Doom's Day - Prologue

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Doom's Day Gaming Story

Doom’s Day is a 2D, top-down, MMO RPG that I recently started working on.  This is the prologue, and the only piece of information about the story of the game that will be available upon release.  I intend for each part of the game to correspond to a chapter of the story, which will be released as players complete the quests associated with that chapter.

Don’t expect this game to be ready any time soon.  It is very much only a concept at this point, one that has to be greatly fleshed out.

Cedric walked into the Homeglen Inn and took a look around. Business was slow today, although there weren’t too many times that he had seen much action here. Homeglen was a sleepy village, nestled in the center of the region of Nightsorrow. The bartender was doing some tidying up behind the bar and hadn’t noticed him enter. Only one other person was in the bar, dressed all in black, sitting alone in the corner, nursing his drink.

Approaching the bar, Cedric greeted the bartender. “Good day,” he rang out.

The bartender turned to acknowledge him. “Cedric,” he said before returning to his work. “Good to see you. What’ll you have?”

Cedric pulled a bar stool out from under the bar and sat on it. “I’ll have the usual.”

The bartender chuckled, expecting Cedric’s response. “You don’t have a ‘usual,’” he reminded Cedric.

Cedric sighed. “Just get me something I like.”

“Gin and tonic it is,” replied the barkeep, as he grabbed an empty glass and began preparing his drink. “While you’re nursing your drink, you may wish to speak to the gentleman in the back.”

Cedric glanced over his shoulder at the man in the corner of the room. “As dark and mysterious as they come, huh?” he quipped.

The bartender laughed deeply for a moment. “He’s not the first one to keep to the corner like that.” Completing the drink, the bartender handed him the glass. “But there’s something about him you’ll want to see for yourself. He’s looking for people like you to help him.”

“Adventure?” Cedric asked as he raised an eyebrow to the bartender, accepting the drink.

“Probably,” he replied. “Folks like him don’t just come and chat.”

“Hmm,” Cedric spoke to himself as he took a sip of his drink. “Mmf!” came his surprised expression with a mouthful of liquid he realized was not to his liking. He spit out the drink, barely missing the bartender. “I thought you said I liked this,” he stated, clearly annoyed as he began to clean his mouth and chin with a towel.

The bartender shrugged. “You’ve ordered so many drinks, it’s hard to keep track of what you like.”

“I’ll keep that in mind next time,” Cedric replied as he left both the bar stool and his drink behind. He took a good look at the man before approaching him. He was staring down into his empty glass, seemingly unable to tell that Cedric was looking in his direction. With the black cloth gloves and hooded cape he was wearing, the mysterious man could not be seen at all.

Cedric walked slowly over to the man until he was just behind the chair across from the man, who spoke first. “Please, sit down.”

He hesitated at first, but after the man motioned at the chair for reinforcement, he decided to respect his wishes. Once seated, he began, “I am…”

The man interrupted him forcefully. “…Cedric Osgood. Yes, I know who you are.”

“And you are…?” replied Cedric, refusing to be taken aback by the man’s knowledge.

The man chuckled to himself, ignoring the request. “Tell me, Cedric. Do you believe in the gods?”

Cedric wasn’t really interested in getting into some kind of religious debate, so he just answered flatly, “Yes.”

“Mmm hmm,” the man responded, contemplating Cedric’s response. “Cedric,” he continued. “What if I told you that the gods you believe walk among us?”

This man is crazy, Cedric thought to himself. “I’d wonder what proof you’d have to make such a bold claim,” he replied.

Stirring his drink, the man in black was silent for a moment. “What if I told you those gods weren’t the ones who created us, but rather the ones who want to destroy us?”

Cedric was unsure how to respond. He didn’t know whether to just get up and leave, or to entertain the thoughts of a mad man.

“And…” the man stated slowly. “What if I told you I’m not as crazy as you might think?”

Just as Cedric was going to object to the man’s statement, the man looked up from his drink and looked into Cedric’s eyes. Cedric was completely frozen, as he wasn’t entirely sure what he was looking at. He had the facial expression of a dwarf, but even seated Cedric could tell this person was much taller than a dwarf.

But the most striking feature were the man’s eyes, glowing a bright red. What’s more, as the man moved, the space around him seemed to blur with his movements.

Cedric struggled to find words. “Who… what are you?” he asked.

The man smiled knowingly before concealing himself by looking back down into his drink. “Who I am is not important,” he responded. “What you do need to know is that I am one of the few watchers of this world, and I am delivering a dire message.”

“I’m listening,” Cedric replied.

“Time is running out on this world,” the man began. “We have learned that there may be no more than a day’s worth of time left before the power of godhood is bestowed upon our enemies. While we know little about how they are obtaining this power, we do know what their agenda is.”

Cedric questioned, “And what is their agenda?”

The man laughed to himself. “I hope you appreciate clichés, my friend.” The man took a swig of his drink, his glowing eyes and blurred skin making a brief appearance before he returned the glass to the table. “They wish to destroy the world.”

“Heh,” Cedric chuckled to himself. “You’re not the first doomsayer to grace these walls. What makes you different?”

The man replied dryly, “I’m sure you’ve noticed my eyes and skin.”

Cedric nodded, although he wasn’t sure the man could see him doing so.

“Those gods that walk this world?” the man continued after a brief pause. “I happen to be one of them.”

Cedric paused to contemplate the man’s statement. While there was something distinctly not normal about the man, surely he was no god. “And I am to take your word for this? What I’ve seen isn’t beyond apprentice-level illusionism.”

The man’s voice became raised. “You can choose to believe me, or you can choose not to believe me. Regardless, many of this world’s most adventurous people will be descending upon this very inn within the span of a few hours. They, too, have learned of the coming of this Doom’s Day, and they wish to do something about it.”

The man then removed his hood suddenly, revealing his full head for the first time. Cedric found it almost difficult to look at, but managed to look eye to eye with him.

“You can choose to be idle, or you can choose to help,” the man stated flatly.

Cedric eyed the man momentarily before deciding on his course of action. “I want proof of this… doomsday.”

The man shook his head. “I have nothing further to offer you, other than this adventure. If that, and saving this world from destruction, is not enough for you, then please, begone.” He pulled his hood back over his head, and resumed staring into his drink.

Cedric, unwilling to listen to the man’s ramblings further, stood up from the chair, pushing it back across the floor, making enough noise to let the man know he was leaving. He turned around and headed back toward the bar.

“Doom’s Day is indeed upon us, Cedric,” the man called out after him. “Either you can do nothing, or you can help save the world.”

Cedric stopped for a moment, thinking about the potential consequences of not responding.

“Or,” the man conceded with a smile in his voice, “you can die trying.”

Sighing, Cedric walked away from the mysterious man, intent on getting a better drink from the barkeep.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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After a 110-5 score line, it became apparent change was needed in the OTL. Well, change is coming. This update should go live tomorrow. roncli.com/blogger/43463416270

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After a 110-5 score line, it became apparent change was needed in the OTL. Well, change is coming. This update should go live tomorrow. https://t.co/j8TwWzLogN
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The value proposition for Mastodon, as a Twitter replacement, has flipped since the last time I tried it:

Mastodon: you might pick the wrong server and have to move away from it
Twitter: you have definitely already picked the wrong service, and you have to move away from it
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Hive needs a desktop website. I am not glued to my phone 24/7
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Ronald M. Clifford
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Crazy post on Tumblr about YouTube and the downside of what they consider "success". h/t to Lilac, not something I would reblog over there so here it is instead. at.tumblr.com/ohnoitstbskyen/t

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Of all the things to go first. 🤣 https://t.co/L0KZ5c8PU3
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Ronald M. Clifford
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Hmm, apparently you can't add a text description to an image upload after the fact. Would be a nice addition for when you forget.

For those wondering, that's a bottle of Ramune and a box of Pocky.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Name a more iconic duo. I'll wait.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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How you can tell Twitch is updating their ads to combat ad blockers? Check Google Trends for "pixeltris".

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Ronald M. Clifford
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The Overload Teams League had a team anarchy game result of 110 to 5 today. The awful one-sidedness of such a game aside, this skews stats and records in a very bad way.

I think I've come up with a reasonable way to solve it, but boy is the SQL for this site becoming mind bending.

And what's worse: I have to convert it all to MongoDB when I do the Docker conversion project. I'm going to be a MongoDB aggregation EXPERT by the time that's over.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Bump now that people are serious about it. https://t.co/f60lITKAeK
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"People suck. Don't be people." -roncli 2019 🙃
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https://t.co/40yzlOfRR0 <-- I don't want to be on a platform run by an abusive leader and overworked staff. I'm so dependent on twitter for my work though, I've got an essential part of my contact network here, but every second I'm here I feel I'm betraying my morals.

Fuck.
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Huge if true

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Select which of these two statements you agree with:

1-based indexing is superior.
...or...
0-based indexing is superior.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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It's definitely a struggle, but I believe the only way to deal with it is to face it unafraid, and learn from every encounter with it. It will still hit me, but I no longer let it control me.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Competition anxiety is the only type of anxiety I get, at least with any regulatory. It doesn't happen when I play 6DoF games (at least not anymore), but almost any other competitive game I play, the anxiety can strike at any time, and it affects me greatly. I have become much more aware of it lately, and I think that's helped result in days like today where, for a moment, everything seems to be falling apart... but then I understand what is going on and don't let it ruin the rest of my day.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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At the chess club, I played 5 games between two opponents that I have losing records against. I confidently won all five games, even declining a draw because I didn't think I could lose and had a passed pawn.

Later, I got productive, finishing the week's math homework and doing a video presentation for business in one take. And now I'm feeling really good about how the day went, despite that one hiccup early in on.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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An hour later, I played in another Tetris match against an opponent with a lower best score and was playing buzzed. It was a league format where I am not getting eliminated if I do poorly. I got trounced, lost 6-1 over two matches, and couldn't get to level 19 more than one game.

Competition anxiety stuck hard in the second set, and I have no idea why. It tried to frame the remainder of my day. I did not let it.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Today was a reminder that competition anxiety is fickle and strange.

I played in the events today. The first was Classic Tetris Monthly's tournament, a knockout bracket where I have had mixed results. Today I was up against a maxout player, someone who can score a million points. (my best is 740k). I swept the match 3-0 no problem, and felt good the whole way through.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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False alarm, that was a typo on their part. 🤣 They meant something more sane.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Someone at work, who I said probably would have to fix a unit test after a change, just fixed it by making it "Assert.True(true);".

DON'T BE PEOPLE!

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Worked on a remake to an old song from 2003. Got a coworker to play some guitar parts fort it. Sounds amazing! Now I'm wanting to do more music stuff again. If only I had the time!

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Yeah. @BYG_Vancouver. Still awesome. Love that it's the same pose, but in the Rift outfit! https://t.co/8eK89sIKAi
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Tumblr may become relevant again, but probably not for a while. There are a number of non-creative projects ahead of it that need doing, so it'll be a while before I regularly put out stuff again. That said, look for something new there in the next few days. 👀
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Caveat on Tumblr: I've been there for about 9 years, back when I decided to split my blog between my creative endeavors (Tumblr) and everything else (Blogger). While I still have the account, I'm not very active on it since my creative endeavors have taken a back seat.
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Yo Twitter folks. You may be making accounts on other sites to hedge your bets when it comes to Twitter's future.

Where did you go? What services do you use?

Me so far:
- Mastodon: @roncli@mastodon.social
- Cohost: https://t.co/dIpEZTcSJl
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Ronald M. Clifford
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@Nifflas So you migrated your Mastodon account to another server once. How was that experience for you? What was good about it? What do you wish was different?

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[This post contains an error in the number of Twitter users. Check the new one here: mastodon.social/@estebanmoro/1 ] Something big is happening in Mastodon over the weekend. Here is my graph, updated. Right now Mastodon is growing ~3 times faster than Twitter.

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Ronald M. Clifford
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I have stuff, and things!

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@fuuma @hackers.town

Make the net weird again. Hand write sites like it’s the 90s. Pick interesting domain names and make fan sites or random knowledge known to everyone. Don’t monetize anything. Spearhead new protocols like Gemini. Make mods for games on your site. Make FAQs for obscure games no one knows about. Make public software services available to anyone. Make a news site about a really random subject. Create music in all kinds of different formats. Most of all, do it because you want to!

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Ronald M. Clifford
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The amount of this random list of things I've actually done is staggering. hackers.town/@fuuma/1092716813

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Ronald M. Clifford
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This is not the line it was in past years. That's a good thing!

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Seems the plan now is ad free for paid and free users. Incredible. https://t.co/E5TWV3SDfH
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Ronald M. Clifford
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FOX!

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Unless the businesspeople figure out how to successfully do, you know, business, this place's days may very well be numbered.
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Being shitty to your workforce, rolling out features no one wants, not addressing PR disasters in a timely or acceptable fashion, belittling a percentage of your user base.
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I am taking a business course on information systems at the moment, and this place is hitting on every counterexample we've been learning about.
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A billionaire practically begging people for single digit dollars over the Internet is peak 2022 capitalism.
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That said, if you're going, let me know. I'm not planning to stay long, but I'll definitely make time to say hi. 🙂
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
It occurs to me that Day of the Devs is on the same day, at about the same time, and on the same MUNI line as the League of Legends Worlds finals. That's NOT going to be fun to navigate.
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

While it's not as bad as last time, it's still kind of bad, unfortunately.

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

I was today years old when I learned that the M in CPM - a term I recognize as "cost per thousand impressions", stands for the Roman numeral 1,000, and now I feel like an idiot for not realizing this for TEN YEARS. 🤦‍♂️

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

The confusion of being in the six digit tracking numbers for issues in our issue tracker but referencing an issue that has a four digit tracking number.

"...so the work from 6636 is causing the issue."

"What is the full number for 6636?"

"6636! From the beforetimes of 2019!"

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

"And if the employees building it don’t meet their deadline, they’ll be fired..."

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

This right here makes it 100% clear that you never want to work for this guy, if you value your sanity. twitter.com/verge/status/15868

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Replying to @roncli

Pacific Daylight Time ends November 6th, so I imagine what's happening is it's interpreting the time with daylight savings because that's what it is now, and not accounting for daylight savings ending before the date.
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Hopefully the servers will keep up this time around. 🙃

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Replying to @roncli

I can't remember if I cried
When I read the blue bird's suicide
But something touched me deep inside
The day the conversation died
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
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But October made me shiver
With every story hope would wither
Bad news coming so quick
I couldn't make one more click
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Long long time ago, I can still remember
How that conversation used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people chat
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
I wanted to test out @cohost_org but then I ran into this nightmare. Just say no to hostile UX. https://t.co/dpEnGwSqrO
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Well shit. I wasn't going to go to this. Now I feel like I have to! https://t.co/o4GMDBW0Fk
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Apps never tell you what they changed anymore. What bug fixes? What stability improvements? What did they do to space time? Knowing Google, they probably made it worse. https://t.co/b29hitjcE1
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
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Decided I didn't want to play for weeks on end. https://t.co/qX3ZgjCLQH
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
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Fireballception. https://t.co/a5YZriV1qS
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
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Dear god, it's full of, uh..... colors? https://t.co/FcBmkVxPGO
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
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I somehow made it worse. https://t.co/N01jt1edKK
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
I don't know what's going on. But I don't think I have to. #vampireslayers https://t.co/sX8t2oFkMX
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
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This is JavaScript-level of silliness.

JavaScript, of course, being the language that gives you this true equality:

11 == "1" + "1"
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
I was today years old when I learned this was true in Microsoft SQL Server:

'A' = 'A '

CC: @Nifflas because I'm pretty sure this should be in his new programming language.
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
I'm going to remember this move for the next tournament I play in! 🤣 https://t.co/xfFfu15T41
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
The OTL Mid-Season Invitational has completed the two quarterfinal matches tonight, and both matches went 5 games. I played in 5 of those matches (we won 3-2!) and cast 2 games from the other set.

I am absolutely *spent*. 😴
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
2.1 is not enough, but it is such a perfect place to start, my love. @ClassicTetris
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Moral of the story: Don't lose to Marts! HEY NOW! https://t.co/FSpQKN1t5G
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Tetris Championship
@ClassicTetris
Awesome preview of the 2022 CTWC by aGameScout! https://t.co/94jcxUavM7
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
This reminds me of the old days of silly, fun Flash games that took a couple minutes of your time but were really good. And funny. https://t.co/2KdqytdBuk
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Risk of Rain 2
@RiskofRain
@TicTacFoe @roncli OH NOOO 😭😭😭
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TicTacFoe
@TicTacFoe
@RiskofRain I see your start and give you @roncli start. https://t.co/Y1oKKg6BEb
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Adam Ziegler
@mrbond_zhp
dude would rather pay 44 billion than admit he was wrong
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Well, back here we go, I suppose. cnbc.com/2022/10/04/twitter-sh

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Ronald M. Clifford
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Honestly, this song is too good to be just a video game song. This is some serious metal! 🤘 https://t.co/6gHZAaYMYe
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
I'm so sorry, Code. 😳 https://t.co/7j4Wfhhv7U
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
I could run P6 and P7 forever, the music is too good. #ffxiv
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
To spite me, @solitha decided to tip higher for good service... enough to make the bill's total $68.99. I mean, what? Really? Who does that? That's not nice!
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Honestly, if you're a game dev and DIDN'T see this coming, you probably hadn't heard of Google before Stadia. https://t.co/e6q1k53ce6
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grimh_hs
@Grimh_HS
How QR codes are made 😁 https://t.co/iBczqxKsmv
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Adam Ziegler
@mrbond_zhp
one of the most Descent 1-ass textures I've ever seen https://t.co/34zF2x7hqK
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Replying to @roncli

Apparently just mentioning the Discord Twitter account gets bots to try to send you to a scam on Instagram? Some serious desperation out there.
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli
Apparently this includes FAILED requests. For an application with 95 commands, @discord slash command development has really been a rather awful experience. Guess I wait until tomorrow to test this? Is there a better way to deal with this? https://t.co/WmW37dSosS
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

A post long overdue, and especially now that I'm using That Bird Hell Site again... for now.

Honestly, me being able to walk away, even if just for a short time? You might've been a little jealous. But with social media, it's never that easy, is it?

roncli.com/blogger/21868843720

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

What have I done since my last project? Not much. Well, maybe a little bit. Some discussion about coding burnout, and project plans for the future. roncli.com/blogger/77091210326

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Timeago generators are funny.

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Apparently I got preoccupied and forgot to play yesterday. Streak ends at 210. GG!

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Jesus Christ that order number!

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Ooo, this was a dangerous word.

Wordle 403 5/6

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Avoided long columns with an unintuitive play.

Wordle 402 4/6

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⬛🟨⬛⬛⬛
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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

This was a think outside the box moment.

Wordle 401 5/6

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

And more columns.

Wordle 400 5/6

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Ronald M. Clifford
@roncli @mastodon.social

Not entirely sure this is a word either but meh.

Wordle 399 4/6

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