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A dozen, a gross, and a score,
Plues three times the square root of four,
Divided by seven,
Plues five times eleven,
Is nine squared, and not a bit more
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The lessons of fanfiction so far
I experiment with web content constantly as part of my work. I start new sites and fill them with content just to see how people react. That's what my post on the Bioware forums was, what this site I started originally was. Both surprised me with the audience reaction.
I've been learning a lot from these fanfic experiences. Here's what I've got so far:
1) Quality does not necessarily mean more hits/popularity; in fact, it seems like the lower the quality and more populist the topic, the higher the hits. However, the popularity is only temporary.
2) Regular updates (not necessarily fast updates) will bring more repeat visitors, even on a less populist story
3) Popularity and level of engagement (e.g. comments and follows) do not go hand-in-hand
4) Irregular reviews tend to be more helpful than gushing reviews for every chapter, but the latter bring more overall
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I’ve been watching too many music videos on Edge TV, and I kept seeing these familiar names popping up in various combinations. Here’s a diagram of some of the more memorable ones.

Is it my imagination, or are the credit lists for songs getting longer and longer?
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Questions are being asked about how the perpetrators of this shameful and horrible massacre somehow evaded the notice of the authorities, and were not on any “security watch list”.

Bear in mind that, here in New Zealand, we do not live in a police state. We do not routinely keep lots of people on “security watch lists”. No doubt there will be calls for this to change, in light of the deaths of so many innocent people. Why not give up a little bit of our liberty -- just a little bit, you understand -- if it will make us all feel safer? Isn’t it worth spying on ten or a hundred or a thousand more people, if it will save even one life?

But that is exactly what the terrorists want to happen. Remember the whole point of a terror attack: it’s to spread fear and insecurity among the populace. If people no longer feel able to go normally about their daily lives, if they are continually looking over their shoulder (the infamous “see something, say something” mentality), if they are willing to accept armed police checkpoints and routine questioning as an inescapable part of ordinary life, then that is no longer a free society. That is a police state.

Yes, there is a real risk of further terrorist attacks, let us not gloss over that. But here’s a question: is liberty worth dying for? We commemorate those who fought and died in past wars to help keep us free, yet when it comes to the thought of running a little risk ourselves to continue preserving those liberties, too many of us quickly turn into snivelling cowards.

New Zealand has long thought of itself as one of the safest, dullest, places on Earth. Others have suffered worse attacks, it is true. And we have seen how the authorities in those places often overreact, and the populace often let them get away with it, all in the name of “security”.

Well, now it’s our turn. Are we going to follow the worst of the practice of those other countries? Or are we going to demonstrate that legendary Kiwi common sense and unflappability, and refuse to be terrorized?

(The motto “Refuse To Be Terrorized” comes from noted computer security expert Bruce Schneier.)
Questions are being asked about how the perpetrators of this shameful and horrible massacre somehow evaded the notice of the authorities, and were not on any “security watch list”.

Bear in mind that, here in New Zealand, we do not live in a police state. We do not routinely keep lots of people on “security watch lists”. No doubt there will be calls for this to change, in light of the deaths of so many innocent people. Why not give up a little bit of our liberty -- just a little bit, you understand -- if it will make us all feel safer? Isn’t it worth spying on ten or a hundred or a thousand more people, if it will save even one life?

But that is exactly what the terrorists want to happen. Remember the whole point of a terror attack: it’s to spread fear and insecurity among the populace. If people no longer feel able to go normally about their daily lives, if they are continually looking over their shoulder (the infamous “see something, say something” mentality), if they are willing to accept armed police checkpoints and routine questioning as an inescapable part of ordinary life, then that is no longer a free society. That is a police state.

Yes, there is a real risk of further terrorist attacks, let us not gloss over that. But here’s a question: is liberty worth dying for? We commemorate those who fought and died in past wars to help keep us free, yet when it comes to the thought of running a little risk ourselves to continue preserving those liberties, too many of us quickly turn into snivelling cowards.

New Zealand has long thought of itself as one of the safest, dullest, places on Earth. Others have suffered worse attacks, it is true. And we have seen how the authorities in those places often overreact, and the populace often let them get away with it, all in the name of “security”.

Well, now it’s our turn. Are we going to follow the worst of the practice of those other countries? Or are we going to demonstrate that legendary Kiwi common sense and unflappability, and refuse to be terrorized?

(The motto “Refuse To Be Terrorized” comes from noted computer security expert Bruce Schneier.)

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Lawrence D’Oliveiro
New Zealand
Freelance software developer specializing in Linux, including Android. Also known to mess about with Blender 3D software.

I have posted some short animations on Vimeo: vimeo.com/user17229068/videos and published code on GitHub: github.com/ldo

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kummindrottning Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018
Pixel: Heart Jump by apparateThanks for faving pink heart {big} by DiegoVainilla
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ligr77 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
Hi default-cube!

Thanks for the visit to my Raygun Gothic group! If you have any pieces you want to drop by there, you're more than welcome to do so!
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Seishinami Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the code exercises. Too bad I only can understand Java @ this stage.. not a lot of Java though because I'm just a beginner ;d
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default-cube Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
If you like programming, do a lot of it, and you will learn that way.

Also try different languages. There are much more interesting ones than Java around. Like Python, for example. Or Lisp.
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Seishinami Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the amazing resource!
I would try a different language but school curriculum starts off with Java, so I have to stick with it for now. (:
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthxwatchplz: Hope I can live up to your expectations I salute you!
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