinking
a ha! Spammer, I've caught you now!
Surprisingly, the title deceived me. Anyhow, I'm not really sure that there is a good way to do that, since the premium stuff is paywalled. Perhaps pull the video up on your phone/notebook, and then share out to the TV via chromecast?
That's a great idea! If you could find another shelf, or fashion one yourself, then you could probably fit two even rows of toolboxes in the space of one shelf!
@ilikemovies: special effects are the best way to do this, really. there are all sorts of tutorials that can help you.
If you're dedicated to a practical effect, then you may have to resort to fire, though not a lot of it. Look into smoke pellets.
Suspending a bunch of these in a pie tin beneath the car may be your best bet, but if you plan to do it with moving with any sort of speed, but I'd guess that you'd best do some visual trickery to make it look like the car is moving when it isn't (or, greenscreen/roto it, but that, again, hard when dark). Slow moving vehicle would be fine.
Apparently military grade smoke bombs put out a lot of smoke, last about a minute and don't get hot.
All of this information came from a friend close to the movie biz, so I can't guarentee the accuracy of it, but should help you get going in the right direction.
@stenchlord: @CouchPotatoTalk: @StephenWestervelt: thanks for the flags, guys.
Depending on when I go to bed, I sometimes will clean up the spam that arrives around midnight PST, but have been trying to make it a habit of grabbing it when I wake up.
@noren: @will: should be able to help.
There was an email address once upon a time ago, I'm not sure if it's still monitored for issues like this however.
@Tashi: Nice work!
I'm not sure there is much that lives under the office from the look of the building, but I've never visited so I couldn't say for sure.
We are working on something to help tackle the spam problem, just going to need sometime.
Right now, we do have mods in at least two different timezones. Lane I think is eastern, and lt. squigs is now west coast, though they have both been pretty quiet lately. I'm west coast North America, and I could be wrong but Rallier is something like France.
Honestly, I feel adding more moderators is a bandaid solution. That's not to say it won't work in the short term, but unfortunately adding people as moderators tends to turn doing something fun into work. I'm not saying that people will pickup their bags and leave immediately, but cleaning spam really isn't much fun.
The only thing I can say for certain is that I'm still going to try and prevent spam from building up over time.
@will: it's sort of like a zombie shooter, on horde mode.
I've been on vacation, will try to resume checking it when I wake up, as the spammers seem to hit 1-6 AM PST (i.e. when I'm asleep).
No guarentees--twitter is still the best way to contact me.
@YoThatLimp: I don't think that exists.
For everyone, feel free to @reply me on twitter after flagging the spam, and I'll come and clean everything up if it's bad. :)