Sure thing. In a nutshell, after rolling up your attributes (everything in Traveller is randomly generated), your character starts out as an 18-year-old with no skills or resources to speak of, and you have to pick a career path. Early versions of the game assumed that all player characters would be military veterans, so various types of military service were the only options available, while later iterations add post-secondary education, civilian career paths, and even being a “wanderer” (read: space pirate).
Your character’s life is then divided into four-year terms, and you play each term out as a simple minigame to determine what you learned, what you experienced - and yes, whether you survived. As you can imagine, there are lots of random tables. In the earliest versions of the game, blowing your survival roll simply means that your character is dead, so there’s a tension between staying in longer in order to gain more skills, and the risk of blowing a roll and having to start over. Later versions of the game offer a variety of potential consequences for failing a survival roll, including scandal, imprisonment, or simply being horribly maimed.
Here - I’ll walk us through a basic example right now. For reference, I’m using the second Mongoose Publishing edition of the game (there are several) - you can find a bit of prior discussion on that subject here.
With Steve Bannon on way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that
Gary Cohn – the former president of Goldman Sachs who’s now running
Trump’s National Economic Council, along with Dina Powell, another influential
Goldman Sachs alumnus, – seems to be taking over Trump’s brain.
In reality, Cohn, Powell, and other Wall Streeters in the Trump White
House are pushing Trump closer to the views of Wall Street and big business – views that are reflected in the views of
“mainstream” Republicans and Democrats only to the extent the “mainstream” is dependent on the Street and
big corporations for campaign money.
These views aren’t “centrist,” and they’re not sustainable. More tax breaks for the rich
and more subsidies for big corporations aren’t much better for America than xenophobia.
Wall Street and corporate America seem not to have learned a thing from what’s happened over the past year. Do they really believe the anger, rage, hate, racism, and nationalism that welled up during the 2016 election was a random, passing phenomenon, like a particularly bad hurricane?
If so, they’re wrong. These sentiments came from a shrinking and ever more anxious working class. From millions of people so convinced the game is rigged against
them they were prepared to overthrow the established order in order to get fundamental change. From voters whipped up into a fury over tax breaks and subsidies and
bailouts for those at the top – socialism for the rich – but who for years have been getting the harsh losing end of the capitalist stick: declining wages, mass firings,
less job security, emptying towns and cities, and their children with even lower and fewer prospects.
They came from people who during the Great Recession
lost their jobs, homes, and savings, as Wall Street got bailed out for its wanton greed, and not a
single top Wall Street executive went to jail.
The so-called “centrist” policies that Wall
Street and big corporations are now happily promoting via Gary Cohn and Dina Powell won’t reverse these sentiments. They’ll add to them, because these were same sort of the policies that got us to this point.
There’s a better alternative. It’s to make it easy for people who lose their jobs to get new ones that pay at least as well, through wage insurance; expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and raise the minimum wage so every job pays a living wage; invest in great teachers and great schools, along with a system of lifelong learning, and high-quality early childhood education; and provide Medicare for all.
And pay for all of this with a 2 percent tax on wealth over $1 million and a carbon tax. While we’re at it, get big money out of politics.
Here’s a “centrist” agenda that big business, Wall Street, and the rest of America should agree on because it (or something very much like it) is the only way to move forward without inviting even more inequalities of income, wealth, and political power – and ever more vicious backlashes against such inequities.
If Wall Street and big business used the 2016 election as a teachable moment, they would realize this.
I’m trying out journaling in a different notebook. I am also combining a few notebooks and journals into one. Currently, I have a notebook for bible verses, a commonplace book (to record passages from literature and other books), a sketchbook, and a small journal. I’m hoping that having everything in one place will help me cut down on clutter and help me be more consistent with all of my notebooks because they are my tools for lifelong learning.
“You can continue to cry over the same pain & complain about the
same situations or you can expand your mind and you can grow. Maybe im
not alone when I say, sometimes we all get a little confused and feel
like we owe it to the people and places to try harder when in reality,
most of the time lessons become lifelong if we don’t learn the art of
peaceful detachment early in the game.”
idk i guess i just feel like the only kind of radical worth being is a lifelong process of learning and struggle and not a trump card or an aesthetic or a brand. unless of course you’re a teenage mutant ninja turtle
pairing: kyungsoo x jongin genre/rating: angst, violence, lightsaber fight, character death words: 1.6k summary: This is a one shot I wrote about a prompt from Kaspian (who sadly deleted)… basically dark kyungsoo (a.k.a sith lord sero antagon) and jedi jongin with some lovers background and lightsaber action because we were all disappointed in that MV that had no lightsaber fights
It’s International Week of the Deaf September 19-25, 2016
[Image Description: 8 Squares, each has a title, colour and blurb. In the middle has a white square background, centre has a black circle, with sign “Equal” underneath in black text says: WITH SIGN LANGUAGE, I AM EQUAL" Going left - right - 3 rows.
Top Row: Picture 1: Green banner with white text: BIRTH RIGHT with picture of a pacifier. Underneath: Draws upon the principle of basic human rights in relation to language acquisition at birth. When acquired fast, it enables deaf children to have full communication with people, improving their cognitive and social skills. Deaf children need access to sign language from birth.
Picture 2: Orange banner, DEAF IDENTITY with fingerprint picture. Underneath: Identifies deaf people as belonging to cultural and linguistic community, who use sign language as a mother tongue or natural language to communicate.
Picture 3: Light blue banner, ACCESSIBILITY, with Interpreter sign picture. Underneath: stresses that deaf people need access to public information and services via sign language interpreting, subtitling, and/or closed-captioning. A key factor to accessibility for public services such as, health care, employment, social welfare or any other government services is provision of and access to sign language.
Middle Row: Picture 4: Dark blue banner, EQUAL LANGUAGE, with gesture handshape picture. Underneath: Recognize sign language as a valid linguistic means of conveying thoughts, ideas, and emotions. It is a fully operating language with its own syntax, morphology and structure. It fulfills all features serve to define the notion of a language. This has been confirmed in many systematic linguistic research on sign language since the late 1970’s.
Picture 5: WITH SIGN LANGUAGE, I AM EQUAL
Picture 6: Dark blue banner, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, with picture of briefcase. Underneath: Sign language competency for communication and provision of interpreters mean that deaf people can do almost any job. It is important for deaf people to equally aspire securing jobs that reflect their interest and competency. The main barriers to employment arise from inaccessible work environment rather than an inability to hear.
Picture 7: Light blue banner, BILINGUAL EDUCATION, with picture of graduation cap. Underneath: Urges stakeholders to accept the need for bilingual education for a deaf child and to understand how quality bilingual education should be provided in a sign language environment. Bilingual education is a social-cultural approach of using sign language as the language of instruction in all subjects with a parallel strong emphasis on teaching reading and writing of the language used in the country or society.
Picture 8: Orange banner, EQUAL PARTICIPATION, with group of people in pyramid style, front person with hand up. Underneath: Deaf people need to have equal access of participation in the personal, public and political area as everyone else. More importantly, it is necessary to ensure that deaf people have the opportunity to take up leadership roles, so that deaf people themselves can appropriately advocate for their rights and be involved in all decision-making processes concerning their lives. This is a reflection of the slogan ‘Nothing About us Without us’.
Picture 9: Green banner, LIFELONG LEARNING, with head and 'chains turning’ symbol of the brain. Underneath: Access to education, vocational training, and ongoing professional training and development, is key to gaining and retaining a job and earning a wage that allows independent living.]
a satirical parody of modern high school attitudes towards the ivy league
Here in this glitzy microcosm of academic excellence and self-professed love of lifelong learning, students lace coffee shots with cold ambition and spool their tongues around endless Latin conjugations. Every sacrifice is dedicated to the Ivy League Gods: we quote their admission statistics with biblical fervor (“Only a 5.9% acceptance rate, can you imagine that?”) and enthusiastically attend weekly SAT prep classes as if they are Sunday worship sessions. Some students are clearly predestined – envious whispers circulate about the pre-Harvard mathlete who makes out with his USAMO medal daily, and the pre-Yale debater kid who once spat out a three-tiered argument when the lunch lady told him he couldn’t take more than two cookies.
Strict Puritans are we, adhering to strict academic principles and narrow grade fluctuations. We are vocal dissenters of the teenage majority – after all, when was homework ever a bore? We are citizens supremely intolerant of blasphemy: gush about any of the other 5000 non-Ivy universities, and we’ll burn you at the stake, and pettily steal your textbooks too. So some heretics out there disregard us as killjoy kiss-ups. So what? Our gods shall punish them by crushing their bird-brained dreams (via rejection letters, we are sure). In the meantime, we construct holy shrines of Ivy banners, admission officer quotes, and select brand merchandise, bashing our noggins to the floor and praying profusely to the Eight Powers That Be.
Salvation will arrive through the mail in the form of an official acceptance letter. In anticipation, we cry and pray and throw up and fret and do our homework and curse our 2350 SAT scores and worry and gossip and pray some more. We are the Lords’ Chosen Ones, and the word “rejection” is not in our vocabulary (actually it is, but we prefer not to think of it).
When Judgment Day arrives on March 1st, we will be prepared.