Dear D2 Iron Banner Player: You Must Absolutely Do This

Dear all players of Iron Banner everywhere:

If you ever play the Leviathan map, please, for the love of all things, you —

~~ M-U-S-T ~~ A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y ~~

1. Capture A as highest possible priority.

If A is captured, focus ALL players on A and defense of A capturers until it is captured. Keep at least one guardian crouch-camping near A.

2. NEVER capture C — NEVER EVER.

Don’t even go past the pit area near it, just let them run to you so you can get the first shot off. Deny the temptation to power-play.

3. Capture B if, and only if, if A is already captured.

If you put all of your team into capturing A, even if you start on C, you will flip spawns and some dope will capture C, at which point you’ll easily win, even with rando players that you can’t communicate with.

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Sonnet Sunday for 2018-0203 / DS-001: Olympic Challenges

I decided to start off on an Olympics theme, given the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will soon begin.
See this introduction for concerns about sonnet form =)

The winter games will shortly come to pass;
I have no way to see them on TV.

The house I own lands in a kind of class,
of home where certain signals can’t reach me.

I’m not the type to do much outside work,
much less climb up onto my house’s crest.

Desire to see the games presents this quirk,
to push ME to a physical strength test.

The challenge is my own event to face,
To stream the games, I think is more my pace..

I nearly went with an alternate final pair, of..

The roof, with a new tow’r, I could anoint,
Or I could just go stream them for less point.

because I really like the idea of “anointing” a roof with a new tower, but I couldn’t rig a way for it to rhyme just right to my tastes.

My final version’s ending being ambiguous speaks a lot toward my preferences in fiction generally. My personally favorite kinds of endings of anything in general, is that the adventures continue onward.

A good example of this is the series finale of the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode “All Good Things…” which is simultaneously a final-episode of the entire TV series, but suggests that their lives and adventures still continue onward as they naturally would, and that we were allowed to treasure of of their experiences along the way, just as good friends pass in and out of our lives just as the way things turn out.

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Whether “apart” vs “a part” is Grammatically Apposite

Lately I have been seeing a lot of people use “apart” to appear to mean “together.” For example, “I have wanted to be apart of this group for a long time,” to which I would snicker and ask them if they’d wanted to leave the group but couldn’t for some reason.

However, upon looking up the etymology of it and the way dictionaries describe people most commonly using it, I was intrigued to discover that I could have been thinking about that particular usage a little backwards myself.

Instead of thinking of the a- as a prefix to mean “not” as one might with “astandard,” etyonline offers a possibility that it may actually be more akin to abroad, ahead, or well, akin, and actually closer to with than separated or distinct-from.

The concept of living apart to me still suggests a definite connection between two portions, or persons in a relationship momentarily distanced for some reason, but itself distinct from a more official severance of connection, maintaining-by-technicality the original connection, but at the same time, distanced. In that way, ‘apart’ could indicate an it’s-complicated, or a simultaneous together-yet-diverged sense kind of paradox-like complexity.

Overall, however, I think I would still ask, teasingly, whether they wished to remain with the group or separate themselves from it, even knowing what they probably meant.. but not from a sense of “you’re using it wrong.”

Comments? Please tender your pronouncements on this Facebook post =)

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Bungie Update Fanfic: Crafting D2 ‘thehomeland’ Build

This is a fanfic of the Bungie Update, a kind of web-log of various fixes and additions to the game Destiny 2. The thehomeland build is a dream-build of the D2 game, that XB1 gamertag thehomeland wishes could happen to pull it out of the ashes..

THIS WEEK AT BUNGIE – THE ONE ABOUT THEHOMELAND BUILD 1.0 – 02.14.2018

We here at Bungie have been hard at work implementing a massive rebuild of the Destiny 2 game architecture, to suit the whims of one particular gamer that we all know and love, gamertag ‘thehomeland’ who has been playing our games since before Halo. His valuable input has been instrumental in showing us just how high the flames go of the pile of hot garbage we created in ignorance of his profound wisdom, and we here at Bungie are thankful for his input about the new direction we’ve begun to take Destiny 2 for the betterment of the community.

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Keanu Reeves Motorcycle Squarespace Ad: ZAMM Literary Reference?

Making the YT pre-roll rounds lately has been a Squarespace ad, “Should You Make A Website? Here’s Why Keanu Reeves Did.” The ad stars KR as a motorcyclist debating with himself about whether to create a motorcycling website for a motorcycle building business.

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Introduction to Divvyrian Sonnets & Style Rules

This is a new weekly feature beginning February 2018 I hope to keep up with: hammering out a completely new sonnet every Sunday to be posted here on Divvyry. I can also include various notes about its process, rhymes I liked but ultimately decided against, and other bits of interest about sonnets in general.

My preferred version of a sonnet is comprised of 10 lines, each line with 10 syllables, accented on the even beats. The last word of each line will rhyme with the last word of another line, in the form of AB, AB, CD, CD, EE.

For example, if I were to cut off the ends of the lines, they might rhyme like this:

.. scorch,
.. work.

.. torch,
.. clerk.

.. rank,
.. seat.

.. clank,
.. treat.

.. stuffed,
.. tuft.

..but the line pairs need not necessarily form strictly one sentence. Each line could be its own sentence, or contain multiple sentences, or the whole thing could be one long sentence, or any variation thereof, as long as the even-beat still sounds right to my ear.

A few of the more established forms of sonnets include:

>> Spenserian sonnets have 14 lines,
> in pattern ABAB BCBC CDCD EE

>> Petrarchan/Italian sonnets have 14 lines,
> in either ABBAABBA + CDECDE, or ABBAABBA + CDCDCD.

>> English/Shakespearan sonnets have 14 lines,
> in ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG.

I can’t really find an established version of this particular sonnet type, so until I do, I’m calling this a Divvyrian (div-EAR-e-an) sonnet form. My use of 10 lines instead of 14 is a preference of a 10×10 visual concept (ten lines, ten syllables each) as well as my own natural sense of its flow, whereas 14 lines feels a little excessive.

There is a fairly exhaustive compilation of around 175+ sonnet forms listed here, if you’re considering devising your own unique sonnet form =)

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Dreamed Dance Style: Gel Tapping

Moments ago, I woke from a dream about a sport new to me called Gel Tapping, which I was looking up on YouTube in the dream and deciding to follow the career of one particular performer who was quite talented at.

Gel Tapping is a prop-based breakdance/streetdance performance, that uses a kind of pliable-resin prop that is tapped, clapped, or otherwise used percussively rhythmically throughout the performance. Performance is judged by a team of 20-ish who stand around nearby as a crowded-in audience among any others gathered, judging on various metrics.

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Master List of Star Wars + Disney Combined Title Puns

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Wizards of Waverly Starbase
It’s a Parent Trap!
The Emperor’s New Groove Still Has A Hole At The End
Return from/Race to Wedge Mountain
TIE Story
The Lightsaber in the Stone (or in the Binks)
Indie-rella
101 Darth Mauls
Bedknobs and Blue Max
The Sithy D.A.
Aladderaan
Ackbars in the Outfield
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Master List of Quicker Than/ Faster Than -Jokes

Here is a list of several of the best “Quicker than a..” or “Faster than a..” one-liners that I made up or found online. I was trying to come up with something funny for a Facebook comment about how quickly I would have kicked a romantic potential to the curb based on an action he had taken against a lady friend (installing password trackers on her computer), and had trouble finding very many good ones, so I decided to make my own list!

..quicker than your mother can unbutton her overalls.
..quicker than [fat celebrity] would sign up for a butter convention (groundhog-at-a-cabbage-convention, etc)
..faster than a cheetah could pounce on a limping [political figure].
..faster than a speeding ticket.
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Master List of Fish/Sea Puns “Not On Porpoise” Etc

Since there wasn’t one readily available that I could find, I decided to make a list of ocean puns, underwater puns, fish puns, and the like. If you have any like this, feel free to add them in the comments below (no registration required). Special thanks go to comic Kip Adotta, who is well-known among word nerds for his song-like speaking sets that were loaded with puns of a certain subject.

I didn’t do it on porpoise!

Don’t give me that line.

I don’t quite sea it.

He’s just fishing for compliments.

She’s angling for a raise.

I’m fin to get busy.
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