Honestly if I had to try to "save" the D&D alignment system, using only the existing values and axes, I would make it a two part choice, no incompatibilities, where it's [Praxis] [Ethos] or [Method] [End Goal].
So Lawful Evil would be someone who uses lawful means for evil ends, where somebody who is Evil Lawful would be someone who uses evil means for lawful ends.
....though I guess the arbitrary order I formulated here would mean the post at the head of this thread should have said "Lawful Chaotic" rather than "Chaotic Lawful", as it's using lawful means for chaotic ends.
I do feel like the ends should come at the end, thematically.

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This is the tweet I'm second proudest of, so far, today.
This is the tweet I'm proudest of, so far, today.
Every time someone on here accuses me of saying something they disagree with just to generate engagement, I reflect on how the most fulfilling thing on here is when I make a joke that perhaps three people in the world will enjoy, and one of them finds it.
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Bill Gates was right in one respect: checking credibility on the net *is* more sophisticated.

When we only had old media, it was Hobson's choice: take their word or leave it. On the internet, you have perfect freedom to shop around until someone confirms your priors. Options!
One thing that jumps out from the full context here is that Gates's rosy view is based on the idea that the internet would be navigated using indexed directories of sites, which might be themselves navigable by search engines but would be vetted, curated.

But both the internet and the ability to automate the indexing of sites grew too fast for that to ever firmly solidify as the post-www status quo, and to the extent that the big search engines are curated indices, it's not in the service of a neutral pursuit of truth or utility.
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So, for anyone who knows my passion for trying out wearable personal viewscreen devices in hopes of finding the perfect virtual office space... the HTC Vive Flow is *very* close, albeit with the deadly flaw for this specific purpose of currently lacking keyboard support.
Any time I post about a gadget that puts HDMI screens in front of your face, I get people asking "Does it do VR?" and usually my answer is either "no" or "no, but it can technically do 3D" or "not well".

The Vive Flow is an actual VR device, one looking for a new market.
Most of the use cases for VR have been gaming, in spite of big business trying to make office work sound like the cool and edgy futuristic part of cyberpunk. The Vive Flow is not aimed at hardcore gaming; the games it's compatible with are more Cookie Gem Farm than 4 Left Guns.
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Yo should never correct your own ear for dialogue or sense of a character's voice because some teacher you had would've made you fix the subject-verb disagreement, word choice, tensing error, etc., that happened organically as you wrote it.
I.e., "There's still some things I don't understand."

One could argue that it should be "There are still some things." because "things" are plural. But the speaker didn't write out the sentence and diagram it in advance. Would they have known how the sentence would turn out?
Maybe they were starting to say "Maybe there's something I don't understand." and decided mid-stream not to limit it to one thing. Or "a thing or two", a case which is grammatically singular or plural based on which side of the conjunction you're on.
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Scream Guy: Who was the killer in Friday the XIII?

me: Too easy. Who killed Tommy in Phantasm?

Scream Guy: The Tall Man.

Other Scream Guy: No! Dude! It was the Lady in Lavender.

First Scream Guy: They're the same person.

me: No one. It was a dream.

Scream Guys: But was it?!
Then they point out that they're obviously still going to kill me anyway and I point out I wasn't even there in the first place because there is no way I would have picked up a landline if I wasn't expecting a call, leaving them to helplessly wonder

I don't think any speculative/genre movie that's overtly about dreams has ever nailed the dream logic experience as much as Phantasm does. Much of the rest of the series leans away from that towards more straight sci-fi horror, to its detriment.
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The original Half-Life headcrab zombie design was so much creepier than the Half-Life 2 model. The HL2 variants are an interesting wrinkle but not more so than Gearbox's interpretation of an ongoing mutation/maturation process.
My head(crab)canon is that all the headcrabs on earth in Half-Life 2 are the result of Combine genetic manipulation that was designed to keep the victims conscious, to add to the shock/horror as part of their headcrab-based suppression tactics.
And the result of this is less drastic changes to the victims' bodies through a shorter, less dynamic process.
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