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  1. Exactly. Some humor is universal. Some is pointingly targeted. I enjoy Saturday Night Live. But all humor is water off a duck's back unless the person has no sense of humor at all. I am finding people have no sense of humor and cringe at a good joke like the cameras of Orwell's 1984 are watching them. "How many ------- does it that to screw in a light bulb...? " Fill in the dashes and it's a funny joke around the water cooler.
  2. Not so sure since many even in the US would not get the humor. Most here don't care about public policy at all. BTW no one commented on the context/explanation I provided. Getting a bit ahead of yourself it appears. Trying to read people's minds and put words in their mouth's does not foster credibility. Comes across as a pissy fit. Let them speak for themselves. Thousands of people who are into public policy don’t think this specific humor is stupid at all. Many are doctors, lawyers engineers, and small business owners. Achievers. They see it as a clever 4 word summary of how some jurisdictions treat their citizens. It uses a form of humor called "Hyperbolic: Comic presentation marked by extravagant exaggeration and outsized characterization." If any forum should understand the Hyperbolic it's Battlefront's. Ever watch SNL? Kevin
  3. I think there are many laptops in that dollar range that have graphics cards. MSI comes to mind, but so many other outfits market within that price point and are well suited to run today's wargames. If I needed a new PC and I asked at random for a friend to buy me a 1500 dollar gaming machine I would not return it based on the brand name. The differences are really minor.
  4. No. Just local humor in the US. Many people call their states the People's Republic of California, People's Republic of New Jersey etc.. The first time I ever heard it used was by a friend who lives and rural Massachusetts i.e. People's Republic of Massachusetts. Generally a joking phase by business owners in response to over taxation, regulation and lax immigration rules.
  5. You might have a problem shoving off unless someone choppers in cases of Tito's. But then again, the passage is only 4 days to the US. Think I would rather exit The People's Republic of Germany and get to more familiar territory with family and friends. Two bottles and a deck of cards = a party to pass the voyage away with. If a little luck, 2 bottes grows to 2 cases for the shore house. Nice.
  6. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33744/b-1b-bombers-fly-with-ukrainian-flankers-and-migs-over-the-black-sea-for-first-time-ever
  7. Good news in the scheme of things: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html The current estimate is a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and projects a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate to 0.26% almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago. Early data. But flat out data. Go Cards! BTW.
  8. The beauty of a tactical wargame like CM is the seamless gameplay that allows the player to go from low to higher level of situational awareness when planning the same turn. Not really realistic in a strict sense. But without that ability the the product would not be all that fun to play. So we are actually allowed a company commander's level of awareness while planning at the squad leader level. Over the years, players have experimented with playing at only ground level (no over head view). It's interesting to try, but never caught on. Kevin
  9. I understand your point completely. I am not sure this type of multiplayer is all about radio commands per se but where Command orders maneuvers when they can't see the terrain other than on a map or within their immediate LOS. The pixel Commander might have to run around in a confused tactical situation with a lot of FOW and at times position (not fire) light MGs and mortars. And then run over to a radio or to another a subunit "face to face" to issue orders related to the local situation. If anyone has read "Clay Pigeons of St. Lo" , you might understand the Command problem. Translating that into a wargame does not produce a sexy wargame. There is a game in development called Radio Commander that's in early stages. But I would not be interested unless the Commander can move outside of their bunker and have some ability to fire at targets. Always been interested in rules sets placed on top on commercial wargames. They are difficult to pull off without finding players really dedicated to the process. Kevin
  10. Posted since the concept with respect to WW2 ground combat blindsided me and the concept might be of passing interest here. I think you give orders to a referee that tries to execute those orders in a fair way for both sides. Very old school coop wargaming technique that I believe the Naval War College has used for years. What really got me was the crazy terrain depicted in the screen shots. Kevin
  11. There has been a lot of software over the years to do this. But, I don't know anyone who has adopted personal software to design something as costly and complex as a home. Sure, you can tinker with things and get ideas over a few drinks etc.. And have fun zooming around the would be house. Best to find the land you want to build on, buy it, and then engage local builders who know the regulations for that jurisdiction. Unless the requirements are very specific, buying large acreage and putting a modular home on it can be very cost effective. But be mindful of the cost of tying into utilities and long driveways that require snow removal and other maintenance. While on a business trip years ago I downloaded landscape software just to kill time ... and that's all it did. Kevin
  12. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/11/colonel-croesus-turn-10/
  13. This might of interest to some folks. Other than Magnus, most of the best are going at it at 10AM tomorrow east US time. In these days, it sort of substitutes for the final round of the Masters. But a lot quicker. The live coverage is actually well done and the NFL should take note. Do I need to listen to a raving mad Bradshaw again and again? Even if you are not into chess, how it's covered online might spark some thoughts on how other industries might proceed under lock downs. https://www.chess.com/news/view/fide-chess-com-online-nations-cup-day-5
  14. Of course. We just don't make a habit of making jack asses out of ourselves. Tends to be dangerous in NJ. Which might explain why you hightailed it to CA.
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