Month: September 2014

What would happen if the British tried to reconquer the United States?

Answer by Clyde Davies:

We'd do it gradually and insidiously.  First, we'd start exporting TV series like Sherlock to you and getting you to like them.  (We'd subsequently start exporting the actors that appeared in those series.)

 Then, you'd start using British aphorisms and expletives like 'bloody' and 'wanker', possibly together.  Finally, you'd end up playing our national sport and being better than us at it.
But that could never happen in a month of Sundays!  Could it?

Addendum:  we're still working on getting you to realize that 'beer' is not a word for a wan liquid that looks and tastes like gnat urine.  Until that day comes, we might well invade but we wouldn't stick around for very long.

What would happen if the British tried to reconquer the United States?


Battle For The Net (OOC)

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Back to Basics

English: Skills logo

English: Skills logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the first time I ever joined a combat fleet, I fell in love with the danger and excitement of hunting and being hunted in low security space.  It is how we capsuleers measure our skill and cunning against one another.  It is also an expensive pastime.  One must find a way to pay for ships lost in battle, and to keep our cargo holds stocked with the best ammo, and our drone bays stocked with drones.  We must keep our medical clones up to date, our ships insured, and pay for an increasingly expensive supply of skillbooks, drugs, and implants, all to give us that slight edge that can mean the difference between life and death in battle. This all requires the almighty ISK, a necessary evil.

I am not particularly adept at earning the amounts of isk necessary to afford to keep my hangers well stocked with the best equipment. I lack the skills to join my corpmates who earn money fighting incursions. I lack the skills and standings to take on the most lucrative mission contracts.  I often find myself outclassed against the pirates with the most lucrative bounties. I need to find a way to earn a living, hopefully without sacrificing to much time I could be spending participating in combat fleets. It is for this reason that I must go back to basics.

I need to go back to flying less expensive ships.  I have just as much fun, and have just as many opportunities to join fleets flying inexpensive fast tackle ships. I can stock a hanger full of these ships with less than an hour a day of patrolling for bounties.  I would love to jump in to more advanced ship classes, capable of taking on the toughest missions, and chasing down the most lucrative bounties, but I have already proven to myself time and again, that with my current skills, this only leads to expensive ship losses, that I cannot afford to replace.

Are there things I could be doing to earn ISK more efficiently with my current skills? I am sure there are, and I will keep searching for new ways to do so, but I feel that right now I mostly need to focus on keep my costs down.  My corp provides me with free frigates, so for right now, those are what I should be flying.  I can still participate in fleets, and get on killmails in these ships.  I can still earn ISK patrolling my home system for pirates.  I guess what it comes down to is that I just need to have patience while I build up skills.  Having to have patience sucks.