Shattered Rift

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  1. Does the Wolf have a nightkill? Asking because the answer seems likely to be no, and that means Day 4 is a coin flip if we don't execute the Wolf on Day 2. Actually, better question: do we even have a guarantee that the Wolf was distributed? And/or the Jester? Edit: Apparently I skipped the line answering this question.
  2. Sign me up. Evenings are going to be dicey, but my new work hasn't started in earnest yet.
  3. Yes. It will be co-hosted by Blacjak and Rexozord and signups should be going up following Inu's game (or maybe during, depending on timing). I'll be sending out an email tomorrow most likely. I've been focused on the job hunt these past few days.
  4. Sounds good. Go ahead. Edit: Looks like you already did. Excellent.
  5. Not currently. Do you want to take the next one?
  6. I had gotten confirmation through my role that you had been protected, but that it wasn't by my protect. As a result of that, I had no reason to suspect the subversion, so I believed Spirit was responsible, especially once Zilary's claim both failed to contradict it and could only try to cast suspicion on you. Edit: Looks like I misread my Night PM and assumed it said you were protected rather than simply targeted. In any case, the disable on you provides no explanation for how you were targeted for death and survived. I suppose Traitor should have been a viable thought for explanation.
  7. So Inu was a Traitor? That's nice. There was no way I was going to logic that out and really no way that Zilary could convince me. All logical evidence pointed against Zilary, and the only way to counter that was to assume I was lying/had extra information. Getting confirmation on Inu changing my result halfway through the day certainly didn't help anything. I mean, it certainly was a strong innocent balance if the Dreamer's super-effective included a protect, but it made a logical sense to balance out the likely possibility of a dream failure. Also pretty embarrassed that I read mccraabi's death and then promptly forgot about it for the first half of the day. I'd definitely like to see the mechanic used again in a larger game. It seems like it has potential, particularly in an HP-based game.
  8. Inu getting roleblocked (can refute: he was not) is irrelevant with both Spirit and myself vouching for him.
  9. Thanks for pointing that out. I somehow glazed over Sinical's execution post and just glanced at the first post in the thread. Unvote: mccraabi Vote: Zilary
  10. Considering everything's public right now, a possibility of two protects leaves one of the three of us unguarded. The obvious play is for me to protect Spirit and for her not to say who she's targeting, since the Killer is already one of Zilary or Mccraabi (barring a believable counterclaim). Given the random nature of the game, it might be better for me to just say I'm targeting one of the two of you and then trusting luck. Thoughts? Vote: mccraabi My money's on Zilary, based on gut, and I expect her to make a claim at this point that would suggest the Killer having an additional power if it's her. But I probably won't be online later tonight to switch my vote, and splitting the vote temporarily seems safer. I should be online for another three(?) hours or so.
  11. I'm the Protector, and while I failed to protect Inu last night, something kept him alive.
  12. (C/S)inical's name is alternating its spelling. It depends on what exists and what Sinical designed. Based on what you've said combined with the knowledge of my own role, I'm inclined to vote against a full claim. However, if three of the other living players are in favor, I will cooperate. Also. Vote: Spirit Partially keeping votes spread out, partially other reasons. (Nothing worth following through on without your own reasons, mind you.)
  13. I don't have much to say, and I'm hoping someone else has some idea to work off of.
  14. Even in this format, I'm inclined to think a Watcher would still be more powerful than a Dreamer. What happens with a tie vote? Randomizer?
  15. This is officially one of the best penalties we've ever seen.
  16. Yes. A lot of the comments I've seen going around Facebook have been about the fact that the US is supposedly in disagreement with the entire world and blah blah blah as if any of this matters. The agreement requires certain nations, including the US, to contribute to other nations, effectively costing us money without providing returns. I've seen some mention that China is exempt from this portion (which would explain why they entered into it), but I'm still in the process of finding accurate sources on this. As I understand it, this is Trump's issue with the agreement, that we're just saying, "Yeah, we'll pay you guys money and you don't have to pay it back ever." I disagree with this completely. The questions of whether it's man-made and whether or not we can make a significant difference are the two core issues. If it's not our fault, then let's stop with the guilt-tripping arguments. If we can't do anything significant about it, then let's release the burdens on business. Our insistence that the government must be the acting force ignores the large number of individuals and charitable organizations willing to take action without insisting on yet another increase in taxation. I can just as easily argue that this is irrelevant because in 1,000 years we'll have technology that eclipses what's currently possible and this entire issue will be moot.
  17. I see that you've since done some research, but I think this has been the big problem surrounding this discussion. There are only two reasons that there's been a nearly worldwide support for the agreement: the lack of penalty and the fact that most countries are individually impacted minimally (if not garnering support). Meanwhile, the United States faces a disproportionate amount of the burden. The political motivations behind the climate change narrative are a large cause for concern in my mind. While I would like to address the ecological impact humans have upon the Earth, I see hubris in the assumption that we and we alone are responsible for the warming of the Earth, and furthermore we lack anything resembling any certainty of what our impact will be or where a tipping point is to whether our efforts will justify the costs involved. Many are quick to say that the worst case scenario of an uninhabitable world is reason enough, but that's a poor argument. Meanwhile, the awareness an interest by many individuals and groups provide other avenues to work towards the goals of the Paris agreement without requiring action on the part of the federal government.
  18. Dance weekends are the best weekends.

  19. As some of you may have gathered from my two video announcements, I care quite a bit about my sense of style, particularly my professional style (especially tie knots) and also my casual style (for the sake of making good first impressions, particularly for my dating life). Much of this interest came a year ago when a few friends at church starting wearing the Trinity knot (the knot I wore in the Sparkbomb v3.0 announcement). I now prefer the Eldredge (the knot I was wearing in the recent Break-even announcement) as it looks much more formal, in my opinion. Around the same time (or maybe a bit before), I started to notice the difference in size between my different medium-sized shirts. Some of them were simply too large on me while others fit fine. Sadly, due to the width of my shoulders and narrowness of my waist, I fall somewhere between the typical men's Medium and Small, having the typical medium width in my shoulders but my waist being better suited to the typical small width. I can only imagine the nightmare women experience in this regard due to a lack of standardization and the extra variables they have when it comes to their clothing. About that time, I also started caring a bit more about color coordination with my outfit, opting for button-up sports shirts (I think that's the term) since they add more color and more class than a typical tee shirt without needing to step up the formality ladder towards a polo or be limited to a single color the way a henley is. (Henleys are basically collarless polos, having those three buttons up near the top of the collar.) I've also been impressed by the sense of style of a few of our female members in the past, particularly Liz and Nebiros. Anyway, I want to open up this conversation for a couple of reasons. One, I assume there are guys on the site that do care about their sense of style. It's not something we talk about often, but it's something that a lot more guys think about than talk about. And I'm sure there are some that probably want some advice or the like. Two, I'd be curious to hear what some of the women in the room have to say, whether about men's style or about their own. I'm going to post a couple of links for the guys. Real Men Real Style: I found this website (and a few others that I don't care for as much) when I was first looking for some casual style tips. Antonio Centeno focuses on professional style, he emphasizes the importance of having fewer pieces of clothing while maintaining a fully interchangeable wardrobe, and he does video versions of each of his articles, so you can read or watch as you wish. (That was probably my inspiration for doing video versions of the two announcements here on Sparkbomb.) His free ebook is very helpful, and while he does a decent chunk of advertising for his mail list, I always give the articles a glance. There's almost always something useful to be learned. Alex Krasny's YouTube Channel: Alex has done some very good videos showing how to tie various knots, and he discusses ties often enough in various videos. I don't always agree with his thoughts, but I always appreciate his stuff.
  20. Put me down as a tentative yes. What time do you expect nightfall to be? I don't want to accidentally forget about Werewolf until midnight PDT again. Also, I won't be able to play past the 25th. I'll be attending dance workshops during Memorial Day weekend.
  21. I had the discussion of aesthetics recently with a friend that spends time practically everyday at the gym. He doesn't look like one of the insanely ripped bodybuilder types, but he's in fantastic shape. One of the things he pointed out to me is the difference between strict weight-lifting of targeted areas vs calisthenics or a better-rounded approach. A portion of the bodybuilding community was inspired by Dragon Ball Z, and the appearance of Goku et. al is based on the well-rounded approach, and it's somewhat accurate to the in-series explanation that Goku and Vegeta do tons of pushups/sit-ups etc. Whereas the bodybuilder types with massive biceps/etc are focusing on those groups much more exclusively. As a dancer, what I'm lacking is a sufficient amount of that well-roundedness. I need a lot of the auxiliary strength because of how hard I work every area. Meanwhile, because dancing is primarily cardio, it does little to build muscle and much more to burn calories. You mentioned growth, and my best understanding is that good physical health trumps some of the other problems, but more than that it's a matter of life expectancy vs quality of life. It's not worth living to be a hundred if you spend your last thirty years as an invalid. Better to live to be eighty and be healthy to the day you die. The key thing is getting into a regular habit with it. A gym membership could help, and putting money on the line can be motivating to some people. I'd also recommend finding a friend or coworker or someone to go with and help to hold you accountable.
  22. Generally, that has more to do with correct fit than anything else. Making sure your pants fit you properly in the waist, and then having the belt be snug rather than tight. Does your weight fluctuate much? I've been trying near-desperately to put on weight this past year. I managed to put on about five pounds in the waist, just enough to hit normal waist size for my pant length, but then I lost it while I was sick over Christmas. My body really doesn't want to hold the extra weight. Vests are about functionality, at least compared to blazers and suit coats. Vests leave your shoulders (and thus arms) mobile. They just do less to build up the general appearance of your size (which is where blazers/suit coats excel). I'm not particularly familiar with sweaters, but I think the formality comes from the fabric and look. It's definitely possible to find a formal sweater. Though sweaters are going to be less formal than vests or blazers.
  23. Due to some server issues, the site has been cacheing during the past week. This problem should be resolved. But in case it's not, the following issues may be occurring: pages always appearing the same (that's what cacheing means), pages appearing like you're not logged in or logged in as someone else (those were fun), and the home page in particular not updating to display new posts/status updates/etc. I'm posting this while the site isn't cacheing, so this topic/post should definitely appear on the home page regardless. Most of the site seems to be operating normally. So you should be able to visit the forums and see topics/posts updating correctly. Also bear in mind, posts you make will go through. But if the cacheing is occurring then they simply won't display until the cache is cleared again.
  24. For men, the typical upgrade is a watch, though watches are in a kind of flux in different circles because of their "uselessness." Bracelets and rings are also an option. Pocket squares only really work with blazers/suits. I've been wanting to add a bracelet to my wardrobe. (Hm, I can't seem to remember the name of the brand. I lost a handful of my links when I reformatted.) Edit: Found them. I've been debating this guy and that guy. Not sure which I prefer more. And I tend to prefer silver to gold in my jewelry. Most dress shoes stop below the ankle bone. Only boots (chukkas or chelseas) cover the ankle. Also, if your foot is slipping out of a loafer while running, I'd wager the loafer might be a half-size too big. That's a blucher, not an oxford. The difference with bluches is that they have the open laces like that, whereas an oxford or balmoral has closed lacing where the underside/between spaces of the laces are hidden. Not all dress shoes are uncomfortable. Soles are made out of different materials. It's partially a reflection of cost. Thanks for bringing up socks. They're definitely a fun thing to play around with in the right environment, but they're pretty low down on my list of clothes to play with. I can't ever think of hearing about a velcro belt. There are those seat belt belts. Soft collars do seem to be getting rarer in dress shirts. I have a few ancient ones. I'd recommend finding one or two particular areas to step up. I assume your shirt is fine, your pants are fine, and your shoes are fine. Are you still running as slim as I remember you being, or have you put on weight? Personally, I really like vests. Zilary's suggestion of sweater vests is good if you want to look more casual, but you're trying to avoid that. Your belt is the other obvious thing. Keep in mind that browns and tans are less formal than blacks. A black braided belt would look significantly better, though you might want to avoid the braided look at all.
  25. I find that the list of things needed in a wife continues to lengthen to the point where it becomes unreasonable. It's caused my list to compress to a few specifics that have much broader implications (such as dancer, which inherently includes height and body type as well as athleticism). Were you wearing the super casual style of loafers that have the... not strings, exactly, but sort of like strings going along the sides? Loafers are definitely casual, and I repeatedly waffle on whether or not I actually like loafers, but most loafers should be able to get by just fine. Coloring matters too: black always looks more formal. Pointy toes? As in the box toe? They're hideous and make for an abrupt end-point. Always go rounded toe.