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Member Since 20 Jul 2013
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In Topic: Crop Fertility Regions (Colonial Americas)

21 July 2016 - 06:32 PM

The range for tobacco is extremely off, if you're going for historical/geographic accuracy.  At the very least, it should extend north to the Chesapeake Bay, and really should extend up to the Connecticut river valley in New England, as there was extensive cultivation there as early as 1640.


I think the tobacco and cotton regions might actually want to be switched.  Cotton plantations were more located in the Deep South and lower Mississippi, roughly in an ark from Charleston to New Orleans and then up to Vicksburg.

In Topic: Trump Is The Republican Candidate - Now What?

21 July 2016 - 10:03 AM

Quoting seems to be doing weird things, so:


I have the knack of misunderstanding brief quotes, so I better ask - are you saying the world would be better off without the Chinese economy success, political structure and ideology simply because they pose a threat to US dominance or do not conform to US values and ideologies? If so that's an imperialist mindset that seems to say our way or no way.

Why do you think the US has the right to depose of any government at will, whenever they want. Like @Hodgman wrote earlier (and he wasn't exaggerating) American presidents through history have committed some of the worst crimes against humanity. And that is the mindset that caused it 



Deposing Mao and getting somebody who was more pragmatic in earlier might have saved many millions of lives, and accelerated the resurgence of China to its more normal historical position in the world economy.  Nipping the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century in the bud in 1952 would have been a worthy goal - too bad Truman didn't have the stomach to let MacArthur really fight the war properly.

In Topic: Do My Swordsmen Look Like Cyborgs?

20 July 2016 - 09:16 PM

I think they look quite a bit nicer.  The hint of gold on the hilt of the sword is a nice touch, and it looks like there is more facial definition in the helmet.


The only thing that bothers me is the sprite is left-handed in some poses and right-handed in others...

In Topic: Trump Is The Republican Candidate - Now What?

20 July 2016 - 08:57 PM

It's really fucking sad that the most appealing candidate that's going to be wheeled out this November is Donald Trump.  Well, aside from Gary Johnson, who doesn't count, because 'murica and the two-party system.  But looking at that shit sandwich of a Republican field, oh my god, Trump really is the most inspirational candidate.  At least he radiates optimism and isn't, uncouth remarks aside, completely off the reservation into crazy-pants land.  And he taps into the deep, unvoiced dissatisfaction that permeates the huge chunks of America that haven't seen things get much better, indeed backsliding in many ways, since the end of the Cold War.  Globalization looks like a raw deal, when the mill up the street can't compete with off-shore factories paying pennies on the dollar for labor, and the local community starts circling the drain after it goes out, and meth and heroin become a big part of the local economy.


Less said about Clinton, the better.  Seriously, if that is the best you can do on the other side of the aisle, you're fucking up.  All you'd have to do is run a borderline reasonable person, without an army of skeletons in the closet that could replace the special effects in Army of Darkness, and you'd have a landslide.  Maybe reign in your agitators that have escalated to such dangerous, hateful rhetoric that they are inciting cold-blooded murders and ambushes of police officers across the country (I think we're up to a half-dozen separate incidences in the last two weeks).

In Topic: Good Directx Books

20 July 2016 - 12:39 PM

- for some good, and even more important, practical HLSL effects, I suggest the HLSL cookbook (also d3d11)



Have they released a new version with better editing?  I tried reading through it, and there's some very good technical content, but damn, I have to wonder if a proofreader got anywhere near it before they sent it to the printing presses, based on my copy.


A quick, free ebook is the SyncFusion Direct3D Succinctly.  It's a little quick and dirty, but may help getting familiar before tackling a more in-depth book like Luna's or Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D.  One thing that hasn't really aged well with Luna's book is that he uses the Effects framework, which isn't really maintained any more and has fallen out of vogue (as far as I can tell), instead of using shaders directly.